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

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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 
1769-1775, 



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FORM NO. 522: 6,3.94. 4M. 



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A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS 



CITY OF BOSTON, 



CONTAINING THE 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES FROM 1769 THROUGH APRIL, 1775, 




BOSTON: 

ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS. 
1893. 



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[DOCUMENT 42 1893.] 




A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS. 



The Twenty-third Report of the Record Commissioners 
continues the Proceedings of the Boston Selectmen from 
January, 1769, to April 19, 1775. During this period, the 
entries refer almost exclusively to the same matter as in 
more peaceful times, only one or two paragraphs dealing 
with the presence of British troops. For expressions of the 
feeling of the citizens, reference must be made to the record 
of the Town Meetings, printed in our eighteenth report. 



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

WILLIAM H. WHITMORE, 

City Registrar. 

CITT HALL, February 22. 1893. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK THIRTEENTH. 

[ Continued.] 



Boston Ssi At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 4. 1769 

Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Howe Pemberton, 

Inches. 

The following was sent the Assessors of the Town 

Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of other 
Towns in this Province, ought to be taxed here, for the Real Es- 
tates they Occupy, and the business they do here, it being agreable 
to Law Viz 1 . 

James Russell Esq r . Elisha Doane Esq r . 

Ralph Inman Esq r . John Boreland Esq r . 

Joseph Palmer & Comp 7 . Jerathmiel Bowers Esq r . 

Seth Blodget 
We are Gentlemen 

Your humble servants 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 

JOSEPH JACKSON 

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JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
JOHN ROWE 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 



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To 

The Assessors of the Town 

of Boston 
Boston December 28. 1768. 

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

Complaint having been made to the Selectmen by Mess: Ballard 
Lewis & others, that the Chimnies of a House on Ship Street is 
insufficient & dangerous the following Warrant was given 

Mess". Elijah Hews & John Brown 

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




2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

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

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
JOHN ROWE 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
Boston January 11, 1769 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 13. 1769 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pernberton, Ruddock, 
Rowe 

Passed upon George Hardwick's Province Acco 13 . amounting to 
2 . 16 / as p. Copy on file 

Voted, That the Select Men Consent that Cap 1 . Paddock & the 
other officers of the Artillery Company should Erect a Gun House 
upon the Towns Land near the Common for the Accommodation of 
said Company, the Expence of which not to Exceed Sixty six 
pounds thirteen shillings & four pence, & the Select Men Engage 
to use their Influence with the Town that said officers shall have a 
Lease of said Land for a suitable Term of years, but if the Town 
will not give the Lease, the Select Men in their Capacity agree to 
Give them a Draft on the Town Treasurer for the Expence of said 
Building. 

[17O.] Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 16. 
1769 Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, 

Pemberton, Inches. 

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

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

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

Pemberton, 

Voted that M r . Love be directed to see one Barret carried to 
Charlestown, as also one Diver to the place he belongs to 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 19, 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Rowe. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 21. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 3 

South "Watch complain of ill treatment received from Officers on 
Thursday Night 

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

Voted, that a Warr 1 . be issued for a Town Meeting on Fryday 
next at 3. O Clock P.M. 

Voted, that Mess. Fleets or Edes & Gill have the printing of 
the same 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 25. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Rowe Pemberton, 

Inches 

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

Cap*. Sharp of Engine N. 2. presented Daniel Man Warren as a 
suitable Person for his Comp y . in the room of Samuel Brown dec d . 
who was accepted accordingly 

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

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

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

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

One Zerviah Smith a Widow last from Marblehead formerly of 
Cape May in the Jerseys, being near laying in & not having where- 
withall to support herself, was sent to the Almshouse on the Prov- 
ince Acco*. by Coll . Henshaw & Jackson 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 1. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Rowe Inches 

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'. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 8 - 
a 4 d . Ditto not above J Indian Meal - - 3 - 7 - 
Bisket of a Copper piece - - 4-12 

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



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Voted, that the same be drawn for next Draft Day 
drawn for 

Cap'. Read of Engine N. 5. applys by M r . Shubal Hews for the 
Premium of 13/4 for bringing their Engine to play first at the 
Fire which broke out at the Jayl last Monday Night 

Voted, that a draft be made for the same next Draft Day 
(drawn for) 

Passed upon M r . Willistons Account of Supplys for going down 
to Deer Island on the Province service amounting to 5 . 5 . 7 - d 

Voted, that Cap'. Ruddock be empowered to Agree with one or 
more Men to keep Boats on Boston Side of Wiunuesimit Ferry on 
the best terms they can. 

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

The Selectmen considered the matter of M r . Hollydays Sureties 
as offered in two Bonds, but nothing concluded 

[173.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 4. 
1769 Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pem- 
berton, Inches 

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

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

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

Voted, that Gideon Gardner have a draft for 20 on the 
Town Treasurer granted him Jau y . 18 for a Wooden Building 
added to the Bull Pasture House (drawn for) 

The Committee appointed to survey M r . Pages Chimnies Re- 
ported, that the[y] found them in such a situation as renders 
them dangerous to the Occupier and Traveller & unsafe for the 
Neighbours 

The Copy of said Warrent for the Survey is as follows 

Boston Jan*. 11. 1769 
M r . Elijah Hews & M r . John Brown 

Complaint being made to us that the Chimnies of a House in 
Ship Street occupied by Persons unknown & owned by William 
Page are insufficient and dangerous We desire & impower you 
to survey the same, and Report to us your Judgment concerning 
them 

JOSHUA HENSHAW ") g 
JOSEPH JACKSON fl 

JOHN RUDDOCK 1 3 
JOHN HANCOCK i 4? o 
JOHN ROWE 
SAM: PEMBERTON 



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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 5 

[174.] In consequence of the Return made on the foregoing 
Warrant, it was Voted, that the following Letter or Order be sent 
M r . Page 

Boston Feb*. 4. 1769 
M r . William Page 

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

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 8. 1769 
Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pembert^n, Inches 

Cap 1 . Curtis of Engine X. 8 presonti"! Join) Ft-nuo as an 
Engine Man for his Company in the room of Thomas Hinckley 
removed who was accepted accordingly 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 31'. of January last to 
receive into the Alms house on the Province Acco'. one Mary 
Murry & her Child, being Strangers & unable to help themselves 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 12. of December 1768 to 
receive into the Alms house on the Province Acco 1 . one John 
Dwyer a Distracted Person, not an Inhabitant of any Town in 
this Province & being unable to help himself 

Both sign'd by Hancock & 
Pemberton 

[175.] M r . Hancock & M r . Pemberton a Committee to go to 
the Alms house to enquire relative to D r . Whitworth & D r . Gard- 
ners Accounts 

M r . Hancock, Coll . Jackson & M r . Rowe a Committee to regu- 
late some abuses in the Market 

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

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

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

Pembertou, Inches 

memo. Reced of M r . John Winslow Twelve pounds in part of 
Interest due in M rs . Brokers Affairs p d . the same to Jos. Henshaw 
Esq r . & gave M r . Jn Winslow a Rec'. for the same 

The Selectmen received twenty Pounds Interest Money before 
the above 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen FeV/. 16. 1769, 
A.M. Present Henshaw, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, Pemberton 
Inches 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 16. 1769. 
P.M. Present Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe 
Pemberton, Inches. 

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

May it please your Excellency 

At a Time when artful & mischievous Men have so far pre- 
vail'd as to foment & spread divisions in the British [17(>.] 
Empire : When mutual confidence which had so long subsisted 
with mutual advantage between the Subjects in Britain & America 
is in a great measure broken : When Means are at length found 
even to excite the resentment of the Mother State against the 
Colonies : & they are publicly chargd with being in a state of 
disobedience to Law, and ready to resist the constitutional author- 
ity of the Nation ; The Selectmen of this Metropolis cannot be 
the unconcerned or silent spectators of the Calamaties, which in 
consequence thereof have already fallen upon its inhabitants. 
To behold this Town surrounded with Ships of War ; and military 
Troops even in a time of peace ; quarterd in its very Bowels : 
Exercising a Discipline with all the severity which is used in a 
Garrison, and in a state of actual War, is truly alarming to a free 
People. And what still hightens the misfortune is, that our 
gracious Sovereign & his Ministers have formed such an Idea of 
the present state of the Town, as to induce a necessity of this 
naval and military force, for the aid of the civil Magistrate in the 
preservation of its peace & good oi'der 

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



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1769. 7 

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

[177.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 17. 
1769 Present Heushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe 

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

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

Gentlemen 

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

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

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

FRA. BERNARD 
Province House 
18. 1769 



Coll . Henshaw, Cap*. Ruddock, & M r . Hancock, be a Cornm 6 . 
to consider what is proper to be done for the Vindication of the 
Town from the Aspersions cast upon it 



[End of Book 13.] 



BOOK FOURTEEN. 



[I,] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 22*. 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Rowe, 
Pemberton, Inches. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 22, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Voted, unanimously that the following Address be presented his 
Excellency Governor Bernard. 

May it please your Excellency 

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

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

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17H9. 9 

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

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

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

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

Gentlemen 

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

FRA. BERNARD. 

Feb*. 24. 1769. 

[3.] Voted, that the foregoing Address and the Reply be 
published in the News Papers. 

Boston Ss: At, a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 25, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

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

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

lb oz dr 

A 4 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 

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



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting to 
. 15-5-4, as p. Copy of his Account on file. 

M r . Hancock & Coll . Jackson a Committee to make enquiry 
into the Abilitys of M r . Procters Lad, for discharging the duty of 
an Usher. 

The aforegoing Vote is reconsidered and M r . Tileston is to be 
notifyed by M r . Williston to attend the Selectmen at their Cham- 
ber next Wednesday. 

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

Voted, that he have a draft for the same next draft Day. 

[4.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 1 , 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, 
Pemberton. 

Coll . Henshaw M Hancock & Pemberton a Committee to 
visit the South Writing School. 

Cap': Ruddock a Committee to procure Law Books. 

[see April 19. a Person sent to Almshouse]. 

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

Passed upon m r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting to 
. 343-6-10- & 25-12-2 d as p. Copy of Account on file. 

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

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

Coll . Henshaw & M r . Inches a Committee to wait on M r . 
Bourn to desire him. to open the ensuing Town Meeting with 
Prayer. 

M r . Samuel Adams a late Collector of Taxes having produced 
The Province, Town, & County Treasurers Receipts in full for the 
sums committed the years 1762 & 1763 & for the Street Tax for 
1761 whereupon 

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

Premium of 1761 Street Tax 33-13-3 

1762 Whole Tax 146- 2-9 

1763 - - 92-14 



272-12- 
M r . Hancock a Committee to examine the Granry Accounts. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11. 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 13, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 11 

[5.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March IT), 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Fembertou, 
Inches, Mason. 

Daniel Whitney of Dorchester, has agreed for the Land ou the 
West side of the Neck with the Small House and Barn, all which 
is exclusive of the large House & Garden, and the Shops & Land 
let to M r . P^noch Brown, for which he is to pay at the rate of . 30 
p. Annum Rent, the Rent to commence the 25 Inst. M r . Brown 
to lease the House & e . for 6-13-4. [see June 7. 1769.] 

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

[Granger sent to Almshouse, see June 21.] 

Cap' Ruddock, M r . Pemberton & Coll . Jackson a Committee to 
examine into the Title of the Common. 

Passed upon D r . Miles Whitworths Province Account amount- 
ing to . 16- ll/ as p. Acco 1 on file. 

Coll . Jackson a Committee to consult a Lawyer relative to M. 
Whitneys negro, & Report to the Selectmen. 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 22 d . 1769. 
Present, Henshaw. Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Let M r . John Grant have . 66- 13- 4 lawful money being part 
of M rs . Brookers Bequest to poor Widows, for which he has given 
Bond with a Suretie. 

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

Maj r . Cunningham apply'd to the Selectmen for the favor of 
Faneuil Hall to exercise the Artillery men for some Time be- 
fore their appearance, which was granted him accordingly. 

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

Let M r . John Fullerton have .40- Lawful Money part of M rs . 
Brookers Legacy to poor Widows, for which he has given Bond 
with sureties. 

[6.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, March 27, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

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

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



12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 



ColP. Jackson having engaged to pay the clifferencies of the 
Rent of the Shop, which was improved by his Son, and desiring to 
Hire the Same in the room of his said Son for One year. 

Voted that he have the same for One year at the Rate of Thir- 
teen Pounds six Shillings & 8 d . p. Annum. 

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

Voted, that Thomas Rix be & hereby is appointed one of the 
Town House Watch. 

Coll . Jackson & M r . Hancock appointed a Committee to en- 
quire into M r . Emmons's Affair. 

Cap 1 . Sharp of Engine No. apply 'd for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first at the Fire 
which broke out at Hutchinsons Wharff. 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason. 

[7.] M r . Thomas Webb apply'd for leave to Open a Drain 
from his Cellar. 

Voted, that Coll . Henshaw be desired to treat with Doctor Davis 
for such Stones and Gravel as may be wanted for Repairing the Neck. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye 

meal must weigh 2 - 12 - 4 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian meal, d. 3 12 

Bisket of a Copper price - - 5-10 

Voted, that M r . Onesip". Tileston, have Sixty Pounds, Lawful 
Money, out of M rs . Brookevs Donation, for which the Town Clerk 
is to take his Bond, with his Son Thomas as security. 

Passed upon M r . William Grays Province Account amounting to 
15 6- 4 as p. Copy on file. 

Coll. Jackson appointed to settle with Mr. John Winslow rela- 
tive to M r9 . Brookers Donation. 

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

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

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p. 
Bushel & that 6 d . p. Bushel is allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz 1 

Ib. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye meal 

must weigh 2 - 11 

a 4 d . not above | Indian Meal d. 3 - 12 

a Bisket of a Copper price ------ 5-1 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 13 

[8.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18, 
1769. Present, Hancock, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 

Cap 1 . Alexander Cotliii of the Briggandine Industry arrived 
from London Reports that he left London the 14 of March and 
upon the 3 d . Day of April one of his Men named Caleb Stralen(?) 
broke out with the Small Pox and deceased the 11'. whom the[y] 
threw over board with his Bed and Bedding, & that there remain 
one of his men liable to have the Distemper, therefore 

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

M r . Samuel Hartley 

This will be handed you by Cap 1 . Coffin of the Brigg ne Industry 
from London, who has had the Small Pox on board, you are 
therefore directed to inspect said Vessel ; take the Things from 
between Decks on Shore, and let them be thoroughly air'd, and 
cleanse the Vessel as effectually as possible, and when she is 
sufficiently cleansed make Report to us, the Vessel not be suffered 
to come up to Town untill you have our orders, there is one 
Person on board liable to the Distemper him you are to take on 
Shore and keep him there till you hear from us. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
H. INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 

Selectmen of Boston 

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

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

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

To the Gentlemen Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 
Gentlemen 

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

Your Petitioners 

WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM JEREMIAH STIMSON 

SAMUEL SEARL JOHN BRYANT 

ABIJAH CRANE WILLIAM LOWDER 

BENJAMIN VEAZIE SAMUEL HEALEY 

JOHN CRANE JOSEPH LOVERING 

MARY GEAR ROBERT FAIRSERVICE 

GEORGE LUSH WILLIAM ETHERIDGE 



14 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

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

M r . Ruddock is desired to order necessary Repairs to the North 
Lattin School. 

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

M r . Farmer was directed the 1*. of March last to receive into the 
Almshouse on the Province Account one Mary Davison a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 
wherewithal! to support herself the Selectmen M r . Hancock & 
Inches, who sign'd the order and Mr. Whitwell, Overseer. 

[1O.] Coll. Jackson & Coll . Henshaw a Committee to take a 
view of the North Battery, in order to give directions respecting 
the Erection of a Building. 

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

M r> . Morse M. Adams 

M". Bodman M. Sampson 

M. Colman M. Larkin 

M". Bradley M". Missick 

M. White M rs . Barnes 

M". Winkell M". Lee 

M. Turner M. Botherill 

M. Peak M". Oliver 

M. Philipa Leblond Prudence Delaplace 

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

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

Boston, April 19, 1769. 

Pursuant to the within the Warrant we have conversed with 
Abigail Peirce, and also examined into her circumstances and are 
of Opinion that from loss of Memory she is rendered incapable of 
taking care of her own affairs. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL PEMBEHTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 

Selectmen of Boston 

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 15 

11.] M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital on Rainsford Island, 
Reports, that he had thoroughly cleansed & smoked the Briggan- 
dine Industry, and taken the Things between Decks on shore, 
and that iu his Opinion, she may be permitted to come up to Town 
without endangering the health of the Inhabitants. 

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

Boston April 21, 1769. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Briggandine Industry, Cap 1 . 
Coffin from London with the Small Pox, has been sufficiently 
smoked and cleansed. Our Orders are that you permit her to 
come up to Town, upon the peoples having a fresh shift of Clothes, 
and your retaining every Article liable to convey Infection, for a 
further airing. 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

May it please your Excellency 

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

We are your Excellencys 

most Obedient Humble Servants 
JOSHUA HENSHAV" 
JOHN HANCOCK 
JONATHAN MASON 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 

.Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston April 21, 1769. 

His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq. 

[12.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 24, 
1769. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
Passed upon sundry Accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 26, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

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

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye meal lb - dr - g 
must weigh * 

A 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian meal d. 

Bisket of a Copper price -S 



16 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Coll . Henshaw & M r . Inches a Committee to view the Green 
Engine, and Report their Opinion concerning her. 

Joseph Kettle having Petitioned for leave to Erect a Bake 
house. M r . Mason & Inches a Comm te . to view the Ground 
& Report. 

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

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

To the Hon ble . His Majestys Justices of the Peace, and the 
Gentlemen, Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

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

And as in duty bound &c. 

JOSEPH KETTLE. 

"VVe the Subscribers do hereby signify our approbation of the 
within Petition, and consent to the granting the same 
Boston, April 25,1769. WILLIAM STOOD AUD 

FOSTER HUTCHINSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK JOHN HILL 

EDMUND QUINCY 
BELCHER NOTES 
JOHN TUDOR 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
JOHN AVERT 
Justices of the Peace of the Town of Boston 

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

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 

Select men of Boston 
Boston April 26' 1769 

Coll . Jackson, John Ruddock Esq. M r . Pemberton & m r . 
Inches a Committee to consult a Lawyer and attend the Sessions 
in the Affair of William Dix. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 1, 17fi9. Pres 
ent, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 17 

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

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

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

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

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 3 d , 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

lb - oz - dr 

A 4 d Loaf Brown Bread Wheat J Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11 

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

Bisket of a Copper price ---- -- ...... 58 

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

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

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



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Cap*. Franklyne of Engine N. 9. apply'd to the Select men for 
the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to 
play first at the Fire which broke out at the Hospital House at 
the bottom of the Common 

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

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

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

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

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

[Margaret Galloway sent to Almhouse see June 21.] 

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

[16. J Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 
17(59. 

Present, Henshaw. Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Passed upon Richard Hirons (or Hixon's) Province Account 
amounting to . 4 - 14/ Lawful Money as by Copy of Accot. on 
file. 

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

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

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

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ p. 
Bush, and that 6. p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb - oz - dr 

A 4 d Loaf of Brown Bread $ Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2 - 11 - 

a 4 d Ditto not above Indian, must weigh 3 12 - 

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

Passed upon D r . Joseph Gardners Province Account amounting 
to . 174- 13 - 4 - 

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

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 19 

i 

Voted, that a Draft be made in the Draft for May of 2-0-1 - 
in favor of Isaac Cummins Constable of Ware, for carrying Polly 
Barber from Ware to Deertield. 

[17.] M r . Enoch Brown & M r . Daniel Whitney now agree to 
take the Houses & Land on the West side of the Neck at the 
rate of 30 p. annum Rent to commence the 20 March last, 
& the Town Clerk is directed to draw out Lease & Bond. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft as the 

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

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 12, 1709. 
Present, -Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton. 

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

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

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

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

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

M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 17 of March last to receive 
into the Almshouse one - Grainger Son of Margaret 

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



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen viz*. 
John Ruddock Esq. & M r . Jonathan Mason & William Greenleaf 
Overseer, to receive into the Almshouse on the Province Charge 
one James Bayley a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province, nor having wherewithal! to support himself. 

M r . Thomas Cunningham living near D r . Mountforts gives in- 
formation to the Selectmen, that one Joseph Hading who came to 
his House on Satturday last, from a Vessel which then arrived here 
from Philadelphia is suspected of having the Small Pox broke out 
upon him. 

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

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 26, 1769. 
Present Henshaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

[19.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
4/1 l d . 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye meal 

must weigh 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian must weigh 
Bisket of a Copper price 

Passed upon John Rowe Esq. his Province Account amounting 
to . 10 5 - 6 - as p. Copy of the same on file see Mav 
22 d . 

[mem. returned again from Council.] 

Voted, that the Select men will employ but one Printer for the 
year ensuing. 

Voted, that Lambert & Kilby have a draft on the Town Treas- 
urer for Forty Pounds on account of work done at the Battery, 
[drawn] 

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

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

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 



21 



M r . Edward Hollyday one of the Collectors of Taxes for 1767. 
having produced to the Selectmen the Town County & Province 
Treasurers Reccits in full for the Suras committed to him to Col- 
lect for that year ; Voted that he have a Draft for his Premium 
agreeable to y e Vote of the Town, & that his Bonds be delivered 
him up 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



The Hon ble . James Bowdoin 

Thomas Hubbard 

William Brattle 

Harrison Gray 

John Erving 

Thomas Flucker 

James Pitts 

James Otis Esq rs . 
The Representatives of the 

Town 

The Overseers of the Poor, 
The Rev d . D r . Charles Chan- 
cey 

[31.] M r . Francis Johonnot 
M r . Caleb Blanchard 
M r . Nathaniel Appleton 
M r . Robert Williams 
Cap'. Solomon Davis 
M r . James Ivers 
Cap f . Job Prince 
M r . Samuel Procter 
M r . Samuel Swift 



The Rev d . M r . Samuel Check- 
ley 
M r . Samuel Mather 

Mather Byles 

Andrew Eliot 

Samuel Cooper 

Treat 



Dr 
D r 
D r 
M r 
M r 
M r 
M 1 
M 1 
M r 



Peuuel Bowen 
Simion Howard 
Lothrop 



John Walley 
Treasurer Jeffries 
William Sheaffe Esq. 

M r . John Adams 
John Rowe Esq. 
Richard Dana Esq. 
Coll. Marshall 
Maj r . Cunningham 
Cap'. Waters 
Edward Cams 
Byfield Loyd Esq. 
M r . Mullineux 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Isaac Smith Esq. Commodore Hood 

\V". Vassal Robert Jenkins Shopkeeper 

Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. Nicholas Boylston Esq. 

General Mackay Deacon Storer 

John Tingate Esq. Meletiah Bourn 

Governor Wentworth 

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

M r . William Dickman living at New Boston, informed the Se- 
lectmen that Elizabeth Lollier(?) has the Small Pox upon her at 
his House, knows not where she took it. 

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

M r . Dickman appeared, and ask'd liberty to send a Nurse to the 
Hospital free of Charge to the Town. 

[Mem. Petition to General Court, to im power M r . Peirpoint to 
Collect m r . Adams's Taxes. 

Petition to d. relative to Repairs of Hospital at N. Boston.] 

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

Information was given the Selectmen, that M r . Joseph Tylers 
Wife, living at the Orange Tree, had the Small Pox broke out 
upon her, and as they could not be perswaded to consent to a 
removal to the Hospital, a Flagg was hung out as a signal of In- 
fection ; and Patrick Daily, who is to receive 3/4 d . p. Day was ap- 
pointed a Guard for said House and the following Orders were 
given him. 

[22.] Boston, July 7, 1769 

M r . Patrick Daily 

The Small Pox being at M r . Joseph Tylers House, we hereby 
appoint you a Watch for said House, and our directions to you 
are, that you suffer no Person to go in or out of the said House 
except the Doctor, Such Provisions & Supplys as may be wanted 
for the Family you are to get to them as well as you can 
You must not leave the Watch till 1 1 O'Clock at Night nor fail 
attending again by Day break. We have ordered a Flag to be 
put out as a signal of Infection in said House, and we depend 
upon your 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 allow you according to our agree- 
ment at the rate of Three Shillings & four Pence p. Day. 
By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 23 

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

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

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

D rs . Cast, Story, Young, Danf orth, Yorkas, ( ?) Bulfinch, Church, 
Warren, Rand, Llyd, Pecker, Jeffries. 

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

Coll . Henshaw, & M r . Inches a Committee to direct the stopp- 
ing the Passages, by M r . Crafts House. 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 9', 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mascn. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Selectmen having received information of the death of M. 
Tyler with the Small Pox. the following Orders were given M r . 
Williston 

Boston July 15, 1769 
M r . Thomas Williston 

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



24 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

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

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[Advertisem*. relative to Small Pox July 31. 1769.] 

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

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

Information was given the Selectmen that M r . Jabez Searl 
living in Temple Street is ill with the Small Pox, whereupon the 
Sedan was sent to carry him to the Hospital at West Boston. 

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

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen, Viz 1 . 
M r . Hancock & M r . Mason to receive into the Almshouse lo be 
[2*5.] Supported there at the Province charge, she being a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor having 
wherewith to support herself. 

Patrick Daily who was appointed a Guard at the House of M r . 
Joseph Tyler was dismissed the 20 l . of this Instant. 

Boston, Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, July 22 d . 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 25 

[Advertisem' relative to Small Pox see July 31 st .] 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 26. 1769. 
Present, Henshavy, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26. Present, 
Heushaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

[Advertisem 1 relative to Small Pox July 31 s .] 

[26.] Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 28, 
1769. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

Information was given the Select men, that Cap 1 . Timothy 
Parker was taken ill with the Small Pox at the House of M r . 
Townsend, in Queen Street, whereupon Orders were given for his 
being removed in the Sedan to the Hospital, between the Hours 
of Two & Three OClock in the morning. 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 29, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent the Governor, 

May it please your Excellency. 

Having found upon examination that the Small Pox prevails in 
Philadelphia, we think it our duty to acquaint your Excellency 
therewith and to desire that Orders maybe given the Commanding 
Officer at Castle William to stop all Vessels that may arrive from 
that City for an examination We are 
Your ExcelF 8 
Most ObeiV. 

Hum. Serv*. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 

Select men of Boston 
Boston July 29, 1769. 

To His Excellency Sir Francis Bernard 

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

Passed upon several accounts. 

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



26 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston July 10, 1769 

Reports having been propagated that some Soldiers & a number 
of other Persons have the Small Pox in this Town ; the Public are 
hereby informed, That General Mack ay has assured the Select- 
men, that upon enquiry, the Surgeons of the several Regiments, 
know of no Man, Woman or Child that has the Small Pox, either 
in the Barracks or Hospital, and that if any should be taken 
down notice shall be given them ; the Physicians of the Town 
have also declared that they know not of any one Person, who 
has the Distemper or the Symptoms of it, excepting M rs . Tyler 
at the Orange Tree, M". Crafts at House near Liberty Tree, and 
a Soldier, Sailer, & two Women at the Province Hospital at New 
'Boston ; at which Places a Red Flag is hung out as a signal of 
the Small Pox, Guards placed, & the passages stopt to prevent 
a spread of the Infection a strict inquiry will be continued, 
and immediate Notice given in all the Papers if any other Person 
should be visited with the Distemper It Is hoped that no one 
will conceal the Small Pox from the Selectmen, if it should 
break out in their Family, as in such case they would be prose- 
cuted to the rigor of the Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston July 17, 1769. 

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

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston July 24, 1769. 

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

Boston July 27, 1769. 

The Selectmen hereby inform the Public, That no Person has 
the Small Pox in Town, or the Symptoms of it, excepting those 
who are in the Hospital at New Boston, & at M r . Crafts House 
near Liberty Tree ; all of whom are in a fair way of recovery ; 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 27 

On Fryday & Sattu relay last two Persons had the Eruptions of 
the Small Pox, both living at the Westerly part of the Town ; 
where upon they were both immediately removed to the Hospital ; 
there the Guards are continued, & Red Flags kept out at the 
beforementioncd places as sjgnals of Infection. 

The Report of a Child of M r . Deblois having the Small Pox is 
entirely without Foundation. The public may depend upon it 
that that Distemper is at no other place in Town but the Two 
mentioned in the above advertisement. 

Boston, July 31, 1769. 

The Public are hereby informed, That no Person has the Small 
Pox in Town, excepting [20. J Those who are in the Hospital at 
New Boston, and at M r . Crafts House near Liberty Tree ; all of 
whom are in a fair way of recovery : On Thursday last a Negro 
Woman Servant to M r . Wingfield near Wings Lane, and on the 
Fryday following Cap'. Parker lately arrived from Philadelphia, 
had the Eruptions of the Small Pox and were both immediately 
removed to the Hospital ; Red Flags are kept out, and Guards 
continued at the above mentioned Places for the safety of the 
Inhabitants. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

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

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 4/1 l d . p. 
bushel, and that Six pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as 
follows, viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

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

weigh 2-11- 

a 4 d Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 3- 12- 
Bisket of a Copper price 5- 9 

James Thompson, & Phillebrown approbated as 

Retailers for their Distill House only. 

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

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

Voted, that he be accepted accordingly. 

Gibbms Sharp of Engine N. 2, presented Wallace Furber as 
an Engine man in his Corap 7 . in the room of Jethro Furber de- 
ceased . 

Voted, that he be accepted accordingly. 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

[3O.] Yesterday M r . Edw d . Crafts, his Wife, Child, Maid, 
& Nurse & Apprentice were removed from their House at the 
South end, to Kainsfords Island, with their Bed Bedding & c . bv 
M r . Hartley, as were Joseph Hading a Sailor, Mrs. Foster, her 
Iwo Children & a Nurse Child, all infected with the Small Pox. 

M r . Pemberton & Mason a Committee to remove Sylvia Smith 
& Child & John Dwire from the Almshouse out of the Province. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 3 d . 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

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

Last Fryclay a Grand Daughter of one Robinson taken 

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

M r . Jabez Searl who had the Small Pox at the Hospital died 
last Tuesday was Week, and Cap 1 . Timothy Parker of the same 
Distemper died there on the yesterday morning & were both 
buried the Night following their decease. 

D r . Whitworth having Reported to M r . Mason one of the Select- 
men that M". Lollier 

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

Voted, that a Certificate of the usual tenor be sent his Honor 
the Lieut. Governor that the Sloop America Josiah Gorham 
Master from Philadelphia stopt at the Castle on account of the 
Small Pox, may be permitted to come up to Town without en- 
dangering the health of the Inhabitants. 

[31.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 
15, 1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 

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

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

The Selectmen passed upon the List of Persons Licensed the 
last year to sell Strong Drink, both as Innholders & Retailers 
within this Town and made Return thereon to the Court of Ses- 
sions the last month. And have also at several Meetings con- 
sidered the Petitions for Licenses for the Year ensuing, and the 
following Persons were approved & recommended by them 
Viz 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 



29 



John Fisks - - 
Samuel Breeding 
Daniel Jones 
Ebenezer Floyd - 



Miles Greenwood 
Edward Blanchard 
John Whitty - - 
Sarah Daws - - 
Frances Look - 
David MCloud - 
Mary Brad lee 
Jonathan Williams 
Benjamin Rumley 

Mary Hall - - 
William Dall - - 
Francis Salmon - 



[32.] Daniel Calf 
Muntgear MCawell 
Joseph Snelling - - 
Samuel Webb - - 
John Hood - - - 
Rebecca Badger 
Thomas Rand - - 
Ann Chandler - 
Margaret Bickner - 
Joseph Henderson - 
Ezekiel Cheevers - 
Benjamin Goodwin - 
John Cleland - - 
Susannah Wells - - 
Rebecca Edes - - 
Henrv Trail - - 



Inholders. 

- At his House near the Fortification 

- At his House in Bromfields Lane 

- At his House opposite John Smiths 

- At his House near Hancocks Wharff 

Retailers 

- At his House near Fortification 

- At his Store on Long Wharff 

- At his House the Head of Cold Lane 

- At her House in Slid bury Street 

- At her House near D r . Cutlers Church 

- At his Shop opposite Gliddens Ship yard 

- At her House in Auchmutys Lane 

- At his House in Corn Hill 

- At his House opposite M r . Pembertons 

Church 

- At her House in Common Street 

- At his House in Brattle Square 

- At his House near M r . Pullings 

Innholders 
At his House in Sea Street 

- At his Shop in Short Street 

- At his House near D r . Cutlers Church 

- At his House opposite John Langdons 

- At his House near Tho" Daws Esq. 

- At her House in Prince Street 

- At his House near Winters Wharff 

- At her House Daltons Row 

- At her House near Green Dragon 

- At his Distill house in Kneelands Lane 

- At his Distill house Rainsfords Square 

- At his Distill house North End 

- At his House near M r . Pembertons Church 

- At her House in Milk Street 

- At her House in Butlers Rowe 

- At his Shop in Ship Street 



The following Persons Petitioned for Licenses and were 
disapproved 



Mess". 
John Levering 
Mary Clark 
Gyles Alexander 
John Sergeant 
Lydia Byles 
William Withington 
William Corbitt 
Elizabeth M c Cleland 
Samuel Healey 
John Jepson 



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



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Mess. Mess w . 

Henry Mayers Mary Cowell 

Allice Brown Margaret Adams 

Robert Sloan Attalanta Priehard 

Patience Callahan Nathan Thompson 

John Hobbs Joseph Spence 
Henry Snows 

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

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

M r . Joseph Jackson apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to set 
up Posts at the Front of Cap 1 . Mulberrys House, whereupon, 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 10, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Pemberton, Mason. 

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

Boston, Aug 1 . 19, 1769 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

D r . Whitworth having raade Return that the following Persons 
may leave the Hospital with safety to the Inhabitants Our Orders 
are that you permit them to come up immediately after they have 
procured a shift of Clothes viz'. 

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

M. Foster & 3 Children 

M r . Robinson, & M r . Ingerson 

M r . Hayden belonging to Scituate 

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

[34.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug 1 . 21, 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 31 

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

Cap 1 . White of Schooner Esther from Philadelphia 

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

May it please your Honor 

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

Your most obed*. Hum. serv* 8 
JOSEPH JACKSON, 
JOHN RUDDOCK, 
SAMUEL PE.MBERTON, 
JONATHAN MASON. 

Select men of Boston. 
Boston Ang*. 22*. 1769 
To the Hon ble . 

Thorn 8 . Hutchinson Esq. 

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

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

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

D r . Whitworth having informed the Select men on yesterday 
that three Children, viz 1 , a Child of Matthew Chambers living 
near the Orange Tree and of John Rolley. & of Robert Wallis 
living at West Boston all Soldiers were taken with the Small Pox, 
they were the last Evening removed to the Hospital at that part of 
the Town. 

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

The following Advertisement has been published in the several 
News Papers 

Boston Aug'. 17, 1769. 

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

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 28' 1769. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at -) 

[Remainder of entry crossed out, and marginal note says " no 
meeting."] 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 30, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 4/8 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'. 

lb - oz - dr 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread | Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11 

a 4 d Ditto not above ^ Indian meal must weigh - - - 3-12- 

a Bisket of a Copper price _ Q - 

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

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

Voted, that M r . Thomas Williston have a Draft for 10 

on Account of Small Pox. & M r . Hartley for 15. 

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

M r . Love to have a draft for 20. 

drawn for. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep*. 3 d . 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

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

[37.] Information was given the Selectmen that a Child of M r . 
Moores Beaded Alley had the Small Pox appeared upon it on the 
Yesterday, when the Child was sent to the Hospital at New Bos- 
ton M r . Moore was desired by the Selectmen to have two other 
Children of his go with the sick one to the Hospital but he sent 
them not withstanding. 

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 33 

be Erected in order to stop the Passage Ways near M r . Tuckerrnans 
House. 

Dr. Whitworth attended, and Reports to the Selectmen that M. 
Chambers & Lollier at the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, being 
now sufficiently cleansed may be permitted to leave the Island, 
with safety. 

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

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septern r . 6 1769 

Present, Henshaw, Jacks* >n, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

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

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

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

M r . Hartley also Reported that M r . Tylers Bedding &c. was 
sufficiently air'd & cleansed, he was therefore directed to bring them 
up to M r . Tyler. 

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

M r . Mason & M r . Pemberton a Committee to examine M r . 
Farmer the Keeper of Almshouse Accounts. 

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

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

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 2- 1 1- 

A. 4 d . Ditto not above Indian d 3-12- 

A Bisket of a Copper price -_._ _ 5_iO 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse his 
Province Accounts amounting as p. Copys on File to .23-1210- 
and .296-12-13^- 

The following Orders were given M r . Hartley on the 6 l . Instant. 

[39.] Boston September 6, 1769. 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

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



34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

fresh Suit of Clothes, as also one Chambers a Soldiers Wife, and 
must send up M r . Tylers Bedding & c . You are also to suffer 
Nurse Star to come up on Satturday next she getting a fresh Suit 
of Clothes ; which permissions are in consequence of your Report, 
that those Persons & Things have been sufficiently smoked and 
cleansed. 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 13, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Ruddock. 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 18, 1769 
Present Henshaw, Ruddock, Pemberton. 

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

on board liable to the Distemper whose name is whereupon 

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

May it please your Honor, 

The Sloop Mollj' Joseph Chapman Master from Philadelphia has 
been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox ; We 
have examined into the Circumstances of said [4O.] Vessel and 
are of Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town, with- 
out any danger to the Inhabitants if your Honor thinks proper. 
We are 

Your most obed'. 

Humble Serv ts . 
JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 

Select men of Boston 
Boston, Septem 1 ". 18, 1769 
To 

His Honor Thorn 8 . Hutchinson Esq. Lieu 1 . Governor. 

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

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

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

M r . Hartley Reports that he has brought up M rs . Robishaw & 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 35 

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

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

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

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

[41.] Voted, that the Persons named on the other side be 
admitted Engine Men for Engine under Care of M r . Josiah Gains. 

M r . Curtis Master of Engine N. 8. applied for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
Fire which lately broke out at the Hospital at the Bottom of the 
Common, drawn for. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 25, 1769. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

Last Fryday a Child of Cap 1 . Stones at New Boston, & a Maid 
of Mr. Allen Otis's, were taken with the Small Pox & sent to the 
Hospital at that part of the Town, and on Satturday the Wife 
of M r . Beals living near the Draw Bridge, & on Sabbath a Sol- 
diers Child at West Boston were also t^ken with the Distemper, 
& the former sent to the Hospital the latter to the Pest House 
at Rainsfords Island, and this Day a Soldiers Child at Wheel- 
wrights Barracks was sent to the Hospital at West Boston with 
the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 27, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Mason. 

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

Passed upon Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island, his Acco'. am 1 , to . 6, 16/ as p. Copy on file. 

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

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

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



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Passed upon William Grays Province Account amounting to 
. 5- 5- 10- as p. Copy on file. 

Passed upon Joseph Newells Province Account, amounting in 
the whole to . 5- 6- 2. 

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

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account by two of the Selectmen Viz 1 . Coll. Hen- 
shaw & M r . Mason, one Alexander Thompson a sick Stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 

wherewithall to support himself. signed by M r . Greenleaff 

Overseer. 

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

M r . Hartley was directed to take down to the Island M. 

Beds, Nurse, & everything that belongs to her now in the Hospi- 
tal. Also Cap 1 . Parkers bedding & e . and M rs . Holland if she 
inclines 

[43.] 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 & Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal 

must weigh 211 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian d. 3-12- 

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

The following was sent the Selectmen of Concord. 

Gentlemen, 

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

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Concord. 
Boston September 28. 1769 

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 37 

Collector of Taxes attended, when M r . Samuel Ruggles Jun r . 
acquainted the Selectmen that he declined serving as a Collector. 

[44.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 
29. 1769 Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing on Wednesday the fourth Day of October next at 10. OClock. 
Before Noon. 

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

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

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

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

May it please your Honor 

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

Your most Obed 1 . 

Humble Serv u . 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JON N . MASON 

Select men of Boston. 
Boston Octo r . 3 d . 1769 

To Hon ble . Thomas Hutchinson Esq 

Lieu*. Governor 

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

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

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

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



38 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Voted, that liberty be granted provided the Ground & Pavement 
is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

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

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

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

M r . Abraham Savage was directed to let M r . Samuel Hartley 
have ten or twelve Pounds lawful money for the use of the Hospi- 
tal at Raiusfords Island. 

D r . Whitworth was desired to examine a Child of one Bills a 
soldier at New Boston, he Reported that the Child had not had 
the Small Pox. 

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

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

May it please your Honor, 

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

Your most obed'. 

Humble serv u . 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
JONATHAN MASON 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston October 4. 1769 - 

To the Hon ble . Thorn 8 . Hutchinson Esq. 
Lieu*. Governor. 

M r . Mills whose Children was removed from the Neighborhood 
of M. Tuckerman, for fear of the Small Pox has liberty to bring 
his Children home next Monday. 

[47.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 5, 
1769. Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 39 

Cap'. Benjamin Gorham of Sloop Hannah from Philadelphia at- 
tended & Reports, That he left Philadelphia fourteen Days ago, 
with a Load of Flour Iron & Salt & Bran & has nothing on board 
liable to retain Infection, No one of his People have been taken 
with the Small Pox in the Voyage but two of them were left at 
the Vine Yard sick of the Bloody Flux, he has Four of his Peo- 
ple who are liable to the Distemper, and if they should complain 
of being ill he will immediately acquaint the Selectmen, has a few 
Hampers of Bottles on Deck. 

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

May it please your Honor 

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

Your most Obed'. 

Humble Servants 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHN. MASON 

Select men of Boston. 
Boston October 5, 1769 

To the Hon ble Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Lieu 1 . Governor. 

[48.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct or . 7, 
1769. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pembertou, Inches, Mason. 

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

Boston October 7. 1769. 
Mr. John Martin 

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



40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

that they are continually disturbed & abused by the Kings 
Soldiers at the Guard House near the Entrance Gates at the 
South End, and that every Night Thefts & Roberries are com- 
mitted by them. Our Orders to you as Constable of the South 
Watch are, That you take one man from the [49. J North 
\Vatch another Man from the Dock Watch and one more from 
the Town House Watch with whom you are to Repair at Nights 
to a House of M r . Robert Pierpoints where you will be accommo- 
dated for the present, and with those Men you must use your 
best and most prudent endeavors to prevent a repetition of the 
abuses and Disturbances complain'd of and to come at the knowl- 
edge of those Persons who have or may be guilty of such offences, 
by taking and securing some of the Offenders if possible, or by 
observing them so narrowly as that you may be able to evidence 
against them when called before the Magistrates. We refer you 
to our former Orders given you as Constable of the Watch, and 
to the Laws Enacted for the regulation of the Town Watch, and 
doubt not of your conforming yourself thereto. 
By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

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

The Copy of the Warrant for the survey is as follows 

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

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of a 
House in White Bread Alley occupied by David Poor and John 
Wottle, are insufficient and dangerous. [5O.] We desire and 
impower you to survey the same, and Report to us your Judgment 
concerning them. 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JON A . MASON 

Selectmen of Boston 

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

Boston Octo r . 7, 1769. 
Mess. David Poor & John Wottle 

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17G ( J. 41 

building said Chimnios, as you would avoid the penaltys of said 
Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

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

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

M r . Abraham Savage Collector of Taxes for 1769. Proposed 

M r . Nathaniel Green Mcrch'. & M r Archibald M c .Neall for his 

Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

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

The Persons are 

M r . Moore his Wife & Family 
M r . Tuckermau & his Daughter 
M r . Wallis's his Wife and Child 
Nui-se Kent 

M. Saunders and Child 

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

Coll. Henshaw & M r . Inches a Comm ee . to order the necessary 
Repairs to the South Writing School. 
Mem . M r . P'axtons Leace 

M r . Browns d. to be signed. 

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

tb. oz. dr. 

A 4 rt Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal must 

weigh 11-2 

A 4 d . Ditto not above 4 Indian d. 13-2 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 18, 1769 
Present, Heushaw, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 

M r . Hartley was directed to bring up M r . Tuckerman his Wife & 
Child, and to take down the Things liable to Infection to the 
Island there to be aired and cleansed. 

[52.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oclo'. 21, 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

she had the Small Pox, whereupon she was together with her Hus- 
band & Child sent down on Thursday to the Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island. 

Mr. Williston was directed to acquaint M r . Clark who has kept 
Watch at the Hospital at New Boston, that he may leave the 
Watch this Evening as also M r . Hersom that he takes care no one 
comes in or goes out of the Hospital, till the further Orders of the 
Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 24, 1769. 
Present, Ileushaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

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

M r . Samuel Ruggles Juu r . one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
17G7 having produced to the Selectmen the Town County & 
Province Treasurers Receipt in full for the Sums committed to 
him to Collect for that year. 

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

M r . Williston Reported that the Boat carried off Sergeant 
M c . Daniels Wife this morning. 

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

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

M r . Edward Holly day Collector of Taxes for 1769, proposes M r . 
John Winslow Merch'. & M r . Harmonees Brimmer Apothecary for 
his Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

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

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

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MrsrurES, 17G9. 43 

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

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

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

A Certificate of the common tenor was delivered the Cap 4 , for 
the Lieu'. Governor in order for the Vessels coming up. 

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

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

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at o/ 4 d . 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread |- Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2 11 - 

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

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

Richard Tucker Aaron Hartshorne 

David Farrar Isaac Harper 

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

[55. J M r . Thomas Bradfo'rd appointed Constable of the South 
Watch Pro. Temp 1 -', during the absence of Constable Martin who 
has been placed at the upper Watch House, and Perez Webb is 
added to said Watch in the room of M r . Martin. (W m . M c fadden 
iu his Room.) 

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

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



44 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 42. 

abroad in order to carry on his business, and that the Supplys 
which have been sent to the Family since they have been shut up, 
be now stopt. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 1, 1709. 
Present, Ileushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that M r . Samuel Hartley have a Draft on the Town 
Treasurer for Twenty three Pounds six Shillings and eight Pence, 
drawn for. 

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

Boston Ss . At a meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 3, 1769. 
Present, Hcnshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton. 

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

Voted, that said Vessel be permitted to come up, and that a 
Certificate of the common tenor be given for the Lieu 1 . Governor 

[56.] M r . Robert Pierpoint has Agreed with the Selectmen 
for a spot of Ground on the West side of the street near the Brest 
work, and to allow Two Pounds thirteen Shillings and four pence 
as Ground Rent for the same. 

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

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

Voted that Samuel Hassham have a Draft on the Treasurer 
for .8 lawful money in p'. for services in the Small Pox. (to 
go in October Draft) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 9, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton. 

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

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

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 45 

Boston Novem*. 1 st . 1769. 
M r . Thomas Bradford 

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

[57.] 1 st . That you with the Watchmen under you attend 
at s d . Watch House at the Hours of 9 oClock every Night from the 
20 th . of Sepf. to the 20 th . of March and continue till clear day light, 
and at the Hours of 10 "Clock from the 20 th . of March to the 20 th . 
of September, that you & each of you continue upon Duty untill 
Sunrise ; & if any of your Division should misbehave you must in- 
form the Select men of it. 

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

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

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

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

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

7 thly . The Selectmen expect that you execute your office with 
Resolution & Firmness not using any affronting langage but be- 
having with discretion & Calmness, that it may appear you 
do not abuse even Offenders & they recommend to you and your 
Division that you behave with Sobriety Temperance Vigilence and 
Fidelity and agreeable to the Laws; Your Office [58.] requires 
a Conduct ; the Security of the Town demands it, & you may be 
assured that your continuance in the place to which you are 
appointed altogether depends upon it 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

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



46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston, November 1 st . 1769. 
M r . John Martin 

Complaint having been made to us by a Considerable Number of 
the Inhabitants living at the South Part of the Town, that they 
are continually disturbed and abused by the Kings Soldiers at the 
Guard House near the Entrance Gates at the South End, and 
that every Night Thefts and Robberies are committed by them. 
We have upon Consideration of said Complaint and Information, 
thought it for the quiet & safety of the Inhabitants that a Watch 
should be placed near said Guard House and have accordingly ap- 
pointed one consisting of Four Persons exclusive of yourself, 
Viz'. Mess 18 . Richard Tucker, David Farrar, Aaron Hartshorn, 
Isaac Harper, of this Watch you are appointed the Constable, 
And our Orders to you therefore are, That you repair with the 
above named Persons every Night to the House we have caused 
to be erected for your accommodation on the Towns Land almost 
opposite to M r . Robert Pierpoints House, and that you use your 
utmost and most prudent Endeavours to prevent a Repetition of 
the Abuses Robberies & Disturbances complained off, and also 
to come at the knowledge of those Persons who have, or may he 
guilty of such offences, by taking and securing some of the 
offenders if possible, or by observing them so narrowly, as that you 
may be able to evidence against them when called upon as Wit- 
nesses. We depend upon your Care and Fidelity, that the People 
of your Watch are kept to your Duty, that they may answer the 
end of Watchmen, especially by contributing to the quiet and 
safety of those Inhabitants who have more immediately procured 
this appointment. We refer you to our former Orders given you 
as Constable of the other South Watch [59.] and. to the Laws 
enacted for the regulation of the Town Watch, and doubt not of 
your conforming yourself thereto. 

By the Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

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

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

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

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17 47 

May it please your Honor 

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

Your most obed*. hum. Serv'. 

Select men of Boston 
Boston Nov r . 12. 1769 

To the Hou ble . Hutchinson Esq. 

Lieu'. Governor. 

[6O.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 13, 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

M r . Edward Carnes informs the Selectmen, that he has taken 
into a House of his as a Tenant one Daniel M c .Alpen a Fencing 
Master, who came in Cap*. Gorham from Nova Scotia. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 15, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

M rs . Tayler prays Liberty to open the Ground from her House 
in Marlborough Street into tiie Common Shore in order to clear 
her Cellar of Water. 

M r . Inches & Mason a Comm ee . to view the Ground and make 
Report. 

M r . Hasham having desired the Selectmen to permit her Daugh- 
ter now at Raiusfords Island, to come up to Town, the Town 
Clerk was directed to acquaint M r . Hartley, that he is allowed to 
bring up said Person, provided she is first well cleansed, and a 
Shift of Clothes found for her. 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem f . 17. 1769. 
Piesent, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M r . Hartley appeared & Reported, that M. Saunders & M r . 
Distance, liave been sufficiently smoked & cleansed, & may leave 
the Island with safety provided, they have a fresh shift of 
Clothes. Whereupon Liberty was given accordingly. 

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

Cap 4 . William Wyer of Sloop Susannah from Philadelphia stopt 
at Castle William, Reports, That he left that City eleven Days 
ago, with a Cargo of Flour Bread and Iron, that he has but two 
of his men who are liable to take the Small Pox, but nothing on 
board likely to retain Infection. 

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



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

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

Boston, Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 22 d . 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

M r . Hartley Reports That M r . Bell his Wife and Child, 
and M r . Rowly his Wife and Child, are now sufficiently smoked 
& cleansed, and may leave the Island with safety, provided they 
have a shift of Clothes which neither of them are yet furnished 
with And that it is her (sic} Opinion that M r . Stones Child is not 
yet fit to come up with safety whereupon 

Boston, Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 25, 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

The Selectmen took into Consideration the Vote of the Town 
respecting entering their Complaint against the Governor Com- 
missioner and others who have wrote Incendiary Letters against 
the Town and Agreed to attend the Grand Jury for that purpose 
on Monday the 27 Ins 1 . 3. OClock. 

Boston, Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Novem*. 27. 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

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

[62.] Voted, that Liberty be granted provided the Ground 
and Pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 d '. 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'. 

Ib. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal 

must weigh - .... ..... 2-11- 

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

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

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

Voted a Certificate be given him of the usual tenor. 

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

2 Fether Beds 6 pair Sheets 

3 Flock ditto 3 Coverlids 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1769. 49 

2 Bolsters 2 Bedsteads 

4 Pillows 2 Close Stools 

529 Blankets 2 Bed Pans 

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

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

M r . Samuel Hartley having Reported, that M r . Stones Child 
was uov7 so well smoked & cleansed that with a fresh shift of 
Clothes he may be permitted to come up to Town with safety to 
the Inhabitants, whereupon Orders were given him accordingly. 

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

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

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

M r . Pemberton & M r . Mason a Comrn ee . to enquire into the Cir- 
cumstances of one Beacham a Soldiers Wife in the Almshouse 
from Dorchester to this Town. 

Cap 1 . Josiah Rogers of Schooner Ninety two, stopt Rainsfords 
Island, appeared & Reports that he left Que beck the 8 'or 9 'of 
November, about 12 Days after Sayling one of his hands was 
taken with the Small Pox ; and landed at Canseau, and about 9 
Days ago one Scaiaels Hopkins was taken with the same Distem- 
per. That he has only ballast on board, excepting a Trunk & a 
Chest of a Passenger no one on board but the Captain & M r . 
Seth Bangs the Mate [64. J Are liable to take the Infection the 
Peoples Names are Edward Bryant Francis Lee the Passengers 
Name William Edgar The Captain informs that the Small Pox 
is in Quebeclc as well as Mount Real, whereupon Voted, that the 
Vessel and People be sent down to Rainsfords Island & the fol- 
lowing Orders were given M r . Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital. 

Boston Decem r . 4. 1769. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Cap 1 . Josiah Rogers of Schooner Ninety-two, from Quebeck, 
having one Scammel Hopkins on board with the Small Pox 
The Vessel is ordered to your Island, and you must receive the 
Captain and others into the Wellhouse who are liable to take 
the Infection and the sick Person into the Hospital, and see that 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

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

JOSHUA HENSHAW, 
JOSEPH JACKSON, 
JOHN RUDDOCK, 
JOHN HANCOCK, 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON, 
HENDERSON INCHES, 
JONATHAN MASON. 

Select men of Boston. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 6, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

M r . Syrcombs young man appeared, also M r . Harris and his 
Servant, the Clerk of the Market also appeared. 

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

May it please your Honor Having found upon examination 
that the Small Pox prevails in Mount Royal and Quebeck, we 
think it our duty to acquaint your Honor therewith and to desire 
that [65.] Orders may be given the Commanding Officer at 
Castle William to stop all Vessels that may arrive from Cannada 
for an examination We are 

Your Honors 

most Obedient 

Hum. Serv u . 
JOSHUA HENSHAW, 
JOSEPH JACKSON, 
JOHN RUDDOCK, 
JOHN HANCOCK, 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON, 
HENDERSON INCHES, 
JONATHAN MASON. 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston, Decem r . 4, 1769. 

To the Lieu'. Governor. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue his Warrant for calling a 
Meeting of the Town on Friday the 8' Ins'. 3. OClock A.M. (sic). 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 7, 1769. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock. 

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17<J9. 51 

A Certificate was given Cap'. Hopkins to the Lieu'. Governor 
to permit his Schooner Ninety two to come up to Town. 

[66.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 13, 
1769. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason . 

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

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

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

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

Voted, that M r . Gains have a draft for the Premium next 
Draft Day. drawn for. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 18, 1769. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 

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

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

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

[67.] Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. Inform'd the Selectmen in 
writing Decem r . 13. Ins', that on the 4 l of said December there 
came to live with him a young Woman named Sarah Pike, she was 
originally of Tewksbury but last of Roxbury, where she lived 
about three Months. 

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

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

The following Letter was sent M r . Hartley 

M r . Saml Hartley 

You have Represented to us that the Clothing &c. belonging to 
M r . William Pklgar who came Passenger in Cap 1 . Rogers from ; 
Quebeck, have been so well smoked, that they may be brought off 
with safety, you are permitted to bring them up as also Cap'. 
Roger's and M r . Bangs's Clothing which you also Report has been 



52 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

well smoked and cleansed And if M r . Bangs should ma'.re no 
complaints on Satturday next you may then permit him to come 
up to Boston. 

Edward Bryants Clothing being also as you say smoked & 
cleansed they may also be sent up. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Passed upon John Rowse Esq. his Province Account am , to 
. 10 - 5 - 6^ as by Copy on File. 

M r . Pemberton & Mason a Committee to examine the Small 
Pox Accounts. 

[68.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
(27 in the margin) 1769 Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, 
Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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 & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 
weigh -------..------211 

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

Jonathan Jenkins Master of N. 3 presented John Bound as a 
suitable Person for his Engine Comp y . in the room of William 
Darricut who is deceased. 

Voted, that he be accepted accordingly. 

Josiah Gains, master of Engine N. 6. presented George Cade & 
William Ross, as suitable Persons for his Engine Comp y . in the 
room of Rigdel Oolle. dec d . & Gershom Flagg removed out of Town. 

Voted, that they be accepted accordingly. 

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

Voted, that he have a draft for 13/4 d . for the above Premiums, 
- drawn for. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jai^ y . 2 d . 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Mason. 

[Mem , dl'd. M r . Eliot D.D. 2 large Folio Volumes in Lattin.J 

Sergeant Peavy informs that one of his Children in the Barracks 
at Wheelwrights Wharff, has the Eruptions of the Small Pox 
Coll . Dalrimple also sent Sergeant Foster to acquaint the Select- 
men with the same. D r . Whitworth was cent & confirms its being 
the Small Pox. 

M r . Hartley having Reported that the Widow Searles [69.] 
Clothing is now sufficiently smoked & cleansed, he had liberty to 
bring the same up. As also M r . Thompson his Wife & Child they 
being as you represent well cleansed from the Infection of the 
Small Pox. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 53 

Last Satturday M r . Bangs who came in Cap'. Rogers from Que- 
beck, had the Eruptions of the Small Pox, was sent down to 
llaiusfords Island. 

Boston Jan y . 2 d . 1770 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us the the Clothing and other Things, 
belonging to M r . Searls deceased are now well smoked & 
cleansed, you are permitted to bring them up to Boston ; and as 
a Child of Sergeant Pevys is taken with the Small Pox you are to 
receive the same together with the mother of the Child and an- 
other Child at her Breast. As you have Reported M r . Thomp- 
sons his Wife & child are well cleansed they may also come up. 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

P.S. M r . Bangs was sent down by our order last Satturday 
with the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 3 d . 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Mason. 

M r . William Pope apply'd to the Select men for liberty to open 
a Dancing & Fencing School. 

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

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

[7O.] M 1 . Dolbear & M r . Greenleaff a Comm ce from the Over- 
seers informs tliat they have chosen M r . Barret as their Sexton 
in the room of M r . Bond, who has refused buring the Poor accord- 
ing to Agreement. 

M r . Barret has liberty to bury the dead from the Almshouses, 
at the direction of the Overseers. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 6, 1769 (sic). 
Present, 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 10, 1770. 
Present, Heushaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that the Hayweighers to be chosen shall pay for hire of 
the Engine 40 p. Annum. 

Voted, that M r . Aaron May be & hereby is appointed to the 
Office of Weigher of Hay, in this Town. 

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



o4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Town in this Province, nor having wherewithall to support them- 
selves, Viz 1 

1769 Octo r . 21- John Spooner 

Nov r . 29- Daniel Thompson 

Octo r . 20- Mary Gorman 

Octo r . 3- Mary Beacham 

Novem r . 13- James Martin (a man) 

Septem r . 1- James Benniugham 

[71.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 24, 
1770 Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock. 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 29, 1770 
A.M. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. 

M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, at- 
tended at the Selectmens Chamber, and Reports, that M r . Bangs 
who has had the Small Pox and a Negro belonging to M r . Edgar, 
have been so well smoked and cleansed that provided a fresh shift 
is sent down to them, they may leave the Island without danger 
of communicating the Infection. 

whereupon a Letter was wrote M r . Hartley by Order of the Select 
men permitting them to leave the Island as soon as they receive 
their Clothes. 

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

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

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

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread if Wheat ^ Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11- 

A 4 d ., Ditto not above Indian Meal - - 3 - 12 - 

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

[72.] M r . Samuel Prat appeared and acquainted the Selectmen 
that he had brought to them from Chelsea one William Dix, as be- 
longing to Boston but th Select men refused receiving them, 
unless he had produced a Warrent for the removal, which the 



SELECTMEM'S MINUTES, 1770. 55 

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

Boston Jan y . 29, 1770. 
Gentlemen 

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

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To, 

the Gentlemen the Select men 

of Chelsea. 

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

Ordered, that M r . Samuel Hartley have a draft on the Town 
Treasury for .51-13-4 

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

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed Decem r . 
25, to receive into the Almshouse on the Province Account one 
Priscilla Kinnigher a sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewit hall to support herself 
the Order was signed by two of the Select men, Coll. Jackson 
& M r . Mason & Thomas Tyler Esq. an Overseer 

[73.] M r . Sara Sprague & Samuel Pratt two of the Select men 
of Chelsea appeared and informed the Select men that they had 
brought over one William Dix, who was sent to them by a AVarrant 
some time since The Selectmen finding that he was not returned 
by a Warrant, absolutely refused to receive him in any other way, 
and informed them that if he was left in this Town, they should 
apply to Chelsea for to defray any charge that he may occasion. 

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

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

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

The Comm ee . to wait upon M r . John Winslow, respecting M rs . 
Brookei Legacys Report that they had seen M r . Winslow, who 
was indisposed and that he had assured them, the Selectmen may 
depend upon his settling with the Judge of Probate so soon as he 
is well enough to go abroad. 

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



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

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

A Walk or Visitation of the Town Agreed upon Feb 7 . 14', as p. 
Account of particulars on file. 

[74.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 14, 
1770. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
The following was sent the Assessors 

Gentlemen, 

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

James Russell Esq. 
Ralph Inman Esq. 
Joseph Palmer & Com y . 
John Boreland Esq. 
We are Gentlemen 

Your hum. sen-ants 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
JOHN HANCOCK 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 

Select men of Boston 
To, 

The Assessors of the Town of Boston 

Boston, Decenr". 28, 1769 

M r . W m . Putman Master of Engine N. 4 put in his Claim 
for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine 
to work first at the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Edes House 
near William Bullfinches drawn for. 

Voted, that he have a Draft next Draft Day. 

Passed upon M r . Hancocks Province Acco'. amounting as p. 
Copy on file to . 12. 12 

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

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 19, 1770. 
Present 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 21, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 26, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 57 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 27, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Peraberton, 
Mason. 

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 & Livelihood which is computed as follows, viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh ----- 2-11- 

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

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

M r . Fellings and Eyres offer as Carpenters to make what 
Carriages are wanting for the South Batterys at 4 p. Carriage 
exclusive of Iron work and painting, and Thomas Crafts Jun r . to 
do the painting, & Deacon Boynton the Iron work. 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting 
to .374-10-9 & .29- 8/ as p. Copys on File. 

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

M r . Hancock and M r . Mason a Comtn ee . to get a passage to 
Halltfax for one Mary French & 2 Children & for Katharine Cuff 
& Child & Jane Tollman & Child. 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 7, 1770. 
Present, Ilenshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pembertou, 
Mason. 

that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing to be called on Monday next being the 12 Instant at 9. OClock, 
A.M. 

Voted, that have the printing of the Notifications for 

the ensuing Town Meeting. 

a Comm ee . to wait on to desire him to open the ensuing 

Town Meeting with prayer. 

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

Voted, that Coll . Henshaw, Coll . Jackson, & Maj r . Ruddock 
be a Comm ee . to wait upon the Lieu'. Governor & inform him that 
from sundry Reports and other Circumstances, the Inhabitants are 
still apprehensive of clanger from the Soldier in the Night season 
& therefor, to desire that he will take such order as he may think 
necessary for the safety of the Town, 

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



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. \ 

Jackson of the Boston Regiment is impowered by Law to appoint 
a Watch & that he was very willing it should be done but that he 
would see Coll . Dalrymple & inquire of him, the grounds of those 
Reports, and that he would desire him to give such Orders rela- 
tive to both Regiments, either by confining them to their Barracks 
or disarming them, or in any other way to prevent disturbances. 

Boston Ss : At the Meeting of the Selectmen, march 14, 1770. 
Present, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

[77.] Boston, Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
21, 1770. Present. Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason. 

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

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue his Warr'. for a Town 
Meeting on Thursday 3. O.Clock P.M. 

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

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 d . p. 
Bushel and that G d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat | Rye Meal, 

must weigh ------- 2-11- 

a 4 d . Ditto not above | Indian 3-12- 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A CoinnV*. of the Overseers inform that one Priscilla Hayden 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 59 

came from Braintree about 9 years past & was taken into the 
Family of Deacon Storer & was never warned out of Town, 
& desire to know who is to defray the charge on her & children. 

Cap. Curtis of Engine N. 8. presents Abijah Crane for an En- 
gine Man in the room of William Moore Jun r . who was accepted 
accoi'dingly. 

Coll Henshaw received of John Grant . 14, for one Years 
Interest of Monys being part of M r . Brookers Donation ending 
J3 d . March last. 

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

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

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

Cap 1 . Ichabod Jones apply'd for leave to open a Drain at his 
House in Cross Street. 

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

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

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

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal, must 

weigh 2- 11 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal 3-12- 

a Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 4, 177U. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Hancock, Mason. 

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

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

Coll. Henshaw and M r . Mason a Committee to wait upon D r . 
Chauncey, and desire him to open the ensuelng Town Meeting with 
Trayer. 

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

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



GO CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

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

M r . Ridgway, pray'd leave to open a Common Shore [8O.] In 
Cambridge Street. 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 10, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton. 

Sir, 

We have the honor of transmitting to you by the Order of the 
Town an attested Copy of a Vote passed unanimously at their late 
annual Meeting. 

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

with the greatest esteem 
Your most obed'. 

Hum. Serv" 

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
JONATHAN MASON 
The Hon blc . James Otis Esq. 

Boston May 10, 1770. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 14, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

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



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 61 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

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

JOSHUA HENSHAW 
JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HEN. INCHES 
JON. MASON 

P.S. The Lemmons may be first smoked & then aired upon 
Deck without putting them on shore. 

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

M r . Hartley Reports that he had followed the directions of the 
Selectmen, in cleansing & smoking Cap'. Symms's Ship, and that 
she might now come up with safety to the Inhabitants, whereupon 
the following Letter was sent M r . Hartley 

Boston May 16, 1770 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

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

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

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

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

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

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

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



G2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2- 11- 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian - -d. 3-12- 

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

[83.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the 
Almshouse on the Province Account, one John Kaycas (?) a sick 
Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
neither has he wherewithall lo support himself. Order signed by 
Coll. Henshaw and Coll - Jackson, Select men & the Hon blc . 
Royal Tyler, an Overseer. 

M r . Edward Hollyday presented his Town & County Treasurers 
Receits for the money Collected by him for 1768, where upon 
Voted, that he have a draft for his Premium at the rates Voted 
by the Town amounting in the whole to . 74- 7 d . 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk deliver M r . Hollyday his Bonds 
for 1768. 

Voted, that M r . Hartley permit one John Welch who came in 
Cap'. Symms, to come up to Boston, he having Reported that 
there is no danger of Infection & the Clerk directed to write 
M r . Hartley accordingly. 

A Draft order'd for M r . Cooper Clerk, for . 20 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 2 d ., 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason. 

A Precept having been directed to the Selectmen by the Hon ble . 
Thomas Gushing Esq. Speaker, for the choosing a Person to rep- 
resent this Town in the General Assembly the present Sessions in 
the room of the Hon blc . James Bowdoin Esq. elected into his 
Majestys Council. 

Voted that the Town Clerk issue a Warr*. for a Town Meeting 
on Wednesday the 6'. Day of June Ins'. 

Voted, that Coll. Jackson & IvP. Pemberton be a Committee to 
wait upon Rev d . M r . Pemberton & desire him to open the Meeting 
with prayer. 

Voted, that Mess. Edes & Gill have the printing of the Notifi- 
cations for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

[84.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 6 
1770. Present, Jackson, Pemberton. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 12, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 20, 1770 
Present, Hon ble . J. Henshaw Esq., Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, 
Mason. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Acco 1 . one Mary Joyce & her Child being a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor having 
wherewithall to support herself. Order signed by Joseph Jackson 
& Jonathan Mason, Selectmen, and John Gore Overseer. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 63 

Passed upon D r . Myles Whitworths Province Account amount- 
ing to 30 - 12/ as p. Acco'. to be put on file. 

Passed upon D r . Samuel Dauforths Province acco*. am 4 , to 
, 18- 13- 4~ asp. Acco 1 . to be put on file. 

Boston Ss- At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27 th . 1770. 
Present, Joseph Jackson Esq., Joshua Heushaw, Esq r ., M r . Hen- 
derson Inches, Jon*. Mason, Samuel Pemberton Esq., John Rud- 
dock Esq., John Hancock Esq. 

Voted, that Joshua Henshaw Esq. Joseph Jackson Esq. & Jon*. 
Mason be a Committee for Building a Wharf at the Province Hos- 
pitall at West Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 1 770. 

Voted, that there be a visitation of the Free Schools in this 
Town on Wednesday the 4'. of July next, & that the following 
Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen therein, and 
that they be notified to attend at the Selectmens Chamber at 8. 
OClock in the morning [85.] of said Day, in order to proceed on 
the visitation 

Thomas Hutchinson M r . Edward Payne 

The Hon ble John Irving John Scollay Esq. 

James Bowdoin The Rev d . Charles Chauncy D.D. 

Thomas Hubbard Mather Byles DD. 

Harrison Gray Andrew Eliot D.D. 

Royal Tyler Samuel Cooper D.D. 

James Pitts Eben r . Pemberton 

John Temple Esq. Samuel Mather 

Thomas Temple Esq. Penuel Bowen 

Thomas dishing Simeon Howard 

Andrew Oliver M r . Rufus Green 

The Representatives of the Town Cap 1 . John Bradford 

The Overseers of the Poor M r . Timothy Fitch 

Richard Dana Esq. Capt. Onesip 8 . Tileston 

William Phillips Esq. M r . Benjamin Eustis 

M r . Gilbert Harrison Nathaniel Balston Esq. 

Doctor Warren M'. Thomas (Jrenough 

Cap'. Heath ") . ..,, flTTToshua Blanchard 

Lieu'. Martin Gay [ Ar " lleT 7 Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Ensign Clark ) Cap'. Phillips 

Rev d . M r . John Morehead Isaac Smith Esq. 

Andrew Crosswell Thomas Gray Esq. 

M r . Stillman John Rowe Esq. 

Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. M r . Henry Liddel 

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

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



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 



a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat | I 


Ib. . 

lye meal must 

- 9 


07. dr. 
\ 1 


a 4 d . ditto, not above Indian meal 

o KisiL-f>t i,f n flrmnpv nrir>p 


3- 


12 - 

r 4 



Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing Tuesday next being the 10' Ins'. 9. O'Clock A.M. 

Voted, that Mess. Edes and Gill have the printing of the Noti- 
fications. 

[86.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 25, 
1770. Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason, Inches, Ruddock. 

Boston Ss ; At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 30, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

The Select men direct that M r . Ruggles have all his Bonds to 
three years M r . Salters for the year 1768 & before 
M r . Savages to the year 1768 

Voted at a Meeting, that William White have a draft in p 1 . for 
paving, for .15. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug. 1 st , 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 
passed upon several accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug. 6, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Coll . Jackson & Maj r . Ruddock, a Comm ce to examine into the 
Circumstances of Dock Square. 

List of Persons Licensed on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 8, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

An Order was pass'd Sign'd by M r . Hancock & M r . Pemberton to 
M r . Paul Farmer to Receive into the Almshouse Jack & Edw d Dunn 
Two Children & take care of them & the Selectmen will here- 
after determine whether they are to be at the Expense of the 
Province or Town. 

An order pass'd Sign'd by M r . Hancock & M r . Inches to M r . 
Paul Farmer to Receive into the Almshouse on the Province 
acco ts . Mary McCarthy a poor person in distress'd Circumstances, 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province. 

Ordere'd that the Town Clerk be directed to make out a Lease 
of the Town's Land or Buildings on Boston Neck North side for 
five years to M r . Enoch Brown to Commence 25 March Last 1770. 

(Clerk out of Town on publick Business.) 

[87.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug st 10, 
1770. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton. 

Upon a Petition Sign'd by Sundry Inhabitants of Boston, pray- 
ing that the Freeholders & others Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston may be conven d to Take into Consideration the Expedi- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 65 

cncy of widening & Enlarging the Passage way leading from the 
North part of Faneuil Hall Market, into Ann Street &c. 

It was Voted that a VV arrant be Issued for Assembling the In- 
habitants on Monday next 13 Ins'. 1 o'Clock P.M 

Voted that Mess". Fleets have the printing the Notifications. 

(mem. the Town Cleric was out of Town on public Business.) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug. 15, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of bread be set at Wheat at 5/4 p. 
bushel and that G' 1 . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread ^ Wheat % Rye Meal must 

weigh ---------------------- 2-11 

A 4 d . d. not above Indian Meal must weigh - - - 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price 5-4 

William M'-.faddin appointed to the care of of the South Burying 
place till further Orders. 

Ordered that the Town Clerk be directed to issue a Warrant 
for a Town Meeting on Monday the 20' Ins'. 3. O Clock P.M. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 22 d ., 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Mary Walker an indigent sick Woman sent to the Almshouseon 
the Province Charge July 25, 1770 

Signed by Joseph Jackson & Samuel Pemberton. 

Boston Ss . At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 23 d ., 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches. 

[88.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug*. 27 
1770. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Hancock. 

Hannah Simpson a poor sick Stranger was sent to the Alms- 
house on the Province Charge the 6' of August Instant. 

Order to M r . Farmer to receive her signed by Coll. Jackson & 
Major Ruddock. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 5/ 4 p. bushel 
and that G d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz 1 . 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal, must 

weigh 2-11- 

A 4 d . ditto not above Indian meal must weigh 3-12- 
A Bisket of a Copper Price 5- 4 

Passed upon John Fosters Province Account amounting in the 
whole to .1-4-4- as p. Copy of the Account on file 

M r . Bui dick Constable of the Dock Watch applys to the Select- 
men for some Repairs to the Watch House 

Coll. Jackson and M r . Hancock a Comm ce to order the necessary 
Repairs. 



6H CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 29, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

Coll. Jackson & M r . Ruddock a Committee to order some Re- 
pairs to the Hospital at New Boston. 

Voted, that John Hutchinson have a draft for 2.15, in p'. of 
Paving Works Agreed at the rate of 6/ p. yard they to dig up the 
old Pavements, and to lay the new Pavements. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft on the Treasurer for 
.20. 

Passed upon Ebenezer Wales's Province Acco'. am', to .3. 12/ 
as p. Copy of Account on File. 

Passed upon Bowles & Leechs's Province Acco'. am', to .1. 06, 
as p. Copy of Acco'. on File. 

[89.] M r . Jenkins of Engine N. 3. presents Nathaniel Tid- 
marsh as an Engine Man for his Company in the room of Henry 
Leadbetter who has left the Town. 

Voted, that M r . Tidmarsh be accepted as an P^ugiue man in said 
Company. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septenr*. 3 d ., 1770. 
Present Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 5, 1770. 
Present. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 11, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Accouu'. amounting to 
. 21 - 121 - as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septenv". 17, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for convening the 
Inhabitants, in Faneuil Hall on Thursday the 20' Ins'. 3 O 'Clock 
P.M. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 19, 1770. 
Present, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton. 

M r . Samuel Breck took on hire the Store belonging to the Town, 
situated opposite the Golden Ball, lately let to M r . Gardner. 

Thomas Uran of Engine N*. 4 appointed Master of said Engine 
in the room of M r . Putnam and the Clerk is directed to make out 
his Orders. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem'. 24, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Henshaw, Pemberton, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5 / p. 
bush ; & that G d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & livelihood which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

lb. 01. dr. 

a 4<i. Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11- 

a 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian meal must weigh - 3-12 
a Bisket of a Copper price - 4-15 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 67 

[9O.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms 
house to be supported at the Province Charge one Michael Som- 
mers a sick Person not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
nor having whore withall to support herself (si'c) . Selectmen, 
Coll. Jackson & M r . Pemberton. 

iVl r . Paul Farmer was directed the 5' of Septem r . last to receive 
into the Almshouse on the Province Charge one Mary Gorman a 
sick Woman not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithal! to support herself. 

Passed, upon M r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting 
to . 364-o-8 & . 28-5-7^-as p. Copys on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 26, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Mary Maccart}' now in the Alms house with her Infant Child, 
having applied to the Selectmen for some assistance in her return 
to Canada by Land. Voted that she have Six Dollars advanced 
to her on the Province Account. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 3 d . Ins 1 , to receive into the 
Alms house on the Province Charge a Child named George Son of 
John Porbis a Grenadier of the 14' Regiment and on the 22 d . 
Inst.' he was directed to receive Francis M c . Daniel, a poor Stranger, 
neither being Inhabitants of any Town in this Province nor having 
wherewithall to support themselves. 

Mess. Torrey and Bass two of the Town Tanners appeared and 
complained that the Butchers -who Lease Stalls in the Market, 
have not complied with the Conditions of their Leace by with- 
holding the Hides of the Cattle brought into the Market. 

The Selectmen having been informed, that it was Reported, 
that the Soldiers at Castle William have a bad Fever among them 
& that the Sick are sent up to the Hospital in the Common, M r . 
Williston was directed to desire D r . Hall Surgeon of theReghn'. 
to attend the Selectmen. 

[91.] Upon application made by M r . Hartley Keeper of the 
Hospital at Rainsfords Island, that some-Repairs may be ordered 
for the House. 

M r . Honnywell was directed to go clown and also M r . Tod, to 
see what was necessary to be done of Carpenters & Masons work. 

M r . Giles Brewer Jun r . appointed one of the Comp y . for Engine 
N. 4 in the room of M r . Putman the late Master and Thomas 
Uran is appointed Master. 

Bost. Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 29, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Inches, Mason, 

M r . Thomas Parker entered a Complaint against M r . Samuel 
Holbrook master of the South Writing School, for giving his Sou 
as he says an unreasonable Correction. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 1, 1770. 
Present Jackson, Pemberton. 

D r . Benjamin Church informs that a Child at Nurse at one 
Rexs's at Wheelers Point, has what he apprehends to be the 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Small Pox whereupon D r . Whitworth was desired to examine 
the Child who accordingly did it and Reported, that it was his 
Opinion the Child had not the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 3 d . 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches. 

M r . John Field applys for liberty to put down a Sign Post 
against his House in Corn Hill. 

M r . Hunniwell who went to view the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island Reports, That the back Cellar should be taken down 18 feet 
& rebuilt, the Chimnies to be plaster'd round from the Roof to the 
Garret Floor the backs of several Chimnies & Harths want 
mending & that the Walls want white washing & y c wing to 
be rebuilt. Garrets to be painted. 

M r . Tod Reports, that the Barn wants shingling on both sides 
the Well House on one side wants shingling & the Clap board 
mending an out side Door to the Well house & one Window 
a pair Cellar Doors for the Well house Necessary House Re- 
pairs Small Jobs inside the House Water Tables round the 
Walls Wheather Boards [98.] Repairs for Hospital House 
two p r . Cellar Doors, Spouts at North side of the House one 
Trunk 4 Sashes & Glasing Ware house wants battening 
Frame wants brasing Water Tables for Hospital Shingling 
to be mended Rails for Turret, & a Scuttle a Pump wants 
12 feet Gentry Doors to be mended Garden Fences to be 
mended Platform of the Wharff to be mended Sundry odd 
Jobs inside the House a Trench upon back of the House. 

M r . Todd & M r . Hunniwell were directed to go to Raiusfords 
Island and perform the necessary works. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 10, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Passed upon William Todds Province Account, for the Repairs 
of Hospital at New Boston, amounting as p. Copy of Account on 
file to . 1 46-0-9 i- 

The Town Clerk was directed agreeable to a Vote of the Town 
to issue Notifications (a Warr'. to the Constable to dispense 
them) of the Adjournment of their late Meeting and the Business 
then to come before the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 13, 1770. 
Present, Mess". Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton. 

The Tanners appeared when the Butchers who hold Stalls in 
the Market, were sent for by the Select men, to answer to the 
Complaints of the Tanners, that they had witheld from them the 
Hydes they were obliged by their leases to Supply them with. 
when the Bouchers promissed to make good the Hydes & Bryant 
that he would keep the Market clear. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 17, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Mason. 

M r . Ruddock motioned that the Selectmen would view M r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 69 

Atkins's Wall now carrying up on Middle Street, as it is appre- 
hensive that lie had incroached upon the Street. 

M r . Enoch Brown is directed to order the spreading of Stones 
on both sides of the Neck. 

[93.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 
24, 177U. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Application made by M r . Hunt, M r . Bulfinch, M r . Goldthwait 
& M r . Tluiyer, that they may have the Sealing of Wood on those 
Wharffs, which were assigned the late M r . Gardner. 

M r . Abigail Stonemaa applys to the Selectmen for leave to 
open a Coffe house at M r . Stones Tavern and also for their ap- 
probation of her as a Tavern keeper in said House called the 
Royal Exchange Tavern. 

D r . Noyes applys for liberty to open a Drain from his own 
House into the Common Shore Liberty granted upon the usual 
terms. 

M r . Hall Wharfinger complains to the Selectmen, that the 
High Way near M r . Hollowells Ship Yard, is become almost im- 
passable. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct. 29th; 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 3/8 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread % Wheat Rye meal, 

must weigh --- 2 11 

a 4 d . ditto not above i Indian Meal must weigh - 312 

a Bisket of a Copper prices 4-15 

Cap'. Ruddock appointed to order Repairs to the North Watch 
House. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tho Selectmen, Octo r . 31, 1770. 
Present, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M r . Payne, Miller applys to the Selectmen for liberty to open 
his Drain before his House in Back Street, Liberty was granted 
upon the usual terms. 

M r . Sharp mastei of Engine N. 2, applys for the Prc-mium 
allowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first on the 
Fire at a House in Charter Street last Fast Day : 

Voted, that he have a draft for his Premium. 

[94.] Agreed with the Proprietors of the Grist Mills that 
the Pavement adjoining the Draw Bridge shall be taken up and 
raised near the Draw Bridge, and if it shall appear that the Pro- 
prietors, are to pay such Charges. Deacon Tudor engaged for 
them with the Selectmen that it should be done. 

M r . Baker and also Cap 1 . Green apply'd to the Selectmen for 
M r . Gordens place of Sealer of Wood. 

M r . Parker apply'd to the Select men for the place of Sealer of 
Wood in the room of Mr. Gardner lately deceased. 

Majoi Furnace apply'd for the like favor. 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Sst At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 7, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton. 

M r . Syrcomb applys to the Selectmen for the repairs of the 
Bridge over the Common Shore near his House at New Boston. 

The Selectmen have agreed to view M r . Atkins Wall half after 
12 OClock, Tomorrow Fore Noon. 

Passed upon Deacon Joseph Robys Province Acco 1 . amounting 
to . 5-14- as by Copy on file. 

Coll. Jackson & M r . Pemberton Appointed a Committee to 
view the Bridge over the Common Shore near M r . Syrcombs 
House. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Charge one John M c .Gee a poor lame Stranger not 
an Inhabitant of the Province nor having wherewithall to support 
himself. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 10, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge one Benjamin Price a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support himself John Hancock, Samuel 
Pemberton Esq. 

[97.] * Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem- 
ber 10, 1770. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches. 

Boston November 10, 1770 
Sir, 

I am directed by the Select men to acquaint you that they 
depend upon your coming to Town as soon as possible that you 
may in conjunction with M r . Quincy prepare for the tryal of the 
Soldiers, and that they make no doubt of your exerting yourself 
to the utmost that a fair & impartial inquisition may be made for 
blood. A person is appointed to attend M r . Quincy and yourself 
in the collecting of Evidences. 
I am 

Sir 

Your most Hum. Serv rts 

WILLIAM COOPER 
Robert Treat Paine Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 12, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson. Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that M r . John Hunt have the Place of Measurer of 
Wood, in the District which was assigned the late M r . Gardner's 
and that the Town Clerk make out his Orders as Measurer for 
that District. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem 1 . 14, 1770. 
Present, Jackson. Pemberton. Inches, Mason. 

*Two blank leaves in the book are here counted as pp. 95 and 96. W. II. W. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 71 

The Widow Fitch prays liberty to open a Drain from her House 
to the Common Shore at the back of M r . Greenleaffs House, 
Smiths Lane, in order to clear the same And Liberty was 
granted. 

M r . Thayer prays for M r . Halls & Kings Wharff to be added to 
his District 

A number of the Inhabitants near the South Battery attended, 
and acquainted the Select men that the Warehouses at Wheel- 
wrights Wharff, have as they are informed, been taken up as 
[98.] an Hospital, which they apprehending will greatly expose 
the Inhabitants to Infectious Distemper therefore praying that 
the Selectmen would take this matter under consideration, that 
some method may be taken to avert the evil. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 21, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

M r . Cunningham applys for Assistance to be afforded a Person 
who lodges in her House named Edward Cane, he being a 
Stranger, & not having wherewithall to support himself. 

Coll. Jackson appointed to let the Towns Warehouse now 
empty. 

Four Jurymen for the Superior Court in the room of twelve 
who are dismissed, were this Afternoon drawn out of the Box by 
virtue of a new Venire. 

Let the Towns Warehouse near M r . Rowes, to M r . James 
Blackie at .20 Sterling p. Annum he to pay the Taxes. 

Voted, that the Selectmen will make a new Division of the 
Districts assigned for the Sealers of the Wood. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 22 d . 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ten Jurymen for the Superior Court by virtue of a new Venire 
dated this Day, were drawn out of the Jury Box. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, November 25 th , 
1770. Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, 
Mason. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/8 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*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2- 11- 

A 4 d . ditto, not above Indian must weigh 3- 13- 
A Basket of a Copper price -------- 415 

[99.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 
28, 1770. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that M r . Cooper the Clerk have a Draft on the Treasurer 
for Twenty Pounds. 

M r . Paul Fanner Keeper of the Alms house directed to receive 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

one Edward Cane a sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town 
in this Province nor having wherewithall to subsist himself M r . 
Hancock & M r . Mason signed the Order. 

The Clerk is directed to get out of M r . Hartley's Acco 4 . what 
Belongs to the Province. 

Voted, that the South Watch be dismissed, and that Capt. 
Martin be appointed Constable of the other South Watch in the 
room of Cap 1 . Bradford & the Clerk is directed to make out Lis 
Orders. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 5, 1770. 
Present, Hcnshaw, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Coll. Jackson & Mnj r . Ruddock appointed to examine & meas- 
ure the paving work done by M r . Hutchiuson. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 12, 1770. 
Present, Henshaw, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, 
Inches, Mason. 

A Petition of a number of Inhabitants, that the South Watch 
near the Fortifications lately laid down may be again set up. 

Passed upon Cap'. Woods Province Account amounting as p. 
Copy on file to . 8. 8-Sterling. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 19, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

[1OO.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Select- 
men viz 1 . M r . & M r . to receive into the Alms- 
house on the Province charge one Moses M c .Intosh, who is a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
neither has he wherewithall to support himself (Mem , the Order 
was not delivered) 

M r . C. E. S. Estey presented his Petition to the Selectmen pray- 
ing that he may be permitted to teach the French language in this 
Town said Estey is a Prussian by Birth, and came last from 
New Haven not allowed. 

M r . Williston was directed to order the several Collectors of 
Taxes to be at the Selectmens Chamber on Wednesday next. 

The Selectmen having considered the Petition for continuing the 
Watch near the Fortification. Voted, that the further considera- 
tion be referred to next Wednesday. 

M r . Williston is directed to shut the Market at One O'Clock 
every Day except Lords Days. 

Coll. Jackson & M r . Hancock & M r . Inches a Comm cc . to remove 
the Nusances from the market. 

M v . Pemberton & M r . Mason a Comm ee . on D r . Warrens Prov- 
ince Accoun 19 . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 26, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M r . Abraham Savage a Collector of Taxes for 1770 presents 
Mess". Nathaniel Green and Archibald M.Neil as his Bondmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1770. 73 

M. Edward Ilollyday Collector of Taxes for 1770 presents 
M r . John Winslow & M r . liarmonces Brimmer as bis Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

M r . Benjamin Henderson Collector of Taxes for 1770 presents 
Mess 1 " 9 . Job Prince and Edward Games as his Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

[1O1.] M r . Sampson Salter Collector of Taxes for 1770 pre- 
sents M r . Thomas Parker and M r . Daniel Ilea as his Bondsmen. 

Voted, that they be accepted. 

Coll. Henshaw is appointed to direct M r . Curtis the Hayward as 
to the disposal of the Bulls. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 31, 1770. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

The Hon b;e . Royal Tyler Esq. informs the Selectmen that he has 
taken into one of his Houses as a Tenant, William Hill & Family 
who came last from Dorchester. 

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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread % Wheat ^ Rye Meal must 

weigh --------------- Uktk ' 

A 4 d . Ditto not above i Indian meal must weigh - - " " " 

A Bisket of a Copper price --------- " tt " 

M r . Otis Keeper of the County Jay I informs that there is one 
David D'Artey an Irish man in Jayl who is sick & in suffering cir- 
cumstances but not held in Custody by any Writ, the one upon 
which he was committed being discharged by the Creditor on 
account of his illness. 

M r . Paul Fanner was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Charge of the Province one David D'Artey a 
sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town of this Province nor 
having where withall to support himself Order signed by Coll . 
Jackson and M r . Mason. 

The Widow Maverick informs that there is at her House one 
Cambridge an old Negro Man lately owned by the Widow Thorn- 
ton who is now deceased ; and that the said Negro is sick and 
unable to do anything for his support 

M'. Balston, Brother to tli3 Widow Thornton, refuses to afford 
any assistance. 

[1O2.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 
2 d . 1771. Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M r . Daniel Barker informs the Select men that he has lately 
taken into his House as a Tenant one Micah Allen, who has a 
Wife and one Child ; he came from Braintree about two years ago 
and has lived In a House of Deacon Collins's near the new North 
Church also that the aforenamed Micah Allen has taken into 
his House one Charity Twiss, lived last at the Eastward in a place 
called Manes Point, Sheepscot River. 



74 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Mem . M r . Dana was allowed in his Acco'. for which he had a 
draft 1 2/ lawful money when it should have been charged to 
Brookers Donation. 

Voted, that for the future their draft Day, shall be on the last 
Wednesday of every month. 

Passed upon D r . Joseph Warrens Province Account amounting 
to . 198 - 2 - 4 as p. Copy. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 9, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pembertou, Inches, Mason. 
The following was sent the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

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

The Hon ble . James Russell, Esq. 
Ralph Inman, Esq. 
Joseph Palmer & Comry. 
Patrick M c . Masters 
John Head 
Elisha Doane, Esq. 
Archibald Bowman, 
John Short. 
We are 

Gentlemen 

Your hum. SeiV. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The assessors of the Town of Boston, 
Boston December 28, 1770. 

[1O3.] The Town Clerk is directed to get from the Secretary 
an Order for the money granted by the General Court to the Town 
on Acco'. of Charges in sending a Packet & c . with a Narration 
of the late Massacre. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 16, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Passed upon Joseph Jackson Esq. Province Account, amount- 
ing to . 18 - 8 - 7 as p. Copy on file. 

Passed upon Joseph Newells, Province Account amounting to 
Three Pounds one Shilling as p. Copy on file. 

Passed upon Thomas Hubbard Esq. Province Acco 1 . amounting 
to . 7 - 8 - 9 - as p. Copy on file. 

Mem , to enquire of M". Slate relative to one Esther Burgain a 
Child at Roxlniry. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 75 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 23 d . 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Peraberton, Inches, Mason. 

William Sutton, Master of Engine N. apply'd. to the Select- 
men for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their En- 
gine to work first upon the Fire which broke out lately near D r . 
Sewalls Meeting House Consideration referred. 

Co". Abijah Willard of Lancaster. 

Cap*. James Richardson of Leominster, are proposed by M r . 
John Winslow Exu r . to m". Brookers Will as Bondsmen for 
Money let to M rs . Hanscall deceased, who had Two hundred 
Pounds lawful money of said Brookers Donation. 

Passed upon William Todds Province Account amounting to 
. 37-9-8- as p. Copy on file. 

Passed upon Richard Hunnywells Province Account amounting 
to . 14-19-8- as p. Copy on file. 

[1O4.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan ry . 
30, 1771. Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock. 

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 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 'S -g 

4 4 d . ditto not above i Indian Meal must weigh 
A Bisket of a Copper price. 

The Tanners who Leased the Towns Slaughter House this day 
delivered up the Key to the Selectmen. 

The Tanners attended and complained as they had often done, 
that the Butchers who hire Stalls in the market refuse letting 
them have the Hydes of the Creatures they kill notwithstanding 
their Agreement with the Selectmen. 

M r . Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to receive 
into the Almshouse on the Province Charge one Mary Thompson, 
& Child, she being a poor Person and not of this Province nor 
having wherewithal! to support herself. 

Onier signed by Coll . Jackson & M r . Hancock 

Passed upon Richard Boyntons Province Account amounting to 
.1- 14- 1- as p. Copy. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 7, 1771. 
Present, Jnckson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Harris's Province Account amounting 
as p. Copy to . 8- 19- 4 

Mem . William White &"Comp y . had a draft in Novem r . last for 
.3- 1- 11- more than was due to him. 

[1O5.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed to deliver Jacob 
Swarter a poor Person not an Inhabitant of any Town of this 
Province two Shirts and one under Woolen Jacket signed by 
Coll . Jackson & M r . Peraberton. 



76 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

[The Selectmen received of ] 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Alms house was directed to re- 
ceive into the Alms house to be supported at the Province Charge- 
one Robert Patterson a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province, being Poor & having lost the use of his 
Right Arm on the o of March last in the Massacre made by the 
Soldiers. 

Mem . Order dated 30. Jan y . last & signed by M r . Hancock 
& M r . Mason. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 13 d , I77K 
Present, Jackson. Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 
Mem . M rs . Eunice Perry who lived with D r . Cutter is pro- 
posed as a suitable Person to receive part of M. Bookers Dona- 
tion 

Passed upon Ebenezer Wales's Province Account amounting as 
p. Copy on file to . 3- 1 2- 

Received of John Winslow Esq. Twenty four Dollars which 
with 16 he distributed makes Forty Dollars for which the Select- 
men gave a Receit dated January last, as Received in p l . of M rs . 
Brookers Donation to poor Widows Distributed as follows, 
viz'. 

By John Winslow viz 1 . 

Prudence Delaplace - 4 Dollars 

Elizabeth Patterson - 4 do . 

Mary Ann Le blond ----- 4 do . 

Ellen Fowle 4 do . 



16. Dollars. 
By the Select men, Viz*. 

Dollars. Dollars. 

Widows Fowls - - - 2 Widows Hicks - - 2 

Winter - - 2 Lee - - 2 

Col man - - 2 Brooks - - 2 

M c . Cloud - - 2 Eujiice Perry 2 

Nichols - - 2 Rachel White 2 

Oliver - - - 2 Maverick - 2 24 



40 Dollars 

[1O6.] Cap 1 . Curtis of Engine N. 8, presented Josiah 
Wheeler as an Engine man for his Company in the room of John 
Hinckley. 

At a Meeting of the Justice Overseers & Selectmen on Feb 7 . 
11 A Walk or visitation of the Town was agreed upon this 
Day, as p. account of particulars on file. 

M r . Mays the Hay weigher was sworn by M r . Justice Ruddock. 

The Town Clerk to get one doz. of the By-Law Books. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feiy. 20, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Application made by a number of Inhabitants for the use of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 77 

Faneuil Hall on March 5 an oration in commemoration of the 
Massacre last March being intended. 

(Motion Withdrawn) 

M r . Hancock has liberty to continue y e Row of Trees from 
before his house and also Posts the extent of his bounds. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 27, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
bushel and that 6 p. Busaal be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

a 4 d Loaf of Bread f Wheat Rye meal must weigh ^ ^ . 
a 4 d . Ditto not above ^ Indian must weigh - - - - o 
a Bisket of a Copper price --------- 

Passed upon several Accounts . 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into the Almshouse Decem r . 27, One Hugh O'Briant a 
stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province who 
has not wherewithall to support himself. Order signed by M r . 
Hancock & M r . Pemberton. 

[1O7.] Passed upon John Burroughs Province Account 
amounting to . 5- 16- 10- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 5, 1771. 
Present, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house a 
poor Person, named James Hyde, he being sick and unable to 
support himself. Order signed by M r . Ruddock & Hancock, 
Selectmen & M r . Greenleaff. 

Voied, that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting Monday 
next. 

Voted, that Capt. Ruddock & M r . Hancock be a Committee to 
desire M r . Mather to pray. 

Voted, that Ecles and Gill have the printing of the Notifications. 

M r . Hancock a Comm ee . to examine Granary Acco u . 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmers Accounts amounting as p. 
Copys on file to . 356- 10- o/4 & 27- 7- 9- they were passed on 
the 27 Ultimo, but not signed till this Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 31, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread f Wheat, Rye meal must 



a 4 d Ditto not above \ Indian must weigh - - a =2 o 

a Bisket of a Copper price ------- 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Coll . Jackson & Major Ruddock a Comm 66 to attend at the 
Probate Office ou M r ". Brookers Executors Account. 

[1O8.] M r . Paul Fanner was directed to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge one James 
Connor his Wife and two Children, they being Strangers and not 
Inhabitants of any Town in this Province nor having wherewith- 
all to support themselves. Order signed by Coll. Jackson and 
M r . Hancock. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 20, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Storer. 

Coll. Jackson in the Chair. 

The Clerk is directed to prepare a Petition relative, to the re- 
moval of the Powder House agreeable to a Vote of the Town at 
March Meeting, and to lay the same before the Selectmen next 
Wednesday. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Acco*. amounting 
as p. Copy on file to .13-12-8. 

M r . Hancock is allowed to restore the Banks at the front of his 
Dwelling House. 

M r . Hancock & Pemberton a Committee to inclose the Common 
agreable to Order of the Town. 

The Clerk to publish agreeable to a Vote of the Town relative 
to the Common. 

Co". Jackson and M r . Hancock a Committee to order Repairs to 
the Towns Ware-house adjoining M r . Rowes. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 22 d . 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Storer. 

M r . James Lovel having informed the Selectmen that he appre- 
hended he should not be able to deliver the Oration on Tuesday 
the 2 d . of April. 2 d . for reasons expressed in his Letter to the 
Chairman. M r . Pemberton & Storer appointed a Committee to 
inform M r . Lovel, that the} 7 can by no means excuse him from 
that service. 

[1O9.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
27, 1771. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, 
Storer. 

Coll . Jackson in the Chair. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 0/6 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*. 

a 4 d . Loaf Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh ^ ^ . 
a 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian Meal must weigh g .2 ~s 

a Bisket of a Copper price 

A Petition of James Connor praying that he may have the com- 
mon allowance, for Persons sent to the Almshouse on the Province 
Account, while for reasons given he does not go into said Hos- 
pital ; also praying a passage may be found him & Family, for 
Ireland or England, was read and considered, whereupon 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 79 

Voted, that M r . Hancock be a Committee to provide a Passage 
for said Connor his Wife and Child, and that Ten Guineaes be 
allowed M r . Hancock for that purpose. 

M r . Lewis offers to take the whole of the Towns Lands on the 
East side of the Neck at the rate of .36 p. Annum. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account one Mary Connel Wife of Morris Connel, 
she being a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor having wherewith to support herself Order signed 
by M r . Pemberton & M r . Mason. 

Coll. Jackson appointed to see Rails fixed round the Dock. 

Coll u . Jackson & M r . Pemberton appointed to supervise the Re- 
pairs of the Neck. 

Agreed with Enoch Brown for laying on the Neck what Gravel 
may be necessary, under directions of the Selectmen, and upon 
as easy a lay as they have had it formerly brought for. 

[11O.J M r . Curtis, Hay ward, allowed to call upon M r . Mayes 
for a small load of Hay for the Bulls 

M r . Curtis was directed to lay before the Selectmen as soon as 
may be, a list of the Cows that go upon the Common, in order for 
the Owners, to be properly assessed for the Charge of Bulls &c. 

By Order of the Town at their late Meeting, the following Peti- 
tion was delivered our Representative M r . Hancock in order to 
be presented at the ensueing Sessions. 

To His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. Governor in Chief, 
the Hon ble . the Council & House of Representatives in General 
Court Assembled. 

The Petition of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston in Town Meeting assembled, March 19. 1771. 
Humbly sheweth 

That considering the maLy & fatal accidents that happen by the 
explosion of Magazines of powder in large & populous Citys your 
Petitioners apprehend their lives and propertys to be very insecure 
from the powder house being situate where it now is, more es- 
pecially as they are informed it has at times contained several 
thousands casks of gun powder. 

That they are apprehensive not only on account of what the 
Town may suffer if so terrible a Catastrophy should be realized 
but for the Community in general as near the whole quantity of 
powder in the Province would be thereby lost and perhaps at a 
lime when we are upon the eve of a war. 

Your Petitioners would therefore intreat that the Hon ble . Court 
will be pleased to take this petition into their wise consideration, 
& order the removal of the powder of that magazine to a place or 
places of greater safety & as in duty bound & c . 

By Order of the Town 

Mem , sign'd by all the Selectmen excapt M r . Ruddock. 

The Town Clerk was directed to suspend publishing a Vote 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

passed at the late Meeting relative to the Common for reasons 
tiiey will be ready to offer to the Town. 

[111.] Upon application made by M r . Benjamin Edes it was 
agreed by the Selectmen, that the sum of . 2-8-4- should be re- 
mitted M r . Benjamin Star out of his Rent in consideration of the 
loss of his business by the Small Pox breaking out in a House 
near the Shop he hired of the Town. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 28, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 d . 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer 

Coll . Jackson in the Chair. 

Mess". Grants this Day paid Coll . Jackson Four Pounds law- 
ful money in full for one Years Interest of their Bond ending the 
23 d . of March last, which Bond is part of M rs . Brookers Donation 
to poor Widows. 

The Town Bakers attended, and represented that the Assize of 
Bread was above common rate of Merchantable Flower where- 
upon Voted, that the Assize of Bread he now altered, and set at 
the rate of G/ p. bushel which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

Ib. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh ^ ^ 

a 4. ditto not above Indian meal must weigh , s o 
a Bisket for a Copper price 

Agreeable to a late Vote of the Town the Watch at the South end 
of the Town near the Fortification was replaced John Martin 
being appointed Constable of the same, who is allowed three Men 
besides himself, viz'. John Perring William Clear & William 
Sharp. 

Thomas Bradford is appointed Constable of the South Watch 
near the Lamb Tavern, and is allowed two Men besides himself 
viz'. Ebenezer Crosby & Josiah Carter. 

Orders to be made out accordingly. 

[112.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen 
viz'. M r . Inches and M r . Storer, to receive into the Almshouse to be 
supported at the Province charge one Lydia Beach a sick Stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, neither 
has she wherewith to support herself. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 10, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer. 

Coll. Jackson in the Chair. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen, viz'. 
Coll. Jackson and M r . Pemberton, to receive into the Almshouse 
to be supported at the Province Charge one James Pulis a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support himself. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 81 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pembcrton, Inches, Storer. 

Coil. Jackson in the Chair. 

M r . James Jackson prays the Selectmen that they would view 
the Posts he has erected near his Brothers Shop at the Brazen 
Head. 

The Selectmen have Agreed with Bracket for the Land 

on the Neck late improved by M r . Lewis at .4(J- p. annum, Con- 
ditions same as M r . Lewis's Lease. and the Clerk is directed to 
prepare Leases Abraham Woodward & are to be con- 
cerned with M r . Bracket equally. 

Maj r . Ruddock appointed to direct and order as to the clearing 
of the Dirt near Ferry ways by After (sic) Stoddards Shop. 

Coll. Jackson a Committee to order Repairs to Blind Lane. 

Maj r . Ruddock & Deacon Storer a Committee to order repairs 
to Lyn Street & Ferry way Street. 

[113.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 
24, 1771. Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches. 

Coll Jackson in the Chair. 

M r . Benjamin Henderson Collector having produced Receits in 
full from the Town County and Province Treasurers it was 
ordered that he have a draft on the Treasurer agreeable to a Vote 
of the Town, for his Premium, amounting as p. his Acco'. to 
.135. 4-1- 

The Town Clerk is directed by two of the Selectmen viz'. Coll. 
Jackson and M r . Inches to deliver M r . Collector Henderson his 
Bonds for 1769, and they were accordingly delivered. 

This Day Agreed with Jeffry Richardson for the Rent of the 
Engine House adjoining M r . Greens Barn for .l-6-8-lawful p. 
Annum, to pay his rent quarterly & to commence the 25' of April 
Ins 1 . 

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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal must 

weigh ,_, 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian meal must weigh - - o JJ g 

a Bisket of a Copper price 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge one Ann Matthews Wife of 
Peter Matthews, she being near laying in, a Stranger & not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, and her husband being 
unable to support her signed by Coll . Jackson & M r . Storer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 1, 1771. 
Present. Jackson. Hancock, Pemberton. 

M r . Turel & others apply to the Selectmen for the removal of 
a Barn near his House in danger of falling. 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

M r . Curtis apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
dancing School. 

[114.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2 d . 
1771. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

A Schooner named from Guadaloup last from Cape Ann, 

John Burt Master, himself, and a number of his People sick with 
the Small Pox. 

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

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for the Town 
Meeting on Tuesday next 10. OClock A.M. 

M r . Hancock & M r . Pemberton a Comm. to wait upon D r . 
Eliot and desire him to open the May Meeting with Prayer. 

Voted, that Mess. Fleets, have the printing of the Notilications 
for the ensuing Town meeting. 

M r . Curtis permitted to open a dancing School in this Town 
according to his desire. 

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, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal 

must weigh ^ ^ ^ 

A 4 d . ditto, not above Indian Meal must weigh s 

A Bisket of a Copper price 

Boston May 2 d . 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner named from Gaudaloup last from Cape 

Ann John Burt master himself & a number of his People down 
with the Small Pox having stopt at Rainsfords Island, Our Orders 
are that you remove such of the Persons as Dr. Rogers the Physi- 
cian which came from Cape Ann in the Vessell tells you may be 
removed with safety, to the Hospital. You must not suffer any 
[115.] Persons to go on board the Vessel or come from the Ves- 
sel without our permission nor any kind of Goods or Clothing to 
come up. Take particular care of the sick and report to us as soon as 
may be the state of the Vessel and the names of the sick when 
you'l have our further directions 

JOSEPH JACKSON 

JOHN HANCOCK 

SAM. PEMBERTON 

HENDERSON INCHES 

JON N MASON 

Selectmen of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 7, 1771, A.M. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Cap 1 . Alexander Coffin informs that he left the Downs the 29'. 
Day of March on the 1 s . of April Paul Coggeshall Sailor broke 
out with the Small Pox and in five days was entirely well. He is 
st->pt at Raiusfords Island. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 83 

Boston May 7. 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Briggandine Harmony Cap 1 . 
Alexander Coffin from London has had one of his hands taken 
with the Small Fox, Our Orders are that you take the necessary 
precautions by stopping the Vessell at the Island and taking out 
such Articles as the Cap 1 , may deliver you in order to be aind. 
No Person must be suffered to go on board or leave the Vessel 
without our permit, or any goods to come out. If any Persons 
on board are liable to have the Small Pox you must take them into 
the Well-house, Smoke the Letters and then send or bring them 
up to the Post Office. Examine the Circumstances of the Ves- 
sel & Report the same, when you shall have our further orders. 
You must smoke the Vessel especially the Cabbin & Steerage 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAM. PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JON N . MASON 

Selectmen. 

[116.] M r . Samuel Hartley Reported, that Peoples Names of 
the Schooner Friendship, John Rust master from Gaudaloupe are 
Nathan Narsons ( ?) Mate 
Elijah Burnam Cooper 
a Negro of Cape Ann. d. 
Richard Hillen ~\ 
Richard True - Sailors. 

Andrew Morgan ) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 7, 1771, P.M. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

Liberty given Coll . Jackson to open a drain before his House 
in Corn Court, he observing the steps of the Law to the satisfac- 
tion of the Selectmen. 

Liberty given M r . Storer to open drain before his House in Sud- 
bury Street, he observing the steps of the Law to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 8, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford's 
Island attended & reports. 

That he had examined into the Circumstances of Cap 1 . Coffins 
Briggandine, and found that the Cabbin & Steerage & the Things 
which were exposed, had been smoked & cleansed for about five 
Weeks past, that he had also smoked them again and cleansed 
everything liable to infection, and is fully of opinion that the 
Vessel and People may come up without endangering the health 
of the Inhabitants, whereupon Voted, That the Vessel have 
liberty to come up, leaving the Beds & Bedding of the Steerage 
upon the Island, And that the following Certificate be given the 
Governor 



84 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Harmony [117.] Alexander Coffin master 
from London stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account of the Small 
Fox, having been well smoked and cleansed we are of opinion s-he 
may be permitted to come up to Town without any danger to the 
Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper 
We are 

Your Excellences 

most obedient hum. serv". 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 
EBENEZER STORER 

To Selectmen of Boston 

His Excell 7 . Thorn*. Hutchinson Esq. 

Mess. Thomas Appleton and Victor Blair are approved of by 
the Selectmen as P^ngine men in his Company of Engine N. 7. 
in the room of Peter Roberts who is in years & Nicholas Deering 
who is dead, they haviug been recommended by the mabter, 
William Sutton. 

Passed upon John Hancock Esq. his Province Account amount- 
ing as p. Copy on file to . 14 - lawful money. 

Boston May 8, 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Briggandine Harmony 
Cap'. Coffin from London is now sufficiently smoked and cleansed 
and that the Vessel & People may come up without danger to the 
Inhabitants, you have our liberty to let her leave the Island first 
taking out the Beds and Bedding in the Storage and keeping them 
on the Island untill you receive our further Orders. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 
EBENEZER STORER 

Selectmen of Boston 

[118.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 15, 
1771. Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Hews apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a drain 
in a Lane near M r . Averys House leading into the Common. 

Liberty was granted, provided the Pavement is restored and 
the Ground made good, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

M r . John Osgood applys to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
Drain near his House in Back street. 

Liberty was accordingly granted, provided the Pavement is 
restored, and the Ground made good, to the Satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 85 

John Mf adden a Leathei- Dresser applys to the Selectmen to hire 
or purchase the Towns Slaughter House to improve in his business. 

M r . Paul Farmer you are to receive into the Almshouse to be 
supported at the charge of the Province one Margaret Burton a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province; 
being a sick & diseased Person, and not having wherewithall to 
support himself (sic) Order signed by M r . Mason & M r . Storer 
(& dated the 1' of April) & by Sam. Partridge Overseer. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of Rainsfords Island having Re- 
ported to us, tliat the Schooner Friendship John Rust master, 
stopt at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox. has been 
well smoked and cleansed and that every thing has been taken out 
liable to infection, so that in your Opinion the Vessel may come 
up without [119.] Danger to the Inhabitants, Voted, that the 
following Certificate be given the Governor, and the following 
Letter to M r . Hartley. 

Boston May 15, 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Friendship John 
Rust master, stopt at Raiusfords Island on Account of the Small 
Pox, has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed ; and that you 
have taken on shore all the Bedding Clothing and other Articles 
liable to retain the Infection Our Orders are that you permit said 
Schoonei to come up to Town taking care that no Person that 
came in the Vessel leave the Island that has not had the Small 
Pox and that no Goods or any thing else is brought in her, that 
may endanger the health of the Inhabitants. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
HENDEKSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 
EBENEZER STOKER 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. The People who came up in the Vessel must have a full 
shift of Clothes, leaving all their other Clothing behind. If there 
is not full Evidence that the Negro has had the Small Pox he must 
not come up. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Friendship John Rust Master from Guadaloupe 
last from Caps Ann stopt at Rainsfords Island on account of the 
Small Pox, having been well smoked and cleansed, we are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town without endan- 
gering the health of the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks 
proper, We are 

Your Excellencys 

most Obed 1 . Hum. serv*. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 
EBEN R . STOKER 

To Selectmen of Boston 

His Excell y . Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 



$6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston May 15, 1771 

(see 2 Pages forward) 

[ISO.] Coll . Jackson, M r . Pcmberton & M r . Mason and M r . 
Storer a Committee to order Repairs to the Street called Milk 
Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 11, 1771. 
Present, Hancock, Pembertou, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Boston May 11, 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Having received a Letter from Cap*. Allen respecting the Cir- 
cumstances of the Schooner Friendship, Our directions to you 
are that you keep smoking and cleansing the Vessel untill 
Wednesday next when you are to Report the same to us, as also 
what Goods are in the Vessel and what have been landed, and how 
you have endeavored to clear them from the Infection You'l 
show this your Orders to Cap 1 . Allen. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

AViLLiAM COOPER Town Clerk 

P.S. As there has been great infection in the Schooner you ai'e 
to do the best you can to prevent its being communicated from her. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 13, 1771. 
Present. 

Several of the Selectmen having been together at Coll . Jack- 
sons & one of them in the Chamber, I was directed to give the 
following Letter to M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rains 
fords Island. 

Boston May 13, 1771 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having again represented the Circumstances of the Schooner 
to come up as is desired, but that you Report to us on the Wednes- 
day what you have done as to smoking and cleansing, when we 
shall [121.] Determine as to the Vessels coming up. this you 
are to acquaint Cap 4 . Allen with by shewing him this Letter. 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEE Town Clerk, 
[look back a Page.] 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 15, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

[Bro*. 2 Pages back.] 

M r . Paul Fanner was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Elizabeth Hudenox a poor 
diseased Person who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor has wherewith all to support herself, Order signed 
by M r . Mason & M r . Storer and dated May G d . 

signed by Cap'. Partridge Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 22 d . 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Storer. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 87 

M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island having 
Reported to us that Richard Hillton who was landed out of 
Schooner Friendship with the Small Pox, is now well and so suffi- 
ciently smoked and cleansed as that he may come up to Town with 
safety & D r . Rogers who came from Cape Ann in the Vessel 
having Reported the same in writing Voted that the following 
Letter be given M r . Hartley. 

Boston May 22 d , 1771. 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Richard Hillton who was landed 
out of Schooner Friendship, with the Small Pox, on your Island is 
now well and so sufficiently [122.] Smoked and cleansed as 
that he may leave the Island with safety provided he has a shift 
of Clothes Our Orders are that you permit him to come up first 
seeing that he has a full shift of Clothes and that he brings 
nothing away, which is liable to retain infection 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
EBEN. STORER 

Selectmen of Boston 

Major Doan applys to the Selectmen for liberty to set up Posts 
before his House in Kilby Street. 

Passed upon M r . Nathaniel Greenwoods Province Account 
amounting as p. Copy on file 18/ p. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Edward Lewis a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wberewithall to support himself, Order signed by M r . 
Pemberton & Storer. 

M r . John Carnes approved of as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 
in the House he has lately removed to the South part of Boston, 
lately improved by M r . Joseph Ballard. 

Passed upon Benjamin Burdicks Province Acco 1 . amounting as 
p. Copy on file to . - 23 - 2 - 

Agreed to let John M c .fadden on Lease for Seven Years at eight 
Pounds p. annum the Building near the South market and Land 
Adjoining lately improved as a Slaughter House, said Fadden to 
build a good Stone Wall under said Building next the Sea, to put 
it otherwise in good [123.] Repair and within the said term 
of Seven Years to new Shingle said Building, and at the expira- 
tion of said Lease to leave it in good repair. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 27 d . 1771. 
Present, Joseph Jackson, Henderson Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Coll . Jackson appointed to direct the repairs of the Hospital 
Fence at New Boston. 

The Governor and Council having recommended to the Select- 
men to procure a passage for a Soldiers Widow and two Children 
to Scotland M r . Mason was permitted to advance four Dollars 
for said Family. 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Liberty upon application therefor, was granted to the Artillery 
Company to make use of Faneuil Hall next Monday. 

A Dispute having arisen between M". Kesiah Harvey and Cap'. 
James Dalton relating to the Line or bounds of their Land in 
Spring Lane Mess". John Joy, Samuel Dyer & John Kneeland 
of Boston were appointed to settle and adjust the Line between 
them, and a Warrant was issued of the following tenor or form. 

Boston May 27, 1771. 

To Mess". John Joy, Samuel Dyer and John Leach all of 
Boston. 

Greeting 

Whereas a difference has arose between M rs . Keziah Harvey and 
Cap'. James Dalton relating to the Line or Bounds of their Land 
in Spring Lane. 

Pursuant therefore to a Law of this Province we do desire & 
impower you the said Joy, Dyer, & Kneeland to go upon the 
Premisses view the same hear the Partys contending, & adjust 
settle & lay out the line between them as to you shall appear 
equitable. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JON. MASON 
EBEN". STOKER 

Selectmen of Boston. 

[124.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 28, 
1771. Present, Jackson, Inches, Storer. 

D r . Rogers and M r . Hartley attended & Reports, That John 
Rust the master of Schooner Friendship is now so well recovered 
of the Small Pox, and has been so well smoked and cleansed, that 
he may leave the Island with safety, whereupon. Voted, that he 
may leave the Island provided he is furnished with a good shift 
of Clothes. D r . Rogers having come up was also permitted lo 
leave the Town. 

Boston, May 28, 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Cap'. Rust the Master of 
Schooner Friendship is now so well recovered and has been 
throughly smoked and cleansed as that he may leave the Island 
with safety. Our Orders are that you may permit him to do it 
first seeing yourself satisfied as to the charge arising since he 
came to your Island, and that he has a fresh shift of Clothes. 
D r . Rogers may also leave the Hospital when he pleases, depend- 
ing upon his care that he carry s no infection. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 31, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Hartley attended and desired that Cap'. Rust might be 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 89 

allowed to remove his Clothes from the Island and that the Nurse 
may have leave to remove with her Clothes whereupon Voted, 
that the Nurse be allowed to leave the Island after being properly 
smoked & cleansed provided she is furnished with a good shift of 
Clothes 

Mem , a Memorial to Governor Council & House relative to 
Laws about Strangers. on file. 

Boston May 31, 1771. 
[125.] M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Woman who attended Cap*. 
Rust lias desired to have leave to remove from the Island with her 
Clothes, Our Oi'ders to you are that you permit her to remove 
after being properly smoked and cleansed, provided she is fur- 
nish'd with a full shift of Clothes she leaving all her other Cloth- 
ing behind till further Orders, and you are not to suffer anything 
to be removed without particular Orders 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
JONATHAN MASON 
EBENEZER STOKER 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 5, 1771. 
Present. Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

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, which is computed as follows Viz. 

1'). oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat & Rye Meal 

must weigh "o 'o -tf 

a 4 d . ditto not above ^ Indian meal must weigh G si 

a Bisket of a Copper price 

M r . Coply applys to the Selectmen for liberty to continue the 
Walk from M r . Hancocks to the Water side the same width, and 
to plant Lime Trees on a Range from there before M r . Hancocks 
House. Liberty was accordingly granted. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for .20 on account of 
services. 

[126.] M r . Hartley attended, and asks liberty for Richard 
True to leave the Island nexjt Saturday, and that M r . Rust, M r . 
Parsons. M r . Aliens. M r . Robertson. D r . Rogers, Prince Ellery and 
the Nurses Clothes may be brought off the Island as in his Opinion 
they have been sufficiently smoked and cleansed. 

M r . Mason & Coll. Jackson a Committee to settle with M r . 
Thomas Russel for the Rent of Warehouse & his Accompt. 

Boston May 31, 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that M r . Richard True has been well 
smoked and cleansed desires to leave the Island next Satturday, 
you have our liberty to permit it, provided you go on cleansing 
them and that he has a full shift of Clothes. A3 to M r . Rust M r . 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Parsons M T . Allen M r . Robertson D r . Rogers Prince Ellery and the 
Nurses Clothes, which you acquaint us have been well smoked & 
washed, you have our directions not to suffer to be carried off, but 
that you continue to smoke air and cleanse them, and then Report 
to us again for our further Orders 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 
EBEN E . MASON 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. You may permit a Doctor to go down free of expence of 
the Town. 

Passed upon Deacon Newells Province Account amounting as by 
Copy on file, to .7. 

[127.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 12 
1771. Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Samuel Hartley of Hospital at Rainsfords Island attended 
and asks liberty, for nurse Godbolt & Elijah Burnam to leave 
t!i3 Island, next Satturday, they being in his Opinion/well smoked 
and cleansed also that the Clothing belonging to the People 
who are at Cape Ann, may be carried to Cape Ann at the same 
time whereupon the following Orders were given m r . Hartley 

Boston June 12, 1771 
M r . Samuel Hartley. 

You having asking liberty for Nurse Godbolt and Elijah Bur- 
nam to leave the Island next Satturday they being in your Opinion 
well smoked and cleansed Our directions are that yon permit 
M r . Burnam to leave the Island, but not the Nurse, and that you 
still keep the Clothes on the Island, for our further Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

M r . Mason & M r . Inches a Committee to let the Towns Pastures 
at South end. 

M r . Jackson & Inches, a Committee to settle & adjust the 
Bounds of the Towns Land, now in treaty with M c .fadden for the 
Lease of 

Coll . Jackson & M r . Pemberton a Comm ee . to enquire of Tuck- 
ermau Pierpoiut and others relative to their Land. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 19, 1771 
Present. Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Hartley attended and ask'd liberty for the Clothes Bedding 
& a Bag of Cotton to be sent off, and that the Nurse & his Wife 
may come to Town with a fresh shift of Clothes, all having been 
well smoked &c. 

[128.] Boston June 19, 1771. 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having asked liberty to send the Clothes and Bedding off 
the Island & a Bag of Cotton representing that they have been 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1771. 91 

well smoked & cleansed and also that your Wife and the Nurse 
may come up to Town with a fresh shift of Clothes you have our 
liberty therefor, excepting the Cotton which must still remain be- 
hind till you have further Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

Passed upon Jonathan Masons Province Account am*, as by 
Copy on file to .1 " 10. 

William Barret appointed to measure Coal Baskets. The Town 
Cerk to give him his Orders. 

Voted that there be a Town meeting on Monday next 4. O'Clock 
A.M., & that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26, 1771. 
Present, Mess. Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

Ordered that the Assize 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat & Rye meal 

must weigh "o 'o "5 

a 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian Meal must weigh c 5 

A Bisket of a Copper price 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge a Child of one Agnes M c .Afee 
alias Williams is a Stranger & [129.] Not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewith to support her child. 
Order signed by Samuel Pemberton & M r . Mason, & M r . Samuel 
Whitwell an Overseer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Mason. 

M r . Samuel Hartley having Reported to us that the Cotton Wool 
at the Island has been suflicently smoked & cleansed, Voted that 
he have our liberty to let the Cotton be sent off and that the fol- 
lowing Letter be wrote. 

Boston June 28, 1771 
M r . Samuel Hartley, 

You having Reported to us that the Cotton Wool at the Island 
has been sufficently smoked :ind cleansed you have our liberty to let 
the same be taken off and carried to Cape Ann. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 3 d . 1771. 
Present Jackson, Pemberton, Ruddock, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Brewer & Richardson apply'd to the Selectmen at their 
Chamber, acquainting them, that M r . Emmons had brought Actions 
against them and others for pulling down his Chimnies by Order 
of M r . Phillips Newell and other Selectmen, and desiring them as 
present Selectmen to support them in those Suits. 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

The Selectmen have agreed to look into the Plan of y e Streets, 
finding by the Books there is a Street laid out by the Battery to 
the foot of Gib's Lane by the Sea, which is now interrupted. 

The Clerk ordered to deliver M r . Hollyday his Bonds for 1769 
which were delivered him. 

[13O.] Voted, that there be a Visitation of the Free Schools 
in this Town on Wednesday the 10' of July Ins', and that the fol- 
lowing Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen therein, 
and that they be notified to attend at the Selectmens Chamber at 
8 OClock in the Morning of said Day in order to proceed on the 
Visitation, 

His Excell y . the Governor Foster Hutchinson Esq. 

His Honor the Lieu 1 . Governor M r . Henry Laughtou 

The Hon ble John Erving Esq. Samuel Fitch Esq. 

James Bowdoiu Cap'. Dogget 

Thomas Hubbard Benjamin Austin Esq. 

Harrison Gray M r . James Beautineau 

James Pitts John Newton Esq. 

M r . Flucker M r . Francis Green 

Joshua Henshaw Henry Lloyd Esq. 

The Representatives of Capt. Barret 

The Overseers of the Poor M r . Will. Bill 
The Rev d . Charles Chancey,D.D.M r . John Dunning 

Mather Byles Edmund Quincy Esq. 

Andrew Eliot M r . Daniel Hubbard 

Samuel Cooper Cap*. Greenwood 

Ebenezer Pemberton Coll . Scott 

Samuel Mather M r . Matthews 

Penuel Bow en M r . moses Gill 

M r . John Hunt M r . John Blown, N. End 

M r . John Bacon M r . Peter Crequi 

M r . William Gordeu D r . Nath 1 . Perkins 

John Jones Esq. M r . Gray 

Isaac Smith Esq. M r . Scollay 

Town Treasurer D r . Lloyd 

M r . Barret applys to the Selectmen for leave to dig Graves in 
the New Burying Ground, the others being so full as to make it 
inconvenient for the poor from the Alrnshouse or Strangers, to be 
buried there Liberty was accordingly granted. 

Ordered, that the Assize be no alteration made. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Storer. 

[131.] M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island attended, and informed the Selectmen that the Ship 
Brittania Cap'. Deverson has been stopt at Rainsfords Island on 
Account of the Small Pox ; the Circumstances whereof and of the 
Vessel are as follows, Said Ship left Graves End, on the O'of. 
May, and on the 18' of said May, one Thorn". Newell a Passenger 
broke out with the Small Pox, but had it favourably and has been 
able to walk the Decks for about five Weeks, there was two Men 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 93 

on board liable to receive the Infection, who have been impressed 
on board a Sloop of War Cap'. Davvson, that all y e necessary 
precautions have been taken such as smoking washing & c . there is 
no Bale Goods between Decks &c. only about 30 Chests of Lem- 
mons &c. & 14i Chests Oyle with some Casks. 

The following Orders were in consequence of the above Infor- 
mation given M r . Hartley. 

Boston July 9', 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Ship Brittania Cap 1 . Dover- 
son from London, has been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account 
of the Small Pox, Our Orders are that you thoroughly smoke 
and cleanse the Vessels taking out all the Bedding in the Cabbin 
&c. the Oyl & Lemmons between Decks and such other Articles 
as are liable to Infection, and then Report to us your doings for 
our further directions, the Letters when well smoked and 
cleansed may be sent up, all the Clothing & c . of the Passengers 
must be well air'd & smoked. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

P.S. The Person from Cape Ann, with a shift of Clothes, may 
be permitted to leave the Island. 

[132.] The following Letter was forwarded. 

Boston July 1, 1771. 
Gentlemen 

You have Inclosed an Acco'. of the Charge arising upon one 
Elizabeth Martin of your Town who was some time past overrun 
by a Cart on Boston Neck and brought from thence to our Alms- 
house where she was taken care of ; the whole amounting to Five 
Pounds eight Shillings and ten Pence, which Sum we desire you'l 
Order us payment for, as soon as possible, the growing charge of 
this Town for their Poor requiring it 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

The Town of Marblehead to the Town of Boston, D r . 

1770 July 26 -To Sundry Charges for Elizabeth Martin whom a 
Cart run over on Boston Neck viz'. 

To Charge of bringing her from thence to the Alms- 
house by 8 men at 1/4 p. -0-10-8 

To Boarding Nursing &c. of her from the 26' July 
1770. to Octo r . '2 d . following is 9 weeks 5 days 
at 8/8 p. week 4-4-2 

To 7 Gall . Rum used for bathing at 2/ " 14-" 



To the Gent", the Selectmen of Marblehead 5-8-12 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11, 1771 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Hartley attended & Reported, That the Ship Brittania 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

has been so well smoked & cleansed, that she may now come up 
with safety, the Things between Decks are now on shore as also 
the Bedding &c. he also asked leave for [133. J Three Passengers 
viz 1 . Thomas Newell, William Timmings & Andrew Hamelton, to 
come up, whereup Voted, that the Ship may come up & a 
Certificate given the Governor accordingly & that the Passengers 
may leave the Island with a fresh Suit of Clothes. 

May it please your Excellency 

The iSliip Brittania Cap'. Deverson from London stopt at Rains- 
fords Island on Acco'. of the Small Pox having been well smoked 
and cleansed we are of Opinion she may be permitted to come up 
to Town without endangering the health of the Inhabitants, if 
your Excellency thinks proper. 

We are 

Your Excell y 
Most obed' 

Hum. Serv" 
J. JACKSON 
SAM. PEMBERTON 
JON A . MASON 
EBEN E . STOKER 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston July 11, 1771. 

His Excellency Thomas Hutchinsou Esq. 

, The following Orders were given M r . Hartley. 

Boston July 11, 1771 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Ship Brittania has been 
well smoked and cleansed you are permitted to let her depart, 
and may also suffer the three Passengers Viz' Thomas Newell, 
William Timmings & Andrew Hamelton to come up provided 
they have a fresh shift of Clothes. The Boxes of Lemmons 
must be opened & the Papers taken off, & then smoked when they 
may come up. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 
Boston July 11, 1771. 

[134.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen, July 13, 
1771. Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
attended, and Reported to the Selectmen that the Boxes of 
Lemmons have been thoroughly smoked, and may without danger 
be brought up to Town which the Owners pray for. That the 
Oyle has been also smoked & aired & the Owners desire it may be 
brought up and put on board a Vessel bound for Hallifax none of 
it being design'd for the Town 

Voted, that the following Orders be given M r . Hartley 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 95 

Boston July 13, 1771 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having reported to us that the Boxes of Lemmons which 
came out of Captain Deverson have been thoroughly smoked and 
air'd ami may without danger be brought up to Town, which the 
Owners pray for & that the Oyle has been also smoked and air'd, 
& the Owners desire the same may be brought up and put on 
board a Vessel bound for Hallifax to which place they are de- 
signed Our Orders are that you suffer the Lemmons to be 
brought up, and that the Oyle be put on board a Vessel bound 
for Hallifax to which place they are design'd. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 20, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz 1 . M r . Pemberton & M r . Mason to receive 
into said House one Rachel Seymore a Poor sick Person who is a 
Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, 
Order dated the 17'. Ins'. 

[135.] Selectmen Agreed to visit Deer Island Tuesday next. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 24, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

All the Assessors had the Oaths respecting other Governments 
money, the Oath of Office and the Oath respecting the Valuation 
now to be taken were administred them p. M r . Justice Pemberton. 

[Next Monday, 3 OClock P.M.] 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen July 29, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason, Inches, Storer. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen July 31, 1771. 
Present, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

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

lb. ox. dr. 
A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2-11 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian meal d. 3-12 

A Bisket of a Copper price ------- 4-12 

Voted, that Hutchinson the Paver & Comp*. have a draft for 
. 6 on acco'. of paving. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 7, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Penibertou, Mason, Storer. 



96 CITY Doct MENT Xo. 42. 

The Selectmen Agreed with Mess. Jonathan Pollard [136.] 
And John Winniet for the Rent of a Store near the Golden Hall 
Tavern at the Rate of Twenty three pounds six Shillings and 
eight pence lawful money p. Annum to be paid at four quarterly 
payments, as also to pay the Tax on said Store, and when they 
quit it, the Windows must be made whole as p. An Agreement 
made the 1 st . Day of Aug'. Ins', and put upon File may more fully 
appear. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 14, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M re . Biggs Widow, who received of Coll. Henshaw part of M rs . 
Brookers Donation, applys to the Selectmen for an allowance this 
Year. 

Jean Charpotot from Paris last from St. Lucy with a Wife and 
one child appeared, and desired leave to carry on the Baking 
Business in this Town. 

Liberty was accordingly granted, provided that he behaves him- 
self to the acceptance of the Inhabitants. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Acco'. amounting as 
p. Copy on file to 13-6-8- 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug*. 21, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Deacon Barret informs that he has taken into his House a Maid 
one Susannah Hitchins. 

The Selectmen Agreed with John Veasey & David Bryant for a 
Shop in Queen Street at the rate, of 3. 12/ lawful Money p. 
Annum ; and they are to pay all Taxes the Rent to commence 7'. 
Aug'. 1771. 

[137.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 28, 
1771. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Storer. 

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

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2 11 

a 4 (l . Ditto not above Indian meald . 3-12- 

a Biskct for a Copper price " 4 12 

M r . Benjamin Bass apply'd for leave to build a Tomb in the 
New Burying Ground. 

Voted that he have liberty provided, that he erects a Brick Wall 
of sufficient heighth, and keeps the same in good repair for ever. 

M r . Thomas Parker applys for liberty to build three or more 
Tombs in the vacant Ground, in the Common Burying Ground, 
next the Almshouse Fence. 

Voted, that liberty be granted, provided, that it can be done 
without disturbing the Bones of the dead & that a Head Wall is 
built of sufficient higth, & the same is kept in good repair for ever. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 97 

Voted, that Coll . Jackson, Mr. Pemberton, & Stover be a 
Committee to view the Ground M r . Parker proposes to Erect 
Tombs upon, and to see whether any of the Bones of the dead 
will be disturbed thereby. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for .20 mem. 
July draft being open, it was included therein. 

Passed upon M r . Wiliistous Province Acco'. am', to . 5-7-8- 
as 

[138.] Boston. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present, 
Jackson, Pemberton, Storer. 

John Winslow Esq r . bro'. his acc ts . ag st . Joanna Brookers Estate 
w cl> being examin'd agreed with the acc ts . given by the Selectmen. 

Dr. Tho 8 . Young apply'd in behalf of M rs . Wells & M rs . Wright * 
for liberty to exhibit the likeness of the late M r . Whitefeild &c. in 
Wax Work at Concert Hall. 

Jonathan Jenkins Master of the new Engine No. 3, applied for 
two premiums, One at the Fire at M r . Thornton's house, near 
Copp's Hill, May 29 th . the other at W m . Stoddard's Esq r . house 
August 22 d . 

Voted that he have a draft accordingly drawn. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen. Present, Jackson, 
Pemberton, Inches. 

M r . Tho 9 . Parker applies to the Selectmen to Repair the Drain 
in Long Lane at the Towns Expence & keep it in Repair. 

[mem. on a Journey.] 

Bo.stou Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 18, 
1771. 

Maj r . Ruddock in the Chair. Present, Ruddock, Hancock, 
Pemberton, Inches. Mason. 

M r . Abraham Foster apply'd for leave to take up the Pave- 
ments before his Door, which was granted. 

M r . Gains Master of Engine N. 6. applys for the Premium al- 
lowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first on the 
Fire which lately broke out at M r . Stones House New Boston. 
drawn. 

Voted that he have a Draft for his Premium. 

[139.] M r . Hancock & Inches a Committee to view the 
Common Land opposite M r . Copleys, and to direct relative to his 
selling of Trees. 

Passed upon M". Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse his 
Province accounts amounting as by Copy on file to . 358- 7-1 
and . 27-1 8-5. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge one Patrick M c Lary a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor 
having wherewithal! to support himself, Order signed by John 
Ruddock & John Hancock Esq. Select men & M r . William Green- 
leaff Overseer. 

* These contractious may be Mr. or Mxy. W. II. W. 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 28, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason, & Storer. 

Cap'. John Derby of the Brig 1 . Thomas from London Informs 
that he left the Downs the 25 of Aug st . & on the 27'". had a Man 
Taken down with the Small Pox, had it favourably & has been 
on Duty Ten Days past, only one person on board to have it, 
a Boy, whereupon ordered that Cap'. Derby proceed immedi- 
ately with the Brig', to Rainsfords Island, & there remain till fur- 
ther order & the following Letter was wrote to Sam 1 . Hartley 
keeper of the Hospital at Raiusford Island respecting said Vessell. 

Boston Sep'. 28, 1771. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

It being reported to us that Cap*. Derby s Brig 1 , from London 
has had the Small Pox during her passage, we have order' d the 
Brig', down to you & our Directions are that you receive on shore 
every thing from between Decks Air them & wash Smoke & 
Cleanse the Vessell, & when in your opinion she is fit to return 
to Town you are to Acquaint us there of. You are to Smoke the 
Letters & Send them up [14O.] by Cap'. Ball Receive the peo- 
ple on Shore, & suffer none to go off the Island without our per- 
mission. There is on board a Boy who is liable to the Small 
Pox. you will be particularly Careful of him. With Respect to 
the Cabbin passagers you must see that they have a fresh shift 
of Cloathes well air'd, & then they may come up to Town. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JON A . MASON 
EBEN B . STORER 

Selectmen 

Boston Sep'. 28 th . 1771 
Cap'. John Derby 

As one Person on board your Brig*, has had the Small Pox 
during the Voyage & another on board is liable to the Distemper 
it is our directions that you proceed with your Brig', to Ramsford's 
Island, & apply to M r . Sam". Hartley keeper of the Hospital, to 
whom we have given the necessary Directions, M r . Hartley will 
be as Expeditious as possible in cleansing your Vessell that she 
may Return to Town. We are 

Your hum', serv". 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JON A . MASON 
EB EN. STORER 

Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep'. 30, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pembertou, Inches, 
Storer. 

Capt. Derby applied for Liberty to Ship the Hemp & Goods 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 99 

between Decks to Salem they belonging to persons there, upon 
Consideration order'd that all [141.] the Hemp be put on Shore 
on the Island & there Remains till further order, & M r . Hartley is 
Directed to Smoke the Goods & air them on board. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 2 d . 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, 
Storer. 

M r . George Minott appear'd & paid Twenty four pounds Law". 
Money for Two years Interest of his Bond to the Selectmen, 
being Interest arising from M rs . Brookers Legacy, the Interest of 
which to be applied for the Benefit of such poor Widows as in 
the Judgment of. the Selectmen are proper objects. This 
Interest was Rec'd by Co 11 . Jackson, & by him to be accounted. 

Mr. Hartley having Reported that the Brig'. Thomas Cap'. 
Derby is sufficiently Smok'd & Cleanse'd & that she may come 
up to Town with Safety, where upon the following Letter was 
Sent to the Gov r . 

Boston Octo*. 2. 1771. 
May it please your Excellency 

The ling'. Thomas Commanded by M r . John Derby, lately ar- 
riv'd from London was order'd by us to Stop at Rainsford Island, 
on Acco*. of a person having had the Small Pox on board ; & it 
being our opinion that the Vessell is Sufficiently Cleans'd & 
smok'd & that she may come up to Town with Safety, we there- 
fore Desire your Excellency's permission for that purpose. 
We are 

Your Excellency's 

Most obed'. hum. Serv ts . 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAM'- L . PEMBERTON 
JON A . MASON 
EBEN B . STOKER 

To His Excellency Selectmen of Boston. 

The Governor. 



. J Thomas Uran Mast r . of Engine No. 4 applies for 
Prem. for Working his Engine first at the Fire last Sabbath by 
the Mill Bridge. 

Voted, that he have a draft for the same. drawn. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 4 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Storer. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at G/ 3 d . 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 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal must 

weigh ------------- 2-11 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. - - - - 3-12- 

Bisket of a Copper price --------- 4-9 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Mr. Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Jane Willson & her Son 
being a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province, nor having wherewithall to support herself Order 
signed by M r . Hancock & M r . Storer, Selectmen & M r . Green- 
leaft' an Overseer. 

Voted, that the Perambulation between Roxbury and this Town 
be on Tuesday next at 10 OClock, Before Noon and that a Letter 
be wrote to the Selectmen as usual & a Dinner provided by the 
Clerk at M r . Brackets on the Neck, Rev. M r . Adams. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 9, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge Sarah Kyer, and Sarah Kyer 
Jun r . being Strangers and not Inhabitants of any Town in this 
Province nor having wherewithall to support themselves, Order 
dated 13' SeptemT. 1771 and signed by M r . Pemberton & M r . 
Mason Selectmen & M r . Daniel Warner an Overseer. 

[143.] Passed upon Joseph Newels Province Account 
amounting as p. Copy on file to .8-0-11 lawful Money. 

Coll . Jackson a Committee to settle with M r . William Tayler, 
for the Rent of a Cellar under the Granary. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 23 d . 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Pemberton, Mason. 

M r . Savage a Collector of Taxes for the Year 1769. apply 'd to 
the Selectmen for his Bonds for said year, when the Town Clerk 
was directed to deliver them, and they were accordingly delivered. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Raiusfords Island 
prays that leave may be granted for Matthew, a Person who came 
out of Cap 1 . Derbys Ship to leave the Island, he having been 
sufficiently smoked & cleansed. Liberty was accordingly granted 
provided he has a shift of Clothes & discharges, the Debt he has 
contracted. 

Boston October 23 d . 1771 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that one Matthew, who came out of 
Capt. Derbys Ship may leave the Island with safety having been 
sufficiently smoked & cleansed Our Orders are that you permit 
him to leave the Island, provided he has a fresh shift of Clothes, 
and discharges his arrears. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 30, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Mr. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was [144.] 
Directed by two of the Select men viz 1 . Coll . Jackson & M r . 
Mason, & by M r . Samuel Whitwell an Overseer, to receive into 
the Almshouse Septem r . 1, one Sarah Magee & Septem 1 ". 27, one 
Elenor Murfie. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 101 

Mr. Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island appear'd and acquainted the Selectmen that the Hemp 
landed from Cap'. Derbys Ship is now in his opinion sufficiently 
aired & smoked, and may be suffered to be taken off with safety 
to the Inhabitants. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wh eat at 6 3. 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. 

lb. 02. dr. 

a 4 d . Brown Loaf <J Wheat ^ Rye Meal must weigh 2-11 
a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal - - - d" 3 - 12 - 
Bisket of a Copper price -------- 4-9 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital Reported this Day 
further, that one George Williams Jun r . is not quite recovered of 
the Small Pox, the following Orders were given him 

Boston October 30, 1771 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Hemp landed from Cap'. 
Derbys Ship is now in his Opinion sufficiently smoked and air'd 
and may be suffered to be taken off the Island with safety to the 
Inhabitants. You having also Reported that one George Will- 
iams who came in said Ship is not quite recovered from the 
Small Pox, neither has he been smoked & cleansed [145.] he 
cannot therefore yet leave the Island, as to the Hemp you may 
suffer it to be brought off. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clk. 

Jonathan Jenkins of Engine N. 3 attended, and presented one 
Jn. Newell Woodward as a suitable Person for his Engine Com- 
pany, in the room of one John Bound who has resigned. 

Voted, that the said Woodward be accepted as an Engine Man 
in said Company. 

M r . Torrey in the name of the Tanners applyd to the Select- 
men praying, that the Butchers who hold Stalls in the Market may 
be obliged to deliver the Hides of the Cattle brought to Market 
according to Agreement. 

The Town Clerk is directed to furnish the Selectmen with the 
Papers relative to Paddys Alley laid out by the Justices & Select- 
men in a new Street. 

The Selectmen passed upon a number of accounts. 

The Clerk of the Market is to be directed by M r . Williston, to 
attend with an Account of the Hydes brought into Market by the 
Butchers on Fryday 11. OClock. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 6. 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Hancock, Mason, Storer. 

[14(5.] M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was 
directed to receive into the Almshouse on the Province Acco'. one 
Peter Kelley a diseased Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to support himself 
Order signed by M r . Hancock & M r . Mason. 



J02 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 13, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

M r . Cooper was directed to publish an Advertisement relative 
to payment of the Premium on Mulberry Trees first consulting 
M r . Whit well who pays the Premium and one Selectman. 

M r . Benjamin Gray Chosen a Collector of Taxes for the year 
1771, offers M r . Thomas Leveret and M r . Levy Jennings as his 
Bondsmen 

Voted that M r . Leveret be accepted but not M r . Jennings. 

Passed upon M r . Ebenezer Storers Province Account amounting 
to Four Pounds as p. Copy on file. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account one Lucretia Seave a poor infirm Person 
who is a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince, neither has she wherewith all to support herself, Order 
signed by M r . Storer & M r . Inches & dated Octo r . 8'. 1771, & 
by William Phillips an Overseer. 

M r . Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. presented Amos Thayer as 
a suitable Person for his Engine Company in the room of Richard 
Brooks Emmons who h;is resigned. 

Voted, that he be accepted accordingly. 

[147.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms 
house to be supported at the Province charge one Margaret Reed 
& one Nancy Shay who are Strangers and not Inhabitants of any 
Town in this Province neither have they wherewithall to support 
themselves. Order signed by two of the Selectmen Octo r . 8. 
1771. viz. M r . Inches & M r . Storer, & by M r . Phillips an Over- 
seer. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Hugh Obrien an infirm 
Stranger, not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having where with all to support himself, Order signed by M r . 
Mason & M r . Inches. 

M r . Paul Fanner was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province charge or at least to supply with necessary one Jacob 
Sweeter who is a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in 
this Province, nor having wherewithall to support himself, Order 
signed by two of the Selectmen viz 1 . M r . Inches & M r . Mason. 

John Erving Esq. & M r . Thomas Peck are offered by M r . Parker 
as Bondsmen for M r . Thomas Parkes, keeping the Walls of the 
new Tombs he is erecting near the Almshouse in Repair penalty 
.20. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 20, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock. Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

[148.] M r . Edward Hollyday Collector of Taxes for 1771, 
presents M r . John Winslow & M r . Hermanes Brimmer for his 
Bondsmen, Accepted by the Selectmen. 

M r . Benjamin Gray presents M r . Thomas Leaveret & M r . Rich- 
ard Salter, as Bondsmen for his faithful discharge of the Trust of 
a Collector which he has been chosen to for 1771. Accepted by 
the Selectmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 103 

M r . Abraham Savage a Collector of Taxes for 1771 presents 
M r . Archibald M c Neil & Daniel Maccarty marriner as his Bonds- 
men, Accepted by the Selectmen. 

M r . Benjamin Henderson a Collector of Taxes for 1771, pre- 
sents Job Prince and Edward Carnes as his Bondsmen for . 

accepted by the Selectmen. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into the Almshouse on the Province Acco'. one William 
Ranson a sick Stranger who is not an inhabitant of any Town in 
this Province, neither has he wherewithall to support himself, 
Orders dated Nov r . 19. 1771. & signed by two of the Selectmen 
viz'. M r . Mason & M r . Pemberton & one Overseer, viz'. Benjamin 
Dolbear, And also an Order dated the 20, to receive a Lame Per- 
son named not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince nor having wherewithall to support himself, Order signed 
by M r . Jackson & M r . Mason. Selectmen William Greenleaff, 
Overseer. 

Passed upon D r . Joseph Warrens Province Acco 1 . amounting as 
by Copy on file to .213-16. 

M r . Ruggles & M r . Bryant who hire Stalls in Faneuil Hall 
Market. 

[149.] Boston Ss, : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
22 d ., 1771. Present 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

A Warrant from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate for this County 
as the Selectmen, desiring & impowering them to enquire into the 
Circumstances of James Otis Esq. of Boston represented by his 
Relations & Friends as a Distracted Person &c. was received, and 
the Selectmen Agreed to see the said M r . Otis immediately. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 26, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

The following Warrant was rec d . from the Judge of Probate. 
& a Return made thereon, Viz'. 

Probate Office Suffolk Ss. 

To the Gentlemen Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
Greeting 

It having been represented to me by the Relations & Friends 
of James Otis of Boston Esq. that the said James is a Non 
Compos Distracted or Lunatick Person & a proper Subject for a 
Guardian. 

Pursuant therefore to the Directions of the Province Law in 
such case provided. You are hereby desired and impowered to 
consider the case of the said James & upon the Evidence you 
may have Report to me whether you find him to be a Non Compos 
Distracted or Lunatick Person or not, and such Report to be made 
under the hands of the major part of you. 

Dated at Boston & the Seal of Office Affixed this 25. Day of 
Novem r . 1771 & the twelfth year of the Kings Reign 

Ts, HUTCHINSOX Judge Probate 



104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

We the Subscribers by virtue of the within Warrant have made 
due Inquisition into the Circumstances of the within [15O. ] named 
James Otis Esq. & are fully of Opinion that he is a Distracted 
Person. 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN HANCOCK 
SAM. PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JON A. MASON 
EBENEZKR STORER 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 27, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Samuel Prichard a diseased young Fellow apply'd to the Select- 
men for Relief, says he formerly lived with M r . Legat of Lemin- 
ister as a Servant, who sold him to John Cheney of Winchendon 
who sold him to Richard Parsons, & Levy Bigsby, they sold his 
time to Thomas Geary, & Geary sold his time to Isaac Hollister. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge Samuel Prichard a diseased 
Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, 
neither has he anything to support himself, Order signed by M r . 
Jackson & M r . Mason Selectmen. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/3 p. 
Bushel and that Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows, 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Brown Loaf f Wheat Rye meal must weigh 2-11- 
a 4 d , Ditto, not above Indian meal d. 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-9 

Whereas The Selectmen have'g furnished me the Subscriber 
appointed by the Court of Sessions a Sealer for the Town of 
Boston, with a Beam Scales, Weights & measures, amounting to 
. 2-19-8, lawful Money, I promise to be accountable to the 
Selectmen for the Time being, for the same. 

Witness my hand 

JOSEPH WINSLOW. 

[151.] Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for . 20. 

Coll . Jackson is appointed to order Plastering to a Shop 
occupied by 

M r . John Baker is appointed by the Selectmen to inspect into 
what relates to Deer Island, and to give information to the Select- 
men if any Stones or Ballast is taken off from said Island. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 4, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. Storer. 

M r . Mollineaux applys to the Selectmen for relief for a poor 
Woman in the Factory, a disabled Soldiers Wife. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Alms house on 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1771. 105 

the Province Account one Patrick Kidney, a sick Stranger not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor having wherewithal 1 
to support himself Order dated Novem r . 11 th . & signed by t\vo 
of the Selectmen, Viz'. M r . Pemberton & M r . Mason & M r . Samuel 
Whitwell an Overseer. 

M r . Fanner was also directed to receive one James Thompson a 
sick Stranger. Order dated Nov r . 29. & signed by the above 
named Selectmen, Viz'., M r . Pemberton & M r . Mason & by 
M r . Samuel Whitwell an Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 11, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

The Tanners attended & complain 'd that M r . Bryant had broke 
his Agreement respecting the Hydes brought. 

Voted, that M r . Bryant be turned out of the Market. 

[152.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
14, 1771. Present, Hancock, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

The Selectmen having again taken up the affair of the Stalls 
Leased to Bryant, after due consideration came into the following 
Vote 

Whereas it appears to us that it is for the Interest of the Town 
of Boston that M r . Bryant be immediately removed from the Stalls 
in Faneuil Market now occupied by him therefore Voted unani- 
mously that the said John Bryant remove all his effects out of 
Faueuil Hall market and deliver up said Stalls on or before Mon- 
day next at One OClock P.M. and that he the said Bryant be served , 
with a Copy of this Vote. 

Boston Decem r . 14, 1771. 

Agreable to the above Vote, the Selectmen took Vose & 

as Witnesses, and warned M r . John Bryant to leave his 

Stalls on or before One OClock Monday next, the Town Clerk also 
served him with a Copy of the above Vote. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 16, 1771, 
A.M. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

Cap'. Beals attended, and informed the Selectmen that he had 
received into his House as a Boarder one Thomas Cawlin from 
Newhaven in Connecticut ; who is taken with a Fever & has not 
wherewithal! to support himself, whereupon D r . Warren, was 
directed to visit him as a Physician. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Select men, Decem r . 16, 1771. 
P.M. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason. 

M r . James Bryant applys to the Selectmen praying [153.] 
That he may have the Stalls in the market, whici his Brother John 
improved for some time past. 

Voted, that the consideration of M r . Bryants request be referred 
over to Wednesday next. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 18, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Passed upon William Dickmans Province Account amounting as 
by Copy on file to . 4-18. 

The Tanners of this Town attended and presented a Petition to 
the Selectmen praying that Al r . John Robinson may have the 
Stalls in Faneuil Hall market, lately occupied by M r . John Bryant. 

M r . Love was directed to go over to Roxbury, and bring from 
their Almshouse one M r$ . Cleasby ( ?) who he is to carry to our 
Almshouse. 

M r . James Bryant applys to the Selectmen for the hire of the 
five Stalls on the North Corner. 

The Selectmen have Agreed to meet at 10 OClock next Sat- 
turday & to warn 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 21, 1771. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Renew'd ( ?) the Jury Box. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/3. p. 
Bushel & that 6 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows, Viz 1 . 

)b. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Brown Loaf Wheat | Rye Meal must 

weigh 2-11 

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

Bisket of a Copper price -- 4-9- 

[154.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan 7 . 1, 
1771 (sic). Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason, Storer 

M r . John Fleet informs that he has taken into his Family as a 
Maid Servant one Esther Crawford, who came to this Town from 
Towusend at the Eastward ; she got here about three Weeks past 
& was received by M r . Fleet the 3 d . of December. 

The following was sent the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

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

The Hon ble . James Russel Esq. 
Ralph Inman Esq. 
Joseph Palmer & Comp 7 . 
Elisha Doane Esq. 
We are 

Gentlemen 

Your hum. Serv". 

JOSEPH JACKSON 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
SAMUEL PEMBERTON 
HENDERSON INCHES 
JONATHAN MASON 

To Selectmen of Boston. 

The Assessors of the Town of Boston. 
Boston December 28, 1771 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 



107 



Boston Sst At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 8, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Mason. 

[155.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 15 th . 
1772. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Storer, Pembertou, Mason. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz'. Mr. Hancock & Mason, to receive into the 
Almshouse on the Province charge one Mary Blake a Stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of this Province neither has she where- 
withall to support herself, Order sigu'd by Sam. Whitwell Over- 
seer dated Jan y . 4. 

M'. Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into the Almshouse one William Checus ( ?) a sick stranger 
who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having 
wherewithall to support himself, Order signed by M r . Hancock 
& M r . Mason, Selectmen, & Sam. Partridge Overseer. & dated 
Aug'. 10, 1771. 

Cap 1 . Read master of Engine N. 5 : appeared, and desired the 
Selectmen to appoint another Master of said Engine in his room, 
his age & Infirmities obliging him to resign. 

Mem . Coll . Jackson received of Brookers Donation Interest 
Mony of Fullerton, Minot, Grant & Haskill. . 42-8- 

Distributed as follows 



Widow Loring - Hatter - 
M rs . Ruth Loring 
Widow Oliver - 
Widow Lee ... 

Widow Nichols - 
Widow Hodges - 

Widow Bridge - 
Widow Fowle - 
Widow Metret - 

Widow Draper - 
Widow Biggs ... 
Widow E. Loring 
Widow Delaplace 
Widow Mitchel - 

[156.] Widow Stone - 
Widow Coleman 
M". Lobden ... 

Widow Robins - 
Widow Brodks - 
Widow Hicks - 



4 Dollars } 
4 Dollars ^ 
4 d. 



4 


d. 




4 


d. 




4 


d<>. J 




M r . 


Hancock 


distributes 


4 






4 






4 






Coll . 


Jackson 


distributes 


4 


d. "] 




4 


d. 




4 


d. 




4 


d. 




4 


d. 





M r . Mason d. carried over 

4 Dollars ") 

4 d. 

4 d. J 
M r . Pembertou distributes 

4 d. 

4 d. 

4 d. 

M r . Rudstock d. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 22 d . 1771. 
Present, Col. Jackson, M r . Pemberton, Deac". Mason, Capt". 
Ruddock, Dea c . Storer. 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

M r . Shubael Hcwes Appointed Master of the E'.igine N. 5 iu 
the room of M r . Read who resigned 

Distributed to the following persons of the Interest monies arise- 
ing from Brooke rs donation 

Widow Downes - - four Dollars" 1 ] 

Widow Murray - d. d. 

Widow Caswell - - - d. d. lld , r 

Widow Glover - -. - \ d. d". f dl ' MaS n ' 

Widow Allin - d\ d. 

Widow M c Cloud - d. d. J 

Widow Kneeland d. d. - do. M r . Pemberton 

Widow Dodge - do. d. - d. M r . Ruddo 

M r . Nathaniel Hall presents a Petition praying that he may be 
approbated as a Retailer of Spiritons Liquors at his Distill House in 
Back Street North End, in the room, of M r . John Gould deceased. 

The Constables appeard & proposed next Wednesday for a 
Town Meeting for the choice of Jurymen, for February Court 
agreable to a Venire received for that purpose which time was ap- 
proved of by the Selectmen. 

[157.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen 29', 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Ruddock, Pemberton, Mason, Storer. 

Let the Wharff adjoining to the Battery to Maj r . Ruddock for 
Five years, reserving the Communication to and from the Battery 
at . 13-G.8. to commence 25'. March next, he to fill up the holes 
& leave y e Premisses in y e same Repair, he receives them. 

[mem. to suspend the. matter.] 

Gilbert Sharp Master of Engine N. applys for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first upon the 
Fire which lately broke out near the New Brick Meeting House. 

Voted, that he have a draft for his Premium. 

drawn for 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/3 
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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Brown Loaf ^ Wheat J Rye meal must weigh 2 11 - 

4 d. - - not above Indian meal 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price - -4-9 

M r . Nathaniel Hall approbated as a Retailer at his distill house 
in Back Street North End in the room of John Gould deceased. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Fely. 5, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Pemberton, Ruddock, Mason, Storer. 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting as 
p. Copy on file to . 14-5-8- 

William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7 apply'd for the Pre- 
mium, allowed by the Town for bringing his Engine to work first at 
the Fire which lately broke out at Blowers Building King Street. 

Voted, that he have a draft accordingly. 

drawn for, Jan y . draft. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 1772. 109 

M*. Barret one of the Officers for S3izing Coal Baskets, ap- 
peared & Informed that he was sued, for taking a Coal Basket 
which had been condemned by Justice Avery & cited to appear at 
Stoughton. 

The Selectmen agreed to support the Officer in the legal Exe- 
cution [158.] of his Office. 

M r . Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3, presented M r . John 
Minzies as a suitable Person for his Engine Comp y . in the room 
of John Roberts deceased, who was accordingly accepted. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Sarah Hartshorne & two 
of her Children, who are Strangers and not Inhabitants of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithal! to support them- 
selves, Order signed by two of the Selectmen, viz'., Coll . 
Jackson & Maj r . Ruddock & one Overseer, viz*. M r . Daniel 
Waldo. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb- v . 12, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Pembertou, Inches, Mason. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen & Justices & Overseer* A 
Walk or Visitation of the Town was Agreed upon this Day as p. 
Account of particulars on file. 

Charles Hamnock returned the Key of the Town house Cellar 
Feb y . 7. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 19, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Inches, Mason. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province charge, one James Martin a Sick Stranger, not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having wherewithal! 
to support himself. 

Order signed by Coll . Jackson & M r . Mason Selectmen & 
William Greenleaff an Overseer. 

[150.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge, David 
Dolbear his Wife and Child, they not being Inhabitants of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to support them- 
selves. 

Order dated Feby. 14, & signed by Coll . Jackson & M r . 
Mason two of the Selectmen, and William Greenleaff an Over- 
seer. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed on the 15 Ins', by two of the 
Selectmen viz*. Coll . Jackson & M r . Mason & M r . William 
Greenleaff an Overseer, one George Downing a sick Stranger 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor having where- 
withall to support himself. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 20, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Mason. 

The Overseers and Justices made Report of the State of their 
several Wards as p. the Papers oil File. 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Fcb y . 2G, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/3 p. 
Bushel, and that G' 1 . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, 
Viz 1 . 

lb. ox. dr. 

A 4 d . Brown Loaf J Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 2-11 
" 4 d. not above Indian Meal d. - - - - 3-12 
Bisket of a Copper price -------- " 4-9 

Ordered, that M r . Henderson have his Bonds as Collector for 
the Year 1770 delivered up to him, he having produced his Re- 
ceipts in full from the several Treasurers, & had a draft for his 
Premium. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb y . 27, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Pemberton, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

[16O.] The Committee appointed by the Town on the 2 d . of 
April last to apply to a proper Person to deliver an Oration on the 
5 AJarch next attended and acquainted the Selectmen, that 
in pursuance of the Order of the Town they had apply 'd to 
D r . Warren, who has accepted ; and as it appeared by the Vote of 
the Town that the Oration is to be delivered on the 5. of March 
1772. the Comm ee . inform the Selectmen of their proceedings, that 
a Town Meeting may be called on the said 5. of March, that tjiey 
may be notified thereof that the Vote of the Town may be carried 
into execution on said Day accordingly. 

The Selectmen having the aforegoing matter into consideration, 
and the Question being put, passed in the Negative. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting as 
by Copys on file to .516. 7. 4, & . 39- 10- 5. 

The Selectmen received a Petition from a number of the Inhab- 
itants praying that a Town Meeting, may be called to Receive the 
Report of the Committee appointed to procure an Oration to be de- 
livered on the 5. of March Ins 1 , and the same having been taken 
into Consideration. 

Voted, that a Town Meeting be called on Thursday next 
9. OClock Before Noon. 

Voted, that M r . Isaiah Thomas have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 4, 1772. 
Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason, Storer. 

[161. J Passed upon several Accounts 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to issue a Warrant for 
the Annual March Meeting, the 9 of this Ins 1 . 

Voted, that M r . Byles have the printing of the Notifications for 
the insuing Town Meeting 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. Ill 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 5, 1772 
a.m. Present, Jackson, Hancock, Inches, Mason. 

Voted, that the Rev d . M r . Lothrop be desired to open the Annual 
March Meeting with Prayer. Prayer was made by the Rev d . M r . 
Hirst it being his turn. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 13, 1777 
{sic). Present, Mess 1 " 8 . Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set a Wheat at 6/ 3 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 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Brown Loaf f Wheat Rye meal must weigh 2-11 
a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian Meal must weigh 3-12 
Bisket of a Copper price --------- 4-9 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Cade attended, and pray'd the Select men that M r . Joseph 
Edmands may be joined with him in the care of the North Bury- 
ing Ground, whereupon. 

Voted, that M r . Edmands be accordingly appointed with M r . 
Cade to the care of the North Burying Ground. 

M r . Dolbear a poor man, sent here from Situate in Rhode 
Island Government, attended with the Keeper of the [Almshouse 
& praying that himself & Wife may be be (sic) sent [162.] To 
the Town of Mendon by Warrant, as they are proper Inhabitants 
of said Town. Whereupon the Town Clerk was directed to 
write a Letter to the Selectmen of Mendon informing them that 
said Dolbear & Wife were Infirm & being unable to provide for 
themselves were sent to the Almshouse ; & that they must expect 
to defrey the charge of their maintenance while there. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz. M r . Scollay & M r . Newell & one Overseer 
viz. M r . William Greenleaff to receive into said House to be 
supported at the Province Charge one William Moore a lame 
Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
nor has he wherewithal! to support himself. Order signed 
14' Ins'. 

The Town Clerk is directed to procure for the Selectmen a 
Book lately published intitled an Abridgement of the Province 
Laws and also to get the late Province Acts added to the Law 
Books. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23 d . 1772. 
Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Marshall. 

The following Letter was sent to the Selectmen of Mendon. 

Boston March 19. 1772. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one David Dolbear with his Wife 
and Child has been sent to this Town from Rhode Island Govern- 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

ment, by a Warrant for that purpose but upon inquiry and 
examination it appears that said Dolbear possessed a Real Estate 
in Mendon, and resided upon it a considerable time, and conse- 
quently become an Inhabitant of said Town. He is now in our 
Alrnshouse and has some Household Goods which were sent with 
him from Rhode Island ; but as he is Aged and infirm and neither 
himself or Wife able to travel on foot. [163.] We give you this 
notice, that you may take such methods as you think proper to 
convey him to Mendon, and so prevent any further charge falling 
upon your Town. 

By Order of the Selectmen. 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

M r . Veasy proposes to give up the Shop he hires of the Town, 
which is near the Consert Hall ; as soon as his Quarter is up. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 25. 1772 
Present Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Scollay in the Chair. 

M r . Hancock & Newell a Committee to Settle with Coll. 
Henshaw Respecting M. Brookers Donation & receiving the 
Bonds &c. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/3 p. 
bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Brown Loaf % Wheat # Rye Meal must weigh 2- 1 1 
A 4 Ditto, not above y 2 Indian Meal 3-12 

Bisket of a Copper price " 4-9 

The Selectmen have agreed upon the Petition of Joseph Thorp, 
to view a peice of Land near the Fortification, which he desires 
may be Leased to him for the purpose of carrying on the Potters 
Business. 

M r . William Whitwell has agreeable to his Obligation given to 
the Selectmen of 1768. paid into the present Selectmen One 
hundred Dollars to be distributed as Premiums for the Raising of 
Mulberry Trees which money was delivered to M r . Hancock, to 
keep for the purposes expressed by the Donors. 

[164.] M r . White Tallow Chandler apply'd to the Selectmen 
for their consent to his erecting a Tallow Chandlers House on u 
peice of Land near the Mill Creek. 

The Town Clerk is directed to apply to the Town Treasurer for 
a particular Account of all the Real Estate Incomes &c. belonging 
to the Town of Boston, as also of what Quit Rents are coming in. 

It is Agreed by the Selectmen, to meet punctually at 4. O'Clock 
P.M. for the dispatch of the Towns Business untill the Month of 
September next, and if any one of the Selectmen is prevented 
attending, it is expected that a Billet will be lodged at the Cham- 
bers, giving notice thereof. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 113 

It is also Agreed by the Selectmen, that they will pass upon all 
Accounts, given in, on the last Wednesday of every Month. 

It is also Agreed that the Chair shall be taken in monthly Rota- 
tion, by the respective Selectmen. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write unto M r . Lewis of Roxbury 
& M r . Enoch Brown on the Neck, to be at the Selectmens Cham- 
ber on Wednesday next. 

M r . Hancock & M r . Wendell a Committee to take care of the 
Common, and to order necessary Repairs to Bank &c. 

The Selectmen gave Coll . Jackson a late Selectman, a Receit 
for four several Bonds, viz' 

a Bond of Peter Oliver & William Clerk for 433. oz Silver 
dated 14'. May 1746. 

a Bond of Samuel Millers dated Septem r . 2 d . 1747. for . 100- 
Old tenor. 

another Bond of Samuel Millers for . 100. o Tenor, dated 26' 
June 1747. 

a Bond of Samuel Haskels for . 200 dated the 20' Decem r . 
1768. being these he received of the Executors of M. Brookers 
Will, for which he gave his Receipt which Bonds are now put 
in the File of Selectmens Bond. 

[165.] Interest Received in full on his Bond of M r . Grant 
the 23 d . March Inst. being . 10. lawful money, part of the 
Moneys lent out of Brookers Donation. 

M rs . Fowle, Widow, had four Dollars out of M. Brookers 
money p. order of the Selectmen, which money was given Coll . 
Marshal to deliver her. 

Mem . M r . Newell has Nine pounds fourteen Shillings, in his 
hands, see Aprill 

The Selectmen have Agreed to visit the Alms House in order to 
view the Province Poor, on Fryday next 11. OClock, in order 
to determine which of them are fit to leave the House. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Mr. Scollay in the Chair. 

M r . Shubael Hewes Master of Engine N. applys to the 
Selectmen for the Premium allowed by the Town to his Compy. for 
bringing their Engine to work first at the Fire which broke out this 
morning at M r . Cordis' House in King Street. 

drawn for. 

Voted, that he have a draft for his Premium being 13/4. 

M r . Veasy delivered up the Key of the shop he hired of the 
Town, near Concert Hall, this Day 

Mess. Pollard & Winnut, being about giving up the Store they 
have hired of the Town M r . Henry Humphreys a Stranger proposes 
to take it up on the same terms. 

M r . Tileston has discharged the three years Interest on his 
Bond for . 60. being M". Brookers Donation the Interest 
amounting to . 10-16- lawful money. 

[166.] The Selectmen having view'd the peice of Land M r . 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Thorp proposed to Lease of the Town for the purpose of the 
Potters Business can not fall in with the proposal without the 
approbation of the Town first obtain'd. 

The Selectmen cannot consent to M r . Whites erecting a Tallow 
Chandlers Shop near the Mill Creek, as it does not appear to be 
agreeable to the Neighbours. 

The Selectmen have let a Warehouse lately hired by M r . Pol- 
lard & Wiunut ; to M r . Henry Humphreys, and the Town Clerk is 
directed to take his Obligation with another hand to it, for the 
payment of the Rent, to be of the same tenor with Mess. Winnut 
& Pollards. 

The Town Clerk is directed to acquaint the Town Treasurer, 
that he may settle Mess. Pollard & Winnut's Rent to this Day tho. 
his Quarter is not up. 

M r . Austin & M r . Wendell, a Committee to view Master Levels 
Fence, and Report what Repairs is necessary. 

The following Letter was sent Judge Oliver 

Sir, 

The Selectmen have been informed by Coll . Jackson, who 
was of their Board the last year, that you had assured him 
that agreeable to their desire the Bond given by your self and 
the late D r . Clark to M rs . Brooke r which now rests with them, 
would have been paid off, before you left the Town : As this has 
not been done they now renew their request, that you would im- 
mediately discharge the same, but if this should not suit your 
present convenience, they then expect you will as soon as possi- 
ble give them a new Obligation with good Sureties for the Sum 
now due as principle & Interest on the Old Bonds. The Select- 
men cannot but hope that you will excuse their thus importuning 
you, as it wholly proceeds, from compassion to the poor Widows 
[167.] for whom They are appointed Trustees in M r3 . Brookers 
Will, & a concern to avoid the imputation of unfaithfull Steward. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEU Town Clerk 

Boston March 30 1772. 

The Hon ble . Peter Oliver Esq. 

The Sura of 20- 10 / in the Selectmens hands, of M rs . 
Brookers Donation, was distributed as follows Viz'. 
The Widow Bass ) 

The Widow Bardall [ Distributed by M r . Scollay 
M rs . Muggeridge ) 
The Widow Wendell M*. Cooper 
The Widow Wheeler "| 
M". Thayers 

M". Martin j M r . Austin 

Widow Oliver 
M rs . Butler ) 

M rs . Molly Kittle [ Coll . Marshall 
Widow Delaplaec ) 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 115 

M". Leblond j 

M rs . Newell J Deacon Newell 

Widow Nichols") 

M". Miller [ M r . Wendell 

M". Welch J 

Widow Lee M r . Hancock 

mem. Four Dollars each were dl d . them. 

Coll . Henshaw desires of the Selectmen that he may have the 
refusal of Deer Island, when M r . Pratts Lease expires. 

[168.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8, 
1772. A.M. Present, Mess. Scoilay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Scoilay in the Chair. 

The Selectmen received a Letter from Robert Hooper Esq. of 
Marblehead dated 6 th . Ins', acquainting them that his Bngg ne . Am- 
hurst left London the 4 th March & the Downs the 8" 1 that a Person 
on Board was taken with the Small Pox, but had it so favourably, 
that he has been able to do duty a fortnight past. That their 
being Hemp Lines & Lemmons between Decks, the Selectmen 
of Marblehead had ordered the Briggandine for Rainsfords 
Island ; but there was no other Person on board as the Captain 
declared, liable to take the Distemper whereupon 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent M r . Hartleys Keeper of 
the Hospital. Viz'. 

Boston April 8. 1772. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Having received a Letter from M r . Hooper, of Marblehead 
Owner of the Briggandine Amhurst, informing that said Vessel 
left the Downs the 8 th of March, & that a Person on board was 
taken with the Small Pox, but has been so well as to have been 
able to do duty for about a fortnight past that there is no other 
Person on board to have the Distemper but that there is Hemp 
Lines & Lemmons &c. between Decks ; and that the Selectmen 
of Marblehead had ordered the Vessel to Rainsfords Island, 
where they expect due care will be taken to cleans 3 the Vessel 
and Goods from Infection Our Orders to you arc that you do 
not suffer the Vessel to come up till you have our permission, and 
that you do not permit any Person to go on board or leave the 
Vessel that you receive all such Articles on Shore as the Cap- 
tain shall deliver you, and any one of the Seamen or Passengers 
that you suspect may be liable to take the Infection, must be 
received into the Well House. Smoke the Letters thoroughly and 
then send or bring them up immediately [169.] to the Post Office ; 
you must smoke the Brigg ne & examine the Circumstances both of 
Vessel and Cargo, and Report the same to us as soon as possible 
when you will have our further Orders. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
COLL. MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Selectmen of Boston 



116 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

The Committee to view M r . Levels Fence Report That the 
Feiice is so much out of Repair, that it will be best to Erect a 
new one where upon 

Voted, that the Committee be desired to see the same effected. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen April 8, 1772. P.M. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Scollay in the Chair. 

Six Petit Jurors for April Court were drawn out of the Box. 

Received of M r . George Minot one years Interest of his Bond 
for 200 to 30. of December last being M rs . Brookers Donation ; 
the same being Twelve pounds lawful, was taken by Deacon 
Newell Distributed as follows Viz 1 

M. Flatt 4 Dollars ~) 

M. Chapel 4 d. f- Deacon Newell 

M. Wise - 4 d. J 

M. Eustis 4 d. M r . Scollan 

M. Eustis 4 d. M r . Wendell 

M. Hawkins 4d. M r . Austin 

M. Nuttage 4 d. ~) 

M. Salter 4 d. [ M r . Marshall 

M r *. Marion 4 d. ) 

M". Wainwright 4d Mr. Hancock p. Cooper 



40 Dollars. 

[17O.] The Selectmen have lately visited the Almshouse to 
examine into the Circumstances of the Province Poor, and do not 
find any of them fit to be sent out of the House except one 
William Ranchon & James Oytis who have since left the 
Hospital. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive into the House to be supported at the Province Charge one 
Elizabeth Mumfort a sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province nor having wherewithall to support her- 
self Order signed by M r . Scollay & M r . Newell Selectmen & 
M r . Daniel Waldo an Overseer and signed April 3 d . 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 9, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Hartley attended, and informed the Selectmen that he had 
been on board Cap'. Dixys Briggandine, that he does not find that 
there is any Passengers in the Ship, nor any of the Hands liable 
to receive the Infection that there is Hemp & other Articles be- 
tween Decks which require smoking & c . whereupon the following 
Letter was given M r . Hartley 

Boston April 9. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You must take down with you what Brimstone Vinegar & e . may 
be necessary to cleanse Cap'. Dixys Brigg ne . and the Goods be- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 117 

tween Decks & c . you must thorough!}' smoke the Letters and then 
send them up immediately to the Post Office You must take all 
the Bedding and Clothing of the People on Shore, and cleanse and 
air them sufficiently, and the Person who has had the Small Pox 
must go the Well house, for an airing and smoking, and no one 
must be suffered to go on board or leave the Vessel without our 
permission therefor We expect you take the utmost care to pre- 
vent the Infections being communicated, and Report to us again 
as soon as you are able 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAM. AUSTIN 

Selectmen 

[171.] Major Dawes has made application to the Selectmen 
for the use of thirty Small Arms belonging to the Town, in order 
to exercise a new Company of Grenadiers whereupon, 

Voted, That the request of Major Daws be granted, he giving a 
Receipt for the Small Arms, and engaging to return them in good 
Order, when required. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen April 19, 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, attended, and informs the Selectmen that lie had taken oil 
shore, the Bedding Clothing &c. of Cap 1 . Dixys People, which are 
now well smoked & cleansed, and the People washed with Vine- 
gar, that he had taken all the Herap between Decks, on shore as 
also the Lemmons & Spare Sails, that some of the Lines are loose 
between Decks, some in Casks & all has been smoked as well as 
the Vessel, and that they are still going on with smoking & the 
Brigg" 6 . may now leave the Island with safety whereupon 

Voted, that the following Letter be sent to Marblehead. 

Boston April 14. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you had proceeded according 
to our directions in smoking & cleansing Cap'. Dixeys Vessel 
Bedding Clothing &c. as also the Lines &c. between Decks. Our 
farther Orders are that you take all the loose Lines which are 
between Decks, on shore & well smoke and air them And you 
having given it as your Opinion that the Brigg ne . may now leave 
the Island with safety, we hereby permit you to let said Vessel 
depart giving the Vessel & the Mens Clothing another good 
smoking &c. as you cannot be too careful in your endeavors to 
prevent a spread of the Infection Youl take care to have a 
Reimburstm'. of the Expence you have been at in cleansing Cap'. 
Dixys Vessel & c . 

J. SCOLLAY 
T. NEWELL 
T. MARSHALL 
O. WENDELL 

Selectmen of Boston 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

P.S. The Cap 1 ' 8 . Wife must have a shift of Clothes before she 
departs and when you have thoroughly aired & smoked y e Goods 
you take on shore present the saire to us. 

[172.] Boston April 14' 1772 

Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that the Keeper of the Hospital at 
Rainsfords Island having Reported to us that the Briggandine 
Amhurst Cap 1 . Dixy owned in your Town and ordered here on 
account of the Small Pox has been sufficiently smoked and 
cleansed and the Goods between Decks liable to retain Infection 
being taken on shore, we have permitted the Vessel to depart 
for Marblehead, not doubting but she may do it with safety to 
your Inhabitants We are Gentlemen 

Your Most Hum. Serv'. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVEU WENDELL 
To the Selectmen of Marblehead. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 15 th . 1772 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . William Daws desires leave of the Selectmen to break 
Ground in order to clear the drain leading to the Conduit near 
the Dock. Whereupon 

Voted, that liberty be granted he making good the Ground to 
the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Cap 1 . Frankly ne Master of Engine N. 9. presented M r . John 
Spear, as a suitable Person for his Engine Company where- 
upon Voted, that he be accepted as an Engine Man. 

M r . Paul Fanner was directed to receive into the Almshouse 
to be supported at the Province Charge one Patrick Tobin a sick 
Stranger, he not being an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province 
nor having where withall to support himself Order signed by 
M r . Scollay & M r . Austin, Selectmen & M r . Samuel Whitwell, 
Overseer & dated the 13' Instant. 

[17i.] The Selectmen this Day paid unto Loammi Baldwin 
of Wobourn Forty Dollars being the Premium they adjudged to 
him for raising the greatest Number of Mulberry Trees agreeable 
to an advertisemeu', published in Edes & Gills Gazette 1768. 
for which a Receipt has been taken & an obligation, to ditpose 
of one hall' the Trees, upon the Conditions mentioned in said 
Advertisement, the same is filed among Bonds and Obligations 

The Selectmen this Day paid unto M r . John Hay of Wobourn 
twenty Dollars being the Premium Adjudged him for raising the 
3 d greatest number of Mulberry Trees, for which his Receipt and 
Obligation has been taken, as on file. 

The Selectmen this Day paid unto M r . George Spriggs the Pre- 
mium Adjudged him for raising the fourth largest Number of 
Mulberry Trees for which his Receipt and Obligation has been 
taken as on file. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 119 

Voted, that the Assize of Bread be altered upon application 
made by the Bakers, Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at 
Wheat at 6/6 p. Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers, for their Charges Pains and Livelihood which is com- 
puted as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. d. 

A 4 d Brown Loaf ^ Wheat ^ Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 8 - 

a 4 d cl. not above Y^ Indian 3-8- 

Bisket of a Copper price ---------------- 4 6 

M r . Samuel Hasham Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston 
attended, and informed the Selectmen that he should leave the 
House in a day or two. And [174.] gave in the following List 
of Bedding & c . now in the House Viz 1 . 

3 Beds 1 Tea Kettle 

6 pair of Sheets 2 pair of Dogs 

2 Bolsters 1 Warming Pan 

4 Plates 4 Candle Sticks 

3 Porringers < 2 Dippers 
2 Skittles Cribs 

2 Shovel & Tongs 2 Benches 

2 Close Stools and Pans 8 Blankets 

2 Bed Pans 2 Pillow 

6 Chairs 2 Bedstea*ds with Cords 

2 Spout Cups 6 Mattresses 

1 Hour Glass 3 Coverlids 

Mem , besides y e Goods on the other side, M r . Horsham sent p. 
order of the Selectmen to M r . Hartley, for the use of that Hos- 
pital. 

2 Beds 11 Pillows 

3 pair Sheets 2 Bed Cords 
1 Bolster a ditto 

20 Blankets 2 d. 

M r . Chairman & Deacon Newell a Committee to proceed to 
Cambridge on Fry day next, to give our Representatives the nec- 
essary information, respecting the Towns Petition to explain the 
Province Law relating to Strangers. 

M r . William Darrington attended & proposed to the Select- 
men, to take the charge of the Hospital at New Boston left by 
M r . Hasham. 

M r . Scollay & M r . Newell appointed a Comm e . to make enquiry 
respecting M r . Darrington & his Wife and if they find, that they 
are likely to answer for that service, that they then give him pos- 
session of s d . House 

[175.] The Town Clerk is directed to write again to the Se- 
lectmen of Mendon, respecting M r . Dolbear. 

The following Letter was wrote the Selectmen of Woodstock by 
Order of the Selectmen. 

Boston April 8. 1772 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that cne M r . Bowen an Inhabitant of 
Woodstock who is much disorded in his Senses, has several times 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

come to this Town, & continued here to the trouble of his Brother 
the Rev d . M r . Bowen and the uneasiness and distress of the Inhab- 
itants We have not taken with respect to him the legal and 
usual method to remove Strangers, as we compassionate his Cir- 
cumstances ; and this is the second time we have contrived to send 
him home in a more private and easy manner It will therefore 
highly Oblige us if you will be pleased upon his return to take 
some effectual method to prevent any future Excursions during his 
present disordered state of mind. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEK Town Clerk 
To the Gentlemen the Selectmen of Woodstock 

The following Advertisement was published in the several News 
Papers p. order of the Selectmen 

Boston April 8 1772 

The Publick were Advertised in the Supplement of Mess. Edes 
and Gills Gazettee of August 15. 1768 

That a Gentleman in Boston had deposited One hundred 
Dollars, in the hands of the Selectmen of this Town to be by 
them distributed as Premiums to encourage the raising of Mul- 
burry Trees in this Province, in the following manner (Viz 1 ) To 
the Person that shall have raised from the Seed the largest Num- 
ber of said Trees in the Fall of the Year 1771 being two years 
and five Months old at least [176.J Fourty 40 Dollars ; To the 
Person who shall have raised the next greatest 30 Dollars ; To the 
Person raising the next largest number 20 Dollars ; And to the 
Person that shall have raised the next greatest quantity 10 Dollars ; 
provided Certificates are brought from a Justice of the Peace 
assertaiuing the Number and Age of said Trees ; and that the 
Persons receiving these Premiums give the Selectmen their several 
Obligations to spare to any Inhabitants of this Province applying 
within eighteen mouths from the date hereof ten Trees at least for 
three Pence lawful Money p. Tree untill they have parted with one 
half of the Trees mentioned in the respective Certificates." 
Agreeable to the foregoing Advertisement the Selectmen after ex- 
amining & comparing the Certificates which have been transmitted 
to them, have Adjudged the first Premium to M r . Lohammi Bald- 
win of Wobourfl ; the second Premium to the Rev d . M r . Jason 
Haven of Dedham ; the third to M r . John Hay of Wobourn and 
the fourth to m r . George Spriggs of Boston ; And the Selectmen 
hereby Notify them that they will be ready at their Chamber in 
Faneuil Hall on the three following Wednesdays at 4. O'Glock 
Afternoon, to receive their several Obligations and pay their re- 
spective Premiums, agreeable to the desire, & engagement of the 
Gentleman who has thus generously excited the attention of the 
Publick to an article of Produce as natural to our Soil as it will 
be profitable to the Farmer ; & which it is hoped will be so en- 
couraged, as in a few years to afford Sustenance for such a num- 
ber of Industrious Insects, as will make the Article of Raw Silk 
no inconsiderable Branch of Export from the Province. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 

B2IP Besides the Trees raised by the Persons above named, many 
thousands have been raised by those who were not entitled to the 
Bounty, the Trees not being of the Age prescribed in the adver- 
tise m'. [177.] Altho' now fit to be transplanted; and if the 
Farmers in the neighbouring Towns are made acquainted a consid- 
erable number would doubtless meet a quick sale The Mulberry 
Trees as D r . Eliot in his essays upon Field Husbandry observes is 
of the quickest growth ; is durable as Red Cedar, and may be used 
for Ship Timber, Window Frames, Gate Posts &c- and is very fit 
for Chests of Draws, Desks Tables & other Joiners Ware. If 
these Trees are principally intended to produce Food for the Silk 
Worm, it is best they should be planted in hedge Rows, as the 
Leaves may then be gathered by Women and Children. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 22 d . , 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendel. 

The Clerk was directed to deliver M r . Collector Hollyday his 
Bond for 1770. which was delivered accordingly. 

The Clerk was directed to deliver M r . Salter late Collector his 
Bond for 1770. which was delivered accordingly. 

Coll . Hancock desired the use of Faneuil Hall to Exercise the 
Company of Cadets in the morning, which was granted. 

Maj r . Dows apply'd to the Selectmen for the use of Faneuil 
Hall, on Fry day Evening, in behalf of the Commissioned Offi- 
cers and for the use of the Hall, Tuesday Wednesday & 
Thursday to exercise his Company of Grenadeers which was 
granted. 

The Artillery Comp 3 ". & Major Daws desired the use of Faneuil 
Hall on Monday Evening, for the business of Exercising which 
was granted. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island attended and Reports That he has on shore of the 
Goods which were between Decks in Cap 4 . Dixy. viz'. 30 terces 
Bottle Beer stowed with Straw 3 hhds. of the same 2 Hampers 
stowed with Straw 2 Trunks Merch 1 . 2 Boxes Glass. 1 Keg, 2 Bales 

of Goods 2 blls. of 8 Crntes of Ware 10 Boxes Lemmons 

10 spare Sails, some loose Hemp & some loose Lines that you 
have well smoked them [178.] and air'd them so thoroughly that 
in his Opinion they may be taken off the Island with safety as 
also 2 chests of Clothes whereupon the following Letter was 
given. 

M r . Hartley. 

You having Reported to us that the Things taken out of Cap*. 
Dixys Vessel which had been stowed between Decks, has been 
thoroughly smoked and cleansed and that in your Opinion they 
may leave the Island with safety Our Orders are that you permit 
those Goods to be taken away after you have stript the Lemmons 
of the Paper they are packt in, and obtained satisfaction for your 
charge in cleansing, & c . 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

P.S. You must give the Goods another smoking. 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

M. Cunningham informed that she had taken into her House as 
a Lodger one Cane [or Cone] a Seaman who was cast away in 
Cap'. Head, and much brused. 

M r . William Dorrington was put into possession of the House 
at New Boston, being the Province Hospital for and during the 
pleasure of the Selectmen. 

M r . Dorrington informs that the Hospital House at New Boston 
requires glazing, and he was directed to apply to the Province 
Glazier, for the same. 

Mary Maverick apply'd to the Selectmen for their permition to 
keep a Tavern at the Crown Coffee House, and she was not ap- 
proved of accordingly. 

M r . Daniel Jones apply'd to the Selectmen for their approbation 
of him to keep a Tavern in the Royal Exchange Tavern so called 
in Kings street, he having lately removed to said House, and he 
was approved of accordingly. 

D r . Larry a sick Stranger in the Almshouse applyd for a pas- 
sage to Newfoundland, in Cap 1 . Tree who asks SO/ Ster. for his 
passage Voted that he be permitted to depart & the Clerk is to 
discourse Cap'. Tree relative to the same. 

[179.] M r . Scollay & M r . Newell, a Committee to procure a 
passage for one Hayley a sick Chanler from Maryland, he came 
in Cap'. Childs who died since he arrived. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d . 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Wendell. 

Copy of the Inventory of the Stores of Hospital at new Boston 
& M r . Dorringtons Receit which are on file. 

Boston April 26. 1772. 

Inventory of the Stores & Utensils belonging to the Province 
Hospital at New Boston, when m r . Hassom the late Keeper re- 
moved from thence. 

1 Bed 2 Spout Cups 

3 p r . Sheets 1 Hour Glass 

1 Bolster 2 pair Dogs 

1 Pillow 1 Warming Pan 
4 Plates 4 Candlesticks 
3 Porringers 2 Dippers 

2 Iron Skillets Cribs, no number 

2 Shovels & Tongs 2 Benches 

3 Close Stools & 2 Pans 8 Blankets 
2 Bed Pans 1 Coverlid 
6 Chairs 

Mem . M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
has now in his possession sundry Articles belonging to the Hos- 
pital at New Boston Viz'. 

2 Beds 1 1 Pillowa 

4 p r . Sheets 2 Bedsteds with Cords 

1 Bolster 6 Matresses 

20 Blankets 2 Coverlids 

Boston April 27. 1772. 

I acknowledge to have received the several Articles specefied in 
the above Inventory ; for the use of the Province Hospital at New 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 123 

Boston, & hereby engage to account with the Selectmen of Boston 
for the same, and when required to deliver them up to the Select- 
men of Boston for the time being 

W M . DORRINGTON 

Delivered M r . Sampson Salter a late Collector his Bond, for 
1769. 

[18O.] M r . Presson & M r . Dyer apply'd to the Selectmen for 
the Repair of Sea Street. 

Received of M r . John Fullerton two years Interest on his Bond 
being part of M rs . Brookers Donation to poor AVidovvs &c. in full 
to the 3 d . march 1 772 being . 4-1 G/ distributed on other side. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/16. 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye meal must weigh 2 - 8 - 

a 4 d . ditto not above 1 /2 Indian 3-8 

Bisket of a Copper price -4-G 

M r . Scollay M r . Newell & Coll . Marshall a Committee to ap- 
point a place in the Market ; for the lodging of Fish for Sale. 

M r . Samuel Hartley having Reported to us that the Boxes of 
Lemmons, which came out of Cap'. Dixy are well smoked and 
aired Vote that M r . Hartley be permitted to suffer them to be 
taken away, being first satisfied for his Charge, and that the 
Clerk give him Orders accordingly. 

The following Directions were given M r . William Dorrington 
Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston Viz 1 . 

Boston April 27, 1772. 
M r . William Dorrington 

We having appointed you Keeper of the Province Hospital at 
New Boston under our care and inspection, and delivered up to 
your Keeping sundry Utensils belonging to said Hospital as speci- 
fied iu an Inventory taken thereof. Our Orders and directions 
are that you take proper care of these Articles and apply and use 
them only for the convenience & necessitys of such sick and dis- 
eased Persons as may from time to time [181.] be Sent to you. 
You must also take good care of the House and admit no unnec- 
essary Visitors, and see that the several Apartments and Rooms 
for the sick are properly aired, and when any Repairs are wanted 
let us have speedy Information that so everything may be ready 
to receive any sick Persons upon the most sudden notice. 

JOHN SCOLLAY, 
JOHN HANCOCK, 
TIMOTHY NEWELL, 
THOMAS MARSHALL, 
OLIVER WENDELL, 

Selectmen of Boston. 

The Four pounds sixteen Shillings rec'd of M r . Fullerton for 
Interest money as on the other side was distributed as follows 
Viz 1 . 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

M. Varney 4 Dollars ) r , , 

M". Ernpson 4 ditto } Co11 ' Marsha11 

M. Russel 4 ditto Deacon Newell 

M rs . Bartlet 4 ditto M r . Wendell 

The Selectmen having received a Precept for the choice of 
Representatives. 

Voted that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for the Town Meet- 
ing on Wednesday next being 6 Ins'. 10. O Clock A. M. and that 
the Selectmen meet to close the Warr'. Fryday 5. O Clock. 

Coll . Marshall and M r . Asten a Committee to invite the Rev d . 
D r . Chancey to open the Town Meeting with Prayer. 

M r . Curtis Hayward acquainted the Selectmen that he had re- 
ceived a Bull of Silas Hollis of Braintree in exchange for one 
sent him last Fall. 

Mess. ; Scollay, Newell, Marshall & Wendell a Committee to 
see where Repairs are necessary for the Neck and to Report 
the same. 

[182.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 
1, 1772. Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell. 

The Selectmen having finished the Notifications for May Meet- 
ing, the Clerk was directed to carry it to the Printers. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2 d . 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Marshall, Wendell. 

Mess. Daniel Hubbard & David Green have been with the 
Selectmen, and acquainted them that the Brigg ne . - - Cap'. 
Crocker from Hyspaniola, came up into the Harbour the last 
Evening, who had lost a man with the Small Pox two Days ago, 
and that there was several of the People on board to have the 
Small Pox, that she was loaded with Sugar & molasses, where- 
upon the Brigg". was ordered immediately to Rainsfords Island 
and the following Orders given M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hos- 
pital. 

Boston May 2 d . 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Brigg". Two Brothers Captain Crocker from Hyspaniola, 
arrived in our Harbour from Hyspaniola the last Evening, and 
being informed by mess". Hubbard & Green to whom the Vessel 
is Consigned, that a Person was buried with the Small Pox who 
died two Days ago, we have Ordered the Brigg" 6 . to Rainsfords 
Island & our directions to you are that you take the People who 
are liable to receive the Distemper on shore into the Well house 
and also receive every kind of Goods which may be likely to re- 
tain the Infection as also the Peoples clothing and smoke air & 
cleanse all those Articles together with the Vessel in the most 
thorough manner you must not suffer any one to go on board or 
leave the Vessel without our Orders & Report to us as soon as 
may be the Number of [183.] Sea Men and Passengers which 
come in the Briggandiue. You must also enquire of the Captain 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 125 

how he was permitted to pass the Castle and we depend upon 
your utmost care to prevent the Small Pox being communicated 
as soon as we hear from you we shall give you further Orders. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 
JOHN HANCOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. Enquire of the Captain what Questions he was asked at 
the Castle. 

Boston May 2 d . 1772 
Cap'. John Crocker 

We are greatly surprised at being informed that you had come 
up unto this Harbour the last Evening, notwithstanding one of 
your People died with the Small Pox but two Days before by this 
Conduct you have incurred a very severe penalty Our Orders 
are that you do not leave the Vessel to come up to this Town & 
that you give M r . Hartley in Writing a true state of the situation 
of your Vessel and Cargo and a List of the People who came in 
the Briggandine, who of them are liable to the Infection and 
whether any of them have been on shore. M r . Hartley will com- 
municate to you what may be further necessary on your part. 
We shall apply to the Governor to know why you were suffered 
to pass the Castle 

fBy Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston May 4 th . 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You are directed to take out all the Bedding Chests & Clothing 

*~* O 

from the Brigg". Two Brothers and any other matters that retain 
infection, then give y e Vessel a thorough smoking & wash her 
out with Vinegar, also preparing a shift of Clothes for the Cap- 
tain & men [184.] That have had the Small Pox & taking every 
other precaution you may permit the Vessel to come up the Har- 
bour, but by no means suffer the men who have not had the 
Distemper to leave the Island 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 6, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Hancock, Marshall, Inches, Wendell. 

M r . Hartley having Reported to the Selectmen that the Brigg ne . 
Two Brothers John Crocker master, from Hyspaniola which has 
been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Acco*. of the Small Pox, is 
now so well smoked and air'd as that she may leave the Island 
with safety. 



126 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Voted that the said Vessel may be permitted to come out to 
Town and that Orders be given to Hartley accordingly. 

A certificate of the usual tenor was given the Governor in order 
for the Brigg ne . passing the Castle and a Letter wrote M r . Hartley. 

Coll . Jackson craves liberty to open a Drain before his House 
in Order for Repairs. 

M r . Sampson Salter prays liberty for himself & others to lay a 
new Drain or Common Shore in Leveret Street. 

The following Letter was wrote M r . Hartley 

Boston May 11, 1772. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to the Selectmen that you had sufficiently 
cleansed and air'd the Bedding Clothes & c . taken out of the Brigg ne . 
Two Brothers Cap 1 . Crocker master and that they may be taken 
from the Island without any danger of Infection it is therefore 
our Orders that you deliver the above Articles to Cap'. Crocker 
he satisfying you for the charge you have been at a 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIM Y . NEWELL 
SAM. AUSTIN 

Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May. 13, 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Frankland Master of Engine N. 9 ; presented to the Select- 
men for their approbation, William Fenno [185.] as an Engine 
Man in their Company in the room of George Roulston, who has 
left the service ; and he was accordingly accepted. 

M r . Thomas Parker appeared, and asked liberty of the Select- 
men, for building Six New Tombs in the Burying Ground in the 
Common Liberty was accordingly granted, he giving his obli- 
gation to the Selectmen to keep the Wall good. 

James Crocker Master of the Brigg ne Two Brothers who lately 
came up this Harbour, notwithstanding he had buried a Man with 
the Small Pox but a few Days before, attended & pray'd the 
Selectmen would not prosecute him for this breach of Law ; assur- 
ing them that it was through ignorance that he had offended, he 
being a Stranger, & acting no otherwise, than was done in Con- 
necticut under such circumstances, when the Vessel has been 
smoked & cleansed, & every necessary precaution taken, as was 
the case with him, excepting coming up with his Brigg. 

The Selectmen have considered this Matter, it was determined 
not to prosecute for the Penalty incurred, but to admonish him 
for his offence, and he was accordingly admonished. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshotise was directed to 
receive into said House a young Child named James Thompson 
Son of one Carr a Schoolmasters Wife on board the Captain Man 
of War, Admiral Montague, said Car neglecting the Child, who 
is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province and of whom 
nothing can be obtain'd for its support Order was signed by two 
of the Selectmen Viz'. John Scollay & John Hancock Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 127 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Austins Province Account for the pas- 
sage of one Michael Larry a poor Stranger to Newfound Land, 
paid Cap'. Tree by his Receipt amounting to . 2 lawful money. 

William Walker a Taylor having apply 'd for the Shop near M r . 
AVillistons House it was agreed by the Selectmen that he should 
have the same at v e Rent of .3 6/8 p. Annum to commence the 
11 lust. 

[186.] 1771 Decem r . (in Margin) 

A List of the Names of the Persons who apply for the Premium 
on the raising of Mulberry Trees, viz. 

Trees 

William Newton ------ Marlborough - - - 150 

John Water Hair 807 - no Certif. 

John Hay Wobourn 336 - Certif. 

Ruben Packard - - - - - - Bridgewater - - - 6051 - Certif. 

John Pearce Rowly 6408 - Certif. 

Loammi Baldwin Wobourn - - - - 732 - Certif. 

Alexander Shepard Jun r . - Newton 1200 Certif. 

Sprague ------ Boston ------ 2200 

Jason Haven - - Dedham 375 

Joshua Leonard Rayuham - - - - 782 

[187.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 19, 
1772. Present, Mess". Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

Application was made the Selectmen in behalf of Benjamin 
Hollowell Jun r . Esq. for Liberty to break Ground in Wings Lane 
in order to clear his Drain to the entrance of the Common Shore. 

Libarty was accordingly granted, provided the Ground is 
restored and the Pavement made good to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 18 Instant to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge one Mary 
Perry a Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince nor having wherewithall to support herself Order signed by 
M r . Scollay & Coll . Marshall Selectmen & Daniel Waldo an Over- 
seer. 

M r . Samuel Hartley having Reported that the three Men who 
came out of Cap'. Crockers Brigg" e . and have been on the Island 
seventeen Days, have no appearance of their having taken the 
Small Pox from the Person who was buried above twenty days 
ago ; and that they have been well smoked & cleansed, it was 
Voted that the following Orders be given M r . Hartley 

Boston May 19. 1772. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the three Men which came out 
of Cap'. Crockers Brigg". have no Symptoms of the Small Pox, tho' 
they have been seventeen Days on the Island and being also well 
smoked and cleansed Our Orders are that you permit him to 
leave the Island when they please having first secured payment 
for the Charge of keeping them & c . 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEU Town Clerk 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

P. S. It is supposed that the Men are going by Water to Con- 
necticut. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 26, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

[188.] M r . Sutton informs that there is a House at the South 
End for an Engine not in use, which belongs to the Town & may 
serve to be removed, for the cover of the Engine M r . Hancock has 
lately presented the Town. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the charge of the Province one Mary Perry a 
Stranger, not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support herself. Order dated the 18 of 
May & signed by Coll . Marshall & M r . Scollay Selectmen & 
Daniel Waldo an Overseer. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 24. of April to receive into 
the Almshouse to be supporied at the Province charge, one Eliza- 
beth Smith a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province, nor having wherewithall to support herself. Order 
signed by M r . Scollay & M r . Newell Selectmen & William Green- 
leaff an Overseer. 

John Sigorney applys to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
drain in Prince Street & Liberty was given provided the Ground 
is restored & the Pavement made good to the Satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Complaint having been made against M r . Jacob Thayer by his 
Servant Thomas Vaux, and the same having been considered. 
It was Agreed between the Partys that all past behavior on either 
side should be overlooked, that the Prentice will serve five Weeks 
after he is free to make up the time he has been absent & that he 
is to have everything done and provided according to the Indentures. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft on Acco'. of his 
services for . 1.10 

William McFadden appointed for M r . Bradfords Watch, which 
now makes Four men. 

Mem , the above was instead of the usual time. 

[189.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 
177:?. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
bushel and that O d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges Paiues & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal must weigh 2-8 
a 4 a . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3-8 

Bisket of a Copper price " 4-6 

Cap 1 . Frankland of Engine N. 9. presented Vonner Thomas as 

an Engine man in the room of Thomas Hunstable, who has 

resigned and he was accordingly accepted. 

M r . Humphrys who hires the Towns Store near the Golden 

Ball applys for some necessary Repairs on the same. 

M r . Wendell appointed a Committee to order what may be 

proper. . . . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 129 

M r . Commissary Hubbard applys to the Selectmen for the 
necessary Repairs on his Store. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen viz. 
M r . Scollay & M r . Newell, to receive into the Almshouse on the 
Province Acco 1 . one James Outis [see p. 11G] a poor sick Stranger, 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province. Orders dated 
May 13'. signed by M r . W m . Greenleaff Overseer. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 22 d . of May last to receive 
into the Almshouse to be supported at the Province Charge one 
Dennis Sullivan a sick Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town 
ill this Province nor having where \vithall to support himself. 
Order sign'd by M r . Scollay & M r . Newell, Selectmen & M r . Will- 
iam Greenleaff an Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 9. 1772. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Marshall. 

[19O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10. 
1772. Present, Mess. Scollay, Austin. 

M r . Paul Farmer was this Day directed by two of the Select- 
men viz'. M r . Scollay & Marshall to receive into the Almshouse 
to be supported at the Province charge one George John-on, a 
sick Stranger who is not an Inhabitant of any Town in this 
Province nor has he wherewith to support himself. Order 
signed by William Greenleaff. Overseer. 

Boston June 10 1772. 
Sir. 

Such difficulties have lately arisen when Persons not Inhabit- 
ants of Boston have been removed from hence by a Warrant from 
a Justice of the Peace residing in this Town, as makes it neces- 
sary to apply to a 'Gentleman in that Office who lives in another 
Town We have therefore taken the Liberty to direct M r . 
Robert Love appointed by us to Warn Strangers to depart to 
apply to you for such Warrants when any Persons are to be re- 
moved through Charlestown, and upon receiving your account of 
the charge through once a Year, we shall give you a draft on the 
Town Treasurer for the amount thereof. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER 

Town Clerk 
Isaac Rand Esq. of Charlestown. 

Coll . Marshall & M r . Wendell appointed a Committee to view 
the School house in the Common and order the necessary Repairs. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 17. 1772 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to receive 
into the Almshouse John Douglass, a sick Person not an Inhabit- 
ant of any Town in this Province nor having wherewithal! to 
support himself. Order dated June 15 - - signed by John Scol- 



130 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

lay & Samuel Austin, Selectmen & William Greenleaff an Over- 
seer. he came from Cape Ninola & belongs to N. York. 

Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to receive 
into the Almshouse one John Hamilton a sick Person not an In- 
habitant of any Town in this Province [191.] nor having where 
withall to support himself. 

Order signed by Mess. John Scollay & Samuel Austin Select- 
men & M r . William Greenleaff an Overseer said Hamilton came 
from Pniladalphia in Cap'. John Allen of Nantucket. 

Upon Complaint made by some of the Inhabitants that Isaac 
Fowle who was appointed a Common Cryer, for this Town by the 
Selectmen, has behaved himself in such a manner as that he is 
now confined in Goal by a Complaint of his Wife the Select- 
men, Voted, that he be dismissed from that office, for the above 
and other reasons. 

The Selectmen this Day appointed John Wear to be a Common 
Cryer for this Town, and the Town Clerk was directed to furnish 
him with an attested Copy of the By-Law relative to his duty 
&c. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen Viz*. 
Mess. Scollay & Newell, to receive into the Almshuuse to be 
supported there one William Organ a blind Person not an Inhabi- 
tant of any Town in this Province, nor having wherewithall to 
support himself M r . William Greenleaff signed the Order. 

M r . Paul Farmar was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province Charge one Edward Cain (?) a sick 
Stranger not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province nor 
having wherewithall to support himself Order signed by M r . 
Scollay & Deacon Newell Selectmen & M r . William Greenleaff an 
Overseer. 

The Town at their late Meeting having accepted of a Fire 
Engine, the generous Donation of the Hon ble . John Hancock Esq. 
as reference to said Vote will appear. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

[193.] The Selectmen received a Letter from Admiral 
Montague relative to taking Fish in this Harbour, which the 
Selectmen upon information had complain'd of to the Admiral, as 
having a tendency in the manner his People proceeded of greatly 
damaging the Fishing Ground or Flatts & thereby lessening the 
number of Fish, to the hurt of the Inhabitants. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 23 d . 1772. 
Present, Mess r *. Scollay, Newell. Marshall, Austin. 

The following is a Copy of the Letter received from Admiral 
Montague viz'. 

Boston the 22 d . June 1772 
Gentlemen 

As I would avoid as much as possible giving offence to the 
People of Boston or suffering any Body under my Command to 
act contrary to the Laws of this Town or Province At the same 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 131 

time I am desirous of contributing as much as I can to the Health 
of my People by letting them have Fish when it can be got with- 
out injuring the Inhabitants. 

I shall esteem it a favor if you will inform me how far the 
Boundary of the Harbour extends that my Officers may know it, 
and conduct themselves in such a manner as not to offend the 
People I am 

Gentlemen 

Your most Obedient 

Humble Servant 

J. MONTAGUE. 
To 

The Selectmen of Boston 

The following was sent Admiral Montague in reply to the 
above. 

Boston June 23 d . 1772 
Sir. 

[193.] Agreeable to your desire of Yesterday We would 
now acquaint you, that the Harbour of Boston is bounded on the 
West and North West by the Town of Boston and part of 
Charlestown, on the North and North East by Chelsea and Point 
Shirley, on the East and South East by Deer Island, Long Island 
and Dorchester Bay, and on the South by Dorchester Neck ; In 
this Compass is included Hogg Island, Noddles Island, Apple 
Island, Governors Island, Spectacle Island and Castle Island 

We are much obliged to you for your expressions of Regard to 
the Interest of this Town ; every instance of kindness from a 
Gentleman in your important Command cannot but be gratefully 
resented by the Inhabitants. We are 
Very Respectfully 

Your most Obedient 
Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The Honourable John Montague Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 24 1772 
Present, Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

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

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . loaf of Brown Bread % Wheat J Rey Meal 

must weigh 2. 8 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 3. 8 
Bisket of a Copper price 4. 6 



132 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet M r . Greenleaff an Overseer 
on Tuesday next, 6. OClock, to examine into the List handed in 
of Province Poor. 

[194.] Louis Delile, appeared, and asked liberty of the 
Selectmen for opening a School in this Town for teaching y e . 
French Language. 

The Selectmen having received a Warrant from the Hon ble . 
Foster Hutchinson Esq Judge of Probate for the County of 
Suffolk, dated June 22 d . to examine into the Circumstances of 
Anderson Philips of this Town Rigger, represented as a Non 
Compos Person the following Return was made on said War- 
rant, Viz'. 

In pursuance of the within Warrant we the Subscribers have 
examined into the Circumstances of Anderson Phillips, Repre- 
sented by his Friends as a Non Compos Person, and find him to 
be so far disordered in inind as to be incapable of managing his 
own affairs 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston, June 24' 1772 
To 

The Hon ble . Foster Hutchinson Esq. 

Judge of Probate 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen June 25, 1772. 
Present. Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Voted, that there be a Visitation of the Free Schools in this 
Town on Wednesday the 1' of July Instant and that the following 
Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen therein, and 
that they be notifyed to attend at the Selectmens Chamber at 8. 
O Clock in the Morning of said Day in order to proceed on the 
Visitation 

The Hon ble . John Erving Esq. Thomas Hubbard Esq. 

James Bodwin Esq. Harrison Gray Esq. 
James Pitts Esq. 
[195.] The Representatives of M r . Eben r -. Storer 

the Town Samuel Pemberton Esq. 

The Overseers of the Poor Cap 1 . Martin Gay 

The Town Treasurer Coll . John Erving 

The Rev d . Charles Chauncey DD. Thomas Dows Esq. 
Mather Byles DD Joshua Blanchard 

Andrew Eliot DD Thomas Leveret 

Samuel Cooper DD Maj r . Paddock 

Ebenezer Pemberton Coll. Coffin 

DD. M r . John Jay 

Samuel Mather James Otis Esq. 

John Hunt Joshua Winslow Esq. 

John Bacon from Nova Scotia 

M r . Lothrop Thomas Boylstou ( ?) 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 133 

M r . Howard Thomas Aylwin Esq. 

Eev d . M r . Searl M r . Tuttle Hubbard 

Rev d . M r . Fennel Bowen M r . Carson ) 

M r . William Powell M r . Ludson j 

M r . Nath 1 . Barber from Carolina 

Nath 1 . Appleton Ezekiel Goldthwait 

John Sweetzer M r . John Mico Wendell 

Thomas Brattle M r . Thomas Amory 

AVilliam Dennie M r John Greenleaff 

Byfield Lyle M r . Nath 1 . Allen of Cape Ann 

John Amory Edmund Quincy Esq. 

Joseph Jackson Dr. Warren 

M r . Henderson Inches M r . William Mollineaux 

M r . Jonathan Mason Mr. Eben r Hancock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Selectmen having received two Petitions from a considera- 
ble number of respectable Inhabitants, representing that it has 
been propagated, that the Fourteenth Regiment was about coming 
into this Town from the Castle, and praying that a Town Meeting 
may be called without loss of time in order to take proper meas- 
ures upon the occasion took the same [196.] Into consideration, 
and ordered the Town Clerk to draw up a Notification for a Town 
Meeting Monday next 9. O Clock A.M. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27, 1772. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Selectmen having made further inquiry relative to the Report 
of the 14 Regiment coming up to Town from the Castle, particu- 
larly of M r . James Forrest, named in one of the Petitions as having 
propagated it, and finding the Report to be wholly without Foun- 
dation ; the Town Clerk was directed to stop issuing the Notifica- 
tions for y e Meeting agreed upon by the Selectmen on Yesterday. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 1, 1772. 
Present, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Coll . Marshall & M r . Wendell a Committee appointed to direct 
and Oversee the Pavement of the Street called Bread Street agree- 
able to the manner, it was laid out by the General Court. 

Passed upon M r . Henderson Inches, Province Account amount- 
ing as p. Copy on file to . 7-5-4. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10. 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Complaint having been made the Selectmen by a number of the 
Inhabitants that Coll . Ingersol who keeps the Bunch of Grapes 
Tavern, has frequently permitted young Persons & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town to come into their Tavern on the Sabbath, and 
receive drink the said Ingersol was sent for and threatened, 
that if any such practises were allowed of for the future hia 
License would be taken from him. A Letter much to the same 
purpose was also sent him. 



134 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 14, 1772. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

[11)7.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed by the Selectmen on 
the 10' Inst. to supply one Cap'. Ramsey an unfortunate Man who 
had been a Prisoner at the Havannah with suudry necessaries for 
his passage to Liverpool in Cap'. Acworth. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . 1772. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall. 

Passed upon E. Bridghams Province Acco'. for the passage of 
William Brown aud Wife poor Strangers to Liverpool as p. Copy 
on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 29, 1772. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6 / 6 p. 
bushel and that G d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains aud Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye 

Meal must weigh 2- 8 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3- 
Bisket of a Copper price 4- 6 

Voted, that M r . Jacob Bucknam have a draft on the Treasurer 
for . 6. lawful Money on acco'. of Carting Stones &c. he having 
had one for . 7. 4/ mem. no draft to be made. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for . 20 this Draft 
Day. 

The Selectmen a Committee to widen the way at the North 
East part of the Market. 

M r . Austin appointed to make enquiry of the Towns Council, 
relative to the disorders committed by Strange Women in King 
Street. 

Voted, that Hutchinson & Bryant have a draft on the Treasurer 
for Twenty pounds in p*. for paving work. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 th . 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

[198.] Voted, unanimously that the Passage Way at the 
Head of the Town Dock be widened to twenty five feet, and the 
North Corner to flay off. 

Ordered, that two Men be added to the Town House Watch. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 5, 1772 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Newell, Wendell. 

The Town Clerk is directed to give William Barret a draft for 
Three pounds 10/ 8 on Account of an execution against him for 
taking a Coal Basket. 

Ordered, that the Pavement in Battery March Street be continued 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 135 

to M r . Pecks Corner, it appearing that two hundred & forty yards 
would compleat it, and M r . Oliver Wendell offered thirteen pounds, 
Six Shillings & 8 d . towards the same. 

The Selectmen Agreed to visit Hartleys Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island on Wednesday next, to set off from Wheelwrights Wharflf, 
8. O Clock, Morning. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10, 1772 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Ruddock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 16, 1772 
Present Mess". Scollay. 

William Pierce Johnson Master of the Schooner Sally from 
West Indies, last from Newbury Port who arrived at Rainsfords 
Island on the Yesterday, sent up by M r . Hartley an Account, that 
a Lad on board the Schooner, has had the Small Pox but is now 
so well recover'd, that he has cleansed his Vessel, but that he has 
three People on board who are liable to take the Infection M r . 
Hartley also informed that the Lad has been well about ten days, 
that the Vessel is loaded with Salt, and has a few barrels of Limes 
& a bbl. of Sugar on board whereupon the following Letter was 
given M r . Hartley, Viz 1 . 

[199.] Boston August 16. 1772. 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Sally Cap*. William Pierce Johnson having been 
sent to your Island from Newbury Port on Account of one of the 
People having had the Small Pox, and three others being liable to 
the Distemper. Our Orders are that you receive the Man, who is 
recovered on shore, and smoke & cleanse him, that you take the 
Seamen who are liable to have the Small Pox, into the Well House 
or Hospital ; and then smoke the Vessel as usual, as also all the 
Bedding Clothing & whatever may be liable to retain Infection 
which you must land on the Island Suffer no Person to leave 
the Vessel or Island without our Orders, and as soon as you have 
comply 'd with these directions, let us hear from you again. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
O. WENDELL 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, August 18, 1772 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, attended, and Reports, that he had taken the Person from 
on board Cap'. Johnsons Schooner, who has had the Small Pox, 
having first smoked & cleansed him. as also the three People 
liable to the Distemper who are kept by themselves, that he had 
smoked the Bedding & c . on board, and shall smoke them further 
when he takes them on shore, that the Captain and two Passengers 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

have been washed & cleansed, and may in his Opinion come up to 
Town if a fresh Suit of Clothes are sent down to him, with safety 
to the Inhabitants. Whereupon the following Orders were given 
M r . Hartley. Viz'. 



[2OO.] Boston August 18, 1772 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you had agreable to our 
Orders taken the Person on shore who has had the Small Pox and 
also the three People liable to have the Distemper and had also 
smoked the Vessel and People that the Captain of the Schooner 
and two Passengers had been so washed & smoked, that with fresh 
shift of Clothes, they might come up to Town without danger to 
the Inhabitants Our further Orders are that you continue to use 
the proper means for cleansing the Schooner and every thing on 
board as well as the People With respect to the Captain and the 
two Passengers, you must take particular care as to their washing 
and cleansing, those of them who have any Hair must wash the 
same well with Vinegar, their Clothes especially the Suits they 
are to come up with must be air'd, washed, & smoked as 
carefully as possible and when this is done Report to us again till 
which suffer no one to come up to Town or leave the Island as 
they must have our Orders for it 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIM. NEWELL 
THOM S . MARSHALL 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Selectmen of Boston. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 19, 1772. 
Present. Mess. Scollay, Newell, Ruddock, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Sircomb in behalf of himself and others proprietors of a 
Common Shore in Middlecott Street, apply'd for liberty to open 
and repair said Drain Liberty was accordingly granted, provided 
all the concerned are Notifyed as the Law directs ; and the 
Ground and pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Deacon Caleb Davis has liberty to build a Tomb at the South 
Burying Ground, upon a range with the Tombs already built he 
& his Heirs to keep the Wall against it in Repair. 



Boston August 19. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Friends of Cap*. Johnson having procured him a fresh Suit 
of Clothes which will be sent down this Evening you have our 
liberty to let him come up to Town to morrow provided you have 
smoked & cleansed him as directed in our last, and that you are 
fully satisfied he may now come up with safety to the Inhabit- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 137 

ants. You'l go on smoking and cleansing the Vessel & Bedding 
& c . as directed in former Orders, that the Schooner may leave the 
Island as soon as it can be done with safety. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
TIM. NEWEL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

"William Sutton Master of Engine N. 7. apply'd to the Select- 
men for the Premium, allowed by the Town for bringing their 
Engine to play first upon the Fires which broke out at M r . Daltons 
House the 6' of June last And at the Shop of M r . Benjamin 
Sumner, the 20'. July last. 

Voted that he have a draft for the two Premiums, being twenty 
six Shillings & c . 8 d . 

mem. drawn for in July draft. 

The following Letter was sent M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hos- 
pital at Rainsfords Island. Viz 1 . 

Boston Aug*. 20. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 
Sir 

Application has been made to us that M r . Tyley a Passenger on 
board the Schooner Sally Cap'. Johnson [2O2.] Master who is 
now at your Island may be permitted to come to Town it is your 
Order, that when he has been sufficiently cleansed and smoked 
you permit him to leave the Island he being clothed from head to 
foot with a fresh Suit of Clothes from the Town and likewise you 
may permit the Schooner to leave the Island on the Satterday 
next, in the interim you must see that she is well cleansed and if 
then you think she may leave the Island without endangering the 
Inhabitants let her leave it first taking care that you are paid for 
your trouble 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIM. NEWELL 
SAM. AUSTIN 
THO S . MARSHALL 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. Keep the Bedding Clothes & c . sit the Island till further 
Orders. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 22*. 1772 
Present, Mess. Scollay 

M r . Hartley attended, and acquaints the: Selectmen that he has 
agreeable to their Orders taken the Bedding Clothing & every- 
thing liable to retain Infection on shore, and has so well smoked 
and cleansed the Schooner, that she may be permitted to come up 
to Town without danger to the Inhabitants whereupon Voted, 
that a Certificate be sent to his Excellency, and a Letter wrote 
M r . Hartley both which are as follows 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Aug*. 22 d . 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Sally Cap*. John- 
son is now so well smoked & cleansed that she may be permitted 
to come up to Town without danger to the Inhabitants, and that 
you have taken on shore the Bedd g . Clothing and everything liable 
to retain Infection Our Orders are that you give the Vessel 
another washing and smoking [2O3.] & then permit her to come 
up to Town you must keep the Bedding Clothing & c . on the 
Island, untill you can Report to us that they are well aired. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIM. NEWELL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN RUDDOCK 

Selectmen of Boston 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Sally Cap 1 . William Peirce Johnson from W. 
Indies last from Newbury Port ordered to Rainsfords Island on 
Account of a Person on board having had the Small Pox ; has 
been so well smoked & cleansed that we are of Opinion she may 
be permitted to come up to Town without any danger to the 
Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obed'. 

Hum. Serv", 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN RUDDOCK 
TIM. NEWELL 
SAM. AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Aug'. 22 d . 1772 

To his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 25 1772. 
Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

Mr. Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 

attended, and acquaints the Selectmen, that the Schooner 

has been sent to the Island from Salem on account of One mans 
having had the Small Pox [2O4.] Which turned upon him the 
lo Day of August, and he is now able to walk about ; that three 
Men are liable to have the Distemper viz'. David Smith, John 
Hibond, Stephen Beals, that the Vessel is single Decked, and her 
lading consists of Rum Sugar & Salt, together with one bag of 
Cotton Wool whereupon the following Letter was given M r . 
Hartley. 

Boston August 25. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Cap*. John Batton having been sent to 

your Island from Salem on account of one of the Peoples having 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 139 

had the Small Pox, and three others expecting it. Our Orders 
are that you receive the Person who has had the /Distemper into 
the Hospital and those who are expecting the Small Pox into the 
Well house, and you must also take out of the Vessel everything 
that the Captain may think proper to deliver you which should be 
the Beds, Bedding, Cotton, & whatever is liable to retain In- 
fection, and you must smoke and cleanse the Schooner, and what 
comes out of her in the most effectual manner Suffer no one 
to leave the Island or anything to be taken off without our per- 
mission and Report to us your doings from time to time, that we 
may give you our further directions 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIM. NEWELL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. The Captain of the first Schooners Clothes may come up 
when you think proper. 

Passed upon D r . Warrens Province Account amounting to 
. 253-16- 5 - as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 26', 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Austin, Wendell. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p. bushels 
& that 6 d . Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for tlteir Charges Pains 
and Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2-8 

a 4 d . ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3-8 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-6 

[205.] M r . Paul Farmer was directed the 21' Ins*, by two 
of the Selectmen Viz'. Mess". Scollay & Austin ; to receive into 
the Almshouse to be supported at the Province charge one John 
Ryan a Stranger & not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Prov- 
ince, nor having wherewithall to support himself Order signed 
by William Greenleaff, Overseer. 

M r . William Read gave Information the 3 d . of July 1772 
that he had received into the House M". Deborah Paget of 
Providence Widow & her two Daughters Deborah and Ruth the 
20' of June last. 

Me 88 . Grant and Barrett apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty 
to make some alteration in the run of the Gutter near D r . Eliots 
Meeting House ; which was granted accordingly. 

M r . Samuel Mayes, & M r . Ephraim Mayes, have each of 
them liberty to build a Tornb at the South Buryal Ground upon 
a range with the Tombs already built, they and their Heirs to 
keep the Wall against them in Repair. 

M r . Jefferies was directed to pay M r . Jacob Bucknam on Acco*. 



140 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

of Carting, Six pounds lawful, which with what he has already 
had advanced by him, he is to deduct out of the Draft that will 
hereafter be made iu his favor. 

Deacon Newell & M r . Wendell a Committee to attend the Court, 
on the Suit commenced by M r . Jacob Emmons against some Work- 
men who pulled down Chimnies by Order of the then Selectmen. 

The following Letter was sent the Keeper of the Hospital 

Boston August 29. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Cap'. John 
Batton Master has been sufficiently smoked and cleansed and that 
every thing she had on board that would retain any infection is 
removed on shore, and that she might depart the Island with the 
greatest safety It is therefore Our Orders that you permit her to 
return to Salem first taking care that the Persons who go in her 
from the Island are well cleansed and that they carry no Bed 
[2O6.] Bedding or Clothing but what you shall Judge are free 
from Infection. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIM. NEWELL 
SAM. AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. Observe that you are satisfied for your trouble & Ex- 
pence before the Vessel departs. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 2 d ., 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell. Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

John Peirce sent here by Warr'. from Selectmen of Scituate 
came to the Chamber & informs upon examination, that he was 
born in Boston, & at the Age of Six years was bound out to 
John Death of Sherbiirne Esq. where he lived about 15 years, 
from thence he went to Scituate, and was warned out, as coming 
from Sherburne ; at Scituate he married, & lived thereabout 15 
years, has a Wife with him & 4 Children, has two others bound 
out. 

M r . Hartley having Reported that Ebenezer Knap who had the 
Small Pox on board the Newbury Schooner, was so well cleansed 
that he might return to Newbury with safety ; and having also 
requested some assistance on the Island, as the Selectmen had ob- 
jected to his going into the Hospital & then coming up to Town 
tho.' with a fresh shift of Clothes, as the Inhabitants were made 
uneasy with 1 his coming up to Town the following Directions & c . 
were sent to him. 

Boston Septem r . 2 d . 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Ebenezer Knap who came from 
Newbury Port in the Schooner Sally Cap'. Johnson, and who had 
the Small Pox on board the said Vessel ; has been so thoroughly 
smoked and cleansed, that he may leave the Island with safety 
and Return to Newbury Port Our Orders are that you permit 
him so to do, provided you have a fresh shift of Clothes for him 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 141 

Agreeable to your request of assistance we have contracted with 
M r . -John Bovee (?) to go down to the Hospital in [2O7.] Order to 
assist your Wife at .3-6-8. p. month, which we shall pay him, 
and also allow yon what is reasonable for his Board during his 
tarry on the Island. We expect upon this Assistance afforded 
you, that you and the Servant who comes up in the Boat keep con- 
stantly at the Well-house, and that you both come up with fresh 
shift of Clothes ; and when you reach the Wharff send up notice 
to one of the Selectmen, and they will come down to you for your 
Report unless you send it in writing ; and they will then direct 
M r . Williston to procure your Provisions & other Necessaries that 
so neither yourself nor the Inhabitants may run any risque or be 
even made uneasy. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIM. NEWELL 
THOM S . MARSHALL 
SAM. AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Voted that M r . Love have a draft in the August Draft for. 20. 
being half years service 

Boston Septenr". 2 d . 1772 
Gentlemen 

M r . Cole a Constable of your Town waited upon us this Day 
with a Warrant signed by M r . Justice Josslyn for the removal of 
John Peirce his Wife and four Children to Boston as supposed In- 
habitants, but without any legal Evidence We refused to receive 
them as upon examination we find that said Peirce was bound out 
at Seven Years of Age to John Death Esq. of Sherburne, where he 
lived about 15 Years and from thence went to Situate where he 
married and has resided ever since, so that in our Opinion he must 
be an Inhabitant of Sherburne if not of your Town. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

To 

The Gent". Selectmen of Scituate 



[2O8.] Boston August 15. 1772 

Sir 

We take this opportunity to acquaint you that by the desertion 
of one George Wright who belonged to a Detachment of the Royal 
Train of Artillery stationed at Castle William, his Wife Judith & 
four Children were left in such destitute Circumstances as required 
immediate relief they were therefore sent to the Almshouse in 
this Town to be supported untill you would be Notified of the 
Husbands desertion and the distressed Circumstances of his 
Family. 

We flatter ourselves you will take immediate care to ease the 
Town of the present expence by forwarding your Orders to the 
Officer in Command here to receive said Soldiers Wife and Chil- 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

dren into Castle William, or to make such provision for their Sup- 
port as you may Judge proper. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To 

Tiffin Esq. (Note in margin gives date of above letter as 

Sep'. 2.) 

The following was sent the Commanding Officer at Castle 
William 

Sir 

This is to acquaint you that the Wife of John Colder of Cap'. 
O'Harra's Company in the 24 ( ?) Regiment with two young Children 
and the Wife of John Grosvenor of Cap'. Hurrays' Company of 
the 14. with one Child are now in this Town and in such destitute 
Circumstances as has put them upon applying to us for relief the 
former says she & one of her children were so ill when the Regi- 
ment sayled, as would not admit of her going with them desire 
you will receive these Women and Children on Castle Island or 
make such other provision for them as will prevent their suffering 
or being an expence to a Town which is already over burdened 
[2O9.] With the support of their Poor We shall esteem the 
favor of an answer, to be left at the British Coffee House 
By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To Cap'. Robert M c .Learth 

Mem , a Letter was received in answer to the above which 
acquainted the Selectmen that he could not make any provision 
for the Persons mentioned in the Letter. 

The following was sent M r . Barret appointed by the Selectmen 
an officer to inspect Coal Baskets Viz'. 

Boston Septemb r 7. 1772 
M r . William Barrett 

Sir 

The Selectmen agreeable to an Act of the General assembly 
having appointed you an Officer for Seizing and securing all 
Baskets improved for measuring Coal in this Town that are not 
of the dimensions stated by Law, and to prosecute such offenders 
for the Fines and for failures thereby incurred ; do depend upon 
your care and fidelity in the discharge of this trust ; And for your 
government in all Cases that may happen, we have furnished you 
with a Copy of the late printed Act so far as respects Charcoal, 
not doubting that you will strictly conform to the Letter and 
Spirit of said Act. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Orders of the same import as the above was given to m r 
Ephraim Vaux, the other Person appointed by the Selectmen, for 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 143 

the examining of Charcoal Baskets and also a Copy of the printed 
Act respecting Charcoal &c. 

[21O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 
9, 1772. Present, Mess. Scollay. Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen Viz'. 
M r . Scollay & Coll . Marshall the I 8t . Ins', to receive into the 
Almshouse to be supported at the Province charge Elizabeth 
Prince, Abigail Mills & John Jones Strangers and in suffering 
Circumstances And by M r . Scollay & Newell this Day one 
Peter Griebb, a sick & destitute Stranger, to be also supported at 
the Province charge both Orders signed by Cap'. Sam Patridg 
an Overseer 

Passed upon Joseph Newells Province AC-CO', amounting as by 
Copy on file to . 7- 15- 8- 

Passed upon Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting as by 
Copys on file to -539. 15-10, & . 42-14-2- 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 9, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Mess. Austin Scollay & Newell a Comni 66 . to procure one 
John Penroe now in the Almshouse a passage in Cap'. Bowman 
bound to Ireland, as also for any others that may leave the 
Almshouse. 

Coll . Marshall & M r . Scollay a Committee to agree with the 
Butchers & see Leases signed respecting the Stalls they Improve. 

Boston, Septem r . 10'. 1772 
Gentlemen 

We have delivered your unhappy Townsman M r . Benjamin 
Bowen by your desire to the [211.] Care of Samuel Child, Jun r . 
Esq. He has been supported at the Almshouse 14 Weeks which 
at the rate of 8/ 8 d . p. Week the same which the Province allows 
the Town for their maintenance of their Poor amounts to. 5-19-4- 
You'l please to recollect that we have sent him home twice free of 
charge to your Town, at the same time desiring that you would 
take such care of him as might prevent his being a further trouble 
to us. We doubt not when you consider the reasonableness of the 
above charge and our expectations that you will speedily order us 
a reimbursement 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To 

The Gentlemen Selectmen 

of Woodstock. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, Sep tr . 16. 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Raiusfords Island 
attended, and Reports, that three Men who have lately had the 
Small Pox, viz 1 . Cutting Lunt, Clifford Bryue, & David Smith are 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

desirous of leaving the Island, having each of them a fresh Suit 
of Clothes provided, and that in his opinion they have been so well 
smoked and cleansed, as that they may come up with safety to the 
Inhabitants, whereupon the following was delivered M r . Hartley. 

Boston, Septem r . 16. 1772 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that three Men who have had the 
Small Pox at your Island are now quite recovered from that Dis- 
temper, and have been sufficiently smoked & cleansed so that 
they may leave the Island with safety Our [212.] directions 
are that you may permit said People viz 1 . 

Cutting Lunt, Clifford Byrnes, & David Smith to come up to 
Town next Monday provided they have each a fresh Suit of 
Clothes procured for them, and that D r . Whitworth examine them 
and Joins with you in opinion that they may come off with safety 
to the Inhabitants. We depend upon your going on smoking 
and cleansing those who are recovered, and they must be at the 
Well house a proper time before they are permitted to leave 
the Island. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

P.S. You must first secure your Expences. 

The Hon ble . John Erving Esq. apply 'd to the Selectmen for 
leave to break Ground before his House in order to lay a Drain 
from his House. 

Liberty was accordingly granted provided the Ground & 
Pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at 
Rainsfords Island amounting to . 6- 13- 4- as p. Copy on file. 

Mem . Alexander Little is the only Trooper belonging td this 
Town, who is to be excused as a Jury Man. 

Agreed to visit Deer Island next Fryday. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 23 d . 
1772. Present, Mess. Scoilay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Samuel Hartley attended and informs, Ebenezer Hall and 
Jonathan Knight who came from Newbury & John Hilliard & 
Stephen Beal who came from Salem, are desirous of leaving the 
Island and that they have been so well smoked & cleansed as to 
be able to leave the Island with safety whereupon the follow- 
ing Letter was given him. 

[213.] Boston Septem r . 23 d . 1772 

M r . Samuel Hartley, 

You having Reported to us that Ebenezer Hale and Jonathan 
Knight who came from Newbury & John Hilliard & Stephen Beal 
who came from Salem are desirous of leaving the Island, & as in 
your opinion they are now quite free from any Infection of the 
Small Pox, & that they may come up to Town with safety to the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 145 

Inhabitants We now give you liberty to let them leave the 
Island provided they can have a fresh suit of Clothes sent to them, 
and you satisfied as to Expence they have occasioned as D r . 
Whitworth concurs with you in opinion that the} 1 are free from 
all Infection 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Passed upon Thomas Crafts Province Account amounting as p. 
Copy on file to . 3-2-4. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the Province charge one Nelly Wright not an In- 
habitant, & having nothing to support herself Order signed by 
M r . Austin & Wendell Selectmen & M r . William Greenleaff 
Overseer. 

M r . - Ward from Portsmouth apply'd to the Selectmen for 
leave to open a School in this Town for teaching Children to Read 
& c . which was accordingly granted. 

M r . John Thompson Soapboiler apply'd for liberty to erect a 
Building in Beer Lane for making Soap, the Selectmen informed 
him, that the Law did not notice Soapboilers, but that if he should 
melt Tallow in said Buildings he would be exposed to the penaltys 
of the Law. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse 
[214.] One Hugh Sloan a poor Stranger Order signed by M r . 
Benj e . Dolbear Overseer order dated the 9'. of Septem r . and on 

the Day of August one Mary Frutat (?) a poor Stranger 

Order signed by Coll e . Marshall & Selectmen & M r . Daniel 

Waldo Overseer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r 30', 1772. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Htmcock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat (a) 6/6. p. 
bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

!b. oz. dr. 

A loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat \ Rye Meal must 

weigh 2 - 8 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian meal must weigh ; .3 - S - 

Bisket of a Copper price -- 4 _ (j _ 

Cap'. Ballard of Engine N 1. presents John New, John Ballard 
Jun r . Jonathan Brown Jun r . & Walter Piper as suitable Persons for 
his Engine Compan} 7 , in the room of others who ordered or have 
left the Company. 

Voted, that the above Persons presented by M r . Ballard be 
accepted as Engine Men. 

Deacon Newell appointed to direct in the carrying off the Waste 
Water from Streets near M 1 ". Syrcombs House. 

Upon application made by Major Barbour Commander of the 
North Battery, he was permitted by the Selectmen to admit such 
partys of officer and Meus exercise in the Battery, as he should 
think proper. 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Major Barbour has exhibited to the Selectmen a List of Stoves 
belonging to the North Battery, which he found in the Battery 
upon his taking the Command of that Fortress put on file. 

The Selectmen have this Day agreed with M r . Samuel Breck for 
the other Warehouse of the Town, lately improved by M r . Henry 
Humphreys at . 23 6 - 8 - p. annum. Kent to commence 
from the [215.] Day that M r . Humphrys settles with the Town 
Treasurer. 

The Selectmen have agreed to impower Cap'. John Baker, to 
prosecute such Persons as presume to take Stones & Ballast from 
Deer Island. 

Coll . Hancock, Marshall & Wendell a Committee to continue 
the Rails near M r . Hancocks House in the Common to the Water 
side. 

M r . Collector Henderson is directed by the Selectmen to dis- 
continue the Suit M r . Ruggles a former Collector commenced 
against Major Doane for Taxes. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to get the Windows mended 
at the Hospital when he was directed to let M r . Bove go down 
and repair said Windows. 

Passed upon M r . Thomas Willistons Province Acco'. of Sup- 
plys for the visit to Rainsfords Island this Summer amount- 
ing lo---- -------. 3-1-3 

& M r . Cordis' Acco 1 . included ------ ;5_ -i_ H 



6- s- 4 

This Selectmen have this Day Agreed with M r . Nathaniel Cur- 
tis, for the use of a peice of the Towns Land at So. End adjoining 
his own Land, being 45 feet front and 60 feet Rear he to allow 
3 lawful Money p. Annum as Rent. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct r . 6, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, & Wendell. 

Agnes Yarley Wife of a Soldier at Castle William, being turn'd 
away by y e Comand 8 Officers applys for Relief. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 14', 1772 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

[316.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct. 
14', 1772. Present, Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Will" 1 . M c Neil had liberty to open a Drain in Gridley's Lane, 
he to put the Street in good Repair again. 

M r . Hancock has Liberty to make use of Faneuil Hall on 
Wednesday & Fryday Even 8 , for the Exercise of the Cadet 
Company. 

Coll . Marshall & M r . Austin are appointed a Committee to 
Take a Survey of Pleasant Tree ( ?) & Report the State of it, & 
to also Survey the Street by Doct r . Byles's. 

M r . Franklin Master of Engine N. presented M r . Robe.rt 

Smallpiece as an Engine Man, who was approved of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 147 

Boston 7 th Oct r . 1772 
S ir . 

We are very sorry either to be troubled ourselves, or give you 
any Trouble with our Complaints of the Impositions on this Town 
by having Women & their Children belonging to your Regiment 
cast upon y e Town for their Support This Sir even yourself 
being Judge is not only unreasonable but unjust, it being directly 
contrary to the Law of the Province which probably you may be 
a Stranger to, & therefore we think it necessary to let you know 
that the Law is whoever is the Occasion of any Person being 
brought into this Town & does not acquaint y e Selectmen thereof 
becomes liable for the Charge of all such Persons if they shou'd 
be reduced to necessitous Circumstances. The Reason of our 
present Application to you Sir is this We have been obliged to 
take into our Almshouse [217.] Agnes Yarley & her Child Wife 
of Robert Yarley of the 10 th . Company (Cap 1 . Flemings) of the 
64 th . Regiment who was in suffering Circumstances & Destitute 
of any Help We have also another applys for the same Relf. 
Viz*. Christa Nelson her Child Wife of John Nelson in Cap 1 . 
Armstrongs Company both which Persons are Women allowed by 
Government to Attend & follow the Regiment. We know nothing 
of the Character of these Women, neither does it concern us, they 
being properly under the Government of your Regiment, these 
Women you are sensible, are upon a different Footing from Judith 
Wright & her four Children who now are at the Expense of the 
Province for their Subsistance, who we wrote you about some time 
sinse We must therefore depend on your Immediately sending 
for these Persons to the Castle that the Province may not be bur- 
then'd with any further Charge 

We are Sir Your Hum. Sew". 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL. 
SAM L . AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

To Selectmen of Boston 

Cap'. Mackleroth 

M rs . Young Widow has liberty to open her Drain in Greens 
Lane taking Care fill up & pave y e Street. 
(Mem , on a Journey) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1772. 

Present 

[218.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 
20. d . 1772. Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Williston was directed to call upon the Collectors of Taxes 
and acquaint them that the Selectmen desire they will attend 
at the Chamber tomorrow afternoon and prepare their Bonds, 



148 CITY DOCUMENT" .No. 42. 

The Selectmen received several Petitions from a great Number 
of the Inhabitants, praying that a Town Meeting may be immedi- 
ately called the further consideration referred to the Meeting 
on the Morrow. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 21, 1772. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Edward Hollyday a Collector of Taxes for 1772 appeared 
and proposed John Winslow P^sq. & M r . Martin Brimmer Appoth- 
ecary as his Bondsmen. 

M r . Abraham Savage a Collector of Taxes for 1772 appeared 
and proposed Archibald M c Neil, & M r . Nathaniel Green as his 
Bondsmen. 

M r . Benjamin Henderson a Collector of Taxes for 1772 ap- 
peared and proposed, Cap*. Job Prince and M r . Edward Carnes as 
his Bondsmen. 

M r . Benjamin Gray a Collector of Taxes for 1772 appeared and 
proposed Mess. Thomas Leaveret & M r . Richard Salter as his 
Bondsmen. 

The Selectmen having considered the application for a Town 
Meeting, Voted Unanimously, that the Town Clerk issue a War- 
rant for calling one on Wednesday next at 10. O Clock Before 
Noon. 

Voted, that M r . Daniel Kneelnud have the Printing of y c Noti- 
fication . 

Maj r . Paddock proposes to the Selectmen, that Posts may be 
fixed by the Selectmen before the Trees near the Burying Place. 

Voted, that M r . Hancock be desired to see the proposal effected. 

[219.] Agreed with M r . Thomas Patten for the Engine House 
Adjoining M r . Greens Land, for 6- lawful payable in twelve 
months he to make good the Fence to the satisfaction of M r . 
Green for which he has given his note to the Treasurer. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by two 
of the Selectmen viz'. Coll. Marshall & M r . Wendell to receive 
into said House to be supported at the Province Charge one John 
M c lntyre, he being a sick Stranger & not having wherewithall to 
support himself. Order signed by William Whitwell. an Over- 
seer. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 24', 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin. 

The Town Treasurer to be desired to advance . 8- lawful 
money for M r . Jacob Bucknam on account of Carting ; he to 
deduct the same upon the first draft, being made in his favor. 

The Town Clerk directed to get the Notifications for the ensu s 
Meeting printed and dispersed as soon as possible. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 28, 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell. Austin, Marshall. 

Voted, that the Bondsmen proposed by the several Collectors 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 149 

as named on the other side, be accepted, and the Town Clerk is 
directed to prepare the several Bonds accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 31, A.M. 
1772. Present, Mess s . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin. 

Passed upon M r . Timothy Newell, Province Account amounting 
as p. Copy on file to . 76- 6- 7. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 4, 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Wendel. 

[22O.] M r . Adjutant Dows, has desired on behalf of a mila- 
tary chore [i.e corp.s] to have the use of Faneuil Hall three Mon- 
day Nights in a Month which was granted accordingly. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be k set at Wheat at 6/6 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. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread ;J/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye 

Meal must weigh 2- 8- 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal. d". 3- 8- 
Bisket of a Copper price ------- 4 6 

M r . Scollay, Deacon Newell & M r . Wendell a Comm ec . to view 
the Towns Land near the North Battery. 

The Selectmen have agreed to view the Way near M r . Syrcombs 
Fry day Morning 10. O'Clock. 

M r . Hancock Scollay & Newell a Comm ee . to repair the head of 
the Dock and widen the Way. 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries was desired to pay William Bass & 
Ebenezer Gaffee five pounds lawful Money, on account of work at 
y e Ferry Way near Cops Hill, to be deducted out of their Draft 
when made. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write to James Bryant of Little 
Cambridge & Cap'. Nath 1 . Ruggles of Roxbury to Meet the 
Selectmen at the Hall next Tuesday 10. OClock, relative to the 
Market and also to M r . Samuel Pratt at Chelsea that he may see 
the Selectmen next Wednesday Afternoon done 

The Town Clerk is directed to look up the Province Law rela- 
tive to Fire Wood, & to Report to the Selectmen a Letter to be 
annexed to it, to the Wood Cutters. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 11. 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Town Clerk to write the Selectmen of Stoneham relative 
to one William Brown an Inhabitant of their Town who is sick at 
the Almshouse. 

[221.] The Jury upon Paddys Alley, apply'd to the Select- 
men for their Opinion whether they can proceed upon the Warrant 
directed to them from two of his Majestys Justices in Assessing 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

the damages & Advantages, of the Lands, taken & added ; as 
some of the Partys have erected Fences upon the Land laid out as 
a Street. 

The Selectmen upon the aforegoing application gave it as their 
Opinion that those Incumbrances should be removed before they 
proceed, that they would see to their removal. 

The Town Clerk is directed to print about two hundred Extracts 
from the Province Law relative to Wood. 

Voted, that M r . Byles have the printing of them. 

Coll . Marshall & M r . Austin a Comm**. to see M r . Adams, and 
advise relative to the New Street. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 17. 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen having been informed by the Chairmen of the 
Committee of Correspondence that they were ready to make 
Report and it being the sense of the Town at their late Meeting, 
that the Inhabitants should be called together to receive said 
Report. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing to be held at Faneuil Hall on Fryday next 10. O'Clock, Before 
Noon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 18, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

Coll . Marshall & M r . Wendell a Committee to view Essex 
Street, and Report what is proper to be done. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 24, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25, 
1772. Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Aus- 
tin, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 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 1 . 

A Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/2 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2-8 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/4 Indian Meal. d. 3-8 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-6 

M r . Martin Constable of South Watch has orders to Enlist two 
men to Reinforce the Watch at the South part of the Town. 
The following Draft was given to M r . Jeffries 

Boston, Nov. 25'. 1772. 
M r . David Jeffries 

Sir please to pay to M r . James Burrows Four pounds six shil- 
lings & eight pence, it being so much due to him for boarding 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 151 

William Brown of Stoneham tea Weeks, We shall Take Care that 
this Town is reimbursed the Charge by the Town of Stoneham. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMO. NEWELL 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Selectmen 

The Town Clerk is directed to give Orders to M r . John Bennet 
a Constable of the South Watch near the Sign of the Lamb. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write the Selectmen of Stoneham 
to William Brown of their Town now in the Almshouse. 

M r . Wendell a Committee to examine into the state of the 
Engine House near the Old South Church. 

Cap'. Suttonof Engine No. 7. proposed James Sergeant for His 
Company in the room of Thomas Patten who is gone into the 
Grenaders Comp y . who is accordingly accepted. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 27, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

[223.] Voted, that the Town Clerk have a Draft for . 20. 

Deacon Newell Received of Haskill for Interest on his Bond of 
. 200 being part of M rs . Brookers Donation And is for one 
year 12 lawful, which the Deacon is desired to keep till fur- 
ther Orders. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Dccem r . 2', 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 9. 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Hancock, .Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Nathaniel Cobbit Agrees in behalf o^ the Widow Mays, 
that the determination of the Rent of the Ground where the Hay 
Engine stands shall be left to two Persons mutually chosen. 

D r . Wendell & Coll . Marshall a Committee to view M r . Procters 
School House and Report the Repairs. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 10. 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell. 

The Briggandine Henry from Liverpool, Benjamin Smith 
master, but last from Gloucester, bieng ordered to Rainsfords 
Island by the Selectmen of that Town on Account of the Small 
Pox, which had been on board that Vessel The master attended 
& acquainted the Selectmen that he left Liverpool the 16 Day 
of September & on the 25. one of his Sailors broke out with 
the Small pox, that two others had it since, one of whom died the 
7 th . Day of November ; that there is 10 People now on board two 
of them Passengers one of whom is not certain that he has had 
the Distemper his Loading consists of Salt Coal Crates of 
Earthen Ware & some Bale Goods ; some of the Crates & 2 
Boxes [224.] Are between Decks That he had taken the utmost 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

care in smoking, airing & c . and this Account is confirm'd by the 
declaration of M r . Rogers the Physician at Gloucester, whereupon, 
Voted that the following Letter be sent to the Keeper of the 
Hospital at Rainsfords Island. 

Boston DecenT. 10. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley, 

The Briggandiue Henry Benjamin Smith master from Liver- 
pool, but last from Gloucester, having been ordered to your Island 
on account of three of the Peoples having had the Small Pox 
Our Orders are that you receive on shore the Goods the Captain 
may deliver you in order to be aired and cleansed, and then smoke 
and wash the Vessel Bed Bedding & e . as usual together with 
everything else liable to Infection; and Report to us your pro- 
cedure and the state of the Vessel, when you will receive our fur- 
ther Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Thomas Wetherby of Dedham had an Order on the Selectmen 
of Roxbury, to receive all the Clothes and Effects of Elizabeth 
Clusly (?) a Poor Person deceased M r . Wetherby agreeing to 
take them at the value, and to be at the Selectmens chamber 
next Wednesday. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem 1 ". 14, 1772. 
Present, Mess'. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Hartley attended, and informed that he followed the direc- 
tion of the Selectmen, in smoking cleansing & c . the Vessel Bed & 
Bedding & c . sent to the Island from Cape Ann but that the 
Hampers between [225.] Decks, were "not taken on Shore, the 
Captain apprehending that they were too much damaged to per- 
mit their being taken out whereup. Voted, that Orders be given 
M r . Hartley accordingly & a Certificate sent to the Governor. 

Boston, Decem 1 ". 14. 1772. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you have strictly pursued our 
Orders in smoking the Briggandine Henry, ordered to your Island 
from Cape Ann, but that you had not taken the Hampers between 
Decks on shore nor the Bed & Bedding. This is to direct you to 
take the Hampers Bedding & c . between Decks on Shore if the 
Captain sees fit to deliver them and give the Vessel & c . another 
smoking when the Vessel will be permitted to leave the Island. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Henry Benjamin Smith master from Liver- 
pool last from Cape Ann, having been sent to Rainsfords Island 
on account of some of the Seamen having had the Small Pox ; 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 153 

has been so well smoked & cleansed, that we are of Opinion she 
may be permitted to come up to Town without any danger to the 
Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient. 

Humble Servant 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 
Boston Decem r . 14. 1772. 
To His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Esq. 



[226.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
15, 1772. Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Deacon Davis Owner of the Schooner Dove, Captain Pote from 
Baltimore in Maryland, having got the Small Pox on board and is 
stopt at Castle Island on that Account, which Vessel is loaded 
with Flour & Iron whereupon the Owner was directed to send said 
Schooner to Rainsfords Island, and the following Letter was sent 
M r . Hartley. 

Boston Decem r . 15. 1772. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Dove Cap'. Samuel Pote from Baltimore in Mary- 
land having been stopt at Castle William as having the Small 
Pox on board ; we have ordered said Schooner to Rainsfords Isl- 
and, and when she arrives there you must not suffer any one to 
leave the Vessel or to come on board her without our permission, 
you must then examine into the state of the Vessel & Report the 
same to us as soon as may be ; and after taking into the Hos- 
pital the Sick Person, if he can be removed with safety, you may 
then proceed to smoke and cleanse the Vessel Bed Bedding & c . 
It may not be improper for you to inform the People on board 
that any one leaving the Vessel will expose him to a fine of . 100. 
enquire whether any of the People has left the Vessel since she 
came from Baltimore, who they are & give us the Names with 
those who are on board 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one John Pierce who served his Time 
in your Town with John Dealth Esq. is now together with his 
Wife & Children in our Almshouse the said Peirce being bv In- 
firmity disabled from Labour & not having wherewithall to sup- 
port himself, upon Searching the Records for the County of 
Middlesex we cannot find [227.] That he has obtained an In- 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

habitancy ill any Town since he left Sherburue As he is now 
at your charge we hope you will take care to remove him to your 
Town & satisfy for the Charge already incurred 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To 

The Gentlemen the Selectmen 

of Sherburue. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 16, 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

One Sprague who left the Small Pox Vessel at New London, on 
his arrival here by the advice of his Owner Deacon Davis went 
to the Hospital at New Boston, upon Information thereof, D r . 
Whitworth was desired to visit him who Reported that he appre- 
hended he would have the Distemper and might be removed to 
Rainsfords Island in the morning with his own consent 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p. 
bushel and that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/2 Rye Meal ' 

must weigh ---------- __2-8 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/4 Indian Meal must weigh - - 3- 8 
Bisket of a Copper price 4-2 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decern r . 17. 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen have ordered the Person who came out of the 
Small Pox Vessel to the Hospital at Rainsfords Island and the 
following Letter was sent M r . Hartley 

Boston Decem r . 17. 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

We have ordered to the Hospital at [228.] Rainsfords Island 
one Sprague who came to Town Yesterday, and is one of the 
Persons who left the Small Pox Vessel at New London. It is 
supposed that he has taken the Distemper, and we expect you 
take proper care of him, and that you also use the proper pre- 
cautions that the Small Pox is not communicated to any others. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston December 17. 1772 
M r . Andrew Tyler 

Rev d . Sir This is to acquaint you that as the Superior Court 
have confirmed the doings of the Justices & Selectmen respect- 
ing Paddys Alley a Jury has been appointed to estimate & assess 
what the Partys are injured or bettered. Said Comm ee . will sit 
next Monday, & as you have had Lands taken from you, your 
Joining with the other Petitioners may save you, considerable Ex- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 155 

pence The Fences & c . you have Erected on that part of your 
Land which was laid into said Street will be taken down in a 
short time ; of this you are advised that you may have time to 
take such steps as you may Judge proper 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston 8s : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 22 d ., 1772. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin. 

M r . Hartley reported that he had taken from on board the 
Schooner Dove, Sam 1 . Pote master (which was Ordered to Rains- 
fords Island the 15 th . Inst'.) all the mens Bedding Cloaths & 
every other Article Liable to Infection that he has washed & Smoked 
the Vessell in Such a manner that she may with once more Smoak- 
ing & Cleansing of her be permitted to Come to Town therefore 
gave him the following Orders. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem 1 ". 
23 . 1772. Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin. 

M r . Samuel Hartley having Reported that the Schooner Dove 
Cap 1 . Samuel Pote from Maryland with the Small Pox has been 
sufficiently smoked & cleansed, Voted that the following Letter 
be given M r . Hartley. 

Boston DecenT. 23 d . 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Dove Cap'. 
Samuel Pote has been so well smoked & cleansed that she may be 
permitted to come up with safety Our Orders are that you suffer 
her to leave the Island, you being satisfied for the charge. Also 
one Joseph Swasy who D r . Whitworth has Reported to be quite 
free from Infection, he having a shift of Clothes to come up with. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Dove Cap'. Samuel Pote from Baltimore in Mary- 
land, having been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account of the 
Small Pox has been so well smoked & cleansed, that we are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town, without any 
danger to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks proper We are 
Your Excelleucy-s 

most obedient 

Hum. Serv ts . 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
BENJAMIN AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Selectmen of Boston. 
Boston Decem r . 23 d . 1772 
To His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, E<q. 



15(5 CITY DOCUMENT No. 4-2. 

[23O.] Boston Decem r . 23 d . 1772 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to the Selectmen that the C rites of 
Earthen Ware taken from on board Cap 1 . Smith are sufficiently 
air'd and that they may be brought to Town without any danger to 
the Inhabitants you are therefore permitted to let Capt. Smith 
take them from the Island. 

M r . Thomas Hill apply'd for leave to open a Drain at the 
bottom of Summer Street ; which was granted provided the 
Pavement be restored & the Ground made good to the Satisfaction 
of the Selectmen. 

Boston Decenr". 23 d . 1772 
Gentlemen 

You have hereunder an account of the Expence of keeping one 
William Brown of your Town, who was in such a sick state, as 
would not permit his going home to your Towa, and required the 
attendance of a Doctor Nurse &c. 

As the charges of the Town run very high with respect to the 
support of the Poor, we must desire your care that we be speedily 
reimbursed for the Expence being Seven pounds ten Shillings & 
8 d . 1/2 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

To 

The Gentlemen of Selectmen 

of Stoneham. 

The Town of Stoneham to the Town of Boston D r . 
1772. Deoem r . To D r . Samuel Danforth Jun r . . 
for attendance on Will- j 
iam Brown, a sick Per- ( 
son . 19. 6 

To Paul Farmer for 
Board from Octo r . 29. 
to Decem r . 5 Weeks & 
1 clay at 8/8 2- 4- 6 

To James Burroughs 
for 10 Weeks Board at 
8/8 4- 6-H 



. 7" 10" 8 

[231.] The Town Clerk was directed to publish the following 
Advertisement viz'. 

Those Persons who have frequently incumbered Boston Neck by 
laying Street Dirt & other manure thereon are hereby informed 
that Orders are given, that such manure as shall hereafter be 
found there, be spread on such parts of the Towns inclosed Lund, 
as may be most contiguous. And all Persons are warned against 
unloading their Timber on said Neck, as they will be thereby 
exposed to the Penaltys of the Law. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1772. 157 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 25, 1772. 
L J i't-sc>nt, Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Information was given the Selectmen by Capt. Thomas Davis 

Master of the Brigg". from Phylidelphia that one 

Davis his Mate is now at his House unwell and he is fearful it 
is the Small L J ox, as the Distempar was at that City when he 
left it -whereupon D r . Whitworta was desired to see him, who 
reported that the Man ha:l the Symptoms of the Small Pox, fe 
supposed there might be some Eruptions in the Morning and 
that the Man was willing to be removed to Rainsfords Island. 
Orders were accordingly given for his being sent down, provided 
the Doctor should not object to it on the Morrow. 

The Town Clerk was directed to Petition the Governor that 
Orders may be given for stopping all Vessels at Castle William, 
coming from Maryland & Philadelphia, on account of the Small 
Pox being at both those places. 

May it please your Excellency 

Having received information that the Small Pox is spreading in 
Maryland & Philadelphia [232.] And several Persons coming in 
Vessels from both those Places having broke out with that Distem- 
per, after their arrival here. 

We must desire that Orders may be given to stop all Vessels at 
Castle William which ma)- be coming from those Places, if your 
Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston December 26, 1772 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

A person named Davis who came in a Vessel from Phil- 
adelphia having as is supposed the Small Pox ; we have sent him 
down to the Hospital you have the care of, and expect that every- 
thing shall be made agreeable to him while on the Island, as he 
will be able to defrey the charge of his Sickness &c. D r . Whit- 
worth has seen him and will attend him as may be necessary. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 30, 1772. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p. 
bush. & that 6 d . p. Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2- 8 

a 4 d . ditto, not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3- 8- 
Bisket of a Copper price ------ 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

[233.] Passed upon D r Samuel Danfortbs Jun r . Province 
Account amounting in the whole to . 159- 3- 10- as p. Copy 
on file. 

Paid Mary Biggs Widow, out of Brookers Donation 2 Dollars 
p. Deacon Newell entred again Jan y . 6 l . 

M r . Curtis Master of Engine N. 8. applys for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for playing first with their Engine on the 
Fire which broke out at M r . Mays Barn. 

Voted, that he have a draft for the same. 

Deacon Newell Coll Hancock & M r . Austin appointed to order 
necessary Repairs to the Hospital at New Boston, and to Report 
what things may be necessary for the reception of the sick. 

The Selectmen agree to visit the Hospital at New Boston Fryday 
next 9. O Clock. 

The following was sent the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

It is our Opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants of other 
Towns in this Province ought to be taxed here for the Real Estate 
they Occupy & the business they do here, it being agreeable to 
Law Viz'. 
The Hon blc . James Russell Esq. Elisha Doaue Esq. 

Ralph Inman Esq. Joseph Rotch & Sons 

M r . Joseph Palmer Mess. Champney & Archer 
We are 

Gentlemen 

Your hum. Serv u . 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Assessors of the Town of Boston 
Boston Decem r . 30. 1772. 

[234.] Passed upon Joshua Beals Province Account amount- 
ing to . 7- 0- 4- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 31, 1772. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Cap'. Nathaniel Lampson of Sloop America, from Philadelphia 
stopt ut Castle William on account of the small Pox being at that 
place, attended & informed the Selectmen that his Loading con- 
sists of Flour & Iron, that there was no one of his People that 
were liable to that Distemper, neither had they anything en board 
the Sloop likely to retain any infection whereupon it was Voted, 
that she may be permitted to come up to Town & that a Certifi- 
cate be given the Governor accordingly. 

May it please your Excellency 

We have examined into the Circumstances of the Sloop Amer- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 159 

ica Captain Nathaniel Lampson from Philadelphia stopt at Castle 
William on account of the Small Pox ; and are of Opinion that 
she may be permitted to come up to Town without danger to the 
Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Boston Decem r . 31, 1772. 

[235.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 6. 
1773. Present, Mess. rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Passed upon the Account of the Owners of Sloop America 
Nathaniel Lamson master for the passage of one Woman & 4 
Children to Philadelphia am 1 , to . 4-16- as p. Copy on file. 

The following distribution was made of the . 12. Brookers 
Donation, received by Deacon Newell November 27. & then 
minuted. 

N Widow Biggs - . - 1 2 

M Widow Fowle - - 1-4 

A. Widow Whitcomb 18 

A. Widow Oliver - 12 

A. Widow Mearsey 12 

N. The Leblouds 1-4 

W. Widow Oliver - - 12 

Jeffries, Mrs Delaplace - .,---- 12 

N. Elizabeth Peterson ----- 1-4 

S. Widow Bass 12 

A. Widow Harskins ----- - 12 

Jeffries, Widow Lee- ---- - - 12 

N. Widow Chaple - - 18 

N. Widow Wise 12 

M. M rs . Smith - - 12 

N. Widow Berry - 12 

Gave Samuel P>anklyn Master of Engine No. 9. New Orders 
of the common tenor dated January 12, 1773 allowed 17 men 
besides himself. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jau- v . 13, 1773. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Hartley Reports, that Nailer Hatch the Master of Deacon 
Davis Vessel, is now well of the Small Pox, and been so thor- 
oughly smoked and cleansed, that he may leave the Island without 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

danger to the Inhabitants whereupon Voted, that the following 
Letter be sent M r . Hartley. 

Sir 

You having Reported that Cap 1 . Nailer Hatch is quite recov- 
ered of the Small Pox and has been so well smoked and cleansed 
that he may leave the Island with safety Our Orders are that 
you continue to cleanse the said Hatch till the 23 d . of this Month 
when you may permit him to leave the Island with a fresh suit of 
Clothes you having been first satisfied for the charge he has oc- 
casioned 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

[236.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 15. 
1773. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Elijah Luce Master of Schooner Elizabeth from Baltiinor in 
Maryland attended & informed that he left that place Christmas 
Da} 7 ; his People all well & the Vessel loaded with Flour & Iron 
whereupon the following was sent his Excellency 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Elizabeth Elijah Luce master from Baltimore in 
Maryland, having been stopt at Castle William on account of the 
Small Pox, we have examined into the Circumstances of said 
^Vessel, and are of opinion she may be permitted to come up to 
town with safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Boston January 15, 1773. 

Boston, Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 20, 1773 
A.M. Present 

M r . John Savage Owner of the Schooner Polly Jonathan 
Greely master, from Philadelphia attended & acquaints the Se- 
lectmen that said Vessel has been stopt at the Castle on acco'. of 
the Small Pox being in Philadelphia, that the People are all well 
on board, & the lading consisting wholly of Flour & Iron 
whereupon the following was sent his Excellency the Governor. 

[237.] May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Polly Jonathan Greely master from Philadelphia, 
having been stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 161 

Pox We have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel, 
and are of Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town with 
safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellency's 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston January 20. 1773. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 



Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 20, 
1773. P.M. Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse to 
be supported at the public charge one Henry Reynolds a Stranger 
& not an Inhabitant of any Town in the Province, who has froze 
his Fingers & has not wherewithal! to support himself Order 
signed by two of the Selectmen. Viz'. John Scollay Esq. & M r . 
Timothy Newell & M r . William Greenleaff an Overseer. 

Mr. Samuel Holbrick apply'd for a stove for the South writing 
School, & Coll . Marshall & M r . Wendell were appointed a Comittee 
to provide one. 

M r . Hews, Master of Engine N. - apply'd to [238.] the 

Selectmen for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their 
Engine to work first upon the Fire which broke out at M r . Winter 
Calfs Bark House drawn for. 

Voted, that M'. Shubael Hines have a draft for said Premium 
next Draft Day. drawn for. 

Voted by the Selectmen that the Bonds that are due on Account 
of Brookers Donation should be turn'd into Real Security as soon 
as possible. 

M r . Austin & Wendell a Committee for the above purpose and 
to direct the Town Clerk as to the manner of stating all Accounts 
& entring the same in a Book to be provided for that particular 
purpose. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 23 d ., 1773. 
Present, Mess*. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

His Excellency the Governor handed to the Selectmen a Letter he 
had received from A. Leslie an Officer at Castle William inform- 
ing his Excellency, that a Schooner from Maryland had passed 
the Island & would not stop upon any account, whereupon 

Josiah Gorham the Master of said Schooner William & the 
Owners of the Vessel were sent for, when the Captain declared 
that he did not understand what was said to him by the officer on 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

duty, it being a thick heavy Snow Storm, that if he had heard it, 
he should have immediately brought too his Schooner the fol- 
lowing Letter was then sent his Excellency. 

May it please your Excellency 

In consequence of your Excellencys information, we immedi- 
ately sent for Cap'. Gorham master of the Schooner William 
together with his Owners, & upon a strict examination, it appears 
to us that the Captain did not hear the Orders of the Officer on 
duty at the Castle by means of a heavy Snow Storm, & that if 
he had heard them he [39.] Would as he declares immediately 
have obeyed them We have therefore directed the Captain to 
wait upon your Excellency in order to satisfy you as to the truth 
of his declaration and shall defer the prosecution untill we hear 
further from your Excellency 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY, 
TIMOTHY NEWELL, 
THOMAS MARSHALL, 
SAMUEL AUSTIN. 

His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Boston January 15. 1773. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, January 27, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Passed upon Gibbins Bouve's Province Account amounting to 
. 9- 2/- as p. Copy on file. 

Passed upon John Burroughs, Province Account amounting 
as by Copy on file to . 2- 158 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of brown Bread i Wheat | Rye meal must 

weigh -- - 2-8- 

a 4 d . ditto not abo. \ Indian Meal must weigh - - - - 3- 8 
a Bisket of a Copper price ----------------4-2 

Ordered by the Selectmen that Cap'. Sloans (?) Engine N. 10- 
be named the HANCOCK ENGINE. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feiy. 3 d . 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to 
receive into the Almshouse to be supported at the Province 
[24O.] A Child of one Mackay a Soldiers Widow, she being a 
Stranger and not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, nor 
having wherewituall to support herself, the Childs name is 
Thomas Mackay. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 163 

Order signed by two Selectmen viz'. Deacon Newell & M r . 
Wendell & William Greenleaff an Overseer. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Februarys 1773. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Cap 1 . Nathaniel Bosworth of Schooner Dolphin, attended, and 
Reports, that he left Baltimore in Maryland, the 1 1' of J anuary last, 
that the People on board are all well, and his loading consists 
wholly of Flour and Iron, said Vessel being stopt at Castle William 
on acco'. of the Small Pox, the following was sent the Governor. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Dolphin Cap'. Nathaniel Bosworth from Balti- 
more in Maryland, having been stopt at Castle William on ac- 
count of the Small Pox ; we have examined into the Circumstances 
of said Vessel and are of Opinion she may be permitted to come 
up to Town with safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency 
thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAM 1 -. AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Feby. 8. 1773 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Cap'. Thomas Groce Master of Sloop Grampus, from Baltimore- 
being stopt at Castle William on Account of the Small Pox, in 
that place attended, and Reports, that he left Maryland the 15 of 
January ; and his People all well ; that his lading consists of 
Flour and Iron. 

Whereupon a Letter of the above tenor was sent his Excellency 
the Governor. 

[241.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
10, 1773 A.M. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall,, 
Austin. 

Joshua Paine Master of the Schooner Hannah, stopt at Castle 
William on account of the Small Pox being at Baltimore in 
Maryland, attended, & Reports That he left that place about 
thirteen Days since ; his loading consisting of Flour and Iron, 
& that his People are all well on board whereupon Voted, that 
the following Letter be sent His Excellency. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Hannah Joshua Paine Master from Baltimore in 
Maryland, having been stopt at Castle William on account of the 
Small Pox ; we have examined into the Circumstances of said 



164 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Vessel and are of Opinion she may be permitted to come up to 
Town with safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAV 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston Feby. 10. 1773 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 10, 1773, 
P.M. Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Gave M r . Samuel Whitwell an Order to deliver one Margaret 
Peckiu a poor Stranger on the Province Account Six feet of 
Wood. 

M r . Jenkins Master of Engine N. 3. presented, William Minzie 
& Joseph Clark as Engine men in the room of William [242 . ] 
Page and John Adams, who decline serving upon account of 
their age 

Voted, that they be accepted accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 11., 1773. 
Present, Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island. Re- 
ported, that Benjamin Sprague & Thomas Davis, who had the 
Small Pox, at the Island, are quite well, so thoroughly smoked & 
cleansed that they may leave the Island with safety to the Inhabi- 
tants whereupon the following Letter was given M r . Hartley. 



Boston Feby. 11. 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Benjamin Sprague & Thomas 
Davis who have had the Small Pox at your Island are now well 
recovered and so thoroughly cleansed as that they may leave the 
Island with safety Our Orders are that you permit said Persons 
to leave the Hospital as soon as they have a fresh suit of Clothes 
sent them, and shall satisfy you for the charge they have oc- 
casioned while at the Island. 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb- v . 13, 1773. 
Present, mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Butchers who hire Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market were 
ordered to attend 

M r . John Robinson gave a Note of hand for what was due on 
Acco*. of the Stalls, Bryan formerly improved, & signed a new 
Lease for 7 Stalls dated 1'. Jan y . last at 5-16-3 p. Quarter. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 1<>5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen & c . 

[243.] Boston 8s: At a Meeting of the Selectmen. Fely. 15, 
1773. Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Overseers and Justices made Report of the State of the 
Town, with respect to their several Wards as by the Papers on 
File. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Feb v . 17. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Robert Hallowell apply* to the Selectmen for liberty to 
erect a Fence before his late Fathers Mansion House, Liberty was 
accordingly granted, provided, the Fence be taken clown again, 
when the Selectmen shall apprehend it inconvenient to the Inhab- 
itants . 

Deacon Newell appointed to settle M r . Thomas Russells Ac- 
count. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen. Feb- v . 22 d ., 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen, taking into consideration who was a proper 
Person to fill up the place of M r . Thomas Williston, who for a 
number of years had attended them on the Towns Business ; 
Agreed to give the Offer of the office to M 1 . William Barrett 
Sexton of D r . Coopers Church. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. I-Vb v . 23' 1 . 1773. 
Present, mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Complaint was made by a number of Inhabitants, of the be- 
havior of one Bill Son of the Blind Man of this Name, which was 
such as made them apprehensive of mischief being done them & 
the Town by his means The Selectmen thereupon apply'd to M r . 
Justice Quincey, and some of the Inhabitants having eutred a 
Complaint with him in Writing, he was proceeded with as a 
vagrant, and is now under M 1 . Laziubys care. 

[244.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
24, 1773. Present, mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

Mess. Whitwell & Greeuleaff, two of the Overseers apply'd to 
the Selectmen for the removal of Peggy Reed Alias be- 
longing to Piscataqua, and one Lucy a negro Woman who came 
from Newbury. 

Deacon Newell has received of the Administrator of Ouesiph- 
orus Tileston Esq. Sixty pounds being principal and three pounds 
two shilling Interest in all . G3- 2/ lawful Money, being part of 
Brookers Donation and the Bond was delivered up. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p. 
bushel, and that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 



166 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat \ Rye meal 

must weigh 2- 8- 

a 4 d . Ditto not above .} Indian Meal must 
weigh ------- 

Bisket of a Copper price - - - - - 

Boston Feb*. 25. 1773. 
M r . Daniel Davis 

Sir, Your Son has doubtless acquainted you that he has lately 
passed through the Small Fox at the Province Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island where he experienced the greatest care and assistance 
during the course of his illness ; Tin; charge of the same amounts 
as by an Account of particulars hereuuder to . 15. We have 
applyed to him by M r . Hartley the Keeper of the Hospital, for a 
reimbursement, but he declines it, giving as a reason his inability 
to do it. We thought it proper to acquaint you therewith, and to 
desire you to inform us whether you will discharge the Account 
for your Son, which if you should decline a demand will be made 
on your Town as the Province Law directs, which from what we 
hear of your Abilities and Family, we would hope you may pre- 
vent 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEK Town Clerk. 

P.S. The Account of Particulars will be ready at present it is- 
mislaid. 

[245.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 2 d . 
1773. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Voted that agreeable to a Vote of the Town at May Meeting, 
the Town Clerk be directed to issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing on March 5. to receive the Committees Report, who were 
directed to provide an Orator to pronounce an Oration in com- 
memoration of the late horrid Massacre the 5. of March 1770. 

Mess. Fleets are to have the printing of the Notifications for the 
Town meeting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 1773 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Bradfords informs that he has let a House at the South end 
unto one William Plympton from the Town of Sturbridge. 

M r . Norcrost master of Engine N. 0. presents, John Jackson 
and John Hall as proper Persons for the Engine Company. 

M r . Vaux applys to be admitted as one of the Grave 
Diggers 

M r . Barrass Wife of one Barrass from N. York, a Province 
Poor applys to the Selectmen for Relief, being near her time hav- 
ing one Child, and her Husband absconded. M r . William White 
an Overseer was directed to supply her at the Province Charge. 

Town Clerk directed to issue his Warrant for March Meeting 
the 8. of March Ins*. 

Voted, that Deacon Newell & M r . Scollay be a Comm ce . to 
desire the Rev d . M r . Pemberton to open the Meeting with 
Praver. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 167 

Cap 1 . Curtis of Engine N. 8. presents William Corbet as an 
Engine Man in the room of John Levering out of health who was 
accepted. 

Voted, that M r . Thomas have the printing of the Notification 
for Town Meeting. 

[246.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
10 1773. Present. Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin. 

M r . Eyres, Greanleaff & M r . Josiah Collins, apply'd to be Con- 
stables of the Watch at New Boston. 

The Selectmen having heard Cap*. Waters and M r . Adjutant 
Dows relative to the Hall, it was determined that they should each 
have the Hall two Nights, in a Month, the Adjutant to have the 
first Monday Night. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 17. 1773. 
A.M. Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin. 

The Schooner Drake, Cap 1 . Groce from Maryland being 

stopt at Castle William on account of the Small Pox, the master 

Reports that his Lading consists wholly of Corn and . and 

that he has no thing liable to infection on board, whereupon, 
Voted, that he may be permitted to come up to Town & that the 
following be sent his Excellency. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Drake Cap 4 . Groce from Maryland having 

been stopt at Castle William on account of the Small Pox, we 
have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel and are of 
Opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town with safety to 
the Inhabitants if }'6ur Excellency thinks fit. 
We are 

Your Excellence's 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
Boston March 17 1773. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 17. 1773. 
P. M. Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Mar- 
shall, Pitts. 

Upon application, M r . Adjutant Daws was permitted to make 
use of the Hall for the exercising the Sergeants of the Regiment, 
the two last [247.] Thursday Evenings in a Month. 

M r . Sprague this Day delivered up the Key of the Shop he 
Rented, situated near the Consert house. 

The Shop was Rented to M r . Daniel Parks for Three 3 pounds 
six Shillings & 8 d . p. annum and the Town Clerk is directed to 
draw a proper Writing for him to sign. 



168 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

M r . Greanleaff Constable was directed t> purchase a Staff of 
M r . Salmons Widow which he supposed might be sold for about 
8/ and to bring in a Bill for the same, when purchased. 

Mess r . Minot, & Oliver & Joseph Vose apply to hire Deer 
Island of the Town. 

Peter Meloy a sick Stranger was sent to the Almshouse to be 
supported at the Province charge, he having nothing to support 
himself. Order on M r . Farmer the Keeper of the Almshouse was 
signed by M r . Scollay & Coll . Hancock two of the Selectmen & 
M r . William Greenleaff an Overseer. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to permit M r . John Pierce to go 
out of the House Days in order to find an employ for the support 
of himself and Family, he being now recovered from his disorder. 

Passed upon two of M r . Paul Fanners Province Accounts 
amounting to . 550- 15- 3 1/4 and . 42- 6. 6. as p. Copys on file. 

Cap 1 . Gibbins Sharp Master of Engine N. 2. apply'd to the 
Selectmen for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing 
their Engine to work first on the Fire which broke out at M r . 
Lorings House in Middle Street, a few Weeks ago, which was 
granted drawn for. 

The Selectmen haviug inquired into the Circumstances of the 
Small Pox in Maryland and Philadelphia, and finding there was 
no occasion to continue the prohibition the following was sent 
the Governor. 

May it please your Excellency 

Having enquired into the Circumstances of the Small Pox in 
Maryland & Philadelphia, were of [248.] Opinion there will 
be no further occasion to stop Vessels at the Castle which may be 
coming from those Places, and that the Prohibition may be now 
taken off if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIM. NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston, March 17, 1773 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen March 24, 1773 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Mr. Pratt applys to the Selectmen for the Widow of M r . Sam. 
Pratt, that she may have Deer Island for some time. 

M r . Paul Farmer was desired to discharge from the Almshouse 
one Patrick M c Clouglin a Province Poor. 

The Selectmen having received a Complaint from several Per- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 169 

sons that a Comic Satirick Lecture called the Times was to be per- 
formed at Concert Hall the Clerk was directed to apply to M r . 
Turner & acquaint him that it would be very disagreeable to the 
Inhabitants as well as contrary to Law, and that the Selectmen 
give him this notice to prevent a prosecution which would be the 
consequence of such a procedure. 

Cap'. Curtis informed that he had taken into a House of his as 
a Tenant, M r . Martin from Lynn. 

M r . William Sutton, master of Engine N. 7 applys to the Se- 
lectmen for the Premium allowed by the Town for playing first 
with their Engine at the Fire which lately broke out at the Court 
House not granted to him. 

Voted, that he have a draft next draft Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 31, 1773. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell. Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

[249]. Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
7 p. bushel and 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh 2 - 8 - 

A 4 d . Ditto not above Indian meal must weigh 3 - 8 - 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-2- 

Coll. Marshall appointed to lay some Sea Gravel on Essex Street. 

Mr. Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to permit 
one Thomas Eaton a Poor Stranger, to leave the Almshouse in 
order to his returning back to Maryland 

Order signed by M r . Scollay and M r . Newell. 

M r . Carter having made application to the Selectmen for being 
admitted one of the Grave Diggers, in the room of M r . Thomas 
Williston deceased ; he was accordingly approved of ; as the Sex- 
tons of the Old Church had been Grave Diggers for a long course 
of years. 

Cap 4 . Shubael Hews of Engine N. 5 applys for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
Fire which broke out at the Court House and Custom house 
which were granted him. drawn for. 

The Selectmen have agreed to view the Land Leased to Bracket 
& others, on Fryday next, and at the same time to view the Forti- 
fication, which has been damaged in the late Storm. 

Gave Uriah Norcrost Orders as an Engine master. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen at M r . Wendells 
House he being confined at home by indisposition, Present Mess". 
Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Great and General Court having at their last Session 
passed an Act to regulate the Sale of Goods at Public Vendue 
and to limit the Number of Auchtioners, by which Act the Select- 
men of each Town or a major part of them at a meeting [25O] 
called for that purpose are impowered from time to time by writ- 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

ing under their hands to License some suitable Person or Persons 
for that purpose, uot exceeding the number of four in any Town 
within this Province, nor for any term of time exceeding one year 
from the Day of granting such License And whereas said Act 
is to commence and be in force from and after the 31 / of March 
Instant ; the Selectmen have this Day taken the Subject matter of 
said Act into Consideration, and after rn.iture deliberation thereon, 
.Agreed, that Four Persons should now be chose by a written Vote 
for this Town, and the Votes being accordingly given in and 
sorted, it appeared that Deacon Benjamin Church. M r . Joseph 
Russel, Cap'. Andrew Oliver and M r . William Greenleaf, were 
chosen Vendue Masters for the Year ensuing. 

The above named Persons were then sent for, and attending ac- 
cordingly were informed by the Selectmen that they were chose 
into the Office of Veudue Master for the Town of Boston for the 
term of one year, under the limitations and restrictions of the 
aforementioned Act ; and that it was the desire of the Trade of 
the Town that they should confine themselves to the selling of 
Goods, at Vendue only ; whereupon they voluntarily agreed and 
declared to the Selectmen that they would not sell any British or 
European Goods at private Sale, but at Auction or public Veudue 
only, during their continuance in the Office of Auchtiouers to 
which they had been chosen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1, 1773. A.M. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

It was ordered that the Town Clerk deliver the [251] Follow- 
ing License to Deacon Benjamin Church, and others, of the same 
tenor to the rest of the Auchtioneers viz'. 

Joseph Russell, William Greenleaff & Andrew Oliver. 

Boston March 27. 1773 
M r . Benjamin Church 

Sir, Agreeable to the power and authority vested in us the Sub- 
scribers by an Act of the Great and General Court passed at their 
late Session for the regulating the Sale of Goods at public Ven- 
due ; We have appointed you one of the Four Auchtioneers for the 
Town of Boston and do hereby grant you full License to sell at 
Public Vendue, Auchtion or Out-cry in said Town, any Goods, 
Wares or merchandize whatsoever under the restrictions and limi- 
tations of said Act ; for the term of one year and no longer ; said 
term to commence from the thirty first of March Instant ; not 
doubting but that you will in every respect conduct in this Business 
agreeable to Law, and as the Duty of your Office shall require 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 171 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 1, 1773. 
P.M. Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts, 
Marshall 

Coll . Hancock, M r . Wendell, & M r . Pitts, a Comm oe . to seethe 
Bank repaired in the Common and any other things done they may 
think proper. 

Voted, that the New Boston Bell be rung at 1 1 . 1 . & 9 OClock. 

[252.] The Selectmen took into consideration, the Vote of 
the Town for appointing a New Watch at West Boston, when M r . 
Townsend was appointed Constable of the Watch at New Boston 
& Edward Saunders was appointed Constable of the North 
Watch in the room of M 1 . Townsend removed. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Pitts 

There having been several Warehouses broke open and Goods 
taken out by some evil minded Persons who also attempted to set 
fire to those Stores, the following directions were given the Dock 
Constable of the Watch, Viz'. 

Boston April 5. 1773. 
M r . Edward Ireland 

There having been of late several Roberies committed and 
Houses broken open in the Night, accompanied with other alarm- 
ing Circumstances, it is therefore our Orders that you this Night 
(and for every Night untill you have orders to omit it} set two of 
your best Men alternately to Patrol all the Night among the Ware- 
houses of the Town Dock in order to detect such Villanies 
In the Name & behalf of the Selectmen 

JOHN SCOLLAY 

&c. 

Orders of much the same tenor was also given M r . Burdick 
another Constable of the Watch. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7., 1773. 
Present, Mess s . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Pitts. 

M r . Foster and Capen two Persons of the Sect called Sande- 
manians attended and acquainted the Selectmen that they had 
lately lost their House of Worship by Fire and therefore pray- 
ing that they might have the use of the North Lattin School upon 
Sabbaths Liberty was accordingly granted, that for the present 
they might have the use of said School on the Sabbaths, untill 
they could provide themselves with another Place of Worship 
they paying all damages the School may receive by their use of 
it which they agreed to. 

[253.] M r . Franklyn master of Engine N". 9. attended & 
proposed Archibald Rainey, for his Engine Company in the room 
of John Melledge who has resigned he was accordingly approved 
of. 

The Selectmen Reconsidered their Vote respecting a Constable 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

of the New Boston Watch ; and appointed M r . John Torry Con- 
stable, he to have three men under him the following short direc- 
tions were given him. 

Boston April 6. 1773. 
M r . John Torry 

The Selectmen having appointed you Constable of the Watch at 
New Boston, Our directions are that you Patrol e all the West part 
of the Town as far as Soutwicks Court where ISP. Pitts lives from 
thence down Sudbury Street and through the Street round by the 
Distill houses and so through all the West part of the Town 
you will soon have Orders more full. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER 

Town Clerk. 

Passed upon the Towns Account with the Province for the 
charge of Boarding Nursing & c . Persons with the Small Pox also 
including several Articles for the Province Boat amounting to 
. 147- 4- 7- as p. Copy on file. 

The Selectmen received the following Warrant from the Judge 
of Probate & c . 

Suffolk Ss : Foster Hutchinson Esq. Judge of Probate &c. 
To the Selectmen of Boston 
Greeting 

You are hereby desired & impowered to examine into the con- 
dition and circumstances of Elder William Parkman an Inhabitant 
of Boston represented to me by his Friends to be a Nou Compos 
Person, and you are to Report to me whether you are of Opin- 
ion that he is an Idiot Lunatick or Non Compos Person or is capa- 
ble of taking care of his Estate. 

Given under my hand & seal of Office this 19'. Day of March 
1773. 

F. HUTCHINSON 

[254.] The following Return was made on the Warrant. 

Boston April 7. 1773. 

In pursuance of the above Warrant we have visited Elder 
William Parkman, and inquired into his Circumstances and state 
of Mind and do Report That in our Opinion he is through Age and 
Infirmity so broken in Mind as renders him incapable of taking 
care of his Estate. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Hon ble . Foster Hutchinson Esq. 

Judge of Probate. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1778. 173 

Major Paddock apply 'd to the Selectmen for Liberty to make a 
Scuttle through the Roof of the Gun House in order to have a 
Platform to exhibit Fire works. 

Liberty was accordingly granted. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 14, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The Selectmen have agreed to have a Meeting with the Justices 
next Thursday Seven night being 22 d . Ins 1 . 3. OClock. P.M. 

Passed upon John Hutchinsons Province Account amounting as 
p. Copy on file to . 2- 8- 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 17. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that the Briggan- 

dine Cap 1 . Hozea which arrived here this Evening from 

Liverpool has had the Small Pox on board, notwithstanding which 
the Cap', has delivered a number of Letters, and suffered his Peo- 
ple & Passingers to leave the Vessel, without giving any notice to 
the Selectmen. 

[255.] M r . Barret was directed to find him and require his 
attendance but he not being to be found, the following Letter was 
given M r . Hartley, the Selectmen having first Voted that the 
Brigg". should be sent down to the Island immediately. 

Boston April 17. 1773 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Brigg". Cap*. Hosea from Liverpool who arrived 

this Evening having had the Small Pox on board since she left 
that City. We have ordered the Vessel to Rainsfords Island im- 
mediately when you must examine into the Circumstances and 
Report the same as soon as you are able. We depend upon your 
taking proper care that no one leaves the Vessel or goes on board 
untill you have our permission. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Benjamin Gray applys for his Bond to be given up for 1773 
The Clerk was directed to deliver up the same. 

M r . Benjamin Henderson applys for the delivery of his Bond 
for 1771. The Clerk was directed to deliver up the same. 

Patrick Kelly apply'd to the Selectmen for their recommenda- 
tion to the Sessions that he may be appointed a Measure of Coal 
and Salt and he was recommended accordingly. 

Robert Williams applys to the Selectmen for liberty to set up 
Posts before his House Liberty is accordingly granted provided 
it be done to the approbation of the Selectmen, and Coll . Mar- 
shall is appointed to view the Ground & give directions. 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24. 1773. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

M r . George Bethune Owner of Briggandine Sea Nymph, Cap*. 
M c .Ewen master from Liverpool attended and informs that said 
Vessel left Liverpool about 40 Days ago and that some of the Sea- 
men [56.] Having the Small Pox, the Vessel had stopt at 
Rainsfords Island 

Boston April 24. 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Brigg n . Sea Nymph Cap 1 . M e .Ewen from Liverpool, being 
stopt at Rainsfords Island upon account of the Small Pox being on 
board her. Our Orders are that such Persons as have the Distem- 
per, be removed to the Hospital as soon as it may be done with 
safety those Persons who expect to be taken with it must be put 
into the Well-house. You must not suffer any one to leave the Ves- 
sel or Island without our permission, nor allow any one to go on 
board without our liberty. You must take care in smoking & 
cleansing the Clothes & c . of the Passengers & others, and Report 
to us the true state of the Vessel, and the people on board who 
have had the Small Pox, are now under it, or expect to have the 
Distemper, and in everything behave with the utmost care and 
caution, and when we hear from you we shall give you further 
Orders. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. You must have the advice of the Doctor as to removing 
the sick. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 1773. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
attended & Reports That three Persons in Cap'. M c .Ewens Brigg. 
have the Small Pox, one of them near well ; that that were re- 
moved to the Hospital on Yesterday, and that there were no others 
liable to take the Distemper that there was 6. Hampers of 
Delph Ware between Decks beside Cables and Water Casks, 
that he had proceeded in smoking and cleansing the Vessel and 
has brought the Bedding and Clothing on Shore for airing and 
cleansing. That Cap*. Hoseas Vessel was so well cleansed and 
smoked, as that she might be suffered to depart tl e Island with- 
out danger to the Inhabitants whereupon the following Orders 
were given M r . Hartley ; and Petition to the Governor. 

Boston April 27. 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you had [257.] Smoked and 
cleansed the Briggn. Aurora Cap'. Hozea's Vessel so well as that 
she may be permitted to come up to Town without danger to the 
Inhabitants, you have our permit therefore, provided you are 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 175 

satisfied for your charge and trouble. We expect you continue 
smoking and cleansing Cap 4 . M c .Ewens Vessel, and also the Bed- 
ding and Goods, you have received on shore when any spare 
Clothes are smoked you must put them where they will be out of 
danger of Infection, that they may serve for the Passengers to 
come up in when you shall have our permit ; We expect you con- 
tinue your caution and endeavors to free the Vessel and every 
thing from Infection, and Report to us your proceedures, when 
you will have our further Directions. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEU Town Clerk 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Aurora Cap 1 . Hozea from Liverpool having 
been stopt at liainsf ords Island on account of the Small Pox ; 
we have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel, and are 
of opinion she may be permitted to come up to Town with safety 
to the Inhabitants, if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOM S . MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston April 27. 1773. 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28, 1773. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

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

[258.] A loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 

Rye meal must weigh --- - " " " 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian meal must weigh " " " 

Bisket of a Copper price " " " 

The Committee of Council apply'd for the use of Faueuil Hall 
to dine the Governor and Council on Election Day which was 
accordingly granted. 

Boston April 28. 1773 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Our Orders to you are that you continue smoking Cap'. M c .Ewens 
Vessel every Day, and when you had taken the Spare Sails and 
Hampers and every thing liable to Infection that was between 
Decks on shore, where they are to be kept as well as the mens 
clothes and Bedding and what else may be in the Cabbin liable 
to retain infection the Vessel may then be permitted to leave 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

the Island on Satturday those things mentioned before being left 
behind, but it will be best to come up with the Vessel on Satturday 
Night. You must observe that the People who come up in the 
Vessel have Clothes that have been well aired and cleansed we 
depend upon your utmost care in every respect to prevent the 
Small Pox being communicated 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

P.S. You may permit Cap 1 . Dickey to take the Passengers & 
their Chests on board him. 

The Selectmen agreed with James How, Baker & Daniel Sauu- 
ders, meal man both of Roxbury, for all the Lands & Buildings 
that M r . Thomas Bracket & others hired on the South side of the 
Neck, at the same rate & conditions, for one year and the Town 
Clerk is directed to draw the Leases accordingly to commence 
the 25 of March last. 

The Town Clerk is directed to draw upon the Town Treasurer 
to pay Jonathan Payson Esq. a late Collector his proportion of the 
Premium for the year 1766. being . 89. 16. 3. agreeable to a 
Vote of the Town. March 10. 1772 drawn for. 

[259.] Cap*. Waters attended, and desired the use of the 
Hall for his Company every Monday Evening, as Cap 1 . Waters 
informs that M r . Adjutant Daws & the Sergeants have done with it. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Sea Nymph Cap'. M c Ewen from Liverpool 
having been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account of the Small 
Pox ; we have examined into the circumstances of said Vessel, 
and are of opinion she has been so well cleansed as that she may 
be permitted to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants, 
Satturday next, if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Serv te . 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS* MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston April 29', 1773 
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

The Selectmen having received a Precept for the calling a Meet- 
ing for the choice of Representatives, have Agreed to hold a 
Meeting of the Town on Wednesday the 15' Day of May next, 
and that the Town Clerk issue his Warrants accordingly. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 177 

Coll . Marshall & M r . Austin a Committee to desire the Rev d . 
M r . Mather to open the Town Meeting with Prayer. 

Voted, that Joseph Greenleaff Esq. have the printing of the 
Notifications, for the Town Meeting. 

[26O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 30, 
1773. Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

The Selectmen having had application made them by the Bakers 
for an alteration of the Assize, from what it was fixt at two Days 
ago. It was agreed to & 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/8 p. 
bushel and Six Pence p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal 
must weigh 2- 4 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must 

weigh 3-" 

Bisket of a Copper price -- 4-5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12 th . 1773. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Ruggles directed to Shingle M r . Procters School House in 
Queen Street. 

Deacon Newell has lent p. order of the Selectmen to Cap'. 
Thomas Cartwright of Boston, Sixty pounds lawful money, for 
which a deed of Mortgage has been taken as security, which to- 
gether with a Bond is upon the File of Brookers Papers, the said 
money being part of said Bookers Donation. 

this was the . 60. which was p d . by Onesiphorous Tilestons 
Heirs for said Tilestons Bond. 

M r . William Miller applys for liberty to place Posts before his 
House in Kilby Street, Liberty was granted, provided the ground 
& Pavement is made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 
Coll . Marshall appointed to direct in the placing & c . 

The Selectmen have Agreed with M r . William Miller to remove 
the Timber on the Neck which encumbers the same under the 
direction of Coll . Marshall. 

Cup'. Ballard of Engine N. 1. presents John Richards, as an 
Engineman in the room of John Brown who declines serving. 

[261.] Boston, May 12, 1773. 

M r . Daniel Davis 

Sir, Not having heard from you since the Letters sent you of 
February 1773, we apprehend it may have miscarried, as Joseph 
Otis Esq. to whom we have mentioned the affair gives you the 
character of a Man of Honor. We have therefore sent you a 
Copy of said Letter as above, and if you think differently let us 
know it as we would choose to hear from you before Your Town 
is apply'd to, for your Sons Expence. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM Cooi'Ki:, Town Clerk. 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 13 th . 1773. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen May 19," 1 . 1773. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

John Studson applys for Liberty to Open a Drain in Greens 
Lane Liberty is granted provided he lays down the Pavement 
again to the aprobation of the Selectmen. 

Yesterday John Rowe Esq. waited on the Selectmen & Informed 
them that a Sloop belonging to him Late Commanded by Cap 1 . 
Whitmarsh had Stop'd at Rainsfords Island having had the Small 
Pox on her Passage from Liverpool that the Captain died on the 
passage & that four other Persons have had the distemper 
but are recovered. M r . Hartly being in Town the Selectmen gave 
him orders to take everything from under Deck Smoak & Cleanse 
the Vessell well & then report to the Selectmen that he Suffer no 
Person to Come from the Island nor no Person to go on it with- 
out the Selectmens permission that he brings up what Letters are 
on board the Vessell after having Sufficiently Smoak'd them. 

May 13 th . 

[262.] Whereas it appears to the Selectmen that there is no 
provision made in the Law for the restriction they layd the 
Auctioners under in March last at the Instance of the Trade of 
the Town & as it is probable the General Court at their approach- 
ing Session will take up the Matter they have therefore Voted that 
the Restriction be taken off. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15, 1773. 
Present. 

M r . Samuel Hartley by his Wife attended and Reports that 
Daniel Davis & Benjamin Toby who have been confined at the 
Hospital on Account of the Small Pox are perfectly recovered & 
may leave the Island with safety, and one Seth Storer belonging 
to Saco 

Boston, May 15, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

M rs . Hartley having Reported to the Selectmen that Daniel 
Davis & Benjamin Toby who came in Cap 1 . M c .Ewen have been 
confined at your Island by the Small Pox are perfectly recovered 
from that Distemper & that they may without any danger be per- 
mitted to leave the Island, it is therefore the order of the Select- 
men that you permit them to leave the Island being first sufficiently 
cleansed & a fresh shift of Clothes put on them, provided you arc 
satisfied as to the charge you have been at, their Clothes Bedding 
& c . must remain on the Island. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

P.S. Seth Storer belonging to Saco may go home on the same 
condition 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May ^8, 1773. 
Present, Mess rs . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 179 

Boston, May 28, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to the Selectmen that you have sufficiently 
smoked & cleansed the Sloop St. John [863. ] Cap'. Whitmarsh 
late Master and have taken everything out of her liable to retain 
Infection, it is our Orders that you suffer her to leave the Island 
& the People who come in her, provided you are satisfied as to 
their Expence, but not to take their Bedding & Clothes for the 
present, see that they have a fresh shift of Clothes. 

A Petition of the usual tenor was sent the Governor. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29, 1773. 
Present, Mes 8 . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Information given of Capt. Hood in the Ship Lydia from Lon- 
don, which place she left 6 Weeks ago & that about six Weeks 
past a Person died of the Small Pox She is stopt at Rainsfords 
Island & Orders were given Hartley as is usual on such occasions. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 31, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay. 

M r . Hartley Reported that Cap'. Hoods Vessel has been so well 
smoked and cleansed, that she might be permitted to come up 
with safety A Letter was accordingly given M r . Hartley with 
the necessary directions. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. June 2*., 1773. 
A.M. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that you had agreable to our orders 
smoked and cleansed . the Ship Lydia & taken out every thing 
from between Decks on shore, and done every other thing neces- 
sary, so that she may be permitted to come up to Town without 
endangering the Inhabitants. It is our Orders that you permit 
her to leave the Island, but you must retain the two mea that 
have not had the Distemper, till Saturday Night. 
By Order of the Selectmen. 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

A Certificate of the usual tenor was given Hartley for the- 
Governor to permit the Ship to come up. 

[264.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 2 d .. 
17/3. P.M. Present, Mess. 

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

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat & 1/4 Rye Meal 

must weigh 2- 4 

A 4 d . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian must weigh 3- 0- 
Bisket of a Copper price 4- 6- 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for . 20. Pounds. 

John Stutson applys to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
Drain before his House in Greens Lane. Liberty was accord- 
ingly granted provided the Ground is made good & the Pavement 
restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 9. 1773 
Present, Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Shubael Hewes Master of Engine N. 5. having presented 
Daniel Ingersol Jun r . as an Engine man for their Company he was 
accordingly accepted. 

The Selectmen recommend John Loring to the Sessions as a 
Measurer of Salt & C'oal in the room of James Eyres deceased. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 16, 1773. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell. Marshall. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 23 d . 1773. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Upon complaint made by Cap'. Dalton & m r . Bass that the 
Chimnie of a House in Jolliffs Lane occupied by John Tucker were 
insufficient & dangerous A Warrant was issued impowering 
Maj r . Daws & Jacob Horner to examine the same & make return. 

[265.] Passed upon John Hutchinsons Province Account 
amounting as by Account on file to . 2. 8. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 25, 1773 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Application was this Day made to the Selectmen by John Bar- 
ret Esq. M r . Samuel Sloan & James Bailey complaining that Cap'. 
Hall has built on an encroachment that he has made on Link Alley 
whereby great destruction is made by the narrowness of the way 
for Carriages &. and desire that the Selectmen would take some 
legal method that the Lane may be as wide as it has heretofore 
been. 

M r . Wibirt complained that he had bought a Servants time of 
Cap*. Hemory who appears to be a cripple & therefore desired 
that the Captain may be called upon for the security usually re- 
quired of those who bring in disabled Persons whereupon Cap 1 . 
Whitworth was sent for who confirmed the Account of her being a 
Cripple Cap 1 . Hemery attended, and then engaged to take the 
Girl again & carry her with him to Newfoundland. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 27, 1773. 
Present, Mess 5 . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Pitts. 

M r . Thomas Amory Owner of the Sloop Molly attended & Re- 
ports, That he has a number of Dutch People two of whom 
Yesterday were observed to have the Small Pox out upon them 
whereupon the following Letters were wrote. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 181 

Boston, June 27, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Sloop Molly Cap'. Rogers from Philadelphia being ordered 
to Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox. Our Orders 
are that you take on shore all the Passengers Bedding & Clothing, 
and theu smoke the Vessel, and when you have done it faithfully 
Report to us the same when you will have our further directions. 
You must keep those who are to have the Small Pox separate 
from each other. [266.] As some may not have taken the Dis- 
temper 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston June 27, 1773 
Cap'. Rogers 

You being ordered to the Island on Account of the Small Pox 
we have given M r . Hartley directions to receive all the Passengers 
on e hore together with the Bedding Clothing &c. when he is to 
smoke the Vessel and then to Report to us his proceedings after 
which he will receive our orders from coming up. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 28' 1773 
Present 

The Petition of the following tenor was sent the Governor. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Briggandine Molly Captain Rogers from Philadelphia hav- 
ing been ordered to Rainsfords Island on account of the Small 
Pox ; we have examined into the Circumstances of said Vessel and 
are of Opinion she may be permitted to leave the Island with 
safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency thinks proper. 
We are 

Your Excellencys 

Most obedient 

Humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAV 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 

Selectmen of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 30, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Austin, Hancock, Newell, Wendell, 
Marshall, Pitts. 

[267.] Cap'. Franklyne of Engine N. 9. proposed Samuel 
Townsend as an Engine man in the room of Benjamin Burdit, 
who was accordingly accepted. 

Deacon Newell received of John Grant & Son four pounds as 
Interest on Bookers Bond. 

Voted, that there be a Visitation of the Free Schools in this 



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Town on Wednesday the 7'. of July next and that the following 
Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen therein, and 
that they be notified to attend at the Selectmens Chamber at 8. 
o Clock in the Morning of said Day in order to proceed on the 
Visitation. 



The Hon ble . John Erving Esq. 

James Bowdoin Esq. 
James Pitts 
D u . Winthrop 

The Representatives of the Town 

The Overseers of the Poor. 

The Town Treasurer. 

The Rev d . Charles Chauncey DD. 

Mather Byles DD. 

Andrew Eliot DD. 

Samuel Cooper DD. 

Ebenezer Pemberton DD. 

Samuel Mather 

John Hurst 

John Bacon 

M r . Lothrop 

M r . Howard 

M r . How 

M r . Gorden 

William Paine 

John Leach 

Benj e . Goodwin 

John Boy n ton 

Samuel Eliot 

John Scollay 

Thomas Brattle 



Inches Mason 

Coll . Jackson 

M r . Hill 

Ezekiel Goldthwait Esq. 

Cap 1 . Fortesque Veruon 

Cap*. Soloman Davis 

Benjamin Kent 

Joseph Scott Esq. 

Cap'. John Bradford 

John Adams Esq. 

Moses Gill 

D r . Noyes 

Jonathan Amory 

D r . Beuj e . Church 

Cap'. Mackay 

D r . Bulfinch 

D r . Greculeaff 

M r . Josiah Quincy 

John Phillips 

M r . Henry Bromfield 

D r . Warren 

Major Daws 

Michael Ilorner 

Henry Laughton 

Coll . Erving 

Cap'. Fenton 

William Dennie 

William Molleneaux 



John Miffling 

Nath 1 . Api)leton 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p. 
bushel & 6d./ p. Bushell be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye meal 

must weigh 2 4- 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal must weigh 3- 

Bisket of a Copper price ----- 4-12 

[268.] Cap'. Samuel Sloan of Engine N. 10. apply'd to the 
Selectmen for the Premiums allowed by the Town for bringing 
their Engine to work first at the Fires which broke out at Su ni- 
ne rs in Cold Lane & at Edwards Shop. 

Voted, that he have a draft for 2H/8. in this Months draft. 

Ordered that Hutchinson & Bryant have a draft for 10. on 
account of paving, drawn for . 10. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 5, 1773. 
Present, Newhall, Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 183 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7, 1773. 
Present, Mess 8 . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

Visitation of the Schools in this Town maintained by the Pub- 
lick, which were found to be in good order. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

Isaac Winslow applys to the Selectmen for liberty to lay a 
Drain from his Distill house in Cold Lane to the Mill Pond for his 
particular service Liberty was accordingly granted, provided 
the Ground is made good & the Pavement restored to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen. 

The Selectmen take into consideration the late Act of the 
General Assembly impowering the Selectmen to make an addition 
of one or more Vendue masters not exceeding Six. 

and the further consideration is referred to Wednesday next. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 15, th . 1773. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newhall, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, & 
Pitts. 

Coll . Marshall. Wendell & Pitts appointed a Comittee to 
view M r . Tuckers Chimney in Jolliffs Lane. 

[269.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 
21, 1773. Present, Mess 9 . Scollay, Newell, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Committee appointed to Survey M r . John Tuckers Chimnies 
Reported, that having carefully examined said Chimnies, it is 
their Judgment concerning them ; that they are insufficient and 
dangerous. 

The Copy of said Warrant for y e Survey, is as follows Viz'. 

Boston June [? July?] 23 d . 1773. 
To Thomas Daws Esq. and M r . Jacob Horner 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of a House 
in Jolliffs Lane occupied by John Tucker are insufficient and 
dangerous We desire & impower you to survey the Same & 
Report to us your Judgment concerning them 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
THOM S . MARSHALL. 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WKNDELL 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston July 25, 1773. 
M r John Tucker 

Upon Complaint made by a number of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of defects in the Chimnies of the House owned and occu- 
pied by your self ; we issued our Warrant for a Survey ; a Copy 
of the return made on said Warrant you have above Agreeable to 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

the direction of the Law in that case made and provided we 
hereby warn you not to make any Fire or to suffer any to be made 
in said Chimnies till the defects are cured either by a mending 
repairing or rebuilding said Chimnies as you would avoid the 
penalty of said Law. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPEK Town Clerk 

The great and General Court having at their last Session im- 
powered the Selectmen to make an addition to the present [27O.] 
Vendee Masters, provided they do not exceed the number of Ten 
in all. Moses Deshon Esq. Cap'. John Bradford Esq. m r . Robert 
Gould, m r . William Hunt, m r . William Fallass & m r . Martin 
Bicker were chosen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 23 d . 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Hartley attended and informs that the Schooner Volant 
Cap 1 . Nathan Leach from Dominica, arrived at Rainsfords Island 
the 22 d . Instant with the Small Pox on board, the Captains Pock 
has been turned two or three Days, the Mate & one of the hands 
have had it before, there is four of the hands still to have the 
Distemper. Cargo consists of Molasses, and Cotton Wool. 

The following directions were given M r . Samuel Hartley 

Boston July 23 d . 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Volant Cap'. Nathan Leach being stopt at your 
Island on account of the Small Pox which broke out after they left 
Dominica. Our directions are that you take the four hands on 
board liable to have it into the Well house on the Island and you 
are to receive the sick into the Hospital when its proper for them 
to be put on shore. The Cotton must be all taken on shore for 
cleansing and airing, and the Vessell must be smoked as soon as 
the sick are out of her, let no Persons come on board or leave the 
Schooner without our liberty Report to us your proceedings & 
you will then have our further Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

P.S. All the People on the Island who have been cleared of 
the Small Pox. may be permitted to leave the Island, provided 
they have a fresh shift of Clothes & proceed to the East- 
ward the two Dutch Men may come up ilrst to-morrow if they 
chuse it. 

July 21 st . The Persons, chosen as Vendue Masters had Licences 
delivered to them of the following tenor, excepting Cap'. Bradford 
who declines excepting the office. Viz'. 

Boston July 27. 1773 
Moses Deshon Esq. 

Agreable to the power & authority vested [271.] In us the 
Subscribers by two Acts of the Great & General Court passed at 
their late Sessions for the regulating the Sale of Goods, at publick 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 185 

Vendue. "We have appointed you one of the Auchtioners for the 
Town of Boston and do hereby grant you full Licence to sell at 
publick Vendue Auction or Out-cry in said Town any Goods Wares 
& Merchandize whatsoever under the restrictions & limitations 
of said Acts for the term of one year and no longer, said term to 
commence from the thirty-first of. March last not doubting but that 
you will in every respect conduct in this Business agreable to Law, 
and as the duty of your Office shall require. 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 28, 1773. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat @ 6/ p. & 
that 6 d . p. bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows. Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread 3 / 4 Wheat ] /4 Rye Meal must 

weigh ..... ....--_.._ 2-4 

A 4 d . ditto not above l / z Indian Meal must weigh - - 3- 

Bisket of a Copper price ---------- 4-12 

M r . Collector Hollyday having produced the several Treasurer's 
Receipts for the Tax of 1771 the Town Clerk was directed to 
deliver him up his Bond for said year. 

Passed upon Bowles & Luckis's Province Account amounting to 
. 3. 6. 8. as p. Copy on file. 



Boston July 28, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Sir You having Reported to us that the Dutch People and 
their Children are now well cleansed from the Small Pox, and 
that their Bedding Clothing &c. are also well aired & smoked. 
Our directions are that you bring them upon the Morrow to the 
Hospital at New Boston under the care of m r . Darrington 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Voted, that M r . Robert Pierpoint have a draft on the Town 
Treasurer for . 40. 

& Hutchinson & Bryant a draft for . 10. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen July 30, 1773 
Present 

M r . Hartley having Reported that the Schooner Volant. Cap'. 
Nathaniel Leach from Dominica with the Small Pox had been so 
well smoked & cleansed as that she might come up to Town 
with safety to the Inhabitants the following Letter was sent M r . 
Hartley & a Certificate to the Govern 

Boston July 29. 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Volent Cap'. Na- 
than Leach has been so well smoked & cleansed as that she may 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

be permitted to leave the Island with safety. Our Orders are 
that you permit her to come up with the Molasses, but with 
nothing else liable to ret-.un infection such as Cotton Clothes Bed 
Bedding etc. you being first satisfied for your charge. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

[273.] May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Volant Cap*. Nathan Leach from Domenica stopt 
at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox, we are of 
opinion has been so well smoked & cleansed as that he may be 
permitted to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants if 
your Excellency thinks proper. We are 
Your Excellences 
Most Obedient 

Humble Servants 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston July 29. 1773. 

His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 4, 1773. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Wendell 

M r . John Lambert hired the Towns Wharff by the North Bat- 
tery at Twelve pounds p. Annum to leave an open way to the 
Battery, and to put down two Posts at his own charge. 

M r . Curtis presented Benjamin Vesey, Nathaniel Bradley & 
Thomas Wheeler as suitable Persons for his Engine Company John 
Crosley, Joseph Ford Samuel Hodsden & John m c .Fadden having 
been discharged as Engine Men. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 10, 1773. 
A.M. Present Mess 8 . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Mar- 
shall, Pitts, Wendell 

Agreed to visit Deer Island Fryday next. Boat to set off from 
Wheelwrights Wharf. 8. OClock. 

[274.] Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 10 
1773 P.M. Present Mess 8 . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin, Pitts. 

Passed upon the Petitions for Retailers of Spiritous Liquors, 
and Inholders in this Town as by List on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 11 1773. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Thomas Crafts Sen r . appointed a Sealer of Wood in the 
room of M r . (or maj r .) Goldthwait removed out of Town. 

M r . Curtis Master of Engine N , proposed John Gridley as 
an Engine man for his Company, who was accordingly accepted 
by the Selectmen. 



BOOK FIFTEEN. 



[1.] Boston 8s : At a meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 16, 
1773. Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, having Reported that Cap'. Nathan Leach who has had the 
Small Pox, is now so well cleansed as that he might be permitted 
to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants, together with 
his Mother who attended him & their Clothing Bedding &c. the 
following Orders were delivered him. 

Boston Aug. 16, 1773. 
Mr. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Cap'. Nathan Leach has been so 
well smoked & cleansed since his recovery from the Small Pox to- 
gether with his Clothing Bedding &c. as that he may be permitted 
to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants Our Orders 
are that you continue to air & cleanse him together with the 
Clothing &c. untill Thursday when you may permit him & also his 
Mother to go for Beverly where they belong. We depend upon 
your utmost care and caution with respect to your management 
that the Infection still at the Hospital may not be commu- 
nicated Cap 1 . Leach will satisfy you for the Expeuce he has 
occasioned. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, August 18. 1773. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The following Commissioner was given M r . Thomas Crafts ap- 
pointed a Sealer of Wood for the North part of the Town Viz*. 

[2,] Boston Ss. 

To Thomas Crafts of Boston Gentleman 
Greeting 

Whereas in and by an Act of the Province of Massachu- 
setts Bay, made & passed at the Session of the Great & Gen- 
eral Court held by prorogation on the 29 th Day of December 
1758, Entitled an Act to prevent fraud in Cord Wood exposed 
to Salt, We the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
are directed and impowered to appoint some meet Persons to be 
measurers and Sealers of Wood, and such Fees or Allowance for 
their Service as we shall Judge reasonable. 

Pursuant therefore to said Law we hereby Appoint you the said 
Thomas Crafts to be a measurer and Sealer of all Fire- Wood, or 
Wood designed for Fewell commonly called Cord-Wood, that 
shall be brought by Water for Sale and lau led on Barretts Wharff 



188 CITY DOCUMEXT No. 42. 

or any other Wharff or place to the Northward thereof ; And you 
are in all things to conform to the direction of the Act aforesaid, 
and also an Act passed at a Session of the General Court in 1772 
whereto your office hath relation. And you are to render to us 
when requested an exact account of all Fines & Forfeitures that 
shall arise by virtue of said Acts. And we here by appoint the 
Fees or Allowance for measuring &c. One Penny half penny for 
each Cord, which you are to receive & no more. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Boston August 11, 1773. 

[3.] M r . Treasurer Jeffries was desired to advance . 3-3-4 
to Mr. Thomas Moore, as he is to have a draft next draft Day. 

Cap*. William Sutton of Engine N. 7. presented John Grif- 
fith & Benjamin Horton as Engine Men in the room of Jonathan 
Rogers & William Hearsey and they were accordingly accepted. 

A Certificate of this Date was given the Town Treasurer, by 
the Selectmen, acknowledging he had paid to several Persons 
whose Accounts were included in M r . Sam. Hartleys Province 
Account to the amount of . 62-14-3 d . & the Warrant Hartley 
received of the Province Treasurer . 147. 4-7- in his favor 
being endorsed to M r . Treasurer Jeffries the balance on said 
Warrant being . 84. 10.4. is to be carried to the Credit of 
the Town Treasury by said Town Treasurer in the Town Books. 

The Town Clerk is directed to write Judge Oliver & Coll . 
Miller, that unless the money is paid or security is given for the 
Sums they are indebted on Bond to the Estate of the late M rB . 
Brooker, which falls into the hands of the Selectmen as Trustees 
for poor Widows & c . said Bonds will be put in suit at October 
Court. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 25, 1773. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell. 

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

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal 

must weigh - 2-4- 

A 4 d . ditto not above J Indian Meal must weigh - - 3- 

Bisket of a Copper price - - 5- 2- 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 26, 1773. 
Present Mess* Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts, 
Wendell. 

[4.] The Selectmen having considered of the request of a 
number of the Butchers for the Stalls lately occupied by M r . 
Sherley deceased. Agreed that M r . Joseph Smith should have 
said Stalls. 

A dispute having arisen between William Hyslop Esq. & M. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 189 

Agnis Procter & John Procter, relative to the Line or Bounds 
of their Land near Concert Hall 

Mess rs . Thomas Crafts, John Joy, Samuel Dyer, John Knee- 
land & Samuel Ruggles were appointed to settle and Adjust the 
Line between them & a Warrant was issued of the following 
tenor and form 

Boston August 26, 1773. 

To Mess". Thomas Crafts, John Kneeland, John Joy, Samuel 
Dyer, & Samuel Ruggles Greeting 

Whereas a difference has arisen between William Hyslop Esq. 
& M rs . Agnis Procter & M r . Procter relative to the Line or Bounds 
of their Land near the Orange Tree or Concert Hall. 

Pursuant therefore to a Law of the Province we have appointed 
and do hereby im power you the said Crafts, Kneeland, Joy, 
Dyer, & Ruggles to go upon the Premises, view the same, hear 
the Party s contending and Adjust settle & lay out the Line be- 
tween them as to you shall then appear to be Just and equitable. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWEL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 27, 1773 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Jacob Bates a famous Horsman, attended & craves leave 
of the Selectmen to erect a Fence in the Common which will in- 
close about 160 feet of Ground in order to show his feats in 
Horsmanship his request was not granted. 

[5.] Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for Twenty 
pounds lawful Money drawn for in last Draft. 

Upon complaint of the Bakers August 26' that the price of 
Flour was higher then it had been set in the last Assize, the 
Selectmen made enquiry as to the price of Flour & the 
quantity of Wheat at market, and finding the Bakers, had cause 
of complaint. 

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

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat } Rye Meal 

must weigh - - - 2-4- 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian meal must weigh - -3 

Bisket of a Copper price - -4-12 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug 1 , 28, 1773 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island at- 
tended and Reports That Yesterday the Schooner Eagle George 
Bruce, master, belonging to Coll . Lee of Marblehead, came to 



190 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

the Island from a Fishing Voyage, having the Small Pox on 
board, which Distemper they received before they left Marble- 
head they have 9 hands on board, all sick of the disorder ; one 
they buried before they arrived the following Orders were given 
the Keeper of the Hospital Viz 1 . 

Boston August 28, 1773 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Schooner Eagle George Bruce Master owned by Coll". Lee 
of Marhlehead beiu now at your Island with the Small Pox 

Our Orders are that you take all the People on shore and use 
your utmost endeavors to prevent a communication of the Dis- 
temper ; you must therefore suffer no People to go on board the 
Schooner, and good care must be taken of any who are not fit to 
be removed on shore Report the state of things as soon as you 
can. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[6.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . I. 
1773. Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 6, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Hartley Keeper of Rainsfords Island Hospital having Re- 
ported to us that the Schooner Eagle George Bruce master has 
been so well smoked as that she may leave the Island with safety, 
the following Orders were sent the Keeper of said Hospital, 
viz'. 

Boston Septem r . 5. 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Eagle George 
Bruce master sent to your Island on Account of the Small Pox, 
has been so well smoked and cleansed as that she may leave the 
Island with safety to the Inhabitants Our Orders are that you 
permit Cap 1 . John Lee of Marblehead to take said Vessel from the 
Island you being first satisfied for the Expence you have been put 
to in cleansing & e . and if any of the People who are recovered 
from the Distemper are in your Opinion so well aired and cleansed 
as that they may come off without danger of carrying any Infec- 
tion you may permit them provided they have a fresh suit of 
Clothes, and you are satisfied for your Expence and trouble. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 

A Letter was sent Coll . Lee covering a Copy of Orders given 
M r . Hartley. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 8. 1773. 

Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts, Hancock. 

The Clark is directed to insert Samuel .Johnson Jonathan Brown 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 191 

and Joseph Brad fords name in the Warrant to settle the [7.] Line 
between M r . Hyslop and the Procters Land, together with 
Thomas Crafts & Samuel Dyer, they or any three of them to 
settle the same and Report. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 14, 1773. 
Present, Mess 1 ". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Wendell. 

M r . James Barter appeared and gives information that a Fish- 
ing Schooner owned by Joshua Orne of Marblehead, from Canseau 
buried her Master John Dolliver of the Small Pox August 6'. and 
is now at Rainsfords Island on account of that Distemper, where- 
upon the following Orders were given the Keeper of the Hospi- 
tal 

Boston Septem r . 14', 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley, 

The Schooner John Dolliver late Master owned by 

Joshua Orne of Marblehead, stop 1 , at your Island on account of 
Small Pox brought in her from Caseau. Our orders are that you 
examine into the Circumstances of said Vessel and Report the same 
as soon as you can when you will have our further Orders. 

You must smoke & cleaase the Vessel as usual. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 15', 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Wendell. 

The Clerk was directed to give M r . Thomas Moore an Order for 
Two pounds eight shillings on A ceo', of work done, to M r . Treas- 
urer Jeffries. 

Voted, that M r . Sumner have a Lease of two Stalls N. 4. & 
N. 8. @ p. . (mem. to inquire about Scales.) 

Agreed with Joshua Davis for a Cellar the North West Corner 
of the Town House @ . 5 p. Annum, June 22 d . 1773. 

Agreed with Henry Llyd Esq. for a Cellar at the South Side 
of the Town House, for . 6. 13. 4. p. Annum, Aug 1 . 27', 1773. 
(see the 3 d . Page forward) 

[8.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept. 21, 
1773. Present, Mess 1 ". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Clerk being absent & it being the time for drawing Six 
Petit Jurors for October Court the Selectmen proceeded to choose 
the following Persons were drawn out of the Box Cap. Jon a . 
Davis Cap'. Rich d . Walker William Rogers John Ruggles Asa 
Stoddard Norton Brailsford 

M r . Ware one of the Watch at West Boston waited on the Se- 
lectmen requesting that the Watch House might be plaisterd to 
make it more comfortable 

Voted that Deacon Newell View the House & see what is 
Necessary to be done & have it fortwith Effected 

Application having been made to the Selectmen by M r . [Vox ?] 
for Sundry repairs at Deer Island & they having Sent down M r . 
More & M r . Tod to see what repairs are Necessary & they hav- 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

ing reported an Estimate amounting to about . 17. 0. B . money 
they are therefore ordered to Compleat the Work as soon as may 
be the above Estimate is Exclusive of the Stuff that will be 
Necessary. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 29, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assiz e of Bread be set at Wheat @ 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'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d Loaf of Brown Bread ^ Wheat J Rye meal 

must weigh - 2 - 4 " 

a 4 d Ditto not above i Indian meal must weigh 3 - " " 

Bisket of a Copper price - 4 " 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to re- 
ceive one James Thompson, a poor Sick Stranger, who is not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, neither has he where 
withall to support himself Order signed by M r . Scolloy, & M r . 
Austin, two of the Selectmen. 

[9.J M r . Hancock & M r . Wendell appointed to order Repairs 
to the Pound & the Gun House. 

M r . Beals of Long Island informs that he has taken into his House 
one Jonathan Fessenden his Wife & 2 Children. 

M r . Wendell desired to order Repairs to Master Levels Wall. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 17. 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall. Austin. 

M r . Samuel Hartley Keepei of the Hospital on Rainsfords 

Island having Reported that the Schooner John Dolliver 

late Master which has been stopt at Rainsfords Island on Account 
of the Small Pox has been once smoked, but that the Clothes have 
not been yet taken on shoar the following Orders were given him 
Viz' 

Boston, September 17, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You are hereby directed thoroughly to smoke and cleanse the 

Schooner John Dolliver late Master. Take all the Clothes 

and whatsoever else is liable to Infection on shore, smoke and air 
them well If in your opinion the Schooner may with safety leave 
the Island on Monday the 20 Instant you have our permission to 
suffer her to depart, but be very careful that nothing goes in the 
Vessel that has not been effectually aired. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 

Selectmen of Boston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Select men, Oct r . 4, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay. Austin, Pitts, Marshall. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 177;>. 193 

M r . Samuel Hartley Reported that John Trask & Joseph Pope 
who had been in the Well House three Weeks discovered no [1O.] 
Symptom of the Small Pox whereupon the following Orders were 
given him Viz'. 

[Foot-note on page 9 says Gave the Constables of the Watch 
Orders as on file.'} 

Boston, October 4, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that two men who come in Cap'. 
Dolliver's named John Trask & Joseph Pope who have been in the 
Well-house about three Weeks without discovering any Symptom of 
the Small Pox may be allowed to leave the Island with safety. 
Our directions are that you permit them to depart, being first sat- 
isfied for the charge they have occasioned 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The following was delivered the above named Persons for the 
Select men of Marblehead Viz 4 . 

Boston October 4. 1773. 
Gentlemen 

The Bearers of this Mess : John Trask & Joseph Pope who 
came in Cap 4 . Dollivers Schooner having been confined in the Well 
house at Rainsfords Island for three Weeks past during which 
time no one Symptom of the Small Pox hjas been discovered upon 
either of them. We have permitted said Persons to depart from 
the Island for Marblehead M r . Hartley as well as ourselves imag- 
ining they may do it with safety to the Inhabitants. 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Gave the 6 Constables of the Watch, Orders dated 1' Ins*, as p. 
Copys on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 6, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollav, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Selectmen have appointed George Roulston a Grave Digger 
in the Chappel & Common Burying Grounds in the room of M r . 
Bond deceased. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed by two of the Selectmen Viz'. 
M r . Scollay & Deacon Newell, to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account one John Macgraw a sick Stranger [11.] 
who has not wherewithall to support himself. 

Passed upon M r . William Grays Province Account amount g by 
Copy 0:1 file to 3-8-8. 

M r . Hartley attended & informs the Selectmen that the 
Schooner Dolphin Cap'. Newell from Turks Island with Salt 
last from Newbury Port, has been ordered there on account of the 
Small Pox whereupon the following Orders were given him. 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Octo r . 6, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Dolphin, Cap 1 . 
Newell from Turks Island last from Newbury Port has been sent 
to your Island on Account of the Small Pox which has been on 
board, Our orders are that you receive into the Well-house those 
Persons who have not had the Distemper but may have taken the 
Infection & then proceed in smoking the Vessel as in like Cases 
advising us of your Proceedure when you will have our further 
Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

M r . Josiah Flag having made application to the Selectmen for 
leave to make use of Faneuil Hall one Evening, for a Concert of 
Vocal & Instrumental Musick Liberty was granted him accord- 

ingly- 

M r . Treasurer Jeffries was directed to pay Mess". Hutchinson 
& Compy. Twenty pounds in part for paving Work for which he 
is to have a draft. 

Complaint having been made that the Street near the Store of 
Scott & Gill is greatly incumbered by tlieir Grind Stones, a Billet 
was sent them desiring that those Grind Stones may be immedi- 
ately removed. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen having received a Warrant from the Hon ble . 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk to examine into the 
Condition & Circumstances of M re . Sarah Taylor Represented to be a 
Non Compos When [s/c] to the Lodgings of said Tayler & to 
other places but she was not to be found. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 8. 1773. 
Present, Mess". - 

M r . Hartley attended and Reports that Cap 1 . Nowell of the 
Schooner Dolphin from Newbury, has been so well smoked & 
cleansed as that he may leave the Island with safety the follow- 
ing was delivered m r . Hartley. 

Boston October 8, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

As Cap 1 . Newell the master of the Schooner now at Rainsford's 
Island has had the Small Pox some time past, you may permit 
him to leave the Island first cleansing and smoking himself, and 
clothing himself with a fresh shift of Apparel - 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NKWKLL 
Tuo.M 3 . MARSHALL 
JAMES PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 195 

P. S. You may permit Joseph Grimes & Thorn 8 . Millet who 
are got well of the Small Pox to leave the Island, let them be well 
cleansed & take with them no other Clothes than they have on 
them & let them be well aird Let Prince - of Marble head 
leave the Island taking good care that he is well cleansed.. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 11, 1773. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

M rs . Hartley attended & Reported, That Cap 1 . Nowells Schooner 
has been so well smoked & cleansed as that she may leave the 
Island with safety to the Inhabitants whereupon the following 
was delivered M". Hartley for her husband Viz'. 

[13.] Boston October 11. 1773. 

M r . -Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Dolphin Cap'. 
Nowell has been so well smoked & cleansed as that she may 
leave the Island with safety Our Orders are that you permit 
said Vessel to leave the Island on Wednesday next provided 
that nothing remains in her liable to retain Infection which has 
not been sufficiently aired & c . and that you are first satisfied for 
the charge & trouble you have been put to. 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The following was also delivered for the Governor 

May it please your Excellency 

The Schooner Dolphin Cap 1 . Nowell stopt at Rainsfords Island 
on account of the Small Pox has been so well smoked and 
cleansed as that in our Opinion she may be permitted to leave 
the Island, with safety to the Inhabitants if your Excellency 
thinks proper. 

We are 

your Excelleucys Most obedient Humble Serv ts . 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 
Boston October 11, 1773. 

His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 13, 1773. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Received of John Winslow Esq. one of the Executors to M". 
Brookers Will, a Bond of Samuel Stearns, Timothy Boutell & 
Rufus Houghton. for the payment of . 80 with Interest, 
dated 20'. of Septem'. 1773 for which the Selectmen gave him 
a Receit. 

[14.] Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/8 
p. Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

lb. oz. dr. 

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

weigh -- .-.-.. 

a 4<i. Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 
Bisket of a Copper price. ----.---- 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting to 
.62-ll/- 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 14. 1773. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Hartley attended & Reported to us that the Schooner 
Second Attempt Cap 1 . Philip Mohise owned at Marblehead is ar- 
rived at Rainsfords Island on account of the Small Pox on board 
whereupon the following was delivered M r . Hartley. 

Boston October 14. 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Second Attempt 
Cap 1 . Philip Mohise owned at Marblehead is arrived at Rainsfords 
Island on account of the Small Pox which has broke out on board. 
Our Orders are that you take out the sick People into the Hospital & 
those who are liable to the Distemper into the Well-house & then 
proceed in smoking & cleansing the Vessell & Clothing with any- 
thing else liable to retain Infection & Report to us again when you 
will have our further Orders 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Coll . Hancock, M r . Scollay & Newell a Committee to direct as 
to the Fishermans Stalls, which may be thought proper to be al- 
lowed on the Market Square. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 15. 1773. 
A. M. Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

[15.] M r . Hartley attended & Reports, that the Schooner 
Second Attempt Philip Mohise Master has been so well smoked 
and cleansed as in his Opinion she may leave the Island with 
safety to the Inhabitants the following Orders were given 

Boston October 15. 1773. 
M r .. Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Schooner Second Attempt 
Philip Mohise master has been so well smoked & cleansed as in 
your Opinion she may leave the Island with safety to the In- 
habitants. Our Orders are that you permit said Vessel to leave 
the Island tomorrow being first satisfied as to the charge you have 
been at & not suffering anything liable to retain Infection to 
remain in her. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

P. S. You must continue smoking & cleansing the Vessel 
till she sails. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 1773. 197 

Boston October lf>. 1773 

M r . Procter 

A Son of yours named Charles Procter being now in the Alms 
house in this Town on account of his being distracted, we give 
you this notice that you may take immediate measures to remove 
him from thence & to defrey the Town for the charge he may oc- 
casion 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston October 15. 1773 
Gentlemen 

You have inclosed a Letter to the Father of M r . Charles Procter 
an Inhabitant of your Town, who is so disordered in his Senses, 
as to be confined and taken care of in our Almshouse- If the 
Father should not immediately remove his Son we desire that we 
would take measures therefor, as after this notice your Town will 
be answerable for the charge that has & may arise for his keep- 
ing &c. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPEK Town Clerk 

[16.] The Selectmen having Received a Warrant from the 
Hon ble . Judge of Probates for the County of Suffolk, to examine 
into the Condition & Circumstances of Sarah Tayler Repre- 
sented by her Friends as a Person Non Compos this Day made 
the following Return on said Warrant Viz 1 

Boston October 15, 1773. 

We the Subscribers in pursuance of the within Warrant have 
seen M rs . Sarah Tayler & carefully examined into the condition 
& circumstances of said Person and would now Report. That 
in our Opinion she is so frequently in a state of Distraction as 
renders her unfit to take care of her Person & Affairs 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 
To the Hon bte . Poster Hutchinsou Esq. 
Judge of Probate & c . 

Boston October 15, 1773. 
Gentlemen 

These are to acquaint you that one Joseph Clark of your Town 
who is in a very declining state & unable to proceed home, has 
been sent to our Almshouse & if he should continue any 
time the charge must by Law be defrayed by the Town where he 
has an Inhabitancy, unless he or his Friends will take care to 
defrey the charge of his keeping &' . We are told lie has a Mother 
& a Brother in Cape Ann whose Circumstances we are not ac- 
quainted with. Perhaps upon your informing them of his dan> 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

gerous situation, they may take some other way to provide for 
him 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPKH Town Clerk 

Mem , the Person not being tit to be removed : this Letter 
was not sent. 

Boston Ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct r 15, 1773. 
P. M. Present, Mess r . Scollay, Austin. 

D r . Whitworth was directed by M r . Scollay to take care of one 
Joseph Clark of Cape Ann, who is sick, at [17.] The House of the 
Widow*Robinson & unfit to be removed & the following Letter was 
sent to Cape Ann. 

Boston Octo r . 15, 1773. 
Gentlemen 

This is to acquaint you that one Joseph Clark of your Town is 
dangerously ill at a House in their Town being so low as to make 
it unsafe to remove him to the Almshouse we have directed a 
Doctor to attend him & have engaged the Widow Woman whose 
House he is at to take proper care of him assuring him she shall 
be paid for his Nursing Board & c . We are told he has a 
Mother & c . a Brother at Cape Ann if their circumstances are 
good suppose they will defrey this charge but if not we shall ex- 
pect a Reimbursement from your Town 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
To, 

The Gentlemen the Selectmen of Cape Ann. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 16, 1773. 
Present, mess 1 " 8 . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Joseph Coffin Pilot of Cap'. Nowells Schooner from Newbury 
who left the vessel without leave from the Selectmen, while she 
lay at Rainsfords Island appeared, and delivered Letters from 
the Selectmen of Newbury & Tristam Dalton Esqrs. & from 
what was wrote & an enquiry into the Circumstances of the Vessel 
when he left it, apprehending the Pilot to be an honest Man, 
as well as poor & that there will be no danger in his return to New- 
bury, the Selectmen concluded not to send him to Rainsfords 
Island, but to let him go back to Newbury, after he was well 
reprimanded & admonished for his Offence against the Laws, & the 
following Letter was delivered him fov the Selectmen of New- 
bury, Viz'. 

[18.] Boston October 16. 1773. 

Gentlemen 

We have received yours p. Joseph Coffin & have inquired of 
Cap'. Nowell the situation of his Vessel when the Pilot came on 
board and from his account of the matter we are of Opinion, 
there can be no danger to the Inhabitants from the Pilots 
leaving the Vessel ; he has indeed been guilty of breaking a Law, 
which guards the health & lives of the People ; and was it not 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 199 

in compassion to his Family, we should have directed, that he 
might be prosecuted for his great offence notwithstanding his 
pleas, that it was done thro' ignorance of the Law, or at least 
have ordered him to Rainsfords Island again ; but from the char- 
acter given him, we have permitted him to return to Newbury 
Port, he having assured us, that in case he should perceive any 
Symptoms of the Small Pox, as he may possibly have received the 
Infection, he will immediately acquaint you there with that he 
may be removed to such a place as you may direct to prevent a 
communication of the Distemper. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
To 

The Gentlemen the Selectmen of Newbury Port. 

Boston Ss: At Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 20, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Marshall. 

M r . Abraham Savage had his Bond for 1771, as a Collector, de- 
livered up to him by the Order of the Select men. 

The following Return was made on the Warrant issued for 
running the Line beteen William Hyslop Esq. & the Widow Proc- 
ter & c . which Warrant & c is on file 

In pursuance of the within Warrant to us directed We the Sub- 
scribers have upon the Premisses. Viewed the same heard the 
Partys as also Meletiah Bourn Esq. who appeared as Attorney to 
Cap'. Charles Procter of Hallifax, to whom the House nnd Land 
now improved by the within named Agnis Procter descends at her 
decease. And having fully and maturely considered of the Mat- 
ters in dispute [19.J Between them. Are of Opinion that the Line 
between the Lands of the said William Hyslop Esq. & of Mess. 
Procters is & ought to run upon a straight Line from the middle of 
the thickness of the Brick Wall of an Out Kitchen belonging to 
M r . William Turner ; to the lower Corner within two Inches of the 
Brick Wall of the House of Isaac Smith Esq., so that a Plank 
Fence may run flush with the face or outside of the Wall ; Witness 
our Hands this 18' Day of September, A.D. 1773. 

THOMAS CRAFTS 
JOSEPH BRADFORD 
JONATHAN BROWN 
SAMUEL JOHNSON 

M . Benj. [ ? ] Gray a Collector of Taxes for 1773 appeared & 
proposed M r . Richard Salter & M r . Thomas Leaveret the Bondsmen 
for last year, for his Bondsmen for the present year as a Collector 
of Taxes who were accepted by the Selectmen. 

M r . Edward Hollyday appeared and proposed M r . Martin Brim- 
mer & John Winslow Esq. for his Bondsmen as a Collector the 
present year, who were accepted by the Selectmen. 

M r . Abraham Savage appeared & proposed M r . Archibald M c . 
Neil & M r . Nicholas Bones as Bondsmen for the faithful discharg 
of his duty as a Collector of Taxes for 1773 who were accepted p. 
the Selectmen. 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet at their Chamber with M r . 
Pierpoint; Fryday next 4. o clock, P.M. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Select men, Octo r . 22 d . 1773. 
Present, Mess 1 " 9 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Hartley having Reported respecting some People at the 
Hospital, that they might leave it with safety, the following was 
delivered M r . Hartley. 

Boston, Octo r . 22 a , 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Samuel Seward, John Harrison 
& Phillip Trask who have passed thro' the Small Pox at Rains- 
fords Island, are now quite recovered from the Distemper & are 
so well smoked & cleansed as that the}' may leave the Island with 
safety to the Inhabitants Our Orders are that you permit them 
to leave the Island they first securing you for the [2O.] charge 
they have occassioued & providing for themselves fresh Suits of 
Clothes as their other things must remain for further airing &c. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 27. 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Henderson a Collector of Taxes for the present year pro- 
posed Cap'. Job Prince & M r . Thomas Cairnes as Bondsmen for 
his duty for Collecting the Tax of 1773 who were approved of 
by the Selectmen. 

.The Collectors had a Certificate for the Assessors that they had 
given Security to the Selectmen for the faithful discharge of their 
duty & had been sworn as the Law directs their Bonds except- 
ing M r . Henderson's which is not yet executed having been re- 
ceived examined & approved by the Selectmen. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat @ 6/8 p. 
bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread $ Wheat J Rye Meal must 

weigh -- 2-4" 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh - 3-" " 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-5 

Passed upon Bowles & Luckis's Province Account amounting to 
. 6. as p. Copy on file. 

Deacon Newell desired to procure 3 doz. Candlesticks made of 
Tin in a handsome manner, the Candlesticks now in use being bor- 
rowed of churches. 

M r . Scollay & M r . Austin a Committee to view the end of Fleet 
Street leading to Scarlets Wharff. 

M r . Jacob Bucknam having apply'd for leave to set up Posts in 
Dock Square, in order to erect a Scales for weighing Provisions &c. 



SKLKCTMKX'S MINTTKS, 177-">. 201 

M r . Scollay, Newell, & Marshall a Comm ee . to act thereon as they 
shall think proper. 

M r . Wendell & M r . Pitts a Coinm . to get a Passage for Phila- 
delphia for one Ewins. now on b' 1 . a man of War. 

[31.] Boston March 27, 1773. 

Gentlemen 

Inclosed you have a Copy of the Account brought against this 
Town, for the Board Nursing burial &c. of M r . Joseph Clark, of 
Cape Ann, deceased amounting to 4-11-6, which charge we 
look upon as reasonable ; and desire you will Order payment to be 
made our Treasurer M r . David Jeffries as soon as may be. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
To the Gentlemen, Selectmen of Gloucester. 

Boston October 27. 1773. 
Thomas Seymore Esq. 

Martha Howard who lived & died in the Alms house in this 
Town was possessed of 58 Acres of Land in the Town of Farming- 
ton, and this Town we suppose has the best right to her Estate as 
she lived at the Towns charge a long time, more over some Persons 
2 re desirous of purchasing the said Land and have offered to give 
the value of it & for that purpose have desired M r . Ozias Pettibone 
to procure a Quit-Claim Deed from the Selectmen, but as we are 
unacquainted with the value of the Land must desire the favor of 
you to make enquiry about it the inclosed Record may serve 
you for that purpose, and your care and trouble shall be duly ac- 
knowledged. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 3, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Pitts, Wendell. 

Maj r . Barber apply'd to the Selectmen for Flag Halliards & 3 
doz. Handspikes, and he was directed to procure them. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 4, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin 
Pitts. 

[22.] The Selectmen having received a Petition from a number 
of the Inhabitants praying that a Town Meeting may be called imme- 
diately for the purpose set forth in their Petition, whereupon, 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his Warrant for a Town 
Meeting Fryday next 10 O'Clock. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 10 1773. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

M r . John Procter, master of the Writing School in Queen Street, 
having in the Providence of God deceased the last Week, and 
application being made to the Selectmen by the Parents & 
Guardians of the Scholars belonging to that School, that m f . 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

James Carter who has long acted as Usher under the late M r . 
Procter, might be appointed Master of said School The Select- 
men took this matter into consideration, and by their Vote have 
appointed said Carter Master of the School in Queen Street, till 
the Town should order otherwise. 

M r . Holbrook master of the Writing School in the Common & 
M r . Carter the master Elect for the School in Queen Street having 
recommended M r . Abiah Holbrook a Young Man near of Age as a 
suitable Person to be Usher at M r . Carter's School the Select- 
men sent for him, and upon discoursing with the young Man, 
thought proper to appoint him Usher, for said School. 

The Selectmen have Agreed to Induct M r . Carter as Master of 
the Writing School in Queen street on Fryday next at 9. O'Clock. 
in the Forenoon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 17, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Samuel Hartley having Reported, the following was 
given him. 

Boston, Novem r . 17, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that Philip Nye, Joseph Rounde and 
Emanuel Seward who came in Cap'. Whites \ r essel are now suffi- 
ciently smoked and cleansed so as they may leave the Island with- 
out danger of communicating the Small Pox Our Orders are that 
you may permit them to depart being first satisfied for the expence 
they have occasioned ; the three packs of Wool must be opened and 
air'd before leave will be given to take them away, & you must 
take care that there is no needless waste in doing it : the three men 
must have a fresh suit of Clothes. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

A Petition having been received from a number of Inhabitants 
praying that a Town Meeting may be immediately called on ac- 
count of the Tea expected. 

The Town Clerk was directed to issue Notifications for a meet- 
ing at 10 OClock Thursday morning. Copy of Warr 1 . &c. on file. 

M r . Scollay, Coll . Hancock & Coll . Marshall a Committee to 
inspect the Towns Arms and call in those that they are leut. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 24, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 27, 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

At the request of M r . Jonathan Clark one of the Consignees of the 
Tea exported by the East India Company the Selectmen met at 4 
OClock P.M. present the whole Board. M r . [24.] Jonathan Clark 
together with his Brother M r . Isaac Winslow Clark, appeared, M r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 203 

Jonathan Clark then said that lie found that his Fellowtownsmen had 
entertained a very unfavourable opinion of him on account of the 
Tea, that was reported to be consigned to him & Comp*'. from the 
India Company in London, he declared that the Consignment was 
not of his seeking that he was entirely clear of the matter, and 
that it was very disagreeable to him that in order to restore 
tranquillity to the Town, and that he might stand in a favourable 
light with the Town, he was willing to do everything that could in 
Justice be required of him; The Selectmen then informed him 
that from what they could collect from the People abroad, nothing 
would satisfy the Inhabitants but reshippiug of the Tea to Lon- 
don, he objected the impracticability of this measure. The Select 
men held up to him that nothing short of that would be satisfac- 
tory, and likewise the dreadful consequences that must in all prob- 
ability insue on its not being done. After much discoursing with 
the Selectmen on the subject he absolutely promised this ; that 
when the Tea arrived nothing underhanded should be done, that 
the Tea should not be taken out off the Vessel or disposed of in 
any shape at all ; that so soon as the Vessel or Vessels should ar- 
rive with the Tea he would immediately hand in proposals to the 
Selectmen to lay before the Town, that he could not now do it as 
he did not know what particular Orders he might receive from the 
Shippers which particular Orders they had wrote him would accom- 
pany the Tea. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 28, 1773. 
Sabbath Day, Present. 

[25.] The Select men having information that Cap'. Hall in 
a Ship from London with Tea on board from the East India Com- 
pany Consigned Mess r . Clark, and others met at this time in expecta- 
tion of hearing from M r . Clark having waited some time, they 
then sent to his dwelling House and were informed that he was not 
in Town 

The Board then Adjourned till after Divine Service. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 28, 1773. 
In the evening, Present Messrs. 

Having met according to Adjournment, after waiting sometime 
in expectation of hearing from M r . Clark, they again sent to his 
Dwelling house as also to the Houses of some of his Relations, 
when they were informed that he was out of Town, neither did 
they know where he was gone ; they also sent to the House of 
M r . Benjamin Faneuil another of the Consignees to inform him 
that if he had any thing to propose to the Selectmen which he would 
have laid before the Town they were then sitting the Messenger 
was told that he was not in Town the Meeting was then broke 
up. 

. Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Select men Decem r . 1,1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Newell. 

M r . John Richardson applys for two Men for Engiue N. l..aud 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

offers James Baird & Josiah Brown in the room of John Ballard 
Jun r . and John Brown. 

The following was given the Keeper of Hospital 

Boston Decem'. 2, 1773 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You may permit the three following Persons viz. John Chapman, 
John Seward, <fc Patrick M c Daniel [26.] To leave the Island pro- 
vided they have a fresh suit of Clothes that they are well cleansed 
and clear of Infection of the Small Pox, also the Boy belonging 
to Capt. Newell. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIM. NEWELL 
THOM S . MARSHALL 

M r . Barrets Rent commences Dec r . 6, 1773, for his House 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 7. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Austin, Marshall, Wendell. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at f p. 
Bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal 

must weigh 2- 4 

a 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian Meal must weigh 3- 
Bisket of a Copper Price - -4-5 

Deacon Newell received of Peter Oliver by the hand of M r . 
Moses Gill, as part Interest on O. Bond to the late M rs . Brookers 
Forty-two pounds lawful money. Received about the 14 of 
Novem r . last. 

Vcted, that the Widow Mary Mayes have a draft for 30/. being 
three Months Rent of the Ground on which the Hay Scales stands, 
ending the 3 d . of Novem r . at which time the Lease expires. 

The following Order, was given M r . Hartley Keeper of the 
Hospital viz' . 

Boston Decem r . 7, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us, that this Day the Briggandine Bea- 
ver Hezekiah Coffin master arrived from London at Rainsfords Is- 
land having had the Small Pox on board during the passage but 
that all are well & none of the People liable to take the Distemper. 
It is our Orders that you take everything from between Decks and 
smoke and cleanse the Vessel sufficiently, and then [27.] Report to 
us. She has Hemp between Decks, which you must receive on shore, 
and air As Cap 1 . Coffin and a Passenger are desirous of com- 
ing to Town you may bring them up, they cleansing themselves 
& having a fresh shift of Clothes, let the Letters be brought up 
after being well smoked, let no one leave the Vessel without our 
Orders. 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 205 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decern r . 7. 1773. 
In the Evening Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, DecenV. 8. 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island having 
Reported with respect to Cap'. Coffins Vessel the Beaver the fol- 
lowing Orders were given him, Viz'. 

Boston Decem r . 8. 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

Our directions are that you take the whole of the Tea from 
between Decks upon the Deck of the Briggandine. if the Weather 
be fair let it lay on the Deck the whole Day to be aired, and at 
Night see it put between Decks again, and you with the two Men 
you are ordered to take down with you are to remain on board 
during the time the Tea is on Deck and on no account to absent your- 
selves, and by no means suffer one chest of Tea to be landed or 
taken away by any one. if any attempt should be made you are 
immediately to dispatch a Messenger to inform the Selectmen 
thereof. With respect to the other Articles between Decks, 
agreable to your former Orders you are to take them on shore to 
air & cleanse them, and must smoke & cleanse the Vessel as 
soon as may be, which being effected you are to make Report, 
that our Orders may issue for the Vessels coming to Town. 
By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[28.] Cap*. Sharp of Engine N. proposed Henry Swift as a 
suitable Person for his Company, in the room in the room (sic) of 
William Brown and said Swift appearing, he was accordingly 
approved of by the Selectmen. 

Voted, that Cap'. Sharp of Engine N. who has applyd for 
the premium allowed by the Town, for working first upon the Fire 
which lately broke out m Charter Street, have a draft on the Town 
Treasurer for the same, 
drawn for in Nov r . draft. see below. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 15, 1773. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 
The following was sent to the Assessors. 

Gentlemen 

It is our opinion that the following Persons Inhabitants 
of other Towns in this Province ought to be taxed here for the Real 
Estate they Occupy, and the Business they do here, it being 
agreeable to Law Viz'. 

The Hon ble . James Russell Esq. 

Ralph Inman Esq. 

M r . Joseph Palmer 

Elisha Doane Esq. 

M r . Francis Rotch Esq. 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

William Thompson Esq. 
Alexander Bryrner 
We are Gentlemen Your humble Servants 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
OLIVER WENDELL 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The Assessors of the Town of Boston. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 13, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell. 

M r . Hartley Reported that the Briggandme Beaver Cap 1 . Coffin 
was so well smoked & cleansed as that she might leave the Island 
with safety, whereupon the following was given M r . Hartley and 
a Certificate given the Captain for the Governor. 

Boston December 13 d . 1773. 
[29.] M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Brigg nc . Beaver Cap'. 
Coffin stopt at Ramsfords Island on account of the Small 
Pox is now so well smoked and cleansed as that she may 
be permitted to leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants. 
Our Orders are that you suffer said Vessel to depart provided 
you are satisfied for the Expence she has occasioned. The Hemp 
and other things landed must be kept till our further Orders. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Brigg ne . Beaver Cap 1 . Coffin now at Rhode Island on 
account of the Small Pox has been so well smoked and cleansed 
as that in our opinion she may be permitted to leave the Island 
with safety to the Inhabitants if your Excell y . thinks proper. 
We are Your Excellencys Most obed'. Humble Serv ts . 

Selectmen of Boston 

Boston, Decem r . 13. 1773. 

His Excellency Thorn 8 . Hutchinson Esq. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 18. 1773. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

The following was given the Keeper of Rainsfords Island in 
consequence of his Report made to the Selectmen. 

Boston DecenT. 18, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported that the Hemp which came in the Beaver 
cap'. Coffin from London has been so well smoked and cleansed 
as that the same may be allowed to be carried off your Island 
with safety to the Inhabitants Our Order is [3O.] That you per- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1773. 207 

mit said Hemp to be taken away on Monday next being first 

satisfied for the charge. 

JOHN SCOLLAY, 
TIMOTHY NEWELL, 
SAMUEL AUSTIN, 
JOHN PITTS 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 20, 1773. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

In consequence of a Report from the Keeper of the Almshouse 
the following was given him. 

Boston Decem r . 20, 1773. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

The Brigg ne . Lydia Thomas Collier from Bilboa being stopt at 
Rainsfords Island on account of three Persons having had the 
Small Pox on Board also the Schooner Success Cap 1 . Ignatius 
Webber from St. Lucar order'd to said Island having three of his 
People who had the Small Pox Our Orders are that you having 
Reported to us that you had so well smoked & cleansed those 
Vessels as that they might now leave the Island with safety, that 
you accordingly permit them to depart after you have been satis- 
fied .for the charge the Briggandine for Marblehead and the 
Schooner for Cape Ann. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 22 d . 1773. 
Present Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Patrick Doudell was sent to the Almshouse by M r . Scollay 
& M r . Pitts, he being an infirm Stranger & not having wherewith- 
all to support himself. 

Passed upon M r . Joseph Nowells Province Accounts & for 
Repairs of Hartleys Boat including M r . Hews, Bowles & Luckis, 

Wendel, & Harris's Acco'. all am 1 , to . 84-7-6 as p. 

Copy on file. 

[31.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r 29. 
1 773. Present Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

M r . Norcrost Master of Engine N. applys for the Province 
allowed by the town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
Fire that lately broke out at M rs . Minots house in Southwicks 
Court which was granted him accordingly. 

drawn for. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/8 bushel 
and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz 1 . 

Ibfl. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal 

must weigh 2 - 4 - 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 3 

Bisket of a Copper price " 46 



208 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 



M r . John Knecland informs that one Elizabeth Lewis came to 
his House as a maid, from Cape Codd. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 5, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin. 

Passed upon Oliver VVendells Province Accounts amounting to 
. 3-6/ as by Copy on file. 

Deacon Newell received of sundry Persons the interest on their 
Bonds being M rs . Brookers money. Viz. 

Onesip. Tileston . 3- 

John Gran^ 4- 

Joseph A on 2- 



Peter Oliver Esq. 
George Minot 



42 
12 

. 63. 



Distributed as follows - 


-Viz 1 . 




V 


( M rs . Thomson 
J. Lillice Young 
( Mary Collins 


. 3- 
" 12 
1-4 


Widow Coleman 
Mary Biggs 


"3 
f 

0) 

K 


( Negro Phillis 
-| Widow Colman - 
C Widow Russell - 


- 1-4 
. 1-4 

- 1-16 


Widow Wise - 
Widow Chapel 
Widow H utter 




Carried 






~ 

9) 


] M". Leblond - - 


. 2-8 


Widow Downe - 



. 1-4 
18 

6-18 

- 1-16 

- .1-16 

- 1-16 

. 
- . 1-16 



a 4 M rs . Lovel ... 1-16 M rs . Henshaw 



1-16 



-G \ Widow Wakefield 2-8 M". Chaseau 
M rs . Gibbons 1-4 M". Hankins 



. Wendell 
M re . Lee 

j M r8 . Nichols 
53 (- 

[32.] 

% ( M re . Ray 
3 J M r8 . Bass 
jg (.M rs . Balland 
Newell M re . Whitcomb - 

^ fM re . Delaplace 
-a I M ra . Fowle - - 
M. Empson - 
.M". Varney - 



1-16 
3- 



M rs . Oliver 

M rj . Loring 



6-16 M rs . Chock ley 



M rs . Muggerage 
M rs . Golpin 



1-10 
1-4 
-18 

1_4 C. M re . Wardell 

Bro 1 . over - - - 

. 1-10 M rs . Winslow - - 

2-8 M r9 . Butter - - - 

1-4 M". Nuttage - - - 

in all ... 



2-8 
1-16 

1-16 
. 1-16 
2-8 



. 63- 



the whole was distributed 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 209 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 12, 1773. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Eliot & M r . Clough complain of a Fire-place at a Shed in 
Black horse Lane near Cap'. Foresights House, as being unsafe and 
dangerous. 

The Sextons of the Town were sent for, and cautioned against 
burying any Persons without an absolute necessity therefor, of a 
Sabbath Night. 

Passed upon D r . Myles Whitworth's Province Account amount- 
ing to 28. 6/. as p. Copy on file D r . has the Copy. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan ry 19, 1774. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : 

Whereas Cap 1 . William Bell applyd to the Select men for leave 
to open a drain or Common Shore in Cold L;ine. He was directed 
to Notify the Parties concerned and the time appointed by Law 
for their objection thereto being out, he had leave to proceed. 

The Expences of said Proceeding being now laid before us 
amounting to Fifteen pounds seven Shillings & 5 d i we do accord- 
ing to the Authority by Law given us, proportion the Expence to 
be paid by the Persons hereafter named according to the Sum an- 
nexed to their names as follows Viz 1 . 

Cap'. John Bradford . 1-3-8 

M r . William Gray 1-3-8 

M r . Benjamin Sumner Jun r . 1-8-3 

M rs . Polly Brown 1-3-8 

M rs . - Phillips, Widow 1-3-8 

[33.] M r . Joseph Hall 1-3-8 

M r . Dillerue 1-3-8 

Deacon Williams 1-3-8 

Rev d . M r . Snow 1-3-8 

Estate of D r . Marshall 1-3-8 

Cap*. Morton 1-3-8 

Benjamin Star 1-3-8 

William Bell 1-3-8 



. 15-7-8 

And we do hereby appoint Cap'. William Bell to receive of 
the fore named Persons the several Sums affixed to their Names 
& to give discharges there for. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 
JOHN PITTS 
Boston Jan y . 19. 1774 Selectmen of Boston 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 20 1774. 



210 CITY DOCUMENT JSo. 42. 

Present, Mess. Scollay, Newel], Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Committee on Lamps attended. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 26. 1774. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/8 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 1 . 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat i Rye Meal 

must weigh 2 4 

a 4 d . ditto not above \ Indian Meal must weigh - 3- 
Bisket of a Copper price 4- 5 

Passed upon D r . Samuel Danforths Province accounts amount* 
in the whole to . 190-18-2. 

Voted, that M r . Scott the Shoemaker, have a draft on the Town 
Treasurer for the allowance made him by a Jury for the value 
of his Land taken into Paddys Alley, being . 25. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 2 d . 1774. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Passed upon Deacon Newells Province Account amounting to 
. 14-16-2- as p. copy on file. 



[34.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feby. 4. 
1774. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 9, 1774. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Austins Province Account amounting 
to . 11-9-3- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 7 . 16, 1774. 
Present, Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Elijah Adams desires to be allowed to dig Graves & c . in 
the Burying Grounds, he being a Sexton of the New South Church 
in the room of M r . Bond deceased also offers himself as a 
Watchman. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, & Justices, Feb 7 
17, 1774, Evening, 

A Walk or Visitation of the Town Agreed upon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen & Justices, Feb 7 . 
21', 1774. 

Return of the State of the several Wards, was made this even- 
ing as by Papers on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb*. 23' 1774. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, A\ r eudell, Pitts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 211 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat (a> 6/8 p. 
bushel & that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 

A 4 d . loaf of Brown Bread ^ Wheat J Rye meal 

must weigh 2-4 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 3 - " 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 24, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[35.] Passed upon m r . Samuel Hartleys Province Account 
amounting to . 40 - 6 - 4 - as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen. Feb y . 26, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Austin, Pitts. 

Passed upon Mess". Box and Austins Province Acco f . amount- 
ing to . 18 - 19 - 9 as by Copy on file. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen March 1' Present, 
Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston, Feb y . 22, 1774 
Sir 

Sometime past the Town Clerk by Orders of the Selectmen 
wrote the Persons that owed money on Bond to the Estate of 
M". Brooker that as that Interest was by her Will committed to 
the care of the Selectmen for the benefit of the Poor they could 
not consistent with their duty let any of the Moneys lay in any 
ones hands without Real Security. You Sir was informed of this 
by a Letter from the Town Clerk & in an interview that you 
afterwards had with some of the Selectmen you said that you 
should have sufficient to discharge the Obligation which we were 
in hopes would have been done ere this. We are not solicitous to 
have the Bond taken up if we can have Real Security given for it, 
but must insist that the Money be forthwith paid or we shall 
certainly put the Bond in suit at April Court. It will be irksome 
for us to take such a step neither should we do it (as the spirit of 
the times is) on any consideration but from a motive of faithful- 
ness to our trust we are 

Sir 

Your most hum. serv 1 * 
JOHN SCOLLAV 
JOHN HANCOCK 
TIMOTHY NEWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 
JOHN PITTS 

To Selectmen of Boston 

The Hon ble . Peter Oliver Esq. 

In Middleborough. 



212 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

[36. ] Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue his Warrant for 
calling a Meeting on the 5' of March for the Oration to be deliv- 
ered. 

M r . Scollay & M r . Newell a Comm"". to wait on Coll . Hancock, 
and enquire whether the time for a Town Meeting is agreable. 

Mess. Edes and Gill have the printing of the Notifications for 
March Meeting o' March. 

Boston March 1' 1774 
Sir 

This is to inform you that the Selectmen have been expecting 
that agreable to your assurance you would have paid the Interest 
Money due for a long time on the Bonds given by your late 
Father which rest in their hands as residuary Legatees in the Will 
of the late M rs . Brookers named. 

We must again desire that you will immediately discharge the 
Interest mony at least, as we cannot permit the same to lay any 
longer, in Justice to the trust reposed in us by the said Will. 
By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
to Coll". Mills 

It was agreed with Edward Smyth to have . 40- Ster*. for 
one year, for overseeing the Lamps & Lamplighters & delivering 
the Oyle & Wicks & other necessary. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 2 d . 1774. 
Present, Mess 1 " 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Cap 1 . Franklyn of Engine N. 9. presented, John Crosby & 
William Stevens as Engine men for his Comp y . in the room of 
Johp Roulston Jun r . & Samuel Breeding who have resigned 
who were accordingly accepted. 

Capt. Sloan of Hancock Engine presented Gershom Thomas as a 
suitable Person for his Engine Comp y . who was accordingly accepted. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9. 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

[37.] Passed upon Henderson Inches Province Account 
am*, to . 12- as p. Copy on file. 

Application having been made to the Selectmen in behalf of 
John Coleman, a sick & infirm Person not an inhabitant of any 
Town in this Province, the Selectmen agreed to allow him for 
his support as much as the Province is charged with for their 
Poor at the Alms house. 

A Collection was made by the Town at their meeting on the o 
of March Instant for Christopher Monk of Forty two pounds 
twelve Shillings & 4 d . which by Order of the Town was deposited 
with the Selectmen for the use of said Monk The Selectmen 
having determined to deliver the same to him at twelve different 
times, the whole was lodged with Deacon Newell for that purpose, 
who has made him one of these Monthly payments. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 213 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 10', 1774- 
Present, mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Austin. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his Notifications for the An- 
nual March Meeting on the 14'. Ins*. 

Voted, that Joseph Greenleaff Esq. have the printing of the 
Notifications for the March Meeting. 

Voted, that Mess. Austin & Pitts be a Committee to wait 
upon D r . Eliot and desire him to open the approaching Town meet- 
ing with Prayer. 

Mess 1 ". Austin & Pitts a Comra ce . to see whether Major Dows 
may be accommodated with a peice of Ground in the Church 
Burying Ground in order to enlarge his Tomb. 

Passed upon Paul Farmer, Keeper of the Almshouse his Prov- 
ince Accounts amounting to . 593 6-11^ & . 45-51 as p. 
Copys on file. 

[38.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
16, 1774. Present, Mess". Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Francis Vaidale of Tours in the Province of Touruay applied 
to the Selectmen for leave to open a School, in this Town to 
teach French, and having produced Credentials of his being a 
Protestant, and having attended their Assemblies which Corre- 
sponded with his own declaration. 

Hammers wanted for M r . Bangs a Sealer of Leather. 

The Selectmen received of Peter Oliver Esq. by the hands of 
Edward Lyde the Principal & Interest on M rs . Brookers Bond 
being . 150-13-11- which mouy by Order of the Selectmen 
was delivered to Deacon Newell the 11 Ins'. 

mem. the Interest was . 6-7-3- the resi d . being 144. 6. 8. Coll . 
Marshall had upon Bond. 

M r . Austin & M r Pitts a Committee to view the North burying 
Ground, and give directions as to the repairs of the Wall as they 
may Judge proper. 

M r . Wendell desired to procure a Bull for the Common. 

M r . Holbrook master of the Writing School in the Common 
apply'd to the Selectmen for an assistant his Usher M r . Feuno 
having resigned. 

The Selectmen upon the recommendation of M r . Holbrook have 
permitted him to take Andrew Cunningham as his assistant & 
he to be allowed by him the Towns allowance of . 34- p. Annum. 

A New Assize ordered. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, March 23 d . 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen received of M r . John Grant . 4- being one 
years Interest on M rs . Brookers Bond ending 23 d . March, 1774. 

Deacon Newell had it. 

The Selectmen received of Joseph Aterton of Harvard Twelve 
pounds lawful Money for Interest on Brookers Bond ending 20' 
1774 Deacon Newell had. 

Coll . Marshall received of Deacon Newell Treasurer of M. 



214 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 42. 

Brookers Donation to Poor Widows 144. 6. 8. for which [39.] He 
gave Bond dated 16' March 1774. 

M r . Carter Master of School house in Queen Street acquainted 
the Selectmen that the House the Widow of the late M r . Proctor 
lived in is now empty, and that he is desirous of going into it as 
soon as may be. 

The Select men consented that M r . Carter should have the 
House, and Deacon Newell & M r . Pitts are appointed a Committee, 
to order the necessary Repairs. 

Mem . M r . Treasurer has received of Deacon Newell . 4-2-7- 
moneys received of Thomas Davis of Barnstable for D r . Whit- 
wortlis attendance at the Hospital, which the D r . had a draft for 
The Treasurer is to C r . the Town for the same. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed by an 
Order dated Jan y . 28, 1774 to receive one John Colman not an 
Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, who is sick and has not 
wherewithal! to support himself. 

Order signed by M r . Scollay & Deacon Newell Selectmen & 
Deacon Barrett an Overseer. 

Mess". Oliver, Bicher. Deshon, Greenleaff, Hurst apply for 
Licenses as Vendue Masters, also M r . Russel & Hunter, Gould, 
Church, Fellows, Simons. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for the calling a 
Town Meeting on the 30. Instant, 12 O Clock at Noon, on the 
business of a Town Clerk. 

Voted, that M r . Byles have the printing of the Notifications for 
said Meeting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 29. 1774. 
Present, Mess.' Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Coll . Marshnll & M r . Pitts a Committee to veiw Sea Street, and 
to Report what is proper to be done, M r . Austin added to the Com- 
mittee. 

[4O.] M r . Putnam upon application had liberty to open a drain 
near his House in Summer Street to the Common Shore he taking 
care to restore the Ground and payment to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 30', 1774. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/4 p. 
bush, and that 6 <l . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges, pains, and livelihood which is computed as follows, Viz'. 

Ids. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal 

must weigh 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian meal 
Bisket of a Copper price " " " 

M r . Smith was directed to get M r . John Ilinckley Blacksmith to 
[relieve?] such of the Lamp Irons as he may Judge require it. 
William Sharp is appointed by the Selectmen to remove any 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 215 

Dirt Timber or other Incumbranees which may be laid upon the 
Neck. 

The Town Clerk is directed to insert in the News Papers that 
part of the Law relative to Lamps which relates to the removing 
Boards & c . which distract the sight of the Lamps. 

Boston Ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 31, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Selectmen having considered, the Petitions of three Gen- 
tlemen who had been Licensed the last year as Vendue Masters 
for this Town agreable to a Law of the Province, did as on the 
Yesterday approve of all those who served in that place the last 
year, together with M r . David Simons, in the room of one who 
declined accepting the choice the last Year & the Town Clerk is 
directed to make out their respective Licenses as soon as may be. 

[41.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 6, 1774. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almshouse was directed to 
receive into the Almshouse on the Province Ace', one John 
Stewart to be supported there, he being sick & infirm & not having 
where with all to support himself Order signed by M r . Scollay and 
Newell, two of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 8, 1774. 
Present, Mess" 1 . Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13, 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Wendell, Pitts. 

William Dorrington Keeper of the Hospital at New Boston, gave 
in an Inventory of the Necessary Articles, now belonging to said 
Hospital, in his keeping as on file. 

M r . M e .faelden gave in a List of the Cows which feed upon the 
Common, as on file. 

M r . John Ballard Master of Engine N. 1. having as the Select- 
men are informed by M r . Bently declined serving as he purposes 
to reside wholly at the Eastward, where he now is, and the 
Engine Company having recommend M r . Joshua Bently as a 
proper Person to be appointed Master of said Engine ; the Select- 
men have accordingly appointed him. and the Clerk is directed to 
make out his Orders. 

M r . Bently proposed Newbery Clough & William Dyer for 
Engine Men in the room of John Ballard & John Richardson 
who were accordingly accepted by the Selectmen. 

D r . Wendell, & M r . Pitts, with Col' Hancock a Comm e . to 
view the Bank before his House, and order such repairs as they 
think proper also to view the Common where the Carts with 
Bricks from the Old Powder House have passed, and to see that 
the damage done by these Carts, is repaired. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 20. 
1774. Present Mess r . Marshall, Wendell. 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Orders were given Joshua Bently Master of Engine N. 1 of 
the common Tenor his Engine is kept by the Old North Meeting 
House has 19 men with himself viz'. 

Joshua Bently Orcut Shaw 

Thomas Marble Benjamin Gushing 

Richard Grant John Hughes 

Timothy Atkins Jonathan Brown 

Thomas Christy Walter I'iper 

B. Ballard John Richardson 

William Brown James Baird 

John Bryant Josiah Brown 

Newbury Clough William Dyer 

James Robins 

Maj r . Barbour acquaints the Selectmen that he is in want of 
a Flag for the North Battery and informed that the Magazine 
& Wall of said Battery is out of repair. 

Coll . Marshall & D r . Wendell appointed a Committee to view 
the Fence on the Neck. 

Maj r . Barbour was directed to procure a Flag for North Bat- 
tery, agreable to his request. 

M r . Scollay & Newell a Committee to agree with M 1 '. Corbit for 
the hire of his Ground where the Hay Engine stands which M r . 
Bayly says M r . Corbit will let for . 10 p. annum. 

M r . Seollay & M r . Wendell a Committee to procure a Stove for 
Master Lovels School. 

Deacon Newell M r . Scollay & M r . Austin a Comm 86 . to enquire 
into the Circumstances of a Boy at the Alms house by the name 
of James Tant his reputed Father William Tant his Mother 
Elizabeth Thompson. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 26, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[43.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
6/4 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 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh - - " " " 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian meal must weigh - ** " " 

Bisket of a Copper price " " " 

M r . Nathaniel Corbit has agreed with the Selectmen for the 
hire of the Ground the Hay Engine stands upon at the rate of 
.10 p. annum, for so long a time as the Selectmen shall occupy 
the same the rent to commence from 4' of April Ins 1 . M r . 
Corbit is to give 3 months warning for the removal of the Engine 
if he should have occasion to make Sale of the Land 

Thomas Hoadly admitted a Watchmen in the New Boston 
Watch under Constable Torry in the room of one Dayly. 

Mr. Isaac Pearce appointed to warn poor & vagrant Persons 
out of Town M r . Love being dead and the Clerk is directed 
to make out his Orders 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 217 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Benjamin Henderson having satisfied the Selectmen that 
he had paid in the full Tax of 1772. agreable to a Vote of the 
Town and desiring his Bonds for that Year may be delivered him, 
the Clerk was directed to deliver them accordingly 

Coll . Marshall appointed to procure 5 set of New Hammers for 
Sealing of Leather, for the a. Sealers of Leather, the same to be 
number'd. 

M r . Elijah Adams Sexton of the New South Church was ap- 
pointed to the care of the Old Burying Place & the Burying 
Ground near the Granary. 

Town Clerk ordered to issue a Warrant for Town Meeting 
Tuesday next the 10'. Ins'. 10. O Clock. 

[44.] Deacon Newell & M r . Pitts a Comm 66 . to invite M r . 
Lothrop, D r . Cooper whose turn it is being out of Town to open 
the Meeting with Prayer. 

Mess". Fleets to have the printing of Notifications. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 7, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that the Brigg". 

Benjamin Smith master, has Jbeeu stopt at Rainsfords 

Island, one Person having been buried out of her with the Small 
Pox and another sick on board, the following was given M r . Hart- 
ley Keeper of the Hospital. 

Boston May 7, 1774 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

There being a Briggandine stopt at your Island with the 
Small Pox who left Liverpool 8 Weeks past Benjamin Smith 
master which Vessel is owned in Plymouth Our directions are 
that you proceed in the usual manner in cleansing the Vessel, 
taking out upon Deck all the Crates & c . between Decks, and airing 
them. The man sick on board will have a Doctor sent down, and 
if he can be removed with safety, to the Hospital, Dr. Whitworth 
will acquaint you Before the Man is taken on shore the 
Workmen must leave the Island You must suffer no one to leave 
the Vessel or to come on board without our permission, and in 
every respect to behave with due caution that the C r . we have 
obtained by preventing a spread of the Distemper in times past 
may not be lost Let us know the State of things, when you 
will have further directions. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 11, 1774. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 18, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

[45.] M rs . Hartley attended, and informed, that one William 
Hearsy a Son of Hearsey in this Town, sent down by M r , Scollay. 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

with the Small Pox is in want of necessaries, and desired or- 
ders to supply him, whereupon, the following Letter was sent M r . 
Hartley. 

Boston, May 18, 1774 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

As M r . Hearseys Son sent down to Rainsfords Island with the 
Small Pox is in want of necessaries, you are desired to procure the 
same as cheap as possible, and we shall reimburst you for the same. 
By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting 
to . 10-4/- as p. Copy on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen which was 12' May, 
1774. Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to issue his Orders for 
a Town Meeting May 12 11. O Clo^k. 

Mess r . Edes & Gill had the printing of the Notifications. 

The following Letter was sent M r . Hartley. 

Boston, May 12, 1774 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us by Letter that Cap*. Smiths Brigg ne . is 
sufficiently smoked and cleansed & that she may come to Town 
without danger to the Inhabitants it is our Orders that you give 
her one more smoking & let her leave the Island on Saturday next 
after being satisfied for your trouble. 

JOHN SCOLLAY 
TIMOTHY NKWELL 
THOMAS MARSHALL 
SAMUEL AUSTIN 
JOHN PITTS . 

Selectmen of Boston 

P.S. Putting the Goods taken from between Decks, on the 
Island untill further Orders. 

A Certificate was given the Governor near the Common tenor. 
Passed upon D r . Danforths Province Acco 1 . amounting as p. 
copy on file to . 274-2-10. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 26, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[46.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6 /4 
p. bushel, and that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye meal must 

weigh - - " " " 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Weigh 
Bisket of a Copper price - " " 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 

Passed upon William Todds Province Acco ( . amounting as p. 
Copy on file to . 4. 

Boston, May 26, 1774 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that the Crates of Ware brought in 
Cap 1 . Smiths Brigg ne . are sufficiently smoked and aired, you are 
permitted to bring them up to Boston, taking care that you are 
first satisfied as to the charge. 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Voted, that the Town Clerk have a draft for . 20. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1, 1774. Pres- 
ent, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Passed upon Timothy Newells Province Account amounting as 
by Copy on file to . 12-8-4- & 12/more. 

Mess". Barker, Fowle, Stevens, W ra . & Thomas Sharp, Hoadly 
& Ayres, attended, and agreed with the Selectmen that they 
would continue Lamp Lighters thro' the Winter. 

Issued a Warrant to Mess rs . Daws & Homer to Survey the 
Chimuies of a House in Short Street owned by M rs . Marston. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 4, 1774. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Whereas several of the Captains of the Militia have desired the 
lent [ ?] of the Towns Arms to exercise their Companys Coll . Mar- 
shall & Deacon Newell are appointed a Committee to deliver out 
the same, and take security for the return of them. 

[47 .] Passed upon Allen & Ruggles Province account amount- 
ing to . 7-1 5-9-, as p. Copy. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 8, 1774. 
Present, Mess re . Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Voted, that the Clerk deliver M r . Hollyday his Bonds for 1772. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 15, 1774. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

M r . Bayley apply'd for liberty to open a Drain from his House 
near the North Battery into the Common Shore. 

Liberty was accordingly granted, he making good the Pavement, 
and the Ground to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Application being made by the Friends & Relations of Nathan 
Shute that he may be permitted to go in the Country to the House 
of Eben r . Shute of Maiden for his better health & that they will 
make such addition to the Province support as may be necessary. 
M r . Farmer was directed to permit his going out. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 22 d . 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall. Pitts. 

M r . Edwards appeared & acquainted the Selectmen that M r < 



220 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 42. 

Robinson had no further use for the lower Stalls he had hired 
on the South side of the Market viz'. X. lf>-16-l 7-18-19- 

mem. he is obliged by his Lease to give a Quarters warning. 

An Order to Mess rs . Bennett & Symms Constables to observe 
these Persons who may sell Strong Drink as p. Copy on file. 

Boston June 22 d . 1774. 
M r . Samuel Hartley 

You having Reported to us that one Robert Shaw who has had 
the Small Pox at your Island, has been so well cleansed as that 
he may be permitted to leave the Island with safety Our Orders 
are that you permit him to come off not taking anything with him 
but is well aired & cleansed.. 

By Order of the Select men 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

[48.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 24, 
1774. Present, Mess". Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Voted, that there be a visitation of the Free Schools in this 

Town on Wednesday the Day of July next, and that the 

following Gentlemen be invited to accompany the Selectmen there- 
in, and that they be notified to attend at the Select mens Chamber 
at 8 OClock in the Morning of said Day in order to proceed on 
the visitation. 

The Hon ble . James Bowdoin M r . Howard 

James Pitts Esq. M r . How 

The Representatives of the M r . Gorden 

Town M r . Ward 

John Barret Esq. Cap 4 . Frazier 

M r . W m . Whitwell M r . Stephen Minot 

The Town Treasurer M r . Samuel Bass 
TheRev d .CharlesChauncyD.D. Nath 1 . Taylor Esq. 

Mather Byles D.D. M r . John Amory 

Andrew Eliot, D.D. M r . Peter Hughes 
Samuel Cooper D.D. Arnold Wells Esq. 

Ebenezer Pemberton Meletiah Boune Esq. 

D.D. D r . John Greenleaff 

Samuel Mather D.D. M r . Daniel Parker 

John Hunt M r . Joseph Hall 

John Bacon M r . Peter Boyer 

M r . Lothrop M r . Eliphalet" Fitch 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29, 1774 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/4 p. 
Bushell and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal 

must weigh 

a 4 ditto not above J Indian Meal must weigh " " " 

Bisket of a Copper price " " " 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 221 

M r . Farmer Keeper of the Alrashouse has liberty to put his 
Cows into the Church Burying Ground at Nights. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 2 d . 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[49.] M r . Wentworth who is in possession of a House be- 
longing to the Town near Boston Neck has informed the Select- 
men that application has been made to him by Maj r . Goldthwait 
for the improvement of said House as a Guard House ; where upon 
the Select men informed M r . Wentworth that as Officers of the 
Town they could not consent to any such improvement of the 
Towns Estate 

The Selectmen having received a Letter from the Comm e . of 
Correspondence of the Town of Windham in Connecticut, by M r . 
Howard & Comp 7 . accompanied with the Resolutions of said Town 
at their Meeting 28'. Ultimo relative to the present distress of the 
Town of Boston occasioned by the late cruel Port Bill, in which 
they have not only expressed their sympathy by Letter, but have 
generously sent for the relief of the distressed in this Town 2o8 
Sheep but as the Town of Boston at a late meeting impowered 
the Overseers to receive all such Donations the Selectmen have 
assigned said Sheep to the care & disposal of the same Comm 66 . in 
concert with a Comm ee . of the Town on Ways & means for imploy- 
ing the Poor. see below 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4, 177.4. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Boston July 2 d . 1774 
Gentlemen 

We received by M r . Howard your very kind obliging and Syni- 
pathetick Letter accompanying a very generous & acceptable do- 
nation for the Poor of the Town of Boston. We cannot but with 
the utmost feelings of gratitude applaud the noble spirit that ap- 
pears in the respectable Town of Windham on this occasion, a 
spirit truly characteristick of New England men descended from 
Ancestors the most worthy of imitation & aplause. That our 
situation in this Town is truly deplorable needs no comment ; that 
for a single supposed trespass our whole Foreign Trade to be ani- 
hilated & thousands of persons that depended on their dayly 
labour for their Bread to be reduced to a state of extreme want ; 
and superadded to all this to have a military force introduced 
among us to insult us in our distress, is a measure that must mark 
the present administration. But amidst [5O.] Our sufferings it is 
a great aleviation that all our Sister Colonies have adopted these 
sufferings as their own, and that from them we may expect all 
that relief & assistance that such an opinion must inspire but to 
none are we more obliged than to the Colony of Connecticut & the 
several Towns therein that have distinguished themselves on this 
occasion. Ma}' the blessing of him that is ready to perish come 
upon all those that with a liberal hand are dealing out their 
bounty to the distressed Poor of this devoted Town who not with- 
standing what they already suffer are ready & willing to suffer 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

yet more rather than give up their Birth right Priviledges, permit 
us Gentlemen in behalf of this Town to return you our sincere 
thanks for this token of your good will & to subscribe ourselves. 
Your Brethren & most Hum. Serv ts . 
J. SCOLLAY 
T. NEWELL 
T. MARSHALL 
BENJ*. AUSTIN 
OLIVER WENDELL 
JOHN PITTS 

Selectmen of Boston 
To 

The Gentlemen Selectmen of Windham 

in Connecticut Colony 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, July 6, 1774. Pres- 
ent Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen proceeded with the Gentlemen invited to a visit- 
ation of the publick Schools ; but upon account of the present dis- 
tress, the Dinner usual on such days was laicl aside. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting 
as p. Copy on file to 23. 10 / 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 12, 1774, Pres- 
ent Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Austin. 

The Hay ward was directed to fat the Bull, which is unruly in 
order to its being killed for the Almshouse. 

Voted, that the Assize of Bread be altered & a new Assize 
given out bv the Clerk. 



oz. 



a Loaf f Wheat Rye or Indian to weigh 2-6 

Indian % Rye - 3-6- 

[51.] Passed upon the old List of Licensed Persons, and 
made Return to the Sessions accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 18, 1774, Pres- 
ent Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell. 

Agreed to go down to Rainsfords Island to view the Hospital. 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting 
as by Copy on file to . 446-9- & . 35-11-11 as p. Copys 
on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen at Deer Island, July 
20, 1774. Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Marshall, 
Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Passed upon Thomas Moores Province Acco 1 . am*, as to . 



Passed upon Abraham Rogers Province Ace', am*, as p. 
to . 

Passed upon Deacon Newells Province Acco'. amount as p. 
to. 

Passed upon 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 223 

Passed upon Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting as 
p. - - to . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23, 1774 Pres- 
ent Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting 

Voted, that Daniel Kneeland have the printing of the Notifi- 
cation. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 1774 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Passed upon Accompts. 

[52.] Ordered that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 6/ p. 6 
bushel, and that 6 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 or Indian to 

weigh ---------- 2-6 

a 4 d . ditto - - - - i Indian Rye 3 - 6 - 

Voted 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that upon the Complaint of the Bakers the Assize be 
altered, and that the Bread be set at Wheat at 6/4 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 1 . 

lb. oz. 

a 4 d . Loaf Brown Bread f Wheat Rye & Indian Meal 

to weigh -------- -------2-6 

a 4 d . Ditto - - - - Indian Rye Meal - - - 3 - 6 - 

It is agreed to allow the Pavers employed in repairing the 
publick 'Streets, 8. d . p. yard for paving and the Labourers 2/8 p. 
Day those who pick up the Stones are to have 20 d . /. old tenor 
p. Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 1, 1774 
Present Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Agreed with a number of Pavers and Labourers for paving the 
Streets, at the foregoing rates. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 3, 1774 
A.M. Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Several Persons attended, who complain'd of ill treatment from 
some Officers the of last Month viz'. M r . Fullerton Bur- 
ton & Smith 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug f . 3 d . 1774. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Town Clerk was directed to deliver M r . Benjamin Gray a 
Collector of Taxes for 1772, the Bonds he signed for the faithful 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

discharge of his duty, he having paid the several Collectors for the 
Tax of said year. 

Maj r . Dawes had liberty to build a Tomb iu the old Buryiug 
Place in a vacant peice of Ground. 

[53.] Major Small Ad. Camp to Earl Percy attended with two 
Officers of 4' Regiment viz'. 

when the Officers acknowledged the offence 
committed by them against some of the Inhabitants at the late 

affray at New Boston the of July last at about 9 or 10. 

O Clock that Evening ; expressed their concern that too cheerful 
a Glass should betray them into such a behavior which they 
should carefully avoid for the future, and beg'd the interposition of 
the Selectmen to prevent any prosecution or law suits in conse- 
quence of their cqnduct. the Selectmen acquainted the Major that 
the Persons who had complained to them would be satisfied with 
this acknowledgment ; and the Major expressed his obligation to 
the Selectmen for their kindness in this accommodation, and as- 
sured them that agreeable to their desire his utmost care would 
not be wanting to prevent such cause of offence to the Inhabitants 
in any future time. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Dyer appeared and craved leave to open a Drain from 
Purchase Street, near the Admirals House, when liberty was 
granted upon condition of the Ground & Pavements being made 
good, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

The Town of Charlestown by M r . Seth Sweetser the Town 
Clerk by Letter promise to indemnify this Town from any charge 
that may arise on Mrs. Mary Cook who is an Inhabitant of 
Charlestown, whiles she resides in Boston as p. Letter on 
file. 

M r . William Payne from Barnstable applys to the Selectmen for 
leave to open a School in this Town for teaching English Gram- 
mar Writing & Arithmetick. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug 1 . 13, 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 
Pitts. 

In consequence of a Billet received Yesterday [54.] From 
Governor Gage, all the Selectmen saving Coll . Hancock waited 
on him this Day between Twelve and one O'Clock at the Prov- 
ince House, being introduced by his Aid de Camp. The Governor 
upon coming into the room where we were standing, without any 
ceremony of any kind, said, the reason of his sending for us, 
were contained in a Paper he had in his hand which he would 
read to us, the contents were, " that he had received from 
England the two acts of Parliament lately passed in which was 
inserted a Clause for bidding the calling Town Meetings without 
special license from the Governor : " after he had read this Paper 
he produced the Act of Parliament and turned to the Clause, and 
gave it to the Selectmen to read after the same was read, the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 225 

Governor observed, "that as he was soon to go out of Town 
lie chose to give us this Information that if a Town Meeting 
should be wanted, upon our application to him if he should Judge 
it expedient he would allow one to be called " we told him 
that at present we had no need of calling a Town Meeting for we 
had two now alive by Adjournment, one of them to be some time 
this month, the other to be held in October. On this information he 
looked serious and said " he must think upon that," adding " that 
by thus doing we might keep the Meetings alive for ten year.s," 
we told him the Adjournment of those Meetings was not the Act 
of the Selectmen but of the Town, and that we were Officers, 
chosen by the Town to manage the prudentials of it, who had 
our duty laid down in the Law of Province, that we had al- 
ways endeavoured to do our duty conformable to the Laws and 
hoped we always should on our so saying he said, & we thought 
with some degree of temper, " that he was determined to enforce 
those Acts of Parliament, and that if any bad consequences en- 
sued, we must be answerable and not he." 

[55.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug 1 . 17, 
1774, Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Selectmen having acted upon the List of Taveners & Re- 
tailers for the last year, the same was returned to M r . Goldthwait 
Clerk of the Sessions, with the doings of the Selectmen thereon, 
as p. Copy on file they now considered the Petitions presented, 
when the following Persons were approbated by the Selectmen 
Viz* 

Sarah Bean - - - to keep Tavern at the Admiral Vernon. 
John Crosby - - - to Retail at his Shop near y e . White 

Horse S.E A 

John Durant - - do - do - - near the above S.E. 
Jennet Trail - - do - do - - near Winnesimet Fery 

N.E. 

Jacob Thayer - - do - do - - near South Battery. 
Charles Gobbet - do - do - - in Middle Street N.E. 
Joseph Shed - - do - do - - near Old South Meeting 
Elizabeth Warden do - do - - near two Palaviras, N. E. 
Samuel Web - do - do - - in Queen Street. 

Mary M c .Carty - do - do - - Fore Street North End. 
Sarah Chadwill - do - do - - near Tylers Ship Yard, 

N.E. 

Andrew Campbell - do - do - - near White Horse, S.E. 
John Ingersoll - do - do - - at Wheelwrights Wharff. 
Mary Lovel - do - do - - at Marshalls Lane. 

Susannah Bacon - do - do - - near Bulls Wharff S.E. 
Rachel Love - - do - do - - near M r . Byles Meet 8 . 

House. 

Dorcas Griffiths - do - do - - Head of Hancocks Wharff. 
Abigail Frost - - do - do - - near Tylers Ship Yard 
George Thomas - do - do - - near M r . Mathers Meet g . 

house 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

David Newhall - do - do - - near Charlestown Ferry 

John Bryant " - - do - do - - Paddys Alley or Street 

Mary Popkins - - do - do - Wentworths Wharff. 

Thomas Waldo - do - do - - Long Wharff. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 23, 1774 
Present Mess r8 . Scollay, NewelL Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

Benjamin Austin Esq. of y e . Comm ec . on Ways & Means, ap- 
ply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a Brick Kiln on the 
[56.] West side of the Neck Liberty was accordingly granted 
it appearing to the Selectmen, to be a very useful Undertaking in 
the present emergency. M r . Austin also apply'd to know how 
their Committee might repair the Street at the South End, called 
Sea Street so as to benefit the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug'. 24, 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

M r . Smith, Lamp Lighter, apply'd to the Selectmen and ac- 
quainted them he expected to be paid according to Agreement 
although the Lamps had not been lighted the last Quarter M r . 
Newell & M r . Pitts were appointed a Committee to inspect the 
Towns Powder, and make Report. 

Mess r8 . Scollay and Newell, appointed a Committee to write to 
Marblehead and Maiden for payment of their Hospital Accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Aug 4 . 31, 1774. 
Present Mess 1 " 3 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Whereas it was agreed with M r . Edward Smith to take the care 
of the Town Lamps for twelve months he to receive the sum of 
Forty Pounds Ster 8 . for that term of time, and whereas . 13-6-8- 
lawful mony has been paid him for one quarter, & another quarter 
expires this day ; but by reason of the distress occasioned by the 
Boston Port Bill, the Lamps have not been light the last Quarter- 
therefore, 

Voted, that m r . Smith have a draft for said last Quarter as tho' 
the service had been performed he having engaged to perform said 
service in any future time when called upon for that purpose, it be- 
ing his intention and agreement to perform the service at the rate 
he had engaged for a twelve month, when the Town shall think 
proper to have the Lamps again lighted ; and to consider this 2 <l . 
Quarters pay as so much advanced on account of service, which re- 
mains still to be performed by him, when called upon for that purpose. 

In the mem. Book he has signed his Name to such a Writing as 
the above. 

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

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye or Indian 

Meal - -2-6- 

a4 d . ditto \ Indian & i Rye - - 3. ''>. 

Bisket of a Copper price 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 227 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 7, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

Joseph Pope an Infant Child of a Stranger whose Parents have 
absconded, being left destitute, was sent to the Alms house on 
Province Account. 

Edward Power a Child of a Stranger belonging to one of the 
Men of War, being left by the Mother at D r . Churches Entry, was 
also sent to the Alms house on the Province Acco'. by two Select- 
men viz 1 . M r . Scollay & M r . Newell. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Sep r . 6, 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Select men made the following application to the Governor 
which was read to him by the Town Clerk, viz'. 

May it please your Excellency 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston now wait on your 
Excellency to acquaint you, that the Inhabitants of the Town are 
much alarmed to find that your Excellency has ordered the break- 
ing up the Ground near the Fortification on the Neck, and the 
Selectmen would beg of your Excell y . to explain your design in 
this extraordinary Movement that they may thereby have it in 
their power to quiet the Minds of the People. 

To the above the Governor reply'd to the following purpose 
[58.] That he had no intention of stoping up the Avenue to the 
Town or of obstructing the Inhabitants or any of the Country 
People, coming or going out of the Town as usual, that he had 
taken his measures and should pursue them ; and that he was de- 
termined to protect his Majestys Subjects & his Majestys Troops 
in this Town, and that he had no intuition of any thing hostile 
against the Inhabitants of the Town. 

The following was handed to the Governor by the Town Clerk, 
that he might object if he had been taken up wrong, but he 
having approved of the reply, the Clerk was ordered to publish 
the same in the publick Prints. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen, Sep r . 8' 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Austin. 

The Town Clerk was directed to wait on the Governor, acquaint- 
ing him that the Selectmen had business & would wait upon him 
this Afternoon. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 9, 1774 
Present: Mess". Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Selectmen agreed upon the following address to Governor 
Gage, which was read & presented to him by the Town Clerk on 
Fryday last, the Select men being present Viz 1 . 

May it please your Excellency 

The Selectmen of Boston at the earnest desire of a num- 



228 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 42. 

ber of Gentlemen of the Town and Country, again wait on 
your Excellency to acquaint .you that since our late Application 
the apprehensions of the People not only of this but of the neigh- 
bouring Towns, are greatly increased by observing the design of 
erecting a Fortress at the entrance of the Town, and of reducing 
this Metropolis in other respects to the state [59.] Of a Garrison 
this with complaints lately made of abuse from some of the 
Guards posted in that quarter in assaulting and forceably detain- 
ing several Persons who were peaceably passing in and out of the 
Town, may discourage the market People from coming in with 
their Provisions as usual, and oblige the Inhabitants to abandon 
the Town. This event we greatly deprecate as it will produce 
miseries which may hurry the Province into Acts of Desperation. 

We should therefore think ourselves happy, if we could satisfy 
the People that your Excellency would suspend your present 
design and not add to the distresses of the Inhabitants occasioned 
by the Port Bill, that of Garrisoning the Town. 

JOHN SCOLLAY Chairman of the Selectmen. 

To which his Excellency was pleased to return the following 
answer. 

Gentlemen, 

When you lately applied to me respecting my ordering some 
Cannon to be placed at the entrance of this Town, which you 
term the erecting a Fortress ; I so fully expressed my Sentiments, 
that I thought you was satisfied the People had nothing to fear 
from that measure, as no use would be made thereof, unless their 
hostile Proceedings should make it necessary, but as you have 
this Day acquainted me, that their fears are rather increased, I 
have thought proper to assure you, that I have no intention to pre- 
vent the free Egress and Regress of any Person to and from the 
Town, or of reducing it to the State of a Garrison, neither shall I 
suffer any under my command to injure the Person or Property 
of any of his Majestys Subjects But as it is my duty, so it 
shall be my endeavor to preserve the peace, and to promote the 
happiness of every Individual ; and I earnestly recommend to you, 
and every Inhabitant, to cultivate the same spirit and heartily 
wish they may live quietly and happily in the Town. 

THOMAS GAGE 

Boston September 9, 1774 

To the Gentlemen Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

[6O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep r . 14, 
1774 Present Mess rs . Newell, Hancock, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 
Passed upon several Accounts. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 10, 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

A Precept having been received for the choice of Representa- 
tives for the General Court to be held on Wednesday the 5'. Day 
of October. 

Voted, that the Clerk be directed to issue his Warranty for 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1774. 229 

a Town Meeting to be held on Wednesday 21' Day of Sep r . 
next. 

Voted, that Mess rs . Scollay & Austin a Comm ce . to wait upon 
D r . Mather to open the Meeting with Prayer. 

M r . Greenleaff had the printing of the Notifications. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep r . 21, 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 24, 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell. 

The Committee of Correspondence were present, and a joint 
Vote agreed upon to be sent the Contractors for erecting Barracks. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 26, 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Committee of Correspondence being Join'd in a Comm ee . 
of the Selectmen, a Motion was made, & the Question put, Viz*. 
Whether this Joint- Committee adhere to their Vote of the 24 th . 
Ins', respecting the Building Barracks & c . passed in the Affirma- 
tive unanimously. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Sep r . 27, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Pitts. 
The Committee of Correspondence, present. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 27, 1774. 
P.M. Mess rs Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 
The Committees of several Towns met at Fa,iieuil Hall. 

[61.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28, 
1774 Present Mess rs Hancock, Marshall, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r 5, 1774. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/4 p. 
bushel and that 6 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges pains & livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

Ibs. 

a 4. Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat i Rye or Indian 

Meal - 2- 4- 

a 4 d . ditto i Indian & | Rye - -3-6- 

Bisket of a Copper price 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Oct r . 8, 1774. Pres- 
ent Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 11, (12 th . in 
margin) 1774. Present Mess rs . Scollay, Austin. 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 18, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Voted, that the Perambulation of the Line betwixt Roxbury 
and this Town on Thursday next 10. O Clock Before Noon, and 
that a Letter be wrote to the Selectmen as usual, and a Dinner 
provided at M r . Greatons of Roxbury. D r . Eliot, Cooper, M r . 
Adams & Gorden to be invited. Paper on file 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r 19, 1774 
Present Mess r . Scollay, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 26, 1774. 
Present, Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 6/8 p. bush ; 
& that 6 d . p. bush, be allowed to the Bakers for their charges 
Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. 

A 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat ^ Rye meal or Indian, 

must weigh --2-4 

a 4 d . ditto Indian & Rye Meal must weigh - - 3-6 
Bisket of a Copper price -- 

[62.] Samuel Franklyne Master of Engine N. 9, apply s to the 
Selectmen for the premium allowed by the Town for bringing their 
Engine to play first at the Fire which broke out in a Barn of Maj r . 
Cunningham last week. drawn for. 

Voted, that he have for his Premium accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 31, 1774, A. 
M. Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen being informed by M r . Hartley that Cap*. Hood 
in the Ship Lydia, with the Small Pox on board, which arriv'd a 
few Days ago at Salem from London, ordered to the Province 
Hospital by the Selectmen of Salem, & on his Way was stopt by 
a Man of War in Nantasket whereupon two of the Selectmen viz'. 
M r . Scollay & M r . Newell, waited upon Admiral Graves to ac- 
quaint him with all circumstances when the Admiral reply 'd that 
he should pursue the Acts of Parliament, and if the Vessel did not 
leave the Harbour in six hours she would be seized, as he had 
given orders to a Captain of one of the Men of War for that pur- 
pose Cap'. Hood has lost three of his People by the Small Pox, 
and four are now under the Distemper. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Goto. 31. 1774 P.M. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Wendell, Pitts. 

A number of Persons examined as to the Fray last Satturday 
Evening, between two officers & some of the Inhabitants. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r t 2 d . 1774 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 9, 1774 
Present Mess. Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 231 

M r . John Jackson Sugar Baker at M r . Cushings applys to be 
one of the additional Watch. 

[63.] On the 2 d . of November Instant Complaint was made 
to the Selectmen by M r . Pierce impowered to carry out Strangers 
that he had employ'd Constable Beunet to carry out of the Town 
one Daniel Wiswall his Wife and Family to Charlestown where 
they belong, having been first legally warned that M r . Bennet 
had carried them to Charlestown and was delivering them to the 
authority there, when they were rescued out of his hands by a 
Sergeant, & nine Men by order of Coll . Walcot, Deacon 
Newell and M r . Austin waited on the Governor concerning this 
matter his Excellency shewed much surprise at the Coll , conduct 
sent for him and reprimanded him for interfering. 

Rev d . M r . Burch Chaplain of the 4. Regiment applyd to the 
Selectmen for liberty to preach in Faneuil Hall to his Regiment, 
on the Sabbath Forenoon. Liberty was granted, so long as no 
inconveniences attended. 

mem. reconsidered the above Vote. 

M r . Paul Farmer was desired to bury one Foss a a (sic) poor 
Stranger at the Province expence she not having left sufficient for 
the same. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 10, 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Voted, that the Perambulation betwixt Roxbury & Boston be on 
the Monday, & that their Selectmen be notified accordingly. The 
Gentlemen of the late Congress to be invited. 

Voted to reconsider the Vote passed as above, and that the 
Town Clerk hand in to the Rev d . M r . Burch the following Vote 
Viz'. 

The Rev d . M r . Burch Chaplain of the 4 th . Regiment having 
applied to the Selectmen for liberty to preach in Faneuil Hall to 
his Regiment the Forenoon of each Sabbath, the Selectmen took 
the application into consideration ; but apprehending some 
difficulties & disorders might be the consequence of Faneuil 
Halls being made [64.] Use of by the Troops, at this time, and 
that offence might be taken b}* some respectable Inhabitants who 
had been refused on a like application ; they hope M r . Burch will 
excuse their withholding their consent, more especially as they 
apprehend no difficultie will be in the way of his being acommo- 
dated with either of the Churches in this Town on such an 
occasion. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 15, 1774 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The Constables of the several AVatches were sent for, when the 
Selectmen directed them to suspend for the present, challenging 
Persons while on duty, and to put the Laws in execution which 
are enacted for their Government. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 16, 1774 
Present Mess r . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 21, 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Information given the Selectmen, that the Small Pox has broken 
out in a House near the Corn Fields occupied by a Sergeant of 
Coll . Hammeltous Regiment, and that five of his Children are 
now under the Distemper. 

Dr. Jarvis was sent for, and attended, when the Selectmen de- 
sired him to go to the House, and examine the Children, and 
then make Report of their Circumstances. 

D r . Jarvis Returned and Reported, that he had been at the 
House and by enquiry thinks there is no doubt of the Childrens 
having the Small-Pox. 

M r . Scollay & M r . Newell a Committee to wait upon the 
Governor, with information of this event, and to settle with him, 
respecting the charge of their removal & c . & to motion an ex- 
amination of the several Barracks. 

[65.] Committee returned and Reported, that the Governor 
had given orders for an examination of the several Barracks and 
that a Return would be made immediately. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 22 d . 1774 
A.M. Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The five Children with the Small Pox in the House of one 
Magraw a Soldier of the 59' Regiment Coll . Hammelton were re- 
moved this morning to the Hospital at at (sic) New Boston 
under the care of M r . Dorrington, the Parents of the Children 
consenting to the same. 

Voted, that D r . Jarvis have the care of the Children as their 
Physician. 

The Mother of three of the Small Pox Children, and the Father 
of two of them, were permitted to go into the Hospital, to attend 
their Children. 

Agreed with M r . Joseph Vose to supply the Hospital with 
Mutton for three Weeks, at 3 Coppers p. pound. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem r . 22 d . 1774. 
P.M. Present Mess rs . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M r . Barret was directed to smoke and cleanse the Things at 
the House the Children with the Small Pox were removed from, 
also the Rooms the Children had been kept in, and a Guard 
was provided to prevent the Soldiers going into the Infected 
Rooms. 

The following are the Orders given M r . Dorrington Keeper of 
the Hospital at New Boston Viz'. 

Boston, Novem*. 22 d . 1774 
M r . William Dorrington 

Having sent to the Hospital committed to your care and keeping, 
several children with the Small Pox Our Orders are that you 
carefully attend your duty, and prevent any Persons from coming 
in and going out of your House, unless they have our [66. ] Permis- 
sion. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 233 

We have directed M r . Barret to supply the Sick with necessaries, 
and D r . Jarvis who we have appointed their Physician will acquaint 
M r . Barrett with the things he or you may have occasion for, 
which will then be brought to you by him. 

We hope you will conduct in such a manner as to give satis- 
faction to the Sick and their Friends, at the same time that you 
guard against needless expences. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The following are the Orders given M r . Barrett Viz 1 . 

Boston Novem r . 22 d . 1774 
M r . William Barrett 

Having sent several Children to the Hospital at New Boston 
who have the Small Pox Our Orders are that you furnish M r . 
Dorringtou who is the Keeper of the House, with fresh Provisions 
and Necessaries they may have occasion for, and with every 
Article D r . Jarvis shall direct you to procure M r . Joseph Vose 
will supply you with Mutton, M r . Procter with Groceries M r . 
Callender with Bread; and what else you may procure, you must 
keep an Account of in a small Book for our Inspection. You 
must Smoke and cleanse the Rooms of the House the Sick were 
taken from well with Rossom and Brimstone, and the Bedding and 
other things to prevent the Infection being communicated and 
if you should observe that the Guard permits any Person going 
in without our permission, give us immediate notice there of, 
you must do the same if you should perceive any unfaithfulness 
in the Guard placed at the Hospital, or in any of the People at 
that [67.] House. We depend upon your care and fidelity, that 
our endeavors to prevent the spread of the Small Pox, may by 
the favor of Providence be succeeded. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 23 d . 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

The Assessors attended, and acquainted the Selectmen that the 
Books were ready, for the Collectors, and will be delivered when 
they produce their Certificates of having complyed with the Law 
and the order of the Town respecting the Collecting the Taxes. 

The Selectmen agreed with M rs . Catharine Foster whose Husband 
is at Sea, that she shall have Six pounds lawful Mony p. Annum 
to be paid quarterly to commence from the 1 st . of July last, for 
keeping & supporting one Christopher Harrow a blind young Man 
not an Inhabitant of any Town in this Province, and who has not 
where with all to provide for himself. M r . Austin was desired to 
supply M rs . Foster with what Articles she might want, as it is not 
convenient to draw upon the Province, at this time 

Deacon Newell appointed to receive from John Rowe Esq. all 
the Lamps and Tin Plates which he has in his hands, and to de- 
posite the same in the upper loft of Faneuil Hall. 

D r . Latham attended, and informed the Selectmen that a 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Soldier of the Main Guard House of the 59 th . Regiment is broke 
out with the Small Pox 

The Soldiers by the consent of the Major of the 59 Regiment 
was sent to the Hospital at New Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen 26 Mess. Scollay, 
Newell, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

[68.] By direction of the Selectmen the following Advertise- 
ment was published in the several News Papers. 

ADVERTISEMENT. 

As the appearance of the Small Pox in this Town has given 
rise to various Reports ; the publick are hereby informed that last 
Monday Night the Selectmen were acquainted by a Surgeon of the 
Armj-, that five Children in a House occupied by a Soldier of the 
59 th . Regiment, were seized with that Disorder, all of whom were 
sent early the next morning to the Hospital at New Boston, as 
was a Soldier of the same Regiment the Day following These 
are the only Persons in Town who have the Infection, and are all 
in a fair way of recovery. Upon a strict enquiry made thro' the 
Regiments, by order of the Governor, no one has been found 
among them that appears to have even the Symptons of that Dis- 
temper ; the rumor that some Soldiers or their Children were to be 
innoculated is without foundation ; such a measure having been 
forbid on pain of his Excellencies highest displeasure. It is sup- 
posed this disease was taken from a child brought from New York 
in one of the Transports, which died a fortnight ago ; And the Pub- 
lick may be assured that the greatest care has been taken to pre- 
vent a communication of the Infection. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 30' 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p. 
bush, and that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz 1 . 

" Ib. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread % Wheat \ Rye or Indian Meal 

must weigh 2-4- 

a 4 d ditto Indian & i Rye Meal must weigh - - 3 - 

Bisket of a Copper price -4-6 

M r . Paul Farmer Keeper of the Almsliouse [69.] Was directed 
to receive into the Almshouse upon the Province Account two 
Children Strangers, who have none to take care of them, there 
Names are John & Mary Nicholson Order signed by M r . Scol- 
lay & Coll r . Marshall Selectmen. 

The Constables of the Watch attended, when the following direc- 
tions were given to each of them Viz 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 235 

Boston Nov . 30. 1774. 
M r . John Martin, 

As the preseut state of the Town by means of a great number 
of Troops being quarter'd therein is such as to require the great- 
est care & fidelity from those who have the safety of the Inhabi- 
tants more immediately committed to them in the Night, Our Or- 
ders to you are that you set your Watch at 9. O'Clock each Night 
during the Winter season, and constantly Patrole your Ward till 
12. O'Clock and the remainder of the Night as usual in order to 
prevent or suppress all kind of disorders ; you must omit challeng- 
ing for the present and make the Laws enacted for the regulation 
Of the Watch the rule of your conduct, and if any thing should 
happen out of the common way let the Selectmen be informed of 
it as soon as may be. 

By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting & c . December 5. 1774, Present. 

M r . Hartley informed the Selectmen that on the the last Sattur- 

day Night the Schooner Cap 1 . Bosworth came to Rainsfords 

Island being sent there by the Selectmen of the Town of Marble- 
head where She arrived on Fr} r day from Baltimore having a Man 
on board sick of the Small Pox that the Man of War Boats 
boarded the Schooner when She came within the Light-house and 
obliged them on the [7O.] Peril cf being seized to land the Sick 
Man at One O'Clock in the morning altho' a Stormy Rainy Season, 
and he very bad with the Distemper the Selectmen desired D r . 
Jarvis to visit the Man at the Island which he did, and returned in 
the Afternoon and Reported that he was not like to live. 

D r . Jarvis informed the Selectmen that a Child at Magrath in 
Marshalls Lane, the Soldiers House where the other Children were 
sent from had undoubted Symptoms of the Small Pox upon which 
the Child was carried to the Hospital at New Boston by its Father. 

Coll r . Hammeltou informed the Selectmen that a Soldier of his 
Regiment being the 59 th . was broke out with the Small Pox at the 
Barracks near the Bunch of Grapes where one had been removed 
from last Week, he was immediately removed to the Hospital at 
New Boston which was done by consent. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 27, 1774 A.M. 
Present Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Bigsby informs that one Warren in a Building against D r . 
Coopers Meeting House has it is supposed, the Symtoms of the 
Small Pox whereupon D r . Jarvis was directed to examine into 
this matter and make Report to the Selectmen. 

The Poctor soon after Reported, that he was of opinion that 
the Person above mentioned had not the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov r . 27, 1774 P. 
M. (7 th in margin, probably the true date is December 7,) Present 
Mess. Scollay, Newell, Wendell, Pitts. 

Yesterday information was given that a Child at M rs . Megros in 
Marshalls Lane of Lieu'. Woodwards was taken with the Small 



236 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 42. 

Pox whereupon it was moved that Evening to the Hospital at 
New Boston. 

This Day information was given by D r . Hill Surgeon of the 59 th 
Regiment that a Child belonging to that Regiment in a Barrack at 
Doans Wharff was broke out with the Small pox upon which D r . 
Jarvis was directed to examine into the [71.] Circumstances of 
said Child. 

D r . Jarvis soon after Reported, that he was of opinion that the 
Child had no the Small Pox. 

The following Advertisement was sent to the Printers for Pub- 
lication Viz'. 

The Publick are here by informed that the Soldier and five Chil- 
dren sent to the Hospital at New Boston under the care of D r . 
Jarvis as mentioned in a former Advertisement are all recovered ; 
that yesterday two Children from the House the former Children 
were taken from, and a Soldier of the 59 th Regiment at the Barracks 
near the Bunch of Grapes who took the Distemper from the same 
Family were sent to said Hospital After strict enquiry these are 
all the Persons who have the Small Pox in this Town 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

Boston, Decem r . 7. 1774 

Voted, that the Clerk have a draft for Twenty six Pounds thir- 
teen Shillings & 4 d . to be drawn for the Draught now open. 

M r . Elias Robinson being appointed Master of Engine N. 3. 
kept near m r . Mathers Meeting House, who is allowed thirteen 
Men besides himself Orders were given him dated December 1- 
as p. Copy on file. 

Voted, at a Meeting of the Selectmen in Novem r . that Elias 
Robinson Master of Engine N. 3- have a draught on the Treasurer 
for 13/4 being the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing his 
Engine to work first on the Fire which lately broke out at M r . 
Millikens House North End for which he had a draught in Novem- 
ber last in favor of himself and Company. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, I)ecem r . 12- 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, & Pitts. 

Dr. Jarvis who has the care of the Hospital at West Boston 
have 6 , reported to the Selectmen that three of the Children sent 
there with the Small Pox viz' two of one Burkins, and one of 
Magrath [72.] Are now recovered, and that in his Opinion they 
might be permitted to leave the Hospital with safety to the Inhab- 
itants. Orders were accordingly given to M r . William Darrington 
Keeper of said Hospital to permit their leaving it so soon as he 
had well smoked and cleansed them, and fresh Suits of Clothing 
were provided for them. 

Yesterday the following Advertisement was sent to the Printers 
of the Monday Papers. 

The Publick are here by informed, that since our last advertise- 
ment another soldier of the 59 th Regiment and a young Child with 
the Small Pox, have been sent from the barracks on Doaus Wharff 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 237 

to the Hospital at New Boston ; where due care is taken to 
prevent a communication of the Infection. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
Boston December 11. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec 1 ". 17, 1774. A. 
Present, Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Newell. 

Dr. Jarvis having Reported to the Selectmen that a number of 
Persons at the Hospital at New Boston were recovered of the 
Small Pox, and might now leave the Hospital without danger to 
the Inhabitants Orders were given M r . Darrington the Keeper 
of said House, to permit those Persons to depart, taking care that 
they be sufficiently smoked and cleansed ; and that a fresh shift 
of Clothes be provided for each. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 17. 1774. 
P.M. Present, Messrs. Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 17, 1774. 
Evening. Present, Messrs Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, 
Austin, Pitts. 

Information being given by Dr. Latham that the Small Pox was 
broke out in Dr. Hills House in Hanover Street, and at Cap 1 Trigs 
opposite the White Horse South End Dr. Javvis was directed to 
examine into the Circumstances of these Families & Report their 
state. 

[73.] Dr. Jarvis Reported, that he had visited these Familys, 
& found that Dr. Hills Wife & three Children were nearly passed 
thro' the Small Pox and that several of Cap' Trigs Children had the 
Disorder but that neither the Cap* nor D r . would own that they 
had received the Infection by Inoculation. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 18, 1774. 
Sabbath Evening Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Mar- 
shall, Austin, Pitts. 

The following Advertisement was sent the several Printers of 
the Mondays News Paper for publication - Viz*. 

The Publick are here by informed that there are now but three 
People in the Hospital at New Boston infected with the Small Pox 
who will probably be dismissed from thence this Week ; that on 
Satturday information was given that the Wife of M r . Hill Sur- 
geon of the 59 Regiment & three of their Children in a House in 
Hanover Street near the head of Cold Lane, also two Children of 
Lieu'. Clarkes of said Regiment, under the same Roof have the 
Distemper ; together with three Children of Cap'. Trigs of the 59 
Regiment in a House down a yard opposite the White-Horse South 
end As it has been suggested that the above Children received 
the Infection by Inoculation, the Inhabitants may be assured that 
such measures will be pursued with the Delinquents for the present 
and future safety of the Town and Country as the Laws of the 
Land require. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

Boston, Decm r . 18. 1774 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 19. 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Information given, that the Small Pox is in a House of Cap 1 . 
Finwicks in the Common ; Dr. Javis was sent there and on his 
return Reported, that the Small Pox was not in said House. 

The Selectmen deliberated on the expediency [74.] of removing 
the Perons infected, from Cap 1 . Clarkes in Hanover Street and 
Cap 4 . Trigs House opposite the White Horse who refused their 
consent for a removaj, and considering the doubtfulness of the 
Law as to impowering the Selectmen to remove any Person contrary 
to their consent therefore Voted that Fences be put up in the 
Street near the Infected Houses, and that a Flag be hung out in 
each House to give notice of the Distemper. 

Voted, that Mess". Scollay, and Austin be a Committee to see 
the above Vote carried into execution. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decem r . 21, 1774. 
Present Mess". Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 27, 1774. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin. 

The Clerk was directed to issue his Warrants and Notifications 
of the adjournments of the May Meeting and Port Bill Meeting, as 
by Vote of the Town last Monday being 26 th Ins'. 

M r . Isaiah Thomas had the printing of the last Notifications. 

The following Advertisement was sent to the Printers of the 
Mondays Papers for publication Viz. 

The Publick may be assured that the Small Pox in this Town, is 
confined to two Families viz'. Cap'. Trigs opposite the White Horse 
& Lieut. Clarkes in Hanover Street those who were sick of that 
Disorder at D r . Hills & the Hospital being recovered ; proper care 
has been taken to cleanse D r . Hills House, & Guards are con- 
tinued at these Places not yet clear of the Infection. No Inhabi- 
tant has hitherto taken the Distemper, & by the care of his Excel- 
lency the Governor a Transport is provided for the reception of 
any Persons [75.] Belonging to the Army who should hereafter 
appear to have the Symptoms of that Disorder 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Decem r . 26, 1774 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Seclectmen, Decem r . 27, 1774. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Marshall. 

Information was given Yesterday by D r . Jarvis that a Maid 
Servant in Lieu'. Clarkes House in Hannover where the Small Pox 
has been for sometime past, was broke out with the Small Pox ; 
She was by consent of the master and the Order of Coll . Hammil- 
ton put on hoard the Hospital Ship in the Harbour. 

D r . Jarvis informed that Davis M c . Graues & Jacksons Chil- 
dren were well & might leave the Hospital with safety to the In- 
habitants Orders were given for that purpose to M r . Darrington 
Keeper of said Hospital. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1774. 239 

One George Baldwin a Soldier sent to the Hospital from the 
Barracks in King Street, died on the 13. Ins', when M rs . Barrett 
had orders to bury him in the Night, carrying his Corps over the 
Hill to the Burying Ground at the bottom of the Common. 

D r . Jarvis having Reported that Bryan Daily belonging to 59 th 
Regiment M rs . Jackson & her Child & M rs . Magraws Child are 
wholly free from the Small Pox. Orders were given M r . Darring- 
ton that after having smoked & cleansed them, they might leave 
the Hospital provided they had each a fresh suit of Clothes to go 
out with which Orders were signed by M rs . Scollay & Coll . 
Marshall. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Decent 1 . 28. 1774. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Marshall, Austin. 

Gave M r . Longly an Order on M r . Hartley Keeper of the Hos- 
pital at Rainsford Island for her Husband that [76.] the Hus- 
band having died of the Small Pox in the Vessel the clothes were 
sent from. 

Cap'. Franklyn applys for the Premium allowed by the Town 
for bringing their Engine to work first on the Fire which lately 
broke out in Gibbins Court. drawn for. 

Josiah Collins appointed one of the New Boston Watch & 
Nathaniel Gushing one of the Town House Watch. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Dec r . 29. 1774 
Present Mess. Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts, Newell. 

It being Reported to the Selectmen that those Persons who 
have had the Small Pox at D r . Hills and M r . Clarkes House in 
Hanover Street and Cap 1 . Trigs opposite the White Horse are 
quite well of the Small Pox, and that those Houses are sufficiently 
smoked and cleansed. 

Voted, that the Fences lately Erected for stopping the Passage 
Way by these Houses be now taken down. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 3, 1775. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at Wheat 6/6 p bushel 
and that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges, 
Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye or Indian 

Meal must weigh ------- - ... 2 - 4 

a 4 d . ditto Indian & Rye Meal must weigh - - 3-0 

Bisket of a Copper price 4-5 

The following Advertisement was sent to the Printers for a 
publication in the Mondays Papers Viz. 

The Selectmen have now the pleasure to assure the Publick that 
after the strictest enquiry no Person has the Small Pox in this 
Town, or even the Symptoms of that Distemper, and that the 
Houses which have been infected are so well cleansed that the 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Inhabitants may now pass them without the least apprehension of 
danger. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
Boston Jan y . 2. 1775. 

[77.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan T . 4', 
1775 Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Information having been given that the Hospital at New Boston 
is now sufficiently smoked & cleansed M r . Will. Darrington the 
Keeper had leave for himself & Family to go abroad as usual & 
Orders were given him accordingly. 

The following advertisement was sent the Printers of the Spy 
for publication VizH 

The Publick are hereby informed that this Town is now entirely 
free from the Infection of the Small Pox, and that this will be 
the last Advertisement on the occasion unless that Distemper 
should again make its appearance among us, in which case our 
Brethren in the Country, may be assured of receiving timely in- 
formation. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Jan y . 4. 1775. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 11. 1775. 
Present Mess. Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

Information was given the Selectmen by D r . Pecker that a Lad 
of one Kings a Rigger at the North End, was taken with the 
Small Pox, whereupon D r . Jarvis was directed to view the Lad 
who having Reported it to be the Small Pox, he was with the 
consent of his Uncle M r . King removed to the Hospital at New 
Boston ; and the Mother of the Boy was permitted to go there in 
order to look after him. 

The following advertisement was sent to the Printer of the Spy 
for a place in that Paper viz 1 . 

The Publick are hereby informed that Yesterday a Boy in the 
Family of M r . King living near Tylers Ship Yard, at the North 
part of the Town, was taken with the Small Pox ; the Lad was 
immediately removed to the Hospital at New Boston, and is the 
only Person who has the Distemper in this Town. 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Jany. 5. 1775. 

[78.] The following Advertisement was sent to M r . Thomas 
for a place in their Paper viz'. 

Complaints have been made to the Selectmen that numbers of 
the Inhabitants have been greatly disturbed by the driving of 
Slays thro' the Town, with the beat of Drums & other noises, at 
unseasonable Times of the Night ; To prevent such Disorders for 
the future, Orders have been given the Constables of the Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1775. 241 

Watch to stop such offenders and make Report of their Names, 
that they may be dealt with as the Law directs. 

B}' Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Boston Jan v . 11. 1775. 

The following Orders were sent to the Constables of the Town 
Watch Viz 1 . 

Boston Jan y . 11. 1775. 

Complaint having been, made to the Selectmen that the Inhabi- 
tants have been disturbed by the driving of Slays thro' the Town, 
with beat of Drum & other Noises at unseasonable times of the 
Night, you are therefore directed to endeavor to prevent such dis- 
orders for the future, by stopping such Offenders, and Reporting 
to the Selectmen their Names, that such Persons may be pro- 
ceeded with as the Law directs. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 18, 1775. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, Pitts. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province Account one William Hinks a sick Stranger 
Order signed by M r . Scollay & M r . Austin. 

M r . George Roulston admitted to the care of the Old & Com- 
mon Burying Ground in the room of M r . Carter deceased. 

[79.] The following Advertisement was sent to M r . Thomas 
for publishing, 

The Publick are hereby informed that a Boy taken Yesterday 
with the Small Pox in the Barracks on Doans Wharff was imme- 
diately removed to the Hospital Ship in the Harbour. 
By Order of the Selectmen. 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y , 21, 1775, 
A.M. Present Mess rs . Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wen- 
dell, Pitts. 

M r . Burdick & other Constables of the Watch, appeared and 
complained to the Selectmen of great abuses received from a 
number of officers of the Army, the last Night. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 21, 1775, 
P.M. Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wen- 
dell, Pitts. 

M r . Isaac Pierce, M r . Joseph Henderson & M r . Robert Peck & 
M r . Constable Burdick gave in their Depositions. 

D r . Jarvis informed that a young Woman & a Child at a House 
the head of Cross Street, occupied by a Sergeant of the 59 Reg 1 , 
was taken with the Small Pox. 

D r . Jarvis having Reported that M rs . King in the Hospital at 
New Boston who was there to Nurse a Child is now free from In- 
fection, & might leave the Hospital with safety. 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Voted, that she have liberty to depart and that the Keeper of 
the Hospital be advised accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 22 d . 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

The Young Woman & Child taken Yesterday with the Small 
Pox were this Day carried on board the Hospital Ship in the 
Harbour. 

M r . Barrett informs that a young Woman at the Hospital at 
New Boston was dead of the Small Pox where upon Orders were 
given M r . Barret, for the burial. 

[8O.] The following Advertisement was sent to the Printers 
of the Mondays Papers, Viz 1 . 

The Publick are hereby informed that a young Woman & a 
Child at the House of a Sergeant of the 59 th . Regiment, at the 
head of Cross Street, were Yesterday taken with the Small Pox, 
and soon after sent to the Hospital Ship in the Harbour ; upon a 
strict enquiry, no Person has this Distemper in Town. 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 24, 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

M rs . Mclntosh informs that one John Mclntosh at M r . John 
McFaddeus House near the White Horse was taken with the 
Small Pox & the mother consenting, M r . Barrett was directed to 
move the Person this Night. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 25, 1775. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Benj c . Austin Esq. complains of a chimney in a House occu- 
pied by John Vintenon in Sudbury Street whereupon Maj r . Dows, 
& William Moore, were appointed to examine into the Chimuies 
& make Report thereof. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at Wheat at 6/6 p. 
bushel and that 6 d . p. bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows : Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . loaf brown Bread | Wheat ^ Rye or Indian 

Meal must weigh 2-4- 

a 4 d . ditto, Indian & Rye meal must weigh 3 - 
Bisket of a Copper price 4 6 

Passed upon M r . Paul Farmers Province Accounts amounting to 
6. 413.8. & 46. .16. 5, which were put into the hands of M r . 
William Greenleaf, who has engaged it shall be presented to the 
Comm". of the Charter Council and no other, for their accept- 
ance. 

The following Advertisement sent to the Printers [81. J of 
the Thursdays Papers. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1775. 243 

The Publick are here by informed that a young Man at the 
House of M r . John McFadden near the White House at the South 
part of the Town was taken with the Small Pox last Tuesday & 
that Night removed to the Hospital at New Boston ; the only 
House in Town that is known to be infected with the Distemper. 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
Boston Jan y . 26, 1775. See below Jan*. 26. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb 5 ". 1, 1775. 
Present, Mess. Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Obediah Curtis Master of Engine No= applys to the Select- 
men for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their 
Engine to work F v st on the Fire which broke out at Coll . Jacksons 
Still house. 

Voted that he have y e Premium of 13/4- by a Draught on the 
Treasurer. 

John Lizard once a Sea Captain applied to the Selectmen for 
his being sent to the Hospital, having been wounded by a Centi- 
nel of the Army, his Story is as follows Viz'. taken in a 
writing. 

Information being given the Selectmen that a child of one 
Jacksons a Dutchman living at the South End opposite the Lamb 
Tavern was taken with the Small Pox, he was immediately re- 
moved to the Hospital at New Boston. 

M r . Paul Farmer was directed to receive into the Almshouse on 
the Province acco'. one John Lizard a poor Stranger who has been 
wounded by a Soldier, the order signed by M r . Newell and M r . 
Austin. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 26, 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Information being given that the Small Pox was at the House 
of one Bartlet a Taylor opposite to D r . Church. Enquiry was 
made by Coll . Hancock, & M r = Wendell, when it appeared that a 
young Man named Warland had the Distemper & [82.] Was 
not in circumstances to be removed, whereupon Orders were given 
to Fence up the Street and to put out a Flag for the information, 
of Passengers. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 3 d . 1775. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Committee of Correspondence having laid before the 
Selectmen a Letter just received from Marblehead by M r . Wells 
one of the Selectmen of that Town, informing of 5 Persons being 
pressed from Cap 1 . Thompson, a Vessel from Virginia with Dona- 
tions, & others out of a Wood Vessel. Deacon Newell, M r , Austin 
& Coll . Marshall were appoin[ted] to wait on the Governor, & 
Represent the matter they returned that the Governor would 
let them hear from him as soon as possible. 

Deacon Newell having received some time past of M rs . Brookers 
Donation the following Sums Viz'. 



244 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 



Of Joseph Athertons Interest 

of M r . Wiswall 

of Thomas Cartwright - - - 
of Samuel Stearns - - - - - 



12- 
12- 

3-12- 
4-17-6 

31-8-7 



The above was distributed as follows 
M rs . Walker 
M rs . Emmons 

Widow Bass .... 

Widow Ray 

Widow Lee - 

M rs . Hutter ... 

M rs . Lebland 

M rs . Wendell - 

M re . Randall - 

M re . Clark .... 

Mary Fago - 

M. Welch .... 

Nurse Gibbins - 

M^o Pearin- 

M rs . Hawkins 

[83.] M rs . Delaplace 
M ra . Fowle - 

Joanna Stone - 

Widow Capen 

M r . Pierpoints Nurse - 

Sarah Greenwood 

Elizabeth Smith - 

Mary M c Carty - 

Elizabeth Barber 

Widow Gleis 

Widow Russell - 

Joanna Stone 

Widow Wakefield 

M rs . Barber 

Widow Chappel - 

Widow Weymouth 



Viz*. 



18 

1 " 4 . 
18 J 

M r . Scollay to distribute. 
1 " 4 } 

M r . Pitts - d. 

- 2 " 8 | 

181- 

18 | 

18 I 

18 - - M r . Pitts 

18 M r . Wendell 

18 ) 

- 2 " 2 y 

1*1 

M r . Austin 

18 
18 

Coll . Marshall 
1 " 16 
18 

6 " 8 

1 " 4 

1 " 4 

1 " 4 

1 " 4 

12 

18 

12 

1 " 4 

12 

1 " 4 

12 J 

. 32-8-8- 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Feb". 8. 1775. 
Present Mess rs . Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The following Advertisement was sent for a place in the Thurs- 
days Papers 

The Publick may be assured, that after strict enquiry no Person 
is found to have the Small Pox in this Town ; and that proper care 
will be taken to prevent a communication of the Infection from the 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1775. 245 

Hospital at New Boston, and the House at the head of Pond 
Street from whence the Young man mentioned in last Weeks Ad- 
vertisement was lately buried. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 
Boston Feb v . 9, 1775. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Fet> v . 15, 1775, 
Present Mess rs . Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Selectmen, Justices & Overseers of the Poor, Agreed upon 
a Walk or Visitation of the Town 

D r . Jeffries directed to attend two sick Strangers viz f . Thomas 
Lunderkin, & Michael Poor, Feb*. 13' 

[84.] The Selectmen have hired a Chamber of one Doren at 
the North End for the Sick Persons mentioned on the other side 
at . 3 p. Week, he to find Beds & Bedding. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Fet/. 22 d . 1775. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Pitts. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Wheat be set at Wheat @ 6/6 p. 
bush, and that 6 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 or Indian 

Meal must weigh - 2- 4- 

a 4 d . ditto \ Indian, & \ Indian Meal must weigh- 3 

Bisket of a Copper price . 4- 

Thomas Jackson Engine Man admitted in the room of Ebenezer 
Ranee [ ?] gone to Sea, the Comr/. late Cap*. Frankland 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1, 1775. 
Present .Mess 8 . Austin. 

Cap 1 . Richard Hunniman appointed Master of Engine 9. in the 
Room of Cap 1 . Franklyn dece d . & the Clerk is directed to draw 
out Orders. 

Michael Bryant being recommended by the Committee of Dona- 
tions was admitted a Watchman of Constable Irelands Watch. 

Passed upon Dr. Jeffries Province Account am*, to . 283-1 0/- 
he having engaged that he will not apply to the Mandamus Coun- 
cillors. 

M r . Austin desired to furnish Cloth for the Oration the 5 of 
March. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 8, 1775. 
Present Mess rs . Hancock, Newell, Austin, Pitts. 

Voted that M r . Barret have a draft of . 10 for extra services 
the Year past, as has been usual. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue his Warrant for the Annual 
March Meeting. 

[85.] Voted that have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions. 

Voted, that Deacon Newell &, M r , Wendell be a Coium ei: . to 



246 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

wait upon D r . Cooper, and desire him to open the Town Meeting 
with Prayer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9, 1775. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Marshall, Austin, 
Wendell, Pitts. 

The Selectmen met to examine into the affair of this Morning 
when a Countryman was tar'd & fethered and carried thro' the 
Streets of this Town by a large Party of Soldiers of the 47. 
Regiment headed by Coll . Nesbit. 

Thomas Ditson of Bilrica, the Person Tar'd & Feathered was 
sent for.. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 11, 1775. 
Present Mess r . Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

The Town Clerk was directed to Copy a Letter for the Select- 
men of Bilrica. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 11, 1775 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Hancock, Marshall, Wendell, 
Pitts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 14, 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Austin, Marshall, Pitts, Wen- 
dell. 

D r . Jarvis informed that there was no Patients at the Hospital 
at New Boston and that he apprehended The Keeper M r . 
Dorrington & Family may now come out with safety to the In- 
habitants. 

Liberty was granted to leave the Hospital, all the Family being 
again smoked, & their Clothes Cleansed. 

A number of the Selectmen of Bilrica, appeared & informed, 
of the steps they were taking relative to the taring & feathering 
one Ditson of their Town, which was done by the Soldiery. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 15, 1775. 
Present Mess. Hancock, Austin. 

[86t] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat @ 
6/6 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. dr. 

a 4 d . loaf Brown Bread Wheat Rye or Indian Meal 

must weigh - 2-4 

a 4 d . ditto \ Indian & J Rye meal must weigh - 3- " 

Bisket of a Copper price - 46- 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 18 1775 
Present Mess". Scollay, Hancock, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

Information given by D r . Jarvis of two young Women being 
broke out with the Small Pox at a House in Maishalls Lane & that 
in his opinion they might be removed with safety. 

They were accordingly sent to the Hospital at New Boston. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1775. 247 

Last Evening a Letter was received from the Selectmen of 
Middleborough, Plympton & Hallifax in the County of Plymouth 
inclosing a Representation to General Gage, relative to the ill 
behaviour of some of the Troops sent to Marshfield, which Address 
was this Morning presented his Excellency by M r . Scollay & 
Newell. 

The following Advertisement sent to the Mondays Papers for 
publishing. 

Boston March 18, 1775 

The Publick are hereby informed, that Yesterday two Young 
Women living in a House in Marshalls Lane, at the North part of 
the Town were taken with the Small Pox & immediately removed 
to the Hospital at New Boston. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 22 d , 1775 
Present Mess r . Scollay, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

Information was given by D r . Gardner, that M rs . Moore being 
in a House known by the Name of the Lamb Tavern was taken 
with Small Pox, and not unwilling to be removed whereupon 
she was yesterday earned to the Hospital at New Boston the 
Doctor giving his Opinion that it might be done with safety. 

Information was this Day given by D r . Church that one Blake, 
a man living in a House near D r . Byles's Meeting house [87.] 
Was taken with the Small Pox, and being willing to be moved he 
was this Forenoon sent to the Hospital at New Boston. 

M r . Haggles apply'd to the Selectmen for liberty to open a Drain 
near his House in Long Lane Liberty was granted, upon his 
preserving the steps of the Law [or Lane] in making good the 
Ground Pavement &c. 

Cap'. Sharp of Engine N. 2. applies for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . Kings House North End. 

Voted, that he have a draft for 13/4 next Draft Day. Drawn 
for. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Hartleys Province Account amounting 
as by Copy on file, to . 30-1-8. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d . [un- 
doubtedly March~\ 1775 Present Mess 1 " 8 . Scollay, Newell, Mar- 
shall, Austin. 

Information given by D r . Whitworth that M r . Samuel Vance a 
Logger at the Royal Exchange Tavern in King Street was broke 
out with the Small Pox D r . Jarvis being sent there confirmed 
the Report, that it was the Small Pox, & gave it as his Opinion 
that he might be moved with safety he was accordingly removed 
to the Hospital at New Boston, with dispatch M r . Vance being 
desirous of having D r . Whitworth as his Physician, it was consented 
to by the Selectmen provided he defrey'd the charge that would 
come & D r . Whitworth was told he might attend, but must not 
look to the Selectmen for his pay, but to the Patient. 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 25, 1775 
Present Mess 8 . Scollay, Newell, Marshall. 

The following advertisement sent to the Printers of the Boston 
Gazette. 

Boston March 25, 1775- 

The Publick are hereby informed, that on Thursday last a 
Lodger at the Royal Exchange Tavern was taken with the Small 
Pox & immediately sent to the Hospital at West Boston ; three 
Children taken this Day at the Barracks in King Street, were re- 
moved to the Hospital Ship at the Island Wharff, which are the 
only Places known to be infected with that Distemper in this Town- 
By Order of the Selectmen, 

WILLIAM COOPKK, Town Clerk. 

[88.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 27- 
1775. Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Austin, Wendell. 

Information being given that the Small Pox was broke out at a 
House the head of Cross Street, occupied by M r . Ranks, D r . Jarvis 
was directed to go there and make examination but when he came 
was refused admittance D r . Lloyd his Family Doctor was sent 
for by M r . Ranks, who Reported that the Wife of said Ranks had 
the Small Pox, and might be removed with safety. After some 
persuasion, M r . Ranks consented to her being sent to the Hospital, 
but as soon as preparation was made for a removal, he withdrew 
his consent & would not allow of its being done. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2<s, 1775. 
Present Mess. Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Ranks persisting in his resolution not to permit the removal 
of his Wife Orders were given by the Selectmen for stopping up 
the Passage Ways by erecting Fences, and one Joseph Cobourn 
was appointed a Guard for said House. 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 29, 1775. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, Wendell. 

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

lb. oz. dr. 

A 4 d . loaf brown Bread f Wheat Rye or Indian Meal 

must weigh - 2-6 

A 4 d . ditto Indian & Rye Meal must weigh - - 3-4 

Bisket of a Copper price ---- 4-12 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5,. 1775. A.M. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin, 

A Letter from the President of the Congress at Concord was 
received. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 5, 1775. P.M. 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTED, 1775. 249 

MV Joseph Smith appointed an Engine Man in Cap'. Hunniman's 
Comp y . Engine N. 9 in the room of John Crosby gone to Sea. 

[89.] Information was given that a Soldiers Child in part of 
M r . Ranks House at the head of Cross Street, was taken Yesterday 
with the Small Pox & to be sent to the Hospital Ship. 

The following advertisement sent for a place in the Thursday 
Spy. 

The Publick are hereby informed that a Soldier's Child in M r . 
Ranks House at the Head of Cross Street, was this Day taken with 
the Small Pox & is to be immediately removed, this House where 
a Flag is hung out, the Hospital at West Boston & the Hospital 
Ship in the Harbour are the only Places infected with the Dis- 
temper in this Town. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk. 

Boston, April 5. 1775 

Sabbath Day April 9 th . 1775. 

Information was given the Selectmen by Doctor Jarvis that a 
Young Woman at M r . Blakes near Docf. Boyles Meeting was 
taken ill with the small Pox & removed to the Hospital at West 
Boston on the Afternoon of said Day. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12, 1775. 
Present, Mess rs . Scollay, Newell, Marshall, Austin. 

M r . Sharp attended & resigned his Office as Master of the Fire 
Engine N. 2 & recommended M r . Joab Hunt as Master of said 
Engine who was accordingly appointed by the Selectmen. 

This Day wrote M r . Darrington Keeper of the Hospital at West 
Boston, to dismiss M r . Mackintosh who for some time past has 
been an assistant to M r . Darrington. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ap 1 . 19, 1775. 
Present, Mess". Newell, Marshall. Austin. 

[At this point the record is suspended until May 20, 1776, for 
reasons readily appai'ent. This volume is therefore terminated at 
this date, for convenience. W. H. W.] 



INDEX OF NAMES, 



(SELECTMEN'S MINUTES 1769-1775.) 



Acworth, 134. 

Adams, 10, 14, 21, 22, 30, 56, 100, 1->0, 164, 
182, 210, 217, 230. 

Alexander, 29. 

Allen, I 73, 86, 89, 90, 130, 133, 219. 

Allin, | 108. 

Amory, 133, 180, 182, 220. 

Andrews, 49. 

Appleton, 21, 84, 133, 182. 

Archer, 158. 

Armstrong, 147. 

Asten, 124. 

Aterton, I 213. 

Atberton, i 208, 244. 

Atkins, 69, 70, 216. 

Austin, 63, 92, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 
117, 118, 121, 125, 126, 127, 128, 
129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 
136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 
144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 
151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, 158, 
159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 
166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 
173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 
181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 
188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 
202, 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, 237, 238, 
239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 
246, 247, 248, 249. 

Avery, 16, 84, 109. 

Aylwin, 133. 

Ayres, 219. 

Bacon, 30, 33, 35, 4ti, 47, 92, 132, 182, 220, 

225. 

Badger, 29. 
Bailey, 180. 
Baird, 204, 216. 
Baker, 22, 35, 69. 104, 146, 176. 
Baldwin, 118, 120, 127, 239. 
Balland, 208. 

Ballard, 1, 87, 145, 177, 204, 215, 216. 
Balston, 63, 73. 
Bangs, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 213. 
Barber, 19, 133, 201,244. 
Barbour, 145, 146, 216. 
Bardall, 114. 
Barker, 73, 219. 
Barnes, 14. 
Barrass, 166. 
Barrel, 9. 
Barret, ) 2, 53, 91, 92, 96, 109, 134, 142, 173, 

. 180, 204, 220, 232, 233, 242, 245. 
Barrett, ) 139, 142, 165, 214, 233, 239, 242. 
Barter, 19. 
Bartlet, 124, 243. 



Bass, 58, 67, 96, 114, 149, 159, 180, 208, 220, 244. 
Bates, 189. 
Batton, 138, 140. 
Bayley, t 20, 219. 
Bayly, j 216. 
Beach, 80. 
Beacham, 49, 54. 
Beal, 144. 

Beals, 35, 105, 138, 158, 192. 
Bean, 225. 
Beautineau, 92. 
Bell, 38, 48, 209. 
Bennet, I 151, 231. 
Bennett ) 220. 
Benuiugham, 54. 
Bent, 30. 
Bentley, 215, 216. 
Bernard, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 25, 49. 
Berry, 159. 
Bethune, 174. 
Bicher, 214. 
Bicker, 184. 
Bickner, 29. 

Biggs, 96, 107, 158, 159, 208. 
Bigsby, 104, 235. 
Bill, 38, 41, 92, 165. 
Billings, 10. 
Blackie, 71. 
Blair, 84. 

Bliike, 107, 247, 249. 
Blanchard, 21, 29, 63, 132. 
Blodget, 1. 
Blowers, 3, 208. 
Bodman, 14. 
Bodwin, 132. 
Bond, 53, 193, 210. 
Bones, 199. 
Booker, 76, 181. 
Boreland, 1, 56. 
Bos worth, 163, 235. 
Botherill, 14. 
Bound, 52, 101. 
Boune, 220. 
Bourne, 10, 22, 199. 
Boutell, 195. 
Bouve, 162. 
Bove, | 146. 
Bovee, i 141. 
Bowdine, 41, 57. 
Bowdoin, 21, 62, 63, 92, 182, 220. 
Bowen, 21, 63, 92, 119, 120, 127, 133, 143. 
Bowers, 1. 

Bowles, 66, 185, 200, 207. 
Bowman, 74, 143. 
Box, 211. 
Boyer, 220. 
Boylston, 22, 132. 
Boynton, 57, 75, 182. 
Bracket, 27, 57, 81, 100, 169, 176. 
Bradford, 43, 44, 45, 63, 72, 80, 12S, lt>6, 182, 
184, 191, 199, 209. 



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CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 42. 



Bradlee, ) 29. 

Bradley, \ 14, 186. 

Brailsford, 191. 

Branch, 17. 

Brattle, 21, 133, 182. 

Breck, 66, 146. 

Breeding, 29. 

Brewer, 67, 91. 

Bridge, 107. 

Bridgham, 134. 

Brimmer, 42, 73, 102, 148, 199. 

Broker, 5. 

Bromfield, 182. 

Brooker, 11, 12, 14, 55, 59, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80, 
96, 97, 99, 107, 108, 112, 113, 114, 
116, 123, 151, 158, 159, 161, 177, 
188, 195, 204, 208, 211, 2J2, 213, 
214, 243. 

Brooks, 76, 107. 

Brown, 1, 3, 4, 11, 19, 30, 33, 35, 37, 40, 41, 64, 
69, 79, 92, 113, 134, 145, 149, 151, 
156, 177, 190, 199, 204, 205, 209, 216. 

Bruce, 189, 190. 

Bryan, 164. 

Bryant, 13, 49. 52, 54, 68, 96, 103, 105, 106, 
134, 149, 182, 185, 216, 226, 245. 

Brymer, 206. 

Bucknam, 134, 139, 148, 200. 

Bulfinch, 23. 56, 69, 182. 

Burch, 35, 231. 

Burdick, 65, 87, 171, 241. 

Burdit, 181. 

Bargain, 74. 

r.urnara, 83, 90. 

Burrill, 59. 

Burroughs, 77, 156, 162. 

Burrows, 150. 

Burt, 82. 

Burton, 85, 223. 

Bush, 44. 

Butler, 114. 

Butter, 208. 

Byles, 21,29, 63, 92, 110, 132, 14fi, i:.i>. I* 1 .!. 
214, 220, 247. 

Byrne, 143, 144. 

Cade, 52, 111. 

Cain, 130. 

Cairnes, 200. 

Calf, 29, 49, 161. 

Call, 35. 

Callahan, 30. 

Callender, 233. 

Campbell, 225. 

Cane, 71, 72, 122. 

Capen. 171, 244. 

Car, 126. 

Carnes, / 47, 51, 73, 87, 103, 148. 

Cams, i 21. 

Carpenter, 54. 

Carr, 126. 

Carson, 133. 

Carter, 80, 169, 202, 214, 241. 

Cartwright, 177, 244. 

Cast, 23, 30, 33. 

Caswell, 108. 

Cawlin, 105. 

Cazneau, 35. 

Chadwill, 225. 

Chambers, 31, 32, 33, 34. 

Champney, 158. 

Chancey, > 21, 124. 

Chancy, { 92. 

Chandler, 29. 

Chapel, 1 116, 208. 

Chaple, [ 159. 

Chappel, ) 244. 

Chapman, 34, 204. 

Charpotot, 96. 

Chaseau, 208. 

Chauncey, I 59, 132, 182. 

Chauncy, i 63, 220. 

Checkley, 21, 208. 

Checus, 107. 



('lid Yfl'8, 29. 

Cheney, 104. 

Child, 143. 

Christy, 216. 

Church, 23, 37, 44, 67, 170, 182, 214, 243, 247. 

Clark, 29, 42, 63, 114, 164, 197, 198, 201 202 
203, 237, 238, 239, 244. 

Clear, 80. 

Cleasby, 106. 

Cleland, 29. 

Clerk, 113. 

Clough, 209, 215, 216. 

Clusly, 152. 

Gobbet, j 225. 

Cobbit, ^ 151. 

Coburn, 248. 

Coffin, 13, 15, 82, 83, 84, 132, 198, 204, 205, 206. 

Coggeshall, 82. 

Colder, 142. 

Cole, 141. 

Coleraan, 107, 208, 212. 

Collfar, 34. 

Collier, 207. 

Collins, 73, 167, 208, 239. 

Colman, 14, 76, 208, 214. 

Cone. 122. 

Connel, 79. 

Counor, 78, 79. 

Cook, 49, 224. 

Cooper, 5, 15, 21, '22, 24, 26, 27, 31, 34, 36, 40, 
41,45,46,49,52,53,55,61, 62, 63,70, 
71, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 100, 
101, 102, 112, 114, 116, 120, 121, 125, 
127, 129, 132, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 
152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 160, 164, 
166, 172, 173, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 
181, 182, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 190, 
191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 
200, 201, 202, 204, 205, 206, 207, 2H2, 
217, 218, 219, 220, 230, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 
J4<i. 247, 248, 249. 

Copley, / 97. 

Coply, i 89. 

Coppiuger, 29. 

Corbet, ) 167. 

Corbit, | 216. 

Corbitt, ) 29. 

Cordis, 113, 146. 

Cowell, 30. 

Crafts, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 30, 57, 145, 1H6, 187, 
189, 19], 199. 

Crane, 13, 59. 

Crawford, 106. 

Crequi, 92. 

Crocker, 124, 125, 126, 127. 

Crombie, 29. 

Crosby, 80, 212, 225, -.'411. 

Crosley, 186. 

Croswell, 63. 

Cuff, 57. 

Cummins, 19. 

Cunningham, 11, 13, 18, 20, 21, 71, 122, 213, 
230. 

Curtis, 5, 35, 55, 59, 73, 76, 79, 82, 124, 146, 
158, 167, 169, 186, 243. 

dishing, 62, 63, 216, 231, 239. 

Cutter, 76. 



Daily, 22, 24, 239. 

Dal I, 29. 

Dalrimple, ) 52. 

Dalrymple, i 58. 

Daltou, 88, 137,180,198. 

Dana, 21,63, 74. 

Danfprth, 22, 24, 63, 156, 158, 210, 218. 

Darricut, 52. 

Darrington, 119, 185, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 

249. 

D'Artey, 73. 
Davis, 12, 21, 49, 136, 153, 154, 157, 159, 164, 

166, 177. 178, 182, 191, 214, 238. 
I>avison, 14. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



2f>3 



Dawes. Ml 7, 224. 

Daws, (29,117,118,121, 167, 176, IM, Ivj, 

183, 219. 
Dawson, 93. 
Dayly, 216. 
Dealth, 153. 
Death, 140, 141. 
Deblois, 27. 
Deering, 27, 84. 

Delaplace, 14, 76, 107, 114, 159, 208, 244. 
Delile, 132. 
Dennie, 133, 182. 
Derby, 98, 99, 100, 101. 
Deshon, 184, 214. 
Deverson, 92, 93, 94, 95. 
Dickey, 176, 
Dickman, 22, 106. 
Dillerue, 209. 
Distance, 47. 
Ditson,246. 
Diver, 2. 
Dix, 16, 17,54. 
Dixy, 116, 117, 118, 121, 123. 
Doan, / 87. 

Doane, \ 1, 74, 106, 146, 158, 205. 
Dodge, 108. 
Dogget, 92. 

Dolbenr, 53, 103, 109, 111, 112, 119, 145. 
Dolliver, 191, 192, 193. 
Doren, 245. 

Dorringtou, 122, 123, 215, 232, 223, 246. 
Doubledee, 29. 
Doudell, 207. 
Douglass, 129. 
Downe, 208. 
Downes, 108. 
Downing, 109. 

Dows, 121, 132, 149, 167, 182, 213, 242. 
Draper, 107. 
Ducers, 29. 
Dunning, 92. 
Dunn. 64. 
Durunt, 225. 
Dwirc, 23, 28. 
Dwyer, 5. 
Dyer, 88, 123, 189, 191, 215, 216, 2'24. 

Eaton, 169. 

Edes, 3, 10, 29, 37, 56, 62, 64, 77, SO, 118, 120, 

212,218. 

Edgar, 49, 51, 54. 
Edmunds, 111. 
Edwards, 35, 182, 219. 
Eliot, 21, 52, 63, 82, 92, 121, 132, 139, 182, 209, 

213, 220, 230. 
Ellery, 89, 90. 

Eminons, 12, 91, 102, 140, 244. 
Empson, 124, 208. 
Erving, 21, 92, 102, 132, 144, 182. 
Esty,>2. 
Etheridge, 13. 
Eustis, 63, 116. 
Ewin, 201. 
Eyres, 57, 168, 180. 



Fago,244. 

Fairservice, 13. 

Fallass, 184. 

Faneuil, 203. 

Farmer, 2, 5, 10, 14, 19, 20, 
36, 44, 47, 49, 53, 
61, 62,64, 65,67, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 
95,97, 100, 101, 
107, 109, 110, 111 
128, 129, 130, 134 
156, 161, 162, 168 
214, 215, 219, 221 
242, 243. 

Farrar, 43, 46. 

Faxton, 41. 

Fellows, 214. 

Fenno, 5, 126, 213. 



24, 32, 33, 34, 35, 
54, 55, 57, 59, 60, 
70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 
81, 85, 86, 87, 91, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 
, 116, 118, 12ti, 127, 
, 139, 143, 145, 148, 
, 109, 192, 193, 213, 
222, 231, 234, 241, 



Fenton, 182. 

Fessenden, 192. 

Field, 68. 

Finwick, 238. 

Fisk, 29. 

Fitch, 63, 71, 92, 220. 

Flag, ( 194. 

Flagg, ( 52. 

Flatt, 116. 

Fleet, 3, 17, 21, 44, 59, 65, 82, 106, 166, 217. 

Fleming, 147. 

Floyd, 29. 

Flucker, 21, 92. 

Fellings, 57. 

Ford, 186. 

Foresight, 209. 

Forrest, 133. 

Foss, 231. 

Foster, 20, 28, 30, 52, 65, 97, 171, 233. 

Fowle, 76, 107, 113, 130, 159, 208, 219, 244. 

Krankland, 126, 128, 245. 

Franklin, ) 146. 

Franklyn. } 159, 171, 212, 239, 245. 

Franklyne, ) 18, 118, 181, 230. 

Frazier, 220. 

Freeman, 46. 

French, 57. 

Frost, 225. 

Frutat, 145. 

Fullerton, 11, 107, 123, 223. 

Furber, 27. 

Furnace, 69. 

Gaffee, 149. 

Gage, 224, 227, 228, 247. 

Gains, 35, 51, 52, 97. 

Galloway, 18, 19. 

Gardner, 2, 4, 5, 11, 18, 23, 60, 66, 69, 70, 

Gay, 63, 132. 

Gear, 13. 

Geary, 104, 168. 

Gibbins. 244. 

Gibbons, 208. 

Gill, 3, 10, 37, 62, 64, 77, 92, 118, 120, 182, 
204, 212, 218. 

GMeis, 244. 

Glover, 108. 

Godbolt, 90. 

Gold, 46. 

Goldthwait, 22, 51, 57, 63, 69,133, 182, 
221,225. 

Golpin, 208. 

Goodwin, 29, 182. 

Gordon, 69, 92, 182, 220, 230. 

Gore, 62. 

Gorham, 28, 38, 39, 48, 161, 162. 

Gorman, 54, 67. 

Gould, 108, 184, 214. 

Grianger, I 19. 

Granger, i 11. 

Grant, 11, 59, 80, 107, 113, 139, 181, 208, 
216. 

Graves, 230. 

Gray, 12, 21, 30, 36, 63, 92, 102, 132, 148, 
193, 199, 209, 223. 

Greaton, 230. 

Greely, 160. 

Green, 41, 63, 69, 72, 81, 92, 124, 148. 

Greenleaf, I 20, 170, 242. 

Greenleaff, \ 19 36, 53, 71, 77, 97, 100, 
109, 111, 128, 129, 130, 
133, 139, 145, 161, 163, 
177, 167, 168, 170, 182, 
214, 220, 229. 

Greenwood, 29, 87, 92, 244. 

Grenough, 32, 63. 

Gridley, 186. 

Griebb, 143. 

Griffith, 188. 

Griffiths. 225. 

Grimes, 195. 

Groce, 163, 167. 

Grosvenor, 142. 

Gyles, 37. 



247. 



194, 



186, 



213, 
173, 



103, 
132, 
165, 
213, 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 



Hading, 20, 28. 

Hair, 127. 

Hale, 144. 

Hall, 29,67, 69, 108, 144, 166, 180, 203,209, 
220. 

Hallowell, 165. 

Hamelton, ) 94. 

Hamilton, (l30. 

Hammelton, f 232, 235, 

Hammiltoo, J 238. 

Hamnock, 109. 

Hancock, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 28, 32, 
33, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 
53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 
77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84,86, 89,95, 
96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 
104, 105, 106, 107, 110, 111, 112, 
113, 115, 116, 121, 122, 123, 124, 
125, 126, 128, 130, 133, 134, 138, 
139, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 
151, 153, 154, 155, 157, 158, 159, 
165, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 
179, 180, 181, 183, 186, 187, 188, 
190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 196, 200, 
201, 202, 205, 206, 208, 211, 212, 
215, 222, 224, 227, 228, 229, 237, 
238, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246. 

Hanlans, 208. 

Hanscall, 75. 

Hardwick, 2 

Harper, 43, 46. 

Harris, 49, 50, 75, 207. 

Harrison, 63, 200. 

Harrow, 233. 

Harsam, 32. 

Haskins, 159. 

Hartley, 1 10, 13, 15, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 
36, 37, 38, 41, 44, 47, 48, 49, 51, 
52, 53, 54. 55, 60, 61, 62, 64, 66, 
67, 72, 78, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 
89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, 
99, 100, 101, 108, 115, 116, 117, 
119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 
127, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 143, 
144, 146, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 
157, 159, 160, 164, 166, 173, 174, 
175, 178, 179, 181, 184, 185, 187, 
188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 200, 202, 204, 205, 206, 
207, 211, 217, 218, 219, 220, 222, 
223, 230, 235, 239, 247. 

Hartly, j 178. 

Hartshorn, t 46. 

Hartshorne, ) 43, 109. 

Harvey, 88. 

Hasham, > 47, 119. 

Hassham, i 44. 

Haskel, 113. 

Haskill, 107, 151. 

I l:i.-.-i.in. 122. 

Hatch, 159, 160. 

Haven, 120, 127. 

Hawkins, 116, 208, 244. 

Hay, 118, 120, 127. 

Hayden, 30, 58. 

Hay ley, 122. 

Hayward, 124. 

Head. 74. 

Healey, 13, 29. 

Hearsey, > 188, 217, 218. 

Hearsy, J 217. 

Heath, 35, 40, 63. 

Fernery, I 180. 

Hemory, { 180. 

Henderson, 29, 51, 73, 81, 103, 110, 146, 148, 
173, 200, 217, 241. 

Henshaw, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 
24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 
35, M, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 
57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 



69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 92, 96, 112, 115, 
208. 

Hersom, 42, 43. 

Hewes, / 108, 113, 180. 

Hews, | 1, 4, 84, 161, 109, 207. 

Hibond, 138. 

Hicks, 76, 107. 

Hill, 16, 17, 73, 156, Isj, in;, -j:i7, 238, 239. 

Hillen, 83. 

Hilliard, 144. 

Hilton, 87. 

Hinckley, 5, 76, 214. 

Hines, 161. 

Hinks, 241. 

Hiushee, 36. 

Hirons, 18. 

Hirst, 111. 

Hitchins, 96. 

Hixon, 18. 

Hoadly, 216, 219. 

Hobbs, 30. 

Hodges, 107. 

Hodsden, 180. 

Holbrick, 161. 

Holbrook, 11, 67, 202, 213. 

Holland, 36, 38. 

Hollis, 124. 

Hollister, 104. 

Hollowell, 69, 127, 165. 

Hollyday, 3, 4, 21, 42, 62, 7:5, 92, 102, 121, 148, 
185, 199, 219. 

Homer, 219. 

Honnywell, 67. 

Hood, 17, 22, 29, 179, 230. 

Hooper, 115. 

Hopkins, 49, 51. 

Horner, 180, 182, 183. 

Horsham, 119. 

Horton, 188. 

Hosea, 173, 174. 

Houghton, 195. 

How, 176, 182, 220. 

Howard, 21, 63, 133, 182, 2H1, 220, 221. 

Hozea, 173, 174, 175. 

Hubbard, 21, 63, 74, 92, 124, 121), 132, 1:53. 

Hudenox, 86. 

Hughes, 216, 220. 

Humphrey, / 113, 114, 116. 

Humphry, ( 128. 

Hunniman, 245, 249. 

Hunnhvell, I 68. 

Hunnywull, ( 75. 

Hunstablc, 128. 

Hunt, 69, 70, 92, 132, 184, 220, 249. 

Hunter, 214. 

Hurst, 182, 214. 

Hutchinson, 12, 14, 16, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 47, 
63, 66, 72, 79, 84, 85, 92, 94, 95, 
103, 132, 134, 138, 153, 155, 
159, 160, 161. 162, 163, 164, 
167, 168 172, 173, 175, 176, 
180, 182, 185, 186, 194, 195, 
197, 206. 

Hutter, 208, 244. 

Hyde, 77. 

Hyslop, 188, 189, 191, 199. 



Inches, 1, 2/3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 
27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48 S 49, 50, 
51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 
62, 63, 64, 65, 66. 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 
72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 
83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 
95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 109, 110, 111, 125, 133, 212. 

Ingersol, t 133, 180. 

Ingersoll, \ 225. 

Inman, 1, 56, 74, 106, 158, 205. 

Ireland, 171, 245. 

Irving, 63. 

Ivers, 21. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



255 



Jackson, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 
24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 
36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 
47,48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 
57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 
67,68,69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75,76, 
77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91,92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 
97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 
113, 114, 126, 136, 166, 182, 231, 
238, 239, 243, 245. 

Jarvis, ) 232, 233, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 
[ 241, 246, 247, 248, 249. 

Javis, ) 238. 

Jay, 132. 

Jefferies, ) 139. 

Jeffries, } 2, 21, 23, 24, 27, 149, 150, 159, 188, 
) 191, 194, 201, 245. 

Jenkins, 22, 52, 66, 97, 101, 109, 164. 

Jennings, 102. 

Jepson, 29. 

Johnson, 129, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 190, 199. 

Johonnot, 21. 

Jones, 29, 38, 59, 92, 122, 143. 

Josslyn, 141. 

Joy, 88, 189. 

Joyce, 62. 

Kaycas, 62. 

Kelley, ( 101. 

Kelly, (173. 

Kent, 29, 41, 182. 

Kettle, 16. 

Kidney, 105. 

Kilby, 20. 

King, 240, 241, 247. 

Kinnigher, 55. 

Kittle, 114, 144. 

Knap, 140. 

Kneeland, 58, 88, 108, 148, 189, 208,223. 

Knight, 144. 

Knoxe, 58. 

Kyer, 100. 

Laighton, 46. 

Lambert, 20, 186. 

Lampson, ) 158, 159. 

Lamsou, \ 159. 

Langdon, 29. 

Larkin, 14. 

Larry, 122, 127. 

Latham, 233, 237. 

Laughton, 92, 182. 

Law, 35. 

Lazinby, 165. 

Leach, 88. 182, 184, 185, 186, 187. 

Leadbetter, 66. 

Leaveret, 102, 148, 199. 

Lebland, 244. 

Leblond, 14, 76, 115, 159, 208. 

Lee, 14, 49, 76, 107, 115, 159, 189, 190, 203, 

244. 

Leech, 66. 
Legal, 104. 
Leighton, 53. 
Leonard, 127. 
Leslie 161. 
Leveret, 102, 132. 

Lewis, 1, 17, 24, 79, 81, 87, 113, 208. 
Liddel, 63. 
Little. 144. 
Lizard, 243, 
Lloyd, 92, 248. 
Llyd, 23, 191. 
Lobden, 107. 
Lollier,22, 28, 33. 
Longly, 239. 
Look, 29. 

Loring, 32, 35, 107, 168, 180, 208. 
Lothrop, 17, 21, 111, 132, 182, 217, 220. 
Love, 2, 11, 32, 106, 129, 141, 215, 216. 
Lovel, 78, 114, 116, 192, 208, 216, 225. 



Lovering, 13, 29, 167. 
Lowder, 13. 
Loyd, 21. 
Lucas, 42. 
Luce, 43, 160. 
Luckis, 185, 200, 207. 
Ludson, 133. 
Lunderkin, 245. 
Lunt, 143, 144. 
Lush, 13. 
Lyde, 213. 
Lyle, 133. 

Maccarty, 67, 103. 

Macgraw, 193. 

Mackay, 19, 22, 26, 48, 162, 182. 

Mackey, j 19, 23. 

Mackintosh, 249. 

Mackleroth, 147. 

Magee, 100. 

Magrath, 235, 236. 

Magraw, 232, 239. 

Marble, 216. 

Marion, 116. 

Marshal, / 21, 111, 112, 113. 

Marshall, j 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 123, 
124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 
140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 
148, 149, 150, 151, 154, 155, 157, 
158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 
165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 
172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 
179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 188, 
189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 198, 
199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 207, 
208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 
215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 
222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 
229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 
243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249. 

Marston, 219. 

Martin, 30, 39, 43, 45, 46, 54, 72, 80, 93, 109, 
114, 150, 169, 235. 

Mason, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 
23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 
35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 
56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 
66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 
88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 
99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 133, 182. 

Mather, 21, 63, 77, 92, 132, 177, 182, 220, 229, 
236. 

Matthew, ) 100. 

Matthews, j 81, 92. 

Maverick, 21, 36, 73, 76, 12 

May, 53, 151, 158. 

Mayers, 30. 

Mayes, ) 79, 139, 204. 

Mays, { 76. 

Maylet, 33. 

McAfee, 91. 

McAlpen, 47. 

McCarthy, ( 64. 

McCarty, j 225, 244. 

McCawell, 29. 

McCleland, 29. 

McCloud, 29, 76, 108. 

McCIouglin, 168. 

McDaniel, 42, 67, 204. 

McEwen, 174, 175, 176, 178. 

McFadden, ) 43, 85, 87, 90, 128, 186, 215, 242, 
243. 

McFaddin, ) 65. 

McGee, 70. 

McGraues, 238. 

Mclntosh, 72, 242. 

Mclntyre, 148. 

McLary, 97. 

McLearth, 142. 



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McMasters, 74. 

McNeall, I 41. 

McNeil, I 72, 103, 146, 148, 199. 

Mearsey, 159. 

Megros, 235. 

Melledge, 171. 

Meloy, 168. 

Metret, 107. 

Miffling, 182. 

Miller, 113, 115, 177, 188. 

Millet, 195. 

Milliken, 236. 

Mills, 38, 143. 

Minot, 107, 116, 168, 207, 208, 220. 

Minott, 99. 

Minzie, 164. 

Minzies, 109. 

Missick, 14. 

Mitchel, 107. 

Moliise, 196. 

Molleneanx, ( 182. 

Mollineaux, \ 104, 133. 

Monk, 212. 

Montague, 126, 130, 131. 

Moore, ) 32, 37, 41, 59, 111, 188, 191, 222, 242, 

247. 

More, ) 38, 191. 
Morehead, 63. 
Morey, 49. 
Morgan, 83. 
Mors, 58. 
Morse, 14. 
Morton, 209. 
Mountfort, 20. 
Mtiggerage, 208. 
Muggeridge, 114. 
Mulberry, 30. 
Mullineaux, 21. 
Mumfort, 116. 
Murfie, 100. 
Murray. 2, 108, 142. 
Murry, 5. 

Narsons, 83. 

Nelson, 147. 

Nesbit, 246. 

Nevens, 23. 

New, 145. 

Newel, I 100, 137. 

Newell, ( 36, 74, 90, 91, 92, 94, 111, 112, 113, 
115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 121, 122, 
123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 
138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 
146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 
153, 154, 155, 157, 158, 159, 160, 
161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 
168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 
175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 
183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 
190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 
198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 
205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 
212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 
219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 
226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 
233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 
249. 

Newhall, 182, 183, 226. 

Newton, 92. 

Nichols, 76, 107, 115, 208. 

Nicholson, 234. 

Nor Crost, j 35. 

Norcrost, ( 166, 169, 207. 

Nowell, 194, 195, 198, 207. 

Noyes, 16, 17, 69, 182. 

Nuttage, 116, 208. 

Nye, 202. 

O'Briant, 77. 
O'Brien, 102. 
O'Harra, 142. 



Oliver, 14, 63, 76, 107, 113, 114, 159, 168, 170. 

188,204,208, 211, 213,214. 
Oolle, 52. 
Organ, 130. 
Orgin, 32. 
Orne, 191. 
Osgood, 84. 

Otis, 21, 35, 38, 60, 73, 103, 104, 132, 177. 
Oustis, 129. 
Oytis, 116. 

Packard, 127. 

Paddock, 2, 132, 148, 173. 

Page, 2, 4, 5, 164. 

Paget, 139. 

Paine, 70, 163, 182. 

Palmer, 1, 56, 74, 106, 158, 205. 

Parker, 2i, 27, 28, 3(5, 42, 67, 69, 73, 96, ' 
102, 126, 220 

Parkes, 102. 

Parkman, 172. 

Parks, 167. 

Parsons, 89, 90, 104. 

Partridge, / 85, 86, 107. 

Patridg, i 143. 

Patten, j 148, 151. 

Pattin, i 59. 

Patterson, 76. 

Payne, 63, 69, 224. 

Payson, 51, 176. 

Peak, 14. 

Pearce, 127, 216. 

Pearin, 244. 

Peavy, 52. 

Peck, 102, 241. 

Pecker, 23, 240. 

Peckin, 164. 

Peirce, 14, 18, 140, 141, 153. 

Pierpoint, 22, 90, 185. 

Pemberton, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 
22, '23, '24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 
32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 
64,65,66, 67,68, 69,70, 71, 72, 
73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 
92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 
109, 110, 132, 166, 182, 220. 

Penroe, 143. 

Percy, 224. 

Perkins, 23, 92. 

Perring, 80. 

Perry, 76, 127, 128. 

Peterson, 159. 

Pettibone, 201. 

Pevy, 53. 

Philips, ( 132. 

Phillips, 1 63, 102, 132, 182, 209. 

Phillebrown, 27. 

Pierce, 153, 168, 231, 241. 

Pierpoint, 39, 40 42, 44, 46, 200. 

Pike, 51. 

Piper, 145, 216. 

Pitts, 21, 63, 92, 132, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 
172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 
180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 
188, 189, 190, 192, 194, 195, 195, 196, 
197, 198, 200, 201, 202, 205, 206, 207, 
209, 210, '211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 
217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 2'24, 
225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 
233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 
241, 242, 245, 246. 

Plympton, 166. 

Pollard, 52, 96, 113, 114. 

Poor, j 35, 40, 245. 

Poore, \ 40. 

Pope, 53, 193, 227. 

Popkins, 226. 

Porbis, 67. 

Pote, 153, 155. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



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Powell, 133. 

Power, 227. 

Prat, J 54. 

Pratt, I 55, 58, 115, 149, 168. 

Press. 14. 

Presson, 123. 

Price, 70. 

Pricliard, 30, 104. 

Prince, 21, 50, 51, 73, 103, 143, 148, 195, 200. 

Procter, 10, 21, 151, 177, 189, 191, 197, 199, 

201, 202, 214, 233. 
Pulis, 80. 
Pulling, 29. 
Putman, 56, 67. 
Putnam, 21,36, 43, 66, 214. 

Quincey, ) 165. 

Quincy, } 16, 70, 92, 133, 182. 

Rainey, 171. 

Ramsey, 134. 

Ranee, 245. 

Ranchon, 116. 

Rand, 23, 29, 129. 

Randall, 244. 

Ranks, 248, 249. 

Ranson, 103. 

Ray, 208,244. 

Rea, 42, 73. 

Read, ; 4, 107, 108, 139. 

Reed, j 102, 165. 

Rex, 67. 

Reynolds, 161. 

Richards, 35, 177. 

Richardson, 75, 81, 91, 203, 215, 216. 

Ridge way, I 32. 

Ridgway, j 60. 

Rix, 12. 

Roberts, 84. 109. 

Robertson, 89, 90. 

Robins, 107, 216. 

Robinhaw, 28. 

Robinson, 28, 30, 106, 164, 198, 220, 236. 

Robishaw, 34. 

Roby, 70. 

Rogers, 49, 51, 82, 87, 88, 89, 90, 152, 181, 188, 
191,222. 

Rolley, 31. 

Ross, 29, 52. 

Rotcli, 158, 205. 

Roulston, 126, 193, 212, 241. 

Rounde, 202. 

Kuwe, 1,2,3,4,5,6, 7,8,18,20,21,63, 71,78, 
178, 233. 

Rowley, I 32. 

Rowly, i 48. 

Rowse, 52. 

Royal, 43. 

Ruddock, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 
28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 
41, 42, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54,55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 63, 64, 
65,66,67, 68, 69, 70,71, 72, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81. 91, 95, 97, 
98, 99, 100, 101, 106, 107, 108, 
109, 135, 136, 137, 138. 

Rudstock, 107. 

Ruggles, 37, 42, 64, 103, 146, 149, 177, 189, 
191, 219, '247. 

Rumley, 29. 

RUSSL-I, ( 89, 106, 124, 170, 214. 

Russell, \ 1, 56, 74, 158, 165, 170, 205, 208, 
244. 

Rust, 83, 85, 88, 89. 

Ryan, 139. 

Safford, 17. 

Salmon, 29, 168. 

Saltpr, 42, 64, 73, 102, 116, 121, 123, 126, 14*, 

199. 

Sampson, 14. 
S;indc?-*, ( 43. 
.Sumck-rs, j 41, 47, 171, 176. 



Savage, 34, 38, 41, 51, 64, 72, 100, 103, 148 

160, 199. 
Scollan, 116. 

Scollay, 1 63, 92, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 
US, 119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 
126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 
133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 
148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, Io4, 
155, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 
163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 
170, 171 , 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 
178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 
185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 
192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 
199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 2<J4, 2o:,, 
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, 245, 246, 247, 248, 
249. 
Scolloy.j 192. 
Scott, 47, 92, 182, 194, 210. 
Seargeant, 42. 

Searl, 13, 24, 28, 35, 52, 53, 133. 
Seave, 102. 
Sergeant, 29, 151. 
Sewall, 75. 

Seward, 200, 202, 204. 
Seymore, 95, 201. 
Sharp, 3, 12, 27, 69, 80, 108, 168, 205, 214, 

219, 247, 249. 
Shaw, 216, 220. 
Shay, 102. 
Sheaffe, 21. 
Shed, 225. 
Shepard, 127. 
Sherley, 188. 
Short, 74. 
Shute, 53, 55, 219. 
Sigorney, 128. 
Silsbey, 44. 
Simmons, 29. 
Simons, 214, 215. 
Simpson, 21, 36, 65. 
Sircomb, 49, 136. 
Slate, 74. 

Sloan, 30, 145, 162, 180, 182, 212. 
Small, 51, 224. 
Smallpiece, 146. 

Smith, 1 3, 22, 23, 28, 29, 49, 63, 92, 128, 138, 
143, 144, 151, 152, 156, 159, 188, 
199, 214, 217, 218, 219, 223, 226, 
244,249. 
Smyth, j 212. 
Snelling, 29. 
Snow, 30, 209. 
Sommers, 67. 
Spear, 118. 
Spence, 30. 
Spooner, 54. 

Sprague, 23, 55, 127, 154, 164, 167. 
Spriggs, 118, 120. 
Spurr, 11. 
Stafford, 17. 
Stanbridge, 3. 
Star, 33, 80, 209. 
Stearns, 29, 195, 243. 
Stephen, 58. 
Stetson, 34. 
Stevens, 60, 212, 219. 
Stewart, 215. 
Stillman, 63. 
Stimson, 13. 
Stoddard, 16, 81, 97, 191. 
Stokes, 23. 

Stone, 35, 38, 48, 49, 97, 107, 244. 
Stoneman, 69. 

Storer, 2.', 59, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 
88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 
98., 99. 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 
106, 107, 108, 110, 13-2, 178. 



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Story, 23, 29. 

Btralen, 13. 

Studson, 178. 

Stutson, 180. 

Sullivan, 129. 

Sumner, 137, 191,209. 

Button, 10, 27, 32, 59, 75, 84, 102, 108, 128, 

137, 151, 169, 188. 
Swarter, 75. 
Sw;isy, 155. 
Sweeter, 102. 
Sweetser, ( 224. 
S \vcctzer, i 133. 
Swift, 21, 205. 
Symms, 60, 61, 62, 220. 
Syrcomb, 50, 70, 145, 149. 

Tant, 216. 

Tayler, I 47, 100, 194, 197. 

Taylor, { 194, 220. 

Temple, 63. 

Thayer, 69, 71, 102, 114, 128, 225. 

Thomas, 7, 110, 128,167,212. 225, 238, 240, 241. 

Thompson, ) 27, 30, 36, 52, 53, 54, 75, 105, 

126,145, 192, 206,216,243. 
Thomson, ) 208. 
Thornton, 73, 97. 
Thorp, 1)2, 114. 
Tidmarsh, 66. 
Tiffin, 142. 

Tileston, 10, 12, 63, 113, 165, 177, 208. 
Timmings, 94. 
Tingate, 22. 
Tobin.118. 
Toby, 178. 
Tod, > 67, 68, 191. 
Todd, | 68, 75, 219. 
Tollman, 57. 
Torrey, ( 67, 101. 
Torry, 1 172. 
Townsend, 25, 171, 1M. 
Trail, 29, 225. 
Trask, 193, 200. 
Treat, 21. 
Tree, 122, 127. 
Trig, 237, 2:;s. 
True, 83, 89. 
Tucker, 43, 46, 180, 183. 
Tuckerman, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 41, 90. 
Tudor, 16, 69. 
Turel, 81. 

Turner, 14, 169, 199. 
Twiss, 73. 

Tyler, 22, 23, 24, 26, 33, 34, 55, 62, 63, 73, 154. 
Tyley, 137. 

Uran, 66, 67, 99. 

Vaidale, 213. 
Vance, 247. 
Varney, 124, 208. 
Vassal, 22. 
Vaux,128, 142, 166. 
Veasey, ; 96. 
Veasy, j 112, 113. 
Veazie, 13. 
Vernon, 182. 
Vesey, 186. 
Vintenon, 242. 
Vose, 168,232,233. 
Vox, 191. 

Wainwright, 116. 

Wakerield, 208, 244. 

Walcot, 231. 

Waldo, 109, 116, 127, 128, 145, 226. 

Wales, 66, 76. 

Walker, 60, 127, 191, 244. 

Wallace, 32. 

Walley, 21. 

Wallis, 31, 41. 



Ward, 21, 1f>, 220. 

Wardell, 208. 

Warden, 225. 

Ware, 101. 

Warland, 243. 

Warner, 100. 

Warren, 3, 20, 23, 63, 72, 74,103, 105, 110, 133, 
139, 182, 235. 

Waters, 21, 167, 176. 

Wear, 13t). 

Web, I 225. 

Webb, j 12, 29, 43. 

Webber, 30, 33, 207. 

Welch, 60, 62, 115, 244. 

Wells, 29, 97, 220, 243. 

Wendel, ( 121, 149, 207. 

Wendell, } 42, 112, 113, 114,115, 116, 117, 118, 
122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129, 133, 
134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 
141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 
150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, 
158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 
165, 169, 170, 171, 180, 181, 182, 
183, 184, 186, 187, 188, 191, 192, 
193, 194, 195, 196, 200, 201, 202, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 
211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 217, 218, 
219, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 
227, 228, 229, 230, 234, 235, 237, 
240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 
247, 248. 

Wentworth, 22, 221. 

Wetherby. 152. 

Weymouth, 244. 

Wheeler, 76, 114, 186. 

Wheelwright, 35. 

Whitcomb, 159, 208, 217. 

White, 14, 17, 31, 35, 64, 75, 76, 112, 114, 166, 
202. 

Whitefield,97. 

Whitman, 29. 

Whitmarsh, 178, 179. 

Whitney, 11, 19. 

Whitty, 29. 

AVhitwell, 14, 23, 49, 91, 100, 102, 105, 107, 
112, 118, 148, 164, 165, 220. 

Whitworth, 5, 11, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31, 33, 35,38, 
41,42,48,52, 63, 68, 144, ]4. r ), 
154, 155, 157, 180, 198, 209, 214, 
247. 

Wibirt, 180. 

Willard, 75. 

Williams, 21, 29, 59, 91, 101, 173, 209. 

Williston, 4, 10, 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 35, 42, 43, 
67, 72, 97, 101, 127, 141, 146, 147, 
165, 169, 

Willson, 14. 100. 

Wingfleld, 25, 27, 35. 

Winkell, 14. 

Winniet, 96. 

Winnut, 113, 114. 

Winslow, 3, 5, 12, 42, 55, 73, 75, 76, 97, 102, 
104, 132, 148, 183, 195, 199, 208. 

Winter, 76, 161. 

Winthrop, 182. 

Wise, 116, 159, 208. 

Wiswall, 231, 244. 

Withington, 29. 

Wood, 72. 

Woodward, 81, 101, 235. 
Wottle, 35, 40. 
Wright, 97, 141, 145, 147. 
Wyer, 47. 

Yarley, 146, 147. 

Yorkas, 23. 

Young, 23,97, 147,208. 

Negro. 

Cambridge, 73. 

Lucy, 165. 
Phillis, 208. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS, 



Accident to Elizabeth Martin, 93. 

Accounts, province, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 15, 

30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 44, 52, 56, 57, 65, 66, 67, 

68, 70, 72, 74, 77, 78, 84, 87, 90, 91, 96, 97, 

100, 102, 103, 106, 108, 110, 127, 133, 134, 

139, 143, 145, 146, 149, 158, 162, 164, 168, 

173, 180, 185, 193, 196, 200, 207, 208, 209, 

210,211,212, 213, 218, 219, 222, 223,226, 

227, 228, 234, 241, 242, 245 

Act, regarding dimensions of coal-baskets, 

142, 143. 

to regulate the sale of goods at public 
vendue, and to limit the number of 
auctioneers, 169, 170, 184-85. 
concerning sealers of wood, 187, 188. 
to prevent fraud in cord wood, 187. 
of Parliament concerning, town meet- 
ings., 224, 
225. 

vessels, 230. 
Province, 111, 
Admiral Vernon, the, 225. 

( See also Taverns.) 
Addresses : sent Governor Francis Bernard, 

6, 7, 8, 9. 

Advertisements see Newspapers. 
Aliens or foreigners, 11, 51, 71. 
Dutch, 180. 
French, 28, 33. 
Prussian, 72. 
(See also Strangers.) 

Almshouse, the, 2, 3, 23, 34, 96, 212, 213, 222. 
accounts of, 33, 77. 
dead at the, burial of, 53, 92. 
selectmen to visit, 113. 

report of, 116. 
inhabitant of Stoneham, sick 

at, 149, 151. 

inmates of, desire to leave, 
14,17. 111,122, 
169, 219. 
to go out in 
search of work, 
168. 
boy at, case of, 216. 

discharged, 168. 
removed, 28, 198. 
died at, 201. 

received into, 2, 3, 5, 10, 14, 18, 
19,20, 24, 32, 35, 36, 44, 47, 49, 

54, 55, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67, 70, 
71-72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 
81, 85, 86, 87, 91, 93, 95, 97, 100, 
101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 111, 
116, 118, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 
141, 143, 145, 148, 153, 161, 168, 

192, 193, 197, 207, ;!14, 215, 227, 
234, 241, 243. 

keeper of the, 2, 5, 10, 14, 19, 20, 
24, 32, 33, 35, 36, 44, 47, 49, 54, 

55, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 70, 
71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 
85,86,87, 91, 95, 97, 100, 101, 
102, 104, 105, 107, 110, 111, 116, 
118, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 134, 
143, 145, 148, 156, 161, 168, 192, 

193, 213, 214, 215, 219, 234, 241, 
243. 

America (tloop) , 28, 38, 48, 158, 159. 

accounts of the owners of, 159. 



Amhurst (brigantine) , 115, 121, 123. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Ammunition see Arms and Ammunition. 
Ann street, 65. 

(See also Streets.) 
Apothecaries, 148. 

(See also Trades.) 
Apprentices and Indentures, 128. 
Armories, 192. 

removal of the powder-house, 78, 

79. 

gun-house, to repair, 192. 
Arms and Ammunition : 

requisition for thirty small arms, 

117. 

ammunition, explosion of, 79. 
to inspect, 9.02. 

loan to the militia, 219. 
town's powder to inspect, 226. 
Army, the see Troops. 
Artillery company, 2. 

officers of, 63. 

to use Faneuil Hall, 88, 

121. 

Assembly or Court, General, 22, 62, 74, 133, 
142, 169, 170, 178, 183, 184, 
187, 188, 191, 228. 
petitions, 22. 
speaker of, 62. 
Assessors, 19, 74, 106, 200, 233. 

notice sent the, 56, 106, 158, 205, 

206. 

oath administered to, 95. 
assessment of land about Paddy's 

Alley, 149-50, 154-a5. 
books, 23.3. 
certificates, 233. 

Assize of Bread see Breadstuffs. 
Auctions and Auctioneers, 169-70, 178, 184- 

85. 

choice of auctioneers, 170, 215. 
restrictions on, removed, 178. 
law concerning, 215. 
licenses as, 169-70, 184-85, 215. 
Aurora (birgantine) , 173, 174. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 

Back street, 16, 69, 84, 108. 
(See also Streets,) 

Bakers, 3,9, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, 27, 32, 33, 36, 
41, 43, 48, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61, 63, 
65, 66, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 78, 80, 81, 
82, 89, 91, 95, 96, 99, 101, 104, 106, 
108, 110, 111, 112, 119, 123, 128, 131, 
134, 139, 145, 149, 150, 154, 157, 162, 
165, 169, 175, 177, 179, 182, 185, 188, 
189, 192, 195, 200, 204, 207, 210, 211, 
214, 216, 218, 220, 223, 226, 229, 230, 
234, 239, 242, 245, 246, 248. 
bakeries, 16, 96. 

statement of town bakers as to assize 
of bread, 80. 

Baltimore, 153, 160, 163, 235. 

Barnstable, 214, 224. 

Barracks, the. 23, 26. 

Wheelwright's 35. 
Sugar House Barrack, 42. 
town to erect, 229. 
the several, to examine, as small- 
pox is about, 232. 



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Barracks, at Doan e wharf, 236, 241. 
in King's street, 239, 248. 
Barrett's wharf, 187. 

(See alto Wharves.) 
Batteries, 20, 92, 108. 

North, 14, 145, 146, 186. 

men to exercise in, 145. 
town's land near, 149. 
flag for the, 216, 
magazine of, out of order, 

216. 

South, 55, 57, 71, 225. 
Battery-March street, 134. 

paving of, 135. 

(See also Streets.) 
Beaver (brigantine), 204, 205, 206, 207. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Beer, two casks of, 43. 

bottled, 121. 
Bells, ringing of, 171. 

New Boston, 171. 

Bequest to poor widows (Mrs. Brooker's), 
11, 12, 14, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80, 96, 
99, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 123, 
151, 158. 159, 161, 165, 177, 181, 
188, 195, 204, 208, 211, 212, 213, 
214, 243, 244. 

draft day determined, 74. 
list of recipients, 14, 76, 107, 108, 

114-15, 116,124, 159, 208, 244. 
account against, 97. 
bonds, 114, 116, 123, 151, 161, 165, 
177, 181, 188, 195, 204, 208, 211, 
213, 214. 
of fire-engine, to town, 128. 

258 sheep from town of Wind- 
ham, Conn., 221. 
Beverly, 187. 
Bilboa, 207. 

Bill, of expenses incurred in case of Eliza- 
beth Martin, 93. 
Port, 221-22, 226, 228. 
Billet, 224-225. 
Bilrica (Billerica), 246. 
Black Horse lane, 209. 
(See alto Streets.) 
Blacksmiths, 214. 

(See also Trades.) 
Blind, 32, 130,165,233. 

lane, 81. 

(See also Streets.) 
Boaded (?) Alley, 32. 

(See alao (Streets, etc.) 
Boats see Ships, etc. 
Bonds see Sureties. 
Books pamphlets, etc : 
law, 10, 111. 

to procure 10. 

containing plans of the streets. 92. 
abridgement of the Province Laws, 

111. 

Province Acts, 111. 
town, 188. 

Boston, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23. 
24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 
35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 
55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 
65, 66, 67, 68, 89, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 
85. 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 
95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 
104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 
112,113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 
120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 
128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 
136,137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 
144, 145,146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 
152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 
160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 
168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 
176, 177, 178, 179, ISO, 181, 182, 183, 
184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 



192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 
200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 
208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 
216,217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 
224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 
232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
240.241, 24-J, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 
248, 249. 
aspersions to vindicate the town 

from, 7. 
to be indemuirted if paupers are left 

within its precints, 51. 
perambulation of line between, and 

Roxbury, 100, _>:',0, 231. 
town clerk to get account of all the 
real estate in, from town treasurer, 

112. 

4th Regiment rn. 224. 
Common, 2, 146, 189, 238. 

title of, to be examined, 11. 
writing school on, 11, 202, 

213. 
hospital at bottom of, 18, 

35, 67. 

to enclose, 78. 
cattle on, 79, 213, 215. 
land on, to view, 97. 
burying ground on, 96, 12t>, 

24"! . 

new tombs to build ou, 126. 
school. house on, 129. 
bank repaired in, 171. 
damage by carts, to repair, 

215. 

burial in, by night, 239. 
Gazette, 248. 

(See also Newspapers.; 
Harbor, 124, 125, 23S. 

fishing in, to restrict, 130. 
Neck, 93, 100, 113. 
rent for, 2. 

bull pasture bouse, 2. 
to repair, 12, 7y. 
west side of, 2, 19. 
to pave. fi.i. 

grave for use on , 12, 79. 
land on, improved by Mr. 

Lewis, 81. 
repairs on, 124. 
incumbering, 177. 

penalties for, 156. 
land and buildings on south 

side of, 176. 
incumbrances,to remove, 214- 

15. 

old powder house on, 215. 
fence on, to view, 216. 
town's house near, 221. 
fortification on, ground to be 

broken, 'ill. 
Regiment, 58. 

(Set-, nlso Troops.) 
Bottles, six hampers of, 46, oO. 
Bourn, Mr. requested to opeu town meeting 

with prayer, 10. 
Braintree, 59, 73, 124. 
Bran, 34,39, 50. 
Brattle square, 29. 

(See alto tjtreets.l 
Brazen Head, The 81. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Bread street, 133. 

(See also Streets.) 

Breadstuffs, wheat, rye, Indian, flour, etc., 3, 
9, 12, 15, 17,18, 20, 27, 32, 33, 36, 
41, 43, 48, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 62, 
63, 64, 65, 66, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 
78, 80, 81, 82, 89, 91,95, 96, 99, 
101, 104, 106, 108, 110, 111. 112, 
119, 123, 128, 131, 134, 139, 145, 
149, 150, 154, 157, 158, 160, 162- 
163, 165-66, 167, 169,175, 177, 
179, 182, 185, 188, 189, 192, 195, 
96, 200, 204, 207, 210, 211, 214, 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



261 



Breatlstuffs, etc., continued . 

J16, -J18, 220,222,223, 226, 229, 
230, 2:54, 239, 242, 245, 246,248. 
assize of bread, 3, 9, 12, 15, 17, 
18, 20, 27, :, 33, 36, 41, 43, 
48, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 
63-64, 65, 66, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 
78, 80, 81, 82, 89, 91, 95, 96, 99, 
101, 104, 106, 108, 110, 111, 
112, 119, 123, 128, 131, 134, 
139, 145, 149, 150, 154, 157, 
162, 165-66, 169, 175, 177, 179, 
182, 185, 188, 189, 192, 195- 
96, 200. 204, 207, 210, 211, 213, 
214, 216, 218, 220, 222, 228, 
226, 229, 230, 234, 239, 242, 
245, 246, 248. 
Brick Kiln to open, 226. 
Bricks, 215. 
Bridges : draw, 35, 69. 

over common sewer, 70. 
mill, 99. 

liridgewater, 127. 
British Coffee-house, 142. 

(See also Taverns.) 

British Constitution of Government, trans- 
actions of town do not militate with any 
law, or- the, 9. 
Brittania (ship) 92,93, 94. 

(See also Ships.) 
Bromfleld's lane, 29. 

(See also Streets.) 
Brooker's Donation see Bequest. 
Buildings to erect : 

gun hou.se near the common, 2. 

scuttle in roof, permit 

to make, 173. 

added to hull pasture house, 2, 4. 
on North Battery, 14. 
a bake-house, 16. 
tallow-chandlers' house, 112. 
to erect, for soapboilers, 145. 
barracks, 229. 
town's, 17, 80, 129,214. 
north side of Neck, 64. 
shop on bull pasture, 2, 11. 
Faneuil Hall, 11. 

shop improved by Jackson, 12. 
new watch house on town's land 

adjoining Fortification, 42. 
store opposite the Golden Ball, 

66, 96, 128. 

warehouses, 71, 89, 114. 146, 171. 
slaughter house, 75, 85. 
engine-house, 81, 148. 
shop in Queen street, 96. 
cellar under the Granary, 100. 
town-house cellar, 109. 
shop near Concert Hall, 112, 113, 

167. 

house at South End, 166. 
house and buildings on the south 

side of the Neck, 176. 
occupied by Mr. Barret, 20.4. 
house near the Neck, 221. 
Owners of : 
Mr. Blowers, h. 3. 

Wm. Page, h. 4, 5. 
Mr. Billings, h., 10. 
Mr. Thomas Webb, h., 12. 

Benjamin Peirce, h., 18. 
Mr. Thos. Cunningham, h., 20. 
Mr. Mavericks, h., 21, 36. 
Miles Greenwood, h., 29. 
Edward Blanehard, store, 29. 
John Whitty. h.. 29. 
Sarah Daws", h., 29. 
Frances Look. h.. 29. 
David McCloud. shop, 29. 
Mary Bradlee, h. 29. 
Jonathan Williams, h., 29. 
Benjamin Rumley, h. 29. 
Mr. William Die'kman, h., 22. 
Mr. Joseph Tyler, h., 22, 23. 



Buildings, Owners of: 

Mr. Edward Crafts, h., 22, 23. 
Mr. Townsend. h., 25. 
John Fiske. h., 29. 
Samuel Breeding, h., 29. 
Daniel Jones, h., 29. 
Ebenezer Floyd, h., 29. 
Mary Hall, h.,29. 
William Pall, h., 29. 
Francis Salmon, h., 29. 
Daniel Calf, h., 29. 
Muntgear McCawell, sh., 29. 
Joseph Snelling, h., 29. 
Samuel Webb/h., 29. 
John Hood, h., 29. 
Rebecca Badger, h., 29. 
Thomas Rand, h., 29. 
Ann Chandler, h., 29. 
Margaret Bickner, h., 29. 
Joseph Henderson, dis., 29. 
Ezekial Cbeevers, dis., 29. 
Benjamin Goodwin, dis., 29. 
John Cleland, h., 29. 
Susannah Wells, h., 29. 
Rebecca Edes, h., 29. 
Henry Trail, shop, 29. 
John Smith, h., 29. 
Glidden, sh. yd., 29. 

Pullings, h.,29. 

John Langdon, h., 29. 
Tho. Daws, Kg.. h., 29. 
Capt. Mulberry, h., 30. 
Mr. Tuckermau. h., 32, 33. 

Richards, shop, 35. 

Mr. Dolling Edwards, h., 35. 
Mr. Simpson, h., 36. 
Jacob Royal, E*//., h., 43. 
Mr. Robert Pierrepont, h., 46. 
Mr. Edward Carnes, h., 47. 
J/r*. Tayler. h., 47. 
Capt. William Mackay, h., 48. 
Capt. Small, h., 51. 
Mrs. Pollard, h., 52. 
Mr. Edes, h., 56. 
Wm. Bullfinch, h., 56. 
Capt. Icbabod Jones, h., 59. 
Mr. Hancock. 59, 77, 78, 14i>. 
Mr. John Field, h.. r,s. 
Mr. Atkins, b., 69, 70. 
Dr. Noyes, h., 69. 
Mr. Payne, h., 69. 
Mr. Syrcomb, h., 70, 145. 
Widow Fitch, h., 71. 
Mr. Greenleaf, h., 71. 
Deacon Collins, h., 73. 
Widow Maverick, 73. 

Jackson, sh., 81. 

Stoddard, sh., 81. 

Mr. Green, b. 81. 

Tnrel, b., 81. 

Col. Jackson, dis., 83, 126, 243, 

Mr. Storer, h., 83. 

Mr. Avery, h., 84. 

John Osgood, h., 84. 

Ma). Doan, h., 87. 

Mr. Thornton, h., 97. 

Wm. Stoddard, h., 97. 

Mr. Stone, h., 97. 

Capt. Beals.h., 105. 

Mr. John Fleet, h., 106. 

Nathaniel Hall, d , 108. 

Mr. Cordis. h., 113. 

Mr. Williston, h., 127. 

Mr. Dalton, h., 137. 

Mr. Benjamin Sumner, sh., 137. 

Mr. May, b., 158. 

Mr. Winter Calf, h., 161. 

Robert Hallowell, h., 165. 

Mr. Loring, h., 168. 

Robert Williams, h., 173. 

Summers, h., 182. 

Edwards, sh., 182. 

Isaac Winslow, d.,h., 183. 
Scott and Gill, St., 194. 



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Buildings, Owners of : 

Widow Robinson, h., 198. 

Agnis Proctor, h., 199. 

Mr. Ulark, h., 203. 

Mrs. Minot, h., 207. 

Capt. Foresight, h., 209. 

Mrs. Marston, h., 219. 

John Crosby, sh., 225. 

Mr. Milliken, h., 236. 

Dr. Hill, h., 237, 238, 239. 

Capt. Trig, h., 237. 238, 239. 

C'apf.Finwick, 238. 

Lieut. Clarke, h., 237, 238, 239. 

Mr. McFadden, h., 242, 243. 

Bartlett, h., 243. 

Mr. Ruggles, h.,247. 
Mr. King, h., 247. 
Mr. Kanks, h.,248, 249. 
Bull Pasture house set Boston Neck. 
Bulls see Cattle. 

Wharf see Wharves. 
Bunch of Grapes Tavern, 133, 235, 236. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Burial places, 65, 148. 

burials in, 53, 209. 

new burying ground, 92. 

permit to build tombs in, 96. 
overcrowded condition of, 92. 
Common, 96, 193, 239, 241. 

tombs to build in, 126. 

walls of, to keep in 

repair, 102, 126. 
to view ground 
where are to be 
built, 97. 
North, 111, 213. 

sextons, 53, 65, 92, 111, 193, 210, 217. 
South, tombs in, to build, 136, 139. 
grave diggers, 166, 169, 193. 
chappel, 193. 

sextons not to bury persons on the 
Sabbath night, unless absolutely 
necessary, 209. 
Church burying ground, 213. 

toml>s in, 21:5. 
old burying place, 217, 241. 
near the Granary, 217. 
burial of the poor, 231. 
Butchers, 67, 68, 75, 101, 143, 164, 188. 

(See also Trades.) 
Butler's Row, 29. 

(See al.if> Streets.) 
By-laws nee Orders, town. 

Cadets, 121. 

(See also Troops.) 
Cadiz, 33. 
Cambridge, 58, 119. 

Little, 149. 
street, 60. 
( See also Streets.) 
Canada, small-pox in, 50. 

return of pauper to, 67. 
Candlesticks to procure, 200. 
Cannada nee Canada. 
Caseau (Canso'), 49, 191. 
Cape Ann, 82, 85, 87, 90, 91, 133, 152, 197, 

198, 207. 
Codd, 208. 
Ninola, 130. 
Carolina, 133. 
Carpenters tee Trades. 
Carriages, 180. 
Carriages (gun?) for the South batteries, 

57. 

Carts, trucks, etc. : 
carting, 148. 
injury done by, 215. 

Castle William, 25, 28, 31, 34, 38, 39, 47, 60, 
60, 125, 126, 133, 142, 146, 
147,157, 158,159,160,161, 
163, 168. 

(See also Fortifications.) 
soldiers at, 13 . 



Castle William, soldiers at, down with 
fever, 67. 

(See also Troops.) 

Cattle, town bulls, 55, 79, 124, 213, 222. 
hay for the, 79. 
list of cows, 215. 

to tax, 79. 

Certificates, 3, 4, 15, 28, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 43, 
44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 83, 85, 94, 120, 126, 
127, 137, 158-59, 179, 185, 188, 200, 218. 
Chaplains, 231 . 

(See also Ministers.) 
Chappel (King's?) burying-ground, 193. 

(See also Burial places.) 
Charcoal, 142, 143. 
Charlestown, 2, 129, 224, 231. 

ferry, 226. 
Charter Council, 242. 

(See also Council.) 
street, 69, 205. 

(See also Streets.) 
Chelsea, 53, 54, 55, 149. 

selectmen of, 55. 
Chicken-pox, 30. 

(See alto Diseases, infections.) 
Chimnies, defective, 1, 2, 4, 5, 35, 40, 68, 183, 

184, 242. 
pulling down of, results in suit 

against town, 91, 140. 
Church burying ground, 213. 
(See also Burial places.) 
Cloth, 245. 
Coal baskets, 134. 

to measure, 91, 109, 142. 

Act regarding dimensions of, 

142, 143. 

charcoal, 142, 143. 
crates, 151. 
measurer of, 173, 180. 

Coffee-house, application for permit to open 
a, at Mr. Stone's tavern, 69. 
British, 142. 
Cold lane, 29, 182, 183, 209, 237. 

(See also Streets.) 

Collection for Christopher Monk, 212. 
Collectors of Taxes see Taxes. 
Colonies, the, 6, 221. 
Comic Satirick Lecture, to prevent, 169. 
Commissions, 187-88. 

Committees to lay address before the Gov- 
ernor, 4, 6. 

inquire into accounts of Dm. 
Whitworth and Gardner, 
5. 
to regulate some abuses in the 

market, 5. 

to consider what to do to vindi- 
cate the town from aspersions 
cast upon it, 7. 

to inquire into ability of Mr. Proc- 
tor's lad to discharge duties of 
an usher, 10. 
to visit the South Writing 

School, 10. 

examine into title of the Com- 
mon, 11. 
to consult a lawyer relative to 

Mrs. Whitney's negro, 11. 
to repair King street, 12 
to inquire into case of Mr. Em- 

IIIDIIS, 12. 

to view the North Battery, re 
specting the erection of a 
building thereon, 14. 

to order repairs on North writ- 
ing school, 14. 

to view the Green engine. 16. 

to view site for bake-house, 16. 

concerning case of Wm. Dix, 
16, 17. 

to wait on Rev. Mr. Lothrop, 
17. 

concerning aliens and paupers, 
17. 



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Committee to examine Dr. Gardner's ac- 
counts, 18. 

to send a number of poor per- 
sons to the Provinces they be- 
long to, 18. 
to repair school in Queen street, 

21. 

to investigate cases of small- 
pox, 23. 
to take proper precautions, 32- 

33. 
to obtain a passage to Quebec 

for a Frenchman, 33. 
to view defective chiinnies, 40, 

219, 242. 
to order necessary repairs on the 

South Writing school, 41. 
to view ground of J/r.Tayler, 47. 
of clerks from the market, 49. 
to inquire into case of Mrs. 

Beacham, 49. 

on repairs of North Schools, 50. 
to examine small-pox accounts, 

52. 

of Overseers of the Poor, 53. 
to call executors of Mrs. Brook- 
ers" will to immediate set- 
tlement, 55. 

report of committee, 55. 
to inspect South battery, 55. 
obtain passage for one Mary 
French and two children and 
others to Halifax, 57. 
to procure a chaplain for town 
meeting, 57, 62, 82, 124, 166, 177, 
213,217,246. 

to wait upon the Lieut. -Govern- 
or and inform him of disorder 
and riots among the soldiers, 
57. 

to build wharf at Province hos- 
pital, \Vet Boston, 63. 
to investigate condition of Dock 

Square, 64. 
on repairing watch house at the 

Dock, 65. 
hospital at New 

Boston, 66. 

on repairs at Rainsford Island, 67. 
to view bridge over common 

sewer, 70. 
paving done by Mr. 

Hutchiuson, 72. 
on the Brooker bequest, 78, 112, 

161. 

to enclose the Common, 78. 
to take care of the Common, 113. 
to repair town's warehouses, 78. 
reni of town's warehouses, 89. 
to provide passage for James 

Connor and family, 79. 
to order repairs to Blind lane, 81. 
Lyn and Ferry- 
way streets, 81. 
to let town's pastures at South 

End, 90. 
to settle boxmds of town's land, 

90. 

to enquire relative to land of 
Tuckerman Piermont et als., 
90. 
to view ground where permit to 

build tombs is asked, 97. 
to view land on the Common, 97. 
to settle rent of cellar under the 

Granary, 100. 
to inquire into the case of James 

Otis, 103, 104. 
on Oration, 110, 16(i. 
to view Jfr. Level's fence, 114. 
to visit Cambridge and instruct 
the Representatives on Prov- 
ince law relating to strangers, 
119. 



Committee relative to new keeper of hospital 

at new Boston, 119. 
to procure a passage to Maryland 

for one Hayley, 122. 
to assign a place for the sale of 

fish in the market, 123, 1P6. 
repairs on the Neck, 124. 
repairs to store near Golden 

Ball, 12H. 
to view i he school house on the 

Common, 129. 
to direct paving of Bread street, 

133. 

to widen passage way near mar- 
ket, 134. 
head of 
the town 
dock,134, 
149. 
on suit of Mr. Jacob Emmonsc.s. 

town, 140. 

on lease of stalls at market, 143. 
railing in Mr. Hancock's house, 
146. 
to view town's land near North 

battery, 149. 

repair head of the Dock, 149. 
relative to the new street, 150. 
on correspondence, 150, 229, 243. 
to view Essex street, 150. 
to examine into state of engine- 
house near the Old South 
church, 151. 

repairs to Mr. Proctor's school- 
house, 151. 
to provide a stove for South 

writing school, 161. 
to instruct town clerk as to 
method of keeping accounts, 
161. 

to repair bank in Common, 171. 
to view defective chimnev, 183. 
to settle bounds of land, 189, 190- 

91. 

to view Fleet street, 200. 
to act upon petition to be allowed 
to set up posts in Dock square, 
200, 201. 
to get a passage to Philadelphia 

for one Ewins, 201. 
to inspect the Town's arms, 202. 
on lamps, 210. 
on town meetings, 212. 
to view the North burying 

ground, 213. 
to order repairs on house for 

schoolmaster, 214. 
to view Sea street, 214. 

fence on the Neck, 216. 
to inquire into case of boy at the 

almshouse, 216. 

to lend out the Town's arms, 219. 
on ways and means, 221, 226. 
to inspect Town's powder, 226. 
of several town's meet at Faneuil 

hall, 229. 

on small-pox at barracks, 232. 
on precautions in cases of small- 
pox, 238. 
on donations, 245. 
Common, the see Boston Common. 
Shore (sewer) see Drains, 
street, 29. 
(See also Streets). 
Companies: 

East India Company, 202, 203. 
Concert see Faneuil Hall. 
Hall, 167, 189. 

likeness of the late Mr. White- 
field (w xwork) to exhibit 
in, 97. 

town's shop near, 112. 
comic lecture at, forbidden, 169. 
land near, 189. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 



Concord, selectmen of, 36. 
congress at, 24S. 

Connecticut, 105, 1:26, 128, '221, 222. 
Congress see Concord. 
Constables, 68, 108, 150, 168, 193, 2ir,, --1, 

234-35, 240-41, 245. 
of Scituate, 141. 
of the watch at New Boston, 

167,171, 172,216. 
staff, to purchase, 168 
of West Boston watch, 171. 
of North watch, 171. 
of watch at the Dock, 171. 
appointments of, 172. 
to look after sellers of liquor, 

220. 

complain of officers, 241. 
Copp's Hill, 117, .1411. 

ferry way near, 149. 
Corn court, 83. 

(See alto Streets.) 
fields, 232. 
Hill, 29, 68. 

(See alto Streets.) 
Correspondence see Letters. 
Cotton, 90, 91, 

wool, 138, 184. 
Council. His Majesty's, 8, 62, 79, 87, - 

Charter, '242. 
County, the, nee Suffolk County. 

of Middlesex see Middlesex. 
Jail, 73. 

treasurer, 10, 21, 4'.\ 51, 62, 81. 
Court, General nee Assembly. 

of general or quarter sessions, 2\ 79, 

104, 108, 169, 170, 178, 222, 225. 
clerk of the, 225. 
house, 169. 
superior, 71, 154. 

case of Ktder William Parkman, 172. 
probate, 14, 103, 172, l'J4. 

Judge of, 14, 55, 103, 132, 

172, 194. 

on case of Abigail 
Peirce, 14. 

.Sarah Taylor, 

194, 197'. 
Cowkeeper appointed, 79, 124. 

directions to, 73, 222. 
Credentials, 213. 
Cripples, 180. 
Crooked lane, 44. 

(See also Streets.) 
Cross street, 30, 33, 59, 241, 248, 249. 

(See also Streets.) 
Cro\tD Coffee house, 122. 

(See a/no Taverns.) 
Cryer nee Town. 
Custom house, fire at, 169. 

Daltou's Row, 29. 

(See aluo Streets.) 
Dancing School, request to open, 82. 

and fencing, 53. 
Dedham, 120, 127, 152. 
Deeds, quit-claims, etc., 201. 
Deerfield, 19. 

Deer Island, 11, 58, 104, 168, 191-92. 
supplies for, 4. 
selectmen to visit, 95, 104. 
stones or ballast taken from, 

104, 146. 

application for, 168. 
repairs at, 191-92. 
Delph ware, 174. 
Depositions, 6, 241. 
Deserters, 141. 

(See also Troops.) 

Diseases, infectious, 13, 19, 22,23, 26, 27, 28, 
30, 32, 33, 42, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 92, 93, 94, 95, 101, 115, 117, 118, 
121, 123, 124, 125, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 143, 144, 151, 152, 153, 154, 
155, 157, 159, 160, 161, 172, 173, 174, 



175 176, 178, 179, ]SO, is], 134, 185 
186, 187, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 198, 199, 2i K), 202, 204, 205, 206, 
207, 217, 21S -J-JO, 232, 2:54, 235, 2.".; 
237,238, 239, 240,241,242,24;;, 244- 
45, 246, 247, 24s, 249. 
chicken-pox. 30. 
fever, 67, 105. 

-mall-pox.) 

protest against ,i hospital for, 
at Wheelwright's wharf, 71. 
Disorder xee Riots, etc. 
Distiller.-, 172. 

Tompson ui/i! 1'hillebrown, 27. 
Joseph Henderson. _.'. 
Ezekiel Chrever, -'.'. 
Benjamio Goodwin, 29. 
Nathaniel Hall, 10V 
Isaac Wnislow, iv;. 
Col. Jackson. 24:!. 
Dittracted penoni < Insane. 
Doan's wharf, 236, 241 . 

( See ulso Wharves.) 
Dock, the, rails round, 79. 
drain near, 118. 
pa-.-;mc-w;iy at head of, to widen, 

134, 149. " 
repair, 14. i. 

warehouses on, broken into, 171. 
square, 35, 64. 

to set up posts in, 200, 201. 

(See u Iso .Streets.) 
watch, 40. 

repairs to house, to order, 65. 
constable of, 65, 171. 
Dolphin, (schooner) 163, 193, 194. 

(See also Ships.) 

Dominica (San Domingo,) 1*4, 185, 186. 
Donations, 243, 244. 

Mr, Hancock to Boston, fire-en- 
gine, 12S. 

Town of Windham, Conn., to 
Boston, of 258 sheep, 221. 

(See also Bequests.) 
Dorchester, 11, 49, 7:;. 
Dove (schooner) 153, 155. 

(See ulso Ships.) 
Downs, the, 82, 98, 115. 
Drafts, 129. 

In favor of : 
Capt. Paddock et a Is., 2. 
Sharp et als., 3, 168. 
Read et als., 4. 
Gideon Gardner, 4. 
Capt Sutton et als., 10. 
Mr. Samuel Adams (collector of 

taxes) 10. 
Capt. Sharp, et als., 12. 69, 108, 20j, 

247. 

Capt. Franklyne, et als., 18, 239. 
Isaac Cummins (constable) 19. 
Lambert Kilby, 20. 
Edward HollyJay, 21, 62. 
Mr. Thomas \Villiston, 32. 
Mr. Hartley, 32, 44, 55. 
Town clerk, 32, 62, 66, 71, 89, 97, 

104, 134, 151, 189. 

Mr. Love, 32, 141, 151, 180, 219, 236. 
Mr. Curtis, et als., 35. 158, 243. 
Mr. Putnam, ft als., 36, 43, 56. 
Mr. S.unl. Ruifgles, 42. 
Samuel Hasi-ham, 44. 
Mr. Gains, 51, 52, 97. 
Mnj. Jonathan Payson, 51. 
Mr. Abraham Savage, 51. 
Win. White, 64. 

Win. White & Co., over-paid, 75. 
Benj. Henderson, 81. 
Ilutchiusou & Co., 95, 134, 194. 
Jonathan Jenkins, et als., 97. 
Thos. Uran et als., 99. 
Shubael Hewes, 113. 
William Barret, 104, 245. 
Wm. Suttou, et als., 137. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



265 



Drafts, in favor of. 

Jacob Bucknam, 139-140, 148. 

Wm. Bass, 149. 

Ebenezer Gaffee, 149. 

Mr. James Burrows, 150-51, 

Mr. Shubael Hines, or Hewes, 161, 

169. 

Capt. Sloau tt als., 182. 
Thomas Moore, 188. 
Widow Mary Mayes, 204. 
Mr. Norcrost et uls., 207. 
Mr. Scott, 210. 
Dr. Whitworth, 214. 
Mr. Edward Wraith (lamplighter), 

226. 

Samuel Franklyne et als., 230. 
Drains, applications to be permitted to open, 
12, 17, 47, 48, 59, 70, 71, 83, 84, 118, 
126, 127, 128, i36, 146, 147, 156, 178, 
180, 183, 209, 214, 219, 224, 247. 
common shore (sewer), 13, 18, 37, 
47, 60, 69, 70, 71, 84, 126, 127, 136, 
209, 214, 219. 
permission to lay, 14, 38. 
to repair, 97. 

near the Dock, 118. 
assessment for opening, 209. 
Drake (schooner) 167. 

(See also Ships, efc.) 
Draw-bridge see Bridges. 
Dr. Cooper's Church, 165. 
Cutler's Church, 29. 
Eliot's Church, 139. 
Sewall's Church, 75. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Dutch, 243. 

number of, on sloop Molly, 180. 
(See also Aliens.) 

Eagle, (schooner") 180-90. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 
Earthern-ware, crates of, 156. 
East India Company, 202. 

(See also Companies.) 
Elder William 1'arkman, case of, 172. 

(See also Probate Court.) 
Election day, town to dine Governor and 

Council on, 175. 

Elizabeth (schooner) 46, 53, 160. 
Elizabeth Hiiishee, case of, 36. 
Elizabeth Martin, case of, 93. 
Eliot street, 13. 

(See al-io Streets.) 
Engine see Fires. 
see Hay. 
England, 78, 79. 

Entertainment, for town officials, public 

dinner to provide, 100, 230. 

for Governor and Council, 

175. 

to be omitted, because of dis- 
tressed times, 222. 
Essays see Field Husbandry. 
Essex street, 150, 169. 
(See also Streets.) 
Esther (schooner), 31. 

Estimate* of repairs necessary at Deer Is- 
land, 191-92. 
Evidence see Law. 
Export, raw silk to become, 120. 

Faneuil Hall, 66, 120, 149, 150, 175. 

artillery men to exercise in, 11, 

18, 88. 

for drill, 167, 176. 
for use of merchants, 13. 
market, 65, 164. 

stalls in, 103, 105, 106, 

143, 164, 1^. 
town's people ask for use of, 

76. 

Mr. Bryant expelled from, 10"). 
cadets to use, 121, 146. 
military corps to use, 149. 



Faneuil Hall, use of, to dine the Governor 
and Council, on Election day, 
175. 

for a concert, 194. 
committees of several towns 

meet at, 229. 
for service on Sabbath for 4th 

Uegiment, 231. 
withdrawal of permit, by vote, 

281. 

loft in, 233. 
Farmingtou, 201. 
Fees or allowances, 187. 

restriction, 188. 
Fencing-master, 47. 

and dancing school, request to 

open, 53. 
Ferries : 

Winnesimet, 4, 225. 

ferry-ways, dirt near, to remove, 

81. 

ferry-way near Copps Hill, 149. 
Charlestown, 226. 
Ferry way street, 81. 

(See also Streets.) 
Fevers, 67, 105. 

(See also Disease, infectious.) 
Field Husbandry, essay on, 121. 
Fines and forfeitures, 188. 

(See also Penalties.) 

Fire, damage by, 3, 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 35, 36, 
43, 51, 52, 56, 69, 75, 97, 99, 108, 113, 
158. 

engine-houses, 81, 128. 
engines No. 2, 3; 3, 97, 236; 4, 43, 56, 
99; 5,4; 6,35; 97; 7,10,84, 
108, 137, 151; 8, 35; 9, 18. 
Green, 16. 

Hancock, 128, 130, 162. 
New Boston, 51. 
near Old South church, 151. 
companies, 3, 4, 5, 69, 84, 108, 113, 118, 

166. 

men, 3, 4, 5, 27, 35, 52, 59, 66, 67, 76, 84. 
101, 102, 107, 108, 109, 118, 12(5, 
128, 145, 146, 151, 159, 161, 164, 
166, 167, 168, 169, 171, 177, 180, 
181, 186, 188, 203, 204, 205, 212, 
215, 216, 236, 245, 249. 
premiums, 3, 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 35, 36, 43, 
51, 52, 56, 69, 75, 97, 108, 137, 
158, 161, 168, 169, 182, 205, 
207, 230, 23fi, 239, 243, 247. 
at the Court house, 169. 
wood see Wood, 
works, 41. 

to exhibit from roof of gun- 
house, 173. 
place unsafe. 209. 
Fish, sale of, in the market, 123. 

taking of, in the Harbor, 130-131. 
lishing grounds, 130. 
decrease of, 130. 
stalls for, 196, 
street, 48. 

(See also Streets.) 
Flag halliards to procure, 201. 

for the North Battery, 216. 
Flats (fishing grounds) 130. 
Fleet street, 200. 

(See also Streets.) 
Flour see Breadstuffs. 
Foreign trade see Trade. 
Fore street, 225. 

(See also Streets.) 

Fortifications: 29, 146, 149, 169, 216. 
gates, 39, 40. 

Castle William, 2o, 28,31,34, 
47,50, 60, 125, 133, 142, 168. 
shop near, 35. 
guard-house near, 42. 
new watch near, 42, 43, 46, 72, 

SO. 
land near, for a pottery, 112. 



Crrr DOCUMENT No. 42. 



Fortifications; governor orders breaking of 
ground near, on the Neck, 
227. 

(See also Batteries.) 
French, 28, 33. 

petition to be allowed to teach, 213 

refused, 72. 
emigrants, 96. 
language, request to be allowed to 

teach, 132. 

Frendship, (schooner), 83, 85, 86, 87, 88. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 

Gaol, 4. 

fire at the, 4. 

town cryer lodged in, 130. 
Garrison, townspeople fear intention to re- 
duce Boston to condition of a, 228. 
Gazette, Edes and Gills see newspapers. 
George Tavern, 41. 

(See also Taverns.) 
General Court see Assembly. 
Gib's lane, 92. 

(See also Streets.) 
Glass, 121. 
Glaziers, 122. 

(See also i Trades.) 
Glidden's Shipyard, 29. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Gloucester, 151, 152. 

Selectmen of, 201. 
Golden Ball, The, 66, 96, 128. 

rent of a store near, 96, 128. 
repairs to store near, 128. 
(See also Taverns.) 

Govenor, the, 4, 8, 21, 79, 85, 87, 89, 92, 99, 
125, 126, 137. 138, 152, 155, 158- 
59, 160-61, 162, 163-64, 167, 168, 
174, 175, 176, 179, 186, 218, 224- 
25, 227, 228, 231, 232, 234, 238, 
243, 247. 

address to the, 4, 6, 7, 8, 227-28. 
reply of, 79, 228. 
petition to, 157. 
and council, 8. 
informed that vessels refused to 

stop at Castle William, 161. 
to, concerning Brigantine In- 
dustry, 15. 
lieut., 28, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 43, 

44, 46, 47, 50, 51, 57, 92. 
Grampus (sloop), 163. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Granary, accounts of, 10, 77. 

cellar under, to rent, 100. 
burying ground near, 217. 
Grand Jury, 48. 
Granry see Granary. 
Grave-diggers, 166, 193. 

approved as, 169. 
(See also Burial places.) 
Gravel for use on the Neck, 12, 79. 
(See also Boston Neck.) 

use on Essex street, 169. 
Gravesend (England), 92. 
Green Dragon, The, 29. 
(See also Taverns). 

engine, the, see Engines. 
Green's lane, 147, 178, 180. 

(See also Streets.) 
Grenadiers, new company of, 117, 

(See also Troops). 
Gridley's lane, 146. 

( See also Streets) . 
Griffin's wharf, 28. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Grindstones, 194. 
Groceries, to furnish, 233. 
Guadaloupe. 82, 83, 85. 
(See also Islands,) 
Guard-house, 39, 42, 221. 

main, of 59th Regt., 234. 
guards assault persons, 228. 
Gun -house see armories. 



Halifax, 17, 57, 94, 95, 199. 

selectmen of, complain to ffenl. 
Gage, of soldier's misconduct, 

247. 

Hallifax see Halifax. 
Hall, the, see Faneuil Hall. 
Hammers for sealers of leather see 

Leather. 

Hancock Engine, 162. 
(See also Fires.) 

wharf, 29, 225. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Handspikes, "201. 
Hannah, (sloop), 39, 50, 163. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Hanover street, 237, 238, 239. 

(See also Streets). 
Harmony (brigantine), 83, 84. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Havana, 134. 

Haward (hayward) see Cowkeeper. 
Hay, weighers of, 53. 

appointed, 53, 76. 
engine, 151, 216. 
ground where hay scales stand, 204, 

216. 
Hemp, 60, 98, 99, 101, 115, 116, 204, 206, 207. 

(See also Ships' cargoes). 
Henry (brigantine), 151, 152. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Hides, 68, 75, 101, 105. 

(See also Leather). 
Hope (sloop), 46, 47. 
Holyoke street, 13. 

(See also Streets.) 
Horse Shoe, 32. 

(See also Taverns.) 
trainer desires to exhibit, refused, 

189. 
Hospitals, 214, 239, 243. 

Rainsford, 15, 27, 30, 32, 33, 34, 
35, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 
48, 49, 52, 53, 54, 60, 68, 82, 86, 
87, 90, 93, 94, 98, 115, 117, 118, 

121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 135, 137, 
138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 151, 
152, 1A3, 154, 157, 164, 166, 174, 
178, 187, 189, 190, 191, 192, 204, 
217, 218, 222, 230, 235, 239, 240. 

at bottom of the Common, 18, 19, 

35, 67. 

regimental, 19. 
Province, 19. 
at New Boston, 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, 

32, 37, 38. 42, 43, 48, 66, 70, 119, 

122, 123, 154, 158, 185, 215, 232- 

33, 234, 235, 236, 237, 240, 241, 
243, 246, 247. 

keeper of, 43, 44, 68, 119, 185, 215. 

repairs on, 22, 68. 

nurses, 22, 33. 

at West Boston, 24, 31, 236, 248, 

249. 

wharf to build at, 63. 
necessary repairs at Rainsford, 

67, 68. 
account of expense for care of 

inmate, 166. 
accounts, 226. 

ship, 238, '241, 242, 248, 249. 
Hyspaniola, 124. 

Indentures see Apprentices. 
Industry (brigantine), 13. 

small-pox on board, 13. 
thoroughly fumigated, 15. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Inhabitants of the town, 1, 8, 22, 28, 3031, 
34, 38, 39, 46, 57, 
66, 74, 79, 96, 101, 
120, 136, 137, 138, 
145, 148, 150, 156, 
IPO, 163, 165, 172, 
174, 176, 181, 186, 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



267 



Inhabitants of the town, continued. 

193, 195, 202, 200, 
206, 218, 224, 227, 
22s, 230, 231, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 240, 
246. 
accepted as, 11, 17, 

169. 

trouble between, 
and King's sol- 
diers, 39, 40, 46. 
complain of defec- 
tive chimnied, 40 
of other towns, list 
of, who should be 
taxed, 56. 

to consider expedi- 
ency of widen- 
ing way into Ann 
street, 64-65. 
protest against es- 
tablishment of a 
hospital atWhee.- 
wright's wharf, 
71. 

petition to rein- 
state South watch, 

72. 
ask for use of Fan- 

euil hall, 76, 77. 
warrant to remove 
from S c i t u a t e 
John Pierce and 
family to Boston, 
141. 
petition fot a town 

meeting, 148. 

not, of the town, or Province, 2, 
5, 14, 18, 19, 24, 32, 34, 35, 36, 44, 
49, 54, 56, 60, 62, 64, 67, 70, 72, 
75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 85, 86, 91, 
97, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 
109, 111, 116, 118, 127, 128, 129, 
130, 141, 145, 148, 149, 154, 161, 
162, 192, 212, 214, 224, 233. 
Innholders, licenses as. 186. 

petition for, 69, 108. 
allowed, 29, 35, 44, 57, 
64, 87, 108, 122,225-26. 
disallowed, 29, 30, 122. 
list of, 23, 29, 186, 225- 

26. 
passed upon, 

222. 

to be watched, 220. 
(See also Licenses). 

Inoculation for small-pox forbidden, 234, 
23T. 

(See also Small Pox.) 
Insane, 5, 14, 23, 103, 119-20, 132, 172, 194, 

197. 
Interest on moneys (part of the Brooker 

Donation), 59. 
Ireland, 78, 79. 

passage to, 143. 

Iron, 34, 37, 38, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 53, 158, 
160. 

workers, 57. 
(See also Trades.) 
Island, the, see Rainsford Island. 
Islands : 

Rainsford, 13, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 
35, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 
49, 53, 54, 60, 67, 68, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 98, 101, 
115, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 135, 
137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 
151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 164, 
166, 173, 174, 175, 178, 179, 181, 184, 
186, 187, 189-90, 191, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 198, 199, 200, 204, 217, 218, 
220, 235, 239. 

Deer, 4, 95, 104, 146, 168, 180, 191-92. 
Turks' 193, 194. 



Islands : 

West Indies, 34, 135. 
Guadaloupe, 82. 
Long, 192. 

Newfoundland, 122, 127, 180. 
Castle, 153. 
Jayl (Jail) see Gaol. 
John (galley), 60, 61. 
Jolliff's lane, ISO, 183. 
(See also Streets.) 
Jurors, choice of, 71, 108. 

petit, 116, 191. 
* Justices of the Peace, 16, 57, 76, 101, 129, 

149, 154, 245. 
list of names of, 16. 
reports of, 109. 

meeting of Selectmen with, 173. 
Kilby street, 87, 177. 

(See also Streets.) 
King street, 12, 113, 122, 239, 247, 248. 

barracks in, 239, 248. 
(See also Streets.) 

King's Arms, The (formerly the George 
Tavern) 57. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Kueeland's lane, 29. 

(See also Streets.) 
Lamb Tavern, The, 80, 151, 243, 247. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Lamps and tin plates, 233. 
committee on, 210. 
I (See also Committees.) 

oil and wicks for the, 212. 
to oversee the lamplighters, 212. 
lamplighters, 219, 226. 
irons, to attend to, 214. 
law concerning, 215. 
Lancaster, 75. 
Lands, Town's : 

near Common, 2. 

on west side of Neck, 11. 

let to Mr. Enoch Brown, 11, 

64. 

near Fortification, 42. 
west side of street near 

breastwork, 44. 
on Middle street, encroach- 
ment, 69. 
warehouse, 71. 
on east side of the Neck, 

79. 
the Neck improved by 

Mr. Lewis, 81. 
pastures at South End, 90. 
bounds of, 90. 
land near the Mill Creek, 

112. 

South End, 146. 
near North Battery, 149. 
about Paddy's alley, 149-50, 

154-55. 

leased to Bracket, 169, 176. 
on south side of the Neck, 

176. 
where the hay-engine stands, 

204, 216. 
Lands, private : 

Wm. Cunningham, 13. 
Samuel Searl, 13. 
Abijah Crane, 13. 
Benjamin Veazie, 13. 
John Crane, 13. 
Mary Gear, 13. 
George Lusb, 13. 
Jeremiah ^timson, 13. " 
John Bryant, 13. 
William Lowder, 13. 
Samuel Healey, 13. 
Joseph Lovering, 13. 
Robert Fail-service, 13. 
\Villiam Ktheridge, 13. 
Dr. Noyes. 17. 
Benjamin Pierce, 18. 
.)/>-. Hollowell's sh. yd., 69. 



C'nY' DOCUMENT No. 42. 



Lands, private : 

Mrs. Kcsiah Harvey, 88. 
Capt. James Dalton, 88. 
Tuckerman Pierpoint ft als., 90. 
Mr. Green, 148. 
Mr. Syrcomb, 149. 
Wm. Hyslop, Kxq., 188-89, 191, 199. 
Mm. Agnis 1'rocter, 188-89, 191, 199. 
John Procter, 188-89, 191. 
Martha Howard, (in Farniington) 201. 
Mr. Scott, 210. 
Tyler, shipyard. 225, 240. 
Law, in regard to small-pox, infringement 

to be prosecuted, 26, 198, 199. 
to observe, 83. 
enacted for regulation of the Town 

Watch, 40. 

infringemeuts of the, to punish, 45. 
impowers Boston Regiment to ap- 
point a watch, 58. 
soldiers to be tried by, 70. 
evidence to collect, 70. 
Capt. Crocker admonished, and 

excused penalty, 126. 
concerning melting of tallow, 145. 
defective cliiranies, 184. 
lamps, 215. 
auctioneers, 215. 
the watch, 231. 
relative to strangers, 89, 147. 
appointing survey for bounds of land, 

189. 

concerning town meetings, 225. 
books see Books. 
Leases : 

of gun house. 2. 

shops and land to Mr. Enoch 

Brown, 11, 19, 64. 
land to Daniel Whitney, 11, 19. 
town's warehouse, 71. 
shop on Bull pasture, 11. 

improved by son of Col. Jackson, 

leased to latter, 12. 
cellar in Town House, 109, 191. 
Mr. Faxton's, 41. 
Mr. Brown's, 41. 
of land near breastwork, 44. 
Samuel Breck, 66. 

of stalls in the market, 67, 68, 143, 
164, 191, 220. 

Jackson, 81. 

to John McFadden, building near 
South market, and land, 

87, 90. 

Maj. Ruddock, 108. 
to Mr. Thorp, denied, 114. 
town's shop, to Win. Walker, 127. 
near Consert house, 167. 
house and building on south side of 

the Neck, 176. 
Mr. John Lambert, 186. 
Widow Mary Mayes, 204. 
Leather, sealers of, 58, 104, 213. 

hammers for, wanted, 213, 
delivered to, 58. 
to procure, 217. 
hides, 68. 
dresser, 85. 

Leminster see Leomiuster. 
Lemons, 38, 43, 6u, 61, 93, 94, 95, 115, 117, 

121. 123 

(See also Ship's cargoes.) 
Leominster, 75, 104. 
Letters, 141, 144-45, 152, 153, 156, 173, 181. 

to Saml. Hartley, 13, 51,52,54,60- 
61, 32, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 38, 89, 90, 
91, 93, 94, 95, 98, 100, 115, 116-17, 
121, 124, 125. 126, 135, 136, 137, 
138, 139, 140, 144, 152, 153, 154, 155, 
156, 157, 160, 164, 173, 174, 175, 
178, 179, 180-81, 184, 185, 186, 202, 
218, 219. 

(See also Orders), 
from Saml. Hartley, 1">, 



Letters to the Governor, 25, S4, 90, 157, 160, 
161, 162, 163, 164, 167, 168, 175, 
IS', 218. 
J/>-. Wm. Paeie, on condition of 

his chimnk's, .">. 
Selectmen of Concord, 36. 
incendiary, vote of town concerning, 

to the Lieut. Governor, 50, 152. 155, 

158-59, 160-61. 
Selectmen of Chelsea, 55. 

Marbiehead, 93, 118. 
Selectmen to Capt. John Derby, 

98. 
town clerk to selectmen of Boston, 

100. 
to selectmen of Mendon, 111-12, 

119. 

Judge Oliver, 114. 
Robert Hooper of Marbiehead to 

UK- selectmen of Boston, 115. 
to the Selectmen of Woodstock, 

119, 120,143. 
Wm. Dorrington, 123. 
Capt. John cfrocker, 125. 
from Admiral J. Montague, 130-31. 
to Admiral J. Montague, 131. 
Col. Ingersoll, 133. 
Wm Barrett, 142. 
Capt. McLearth, commanding 
officer of Castle William, 142, 
147. 
from Capt. Me [.earth, 142. 

Her. Mr. Andrew Tyler, 154-55. 
to the wood-cutters, 149. 
to selectmen of Stoneham, 151. 

to Mr. Daniel Davis of , 166, 177. 

Mr. Proctor, 197. 

to selectmen of Cape Ann (Glouces- 
ter), 198, 201. 

Thomas Seymour, /., 201. 
Hon. Peter Oliver, 211. 
Collo. Mills, 212. 
from Coinnr. of Correspondence of 

Windham, 221. 
to Comnr. of Correspondence of 

Windham, 221-22. 
from town clerk of Charlestown, 

224. 

to selectmen of Koxbury, 230. 
to Mr. Wells, from Marbiehead, 24:!. 

selectmen of Billerica, 24i5. 
from President of the Congress at 

Concord, 24S. 
Leveret street, 126. 

(See also Streets). 
Liberty Tree, 22, 26. 
Licenses, liquor, 28, 29, 64, 69, 186. 
list of, 28, 2'.i. 

passed upon, 222. 
approved, 29. 
disapproved, 29, 30. 
threatened removal of, 133. 
auctioneers, 169-70, 184-85, 215. 

form of license, 170, 

184-85. 

Light-house, 235. 
Limes, 135. 

Lime trees, Mr. Coply desires to plant, 89. 
Linen, Irish, 38. 
Link alley, 180. 

(See also Streets.) 

Liquors, retailer of spirituous net- Innholders. 
Little Cambridge, 149. 
Liverpool, 134, 151, 152, 173, 174, 217. 

passage for poor persons to, 134. 
London, 60, 83, 84, 94, 98. 115, 203, 204, 239. 
London Derry (Londonderry), 38. 
Long Island, 192. 

(See also Islands.) 
Lane, 18, 97, 247. 

(See also Streets.) 
wharf, 29, 226. 

(See also Wharves, etc.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



269 



Lord's Day, 72. 

Lydia (brigantine} , 207. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
(ship) ; 179, 230. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Lyn street, 81. 

(See also Streets.) 

Madeira, 31. 

Maiden, 11,226. 

Manes Point, !'>. 

Maps and Plans, selectmen to consult, 92. 

Marblehead, 3, 189, 190, 191, 193, 195, 196, 

207, 226, 235. 

letter to selectmen of, 93, 117, 
118, 193. 
from Robert Hooper of, 

115. 

Market, the, 5, 17, 49, 105, 149. 
clerks of, 101. 

make complaint, 49, 50. 
Faneuil Uall, 65, 184. 

stalls in, 103, 105, 106, 143, 

164, 188. 

butchers, 67, 68, 75, 101, 143. 
stalls in, 67, 68, 75, 101, 105, 106, 188, 

191,220. 

hides in, 68, 75, 101, 105. 
to be kept clean, 68. 

closed at stated hours, 72. 
nuisances to remove, 72. 
South, 87. 

Mr. Bryant expelled from the, ln-"i. 
fish, sale of, in, 123. 

stalls for, 196. 

passageway near, to widen, 134. 
people coming to, 228. 
square, 196. 

(See also Streets.) 
Marlborough, 127. 
Marshalls lane, 225, 235, 246, 247. 

(See also Streets.) 
Marshlield, soldiers sent to, misbehave, 

247. 
Maryland, 122, 153, 155, 160, 161, 163, 167, 

168, 169. 

small-pox spreading in, 157. 
Masons, 67. 

(See also Trades.) 

Massachusetts Bay, Province of, 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 
9, 24, 2S, 34, 44, 47, 49, 51, 54, 62, 64, 67, 
70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 85, 86, 87, 
88, 91, 97, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 
107, 109, 111, 113, 116, 118, 120, 126, 127, 
128, 129, 130, 132, 139, 143, 145, 147, 148, 
161, 162, 172, 187, 192. 212, 214, 215, 233. 
Massacre, account of the late, 74. 

Oration on the, of March, 76-77. 
Meal men see Millers. 
Mediera see Madeira. 
Measurers or Sealers of wood see Wood. 
Meeting houses, 231. 
Old North, 3. 
Dr. Cutler's, 29. 
Mr. Pemberton's, 29. 
New North church, 73. 
Dr. Sewall's, 75. 
Dr. Eliot's, 139. 
Old South church, 151, 225 
Dr. Cooper's church, 135. 
Gld Church, 169. 
New South, 210. 
Mr. Byles', 225, 217, 249. 
Mr. Mather's, 225, 236. 
Mendon, 111. 

selectmen of, 111. 
owner of real estate in, 112. 
Merchants, 13. 
Middleborough, 211. 

selectmen of, complain to 
Gen'l Gage about conduct 
of soldiers, 247. 
Middlesex, county of, 153. 

records of the, 153. 



Middle street. 32, 168, 225. 

encroachment on, 69. 
(See also Streets.) 
Middlecot street, 136. 

(See also Streets.) 
Military force, unnecessary and obnoxious. 

6,8. 

Militia, the, 57, 219. 
Milk street, 29, 86. 

(See also Streets.) 
Mill bridge see Bridges. 

Creek, 112, 114. 

tallow chandlers' shop, near, re- 
fusal to allow, 114. 

Pond, 16, 183. 
Millers, 69, 176. 

(See also Trades.) 
Mills, grist, 69. 
Milton, 60. 
Ministers, 21, 63, 92, 132-33, 182, 220, 230, 

881. 

Molasses, 124, 184. 
Molly (sloop) 34, 43, 180, 181. 
Montreal, small-pox at, 49, 50. 
Mount Real, Mount Royal, see Montreal. 
Mortgages, 177. 
Mr. Byles' meeting-house, 225, 247, 249. 

Mather's meeting-house. 225, 236. 

Pemberton's church, 29. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Mulberry trees see Trees. 
Mutton, hospital at New Boston, to supply 

with, for three weeks, 232. 



Nantasket, 230. 

Neck see Boston Neck. 

Negroes, mulattos, Indians, etc., 11, 25, 27, 

35, 54, 73, 83, 85, 165, 208. 
not allowed out after 9 P.M., ex- 
cept in certain cases, 45. 

New Boston, 22, 30, 70, 97, 224, 235, 236, 237. 

hospital at, 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, 32, 

37, 38, 42, 43, 48, 66, 

119, 122, 123, 154, 158, 

185, 215, 232-33, 234, 

237, 240, 241, 243, 245, 

246, 247. 

keeper of, 43-44, 68, 

119, 185, 215. 
fence of, near, 87. 
inventory of articles at, 

119, 122,215. 
watch at, 42, 167, 171, 

172, 239. 
man appointed, 

172. 

repairs at, needed, 122. 
to order, 158, 
things necessary for re- 
ception of the sick, 
158, 

Sugar-house barracks at, 42. 
trouble with soldiers and resi- 
dents of, 224. 

Newbury see Newburyport. 
New Burying Ground, 92,96. 
(See a/so Burial places.) 
Newburyport, 130, 144, 165, 193, 194, 198, 

199. 

New England, 221. 
Newfoundland, 122, 127, 180. 

(See also Islands.) 
New Haven, 72, 105. 
London, 154. 
North church, 73. 
South Church, 210,217. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Newspapers, or public prints, 215, '227. 

to contain address to Governor 

and his reply, 9. 
advertisements concerning 
small-pox 23, 
24, 25, 26, 27, 



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Newspaper*, etc., <-ont.inued t 

234, 236, 237, 
238, 239-40, 
241, 242-4:5, 
-'44-45, 247, 
248. 

paying of pre- 

m i u in o 11 

mulberry 

trees, 102. 

118, 120. 

Ecles and Gills' 

Gazette, 118. 

" The Spy," 

240, 249. 
" Boston Ga- 
zette," 248. 
Newton, 127. 
New York, 130, 166, 234 
Ninety -two (schooner}, 49, 51. 
North Battery , 14, 145-46. 
(See also Batteries.) 
Burying Ground, 111. 

wall of, to repair, 21:;. 

(See also Burial places.) 
End, 29, 92, 108, 187, 223, 236, 240, 

245, 247. 

Grammar school, 34. 
Latin School, 14, 171. 
schools, 50. 

(See also Schools.) 
watch house, repairs to, 69. 
constable at, 171. 

(See also Watch.) 
writing-school, 14. 

( See also Schools.) 
Notes, 164. 



Oaths of office administered, 95. 
Oil, 60, 93, 94, !!;'>. 

(See also Ships' cargoes.) 
Old burying ground, 217, 224, 241. 

(See also Burial places.) 
Church, 169. 
North Meeting-house, 3. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Powder house see Boston Common. 
South Church, 151, 225. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Orange street, 13. 

(See also Streets.) 
Tree, 22, 26, 31, 189. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Oration on the March Massacre, to deliver 

in FaneuilHall, 77. 
desire to be excused from deliver- 
ing, refused, 78. 

to deliver on March 5, 110, 212, 245. 
report of committee to provide an 

orator, 166. 

Orders, town, 22, 23, 30, 49, 50, 57, 61, 65, 66, 
74, 78, 79, 82, 91, 93, 111, 115, 121, 
123, 125, 126, 127, 140, 151, 152, 155, 
157, 159, 169, 171, 174, 179, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 200, 204, 215, 216, 217, 218, 
220, 234, 240-41, 242, 243, 24.'). 
to stop vessels at Castle William, 

2.1, 125. 

send persons to the hospital, 30. 
keeper at Rainsford Island, 33-34, 
61, 187, 190, 195, 196. 

(See also Letters.) 
burial of those dying from small- 
pox, 35, 239. 
to men of South watch, 40. 

New Boston watch, 172. 
the watchmen at south part of the 

town, 45, 72. 

books of the By-Laws, 76. 
by-law concerning town-cryer, 130. 
to the constables of the watch, lit".. 
to keeper of hospital at New Bos- 
ton, 232-33. 



Orders to Mr. Barret, 233. 
Ordnance, 228. 

Paddy's Alley, 149-50, 154-55, 210, 226. 

(See also Streets.) 
Painters see Trades. 
Painting, 57. 
Palaviras, two, 225. 
Papers see Records, documents, etc. 
Paris (France) 96. 

(See also French.) 
Parliament, Act of, 224-25. 

to enforce, 225, 230. 
Passage, sea, 78. 
Pavers, etc., rate of pay allowed, 2-j: 1 ,. 

(See also Trades.) 
Pavements see Streets. 
Penalties, neglect to keep walls of tombs in 

repair, 102. 

cvailing quarantine, 125. 
regarding melting of tallow. 145. 
for removing etone and ballast 

from Deer Island, 146. 
for leaving quarantine, 153. 
lines and forfeiture concerning 

cord-wood, 188. 
for incumbering the Neck, 156. 
Perambulations or Surveys, 88. 

bounds of land in Spring 

lane, 88. 

of town's land, 90. 
between Roxbury and Bos- 
ton, 100, 230, 231. 
bounds of land belonging 
to Win. Hyslop, KK<I. and 
Agnes and John Proctor, 
188-89, 191, 199. 

Pest house xee Rainsford Island. 
Petitions : 

to be allowed to lay a common sewer, 13. 

erect a buke-house, 16. 
the Governor to order all vessels to stop 

at Castle William, 157. 

Philadelphia, 14, 20, 23, 25, 27, 31, 34, 37, 38. 
39, 43, 44, 46, 47, 50, 53, 158, 
160, 168, 181, 201. 
small pox in, spreading, 157. 
Physicians, 5, 11, 18, 63, 74, 152, 154, 156, 157, 
182, 198, 2U9, 210, 214, 217, 218, 220, 227, 
232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 240, 245, 247, 
248. 

Piscataqua, 165. 
Plans see Maps. 

and specifications, 57. 
Plastering of shop, 104. 
Pleasant street, 146. 

(See also Streets.) 
Plymouth, 217. 
Plympton, selectmen of, complain to (,'fnl. 

Gage of conduct of soldiers, 247. 
Polly (schooner), 160. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Poor, 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 23, 32, 33, 
34, 35, 44, 47, 53, 54, 55, 60, 62, 64, 65, 
67, 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 85, 
86, 87, 91, 92, 97, 100, 101, 102, 103, 
104, 105, 106, 107,109, 113,116, 118, 
122, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 134, 
139, 141-42, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 
1 .'<:.;, 156, 161, 162, 166, 168, 169, 192, 
193, 197, 198, 207, 212, 214, 215, 216, 
227, 231, 233, 241, 243, 245. 
Overseers of the, 21, 49, 53, 63, 91, 92, 
97, 100, 102, 103, 
105, 107, 109, 111, 
116, 118, 127, 128, 
129, 130, 132, 139, 
143, 145, 148, 161, 
163, 166, 182, 214. 
reports of, 109, 165. 
accounts of, 132. 
donation for, of 258 sheep, 221. 
Pond street, 245. 

(See also Streets.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



271 



I'oi-t Bill, 221, 222, 226, 228. 
Portsmouth, 23, 145. 
1 'oat-Office, 115, 117. 

Posts, permit to set up, 30, 59, 77, 173, 177. 
near the burying-place, 148. 
to be set up in Dock square, 200. 
Potters, 112,. 114. 

(See also Trades.) 
Pound house, repairs to, 192. 
Powder see Ammunition. 

house nee Armories. 
Precepts see Warrants. 
Precincts see Wards. 
Premiums see Fires. 
see Trees. 
Prince street, 29, 128. 

(See also Streets.) 

Printing of town meeting warrants, 3, 10, 17, 
21, 37, 44, 59, 62, 64, 65, 77, 82, 
110, 124, 148. 166, 167, 177, 212, 
213, 214, 217, 218, 220, 22'.', 288. 
about two hundred extracts 
from the Province law, rela- 
tive to wood, 150. 
Printers, 20, 57, 64, 124, 234, 236, 237, 238, 

240, 248. 
Edes and Gill, 3, 10, 37, 62, 64, 

77, 120,212,218. 

Messrs. Thomas & John Fleet, 
17, 21, 44, 59, 65, 82, 166, 167, 
217. 

Mr. Isaiah Thomas, 110, 238. 
Mr. Byles, 110. 150, 214. 
Mr. Danield Kneeland, US, 223. 
Joseph Greenleaf, /ft//. ,177. 21:4, 

229. 

Prints nee Newspapers. 
Probate court see Court. 
Prosecution to prevent, 169. 
Province see Massachusetts Bay. 
house, 7, 224. 
boat, 172. 

poor, 23, 113, 116, 166. 
laws, 111, 119, 130, 149, 160, 225. 
acts, 111, 187. 
glazier, 122. 
hospital, 19, 122, 236 

(See also Hospitals.) 
laws see Law. 

treasurer, 10, 21, 42, 51, 81, 188. 
Provisions, to procure, 141. 

weigh, 200, 201. 
transportation of, 228. 
to furnish, 233. 
Prussians, 72. 

(See also Strangers.) 
Purchase street, 224. 
( See also Streets.) 

Quarantine, 13. 

evading, 125, 153. 
to enforce, 157. 
(See also Rainsford Island.) 

Quarters, military, 6. 

Quebec, 33, 47, 49, 51, 53. 

Queen Street, 21, 25, 96, 177, 201, 202, 214, 
225. 

(See also Streets.) 

Quit. claims see Deeds, 
rents see Rents. 

Rainbow (sloop} 37, 44. 

Rainsford Island (quarantine) 13, 27, 28, 30, 
32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 41, 42, 
43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 53, 54, 
60, 67, 68, 82, 83, 84, 85, 
86,87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 
93, 94, 98, 101, 115, 121, 
122, 123, 124, 125, 127, 
135, 137, 138, 139, 140, 
141, 143, 144, 145, 151, 
152, 153, 154, 164, 166, 
173, 174, 175-76, 178, 179, 
181, 184, 186, 187, 189-90, 
191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 



196, 198, 199, 200, 204, 
217, 218, 220. 235, 239. 
Hospital (called Pest- 
house) 15, 27, 28, 35, 36, 
37,38,41,42, 43, 44, 47, 
48. 

keeper of the, 15, 27, 30, 
33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 41, 47, 
48, 49, 52, 54, 60, 61, 62, 
67, 72, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 
95, 96, 98, 99, 101, 115, 
116, 117, 118, 121, 122- 
23, 124-25, 126, 135, 130, 
137,138,139,140,141,143, 
144, 145, 152, 153, 154, 
156, 157, 159, 166, 173, 
174, 175, 178, 181, 184, 
185, 186,187, 189-90, 191, 
192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 
202, 204, 217, 218, 219, 
220, 235, 239. 
boat of, 207. 
supplies for, 27. 
repairs at, 67, 68. 
wharf at, 68, 248. 
Rainsford's Square, 29. 
(See also Streets.) 
Raynham, 127. 
Real estate, 1, 74, 158. 

Receipts (or bonds) for moneys, 5, 10, 11, 
12, 21, 51, 56, 62, 76, 
81,113, 185,195, 204. 
for bonds, 113, 195. 
small arms, 117. 
premiums awarded, 118. 
articles at hospital at.New Bos- 
Boston, 122. 

passage for poor man to New- 
foundland, 127. 
Records, documents, etc: 

relative to Paddy's al- 
ley, 101. 

justices and overseers 

of the poor, report 

of, on condition of 

the town, 165. 

Brookers' Donation, 

177. 
return of the Wards, 

210. 

Regimental hospital, 19. 
(See also Hospitals). 
Regiments see Troops. 
Religious sects, 171. 
Removals, 231. 
Rents : 

to remit, to 3Ir. Benj. Star, 80. 

for the Neck, 2. 

of iaud near Common, 2. 

to Mr. Enoch Brown, 11, 19. 
Daniel Whitney, 19. 
shop, 127, 

to Vol. Jackson, 12. 
of hay-weigher, 53. 
town's warehouse, 71, 89, 114 146. 
land on the Neck, improved by Mr. 

Lewis, 81. 

rent of engine-house, 81, 148. 
building and land near South Mar- 
ket, 87. 

of a store near the Golden Ball, 96. 
shop in Queen street, 9fi. 
cellar under the Granary, 100. 
wharf adjoining the Battery, 108. 
quit, 112. 
lor the town's land at South End, 

140.' 

of ground where the hay engine- 
stands, 151, 204, 216. 
shop near Consert house, 167. 
town's wharf at North Battery, 

186. 
cellar under Town House, 191. 



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Rent of house occupied by Mr. Barret, 204. 
Reports, committees to make, 11, 16, 35,55, 

150. 
made, 40, 55, 58, 59, 68, 

116, 183, 184. 
of keeper of hospital at Kainsford, 

83, 178, 202, 208. 
on case of James Otis, 104. 
of justices and overseers, on the 
state of their several wards, 109, 
. 165. 
on Oration, 166. 

.)//*. Sarah Taylor, 197. 
cases of small. pox, 232, 237. 
rteproMDtatfVM, 21, 63, 79, 92, 119, 132, 182, 

220. 

choice of, 17, 82, 176, 228. 
petition to, 79. 
instructions to, 119. 

Resolutions offered by the town of Wind- 
ham, Conn., 221. 
Rhode Island, 111,. 
Riggers, 132, 240. 

(See. also Trades). 
Riots, disorder, etc., 8. 

of March 18 and June 10, 

1768, 8. 
on part of king's soldiers, 

39, 40, 42, 4ti. 
to suppress, 4~>, 46. 
by soldiers of 4th Regiment, 

224. 
officers and inhabitants 

of the town, 230. 
fear of, withholds select- 
men from permitting use 
of Faneuil hall on th<' KI!>- 
bath for 4th Regt., 231. 
driving of sleighs at un- 
suitable hours, 240, 241. 
Robberies and depredations, 171. 
Romney, the, (vessel), 17. 
Ropewalk, the, 28. 
Rosbury, 51, 74, 113, 149, 176. 

perambulation between Boston 

and, 100, 230, 231. 
removal of Mrs. Cleasby from, 106. 
Royal Artillery, 141. 

deserter from, 141. 

(See also Troops.) 
Exchange Tavern, 69, 247, 248. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Rum, 138. 

Saco, 178. 

Sale of goods at public vendue .tee Auctions, 
no British or European, at pri- 
vate sale, to allow, 17i>. 
Salem, 99, 138, 144. 230. 
Sally (schooner), 135, 137, 138, 140. 

(See also Ships.) 
Salt, 39, 135. 

measurer of, to appoint, 173, 180. 
Sandemanians, 171. 

ask permission to use the 
North Latin school to 
worship in, 171. 

Scales nee Weights and Measures. 
Scarlett's wharf, 200. 

(Sec also Wharves.) 
School street, 10. 

(See also Streets.) 
Schools : 

North Latin, 171. 

repairs to, 14. 
in Queen Street, 21, 177, 201, 202. 

master of 201,202, 

214. 

South working, 21. 
North grammar to repair, 34. 
Writing: 
North, 14. 

South, 10, 41, 67, 161. 
in the Common, 11, 129, 202, 213. 



Schools : 

free schools, 220. 

visitation of, 21, 63, 92, 132-33, 181- 

v.', ivi. '-'JO, 222. 
north schools, 50. 
danoiug, 82, 
and fencing, request 
to open. 53. 

complaint of Mr. Thos. Parker 
against master of South writing 
school, 67. 

French language, 132. 
to learn to read, to open, 145. 
desires to open, 224. 
repairs, 151. 

houses occupied by masters, 214. 
masters, 11, 201, 202, 213, 210. 

to induct, 202. 
ushers, 10, 202, 213. 
Scituate, 30, 111. 

family in, to remove to Boston, 140, 

141. 
town (of Boston) refuses 

to hold them, 141. 
selectmen of, 140, 141. 
constable of, 141. 
Scotland, passage to, 87. 
Sealers of Leather see Leather. 

Wood see Wood. 
Sea Nymph (brignntine), 174. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 
street, 29, 123, 214, 

to repair, 226. 

(See also Streets ) 

Second Attempt (schooner), 196. 

( See dlxo Ships, etc.) 

Selectmen, 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 
13, 14, 15,16, 17,18, 19,20,21,22, 
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 3u, 81, 3 J, 3 ;, 
?4, 35, 36. 37. 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 4:i, 
44, 4o, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61 , 62, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 7.;, 
74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80,81, 82, 83, 
84, 85, 86, 87, 88, t9, 90,91,92,9:1, 
94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 
103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 10!i, 
110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 
117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 
124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129. 130, 
131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 
138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 
145, 146, 147, 14S, 149, i:.o, i:,i, 
152, 153, 1.V4, 155, 156, 157. K>S, 
159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 16:,, 
166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 
173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 17s, 17;., 
180, 181, Ib2, 183, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 189, 190, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 
202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 20S. 
209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 21\ 
216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 
22:!, 224, 225, 226, 227, 22S, 22'.', 
230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 2:;5, 
2:17, 23S, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 
244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 24'.i. 
ordered by Probate court, to ex- 
amine into mental condition of 
one Abigail Peirce, 14. 
report of, 14. 
of Marblehead, 93, 117, 118, 193. 

Chelsea, 55. 
complaints to, 67, 68, 168-69, 180, 

22:;, 240-41, 247. 
petitions to, 13, 71, 110, 112, 13-J, 

1 IN, 201,215. 

of Mendon, 111, 112. 

persons not! tied to attend, 113. 

of Sloneham. 149, 151, 156. 

Sherburne, 154. 
to meet with the justices, 173. 
of Cape Ann, 198, 201. 

Newburyport, 199. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



273 



Selectmen of Gloucester, 201. 

Windham, Conn., 222. 
to visit Kainsford hospital, 222. 
wait upon the Governor, 224-25. 
apply to the Governor, 227. 
of Billerica, letter to, 246 

Middleborough, Plympton, and 

Hallifax, 247. 
rules for meetings, 113. 

Selectmen's chamber, 9, 10, 21, 23, 54, 63, 72, 
86, 91, 92, 112, 113, 120, 132, 
140, 147, 152, 182, 200, 220. 
meetings, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 8, 9, 
10, 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 
19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38. 39, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 
50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 
59, 60, 61, 62. 63, 64, 65, 66,67, 
68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 75, 76, 
77, 78, 80, 81, 82. 83, 84, 86, 87, 
8H, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 
96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 
103,104, 105, 106, 107,108, 109, 
110,111,112,113,115, 116,117, 
118, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, 
130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 
137, 138, 139, 140, 143,144, 145, 
146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 153, 
154, 155, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 
162, 163, 164, 165, 166,167, 168, 
169, 170, 171, 173, 174, 175, 176, 
177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 
184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 
192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 198, 199, 
200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 
207, 208, 209, 210, 211,212,213, 
214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 
221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 
228, 229, 230, 231, 232,233, 234, 
235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241 , 
242, 243, 244, 245, 246,247, 248, 
249. 

minutes, 1. 
Sexton, choice of a, 53. 

appointed as, 65, 111, 193, 217. 
appiies for leave to dig graves, 92. 
of Dr. Cooper's church, 165. 
not to bury the dead on the Sabb-ith 
night, unless absolutely neces- 
sary, 209. 

desires permit to dig graves, 210. 
Sheep, 221. 
Sheepscot river, 73. 
Sherburne, 140. 

case of John Pierce, 140, 141,153- 

54. 

Selectmen of, 154. 
Ship street, 1, 29. 

chimnies in, unsafe, 4. 
(See also Streets.) 

Ships, vessels, boats, etc. 4, 25, 31,37,43,51, 
53, 60, 61, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 
92, 93, 98, 100, 101, 115, 116, 121, 123, 
124, 125, 126, 127, 135. 136, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 151, 152, 15:5, 155, 156, i:.7, 
158, 160, 161, 163, 167, 168, 173, 174, 
175, 176, 178, 179, 180, 181, 184, 185, 
186, 189-90, 191, 192, 193, 194, Hi:., 
196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 217, 218, 230, 235, 
243. 
list of crew of schooner Friendship, 

83. 

Province boat, 172. 
men-of-war, 6, 93, 126, 201, 227, 230, 

235. 

hospital, 238, 241, 242, 248, 249. 
yards, 29, 69, 225, 240. 
cargoes, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 43, 44, 46, 47, 
48, 50, 60, 61, 91, 115, 117, 118, 125, 
138, 151, 163, 174, 184, 193, 202, 203, 
204, 205, 218. 
masters, to give bonds, 51. 



Shipyards nee Ships, etc. 
Shoemakers, 210. 

(See also Trades.) 
Short street, 29,219. 

(See also Streets. 1 
Silk, raw, as an export, 120, 121. 

worms, cultivation of, 102, 112, 118, 120, 

121. 

Situate see Scituate. 
Slaughter-house, 75, 87. 
Slays (sleighs) driving of, at unsuitable hours 

of the night, 240-41. 

Small-pox, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 
28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 41-42, 
44, 46, 47, 49, 52, 53, 54, 60, 61, 
67-68, 80, 82,83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 
92, 93, 94, 98, 101, 115, 117, 118, 
124, 125, 127, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 143, 144, 152, 153, 154, 
155, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 163, 
164, 166, 167, 168. 172, 173, 174, 
175, 176, 180, 181, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 198, ls)9, 200, 202, 204, 205, 
206, 207, 217, 218, 220, 230, 232, 
233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
240, 241, 242, 243, 244-45, 246, 
247, 248, 249. 
no, among troops at barracks or 

hospital, 23. 

testimony of physicians, 23. 
orders concerning, 22, 23-24, 35, 

238, 243. 

advertisements in newspapers 
concerning, 23, 24, 2>, 26, 27, 

234, 236, 237, 238, 239-40. 
inoculation for, forbidden, 234, 

237. 
people refusing to go to hospital, 

cannot be coerced, 238, 248. 
Smith's lane, 71. 

(See ulna Streets.) 
Soapboilers, 145. 

(See also Trades.) 
Soldiers see Troops. 
South Battery, 55, 57, 71, 225. 
(See also Batteries.) 
burying ground, 136, 139. 

(See also Burial places.) 
End, the, 28, 39, 40, 46, 80, 87, 150, 

166, 226, 237, 243. 
trouble with King's sol- 
diers, 39, 40. 
town's pasture at, 90. 

laud at, 146. 
town's house at, 166. 
market, 87. 

(See also Market.) 
watch, 3. 44, 45, 80, 151. 

additional men appointed on, 

43, 80, 150. 
to dismiss, 72. 
petition to re-instate, 72. 

(See also Watch.) 
working school, 21. 

(See also Schools.) 
Southwick's court, 172. 

(See also Streets.) 
South Writing school, 10, 41. 

(See also Schools.) 
Soutwick's court see Southwick's. 
Spring lane, 88. 

(See also Streets.) 
Spy, the, 240, 249. 

(See also Newspapers.) 
Stalls in the market see Market. 
Staves, 45. 

St. John (sloori 178, 179. 
(See aluo Ships, etc.') 
Lucar, 207. 
Stoneham, 149, 151, 156. 

bill sent to selectmen of, 156. 
Stone's Tavern, 69. 

(See also Taverns.) 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 42. 



Stones and gravel to repair the Xeck, 12. 
pickers up of, 223. 

(See also Boston Neck.) 
and ballast. 104, 146. 

(See also Deer Island.) 
Stoughton, 109. 

Stove for the South writing school, 101. 
Strangers, 92, 143, 192, 193, 207, 227, 231, 211. 
warned to leave the town, 11, 

129, 216. 
town to be indemnified for, left 

on its hands, 51. 
reports, as inmates, 71, 73. 
law relative to, 89, 119. 
removed from town, 231. 

(See also Aliens.) 
Streets, highways and byways : 

repairing of, 12, 32, 81, 86, 123, 121, 

226. 
paving of, 17, 18, 66, 69, 72, 97, 133, 

134, 135, 194, 223. 
new, in Paddy's alley, 57. 
encroachments on, 69, 180. 
obstructions, 69. 
plans of the, 92. 
new, 101, 150. 
to widen passageways, 134. 
waste water from, to carry off, 145. 
to survey, 146. 
incumbrances, 150, 156, 194. 
Ship, School, King, Uolyokc, Elliot, 
Orange, Back, Long lane, Sum- 
mer, Queen. Temple, Wing's lane, 
Bromrield's lane, Cold lane, Sud- 
bury street, Auchmuty's lane, 
Common street, Brattlesquare, Sea 
street, Crooked lane, Short street, 
Prince street, Dalton's row, Knee- 
land's lane, Kainsford's square, 
Milk street. Butler's row. Corn 
Hill, Cross street. Beaded (?)alley, 
Dock square, White Bread alley, 
Fish street, Paddy's alley ,'1'remont 
street, Cambridge, Dock square, 
Ann street, Charter, Smith's lane, 
Blind lane, Lyn, Ferryway street, 
Corn court, Kilby street, Gib's 
lane, Leverett, Bread street, Mid- 
dlecot street, Gridley's lane, 
Pleasant street. Green lane, Essex, 
Southwick's lane, Jolliff's lane, 
Link alley, Market square, Fleet 
street, Black Horse lane, Purchase 
street, Marshall's lane, Hanover 
street, Pond street. 
Sturbridge, 166. 
Success (schooner), Wu. 
( See also Ships, etc.) 
Sudbury street, 29, 83, 172, 242. 

(See also Streets.) 
Suffolk County, 14, 103, 132, 194. 

Sessions see Court. 
Sugar, 124, 135, 138. 
baker, 231. 
House Barracks, 42. 
(See also New Boston.) 
Suits : 

Emmons vs. Selectmen, 91, 140. 
Kuggles vs. Major Doane, 146. 
not to institute against 4th regiment, 224. 
Summer street, 20, 156, 214. 

(See also Streets.) 

Sureties, bonds as, 3, 4, 11, 12, 19, 21, 41, 51, 
64, 72,73, 75, 80, 99, 102, 113, 114, 
118, 121, 123, 147, 148, 149, 173, 
177, 180, 181, 185, 188, 195, 199, 
208, 211, 212, 213, 214, 217. 
bondsmen, 3, 4, 51, 73, 148. 
to be delivered up, 42, 62, 81, 92, 
100, 121, 123, 199, 217, 219, 223-24. 
in bequest to poor widows (Mrs. 
Brooker'e Donation) 11, 112, 
114, 116, 123, 151, 161, 16r>, 177, 
181, 188, 211, 212, 213, 214. 



Sureties, blank, for masters of vessels, 51. 
Surveys, etc., 4, 112, 113-14, 139. 
law to appoint, 189. 

Tailors, 127. 

(See also Trades.) 
Tallow chandlers, 112, 114, 122. 
(See also Trades.) 
melting of, prohibited, in certain 

places, 145. 
Tanners, 67, 68, 75, 101, 10">, 10 J. 

deliver up key of town slaughter- 
house, 75. 
(See also Trades.) 
Tarred and feathered, 240. 
Taverns gee Innholders. 
Taverns : 

Orange Tree, Green Dragon, Horse 
Shoe, George, King's Anus 
(formerly The George), Golden 
Ball, lioyal Exchange, Stone's, 
Lamb, Brazen Head, Crown 
Coffee House, Bunch of Grapes, 
Admiral Vernon, White Horse, 
British Coffee House. 
Taxes : 

street, 10. 

on real estate, 1 , 74, 106, 158, 205, 206. 
town warehouse, 71. 
store near the Golden Ball, 96. 
shop in Queen street, 96. 
list of persons who should be taxed, 

56, 74, 106, 158, 205, 206. 
collectors of, 3, 10, 21, 37, 42, 51, 56, 
72, 73, 81, 100, 102, 
103, 106, 110, 121, 123, 
146, 147, 148, 176,185, 
199,200,205, 206,217, 
223-24, 233. 

ordered to meet at 
selectmen's cham- 
ber, 36, 72. 
Tjremiums on taxes, SI, 

110,176. 

certificates, 3, 4. 
bonds as, 41, 42, 51, 
56, 72, 73, 102, 103, 
110, 121, 123, 147,148, 
185, 199, 200, 217. 
took oath as a, 34. 
decline to serve as, 37, 

42. 
Tea, 202, 203, 205. 

consignees, 202. 

leave town, 203. 

trouble about consignment of, 203. 
must be re-shipped to London, 203. 
not one chest of, to be allowed to land, 

205. 
Temple street, 24. 

(See also Streets.) 
Tewksbury, 51. 
Thomas (brigantine), 98, 100. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Timber see Wood. 
Titles of Deeds, etc., 11. 
Tombs, permits to build, 9(5, 126. 

to keep walls in repair, 102. 
to enlarge, 213. 
(See also Burial places.) 
Tournay, 213. 
Tours, 213. 

Town, the, see Boston. . 
accounts, 113, 233. 
arms, to inspect, 202. 

to loan to militia, 219. 

clerk, 3, 4, 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 34, 37, 41 , 

47, 50, 52, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61, 

' 62, 65, 66, 68, 71, 72, 74, 76, 

78, 79, 81, 82, 86, 89, 91, 92, 93, 

94, 97, 100, 104, 105, 113, 119, 

120, 121, 124, 125, 127, 128, 

134, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 

148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 155, 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



275 



Town clerk, ron. 156, 157, 160, 161, 166, 167, 
169, 170, 172, 173, 176, 177, 
178, 179, 180, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 190, 191, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200. 
201, 202, 204, 205, 206, 211, 212, 
214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 
223, 227, 231, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 240, 241, 242, 
243, 245, 247, 248, 249. 
to procure 1 doz. books of the 

By-laws, 76. 

letter of, to selectmen of Men- 
don, 119. 

to print about two hundred 
extracts from the Province 
Law relative to wood, 150. 
house .watch, 12. 

books, 188, 233. 
cellar, 109, 191. 
cryer in gaol, 130. 

dismissed from town's 

employ, 130. 
appointment of new, 130. 
clock, 134. 
powder, 226. 

meetings, 3, 10, 17, 18, 20, 21, 37, 07, 
58, 59, 62, 64, 65, 66, 77, 
79, 82,91, 108, 110, 111, 
124, 133, 148, 150, 166, 
167, 176, 177, 201, 202, 
212, 213, 214. 217, 218, 
223, 22o, 229, 238. 
to open with prayer by Mr. 

Bourn, 10. 
Rev. Mr. Lothrop, 17, 111, 

217. 

Rev. />r.Chauneey, 59, 124. 
Rev. Mr. Pemberton, 62, 

166. 
l;. ,-. Mr. Mather, 77, 177, 

229. 

Rev. Dr. Eliot, 82, 213. 
Rev. Mr. Hirst, 111. 
Rev. Mr. Cooper, 246. 
Act of Parliament concern- 
ing, 224-25. 

removed from the, 231. 

treasurer, 2, 10, 21, 24, 42, 44 51, 62, 

66, 71, 81, 114, ]:i2, 134, 146, 148, 

176, 188, 191, 201, 205, 214, 220. 

to furnish an account of all real estate 

belonging to, 112. 
also what quit-rents, 112. 
treasury, 55, 188. 
visitation of, 9, 56, 76, 109, 210, 245. 

(See also Visitation), 
vote of the, against writers of incen- 
diary letters, 48. 
warned to leave the, 216. 
watch, 134,239,240-41. 
(See also Watch). 
Townsend, 106. 
Trade, foreign, 221. 
Trades : 

carpenters. 30, 31, 57. 
painters, 57. 
iron-workers, 57. 
tanners, 67. 7">. 
butchers, 67, 75, 14:;, 1R4, 188. 
masons, 67. 
millers. 69. 
pavers, 223. 
potters, 112. 
tallow chandlers, 112. 
glaziers, 122. 
tailors, 127, 243. 
riggers, 132. 
soapboilers, 145. 
shoemakers, 210. 

printers, 3, 10, 17, 20, 37, 57, fi-2. '14, 
120, 124, 148, 150, 178, 212, 218, 
229, 234, 236, 237, 238, 240, 248. 
blacksmiths, 214. 



! Transportation of Polly Barber from Ware 

to Deerfleld, 19. 
Transports for troops, 234, 238. 

(See aluo Troops). 
Trees, to plant, 77, 89, 121. 
lime, 89. 

near the burying place, 148. 
selling of, 97. 
premium on mulberry, 102, 112, 118, 

120, 121, 127. 
awarded to Loarami Baldwin, 

118. 

Mr. John Hay, 11 8. 
Mr. George 

Spriggs, 118. 
conditions, 120. 
ready for transplanting, 121. 
sale of, 121. 

essay upon Field Husbandry, 121. 
use for the wood, 121. 
how to plant, 121. 
list of those competing, 127. 
Tremont street, 59. 

(See also Streets). 
Troops, military, 6, 149, 167, 221, 2:;">, 241, 

243. 

Royal Artillery, 141, 142. 
Kings, 19, 39, 40. 
houses improved by, 19. 
artillery company to use Faneuil 

Hall, 88, 121. " 

regiment in town, to continue, 21. 
free from small-pox, 23, 26. 
soldiers down with small-pox, 31. 
children, 32, 35, 38, 41, 43, 

52, 53, 67. 
children, 141-42, 234, 235, 

236, 242, 249. 
wife, 33, 34, 41, 42, 44, 49, 

61, 104, 141-42, 147. 
disorderly, 39, 40, 42, 57, 147. 
military watch, 57. 
14th Regiment, 67, 133, 142. 
at Castle William, 67, 133. 
surgeon of the regiment, 67. 
trial of soldiers, 70. 
Boston Regiment, 58. 
Grenadiers, 117, 121, 151. 
Cadets, 121, 146. 
deserters, 141. 
24th or 64th Regiment, 142, 

147. 

10th Company, 147. 
soldier's widow, 162. 
4th Regiment, 224, 231. 
. town, 223,224. 
majesty's, governor to pro- 
tect, 227. 

officers and inhabitants of 
the town get into dispute, 
230. 
Col. Hammelton's Regiment, (59th,) 

232, 235, 236. 239. 
guard house of, 234. 
transports for, 234, 238. 
barracks, 232, 235, 239, 248. 
officers' wives and children, 237, 23v 

complained of, 241. 
tar and feather a man, 246. 
47th Regt. 246. 
misconduct of, sent to Marsbfield, 

247. 

Turks' Island, 193, 194. 
(See also Islands). 
Two Brothers (brigantinv) . 124, 12o, 126, 

127. 
Tyler's shipyard, 225, 240. 

Vagrants, 165. 

Vendue Masters see Auctions and Auction- 
eers. 

Vine-yard, the, (Martha's Vineyard?), 39. 
Virginia, 243. 
i Visitation of the town, 9, 56, T6, 109, 210, 245. 



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Visitation of free schools, 21, 63, 92, 132-33, 

181-82, 183, '2-20, 22:2. 
Deer Island, 95, 186. 
alrashouse, 113. 
hospital at New Boston, 158. 
Rainsford Hospital, 222. 
Volant (schooner), 184, 185, 186. 

(tiee also Ships, etc.) 
Votes, 2, 60, 81, 110, 171. 

concerning removal of Powder- 
house, 78. 

to enclose the Common, 78, 80. 
concerning John Bryant, 105. 
concerning oration in commemoration 

of Massacre of March 5, 1770, 166. 
to appoint anew watch at West Bos- 
ton, 171. 
for school-master to succeed .1/r. 

John Proctor deceased, 201, 202 
to erect barracks, 229. 
concerning perambulation of the 

town, 230. 

vote as to letting Faneuil Hall be 
used for 4th Regiment, reconsitl. 
ered, 231. 

Wards or Precincts, 109, 165, 210. 

to patrol, 235. 
Ware, 19. 
Warehouses, 71, 89, 146, 171. 

(See also Wharves.) 
town's, 71, 171. 
(See ulxo Buildings, town's.) 
Warned out of town, 216, 231. 
Warrants, 36, 54, 59, 62, 65, 66, 68, 88, 103, 111, 
112, 124, 129, 132, 148, 166, 172, 
176, 183, 184, 189, 191, 194, 197, 
199,201, 202, 214, 217, 218,,223, 
228, 245. 

issued, 1,2, 3,4,5,10,14, 17,18, 
21, 35, 37, 40-41, 44. 50, 57, 04, 
77, 82, 91, 110, 124, 150, 212. 
printing of, 3, 10, 37, 44, 57, 59, 
64, 77, 82, 110, 124, 148, 166, 1137, 
177,212, 213, 217, 218,223,229, 
238, 245. 

from selectmen at Scituate, 140. 
assessing lands in or about 

Paddy's alley, 149. 

Watch, 22, 193, 210,216, 234-35, 245, 248. 
men, 12,42,43,45,46,80. 
south, 39, 43, 44, 45, 72, 80, 150. 

complaint of, 3. 
houses, 43, 191. 
town house, 12, 40. 

laws enacted for regulation of, 

40. 

orders to, 40, 44-45, 46. 
Dock, 40, 65, 171. 
new South VVatch, 46. 
military watch suggested, 57-58. 
Boston Kesfiment could appoint, 58. 
north, 171. 

to repair, 69. 
town, 134. 239, 240-41. 
at New Boston, 42, 167, 171, 216,239. 

West Boston, 171, 191. 
position on, desired, 231. 
law concerning, 231. 
Water casks, 174. 
Wax works, 97. 

(See also Concert Hall.) 
Weights, measures, etc., 2, 91, 104, 200, 201, 

204. 
Wentworth wharf, 21, 226. 

(See also Wharves.) 

West Boston, 24, 31, 35. 171, 191, 236, 248. 
hospital at, 24, 63, 248, 249. 
supplies for, 24. 
wharf at, 63. 
assistant to keeper of hospital, 

dismissed, 249. 
Indies. 34, 135. 

(See also Islands.) 



Wharfingers see Wharves, etc. 
Wharves, docks, etc. : 

Barrett's, 187. 

Went worth's, 21, 226. 

Griffen's, 28. 

Winter's, 29. 

Long, 29, 2-_v>. 

Hancock's, 29, 225. 

Wheelwright's, 43, 44, .VJ, 71, 135 

186, 225. 
at West Boston (hospital) to 

build, r,:',. 
at Hainstbrd, 24<i. 

to repair, OS. 
sealers of wood on certain, Oj 

187-Ss. 

wharfingers, 69, 71. 
warehouses on, 71.. 
near the battery, 108. 
at the North Battery, 186. 
Scarlett's, 200. 
bulls, 225. 

Doan's wharf, 236, 241. 
Wheeler's Point, 07-r,S. 
Wheelwright's wharf, 43, 44, 52, 71, 135, 186, 

22o. 

warehouses at, to use as 
hospital, inhabitant!) pro- 
test against, 71. 

(See also Wharves.) 
White Bread alley, 35, 40. 

( See also Streets) 
Horse.Tbe, 223.237, 238, 239, 242, 243. 

(See (lino Taverns.) 

Widows, poor, (Mrs. Brocket's' Donation) 
bequest to, 11, 12, 14, 74, 
76, 80, 96, 99, 112, 113, 114, 
116, 123, 157, 158, 159, 161, 
165, 177, 181, 188, 195, 204, 
208, 211, 212, 213, 214, 243, 
244. 
list of beneficiaries, 14, 107, 

108, 124, 159, 208, 244. 
executors of bequest, to call 
to immediate settlement, 
55, 188. 

bonds for, 114,116,123, 161, 
165, 177, 181, 188, 195, 204, 
211, 212, 213, 214. 

( Xe.e (ilno Bequests.) 
Williams (schooner), 181, 162. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Wills: Mrs. Brookers, 195. 
Winchendon, 104. 
Windham, 221, 222. 

Windows at Rainsford hospital to mend, 146. 
Wing's lane, 27, 127. 

(Si-i- <tl*<> Streets). 
Winnesimit Ferry, 4, 225. 

boats on Boston side of, to 
keep, 4. 

( See also Ferries) . 
Winter's wharf, 29. 

(See a /no Wharves). 
Woburn, 118, 127. 
Wood, sealers of, 69, 70, 186, 1S7. 

new division of districts for, 71. 

red cedar, 121. 

uses of, 121. 

tire. Province law relative to, 149, 

150. 

cutters, 149. 
timber, 156, 177. 

six feet of, to a poor woman, 104. 
act concerning cord, 187-ss. 
lines and forfeitures conivrnin^ 

cord, 188. 
Woodstock, 119, 120. 

selectmen of, 143. 
Wool, 202. 
Workhouse, 23. 

(See uUo Almshouse.) 
Writing-schools see Schools. 
Writs, 73. 




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