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

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CITY OF BOSTON, 



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BOSTON: 
ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS 

No. 39 ARCH STREET. 

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[DOCUMENT 55 1889.] 




CITY OF Sfl R BOSTON, 



A REPORT 



The Twentieth Report of the Record Commissioners is a 
continuation, from the Nineteenth Report, of the Proceedings 
of the Boston Selectmen, covering the years 1764-1768. 
At the beginning of this period, much work to the selectmen 
was caused by the prevalence of small-pox. Up to July 1, 
1764, it seems that 644 white persons were attacked and 
102 died ; 55 blacks were sick and 22 died. Inoculation 
was largely resorted to, and of 4,690 whites so treated 43 
died ; and of 287 blacks 3 died. The pestilence was, of 
course, a severe blow to the prosperity of the town. 

Of minor topics, the schools and the fire department fur- 
nish some very interesting items. In the cause of morality, 
gaming was carefully prohibited ; and in 1764 a luckless show- 
man who exhibited the city of Jerusalem in wood-work, 
whereby he drew considerable sums from the inhabitants, 
was promptly suppressed, "as upon enquiry the Representa- 
tion is not esteemed by Judges to be the work of Art and 
ingenuity, but rather an imposition on the public." 

It seems appropriate to mention here, that during the 
present month the Bostonian Society has received, by the 
kindness of the Earl of Carlisle and the good offices of Hon. 
Edward L. Pierce, three water-color views of Boston as the 
town appeared at the date covered by this volume. The 
paintings were made by Capt. Richard Byron, R.N., in 1764, 



ii CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

and by him sent to his sister, Isabella, wife of Henry, the 
fourth Earl of Carlisle. These pictures are respectively, 
views, from Fort Hill looking towards Long wharf; from 
the foot of Beacon street looking south over the Common to 
Dorchester : and from a point near Pinckney street on the 
hill, looking north towards Charlestown. 

Such a recovery of the appearance of Boston prior to the 
Revolution is an event of the greatest interest to every 
local antiquary. 

W. H. WHITMORE. 

CITY HALL, BOSTON, Dec. 1889. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK ELEVENTH. 



At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan y 2 d , 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Williston having Reported to us that Joseph Bulkly Mate 
of Cap'. Dobles Vessell who has been for some time sick of the 
Small Pox at his Fathers House died this Morning, the Select 
men thereupon gave M r . Williston the following Directions con- 
cerning his Funeral, and wrote M r . Bulkley the Father of the De- 
ceased relative to his burial, and [121.] The airing and cleans- 
ing of the House Clothing &c. 

Boston, January 2 d , 1764 
M r . Thomas Williston 

Information having been given us that Joseph Bulkley who has 
been sometime sick of the Small Pox at his Fathers House near 
the Sign of the Schooner died there this Morning Our Orders to 
you are ; That as soon as may be the Corps be put into a Tarr'd 
Sheet and then into the Coffin, and that in the Dead of the Night 
you bury the same in a Grave at the North Burying Ground 
You must take the utmost care in every particular relative to the 
Burial when you take the Corps out, let a Man go before 
at same distance to see that no Person liable to take the Infection 
be in the Way ; Do not carry the Corps by Cap'. Whites House, 
but up the Middle Way opposite D r . Cutlers Church We do not 
think it will be prudent to proceed on this Business untill after 
12 O'Clock at Night You are to see the Guard still kept up at the 
Deceaseds House, and that the People therein continue their care, 
you must caution them not to burn those Things where in there is 
any infection ; and if M r . Hartley comes up with his Boat this 
Day he must in the Night take from the House all the Bedding 
and Cloths that have been about or made use of by the Deceased, 
and carry the same down to the Island, in order to their being 
sufficiently smoked & cleansed under his inspection. 

Havin received a Letter from the Select men of Con- 



2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

cord relating 'David Tweed and Wife the following Reply was 

given to it. 

Gentlemen 

We received yours of the 20* of Decem r . last, this Day in answer 
thereto we consent that you may send David Tweed and Wife to 
this Town, and they shall be admitted here unless upon examina- 
tion by us it appears they are not Inhabitants 
Your Humble Servants 



THQMAS 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 7, 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall 
Ezekiel Lewis 

M r . Young the Keeper of His Majestys Goal for the County of 
Suffolk, attended, and acquainted the Selectmen that he had re- 
ceived a warrant from M r . Justice Dana relative to Mary Robinson 
which is as follows. 
Suffolk 

To the Keeper of His Majestys Goal for s d . County Greeting 
[123.] You are here by permitted to remove Mary the Wife 
of William Robinson now detain'd in the Goal upon suspicion of 
Theft from out of the said Goal to the Work house in Boston in 
the said County there to be safely kept ; she being now pregnant, 
and apprehended to be very near the Time of her travail, untill 
she be delivered and in a fit Condition to be removed back again 
to the said Goal where you are to keep her uutill she be discharged 
by due course of Law. 

Given under my Hand & Seal this 5' 
Day of January in the Fourth Year of 
His Majestys Reign Annoque Domini 
1764 

RICHARD DANA Just. Peace. 

In consequence of the above the following Letter was sent M r . 
Lazinby Keeper of the Work house by M r . Young 
M r . Joseph Lazenby 
Sir, 

A Warrant for the removal of Mary Robinson now detain'd in 
Goal in this Town upon suspicion of Theft, to the Work house 
signed by Justice Dana having been shown us by M r . Young Keeper 
of said Goal to whom it is directed. With permission of the Over- 
seers of the Poor you may receive said Mary Robinson into the 
Work house on the Province Acco 1 . she not being an Inhabitant of 
any Town within the Province, and being now pregnant & very 

near the Time of her travail. 

JOHN SCOLLAT 

BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
two of the Selectmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 3 

[124.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 9. 1764. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 

M r . Williston who was sent down to M r . Bulkleys to enquire 
what Methods had been taken to cleanse his House and guard 
against Infection Reported That the Room where the Sick 
lay, the Stair Case & c . had been washed two or three Times, and 
well smoked with Brimstone and Frankinsence both before and 
after washing 

Voted, that the Watch be taken off M r . Bulkleys House, and 
that he be Ordered to open the Windows at 12. oClock this Night, 
shutting them before Day, and that he repeat the same to Morrow 
Night. And that he be cautioned against admitting Persons into 
the House till the further Orders of the Selectmen. (A Copy of 
the aforegoing Vote was sent to M r . Bulkley p. Williston) 

M r . Henderson Inches one of the Overseers of the Poor having 
represented to the Selectmen that Jacob Suber a Dutch Man was 
in suffering Circumstances, and moved for a-n Order to send him 
to the Alinshouse, he not being an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province An Order was given m r . Procter to receive him ac- 
cordingly. 

[135.] The following Return was made the Assessors of y e 
Town 
Gentlemen 

The following is a List of those Persons not Inhabitants of this 
Town, who are to be Rated, as they carry on Business, and keep 
Stores within the same. 

Your Hum. Servants 

SAMUEL HEWS 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

Selectmen of Boston 
James Russell Esq. 
M r . John Soley 
Ralph Inman Esq. 
M r . Thomas Bell 
Thomas Goldthwait Esq. who hires Deer Island 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 11, 1764. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Cap*. Hopestill Foster sometime ago apply'd to the Selectmen 
for liberty to Erect a Building on the Towns Land, between M r . 
Blakes the Sadlers Shop near the Fortification and the Pickets 
Mess". Scollay and Austin appointed a Committee [126.] To 



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

view said Land now Report That as the above said Land lyes 
vacant and unimproved they think it adviseable for the Select 
men to let it to Cap'. Foster at a certain Quit Rent so long as the 
Selectmen may think proper, or till such Time as they may order 
any Buildings he may Erect to be removed whereupon 

Voted, That Cap 4 . Hopestill Foster have the improvement of 
said Land on the Terms above specified, he keeping out the Sea 
and paying a Rent of p. annum. 

Whereas the Quit Rents for the Towns Lands near the Fortification 
improved by Mess rs . Richards & Davis do lay in an uncertain state. 

Voted, that Mess". Scollay and Austin be a Committee to 
enquire into this Matter and Report as soon as may be 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 13, 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq 

Benjamin Austin Esq 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

[127.] It having been Reported to the Selectmen that the 
Small Pox had broke out at M r . Adam's House in Fish Street 
opposite D r . Mountforths Shop, two of the Selectmen viz 1 . Mess". 
Austin and Scollay were appointed to visit said House arid enquire 
into this Matter ; who having performed that service Reported, 
that M rs . Adams had the Small Pox as was Represented, and hav- 
ing endeavoured but in vain to persuade her to consent to her 
being removed to the Hospital at New Boston they had ordered 
M r . Adams to shut up his House immediately, and to send away 
from thence those of his Family who were liable to take the Dis- 
temper they also Reported that M. Adams had declared, that 
she had not been out of her Chamber for five Weeks past, neither 
had she been seen by more than two Persons except those of the 
Family during her confinement and could make no conjecture -how 
she had taken the Infection. 

Mess. Scollay and Austin a Committee appointed the 11*. Instant 
relative to the Towns Quit Rent for Lands near the Fortification 
Report That they had been on the Spot, and had seenM r . Pier- 
point, and do find that he pays Forty Shillings p. annum for the 
Towns Land between M r . Davis's Shop, and the Pickets at the For- 
tification that the Land at the West side of the Street, improved 
in part by M r . Richards and M. Blake, and part as yet unimproved, 
is of near the same Dimensions with the Land to the Eastward of 
the Street improved by M r . Pierpoint; that M r . Richards [128.] 
Pays for the Land he improves but two Shillings and eight Pence 
p. Annum ; that M". Blake has not as yet paid anything that it 
is the mind of the Committee, the Quit Rent for the Land at the 
West of the Street ought to be as much as is that to the Eastward, 
and that they had desired M r . Richards to wait on the Selectmen 
on Wednesday next in order to have this affair settled. 

The Selectmen being informed that Dr. John Perkins had 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 5 

visited the Person now sick with the Small Pox, desired his attend- 
ance, and when present they made him the offer of attending the 
Sick as her Physician, which he thought proper to decline. 

The following Orders was given M r . Ichabod Williston relative 
to the House where the Small Pox has broke out. 

Boston, January 13. 1764 
M r . Ichabod Williston 

The Small Pox being at M r . Adams's House in Fish Street near 
D r . Mountforths Shop Our Orders to you are 

That you keep Watch at said House where we have directed a 
Flag to be put out ; you are to suffer no Person to go in or out of 
the same except the Doctor what Necessaries are wanted for the 
Family must be got to them as well as you can you must not 
leave the Watch [129.] Untill 1 1 O'Clock at Night nor fail attend- 
ing again by Day-break We expect you behave with great care 
and faithfulness as the safety of the Inhabitants will much depend 
upon it, and upon your so doing, we shall make you a proper allow- 
ance for your services. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 14, 1764 A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

M r . Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Information having been given the Select men by D r . Pecker, 
that a Negro Gaiii of M rs . Dommetts who dwells in Fish Street 
opposite to M r . Bulkleys House has the Small Pox out upon her, 
and that two of her Children were complaining Mess". Austin 
and Sewall were appointed to wait upon M. Dommett, and use 
tbeir endeavors that the sick may be removed to the Hospital at 
New Boston, who having from her reported that they could not 
persuade her to suffer any one of the Family to be removed, and 
that in consequence of this refusal, they had Ordered her to shut 
up her House and put [13O.] Out a Flag as a signal of Infection. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 14, 1764, P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Thomas Anderson came to the Selectmens Chamber & informed 
them, that it was supposed his Child, about Seven Years of Age, had 
the Small Pox out upon her, that he dwelt in a House near the Old 
North Church, lately occupied by Joseph Gardner Esq. where- 
upon the Selectmen used many Arguments with the said Anderson 
to procure his consent for the removal of his Child to the Hospital, 
at New Boston, but in vain. Orders were therefore given him to 
shut up his House, and put out a Flag as a signal of Infection ; 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Carpenters were also sent to shut and barr up the Passage Ways 
to said House as was done to those leading to & from M rs . Dom- 
metts in Fish Street. 

David Lenox Jun r . Appointed a Watch at M rs . Dommetts House 
and Orders given him accordingly. 

The Town Clerk was directed to write M r . Justice Ruddock de- 
siring him to grant a Permit to M r . Adams the Carpenter for his 
working on the approaching Sabbath or Lords Day [131.] That 
so Fences and Barrs may be immediately erected and placed to 
prevent Peoples passing and repassing the Houses infected with 
the Small Pox. 

M r . David Osborne appointed a Watch for M r . Andersons House 
near the Old North Church, and Orders given him accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 15 J7G4. Sabbath 
Evening 

Present 

Thomas Cashing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Voted, that the following Advertisement be published in all the 
News Papers. 

The Publick are hereby Notified that the Small Pox is now but 
in three Families in this Town. viz'. M r . Benjamin Adams's the 
Widow Dommetts and M r . Thomas Andersons all in Fish Street, 
in the Neighbourhood of the Old North Church. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[132.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 16. 1764. A M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Warren living in Fish Street came to the Selectmens Cham- 
ber, and acquainted them with his Wifes having the Small Pox 
that as she had been confined to her Chamber for about two months 
past, he could not conjecture how she had taken the Infection, un- 
less it was the Night M r . Bulklys Corpse was carried by the house 
for Burial, when she was persuaded that she had the Smell of the 

Small Pox 

The Selectmen not being able to persuade M. Warren to con- 
sent to her being removed to the Hospital at New Boston Ordered 
the House to be shut up, and a Flag to be put out as a signal of 
Infection Carpenters were also sent to Bar and Fence up the 
Passages to and from said House. 
M r . John Gray appointed a Watch for M r . Warrens House in 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 7 

Fish Street, and the Town Clerk is directed to give him his 
Orders. 

Information was given the Select men b} r D r . Cast, that [133.] 
One Hallet who came from Newfoundland a Month past, and 
Boards at M". Nicholsons in Fitches Alley, has the Symptoms of 
the Small Pox upon him whereupon the Select men endeavour'd 
to perswade him to consent to his being removed, and having 
obtain'd such consent, he was accordingly removed in the Sedan 
to the Province Hospital at New Boston. 

Information was given the Select men by D r . Cast that one 
Hall in a House at Paddys Alley, near M r . Balls has the Small 
Pox out upon him, but not being able to obtain his consent for a 
removal Orders were given for the House to be Shut up, and a 
Flag to be put out as a signal of Infection Carpenters were also 
sent to Bar & Fence up the Passages to said House. 

M r . Timothy Deen appointed a Watch for M r . Hall's House in 
Paddys Alley, and the Town Clerk is directed to give him his Orders. 

Information was given the Selectmen by D r . Pecker that M r . 
Labree in a House near the Rev d . m r . Elliots Church was taken 
down with the Small Pox whereupon two of the Selectmen viz'. 
Mess. Scollay & Austin, went to the House and endeavoured to 
persuade him to be removed to the Hospital but in vain, his not 
consenting thereto owing chiefly to the advice of the Neighbours, 
whose Clamers were great when the [134.] Sedan was brought 
to receive him. 

The Selectmen Appointed D r . Myles Whetworth to take the 
Charge of the Province Hospital New Boston, as Physician to the 
Sick that may be sent there from time to time ; and also agreed 
with him to provide and furnish the Patients with what Provisions 
and Medecines may be necessary, and that he does not suffer the 
Sick to want anything for their Comfort while under bis care. 

The following Advertisement was this Morning sent to the 
several Printers. 

The Public are hereby Notified, that the Small Pox is now in 
Five Familys in this Town. Viz'. At the Widow Dommetts, M r . 
Benjamin Adams's, M r . Thomas Anderson, and M r . Daniel 
Warrens, all in Fish Street, in the neighbourhood of the Old 
North Church ; and at M r . Benjamin Labrees near the Rev d . m r . 
Elliots meeting House. 

By order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Information 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 16. 1766 (sic). P.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 

[135.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Information was this Afternoon given the Selectmen that a Son 
of the Widow Trefoys next Door to M". Dommetts House, was 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

this Morning taken down with the Small Pox and that a Negro 
Boy of Cap'. Matchets, who lives next M rs . Trefoys, has the Symp- 
toms of that Distemper upon him. 

The Select men having received a Message from the Honourable 
the House of Representatives now sitting in this Town, requiring 
them to Report to the House the true state of the Town relative 
to the Small Pox ; in obedience to said Order, made the follow- 
ing Report. 

That M r . Bulklcy who came from Newfoundland was taken 
down at his House near the Sign of the Schooner Decem r . 21. and 
deceased 14 Days past. 

M". Adams in Fore Street near D r . Mouutforths taken down on 
Fryday last. 

A Negro girl at the Widow Dommetts in the same Street 
near the Sign of the Schooner taken down with the Distemper 
on Satturday last, and two Children now complaining in said 
House. 

[136.] A Boy of about Seven Years old at Thomas Ander- 
sons in the same Street at the Corner of the Lane leading to the 
old North Meeting House taken with it Satturday last. 

M r . Warren in the same Street next door to D r . Clarks taken 
down this Morning. 

M r . Labree in Middle street a few Doors below the Rev d . m r . 
Elliots Meeting House taken down this morning. 

M r . Hallet a Stranger in Fitches Alley near the Market removed 
this Morning to the Hospital at New Boston on suspicion of hav- 
ing the Distemper. 

M r . Hall in Paddys Alley near the Draw Bridge taken down 
this Morning. 

A Lad at the Widow Trefoy's next Door to M. Dommetts taken 
this Morning. 

A Negro Boy at Cap 1 . Matchets next Door but one to M". Tre- 
foys, has the Symptoms of the Distemper. 

The above is all that has as yet come to our knowledge. 

THOMAS GUSHING 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJ B AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
NATH L THWING 

Select men of Boston. 
Boston Jan y . 16. 1764 

To the Hon ble . the Speaker of the Hon ble . the House of Repre- 
sentatives. 

[137.] M r . Michael Ash Appointed a Watch for M r . Labree 
House near the Rev d . m r . Elliots Meeting House, and the Town 
Clerk is directed to give him the necessary Orders. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan 7 17. 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 9 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Cap*. Deane came to the Selectmens Chamber and informed 
them that one of his Children has the Small Pox at his House on 
Colemans Wharff, and that he had remov'd his other Children 
from said House. As the Select men could not perswade them 
to consent that the Sick Child should be also removed, Orders 
were given that the House be shut up, and a Flag put out as a 
signal of Infection. 

M r . Samuel Ober appointed a Watch for Cap'. Deans House, 
and Orders given him in the common form. 

[Here ends the eleventh volume.] 



[NOTE. The Twelfth Volume of the Selectmen's Records be- 
gins January 17, 1764, evidently a continuation of the foregoing 
meeting. It comprises five parts, each with a separate pagination 
and a manuscript index. It closes abruptly, although the volume 
was not full. W. H. W.] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK TWELFTH. 



[1.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 17. 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay P^sq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen by D r . Doubt that a 
Servant of M r . Braclforcls at his House on Edmons Wliarff had the 
Small Pox out upon him. whereupon M r . Lewis one of the 
Selectmen went to his House and endeavoured to get his Consent 
for the removal of his Servant, but could not obtain it Orders 
were therefore given that the House should be shut up, and a Flag 
put out as a signal Infection. 

M r . Peter Curtis appointed a Watch for M r . Brad fords House, 
and the following Orders were given him 

Boston January 17. 1774. 
M r . Peter Curtis 

The Small Pox being at M r . Bradfords House on Colmans 
Wharff, We hereby Appoint you a Watch for said House, and 
our Directions to you are, that you suffer no Persons to go in or 
out of said House except the Doctors ; Any Necessarys that may 
be wanted for the Family, you are to get into them as well as you 
can. You must not leave [2.] The Watch until 10 O'Clock 
at Night, nor fail attending again by Day break. We have 
Ordered a Flag to be put out as a Signal of Infection in y e 
House ; and we depend on your behaving with great care and 
faithfulness in your Watch as the safety of the Inhabitants will 
much depend upon it, and on your so doing we shall make you a 
proper allowance for your services. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 17. 1764. P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 11 

There having been diverse false Reports propagated relative to 
the removal of M r . Bulklys Bed and Bedding, who died of the 
Small Pox The following Affidavite of M r . Hartley and Willis- 
ton who were employ'd in that service have been taken and are as 
follows Viz'. 

Boston January 17. 1764. 

I Thomas Hartley of lawful Age do hereby Testifie and declare, 
that by directions from the Selectmen of the Town of Boston, I 
came up to Town on the fourth of this Instant, and about 2 
O'Clock on said Day, the Bed & Bedding used by Cap*. Joseph 
Bulkley in the Tima of his Sickness of the Small Pox was in the 
most careful manner delivered on board of my Boat, and did not 
lay at all on the Wharff, but was directly put into the Cuddy of 
said Boat, and the Door of said Cuddy was immediately shut, and 
the said Boat was immediately put off from the Wharff and made 
the best of my way down to Rainsfords Island, and did not stop 
at any Wharff or else where 

THOMAS HARTLEY. 
Suffolk ss. Boston January 17. 1764 

Then M r . Thomas Hartley personally appeared and made sol- 
emn Oath to the truth of the above deposition subscribed by by 
him, taken at the desire of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
Before me 

BELCHER NOYES Justice of Peace 
A true Copy 

Att. WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

Boston January 17. 1764 

I Thomas Williston of Boston and of lawful Age do hereby 
testify and declare That by direction from the Selectmen of said 
Town on the fourth of this Instant at 2 O'Clock in the Afternoon 
of said Day ; the Bed & Bedding used in the Time of the Sickness 
of Capt. Joseph Bulkley of the Small Pox being carefully done up 
together was delivered by the Watchmen or Guard appointed at 
said Buckleys House to two Persons belonging to M r . Thomas 
Hartley Keeper of the Pest House on Rainsfords Island, and was 
instantly put on board the Boat of said Hartleys sent up for that 
purpose, said Bed or Bedding did not lay upon the Wharff, but 
was with the utmost dispatch put on board said Boat which could 
not in point of Time exceed two Minutes before it was put on board 
said Boat ; And the utmost care was taken that the Street and 
Wharff at the same Time should be clear of any Persons that might 
be exposed by the infection, and there was no one Person in view at 
that Time to the best of my knowledge, for all which care and 
caution special direction was given for that purpose by the Select- 
men. As to the Report that one of M r . Dommetts Family saw the 
Bed, said Person was sent into the House before said Bed was 
taken out of the House, nor was it carried by said Dommetts Gate, 
but down the Town Slip opposite to said Buckleys Door, and in- 
stantly put on board the Boat. 

THOMAS WILLISTON 
Suffolk ss. Boston Jan y . 17, 1764 

Then M r . Thomas Williston Personally appear'd and made 



12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Solemn Oatb to the truth of the within written deposition sub- 
scribed by him taken at the desire of the Selectmen 

before me 

BELCHER NOYES Justice of Peace 
A true Copy 

att. WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

[3.] M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed 
by two of the Selectmen to receive into that Hospital on the Prov- 
ince Charge one Patrick Kenally who came from Hailifax in Cap'. 
Bean, he having a lame Leg, and nothing where with to support 
himself 

M r . Foye Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston was Ordered to 
receive Elizabeth Carver, sent there on suspicion of having taken 
the Small Pox ; she having imprudently made a visit to M r . Labree 
who is extreamly ill with that Distemper. 

Information was given the Selectmen that it was suspected the 
Small Pox was at M r . Jchabod Willistons House, in Marlborough 
Street, whereupon one of the Selectmen went to said House taking 
D r . Cast with him, and found that one of his Children had the 
Distemper, and four others were to have it. The Selectmen 
having persuaded M r . Williston to consent that his Wife & Chil- 
dren should be removed to the Hospital at New Boston, it was 
accordingly done at 12. OClock this Night. 

M r . Williston having Reported to us that M. Adams who has 
been for a few Days sick of the Small Pox, died this Evening 
the following Orders were given him. 

Boston, January 17. 

M r . Thomas Williston 

You having Reported to us [4.] mat 

M. Adams who has been for some Days past sick of the Small 
Pox, died this Evening, Our Orders are that you get the Corps 
into a Tarr'd Sheet and Coffin as soon as may be, and that in the 
dead of the Night you bury the same in a Grave take the utmost 
care in the burial in every particular let a Man go before the 
Corps to give notice to anyone that may be passing those who 
carry the Body or enter the House to receive the same must not 
fail shifting and cleansing themselves. Tbe Guards must be still 
kept up at the House, and those within must take care not to burn 
anything that has Infection We shall give you farther directions 
as to the Bed, Bedding and Things in the House. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Tuesday Night 11 OClock 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Jan y . 18, 1764, A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen that M r . Pease and two 
of his Children were taken with the Small Pox at their House near 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 13 

the Rope Walks, and a little above M r . [5.] Paxtons House As 
He would not consent to a removal Orders were given that the 
House be shut up, and a Flag put out as a signal of Infection ; 
and M r . John Ware was appointed a Watch for said House, who 
hud Orders given him in the usual form. 

M r . Warner living in Fish Street informed the Selectman that 
two of his Children were this Morning taken down with the Small 
Pox, and that he had one other Child liable to the Distemper, 
As he would not consent to their being removed directions were 
given, that the House be shut up, and a Flag put out as a signal 
of Infection. 

Daniel Dounaley Appointed a Watch at the above House, and 
the Town Clerk was directed to give him his Orders accordingly. 

D r . Doubt this Morning the Selectmen that one Gardner living 
at the Widow Jervis's House near the North Battery, was taken 
with the Small Pox, He had it bad and is in poor suffering Cir- 
cumstances whereupon the House was shut up, and a Flag put 
out as a signal of Infection Application was made to M r . Whit- 
well one of the Overseers to supply the Necessarys, that may be 
required for the Sick Person. 

AI r . M c . Larry was Appointed a Watch for M". Jervis's House 
and the Town Clerk was directed to furnish him with the neces- 
sary Orders. 

[6.] John Sergeant Appointed a Watch for M r . Adams House, 
and he had Orders given him in the usual form. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that an Infant of 
M. Adams's who deceased with the Small Pox, was suffering for 
want of a Breast immediate enquiry was made for a Wet Nurse, 
and one was found at M r . Tuckermans who had a good Breast of 
Milk, who at the request of the Selectmen readily parted with her 
upon Condition that she should be returned to his Family when 
he acquainted them that he svanted her. The Nurse whose Name 
was Burnet was accordingly sent to M r . Adams's House to take 
the care of his Child. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan 17 . 1764. P.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

D r . Cast informed the Selectmen that a Child of M r . Nazaro's 
living in Fish Street, has the Small Pox out upon him as He 
would not consent that it should be removed to the Hospital ; Or- 
ders were given, that the [7.] House be shut up immediately, and 
a Flag put out as a signal of Infection James Martin was ap- 
pointed a Watch for said House, and the Town Clerk was directed 
to give him his Orders. 

Ichabod Williston appointed a Watch for the Hospital at New 
Boston, and the Town Clerk was directed to give him his Orders. 



14 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y 19, 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent Mess". Drapers this Morn- 
ing for a place in his Paper. 

Boston, Jan y . 19, 1764. 10 Clock A.M. 

The Public are hereby Notified that the Small Pox is now in 
fourteen Houses in this Town all of which are situated in Fish 
Street near where the first Person who had the Distemper dwelt, 
except M r . Labrees by Rev d . Andrew Elliots Church, M r . Halls 
in Paddys Alley North of Mill Bridge, M. Jervis's near the 
North Battery and M r . Peases at the [8.] Head of Greys Rope 
Walk ; at all these Places Flags are put out, and Guards placed to 
prevent a further spread of the Infection 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

M r . Edward Ireland appointed an Out-Guard as a further pre- 
caution against the spread of the Small Pox, and the following 
Orders were given him. 

Boston, January 19. 1766. [sic.] 
.M r . Edward Ireland. 

It being of the utmost consequence that Endeavors should be 
still used to prevent the further spread of the Small Pox. We 
have appointed you an Out-Guard, and you are to take your Sta- 
tion near D r . Clark's House, and our directions to you are that 
you examine every Person passing by you, whether they have had 
the Small Pox, and if they answer that they have not had it, or 
you should suspect that they have not, you are then to prevent 
their proceeding by all proper methods. We depend upon your 
behaving with great care and faithfulness, in your Watch, and on 
your so doing we shall make you a proper allowance for your ser- 
vice. 

By Order of the Selectmen. 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

[9.] M r . M c Near appointed one of the Out-Guards and his 
Station ordered to be by Deacon Tnders, and the same directions 
were given him, as was the other Out-Guard. 

D r . Cast informed the Select men that a Child of M. Brights 
living in Fish Street was taken down with the Small Pox. As they 
would not consent to its being removed, Orders were given, that 
the House be shut up &c. And a Watch was appointed for said 
House the Watchmans name, Thomas Demerry. 

The Select men being apprehensive that some of the inhabitants 
might go upon the practice of Inoculating their Family s, if the In- 
fected House should come up to the number of twenty ; it was 
thought proper to send the following Letter to M r . Thorn' Gushing 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 15 

one of our Representatives, who is now at Cambridge where the 
General Court now sets on acco* of the Small Pox, being in Boston. 

Boston January 19, 1764. 
M r Thomas Gushing 
Sir, 

We find the Law which obliges the Inhabitants to inform the 
Selectmen when the Small Pox breaks out in their Familys, is of 
no force so soon as twenty Familys are infected with it ; Now as 
this Distemper is but in few Houses except [1O.] the Neighbour- 
hood in Fish Street, we apprehend that there should be Twenty 
Familys Infected yet it might be at least check'd for some length 
of Time should our care be continued, otherwise Persons will im- 
mediately go into Inoculation and spread it all over the Town as 
soon as that Circumstance takes place. We therefore refer it to 
you and the rest of the Boston Seat whether it may not be expe- 
dient to have something done by the General Court respecting this 
matter immediately. This comes to you by an Express who will 
bring us an answer. We are 

Your Brethren in Office & Hum. Serv 1 . 

JOHN SCOLLAY. 

BENJAMIN AUSTIN. 

SAMUEL SEWALL. 

EZEKIEL LEWIS. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 19. 1764. P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The following Letter is in answer to the above wrote M r Gush- 
ing 

Cambridge, Jan^ 19. 1764 
Gentlemen 

I have communicated your Letter [11.] to the Boston Members 
and they think it not adviseable to m:ike any new Provisions 
relative to the Small Pox, unless the mind of the Town was known 
on this Head, we earnestly desire your best care to prevent the 
Infections spreading 

Your Humble Servant 

THOMAS GUSHING 
To The Select men of Boston. 

M r . Petit living in Fish Street informed the Selectmen that his 
Child was taken with the Small Pox, As he could not be per- 
suaded to consent to a removal He was directed to shut up his 
House and put out a Flag as a signal of Infection. 

M r . Philip Carrel appointed a Guard for the above House, 
and Orders were given him in the common form. 

The Town Clerk was directed to give M r . David Osborne one of 
the Guard, an Order upon M r . Alexander Boyes for four feet of 
Wood. 

M". Priscilla Fowle was sent by the Selectmen to M r . Jervis's 



16 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

House, as a Nurse for M r . Gardner who has the Small Pox there, 
and is in want of proper help. 

It having been Reported to the Selectmen that M r . Chase living 
in Frog Lane has the Small Pox, and that it was suspected he bad 
received the same by Inoculation [12.] D r . Whitworth was im- 
mediately sent for & directed to see said Person and examine. into 
the Ground of this Report. 

D r . Whitworth attended, and acquainted the Selectmen that 
agreeable to their Directions he had seen M r . Chase and can assure 
them that there is nothing in the Report of his having the Small 
Pox or being Inoculated. 

D r . Cast informed the Select men that M r . Green in Black Horse 
Lane has a Servant Boy sick of the Small Pox ; as he could not 
be perswaded to consent to his being removed, the Shop was 
ordered to be shut a Flag to be put out as a signal of Infection 
and M r . Michael Ryan was appointed a Guard for said House 
and Orders given him accordingly. 

M r . Whitcomb the Watch at M. Trefoys House having be- 
haved in a noisy turbulent manner M r . Williston was directed 
to acquaint him, that the Selectmen had dismissed him from that 
service. 

The following was wrote M r . Gushing in reply to his Letter en- 
tred on the other side. 

Boston January 19 th 1 764 
M r . Thomas Gushing 

Sir 

We received yours but still we are of the 

mind that it is of the utmost importance that something should be 
done by the Court concerning what we wrote you, its possible by 
the continuance of our [12^.] Power although twenty Families 
should be taken down we may yet stop the progress of the Infec- 
tion, at least so far as to keep it back for some Time ; the advan- 
tage of which to the Town has often been mentioned by the most 
approved Physicians. All we aim at is to have the power only for 
the present immergency : The situation of the Small Pox now is 
very different from what it ever was, it being so much in Families 
that are all in a Cluster, and probably they may all get through 
without spreading it further, as People are now more cautious 
themselves than they were at first, We would have you show both 
the Letters, to the Secretar3' and consult him upon them, If any- 
thing is done you must do it immediately as there is seventeen 
Familys down and People stand ready to Inoculate 

Your Humble Serv". 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Jan y . 19. 1764 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration the difflcultys the 
Inhabitants must be under for want of Wood and other Firing if 
the Small Pox should spread before the Spring advances ; ap 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 17 

pointed M r . Lewis to visit the several Wharfingers and to desire 
them not to let more [12^.] Than four or six Feet of Wood be 
carried to any one Person that no such Families as are now in want 
may have a present supply. 

The Selectmen wrote M r . Gushing the state of the Town with 
respect to the Small Pox, and desired him to lay the same before 
the General Court now sitting at Cambridge. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 20, 1764. A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq.. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Petit attended, and informed the Selectmen, that the Doc- 
tors who had just now visited his Child, which was supposed to 
have the Small Pox, are of Opinion, that it has not got that Dis- 
temper, and that its complaints were wholly occasioned by its 
Teeth ; whereupon Orders were given to take down the Flag and 
dismiss the Guard. 

The Select men having prevailed with M r . Adams to consent 
that his Child should be removed from his House to the Hospital 
at New Boston, they at about 12. OClock that Night took M r . 
Williston and a number of hands with the Sedan to said House, 
when they received the Wet Nurse and Child and carried them to 
said Hospital [13.] Those who remained of the Famiy were 
directed to continue Smoking and cleansing the House, Bed Bedding 
&c. uutill the Selectmen are satisfied that they clear of Infection. 

Mess". Scollay and Austin went to M r . Greens House to en- 
deavor the removal of his Servant to the Hospital, provided it was 
the Opinion of the Physicians that it might be done without 
endangering his Life. D r . Whitworth and Cast were the Gentle- 
men consulted, the latter was of the mind that a removal must 
endanger Life, the former declared that if it was a Child of his 
own he would remove it, and that the safety of the Town required 
its being done Those Gentlemen then waited upon his Honor the 
Lieutenant Governor who in the Morning had offered M r . Austin 
to issue a Warrant for the removal of the aforesaid Person, and 
acquainted him with, the Opinion of the Doctors, and that the Lad 
himself as well as his friends were quite averse to his being 
removed They then desired his Honors Opinion upon the Case, 
but he seemd diffident as to the power of the Selectmen to remove 
him under such Circumstances His Honors Opinion was likewise 
desired as to the Power of the Selectmen to Impress any House 
that may be occupied, or to remove Persons who had not had the 
Small Pox, out of their own [14.] Houses to others without their 
consent, when they should apprehend, that the safety of the Town 
required it. But his Honor declined giving a sudden answer on 
this head. 

Mess. Ryan & Carrol were appointed a Watch for M r . Greens 
House, and the Town Clerk was directed to give them Orders in 
writinsr as usual. 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that M r . Gardner 
near the North Battery died this Morning of the Small Pox the 
following Orders were given M r . Willistou relative to his buryal. 

Boston, January 20, 1764 
M r . Thomas Williston 

Information being given us that m r . Gard- 
ner near the North Battery who had been for some time sick of 
the Small Pox, died this morning. Our Orders are that you get 
the Corps into a Tarr'd Sheet & Coffin as soon as may be, and that 
between the Hours of 12 and 1 O'Clock this Night you bury the 
same in a Grave ; let a Man go before the Corps at some distance 
to give notice to anyone that may be passing ; Those who carry 
the Corps or enter the House to receive the same must not fail 
shifting and cleansing themselves The Guard must still con- 
tinue their Duty at the House, and you must direct those within 
not to burn anything that has Infection Your utmost care is 
required in every particular. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

[15.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 20, 1764. P.M. 
.Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Mess. Scollay and Austin are Appointed to accompany his 
Honor the Lieutenant Governor, this Afternoon at 4 O'Clock, to 
M r . Greens House in Black Horse Lane, where he has a Servant 
sick of the Small Pox, who cannot be removed in order to per- 
suade those who inhabit the Infected House and have not had the 
Distemper, to move out of it, to some place of more safety, as 
also those in the Neighborhood who may be in like danger of tak- 
ing the Infection, to do the same. 

Mess. Scollay and Austin Reported to the Selectmen that they 
together with His Honor the Lieuetent Governor had been at M r . 
Greens House, and prevailed with the People there and in other 
Familys exposed, to remove, provided they can be any ways 
accommodated with Places to dwell in. 

The General Court now sitting at Cambridge having this Morn- 
ing in consequence of the Representation made to them by the 
Selectmen on the Yesterday ; Enacted a Law to prevent the 
immediate spread of of the Small Pox in this Town, by a too 
hasty Inoculation. [16.] Voted, that Mess Green and Russell 
be desired, that they immediately Print off One Thousand Copy's 
of said Law, and that the Constables of this Town, be directed to 
disperse the same amongst the Inhabitants on the Morrow. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y 21. 1764. A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 19 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Scaramel attended and informed the Selectmen that a Ser- 
vant of his had the Small Pox out upon him at his House near 
M r . Pembertons Church the Selectmen could not prevail upon 
him, to consent that his Negro should be removed, they therefore 
Ordered the House to be shut up, and a Flag to be put out as a 
signal of Infection, and appointed Edward Dimpsey a "Watch for 
said House, who had written Orders given him in the usual form. 
The following Writing was delivered M r . James Sherman. 
Whereas M r . James Sherman at the desire of the Selectmen 
has moved himself a Child for the present out of his Honse in 
Black Horse Lane that is infected with y e Small Pox. The Select- 
men do agree to pay to said Sherman whatever extraordinary 
charge he may be at in so doing 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Jan 7 . 21. 1764. 

[17.] The following Writing was given M r . Isaac Mas- 
singham. 

Whereas M r . Isaac Massingham has at the desire of the Select 
men moved his Family for the present out of the House in Black 
Horse Lane that is infected with the Small Pox. the Selectmen 
do agree to pay the Rent of the House he goes from untill his 
return, and to pay the Expence of his moving his Family and Fur- 
niture to and from the House he is going into, and to pay the 
Expence of a Doctor, if there should be occasion for one. 

JOHN SCOLLAY for himself & the rest of the Selectmen. 
Boston Jan*. 21, 1764 

This Day the Selectmen inclosed in a Letter to M r . Thomas 
Gushing, the present state of the Small Pox in this Town to be 
communicated to the General Court still sitting at Cambridge. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan 7 . 21. 1764, P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq."! 

It being thought veiy necessary, for preventing the spread of 
the Small Pox, that M r . Scammels Negro be [18.] Removed, the 
following Letter was sent D r . John Perkins who attends said Ser- 
vant. 

Boston, Jan 7 . 21. 1764 
Sir. 

We received your information concerning M r . Scammels 
Servant, his Master is averse to his being removed to the Hospital, 
we should be glad of your Opinion whether he may be removed 
without endangering his Life, and if its your mind we shall take 



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

it as a favor if you would use your Influence to persuade M r . 
Scammel to it. 

Your Humble Servants 

THE SELECTMEN. 

D r . Perkins. 

The Selectmen received a Letter from D r . Perkins in reply to 
the above, acquainting them, that he had in cornplyance with their 
request endeavoured to perswade M r . Scammell to consent to his 
Servant being removed, but without effect, he being still abso- 
lutely against its being done. 

D r . Doubt attended and informed the Selectmen that a Lad of 
M r . Walters in Paddys Alley had the Symptoms of the Small Pox 
upon him. The Select men having obtain'd consent for his re- 
moval, he was accordingly removed this Day to the Hospital at 
New Boston. 

Information was given the Selectmen that M>. Andersons Son 
in Fish Street who has been some time sick of the Small Pox died 
this Day at Noon where upon the following Orders were given 
M r . Williston, relative to his Buryal [ 19.} and that of any others 
that may decease of the Distemper before the Guards are taken off 
the Infected Houses. 

Boston. January 21, 17G4. 

M r . Thomas Williston. 

M r . Andersons Son who has had the Small 

Pox for sometime past having deceased this Day & being appre- 
hensive it may be the fate of some others now sick of the Distem- 
per Our Orders to you respecting the Buiyals Are That you 
get the Corps of all such into a Tarr'd Sheet and Coffin as soon :is 
may be after their decease, and that between the Hours of 12 
O'clock at Night and 4 O'Clock in the Morning you bury the same 
in a Grave in one of our burying Grounds, such as die to the 
Northward of the Bridge at the North and others at the South 
Buryal places. Let a Man always go before the Corps at some 
distance to give notice to any One that may be passing those 
who carry the Corps, or enter the House to receive the same, must 
not fail shifting and cleansing themselves, and you must caution 
those who belong to them, not to burn any Thing that has 
Infection Your utmost care is required in every particular. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 22 d , 17G4. A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

[2O.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen that a Negro Servant of 
M r . Bradfords on Columns Wharff died at 3 O'Clock this Morn- 
ing whereupon M r . Willistou was directed to put the Corps 
immediately into a Tarr'd Sheet & Coffin, and that the same be 
Interred this Night, he observing in every respect the Written 
Orders lately given him relative to such Bnryals. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1704. 21 

The Select" being informed, that M r . Carrol one of the Watch 
appointed for M r . Greens House in Black Horse Lane had behaved 
with negligence M r . Sweetser was directed to acquaint him that 
they had dismissed him from that service. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 22 d , 1764. Sabbath 
Evening. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Consent having been obtained therefor, M". Gardner and her 
three Children were by direction of the Selectmen removed the last 
Night from M r . Jervis House which was much infected, to the 
Hospital at New Boston on supposition that they had taken the 
Distemper. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 22 d . 1764 

Present 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The following Advertizemeut was sent the several Printers for a 
place in their Papers. 

Boston January 23 d . 1764 
9 O'Clock A.M. 

The Public are herby Notified that there are now but thirteen 
Familys in Town in which any are sick of the Small Pox, at all 
these places Flags are kept out ; Care is taken that those Houses 
in which Persons have died or from which they have been removed, 
should be so smoked and cleansed, as to prevent any Infection 
being received therefrom. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

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'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 7 - 

Wheaten 11 - 4 

Houshold 15 - 

Two Peny White Loaf 15 

Two Peny Wheaten Loaf 1-6-8 

Houshold 1 - 14 - 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4-4-8 

Houshold 5 - 11 - 8 

Of Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 8*9- 

Houshold 11 - 6 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-11 

N.B. 7 Biskets must weigh 1-14 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat ) 2-13 

^ Rye Meal must weigh j 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 24, 1764. P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 

M r . Williston informed the Selectmen that M. Warren who 
has had the Small Pox at her House near the Rev d . M r . Pember- 
tons Church, died this Afternoon of that Distemper, whereupon 
M r . Williston was directed to put the Corps immediately into a 
Tarred Sheet and Coffin, and that the same be Interred this Night, 
he observing in every respect the written Orders given him relative 
to such Buryals. 

Information having been given the Selectmen [23.] that at 
about 5 O'Clock in the Evening, M r . Labree died of the Small Pox 
at his House near the Rev d . M r . Elliots church directions were 
given M r . Williston to bury him immediately, agreable in every 
respect to his written Orders. 

M r . Brick and about ten other Persons all Heads of Fnmilys 
dwelling at the North End of the Town, attended this Evening, 
when they represented to the Selectmen that they apprehended 
from the situation of their Houses in respect of the infected places, 
they were greatly exposed to receive the Small Pox in the natural 
way, which was now attended with great Mortality, unless they 
were permitted to Inoculate their Familys immediately they there- 
fore pra3 - ed the Selectmen to take this matter into consideration 
and afford them the best advice under their present Circum- 
stances. 

The Selectmen having considered of the above acquainted M r . 
Brick and the others with him, that as there was not that number 
of Familys infected with the Small Pox, which the old Law makes 
necessary before liberty be given to Inoculate, they could not 
especially as by the new Law the number was enlarged, grant 
them the liberty pray'd for. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 24. 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

[24:.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Roach living at the bottom of Cold Lane acquainted the 
Selectmen that a Child of his about twenty Months old was 
taken with the Small-Pox M r . Lewis together with D r . Whitworth 
went to the House and used many Arguments to presuade the 
Mother to consent to its being removed, but in vain Orders 
were then given that the House be shut, and a Flag put out as 
a signal of Infection, and Robert McNear was appointed a Guard 
for said House, and Directions given him accordingly. 

Two Letters were this Morning sent M r Thorn 9 . Gushing by M r . 
Green who is imploy'cl by the General Court now sitting at Cam- 
bridge, giving the State of the Town with respect to the Small 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 23 

Pox, and the following Memorial was inclosed him, to make such 
use of as he may Judge proper. 
Province of Massachusetts Bay, 

To His Excellency Francis Barnard Esq. Cap'. General and 
Governor in Chief in and over his Majestys Province afores d . 
The Hon ble his Majestys Councils & the Hon ble House of Represen- 
tatives in General Court [25.] Assembled at Cambridge in the 
County of Middlesex the twenty fourth Day of Jan y . One Thou- 
sand seven Hundred & sixty-four. 

The Memorial of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston in the 
County of Suffolk 
Humbly Sheweth 

That God in his holy Providence is threatning to visit the said 
Town with a contagious and mortal Sickness, the Small Pox, which 
in its progress will be very distressing to the multitude of their 
Poor and nedy Famitys, and the general Calamity will be greatly 
aggravated to them by their want of means to meet the Distemper 
in the most salutary way, or to supply themselves with such 
Necessaries without which they must suffer it any way that it may 
come upon them. Their Neighbors in better circumstances who 
must share with them the common distress, cannot afford that 
relief they were wont to at such Times, having been overdone 
with heavy Taxes, and many of them straightened by heavy losses. 
The Town Officers have no Fund to go to for their help, there 
being no money in the Town Treasuiy. The Taxes have been 
such for years past that what with the difflciency for years past 
from Abatements to Persons who have made it appear they were 
over rated on the Province Town & County Taxes which all [26.] 
Came out of the Town Tax ; and what with the difficulty others 
have found in raising Money to pay their Assessment the Town is 
above twelve Months short of paying their necessary charges, 
whereof a great proportion is the maintenance of their Poor, for a 
considerable part of which the Town is now obliged pay Interest. 

Under these distressing Circumstances give us leave to ask the 
Compassion of your Excellency and Honors to the Poor of the 
Town of Boston so far as to grant such a Sum of Mouy to be put 
into the Hands of the Overseers of the Poor of said Town for their 
Relief as your Excellency and Honors may in your Wisdom Judge 
meet and your Memorialists shall in duty bound ever pray &c. 

BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
NATHANIEL THWING 

Selectmen of Boston 

M r . Vose who Leased a Stall in the Market, came this Morning 
and acquainted the Selectmen, that being obliged on account of 
the Small Pox, he should not hold said Stall any longer. 

The following Writing was given the Pebreenes for the Select- 
men of Cambridge 

Boston Jan y . 20, 1764 

Gentlemen 

[27.] Charles Pebreen an Accadian his Mother and five 



24 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Sisters have been assigned this Town, their fears of the Small 
Pox induced them to hire a House in Cambridge. If they should 
become a charge while with you we will receive them again or sat- 
isfy you for the same. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen of Boston, Jan y . 24. 1764 P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezckiel Lewis Esq. 

On the seventeenth of this Instant one John Gray a Shoemaker 
in this Town, employ'd as a Guard at M r . Mon Warren's House 
was sent for at half after 10 O'Clock at Night to assist in the re- 
moval of a Person to the Hospital, while waiting for that purpose 
he suddenly started up and told the Selectmen that he had seen 
M rs . Adams who died of the Small that Evening ; jthere was some 
resentment express'd against this behavior, and he was questioned, 
what could induce him to [28.] Go into an infected Chamber, he 
answered that he did it inadvertently upon hearing the Woman 
was dead, as he was upon an errand to the said Adams for Balm 
while he was thus interrogated M r . Williston and others came in 
and give information to the same purpose from whence it was 
concluded that he would not have acquainted the Selectmen with 
his conduct had he not apprehended, it would be done by those 
Persons who had detected him ; He consented to be smoked and 
cleansed, and the Watch at the Dock were ordered to take him 
and see it done effectually he notwithstanding endeavour'd to 
make his escape but was prevented, he pretended that no Victuals 
had been given him that Day, and pray'd that he might go home 
and refresh himself, but was refused. 

The next Day information was given by M r . Thomas AVilliston 
that the Nurses at M. Adams's particularly M. Fennisee ac- 
quainted him that the said Gray came up into the Chamber where 
M rs . Adam Corps lay telling them that the Selectmen had sent 
him to see M r9 . Adams, and 'going up to the Corps, he rubbed a 
Paper upon the Arm saying these are the Sclectmens Orders, 
which behavior of his appeared to them very strange and extraor- 
dinary Upon hearing this M r . Sweetser was sent to enquire of 
m r . Mon Warren whether he had sent the said Grey to M r . Adama 
for Balm and whether he had refused him Victuals the Day be- 
fore To which Questions it was returned that the said Gray was 
not [29.] Sent for Balm ; and that he had Chocolat in the Morn- 
ing and Roast Beef at Noon given him. The said Gra}' coming to 
the Chamber for his pay just after this information was given was 
again detained, and Complaint made to M r . Justice Dana as fol- 
lows Viz'. 

Boston January 18, 1764. 
Sir, 

We the Subscribers Selectmen of Boston enter our complaint 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 25 

against John Gray of this Town Shoemaker for that when he had 
offered himself as a Guard to prevent any Person entring into M r . 
Daniel Mon Warrens House in which his Wife was sick of the 
Small Pox, did in direct violation of our written Orders leave his 
Station and enter into M r . Adams House Just after his Wife de- 
ceased of said Distemper, and took hold of her Corps and as the 
Nurses say took his written Orders and rubbed them on the 
deceaseds Arm, and all as we apprehend with a malicious design 
to spread the Infection of the Small Pox 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEW ALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
To M r . Justice Dana 

In consequence of the above the said Gray was sent to and now 
confined in the Stone Jayl. 

At a Meetinglbf the Selectmen, Jan y . 25. 1764. 
[SO.] Present 

John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Williston acquainted the Selectmen that a Child of M r . 
Briglits in Fish Street which had been sick of the Small Pox some 
Days past, died this Morning whereupon M r . Williston was 
directed to proceed in the buryal &c. agreeable to his Written 
Orders. 

M r . Abel Badger living near Charlestown Ferry informs the 
Selectmen that he had taken into his House as a Tenant one God- 
frey and Wife. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 26 1764. A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The following Advertisement was this Morning sent Mess". 
Draper for a place in their Papers. 

Boston January 26, 1764 9 o'Clock A.M. 

Publick Information is hereby given that there are now but 
Eleven Familys in Town in which are any sick [31.] Of the Small 
Pox ; at all these Places Flags are kept out, Care is taken that 
those Houses in which Persons have died, or from which they have 
been removed, should be so smoked and cleansed as to prevent 
any Infection being received therefrom 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
This Morning a Letter was sent M r . dishing at Cambridge giving 



26 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

him on a'ccount of the state of the Small Pox, in order to be com- 
municated to the General Court. 

M r . Sergeant who had been imploy'd as a Guard at M r . Adams's 
House in Fish Street was this Morning dismissed from that ser- 
vice, it being apprehended that from the care taken to smoke and 
cleanse the House the keeping up the Watch would be a needless 
expence. 

M r . Curtis who had been eraploy'd as a Guard at M r . Brad- 
fords House in Fish Street was this morning dismissed from 
that service, the House having been sufficiently smoked and 
cleansed. 

M. Labree whose Husband died lately of the Small Pox, was 
this Morning with her children removed to the Hospital at New 
Boston, she consenting thereto and the House having been well 
smoked and cleansed, M r . Ash who had been imploy'd as a Guard 
was dismissed that service. 

[32.] M r . Williston informed the Selectmen that a Negro of 
M r . Scammeis living near the Rev d . M r . Pembertons Meeting 
House died last night of the Small Pox, whereupon the proper 
Directions were given for the Burial, of the Corps this Night. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 27, 1764 a.m. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis, Esq. 

M r . Dunn, employed as a Guard at Cap*. Halls House in 
Paddys Alley informed the Selectmen that the said Hall had 

just died in a very sudden manner, whereupon M r . Williston 

was directed to see that the Corps was put into a Tarr'd Sheet 
and Coffin, and that the same be buried this Night, agreable to 
the Written Orders given him for such Funerals. [Note in margin 
"M r . Dunn Dead of the Small Pox," probably a clerical error. 
W. H. W.] 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y 27, 1764. P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

[33.] The Selectmen being informed that a Child of M r . Ben- 
jamin Eustis's who went with his Family to Cambridge that he 
might escape the Small Pox, was just brought to Town on suspi- 
cion of having that Distemper. M r . Williston was sent to said 
Eustices's to enquire into the truth of the above Report, and 
found it to be as was represented, and that he would not suffer his 
Child to be removed from his House situated near the Mill Pond 
the said child was removed from Cambridge to this Town by a 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 27 

"Warrant from Governor and Council. A Flag was ordered out as 
a signal of Infection, and Nicholas Murphy was appointed a 
Watch for said House and Orders given him accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y 28. 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

This Morning the State of the Town with respect to the Small 
Pox, was forwarded to our Representatives at Cambridge to be 
laid before the General Court. 

M r . Thomas Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Is- 
land, having agreable to Order, brout up his Boat. M r . Williston 
was directed to deliver to M r . Hartleys People [31:.] At 12 
O'Clock at Night the Beds Bedding &c. from Mess". Labree 
Gardner, Anderson, Bradford, Adams & Scammels Houses, that 
the same may be carried down to the Island for a more thorough 
airing and cleansing, all which were delivered the last Night in 
the most careful manner. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Sergeant for Two Pounds eight Shillings and eight Pence being 
for his Wages as a Guard at the Houses infected with the Small 
Pox p. Account. 

A Draft on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Peter Curtis for 
Two Pounds, six Shillings and Eight pence being for his Wages as a 
Guard &c. at the Houses Infected with the Small Pox p. 
Account. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Michael 
Ash for Two pounds twelve Shillings being in full of his Wages 
as a Guard at the Infected Houses p. Account. 

A Draft was made on m r . Treasurer Jeffries in favour fo Thomas 
and John Williston for Seven Pounds ten Shillings and eight pence 
being for Services in the Small Pox p. Account. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of David 
Lenox, for two Pounds, it being for digging ten Graves, for Per- 
sons who deceased with the Small Pox p. Account 

[i5.] A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of 
John llolbrook for One Pound, six Shillings lawful Money, being 
for services in the Small Pox p. Acco 1 . 

Orders were given Mess". Gardner, Scammel, Labree, Bradford, 
Anderson and Adams to open the Windows of their Houses this 
Night at 12 O'Clock and that they be shut again before Day. 

Patrick M c .Lary was directed to leave the Watch at M r . Gard- 
ners House, it being apprehended the same is now free from 
Infection. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 29 l . 1764. Sabbatb 
Evening. 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Last Night died and was buried M r . Roachs Child whose House 
is at the bottom of Cold Lane, those precautions was taken in the 
Burial, by M r . Williston which are enjoin'd him in his written 
Orders. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 30. 1764. A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 

[36.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent the Printers this Morning 
to be published in their Papers of this Day. 

Boston January 30. 1764 9 OClock A.M. 

Publick Information is hereby given, that there are now but nine 
Familys in Town, in which are any sick of the Small Pox ; at all 
these Places Flags are kept out. Care is taken that those Houses 
in which Persons have died, or from which they have been removed, 
should be so smoked and cleansed as to prevent any Infection 
being received therefrom. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

This Morning the Selectmen received a Letter from D r . John 
Perkins acquainting them that M r . Eustiss Child which was brought 
into this' Town from Cambridge on Fryday last on suspicion of 
having the Small Pox, had not that Distemper, but only the 
Chicken Pox. 

Upon the above information the Clerk was directed to make an 
alteration in the Advertisement sent the several Printers relative 
to the Small Pox, and they were accordingly altered in Mess". 
Fleets and Green and Russells Papers, but Mess". Edes and Gills 
Paper being before that struck off, it could not be done there. 
The Advertisement in Green & Russells Paper [37.] Was Dated 
January 30 th . 1764. 10 OClock and the number of Familys in 
which were any said to have the Small Pox was reduced from 
Nine to Eight being all that are now visited with that Distemper. 

The Person who was admitted into Cap*. Halls House as an 
Assistant while he lay sick of the Small Pox having been smoked 
and cleansed, and a fresh shift of Cloaths provided for him, was 
dismiss' d from that service. 

It having been Reported to the Selectmen that M r . Brick had 
Inoculated his Child, he was sent for and examined, but denied 
that any of them had been Inoculated. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Patrick 
McLary for three Pounds six Shillings being for services in the 
Small Pox. p. Account 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 29 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Nicholas 
Murphy for Nine Shillings and four Pence being for services in 
the Small Pox p. Account. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of David 
Osborne for Four Pounds two Shillings being for services in the 
Small Pox p. Account. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Edward 
Ireland for One Pound, three Shillings being for services in the 
Small Pox p. Account. 

[38.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 30 1764. P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor Priscilla 
Fowle imploy'd as a Nurse to one of the sick of the Small Pox, for 
One Pounds, p. Account. 

Passed upon several Accounts brought in against the Town 
for which the Town Clerk was directed to give his Drafts on the 
Treasury. 

Information was given at the Selectmen by M r . Williston that 
M rs . Adams Infant at the Hospital at New Boston died there of a 
Fever this Morning, where upon he was directed to bury the 
Corps this night. 

It being apprehended by the Selectmen that Mess. Adams's 
Labrees Gardners and Bradfords Houses have been so smoked 
and cleansed, as that there can be no danger of Infection The 
Flags were ordered down, and the Guards dismissed from their 
service at said Houses. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 31. 1764. A.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 

[39.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of M. 
Mary Jarvis for Thirteen Shillings and eight Pence being for sun- 
drys supply'd the Sick of the Small Pox- p. acco'. 

M r . Procter who keeps the Schooner Tavern in Fish Street 
acquainted the Selectmen that a Maid in his House was supposed 
to have the Small Pox, upon which he was urged by the Select 
men to consent that she should be removed, and his answer is 
expected in the afternoon. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 81. 1764 P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Proctor this Afternoon sent the following Letter to the 
Selectmen. 
Gentlemen, 

I have thought upon the affair, and am determined, not to have 
my Children moved upon any account 

Your Most Obed'. Hum. Serv*. 

EDWARD PROCTER 

[4O.] Upon M r . Procters refusing to have his Children moved 
out of his House ; Orders were given that the same should be shut 
and a Flag put out as a signal of Infection- and Edward Denesey 
was appointed a Guard and Directions given him for his conduct. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 1, 1764 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin P^sq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

D r . Pecker came to the Selectmens Chamber & acquainted them 
that all M rs . Doinmitts Children which had been sick of the Small 
Pox, were now well and free from that Disorder where upon 
Directions were given that the House Bedding &c should be 
immediately well smoked & cleansed that so no Infection may be 
received therefrom. 

M r . Warren acquainted the Selectmen that one of his Children 
had the appearance of the Small Pox upon him, upon which the 
Guard had Orders not to let any Person but the Doctors enter 
the House, and to take the same care in all respects as when the 
Mother was sick of that Distemper. 

[41.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 2 d . 1764. 

Present 

The following Advertisement was sent Mess. Drapers, for a 
place in their paper- Viz*. 

Boston Feb y . 2 d . 1764 
9 O Clock A.M. 

Publick Information is hereby given, That there are now but Nine 
Families in Town in which are any sick of the Small Pox ; At 
all these places Flags are put out- Care is taken that those 
Houses in which Persons have died or from which they have been 
removed, should be so smoked and cleansed, as to prevent any 
Infection being removed therefrom. 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 3 d . 1764 

Present 

Information was given the Select men that one Barber a Ser- 
vant of M r . Newells the Cooper being near D r . Archibalds was 
brought this Afternoon from Charlestown on suspicion of having 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 31 

the Small Pox D r . Pecker was thereupon desired to visit said 
Person, and Report to the Selectmen his Opinion who accordingly 
Reported, that having examined his Symtoms he was satisfied that 
he had not that Distemper, but an eruptive Disorder of another 
kind. 

[43.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 4 1764 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Towing Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Hamburry for Two Pounds sixteen Shillings and one Peny, being 
for services in the Small Pox, as p. his Account on File. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 5, 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

D r . Whetworth having acquainted the Selectmen that one Clark 
a Servant of his Excellency the Governors had the Symptoms of the 
Small Pox M r . Cooper was directed to wait on his Excellency 
and ask his consent for the removal of said Servant, which from a 
regard to the safety of the Inhabitants was granted and said 
Clark was accordingly removed this Afternoon to the Hospital at 
New Boston. 

[43.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 6, 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent the several Printers for a 
place in their Papers. 

Boston February 6*. 1764, 9 o'Clock a.m. 
Publick information is hereby given, that there are now but 
Nine Familys in Town in which are any sick of the Small Pox ; 
At all these Places Flags are kept out. Care is taken that those 
Houses in which Persons have Died, or recovered, or from which 
they have been removed should be so smoked and cleansed as to 
prevent any Infection being received therefrom. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

M r . Paul Revere living near Dr. Clarks in Fish Street acquainted 
the Selectmen that a Child of his has the Small Pox out upon it, 
they could not prevail on him to consent to its being removed, there- 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

fore Ordered a Flag to be put out, and appointed Nicholas Mur- 
phy as a Guard for said House who had Directions given him for 
his Conduct in Writing. 

[44.] Mr. Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford's 
Island, attended and informed the Selectmen that one George 
Baston who has had the Small Pox is now recovered, but so poor 
that he cannot defray the Charge of his sickness &c. upon 
which the Selectmen directed m r . Hartley to let the said Baston 
leave the Island when he thought proper. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a Draft on the Treasury for 
Twenty-five Pounds on account of what is due to him for his ser- 
vices in that Office. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Feb 7 7, 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Bayes living near the North Battery, acquainted the Select 
men that one of his children has taken the Small Pox ; he would 
not consent to its removal, therefore Orders were given that a Flag 
be put out of his House as a signal of Infection ; and Patrick 
M c Lary was appointed a Watch, and Orders given him accord- 
ingly- 

At a Meeting of the Hon ble His Majesty's Justices of the Peace, 
the Gentlemen the Selectmen, and the Overseers of [45.] The 
Poor within the Town of Boston on Tuesday the 7th Day of Feb- 
ruary A.D. 1764. 

Present 

The Hon ble Samuel Wells Esq. 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 
Edmund Quincy Esq. 
John Tuder Esq. 
William Story Esq. 

Justices of the Peace. 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Selectmen. 

Isaac Smith Esq. 
M r . Henry Bromfield 
M r . William Whitwell 
Cap*. Benjamin Hammatt 
M r . Henderson Inches 
John Barrett Esq. 

Overseers of the Poor. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 3764. 33 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town, was then Agreed 
upon to be attended on Fry day the 10th Day of February at 9 
O'Clock in the Morning if the Weather [46.] Be suitable, if not 
then on the Tuesday following being the 14th Instant and it is 
also Agreed to meet at the Selectmens Chamber at 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. 
Cap'. Benjamin Hammett 
Edmund Quincy Esq. 
John Tuder Esq. 
M r . Nathaniel Holmes 
M r . Benjamin Harrod 
Cap'. Sylas Atkins 
Deacon Brown 
John Welds Constable 

Ward N. 2. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
M r . William Whitwell 
Cap'. Nathaniel Greenwood 
M r . John Grant 
Cap'. Fortesque Vernon 
M r . Alexander Hill 
M r . Jonathan Waters 
Elisha Byles, Constable 

Ward N. 3. 

[47.] Foster Hutchinson Esq. 

Joseph Gardner Esq. 
M r . James Halsey 
M r . Joseph Bradford 
M r . Nathaniel Loring 
Newman Greenough Esq. 
James Thomas Constable 

Ward N. 4, 
John Barrett Esq. 
John Scolla}^ Esq. 
Samuel Grant Esq. 
Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 
M r . David Jeffries 
John Cogswell Constable 

Ward N. 5 
Joshua Winslow Esq. 
M r . Benjamin Dolbear 
Thomas Tyler Esq. 
M r . Henry Newman 
M r . Alexander Chamberlain 



34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Cap*. William Holmes 

M r John Kneeland 

Matthew Wakefield Constable 

[48.] Ward N. 6. 

Belcher Noyes Esq. 

Isaac Smith Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

John Grant Esq. 

M r James Jackson 

M r . John Smith 

M r . Samuel Parkman 

M r . Joseph How 

Cap*. Benjamin Andrews 

Augustus Hail, Constable 

Ward N 7. 
M r . Ebenezer Storer 
M r . Joseph Waldo 
M r . William Fairfield 
M r . Timothy Newell 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
William Darrington Constable 

Ward, No. 8 
William Story Esq. 
Koyal Tyler Esq. 
M r . Sam. Philips Savage 
M r . Jonathan Pay son 
M r . Joseph Edwards 
Cap*. Samuel Downe 
Nathaniel Thayer Constable 

[49.] Ward N. 9 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
Thomas Daws Esq. 
Thomas Gushing Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
M r . John Mico Wendell 
John Kinney Constable 

Ward N. 10 & 11 
John Hill Esq. 
M r . Henry Bromfield 
M r . Samuel Adams 
M r . John Winslow 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Joseph Dowse Esq. 
Jeremiah Green Esq. 
M r . Nathaniel Gardner 
M r . Thomas Gray 
Edward Baker Constable 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 35 

Ward N. 12 

The Hon ble . Samuel "Wells Esq. 
M r . Henderson Inches 
M r . Soloman Kneeland 
M r . Thomas Foster 
M r . Peter Johonnett 
[5Q.] M r . Samuel Demming 

Deacon Benjamin Church 
Francis Salmon Constable 

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

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 8. 1764. 

Present 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

This Afternoon there was a Constables Meeting &c. for the 
choice of Jurors agreable to a warning for this purpose but 
having received an Order from the Chief Justice not to proceed to 
a choice at this Time, the Meeting was dissolved. 

The Selectmen being informed that the Small Pox was again 
broke out at M r . Halls House A Flag was ordered out as a 
signal of Infection, and Michael Dun was appointed a Guard for 
said House, and Orders given him of the common tenor. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of David 
Lenox Jun r . for Six Pounds, being for services in the Small Pox 
p. Account. 

M r . Burdick having left the Town House M r . Timothy Ireland 
was appointed Constable of said Watch [51.] And the Town 
Clerk is directed to give him his Orders accordingly. 

Complaint being made by a number of the Inhabitants that the 
Chimnies of a House near the Green Dragon occupied by M rs . 
Horskins and others are defective and dangerous Mess rs . Davis 
and Fairfield were impower'd by Warrant to convey the same and 
make return as soon as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 9, 1764, A Draft was 
made on M r Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Robert McNear for Four 
Pounds Nine Shillings and four Pence, being for Services in the 
Small Pox p. Acco*. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of 
Mess". Thomas & John Williston for Twenty Pounds eighteen 
Shillings and eight Pence being for service in the Small Pox p. 
Account. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Timothy 
Dunn for Seven Pounds eight Shillings and eight Pence, being for 
Services in the Small Pox p. Acco*. 

The following Advertisement was this morning sent Mess. 
Draper, for a place in their Papers. 

[52.] Boston February. 9, 1764. 9 O'Clock A.M. 

Pnblick Information is here by given that there are but Nine 
Families now in Town in which are any sick of the Small Pox ; at 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

all these Places Flags are kept out; Care is taken that those 
Houses in which Persons have died or recovered, or from which 
they have been removed, should be smoked and cleansed as to 
prevent any Infection being received there from. 

By Order of the Selectmen 
WILLIAM COOPER 

Town Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 10, 1764 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Williston was directed to dismiss the Guards from the 
several Houses Viz*. M r . Matchets M r . Warners M r . Brights, 
and M r . Deans ; those who have had the Small Pox in said 
Persons Familys being recovered, and those Houses smoked and 
cleansed. 

James Martin who is a Guard at Nazaros had a 50 / of M r . 
Sewall. 

[53.] There having been a General Walk or Visitation of the 
Town this Day, the Gentlemen that Attended met and Reported 
the State of their several Wards, which was that they were 
generally in good Order. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 11. 1764 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Ichabod Williston came to the Selectmens Chamber and 
informed them that a Child of his at the Hospital which had been 
sick of the Small Pox, died of that Distemper the last Night 
whereupon Orders were given for its being buryed as soon as 
possible. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a Draft on M r . Treasurer 
Jeffries for Thirteen Pounds six Shillings and eight Pence in part 
for his service in the Small Pox. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 13- 1764. 

Present 

John Scolla}" Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[54.] Ezekiel Lewis Esq 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

An Advertisement relative to the Small Pox, of the same Tenor 
with the last dated the 9' Instant excepting that it mentioned 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 37 

Eight instead of Nine Familys as having that Distemper, was this 
Morning sent to all the Printers for a place in their Papers. 

Information was given the Select men by D r . Kast that a Young 
Woman who lived in Cap*. Deans House in Fish Street when the 
Small Pox was there, and who had removed from thence to the 
South part of the Town, having some Complaints on the Yester- 
day, returned to the said Deans House, and that having seen her 
this Da}* he is of the Opinion that she has the Small Pox. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 15. 1764. 

Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Complaint being made by a number of Inhabitants that the 
Chimnies of a House in Ann Street occupied by M r . Leechman and 
others are defective and dangerous 

[55.] Mess. Williston Fairchild and Thomas Atkins were 
impowered by Warrant to survey the same and make Return as 
soon as may be. 

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, be- 
side the Poll, to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Monday the twentyeth 
Day of February Instant at 10. OClock in the Fore Noon, then 
and there to consider of the Petition of a number of the Inhabi- 
tants, setting forth the present difficultys of the Town by reason 
of the Small Pox, and Praying that the Inhabitants may be forth- 
with called to gether, that so the Town may come to such resolu- 
tions in this matter as shall be thought most prudent ; As also 
that the sense of the Town may be taken respecting the expediency 
of permitting Inoculating Hospitals. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 17. 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[56.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

The Committee Appointed to survey M r . Leechmans Chimnies, 
Reported as their Opinion that the Complaint was Just, and the 
House in danger of being burned if any more is made ; Copys of 
said Warrant & Return are as follows Viz'. 



38 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston, February 14. 1764 
Sirs 

Complaints being made to us that the Chimnies of a House in 
Ann Street Occupied by M r . Leechman and others, are insufficient 
and dangerous, We do desire and impower you to survey the 
same, and Report to use your Judgment concerning them 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZERIEL LEWIS 

Selectmen of Boston 
To Mess. William Fairfield and Thomas Atkins. 

Boston Febuary 14. 1764 

Agreable to the above we have view'd the Chhnnies Occupied 
by M r . Leechman and others, find them very bad, and the House 
in danger of being burned if any more fire is made. 

WILLIAM FAIRFIELD 
THOMAS ATKINS 
To the Gentlemen Select men 

[57.] Boston February 17. 1764 

M r . Leechman 

Upon Complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House Occupied by you we 
issue our Warrant for a survey, a copy of the 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 

The House where M r . Dean and Family has the Small being 
supposed to have considerable Infection, it was thought proper 
for the safety of the Town to appoint David Lenox Jun r . as an 
additional Guard, and the Clerk was directed to give him written 
Orders M r . Townsend Constable of the North Watch was also 
directed to relieve the Guard at 11. O. Clock at Night, and to 
keep watch till Day break at which Time the other Guards are to 
return. 

The Committee appointed to survey M. Harskins Chimnies, 
Reported, that they had before the Date of their Warrant at the 
desire of M r . John Boreland view'd the House and Chimnies 
Occupied by M rs . Harskins, found them much defective & Reported 
the same to M r . Boreland who promised to repair them. 

[58.] The following Advertisement was sent the several 
Printers for a place in their Papers. 

Boston, February 16. 1764 

10 OClock A.M. 

The Public are hereby informed, that those Persons who had 
the Small Pox in Mess". Nazaros, Procter and Manwarrens 
Familys in Fish Street, M r . Booths at the North Battery, and M r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 39 

Peases at the Head of m r . Grays Rope Walk, are now well, and 
the Houses are smoked and cleansing to prevent any Infection 
there from. After the strictest enquiry and examination, it 
appears that there are now but four Fainilys in which any are 
sick of that Distemper, or that have the Symptoms of the viz'. 
M r . Dean & M r . Rivers in Fish Street, a Child at M r Greens in 
Black House Lane, and a Child of M r . Halls in Paddys Alley ; 
so that the Reports of its being in other Places in Town are 
without Foundation 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEB Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 18. 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwiug Esq. 

[59.] Information was given the Selectmen that a Child at 
M. Glentworth near the Old North Meeting House was taken 
with the Small Pox. As she could not be prevailed on to permit 
the Childs being moved to the Hospital Order were given that the 
House be shut up and a flag put out as a signal of Infection ; and 
Daniel Donelly was appointed a Guard, who had Orders given 
him in Writing of the common tenor. 

M r . Tuckerman informed the Selectmen that be had in his 
House a Child of M. Steven's who has for some Time been em- 
ployed as a Wet Nurse at the Hospital ; and that he was very 
desirous of having the Child with her, not being in Circumstances 
to maintain it abroad, and being fearful of its taking the Small 
Pox while she was there employ'd, whereupon 

Voted, that the said M rs . Stevens be permitted to take her Child 
to the Hospital, if she continues of the mind she is now in. 

M r . Hartly Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island at- 
tended and was Ordered by the Selectmen to take down to the 
Island in his Boat the Bed M r . Pease made use of during his sick- 
ness with Small Pox, in order for its being cleansed, smok'ed and 
air'd. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in [6O.] Favor 
of Thomas Demerry for Five Pounds ten Shillings being for ser- 
vice in the Small Pox, as by his Account of particulars on File. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 18. 1764. P.M. 

M r . Flag living near the Old North Meeting House acquainted 
the Selectmen that one of his Children was taken with the Small 
Pox they endeavoured to persuade him to consent to its being re- 
moved, but in vain. 

Ordered, that M r . Zachary Fowle have the Printing of the Noti- 
fications for the Town Meeting to be held the 20' Instant. 



40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 19, 1764. 
Sabbath Evening. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Voted, that the Rev d . D r . Sewell be desired to open the en- 
suing Town Meeting with Prayer. 

M r . Hitchburne acquainted the Selectmen that he apprehended 
a Child of his had the Small Pox upon it, at his House near the 
Rev d . M r . Pembertons Church. 

[61.] It being Reported to the Selectmen that Mess". Flagg 
& Hitchburnes Children had been Inoculated, they were both or- 
dered to attend, when they declared, that they had not Inoculated 
them, and if it was disputed they were freely willing to submit 
them to an examination whereupon D r . Gardner was sent for 
who with M r . Lewis went to their Houses, and upon Examination, 
could not find that they were Inoculated. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 20. 1764. 

Present 

Ordered, that Thomas Demerry be appointed a Guard for M r . 
Flaggs House, and he was furnished with written Directions for 
his Conduct. 

Robert M c Near was appointed a Guard for M r . Hitchburnes 
House, and Orders were given him in Writing. 

M r . Hartley Keeper of Rainsfords Island was directed to de- 
liver M r . Boyer the Bed taken from M r . Buckleys House he hav- 
ing Reported to the Selectmen that the same was sufficiently 
smoked and air'd. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 21., 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

[63.] Information was given the Selectmen by D r . Whet- 
worth, that M r . Richard Ellingwood and M r . Thomas Raymond 
who lodge at M r . Hitchburnes House had the Small Pox upon 
which M r . Williston was directed to acquaint them, that the 
Doctor having said they were willing to be moved to the Hos- 
pital the Sedan would be sent for them this Afternoon 
M r . Willistou Reported that he saw Raymond, but not the other 
Person being told that he was sick in Bed ; and that they both 
absolutely refused leaving the House and going to the Hospital. 

The Selectmen were informed, that M r . Reviere and M r . Flagg 
were seen to go in and out of their Houses, contrary to Orders as 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 41 

they are infected with the Small Pox, upon which they were sent 
for M r . Reviere attended and promised the Selectmen that he 
would not in future enter any one Appartment of his House M r . 
Flagg also attended, and assured the Selectmen that he had taken 
up Lodgings in another House, and should not enter his own 
Dwelling until he had first obtained Liberty there for. 

M r . Lewis one of the Selectmen went to M r . Hitchburnes House 
and having prevailed on the Mess". Ellingwood & Raymond to 
consent to a removal from thence M r . Williston as ordered at- 
tended with the Sedan, in which they were carried to the Hospital 
at New Boston. 

[63.] The following Advertisement was sent to the several 
Printers for a place in the Monday Papers. 

Boston February 20. 1764 9 O'Clock A.M. 

The Publick are hereby informed that on Satturday last a Child 
of M. Glentworths near the Old North Meeting House, and one 
of M r . Hitchburnes near the Rev d . M r . Pembertons Meeting House, 
were taken with the Small Pox, these with the Sick at M r . Deans 
and M r . Revieres Familys in Fish Street are the only Persons in 
Town who have the Small Pox, excepting those who are in the 
Hospital at New Boston 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 22 d . 1764. A.M. 
Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

It having been possitively asserted, to the great uneasiness of 
many Persons, that M". Glentworth who has a Child sick of the 
Small Pox, had left her House on the Yesterday, and was seen at 
D r . Sewalls Meeting House while the Rev d . M r . Whitefield was 
preaching there M r . Austin went to the House & [64.] Saw 
the Woman of the Family who with the Guard were ready to swear, 
that they had not left the House, and their Opinion was, that the 
Person seen was a Sister of M". Glentworths, who had been in the 
Family since the Small Pox entred it. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 22 d . 1764, P.M. 
Present 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
The Selectmen by consent of M r . Gorden the Owner have taken 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

a House of his near the Pest House for M r . Fethergill and Family 
who are to remove there this Afternoon, from the House they now 
occupy ; said Fethergills Dwelling is to be made use of as a Well 
House for the Hospital ; and Ichabod Willistons Children being 
recovered of the Small Pox, are ordered into the same, with all the 
Things they brought with them into the Hospital. 

The following is an Inventory of the Things which were found 
in M r . Gordens House, lately Occupied by the Robertsons and 
other French Neutrals. 
[65.] In the Cellar Viz 4 

3 Old Barrells, a Spinning "Wheel 

a Wood Horse and about 1% Cord Wood 
In the lower Room Viz' 

1 Spining Wheel 

an old Barrell & a Stool 
In the Chamber Viz'. 

1 pair Old Cards, a small Case 

an old Bedstead, 1 Earthen Pot 
In the Garret Viz' 

1 large Loom 1 old Barrell 

2 Spining Wheels 2 Linen Wheels 
1 p r . Old Cards 1 p r . ditto Cards 

1 old Box Iron 2 Bones of Homer Ivor}'. 

Mem , the above are housed in y e upper Appartment of Faneuil 
Hall Market 

Att. WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

A Draft wns made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Robert 
Beny for Seven Pounds Eighteen Shillings and eight Pence being 
for services in the Small Pox p. Account. 

A Draft on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Patrick Lary for 
Four Pounds sixteen Shillings being for services in the Small Pox 
p. Account on file 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Peter 
Jervis for Seven Pounds sixteen Shillings & eight Pence [66.] 
Being for Services in the Small Pox as p. Account on file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Samuel 
Ober for Five Pounds sixteen Shillings and eight Pence, being for 
Services in the Small Pox as p. Acco'. on File. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 23 d . 1764. A.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. - 
John S coll ay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Edward Dempsy and Michael Ash appointed a Guard for M r . 
Nathan Spears House this Evening, situated at the back of Ann 
Street near the Mill Creek, he having the Small Pox and not con- 
senting to be removed the Town Clerk was directed to furnish 
the Guard with the necessary Orders. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 43 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 24, 1764. P.M. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Williston informed the Selectmen, that M. Labree who had 
the Small Pox at the Hospital died this Afternoon whereupon 
[67.] He was directed to put the Corps immediately into a Tarr'd 
Shret and Coffin, and that the same be interred this Night, lie ob- 
serving in every respect the Written Orders given him relating to 
such Burials. 

M r . Gyles living in Middle Street, informed the selectmen that a 
Child of his has the Small Pox, broke out upon her, and as he 
could not be prevail'd with to let her be removed, D r . Doubt having 
giving it as his Opinion that it could not be done but at the hazard 
of her Life Orders were therefore given that a Flag be put out 
as a signal of Infection, and Edward Dempsey was appointed a 
Guard, and Orders were given him accordingly. 

D r . Doubt acquainted the Selectmen that a Child of one 
Wharffs living behind Cap'. Vernons House, has the Small Pox, 
with consent of the Parent, she was this evening sent in the Sedan 
to the Hospital at new Boston. 

M r . Nathan Spear, having with much difficulty consented to 
his being sent to the Hospital at New Boston, was accordingly 
removed there last Evening 

The following Advertisement was published in the last Thurs- 
days Paper. 

Boston, February 23 d . 1764 

9 O'Clock a.m. 

Publick Information is hereby given, that the Person who broke 
out with the Small Pox near the mill Creek on Yesterday has con- 
sented to be removed this Forenoon to the Hospital ; and after a 
strict Examination and Enquiry, it appears that the [68.] Small 
Pox is now but in Five Familys in this Town ; viz 1 . M r8 . Glentwortb 
and M r . Flags near the Old North Meeting House, Mess". Deans 
and Revieres in Fish Street ; and M r . Hitchburnes near the Rev d . 
m r . Pembertons Meeting House ; as most of the sick in those 
Houses are in a fair way of recovery, there is a prospect that 
through the favor of Providence, the measures taken to prevent 
the spread of the Disease, will soon have the desired success 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 26. 1764. 

Sabbath Evening. 
Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Information was this Day given to the Selectmen by M r . Jen- 
nings living in Fish Street, that a Child of his was taken with the 
Small Pox having refused his consent to its being removed ; he 
was ordered to put out a Flag as a signal of Infection, and the 
Guard at M r . Deans, was directed to take the Charge of m r . Jen- 
nings House. 

The following Advertizment was this Morning sent to the sev- 
eral Printers for a place in their papers on the Monday 

Boston February 27. 1764 
9 O'Clock a.m. 

The Publick are hereby informed that after a [69.] strict 
Enquiry and Examination it appears that the Small Pox is in no 
more than Seven Familys in this Town- Viz*. M. Glentworth ; 
M r . Flaggs ; M r . Gyles ; near the Old North Meeting House ; M r > 
Deans ; M r . Jennings and M r . Revieres in Fish Street, and M r . 
Hitchburnes near the Rev d . m r . Pembertons Meeting House ; as 
most of the sick in these Houses have the Distemper very favor- 
ably, it is still hoped through the favor of Providence the meas- 
ures taken to prevent the spread of the Disease will have the 
desired success. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 27. 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

D r . Sprague acquainted the Selectmen, that a Child of M r . 
Gardners at New Boston near Coll. Jarvis's House was taken 
with the Small Pox, as the Child could not be removed the three 
Children in the House were sent to the Hospital at New Boston, 
M r . Dun was placed as a Guard at said House. 

M r . John Grant having produced the Treasurers Receit for his 
part of Street Tax, committed to him to Collect Anno 1761. being 
by the Assessors Accounts 2693-17-3- at 12 d . [7O.] on the 
Pound, amounts to 134-13 his Quarter part 33-13-3 d . for 
which a Draft was ordered in his favor. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Fet/. 28 1764 A.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Flagg this Day informed the Selectmen, that a Young Man 
in his House was taken with the Small Pox, but as the infection 
was still in his Family, it was not thought proper to remove said 
Person. 

D r . Kast informed the Selectmen that a Child of M r . Fosters, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 45 

near Gliddens Ship Yard in Fish Street had the Small Pox broke 
out upon it as they would not consent to a removal, a Flag was 
ordered out as a signal of Infection, and Michael Ash was ap- 
pointed a Guard for said House. 

Passed upon M rs . Mills Province Account amounting to 
.15-18-5 a Copy of which is on File. 

[71.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 28. 1764. P.M. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall P^sq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Jonathan Payson Esq. One of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year 1761 having produced the Town Treasurer Receits, for his 
part of the Street Tax committed to him to Collect, being by the 
Assessors Accounts .2693.17 3 at 12 d . on the Pound amounts to 
. 134-13 \ his Quarter part .33-13-3- a Draft was ordered in his 
Favor accordingly. 

M r . Sainual Adams one of the Town Collectors for 1761 having 
produced Receipts from the several Treasurers in full for the 
Taxes committed to him to Collect for that Year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
the Premium allowed for Collecting the same. 

Information was given the Selectmen by D r . Nathaniel Perkins, 
that a Sister of M r . Pembertons at his House on the Hill near the 
Orange Tree, was taken with the Small Pox As she was not in 
Circumstances to be removed Orders were given for a Flag to 
be put out as a signal of Infection [72. J And Thomas Sergeant 
was appointed a Guard for said House. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 29. 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin A\istin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Michael 
Ryan for Ten Pounds sixteen Shillings being for services in the 
Small Pox, as p. Acco'. on file. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Five Shillings and Nine Pence p. Bushell for Wheat, and 
Four Pence p. Bushel is allow'd to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

Of Peny White Loaf 7 - 8* 

Wheaten 11-4 

Houshold ------ 15- 




46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

oz- dr. 

Two Peny White Loaf 

Wheaten 1-6-8 

Houshold 
[73.] Six Peny Wheaten Loaf - - - 4-4-8 

Houshold 5-11-8 

Twelve Peny Wheateu Loaf 

Houshold 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 
N.B. 7 Biskets must weigh 
A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 13 - 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Handbury for Sixteen Shillings, being for services in the Small 
Pox as p. Acco'. on File 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Martha 
Barrett for .1,, 4\ being for services in the Small Pox as p. 
her Account on File. 

D r . Pecker came to the Selectmens Chamber and informed 
them that a Negro Fellow belonging to M r . Payne the Miller liv- 
ing near Charlestown Ferry has the Small Pox, and is now almost 
well they were ignorant of their Servants Disorder to this Day. 
A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Daniel 
Donally for Five Pounds twelve Shillings as p. Account of partic- 
ulars on File. 

[74.] A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of 
Dennis Glissin for fifteen Shillings, being for services in the 
Small Pox as p. his Account on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Robert 
M c Elroy for Five Shilling and four pence being for services in the 
Small Pox as p. Account on File. 

A Draft was made on M r Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Samuel 
Sewall Esq. for One Pound nine Shillings & 10 d being for 
Disbursments in the Small Pox- p. Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Philip 
Carrol for One Pound two Shillings and eight pence, being for 
services in the Small Pox, as p. Accot. on File. 

The following was wrote Coll. Williams of Roxburv relative to 
M. Choate Viz*. 

Boston February 29, 17G4 
Joseph Williams Esq. 

Sir 

M. Choate who by virtue of your War- 
rant was about six weeks past brought to this Town, has been in 
the Almshouse ever since ; she was admitted in Ihere not as an 
inhabitant of this Town, but entirety upon the compassionate list, 
for it being an extreme cold day wlien she was sent, her life would 
have been in danger had [75.] We not have received her She 
has been ver}" sick ever since, and not at any time in such a state 
of health as to have admitted of her removal to Roxbtiry she ia 
now something better, but from the apprehension of a general 
spread of the small pox slie is in great terror, and it is thought she 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 47 

will die very soon unless speedily removed. We are well satis- 
fied upon enquiry, that she is not an Inhabitant of this town, and 
must consequently be returned to Roxbury. We have not time to 
take the legal steps towards her removal without greatly endan- 
gering her life We thought fit therefore to give you this infor- 
mation, and doubt not you will immediately receive her especially 
as affairs are now circumstanced with us we are 
Your Humble Servants 

THOMAS GUSHING 
JOHN SCOLLAT 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
EZEKIEL LEWIS 
. THWING 
Selectmen of Boston 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 1, 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 

[76.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nath 1 . Timing Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen by M r . Emmons living in 
Paddys Alley that a Child of his was taken with the Small Pox 
as he would not consent to its being removed being an Infant in 
the Cradle ; a Flag was ordered to be put out, and M r . Wales ap- 
pointed a Guard for said House. 

Dr. Sprague acquainted the Selectmen that a Moletto Girl of 
Cap 1 . Phillips at New Boston was taken with the Small Pox hei 
Master consenting to her being removed, she was accordingly sent 
to the Hospital at that part of the Town. 

Information was given the Selectmen that a Man on board a 
Rhode Island Sloop lying at Greens Wharf had the Small Pox out 
upon him whereupon M r . Williston was sent with the Sedan to 
take him, who accordingly received him and carried him to the 
Hospital at New Boston. 

The following Advertisement was this Day sent to Mess. 
Draper for a place in their Paper Viz 1 . 

[77.] Boston, March 1, 1764 

The Publick are hereby informed, that the Small Pox is now in 
ten Family s In the Town viz 4 . M". Glentworths and M r . Flags 
near the Old North Meeting House ; M r . Gyles and M r . Hitch- 
burnes in Middle Street, Mess". Deans, Jennings, Revieres & Fos- 
ters in Fish Street ; M r . Pembertons on the Hill near the Orange 
Tree, and M r . Gardners at New Boston. At all these places Flags 
are kept out, and Guards placed to prevent a further spread of the 
Infection 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

11 O'Clock A.M. 

Since the above was sent to the Press, Information is given that 
the Small Pox is in three other Familys in Town Viz 1 . Cap 1 . 
Philips New Boston M r . Emmons in Paddys Alley and M r . Paiues 
near Charlestown Ferry ; the Person taken with that distemper on 
board a Vessell, was this Morning removed to the Hospital. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 3 d . 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[78.] Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Fethergill attended and acquainted the Selectmen that a Child 
of his in his House at New Boston was taken with the Small Pox 
upon which Dr. Whetworth was desired to visit the said Child, 
and endeavor to persuade the Parents to consent to a removal 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4, 1764. Sabbath 
Evening 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . Fethergill having desired that his Child which is taken with 
the Small Pox, might be sent to the Hospital at New Boston the 
Sedan was sent there to take the Child and carry it to the Hospi- 
tal, which was done this morning. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5. 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
[79.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

A Letter was this Morning received from D r . John Perkins 
acquainting the Selectmen that a Child of M. Shillcocke by 
Halseys Wharff was broke out with Small Pox, and that she had 
two other Children exposed to the Distemper whereupon Orders 
were given for a Flag to be put out, and a Guard was appointed 
for said House. 

D r . Kast informed the Selectmen that he apprehended a 
Child of M r . Lorings near the North Battery was taken with the 
Small Pox. 

The following Advertisment was sent several Printers for a 
place in their Papers. Viz 4 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 49 

Boston March 5. 1764 

11 O'Clock A.M. 

Publick Information is hereby given that the Small Pox is now 
in ten Familys in this Town, and in others some Persons have the 
Symptoms of said Distemper upon them Wherefore the Selectmen 
advise all who design to remove out of Town, to do it immedi- 
ately, as the Guards will be taken off Infected Houses next Thurs- 
day ; and it is expected [8O.] That no Person will presume to 
Inoculate till after that Time 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

M r . Williston having acquainted the Selectmen of the Death 
of M r . Smith at the Hospital at New Boston ; Orders were given 
for his Funeral this Night with the precaution used with those 
who have deceased of the Small Pox. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 6. 1764. 

Present 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Information being given the Selectmen that a Child of M r . 
Deven's in Paddys Alley, had the Small Pox broke out upon it 
this Morning A Flag was ordered out and a Guard placed at the 
House. 

D r . Kast informed the Selectmen that a Child of M r . Brecks near 
the Old North Meeting House, had the Small Pox, broke out upon 
it A Flag was ordered and a Guard placed at the said House. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 7. 1764. 

Present 
[81.] Thomas Cushing Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis 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 said Town duly qualified and Rateable at Twenty Pounds 
Estate to a single Rate (beside the poll) to Convene at Faneuil 
Hall on Monday the 12 th Day of March Instant at 9 O'clock in 
the Forenoon, then and there to Nominate and Choose meet Per- 
sons 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 
Schoolmasters, for the relief of the Poor and defreying other 
necessary Charges ; To receive the Reports of the Town Commit- 
tees on several Affairs ; To act upon the List of Jurors ; To ap- 
point a Committee to visit the Schools ; To choose Auditors of the 
Town Treasurer and Overseers of the Poor; To determine [82.] 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

What Premium shall be allowed the Collectors of Taxes, and the 
Time the Assessors may sit to make Abatements thereof ; To re- 
ceive and examine the Accounts of the Granary ; To consider the 
Petition of James Day, that a balance due from him to the Town 
when a Collector of Taxes, may be Remitted him for Reasons set 
Forth in said Petition. To choose a Committee to examine the 
nccorupts of the Managers of the Managers [s/c] of Faneuil Hull 
Lotteries; To determine what number of Collectors shall be 
chosen to Collect the Taxes of the ensuing Year ; Whether they 
will take on their Risque such Tickets in Faneuil Hall Lotteries, 
as may remain unsold on the Days that may be Assigned by the 
Managers for drawing said Lotteries ; Whether they will take any 
Measures to prevent Strangers coming into the Town, or any of 
the Inhabitants, to be Inoculated after a certain Time, allowed for 
that purpose ; Whether they will accept of the Grant of Three 
Thousand Pounds made to the Town by the General Court at 
their last Session, which together with what has been already 
advanced, was Voted in full consideration for what they have over 
paid in the publick Taxes for Years past ; To consider the Request 
of a number of Inhabitants, that a peice of Land in Fish Street 
may be Paved [83.] To choose Jurors for April Court ; And also 
Act upon all such matters and Things as stand referred over to 
said Meeting. 

Voted, that the Rev d M r . Andrew Elliot be desired to open the 
Town Meeting on Monday next with Prayer, and that M r . Gushing 
and m r . Scollay be a Committee to acquaint him therewith. 

Voted, that Mess. Edes and Gill, and Mess' Green and Russell 
have the printing of the Notifications tor the next Annual Town 
Meetings in March and May. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7. 1764. P.M. 

Present 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen that M r . Heath living 
near D r . Cutters Church has a child taken with the Small Pox- 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 10. 1764. 

Present 

Thomas Gushing Esq. 
[84.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Ezkiel Lewis Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Vail, for Eighteen Shillings being for services in the Small Pox- 
as p his Account on Kile 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Sergeant for Two Pounds eleven Shillings and four Pence being 
for services in the Small Pox- as p Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made for M r . Dennis Glisson on Treasurer Jeffries 
for five Shillings and four pence being for services in the Small 
Pox- a p Acco'. on File. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 51 

M r . Williston was directed to acquaint M r . Massingham that the 
Selectmen expect he returns to his own House as they have no 
further occasion for the same, and shall not pay any Rent there- 
for, after Monday next. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Edmund 
Fitz. Patrick for ten Shillings and eight pence being for services 
in the Small Pox. as p Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of James 
Rotch for five Shillings and four pence, being for services in the 
Small Pox as p Acco'. on File. 

[85.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 10. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Thomas Betterly attended, and acquainted the Selectmen 
that he had received into his House, last Fryday as Lodgers three 
Dutch Persons all single men their Names are Thomas Myers, 
Godfrey Aderholz. & August Newman?- who came to this Town 
with design to carry on the Business of Baking Ginger Bread, 
provided they can obtain the approbation of the Selectmen. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Isaac 
Massingham for One Pound two Shillings & ten pence - as p. 
his Account on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Robert 
McNear for Four Pounds four Shillings, being for services in the 
Small Pox, as p. his Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor [86.] of 
Thomas Williston for Eleaven Pounds, being for services in the 
Small Pox, as p. his account on File. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 21. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Voted, that Mess". Henshaw and Scollay be a Comm te to agree 
with Samuel Sumner of Roxbury to lay a quantity of Gravel on 
Boston Neck, and spread it agreably to the directions he may 
receive from the Selectmen, at Nine Shillings Old Tenor p. Load. 
A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of James 
Martin for Fourteen pounds nine Shillings and nine pence being 
for services in the Smull Pox, as p. acco'. on File. 



52 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of David 
Lenox Jun r . for .6 12 \ being for services in the Small Pox: as 
p. Account on File. 

[87.] A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of 
David Dooally for Six Pounds twelve Shillings being for services 
in the Small Pox- as p. on Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Thomas 
Demerry for Six Pounds six Shillings being for services in the 
Small Pox as p. his Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Katha- 
rine Tayler for One Pound, One Shilling & 4 d . being for services 
in the Small Pox- as p. Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Joseph 
Glidden for thirteen Shillings and four Pence being for supplys in 
the Small Pox.- as p. Account on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries iu favor of Michael 
Ash for Five Pounds nine Shillings and four Pence, being for ser- 
vices in the Small Pox as p. Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Timothy 
Dun for Ten Pounds Three Shillings and 4 Pence being for ser- 
vices in the Small Pox as p. Accot. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Ichabod 
Williston for Eleaven Pounds Nineteen Shillings and four Pence, 
being for services in the Small Pox, as p. Account on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor [88.] Of 
Timothy Pease for Two Pounds, four Shillings, being for services 
in the Small Pox, as p. Acco'. on File. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse, his 
Province Accounts amounting to 250-9-5 and 18-16-9 Copys 
whereof are on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Edward 
Dempsey for -11 -4-8 being for services in the Small Pox. as p. 
Account of particulars on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Nicho- 
las Murphy for Five Pounds sixteen Shillings & eight pence, being 
for services in the Small Pox. p. Acco'. of particulars on File 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Ilandbury for Ten Shillings and eight Pence being for services in 
the Small Pox as p. Acco'. on file. 

Voted, that the several Sextons be directed to attend the Select- 
men next Monday Afternoon on affairs of the Small Pox. 

Voted, that all such Persons as may die of the Small Pox be 
buried between the Hours of 9. and 10. OClock at Night, and have 
no Bells shall be tolled on the occasion. 

[89.] A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries March 17 
in favor of James Sherman for Three Pounds thirteen Shillings 
and four Pence being for services in the Small Pox as p. Ac- 
count on File. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 26 1764. 

Present 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 53 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. apply'd to the Select 
men for the Premium allowed by the Town, for bringing their 
Engine to work first upon the Fire which lately broke out at D r . 
Gardners House. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer for thirteen 
Shillings and four pence, the Sum they are entitled to by a Vote 
of the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 28. 17G4. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[9O.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Voted, that the Selectmen attended at their Chamber for the 
Dispatch of the Town Affairs, precisely at 3 O'Clock P.M. during 
the Summer months. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk, Post up an Assize of Bread at 
Rate of Five Shillings and nine Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
four Shillings p. Bushel is allow'd to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains & 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 

Houshold 1-14 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf ---- 4-4-8 

Houshold 5-11-8 

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 Brown Bread Wheat 

Rye meal must weigh - - - - 2 - 13 

[91.] Voted, thai M r . Ruddock be desired to make Application 
to the Court of Sessions that the Clerk of said Court may be di- 
rected, hence forward to keep a Book of Record of all the Persons 
that shall be warned out of this Town, whose Names may be re- 
turned to the Selectmen 

Passed upon M r . Thomas Hartleys Province Account amounting 

to Twenty four Pounds and ten Pence, a Copy whereof is on File. 

The following Orders were by direction of the Selectmen given 

to each and every of the Sextons and Grave Diggers in this Town. 

Viz'. 

Mess". Thomas Williston 
John Williston 



54 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

David Lenox 

John Roulston 

Nathaniel Bond 

Robert Vox 

Isaac Tovvnsend 

Abiali Holbrook 

James Clarke 

John Brooks 

John Holbrook 

John Roustead 

[93.] Boston March 28'. 1764. 

M r . Thomas Williston 

As the Small Pox now prevalent in this Town is a Distemper 
that has occasioned more frequent Deaths and Funerals, than in 
the common course of Providence has otherwise happened ; The 
Selectmen Judging it necessary for many Reasons, that such Per- 
sons as die of it should immediately after their decease be put into 
a Tarred Sheet and buried the same Evening between 9 and 10 
O'Clock without the usual Solemnities of a Funeral ; The Select- 
men also apprehending it will serve very good ends that an ac- 
count of the Deaths in this Town, by said Distemper, should be 
taken. 

Orders are therefore hereby given to the several Sextons and 
Grave Diggers that they as soon as they hear of any Persons die- 
ing of the Small Pox, go to the Houses where the deceased lived, 
and inform the Relations or those who have the care of them, that 
the Corps must be directly put into a tarred Sheet, and buried 
without the usual Solemnities of a Funeral, and the Sextons and 
Grave Diggers are also hereby Ordered to keep an account of the 
Persons dying with the Small Pox, either by Inoculation or the 
other way that they may be ready to give it into the Selectmen 
when called for 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, TOWN CLERK. 

[93.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 4, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Ilenshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. . 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Richard Dana Esq. acquainted the Select men that Elizabeth 
Clewby a Widow Woman from Roxbury of 76 years of Age, has 
been in his Family as a Nurse since the 15'. of last Month. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Mar- 
garet Stevens for Four Pounds five Shillings & four pence, being 
for service in the Small Pox as per Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of M r . 
John Bois for Thirty Pounds two Shillings and eight Pence, being 
for Wood &c. supply'd in the Small Pox, as per his acco'. on File. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 55 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Holbrook for Five pounds fourteen Shillings & 8 d . being for ser- 
vice in the Small Pox, as p. his Ace 1 , on file. 

[94.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 11. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

This Day the Selectmen Agreed with Mess. Fosdick, Thorn- 
ton and Putham, Pavers, for what paving Work the Town may 
have to do this Year at 12 d . p. yard, they finding every Thing but 
Gravel and Stones. 

M r . Thomas Millikea presented a Petition to the Selectmen, 
praying that he may be approbated by them as a Taverner in the 
House known by the Name of Green Dragon Tavern ; M r . War- 
den who lately kept the same having left said House ; whereupon. 
Voted, that the said M r . Milliken be approbated accordingly. 
A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries for five Shillings 
and four Pence in favor of William Barrett, being for service in 
the Small Pox ; as p. his Account on File. 

[05.] The Selectmen at their last Meeting, approved of M r . 
Joseph Bradford and M r . Josiah Flagg as Bondsmen for Franke a 
Negro Woman, lately Manumitted by M r . Hawks, that she shall 
become no charge to this Town, the penalty of the Bond to be 
100 lawful money. 

The Selectmen passed upon John Scollay Esq. his province 
Account amounting to .29-19-9 but no Copy has been lodged. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, April 18. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Joseph 
Gardner Esq. for Two Pound Eight Shillings, being for Sup- 
plys in the Small Pox p. Acco 4 . on File. 

M r . William Sutton Master of the Engine N. 7. appear'd and 
informed the Selectmen that William Snowton & Samuel Shed 
had left the Engine service, and proposed Edward Ranger and Ed- 
ward Bassett as proper Persons to fill up their places whereupon- 
[96.] Voted, that the said Ranger and Bassett be admitted 
as P^ngine Men in his Company accordingly 

M r . John Baker Master of the Engine No. 1 informs that the 
same was brought to work at the Fire that broke out at M r . New- 



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

ells Barn, before any other Engine, and desires the Premium 
granted by the Town may be allowed them. 

Voted, that the Premium of thirteen Shillings and four pence be 
allowed them accordingly. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of M. 
Mary Stride for Six Shillings lawful Mony being for service in 
the Small Pox as p. Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Thomas 
Mayor for Eight Pounds eight Shillings & 1\ being for Suppiys 
in the Small Pox, as p. Acco*. on File. 

Voted, that Mess". Benjamin and Edward Davis have agrea- 
ble to their proposal the improvement of the Towns Interest on 
the South side of the Dock, at the Rate of Five Pounds lawful 
money p. Annum, the Rent to commence from April 19 th . 

Boston, April 19, 1764 
M r . Samuel Proctor 

You having represented to us that the fol- 
lowing Persons Viz*. John Mortal, Abraham Matthews, William 
Hudslon, Patrick Connolly, Thomas Murphy [97.] and John 
Cahill, who have been for sometime in the Almshouse on the Prov- 
ince Account, are now well, it is therefore our desire, that you do 
dismiss them from under your care 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 

M r . Henshaw is desired to get Cap 1 . Daws to Whitewash Mas- 
ter Lovels House as soon as may be. 

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. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8-2 

Wheaten 12 - 3 

Household 1 - - 4 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - - 4 

Wheaten 1-8-6 

Household 2-0-8 

Six Peny W r heaten Loaf 4-9-2 

Household 6 - 13 - 11 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9-2-4 

Household 13-1-4 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-13-8 

[98.] NB. 7 Biskets must weigh 2-0-8 

A 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat \ 

R} 7 e meal must weigh --3 -0-12 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Nathaniel 
Thwing Esq. for Six Pounds one Shillings and eight Pence, being 
for Supplys of Bread in the Small Pox p. Account on File. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 57 

Cap*. Henshaw is desired to get Turn pikes fixed in Hog alley 
agreable to a Vote of the Town at tlieir late Meeting. 

The following Advertisement was sent mess. Drapers for a 
place in their Paper, by order of the Selectmen. 

Boston April 18. 1764 

The Town having suffered considerable damage from Persons 
passing over the Common with Horses & Carriages, and breaking 
down the Rails and Inclosures ; The Selectmen are determined to 
prosecute any Persons who presume to do the same for the future ; 
and engage to pay two Dollars to any one, who will inform in such 
manner, that Trespassers may be convicted thereof 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Select men April 19, 1766 [sic] 

Present 

[99.] Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent the several Printers, for 
a place in their Papers viz*. 

Boston April 19, 1764 

The Time for the permission of Inoculation in this Town by a 
Vote of the Inhabitants at a General Town Meeting being limitted 
to the 20*. of April ends to Morrow, therefore the Selectmen ex- 
pect that no Person will presume to come in for Inoculation after 
the 20'. Da}' is past, and they hereby inform the Publick, that the 
Gentlemen Physicians belonging to or now in the Town have en- 
gaged in conformity to said Vote, that they will not Inoculate any 
Person after the Time limitted. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The Time for the permission of Inoculation in this Town, end- 
ing to Morrow, the Gentlemen Physicians belonging to or now in 
the Town, were desired to attend the Selectmen, who accordingly 
attended, when they engaged that they would not Inoculate any 
Person after the Time [1OO.] Limited by the Town The Phy- 
sicians who came into this Agreement are as follows viz*. 
John Perkins 
James Pecker 
John Clark 
Nyot Doubt 
James Llyd 
John Spragne 
Henry Will : Crozier 
Hall Jackson 
Joseph Warren 
John Peck 
M r . Mather 
Nathaniel Perkins 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Thomas Bulfinch 
Myles Whitworth 
Sylvester Gardner 
Benjamin Church 
M r . Lord 
M r . Williams 
Charles Pyncheon 
M r . Tamer 
M r . Thomas 
M r . Roberts 

Gadfred Cast for himself and M r Wells. 
Joseph Gardner for himself and M r Barrett 

Mem 

The Physicians sent to who did not attend the Selectmen are 
Samuel Marshall 
Samuel Gilston 
M r Smith 
M r Mather 
M r William Perkins 

The Town Clerk was directed to publish an Extract from the 
Province Law relative to packing Fish Pork Beef &c. in the 
several Monday Papers, and to introduce it in the following 
manner viz 1 - 

Boston April 23 d 1764 

[1O1.] For preventing all Fraud and Deceit in packing of 
First Beef and Pork for Sale so injurious to particular Persons as 
well as the Trade in general, the following Extract of an Act of 
the General Court is in this manner published, that all concerned 
may strictly conform themselves thereto, and avoid the Penalty 
which will be incurred by a neglect thereof, for which every de- 
linquent may expect to be prosecuted. 
By Order of the, Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 22 d 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq 
Joseph Jackson Esq 
John Scollay Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewnll Esq. 
Nathaniel Timing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Dr Pyncheon from Springfield applied to the Selectmen for 
liberty to Inoculate M r Morton's two Sons at his House the Sign 
of the White Horse S. End. said Morton having moved his 
Family to Plymouth on account of the Small Pox prevented their 
being InoeuLited in season This request of D r Pyncheous hav- 
ing been well considered by the [1O2.] Selectmen 

Voted unanimously, that Liberty will not be granted ; and that 
the Selectmen expect the Doctor will strictly adhere to his late 
engagements not to Inoculate in this Town after the expiration 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 59 

of the Time limitted by a Vote of the Inhabitants at their late 
Meeting 

Coll. Jackson having acquainted the Selectmen, that a young 
Man from Piscataqua, who was Inoculated by Dr Jackson at 
Chaiiestown, had contrary to said Doctors Injunctions come into 
this Town, and taken up Lodgings at M r - John Colbourns Voted, 
that M r Williston be directed to go to M r - Colbourns House, and 
acquaint said young man whose name is Stephen Perkins that 
they expect he immediately returns to Charlestown where he was 
Inoculated, as he will not be suffered to pass through the Dis- 
temper in the Town. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Shubael Hews attended, and requested of the Selectmen liberty 
to open a Drain from his House across Marlboro Street near the 
South Meeting House at his [1O3.] Own Charge whereupon 
Voted, that he have liberty to open said Drain provided he makes 
good the Ground and repaves the same immediately after to the 
satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M r . John Greenlaw appeared and informed the Selectmen, that 
he had received into his House as a maid, about six Weeks past 
one Esther Fore who was lately a Servant to D r< Jennison of 
Menden Mem , suppose her Christian name to be Elizabeth, and 
not Esther. 

M r . Foye Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston having repre- 
sented to the Selectmen, that the late Storm and high Tides had 
done considerable damage &c. to the Walls of the House. 
M r . Scollay and M r . Austin were appointed to view the same and 
order such Repairs as they should Judge proper. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 30, 1764, the following 
Letter was wrote to the several Physicians in Town 
Gentlemen. 

The Selectmen hearing that you have declined to 
Inoculate Persons, who had not moved out of Town as you appre- 
hend your selves restrained by your Engagements with them, do 
hereby inform you that they do not so understand your Engage- 
ments [1O4.] But would recommend to you the Inoculating all 
those Inhabitants, who may now incline to be Inoculated who 
were in Town at or before the 20'. of April. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 2 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Heushaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 



60 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

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'. 

Of Peny White Loaf S - 2 

Wheaten 12-3 

Houshold 1 - " -4 

Two Peny White loaf 1 - " -4 

[1O5.] Two Peny Wheaten Loaf 1-8-6 

Houshold 2-0-8 

Six Peny Wueaten Loaf 4-9-2 

Houshold 6 - 13 - 11 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9-2-4 

Houshold 13-1-4 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1-13-8 

N. B. 7 Biskets must weigh 2-0-8 

allowance to be made for drying. 
A 4 d . loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye 

Meal, must weigh 3 e - 12 

The following Letter was sent Doctors Nathaniel Perkins and 
Lloyd, in answer to theirs on File. 

Boston, May 2 d . 1764 
Gentlemen 

You having signified to us that you expect a 
number of your Patients out of the Country and desire leave to 
Inoculate at Noddles Island, we consent to your Inoculating on 
said Island, for the present notwithstanding your Engagements 
to us that you would not Inoculate in this Town after the 20 th . of 
April. 

Your Humble Servants, 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Select men of Boston. 

[106.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 5. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 61 

The Selectmen having received Information that a number of 
those People called French Neutrals, had come from Neighboring 
Towns to this in order to receive the Small Pox Inoculation ; 
agreed to visit those Persons having performed that service 
they found three of the Neutrals at M". Walcuts who had been in 
Town forty eight Hours, being sent from Cambridge by Briggan- 
dine Brattle, one of them was broke out with the Small Pox the 
others complaining they also went in to M r . Chapmans at the 
South Part of the Town, where they found one Buckley belonging 
to Colchester in Connecticut, and that he had been Inoculated 
Eight Days under these Circumstances and considering the great 
Infection still in Town, it was not thought proper to take any 
Method for their removal 

[1O7.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 7, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 

D r . Kneeland of Cambridge appeared and acquainted the 
Selectmen, that there was a number of French Neutrals at that 
Town ; some belonging to Boston, and other Neighboring Towns ; 
and the Selectmen having considered what was mentioned to them. 
Voted, that the following Letter be sent to D r . Kneeland in an- 
swer thereto. 
Sir. 

The Affair you mentioned to us we have fully 
considered and are of Opinion that we shall interfere with the 
Overseers of this Town if we meddle with the Neutrals now at 
Cambridge ; they have already taken some steps with respect to 
them, know best who are the Poor of this Town, and to whom 
they have given certificates 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Boston May 7, 1764 

To D r . Kneeland 

[1O8.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May 9, 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Major Green appeared, and desired liberty of the Selectmen to 
open a private Drain of his near his House in Atkinson Street, in 
order to enter the same into the Common Shore whereupon 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Voted that Liberty be ac- 
cordingly granted, provided the Ground be as soon as may be 
made good, and the Pavement restored to the Satisfaction of the 
Selectmen 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 10, 1764 A. M. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Co n . Joseph Williams one of the Selectmen of Roxbury ap- 
peared at the Selectmens Chamber, and acquainted them, that a 
Young "Woman of that Town and living in the Main [1O9.J Street 
being taken down with the Small Pox, the Town were very desi- 
rous of, and therefore pray'd that liberty might be granted them, 
to remove said Person to the Hospital at New Boston, or some 
other part of the Town that is still infected. 

Voted, that Liberty be granted accordingly for the sending 
said Woman to the Hospital, provided the Town of Roxbury, 
immediatately provide a Place that may serve in case of any fu- 
ture immergences 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 10. 1764, P.M. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Joseph 
Foye for Fourteen Pounds being for services in the Small Pox 
as p. Account on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Esther 
Foye for Four Pounds fifteen Shillings being for services in the 
Small Pox, as p. Acco'. on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of M r . 
Thomas Procter for Twenty five Pounds fourteen Shillings and 
seven Pence being for Supplys in the Small Pox as p. his 
Account of particulars on File. 

[HO.] A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor 
of Elizabeth Williston, (Wife of Ichabod Williston) for 3-6 
being for services in the Small Pox, as p. Account of particulars 
on File. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, and Overseers of the Poor 
at the desire of the Selectmen, May 10, 1764. 

It was proposed whether it would be expedient to visit the Town 
with a view to know the state of it respecting the Small Pox. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 63 

Voted in the Affermative. 

It was further Voted, that the enquiries should be 
1. The name of the Head of each Family. 
2 d . How many are sick of the Distemper it his or her Family. 
3 d . How many are now exposed to & liable to take y e . Infection. 
4 d . What Strangers, they have in their Families under Inocu- 
lation. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 10, 1764 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

[111.] Ordered that the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant 
directed to the Constables of Boston In his Majestj's Name re- 
quiring them forthwith to warn all the Free holders and other In- 
habitants of the Town of Boston (within their Precincts) that 
have an Estate of Forty Shillings p. annum of Free hold in Land 
with in this Province or Territory at the least, or other Estate to 
the value of Forty Pounds Sterling to Convene at Fanenil Hall 
on Tuesday the fifteenth Day of May Current at 9. O'clock in the 
Forenoon, then and there to Elect and Depute one or more Per- 
sons, (being Freeholders and resident in the Town) according to 
the number set and limitted by an Act of the General Assembly, 
to serve for and represent in a Great & General Court or Assembly 
appointed to be Convened, held and kept, for his Majesty s service 
at the Court House in Concord upon Wednesday the thirtierth 
Day of said May, and so de Die in Diem, during their Session 
and Sessions according to a Precept under the Hand & Seal of 
Stephen Greenleaf Esq. Sheriff of the County of Suffolk bearing 
Date the first Day of May in the Fourth year of his Majestys 
Reign Annoque Domini 1764 

And alike requiring them to Warn all the Freeholders and 
other Inhabitants -of said Town, qualified as the [112.] Law 
directs to meet at the same Time and place to determine on the 
Petition of a number of the Inhabitants for paving part of Moon 
Court ; The Petition of John Hill and Samuel Wentworth Esq. 
relative to the damage that part of the Neck Leased to them has 
sustained in the late Storm ; Of M r . John Vinal that an allow- 
ance may be made him, for Reasons set forth in his Petition; Of 
sundry Inhabitants for paving part of Cambridge Street ; To con- 
sider what measures may be proper for the preservation of Bea- 
con Hill ; Whether a further Time shall be allowed the Assessors 
to set for the abatement of such Persons Taxes as by the Small 
Pox have been prevented from applying in season ; Whether any 
Methods shall be taken for the better regulating the Market and 
Land Adjacent ; Whether Instructions shall be given to the Rep- 
resentatives that may be chosen ; Whether any thing farther can 
be done towards clearing the Town of the of the present Infec- 
tion ; Whether Application shall be made to the General Court for 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Relief under the present distressed Circumstances of the Town, by 
means of the Small Pox ; To receive the Reports of Town Com- 
mittee on several Affairs ; To choose such Officers as may be 
wanting ; And to act upon all such matters and Things as stand 
referred over to said Meeting. 

[113.] N. B. The Poll for the choice of Representatives will 
be closed at Twelve O'Clock, and a strict scrutiny made as to the 
Qualifications of the Voters. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 12, 1764. A.M. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jacksou Esq. 
John Scolla}- Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

It being Reported to the Selectmen, that two Persons who are 
Strangers, and came into Town since the 20'. of April, were Inoc- 
ulated by D r . Joseph Gardner in a House near Colmans Wharff 
M r . Williston was directed to desire the Doctor to give his 
attendance at the Selectmens Chamber ; who attended accord- 
ingly ; and acknowledge that he had Inoculated said Persons, as 
was Reported, but that they were to go down to Point Sherley im- 
mediately, in order to pass through the Small Pox at the Hospital 
at that place. 

M r . Draper the Publisher of the Thursdays News Papers was 
sent for, and attended accordingly ; The Selectmen then desired, 
that so long as the Small Pox should continue in Town, he would 
not publish any thing in his Paper relative to that [114:.] Dis- 
temper, but what shall come from themselves M r . Draper was 
also desired to acquaint the other Printers that the like Conduct 
was expected from them. 

The Town having at their May Meeting chose Four Fire Wards 
in addition to the former number of twelve ; M r . Cutler was di- 
rected to make four Badges ; and M r . Williston was ordered, that 
as soon as they are finished, he carry one to each of those 
Fire Wards. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 12, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent the several Printers for 
a place in their Papers to be published Monday next. 

The Selectmen have heard that many Persons are coming into 
Town from the Country for Inoculation, under a notion that lib- 
erty has been granted there for, where fore they inform all Persons 
whatsoever, that no such liberty has been or will by them be given 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 65 

and if Persons [115.] Do persist in their intrusion upon the Town 
the}" cannot answer for the effects of that resentment which has 
risen and is still rising in the Breasts of Multitudes of the Inhab- 
itants against those who attempt so grossly to abuse them as to 
make this Town a Hospital, not withstanding proper Hospitals are 
provided conveniently situated to receive such as incline to take 
the Distemper. The Select men and Overseers are now visiting 
the Town for the information of the Inhabitants at their meeting 
tomorrow, by which will be discovered the state of the Town with 
regard to the Infection, and what Strangers or others do intrude 
upon us. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

It being Reported that Capt. Thomas Procter had one Person 
and M r . Robert Jenkins two Children, at their Houses who came 
in lately from the Country, and have been Inoculated ; the latter 
by D r . Joseph Gardner ; where upon he and the other D r . was sent, 
for, who came and assured the Select men that the Inoculated 
should be immediately sent out of Town. 

Voted, that Mess". Edes and Gill have the printing of the 
Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

[11&.] Voted, that Mess". Henshaw and Jackson be a Com- 
mittee to wait on the Rev d . M r . Cooper, and desire him to open 
the approaching Town Meeting With Prayer. 

Mess rs . Schollay and Ruddock appointed a Committee to inspect 
the North Buryal Ground, and to Report the state thereof. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Ebenezer Lovel living in King Street appeared and made 
application to the Selectmen, for liberty to Inoculate and send 
to the Hospital at New Boston, a Negro Servant of his Son in 
Law M r . Emmerson, who is come here from Marble[head?] the 
Select men having considered said Request Voted, unanimously, 
that the same be not granted. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 21. 1764. 

Present 

[117.} Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

William Clouston Master of the Briggandine Hound, appeared, 
and informs that he has been from Cork in Ireland, thirty four 
Days ; that about fourteen Days after he left said place, A Person 



66 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

on board broke out with the Small Pox, and since that Time four 
others have had the Distemper, two of whom have deceased, 
That his Cargo consists of Beef, Pork and Butter ; and there are 
two Persons on board beside a Lady Passenger, liable to take the 
Infection. 

In consequence of the above Report the following Letter was 
sent M r . Hartley the Keeper of the Pest House. 

Boston May 21. 1764. 
Sir. 

You having Reported to us that Cap*. Clouston in the Brig- 
gandine Hound from Cork has stopt at Rainsford Island with 
the Small Pox, and that said Vessell is much infected, having 
three Persons now sick on board Our Orders are that so soon as 
those People who are sick can be moved with safety, you do take 
them on [118.] Shore-cleanse the Vessell, and Report to us your 
doings the Passengers who are not sick you may permit to come 
to Town. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALI, 
NATHANIEL THWING* 

Selectmen of Boston 

The Selectmen having received a Petition from a number of 
the Inhabitants, praying that a Meeting of the Town may warned 
to be on Thursday next, that the sense of the Inhabitants ma}' be 
taken respecting Inoculating at Noddles Island, and that such steps 
may be taken as will effectually prevent any Inoculating Hospitals 
being Erected in this Town or the limits of it where upon 

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 
Boston aforesaid, duly qualified and Rateable at Twenty Pounds 
Estate to a single Rate beside the Poll, to Convene at Faneuil 
Hall on Thursday the twenty fourth Day of May Current at 
Four O'Clock in the Afternoon, then and there to consider of the 
Petition of a number of the Inhabitants, that [119.] The Sense 
of the Town may be known respecting Inoculating at Noddles 
Island ; and that such steps may be taken as will effectually prevent 
any Inoculation Hospitals being Erected in this Town, or the 
Limits thereof. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 23 d . 1764 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq 

M r . Williston was directed to carry the Sealing Irons he had 
received from M r . Hews House, unto M r . Cromby one of the new 
Sealers of Leather. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 67 

Mess"- Scollay and Austin appointed a Commttee to view the 
Houses, belonging to Dr. Sprague and M r . Gordon, which were 
taken up by the Selectmen, for the service of the Town in the 
Small Pox. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 25. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[ISO.] Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

The Town Clerk is directed to give an attested Copy of the In- 
structions Voted, by the Town, to each of the Representatives, as 
also to the several Printers, in order for their being published in 
the several News Papers 

Coll . Henshaw and Coll . Jackson, are added to the Committee, 
for the Repairs of the Hospital at New Boston. 

Voted, that an attested Copy of the Vote of Thanks, (passed at 
a late Town Meeting) , to the several Doctors of the Town for In- 
oculating and carrying thro' the Distemper Gratis, a number of 
the Inhabitants be published in all the News Papers. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 28. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk post up an [121.] Assize of 
Bread at the rate of Four Shillings and eight pence ty Bushel for 
Wheat and four pence $ Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as 
follows viz*. 

lb. oz . dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 9-4 

Wheaten 13-14 

Houshold 1-2-9 

Two Peny White Loaf 1-2-9 

Wheaten 1-11-13 

Houshold 2-5-1 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 5-3-7 

Houshold 6 - 15 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6-13 

Houshold 13 - 14 - 7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 2-2-1 

Bisket of a Copper price 6-2 

N. B. a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bre*d Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 3 - 7-10 
A proper allowance to be made for the 
drying of Bisket 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
[122.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Tbvving Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Upon a Motion made, the Selectmen took into consideration 
the Allowance which has been given the Bakers for a considerable 
Time past in the Assize of Bread ; for their Charges, Pains and 
Livelihood when it was ordered, that the sum of Six pence $j 
Bushel on Wheat baked by them be allowed in the Assizes here- 
after to be set and made out by the Clerk ; which is two pence 
more than the former allowance. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1. 1764 
Nathaniel Oliver Esq. lately come to this Town from Falmouth 
apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a private School in 
this Town for the Education of Youth, in such Arts and Sciences 
as are within his Capasity ; and under such directions, and re- 
strictions, as the Selectmen for the Time being shall enjoin him 
M r . Olivers request being back'd with the recommendation of a 
considerable number of Inhabitants, and approved of by the 
Ministers at the North part of the Town, where said Oliver lives. 

[123.] Voted, that liberty be accordingly granted M r . Oliver 
for opening a School in this Town for the purposes aforesaid. 

Ordered! that there be a new Assize of Bread, and the Town 
Clerk Post up one at the rate of Four Shillings & eight Pence p. 
Bushel for Wheat, and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the 
Bakers for their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed 
as follows, Viz'. 

Of Peny White Loaf 9 - 

W beaten 13-8 

Houshold 1 - 2 - 

Two Peny White Loaf 1-2 

Wheaten 1-11 

Houshold 2 - 4 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 1 

Houshold 6-12 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 10-2 

Houshold 13-8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 2-1 

Bisket of a Copper price 6 
N.B. a 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat 

Rye meal must weigh according 

to Law 3 - 0-12 

A proper allowance to be made for the drying of Bisket & such 

Bread as is not well baked or that shall be made of different 
Grains a proportion from the Assize must be seized. 

[124.] The Selectmen having received a Precept from the 

Hon ble . Samuel White Speaker of the House of Representatives 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 69 

dated 31 st . May 1764, for choosing a Representative in the room 
of the Hon bl . Royal Tyler Esq. chosen iuto his Majesty's Council. 

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 respective Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty Shillings 
$? 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 Faneuil Hall on Wednesday the Sixth Day of June 
Current at 10. O'Clock in the Forenoon, then and there to Elect 
and Depute one Person being a Freeholder and resident in the 
Town) to serve for and Represent them at the Great and General 
Court in their present Session at Concord, and so for the re- 
maining part of this Year in the room of the Hon ble . Royal Tyler 
Esq. chosen into his Majestys Council according to a Precept 
under the Hand and Seal of the Honourable Samuel White Esq. 
Speaker of the Hon ble . the House of Representatives bearing date 
the thirty first Day of May last. 

[125,] Voted, that the Rev d . M r . Samuel Checkley Jun r . be 
desired to open the Town Meeting on Wednesday next with 
Prayer, and that M r . Ruddock be desired to acquaint him there- 
with . 

Voted that Mess". Di apers have the printing of the Notifications 
for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 2 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Upon Complaint made of several Persons coming up from Point 
Shirley quite Green with the Small Pox and very infectious, and 
at the same time information being given, that the Inhabitants 
resented this conduct so much, that there was danger of their 
taking some extraordinary steps to prevent it the Selectmen 
Judged it proper to send for D r . Gardner one of the Physicians 
that attends the sick at that place ; He not being at home, the 
following Letter was wrote D r . Barnet then at Point Shirley. 
Sir. 

We are informed that several [126.] Persons who have 
been inoculated at Point Shirley have lately come into this 
Town with the Small Pox green upon them, and that a great 
number are in a few Days coming from thence ; such proceedings 
will continue the Distemper in this Town, and consequently be 
very detrimental to it ; as there are not many familys in Town 
down with the said Distemper, and in some parts of it we are en- 
tirely clear of the Small Pox ; Wherefore we do desire and must 
insist upon it that the Gentlemen concerned at the Point do take 
proper care that no Person came thence into Boston untill they 



70 CITT DOCUMENT No. 55. 

are quite well of the Distemper, thoroughly cleansed, their Cloths 
properly aired, and their Persons quite free from any infection. 
Unless a speedy stop be put to the above maimer of conduct we fear 
it will be the occasion of some unhappy event as it is much resented 
by the Inhabitants of the Town D r . Sylvester Gardner not 
being in Town we thus write to you 

Your Humble Servants 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAT 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston June 2 d . 1764. 

D r . Barnet. 

[127.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 4. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwiug Esq. 

M r . William Daws apply'd for liberty from the Selectmen to re- 
move a Child of his Sister Goldthwaits from his House to the 
Hospital at New Boston An Order was accordingly given M r . 
Foye the Keeper, to receive said Child when sent there, as also a 
Person to attend it in the course of its sickness. 

D r . Sylvester Gardner attended by desire of the Selectmen, 
when they discoursed with him relative to those infectious Persons 
who had come from Point Shirley into this Town whereupon D r . 
Gardner engaged to take all possible care to prevent such practices 
for the future 

Cap'. Ruddock having acquainted the Selectmen that M r . 

was about erecting an House at the South End Corner of Beer 
Lane ; it was agreed that the Selectmen take a view of the place 
in order to adjust and preserve the Bounds of the Street. 

[128.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 5. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Information being given the Selectmen that one Dorr a Fisher- 
man, belonging to Roxbury was taken down with the Small Pox 
at a House in this Town near the Rev* 1 . M r . Byles's Meeting 
House Coll . Henshaw went to said House and the Man con- 
sented to be moved to the Hospital, but upon examination his 
Circumstances were found to be such, as would not permit its 
being done without risque of his Life. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 71 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 6. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

It being thought proper by the Selectmen that [129.] The 
state of the Town with respect to the Small Pox should be again 
taken, the following Letter was wrote the Gentlemen, Overseers 
of the Poor. Viz'. 
Gentlemen 

Many People are urging that the several "Wards, in this Town 
should be again visited in order to discover the state of the 
Town with regard to the Small Pox It appears adviseable 
to us to undertake it this Weeks, that we may Advertise the 
same in the Monday News Papers. "We shall be together 
'till the Evening if it suits you to Join us at the Hall in order 
to set the Time ; you will be pleased to let us have your answer 
by the Bearer, whether we may expect you or not. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Boston June 6, 1764. 
Gentlemen, the Overseers of the Poor. 

M r . Foye Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston was directed to 
dismiss from thence M r . Fethergills three Children, as their Cir- 
cumstances will now allow of their leaving the Hospital. 
The Draft for last Month not being given in 
Voted, thatM r . Cooper have a Draft therein of Twenty Pounds 
being an account of his services as Town Clerk. 

[13O.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 7. 1767 [szc in 
original.] 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The Constables were directed to attend this Afternoon at the 
Selectmens Chamber. 

The Selectmen havimg received from the Overseers of the Poor 
in answer to what was wrote them ; on the Yesterday, that they 
could not accompany them in a visitation of the Town this Week 
for reasons mentioned in their Letter (on file) and the Constables 
being present according to order. 

Voted, that the Constables be directed to go through their 
respective Wards from House to House and enquire. 
1 st . The Name of the Head of the Family 
2 d . Whether any therein are sick of the Small Pox 
3 d . Whether any of their Family s are liable to the Distemper 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

and what number And that they make return to the Selectmen 
of their doings on Satturday next 3 O'Clock P. M. when they may 
expect a suitable reward for their trouble. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 9. 1767. (sic.) 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
[131.] Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddofck Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Selectmen to 
receive into the Almshouse on the Province Charge Elizabeth 
Utinock and her two Children, she being a Stranger and not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor having wherewithall 
to support herself and Children. 

The Several Constables of the Town attended, and gave in 
their Return of the State of the Town with respect to the Small 
Pox ; by which it appears that there are 33 Familys in Town 
which have the Small Pox among them, in which are 41 Persons 
still sick of that Distemper and that 178 Familys are yet ex- 
posed to the Infection, in which are 291 Persons liable to the 
Disorder. 

The following Letter was sent D. Nathaniel Parker & Loyde 
Gentlemen 

Above is an attested Copy of the Town Vote relative to In- 
oculating at Noddles Island, & whereby you'l perceive that we 
follow the Orders of the Town, when we acquaint you, that we 
now [132.] Withdraw our leave for Inoculating at said place. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
Boston June 9. 1764 

D. Nath 1 . Perkins & Loyd 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 1767 (sic.) 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

The following Advertisement was this Day publish'd in the 
several News Papers 

Boston June 9, 1764. 

Upon enquiry into the state of the Town with regard to the 
Small Pox, it appears that it is now in only thirty three Familys, 
which encourages the Selectmen to hope that the Town may be 
cleared of said Distemper in ten Days or a Fortnight provided 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 73 

those who moved into the Country to avoid it will forbear coming 
in, till they may do it with less danger than at present, In the 
mean Time we would advise all Persons who have had the Infec- 
tion in their Familys immediately to smoke [133.] Cleanse and 
air their Houses and all such Things as may retain Infection, that 
our Friends from the Country may not be exposed when they 
return to us, Also all Persons who have been Inoculated for 
the Small Pox at Point Shirley, are warned against coming 
up to this Town without producing a Certificate from their 
Doctors, or in their infected Garments, or untill they are 
thoroughly air'd and cleansed, and entirely clear from Infection as 
the} r would avoid the resentment of the Town which runs too high 
to be long restrained As to the Physicians of the Town the 
Gentlemen will not violate their Obligations to us, or be so re- 
gardless of the Interest of this Community, as to Inoculated a 
single Person in the Town after this Time. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen 

The Deacons of the New North Church having requested of the 
Selectmen liberty to bring their Tower about four Feet beyond 
where the Porch now stands on the Street, and the same being 
considered 

[134.] Voted, That no such Liberty can be granted by the 
Selectmen 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay P^sq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

William Frankland Master of Engine N. 9, informed that the 
Engine under his care was the first brought to work on the Fire 
that broke out at M r . Pitmans Tirpentine House on Blowers 
Wharff ; and desired that the Premium of thirteen Shillings and 
four Pence granted by the Town may be ordered them where- 
upon 

Voted, that said Frankland & Comp 7 . have an Order on the 
Town Treasurer, for the Sum of thirteen Shillings and four 
Pence, the next Draft Day. 



[End of Book 12.] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK 12, A. 



[1.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 13*. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Hcnshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Al r . Jonathan Jenkins appeared, and desired liberty to break 
Ground in Wood Lane, in order to carry a Drain into the 
Common Shore. 

Voted, that liberty be granted him accordingly, provided, he 
make good the Ground, and restore the Pavement as soon as the 
Drain is finished, to the approbation of the Selectmen. 

Mess. Henshaw and Scollay are appointed to take a view of 
Mr. Lovels School House &c. and to Report what Repairs they 
apprehend to be necessary. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[2.] Nathaniel Thwiug Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent Mess. Drapers for a 
place in their Paper Viz'. 

Boston, June 16'. 1764 

The Selectmen hereby inform the Public, that no more than 
twenty three Persons, and those in Eighteen Familys, are now 
sick with the Small Pox in Town, and most of them upon the 
recovery, they have there fore directed that Red Flags be hung 
out at those Houses, and they expect and require, that the Per- 
sons in whose Familys that Distemper may hereafter break out, 
give them immediate notice thereof, as they would avoid the 
penalty of the Law 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 75 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 18. 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that one of Cap'. 
Moultons People bound to Philadelphia, whose Name is Lewis, was 
taken down with the Small Pox at the House of one Davis near 
the Mill Creek ; D r . Whetworth was sent there to [3.] Examine in- 
to the truth of said information, and dispose the Person for a 
removal to the Hospital, who Reported that the Man had really got 
the Distemper, and expressed a willingness to be removed where 
upon 

Voted, that M r . Williston be directed to carry him to the 
Hospital immediately, and that D r . Whetworth be disired to At- 
tend him as a Physician 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 19 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

A Draft was made on the Treasurer in favor of Joseph Foye for 
Eleven Shillings one farthing, being for Services in the Small Pox, 
as p. his Account on file 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 20. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[4.] Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Me" : Sewall & Thwing appointed a Committee to view Daffrons 
Wells, and Report what is best to be done. 

M r . Alexander Jenkins having informed the Selectmen that a 
Child of Samuel Ross at his House near D r . Cutlers Church has the 
Small Pox broke out upon it, M r . Williston was directed to put 

out a Red Flag at said House as a signal of Infection 

The following Letter was sent the Clerks of the Market. 

Boston, June 20. 1764 
Gentlemen 

The Selectmen have ordered that M r . Calls Brown Bread shall 
be considered by you as Household and weighed accordingly, pro- 
vide it does not exceed one half Indian meal 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



7(> CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

lb. oz. 

N.B. A 4 d . Loaf must weigh 4 8 

Information was given the Selectmen by M r . Adams that a 
Child of M r . Woodlands at Whentworths Wharff is taken with the 
Small Pox said Woodland refusing his consent to its being sent to 

the Hospital, a Flag was ordered out as a signal of Infection 

The following Advertisement was sent to Mess". Draper for a 
place in their News Papers. 

[5.] Boston June 21'. 17G4 

The Publick are hereby informed that several of the Families 
enumerated in our last Advertisement, as being infected with the 
Small Pox, are now clear of that Distemper since which two 
Persons one at M r . Rosses near D r . Cutlers Church, the other at M r . 
Woodlands on Whentworths Wharff have been taken with it ; at 
those Places Flags are hung out as well as at the others 
still visited We again desire of the Inhabitants, that they 
would immediately smoke and cleanse their Houses, and also 
clear their Yards of what may be like to retain Infection, that 
we may be soon able to certify our Friends in the Countiy, 
it has been done, and that they may return to us with safety All 
Persons are advised strictly to conform themselves to the Laws 
now in force for preventing the spread of infectious Distempers, 
among us, as they would avoid the penaltys thereof 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 21'. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . William Russell of Providence and Mess. Shapely [6.] Haw- 
ley and Thomas Martin of Marblehead, appeared, and informed the 
Selectmen that they had been inoculated at Point Shirley about a 
Month past, and produced Certificates from D r . Barnets, that they 
had sufficiently cleansed before they left the Point at the same 
time those Gentlemen declared that before they came from thence 
they were washed all over, had received fresh Cloathing, and left 
behind the Gavmeuts worn while the Distemper was upon them. 

The Selectmen having received information that a Negro Boy 
was this Day taken with the Small Pox at the House of the Widow 
Fellows near the Fortification he was with the consent of his 
Mistress immediately sent to the Hospital at the West Part of 

Boston. 

Coll . Williams of Roxhury appeared and acquainted the Select 
men that one Frances Dagle a French Neutral belonging to Boston 
was broke out with the Small Pox ; at the same time praying, that 
as that Town was not infected, they would consent to her being 
removed to this Place The Selectmen having satisfied them- 
selves by enquiry of M r . Tyler an Overseer, that she did belong 
to this Town Gave their Orders to M r . Joseph Foye to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 77 

receive her into the Hospitals, and also sent her a Nurse from 
the Almshouse. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1764. 

Present 

[7.] Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Information being given the Selectmen that a Child of M r . 
Whitlys in Hanover Street was taken down with the Small Pox, 
and that he would not consent to its being removed M r . Williston 
was directed to put out a Flag as a signal of Infection, and a 
Guard was placed at said House. 

M. Allen living near M r . Barrels House being this Day taken 
down with the Small Pox, and having consented to be removed, 
she was accordingly sent to the Hospital at New Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 22 & 23 d . 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The Selectmen agreed to go through the several Wards on the 
Morrow in order to take the present state of the [8.] Town with 
respect to the Small Pox 

D r . Church attended, when the Selectmen consented that he 
should visit M r . Fellows Negro now sick of the Small Pox at the 
Hospital. 

Ordered, that the late Act respecting Infectious Distempers 
be published in all the News Papers, as also an Extract from a 
Law of George the 2 d . which enjoins those Persons who have the 
Small Pox in their Houses to put out Flags &c. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 23 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent to the several Printers 
for a place in their Papers Monday next 



78 CITT DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston June 25 th . 1764. 

The Public are hereby informed that after a strict examination 
and enquiry made by the Selectmen it appears that there is no 
more than twelve Persons now sick with the Small Pox in this 
Town, and these in Eleven Families viz'. M r . Bakers near M r . 
Elliots Church, M r . Rosses near D r . Cutlers Church, M r . Bennets 
and M r . Clarks in Fish Street [9.] M r . MMullins near M r . 
Pembertons Church, M r . Woodlands at Wentworths Wharff ; M r . 
Cheeseman at the back of Ann Street ; M r . Willys opposite Cold 
Lane, M r . Rlxes at Wind Mill Point ; M r . Hubbards at the Head 
of M r . Grays Rope Walk, and M r . Evans's near Deacon Hills 
Distill House ; at all these places Flags are hung out ; We again 
desire of the Inhabitants that they would immediately smoke & 
cleanse their Houses, and also clear their Yards of what may be 
like to retain Infection, that we may be soon able to Certify our 
Friends in the Country it has been done, and that they may return 
to us with safety All Persons are advised strictly to conform 
themselves to the Laws now in force for preventing the spread of 
Infectious Distempers among us ; as they would avoid the Pen- 
altys thereof 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 25, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Heushaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize [1O.] of Bread 
at the rate of Four Shillings and Six Pence p. Bushel for Wheat 
and Six 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 *9 - 4 

Wheaten 13 - 14 

Houshold 1-2-9 

Two Peny White Loaf 1-2-9 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 3 

Houshold 2-5-1 

Two Peny White Loaf 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 5-3-7 

Houshold 6 - 15 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6-13 

Houshold 13 - 14 - 7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 2-2-1 

Bisket of a Copper price 6-2 

N.B. a 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat 

J Rye meal, must weight 3-2-4 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 4 - 8 ,- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 79 

According to Law, Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall be 
made of different Grains from the Assize must be seized. 

A Draft on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of M r . Sampson 
Salter for Three Pounds seven Shillings, being [11.] For services 
in the Small Pox p. account on File. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Cap'. 
Richard Tripe for Two Pounds sixteen Shillings being for Supplys 
in the Small Pox as p. Account on file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Joseph 
Badger for Two Pounds four Shillings & five Pence being for 
work done in the Small Pox p. Account on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scolla} 7 Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen that a Negro Child whose 
Mothers Name is Humphreys, living in a House opposite Grenoughs 
Mast Yard, has the Small Pox out upon her ; but as the Distemper 
was upon the turn, it was not thought adviseable to move her, and a 
Flag was there fore order'd to be put out as a signal of Infection. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Isaac 
Massingham, for twelve Shillings and nine Pence [12.] Being for 
services in the Small Pox, as p. his Account on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Voted, that Robert Gibbs of Providence Esq. have a Draft on 
the Treasury for Thirty three Pounds six Shillings and eight pence 
lawful Money, being the Sum the Town of Boston was Assessed 
by a Jury appointed by two of His Majestys Justice of Peace, as 
their proportion of cost of the Land taken from said Gibbs to enlarge 
Street by Faneuil Hall Market, laid waste by a late Fire. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 30. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

The following Advertisement was sent the several Printers for 
a place in their Papers. 

Boston June 30'. 1764 

The Public are hereby informed, that on Tuesday & [13.] 
Wednesday last, the Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor within 
the Town of Boston, accompanied by several of the principal In- 
habitants, visited every Family in the several Wards, and took 
an exact account of the Number of Persons that have had the Small 
Pox, either in the Natural Way, or by Inoculation, since it first 
broke out in December last ; and thereby it appears that 644 
White Persons and 55 Blacks have had it the Natural way, of 
whom died 102 Whites and 22 Blacks ; and that 4690 Whites and 
287 Blacks have had it by Inoculation of whom 43 Whites and 3 
Blacks died ; It also appears that no more than 8 Persons in 6 
Familys are now sick with that Distemper in Town and most of 
them upon the recovery ; 1537 Person removed into the Country, 
and 519 Persons are still exposed to it, some of whom are In- 
fants, born since it began to spread, others who were in Town the 
last Time it was here, but do not remember to have had it, though 
its probable they have, but the most are such who had removed 
to avoid the Infection, but have returned since the decline of 
the Distemper. (See on the other Page.) 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

[14.] The following addition was made to the Advertisement 
on the other side, and published in all the Papers, Viz 1 . The Select 
men further inform that of the above Number Inoculated about 40(> 
were Inhabitants of other Towns, and that Guards are placed and 
Flags hung out at the several Houses still Infected ; They again 
call upon all Persons who have had the Distemper in their Familys . 
to smoke cleanse and air their Houses, Beds, Cloths, Linen, and 
every thing that can retain Infection, and to bring the Dirt and 
filth of their Yards into the streets, as measures will be imme- 
diate^ taken to remove it to distant and safe places ; Such Per- 
sons as do not strictly conform themselves to the Laws in force for 
preventing the spread of infectious Distempers, may depend upon 
being prosecuted to the vigor of the Law 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 81 

The following Persons were this Morning placed as Guards to 
the several Houses still infected with the Small Pox Viz'. 

William Rose at M r ". Hubbard near Grays Rope walk. 

[15.] Lawrance Collins At M". Evans's near Deacon Hills 
Distill house 

Philip Mockland at M r . Rixs, near Wind Mill Point 

William M c .Alpin at M r . M c .Mullins in Kneelands Lane. 

John Hyder at M r . Bakers, near M r . Eliots Church. 

Orders were delivered each of the above named Guards of the 
following tenor 

Boston July 2 d . 1764 
M r . 

The Small Pox being at M r . House near we hereby 

appoint you a Guard for said House, our Directions to you are, 
That you suffer no Persons to go in or out of said House except 
the Doctors ; Any Necessary s that may be wanted for the 
Family you are to get to them as well as you can ; you must not 
leave the Watch untill 11 O'Clock at Night nor fail attending 
again by Day break ; We have ordered a Flag to be put out as 
a signal of Infection in said House, and we depend on your behav- 
ing with great care and faithfulness in your Watch, as the safety 
of the Inhabitants will much depend upon it, and on your so 
doing we shall make you a proper Allowance for your care and 
service 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 2 d . P.M. 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
[16.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen by M r . Cheeseman who 
lives near the Mill Creek, that two of his Children were broke out 
with the Small Pox, and being unwilling to have them removed, 
Orders were given that his House be shut up, and a Flag hung out 
as a signal of Infection ; and Adam Artwick, was appointed a 
Guard therefor 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 3 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen that a Child of M r . Silsbeys 
near Charlestown Ferry has the Small Pox out upon him, and 
that he was willing to have it removed to the Hospital to Morrow 
Morning 
John Mortell was appointed a Watch for that Night. 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 4'. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[17.] Nathaniel Th wing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered that M r . Joseph Foye have a Draft on the Town Treas- 
urer for Four Pounds lawful Money, being in part for services in 
the Small Pox 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 5, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Mortell for Six Shillings it being for services in the Small Pox 
as p. his Account on file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Philip 
Mockland for Sixteen Shillings lawful Money, being for Services 
in the Small Pox, as p. his Account on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 6. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
[18.] John Ruddock Esq. 

We the Subscribers hereby engage with the Gentlemen the 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston, that if they will order the Well, 

late the Estate of Isaac Daffins which is now in Street, to 

be cleared at the Charge of the Town, we on our parts will put in a 
Pump in said Well, and keep the same in constant repair for the 
benefit of the Inhabitants near it, and to serve in case of Fire. 

JOHN COTTON 
ANDREW LEPEAR 
JOHN WHITTEN 
ISAAC AUDIBERT 
JOHN RICE 
JOHN JOT 
ROBERT WILLIAMS 
WILLIAM ANDREWS 
Boston July 1, 1764 

The aforegoing is a true Copy of the Original Agreem'. made 
with a Number of the Inhabitants relative to the Repairs of a Well 
late of M r . Daffins. 

Alt. WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 83 

The following Advertisement was sent for the several News 
Papers Viz'. 

Boston, July 9, 1764 

The Selectmen acquaint the Public, that no more then Six 
Persons are now sick with the Small Pox in Town and those in 
four Familys, viz 4 . M". Hubbards near Grays Rope Walk, M r . 
Cheesemans near the Mill Creek [19.] M r . M c . Mullins in Kneelands 
Lane leading into Sudbnry Street, and M r . Bakers near M r . Elliots 
Church. The Houses Bedding &c. of those who have had the Dis- 
temper are smoking and cleansing, and the Carters are dayly em- 
ployed in carrying the Street Dirt to Places of safety Guards 
are fixed and Flags hung out at the Houses infected ; and a.uy 
Persons belonging to them who through carelessness or presump- 
tion should mix with the Inhabitants, and thereby expose them to 
infection ; and such others as do not in every respect conform 
themselves to the Acts in the force for preventing the spread of 
contagious Distempers, may expect being prosecuted to the rigor 
of the Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Voted, that the Selectmen visit the public Schools in this Town 
on Tuesday the 10. Instant and that the following Gentlemen be 
desired to accompany them therein Viz'. 

The Hon ble . Andrew Oliver Esq. 

Hon ble . Thomas Hubbard Esq. 

The Hon ble . James Bowdoin Esq. 

The Hon ble . Thomas Hancock Esq. 

The Hon ble . Thomas Flucker Esq. 

The Hon ble . Harrison Gray Esq. 
[2O.] The Hon ble . Royal Tyler Esq. 

The Gentlemen the Representatives of Boston 

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 . M r . Samuel Checkley 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Mather 

The Rev d . M r . Ebenezer Pemberton 

The Rev d . M r . Mather Byles 

The Rev d . M r . Andrew Elliot 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Cooper 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Checkley Jun r . 

M r . Samuel P. Savage 

John Rowe Esq. 

M r . John Lane 

Thomas Tyler Esq. 

M r . George Bethune 

Joshua Winslow Esq. 

James Pitts Esq. 

John Tudor Esq. 

Zach 1 . Johannott Esq. 

Co 110 . Whiting of Connecticut 



84 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Samuel Fitch Esq. 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Samuel Hews Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
[21.] Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries 
Cap 1 . Nathaniel Greenwood 
M r . Rufus Green 
Samuel Wentworth Esq. 
D r . John Sprague 
M r . Edward Foster 
M r . Nathaniel Coffin 
Cap'. Ichabod Jones 
M r . Francis Shaw 

M r . Williston is directed to acquaint the several Gentlemen there- 
of, and to Notify them to attend at Faneuil Hall 8 O'Clock in the 
Morning of said Day. 

Voted, that a Dinner be provided at Faneuil Hall for about 50 
Gentlemen on the Day for visiting the Schools and that M r . Bal- 
lard shall have the dressing thereof, and also furnish the Liquors 
that may be wanted. 

The Selectmen on the 4' of July Ins', passed upon the List of 
Persons licensed the last Year to sell strong Drink as Retailers and 
Inholders within this Town, which was approved excepting such 
as are removed or married, as therein noted. 

And also passed upon the Petitions of Licenses for [S3.] the 
Year ensuing ; and the following Persons were approved and rec- 
ommended Viz*. 
Elizabeth Bracket, Widow at her House in School Street as an 

In holder 
Francis Warden, at his House in Cushings Lane as an Inholder 

John Colman at his House on the Dock Ditto 

William Campbell at his House called the Salutation Ferry as 

an Inholder 

James Clemmens at the Head of Vernorns Wharff as an In- 
holder 

Joseph Ballard, at his House near the Hay Market as a Re- 
tailer 

Edward Perce at a House on Boston Neck over against the 
George Tavern - - - - as a Retailer, 
see July 18 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 11. 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The Select men on the Yesterday being the 10'. of July Visited 
the public Schools according to their Vote of the 6'. Instant Accom- 
panied by the following Gentlemen Viz 4 . 

[23.] The Hon ble . Thomas Hubbard Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 85 

The Hon ble . Andrew Oliver Esq. 

The Hon ble . Thomas Flucker Esq. 

The Hon ble . Harrison Gray Esq. 

The Hon ble . Royal Tyler Esq. 

The Gentlemen the Representatives of Boston 

The Gentlemen the Overseers of the Poor 

The Rev d . M r Ebenezer Pemberton 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Mather 

The Rev d . M r . Mather Byles 

The Rev d . M r . Andrew Elliot 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Cooper 

The Rev d . M r . Samuel Checkley Jun r . 

M r Samuel P. Savage 

Joseph Green Esq. 

Thomas Tyler Esq. 

A Gentlemen from the Jerseys 

Joshua Winslow Esq. 

John Tuder Esq. 

Zach . Johonnott Esq. 

Coll . Whiting of Connecticut 

Samuel Fitch Esq. 

Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

Samuel Hews Esq. 

William Phillips Esq. 
[24.] Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries Esq. 

Samuel Wentworth Esq. 

D r . John Sprague 

M r . Edward Foster 

M Nathaniel Coffin 

Cap . Ichabod Jones 

M r . Fancis Shaw 

And found the South Gammar School had 120 Scholars the 
North Grammar 47 Scholars. The South Writing School 230 
Scholars the North Writing School 163 Scholars the Writ- 
ing School in Queen Street 148 Scholars all in very good order. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Lawrance 
Collins for Two Pounds lawful Money being for Services in the 
Small Pox, as p. his Account on file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasuer Jeffries in favor of William 
M c . Alpine for Two Pounds four Shillings lawful Money, being for 
services in the Small Pox as by his Account on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 18. 1764. 
[25.] Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 
A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Adam 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Hartwick for Three Pounds four Shillings lawful, being for watch- 
ing at M . Cheesmans House as p. his Account on file. 

The following Persons were this Day approved and recommended 
by the Selectmen as Inholders and Retailers 

M r . Sarah Checkley, at her House near 

Deacon Barretts ------ as a Retailer 

Joseph Ingersol Esq. at his House called 

the Bunch of Grapes - - as an Inholder 

M r . Caleb Davis, at his Shop near the 

Fortification - - as a Retailer 
see July 6. 

The Selectmen having received an Account from M r . Barrett 
one of the Overseers of his supplys for one [26.] Sarah Eather- 
ton of Lancaster during her sickness with the Small Pox &c. 
amounting to Fourteen Pounds three Shillings & four Pence ; an 
Account was made out for the Town of Lancaster, and delivered 
M r . Treasurer Jeffries to forward and receive the Money due. 

NB. The said Person was duly warned out of Town and Cau- 
tion entred as p. Certificate on file. 

The following Advertisement had a place in the last Mondays 
Prints 

Boston July 16 l . 1764 

The Public are informed that one of the Persons mentioned in the 
last Advertisements as having the Small Pox is now well, the other 
three are almost recovered, no one has been taken down with it 
since, and the two Persons who have the Distemper at the Hospi- 
tal are in a fair way of doing well ; Guards are set and Flags 
hung out at the places infected, for the information and security 
of those who are dayly coming into Town. Care has been taken 
that the Houses Beds Clothing &c. of those who have had this Ill- 
ness should be sufficiently smoked and cleansed, and the Dirt and 
filth of the Streets removed to places of safety It is hoped, that 
not only a fear of incurring the severe [27.] Penalties of the 
Law, but a tender regard to the Lives and safety of our return- 
ing Friends, will prevent any one from mixing himself with the 
Inhabitants untill he is satisfied, that he is entirely clear of 
the Infection. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The following Advertisement was published in the last Thursdays 
News Papers Viz. 

Boston July 19, 1764 

The Public are hereby informed that last Monday a "Woman in 
Cap'. Strouds House at the back of Fort Hill was taken with the 
Small Pox, but is now so well as to be about her Chamber ; Flags 
are kept out and Guards continued at M r . Bakers House by the 
New North Church, and M r . Hubbards House near M r . Grays Rope 
Walk, it being apprehended that they are not yet free from Infec- 
tion : Those Persons are recovered who had the Distemper in the 
Hospital at New Boston, and at M r . Chapmans at the bottom of 
the Common Such of the Inhabitants as do not in every re- 
spect conform themselves to the Act in force, for preventing the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 87 

spread of Contagious Distempers, may expect [28.] Being 
prosecuted to the rigor of the Law 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 23 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The following Advertisement was sent to the several Printers 
for a place in their Papers Viz*. 

Boston, July 23 d . 1764 

The Public are informed that since our last Advertisement, 
two Children who about a fortnight past were removed from our 
Infected House to the Hospital at the bottom of the Common, 
were last Thursday taken with the Small Pox ; but have it in the 
most gentle manner ; no one in either of the Hospitals is now 
liable to that Illness ; M". Stroud in her House behind Fort Hill, 
where a Flag is hung out and a Guard placed, with those men- 
tioned above are the only Persons in Town now sick with the Dis- 
temper [29.] Or that have the Symptoms of it 
By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Ordered that Adam Artwick be appointed as an Assistant to the 
Guard placed at M r . Hubbards House near M r . Grays Rope Walk, 
it being an House of 111 fame. 

At a Meeting of the Select men July 25. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The two Children with the Small Pox at M r . Chapmans at 

the bottom of the Common, where on the Yesterday together with 
the Mother that attends them removed from thence to the Hospi- 
tal at New Boston. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Hyder for Four Pounds lawful Money, it being for watching at M r . 
Bakers House. 

[3O.] The following Advertisement was sent for a place in 
Thursdays Paper Viz'. 

Boston July 25. 1764. 

The Public are hereby informed that no Person in Town is now 
sick of the Small Pox or has the Symptoms of it, except two Chil- 
dren at the Hospital at New Boston, and M r . Strouds, at a House 
behind Fort Hill 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 26, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Cap*. Benjamin Smith in the Briggandine Hope from Liverpool, 
last from Plymouth N. E. where he is owned, arrived at Rains- 
fords Island this Day. M r . Hartley informs, that the said Cap- 
tain and four of his hands have had the Small Pox, two of which 
[31.] Number deceased at Sea, one other he left at Plymouth 
himself and Boy now on board his Vessell is loaded with Salt 
Cod and English Goods all under Decks and Crates of Ware 
and Cordage between Decks None of his Hands nor of the 
Six Passengers who came in him are liable to the Distemper. 

The following Directions were given M r . Hartly Keeper of the 
Hospital at Rainsfords Island respecting Cap*. Smiths Brigg. Viz*. 

Boston July 26, 1764. 
M r . Thomas Hartley 
Sir. 

The Briggandine Hope Cap*. Benjamin Smith from Liverpool, 
last from Plymouth where she is owned, being stopt at Rainsfords 
Island on account of having the Small Pox on board Our Direc- 
tions are that you immediately receive the Passengers on shore, and 
not permit them to come up to Town untill they are sufficiently 
aired, and you have our further Orders you must also receive 
all the Cloths Bedding &c. and air and cleanse them ; as also 
the Crates of Ware, and other Goods between Decks, which 
the Captain shall deliver you ; and Report to us the Circum- 
stances of the Briggandine and [32.] Cargo &c. as soon as 
may be. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The following Letter was sent Cap'. Smith Master of the Brig- 
gandine Hope Viz'. 

Boston July 26, 1764. 
Cap*. Benjamin Smith 

A Letter you this Day wrote M r . Otis has been shown us, the 
account it con-tains of the state of your Vessell relating the 
Small Pox, does not altogether correspond with the Account 
we have from M r . Hartley, we therefore require you to send 
us up immediately such a one as when you are called upon you 
will swear to, that you be very particular as to the Time when 
you left your Port, at what Time the Small Pox first appeared on 
board your Vessell, when each Person that has had it were taken 
down ; how many have died, and when they died, whether the 
others are well, or in what situation they are in, what has been 
done as to cleansing and smoking your Vessell and Goods. 
Whether you have now on board other Passengers or others 
that are liable to the Small Pox. In the mean Time we would 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. . 89 

inform you that your Vessell must not leave the Island untill 
she and her Cargo &c. are sufficiently aired, and M r . Hartley 
can Certify as that they are so ; in order to effect this we have 
ordered m r . Hartley to receive from 3-011 any [33. J Goods, Cloth- 
ing, Passengers &c. you may put on Shore on the island under his 
care in order to be aired. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the- Selectmen, July 27. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John S coll ay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Hartley brought a Letter from Cap'. Smith in which is inset- 
ted the state and circumstances of his Vessell & Cargo relating the 
Small Pox M r . Hartley at the same Time Reported that the Pas- 
sengers were sufficiently aired, and had fresh Clothing to put on, and 
that they might depart the Island with safety to the Inhabitants. 
The following Letter was wrote M r . Hartley Viz'. 

Boston July 27, 1764. 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

Oar Orders to you respecting Cap'. Smiths Vessell and Cargo 
are, that you see the Vessell be thoroughly aired and cleansed, 
and whatever Goods & Clothing [34.] Cap' Smith shall deliver 
you, do you take on shore at the Island, and air them, and then 
Report to us, what you have done. You having represented 
to us, that Cap'. Smiths Passengers may leave the Island with 
safety, you may permit them to go first taking particular care, 
that they are well aired, and that the Clothing they put on be 
fresh and free from any Infection. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, July 27, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration the Order of the 
Town, relative to the preservation of Beacon Hill, and also view'd 
the Premisses it was 

Voted, That a Board Fence be run between M r . [35.] Hancocks, 
and the Towns Lands on Beacon Hill also 

Voted, that the Avenues leading to said Hill be shut up and that 
proper Manure be put on, and the same sown with Hay Seed, so 
far as may be Judged necessary also, 

Voted, that Coll . Jackson M r . Austin and Coll . Thwing be a 
Committee to carry the above Vote into execution. 

It is agreed that the Select men go upon Beacon Hill in order to 
see the Six Rod of Ground belonging to the Town measured off, 
before the Fences are erected. 

M r . Hancock appeared, and agreed with the Selectmen to pay 
one half the Charge of erecting a Fence between his and the Towns 
Lands on Beacon Hill. 

It is determined by the Selectmen, to keep open the Passage 
Way at the Head of the Dock ; and that the said Passage Way 
shall be continued of the same width round the Dock to a Post 
parallel with the Posts round the East end of the Market 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 

[36.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk post up an Assize of Bread, at the 
Rate of Four Shillings and Six pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 9 - 4 

Wheaten 13 - 4 

Houshold 1 - 2 - 9 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 2 - 9 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 3 

Houshold 2 - 5 - 1 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 3 - 7 

Houshold 6 - 15 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6-13 

Household 13 - 14 - 7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 2 - 2 - 1 

Bisket of a Copper price 6 - 2 

NB. a 4 d . Brown Loaf Wheat Rye 

Meal must weigh 3 - 2 - 4 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian a 4 - 8 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the Drying 
[37.] of Biskets and such Bread as is not well baked, or 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 91 

that shall be made of different Grain and proportion from the 
Assize is to be seized. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of William 
Ross, for Five Pounds Eight Shillings lawful Money, being for 
services in the Small Pox, as p. Account on file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Adam 
Art wick for One Pound lawful Money, being for services in the 
Small Pox as p. Account on file. 

M r . Peter Johonnett appeared, and acquainted the Selectmen 
that his Wife was taken with the Small Pox at his House in 
Orange Street, South end, and that he consented to her being re- 
moved to M*. Chapmans Hospital at the bottom of the Common 
to Morrow Morning, but utterly declined permitting her being re- 
moved to the Hospital at New Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Boston, July 31. 1764 
M'. Thomas Hartley ^ 

[38.] Sir 

We do not apprehend Cap'. Smiths Briggaudine can come 
up to Town with safety untill Saturday next, at that time 
if you think she has been sufficiently cleansed you may per- 
mit her to depart, keeping on shore the Crate of Ware or any 
other Goods wherein here may be danger untill further Orders ; 
the Bale Goods that are now on board must every Day untill 
that Time, the Weather being fair, be taken on Deck and 
aired We depend on your care 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 31. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Mess". Henshaw and Austin two of the Selectmen went this 
Morning to M'. Johonnetts House in order to remove his Wife to M r . 
Chapmans at the Bottom of the Common agreeable to the Promise 
made on the Yesterday, when M r Johonnett acquainted the Select 
men that he received the last Night a Letter from M'. Sheriff 
Greenleaf , intimating, if not threatening an opposition to her being 
removed to M r . Chapmaus by stopping the Chaise &c. which hints 
had [39.] Made such impressions on M". Johonnetts Mind, that 
a removal under these Circumstances must be attended with the 
risque of her Life. Great pains were taken by M'. Johonnett, the 
Selectmen and others to compose and satisfie the Lady that her re- 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

moval would be attended with no danger but their endeavors 
proved inefectual. 

The following is a true Copy of the Letter wrote M r . Johonnett 
by the Sheriff, which was referred to above. 

Monday Evening 
M r . Peter Johounett 

Sir 

After parting with you I met the Selectmen, but fear that 
my expostulations, with them have not been sufficient to con- 
vince them of the great injustice which will be done to a 
number of the Inhabitants living near the Common by suffering 
M. Johonnett to be brought there I have seen many of 
the Neighbors and they are extremely uneasy ; and we are all of 
Opinion that you have no power to remove an Infected Person 
from one Neighbourhood to another, nor do I imagine that 
while there is a public Hospital in the Town (every way conven- 
ient for the reception of the Sick) that the Selectmen have any 
power to remove the Infected Person to any other place. I am 
as much concerned both for you and the Public as they can be, but 
as there is two other Passages into Town than that by your House 
I see no necessity for any removal at all [4O.] But if there be any 
it ought certainly to be to the proper Hospital If the other 
should be attempted, and an opposition should be raised so as to 
stop the Chair in its passage, you cannot blame those who are 
deeply interested I should be excessive sorry to have M. 
Johonnett frightened, but as I find the People bordering on the 
Common so uneasy, I wont answer for the consequence, and there- 
fore give you this friendly notice I am Sir, 

Your most obed'. serv*. 

S. GREENLEAFF 

The following is a true Copy of M'. Willistons Deposition re- 
specting Sheriff Greenleaff 

Boston August 1, 1764 

Thomas Williston of lawful Age testifys and declares that he 
was attending upon the Selectmen at their Chamber on Monday 
Evening last, that the same Evening he saw M r . Sheriff Green- 
leaff at one of the Doors of the Market, when he said to him, M r . 
Williston if you should be at the moving the Woman (meaning as 
he supposed M. Johonnet) and should meet with any interruption, 
take no notice of it, upon which the Deponent said I do not know 
whether I shall move her. 

THOMAS WILLISTON 

Suffolk ss. Boston August 1, 1764 Then the above named 
Thomas Williston personally appeared and made [41.] Solemn 
Oath to the truth of the above written as subscribed by him be- 
fore me. 

BELCHER NOTES Justice Pacis 

In consequence of the above mentioned conduct of Sheriff 
Greenleaff respecting M". Johonnott the Selectmen presented the 
following Memorial to the Governor and Council 

To His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. Captain General and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 93 

Governor in Chief in and over His Majestys Province of the Mas- 
sachusetts Bay and the Hon ble . His Majestys Council. 

The Memorial of Joshua Henshaw, Joseph Jackson, John 
Scollay, Benjamin Austin, Samuel Sewall, Nathaniel Thwing, and 
John Ruddock, Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 
Humbly Sheweth 

Your Memorialists in the Capacity afores d . have exerted them- 
selves to remove the remainder of the Infection with which this 
Town has been visited, that our own Inhabitants who moved from 
it might return in safety, and our Neighbours from the Country 
round us come freely in to trade with us ; We have so far succeeded 
that we encouraged our selves and the Public to think the danger 
in a good measure over ; But it is so ordered in Providence that M rs 
Johonnott the wife of M r . [42.] Peter Johonnott living in Orange. 
Street one of the main Streets leading into y e . Town, was two Days 
since found to have the Small Pox Your Memorialists consid- 
ered that should the infected Person continue in a place so public 
& a Neighbourhood where it is said fifty Persons are near who have 
not had the Distemper, it might be the means of continuing the In- 
fection much longer in the Town ; entirely stop the intercourse again 
between Town and Country, or at least alarm all around us so much 
as would be of bad consequence to the Community : We therefore 
determined to move the said M. Johonnott, and both she herself 
and her Husband agreeing, that she should be removed to M r . 
Chapmans at the bottom of the Common, which has been many 
Times used for an Hospital the removal which would have been 
effected Yesterday, had it not been for the interposition of 
M r . Sheriff Greenleaff in a manner which the Letter and Affi- 
davit accompanying this will discover to your Excellency and 
Honors. 

Your Memorialists beg leave to complain to your Excellency 
and Honors of this extraordinary Conduct in a Public Officer, 
which has prevented the design'd removal, continues the Infection 
in a situation which threatens this Town with a continuance of our 
Calamity and Distress and not only encourages Persons to Coun- 
teract and [43.] Frustrate our faithful Endeavors for the In- 
terest of this Town, but tends to countenance an opposition to 
lawful Authority where its Exertions are imagined to interfere 
with private Convenience. 

We humbly submit the matter to your Excellency and Honors 
wise Consideration, and shall as in Duty bound ever pray &c. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston. 

The following is what passed at Council when the above Me- 
morial was taken under Consideration 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Council held at the Council Chamber in Boston upon 
Wednesday the 1". of August 1764. 

Present 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. Governor &c. His Excel- 
lency and the Board took under Consideration a Complaint of the 
Select men of y e Town of Boston that they had been defeated in 
their Intentions of removing M. Johonnott lately taken ill of the 
Small Pox to a separate House, by [44.] the interposition of 
Stephen Greenleaff Esq. to the great damage of the Town ; the 
Selectmen and the said M r . Greenleaff being personally pres- 
ent, and heard upon the subject matter of the said Complaint. 
It appears that the Selectmen were acting in the due execution of 
the Law, in their attempt to remove M. Johonnott, and that it was 
the Duty of his Majestys Subjects to assist and encourage them 
therein, but the said M r . Greenleaff declaring before his Ex- 
cellency and the Board that he was ignorant of the Law impowering 
the Selectmen to remove Persons to any other place than the es- 
tablished Hospital, and that if he had known the power of the 
Select men, or they had declared to him they had such power he 
would not have used any Measures to discourage the Person to be 
removed from consenting thereto. It further appearing that the 
said M r . Greenleaff apprehended his own Family exposed by the 
intended removal. 

Advised That His Excellency accept the excuse and Acknowl- 
edgment of the said M r . Greenleaff. 

A. OLIVER, Secy. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 81. 1764. P. M. 

Present 

[45.] M r . Samuel Procter, was directed by two of the Select 
men, viz . Coll . Jackson and M r . Sewall, to receive into the Alms- 
house on the Province Charge Ishmael Bamfort and Wife, who are 
Strangers and not Inhabitants of any Town in this Province, nor 
having where with all to support themselves. 

M r . William Ross appointed a Watch for M r . Peter Johonnotts 
House in Orange Street South end, and Orders given him accord- 
ingly- 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August l rt . 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Tliwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Cap*. John Bradford appeared and desired liberty of the Select 
men to break Ground, by his Dwelling House in Cold Lane, in 
order to carry a Drain into the Common Shore. 

Cap'. Bradford has Liberty so to do provided he make good the 
Ground and restore the Pavement as soon as may be to the ap- 
probation of the Selectmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 95 

[46.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 3 d . 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
My it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Hope Benjamin Smith Master from Liverpool, 
being stopt at Castle William on account of the Small Pox, having 
been sufficiently smoked and cleansed, we are of Opinion said Ves- 
sell may be permitted to come up to Town without endangering the 
Health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellencj 7 thinks proper 
We are 

Your Excellencys most Obed'. 
Hum. Serv'. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN - 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston August 3 d . 1764. 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 7. 1764. 
[47.] Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

A Motion was made for taking off the Guard from M r . Johonnotts 
House in Orange Street, M". Johonnott being free from the Small 
Pox, as appeared by a Certificate from her Physician D r . Nathan- 
iel Perkins. 

The Selectmen having duly considered of the same Judged it 
not to be expedient to give into it ; and therefore Ordered that the 
Guard be kept up, and the Flag continued out untill further Di- 
rections be given. 

John Burk late a Soldier who came here from New York, and 
being at Times disordered in his Senses, was sent to the Alms- 
house on the Province Charge, but the Regiment he belonged to 
having been at Hallifax, where he was discharged Mess r8t Scollay 
and Austin are appointed a Committee to procure him a passage 
thither soon as possible. 

It having been represented to the Selectmen that the School 
house in Queen Street, was out of Repairs [48.] Mess. 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Scollay and Austin are appointed a Committee to see what is 
necessary to be done, and to get the same effected as soon as 
possible. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 8, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Henshaw who had been at M r . Johonnotts House, having Re- 
ported that the same was sufficiently smoked and cleansed, and 
that M rs . Johonnott was well, and free from any Infection ; The 
Selectmen gave Orders for striking the Flag, and taking off the 
Guard. 

M r . James Burdet Constable of the "Watch placed at the Town 
House, who was obliged to leave his Charge some months past 
on account of the Small Pox, being now returned The Select 
men consent that he again take upon himself the trust of Con- 
stable of said Watch. 

Thomas Read Master of the Engine that is kept under the Town 
House appeared, and having represented the expediency of having 
another Man added to his Company ; and at the [49.] Same rec- 
ommended Shubael Hews as a suitable Person for the place. 

Voted, that there be one Man added to M r . Reeds Company, in 
addition to his former Number, and that they approve of M r . 
Hews for that place. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of M r . 
William Ross for One Pound sixteen Shillings lawful Money, being 
for watching Nine Days at M r . Johonnotts House, as p. account ou 
file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Law- 
ranee Collins for Three Pounds twelve Shillings lawful Money, 
being for services in Small Pox as p. Account on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 9. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Upon representation and complaint made by the Bakers that 
price of Wheat was set at a lower rate in the last Assize than 
the Flour can now be purchased for it was Voted that the Assize 
be altered also 

[5O.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the Rate of Four Shillings and eight pence p. Bushel for 
Wheat and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1764. 97 



oz. 



Of Peny White Loaf 9 - 

Wheaten 13 - 8 

Houshold 1 - 2 - 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 2 - 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 

Houshold 2 - 4 - 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 1 - 

Houshold 6 - 12 - 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 2 - 

Houshold 13 - 8 - 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 2 - 1 - 

Bisket of a Copper price 6 - 

N.B. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 

^ Rye meal must weigh 3 - 0-12 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above J Indian d to . 4 - 4 - 

According to Law allowance should be made for the drying of 
Bisket, and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be made 
of different Grain & proportion from the Assize must be seized. 

[51.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 10. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 

M. Henderson Phillips appeared and informed the Selectmen 
that he has let an House of his near Clarks Wharff to one William 
M c .keen, who came from Charlestown. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue forth a Warrant directed to 
the Constable 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 
Eate besides the Poll, to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Monday 
the thirteenth Day of August Instant at 3. O'Clock in the After- 
noon, then and there to consider of the Petition of a Number of 
the Inhabitants, representing that the Usher of the South Grammar 
School is about leaving the Town for want of a competent support ; 
and therefore praying that some Measures may be taken by raising 
his Salary or otherwise to retain in the service of the Town a 
Person so well qualified for the Education of Youth ; To receive 
the Report of the Selectmen respecting the Terms upon which 
Samuel Wentworth Esq. will give up to the Town his Lease of 
the Lands upon Boston Neck [52.] And to act upon all such 
other Matters as may properly came before said Meeting. 

Mess. Thomas and John Fleet, are to have the printing of the 
Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 13. 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The Constable having failed of their Duty in not warning the 
Inhabitants of their several Wards according to Law of a Town 
Meeting this Da} 7 and said Meeting having been therefore set 
aside by the Selectmen. 

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

In His Majestys Name requiring them forth with 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 besides the Poll, to Convene at [53.] Faneuil Hall on 
Thursday the sixteenth Day of August Instant at 3. 0' Clock in 
the Afternoon, then and there to consider of the Petition of a 
number of the Inhabitants representing that the Usher of the 
South Grammar School is about leaving the Town for want of a 
competent support ; and therefore praying that some Measures 
may be taken by raising his Salaiy, or otherwise to retain in the 
service of the Town a Person so well qualified for the Education 
of Youth ; To receive the Report of the Selectmen respecting 
the Forms upon which Samuel Weutworth Esq. will give up to 
the Town his Lease of the Lands upon Boston Neck ; To deter- 
mine what steps shall be taken in order to comply with the 
Conditions upon which the late Hon ble . Thomas Hancock Esq. 
has left a Legacy to the Town of Boston, towards Erecting a 
House for the reception of such unhappy Persons as it shall 
please God in his Providence to deprive of their Reason ; And to 
Act upon all such other Matters as may properly come before 
said Meeting. 

Ordered that Mess rt . Daniel Kneeland & Brother have the 
Printing of the Notifications for the evening Town Meeting. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Esther 
Buccannan for Eighteen Shillings [54.] Lawful Money, being for 
service in the Small Pox as p. her Account on file August 15. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 15. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Cap*. Peter Brown having made Application to the Selectmen, 
to take a view of the Land in which he was about Erecting a 
Wooden Building, to see whether a Foundation can be obtained 
without great charge. 

Mess. Sewall and Ruddock was appointed a Committee for 
that purpose. 

Some evil minded disorderly Persons, having carried off the 
Stocks which had been placed near the Town House Cap'. 
Andrews was directed to make a new pair, as soon as may be. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 99 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Joseph 
Foye Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston for Ten Pounds law- 
ful Money in part of what is due to him for services in the Small 
Pox, as p. his account on file. 

[55.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 20. 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Information was given the Selectmen last Satturday Evening 
that a Negro Man belonging to Cap'. James of New Port was 
taken with the Small Pox at the Crown Coffee House near the 
Long Wharff whereupon M r . Williston was directed to take him 
in the Sedan, and carry him to the Hospital at New Boston, 
which was accordingly done that Night. 

The Guard placed at Cap'. Strouds House was sent for who 
appeared and Reported, That the said House had been well 
smoked, cleansed and white washed, agreable to the directions 
he had received from the Selectmen he was further Ordered to 
see that the Nurse had a Shift of Cloths provided for her, and that 
her other Cloths together with those of the Persons deceased, be 
thoroughly smoked washed &c. after which he might leave the 
Guard this Evening first directing the Flag to be struck. 

[56.] The Selectmen having received a Warrant from the 
Hon 1 * 5 Judge of Probate, for the County of Suffolk bearing date 
the 14 th . Instant, empowering and desiring them to enquire into 
the Circumstances and Conditions of Daniel Silsby of this Town 
Inholder, Represented to him by his friends, to be a Person Non 
Compos Mentis. Enquiry & examination was accordingly 
made, and the following return given into his Honor. 
Viz'. 

Boston, August 20. 1764 

In Compliance with the within Warrant we have visited M r . 
Daniel Silsby, and find him to be a Person Non Compos 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 

To the Hon w *. the Judge of Probate 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Hyder for Three Pounds Eight Shillings lawful Money, being for 
services in the Small Pox as p. his Account on file. 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

[57.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 22 d . 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Cap 1 . Jonathan Clark applied to the Selectmen that some 
Person might be appointed to sweep the Chimnies, there being 
such a neglect thereof, as must endanger the Town whereupon 
Voted, that an Advertisement be published calling upon any Person 
disposed to undertake the business of Chimney Sweeping, that 
they apply to the Selectmen who are readj r to contract with a 
suitable Person for that purpose agreeable to the Vote of the 
Town. 

Mess. Sewall and Ruddock having view'd the Place Capt. Bourn 
is about to Erect a Wooden Building upon agreable to his appli- 
cation the 15 Inst. Report That no solid Foundation for a 
Building with Stone or Brick can be obtained there without great 
Expence. 

M . Thomas Hubbard informed the Selectmen that he was 
going to move into Admiral Vernons Tavern in King Street, and 
desires the Selectmen would favor him with their approbation. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 27. 1764 

Present 
[58.] Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

John Syms Constable of the South Watch came to the Select 
men and informed that last Fryday Night being 24 Inst. a Negro 
Fellow named Dick came to the Watch House in his Shirt, and 
complained of a number of young Fellows were breaking into his 
House, upon which the Watch went down from Starr Lane towards 
the said Dicks House, when they met a Gang runing up said Lane 
calling out past two O'Clock. The Watch haled them, they 
answered, ask my Arse, the Watch then made up to them, they 
ran and the Watch running after them came up with them by D'. 
Gardners Shop. The Watch made some attempt to stop them, 
upon which one of them flourish'd a naked Sword over the 
Watchmens Head threatning if lie did not go about his Business, 
he would run him through upon which the Watchman struck at 
him with his Pole which three of the Company laid hold of and 
endeavoured to rest out of his Hand at the same Time running 
the Sword near his Face, One of the Watchmen being very much 
affrightened cryed out Murder, the other two having no assistance 
quitted the Young Men and they made off. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 101 

[59.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 29. 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Examined a Number of Persons relating to the Riot on Beacon 
Hill Fryday Night last, when the Fence lately Erected to prevent 
the passing and Repassing untill the Way could be repaired was 
cut down Those Depositions are minuted in the last Page of 
the rough Minute Book 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 30. 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The following Persons agreed with the Selectmen, to take 
Leases, for Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market, which are to bear Date 
the 1'. of August Instant, and agreeable to the rates affixed to the 
several Numbers, Viz 4 . 

[6O.] John Bryant for Stall N. 15 (a) 10/ p. Month 

Stall 19 (a) 6/3 p. ditto 

John Shirley for Stall 14 fa) 10/ p. ditto 

Stall 20 fa) 6/3 p. ditto 

Simon Howard Stall 17 (a) 10/ p. ditto 

Stall 15 fa) 6/3 p. ditto 

Stall 6 fa) 6/3 p. ditto 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, September 5, 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Hannah 
Robishan for Three Pounds four Shillings lawful Money, being for 
services in the Small I'ox as p. her Account on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 6, 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
[61.] Voted that M r . Cooper the Town Clerk have a Draft on 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

the Town Treasury for Twenty Five Pounds lawful Money, being 
in part of what is due to him. 

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 
Six Pence p. Bushell is allowed to the Bakers for thier Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. ox* dr 

Of Peny White Loaf - 7-14 

Wheaten - 11 - 13 

Houshold 15-12 

Two Penny 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 

Bisket of a Copper price - 5 - 4 

N. B. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 12 - 4 

4 d . Ditto, not above Indian Meal 4 
According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying 

2.] Of Bisket and such Bread as is not well baked, or that 
shall be made of different Grain and Proportions from the Assize 
must be seized. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem 1 . 8, 1764 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

His Honor the Chief Justice having desired of the Selectmen 
liberty for the Superior Court to set at Faneuil Hall the next 
Week for the tryal of some Criminal Cases Liberty was accord- 
ingly granted upon Condition that all damages that may happen, 
be made good by the County. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, September 17. 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Coll . Jackson is appointed with the Town Clerk to get the Leases 
for Stalls at Faneuil Hall Market signed immediately. 

The Selectmen this Day Certified the Assessors of [63.] The 
Town of Boston, that the Town is now wholly free from the 
Small Pox. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 103 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem 1 . 19, 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson 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 forth with 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 
twenty fourth Day of September Instant at 9. O'Clock in the Fore- 
noon, then and there to receive the Report of the Selectmen re- 
specting the terms upon which John Hill and Samuel Went- 
worth Esq. will give up to the Town their Leases of the Land, 
upon Boston Neck ; and in case the Town came to any Agreement, 
with the said Lessees, to consider what is necessary for the Town 
to do on said Lands, & whether they will take any Methods for 
raising such sums of Money as they shall agree to give them ; To 
choose a meet [64.] Person or Persons as Agent or Attorneys 
to prosecute for or defend the Town in such cases wherein there 
is not yet any Person or Persons legally vested with authority for 
that purpose ; To Consider what is proper to be done respecting 
the Petition Benjamin Hall Esq. has presented the Great and 
General Court at their last Session for an alteration of the run of 
Bread Street &c. a Copy whereof has been served the Clerk of 
the Town, that a cause may be shown if any there be the next 
sitting of the Court, why the Prayer thereof should not be granted; 
To choose Jurors for October Court, and to act upon all such other 
Matters, as may properly come before said Meeting. 

Ordered, that M r . Samuel Kneeland have the printing of the No- 
tifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem*. 20. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M*. Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3 informed the Selectmen 
that said Engine was first brought to work at the Fire which lately 
broke out at M r . Scannels House near the Rev d . M r . Pembertons 
Church, and desired that the Premium of thirteen Shillings and 
four Pence granted by the Town may be [65.] Allowed them, 
whereupon Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treas- 
urer for the same accordingly. 
M r . Frankland Master of Engine N. 9. proposed Benjamin Bur- 



104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

dick as an Engine Man in the room of M r . Greenleaff who has 
resigned. 

Voted, that the said Burdick be and hereby is admitted an 
Engine Man in said Company. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 24. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

John Tudor Esq. came to the Selectmens Chamber and informed 
them, that he had let a Shop near his House, to M r . Benjamin King 
from Salem. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Thomas 
"Williston for Eight pounds one Shilling & five Pence two farthings, 
being for services in the Small Pox, as p. his 2 Accounts on file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor [66.] Of 
John Williston for Two Pounds and four Pence lawful Money 
being for services in the Small Pox, as by his Acco' on file. 

The following Ordeis were delivered M r . Abijah Adams Clerk of 
the Market viz*. 

Boston, September 24 1 1764 
Sir, 

You being by the Town of Boston chosen to act as Clerk of 
Faneuil Hall Market, It is our desire that you observe that the 
Butchers that hire the Stalls do conform to their Leases. Viz*. 
That they bring into the Market all the Hydes Skins and Tallow 
of all such Creatures as they shall kill, and that they keep their 
respective Stalls clean & that at the shutting up of the Market at 
One O'Clock they carry out all the Hydes Skins and Tallow, and 
also all the Beef that shall be cut up that is less than a Quarter, 
and all other Meat of what kind soever ; that those Butchers that 
occupy the Stalls do not bring into the Market any kind of Poultry 
other than of their own raising to sell. Observe that every Person 
that Erects a Stall or put their Panyers or Carts within the Limits 
of the Market do pay for the same as follows Viz'. For every 
Stand or Stall from the middle West Door on each side down to 
the Street Eight Shillings p. Month or Eight Coppers p. Day for 
each For each Stand or Stall in the other parts of the West end 
of the Market Six Coppers p. Day For each Cart with Beef or 
[67.] Sauce or any other Articles for Sale that stands in any other 
place within the Limits of the Market. Four Coppers p. Day 
For each pair of Panyers two Coppers p. Day. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 26. 1764 

Present 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 105 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Cap'. Nicholas Lobdell was approbated by the Selectmen as an 
Inholder, he having lately hired the Tavern on Minots "Wharff. 

Voted that Mess". Thornton and Putham have a draft on the 
Treasury for Fifty Pounds lawful Money, on Account of Paving 
work they have done for the Town. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Proctor Keeper of the Alms house his 
Province Accounts amounting to . 282-2 and . 21-4-3 Copys 
of which are on file. 

[66.] M r . Seth Blodget was approbated by the Selectmen to 
keep a Tavern at the Royal Exchange near the Town House he 
have lately hired the same. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Five Shillings and one Peny p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8 - 3 

Wheaten 12 - 4 

Houshold 1-0-6 

Two Penny White Loaf 1 - - 6 

Wheaten 1-8-9 

Houshold 2 - 0-12 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 9-11 

Houshold 6 - 2-4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9-3-6 

Houshold 12 - 4 - 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 13 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5 - 8 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 

| Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 13 - 8 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian. 4 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the [67.] 
Drying of Biskets and such Bread as is not well baked or that 
shall be made of different Grains and Proportions from the Assize 
must be seized. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 3 d . 1764. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

One John Stonny came to the Selectmens Chamber and being 
questioned by them it appears, he came from Middleton in Con- 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

necticut, and that he lives with his "Wife and two Children in 
Gibbins' Court. 

Coll . Jackson and M r . Austin appointed a Committee to view 
the "Warehouse improved by Mess r . Thompson and Gridley, and 
report what Repairs or alterations are necessary. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 4. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
[68.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Roger M c .Knight applied to the Selectmen in behalf of the 
"Widow Hervey for leave to break up the Street in order to lay a 
Drain from M. Herveys House at the bottom of Jolliffs Lane 
into the Common Shore in "Water Street Liberty was accordingly 
granted provided the Ground and Pavement be restored as soon 
as the Drain is finished to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M r . Moses Gill applied for leave to break up the Street in 
Wings Lane in order to repair the foundation of his House there 
Liberty was accordingly granted upon condition that he restore 
the Ground and Pavement as soon after as possible, and to the 
approbation of the Selectmen. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 8. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[69.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . "William Jackson apply'd for leave to take up the Town 
Pump at the Northwest Corner of the Town House in the Main 
Street, and undertake to the same himself provid the Selectmen 
will assess such Persons as are benefited there by to pay their pro- 
portion. 

Voted, that His Request be granted. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, October 10. 1764. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Abraham Putnam appeared, and asked the favor of the Select 
men that he might be restored to his place in the Company of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 107 

Engine Men, under the Direction of M r . Jenkins who is Master of 
Engine N. 3. 

Voted, that the said Putnam be again received as an Engine 
Man in the Company aforesaid. 

M r . Henshaw appointed to treat with M r . for the Ground 

Rent of a Shop on the Towns Lands near Fortification. 

[7O.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 17. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Samuel Grant Esq. acquainted the Selectmen that he has re- 
ceived into his Family as a maid one Amy Allen from old York. 

The following Advertisement was sent to the several Printers for 
a place in their Papers 

Boston September 1764 

Any Persons inclined to hire or purchase the Land on the 
"West side of Boston Neck lately Leased to Samuel Wentworth 
Esq. are desired immediately to send their proposals to the 
Selectmen who are also ready to treat with any Persons who 
would undertake to repair the Drain on said Land. 

Passed upon Cap 1 . Tripes Province Account amounting to 2- 
15. 8. 4 /s Copy of which is on file. 

Passed upon Thomas Hartleys Province Account am*, to 13- 
13-4 Copy of which is on File. 

[71.] Cap 1 . Thomas Marshall apply'd to the Selectmen for 
liberty to open the Ground in Cow Lane in order to lay a Drain 
into the Common Shore through Jacob Knodles Drain. 

Liberty was accordingly granted upon Condition the Ground 
and Pavement be made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 
Passed upon Mess. Champny and Hollands Province Account 
amounting to .30-2-4 as p. Acco'. on file. 

Passed upon Thomas Willistons Province Account amounting 
to .3-11-4 Copy of which is on file. 

Passed upon M r . John Brocas's Province Account amounting to 
.4-19-10 Copy of which is on file. 

Passed upon M r . Robert Durants Province Account amounting 
to .3-4 Copy of which is on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 19. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

[72.] Complaint having been made to the Selectmen by the 
Town Tanner8, that the Butchers who hold Stalls in the Market, 
do not bring their Hides to Town for Sale, notwithstanding their 
Obligation so to do, but instead thereof dispose of them to the 
Country Tanners, whereby ours are disinabled from carrying on 
their business ; which is a general disadvantage to the Town, the 
Butchers were sent for. Upon discoursing with them they pre- 
tended, the Reason they did not bring the Hides, was, that the 
Country Tanners allow them a Premium for each Hide over and 
above the Two Pence p. Pound, which the Town Tanners refuse 
to give them But the Selectmen having heard what the Parties 
had to offer are of opinion that little doubt can be made of the 
intentions of the Butchers, and that the only way to prevent them 
from evading the Terms of their Leases for the future, is for the 
Selectmen to set the price of Hides from Time to Time, making a 
reasonable allowance for carting the same to Market. 

It is accordingly Voted, That the Tanners shall give the Butch- 
ers two Pence p. Pound for Green Hides, and one Shilling p. 
Hide for Carting to the Market untill further Orders, also 

Voted, That the Tanners shall give the Butchers two Pence p. 
Pound for Green Hides, and one Shilling p. Hide for Carting to 
the Market untill further Orders also Voted, That such Butcher 
or Butchers as shall neglect bringing their Hides, to this Market, 
on the above terms, shall not be permitted to hold their Stalls any 
longer It was further Voted, That M r . Adams the Clerk of the 
Market, be directed to take an Account of the Beef each Butcher 
[73.] Holding a Stall in the Market brings in; and also to note 
whether they bring in Hides equivalent thereto ; also on Account 
of the Hydes purchased by the Tanners from Day to Day, and of 
whom they are bought and that he Reports to the Selectmen 
immediately those Persons who do not comply with the above 
Terms. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 22 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
' Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Boston October 19. 1764 
M r Abijah Adams 

Sir, 

You are desired to take an Account of 

the Beef each Butcher holding a Stall in the Market brings in, 
and you must observe whether they bring the Hydes equivalent 
thereto You are also to take an Account of the Hides the 
Tanners purchase from Day to Day, and of whom purchased. 
If any of the Butchers should omit bringing their Hides and offer- 
ing them to sale at the price the Selectmen have stated, which is 
two pence p. pound for Green Hides, and one shilling for Carting 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 109 

each Hide to the Market, you must Report the same immediately, 
that they may be proceeded with accordingly By Order 

W. COOPER T. C. 

[74.] The Select men this Day Agreed with M r Young the 
Keeper of the County Jayls, that he shall be allowed Nine 
Shillings and four Pence p. Week for the Board of John Burk a 
Stranger, sick & disordered in his Head & not having wherewithall 
to support himself ; as also to satisfie for the Charge he may be 
at in finding him Candles and Charcoal ; (Mem. said Burke was 
late a Soldier in his Majestys service) 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct r 24. 1764. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. ^ 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

A Draft was made on M r - Treasurer Jeffries in favor of John 
Gray for Eighteen Shillings lawful Money, being so much allowed 
him for watching in the Small Pox as p. Account on file. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Samuel 
Sewall Esq. for Sixteen Shillings [75.] and Six Pence lawful 
Money, being for supplys in the Small Pox as p. his Account 
on File. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 29. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Four Shillings and ten pence p. Bushel, and Six Pence p. 
Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, Pains and 
Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz* 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8 - 11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1 - 1 - 6 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2 - 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13 - - 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 15 - 12 

[76.] Bisket of a Copper price - 5-12 
NB. a 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 10 - 

a 4<! Ditto not above Indian 3 - 8 - 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

According to Law, Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Bisket, and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be made 
of different Grain & Proportions from the Assize must be seized. 

Cap'. Gustavus Fellows apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to 
open a Drain from his House near Coll . Thwings Bake House into 
the Common Shore. 

i 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 81. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq., 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Foye Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston was directed to 
hand into the Selectmen an Inventory of the Beds Bedding and 
every Utensel belonging to said Hospital. 

[77.] A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of 
the Town Clerk for Nine Pounds thirteen Shillings and four Pence, 
being for services in the Small Pox as p. his Acco'. on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 1. 1767. sic. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Hews living at the South part of Boston apply'd to the Se- 
lectmen for liberty to open a Drain entring into the Common Shore 
near his House in Essex Street. 

Voted, that liberty be granted accordingly provided the Ground 
is made good and the Pavement restored to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Mess. Calff Torrey and other Tanners attended & having rep- 
resented to the Selectmen that most of the Butchers, who have 
Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market, still neglect to bring in the Hydes of 
the Creteeres offered by them for Sale to the Inhabitants ; agreable 
to the terms of their Leaces ; and M r . Adams the Clerk having 
produced his Minutes which confirmed what the Tanners had re- 
lated; Voted that the several Butchers [78.] Be sent for, and 
that such of them as do not give assurances that they will bring in 
all their Hydes for the future, shall have their Stalls taken from 
them immediately. 

M r . Henshaw Reported, that agreeable to the desire of the Se- 
lectmen he had disposed of one of the Town Bulls, that was breechy 

and unruly to Robinson of Dorchester for Ten Dollars. 

M r . Nathaniel Ruggles, attended, and informed the Selectmen 
that he should not bring in his Hydes to the Market agreable to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. Ill 

the terms of his Lease, whereupon he was ordered to remove from 
said Stalls. 

Mess". Simon Howard and James Ballard who hold Stalls in the 
Market, having neglected to comply with the Condition of their 
Leases, were removed from the same. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Joseph 
Foye for Twenty-two pounds nineteen Shillings and eight pence 
lawful Money, being for services in the Small Pox as p. his Ac- 
count on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem*. 7. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
[79.] John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Susannah Ellis informed the Selectmen of her having taken 
into her House John Reynolds, his Wife Dorothy & five Children 
namely Samuel, Benjamin, John, Edwards and William. Rey- 
nolds, who all come from the Town of Providence. 

M r . Brown Master of the Engine N..6. acquainted the Select 
men, that the House where the same is kept is much out of Re- 
pairs whereupon Coll. Jackson & M r . Austin were appointed 
view the same and make Report. 

M r . Brown Master of Engine N. 6 - having proposed Isaac 
Wibird & Thomas Moore as Engine Men in,the room of Mess". 
Cromby and Norcross who have resigned. 

Voted, that the said Wibird & Moore be accordingly admitted 
as Engine Men in the room of those in the Comp y . who have 
resigned. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 8. 1767 (stc)_, f 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
[8O.] Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Complaint having been made to the Selectmen by a number of 

the Inhabitants, that & his Mother are entertained at M r . 

Moultons Tavern at the sign of the White Horse, at which Place 
he exhibits the City Jerusalem in Wood work whereby he draws 
considerable sums from the Inhabitants and as upon enquiry the 
Representation is not esteemed by Judges to be the work of Art 
& ingenuity, but rather an imposition on the public. 

Voted, that M r . Adams be directed to warn them to leave this 

Town immediately, and also to acquaint M r . Moulton that the 

Selectmen expects he will not suffer any more exhibitions of 

the same in his House. 

A Draft was made on M r . Treasurer Jeffries in favor of Thomas 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Chapam for Fifteen Pounds fifteen Shillings being for services in 
the Small Pox, as p. his Account on file. 

At a Meeting of the Select men Nov r . 13. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 

[81.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M. Harrod near Joshua Henshaw Esq. House gave informa- 
tion to the Selectmen that she had taken a Woman into part of 

her House as a Tenant who came from 

M r . Joseph Putnam Master of Engine N. having proposed 

Timothy Pess and William Baker as Engine Men for his Com- 
pany, in the room of Mess. Perkins and Andebert they were 
accordingly accepted by the Selectmen. 

Passed upon D r . Doubts Province Accounts amounting to .197- 
0-8 and 2 as p. Copy, there of on file. 

The Selectmen having received an Order from the Honorable 
the Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk to examine into 
the Circumstances of M". Elizabeth Webb of Boston Widow rep- 
resented by her friends as a Person Non Compos Mentis, attended 
that business, and having upon enquiry & examination satisfied 
themselves that said Representation was Just, made the follow- 
ing Return viz 1 

In observance of the above we have been at the Lodgings of 
M. Elizabeth Webb, and having enquired [82.] Into the Condi- 
tion of said Elizabeth we do Report the said Elizabeth to be in our 
Judgement a Non Compos Person. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTTN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

Selectmen of Boston. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 14. 1764. 

Present. 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Mess. Jackson and Austin a Committee appointed the 7' In- 
stant to view the Engine House at West Boston and see what Re- 
pairs are necessary Report 

That the Building requires new Plates, Shingles, Cills &c. 
whereupon 

Voted, that M r . John Brown be directed to repair said house 
immediately. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 113 

Coll . Henshaw and M r . Scollay appointed to settle with M r . 
Richards and Blake the demand as upon them for Quit Rents. 

[83.] Ordered, that M r . Treasurer Jeffries be possessed of 
all the Leases for Stalls, now signed or that may be signed in 
future. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 20. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
> Samuel Sewall Esq. 

A Petition of John Burk a poor disorder'd Man late a Soldier in 
his Majestys Service, to his Excellency the Governor was handed 
into the Selectmen by M . Secretary Oliver, as also a petition of 
Joseph Asply a necesstious Stranger praying some relief in order 
to enable him to returnfto England. 

M r . Joseph Henshaw acquaints the Selectmen that he has re- 
ceived into one of his Houses as Tenants, Richard Scollay and 
William Fennecy, the former came last from Kennebeck, and the 
latter from Roxbury, both Irishmen. 

Boston November 20 1 1764 
Cap 1 . John Marshall 

Sir 

Inclosed you have a Bill for Two Pounds 

five Shillings Sterling drawn by John Asply on his Uncle M r . John 
Walker at Depsford Great Britain [84.] In favor of your self, 
and is for Moneys advanced for him by the Province We shall 
esteem your care in procuring payment for the same. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

M r . John Hancock attended, the Selectmen and acquainted 
them, that he had received a Letter from James Scott Master of 
the Briggandine Lydia from London, advising that he was just 
arrived at Rainsfords Island in thirty seven Days from the Isle 
of Wight, and that he has buried while on his passage three Men 
with the Small Pox, the last about seven Days ago that there 
is one on board recovered, from the Illness, and another still sick, 
but growing well fast where upon the following Letter was sent 
M r . Hartley. 

Boston, Novem r . 20 1 1764 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

We are surprised to hear you have been up 

to Town this Forenoon with two Gentlemen Passengers from 
Cap 1 . Scott who has the Small Pox on board, this conduct appears 
very unaccountable to us, and the more so as you are gone down 
without seeing us. 

Our directions are that you immediately let Cap 1 . Scott know 
that no Person whatsoever is to be suffered to come from or enter 
into his Vessell without our Orders [85.] As he would avoid the 
penalty of the Law. Having done this you are to come up, and 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

bring an account of the state of the Vessell, and what Goods are 
between Decks, being particular as to the sorts Mr. Green the 
Kings Boatman has our directions to receive all the Letters, they 
being firet well smoked by you. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

M r . Williams one of Cap*. Scotts Passengers who left the Ship 
and was brought up to Town by M r . Hartley without liberty, was 
sent for, when he engaged to the Selectmen that he would keep 
House untill he should receive their further . directions. 

Whereas David Wheeler, Master of Engine N. 8 has by his 
Conduct relating to William Wheeler one of the said Engine Com- 
pany, treated the Selectmen with disrespect, in that when they 
had ordered the said William to be dismiss'd from that Company 
and turned over to the Militia for his great misconduct in Mal- 
treating the Officers of the Militia in the Common, he the said 
David presumed to receive the said William again without ob- 
taining leave from the Selectmen therefor as also by refusing 
to appear at the Selectmens Chamber, when required so to do 
The Select men do for this contemptuous behavior dismiss [86.] 
The said Wheeler from the Charge of said Engine, and M r . Wil- 
liston is directed to call upon M r . Wheeler for his Orders. 

M r . Wheeler having returned to the Selectmen his Orders as 
Master of Engine N. 8 M r . Obediah Curtis was appointed to 
said trust, and the Town Clerk is directed to make out his Orders 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 21. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . John Grant Collector attended, and desired of the Select- 
men that the Bond given by him in 1761. & 1762 as security for 
his payment of the Moneys Collected by him in those Years, may be 
given up to him, he having produced the several Treasurers Receits 
in full for the Taxes of said Years whereupon the Town Clerk 
was directed to deliver up said Bonds accordingly. 

[87.] Boston November 21, 1764 

M r . Thomas Hartley 

Our further Orders to you are that you do not allow any one 
Person to leave Cap*. Scotts Vessell without leave from us, and as 
M r . Hancock has directed you to take out the Goods between 
Decks, you have our liberty to receive the same on shore in order to 
their being well smoked and cleansed, but you must not permit any 

one thing to be taken off again without our special directions 

We expect to see you as early in the Morning as possible. 
By Order of the Selectmen 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 115 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, November 22 d . 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Adams chosen Collector of Taxes for the Year 
1764 came to the Selectmens Chamber & proposed Benjamin 
Hollowell Esq. & M r . Robert Pierpont as his Bondsmen for the 
faithful discharge of said trust. [88.] Who were accepted 
accordingly, and the Town Clerk is directed to prepare Bonds and 
see the same executed. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem 1 . 26. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Voted, that M r . Bullman for his extraordinary services in the 
Town House Watch, during the absence of M r . Burdick Con- 
stable of said Watch, on account of the Small Pox, be allowed at 
the rate of Six Shillings Eight Pence p. month, which amounts to 
One pound thirteen Shillings and four Pence lawful Money. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK 12, B. 



[1.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 26. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of Four Shillings and ten Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and Six 
Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains 
and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz*. 

lb- oz- dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8 - 11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1 - 1 - 6 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2 - 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13 - - 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 15 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5 - 12 

[2.] NB. a 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 2-10 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian 3 - 8 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be made 
of different Grains and Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay 
William Cooper the Town Clerk the Sum of Twenty Pounds in 
part of what is due to him for this service the Current Year. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, November 28. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 117 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

Mess". Henshaw and Sewall appointed to visit the Almshouse 
and examine into the Circumstances of the Province Poor, and that 
they dismiss such Persons from said Hospital as are well enough 
to leave it. 

[3.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 30. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

The Selectmen having received an order from the Honourable 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk to examine into the 
Circumstances of M. Susannah Loring Daughter of M r . Nathaniel 
Loring Merchant represented by her friends, to be a Person Non 
Compos Mentis attended that business, and upon inquiry having 
satisfied themselves that the Representation was Just made the fol- 
lowing Return on the Warrant viz' 

Pursuant to the within we have visited and inquired into the 
Circumstances and Condition of Susannah Loring, and do Report 
the said Susannah to be a Non Compos Mentis Person. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Hon blfl . Judge of Probates 

[4.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 30* 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Cap* Scott applied to the Selectmen with M r . Hancock for leave 
to bring up the Briggandine Lydia which has been for some Time 
detained at Rainsfords Island on account of Infection by the Small 
Pox whereupon Voted, that Orders be given M r . Hartley for 
that purpose in the following terms. 

Boston Novemb r . 30 1 1764 
M r . Thomas Hartley. 

You having Reported to us that the Briggan- 
dine Lydia Cap*. Scott, which has been for some Time detained at 
Rainsfords Island, is sufficiently aired and cleansed, and is as 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

you apprehend clear of any Infection, we hereby give you liberty, 
and our Orders to send the Vessell up to Town. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAT 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen. 

[5.] The following Certificate was given for his Excellency 
Viz'. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Lydia Cap'. Scott which has been for some Time 
detained at Rainsf ords Island on account of Infection by the Small 
Pox, has been sufficiently air'd and cleansed, and may be permitted 
to come up to Town with your Excellencys leave. 

We are 

Your Excell. y> 

Most Obed'- Hum. Serv u 
JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY - 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen. 
To 

His Excell* Francis Bernard Esq. 

M r . Scott who lives at the South end of Boston acquaints the 
Selectmen, that he has received into his House one Spear and 
Allyne. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, December 5- 1764 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
' John Ruddock Esq. 

Cap'. Jonathan Clark came to the Selectmens Chamber [6.] And 
prayed leave to break Ground near his House in Long Lane in 
order to carry a private Drain into the Common Shore Liberty 
was accordingly granted him provided he makes good the Ground 
and Pavement to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Cap'. Cunningham attended, and desired of the Selectmen that 
a Case may be provided for the Clock at the Rev* 1 . M r . Byles's 
Meeting House in order to preserve it from the Dirt and other 
injuries. 

M r '. Henshaw appointed to visit the South "Writing School, and 
M r . Ruddock the North Latin School, and Report whether any 
further help is necessary for said Schools 

The several Tanners attended the Selectmen, and having been 
heard, relative to the price of Green Hydes It was agreed by the 
Selectmen that the price of such Hydes brought into the Market, 
be set at One Shilling and six Pence O Tenor p. Pound, the same 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 119 

to be weighed at the Market, and to continue so for two Months 
from this date. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 12. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
[7.] Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . John Grant chosen Collector of Taxes for the Year 1764 
proposed Samuel Grant Esq. and Fortesque Vernon for Bondsmen 
who were accordingly approved of by the Selectmen. 

M r . Jonathan Payson chosen Collector of Taxes for the Year 
1764 proposed M r . Alexander Edwards and Jonathan Gary 
Esq. as his Bondsmen, for the faithful discharge of his trust, who 
were accordingly accepted by the Selectmen. 

M r . William Dickman informs the Selectmen, that he has taken 
into his house as a maid, one Hannah Bill who came last from 
Point Shirley. 

Boston December 1764 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the 

Guards, taken out of the Briggandine Lydia Cap*. Scott Master 
are sufficiently aired and clear of any Infection ; that being the 
case you are to deliver them to M r . John Hancock or order, who 
will satisfy you for your labor [8.] And expence on said Briggan- 
dine& her Cargo. 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston, December 12. 1764 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

You have our liberty to deliver John 

Williams Esq. his Chest and two trunks of Cloths, as you have 
Reported to us that they have been sufficiently smoked and 
cleansed, and you are to permit M r . William Peirce to leave the 
Island, having a proper shift of Cloaths, that no infection may 
come with him. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

The Selectmen have this Day agreed with the Selectmen of 
Concord, that if they cannot produce proof before the next Draft 
Day, that David Tweed lost his Inhabitancy in this Town, they 
will then give a draft on the Town Treasurer for Nine Pounds 
Nineteen Shillings & five Pence, being the amount in lawful 
Money of their Bill of Charges against Boston for his maintenance 
in Concord. 

The following Petition was received from some of the People 
belonging to the Company of Engine N. 8. late under the Care of 
David Wheeler. 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

We the Subscribers in behalf of the Company [9.] Desire that 
we may have our former Captain restored to us again, and that 
we may have the privilege of choosing or nominating of a Captain 
and Men as Vacancys may arise from Time to Time. And as we 
are in Duty bound shall forever pray 

JOHN BENNET 
AAKON MAT 

The above Petition having been read and debate had thereon, 
it was Voted, that the same be dismissed, the Selectmen having 
already appointed a suitable Person to Command said Engine, and 
being determined not to give up their right of Nominating the 
Captains in their Engine Companys and that they disapprove of 
the insinuation in said petition, that the Selectmen had deprived 
them of the privilege of Nominating or proposing Persons to fill 
up the Vacancies in their Company. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem*. 14. 1764. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

[1O.] Orders were given in Writing to M r . Obediah Curtis 
for the government of himself & Company in a Time of Fire and 
at all other Times, which was of the form following Viz'. 

Ordered, that M r . Obediah Curtis be and hereby is appointed 
Master of the Fire Engine N. 8 now kept in a House opposite 
M r . Clarks Tavern at South End of Boston he to take Charge 
thereof, and be allowed Twelve men besides himself Viz'. 

M r . Obediah Curtis 

Joseph Levering 

John Levering 

Ebenezer Hinckley 

Robert Roberson 

William Hastins 

Stephen Greenleaff 

William Moor Jun r . 

Isaac Sumner 

John M c . Faden 

Thomas Noland 

John Crosby Jun r . 

Thomas Hinckley 

And if they shall at any Time want to put out or take in a Man, 
of if any difference shall arise between them on any Account, the 
said Obediah Curtis is to inform the Selectmen thereof, for their 
directions and orders, and whenever any Fire shall break out, the 
said Obediah Curtis and Company shall immediately repair to such 
[11.] Fire with their Engine and there work and improve the 
same in such places as the Fire-wards shall direct them and that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 121 

they always obey such Orders of the Fire-wards in every respect as 
they shall give relating to Fires and the extinguishing of them 
and the said Obediah Curtis & Company are not to depart from 
any Fire or Fires with their Engine untUl they have first obtained 
the consent of at least three of the Firewards present ; that no 
Person belonging to said Engine shall leave it during the Fire 
without liberty from one of the Fire wards ; that if any one or 
more of said Company shall not be present and attend his Duty 
by extinguishing of Fires according to the Directions given him 
by the Fire "Wards (unless prevented by sickness or some other 
unavoidable necessity) the Master of said Engine shall .as soon 
after as may be give Notice to the Selectmen thereof, that such 
proceedings may be had there upon as they shall think proper ; 
And the said Master is to take care that the Doors of the Engine 
House be not at any Time obstructed or prevented being opened 
by Snow or Ice or any other Thing, and that said Engine be worked 
once a Month from the first of May to the first of October, and 
that said Engine and Pails belonging to it be kept in good order, 
and when at any Time it shall happen that any Thing is out of 
order or wanting for [12.] said Engine, the Master or some of 
the Company, are directly to apply to the Fire-wards for the Time 
being, for their direction concerning it ; And that they carry with 
them at all Fires that shall break out, the two Axes, and two Fire 
Hooks belonging to said Engine, taking care that while Ropes be 
always fixed to said Hooks and the Axes fixed to the Engine ; and 
that they at all Times keep at least fifteen fathom of white Rope 
in the Engine House ready for the more easy pulling down of 
Houses to be used by them in such Manner as the Fire- Wards, shall 
direct, And that said Company may be distinguished as belonging 
to said Engine. The Selectmen further Order that such Person 
so belonging shall at his own Expence provide and at every Fire 
wear a black Leather Jocky Cap with a Pewter Blaze in the front 
of it, and the number of the Engine he belongs to, of this they 
are not to fail on penalty of being removed, And for their care and 
diligence in discharging their Duty faithfully the Inhabitants of 
the Town have by a Vote freed them from all other Offices in the 
Town, as also granted a Premium of Two Pounds Old Tenor to 
be paid out of the Town Treasury to the Company whose Engine 
shall first work on any House or other Building that may be on 
fire provided they in all Things perform their Duty and [13.] 
Comply with the Orders and Directions here in Afore mentioned. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Boston Decem r . 14. 1764. . 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 17. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . Ruddock appointed to enquire into the circumstances of the 
North Lattin School Reports That M r . Langdon the Usher of said 
School has lately a disorder in his Eyes which prevents his giving 
attendance there as usually, and therefore he desires the Select 
men would provide a temporary Assistant. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 19. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 

[14.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Complaint having been made by a Number of the Inhabitants 
that the Chimnies of an old House of the Widow Hubbards at the 
Head of Grays Rope Walks occupied by one Griggs is insuffi- 
cient and dangerous Thomas Daws Esq. and Richard Hunne- 
well, were impowered to survey the same. 

M r . Ruddock appointed to discourse M r . Gyles Harris chosen 
one of the Collectors of Taxes for the year 1 764 Reports that 
said Harris declined serving, for reason given in a Letter of his 
dated the 19'. Instant on file. 

The Selectmen having considered of the request of Captain 
Cunningham in behalf of himself and a Number of Persons at the 
South part of Boston, that a Case may be provided for the Clock 
at M r . Byles Meeting House, in order to preserve the same as 
also that the Town at a late Meeting consented to take the charge 
of keeping that Clock in Repair upon themselves do consent 
that M r . Cunningham procures a Case for said Clock, provided the 
Charge thereof does not exceed Six Pounds lawful Money. 

[15.] M r . William Dows informs the Selectmen that he has 
taken into his House as a Maid one Mary Riggs last from Cape 
Ann, and has also taken as an Apprentice one from Newton. 

Cap 1 . John Dunn from Newfound Land having brought as a 
Passenger one Bartholomew Andrews a Cooper who was and is 
still liked to be a charge to the Public. the Selectmen have 
ordered, that the said Dunn give his Bond with sufficient Sureties 
to save harmless the Town from any cost and damage that may 
arise by means of his being brought among us ; and in case of 
his refusal the Town Clerk is to give in his Name to one of the 
Lawyers in order to his being prosecuted for bringing into the 
Town a poor lame Man. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 20. 1764. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1764. 123 

Cap*. Dunn who brought in as a Passenger one Bartholomew 
Andrews appeared, and acquainted the Selectmen, that his Owner 
M r . Robert Gould would [16.] give from under his Hands that 
he will defray any Charge that shall arise by means of the said 
Andrews being brought among us until they can send him out of 
the Province the Selectmen having considered there of consent 
to accept M r . Goulds Obligation, and M r . Scollay is appointed to 
receive the same. 

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) duly qualified & rateable at Twenty Pounds 
Estate to a single Rate besides the Poll to Convene at Faneuil 
Hall on Monday the twenty fourth Day of December Instant at 
Three O'Clock in the Afternoon ; then and there to Choose a Col- 
lector of Taxes for the present Year, in the room of Gyles Harris 
Esq. who has declined serving ; to receive the Reports of the 
Towns Committees on several Affairs, and to act upon all such 
other Matters as may properly come before said Meeting. 

Ordered, that M r . Zachary Fowle have the [17.] Printing of 
the Notifications of the ensuing Town Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem*. 27, 1764. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

John Scollay Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Sampson Salter chosen one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
the Year 1764 in the room of Gyles Harris Esq. who has resigned, 
attended, and proposed Mess. John Salter and Daniel Rea as 
his Bondsmen for the faithful discharge of his trust, who were 
approved of by the Selectmen, and the Town Clerk is directed to 
prepare the Bonds accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 31. 1764. 

Present 

John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[18.] John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
rate of Four Shillings and ten pence p. Bushel for Wheat and Six 
Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, Pains 
and Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 4 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8 - 11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1 - 1 - 6 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2 - 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13 - - 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 15 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5-12 

NB. a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread wheat 
Rye Meal, must weigh 2-10 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 8 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Bisket, and such Bread as is not well baked [19.] Or that shall 
be made of different Grain and proportions from the Assize must 
be seized. 

M r . Symons Constable of the Town Watch at the South End 
acquainted the Selectmen, that some repairs were necessary for 
their Engine House 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 2 d 1765 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The following was sent into the Assessors of the Town of Boston, 
Gentlemen, 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabi- 
tants of other Towns in this Province ought to be taxed for the 
Real Estates they Occupy, and the Business they do here being 
agreeable to Law Viz 4 . 

The Honourable James Russell Esq. 
M r . John Soley 
Ralph Inman Esq. 
[2O.] M r . Anthony Thomas 
M r . Joseph Palmer 
M r . Thomas Russell 

We are 

Gentlemen 

Your Humble Servants 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The Assessors of the Town of Boston 

Boston January 2 d . 1764. 
The following Certificate was given one Thomas Currin Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 125 

"We the Subscribers hereby certify that M r . James Currin served 
with M r . Thomas Walker Shipwright in this Town about five years 
in the business ; and by enquiry we find he did then, and has since 
that Time during his residence here behaved in such a manner as 
to merit the Character of an honest sober and Industrious Men. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN SCOLLAY 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston, January 2 d . 1765 

[21.] Passed upon Samuel Grant Esq. Province Account 
amounting to -20-13 - lawful Money Copy of which is on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 3 d . 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Sharpe of Engine N. 2. informed the Selectmen that said 
Engine was first brought to work at the Fire which lately broke 
out at a House in Black Horse Lane, 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 the next Draft Day. 

Complaint having been made to the Selectmen by a Number of 
the Inhabitants that great Frauds are often [22.] Committed by 
the Carters who bring Charcoal for Sale into this Town, by their 
making use of Baskets of other Dimensions than the Law pre- 
scribes and the Selectmen having considered of the same. 

Voted that Mess. James Rainer and William Sutton be and 
hereby are Appointed to see said Law carried into execution, and 
the Town Clerk is directed to give them Orders accordingly, as 
also to furnish them with Extracts of the Law relative to their 
Conduct. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk publish in the several News Papers 
the Law relative to Cord Wood brought into this Town by Water, 
together with the following Advertisement Viz'. 

Boston January 3 d . 1765 

The above Law is published by Order of the Selectmen that 
every one concerned may strictly conform thereto, and thereby 
avoid the Penalty, thereof. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk publish the By-Law or order of the 
Town relative to Cord Wood and Bark brought into this Town by 
Land, in the several News Papers, and also an Advertisement to 
inforce the observance thereof. 



126 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 



Voted, that the Town Clerk acquaint Mess. Adams and 
Sweetser, that the Selectmen have directed them to give in a List 
of all those Persons Strangers which they have warned to depart 
this Town from the 1'. of January 1 764. to the 1". of January Instant. 

M r . Secretary Oliver handed into the Selectmen the following 
Vote or Order of Council Viz'. 

William Robinson a Prisoner in Boston Goal having represented 
to his Excellency and the Board that he has a Wife and Child 
subsisted at the Charge of the Province in the Almshouse, and that 
he is willing to leave the Province as soon as he can be liberated, 
and to work for his passage ; but that he has not wherewithal! 
to provide for the passage of his Wife and Child ; and praying re- 
lief Advised that in as much as the Wife and Child are at pres- 
ent a Province Charge that the Selectmen be desired as soon as 
the said William Robinson is discharged from Prison to provide 
for the Passage of his Wife and Child on the best terms they can, 
that they may together depart the Province. 

The above Order being read Voted, that provision be accord- 
ingly made for the passage of said Woman & Child so soon as the 
Selectmen are acquainted, that the Husband [24.] William Rob- 
inson is discharged from Prison, and that the Town Clerk acquaint 
M r . Secretary of the same. 

John Ruddock Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1762 having produced Receipts from the several Treasurers in 
full for the Tax committed to him to Collect for that Year. 

Ordered that he have a Draft on the Treasury for his quarter 
part of the Premium on the whole Sum Collected for that year 
amounting to One hundred & forty six Pounds four Shillings and 
Nine Pence f . 

Orders were given in Writing to the Persons appointed to inspect 
the Charcoal Baskets, viz'. M r . Rayner & M r . Sutton which were of 
the form following Viz*. 

Boston, January 3 d 1765 

M r . James Rainer 

Sir, 

We having appointed you to see the Law 

relative to Charcoal carried into execution do depend on your care 
and fidelity in the discharge of said trust you have inclosed an 
Extract from the printed Law to serve for your Government in all 
Cases, that may happen, and doubt not of your stiictly conforming 
to the Letter and Spirit of the same. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

[25.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 9. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 127 

Boston, January 9 1 1765. 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

If the Cloths belonging to M r . Peirce have 

been sufficiently smoked and cleansed you may put them again in 
the Chest and deliver to the Bearer who will call upon you for the 
same If in your Opinion the Hemp and other Articles belonging 
to M r . Hancock have been sufficiently smoked and cleansed you 
are in this case to deliver them to the Order of the Gentlemen. 
By Order of the Selectmen. 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

James Tileston Housewright acquaints the Selectmen that he 
has taken into his House one John Sharpe & Wife who came from 
the West Indies. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 11. 1765. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
[26.] Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Langdon Usher at the North Grammar School being still 
confined to his House by means of Bodily disorder the Select men 
this Day Agreed with M r . Andrew Elliot Jun r . to serve the school 
in that capacity for one Month, to be allowed the same as other 
Ushers are allowed. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 16. 1765. 

Present. 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Scollay Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Boston Jan y 16. 1765 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

You having Reported to us that M r . Wil- 
liams who you took of Capt. Scotts Ship sick of the Small Pox, is 
now well, and has been sufficiently smoked and Cleansed ; Our 
directions there fore are, that he may be permitted to leave the 
Island, first satisfying you for the Charge occasioned by his 
Illness &c. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

[27.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 21. 1765, 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Esq. 

Elizabeth Crawford acquaints the Selectmen that she came from 
Philadelphia about Nine Weeks ago in Captain Brock from Phila- 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

* 

delphia, that she was first entertained by Robert Welch living on 
Nobles Wharff, where she resided about a "Week, then removed to 
M r . Cottons House near the Old North Church, after which she of- 
fered her service to M. Elizabeth Wickers, who came with her to 
the Selectmens Chamber 

M r . Wilson Read informs the Selectmen by Letter that he has 
let a Tenement of his to one James Thompson, late a Soldier in 
the Royals, but regularly discharged, came from Charlestown to 
this Town sometime part and hired a Chamber. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 22 d . 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

INI". Ann Currier of this Town Widow came to the Selectmens 
1~28.] Chamber and pray'd that they would make enquiry into the 
usage her Son had received from M r . Ebenezer Swan of this Town 
Taylor, to whom he was bound an apprentice ; in order that proper 
Representation may be made thereof unto the Court of Sessions 
M r . Swan was accordingly sent for and several Persons examined 
touching the subject matter of the Complaint but the further 
examination referred to Tuesday next 3 o'Clock P.M. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 22 d . 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . Swan having been heard relative to the Complaint entred 
against him for ill-treating his Servant William Currier, as also the 
Mother of said Apprentice, and several Persons acquainted with 
the treatment the Lad had received It was at last agreed by the 
Partys, that the Indentures should be given up, which was accord- 
ingly done, when they were cancelled in presence of the Selectmen. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 23, 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
[29.] Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. informs the Se- 
lectmen, that the Engine under his care was first brought to work 
at the Fire which lately broke out at M r . M c Neals Bake-house ; and 
desire that the Premium granted by the Town may be allowed 
them. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 129 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasury for the same 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 28. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . Obediah Curtis Master of Engine N. 8 informed the Select 
men that the Engine under his Care was first brought to work at 
the Fire which lately broke out at the Widow Ferys Bake house 
and desire that the Premium of thirteen Shillings and four pence 
granted by the Town may be allowed them. 

Voted that a Draft be given them for the same accordingly. 
[3O.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the Rate of Four Shillings, and ten Pence p. Bushel, 
and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8 - 11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1 - 1 - 6 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2 - 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 
Houshold 13 - - 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 15 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5 - 12 

NB. a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 
Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 10 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 8 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Bisket and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall be 
made of different Grain and Proportions from the Assize must 
be seized. 

[31.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 25. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Robert Love being recommended as a suitable Person to 
have the Charge of warning such as come from other Towns, to 
depart Boston in the Time prescribed by Law was this Day 
appointed by the Selectmen to that Business, and sworn to the 
faithful discharge of his trust The Town Clerk was directed to 
give him Orders which were of the form following -Viz*. 



130 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston, January 25 1 1765 
M r . Robert Love 

Sir 

The Selectmen hereby appoint and im- 

power you to make enquiry after all Strangers, and other Persons 
who shall hereafter come into the Town and reside here that are 
not Inhabitants, and all such of them as you shall apprehend are 
in low Circumstances you are immediately to warn to depart this 
Town in (14) fourteen Days, or give security to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen, and this you are to do without any further 
direction, and when you have done the same you must Report it 
to the Selectmen that they may give such other Orders respecting 
[32.] Such Persons as they shall Judge proper 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Note. You must apply to the Town Clerk, for "Warrants 
(returnable to the Clerk of Sessions) as you may occasion. 

There having been great Complaints that heaps of Dirt and 
Rubbish, as also Carrion and Things offensive, have been brought 
and thrown into the Streets to the annoyance of the Inhabi- 
tants M r . Robert Love is appointed to inspect the Streets, and 
the following Orders given him viz 4 . 

Boston, January 1765 
M r . Robert Love 

The Selectmen having appointed you to take 
notice of such Persons as shall carry Dirt Dung Carrion or any 
Rubbish into the Streets or Lanes of this Town to the annoyance 
of the Inhabitants ; they expect & require that you discharge 
this trust with diligence and fidelity in order to prevent or remove 
such Nusances You are to take the Law for your directory, 
and must not fail prosecuting for every breach thereof. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 30 1 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
[33.] Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Nathaniel Wales informs the Selectmen that he has taken into 
a House of his at the South part of Boston, as a Tenant, M r . Wil- 
liam Winter and family, from Cambridge. 

Mr. John Sweetser having been appointed to take Notice of 
such Persons as shall carry Dirt or any Rubbish into the Streets 
or Lanes of this Town to the annoyance of the Inhabitants, in 
order for their being prosecuted for such offence The Town 
Clerk is directed to give him Orders of the same tenor with those 
given M r . Robert Love the other person appointed for said service. 
M r . Abijah Adams having been found guilty of great neglect in 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 131 

the Warning Strangers to depart this Town, by which means con- 
siderable damage has been sustained Voted, that he be dis- 
missed from that Office and that M r . Cornelius Thayer be ap- 
pointed in his room, and that the Town Clerk give him Orders of 
the same tenor with those given Mess". Sweetser and Love respect- 
ing Strangers, Street Dirt & c . 

[34.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 6 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Complaint having been made that the Chimnies of a House in 
Frog Lane occupied by one Williamson a Painter, are insufficient 
and dangerous Mess". Richard Hunnewell and Thomas Ethridge 
were impowered by Warrant to survey the same and make Re- 
port as soon as may be. 

Mess". Henshaw and Ruddock a Committee appointed to go to 
Watertown in order to meet the Selectmen of said Town and dis- 
course them relative to one Sarah Leonard, who they pretend is 
an Inhabitant of this Town Report That after taking several 
Affidavits in the presence of one of the Selectmen M r . Justice 
Hunt, and M r . John Remington M r . Henshaw demanded of said 
Selectmen that if they look'd upon the said Sarah Learned to be 
an Inhabitant of Boston, they would send her immediately to 
Town in order to bring this matter to a tryal as he could by no 
means allow her to be an Inhabitant of this Town. 

[35.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb* 13 1 . 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Passed upon Mary Yorks Province Account amounting to Nine 
Pounds five Shillings and two Pence, a Copy of which is on file. 

The Committee appointed to survey M r . Williamson's Chimnies 
Reported said Chimnies to be dangerous to the Neighbour- 
hood Copys of said Warrant for a survey and the Return made 
thereon are as follows viz'. 
To Mess". Richard Hunnewell & Thomas Ethridge 
Complaint being made to us that the Chimnies of a House in 
Frog Lane occupied by M r . Williamson are insufficient and danger- 
ous We do desire and impower you to survey the same, and 
Report to us your Judgment concerning them. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

Selectmen of Boston. 



132 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston February 6. 1765 

[36.] "We the Subscribers have viewed the above mentioned 
Chimnies, and upon examination find them so bad as that the using 
will be dangerous to the Neighbourhood for want of Repair. 

RICHARD HUNNEWELL 
THOMAS ETHRIDGE 

In consequence of the above Return the following Order was 
sent M r . Williamson viz*- 

Boston February 13. 1765. 
M r - Williamson 

Upon Complaint being 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 of said Warr'. you have above Agreable to the direc- 
tion 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 mending, repairing, or rebuilding said Chimnies as 
you would avoid the penalty of said Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Mess". Jackson and Sewall appointed a Committee to treat with 
M r> Josiah Langdon respecting the place of Usher to the North 
Grammar School, during the Confinement of the present Usher. 

[37.] The Town Clerk is directed to get the Law relative to 
Street Robberys republished in the several News Papers the Town 
having been with some instances of this sort. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majestys Justices of the 
Peace, the Gentlemen the Selectmen & Overseers of the Poor 
within the Town of Boston on Tuesday the 12' Day of February 
A.D. 1765. 

Present 

The Hon ble Samuel Wells Esq. 
John Hill Esq. 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 
William Story Esq. 
John Tudor Esq. 

Justices of the Peace 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Selectmen of Boston 
John Barrett Esq. 
M r . Joseph Gardner 
Meletiah Bourn Esq. 
M r . Jonathan Mason 
[38.] M r . Ebenezer Storer 

M r . Henry Bromfield 
Capt. Benjamin Hammett 

Overseers of the Poor. 
A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 133 

upon to be attended on Fryday the 15 th . Day of February Instant 
at 9. O'Clock in the Morning if suitable Weather if not then on 
the Tuesday following, being the 19' Instant, and it is also 
Agreed to meet at the Selectmens Chamber at 5. O'Clock in the 
Evening of said Day to Report the State of the Town &c. 

The Order or Sortment as follows, Vizt. 
Ward Number One 
John Steel Esq. 
Cap'. Benjamin Hammett 
M r . Nathaniel Holmes 
M r . Benjamin Harrod 
M r . Alexander Hill 
John Tudor Esq. 
Deacon Jonathan Brown 
John Wells Constable 

Ward Number Two 
John Ruddock Esq. 
M r . William Whitwell 

[39.] Capt. Nathaniel Greenwood 

M r John Grant 
M r . Joseph Belknap 
M r . Fortesque Vernon 
M r . Thomas Bradford Constable 

Ward Number Three 
Foster Hutchinson Esq. 
Joseph Gardner Esq. 
M*. James Halsey 
iVI r . Joseph Bradford 
Maj r . Newman Grenough 
M r . Nathaniel Loring 
D r . Jonathan Mountforts 
M r . James Thomas Constable 

Ward Number Four 
Richard Dana Esq. 
John Barrett Esq. 
Samuel Grant Esq. 
Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 
M r . Treasurer Jeffries 
: M r . John Kinney, Constable 

Ward Number Five 
M r . Benjamin Dolbear 
Thomas Tyler Esq. 
[4O] M r . Henry Newman 

M r . Alexander Chamberlain 

Capt. William Holmes 

M r . John Kneeland 

M r . Samuel Proctor, Constable 

Ward Number Six 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 
Isaac Smith Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 



134 CITT DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M 1 . John Smith 

M r . Joseph How 

Cap*. Joseph Andrews 

M r . Augustus Hail, Constable 

"Ward Number Seven 
M r . Ebenezer Storer 
M r . Joseph Waldo 
M r . William Fairfield 
M r . Timothy Newell 
M r . Timothy Fitch 
M r . Edward Walker 
M r . Thomas Moore, Constable 

Ward Number Eight 
The Hon ble . Royal Tyler Esq. 
Coll . Joseph Jackson 
[41.] Joshua Winslow Esq. 

Cap 1 . Samuel Downe 
Maj r . Jonathan Payson 
M r . Thomas Leaveret 
William Story Esq. 
Nathaniel Thayer, Constable 

Ward Number Nine 
Melatiah Bourn Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
Thomas Daws Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
Isaac Ridgaway Constable 

Ward Number Ten 
M r . Jonathan Mason 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . John Mico Wendell 
M r . Samuel Austin 
Cap*. Jonathan Clark 
M r . William Torrey 
M r . Daniel Waldo 
Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 
Francis Tolman, Constable 

Ward Number Eleaven 
Edmund Quincy Esq. 
M r . Henry Bromfield 
John Hill Esq. 
M r . Samuel Adams 
Jeremiah Green Esq. 
M r . Nathaniel Gardner 
John Rowe Esq. 
Edward Barbour, Constable 

Ward Number Twelve 
Samuel Wells Esq. 
M r . Henderson Inches 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Avery Esq. 
M r . Benjamin Church 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 135 

M r . Sampson S alter 
M r . Stephen Symmes, Constable 

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

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 20. 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 

[43.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

There having been a General Walk or Visitation of the Town 
this Day being the 15' Ins 4 , the Gentlemen that attended met and 
Reported the following Strangers they found in the Town Viz 4 . 

One John Kinney, from Newfound Land, lives in M r . Tillocks 
House opposite to M r . Bouchers 

Edward Fitz Patrick, from Ditto, lives at the said M r . Tillocks 
House. 

One Luke from Newfound Land, lives at the said M r . Tillocks 
House. 

Edmund Whayland, from Newfound Land, lives in M r . James 
Longleys House at Black Horse Lane. 

Jacob Hall from Rhode Island has been in Town at Times near 
two Years tho' not twelve Months together, he is a Journey Man 
Taylor, at M r . Smiths House near y* Watch House. 

Edmund Connor, living at the same place a Sailor. 

One Quiner from the Country lives at the House of one Fether- 
gill at New Boston. 

Leabear and other French People, living in Carnes House let to 
Green a Shoemaker, at New Boston. 

[44.] One Hutchinson who came from Albany, lodges at 
John Mulloys, living in Royal Exchange Lane. 

John Mulloy a Stranger has been in Town near twelve Months, 
lives in a House in Royal Exchange Inn. 

Margaret Butt from Dorchester, a Widow, living in a House in 
Fitches Lane. 

Sarah Bowdoin and her Daughter, named Molly, came from 
Marblehead, and live in Mary Tuckers House nex Door to Cap 4 . 
Tyngs House. 

Anna Gaut, from Rutland, lives in a House in Auchmutys Lane. 

James Thompson and Wife came from Charlestown and live in 
a House in Auchmutys Lane. 

Sarah Thomson an Indian, lives in the same Street. 

The Names of the aforementioned Persons were given to Mess. 
Sweetser Love & Thayer, that they might warn them out of Town, 
according to Law. 

M r . Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3. attended, and proposed 
John Robinson Jun r . for an Engine Man in the room of his Father 
John Robinson who is far advanced in years. 

[45.] Voted, that the said John Robinson Jun r . be admitted 
an Engine Man accordingly. 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Thomas "Webber apply'd to the Selectmen for their approbation 
of him as a public Cryer in this Town, and he was accordingly 
approbated. 

John Reynolds, his Wife Dorothy, and five Sons namely Samuel, 
Benjamin, John, Edward and William, Reynold, who came from 
Providence in the Collony of Rhode Island are admitted Inhabit- 
ants of this Town Joseph Weld and Edmund Weld of Roxbury 
having giving Bond the twenty sixth Day of November last to the 
Town Treasurer in the Penalty of two Hundred Pounds to Indem- 
nify the Town. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk wait on the Assessors for their 
Lists of the Inhabitants taken the Current year in order to put 
into the Jury Box, such Names as shall be thought proper to 
serve as Jurymen at the Inferior and Superior Courts. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb* 27. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
[46.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Four Shillings and ten Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers, for their 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows, Vizt. 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1 - 1 - 6 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2- 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13-0- 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 .- 15 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5-12 

NB. A 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 10 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above ^ Indian Meal 3 - 8 - 
According to Law, Allowance should be made for the Drying of 
Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked [47.] Or that shall 
be made of different Grain & Proportions from the Assize must 
be seized. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 25-1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 137 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

M r . John Brown complains of a Chimnie in the House occupied 
by the Widow Davis in Prince Street, that it is in such a dam- 
aged Condition as the making Fire in it endangers the House and 
Neighbourhood whereupon Mess. Daniel Bell and William Bell, 
were desired and impower'd to survey the same, and make Report 
as soon as may be. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 4 th 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

The Committee appointed the 25 1 Day of February last to survey 
M ri . Davis's Chimnies Reported Copys of said Warrant for a 
survey, and the Return made thereon are [48.] As follows 
Vizt. 

To Mess. Daniel Bell and William Bell Complaint being made 
to us that the Chimnies of a House occupied by the Widow Davis, 
and situated in Prince Street are insufficient and dangerous We 
do desire and impower you to survey the same, and Report to us 
your Judgment concerning them 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston February 27. 1765 
Gentlemen 

We the Subscribers according to your desire have surveyed the 
Chimnies above mentioned and find them very dangerous, and not 

safe to make a fire in nor for People to pass in the Street 

DANIEL BELL 

WILLIAM BELL 

Boston February 27. 1765 

In consequence of the above Return, the following Order was 
sent M. Davis's Viz*. 

Boston, March 4. 1765 

M". Davis 

Upon Complaint made to us 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 [49.] Warrant you have above 
Agreable to the direction of the Law in that Case made and pro- 
vided, we hereby warn you not to make any Fires in said Chim- 
nies; 'till the defects are cured, either by mending repairing or 
rebuilding said Chimnies as you would avoid the penalty of said 
Law 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



138 CITT DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 5. 1765. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock 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 Monday 
the Eleventh Day of March Instant at Nine OClock in the Fore- 
noon, then and there to Nominate & Choose meet Persons to serve 
the Town the Year ensuing [5O.] 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 as shall 
be Judged needful for the relief of the Poor, and defreying other 
necessary Charges ; To receive the Reports of the Towns Com- 
mittees 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 what Time the Assessors may sit to make Abatements 
of Taxes ; To receive and Examine the Accounts of the Granary ; 
To consider the Petition of a number of Proprietors and Inhabit- 
ants in and near Long Lane, that a farther Allowance may be 
made towards defraying the Charge of paving said Lane ; To 
Choose a Committee to examine the Accounts of the Managers of 
Faneuil Hall Lotteries ; To consider the Terms upon which John 
Hill Esq. will give up to the Town his Lease of the Land upon 
Boston Neck ; What Methods shall be taken for the repairing the 
Towns Warehouse opposite the Golden Ball ; Whether they will 
take any Measures for the better regulation of the Grist mills ; 
That the sense of the Town may be taken respecting a Bill now 
pending in the General Court relative to Erecting Wooden Build- 
ings &. in the Town of Boston [51.] To consider the proposals 
of M r . James Bryant relating to the Towns Land on the North 
side of the Neck ; Of the Petition of a Number of Inhabitants for 
widening Jolliffs Lane ; To choose Jurors for April Court ; And 
also act upon all such Matters and Things as stand referred over 
to said Meeting 

Voted, that the Rev d m r . Samuel Checkley Jun r . be desired to 
open the Town Meeting on Monday next, with Prayer, and that M r . 
Austin and M r . Sewall be a Committee to acquaint him therewith. 
Voted, that Mess". Edes and Gill have the printing of the Noti- 
fications for the ensuing Town Meeting 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 6. 1765. 

Present 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 139 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddck Esq. 

The Selectmen this Day agreed with Mess". John Sweetser, 
Robert Love, and Cornelius Thayer, the three Persons appointed 
to warn Strangers to depart this Town that there shall be paid to 
them the Sum of Fifty three Pounds six shillings [53.] and 
eight Pence lawful Money, for a Years service which is to 
commence from the date hereof ; said Sum is to be shared and 
divided in proportion to the Number of Persons each have warned, 
for which Caution shall have been entered by them, and a Copy of 
their Return to the Clerk of the Sessions given in to the Select 
men every Month their pay to be drawn for quarterly if desired. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 13. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the Rate of Four Shillings and ten Pence & Bushel for "Wheat, 
and Six Pence ,$> Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8- li 

Wheaten 13 

Houshold 1 - 1 - 6 

[53.] Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 1 - 6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2 - 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6 - 8 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13 - - 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 15 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5 - 12 

NB. A 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

Rye Meal, must weigh 2 - 10 - 

a 4 d Ditto not above ^ Indian 3 - 8 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying 

of Bisket, and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall be 

made of different Grain and Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 15. 1765 

Present 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 



140 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

[54.] Upon Information given by Benjamin Hallowell Esq. 
that M r . Hickling and others were about making incroachments on 
Battery March Street the Selectmen went upon the Premises, 
and directed the running of the Bounds. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 18. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The Select men of this Day passed upon a number of Province 
Accounts, and gave Certificates accordingly, Copys of the same 
are on file The Persons Names & the amounts are as follows 
Viz* 

Richard Tripe his Account amounted to 2 - 

Samuel Harris - ditto 

Hopestill Foster ditto 8 - 

Henshaw & Austin ditto - 16 - 

James Day ditto 3 - 

Alexander Young ditto 3 - 

Josiah Collins ditto 6- 

Thomas Hartley ditto 1 - 

Robert Gorden ditto 5 - 

[55.] Dr. Myles Whitworth, his Acco e . amo*. to 23 - 

Benjamin Sumner ditto 47 - 

James Cunningham - - - - ditto 7 - 

Thomas Moore - - ditto ----- 44 - 

John Allen ditto - - - 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 20. 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Alms house was directed by 
Coll Henshaw and Coll . Jackson, two of the Selectmen to receive 
into said House on the Province Charge one Richard Leader, a 
Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, being 
sick and not having wherewithall to subsist himself. 

The Selectmen this Day exchanged Leases with Coll . Hill for 
the Land Leased to him on South side of Boston Neck. 




SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 141 

M r . Obedia Curtis Master of Engine N. 8. [56.] Attended, 
and proposed, James Sumner, William Moore Jun r . and John 
M c faden as suitable Persons to fill up vacancies in his Engine 
Company whereupon 

Voted, that the said Sumner, Moore & MFaden be and hereby 
are admitted Engine Men accordingly. 

M r . John Caldwell applyed to the Select men for Liberty to 
break Ground in Middle Street near his Dwelling House, in order 
to carry a Drain into the Common Shore Liberty was accord- 
ingly granted upon Condition, that the Ground be made good 
again & the Pavement restored to the satisfaction of the Select 
men. 

Passed, upon M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Alms house ; 
Province Accounts amounting to 338-13-8 and 25-12-6 
Copys of which are on file. 

Voted, that a Book be procured by the Town Clerk in which 
the Monthly returns of the several Persons appointed to warn 
Strangers out of this Town for whom Caution shall have been en- 
tered with the Clerk of Sessions, is to be entered in Alphebetical 
Order. 

M r . Williston as directed, took two sealing Hammers from M r . 
Cromby a late Sealer of Leather, and delivered them to M r . 
Andrews, chosen into office at [57.] March Meeting as also 
two others, from M r . Cornelius Thayer, which he delivered to 
William Scott. M r . Ruddock was also appointed to procure Six 
more Hammers, two whereof is to be delivered to each of the other 
Sealers of Leather. 

Mess. Henshaw and Hancock are appointed a Committee 
to get a Pound Erected in some convenient upon the Towns 
Land, to serve for the reception of Hogs and Sheep taken up a; 
large 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 22 d . 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Timing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Voted, that M r . Thomas Williston be ordered not to oper:- 
Faneuil Hall for the use of any Persons whatsoever without th-/ 
leave of a major part of the Select men first obtained. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 25. 1765 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
[58.] Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Sewall is appointed to procure what Rails may be necessary 
for the security of the Towns Land on Boston Neck. 

The Estate of Samuel Hews deceased is indebted to the Town 
for three shillings and ten pence lawful Money which was charged 
on his Books as paid John Allyne when he had received nothing. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 27. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Four Shillings and ten pence $> Bushel for Wheat and 
Six Pence p. Bushel, is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed [59.] As follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1-1-6 

Two Peny White Loaf 1-1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2 - 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6-8-4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13 - - 8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 15 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5-12 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 

Rye Meal must weigh 2-10 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 8 

According to Law allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be 
made of different Grain & Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 

Passed upon John Wendells Province Account amounting to 
Three pounds six Shillings & eight pence, as p. Copy on file. 
Boston ss. 

Whereas the Selectmen did lately permit [6O.] M r . William 
Jackson to repair the Pump standing on the Towns Land in Corn 
hill ; and he having now given in the Accounts of the charge 
there of, whereby it appears that there is due to him for defreying 
said Charge the Sum of Five Pounds ten Shillings Wherefore 
the said Selectmen pursuant to an order of the Town bearing date 
May 12' 1702 Have assessed the several Persons hereafter named, 
who are commonly known to make use of the said Pump, for their 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 143 

supply of Water for their ordinary occasions and do Assess them 

as followeth Viz 4 . 

Benjamin Kent Esq ---. -8 

William Story Esq 8 - 

Mess". Ambrose Downe -- 6 

John Piemont ---------- 8 

William Jackson -- 8 

John & Thomas Stevinson ------ 6 

Daniel Marsh 3 

Nathaniel Appleton --------- 3 

Richard Salter - - 6 

Zachary Brigden ---------- 6 

M rs . Amy & Elizabeth Cummins- - - - - 6 

John Gilbert 6 

M". Fling 6 

Green and Walker --------- 6 

William White 6 

f61.] William Baker 6 

William Baker for Town House ----- 12 



.5 - 10 

And M r . Robert Love is hereby directed and impowered to 
Collect and receive of the Persons above named respective Sums 
as set down in the List against each Persons Names ; and if any 
of the said Persons shall neglect or refuse to pay their respective 
Assessments to proceed to prosecute as the said Town Order, and 
the Law in that Case directs 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 3 d . 1765. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Sewall appointed to examine the Records, relative to the 
Mill Land Stream &c. and also to what respects the Town Bene- 
factors, agreable to a Vote of the Town at a late Meeting. 
[62.] Boston, ss. 

Whereas a Drain or Common Shore has been laid through Cow 
Lane, from the House of the late Benjamin Woolcuts Heirs in 
said Lane untill it enters the Common Shore in Summer Street ; 
by Jacob Knodle the whole Expence where of according to an 
account examined by us the Sub-amounts to Eleven Pounds 
seventeen Shillings ; And as said Expence is to be paid by the 
Parties concerned in the undertaking where Drains enter said 
Common Shore, and in such proportion as shall be adjudged by 
the Select men of Boston or a Major part of them who are im- 
power'd by Law to Apportion the same. 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
do hereby Certify that having considered of said Expence, and by 
whom and in what manner it ought to be paid ; do adjudge the 
same to be paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons 
hereafter named Viz'. 
The above named Jacob Knoble one half thereof 

being 5 - 18 - 6 

The Heirs of the late Benjamin Wolcut who are in 
possession of an House, Adjoining to said 
Knodles, the other half being ----- 5-18-6 



11 - 17 - 

[63.] And we do appoint M r . Jacob Knoble to receive of 
Thomas Marshall Esq. and the other Heirs of Benjamin Wolcut 
deceased the above Sum of Five Pounds eighteen Shillings and six 
Pence and to give a discharge therefor 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEW ALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 
JOHN HANCOCK 

Select men of Boston 

NB. Jacob Knodle has paid the Expence of his private Drain 
untill it reaches "Wolcuts House, amounting to Five Pounds sixteen 
Shillings and three Pence. 

Boston, April 3 d . 1765 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 10. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by 
two of the Selectmen viz* Joseph Jackson [64.] And Samuel 
Sewall Esq. to receive into said House on the Province Charge 
an Robert Lesley a Stranger, who is blind, and has not where with- 
all to subsist himself. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Henshaw and Sewall a Committee to call upon the 
Executors of the Will of the late M". Joanna Brooker, and 
enquire whether they are ready to pay into the Hands of the 
Selectmen the Monys left by the said Testratrix, to be improved 
by the Selectmen of Boston for the Time being as they shall 
Judge best the income thereof to be by them apply'd for the relief 
of Widows & c . and they are desired to Report as soon as may be. 
Voted, that Mess". Edes and Gill have the printing of fifteen 
hundred of the Bill now pending in the General Court relative to 
Wooden Buildings &c ; and that the Constables of the Town take 
One hundred each, and dispose the same among the Inhabitants of 
their several Wards. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 145 

The following Advertisement was sent Mess. Drapers for a 
place in their next Paper. 

Any Person or Persons who may incline to purchase of the 
Town of Boston Two Ware houses opposite the Golden Ball or 
either of them ; are requested to send in their Proposals to the 
Select men as soon as may be before the meeting of the Town in 
May next. 

[65.] At a Meeting of the Select men, April 17. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq 
Joseph Jackson Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
John Hancock Esq 

M r . Adams Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market attended by order 
of the Selectmen, when he was directed by them to come on 
every Wednesday to their Chamber, with an Account of the 
Moneys he has Collected of trancient Market People that Week 
and also to give in a representation of the state of said Market. 

M r . Austin Appointed by the Selectmen, to order such quan- 
titys of Gravel to be laid on Cambridge Street, as he shall Judge 
necessary to make the Street passable. 

M r . Austin appointed to order necessary Repairs to the Draw 
Bridge. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

[66.] M r . John Joy apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to 
break Ground in order to let a Drain into the Common Shore 
from a House of his in Water Street. Liberty was accordingly 
granted he taking care to make good the Ground and restore the 
Pavement to the approbation of the Selectmen. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 24 1 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Josepeh Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Ziphion Thayer apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to 
break Ground in order to erect a Post in the Street against his 
House in Cornhill Liberty was granted him upon Condition that 
he made good the Pavement to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 
M r . Henshaw appointed on the 17. Instant to order the necessary 
Repairs to Essex Street, and the Street near M r . Byles's House. 

The Selectmen this Day Endorsed a Warrant on the Province 
Treasurer given by the Council in favor of the Town of Boston, 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

for . 338-13-83. and deliver [67.] the same to the Town 
Treasurer in order to procure payment. 

Leave given to William Burbank Gunner of Castle William to 
take two Carriage Wheels belonging to the Town, for the use of 
the Castle, he to return them when called for, and to give Cap*. 
Paddock a Reeeit for the same. 

The following is Copy of a Letter which was received from 
Stephen Greanleaff Esq. Sheriff of this County. Viz 1 . 

Boston April 24 1 . 1765. 
Gentlemen, 

The Court of General Sessions of the Peace for this County 
having directed a new Gallows to be Erected, and the place where 
the Old one stands being extremely inconveinent on many Accounts 

I have fixed on a rising spot of Ground on the left side of the 
Road going over the Neck a little beyond the Small Clay Pond 
and near a Gate which leads into the Land formerly Leased to 
Coll . Hill; the Gallows to be placed about forty or fifty feet 
within the Fence ; I am informed that the Land on the opposite 
side is already leased, also the Land adjoining to the Wind Mill, 
and as the Beach on either side is very unfit for that purpose I 
can't think of a more suitable place than the spot before mentioned, 
but as the Court desired me to inform the Selectmen of the Town 
of their directions before the Gallows should be put up, I accord- 
ingly now give you this notice, that if you [68.] Have any 
Objection to that spot and can point out a better, you'l please to 
let me know it as soon as possible A Criminal now waiting for 
the Execution of his Sentence, and the Sessions being Adjourned 
to Tuesday next to determine on this affair. 

Your humble Servant 

STEPHEN GREENLEAFF 
The Gentlemen Selectmen 

of Boston 

The following is Copy of the reply made by the Selectmen to 
the above Letter. 

Boston, April 24 1 . 1765 
Sir 

Your Letter of this Day has been handed to us by the Town Clerk 

Respecting the placing of the Gallows the situation you have 
pitch'd upon does not appear to us to be altogether so convenient, 
and as it is proposed to us to be upon the Towns Land, it is a matter 
to be determined by the Selectmen, which we shall attend as soon 
as application is made, and as this is our selling Day any thing you 
may have to offer on this subject shall be readily received by, 

Sir, 

Your humble servants 

JOSHUA HENSIIAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
NATHANIEL THWING 
JOHN HANCOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

M r . Sheriff Greenleaff 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 147 

[69.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 27. 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Information being given the Selectmen that Coll . Ingersol who 
keeps the Bunch of Grapes Tavern has a Billiard Table in his 
House said Ingersol was sent for, who owned that there was 
one set up in a Chamber by two or three Gentlemen who had hired 
the Room ; that he was ignorant it was contrary to Law ; but 
would now see the Table removed immediately The Selectmen 
thus acquainted him that unless he comply'd with this engagement, 
they would not approbate him as a Taverner for the present Year. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 29. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

The Selectmen having received advice that the Small Pox pre- 
vails in Maryland & Barbadoes, and also a malignant Fever, at 
the latter place. 

[7O.] Voted, that application be immediately made to his 
Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. our Governor for an Order to 
the Commanding Officer at Castle William to stop all Vessells 
coming from those places, and prevent their approaching this 
Town untill further Orders. 

In consequence of the above, the following Letter was wrote his 
Excellency Governor Bernard. 
May it please your Excellency 

Information having been given 

us, that the Small Pox prevails at Barbadoes and Mary Land, as 
also a Malignant Fever at the former place We think it our duty 
to acquaint your Excellency therewith and to request that you 
will be pleased to Order the Commanding Officers at Castle 
William to stop all Vessells coming from those places untill proper 
enquiry be made into the Circumstances of such Vessells We 
are 

Your Excell y Most Obed f . Hum. Serv ts . 
JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN HANCOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston April 29. 1765. 
His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

[71.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the Rate of Four Shillings and six Pence p. Bushel for 



148 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Wheat, and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 9 - 4 

Wheaten 13 - 4 

Houshold 1-2-9 

Two Peny White Loaf 1-2-9 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 13 

Houshold 2-5-1 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 3 - 7 

Houshold 6 - 15 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6-13 

Houshold 13 - 14 - 7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 2 - 2 - 1 

Bisket of a Copper Price 6 - 2 

NB. A 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

A Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 13 - 

a 4 d Ditto not above Indian 3 - 12 - 
According to Law, Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Bisket ; and such Bread as is not well baked o;- that shall be made 

of different Grain and Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 1. 1765. 

Present 
Joshua Jackson Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
& others 

M r . Elisha Byles informed the Selectmen that he had taken 
into his Family as a Servant, one Elizabeth Melvin a Widow, 
came last from Dorchester. 

M r . Gibbous Sharp Master of Engine N. 2 informed the 
Selectmen that said Engine was first brought to work upon the 
Fire which lately broke out at the House of the Widow True Just 
below the New North Church, and desired that the Premium of 
thirteen Shillings & four Pence granted by the Town may be 
allowed them whereupon 

Voted, that a draft be made on the Town Treasurer for said 
Premium the next Draft Day. 

Upon application from the Bakers the Selectmen took into 
Consideration the present Assize of Bread, and it appearing to 
them to be higher than the present price of Flower would ad- 
mit of. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at 
the rate of Four Shillings and eight pence p. Bushel for Wheat, 
and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood [73.] Which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 9 - 

Wheaten 13 - 8 

Houshold 1 - 2 - 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 149 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 2 - 

Wheaten 1 - 11 - 

Houshold 2 - 4 - 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf ----- 5 - 1 - 

Houshold 6 - 12 - 

Twelve Peny AVheaten Loaf - - - 10 - 2 - 

Houshold 13 - 8 - 

Four Peny Brick Loaf ----- 2-1- 
Bisket of a Copper price - - - - 6 - 
NB. A 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

^ Rye Meal must weigh 2-11- 8 

a 4 d Ditto not above Indian 3 - 10 - 

According to Law, Allowance should be made for the drying 
of Biskets and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall be 
made of different Grain and Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 

Benjamin Randall Master of the Sloop Eagle from Maryland, 
which Vessell is stopt at Castle William as a precaution against 
the Small Pox rife at said place, attended, and being examined by 
the Selectmen, declared [74.] That he left Maryland fourteen 
Days ago, with a loading of Grain, that he has not any Goods 
on board liable to Infection nor has he had one of his people sick 

or complaining since he left that place whereupon 

Voted, that said Vessell be permitted to come up to Boston, 
and that a Certificate be given the Captain for the Governor of the 
usual tenor. 

Passed upon the late Thomas Hartleys deceased ; Province 
Accounts amounting to Four Pounds eight Shillings and eleven 
pence, Copy of which is on file. 

Ephraim Perry acquainted the Selectmen that he had taken into 
his House as a Servant, one Jane Kneen born in the Isle of Man, 
hath been in the Country One Year and a half 

M r . Adams the Clerk of the Market was directed by the Select 
men to require of the several Butchers who held Stalls in Faneuil 
Hail Market, to make good to the Tanners the quantity of Hydes 
they have obliged themselves to deliver them ; and if they decline 
complying with their Agreement herein as specified in their several 
Leases M r . Adams is to exclude such Person or Persons from 
their Stands in said Market. 

Passed upon D r . James Lloyds Province Account amounting to 
4 - 6 - 6 - lawful Money as p. Copy on file. 

[75.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 4. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Application was made to the Selectmen by the Hon ble . the Artil- 
lery Company for the use of Faneuil Hall next Monday Evening 
and Liberty was accordingly granted them. 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 6 - 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Thwing Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Harskins apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
Drain from his House in Rainsfords Lane till it enters the Com- 
mon Shore Liberty was accordingly granted, upon Condition 
that he speedly make good the Ground, and restore the Pavement 
to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

[76.] At a Meeting of the Select men, May 6. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

John Hancock 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 (within 
their Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty Shillings p. Annum 
of Freehold in Land within the Province or Territory at the least, 
or other Estate to the order of Forty Pounds Sterling to Convene 
at Faneuil Hall upon Wednesday the fourteenth (14) Day of May 
Currant at Nine O'Clock in the Forenoon then and there to Elect 
& 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 a 
Great and General Court or Assembly appointed to be Convened 
held and kept for his Majestys Service at the Court House in Bos- 
ton upon Wednesday the twenty ninth Day of said May and so 
De Die in Diem during their Session [77.] And Sessions accord- 
ing to a Precept under the Hand & Seal of Stephen Greenleaff Esq. 
Sheriff of the County of Suffolk bearing Date the 24 1 Day of April 
in the Fifth year of His Majestys Reign Annoque Domini 1765 
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 Choose One Selectman in the room of 
Coll . Thwing, and one Assessor in the place of Cap'. Samuel 
Downe, who decline serving ; also a Collector or Collectors in the 
Room of M r . John Grant, who refuses, and of such others as may 
refuse to serve at or before the Town Meeting ; To Consider some 
Method to get this Town exempted from the Province Law relative 
to the choice of Surveyors of High Ways ; What Measures may be 
proper for the preservation of Beacon Hill ; and to prevent the loss 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 151 

of Deer Island by the Incroachments of the Sea ; Whether the 
Town Warehouse opposite the Golden Ball shall be repaired or 
sold for the most it will fetch : What farther steps shall be taken 
to obtain relief from the General Court respecting the great Charge 
incurred by the Small Pox ; To take the sense of the Town respect- 
ing the repairs of the Dams on the East and West side of the Neck ; 
which have been much damaged in the late storm ; To receive the 
Reports of Towns Committees on several Affairs ; to chose such 
Officers as may be wanting ; [78.] And to act upon all such Mat- 
ters and Things as stand referred over to said Meeting. 

NB. The Poll for the choice of Representatives will be closed 
at Twelve O'Clock, and strict Scrutiny made as to the Qualification 
of Voters. 

Voted, that the Rev d . D r . Sewall be desired to open the Town 
Meeting on Wednesday next, with Prayer, and that Coll . Jackson 
and M r . Sewall be desired to waitt upon Mm and acquaint him 
thereof. 

Voted, that Mess. Thomas and John Fleet, have the Printing 
the Notifications, for the ensueing Town Meeting. 

Cap'. Procter desires the refusal of one of the Town Shops 
under Pemberton's Hill, when any one them shall become vacant. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 11. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Ilenshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Davis who has had the privilege of bringing [79.] His 
Cart into the Market Square, having refused to pay the small ac- 
knowledgement, required of him therefor ; He was desired to 
attend the Selectmen, and upon discoursing him thereon, he 
agreed to pay the whole of what he was deficient and also what 
may arise in future. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 13. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

Cap*. Mordecai Cockey Master of the Sloop Sommerset from 
Baltimore County in Maryland, whose Vessels is stopt at the 
Castle on account of the Small Pox attended, & Declares His 
Cargo consists of Wheat, Corn, Flour and Lumber, He has been a 
Month from Baltimore and about three Weeks from Kent Island 
and any part of Maryland all his Hands have had the Small Pox 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

except the Mate, and the whole Crew are well He also declares 
that he has not been any where near the Small Pox, nor as he ap- 
prehends have any of them been in any manner exposed to said 
Distemper. 

[8O.] Whereupon Voted, that we apprehend there can be no 
danger of Infection from this Vessels, coming up to Town and 
that a Letter be wrote his Excellency accordingly. 

Cap'. Nathaniel Thompson, Master of Sloop Delphine from 
Maryland, attended and Reports That his Cargo Consists of Corn 
Flour Rye Staves & c . he has been fourteen Days from Cheptank 
no one of his Hands have had the Small Pox, neither have they 
been in the way of it, nor has he anything on board liable to retain 
infection He also declares that he passed the Castle from a 
misunderstanding of the Persons who hailed him. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 13. 1765. P.M. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Nathaniel Thwing Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Cap*. James Stewart of Sloop Good intent from Maryland Re- 
ports That he left Annappolis in that Province eighteen Days past ; 
his Lading consists of Corn Flour, Pease and other Grain, with 
some Lumber ; has a Gentlemen [81.] On board ; named Rutland, 
who comes here for his health His People are all well on board, 
neither have they anything with them liable to Infection where- 
upon 

Voted, that said Vessel now stopt at Castle William on ac- 
count of the Small Pox, be permitted to come up to Town, and a 
Certificate given the Captain accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 15. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddook Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
The Hon ble . Thorn 8 . Flucker Esq. 

M r . Austin and M r . Hancock appointed a Committee and are 
desired to view a peice of Ground in Tremount Street and pave 
the same if they Judge convenient ; and also to order such repairs 
to M r . Holyokes Well, as may be found necessary. 

Cap 1 . Samuel Skinner of Sloop Nancy from Cheptonk Maryland 
Reports That he left said place seventeen Days past; his 
Cargo consists of Corn, Wheat, Flour & Staves, [82.] His Owner 
is Passenger, but neither he nor any of his Hands, have been ex- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 153 

posed to the Distemper, they are all well and have not anything 
with them liable to convey Infection whereupon 

Voted, that said Vessel, now stopt at Castle William he per- 
mitted to come up to Town, as no danger of Infection is appre- 
hended, and that a Certificate be given accordingly. 

William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. attended, and proposed 
John Neat to the Selectmen as a suitable Person for an Engine 
man in his Company, in the room of Thomas Bolter, who has re- 
moved from this Town, and he was approved accordingly. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by 
two of the Selectmen to receive into said House on the Province 
Charge one William Dicks who is not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province neither has he wherewithall to subsist himself, 
and by occasion of a sore in his Leg is in a suffering Condition. 

Jonathan Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3 attended and in- 
formed the Selectmen that said Engine was brought to work first, 
at the Fire which lately broke out in Cap 4 . Autherlenys Briggan- 
dine at Hancocks Wharff , and desired the Premium granted by the 
Town may be allowed them. 

[83.] Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer 
for the same accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 16. 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Coll . Jarvis applied to the Selectmen, for the liberty of Faneuil 
Hall to exercise his Company of Cadets, on Mornings and Evenings 
for some time to come. 

Voted, that Coll . Jarvis have the liberty above desired. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 17. 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Cap'. Israel Stone of the Sloop Sally from Marj'land stopt at 
Castle William on account of Infectious Distempers [84.] Was 
examined by the Selectmen, and it appearing to them that he 
came from Cheptonk, and had no Body sick on board, and that the 
health of the Inhabitants would not be endangered by said Vessels 
coming up to Town. 

Voted, that liberty be granted accordingly and that a Letter be 
wrote the Governor in the usual form. 

Application being made to the Selectmen by a Committee of 
Council for the use of Faneuil Hall on the Day of General Elec- 
tion- 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Voted, that they have the liberty to make use of said Hall for 
the purpose intended. 

Deacon Grant informed the Selectmen that Cap'. Moulton Just 
arrived from the Granadas, has brought in with him an Infectious 
Fever, of which several of his People have died on their passage, 
and others now sick whereupon the Owner of the Vessel as well 
as the Master were ordered to attend at the Selectmens Chamber. 

Cap'. Moulton of Briggandine Rebecca together with his Owner 
M r . Thomas Boylston, attended according to order when the for- 
mer declared that he left Ilispaniola the fourteenth day of April 
last with nine People as Seamen, three of whom were lost on his 
passage by sickness, viz'. Robert M c .f arland, the Mate & two Fore- 
most men the [85.] Mate and one Man died about twelve Days 
past of a Flux the other of a Fever four Days after he left the 
Port that he flung all his Bedding immediately over board, and 
washed and smoked the Vessell three of his hands are come on 
shore and gone to their homes sick The Captain was asked 
whether he was hailed at the Castle and answer'd, yess, as also 
whether he was asked if all were well on board he answered in 
the affennative, and so was permitted to pass the Castle and come 
up to Town The People who have left the Vessell are Benj a . 
Silsby living near Charlestown Ferry, Charles Milliken living at 
the Ferry place & John Osborne living at a Tavern near Clarks 
Wharff. 

Voted, that said Vessel be ordered down to Rainsfords Island 
immediately, and that Cap'. Moulton take with him all the People 
that came with him, and that the following Letter be sent M r . 
Samuel Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital Viz' 

Boston, May 17. 1765 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

Cap'. William Moulton of the Brigg d . Rebecca 
Just arrived from Hyspaniola, having buried several of his People 
on the passage who died of a Distemper brought from that place 
supposed to be Infectious He [86.] is ordered down with his 
Vessel again, to Anchor as near Rainsfords Island as possible 
Our Orders are that you receive on Shore those that are sick, and 
suffer no one of them to leave the Hospital or any others the Vessel 
without express directions from us you must see that the Captain 
smoakes and cleanses his Vessel, and every thing liable to retain 
infection, and report to us from time to time your proceedings. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 18. 1765 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 
Cap'. Samuel Hooper Master of the Briggandine Phenix owned 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 155 

by Jeremiah Lee Esq. of Marblehead where she arrived from 
Turks Island, being sent to Rainsfords Island by Order of three of 
his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the County of Essex, the 
Small Pox having been among the Company, and five of the Peo- 
ple recovered, or on the recovery from [87.] Distemper the 
following Directions were given the Keeper of the Hospital 
Viz 1 

Boston May 18. 1765 

M r . Thomas Hartley 

The Briggandine Phenix owned by Jere- 
miah Lee Esq. of Marblehead, and commanded by Cap 4 . Samuel 
Hooper, having had the Small Pox on board has been sent by order 
of Authority to Rainsford Island Our directions to you are that 
you receive all or any of the People into the Hospital or Well 
House, and also take all the Cloths Beddings &c. and air and 
cleanse them, as well as the Vessel, You must not permit any of 
the People to leave your Island without our express leave, and 
Report to us the Circumstances of the Briggandine &c. as soon as 
may be 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

TheHon ble Thomas Flucker Esq. chosen a Selectman at the late 
Town Meeting, and sworn as the Law directs ; attended the ser- 
vice on Wednesday last at the Selectmens Chamber, when he ac- 
quainted the Selectmen that it had been observed to him by sev- 
eral of his Majestys Council with whom his Excellency agreed in 
Sentiment ; that it would be somewhat derogatory to the dignity of 
the Board, for one of its members to accept the Office of a Select- 
man unless he was complimented with the [88.] Chair, and took 
the Precedency by virtue of his Stattion as one of His majestys 
Council. At the same Time declaring that he never thought of 
this difficulty, and accepted of the Choice with the intention to 
take the lowest Seat at the Selectmens Board and therefore de- 
siring they would take the matter into Consideration 

The Select men having Considered on what was offered by M r . 
Flucker, are of Opinion that they could not with any propriety, or 
consistent with the honor of the Town or their own Credit consent 
to give M r . Flucker the proposed Precedency it being not only 
contrary to a precedent among the Selectmen, and others in the 
Courts of Justice, but to the Practise of the Overseers, an inferior 
Order to the Selectmen, among whom a number of Counsellors 
formerly, and one at this Time, have taken their Seats according 
to the Seniority of their Election 

M r . Flucker was this Day acquainted with the determination of 
the Selectmen ; when he reply'd that he declined serving in that 
Office though with regret, and desired that the Town might be 
notifyed thereof, that another might be chosen in his room. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK 12, 0. 



[1.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 20. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

Boston May 20. 1765 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Sir 

You having Reported to us that the 

Briggandine Phenix Samuel Hooper Master, which has been for 
some time detained at Rainsfords Island to prevent the spreading 
of the Small Pox with which she was infected, may be sufficiently 
air'd and cleansed by Wednesday We hereby Order you to 
wash with Vinegar, smoke and cleanse said Vessel once more, and 
then if you apprehend she is clear of all infection, you have our 
leave to let her depart the Island We need not hint to you that 
you must take care to get pay of said Master for cleansing the 
Vessels & to secure the Charge YOU have or may be at for the 
People 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 22 d . 1765. 
[2.] Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Boston, May 22 d . 1765 
M r . Thomas Hartley 

Sir 

You having Reported to us that the 
Briggandine Rebecca Cap*. William Moulton which has been for 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 157 

some Days detained at Rainsford Island has been aired and 
cleansed, and is now as you apprehend clear of any Infection ; We 
hereby give you liberty to let said Vessel depart the Island, you 
being first satisfied for the charge of cleansing &c. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

M r . Hartley having Eeported to the Selectmen that Cap*. 
Moultons Vessel is so well cleansed and air'cl as that she may be 
permitted to come up to Town, with safety to the Inhabitants 

Voted, that said Vessell be permitted to come up to Town and 
that a Certificate be given accordingly. 

[3.] M r . Edward Page appeared, and acquainted the Select 
men that his Brother William and himself, were desirous of giving 
up their Lease for the Wharff & Flatts hired of the Town and 
pray'd a Minute might be made of the same 

M r . Henshaw appointed and desired to order the Windows of 
Master Lovels House to be putty 'd, and such Repairs to the 
House as may be necessary. 

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, rateable at twenty Pounds Estate to a single Rate 
(beside the Poll) to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Monday the 
twenty seventh Day of May Current at ten O'Clock in the Fore- 
noon then & there to Choose a Selectmen in the room of the 
Hon ble . Thomas Flucker Esq. who has resigned ; and one Assessor 
in the place of M r . Thomas Foster who declines serving ; To con- 
sider the Votes relating to Collectors past last March Meeting, 
an 1 to choose Collectors, those who were then chose into that 
Office having declined that service [4.] And to act upon such 
other Matters, as may properly come before said Meeting. 

Voted, that Messrs. Thomas & John Fleets have the Printing 
of the Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 27. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Thomas Hartley having Reported to the Selectmen that 
M r . Osborna who came in Cap'. Moulton, and was sent down to 
the Hospital has been sufficiently air'd & cleansed and may leave 
the Island with safety to the Inhabitants. 

Voted, that liberty be granted him accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 28. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
[5.] John Hancock Esq. 

John Winslow Esq. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of Bread at the 
Rate of Four Shillings and Six Pence p. Bushel for Wheat, and 
Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb - oz - dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 9 - 4 

Wheaten 13-14 

Houshold 1-2-9 

Two Peny White Loaf 1-2-9 

Wheaten 1-11-13 

Houshold 2-5-1 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 5 - 3 - 7 

Houshold 6 - 15 - 4 

Twelve Peny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 6-13 

Houshold 13 - 14 - 7 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 2 - 2 - 1 

Bisket of a Copper price G - 2 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye 

Meal, must weigh 2 - 13 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 12 - 

According to Law, Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets ; and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall [6.] 
Be made for the drying of Bisket of different Grain and Propor- 
tions from the Assize must be Seized. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 31. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow Esq. 

Boston, May 31. 1765. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Alex- 
ander Phillips one of Cap'. Hoopers Seamen who has had the 
Small Pox is now sufficiently aired and cleansed, you have our 
liberty to let him leave the Island, taking his Chest and Clothes 
with him which as you say are well smoked Any thing belong- 
ing to the People which come in Captain Hooper, which you think 
sufficiently smoked & cleansed you may let go to those that own 
them. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse, was directed by 
two of the Selectmen, to receive into that House on the Province 
Charge one John Moses, a Stranger, who is not an Inhabitant 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 159 

of any Town in this Province, neither having wherewithall to sup- 
port himself. 

[7.] Application being made by the Bakers, for their alteration 
in the Assize of Bread as stated & set the 20' Instant The Select 
men took their Motion into Consideration and determined that 
there should be no alteration made. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The Selectmen passed upon Joseph Nowels Province Account 
amounting to Twenty eight Pounds nineteen Shillings and eight 
Pence d Copy whereof is on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 7. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
John "Winslow Esq. 

[8.] Whereas the Rails in the Common extending from the 
Almshouse Westward below M r . Hancocks House are out of re- 
pair. 

Voted, That M r . Hancock be desired to see said Rails repaired 
according to his Mind. 

M r . Joseph Bucknam having applied to the Select men for liberty 
to set up an Engine for the weighing of Hay, on the Towns Land 
near Olivers Dock they agreed to take a view of said Land this 
Day. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 7. 1765. P.M. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital on Rainsfords 
Island, having Reported to us, that James Lacky, Francis Gay 
and Thomas Phillips who came in Captain Hoopers Vessell which 
was infected with the Small Pox are now so well smoked & air'd, 
that they may leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants. 
Voted, that said People be permitted to leave [9.] The Hospi- 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

tal first satisfying M r . Hartley for their Board and other Charges 

And that Directions be given M r . Hartley accordingly 
Voted, that Mess ; Henshaw, Sewall & Austin be a Committee 

to draft a Petition to be presented to the General Court, praying 
that some relief may be afforded this Town under the Diiiicultys 
occasioned by the losses sustain'd by means of the Small Pox 
which passed through the Town the last Year it being agreeable 
to a vote passed at a late meeting that such a Petition be preferred. 

Voted, that the above Committee make a Representation to the 
General Court of the State of Deer Island Head. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft on the Town Treasury, 
for Twenty Pounds thirteen Shillings and six pence the next Draft 
Day. 

Voted, that Mess ; Henshaw, Sewall & Austin a Committee to 
draft a Law relative to Small Pox & c be desired to propose a 
motion that there may be an alteration made in the Act of the Pro- 
vince relative to Millers, agreeable to a Vote of the Town at their 
late Meeting. 

M r . Leach informs that he has taken into his House a Young 
Woman, who came from Littleton. 

[1O.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 11. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock, Esq. 
John Win slow Esq. 

Voted, That the Visitation of the Public Schools within this 
Town, pursuant to the Vote and Order of the Inhabitants, at their 
Annual Meeting in March last, be attended on Wednesday the 2(3 

of June Ins'. And that the following Gentlemen be desired to 
accompany the Selectmen in the said Visitation Viz' 

The Hon b:e . Thomas Hubbard 
The Hon ble . Thomas Flucker Esq. 
The Hon ble . James Bowdoin 
The Hon ble . William Brattle Esq. 

The Hon b!e . Nathaniel 

The Hon ble . Harrison Gray Esq. 
The Hon ble . Royal Tyler Esq. 
The Representatives of the Town 
The Overseers of the Poor. 
The Rev d . Joseph Sewall D.D. 
The Rev d . Charles Chauncey D.D. 
The Rev d . Jonathan Mayo D.D. 
[11.] The Rev d . M r . Samuel Checkley 

The Rev d . m r . Ebenezer Pemberton 
The Rev d . m r . Samuel Mather 
The Rev d . m r . Andrew Elliot 
The Rev d . m r . Mather Byles 
The Rev d . m r . Samuel Cooper 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 161 

The Rev d . m r . Samuel Checkley Esq. 

The Rev d . m r . Joseph Jackson 

Co". Saltonstall of New London 

Co u . Nathaniel Thwing 

James Pitts Esq. 

Capt. Patric. Tracy of Newbury 

John Tuder Esq. 

D r - Philip Godfrey Cast 

M r . Samuel Austin 

Elder Parkman 

Capt. Ichabod Jones 

M r . Alexander Hill 

M r . Frankland Williams 

Nicholas Boylston Esq. 

John Powell Esq. 

Deacon Jonathan Williams 

Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 

M r . Samuel Pemberton 

M r . Mansfield of Marblehead 

D r . Thomas Bulfinch 

D r - Nathaniel Perkins 

M r . William Vassall 

Capt. George Phillips 

M r . John Mico Wendell 

The Surveyor General 

M r . John SmiUe 

Peter Chardon Esq. 

Henry Lloyd Esq. 

James Beautineau Esq. 

M r . Edward Payne 

M r . Williston is directed to acquaint the several Gentlemen 
thereof accordingly. 

Voted, that a Dinner be provided at Faneuil Hall on the Day 
for visiting the Schools, as usual. 

Boston June 11. 1767 
Gentlemen 

T am directed by the Gentlemen the Selectmen to acquaint you, 
that they have fixed upon Wednesdaj', the 26'. of June Ins', for 
the Visitation of the public Schools, when they purpose to attend 
that service at the usual Hours 

Your Most Humble Serv*. 

WILLIAM COOPER 

M r . Williston was directed to call upon M r . Wiswell & M r . Lovel, 
the Masters of the two public Grammar Schools for the Names of 
the Fathers of those Children who are [13.] In their highest 
Forms, and will leave School this Season, that those Parents may 
be invited to attend the Visitation, and dine at Faneuil Hall on 
said Day. 

M r . Henshaw apply'd to the Selectmen in behalf of M r . Brim- 
mer, for two feet of Hog Alley, on the North East side, for which 
he is ready to give in to the Alley, two feet of Land on the South 
West side thereof. 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 12, 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
John Winslow Esq. 

Elizabeth Coburn acquaints the Selectmen that she has taken 
into her Family as a Boarder one Lewis Chaperon who came in 
Cap 1 . Jarvis from England. 

Upon Complaint made by M r . John Sweetser and Cap'. Ichabod 
Jones that the Alley named Elbow Alley has been trespassed 
upon, and the Passage interrupted by M r . Robert Treat and others 
the Selectmen agreed to go upon the Premisses, and make 
examination accordingly. 

[14.] The Selectmen agreeable to the request of M r . Jos. 
Bucknam, have agreed to pitch upon a spot of the Towns Land 
where upon he may erect his Engine for the weighing of Ilay, 
tomorrow 3. O'Clock P.M. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 13. 1765. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

The Selectmen this Day view'd the Towns Land near Olivers 
Dock, which m r . Buckman proposed for the place upon which to 
Erect his Engine for the weighing of Hay, when it appeared to 
them, it was not for the Interest of the Town to give in to his 
proposal. 

Voted, that Cap*. Ruddock and M r . Hancock be a Committee to 
put the North Battery and Wharff adjoining into proper Repair, 
confining the Expence to the Sum limitted by a Vote of the Town 
at their Annual Meeting in May last. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 18. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[15.] John Hancock Esq. 

The following is a Copy of an agreement respecting the Pump 
near Olivers Dock Viz' 

Boston June 10. 1765 
Gentlemen 

Provided you will order the Well now in the Street 
leading from Milk Street to Water Street, to be cleansed, and 
with the Pump repaired. We the subscribers do engage to keep 
said Pump in Repair for the use of the Neighbours, and the Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 163 

in general. Your complying with our request will oblige the part 
of the Town in which we live, and in particular 

Your humble Servants 

JOSEPH CALF 
WILLIAM HALL 
WILLIAM MNEAL 
JAMES DALTON 
To The Gentlemen Selectmen of Boston. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27. 1765. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

[16.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the rate of Four Shillings and eight Pence p. Bushel for 
Wheat, and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 4 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 9 - 

Wheaten 13 - 8 

Houshold 1-2 

Two Penny White Loaf 1 - 2 

Wheaten 1-11 

Houshold 2 - 4 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 5-1 

Houshold 6-11 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 10 - 2 

Houshold 13 - 8 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 3-1 

Bisket of a Copper Price - 6 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

J Rye Meal, must weigh 2 - 1 1 - 8 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian 3 - 10 - 

According to Law, Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall be 
made of different Grain and Proportions from the assize must be 
seized. 

Jonathan Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3 appeared [17.] 
And in behalf of his Company claimed the Premium allowed by 
the Town, for bringing their Engine to work first upon the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . Welchs House near M r< Mathers 
Church whereupon 

Voted, that a draft be made upon the Treasurer for thirteen 
Shillings, and four Pence, the sum allowed them by the Town for 
the service aforesaid. 



1P,4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July l gt . 

M r . Edward Round Owner of the Schooner Friendship John 
Stevens Master from Maryland, Reports That his Vessel left 
Potomock in Maryland about fourteen Days past that his Lad- 
ing consists of Corn Pork & Lumber, his People all well, neither 
have they anything with them liable to Infection whereupon 
the following was given him for his Excellency. 
May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Friendship John 

Stevens Master from Maryland has been stopt at Castle William 
on account of the Small Pox We have examined into the Cir- 
cumstances of said Vessel, and are of Opinion she may be per- 
mitted to come up to Town without any danger to the Inhabitants, 
if your Excellency thinks proper. 
[18.] Your Excellencys 

Most Obed'. Hum Servants 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
JOHN HANCOCK 

Selectmen of Boston. 
To, 

His excellent Francis Bernard Esq. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by 
two of the Selectmen, viz'. Joshua Henshaw and Joseph Jackson 
Esq. to receive into said House on the Province Charge, Paul 
Bejean a French, Neutral, who had been placed at Philadelphia, 
but came here from Hyspaniola, he being sick, and not having 
where with all to subsist himself. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse, was directed by 
two of the Selectmen, (viz 1 .) M r . Austin and M r . Hancock, to 
receive into that House on the Province Charge, John Fabre a 
blind Frenchman, and his Wife Margaret they being Strangers, 
and not Inhabitants of any Town in this Province nor having 
where with all to subsist themselves M r . Tyler one of the Over- 
seers of the Poor signed said Order. 

[19.] The following is a true Copy of what is entred in their 

Rough Minute Book 

Boston July 3 d . 1765 

We the Subscribers chosen into the Office of Sealers of Leather, 
hereby acknowledge to have received of the Selectmen of Bos- 
ton, two setts of Hammers each, which we promise to deliver up 
as soon as our Office expires 

Mem , the Hammers are numbred, one Hammer being for Sole 
and one for upper Leather. 

William Scott 2 Hammers N. 1 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1765. 165 

Samuel Bangs 2 ditto 2 

William Andrews 2 ditto 3 

Ebenez'. Mackintosh - - 2 ditto 4 

Isaac Bird 2 ditto 5 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 8. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
Jonn Winslow Esq. 

Cap'. William Dunlop of Sloop Baltimore Town, from Baltimore 
Town in Maryland, stopt at Castle William on account of the 
Small Pox being in said place, attended & Reports That he left 
that place the 17'. of June last [2O.] that his People are all well 
on board, some of them have not had the Small Pox, and no one 
of them went in the way of the Distemper while at Maryland 
That his Cargo consists wholly of Tarr, Pork, Bread, Flour and 
Iron whereupon, 

Voted, that the following Certificate be given him for the Gov- 
ernor. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Sloop Baltimore Town, 

William Dunlop Master, from Maryland has been stopt at Castle 
William as a precaution against Infectious Distempers. We have 
examined into the Circumstances of said Vessel, and are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without danger 
to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellency 
Most Obed'. Hum. Serv' 8 . 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston, July 8. 1765 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

Cap'. Georges Bridges of Sloop Polly from Oxford in Maryland, 
stopt at Castle William on account of the Small Pox being in that 
place, attended & Reports That he left Oxford the 21 st . of June 
last, has had no sickness on board his Vessell, nor has his People 
been in the way of Infection. [21] His Cargo consists of Corn 
Flour and Bread whereupon 

Voted, that said Vessel may be permitted to come up to Town, 

and the following Certificate given the Governor 

May it please your Excellency 

The Sloop Polly from Oxford in Maryland has been a stopt at 
Castle William on account of the Small Pox which has prevail'd 
in that Country ; we have examined into the Circumstances of 
said Vessel and are of Opinion she might be permitted to come 



166 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

up to Town without danger to the Inhabitants if your Excellency 
thinks proper 

We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient Hum. Serv 1 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN WINSLOW 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston July 8. 1765 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 10. 1765. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

[22.] M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was 
directed by two of the Selectmen Viz 1 . Joseph Jackson and 
Samuel Sewall Esq., to receive into that House on the Province 
Account Elizabeth Hutenot a Child of Elizabeth Hutenot, not 
being old enough to support itself at service, and the mother not 
being an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province and but Just 
able to support herself. 

John Piemont attended & acquainted the Selectmen that he 
had received into his House as a Boarder one Peter Congenie from 
Philadelphia, who expects a Wife and Child to follow him said 
Congenie was this Day warned out of Town according to Law by 
M r . Sweetser. 

M r . John Singleton Coply having apply'd to the Selectmen 
for liberty to put down Posts before his Fence at his House in 
New Boston Liberty was granted him there for upon Condition 
that he does not go beyond two feet & a half from the Fence, and 
makes good the Pavement soon after. 

M". Mercy Riply Wife of Cap'. Ryly or Riply was sent for by 
the Selectmen upon a complaint, that a Servant Girl of hers 
about ten years of Age named Catharine Murphy, was suffered to 
be running about the Streets Night & Day, with Boys following 
and abusing her She attended accordingly and being discoursed 
by the Selectmen, she agreed to [23.] Give up the Girl's Inden- 
tures, declaring at the same Time that she would not upon any 
account take her into her House again, unless obliged to do it 
M re . Ripley then delivered up said Indentures, which is put on 
the Selectmens file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 15. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 167 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

Cap 1 . Fortesque Vernon Owner of the Schooner Britania William 
Vernon Master from Barbadoes stopt at Castle William on Ac- 
count of the Small Pox which has been rife there, attended 
and Reports that no Person on board said Vessell is or has been 
sick, and that they have not been in any place where that Distem- 
per prevails, neither has he anything on board liable to convey 
Infection, his lading consisting of Rum and Sugar whereupon 
Voted, that said Vessel be permitted to come up the Town, 
and the following Certificate given the Governor 

Boston July 15. 1765. 
May it please your ExcelP. 

The Schooner Britania William [24.] 

Vernon Master from Barbadoes has been stopt at Castle William 
on account of the Small Pox which has prevail'd at the place ; we 
have examined into the Circumstances of said Vessell, and are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without danger 
to the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper 
We are 

Your ExcelF. 

Most Obed 1 . Hum. 

Servants 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
JOHN WINSLOW 

Selectmen of Boston 
His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

Cap*. Thatcher Rich of Schooner Unity arrived here last May 
from North Carolina, and brought in his Vessel a sick man, who 
is like to become a public Charge said Rich being now abroad 
his Owner M r . Webb was sent for, when he assured the Selectmen 
that he would order them to wait upom them, as soon as he arrived. 
M r . Henshaw appointed to enquire into the Circumstances of a 
Stranger who lodges at M rs . Mackeens South end, said to be sick, 
and not having wherewithall to support himself. 

[25.] Capt. Ruddock appointed to order the necessary Re- 
pairs ; for the North Lattin School, and M r . Hancock to agree for 
a Stov for M r . Lovels School. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 17. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . Obediah Curtis Master of Engine N. 8. attended and pro- 
posed Thorn 8 . Noland to the Selectmen as a suitable Person for 
an Engine Man in his Company, who was approved accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 21. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

M r . Henshaw and M r . Ruddock are appointed to [26.] Appear 
for the Town in the dispute with the Selectmen of "Watertown, 
relative to Sarah Larnard ; when the several Affidavits were de- 
livered the Chairman. 

A Dispute having arisen between M r . Atherton Hough and M r . 
Benjamin Salsbry relating to the Line or Bounds of their Land 
near Mackrel Street Boston. 

Mess". Sampson Salter, William Torrey & John Leach of Bos- 
ton, were appointed to settle and adjust the Lines between them 
and a Warrant was issued of the following form. 

Boston, July 25. 1765 

To Mess. Sampson Salter, William Torrey and John Leech all 
of Boston. 

Whereas a difference has arose between M r . William Hough and 
M r . Benjamin Salsbry relating to the Line or Bounds of their Land 
near Mackrel Lane in Boston made void by the Fire that happened 
on the 20'. of March 1760 

Pursuant therefor to a Law of this Province, These are to desire 
and impower you the said Sampson Salter, William Torrey and 
John Leach to go upon the Premisses, view the same hear the 
Partys contending, and Adjust settle and lay out the Line between 
them, as to you shall appear equitable. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

Selectmen of Boston. 

[27.] M r . John Hunt of Boston informs that he has let a 
House near Dock Square to John Lucas who has a Wife and 
several Children they have not been long in Town came last 
from Plymouth, but had before that lived in Connecticut. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen. July 29. 1765. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

M r . John Winslow 
Ordered, that the Assize of Bread to be posted up by the Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 169 

Clerk, be at the rate of Four Shillings and ten Pence p. Bushel 
for Wheat, and Six Pence p. Bushel is allow'd to the Bakers for 
their Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Peny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1 - 1-6 

Two Peny White Loaf 1 - 1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2 - 2-12 

Six Peny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14-3 

Houshold 6 - 8-4 

[28.] Twelve Peny Wheateii Loaf 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13 - 0-8 

Four Peny Brick Loaf 1 - 15-12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5-12 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

Kye Meal must weigh 2 - 10 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 8 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be 
made of different Grain & Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 

M r . Sewall is added to the Committee to attend the Action of 
Leland & c . 

Mess". Clement Collins and John Webb appeared and acquainted 
the Selectmen that a misunderstanding was subsisting between 
them relative to the Line or Bounds of their Land in Fish Street 
Boston Mess rs . Nathaniel Greenwood and William Whitwell, & 
Benjamin Andrews of Boston were by the consent of the Party s 
appointed to settle and adjust the Line between them, and a War- 
rant was issued of the following form. 

To Mess". Nathaniel Greenwood, William Whitwell and Benja- 
min Andrews Esq. all of Boston 

Whereas a difference has arose between Mess. Clement [29.] 
Collings and John Webb, relating to the Line or Bounds of their 
Land in and near Fish Street Boston Pursuant therefore to the 
Power vested in us by Law, these are to desire and impower you 
the said Nathaniel Greenwood, William Whitwell and Benjamin 
Andrews to go upon the Premisses view the same, hear the Partys 
contending, and Adjust settle and lay out the Line between them 
as to you shall appear equitable. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
JOHN WINSLOW 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Voted, that M r . Timothy Thornton have a draft on the Treas- 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

urer next Draft Day for Twenty Pounds lawful Money, on part of 
paving work done for the Town. 

M r . John Welch acquaints the Selectmen that he has taken 
into his House as a Tenant one Bryant a Stranger who came 
last from Philadelphia, the House he has hired is situated at New 
Boston near M r . Jacksons Distill House. 

The following return of the Number of Houses, [3O.] People 
& c . was given in to Governor Bernard, May the 16'. 
Houses - --- 1676 

Families - - - - 2069 

White People above Sixteen - - - f Males 2941 

{ Females 3612 
" " under Sixteen f Males 4109 

{ Females 4010 
Negroes and Molattoes ----- j Males 510 

(Females 301 
Indians ---------- Males 21 

Females 16 



15520 
Boston May 16. 1765 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
NATHANIEL THWING 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston for 1 764. 

The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons Licensed the last 
Year to sell Strong Drinks both as Inholders and Retailers within 
this Town, a return thereon has been given in to the Court of Sessions 
And this Day they have also passed upon the [31.] Petition 
for License for the Year ensuing, and the following Persons only 
were approved and recommended Viz'. 

Inholders 

Stephen Greenleaff - - - - At his House near Haymarket. 
Francis Warden ----- Ditto - - in Bromfield Lane. 
Isaac Ridgway ----- Ditto - - near the Market. 

Retailers 

Benjamin Page At his House near Tylers Ship- 
Yard. 

Joshua Kent Ditto - - - in Sudbury Street. 

William Edes ----- Ditto - - - near Golden Ball. 
Joseph Coolidge - - - - Ditto - - - in Fish Street. 
William Freeland - - - - Ditto - - near Hancock Wharff. 
James Joseph Wheeler - - Ditto - - on the Neck. 
Story Dawes ----- Ditto - - in Sudbury Street. 

Richard Tripe Ditto - - near Draw Bridge. 

Ephraim Turner - - - - Ditto - - in Tremont Street. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 2 d , 1765. 

Present 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 171 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

John Winslow 

[32.] Cap'. Samuel Payne of Sloop Hanger from Maryland 
attended and Reports That he left Maryland this Day three 
Weeks - his Cargo consists of Corn and Lumber, his People all 
well on board, and have not been in the way of Infection 
whereupon 

Voted, that said Vessel may be permitted to come to Town, and 
that a Certificate be given for the Governor of the same tenor of 
the last 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 3 d , 1765. 

Present 

Benjamin Austin Esq 
Samuel Sewall Esq 
John Hancock Esq 

Cap'. Gustavous Fellows of Schooner Two Friends from Mary- 
land, attended and Reports That he left that about seventeen 
Days ago ; his Cargo consists of Wheat Corn and Staves his 
People are well on board, and have not been in the way of Infec- 
tion whereupon 

Voted, that said Vessel may be permitted to come up to Town, 
and that a Certificate be given the Governor accordingly 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 7. 1765. 

Present 

[33.] Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

Cap'. Watts came to the Selectmens Chamber and acquainted 
them that the Ways at Winnisimet Ferry were so broken and 
damaged as to require immediate Repairs, which he pray'd might 
be ordered accordingly. 

M r . Sewall is desired to order the necessary Repairs for the En- 
gine House near D r . Sewalls Church. 

M r . William Johnson apply'd to the Select men for their license 
to carry on a course of Experiments in Natural Philosophy, called 
Electricity, he expects to be accommodated with the use of Con- 
cert Hall for said purpose provided he has the Countenance of the 
Selectmen said Johnson who come here from Philadelphia 
appearing upon enquiry and conversation a Gentlemen of good 
Character and behavior 

Voted, that he have liberty to carry on his Experiments in the 
Electrical Way, as pray'd for by him. 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

[34.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 17. 1765. 
Present 

Upon Account of some Commotions in the Town it was thought 
necessary the better to preserve order in the Night, by enabling 
the Town Watch to make greater Exertions that ten Men be added 
to their present Number, which was accordingly done but as the 
quiet of the Town seems now to be restored, and the Selectmen 
apprehend, the Inhabitants may be eased of this burden it was 
Voted, that those additional Men be dismissed from the Watch, and 
that the Town Clerk give each of them a Draft on the Treasurer 
for their pay at the rate of Two Shillings and eight Pence p. Night. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 20. 1765. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

The Sloop Virginia Cap*. William Beck from Maryland, having 
been stopt at Castle William, as a precaution against the spread 
of Infectious Distempers in this Town we examined into the 
Circumstances of said Vessel, and finding there is no danger 
Voted, that she be permitted to come up to Town, and a Letter 
wrote to the Governor accordingly. 

[35.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug*. 21. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by 
two of the Selectmen. (Viz'.) Joshua Henshaw & Samuel Sewall 
Esq. to receive on the Province Account John Higgins a Son of 
Elenor Higgins a Stranger, who is not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province, and has not wherewithall to support him. 

Upon Application made Voted that M r . Sewall be desired 
to deliver to the Overseers of the Poor, Six of the Town Ladders ; 
for the use of the Almshouse, Work house and Granary, the same 
to be taken from M r . Thayer the Carpenters Yard. 

The Selectmen upon reading, an Advertisement in the Thursdays 
News Paper, that one Richard Venables had opened a Dancing 
School at the Green Dragon Tavern, directed M r . Williston to re- 
quire his attendance at their Chamber he attended accordingly 
and was informed by the Selectmen [36.] That they should not 
permit his keeping such a School in this Town. 

Coll . Jackson and M r . Austin are added to the Committee 
appointed to examine D r . Church's Accounts 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 25, 1765. 

Present 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 173 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing to be held at Faneuil Hall on Thursday the 29*. Instant, at 3 
O'Clock P. M. 

Voted, that Mess. Edes and Gill have the printing of the Noti 
fications for the ensuing Town Meeting 

M r . John Procter Master of the Free Writing School in Queen 
Street having apply'd to the Selectmen for a number of Ink Glasses 
to be fixed in the Forms he was desired to procure the same as 
soon as may be 

[37.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize of 
Bread at the Rate of Four Shillings and ten Pence p. Bushel for 
Wheat, and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. 07. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 8-11 

Wheaten 13 - 

Houshold 1-1-6 

Two Penny White Loaf 1 - 1-6 

Wheaten 1 - 10 - 1 

Houshold 2- 2-12 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 14 - 3 

Houshold 6-8-4 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loat 9 - 12 - 6 

Houshold 13 - - 8 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 15 - 12 

Bisket of a Copper price - 5-12 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 

^ Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 10 - 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian 3 - 8 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be made 
of different Grain and proportions from y e assize must be seized. 

[38.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Ang' 26. 1765. 

The Selectmen having considered their Vote of Yesterday for 
the Calling of a Town Meeting on the 29* Instant it was Voted, 
that the Town Clerk be directed not to issue a Warrant for said 
meeting untill further orders be given him respecting the same. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 28. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 



1"4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Win slow 

M r . Reed & M r . Putnam Masters of two of the Engine Companys, 
attended with their People by desire of the Selectmen, at the 
Town House the last Night, to be ready if occasion should offer 
to assist the Civil Magistrates in their endeavors to preserve the 
peace of the Town. 

And this Night M r . Sutton & Curtis, attend with their several 
Companys by desire of the Select men. 

[39.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septemb r 2 d . 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
John Winslow 

Application having been made to the Selectmen by the Officers 
of the Artillery Company, for the use of Faneuil Hall this Evening 
Liberty was accordingly granted them. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a Draft on the Treasurer 
for Twenty five Pounds lawful Mony the next Draft Day, in part 
of what is due to him for his services in that office. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r 4. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Joseph Payson appeared, and engaged with y e [4O.] Select 
men to lay the best of gravel upon Boston Neck, and spread the 
same at the rate of One Shilling and four pence lawful Money p. 
Load. 

Voted, that Coll . Henshaw be desired to order such a quantity 
of Gravel to be laid on the Neck as he shall think proper. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by 
two of the Selectmen Viz'. Coll . Henshaw and M r . Hancock to 
receive on the Province Account Lawrence Cooper, a sick 
Stranger, who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, 
and has not wherewithall to subsist himself. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 8. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 175 

John Hancock Esq. 
John Winslow 

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

In His Majestys Name requiring them forthwith [4-1.] To 
warn all the Freeholders, and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston duly qualified, rateable at Twenty Pounds Estate to a 
single Rate (besides the Poll) to Convene at Faneuil Hall on 
Thursday the twelfth day of September Instant at 3. O'Clock in 
the Afternoon then and there agreeable to the request of a 
Number of the principal Inhabitants to confer upon such meas- 
ures, as shall appear to them necessary to be taken in consequence 
of the Stamp Act, and other matters of grievance, and to deter- 
mine whether Instructions shall be given their Representatives in 
General Assembly for their Conduct at this very alarming Crisis 
Also to consider the Petition of Cap'. Onesiphorus Tileston and 
others Tradesmen employ'd in repairing Faneuil Hall, praying 
that the Town would grant them some relief on account of the 
length of Time, they have already and are still like to be out of 
the Money due to them ; and to act upon such other Matters as 
may properly come before said Meeting. 

Voted, that Mess". Edes and Gill have the printing of the Noti- 
fications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 11, 1765. 

Cap 4 . Anthony Thatcher of Schooner Three Friends from Non- 
tacook in Maryland Reports [4^.] That he left that place 
about a Month past, that his Cargo consists of Grain Iron and 
Stoves, his People all well on board, and have nothing with them 
that has been in the way of Infection whereupon 

Voted, that the Schooner be permitted to come up to Town, 
and a Certificate given the Governor accordingly. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Selectmen to 
receive into the Alms house, to be supported there at the Charge of 
the Province, James Perrin a lame Man his Wife and one Child, they 
being Strangers and not having wherewith to subsist themselves. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, Septem r . 13, 1765. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Selectmen, to 
receive into the Alms house to be supported there at the Charge 
of the Province, William Hutson a Stranger who is not an Inhab- 
itant of any Town in this Province is sick, and has not wherewith- 
all to subsist himself 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem 1 . 18. 1765. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 
[4:3.] John Hancock Esq. 

M r . John Winslow 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Upon Representation made to the Selectmen, the following 

"Warrant was issued 

, Boston September 18. 1765 

To Mess. Sampson Salter, William Torrey, & John Leach all 

of Boston 

Whereas a difference has arose between M r . Autherton Hough, 
M r . Benjamin Salsbry, and John Borland Esq. relating to the 
Line or Bounds of their Land near Mackerel Lane in Boston, 
made void by the Fire that happened on the 20' of March 1760 

Pursuant therefore to a Law of this Province these are to desire 
and impower you the said Sampson Salter, William Torrey and 
John 'Leach to go upon the Premises, view the same hear the 
Party s contending, and Adjust settle and lay out the Line between 
them as to you shall appear equitable 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
JOHN WINSLOW 

Selectmen of Boston 

John Thompson Tobacconist, who lives opposite to [44.] 
Cap*. Carys House, informs the Selectmen, that he had received 
into bis Family about Four months since Elizabeth Campbell, who 
had before lived at Point Shirley. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 21. 1765 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

Cap*. Gee Hodgkins of Sloop Hampton from Maryland at- 
tended, and Reports that he left said Place about three Weeks 
past, his People all well on board has not been in the way of 
the Small Pox, and his Cargo consists of Corn, Staves &c. 

Whereupon it was Voted that the above Vessel stopt at Castle 
William as a precaution against infectious Distempers, be per- 
mitted to come up to Town, and that a Certificate be given the 
Governor accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 25. 1765 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
[45.] M r . John Winslow 

The Selectmen having received a Precept from the Honourable 
Samuel White Esq. Speaker of the Honourable the House of Rep- 
resentatives, bearing date the 25' Day of September Instant for 
choosing a Representative for the remaining part of the Year in 
the room of Oxenbridge Thatcher P^sq. lately deceased. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 177 

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

In His Majestys Name requiring them forthwith to Warn all 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 
(within your respective Precincts) that have an Estate of Forty 
Shillings, 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 Faneuil Hall on Fryday the 
twenty seveuth Day of Septem r . Current at 10. O'Clock in the 
Forenoon, then and there to Elect and Depute one Person (being a 
Freeholder and resident in the Town) to serve for and Represent 
them at the Great and General Court in their present Sessions in 
Boston, and so for the remaining part of the year in the room of 
Oxenbridge Thatcher Esq. lately deceased, according to a Precept 
under the Hand and Seal of the Honourable Samuel White Esq. 
Speaker of the Honourable the House [46.] of Representa- 
tives, bearing date the twenty fifth Day of September Instant 

NB. The Poll for the choice of a Representative will be closed 
at Twelve o'Clock, and a strict Scrutiny made as to the Qualifica- 
tions of Voters. 

Voted, that the Rev d . M r . Samuel Checkley be desired to open 
the Town Meeting on Fryday next with Prayer, and that M r . 
Austin and M r . Winslow be desired to wait upon him and acquaint 
him thereof. 

Voted, that Mess". Thomas and John Fleet have the printing of 
the Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Procter, Keeper of the Alms house 
his Province Accounts amounting to 246-1 o-5f and !8-8-2-|. 
Copys whereof are on File. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r , 30. 1765. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Winslow 

[47.] 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 Six 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 7- 14 

Wheaten 11 - 13 

Houshold 15-12 

Two Penny White Loaf 15-12 

Wheaten 1 - 7-10 

Houshold 1 - 15 - 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 6-14 

Houshold 6 - 10 - 5 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 13 - 12 

Houshold 13 - 4-10 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 12 - 8 

Bisket of a Copper price 5 - 4 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

\ Rye meal must weigh 2 - 9 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 7 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall be 
made of different Grain and Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 

[48.] M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Select 
men to receive into the Almshouse to be supported there at the 
charge of the Province, John Newman a Stranger who is not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, and has not where withall 
to subsist himself. 

Passed upon Thomas Willistons Province Account amounting 
to Three Pounds eight Shillings and four Pence lawful money, 
Copy of which is on file. 

Passed upon Mess rs . Box & Austins Province Acco'. in which are 
included Daniel Southers & Palfrey & Burroughs Accounts, the 
whole amounting to Twenty four Pounds, five Shillings lawful 
Money as p. Account of Particulars on file. 

Passed upon Daniel Mackeens Province Account amounting to 
Eight Pounds eighteen Shillings lawful Money, Copy whereof is on 
file. 

Passed upon Dingly Wings Province Account amounting to Two 
Pounds sixteen Shillings and six pence four fifths, Copy whereof 
is on file 

[49.] Passed upon John Scollay Esq. Province Account 
amounting to Ten Pounds nineteen Shillings and ten pence half 
Penny, lawful Money Copy whereof is on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 9. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

The Selectmen have agreed to visit Deer Island on Tuesday 
next. 

Passed upon Thomas Palphry & Companys Province Accounts 
amounting to the sum of One pound nineteen Shillings lawful 
Money, and is for sundrys delivered Thomas Hartley December 8, 
1759, : as p. Copy of the same on file. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen. October 10- 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
[5O.] John Ruddock Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 179 

John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

Whereas this Year is the Time appointed by Law for Perambu- 
lating the Bounds betwixt Town and Town It was therefore 
Agreed upon and ordered by the Selectmen that Tuesday the 15'. 
of this Instant October 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 Selectmen Viz'. Joshua Henshaw 
Joseph Jackson, Benjamin Austin, Samuel Sewall, John Ruddock, 
John Hancock Esq. and M r . John Winslow or any two of them be 
a Committee for and in behalf of the Town of Boston, fully Author- 
ized and impowered to Join with such Persons as the Selectmen 
of Roxbury 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 Cap'. Gideon Gardner who keeps 
the George Tavern on Boston Neck, at 10. OClockinthe Forenoon 
of said Day, in order to attend the said Business ; And the Town 
Clerk is hereby directed to give seasonable notice by a Letter to 
the Selectmen of Roxbury of this Appointment, desiring them to 
appoint and impower a Committee in behalf of the Town of Rox- 
bury to Join with us in that service accordingly ; but if the Weather 
should prove wet and unsuitable for the performance of said work 
[51.] On the Day above mentioned, then the same to be attended 
and performed on the Thursday following (Viz') on Thursday the 
seventeenth of October Current at the said place at Ten O'Clock 
in the Forenoon. 

Copy of the Letter to the Selectmen of Roxbury, as follows 
viz' 

Boston October 10 1 , 1765 

The Selectmen of Boston 

to The Selectmen of Roxbury. 
Gentlemen 

These are to Notify you that this Year is the Time wherein ac- 
cording to Law, you are required to run the Boundary Line betwixt 
this Town and the Town of Roxbury. 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 . Gideon Gardner who keeps the George Tavern 
on Boston Neck, on Tuesday the 15. of this Instant October at 
10. OClock in the Forenoon The Persons appointed in behalf 
of this Town are, the Selectmen viz'. Joshua Henshaw, Joseph 
Jackson, Benjamin Austin, Samuel Sewall, John Ruddock, John 
Hancock Esq. and M r . John Winslow, and they or any two of 
them are impowered 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 15. Day of October Ins', should prove 
wet & unsuitable [52.] For the performance of this work then 
we do propose and appoint to attend the same on the Thursday 
following viz'. On Thursday the 1 7'. of this Ins'. October to 
meet at the said Place at 10. OClock Before Noon 
By orde* of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 11. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

John Winslow 

D% Cast attended and acquainted the Selectmen that George 
Lewis, Mate of Schooner Dolphin Isaac Smith Master from Phila- 
delphia, who lodges at a House of M r . Hills in Board Alley against 
the New North Meeting House is taken down therewith the Small 
Pox whereupon Cap'. Smith was sent for, who accordingly ap- 
peared, and Reported, That he left Philadelphia this Day fortnight, 
and arrived here last Tuesday That his People were all well when 
they came in, and no one of them had any suspicion of their hav- 
ing taken the Small Pox, as that Distemper was not rife in the 
City of Philadelphia when they lay there That the [53.] only 
Persons who came in him, and were liable to receive the Infection 
are two Lads under his care and that his Cargo consists of 
Flour, Bar Iron and a few Casks of Linseed Oyle. 

The Select men upon this information desired D r . Cast who at- 
tends the Sick Man, to direct M r . Williston in the removal of him 
to New Boston, he having consented therto At the same Time 
directions were given Cap'. Smith relative to the removal of the 
Bedding & c . in his Vessel to a place of safety. 

M r . Nathaniel Glover appear'd and informed the Selectmen, 
that he had taken into his Family as a maid Servant, Elenor White, 
who came from Pownalburrough. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 24 1 . 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow Esq. 

M r . Williston having Reported that George Lewis died of the 
Small Pox at the Hospital at New Boston on the seventeenth In- 
stant Directions were given relative to his burial [54.] And 
M r . Williston was also ordered to take in the Flagg which had been 
put out as a signal of Infection, the House being now sufficiently 
smoked and cleansed. 

M r . Adams Clerk of the Market was directed by the Selectmen 
to bring in his Account in order for a Settlement. 

Coll . Henshaw, M r . Winslow and M r . Sewall appointed a Com- 
mittee to Settle with Mess. Lillie and Hews, and take into their 
possession on behalf of the Town, some Lands near the South Mar- 
ket, their Lease for the same beiqg now expired. 

The Select men of Boston in concert with the Selectmen of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G5. 181 

Roxbury attended the Perambulation betwixt the Two Towns on 
the 15 of October Ins*. 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 Antient Bound 
Marks, between the Town of Boston and the Town of Roxbury 
beginning at the Mouth of the Creek which opens into the Bay 
leading to Cambridge ; and so goes as the Creek runs untill it 
comes in a range with the Fence and. Trees which parts between 
John Richardson Esq r . late his Land formerly M r . Nathaniel Brew- 
ers, and Samuel Wells Esq. Land formerly called M r . Minots, then 
across the Street or High Way untill it comes to a large Stone 
standing [55.] End w;iy in the Fence, and from thence to a 
Stump with a heap of Stones about Eighty feet from the High 
Way, and from thence strait to a little Knob on the edge of the 
Creek a Corner of the Bounds where stands a Stake marked B. on 
the Easterly side and R. on the Westerly side ; and from thence 
Eastwardly as the Creek runs untill it comes to a small Stake 
marked B. on the one side and R on the other in Coll . Lambs 
Dam and from thence as the Creek runs into the Bay between 
Boston and Dorchester. 

Dated the fifteenth Day of October A.D. 1765 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEW ALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
JOHN WINSLOW 

Selectmen of Boston ' 
EBENEZER NEWELL 
JOHN DAVIS 
SAMUEL SUMNER 
ELEAZER WELD 
AARON DAVIS 

Selectmen of Roxbury 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 26. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

[56.] M r . Samuel Ruggles chosen one of the Collectors of 
Taxes for the Year 1765 attended, and proposed M r . Samuel 
Ruggles Housewright and M r . Robert Pierpoint Gentleman, as his 
Bondsmen for the faithful discharge of his trust, who were ap- 
proved of by the Selectmen ; and the Town Clerk is directed to 
prepare the Bonds accordingly- 

M r . Sampson Salter chosen one of the Collectors of Taxes for 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

the Year 1765 attended and proposed, Mess". John Salter and 
Daniel Rea as Ms Bondsmen for the faithful discharge, of his trust, 
who were approved of by the Selectmen and the Town Clerk is 
directed to prepare the Bonds accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, October 28. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
MI. John Winslow 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Selectmen, to 
receive into the Almshouse to be supported there at the Charge of 
the Province John Whelan a Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of 
any Town in this Province and has not wherewithall to subsist 
himself. 

[57.] 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 Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 4 

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 

Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye 

Meal must weigh 2 - 9 - 

A 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian 3 - 7 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Bisket, and such Bread as is not well baked, or that shall be made 
of different Grain & Proportions from the Assize must be seized. 

[58.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 30. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Edward Hollyday chosen one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
the year 1765 attended, and proposed Isaac Winslow of Roxbury 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 183 

Esq. and Henry Allyne of Boston Not Pub c . as his Bondsmen for 
the faithful discharge of his trust, who were approved of by the 
Selectmen, and the Town Clerk is directed to prepare the Bonds 
accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 31. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

The Town Clerk is directed to acquaint the Masters of the public 
Schools in this Town, that it is the desire of the Select men, that 
they keep their several Schools on the fifth Day of November 
next. 

[59.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Novem r . 1. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Selectmen, 
viz*. .Joseph Jackson Esq. & Samuel Sewall Esq. to receive into 
the Almshouse to be supported there at the Charge of the Province 
Mary Montgomery and her Child, being Strangers and not Inhabi- 
tants of any Town in this Province nor having where withall to 
subsist themselves. 

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 quali- 
fied as the Law directs to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Satturday 
the Second of November Instant, at Nine O. Clock, Before Noon 
then and there to consider of the Petition of a Number of the In- 
habitants, that measures may be taken to prevent the Disorders 
that sometimes happen at this Season of the Year. 

i [6O.] At a Meeting of the Select men, Nov r . 6. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
. Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Mrs. Moore presented her Petition to the Selectmen for their 
approbation of her as an Inholder at her House the South part of 
Boston, which had been a Licensed House for some Years past, and 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

the same having been considered Voted, that she be approbated 
accordingly. 

M r . John Mulloy presented his Petition to the Selectmen for 
their approbation of him as a Retailer at the House on the Neck 
over against the George Tavern, and the same having been con- 
sidered Voted that he be approbated accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 8. 1765. 

Present 

M r . S. Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Elsq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

[61.] M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Select- 
men, viz'. Joshua Henshaw and Benjamin Austin Esqrs. to receive 
into the Almshouse to be supported there at the Charge of the 
Province Jane M c Cloud a Soldiers Wife late of Coll . Fraziers 
Regiment, she being a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province, also infirm and not having where withall to sup- 
port herself. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 8. 1765. P.M. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

Nathaniel Shiverick, Master of Sloop Lovely from Hallifax, 
having brought in said Vessel to this Town John Donevan a Dis- 
banded Soldier his Wife & one Child, without Reporting said Pas- 
sengers to the Impost Master as by Law, enjoined, was ordered to 
attend the Selectmen, but refused so doing whereupon, it was 
Voted, that complaint be made of this Conduct to M r . Justice 
Dana, in order to his being proceeded with according to Law for 
his said offence 

[62.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 11. 1765 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . M c Night apply'd to the Selectmen in behalf of M r . Secretary 
Oliver, for liberty to open a private Drain at a House of his near 
the Corn fields whereupon Voted that liberty be accordingly 
granted provided the Pavement is restored, and Ground made 
good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M r . Alexander Hodgden came to the Selectmens Chamber and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 185 

informed them that John Waters, who came Passenger in Cap'. 
Abel Badger from Philadelphia who arriv'd here last Tuesday, 
was taken down with the Small Pox the last Evening at Cap'. 
Waters's House, which is adjoining M r . Ballards. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 11. 1765. P.M. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

The Selectmen went to Cap 4 . Waters's House, in order [63.] 
To prevail with the Person sick of the Small Pox to consent to his 
being removed to the Hospital that Evening but he absolutely 
declined going at that Tune. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem*. 12. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Dr. Peck attended and informed the Selectmen that a Person 
who came in Capt. Timothy Parker from Philadelphia and bords 
with M r . Lobden on Minots T. is broke out with the Small Pox 
whereupon Cap 1 . Parker was sent for and being examined declared 
That he left Philadelphia in the Sloop Three Friends, the 31. of 
October last, with Six People besides himself, and arrived here 
last Satturday, all then well on board, but liable except himself to 
receive the Small Pox, who were therefore all detain'd on board 
the Vessell excepting the Person sick at M r . Lobdens that 
his Cargo consists of Flour Iron and Bran, and has nothing on 
board which was taken in at Philadelphia liable to convey Infec- 
tion. 

M r . John Waters sick of the Small Pox at Cap 1 . Waters House 
North End having consented to his being removed [64.] This 
Evening to the Hospital at New Boston he was accordingly re- 
moved. And the Person sick of the same Distemper at M r . Lobdens 
on Minots T. consenting also to his being removed to the same 
place M r . Williston was directed to see it done at an hour when 
few People are abroad. 

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 qualified as 
the Law directs to convene atFaneuil Hall on Fryday the fifteenth 
Day of November Current at 3. O'Clock in the Afternoon, then 
and there to determine whether they will choose two Collectors of 
Taxes for the present Year in the room of Mess". Edward Church 
and Benjamin Edes who were chose in May and June last but 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

refuse to serve ; And to act upon such other Matters as may prop- 
erly come before said Meeting. 

Voted, that M r . Zachary Fowle have the printing of the Notifi- 
cations, for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

The following Directions were given M r . Foy Keeper of the 
Hospital New Boston respecting the Persons sent there with the 
Small Pox. 
[65.] Boston, Novem r . 12. 1765. 

M r . Joseph Foye 

We depend upon your strictly complying 
with these our Orders You must suffer no one Person to enter 
your House on any account without our permition, having directed 
M r . Williston to supply you with necessarys You must not have 
a Dog in your Yard or near your House for fear of conveying 
Infection We expect you take the greatest care of the two Per- 
sons sent to the Hospital while sick of the Small Pox, and under 
your care and that in everything you and your Wife conduct in 
such a manner as may prove a Credit to the House 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . I5 l -l765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Cap*. James Roberts of Sloop Betsy from North Carolina 
having brought into the Town from said place one Joshua 
Jones a poor needy Person, M r . Ruddock is appointed to settle 
y e affair. 

[66.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 19. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . John Hurd applied to the Selectmen for leave to open a 
private Drain, which will run three Feet into the Street, and then 
enter the Common Shore 

M r . William Phillips acquainted the Selectmen, that he had let 
a House of his to John Sullivan, who was last at a House of M r . 
Colmans. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Select men, viz*. 
Coll . Henshaw and M r . Sewall, to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported there at the Charge of the Province, John Lewis 
who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, and has 
not wherewithall to support himself. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 187 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 25. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[67.] John Ruddock Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 
John Winslow Esq. 

M r . William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. appeared and in 
behalf of his Company, Claimed the Premium allowed by the Town 
for bringing their Engine to work first upon the Fire which lately 
broke out at Cap'. Greens Distill house whereupon Voted, that 
a Draft be made on the Treasurer for thirteen Shillings and four 
Pence, the Sum allowed by the Town for the service aforesaid. 

D r . Whitworth having Reported to the Selectmen that a Son of 
M r . Hodgdens who was permitted to attend M r . "Waters while Sick 
of the Small Pox at the Hospital at New Boston, is now so well 
cleansed and air'd that he may be permitted to leave the House 
with safety to the Inhabitants, he having a shift of Clothes first 
sent to him. 

Voted, that said Hogsden have liberty to leave the Hospital, so 
soon as his Father shall provide him with a shift of Clothes, he 
also engaging not to go in the way of People for some time, to 
prevent y e uneasiness it might occasion. 

The following Directions were sent the Keeper of the Hospital 

Boston, Novem r . 25 1 1765 

You are directed to permit M r . Hodgden to leave the Hospital, 
first seeing him strip'd to his Skin & washed in [68.] One Room, 
when he is to slip into another, to cloath himself with the Shift of 
Clothes his Father has sent to him We depend upon your utmost 

care to prevent any infection being communicated 

By Order of the Select men 



WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



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 six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 7 - 14 

Wheaten 11-13 

Houshold 15 - 12 

Two Penny White Loaf 15-12 

Wheaten 1 - 7-10 

Houshold 1 - 15 - 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 6-14 

Houshold 6 - 10 - 5 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 13 - 12 

Houshold 13 - 4-10 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 12 - 8 

Bisket of a Copper price 3 - 4 
NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat 

Rye meal must weigh 2 - 9 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 7 - 



188 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 55. 

[69.] According to Law Allowance should be made for the 
drying of Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked or that 
shall be made of different Grain and Proportions from the Assize 
must be seized. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 27. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow. 

M r . Frankland Master of Engine N. 9 . attended, and in- 
formed the Select men that two of his Company viz*. Stephen 
Wales and Thomas Wheeler, had left the service ; and at the same 
Time presented George Roulston & Daniel Parks as suitable Per- 
sons to fill up those vacancys if the Selectmen think fit where- 
upon Voted, that the said Persons be and hereby are admitted 
as Engine Men in said Franklands Company. 

M r . Nathaniel Patten living at New Boston, informed the Select 
men that he has taken into his House as a Maid Servant Jerusha 

Humphry s, who came last from Dorchester 

Cap'. Mackay, at New Boston, informed the Select men, that 
he has taken into his Family as a Servant, Watestill Jones. 
[7O.] She came last from the Town of Dorchester. 

Voted, that M r . Pratt who hires Deer Island of the Town, be 
permitted to go on with the Stone Wall, and also to procure a 
Pump, for the Well on said Island. 

The Selectmen this Day made choice of M r . Jeremy Belknap 
Jun r . for Usher of the North Lattin School, in the room of M r . 
Ephraim Langdon, lately deceased And the Town Clerk is 
directed to advise him thereof. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 4, 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 

The Town Clerk this Day laid before the Selectmen, a Letter 
he had Just received from M r . Jerem}' Belknap Jun r . acquainting 
them that he is under such engagement to the Town of Green- 
land, and so well satisfied with his situation, that he must decline 
accepting of the choice made of him for the Usher of the North 
Grammar School in Boston at the same Time acknowledge his 
great Obligation to the Selectmen for the honor done him by 
said choice. 

[71.] The Hon ble . Thomas Hubbard Esq this Day delivered 
up to the Selectmen, the Key of the Cellar under the Granary ; 
the Time he was to have the same being now expired. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1765. 189 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 11. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter waa directed by two of the Selectmen Viz 1 . 
Coll . Henshaw & John Hancock Esq. to receive into the Alms- 
house at the Province Charge, one Peter Murray a lame Man, 
who is a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town of this 

Province, nor having wherewithall to support himself 

D r . Whetworth having Reported to the Selectmen that M r . 
Hodgdens Clothes are sufficiently air'd & cleansed. 

Liberty was given him to take the same from the Hospital. 
The Selectmen passed upon M r . John Winslows Province Ac- 
count amounting to Nine Pounds, eighteen Shillings & four 
Pence f as p. Copy there of on file. 

[72.] The Selectmen this Day appointed M r . Josiah Langdon 
to be Usher of the North Grammar School in the room of M r . 
Ephraim Langdon deceased. 

M r . William Frobisher appeared, and desired liberty might be 
given him by the Selectmen to open Ground from his House near 
the Green Dragon, in order to carry a Drain into the Common 
Shore. 

Voted, that liberty be accordingly granted, provided he make 
good the Ground & Pavement again as soon as the Drain is 
finished, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

At A Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 17. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

The Selectmen received a Petition from a Number of the In- 
habitants, praying that a Meeting may be called to consider of 
Measures to obtain redress under the Distress &c. [73.] Oc- 
casioned by the shutting up Courts of Justice Probates &c. 
through the Province, and the same having been duly considered. 
Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to Issue forth a War- 
rant 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 quali- 
fied as the Law directs to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Wednes- 
day the Eighteenth Day of December Instant at Ten OClock 
Before Noon, then and there to Consider of the Petition of a 
number of the Inhabitants, that Measures may be immediately 
taken to obtain Relief under the Distress occasioned by the sev- 



190 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

eral Courts of Justice Probate &c. in this Province being shut up ; 
and also to choose Jurors for January Court. 

Voted, that Mess. Edes and Gill have the printing of the No- 
tifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

The following was sent the Select men of Ipswich by Constable 
Clerk. 

Boston, December 18. 1767. 
Gentlemen 

We now send to you by a Constable one Edward Eveleth who 
is an Inhabitant of Ipswich ; being disorder'd in his Senses, and 
incapable of taking care of [74.] Himself it must be done by the 
Town of which he is an Inhabitant ; Persons of his turn of Mind 
being disposed to wander you'l doubtless take care to prevent his 
returning to us, which if he should will occasion a charge to your 
Town By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 19. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Ruddock Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

M r . John Winslow 

D r . Whitworth attended and acquainted the Selectmen that a 
Young Woman who lives at the House of M r . Thomas Jackson in 
Wings Lane as a Maid, has now the Small Pox out upon her 
whereupon M r . Williston was directed to carry the said Woman to 
the Hospital at New Boston, this Afternoon, she having consented 
to be removed there. 

D r . Whitworth acquainting the Selectmen that M r . Waters who 
has had the Small Pox at the Hospital was now sufficiently smoked 
and cleansed; Liberty was [75.] thereupon given for his leaving 
the Hospital, the Doctor taking care that he have a proper shift of 
Clothes 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 24. 1765. 

Cap'. Thomas Neal of Sloop Lovely Peggy from Maryland 
appeard, and Reported to the Selectmen, that when he left that 
Country, the Small Pox was not prevalent there that he has 
nothing on board liable to Infection, his Vessel being wholly loaded 
with Wheat, and that all his People are in health, whereupon 

Voted, that the Vessel be permitted to come up to Town, the 
Selectmen apprehending it may be done with safety to the Inhabi- 
tants ; and that a Certificate be given the Governor accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, December 25. 1765. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MDJUTES, 1765. 191 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

M r . John Winslow 

M r . Samuel Whitney acquainted the Selectmen that he had 
taken into his Family as a Servant one Mace a married Woman, 
who came from Roxbury. 

At a Meeting of the Select men, December 30. 1765. 

Present 

[76.] Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

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 
Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz*. 

lb. or. dr. 

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 

Bisket of a Copper Price - 5 - 4 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f 

Wheat Rye Meal, must weigh 2 - 9 - 
a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian 3 - 7 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
[77.] Biskets and such Bread as is not well bak'd or that shall be 
made of different Grains and Proportions from the Assize must be 
seized. 

M r . Torrey appeared, and in behalf of his Mother Silense Tor- 
rey, pray'd the Selectmen that she might be approbated by them 
to retail Spirituous Liquors at her House in Atkinson Street, in 
the room of her Husband lately deceased. 

Voted, that M r . Abijah Adams the Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market 
be and hereby is allowed Twenty five p. cent Commissions on all 
the Mony he shall from Time to Time Collect of the Butchers and 
Country People who are admitted within the Rails of Market 
Square, tho' not within the Market House, which the Town Treas- 
urer is to allow him, provided he pays into the Treasury Weekly, 
the whole Sum Collected, and also gives in an Account of particu- 
lars to said Treasurer. 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan ry . 1'. 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock. 
M r . John Winslow Esq. 

The Selectmen being informed that M r . John Boyes "Wharfinger 
had put a Cow House in Battery March Street [78.] Which runs 
in upon the Towns Land about ten Feet ; said Boyes was sent for, 
when he acknowledged the trespass, and was directed by the 
Selectmen to remove said Building, which he engaged should be 
done as soon as possible. 

The Selectmen Rented the Cellar under the Granary to M r . 
William Tayler Merchant, at the same rate M r . Commissary Hub- 
bard let the Cellar for, said Rent to commence from the 24'. of 
December last. 

M r . Ephraim Langdon the late Usher of the North Grammar 
School, having before he deceased been detained from attending 
his duty the space of three Months by reason of Bodyly indisposi- 
tion, for which Time no draft has been given him, other help was 
provided for the School all that while the Selectmen upon Ap- 
plication made by the Rev d . M r . Eliot, appointed Administrator of 
said Estate, now took the matter into consideration, and the Ques- 
tion was put " Whether a Draft shall be made on the Treasury 
for the amount of the Deceased Salary the Time he was absent 
from School, payable to the Administrator, when it passed into 
the Affermative ; and the Town Clerk was directed to make the 
Draft accordingly 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 8 1766 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
[79.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

M re . Silense Torrey, having apply'd to the Selectmen for their 
approbation of her as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors in the room 
of her late Husband deceased, at her House in Atkinson Street ; 
was accordingly approbated her said Husband having deceased 
within the year he was licensed. 

John Scollay Esq. having presented his Petition to the Select- 
men, praying he might be approbated by them to Retail Spirituous 
Liquors in the room of M r . William Sloan who has left M r . Storys 
Distill House, which is now improved by M r . Scollay, he was ac- 
cordingly approbated. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by two of the Selectmen to 
receive into the Almshouse to be supported there at the Charge of 
the Province, Benjamin Douset a French Neutral his Wife and one 
Child, they being Strangers and not Inhabitants of any Town in 
this Province, and now requiring some Relief. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 193 

M r . Foye was directed by the Selectmen to permit M". Ann 
Durham to leave the Hospital at New Boston D r . Whitworth 
having informed the Selectmen that she is well of the Small Pox, 
& has been sufficiently Air'd and cleansed. 

M r . Foye was directed by the Selectmen, to permit [8O.] M r . 
Hodgdon to take away M r . Waters Clothes, they being first well 
air'd and cleansed M r . Foye was at the same time allowed to 
leave the Hospital, in order to pursue his business. 

Passed upon D r . Benjamin Churches Province Account for at- 
tending the Sick at the Almshouse, which has been presented the 
Selectmen for their examination amounting in the whole to One 
hundred & fifty One Pounds Seventeen Shillings as p. Copy 
thereof on file. 

M r . Samuel Proctor was directed by two of the Selectmen to 
receive into the Alms house to be supported there at the Province 
Charge one John Domineco, a Stranger who is not an Inhabitant 
of any Town in this Province, nor having wherewith to support 
himself in a Sickly State. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 12. 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r John Winslow 

The Overseers of the Towns Poor having informed the Select 
men that one Hayes, brought into this Town, [81.] By Cap'. At- 
wood, was carried to the Almshouse as a Person disordered in his 
Senses said Atwood was sent for and appearing at the 
Select men's Chamber accordingly, he then engaged to take said 
Hayes back with him to Hallifax when he sayled, which he ex- 
pected would be in a few Days. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 15. 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel SewallEsq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 

M r . Frankland Master of Fire Engine N. 9 apply'd to the Select 
men for an addition of two Men to his Company, which will then 
consist of Seventeen Men besides himself, being the same Number 
which was allowed him, before the late War whereupon 

Voted, 

that Cap*. Frankland be permitted to enlist two Men as desired in 
addition to his present Number, they being first presented to the 
Selectmen for their approbation. 
Voted, that Constable Clark be directed to carry out of this 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Town, a Widow Woman and her Children who came from Little 
Cambridge, and now lives at New Boston. 

[81.] The following was sent to the Assessors of the Town 
of Boston Viz'. 
Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabi- 
tants of other Towns in this Province ought to be taxed here for 
the Real Estate they Occupy and the Business they do here, it 
being agreeable to Law. 

The Hon ble . James Russell Esq. 
M r . John Soley 
Ralph Inman Esq. 
M r . Anthony Thomas 
M r . Joseph Palmer 
M r . Thomas Russell 
M r . Elisha Doane 

Mess. Simon Whipple & Company. 
M r . Timothy Folger 
M r . Joseph Roach 
M r . Christopher Hussey 
M r . Sylvanus Hussey 
We are Gentlemen 

Your Humble Servants 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEW ALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston December 15. 1765 

To the Gentlemen Assessors of the 
Town of Boston. 

[83.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 22 d . 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7 presented 
Thomas Bolter to the Selectmen as a proper Person for his 
Engine Company in the room of John Loughton who has left the 
Province. whereupon 

Voted, that said Bolter be and hereby is admitted an Engine 
Man, accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 27. 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 195 

* 

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 
Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

Of Penny White Loaf 7 - 14 

Wheaten 11-13 

Houshold 15-12 

[82.] Two Penny White Loaf 15 - 12 

Wheaten 1 - 7-10 

Houshold 1 - 15 - 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 6-14 

Houshold 6 - 10 - 5 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 13 - 12 

Houshold 13 - 4-10 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 12 - 8 

Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 

J Rye Meal, must weigh 2-9 

A 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian 3-7 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Bisket, and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be made 
of different Grain and Proportion of the Assize must be seized. 

M r . Samuel Parker Merchant appeared and handed in to the 
Selectmen for their perusal, an Account, whereby it appears there 
is due from himself and Elisha Thatcher, to Joseph Rickets, a 
Person who died of the Small Pox at the Hospital at New Boston 
Three Pounds five Shillings and four Pence lawful Money. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 29. 1766. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
& c . & c . 

[83.] M r . Putnam Master of Engine N. 4 appeared, and 
informed the Selectmen that said Engine was the first brought to 
work upon the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Smiths House, 
and desired the Premium allowed by the Town, may be paid them. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer for the 
same accordingly. 

M r . William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7 appeared and 
informed the Selectmen that his Engine was first brought to work 
upon the Fire which lately broke out at M r . John Boylstons Store 
and therefore pray'd that the Premium granted by the Town 
might be allowed his Company. 

M r . Thomas Read of Engine No. appeared, & informed 

the Selectmen that his Engine was first brought to play at the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . John Boylstons Store and therefore 
claim'd the Premium granted by the Town on such occasions. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 30. 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock, Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
[84.] M r . John Winslow 

M r . Ebenezer Peirpoint appeared, and Agreed with the Se- 
lectmen to make a back to the Wall on the West side of Bos- 
ton Neck, of four Rods and to find the Stakes, for the Sum of 
Eighteen Shillings lawful Mony. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 17 6. 1766. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
M r . John Winslow 

M r . Edmund Curtis appeared, and presented John Crosby Jun r . 
and Thomas Hinkley to the Select men as suitable Persons for his 
Engine Company whereupon 

Voted that the said Crosby and Hinckley, be & hereby are 
admitted, Engine Men, accordingly. 



BOOK 12, D. 



[1.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Febru y . 6- 1766. 
Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

M r . John Winslow 
M r . Sutton Master of Engine N. 7- and M r . Read Master of 

Engine N. appeared, and the Selectmen having heard 

what each of them had to offer in support of their Claim for bring- 
ing their Engine to work on the Fire which lately broke out at M r . 
Boylston's Warehouse ; as entred in these Minutes the 29 th . of 
January last ; and also examined several Gentlemen who went 
early at said Fire do Adjudge the Premium to M r . Reed & Com- 
pany, it plainly appeared that his Engine was the first that was 
brought to play thereon ; and the Town Clerk is directed to give 
him a Draft for the same accordingly. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 17 . 12- 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq 
[2.] Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Williston was directed to notify the Justices of Peace within 
this Town to meet at the Selectmens Chamber on Fryday next Six 
O Clock in the Evening. 

M r . David Wheeler having applyed to the Select men for their 
permition to build a Tomb in the new burying Ground next to M r . 
Thomas Trotts Liberty was accordingly granted him. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 19, 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
(197) 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . Jonathan Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3 presented to the 
Selectmen, Mess". William Dorricot & Benjamin Galloop, as suit- 
able Persons, to be admitted into his Engine Company in the room 
of Mess. Web Pearson and Abraham Putham, who were accord- 
ingly approved of by the Selectmen. 

Cap'. Benjamin Eustis applyd to the Selectmen for liberty to 
open a Drain across the Street in Still House Square in order to 
clear the Water from his Cellar whereup 

[3.] Voted, that Liberty be given him accordingly, provided 
that he makes good the Ground and restores the Pavement to the 
satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

At a Meeting of the Honourable His Majesty s Justices of the 
Peace, the Gentlemen the Selectmen and Overseers of the Poor 
within the Town of Boston on Thursday the 13 th . Day of February 
A.D. 1766. 

Present 

The Hon ble . Samuel Wells Esq. 
John Hill Esq. 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 
John A very Esq. 
John Tudor Esq. 

Justices of the Peace 
Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Select men 
John Barrett Esq. 
M r . Jonathan Mason 
Melatiah Bourn Esq. 
M r . William Whitwell 
[4.] Cap'. Benjamin Hammatt 

M r . Henderson Inches 
M r . Ebenezer Storer 
John Avery Esq. 
Isaac Smith Esq. 

Overseers of the Poor 

A General Walk or Visitation of the Town was then Agreed 
upon to be attended on Tuesday the 18 th of February Instant at 
Nine O'Clock in the Morning, if the Weather be suitable, if not 
then on the Wednesday following being the 19'. Instant And it 
is also Agreed to meet at the Selectmens Chamber at Five O'Clock 
in the Evening of said Da}- to Report the state of the Town &c. 
The Order or Sortment as follows Viz'. 
Ward Number One 
Cap'. Benjamin Hammett 
John Steel Esq. 
M r . Nathaniel Holmes 
M r . Benjamin Harrod 
M r . Alexander Hill 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 199 

John Tudor Esq. 
Deacon Jonathan Brown 
M r . John Downe Constable 

"Ward Number Two 
M r . William Whitwell 
[5.] John Ruddock Esq. 

Cap*. Nathaniel Greenwood 

M r . John Grant 

M r . Joseph Belknap 

Cap'. Fortesque Vernon 

M r . Josiah Waters 

M r . Jonathan Williams 

M r . Elisha Byles. Constable 

Ward Number Three 
Joseph Gardner Esq. 
Foster Hutchinson Esq. 
M r . Joseph Bradford 
Maj r . Newman Grenough 
M r . Nathaniel Loring 
D r . Jon'. Mountforth 
M r . James Thomas. Constable 

Ward Number Four 
John Barrett Esq. 
Samuel Grant Esq. 
Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 
M r . David Jeffries Esq. 
Richard Dana Esq. 
D r . Daniel Pecker 
M r . Samuel Harris. Constable 

Ward Number Five 
[6.] M r . Benjamin Dolbear 

Thomas Tyler Esq. 
M r . Alexander Chamberlain 
Cap'. William Homes 
M r . John Kneeland 
M r . Peter Barbour. Constable 

Ward Number Six 
Isaac Smith Esq. 
Belcher Noyes Esq. 
Cap'. Benjamin Andrews 
Arnold Wells Esq. 
Cap'. John Bradford 
John Scollay Esq. 
M r . Caleb Blanchard 
M r . Augustus Hail. . Constable 

Ward Number Seven 
M r . Ebenezer Storer 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
M r . William Fairfield 
Deacon Timothy Newell 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . Timothy Fitch 
M r . Joseph Barrell 
M r . Joseph Foye. Constable 

[7.] Ward Number Eight 

The Honourable Royal Tyler Esq. 

Coll . Joseph Jackson 

Joshua Winslow Esq. 

Cap'. Samuel Downe 

Maj r . Jonathan Payson 

M r . Thomas Leveret 

Edmund Quincy Esq. 

M r . Nathaniel Thayer. Constable 

Ward Number Nine 
Melatiah Bourn Esq. 
Maj r . Jeremy Green 
William Phillips Esq. 
Thomas Daws Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
Cap'. Onesips Tileston 
M r . Benjamin Clark. Constable 

Ward Number Ten 
M r . Jonathan Mason 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
M r . John Mico Wendell 
Cap'. Jonathan Clark 
M r . William Torrey 
. M r . Joseph Waldo 
[8.] Ezekiel Lewis Esq. 

M r . Francis Salmon. Constable 

Ward Number Eleven 
M r . Henderson Inches 
John Hill Esq. 
M r . Samuel Adams 
M r . Nathaniel Gardner 
John Rowe Esq. 
M r . John Gray 
M r . John Winslow 
M r . Edward Baker. Constable 

Ward Number Twelve 

John Avery Esq. 

Samuel Wells Esq. 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Deacon Benjamin Church 

M r . Sampson Salter 

Cap'. Hopestill Foster 

M r . Samuel Demming 

Deacon Thomas Foster 

M r . Hezekiah Usher. Constable 

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 201 

[9.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 19 - 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

There having been a General Walk or Visitation of the Town on 
the Yesterday, the Gentlemen that attended met and Reported the 
following Strangers they found in the Town Viz'. 

Robert Durant, he lives at Joseph Sullivans in M r . Emmons 
House back of Cap'. Andrews. 

Joseph Allen from Cambridge, has a Wife and Three Children, 
lives in a House near M r . Jenkins the Baker. 

One Hodges a Widow Woman from Cambridge, lives in a House 
at New Boston and has a number of Children, she is a bad Woman 
and in poor Circumstances. 

One Sullyvan from Hallifax, who kept a Woman that has run 
off, he is now married and lives in a House of M r . William Phillips 
in Corn Court has been in Town about Three or four Months 

Mary Roods a Stranger living at Susannah Morris's House in 
M r . Henshaws New Buildings. 

[1O.] Joseph Steel from the Town of Abbington, who lives 
in a House of Samuel Wells Esq. at said Wells' Wharff he was 
Reported by M r . Wells. 

The Names of the aforementioned Persons were given into the Per- 
sons appointed to warn Strangers out of Town as the Law directs. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 24 1 . 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by John Ruddock and Samuel 
Sewall Esq. two of the Selectmen, and M r . William Whitwell one 
of the Overseers to receive into the Almshouse, there to be sup- 
ported at the charge of the Province John Adams a Stranger, and 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, who is sick and 
has not wherewithall to subsist himself (the Order was Dated 
Feb?. 17.) 

The following Letter was wrote the Selectmen of Cambridge 

Boston, February 24 1766 
Gentlemen 

We have 1 considered of your [11.] Request rela- 
tive to Sarah Hodges and Children, and to oblige you we should 
readily suspend the execution of the Law by permitting them to 
continue with us though we should not be in the least served by it 
as a Town ; but by the Report of the Overseers several Times and 
again since the last visitation the 13' Instant, they have nothing 
to support themselves with, and are no way of busines to procure 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

it in future unless it be in some indirect way, which may prove 
very detrimental to the Inhabitants. 

You'l therefore please to excuse our returning her to you with 
her Children by M r . Constable Clark ; and shall transmit you on 
account of the charge if her transportation &c. as soon as we 
shall obtain it We are 
Gentlemen 

Your Most Humble Servants 
JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 
To The Selectmen of Cambridge 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, February 26. 1766. 
Present 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk Post up an Assize [12.] of 
Bread at the Rate of Five Shillings and four Pence p. Bushel for 
Wheat, and Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz' 

lb. oz. dr. 

Of Penny White Loaf 7 - 14 

Wheaten 11 - 13 

Houshold 15 - 12 

Two Penny White Loaf 15 - 12 

Wheaten 1 - 7-10 

Houshold 1 - 15 - 8 

Six Penny Wheaten Loaf 4 - 0-14 

Houshold 6 - 10 - 5 

Twelve Penny Wheaten Loaf 8 - 13 - 12 

Houshold 13 - 4-10 

Four Penny Brick Loaf 1 - 12 - 8 

Bisket of a Copper price 5 - 4 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheaten 

Rye meal, must weigh 2 - 9 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 7 - 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying of 
Biskets and such as is not well baked or that shall be made of 
different Grains and Proportion from the assize must be seized. 

Cap'. John Baker of Engine N. 1. appeared & presented [13.] 
William Brown, as a suitable Person, for an Engine Man in the 
room of Joshua Pico who has lately left his Comp y . and said Brown 
was accordingly approved of by the Selectmen. 

M r . John Baker of Engine N. 1 having represented to the 
Selectmen that his Tub Engine was large and his present Num- 
ber to weak to manage her to advantage & therefore desiring that 
he might have two more men added to his Company, which will 
then consist of Twenty including himself. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 203 

Voted, that said Master be permitted to inlist two more men 
into his Company, they being first presented to the Selectmen for 
their approbation 

The Selectmen come to Settlement with M r . Adams the Clerk of 
Faneuil Hall Market on the 22 d . of February Instant, whereby it 
appears that after deducting from the Sum he received of the 
Butchers & other Market People, his full Allowance, there is a 
Balance due to the Town of Ten Pounds sixteen Shillings and 
four Pence lawful Money for which he has given his promissary 
Note payable to the Town Treasurer 

M r . Abijah Adams Clerk of the Market attended at the Select- 
mens Chamber according to Order, and was directed by the Gentle- 
men the Selectmen to keep a particular Account [14.] Of the 
Moneys he shall hereafter Collect of the Country People and others 
who are allowed stands & places in the Inclosures of said Market 
Ground, and that he pay in the sums so Collected to the Town 
Treasurer Weekly, who is hereby empowered to allow and pay 
the said Clerk Twenty five p. Cent on the Sums so paid in, and 
the Treasurer is also to permit him to withhold, or to pay him out 
of said money Six Shillings lawful Money p. Week, on Account of 
his Salary as Clerk of the Market. 

Jonathan Payson Esq. one of Collectors of Taxes for the year 
1762 having produced Receipts from the Province County and 
Town Treasurers in full for the Taxes committed to him to Collect 
for that year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
for his Quarter part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the 
Taxes of 1762 amount 8 , to . 146-4-9 

Jonathan Payson Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
year 1763 having produced Receipts from that Province County 
and Town Treasurers in full for the Taxes committed to him to 
Collect for that year. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay him 
One quarter part of that Premium on y e Tax Collected by the 
several Collectors for that year, the whole amounting p. the 
Assessors Account given in to 9888-10- which [15.] which at 
nine pence on the Pound makes y e Premium . 370 .. 6/ One 
Quarter whereof being .92-14/ when drawn for is in full for his 
part of the Premium allowed for Collecting the Taxes of 1763 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 3 d . 1766. 

Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 
Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Benjamin Austin Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 

Voted, that a Draft be made on the Town Treasurer to pay M r . 
John Fenno Keeper of the Granary the Sum of Six pounds lawful 
Money, as a full consideration & allowance for his attendence at 
the Granary, while the same was repairing by the late Thomas 
Hancock Esq. 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 5 1766. 
Present 

Joshua Henshaw Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 

Samuel Sewall Esq. 

John Hancock Esq. 

Voted, that M r . John Cade Sexton of the Rev d . M r . Andrew 
Elliots Church, have the care & charge of the North Burying 
Ground, in the room of Sexton Lenox lately deceased. 

[16.] Capt'. John Baker of Engine N. 1 appeared, & pre- 
sented Mess". John Ballard Jun r . and John Bryant as suitable 
Persons for Engine Men, who were accordingly approved of by 
the Selectmen. 

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 
(besides the Poll) to Convene at Faneuil Hall on Monday the 
tenth Day of March Current at Nine O'Clock in the Forenoon, then 
and there to Nominate and Choose meet Persons to serve the 
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 Money and in such man- 
ner as may be Judged needful for the payment of the Schoolmas- 
ters, for the relief of the Poor, and defreying other necessary 
Charges ; To receive the Reports of the Towns Committee on sev- 
eral affairs ; To act upon the List of Jurors ; To appoint a Com- 
mittee to visit the Schools ; To choose Auditors of the Accounts of 
the Town Treasurer and Overseers of the Poor ; To receive and 
examine the Accounts of the Granary ; To determine what Pre- 
mium shall be allowed the Collectors of Taxes and on the Time 
the Assessors may set to make Abatements ; To consider what is 
proper to be done [17.] Relative to Land near the South Market, 
the use of which was granted to Cap'. Theophilus Frary, his Heirs 
&c. for seventy years from the year 1695 which is now in the 
occupation of M r . Robert Hewes ; Of the Petition of sundry Inhab- 
itants that some Measures may be taken for the more effectual 
regulating of Bakers Bread ; Of a Proposal of the Overseers of the 
Poor, that the Towns Land northward of the Almshouse may be 
improved for the use of said House ; of the Petition of sundry In- 
habitants for paving Beer Lane ; Of John Child late Sealer cf 
Leather, that he may be reimbursed by the Town the Charges in- 
curred by sustaining several Suits at Law on Account of Shoes 
seized by him &c. ; Of the Collectors of Taxes that the Town 
would reconsider their Vote of March last, and make them a fur- 
ther Allowance on account of the increased difficulty's of Collect- 
ing the Taxes ; Of the desire of a number of Inhabitants that some 
Agreement may be come into not to purchase any Lamb before a 
particular Time affixed by the Town ; To Choose Jurors for April 
Court ; And also Act upon such Matters & Things as stand 
referred over to said Meeting Also requiring them to warn the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 205 

Freeholders to meet at the same Time & place to give in their 
Votes for a Register of Deeds and Conveyances for the County of 
Suffolk. 

Voted, that the Rev d . D r . Charles Chancey be desired to open 
the Town Meeting on Monday next with Prayer [18.] and that 
M r . Sewall and M r . Austin be a Committee to acquaint him there- 
with 

Voted, that Mess. Green and Russell have the printing of the 
Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 12. 1766. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
M r . Timothy Newell 
John Rowe Esq. 

M r . Sewall and M r . Rowe appointed to make enquiry into 
the Towns Right to some Land now improved by M r . Robert 
Hewes. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 12. 1766. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
M r . Timothy Newell. 
John Rowe Esq. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Procters Keeper of the Almshouse 
[19.] His Province Account for support of Strangers amounting 
to Three hundred & five Pounds twelve Shillings & 4 d . and 
Twenty pounds, one Shilling & 2 d . as p. Copys on file and gave 
him a certificate accordingly. 

M r . Sewall & M r . Phillips a Comm ee . to compare D r . Marshals 
Province Acco 4 . for attendance on Strangers with M r . Procters 
Almshouse Book. 

Boston March 12 1765 

We the Subscribers chosen into the Office of Sealers of Leather 
hereby acknowledge to have received of the Selectmen of Boston 
two Hammers each, which we promise to deliver up to them as 
soon as our Office expires the Hammers are number'd, one of 
which are for Sole and one for upper Leather 

2 Hammers N. 1 

William Stevenson 2 Hammers 5 

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 Six Pence p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

lb. oz. dr. 

[3O.] Of Penny White Loaf . 7-14 

Wheaten 11 - 13 

Houshold 15 - 12 

Two Penny 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 

Bisket of a Copper price 5 - 4 

NB. A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread 

f Wheat J Rye meal must weigh 2 - 9 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian 3 - 7 

According to Law Allowance should be made for the drying 
of Biskets, and such Bread as is not well baked or that shall be 
made of different Grain and Proportion from the Assize must be 
seized. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 19, 1766. 

Present 

Joseph Jackson Esq. 
Samuel Sewall Esq. 
John Ruddock Esq. 
John Hancock Esq. 
William Phillips Esq. 
M r . Timothy Newell 
John Rowe Esq. 

Voted that M r . Hancock have the care of the Common for the 
present Year, and that he be desired to get Posts & Rails put down 
and placed where they are wanting, as also new Gates if it ap- 
pears to him necessary. 

M r . John Shed informed the Selectmen that he had taken into 
his Family as a Boarder, Ireah Holbrook, who came to this Town 
from Weymouth. 

The Town having accepted at a late Meeting of the offer of M r . 
John Green and M r . David Wheeler, that their Fire Engine shall 
be in the service of the Town on all occasions by fire that may 
happen, upon Conditions as by the Vote of the Town refer rence 
being thereunto had may more fully appear whereupon 

Voted, that M r . David Wheeler be and hereby is appointed 
Master of the said Fire Engine Named the Green Engine and is 
Number 10 and that his Company may consist of Fourteen men 
besides himself and that the Town Clerk give him his Order ac- 
cordingly. 

[22.] M r . Jackson and M r . Newall appointed a Committee to 
make enquiry into the state of Faneuil Hall Market. 

M r . Ruddock and M r . Sewall appointed a Committee to examine 
into the Towns Right to Lands near the Alms house. 

M r . William Dennie returned to Coll . Jackson the Key of the 
Store opposite the Golden Ball, which he lately hired of the Town. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK 13. 



[1.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 15 
1766 Present Henshaw Jackson Austin Sewall Ruddock. 

Cap'. Frankland of Engine N. 9 applyd to the Selectmen 
for an addition of two Men to his Company, which will make the 
whole Number allowed before the late War. viz'. 17 (?) Men 
besides the Master. 

Voted, that Cap*. Frankland be permitted to inlist two Men 
more into his Comr/. they being first presented to the Selectmen 
for their approbation. 

Voted, that of Little Cambridge with her Children 

be carried out of Town by Constable Clark. 

The following was sent the Assessors of the Town of Boston. 
Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of 
other Towns in this Province ought to be taxed here for the Real 
Estate they Occupy, and the Business they do here, it being 
agreable to Law 

The Hon bl James Russell Esq r . 
M r . John Soley 

Ralph Inman Esq r . 
M r . Anthony Thomas 
M r . Joseph Palmer 
M r . Thomas Russell 
M r . Elisha Doone 
Mess r . Simon Whipple & Comp 7 . 
M r . Timothy Folger 
M r . Joseph Roach 
M r . Christ . Hussey 
M r . Sylvanus Hussey 
We are Gentlemen 

Your Humble Servants 
JOSHUA HENSHAW' 
JOSEPH JACKSON 

BENJAMIN AUSTIN J- Selectmen of Boston 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
To the Assessors of the Town of Boston Decem 1 15. 1765 

(207) 



208 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

[2.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 16. 
1 766 Present Henshaw, Jackson, Austin. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 22 d 1766 

Present Henshaw Jackson Austin, Hancock, 
William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7 presented Thomas 

Bolter to the Selectmen as a proper Person for his Engine Com- 
pany in the room of John Laughton who has left the Province. 
Voted, that said Bolter be admitted accordingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 27. 1766 

Present Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock Winslow 
Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 d p. 

Bushel and that 6 d p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood. A 4 d Loaf of brown Bread $ 
Wheat | Rye Meal must weigh 2 lb 9 OZ . A 4 d . ditto not above | 
Indian Meal must weigh 3 lb . 7 OZ . a Bisket of a Copper price O lb . 5 OZ . 
4 dr . 

Mem , by an Account receved from M r . Samuel Parker Mer- 
chant there is due to Joseph Rickets (a Person who died with 
Small Pox at Hospital at New Boston) from himself & Elisha 
Thatcher. L3 5 ,, 4| Lawful. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 29 th 1766 
Present Jackson. 

M r . Putnam Master of Engine N. 4 applyd to the Selectmen 
for the Premium allowed by the Town for playing first with their 
Engine at the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Smiths Dwelling 
House 

Voted, that he have a premium for the same, drawn for 

M r . William Sutton applyd to the Selectmen for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for playing first with their Engine at the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . John Boylstons Store. 

M r . Thomas Reed applyd to the Selectmen for the Premium al- 
lowed by the Town for playing first on y e Fire at M r . Stutsens 
Shop & at the late Fire at M r . Boylstons Warehouse. 

[3.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 30. 1766 

Present Henshaw, Jackson, Sewall Ruddock Hancock Wins- 
low. 

Mem , the Selectmen have agreed with M r . Eben z . Peirpoint to 
make a back to the Wall upon the West side of the Neck of four 
Rod, and to find Stakes, for three Dollars. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 6. 1 766 Pres- 
ent Mess". Jackson, Austin Sewall, Hancock Winslow. 

Cap'. Curtis of Engine N. 8 proposed John Crosby Jun r . and 
Thomas Hinckley as Proper Persons for their Company. 

Voted, that they be accepted accordingly. 

The Selectmen having heard M r . Read & and Sutton Masters of 
the Engines who put in for the premium allowed by the Town for 
playing first with their Engines at the late fire at M r . Boylstons 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 209 

Warehouse and having also examined some Gentlemen who were 
early at the Fire the Premium was Adjudged to Thomas Reed 
it plainly appearing he worked his Engine first on said Fire. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 12. 1766 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Austin Sewall Hancock. 

The Selectmen directed M r . Willeston to warn the Justices to 
Meet the Selectmen at their Chamber on Fryday next 6 o'Clock 
Evening. 

M r . David AVheeler applyd to the Selectmen for liberty to build 
a Tomb at the New Burying place next to M r . Thomas Troll. 

Voted, that liberty be accordingly granted. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 19. 1766 
Present Mess". Henshaw Jackson Austin Hancock. 

At a Meeting of the Justices Selectmen and Overseers of the 
Poor the 13 th Instant a General Walk or Visitation of the Town 
was agreed upon to be on Tuesday the 18 Instant the pai'ticu- 
lars on file. 

[4.] M r . Jonathan Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3 pre- 
sented to the Selectmen William Dorricut & Benjamin Galloop as 
proper Persons for his Engine Company in the room of Mess. 
Webb Pearson & Abraham Putham who were accordingly ap- 
proved of by them as Engine Men in this Comp 7 . 

Cap 1 . Benjamin Eustis applyd to the Selectmen for liberty to 
open a drain across the Street in Still House Square, in order to 
clear the Water from his Cellar liberty was given him accord- 
ingly provided that he makes good the Ground and Pavement to 
the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 24. 1766 
Present Henshaw Jackson Austin Sewall Ruddock Hancock. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by John Ruddock Esq & 
Samuel Sewall Esq two of the Selectmen, & M r . William Whit- 
well one of the Overseers to receive into the Alms House on the 
Province Account one John Adams a Stranger and not an Inhabi- 
tant of any Town in this Province, who is sick and has not 
wherewithall to subsist himself. Feb y . 17 th . 

Mem , to inform M r . Whitwell when the land by Alms house 
reverts to the Town. 

Boston February 24, 1766. 
Gentlemen 

We have considered of your request relative to Sarah Hodges 
and Children, and to oblige you we should readily suspend the 
Execution of the Law by permitting them to continue with us 
though we should not be in the least served by it as a town ; but 
by the Report of the Overseers several times and again since the 
last Visitation the 13 Instant, they have nothing to support them- 
selves with and are in no way of business to procure it in future 
unless it be in some indirect way which may prove very detri- 
mental to the Inhabitants. 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Youl therefore please to excuse our returning her to you with 
her Children by M r . Constable Clark, and shall transmit you an 
Acco'. of the Charge of their transportation &c. as soon as we 
shall obtain it We are 

Gentlemen 

Your Most Humble Servants 



JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 

To the Selectmen of SAMUEL SEWALL 

Cambridge. JOHN RUDDOCK 

JOHN HANCOCK 



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[5.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 26. 
1766 

Present 

Ordered that the Assise of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 d p. 
Bushel and that 6 d p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat 
J Rye Meal must weigh 2 lb . 9 OZ . a 4 d . ditto not above | Indian 
Meal must weigh 3 lb . 7 OZ . a Bisket of a Copper price 5 OZ . 4 dr . 

Cap'. Baker of Engine N. 1. proposed William Brown as an 
Engine Man in the room of Joshua Pico who has left the Company 
Said Brown appeard and was approved by the Selectmen. 

Cap'. Baker of Engine N. 1. apply'd to the Selectmen for an 
addition of two Men to his Company which will make the whole 
number 1 9 beside himself 

Voted that Cap'. Baker be permitted to Inlist two more Men 
into his Company, they being first presented to the Selectmen for 
their approbation. 

By Settlement made with M r . Abijah Adams Feb y . 22 d . of this 
Ins', there is a balance due to the Town of 10. 16. 4 lawful for 
which he has given his promissary Note to the Town Treasurer. 

M r . Adams the Clerk of the Market is directed to keep a 
particular Acco'. of the Money he Collects out of the Market 
house from the Country Men who are allowed stands & places in 
the Inclosure of s d . Market and that he pay in the same Weekly 
to the Treasurer who is to allow and pay him 25 p. c*. for doing that 
Business ; and to permit him to take Six Shillings lawful Money 
more p. Week on Account of his Salery as Clerk of the Market 
out of the Money by him Collected as aforesaid. 

Jonathan Payson Esq. one of the Town Collecters for 1762. 
produced His Province County and Town Treasurers Receit for 
his part of the Tax committed to him to Collect for 1762 The 
Town Clerk was directed to give him a Draft for his quarter part 
on the Town Trea<*~rer am', to 146. 4. 9f . 

Jonathan Payson Esq. one of the Town Collecters for 1763 
having produced the Province County & Town Treasurers Receii, 
for his part of the Tax committed to him to Collect for 1763. 
being by the Assessors Acco*. 9888 , 10-,, at 9 d . on the 
Pound amounts to 370 ,, 16 his Quarter part 92 ,, 14 , for 
which a Draft was ordered on the Treasurer. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 211 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 1766 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Austin Sewall, Hancock. 

[6.] Ordered that John Fenno Master of the Granary have a 
Draft on the Treasury for 6 as a consideration for his atend- 
ance at the Granary While it was repairing, by the late Thomas 
Hancock Esq r . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5. 1766 
Present Henshaw Jackson, Sewall Hancock. 

M r . John Carle Sexton of M r . Elliots Church Appointed to take 
the Charge of the North Burying Ground in the room of M r . 
Lenox deceased. 

Cap 1 . Baker of Engine N. 1 presented John Ballard Jun r . & John 
Bryant as Engine Men for his Company, who were accordingly 
accepted. 

Voted, that Mess". Green & Russell have the printing of the 
Notifications for the ensuing Town Meetings. 

M r . Sewall & Austin a Comm ee . to invite the Rev d . D r . Chauncy 
to open the ensueing Town Meeting with Prayer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock Phillips Newell Rowe 

M r . Sewall & Rowe appointed to make enquiry relative to the 
Land of the Town now improved by M r . Robert Hews. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 12, 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Phillips, Newell 

Rowe. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Procters Province Accounts amounting 
to 305 ,, 12. 4 and 20-l-2 d copys of which are on file. 

M r . Sewall & M r . Phillips a Committee to examine M r . Sam. 
Procters Book and Report whether they agree with D r . Marshalla 
Acco'. 

Boston March 12. 1766. 

"We the Subscribers chosen into the office of Sealers of Leather 
hereby acknowledge to have received of the Selectmen of Boston 
two Hammers each, which we promise to deliver up to them as 
soon as our office Expires the Hammers are numbered, one of 
which are for Sole and one for upper Leather. 

2 Hammers N. 1 
2 Hammers 5 
WILLIAM STEPHENSON 

[7.] Ordered that the Assise of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 d . 
p. Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Baker for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread 
Wheat ^ Rye Meal Must weigh 2 lb . 9 OZ . a 4 d . Ditto not above | 
Indian Meal must weigh 3 lbs . 7 a Bisket of a Copper price lb 5 OZ . 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 19. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock Phillips Newell Rowe 



212 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . Hancock appointed to order Posts & Rails in the Common, 
and New Gates if necessary and to the care of said Common. 

M r . John Reed acquaints the Selectmen that he has taken into 
his house one Jireah Holbrook from Wey mouth as a Boarder. 

The Town having accepted at a late Town Meeting of the Offer 
of M r . John Green & David Wheeler, that their Engine shall be in 
the service of the Town on all occasions by Fire that may happen, 
upon Conditions as by the Vote of the Town, referrence being there 
unto had, may more fully appear. 

Voted, that M r . David Wheeler be and hereby is Appointed 
Master of the said Fire Engine Named the Green Engine and is 
Number 10 and that his Company may consist of fourteen Men 
besides himself and that the Town Clerk give him his Orders 
accordingly. 

D r . Marshall is to be desired to attend at the Selectmen Cham- 
ber next Wednesday on his Province Accounts. 

M r . Jackson and M r . Newell appointed a Committee to enquire 
into the State of the Market. 

M r . Ruddock and Sewall a Committee to examine into the Towns 
Right to Land near the Almshouse. 

William Dennie returned to Coll . Jackson the Keys of Store 
opposite the Golden Ball. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26 1766. 
Present Mess". Jackson Sewall Hancock Newell Rowe. 

M r . Jackson & Sewall appointed to examin into the Report of 
Coll . Hills stopping the Barreck Board, & other Stuff, housed in his 
Still House some years past to make report. 

[8.] Mem , of Stalls not let in Faneuil Hall Market 
Back Stall N. 4 Front Stall N. 7 

Ditto - - - 5 M r . Bryant improves Stalls 
Ditto - - - 6 viz. 

Ditto - - - 17 Back Stall N. 17 Front Stall 

Ditto - - - 21 18 N. 15 

19 16 

Complaint being made by a number of Inhabitants that the 
Chimnies of a House belonging to M r . Samuel Gibbon, Situate iu 
Newbury Street near Liberty Tree and occupied by John Feuno 
J r . are Insufficient and dangerous Mess Thomas Ethridge and 
Rich d . Hunnewell were impower'd and desired to Survey the same 
& Report accordingly. 

Passed upon D r . Samuel Marshalls Province Accounts am to 
82. 15. 5 Copy whereof is on File. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock Phillips Newell Rowe. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Account for one years 
living on the Island from Jan y . 22 d . 1765toJan y . 22 d . 1766 13. 
6./H. as p. Copy on File. 

Ordered that the Assise of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ 4 d p. 
bushel & that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 213 

Charges Pains and Livelihood, a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat 
Rye Meal must weigh 2 lb . 9 OZ . a 4 d . ditto not above Indian 
Meal must weigh 3 lb . 7 OZ . a Bisket of a Copper price lb . 5 OZ . 4^. 

M r . Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by John Rud- 
dock & John Hancock Esq r . two of the Selectmen, to receive into 
the Almshouse on the Province Account, one Robert Sandford 
being a Stranger, Sick, & not having wherewith to subsist himself. 

David Wheeler Master of Engine N. 10 applyd to the Selectmen 
for the Premium allowed by the Town for playing first with their 
Engine at the Fire which lately broke out at a House of M r . 
Wheelers in Pond Lane whereupon Voted, that there be a draft 
for his Premium of 13 / 4 accordingly. 

[9.] Passed upon sundry Tradesmen and other Accounts for 
which Drafts are ordered. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 2 d 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips. 

Coll Jackson & M r Newell a Committee to take care of Faneuil 
Hall Market Doors. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 9 th . 1766 
Present Jackson, Ruddock Hancock Phillips Newell, Rowe. 

M r . John Mellidge informs the Selectmen that he has taken into 
his Family John Lopus a Journey Man, Blacksmith from Cam- 
bridge. 

M r . Hancock desired of the Selectmen the use of Faneuil Hall 
for the Cadet Company to exercise in, which was granted. 

Coll . Jackson desired the Selectmen to grant the Antient & 
Hon bl . the Artillery Company the use of Faneuil Hall on Fryday 
next which was granted accordingly. 

M r . Ruddock appointed to order necessary Repairs to the Fence 
of the North Burying Ground. 

Cap'. Fraukland of Engine N. 9. presented one Benjamin Blake 
as a suitable Person for an Engine Man where upon Voted that he 
be accepted accordingly. 

M r . Gideon Gardner who Leased the Bull Pasture on the Neck 
House &c proposed hiring it for one Year from the of March 
being the Time on which the Lease expired & the same terms and 
it was agreed to accordingly. 

Deacon Newell appointed to Order & direct as the further Re- 
pair of Pavement & laying Gravel on Pembertons Hill. 

M r . Jackson, & Hancock a Committee. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 14. 1766 
Present Jackson Ruddock Hancock Phillips Newall, Rowe. 

A Letter from the Sons of Liberty relative to the repast of the 
Stamp Act was read. 

[1O.] Whereupon Voted that the following Advertizment be 
sent to all the Printers 

The Selectmen 

[Blank.] 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Mem , to consider the Services of M r . Gridley Otis & Adams 
Council for the Town Towns Ladders to be examined & placed 
And to agree upon a Time for the May Meeting. 

Cap'. Ruddock is desired to order the Fences round the North 
School, to be repaired, which were damaged at y e late Fire. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 16. 1766 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock Newell Phillips Rowe. 

M r . John Phillebrown approved of as a Retailer at his Distill 
House at South End lately improved by M r . Fairservice. 

It is agreed between the Selectmen & Samuel & Ebenezer Pratt 
to Lease Deer Island for a term of Seven Years at the rate of 40 
p. Annum, and in case the Pratts find they cannot afford that 
price, they have liberty to give up the Lease by December 1 st this 
same Year And they agree to inform of all Persons who shall 
take off Ballast upon the Island that they may be prosecuted ; 
to be a condition in the Lease. 

It is agreed with M r . Gardner to Lease the Houses & Land on 
the Neck to him the coming Year at Sixty pounds p. Annum, he 
to be allowed [11.] Five Pounds for making good the Fences as 
they were the last Year. 

Mem , to insert in the Lease all to be delivered up in good 
order except what the Sea shall cany off. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18. 1776 
Present Mess. Jackson, Ruddock, Sewall Newell Hancock Rowe. 

Voted, that there be a Meeting of the Town on Monday next at 
9 O Clock Forenoon, and that the Clerck issue his Werrant to the 
Constable accordingly. 

Voted that Edes and Gill have the printing of the Notyfication 
for the insuing Town Meeting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d . 1766 
Present Jackson, Hancock Phillips Newell. 

M r . John Holland apply'd to the Selectmen for their assistance 
or advise relative to a Wooden Building of 40 foot in length which 
M r . Oliver Wiswell is Erecting on the back side of his House for a 
Stable. 

M r . Hartley apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to grove his 
Boat. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to publish in the Thurs- 
day Paper the Vote of the Town relative to throwing Fire-works ; 
Bonfires &c. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Hancock Rowe Newell. 

Ordered, That the Assise of Bread be set at Wheat 5/4 d . p. 
Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat 
^ Rye Meal must weigh 2 lb8 . 9 OZ . 0^. a 4 d . ditto not above In- 
dian Meal must weigh 3 lbs . 7 OZ . O dr . a Bisket of a Copper price O lbs . 
5" z . 4 dr . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 215 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant calling a Town 
Meeting on Tuesday the 6 Day of May Current 

Voted that M r . Ruddock & Coll . Jackson be a Comm 66 . to 
wait upon the Rev d . M r . Pemberton to desire him to open the 
ensuing Town Meeting with Prayer. 

Voted that Mess". Kneeland & Adams have the Printing of y e 
Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

[12.] Cap'. Curtis of Engine N. 8. applyd to the Selectmen 
for two Men in addition to his Company which will then with him- 
self consist of fifteen Men. 

M r . Hancock & M r . Newell a Committee to order the Repairs of 
the Draw Bridge. 

M r . Hancock desired to see the Vote of the Town comply'd with 
in respect to securing the Powder House. 

The Lane commonly called Pudden Lane having been enlarged 
since y e late Fire into a Street, is now Named by the Selectmen 
Devonshire Street in honor to that Gentleman who is a Merch 4 . of 
Bristol and generously gave 100 Ster 1 . to the Sufferers by the 
late Fire. 

M r . Ruddock & Rowe a Committee to view M r . Hartleys Boat 
and Order such Repairs as may be necessary. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 7. 1766 
Present Mess". Jackson Sewall Hancock Phillips Newell Rowe. 

Boston May 7. 1766. 
Gentlemen 

Agreeable to the desire of Deacon Taply, we now acquaint 
you that if you see fit to send M". Lee to our Almshouse, she will 
be received by M r . Procter who keeps the same. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clk. 
To the Selectmen of Dorchester. 

M r . Sewall desired to wait upon the Gentlemen Council for the 
Town in support of the Towns Memorial relative to Opening the 
Courts of Justice &c in order to discourse them relative to y" 
pay. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 8. 1766 
M r . John Gray applied by M r . Daws for leave to open a Drain 

in Atkinson Street. 

Leave was granted Him to open said Drain provided they 1 ay 

clown the Street & repair it to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26. 1766. 

[13.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen May 14. 

1766 Present Mess". Jackson, Sewall Hancock, Phillip, 

Newell. 

M r . Gilbert Deblois informed the Selectmen that he had taken 

into His House a young Woman by name from Salem at 

been with Him about 14 Days M r . Love was ordered to warn her 
out. 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Co 11 . Jackson & M r . Sewall appointed a Committee to Engage 
Council & to See the affairs relative to M rs . Choat carried thro' the 
Court. 

M r . Cooper is Desired to Compleat the Index to all the Town 
Records Delivered the precept for choosing Represen tives to 
M r . Constable Barbour in order to be. returned. 

M r . Obadiah Curtis presented two men to the Selectmen for 
their approbation of them as two additional Hands for the working 
& tending His Engine N. Eight The Selectment approved of 
them Their Names were William Curtis & Joseph Ford. 

M r . John Brown presented two Men to the Selectmen for their 
approbation as two additional hands for the Working and tending 
his Engine N. 6 The selectmen approved of them their Names 
are Israel Loring & John Bacon 

M r . Abiah Holbrook Mas r . of South Writing School applied to 
the Selectmen to have a Draft for Supply of Ink agreeable to the 
Vote of the Town for Eight years past, it not having been drawn 
for since May 1758. to be Consider'd next Draft Day. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16 th 1766 
Present Col. Joseph Jackson Sam 1 . Sewall W m . Phillips & Timothy 
Newel. 

Capt a . James, whose iiegroe was sent to the Hospital at New 
Boston Aug'. 20 th . 1764, came to the Selectmen's Chamber at their 
request, and paid the Charge the Town was at for said Negroe his 
having the Small pox there. 
Joseph Foye keeper said Hospital His Acco*. 
as p. said Acco'. on File for Boarding Nursing &c 7. 17. 3 

abated sd James 1. 14.11 



6. 2. 4 
D r . Wbitworth His Acco'. as p. sd Acco'. on File 1. 16. 4 



7. 18. 8 

The above Acco u . are filed w th . Acco ts . & papers relative to the 
Small pox 1764. 

Rec d . arid Receipt given p. S. Sewall. 

[14.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16, 1766 P.M. 
Present Mess". Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips, 
Newel, Rowe. 

Capt". Coffin arriving from London with the agreeable News 
that the Act repealing the Stamp Act had passed and finding that 
the said Intelligence was well founded as it appeared by the pub- 
lick papers that His Majesty had signed the said Act the eigh- 
teenth of March last. 

Voted That Monday next, the 19 th Instant, be the Day of 
General rejoicing and that the Inhabitants be notified thereof 
in Compliance with the Vote of the Town passed at the Town 
Meeting April 21 st . last. 

Accordingly The Votes of the Town relating thereto were ordered 
to be published by Mess". Drapers with a Notification anuext 
thereto in the following Words. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G6. 217 

The Selectmen, having received certain Intelligence, that the 
Act, repealing the Stamp Act, has past all the requisite formalities, 
congratulate the Inhabitants of the Town on the joyfull news ; and 
appoint, Monday next the 19 th Instant, for the Day of General 
rejoicing, in Compliance with the Foregoing Votes, recommending 
to all persons a due & punctual observance of the Salutary regu- 
lations enjoined therein. 

M r . Williston was ordered to notify all the Sextons in Town to 
begin ringing their several Bells at five a Clock in the Morning to 
continue till six a Clock in the Evening. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Newell Hancock. 

The Selectmen agreed with M r . Adams Knox to supply the 
Town with what Stones & Gravel may be wanted for paving the 
Ground at the South side & East End of the Market, the former 
at 3/ p. y r . or 2/6 if taken from Deer Island the latter at 8 
p. Boat Load, the Smaller Boat Load, at 7 all old tenor. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21. 1766. 
Present Sewall Phillips Newell Rowe. 

[15.] Ordered, that the Assise of Bread be set at Wheat 5/ 
p. bush : and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f 
Wheat Rye Meal must weigh lb - oz> . a 4 d . d. not above Indian 
Meal must weigh lb - oz - a Bisket of a Copper price lb - oz - d -. 

M r . Jackson & Newell appointed to order the Pavement round 
the Market repaired. 

This Day agreed with John Lewis of Roxbury for Gravel for 
the Neck at 13 \ 6 O.T. p. Load for about 30 Load of Gravel and 
if he cannot afford to bring what further may be wanted for the 
Neck then to allow 15 \ O.T. p. Load for all he may bring from 
Roxbury Hill. 

Agreed with M r . Cunningham to clean Faneuil Hall Windows at 
1 \ p. Window. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30 th . 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall Phillips Newell Rowe. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft on the Treasury for 
Twenty Pounds on Account. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 th . 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Newell Hancock. 

M r . Rowe appointed to order repairs to the Street leading to D r . 
Byles's House. 

Cap 1 . Sharp Master of Engine N. 2 apply d to the Selectmen for 
the premium allowed by the Town for playing first with his Engine 
at the fire which lately broke out at the Rev* 1 M r . Checkleys North 
End And a draft was ordered for the same. 

Voted, that the Assize of Bread be altered and that the Assize 
be now set at Wheat at 5 \ 2 d . p. Bushel & that 6 d . p. Bushel be 
allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Livelihood 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread ^ Wheat Rye Meal 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

must weigh 2" 10" 10" 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal Must weigh 3 " 9 " 8 " 
a Bisket of a Copper price. 5 " 7 " 

Voted, that the Visitation of the Schools be attended on Wednes- 
day the 25 th . of June Inst'. see Papers on file. 

[16.] Cap'. Baker of Engine N. 1. apply'd to the Selectmen 
for the Premium allowed by the Town to his Company, for play- 
ing first with his Engine at the Fire which lately broke out at M r . 
Halls House near the Lighthouse Tavern. 

Voted that he have a Draft for the same. 

M r . Phillips and Newell a Committee to direct the proper Repairs 
for the Neck. 

Order was this Day issued to Tobias & Scepio (late Cap 1 . 

Fayerweathers) Free Negros, to work on the High Way before 
the Market, four Days each, there being several Years duty due 
from them. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 18 th . 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Newall. 

Voted, that the doors at the East end of the Market be opened 
untill the further Orders of the Selectmen. 

M r . Seth Webber informs the Selectmen that Capt a . 
Freeman with his wife is come to live in this Town and has hired 
a House in Middle Street. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30 th . 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Newell. 

Cap'. Baker of Engine N. 1. apply'd to the Selectmen for the 
Premium allowed by the Town to his Company for bringing their 
Engine to work first upon the Fire which broke out at D r . Clarks 
Barn. North End. 

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

Ordered, that the Assise of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/2 d . p. 
Bushel & that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood a 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat 
J Rye Meal must weigh 2 Ib. 10 oz. 10 dr. a 4 d . Ditto not above 
Indian Meal d. 3 Ib. 9 oz. 8 dr. a Bisket of a Copper price 
5 oz. 7 dr. 

M r . Benjamin Austin has received into his Family one Alexan- 
der Perry a Servant last from Gardners on the Neck. 

[17.] Cap 1 . Frankland of Engine N. 9 presented Thomas Hun- 
stable as a proper Person for their Engine Company who was ac- 
cordingly approved by the Selectmen. 

Mess. Sewall Phillips & Coll . Jackson appointed to view 
Leverets Lane & M r . Dal tons Fence and to Report to y 6 Selectmen. 

M r . Samuel Holland approbated as a Retailer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1766 A.M. 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Newell. 

M r . William Gray in behalf of his Father in Law Cap'. Hall ap- 
ply'd to the Selectmen for liberty, to open a Drain from his House 
in Cold Lane. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 219 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1766 P. M. 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Ruddock Newell. 

Voted that John Hutchinson have a draft of Eight pounds on 
Account of Paving work done for the Town. 

Complaint being made to the Selectmen that the Chimnies of a 
House in Prince Street occupied by one Brown are insufficient 
and dangerous Mess. John Brown & Benj a . Richardson were 
impow'd & desired to survey the same and Report their Opinion. 

Cap'. Brown of Engine N. 6. apply'd to the Selectmen for the 
Premium allowed by the Town for their Companys bringing their 
Engine to work first at the Fire which lately broke out at M r . 
Pollards House New Boston. 

Voted, that he have a draft of 13/4 for the same, in the Draft 
not given in. 

Boston Ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 4. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Phillips Newel 

The Selectmen Having rec d . a Warrant from Foster Hutchin- 
son Esq r . Judge of probate directing them to make inquisition into 
the Circumstances of Mary Brightman and report to Him whether 
the s d . Mary is a person non Compos and incapable of taking care 
either of her person or Estate dated June 13 : 1766. 

Returned on the Back thereof. 

Boston July 3, 1766. 

In compliance with His Honour's "Warrant, on the other side 
directing us thereto, we have visited and enquired into the Circum- 
stances of Mary Brightman, and find her to be [18.] incapable of 
taking Care either of Her person or Estate 

Jos. JACKSON 

W* S P^LLIPS Sel6Ctffien Of 

TIM. NEWELL 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock, Phillips Newell. 

M r . Crafts applied for leave to Frame the New Goal near M'. 
Holbrook School. 

Voted on Condition he does not incumber the Road. 

M r . William Hunt in behalf of the Gent n . Mill Owners was 
present with the Selectmen & made Acquainted with the Scituation 
of the Draw Bridge, &that there was a Necessity of an immediate 
Repair, & the Selectmen Desir'd M r . Hunt to order immediately 
all Necessary Repairs to be made & put it in a proper State of 
Safety, & that the expence is to be Born by the Gent". Mill Own- 
ers, as p. Contract. M r . Hunt agreed. 

Voted that M r . Hancock & M r . Phillips be a Committee to 
Confer with the Gent". Overseers with Respect to opening a Drain 
into the Common to Discharge the Almshouse Vaults, M r . Dol- 
beare in behalf of the overseers having applied to the Selectmen 
for that purpose. 

M r . Hancock is Desir'd to Confer with the Hon 1 . M r . Tyler 
respect'g. the French Neutrals, and obtain a List of them & 
Deliver it to M r . Goldthwait to See if they are Warn'd out. 



220 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23 d . 1766 - 
Present Jackson Sewall Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

M r . Hancock and Phillips a Committee to order Repairs at the 
South Gramar School and M r . Levels Dwelling House. 

M r . John Fleet acquaints the Selectmen that he had received 
into his Family Abigail McDaniel, Daughter of John McDaniel of 
Dorchester. 

The Town Warehouse near the Golden Ball was let by M r . Rowe 
& Jackson to M r . Lewis Genneste 24 th of June 1766 when the 
Keys were delivered. 

[19.] Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28 th . 
1766 Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips 
Newell. 

Ordered, that the Assise of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/2 d . p. 
Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Live- 
lihood. 

lb oz dr 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat J Rye meal must weigh 2-10-10 
A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. - - - - 3-9-8 
A Bisket of a Copper price --..----."5-7 
The Committee appointed to survey M r . Browns Chimnies 
Reported, that they found them insufficient and very dangerous to 
the whole Neighbourhood. 

The Copy of said warrant for the survey is as follows. 
Mess". Benjamin Richardson & John Brown 

Complaint being made to us the Chimnies of a House in Prince 
Street occupied by Brown are insufficient and dangerous 

We do desire and impower you to survey the same and Report to 
us your Judgement concerning them 

JOSEPH JACKSON ^ 
SAMUEL SEWALL 

JOHN RUDDOCK V Selectmen of Boston. 
WILL PHILLIPS 
TIMOTHY NEWELL J 
Boston July 2 d . 1766 

In consequence of the above Return it was Voted that the fol- 
lowing Order be sent M r . Brown. 

Boston July 28 th . 1766. 
M r . Brown 

Upon Complaint made by a number of y e Inhabitants of the 
Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House occupied by your- 
self ; We issued our Warrant for a Survey, a Copy of the Return 
of said Warrant you have above Agreeable to the Direction of 
the Law in that case made and provided, we hereby warn you not 
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 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

[20.] M r . Tim . Newel is desired to take care that all those 
Breaches in the pavement of the Main Street from the Conduit to 
the fortification are filled up & paved. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 176G. 221 

Voted, that the side of the South Grammar School next to M r . 
Boylstons be Slated, and M r . Phillips and Hancock a Comm ee . to 
direct in the Business, and to order such Repairs at M r . Levels 
Dwelling House as they may Judge proper. 

Voted, that John Hutchinson have a draft on the Treasury for 
20 on Acco'. of Paving Work done for the Town (Mem , he 
had a draft for 8 July 2 d .) 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen July 30 th . 1760 
Present Mess. Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, Rowe, Rud- 
dock. 

Passed upon Joseph Nowells Province Account amounting in the 
whole to 27 . 4 . 3 as p. Copy thereof on File. 

Col. Jackson is desired to speak to M r . Adams that M r . Ruggles 
remove his Beef Stall from the North West Corner of the Market 
unless he will bring the Hides and comply in the same manner as 
the Stalls do which are within Doors. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 6. 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Joseph Ballard acquaints the Selectmen that he has rec d . 
into his House at South End the Rev d M r . Carnes & Family from 
Rehoboth. 

Voted that the Committee to order repairs to M r . Levels School 
ami his House be desired to direct a Wood House to be built. 

M r . Brimmer attended & acquainted the Selectmen that with 
their leave he would break Ground to clear a Drain near his House. 
Liberty was accordingly granted, he to make good the Pavement 
& to the liking of the Selectmen. 

See the other side Licenses. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 13 th . 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips, Newel. 

[!.] The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons licensed 
the last year to sell Strong Drink both as Inholders and Retailers 
within this Town, and made return thereon to the Court of Ses- 
sions the last Month And have also at several Meetings con- 
sidered the Petitions for Licenses for the Year ensuing, and the 
following Persons were approved and recommended Viz'. 

Inholders. 

Sarah Warden - Bromfields Lane 

Isaac Ridgway - - Dock Square 

Retailers. 

James Thompson - - At his Distill House, Auchinu- 

tys Lane 

Samuel Holland - Near Winnisimet Ferry 

Susannah Haskins ... Battery March 

Joseph Candish - - Adjoining M r . Elliots Church 

Enoch Brown - Boston Neck 

Urial Ray - - At the Head of Maj r . Nobles 

" " - - - - - Wharf. 

Ilopestill Foster - South part of Boston 

Mehettable Avery - - Fish Street. 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

The following Persons Petitioned for Licenses & were disappro d . 

Viz 1 . 

Hannah Shellcock John Maverick 

John Carnes John McDaniel 

John Moore Jane Savel 

Elizabeth Foster Hannah Kent 

Dorothy Turner Eunice Crouch 

Thomas Hayes Isaac Luke 

McCloud Elizabeth McElroy 

Thomas Allen. Hezekiah Cooley 

Thomas Britt. Agnes Gorden 

Mary Corvell Ann Stamp 

William Pierce Casper York 

John Stibbins Abigail Saunders 

Samuel Jorden Mary Salmon 

Rebecca Balsch Francis Salmon 

Mary Ready Robert Love 

Joseph Blake Elizabeth Trevoy 

Seth Davis Henry Alline 

Andrew Symms 
[22.] A Small strip of Land, opposite & joining to Joseph 

Nouel Boat Builders Yard in Lynn Street, about ten Feet, being 

in such condition as renders it necessary to pave it. lie the said 

Nouel offered to pave one half provided the Town would pave the 

other part. 

Voted That the Selectmen will comply with the said proposal 

and that Capt" Ruddock be appointed & desired to see the same 

carried into Execution. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 20. 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Sampson Salter one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1764 having produced this Province County & Town Treasurers 
Receipts in full for his part of the Tax committed to him to Collect 
for that Year. 

Voted that he have a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum. of 
109 ,, 18 - being his Quarter part of the Premium allowed 
by the Town to the four Collectors Collecting the Tax of 1764 
as p. a Certificate received from the Assessors on File. 

M r . Samuel Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford 
Island, attended, and having made it appear that a Cable was want- 
ing for his Boat and some small Cordage he was directed to 
apply to M r . Hancock for the same. 

The Representatives of the Town this Day acquainted the Select- 
men that before the late Prorogation of the General Court ; it was 
the sense of the House that the several Representatives, should 
consult thier Constituents relative to a Reimburstments being 
made the Lieu' Governor & others for the damage and losses sus- 
tain'd by the Violences of a Mob ; & this before the Meeting of 
the Court they could not say that the Assembly would meet, 
untill a further Prorogation but supposed that this would be known 
in a few Days, and then left this Matter with the Selectmen to act 
upon it as they should Judge proper. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 223 

[23.] The Selectmen have agreed to visit Deer Island next 
Thursday, Seven night and M r . Hartley was ordered to come up 
with his Boat on the Wednesday Evening preceeding. 

M r . Samuel Hartley has handed in to the Selectmen a Mem , of 
the Beds Bedding & c . now under his care in the Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island which is as follows Mem , on file. 

2 Feather Beds 27 Bed Sacks 

2 Flock Beds 7 Pillar Cases 

30 Mill Blankets 1 6 Old Bed Rugs 

4 White Ditto 16 Bolster Cases 

Coll . Jackson and M r . Newell appointed a Committee to order 
such Repairs to the Warehouse improved by the Hon bl . Thomas 
Hubbard Esq. as they may think proper. 

M r . Nathaniel Ruggles for himself and John Shirley, and M r . 
James Bryant who hold Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market, together 
with Mess : Calfs, Torrey, Lush and Bass Tanners, attended, when 
it was agreed between them that the Hydes of all the Beef that shall 
be brought into the Market from this Day to the 20 th . of October next 
shall be delivered the Tanners at 18 d . O.T. p. Pound, they paying 
the Butchers for bringing the same 5/ O.T. and a Premium of 
10/ . O.T. p. Hyde Mem . M r . Ruggles promised that the Hydes 
of the Beef brought to the Stall without the Market, are to be 
delivered also at the above Rates. 

Upon a Motion made by the Gentlemen Firewards Voted, 
that the Town Ladders be committed to their Care, they to order 
such Repairs and painting as they may think proper ; and to attest 
the several Accounts of the Charge thereof as they shall be 
brought in to the Selectmen And also to dispose of them in such 
parts of the Town as they may think most convenient ; acquaint- 
ing the Selectmen of such disposition. 

M r . Hudson appeared, and proposed to the Selectmen, the keep- 
ing y e Ground round the Market clean and free from filth, pro- 
vided he has the Privilege of taking the Dung and Dirt ; which is 
accordingly permitted him untill the 1st of Septem r . next 

[24.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 25 th . 
1766 Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock Newell. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ p. 
Bushel and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains and Livelihood. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must lb oz ^ 
weigh 2-12- 4 

a 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian 3-12- 

a Bisket of a Copper price 5-10 

Mess". Henshaw and Austin former Selectmen and a Committee 
Appointed the last January to settle with Thomas Hubbard Esq r . 
the Rent of his Shop or Warehouse since the expiration of his 
Lease, having Reported that they had agreed with him that from 
the expiration of his Lease for said Warehouse to the 12 of 
January 1766 being two Years he should allow 175 p. Annum 
O.T. and proposing that he have a new Lease for said Premisses 
for five Years commencing the 12'. of January and to expire the 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

12 th . of January 1771 he allowing 200 p. Annum The Shop 
to be put in good thorough Repair at the Cost of the Town, and 
then to be kept and delivered in the like good Repair by the said 
M r . Hubbard, Fires Common wear and extraordinary Casualties 
excepted, at the expiration of said Lease. 

Voted, that the Selectmen agreed to the above Report, and that 
the Town Clerk be directed to prepare Leases accordingly. 

Passed upon Thomas Willistons Province Account am , to 4. 
6. 4 as p. Acco' of particulars on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 27. 1766 
Present 

M r . John Kneeland acquaints the Selectmen that he has taken 
into his Family as a Maid one Mary Ann Jones, last from Rox- 
bury. 

M r . Mullins having apply'd for Repairs to his House Coll . Jack- 
son & M r . Newell are appointed to order such, as shall be thought 
necessary. 

M r . John Downes appointed by the Sessions a Measurer of 
Grain &c. in this port apply'd for Scales but as they had before 
[25.] Recommended three Persons to the Sessions as suitable & 
sufficient for that trust who were accordingly appointed & supply'd 
by the Selectmen with Measures & Scales, decline M r . Downes 
request. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 3. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock, Phillips Newall. 

M r . Atkins applied for Liberty to open a Drain in Black Horse 
Lane, w ch was Granted upon Condition he repair the Pavem', & 
put it in good order. 

M r . Benj a . Bourk applied for Liberty to open a Drain in Ship 
Street, w ch was granted upon Condition he repair the Pavem' & 
put it in good order. 

M r . John Lewis waited on the Selectmen to know their mind 
respect 3 , his bringing Gravel on the Neck, when the Selectmen 
agreed with him to bring what Gravell is necessary for the Repairs 
of the Neck he to be Allow'd 15 /, old Tenor for each Load. 

Sept. 6 th . At a Meeting of the Selectmen present Mess. Sewall 
Hancock, Newel. 

Capt a . Rob 4 . Ball informed the Selectmen that, a Snow from 
Lond ., Cap'. Marshal, has the Small pox on board, and is brought 
too off Rainsfords Island : But, can give no particular account, how 
it is with them on board. 

The following Letters were sent down. 

Boston, Sep'. 6, 1766. 
Capt a . Marshal 
Sir 

We are informed, that you have the small pox on board 
your Vesel, therefore, we order, according to a Law impowcring 
us so to do, that you do not suffer any persons, Passengers or 
others, to go over the Side of your Vessel untill you are permitted 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 225 

by us so to do. M r . Hartley, who has the Care of the Hospital will 
come on board you, and by Him you must send up, such an Ac- 
count of the Circumstances of that Distemper on board as you 
can swear to How many are sick How many you have lost 
or How many have recovered &c as M r . Hartly can particularise 
to you. 

Yours 

S. SEWALL 
JN. HANCOCK 
TIM. NEWELL. 

[26.] Boston Sep 1 . 6. 1766. 

M r . Hartley 

We have just now rec d . advice that Capt a . Marshall in a Snow 
from London is come too off your Island with the Small pox on 
board you are hereby directed to obtain of the Captain a particular 
State of the matter and immediately come up to Boston and ac- 
quaint us with it that we may give the necessary Directions. 

Your Hum Serv" 

SAM'-. SEWALL 

Selectmen of Boston. JN. HANCOCK 

TIM. NEWELL 

Sep' 7 th At a Meeting of the Selectmen^ [s/c] present Mess. 
Sewall Hancock Newell Rowe. 

M r . Hartley came up from the Hospital below & brought a 
Letter from Capt a . W m . Marshal of the Snow Holyoke from 
London informing the Selectmen that He left Graves End the 
1 st of June soon after he came away two of His people were taken 
with the Small pox and he put them on shore at Portsmouth taking 
two others in their stead. Soon after he left the Land His second 
mate was taken with it in the Steerage the 9 th of June and dyed 
July 24. Two Children were afterward with it who both got well 
of it. They were shifted from the Steerage forward to Stop the 
Infection. The 12 th August another person was taken with it and 
He has been well enough to get upon Deck this Week There is no 
other person to have it on board but Himself the said Captain as 
he does not really know whether he has had it or not He further 
saith they have very little on board between Decks except four 
Tons of Hemp. 

Cabbin Passengers. 

M r . James Neven Collector of Piscataqua. 
Capt a . James Brett of Boston 
Capt a . Samuel Green D. 
Capt a . Thomas Tyler of Lond. 
M r . George Ryder D. 

[27.] The foregoing Circumstances of the Snow Holyoke 
being considered, 

Voted that the Passengers must go on Shore to the Well House 
on Rainsford Island to air & shift themselves, and wait our further 
Orders. 

Voted that all the Goods between Decks be taken on Shore at 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

s d Island to be aired and cleansed and that the Vessel be 
thorowly smoaked aired & cleansed and that M r . Hartley come 
up for our further Orders when the above are complied with. 
Accordingly the following Orders were given to M r . Hartley 

M r . Sam 1 . Hartley 
Sir 

According to the Circumstances of the Small pox on 
board the Snow Holyoke Capt a . W m . Marshal, we apprehend it 
necessary to order and do Order yon. 

That, you do not suffer, any of the Passengers or People now 
on board the said Snow, to come over the side of the Vesel or go 
on shore any where but to Rainsford Island. 

The Passengers must go on shore to the well House on said 
Island to shift and air themselves, and there wait onr further 
Orders. 

All the Goods from between Decks are to be taken on Shore 
and the peoples Chests to be aired smoaked and cleansed. The 
Vessel you must smoake wash air and cleanse thorowly. 

The Captain who does not know whether he has had the Small 
pox must be taken peculiar care of and as soon as he has any cer- 
tain appearance upon Him of said Distemper you are to inform ns. 
When you have complied with the above orders you must come 
up to us for fuither Orders & Directions as Circumstances may 
require. 

You are to Smoak the Letters well & deliver them to M r . 
Green 

Your Friends &c 

S. SEWALL ") 
JN. HANCOCK I Selectmen of 
TIM. NEWELL j Boston. 
JN. ROWE j 

N. B. You have no right [to] order the Goods on shore, or 
the people, in a peremptory manner, nor is anything in the above 
intended to justify you therein : But unless they, with their own 
consent, submit to go on shore and agree to send the Goods on 
shore neither themselves the Goods or Vessel can be permitted to 
come up 

S. SEWALL. 

[28.] SeptS tb , 1760. Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the 
Selectmen present Mess. S. Sewall, Jn. Ruddock, Jn. Hancock, 
Jn. Rowe. 

It being represented to the Selectmen that the passengers were 
very earnest to come up the following Order was given to M r . 
Hartley 

Monday Sept r . 8. 1766. 
M r . Samuel Hartley. 

You may Let the Five Cabbin Passengers come up when they 
have shifted their Cloaths & are well aired and cleansed You 
may also bring up the Bag of Letters let them be well smoaked & 
deliver them to Barth : Green. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 227 

The Trunks and Baggage belonging to these Five Cabin passen- 
gers must be well aired before they can be brought & this must 
be done on shore. 

S. SEWALL 

' 



T electmen of Boston. 

J. 



. 
JN. ROWE J 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septetn r . 10. 1756. 
Present Sewall, Ruddock. Hancock, Newell, 

M r . John Grant one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Years 
1763 & 1764 having produced the Province County and Town 
Treasures Receipts in full for his part of the Tax committed to 
him to Collect for those Years. 

Voted, that he have a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum of 
92 ,, 14/. being his quarter part of the Premium allowed by the 
Town to the four Collectors for Collecting the Tax of 1763. and 
also for the sum of 109 ,, 18 ,, being his quarter part of the 
Premium for the Year 1764 given in y e Aug'. draft M r . Treas- 
urers Mem , of file. 

Voted, that the Towu Clerk have a draft on the Treasurer in the 
Draft for August not yet given in for 25. 

It being represented to the Selectmen that Cap 4 . Neven the Col- 
lecter of Piscataqua, who came Passenger in Cap*. Marshall [29.] 
from London, had kept the State room when the Small Pox ap- 
peared on board, & suffered no one of the Company to come to 
him as also that his Cloathing and Baggage, had been carefully 
aird & cleansed. 

Voted that he have liberty to take off from Rains fords Island 
the said Cloathing & c . and that Orders be given M r . Hartley accord- 
ingly. 

M r . Neven attended, and pray'd the Selectmen to permit one 
William Ferryman a young Lad on board Cap'. Marshall to 
come up to Town with his Clothing 

Boston September 10. 1766. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Sir 

It being represented to us that M r . Neven the Collector of 
Piscataqua kept his Cloathing &. in the State Room, and 
suffered no one Person to come near to him, after the Small 
Pox appeared in Cap'. Marshalls Vessell You are permitted 
to allow that Gentleman to take said Clothing & c . being first 
satisfied that they have been sufficiently aird & cleansed And 
as soon as William Ferryman a Young Lad and the Cloaths &c. 
he had on board are well smoked and aired you may suffer him 
to leave the Island with his Clothing & c . you being first satisfied 
for the Charge and Expence incurred by them while on the 
Island. 

SAMUEL SEWALL | 

JOHN RUDDOCK 

JOHN HANCOCK f Selectmen of Boston. 

TIMOTHY NEWELL J 



228 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 55. 

P. S. If any of the Steerage Passengers excepting the Women 
& Children are well smoaked you may suffer them to come up. 



Passed upon M r . Samuel Procters Province Accounts amounting 
to the Sums of 260 ,, i) ,, 8 & 17 ,, 1 ,, 5 as p. Copys on 
file. 

M r . Hartley has liberty to take down to Cap 4 . Marshalls Ship 
two Labourers viz 1 . John Flanngan & Thomas Terrey but not t> 
suffer them to return to Town untill they are well smoked and 
cleansed. 

[3O.] A number of the Bakers attended, and having repre- 
sented to the Selectmen that the price of Flour was higher than 
when the last Assize was set It was Voted. 

That the Assize of Bread be now altered, and that the same be 
now set at Wheat at 5/2 p. Bushel, and that G d p. Bushel be al- 
lowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pains and Livelihood 
A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must ">. oz . dr. 

weigh 2. 10. 10. 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal 3. 9. 8. 

A Bisket of a Copper price " 5. 7. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Select Men Sept'. 15. 1766 
Present Sewall Hancock Phillips Newell 

M r . Rob*. M e Curdy Mas r . of the Brig . Will" 1 , arriv'd from Ire- 
land Reports that he left Ireland nine Weeks past, that while he 
lay in Ireland, three of his passengi-rs were Taken down with the 
Small Pox one of w ch Died, the others Recover'd, & that no one 
person on board has had the Distemper since & it is now Six 
Weeks since any one has had it. 

Voted to order Cap'. M c Curdy down to Rainsfords Island, & 
he was accordingly order'd down this Night, & he promis'd to 
Comply. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem'. 16, 1766 
Present Sewall Hnacock Phillips Newell Rowe. 

M r . Hartley attended, and acquainted the Selectmen that the 
Snow Holyoke Cap*. Marshall from London, which had the Small 
Pox on board, has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed and that 
he is of opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town with 
out endangering the Health of the Inhabitants, as those Articles 
which came in her & were liable to retain Infection have been 
landed on the Island. 

Voted, that Cap'. Marshalls Ship may be permitted to corue up 
to Town and that Orders be given M r . Hartley accordingly as 
also that a Certificate be given his Excellency See next Page. 

Voted that Orders be given M r . Hartley for the smoking and 
cleansing of the Brigg". William Cap'. M c Curdy from Ireland which 
is stopt at Rainsfords Island on acco'. of Small Pox [ol.] As 
also for his receiving on the Island out of the Vessell all such 
things as may be lia.ble to retaing. Infection and the Passengers 
and their Baggage & c . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1760. 221) 

Boston Septem r . 16"'. 1766. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us, that the Snow Holyoke Cap'. 
Marshall from London stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account of 
the Small Pox has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed, and may 
in your Opinion come up to Town without danger of communicat- 
ing the Infection Our Orders are that said Vessell be permitted 
to leave your Island and come up to Town as soon as the Con- 
cerned think proper. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston September 16 th . 1766 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Brigg n . William Cap'. M c Curdy from Ireland having been 
st^pt at Rainsfords Island on Account of the Small Pox. Our 
O"ders are that you receive the Passengers and all their Clothing 
&. on shore, as also all such Articles in the Vessell as may be 
liable to retain Infection, which you are to smoke and cleanse as 
as well as the Brigg". and Report to us your proceedings You 
cannot be too careful in executing our directions. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Snow Holyoke Cap'. W m . Marshall from London which was 
stopt at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox, having 
been sufficiently smoked and cleansed 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 Excell y . Most Obed'. Hum. Ser'. 

SAM: SEWALL ^ 
JOHN HANCOCK I Selectmen 

Boston Septem r . 16. 1766 WILL: PHILLIPS, i- of 

His Excel! 7 . j TIMOTHY NEWELL Boston. 

Francis Bernard Esq. JOHN ROWE J 

[32.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 17 t!l . 
1766 Present Jackson Sewall Hancock Newell, Rowe. 

M r . William Pope from Burmudus, who professes himself a 
Teacher of Dancing and Fencing, attended, and beg'd leave of 
the Selectmen to keep a School in this Town for the instruction of 
Youth in those Sciences. 

Voted that the Assize of Bread be altered, as the price of 
Wheat has advanced since the last Assize was set and that the 
same be now set at Wheat 5/4 p. Bushel, and that 6 d . p. Bushel be 
allowed to the Bakers for their Charges Pain and Livelihood. 
A 4". Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal must weigh 2. 9. 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal 3. 7. 

Biskets of a Copper price o. 4 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 18. 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Newell. 

The Selectmen being informed that three Persons who came 
Passengers in Cap'. M c Curdys Brigg". from Ireland, had left sai.l 
Vessell before she was order'd to Rainsfords Island, and are now 
at their Uncle M r . Meaus's, Orders were given that they should go 
this Night with their Things to the Hospital at New Boston in 
order to their being smoked and cleansed, and M r . Foye was wrote 
to accordingly. 

M r . Hartley having Reported to us that the Brigg n . William 
Cap'. M c Curdy stopt at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small 
Pox, has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed, and may be ready 
to leave the Island on Satturday the following Orders were given 
M r . Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital & a Certificate given the 
Governor. 

Boston Septem r . 18. 1766. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Briggendine "William Cap'. 
M c Curdy has been well smoked and cleansed, and may leave the 
Island with safety by Satturday next Our Orders are that you 
permit said Vessell to coins up [33.] To Town accordingly with 
such of the Sailors ami Passengers as have had the Small Pox, 
and have got a shift of Cloths those who have not had the Dis- 
temper are to remain at the Well House untill our further Direc- 
tions you must secure your pay for charges & e . 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r . 20, 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips. 

M r . Sheriff Greanleaff apply'd to the Selectmen for the use of 
Fa'ieuils Hall on Monday next, (23 d .) being the Coronation Day, 
when the Governor and Council &c. purpose to drink the Kings 
Health &c. 

Voted, that liberty be accordingly granted 

The Selectmen being informed that Cap' MCurdy and three of 
his Passengere who have not had the Small Pox ha^e come up this 
Day in his Vessell contrary to our Orders to M r . Hartley the 
following Letter was sent the said Cordey 

Boston Septem r . 20. 1766. 
Cap'. Robert M c Cordey 

We understand that yourself and three of your Passengers have 
come up to Town in your Vessell, contrary to our Orders as you 
have not had the Small Pox You may therefore depend upon it 
we shall prosecute you according to Law, unless you and they con- 
tinue on board untill you have our permission for all or either of 
your corning on shore ; in the mean Time we expect you give us 
immediate notice if either of you should be ill or any wise com- 
plaining 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 231 

P.S. It is expected that you satisfy M r . Hartley for his trouble 
his Account will be given in to you. 

Boston ^s : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sepf. 24, 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Newell, Rowe. 

[34.] The Selectmen having considered the request of M r . Will- 
iam Pope from Burmudos as entred the 1 7 of this Instant. 

Voted, that his Request be granted, and liberty is hereby given 
him to set up a School in this Town for the instruction of youth in 
Dancing and Fencing, for so long a Time and no longer on his be- 
havor shall meet the approbation of the Selectmen 

M r . Jon a . Lewis apply'd to the Selectmen, for liberty to unload 
the Brigg n . William Cap'. M e Curdy from Ireland, and to discharge 
the People and Passengers. 

Vote:!, that Liberty be given accordingly. 

M r . Thorn'. Lewis apply'd to the Selectmen for leave to break 
Ground in order to erect a Post or Posts against his House in 
Fostai', Street. Liberty was accordingly granted, provided the 
Ground and Pavement is made good, and the Posts so placed as 
not to incommode the Street or Passage Way. 

M r . Meletiah Bourn apply'd to the Selectmen for their consent 
as to his planting a number of Lime Trees opposite to his .House 
on a Line with the Town Pump in Milk Street. Liberty was granted 
accordingly. 

M r . Hancock Newell and Rowe a Committee to view Beer Lane 
in order to Report whether the Proprietors have paved the same 
agreeable to their engagements with the Town and so are entitled 
to a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum granted for that purpose. 

The above Committee having view'd the Lane Reported that the 
Lane was not paved to their satisfaction. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 29. 1766 
Present Mess. Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Newell 
Rowe. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 p. 
Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood. 
A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must lb oz ^ 

weigh 2. 9. 

A 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian 3. 7. 

A Biskct of a Copper price 5. 4. 

[35.] The Selectmen having view'd the New Street lately 
paved by M r . Dalton and others, Voted that agreeable to a Vote 
of the Town at their Meeting in May last, the said Dalton have a 
Draft on the Treasury for 45 the Paving having been corn- 
pleated to their satisfaction. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 1. 1766 
Present Jackson, Hancock, Phillips Newell. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 2 d . 1 766 
Present Jackson, Hancock, Newell. 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . Hartley having Reported to the Selectmen that M r . John 
Brown Brookland his Wife, and two Children, who came in Cap'. 
Marshalls Ship from London, that they have been sufficiently 
smoked and cleansed, and may leave the Island with safety, 
Liberty was accordingly granted and for a Nurse and her Child 
who have been assisting at the Island, they having been well 
smoked & c . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 3 d . 1766 
Present Sewall Hancock Newell Rowe. 

M r . John Welch informed the Selectmen, that he had let a 
House of his to one M r . Woodland,* a Sopeboiler from England, 
who has a Wife and two Children who came passenger in y 
Snow Holyoke Cap 1 . Marshall from London. 

Voted, that the Clerk issue his Warrant to the Constables of 
the Town of Boston for warning a Meeting on Wednesday the 
8 of this Ins 1 : O'Clock Before Noon. 

Mess". Drapers had the printing of Notifications. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oc-to r . 8. 176G 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock, Phillips Newell. 

M r . Hartley attended & acquainted the Selectmen that Cap'. 
Marshalls Brother was desirous of leaving the Island and that as 
he had been well smoked & cleansed, he might in his Opinion leave 
it with safety to the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 15. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewell Ruddock Phillips Newell Rowe. 

[38.] Whereas it is thought necessary that some of the Lad- 
ders should be cut shorter and otherwise altered as may render 
them more convenient for the purpose which they are designed for. 

Voted that the Gentlemen Fire wards be desired to make such 
alterations as above suggested to be necessary according to their 
best Dicretion. 

M r . Samuel Hartley from Rainsfords Island reported to the 
Selectmen that the Chests Bedding Trunks also a Bale & Crate 
which here received from the Snow Holyoke has been sufficiently 
aired & cleansed, the following Direction was given to M r . Hartley. 

M r . Sam 1 . Hartley . 

You having reported to us, that the Chests Bedding & Trunks, 
which were received from the Snow Holyoke, had been sufficiently 
aired & cleansed so that you apprehend they may be sent from the 
Island without danger, we consent that you permit said Chests 
Bedding & Trunks to be carried off and delivered to their Owners 
also the Bale & Crate which came out of the same Vessel. 

M r . Lassenbee came to the Selectmen from the Gentlemen Over- 
seers of the Poor with their desire of leave to open the Drain 
across Street which draws off the wash from the Work 

house Kitchen. 

* Compare this with the preceding item. W. H. "W. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 233 

Mess". Newel & Sewall appointed a Committee to view the 
place & discourse the Overseers and report thereon. 

Mess 1 " 9 . Ruddock & Sewall are desired as a Committee to see, 
what is necessary to be done for the preservation of the Towns 
interest near the North Battery, effected as soon as may be. 

Col. Jackson & M r . Newel are desired as a Committee to order 
Tho 3 . Hubbard Esq r . & Mess". Scot & Gill immediately to remove 
the incumbrances by them laid on the Towns Land in & near 
Market Square. 

Mess". Phillips & Sewall are desired & appointed "as a Com- 
mittee to Carry out the Street and build a head near Oliver's 
Dock. 

[37.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 17 : 
1766. Present Jackson Sewall Hancock Phillips Rowe. 

M r . Hartley reported that Capt Marshal might go of the Island 
with Safety. 

Boston Octo r . 17, 1766. 
M r . Sam 1 . Hartley 

As you report to us, that Capt a . W m . Marshal, who has passt 
through the Small pox at the Hospital, is now well, and may go 
off the Island without Danger to any who have not had the Dis- 
temper, you have our consent to permit Capt". Marshal to depart 
the Island : But would repeat our Cautions to you that you take 
especial Care to see Him cleansed aired Shifted &c. 

J. JACKSON ") 
S. SEWALL | Selectmen 
JN. HANCOCK }- of 
W M . PHILLIPS | Boston 
J. ROWE 

The Committee appointed to view the place where the Overseers 
proposed to open a Drain in order to draw off the wash from the 
Work house Kitchen Reported, that it is best that Liberty 
should be given therefor and Liberty was given them accordingly. 

M r . Willeston was directed to warn the Collectors & M r . Edes 
and M r . Latherby to attend at the Selectmeus Chamber next 
Wednesday 3 O Clock P.M. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 22 d . 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Newell. 

The Bakers having represented to the Selectmen that the price 
of Flour has advanced since the last assize was set therefore 
Ordered that the present Assize be altered, and now set at Wheat 
at 5/1 O d . p. Bushel and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers for their Charges Pains & Livelihood. 

lb oz dr 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh, 2-9- 
A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal ------- 3_ y_ 

Biskets of a Copper price ----------- 14_ 

The Collectsrs attended according to desire. 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . Salter proposed M r . John Salter & M r . Daniel Ray as 
Bondsmen who were accepted accordingly. 

M r . Ruggles proposed his Father Sam: Ruggles & M r . Caleb 
Davis who were accepted. 

M r . Hollyday proposed John Winslow & M r . Henry Allyne J r . 
as Bondsmen who were approved accordingly. 

M r . Paysou proposed, Jonathan Gary Esq r . & Alexander Ed- 
wards as Bondsmen who were approved by the Selectmen. 

[38.] M r . Gowen Brown appeared and informed the Select- 
men that he had received into his House as a Workman, one Law- 
ranee Ash & Thomas Jackson, they came to Town about fourteen 
days since, the last from Cannada the former from Philadelphia. 

M r . Jackson appointed upon a Motion made by M r . Holyoke 
Master of the Writing School in Queen Street, to order such Re- 
pairs to the School and Pavement as may be necessary. 

Upon a Motion made by the Proprietors of Beer Lane, the Se- 
lectmen agreed to view the premisses, in order to determine 
whether the Pavement is now compleated to their satisfaction and 
so the said Proprietors entitled to a draft for the amount of one third 
part the Sum which it has cost them for paving said 'Street 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Alms house was directed by 
two of the Selectmen viz*. Coll . Jackson & M r . Sewall, and one 
of the Overseers to receive into the Alms house one Thomas Mar- 
ston a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince neither having wherewithall to subsist himself and being 
infirm and aged is unable to labor for his support. 

M. Susannah Wells Widow and M. Mary Merret Widow whose 
Husbands were lisensed Persons and lately deceased, together with 
James Swift who had a License under Cap'. Hammatt, presented 
their Petitions for Licenses to retail Spirituous Liquors. when 
James Swift only was approbated as a Retailer at his House ad- 
joining Cap'. Hammats Distill House. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October. 27. 1766. 
Present Sewall, Ruddock, Newell. 

M r . Samuel Procter keeper of the Almshouse was directed by 
two of the Selectmen viz 1 . Samuel Sewall & John Ruddock Esq r . 
and M r . William Whitwell one of the Overseers to receive a 
Boy named John Plant, on the Province charge he being a sick 
stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
neither having wherewith to subsist himself. 

[39.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 29, 
1766 Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Wedge who lives in Royal Exchange Lane, appeared, and 
acquainted the Selectmen that there was in his Family one John 
Wade, a Stranger in suffering circumstances, 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk give M r . Samuel Waterhouse a 
Draft on M r . Treasurer Jeffries for 168 being the Towns 
proportion of an Assessment for the payment of land taken from 
said Waterhouse to enlarge the Street by Faneuil Hall Market. 

Passed uponM*. Samuel Hartley Province Account for 10 C'ord 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 235 

of Wood supply'd for the use of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
amounting to 6. 13. 4 as p. Ace', on file. 

M r . Samuel Hartley having Reported to us, that the Hemp 
which came out of Cap'. Marshalls Ship is in his opinion suffi- 
ciently aircl and smoked, and may be suffered to be brought up to 
Town without danger to the Inhabitants 

Voted, that liberty be granted, accordingly and the following 
letter wrote M r . Hartley. 

Boston Octo r . 29. 1766. 
M r . Samuel Hartley. 

You having reported to us that it is your Opinion that the Hemp 
which came out of Cap*. Marshalls Ship is sufficiently smoked and 
aired We consent that the Owners may take said Hemp from 
the Island, they first satisfying you for the charge it has occa- 
sioned . 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

M r . Hews and Lilley appeared, and the Selectmen discoursed 
them relative to the Buildings on the Towns Land formerly improved 
by M r . Frary when they came to this Agreement viz', that M r . 
Lilley is to deliver up said Land and Buildings, and give a Quit 
Claim for the same The Town paying M r . Hews 100 lawful 
Money, as a consideration for said Buildings which had been 
erected at the charge of said Hews Mem . M r . Hews had y e 
Land of Lilley on Leases & built thereon [4O.] Lilley im- 
proved the Land as an heir to Theophilus Frary to whom the 
Town Leased said Land as appear upon the Town Record, Page 
215 Anno 1695. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 30. 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell. 

The Selectmen having received a Warrant from the Hon ble . 
Foster Hutchinson Esq r . to examine into the Circumstances of 
M. Abigail Lee, who is represented by her friends to be a Person 
Non Compos and to report their Opinion made the following 
Return on said Warrant Viz'. 

Boston October 30. 1766. 

We the Subscribers in pursuance of the order on the other side 
have seen, and examined into the Circumstances of M". Abigail 
Lee, and find her to be as she has been represented by her friends, 
a Non Compos or Distracted Person 

JOSEPH JACKSON "I 

SAMUEL SEWALL , ,. 

WILLIAM PHILLIPS [Selectmen of Boston 

TIMOTHY NEWELL j 
To the Hon ble . Foster Hutchinson Esq r . Judge of Probate 

The Selectmen having received a Warrant from the Hon ble . 
Foster Hutchinson Esq to examine into and Report the circum- 
stances of Cap'. Timothy M c Daniel ; represented by his Relations 



23fi CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 55. 

to Lee a Non compos made the following Return on said 
Warrant Viz'. 

Boston October 30. 1766. 

We the Subscribers in compliance with the within order have 
visited the said M c Daniel and found to him to be as he has been 
represented by his Relations a Non Compos Person 

JOSEPH JACKSON "| Selectmen 
SAMUEL SEWALL ! of 
WILLIAM PHILLIPS f Boston 
TIMOTHY NEWELL j 
To the Hon ble . Foster Hutchinson Esq , Judge of Probate. 

[41.] Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . f>. 
1766 Present Jackson, Sewall Hancock, Phillips Newell. 

M r . John Baker Master of Fire Engine N. 1. appeared & having 
represented to the Selectmen that by reason of lameness he must 
decline that service, and recommended M r . John Ballard as a suit- 
able person to fill up that place, and as one agreeable to the 
Company. 

Voted, that M r . John Ballard be and he hereby is appointed 
Master of said Engine, and that the Clerk be directed to give him 
his Orders accordingly. 

M r . John Ballard appeared, and having proposed M r . Orcutt 
Shaw and M r . James Robbins as suitable Persons to fill up the 
vacancys made in thier Company by means of M r . John Baker & 
M r . John Cloughs leaving that service. 

Voted, that Mess rs . Orcutt Shaw and M r . James Robbins be and 
hereby are accepted as Engine Men in said Company. 

M r . Hancock & M r . Rowe appointed a Committee to order the 
necessary repairs to the Towns Warehouse opposite Golden Ball 
and let out the same as soon as possible. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 6. 1766. 
Present Jackson Sewall, Ruddock Phillips, Newell. 

The several Watchmen of the Town were ordered, to attend the 
Selectmen this Evening, and they attended accordingly when 
the Town Clerk was directed to make out new Orders for the Con- 
stables of the Watch & to lay the same before the Selectmen 
See other leaf. 

William Phillips Esq acquainted the Selectmen that he had 
taken into his family as a Servant one Robert Miens came from 
Ireland in Cap 1 . MCurdy. 

The Selectmen have ordered that a Complaint be entrecl to M r . 
Justice Dana ngaiust Tobias Lochman, & Scipio, Free Negroes, 
y e . latter late a of Servant of Cap'. John Fayweather for not 
working 4 Days each on y e . High Ways this year being legally 
warned by M r . Sweatser. 

[42.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 
7.1766 Present Jackson Sewall, Ruddock, Phillips, 

Newell, Rowe. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to give each Collector 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 237 

who has given Bond, a Certeficate for the Assessors that he has so 
done to the satisfaction of the Selectmen in order to his receive 8 , 
the Tax Books. 

M r . Phillips & Sewall a Committee to repair the breach in y e . 
Common shore at the bottom of Water Street. 

The Copy of Letter to Selectmen of Lancaster on file to be 
entred. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 12, 1766 

Present Sewall Ruddock Phillips, Newell Rowe. 

M r . Edward Marion acquainted the Selectmen that he had taken 
into his Family on charity one Elizabeth Dun an aged inferm 
Woman, came from Ilallifax a few Days since, but born in this 
Town. 

(The following entry in margin marked X) 

The orders given the four Constables of the Watch were dated 
Novem r . 12 & are to be entred at this Date in the fair Minutes 

the Copys of the Orders are on file. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to 
received into said Hospital on the Province charge, William Smith 
Michael Foreman John Anderson being Strangers and not Inhabi- 
tants of any Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to 
subsist themselves ? 

John Anderson mentioned above says he came from Waterford 
in Ireland last May to Newfound Laud, & from thence to Boston, 
with Ebenezer Rider, about 6 Weeks since, as a Passenger 

Cap 1 . Ruddock appointed to order the necessary repairs to North 
Lattin & Writing Schools. 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet at M r . Phillips Store on Fry- 
day 10. O Clock Forenoon in order to run the Line on one side of 
Milk Street, 

M r . Hancock & Phillips appointed to order necessary repairs to 
M r . Holbrooks School in the Common. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 24. 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips Newell, 
Rowe. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat a 5/ 10 p. 
Bushel [43.] And that 6 d . be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread $ Wheat Rye Meal must 

weigh 2 9 

4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal - - 3 ,, 7 ,, 
Biskets of a Copper price. - 4 ,, 14 

Belcher Noyes Esq. informs the Selectmen that he has taken into 
his Family as a Maid one Mary Miller who came last from Dama- 
riscotta Eastward. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a Draft on the Treasury for 
25 lawful Money. 

Passed upon Coll . Jacksons Province Account amounting to 
21 5/ as p. Account of particulars on File. 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Passed upon Fenno & Voses Province Account amounting to 
12 12/. as p. Copy of Account on File. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his Warrant to the Constables 
of the Town of Boston for warning a meeting on Monday the 1. 
of December next at 3. O Clock P: M: 

Mem . had y 6 . printing of Notifications. 

M r . Wheat presented a Petition to the Selectmen that he might 
be Lisensed to keep a Tavern at the Crown Coffee House = which 
was disapproved by the Selectmen. 

M. Susannah Wells Widow presented a Petition that she might 
be Licensed to Retail Spirituous Liquors at her House at the Head 
of Wings Lane, in the room of her late Husband Francis Wells 
Esq. deceased whereupon 

Voted, that she be approbated accordingly. 

M". Elizebeth Tripe Widow presented a Petition to the Select- 
men that she might be Licensed to Retail Spirituous Liquors at her 
House in Ann Street in the room of her late Husband Richard 
Tripe deceased whereupon. 

Voted, that she be approbated accordingly. 

M r . Ephraim Perry acquain] 

[44.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26, 
1766 Present. Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 
Rowe. 

M r . Ephraim Perry acquainted the Selectmen that he had re- 
ceived into his Family Edward Pitcher an aged man from Stough- 
ton, he came from thence about 3 Weeks past. 

M. Abigail Bromfield informed the Selectmen that she had re- 
ceived into her Family as a Maid one Jane Quails, came from Ire- 
land in Cap'. M c Curdy. 

M r . William Wheat was this Day approbated to keep a Tavern at 
the Crown Coffee House agreeable to his Petition to the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 3. 1766 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Joshua Loring acquaints the Selectmen that he had taken 
into his Family as a Servant one Mary Woodhouse a Girl from 
Milton about nine Years of age. 

M re . Ephraim and Ebenezer Perry having p'tioned the Select- 
men for the improvement of a peice of the Towns Land Just with- 
out the Fortification Gates on the South Eastern side of the Neck 
untill it comes to the Land Leased to M r . Sutton Byles, together 
with the Flatts so far as low Water Mark, Voted that they have 
the improvement of the said peice Land, untill the next general 
Town Meeting, or such Time as they shall have an opportunity of 
petitioning the Town they to repair the Stone Wall in the in- 
term. 

M r . Robert Pierpoint, M r . Ephraim Perry, & M r . Isaac Bird are 
appointed by the Selectmen to take care that no Incumbrances of 
Timber, Board, Dung, &c are laid upon any part of the Neck or 
the Streets within the Fortification ; and to prossecute for any 
such offences. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1766. 239 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 8. 1766. 
Present. Jackson. Sewall Ruddock, Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Billings attended & produced his Acco'. of Mony, collected 
[45] For wharfage in the Dock, in order for a Setlement. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 9.* 1766 
Present. Sewall Ruddock Phillips Newell. 

This Evening settled M r . Billings Account of wharfage by which 
it appears from under his hand that there is a balance due to the 
Town of 157 1-1- O Tenor and desired the Town Treasurer to 
receive the same as soon as may be and pass it to the T r . of the 
Town Acco 4 . on file 

Mess". Sewall, & Phillips, & Newell appointed to visit the 
Almshouse and examine into the circumstances of the Province 
Poor, and to Report thereon. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 10,* 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Phillips Newell 
Rowe. 

M r . David Wheeler Master of Engine N. 10 applyd to the 
Selectmen for the premium allowed by the Town for their bring- 
ing their Engine to work first upon the Fire lately broke out at 
the Pot Ash House near Rev* 1 . M r . Checkleys Meeting House 
whereupon 

Voted that they have a Draft for the said Premium of 13 /4 d . 
the next Draft Day. 

M r . David Wheeler proposed to the Selectmen the Building an 
Engine House for their Engine to be kept in, at Pond Lane, near 
the House formerly improved by M r . Calf, as being thought the 
most suitable situation, for said Engine at that part of the Town. 

M r . Sewall and M r . Rowe appointed a Committee to view the 
Ground and direct the Building of a suitable House, if they shall 
then think proper. 

D r . Whitworth this Day made a Return of the Bedding Bed 
Cloths &c. at the Province Hospital at New Boston, whereby it 
appears that there is 

3 FetherBeds 29 Blankets 

6 Flock Beds 6 Sheets 

3 Bolsters 3 Coverlids 

4 Pillows 

Mem . All in good order as p Acco*. of particulars on file. 

[46.] This Day the Selectmen settled on Account with M r . 
John Mays for the Rent of the Hay Engine to the 3 d . Day of No- 
vember 1766 at 24 p. Annum, by which a balance appears due to 
the Town 21.6.8 The Selectmen have also agreed with him that 
from the s d . 3 d . Day of November last he shall have the use of the 
Engine at the rate of 24 p. Annum desiring the term of Seven 
Years he keeping the whole in good repair so long as he holds it 
never the less he may deliver up the Engine upon giving Six 

* November In the original, but probably an error for December. W. H. W. 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Months notice to the Selectmen, at any time within the said term 
of Seven Years Mem , the Beam & Scails & Weights are to be 
put in proper repair at the charge of the Town. 

M r . Phillips & Deacon Newell & M r . Sewall appointed a Com- 
mittee to view the Scails & Weights at the Hay Engine House, 
and to order the necessary repairs. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 16. 1766 
Present, Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Phillips Newell. 

M r . Sharp proposed Nathaniel Gushing as a proper Person for 
his Company of Engine N. 2. which will make the number includ- 
ing the Master, to b3 thirteen and he was accordingly accepted. 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet at M r . Gules (?) Shop on 
the Morrow in order to examine the bounds of his Land & c . 

Cap 4 . Ruddock appointed to wait upon Master Wissell & desire 
him not to expose his health by attending School this Winter, and 
that his Salary shall be drawn for notwithstanding. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 24. 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall Phillips Newell. 

M r . Love is directed to wait upon Joseph Hayden & desire him 
to see his Brother in Law now with him carried to the place where 
he belonged he having been warned in season his name Joseph 
Norcross & is a distracted person & came last from Brookline. 

Cap*. James Dickey was sent for who brought for Annapolis one 
D r . Wright his Wife and four Children who are in poor Circum- 
stances he attended & promised to be at the Selectmens Chambers 
next Wednesday. 

[47.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 28. 
1766. Present Mess. Jackson Sewall Hancock Newell 

Ordered thatthe Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ 10 p. bushel 
and that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood. 

A 4 d . loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must n> oz 

weigh - - 2. 9. 

A 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian Meal - - 3. 7. 

Bisket of a Copper price 4. 14 

Six Petit Jurymen were drawn at a Constables Meeting & their 
Names given to Mess. Kilby & Clark. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 31. 1766 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock Phillips Newell Rowe. 

Boston Decem r . 30. 1766. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that the Family of Joseph Landre 
a French Neutral, assigned your Town, is now with us, and 
in such circumstances as to require some assistance the Man we 
believe is industrious, but his work which was chiefly sawing of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 241 

Wood has failed, and his "Wife now lays in, with her sixth 
Child 

We doubt not you will take such order upon this matter as to 
prevent their applying to us for any supply of Necessarys, the 
charge of which will eventually follow your Town. 
By Order of the Selectmen. 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
To the Selectmen of Bellrica 

M r . Procter Keeper of the Alms House was directed to receive 
into the Alms house on the Province Acco'. one Christopher Mor- 
ton a distracted & poor person person who is a stranger & not an 
[sic] an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province. 

M r . Richard Bradford was approbated as a Tavern keeper for 
the Crown Coffee House. 

Ordered that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting next 
Wednesday 3. O Clock P. M. being 7 th . of January 1766 [sic] 

M r . Dommett Rent for Warehouse begins this Day at the Rate 
of 24 p. Year. 

[48.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 8. 1767 
Present. Sewall, Jackson, Hancock, Phillips, Newell 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 14. 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall Hancock Phillips Newell. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 21, 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall Hancock, Newell. 

M r . Adams to be notified to be here next Monday. 

M r . Elijah Wadsworth having taken one of the Town Bulls has 
given his obligation to deliver another in April next to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen which Note is on file. 

M r . Procter Keeper of the Alms house was directed to receive 
into the Alms house one Abraham Fairbanks a sick Stranger not 
an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having wherewith 
to subsist himself the Selectmen that signd were M r . Sewall & 
M r . Hancock. 

M r . Samuel Procter was directed by M r . Jackson and Newell to 
receive into the Alms house on the Province Acco'. one James 
Clark a sick Person being not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor having wherewith to subsist himself. 

M r . Samuel Procter Keeper of the Alms house was directed by 
two of the Selectmen viz'. M r . Jackson & M r . Sewall to receive 
into the Alms house last Decem r . 25" 1 one Thomas Fling a sick 
Stranger, who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
nor has anything to support himself. 

Boston Jan y . 21, 1767. 
Gentlemen 

The Bearer Michael Digless a French Man is by means of a 
lame Hand, became unable to support himself, he has been legally 
warned out of this Town & by his account has obtained an In- 
habitancy at Roxbury altho he served an Apprentiship to M r . 
Bourn of Marblehead We thought it proper to give you this 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

information, that you may act thereon as you think best, the man 
requiring immediate assistance. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILL. COOPER Town Clerk. 
' To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Roxbury. 

[49.] M r . Jackson & Newell a Committee to direct in the 
rebuilding the Watch house near the Old North Church which is 
now in a ruinous state. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 26, 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall Newell. 

Mess. Jackson & Newell Reported that they had taken a sur- 
vey of the North Watch house & were of opinion that some 
repairs being given it might last for a number of Years where- 
upon Voted that the said Comm ee be desired to put it in proper 
repair. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/10 p. 
bushel & that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood. 
A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal )b oz dr 

must weigh 2 ,, 9 ,, 

A 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal 3 ,, 7 ,, 

Bisket of a Copper price 4.,, 14.,, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selctmen Jan y . 28. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall Hancock Phillips Newell, Rowe. 

The Selectmen have agreed to view the Slaughter House lately 
purchased of M r . Hews on Fryday next 9. O Clock forenoon. 

Passed upon John Hollands Province Account am to L 
as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 30. 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Newell 

The Tanners proposing to hire the Town's Slaughter House at 
the South End niett the Selectmen at their Chamber And It is 
agreed, between the Selectmen for the Town & Mess". Josiah 
Torrey, Joseph Calef Eben r . Winter, Coll Lush & Sam'. 

Bass, that, from this 30 th . Day of January 1767 to the 30 th . Jan y . 
1768, being one year, they shall have the use of said Slaughter 
House for the following Terms viz*. 

They paying Thirteen pounds six shillings & eight pence Lawf. 
Money, certain on or before the said 30 th . Day of Jan y . 1768 and 
no more unless, it be found the necessary repairs which they on 
their part oblige themselves immediately to undertake & effect 
[5O.] to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen, shall exceed said Thir- 
teen pounds six shillings & eight pence, in that case they engage 
& oblige themselves to go on with said repairs to the Satisfaction 
of the Selectmen not exceeding six pounds thirteen shillings & 
four pence more, which six pounds thirteen shil 8 ' & four pence 
or so much as shall be laid out above 13.6. 8 short of the said 
addition of 6. 13. 4. shall be allowed by the said Jos h . & others 
as a further Rent for their Occupation and improvement of said 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G7. 243 

Slaughter House. But if further repairs be found requisite expe- 
dient or necessary they shall be done & paid by the Town. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 4. 1767 Pres- 
ent Jackson Sewall Newell, Howe. 

M rs . Augustus White, alias Blanc & Family, French Neutrals are 
in suffering circumstances, came from Rutland. 

Charles Landre & Family, came from Concord, in the same. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 5. 1767. 

Present Jackson Sewall Phillips, Newell, 

Boston Feb 7 . 5. 1767. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one Charles Landre & Family 
French Neutrals who were assigned your Town are now with us 
and in such circumstances as to require some assistance the Man 
we believe is industrious, but his work which was chiefly sawing 
of Wood, has failed, which occasions their Application. We doubt 
not you will take such care upon this advice as to order what may 
be necessary & so prevent our supplying them, the amount whereof 
must be finally born by your Town We understand they intend 
for Cannada in the Spring so that a Small advance may be sufficient. 
By Orders of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
To the Selectmen of Concord. 

The following Vote passed at a Meeting of the Selectmen last 
Monday viz 1 . Voted, that Mess". Sewall & Newell [51.] 
Wait upon Master Wiswell and discourse on the difficultys arisen 
in the North School by M r . Nathaniel Langdens declining to offici- 
ate there any further. 

Mess". Sewall & Newell report That they had waited upon 
M r . M aster Wiswall to advise with him about the difficulties of the 
North School, and informed him that M r . Nathaniel Langden the 
Usher of said School had declined officiating any longer as he 
found the business would not suit him. In discourse with M r . 
Wiswell having opened the design of their visit He said he was 
sensible of the difficulties coming on before his last confinement & 
that he had for some weeks past thought it his duty to let the Se- 
lectmen know his infirmities would prevent his further attendance 
upon the business of said School and after some further discourse 
resignd the place as Master of said School ; adding that he had 
spent his Estate in the Towns service and hoped they would not 
let him suffer to which it was reply'd by them that the disposition 
of the Town was such that we could not doubt he would be pro- 
vided for during the remainder of his Days. 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration the difficulty of 
the North Grammar School came into this resolution, that it was 
absolutely necessary to get some Gentleman to officiate as Master 
who was of known abilities & experience whereupon M r . Lovel 
& his Son were desired to attend the Selectmen who attended ac- 
cordingly, when it was proposed to them that M r . James Lovel 



244 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

should take the charge of said School untill the next General 
Town Meeting, which was consented to from a desire to serve tnat 
part of the Town in the present immergency whereupon it was 
agreed that Coll . Jackson & M r . Sewall should introduce M r . 
Lovel into said School next Monday 8 "Clock before noon 

Voted that a Meeting of the Justices and Selectmen be called 
on Monday next being the 9. Inst'. at 5. OClock P.M. 

Mem , the Memorial to General Court in behalf of Sufferers in 
the late Fire &c are on file. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 6.* 1767. 
Present Jackson Sewall, Phillips Newell Rowe. 

[53.] Mem , to consider of the proposal of a number of Gen- 
tlemen that the Watchmen be supplyd with a number of Axes & 
Buckets to be kept at the Watch houses to be ready in case of 
Fires breaking out before the Town can be raised & Pumps, at 
the several Bridges. 

At a Meeting of His Majestys Justices Selectmen & Overseers 
A Walk or Visitation of the Town was agreed to be taken next 
Wednesday 9 OClock Before Noon, if fair to Report that Evening 
if not to be next Fryday to meet in the Evening at Faneuil Hall 
for to make return Papers on File. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 11. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Enoch Brown appear'd, and desired the refusal of one of 
the Houses on the Neck next to his Shop, or of the whole of the 
Towns Interest provided it be free to let in the Spring. 

M r . Joseph Putnam Master of Engine N. 4 apply'd to the 
Selectmen for the premium for bringing their Engine to work at 
the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Brays Bake house Voted 
that he have a draft for 13/4 the D drawn for 

Mem , to enquire about the Towns Warehouse. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb. y 18. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, 

M r . John Sweetser of Roxbury desires he may have the refusal 
of the House on the Bull Pasture, in order to carry on the baking 
business. 

Boston December 15. 1766 
Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of 
other Towns in this Province ought to be taxed here for the Real 
Estate they Occupy, and the Business they do here, it being agree- 
able to Law 

The Hon ble . James Russell Esq 
[53.] M r . John Soley 

Ralph Inman Esq 
M r . Anthony Thomas 

* Marginal notes February 7. and 9. \V. H. W. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 245 

M r . Joseph Palmer 

M r . Thomas Russell 

M r . Elisha Doane 

Mess. Simon Whipple & Cornp 7 . 

M r . Timothy Folger 

M r . Joseph Roach 

William Hyslop Esq 

We are Gentlemen 

Your Humble Servants 

JOSEPH JACKSON ^ 
SAMUEL SEWALL Selectmen 
JOHN HANCOCK of 

WILLIAM PHILLIPS | Boston. 
TIMOTHY NEWELL J 
To the Assessors of the Town of Boston. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 23 d . 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock Phillips Newell. 

A Meeting for the choice of Jurors 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/10 p. 
bushel and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood. 

lb oz dr 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal 

must weigh 2.. 9.. 

A 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal 3.. 7.. 
Bisket of a Copper price 4. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 23. 1767 
Present. Jackson, Sewall Ruddock, Newell, Rowe. 

[54.] The Town Clerk is directed to warn the Proprietors of 
Land near the Fortification to be at the Selectmens Chamber next 
Monday Forenoon by 10-O'Clock-A. M. 

Upon a complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants that 
M r . Eayar was erecting an Oven in order to carry on the Baking 
business at his House in Wings Lane M r . Ayer was sent for, 
and attended Wednesday 3 Weeks since, when the Selectmen read 
the Province Law to him respecting Bake houses, and informed 
him that he was going on contrary to Law, and might expect to be 
prosecuted if he persisted in his design 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1767 
Present. Jackson, Sewall, Phillips Newell. 

The Proprietors of Land near the Fortification attended at the 
Selectmens Chamber, this Afternoon 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 1767 
Present Sewall Newell Rowe. 

M r . Thomas Britt who was some days since approved of as a 
Retailer of Spirituous Liquors at his House near the Corn Field, 
was this Day recommended to the Court of Sessions for a License. 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4. 1767 
Present Mess: Jackson Sewall, Phillips, Newell Rowe. 

Voted, that M r . Adams have a draft, for a Quarters Salary, as 
Clerk of the Mart ending the 1 st . of March instant being 5 
Lawful. 

Voted, that Coll . Jackson & M r . Newell be a Comm"*. to wait 
upon the Rev d . M r . Mather and desire him to open the March 
Meeting with prayer. 

Voted that Mess". Fleet have the printing of the Notifications 
of the ensuing Town Meeting. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 6. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell Rowe. 

[55.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9 th . 
1767 Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips Newell. 

Joseph Nabbs from England last from N. York ; came to Town 
last Night and lodged at the blue Anchor. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10. 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

M r . Barrett and several Gentlemen attended & presented a Peti- 
tion to the Selectmen, that M r . Nathaniel Oliver might be ap- 
pointed Master of the North Grammar School which is to be 
considered at a future Meeting. 

The Selectmen also received a Letter from Mystick recommend*. 
M r . Hill as a Person who kept School there with approbation. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell Rowe. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/10 p. 
bush: and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood. 

lb oz dr 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal must 

weigh 2 - 9 - 

A 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal 3 - 7 - 

Bisket of a Copper price 4 - 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Proctors Province Accounts Amount- 
ing to 338-14 7 and 23-9-6 as p. Copy of said Accounts on 
file. 

M r . Greenleaff one of the Overseers acquainted the Selectmen 
that he had sent to the Alms house one Michael Carney, who fell 
into a Cistern and is distracted, and cannot tell from whence he 
came. 

M r . Greenleaf further informs that George Crist, John Henry 
Rainghee & Christopher Perver. supposed to have come from 
Broad Bay are sick & in necessitous Circumstances, and require 
relief. 

M r . Adams waited on the Selectmen and acquainted them that 
the Butchers which came into Dock Square have refused paying 
anything for their Stalls. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 247 

[56.] Voted, that the Assessors be acquainted that John 
Boreland Esq does business in the Town, and in their Opinion 
ought to be taxed & that his Name be added to the last return. 

Voted that the following Advertizement be sent Mess". Drapers 
for a place in thier Thursdays Papers. 

Any Person or Persons inclining to hire the Houses and Land 
on both sides the Neck, belonging to the Town of Boston either in 
whole or in part, may apply to the Selectmen of said Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 12. 1767 

M r . John Gibbs in behalf of his Mother Cutler apply'd to the 
Selectmen for liberty to open a private Drain near D r . Cutlers 
Church in order to repair the same. 

Voted, that liberty be accordingly granted, he engageing to make 
Ground and Pavement to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Robert Peacock his Wife and five Children who came from 
Braintree, by a fall has disabled himself from supporting his 
Family & is now in Circumstances that requires assistance from 
the Town. 

Boston March 12, 1767. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one Robert Peacock who has a Wife 
and five Children, has by a fall been disabled from supporting his 
Family, which is now in such Circumstances as to require assist- 
ance from the Town We depend upon your taking immediate 
care of this Family as the charge we may be at will be brought 
against your Town, as they have been warned to depart this place 
according to Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16. 1767. 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock Hancock. 

Coll . Jackson, Newell & Rowe a Coram 66 . to illuminate [57.] 
Faneuil Hall, and provide for drinking the Kings Health. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Newell Rowe. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

Voted that a Warrant be issued for Town Meeting on Tuesday 
next at 10. O'Clock A. M. upon application made by a number 
of Inhabitants. 

Voted, that Mess". Edes & Gill have the printing of the Notifi- 
cation for the ensueing Town Meeting. 

Voted that M r . Hancock be desired to order repairs to the Rails 
in the Common, and to any thing that may be necessary in the 
course of the Year. 

M r . Joseph Hammond apply'd to the Selectmen for the place 
of Constable of the Dock Watch. 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Passed upon M r . Hancocks Province Account am', to 8. 10. 3. in 
which M r . Benjamin Austin had an article of 1. 14. 9 as p. 
Copy on file. 

Passed upon M r . Howes Province Account am 4 , to 9. 3. 4. as 
p. Copy of said Account on file. 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting to 
1 6. 9. 8 as by a Copy thereof on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30. 1767 
Present. Jackson. Hancock Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Samuel Adams informed that he had received into his Fam- 
ily one Prince George a Lad of about ten Years of age belonging 
to Braintree. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/10 p. 
bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal must 
weigh - - _ _ 2-9- 

A 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal 3 - 7 - 

Bisket of a Copper price - 4 - 

referred to Wednesday. 

[58.] M r . Lewis Offers 18 lawful for the Towns Land on 
the South side of the Neck. 

The Selectmen this Day agreed with M r . John Lewis to lay about 
three hundred load of Stones and Gravel on the Neck and to spread 
the same at two Shillings p. load. 

The Selectmen this Day agreed with M r . Samuel Hearsom to 
take the Charge of the Hospital at New Boston in the room of 
M r . Foye who they have dismist from that House and Service. 

M r . Rowe and M r . Hancock a Committee to order Repairs to 
the Towns Slip between M r . Foster & M r . Kneelands House, the 
same having been lately damaged by the Sea. 

March 31 James Butler sent to the Alms house see April 
29. 1767 the Entry. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock Phillips Newell. 

The Selectmen having lately Agreed with Joseph Hammon to 
take the place of Constable of the Dock Watch, in the room of Val- 
intine Sullivan dismissed from that service for not rendering a 
faithful Return of the absence of himself & Company The Town 
Clerk is directed to give him his Orders accordingly (instead of 
directing him to go among the Warehouses on the Long Wharf he 
is directed to go among those on the Dock) Copy of Orders filed 
Novem r . 12. 1766. 

M r . Frankland Master of Engine N. 9. acquainted the Select- 
men that the Land in which his Engine House stands is sold, and 
desired a spot of Ground may be obtained for said House to be re- 
moved to mentioning at the same Time that M r . Newell the 
Painter has some Land near Hog Alley which might accommodate 
the Town. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 249 

The Selectmen have this Day agreed with M r . Enoch Brown for 
the Houses & Land on the North side of the Neck late leased to 
M r . Wentworth at 40 p. Annum, the Rent to commence the 25 
of March last. 

M r . Sharp Master of Engine N. 2 apply'd to the Selectmen for 
the Premium allowed by the Town for working his Engine first at 
the [59.] Fire which lately broke out at M r . Rands Sugar 
House North End Voted, that he have a draft for 13/4 this 
Draft Day Draft not being yet given in. 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet the Abutters on Land near 
the Fortyfication on the 10 th . of this Instant 10 'Clock Before 
Noon. 

Voted, that, Six Assises be given the Clerks of the Market, 8 
to the Bakers & 2 to be posted. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 4, 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock Newell. 

Voted That the Selectmen of Maiden be desired to meet us at 
our Chamber to confer on the Affair of M rs . King & M". Perkins, 
two paupers, the s d . Selectmen of Maiden suppose belong to 
Boston : And M r . Ruddock is desired to notify said Selectmen 
accordingly that Tuesday the 14*. Current this We will be ready to 
attend them at said place either before noon or After as will best 
suit them. 

Letters to Ministers &c. requesting a contributions for the suf- 
ferers in the late fire are on file. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8. 1767 
Present Mess". Jackson, Sewall, John Ruddock, Phillips, Newell, 
Rowe. 

Cap 1 . Ruddock was appointed to order such repairs to the North 
burial Place, the ensuing Year as he may Judge necessary. 

The Selectmen in compliance with the Vote of the Town at their 
late Meeting respecting the appointment of a Master for the North 
Grammar School, have unanimously made choice of M r . Samuel 
Hunt Jun r . of Cambridge to supply that School and the Town 
Clerk is directed to acquaint that Gentleman therewith, and that 
they would be glad to see him as soon as possible, that he may be 
introduced as the Master. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13. 1767 
Present Jackson. Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

[6O.] Coll . Jackson is appointed by the Selectmen to receive 
of the several Deacons of the Churches in the Town such Money 
as have been Collected for the Sufferers in the late Fire. 

The following Certificate was given M r . Sweetser Viz'. 

Boston April 13. 1767. 

We the Subscribers Justices of the Peace for the County of 
Suffolk & dwelling in the Town of Boston together with the 
Selectmen of said Town of Boston having been apply'd to by M r . 
John Sweetser for liberty to build an Oven for the baking of Bread 



250 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 



for Sale in the House over against the George Tavern on Boston 
Neck and owned by the Town of Boston of whose Selectmen the 
said Sweetser has hired the same hereby Certify whom it may 
concern that the said House appearing to us conveniently situated 
for a Bakehouse we have allowed the said Sweetser to build an 
Oven and carry on the business of a Baker at said place. 



JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN HANCOCK 
WILLIAM PHILLIPS 
TIMOTHT NEWELL 
JOHN ROWE 



Selectmen 
of Boston. 



S. WELLS 

JOSHUA WINSLOW 

RICH D . DANA 

FOSTER HUTCHINSON Justices 

JOHN HILL of the 

JOHN A VERY Peace. 

BELCHER NOTES 

NATHANIEL BALSTON 

JOHN TUDER 



This Day the Selectmen agreed with John Sweetser Baker of the 
Town of to let him have a Lease of the Bull Pasture so 

called, for the terms of Seven Years, to commence the 25. of 
March last at 20 p. Annum he giving Bond to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 14, 1767. 
A.M. Present Jackson, Ruddock, Phillips Newell 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 14, 1767. 
P.M. together with the Justices. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 15. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall Phillips, Newell. 

[61.] The Committee appointed to warn M r . Foye to leave the 
Province Hospital, Reported that they had accordingly warned him, 
on the first Day of April to provide another House immediately. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 16. Present 
Jackson Sewall, Hancock, Ruddock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

Coll . Hill apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to erect Posts in 
Blind Lane so called, at the North side of said Lane. 

M r . Hancock is desired to order repairs to the Fences of the 
South burying Ground. 

M r . Ruddock is appointed to order repairs to the Wall of the 
North burying Ground, and to call upon the Proprieters of Tombs 
to do their part according to their agreement. 

All the Papers relative to a New Street near Paddys Alley on 
File & to be entred of this Date especially return on Plan. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 20. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips Newell. 

This Day the Selectmen in a Body visited the North Grammar 
School. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1707. 251 

[62.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d . 
1707 Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell Rud- 
dock. 

M r . Brown Master of Engine N. attended & proposed 

Benjamin White as a proper Person for an Engine Man, and 
desired that he might be admitted in his Company. 

D r . Roberts attended, and proposed to the Selectmen the erect- 
ing two Posts before his Shop Door near the Town House and in 
a range with Mr. Griggs's Posts when liberty was accordingly 
granted him he conforming himself as is usual in such cases. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Phillips. 

John Ruddock Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1763, having produced the Province County & Town Treasurers 
Receipts in full for his part of the Tax committed to him to Collect 
for that year. 

Voted that he have a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum of 
Ninety two Pounds fourteen Shillings being his Quarter part of 
the Premium allowed by the Town to the Four Collectors for 
Collecting the Tax of 1763 & His Bond, d'ld: him by the Town 
Clerk. 

It is agreed by the Selectmen that M r . Moore shall have the 
Carpenters work of the repairs of the Writing School in the Com- 
mon and that M r . Pitcher shall have the Glaziers work. 

John Ruddock Esq one of the Collectors of the Street Tax for 
1761 having produced the Town Treasurers Receit for his part 
of the sum committed to him to Collect at that Time. 

Voted, that he have a Draft on the Treasurer for the Sum of 
Thirty three Pounds, thirteen Shillings & three Pence being his 
quarter part of the Premium allowed by the Town to the four 
Collectors for Collecting that Tax. 

M". Jane Cazneau was approbated as an Inholder in the room 
of her late Husband Peace Cazneau deceased, at her. House on 
Dock Square. 

[63.] Jonathan Payson Esq. one of the Collectors of Taxes 
for the Year 1764 having produced the Province & Town 
Treasurer Receipts in full for his part of the Tax committed to 
him to Collect for that Year (Mem , had no County Tax to 
Collect for that year) 

Voted, that he have a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum of One 
hundred & Nine Pounds eighteen Shillings & d . being his quarter 
part of the Premium allowed by the Town to the Four Collectors 
for Collecting the Tax of 1 764. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk deliver M r . Payson, his Bonds for 
the year 1761-1762-1763- & 1764 which was done accordingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29, 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Newell, Phillips. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/10 p. 
Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must ib. O z. 

weigh 2. 9. 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal 3. 7. 

Bisket of a Copper price 4. 

Coll . Jackson M r . Sewall & M r . Phillips appointed a Committee 
to view M r . Franklands Engine House and the South Watch 
House. 

M r . Samuel Proctor Keeper of the Alms house was directed to 
receive into the Alms house on the Province Charge one James 
Butler a sick & infirm Man, who is not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province, nor has he wherewith to subsist himself. 

JosEFn JACKSON ) , 
SAMUEL SEWALL {Selectmen. 

M r . Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. attended & proposed Richard 
Brooks Emmons as a suitable Person for an Engine Man in his 
Company. 

Voted, that he be admitted as Engine Man accordingly. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing on the next Week in May next [sic] . 

[64.] Voted, that M r . Zachery Fowle have the printing of 
the Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 1. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall Hancock Phillips Rowe. 

Voted that the ensuing Town Meeting be on Fryday the 8 tb . 
Day of May Instf. M r . Daniel Kneeland had the printing of Noti- 
fications M r . Fowle being not able to print them M r . Phillips 
invited M r . Elliot to pray. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4, 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 
Rowe. 

The Selectmen this Day approved of the Request of M'. James 
Thwing to build a Bake House & Oven on his Land between 
Water Street and Horn Lane, provided his present Bake House 
and Oven be taken down see next Page. 

M r . Ruddock Coll . Jackson & M r . Rowe a Comm ee . to carry 
the Town Vote last October into execution respecting the preserva- 
tions of the Towns interest near the North Battery " and to 
order such Repairs to Carriages at the Battery as may be neces- 
sary. 

M r . Newell a Committee to consult with Royal Tyler Esq 
relative to the sending off Benjamin Doucet & Joseph Mazarens 
Family, to Cannada. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 6. 1767 Pres- 
ent Jackson Sewall Hancock Phillips Ruddock, 

M r . Edward Hollyday one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year 1765 having produced the Province County & Town Treas- 
urers Receits in full for his part of the Tax committed to him to 
Collect for that year. 

Voted, that he have a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum of 



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253 



One hundred & two Pounds, One Shilling & 4 d . being his Quarter 
part of the Premium allowed -by the Town to the Four Collectors 
for Collecting the Tax of 1765 (his Bond for 1765 did. him p. 
order ) 

[65.] M r . John Lewis of Roxbury agreed with the Selectmen 
to take the South Side of the Neck which was formerly leased to 
Col. Hill and Bull pasture at the Rent of Thirty pounds for the 
Current year exclusive of the House that stands on Land near Bull 
pasture the Rent of which it is agreed shall be paid to the Town if 
it should be let the year to be be'gin from the 25 th . of March 
last. 

Passed upon D r . Marshalls Province Account for 1766. am , in 
the whole to L 

To the Hono bl . the Justices of the Peace and Selectmen in and 
of the Town of Boston, the Petition of James Thwing of said Bos- 
ton Baker 
Humbly Sheweth 

That he the said James hath a Bakehouse and Oven standing on 
his Fathers Land, not convenient to his own dwelling house & as 
he has Land sufficient & convenient for a Bake house, near his 
dwelling House in Water Street, about thirty or forty Feet from 
his present Bake house and Oven, between Water Street and Horn 
Lane, taking down and discontinuing his present Bake house & 
Oven 

JAMES THWING. 

We grant the Request 



JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
WILLIAM PHILLIPS 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
JOHN ROWE 



C/3 

a 



SAMUEL WELLS 
JOSHUA WINSLOW 
RICHARD DANA 
FOSTER HUTCHINSON 
EDMUND QUINCY 
JACOB ROYAL 
JOHN STEEL 
WILLIAM STOOD ARD 
BELCHER NOYES 
JOSEPH DUDLEY 
JOHN HILL 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 13. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Newell. 

[66.] Recompence Wadsworth Stimpson apply'd to the Select- 
men for liberty to open a Drain from his House at the head of 
Long Lane into the Common Shore, at his own expence 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 1767. Pres- 
ent 

M rs . Bridget Ridgway presented a Petition to the Selectmen 
praying that she may be approbated by them to keep Tavern at 
her House on Dock Square in the room of her late Husband 

Voted, that her Petition be granted. 

Liberty was granted M r . Recompence Stimpson to open a Drain 



254 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

from his House at the Head of Long Lane into the Common Shore 
at his own Expence, provided he immediately made good the 
Ground and restored the Pavement to the satisfaction of the 
Gentlemen the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20. 1767. 
A. M. 

Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock Phillips Newell 
Rowe. 

Upon a Motion made for repairing fish Street & several places to 
the Northward of the Draw Bridge 

Voted that Messrs Ruddock, Hancock & Newel be a Committee 
to see all repairs of the Streets to the Northward of the Draw 
Bridge, that they find necessary, effected as soon as possible. 

Voted That Mess. Sewall Phillips & Rowe be a Committee to 
see that all necessary repairs of the pavements to the Southward 
be effected as soon as possible. 

The Selectmen having taken into Consideration the great Dam- 
age done to the Streets of the Town by the bad management of 
persons who have been employed inlaying down Drains after they 
have been opened Voted that for the future the Selectmen will* 
consent to the opening of any Drain but such as the proprietors 
shall consent that the Selectmen have the appointment of the per- 
son or persons [67.] who are to lay them down. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20 th . 1767 P. M. Present 
Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips, Newel, Rowe. 

Agreed with M r . Aaron Rumrell Labourer to take the House 
near Bull pasture at Four pounds Lawf Mon y . from this 20 th . Day 
of May to the 25 th . Day of March. 1768. 

Voted that John Rowe Esq r . be desired to fill up the Slough in 
Esex Street near Deacon Eliots Corner with gravel and such stuff 
as he finds will make it a firm hard & good way espetially before 
the Engine House there scituated. 

Voted that Mess. Jackson Sewall & Ruddock be a Committee 
to treat with James Bowdoin Esq about some repairs proposed in 
Beacon Street before his Mansion House &c. 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries came to the Chamber and desired M r . 
Adams the Collector's Bonds for 1763 & 1764 and M r . Payson's 
d. Bonds 1765. which were accordingly delivered. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25.1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/10 p. 
Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread $ "Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 2-9 
a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal - - 3 - 7 - 

Bisket of a Copper price 4 - 

M r . Samuel Ruggles one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 

* The word " not " ig evidently omitted here. W. II. W. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 255 

Year 1765. having produced the Province County and Town 
Treasurers Reciets in full for his part of the Tax committed to 
him to Collect for that Year. 

Voted, that he have a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum of One 
hundred and two Pounds one Shilling & 4 bieng his [68.] Quar- 
ter part of the Premium allowed by the Town to the Four Col- 
lectors for collecting the Tax of 1765. 

M r . Ruggles, Bond for 1765 were delivered him by Order of the 
Selectmen. 

Andrew Oliver Esq. apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to carry 
a Platform three feet wide, and Nine feet in length from the Bridge 
on Oliver Dock, over the Water. Liberty was accordingly 
granted him provided he engages to remove the same whenever 
the Selectmen shall require the same to be done. 

Liberty was granted M r . Mays for paving through the Hay 
Market at the charge of the Town. 

Boston May 25. 1767 
M r . Isaac Bird 

The Proprietors of Land near the Fortification and the Select- 
men in behalf of the Town having agreed to raise and pave the 
Street leading thereto, which must require a considerable quantity 
of Gravel to ba laid thereon You are desired & impowered to 
take an Account of the Loads that shall be brought, and to inspect 
the quality and measure thereof that so Justice may be done the 
purchasers, for which you are to be allowed a reasonable recom- 
pence. By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Mess. Sewall Phillips and Rowe appointed a Committee to give 
the necessary directions to M r . Bond relative to the Gravel which 
is to be laid on the Street improved by him near the Fortification. 

The above Committee are desired to agree with M r . Richards 
relative to the Town Land improved by him near the Fortification. 

[69.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 
1767 Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Proctor's Province Accounts amount' 15 
to 138-8-J. & 12-8-1- as p. Copys of said Accounts on File 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5: 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Newell Rowe. 

Abigail Hicks who has been in the Alms House for some years 
with Her Child on the province Acco 4 . came to the Chamber and in- 
formed the Selectmen that she was now able to maintain herself 
& Child wherefore an Order was given to M r . Paul Farmer master 
of the Alms House to dismiss Her & her Child and to deliver them 
those things to carry away with them which are their property. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8. 1767 Pres- 
ent Jackson Sewall Phillips Newell. 

M r . Jackson, & M r . Newell, a Committee to view the Gun 
House, and Report the state thereof. 



256 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

>P. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Alms house was directed by 
Coll: Jackson & M r . Sewall two of the Selectmen to receive into 
the Alms house on the Province Account one John Asken a 
Stranger who is in suffering Circumstances and has not wherewith 
to procure help for a Cure. 

Passed upon Cap'. Atwoods Province Account for the passage 
of three Persons from the Alms house amounting to 3.. 12 as 
p. Copy of said Account on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall Phillips, Newell. 

Boston, June 10. 1767- 
M r . Joseph Foye 

This is to acquaint you that the [7O.] Selectmen are much sur- 
prised to find that you still remain in the Hospital House notwith- 
standing you had so early notice of having appointed another Per- 
son to the care thereof, and that you must provide yourself an- 
other habitation Their determination is to wait upon you no 
longer than this Week, when they purpose to come themselves, 
and order your Goods & Furniture out of the House 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

M r . Crawford appear'd & pray'd a consideration for the damages 
sustaind by a law Suit entred upon by advice of the Selectmen for 
the recovery of what was due to him for work on a drain in Milk 
Street which M r . Fulton was to receive for him by order & had not 
paid him when he was told that this matter would be considered 
at their next Meeting 

Delivered Mr. Treasurer Jeffries by order of the Selectmen 
three Leases of M r . Gideon Gardner for the Land on Boston Neck 
Bull Pasture d". Viz*. Lease for Lands on Neck for 1765 for 
80 Dittto for 1766 being 60 Lease for Bull Pasture 1763 
being 16 

M r . Joseph Putnam Master of Engine N u . 4-. apply'd for the 
Premium allowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work 
first upon the Fire which lately broke out at the House near 
Deacon Barretts 

Voted that he have a draft for thirteen Shillings & four Pence 
in the last Months Draft which is not yet given in 

This Day the Selectmen agreed with M r . William Taylor that he 
shall hold the Granery Cellar unto the 24 Decem r . 1767 which will 
make two years from the Time he first improved it at the rate of 
Six Pounds thirteen Shillings & four Pence p. Annum. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 17. 1767 
Present Joseph Jackson, Phillips Ruddock Hancock Newell 
Rowe. 

Thomas Littlewood ( ?) , from London last from Philadelphia came 
y c 11). of April last appeared and asked liberty of the Selectmen to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 257 

open a Shop in this Town adjoining [71.] The Probate Office for 
the carrying on the business of a Silk Dyer whereupon Voted, 
that he have liberty to open a Shop to carry on his Business 
aforesaid. 

M r . Asael Plympton appeared, and desires the refusal of a Lott 
of Land on the North side of the Neck opposite a Pond near the 
Gallows. 

Samuel Frankland Master of Engine N. 9. attended, and pro- 
posed Ephraim Richards as a proper Person to be taken into his 
Company, who was admitted by the Selectmen accordingly 

Voted, that M r . John Sweetser be directed to procure two Pick 
Axes, & two Whael barrows, and four Shovels, for the use of 
those Negros that may be imployed on the High Way, and that 
those Tools are to be left in his care, he to be accountable for 
them. 

Mess". Phillips & Newell a Committee to enquire into the Cir- 
cumstances of the purchase of the Hospital at New Boston, & the 
power of the Selectmen as to the management and care of the 
same. 

It is agreed with M r . Gideon Gardner to allow him One hundred 
& fifty Pounds Old tenor for the Shop he has built adjoining the 
House at Bull Pasture, he not removing the same & provided & 
upon Condition, that he pay the whole Money now due from him 
to the Town for Rent of the Houses & Laud on the Neck, unto 
the Town Treasurer on or before Wednesday next, but if not 
settled by that Time, than no allowance to be made for the Build- 
ing, but he will be permitted to remove the same. 

Voted, that the Visitation of the Schools be attended on Wed- 
nesday the first Day of July next 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24 l . 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock Newell. 

The Town Clerk is directed to deliver up to John Ruddock Esq 
his Bonds as a Collector for 1761 & 1762 as also the Bonds 
of M r . Collector Grant for 1763 & 1764. 

M r . Richard Sircomb desires liberty to dig a Well in the Street 
near his House, and will put down a Pump & maintain it at his 
own charge Coll . Jackson & M r . Newell a Committee to view & 
make Report. 

[72.] M r . Sewall & M r . Phillips are desired to examine into 
y e Circumstances of the Wells in Devonshire Street, and Report as 
soon as may be 

Voted that the following Gentlemen be invited to accompany 
the Selectmen on Wednesday the first Day of July next to visit 
the Schools, and that they be Notified to attend at 8. O'Cloek 
A. M. at Faneuil Hall. 

The Governor 

The Hon ble . James Bowdoin M r . Erving 

Nath 1 . Sparhawk M r . Flucker 

Andrew Oliver M r . Pitta 

M r . Hubbard The Representatives 

M r . Gray The Overseers of y e Poor 



258 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

The Rev* 1 . Joseph Sewall D. D. John Morton Esq r . 
Charles Chancey D. D. M r . John Edwards 
Mather Byles D. D. M r . Downe Cheever 

M r . Samuel Mather M r . Loring 

M r . Samuel Checkly M r . John Joy 

M r . Ebenezer Pemberton D r . John Sprague 

M r . Andrew Elliot M r . Treasurer Jeffries 

M r . Samuel Cooper Coll . Henshaw 

M r . Samuel Chuckly J r . M r . Edward Payne 

M r . Samuel Blair M r . John Brigham 

M r . Penuel Bowen Cap*. Greenwood 

M r . Simeon Howard Maj r . Newman Grenough 

M r . Foxcroft Thomas Grenough 

M r . Benjamin Austin M r . Thomas Gray 

William Vassal Esq r . Coll . Otis 

[73.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed by the Selectmen to 
permit Jacob Skweller who is in the Alms House on the Province 
Charge to depart thence, he being near well enough to provide for 
himself. 

M r . Jackson & M r . Newell app d . the 8'. Inst*. to view the Gun 
House in the Common Report That it is much out of Repair, 
and in order to accommodate the Train, it is necessary an addition 
of twenty feet should be made to said Building 

Voted that M r . Robert Pierpoint be directed to new sill the Old 
Building & give such other Repairs as is necessary as also to 
make the addition Reported, as soon as may be. 

Boston May 25. 1767 

Whereas the Selectmen of the Town of Boston have Agreed to 
Pave the High Way leading to the Fortification We the Sub- 
scribers Abutters on said High Ways Do Promise and engage to 
raise with Gravel to a proper highth and pave against our several 
Lotts so as to conform to the Pavement made by the Selectmen 
Nine feet in wedth at our own proper charge 

HUGH HALL CALEB DAVIS 

ROBERT PIERPOINT MYLES MAY 

SAMUEL MAY EPHRAIM MAT 

JOHN LUCAS BENJAMIN EDDY 

ISAAC BIRD EDW D . TUCKERMAN 

SAMUEL RICHARDS SAMUEL WATERHOUSB 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26. 1767 Pres- 
ent Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 

This Day the Selectmen in a body taking with them a Constable 
went to the Hospital at New Boston, and finding M r . Foye still 
there notwithstanding his being so early and often warned to de- 
part, proceeded to remove the Family & Goods, out of the House, 
[74.] When they put M r . Hearsom on possession, and appointed 
him Keeper of the Hospital in the room of M r . Foye who they had 
displaced. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29. 1 767 Pres- 
ent Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Ruddock Newell, 
Jurors were drawn 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 259 

The Selectmen this Day Agreed with William Camden Sexton 
of M r . Greatons Church North End, to allow him three Dollars p. 
Annum for winding up the Clock which is to be done by Vote of 
the Town 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by M r . Hancock & Newell two of 
y e Selectmen to receive into the Alms house, on Province Account 
one William Donne ven, a poor inferm Person, who is a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province neither has he 
wherewithall to subsist himself 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1. 1767 . 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Phillips Newell 
Rowe 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Phillips, Newell. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing to be held at Faneuil Hall on Monday the 13 th . Ins', at 10. 
O'Clock Before Noon. 

Mem . M r . Fowle has the printing of the Notification. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/10 p. 
Bushel for Wheat and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat | Rye Meal must ib oz 
weigh -- -- -2-9- 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal - 3 - 7 - 

Bisket of a Copper price - 4 - 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 6. 1767 
Present Jackson, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 

Voted, that M r . Timothy Thornton have a draft on the Treasury 
for Fourteen Pounds lawful Money, in part of what is due to him 
[75.] For paving work he is doing for the Town. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 8. 1767 
Present Sewall Hancock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 14 th . 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall Ruddock Phillips Newell Rowe. 

M r . John Joy made Application to Open his Drain in Leveret 
Street & engages to make the Street good again upon which 
Liberty was granted him. 

Edward Grymes late from Connecticut the 9 th . of July Last fell 
from, M r . Griffins Wharf & Received Great Hurt & was Carried to 
the House of Matthew White, for to be taken Care off & Nursed 
by his Wife the Selectmen for his Trouble & for the Subsistenco 
of the S d . Grymes have agreed to Allow them 12 / p. Week pro- 
vided the Govern r . and Council agree to it. 

M r . Curtis Master of Engine N. appeared & presented 

as suitable persons for his -Engine Company in 
room of who have resigned ; and they were ac- 

cordingly approved of by the Selectmen. 



260 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Joshua Kent was approved as a Retailer in the House he has 
removed to at New Boston owned by M r . Edward Carnes. 

John Bell approved of as a Retailer, in the House he lives in, 

Elizabeth Tripe approved as a Retailer in the House she is re- 
moved to at the Head of Tylers Ship Yard. 

[76.] Ebenezer Lowell approved of as a Retailer at his House 
near Mr. Barretts. 

Ann Brett approved of as a Retailer in the room of her late hus- 
band deceased. 

The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons licensed the last 
Year to sell strong drink both as Inholders and Retailers within 

this Town, and made return thereon to the Court of Sessions 

See Aug'. 12 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 16, 1767 
Present. Jackson Sewall Ruddock Hancock, Phillips Newell 
Rowe. 

The following is a Copy of a Resolve of the General Assembly 
relative to the Hospital at New Boston Viz'. 
In the House of Representatives June 19. 1767 

Whereas a good and convenient House hath been provided at the 
Charge of the Province, at the West part of Boston for the reception 
of such Persons as shall be visited with contagious sickness, which 
was supposed and intended to be put under the Care and regulation 
of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston in the same way and man- 
ner as the Hospital at Rainsfords Island is by Law under their care 
and management, and whereas the Selectmen of said Town have 
ever since acted agreable thereunto, which in consequence of their 
care under Providence hath at sundry times been the means of pre- 
venting the Small Pox spreading in said Town, and thereby of pre- 
venting spreading the same into the Country Towns, which would 
have been of fatal Consequence, and whereas the power of said 
Selectmen relative thereto, hath of late been called in question 
Therefore Resolved that the Selectmen of said Town, for the Time 
being, be and hereby are vested with the same Power. Right & 
Authority, with respect to said Province Hospital, in said West 
part of Boston, as by law they are vested with, with respect to 
the Hospital on Rainsfords Island, till the further order of this 
Court [77.] 

Sent up for Concurrence 

THOMAS GUSHING Speaker. 
In Council 20'. June 1767 Read & Concurred 

A. OLIVEU Scy. 
Consented to 

FRANCIS BERNARD. 

A true copy 

Att. JN. COTTON D Scy. 

It is agreed by the Selectmen to visit the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island on Wednesday next : 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 20 17B7 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell Rowe. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1707. 261 

M r . Samuel Adams a late Collector of Taxes appeared and in- 
formed the Selectmen that it was impossible for him to give in a 
perfect List of his Outstanding Debts at this Time, in order for 
a Town Meeting, being called agreeableito a Vote of the town. 

Coll . Jackson, M r . Sewall & M r . Phillips & M r . Hancock a 
Committee to call for the Money, left by the Will of M r . Brooker 
for the Selectmen to distribute among such poor Widows as they 
may Judge proper 

M r . Farmer was directed to receive into Alms house by M r . 
Sewall & Hancock one Richard Barrett a Stranger disordered in 
Mind & destitute of the means of subsistance. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22. 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock Phillips Newell, 

Howe. 

Inventory of Sundry Goods in the Hospital at New Boston be- 
longing to the Town of Boston Viz'. 

29. Blankets 2. ditto Pans 

3. Coverlids 2. Bed Pans 

3. FeatherBeds 2. pair Iron Dogs 

3. Bolsters 2. pair Tongs & Shovels 

4. Pillows 4. Old Iron Candlesticks ] 
4. Pair Sheets 6. Ordinary Chairs 

6. Old Matrasses 2. Tin Dippers 

6. Porringers [78.] 2. Iron Skillets 

4. Small Plates Cribbs ' 

3. Spout Cups 1. Warming Pan 

2. Close Stools 

Boston July 21, 1767 

I acknowledge to have received the above Goods for the use of 
the Hospital at New Boston, for which I promise to be accounta- 
ble to the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Boston. 

SAMUEL HASHOM. 
A true Copy 

Att. WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Mem , the Original is on file. 

M r . Sewall & Cap'. Ruddock appointed a Committee to enquire 
into the state of Winnisimmet Ferry, and Report what may be 
proper to do thereon 

The several Sealers of Leather attended, and acquaiuted tha 
Selectmen that they had commenced an Action for the recovery of 
a quantity of Sole Leather, they had seized as unmerchantable, 
the same having been exposed to Sale by M r . Samuel Hughes, and 
as it is said was imported from North Carolina and that if the 
Selectmen would reimburst them the expence they may be at, in 
case they should be cast, they were ready to go on with the 
Action. 

The Selectmen having considered of the above and apprehending 
it to be of great importance to the Town that it should be settled 
and known whether Leather imported is liable to inspection. 

Voted, that the Sealers in case they go on with the Action & 



262 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

should be cast shall have the expences they may be at by means 
thereof reimbursted them. 

M r . Wheatley apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to erect a 
number of Posts before his Dwelling house, which was granted 
him upon condition of his making good the Pavement soon 
after. 

M r . Abijah Adams Clerk of the Market being ill, and as it is 
feared not like to be ever able to discharge that duty the Selectmen 
this Day appointed M r . Benjamin Clark to that Office for the pres- 
ent and the Town Clerk is directed to give him Orders accord- 
ingly- 

M r . Ireland who has acted as Constable of the Dock Watch for 
some tune, was this Day appointed the Constable [79. J And the 
Town Clerk is directed to give him Orders accordingly 

Voted, that the following Advertizement be published in the 
several News Papers. 

The Selectmen, having had general Hints that gaming is carried 
on and other Disorders are committed in several public Houses of 
this Town : And that there are private and unlicensed Houses of 
entertainment the Masters of which presume to sell spirituous 
Liquors, entertain Clubs keep a Billiard Table, and allow gam- 
ing of all sorts, much to the prejudice of the Youth of the Town 
to the Disturbance of many of the Inhabitants, and to the open 
Violation of the wholesome Laws of the Province Call upon all 
Gentlemen and well disposed Persons, who regard the Civil and 
Religious Interest of the Community, and know of any such Dis- 
orders, to inform thereof in such manner that the Keepers of pub- 
lic Houses and the Masters of sucli Houses of Entertainment as 
above described may be dealt with as the Law directs. 

The Selectmen also desire the Inhabitants of the Town or 
others who know of any breaches of the Law or disorders Com- 
mitted by Persons licensed to retail Spirituous Liquors to inform 
thereof, that proper measures may be taken to suppress such 
Licenses. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 1767 
Present, Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, Howe. 

M r . Sampson Salter came to the Selectmens Chamber & pro- 
duced Receipts, from the Province, County & Town Treasurers, in 
full for the Taxes committed to Him to collect for the year 1765 

Voted, That, He have a Draft for His proportion of the Pre- 
mium for the year 1765 being 102. 1 : 4 

Thomas Marston, a poor Man on the Province Acco 1 . in the 
Alms House, having desired to be dismisst, as he apprehended he 
could provide for Himself : He had an order to M r . Farmer to 
dismiss Him. 

D r . Joseph Gardner presented to the Selectmen His account of 
Medicine & attendance of the Province poor from June 1766 to 
May 25 : 1767. amg to 164.. 7.. after certain deduction had been 
made of Moses Godfrey's Bill he not being One of the Province 
poor. It was then passd & certified by the Selectmen in the 
usual Form. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 263 

[8O>] M r . William Greenleaf presented an Account for sup- 
plying Sundry poor persons Strangers & not Inhabitants of this 
Town. It was accordingly passt & certified in the usual Form 
the amo'. thareof was 17.. 6 : 3. 

Thomas Williston presented His Acco'. of the Charges of Select- 
men going down to visit Rainsford's Island. 

It was passt & certified in the usual Form amounted to 
5: 14: 8. 

Boston Ss : At a a Meeting of the Selectmen Wednesday P. M. 
July 29 th . 1867 

Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell. 

The Selectmen of Maiden, Mess". Edward Wait, John Bucknam 
& Ebenezer Pratt came to the Chamber for a Settlement of the 
affair of two Woman Julia Perkins & Elizabeth King represented 
to be poor & chargeable to the Town of Maiden and suggest- 
ing they were Inhabitants of Boston consequently to be at the 
Charg2 of Boston However they proposed that they would take 
One shilling & four pence p. Week for them for Life and quit the 
Town of Boston of any further Charge. 

It was Voted & agreed by the Selectmen to send them with the 
following Letter to the Overseers 

Boston July 29. 1767 
Gentlemen 

The Selectmen of Maiden informed the Selectmen of Boston 
that Julia Perkins & Eliz*. King were become chargeable to the 
Town of Maiden about the first of Jan y . last, and that they must 
look to the Town of Boston to refund the charge they may be put 
to for their future maintenance or send them to Boston as the 
poor of Boston. 

We suspended the Matter for a time for consideration, and are 
at last come to a determination that, as they offer to board the 
said two Women for One shilling & four pence p. Week during 
Life and acquit the Town of further charge it will be for the 
interest of the Town to comply with their proposal rather than to 
contend in the Law about it. 

This comes to recommend the completion of this agreement to 
you Gentlemen, whose province it is to take care of & supply the 
poor of this Town And we do it the rather as it has been con- 
ducted so far with the Advice & Concurrence of some of your 
Board We are, with esteem, Gentlemen 

Your most obedient 

J. JACKSON 
S. SEWALL 

John Barret Esq r . & the Gentlemen J. HANCOCK 

Overseers. W M . PHILLIPS 

[81.] M r . Joseph Webb applied to the Selectmen for liberty 
to open a Drain in Long Lane where he is now building a House 
engaging to repair the Street & repave it to the Satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Voted that he have Liberty upon the Conditions above express'd. 



264 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 5. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Samuel Whitwell apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to 
open the Common Shore in Summer Street in order to carry a 
Drain into the same ; whereupon Voted, that liberty be granted 
upon Condition that the Ground be made good and the Pavement 
restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Voted, that Timothy Thornton have a draft on the Town Treas- 
urer, for Twenty Pounds lawful Money, on Account of paving 
work he is doing for the Town Mem , the July Draft not being 
given in, it was drawn for in the same) 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 7, 1767 
Present, Jackson Sewall, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5-10 p. 
Bushel, and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood 

Ib oz dt 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must 

weigh 2-0- 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal - - 3-7- 

Bisket of a Copper price ---------- _ 4_ 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 7, 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'-. 12, 17G7. 
[82.] Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips 
Newell, Rowe. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 13. 1767 
Present Joseph Jackson, Samuel Sewall, Ruddock Hancock 
Phillips Newell Rowe. 

The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons licensed the last 
Year to sell strong Drinks, both as Inholders and Retailers within 
this Town and made return therein to the Court of Sessions the 
last Month And have also at several Meetings considered the 
Petition, for Licenses for the Year ensuing, and the following 
Persons were approved & recommended Viz'. 

Inholders 

Joseph Goldthwait At his House in Back Street 

Moses Bennet At his House opposite John Tuder Esq r . 

Francis Wright Ditto Salutation Ferry 

Retailers 
Robert Love At his House near D r . Byles's Church 

Susannah Griggs Ditto in Long Lane 

James Perkins (of Wine only) Ditto in King Street 

Joseph Waldron At his Shop in Back Street 

Joseph Blake Ditto Borelands Row 

Rachel Masters At her House near Griffins Wharf 

Thankful Wheeler Ditto opposite M r . Ruf us Greens's 

Noah Dogget Ditto near Windmill Point 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 265 

Isaac Pierce At his Distill House New Boston 

Isaac Cazneati At his House in Cornhill 

Thomas Knox Ditto, lately occupied by M r . Atkins 

Elizabeth Pittson Ditto in Fore Street 

AVilliam Vernon At his Distill House North end 

James Thompson At his Shop in Wood Lane 

Rebecca Balch At her House in Back Street 

Israel Luke At his Shop in Salem Street 

Mary Coulter At her House near Winnisimet Ferry 

Henry Allyne Ditto near Bulls Wharf 

Andrew Johonnot At his Distill house, Long Lane 

[83.] The following Persons Petitioned for License & were 
disapproved Viz 1 . 

Hezekiah Cooley Mary Conell 

John Aish Thomas Carnes 

Samuel Smith John Gill 

Henry Henley William Speekman 

Hezekiah Usher Mary Wheeler 

Agnus Gorden Onner Russell 

William Stone Mary Bullens 

Ann Chandler Mary Ready 

Henry Trail Mary Salmon 

Richard Sylvester John Richardson 

Elizabeth Trevoy James Swift 

Daniel Calff John Stibbins 

Dorothy Turner Mary Kilby 

Mary Hall John Belcher 

Boston, Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 14, 176'. 
Present Joseph Jackson, John Hancock William Phillips Jn. 
Rowe. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 19, 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Rowe. 

M r . Joseph Calleuder Jun r acquaints the Selectmen that he has 
taken into his House as a Maid Issabella Wicker who came from 
Roxbury about five Weeks since. 

The Firewards acquaint the Selectmen that the Town Ladders 
which are now well repaired, and are placed in different parts of 
the Town, to be ready in case of Fire, are often taken from those 
places, by Persons who have occasion for them ; which in their 
Opinion makes it necessary that an Advertisement should be in- 
serted in the News Papers forbidding such a practise 

Matthew White presented his Account of the Charge of Board- 
ing & Nursing Edward Graham a poor Stranger who fell from 
Griffins Wharff, and was sent to said Whites to Nurse & Board at 
the Province Expense amounting to 3-12- [84.] Which was 
passed accordingly Copy whereof is on file. 

Paul Farmer Keeper of the Alms house was directed to receive 
again to be supported at the Province Charge Thomas Marston a 
Stranger; who is unable to support himself the order was 
signed by Coll r . Jackson & M r . Sewall, two of the Selectmen. 



266 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 20. 1767 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips, Sewall, Rowe. 

The Selectmen having reconsidered the Petition, of Rich d . Syl- 
vester, do approve of his being licensed to keep a Tavern at his 
House the sign of the Black & White Horse. 

The Selectmen having reconsidered Hezekiah Ushers Petition 
for a License to Retail at his House near the Orange Tree do ap- 
prove of him as a Retailer. 

John White a poor Stranger having apply'd to the Selectmen to 
find him a passage to Ireland, Cap'. Silas Atkins, who brought 
him from Newfoundland and never entred his Name, with the, 
Impost Master was sent for, and attended, when he agreed to 
carry him back to Newfoundland & to take care of him untill the 
Vessel sailed. 

The Selectmen having reconsidered the Petition of Dorothy 
Turner, for a License to retail Rum & c . at her House in Tremont 
Street do approve of her accordingly. 

The Selectmen having reconsidered the Petition of John Stib- 
bins for a License to Retail Rum & c . at his House near the Corner 
of Cross Street, do approve of him accordingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 26. 1767 
Present, Jackson, Sewell, Ruddock. Phillips Newell, Rowe. 

The following was sent M. Ochterlony in reply to one rec d . 
from her on file 

Boston August 26. 1767. 
Madam 

A Letter of this Date from you to the [85.] Selectmen has been 
received by which they perceive you have been misinformed or 
that you are some how under a mistake wherefore they would 
acquaint you that nothing lyes before them which would Justify 
their calling a Town Meeting as to Terms we know of none that 
they have proposed or consented to On the contrary they well 
know there has been no Vote to reconsider the Affair you refer tc 
And at present they apprehend there is no altering what has been 
already done thereon By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
M". Katharine Ocbterlony. 

M r . Newell is desired upon the application of James Gardner to 
order the necessary repairs to the Water course running upon the 
back of his House, through the Land which he lately purchased 
of M r . Jackson 

M r . Sewall & M r . Phillips are desired to inspect & order the 
necessary repairs to the Street near Fleets Corner, provided the 
Abuttors will do their proportion. 

M r . Rowe is desired to order the Way near Wendells Store to be 
repaired 

M r . John Mico Wendell asks liberty to erect a Post near the Cor- 
ner of his Ware, when Liberty was given upon the usual Condition. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 31. 1767. 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Newell. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 267 

M r . Ruddock apply'd to the Selectmen for the liberty to make 
use of the North Latin School house for exercising his Battery 
Men which was granted accordingly 

Paul Farmer Keeper of the Alms house was directed by two of 
the Selectmen viz'. Coll . Jackson & M r . Sewall to receive into 
said house to be supported at the Province Charge Deidree Benway, 
his Wife Hannah & their Child Oliver, they being Strangers and 
not Inhabitants of any Town in this Province ; nor having where- 
withall to support themselves 

[86.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 2 d . 
1767 Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, 

Newell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
Bushel and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains and Livelihood 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 2. 9. 
4 d . not above % Indian Meal d. 3. 7. 
Bisket of a Copper price 

The Selectmen having appointed Cap 4 . James Clemmens to be 
Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market in the room of M r . Abijah Adams 
who is in a declining state and as it is feared not like to appear 
abroad again, the following Orders were given said Clemmens, 
which bears date the Day on which he entred upon duty viz'. 

Boston August 13. 1767 
Cap'. James Clemmens 
Sir 

You being by the Selectmen of Boston chosen to act as Clerk 
of Faneuil Hall Market it is our directions That you observe that 
the Butchers who hire the Stalls do conform to their Leases. Viz'. 
That they bring into the Market all the Hydes Skins and 
Tallow of all such Creatures as they kill ; that they keep their 
respective Stalls clear, and at the shutting up of the Market at 
One O'Clock carry out all the Hydes Skins and Tallow and also all 
the Beef that shall be cut up that is less than a Quarter and all 
other sorts of Meal of what kind so ever that those Butchete 
who occupy the Stalls do not bring into the Market any kind ol" 
Poultry other than of their own raising to sell You'l Observe 
that every Person who erects a Stall or puts their Panyers or 
Carts, within the limits of the Market do pay for the same as 
follows Viz'. For every Stand or Stall from the middle West 
Door on each side down to the Street Eight Shillings p. Month or 
eight Coppers p. Day, for each Stand or Stall on the other parts 
of the West end of the Market Six Coppers p. Day 

For each Cart with Beef or Sauce or any other Article for Sale 
that stands in any other place within the Limmits of the Market 
four Coppers p. Day For each pair of Panyers two Coppers 
[87.] Coppers (sic) p. Day. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 



268 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Mr. Joseph Tyler attended, and by the desire of the Firewards 
complained of John Brown the Master of Engine No. G. kept at 
New Boston and of Nathaniel Tabb & Joseph Foye, as being 
guilty of neglect of duty by not attending their Engines in Time 
of Fire, the Masters neglect owing chiefly to his Age & consequent 
infinnitys. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep 1 . 9. 17G7 
Present Jackson Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Phillips. 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting to 
1 40 - & 1 - 1 9-7 as p. Copys on file 

M r . Burdick Constable of the Town House Watch attended & 
proposed John Hyman as a suitable Person for a Watchman, 
who was approved of accordingly 

The Town Clerk was directed to publish in the several Papers 
the following Advertizement 

Boston September 9. 17G7 

Complaint having been made to the Selectmen by the Gentle- 
men the Firewards, that the Ladders belonging to the Town which 
have been placed at the most convenient places to be ready in 
case of Fire are often taken from thence by Persons who have 
occasion for them, whereby the design of procuring those Ladders 
is so far frustrated ; these are therefore to caution every one 
against taking any of said Ladders from those places for the future 
except in case of Fire, as such Trespassers may depend upon being 
proceeded with according to Law 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Passed upon William Todds Province Acco 1 . amounting to 28- 
7 - 1 as p. Copy of the same on file. 

[88.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 16. 
1767 

Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Newell. 

Passed upon William Homes & Comp y . Province Account 
amounting to 6 it being for the passage of 12 poor Persons to 
Philadelphia as p. Account on file. 

M r . Hancock apply'd by desire of the Cadet Company for the 
use of Faneuil Hall, to exercise the Company some Days to come 

The Selectmen have Agreed to view the Fortification Gates 1 next 
Fryday Morning 10. O Clock 

M". Ann Britt presented her petition to the Selectmen for their 
approbation of her removal to a House near Elder Parkmans 
Mouse in North Street, and retailing Spirituous Liquors there, and 
she was approbated accordingly 

[Four blank pages here. W. H. W.] 

[89.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep 1 . 23 d . 

1767 Present Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Newell Rowe. 

The Selectmen taking into Consideration the Vote of the Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 269 

respecting the Fortification Gates determined, that said Vote 
should now be carried into execution. 

M r . Daws is desired to draw a Plan of two Pillars &. for the 
Fortification at South End, and also to give in an estimate of the 
Charge. 

The Selectmen having took into Consideration the Vote of the 
Town passed last January for sending for a Clock for the Old 
Brick Church, the present bieng represented as not worth repair- 
ing Voted that a Clock be sent for as soon as possible. 

Voted, that M r . Hancock be and he hereby is desired to send to 
London as soon as may be for said Clock. 

M r . Jenkins Master of Engine N. to be desired to attend at the 
Selectmens Chamber next Monday Afternoon. 

M r . Williston is directed to desire M r . Brown the Master of 
Engine at New Boston to attend at the Selectmens Chamber next 
Monday Afternoon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 28. 1767 
Present. Mess". Sewall, Ruddock Hancock Phillips, 

Newell, Rowe. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
Bushel, and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges, Pain, and Livelihood 
A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must n>. O z. dr. 

weigh . . 2. 8. 

A 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian Meal must weigh . . 3. 7. 
Bisket of a Copper price . . . . . . 4. 12 

[9O.J M r . Jonathan Brown Master of Engine N. 6. appeared 
and assigned his place as Master of said Engine. 

The several persons who have been chose Collectors of Taxes 
for the ensuing Year, appear'd when the Selectmen acquainted 
them that the Assessors had prepared the Tax Books, and were 
ready to deliver them the same as soon as they had qualified 
themselves as the Law directs, and therefore desired them to de- 
clare whether they were ready to accept the Books upon the terms 
mentioned in a late Town Vote respecting Collectors. 

The several Collectors having considered on what the Selectmen 
had offered, declared each one for himself, that they could not 
accept the trust on those terms, but were read}' to serve the town 
at the same rate & conditions they had done for two Years past. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 30. 1767 
Present Mess. Sewall, Ruddock, Newell, Rowe. 

M r . Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3. appeared, and informed the 
Selectmen that his Engine was brought to work first upon the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . Caldwells Shop, and therefore 
pray'd the Premium granted by the Town may be allowed his 
Company whereupon 

Voted, that the Premium of 13 / be allow'd them accordingly, 
a draft now to be given. 

M r . Jenkins Master of Engine N 3. together with the Firewards 
having represented to the Selectmen, that said Engine was so 



270 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

much out of Repair, as to render her incapable of service at 
Fires M r . David Wheeler was desired to inspect the same, who 
Reports, that it is his Opinion, that it would not be for the 
Interest of the Town to repair said Engine. 

M r . David Wheeler was desired by the Selectmen to give in to 
them an Estimate of the Charge of a new Engine, that the same 
may be laid before the Town next Town Meeting. 

M r . Holyoke Master of Writing School in Queen Street having 
represented that his Stove is out of repair he was [91.] Desired to 
speak to Cap 1 . Dows to repair the same and to get M r . Ruggles to 
mend the Windows of the School. 

M r . Jonathan Tarbox presented his Petition to the Selectmen 
that he may be approbated to retail Spirituous Liquors at his 
House in Salem Street near D r . Cutlers Church who was accord- 
ingly approbated by them. 

M rs . Mary Marshall presented her Petition to the Selectmen 
praying that they would approbate her as a Retailer of Spirituous 
Liquors at her House opposite the Governors ; and she was appro- 
bated accordingly. 

M r . Sewall M r . Ruddock & M r . Hancock appointed a Committee 
to represent to the Judge of Probates the present Circumstances 
of Thomas Stones, who sometime since lived at Lovels Island, and 
was in December 1761. returned to said Judge as a Person Non 
Compos. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 5. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe. 

The Hon ble . James Pitt Esq r . apply'd to the Selectmen for their 
Liberty to open y e common Shore in Cambridge Street, which is 
now stopt and out of repair ; when he was desired to Notify the 
Concerned in said Drain that they might have an opportunity to 
enter their objection if any they have before Liberty is granted. 

Samuel Hemmenway appeared and informed the Selectmen that 
he had taken into his Family a Son of one Hodges of Little Cam- 
bridge, who is of the Age of Five Years. 

M r . Gowen Brown appeared, and agreed with the Selectmen to 
rectify the Hand of the Dyal of the Clock at the Brick Church, 
and to clean said Clock, for Forty Shillings lawful Money 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue out a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Fryday next being the 9 th . Ins', at 10. O'Clock Before 
Noon. 

[92.] Voted, that Mess. Kneeland and Adams have the 
printing of the Notifications for the Town Meeting on Fryday 
next. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 7. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Rowe. 

Passed upon M r . Robert Pierpoints Province Account amount- 
ing to Six Pounds six Shillings, as being for the passage of 
Dennis Dunnoven to Ireland, as p. Copy of Account on file. 

The Company of Engine N. 6. kept at New Boston appeared, 
and informed the Selectmen that it would be very agreeable to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 271 

them to have M r . Josiah Gains appointed Master in the room of 
M r . Jonathan Brown who has resigned whereupon Voted, 
that the said Josiah Gains be and he hereby is appointed Master 
of said Engine, and the Town Clerk is directed to furnish him 
with Orders for his Government as soon as may be. 

M r . Josiah Gains Master of Engine N. 6 attended and pre- 
sented Mess". Ebenezer Pillsbury and M r . George Newell as suit- 
able Persons to supply the places of Mess". Tabb & Foye who 
have been dismiss'd from the Comp'y whereupon Voted, that 
the said Newell and Pillsbury be and hereby are accepted as 
Engine Men accordingly. 

M r . William Hunt attended, when he was desired by the Select- 
men to order repairs to the Mill Bridge. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 14. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Newell, 

Rowe. 

M r . .Sampson Salter appeared and proposed Mess. John Salter 
and Daniel Rea as his Bondsmen for the faithful discharge of his 
Duty as a Collector. 

Voted that they be accepted accordingly and the Town Clerk 
is directed to prepare the Bonds 

[93.] M r . Abraham Savage appeared, and proposed Mess". 
Daniel Malcomb & Christopher Clark, as his Bondsmen for the 
faithful discharge of his Duty as a Collector of Taxes Voted that 
they be accepted accordingly and the Town Clerk is directed 
to prepare the Bonds. 

Passed upon John Hancock Esq r . Province Account amounting 
to Twinty two Pounds three Shillings and two Pence lawful 
Money, as p. Copy of his Account on file. 

M r . Samuel Ruggles Jun r . appeared, and proposed Mess. 
Samuel Ruggles, & Caleb Davis as his Bondsmen, for the faithful 
discharge of his Duty as a Collector of Taxes which were 
accepted by the Selectmen. 

M". Elizabeth Trevoy appeared, and pray'd the Selectmen for 
their approbation of her as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors at her 
House on M r . Lorings Wharff under M r . William Vernon Distiller 
was approved accordingly 

The Selectmen in pursuance of a Vote passed at a Town Meet- 
ing the 9'. of October Instant," impoweriug them either to repair 
Engine N. 3. or to procure a new one in its room, as they should 
Judge most for the Interest of the Town ; have this Day agreed 
with M r . David Wheeler to Build and provide another Engine of 
the same Dimensions as the Charlestown Engine, to be at least five 
Inches in the clear of the Chambers, and to be in every respect 
compleated as is the Charlestown Engine, for which he is to have a 
draft on the Town Treasurer for Fifty seven Pounds six Shillings 
& 8 d . lawful Money. 

John Ruddock Esq r . signified to the Selectmen that he was 
ready to take the Old Engine N. 3. and allow whatever it should 
be appraised at, which Engine he proposed to keep on his Estate 
at the North End, and to Man her out of his Battry Company. 



272 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

M r . David Wheeler having by direction of the Selectmen vew'd 
Engine N. 3. and reported that he Judged the same to be worth 
Twenty Pound lawful Money. 

Voted, that John Ruddock Esq r . have said Engine at the ap- 
praised value, the same to be delivered him in as good order as 
she is now in, with all Oppertenances, so soon as the New Engine 
shall be finished. 

[94.] M r . Hancock Newell & Rowe appointed a Committee 
to view a Shop erecting at the Head of the Long Wharff, Infor- 
mation being given in that the Street was incroached upon by s d . 
Building 

The above Committee having viewed said Building Report that 
they found said Building had encroached upon the Street, and 
that they had directed M r . Benjamin Lor ing the Owner to remove 
the same immediately 

M r . Hancock having obligingly offered to pay M r . Clemmans 
Clerk of the Market Five Pounds p. Month as his Salary provided 
he had a draft for the same quarterly it was accordingly agreed 
by the Selectmen 

M r Robert Stone having apply'd to the Selectmen for their Li- 
cense to keep a Tavern at thier House in King Street lately im- 
proved by M r . Blodget whereupon 

Voted, that he be not approbated as a Inholder. 

M r . Jeremiah Russel one of the Proprietors of the Drain or Com- 
mon Shore in Milk Street running thro Water Street untill it 
emptys itself in the Dock, apply d to the Selectmen for liberty to 
repair a breach made in said Drain opposite M r . Phillips's Ware- 
house, when he was directed to notify all the Proprietors of said 
Drain of this application that they may enter any objections as 
also to give in a List of the Names of said Propi-ietors 

M r . Edward Hollyday proposes M r . John Winslow and M r . 
Henry Allyne as his Bondsmen for the faithful discharge of his 
Duty as a Collector of Taxes, the present Year. 

Voted, that they be accepted accordingly & the Town Clerk is 
directed to prepare the Bonds. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 2 1 1 , 1767 
Present Messr. Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock Phillips 
Newell, Rowe. 

M r . Newell & Rowe a Committee to measure the new Pavement 
leading to the Fortification, done by M r . Thornton 

Voted, that the Vote passed at the last Meeting which [95.] 
Approved of M r . Henry Allyne as a Bondsman for M r . Hollyday 
the Collector, be reconsidered so far as to disallow of his being? a 
Bondsman, and M r . Hollyday is required to get another Bondsman 

Cap 1 . Wheeler of Engine N. 16 presented Nathaniel Wheeler 
as a suitable Person for an Engine Man in his Compy. in the room 
of John Maclain who has left it ; and he was accordingly approved 
of by the Selectmen 

Voted, that M r . Savage & M r . Salter, have a Certificate to the 
Assessors that they have given Bonds and taken the Oaths as Col- 
lector in order for their receiving their Tax Books. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 273 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 22 d , 1767 
Present Jackson, John Ruddock, Hancock, Samuel Sewall. Newell 
Rowe. 

The Petition of a Number of the Inhabitants praying that a 
Town Meeting may be immediately called was considered by the 
Selectmen whereupon. 

Voted that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meeting 
Wednesday next 10. O'Clock Before Noon being the 28. of 
October Ins' 

Mess". Edes and Gill to have the Printing of the Notifications. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1767 
Present Sewall, Phillips, Newell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
bushel and that Six Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood. 
A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must 

weigh 2 - 8 - 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 3 - 7 - 
Bisket of a Copper price - 4 - 12 

[96.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 30, 
1767 Present Sewall Ruddock, Newell Rowe, 

Voted, that M r . Heath have a draft for Forty Pounds agreeable 
to the Town Vote. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 2 d . 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell. 

M r . Phillips appointed to repair the damage made on the Road 
against his Warehouse, by means of a breach in the Common Shore. 

M r . Sewall appointed to give directions relative to the printing, 
the Vote of the Town relative to inumerated Goods 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 4, 1767 Pres- 
ent Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Newell, Rowe. 

The form of a Letter to the Selectmen of the several Towns 
was agreed upon as on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 5. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall. Phillips, Newell, 

The following Orders were given M r . Gains Master of Engine N. 
6. as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 6. 1767 
Present Mess". Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock Hancock, Phillips, 
Newell, Rowe. 

Complaint having been made to the Selectmen that a Servant 
Girl of M r . Prey had been ill treated, Several Persons were sent 
for & examined, when it appeared that there was too much truth in 
the information M r . Pray consented to give up the Indentures, 
which was done accordingly the Girls Name is Elizabeth Mom- 
per came from Newfoundland. 



274 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 55. 

M r . Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse the said 
Moraper who is a Stranger & has no one to care for her the Order 
was sign'd by M r . Sewall & Hancock & M r Whitwell an overseer 

[97.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 17'. 
1767 Present Jackson Sewall Hancock Phillips Newell 

Howe. 

Cap*. Marshall of the Ship Boston Packet who arrived at Nan- 
tasket this Day from L6ndon gives this information that he left 
the Downs, the 22' 1 . of September last, and on the 29'. discovered 
Joseph Jeffers had the Small Pox, & on the 7'. of October died, 
the 21. of said October Robert Page broke out, and is now well 
that 3 Sailors on board have not had the Small Pox, likewise a 
Lady and Young Child the Persons taken as soon as discovered 
were removed to the fore part of the Ship between Decks, and 
those who had not had it were removed to the After part of the 
Ship 

Boston Novem r . 7. 1767. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Ship Boston Packet Cap*. Marshall who is arrived from 
London at Rainsfords Island with the Small Pox, is to remain till 
our further Orders those Persons who have not had the Small 
Pox but are liable you may take to the Hospital, the Person who 
has had it you must receive into the well Mouse You must see 
the Vessel well smoked & cleansed as also everything between 
Decks liable to infection the Letters must be well smoked & 
then sent up & when Cap*. Marshall has a fresh shift of Clothes 
he may come to Town being first smoked, but no other Persons to 
be suffered to go out of the Vessel or to come on board, nor no 
Letters to be wrote from the Vessel without your knowledge 

P.S. The Man who has JOSEPH JACKSON 

had the Small Pox must SAMUEL SEWALL , , 

be smoked & have a shift JOHN HANCOCK 



of Clothes before he goes WILLIAM PHILLIPS 

into the Wellhouse, you TIMOTHY NEWELL' 

must strictly adhere to JOHN ROWE 
the above Orders. 



of 
Boston 



[98.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 
9 th . 1767. A. M. Present Mess". Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, 
Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 

M r . Hancock brought Cap'. Marshall Mas r . of the Ship Boston 
Packett to the Select Men, to receive their Directions, in Conse- 
quence of w * 1 . the following Letter was wrote to M r . Hartley, 
Keeper of the Hospitall Island respect'g the Ship 

Boston Nov r . 9. 1767 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

As the Ship Boston Packett Cap'. Marshall is now at your Island 
with the Small Pox, And as there are no goods between Decks, 
we imagine she is not very infectious, however we strictly order 
you to See all the Bedding, Beds, & every thing between Decks 
liable to Infection, Carried on Shore, & put into the Store, & 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 275 

sufficiently Air'd, & and when you have Taken the Things from 
between Decks, & Brought the Powder & Deliver'd it into the 
Boston Magazine, you are then to Smoak the Ship & thoroughly 
Wash her, & in all Respects to See everything Cleansed & when 
you Judge she is fit to Come up to Town you will acquaint us that 
we may apply to the Gov r . for Leave to pass the Castle Those 
Persons who have not had Small Pox must Remain on the Island 
& not come up in the Ship but wait our further order ; & those 
persons who have had it must be sufficiently Shifted before they 
Come up in the Ship, the Person who is but Just recovered from 
the Small Pox, must not be suffered to come up to Town untill our 
further Orders 

JOSEPH JACKSON ") 
JOHN HANCOCK | Selectmen 
WILLIAM PHILLIPS } of 
TIMOTHY NEWELL I Boston 
JOHN ROWE 

The Indentures of M r . Prays Girl which he delivered up by con- 
sent were taken by M r . Hancock. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 9. 1767 P. M. 
[99.] Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Newell. 

Boston Novem r 9. 1767 
M r . Samuel Hartley, 

His Excellency Governor Bernard having apply 'd to us that 
Cap'. Spry who came Passenger in Cap 1 . Marshall, may be per- 
mitted to come up to Town, we consent upon condition that you 
see him well smoked and cleansed, and also furnished with a fresh 
Suit of Clothes He must not be permitted to bring auy thing up 
with him untill our further Orders Cap'. Sprys Wife & Children 
must be kept at the Hospital till you hear further from us as they 
are liable to have the Distemper Cap'. Sprys Baggage &. must 
be taken on the Island & well smoked & aird & not suffered to be 
taken off without our perrnition 

JOSEPH JACKSON ""i 
SAMUEL SEWALL 1 
JOHN HANCOCK [ 
TIMOTHY NEWELL J 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 11, 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 
Rowe. 

M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital appear'd & informed the 
Selectmen that he had strictly complyed with their Orders respect- 
ing the cleansing and smoaking Cap'. Marshals Ship, and that it 
was his opinion that she may be permitted to come up to Town 
without endangering the health of the Inhabitants whereupon 

Voted that the Ship be permitted to come up, and that the fol- 
lowing Letter be sent M r . Hartley & a Certificate to the Governor. 

Boston November 11. 1767 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to the Selectmen that you have strictly 



276 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

comply'd with the Orders given you respecting the cleansing and 
smoking Cap'. Marshalls Ship and that it is your Opinion she 
may be permitted to come up to Town without endangering the 
health of the Inhabitants Our Orders are that you suffer the 
Ship to leave the Island, taking care that no one continues on 
board that has not had the Small Pox, nor any thing [1OO.] 
Liable to retain infection, that you carefully cleanse and smoke 
the things taken on Shore, and in all respects follow the directions 
before given you respecting the same the People who came up 
in the Ship as well as the Vessel must be well smoked 

JOSEPH JACKSOX 

SAMUEL SEWALL 



JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 



Selectmen 
of 



WILLIAM PHILLIPS Boston 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
JOHN HOWE J 

May it please your Excellency 

The Ship Boston Packet Cap 1 . Marshall from London, stopt at 
Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox, having been suffi- 
ciently smoked & cleansed we are of Opinion said Vessel may be 
permitted to come up to Town with out endangering the health of 
the Inhabitants if your Excellency think proper We are 
Your ExcelLencys Most Obed'. Hum Sv ts . 

JOSEPH JACKSON ") 
SAMUEL SEWALL 
JOHN RUDDOCK Selectmen 
JOHN HANCOCK j> of 
WILLIAM PHILLIPS Boston. 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
JOHN ROWE j 

November 11. 1767 

His Excellency Governor Bernard 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Account amount* 
to 6 16 , as p. Copy of his Acco'. on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 11. 1767 

Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 
Rowe. 

[1O1.] M r . John Bartlet appeared and pray'd leave to break 
Ground in order to carry a Drain from his House near the Sign of 
the Lamb, into the Common Shore. 

Liberty was accordingly granted provided the Ground and Pave- 
ment is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M r . Putnam Master of Engine N. petitions for the Premium, 
allowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first at the 
Fire which lately broke out at M r . Goldthwaits Barn. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 18. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 

Rowe. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 277 

M r . Russel delivered up the Keys of his Store to the Selectmen 
on the 16'. Instant 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, 
attended and Reports That the Clothing belonging to Cap'. 
Marshalls Ship are sufficiently smokt and aird whereupon 

Voted, that liberty be granted for said Clothes to be taken off 
the Island, & that Orders be given accordingly 

M r . Hancock & Phillips appointed a Committee to direct in the 
Erecting a Beacon on Beacon Hill so called in the place of the one 
thrown down by the Wind, which proves too rotten to serve again 

The Selectmen having considered the offer made by M r . Hughes 
of dropping the Action with the Sealers of Leather, for some 
Carolina Leather they siezed do desire M r . Sewall & Rowe the 
Committee to treat with him, to agree with his proposal to drop 
the Suit, deliver him the Leather, and leave it with two Gentlemen 
to determine what shall be paid for damages 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25. 1767. 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell. 

[1O2.] Voted, that the Committee appointed to order a 
Beacon to be erected on Beacon Hill, be desired to procure Points 
to be affixed. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island attended & Reports That the People & Goods which 
came out of Cap 4 . Marshal are now sufficiently smoked and air'd, 
and may be permitted to be carried off with safety to the Inhabi- 
tants whereupon the following was given M r . Hartley. 

Boston Nov r . 25. 1767. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the People and Goods which 
came out of Cap'. Marshall Ship are sufficiently smoked & aired, 
and may come up to Town with safety to the Inhabitants, you 
being first satisfied as to the Charges 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

The Selectmen have agreed to visit the Almshouse on Fryday 
next in order to enquire into the Circumstances of the Province 
Poor, and whether any may be sent away to make room for such 
other Persons, as may need immediate relief from the Province. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 27. 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock Phillips Newell Rowe 

The Selectmen agreed to accept the Bond, which M r . Hollyday 
a Collector of Taxes, has already given for his faithful conduct & 
behavior in the Office the present Year. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 30. 1767. 

Present Jackson, Sewall Hancock, Phillips Newell. 

M r . Joseph Henderson, appeared & proposed to the Selectmen 
that he may be permitted to carry a drain from his House in Win- 
ter Street Lane to the Common Shore Liberty is accordingly 
granted, provided [1O3.] the Ground is made good and Pavement 
restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 



278 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at.6/ p. 
Bushel, and that G d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood. 

lb 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 2.8. 
a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 3. 7 

Bisket of a Copper price 

Royal Tyler Esq r . handed into the Selectmen a Certificate that 
Michael Deagle & Wife French Neutrals were suffering her hus- 
band not having been Assigned to any Town Certificate on 
File. 

Voted, that M r . John Joy have a draft for 45. 13. 6 lawful 
Money being the Towns part of the Charge of paving Leaveret 
Street as p. Vote of the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 2d, 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall, Phillips Rowe 

Voted, that Joseph Putnam & Company have a draft for thir- 
teen Shillings & four Pence being the Premium allowed by the 
Town for playing first with his Engine on M r . Goldthwaits Barn 
lately consumed by fire (drawn for Novem r . draft) 

Passed M r . Joseph Newells Province Account amounting to 
2. 15. 2 as p. Acco'. on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 9. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock Newell Rowe. 

Cap'. Sharp of Engine N. 2. applyd to the Selectmen for the 
Premium allowed by the Town for playing first with his Engine at 
the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Edes Bake House North 
End 

[1O4.] Voted, that M r . Sharp & Company have a draft 
for 13/4 as a Premium for bringing their Engine to first at 
the Fire at M r . Edes, Bakehouse North End * 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 16, 1767 

Present Mess : Jackson, Sewall Hancock Phillips Newell, 
Rowe. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alrashouse to 
be supported at the charge of the Province one Anthony Coffin he 
being a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince nor having wherewithall to support himself Order was 
signed by Mess : Jackson & Sewall Selectmen & M r . William 
Greanleaff Overseer (Mern a . M r . Love says he warned said 
Coffin out of Town, last Winter) 

A Committee of the Firewards waited upon the Selectmen, to 
complain of M r . Thomas Reed Master of Engine N. for having 
contemptuously refused to obey the directions of M r . John Mico 
Wendell at a late Fire, and also of the behavior of some others in 
playing their Engines upon one another at some late Fires whereby 
many that were attending their duty were needlessly wet & dis- 
commoded 

*This entry is thus duplicated in the original. W. H. W. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1767. 279 

M r . David Wheeler Master of Engine N. entretl a Complaint 
against Mess". Bennet & Mayes, two of his Engine Company, 
for making such uneasiness in the Company as had made the 
greater part of the same desirous that the Select men would dis- 
miss them. 

Upon a motion made, the Selectmen considered whether M r . 
David Wheeler was a Proper Person, to continue the Master of 
said Engine whereupon 

Voted unanimously, that it is the opinion of the Selectmen 
that said Wheeler having in the Providence of God lost one 
of his Legs, is not a suitable Person to continue in that Com- 
mand. 

The Tanners appeared and informed the Selectmen that the 
Butchers withheld the Hydes of the Creatures brought [1O5.] Into 
the Market, contrary to their Agreement whereupon M r . Willis- 
ton was directed to order the Clerk of the Market to attend at 
Fryday Morning 10. O Clock 

M r . Williston was directed to inform the Masters of the Engines 
to attend at the Selectmens Chambers Wednesday next 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 18. 1767 
Present. Jackson, Sewall Hancock Phillips, Newell 

Upon the complaint of the Tanners the Butchers having Stalls 
in Faneuil Hall Market, were sent for, when they assured the Se- 
lectmen that they would make good their engagements respecting 
supplying the Farmers with raw Hydes 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 23 d . 1767 
Present, Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Newell Rowe. 

The Captains of several of the Engines attended according to 
order, when the Selectmen acquainted them with the complaint en- 
tred respecting the behavior of some of the Enginemen in playing 
upon one another at some late Fires, to the annoyance of man} 7 at- 
tending the Fires, when they assured the Selectmen, that they 
would propose a Meeting of the several Masters to consult what 
methods are last to be taken to preserve harmony & good behavior, 
and that if any of their People should hereafter be guilty of ill 
behavior or breach of orders, they will return the Names of such 
Persons that they may be dismis'd said Masters were desired to 
enjoin upon those in their several Companys who have not Caps, 
that they procure them immediately, in order for their being dis- 
tinguished from others at any Fires which may happen 

At a Constables Meeting this Day, Jurymen were chose for 
January Courts as entred in Jury Books. 

[1.O6.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the 
Alms house to be supported there at the Province expence one 
John Henry Riuwinger, who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in 
this Province, nor has he wherwithall to support himself the 
Order was signed by M r . Sewall Newell & Rowe Selectmen. 

Mem , to write the Selectmen of Braintree that Spear & 

is in suffering Circumstances & must be provided for unless soon 
sent for immediately 



280 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 28. 1767 
Present Mess". Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips Newell, 

Howe. 

Cap'. John Ballard of Engine N. 1. appear'd & presented Fran- 
cis Marshall, Kzekiel Walker, & Benjamin dishing, as suitable 
Persons for Euginemen in the room of Timothy Brown, George 
Rumby & John Ballard Jnn r . who were accepted accordingly 

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

lb OZ 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 2-8- 

A 4 d . Ditto not above | Indian Meal- d. 3-7- 

Bisket of a Copper price ----------- 4-12 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 25. 1767 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock Phillips Newell 

M r . Benjamin Jcffry Father of Joseph Jeffry a Seaman on 
board the Boston Packet Cap'. John Marshall came before the 
Selectmen and demanded the Clothes and Effects of the said 
Joseph, having administred on the Estate of the said Joseph who 
died on board the said Vessel during her passage from London of 
the Small Pox which Vessel being sent down to Rainsfords Island 
to perform quarantine ; the said Joseph Clothes & c . were delivered 
to M r . Samuel Hartley keeper of the Hospital there 

[ IO7.] Voted, that he said Benjamin have orders to M r . Hart- 
ley to deliver said Cloths & c . he paying the said Hartly necessary 
Charges 

The following Order was accordingly given 

Boston Decem r . 25 th . 1767 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

If the Clothes & c . belonging to M r . Joseph Jeffry a Seaman who 
died on board the Ship Boston Packet John Marshall Commander 
and were lodged with you are sufficiently aired and cleansed you 
have our orders to deliver them to M r . B. Jeffry Father of the 
deceased he satisfying you for what trouble you have been at 

JOSEPH JACKSON "j 
SAMUEL SEWALL I Selectmen 
JOHN HANCOCK of 

WILLIAM PHILLIPS j Boston 
TIMOTHY NEWELL j 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 30. 1767 
Present Jackson Sewall, Phillips, Newell, 

Cap 1 . Josiah Gains of Engine N. 6. presented M r . Gorham 
Flagg as a suitable Person for his Engine Company who was 
approved of accordingly by the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 6. 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall Phillips, Newell, 

M r . Jackson & M r . Sewall a Committee to call upon the Execu- 
tors of M r . Brookers Will, to make a Settlement with the Judge 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 281 

of Probate that it may be known what is coming to the Town out 
of the Estate which is left to the disposal of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 8. 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, 

The Committee appointed the 28 h . of October last to consider 
[1O8.] Of some Measures for Employing the Poor of the Town of 
Boston by roving [stc] the Linen Manufacture & in such other 
Ways as shall be thought most beneficial having informed the Select- 
men that they were ready to Report 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue out a Warrant for a Meeting 
of the Inhabitants on Wednesday the 13 th . of January Instant at 
10'0'Clock Before Noon 

Ordered, that Mess Fleets have the printing of the Notifications 
for the ensuing Town Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 13. 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell. 

Ordered that M r . Elijah Wadsworth of Milton, have delivered 
him up his Obligation for a good young Bull in the room of one he 
received from the Selectmen before, having returned one to the 
Satisfaction of the Hay ward. 

The following letter was sent the Selectmen of Hull on the yes- 
terday Viz'. 

Gentlemen 

We send you by the Bearer M r . Samuel Hartley a Woman be- 
longing to your Town, by Name as she says Jane Lackay, who we 
have regularly warned out of this Town, she being now in desti- 
tute circumstances and with Child. We thought it most prudent 
to send her to you as the expence of keeping her here would be 
much more for you to pay than under your immediate direction. 

We therefore desire you to receive her in which you will much 
oblige 

Your Humble Servants ^ a 
JOSEPH JACKSON | 2 

SAM. SEWALL f ? a 

TIMOTHY NEWELL j -2 <M 
JOHN ROWE J cc 

[1O9.] Cap*. Joseph Gains of Engine N. 6 apply 'd to the Se- 
lectmen for the Premium of 13/4 allowed by the Town to that 
Company for bringing their Engine to play first on the Fire which 
lately broke out at M". Kneelands house in Kneelands Lane so 
called 

Voted that it be granted him accordingly 

Passed upon Augustus Hails Province Acco 1 . in which an Ac- 
count of Thorn 8 . Hodson is included, amounting to 3. 18. 4d. as 
p. Copy on File 

Mr. Burbeck who carves the Capitals for Faneuil Hall was sent 
for, when he engaged to get the Carved Work finished and put up 
before the latter end of next Month he was at the same time 
told that he should have his pay out of the Mony raised by the 
present Lottery 



282 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan*. 20. 1708 
Present Mess". Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25. 1768 
Present Mess. Jackson, Sewall Phillips, 

Joseph Gardner Esq r . apply 'd to the Selectmen in behalf of his 
Son in Law M r . Andrews for the hire of the Towns Warehouse 
opposite the Golden Ball 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 27, 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Rowe 

[11O.] Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
6/ p. Bushel and that 6 d . Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed 
as follows Viz*. 

lb oz dr 

A4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must weigh, 2-8- 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 3-7- 

Bisket of a Copper price ----------- -4-12 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 3 d . 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall Phillips, Newell Rowe 

M r . Ireland Constable of the Dock Watch presented John Fisher 
as a suitable Person for a Watchman in the room of William Bar- 
ret who has resign'd upon Account of differences in said Watch. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Account am g . to 
13. 12. 7. as p. Copy on file 

M r . James Wells presented a Petition for a License to sell Rum 
& c . by retail at his Distill House near the Mill Pond, and was 
approbated accordingly 

M r . Townsend Constable of North Watch presented William 
Wallace as suitable Person for a Watchman in the room of Charles 
Gilkey who is sick 

Whereas Persons not Inhabitants of the Town of Boston who 
have carried on considerable Business in the Town, and who have 
been returned to the Assessors by the Selectmen as proper Sub- 
jects to be rated according to Law provided in that case, have 
refused to pay their Rates so assessed on them, the Selectmen 
came to this resolve that the Assessors be directed to take the 
Steps of the Law to compel them thereto 

[111.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 10. 
1768 Present Jackson, Sewall Phillips, Rowe 

Betty Peter a Widow Woman who came into this town from Broad 
Bay about 14 Years ago, appeared and informed the Selectmen 
that her Circumstances are such as to require some assistance 
from the public 

Major Payson having produced the Province County & Town 
Treasurers Receipts for the Taxes committed to him to Collect for 
the Year 1765 

Voted, that he have a draft on the Town Treasury the next 
Draft Day for one fourth part of the Premium allowed by the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 283 

Town for collecting the Taxes of the Taxes of the Year 1765 
being One hundred & two pounds one Shilling and four Pence d 

The Town Clerk was directed to deliver up M r . Collector Pay- 
sons Bonds for the Years 1764 & 1765 

M r . Torrey apply'd to the Selectmen for their influence that the 
Law relative to Millers which has expired, may be revived, and 
the the Law relative to Bakers Bread 

Voted, that the following Advertizement be sent to the Thurs- 
days Paper 

Whereas the Carcases of several Horses which have died of a 
Contagious disorder now prevalent have been carried into the 
Common & other parts of the Town & left uuburied, whereby 
some ill consequence are apprehended ; these are therefore to ac- 
quaint the Inhabitants that such Persons as may hereafter leave 
the dead Bodys of Horses or any other Creatures so exposed above 
Ground, will be prosecuted for such offences according to Law 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[112.] The following was sent the Assessors of this Town 
Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of other 
Towns in this Province, ought to be taxed here, for the Real Es- 
tates they Occupy, and the Business they do here, it being agree- 
able to Law Viz*. > 

James Russell Esq r . 
John Solely 
Ralph Inman Esq* 
Anthony Thomas 
Joseph Palmer 
Elisha Doane 
Simon Whipple & Comp 7 . 
Timothy Folger 
Joseph Roach 
John Boreland Esq r . 
Jerathmiel Bowen Esq r . 
We are Gentlemen 

Your hum: Serv'. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL SEWELL 
WILLIAM PHILLIPS 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
JOHN ROWE 

To the Assessors of the 
Town of Boston 

Boston Decem r . 1767 

[113.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Hon w . His Majestys 
Justices of the Peace & the Gentlemen the Overseers & Selectmen 
of Boston 

A Walk and visitation of the Town was agreed upon to be on 
Fryday the 19'. Day of February Instant 9 O Clock in the Morn- 
ing, if not fair Weather then on the Tuesday following being the 




284 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

23 d . Day of said February ; to meet at the Selectmens Chamber on 
the Evening of said Day 5 O Clock (the particulars on file) 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 27, 1768 
Present Jackson Sewall Phillips Newell 

Jurors. Grand & Petit Jurors to serve at the Superior Court of 
Judicature & c were chose and drawn 

The towns Warehouse was let to Joseph Gardner & Son by M r . 
Rowe the 17 of Feb y . at 24 p. Annum. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb. 22 d . 1768 
Present Mess". Jackson Sewall, Phillips, Newell, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 24. 1768 
Present. Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, Rowe 

M r . Joseph Putnam master of Engine N. 4. applied for a pre- 
mium for working first at the Fire which happen'd at M r . "VValley's 
on Dock Square. 

Voted that he have a draft for the Premium allowed by the 
Town bieng thirteen Shillings & 4 d . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 26. 1768. 
Present Sewall Phillips Newell Rowe 

[114.] Cap*. Edward Sargent master of the Brigg". Friendship 
acquaints the Selectmen in writing that he sayled from Bristol the 
21: November having thirteen People on board ten of which had 
had the Small Pox November 3 d . the first Person was taken 
with the Small Pox, and died the 10*. of December On Decem r . 
1 7*. the Second Person was taken and deceased the 7'. of January 
that he was taken with the Distemper himself the 24. December 
and by January the 15'. he was able to go about again that 
since that Time he had smoked the Vessel at Sea & cleansed her, 
besides heaving over board all the Clothing & Bedding of the two 
Persons that died that he got into Piscataqua February 13'. 
when the Vessel was again smoked & cleansed to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen, and all the Clothes on board were washed & 
smoked the Vessel came up to the Long Wharf p. last Night 
on Consideration of the above affair the Vessel was ordered down 
to the Hospital 

Boston Feb y . 26: 1768 
M*. Hartley 

This comes to you by Capt*. Sargent master of the Brig". 
Friendship who came to Piscataqua the 13 th . of this Inst*. having 
had the small Pox on board said Vessel sometime before her arri- 
val Take particular care to smoak and air the Clothes belonging 
to the Seamen 

Smoak the Vessel well between Decks after the Good are out 
The Lottery being well sraoaked you may let them come up. 

The above orders being duely complied with and the Vessel safe 
& free of Infection in your apprehension you may let her come up 

S. SEWALL 
W M . PHILLIPS 
TIM. NEWELL 
JOHN ROWE 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 285 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 29. 1768. 
Present Jackson, Phillips, Newell, Howe 

M r . Samuel Hartley appeared and acquainted the Selectmen 
that Briggandine Friendship Cap 1 . Sergeant ordered to Rainsfords 
Island on Account of having had the Small Pox on board, has 
been smoked and washed between Decks & the Cabbin with Vine- 
gar that the Bedding Clothes Spare Sails &c. taken from be- 
tween Decks & the Cabbin, have [115.] Been sufficiently smoked 
& aired, and in his Opinion the Vessel may be permitted to come 
up to Town without endangering the health of the Inhabitants 
whereupon Voted that the following Orders be giveiug him 

Boston February 29 : 1 768 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you have taken all the Chests 
Bedding Clothes & e . and every Article which you apprehend In- 
fectious, on the Island, and had well smoked & washed the Brig- 
gandine, you have our permition to let Cap*. Sergeant leave the 
Island with his Vessel, taking care that the Sea Men have a shift 
of Clothes, and that you are satisfied for the Charge she has 
occasioned you 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Voted that the following Certificate be given Cap 1 . Sargeant for 
the Governor 

May it please your Excellency 

The Brigg ne . Friendship Cap'. Sargeaut from Bristol stopt at 
Rainsfords Island on Account of the Small Pox, having been 
sufficiently smoked and cleansed ; we are of Opinion said Vessel 
may be permitted to come up to Town without endangering the 
Health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper 
We are 

Your Excel lencys 
Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 
JOSEPH JACKSON 1 o i t 

Boston February 29, 1768 WILLIAM PHILLIPS I ^ e 

TIMOTHY NEWELL ,' 
JOHN ROWE j Boston 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq r . 

[116.] Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
6/ p bushel & that 6 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 2-8 

A 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal d. 3-7 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-12 

' Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1 768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Phillips, Newell, Rowe. 



286 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Voted, that Mess". Adams & Kneeland have the printing of the 
Proposals of the Undertakers to carry on the Sail Cloth Manufac- 
tory to be distributed among the Inhabitants by the Constables 
when they carry about the Notifications for March Meeting 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen viz'. 
Joseph Jackson, & Samuel Sewall Esq r . & one of the Overseers 
viz'. M r . William Whitwell, to receive into the Almshouse to be 
supported, at the charge of the Province one Samuel Morbee a 
Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, is 
lame and has not wherewithall to support himself 

M r . Love was directed to remove Aaron Rumbey his Wife and 
Children from the Town House on the Neck to Roxbury where he 
came from lately 

The Selectmen endorsed on M r . Sutton Byles's Lease of Land on 
the Neck One hundred ninety six load of Gravel which it appeared 
to them he had laid on the Neck according to the Terms of said Lease. 

Mem , to write Selectmen of Lancaster & inclose M r . Storers 
Acco 1 . which is on February File 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5 1 768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell. 

Voted, that M r . Williston be allowed, for extraordinary services 
the Year past Ten Pounds 

Orders for Jonathan Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3 on file to 
be entred at large 

[117.] Voted, that Mess. Adams & Kneeland have the print- 
ing of the Notifications for the Annual Meeting to be on the 14'. 
of this Instant 

Voted, that M r . Hancock & M r . Newell be a Committee to wait 
on the Rev d . Doc r . Cooper and desire him to open the ensuing 
Town Meeting with Prayer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7. 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips Newell, 

Rowe 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen March 9. 1768 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe 

M r . John Mico Wendell appeared and informed the Selectmen 
that he had received into his Family as a Maid one Mary Whit- 
more from Medford when M r . Love was directed to warn him 
[sic] out of Town 

Cap 1 . Sharp N. 2. applied to the Selectmen for the Premium 
allowed for playing first on the Fire which broke out at M r . Edes's 
Bakehouse drawn for 

Voted, that he have a draft for 13 /4 d . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10. 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell Rowe 
Passed upon Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting to 
Two hundred seventy eight Pounds sixteen Shillings and five 
Pence & Twenty Pounds nine Shillings and six Pence half Peny 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 287 

Mess. Ridgway & William Huston applied to the Selectmen for 
liberty to open the Common Shore in \Voodlane running across 
Fish street, when they were directed to follow the steps of the law 
[118.] By notifying the persons concerned of said application. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 15, 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips Newell, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16. 1768 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, 

Ordered that Assizes be delivered out & posted up of the same 
tenor with the last. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27, 1768 
Present: Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Rowe 

The Selectmen having received a Petition from a number of 
Gentlemen Inhabitants of this Town to that the Vote passed at the 
late Meeting relative to Staying Execution on M r . Adams's Bonds, 
may be reconsidered at the Adjournment on Tuesday next, and 
that the Inhabitants may be notified of this design to reconsider 
a move for a Vote by an Advertisement in the News Papers or 
otherwise 

whereupon Voted, that the following Notification be published 
& a Warrant given the Constables to disperse them among the 
Inhabitants 

Notification 

The Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 
are hereby informed that the Selectmen have received a Petition 
from a number of Gentlemen desiring they would make it known 
to the Inhabitants of the Town that they propose at the Meeting 
of the Town by Adjournment on Tuesday next to move for a re- 
consideration of the following Vote that passed in the Meeting on 
Monday last on the Memorial of M r . Samuel Adams Viz'. That 
a further time of Six Mouths be allowed him for Collecting his 
Taxes and that the Treasurer be directed to stay Execution untill 
that Time ; in consequence of such application the Selectmen give 
this Notice that all Persons interested [119.] May give their 
attendance 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
Boston March 17. 1768 

N. B. A strict Scrutiny will be made as to the qualification of 
Voters. 

Voted, that Mess". Green & Russel have the printing of the 
Notifications 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23 d 1768 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe 

Information was given in to the Selectmen that M. Hobby 
Widow & several Young Children who came from Reading within 
the Year, have not been warned out (Mem they were by M r . 
Love 6 Months ago- 



288 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 55. 

M r . Mays who attends the Hay Market was directed by the 
Selectmen to minute upon the Tickets the Quality of the Hay that 
shall be weighed by him 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28. 17G8 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe, 

M r . Samuel Lethbridge offers as M r . Hancock says to be bound 
for his Brother, Richard Lethbridge, in case he hires Bull Pasture 
of the Selectmen 

M r . Nathan Speer apply' d to the Selectmen for leave to break 
Ground in the Street near M r . Moreheads Meeting House in order 
to carry a private Drain into the Common Shore Liberty was 
accordingly granted provided the Ground and Pavement is speedily 
made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M r . Ireland Constable of Dock Watch presented M r . James Pike 
as a proper Person for his Watch in the room of Rhodes a Delin- 
quent 

[ISO.] Voted, that the Notifications relative to a new Valua- 
tion, be agreeable to the desire of the Assessors printed, in order 
for their dispersing them among the Inhabitants 

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

)b oz 

a 4 rt . loaf brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 2-8 
a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal d 3-7 

Bisket of a Copper price _- 4 12 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30, 1768 
Present, Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips Newell, Rowe 

M r . John Lewis has agreed with the Selectmen for the Bull 
Pasture, Buildings &c. and all the Land on the East side of the 
Neck, at Forty Pounds for one Year to commence the 25 of March 
Instant and the Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Lease against 
the next Wednesday he is to lay 20 load of Dung on the Land 
within the Year, & to keep and leave the Fences in good repair 
the Lease to run for three Years & a N. B. that if the Town 
calls for it in a Year it is to be delivered up. 

M r . Enoch Brown has agreed with the Selectmen for the Build- 
ings and Land on the West side of the Neck at Thirty Six Pounds 
Thirteen Shillings & 4 d . for the coming Year Rent to commence 
from the 25 th of March Instant, no Dung is to be carried off the 
place & the Fences are to be put and kept in good Repair the 
Town Clerk is to prepare Leases and a Bond by next Wednesday 

M r . Hancock & Rowe a Committee to take a view of M r . Hart- 
leys Boat, and Report the state thereof 

M r . Symms the Constable of the South Watch was dismissed 
from said trust 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5, 1768 
Present Jackson, Hancock, Phillips, Rowe 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 289 



The Committee appointed on the 30' of March last to 
Examine into the condition of the Province Boat, Report that they 
have had a Survey by Mr. Hitchburne & other Boat Builders on 
said Boat, and find her upper work quite sound & the Hull in such 
Order, as will require but a moderate Expence to put her in good 
Repair 

M r . Hancock is desired to agree with M r . Hitchburne to repair 
the Boat if he shall think proper 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 6, 1768 
Present Jackson, Hancock, Phillips, Newell, Rowe 

M r . Ireland the Constable of the Dock Watch was directed to 
procure about Six Baskets of Coal for the use of said Watch, 

The Selectmen have Agreed to visit the School in Queen Street 
on Fryday next 10. O Clock, Before Noon, to meet at Coll . 
Jacksons if fair Weather, if not 

M r . Joseph Ballard was approbated by the Selectmen as a 
Retailer of Spirituous Liquors at his House the South part of 
Boston, near the Hay Market 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13, 1768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock Phillips, Newell, 

M r . Murray a Shoemaker offers himself for Constable to the 
South Watch- 

John Hymau offers himself as a Constable to the Town House 
Watch 

M r . Procter Master of the School in Queen Street apply'd to 
the Selectmen for an assistant in teaching Writing Cyphering 
[122.] Boston April 13. 1768 

Gentlemen 

We have received yours of the 4 l . Instant mentioning 
the Circumstances of one William Dix as requiring our considera- 
tion and relief, but we must inform you that the said Dix is not 
an Inhabitant of this Town having been legally warned to depart 
when he came into this Town Novem r . 20. 1765 and the Warrant 
returned in the Clerks Office of the Court of Sessions Decem r . 13. 
1765. We would further add for your information that when the 
said Dix was received into our Almshouse in 1765. it was done at 
the request of M r . Robert Temple as one of the Selectmen of 
Charlestown as they had no place proper to accommodate the said 
Dix under the Circumstances be was then in, but in no ways was 
it suggested by the said Temple that there was any reason to sup- 
pose he was an Inhabitant of Boston ; so far from it, he at that 
Time proposed that the Charges of his Doctering &c should be 
provided for by those requesting the Indulgence 

By Order of the Selectmen 
To the Selectmen WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk, 

of Waltham 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 20. 1 768 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Phillips, Newell 

The Selectmen have appointed M r . Hancock to take care that 



290 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

there shall be no Carriages pass and repass the Common without 
liberty first obtain'd, and to direct M r . Loyd not to suffer the Gate 
to be opened on any occasion except for the carrying in or bringing 
out Powder from the Maggazine 

M r . McLary acquaints the Selectmen that he has taken into his 
House one Ducas a Sailer, his Wife & two Children 

[123.] M r . William Glover applys to the Selectmen for the 
place of Constable of the South Watch 

M r . James Carter acquaints the Selectmen that he thinks it for 
his Interest to be appointed Usher of the Writing School in Queen 
Street, and prays the favor that he may be removed to said School 
from the North Writing School where he now is especially as the 
Master. M r . Tileston is consenting to his proposal 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25, 1768 
Present Jackson, Hancock, Newell, 

M r . Joseph Bradford, informs the Selectmen that he had re- 
ceived into a House of his one Micah Allen & Wife who came 
last from Braintree 

M r . Green appeared, and proposed to the Selectmen that the 
Green Engine N. 10 be taken into their care, and that they ap- 
point a Master and Men to take the Charge of the same, he 
would only with their consent, make this reserve, that in case any 
part of his own Estate or M r . David Wheelers should be in dan- 
ger by Fire, they may then have the right to order said Engine to 
repair to the place so endangered 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz' John Hancock Esq r . & M r . Timothy Newell, 
to receive into said House, there to be supported at the Province 
Charge one Elizabeth Hubnocks a poor sick Woman who is not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, and has not wherewithall 
to support himself, [sic] 

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

lb - oz - d 

a 4 d . loaf brown Bread % Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 2.8. 
a 4 d . ditto uot above Indian Meal 3.7. 

Bisket of a Copper price 4.12 

[124.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 
1768 Present Jackson, Sewall, Hancock, Ruddock, Phillips, 
Newell 

Ordered that the Clerk issue out a Warrant for calling a Meet- 
ing for the Choice of Representatives &c. agreeable to a Precept 
on Wednesday the 4'. of Ma}* next 

Voted that Mess. Green and Russell have the printing of the 
Notifications for the ensuing Town Meeting 

Voted that M r . Sewall and M r . Phillips be a Committee to wait 
upon the Revd d . M r . Blair to desire him to open the ensuing Town 
Meeting with Prayer 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 291 

M r . Paul Farmer keeper of the Almshouse was desired to dis- 
miss M r . Henry Raeninhar from the Almshouse where he has been 
supported at the Province Charge, he being now in such health as 
to be able to leave said House 

M r . Benjamin Wheeler is appointed Master of Green Engine N. 
10. and he is allowed for said Engine fourteen Men besides him- 
self, and the Clerk is directed to furnish the Master with the neces- 
sary orders. 

M r . Benjamin Wheeler informed the Selectmen that he had 
brought his Engine to work first upon the Fire which lately broke 
out at M r . Demmings & prayed for the Premium allowed him 

M r . Josiah Gains Master of Engine N. 6. informed the Select- 
men that he had brought his Engine to work first on the Fire which 
lately broke out at M r . Inches New Boston pray'd for the Premium 
of thirteen & four Pence allowed by the Town 

Voted, that M r . Benjamin Wheeler have a draft for his Premium 
of thirteen Shillings & four Pence 

Voted, that M r . Josiah Gains & Comp y . have a draft on the 
Treasurer for a Premium of 13/4 d . 

[125.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28. 
1768 Present Jackson Hancock, Phillips, Newell. 

Voted, that the Comm" 6 . to erect a Bacon, be desired to order 
a Wire to be affixed on the top of said Bacon [si'c] 

Voted, that the Artillery Company have the use of Faneuil Hall 
upon their trailing Days for the Year ensuing 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29, J768 
Present Jackson Sewall, Hancock, Phillips Newell 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4 V . 1768 
Present Jackson Sewall Hancock, Phillips, Newell Rowe 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 7 V . 1768 
Present Jackson Sewall Hancock, Phillips Newell. 

M r . Carter was present And the Selectmen desired Him to attend 
at the School in Queen Street the next Monday bein<>- May 9 th . 1 768 
according to the Vote of the Town and ordered that Dall should 
at the same time go down to M r . Tilestone's School. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 9. 1768. 
Present Jackson, Sewall, Ruddock, Hancock, Phillips Newell Rowe 

Upon this Day Samuel Sewall, William Phillips & John Rowe 
Esq r . resigned as Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 11. 1768. 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Newell. 

M r . Hancock is desired to let the Towns Ware House [126.] 
Lately improved by M r . Rnssel, to such Person as shall appear for 
it, & upon such terms as he may Judge proper 

M r . John Martin appointed Constable of the Watch at the South 
part of the Town, and the Town Clerk is directed to make out the 
necessary Orders 



292 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Whereas it has been represented to the Selectmen by a Gentle- 
man of the Committee of Council, that not one of the Commis- 
sioners of the Board of Customs or their attendants are to be at 
the public Dinner on the Election Day, whereby the restriction of 
the Town laid upon the Selectmen at their late Meeting is re- 
moved It was thereupon moved by M r . Hancock to where the 
above information was given that the Chairman of the Com- 
mittee of Council be informed, that the Selectmen are ready to 
grant the use of Faneuil Hall to the Governor & Council upon the 
Day of the ensuing General Elections, which Motion was accord- 
ingly approved of b} T the Selectmen, and M r . Hancock directed to 
inform the Committee that the Hall is at their service on said Day 
with the restriction enjoin'd by the Town. 

M r . Franklyn Master of Engine N. 9 acquainted the Select- 
men that one of his Men viz'. Ebenezer Topliff has been so deffi- 
cient in point of duty as to give general uneasiness to his People 
whereupon 

Voted, that M r . Franklin be directed to dismiss the said M r . 
Topliff, and look out for a suitable Person to fill his place 

M r . Franklin Master of Engine N. 9. presented Samuel Breed- 
ing and Nicholas Pierce as suitable Persons for his Engine Com- 
pany in the room of John Grealeaff and Theodore Bliss who have 
left the service and said Breeding & Peirce were accordingly 
approved of by the Selectmen 

M r . John Potter a licensed Person as an Innholder having 
removed to a House of his own, a few Rods to the Southward of 
the House he lately resided at, desired the approbation of the 
Selectmen to keep a Tavern at his said House, and he was ap- 
proved of accordingly 

[127.] M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed 
by two of the Selectmen viz'. Coll . Jackson & M r . Hancock to 
receive into the Almshouse on the Province Charge one James 
Buller a sick Man who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province neither has he wherewithall to support himself 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account by two of the Selectmen viz'. M r . Jackson 
& M r . Hancock, one William Dunlee a sick Person who is not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province neither has he where- 
withall to support himself 

Voted, that Warrants be issued for a Town Meeting to be 
called upon the Day of the Adjournment, that the Town may 
determine whether they woull choose four Selectmen in the room 
of Samuel Sewall, William Phillips, [& John Rowe words erased] 
who have resigned, & of M r . Timothy Newell who purposes to 
resign on the said day the above notification was stopt 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12. 1768 
Present Jackson Ruddock Hancock Newell 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 10. 1768. 
Pivs3nt Mess". Jackson, Hancock, Newell, Rowe 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 293 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18. 1768 
Present Mess". 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 19. 1768 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Newell Howe. 

M r . Fairfield having applied in the Name of the Assessors 
[128.] To ask the sentiments of the Selectmen relative to the 
propriety of delivering the Tax Books to M r . Blodget Chairman of 
the Committee of y e Town who has demanded them by virtue of a 
late Town Vote The Selectmen gave it as their Opinion that 
under the present situation of the Town with relation to the 
valuation, it would not be expedient for those Books to be deliv- 
ered 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing on Monday the 23 Day of May Current at 11 O'Clock A. M. 

Voted, that Mess". Ecles and Gill have the Printing of the Noti- 
fication, for the ensuing Town Meeting 

Sarah Allen sent to Alrnshouse on Province Charge see entred 
Aug 1 . 2 d . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30, 1768. 
Present Henshaw Jackson Ruddock Hancock, Rowe Pemberton 
Inches 

M r . Samuel Ruggles one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 
1766 having produced the Province County & Town Treasurers 
Receits in full for his part of the Tax committed to him to Collect 
for that year 

Voted, that said Ruggles have a draft on the Town Treasurer 
for the Sum of Eighty Nine Pounds Sixteen Shillings and three 
Pence being his quarter part of the Premium of 9 d . on the Pound 
allowed bv the Town to the Four Collectors for Collecting the 
Tax of 1766 

Voted, that M r . Samuel Ruggles agreeable to his desire may 
have his Bonds for 1766 delivered him by the Town Clerk 

M r . Edward Ilollyday one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
Year 1766, having produced the Province County & Town Treas- 
urers Receits in full for his part of the Tax committed to him to 
Collect for that Year 

Voted, that said Hollyday have a draft on the Town Treasurer 
for the Sum of Eighty Nine Pounds Sixteen Shillings and three 
Pence being his quarter part of the [129.] Premium allowed 
by the Town to the Four Collectors for Collecting the Tax of 
1766 

Voted, that M r . Edward Hollyday, agreeable to his application 
have his Bonds for 1766 delivered him up by the Town Clerk 
agreeable to his desire 

Richard Faxten applys to the Selectmen for a piece of Land on 
the West side of the Street near the Fortification to set up a 
Blacksmiths Shop, 20 feet front & 25 feet deep 

Voted, that application be made to the General Court for the 
security of the Pest House at New Boston from the incursions of 
the Sea 



294 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

The Assessors handed in to the Selectmen, an Account of the 
Sum committed to the Collectors to Collect for 17G6 Viz 4 . 

The whole Tax 10401 6 2 

Abatements 819-3-11 



as p Mem , on file 9582 2 3 

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



A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 2 8 
A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal 3 7 

Bisket of a Copper price 412 

The Selectmen Agreed to view the Ferry Ways and North 
Battery & Land on the Morrow, being the 31 8t . Instf. 4. O. Clock 
P.M. 

M r . Love having informed that one Adam Mitchel his Wife 
Anne & Sons William & George poor Indigent Persons arrived 
here from Lyrae in Connecticut in Cap*. Goodwin [13O.] Of the 
Sloop Charming Molly whereupon Samuel llockwood who is the 
Owner was sent for, when he assured the Selectmen that he would 
carry said Mitchel & Family back again to Connecticut or in case 
of failure that he will answer for all damages. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 31, 1768 
Present Pemberton, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Ruddock, Pemberton. Inches 

Joshua Henshaw Esq r . & M r . Henderson Inches appointed a 
Committee to view the Towns Land near the Fortification, which 
M r . Faxton applys for and to agree with him for the hire of the 
same, as also to discourse M r . Richards relative to the Land he 
improves 

M r . Ruddock desired to order repairs to the Pavement near the 
North Insurance Office, and at the head of the North Battery 

M r . William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. directed to new 
Cell the Engine House and make the Door a little longer 

M r . Ballard Master of P^ngiue N. 1. proposed Benjamin Ballard 
as an Engine Man in the room of Jonathan Brown who has 
removed to the Eastern parts of the Province accepted, see 
June 8 

Voted, that M r . Stoddard be directed to make an addition of 
about Seven feet to the Ferry Ways near Winnisimet, and also to 
give said Ways what Repairs are necessary 

Coll . Jackson & M r . Pemberton appointed to view the Writing 
School in Queen Street, and Report what Ink Stands Curtains & c . 
may be necessary 

[131.] Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft on the Treas- 
urer for Twenty Pounds lawful Money in part for his Services the 
ensuing Year 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 295 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Ruddock, Jackson, Rowe, Hancock, Pem- 
berton, 

Voted, that there be a sett of the Standing and Temporay Laws 
of this Province now in force procured for the use of the Select- 
men of this Town 

M r . Rowe acquainted the Selectmen that he was about Erecting 
a Wooden Building on his Wharff at the South Battery and 
desired that a Committee might be appointed to view the Ground 
& determine whether a sollid foundation can be obtained without 
great Expence whereupon Mess. Henshaw, Ruddock Pember- 
ton & Jackson, were appointed a Committee to view the said Laud 
and Report accordingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8. 1768 
Present Joshua Henshaw Esq r . Joseph Jackson Esq r . John 
Ruddock Esq r . Samuel Pemberton Esq r . & M r . Henderson Inches 

Josiah Gains Master of Engine N. 6. presented Richard Call as 
a suitable Person for his Engine Company in the room of Michael 
Homer who has lately entred into the Artillery Company 

Voted, that he be admitted an Engine Man accordingly 

It is agreed with the Selectmen of Chelsea that that they be 
heard next Wednesday relative to William Dix 

The Committee appointed the 1 s . of June to view the Towns 
Land near the Fortification. Report that Richard Faxten, 
Blacksmith, have Leased to him for Seven Years a piece of the 
Towns [132.] Land within the Fortification Gates on the West 
side of the High Ways begining at the Piquets from thence ex- 
tending 20 feet Northward upon the Street, and about Seventy 
feet deep Sea Ward of the width of 20 feet at Forty Shillings p. 
Annum in quarterly payments, and that whatever Building the 
said Faxen may Erect he shall have liberty to remove at the expi- 
ration of the Lease, provided, the Town shall not agree with him 
for the purchase of the same whereupon 

Voted, that the above Report be accepted and that the Clerk be 
directed to prepare Leases accordingly 

The above Committee further Report, that Mess. Richards and 
Blake who Rent Lands of the Town near the Fortification be de- 
sired to attend the Selectmen next Wednesay, and that a new 
Agreement be then made with them for the Rent of said Land 

Cap'. Ruddock is appointed to order such Repairs to the Pave- 
ment in School Street, Ship Street & Cross Street, North end as 
he may Judge necessary 

M r . Sam: Ruggles appointed to mend the Shingling & c . of the 
School House in Queen Street 

Voted, that Coll . Henshaw, Coll . Jackson & M r . Inches be a 
Committee to carry into execution the Vote passed by the Town, 
at their Meeting in May last, relative to the Erecting a Gun 
House for the use of the Train of Artillery belonging to the Regi- 
ment of Boston 

Coll . Jackson & Cap*. Ruddock, appointed a Comm 6 *. to 
treat with M rs . Abigail Whitney, relative to Negro Phillis who 



290 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

is sick & inferm which Negro was freed by the Will of Martha 
Bridge 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13. 1768 
Present. Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Rowe Pemberton Inches. 

[133.] D r . Sylvester Gardner informs the Selectmen by Coll . 
Jackson, that Cap'. Conner Master of his Majesty's Ship now in 
this Harbour has impressed a Man out of a Coaster of his from, 
the Eastward, with Wood, his Masters Name is James Patterson 
the Name of the Person pressed is David Kinney an Inhab- 
itant of this Province 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 14, 1768 
Present Heushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock Rowe Inches 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15. 1768 
Present Heushaw, Ruddock, Jackson, Pemberton Inches 

M r . Benjamin Lee from the West of England last from New- 
bury, apply'd to the Selectmen for their permission to have 
Coppers in a Building at the Green Dragon, for the brewing of 
Beer 

M r . Proctor the Master of the Writing School in Queen Street 
applied to the Selectmen for their consent, to his entering into 
the House lately occupied by M r . Holyoke, the Widow of said 
Master Holyoke having removed to her Sons in the Country 
whereupon 

\ r oted, that M r . Procter be permitted to remove to said House 
as soon as he pleases 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 17. 1768 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 18. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton. Inches, 
Information having been given the Selectmen that Cap 1 . Elisha 
Thatcher in the Briggendine Brittania from Bristol, who arrived 
here last Evening, has lately had the Small Pox on board he was 
immediately sent for by the Selectmen, and being [134.] Ex- 
amined declares That he left Bristol 29'. of April last, And the 
2 d . Day after sayliug one of his Men named Samson Worth was 
taken with the Small Pox & died, ten Days after that himself & 
another of his Men viz'. Jasper Tayler were taken down the 27. 
of May, have had the Small Pox favourably & have been well a 
fortnight that the other of his Seamen viz'. William Bellfore 

Mate. Jeremy , Daniel Sullivan, Stephen Wallo & William 

were not liable to the Distemper Jasper Tayler who left 

the Vessel is is at M r . Otis's Store & Jeremy is not to be 

found & one Benjamin Brown, a Passenger is on Shore that he 
has Crates of Earthen Ware & Hemp between Decks, & in the 
hold Salt, Brimstone, Copperas. Bottles and some Hemp that 
he had thrown over board the Bedding & Clothing of the Person 
who died, and other things belonging to the Sick liable to infec- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 297 

tion, and afterwards washed the Vessel with Salt Water & Lem- 
mon Juce & Water, and aird everything that could become at 

Voted, that it is the Opinion of the Selectmen that the Vessel is 
not cleansed & that the Vessel and People which came in her be 
therefore ordered down to Rainsford Island immediately, to be & 
there to remain and that the following Orders be given M r . Hartley 
the Keeper of the Hospital 

Boston June 18. 1768. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Cap'. Elisha Thatcher in the Briggandene Brittania from Bris- 
tol, which arrived last Night having had the Small Pox on board, 
said Vessel with all his People are ordered down to Rainsfords 
Island, and it is our Orders that you receive from the Captain the 
Bedding Clothing & c . and all the things between Decks liable to 
infection, especial!}' the Crates and Hemp in order to their being 
well smoked cleansed and air'd. After the Goods are out you 
must smoke the Vessel well between Decks, and not suffer a Man 
to leave the Island without our leave, nor a Letter to be brought 
up which has not been well smoked You are to Report your 
proceedings as soon as may be 

JOSHUA HENSHAW ") 
JOSEPH JACKSON | Selectmen 
JOHN UUDDOCK of 

SAMUEL PEMBERTON I Boston 
HENDERSON INCHES 

[135.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20. 
1768. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pemberton, Inches Esq r . 

Application made the Selectmen by M r . Hartley that Cap 1 . 
Brown who came Passenger in Cap'. Thatcher, may come up to 
Town from the Island, at the same Time acquainting the Select- 
men, that he had been washed and cleansed in such a manner, as 
that, he thought liberty might be given without endangering the 
Inhabitants whereupon 

Voted, that said Brown may be permitted to come up to Town 
as soon as he pleased 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1768. 
Pre-.ont Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Rowe, Inches, Pember- 
ton, 

M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island Re- 
ports, that agreeable to the Orders of the Selectmen ; he had taken 
all the Goods from on board Cap'. Thatchers Briggandine which 
were between Decks, upon the Island, and had well smoked and 
cleansed the Vessel, that there was Boxes of Glass & Pipes & 
Casks of Beer packt with Straw still on the Decks, which he would 
take on shore, when she might be permitted to come up to Town 
without endangering the health of the Inhabitants 

M r . Bagnal appeared, and asked liberty of the Selectmen 
to carry a private Drain from his Dwelling House in Corn Hill 
into the Common Shore Liberty was accordingly granted 



298 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

provided, the Ground is made good again, as also the pave- 
ment to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Upon M r . Hartleys Report Voted that the Brigg 6 . Britania be 
permitted to come up to Town, and that the following Certificate 
be given the Governer 

May it please your excellency. 

The Briggandine [136.] Britania Cap'. Thatcher from Bristol, 
stopt at Rainsford Island on account of the Small Pox, having 
been sufficiently smoked and cleansed we are of Opinion said Ves- 
sel 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 Obe'. Humble Serv'. 

JOSHUA HENSIJAW ^ 

JOSEPH JACKSON 

JOHN RUDDOCK i Selectmen 

JOHK ROWE ^ Ti 

Boston June 22 d . 1768 SAMUEL PEMBERTON 

HENDERSON INCHES J 
To 

His Excellency Governor Bernard 

Boston June 22 d . 1768. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Briggandine Britania agree- 
able to our Orders has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed, and 
that its your Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town 
without endangering the health of the Inhabitants Our Orders 
are that you suffer the Ship to leave the Island, having first taken 
on shore the Boxes &. on Deck, and in all respect complying with 
former directions 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN ROWE 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 

P. S. You may permit Cap 1 . Thatcher & his Wife to come up 
to Town, on Saturday next, all their Clothing being first well 
smoked and cleansed, also Cap 4 . Browns Clothing 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27, 1768. 
Present. Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton. 

[137.] M r . Burdick the Constable of the Watch presented 
Edward Langford as a suitable Person for a Watchman in the room 
of John Hyman who has left the Watch, and he was approved of 
by the Selectmen accordingly 

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 299 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must n> oz 
weigh -- - _ _ _ 2 - 8 - 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal - 3 - 7 - 

Bisket of a Copper price - - - -4-12 

Voted, that there be a visitation of the Free Schools in this 
Town on Wednesday the Sixth Day of July next, and that the 
following Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen 
therein, and that they be notified to attend the Selectmens Cham- 
ber at 8 O'Clock on the Morning of said Day, in order to proceed 
on the visitation see June 29' 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29, 1768 
Present Henshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Rowe Pemberton Inches 

Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford Island 
appears & Reports, that the Crates of Ware, Boxes of Glass, 
Boxes of Pipes, & Tin, which came out of Cap'. Thatcher are well 
smoked & aired, as also the Hemp, and that; he is of Opinion the 
whole may be permitted to come up without clanger together 
with the Peoples Clothing & c whereupon 

Voted, that the above mentioned Goods be permitted to come 
up, and that the following be given M r . Hartley 

Boston June 29. 1768 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the [138.] Things which came 
out of Cap'. Thatchers Brigg n . are well smoked and cleansed, you 
are permitted to suffer those Goods or to be brought away, leaving 
the Hemp untill the last, and taking care that you are satisfied for 
the charge on the same 

JOSHUA HENSHAW ^j s a 
JOSEPH JACKSON g 3 

JOHN RUDDOCK } * o 
SAM. PEMBERTON 



HENDERSON INCHES 



J ^ 



John Cunningham a lame Person not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province, nor having wherewithall to subsist himself was on 
the Yesterday sent to the Almshouse by two of the Selectmen 
Viz*. Coll . Jackson & M r . Pemberton to be supported there at 
the Province Expence 

M r . Burdich Constable of Town House Watch presented John 
Seley as a suitable Person for a Watchman in the room of Ichabod 
Willis ton who neglects the Watch 

The Gentlemen invited on the Visitation are as follows Viz*. 

The Hon bl . James Bowdoin *James Otis Esq r . 

Thomas Hubbard The Representatives of the Town 

Harrison Gray The Overseers of the Poor 

John Erving Esq r . *The Rev d . Joseph Sewall D.D. 

Thomas Flucker *M r . Foxcroft 

James Pitts Esq r . *D r . Charles Chauncey 



300 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Ebenezer Pemberton Jonathan Simpson Eq r . 

*M r . Samuel Checkley D r . Whitworth 

M r . Samuel Mather Joseph Green Esq r . 

D r . Mather Byles D r . J. Warren 

D r . Andrew Elliot Cap 1 . Greenwood 

D r . Samuel Cooper M r . William Davis 

M r . Samuel Blair John Scollay Esq r . 

M r . Penuel Bowen Samuel Grant Esq r . 

M r . Howard Coll . Marshall' 

M r . Lothrop Maj r . Cunningham 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries William Harvey Esq r . 

M r . Samuel Sewall Thomas Daws Esq r . 

M r . Timothy Newell Jolm Mico Wendell 

William Phillips Esq r . Sam: Quincy 

Benjamin Austin Esq r . Alex*. Hill 

M r . William Coffin Jun r . Will: Smith Esq. 

M r . Edwards Rev d . M r . Walley 

M r . James Perkins 

[139.] M r . Putnam Master of Engine N. apply'd to the 
Town for the Premium allowed by the Town for playing first 
with the Engine on the Fire at a House in Ann Street, which 
was granted him accordingly 

John Bernard a Lame Man came last from Dartmouth apply'd 
to the Selectmen for relief 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1768. 
Present Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton. 

M r . Brown of Charlestown informs the Selectman that Cap*. 

John Bowls of Sloop is arrived at Rainsford Island, from Cape 

Nicuola, where there is a dangeous & infectious Fever prevailing, 
and that one of Cap 4 . Bowls's People is sick of the said distemper 
whereupon 

Voted, that said Vessel remain at Rainsfords Island, untill fur- 
ther Orders, and that the following Letter be wrote M r . Hartley. 

Boston July 2 d . 1768 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Sloop John Bowls Master arrived from Cape Nichola, 

with a Person sick of an infectious Fever is ordered down to your 
Island, and it is our direction, that you take the sick Man on 
Shore, and cleanse & smoke the Vessel, and then inform us of 
your doings and the state of things for our Government as to 
further Orders 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July fi, 17G8. 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton 
Inches 

M r . Hartley appeared & informed the Selectmen that the Vessel 
Cap'. Bowls Master, which was ordered to Rainsfords Island on 
Account of Infectious Distemper, has been removed from the place 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 301 

where he had moor'd her, & that a Person who came clown [14O.] 
From the Owner had threatened to carry her off without the liberty 
of the Selectmen, that he had taken the Sick Man out of the 
Vessel, and smoaked & cleansed Her agreeable to Orders where- 
upon Ordered that the following directions be given M r . Hartley 
the Keeper of the Hospital 

Boston July 6, 1768 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

We repeat the directions we gave yon on the 2 d of this Instant, 
Viz'. That you throughly smoke and cleanse Cap 4 . Bowls Sloop, 
arrived from Cape Nichola and take on Shore or burn such Clothes 
and Bedding as are infectious, and immediately Report the same 
when a Certificate will be given for the Governor to obtain a per- 
mit, for said Vessel to pass the Castle 

JOSHUA HENSHAW "] 
JOSEPH JACKSON | Selectmen 
JOHN RUDDOCK ^ of j 

SAMUEL PEMBERTON Boston 
HENDERSON INCHES j 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet on Fryday 3 OClock P.M : 
to act upon the List of Licensed Persons, laid before them for this 
purpose by the Court of Sessions 

Agreed by the Selectmen to go down to Deer Island on Monday 
next, 9 O'Clock, if the Weather is unfair then on the Tuesday 
following 

see entry August 3 d . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 8, 1768 Present 
Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pembertou, Inches, 

M r . Hartle)' Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island Re- 
ports that Cap'. Bowls Sloop ordered to Rainsfords Island as hav- 
ing [141.] Had an infectious Sickness on board, was taken from 
the said Inland contrary to the directions of the Selectmen, on 
Wednesday last. 

This Day the Selectmen acted upon the List of Licensed Persons 
for the Year 1767. and made a return to the Court of Sessions 
upon said List 

The Selectmen have altered the Time for goeing down to Deer 
Island, and fixt it to be on Wednesday next instead of Monday. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July Jh 1768. 
Present. Henshaw, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 

Inches. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 12. 1768. 
Present 

M r . Fairfield apply'd in behalf of Cap'. Steven Hall for liberty 
to open a Drain in Cold Lane 

Liberty was accordingly granted him in writing by Coll . Jack- 
son & another of the Selectmen, upon Condition that the Ground 
and Pavement be made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 



302 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 14. 1768 
Present 

Manesseh Marston applied to the Selectmen for leave to open 
a Drain at his House near the New Brick Meeting House 

Sarah Dunscut & Katharine Sullivan sent to Alms House on 
Province Charge see entred August 2 d . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton Inches. 

Passed upon Thomas Hitchburnes Province Account amounting 
to 12-9-4 , as p. Copy of said Account on File - 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28. 
1768. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pem- 
berton 

M r . Sampson Salter Collector of Taxes for the Year 1765 having 
produced to the Selectmen his Province Countys and Towns Treas- 
urers Receipt for that Year which were in full for his part of the 
Tax committed to him to Collect for that Year 

Voted, that he have a draft on the Treasurer for the Sum of 
102- 1 -4 being his Quarter part of the Premium allowed by the 
Town to the four Collectors for Collecting the Tax of 1765 as p. a 
Certificate received from the Assessors on file 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
Bushel anil that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb oz 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 2 . 8- 
A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal ....... 3.7- 

Bisket of a Copper Price ----------- . 4-12 

M r . Pratt of Deer Island is to be allowed for the Repairs of the 
Barn, this Season Four Dollars. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen Viz 1 . Coll . Henshaw & Coll . Jackson to 
receive into said Hospital, there to be supported at the Province 
Charge, one Robert Low a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to support himself 
the Order was also signed by Cap 1 . Partridge one of the Over- 
seers 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed on the 24*. of May last by two 
of the Selectmen Viz'. Coll . Jackson & M r . Inches, to receive into 
the Almshouse there to be supported at the Province Charge, one 
Sarah Allen a sick stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province nor having wherewithall to support herself the 
Order was signed [143.] By M r . William Whitwell one of the 
Overseers of the Poor 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen Viz'. Coll . Jackson and M r . Inches to receive 
into said House July 23 to be supported there at the charge of 
the Province, Sarah Dunscutt & Katharine Sullivan, who are sick 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 303 

Strangers and not Inhabitants of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support themselves 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 2 d . 1768 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Rowe, Pemberton, Inches. 
The Petitions for Licenses were considered 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen A.M. Aug 1 . 3 d 1 768 
Present Henshaw Jackson Ruddock Hancock, Rowe, Pemberton, 
Inches, 

Petitions for Licenses considered 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 3 d . 1768. P.M. 
Present, Henshaw, Hancock, Rowe, Pemberton, Inches 

It is agreed by the Selectmen, that non of the Petitions for 
Licenses this Year which have been passed upon, shall be recon- 
sidered 

Application has been made to the Selectmen by Samuel Wells 
Esq r . on behalf of one William Dix of Chelsea who is in suffering 
Circumstances, and is refused relief by the Selectmen of Chelsea 
on supposition of his being an Inhabitant of this Town whereupon 
Voted that the following Letter be sent the Selectmen of 
Chelsea 

Boston August 3 d . 1768. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that application has been lately made to 
us by the Hon bl . Samuel Watts Esq r . for some relief to be af- 
forded one William Dix, on supposition of his [144.] Being an 
Inhabitant of this Town, but on enquiry we find he is properly an 
Inhabitant of Chelsea You will therefore please to take some care 
of the said Dix, as upon your failure we shall from humanity do 
it, and then look to your Town for a Reimbursmentof what charge 
maj' necessarily arise upon our so doing 
We are with due Respect, 
Sirs 
Your Most Hum : Serv' 8 . ") 

JOSHUA HENSHAW a 
JOSEPH JACKSON | g 

JOHN RUDDOCK }- o *o " 

JOHN ROWE .2 p 

SAMUEL PEMBERTON co 
HENDERSON INCHES J 
To The Gentlemen the Selectmen of Chelsea 

The Selectmen have Agreed to visit the Hospital at Rainsford 
Island on Wednesday next 

The Selectmen agreeable to their Vote of July 6'. did on the 
Monday following go down to Deer Island and having Viewed the 
Premisses, found the Barn so greatly out of repair as to require that 
a thorough repair be given thereto, or a new One Erected 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 4,1768 
Present, Henshaw, Rowe, Pemberton, 



304 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 



The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons Licensed the 
last Year to sell strong Drink, both as Innholclers and Retailers, 
within this Town and made return therein to the Court of Sessions 
the last Month And have also at several Meetings considered 
the Petition for Licenses for the Year ensuing and the following 
Persons were approved and recommended bv them Viz 1 

[145.] Inholders 

Gideon Gardner At the George Tavern on the Neck 

Samuel Breeding At the House of M r . Warden deceased 

Joshua Bracket At the House in School Street 

Stephen Greenleaff 
Retailers 

John Carnes 

Daniel Calf 

Benjamin Rumly 

Benjamin Stewart 

Mary Bradley 

Rebecca Badger 



Mary Kilby 
Joshua Blanchard 
Ann Chandler 
John Hood 
John Belcher 
Agnes Gordon 
Louis Clouston 
James Ridgway 
Elizabeth Beudrie 
Hannah Watts 
Thomas Ivers 
David M.Cloud 
John Lowel 
Robert Wier 
Elizabeth Trevoy 
Mary Condon 
"William Rhodes 
Dorothy Turner 
Mary West 



At a House near Hay Market 

At his House in Orange Street S. End 

At his House in Sea Street 

At his House opposite the New Brick 

At his Shop near the Fish Market 

At her Shop near M r . Kneelands S. E d . 

At her House in Prince Street near Ferry 



At the Shop near Greenoughs Wharff 

At bis House Dock Square 

At her House on Daltous Rowe 

At his House in Purchase Street 

At his House Ro3~al Exchange Lane 

At her House near North Mills 

At her Shop the Head of Green Lane 

At his House in Middlecot Street 

At her House near White Horse 

At her House in Cross Street 

At his Distill House near Mill Pond 

At his Shop opposite Gliddens Wharff 

At his Store on Hancock Wharff 

At his Distill house South End 

At her Shop near Lorings Wharff 

At her Shop near Biddings North End 

At his Shop in King Street 

At her House in Temple Street 



At her Shop in Coruhill 

The following Persons Petitioned for Licenses and were disap- 
proved 
Mess. Daniel Ballard Mess". Abigail Maxwell 



Elizabeth Delahunt 
Sarah Butts 
[146.]Tabitha Davis 
Mary Salmon 
Mary Cuthbertson 
John McLary 
Rebecca Clarke 
Hezekiah Cooley 
Hannah Storey 
Experience Gray 
Tamesin Packenet 
William Dall 



Lydia Raymer 
Elijah Vinal 
Abigail Whiteman 
Henry Henley 
James Swift 
Mary Cowell 
Joseph Ellison 
Thomas Carnes 
Onner Russel 
Michael Murphy 
Mary Hall 
John Whitty 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 305 

Coll . Henshaw M r . Rowe & M r . Hancock a Comm**. to make 
Provission for a visit to Hospital Island 

The Selectmen having considered the Petition of Jonathan Pay- 
son Esq r . for a License to retail at his Shop in Ann Street, do 
approve of him accordingly 

The Selectmen having considered on the Petition of Ezekiel 
Cheevers Jun r . for a License to Retail Rum at his Distill house 
lately occupied by M r . Thomas Jackson was approved of accord- 
ingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 8, 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock Hancock Rowe, Pem- 

berton, Inches. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 17. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 

Voted, that Mr. Sweetser be directed to send one William Dix, 
to the Town of Chelsea by a Constable, he having been legally 
warned to depart this Town, 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account for Wood 
amounting to 6 ,, 16 - as p. Copy on File 

[147.] Voted, that one Mehettable Slocum, who it is said is 
an Inhabitant of Dorchester, be immediately Carried there by a 
Constable, and that M r . Sweetser be directed accordingly 

M r . Svyeetser was directed to send one Nicholas Andross & 
Susannah his Wife, to Marblehead by a Constable, they having 
been properly warned out 

Mern. the Affair of Browns Vessel is to be considered by the 
Selectmen 

Obediah Curtis Master of Engine N 8 presented William 
Curtis & Joseph Ford, as proper Persons for his Engine Company 
in the room of Thomas, & Ebeuezer Hickley, who have left it 

He also presented John Hinckley & Samuel Hodgdon, as suit- 
able Persons for his Company which 2 Persons were added to his 
Comp y . by a Vote of Selectmen sometime past which makes the 
whole Number including the Master amount to 15 Men 

William Sntton Master of Engine N 7. presented to the Select- 
men John Burrell as a suitable Person for his Company in the 
room of'Ebenezer Belcher Smith deceased, who was approved of 
accordingly 

Mess: Henshaw & Inches appointed a Committee to order the 
necessary Repairs to the Neck 

M r . Fellows applyd to the Selectmen for liberty to break 
Ground in South Street near Coll . Hills, in order to carry a drain 
from his House into the Common Shore, when Liberty was granted 
upon Condition, that the Ground be made good to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen 

[148. j William Reed Esq r . having Petitioned the Selectmen 
for liberty to put down Posts by his House in order to preserve 
his Cellar Doors from the damage occasioned by the passing & 
repassing Carnages, 



306 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Coll . Jackson & M r . Pemberton were appointed a Committee to 
view the Ground & give the necessary directions respecting the 
placing of the same. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Alms house was directed to 
receive into said House to be there supported at the Province 
Charge untill cured of his Lameness, one Charles Ryley, a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 
wherewithall to support himself the Order was signed by Coll . 
Henshaw & Coll . Jackson, two of the Selectmen. 

Cap 1 . Gyles Harris presented a Petition for a License to retail 
Spirituous Liquors at his House in North Street, and was 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 24, 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pemberton, 

M r . William Greenleaff having apply'd to the Selectmen for 
liberty to break Ground near his House in Wings Lane in order to 
carry a Drain into the Common Shore when Liberty was accord- 
ingly granted, provided that he makes good the Ground & Pave- 
ment to their Satisfaction 

D r . Richard Hyron having Reported that David Diamond who 
was ordered to Rainsfords Island on account of an infectious Dis- 
temper, might now with safety to himself & the Inhabitants leave 
the Hospital Liberty was accordingly granted him 

James Gardners Petition see Novem r . 17 1768 

[149.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 29. 
17(58 Present Heushaw, Jackson, Pemberton, 

The Selectmen have received an Obligation from M r . William 
Whitwell of this Town Merch'. for the payment of One hundred 
Dollars or Thirty Pounds lawful Money on or before the First Day 
of August 1771. payable to such persons as shall within a certain 
time raise the greatest number of Mulberry Trees conditioned 
as by Referrence to said Obligation on the File of Bonds & c . may 
fully appear. 

In consequence of the above the following Advertizement was 
sent Mess rs . Edes & Gill for a place in their Paper Viz'. 

Whereas the Publick were informed in the Supplement of Edes 
and Gills Gazettee of the 15. of August Instant u that a Gentle- 
" man in Boston had deposited One hundred Dollars in the hands 
" of the Selectmen of this Town to be distributed by them to any 
"Inhabitant of this Province in Premiums to encourage the rais- 
" ing of Mulberry Trees." We the Subscribers do therefore 
hereby promise and engage as Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
& for our Successors in that Office to distribute and pay the said 
One hundred Dollars at the time and agreeable to the manner set 
forth in the Information & Proposals above referred to 

JOSHUA HENSHAW ") ^ 

JOSEPH JACKSON 

a a 

01 O 

JOHN HANCOCK } " 

s 

SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
Boston Aug 28. 1768 HENDERSON INCHES J 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 307 

Mem , the Original on File 

with the Obligation 
Ordered 

Voted, that W m . Cooper the Clerk have a Draft for 20 in p'. 
of Services 

[15O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 31. 
17G8 Present Henshaw, Hancock Pemberton, Inches. 

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

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal must n> oz dr. 
weigh - - - - - - -2-8- 

A 4 d . "Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 3-7- 

Bisket of a Copper price - 4-12 

Benjamin Wheeler Master of Green Engine N. 10 presented 
Jeffry Richardson, Thomas Wheeler, 

James Blake, Nathaniel Bradley as suitable Persons for their 
Engine Comp y . in the room of David Wheeler, David Wheeler 
Jun r . Thomas Wheeler Eph m Jackson, who have left the same 
whereupon 

Voted, that they be accepted accordingly 

Coll . Miller appear'd & proposed giving Bond for the Debt due 
from his late Father dec d . to the Estate of M". Brooker deceased, 
the Town being Residuary Legatees 

The Clerk was directed to publish several Extracts of an Act of 
the Province relative to Firing Guns loaded with Shot &. in the 
Common & c . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep*. 7, 1768 

Present Joseph Jackson & John Ruddock, Hancock 

Cap*. Vernon Applied for Leave to Set post Before his House in. 

North Street which was Granted 

W m . Sutton Master of Engine N. 7 presented W m . Harsey as a 

man for S d . Engine in the Room of Edward Basset Removed out 

of Town 

Voted that he be accepted accordingly 

[151.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 
10 th 1768 Present Jackson Ruddock, Hancock Rowe 

A Petition from a Considerable number of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston was Read praying that under the present Circum- 
stances of the Town & the Reports that Troops are soon Expected 
to Arrive here, a meeting of the Town may be Called, whereupon 
Voted, that a Notification be issued for a Town Meeting on Tuesday 
13 Sepf 1768 at 9 'Cloc;t A.M. & that Edes & Gill print the Noti- 
fications 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting to 
266-0-1 If & 20-11-9 as p. Copys on File 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 11, 1768 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe 



308 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Information was given the Selectmen that a Tar Barrel had been 
put in the Beacon 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r . 12. 1768 
A.M. Present Mess. Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock 

A Letter from the Secretary inclosing a Vote of Council relative 
to*the Tar Barrel which was the other Night by a Person or Per- 
sons unknown put into the Skillet of the Beacon on Beacon Hill 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r 13. 1768 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton 

Boston Septem*. 13, 1768 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

We having been informed that M r . Adam Cogswell of Newbury 
has brought to the Hospital Island Peter Shalden who has the Small 
Pox, it is our order that you receive said Shelden into the Hospital 
& take proper care of him, & not suffering any Person to come on 
the Island, nor upon the recovery of said Shelden to suffer him to 
depart the Island without our order. The Person or Persons who 
brought the Men with the Small Pox [152.] You are not to suffer 
to come up to Boston, nor the Vessel without our order, but if they 
incline to return to Newbury you must advise them to take par- 
ticular care to air their Clothes and cleanse their Vessel least they 
carry the Infection to Newbury 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAM: PEMBERTON 

Boston Ss : At a- Meeting of the Selectmen Sept. 14, 1768. 
A.M. Present Jackson, Ruddock, 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house by 
two of the Selectmen viz'. Joseph Jackson & John Ruddock, 
to be supported there at the public charge one Richard Swansbury, 
a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewitball to support himself. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep { . 14 1768 P.M. 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 15, 1768 A.M. 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe Pemberton 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 15. 1768 P.M. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock Pemberton 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 18. 1768. 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe Pembertou. 

T153.] The Selectmen by desire met a committee of the 
Board at the Council Chamber ; when the said Committee ex- 




SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 309 

pressed their desire that the Selectmen would acquaint thorn what 
method or mode of placing the Troops expected in this Town in 
a short time would be least disagreeable to the People they also 
laid the following Letters or Extracts of Letters before them 

New York Septem'. 12. 1768. 
Sir 

Having received his Majestys Commands to order Troops forth- 
with to Boston, I am to acquaint you that in obedience thereto, 
I have directed his Majestys 14'. & 29 th . Regiments under the 
Command of Lieu'. Coll . Dalrimple to embark at Hallifax and pro- 
ceed to Boston as soon as possible. One of the Regiments is 
ordered for the present to Castle William the other to the Town, 
and I am to beg the favor of you to see that the said Troops are 
provided with Quarters on their arrival in your Government as by 
Law directed 

I have the Honor to be with great Regard 
Sir 

Your most obed'. hum. Serv'. 
His Excellency Governor Bernard THOMAS GAGE 

Extract of a Letter from the East of Hillsborough to Gov r . 
Bernard dated Whiteall 30' July 1768 

" I am Commanded by the King to acquaint you that his Majesty 
" has thought lit after taking the Opinion & advice of his principal 
"Servants thereupon, to signify his pleasure that the Troops 
4i intended for the relief of North America in the next Spring, 
" consisting of two Regiments from Ireland should be immediately 
" sent over to America & landed at Boston. Transport Vessels 
" are preparing with all possible dispatch in order to proceed to 
" Corke to take on board the said Regiments which are to be 
" Aughmented by draughts to 500 Men each, and I am to signify 
" to you his Majestys Commands that you do in concert with the 
" Commander in Chief take every necessary [154.] Step for the 
" reception and accommodation of those Troops 

" I am further commanded to acquaint you that the Frigate 
" which will convey the Transports from Ireland to Boston, to- 
" gether with a Ship of the Line now preparing for the reception 
" and conveyance of Lord Botetourt, whom his Majesty has 
" thought fit to appoint his Lieu 1 . & Governor General of Virginia, 
" will have orders to remain in those Seas, in case the Commander 
" in Chief of his Majestys Forces shall be of Opinion that his 
" Majestys service requires it." 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21. 1768 A.M. 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pember- 
ton. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 

be supported at the Charge of the Province one Ryan a sick 

Person who is a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province, nor having wherewithall to support himself the Select- 



310 CITT DOCUMENT No. 55. 

men who signed the Order are John Hancock & Sam: Pem- 
berton Esq r . 

The Selectmen having considered the Motion of a Committee of 
the Council of this Province respecting the Regular Troops soon 
expected from Hallifax, waited on said Committee this Day and 
acquainted them that it was their Opinion that the Act of Parlia- 
ment relative to Billeting Troops, points out, that when an}' Bar- 
racks are provided by any of the Colonies where Troops shall be 
sent, that such Troops shall be quarter'd in those Barracks ; and 
further that the Barracks Erected on Castle Island at the Province 
Charge for the purpose aforesaid are fully sufficient to receive the 
said Troops 

[155.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21 st . 
17G8 Present llenshaw Jackson Ruddock Hancock Rowe, Pern- 
bertou. P.M. 

Jury Men for October Court were drawn out of the Jury Box 
Voted, that Cap'. Ruddock & M r . Rowe be & hereby are ap- 
pointed a Committee lo Agree to Erect a Building nt the North 
Battery for the exercising the Men and for keeping the Stores 
said House to be of the Dimensions following Viz*. 50 feet 
long, 18 feet width, 10 feet Stud with a pitch'd Roof 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 23 d . 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pember- 

ton Inches. 

A Letter from a Committee of the Town of Salem was laid be- 
fore the Selectmen, and the following answer was directed. 

Gentlemen 

The Selectmen received yours of the 21 List*, and in answer 
to your question relative to the particular business of the Com- 
mittee convened'in Boston, have directed me to enclose you this 
Days News Paper containing the whole of their proceedings hither- 
loo 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To 

Mess: John Pickering 

to be communicated 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sop 1 . 26. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ 
[156.] p. Bushel and that 6 d p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz 1 . 

lb oz 

A4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 2.8. 
a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal do. 3.7. 

Bisket of a Copper price 4 . 12. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 311 

M r . Thomas Mewse appeared and acquaints the Selectmen that 
he came in Cap*. Bruce has one Child a Son. came from Nowalk 
County in England & the town of Norwich, is acquaint with the 
Weaving Business in the Silk & Woolen way 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sepf. 28, 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ituddock, Rowe Pemberton, 

Inches. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 29. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock Pemberton, Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen SeptenV. 30, 1768 
A.M. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 30. 1768. 
P.M. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pember- 
ton, Inches 

A number of His Majestys Justices were present, but nothing 
transacted, matter of minuting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pembertou, 
Inches. 

This Day Coll . Dalriraple sent a Message to the Selectmen de- 
siring a conference, with them at 3 O'Clock [157.] Which was 
accordingly complied with, when he required quarters for the 14'. 
& 29' Regiments of his Majestys Troops now in this Town, upon 
which the Chairman of the Selectmen reply'd in their behalf that 
they had not been able since his application to them to inform 
themselves thouroughly whether as Selectmen it was in their prov- 
ince to take any steps relative to the quartering of his Majesty! 
Troops, but if they were certain that it was their duty, they should 
not look upon themselves authorised so to do untill agreeable to an 
Act of Parliament the Barrack provided by the Government were 
filled, the Colonel being asked by the Selectmen, what was the 
number of the Troops in Town answer'd about 1200 

The Coll , afterwards represented to the Selectmen that he had 
not a sufficient number of Tents for his Troops and entreated of 
them as a favor the use of Faneuil Hall for one Regiment to 
lodge in till Monday following, promissing upon his honor to quit 
said Hall at that time in consequence of said request & taking 
into consideration the hardship of the Troops must be exposed to 
while remaining in the open air, the Selectmen consented thereto 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 3 d . 1768 
Present Henshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 4'. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock Hancock, Pemberton, 

Inches, 



312 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Yesterday M r . Howe acquainted the Selectmen, that Coll . 
Dclrimple sent his Compliments to them, & asked the favor of 
having the further use of Faneuil Hall till Wednesday next, when 
he would withdraw his Troops from thence to which request the 
Selectmen consented 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 5 th . 1768 
Present Ilenshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rovve Pemberton 
& Inches 

M r . Rowe acquainted the Selectmen that he had seen Coll . 
Delrimple, who informed him that it was not in bis power [158.] 
To remove the Soldiers from Faneuil Hall, but that Barracks 
were provided and as soon as they were ready the Troops would 
be removed to them 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 10. 1768 
Present Ilenshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 

Pemberton, Inches 

[Mem . M r . Pemberton has taken the By Law Book to his House 
Rec d . again] 

M r . Williston directed to notify Coll . Green M r . Mayes and M r . 
Pierpoint to attend the Selectmen on the affair of South Bat- 
tery & Fortification, at iheir Chamber to morrow afternoon 3. 
O'Clock. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 11. 1768 
Present Ilenshaw, Jackson Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 12. 1768 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton 

Inches 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford 
Island having Reported to us that one Peter Sheldon who came 
from Newbury with the Small Pox, is now well and thoroughly 
cleansed the following Orders were given 

Boston October 12. 1768 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that one Peter Sheldon from 
Newbury with the Small Pox, sent to the Hospital by our consent, 
is now well and so thoroughly cleansed that he may leave the 
Island with safety ; you are therefore permitted to suffer him to 
depart, first securing the Charge you have been at on his Account 

JOSEPH JACKSON = 

JOHN HANCOCK [ J _ 2 

SAMUEL PEMBERTON j ja o 

HENDERSON INCHES ^ w 

[159.] M r . John Sweetser attended, and gave notice to the 
Selectmen that having lately married a Daughter who kept his 
House he must in consequence be so confined, as will prevent his 
further attending the duty of warning Strangers to depart thia 
Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 313 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 18. 1768 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pemberton, Inches. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 19, 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pember- 
ton, Inches, 

M r . Hunt Master of the North Grammar School informed the 
Selectmen that his state of health required his making a tour in 
the County* which he should do provided he received tlieir con- 
sent which was granted as also that he might leave the Charge of 
the School to his Brother during his absence, which he thought 
might be a Week 

M r . Henshaw, Hancock & Inches a Committee to view the Pest 
House at New Boston, and Report the necessary Repairs 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 20, 1768, 
Present 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octof. 21, 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe Pemberton 
Inches, 

Voted that the following Letter be sent Coll . Dalrymple 
Sir 

I am directed by the Board of Selectmen to address you by 
Letter, Requesting that Faneuil Hall which is now occupied by 
part of your Regiment, and was to be cleared agreeable to your 
assurances when desired, may be delivered up this Day or to 
Morrow 

By Order of the Selectmen. 

Answers return'd & on file WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[16O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 
17G8 Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 27. 1768 
A.M. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock Pem- 
berton. 

The Selectmen received this Day a Message from Coll . Dal- 
rymple, by M r . Rowe, acquainting them, that the Hall should be 
cleared & delivered this Evening agreeable to their requirement 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 27. 1768 
P.M. Present. Henshaw, Jackson, RuJdock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 29. 1768 
P.M. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pemberton, Inches 

Voted, that the Swing Bridge be taken down and Rails put up, 
and that Coll . Jackson & M r . Hancock be a Comm ee . to see the 
same effected. 

[Taking Depositions relative to Cap'. Willson & Negros.J 



314 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 31. 17GS, 
A.M. Present Henshuw, Ruddock, Hancock, Pem- 

berton, Inches. 

[Taking Depositions relative to Cap*. Willson & Negros] 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 31, 17G8 
P.M. Present Henshaw, Jackson 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6 / p. 
Bushel & that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 
A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must lb oz d 

weigh 2 - 8 - 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal d. 3 - 7 - 

Bisket of a Copper price - 4-12 

The Several Constables of the Watch directed by the [161.] 
Selectmen, to be watchful of the Negros & to take up those of 
them that may be in gangs at unseasonable hours 

Zachary Johnnot Esq r . Mess". Nathan Spear, William Foster 
& others enter their Complaint with the Selectmen against John 
Willson Esq r . of the 59 Regiment of Foot, for practising on their 
Negro Servants to induce them immediately to enter into a 
dangerous conspericy against their Masters promissing them their 
freedom as a reward whereupon M r . Justice Ruddock was 
desired by the Selectmen to take the several Affidavits relative to 
the above mentioned complaint 

In consequence of the above the Selectmen lodged a Complaint 
in Writing with the Worshipful! Richard Dana Esq r . & John Rud- 
dock Esq r . two of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the 
County of Suffolk & the Quorum 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 2 d . 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe 
Inches, 

M r . Hancock desired to put the Common in proper order it 
having been left other ways by the Troops 

M r . Hughs had liberty of the Selectmen to stop the street near 
his House in order to repair a Cellar which is to be done with all 
dispatch 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 3. 1768 
Present Henshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock Rowe Inches 

Const ble . Martin of the South Watch having been abused & 
threatened the last Night, the Selectmen advise that their 
Names may be found out, & they prosecuted according to Law 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 4. 17(58 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock Hancock Rowe Inches 

[162.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7. 
17t58 Present Henshaw Jackson, Hancock, Inches 

A.M. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 315 

M r . Moore the Carpenter forbid removing the Swing Bridge or 
doing anything thereon, untill the further Orders of the Select- 
men 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7. 1768. P.M. 
Present Jackson, Hancock, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 9. 1768 
Present Henshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches 

Coll . Jackson & M r . Hancock appointed a Committee to order 
proper Repairs for the Swing Bridge 

M r . Ruddock & M r . Pemberton appointed a Committee to draw 
up a Letter to M r . Agent Deberdt relative to a state of our affairs 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 11. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Ruddock, Rowe, Pemberton, Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 12. 1768 
Present Henshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock Rowe, Pem- 

berton, Inches 

Voted, that the Clerk be directed to take the directions of M r . 
Ruddock respecting the printing some extracts from the Laws 
relative to the Town Watch 

Voted that a Letter Original of which is on file and of this date, 
be sent M r . Deberdt, and a Copy thereof with the necessary altera- 
tions to John Powual Esq r . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 14. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson Ruddock, Hancock Pemberton 

Inches 

Ordered by the Selectmen that no Copy of the [163.] Letters 
to M r . Pownal & Deberdt be taken or given out by the Clerk 

Upon information of the Small Pox having been in some of the 
transports M r . Henshaw, Jackson, & Inches appointed a Com- 
mittee to wait upon General Gage, inform him of some of the 
People from those Vessels having come on shore contrary to 
Law 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 15. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pember- 
ton, Inches 

see the Report hereunder 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 16. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson Ruddock, Hancock Pember- 

ton, Inches, 

The Committee chose on the 14'. Ins 1 , to wait upon General 
Gage Report, that had according waited upon him, & acquainted 
him with the Reports that the Small Pox had been lately on board 
some of the transports from Ireland, as also with the Laws re- 
specting Bringing in Infectious Distempers ; they were well received 
by the General who told them, One of his Aid De Camps with the 



316 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

D. Mate of one of the Ships & the Officer of another should wait 
upon them at their Chamber to give an account of the state of 
those Vessels 

M r . Hanfield Commanding Officer of the Troops on board of 
the Ship Unity Cap 1 . Benjamin Fowler, attended, & informed that 
after they left Cork two Children was suspected of having the 
Small Pox, whereupon they were put forward in the Ship and such 
precautions taken, that altho there was above 40 Persons on board 
liable to take the infection, not one of them have taken it, and 
that it is now above Six Weeks since their recovery from that dis- 
order, which proved very favorable ; & that the people would be 
landed at the Castle about 40 married Women came in the 
Ship 

The Sirurgeons Mate of the Ship Robert Cap*. William Nichols 
was brought to the Chamber by M r . Kimble the General Aid De 
Camp, who informed, that since they left Cork, five Persons had 
been taken [164.] With the Small Pox two of whom had deceased 
one of them Six Weeks ago that no one has been complaining 
or sick of the Distemper on there three Weeks past, and they 
would see that none of the Six Persons on board liable to have the 
Disorder, came up to Town & that the greater care would be 
taken to prevent the Infections being communicated about 10 
Married Women came in the Ship 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house on 
the Province Account one Jacob Smith a poor sick Man a Stranger 
and not an inhabitant of any Town in this Province Joseph Jack- 
son & Samuel Pemberton two of the Selectmen signed the order as 
did Royal Tyler Esq r . one of the Overseers dated Novem r . 12 

Voted, that the Perambulation between Roxbnry and this Town 
be on Tuesday next at 10 O'Clock Before Noon and that a Letter 
be wrote to the Selectmen as usual & a Dinner provided by the 
Clerk at M r . Gardners on the Neck M r . Adams & D r . Cooper to 
be invited Return on File 

Suffolk Ss : To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Boston 

The Petition of James Gardner of Boston Truckman 
Humbly Sheweth 

That the Water Course passing through the Land which he 
lately purchased of M r . Thomas Jackson, greatly incommodes his 
Family and is now undermining the foundation of his House for 
which reason he learns that the Selectmen intended to pave the 
Ground, but your Petitioner is of opinion that it would be of more 
general benefit if a Drain was sunk & the waste Water was con- 
veyed under Ground ; which he is ready to engage to do, as is M r . 
Thomas Ivers, that he will maintain the said Drain for ever pro- 
vided you will be so good as to make them an allowance of what 
sum you apprehend the charge of the pavement you have proposed 
will amount to. He therefore humbly prays such an allowance 
from your Honors on condition that himself & M r . Ivers performs 
what is above proposed, & as in duty bound shall pray & c . 

JAMES GARDNER 

Boston Aug 4 . 24, 1768 

Mem . Original on file. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 317 

[165.] The Selectmen Laving considered of M r . James Gard- 
ners Petition 

Voted, that he be allowed the Sum of Five Pounds lawful 
Money, as a f ull recompence for what he has performed, condition'd 
as in the said Petitions and that he have a draft for the same the 
next draft Day 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectman, at the George 
Tavern Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock 
Inches 

The Selectmen of this Town together with the Selectmen of 
Roxbury next, and perambulated the Boundary Line between the 
Towns as p. particulars on file 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 28. 1768 
Present Henshaw Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches 

The Assessors inform that the Tax Books are prepared and 
ready for the Collectors, when the Selectmen shall please to direct 
it 

Mem . M r . French is to have a draft by M r . Ruddock 

M r . Ireland Constable of the Dock Watch having complained to 
the Selectmen that they were insulted & interrupted in their duty 
by some Officers of the Regiments in Town M r . Williston was 
directed to require the attendance of two of them, who accordingly 
came to the Chamber ; acknowledged the charge, but imputed their 
behavior to the effects of Liquor The Chairman gave them a 
reprehension & cautioned them against such a behavior for the 
future ; which would oblige the Selectmen to take such a notice of, 
as would prove disagreeable to them all 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 30. 1768 
Present Jackson, Rowe Pemberton, Inches 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
bushel & that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 4 . 

lb oz dr 

[166.] A 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye 

Meal must weigh 2 8- 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 3- 7- 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-12 

M r . Hollyday one of the Collectors for the Year 1768 appeared 
and proposed M r . John Winslow & M r . Henry Allen as his Bonds- 
men. 

Mem , a Chimney is wanted at the North Watch house. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem*. 7. 1768 
Present. Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, 

Inches. 

M r . Savage one of the Town Collectors of Taxes for the Year 



318 CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 

17G8 appeard and proposed M r . Archibald M c Neill & M r . Christ . 

Clark for his Bondsmen 

M r . Henshaw & Inches a Committee to dispose of the Bulls 
Voted that the Town Clerk have a draft on the Treasurer in 

part of services 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 14. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, 

Inches 

M r . Salter one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 1 768 - 
proposed Deacon Salter & M r . Ray as his Bondsmen for said 
Year 

M r . Ruggles one of the Collectors of Taxes for the Year 1768 
appeared & proposed his Father & M r . Caleb Davis as his Bonds- 
men for the faithful discharge of his trust 

Coll . Jackson & M r . Pemberton a Committee to let & Lease 
the Stalls of Faneuil Hall Market 

Charles Percy last from Quebeck with 2 Children & who has 
served 16 Years as a Sergeant in the Army appeared & asked 
liberty of the Selectmen to set up a Victuelling House for the 
Soldiery which they consented to 

[167.] The Selectmen approve of M r . John Winslow as a 
Bondsman for M r . Hollyday the Collector of M r . M c Neal for 
M r . Savage of M r . Salters old Bondsmen & M r . Ruggles's old 
Bondsmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec'. 21. 1768 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 

Inches 

M r . Savage one of the Town Collectors presents Cap'. MCarthy 
for one of his Bondsmen for the faithful discharge of his 
trust 

M r . Hollyday one of the Town Collectors presents Cap'. Noah 
Dogget as two of his Bondsmen for the faithful discharge of his 
trust 

Cap*. M c Carthy approved as a Bondsman for M r . Abraham 
Savage 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 26. 1768 
Present Henshaw 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat [6] / p. bushel 
and that the Bakers be allowed 6 d . p. Bushel for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows viz' 

lb oz dr 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal 

must weigh 2. 8 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 3. 7 

Bisket of a Copper price 4. 12 

Passed upon M r . Joseph Nowells Province Account, amounting 
to S. 12. 10| as p. Copy on file 

Passed upon M r . John Hancock Esq r . Province Account amount- 
ing to 3 . 8 . 6. as p. Copy on file 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1768. 319 

Passed upon M. Sarah Snows Province Account, amounting to 
5.2.8 as p. Copy thereof on File 

M r . Collector Savage bieng sworn & the Bond, examined and 
accepted by the Selectmen a Certificate was delivered accord- 
ingly 

[168.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
28, 1768 Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, 
Pemberton Inches. 

Mr. Collector Salter having been sworn and his Bonds examined 
& accepted p. the Selectmen, a Certificate of the same was given 
to the Assessors 

M r . Collector Ruggles having been sworn and his Bonds examined 
by the Selectmen, a Certificate of the same was given to the 
Assessors 



[The printing of the Selectmen's Records is suspended for con- 
venience at this point, as it completes all the meetings for the year 
1768. W. H. W.~j 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



Abblngton,201. 

Adams, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 24, 25, 26, 27, 
29, 34, 45, 76, 104, 108, 110, 111, 115, 126, 
130, 134, 145, 149, 180, 191, 200, 201, 203, 
209, 210, 214, 215, 217, 221, 241, 246, 248, 
254, 261, 262, 267, 270, 285, 286, 287, 316. 

Aderholz, 51. 

Aish, 265. 

Albany, 135. 

{Allen, 77, 107, 140, 201, 222, 290, 293, 302, 
317. 
Alline, 222. 
Allyne, 118, 142, 183, 234, 265, 272. 
Alley, Board, 180. 
Elbow, 162. 
Fitches, 7, 8. 
Hog, 57, 161, 248. 
Paddys, 7, 8, 14, 20, 26, 39, 47, 48, 49, 

250. 

America, North, 309. 
Andebert, 112. 

Anderson, 5, 6, 7, 8, 20, 27, 237. 
Andrews, 34, 82, 98, 122, 123, 134, 141, 165, 

169, 199, 201, 282. 
Andross, 305. 
| Annapolis, 240. 
| Annappolis, 152. 
Appleton, 143. 
Archibald, 30. 
Artwick, 81, 87, 91. 
Ash, 8, 26, 27, 42, 45, 52, 234. 
Asken, 256. 
Asply, 113. 

Atkins, 33, 37, 38, 224, 265, 266. 
Atwood, 193, 256. 
Audibert, 82. 

Austin, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 
29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 
42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 
67, 68, 69, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 
70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 
97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 
119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 
128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 
137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 
147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 158, 
159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 
168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 
177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 
186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 
196, 197, 198, 199, 201, 202, 203, 205, 207, 
208, 209, 210, 211, 218, 223, 248, 258, 300. 
Autherleny, 153. 
Avery, 134, 198, 200, 221, 250. 
t Ayer, 245. 
| Eayar, 245. 

Bacon, 216. 

Badger, 25, 79, 185, 304. 
Bagnal, 297. 

Baker, 34, 55, 78, 81, 83, 86, 87, 112, 143, 200, 
202, 204, 210, 211, 218, 236. 

( Balch, 265. 

I Balsch, 222. 
Ball, 7, 224. 

Ballard. 84, 111, 185, 204, 211, 221, 236, 280, 
2S9, 294, 304. 



Balston, 250. 
Baltimore, 151, 165. 

County, 151. 
Bamfort, 94. 
Bangs, 165. 
Barbadoes, 147, 167. 
Barber, 30. 

Barbour, 134, 199, 218. 
Barnard, 23. 
Barnet, 69, 70, 76. 
Barrell, 200. 

( Barret, 77, 263, 282. 

\ Barrett, 32, 33, 46, 55, 58, 86, 132, 133, 198, 

( 199, 246, 256, 260, 261. 
Bartlet, 276. 
Bass, 223, 242. 

( Basset, 307. 

I Bassett, 55. 
Baston, 32. 
Battery, North, 13, 14, 18, 32, 38, 48, 162, 233, 

252, 294, 310. 
South, 295, 312. 
Bayes, 32. 
Bean, 12. 
Beautinean, 161. 
Beck, 172. 
Bejean, 164. 
Belcher, 265, 304. 
Belknap, 133, 188, 199. 
Bell, 3, 137, 260. 
Bellfore, 296. 
Bennet, 78, 120, 264, 279. 
Benway, 267. 
Bernard, 92, 94, 95, 118, 147, 164, 165, 166, 167, 

170, 229, 260, 275, 276, 285, 298, 300, 309. 
Berry, 42. 
Bethune, 83. 
Betterly, 51. 
Beudrie, 304. 
Bill, 119. 
Billings, 239. 
Billrica, 241. 
Bird, 165, 238, 255, 258. 
Blair, 258, 290, 300. 
Blake, 3, 4, 113, 213, 222, 264, 295, 307. 
Blanc, 243. 
Blanchard, 199, 304. 
Bliss, 292. 
Blodget, 105, 272, 293. 

( Bois, 54. 

I Boyes, 15, 192. 
Bolter, 153, 194, 208. 
Bond, 54, 255. 
Booth, 38. 

( Boreland, 38, 247, 283. 

? Borland, 176. 
Botetourt, 309. 
Boucher, 135. 
Bourk, 224. 

Bourn, 100, 132, 134, 198, 200, 231, 241. 
Bowdoin, 83, 135, 160, 254, 257, 299. 
Bowen, 258, 283, 300. 
Bowls, 300, 301. 
Box, 178. 
Boyer, 40. 
Boyes, see Bols. 

Boylston, 154, 161, 195, 197, 208, 221. 
Bracket, 84, 304. 

Bradford, 10, 20, 26, 27, 29,33, 55,94, 133,199, 
241, 290. 



(321) 



322 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 



Bradley, 304, 307. 
Braintree, 248, 279, 290. 
Brattle, 160. 
Bray, 244. 
Breck, 49. 
Breeding, 292, 304. 
Brett, 225, 260. 
Brewer, 181. 
Brick, 22, 28. 

I Bridge, 296. 

I Bridges, 165. 

Bridge, Draw, 8, 170, 215, 219, 254. 
Mill, 14, 271. 
Swing, 313, 315. 
Brigden, 143. 
Brigham, 258. 
Bright, 14, 25, 36. 
Brightman, 219. 
Brimmer, 161, 221. 
Bristol, 215, 284, 285, 296, 297, 298. 
Britt, 222, 245, 268. 
Broad Bay, 246, 282. 
Brocas, 107. 
Brock. 127. 

Bromfleld, 32, 34, 132, 134, 238. 
Brooker, 144, 261, 280, 307. 
Brookland, 232. 
Brookline, 240. 
Brooke, 54. 

Brown, 33, 98, 111, 112, 133, 137, 199, 202, 210, 
216, 219, 220, 221, 234, 244, 249, 251, 268, 
269, 270, 271, 280, 288, 294, 296, 297, 298, 
300, 305. 
Bruce, 311. 

Bryant, 101, 138, 170, 204, 211, 212, 223. 
Buccannan, 98. 
Buckley, 11, 40, 61. 
Bucknam, 159, 162, 263. 
Bulflnch, 58, 161. 

( Bulkley, 1, 3, 5, 8, 11. 

j Bulkly, 1, 6, 11. 
Bullena, 265. 
Bullman, 115. 
Burbank, 146. 
Burbeck, 281. 
Burdet, 96. 
Burdich, 299. 
Burdick, 35, 103, 104, 115, 268, 298. 

t Burk, 95. 109, 113. 

I Burke, 109. 

j Bnrmudoe, 231. 

) Burmudus, 229. 
Burnet, 13. 
Burrell, 305. 
Burroughs, 178. 
Buryal place, North, 20, 249. 

South, 20. 
ground, North, 65. 
Burying ground, North, 1, 204,211, 213, 250. 

South, 250. 
place, New, 197, 209. 
Butler, 248, 252, 292. 

) Butt, 135. 

) Buttb, 304. 

Byles, 33, 83, 85, 145, 148, 160, 199, 217, 238, 
258, 286, 300. 

Cade, 204. 
Cahlll, 56. 
Caldwell, 141, 269. 
Calef, 242. 

( Calf, 163, 223, 239, 304. 

J Calff, 265. 
Call, 75, 295. 
Callender, 265. 
Cambridge, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 

28, 61, 130, 181, 201, 202, 213, 249. 
Cambridge, Little, 194, 207, 249, 270. 
Cam den, 259. 
Campbell, 84, 176. 
Candish, 221. 
Cannada, 234, 243, 252. 
Cape Ann, 122. 

Nichola, 300, 301. 



Carle, 211. 

Games, 135, 221, 222, 260, 265, 304. 
Carney, 246. 
( Carrel, 15. 
} Carrol, 17, 21, 46. 
Carter, 290, 291. 
Carver, 12. 
Cary, 119, 176, 234. 
Cast, 7, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 58, 161, 180. 
Castle William, 95, 146, 147, 149, 152, 153, 

164, 165, 167, 172, 176, 309. 
Cazneau, 251, 265. 
Chamberlain, 33, 133, 199. 
Champny, 107. 
Chandler, 265, 304. 
Chapam, 112. 
Chaperon, 162. 
Chapman, 61, 86, 87, 91, 93. 
Chardon, 161. 

Charlestown,30, 59, 97, 128, 135, 271, 289, 300. 
Chancey, 205, 258. 
Chauncey, 83, 160, 299. 
Chauncy, 211. 
Chase, 16. 

f Checkley, 69, 83, 85, 86, 138, 160, 161, 177, 
I 217, 300. 
1 Check ly, 258. 
tChuckly, 258. 
I Cheeseman, 78, 81, 83. 
? Cheesman, 86. 
i Cheever, 258. 
( Cheevers, 305. 
Chelsea, 295, 303, 305. 
( Cneptank, 152, 153. 
j Cheptonk, 152, 153. 
Child, 204. 
I Choat, 216. 
. | Choate, 46. 

Church, 35, 58, 77, 134, 172, 185, 193, 200. 
Church, Brick, 270. 

Mr. Elliot's, 7, 14, 22, 78, 81, 83, 204, 

211, 221. 

Mr. Greaton's, 259. 
Mr. Mather's, 163. 
Mr. Pembeiton's, 19, 22, 40, 78, 103. 
New North, 73, 86, 148. 
Old Brick, 269. 
Old North, 5, 6, 7, 128, 242. 
Dr. Byles's, 264. 

Dr. Cutler's, 1, 75, 76, 78, 247, 270. 
Dr. Sewall's, 171. 

Clark, 8, 14, 31, 57, 78, 100, 118, 134, 193, 
200, 202. 207, 210, 218, 240, 241,262,271, 
318. 

Clarke, 54, 304. 
Clemmans, 272. 
} Clemmens, 84, 267. 
Clerk, 190. 
Clewby, 54. 
Clough, 236. 
Clouston, 65, 66, 304. 
Cobnrn, 162. 
Cockey, 151. 

Coffin, 84, 85, 216, 278, 300. 
( Coggswell, 33. 
| Cogswell, 308. 
Colbourn, 59. 
Colchester, 61. 
( Collings, 169. 
I Collins, 81, 85, 96, 140, 169. 
Colman, 84, 186. 
Common, The, 86, 87,91,92, 93, 114, 206, 212, 

237, 247, 251, 258, 290, 314. 
Concord, 1, 63, 69, 119, 243. 
Condon, 304. 
Conduit, The, 220. 
Conell, 265. 
Congenie, 166. 

Connecticut, 61, 83, 85, 106, 168, 259, 294. 
J Conner, 296. 
| Connor, 135. 
Connolly, 66. 
Cooley, 222, 265, 304. 
Coolidge, 170. 



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Cooper, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21, 24, 
25, 28, 30, 31, 36, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 
49, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61, 65, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 
78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89,91, 101, 
104, 109, 113, 114, 119, 121, 126, 127, 130, 
132, 137, 143, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 160, 
161, 174, 179, 186, 187, 190, 215, 216, 220, 
229, 230, 235, 241, 242, 243, 247, 255, 256, 
258, 261, 266, 267, 268, 277, 283, 285, 286, 
287, 2-39, 300, 307, 310, 313, 316. 

Cordey, 230. 
( Cork, 65, 66, 316. 
I Corke, 309. 

Corner Fleets, 266. 

Cornhill, 142, 145, 265, 297, 304. 

Corvell, 222. 

Cotton, 82, 128, 260. 

County, Nowalk, 311. 
of Essex, 155. 
of Middlesex, 23. 

of Suffolk, 2, 11, 23, 63, 99, 112, 117, 
150, 205, 249, 314. 

Coulter, 265. 

Court, Corn, 201. 

Gibbins, 106. 
Moon, 63. 

Cowell, 304. 

Crafts, 219. 

Crawford, 127, 256. 

Crist, 246. 

Cromby, 66, 111, 141. 

Crosby, 120, 196, 208. 

Crouch, 222. 

Crozier, 57. 

Cummins, 143. 

Cunningham, 118, 122, 140, 217, 299, 300. 

Currier, 128. 

Currln, 124, 125. 

Curtis, 10, 26, 27, 114, 120, 121, 129, 141, 168, 
174, 196, 208, 215, 216, 259, 305. 

Gushing, 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 
19, 22, 25, 27, 34, 36, 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 240, 260, 280. 

Cuthbertson,304. 

Cutler, 64, 247. 

Cutter, 50. 

Baffin, 82. 

Daffron, 75. ' . 

Dagle, 76. 

Dall, 291, 304. 

Dalton, 163, 218, 231. 

Daltons Rowe, 304. 

( Dalrimple, 309, 311. 

{ Dalrymple, 313. 

( Delrimple, 312. 
DamarUcotta, 237. 
Dana, 2, 24, 25, 54, 133, 184, 199, 236, 250, 253, 

314. 

Darrington, 34. 
Dartmouth, 300. 

Davis, 4, 35, 56, 75, 86, 137, 151, 181, 222, 234, 
258, 271, 300, 304, 318. 

SDawes, 170. 
Daws, 34, 56, 70, 122, 134, 200, 215, 269, 
300. 

Day, 50, 140. 
Deagle, 278. 

( Dean, 9, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43, 44, 47. 
< Deane, 9. 
f Deen, 7. 
Deberdt, 315. 
Debloie, 215. 
Delahunt, 304. 
Demerry, 14, 39, 40, 62. 
Demming, 35, 200, 291. 
I Dempeey, 52. 
I Dempsy, 42, 43. 
Denesey, 30. 
Dennie, 206, 212. 
Depsford, 113. 
Devens, 49. 
Diamond, 308. 
Dickey, 240. 



Dicks, 153. 

Dix, 289, 295, 303, 305. 
Dickman, 119. 
Digless, 241. 
Dimpsey, 19. 
Doane, 194, 245, 283. 
Doble, 1. 

Dock, Olivers, 159, 162, 233, 255. 
Dogget, 264, 318. 
j Dolbear, 33, 133, 199. 
( Dolbeare, 219. 
Domineco, 193. 
| Dommett, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 241. 
\ Dommitt, 30. 

Donally, 46, 52. 

Donelly, 39. 

Donnalley, 13. 

Donevan, 184. 

Donneven, 259. 

Dunnoven, 270. 
Doone, 207. 

Dorchester, 110, 135, 148, 181, 188, 220, 305. 
Dorr, 70. 
I Dorricot, 198. 
| Dorricut, 209. 
Doubt, 10, 13, 20, 43, 57, 112. 

Doacet, 252. 

Douset, 192. 

Downe, 34, 134, 143, 150, 199, 200. 

Downes, 224. 

Dows, 122, 270* 
I Dowse, 34. 
Draper, 14, 25, 30, 35, 47, 57, 64, 69, 74, 76, 

145, 216, 232, 247. 
Ducas, 290. 
Dudley, 253. 
( Dun, 35, 44, 52, 237. 
| Dunn, 26, 35, 122, 123. 
Dunlee, 292. 
Dunlop, 165. 
j Dunscut, 302. 
| Dunscutt, 302. 
Durant, 107, 201. 
Durham, 193. 

Eatherton, 86. 

Eayar (see Ayer). , 

Eddy, 258. 

Edes, 28, 50, 65, 138, 144, 170, 173, 175, 185, 190, 

214, 233, 247, 273, 278, 286, 293, 306, 307. 
Edwards, 34, 119, 234, 258, 300. 

I Eliot, 192, 254. 

} Elliot, 50,83, 85, 127, 160, 252, 258, 300. 
Ellingwood, 40, 41. 
Ellis, 111. 
Ellison, 304. 
Emmerson, 65. 
Emmons, 47, 48, 201, 252. 
End, Graves, 225. 

North, 22, 185, 217, 218, 249, 259, 265, 

271, 278,295,304. 
So., 58, 70, 94, 118, 120, 124. 
South, 214, 221, 242, 269, 304. 
England, 162, 232, 246, 296, 311. 
Erving, 257, 299. 
Ethridge, 131, 132, 212. 

( Eustices, 26. 

{ Eustis, 26, 198, 209. 

( Eustiss, 28. 
Evans, 78, 81. 
Eveleth, 190. 

Fabre, 164. 
Fairbanks, 241. 
Fairchild, 37. 

Fairfield, 34, 35, 38, 134, 199, 293, 301. 
Fairservice, 214. 
Falmouth, 68. 

Fanner, 255, 256, 258, 259, 261, 262, 265, 267, 
268, 274, 278, 279, 286, 290, 291, 292, 302 
306, 307, 308, 309, 316. 

( Faxen, 295. 

| Faxten, 263, 295. 

( Fazton, 294. 



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I Fayerweather, 218. 
I Fayweather, 236. 
Fellows, 76, 77, 110, 171, 305. 

!Fennecy, 113. 
Fennisee, 24. 
Fenno, '203, 211, 212, 233. 
Ferry, Charlestown, 25, 46, 48, 81, 154. 
Salutation, 264. 
Winnisiraet, 171, 221, 261, 265. 
Ferryman, 227. 
Fery, 129. 

Fethergill, 42, 48, 71, 135. 
Fisher, 282. 
Fitch, 84, 85, 134, 200. 
Fitz Patrick, 51, 135. 
( Flag, 39, 43, 47. 
j Flagg, 40, 41, 44, 55, 280. 
Flanngan, 228. 

Fleet, 28, 97, 151, 157, 177, 220, 246, 281. 
Fling, 143, 241. 

Flucker, 83, 85, 152, 155, 157, 160, 257, 299. 
Folger, 194, 207, 245, 283. 
Ford, 216, 305. 
Fore, 59. 
Foreman, 237. 

Fortification, The, 3, 4, 76, 86, 107, 220, 238, 
' 245, 249, 255, 258, 269, 272, 293, 294, 295, 

312. 

Fosdick, 55. 
Foster, 3, 4, 35, 44, 47, 84, 85, 140, 157, 200, 

221, 222, 248, 314. 

Fowle, 15, 23, 39, 123, 186, 252, 259. 
Fowler. 316. 
Foxcroft. 258, 299. 
Foy, 186. 

Foye, 12, 59, 62, 70, 71, 75, 76, 82, 99, 110, 
111, 193, 200, 216, 230, 248, 250, 256, 258, 
268, 271. 
Frankland, 73, 103,188, 193, 207, 213, 218, 248, 

252, 257. 
( Franklin, 292. 
I Franklyn, 292. 
Frary, 2J4, 235. 
Frazier, 184. 
Freeland, 170. 
Freeman, 218. 
French, 317. 
Frobisher, 189. 
Fulton, 256. 



Gage, 309, 315. 

Gains, 271, 273, 280, 281, 291, 295. 

Galloop, 198, 209. 

Gardner, 5, 13, 16, 18, 21, 27, 29, 33, 34, 40, 
44, 47, 53, 55, 58, 64, 65, 69, 70, 100, 132, 
133, 134, 179, 199, 200, 213, 214, 218, 256, 
257, 262, 266, 282, 284, 296, 304, 306, 316, 
317. 

Gaut, 135. 

Gay, 159. 

Genneste, 220. 

George, 248. 

Gibbon, 212. 

Gibbs, 79, 247. 

Gilbert, 143. 

Gilkey, 282. 

Gill, 28, 50. 65. 106, 138, 144, 173, 175, 190, 214, 
233, 247, 265, 273, 293, 306, 307. 

Gilston, 58. 

Glentworth, 39, 41, 43, 44, 47. 

Glidden, 45, 52. 
( Gli88in,46. 
| Glisaon, 50. 

Glover, 180, 290. 

Goal, Boston, 126. 
New, 219. 

Godfrey, 25, 262. 

Goldthwait, 3, 33, 70, 84, 85, 133, 161, 199, 
219, 264, 276, 278. 

Goodwin, 294. 

\ Gorden, 41, 42, 140, 222, 265, 304. 
I Gordon, 67. 

Gould. 123. 

Graham, 265. 



Granadas, The, 154. 

Granary, The, 138, 172, 188, 192, 203, 204, 211, 

256. 
Grant, 33, 34, 44, 107, 114, 119, 125, 133, 150, 

154, 199, 227, 257, 300. 
Gray, 6, 24, 25, 34, 83, 85, 109, 160, 200,215, 

218, 257, 258, 299, 304. 
Grey, 24. 
(Grealcaff, 292. 

Greanleaff, 146, 230, 278. 
I Greeuleaf, 63, 91, 246, 263. 

Greenleaff, 92, 93, 94, 104, 120, 146, 150, 170, 
(. 246, 304, 306. 
Great Britain, 113. 

Green, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 34, 39, 50, 61, 84, 
85, 114, 134, 135, 143, 200, 205, 206, 211, 
212, 225, 226, 264, 287, 290, 300, 312. 
Greenland, 188. 
Greenlaw, 59. 
I Grecnough, 33. 
I Grenough, 79, 133, 199, 258. 
Greenwood, 33, 84, 133, 169, 199, 258, 300. 
Gridley, 106, 214. 
Griggs, 122, 251, 264. 
Gryrues, 259. 
Gules, 240. 
Gyles, 43, 44, 47. 



Hail, 34, 134, 199, 281. 
) Hailifax, 12. 

j Hailifax, 95, 184, 193, 201, 237, 309,310. 
Hall, 7, 8, 14, 26, 28, 35, 39, 103, 135, 163, 218, 

258, 265, 301, 304. 
Hallet, 7, 8. 

Hall, Faneuil, 37, 49, 50, 63, 69, 84, 97, 98, 
102, 103, 123, 138, 141, 149, 150, 153, 157, 
161, 173, 174, 175, 177, 183, 185, 189, 204, 
213,217,230,244, 247, 257, 259, 263, 281, 
291, 292, 311, 312, 313. 
Hallowell, 140. 
Halsey, 33, 133. 
Hamburry, 31. 
) Hammatt, 32, 198, 234. 
( Hammett, 33, 132, 133, 198. 
Hammon, 248. 
Hammond, 247. 

Hancock, 83, 90, 98, 113, 114, 117, 119, 127, 
139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 
149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 157, 158, 
15S), 160, 162, 163, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 
171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 179, 180, 181, 182, 
183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 
192, 193, 194, 196, 197, 198, 200, 201, 202, 
203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212. 
213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 2i9, 220, 221, 
222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 
231, 232, 233, 234, 236, 237, 238, 229, 240, 
241, 242, 245, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 
253, 254, 256, 258, 259, 260, 201, 263, 264, 
265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 
274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 286, 287, 
283, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 295, 296, 297, 
300, 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 
310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318. 
Handbury, 46, 52. 
Hanfield, 316. 

Harris, 122, 123, 140, 199, 306. 
Harrod,33, 112, 133,198. 
Harsey, 307. 
Harskin, 38, 150. 

f Hartley. 1, 11, 27, 32, 40, 53, 66, 88, 89, 
91, 107, 113, 114, 117, 119, 127, 140, 149, 
154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 178, 212, 
214, 215, 222, 223, 225, 226, 227, 228,229, 
230, 231,232, 233, 234, 235. 248, 274, 275, 
276, 277, 280, 281, 282, 284,285,288, 297, 
298, 299, 300, 301, 305, 308, 312. 
tHartly, 39, 88, 225, 280. 
Hartwick, 86. 
Harvey, 300. 
Hashom, 261. 
Hacking, 22 1. 
Hastins, 120. 



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Hawks, 55. 

Hawley, 76. 

Hayden, 240. 

Hayes, 193, 222. 

Hearsom, 248, 258. 

Heath, 50, 273. 

Hemmenway, 270. 

Henderson, 277. 

Henley, 265, 304. 

Henshaw, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 
61, 62, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 
91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 103, 
104,105,106,107,109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 
114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 
123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 
134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 
143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 
153,154,156,157,158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 
163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 
172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 178, 179, 180, 181, 
182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 
191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 197, 198, 200, 201, 
202, 203, 204, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 223, 
258, 293, '294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 
301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 307, 309, 310, 311, 
312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 319. 

Ilervey, 106. 

{Hewes, 204, 205. 
Hews, 3, 37, 41, 59, 66, 84, 85, 96, 110, 142, 
180,211,235, 242. 
Hughes, 261, 277. 
Hughs, 314. 
Hlckley, 305. 
Hickling, 140, 304. 
Hicks, 255. 
Higgins, 172. 

Hill, 33, 34, 63, 103, 132, 133, 134, 138, 140, 
146, 161, ISO, 198, 200, 212, 246, 250, 253, 
300, 305. 

Hill, Beacon, 63, 90, 101, 150, 277, 308. 
Fort, 86, 87. 
Pemberton, 151,213. 
Roxbury, 217. 
Hillsborough, 309. 
) Hinckley, 120, 196, 208,305. 
| Hinkley, 196. 
Hispaniola, 154, 164. 
Hitchburne, 40, 41, 43, 44, 47, 289, 302. 
Hobby, 287. 

) Hodgden, 184, 187, 189. 
I Hodgdon, 193, 305. 
Hodges, 201,209,270. 
Hodgkins, 176. 
Ilodson, 281. 
Hogsden, 187. 

Holbrook, 27, 54, 55, 206, 212, 216. 
Holland, 107, 214, 218, 221, 242. 
Uollowell, 115. 
J Holmes, 33, 34, 133, 198. 
) Homes, 199, 268. 

Hollyday, 18.1,234,252,272, 277,293,317,318. 
Holyoke, 152, 234, 270, 296. 
Homer, 295. 
Hood, 304. 

Hooper, 154, 155, 156, 158, 159. 
Horskins, 35. 
Hospital, Mr. Chapmans, 91, 93. 

The Province, 7, 239, 250, 260. 
Hough, 168, 176. 

House, Alms, 3, 12, 46, 52, 56, 72, 77, 94, 95, 
105, 117, 126, 140, 141, 144, 153, 158, 159, 
164, 166, 172, 174, 175, 177, 178, 182, 183, 
184, 186, 189, 19.', 193, 201, 204, 205, 206, 
209, 212, 213, 215, 234, 237, 239, 241, 246, 
248, 252, 255, 256, 258, 259, 261, 262, 265, 
267, 274, 277, 278, 286, 289, 290, 291, 292, 
293, 299, 302, 306, 308, 309, 316. 
House, Capt. Greens Distill, 187. 
Crown Coffee. 99, 238, 241. 
Deacon Hills Distill, 78, 81. 
Distill, 214, 221. 

Cheevers, 305. 
Jvers, 304. 



House, Hammats Distill, 234. 
Jacksons Distill, 170. 
Storys Distill, 192. 
North Watch, 242, 317. 
Pest, 11, 42. 66, 293, 313. 
Pot Ash, 239. 
Powder, 215. 
Salutation Ferry, 84. 
School, 95. 

Levels, 74. 
South Watch, 252. 
Still, 212. 

The Court, 63, 150. 
Gun, 255, 258. 
Market 191. 
Watch, 100, 135, 242. 
Town, 96, 98, 105, 106, 143, 174, 251, 

286. 

Well, 225, 226. 
Work, 2, 172. 
How, 34, 134. 
Howard, 10 1, 111, 258, 300. 
Hubbard, 78, 81, 83, 84, 86, 87, 100, 122, 160, 

188, 192, 223, 224, 233, 257, 299. 
Hubnock, 290. 
Hudson, 223. 
Huclslon, 56. 
I Hughes. (See Hews.) 
> Hughs. 
Hull, 281, 289. 
| Humphreys, 79. 
| Humphrys, 188. 
Hunnewell, 122, 131, 132, 212. 
Hunstable, 218. 

Hunt, 131, 168, 219, 249, 271, 313. 
Kurd, 186. 
Hussey, 194, 207. 
Huston, 287. 
Hutchinson, 33, 133, 135, 199, 219, 221, 235, 

236, 250, 253. 
Huteuot, 166. 
Hutson, 175. 
Hyder, 81, 87, 99. 
Hytnan, 268, 289, 298. 
Hyron, 306. 
Hyslop, 245. 

Inches, 3, 32, 35, 134, 198, 200, 291, 293. 294, 
295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 
305, 306, 307, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 
317, 318, 319. 

Ingersol, 86, 147. 

Inman, 3, 124, 194, 207, 244, 233. 

Inn, Itoyal Exchange, 135. 

Ipswich, 190. 

Ireland, 14, 29, 35, 65, 228, 229, 230, 231, 236, 

237, 238, 262, 266, 270, 282, 288, 289, 309, 
315, 317. 

Island, Castle, 310. 

Deer, 8, 151, 160, 178, 188, 214, 217, 

223, 301, 302, 303. 
Hospital, 305, 308. 
Kent, 151. 
Lovels, 270. 
Noddles, 60, 66, 72. 
Rainsfords, 11, 27, 32, 39, 40, 66, 88, 
113, 117, 118, 154, 155, 156, 157, 159, 
222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 
230, 232, 235, 260, 263, 274, 276, 277, 
280, 285, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 303, 
306, 312. 

Rhode, 47, 135, 136. 
Turks, 155. 
Isle of Man, 149. 

of Wight, 113. 
Ivers, 304, 310. 

Jackson, 34, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 
62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 87, 88, 
89,90, 91, 93, 94,95, 96, 97,98,99, 101,102, 
103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 
113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 
122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 



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131, 132, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 
141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 
150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 157, 159, 160, 
161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 
170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 178, 179, 
180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 
189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 
198, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 
208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 
217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 229, 
230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 
239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 
248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 
257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 
266, 267, 268, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 
276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 
285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 29-2, 293, 
294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 
303, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 
313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319. 

James, 99, 216. 

Jarvis, 29, 44, 153, 162. 

Jayl, The County, 109. 

Jeffers, 274. 

{Jeffries, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 39, 42, 45, 
46, 50, 51, 62, 54, 55, 56, 62, 79, 82, 84, 85, 
86, 87, 91, 96, 98, 99, 101, 104, 109, 110, 
111, 113, 133, 199, 234, 254, 256, 258, 300. 
Jeffry, 280. 
Jenkins, 65, 74, 75,103, 107, 135, 153, 163, 198, 

201, 209, 269, 286. 
Jennings, 44, 47. 
Jennison, 59. 
Jerviu, 13, 14, 15, 21, 42. 
f Johannott, 83. 
Johnnot, 314. 
< Johonnett, 35, 91, 92. 
I Johonnot, 265. 

I. Jobonnott, 85, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96. 
Johnson, 171. 

Jones, 84, 85, 161, 162, 186, 188, 224. 
Jorden, 222. 
Joy, 82, 145, 258, 259, 278. 

Kast, 37, 44, 48, 49. 

Kenally, 12. 

Kennebeck, 113. 

Kent, 143, 170, 222, 260. 

Kilby, 240, 265, 304. 

Kirable, 316. 

King, 104, 249, 263. 

Kinney, 34, 133, 135, 296. 

Kneeland, 34, 35, 61, 98, 103, 133, 199, 215, 

224, 248, 252, 270, 281, 286, 304. 
Kneen, 149. 
Knoble, 144. 
Knodle, 107, 143, 144. 
Knox, 217, 265. 

Labree, 7, 8, 12, 14, 22, 26, 27, 29, 43. 
( Lackay, 281. 
\ Lacky, 159. 
Lamb, 181. 

Lancaster, 86, 237, 286. 
Landre, 240, 243. 
Lane, 83. 
Lane, Auchmutys, 135, 221. 

Beer, 70,204,231,234. 

Blind, 250. 

Bromtields, 170, 221. 

Black Horse, 16, 18, 19, 21, 125, 135, 224. 

Black House, 39. 

Cold, 22, 28, 78, 94, 218, 301. 

Cow, 107, 143. 

Cushings, 84. 

Fitches, 135. 

Frog, 16, 131. 

Green, 304. 

Horn, 252, 253. 

Joliffs, 106, 138. 

Kneelands, 81,83,281. 

Leverets, 218. 

Long, 118, 138, 253, 254, 263, 264, 265. 

Mackerel, 168, 176. 



Lane, Pond, 213, 239. 
Pudden, 215. 
Rainsford's, 150. 
Royal Exchange, 135, 234,304. 
Starr, 100. 

Wings, 106, 190, 238, 245, 306. 
Winter St., 277. 
Wood, 74, 265, 287. 
( Langden, 243. 

I Langdon, 122, 127, 132, 188, 189, 192. 
Langford, 298. 
Larnard, 168. 
Lary, 42. 
( Lassenbee, 232. 
< Lazenby, 2. 
' Lazinby, 2. 
Latherby, 233. 
( Laughton, 208. 
I Loughton, 194. 
Leabear, 135. 
( Leach, 160, 168, 176. 
I Leech, 168. 
Leader, 140. 
\ Learned, 131. 
I Leonard, 131, 
i Leaveret, 134, 278. 
{ Leveret, 200. 
Lee, 155, 215, 235, 236, 296. 
Leechman, 37, 38. 
Leland, 169. 

Lenox, 6, 27, 35, 38, 52, 54, 204, 211. 
Lepear, 82. 
Lesley, 144. 
Lethbridge, 288. 
Leveret, sec Leaveret. 

Lewis, 1, 2, 4, 5,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 
28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 
42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 75, 84, 85, 134, 
180, 186, 200, 217, 224, 231, 248, 253, 288. 
( Lilley, 235. 
j Lillie, 180. 
Littleton, 160. 
Little wood, (?) 256. 
Liverpool, 88, 95. 
"Lloyd, 60, 149, 161. 
Llyd, 57. 
Loyd, 72, 290. 
Loyde, 72. 
Lobdell, 105. 
Lobden, 185. 
London, 113, 216, 225, 227, 228, 229, 232, 256, 

269, 274, 276, 280. 
Longley, 135. 
Lord, 58. 

Loriug, 33, 48, 117, 133, 199, 216, 238, 258, 272. 
Loughton, see Laughton. 
Lopua, 213. 
Lothrop, 300. 
Love, 129, 130, 131, 135, 139, 143, 215, 222, 240, 

264, 278, 286, 287, 294. 

Lovel, 56, 65, 94, 157, 161, 220, 221, 243, 244. 
Lovering, 120. 
Low, 302. 
( Lowel, 304. 
| Lowell, 260. 



Lucas, 168, 258. 
Luke, 222, 265. 
Lush, 223, 242. 
Lyme, 294. 

Mace, 191. 
Mackay, 188. 

( Mackeen, 167, 178. 

( McKeen, 97. 
Mackintosh, 165. 
Maclain, 272. 
Malcomb, 271. 
Maiden, 249, 263. 
Mansfield, 161. 
Manwarren, 38. 
Marblehead, 65, 76, 135, 155, 161, 241, 305. 



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Marion, 237. 

Market, Faneuil Hall, 42, 79, 101, 102, 104, 
110, 145, 149, 191, 203, 206, 212, 
223, 234, 267, 279, 318. 
The Fish, 304. 

The Hay, 84, 170, 255, 288, 289, 304. 
The South, 180, 204. 
Marsh, 143. 

( Marshal, 205, 224, 225, 226, 233, 275, 277. 
| Marshall, 58, 107, 113, 144, 205, 211, 212, 225, 
227, 228, 229, 232, 235, 253, 270, 274, 275, 
276, 277, 280, 300. 
Marston, 234, 262, *65, 302. 
Martin, 13, 36, 51, 76, 291, 314. 
Maryland, 147, 149, 151, 152, 153, 164, 165, 171, 

175, 176, 190. 
Mason, 132, 134, 198, 200. 
Massingham, 19, 51, 79. 
Masters, 264. 
Matchet, 8, 36. 

Mather, 57, 58, 83, 85, 160, 246, 258, 300. 
Matthews, 56. 
Maverick, 222. 
Maxwell, 304. 
May, 120, 239, 255, 258, 288. 
Mayes, 279, 312. 
Mayhew, 83. 
Mayo, 160. 
Mayor, 56. 
Mazaren, 252. 
I McAlpin, 81. 
} McAlpine, 85. 
McCarthy, 318. 
McUloud, 184, 222, 304. 
McCordey, 230. 

McCurdy, 228, 229, 230, 231, 236, 238. 
McDaniel, 220, 222, 235, 236. 
McElroy, 46, 222. 
McFaden, 120, 141. 
McFarland, 154. 
McKnight, 106. 
I McLarry, 13. 

) McLary, 27, 28, 32, 290, 304. 
McMullin, 78, 81, 83. 
I McNeal, 128, 163, 318. 
j McNeill, 318. 
McNear, 14, 22, 35, 40, 51. 
McNight, 184. 
Means, 230. 
Medford, 286. 

Meeting House Mr. Byles'a, 70, 118, 122. 
Mr. Oheckleys, 239. 
Mr. Elliots, 7, 8. 
Mr. Moreheads, 288. 
Mr. Pembertons, 26, 41, 43 

44. 

New Brick, 302, 304. 
New North, 180. 
Old North, 8, 39, 41, 43, 44, 

47, 49. 

Dr. Sewalla, 41. 
South, 59. 
Mellldge, 213. 
Melvin, 148. 
Menden, 59. 
Merret, 234. 
Mewse, 311. 
Middleton, 105. 
Miens, 236. 

Mill Creek, The, 42, 43, 75, 81, 83. 
Miller, 237, 307. 
Milllken, 55, 154. 
Mills, 45. 
Mills, Grist, 138. 

North, 304. 
Mill, The Wind, 146. 
Milton, 238, 281. 
Minot, 181, 185. 
Mitchel, 294. 
Mockland, 81, 82. 
Moraper, 273, 274. 
Montgomery, 183. 
I Moor, 120. 
I Moore, 111, 134, 140, 141, 183, 222, 251, 315. 



Morbee, 286. 
Morris, 201. 

I Mortal, 56. 

| Mortell, 81, 82. 
Morton, 58, 241, 258. 
Moses, 158. 
Mouiton, 75, 111, 154, 156, 157. 

( Mountfort, 133. 

| Mountforth, 4, 5, 8, 199. 
Mullin, 2-24. 
Mulloy, 135, 184. 

Murphy, 27, 29, 32, 52, 56, 166, 304. 
Murray, 189, 269. 
Myers, 51. 
Mystick, 246. 

Nabbs, 246. 
Nantasket, 274. 
j Nazaro, 13. 
) Nazaros, 36, 38. 
Neal, 190. 
Neat, 153. 
Neck, Boston, 51, 84, 97. 98, 103, 107, 138, 140, 

142, 143, 174, 179, 196, 221, 247, 250,256. 
Neck, The, 170, 184, 208, 213, 214, 217, 218, 
224, 238, 244, 248, 249, 253, 257, 286, 288, 
304, 305, 316. 
Neven, 225, 227. 
"Newall, 206, 213, 218, 224. 
Newel, 216, 219, 220, 221, 224, 233, 254. 
Newell, 30, 34, 56, 134, 181, 199, 205, 206, 
211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 217, 218, 219,220, 
221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 
230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237,238 
239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 
248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 
257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264,266, 
267, 268, 269, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 
277,278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284,285, 
286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 300. 
New Boston, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 17, 20, 21, 26, 
29, 31, 41, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 59, 62, 65, 67, 
70, 71, 77, 86, 87, 91, 98, 99, 110, 135, 166, 
170, 180, 185, 186, 187, 188, 190, 193, 194, 
195, 201, 208, 216, 219, 230, 239, 248, 257, 
258, 260, 261, 265, 268, 269, 270, 291, 293, 
313. 

New Brick, The, 304. 
Newbury, 161, 296, 308, 312. 
Newfoundland, 7, 8, 122, 135, 237, 266, 273. 
New London, 161. 
Newman, 33, 51, 133, 178. 
New Port, 99. 
Newton, 122. 
New York, 95, 246. 
Nichols, 316. 
Nicholson, 7. 
Noland, 120, 168. 
Nontacook, 175. 
Norcross, 111, 240. 
North Carolina, 167, 186, 261. 
Norwich, 311. 
Nouel, 222. 
( Nowel, 159. 
} Nowell, 221, 318. 

Noyes, 11, 12, 32, 34, 92, 132, 133, 198, 199, 
237, 250, 253. 

Ober, 9, 42. 

Ochterlong, 266. 

Old York, 107. 

Oliver, 68, 83, 85, 94, 113, 126, 184, 246, 255, 

257, 260. 

Osborne, 6, 15, 29, 754, 157. 
Otis, 88, 214, 258, 296, 299. 
Oxford, 165. 

Packenet, 304. 
Paddock, 146. 
Page, 157, 170, 274. 
I Paine, 48. 

(Payne, 46, 161, 171,268. 
( Palfrey, 178. 
I Palphry, 178. 



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Palmer, 124, 194, 207, 245, 283. 

Parker, 72, 185, 195, 208. 

Park man, 34, 161,268. 

Parks, 188. 

Partridge, 302. 

Patten, 188. 

Patterson, 296. 

PaxtOD, 13. 

Payne, see Paine. 

Payson, 34, 45, 119, 134, 174, 200, 203, 210, 
234, 251, 254, 282, 283, 305. 

Peacock, 247. 

Pearson, 198, 209. 

Pease, 12, 14, 39, 52. 

Pebreen, 23. 

Peck, 67, 185. 

Pecker, 5, 7, 30, 31. 46, 57, 199. 
( Peirce, 119, 127, 292. 

} Pierce, 222, 265, 292. 

( Perce, 84. 

( Peirpoint, 196, 208. 

] Pierpoint, 4, 181, 238, 258, 270, 312. 

( Pierpont, 115. 

Pemberton, 19, 22, 40, 45, 47, 83, 85, 160, 161, 
215, 258, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 
300, 301, 3(12, 303, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 
310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 
319. 

Percy, 318. 

Perkins, 4, 19, 20, 28, 45, 48, 57, 58, 59, 60, 72, 
95, 112, 161, 249, 263, 264, 300. 

Perrin, 175. 

Perry, 149, 218, 238. 

Pess, 112. 

Perver, 246. 

Peter, 282. 

Petit, 15, 17. 

Philadelphia, 75, 127, 128, 164, 166, 170, 171, 
180, 185, 234, 256, 268. 

Phillebrown, 214. 

Phillips, 84, 47, 48, 84, 85, 97, 134, 158, 159,161. 
186, 200, 201, 205, 206, 211, 212, 213, 214, 
215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 224, 
228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 
237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 
246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 
255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 
264, 265, 266, 268, 269, 272, 273, 274, 275, 
276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 
285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 300. 

Pickering, 310. 

Pico, 202, 210. 

Piemont, 143, 166. 

Pike, 288. 

Pillsbury, 271. 

Piscataqua, 59, 225, 227, 284. 

Pitcher, 238, 251. 

Pitman, 73. 
I Pitt, 270. 
) Pitts, 83, 161, 257, 299. 

Pittson,265. 

Plant, 234. 

Plymouth, 58, 88, 168. 

Plympton, 257. 

Point, Windmill, 78, 81, 264. 
I Point Sherley, 64. 
) Shirley, 69, 70, 73, 76, 119, 176. 

Pollard, 219. 

Pond, The Mill, 26, 282, 304. 

Pope, 229, 231. 

Portsmouth, 225. 

Potter, 292. 

Powell, 161. 

Pownal, 315. 

Pownalburrough, 180. 

Pratt, 188, 214, 263, 302. 
I Pray, 273, 275. 
I Prey, 273. 

{Procter, 3, 12, 29, 30, 38, 52, 62, 65, 72, 94, 
140, 141, 144, 151, 153, 158, 164, 166, 172, 
173, 174,175, 177, 178, 182, 183, 184, 186, 
189, 19-2,201, -J05, 209, 211, 213, 215, 228, 
234,237,241,289,296. 
Proctor,30, 56, 105,133,193,246,252,255,296. 



Providence, 76, 79, 111, 136. 

Province of Mass. Bay, 23. 

Put ham, 55, 105, 198, 209. 

Putnam, 106, 107, 112, 174, 195, 208, 244, 256, 

276, 278, 284, 300. 
Pyncheon, 58. 

Quails, 238. 

Quebeck, 318. 

Quincy, 32, 33, 134, 200, 253, 300. 

Quiner, 135. 

Raeninhar, 291. 

I Raine'r, 125, 126. 

} Rayner, 126. 
Rainghee, 246. 
Rand, 249. 
Randall, 149. 
Ranger, 55. 
Ray, 221 , 234, 318. 
Raymer, 304. 
Raymond, 40, 41. 
Rea, 123, 182, 271. 

J Read, 96, 128, 195, 197, 208. 

I Reed, 96, 174, 197, 208, 209, 212, 278, 305. 
Reading, 287. 
Ready, 222, 265. 
Rehoboth, 221. 
Remington, 131. 

I Revere, 31. 

) Reviere, 40, 41, 43, 44, 47. 
Reynolds, 111, 136. 
Rhodes, 288, 304. 
Rice, 82. 
Rich, 167. 

Richards, 4, 113, 255, 257, 258, 294, 295. 
Richardson, 181, 219, 220, 265, 307. 
Rickets, 195, 208. 

( Rider, 237. 

) Ryder, 225. 

I Ridgaway, 134. 

I Ridgway, 170, 221, 253, 287, 304. 
Riggs, 122. 
Rinwinger, 279. 

\ Ripley, 166. 

> Riply, 166. 
Rivers, 39. 

j Rix, 81. 

I Rixes, 78. 

( Roach, 22, 28, 194, 207, 245, 283. 

) Rotch, 51. 
Robbins, 236. 

I Roberson, 120. 

i Robertson, 42. 
Roberts, 58, 1S6, 251. 
Robinson, 2, 110, 126, 135. 
Robishan, 101. 
Rockwood, 294. 
Roods, 201 . 
Rope Walk, Grays, 39, 78, 81, 83, 86, 87, 

Greys, 14. 

Rose, 81. 

Ross, 75, 76. 78, 91, 94, 96. 

Rotch, see Roach. 

Roulston, 54, 188. 

Round, 164. 

Roustead, 54. 

Row, Borelands, 264. 

Rowe, 83, 134, 200, 205, 206, 211, 212, 213, 214, 
215, 216, 217, 220, 221, 225, 226, 227, 22S, 
229, 231, 232, 233, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 
242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 

252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 259, 260, 261, 262, 
264, 265, 266, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 
274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 
283, 2S4, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 291, 292, 
293, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 303, 305, 306, 
307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 
317. 

Roxbury, 46. 47, 51, 54, 62, 70, 76, 113, 136, 
179,"181, 182, 191. 217, 224, 241, 242, 244, 

253, 265, 286, 316, 317. 
Royal, 253. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



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f Ruddock, 6, 33, 51, 53, 55, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 87, 89, 
90, 93, 94, 95, 96 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 
103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 
114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 12:5, 
124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 133, 
136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 145, 150, 
151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 157, 158, 159, 162, 
163, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173 
174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 
183,184, 185, 186, 187, 183, 189, 190,193, 
194, 196, 199, 201, 202, 205, 206, 207, 208, 
209, 210, 211,212, 213, 214, 215,216, 218, 
219, 220, 221, 222, 224,226, 227, 231, 232, 
233, 234, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 245, 247, 
249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 258, 
259, 260, 261, 264, 266,267, 268, 269, 270, 
271, 272, 273, 275, 276,290, 291, 292, 293, 
294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 
303, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 
313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 319. 
Ruddook, 152. 

Ruggles, 110, 181, 221, 223, 234, 254, 255, 270, 

271, 293, 295, 318, 319. 
I Rumbey, 286. 
) Rumby, 280. 

Rumly, 304. 

Rumrell, 254. 

Russel, 272, 277, 287, 291, 304. 
Russell, 3, 18, 28, 50, 76, 124, 194, 205, 207, 
211, 244, 245, 265, 283, 290. 

Rutland, 135, 152, 243. 

Ryan, 16, 17, 45, 309. 

Ryder, see Rider. 

Ryley, 306. 

Salem, 104, 215, 310. 

Salmon, 35, 200, 222, 265, 304. 

Balsbry, 168, 176. 

Baiter, 79, 123, 135, 143, 168, 176, 181, 182, 200, 

222, 234, 262, 271, 272, 302, 318, 319. 
Saltonstall, 161. 
Sandford, 213. 
Sargent, 284. 
Saunders, 222. 

Savage, 31, 83, 85, 271, 272, 317, 318, 319. 
Savel, 222. 

I Scammcl, 19, 20, 26, 27. 
i Scammell, 20. 
Scannel, 103. 
I Schollay, 65. 

Scollay, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 
28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 
42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 
56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 61, 65, 66, 67, 69, 
70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 87, 83, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 
97, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 
108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 
118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 
127, 178, 192, 199, 300. 
School, Free Writing, 173. 
Grammar, 161. 
Mr. Holbrooks, 219, 237. 
Mr. Lovels, 74, 167, 221. 
North, 214, 243. 

Grammar, 85, 127, 132, 188, 
189, 192, 243, 246, 249, 250, 
313. 

! Latin, 118, 122, 167, 188, 
267. 
Lattin, 188, 237. 
Writing, 85, 290. 
South Grammar, 85, 97, 98, 220, 

221. 

Writing, 85, 118, 216. 
Writing, 85, 234, 237, 251, 270, 290, 

294, 296. 
( Scot, 233 

I Scott, 113, 114, 117, 118, 119, 127, 141, 16t. 
Seley, 299. 
Sergeant, 13, 26, 27, 45, 50, 285. 



(Bewail, 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12,13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 
25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 
37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 
48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 
61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71. 
72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 83, 88, 89, 90, 
93, 94, 95, 96, 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, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 
141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 
151, 152, 153, 151, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 
162, 163, 165,163, 167, 16S, 169, 171, 172, 
173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 
182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 188, 189, 190, 191, 
192, 193, 194, 196, 197, 198, 200, 201, 202, 
203, 204, 205, 206,207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 
212, 213, 214, 215,216,217, 218, 219, 220, 
221, 222, 223, 224,225,226, 227, 228, 229, 
230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 
239, 240, 241, 242, 243,244, 215, 246, 247, 
248, 249, 250, 251, 252,253, 254, 255, 256, 
257, 258, 259, 260, 201,262, 263, 264, 265, 
266, 267, 268, 269, 270,271, 272, 273, 274, 
275, 276, 277, 278, 279,280, 281, 282, 284, 
285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 299, 
300. 

Sewell, 40, 266, 283. 
Shapely, 76. 
Shalden, 308. 
Shelden, 308. 
Sheldon, 312. 

Sharp, 148, 217, 240, 249, 278, 286. 
Sharpe, 125, 127. 
Shaw, 84, 85, 236. 
Shed, 55, 206. 
( Shellcock, 222. 
I Shillcocke, 48. 
Sherman, 19. 52. 
Ship Yard, Gliddens, 45. 

Tylers, 170, 260. 
Shirley, 101, 223. 
Shiverick, 184. 
( Silsbey, 81. 
i Silsby, 99, 154. 
Simpson, 300. 
Singleton, 166. 
Sircomb, 257. 
Skinner, 152. 
Skweller, 258. 
Sloan, 192. 
Slocum, 305. 
Smille, 161. 

Smith, 32, 34, 49, 58, 88, 89, 91, 95, 133, 134, 
135, 180, 195, 198, 199, 208, 237, 265, 300, 
305, 31. 
Snow, 319. 
Suowton, 55. 
( Solely, 283. 

| Solcy, 3, 124, 194, 207, 244, 299. 
Souther, 178. 
Sparhawk, 257. 
( Spear, 42, 43, 118, 279, 314. 
j Speer, 288. 
Speakman, 265. 

Sprague, 44, 47, 57, 67, 84, 85, 258. 
Springfield, 58. 
Spry, 275. 

Square, Dock, 168, 221, 246, 251, 253, 284, 304. 
Market, 151, 191, 233. 
Still House, 198, 209. 
Stamp, 222. 

Stamp Act, 213, 216, 217. 
Steel, 33, 133, 198, 201, 253. 
( Stephenson, 211. 
{ Stevenson, 205. 
( Stevinson, 143. 
Stevens, 39, 54, 164. 
Stewart, 152, 304. 
Stibbins, 222, 265, 268. 
Stimpson, 253. 
Stoddard, 253, 294. 



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Stone, 153, 265, 270, 272. 
Stonny, 105. 

Storer, 34, 132, 134, 198, 199, 286. 
I Storey, 304. 

j Story, 32, 34, 132, 134, 143. 
Stoughton, 233. 

Street, Ann, 37, 38, 42, 78, 238, 300, 305. 
Atkinson, 61, 191, 192, 215. 
Back, 264, 265. 
Battery March. 140, 192, 221. 
Beacon, 254. 
Bread, 103. 

Cambridge, 63, 145, 270. 
Cross, 266, 295, 304. 
Devonshire, 215, 257. 
Essex, 110, 145. 254. 
Fish, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 25, 26, 29, 
31, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43, 44, 47, 50, 78, 
169, 170, 221, 254, 287. 
Fore, 8, 265. 
Foster, 231. 
Hanover, 77. 

King, 65, 100, 264, 272, 304. 
Leveret, 259. 
Lynn, 222. 
Mackerel, 168. 
Main, 62, 106, 220. 
Marlborough, 12, 59. 
Middle, 8, 43, 47, 141,218. 
Middlecot, 304. 
Milk, 162, 231, 237, 256, 272. 
Newbury, 212. 
North, 268, 306, 307. 
Orange, 91, 93, 94, 95, 304. 
Prince, 137,219,220,304. 
Purchase, 304. 
Queen, 85, 95, 173, 234, 270, 289, 290, 

291, 294, 295, 296. 
Salem, 265, 270. 
School, 84, 295, 304. 
Sea, 304. 
Ship, 224, 295. 
South, 305, 316. 
Sudbury, 83, 170, 295, 304. 
Summer, 143, 264. 
Temple, 304. 
Tremont, 170, 266. 
Tremount, 152. 

Water, 106, 145, 162, 237, 252, 253, 272. 
Stride, 56. 
Stroud, 86, 87, 99. 
Stutsen, 208. 
Suber, 3. 
Suffolk, 2, 11. 

I Sullivan, 186, 201, 248, 296, 302. 
| Sully van, 201. 
Sumner, 51, 120, 140, 141, 181. 
Button, 53, 55, 125, 126, 128, 153,174,187,194, 

195, 197, 208, '252, 294, 305, 307. 
Swan, 128. 
Swansbury, 308. 
Sweatser, 236. 
Sweetser, 21, 24,126, 130, 131, 135, 139, 162, 

166. 244, 249, 250, 257, 305, 312. 
Swift, 234, 265, 304. 
Sylvester, 265, 266. 

SSymmes, 135. 
Symms, 222, 288. 
Syms, 100. 
Symons, 124. 



Tabb, 268, 271. 

Tamer, 58. 

Taply, 215. 

Tarbox, 270. 

Tavern, Admiral Vernons, 100. 

Black Horse, 266. 

Blue Anchor, 246. 

Bunch of Grapes, 86, 147. 

George, 84, 179, 184, 250, 304. 

Golden Ball, 138, 145, 151, 170, 206, 
212, 220, 236, 282. 

Green Dragon, 35, 55, 172, 189, 296. 

Lighthouse, 218. 



Tavern, Mr. Clarks, 120. 

Mr. Moultons, 111. 
Orange Tree, 45, 47, 266. 
Royal Exchange, 105. 
Sign of the Lamb, 276. 

Schooner, 8, 29. 
White Horse, 58, 111, 266, 304. 
I Tayler, 52, 192, 296. 
j Taylor, 256. 
Temple, 289. 
Terrey, 228. 
Thatcher, 175, 176, 177, 195, 208, 296, 297, 298, 

299. 
Thayer, 34, 131, 134, 135, 139, 141, 145, 172, 

200. 
Thomas, 33, 58, 124, 133, 194, 199, 207, 244, 

283. 

I Thompson, 106, 128, 135, 152, 176, 221, 265. 
} Thomson, 135. 

Thornton, 55, 105, 169, 259, 264, 272. 
Thwing, 4, 6, 8, 13, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, 36, 
37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 
54, 55, 56, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 
68, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 
85. 87, 88, 89, 90, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 100, 
101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 
111, 114, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 122, 123, 
128, 130, 131, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 146, 148, 150, 151. 
152, 161, 170, 252, 253. 
J Tileston, 127, 175, 200, 290. 
I Tilestone, 291. 
Tillocks, 135. 
Todd, 268. 
Tolman, 134. 
Topliff, 292. 
Torrey, 110, 134, 168, 176, 191, 192, 200, 223, 

242, 283. 

Townsend, 38, 54, 282. 
Tracy, 161. 
Trail, 265. 
Treat, 162. 
I Trefoy, 7, 8, 16. 
) Trevoy, 222, 265, 271, 304. 
Tripe, 79, 107, 140, 170, 238, 260. 
Troll, 209. 
Trotts, 197. 
True, 148. 
Tucker, 135. 
Tuckerman, 13, 39, 258. 
( Tuder, 14, 32, 33, 85, 161, 250, 264. 
) Tudor, 83, 104, 132, 133, 198, 199. 
Turner, 170, 222, 265, 266, 304. 
Tweed, 2, 119. 
Tyler, 33, 34, 69, 76, 83, 85, 133, 134, 160, 164, 

199, 200, 219, 225, 252, 268, 278, 316. 
Tyng, 135. 

Usher, 200, 265, 266. 
Utinock, 72. 

Vail, 50. 

Vassall, 161, 258. 

Venable, 172. 

Vernon, 33, 43, 119, 133, 167, 199, 265, 271, 307. 

Vinal, 63, 304. 

Virginia, 309. 

Vose, 23, 238. 

Vox, 54. 

Wade, 234. 

Wadsworth, 241, 281. 

Wait, 263. 

Wakefleld, 34. 

Walcut, 61. 

Waldo, 34, 134, 200. 

Waldron, 264. 

Wales, 47, 130, 188. 

Walker, 113, 125, 134, 143, 280. 

Wallace, 282. 

Walley, 284, 300. 

Wallo, 296. 

Walter, 20. 

Waltham, 289. 



INDEX or NAMES. 



331 



Warden, 55, 84, 170, 221, 304. 
Ware, 13. 
Warner, 13, 36. 

Warren, 6, 7, 8, 22, 24, 25, 30, 57. 300. 
Watch, Dock, 247, 248, 262, 282, 288, 289, 317. 
North, 38, 282. 
South, 100, 288, 289, 290, 314. 
Town, 124, 315. 
Town House, 115, 289, 299. 
Waterford, 237. 
Waterhouse, 234, 258. 
Waters, 33, 185, 187, 190, 193, 199. 
Watertown, 131, 168. 
Wales, 188. 
Watts, 171, 303, 304. 
Webb, 112, 167, 169,263. 
Webber, 136, 218. 
Wedge, 234. 

Welch, 128, 163, 170, 232. 
Weld, 33, 136, 181. 
Wells, 32, 35, 58, 132, 133, 134, 181, 198, 199, 

200, 201, 234, 238, 250, 253, 282, 303. 
Wendell, 34, 134, 142, 161, 200, 266, 278, 286, 

300. 

Wentworth, 63, 84, 85, 97, 98, 103, 107, 249. 
West, 304. 
West Boston, 112. 
Indies, 127. 
Weymouth, 206, 212. 
Wharf, Blowers, 73. 
Bulls, 265. 
Clarks, 97, 154. 
( Colemans, 9. 
I Columns, 10, 20, 64. 
Edmons, 10. 
Gliddens, 304. 
Greenoughs, 304. 
Greens, 47. 
Griffins, 259, 264, 265. 
Halseys, 48. 

Hancocks, 153, 170, 304. 
Long, 99, 248, 272, 284. 
Lorlngs,271 304. 
Mlnots, 105. 
Nobles, 128, 221. 
Vernons, 84. 
Wells, 201. 
I Wentworths, 78. 
j Whentwortha, 78. 
Wharff, 43. 
Whayland, 135. 
Wheat, 238. 
Wheatley, 262. 

Wheeler, 114,119, 170, 188, 197, 206, 209, 212, 
213, 239, 264, 265, 270, 271, 272, 279, 290, 
291, 307. 
Whelan, 182. 

( Whetworth, 7, 31, 40, 48, 75, 189. 
{ Whitworth, 16, 17, 22, 58, 140, 187, 190, 193, 
( 216, 239, 300. 
Whipple, 194, 207, 245, 283. 
Whitcomb, 16. 

White, 1, 68, 69, 143, 176, 177, 180, 243, 251, 
269, 265, 266. 



Whiteall, 309. 

Whitefleld, 41. 

Whiteman, 304. 

Whiting, 83, 85. 

Whitly, 77. 

Whitraore, 286. 

Whitney, 191, 295. 

Whltten, 82. 

Whitty, 304. 

Whitwell, 13, 32, 33, 133, 169, 198, 199, 201, 

209, 234, 264, 274, 286, 302, 306. 
Whitworth, see Whetworth. 
Wibird, 111. 
Wickers, 128, 265. 
Wier, 304. 
Willeston, 209, 233. 

Williston, 1, 3, 5, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 
22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 65, 36, 37, 40, 
41, 42, 43, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 59, 62, 
64,66, 75,77,84,92,99,104,107,114,141, 
161, 172, 178, 180, 185, 186, 190, 197, 217, 
224, 263, 269, 279, 286, VJ99, 312, 317. 
Williams, 46, 58, 62, 76, 82, 114, 119, 127, 161, 

199. 

Williamson, 131, 132. 
Willson, 313, 314. 
Wing, 178. 
Winnisimet, 294. 

Winslow, 33, 34, 83, 85, 134, 158, 159, 160, 162, 
165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 171, 173, 174, 175, 
176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 187, 188, 
189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194,196,197,200, 
208, 234, 250, 253, 272, 317, 318. 
Winter, 130, 242. 
Wissell, 240. 
Wiswall, 243. 
Wiswell.161,214, 243. 
Witly, 78. 
( Wolcut, 144. 
) Woolcut, 143. 
Woodhouse, 238. 
Woodland, 76, 78, 232. 
Worth, 296. 
Wright, 240, 264. 

York, 131, 222. 
Young, 2, 108, 140. 

KKGBOK8. 

Dick, 100. 
Franke, 55. 
Phillis, 295. 

( Scepio, 218. 

I Scipio, 236. 
Tobias, 218. 
Tobias Lochman, 236. 

SURNAMES OMITTED. 

Hon. Nathaniel , 160. 

Jeremy , 296. 

Mr. ,70. 

Mr. , 81. 

Mr. , 107. 

William , 296. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Abbington, 201. 

Accounts, 29, 45, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 
02, 75, 79, 82, 85, 86, 91, 93, 99, 
101, 104, 109, 110, 111, 112, 138, 
172, 177, 178, 180, 191, 195, 203, 
204, 205, 210. 
copies of, 45. 
Province, nee Province. 
Assessors', 44, 45. r 

auditors on, to choose, 138. 
of the Granary, 50, 138. 
of the Almshouse, 103. 
Act, packing of beef and pork, 58. 

regulating representatives to the Gen- 
eral Court, 63. 
respecting infectious diseases, 77, 83, 86. 

(See also Diseases.) 
relative to millers, to alter, 160. 
Stamp, 175, 213. 
repealing the Stamp Act, passage of, 

216. 

rejoicing, day of, appointed, 216-17. 
relative to firing guns, 307. 
of Parliament relative to billeting 

troops, 310, 311. 
Admiral Vernon's tavern, 100. 
(See also Taverns.) 
Advertisements, see Prints, public. 
Affidavits, 11, 93, 168, 314. 
Albany, 135. 

Aliens or Strangers, to forbid the town, 50, 
111, 126, 135, 186, 215, 
294. 
received Into town, 51, 

111, 113, 128, 218. 
to look up and warn out 
of town. 130, 141, 166, 
201, 215. 

sent to the almshouse, 

94, 140, 133, 15S-..9, 

164,160, 174, 178, 182, 

183, 184, 186, 189, 192, 

193,201,203,234,237, 

241, 243, 252, 258, 259, 

261,263,267,274,278, 

279, 283, 290, 292, 299, 

30J, 303,306,308,316. 

reported in town, 135. 

French, 135, 192, 252. 

inhabitants of other 

towns, to tax, 194. 
Almshouse, 3, 46-7, 56. 77, 158, 159, 164, 172, 

174, 177, 205. 

keeper of the, 12, 52, 140, 141, 
144, 153, 213, 215, 234, 237, 241, 
256, 205, 207, 274, 279, 286, 290, 
291,302, 30(5,308,316. 
accounts of the, 100, 141. 
hospital, 12, 117. 
visitation of the, 117. 
received into, 72, 94, 95, 120, 140, 
144, 153, 158-9, 164, 166, 172, 
174, 175, 178, 182, 183, 1S4, 186, 
189, 192, 193, 201, 203, 213, 237, 
241. 246, 248, 232, 236, 259, 261, 
265, 267, 274, 278, 279, 286, 290, 
291, 292, 293, 302, 305, 308, 316. 
sick at, 193. 

land north of, to improve, 204. 
book, see Records. 



Almshouse, town's right to lands near, 206, 

209. 

poor, see received into, 
discharged from, 255, 258, 262. 
selectmen to visit, 277. 
Ammunition, etc., 215. 

(See also Powder-house.) 
Annapolis, 152, 240. 
Ann street, 37, 38, 42, 78, 233, 300, 305. 

(See aluo Streets, etc.) 

Ancient and Honourable Artillery, 149, 174, 
213, 295. 

(See also Artillery.) 
Appropriations, 23, 49. 

Artillery Company, apply for use of Fan- 
euilHall, 149,174,213, 
291. 
gun-house for use of, to 

erect, 295. 

Assembly or Court, general, 15, 17, 18, 19,22, 
23, 27, 50, 53, 
63, 69, 150, 
151, 160, 175, 
177, 222, 244. 

grant of 3,000 to the town, 50. 
memorial to, in behalf of sufferers 

in the late fire, 244. 
resolve of, relative to the 1'ospital 

at New Boston, 260. 
memorial to, concerning pest- 
house at New Boston, 293. 
Assessors, 3, 102, 133, 194, 207, 237, 247, 272, 

282. 

choice of, 150, 157. 
sureties, 272. 

accounts of, 44, 45, 203, 210. 
tax books, 237, 269, 272, 293, 
317. 

abatements, 23, 50, 63. 204, 294. 
lists, 136. 

assessments, 79, 234. 
notice sent to, 124, 207, 283. 
Assize of Bread, nee Breadstnffs. 
Atkinson street, 191, 192. 

drain to open in, 61, 215. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Auchmuty's lane, 135, 221. 

(See also Streets.) 
Auditors, to choose, 49, 204. 
Autherleny's brigantine, 153. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Back street, 264, 265. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Badges, 64. 

Bakers, 21, 45, 51, 53, 56, 60, 67, 68, 90, 96, 102, 
109, 116, 129, 138, 142, 148, 153, 159, 
163, 169, 173, 182, 191, 195, 201, 202, 
204, 205, 208, 210, 212, 214, 217, 218, 
220, 223, 228, 229, 23', 233, 237, 240, 
242, 244, 245, 246, 248, 250, 251, 252, 
253, 254, 259, 264, 267, 263, 273, 278, 
280, 282, 283, 238, 290, 294, 298, 302, 
307, 310, 314, 317, 318. 
bread, law concerning, to revive, 283. 

( See also Trades.) 
Balm, 24. 

Baltimore 'County, Md.,151. 
Town (sloop), 165. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 



Barbadoes, 167. 

small-pox raging in the, 147. 
also malignant fever, 147. 
(See also Islands.) 
Barracks, 310. 
Batteries, 13. 

North Battery, 13, 14, 18, 32, 38, 
48, 162, 233, 252, 
23 1, 310. 

ordnance at, 252. 
South Battery, 295, 312. 
(See also Fortification.) 
Battery March street, 221. 

encroachments upon, 

140, 192. 
bounds of, to define, 

140. 
Battery-men to exercise, 267, 271. 

(See also Streets.) 

Bay leading to Cambridge, see, Cambridge, 
between Boston and Dorchester, 181. 
Beacon hill, preservation of, 63, 90, 150. 
votes concerning, 90. 
riot on, 101. 

beacon to erect on, 277, 291. 
tar barrel placed in the beacon, 

308. 
street, 254. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Beef, 24, 58, 66, 104, 267. 

(See also Provisions.) 
Beer, 296. 

casks of, 297. 
lane, 70. 

to pave, 204, 231, 234. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Bellrica, 241. 
Bells, tolling of the, 52. 

ringing of, for repeal of Stamp Act, 

217. 
Bequests, 215, 261. 

(See also Legacies.) 
Bermudas, 229. 

(See also Islands.) 
Betsy (sloop), 183. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Bill pending, relative to the erecting of 
wooden buildings, etc., 138. 

(See also Buildings.) 
printing of, awarded to Messrs. Edes & 

Gill, 144, 
Billiards, 147. 

table at Bunch of Grapes tavern 
in defiance of law, to remove, 
147. 

kept unlawfully, 262. 
Black Horse lane, 18, 19, 21,39,125,135,224. 

(See also Streets.) 
Blacksmiths, 213. 

(See also Trades.) 
shop, to erect, 293. 
Blind, the, 144. 

lane, liberty to erect posts in, 250. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Blowers wharf, 73. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Bine Anchor, the, 246. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Beard alley, 180. 

(See ulxo Streets, etc.) 
Bonds, nee Sureties. 
Bonfires, town's vote concerning, 214. 
Borelands' Row, 261. 

Boston, 1, 2, 3, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 
22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32, 35, 37, 
38,41,43,44,46,47,49, 54, 56, 57, 
63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 
86, 87, 92, 93, 94, 95, 97, 99, 102, 103, 
104, 112, 113, 114,117, 120, 121, 123, 
124, 125, 129, 130, 131, 132, 137, 138, 
143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 158, 
157, 161, 102, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 
168, 169, 170, 175, 176, 177, 180, 181, 



Boston, 183, 185, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191,196 
198, 202, 204, 207, 208, 209, 211,212, 
213, 214,215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 
221, 223, 2J4, 225, 226,227,228, 229, 
230, 231,232,233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 
238, 239, 240, 241,242. 243, 244, 245, 
246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 
254, 255, 256, 257,258. 259, 260, 261, 
262, 263, 264, 265, 286, 207, 268, 2G9, 
270, 271, 272,273, 274.275, 276, 277, 
278, 279, 280,281,282, 283, 2S4, 28f, 
286, 287, 288.289,290. 291, 292, 293, 
294, 295, 296, 297,298, 299,300, 301, 
302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 
310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 
318, 319. 
bounds between, and Roxbnry, to 

run, 179, 316, 317. 
Innoculating hospital within limits 

of, to prevent, 06. 
Common, see Common, the. 
Gaol, see Gaol. 
Magazine, see Powder-house. 
Neck, nee Neck, the. 
Packet (ship), 274, 275,276,277,280. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Braintree, 247, 248, 279, 290. 
Bran, 185. 
Brattle (brigantine) 61. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Bread street, line of, to alter, petition for, 103. 

(See also Streets.) 

Breadstuffs, 21, 53, 56, 60, 67, 68, 75, 76, 78. 
79,90, 91, 9o-7, 102, 105, 109, 
110, 113, 123, 124, 129, 130, 139, 
142, 147, 148, 151, 152,158, 163, 
164, 165, 168. 169, 171, 173, 175, 
177-78, 180, 182, 185, 187, 188, 
190, 191, 193,202, 204, 205, 206, 
208, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 217, 
220, 223, 228, 220,231,233, 237. 
240, 242, 245, 246, 248. 251-52, 
234, 259, 264, 207,269,273, 278, 
280, 282, 283, 238, 294, 298, 299, 
302,307, 310,314,317,318. 
assize of bread, 21. 45-6, 53, 56, 
60, 67, 63, 75, 78-9, 90, 91,96-7, 
102, 105, 109, 110, 116, 123, 124, 
129, I3B, 139, 142, 148, 149, 158, 
159, 163, 168, 169, 173, 177-78, 
182, 187, 188, 191, 195, 202, 205, 
206, 208, 210, 211, 212-13, 214, 
217, 218, 220, 223, 228, 229, 231, 
233, 237, 240, 242, 245, 246, 248, 
249, 251-52, 254, 259, 264, 287, 
269, 273, 278, 280, 282, 285, 288, 
294, 298-99, 302, 307, 310, 314, 
317, 318. 
Breaking and entering, complaint of negro 

Dick, 100. 

Brewing of beer, 296. 
Bridge, the Draw, 8, 170, 219. 

to repair, 145, 215, 219. 
north of, 254. 
mill, 14, 271. 

to repair, 271. 
at North Burial place, 20. 
South Burial place, 20. 
pumps at, to be kept, 244. 
on Oliver dock, 255. 
Swing, 313, 315. 

Bridge, Martha, will of, see Wills. 
Brimstone, 3. 
Bristol, 284, 285, 296, 298. 
Britania (schooner) , 167. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Brittania (hrigantine) 296, 298. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Broad Bay, 246, 282.- 

Bromtield lane, 170, 221. 

(See also Streets.) 
Brooker's Will, Mr., see Wills. 
Brookline, 240. 
Buildings, liberty to erect, 3-4, 138, 221. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



335 



Buildings, site of, to view, 98, 100, 214, 239, 

295. 
encroaching on Long wharf, 

272. 
petition to be allowed to erect, 

293. 
to erect for men and stores at 

.North Battery, 310. 
Bull pasture, 213, 288. 

lease of, 250, 288. 
house on, 244, 253. 
house near, 254. 
shop at, 257. 
(See also Neck, the.) 
Bulls, town. See Cattle, 
wharf, 265. 

( See also "Wharves.) 
Bunch of Grapes, 86, 147. 

( See alxo Taverns.) 

Burials, orders concerning, 1,12, 18, 20, 22, 
26, 28, 29, 52, 
54, 180. 
digging of graves, 

27. 
Burial-places : 

North burying.ground, 1, 20, 

211, 213,249, 250. 
South bury ing-ground, 20, 250. 
New burying-ground, 197, 209. 
tombs in, 197, 201. 
repairs in, 249. 
Burmudas, see Bermudas. 
Butchers, 10S, 149, 191, 203, 267. 279. 

refuse to pay for stalls, 246. 

(See also Trades.) 
Butter, gee Dairy produce. 
By-laws, nee Orders, town. 

book of, 312. 
Byles', Mr., meeting-house, 70, 264. 

clock on, 118, 

122. 
(See also Meeting houses.) 



Cadets, 153, 213, 268. 

Cambridge, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 

61, 130, 201, ^13, 249. 
French neutrals at, 61. 
bay leading to, 181. 
selectmen of, 201, 202. 
street, 63, 145. 

common sewer in, 270. 
(Sfe alxo Streets, etc.) 
Canada, 234, 243, 252. 
Candles, 109. 
Cape Ann, 122. 

Nichola, 300, 301. 

Cargoes, 66, 88, 91, 119. 151, 152, 164,165, 167, 
171, 175, 176, 180, 185, 190, 225, 
235, 299. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Carpenters, 6, 7, 172, 251. 

(See a/so Trades.) 
Carriages, forbidden on the Common, except 

to carry powder, 290. 
wheels, 146. 
Carts, 151, 267. 
Carters, see Charcoal. 
Carving, wood, 281. 

(See also Trades.) 
Castle, the, see Castle William. 

William, 95, 146, 152, 153, 154, 172, 

275, 309, 316. 

to stop vessels from Mary- 
land and the Barbadoes, 
147, 149, 151, 165, 167. 
barracks, 310. 
(See also Fortifications.) 
Cattle, 110. 

sold, 110. 

at large, to Impound, 141. 
cow-house, 192. 
town-bulls, 110, 241, 281, 318. 
Census, statistics of, 170. 



Certificates, H9, 152, 153, 157, 165, 167, 171, 
175, 176, 190, 228, 230, 237, 249, 
272, 275, 278, 285, 298, 301, 
30-2, 319. 

of innoculation, 76. 
physician's, 95. 
of character, 124-25. 

Province accounts, 140. 
Chapman's, Mr., hospital, see Common. 
Charcoal, 109. 

carters, accused of fraud, 125. 
baskets, to inspect, 126. 
Charlestowu, 30, 59, 97, 128, 135. 
engine at, 271. 
ferry, 25, 46, 48, 81, 154. 
(See also Ferries.) 
Charming Molly (stoop), 294. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Checkley's, Rev. Mr., meeting-house, 239, 
Chelsea, 295, 303, 305. 

selectmen of, 303. 
Cb.eptauk or Cheptouk, 152, 153. 
Chicken-pox, 28. 

(See also Diseases, infectious.) 
Chimnies, complaint concerning unsafe, 35, 

37, 38, 122, 131, 137, 212, 219. 
sweepers, to appoint, 100. 
to report on, 131, 132, 137,219,220. 
Chocolate, 24. 
Clark's, Mr., Tavern, 120. 

(See also Taverns.) 
wharf, 97, 154. 

tavern at (Clark's?), 154. 
(Sfe also Wharves.) 
Clock, town, 259. 

ou Rev. Mr. Byles' meeting-house, to 

provide for care of, 118, 122. 
for the Old Brick church, 269. 

to provide for care of, 270. 
Coal, supply of, for Dock watch, 289. 
Cod, salt, see Fish. 
Coasters, see Ships, etc. 
Colchester, 61. 

Cold lane, 22,28, 78, 94, 218, 301. 
(See also Streets.) 
Coleman's or Colman's wharf, 9, 10, 20, 64. 

(See also Wharves.) 

Collectors, 114, 115. 119, 122, 157, 181, 182, 185, 
210, 222, 227, 233, 2J6-37, 251, 
252, 261, 272, 277, 2S3, 294, 317, 
318, 319. 

choice of, 150, 185. 
(See also Taxes, etc.) 

Committees, 3-4. 50, 51, 75, 95, 106, 111, 131, 
132, 152, 169, 180, 205, 213,215, 
223, 231, 233, 236, 247, 255, 293, 
295, 306, 315. 318. 
reports of town, see Reports, 
to visit, to appoint, 49. 
on Lotteries, 50, 138. 
to inspect burial places, 65. 
on houses, buildings, etc., 67, 

254, 272. 
repairs of hospitals at New 

Boston, 67. 
preservation of Beacon Hill, 

90. 
repairs on school-houses, 95- 

6, 220, 221. 
sites of buildings, 98, 239, 

295. 

chimnies, 331, 132, 137, 219. 
to visit schools, to appoint, 49, 

138. 

draftaLaw relative to small- 
pox, 160. 

relative to Act concerning mill- 
ers, 160. 
on repairs of North Battery, 162. 

accounts, 
to settle bounds of land, 168, 

176, 179. 

on state of Fanenil Hall mar- 
ket, 206, 212. 



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Committees, to examine into town's right to 

Jands, 206, 212. 
on case of Mrs. Choate, 216. 

repairs at the Neck, 218. 
to view Leveret's lane, 218. 
on drain into Common, 219. 
sewers, 237. 
almshouse, 239. 
to wait on Mr. Wiswell, 243. 
on repairs at Town's slip, 248. 
town's interest near North 

Battery, 252. 
removal of aliens, 252. 
pavements, 254. 
streets, 254. 
gun-house, 255. 
purchase of hospital at New 

Boston, 257. 
ferries, 261. 
to erect beacon on Beacon Hill, 

277, 291. 
on Province boat, 289. 

repairs at the Neck, 305, 
of the Board of the Council, 

308, 310. 

on repairs at New Boston, 313. 
swing bridge, 313, 315. 
correspondence, 315. 
to wait on Qenl. Gage, 315. 
Common, the, 57, 86. 

trespasses and depredations 

on, 57, 314. 
hospital (Mr. Chapman's) at 

the foot of, 87, 91, 92, 93. 
railing on, to repair, 15S), 206, 

212,247. 

care of, 2U6, 247. 
writing school on, 251. 
gun-house on, 255, 25S. 
carcasses of horses deposited OD, 

to prohibit, 233. 
no carriages (except to bring 

powder) to enter, 290. 
act relative to firing guns in, 307. 
Common shore, i. e. Sewer, gee Drains. 
Concert hall, see Halls. 
Concord, 1-2, 119, 243. 

court house at, 63, 69. 
Connecticut, 6J.. 83, 85, 106, 168, 259, 294. 
Conspiracy with negroes, 314. 
Constables, 18, 33, 34, 35, 37, 49, 69, 71, 177, 
193, 199-200, 202, 204, 2'57, 240, 
258, 26J, 282, 236, 28s), 298, 30&, 
314, 317. 

choice of, 49. 138, 204. 
orders to, 71-2, 123, 13 s ?, 150, 157, 

183, 185, 189. 21 1, 236, 238. 
to distribute printed bills, 144, 

287. 

removed from town by the, 207. 
at tb<- Dock watch, 248, 288, 289. 
meeting of, 279. 

jurymen chosen, 279. 
at South watch, dismissed, 288. 
appointed, 291. 

Conveyances, see Deeds and Conveyances. 
Coopers, 30. 

(See also Trades.) 
Cordage, 88, 222. 
Cork, 65, 6ti, 309, 316. 
Corn-court, 201. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Cornfield, the, 245. 
Cornhill, 145, 265, 297, 304. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Coronation Day, to observe, 230. 
Correspondence, letter from the selectmen of 

Concord, 1, 
to Jos. Lazarby,2. 
from Dr. John Per- 
kins, 19-20. 
from selectmen, 20. 
to Mr. Gushing, 22-3. 
from Mr. Green, 22. 



Correspondence, letter from selectmen to 
Justice Dana, 24-5. 
from Dr. John Per- 
kins, 28. 
to the selectmen, 30, 

48. 
from the selectmen, 

39, 40-7, 56. 
to Col. Williams, of 

Roxbury, 46-7. 
Thos. Cashing, 15, 

16. 
from Thos. Gushing, 

15. 
to town physicians, 

59, 60. 

Dr. Kneeland, 61. 
Dr. Barnet, Gi. 
the Overseers of the 

Poor, 71. 
Drs. Parker and 

Loyd, 72. 

the clerks of the mar- 
ket, 75. 

Thomas Hartley, 
keeper of Ra:na- 
ford Island hospi- 
tal, 06, 89, 89, 91, 
113,114,117-18,119, 
127,155. 
Gapt. Smith of brig- 

antine Hope, 88-9. 
Sheriff Greenleaf to Peter 

Johonnott, 91, 92. 
Firemen to Selectmen of 

Boston, 120. 
selectmen to Robert Love, 

130. 
Sheriff Greenleaf to the 

Selectmen, 146. 
sel.-ctmen to Sheriff Green- 
leaf, 146. 
sel-ctmento Gov. Bernard, 

147. 

to Samuel Hartley, keepar 
of Rainsford Island ho- 1 - 
tal, 154, 156, 230, 233, 235, 
274, 275, 276, 277, 280, -284, 
285, 297, 299, 300, 301, 
312. 
town clerk to Selectmen of 

Roxbury, 179. 
Mr. Jeremy Belknap, jr., 
to town clerk of Boston, 
188. 

selectmen of Boston to 
selectmen of Cambridge, 
201-2. 
from the Sons of Liberty, 

213. 

town clerk of Boston to 
selectmen of Dorchester, 
215. 
town clerk to Mr. Brown, 

220. 
selectmen to Cnpt. Wm. 

Marshall, 224, 225. 
selectmen to his Excellency 

the Governor, 229. 
town clerk to Capt. Mc- 

Curdy, 230-31. 
to Selectmen of Lancaster, 

237. 

selectmen of Boston to 
selectmen of Bellrica, 
241. 

selectmen of Boston to 
selectmen of Roxbury, 
242, 316. 

selectmen of Boston to 
selectmen of Concord, 
243. 

selectmen to assessors of 
Boston, 245. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



337 



Correspondence, selectmen of Boston from 

town of Mystick, 246. 
selectmen of Boston to 
selectmen of Braintree, 
247. 

ministers of Boston, 249. 
town clerk to Isaac Bird, 

255. 

selectmen of Boston to 

selectmen of Maiden, 263. 

town clerk to Mrs. Ochter- 

lony, 266. 
selectmen of Boston to 

selectmen of Hull, 281. 
selectmen of Boston to 
selectmen of Waltham, 
289. 

selectmen of Boston to 
selectmen of Chelsea, 303. 
Gent. Gage to Got. Ber- 
nard, 309. 
extract from, 309. 
from committee of the town 
of Salem, 310. 

reply, 310. 
town clerk to Col. Dal- 

rymple, 313. 

to Mr. Dcbcrdt, copy to 
John Pownal, to send, 
315. 
Council, 145, 230, 259, 308, 310. 

members of the, 23, 27, 69, 93, 94, 

155, 215, 292. 
memorial to the Governor and, 

92-3. 

chamber, 94, 308. 
County, Middlesex, 23. 

Suffolk, 2, 11, 23, 314. 

taxes, see Taxes. 

gaol, 2, 

sheriff, 91, 92, 93, 230. 

Nowalk (in England), 311. 

account for nupplies to certain poor 

people, 263. 
Court, general, see Assembly. 

of general or quarter sessions, 53, 63, 
69, 128, 146, 170, 245, 264, 
239, 301. 
clerk of, 53, 130, 139, 141, 

239. 
Superior, 102, 136. 281. 

chief justice of the, 102. 
Inferior, 136. 
House, 63, 150. 
of Probate, 93, 189, 190, 257, 281. 

Judge of, 99, 112, 117,219, 

235, 236, 270. 

closing of courts, 189, 190. 
relative to opening the courts, 215. 
Cow lane, 107. 

drain through, 143-4. 
(See also Streets.) 
Cripples, 189, 306. 
Cross street, 266, 295, 304. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Crown Coffee House, 99, 238, 241. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Cryer, town, 136. 
Currier, Ann, complaint of, 128. 
Cushing's lane, 84. 

( See also Streets.) 
Customs, Board of, 292. 
Cutler's (or Cutter's) Dr., church, 1, 50, 75, 

76, 78, 247, 270. 
(See also Meeting-houses.) 

Daffron's or Dafflns" Wells, see Wells. 
Dairy produce, 66. 
Dalton's Row, 304. 
Damariscotta, 237. 

Dancing school, permit to keep, refused, 172. 
and fencing, petition to keep, 

229. 
permitto keep, 231. 



Dartmouth, 300. 

Deeds and Conveyances, Register of, to 

choose, 205. 

Deer Island, 3, 150-1, 217, 223, 301, 303. 
to lease, 214. 
encroachments of the sea upon, 

150-1. 

repairs at, 303. 

to prevent the loss of, 151, 160. 
selectmen to visit, 178, 301. 
(See alto Islands.) 
Delphine (sloop") , 152. 

(See also Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Deposition of Mr. Williston, 92. 

of persons, concerning riot on 

Beacon Hill, 101. 
relative to Capt. Wilson and 

negroes, to take, 313, 314. 
Depredations, 101. 

(See also Beacon Hill ) 
Depsford, 113. 
Dinner, public, for town officials, 84, 161, 292, 

316. 

liquors furnished, 84. 
Diseases, infectious, spread of, to prevent, 

I, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 

II, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 
29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 39, 
41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 49, 
50, 63, 69, 70, 72, 73, 
74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 
81, 86, 88, 89, 92, 93, 
95, 96, 113, 119, 147, 
152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 
157, 153, 159, 164, 165, 
167, 172, 176, 180, 186, 
190, 216, 224, 225, 226, 
227, 228, 229, 260, 274, 
296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 
301, 306, 308, 315, 316, 

statistics of, 78, 80. 
act concerning, 77, 315. 
Law of George II., con- 
cerning, 77. 
chicken-pox, 28. 
fever, 300, 301. 
Disinfectants, 3, 78. 

(See also Diseases, infectious, etc.) 
Distilleries, 78, 81, 170, 187, 212, 214, 221. 
Dock, the, 272. 

watch at, 24, 247, 218, 262, 282, 317. 

warehouses on, 248. 

town's interest on the south side of, 

56. 
passage-way at head of, to keep o^n, 

90. 

wharfage, 239. 
Oliver's, 159, 255. 
Dock square, 168, 221, 284, 304. 

batchers in, refuse to pay for 

stalls, 246. 
tavern in, 253. 
Dolphin (schooner) , 180. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Dorchester, 110, 135, 148, 188, 220, 305. 

bay between, and Boston, 181. 
selectmen of, 215. 

Drains, 59, 74, 94, 107, 144, 150, 184, 186, 198, 
209, 215, 218, 221, 224, 247, 253, 254, 
259, 263, 276, 301, 302, 305, 306. 
the common sewer, 61, 74, 94, 106, 
107, 110, 118, 141, 143, 144, 145, 150, 
185, 189, 237, 253, 254, 270, 272, 273, 
276, 277. 237, 288, 297, 305, 306. 
vote concerning laying of, 254. 
(See also under the several streets.') 
Draw -bridge, see Bridge. 
Dutch, see Aliens. 

Eagle (sloop), 149. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Earthernware, 296, 297, 299. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 



Edmou's wharf, 10. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Elbow alley, 162. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 

Election Day, use of Faneuil Hall on, grant- 
ed, 154. 

public dinner on, 292. 
Electricity, experiments in, license to carry 

on, applied tor, 171. 
Elliot's, Rev. I>r., Church, 7, 8, 14, 78, 204, 

211, 221. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Emancipation, see Negroes, etc. 

(See also Indentures.) 
England, 162, 232, 246, 311. 

west of, 296. 
Entertainment, dinner for town officials, 84, 

161. 

liquors furnished, 84. 
Essex street, 110. 

to repair, 145, 254. 
engine-house in, 254. 
(Seeahn Streets.) 
Estate of Samuel Hews indebted to the 

town. 142. 

Exhibitions, City of Jerusalem, forbidden, 
111. 

Falmouth, 68. 

Faneuil hall, 37, 49, 63, 66, 69, 84, 97, 98, 
103, 123, 138, 150, 157, 161, 175, 
177, 183, 185, 189, 204, 244, 
239. 

Inferior Court to sit in, 102. 
lotteries, 50, 138. 
not to be opened without leave 
of majority of the selectmen, 
141. 
for uie of Artillery company, 

granted, 149, 174, 213, 291. 
for drill of Cadets, 153, 213, 

263. 

to repair, 175. 
windows of, to clean, 217. 
to open on Coronation Day, 

230. 

to illuminate, 247. 
woo.l-carving on, 281. 
for use of Gov. and Council on 

Election Day, 292. 
use of, allowed temporarily for 
quartering English troops, 
311,312. 
order to remove troops from, 

313. 

troops to remove from, 313. 
market, 42, 79, 145, 191, 213. 
stalls in, 279. 

to lease, 102, 149, 

212, 318. 

leases to sign, 101. 
lotteries, 50. (See also Lot- 
teries.) 
clerk of, 145, 149, 191, 203, 

267, 279. 
appointed, 104. 
orders to, lOi, 108, 
109, 115,149,267. 
land taken to enlarge street 

by, 234. 

(See. also Markets.) 
Fences, 90. 

rails for, to procure, 142. 
Fencing, see Dancing and Fencing, school, 

223. 
Ferries : 304. 

Charlestown, 25,46. 48, 81, 154. 
Winnisimet, 171, 221, 261, 265, 294. 
Salutation, 84, 264. 
ferry ways to view, 294. 
Ferry place, the, 154. 

Fevers, malignant and infectious, 147, 154, 
155. 

(See also Diseases, infectious.) 



Fifty-ninth Regiment of Foot, 314. 

member of, arraigned for inciting 

negro slaves to rebellion, 314. 

Fire, water-engines, 53, 55, 56, 73, 96, 103, 

206, 212,270, 271, 272, 290, 291. 
pumps, 82. 

ladders, 172, 214, 223, 232, 265, 268. 
flrewards, 49, 64, 120, 121, 138, 223, 232, 

268, 269. 

men, 119, 120, 128, 141, 148, 174, 193, 
204, 207, 208,212, 213, 215, 216, 
218, 236, 251, 252, 257, 259, 272, 
280, 286, 290, 291, 294, 295, 305, 
307. 

names of, 120, 194, 202. 

election of, 55, 96, 104, 111, 112, 

114, 135, 141, 168, 188, 193, 194, 

196, 198, 202, 203, 204, 209, 210, 

211, 213, 215, 216, 218, 236, 240, 

251, 252, 259, 272, 280, 294, 295. 

premiums, 53, 56, 73, 103, 121, 

125, 12S, 129, 148, 153, 163, 187, 

195, 196, 208, 213, 217, 218, 219, 

239, 244, 249, 276, 278, 281, 284, 

236,291,300. 

dismissal from company, 114, 

268, 292. 
damage by, 79, 176, 214. 

request for reinstatement, 106-7. 
complaints of firemen, 278, 279. 
house out of repair, 111, 171, 294. 
report thereon, 112. 
orders given firemen, 120-21, 273. 
free from other office, 121. 
of March 20, 1760, 176. 
aid to sufferers from, 215, 244. 
house, to build, 239. 
to view, 252. 

land to purchase for house, to be re- 
moved, 248. 
appeal for aid for sufferers from fire, 

249. 

moneys to receive from the several 
deacons of the churches for suffer- 
ers from fire, 249. 
houses, 254. 

Fireworks, throwing of, town vote concern- 
ing, 214. 
Fish, 58, 88. 

market, 304. 

street, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13. 14, 15, 20, 25, 26, 
29. 31, 37, 39, 41, 43, 4t, 45, 47, 
78, 170, 221,254. 
portion of, to pave, 50. 
bounds of land in, 163. 
Fitches' alley or lane, 7, 8, 135. 

(Sef also Streets, etc.) 
Fore street, 8, 265. 

(See also Streets.) 
Fort Hill, 86, 87. 
Fortifications, 3, 13, 14, 32, 38, 48, 76, 86,162, 

252, '293, 316 
the pickets, 3, 4. 
town's land near, 4, 107, 233, 

294, 295, 3iO. 
Castle William, 95, 146, 309, 

310. 
gates, 268, 269. 

town's land outside, 208. 
abutters on, agreement of, 253. 

names of, 25 s. 
land inside, not to encumber, 

238. 

flouth Rattery, 295, 312. 
proprietors of land near, 245, 

249. 

North Battery, 13, 14, 18, 32, 33, 

48, 161, 233, 

252, 294, 310. 

ordnance at, 

252. 

to raise and pave street lead- 
ing to, 255, 272. 
(See also Batteries.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



339 



Fourteenth Regiment, 309, 311. 

quarters for, desired, 

311. 

(See a/so Troops.) 
Frankinscence, 3. 
Freuch Neutrals, 42, 61, 76-77, 161, 240, 241, 

278. 
inventory of effects of, 

42. 

list of, to obtain, 219. 
inoculation of, 61. 
at Cambridge, 61. 
aliens, 135, 192, 240, 241, 

212, 243, 252. 

Friendship (brigantint) , 284, 285. 
(schooner), 164. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 
Frog lane, 16, 131. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 

Gallows, new, to erect, 146. 

the, 257. 
Gaming, 262. 
Gaol, the, 25, 126. 

county, 2, 109. 

keeper of the, 2, 109. 
for leave to frame the new, 219. 
near Mr. Uolbrook's school, 219. 
George II., Law of, concerning small pox, 

see Diseases, infectious, etc. 
George Tavern, 84, 17!, 184, 250, 304. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Gibbins court, 106. 

(See also Streets.) 
Glass, 297, 299. 
Glaziers, 251. 

(See also Trades.) 
Glidden's wharf, 304. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Golden Ball, 138, 170. 

warehouses opposite, for sale, 

145, 151, 212, 220, 236, 282. 
(See also Taverns.) 
Good Intent (sloop), 152. 

(See alio Ships, etc.) 

Goods, enumerated, vote of town, concern- 
ing, 273. 

Governor, the, 23, 27, 94, 113, 118, 147, 149, 
164, 165, 166, 167, 172, 175, 176, 
190, 228, 229, 230, 257, 259, 270, 
275, 276, 292, 298. 
secretary to, 113, 126. 
servant to, 31. 
house of, 270. 
lieutenant-, 17, 18, 222. 
memorial to, and Council, 92-3. 
action taken upon, 

94. 

letter to, 147. 
Grain, see Breadstuff's. 

measurer of, 224. 
Granadas, 154. 
Granary, the, 50, 172, 211. 

master of, 203, 211. 
accounts of, 50, 138, 204. 
key of cellar under, 188. 
cellar under, rented, 192, 256. 
Grants made the town, 50. 
Grave-diggers, see Sextons. 
Gravel, 51, 145, 174. 

and stones, to supply the town with, 

217, 254. 
for the Neck, to supply, 217, 224, 248, 

286. 

for raising street leading to Fortifi- 
cation, 255. 
Graves end, 225. 
Great Britain, 113. 
Greaton's, Mr., church, 259. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Green Dragon, the, 35, 55, 172, 189, 296. 

(See also Taverns.) 
lane, 304. 

(See aluo Streets, etc.) 



Green wharf, 47. 

(See also Wharves.} 
Greenland. 188. 
Greenough's wharf, 304. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Griffins' wharf, 259, 264. 

(See aUo Wharves.) 
Grist mills, see Mills. 
Gun-house, 255, 258. 

for use of artillery, to erect, 295. 
firing of, in Common, act relative to, 
307. 

(See also Common, the.) 

Halifax, 12, 95, 193,201, 237,309, 310. 
Halls : 

Faneuil, 37, 49, 63, 66, 69, 84, 97, 93, 
103, 123, 138, 150, 157, 161. 
Concert, 171. 
Halsey's wharf, 48. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Hampton (sloop), 176. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Hancock, Thomas, legacy to Boston from, 

98. 

Hancock's wharf, 153, 170, 304. 
(See alyo Wharves.) 
Hanover street, 77. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Hay market, 84, 170, 288, 289, 304. 

to pave, 255. 
engine for weighing, 159, 162, 239, 240. 

(See al*o Markets.) 
Hayward or Haward, 281. 
Hemp, 225, 235, 296,297. 299. 
Hides, skins, etc., 104, 108, 118, 119, 149, 221, 

223, 267, 279. 
Hillsborough, 309. 
Hispaniola, 154, 1(54. 
Hodges, Sarah and children, 201, 202, 209, 

210. 
Hog alley, 57, 248. 

two feet off, in exchange, 161. 
(See alsv Streets, etc.) 
Hope (brigantine) , 88, 91. 

(See also Ships, Vessels, etc.) 
Horn lane, 252, 253. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Horses, 57. 

carcasses of, causing nuisance, 283. 
Hospital, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 24, 
26, 29, 31, 32, 36, 39, 40, 41, 43, 
44, 47, 59, 62, 65, 67, 70, 71, 75, 
76, 77, 81, 86, 87, 92, 94, 185, 187, 
189, 190, 193, 216, 225, 230, 274, 
275, 277, 280, 284, 300, 303, 305, 
308, 312. 
Province, 7. 

physician, 7. 

pest-house on Ruinsford's Island, 
11, 27, 32, 42, 155, 159, 222, 
260. 
keeper of, 11, 27, 32, 39, 40, 66, 

88, 159, 277, 280. 
well-house at, 42, 225, 226, 230, 

274. 

for inoculation, 37. 
at foot of the Common, 87, 91, 93. 
at New Boston, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 
17, 20, 21, 26, 29, 31,41, 43, 47, 
48, 49, 59, 62, 65, 67, 70, 76, 77, 
86, 87, 91, 99, 216, 230,260, 29 J, 
313. 
wood for, at Bainsford's Island, 

235. 
at Rainsford's Island, to visit, 

260. 
inventory of articles in, at 

Rainsford's, 223. 
inventory of articles in, at New 

Boston, 2:!9, 261. 
keeper at New Boston. 99, 216. 

new, at New Boston, 248, 
25S. 



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CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 55. 



Hospital island (probably Rainsford's). 
at almshouse, 12. 
at I'oint Shirley, 64. 
former keeper at New Boston hos- 
pital, warned out, 250. 
a second time, 2oG. 
ejected, 253. 

purchase of hospital at, 257. 
Hound (brigantine) , 63, 66. 

(See. also Ships, etc.) 
House, Town, 35, 93, 174, 251. 
tavern near, 105. 
pump at north-west corner of, 

106. 

watch, 268, 289. 
Hull, 281. 

letter to selectmen of, 281. 
(See also Correspondence.) 

Ill-fame, houses of, 87. 
Illumination, 247. 

(See also Fan euil Hall.) 
Immigrants, 233, -'37, 238. 
Immorality, see Intemperance, etc. 
Impost, 184, -266. 
Impressment, 296. 

(See alao Ships, etc.) 

Indentures, delivered up, 128, 166, 273, 275. 
Index to Town Records, see Records. 
Indians, see Negroes, etc. 
Inhabitants or freeholders, 2, 5, 10, 14, 15, 
18, 35, 37, 33, 46-7, 49, 57, 59, 
61, 6 >, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 76, 
80, 81, 83, 86, 89, 92,93, 95, 97, 
98, 111, 119, 130, 131, 138, 150, 
153, 157, 160, 164, 165, 167, 174, 
175, 177, 183, 185, 187, 190, 202, 
204, 2-20, 223, 235, 245, 247, 263, 
275, 282, 233, 286, 287. 
called upon to aid in suppress- 
ing certain vices, 262. 
petition of, concerning estab- 
lishing of hospitals for inocu- 
lation, 66. 

names of inhabitants to be taxed 
on real estate, etc., 124, 244, 
245, 282. 
complaints of, about carters, 

125. 
desire town meeting called, 273, 

3'7. 

admitted as, 136, 218. 
petition concerning closing of 

courts, 189. 

of other towns, to tax, 194. 
regulating of bakers' bread, 204. 
Innholders, 170, 260. 

case of Daniel Silsby, 99. 
(See also Licenses.) 
licenses to sell liquors, 84, 86, 

221, 238, 292. 

approved, 84, 105, 170, 183-4, 191, 
192, 218, 221, 251, 253, 264, 236, 
292, 304. 

(See a l*o Licenses.) 
disapproved, 222, 238, 272, 304. 
Inoculation for the small-pox, 14, 16, 18, 22, 
28, 40, 49, 50, 54, 57, 58-9, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 72, 73, 80. 
hospitals for, to establish, 37. 
time for, to limit, 57. 

extended, 59, 60. 
gratis, 67. 
certificates of, 76. 
Inns, 262. 
Insane, 95, 99, 190, 193. 

hospital for the, to erect, 98. 

(See also Legacies.) 
case of John Burk, 95, 109, 113. 

Mrs. Susannah Loring, 117. 
Mary Brightman, 219. 
Atr*. Abigail Lee, 235. 
Capt. Timothy McDaniel, 
236. 



Insane, case of Joseph Norcross, 240. 

Christopher Morton, 241. 
Michael Cam -y, 246. 
Richard Barrett, 261. 
Thomas Stone, 270. 
Instructions to the Representatives, see 

Representatives. 
Intemperance, immorality, etc., 2, 16, 100, 

183, 201, 262. 

Inventories, 42, 223, 239, 261. 
Ipswich, 190. 

selectman of, 190. 
inhabitant of. 190. 
Ireland, 65, 228, 229, 230, 231, 236, 237, 238, 

315. 

passage to, 266, 270. 
Irish, 113. 
Iron, 42, 175, 185. 

bar, 180. 

Island, The, see Rainsford's Island. 
Islands: Rainsford's, 1,11, 27, 32, 39, 40, 
66, 88, 89, 113, 117, 118, 127, 154, 
155, 156, 157, 159, 212, 222, 223, 
224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 
232, 233, 235, 2fi \ 274, 275, 276, 
277, 280, 2S4, 297, 300, 303, 306, 
3 '8, 312. 
Deer, 3, 150-1, 160, 178, 188, 214, 

217, 2-23, 301, 303. 
Newfoundland, 7, 8. 
Noddles, 60, 66, 72. 
I-1-; of Wight, 113. 
West Indies, 127. 
Barbadoes. 147, 167. 
Isle of Man, 149. 
Kent Island, 151. 
Turks Island, 155. 
Bermudas, 229. 

Hospital (probably Rainsford's). 
Isle of Man, 149. 
of Wight, 113. 

(See also Islands.) 

Jerseys, the, 85. 
Jolliff's lane, 106. 

to widen, 138. 
(See. also Streets.) 
Jurors, choice of, 35, 50, 103, 136, 190, 204, 

245, 258, 279, 284, 310. 
list of, to act upon, 49, 1*6, 138. 
jury-box, 136, 310. 
jury-books, 279. 
petit, 240, 284. 
grand, 284. 
Justices, 2, 11 , 12, 24, 25, 79, 92, 155, 196, 209, 

249,250,253,311,314. 
meeting of the, 32, 132, 198, 209, 244, 

283. 

chief -justice, 35. 
names of, 253. 

Kennebeck, 113. 
Kent Island, 151. 

(See also Islands.) 
King street, 65, 100, 264. 272, 304. 

tavern in, 100. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Kneeland's lane, 81, 83, 281. 

(See also Streets.) 

Ladders, town, 223, 265. 268. 

to examine, 214. 

shorten, 232. 

Lamb, time to purchase, to be fixed, 204. 
Lancaster, 86, 237. 

to write to selectmen of, 286. 
Land or buildings, town, 3, 4, 162, 180, 192, 
211, 223, 221, 235, 238, 244, 247, 
250, 254, 277, 236, 291. 
near fortifications, 4, 107, 293, 

294, 29o. 

on south side of the Dock, 56. 
adjacent to market, 63. 
on Beacon hill, 90, 150. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



341 



Land or buildings on west side of Boston 

Neck, 107, 196, 208. 
drain on said land, to repair, 107. 
upon Boston Neck, 97, 103. 138. 
warehouses opposite the Golden 

Ball, 138, 151, 212, 220, 236, 282. 
on north side of the Neck, 138. 
south-eastern side of the 

Neck, 238. 

land on, to fence in, 142. 
Deer Island, encroachments of 

the sea, to prevent, 151. 
dams on east and west side of 

the Neck, to repair, 151. 
town's shops on Pemberton's 

hill, 151. 
wharf and flats let to Wm. and 

Edw. Page, 157. 
Master Lovell's house, to repair, 

157, 220, 221. 

near Oliver's dock, 159, 162. 
near the South Market, 204. 
north of Almshouse, to improve, 

204. 

town's rights to, 205, 206, 209. 
store opposite the Golden Ball, 

206. 

town's interest near North Bat- 
tery, 233. 

near Market Square, 233. 
buildings bought by, 235. 
fluts, 238. 

not to ineumber, 238. 
on south side of the Neck, 248, 

253. 
bull pasture, 213, 244, 250, 256, 

257, 288. 
allows Mr. Gideon Gardner 150 

O. T. for shop, 257. 
I, rind or buildings, owners : 

Adams, Mr., h., 4, 24, 25, 27, 

J'.t. 

Allyne, Henry, h., 265. 
Anderson, Thos., h., 8. 

Anderson, , h., 27. 

Badger, Abel, h., 25. 
Badger, Rebecca, h.. 304. 
Balch, Rebecca, h., 265. 
Ballard, Joseph, h., 221, 289. 

Barrett, , h., 77. 

Barrett, Deacon, h.. 256. 
Bartlet, John, h., 276. 
Belcher, John, h., 304. 
Bennet, Moses, h., 264. 
Bernard, Gov., h., 270. 
Bendrie, Elizabeth, h., 304. 
Blake, Joseph, sh., 264. 
Blake, Mr., sh., 3. 
Blanchard, Joshua, h., 304. 
Borland, John, I., 176. 
Bourne, Meletiah, h., 231. 
Bowdoin, James, h., 254. 
Boylston, John, St., 195, 197, 208, 

209. 

Bracket. Elizabeth, h , 84. 
Bradford, Capt., h., 94. 

Bradford, , h., 10, 27, 29. 

Bradley, Mary, sh., 304. 

Bray, , b. h., 244. 

Brewer, Natli'l., 1., 181. 

Bright, , h., 36. 

Bulkley or Buckley, Capt., 

Joseph, h.,3, 5. 8, 11,40, 

Byles, , h., 145, 217. 

Caldwall, , sh., 269. 

Calf, Daniel, h., 304. 
Campbell, William, h., 84. 
Carnes, Edward, 260. 
Carnes, John, h., 104. 

Cary, Capt. , <i., 176. 

Cazneau, Jane, 'jidow of Peace, 

h., 251. 

Cazneau, Isaac, h., 2<*.">. 
Chandler, Ann, h., 304. 



Laud or buildings, owners : 

Checkley, Rev. Mr., h., 217. 
Cheeseman, M., h., 86. 
Cheever, jr., Ezekiel, d. h., 305. 

Clark, Dr. , h., 14, b., 218. 

Clouston, Louise, sh., 304. 
Codman, John, h., 84. 

Colman, , h., 186. 

Condon, Mary, sh., 304. 
Coolidge. Joseph, h., 170. 
Coultar, Mary, h., 265. 
Davis, Caleb, sh. 86. 

Davis, , h., 75. 

Dawes, Story, h., 170. 
Daws, William, h., 70. 

Deane, Capt. , h., 9, 37. 

Dean, , b., 36 

Demming, , h., 291. 

Dogget. Noah, h., 264. 
Dommett, Mrs., h., 5, 6, 7, 8. 
Edes, William, h., 170. 

Edes, , b. h., 278, 286. 

Eliot, Deacon, 1., 254. 

Emmons, , h., 201. 

Fellows, wid<<>, h., 77. 

Fellows, , h., 305. 

Fery, loldoio, b. h., 129. 

Fethergill, , h., 135. 

Fleet, , 1., 266. 

Foster, . h., 248. 

Freeland, William, h., 170. 
Gardner, dipt. Gideon, t., 179. 
Gardner, James, 1., 266, 316, h., 

316. 

Gardner, Dr. , h., 53. 

Gardner, Dr. , sh., 100. 

Gardner, , h.,27, 23. 

Gibbs, Robert, 1..79. 

Giidden, , sh., yd., 45. 

Goldthwait, Joseph, h., 264, b., 

276, 278. 
Gordon, Agnes, h., 304. 

Gordeu, , h., 41-2. 

Gray, , r. w., 78, 81, 83, 86, 87. 

122 

Green, Capt. , d.h., 187. 

Green. , h., 17, 18. 

Greeuleaf, Stephen, h., 170. 
Greenleaf, William, h , 306. 
Greeuough, , 1., 79. 

Grey, , r.p., 14, 39. 

Griggs. Susannah, h., 264. 

Gulls, (?) , 1., 240. 

Hall, Capt. , d.s., 234. 

Hall, , h., 7, 35, 218. 

Hammatt, Capt. , d.s., 234. 

Hancock, , h., 159. 

Hancock, , 1., 90. 

Harris, Gyles, h., : 08. 

Harrod, Mrs. , h., 112. 

Harskins, , h., 150. 

Henshaw, , h., 201. 

Hervey, widnio, h., 106. 
Hill, Deacon, d.h., 78, 81, 212. 

Hill, , h., 180. 

Hitchburne, , h., 40, 41. 

Hood, John, h., 304. 

Hounh Atherton. 1., 168, 176. 

Hubbard, , h, 86, 87. 

Hubbard, widow, h., 122. 

Inches, , h., 291. 

logersol, Joseph, h., 86. 
Ivers, Thomas, d.h., 304. 
Jackson, Thomas, h., 190. 

Jackson, , d.h., 170. 

Jarvis, Col., , h., 44. 

Jenkins, Alexander, h, 75. 

Jennings, , h., 44. 

Jervis, icidoic, b., 13. 
Johonnett, Peter, h., 91. 
Johonnot, Andrew, d.h., 265. 
Joy, John, h., 145. 
Kent, Joshua, h., 170. 
Kneeland, Mrs. , h., 281. 



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Land or buildings, owners : 

Kneeland, , h., 248. 

Knodle, John, h., 144. 
Knox. Thomas, h., 265. 

Labre, , h., 27, 29. 

Lamb, Col. dam, 181. 

Leach, , h.,160. 

Lewis, Jona. h., 231. 
Longley, James, h., 135. 
Love, Robert, h., 264. 

Lovell, , h., 56. 

Lowel, John, St., 304. 
Lowell. Ebenezer, h., 260. 
Luke, Israel, sh., 265. 
Marshall, Mm. Mary, h., 270. 
Massingham, (Isaac?) h., 51. 
Masters, Rachel, h., 264. 
Marston, Manesseh, h., 302. 

Matchett, , h., 36. 

McCloud, David, h., 304. 

McNeal, , b.h., 128. 

Minot, , 1., 181. 

Moulton, , h., 111. 

Mountforth, Dr., sh., 4, 5, 8. 

Newell, , b., 56, 1 , 248. 

Nouol. Joseph, h. yd.. 222. 
Page, Benjamin, h., 170. 
Parkman, elder, h., 268. 

Paxton, , h.. 13. 

Payson, Jonathan, sh., 305. 

Pease, , h., 12, 13, 14. 

Peraberton, , h., 45. 

Perkins, James, h., 264. 
Phillips, Henderson, h.,97. 
Phillips, Wiiliam, h., 186. 

Phillips, , w.h., 272, 273. 

Piemont, John : h., 166. 
Pierce, Isaac, d.h., 265. 
Plttson, Elizabeth, h., 265. 

Pollard, ,h.,219. 

Potter, John, h., 292. 

Rand, , s.h., 249. 

Reed, John, h., 212. 
Reed, William, h., 305. 
Rhodes, William, sh., 304. 
Richardson, John (late), 1..181. 

Ridgeway, , h., 170. 

Ridgway, James, h., 304. 

Roach, , h., 28. 

Roberts, Dr., sh.,251. 
Rumly, Benjamin, b., 304. 
Salsbry, Benjamin, 1., 16S, 176. 

Bcammel, , h., 27, 103. 

Scott, , h., 118. 
Singleton, John, h., 166. 

Smith, , h., 135, 195, 208. 

Speare, Nathan, h., 42. 
Stewart, Benjamin, sh., 304. 

Story, , d.h., 192. 

Stroud, Capt. , h., 86. 

Stroud, , h,, 86, 87, 99. 

Thayer, Ziphion, h., 145. 

Thayer, , c.yd., 172. 

Thompson, James, sh., 265. 
Thwing, James, b.h., 252, 253, 

1., 253, h., 253. 

Thwing, Col. , b.h., 110. 

Tillock, , h., 135. 

Torrey, Mr*. Silence, h., 191. 
Trevoy, Mrs. Elizabeth, h., 271, 

304. 

Tripe, Richard, h., 170. 
Tripe, widow o/'Richard, h., 238. 
True, widow, h., 148. 
Tudor, John, h. & sh., 104. 
Turner, Dorothy, h., 304. 
Turner, Ephraira, h., 170. 

Tyler, , eh.yd., 170. 

Tyng, Capt. , h., 135. 

Vernon, William, d.h., 265. 

Vernon Capt. , h., 307. 

Vernon, , h., 43. 

Walley, , h., 284. 

Waldron, Joseph, sh., 264. 



Land or buildings, owners: 

Warden, Francis, h., 84, 170,304. 

Warner, , h., 36. 

Warren, , h., 6. 

Warren, Mon., h., 24, 25. 

Waters, Capt. , h. 185. 

Watts, Hannah, h., 304. 
Webb, Joseph, h., 263. 
Welch, John.h., 170. 

Welch, , h., 163. 

Wells, James, d.h., 282. 
Weils. Saml., 1., 181, h., 201. 
Wells, widow of Francis, h., 
238. 

Wendell, , sh., 266. 

West, Mary, sh., 304. 

Wheatley, , h., 262. 

Wheeler, James Joseph, h., 

170. 
Wheeler, Thankful, h., 264. 

Wheeler, , h., 213. 

White, Matthew, h., 259. 

White, Capt. , h., 1. 

Wier, Robert, d.h., 304. 
Williston, Ichabod, h., 12. 
Wiswell, Oliver, h.. 214. 
Woolcut, Benj., ((ate) h., 143, 

144. 

Wright, Francis H., 264. 
Laws, Standing and Temporary, 295. 

(See alao Orders, town.) 
Lease, by town, 41-2, 101, 138, 140, 204, 206, 
213, 214, 223-24, 238, 249, 
250, 256, 288, 295. 
. of houses, during small-pox 

epidemic, 67. 

of stalls in F. H. Market, 
102, 113, 267, 318. 
to sign for, 102. 
of wharf and flats let to 
Edw and Wm. Page, 157. 
expiration of, 180, 235. 
of Deer Island, by Mr. 

Pratt, 188, 214. 
of house and land on the 

neck, 214. 

of the bull-pasture, 250,288. 
Leases, 23, 41-2, 97. 

lease of Samuel Wentworth (and 

John Hill) , 97, 98. 103, 138, 140. 
of land on the Neck, by Sutton 

Byles, 286. 
Leather, sealers of, 66, 141, 164, 204, 205, 211, 

261, 277. 
sealing-irons, 66. 
hammers, 164, 165, 205, 211. 
hammers confiscated, 141. 
Legacies : 

Thos. Hancock to the town of 
Boston to erect asylum for 
the Insane, 98. 

Jfrn. Joanna Brooker, to the 
town of Boston in trust for 
widows, 144, 261, 407. 
Leonard or Larnard, Sarah, case of, 131, 

168. 

Letters, we Correspondence. 
Leveret's lane, to view, 218. 

(See alxo Streets, etc.) 
Leveret street, 259, 278. 

(See alzo Streets, etc.) 
Liberty Tree, 212. 

Licenses to sell liquors, 84, 86, 170, 184, 191, 
192, 214, 218, 221, 
234,238, 245. -.51, 
253, 260, 264, 266, 
268, 270, 271,282, 
2S9, 292, 304, 305, 
306. 
petitioners for, 84, 

234, 303. 
to teach, 171. 

as Innholders, nee Innholders. 
withheld, 222, 238, 262, 265. 272. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



343 



Licenses, list of, to act upon, 301. 

return of, to the Court of 

Sessions, 301. 
passed upon, 304. 

Lieutenant-Governor, see Governor. 
Lighthouse tavern, 218. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Linen manufacture, to revive, 281. 
Linseed oil, see Oil. 

Liquors, 84. 86, 170, 183, 184, 191, 192, 214, 

218, 221, 234, 238, 245, 251, 253, 260, 

262, 264, 265, 266, 263, 270, 271, 272, 

282, 289, 292, 304, 305, 306. 

officers under influence of liquor 

insult watchman, 317. 
List of persons taxed, 3. 
Little Cambridge, 194, 207, 270. 
Littleton, 160. 
Liverpool, 88. 
London. 113, 216, 224, 225, 227, 228, 229, 232, 

256, 269, 274, 276, 280. 
Long lane, 118, 254, 263, 264, 265. 

proprietors and inhabitants in, 
petition of, to pave, 138. 
(See also Streets.) 
wharf, 99, 284. 

warehouses on, 248, 272. 
(See also Wharves.) 
Lord's Day, the, 6. 

selectmen's meeting on, 43, 48. 
Loring's wharf, 271, 304. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Lotteries, 281. 
Lovely, (sloop), 184. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Peggy (sloop), 190. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Lumber, 151, 152, 164, 171. 
Lotteries, 50, 138. 

tickets on, 50. 
(See also Faneuil Hall.) 
Lydia (brigantine), 113, 114, 117, 118, 119. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Lyme (town of), 294. 
Lynn street, 222. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 

Mackrel street or laue, 163, 176. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Maiden, 263. 

selectmen of, to confer with select- 
men of Boston, 249, 263. 
Marblehead, 6), 76, 135, 155, 161, 241, 305. 
Market, 8, 90, 92, 119, 170, 203, 223, 279. 
hay, 84,255, 288, 239, 304. 
stalls in the, 23, 101, 108, 111, 212, 

221, 223, 267, 318. 
regulating the, 63. 
fish, 304. 
clerks of the, 75, 104, 108, 149, 180, 

191, 203, 210, 262, 272. 
Faneuil Hall, 79, 145, 191, 203, 206, 

213. 
square, 151, 191, 233. 

incumbrance in, to remove, 

233. 

South, 180, 204. 
paving of the east end of, 217. 
nesjroes to work on highway before 

the market, 218. 

doors at east end, to be opened, 218. 
Murlborough street, 12, 59. 

drain across, 59. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Maryland, 152, 161, 165, 170, 172, 176. 
small-pox raging in, 147. 
quarantine of vessels from, 149, 

151. 

Massachusetts Bay, Province of, 2, 23, 63, 
69, 72, 93, 94, 123, 153, 159, 160, 164, 163, 
168, 174, 177,178. 182, 183, 136, 189, 190,192, 
193, 194, 201, 207, 234, 237, 241, 252, 259, 
267, .77, 273, 279. 233, 286, 290, 292, 294, 
296, 299, 302, 303, 306, 308, 309, 310, 316. 



Mather's, Mr., church, 163. 

(See aim Meeting houses.) 
Measurer of Grain, see Grain. 
Medford, 286. 
Medicines, 7. 
Meeting-houses : 

Dr. Cutler's church, 1,50, 

75, 76, 78, 247, 270. 
Old North Church, 5, 6, 
7, 8, 39, 41, 43, 44, 47, 
49, 242. 
Mr. Greaton's church, 2, 

59. 

Dr. White's church, 1. 
North meeting-house, 8. 
Rev. Mr. Elliot's 7, 8, 22, 
78,81, 83,204, 211.221. 
Rev. Mr. Pemberton's, 19, 

22,26,40,41,44, 78. 
Dr. Sewall's 41, 171. 
South meeting-house, 59. 
Rev. Mr. Byles, 70, 118, 

122, 264. 
New North church, 73, 

86, 148, ISO. 
Mr. Mather's, 163. 
Rev. Mr. Checkley's, 239. 
Old Brick church, 269, 

270. 

Mr. Morehead's, 288. 
New Brick meeting house, 

302, 304. 

Memorials, 23, 215, 244. 
Middlesex, county of, 23. 
Middle street, 8, 43, 47, 141, 218. 
(See also Streets.) 
Middlecot street, 304. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Middleton, 106. 
Militia, 114, 267, 291, 295. 
Milk street, 162, 

line on one side of, to run, 237. 
town pump in, 231. 
common sewer in, 272. 
(See also Streets.) 
Mill bridsje, the, see Bridge, 
owners, 219. 
pond, 26, 232, 304. 
creek, 42, 43, 7-S 81, 83. 
land stream, 143. 
wind, 146. 
Millers, 46. 

act relative to, to alter, 160. 
law relative to, to revive, 283. 

(See also Trades.) 
Mills, grist, 138. 
north, 304. 
Milton, 238, 231. 
Minot's T, see Minot's wharf, 
wharf, 105, 185. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Mobs, see Riots. 

Moletto (mulatto) girl, see negroes, etc. 
Moneys, town to grant for payment of 
Bchoolmaste r s' 
salaries, 204. 
for relief of the 
poor, 49, 61, 138, 
204. 

due the town, 210. 
Moon court, 63. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Morehead's, Mr., meeting-house, 288. 

(See also Meeting-houses. 1 
Mulberry trees, reward offered for planting, 
306. 

(See also Trees.) 
Mystick, 246. 



Nancy (sloop), 152-3. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Nantasket, 274. 
Natural philosophy, 171. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 55. 



Neck, the, 51, 97, 103, 138, 170, 174, 179, 184, 

21S, 221. 

tavern on, 84, 179, 250, 304. 
repairing the, 51, 218, 305. 
damage on, 63. 

land leased by S:imnel Wentworth 
and John Hill, 97, 103, 138, UO. 
on west side of, 107. 

lease of, 233. 

on north side of, 138, 249, 257. 
land on, to fence in, 142. 
gallows on, to erect, 146. 

0'.} the, 257. 
dams on east and west side of, to 

repair, 151. 
bull pasture on, 213, 244, 250, 253, 

256, 257. 

lease of, 250, 283. 
land and house on, to lease, 214, 

253. 

gravel for, to supply, 217, 224, 248. 
town's land on south-eastern side 
of, to lease, 233. 
not to incuraber, 233. 
land on south side of, 248, 253. 
town allows Gideon Gardner 

153 O. T. for sbop on, 257. 
removal of family from town 

house on. 236. 
lease of land on, by Sutton Byles, 

286. 

Negroes, inulattocs. and Indians, 5, 8, 19, 20, 
28, 46, 47, 55. 65, 76, 77, 79, 99, 
100, 135, 170, 216. 
emancipated negress, 55. 

negroes, 218, 236, 295- 

6. 

statistics of small-pox among, 80. 
to work on highways, 218. 
implemants to work with, to fur- 
nish, 257. 

depositions relative to, 313, 314. 
watch to be kept upon, 314. 
conspiracy to enter into, 314. 
New Boston, 44, 47, 43, 70, 71, 76, 135, 166, 
183, 194, 195, 201, 203, 219, 
265, 291. 
fire-engines kept at, 263, 270-71. 

men, 239, 27-1-71. 
hospital at, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 
17, 20, 21, 26, 29, 31,41, 43, 
47, 48, 49, 59, 62, 65, 67, 70, 
7rt, 77, 83, 87, 99, 1 10, 180, 1S5, 
187, 190, 103, 216, 230, 260, 
293, 313. 

hospital at, purchase of, 257. 
keeper of, 59, 70, 71, 99, 110, 

186, 187, 216. 

damage to, by high tides, 59. 

Inventory of all utensils, 

etc., in use at, to give, 110, 

261. 

new keeper, appointed, 248, 

258. 
former keeper warned out, 

250. 
former keeper warned out a 

second time, 258. 
former keeper ejected, 258. 
(See alfio Hospitals.) 
New Brick meeting house, 302, 304. 
(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Newbury, 161, 296, 308, 312. 
street, 212. 

(See also Streets.) 
Newfoundland. 7, 8, 122. 135, 237, 266, 273. 

( See also Islands.) 
New London, 161. 

North Church. 73, 86. 143, 180. 
(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Port, 99. 

Newspapers, see Print*, public. 
Newton, 122. 
New York, 95, 246. 



Noble's wharf, 12S. 

(Seen/jo Wharves.) 
Noddle's Island, 60. 

Inoculating at, 66, 72. 
(See also Islands.) 
Nontacook, 175. 
North America, 309. 

Battery, 13, It, IS, 32, 35, 38, 48, 162, 
233, 252, 294, 310. 

(See alzo Batteries.) 
Burying ground, 1, 20, 204, 211, 213, 

249. 

committee to in- 
spect, 65. 
repairs at, 250. 
(See also Burial Places.) 
Carolina, 167, 261, 277. 
End, 22,163, 185, 218, 249, 259,265, 

271, 278, 295, 304. 
Insurance Office, pavement near, to 

repair, 294. 
Mills, 304. 

(SeeuUo Mills.) 
street, 263, 306, 307. 

(See aUr> Streets, etc.) 
Watch, 2S2, 317. 

(See also Watch.) 
Norwich (England), 311. 
Nuisances to abate, 130. 
Nurses, 13, 16, 17, 24, 25, 39, 77. 
salaries of, 29, 54. 



Oil, linseed, 180. 

Old Brick church, 263, 270. 

(See n(9i> Meisting-hotises.) 
North church, 5, 6, 7, 8, 39, 41, 43,44, 47, 
49. 242. 

(See alxo Meeting-houses.) 
Oliver's Dock, 153, 162. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Orange street, 91, 93, 94, 95, 334. 
(See also Streets.) 
Tree, the, 45, 47, 266. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Orders, town, to enact, 18. 

concerning visitation. 

concerning burials, 1, 12, 18, 20, 22, 

26, 27, 23, 36, 53. 
small-pox, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 
10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 
17, 19, 20, 25, 27. 30, 
32, 33,40, 41, 42, 43, 
45,47, 48,49,66,71-2, 
74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 
160. 

copies of, to print, 18. 
given keeper of the pest-house, 66. 
trespassers on the common, 57. 

E ticking beef and pork, 58. 
iw of George 2d, 77. 

concerning chirnnies, 38, 131, 132. 

given constables, 71-2. 

given men appointed as guards at 
houses infected with small -pox, 81. 

concerning warning of town meet- 
ings, violated, !)8. 

concorning sale of charcoal, 125, 126, 

concarning cord wood, 1J5. 

warning out of town, 129, 130. 

street refuse, or other nuisance, 139. 

street robberies, to republish, 132. 

concerning choice of surveyors of 
highways, to set aside, 150. 

on infringement of Impost, 184. 

concorning strangers, 130, 139, 201. 

infringement of , to punish, 245, 262, 
268, 282, 314. 

relative to millers, to revive, 283. 
to bakers' bread, 283. 

standing nn<l temporary laws, of 

the Province, 295. 
Ordnance, 252. 

(See aluo Batteries.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



345 



Paddy's alley, 7, 8, 14, 20, 26, 39, 47, 48, 49. 
new street near, 250. 
(See also Street ) 
Painters, 131, 248. 

(See also Trades.) 
Parliament, act of, relative to billeting troops, 

see Act. 

Passengers on board Snow Holyoke, 225. 
Paving, etc., see Streets. 
Pemberton's, Ken. Mr., Church, 19, 22, 26, 

40, 41, 43, 44, 78. 
(See also Meeting-houses.) 
hill, 151. 

shops on, belonging to 

Town, 151, 
to repair, 213. 

Penalties, 58, 76, 125, 136, 245. 
Perambulations or Surveys, 70. 

Beer lane, bounds of, to pre- 
serve, 70. 

of laud on Beacon Hill, 90. 
bounds of Battery March street 

defined, 140. 
bounds of Hough's and Salbry's 

lands, 163, 176. 
bounds between ClementCollins 

and John Webb, 169. 
bounds between town and town, 

179, 181, 316, 317. 
line on one side of Milk street, 

to run, 237. 
bounds of Mr. Gule's (?) land, 

240. 

bounds of land near Fortifica- 
tion, 295. 

Pest-house, see Hospital. 
Petitions : 

James Day, 50. 
Mr. Thomas Milliken, 55. 
Phenix (brigantine) , 154-5,156. 
(S(e alxo Ships, etc.) 
PhilaJelphia, 75, 127, 164, 170, 171, 180, 185, 

234,258. 
passage of 12 poor persons to, 

263. 
Physicians, names of, 57-8, 75, 77, 95, 193, 

216, 240. 

account for medicine and at- 
tendance of Province poor, 
262. 

Pickets, the, see Fortifications. 
Pipes, 297, 299. 
1'iscataqua, 59, 225, 234. 

collector of, 225, 227. 
Plans, 269. 

for two pillars for fortification at 

south end, 269. 
Plymouth, N.E., 83, 168. 
Point Shirley, 64, 69, 70, 73, 76, 119, 176. 

hospital at, 64. 
Polly (stoop), 165, 166. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Pond lane, 213, 239. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Poor, 3, 23, 46, 61, 91, 117, 167, 249, 268. 

to be employed in manufacturing 

linen, 281. 
case of Jacob Tuber, 3. 

Mrs. Choate, 46-7. 
for relief of, 49, 61, 133. 
case of Ishmael Bamfort and wife, 94. 
John Burk, 95, 113. 

removed to the gaol, 109. 
Joseph Asply, 113. 
Richard Leader, 140. 
Robert Lesley, 144. 
William Dicks, 153. 
John Moses, 158-9. 
Paul Bejean, 164. 
John Fabre and his wife Mar- 
garet, 164. 

Elizabeth Hutenot. 166. 
John Hig^ins, 172. 
Laurence Cooper, 174. 



Poor, case of James Perrin, 175. 

William Hutson, 175. 

John Newman, 178. 

John Whelan, 182. 

Mary Montgomery and child, 
183. 

Jane McClond, 184. 

Joshua Jones, 188. 

John Lewis, 186. 

Peter Murray, 189. 

Benjamin Dc'vt, wife, and 
child, 192. 

John Domineco, 193. 

John Adams, 201, 209. 

Sarah Hodges and children, 
201, 202. 

Robert Sandford, 213. 

Thomas Marston, 234. 

John Plant, 234. 

John Wade, 234. 

Elizabeth Dun, 237. 

William Smith, 237. 

Michael Foreman, 237. 

John Anderson, 237. 

Christopher Morton, 241. 

Abraham i''airbanks, 241. 

James Clark, 2U. 

Thomas Fling, 241. 

Joseph Landre, 241. 

Mrs. Augustus White a linn 
Blanc and family, 243. 

Charles alias Joseph Landre 
and family, 243. 

Michael Carney, 246. 

Georgo Crist, 246. 

John Honry Rainghee, 241. 

Christopher Perver, 246. 

Jamea Butler. 243. 

Mrs. King, 249. 

Mrs. Perkins, 249. 

James Butlsr, 252. 

Abigail Hicks and child, 255. 

John Asken, 256. 

Jacob Sehweller, 253. 

William Douneven, 259. 

Thomas Marston, 262, 265. 

Deidree Ban way, wife Hann:ih, 
and child Oliver, 267. 

Elizabeth Moniper, 274. 

Michaol Deagle ami wife, 273. 

Anthony Coffin, 278. 

John Henry Rinwinger, 279. 

Spear, and , 279. 

widow Petty, 282. 

Samuel Morbce, 236. 

William Dix, 239. 

Elizabeth Hubnocks, 290. 

Henry Raeninhar, 291. 

William Dunlee, 292. 

Sarah Allan, 233. 

John Cunningham, 299. 

John B 'rnard, 300. 

Sarah Dunssut and Katherine 
Sullivan, 302. 

Robert Low, 332. 

Sarah Allen, 302. 

Charles Ryley, 306. 

Richard Swansbury, 308. 

Ryan. 309. 

Jacob drnith, 316. 

Overseers of the, 2, 3, 13, 23, 61, 65, 80, 
8'J, 85, 83, 155, 172, 
193, 201, 204, 232, 
234, 246, 257, 278, 
2S3, 299, 302, 316. 
meeting of, 32, 62, 

132, 193, 209. 
choice of, 49, 133,204, 
letter from, see Cor- 
respondence, 
accounts of, 138, 204. 
proposal of, concern- 
ing land north of 
Almshouse, 204. 



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Pork, 58, 68, 16t, 165. 

(See alto Provisions.) 
Portsmouth, 225. 
Pot-ash house, 239, 
Potomock, 161. 
Poultry, 104, 267. 
Pound, 141. 

Powder or ammunition, 290. 
house, 215, 275, 290. 
Ponalbnrrough, 180. 
Precints, gee Wards. 
Prince street, 137, 219, 220, 304. 
(See also Streets.) 

Prints, public, 6, 7,14, 25, 28, 37, 43, 64, 67. 
advertisements in, 6, 7, 14, 21, 
25, 28. 30, 31, 33, 36, 37, 41, 
43. 44, 47, 48-9, 57, 53, 71, 
72-3. 74, 76. 80, 83, 86, 87, 
107, 145, 247, 268, 316. 
concerning small-pox rules, 64, 77, 

205, 262, 265. 

printing of notifications of town 

meetings, 65, 97, 98, 103, 123, 138, 

151, 157, 173, 175, 186, 190, 211, 214, 

215, 232, 238, 246, 247. 

of instructions to representatives, 67. 

proposals for carrying on sail-cloth 

manufacture, 286. 
concerning small-pox, 78, 80. 

contract for chimney- 
sweeping, 100. 
printing extracts from laws relative 

to the town watch, 315. 
law concerning cord wood, 125. 
printing of bill pending on buildings, 
awarded Messrs. Edes & Gill, 144. 
dancing school, 172. 
printing of notice of public rejoicing 
over repeal of Stamp Act, 216, 217. 
Printers, 7, 21, 28, 37, 39, 41, 44, 48, 57, 64, 65, 
67, 77, 80, 97, 103, 123, 138, 144, 
151, 157, 173, 175, 177, 213. 

(See also Trades.) 
Probate Court, see Court. 
Providence, 76, 79, 111, 136. 
Province, the, nee Massachusetts Bay, Pro- 
vince of. 

accounts, 2, 45, 52, 53, 55, 105, 107, 
112, 125, 131, 140, 141, 142, 149, 
159, 172, 174, 177, 178, 189, 193, 
205, 209, 211, 212, 213, 221, 223, 
228, 234, 237, 238, 242, 246, 248, 
253, 255, 256, 259, 268, 270, 271, 
276, 278, 281, 282, 238, 290, 291, 
292, 302, 318, 319. 
charge, 12, 72, 94, 95, 117, 126, 144, 
164, 175, 234, 237, 241, 252, 260, 
261, 265, 278, 279, 306, 308, 309. 
hospital, see Hospital, 
physician, 7. 

boat, condition of, 288, 289. 
taxes, see taxes, 
moneys advanced by the, 113. 
treasurer, 145. 

law relative to choice of surveyors 
of highways, to exempt from, 
150. 

poor, see Almshouse. 
Provisions, 7. 

fish, pork and beef, packing of, 

58. 
Pudden (Pudding) lane, see Devonshire 

street. 
Pump, town, 106, 230. 

persons assessed for use of, 142-3. 
near Oliver's dock, 162. 
in well on Deer Island, 188. 
Purchase street, 304. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 



Quarantine, 89, 91, 113, 114, 154, 176,185,225, 
226, 228, 229, 274, 280, 284, 297, 
300. 



Quarantine, all vessels from Maryland and 

Barbadoes, 147. 
Quebec, 318. 
Queen street, 85. 

writing school in, 85, 95-6, 173, 234, 
270, 289, 290, 2:41, 294, 235, 296. 

(See also Streets.) 
Quit rents, 4, 113, 235. 

Rails for town fences, to procure, 142. 

(See also Fences.) 

Rainsford's Island, 1, 11, 27, 32, 39, 40, 68, 
88, 89, 113, 117, 118, 
127, 155, 156, 157, 212, 
223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 
228, 229, 230, 232, 26J, 
274, 276, 277, 230, 2<4, 
297, 300, 303, 308. 
hospital at, see Hospital, 
wood for, 235. 
keeper at, 83, 154, 
156, 157, 159, 222, 
223, 224, 225, 2^6, 
277, 280. 
inventory of articles at 

the hospital on, 223. 
lane, 150. 

(See also Streets.) 
Ranger (sloop), 171. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Rates, 3, 23, 97, 138, 251, 282, 283, 302, 317, 

318, 319. 

abatements, 23, 50, 63, 138, 204, 294. 
collectors of, 45, 50, 114, 115, 119, 122, 
126, 138, 157, 181, 182, 185, 203, 210, 
222, 227, 233, 251, 252, 254, 255, 261, 
269, 271, 272, 277, 283, 287, 293, 291, 
302, 317, 318, 319. 
premiums, 50, 53, 126, 138, 204, 222, 

255, 293, 302. 

tax books, 237, 247, 269, 272, 293, 317. 
Reading, persons coming from, warned out 

of town, 287. 
Rebecca (brigantine) , 154, 156, 157. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Receipts, 43, 44. 

street tax, 45. 

(See also Taxes.) 
Records, 9, 164, 211. 

book of, persons warned out of the 

town, 53, 143. 
almshouse, 205. 
indices to, 216. 

Refuse, street, to remove, 130, 223. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Register of Deeds, see Deeds. 
Rehobpth. 221. 
Rejoicing, day of public and general, 216, 

247. 
Rents, 4, 19, 51, 56, 107, 192, 224, 241, 242, 

213. 249, 253, 254, 257, 288, 295. 
of stalls in F. II. Market, 267. 
Reports, 4, 261. 

on visitation of the tovn, 36. 
concerning defective chimnies. 35, 

37, 33, 131, 132, 137, 220, 
of town committees, 49, 64, 123, 138, 
151, 204, 223-24, 231, 233, 289, 295. 
on condition of engine house at 

West Boston, 112. 
North Latin School, 122. 
boundary between Boston and Rox- 

bury, 181. 
almsbouse, 239. 
visit to Gen. Gage, 315-16. 
Representatives, 15, 27, 64, 69, 83, 160, 176, 

222, 257, 299. 
House of, 8, 23, 176. 

speaker of the, 

8, 69, 176, 177. 

instructions to the, 63,67, 

175. 

choice of, 64, 150, 151, 176, 
177. 216, 290. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



347 



Rhode Island, 47, 135, 136. 
Kiots, 101. 

damage and losses sustained by, 22?. 
Robberies, street, law concerning, to re- 
publish, 132. 

(See, also Orders, town.) 
Robert (transport), 316. 

(See alao Vessels.) 
Rope walks, 13. 

Grey's, 14, 39, 78, 86, 122. 
Rough Minute Book, see Records. 
Rowe's wharf, 295. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Roxbury, 46, 47, 51, 54, 76, 113, 136, 183, 191, 

217, 224, 244, 253, 265. 
selectmen of, 62, 70, 179, 181, 242, 

310, 317. 
bounds between, and Boston to 

run, 179, 316, 317. 
removal of a family, by the town, 

to, 286. 
hill, 217. 
Royal Exchange, 105, 135. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Exchange lane, 135, 234, 304. 

(See also Streets.) 
Rum. 167. 
Rutland, 135, 243. 
Rye-meal, see Breadstuff s. 



Sadlers, 3. 

(See also Trades.) 

Sail-cloth, manufacture of, proposals, 286. 
Salaries allowed, Peter Curtis, 27. 

Michael Ash. 27, 52. 

Thomas Williston, 27, 35, 
51, 104. 

John Williston, 27, 35, 104. 

David Lenox, 27, 35, 52. 

John Holbrook, 27, 55. 

Patrick McLary, 28, 42. 

Nicholas Murphy, 29, 52. 

David Osborne, 29. 

Edward Ireland, 29. 

Priscilla Fowle, 29. 

Mrs. Mary Jarvis, 29. 

John Hamburry or Hand- 
bury, 31, 46, 52. 

Town clerk, 32, 36, 71. 

Robert McNear, 35. 

Timothy Dunn, 35, 52. 

Thomas Demerry, 39, 52. 

Robert Berry, 42. 

Peter Jervis, 42. 

Samuel Ober, 42. 

Jonathan Paynon (tax col- 
lector), 4S. 

Samuel Ad:ims, (tax col- 
lector), 45. 

Michael Ryan, 45. 

Martha Barrett, 46. 

Daniel Donally, 46. 

Dennis Olissen, 46, 50. 

Robert McElroy, 46. 

Samuel Sewall, 46. 

David Donally, 52. 

Philip Carrol, '16. 

John Vail, 50. 

John Sargent, 50. 

Edmund Fitz Patrick, 51. 

Isaac Massingham, 51. 

Robert McNear, 51. 

James Martin, 51. 

Katherine Tayler, 52. 

Joseph (rlidden, 52. 

Ichabod Williston, 52. 
wife of, 62. 

Timothy Pease, 52. 

Edward Dempsey, 52. 

Firemen's premium, 53. 

Margaret Stevens, 54. 

William Barrett, 55. 

Joseph Gardner, 55. 



Salaries allowed, Mary Stride, 56. 

Tho'mas Mayor, 56. 
Nathaniel Thwing, 56. 
Joseph Foye, 62, 75, 82, 99, 

111. 

Esther Foye, 62. 
Thomas Procter, 62. 
Frankland &Co., 73. 
Sampson Salter, 79. 
Richard Tripe, 79. 
Joseph Badger, 79. 
Adam Uartwick or Art- 
wick, 86, 91. 
Isaac Massingham, 79. 
Robert Gibbs, 79. 
Johu Mortell, 82. 
Philip Mockland, 82. 
Lawrence Collins, 85, 96. 
John Hyder, 87, 99. 
William Ross, 91,96. 
Esthur Buccannan, 93. 
Hannah Robishau, 101. 
William Cooper (town 
clerk), 101-2, 110, 116, 
207. 

Messrs. Thornton & Put. 
ham, 105. 

Young, 109. 

John Gray, 109. 
Samuel Sewall, 109. 
Thomas Chapham, 112. 

Bullman, 115. 

Administrator of estate of 
the late Ephraim Lang- 
don, 192. 

Jonathan Payson, 203. 
John Fenno, 203, 211. 
town clerk, 217, 237, 294. 
John Hutchinson,219,221. 
Sampson Salter, 222, 262. 
John Grant, 227. 
Dalton et at*., 231. 
Samuel Waterbouse, 234. 
Mr. Adams, 246. 
John Kuddock, 251. 
Jonathan Payson, 251. 
Edward Hollyday, 252, 

293. 
Timothy Thornton, 259, 

264. 
Matthew White and wife, 

259, 265. 
David Wheeler, 271. 

Heath, 273. 

John Joy, 278. 
Major Payson, 282. 
Mr. Williston, 286. 
Samuel Ruggles, 293. 
Mr. Pratt (of Deer Island), 

302. 

James Gardner, 317. 
Salem, 104, 215. 

letter from committee of town of, 310. 
street, 265,270. 

(See aluo Streets, etc.) 
Sally (sloop], 153. 

(See alto Ships, etc.) 
Salutation ferry, 84, 264. 

(See n'so Taverns.) 
Scales, see Weights and Measures. 
Schooner Tavern, fife Sign of the Schooner. 
School street, 84, 205, 304. 

(See also Streets.) 
Schools. 83, 183. 

masters, 49, 74, 161, 173, 183, 216, 
219, 220, 221, 234, 240, 
243, 244, 246, 249, 270, 
289, 290, 296, 313. 
salaries, 49, 240. 
ushers, 97, 93, 122, 127, 132, 188, 189, 

192, 243. 

salaries, 97, 98, 290. 
committees to visit, to appoint, 49, 
138. 



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Schools, private school, permission to open, 

63. 

school supplies, 294. 
houses, 74. 
assistant to teach writing, ciphering, 

etc., 289. 

repairs on, 74, 107, 234, 237. 
visitation of, 83, 84, 85, 118, 160-61, 

218, 257, 258, 299-300. 
statistics 85. 

Grammar, North, 85, 127 132, 188, 
189, 192, 243, 244, 246, 
249, 250, 313. 
South, 85, 97, 98, 220, 

221. 

Writing, South, 85, 118, 216. 
North, 85, 237, 290. 
Latin, North, 118, 122, 167, 188, 237, 

26/. 

writing school in Queen street, 85, 
95-6, 173, 234, 270, 289, 290, 291, 
294, 235, 296. 
dancing, 172. 

im/i fencing, 229, 231. 
free writing, 173. 

fences round North, to repair, 214. 
Mr. Uolbrook's gaol near, 219. 
Sea street, 304. 

(Seealw Streets, etc.) 
Sealers of Leather, zee Leather. 
Sealiug-irons, see Leather. 

hammers, see Leather. 
Sedans, see Vehicles. 

Selectmen, 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16, 1 7, 18, 19, 20, 
22, 23. 21, 25, 26, 29, 31, 35, 36, 
37, 38, 33, 40, 41, 43, 41, 45, 47, 
49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 58, 5!1, 6J, 64, 

65, 66, 63, 69, 72, 74, 77, 80, 83, 
93, 94, 95,98, 100, 106, 108, 111, 
113, 114, 141, 146, 148, 153, 154, 
155, 159, 160, 167, 170, 172, 174, 
176, 178, 179, 181, 184, 191, 192, 
193, 104, 197, 198, 201, 202, 204, 
216, 219, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 
243, 250, 252, 255, 257, 260, 267, 
263, 274, 275, 276, 294, 295, 297, 
293, 308, 309, 310, 311, 314, 315, 
316. 317, 313, 319. 

to choose, 49, 138, 150, 157, 292. 

trip of, to Kainsford Island, ex- 
penses, 203. 

names of, 253. 

meeting, on the Lord's Day, 43, 
48. 

memorial of the, 23. 

petition to, 50, 55, 60, 246, 253. 

records, 9. 

letters to and from, see Corres- 
pondence. 

Selectmen's chamber, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 30, 33, 
3(5,46, 53, 62, 64, 71, 92, 103, 
105-6, 114. 115, 118. 133, 154. 
155, 171, 172, 181, 193, 196, 198, 
214, 216, 233, 240, 242, 245, 254, 
255, 2ri2, 283, 263, 279, 284, 299, 
312, 316, 317. 

meetings, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 
12,13,14,15, 17, 13,19,20,21, 
22, 2t, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 
32, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40. 41, 42, 43, 
45, 47, 43, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
55, 57. 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 

66, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 
76,77,78.79, 80, 81,82,84,85, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, 97, 
98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 105, 107, 108. 109, 110, 111, 
112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 119, 
120. 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 125, 
]27, 123, 129, 130, 131, 132, 135, 
136, 137, 138, 139, 140. 141, 142, 
J43, 144, 145, 147, 148, 149, 150, 
151, 152, 153, 154, 156, 157, 158, 
159, 160, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 



Selectmen's inoetiiiirs, 107 , 168, 170, 171, 
172, 17J, 171, 17.i, 17(5, 177. 178, 
180, 181, 162, 183, 134, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 139, hii), KH. 192, 193, 
194, 195, 19>>, 1117, l.'S, 201, 20'.', 
203, 204, 205, 2DO. 207. 2(13, 200, 
210, 211, 212, ^13, 214, 215, 216, 
217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 
224, 225, 2 >ii. -'-'7, 2i-i, 22'.i, 230, 
231, 232, 233, 234, 2:1.'., 2 ;r., -j.i7, 
238, 239, 240. 241, 212, 24 :. 2U, 
245, 24'j, 247, 2 IS, 249, 2)0, 251, 
252, 253, 254, 25'), 25(i, 257, 25 s, 
259, 200, 261, 262, 203, 2-.il, 2>>5, 
266, 267, 263, 26'3, 270. 271, 272, 
273, 274, 275, 270, 27/, 278, 273, 
280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 2S>, 2vi, 
287, 288, 289, 2 '0, 291, 232, 233, 
294, 295, 296, 297, 29S, 293, 3JO, 
301, 302, 30!, 305, 306, 307, 338, 
309, 310, 311, 312. 313, 314, 315, 
317, 318, 319. 
Settlement, question of, in case of David 

Tweed, 119. 
Sewall's, l>r., Meeting House, 41, 171. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Sextons, 52, 53, 204, 211. 

names of, 53-4, 204,211. 
orders to, 54. 

Sheriff, county, see County. 
Ship street, 224, 295. 

("See also Streets, etc.) 

Ships, vessels, etc., 1, 11, 12, 47, 48, 61, 65, 66, 
88, 91, 95, 113, 119, 127, 
151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 
156, 16i, 165, 166, 167, 
171, 172, 175, 176, 180, 
184, 185, 186, 193, 214, 
215, 224, 225, 226, 227, 
223, 229, 230, 235, 266, 
275, 276, 277, 230, 284, 
285, 2-iS, 294, 2'36, 298, 
299, 300, 305, 303, 311, 
315, 316. 

cargoes, 63, 88,89,91, 119, 

151, 152, 164, 165, 167, 

171, 175, 176, 180, 185, 

190, 225, 235. 

ship-yards, 45, 170, 222, 

260. 

in quarantine, 89,91,95, 
113, 114, 147, 154, 133, 
185. 

impressment of men, 236. 
his majesty's ship, 290. 
coasters, 236 

transport vessels, 309, 
315-16. 
small-pox on board, 

315. 
Shipwrights, 125. 

(See also Trades.) 
Shipyards, see Ships, etc. 
Shoemakers, 24, 25, 135, 239. 

(See also Trades.) 

Sign of the Black and White Horse, 266. 
of the Lamb, 276. 
of the Schooner, 1, 8, 29. 
of the White Horse, 111. 

(Seeulxo Taverns) 

Signals, 78, 79,80, 81, 8,5, 86, 87,93,90, 99, 180. 
Silk-dyer, 257. 

(See al.no Trades.) 

Silsby, Daniel (iunholder), case of, 99. 
Slaughter-house, 242. 

tanners propose to hire, 
242. 

Sloop , 300. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Small-pox, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 
23, 26, 28, 23, 30, 31, 35, 36, 38, 
39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 
48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



349 



Small-pox 59, 60, 01, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 

69, TO, 71, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 

81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 92, 93, 

94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 101, 104, 109, 

110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 117, 118, 

147, 149, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 

158, 159, 160, 164, 165, 167, 176, 

180, 185, 186, 187, 190, 193, 195, 

208, 216, 2-24, 225, 226, 227, 228, 

229, 230, 232, 233, 260, 274, 275, 

276, 280, 2S4, 285, 296, 297, 298, 

303, 312, 315, 316. 

statistics of, 72, 77, 78, 80, 83, 86. 

memorial concerning, 23. 

(See also Diseases, infectious.) 

Snow Holyoke (vessel), 224, 225, 226, 228, 

229. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 

passengers on board, 225, 

232. 
Soldiers, late, 95, 109, 128, 184, 318. 

wives or children of, 184, 318. 
to set up victually house for, 

318. 

(See also Troops.) 
Sommcrset (sloop), 151. 

(See also Ships, vessels, etc.) 
South Battery, 295, 312. 

(See also Batteries.) 
Bnrying-ground, 20. 

repairs at, 250. 
(See also Burial Places.) 
South End, 61, 91, 94, 110, 118, 122, 130, 167, 

183, 214, 221, 289, 291, 304. 
tavern at, 120. 
slaughter-house at the, 242. 
watch at, 100, 252, 291. 
meeting-house, 59. 
(See also Meeting-houses.) 
market, 180, 1:89. 

(See also Market.) 
street, 305. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
watch, the, 100, 252, 290, 314. 

(See also Watch.) 
Spinning wheels, 42. 
Spriugrteld, 58. 
Stamp Act, see Act. 
Starr lane, 100. 

(See also Streets.) 
Staves, 152, 171. 

(See also Wood.) 
Still House square, 198, 209. 

(See also Streets.) 

Stocks, new, to supply those stolen, 98. 
Stone jayl, the, see Gaol, the. 
Stoughton, 238. 
Stores, 175. 
Strangers, see Aliens. 

Streets, highways, etc., 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 
16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 
31, 35, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 
49, 57, 59, 63, 79, 81, 82, 221-22, 

314. 

inspector of, 130. 
refuse in, to remove, 130, 223. 
surveyors of, law concerning choice, 

to set aside, 150. 
street tax, 45. 

(See also Taxes.) 
to widen, 138, 234. 
east end of market to pave, 217. 
new street near Paddy's alley, 250. 
drains, 59, 61, 74, 94, 106, 107, 118, 
141, 142-43, 143-44, 145, 150, 184, 
186, 198, 209, 218, 221, 224, 232, 233, 
247, 253, 254, 259, 263, 264, 270, 272, 
273, 276, 277, 287, 288, 297, 301, 302, 
305, 306, 316. 

paving of, 50, 55, 59, 63, 74, 94, 105, 
138, 170, 204, 219, 221, 222, 231, 234, 
254, 258, 259, 272, 294. 
repairing of, 51, 145, 217, 220, 254. 
266, 294. 



Streets, street tax, 44, 45. 

(See also Taxes.) 
negroes, free, to work on, 218, 236. 
implements for, 257. 
See alxo the following : 

Atkinson, Auchmuty's lane, Back, 
Battery-march, Beacon, Beer lane, 
Black Horse lane, Blind lane, Board 
alley, Bread, Bromfield lane, Cam- 
bridge, Cold lane. Corn court, Corn- 
hill, Cosv lane, Cross, Cusliing's lane, 
Devonshire (formerly Pudding lane). 
Dock square, Elbow alley, Essex, Fish, 
Fitche's alley, Fore, Frog lane, Gib- 
bins court, Green lane, Hanover, Hog 
alley, Horn lane, Joliff's lane, King, 
Kneoland's lane, Leveret's lane, Long 
lane, Lynn, Mackiel, Market square, 
Marlbo rough, Middle, Middlecot, Milk, 
Moon court, Newbury, North, Orange, 
Paddy's alley. Pond lane, Purchase, 
Queen, Rainsford's lane, Royal Ex- 
change lane, Salem, Sea, School, Ship, 
Still ilouse square, Sudbury, Summer, 
Temple, Tremont, Water, Wing's 
lane, Winter, Wood lane. 
Sndbury street, 83, 170. 

(See also Streets.) 
Suffolk, county of, 2, 11, 23, 63, 92, 99, 117, 

146, 150, 205, 314. 
sheriff, 63, 92, 146, 150, 230. 
county treasurer, 203. 
Sugar, 167. 
Suits : 

John Child vs. , 204. 

Crawford vs. Fulton, 256. 

sealers of leather vs. Saml. Hughes 

(pending), 2ttl. 
to discontinue, 277. 
Summer street, 143. 

common sewer in, 264. 
(See also Streets.) 

Sureties, bonds to be given as, 55, 114, 115, 
119, 122, 123, 181, 182, 183, 234, 
237, 250, 251, 254, 255, 271, 272, 
277, 283, 287, 288, 293, 307, 317, 
318, 319. 
execution on, of Mr. Saml. Adams, 

to stay, 287. 
Surveys, see Perambulations. 



Tailors, 128, 135. 

(See also Trades.) 
Tallow, 104, 267. 
Tanners, 223. 

complaint entered by, 108, 110-11, 
279. 

visit Selectmen, 118-19, 279. 

to be indemnified, 149. 

propose to hire slaughter-house, 
242. 

(See also Trades.) 
Tar, 165. 

barrel placed in the Beacon, 308. 
Taverners, 55, 84, 241. 
Taverns : 

Sign of the Schooner, 1, 8. 

Green Dragon, the, 35, 55,172,189. 

Orange Tree, the, 45, 47. 

Salutation Ferry, the, 84. 

George, the, 84, 179, 184, 250, 304. 

Bunch of Grapes, 86, 147. 

Admiral Vernon's, 100. 

on Minot's wharf, 105. 

Royal Exchange, 105, 135. 

Sign of the White Horse, 111. 

Mr. Clark's Tavern, 120. 

Golden Ball, the, 138, 145,151,212, 
236. 

at Clark's wharf (Clark's?), 154. 

Lighthouse Tavern, 218. 

Crown Coffee House, 99, 238, 241. 

Blue Anchor, the, 216. 



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Taverns 

Sign of the Black and White 

Horse, 266. 

Sign of the Lamb, 276. 
White Horse, the, 304. 

Taxes, 3, 23, 138, 251, 282, 283, 302, 31T, 318. 
abatements, 2it, 50, 63, 138, 204, 294. 
county, 23, 222, 227. 
town, 23, 222, 227. 
Province, 23, 222, 227. 
strict, 44, 45. 
poll, 37, 49, 66, 97, 98, 103, 123, 138, 

150, 157, 204. 

real estate, 37, 49, 66, 69, 97, 98, 103, 
123, 133, 150, 157, 177, 204, 207, 244. 
names of persons liable to, 207, 283. 
books, 237, 247, 269, 272, 293, 317. 
premiums, 45, 50, 53, 126, 138, 204, 

222, 253, 255, 293, 302. 
collectors, 45, 50, 114, 115, 119, 122, 
128, 138, 157, 181, 182, 185, 203, 210, 
2'2>, 233, 251, 252, 254, 255, 261, 269, 
271, 277, 283, 287, 293, 294, 302, 317, 
318, 319. 

(See also Rates.) 
Temple street, 304. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Three Friends (schooner}, 175. 
Friends (kloop), 185. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Tickets, lottery, see Lotteries. 
Tin, 299. 
Tobacconist, 176. 

(See also Trades.) 
Tombs, 197. 

(See also Burial Places.) 
Town, the, see Boston, 
cryer, see Cryer. 
house, see House, 
grants, see Grants, 
ladders, see Ladders. 
Town's land, 3-4. 

near fortification, 4. 
on Boston Neck, 97, 98, 138. 
on Beacon hill, 63, 90. 

Town meetings, 33, 40, 50, 57, 63, 64, 65, 69, 
138, 143, 145, 150, 151, 157, 
160, 162, 173, 177, 205, 211, 
212, 214, 215, 241, 244, 246, 
247, 259, 270, 281, 286, 290, 
292,293,307. 

notification of, to print, 69, 
97, 93, 103, 123, 133, 151, 
157, 173, 175, 177, 186, 190, 
211, 214, 215, 232, 23S, 246, 
247, 252, 253, 270, 273, 281, 
286, 293, 293, 307. 
warnings to attend, 49, 63, 
66. 97, 123, 138, 177, 183, 
185, 204, 232, 238, 252, 259, 
281. 

officers, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11. 12, 13, 14, 17, 
18,20,23,24,25,27,28,29,30, 31,32, 
35, 36, 33 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 
53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 
63, 69, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80, 81, 83, 
84, 88, 87, 91, 97, 98, 101, 103, 104, 109, 
113, 114, 115, 116, 122, 123, 126, 127, 
136, 137, 133, 143, 154, 155, 156, 157, 
158, 160, 161, 163, 172, 173, 174, 175, 
177, 179, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 188, 
189, 190, 200, 204, 206, 214, 215, 227, 
229, 230, 232, 233, 235, 236, 241, 215, 
249, 262, 271, 272, 281, 287, 291, 295. 
pump, see Pump, 
records, see Records, 
removed from the, 207. 
slip, nee Wharves, 
taxes, see Taxes, 
treasurer, see Treasurer, 
treasury, see Treasury, 
visitation of the, see Visitation, 
warnings to leave tbo, 59, 86, 111, 135. 
list of persons, to hand in, 
126. 



Town persons appointed to warn others to 

leave, 129, 130, 131. 
Trades : 

bakers, 21, 45, 51, 53, 56, 60, 67, 68, 
90, 96, 101, 116, 129, 136, 139, 142, 
148, 158, 159, 163, 168, 173, 195, 
201, 202, 204, 205, 208, 212, 214, 
217, 218, 220, 223, 229, 231, 233, 
237, 240, 242, 244, 245, 248, 250, 
252, 253, 254, 264, 267, 269, 280, 
282, 285, 290, 294, 298, 302, 307, 
310, 314, 317, 318. 
blacksmiths, 213, 293, 295. 
butchers, 108, 110, 111, 149, 191, 

223, 246, 267, 279. 
carpenters, 0, 7, 172, 251. 
coopers, 30, 122. 
glaziers, 251. 
millers, 46. 
painters, 131,248. 
printers, 7, 21, 28, 37, 39, 41, 44, 
48, 57, 84, 65, 07, 80, 97, 103, 123, 
133, 144, 151, 157, 173, 175, 177, 
213. 

sad 1 era, 3. 
shipwrights, 125. 
shoemakers, 24, 25, 135, 289. 
silk-dyers, 257. 
soap-boilers, 232. 
tailors, 128, 135. 
tanners, 108, 110, 111, 118, 119,149, 

223, 279. 

tobacconists, 176. 
truckmen. 316. 
weavers, 311. 
wood-carvers, 281. 
Transport vessels to bring troops to America, 

809. 

sm;ill-pox on, 315. 
Transportation of paupers, 95. 
Treasurer, County, 203, 210, 250, 252, 254, 

262, 282, 293, 302. 
Province, 145, 203, 210, 250, 252, 

254, 262, 282, 293, 302. 
town, 27, 29, 31, 32, 44, 45, 46, 49, 
50, 51, 52, 62, 73, 75, 114, 116, 119, 
136, 138, 146, 148, 153, 160, 163, 
169, 172, 174, 191, 203, 204, 210, 
227, 234, 239, 250, 252, 254, 262, 
282, 237, 293, 302. 
Treasury, town, 23, 32. 
Trees, lime, to plant, 231. 

mulberry, reward offered for planting, 

306. 
Tremont street, 152, 170, 266. 

(See also Streets.) 
Trespassers to expose, 57. 
Troops, to arrive in Boston, 307. 
where to quarter, 309. 
14th and 29th regiments, 309, 311. 

quarters for, demanded, 311. 
barracks for, 310. 

billeting, act of Parliament for, 310. 
tents for, lacking, 311. 
Common injured by, 314. 
59th Regt. of Foot, 314. 
interfere with watchmen, 317. 
Truckmen, 316. 

(See also Trades.) 
Twenty-ninth Regiment, 309, 311. 

quarters for, de. 

sired, 311. 
(See also Troops.) 
Turks Island, 155. 

(See also Islands.) 
Turnpikes, repairing of, 57. 
Turpentine, 73. 
Two Friends (schooner), 171. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Tyler's shipyard, 260. 

Unity (transport), 316. 
(schooner), 167. 
(See also Ships, vessels, etc.) 



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Vehicles : 

sedan-chairs, 7, 17, 40, 41, 43, 47, 

48, 92, 99. 

carriages, etc., 57, 305. 
Vernon's wharf, 84. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Virginia, lieut. and gov.-gen'l. of, 309. 
Virginia (sloop) , 172. 

(See alto Ships, vessels, etc.) 
Visitation of the Town, 33, 36, 63, 132.-135, 

198-200, 2119, 244, 283-84. 
form of enquiries, 63. 
statistics, 135, 170, 201. 
of Rainsford's Island, 260. 

schools, 83, 84, 85, 118, 160, 161, 

218, 257, 258, 289, 299-300. 
statistics, 85. 
almshouse, 277. 
Voters, qualification of, 287. 

Waltham, 289. 

selectmen of, 289. 
Wardens, choice of, 43, 138, 204. 
Wards or precincts, 33-35, 36, 63, 69, 71, 77, 

80, W, 133-135, 193-200. 
WarLuouses, 106, 145, 220, 223, 244, 248. 
Warned out of town, 53, 135, 141, 166, 201, 
215, 240, 241, 247, 281, 287, 289, 
305. 
book of records of persons, to 

keep, 53. 

persons appointed to attend to 
aliens, 130, 139, 201, 312. 
resignation of, 312. 
salaries of, 139. 
book of names of, warned 

out, 141. 

Warrants, 2, 17, 27, 35, 37, 38, 46, 49, 66, 69, 
97, 98, 99, 103, 117, 123, 131, 137, 138, 150, 
157, 168, 169, 173, 175, 176, 177, 183, 185, 
189, 204, 214, 215, 219, 220, 232, 235, 238, 
241, 247, 252, 259, 270, 273, 281, 287, 290, 
292 293 

Watches, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 

17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 32, 

35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 

49, 81, 236, 237. 

at the Dock, 24, 247, 248, 262, 282, 

288, 289, 317. 
coal for, 289. 
men, 81, 86, 87, 172, 247, 268, 288, 

298, 299, 314, 317. 
supplies, 244. 

allowances made, 27, 29, 45, 115. 
orders to, 81, 248. 
appointed, 87, 94, 282. 
removed, 95,96,288 
replaced, 290. 
return of, 96. 
North, 282, 317. 
South, 100, 252, 291. 
houses, 135, 242, 317. 

to increase, 172. 

near Old North church, to 

rebuild, 242. 
town, 268, 289, 299. 
laws relative to town, to print ex- 
tracts from, 315. 
disturbance between, and soldiers, 

317. 

North, chimney on, to supply, 317. 
Water, persons assessed for use of, 142-3. 
Waterford (in Ireland), 237. 
Water street, 162, 252, 253. 

common sewer in, 106, 145, 

237, 272. 

(See also Streets.) 
Watertown, 131. 

selectmen of, 131, 168. 

Ways, streets, etc., 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 
16,18,19,20, 21,25,26, 
28,29, 31,35,37, 39,41, 
42,43, 44,47,48,49, 57, 
70, 314. 



Ways, streets, etc., to repair, 51, 145, 217, 218, 

254, 266, 294. 
to pave, 55, 204, 219, 221, 
222, 231, 234, 255, 259, 
272, 294, 295. 
drains, 59, 61, 94, 106, 
107, 118, 141, 143-44, 
145, 150, 184, 186, 198, 
224, 276, 277, 287, 288, 
297, 301, 302, 305. 306, 
316. 

turnpikes, 57. 
negroes (free) to work 

on, 218, 236. 
implements for, 257. 
to inspect and regulate, 

138. 

surveyors of, law con- 
cerning choice of, set 
aside, 150. 

bounds of lands in Mack- 
re 1 street or lane, 168. 
bounds of land in Fish 

street, 169. 

by F. H. market to en- 
large, 234. 

the Neck, to repair, 51. 
Fish street, portion of, 

to pave, 50. 

Moon court, to pave, 63. 
Joliff's lane, to widen, 

138. 
Cambridge street, to 

mend, 145. 
Elbow alley, trespass on, 

162. 
Beer lane, bounds of, to 

preserve, 70. 
Battery -March street, en- 
croachments in, 140, 
192. 

Wood lane, drain in, 74. 
Beacon hill, to preserve, 

63, 90. 

Long lane, to pave, 138. 
leading to the Fortifica- 
tion, to pave, 258. 
Weavers, silk and woolen, 311. 
(Seealxo Trades.) 
Weights and measures, 224. 

weighing of hay, 159, 162, 239, 240. 
scales, 224, 240. 

Wells, Daffron's or Baffin's, 75, 82. 
Mr. Holyoke's, 152. 
in the street leading from Milk to 

Water to clean, 162-163. 
en Deer Island, 188. 
Wentworth's wharf, 76. 

(See also Wharves.) 
West Indies, 127. 

(See also Islands.) 
Boston, engine-house at, out of repair, 

report thereon, 112. 
End, 260. 

Weymouth, 206, 212. 
Wharfingers, 17, 192, 239. 
Wharves, 9, 11. 

Coleman's, 9, 64. 
Edmon's, 10. 
Town slip, 11,248. 
Green's, 47. 
Halsey's, 48. , 
Blowers, 73. 
Wentworth's, 76, 78. 
Vernon's, 84. 
Clark's, 97. 
Long, 99, 272. 
Minot's, 105, 185. 
Noble's, 128, 221. 
Hancock's, 153, 170. 
Oliver's dock, 159, 182, 255. 
adjoining North Battery, 162. 
Wells', 201. 
Griffins', 259, 264, 265, 



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Wharves, wharfage, 239. 
Bulls', '265. 
Lorintf's, 271, 304. 
Howe's, 295. 
Greeaough's, 304. 
Glidden's, 304. 
Uancock, 304. 
Wheat, see Breadstuffs. 
White's, Dr., church, 1. 

(See. also Meeting-houses.) 
White Horse, the, 304. 

(See also Taverns.) 

Widow's trust, legacy left selectmen of Bos- 
ton to form, 144, 261. 

(See also Legacies.) 
William (brtpantine), 228, 229, 230, 231. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Wills: 

of Mrs. Joanna Brooker, 144. 
Mr. Brooker, 261, 280-81. 
Martha Bridge, 296. 
Wind-mill, see Mill. 

Mill Point, 78, 81, 264. 



Wing's lane, 106, 190, 238, 244, 306. 

(Set also Streets.) 

WinaJsimet Ferry, 221, 261, 265, 294. 
to repair, 171, 294. 
(See also Ferries.) 
Winter street, 277. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Wood, cord, 15, 42, 54, 235, 296. 
restrictions on, 17. 
law concerning, 125. 
stakes, 196, 208. 
for hospital at liainsford Island, 

234, 305. 
Wood lane, 74, 265, 287. 

drain into the common sewer, 74. 
(See also Streets.) 
Workhouse, 2, 172, 232, 233. 
keeper of the, 2. 



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