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




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A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS 



CITY OF BOSTON, 



CONTAINING THE 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES FROM 178T THROUGH 1798. 




BOSTON: 
ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS. 

1896. 




[DOCUMENT 81 1896.] 




A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS. 



The Twenty-seventh Report of the Record Commissioners 
continues the Proceedings of the Boston Selectmen from 
17S7 through 1798. 

WM. H. WHITMORE, 

City Registrar. 
OLD COURT HOUSE, BOSTON. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK SEVENTEENTH. 

( Continued?) 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 3 d 1787 
Present Mess". Scollay Andrews Dorr, Tyler, Grant, Walley, 
Price, 

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

Ibs. oz. dr 

a 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread French made must weigh 1 611 

a 4 d ditto, f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 3 

a 4 d ditto, not above ^ Indian Meal d 4 

Biskets of three Coppers price d. 12 6 

Deacon Mead upon his application has liberty from the Select- 
men to make Brick upon the Towns Land [35.] on the Neck, 
being that part leased to Deacon Davis & others provided the 
Lessees have no objection, and that the Ground is made good to 
the satisfaction of the Selectmen but if the Inhabitants should 
have any material objections, the works are to be suspended 
The Selectmen recommend to the several Masters of the public 
Schools, that they make their respective Scholars acquainted with 
the By Laws forbidding to throw Snow Balls and play Foot Balls 
in the Street and any other of those Laws that concern their 
Scholars ; 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 10. 1787 
Present Mess. Scollay, Tyler, Walley, Cunningham, Grant 
Andrews 

Voted, that M r . John Ballard have a draught in the next dra't 
for Nine pounds ten Shillings & l d . being the balance of an Acco'. 
which will be placed on the file of Accounts for this month of 
January drawn for 

M r . Grant having received last Nov r . 29 of Brookers Donation 
to distribute 2 14 the same was distributed as follows 
Viz'. 



2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

To the Widow Glover - 9 4 

Widow Jet'ries 12 

Widow Dodge 9 

Widow Goodwin 12 

Widow White 6 

Widow Coppinger 5 8 

2 14 0. 

John Tayler admitted an ILugine Man for Engine N. 11 Cap*. 
Champney, in the room of Thomas Foster, dismissed 

M r . Nazro directed to enquire out & Report to the Board the 
Masters Names of those Boys who bring their Barrows of Bread 
& c . to the Market Square 

M r . Nazro is to request the Masters of the Boys who bring Bar- 
rows of Bread & c . into the Market Square to attend at Selectmens 
Chamber next Wednesday 

[36.] M r . Peter Hunt Baker; Petition for leave to Erect 
a Bake House, read and the consideration referred for the 
present 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 11. 1787 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Cunningham, 

The Selectmen as a Comm ee . of the Town together with Judge 
Sullivan, attended on the business assigned them relative to the 
incroachments on Olivers Dock ; M r . Woodward the other Party 
attended 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jau y . 15. 1787 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Dorr, Browne, Tyler, Cunningham, 
Grant VV alley, Price, 

The Selectmen are requested by Col. May to make the neces- 
sary provision for the 90 Men detailed from the Boston Regiment 
to join the Forces under the Command of Maj r . General Lincoln, 
ordered to take the Field 

Col. May in a second Letter requires, the Articles Specified 
hereunder. Viz 1 . 

One good strong Sled with high sides & covered at top to be 
drawn by four good able Horses & to have a Driver to continue 
in the service of the two Boston Companies 34 Days from the 
19. Ins 1 , unless sooner discharged 

19 Camp Kettles & 19 Tin Pans that will hold a Gallon for 
the use of the Officers & Men 

M r . Cunningham engages to provide Kettles & Tin Pans 

Boston Ss ; At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jau- v . 15 P.M. 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Cunningham, Browne. 

M r . Joel Hagar is to provide a Sled, Driver & 4 Horses, to 
be in the service 34 Days from the 19 th . of Jau y . Ins', unless 
sooner discharged for which he is to receive twenty Shillings p 
Day & to have 6 advanced the Sled to have high sides & to 
be covered 

[37.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 17 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 3 

1787 Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler. Cunningham, An- 
drews. 

A number of the Town Bakers attended as requested by the 
Selectmen when they were forbid by the Selectmen to suffer 
their boys with Barrows & c to come on Market Square. 

Upon another requisition Agreed with Benjamin Trask to 
provide a Sled, Driver, & 3 Horses to be in the service 34 Days 
from the 19. of Jan y . Ins', unless sooner discharged for which he 
is to receive seventeen Shillings, p Day, and to be paid by an 
Order on the Town Treasurer Mem , the Sled is to have high 
sides, and to be covered as a security from the Weather 

M rs . Elizabeth Wolcut approved of for a License as a Retailer 
at her Shop in Ann Street 

The Selectmen direct M r . Nazro Clerk of the Market, that 
if any Bakers boys come with their Barrows upon the Market 
Square to inquire the Name & call upon Justice Greanleaff that 
they may be proceeded with as the Law directs 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . [18] 1787 
Present Mess. Seollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, 

Selectmen Attended in order to forward the Supplies for the 
Troops 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jau y . 24. 1787 
Present Mess. Seollay, Dorr, Walley, Cunningham, Tyler, An- 
drews. 

Cap'. Witherles Receipt for Supplies for his Company placed 
on the Files of mix'd Papers 

Whereas M r . Seollay had it in order sometime since to agree 
with M r . Farrington for the ground Rent of the Land whereon his 
Store stands, now makes Report that he had agreed with said 
Farrington for Fifteen Pounds for one Year ending next February 
and the Town Treasurer is to be informed thereof accordingly 

sent Treasurer 

[38.] M r . Scolla}- Dorr & Grant a Committee to enquire 
into the supposed encroachments on the Towns Land where James 
Butters House stood backing upon Snow Street 

Passed upon D r . Appletons State Accompt amounting to 9- 
15-10 d . as p Copy to be returned 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 29 1787 
Present Mess. Seollay, Dorr, Tyler, Grant, Andrews, Cunning- 
ham, Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

Ibs oz dr 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread French made must weigh 1 G 11 
a 4 d . ditto f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 3 

a 4 d . ditto not above i Indian Meal must weigh 4 
Biskets of three Coppers price. must weigh - 1~2 6- 



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 29. 1787 
Present Mess": Tyler, Grant, Dorr, Price, Andrews, Cunningham, 
Browne, Scollay, W*lley. 

M r . William Martin recommended by the Selectmen in a 
Certificate delivered him as a Person of good Character & like to 
make a good Citizen of this Commonwealth Passed upon other 
Accounts 

The Committee appointed to treat with M r . Tuckerman relative 
to the Towns Land improved by him, & adjoining his Estate 
Report that by an enquiry they apprehend the same to be worth 
thirty Shillings which he was willing to give & no more which 
Report is accepted, & the Selectmen agree that he have the same 
for said thirty Shillings for every foot in front 

M r . Xazro to Notefy the Justices to attend next Monday 11 
O'Clock to view M r . Hunt Baker, Land for [39.] the Building a 
Bake House 

M r . Brown having rec d . of M". Brookers Donation 29 th Nov r . 
last 2.14 the same was distributed as follows Viz 1 . 

To 2 M. Brownes 12 

To 3 M". Oultons 18 

To Widow Perkins 3 

To 3 M r9 . Oultons, sick 15 

To M". Vincent G 

2.14 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 7. 1787 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Grant 
Cunningham, Walley. 

Deputy Com. Generals Receipt for Provisions, placed on the 
file of mixt Papers 

M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Comm ee . to act about the Gun House & 
some old Lumber as they shall Judge proper 

The Selectmen as a Comm 66 . on M r . Woodwards Incroachments 
agree to take up that matter next Fryday Afternoon 3 O'Clock 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 9. 1787 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Andrews, Tyler, Price Browne 

AT. Justice Greanleaff, M r . Barret M r . Crafts & M r . Whitmore* 
met the 5. Ins', in order to see the expediency of leasing a peice 
of Ground for M r . Hunt to build a Bakehouse on 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 9. 1787 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Andrews 

The Selectmen had a conference with M r . Woodward, relative to 
the Incroachmeuts made by him on Olivers Dock 

The Selectmen agreed to have a further consideration on this 
matter before the next Town Meeting 

[4O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 14. 
1787 Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Cunningham, Grant, 
Walley, Andrews, Price, Browne 

* Probably William or Beth Wetmore. "W. H. W. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 5 

Cap'. Nicholas Peirce of Engine N. 9 applys for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on 
the late Fire at M r . Toreys House which was granted 

M r . John Andrews inform'd on the 7. Ins', that a few Days 
before he received into his House as a dry Nurse one Margaret 
Orcut an Inhabitant of Hingham, but last from M r . Elisha Doans 
of this Town aged about 19 or 20 Years 

M r . Walley informed on the 7. Ins', that he had on y e . 22 d . 
January received into his House as a Servant one Rebecc:ih 
Bradshaw born in Medford in the County of Middlesex 

The Selectmen have agreed to appoint another Measurer of 
Wood coming into Town by Lund, for the South part of the Town 

M r . Farrington is to pay as ground Rent for the Land he im- 
proves of the Towns near the Fortification five pounds p Quarter, 

the Rent to commence the 1 st . of February Ins 1 . & that M r . 

Farrington have notice of the same sent p M r . Nazro 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 25. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Cunningham, Tyler, Andrews, 

The Committee for Assigning the Rates proper to be taken by 
the Ticket Porters for their Labour & c . have attended the business 
Reported the following prices to be allowed them ; which were 
approved of by the Selectmen Viz'. 

For carrying a Trunk or Barrell, or Wheelbarrow Load of 
Goods from any Warehouse or place on the Long Wharff , Mer- 
chant Row to any other Warehouse or place on said Wharff, or 
R >w or to and from any other place of any less distance than 
Sixty Rods 6 d . 

From Long Wharff State Street or Merchants Rowe [4.1.] to 
Milk Street, School Street, Tremont & Hanover Street, and 
Northward as far as Cross Street, and all places of like distance 

9 d 

From the Dock, Long Wharff or Merchant Row to Pond Street 
West Street & to the West & North Ends of the Town and other 
places of like distance I/ 1 

And from the Dock or Long Wharff aforesaid to the South- 
ward beyond Pond Street l/3 d 1 3 

For Portrage of Powder to or from the Powder House one 
Shilling for a single half Barrel and for two or more eight Pence 
each 

M r . Andrews a Committee to apply to a Member of the Boston 
Seat to get an Act Passed impoweriug the Selectmen with two 
Justices only to License the Building of Bake house & c . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 2G. 1787 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Price, Grant, Brown, 
Andrews, Cunningham 

Ordered, 'that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Ibs oz dr 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread French made must weigh 1 6 11 

a 4 d . ditto f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 3 - - 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 4 

Biskets of three Coppers Price, must weigh -12 6 

*3 M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Committee appointed the 7 th . Ins'. 
relative to the Gun House * & some old Lumber Report that 
r they have sold the same for fourteen Shillings * which Sum is 
3 to be paid into the Town Treasury M r . Tyler has paid the 
^ same to the Town Treasurer 

- M r . Scollay having received of M. Brookers Donation 
S Money the 29. -of Novem r last 2 18 9 the same was dis- 
^ tributed as follows Viz*. 

M". Lowell 12 

* M". Read -12 

M". Brightman 12 

M". Usher 12 

M ra . Oliver lo 

2. 18 . . 9 

[42.] Passed upon Accounts, 

M r . Tyler a Committee to treat with M r . Uran about a Hose he 
has to dispose of, provided it should suit Robinsons Engine 

Mr. Moses Bradlee appointed a Measurer of Wood Coming 
over Charles River Bridge being recommended by a number of 
the Inhabitants Recommendation on file 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 28, 1787- 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Grant, W alley, 
Cunningham, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Dorr having received of M rs . Brookers Donation the 29 th . of 
Novem r . last 2. 14 the same was distributed as follows 
Viz' 

To the Widow Elizabeth Stevens 12 
To Susanna Pike 12 

To the Widow Mary Ruddock 9 

To the Widow Abigail Tyler - 6 

To Betsy Minot, a poor sick Woman 6 
To Sarah Leate - 9 

2 . . 14 

M r . Hamlin the Hayward is permitted to exchange an old Bull 
for a 3 T ouug one ; or to dispose of the same to the best advan- 
tage 

M r . John Tuckerman applies to the Selectmen to view the 
Ground he has erected a Building upon, near Pleasant Street, 
which he intends to improve as a Bake House 

It is determined by the Selectmen, that they will allow Mr. 
Andrew Tukesbury, not more than eight shillings p Week for 
keeping M rs . Ross a distracted Person for the future & if this al- 
lowance is not satisfactory he is permitted to put her off the 
Island gave an attested Copy in a Letter 

to M r . Tukesbury del'd M r . Xazro 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 7 

[43.] On Application from a number of the Inhabitants at the 
South part of the Town that another Person may be appointed as 
a Measurer of Wood M r . Aaron May is appointed in addition 
to M r . Thayer, for that office sent 

The Selectmen agree to meet at Monday next precisely at '6 
OClock P : M : to issue a Notification 

M r . Cunningham having rec d . of Brookers Donation 2 14 
the 29 th of Novem r . last the same was distributed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

To the Widow Orrel 18 - 

The Widow Turner 12 

M. Rice a sick Woman 6 

The Widow Dyer 6 

The Widow Veasey 6 

M r8 Vincent 6 

2 . . 14 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5. 1787 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews. Cunningham 

M r . Andrews a Committee to order some repairs in the way to 
Master Carter's House 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting the 12 th of March Ins'. 10 o'Clock A.M. for the choice 
of Town Officers &. 

Mess". Edes & Sou have the printing of the Notifications for 
the ensuing Town Meeting 

M r . Cunningham. & Walley, to wait on the Rev. M r . Everet, to 
open the Town Meeting with prayer 

M r . Walley appointed to confer further with M r . Thompson 
that Report may be made thereon to the Town 

The following is Recorded as the doings of the Justices & 
Selectmen in the laying out of Lynn Street, at the North part of 
Boston Viz'. 

[44.] AVhereas great desolation has happened in one of the 
Streets in the North part of Boston in the County of Suffolk 
called Lynn Street in the time of the Late war, and whereas it 
has become necessary to regulate & enlarge- said Street for the 
benefit & accomodation of the Inhabitants of s d North part of the 
Town of Boston, We the Subscribers, Justices Assigned to keep 
the peace within and for said County now in being, and Inhabitants 
of said Town, & the Selectmen of said Town, being a Major 
part of both, do hereby regulate, enlarge & lay out said street, in 
manner following Viz'. Begining at that end of s d Street, where 
it butts upon Middle Street so called, at the south east corner of 
the house called the Globe Tavern, on the North side of s d Lynn 
Street, thence running Westwardly till it comes to the Laud of 
Hemmenways, two hundred feet, thence running, a little more 
Westwardly, three hundred & seven feet till it comes to Land 
improved by Pike, thence running, a little more westwardly, to 
a turpentine house, on land of Thomas Jarvis, three hundred 
and eight feet, cutting off about four feet of said house, thence 
running, a little more northwardly, One hundred & fifty one feet 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81 

to a Stake thence running more weotwardly thirty six feet, till 
it strikes the North end of the West line of Ferry Street so called 
and on the South side by a parrallel line of Forty feet distant 
from the North line, throughout, from said Middle street to said 
Ferry street except where Whites house & Land, Swift & Richard- 
son & Richard Smiths houses and Lands and part of Coulters 
house and Land interfeers in [45.] all which places the bounds 
of said houses & Lands are to be considered as the bounds of said 
Lynn Street, according to the annexed plan, which Street Viz'. 
Lynn Street is from hence forth to be considered as one of the 
publick Streets, ways, or Passages of said Town of Boston. In 
Witness whereof we the said Justices and Selectmen have here- 
unto set our hands & Seals at Boston aforesaid, the twenty eight 
Day of September in the Year of our Lord Seventeen hundred 
and Eighty six 

EDM QUINCY & a Seal 
JOSEPH GREANLEAF & a Seal 
JOSEPH GARDNER & a Seal 
JOHN AVERY & a Seal 
EZEK L PRICE & a Seal 
THOMAS CRAFTS & a Seal 
JOHN BROWN & a Seal 
SAMUEL BARRETT & a Seal 

JOHN SCOLLAY & a Seal *o *c 

HARBOTTLE DORR & a Seal ^ s 

klw D TYLER & a Seal Z 

JN ANDREWS & a Seal -i -H 

MOSES GRANT & a Seal Jj -c la 

W M . CUNNINGHAM & a Seal '| ~ 

A true Record from the Original 
which is placed on the Files of Selectmen 
Att: 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7, 1787 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Grant Price 

M r . James Thompson a Collector of Taxes for the Years 1783, 
1784 & 1785 having produced Town County & State Treasury 
Receits for the Moneys committed to him to Collect in those Years 
as on file, 

M r . William Kendall of Ward N. 7. & M r . John Townsend 
Preston apply for being furnished with Fire Arms & c . as the Law 
directs they being poor and unable to furnish themselves 

[46.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 14. 
1787 Present Mess": Scollay Dorr, Boardman, Walley, Price, 
Andrews 

Town Clerk directed to issue a Warrant for Town Meeting 
Tuesday next the 20. of March Ins'. 3 O'Clock P :M : 

M r . Hall to have the printing of the Notifications 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 9 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21. 1787 

Present Mess". Dorr, Andrews, Sever, Tyler, Scollay, Walley, 
Bowman, [si'c.] Price, 

M r . Elkanah Hawkes, applys for the approbation of the Select- 
men, to open a private School in this Town his Petition & the 
Recommendation accompanying it, were read but it was the 
Opinion of the Selectmen, not to grant his Petition 

set the 26. of said March 

M r . Nazro directed to require the attendance of M r . Goold, 
Constable of the South Watch, there having been complaints made 
relative to his behavior 

An Advertisement to be inserted in the Centiuel & Adams & 
Nourse Papers which are to be paid for, relative to Measurers of 
Wood 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on tlie 1'. Monday of April next for the choice of Gov- 
ernor & c 

M r . Dorr & Cap*. Tyler a Committee to wait on the Rev d . Mr. 
Eliot & to request his opening the Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Fleet to have the printing of the Notifications of said 
Meeting 

Voted that 

M r . Samuel Whites Petition relative to an appointment of Sealer 
of Wood read, but not granted 

[47.] Agreed with Cap 1 . David Tenant bound to Halifax to 
carry as Passengers to said Place, Richard Demery his Wife & 
two Children & one Catherine Crowly, five persons in all, for 
twenty two Dollars all being Strangers & not Inhabitants of any 
Town in this State 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26. 1787 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, Price, 
Andrews 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

Ibs. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread French made, must weigh 1 6 11 

a 4 d . Ditto Wheat Rye Meal, must weigh 3 

a 4 d . Ditto not above half Indian Meal, must weigh 4 

Biskets of three Coppers price must weigh 12 6 

Flour 36/ 

Cap'. Jacob Goold Constable of the "Watch at the South part of 
the Town is dismissed from that service on complaint of a number 
of respectable Inhabitants, that he was not a suitable Person for 
said trust, 

M r . Elkana Hawkes, the vote of 21. of March Ins', notwith- 
standing, was informed by the Selectmen on his application, that 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

they have no objection to his acting as an Assistant to M r . Shim- 
mins 

It is the Opinion of the Selectmen that an old Brick Building in 
Ann Street owned by M r . John Welch & others, is in such a 
State as greatly to endanger the Limbs & Lives of those who pass 
by it, and therefore ought immediately to be taken down or re- 
paired 

Passed upon Sam Curtis & Jesse Houghtons State Account 
amounting to 13. 7 

[48.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28. 
1787 Present Mess. Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Sever, 
Browne, Price, Boardman, Andrews 

Benjamin Barnes admitted an Engine Man for Compy. of Engine 
N. 2. in the room of Robert Lush, now out of the Commonwealth 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Joseph Spear applys to the Selectmen for liberty to open a 
Drain to the Common Shore in Leverets Lane, from his House in 
said Lane which was granted on condition the Ground & Pave- 
ment be made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Martin Bicker applys for liberty to open a Drain from his 
House in Dock Square into the Common Shore in the Market 
Square Granted on condition that the Grounds & Pavement is 
made good to the approbation of the Selectmen 

M r . Blainey being indebted to the Town Treasury for two 
Years Rent of the Bull Pasture Thirty Pounds p Agreement the 
Selectmen consent that the Town Treasurer pay the full of the 
Draft lately made by the Selectmen in his favor, he first giving 
security to the satisfaction of the Selectmen for the payment of 
the 30 aforesaid within three months from this Date 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31. 1787 
Present Mess": Scollay, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman 

Cap 1 . Caleb Hayden a sworn Inspector of Oil for the Port of 
Boston Certified on Oath that nine Tons & twenty four Gallons of 
Oil, being white Spermacete Oil were brought into this Port in the 
Schooner Ranger Stephen Sears of in the County of Barn- 

stable Master for which the proper Certificate was given M r . 
David Kelley the Owner, to enable him to receive the Bounty, 
allowed by a Resolve of this Commonwealth 

[49.] Job Wheelwright a sworn Inspector of Oil for the 
Town of Boston Certified on Oath that nine Tons, six Barrels & 
22i Gall 8 , of white Spermacete Oil were brought into this Port by 
the Schooner Wellfleet Richard Rich of said Wellfleet in the 
County of Barnstable Master, for which a proper Certificate was 
given to Stephen Wood of Wellfleet aforesaid sole Owner, to 
enable him to receive the Bounty, allowed by a Resolve of the 
Commonwealth 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 d . 1787- 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Andrews, Price, 
M r . William Foot appointed an Inspector of Barreld pickled 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 11 

Fish Pork & Beef in this Town, and took the Oath of Office which 
was administred to him by Ezekiel Price Esq. 

The Selectmen have no objection to M r . Badgers removing his 
Auction Room to the Room lately occupied by M r . Parkman. 

M r . Joseph Hammet appointed an Inspector of Barrell'd pickled 
Fish, Pork & Beef in this Town, and took the Oath of Office which 
was administred to him by Ezekiel Price Esq. 

M r . Nazro is to Notify the Justices & Overseers of the Poor to 
meet the Selectmen at their Chamber on Tuesday next 5 OClock 
in order to Agree upon a Visitation of the Town 

Cap 1 . Tyler having received of M rs . Brookers Donation the 29. 
of November last 2 "14 the same was distributed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

To the Widow Brick 1 4 

To the Widow Tyler 12 

To M rs . Clough 6 

To the Widow Goodwin 12 

2 14- 

The Town Clerk is to Certefy the Town Treasurer that M r . 
Gould is to allow ten Dollars p Agreement for the small AVooden 
Building on the Neck sent 



[50.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 10. 
1787 Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Andrews, Tyler, Walle}-, 
Boardman, Seaver, Browne, 

John Hunter Petition that he may be an Auctioneer for the 
present Year 

Town Clerk directed to issue a Warrant to the Constables to 
Warn the Freeholders relative to the Lamps 

M r . Russel Sturgis's Vessel is permitted to come up to the 
Dock, it not appearing to the Selectmen that any danger to the 
Inhabitants will arise therefrom D r . Appleton was of the same 
Opinion the Man taken withy 6 . Small Pox at Wellfleet being 
landed there before any Eruption appeared An Advertisement 
relative to y e Lamps was sent to M r . Russel Printer of the 
Centinel 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April [11] 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews Walley Boardman 
Sever, Brown Price 

Cap 1 . Gushing of Engine N. 7. proposes W ra . Mock as a suita- 
ble Person for his Engine Compr. in the room of Edward Bret who 
has left it & he was approved by the Selectmen 

M r . Timothy Tileston appointed a Constable of the Watch near 
Fortification in 1he room of Cap'. Goold who has been dismissed 
and M r . Tileston is directed to give in the Names of suitable Per- 
sons for Watchmen, in order for their approbation of the Select- 
men 

M r . Hnrnlin the Hayward is directed to procure one more good 
Bull, making in all four Bulls, the number required by the Town 
Bv Laws 



12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Sever appointed to procure Rails for Gates & Fecce in the 
Common, and order proper Repairs to the same 

It is determined by the Selectmen , not to appoint more than 
two Inspectors of the Pollice, they apprehending that two Persons 
will be sufficient for the present Year 

sent Ballard & Billings 

[51.] The Selectmen have Certified the Town Treasurer that 
Seven pounds ten Shillings be abated M r . Aaron Blaney, p Annum, 
for two Years Rent of Bull Pasture ending the 19 December last 
making fifteen pounds for the two Year 

sent 

The Selectmen have agreed to allow M r . Welch an Inspector, 
for the last Year Viz'. 24 
Cap'. Ballard 12 
M r . Billings 12 
M r . Clark 12 



60 

M r . Welch & M r . Clark are appointed Inspectors for the ensu- 
ing Year 

sent to Ballard & Billings 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13 1787. 
Present Mess rs : Scollay Dorr Price, Tyler, Andrews Boardmau 
Sever Walley 

The Selectmen having authentick Information that the Small Pox 
was very prevalent at Halifax His Honor the L l . Governor was 
requested to give Orders that no Vessel from said Town should 
pass the Castle untill examined & permitted by the Selectmen to 
come up to Town as p Copy on file 

Account of Cash received by John Scollay Esq on Account of 
M rs . Brookers Donation Viz 1 . 

Received of John Sweetser Esq one Years Interest on his 
Bond 4 

John Fullerton D 2 8 

William Tayler two payments ) 

in part of Interest due j 17 5 

23 13 

And the above Sum was delivered to the following [52.] 
Selectmen to be distributed amongst poor Widows & c . agreable to 
the Will of said Brookers, in proportion following Viz'. 

see June 13 th . To M r . Dorr 2 12 6 see June 13 

M r . Price 2 12 6 see Sep r . 26 

M r . Brown 2 12 6 see June 18.17 

M r . Andrews 2 12 6 see June 6. 

M r . Walley 2 12 6 see Fcb y . 28. 

Cap'. Tyler 2 12 6 see Nov r . 7 

M r . Bo^rdman 2 12 6 

M r . Scollay 2 13 see April 25 

M r . Sever 2 12 6 see Dec r . 5 

23 13 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 13 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 16. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Scollay, Walley, Andrews 

The State of the several Wards as taken by the Visiters of 
those Wards, were return'd to the Selectmen as by Copies on 
file 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 17. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Sever, Boardman, Tvler Dorr Andrews 
Walley, 

Information being given by the Commanding Officer at the 
Castle that agreable to Orders he stopt at the Castle the Brigne 
Prince William Henry, as coming from Halifax, Cap'. Avery 
Master 

Cap 4 . Green of the Company of Fuziliers prays for the use of 
Faneuil Hall at any Evening not improved by others which was 
granted 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 17. 1787P:M: 
Present Mess": Scollay, Tyler, Andrews Boardman, Seaver 

Cap 1 . Avery attended the Board, who Reports that all [53.] 
His People together with two Passengers, have had the Small Pox 
Years since the Vessel only in Ballast the Chests & Clothing .on 
board were taken from Houses, that had not the Distemper 
whereupon Cap*. Avery was directed to smoke his Letters, before 
he brings them up to Town, and to see that the Passengers Clothes 
& c . are smoked and the following Letter was sent to Maj r . 
Perkins Viz 4 . 

Sir Cap 4 . Avery having attended the Selectmen & given them 
satisfaction in regard to the situation of his Vessel & People 
You are therefore requested to permit his Brigantine to come up 
to Town, after he has smoked his Letters together with the Clothes 
& c . contained in the Passengers Chests, Trunks & c . & c . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler Brown Walley, Boardman 

Cap'. John Cathbartson in the Sloop Peggy from Hallifax stopt 
at Castle William informs the Selectmen that his People & four- 
Passengers on board have had the Small Pox Years since, that he 
has nothing on board but Ballast, and that he has well smoked the 
Clothes Bedding and everything on board any wise liable to infec- 
tion whereupon the following Letter was addressed to the L 4 . 
Governor Viz'. 

Sir Cap 4 . John Cathbartson of the Sloop Peggy having been 
stopt at Castle William as coming from Hallifax where the 
Small Pox has prevail'd the Selectmen have examined into the 
Circumstances of said Vessel, and such precautions have been 
taken, that in the Opinion of the Selectmen, she may now be per- 
mitted to come up to this Town, without exposing the Inhabi- 
tants to any Infection 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

His Honor the L 4 . Governor. 



14 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[54:.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Boardman, Brown, 
Walley, Andrews, Price 

The two Inspectors of the Police are to be directed by M r . 
Nazro, to attend at the Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday 
Afternoon 

Mem or : of Powder in the Magazine the Property of the Town of 
Boston Viz*. 

Og-tg*7320 Cartridges for Small Arms, made up 13 Casks 
g >TJ g. | of Powder, (with Bullets, Buck Shot - - - and 
g- g 8 . Flints in proportion)* 

* 3 A Copy of the above sent into the Grand Jury 
| ~ -' cd M r . George Tuckerman applys to the Selectmen for 

frj E their approbation in the setting his Posts near his Dwell-- 

; g ing House 

M r . Seaver, Boardman & M r . Walley a Committee to view M r . 
Tuckermans Land, & confer with him relative to the Posts he pro- 
poses to Erect ; and to Report to the Board, respecting the 
same 

M r . Peter Green applys to the Selectmen, that he may be 
appointed one of the Auchtioneers for the ensuing Year as p 
Petition on file 

The Selectmen have agreed to view the Land near the Fortifi- 
cations on which M r . Brown is about erecting a Building 

A Letter wrote the Clerks of the Market earnestly recommending 
that the Laws of Assize relative to Bread may be duly executed, 
as p Copy on file. 

The Selectmen reconsider their Vote of the 11 Ins 1 , respecting 
the pay of the Officers of the Pollice & M r . Billings, Clark & 
Ballard are to have for their services the last Year. 15. 
each 

[55.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April [20] 
1787. Present Mess": Scollay Dorr Tyler, Andrews, Walley, 
Boardman, 

Brigantine Friendship Cap*. David Tennant from Hallif ax, which 
she left 8 Days ago, in Ballast having 2 Passengers on board, 
who with the whole of his People have had the Small Pox long 
since & the Cap 1 , directed to have the Letters & all the Clothing 
& c . in the Passengers Chests thoroughly smoked before they come 
up to Town 

The following Letter addressed to Major Perkins Viz'. 

Sir The Selectmen having examined Cap'. Tenant from 
Hallifax, are of opinion that he may come up to Town with safety 
after his Letters together with the Clothing & c . in the Passengers 
Chests are thoroughl}' smoked, in which case you are requested to 
permit said Brig nt . to pass the Castle JOHN SCOLLAY Chairman 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21. 1787 
Present Mess" : 

* See Thos Posters Returns on file of mixt papers for anno 1786 

* Marginal note in original [sic] . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 15 

On Account of the great-distruction by Fire the last Evening at 
the South part of the Town, The Selectmen Justices & Overseers, 
agreed upon a walk or visitation of the Town this Morning. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25, 1787. 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Walley, Sever, 
Andrews 

M r . Scollay having received of M rs . Brookers Donation the 13. 
of last April 2 13 the same was distributed as follows 
Viz'. 

M rs . Delaplace 5 8 

M. Johnson 6 

M rs . Foot 12 

[56.] M rs . Nuttage 12 

M rs . Holbrook 17 4 

2 13 

Cap*. Joab Hunt of Engine N. 2 applys for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . Brecks & M r . Shepherds House 
drawn for 

Voted that he have a draught on the Town Treasurer the next 
Draught Day for fifty six Shillings 

Complaint having been made to us that the Chimnies of a House 
owned by M r . Moreton near the White Horse a Negro House at 
the Corner of Beach Street, and several other Chimuies nt the S. 
End of the Town which will be pointed out, are insufficient and 
dangerous Messrs: Richard Hunnewell, Nicholas Pierce & 
Joseph Levering were impower'd by Warrant to survey the 
same & make Report as soon as may be 

Thomas K. Jones applies to be appointed an Auchtioneer 

The Selectmen have affixed the Bounds of the several Sealers 
of Wood as follows Viz 1 . 

M r . Ballard from the Northward to the bottom of Cross Street, 
inclusive sent 

M r . Weld from Cross Street to Woodwards Wharff, inclusive 

sent 

M r . Uran from Millers Wharff to Hatchs Wharff inclusive 

sent 

M r . Walley M r . Andrews & M r . Boardman a Committee 

Adjourned to Fryday Afternoon Reconsidered [57.] 
to confer with the Gentlemen of the Boston Seat relative to the 
subject matter of the Governors Letter respect g . an Application 
to the General Court in behalf of the Sufferers by the late Fire 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 1787 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tvler, Andrews, Boardman^ 
Walley 

A Petition relative to the Boundary Line betwixt Boston & 
Roxbury was preferred to the General Court 

A Petition relative to the Sufferers by the late Fire praying 
Relief & c . was handed in to the Boston Seat, in order to its being 
presented the General Court 



16 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, Scollay, 
Seaver, Price, Brown Walley 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

Ibs- oz- dr 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, French made, must weigh 188 

a 4 d . ditto f Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 3 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal, must weigh 4 

Biskets of 3 Coppers price must weigh 13 4 

M r . Bay ley apply s for his Bonds as Collector of Taxes for the 
Years. 1781. 1782. 1783. 1784. & 1785. 

The Selectmen direct the Town Clerk to deliver him the same, 
he having produced Treasurers Receits & they were deliver'd ac- 
cordingly 

The Republican Volunteers are to have the use of Faneuil Hall 
next Thursday Week, for dining the Company, they having by 
their Captain Bartlet pray'd this indulgence 

The Selectmen have [58.] Appointed M r . Timothy Tileston 
Constable of the South Watch and five Watchmen Viz'. 
Mess : Ruf us Tower 
John Spear 
Stephen Hayden 
William Baker 
William Sharp 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3 d . 1787 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Walley, An- 
drews, Sever, Browne, Price, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Treasurer Boyer acquainted that M r . Solomon Hews is to pay 
twelve Shillings lawful Money p Annum for the privilege of his 
Fish Market on Olivers Dock belonging to the Town, Rent to 
commence the 1 of March And M r . Jonathan Fowle four mil'd 
Dollars Spanish, for privilege on Water Course near Quakers 
Lane, p Annum from the 3 d . of April last sent 

Cap*. Nicholas Peirce of Engine N. 9 applys for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on the 
Fire which lately broke out at a Negro House opposite Johonnots 
House drawn for 

Voted, that he have a draught on the Town Treasurer, in April 
Draught not yet sent in for twenty eight Shillings drawn for 

The Selectmen have made choice of Col. Tuder for the delivery 
of an Oratition [sic] on the 4. of July next, agreable to a Vote 
of the Town 

M r . Price & M r . Walley a Committee to wait on Col. Tuder for 
the purpose aforesaid see May 9 

The Town Clerk to issue a Warrant for a Town Meeting for 
the choice of Representatives & c . on Tuesday the 9. of May Ins*. 
10 O'Clock Forenoon 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 17 

M r . Brown and M r . Dorr a Comm ee . to wait oil the Rev d . M r . 
Clarke and to ask his opening the Meeting with prayer 

[59.] M r . Hall to have the printing of the Notifications for 
the ensuing Meeting 

The Selectmen apprehending the Jail Watch to be no longer 
necessary, it is ordered, that said Watch be dismissed, and that 
M r . Nazro receive all the Implements belonging to the same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 9. 1787 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Seaver, Andrews 
Walley, Brown Price, 

M r . Seaver is added as a Committee with M r . Brown & M r . 
Walley, relative to Sea Street 

Orders given to M r . Matthew Nazro, as Clerk of the Market 
which Order bears date the 19. of March last 

An Advertisement relative to the Auchtioneers sent to M r . Hall 
Printers for his Paper 

M r . Andrews & M r . Walley a Committee to treat with D r - 
Smith relative to the Repairs of a Street near the Rope Walk 

Thomas Daws Jun r . Esq. having been applied to for the deliver- 
ing an Oration on 4. of July next; has consented to the offer 
as p Report of t lie Comm e . to make application 

The Town Clerk is directed to deliver the Town Treasurers the 
Bonds of Daniel Parker a late Collector of Taxes for the Years 
1784 & 1785 and all the other Collectors Bonds & every Bond that 
is made pa.yable to The Town Treasurer The Town Clerk is directed 
to Serve the Treasurer w th a Vote of the Selectmen for the Year 
1754 in. March Relating to the fish Stall Improv d . by Shubael 
Hewes at Olivers dock (sent in season) gave Nazro a Copy 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, 

Cap', of Engine N. 7 propose James Tucker & Joseph Francis 
as Engine Men in the room of Ebenezer Ears & Stephen Oliver 

[61).] Joshua Eaton applys to the Selectmen for his being 
again appointed an Auchtioneer, as by his Petition on file 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 1787 
Present Mess rs . Scollay Dorr Price, Browne Walley Boardman 

Cap 4 . Laha Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island ; at- 
tended, & Reports that the Schooner Lively Abel Coffin Master, 
arrived at said Island this Day from Martineque having had the 
Small Pox on board on her passage One of his Men broke out 
with the Distemper fifteen Days ago, & that two Boys eleven Days 
since enoculated & that no other Person on board is liable to that 
Distemper that the cargo of said Vessel consisted wholly of Mo- 
lasses whereupon the follow 8 . Orders were given Cap 1 . Laha 

You having Reported to the Selectmen that the Schooner Lively 
Cap'. Coffin is arrived at your Island with three Persons on board 
who have the Small Pox It is our Orders that you take the sick 
Persons on shore & afford them all all necessary Assistance, if a 
Physician should be wanted you must apply to D r . Whipple 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Let every thing be done as to smoking & cleaning the. Vessel & 
the Bedding Clothing & c . on board to prevent the communication 
of the infection, & Report to us your doings 

Boston Ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d . 1787 
Present Mess". Scollay Dorr, Andrews, Tyler Sever Boardman, 
Walley, Price, Browne 

Cap'. Laha having Reported, that the Orders of the Selectmen 
had been fully complied with respecting Cap 1 . Coffins Vessel & 
People, and that she might now leave the Island without danger 
of communicating the Small Pox Cap'. Laha was directed to 
suffer said Vessel to depart after he had been fully satisfied for 
the Expenses occasioned by smoking cleaning & e . which the 
Captain or Owners of the Vessel are to defrey 

[61.] Orders delivered M r . Timothy Tileston the Constable of 
the Watch of the South part of Boston, p r direction of the Select- 
men 

On Application, by a Committee of the Light Horse that a 
small part of the Common may be alotted, for exercising the 
Horse ; M r . Scollay, M r . Walley & M r . Andrews were appointed 
a Committee on that business who Report That they have 
alotted apart of the Common for said purpose extending from 
the Beach or Charles River to the seventh Tree Northward, & bound 
Westward by said Row of Trees running down to the River, & 
Eastward by the Ditch, the whole Ground being situated below 
M r . Copleys House now improved by the Dutch Consul M r . Lur- 
tower Conditioned that they suffer no Horses but their own to 
enter the Common & occupy no more Land than what is allotted 

which Report is accepted by the Selectmen Copy sent 
M r . Thomas applys for liberty to open his Drain into the Com- 
mon Shore from his House in Black Horse Lane 

The Selectmen permit that the Ancient & Hon ble . Artillery 
Company Cap'. Bell have the use of Faneuil Hall on the Monday 
Evening the Light Infantry, Major Otis on Tuesday Evening 

the Company of Cadets Col. Bradford, on Wednesday Eve g . 
The Republican Volunteers Cap'. Bartlet on Thursday Evening 
and the Company of Fusiliers on Fryday Evening 

gave M r . Nazro a Copy 

Voted, that the Committee appointed to apply to Cap'. Robins 
relative to his repairing Sea Street, be directed to inform him that 
unless he immediately complys with the direction of the Selectmen 
to repair said Street to their satisfaction, they will forthwith 
prosecute him for breach of Contract Copy sent 

The consideration of the Appointment of a Hay Weigher, 
referred to the next sitting Day 

The Selectmen have agreed to allow D r . Smith 7-10/. on 
condition he puts the Streets near the Rope Walk, in good Repair 
so far as his bounds reaches 

[62.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29. 
1787 Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Andrews, Walley, 
Price, Seaver, Browne, Scollay Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 19 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p 
Bushel and that 12 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 Brick Bread French made must weigh 188 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat Rye Meal, must weigh 3 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 4 

Biskets of three Coppers price, must weigh 13 4 

The Town Clerk directed to deliver M r . Henderson a Collector, 
his Bonds given for the Collecting Outstanding Taxes M r . 
Parkers & M r . Thomas's 

M r . Walley & M r . Brown a Committee to view a piece of 
Ground near Olivers Dock, relative to leasing the same & to 
Report 

The letting of the Hay Engine to be referred determination 
to the next Wednesday 5 O'Clock P :M : provided their is a full 
Board 

M r . Scollay & M r . Sever a Committee to wait on M r . Farring- 
ton & M r . Tuekerman, relative to their purchase of some Town 
Lands & to Report thereon 

The Committee relative to Sea Street having Reported that 
Cap'. Robins declines making the Repairs which are necessary, 
are directed to apply to judge Sullivan, in order for a prose- 
cution 

M r . Sever a Committee to dispose of the Grass on Bull 
Pasture that it may not be lost to the Town & the feed 

[63.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 6, 
1787 Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Boardman, An- 
drews, Browne, Price. 

The following Persons apply to the Selectmen that they 
may be appointed Auchtioneers for the present Year Viz'. 
Mess". Joseph Russel & Samuel Clapp who propose John 
Green Printer & James White Stationeer as their Bondsmen, & 
produced Treasurers Receit to April 16 th . 1787 for duty paid 
approved of by the Selectmen 

M r . Lewis Hoyt, who proposes, Daniel Jones Gentleman & 
Martin Bickers, Merch'. as his Bondsmen & produced Treasu r . 
Receit to the 17 th . of April for duty paid approved of by 
Selectmen 

M r . John Badger, who proposes, James Leach Schoolmaster 
Leach Goldsmith as his Bondsmen & produced Treasur- 
ers Receit for duty paid to April 14 1787 approved provided 
his place be agreable to the Selectmen & conforms to y e . direc- 
tion relative to Auchtioneers 

M r . Peter Green, who proposes as his Bondsmen has not 
been an Auchtioneer for some Years past who proposes, approved 
provided he has a place agreable to the Selectmen 

Thomas Kilby Jones Merch'. who proposes as his Bondsmen 

Joshua Eaton, who proposes George Makepeace Gentlem n . as 
his Bondsmen, and produced Treasurers Receit for duty paid 



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

to April 17 1787 provided his place be agreable to y<v 
Selectmen & he comply with their directions relative to Auch- 
tioneers 

John Symms, who proposes Levy Lane & Thomas Knox Jun r . 
as his Bondsmen both Sailmakers approved provided he has 
a place agreable to the Selectmen 

Elias Parkman P^sq who proposes Thomas Melville Esq. & 
George Hyler Gentl" 1 . as his Bondsmen & produced Treasurers 
Receipt for duty paid to the 11 th . of May 1787 approved 

William Greanleaff Esq. who proposes as his Bondsmen & pro- 
duced Treasurers Receit for duty paid to May 15. 1787 approved 

M r . John Jutau Auchtioneer who proposes Sam Brick Esq. & 
William Brick Merch'. as his Bondsmen & produced Treasurers 
Receipt to the 16 th . of May 1787 approved 

see June 8 

[64.] M r . Boardman & M r . Andrews a Committee to view the 
Labrotory improved by M r . Frothingham & others, and to Report 
what they Judge may be a reasonable Rent for the present Year 

M r . Andrews having received of M rs . Brookers Donation, the 
12 th . of April last 2-12.6 the same was distributed as 
follows Viz 4 . 

To the Widow Veasey 12 

Widow Steward 12 

Widow Powers 12 

Widow Emmons 10 

Widow Wildes 6.6 

2 12.6 

M r . Boardman appointed to examine the Acc u . of the Keeper of 
the Alms house 

M r . Andrews appointed to procure two small Boxes with Keys 
for Jury Boxes as the Law directs 

M r . Andrews & M r . Boardman a Committee to agree with some 
Persons for the laying on not exceeding thirty loads to fill up the 
holes on the Dock 

M r . Weld & M r . Clark to make enquiry at what rates they can 
get the dirt of the Streets carted away & to Report to the Board 

M r . Dorr & Cap 1 . Tyler a Comm ee . to see that the North Latin 
School House be put into decent state 

Fryday next 3. OClock P : M : Assigned for the Appointment 
of Auchtioneers & M r . Nazro is to Notify M r . Ballard Keeper 
of the Hay Engine to attend at 4 OClock 

* Enoch Baldwin has Stalls N. 1 . & 11 at the West End of 
Faneuil Hall Market Leased to him by the Selectmen he to hold 
them on the condition the other Stalls are Leased, at the rate of 
3 - 13 - & 1 p Qtr from June Ins't. 

[65.] The Selectmen have appointed the following Persons 
Scavengers for the present Year Viz 1 . 

Mess : John Lambert, for Ward N. 1. 

John Ballard Jun r . 2 

Cap 4 . John Ballard 3 

*Memo they were let before to Ruggles & Warner Capt Ruggles being present agreed 
to pay back rent. 

Marginal note in original [sic]. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 21 

Mess" : Cap'. Hem-y Faye N. 4 

Edward Weld 5 

Samuel Beals 6 

John Allen 7 

John Todd 8 

Christopher Clark 9 

Joseph Shed 10 

Abraham Adams 11 

John McFadden N. 12 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8. 1787 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Sever Walley, Scollay Boardman 
Andrews Browne Price 

Edward Procter Esq. Applys to the Selectmen for an Appoint- 
ment as an Auchtioneer & proposes Thomas Kimbell & Elias 
Thomas Sailmakers as his Bondsmen he also produced Treas- 
urer Hodgdons Keciept for the one p c l . Premium to the 14 th . of 
April last approved by the Selectmen see other side 

M r . Scoliay having received of M r . Boyer for one Years Interest 
of his Note of hand due on M. Brooke rs Donation, 22-2-9 
the said sum was delivered to the following Selectmen to be dis- 
tributed among poor Widows a 8 , agreable to the Will of said 
Donor, in proportion following Viz'. 

To M r . Dorr 2 10 see July 25 

M r . Price 26 8 see Septem r . 26 

M r . Browne 2 10 - - see June 18. 1788 

M r . Andrews 268 see Sep r . 5. 

M r . Tyler 2 10 see Nov r . 7 

M r . Sever 26 8 see July 2o 

M r . Walley 2 10 see Feb^. 28 

M r . Boardman 26 8 see Feb^. 28 
see Fob*. 20: 1788 M r . Scollay, 

retains 2 16 1 

22 " 2 " 9 

[66.] M r . Boardman & M r . Andrews to view the Labratory 
improved by M r . Frothingham & others, and to Report what they 
Judge may be a reasonable Rent for the present Year 

entred June 6 th . 

M r . John Kneeland applys to be appointed an Auchtioneer & 
proposes as his Bondsmen 

It is agreed by the Selectmen not to exceed twelve Appoint- 
ments, as Auchtioneers 8 Selectmen present 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13 th . 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, Walley, 
Price Andrews, 

M r . Dorr having received of Brookers Donation the 13 th . of 
April last 2-12-6 the same was distributed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

To the Widow Mary Jackson 8 

Widow Ann Coppinger 6 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

To the Susanna Pike 12 - 

Widow Sarah Brown 3 

Widow Abigail Tyler 6 

Another Widow Sarah Brown 6 
James Christy a poor sick Man 2 6 
Widow Elizabeth Stevens 9 

2-12-6 

Cap'. Laha Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island having 
acquainted the Selectmen, that the Persons taken out of the 
Schooner Lively from Martineque with the Small Pox and one 
other sent from Westown, with the Small Pox are all recovered, 
&'have together with their Clothing been so well smoked & 
cleansed, as they may be permitted to leave the Island, without 
danger of communicating the Infection to the Inhabitants 
whereupon Directions were given Cap'. Laha to permit said 
Persons with their Clothing to depart from Rainsfords Island, pro- 
vided you are fully satisfied for the Expence incurred by their 
being sent to the Hospital 

The Militia Company commanded [67.] by Cap 1 . Head upon 
his application are permitted to make use of Faneuil Hall once a 
fortnight, when the Artillery Company do not appear, for the pur- 
pose of exercising their Men 

Cap 4 . Gardner applys for the use of Faneuil Hall for the 
exercise of his Men, on any Evening : that shall first become 
vacant 

Cap'. Levering of Engine N. 8 th . applys for the Premium al- 
lowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on the 
late Great Fire which happened at the South part of Town 

Voted, that he have a draft nccordiugly for the Sum of One 
pound, eight Shilling the next Draught Day drawn for 

Passed upon two Accounts of Cap 1 . Samuel Partridge Keeper 
of the Alms house, amounting as by Copies on file to 1906-4 
- &98-l- 10 d 

M r . Sever appointed to obtain from the Town Treasurer a state 
of the Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market, who are the present Occu- 
piers, to whom let, & to what times the Rents are paid 

The Committee to view Olivers Dock having Reported the 
Selectmen determined not to Lease the same 

M r . Scollay & M r . Walley a Committee to get the Barracks 
standing on Port Hill now in the possession of M r . M c Neil 
removed 

The Selectmen have agreed to visit Deer Island Tuesday the 
26 th . of June Ins'. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20 th . 1787 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, Price, 
Andrews, Walley, Browne 

[68.] M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Committee, to agree with some 
Person as to white washing & c . M r . Tilestons School 

The Selectmen determine that the Rent of the Store on Dock 
Square, let to M r . Daws & now in the occupation of said Daws & 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 23 

Coolidge shall be forty five pounds lawful Money p Annum com- 
mencing from the first of March last senl 

A conference held by the Selectmen, present Mess : Scollay, 
Price, Dorr, "Walley Brown, Boardman & Andrews Assigned 
to M r . Brown and Andrews to apply to the Wardens of the Chapel 
for the use of the same to have the Oration delivered there by 
M r . Daws the 4 th . of July next M r . Andrews likewise directed 
to acquaint M r . Ballard that he may get Hay Engine repaired as 
soon as possible 

Jurors chosen, and entred in the Jury Books as usual 

Col. Procter & some other Inhabitants attended & complained 
that a Negro Man named Sampson Freeman ; practised the 
making of Fires in his Stall on Dock Square thereby endangering 
the Inhabitants also of the ill behavior of the Bakers Boys 

M r . Enoch Baldwin is to have Stalls lately improved by M r . 
White being N. 13 & 19 at the rate of 3-13-l p Qu r . 
commencing from the 1 st . of June Ins 1 . sent 

Cap'. David Tenant of Brigautine Friendship from Hallifax, 
attended & acquaints the Selectmen that he has not had the Small 
Pox on board neither is the Distemper in Hallifax whereupon 
a Letter was wrote the Commanding Officer at the Castle to per- 
mit said Vessel to pass the Castle as she might do it without dan- 
ger to the Inhabitants 

M r . Homer to be called upon by M r . Nazro to make out & give 
in an Estimation of the charge of repairing Tombs & c . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1787 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Andrews, Price, Tyler, Seaver, 
Boardman, Brown, Walley, 

All the Selectmen attended & in their Persons ordered the Ba- 
kers Boys & the Stalls occupied by Negroes & others for the Sale 
of Merchandize from Market Square 

[69.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25, 
1787 Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, 
Seaver Board man 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p 
bushel and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread French made must weigh 188 
a 4 d . ditto f Wheat J Rye Meal, must weigh 3 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal, must weigh 4 
Biskets of 3 Coppers price, must weigh 13 4 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting the 4 th . of July next, the Day on which Independence was 
declared but no printed Notifications are to be dispersed 

The Selectmen being informed that Col. Hitchborn and Col. 
Reveire have made an Incroachment in the High Way in Lynn 
Street, they therefore request them to remove the same as in case 



24 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

of neglect the Selectmen will be necessitated to take such steps as 
the Law directs sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, W alley, Seaver, Andrews, Tyler 
Browne Price, 

Cap'. Job Wheelwright a sworn Inspector of Oil for the Port 
of Boston, Certified on Oath that 5 1 Tons 2 bbls : & 4 Gallons, 
of Whale Oil & 4 Tons 1 barrel & 9 Gall 9 , white Sperma Ceti- 
Oil were brought into this Port by the Brigantine Nancy John 
Rich Master, and a Certificate was given the Captain, to enable 
the Owner M r . Joseph Blake, to enable him to receive the Bounty 
allowed by Government 

Mem , nothing received for Selectmen 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Complaint having been made that the Chimnies of a House in 
Fish Street are defective & dangers, whereupon a Warrant was 
issued impowering, [7O.] Mess : Richardson & Wells Masons to 
survey the same and make Report thereof to the Selectmen 

M r . Nazro is directed to require M r . Ingertields attendance this 
Day fortnight and M r . Nazro is then to lay his Orders as Clerk 
of the Market, before the Selectmen sent 

The Selectmen have agreed to attend the Visitation of the 
Schools on Wednesday the 11 th . ot July next & the several Mas- 
ters are to be informed thereof sent 

Katherine Field is to have a stand on Market Square for the 
Sale of Fruit & Vegetables only, she paying M r . Nazro what is 
customary for such a Privilege sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July [3]. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler Boardman, Browne, Price, 
Seaver, Andrews, 

Master Hunt to be directed to attend the Board next sitting 
Day gave M r . Nazro 

M r . Scollay & M r . Andrews a Committee to inspect the Flats on 
which M r . Samuel Todd is about erecting a Wharff, which inter- 
sects the Cours or range of cold Lane, on the Mill Pond 

Mess rs : Scollay Dorr & Brown a Committee to examine the 
Records of the Town extract all the entries respecting the Town 
House, more particularly what may relate to the Interest the State 
may have in the same 

Voted, that M r . Hall have the printing the Oration to be 
delivered by M r . Daws 

M r . Sever Reports that he has agreed with M r . Blaney, for the 
hire of the Bull Pasture the present season & take his Note for 
Nine pounds, the Sum agreed upon for snid hire payable in March 
next 

M r . Powers to have the printing of the [71.] Notification for 
the ensuing Town Meeting 

- Town Clerk directed to issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing for the choice of a Representative & c . next Monday 100'Clock 
A : M : 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 25 

The Comm e . for that purpose Report as their Opinion that D r . 
Phillips has not encroached either on Orange or Bennet 
Street 

A Letter sent IA Governor to withdraw Orders for stopping 
Vessels from Hallifax 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 17. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever Walley, Board man, 
Andrews Price 

Voted, that The Town Clerk prepare a List of the Scavingers, 
for M r . Nazro to acquaint them with their Appointment 

gave M r . Nazro 

Voted, that an Advertisement be inserted in the public Prints, 
for the Sale of North Battery, agreably to the Orders of the 
Town 

Mr. Ingerfield agreable to direction attended the Board, and 
was ordered to conform to tlie regulations of the Market in 
respect to fore stalling & c . 

M r . Tukesbury was wrote to respecting Stones being taken from 
the Island & his attendance at the Selectmeus Chamber Wednes- 
day the 25. Ins', was required 

The Collectors of Taxes to be called upon to produce their 
Bondsmen & c . in order to their receiving the Tax Books 

Cap'. Carnes of Wards N. 8 & 9 is to have the next night 
that may be relinquish'd in Faneuil Hall by any Core now improv- 
ing the same for Military exercises Cap'. Gardner being first 
provided for 

M r . Clark one of the Inspectors is to be directed to attend the 
Board & make return of his doings in his Office 

[72.] Voted, that the Vote pa>sed sometime since by the 
Selectmen, respecting having a full Board to determine respecting 
the Hay Engine be reconsidered and that next sitting Day the 
Question be determined by the majority then prese.nt 

M r . Dorr & M r . Walley a Committee to procure the Laws & 
Resolves of the State 

A Visitation of the Schools was had on the 11 th . Ins', and all 
were found in good order 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July [25] 1787 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Boardman. Scollay, Price, Sever, Browne, 
Andrews, Tyler Walley 

M r . Dorr having received of M rs . Brookers Donation the 8 th . of 
June last, 2-10 the same was distributed as follows' 
Viz'. 

To Susanna Pike 13 4 d 

The Widow Ann Coppinger 10 

The Widow Abigail Tyler 8 2 

James Christy a poor sick Man 4 

The Widow Mary Jackson 8 2 

The Widow Elizabeth Stevens 6 4 d 

2-10- 
M r . Sever having received of M". Brookers Donation the 8 th . of 



26 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

June last 2-6-8 the same was distributed as follows 

Viz 1 . 

To the Widow Mary Cam pbel 6 

The Widow Ann Smith 12 

The Widow Susannah Stevens 12 

The Widow Steward 6 

The Widow Barker 4 8 

The Widow Eayres 6 - 

9 ft ft 
i. D O 

Comm ee . relative to a Chimnie in Fish Street have made return, 
and the same on File 

Cap 1 . Samuel Ballard, having offered One [73.] hundred 
twenty five pounds p Annum for the Hay Engine which is the 
highest Sum, that has been offered the Selectmen have appointed 
him Hay weigher on the above Rent to commence at the expira- 
tion of the last term the Conditions the same as the last Year 

Cap*. Laha Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, attended 
& Reports That the Schooner Rebecca Cap'. Ozier from Ma- 
deira, has been detained at the Island for some Days, a Person 
having died with the Small Pox twenty one Days ago that she has 
nothing but Wine as Cargo, that the Vessel Bedding Clothing, & c . 
have been wash'd & smoked & in his Opinion may be permitted to 
leave the Island with safety whereupon Orders were given to 
permit said Vessel to depart, he being first satisfied for the charge 
which has arisen 

M r . Scollay & M r . Sever a Committee to view the Pavement 
near M r . Tuckermans, in order to determine whether it is neces- 
sary to have a Gutter the above Comm e . to view the Pavement 
near M r . Basses 

The following directions were given M r . Samuel Ballard, who 
has hired the Hay Market Viz'. 

M r . Samuel Ballard Boston July 25. 1787- 

Sir As you are appointed to the care of the the Hay Engine 
for the present Year the Selectmen direct you strictly to Inspect 
the quality of the Hay you weigh, & insert in the Tickets you de- 
liver out what sort it consists of, you are also to weigh each Cart 
bringing Hay to Market at least once every three months or of tener 
if necessary 

JOHN SCOLLAY Chairman 
p Order 

[74.] Cap 4 . James of Engine N. 10 applys for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on 
the Fire which lately broke out in a Vessel in Mill Creek which 
was granted by the Selectmen drawn for 

An Advertisement for the Sale of North Battery Wharff & c . 
sent Adams & Nourse & Russel Printers, for publishing 

M r . Scollay, Dorr, & Boardman a Committee to procure a plan 
of the Towns Land at North Battery 

A Letter sent Col. Farrington requesting his compliance with 
the conditions agreed upon for the sale of Land formerly improved 
by him, otherwise the Land must again be advertised for Sale = 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 27 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30. 1787 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Andrews, Tyler, Browne, Price, 
Seaver, Boardman, Walley 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread French made must weigh 188 

a 4 d . ditto | Wheat Rye Meal d. 300 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian, must weigh 400 

Biskets of three Coppers price must weigh 13 4 

M r . Thomas Bayley Collector proposes, James Bayley Gentle- 
man, & William Bird Gentleman as his Bondsmen for the faithful 
discharge of his trust who were approved of 

M r . Henderson Collector proposes Cap*. Job Prince Mech 1 . & 
Enoch James Blacksmith as his Bondsmen for the faithful dis- 
charge of his trust as Collector, who were approved of 

[75.] M r . Thompson .proposes Isaiah Doane Esq. William 
Scollay Esq. as his Bondsmen for the faithful discharge of his 
trust as a Collector of Taxes, who were approved 

M r . Nazro is to request M r . Pope who has the care of the North 
Clock to attend next Wednesday 

The Selectmen have agreed, that Col. Procter shall have the 
disposal of the Land at North Battery at public Auction pro- 
vided no Person appears to offer five hundred pounds, before the 
time of Sale by Auction of said Land 

M r . Francis Gray informs that the Sloop Jennet Ephraim Del- 
lano just arrived from the West Indies has the Small Pox on board 
whereupon the Vessel was ordered to Rainsfords Island and 
Cap'. Laha the Keeper of the Hospital was directed to proceed as 
usual in taking the Sick & everything on shoar liable to Infection, 
and to proceed with the usual care in smoking & cleansing the 
Vessel & c . 

M r . Scollay & M r . Andrews a Committee to order repairs to the 
Pavement near Concert Hall in Sudbury Street & the Street lead- 
ing to New Boston if they shall Judge it to be necessary 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . [1] 1787 
Present Mess : Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Boardman, Price, Sever, 
Walley, Browne, Andrews, 

Passed upon some Accounts 

Cap'. Laha Keeper of Rainsfords Island having Reported that 
he had taken on Shore the two Men belonging to the Sloop Jen- 
net Cap'. Dellano, who have had the Small Pox but are now well, 
as also the Bedding Clothing & c . and that he had well smoked & 
cleansed the Vessel so that she may come up to Town without 
danger to the Inhabitants A Letter was wrote him permitting 
said Vessel to leave the Island, but that the People Clothing & c . 
were to be retained untill further Orders 

[76.] M r . Osgood Carleton, upon his application is permitted 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

by the Selectmen to open a School for teaching the Mathema- 
ticks and that only 

M r . Tyler appointed to enquire of Cap 4 . Glascut the circum- 
stances of one Peter Powers, a sick Person, who came in his Ship 
as Boatswain & applies that he may be sent to the Alms house 
for a short time 

Whereas M r . John Nutting & Mons : Revaut have adver- 
tised, their having opened Schools for teaching reading & writing, 
& the French Language M r . Nazro is directed to inform them, 
that the Selectmen forbid their continuing, to keep those Schools, 
untill they have appiy'd for & obtained, the approbation of the 
Selectmen for that purpose 

The Selectmen have agreed to visit the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island, on Thursday the 23 d . of August Ins'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 6. 1787 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews Walley, Boardman 

M r . Collector Williams proposes Robert M c .Neil Merch*. & 
William Stackpole Merch 1 . as his Bondsmen for the faithful dis- 
charge of his trust & c . which were approved of by the Select- 
men 

M r . Leach Goldsmith approved as a Bondsmen for M r . 

Badger in the room of Leach the Founder 

It is agreed by the Selectmen that the five Persons 3 Women & 
2 Men who came from Machias where they were put on shore by 
the Captain of a \ r essel from Ireland, should be sent to the Alms 
house on the State Account 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 8. 1787 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Price, Andrews Dorr, Tyler, Walley 
Seaver, 

[77.] Cap f . Peter Green Auchtioneer, proposes Thomas 
Adams & Silas Atkins as his Bondsmen, who were approved of by 
the Selectmen 

Jurymen chosen & drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court, and 
entered in the Jury Book 

The Selectmen have agreed that the Sale of North Battery 
Wharff be postponed untill further Orders thereon 

On the Petition of a number of the Inhabitants for widening the 
Street called Merchants Row, the Selectmen agree to call a Meet- 
ing of the Justices to Morrow 11 OClock A : M : that the Petition 
may then be considered 

Mons. Revaut approved of by the Selectmen to open a School 
in this Town for teaching the French Language he having been 
well recommended 

Master Cheney Master of the Writing School in Middle street, 
permitted to employ his Son as an Assistant from the time his late 
Assistant left the School, his allowance to be the same 

Fryday 4. O Clock P : M : Assigned for taking up Licenses 

M r . James Thomas permitted to open a Drain from his House 
in Prince Street to the Common shore, he to make good Pave- 
ment & c . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 29 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 9. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Andrews, Tyler Browne, Scollay, Price, 
Board man, Seaver Walley 

Cap 1 . Levering of Engine N. 8 proposes Jeremiah Bridge as an 
Engine Man for his Company, who is approved of by the Select- 
men 

The Selectmen & Justices met relative to the widening a Street 
near Merchants Row, on the Petition of a number of the Inhabi- 
tants 

Adjourned untill the Afternoon 4 OClock 

[78.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 9. 
1787 P:M: 

Present Mess r8 : Scollay, Andrews, Dorr, Price, Boardman, 
Brown, Seaver Tyler Walley 

On the Petition of a number of Inhabitants for the widening a 
Street in Merchants Row a Meeting of the Justices with the 
Selectmen was requested, but after two Meetings, a major part of 
the Justices not attending the business could not be legally taken up 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Price, Tyler, Dorr, Andrews, Boardman 
Browne 

Met to consider further of Licenses 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 15. 1787- 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Seaver, Boardman, Price, 
Tyler, Browne, 

M r . Seaver appointed to order Repairs to a Well near the South 
Market 

The Selectmen have agreed on the application of M r . Thomas 
Green, that the Rent of the Towns Store hired by him, stand at 
Thirty Pounds p Annum to commence from the last Quarter 
sent Treasurer 

The Selectmen approve of M r . Amos Winship as one of the 
Bondsmen for M r . Williams Collector 

Adjourned to Thursday 4. OClock. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 16. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Price, Tvler, Andrews, Seaver, Scollay 
Walley, 

The Town Clerk directed to deliver up to Collector Williams, 
his Bonds for 1785 and they were delivered accordingly 

A Letter wrote Archibald M c Neil as p Copy on file The Board 
acted on the List of Licensed Persons for 1786 & a Return made 
thereof to the Court of Sessions a Copy of which together with a 
List of the Persons approbated this Year as Inholders & Retailers 
are on the Files of mixed Papers 

[79.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 22 d . 
1787 Present Mess": Scollay, Boardman, Tyler, Dorr, Seaver, 
Andrews, Browne, Price, 



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Cap'. Gushing of Engine N. 7. proposes Edmund Dolbear as 
an Engine Man for his Company in the room of Joshua Gray, who 
has entered as Sergeant Major in the Militia who was approved 
of by the Selectmen 

M r . Scollay & M r . Sever & Deacon Boardman & M r . Walley, a 
Committee to order necessary Repairs to the Fences of the South 
Burial Ground & also to view the Towns Land near young M r . 
Tuckermans House 

M r . Walley a Committee to view the Land on Olivers Dock near 
Hewes Fish Market, and Report to the Board 

John Skinner the Hayward is to be required by M r . Nazro to 
attend the Board next sitting Day 

The Selectmen agree to meet to Morrow Morning past 10. 
OClock. on the Floor of the State House 

M r . Sharp Const, one of the South Watch attended on the com- 
plaint of the Constable of said Watch for sleeping on his Watch, 
and was informed by the Selectmen, that they much approved of 
the Constables fidelity & attention, and that further complaint of 
the like behavior in future will occasion his dismission from the 
Watch 

The Selectmen agree to have a Conference with the Committee 
of the General Court appointed to Report a suitable place to Erect 
a new Court House upon, relative to the subject matter of their 
Commission 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 27. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, 
Browne, Price, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[8O.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
6/ p Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread French made must weigh 1 88 
a 4 d . Ditto, f Wheat i Rye Meal d. 300 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above ^ Indian Meal d. 400 

Biskets of three Coppers price, must weigh 13 4 

Flour 35 1 

M r . Skinner appeared as directed, and gave satisfaction to the 
Selectmen, relative to his conduct as Hayward 

Cap 1 . Partridge has liberty from the Selectmen to take of 
Deacon Davis for the use of the Alms house, out of the Money 
which will be last due for Land sold Him, one hhd: Molasses & 
12Blls: Flour 

The Selectmen have agreed to have a conference with a number 
of Gentlemen next Thursday 4 OClock P : M : relative to the pro- 
priety of making proposals for the better accommodation of the 
General Court in their future Meetings in this Town 

On the 24 th . Ins', the Selectmen & a number of Gentlemen 
Visited Rainsford Island Hospital & took a view of y e . Land 
Buildings & 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 31 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 29. 1787 
Present Mess : Dorr, Scollay, Seaver, Boardman, Tyler, 
Andrews, Walley, 

This Day the Jury Box was removed by the Selectmen 

M r . Elkanah Hawkes has liberty granted to open an Evening 
S'chool for the Instruction of Youth in Writing & c . 

Tuesday next 4. OClock assigned for a conference relative to 
a Court House & c . 

[81.] Cap 1 . Tyler appointed to give directions & make agreement 
for the Launching & repairing the Boat belon g . to Rainsford Island 
Hospital, now on shore at s d . Island 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 4. 1787 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Browne, Bowman, [sic] Price, 

The Selectmen Representatives & &c had a conference relative 
to a new Court House, when it was the unanimous opinion that a 
Town Meeting should be called to determine on this matter 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem 1 ". 5. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Sever, Walley, Tyler, Andrews, 
Boardman, 

M r . Andrews having received of Brookers Donation the 8 th . of 
June last 2-6- 8 d , the same was distributed as follows Viz 1 . 

To the Widow Veazie 12 

Widow Stewart 12 

Widow Hammond 12 

Widow Hammond 6 

Widow Richardson 3 4 

Widow Powers 6 8 

Widow Emmons 6 8 

2 6 8 d 

M r . Syms having informed, the Selectmen that he had hired a 
Chamber on the Dock over M r . Bradleys Store, for an Auchtion 
Room, it was consented to by the Selectmen 

M r . Walley & M r . Price a Committee to view Olivers Dock & 
Report as to the propriety of a Shop being erected on the Towns 
Land Agreed 

[82.] The Committee relative to the Neck are desired to 
Agree with M r . Blaney for a number of Loads of Gravel to be 
put on the Neck not exceeding 100 load, for which he is to be 
allowed one Shilling & six Pence p load and also to hire a 
suitable Person to inspect the loads & c . 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Committee to view the Towns Land 
at the lower end of Summer Street, on the application of M r . 
John Tileston for erecting a Fish Market on said Land 

On the complaint of a number of the Inhabitants, that the 
Proprietors on the Neck had not com ply 'd with their Agreement 
with respect to the selling Trees & c . & c . as p Copy on file 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 12. 1787 
Present Mess r : Scollay, Price, Andrews, Boardman, Sever, Tyler, 
Browne, Walley, 

The Committee to view Lands near Olivers Dock & Report that 
it appears to them inexpedient that any Shop should be erected on 
the Towns Land near said Dock 

The Committee to view the Towns Land at the lower end of 
Summer Street Report that it appears to them inexpedient, that 
a Fish Market should be erected on said Land 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Wednesday the 19 th . of Septem r . Com g . 10 OClock 
A:M: 

Voted, that M r . Allen have the printing of the Notifications 

M r . Boardman M r . Andrews & M r . Walley a Comm ec . to make 
enquiry into the state of the Market Yard, & Report what further 
regulations they may judge needful 

[83.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 19. 
1787 Present Mess": Scollay, Walley, Tyler, Boardman Price, 
Andrews, 

Turel Tuttle applys for liberty to lay a Gutter for carrying 
Water from several Streets into the Mill Pond 

M r . Andrews & M r . Boardman, a Committee to view the Street 
& Report what is necessary to be done 

M r . Walley a Committee to survey a Drain opposite M r . Boarns 
House & to Report to the Selectmen 

M r . Dorr & Cap 1 . Tyler a Committee to give directions relative 
to the removing the Engine House on North Square and also as to 
necessary Repairs 

Cap 1 . Laha Reports, that the 3 People landed out of the Schooner 
Vulture Cap'. Robbado, have recovered from the Small Pox, & 
that their Clothing & c . has been so well smoked as that they may 
be permitted to come up to Town without danger of communicat- 
ing the Infection whereupon he was directed to give a further 
cleansing to the Clothing & c . and was permitted to let the three 
Men leave the Island taking said Clothing, on Wednesday next 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24. 1787 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Andrews, Browne, 
Boardman, Price, Walley 

Passed upon Accounts 

Col. Hall of Providence applys for liberty to open a drain into 
the common shore of ten feet length, from his House in Milk 
street Liberty granted by the Selectmen conditioned that the 
Pavement be restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

[84.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
6/ p bushel, and that 12 d . p bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is commuted as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread French made must weigh 188 
a 4 d . ditto | Wheat 1 Rye Meal must weigh - 300 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 33 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal d. 400 

Bisket of 3 Copper price must weigh 13 4 

M r . Seaver & M r . Browne a Committee to procure the laying a 

Drain in Orange Street, provided it can be done for a sum not 

more than twenty Dollars, if a higher sum first to report to the 

Board 

M r . Dorr & Tyler a Comm ee . to order Repairs to the Pavement 

in Black Horse Lane & Fleet Street 

Voted, that the following Persons have Tombs which have been 

repaired by M v . Homer in the Common burying Ground, paying 

7. Each to M r . Homer 

v Thomas Bumstead a Tomb in the Name of B!iyley 

v Bossinger Foster a Tomb in the Name of Ayres 

v Joseph Russel Auchtioneer a Tomb in the name of Freck 

v Benjamin Waldo a Tomb in the name of Dudley 

Conditioned, that they keep their respective Tombs in Repair, 

and deliver up the same, when a claim shall be made by any of 

the legal Heirs ; The Claimants or the Town of Boston repaying 

S d . 7 to the Person advancing y e . Same 

M r . De Nancrede applying for liberty to open a School in this 

Town for Instruction in the French Language Liberty was 

accordingly granted 

[85.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 26. 
1787 Present Mess : Scollay Dorr, Walley, Price Tyler, Board- 
man, Sever, Andrews, Browne, 
Passed upon other Accounts 
M r . Price having received of Brookers Donation Viz 4 . 

May 31, 1784 ....... 

April 20, 1785 ...... 

June 26, 1786 ...... 

Nov r . 29, 1786 ...... 

April 13, 1787 ..... - 

June 7, 1787 ....... 



The same was distributed as follows Viz 1 . 

To the Widow Foster 1 4 

Widow Stevens 1 4 

Cap 1 . Bass (Crippled) 18 

Widow Stevens 1 4 

Widow Burns 6 8 

Widow Brown 18 

Cap'. Bass 12 

Widow M c Elroy 18 

Widow Lee 120 

Widow Stevens 12 

Widow Foster 12 

Widow M c Elroy 6 

Widow Rouse 180 

Widow Cary 6 




34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

"Widow Stevens 12 

Widow Brown 12 9 

Widow Martin 12 

Widow Thorp 6 

Widow Brown 6 

Widow Johnson 12 

Widow Horton 6 

Widow Stevens 6 8 

14-3-4 

M r . Andrews & M r . Boardman a Committee to view Master 
Hunts Dwelling House, and Report to the Board what Repairs 
may be necessarv 

M r . Edmunds r Constable of the North Watch is directed to look 
out for suitable Man for his Watch, in the room of M r . Byles, who 
from deafness is incapable of discharging his duty as a Watch- 
man & to Report him to the Selectmen 

[86.] Cap'. Tyler a Coinm ee . to view the Hay Engine & pro- 
vide necessary Blocks & c . 

M r . Obediah Thayer was acquainted by Letter that he must 
desist from measuring any more Wood, & that the Scale is to be 
returned to M r . Brown 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 3. 1787 
Present Mess : Dorr, Scollay, Price, Andrews, Boardmau, Walley, 
Tyler, 

M r . Israel Loring having applied for liberty to open a Drain 
from his House in Leaveret Street Liberty was granted con- 
ditioned, that he restore the Ground & Pavement to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen, M r . Dorr & M r . Andrews the Selectmen 
who were applied 

The Selectmen have engaged to M r . John Wheelwright the 
refusal of the Store lately let to M r . Barrel 

The Selectmen have settled with M r . Wheelwright that the Rent 
of said Store is to stand at twenty five Pounds lawful Money, p 
Annum and to be paid Quarterly 

M r . Thomas Peak appointed Constable of the Dock Watch, in 
the room of M r . Ireland, rendered incapable of discharging his 
duty by Bodily Infirmities 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 5 1787 Present 
Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Seaver, 

Cap*. Lemuel Gardner applies for the Appointment of an 
Inspector of Oil And he was according appointed by the Select- 
men 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 10. 1787 
Present Mess": Dorr, Tyler, Walley. Andrews, Scollay, Seaver, 
Boardman, 

Mary Gleason informs that George Lynn a Cooper who came 
Passenger in the Brig ne . Lion Cap 1 . Lowe Master has been taken 
into her House 

M r . Scollay having received of M rs . Brookers Donation [87.] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 35 

17-5 the same was given the following Selectmen to be dis- 
tributed agreably to the Will of the Donor Viz'. 

Cap*. Tyler 2 5 see Novem r . 7 

M r . Dorr 2 5 see Decem r . 13 

M r Walley * 2 see Feb*. 18. 1788 

M r . Andrews 2 2 

M r . Sever 1 19 see Feb?. 25. 

M r . Boardman 1 172 d see Feb y . 28 th 

M r . Scollay . 2 2 see Feby. 20. 1788 

M r . Price " 1 8 9 see MaVch 5. 

M r . Brown 1 4 see June 18. 1788 

17 4 11 

Deacon Boardraan & M r . Andrews a Committee to order 
necessary Repairs to Master Hunts House not exceeding Filteen 
Pounds 

M r . James Rogers appointed Cap', of Engine N. 4 in the 
room of M r . Uran who has resigned on account of his advanced 
Years & M r . Rogers being recommended to the Selectmen by 
the Engine Company 

M r . Elisha Byles dismissed from the North Watch as a great 
deafness rendered him incapable of discharging his duty as a 
Watchman as formerly 

M r . Lambert permitted to erect a Fence near the North Battery, 

provided he remove the same whenever required by the Selectmen 

M r . Hamlin is permitted to return a Bull to M r . Bryant which 

he gave the Town this Spring, he to be obliged to let M r . Hamliu 

have another in the Spring of next Year 

M r . Andrews directed to see a Stove placed in M r . Cheneys 
School, belonging to M r . Winslow 

M r . Thayer having been heard on Account of his being discon- 
tinued as a Wood measurer Voted unanimously that no re- 
consideration of the above take place at present 

[88.] M r . Walley appointed to confer with Col. Crafts rela- 
tive to the Action brought by M r . Hamlin 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 17 th . 1787 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Seaver, Tyler, Price, Boardman, 
Walley, Browne 

M r . Price appointed to examine the Accounts of the Keeper of 
the Alms house for keeping the State Poor 

Cap'. Joel Gushing of Engine N. 7. applies for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on 
the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Croswells Meeting so 
called 

Voted, that he have a draught the next Draught Day 

drawn for 

M r . Scollay having received of M". Brookers Donation of M r . 
William Tayfer five Dollars 

M r . Price received three Dollars see March 5 th . 

& M r . Brown 2 d. 

5 Dollars 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Elisha Byles approved of to retail Spirituous Liquors at hi& 
House iu Salem Street near D r . Cutlers Church 

M r . Nazro is directed to desire M r . William Foster to attend 
next Wednesday 

M r . Nazro directed to ask the attendance of the Clerks of the 
Market next Wednesday 4. OClock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 27. 1787 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Walley, Price, Scollay, 
Andrews, SeveV, 

The Clerks of the Market are to be made acquainted that 
y e . Selectmen wish them to attend the duties of their Office in 
surveying & weighing the Bread of the Town, in the execution of 
which they will be aided not only by the Selectmen but by a Con- 
stable who may attend them & have a proper allowance made him 
for his trouble, & whenever they choose to walk they may call 
upon either Constable Hews, Smith, or Spear who will have direc- 
tions accordingly also Constable Cade 

[89.] M r . William Foster attended, and assured the Select- 
men that the breach made on the Common was without his knowl- 
edge & contrary to his express directions, and he engaged to have 
the Ground made good & Hay Seed thrown upon the Land to the 
Satisfaction of y e . Selectmen 

Passed upon the Accounts of Cap 1 . Sam. Partridge Keeper of ' 
the Alms house amounting to 1899 16 6| & 98 3 ll d . as by 
Copys on File 

On the Petition of M r . Thayer, the Selectmen agreed not to re- 
consider their late Vote for the present 

M r . Morse is to desist from carrying on his Building on the- 
Dock unless he can obtain the the consent of M r . Dolbear the 
Abutter 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 29. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, Seaver, Dorr, 
Price, Browne, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ 6 p 
Bushel and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 4 . 

lb oz dr 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread French made must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . ditto | Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 3 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 4 
Biskets of 3 Coppers price, must weigh 14 4 

M r . Samuel Smith applies to the Selectmen that a Building of 
his in Ship Street may be licensed as a Bake house 

M r . Tyler & M r . Dorr a Committee to procure the usual quan- 
tity of Wood for the North Schools 

M r . Andrews for Master Carters School 

Deacon Boardman for Master Hunts School 

M r . Sever for M r . Vinals School 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1787. 37 

[9O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 31. 
1787 Present Mess : Dorr Scollay Sever Andrews, Tyler Price, 
Walley, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Cap'. Tyler appointed to repair the foundation of the Engine at 
Mill Bridge also Cap'. Boardman with Cap 1 . Tyler to remove 
the Engine on the Dock to a suitable place 

Passed upon William Moors State Account amounting to 5 - 4 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 7. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Andrews, Tvler, Sever, Price, 
Walley, 

Cap'. Tyler having rec d . of M rs . Brookers Donation Viz'. 
April 13 th . 2 12 6 June 8 2 10 & Octo r . 10. 2 5 
is 7 7 6 the same was distributed as follows Viz'. 

Abigail Tyler 9 

Sarah Brick 140 

Widow Clough 3 4 

Widow Whiting 10 2 

Widow Gooding 6 

- 2 12 6 

Widow Tyler 13 4 

Widow Brick 1 00 

M rs . Coppinger 10 

Widow Gooding 6 8 

2 10 

Mary Varney Widow 6 

Widow Gooding 9 

Widow Brick - 12 

Widow Coppinger 9 

Widow Abigail Tvler 9 

2 5 7 7 6 

Voted, that M r . Hamlin be directed to sell one of the Bulls for 
the most it would fetch & appropriate the Moneys arising from the 
same to the maintenance of the other Bulls 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Committee to call upon Justice 
Crafts & to enquire respecting the Moneys that are due from sun- 
dry Persons keeping Cows whom he was directed to sue 

[91.] M rs . Mary Doughlass approbated for a License to sell 
spirituous Liquors 

M r . Andrews & M r . Walley a Committee to to enquire as to the 
Assizes 

M r . Pope is to make the necessary Amendments or alterations 
in the old Brick Clock as he shall think proper, not to exceed the 
Expence of 5 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 8. 1787 

Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr,' Tyler, Walley, Sever, Andrews, 

M r . Craigue & M r . Barker two of the Chimney Sweepers charged 



38 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

with taking illegal Fees, appeared according to order & refusing 
to comply with sweeping at the stipulated prices, they were dis- 
missed & forbid to sweep any Chimnies in this Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 12. 1787 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Walley, Bordman, 
Seaver, Price Browne 

Licensed one Juba Andrew, a Blackman, living near the Loan- 
Office in Greens Lane to sweep Chimnies in The Town, and gave 
him a Sweepers Badge N. 2 

[92.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 14. 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Browne 
Walley Sever Boardman 

John Dobson appointed an Inspector of Barrel pickled Fish, 
Pork & Beef and took the Oath of Office which wasadministred 
to him by M r . Justice Price 

Michael Mellony appointed a Chimney Sweeper and a Sweepers 
Badge N. 6. was delivered him he lives in Greens Lane 

M r . Kilby Jones ; Bondsmen see Novem r . 8 th . last when he pro- 
posed them approved of by the Selectmen 

Cap'. Gustavus Fellows is permitted to build an Abutment on a 
Street near his House and the Estate of Zachariah Johonnot Esq. 
deceased if it cost not more than twenty-five pounds 

Passed upon Samuel Laha State Account amounting as p Copy 
on file to 90-6 -8 

Jurors drawn and entred & posted up in the Jury Books 

M r . Craigue & Barker the two Chimney Sweepers from whom 
their Badges as Sweepers were taken by the Selectmen ; having 
given satisfaction to the Board their Badges were returned them 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 21. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Andrews, 

M r . Sheriff Henderson M r . Price consenting has liberty to erect 
a Gallows at the lower part of the Common for the execution of 
one Shean 

[93.] On the application of M r . Winthrop a Fire Ward he is 
permitted by the Selectmen to give the necessary repairs to the 
Town House Engine which is greatly out of Repair 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26 th . 1787 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Brown, Tyler, Andrews, 
Bordman Seaver. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ 6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . ditto Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 300 

a 4 d . ditto not above ^ Indian Meal must weigh 4 00 

Biskets of 3 Copper price must weigh - 14 4 



SELECTMEX'S MINUTES, ITS 7. 39 

Appear'd Cap'. John Du Heaume from Newfoundland, S'. 
Johns, who brought 38 Passengers from thence, requird of him to 
give Bond that they Shall not become a charge to the Publick 
Directed that he atten'd next We'nsday vf ih his Owner M r . Ren e 
to give Bond accordingly 

Mem . His giving Bonds was dispensed with 

On the application of M r . Molineaux & M r . Dodge that the}- 
might be appointed Auclitioneers it was Voted, that the number 
of Auctioneers agreed upon by the Selectmen should not be 
enlarged 

An order given Cap 1 . Partridge to receive into the Alms house 
to be supported at the charge of the Commonwealth one Margaret 
Leigh a Forreigner who had not wherewithall to support herself 
Order signed by two of the Selectmen viz 1 . M r . Scollay & M r . 
Andrews 

Also one a Forreigner Order signed by M r . Andrews & 

Deacon Boardinan 

[94.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 
[28] 1787 Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Walley, Price, 
Scollay, Andrews Brown, Boardman 

Mary Hall approved of to retail Spirituous Liquors at her Shop 
in Water Street & recommended in the usual form 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Ordered that the Town Clerk issue a War 1 , to Warn a Meeting 
of the Inhabitants on Fryday the 7 th . of Decem r . next 

It is agreed with M r . VVinslow that the Rent of M r . Cheneys 
School House, be lower'd to 15 p Annum, said Rent to com- 
mence the 7 th . Instant 

The Printers of the Sentinel to have the printing of the Notifi- 
cations for the ensuing Town Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec*. 6. 1787 Present 
Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Andrews, Tyler, Boardman Sever, Walle}-, 

M r . Ray having relinquished his prior right of the Town Store 
on the Dock & M r . Green having delivered up the Key the 
Selectmen have let said Store to M r . Samuel Austin, he paying 
therefor a Rent thirty pounds lawful Money p Annum at four 
quarterly payments sent Treasurer 

A Boy of the name of Cartwright approbated as a Sweeper of 
Chimnies, under Barker & a Badge delivered him N. 8 

Peter Vanderbush approved as a Chimney Sweeper, and a Badge 
N. 7, delivered him. 

[95.] M. Elizabeth Whittemore approved of as a Retailer 
of Spirituous Liquors at her Shop in Ship Street 

M r . Walley & M r . Boardinan a Committee to view the Ground 
before D r . Saxons Shop, & Report whether a Scale may be erected 
without Passengers being incommoded 

Col. Crafts to have liberty to make use of the Selectmens 
Chamber the 15 th . Ins*. Afternoon for the holding a Court, for 
reasons given in his Petition 



40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Brown & M r . Sever a Committee to wait on M r . Clarke & 
ask him to open the ensuing Town Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Archibald M c Neil is to pay 21 per Annum as Ground 
Rent for the Buildings on Fort Hill Rent to commence the 1 st . 
Day of May 1784 sent to Treasurer 

M r . Sever having received of M r ". Brookers Donation April 13 
3 12 6 last the same was was distributed as follows 
Viz'. 

To the Widow Susannah Stevens = 12 8 
Widow Welch 6 8 

Widow Ayres 6 8 

Widow Ann Scott 6 

Widow Steward 6 

Widow Sever 6 

Widow Grice 8 6 

2 12 6 

M r . Nazro is directed to require the attendance of the Inspectors 
of the Police next Wednesday 

M r . Ballard hay weigher is allowed an account of Hay weighed 
at Charlest'n in 1786. Forty Shilling sent Treasurer 

[96.] Liberty granted to Thomas Osborne to open a Drain 
from his House in Prince Street, conditioned that the Ground & 
Pavement be made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen Lib- 
erty was given by M r . Scollay & M r . Dorr two of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decern 1 . 12 th . 1787 
Present Mess": Scollay, Sever, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews W alley, 
Price 

M r . Scollaj- & M r . Price a Committee to view the Repairs made 
by Cap 1 . Bradley at the Town House Cellar 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 13. 1787 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Sever, Tyler, Boardinan, Walley, 

A Committee from the Fire Wards appeared, & Represented the 
bad state of several of the Fire Engines of the Town, and recom- 
mended the purchasing of a new Engine & the one which they 
supposed M r . Daniel Sergeant had to dispose of 

M r . Dorr having received of Brookers Donation the 10 th . of 
October last 25 the same was distributed as follows Viz'. 
To Susannah Pike 12 

To Widow Sarah Usher 6 

To Widow Ann Coppinger 7 2 

To Widow Lydia Dannels 6 

To Widow Abigail Tyler 6 3 d 

To Widow Mary Jackson 7 6 

2. 5. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 19 th . 1787 
Present Mess" : Sever, Scollay, Dorr, Andrews Tyler Boardman 
Walley 

Cap'. Gushing of Engine N. 7. applys for the Premium allowed 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 41 

by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the Fire 
which late broke out at the House of the Lieu 1 . Governor 

Voted, that he have a Draught for the [97.] same next 
Draught Day drawn for 

Cap'. Andrew Gardner approved of as a suitable Person to re- 
tail Spirituous Liquors at the House in Hanover House [st'c] to 
which he has removed to since he was burnt out at the late Fire 

Charles Smith living near Wentworths Wharff Licensed as a 
Chimney Sweeper, and a Badge N. 9. was delivered him 

The Town Clerk directed to inclose to the several Schoolmasters, 
the heads of se'veral By Laws, which they are requested by the 
Selectmen to read to their Scholars, that they may be cautioned 
against doing things which will expose their Parents & Masters if 
not themselves to pains & penalties 

M r . Andrews & M r . Walley a Committee to wait on D r . Bulfinch 
and know of him whether he expects Rent for the Watch House 
& Engine House on his Lands 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 26. 1787 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Scollay, Price, Dorr, Andrews, Sever, Tyler, 
Browne 

Cap 1 . James of Engine N. 16. applies for two Premiums for 
bringing his Engine to work on the Fire which broke out at Sugar 
House in Back Street & M r . Rumleys at Middle Street Voted, 
that he have a draught for the same drawn for 

Ten Petit Jurors drawn by the Town Clerk and entered in the 
Jury Books 

The Town Clerk directed to acquaint M r . MNiell that they 
agree to his proposals relative to a Building on Fort Hill as stated 
in his Letter of this date on file, depending upon a punctual per- 
formance of the same Letter sent 

[98.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 31. 
1787 Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews Seaver, 
Boardman 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto | Wheat Rye Meal, must weigh 3 - 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian must weigh 4 - 

Biskets of 3 Copper price must weigh 14 4 

The Rent of the Town house Cellar improved by David Bradley 
is set at 17. p Annum to commence the 1 st . of October 1785 

sent p M r . Nazro 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 2 d . 1788 A : M : 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever Boardman, Price, 
Andrews, Walley, 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Cap'. Robert Gushing of the Ship Nonpariel who arrived on the 
Yesterday from London, but last from Cowes, in 27 Day passage 
attended, and was closely examined as p r particulars on file 
whereupon Cap'. Gushing was directed to fall down to Rainsfords 
Island, and Orders given Cap'. Laha the Keeper of the Hospital, 
to make further enquiry & examination and then to come up, when 
the Selectmen will give further directions, concerning said Ship 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 2 d . 1 788 Present 
Mess" : Scolla} 7 , Seaver, Dorr, Wallcy, Tyler, Andrews, 

M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler, appointed to view the North Batter}-, and 
employ such Persons as they think proper, to preserve the Towns 
Interest in danger of being wasted or destroyed & to Collect the 
Wharfage & account for the same 

[99. J M r . Nazro is directed to call upon M r . Thayer a late 
Measurer of Wood, for the Scale for measuring, and deliver the 
same to M r . May, since appointed a Measurer 

shown M r . Nazro 

M r . Nazro is directed to desire M r . Vinals attendance at the 
Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday Afternoon 

gave M r . Nazro 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 3 d . 1788 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollay, Andrews. Boardman, Walley Price 

Upon a Report of Cap'. Laha respecting the state of the Ship 
Nonpariel directed that he begin to Morrow to smoke & air the 
hold & between Decks of said Ship together with such of her 
Cargo that he may suppose to be liable to infection & to continue 
it for four Days successively, & in case any of the passengers or 
Saylers should be dismissed from said Ship he is to be exceedingly 
careful to see that their Clothing & Baggage as well as themselves 
be thoroughly cleaned & smoked before they be suffered to depart 
of all which he is to make Report to the Selectmen & receive their 
further orders 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 8. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, 

Cap'. Laha Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford Island attended 
& Reports that he has fully complyed with the Orders of the Se- 
lectmen in smoaking & cleansing Cap'. Cushings Ship for four 
Days successively, and also this Day in addition to his Orders, 
and that in his Opinion said Ship may be permitted to come up 
to Town without danger to the Inhabitants as to Small Pox 

Having considered the Report of Cap . Laha respecting the 
cleansing airing & smoking of said Ship who gives it [1OO.] as 
his Opinion that said Ship is entirely free from any Infection, and 
that she may com up to Town with the utmost safety to the In- 
habitants in regard to any Infection remaining on Board where- 
upon Cap'. Laha was directed to permit the said Ship Nonpariel to 
come up into the Harbour and to Anchor off the Long Wharfe, in 
the Stream, when D r . Jarvis together with D r . Appleton will visit 
her And if they Judge expedient are to direct another smoaking, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 43 

or an}* other measure they may think necessary & make Report to 
the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 9. 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Andrews, Board- 
man, 

The Selectmen this Day certified that Ann Coppinger was 
the Mother of Stephen Coppinger, deceased, late Quarter Master, 
Sergeant in Col. Voses Regiment, and that in their Opinion the 
said Ann Coppinger is the proper Person to receive what may be 
due to the said Stephen, for his Wages 

M r . Nazro is directed to require M r . Newmans attendance at 
the Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday, as also his own Wife 

(acquainted Mm) 

Mem , returned M r . Tuckermans Deed by M r . Nazro 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 16. 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Andrews, Boardman, Seaver, 

A Letter wrote Cap 1 . Laha, permitting him to give the Ship 
Nonpariel a safe situation off the Long Wharff the outside of the 
other shipping, the Season being very tempestuous, and large 
Bodys of Ice floating in the Harbour 

[1O1.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 23 d . 
1788 Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Price, Sever, Boardman, 
Andrews, 

Jurymen elected & drawn, and entred in the Jury Books 

M r . Vinal attended, and the Selectmen will consider the matter 
he was acquainted with next Wednesday 

The Committee Appointed June 6. Reported that the Rent 
of the Labratory to be twenty pounds p Annum to commence 
the next Quarter after the said 6 th . June sent M r . Boyer 

The Comm 06 . on North Battery Report That they have 
agreed with M r . John Lambert that in case he takes care of 
the North Battery so called by endeavouring to prevent the 
Timber & Stones being stolen & Collect the Money arising for 
Wharfage & account with the Treasurer for the same, that he 
shall be allowed therefor thirty-six Shillings p Annum which 
Report was accepted by the Selectmen sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 28. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 
p Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charge Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Biick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 3 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 4 

Biskets of three Coppers price must weigh 14 4 

Passed upon Accounts 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[1O2.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 30 
1788 Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Boardman, 
Sever, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Nazro is directed to require the attendance of M r . Newman 
& his Wife at the Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday 

M r . Nazro inform'd 

The Selectmen having been appointed by the Town to consider 
of a proper allowance to the Constables for services performed 
have agreed upon the following rates Viz'. 

For Warning Town Meetings each Ward 2/ p W 

For attending Town Meetings 2 to attend 3/ p Day 

For carrying Persons out of Town into Rox -- for each 

bury & Charlestown with charges 3 

For attending Town Meetings on Oration Days 3/ p Day 
For warning Town Officers to be sworn 3 d . each Man 

For attending Overseers & Selectmen in Visiting 

Wards 3/'p Day 

For any Extra services, to be allowed in proportion sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 6. 1788 
Present Mess-: Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Seaver, Price, 

Timothy Pease Jun r . having been chosen Master of Engine 
N.,5. in the room of John Holland was approved of by the Select- 
men 

An Order giv,en to M*., Partridge to receive one Adam an aged 
Negro into the Alms house 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 13 th . 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Boardman, Walley, Sever, Dorr, Tyler, 

[1O3.] The Selectmen have agreed to have the following 
Articles inserted in the Warrant for next March Meeting 
Vi'z 1 . 

" Whether the Town will make any alteration in the Moderator & 
Selectmens Seat in Faneuil Hall." " Whether the Town will take 
measures relative to the Signs projecting so far into the Streets " 
see blue Minute Book also an Article relative to the Names 
of some Streets 

M r . Boardman appointed in the room of M r . Andrews, with 
M r . Walley before appointed, to see D r . Bulfinch, & enquire of 
him respect 8 , the Watchhouse & e . 

Cap'. Tyler & M r . Andrews a Committee to enquire of Cap 1 . 
Brown whether the Engine House shall remain on his Land free 
of Rent as M rs . Rowe will permit it to be placed on her Land in 
case M r . Brown declines it 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 20. 1788 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Tyler, Scollay, Sever, Boardman, Walley, 

M r . Scollay having received of M rs . Brookers Donation June 8 th . 
2-16-1 & October 16 th . 2-2 the same was distributed 
as follows Viz'. 



M rs . 


Dyke 


M r . 


Brightman 


M rs . 


Reed 


M". 


Geyer 


M rs . 


Francis 


M rs . 


Delaplace 


M re . 


Francis 


M rs . 


Brightman 


M rs . 


Lowell 


M rs . 


Usher 


M r8 . 


Reed 


M rs . 


Delaplace 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 45 

12 

12 

12 

*~ Jl ~~"^ 

6 

21 
2 16 l d 

6 

6 
12 

6 

6 
g 

2 2 

M r . Robert Partridge approved of by the Selectmen as [1O4.] An 
Engine Man for Cap 1 . Daniel Lilley who has left said Engine 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 25. 1788 Present 
Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Sever, Boardman, Price, Tyler, Brown, 

M r . Sever having received of M rs . Brookers Donation October 
10 th . 1787 1 19 the same was distributed as follows Viz 4 . 
Widow Susannah Stevens 8 2 

Widow Eayers 8 2 

M rs . Molly Rice 6 - 

M". Benjamin Clark 6 - 

Widow Steward 6 - 

Widow Barker 4 8 

1 19 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ 6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb 07. dr 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 300 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 400 

Biskets of three Coppers price 14 4 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 28. 1788 

Present Mess rs : Dorr, Scollay, Price, Boardman, Tyler, Sever, 

Walley, 

M*. Thomas Walley having received of M rs . Brookers Donation 

2 12 6 on the 13 th . of April 1787 the same was distributed 

as follows Viz 1 . - 

M rs . Delaplace, (Widow) 12 - 

M r9 . Phillips aged & sick 6 - 

Widow Perkins 6 

M rs . Jackson, aged & sick 6 

M. Hide sick & poor - 6 - 

Widow Perkins 6 - 

M. Butler aged & sick - 6 - 

M. Delaplace (Widow) 4 6 

212 6 



46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[1O5.] M r . Walley having received of M rs . Brookers Donation 
the 8 th . of June last 2 10 the same was distributed as fol- 
ows Viz'. 

To M rs . Soper -- 6 

To M. Jackson 3 

B. Nichols poor 3 

M". Delaplace (Widow) 18 

M rs . Hyde 8 

M rs . Jackson 6 

M. Perkins - 6 - 

2 10 

Deacon Bordman having received of M rs . Brookers Donation at 
three several times Viz*. 1787 April 13 th . 2-12 June 
8 2-6-8 October 10. l-17-2 d . making in the whole 6 
-15 10 d the same was distributed to the following Persons 
Viz 1 . 

To M rs . Ridgway at 3 times 1 11 6 
M". Scott 6 8 

M rs . Low 17 

M rs . Uran at 3 times 18 

M rs . Ross at 3 times 13 

M rs . Brown 13 4 

M r9 . Pain 12 

M. Glover at twice 10 - 

M". Hopkins 10 8 

_7_12 2 d . 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 29 th . 1788 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Sever, Boardman 
Price, 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting the 10 th . of March Ins'. 10. OClock A : M : for the choice 
of Town Officers 

Mess rs : Fleets to have the printing of the Notifications 

for the ensuing Town Meeting 

M r . Walley & M r . Peirce a Committee to wait on the Rev d . 
M r . Belknap and request his opening the Town Meeting with 
Prayer 

On the Request of a number of the Inhabitants of the S. part of 
the Town that a new School may be established for the accommo- 
dation of the Youth there agreed that an Article be inserted 
therefor in the Warrant for March Meeting 

[1O6.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 
1788 Present Mess rs : Dorr, Price, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, 
Walley, 

The Town Clerk directed to make additions to the Warrant for 
Town Meeting, & the same having been made and read it was 
then sent to the Constables, who are to be informed that their pay 
for the trouble of Warning, will depend upon their care & faith- . 
fulness therein 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 47 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5 1788 
Present Mess" : Sever, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman Scollay, Price, 

M r . Price having received of M r3 . Brookers Donation Octo r . 10 : 
& 171787 18 9 & 18 in y e . whole 26 9 
the same was distributed as follows Viz'. 

To y e . Widow Susanna Stevens 18 8 

Widow Foster 60 

Widow Rouse 6 

Widow Thorp 3 

Widow Rouse 6 8 

Widow Brown 6 8 

.po 7 

~"~ ~ "^^ 4 ~~ 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 12. 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Andrews, Walley, 
Sever, 

The Selectmen agreably to a Vote of the Town passed the 10 th . 
Instant, have for the accommodation of the Youth of the South 
part of the Town, agreed with M r . Eben r . Dorr as a Committee 
from the Proprietors to hire said Proprietors School at the South 
End, at the rate of Twelve Pounds p Annum for the present 
a Schoolmaster hereafter to be appointed 

The Committee to confer witli D r . Bulfinch relative to his Land 
on which stands an Engine & Watch House Reported & the same 
was accepted & ordered to be entered on the Town Records of 
Deeds & c . 

[1O7.] Martin Perkins appointed one of the Chimney 
Sweepers for this Town, and a Badge N. 10. was delivered him 
by the Selectmen, he resides in Frog Lane 

M r . Brown appointed to examine the Accounts of Cap*. 
Samuel Partridge Keeper of the Alms house so far as relates to 
the State Poor 

M r . Elisha Ticknor is appointed by the Selectmen Master of the 
Writing School in Pleasant Street this Day hired of the Pro- 
prietors of said School, he having applied to them for that pur- 
pose he was acquainted, that the Selectmen would give Notice 
when he was to be inducted as Master of a public School 
agreably to a late Vote of the Town 

The Business enjoin'd the Selectmen at the late Meeting, was 
laid before the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 14. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Sever, Boardman, Dorr, Walley, Price,, 
Browne 

William Ruggles approbated as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 
at his House in Marlborough Street 

Oaths admiuistred by the Town Clerk to sundry Town Officers 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 19. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Boardman, Dorr, Walley, Price, 

Cap'. Tim . Pease of Engine N. 5. applies for the Premium 



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
late Fire at M r . Davis's House 

which was granted by the Selectmen drawn for ' 

M r . Dorr & M r . Andrews a Committee to examine the By Laws 
& Report what alterations or additions they think proper to Re- 
port the same to the Selectmen in order if they are approved to be 
laid before the Comm c . of Revision 

[1O8.] It is the direction of the Selectmen, that the Officers 
of the Police, Visit frequently, their several Wards, in order to 
discover the Strangers that come into Town, & if they are not satis- 
fied with the Account they give of themselves to order them to 
depart the Town immediately, to prevent their being sent out by 
a Constable and that they Report their doings to the Selectmen 
as on other matters sent p M r . Nazro 

Agreed to consider the Warrant for the Meeting in April next 
Wednesday next & M r . Nazro is to warn the Inspectors of the 
Police to attend at the Chamber next Wednesday 
M r . Newmans affair to be taken up next Wednesday 
Voted, that Rev d . M r . Wights Bell be rung at the Expence of 
the Town at the Hours of 11 1 & 9 in the Evening 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 24. 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Sever, Brown, Tyler, Boardman 

Met the Justices & Overseers of the Poor when a walk or Visi- 
tation of the Town was agreed upon 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26. 1788 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Boardman, Thwing, Sever, Scollay, Walley, 
Andrews, Brown Price 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on the 1 st . Monday of April next being the 7 th . Day of 
said Month, for the choice of Governor & c . 

M r . Andrews & M r . Sever a Committee to wait on the Rev d . 
M r . Parker & to request his opening the Meeting with Prayer 

[1O9.] M r . Russell Printer to have the printing the Notifi- 
cations for said Meeting provided he print the Assizes in his 
Papers 

Three Petit Jurors to be drawn out of the Superior Box 

M r . Newman Constable of the Watch at New Boston & one of 
the Funeral Undertakers, attended when he was acquainted by 
the Selectmen, that they should suspend for one month, their act- 
ing upon any complaints which have been laid before them rela- 
tive to his Character & in which time he is upon his good 
behavior 

That the Butchers improving Stalls on the Market floor pay at 
the rate of Twelve pounds p Annum for all the double Stalls 
except N os , 2 & 10 N. 13 & 21 which are to be at the rate of 
Eight pounds p Annum the Rent for which rates are to Com- 
mence the 1 st . Instant 

and the Treasurer is likewise directed to make out a bill to 
M r . Ingerfield for two years Rent of the Stalls he now improves 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 49 

at the North East End of the Market floor at the rate of five 
pounds p r . Annum & to Continue such rent so long as he may 
improve the same upon further Consideration the two double 
Stalls N. 2 & 10 N. 13 & 21 are afflx'd at Six pounds p Annum. 

sent Treasurer 

Peter Spring approved of as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors at 
his House in Purchase Street 

On a Petition of a number of the Inhabitants for a new Street 
to enter into Sudbury Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Sever, Dorr, 

The State of the several Wards as taken by the Visiters of those 
Wards, were returned to the Selectmen, and said Returns with the 
other Papers, placed upon the Files of mix'd Papers for the present 
Year 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Sever, 
Boardman, Brown, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[HO.] Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
5/6 p Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz*. 

Ib. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . ditto f Wheat & Rye Meal must weigh 300 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 400 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh 4 12 

Biskets of 3 Copper price-allowed April 9 d. - 9 8 

The Selectmen have directed that what Gravel is necessary be 
laid on the Street by Governor Hancock's House M*. Price a Com- 
mittee to give the necessary directions therefor 

Cap 1 . Levering of Engine N. 8 applies for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on the Fire 
which lately broke out at Widow Cranes House in Pleasant 
Street drawn for 

M r . Nazro is directed to make Dayly entries of the Monies he 
receives of the Market People & to lay those Accounts before the 
Selectmen monthly shown Nazro 

M r . Dorr & M r . Walley a Committee to examine the Accounts 
of M r . Scollay, for writing & other services 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 2 d . 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Boardman, Walley, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Committee to provide a place for the North Engine House 
to be removed Reported, that Col. Procter & M r . Savage are 
willing that said Engine N. 1. should be placed on a vacant piece 
of Land near North Square free of charge the Land belonging 
formerly to Mulligan 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Upon the resignation of Cap 1 . Parke a Weigher of Onions ; and 
on the Application of Cap 1 . John Ballard, the said Ballard is 
appointed to the Office of a weigher of Onions in the Town of Bos- 
ton, and has been sworn to the faithful discharge of his trust 
as the Law directs 

[111.] The Selectmen have this Day, fixed the Rent of the 
Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market Viz'. And let them as here- 
under Viz 1 . 

Warner Stalls N. 1 & 11 12 p Annum 

Faxon 2 & 10 6 p d. 

Saunders 3& 9 12 p do. 

Dueck 4 & 8 12 p d. 

Wilson 5 & 7 12 p d. 

Ingerfield 6 5 p d. 

Wheaton 12. 13 } 

Wheaton 21-. 22 j 

Warner 14 & 20 12 p d. 

Baldwin 15 & 19 12 pd. 

Fuller 16.17.18 I7_ p d. 

Molly Cutler of Medford, Nurse to Robert Jones a Child four- 
teen Months old, Son to Robert Jones a Stranger attended 
when it was agreed by the Selectmen, with said Molly to take 
good care of the Child free of all other Expence at four Shillings 
p Week at the charge of the Commonwealth 

The Vote relative to the back Rent, M r . Ingerfield was to pay 
for Stall N. 6. in the Market House is reconsidered, and his Rent 
is now to stand at 5 p Annum, and to commence at the first 
of March last Treasurer iuform'd 

Cap'. Samuel Ballard having offered One hundred thirty three 
Pounds p Annum for the Hay Engine, which is Ihe highest Sum 
that has been offered by any Person the Selectmen suppose ca- 
pable of the business, the Selectmen have appointed him Hay 
Weigher on the above Rent to commence at the expiration of the 
last term the Conditions the same as the last Year 

sent p Nazro 

The Selectmen have appointed, Tuesday next in the Forenoon 
for Inducting M r . Ticknor in the Master of the South Writing 
School 

[112.] The Assessors were informed in Writing that it is the 
wish of the Selectmen that the Assessors would decline acting 
upon or assessing the Tax that may be handed to them by the 
State Treasurer, uutill the Town Tax is determined upon next 
month 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 9. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Price, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, 
Walley, 

On the Yesterday, the Selectmen proceeded to the Town School 
at the South part of Boston ; and Inducted Elisha Ticknor as 
Master of said School 

Joab Hunt of Engine N. 2, having applied to the Selectmen for 
the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to 



SELECTMEN'S MIJS T UTES, 1788. 51 

work first at the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Hammonds ? in 
Back Street 

Voted, that he have a draught for 28/ the next Draught Day 

drawn for 

M r . Scollay having received of M r . John Sweetser being part of 
Brookers Donation 4 the same was given to the several 
Selectmen to be them distributed according to the Will of the 
Doner Viz 1 . 

s d 

M r . Dorr 13 4 see July 14 

Capt. Tyler 0134 see July 30 - 

M r . Andrews 13 4 see Septem r . 24 

M r . Bowman 12 see Fet/. 4, 17.89 

M r . Sever 12 see June 4 th . 

M r . Price 10 

M r . Scollay -6 gave M r . Francis 



4 

It is agreed with M r . Hamlin Hayward, to procure two good 
Bulls in addition to the one he now has, at his own charge and to 
keep them well & free of any Expence to the Town and public 
Information is to be given the Inhabitants, that their respective 
Cows may be served by said Bull, at a Dollar for each Cow, & if 
it proves inefectual, they are to be again served, without any addi- 
tional Charge 

[113.] The Order relative to Biskets is so far reconsidered 
as that two Copper Biskets, are permitted to be offered for Sale 
the weight of which must be 9 Z $' 

M r . Scollay & M r . Andrews a Committee to confer with M r . 
Austin an Overseer relative to M rs . Smith & her Children 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 16 th . 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Boavdman, Sever, Walley, Brown, 
Price, Tyler, Andrews, 

On the 11 th . of April Ins'. Cap 1 . Laha informed of the arrival 
of the Schooner Betsy from Guadaloupe David Bray Master be- 
longing to Boston, who had a Man died on board with the Small 
Pox the Night of the 9 th . Ins 1 . & buried the 10 th . at Rainsfords 
Island, her Cargo consisting principally of Molasses with some 
Sugar but no Cotton or other Articles liable to retain Infection 
Cap 1 . Laha had proceeded to the cleaning of her & gave it as his 
Opinion that she might come to Town with safety the 13 th . and 
as the leakiness of his Boat made it inconvenient for him to come 
up to Town again upon business, he obtained leave to dismiss the 
Schooner on Sunday unless information should turn up that might 
make it necessary to detain her longer. 

The Committee for removing the North Square Engine House 
Reported, that it is incapable of being removed, whereupon, they 
are desired by the Selectmen to agree with some suitable 
Person, for the building a new one M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler the 
Committee 

M r . Dorr & M r . Walley a Committee to subscribe for one or 



52 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

two sets of the Laws of this Commonwealth now reprinting by 
Adams & Nourse 

M r . Seaver appointed in the room of M r . Brown for for examin- 
ing the Accompts of Cap*. Samuel Partridge the Keeper of the Alms 
house 

M r . Scollay, M r . Walley, & Deacon Boardman a Committee to 
view Battery March & also the Well on top of Forthill & Report 
thereon next Wednesday 

[114.] A Certificate was given Abigail Clap late Abigail 
Grant & Wife to Patrick Grant a late Soldier in the three months 
service, in 1781 of William Birds Comr/. in Col. Webbs Regi- 
ment ; that from the best information they could obtain, she is the 
proper Person in their Opinion to receive what wages may be due 
to the said Patrick while in the service, Certificate from Cap 1 . 
Bird on file 

M r . Price & M r . Walley a Committee to take the Opinion of M r . 
Sullivan & M r . Mason, whether the Selectmen can legally dispose 
of the Land lately recovered of M r . Cunningham near the Green 
Dragon provided any part of it is high way and if they are of 
opinion that it may be done, then that the Selectmen proceed in 
the Sale thereof agreably to the late Vote of the Town 

M r . Dinsdale & Cap'. Downe have liberty to improve the head 
of the Towns Slip that lyes between them provided they build up 
the head & keep the Water Course clear if one should decline, 
the other may have the whole privilege 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d . 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay Dorr, Price, Walley, Tyler, Boardman, 
Andrews, Sever, 

M r . Scollay having received of Jededia Leithe Eight Dollars of 
M. Brooker Donation the same was distributed as follows 
Viz'. 

8 d 

M r . Dorr 6/ see July 14 th . 

Cap 1 . Tyler 060 30 th . 

M r . Sever 6 see June 4. 

M r . Walley 18 see Feb?. 18 th . 

M r . Scollay 12 gave M rs . Dyke 6/ 

M rs . Usher 6/ 

M r . Price having received ot M rs . Brookers Donation April 9. 
Ins*. 10/ gave the same as follows viz'. 
To the Widow M c Elroy 3/ 

Widow Rouse 4/ 

Widow Lee 3/ 

c in 

A* - - JL \J 

[115.] The Selectmen have agreed, that next Tuesday 4 
OClock P: M: be assigned to repair to the bottom of Sudbury 
Street leading separate Lane, to consider the expediency of laying 
out a Street, agreably to the Petition of a number of the Inhabi- 
tants therefor 

The Town Clerk is directed to make out a List of the licensed 
Auchtioneers, and mark against such as have given Bond, and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 53 

deliver the same together with their Bonds to the State Treasurer ; 
and make a Record of the same in his Books 

Boston Ss : A.t a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Price, Andrews, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set atWheat at 5/ 6 p Bushel 
and that I2 d . p Bnshel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz- d 

a 4' 1 . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 300 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh 400 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh 4 12 

Biskets of two Copper price, must weigh 9 8 

The following is a true Copy of what has been handed in to the 
State Treasurer the 24 th . of April Instant Viz'. 

[116.] List of the Licensed Auchtioueers for 1787 

Edward Procter Esq. Bond delivered the Treasurer 

Lewis Hoy t ditto 

John Badger d. 

Thomas Kilbey Jones d. 

liussel & Clap d. 

John Symms d 

Peter Green d. 

John Kneeland has not given Bond 

Joshua Eaton d. 

William Greanleaff Esq. d. 

John Jutau d. 

Elias Park man d. 

Cap 1 . Tyler & M rs . Dorr, having waited on M rs . Lobb agreably to 
their appointment, Report viz 1 . That M. Lobb rather than the 
Watch house hired of her, should be removed consents that after 
July next, when the Year will be up the Rent should be Four 
Pounds p Annum 

M r . Benj a . Henderson having produced the several Treasurers 
Receits, State, County & Town Treasurers Reciets in full for 
the Moneys Committed to him to Collect of the Inhabitants of the 
Town for the Year 1786 the Town Clerk is directed to deliver 
up his Bond, for said Year & the same was delivered him ac- 
cordingly 

M r . John Harris approved of as a Watchman in Constable Tile- 
stons Watch in the room of William Sharp 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 th . 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Price, Boardman, Sever, 
Andrews, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Town Clerks Accompt of the Moneys received for Whale 
& Auchtioueers Certificates, & c . is on the file of mixed Papers 

[117.] M r . Benjamin Loring appointed an Inspector of of 
Barrel 'd pickeld Fish Pork & Beef for the Port of Boston, being 



54 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

recommended to the Selectmen as a suitable Person for that trust 

and was sworn to the faithful discharge thereof by Ezekiel Price 
Esq. 

The Selectmen agree to give a Release of the Land mentioned 
in the Verdict of the Jury in the case against M rs . Bartlet on Con- 
dition that M r . Cunningham pay the Town Treasurer the Sum of 
two hundred pounds & produce the Treasurers Receipt of the 
same sent 

The Selectmen have made choice of Harry Gray Otis Esq. for 
the delivery of an Oration on the 4 th . of July next, agreably to a 
Vote of the Town, 

M r . Price & M r . Andrews a Committee to wait on Harry G. Otis 
Esq. for the purpose aforesaid 

From the Representation of a number of the respectable Inhab- 
itants. M rs . Elizabeth Finnecy was recommended to the Gentlemen 
Selectmen of Cambridge as a Person of sober behavior, suitably 
qualified and provided for the exercise of the employment of a 
Taverner or Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 1788 Present 
Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, Sever, 

Town Clerk to issue a Warrant for a Town Meeting for the 
choice of Representatives & c . on Tuesday the 13 th . Day of May 
Ins 1 . 10. OClock Forenoon 

M r . Tyler, & M r . Dorr a Committee to wait on Rev d . M r . Mon- 
tague and desire him to open the Town Meeting with Prayer 

he being out of Town M r . Geyer, officiated in his room 
Mess rs . Adams & Nourse to have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions for the ensuing Meeting 

M r . Elkanah Hawkes approved of by the Selectmen for the 
keeping a school in this Town for the Instruction of Youth in 
Writing & c . 

sent 

[118.] M r . Nazro directed to call upon Constable Smith to 
attend with one other Constable, at the ensuing Town meeting 

sent p Nazro 

The selectmen have agreed if approved of by the Selectmen of 
Roxbury, to attend at said Town on Tuesday the 20 th of May 
Ins 1 . 1 1 oclock A :M : in order to proceed agreably to a late Law, 
ascertaining the Boundary Line betwixt the Towns of Boston & 
Roxbury and the Town Clerk is directed to acquaint the Gen- 
tlemen Selectmen of Roxbury, with this proposal 

Letter sent 

The Officers of the Police are directed to make a Weekly return 
to the Selectmen of the names of all the Strangers & c . that come 
into this Town by Water 

sent p Nazro 

Master Vinal acquaints the Selectmen that his Son resign'd as 
Usher of the South Writing School, the first of May Ins 1 . and 
proposed Dudley Walker as a suitable Person to succeed him 

M r . Sever appointed anew to the care of the Rails & Fences on 
the Towns Land near the Common 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 55 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 14. 1788 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Scollay, Dorr, Price, Boardman, Sever, 

From the representation of Cap'. Laha respecting the Sloop 
Friendship Cap'. Cornelius Fellows from Charlestown S. Carolina 
which had two Men & a Boy on board with the Small Pox, it 
appears, that he had thoroughly cleansed & smoked said Vessel so 
as that she might come up to Town with safety the sick Persons 
with all their Clothing & c . having been taken out Cap'. Laha was 
directed to permit said Vessel to come up to Town accordingly 
taking special care that the Infectious Persons be not permitted to 
leave the Island, untill they were well & thoroughly cleansed 

Voted, that the Shop now improved by M r . Morse be reduced 
in the Rent to thirty two pounds p Annum said Rate commence 
from the 1 st . April last 

[11.9.] That the Store or Shop now improved by William 
Dawes and John Cooledge which heretofore was at 45 Rent be 
reduced to 40 said Dawes paying at the rate of 26-13-4 p 
Annum for the part he improves & Cooledge 13-6-8 for the 
front part of said Shop, now occupied by him sent p M r .Nazro 

Adam Truman, approved by the Selectmen as a suitable Person 
for a retailer of Spirituous Liquors at his Shop in Middle Street 
near Beer Lane Certificate drawn 

M r . Dudley Walker attended, and was approved of by the 
Selectmen as an Usher for Master Viuals Writing School 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20 th . 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, 
Seaver 

Agreable to the proposals made the Selectmen of Roxbury on 
the 7 th . of May Ins', to ascertain the Boundary Line betwixt the 
Towns of Boston & Roxbury, & agreably to a late Law for that 
purpose The Selectmen of this Town met the Selectmen of 
Roxbury, and after finishing their Business Agreed upon the fol- 
lowing Return Viz'. 

Pursuant to Agreement We the Subscribers met on this 
twentieth Day of May Anno Domini 1788 at the place appointed 
& run the Line & renewed the Bound Murks between the Towns 
of Boston & Roxbury as follows to wit 

Begining at the Mouth of the Creek which opens into the Bay 
leading to Cambridge, and as the Creek runs untill it comes in a 
range with the Fence & Trees between the Land now occupied by 
the Widow Susannah Davis formerly John Richardsons Esq. and 
the Land now belonging to the Heirs of Samuel Wells Esq. 
deceased, formerly M r . Minots, then across the Street or High 
Way untill it comes to a large Stone standing end ways in the 
Fence on the Easterly side of said Street or High Way, and from 
thence South 43 Degrees East to a large Stone standing end way 
in [12O.] the Ground about eighty Feet from the said Street or 
High Way marked B on the Easterly side and R on the Westerly 
side, and from thence the same course to a large Stone standing 
in .the Meadow, marked B on the Northwesterly side and R on 
the Southeasterly side from thence turning and running North 58 



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Degrees East by a strait Line untill it comes to a Stone affixed in 

Lambs Damn (so called) and from thence to the Creek, and as 

said Creek runs into the Bay between the towns of Boston and 

Dorchester) 

THOMAS CLARK } c el tmen of JOHN SCOLLAY ^ .. 

JAS : RUGGLES v R K HARBOTTLE DORR 

JOHN READ ) EZEK'. PRICE 

EDWARD TYLER 
JOHN ANDREWS |j , 

WILLIAM BOARDMAN ^ " 
EBENEZER SEAVER J 

Mem , the Original of the above is placed on the Files of mix'd 
Papers 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21 st . 1788 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, 
Seaver 

It being the Adjournment of May Meeting this Day, the busi- 
ness of the Town required the attendance of the Selectmen untill 
near the close of the Day 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26 th . 1788 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Andrews, Price, Seaver, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5 /e P 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 

a 4 d . Ditto not above A Indian Meal must weigh 
Bislcets of a Copper price must weigh 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 

[121.] Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Christopher Brazier & M r . Jonathan Kinney, pray that 
they may be employ'd as Pavers 

M r . Dorr & Cap 1 . Tyler, a Committee for the purpose of direct- 
ing as to the removing, rebuilding or repairing the Engine House 
standing near D r . Mathers Church to apeice of Land in Back Street 
owned by the Proprietors of M r . Geyers Church 

Voted, that M r . Homer repair the Pavement in Ann Street near 
Draw Bridge fifty Yards and no more 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4 th . 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Seaver, Boardman, 
Andrews, Price, 

The Town Clerk is directed to acquaint the Constables that it is 
the request & desire of the Selectmen, that they would walk on 
the Lords Day, taking with them some of the Inhabitants, in order 
to prevent the disorders that frequently happen on those Days the 
good effect of such exertions having been formerly experienced. 

sent 




SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 57 

It is agreed by the Selectmen that M r . Joshua Brackett have a 
Tomb iu the Common Burial Ground which is now caved in, & 
in a ruinous condition, he defraying the Expence of repairing the 
same Conditioned that when an Owner or Owners appear, he 
shall deliver up the said Tomb, he or they reimbursing him for 
the charge of said Repairs and any other Repairs that may be 
necessary sent 

M r - Constable Edmonds informs the Selectmen that agreable 
to a Vote of the Town lessening the Watch, he has dismissed M r . 
Silas Ramsdel one of his Company, and that no duty has been 
performed by him as a Watchman since the first of June Ins 1 . 

M r . Constable Newman of the new Boston Watch [122.] ac- 
quaints the Selectmen, that he has conformable to a late Order of 
the Town, dismissed M r . John Sinclair as a Watchman the first of 
June Ins'. 

Passed upon Cap*. Samuel Partridge Keeper of the Alms house 
his two Acc-ompts with the Commonwealth amounting to 2171 
19 & 111. 3. 3 d . as p Copies on file 

M r . Sever & M r . W alley a Committee to confer with M r . Mead, 
relative to the works carrying on, on the Neck for making Bricks 
& c . 

M r . Seaver having received of Brookers Donation on the 9 th . & 
22 d . of April last -18 the same was distributed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

The Widow Sterns 6 d 

Widow Steword 3 7 

Widow Barker 2 5 

Widow Scott 3 - 

M rs . Molly Rice - 3 - 18 - 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Seaver, 

Major Heath prays that he may be one of those who shall be 
employ 'd iu paving the public Streets 

M r . Tayler and Cap*. Cartwrighter, to each of whom have been 
lent Money part of M. Brookers Donation to poor Widows, have 
been informed by Letter that unless the whole Interest due from 
them is immediately paid their respective Mortgages will be put 
in suit without further delay 

Next Wednesday is assigned for taking into consideration the 
repairs of 'a number of Streets, agreable to a Vote of the Town 

[123.] M r . Ebenezer Barrel approved of as an Inholder in 
the House in Wing Lane lately kept as a Tavern by M r . James 
Welsh removed 

The Selectmen have agreed to visit Deer Island on Tuesday 
next being the 17 th . of June Ins 1 . 

M r . Sever a Committee to let the Pasture which was M r . Fosters 
M r . Andrews added to the Committee 

M r . Andrews & M r . Boardman a Committee to direct the Re- 
pairs of Street near Merchants Row also at the bottom of Wings 
Lane 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 14. 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews Boardman, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 17. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Seaver, Tyler, Andrews 
Walley 

Visited Deer Island in Company with a number of Gentlemen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 18. 1788 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollay Dorr, Price Tyler Brown, Andrews, Sever 
Boardman 

Peter Richardson approved of being Licensed as an Inholder at 
his House on the Neck where the George Tavern lately stood 

M r . Scollay having received of M r . Tayler part of the Interest 
due on M r9 . Brookers Donation amounting to 4-10 

The same was distributed to the following Selectmen to be dis- 
posed of to such Widows & c . as thev Judge proper Viz 4 . 
[124.] To M r . Dorr 1 10 see July 14 th . 

To M r . Brown 1 10 see Septem r . 10 th . 

To Deacon Boardman 1 10 see Feb y . 4 1789 

4 10 

M r . Brown having received out of M". Brookers Donation 
Viz 1 . 

April 13. 1787 2 126 

June 1787 210 

October 1787 14 

12 

6 18 6 

The same was distributed as follows Viz'. 
To M rs . Oulton, at different times 3-16-8 
M rs . Brown d. 1-11-4 

Widow Jenkins - 3-4 

Widow Dawes at several times - 18 - 
Widow Hussom - 9-0 

6- 18-4 

Cap 4 . Gushing of Engine N. 7 having resigned on account of 
Bodily Infirmities his charge as Master of said Engine M r . Ed- 
mund Ranger was appointed Master thereof in his stead being 
chosen by the said Company 

M r . Edward Tuckerman is to repair Castle Street at the S. part 
of the Town for which lie is to be allowed ten Dollars M r . 
Brown & M r . Sever a Committee to see that said Repairs' are made 
to their satisfaction 

M r . Andrews Joined with M r . Sever as a Committee relative to 
Fosters Pasture see June 11 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25 th . 1788 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Scollay, Tyler, [sic] Sever, Board- 
man, Andrews, 

M r . Nazro is directed to acquaint the several Sextons, that it is 
the direction of the Selectmen that the Bells of the Town shall not 
be rang on any public Occasion or Cause of Joy untill permission 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 59 

is first obtain'd [125.] from them therefor, and at no time to be- 
gin untill Six O Clock in y c . Morning or to continue ringing for 
more than two hours sent 

M r . Dorr & M r . Andrews & Deacon Boardman a Comm e to 
order repairs to the Engine House on the Mill Bridge 

Deacon Boardman & Cap'. Tyler a Committee to direct the 
removal of the Engine House from the Town Dock to the Draw 
Bridge 

M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Comm ee . to direct as to the White- 
washing of the North School Houses, if it shall appear to them 
necessary 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Dorr & M r . Walley a Committee to 
make enquiry with respect to the Reports, that but few Scholars 
attend M r . Davis School, for learning Lattin the others attending 
for learning reading only 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting the 4 th . of July next 9 O Clock A : M : the Day on which 
Independence was declared, Anno 1766 [sic] but no Notifica- 
tions are to be printed 

M r . Scollay appointed to assist the Clerk in the publishing the 
Names of the Streets, not before printed 

The Selectmen have agreed to attend the Visitation of the 
Schools on Wednesday the 9 th . Day of July next & the several 
Masters are to be informed thereof 

M r . Scollay having received of William Tayler of M". Brookers 
Donation thirty Shillings the same was distributed by M r . 
Scollay Viz'. 

To M". Brightman - 6 - 

M rs . Francis - 6 - 

M rs . Dyke - 6 - 

M". Usher - 6 - 

To M r8 . Mullens - 6 - 

1-10 

M r . Scollay Andrews & M r . Sever a Comm 06 . to prevent Beacon 
Hill being damaged by Gullies & c . 

[126.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
30 th . 1788 Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Price, 
Andrews, Brown Walley, 

Passed upon Accounts - 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5 / P Bushel 
and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat Rye Meal d . 300 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 400 

Biskets of a Coppers price must weigh 4 12 

Biskets of two Coppers price d. 9 8 
The Committee appointed by the Board to Report amendments 

of the By Laws & c . to be communicated to the Committee ap- 



60 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

pointed by the Town Reported ; which Report was transmitted 
to Col. Crafts, Chairman of the Towns Committee 

M r . Edward Weld as au Inspector of the Police to have for the 
last Year 30 deduct Fines he received 2 he to have a 
draft for 28 the balance 

Mr. Christopher Clark an Inspector to have 20 for last year. 

Thomas Beals approbated as an Inholder for his House on 
Dock Square 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1788 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Walley Sever, Price, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Committee to visit Master Davis's School Reported that 
upon enquiry & examination they found those Reports to be en- 
tirely groundless 

[127.] Having passed Cap 1 . Browns Account for Rent of 
Engine Cap 4 . Tyler Reports that he had agreed with Cap 1 . Brown, 
that no Rent shall be required for his Ground on which an Engine 
House stands, so long as an Engine remains thereon, from the 
time of said Settlement 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 14. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler & Andrews 

M r . John Baker acquaints the Selectmen^ that his Wife in his 
House at Prince Street has the Symptoms of the Small Pox ; 

At the request of the Selectmen D r . Danforth Doct r . Rand & 
D r . Kast visited the above nam'd M". Baker & are of the opinion 
that "it will be for the Safety of the Town to have the whole 
family cousist g . of her husband, Jn Baker, together with her & 
her Six Children remov'd to the Hospital at New Boston, as they 
are very apprehensive that her complaint is the Small Pox 

M r . Nazro directed to see them remov'd forthwith & provide 
them with such necessaries as they may Stand in immediate need 
of and call upon D r . Appleton to attend them. 

M r . Scollay, M r . Dorr, Capt. Tyler, & M r . Andrews a Com- 
mittee to enquire respecting the fee of a piece of land on which 
a shed was built by James Butler, Hatter, some years since in 
Prince Street, on the Corner leading to the Mills and whether it 
will be eligible to lease the same to Jonas Welsh who improves 
the Mills, on Condition that he continues or builds a stone convey- 
ance for y e . Water & preserves the same in good order, free from 
the nuisances at present subject to 

M r . Dorr & Capt. Tyler be a Committee to make such repairs 
to the Congress Engine N. 2 as may be necessary 

The Visitation of the Schools being attended to on the 9 th in- 
stant the Selectmen found them in good order, and were pleas'd 
with the performance exhibited by the Scholars 

M r . Dorr having received Brookers Donation the following 
Sums as entered April the 9 th Last, April 22 d & June 18 th Last 
Viz 1 ., 13/4 6/ & 30/ 2 - 9-4 

& April 28 Last 6 

2-15-4 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 61 

M r . Dorr Distributed the same as follows to Viz'. 
[128.] M r . Dorr Distributed of Mrs. Brookers Donation as 
follows to Viz*. 

To Susanah Pike 0-6-8 

To the Widow Abigail Tyler - 4 - 8 

To the Widow Ann Coppinger - 2 - 

0-13-4 

To Edward Ireland Poor & Sick -3-0 

To the Widow Pricilla White - 3 - 

0-6- 

To Susanna Pike a Sick Person - 6 - 

To the Widow Abigail Tyler - 6 - 

To the Widow Ann Coppinger - 6 - 

To the Widow Elizabeth Stephens - 6 - 

To Edward Ireland Poor & Sick - 3 - 

To the Widow Pricilla White - 3 - 

To Susannah Pike a Sick Person - 6 - 

1 - 10 



2-15-4 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1788 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollav, Dorr, Sever, Boardman, Tyler, Andrews 
Walley, 

M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Committee to order Repairs to the 
Pavements of some Streets at the North End of the Town 

Next Wednesday assigned to appoint 12 Scavengei'S in the 
meantime each Gentleman is requested to think of some suitable 
Persons for each Ward 

M r . Boardman '& M r . Sever a Committee to view the Passage 
Way or Dock leading between the Widow Pickman lately Blowers 
Wharff and the Glass Works formerly Roberts Estate, and Re- 
port what may be necessary to be done, respecting the Head 
Wall 

M r . Christoper Clark an' Inspector of the Police appeared and 
acquainted the Selectmen that he declined serving in that Office 
any longer, as the pay allowed is in his Opinion insufficient for his 
services 

[129.] M r . Thompson Collector applying for his Bonds for 
1786. and having produced the several Treasurers Receits, the 
Town Clerk was directed to deliver up the same and said Bond 
was accordingly delivered him 

Upon the application of Master Ticknor for an Assistant in his 
School Voted, that William Bosson be appointed an Assistant 
accordingly & that be be allowed a Salary of thirty Pounds p 
Annum to be drawn for quarterly, said Salary to commence the 
first of July Ins*. 

The Selectmen passed upon the List of Inholders & Retailers for 
the last Year, and Certified the Court of Sessions accordingly 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28. 1788 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Andrews 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread beset at Wheat at 5/6 d p 
Bushel and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto 3/4 Wheat 1/4 Rye Meal ditto 300 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 1/2 Indian Meal d. 400 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh d. 4 12 

Biskets of two Copper price ditto 9 8 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 [1788] 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Scollay, Boardman, Walley, Price, 
Andrews, Seaver Brown 

Passed upon Accounts 

[ISO.] Cap 1 . Tyler having received of Brookers Donation 9 th & 
22 d 3/ 4 6/ &"of M r . Scollay 6 / 1788 am to 1 - 5 - 4 
The same was distributed as follows Viz 1 . 
To the Widow Sarah Brick - 6 - 

the Widow Coppinger - 3 - 

the Widow Goodwin 3-4 

the Widow Whitel - 3 - 4 

the Widow Abigail Tyler - 6 - 

Edward Ireland sick & infirm - 3 - 8 

1-5-4 

Upon the resignation of M r . Christopher Clark as an Inspector 
of the Police the Board proceeded to the choice of another Per- 
son to serve in that office and M r . Benjamin Homans being 
nominated by the Chairman he was accordingly chosen to that 
Office 

The Granary to be advertized for to be let 

see below 

M r . Scollay a Committee to get the small Piece of Fence on 
School Street at the Chapel Burying Ground to be painted 

An Advertisement relative to the Granary sent to M r . Edes for 
publication 

M r . Walley & M r . Price a Committee to view the lower end of 
Water Street & Report the State of the Pavement 

M r . Andrews & Deacon Boardmau a Committee to view the 
Royal Exchange Lane and Marshalls Lane and Report to the 
Selectmen 

M r . Joseph Starr, appointed Constable of the Dock Watch who 
was informed that his continuance in Office would depend on his 
diligent faithful behavior 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 1. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Walley, Boardman, 
Sever 

[131.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 5. 
1788 Present Mess". Scollay, Price, Tyler, Seaver, Walley, 
Boardman, Brown, 

Had a conference with a Committee of the Proprietors of the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 63 

Long Wharff by their desire, in order to ascertain, how far the 
said Proprietors are to repair the Street from the head of the 
Long Wharff towards the Admiral Vernon Tavern so called 

Voted, that Four pounds ten Shillings be allowed M r . Henry 
Smith towards his repairing the Road near his House provided it 
be done to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Voted, that the Man Woman & 6 Children sent to the Hospital 
at West Boston on suspicion of having the Small Pox be now 
dismissed from thence, as it is now out of doubt that they have 
not received the Infection 

sent 

The Town Clerk directed to publish an Advertizementin Adams 
& Nourses Paper, to undeceive the Public with respect to the Re- 
ports circulated that the Small Pox is now in this Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug' 6. 1788 
Present Mess" : Tyler, Dorr, Scollay, Sever, Boardman, Brown, 
Walley Andrews, - 

Jurors chosen & drawn 

Voted that 15 be allowed unto M r . Thomas Hill & others 
toward repairing the Street called Essex Street, provided it is 
done to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Cap'. Curtis applies to the Selectmen for liberty to dig aWell in 
Orange Street on the outside the Fence near Deacon Browns 
House which Pump will be for the use of the public in general 

Liberty was accordingly granted 

[1 32.] Mess rs : Dorr, Tyler, & Walley a Committee to confer 
with D r . Winship and others relative to the Engine House on the 
Mill Bridge 

The Selectmen have agreed to Visit Rainsford Island on Wednes- 
day next the Company to meet at Faneuil Hall at 8 oClock 
said Morning 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectment Aug'. 15 1788 
Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Sever, Boardman, Price, 

The Committee appointed the 14 th of July last to examine into 
the fee of a certain peice of Land leading from Prince Street, and 
adjoining to the way leading to the Mills, supposed to have been 
encroached on by James Butler Report That having duly 
examined into the Premisses, they took possession of the said 
Land, by walking over it, in behalf of the Town, M r . John R. 
Sigorney being present, and directed Cap 1 . Joseph Cunningham to 
take down a small Building erected on the said Land being an en- 
croachment on the same, and remove the Fence agreably to the 
bounds prescribed by the Deed of his House, which he promissed 
to perform forthwith 

*N.B. The whole Committee present except M r . Andrews, 
who could not attend at the Place encroached on 

The Committee appointed the 6 th Instant relative to the altering 
the situation of the Engine House, adjoining the Mill Bridge, 

* Marginal note in original [sic]. 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Report That they had a conference with D r . Windship, M r . 
Green M r . Sunnier the Carpenter, M r . James & others, and gave 
directions to have the same altered, it being elevated so much as 
to render inconvenient, and also prejudicial to some of the In- 
habitants ; when D r . Windship engaged with the said Com- 
mittee to have it altered to their satisfaction free of any charge to 
the Town 

M r . Price & M r . Walley a Committee relative to paving State 
Street, who are to make Report to the Selectmen 

Carr d . foward to the 15 th . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 13. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay Dorr, Price, Tyler, Walley Sever Brown, 
Andrews, Boardman 

[133.] The Selectmen accompanied by a number of the 
Hon bl . Council of this Commonwealth & other Gentlemen, Visited 
the Hospital on Rainsforcls Island, and found, thing? in good 
order 

Brought from other side Viz 1 . 

M r . Bangs and a number of the Town Shoe makers appeared, 
and requested of the Selectmen that they might have the 
Shoemakers Stalls near the Market or the Ground on which 
they stand leased to them exclusively, pr the Quarter or the Year. 

M r . Nazro is directed not to suffer any Persons to occupy the 
Stalls untill the further directions of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 20. 1788. 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Boardman, Walley, An- 
drews Price, Browne. 

M r . Dorr appointed to order another Desk & some small Re- 
pairs to M r . Cheneys School 

Upon the Application of the Shoemakers of this Town 

Agreed, that the Ground belonging to the Town at 'the Easterly 
End of Faneuil Hall Market House be Leased monthly to such 
Persons as shall appear to set up Stalls thereon for the Vending 
of Shoes & Boots, and that preference be given to such of the 
Inhabitants who shall supply those Articles, with Leases of such 
part of said Ground as they choose, but in no case not more than 
one Stall shall be occupied by one Person either Inhabitant or 
other Person 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 22 d . 1788 
Present Mess": Dorr, Tyler, Scollay, Board" 1 ., Price, Walley, 
Browne, 

M r . Scolla}' having received of M r . Tayler, of M rs . Brookers 
Donation 3 the same was delivered to the following Selectmen 
to be distributed as the Will of said Brooker directs 

To Cap 1 . Tyler 1 see March 4 . 1789 

To M r . Scollay - 13 - 4 

To M r . Dorr 1-6-8 see Sep'. 17. 1788 3 

[134.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 65 

25. 1788 Present Mess": Dorr, Tyler, Scollay, Seaver, Price, 
Andrews, Browne, Walley, Passed upon accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at / p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto | Wheat Rye Meal d. 300 

a 4 d . Ditto not above \ Indian Meal d. 400 

Biskets of a Copper price d. 4 12 

Biskets of 2 Copper price - 9 8 

The Committee appointed the 14 th of July to confer with Jonas 
Welsh relative to a Slip of Land adjoining to the Way loading to 
the North Mills Reported the following Agreement which was 
accepted by the Selectmen 

The Selectmen in behalf of said Town agree with Jonas Welch 
of said Town Miller, that in case said Welch make at his own 
proper cost and expence, a good and sufficient Stone Head on a Slip 
of Land belonging to the said Town, leading from Prince Street and 
adjoining to the way leading to the North Mills, and also lays a 
sufficient Drain on the same Land to convey the waste Water into 
the Mill Pond ; That in that case he may use and occupy the same 
as a Tenant at Will, on paying to the Town Treasurer for the time 
being after the rate of one Shilling p Annum, be it for a longer or a 
shorter time, that he may have liberty to occupy the same. And 
it is further Agreed that as it will be a considerable Expence to 
the said Welsh in compleating the said Business that in case he is 
legally dispossesed of the Premisses, or obliged to quit the same, 
that it shall be referred to three indiferent [135.] Persons to 
determine what Sum shall be allowed by the said Town, to the 
said Welsh for the expence he may have been at in the said 
Work ; taking into consideration the time he may have occupied 
the same Provided, that nothing be allowed him after the term 
of twenty Years, if he should have Liberty to occupy the same 
for that Time 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 27. 1788. 
A: M: Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Tyler, An- 
drews, 

D r . Rand having enformed the Selectmen, that Cap'. Potter liv- 
ing in Fleet Street, had the Small Pox upon him a Comm 6 * of 
the Selectmen repaired to said House & conferred with M". Potter 
relative to the removing him to the Hospital at West Boston where 
they proposed to her to remove 'her said Husband, herself and 
four Children to said Hospital, there to be provided for at the Ex- 
pence of the Commonwealth which she agreed to on condition 
that not only the above named, but that she may have her own 
Doctor her own Nurse & a Girl that lives with her to go with her 
whereupon M r . Nazro was directed to acquaint M. Richardson 
the Keeper of said Hospital therewith that she might immediately 
make the necessary preparations for their reception 



66 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 27. 1788 P.M : 
Present Mess" : Scollay Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Seaver, Walley 
Boardman. 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Joseph Whittemore have* been chosen Master of Engine N. 4 
by the Company of said Engine in the room of M r . Rogers 
the Selectmen having approved of the choice, the Town Clerk is 
directed to furnish him with the necessary Orders 

It is agreed by the Selectmen that [136.] Samuel Wells Esq. 
have a Tomb in the Common Burial Ground which was caved in, 
and in a ruinous Condition, he paying Seven pounds ten Shillings 
for the same Conditioned that when an Owner or Owners ap- 
pear, he shall deliver up the said Tomb, he or they reimbursing 
him for the charge of said Repairs, and any other Repairs, that 
may be necessary 

*MEMO. Mr. Brackett has relinquished the Tomb. Samuel 
Wells Esq has taken it. See Aug. 27. 1788. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 29. 1788. 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler Walley Seaver, Boardman 

All the Boston Shoe Makers attended that were sent to and 
consented anew to holding their Stalls which they had sign'd an 
Agreement for, and others from the Country engaged for Stalls to 
the amount of twenty one 

M r . Scollay & M r . Boardman is directed to order Gravel on or 
near where the Shoemakers Stalls are to stand 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem 1 ". 3 d 1788 
Present Mess". Dorr, Sever, Walley, Scollay, Boardman, Browne, 

It is agreed to allow the Proprietors of the Glass Works one 
th ; rd part of the charge of building a head Wall on the Towns 
Land near said Works to prevent the Ground being washed away, 
provided the whole charge shall not exceed twenty Dollars 

M r . Nazro is directed to require the attendance of M r . James & 
M r . Houghton the next Wednesday shown 

M r . Makepiece is appointed on his application, to build an 
Engine House upon the Draw Bridge to receive one of the Town 
Engines he performing to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

M r . Tyler Boardman & Andrews [137.] A Committee to confer 
with M r . Makepiece relative to Building a Stone head & Stone 
Steps in Ballantine Dock & Report to the Board 

The Selectmen direct the Inspectors of Police to call on the 
several Auchtioneers in the Town, and inform them that their last 
License expired on the 17 th of April last, and that every Sale by 
each of them had at public Auction since that time incurs a Pen- 
alty of two hundred Pounds sent 

AGREED to allow M r . Thomas Hill and others fifteen Pounds 
towards repairing Essex Street, provided he cause fifteen pounds 
more to be appropriated for the same purpose at the Expense of 
Individuals Abuttors on said Street exclusive of the Expence 
that may arise in providing Timber, Stone & c . for erecting a 

* Marginal note in original [sic]. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 67 

Bridge that will be necessary to cross the Street for the purpose of 
carrying off the Water 

M r . Scollay Mr. Price & M r . Walley a Committee to make such 
Repairs as are necessary at the bottom of Water Street 

M r . Scollay M r . Andrews & M r . Boardman a Committee to pave 
on the North side of the Market 

M r . Henderson proposes Enoch James Blacksmith & Thomas 
Parker Brazier as his Bondsmen as Collector for the present 
Year see Septem r . 10 th . - 

M r . Andrews Dorr & Tyler a Committee to confer with D r . 
Winship relative to altering the Timbers which support the Engine 
House near Mill Bridge 

[* [138.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen & the 
Overseers of the Poor on Fryday the 27 th . July 1787 Present 
Mess. Scolla}', Price, Brown, Andrews, Walley, Bordman, & 
Seever of the Selectmen and Mess" : Smith, Mason, White, Proc- 
ter. Sweetser Whitwell & Hill of the Overseers 

On the Question respecting the disposition & appropriation of 
the Monies receiv'd by several Gentlemen from Towns & Parishes 
in the Country, by Virtue of a Brief from the General Court, for 
the Benefit of the Sufferers in the late fire in this Town, P d . 
Account exhibited by them 

Voted. That Jonathan Mason Esq r . be a Committee to receive 
the monies that each Gentlemen is intrusted with, and distribute 
the same in such just proportions to the several sufferers, as has 
been observ'd in the late distributions of the Money Collected for 
them in this Town 

The several Lists exhibited are as follows viz 4 . 
From Jonathan Mason 98 - 2 - 3 

" M r . Samuel Whitwell 121 - 8 - 2 

" Isaac Smith Esq r . 43 - 12 - 

" Ezekiel Price Esq r . & 30-13-7 

2 Baggs uncounted 

" M r . Ebenezer Seaver 46 - 9-11 

" Deacon Boardman 41 - 1 - 5 

" Thomas Walley Esq r . 9 - 1 - 5 

" John Andrews 97 - 4 - 3 

" M r . John Sweetser 1 - 11 - 2] 

[139.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 10. 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Boardmen, Walley, Seaver, Brown, 
M r . Collector Williams proposes M r . Robert M c Neil Merch'. 
Amos Winship Physician as his Bondsmen 

approved 

M r . Collector Bayley, proposes James Bayley Gentleman & 
William Bird Gentleman as his Bondsmen 

approved 

M r . Collector Thompson, proposes Isaiah Doane Esq. William 
Scollay Esq. as his Bondsmen 

approved 

* This occurs at this place, out of order and reversed, as a memo of meeting of the joint 
body. 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[14O.] The Selectmen have passed on the List of Inholders 
& Retailers for the last Year as p Copy on file 

The Selectmen agree, that the number of Auchtioneers for the 
present Year do not exceed ten 

The Selectmen appoint next Wednesday, for the Licensing Per- 
sons as Auchtioneers 

The Selectmen appoint next Wednesday, for considering & de- 
termining relative to the Persons proposed as Bondsmen by the 
Collectors of Taxes 

The aforegoing Vote reconsidered, and the Bondsmen proposed 
by the several Collectors were approved of by the Selectmen 
and a Certificate was by order of the Selectmen given in to the 
Assessors in order to the Collectors receiving the Tax Books 

The Selectmen consent to the raising & repairing the pavement 
in the Street opposite to M r . Lymans new House to extend from 
Col. Tyngs Corner to the new Pavement by D r . Welches on con- 
dition that the whole Expence attending the same, including 
Stones Gravel & paving shall not exceed the Sum of eight 
Pounds ten Shillings LM : as a charge to the Town & to be 
done in such a manner as not to injure the passing thro' any of 
the Contiguous Streets or Lanes by making too sudden falls or 
risings 

M r . Brown having received of M r . Scollay out of Brookers 
Donations the 18 th . of last June 1-10 the same was dis- 
tributed as follows Viz'. 

To M rs : Pattens 18 

To ditto 6 

To ditto 6 

1- 10 

Voted, that M r . Tayler be informed that [141.] Unless the 
Interest due on his Bond be paid in one month from this date it 
will be put in suit without fail 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 17. 1788 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Scollay, Boardman, Seaver, Price, 
Andrews, Walley 

M r . Dorr having received of Brookers Donation 26/ 8 as entred 
the 22 d . of last month in the other Books the same he has dis- 
tributed as follows Viz 1 . 

To Susanna Pike - 4 - 6 

To the Widow Abigail Tyler - 3 - 4 

To the Widow Ann Coppinger 2 - 2 

To Mary Baker a sick Person -16-8 

1 -6-8 

A Child of one Tuckermans at a House on Olivers Dock, being 
taken with the Small Pox, was sent to the Hospital at West 
Boston on Yesterday 

The Selectmen having agreed that a Watch should be appointed 
for the Hospital M r . Nazro was directed to provide one 
accordingly , 

M r . Seaver requested to enquire a suitable Person to prevent 
firing on the Neck & Report him to the Board 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 69 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 20 th . 
1788. 

Present Mess". Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Walley Andrews, 

M r . Scollay having received of M rs . Brookers Donation of 
Treasurer Boyer for one Years Interest on his Note 22-2-9 

The following Selectmen had the same delivered to them to 
distribute Viz'. 

[142.] M r . Dorr 2 - 14 see Nov r . 19 th . 

M r . Price 2 - 14 see Nov r . 12 

Cap'. Tyler 2 - 14 see March 4. 1788 

M r . Boardman 2 - 14 see Feb*. 4. 1789 
M r . Seaver 2 - 14 see Feb*. 11. 1789 

M r . Walley 3 

M r . Andrews 3 see Dec r . 1788 

M r . Scollay 2-12-9 

22-2-9 

see Octo r . 29 

D r . Rand applys to the Selectmen, that M. Potter & two of 
her Children ma}' be permitted to leave the Hospital as in his 
Opinion they may do it with perfect safety to the Inhabitants 

Liberty granted, provided every precaution is taken, which 
D r . Rand shall think necessary, to prevent the Infection being 
communicated 

M r . Francis attended & informed the Selectmen that a Sister 
of his has broke out with the Small Pox in his House near the 
Orange Tree 

The Selectmen acquainted M r . Francis that his Sister must be 
sent to the Hospital at West Boston, which, he consented to, as 
also his four Children, who it was suspected might have taken the 
Infection he also agreed to pay the Physician, the charge that 
shall arise in taking care of them during their sickness 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 23 d . 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Tyler, Sever, Walley, Price, 

Ordered that a Warrant be issued for calling a Town Meeting 
on Thursday next 3. OClock P : M : 

Voted, that Mess rs . Edes have the printing of the Notifications 
for said Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septern r . 24. 1788 
A:M: 

Present Mess : Scollay, Walley, Price, Sever, Tyler, 
[143.] Information given the Selectmen that a Child of one 
Charles's in Long Lane, has broke out with the Small Pox The 
Selectmen thereupon went to the House & after conferring with 
the Father he consented to the Childs being sent to the Hospital 
at West Boston and the Child was immediately removed 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24. 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Walley, Andrews, Sever, Price. 

M r . Andrews having received of M". Brookers Donation 9 th of 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

April last 13/4 and the 11 th of July last 24/ the same was 
distributed as follows Viz'. 

To the Widow Nichols - 3 - 4 

Widow Vezey 6-8 

Widow Stewart 3-4 

13 - 4 d . 

To the Widow Powers - 6 - 

Widow Emmous - 6 

Widow Vezie - 6 

Widow Nickels -6 1-40 



1 - 17 - 4 

M r . Procter having apply'd for a License as an Auchtioneer and 
shown the Treasurers Receit he proposed Joseph Loring & 
Stephen Emery Silver Smiths for Bondsmen 

M r . Andrews having received of M r . Smith for the Selectmen 
thirteen pounds fifteen Shillings & 3 d . being the amount of an 
Evenings Exhibition of moral Lectures & c . for the benefit of the 
Poor the same was given to the following Selectmen to be dis- 
tributed accordinglv 

ToM r . Scollay ' 1-13 

M r . Dorr 1 13 see December 8 th . 

M r . Price 1-16-5 see Nov r . 12 - 

M r . Tyler 1 - 13 - 

M r . Andrews 1 - 13 

M r . Sever 1 - 13 - see March 4 th . 

M r . Boardman 1 - 13 see Fery. 4. 1789 

M r . Walley 1 - 1 - 

13-4 -5. 

[144.] M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Committee to call upon M r . 
Pope in order to take a Survey of the Land belonging to the Town 
adjoining to M r . Cunninghams. 

M r . Scollay & M r . Boardman a Committee to view some Laud 
M r . Powers is desiring to hire for erecting a small Building there- 
on and to Report to the Board 

M r . Walley M r . Andrews & M r . Sever a Committee to view 
Crooked Lane & Short Street, and Report to the Board what is 
necessary to be done 

The Granary let to M r . Walley and M r . Andrews a Comm ee . of 
the Sail Cloth Manufacture at twenty Shillings p month from 
the time they take the Key on condition to relinquish the same 
in case a greater price is offered therefor to pay so long as they 
occupy said Building 

M r . Jacob Adams Auchtioneer, proposes Joseph Howard 
Merch'. Isaiah Eliot Merch'. as his Bondsmen approved 

The Inspectors are directed to go thro', the several Wards and 
take an Account of all the Negroes not Inhabitants of this Town, 
governing themselves by the late Law relative to Negroes 

sent by Nazro 

The Town Clerk directed to hand in to the Town Treasurer a 
Copy of the Shoemakers Obligation for Rent of Stalls and the 
same was handed in accordingly 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 71 

Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 29. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Price, Tyler, Boardmeu Walley Sever 

The Selectmen waited upon the Selectmen of Brookline to con- 
fer with them as directed in a late Town Vote relative to Inoculat- 
ing Hospitals & c . 

[145.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 30 
Present Mess : 

The Meeting was not attended, the common Day for Selectmens 
Meeting being on the Morrow 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 1 [1788] 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Tyler, Seaver, Boardman, Walley, 
Price, Andrews, 

Passed upon accounts 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5 / 6 p 
Bushel and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto | Wheat Rye Meal d. 300 

a 4 d . Ditto not above 4- Indian Meal d. 400 

Biskets of a Copper price d. 412 

Biskets of 2 Copper price d. 9 8 

Cap 1 . Pease of Engine N. 5 applied for a premium which was 

drawn for last March 

M r . Andrews Walley & Sever a Committee to confer with M r . 

Brimmer relative to a Water Course 

M r . Scollay appointed to order Repairs to Newmans Watch House 

M r . Scollay added to the Committee relative to Market 

The Selectmen appoint Fryday Afternoon to settle relative to a 

new Town Meeting showd M r . Nazro 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 3 d . 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Tyler, Price, Walley, Seaver, Dorr, 
Boardman 

The Town Clerk directed to issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing, next Wednesday being the 8 th . Ins'. 

[146.] Freeman & Andrews to have the printing of the Noti- 
fications for Town Meeting 

M r . Nazro is directed to enform those that hold Stalls in Mar- 
ket Square, that no Fore Stallers will be permitted to occupy 
Stalls, while thus offending the Laws gave Nazro 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 8. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Boardman, Seaver, 
It was agreed to allow 

Boston Ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 15. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Seaver, Boardman, 
Tyler, Andrews, 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Withington permitted to open a Drain from his House for- 
merly Deacon Tylers, provided the Ground is made good and the 
Pavement restored, to the approbation of the Selectmen 

M r . Scollay having received of JVl r . Tayler Six Pounds lawful 
Money, being M. Brookers Donation, the same was divided 
among the following Selectmen to be by them distributed, agreable 
to the Will of said Donor Viz'. 

M r . Dorr 1 - 4 see Novem r . 19 th . 

Cap 1 . Tyler 1 - 4 see March 4 

M r . Price - 18 see Nov r . 12 

M r . Walley - 18 

Deacon Boardman - 18 see Feb y . 1789 

M r . Sever - 18 see Feb y . 11 1789 
6 

M r . Thomas Learned has liberty to open a Drain from his 
House in Hanover Street to the Common Shore, provided the 
Ground and Pavement is made good to the approbation of the 
Selectmen 

M r . Sever having agreable to his appointment [147.] the 5 th . 
of September last, Reported, M r . Obediah Thayer as a proper 
Person to prevent Firing on the neck & c . the Selectmen accepted 
said Report, and M r . Thayer was furnished with Orders accord- 
ingly he to attend said Business to the last of December 
next 

M r . Tyler, M r . Walley & M r . Andrews a Committee to view 
the Drain near M r . Trenches House, and Report to the Board 
relative thereto 

Fry day next 11. OClock is assigned by the Selectmen for 
viewing the Creek & Laud near M r . Powers's & Dawes Land, 
a number of Inhabitants having petitioned the Selectmen, that no 
Building should be erected thereon by M r . Powers 

M r . Dorr added to the Committee relative to removing the Dock 
Engine 

M r . Walley & others a Cornm 66 . of the Selectmen having Re- 
ported Voted, that thirty load of Gravel be allowed towards 
repairing Short Street, and thirty loads towards repairing Blind 
Lane, to be paid for by the Town on condition that the Abuttors 
on said Streets will furnish at their own expence, an equal quantity 
towards repairing said Streets and that M r . Sever & M r . Walley 
be a Committee to carry the above Vote into execution 

M r . Calvin White applies for liberty to open a Drain from his 
House near Governments House into the Common Shore Lib- 
erty accordingly granted provided the Ground & Pavement are 
restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

An Advertizement for the Sale of North Battery Thursday the 
23 d . Inst. was sent to several Papers 

Cap*. Elias Robinson of Engine N. 3 [148.] applies for a 
Premium at the late Fire at M r . Adams House North End 
which was granted drawn for 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 22 d . 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Walley, Boardman, 
Sever, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 73 

Shoemakers Obligation to pay for Rent of Stalls placed on the 
Files of mixt papers 

The Selectmen having view'd the place on which M r . Powers 
proposed to Erect a Building, Reported that no Building be erected 
on said place 

On the Petition of M r . Makepeace & others Voted that they 
have liberty to proceed in filling up the Mill Creek so far, and in 
such manner as is proposed in said Petition the same to be laid 
before the Town for their confirmation 

M r . Dorr & Cap'. Tyler to procure Wood for the three North 
Schools M r . Sever for Mr. Tickner & M r . Andrews for M r . 
Carter, Deacon Boardman for M r . Hunt & M r . Walley for M r . 
Vinals 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 27. 1788 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, Price 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/ 6 p 
Bushel arid that 12 d . p Bushel must 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 - 10 - 8 

a 4 d . Ditto Wheat J Rye Meal d. 3-0-0 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 4-0-0 

Biskets of a Copper price d. -4-12 

Biskets of 2 Copper price d. -9-8 

Passed upon Accounts 

[149.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 29. 
1788 Present Mess" : Scollay, Boardman, Tyler, Price, Walley, 
Sever, Dorr, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Scollay having received of M r . Fullerton at two payments 
2-8 being part of M rs . Brookers Donation the same was re- 
ceived in April & Septern r . & given to the following Selectmen to 
be distributed agreable to the Will of the Donor Viz 1 . 

M r . Dorr - 6/ - see July 14. 1788 

Cap 1 . Tyler - 6 - see July 30 - 1788 

M r . Scollay, retained - - 1-10-0 
M r . Walley - 6-0 

2 - 8 - 

M r . Scollay distributed the above as follows Viz 1 . 

To M rs . Lowel 6 

To M rs . Foot 6 

To M rs . Reed 6 

To M". Nuttedge 6 

To M". Mollins 6 - 

1 10 

M r . Scollay having received of M". Brookers Donation the 20 th . 



M rs . Pain ... 


- 


M". Hillyer - - - 
M rs . Frances - ' - 


- 


M. Usher - -. - 

M rs Nnt.t.aorp 


- - - 



74 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

of September last, 2 - 12 - 9 The same was distributed as 
follows Viz 1 . 

To M". Lowell 12 

12 

6 

6 

6 

6 

6 
2 14 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 5 1788 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley. Sever, Boardman, 
Price, Andrews, 

[15O.] M r . Scollay having received of M r . Tayler for Interest 
on Moneys lent him of M rs . Brookers Donation, the same was 
divided among the following Selectmen to be distributed according 
to the intention of the Donor Viz 1 . 

To M r . Brown 1-4 

Cap 1 . Tyler 1 - 4 see March 4 th . 
M r . Walley 1-4 
Deacon Boardman 1-4 see Feb y . 4. 1789 
M r . Sever 1-4 see Feb y . 11. 1789 
6 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 12. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Sever, Boardman, 

M r . Price having received of Brookers Donation Sept r 29. 
2 - 14/. Septem r . 24/. 1-16-5 & October 15 th . 18/ the same 
was distributed as follows Viz 1 . 

To Widow Stevens 18 

Widow Thorp 6 

Widow Gary 9 

Widow Rouse 9 

Widow McElroy 3 

Widow Mayhew 9 

2-14 

To Widow Rouse 6 

Widow Parker 9 

Widow Stevens 6 

Widow Waters 9 

Widow McElroy 3 

'Widow Lee 3-5 

1-16-5 

To Widow Stevens 6 

M rs . Ireland 6 

Widow Lee 6 

18 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 75 

Mem . 18/. of the above was rec d . on Ace', of Monies raised by 
M r . Smith for the use of the Poor of the Town 

The Fishermen hereafter named who occupy Stalls along the 
new Gutter on the East side of the Market and Yard are to pay 
for each Stall improved by them one Shilling p. Week for six 
months only 

Timothy Pease Jacob Parsons 

William Badger William Tilton 

Michael Orcutt William Andrews 

The Rent to commence the 10 th . Ins*. sent Treasu r . 

[151.] One of the Town Engine House having been Erected 
one side thereof against M r . Robert Rands Wharff it is agreed, 
that the Engine House shall be removed by him when he shall 
have occasion to repair his Wharff he replacing the said Engine 
House at his own charge 

M r . Sever appointed to confer with M r . May, relative to a com- 
mon Shore on the Neck 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 19 th . 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, 

M r . Dorr having received of Brookers Donation as entred the 
20 th . of September, and 15 th . October last 54/ & 24 / he has dis- 
tributed the same as follows Viz'. 

To the Widow Abigail Tyler 
Susanna Pike 
Widow Ann Coppinger 
Widow Rachel Abrahams 
Widow Priscilla White 
Edward Ireland a sick man 
Mary Baker a sick Person 
Ric d . Moses Tufft a sick Man 



To Susanna Pike 

Widow Elizabeth Stevens 
Widow Mary Read 
Widow Abigail Tyler 
Widow Mary Gordon 




3- 18 



The Selectmen approve of M r . John Griffith as a Teacher of 
dancing in this Town, he having been well recommended by a 
number of Inhabitants as a Person of good character, & suitable 
qualifications for the Business 

[152.] Passed upon Cap 1 . Samuel Laha. State Acco'. amount- 
ing as by Copy on file to 40 - 19 - 3 d . 

M r . Scollay & M r . Boardman a Committee to view the Hospital 
at New Boston and give directions for necessary repairs 

M r . Thomas Brewer who is about removing to Belcher Town, 



76 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

was on the representation of M r . Sherburne, recommended to the 
Selectmen of said Town as Persons applying for Licenses are 
usually recommended 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Seleetmen Nov r . 24. 1788 
Present Mess" : Boardman, T3~ler, Sever, Price 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

Ibs. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto | Wheat J Rye Meal d. 300 

a 4 d . Ditto not above | Indian Meal d. 400 

Biskets of a Copper price d. 4 12 

Biskets of a 2 Copper price d. 98 

Passed upon no Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26. 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Andrews, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Draught for last month examined and approved of by the 
Selectmen 

[153.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
3 d . 1788 Present Mess". Dorr, Scollay. Tyler, Seaver, Board- 
man, Andrews, 

The Selectmen Certified, that according to information M r . 
Cornelius Melony is the reputed Father of William Melony, late a 
Soldier in Col. Wigglesworths Regiment since deceased & that 
said reputed Father is the proper Person to receive what Monies 
may be due to him for services, while in the Continental service 

M r . Vinal proposes Robert Hinckley as an Assistant for him at 
his School & that his services may commence the 15 th . of Novem- 
ber last 

M r . Sever & Deacon Boardman a Comm ee . to view Nassau Street 
to see what Repairs are necessary & to direct them 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . [8] 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Boardman, Price, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting relative to Federal Representatives the 18 of Decem r . 
Ins'. 

M r . Dorr & Cap'. Tyler a Committee to request M r . Freeman 
to open the Town Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Newman to have the printing of the Notifications for the 
ensuing Town Meeting 

M r . Dorr having received 33/ as entred the 24 th . of Septem r . 
last, being his part of the Money which the Selectmen received of 
M r . Smith for the benefit of the Poor, the same was distributed by 
M r . Dorr as follows Viz*. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1788. 77 

To Ann Coppinger - 6 

To Abigail Tyler - 6 

To Susannah Pike 9 

To Edward Ireland - 3 

To Priscilla White - 3 

To Rachel Abrahams - 3 

To Sarah Leate - 3 

1 - 13 

[154.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
10 th . 1788 

Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Seaver, Andrews, Boardmau, 
Tyler, Price, 

Voted that M r . Vinal be allowed for an Assistant to his School 
at the rate of thirty Pounds p Annum, to commence the 1 st . of 
December Ins*. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 15. 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Andrews, Price, Tyler, 

Cap'. Thomas Dennie from Martineque, in the Brigg ne . Agnes, 
Reported that one of his Sailers named Charles, was broke out 
with the Small Pox Cap 1 . Dennie was directed to send the said 
Charles in his own Boat to Rainsfords Island, accompanied with a 
Letter to Cap 4 . Laha directing him to take charge of him & like- 
wise to come up & take charge of the Vessel, and see that she is 
thoroughly cleansed from the Infection 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 15. P: M : 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Andrews, Price Tyler, 

Cap'. Hopkins Reported that a Lad named Thomas Smith be- 
longing to Truro on the Cape, was shipped by him the Day before 
& appeared to have the Small Pox broke out upon him On ex- 
amination it was found that he had that Distemper whereupon 
Mess" : Scollay Tyler, Andrews & Boardman signed an Order to 
Cap'. Laha to take charge of him, and make the Town Debtor for 
the Expence which shall arise on his Account Cap'. Laha having 
declined taking him on account of the Commonwealth 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decemb r . 16. 1788 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Boardman, Andrew, Tyler 

Cap 1 . Laha Reported, that he had taken the Cotton out of Cap'. 
Dennies Brig', to carry to the Island, and had so thoroughly 
smoked & cleansed the Vessel as that in his opinion she might 
come to up to the Wharff with perfect safety to the Town see 
Decem r . 18 Cap'. - 

[155.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
17. 1788 Present Me'ss" : Scollay, Dorr, Andrews, Boardman, 

M r . Dorr by direction of the Board delivered to Justice Green- 
leaff, a List of the Blacks in Town who were Strangers as taken 
by the Inspectors of the Police which M r . Greanleaff engaged 
to lay before the Sessions 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 18. 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Andrews, Boardman 

Cap 1 . Dennie informed the Selectmen, that the Man which had 
been taken with the Small Pox on board his Vessel, took the Dis- 
temper by going on board a Cap 1 . Crouch belonging to Newbury 
Port, who had two Men sick with it in the natural way and others 
by Inocculation ; and that he was to sail for this Port a Day or 
two after him & might be hourly expected The Selectmen ap- 
prehending from this information that said Vessel might come up 
to the Wharff, and thereby endanger the Town ; made immediate 
application to his Excellency the Governor, to have her stop'd at 
the Castle ; who accordingly gave Orders in writing to the Com- 
manding Officer at the Castle, not only to stop said Vessell but 
any others under the same predicament upon application from the 
Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 24. 1788 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, Price 

Maj r . Moses Ballard applies for a License as an Inholder at a 
House in Royal Exchange Alley in the House lately occupied by 
M r . Graves (approved) 

M r . John Bowes by his Wife late Widow Woodward applies for 
a License to keep a Tavern in her House in Royal Exchange 
Lane 

The consideration of both the above Petitions suspended for the 
present say a Retailer approved 

[156.] Voted, that Miss Betsy Bonyngs Rent of the Houee 
she now improves in Queen Street be reduced to twelve pounds p 
Annum to commence from the 18 th . of October and that M r . 
Andrews have it in orders, to direct some little Repairs to the roof 
of said House sent p Nazro 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 29. 1788 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr. Tyler, Boardmau, Price, Andrews, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 4 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Ditto Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 300 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian Meal d. 400 

Biskets of a Copper price d. 412 

Biskets of two Coppers price d. 9 8 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decern 1 . 31 st . 1788 
Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr Price, Tyler Andrews, Boardman 

M r . Andrews appointed to make application relative to some 
further supplies for the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 

M r : Andrews having received of Brookers Donation Septem r . 19. 
1788 3 the same was distributed as follows Viz 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 79 

To the Widow Veazey twice 18 

Widow Powers 6 

Widow Erving 6 

Widow Robinson 6 

Widow White 6 

Widow Emmons 12 

Widow Symmes 6 



The List of Persons Licensed the last year placed on the 
Files 

[157.] M r . Andrews having received of the Money given for 
the Poor by M r . Smith 1 - 10/. the same was distributed as 
follows Viz 1 . 

M r . Higgins 6 

M r . Nichols 9 

M r . Harmon 6 

M r . Powers 9 - 

1 _ 10 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 7. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Walley, Boardman, 
Andrews, 

Benjamin Cox, Taylor applies for the House lately occupied by 
M r . Moulins 

Spencer Walker also applys for said House 

Thomas Peak approved of as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 
for his Shop in Hanover Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 14. 1789 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Boardman, Andrews, 
Scollay, 

Ezekiel Averill applies for a License to retail Rum & c . at his 
Shop at Fleet Street approved by the Selectmen 

Benjamin Baxter applies for approbation as a Retailer of Spirits 
at his Shop in Marshalls Lane not approv'd being under age 

Zacheus Moreton applies for a License to retail Rum & c . at his 
Shop in Royal Exchange Lane approved 

Voted, that Violet Winslow a Negro Woman be allowed two 
Shillings p Week for nursing & supporting a Child, born of a 
Negro Woman who lived at Cap'. Hows in Federal Street and was 
sent from thence to the Alms house where she died said pay to 
commence the first of October last the same to be charged to 
the State 

M r . Walley, & M r . Boardman a Committee to enquire of M r . 
Foster & others relative to pavement on Merchants Row 

[158.] The Towns Account with the Commonwealth amg 
to 292 15 4 as p Copy on file, handed in by M r . Scollay 
agreable to the Order of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 19. 1789. 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Sever, 
Boardman 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Jurors drawn, & Grand Jurors chosen, and entred on the Book 
of Records 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . [21] 1789 
Present Mess : Dorr, Scollay, Sever, Andrews, Tyler, Walley, 

Samuel Davis Merch'. applies for the approbation of the Select- 
men to retail Spirituous [see] at his Store in Fish Street ap- 

proved 

M rs . Sarah Carter single Woman, applies to have the House 
lately occupied by M r . Moulins 

M. Mary Jackson approved of as a Retailer of Spirits at her 
Shop at 

Charles Phillips lodged at Rainsfords Island from the Brig*. 
Agnes Cap*. Dennie with the ;Small Pox Is reported by Cap'. 
Laha to be well of that Distemper ; he is therefore permitted to 
leave the Island when Cap 1 . Laha may think he can do it with 
safety to the Town or any hazard of communicating the Dis- 
temper 

M r . Scollay have received of M r . Minot of Brookers Donation 
three Pounds the same was given the following Selectmen to be 
distributed 

Cap 1 . Tyler 1 - 4 see March 4 

M r . Dorr 1 - 16 see February 18 th . 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 26. 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Andrews, Sever, Boardmen, Tyler, 
Price, Walley, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[159.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
5/6 P Bushel, and that twelve 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 . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1 - 10 - 8 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 3-0-0 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 4-0-0 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh - 4-12 

Biskets of two Copper price, must weigh 0-9-8 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 28. 1789 Present 
Mess rs . Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Walley, Boardman, 
Andrews, 

Cap'. William Daggett applies for being approbated by the 
Selectmen as an Inholder at the House in Ann Street, lately occu- 
pied by M rs . Callahan disapproved 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Walley appointed to direct an alteration in the Fire place 
at Selectmens Chamber, as shall appear practicable 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 4. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, 



SELECT3IEX'S MlXUTES, 1789. 81 

Susannah Brett applies for being approbated to retail Spirits at 

her Shop near Clarks Ship Yard, Ship Street 
Jesse Houghton applies for the House belonging to the Town, 

lately occupied by M r . Moulins 

Deacon Boardman having received 1788 April 9. June 18. 

Sep r . 20 th . & 25. October 15 & Novem r . 5 to the am , of 

8-11-6 of M. Brookers Donation the same was distributed 

agreable to the Will of the Donor Viz'. 

[16O.] Over paid of the last Moneys rec d . 16 
Paid M rs . Uran 6 

Paid M rs . Hopkins 6 

Paid M rs . Veasey 6 

Paid M. Stone 6 

Paid M rs . Scollay S/ 3 

Paid M rs . Brown 9 

Paid M rs . Hopkins 8 

Paid M rs . Whiting 12 

Paid M rs . Venuer 12 

Paid M rs . Powers 3 

Paid M rs . Holland 4-6 

Paid M rs . Glover 6-6 

Paid M rs . Brown 8 

Paid M rs . Hopkins 8 

Paid M r8 . Paine 8 

Paid M". Gee 12 

Paid M rs . Hopkins Jun r . 6 

Paid M rs . Bill 6 

Paid M rs . Stone 3 

Paid M rs . Allen 8 

Paid M. Badger 6 - 

Paid M M '. Low 8 

8-11 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 11. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Walley, 

M r . Seaver having received of M". Brookers Donation Septem r . 
26 th . 2 - 14/ October 15 18/ Nov r . 5 1 - 4 in all 4 - 16 
The above was distributed agreable to the Will of the Doner 
Viz 1 . 

To the Widow Milton 6 7i 

the Widow Stevens 6 

the Widow Barker 6 

the Widow Scott 6 

the Widow Stevens 12 

Lovey Marks sick 6 

the Widow Geyer 6 

Molly Rice sick 6 

Widow Milton 6 

Widow Barker 6 

the Widow Campbell 9 

the Widow Stevens 6 

[161.] the Widow Campbell 6 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

To the Widow Sever 6 

the Widow Barker 2 - 4| 

4- 16 

John Hunt approved of for the South Watch in the room of 
John Harris, gone beyond Sea 

Application having been made the Selectmen by a number of 
Blacks, that they might have the use of Faneuil Hall for once, to 
accommodate them in hearing an African Preacher, lately arrived 
with a good recommendation 

Liberty was granted that they might have the use of the Hall 
for an Afternoon, provided that it be on a Week Day, & that the 
service begins at 3 o'Clock or a little after so as the People may 
have the Hall by Day light that no opportunity may be given rude 
Fellows to make a disturbance 

M r . Scollay Boardman & M r . W alley a Committee to view a 
Passage Way, near the late M r . Walkers Land, on the application 
of M r . Bond 

The Selectmen of. Maiden inform that a M". Burdet Wife of 
William Burdet, lately deceased, with three Children, are now at 
said Town & like to become a charge the Man was born in 
Maiden left it above 30 Years ago & if not warned out of Boston 
as the Law directed at that time, they suppose she will be con- 
sidered as an Inhabitant, having lost his Inhabitance at Maiden 

M". Bret, Widow approved by the Selectmen as a Retailer of 

Spirituous Liquors at her shop near Clarks Ship Yard 

[162.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present 
Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Walley, Price, Andrews, 
Seaver, 

MVDorr having received of M r . Brookers Donation the sum of 
36 / as entred the 25 th of January last, the same has been dis- 
tributed by him as follows Viz 4 . 

To Susanna Pike - - - - - - -10-6 

To Widow Rachel Abrahams - - 6 

To Edward Ireland a sick Man - - - 3 

To the Widow Abigail Tyler - - - - 6 

To the Widow Mary Richards - - -4-6 

To the Widow Ann Coppinger - - - 3 

To the Widow Priscilla White - - - 3 

amount 1-16 

M r . Scollay a Committee to procure a suitable Book for entering, 
the Bonds & Notes belonging to M". Brookers Donation and 
the receipt of all Interest Money, and the distribution thereof 
by the respective Selectmen, agreeable to the Will of the Donor 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 23 d 1789 
Present Mess : Seaver, Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Price, Boardman, 
Andrews, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5 / 6 p 
Bushel, and that 12. p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 83 

Ibs. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1-10-8 

a 4 d . ditto, f Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 3 - 0-0 

a 4 d . ditto, not above half Indian Meal d 4-0-0 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh - 4-12 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price, must weigh - 9-8 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Selectmen have Agreed, that M r . Ticknors assistant shall 
be drawn for at the rate of 36 p Annum 

[163.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 25 
1789 Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Price, An- 
drews, Walley 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting the 9*. of March Instant 10 'O Clock A: M: for the choice 
of Town Officers 

M r . Draper to have the printing of the Notifications for the en- 
suing Town Meeting 

Mess rs : Dorr & Tyler a Committee to wait on the Rev d . M r . 
Montague and request his opening the Town Meeting with Prayer 

On the application of a number of respectable Inhabitants, the 
Blacks are permitted to make use of Faneuil Hall for the purpose 
of public worship, one Day in the Week, provided it be on a Tues- 
day or a Fryday & in the Afternoon untill the Selectmen shall 
order otherwise 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 28. 1789 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Seaver, Boardman, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Walley, Price, 

Six Jurymen drawn and entered on the Books 

Cap*. Tyler having received of M r . Brookers Donation Aug'. 
22 d . 1 Sep r . 20. 2. 14/. Octob r . 15 1. 4/ Nov r . 5 1. 4/ 
Jan y . 25. 1. 4/ in all 76 the same was distributed as 
follows Viz'. 

M". Ireland - - - 18 - 4 Brot up - - - - 5 - 14 - 6 
M rs . Coppinger - - - 17 - 2 Rebecca Goodwin - - - 16 - 6 
Widow A Tyler - 1 - 7-0 Elizabeth Varney - - - 3 - 
Hannah Whitel - - 14 - Priscilla White - - - 3 - 
M". Brick - - - 1 - 9 - M r8 . Mason - - - - 6 - 
M". Varney - - - - 9 - M rs . Bradford - - - - 3 - 

5. 14.6 7-6- 

[164.] Cap 1 . Ranger of Engine N. 7. applys for a Premium 

allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 

Fire which lately broke out at Rev d . M r . Eckleys Barn drawn 

for see May 25 

M r . Sever having received of M r . Smiths exhibition Septem r 24. 

1788 1-13 the same was distributed as follows 

Viz 1 . 



84 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

To the Widow Scott - 6 - 

Widow Campbell - - - - 4 - 6 

Molly Rice ----- - 4 - 6 

Betsy Nichols - - - - - 6 - 

M rs . Jackson - - - - - 6 - 

M". Rex - 6 - 

Amount 1 - 13 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11. 1789* 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Walley, Seaver, Price, 

M r . Edward Reynolds approbated as a Retailer of Spirituous 
Liquors at his Place in Kilbey Street 

M r . Scollay, Andrews, & Seaver a Committee to order the 
immediate erection of Rails at Beacon Hill to prevent Cows enter- 
ing the Hill, & to report an estimate of what may be further 
necessary to be done for the preservation of the Hill 

Upon complaint of a number of the Inhabitants that the 
Chimne3 r s are defective in a House in Gibbins Court a 
Warrant was issued by the Selectmen empowering Mess". John 
McLane & George Langley, to inspect the same & make Report 

Col May & M r . Tileston a Comm ee from the Fire Wards Repre- 
sented to the Selectmen that an Engine might be built & purchased 
of M r . Norton to answer the purpose for 45 they were permitted 
to purchase such an Engine for the amount of which he will re- 
ceive a draught on the Town Treasurer 

[165.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 17. 
1789. Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Sever 

Thomas Capron approbated to retail Spirituous Liquors at his 
Shop in Fish Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18, 1789 
Present Mess". Scollay, Tyler, Dorr, Boardman, Seaver, Andrews, 

M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Committee to agree for the repairs of 
a Pump in Fish Street, if they shall Judge it to be of public 
advantage & the charge does not exceed eight Dollars 

M r . Tukesbury applied to the Selectmen for an abatement of 
his back Rent whereupon Voted, that no abatement can be made 
thereon. 

M r . Andrews & M r . Boardman a Comm ee . to consider what the 
Rent of the Island shall be in future & Report to the Selectmen 

M r . Josiah Burroughs approved to retail Spirits at his Shop near 
the Mill Bridge 

On the Petition of a number of Inhabitants that Henchman 
Lane near Charter Street be widen'd the Selectmen agreed to 
view said Lane in a Body 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25, 1789 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Seaver, Boardman, Walley, 
Andrews, 

Voted, that the House lately occupied by M r . Mollins be let to 
Jesse Houghton at the vote of (see April 15) p Annum 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 85 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on the 1 st . Monday of April next being the 6 th . Day of 
said Month for the choice of Governor & c 

[166.] M r . Walley and M r . Sever- - - a Committee to 
wait on the Rev d . M r . Samuel West and to request his opening 
the Meeting with Prayer 

M r . John W. Fulsome to have the printing of the Notifications 
for said Meeting 

On the application of the French Priest The Abbee La Poterie 
Voted, that he have liberty to employ his own Sexton Joseph 
Heugelsberg to bury the dead of his own Communion only, in 
an} 7 of the buryal places belonging to the Town of Boston His 
Letter of Application on file 

Jarnes Williams Jun r . to have Stall on the Square for the Sale 
of Shoes, Rent to commence the 18 th of March Jn st . 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet Col. Daws & the other 
Gentlemen on Col. Mays Petition Fryday next 11. OClock A: M: 
at the Selectmens Chamber 

Rachel Gardet, approved of as a Retailer of Spirits at her 
Shop in Middle Street 

Timothy Pease of Engine N. .5. applies for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at 
the Fire which broke out and consumed the Billyard House in 
Kilby Street last December drawn for April. 27 - 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Boardman, Tyler, Price, Andrews, 
Sever, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel & that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 - 10 - 8 

a 4 d . ditto | Wheat Rye Meal must weigh 3 - - 

a 4 d . ditto, not above Indian Meal, must weigh 4 - 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh - 4-12 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weigh - 9 - 8 

Passed upon Accounts 

[167.] The Selectmen permit M r . Collector Henderson, 
Bonds for 1787. to be delivered, he having produced Receipts 
from the several Treasurers, that he has paid them the several 
Sums, due for the County & Town Taxes 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1 st . 1 789 
Present Mess". Scollay, Price, Dorr, Seaver, Tyler, Andrews, 
Boardraan, Walley, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Nazro is directed to warn all the Funeral Undertakers, to 
attend at the Selectmens Chamber, on Saturday next J part 
11. OClock. 

M r . Rob 4 . F: M c Ferson having Petitioned for permission to 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

exhibit Lectures on Heads It was Voted that the Selectmen 
would not interfere one way or the other as to this matter 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 4. 1789 
Present Mess rs . Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Walley, 
Sever, Boardman 

On complaint that M r . James one of the Sextons had behaved 
unsuitably, by endeavoring to prevent other Sextons attending 
the late M r . Browns Funeral the Sextons agreeable to Notice 
attended, and the complaint being enquired into; it was found 
that the charge against James could not be supported 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Walley 

Cap'. Lovering of Engine N. 8. applys for the Premium al- 
lowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at the 
Fire which lately broke out at M r . Joseph Ruggles House S. End 

Voted that it be granted him & that he receive a draft for y e 
Premium 

drawn for 

Cap'. Lovering proposes Timothy Tileston as an Engine 
man in the room of John Stimpson approved of by the Se- 
lectmen 

[168.] On the application of Maj r . Tuckerman & M r . Breed 
two of the Town Bakers It was agreed by the Selectmen that 
there should be 4 ounces instead of 2 ounces difference in the 
weight between 4 d . white Loaf Bread & 4 d . Superfine Brick Bread 
and the Clerks of the Market were accordingly acquainted 
with this alteration, for their government in the weighing the 
same 

The Selectmen direct the Town Clerk to take Bonds of M r . 
Nazro Clerk of the market agreeable to the Vote of the Town 
his Father to be bound with him the penalty 250 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 15, 1789 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, Walley, 
Price, 

M r . Seaver appointed to apply to M r . Winship for the procuring 
two other Bulls for the Town, to be put under the care of M r . 
Hamlin untill the further Orders of the Selectmen said Hamlin to 
be directed to let said Bulls go at large upon the Common as soon 
as they are purchased 

The Selectmen have fixed the Rent of the House occupied by 
M r . Jesse Houghton at 1*5 p Annum to commence the 6 th . of 
Aprill Ins' 

sent Treasurer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21, 1789 
Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, T3 r ler, Sever, Boardman, Andrews, 
Price, 

Cap'. Tyler & M r . Dorr, appointed a Committee relative to a 
Pump standing in the high way in Fish Street Report That the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 87 

Town allow and pay the sum of thirty six shillings provided a new 
Pump is put in & compleated at the Expense of the Inhabitants of 
the Vicinity Voted that the aforegoing Report be accepted 

M r . Price, M r . Boardman & M r . Andrews a Committee to view 
the Street in Cornhill & Report what Repairs is necessary 

M r . Scollay & M r . Walley a Committee to order the filling up 
the holes in Fort Hill 

[169.] Alexander Davidson Sexton of the North Church 
admitted as a Funeral Porter, to break Ground in the several 
Burial Grounds and to ring the Bell & take care of the Clock 
as has been done by former Sextons 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 1789 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Price, Sever, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh 1 - 8 - 8 

a 4 d . Ditto Wheat Rye Meal, must weigh 3 0-0 

a 4 d . Ditto not above ^ Indian must weigh 4 0-0 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh 4 12 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weigh - 9 8 

a 4 d . White Loaf of Bread must weigh 112 8 

Passed upon Accompts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29. 1789 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardmau, Sever, Price, Tyler, 
Walley, Andrews, 

M r . Ebenezer Wells prays liberty to open a Drain from his 
House in Cold Lane into the Common Shore 

Liberty granted provided the Ground is made good and the 
Pavement restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Comm ee . to view the Pavement in Cornhill having Reported, 
they were directed to proceed in the business as soon as may be 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4'. 1789 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Sever, Boardman, Tyler, Walley, 
Andrews, 

[17O.] The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for 
a Town Meeting on Tuesday, the 12 Day of May Inst 1 . 10 OClock 
A: M: for the choice of Representatives & c 

M r . Walley & M r . Andrews - - - a Committee to wait on 
D r . Howard - - - and to desire him to open the ensuing 
Town Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Ezekiel Russell to have the printing of the Notifications 
for said Meeting 

D r . Rogerson informs the Selectmen that a Child of one 
Morse living at the Head of Cruffs Wharff, has broke out with the 
Small Pox 

M r . Dorr, Cap'. Tyler & Deacon Boardman a Cornm ee . to go to 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

the House of M r . Morse, to make enquiry & give the proper 
directions as to the removal of his Child 

Voted, that in future two Constables only shall receive pay for 
their attendance at each Town Meeting, and M r . Homans & M r . 
Whitney are appointed for the ensuing Town Meeting, & constant 
attendance will be expected from them sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 6. 1789, Present 
Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, Walley, 
Andrews, 

The Committee to go to M r . Morses House, Reported That they 
had sent M rs . Morse & her Child to Rainsf ords Island 

The Selectmen have appointed the Rev d . M r . Freeman to pro- 
nounce an Oration on the 4 l . of July next 

M r . Price & M r . Andrews- a Committee to see M r . Freeman, and 
acquaint him, with the appointment and receive his answer 

[171.] M r . Dorr & M r . Walley a Committee to view Hench- 
mans Lane, and if it appears that there has been a general desso- 
lation, then to acquire of the Abutters on said Lane, what propor- 
tions they will pay of the charge & expence of enlarging or widen- 
ing said Lane 

M r . Nazro is directed to acquaint M r . Homans that the Select- 
men request his attendance next Wednesday 

(he was informed) 

M r . Scollay requested to take orders for the removal of the 
Lamps at divers Places to the upper Chamber of Faneuil Hall 
(reconsidered) see to-day 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 13. 1789 Pres- 
ent Mess. Scollay, Boardman, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Sever, 
Andrews 

The Selectmen have made choice of Rev d . D r . Stillman to de- 
liver an Oration on the 4'. of July next to commemorate the Inde- 
pendence of the United States agreeable to a Vote of the Town 

M r . Dorr & Cap 1 . Tyler a Committee to wait upon D r . Stillman, 
and acquaint him with this appointment 

A former Vote relative to Lamps is reconsidered, see May 6 , 
and the Officers of the Pollice, are to be directed to employ three 
suitable Persons, to bring all the Lamps to the Chamber over 
Faneuil Hall 

M r . Price, M r . Sever & M r . Walley, a Committee relative to a 
Water Course near the Hay Market 

The Selectmen appoint M r . Hamblin to take care of the Town 
Bulls for three Months, from the time he received the Bulls, being 
the Day of May at the rate of Eighteen pounds p Annum, on 
which terms he agreed to take care of them, but the Town to find 
Hay 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20. 1789 Pres- 
ent Mess rs . Scollay, Sever, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Walley, Hatch, 
[173.] A Son of one Morse an Inhabitant of Medfield being 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 89 

taken with the Small Pox was sent down to Cap 4 . Lahas Hospital, 
to be taken care of by the Town of Medfield or the Common- 
wealth 

M r Hamlin appeared and informed the Selectmen, that one of 
the Town Bulls had this Day so gored a Horse owned by Ezra 
Davis of Roxbury, as that its death was expected 

M r . Hopestill Foster proposes David Wait of Roxbury Leather 
Dresser & David Wood Juu r . of Charlestown Esq. as his Bonds- 
men, for payment of the Rent of the Hay Engine being 146 
p Annum, to be paid the Town Treasurer Monthly & to commence 
the and in case of failur, herein another Person will be ap- 

pointed in his room see below 

Cap'. Joab Hunt of Engine N. 2 proposes Ronald Campbell as 
an Engine Man for his Company in the room of Daniel Lillie who 
is too aged & infirm to attend the service 

The Bondsmen proposed by Hopestill Foster who appeared to 
the Selectmen to have the qualities pointed out by the Town as 
proper for the Office of Hay Weigher, are accepted by the Select- 
men as sufficient Bonds Men and the Town Clerk is directed to 
prepare the Bonds for their signing 

M r . Nazro is directed to acquaint Cap'. Ballard that the Select- 
men propose that M r . Foster should take possession of the Hay 
Engine on Monday next being the 25'. Ins'. Mem , the Rent 
does not commence until the 30 l . of said May informed M r . 
Nazro 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet at their Chamber on Fryday 
next, 4 OClock Afternoon 

The Selectmen have agreed to view Pleasant Street to Morrow 
4. OClock & to meet on the Spot 

[173.] M r . Reuben Thayer applied to the Selectmen for their 
approbation as an Inholder for the Tavern lately occupied by the 
Widow Cooper in Wings Lane and he was accordingly appro- 
bated 

Mem . M r . Edmund Hanger to have a draft for a Premium for 
Fire next Draft see March 4'. 

drawn for see May 25 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 1789 
Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Sever, Andrews, 
Walley, Hatch, Boardman 

The Committee to wait on D r . Stillman Reported that he would 
comply with the invitation received by delivering an Oration on 
the 4'. of July next, agreeable to the Vote of the Town 

The Town at their Meeting on the 14'. Ins', having Voted, 
" that it be left to the Gentlemen Selectmen to affix Salaries for 
the Masters & Ushers of the public Schools, and all other Matters 
relative to said Masters & Ushers for the time to come" The 
Selectmen in conformity to said Vote after due consideration have 
Agreed that the several Salaries aforementioned be Voted Quar- 
terly, and that what may be now assigned them for the last Quar- 
ter, is not to be considered as a Standard for future Allowances 
It was then Voted, that, 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Samuel Hunt Master of the S. Gram'. 
School be allowed, for the last Quarter, ending 
the 1st June next \ - - 35 

M r . Nathan Davis (has a house) Master of the 

N. Gram r . School d. - 32 - 10 

and for House Rent for said Quarter - - - - d. - 5 

M r . John Tileston Master of N. Writing 

School for 1 Qu r . d. - 30 

and for House Rent one Quarter - - - - - d. - 5 

M r . James Carter Master Writing School in 

Queen Street - - - - d. - 30 

and for House Rent one Quarter has a House - - 

M r . John Vinal, Master of Writ. School in the 

Common - d. - 30 

and for House Rent one Quar r . ------ d. - 5 

M r . Samuel Cheney Master of Writ. School in 

Middle Street d. - 30 

and for House Rent one Quarter d. - 5 

M r . Elisha Ticknor in consideration of his not 
having any allowance for House Rent - - - - d. - 32-10 



Carried over ------------- 240 

[174.] Amount of Masters Salaries & House 
Rent brought over - 240 

Voted, that M r . Amos Dingby Usher of S. 
Grammar School be allowed for the last Quarter 
ending 1'. June next ------------20 

M r . Nathan Webb, Usher of the N. Writing 

School d. - 17 - 10 

Mr Robert Fox usher of So Writ. School in Queen 

Street d. - 17 

Voted, that there be allowed for all assistants 
to the Writing Master 9 each making 
there being three ----- 27 



The Quarterly charge of schools amounts to 322 

Voted, that M r . Dorr, Tyler & Boardman be a Committee to in- 
spect Master Davis Tyleston & Cheneys Schools as often as they 
shall think proper, but not less than twice a Month 

That M r . Scolla}' Price & Andrews be a Committee to Inspect 
M r . Hunt & Carters Schools 

That M r . Walley Sever & Hatch be a Committee to inspect M r . 
Vinal & Ticknors Schools 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25. 1789 
Present Mess". Scollay, Boardman, Dorr, Tyler, ISeaver, Hatch, 
Andrews, 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p Bushel, 
and that 12 d . p. Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 4 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 91 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1-8-8 

a 4 d . ditto ^ Wheat Rye Meal must weigh - - - 3-0-0 
a 4 d . ditto not above i Indian --d. ----4-0-0 
Biskets of a Copper price ---d. --.. 4-12 

Biskets of 2 Copper price - - d. - - - - 9-8 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh 1-12-8 

Passed upon Accounts 

[175.] Voted, that M r . Edmund Ranger of Engine N. 7 
have a draught for a Fire Premium as applied for March 4' 

The Selectmen having viewed Pleasant Street Report That 
from the entrance of Pleasant Street from Orange Street it is 30 
feet extending thro', the Land formerly M r . Bennets, which ex- 
tends about half way thro' Pleasant Street, from thence to the 
end of the Street opposite M r . Tuckermans 36 feet, taking the 
measurement from the left hand side of the Street, as it runs from 
Orange Street along by the Laud of Porters formerly Harringtons 
& Hewes Land as it is bounded on the Street, to the end of the 
Street, opposite Tuckermans Estate 

M r . Hatch & M r . Sever a Committee to view the Hay Market, 
and make such allowances for any articles M r . Ballard may leave 
behind as they shall reasonable & Cost 

M r . Bayley having produced the Town County & State Taxes, 
in Receipt for Taxes for the Years 1786 & 1787. & requested his 
Bonds for those Years may be delivered him the Town Clerk 
was directed to deliver him the same and they were delivered 
accordingly 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Committee to examine M r . Blayneys 
Accounts & make Report to the Board 

Cap'. Nicholas Pierce of Engine N. 9. 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 . Averys Wharff where- 
upon 

Voted, that he have a draft for 1-8 in this Months 
Draught (drawn for) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28 1789 
Present Mess ra . Dorr, Price, Tyler, Boardman, Scollay, Walley, 

M r . Wellman on his application had liberty to open his Drain 
from his House into the Common Shore Liberty was granted, 
he making good the Ground to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

[176.] Passed upon other Accounts 

The Ancient & Hon ble . Artillery Company having asked by a 
Committee, the use of Faneuil Hall for a Dinner, on Monday 
next, being the Artillery Election Day the same was granted 

M r . Sever appointed to dispose of the Bull which gored the 
Horse 

M r . Dorr added to the Committee on the Market and said Com- 
mittee are desired to adjust all matters relative thereto and to 
Report as soon possible 

The Draught for this Month has been examined by the Select- 
men, 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Walley, 
Boardman, Seaver, Hatch 

M r . Walley appointed a Committee to draught a Petition to be 
laid before the General Court respecting the demand 'made by the 
Treasurer for Cudworths dificiency as Tax gatherer, on account of 
the Commonwealth 

M r . Booth to be derected to send the Key of the Hogs Pen to 
M r . Skinner a Hogreeve to get one made from it that he may 
have access to the Inclosure 

Voted, that M r . Ezra Davis of Roxbury be paid nine Pounds 
lawful Mone}' for which he is to have a draft next Draught Day, 
being in full for the damage sustained by his Horse being goaded 
by the Town Bull 

M r . James Williams to have a Stall in the Market' for the Sale 
of Shoes, which the Committee is to deliver him, when the Town 
Clerk is to Report the same to the Town Treasurer 

M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Committee to make another Door into 
the Pound at the North End if practicable, and give the Key of 
the same to John Skinner Hogreeve 

[177.] Col. Hatch is added to the Committee for examining 
Beacon Hill, and doing what may be necessary, for the preserva- 
tion thereof 

M r . Sever a Committee to repair an} 7 damage that may arise to 
the Rails & c . enclosing the Common 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10 l . 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Tyler, Boardman, Price, Andrews, Hatch, 

ORDERED, that on Account of the rise of the price of Flour, 
since the last Statement, said Assize of Bread be altered, and now 
set at Wheat 6/6 p Bushel and that 12 d p Bushel be allowed to 
the Bakers for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is com- 
puted as follows Viz 4 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1-4-12 

a 4 d . ditto. Wheat Rye Meal must weigh - - - 2-8-0 

a 4 d . ditto not above Indian Meal must weigh - - 3-0-0 

Biskets of a Copper price - - - - d. --- _ 4 _ 2 

Biskets of 2 Copper price - - - - d. --- _ 8 _ 4 

M r . Thompson Collector of Taxes for 1787. having produced 
the several Treasurers Receipts for the County & Town Taxes for 
said Year, he had a draught for his Premium in the last months 
draught 

Agreable to the desire of M r . Thompson, the Town Clerk is di- 
rected to deliver up the Bonds given the said Year and they 
were delivered accordingly 

M r . Tileston Constable of the South Watch proposes Ephraim 
Hunt as a Watch Man in the room of Stephen Hayden who can- 
not attend 

M r . Scollay, Price, & Hatch a Committee to wait on Governor 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 93 

Hancock & acquaint him that they have proposed that the Oration 
on the 4 l . of July next, be delivered at the old South Church 

[178.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 17. 
1789 Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Boardman, Walley, 
Andrews, Seaver, 

The Committee chosen for the purpose waited upon the Gov- 
ernor, & informed him that D r . Stillman was appointed to deliver 
the Oration on the 4'. of July next who returned a reply, that 
who ever should deliver the Oration & wherever it should be 
delivered he purposed to give his attendance his health permit- 
ting 

M r . Walley, Dorr, & Boardman, a Committee to direct a partition 
to be erected in the Chamber over Faneuil Hall for the better 
security of the Lamps 

The Selectmen gave a Certificate, that M rs . Sarah Snow Widow 
of James Snow, late a Sergeant in Cap'. Biggelows Comp y of Col. 
Cranes Regiment, was in their opinion the proper Person to receive 
what may remain due to her said Husband for wages while in 
Continental service 

A Child with its Mother of the Name of Flin now in the Alms 
house, was sent down to Bninsford Island, both to be supported 
at the charge of the Commonwealth the Child having the Small- 
Pox out, & only two Years of age & very much debilitated, made 
it necessary that the Mother should accompany it also an Infant 
was sent who had lain with the Child who has the Small Pox 

Six Grand Jurors for the Court of Common Pleas & c were 
chosen by Ballot and nine petit Jurors were drawn as usual 
and entred on the Jury Books 

Benjamin Emmons, Cooper appointed by the Selectmen as an 
Inspector of all Barreld pickled Fish Pork & Beef His Oath of 
office was administred by the Town Clerk 

Hopestill Foster approved of to Retail Spirituous Liquors at a 
Shop near Hay Market 

[179.] M r . Thomas K. Jones Auchtionier produced his Re- 
ceipts that he had paid 48 10 / & 10 d on one p cent Duty up 
to April 1789 ... to the State Treasurer & proposes the 
Bondsmen of last Year, for the present 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 23 d 1789 Present 
Mess rs Scollay, Dorr, Price, Andrews, Walley, Sever, Hatch 
Boardman 

M r . Andrews & M r . Walley a Committee to wait on D r . Bui- 
finch and ask permission for. making use of their Church for the 
delivery of an Oration the 4'. of July next 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24. 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Andrews Walley, Sever, 
Boardman, Hatch, 

M r . Lewis Hoyt Auchtioneer for last Year, produced Receits 
from the State Treasurer that he had paid 38 10/ on one p 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

cent Duty to 20'. Ins'. and proposes his Bondsmen of last Year 
for the present 

The Selectmen have Agreed to attend the Visitation of the 
Schools on Wednesday the 8 1 . Day of July next, and the several 
Masters are to be enformed thereof 

The Petition of a number of Persons for calling a Town Meet- 
ing, for Inoculation to be granted if the Town Judge proper 
was read. Voted 

That the consideration of this Petition, be referred for the 
present 

Cap'. Ridgway of Engine N. 6 applys for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on the Fire 
which lately broke out at M^. Nowells House at New Boston 

Voted, that he have a draft for the 28/ allowed by the Town, 
the next draft Da} r drawn for 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28. 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Price, Andrews, Walley, Boardman 

Cap*. Ruben Loud Master of the Brig'. Boston & Liverpool 
Packet arrived in the Harbour this Morning [18O.] and informs 
the Selectmen, that since he left Liverpool which was 79 days 
past, He was taken down with the Small Pox being taken about 
8 Days after he left Liverpool that he was confined to his 
Cabin which was separated from the Sterage by a Bulk head, 
about fourteen Days, & that on his recovery his Cabbiu was 
several times well smoked together with his Bedding Linnen & c . 
that no Person on board had the Distemper or were likely to 
take it whereupon D r . Appleton went on board by direction of 
the Selectmen to examine into Circumstances who Reported 
that he did not apprehend danger from her unloading, but would 
notwithstanding advise to her having another smoaking the 
Brig*, was accordingly well smoked again, & the Clothing & 
Bedding under direction of M r . Weld an Officer of the Police as 
by his return on file 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29. 1789 
Present Mess". Scollay Andrews, Sever Boardman, Price, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread, must weigh 1-4-12 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat J Rye Meal must weigh 2 - 8 - 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 3-0-0 

Biskets of a Copper price d. - 4 - 2 

Biskets of 2 Copper price d. - 8 - 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of White Bread, must weigh 1-8-12 

Passed upon Accompts 

M r . Williams a Collector of Taxes for the Years 1786 & - 
Ordered that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing the 4. of July next 9. OClock A:M: the Day on which Inde- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 95 

pendeuce was declared. Anno 1776. Mem . Notifications are 
not to be printed 

[181t] William Cunningham appointed a Sealer of Wood in 
this Town at large this Vote was reconsidered M r . Turel 
Tuttle applies for as a Paver. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1. 1789 
Present Mess". Scollay Dorr, Price, Andrews, Walley, Hatch, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Williams Collector of Taxes for the Years 1786 & 1787 
having produced the several Treasurers Receipts in full for all the 
Monies collected for these Years The Town Clerk was directed 
to deliver up said Bonds and they were accordingly delivered 
him 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 8. 1789 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Walley, 
Sever Boardman Hatch 

'The Selectmen accompanied by a number of Gentlemen Visited 
the public Schools in this Town, and found them in very good 
Order 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 14. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, Price, 
Hatch, Andrews, 

The Town Clerk is directed to postpone the delivery of a Copy 
of the Vote of the Selectmen appointing M r . Cunningham a Sealer 
of Wood at large, which passed the 29. of June last; tintill the 
further Orders of the Selectmen 

On Application, the Selectmen permit the Blacks to have the use 
of M r . Vinals School for public worship, on the Afternoons of the 
Lords Day, untill the further Orders of the Selectmen; provided 
the public Exercises are to begin at the Hour on which the several 
Churches in the Town are called together & that M r . Vinal 
delivered the Key of the Schoolhouse for the purpose aforesaid 

Agreed to Visit Deer Island, on Monday next, being the 20'. 
Ins 1 . 

[182.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 17. 
178U Present Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Price Boardman Walley, 
Sever, Tyler, Andrews 

Met for the choice of extra Jurors, for the Court of Common 
Pleas the Jurors drawn & chosen, were entred in the Jury 
Books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the Selectmen^ 
Chamber July 20'. Present Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, 
Walley Boardman Sever Hatch 

From the Chamber the Selectmen & Gentlemen who accom- 
panied them went on board the Packet & proceeded for Deer 
Island ; had an agreeable time, & the pleasure of finding the 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Island in a much better state as to culture & produce than it has 
been some Years past 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22. 1789 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, 

Voted, to have a Conference with the Gentlemen. The Over- 
seers of the Poor, next Fry day 4. O Clock Afternoon with respect 
to the Act lately passed relative to the Poor & c . provided, it 
should be agreable to those Gentlemen 

M r . Scollay Dorr & Tyler a Committee to view the North Bat- 
tery so called, to Morrow 11. OClock in order to settle a dispute 
relative to a Passage Way 

Maj r . Heath applies to the Selectmen for employ in the paving 
way 

The following Gentlemen have been appointed Sealers or Measur- 
ers of Wood, for the Year ensuing ; their respective Districts to 
be assigned them Wednesday next Viz'. 
Cap 1 . John Ballard 
Edward Weld 
Thomas Uran 
William Cunningham 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer [183.] be advised to purchase 
State Securities or Orders of such sorts & kinds, as may be most 
for the interest of the Town to discharge a balance of 74 18 /. 
due from the Town to the Commonwealth on M r . Cudworth a late 
Collector of Taxes deficiency, as liquidated by the State Treasurer 
agreable to a Resolve of the General Court of the 26'. of June 
1789 and procure a discharge therewith on the Warrant now out 
against the Assessors for the said balance, which transaction is to 
be laid before the Town for their approbation the next Town 
Meeting sent 

The Selectmen have agreed, that the Owner of each Cow shall 
annually pay four Shillings p Annum to the Collector that shall be 
appointed by the Selectmen except such Persons as may keep up 
their Cows, which shall be only two Shillings, the produce of 
which is to be applied for the purchase & keeping of y e . Town 
Bulls & other Charges thereon gave a copy to M r . Coffin 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24. 1789 
Present Mess : Dorr, Scollay, Walley, Boardman, 

The Overseers of the Poor, attended agreeable to the proposal 
made them on the 22 d . Inst 1 . and the late Acts relative to the 
Poor were read, when it appeared to the Gentlemen attending, 
that said Acts must in their opperation, prove greatly to the dis- 
advantage of the Town, as it will be impossible for the same to 
be attended to, as in the other Towns in the State and that it will 
be expedient to make application to the General Court at their 
next Session, for an exception as a Town or such relief as the 
Court may Judge proper 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 1789 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Price, Seaver, Scollay, 
Walley, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 97 

M r . Nazro was directed to warn the Gentlemen to whom the dis- 
pute between the Proprietors of the Neck & the Town are to be 
referred to meet at the Selectmens Chamber next Tuesday 9 
O'Clock. A:M 

[184.] Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 4 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh - - - - 1-4-12 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat Rye Meal, must weigh - - 2-8-0 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal, must weigh - 3-0-0 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh --.- _ 4 _ 2 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weigh ---- _ g _ 4 

a 4 d .Loaf of White Bread must weigh 1-8-12 

Passed upon Accounts 

Voted, that the Districts of the several Measurers of Wood 
by Water appointed the 22 d . Ins 4 . be affixed as follows Viz'. 

Cap 4 . John Ballards, from Cross Street to Governor Hancocks 
Wharff , inclusive 

William Cunninghams, from Scarlets Wharff to the North Mills 
inclusive & from Henry Hills Wharff to the Southward sent 

Edward Welds, from Cross Street to Woodwards Wharff in- 
clusive 

Thomas Uran from Millers Wharff to Col. Hatches Wharff, 
inclusive 

The Selectmen agree to meet at their Chamber to Morrow 
Morning 9. O. Clock, relative to paving Neck & c . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28' 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Walley Sever, 

The Proprietors, of the Neck together with the Selectmen on 
the part of the Town, met & mutually Agreed to submit the 
dispute, relative to the filling up & paving the sides of the Neck 
to the following Gentlemen Viz 4 . to Commissary Devens 
Cap 4 . Cordis of Charlestown Thomas Clark of Roxbury, Judge 
Wendell & Deacon Mason, said Gentlemen 

(agreable to a Vote of the Town) 

[185.] After hearing the Parties, or the major part of them, 
to determine what shall be done and by whom in order to make 
the Ways passable as soon as may be 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29, 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollav, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, Andrews, 
Walley 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Sever & Col. Hatch appointed to remove the Bulls Barn, 
upon the Towns Land, provided that they shall find it for the 
Towns Interest, to be at the charge 

The Selectmen having examined the returned Lists of Licensed 



i)8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Persons the Year past a Return was made to the Justices of 
the Court of Sessions in the form of the last by M r . Nazro 

Next Wednesday Assigned to determine the number of Auch- 
tioneers for the present Year, and consider on the Applications 

M r . John Badger Auchtioneer, applies to the Selectmen for an 
appointment the present Year as Auchtioneer & produced Treasur- 
ers Receit to the 17 of April last for paym 4 . of State Duties 
proposes John Leach Gentleman & Leach Goldsmith as his 
Bondsmen for the present Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 5*. 1789 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Tyler, Sever, Price, 
Andrews, Walley, 

M r . Joshua Eaton Auchtioneer produces Treasurers Receipt for 
Duties from 1788 to April 1789 requests to be again appro- 
bated & proposes his last Years Bondsmen for the present 

Agreed to allow five Pounds for Gravel for Goose Street 

Cap'. Green, Auchtioneer, produced Treasurers Receits for 
dutys to April 15. 1789 proposes Bondsmen the same as last 
Year 

M r . Jacob Adams produces Receits from Treasurer for dutys to 
27. April proposes Bondsmen the same as last Year 

James Adlington & Ebenezer French applys to be Watchmen, 
if Vacancys take place 

[186.] Col. Procter Auchtioneer, produced Treasurers Re- 
ceits for dutys paid to Aug 1 . 1 789 proposes Bondsmen the same 
as last Year 

Theodore Barrel applys to be appointed an Auchtioneer for the 
present Year & was approved of by Selectmen 

Robert Mollineux applys to be appointed an Auchtioneer for the 
present Year & was approved of by the Selectmen proposes 
William Boardman & John May as his Bondsmen 

M r . John Symms Auchtioneer produced Treasurers Receipts for 
dutys paid to 17'. April 1789 proposes Thomas Knox. Pilot 
Levi Lane as his Bondsmen 

Selectmen agree to meet next Fryday 4. OClock P: M : to con- 
sider new Petitions for Licenses 

M r . Walley Andrews Col. Hatch a Committee relative to re- 
pairing the bottom of Milk Street, according to their best Judge- 
ment 

M r . Sever & Col. Hatch a Committee to enquire relative to 
Eliot Street (Petition relative thereto on file) also to repair a 
small piece of Pavement near M r . Bass ; 

M r . Scollay & M r . Andrews to view M r . Pierces Land & see if 
there is any incroachment 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 : 7 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, AY alley, Sever, Board- 
man, Hatch, 

Passed upon Petitions for Inholders & Retailers for the Town 
of Boston 

see Decem r . following for entry of Names & c . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 99 

Selectmen have Agreed to visit Rainsfords Island Wednesday 
the 19'. of August next 

Whereas in the Opinion of the Selectmen, some late publications 
have greatly injured the moral character of M r . Hunt the Master 
of the South Grammar School therefore. Voted, that M r . Hunt 
attend the Board at their Chamber Wednesday next at 4. OClock 
P: M: that enquiry may be made as to this matter 

M r . Nazro directed to require the attendance of the several 
Constables of the Town Watch, next Wednesday 3. OClock 

[187.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 12. 
1789 Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Price, An- 
drews, Hatch, Walley, 

A Committee from the Assessors enformed the Selectmen that 
the Tax Bills will be ready for delivery next Week 

M r . Hunt attended & being heard by the Selectmen on the 
matter of the publications, he was informed that it was their 
Opinion that no time ought to be lost by him in endeavouring 
to find out & bring to Justice the Author or Authors, of pub- 
lications that greatly effected his moral character, and in case they 
are supported must totally disqualify him from being a Master of 
one of the public Schools 

sent by M r . Nazro see Sep r . 23 d . 

M r . Charles Coffin is appointed by the Selectmen to Collect of 
the Owners of Cows in this Town, the Sums stated & assessed 
by the Selectmen agreeable to the By Law, on said Owners for 
the support of Bulls & who gave a Copy to M r . Coffin 

A Motion made for reconsidering the Vote for visiting Rainsford, 
did not obtain 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet Fryday next 5. OCiock 
P: M: in order to make a List of Company to go on the Visit to 
Rainsford Island, & a Bill of fare 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 14 e . 1789 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Price, Andrews, Walley, Tyler, Board- 
man, Hatch, 

Made out a List for Visitation of Rainsford Island next Wed- 
nesday, also a Bill of Fare 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 19 Present 
Mess" : Scolla3 T , Dorr, Price, Andrews, Walley, Tyler, Boardman, 
Hatch, Sever, 

Proceeded with a number of Gentlemen from the Hall to the 
Boats & Visited the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, found every 
thing in good order 

[188.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 26. 
1789 Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Andrews Tyler, 
Walley Boardman Sever Hatch 

Mess": Hutchinson & Singleton, Appointed Inspectors of 
Pickled Fish, Beef & Pork, the}' having been well recom- 
mended 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

William Robinson from Philadelphia (where he had served an 
Apprenticeship with a Chimney Sweeper) appointed by the Select- 
men as Chimney Sweeper for this Town and had the Badge of 
his Office being N. 12 delivered him he resides at M r . Munrows, 
South End M r . Munrow engages for his good behavior, & will 
acquaint the Selectmen, if his conduct should be otherwise 

The Town Clerk is directed to acquaint the Collector of Taxes, 
that the Tax Books are now ready to be delivered them ; & 
they are desired to be at the Selectmens Chamber to Morrow 11. 
OClock to propose their Bondsmen 

sent p M r . Nazro 

M r . Caleb Wheaton has Stalls N. 13. & 21. in Faneuil Hall 
Market, which he has occupied since the first of March last 

M r . Dorr & Deacon Boardman a Committee to examine the 
Constables Account, & to Report at Draft Day 

The Proprietor of Boston Neck, have been requested to attend 
at Selectmens Chamber "Wednesday next 3. OClock in order to 
confer with them on the subject of Repairs gave M r . Sever 

M r . Hopestill Foster is requested to look out & give information 
to the Selectmen of such Person or Persons as shall presume to 
take Gravel from Fox Hill at the bottom of the Common 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 27. 1789 
Present Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Hatch, Walley, 

M r . Bayley proposes his last Years Bondsmen for the present 
as Collector of Taxes (approved) 

[189.] M r . Collector Henderson proposes his last Years 
Bondsmen as Bond Men for the present Year approved 

M r . Collector Thompson proposes his Bondsmen of the last 
Year, as his Sureties for the present Year 

P. S : accepted & not T. D 

M r . Collector Williams proposes for his Bondsmen the present 
Year the same he had for the last (approved) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 31 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, Sever, Walley, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread, must weigh 1 - 4 - 12 

a 4 d . Ditto f Wheat % Rye Meal, must weigh 2 - 8 - 

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

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh - 4 - 2 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weigh - 8 - 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1-8-12 

Passed upon Accompts 

M r . Collector Thompson proposes M r . Joseph Russell Jun r . as 
his Bondsmen, approved of by the Selectmen 

M r . Shubael Hews appointed to notice & enform against such 
Person or Persons as are guilty of breach of Law in Firing Guus T 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 101 

charged, in the Common, Boston Neck or any other parts of the 
Town excepted against, that the penalty provided for such offences 
may be immediately recovered let whomsoever be the Offender 
the Inspector to continue his services untill the 28 th of December 
next 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September [2] 
1789 Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, 
Walley, Andrews, Hatch, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[190.] Liberty granted to Rev d . D r . Lothrop to open a Drain 
from his House into the Common Shore 

Liberty granted M r . Maud to pave before his House, provided 
it be done to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Mess". Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Boardman, Walley a Committee to 
view the lower part of State Street & Report what they apprehend 
will be the best method of repairing the same 

The Selectmen having considered the Petition of the Blacks, for 
the use of Master Cheneys School House, it was Voted, not to grant 
their request for that House for preaching, as it would be out of the 
usual hours for public Worship but that they had no objection to 
their improving Master Vinals, for public Worship in the Afternoon 
of Lords Days at the time that other Assemblys are at worship 
and- that Mr Vinal let them have the Key of his School-house at 
the time that the first Bell rings for the Afternoon service and 
a Letter was wrote the Blacks minister accordingly 

It is agreed to allow Nathaniel Tolman two Shillings p Week for 
the Boarding & clothing of an illegetemate Child of about seven 
Years old, the reputed Father being a Stranger & not an Inhab- 
itant of any Town in this State the Childs name Polly Nuttage 

M r . Seaver & Col. Hatch a Committee to view a Water Course 
near M r . Mays House S. End & to see repairs made in the 
pavement, in said Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 9. 1789 
Present Mess rs Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Boardman, Sever, 
Andrews, Hatch, 

M r . Robert Mollineux proposes as his Bondsmen William Board- 
man & John May both of Boston & Merchants for his Bondsmen 
as Auchtioneer 

They are approved of by the Selectmen 

The Committee on State Street, Report, that the repairing the 
same be suspended for some time 

[191.] M r . Sever & M r . Andrews a Committee relative to 
M r . Austins Gravel 

Upon the application of M r . Dalton & D r . Dexter the Selectmen 
Agree to allow Ten Dollars towards a new Pump in Milk Street 
near Daltons Street, provided they ever after keep it in repair 
according to their proposal 

Henry Blackburn being well recommended is appointed a Chim- 
ney Sweeper, for this Town and Badge N. 13. has been delivered 
him the Recommendation on file 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

The Selectmen gave a Certificate that Elizabeth Smalledge is the 
Widow of Samuel Smalledge deceased a Private iu the 8 Massa- 
chusetts Regiment Col. Jackson & in their Opinion the proper 
Person to receive what is due for wages & c : while in the Conti- 
nental service 

M r . Solomon Cotton appears & gives information that Jacob 
Fowles a Shoemaker from Abington has hired his House to live 
in & works with M r . Bangs the Shoemaker 

The Committee appointed relative to a Nusance near Hog 
Alley, Report as their Opinion that the Town ought not to be put 
to any Expence therefor, but think the Persons who had Hog 
Alley given to them should be at the expeuce to prevent any diffi- 
culty whatever agreeable to a Report of a Committee appointed 
by the Town in the Year 1773. 

The Selectmen agree to meet next Tuesday 3. OCloek P: M: 
to consider the Proposal for a new System relative to Education 

[192.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . [15] 
1789 Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Walley, Sever 
Boardman, Hatch Andrews 

A Letter wrote the Proprietors of the 1400 feet on the Neck 
as p Copy on file 

The proposals for a new System of public Education was laid 
before the Selectmen, whereupon 

Voted, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing on Thursday the 23 d . Ins 1 . 10. OCloek Forenoon 

Mess" : Coverly & Comp y . have the printing of the Notifications 
for the ensuing Town Meeting 

see below 

The following was sent M r . Donegane Viz 1 . 

The Selectmen would acquaint M r . Donagane that a great number 
of the Inhabitants of the Town are very much dissatisfied at his 
repeated Exhibitions at Concert Hall, and would give it as their 
advice that he desist from any further practices of the kind 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 1G. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Sever, Hatch, Price, 
Andrews, 

Constables Hews & Butterfield, appointed to attend at the en- 
suing Town Meeting sent by Nazro 

The Selectmen have agreed with M r . Baker to keep the Cape 
Cod Woman named Deborah Perce, brought up by M r . Newcomb 
who is near lying in eight Shillings p Week, for her Board 

M r . Sever, Hatch, & Walley, a Committee to join a Committee on 
the part of the Proprietors of the 1400 feet of Land on the Neck in 
order to make the Repairs on both side of the Neck, said length of 
Land, agreeable to the Report of the Referrees see Papers Re- 
cord 41 in Book of Deeds Page 

An Account of Cap*. Partridges against the Town of Charles- 
town to the amount of 24. 11. 4 was delivered to M r . Walley to 
be handed to Commissary Devens in order to be laid before the 
Selectmen of said Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 103 

The application of the Blacks for a Person among them to have 
the burying of the r Dead not granted 

[193.] Joseph Cowden & Samuel Maynarcl, apply for a License 
to retail Spirituous Liquors at their Store in Orange Street 

M r . Dorr appointed a Committee to order the filling up of a hole 
on Mill Bridge 

Deacon Boardman appointed to apply untoM r . Winslow, for re- 
pairing the Way, in Cold Lane 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 23 d . 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Sever, Tyler, Andrews, 
Boardman, Price, 

The Selectmen approve of the method & steps pursued by 
Master Hunt, for clearing himself from the aspersions thrown 
upon his Character in some late publications, in pursuance of their 
advice given him in writing the 12 l . of August last and it is 
with great satisfaction, that they can say he has done it so effec- 
tually, that his Character now appears in as fair a point of light, 
as it did before said publications 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 28. 1789 
Present Mess rs : Dorr Tyler, Andrews, Sever, Price, Boardmau 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz*. 

A 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh - - . 
A 4 d . ditto f Wheat % Rye Meal, must weigh - 
A 4 d . ditto, not above ^ Indian Meal, must weigh, 
Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh - - 
Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weigh - - 

A 4 d . loaf of white Bread, must weigh - - 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Price, Andrews, & Boardman a Committee to view the 
pavement near Concert Hall - 

[194.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 
[30] 1 789 Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Sever, Walley, Andrews, 
Hatch, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Liberty is granted to M r . Samuel Salsbury, to build a Tomb in 
the Chapel Burying Ground, 

Col. Hatch M r . Walley & M r . Andrews a Committee to view 
Essex Street 

For Persons approbated for Licenses see Dec r . 30'. 1789 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 7 1789 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr. Price, Tyler, Andrews, Sever, 
Hatch, Walley, Boardman 

Voted, that M r . Homaus being so much engaged in public 




104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

business, as has prevented his giving sufficient attention to his 
duty as one of the Officers of police & another Officer shall be 
appointed for that department 

Voted, that two Persons be appointed as Officers of the Police 
in addition to M r . Wells who' now acts in said Office to whom will 
be committed the business, of making enquiry & reporting to the 
Selectmen, the Names of all Strangers that have come into this 
Town or may come into it since the passing an Act relative to 
Inhabitancy 

Voted, that Nathaniel Henchmen be appointed for the term of 
three Months one of the Officers of Police for this Town 

M r . Price appointed to order repairs to Water Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Fry day Octo r . 9 
[1789] Present Mess" : Scollay Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, 
Walley, Boardman 

Agreeable to notice given by the Selectmen Joseph Gardner, 
Joseph Greenleaff, Samuel Barrett, Thomas Crafts Thomas Dawes 
Jun r . Thomas Edwards, Nathaniel Green. Esq. met the Selectmen 
in order to widen Prince Street Both Justices & Selectmen pro- 
ceeded to said Street, and agreed to have said Street widened 
and M r . Dorr & Tyler were appointed a Committee to see the same 
carried into execution 

[195.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 14. 
1789 Present Mess" : Dorr Scollay, Price, Tyler, Walley, Sever, 
Hatch, 

M r . Sever & M r . Scollay a Committee to view the burying 
Ground near the Stone Chapel, and Report whither a spot can be 
had, for accommodating Cap 1 . Ford with a Tomb 

Voted, that Francis Moor be appointed an Officer of the Police 
for this Town 

The following Orders were given each of the three Inspectors of 
the Police Viz'. 

You being appointed Inspector of the Police for the Town of 
Boston are directed by the Selectmen in addition to other duties 
respecting said office to make a strict inquiry of all Strangers that 
are or may come into y e . Town, and take both the Christian & 
Sir Names of such Persons with the part of the Town they reside 
in, and of what House together with the Town Country or State 
they came from or belong to and make returns of all such to the 
Selectmen at their room on every Wednesday afternoon 
By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The Districts assigned, as follows 

M r . Wells's Commences from the South side of Milk Street & 
Bromfields Lane, and all to the southward of said House including 
Boston Neck 

M r . Moores, is from the South side of Milk Street & Bromfields 
Lane inclusive of all to the East & West within House Bounds 

M r . Heuchmans bounds Viz 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 105 

From the Mill Creek through the whole of the North End of the 
Town- 

M r . Francis Moor is appointed an Inspector of the several 
Watchmen in the Town Watch 

M r . Dorr & Tyler a Committee to view the Water course by 
Charles River Bridge 

[196,] The Chairman & Col. Hatch to see the Consul of 
France & propose, that a troublesome Frenchman like to be a 
charge to the public may be taken on board the French Fleet 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 15. 1789 
Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Price, Sever, Tyler 

M r . Scollay Reported, that he had seen the Consul who had dis- 
covered the French Commander who stood ready to receive the 
French Man, on his being sent to Wheelwrights Wharff 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 20. 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews, Boardman, 
Walley, Sever 

The Selectmen met as a Committee of the Town with the other 
Gentlemen of the Committee appointed at the late Meeting to 
devise suitable ways, for receiving the President of the United 
States 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 21*. 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Andrews Boardman 
Sever 

The Committee to devise ways for the reception of the Presi- 
dent, met again upon said business 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1789 
Present Mess": Scollay Price, Andrews Tyler, Hatch Boardman 

Passed upon Accounts 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread, must weigh 1-4-12 

a 4 d . loaf of white Bread, must weigh 1-8 12 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh - 4 - 2 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - 8 - 4 

a 4 d . Ditto | Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2-8-0 

a 4 d . Ditto not above Indian Meal d. 3-0-0 

[197.] M r . Scollay, Andrews, & Boardman a Committee for 
to order necessary Repairs for the Market House 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28. 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Boardman, Tyler, Price, 
Andrews, Seaver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Dorr & Cap 1 . Tyler a Committee to give orders to empty the 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No, 81. 

Privy of Master Cheneys School & remedy by some means the 
Water running into said vault 

The Petition relative to an old House at the North End of the 
Town read but no order taken thereon 

The Selectmen having considered the quantity of Wood wanted 
for the Public Schools 

Voted, that the supply for Vinals 

School be 8 Cord 

For M r . Tickuors d. 5 d. 

M r . Hunts - - - - - d. 6 d. 

M r . Carter d. 7 d. 

M r . Cheneys d. 5 d. 

M r . Tileston . - -,- ...-,. ; .-i d-. 7 d. 

M r . Davis d. - - - - 2 d. 

for the present 

Col. Hatch appointed to procure - - Master Ticknors Wood 

M r . Sever d. ----- .. Master Viuals d. 

M r . Andrews d. - - - Master Hunts d. 

Scollay d. - - - - Master Carters d. 

Boardman d. - - - - - -. Master Cheuies d. 

Dorr & Cap'. Tyler d. - - Master Tilestons - - d. 

Dito - - - d. Master Davis d. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octob r . 29. 1789 
Present 'Mess : Dorr, Scollay, Andrews, Walley 
Passed upon other Accounts 

[198.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 4 h . 
1789 Present Mess" : Scollay Dorr, Andrews Walley, Boardman, 

M r . Francis Moor having been appointed an Inspector of the 
Police & among other duties assigned him, a particular one being 
to Visit the several Watch houses & c . Orders were accordingly 
given him as by a Copy on the files of mixt papers 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 11. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Andrews, Walley, Seaver 
Boardman Hatch 

M r . Walley and M r . Price appointed a Committee to procure 
Warrants to be printed by M r . Hall for the purpose of warning 
Paupers out of Town 

Deacon Boardman appointed to confer with the Overseers of 
the Poor respecting supplying the Husband of a M rs . Mahony with 
Provisions & c . out of the Almshouse on the State Account the 
said Mahony being in a state of Insanity and therefore an unfit 
subject for the Alms bouse 

The three Inspectors of the Police Viz'., M r . Weld M r . Moor 
and M r . Henchman appeared and produced their Books containing 
the List of Persons as Strangers in the Town, which Books being 
returned them, they were directed to go on with their enquiries, 
till the Warrants were ready to warn them regularly, by a Con- 
stable agreeable to Law 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1789. 107 

M r . Moor Inspector of the Watch particularly made Report of 
remissness on the part of the several Watch Men, save those under 
the care of M r . Constable Edmonds at the North part of the 
Town 

M r . Seaver appointed to put two of the Bulls out to keeping 
untill April or otherways to dispose of them, as may be most for 
the Interest of the Town 

[199.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 18. 
1789 Present Mess" : Price, Dorr, Tyler, Walley, Sever, Andrews, 
Hatch 

M r . Walley, appointed to confer with the Overseers relative to 
the Inhabitancy of a Mary Everton a single Woman, sent by a 
Warr'. from Dorchester to this Town as an Inhabitant 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25. 1789 
Present Mess". Dorr, Scollay, Walley, Sever, Price, Andrews 
Hatch 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Committee to wait on M r . Clark & 
confer with him relative to the Inhabitancy of Mary Everton 

M r . Tayler applied for Libert}- to put down Posts before his 
Shop Liberty according granted, provided they be placed, to 
the approbation of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 30'. 1789 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Seaver, Price Tyler, Andrews, Hatch, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ 6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for the 
Charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1-4-12 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1-8-12 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh - 4 - 2 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - 8 - 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 2-8-0 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread, not above half Indian d. 3-0-0 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 2 d . 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Price, Walley, Tyler, Andrews, Seaver, 
Hatch 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[2OO.] Col. Hatch appointed to examine the Accounts of 
Cap'. Samuel Partridge Keeper of the Alms house 

The Town Clerk was directed to draw for the several School- 
masters at the Rates they were drawn for last Quarter 

M r . Nazro to direct M r . Crage one of the Chimney Sweepers, to 
attend at the Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 9. 1789 
Present Mess. Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Price, Hatch 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Andrews & M r . Dorr & Cap'. Tyler a Committee to order 
Repairs to the Engine House on the Mill Bridge 

M r . Scollay appointed a Committee to order Repairs to the 
Engine House at New Boston 

The Petition of M r . Moore & others for the privilege of the 
Street Manure on the terms proposed being considered, the Select- 
men Judged & determined that the prayer of the Petitioners could 
not at present be granted 

M r . Davis was acquainted by Letter that the School now under 
his care is to be discontinued on Saturday next 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 16. 1789 
Present Mess": Scollay, Price, Walley, Dorr, Tyler, Andrews, 
Hatch, 

M r . Davis delivered the Key of the North Latin School to the 
Selectmen last Saturday being the 11 Ins 1 . 

M rs . Hannah Cole approbated as a Retailer at her Shop in 
North Street 

Col. Hatch & M r . Sever a Committee to order Gravel on a Way 
near Hog Alley 

[2O1.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 23 d . 
1789 Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Price, Sever, 

An advertisement relative to a new School House sent to M r 
Russell, for publishing 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 28. 1789 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh - - - - - 1-4-12 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1-8-12 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh ----- _ 4 _ 2 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh ----- _ g _ 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread f Wheat Rye Meal - - d - 2-8-0 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread not above Indian - - - d- 3-0-0 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 30. 1789 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Sever, Boardman, 
Andrews, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The following Persons were approbated as Retailers and In- 
holders see August 7. & Septem r . 30 Viz'. 

Shops or Houses 
Jonathan Bruce - - - Retailer - - - - 

Edmund Wright d - - - - 

Hanah Harris ------ d - - - - 

Susannah Morgan - - - - d - - - - 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 



109 



John Hincks - - - 

Richard Bright - - 
Isaac Nut 
Alexander Mackay 

Thomas Powell - - 

Elizabeth Bosworth - 



- - - d 

- - - d 

- In holder 

- Retailer 

- - - d 

- - - d 



Hannah Bass d - 

Shubel Bell ,d - 

John Bryant - ... Inholder - 
[2O2.] Nathaniel HallJun r . Retailer 



Simon Bradshaw - 
Ezra Whitney - 
Sarah Bulls 
Sarah Lord 
Sarah Page 



d 
d 
d 
d 
d 



Peggy Daves ------ d 

Mary Bardon d 

Ezra Whitney d 

Ann Minginson ----- d 

Ann McClintick d 

Agnes Lobdell - - - Inholder 
Joseph Ridgway - - - Retailer 

Alvan Fosdick ----- d 

Thomas Oliver - - - - - d 

Uriah Cottings d 

William Doggett - - - - d 

Hannah Osborne d 

Frances Boutan d 

Richard Shelton d 

Jonathan Merry d 

Joseph Cowdiu d 



Newbury Street 



Dock Square 

Fore Street 

Hanover Street 

Orange Street 

Love Lane 

Middle Street 

Ann Street 

Fore Street 

Orange Street 

Scarlets Wharff 

Dock Square 

Congress Street 

Cambridge Street 



Ann Street 
Orange Street 



The Selectmen have agreed to allow M r . Moor as Inspector of 
the Town Watch, thirty six shillings p Month 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 6. 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Andrews, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, 
Hatch 

Joab Hunt Master of Engine N. 2. having resigned, M r . Gibbons 
Bouve, was chosen by the Company in his room who is approved 
of by the Selectmen. 

George Ridgway Master of Engine N. 6 having resigned 
that trust, the Company made choice of M r . Matthew Nazro in his 
room, who is approved of by the Selectmen 

Benjamin Fussenden approvod of as a Retailer of Spirituous 
Liquors at his Shop in Orange Street 

[2O3.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 13. 
17 ( JO Present Mess". Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Andrews 
Sever Hatch 

Cap'. Enoch James of Engine N. 10 has on his application 
the Premiums granted by the Town for bringing their Engine to 
play first on the Fire which lately broke out at Wentworths 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Wharff M r . Ross House Cross Street & M r . Phillis's Middle- 
Street being 4-4 

drawn for 

M r . Dorr & M r . Tyler a Committee to enquire into the Circum- 
stances of Anderson Phillips, represented to be a Non Compus to 
the Judge of Probate for said County 

Passed upon four Accounts of Cap 1 . Samuel Partridge Keeper 
of the Alms house amounting as by Copies on file to 1627 - 10 - 
6 1538 -16- 5 117 -18 -4 & 119-16-8 

The Sele'ctmen approved of the following Persons for Licenses 
viz*. 

Daniel Merry ----- a Retailer - - - Fore Street 
Margaret Smith - - - - d. ... Greens Lane 

Benjamin Goddard - - - d. ... Orange Street 

Peter Olive d. ... Fore Street 

Edward "Wentworth - - - Inholder ... Dock Square 
Mary Wheaton - - - - Retailer - - - Kilby Street 
Elizabeth Niccolson - - - d. - - - Fleet Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 20*. 1790' 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Walley Andrews Boardman r 
Sever, Hatch 

Passed upon D r . Appletons State Accompt amounting to 4 - 5 - 
3 d . a Copy is to be lodged by the Doctor 

Passed upon Edward Mayfields State Ace*, amounting to 2 - 8 
a Copy to be sent 

Petition of Cap'. Green and other Militia Officers read but the 
Selectmen could not see the propriety of their acting [2O4.] or 
appearing in this matter 

The Petition of Oliver Wendell Esq. & others for a Town Meet- 
ing relative to paving Battery March to be inserted in next War- 
rant for a Meeting 

M r . John Mountgomery was some days sipce recommended to 
the General Court for the privilege of a free Citizen 

to be recommend etc 

The Petition of Thomas Ramsdean for a naturalization by the 
General Court having been read it was determined not to 
act thereon as they heard Congress were about taking the matter 
up upon a general scale 

the above reconsidered March 3 d . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25. 1790 
Present Mess" : Scolla\-, Dorr, Tyler, Sever, Hatch, Price, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel and that 12 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 Brick Bread must weigh ------ 1412 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ------18 12 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh 42 

Bisketsof 2 Ditto d. --84 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread | Wheat Rye Meal d. - - - - 2 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of Bread not above Indian cl. 300 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. Ill 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 27. 1 790 
Present Mess". Scollay, Boardrnan, Tyler, Andrews, Walley, 
Hatch, 

M r . Sever & Col. Hatch a Comm ee to view the Building oc- 
cupied by M r . Wheeler & to Report the necessary Repairs 

Passed upon Accounts 

Passed upon Curtis & Houghton, State Accompt am', to 8 - 
15A 

Abigail Shepherd approved to retail Spirits, at her House Ship 
Street 

[2O5.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 2 d . 
1790 Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Boardman Tyler, 
Hatch, Sever 

M r . Scollay, M r . Dorr, M r . Price, M r . Walley a Committee to 
wait upon the Committee of the General Court and also the 
Committee of Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 3 d . 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Tyler, Walley Boardman 
Sever 

Abigail Woodman approved of as Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 
at her Shop in back Street 

John . . . Lewis approved of to Retail at his House in Ship 
Street 

Ordered that the Town Clerk issue a Warr'. for a Town Meet- 
ing on Wednesday next. 10. OClock AM : for choice of a 
Representative if Town see proper 

That Benj n . Russell have the printing of the Notifications : 

Selectmen meet next Tuesday to do business 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 5 '. 9. 1790 Present 
Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 16. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley Boardman, Hatch, Sever, 

M r . Walley appointed to get the Papers relative to the Neck 
Recorded 

John Brown & John G. Bartemus admitted Engine Men in 
Engine N. 6 Cap*. Nazro in the room of David Jacobs & 
George Ridgway who have resigned 

Passed upon Cap'. Samuel Lahas State Account amounting as p 
Copy on file to 24 - 6 - 8 

Zacheus Moultou approved as an Inholder for his House on 
Dock Square 

[2O6.] Monday 4. OClock Assigned for taking up the Com- 
plaint against M r . Moore an Officer of the Police 

John Drisco Approved as an Inholder at his House in Royal 
Exchange Lane 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 22 d . [1790.] 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Scollay, Tyler, Andrews, Sever, Hatch, 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 7/ p Bushel, 
and that 12 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 . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1 3 3 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 17 3 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh 3 13 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh .... 7 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. - - 2 8 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Fob 7 . 24. 1790 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Walley, Tyler, Hatch, Boardman, Andrews, 
Price, Scollay 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1. 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay Dorr, Tyler Andrews Seaver, Hatch, 
Walley, 

M r . Dorr & Cap'. Tyler a Committee to procure a place for the 
Engine N. 1. now standing on M r . Savages Land N. Square, 
where the present Engine House may be removed to 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing the 8 th . of March Ins'. 10. OClock A: M: for the choice of 
Town Officers & c . for the Year ensuing 

M r . Dorr & Cap*. Tyler a Committee to wait upon D r . 
Lothrop, and request his opening the Town Meeting with Prayer. 
M r . Freeman to have printing of Notifications 

[2O7.] In consequence of a Petition from Henry Hill & 
others for graveling S . Street Voted, that the Selectmen will 
allow twelve pounds towards the same, conditioned that the 
Abutters will expend nine pounds more for the same purpose to 
the satisfaction of Col. Hatch who is a Committee to carry this 
Vote into execution 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 1790 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Scollay, Dorr, Tyler, Boardman, Sever, Walley, 
Hatch, 

Cap'. Bouve of Engine N. 2. applies for the Premium allowed 
by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on the Fire 
which lately broke out at M r . Thomass House Bennet Street its 
doubted whether the House was on fire, no draft yet ordered 

The Vote passed on the 20'. of January last, relative to a 
Petition of Thomas Ramsdean for being recommended to the 
General Court, for a Naturalization is reconsidered 

M r . Walley, M r . Dorr & M r . Andrews a Committee to settle 
with Col. Vose for his supplies of Deer Island Years ago 

Voted that M r . Jepsons Rent of Shop be 6 and M r . Adling- 
toiis 4 p Annum sent 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1790. 113 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5. 1790 
Present Mess" : Scollay Dorr, Andrews, Sever Boardman Tyler 
Wnlley 

A conference had with the Overseers & M r . Mason & Eustis 
two of our Representatives, with respect of a further application 
to the General Court, relative to the support of the State Poor, 
when it was the sense of the Gentlemen to refer this business to 
the next Session of the General Court 

An Order dated the 6 of this Month, on the Town Treasurer, 
for 60 given Deacon Richard Gridley in consideration of a 
Deed of a piece of Land in Nassau Street purchased of said 
Gridley for the School Committee for the purpose of Erecting a 
School thereon for Reading for the convenience of the S. part of 
the Town, 

[2O8.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10. 
1790 Present Mess: Scollay, Dorr, Hatch, Edwards Boardman, 
Walley, Sever, Crafts, 

On the late Vote of the Town relative to a new Watch being 
established in State Street Voted, that it is the Opinion of the 
Selectmen that a new Watch be appointed accordiugly 

M r . Nathaniel Henchman appointed a Constable for said Watch 

Moved & after consideration thereon Voted that the Office of 
the Superintendaut of the Watch be suspended for the present 
also 

Voted, that M r . Moor an Officer of the Police be dismissed from 
that Office and that this Day fortnight be assigned for the 
choice of one in his room 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 17. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Boardman, Edwards, 
Crafts, Hatch, 

Schooner Esther, Nathaniel Hickman Master, from Surrinam, 
& owned by M r . Ebenezer Dorr said Master appeared and 
informs three Men have had the Small Pox at Surrinam two 
months since by Inoculation they got well the Vessel Clothes 
& c . have been thoroughly aired & smoked, and all were well on 
board, and there is not the least danger as he apprehends the 
Cargo consists of Molases & Cocoa 

D r . Welsh was requested by the Selectmen to make enquirey & 
examination, relative to the State of the Men Clothing & c . and to 
Report his Opinion 

The following Persons have been appointed as a Watch for 
State Street Viz 1 . 

M r . Nathaniel Henchman - - Constable 
Isaac Wendell 
William Eaton 
William Hendley 
John Stringer 

[2O9.] M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee to give orders 
for the repairs of the Town House Watch House , for the recep- 
tion of the Watch 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Col. Hatch and M r . Sever, a Committee to direct such Repairs 
for the Buildings rented by M r . Wheeler as they shall Judge proper 

Joseph Snelling approbated as a Retailer for his Shop in Fish 
Street 

Rachel Bradford approved as a Retailer for her Shop at Back 
Street 

John Woart approved as an Inholder for his House near Dock 
Square 

Voted, that the Constables of each Watch lodge their Orders 
with the Town Clerk, and that he lay the same before the Select- 
men next Wednesday 

informed M r . Nazro 

D r . Welsh having examined the Schooner 'Esther relative to the 
Small Pox, Reports that all the People are well and appear free 
from Infection & that all things on board have been so well 
cleansed & aired that in his Opinion said Vessel may come up 
to Town without any danger to the Inhabitants whereupon 

Voted, that said Vessel be permitted to come up, and unload, 
as soon as the Owners thought proper 

M r . Nazro was directed to call upon the several Captains of 
Engine Men to return lists of the Men belonging to their several 
Engines, next Wednesday 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 24. 1790 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Edwards, Scollay, Walley, Crafts, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Monday the 5 l . Day of April next being the Day as- 
signed by the Constitution for the choice of Governor & M r . 
Walley and Col. Crafts a Comm ee . to wait on the Rev d . M r . 
Belknap and to request his opening the Meeting with Prayer 

[21O.] M r . Holt the Printer to have the printing of the Noti- 
fication for the ensuing Town Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 29 l . [1700.] 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts 
Edwards 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 8/6 p 
"Bushel, and that twelve pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as 
follows. Viz'. 

lb. 

a 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 

a 4 d . loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- l 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 

a 4 d . loaf of Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. - - 2 

a 4 d . loaf of Bread not above Indian Meal d. 3 

M r . Bayley Collector having produced Receipts from the several 
Treasurers for the Sums committed to him to Collect for the Year 
1788 The Town Clerk is directed to deliver up his Bonds for 
said Year & they were accordingly delivered 




SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 115 

Col. Crafts appointed to examine M r . Nnzros Acco'. 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee to order such Repairs to 
Master Hunts House as they shall Judge necessary 

M r . Collector Hendei-son having produced Certificates from the 
several Treasurers for the Sums committed to them to Collect for 
the Year 1788 The Town Clerk is directed to deliver up his 
Bonds for said Year, and they were delivered accordingly 

M'. Shubael Hewes appointed to inform & prosecute any Person 
firing guns within the bounds of this Town, 

sent p Nazro 

M r . Edwards appointed to confer with M r . Martin Brimmer, 
relative to the Dung round the Market Square so called 

[211.] M r . Price & M r . Boardman a Committee to procure 
Blinds, for Master Carters School 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31. 1790 
Present Mess : Dorr, Edwards, Boardman, Price, Crafts, Scollay, 
Walley Sever 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Scollay & Col. Crafts, on the application of M r . Honny- 
well for building three Tombs at the Chapel Buryal Ground, are 
appointed a Committee to view the Ground and permit, or not per- 
mit as the} 1 shall Judge best 

see April 21*. 

This Day being assigned for the appointment of an Officer of 
the Police it was determined by the Selectmen that the choice 
of another officer subside for the present 

The Selectmen have proceeded to the choice and appointment 
of Engine Men, a List of the several Compauys are on file see 
April 21. 

The Draught for the Mouth of March examined pthe Selectmen, 
and the Clerk directed to give it in to the Town Treasurer 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Seaver, Edwards, Boardman, 
Crafts, Price, Walley, 

M r . Sever & M r . Edwards a Committee to view Blyes Lane on 
information that an encroachment has been made thereon by M r . 
Vincent which Committee are to make Report to the Selectmen 

Davis Whitman a Licensed Person having removed from Wings 
Lane to Hanover Street, is approved of by the Selectmen as a Re- 
tailer of Spirituous Liquors at his Shop in Hanover Street 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen the 5*. of April Instant 

Voted, on the Petition of Nathan Davis for liberty to open a 
private School for teaching Grammar & c . & c ., That the Prayer of 
the Petition be granted, and that he have a Certificate accord- 
ingly, 

sent 

[212.] M r . Jesse Houghton appointed to the care of the 
Burying Ground in the Common 

Orders, delivered the five Constables of the Town Watch, as p a 
Copy on file, together with a description of their respective Rounds 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Ludden Sexton of the old Brick Meeting appointed to the 
care of the Chapel burying Ground 

The Selectmen conformable to a By Law of the Town have 
Ordered, that the Owner of every Cow going at large on the Com- 
mon shall pay to the Persons appointed to Collect the Moneys, 
four Shillings for each Cow for such Cows as are kept in Past- 
ure. two Shillings for each Cow so kept 

Voted, that M r . Charles Coffin is appointed for the purpose 
afores d 

M r . Martin Brimmer having proposed to have the privilege of 
Collecting the Dirt near the Market, as the Clerk of Faneuil Hall 
Market is enjoined by a late Vote of the Town to do, without any 
expence to the Town for removing said Dirt. that he may Judge 
whether he shall be able to pay a consideration therefor in future 
He is agreeable to his said proposal to have the Collection of said 
dirt for one month 

M r . Nazro is directed to call upon the several Persons who hire 
Stalls in Market Square, and demand of them the Sums due to the 
Town, and return the answers each of them make to the Select- 
men on Wednesday next 

gave M r . Nazro a Copy 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7. 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess : Dorr, Edwards, Boardman, Price, Seaver, 

The Selectmen direct that an extract from the Law relative to 
Cows going at large be published also an Advertisement rela- 
tive to M r . Coffins being appointed to Collect the sums assessed 
for the support of the Bulls 

On the request of D r . Bulfinch that the Engine House at New 
Boston might be removed M r . Scollay Price & Edwards are 
appointed a Committee to direct the removal of said Engine House 
if they Judge proper, or otherwise to build another 

[213.] The Selectmen have assigned next "Wednesday for 
considering as to the pavement of Dock Square, & what repairs 
may be necessary for the Street near, Consert Hall & other Streets 
in the Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay Dorr, Price, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards 

Dudley Coleman approved of as an Inholder at the Bunch of 
Grapes Tavern in State Street 

James Williams Jun r . approved of as a Retailer of Spirituous 
Liquors at his Store on Dock Square 

Cap 4 . James of Hancock Engine having presented a List of his 
Company, the same were approved of & appointed as Engine Men 
for the Year ensuing see March 31 

The Key of the Building improved by Master Cheney as a 
School House was this Day sent to M r . Isaac Winslow one of the 
Proprietors of said Building ; another School having been provided 
for said Master by the School Committee 

Col. Perkins L'. Treat apply to be appointed Inspectors of 
Nails, agreeable to a late Law 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 117 

Col. Hatch and M r . Sever appointed to settle the Account of 
the late Keeper of the Granary 

The Fishermens Petition having been read, it was determined, 
that the consideration of said Petition subside 

M rs . Jones informed that a House of hers occupied by M r . 
Newall & situated in State Street, has been complained of as 
dangerous to the Limbs & Lives of the Inhabitants and that it is 
hoped immediate care will be taken to prevent such dangers 

The Committee on M r . Hunnewells Petition for liberty to erect 
three Tombs at the Chapel Burial Ground Report, that liberty 
be accordingly granted, and said Report is accepted by the 
Selectmen see March 31 given 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee, to repair the Pavement 
near the State House & Consert Hall 

[214.] Mess rs : Dorr & Edwards a Committee to treat with 
M r . Torrey relative to a compensation to be made him for widen- 
ing part of Fish Street at the Head of said Torreys Whaff 
Have Agreed to allow him. Five Pounds in case he gives about 
four Feet of his Land to the Town The Building he is about 
Erecting to be on a Line with M r . John Brights Shop 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d . 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Seaver, Boardman, Crafts, 
Edwards 

M r . Thomas Clemans appointed to have the care of the Town 
Pump in Milk Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 26. 1790 Present 
Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Boardman, Seaver, Crafts, Edwards 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 8/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh ----- 15 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 1 3 8 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh ----- 3 4 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 6 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian Meal d.3 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28*. 1790 
Present Mess": Dorr, Price, Edwards, Scollay, Boardman, Hatch, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Houghton directed to Report to the Selectmen next 
Wednesday, a State of Tombs & Ground in the Common Buryal 
Place 

M r . Dorr & M r . Edwards a Committee to view & agree with M r . 
Richardson, relative to the placing his House in Fish Street 

[215.] M r . James Barry being well recommended is Appointed 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

an Inspector of Pork Beef, & Fish & c . in the Town of Boston & an 
Oath of Office Administered by 

sent 

Russell & Clap apply to the Selectmen for being appointed as 
an Auchtioneer, for the present Year 

On the application of M r . Treasurer Hodgsdon M r . Hunnewell is 
permitted to build a Tomb on the Spot prayed for 

M r . Hunnewell having applied for his Father, has liberty to 
. build a Tomb at the Chapel Burying Ground 

M r . John Symmes applys to the Selectmen for being appointed 
an Auchtioneer. & produced a Receipt from the State Treasurer of 
the Dutys paid to this Day 

Deacon Boardmari & Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards a Committee 
to make enquiry relative to the Expence of paving Market Square 
& Fish Market Street & Report as soon as may be 

Col. Perkins chosen an Inspector of Nails for the Town of Bos- 
ton by ballot 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting for the choice of Representatives on Tuesdav the 11 
Day of May next 10. OClock. A: M: 

M r . Dorr & M r . Edwards a Committee to wait on the Rev d . D r . 
Howard to request his open g the Town Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Bumstead to have the printing of the Notifications for 
said Meeting 

Agreed to meet Fryday next 11. O. Clock A: M for the appoint- 
ment of Auchtioneers for the present Year and for compleating 
the Warrant for May Meeting 

The Draught for this month examined by the Selectmen 

[216.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 
1790 Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, 

Col. Procter having produced the State Treasurers Receipt for 
the one pc'. duty to. the 29'. April 1790 as Auchtioneer applys 
for the approbation of the Selectmen as an Auchtioneer- for the 
present Year 

M r . Thomas Kilby Jones applies, for the approbation of the 
Selectmen as an Auchtioneer for the present Year 

M r . William Jones applies for the approbation of the Selectmen 
as an Auchtioueer for the present Year 

Joshua Eaton applies for the approbation of the Selectmen as an 
Auchtioneer for the present Year 

Lewis Hoyt applies for the approbation of the Selectmen as an 
Auchtioneer for the present Year 

Next Wednesday assigned for taking up any furjther applications 
for the approbation of the Selectmen as Auchtioneers 

The Committee appointed on the 28'. Ins 1 , relative to M r . Rich- 
ardsons House, have agreed that in case he grants four feet of Laud 
to the Town he is to be paid three pounds for the same 

The following Gentlemen on their application for the approba- 
tion of the Selectmen as Auchtioneers Viz 1 . 
Col. Edward Procter 
Russell & Clap 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 119 

John Symms 

Thomas K. Jones 

William Jones 

Joshua Eaton 

Lewis Hoyt all Inhabitants of this Town were accordingly 
approbated, and furnished with Certificates of .the same signed by 
the Selectmen see May 5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 5 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Edwards, Price, Crafts, 
Hatch, 

Met according to Adjournment 

[317.] Jacob Adams Auchtioneer applies for the approbation 
of the Selectmen as an Auchtioneer the present Year 

see April 30 l . 

Robert Mollineux Auchtioneer applies for the approbation of 
the Selectmen as an Auchtioneer for the present Year 

see April 30 f . 

The Persons aforenamed Inhabitants of this Town were accord- 
ingly approbated as Auchtioneers, & furnished with Certificates 
of the same signed by the Selectmen, by the Town Clerk 

see April 30 

The Petition of Henry Wright for being approved of as an 
Auchtioneer, read and considered by the Selectmen & the 
Question being accordingly put Passed in the Negative 

Col. Crafts & Deacon Boardman a Committee to view such 
Tombs in the Common Burial Ground, as are in a ruinous situa- 
tion, and for which Tombs, no Owners appear and to Report to 
the Board what they Judge best to be done thereon 

M r . Noah Faxon having resigned his Stall in Faneuil Hall 
Market, N. on the North side of the Market Caleb Wheaton 
is to have the use of the same his Rent therefor to commence the 
5'. March 1790 

see on the file 

It is agreed to propose a conference with the Overseers of the 
Poor relative to Paupers & other Poor and a Billet was sent 
them by Nazro on the subject 

M r . Edwards appointed to deliver an Oration on the 4 l . of July 
next 

The Committee relative to paving Market Square are requested 
to Report as soon as may be 

M r . Dorr a Committee to acquaint M r . Edwards of his appoint- 
ment as y e Orator for the 4 l . of July next & to receive his answer 

[218.] The Overseers inform the Selectmen that they will at- 
tend the Board by a Committee Wednesday next in order to have 
a conference relative to the Poor 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, 
Edwards 

M r . Ephraim Brown is to pay four Pounds p Annum for the 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Shop he occupies near Consert Hall Rent to commence the 11'. 
Ins'. sent 

The following is Copy of a Warrant in favor of the Town 

Commonwealth ) r> -r> n 

Massachusetts j B ? his Excellency the Governor 

You are by and with the advice & consent of Council ordered 
and directed to pay unto the Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
One hundred & ninety two pounds two Shillings and 5 d . in full for 
the supporting sundry State Poor not in the Almshouse, and all 
other services done for the Commonwealth, excepting their Visita- 
tions to Rainsfords Island to the 14 of Jan y . 1789 also 450 for 
the use of the Granary & Labratory while in the improvement of 
this Commonwealth both which Sums amount to the Sum of 642- 
2-5, the sum of 450 is to be charged to the United States 
agreeable to a Resolve of the 9'. Ins'. 

for which this shall be } r our sufficient Warrant 

Given under my hand at Boston the 10'. Day of March 1790 in 
the 14 Year of American Independence 

JOHN HANCOCK 

642-2-5 

By Order of the Governor withe the advice & consent of 
Council 

JOHN AVERT Secretary 

To Alexander Hodgdon Esq. Treasurer 

A Committee from the Board of Overseers attended, and a 
conference was had as proposed relative to Paupers when it was 
conceded by the Comm ee . that the Overseers have the care of all 
Paupers belonging to any [219.] Town in the State who come 
into this Town & are not Inhabitants thereof 

Joshua Loring approved as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors at 
his Store at the head of Long Wharff 

The Comm ee . to wait on M r . Edwards Report that he declines 
delivering an Oration the 4'. of July next, for which he was 
appointed 

M r . Joseph Hall Jun r . appointed an Orator for their 4'. of July 
next & M r . Edwards appointed to acquaint him with the same & 
take his answer 

M r . Sever & Col. Hatch a Committee to let out Bull Pasture & 
Fosters Pasture for the present Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Scollay Dorr, Crafts, Edwards Boardman, 

An Advertisement agreed upon by the Selectmen relative to the 
Erecting a new School House in the Centre of the Town ^is to 
be published three Weeks successively in Mess : Edes & Russells 
Papers 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 19. 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Dorr, Boardman, Edwards, Scollay, Crafts, 

Cap'. Wells applies for liberty to put down Posts against his 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 121 

Shop Liberty was granted, conditioned, that the Ground & 
Pavement be made good to the approbation of the Selectmen 

Rev d . M r . Belknap appointed to deliver an Oration on the 4' of 
July next, agreeable to a Vote of the Town 

Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards a Committee to acquaint him with 
the choice and to receive & Report his answer 

An Advertisement relative to leasing the Hay Market to be 
published in Adams & M r . Russells Papers. 

[230.] M r . Edwards M r . Dorr & Col. Crafts a Coinrn ee . to 
make out the several Accounts of Charges incurred by Paupers 
coming from other Towns and Report which of the Towns 
should be sued for immediate payment 

M r . Boardman, Sever & Edwards a Committee to examine into 
the Circumstances of Rebecca Carr, represented as incapable of 
taking care of herself & Interests agreeable to a Warr'. from the 
Judge of Probates for the County of Suffolk 

Col. Hatch & M r . Sever a Committee to attend the Repairs of 
the Neck, beyond the 1400 feet granted by the Town 

On Motion Voted, that M r . Price, Edwards & Col. Crafts be a 
Committee to take D r . Franklins Will into consideration, and Re- 
port to the Board, what they apprehend, will be proper to be done 
by the Town on the occasion 

The Town at their late Meeting having desired the Selectmen to 
call a Meeting as speedily as may be for the purpose of taking D r . 
Franklins Will into consideration, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warr 1 . for a Town Meet- 
ing on Tuesday next. 3. OClock P: M: 

'M r . Powers to have the printing of the Notifications for the en- 
suing Town Meeting 

The following Certificate was this Day given on the recommen- 
dation of a number of the respectable Inhabitants of the South 
part of the Town Viz 1 . 

This Certifies that from recommendations received of Misses 
Betsy & Ammy Raymer the Selectmen are of Opinion that they are 
Persons of a sober life & conversation and well qualified to keep 
School for teaching reading & sewing 

' J. S. J. Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 24 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollay Dorr Price Sever Hatch Crafts Edwards 

Edward Gray Esq. was unanimously chosen Orator for the 4 l . 
say 5 of July next. 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 31'. 
1790 Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Edwards Hatch, Crafts, 
Price, Walley, 

The Committee appointed for the purpose Reported, that M r . 
Gray had accepted the appointment of Orator for the 4'. of July 
next say July 5 f . the 4 l . being Lords Day 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 8/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 - 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr, 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 158 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh ------ 138 

Biskets of a Copper price, must weigh ------ 34 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weigh ------ 68 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal d. 280 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above \ Indian Meal d. 300 

Passed upon Accounts 

Cap 1 . Sarson Belcher having applied for liberty to erect a 
Building on apeice of the Towns Land near Olivers Dock M r . 
Scollay and M r . Edwards - - - appointed a Committee to view 
the Premises & make Report 

The Committee relative to Market Square are directed to get 
three Bays on Market Square paved on the best terms they can 

M r . Hopestill Foster having offered the highest Sum for the hire 
of the Hay Engine this Year is accordingly appointed Hay 
weigher at the Rent he has offered being 160-12/ he offered 
for his Bondsmen, the same which became bound with him the 
last Year, the Selectmen have approved of them & directed the 
Town Clerk to make out Bonds of the tenor of the last Year 

The Town Clerk is directed to deliver all Bonds & Securities to 
the Town Treasurer he giving the Town Clerk a Receipt for the 
same 

The Selectmen have agreed to request the Overseers of the 
Poor to meet them at the Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday 1. 
OClock sent 

'[222.] The plan of a Building for a School House presented 
by Col. Dawes, approved of and accepted by the Selectmen 

The Town Clerk to Advertise that said Plan may be viewed by 
any one inclining to undertake for erecting said Building, at the 
Office of Ezekiel Price Esq, where it is lodged for said purpose 

Col. Crafts, Col. Hatch & M r . Walley a Committee to see to 
the removal of the Building now improved by M r . Hunt & the 
erecting another agreeable to a Vote of the Town they taking 
the advice of Col. Dawes as it ma}* be needed sent 

Voted, that Col. Dawes be requested to give his advice and as- 
sistance to the Sub. Committee for erecting a new School on the 
Land where M r . Hunt now lives sent 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28 [1790.] 
Present Mess : Scollay Crafts Price, Boardman 

Cap 1 . Laha acquainted the Selectmen that the Schooner Edes 

Cap 4 . Halloway Master is arrived at Rainsfords Island from 

; having a Man on Board sick of the Small Pox a Letter 

was sent Cap*. Laha directing him to take the sick Man on shore 
with every Article liable to retain infection, & that he proceed in 
smoking & cleansing the Vessel, & every thing belonging to 
her, not suffering any one not belonging to the Vessel to go or 
come from the Vessel and when he thought she was so well 
smoked & cleansed as that she might come up with safety to the 
Inhabitants to permit her see Copy of Orders on file 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 123 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 2 d . 1790 A:M 
Present Mess: Scollay, Hatch, Dorr, Price, Bowman? 

The Overseers agreeable to the request of the Selectmen at- 
tended, relative to the Business assigned them by the Town 
respecting the Poor 

[223.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2 d . 
1790 Present Mess" : Scollay, Walley, Boardman, Dorr, Price, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Joseph Bond, had liberty to take up a few Sods, on the 
Towns Land near his House 

The Account of Samuel Curtis & Jessee Houghton for burying 
Strangers on the State Account, amounting as by a Copy to be 
placed on the files to l9-4-8 d 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Dorr a Committee to direct with re- 
spect to paving part of Brattle Street 

The Selectmen passed on the Account of Samuel Gooking being 
for the care of William Thurston a poor sick Stranger amounting 
as p a Copy to be placed on the tiles amounting to 9 15 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 1790. 
A: M Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Hatch, "Walley, Boardman, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Clark in the Name of the Artillery Company, pray'd Liberty 
for the use of the Hall from Saturday Morning to Tuesday Noon 
and liberty was accordingly granted 

This Months draft examined by Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4. 1790. 
P.M: Present Mess" : Scollay, Edwards Walley Sever, Hatch 

Met the Overseers and agreed upon a Memorial to the General 
Court relative to the Poor of the Commonwealth, which was signed 
by the Selectmen & Overseers of the Poor, and handed to M r . 
Mason one of our Representatives to be laid before the Court when 
they shall Judge it to be the best time for its being taken up 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, June 9'. 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Edwards, Hatch, Sever, Dorr, Crafts, 
Walley, Boardman, Price 

D r . Stillman having informed one of the Selectmen that his Son 
George from abroad, was suspected of having the Small Pox & 
that he would with liberty, send him to the Hospital at New 
Boston to be provided for at his own expence and he [224.] 
was accordingly sent there 

D r . Stillman apply'd for liberty for M rs . Stillman visiting her 
Son at the Hospital, if occasion should require it the Motion 
was withdrawn 

Smith Coleman applys for approbation for a License to retail 
Spirituous Liquors at his House in Cambridge Street which House 
was licensed the last Year under the improvement of Hugh Cargill, 
who is removed and the said Coleman was accordingly approved 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Dorr added to the Committee for repairs of Faneuil Ha-11 
Market 

On the application of M r . John Bartlet for building a Tomb in 
the S. Burial Ground Liberty was granted provided it be done 
under the direction of M r . Sever 

The Board have agreed to view the N usance near Hog Alley, to 
Morrow Afternoon 4 O'Clock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 16. 1790 
Present Mess rs : Seaver, Boardman, Dorr, Edwards, Scollay, 
Price, Walley, Hatch, Crafts 

On the application of M r . Christian Gullager, that he may place 
the Bust of President Washington in Faneuil Hall in such a situ- 
ation as shall be Judged best by the Selectmen Liberty is accord- 
ingly granted & there to remain 

O */ o 

M r . Dorr a Committee to enquire relative to a Tomb at the 
North End, that as its said has not an Owner M r . Marston having 
applied for one which he says has no Owner 

Col. Crafts & Col. Hatch a Committee, for the application of 
Christopher Gore & c . that a new Watch House may be erected 
at New Boston at their own charge said Committee to confer 
and Report 

M r . Scollay, Price, & Hatch a Committee to wait on the Gov- 
ernor, & inform him that the Selectmen have engaged Edward 
Gray Esq. to deliver an Oration on the 4 f . say 5'. Day of July, and 
that they have liberty to improve the Stoue Chapel Church, for 
said purpose said Comm ee . [225.]' to wait on D r . Bulfiuch for 
liberty to improve the same for said purpose (Vote reconsidered) 

Agreed on a Visit to DEER Island, Wednesday next. & to meet 
on Fryday next at 4. OClock to arange matters Jurors chosen 
for the Court Common Pleas & entred 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1790 Present 
Mess rs : Price, Crafts, Boardman, Edwards, Dorr, 

Cap 1 . Manesseh Marston [Marsters?] on his application, is 
to have the Tomb pray'd for in the N. Burying Ground, not 
occupied, conditioned, that if any Owner hereafter appears, he will 
redeliver the same, on his charges to that time for repairs & c . 
being paid him the Town not to be at any expence 

M r . Scollay in the room of- M r . Andrews, a Committee to let the 
old Engine House on Dock Square 

On the application of Cap 1 . Samuel Coles whereby he has liberty 
to exercise his Company in Faneuil Hall 

Cap 1 . Laughton, has the like liberty for his Company 

M r . Thomas Lewis has liberty to open a drain from his House in 
Fish Street he making good the Ground and restoring the Pave- 
ment to the approbation of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24. 1790 
Present Mess": Scollay, Price, Sever, 'Boardman, Crafts 

A Letter received from the Secretary relative to the intentions 
of the Hon ble . Board on the 4'. July next 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. . 125 

The Selectmen adjourned the consideration of the Councils tc 
Monday next being Draught Day 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28 l . 
1790 Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Edwards, Price, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 8/6 p 
bushel & that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. t dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 15 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh - - - - 1 38 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh ----- 34 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh ----- 68 
a 4 d . loaf of brown Bread f wheat Rye Meal must 

weigh ----. 2 8 

a 4 d loaf of brown Bread not above Indian must 

weigh 3 

[226.] Cap 1 . Robinson of Engine N. 2 applies for the Pre- 
mium allowed by the Town for bring'g their Engine to work first 
on the Fire which lately broke out at M r . Burk the Coopers House 

allowed & drawn for Aug'. draft 

Passed upon Accounts 

Col. Crafts, M r . Price & Col. Hatch a Comm ee . to take such 
measures as they shall think proper for removal of the Nusauce 
near the Hay Market agreable to a late Vote of the Town, & the 
Opinion of the whole Board at a late view of the same 

M r . Scollay Col. Crafts & M r . Dorr, a Committee to wait on 
the Comm ee . of the Old South & ask liberty of making use of their 
Meeting house on the 4 l . of July next which Committee have 
been appointed to wait on the Governor and acquaint him, that 
the Oration in commemoration of Independence is to be delivered 
at the Old South Meeting House at such time as the Town on that 
Morning shall appoint 

Francis Moor is allowed in full of services as Inspector of 
the Watch and of the Police 3 

M r . Nathaniel Heath is.to have a draught in this Months Draught 
for Seven Pounds, in part for Materials & repairing the Roof & 
Cupola of Faneuil Hall 

Last Wednesday the Selectmen accompanied by a number of 
Gentlemen Visited Deer Island, had an agreeable time and the 
pleasure of finding the Island in a good state 

[227.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June, [30] 
1790 Present Mess: Scollay, Dorr, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, 
Walley, Hatch, Edwards 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The School Comm ee . have g . Agreed to attend the Visitation of 
the Schools on Wednesday the 7'. of July next, the several Mas- 
ters are informed thereof (reconsidered) 

M r . William Dawes has liberty to open a drain near his House 
in Ann Street he making good the Ground & Pavement 



126 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Ordered that the Tovvu Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town Meet- 
ing the 5 of July next ->. o'Clock A: M: in commemoration of 
the Day on which Independence was declared being on the 4'. of 
July Anno Domini 1776 Mem . Notifications not to be printed 

Cap 1 . Laha having reported that James Smith of Gloucester, 
Wait Gillman of Connecticut Fife a Negro and Jessee Harding 
who have had the Small Pox at Rainsfords Island, have been so 
well smoked & cleansed as that they may leave the Island with 
safety He was directed to keep them two Days longer for airing, 
and then to permit them to leave Island, he being first satisfied for 
the charge they have occasioned 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1. 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess : Scollay Dorr Price, Walley, Hatch, Sever, Boardman, 
Crafts, Edwards 

Agreed with the School Committee to have a Visitation of the 
public Schools on Fryday the 9'. Ins'. M r . Vily was engaged to 
prepare a Dinner, at Faneuil Hall on said Day by 2. oClock 
and the Town Clerk to send Billets to the Gentlemen to be invited 
agreeable to the List given him by the Selectmen 

M r . Vily is to be 

[Original missing ; probably only two lines at bottom of page. 

W. H. W.j 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7. 
1790 Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Boardman, 
Sever, Crafts Edwards : 

Mess" : Crafts Dorr & Scollay a Committee to wait on the Gov- 
ernor & request him to give Orders for erecting a Pole & c . on 
Beacon Hill and should he refuse by not having it in his power, 
the said Committee are directed to have one set up as formerly as 
soon as may be and on the best terms they can (reconsidered) 

M r . Walley M r . Hatch & M r . Crafts, appointed a Committee to 
wait on the Town Treasurer and confer with him respecting a sum 
of Money he is soon to receive and to see the Resolve of Court & c . 
relative thereto 

M r . Dorr & M r . Boardman, appointed a Comm ee . on the appli- 
cation of Charles Miller & others, for removing the Fish Market 
from where it now stands, to the South East side of the Draw 
Bridge, which Committee are to consider relative to said appli- 
cation, and to make Report as soon as may be 

M r . Scollay & M r . Boardman a Committee for letting the old 
Engine House in Market Square Report that they have let the 
same to M r . Amos Winship Butcher at the rate of three Pounds 
lawful Money p Year Rent to commence the 1 st . of July Inst'. 

sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9 [1790] 
Present Mess : Scollay Dorr Price Walley Boardman Hatch 
Sever Crafts Edwards 

M r . Price & M r . Walley appointed a Committee, for getting the 
Oration delivered by Edward Gray Esq. on 4'. say 5. of July Ins'-, 
printed, agreeable to a Vote of the Town on said Day 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 127 

On this Day the Selectmen in School Committee accompanied 
by the L'. Governor, the Council number of Gentle- 
men Visited the Public Schools 



the order & 



[Original missing at the points shown by the lines. W. H. W.] 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July [14] 
1790 Present Mess": Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Price, Crafts, Sever, 
Hatch, Boardman, , 

On the late Visitation it appeared that 
M r . Hunts School had - - - - 63 Boys - - - 
Carter & Binghams, d. had - - 220 Boys - - - 180 Girls 
M r . Vinal & Tickuor d. had - - 229 Boys - - - 185 Girls 
Tileston & Cheneys d. had - 250 Boys - - - 174 Girls 

762 Boys 539 Girls 

In all 1301 Scholars under 14 Years of Age 

see on other side 

The Comm ee . appointed on 7'. of July Ins', relative to erecting 
a Pole on Beacon Hill, are discharged from the Duty assigned 
them by said Vote 

On the application of M r . Crafts for a Stall in the Market 
Square which has been occupied by M r . Talbot ; and a full hear- 
ing had thereon ; it was the sense of the Board that M r . Crafts 
had no claim for said Stall which should opperate for the removal 
of said Talbot 

Moved, that a Committee be appointed to consider what is 
further necessary to be done for the regulating the Stalls in 
Market Square & to enforce the Clerk to the discharge of his 
duty 

M r . Crafts, a Committee for the above purpose 

M r . Boardman & M r . Walley a Committee to view the Pave- 
ment in Cold Lane, and give such orders for repairs as they may 
Judge necessary 

The Selectmen have assigned Fryday P: M: after Commence- 
ment for consideration of what relates to D r . Franklyns Donation 
& c . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d [1790.] 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Price, Walley, Sever Boardman Crafts 

[23O.] Ordered that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a 
Town Meeting on Monday the 26'. Day of July Ins'. 9. OClock 
A:M: 

M r . Powers to have the printing of the Notifications for the 
ensuing Town Meeting 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee to confer with M r . Dex- 
ter, relative to a demand lately made on the Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23 d . 1790 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Hatch, Crafts, Edwards, 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Jonathan Stodder applies for a share in the paving work neces- 
sary to be done 

Maj r . Tilden applys for the paving part of the head of Battery 
March, he defraying a part of the charge 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24. 1790 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Sever, Hatch, Price, Ed- 
wards, Crafts, 

M r . Edwards & M r . Crafts a Committee to prepare a draught of 
a Letter to the Executors of D r . Franklyn in answer to their Let- 
ter & to Report the same to the Board 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26. 1790 
Present Mess" : Scolla}-, Walley HatcL, Crafts Edwards 

M r . Scollay Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards a Committee to wait 
upon His Excellency the Governor and acquaint him that they ap- 
prove with gratitude his proposal of erecting a Beacon on Beacon 
Hill, which must be as agreeable as it will be serviceable to the 
Public (Error see August 4 l .) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28. 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay Dorr, Walley Sever, Boardman, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[231.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 
at 8/6 p Bushel and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh ----- 158 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 1 30 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh - - . - - 34 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh ----- 68 

a 4. d Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal d. 280 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above \ Indian Meal d. 300 

The Committee on the Petition for removing the Fish Stalls, 
Report as their Opinion that the Prayer of the Petition cannot be 
granted and the Report accepted 

M r . Scollay & M r . Walley a Committee to view Batter} 7 March 
& make such small Repairs as they may Judge proper & neces- 
sary 

Passed upon Elizabeth Richardson State Account for care of the 
State Hospital at New Boston from the 27'. April 1789 to 27'. April 
1790. 1 Year 13 6 8 also five Cords of Wood - @ 12/ 
300 

the amount 16 68 

Mem , she was ordered to apply to the Court for payment but not 
having received anything she had an Order on the Town Treasurer 
for said Sum March 2. 1791 

Passed upon Prince Pattersons State Account for 18 Weeks 
lodging & Nursing of James Moorwood at 5/-4. 10 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 129 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29. 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Dorr Scollay, Walley, Edwards Boardman, 

M r . Joseph Russell the new elected Town Treasurer having pro- 
posed. William Tuder Esq. Moses Hays. M r . Clap & M r . "White as 
his Bondsmen they were accepted by the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 4. 1790 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Scollay, Price Walley, Boardman, Hatch, 
Sever, Edwards, Crafts 

M r . Scollay, Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards be a Comm ee . [232.] 
to wait on the Governor & acquaint him, that being enformed by 
Judge Sullivan that his Excellency wishes to have liberty to erect 
a Beacon on the Towns part of Beacon Hill at his own expence 
the Selectmen in behalf of the Town accept his generous proposal 

The Committee accordingly waited on his Excellency and ac- 
quainted him with the same 

Voted, that the Collectors of Taxes, be requested to attend at 
the Selectmens Chamber on Wednesday next to answer to such 
questions as may then be put to them relative to said Collections 

sent p Nazro 

Passed upon the List of Licensed Persons for the last Year as 
by a Copy thereof on file 

Col. Hatch & M r . Sever a Committee to make Repairs on the 
Town Buildings, let to Frothingham Jacobs & Wheeler at bottom 
of Common, to the amount of twenty pounds they advancing 
the Money for said Repairs 

The Clerk of the Market is directed not to suffer any Stalls to 
be Erected or to let out any Places for selling Roots without the 
approbation of the Selectmen 

gave an attested Copy 

Thomas Smith appointed a Chimney Sweeper in this Town, and 
had a Badge N. 14. delivered him 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 11'. Present 
Mess rs : Scollay, Walley, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Hatch, 
Edwards 

M r . Walley & M r . Boardman a Committee to view the Pave- 
ment near M r . Grants at New Boston, & give such Orders as they 
may Judge proper 

The Town Clerk is directed to deliver M r . Thompson Collector 
his Bonds given as Collector of Taxes for the Year 1788 he 
having shewn Receipts in full from the several Treasurers for 
[233.] the Sums committed to him to Collect for said Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 13'. 1790 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Sever. Boardman, Scollay, Hatch, Price, 
Crafts, Edwards, Walley, 

The Selectmen having on an offer of his Excellency the Governor 
to erect a Beacon on Beacon Hill at his own expence, accepted the 
same Now being informed that it is in contemplation of a num- 
ber of the Inhabitants to erect an Obelisk there at their own 
expence & the Governor having been acquainted thereof has in 



130 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

\ 

consequence signified to the Chairman that if consistent, and 
agreeable to them, he will retract his offer, to give way to the 
proposed erection of an Obelisk 

The Selectmen therefore are of Opinion that his Excellency on 
those grounds may consistently retract his offer ; and do consent 
that such Inhabitants have leave to erect an Obelisk accordingly 

Mem . The Selectmen will attend to the laying out the ground 
whenever the workmen & c . are ready. 

Mem . Copy of the above given M r . Russell 

Agreed to Visit Rainsfords Island Fryda} 7 next to meet at Fan- 
euil Hall 8. OClock Morning being 20'. of Aug . Ins'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 16. 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Walley, 
Price, Edwards 

Settled & made out the List of Company & a Bill of fare, for 
Rainsfords Island 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen Aug'. 18. 1790 Present 
Mess : Scollay Dorr Price Hatch Edwards, Crafts 

Four Retailers & one Inholder approved of, as by a List ta&en 
this Day 

M r . Walley & Hatch a Committee to confer with M r . French 
respecting his complaint of a Nuisance near his Land 

Charles Do wall on a recommendation of several Gentlemen 
approved as a Chimney Sweeper, & a Badge N. 15. was 
delivered 

[234.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 
25'. 1790 Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Sever, Hatch, 
Edwards, Walley, 

The following regulations relative to Market Square were passed 
at a late Meeting Viz'. 

For the better regulating Market Square and ascertaining the 
Income thereof 

It is Ordered, that all the Stalls now Erected or that ma_y here- 
after be Erected, and all Stands that are improved or may here- 
after be improved for the selling of either Meats or Roots, shall 
be numbered 

That no Stand or Stall shall be hereafter Erected or let out with- 
out consent of the Selectmen or such Committee as they shall 
appoint for this purpose 

That on or before the first Day of September next every Person 
hiring any Stalls or Stands shall sign the following Agreement 
Viz 1 . 

I In consideration of being permitted by the Selectmen of 

the Town of Boston to improve and occupy a Stand or Stall in 
Faneuil Hall Market Square N. in Boston, so long as both 
Parties shall Agree, do Promise to pay to Matthew Nazro, or to 
such Person as may hereafter be appointed in his stead, as Clerk 
of Faneuil Hall Market Shillings, each and every 

Month, from the Day of the Date hereof, untill such Time as I 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 131 

shall relinquish the same expresly to said Nazro, or such other 
Person in his Stead as aforesaid 

Witness my Hand this Day of 179 

And if any one shall neglect or refuse so to do, he or they shall 
forfeit his or her claim to said Stall or Stand, & the Committee 
are impowered to let the same to any Person applying therefor 

[335. J That no Horses shall be suffered to stand in the Rear 
of the Meat Stalls, or in the Inclosures behind them, but as many 
Carts may be put behind said Stalls as may be accommodated, and 
all other Carts shall be put in a range by the old Engine House 
& c . in a range with the South side of Faneuil Hall, the Bodies to 
be run qver the Shaffs of each Cart so as to take as little room as 
possible 

That a new entrance be made through the Rails into the West 
end of Faneuil Hall Market the Bakers to arrange their Wheel- 
barrows along from the Beef Stall at the Corner, to said Entrance 

That the shifting Stalls or Stools in the Square at the West End 
of Faneuil Hall be fixed in a proper range, and not to be remove- 
able as at present 

Mem , some better Arangements might be made respecting Fish 
and Shoemakers Stalls or Stands 

M r . Scollay, Col. Crafts and M r . Edwards are appointed a 
Committee to carry the aforegoing regulations & c . into execution 

The Committee relative to the Finances of the Town, appeared 
at the Selectmens Chamber & after some discourse relative to the 
Market, they requested to be made acquainted with the probable 
Income of the Market & the other Estates of the Town and of 
any other matters the Selectmen apprehend will afford any light to 
the Committee in the business assigned them by the Town 
other minutes given M r . Scollay by the Committee 

Boston August 25. 1790 M r . Treasurer Hodgsden 

Please to pay to Joseph Russell 

[236.] Treasurer of the Town of Boston the Sum of three 
thousand seven hundred & sixty four Pounds 15/ 5 d . being the 
Sum of Money you were empowered & directed to borrow & pay 
to the Selectmen of the Town of Boston in part payment accord- 
ing to a Resolve of the General Court passed June 24. 1790 

p Order JOHN SCOLLAY Chairman 

M r . Walley and Boardman a Committee to order such Repairs 
to the Pavement near D r . Bulfinchs as they shall Judge proper 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 30. 1790 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 8/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 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 Brick Bread, must weigh - - - - 15 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh - - - - 1 30 

Biskets of a Copper price must weigh - - - - 3 4 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - - - - 6 8 



132 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Brand 5 Wheat Rye Meal d. 280 
a4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. - 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Williams, Collector proposes D r . Amos Winship & M r . 
Robert M c Neil Merchant as his Bondsmen, for this Year 

M r . Collector Thompson proposes William Scollay Esq. & 
Joseph Russell Jun r . as his Bondsmen the Year ensuing 

M r . Collector Bayley proposes James Bayley Gentleman & 
Henry Bass Merchant as his Bondsmen for the Year ensuing 

M r . Benjamin Henderson proposes Enoch James Black Smith 
Thomas Parker Merch 1 . as his Bondsmen for the present Year 

[237.] M r , Scollay, Walley & Edwards, Crafts, a Commit- 
tee to confer with a Committee of the Overseers of the Poor rela- 
tive to dismissing such Persons from the Almshouse as are now in 
circumstances, to provide for themselves 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 1. 1790 
Present Mess: Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Sever, Hatch Crafts & 
Edwards 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Hatch & Mr. Sever a Committee on the application of M r . 
Perkins, for some repairs to be done in Short Street 

The Selectmen approve of M r . Thompson Bayley & Henderson 
Bondsmen as proposed to the Selectmen the 30'. of August last 
M r . Williams Bondsmen not being satisfactory he was desired to 
propose another 

Agreed with M r . Homer to pave the bottom of Brattle Street, 
he to receive as a full compensation Eleven Pounds, 12/ he to find 
Stones Gravel & c free* of all charge to the Town the Commit- 
tee were Mess : Boardman & Dorr, their appointment was on the 
2 d . of June last and this Agreement was made sometime in 
July following 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 2 d . 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Hatch, Boardman, 

Ordered, that the Assize fixed the 30 4 . of August last be so far 
altered, as that the 4 d . Brick Bread be set at 'j 1 - f d 8 r - that a Copper 
Bisket be left out of the Assize, & that a 4 d . loaf of brown 
Bread Wheat Rye Meal stand at l \- instead of l \- |- 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 3 d . 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Crafts. Walley 

Adjourned this Meeting to Monday next 5. OClock P: M: 
Reconsidered and Adjourned to Satturday next 1 1 . oClock. A: M: 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 4. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, 

M r . Williams Collector, attended & proposed Benj m . Edes as 
another Bondsman, but this not being satisfactory he was desired 
to procure further security 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 133 

[238.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 6 

1 790 Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, Walley, Hatch, 

Price, 

Jurors drawn and entered on the Jury Books as usual 

M r . Samuel Whitwell Keeper of the Alms house was directed to 

dismiss from said House 21 Persons at the State charge as p a 

List on file 

B.oston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 8. 1790 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Scollay, "Walley, Boardman, Hatch, Crafts, Edwards, 
Price, 

M r . Lee a Methodist Preacher from Virginia having applied to 
the Selectmen for liberty to preach in Faneuil Hall on Evenings 
untill next Monday 

Voted, as the Opinion of the Selectmen that Faneuil Hall being 
now occupied for a Reading School, the preaching there must be 
attended with such inconvenience to Master & Scholars as obliges 
them to decline granting said request 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 15. 1790 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Boardman, Edwards, Walley, 
Sever, Hatch, Crafts 

On the application of the Bakers, for an alteration of the Assize 
the matter being considered Voted, that the Selectmen, do 
not think it expedient to make any alteration 

A Letter being received from M r . Charles Williams acquainting 
the Selectmen that he declined offering any further security, and 
that if what he had already offered should be still thought insuffi- 
cient, in that case resigned his Office as Collector, of Taxes the 
Question was therefore put Whether the Selectmen will recon- 
sider their former Votes. & accept the Securities, proposed by him 
as satisfactory Passed in the negative 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting Tuesday next. 3. oClock P: M: in order to choose a 
Collector of Taxes in the room of M r . Williams 

see Sep r . 17 

[239.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 17. 
1790 Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Crafts, Ed- 
wards, Sever, Boardman, 

M r . Williams having offered Stephen Bruce in addition to M r . 
McNeil, D r : Winship Benj. Edes & Stephen Bruce as his Bonds- 
men they were approved of by the Selectmen 

Moved, that the Selectmen reconsider their Vote passed on the 
15 Ins', for calling a Town Meeting passed in the affirmative 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep'. 22 d . 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Sever, Boardman, 
Hatch, 

Ordered that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
meeting on Monday the 4'. of October next for giving in Votes 
for a Representative in Congress 



134 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Mess : Edes & Son to have the printing of the Notifications 
M r . Sever & Col. Hatch a Committee to wait on M r . West & 

ask him to open the ensuing Town Meeting with Prayer 

Next Fryday 3. OClock P.M: Assigned for taking the matter 

of D r . Franklyns Donation into consideration 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24, 1790 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Sever, Boardman, 
Crafts 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration what remains to 
be done by them relative to D r . Franklins Donation, M r . Price 
was appointed a Committee to write Stephen Collins Esq, request- 
ing that he would procure Copies of all the proceedings of the 
Corporation of Philadelphia, respecting D r . Franklins Donation to 
that City 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 27. 1790 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Dorr, Hatch, Edwards, Boardman, 

[24O.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread, be set at Wheat 
at 7/6 p Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as 
follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . White Loaf 10 14 

a 4 d . Loaf of brick Bread must weigh ----- 1 312 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh ---- 1 512 

8 d . d. 2 11 8 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weight - - - - 7 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread, not above Indian d., 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

On the application of Timothy Pease Master of Engine N. 5 
for the Premium allowed by the Town for first plaving on the Fire 
at the Long Wharff 

Voted, that he have a draft for 1. 8 

drawn for 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 29. 1790 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Dorr, Price, Walley, Hatch, Boardman, 
Crafts, Edwards, Sever 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Col. Hatch Reports, that in his Opinion, about five pounds 
worth of Gravel from Purchase Street to Battery March may make 
the Ways passable & a quantity needed at Battery March 

Col. Hatch appointed for to make the Road above mentioned 
passable 

M r . Boardman & M r . Edwards a Committee to view M r . Morses 
Store, and order necessary Repairs 

The Dock Watch attended, & Jotharn Leavet was enformed 
that the Selectmen had dismissed him on complaint against him 
for unfaithfulness but ou his promising to behave well for the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 135 

future he was told, that the Selectmen would try him for one 
month Constable Starr & his Men were then informed as there 
had been frequent complaints against his "Watch, the whole of 
them would be [241.] dismissed unless they were circumspect in 
their future behavior 

Col. Crafts M r . Price 

Fryday seven night assigned for taking up the business of warn- 
ing Strangers to depart agreeable to a late Law M r . Qonstable 
Romans, Hews, Perkins & Cade, are to be notified to attend at 
that time, at the Selectmens Chamber M r . Nazro enformed 
thereof 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . [6] 1790 
Present Mess: Scollay, Boardman, Walley, Price, Hatch, 

Constable Edmunds proposes Benjamin Abrahams as a Watch- 
man for his Watch in the room of John Owens who has left the 
Watch & he was approved accordingly 

Voted, that a Sum not exceeding twenty Pounds, be laid out on 
the House at Deer Island under the direction of Col. Hatch ; 
Tukesbury the Tenant to get the work done, which is deducted out 
of his Rent 

M r . Scollay, Price & Walley a Committee to treat with any Per- 
son relating the Sale of the House & Land now occupied by M r . 
Carter in Tremont Street, & the reversion of the Land adjoining 
thereunto the Selectmen have agreed that Six hundred Pounds 
is the rate, that the House is to be set at 

Four Grand Jurors & six Petit Jurors appointed & drawn for 
the Circuit Court their Names are posted in the Jury Box 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 8. 1790 A: M 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 

The Selectmen agree that there be allowed for each of the 
Towns School Seven Cord of Wood, excepting M r . Cheneys who 
is to have four Cord 

[242.] M r . Sever & Col. Hatch a Committee to provide 
Wood for M r . Vinal & M r . Ticknors Schools 

M r . Crafts & M r . Walley a Committee to provide the Wood for 
M r . Bingham & M r . Carters School 

M r . Dorr & M r . Edwards for M r . Tileston & M r . Cheneys 
School 

M r . Price to provide for M r . Hunts School 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 13. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dovr, Boardman, Walley, Crafts Hatch, 

The Selectmen assign next Monday for considering the business 
of warning Strangers to depart the Town 

Six extra Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas, the Names 
entered in Jury Book and Posted 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 18. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Boardman, 
Did not make a Board 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 20. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Sever, Hatch, Crafts, 

Mess". Hutchinson & Singleton, Coopers sworn as Inspectors 
of pickled Fish, Pork & Beef, for the Port of Boston 

Oliver Lebarron approved of as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 
at his Shop in Hanover Street 

Col. Hatch appointed to order Gravel on the Road or Street 
called Sea Street 

M r . Sever appointed to provide Shovels Tongs & Hand Irons 
for M r . Ticknors School 

M r . Walley, Col. Crafts & Col. Hatch a Comm ee . to provide a 
Stove for M r . Ticknors School 

M r . Walley a Comm e . to settle with Col. Dawes as to damages 
on the School late Ticknors 

[243.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 25. 
1790 Present Mess" : Scollay, Boardman, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ and 
that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz*. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d .Loaf of white Bread 13 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 188 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread - - d. 1 10 8 

Biskets of a Copper price - - d. .000 

Biskets of 2 Copper price - - d. ' 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat J Rye d. 280 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 300 

Constable Henchman presents Joseph Shed as a suitable Person 
for his Watch in the room of M r . Wendall who is disabled by 
illness 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 27. 1790 
Present Mess : Scollay, Dorr, Walley, Boardman, Hatch, Sever, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Walley & Col. Hatch a Comm ee . to view Cow Lane & Jolop 
Lane & Report 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 3 d . 1790 
Present Mess : Dorr ; Sever, 

Boston Ss:' At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 10. 1790 
Present Mess : Dorr, Sever, Price, Walley Edwards, Boardman, 

M r . Sever is appointed to Advertise for Sale, and then to make 
Sale of two of the Town Bulls 

M r . Sever & Col. Hatch a Committee to view Beach Street 
agreeable to the request of a number of the Inhabitants, and 
to Report to the Board, what is proper to be done, as to a survey 
or Repairs 

[244.] On the application of a number of the Bakers 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1790. 137 

Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ---- 12 6 

a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto d. - - - - 1 8 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread - - - d. - - - - 1 6 12 

Biskets of two Copper price - - d. - - - - 8 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat i Rye d. - 2 8 

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

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 17 1790 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Hatch Edwards, 

Mess : Fisher & Stillman, two of the Clerks of the Market, in- 
formed the Selectmen that one of the Bakers had prevented them 
from taking away Bread which was not answerable to the Assize 

Mess : Sigoruey & Robinson enformed the Selectmen that a 
Blacksmiths Shop was erecting near the North Church & praying 
the interposition of the Selectmen to prevent it from its appre- 
hended danger to the Inhabitants 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Present Mess" : Dorr, 
Price, Sever, Hatch, Crafts, Boardman, "Walley, 

Henry Purket appointed by the Selectmen a Packer & Searcher, 
of pickled Pork, Beef, & Fish within the Town of Boston, and 
was sworn as the Law directs 

The Selectmen 'are unanimously of Opinion that it will be for 
the Interest of the Town that the Continental Money in the hands 
of the Town Treasurer should be funded 

M r . Walley & M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee to [245.] 
Confer with M r . Fowles relative to his erecting a Building near 
Olivers Dock 

John Bryant approved of as an In holder for the House in State 
Street commonly known by the Name of the American Coffee 
House 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Dorr a Comm ee . to make an estimate 
of the Repairs necessary for Ferryway Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 29 Present 
Mess": Dorr, Boardman, Sever, Price, Hatch Edwards. 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 

Ibs. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- n 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto - - - - d. 173 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread - - d. 153 

Biskets of two Coppers price - d. ------ 712 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal d. - 240 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above i Indian Meal d. - ... 300 

The Committee on Ferryway Street, Report that it will not be 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

expedient to make any Repairs untill next Year & said Report was 
accepted 

M r . Sever appointed relative to the Repairs or stopping up the 

Well in Street S. part of the Town being now open & 

dangerous 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 1. 1790 
Present Dorr Price Walley Boardman, Hatch, Sever. Edwards, 
Crafts 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[246.] M r . Shippy Townsend acquaints the Selectmen, that 
there is a Well in a Cellar of a House of Col. Jacksons, which 
runs over, & in his Opinion may be made serviceable to the Town 
in case of Fire 

Mess : Dorr and Edwards a Committee to procure another Stove 
for M r . Tileston School if the Committee should Judge it neces- 
sary 

M r . Sever added to the Committee for procuring Stoves for the 
Schools in School Street & South End 

Voted that the Blanks of the Assize of Bread entered in these 
Minutes on Wednesday last be filled up at the rate of Flour at 
40/ p Bll : which at 3 bush : & J. of Wheat for 1 hundred Flour 
will make the Assize of Bread stand as Wheat at 7/ p Bushel 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 8 l . Present 
Mess": Dorr, Edwards, Price, Hatch, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, 

Two of the Firewards, acquainted the Selectmen the Engine 
N. 2 Cap'. Bouve, is so out of repairs that it was necessary, that 
a new one should be procured they were desired to direct the 
Master, to get such Repairs for the present, as would make her of 
some service, till another can be obtained 

M r . Dorr & Edwards a Comm 66 . to view said Engine, and if 
they Judge a new one necessary, then to look out for a suitable 
one and make Report 

Col. Crafts a Committee to enquire relative to the Fish Stalls 
said to be erected without liberty obtained of the Board for said 
purpose 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 15. 179Q 
Present Mess : Dorr Walley Edwards, Hatch, Price, Crafts, 

[247.] M r . Walley & M r . Edwards a Committee on M r . 
Austens Petition for lowring the Rent of his Shop 

The Committee relative to a Fire Engine Reported, that one 
might be obtained of Cap*. Horton whereupon 

Voted that said Committee procure an Engine of said Horton, 
provided a suitable & good one can be had, for Forty five 
Pounds 

M r . Joseph Whittemore, is appointed by the Selectmen a 
Searcher & Packer, of Barrel'd Fish Pork & Beef, for one Year, 
for the Port of Boston, he having been recommended as a suitable 
Person for said office 

Cap 1 . Timothy Pease of Engine N. 5. applies for the Premium 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, .1790. 139 

of twenty eight Shillings, allowed by the Town, their Engine hav- 
ing been brought to work first on the Fire which lately broke out 
on Cap 1 . Woods Ship at Long Wharff granted & drawn for. 

M r . Walley a Committee to order the necessary Repairs to M r . 
Bonners House. 

John Size his Wife and four Children cast away on Cape Cod 
being bound from St. Johns to N York pray assistance & produced 
a Certificate a Copy of which placed on the File of Mixed Papers. 

M r . Nazro directed to furnish the said Family with one Dollar 
to pay Shepherd for their board and seven Dollars to defray 
charges on their Journey, provided they set off on the Morrow. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem 1 . 22 d . 1790 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Price, Boardman, Edwards, Hatch, Walley, 
Sever, 

[248.] Ten petit Jurors drawn out of the Box for a District 
Court, and entered & posted in the Jury Books 

Moses Tyler approved as a Retailer for his Shop in Federal 
Street. 

John Roulston approved as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors at 
his Shop in Back Street 

Abner Stodder approved as a Retailer at his Shop in Fish 
Street. 

Mary Cooper approved as a Tavern Keeper for her House in 
Wings Lane 

Elizabeth Hutson approved as a Retailer for her Shop in Middle 
Street. 

M r . Price, M r . Walley & M r . Boardman a Committee to receive 
from the Widow of our late worthy Chairman, all Mrs Brookers 
Bonds & Writings and every other Paper belonging to the Town. 

Thomas Smith approved as a Retailer at his Shop near Tpwn 
Dock. 

Agreed that the Rent of the Shop occupied by M r . Sam : Austin 
Jun r . be at 6 p Quarter commencing the 5'. Ins'. 

sent Treasurer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 27. 1790 
Present Mess : Dorr, Price, Boardman, Hatch, Edwards, Sever, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/p 
bushel, & that 12 d . p bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood,' which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . loaf of white Bread, must weigh - - - - 11 9 

4 d . Loaf of d. - - - - d. 1 7 3 

a 4 d . loaf of brick Bread, d- 1 5 3 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, d. 7 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye d. - - - 2 4 

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

[249.] M r . Pope desires to be excused from the care of all 
the Town Clocks as to Repairs. 



140 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Sever appointed to procure a suitable Person for the care of 
the Town Clocks in the room of M r . Pope. 

Boston Ss : At a. Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 29. 1790. 
Present Mess rs . Dorr, Price, Sever, Edwards, Boardman, 

Passed upon other Accounts & examined 

The Committee to receive M rs . Brookers & other Papers from 
M r . Scollay Reported that they had received the same, & laid 
them on the Table whereupon M r . Price was desired to take 
charge of said Papers untill next Wednesday & that the other 
Papers be deposited with the other Files of the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 5. 1791 
Present Mess rs : Dorr, Price, Edwards, Crafts, Walley, Sever, 

Sarah Adams approved of to Retail Spirits at her Shop in 
Charter Street. 

George French approved of as an Inholder, at his House in 
Ann Street 

Mary Galaspey approved of as a Retailer of Spirits at her Shop 
in Essex Street. 

Col. Crafts appointed to make enquiry relative to M r . Salters 
Drain. 

Mr. Price is desired to deliver the Papers relative to M rs . 
Brookers Donation, to the care of M r . Sever and they have 
been delivered accordingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 12. 1791 
Present Mess : Dorr, Walley, Boardman, Hatch. Crafts. Edwards, 

Thomas Blake approved of as a Retailer of Spirits at his Shop 
in Cow Lane 

[25O.] Daniel Patchtold approved as an Inholder for the T. 

M r . Walley & Col. Hatch a Committee on the complaint of 
M r . Thomas Hill, to view a Water course through his Land & Re- 
port the Circumstances 

M r . Nazro directed to call upon the Captains of the Engine 
Men, for a Return of their Men to be approved of by the Select- 
men, this Day fortnight acquainted M r . Nazro 

M r . Sever a Committee to procure three Cord of Wood for M r . 
Ticknors School 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 19. 1791 
Present Mess" : Hatch, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 26. 1791 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Boardman, Price, Edwards, Walley, 

M r . Ingerfield, acquaints the Selectmen that he gives up the 
Stall in Faneuil Hall which he has occupied for some l^ears. 

Mary Barter [Barton?] approved as a Retailer of Spirituous 
Liquors for her Shop in Charter Street 

Deacon Martin approved as a Retailer of Spirits for his Shop in 
Fish Street. 

Benjamin Callender. d. for his Shop in Temple Street. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 141 

Samuel Britnet near Lattin School Lane approved of James 
Stewart, Shop in Fish Street 

M r . Fisher & M r . Stillmau are to be desired by M r . Nazro to 
attend next Monday. 

M r . May is to be desired by M r . Nazro to attend Monday next 
at Selectmens Chamber. 

On the application of M r . Vinal, Ordered that he be allowed 
three Cord of Wood, more for his School. 

[251.] A Tomb in the Common Burying Ground formerly 
owned by a M r . Sergeant being now empty & out of Repair & no 
owner appearing & Deacon William Boardtnan having applyed for 
the same it is granted him conditioned that if any Owner should 
hereafter appear he is to deliver up the same provided he is re- 
paid all the charges & expences, that he may have been at from 
the time of his taking possession thereof, untill its redelivery 

M r . Edwards a Committee to write to Philadelphia relative to 
Franklyu Donation 

Boston Ss : Granted by the Selectmen Jau y . 31. 1791. Present 
Mess" : Dorr, Sever, Boardrnan, Edwards, Crafts, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p 
Bushel and that 12 d . p Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Gharges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 119 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto - - - ditto ...... 1 73 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread - ditto ...... 1 53 

Biskets of 2 Copper price - ditto ------ 7 12 

a 4 d . Loaf brown Bread Wheat J Rye d. - - - - 2 40 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian Meal d. - - - 3 00 

Passed upon Accounts. 

On Motion directed, that the Town Clerk publish in M r . Russells 
& M r . Adams, News Papers, the Assize of Bread as it may be 
stated from time to time. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby.. 2 d . 1791 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Dawes, [Dorr,] Edwards, Hatch, Sever, Board- 
man, Crafts. 

M r . May Measurer of Wood appeared. & was [352.] enquired 
of and directed as to the manner of his measuring Wood, that 
Justice might be done between Buyer & Seller. 

The Selectmen having sent for M r . Leavet one of the Dock 
Watch, and heard him relative to the charge of Intemperance, do 
approve of his being dismissed said Watch, by the Constable 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

John Kennedy approbated as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors 
at his Store on Long Wharff 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 9. 1791 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Hatch, Price, Crafts, Edwards. 

Passed npon Samuel Gookius State Account for supplies of 
AVilliam Thurston a Stranger amounting to 10-3-10. 

Cap'. Nazro of Engine N. 6. applies for the Premium allowed 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first on the late 
Fire at Stanfords College West Boston. 

Boston 8s: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 16. 1791 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Hatch, Walley, Crafts, Edwards, 

Mem . M r . Jotham Horton has received an Order of this date 
on Treasurer Russell for fifteen Pounds in part of forty five 
Pounds he is to receive for a Fire Engine when compleated which 
is to be deducted out of the said 45. when the Draught shall be 
given 

Thomas Willson to have from this Day the Stall in Faneuil Hall 
Market which had been improved by M r . Ingerfield, at the rate of 
p Quarter being the rate Ingerfield held his, to be paid 
quarterly. sent Treasurer 

[253.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 23 d . 
1791 Present Mess": Dorr, Boardman, Sever, Walley, Crafts, 
Price 

M r . Sever & Col. Hatch a Committee to view the Towns Land 
opposite to Cap'. Grustavus Fellows and the} 7 are to Report whether 
it is advisable to Rent the same to M r . Andrew Cunningham for 
the landing Lumber thereon. 

M r . Nazro directed to require the attendance of several Sextons 
at the Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday. 

Thomas Pitcher appointed a Watchman at the Dock Watch, 

Ordered, that M r . Timothy Pease & Comp y . of Engine N. 5. 
have agreeable to his application a draft on the Treasury for the 
premium for bringing their Engine to work first at the Fire which 
lately broke out at a House in Quaker Lane. 

Samuel Jennison approved as a Retailer for his Shop in 

M r . Henry Hill one of the Executors of D r . Franklin, has by 
his Letter of Feb 7 . I 1 . 1791 acquainted the Selectmen that they 
are now ready to pay in full the Sums of 1000 100 to the 
Person or Persons, who appear duly authorised to receive & grant 
receipts for them agreably to the tenor of the Will as will more 
fully appear by referance to the Will placed on the file of mixt 
Papers for 1791. 

The Assize of Bread for the Government of the Bakers & Clerks 
of the Market to be affixed on Monday next. 

[254.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 
28 th . [1791.] Present Mess" : Edwards, Price, Boardman, Dorr, 
Crafts", 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ 6 p 
Bushel, and that I2 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 12 6 

a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto must weigh 1 8 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1 612 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price, must weigh 84 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat A Rye Meal d. 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto not above | Indian d. 3 
Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 143 

M r . Ezekiel Russell at the South End applies for the printing 
of the Notifications for next March Town Meeting. 

M r . Edwards is desired to prepare a Draught of a Power of 
Attorney for the Receit of D r . Franklins Donations. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . [1791.] 
Present Mess : Dorr, Walley, Hatch, Seaver, Crafts, Price, Ed- 
wards, 

Col. Hatch* appointed to examin the Alms House Accounts, 
and make Report. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

Col. Hatch & M r . Edwards a Committee to view the Engine 
building by Cap'. Horton and Report the Sum he ought to receive 
for the same. 

M r . Edwards Reported a Power to be sent in Order to receive 
& give discharge to the Exec rs . of D r . Franklin, for the Donation 
to this Town which was approved of by the Selectmen 

[255.] Ordered that Benjamin Edes & Son have the printing 
of the Notifications for March Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4'. [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Boardrnan, Dorr, Walley, Hatch, Price, 
Sever, Crafts 

Ordered that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting the 14'. of March Ins 1 . 10 O'Clock A: M: for the choice of 
Town Officers for the Year ensuing. 

Col. Crafts & M r . Price a Comrn 6 . to wait upon Rev d . M r . 
Thatcher and request his opening the Town Meeting with 
Prayer. 

Mess : Edes & Son to have the printing of the Notifications as 
p a Vote on the 2 d . Ins 1 . 

Passed upon two Accounts of M r . Samuel Whitwell Keeper of 
the Almshuuse amounting to 1116-2-ll & 81-16-1 
as by Copies to be placed on file when received. 

Passed upon two Accounts of the late Cap 1 . Samuel Partridge 
late Keeper of the Alms house amounting to 1559-0-2^ & 
1178-5-3 as by Copies to be placed on file when received 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5. 1791 
Present Mess" : Dorr, Walley, Hatch, Sever, Boardman, Ed- 
wards, 

Passed upon two Accounts of the late Samuel Partridge late 
Keeper of the Alms house amounting to 84.14.9 & 121.14.9 
as by Copies to be placed on file when received the Cirttficates 
were dated the 4'. Ins'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9'. [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Sever, Walley, Hatch, 

[256.] Passed upon two Accounts of M r . Samuel Whitwell 
Keeper of the Almshouse amounting to 1002. 9. 6| & 74-9-7 
as p Copies to be placed on file, when received. 

M r . John Carteret Cooper appointed by the Selectmen a 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Searcher & Packer of Barrel'd Beef Pork & pickled Fish for the 
Town of Boston and was sworn to the faithful discharge of his 
trust as the Law directs 

Joseph Blauey appointed a Funeral Undertaker for the South 
Buryal Ground in the room of William M c .fadden. 

Col. Crafts, M r . Edwards & M r . Walley a Comm ee . to confer 
with the Committee of the General Court for passing Accounts, 
relative to some of the Poor of the Almshouse, objected to by 
them as States Poor, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting o.f the Selectmen March 16. 1791 
Present Mess rs : Price, Walley, Sever, Boardman, Edwards, 

Six Grand Jurymen for the Year chosen and entered in Jury 
Book. 

M r . Nazro to desire M r . Coffin to attend the Selectmen next 
Wednesday. 

M r . Sever appointed to procure two new Bulls. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23 [1791.] 
Present Mess: Sever, Boardman, Walley, Crafts, Price, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue 'a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Monday the 4 l . of April next being the Day assigned 
by the Constitution for the choice of Governor & c . 

Ezekiel Price Esq. & Col. Crafts a Committee to wait on the 
Rev d . M r . Clarke and to request his opening the Meeting with 
Prayer. 

[257.] M r . Norman to have the printing of the Notifica- 
tion for the ensuing Town Meeting. 

The Town Treasurer appears & offers as his Sureties Michael 
Moses Hayes Broker, William Tuder Esq. Samuel Clap Auchtion- 
eer. James White Stationer and they are approved of by the 
Selectmen. 

- Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28'. [1791.] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Boardman, Walley, Sever, Price, Crafts 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p 
bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows. Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 13 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto, must weigh 110 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread d. 1 8 8 

Biskets of 2 Copper price, must weigh - - - 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat J Rye d. - - - 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto not above J Indian d. - - - - 3 

John Erving Jun r . approbated for his Store Marlborough Street 
42 to Retail 

James Harris d. at his Shop Orange Street 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen [March 30. 1791.] 
Present Mess" Walley, Crafts, Sever, Boardman Little, 

M r . Abraham Bishop approved of for keeping a private School 
in this Town. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 145 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5'. [1791.] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Cabbot, Bulfinch, Crafts, Sever, Little, 
Walley, Boardman, 

[258.] Grand Jurors & Petit. Jurors chosen & drawn for the 
Circuit Court & entred in Jury Book 

Nine petit Jurors for Court of Common Pleas drawn and en- 
tered in Jury Books. 

On the Petition of Oliver "Wendell Esq. & others for paving 
Battery March, M r . Walley, Sever & Little a Committee to 
confer with the Abuttors. 

A certificate given that the late Widow of Patrick Connelly is 
the proper Person to receive what may be due to her late Husband 
for wages & c . while in the Continental service. 

The Selectmen taking under consideration the Will of D r . 
Benjamin Franklin as it respects his Donation to the Town of 
1000 Sterling Voted, that as Trustees of said Donation they 
are to be united by said Will with the Ministers of the oldest 
Episcopalian Congregational & Presbyterian Churches of this 
Town and whereas there is in this Town no Presbyterian 
Church Voted, that the said Selectmen united with the Ministers 
of the old Brick Church, as the First Congregational one, and the 
Minister of the Chapel Church as the first Episcopalian Church 
are the Trustees of the said Donation. 

Liberty is granted M r . Joseph Stacy Sampson to carry on the 
business of a Tallow Chandler in Buildings on the East side of 
the Neck, lately improved as Salt Works, untill such time as he 
shall be forbidden by the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13'. [1791.] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Cabbot, Bulfinch, Edwards, Sever, 
Crafts, Price 

On the 5 Ins 4 , the following Vote passed 

[259.] Voted, that M r . Crafts, M r . Edwards & M r . Bulfinch 
be a Committee to have the Stalls in Market Square numbered & 
fix the prices to the same, including Fish and Shoemakers Stalls 
and to have the Fish Stalls removed on the West side of the Fish 
Market 

On application of Cap'. Newman & M r . Bruce, for the use of 
the Hospital at West Boston for the Recruits raised or to be raised 
for the Continental service It was the opinion of the Selectmen, 
that they could not consistent with their duty to the Common- 
wealth, consent at present, that the Hospital House should be 
improved as requested. 

The Selectmen agreeable to a Vote of the Town, have computed 
the probable Income of the Market without the House at about 
346 p Year the transient Persons to pay 2 d . p Day which is 
included in the above computation 

Henry Blackburne a Chimney Sweeper having lost his Badge, 
is permitted to obtain another, provided it is at his own expence 

M*. Edwards to publish in the Thursdays Paper extracts from 
the Law relative to Boards & c . 

On the application of the Sealers of Wood that Districts might 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

be assigned to the respective Sealers chosen by the Town the 
Selectmen are of opinion that this matter does not lye with 
them to settle 

M r . Little appointed one of the Comm ee . relative to the new 
Engine, who are to give it the same name of the last 

[26O.] M r . Sever & Major Cabbot to give Repairs to pleasant 
Street & view & make report relative to the repairs of Nassau 
Street. 

M r . Bulfinch & Maj r . Cabbot a Committee relative to the repairs 
of Hancock Street & to make Report. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 20'. [1791.] 
Present Moss : Walley, Sever, Cabbot, Price, Crafts, Bulfinch, 
Little, Boardman, Edwards 

Cap'. Curtis applies for the removal of a Post from the Passage- 
way, near Blighs House so called whereupon 

Maj r . Cabbot & M r . Sever, appointed a Committee to view & 
make Report 

M r . Walley & M r . Little a Comm ee . to direct the necessary Re- 
pairs of Cow Lane. 

M r . Whitwell exhibited an Account of the deductions from the 
charge made for State Poor & placed on file of mixed Papers. 

M r . Nathaniel Henchman appointed to take a List of the Cows 
which are kept in this Town, & to receive the Sums set upon each 
Cow for the Year 1791. 

The Selectmen Agree that the Owners of each Cow shall pay 
Annually four Shillings p Cow to the Collector - - - ap- 
pointed by the Selectmen except such Persons as ma} 7 keep up 
their Cows, which shall be only two Shillings, the produce of 
which to be applied for the purchase & keeping of the Town Bulls 
and other charges the Collector to have a Copy of the above 
an abstract of the Law & c . to be published in the Centinel & 
Thursdays Papers 

Mem , it was published in said Papers also Edes & Son's 
[261.] The following Persons this Day appointed by the 
Selectmen Searchers & packers of barrel'd Beef Pork & Fish for 
this Town Viz*. 

Mess" : Joseph Whittemore - - sworn 

John Carteret - sworn 

Henry Purkett sworn 

James Barry -_-- sworn 

Samuel Abbot sworn 

Cap 1 . Lemuel Gardner sworn 

Samuel Avis - sworn 

Manasseh Marston Sen 1 . ----- sworn 

Joseph Bassett sworn 

Arthur Langsford sworn 

Joseph Loring --------- sworn 

Cap 4 . Caleb Hayden sworn 

John Bray sworn 

Joseph Spear sworn 

Isaac Smith Juu r . sworn 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 147 

Israel Cook -- sworn 

George Singleton -------- sworn 

were sworn as the Law directs 

see May 4 for others 

Col. Crafts M r . Walley & M r . Edwards a Comrn 6 . to examine 
the Account handed in by M r . Whitwell relative to deductions 
made on the charge for the State Poor. 

M r . Walley M r . Little & M r . Boardman a Comm ee . to view the 
bottom of State Street & report what is proper to be done. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25, 1791 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Bulfinch, Crafts, Walle}-, Cabbot, 
Boardman, Walley Price, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[262.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 
a 5/6 p Bushel and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb oz dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 14 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto, must weigh ----112 8 

a 4 d Loaf of Brick Bread must weigb - - - - 1 10 8 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - - - - 9 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat A Rye Meal d. 280 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto not above \ Indian d. - - 3 

M r . Collector Henderson having produced Receipts from the 

several Treasurers that he had paid in the sums committed to him 

to Collect for the Year 1789 The Town Clerk is directed to 

deliver him up the Bond given for said Year. 

M r . Walley & Maj r . Cabbot added to the Committee who are 
to settle Nazros Accounts, & they are requested to bring it to a 
final close. 

On a letter received from the Gentlemen Proprietors of the 
Duck Manufactory requesting the approbation of the Selectmen 
for their opening a Sunday School and their Opinion on the sub- 
ject The Selectmen are of opinion that however eligible the 
measure may be the Law respecting Schools had not in contem- 
plation such as is requested and therefore does not authorise them 
to approbate it. 

sent p M r . Nazro 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27 [1791] 
Present Mess" : Little, Cabbot, Bulfinch, Boardman, Walley, 
Sever, Crafts, Edwards. 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting for the choice of Representatives on Tuesday the 10'. 
Day Of May next at 10. O Clock A: M: 

[263.]" M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to wait on 
the Rev a . M r . Eliot & request his opening the Town Meeting 
with Prayer. 

M r . Ezekiel Russell to have the printing of the Notifications, 
for said Meeting. 



148 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Walley Col. Crafts & M r . Price a Committee to conferr 
with the Abuttors on Joliffs Lane, & Report the applications of 
M r . Stack Pole & M r . Minot. 

The Sexton of M r . Wests Church is permitted to ring the 
Bell at the hours of 11-1-& 9 O'Clock his name Joseph 
Blaney. 

This being the time assigned for the opening of the proposals 
sent in Writing for the hiring Faneuil Hall Market Stalls without 
the House it is agreed that no other proposal shall be received 
after the first shall have been opened. 

On opening the several Proposals, it appeared that 

M r . Matthew Nazro, offers 180 

Maj r . Joshua Davis 200 

M r . Benjamin Homans - 204 

M r . Matthew Clark 220 

M r . Christopher Glark 231 

Deacon Daniel Jonis 276 

The Selectmen on the application of Cap 4 . Pease of Engine N. 
9. for the Premium allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine 
to work first at the late Fire at M r . Joel "Hagars House Voted 
that he have a draft in this Months draught, for, 1 8. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that two Negro 
Children at M. Wibirds House name Hannah Brown & Peggy, 
were suspected of having [264.] the Small Pox M r . Nazro 
was directed to send them to the Hospital at New Boston. 

On the request of M r . Haskins he is permitted to open a Drain 
into the Common Shore from the House of John Eliot deceased 
he making good the ground & restoring the Pavement to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen. 

Town Clerk directed to close the Draught for this month. 
M r . Edwards & Col. Crafts a Committee to prepare Bonds for 
the Person who is the highest bidder for the Market. 

M r . Sever appointed to Lease the Bull Pasture and also the one 
formerly M r . Fosters. 

Boston Ss : At the Meeting of the Selectmen May 4 l 1791 Present 
Mess" : Cabbot, Edwards, Bulfinch, Walley, Boardman, Little, 
Pi-ice, Crafts, 

M r . John Symms applies to the Selectmen for being appointed 
an Auchtioneer, for the present Year. 

M r . Daniel Jones proposes M r . Martin Bicker Merch'. & Thomas 
Kilby Jones Auchtioneer as his Bondsmen for Clerk of the 
Market approved by the Selectmen 

A Committee of the ancient & honourable Artillery Company, 
apply to the Selectmen, that Faneuil Hall may be repainted. 

M r . Joshua Eaton, & M r . Robert Molineux & M r . James Eaton 
apply for the approbation of the Selectmen as Auchtioneers. 

Mess. Russel & Clap, Lewis Hoyt, Thorn 3 . K. Jones,Edward 
Procter, apply for approbation as Auchtioneers. 

see May 16 

M r . Jones's Bondsmen which he has offered as Clerk of the 
Market, are approved of by the Selectmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1791. 149 

[265.] The following Persons on their application for the 
approbation of the Selectmen as Auchtioneers were accordingly 
approbated Viz'. 

Mess". Russell & Clapp 
Edward Procter 
Lewis Hoyt 
Thomas K. Jones 
John Symrns resigned for M r . James Eaton 

see May 1 1 
Joshua Eaton 

Robert Mollineux see May 11 

all Inhabitants of this Town, and the Town Clerk is directed to 
prepare Certificates of the tenor of the last Year to be signed by 
the Selectmen. 

Col. Crafts M r . Cabbot, & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to carry 
sundry Votes passed August 25 for the regulation of the Mar- 
ket into execution also to procure Scales & weights & Measures 
for the Contractor for the Market, he to be accountable for the 
same to the Selectmen. 

The following Persons this Day appointed Searchers & Packers 
of barrel'd Beef Pork & Fish for this Town in addition to the 17 
appointed the 20'. of April last. 
Mess : Robert Hitchborn 

Robert Hodge ---------- sworn 

Edward Burt --- - sworn 

Ephraim Hutchinson ------- sworn 

John Dobson -- sworn 

Thomas Barber - sworn 

Jobb Wheelwright -------- sworn 

David S. Marston sworn 

John Smith Juu r . sworn 

Timothy Pease Jr. -------- sworn 

Benjamin Loring -------- sworn 

John Newell -._-. sworn 

Jonathan Gushing -- sworn 

William Parkman -------- sworn 

see June 1 
[266] and were sworn as the Law directs. 

On the application of Jonathan Fowls for erecting a Building 
upon his Land over the Water Course in Water Street, Liberty 
granted conditioned. 

On the application of M r . Loverign Col. Crafts & M r . Sever 
appointed a Committee to view the Street leading to Fosters 
Wharff. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 11 1791 
Present Mess" : Crafts, Cabbot, Edwards, Bulfinch, Price, Sever, 

John Badger applies for the approbation of the Selectmen as an 
Auchtioneer for the Town of Boston for the present Year ap- 
proved accordingly. 

An advertisement to be inserted, relative to Leasing the Hay 
Market. 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Sever & Col. Crafts a Committee to make out Selectmens 
Accounts against the State. 

The Committee to number the Stalls on the Square are re- 
quested to number the Stalls in the Market House. 

The Selectmen agree that the Hall shall be painted. 

M r . James Eaton approved of as an Auctioneer in the room of 
M r . John Symms who has in Writing sent into the Selectmen & 
on file, determined accepting his appointment. 

Deacon Boardmau & M r . Bulfmch appointed a Committee to con- 
tract with some Person to paint Faneuil Hall & the Selectmens 
Room, as early as possible the said Committee to receive pro- 
posals sealed up & to contract with the lowest bidder. 

[267.] M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to see to the 
removal of the Engine House at Morth Square. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16. 1791 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Bulfinch, 

M r . John Badger approved of as an Auchtioneer a Certificate 
was given him accordingly. 

Information having been given the Selectmen that a Person in 
Fore Street from Philadelphia had the appearance of the Small 
Pox upon him they immediately took measures for his removal, 
when they found that his Friends had on said appearance, removed 
him to the Small Pox Hospital at Brookliue. 

Upon application of his Excellency the Governor for leave to be 
indulged with the use of Faneuil Hall on the Day of Election, and 
the Day preceding it The Governor is indulged agreeable to his 
request. 

Boston Sss At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18. 1791 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Bulfinch, 

Samuel Bradley has the Loan of one of the Town Lamps, he to 
return the same or to be accountable therefor to the Selectmen, 
when required. 

M r . Walley in the room of Col. Hatch on the Committee, to 
view an Abutment, near Joshua Henshaws Distill-house. 

Cap'. Somes applies for the repairs of a Wall between the 
School-house occupied by Carter & Bingham & the late M r . 
Cooks. 

The Comm ee . relative to paving Battery March to Report an 
Estimate of the charge of paving so far as to Purchase Street. 

An Advertisement relative to Leasing the Hay Market to be 
published of the same tenor with last Years. 

[268.] The Bull Pasture Leased to George Zeagler for 
8-8 from this date to the last of Decem r . next. 

On the application, of Cap'. Somes M r . Walley M r . Crafts & M r . 
Sever, appointed to make enquiry & Report tliereou. 

Fosters Pasture so called let to Joseph Sprage from May 7. to 
the last of Decem r . next for 7-4 

The Governor having very politely invited the Selectmen to a 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 151 

public Dinner at Faneuil Hall on the Day of Election the Chair- 
man of the Board is desired to acquaint his Excellency, in reply 
to his Billet, that they will do themselves the honor to await upon 
him, on said Day agreeably to his said invitation. 

Rev d . M r . Thatcher appointed to pronounce an Oration on the 4'. 
of July next. 

M r . Price and M r . Walley a Committee to wait on M r . Thatcher 
& request his services. 

M r . Price & M r . Walley & Col. Crafts .a Comm ee . to apply to 
another suitable Person to perform that duty in case M r . Thatcher 
declines. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 27'. 1791 
Present Mess: Price, Walley, Cabot, Boardmau, Crafts, Edwards. 

The Committee appointed to examin the State of Hancock 
Street leading into George Street at the West End of the Town 

Reported, That the said Street might be put in good order, and 
made convenient at a [269.] Small Expence to be defrayed by 
Subscription of the Inhabitants at that part of the Town The 
Report accepted & 

Voted, that the said Committee be desired to cany the same 
into effect. 

Voted, that the Committee for applying to the General Court, 
for an allowance for the deductions some time since mo.de from 
the Accounts exhibited, be desired to make application to the 
Court for a Grant of Money to be lodged with the Governor & 
Council to defray the Expences of removing from this State such 
Poor Persons being Foreigners, as are fit to be removed, and a 
saving thereby made to the State. 

Voted, That M r . Cabot be added to the Committee for removing 
Paupers to the Towns to which they belong. 

The appointment of Scavingers assigned for nexL Meeting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30. 1791 Present 
Mess : Walley, Sever. Edwards, Crafts, Cabbot, Bulfinch, Price, 
Boardman, Little. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

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

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of White Bread, must weigh 14 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto - - - must weigh 1128 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh ----- 98 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. - 2 80 
a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto not above Indian Meal, must weigh, 300 

[27O.] M r . Sever & Col. Crafts & M r . Bulfinch, a Committee 
to procure outside blinds for such of the Town Schools as they 
may Judge shall want them. 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Col. Crafts a Cornm**. to enquire & make Report on the Con- 
stables Accounts for warning Officers. 

Passed upon Mess" Houghton & Curtis' State Account amount- 
ing to 26-17 as p Copy to be received. 

Voted, that the several Selectmen in the respective Wards As- 
signed them in the following Statement be authorised to direct 
such Repairs & c . as may be necessary not exceeding five pounds 
to an}' particular Person 

" M r . Little for Wards - - - - N. 1. & 2 d . 

M r . Edwards 3. & 4 

M r . Boardmau 5 

M r . Cabbot 6 & 7 

M r . Price 8 

M r . Crafts 9 

M r . Walley 10 

M r . Bulfinch 11 

M r . Sever 12 

M r . Sever is requested to provide a suitable Person for taking 
care of the Clocks in this Town provided the Sum does not 
exceed twelve Pounds. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1'. 1791 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Sever, Boardmau, Edwards, Crafts 
Cabbot, 

Passed upon other Accounts in the Month of March last, 

draft exam d . 

M r . Ebenezer Woodward appointed a Searcher & Packer of 
barreld pickled Beef Pork & fish for this Town & was sworn to 
the faithful discharge of his trust. see May 4'. 

The Comm ee . appointed to apply to a suitable Person to deliver 
an Oration on the 4'. of July next in case M r . Thatcher should 
decline that service Report, 

[271.] That M r . Thatcher having declined that service they 
had applied to M r . Thomas Crafts Jun r . who accepted the ap- 
pointment. 

Selectmen passed upon the Draught for last Month after 
examination. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8 l . [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Ed- 
wards, Cabot, Bulfinch. 

M r . Sever appointed to examine the Accounts of M r . Samuel 
Whitwell Keeper of the Almshouse for support of States Poor, and 
Report how they are vouched. 

M r . Boardman, Walley & Price a Committee to examine into 
the Circumstances of M rs . Catherine Merret in order to Report to 
the Judge of Probate, whether she is or not a Lunatick or dis- 
tracted Person. 

Passed upon Samuel Laha Keeper of the Hospital at Rains- 
fords Island, State Accompt am , as p Copy on file to 25 
-19-4. 

On opening the several Papers which inclosed offers for the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 153 

hire of the Towns Hay Engine the ensuing Year M r . Fosters 
offer was accepted, he being in the Opinion of the Selectmen the 
most suitable Person for that business 151 p Annum 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15. 1791 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Sever, Edwards, Cabot, Bulfinch, Price, 
Little, Crafts, 

M r . Cabot & Price a Committee to wait on the Comrn 6 . of the 
old Brick Church, for the use of their Building on the 4 l . of July 
next. 

The said Committee are to make reply to the Application of 
the Governer & Council, relative to the arangement of the 
procedure of that Day. 

[272.] A number of Jurymen drawn for the service of the 
Court of Common pleas & c . which are entred & posted in the 
Jury Books. 

M r . Edwards & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to inspect the Laws 
relative to Scavingers & to Report thereon. 

M r . Walley appointed to give directions as to such alterations or 
additions to the Forms of M r . Hunts School, as may be necessary 
for the accommodation of Writers. 

On the application of M r . Edward Curtis to have the approba- 
tion of the Selectmen for erecting a Slaughter House on the 
Neck 

Voted, that M r . Edward Curtis have the approbation he aplies 
for, provided, that the Slaughter-house be not less than two bundled 
feet from the Highway, & on condition that in case it should 
prove disagreeable or offensive to the Neighbours or Inhabitants 
passing there, that on notice thereof from the Selectmen, he shall 
remove or discontinue the same. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . [1791] 
Present Mess" : Sever, Cabot, Bulfinch, Boardman, Price, Walley, 
Little, 

'' Agreed, to Visit Deer Island, on Wednesday next to proceed 
from the Hall precisely at 8. OClock A.M. 

Cap'. Laughtou having applied to the Selectmen for the use of 
Faneuil Hall previous to the 4' of July next, as his Company is to 
do the honors of that Anniversary Liberty is granted, provided 
the greatest care is taken that the Hall should not be injured by 
the Lamps they may make use of, or in any other way. 

The Committee to wait on the Comm e of the old Brick Reported 
that they had liberty to attend [273.] at said building on the 
4'. of July next and that they had also waited on the Governor, 
and acquainted him that they should accompany him & his Council 
on that day. 

Upon application of a number of Inhabitants of the dangerous 
situation of the House at the Corner of Merchants Row M r . 
Walley M r . Little & M r . Bulfinch appointed a Committee to ap- 
ply to M r . Newell the present Owner of said House acquainting 
him that he must leave the House immediately, or expect its being 
presented to the Grand Jury as a dangerous Nusance. 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

The aforegoing Committee Reported, that they had acquainted 
M r . Newell as directed, who thereupon assured the Selectmen that 
said House should be evacuated by the first Week in July next. 

M r . Little & M r . Boardman a Committee to view the North 
Clock to see what expence will be necessary, & if not exceeding 
twenty pounds to cause the same to be made. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27*. [1791.] 
Present Mess. Price, Sever, Edwards, Cabot, Walley, Boardman, 
Little, 

Passed upon Accompts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread, be set at Wheat at 5/6. p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers, 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz'. 

lb oz dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 14 4 

a 4 a . Loaf of ditto, must weigh 1 12 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 

Biskets of two Copper price must weigh 9 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 280 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread, not above half Indian ) 

Meal, must weigh --- ....j3 00 

[274.] Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a 
Town Meeting the 4 l . of July next 9, o : Clock A: M: in commem- 
oration of the day on which Independence [was declared] Anno 
1776 (Mem . The Notifications are not to be printed.) 

The Draught for this Month examined by the Selectmen and 
the Town Clerk directed to hand the same to the Town Treasurer. 

M r . Cabot appointed to make enquiry relative to M r . Rangers 
Account. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1'. [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Cabot, Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Bulflnch, 
Edwards. Crafts, Little, 

Last Wednesday the Selectmen accompanied by a number of 
Gentlemen Visited Deer Island, kad an agreable time, and found 
the Island in a good state. 

Agreed with the School Committee to have a Visitation of the 
public Schools on Fryday next being the 8 Ins 1 . 

M r . Vily is engaged to prepare a Dinner at Faneuil Hall on 
said Day, to be on the Table at 3. 0. 'Clock. 

The Town Clerk is to send Billets to the Gentlemen to be in- 
vited agreable to the List given him by the Selectmen. 

Voted, that M r . Tukesbury have leave at the expence of the 
Town to put two braces of ranging Timber across the inside of 
the South End of the Barn for securing the same from wrecking 
that he be permitted to shingle the top & the South part of the 
Roof of the House at the expence of the Town, the Shingles to be 
inspected by some Person appointed by the Selectmen before they 
are sent to the Island. 

[275.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 6'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 155 

[1791.] Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boarclman, Edwards, Little, 
Bui finch, 

M r . Walley a Committee to procure the Resolves of the General 
Court, that are wanting to the present Day and to get the loose 
numbers bound in Volumes. 

The Selectmen having received a "Warrant from the Court of 
Sessions, relative to a County Register the Town Clerk is directed 
to issue a Warrant for a Town Meeting for the choice of a County 
Register on Wednesday the 13'. Ins 1 . 10. o Clock A: M: 

M r . Samuel Hall to have the printing of the Notifications. 

M r . Walley M r . Edwards & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to confer 
with the Constables of the Town or any other Persons they may 
Judge suitable, to know on what terms they would perform the 
Duty of Scavingers and to Report. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13*. 1791 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Cabbot, Crafts, 

Passed upon the List of Licensed Persons for the last Year, 
and a return made thereon to the Court of General Sessions of 
the Peace, as the Law directs which was sent to M r . Price by 
M r . Nazro. 

The Selectmen taking into consideration the Reports relative to 
a contageous & mortal distemper which is prevalent in Ireland, 
Voted, that they would wait on his Excellency, next Fryday 11. 
o Clock acquainting him with the same, in order for such measures 
being taken to prevent a communication of the Distemper as he 
may Judge proper provided that after enquiry into this Report, 
it should appear that said Reports are well founded. 

[276.] Voted, that the ComnV*. to provide Blinds for M r . 
Ticknor & the Center School, are directed if they shall Judge 
necessary to procure Blinds for M r . Vinals School agreeable to his 
request. 

M r . Nazro has been directed to warn a Meeting of the Select- 
men on Fryday after Commencement 4. o Clock. P: M. 

, Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Cabbot, Crafts, 
Did not make a Board. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25. 1791 
Present Mess rs : Edwards Crafts, Price, Little, Cabbot, Boardmau, 

Passed upon Accounts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz' 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh .--- 14 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto must weigh 1 12 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh - - - - 1 10 8 
Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - ... 98 

a4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. -280 
a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto not above Indian d. - - - 3 00 



156 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Fosters Bondsmen as Weigher of Hay the present Year, 
being the same as for the last are approved of by the Selectmen 
except M r . Samuel Wait the Son of the deceased is admitted a 
Bondsman. 

M r . Bayley a Collector of Taxes for 1789 having produced 
the several Treasurers Receipts for the payment of what was 
committed to him to Collect for said Year The Town Clerk is 
directed to deliver him the Bonds for said Year. 

[277.] M r . Joseph Billings appointed a Watchman for Town 
House Watch in the room of M r . Wendell whose health is such as 
will not admit his doing the duty of a Watchman. 

M r . Ed wards appointed one of the Committee on Battery March, 
in the room of M r . Sever who is confined and the Committee 
are desired to Report Wednesday next. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28. 1791 Pres- 
ent Mess : Crafts, Edwards, Little, W alley, Cabbot, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

Cap 1 . Brown of Engine N. 1. proposes Samuel Bell, Benjamin 
James, Richard Holden, as Engine Men in the room of Will. 
Dyer, Elijah Swift & Zachariah Hall, who have resigned. 

Cap 4 . Ranger of Engine N. proposes Moses Ward & M r . 
James Campbell as Engine Men in the room of M r . Morce & 
M r . Bulfinch. 

Voted, that M r . Harmon Brimmer have liberty to stop up the 
High Way, from Veruons Corner to Butters Row while the Build- 
ings at the Corner are taken down as it will be dangerous to 
Passengers that way. 

Town Clerk directed to hand in this Months draft, to the 
Treasurer the same having been examined by the Selectmen and 
found to be right. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 3. 1791 Pres- 
ent Mess : Boardman, Edwai'ds, Cabbot, Crafts, Walley, Little, 
Price, , 

A new Precept received for choice of a County Register. 

[278.] The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warr 1 . for said 
purpose, on Wednesday the 10 Ins 1 . 11. o Clock A: M: 

Mess rs : Edes to have the printing of the Notifications. 

It is agreed by the Selectmen, that the Inspectors of the Police 
be directed to provide Carts at the Expence of the Town for re- 
moving the filth & dirt of the Streets on Saturday next, and that 
they inform the Inhabitants by the Town Cryer, on the Day pre- 
ceding, that it is expected they 'have the same swept up in heaps 
before their respective Houses by 8. o: Clock on said Morning. 

gave M r . Price 

M r . Tileston is permitted that the House for Engine N. 11. be 
inlarged about six feet, that there be room for tak'ing the Engine 
to pieces in said Building when necessary, he taking care to have 
the same done in the best & most frugal manner, which he ac- 
cepted to do. ;,:"''' 

M r . Edwards appointed for the purpose Reported, that he had 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 157 

agreed with the Comm ce . of the 2 d . Baptist Church to allow them 
eight Dollars p Year as Rent for the Ground on which Engine 
House N. 2. now stands. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10'. [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Cabbot, Crafts, 
Price, 

JD r . Townsend Inspector of ashes applies for the hire of the 
Granary House so called, as a suitable place for his business to 
be carried on. 

M r . Walley Boardman & Little a Comrn 66 . to view said House, 
taking with them a Carpenter and Mason to make examination 
and to Report the State of the House to the Board. 

Jurors for August Court chosen, drawn and entered. 

[279.] It is agreed upon the application of Col. Dawes & 
others for the paving Cow Lane, that Sixty pounds shall be 
allowed for that purpose the said pavement computed at 1320 
Yards, provided the same be done to the satisfaction of the Select- 
men, Col. Dawes & others paying all other expence which the 
said Pavement may amount to. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. [17] 1791 
Present Mess : Walley, Cabbot, Edwards, Boardman, Little, 

M r . John Marston applies to the Selectmen for their approba- 
tion as an Auchtioneer. 

A Meeting warned for the above purpose to meet at 6. o Clock 
in the Evening. 

M r . John Marston approved of as an Auchtioneer for the term 
of one Year from this date and a Certificate given him 
accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 20, 1791 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Price, Walley, Crafts, Cabbot, 

It is agreed to have a Visitation of the Hospital at Rainsfords 
Island on Wednesday next \ past 7 o Clock, being the 24'. Ins'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 22 d , 1791 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Cabbot, Little 
Crafts, 

Information having been given the Selectmen, that the Schooner 
Cohasset Cap'. Rummer, from Oporto, had been visited with the 
Small Pox D r . Spooner was requested to go on board said 
Vessell, & Report to the Board, after examination the Doctor 
accordingly Reported, that those that had the Small Pox, together 
with the Schooner & c . had been so well washed smoked &. as in 
his Opinion to be incapable of communicating that disease. 

[28O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Aug'. 29 4 , 
[1791.] Present Mess": Cabbot, Price, Little, Walley, Edwards, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at / p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh - ... 14 4 
a 4 d . Loaf of ditto must weigh 1 12 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh - ... i 10 8 
Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - - . - - 9 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 80 
a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto not above Indian Meal d. - 3 00 

Passed upon Accounts. . 

M r . Henchman appointed to prevent firing at the bottom of the 
Common and on the Neck see an Advertisement on file. 

M r . Clark having in behalf of the Antieut & Hon ble . Artillery 
Company applied for the use of Faneuil Hall, in order to exercise 
said Comp y . Liberty is granted for that purpose. 

M r . Nuzro applies for the Premium allowed for bringing their 
Engine N. 6. to work first on the Fire which lately broke out at 
M r . Raymonds House West Boston which is allowed & will be 
included in thiS Months draft! 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 31 st . [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Cabbot, Walley, Crafts, Bulfinch, 
Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

M r . Cook applies to have a Child put into the Almshouse, a 
M r . Parsons who lived with Dilloway, introduced it. 

M r . Thompson Collector of Taxes for 1789, having produced 
the several Treasurers Receipts for [281.] the payment, of 
what was committed to him for said Year the Town Clerk is 
directed to deliver him the Bonds then given, for said Year. 

M r . William White having applied to the Selectmen for their 
approbation of his opening a private School in State Street, lately 
improved by M r . Bishop, for the instruction of Youth in Writing 
Arithmatick & English Grammar & being well recommended he 
was approved accordingly. 

Cap'. Laha has Liberty to make some small repairs on his 
House on Rainsfords Island, it appearing to the Selectmen that 
such Repairs are necessary. 

Passed upon Elizabeth Richardsons Account for the care of 
the Small Pox Hospital at West Boston amounting to 16.6.8 
she engaging not to apply hereafter to the Town for any such 
annual allowance for her care of said House and the supply of 5 
Cord Wood, as had been formerly allowed by the Province & 
Commonwealth. 

On application of the Independent Light Infantry Company, 
Liberty is granted for the use of Faneuil Hall either on Tuesday 
or Fryday Evenings, conditioned that they are to make good any 
damages that may arise from their exercising their Company on 
said Night or Nights. 

Cap 1 . Warner & M r . Weaton attended, on the matter of dis- 
pute, how their Stalls are to be held when it was recommended, & 
determined that they hold the Stalls they respectively occupy un- 
till the further Order of the Selectmen. 

M r . Walley appointed to wait upon M r . Russell [282.] and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 159 

know of him whether M r . Jones has paid his first Quarters Rent 
for the hire of the Market, agreeable to his contract, & if he has 
not the Treasurer to wait on the Selectmen for their directions. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 7 [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardmau, Edwards, Bulfinch, Sever, 
Crafts, Cabbot, 

A Comm ee . from the Assessors enformed the Selectmen that the 
Tax Books, were now ready to be delivered. 

M r . Nazro directed, to request the attendance of the Collectors, 
in order to propose their Bondsmen. 

M r . Caleb Blanchard one of the Collectors for the present Year 
attended & proposed, Edward Blanchard, Truckman Joshua 
Blauchard Merch 1 . Samuel Grenough Merch'. as his Bonds- 
men for the faithful discharge of his trust. 

M r . Treasurer Russell made a return of the State of the Town 
Treasurer, for the Month of Angust, as on file. 

Mem , the Key of the Granary, was delivered by the Proprietors 
of the Duck Manufactory, the 27. of August last to the Select- 
men. 

M r . Mahony (an Insane Person) being removed from the Work 
House to the Pest House at West Boston, it was agreed that M r . 
Whitwell be requested to furnish the Necessaries for him and a 
Nurse, untill the further directions of the Selectmen. 

The Committee relative to the Granary, are authorized to make 
such Repairs as they sliall Judge necessary, and to let the same to 
D r . Townsend for the term of six months, at the sum they shall 
think best. 

On the application of M r . Benjamin Dearborn for their approba- 
tion of his opening a School in this Town for instructing Youth of 
both Sexes in the various branches of a polite & useful education 
- Liberty is [283.] granted him for said purpose. 

Voted, that M r . Cabbot & M r . Bulfinch be a Committee to make 
enquiry into the Repairs necessary to be made at Beacon Hill & 
the situation of the Fence erected near that place by M r . Homer, & 
make Report on Wednesday next, what measures are necessary to 
be adopted thereon. 

Monday next 5. oClock is assigned, to determine upon the 
Bondsmen, for the several Collectors. 

M r . Walley, Sever & Col. Crafts appointed a Committee to 
make enquiry relative to the Repairs on the Neck, 

M r . Nazro directed to warn the Selectmen to meet on Monday 
noxt 5. O'Clock P: M: and to request M r . Bayley M r . Henderson 
& M r . Thompson to attend & propose their Bondsmen as Col- 
lectors. 

On the application of a number of Free Negroes that one of 
their Colour may be permitted as an Undertaker at the Funerals 
of the Blacks, with permission to break ground in the several 
buryal places It was the opinion of the Selectmen that the 
request could not be granted, as it would interfere with the 
present regulations & the duty of those Sextons, to whom are 
committed the care of the several burial Places, - 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 12. 1791. 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Walley, Sever, Edwards, Little, Price, 
Cabbot, Boardmau, Crafts, 

M r . Bayley, Collector proposes his last Years Bondsmen for the 
present 

M r . Henderson proposes the same 
M r . Thompson proposes the same 
M r . Blanchard, see Septem r . 7 
All of whom are approved of by the Selectmen. 
[284.] On application Cap 1 . Wollox, has liberty, for 
improving Faneuil Hall, for exercising his Company on such 
Evenings as would not interfere with the other Companys pro- 
vided they make good any damages they may occasion. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 14 [1791.] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Cabbot, Sever, Walley, Price, Little, 
Edwards, Crafts, Bulfinch, 

The Bonds given by the Collectors of Taxes for the present 
Year, which have been approved of by the Selectmen the Town 
Clerk is directed to furnish them with a Certificate to the Asses- 
sors, that the Tax Books may be delivered them. 

Maj r . Cabbot appointed to direct the necessary Repairs to the 
Street called Hanover Street. 

The Comm ee . relative to the Neck on the Report of Col. Amasa 
Davis, are requested to meet with the Proprietors, and give the 
necessary directions, with respect to riming the Water Courses. 

Voted : that Mess" : Little Cabot & Crafts be & are authorized 
to Contract for paving the Street from Hoyts Corner to the head 
of Long Wharfe to be done in such a manner as shall be satis- 
factory to said Committee provided the Expense to the Town 
does not exceed the Sum of 100 : 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Select Men Sep r . 19. 1791. 

Present Mess : Price, Walley, Crafts, Edwards, Cabot, Bulfiuch, 
Boardman, 

Cap 1 . David Bradle}' is approved of as a Retailer of Spirituous 
Liquors at his House in State Street. 

The Committee appointed to view the State of Beacon Hill & 
to see what repairs may be necessary Report, 

That it would be expedient to have the Water Course or Gutter 
on the West side of the Hill cleared out, and a Gutter paved to 
convey the Water into the Gutter at the side of the Common 
That the Wall on the North East side should be repaired & length- 
ened six feet ; and the holes at the steps & other parts filled up. 

[285.] The Committee recommend, that M r . John Homer 
who has fenced in a piece of Land at the North West side of the 
Hill should give some acknowledgement that he holds that Land of 
the Town. 

The above Report accepted, and the Committee are desired to 
carry the same into execution. 

Boston Ss: At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21. 1791 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 161 

Present Mess" : Price, "Walley, Boarclman, Sever, Edwards, Cab- 
bot, Little, Crafts. 

The following Persons were chosen Grand & Petit Jurors for 
District Court. 

6 Grand Jurors 
Mess : Caleb Hopkins 
Caleb Hayden 
William White 
Josiah Snelling 
Mungo Mackey 
Samuel Gore 
G Petit Jurors 
Mess" : Archibald M c Neil 
William Frobisher 
Robert Ruggles 
Josiah Vose 
John Cutter 
Russell Sturgis 

The following Persons were chosen petit Jurors for the Common 
Pleas & Sessions. 

9 

Mess" : Timothy Goodwin 
John Baxter 
Charles Coffin 
Ebenezer Barril 
John Coats 
Deacon Daniel Bates 
John Kittle 
David Poignard 
Mark Richards 

Mem , to be entered in Jury Book also and the same has been 
entered. 

The Cadet Company are permitted to make use of Faneuil Hall 
in exercising their Comp y . on such Evenings as does not interfere 
with the other Companys they to make good any damages they 
may occasion. 

[286.] M r . Little & M r . Edwards a Comm ee . to cause such 
Repairs to be made in Fish Street in the Pavement as they shall 
Judge Necessary. 

The above Comm ee . with Deacon Boardman to make the like Re- 
pairs in Centre Street. 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 26 [1791] 
Present Mess": Price, Sever, Boardman, Cabbot, Edwards, 
Walley, Bulfinch, 

Passed upon Accounts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at wheat at 6/p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pain & Livelihood, whicli is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 13 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto must weigh ------- l 10 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of brick bread must weigh ----- l 8 8 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr. 

Biskets of 2 Copper Price must weigh 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto not above % Indian d. - - - 3 
Cap 1 . Nazro of Engine N. 6. proposes John Fessenden as an 
Engine Man in the room of James Ridgway who has left the 
Town. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28 [1791.] 
Present Mess": Walley, Boardman, Sever, Bulfinch, Crafts, 
Cabbot, Price, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

The Selectmen permit M r . Lane & White to have a draft in part 
for paving Battery March 30 in this Months Draught. 

On application of the Clerks of the Market that they may have 
assistance in supporting a Suit commenced by them against M r . 
Godfrey, Baker M r . Edwards was appointed by the Selectmen 
for said purpose. 

[287.] On Application of a number of Persons v of the Old 
South Church by their Petition relative to a Building M r . Nyles is 
about erecting as it is said for a Stable in Milk Street M r . 
Price, Walley and Sever are a Committee to converse with said 
Petitioners and M r . Nyles relative thereto. 

The Town Clerk directed to hand in the Draught to the Town 
Treasurer, for this Month the same having been examined by 
the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 5. 1791 
Present Mess 18 : Price, Sever, Crafts. Cabhot. Edwards, Little, 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever on application of M r . Simpson are ap- 
pointed a Committee to view Frog Lane & Report what Repairs 
are necessary. 

On application of M r . Fail-service the above are a Committee to 
view Nassau Street & Report the State thereof. 

M r . Joseph Dana on his application therefor, is permitted to 
open a School in the Centre of the Town for the Instruction of 
Youth in the branches taught in the public Schools. 

M r . Cabot & M r . Bulfinch appointed, a Committee to direct as 
to the Gravel that may be taken away from Middlecot & Temple 
Streets. 

The Proprietors who are paving part of Street called Battery 
March are permitted to take off ten Lighter Load of paving 
Stones on the Point at Deer Island near the Gut. 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to provide Wood for 
M r . Tileston & M r . Cheneys School the first 8 the last 6 Cord. 

M r . Crafts & Maf. Cabot, for M r . Carter Bingham & Hunt 
eight Cord each Hunt six Cord. 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever, for M r . Vinal & Mr. Ticknor 8 Cord 
each. 

[288.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 12 th 
[1791.] Present Mess". Sever, Cabot, Price, Boardman, Crafts, 
Walley, Bulfinch. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 163 

Cap'. Bouve of Engine N. 2. having resigned, the Company 
have made choice of William Darricot as Master, and being 
presented to the Selectmen for their approbation, he was ac- 
cordingly approved of to be Master of said Engine. 

M r . Price, M r . Walley & M r . Edwards a Committee to endeavor 
to ascertain the Towns Bight to the Land adjacent to Olivers 
Dock. 

M r . Benjamin Jarvis, having applied for the use of two Lamps 
for the Assembly House, they are permitted to have them, pro- 
vided they be returned when called for, or paid for in case of 
breakage. 

Mess. Peter Vezie & Isaac Edes having been well recommended, 
are appointed Inspectors of Barreld Pork Beef & pickled Fish in 
this Town, & took the Oaths required by Law for the faithful dis- 
charge of their trust which were administered by the Town 
Clerk. 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee on the Petition for pav- 
ing or repairing part of Prince Street. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting to be called on Wednesday the 26'. of October Ins'. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 19' [1791.] 
Present Mess: Boardman, Cabot, Bulfinch, Walley, Little, Crafts, 

Cap*. Whittemore of Engine N. 4. being dead, the Company 
have made choice of M r . John Gammill in his room, & having 
presented him to the Selectmen for their approbation ami he is 
accordingly approved. 

[289.] The Committee to agree with D r . Townsend for the 
Granary Report That they had let the same to him for Six 
Months from 1*. Octo r . 1791 at the rate of thirty pounds p 
Annum : 

M r . Fulsom to have the printing of the Notifications. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 20* [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Crafts, 

This Meeting was called, on information of the arrival of a 
Vessell in this Harbonr with the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1791 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Sever, Boardman, Edwards, Cabot, 
Crafts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 31. 1791 
Present Mess" : Sever, Cabot, Bulfinch. Edwards. Little, Board- 
man, Crafts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at six 
Shillings p Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed 
as following - Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh 13 4 

a 4 d . Ditto of white Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 



164 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr.. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 188 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price, must weigh 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye 

Meal d. 280 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto, not above \ Indian Meal d. 300 
Passed upon Accompts. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 2 d . 1791 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Walley, Bulfinch, Sever, Price, Cabot, 
Crafts, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

On application & proof M r . Nazro of Engine N. 6. is allowed 
the Premium allowed by the Town of 1-8 for bringing 
[29O.] their Engine to work first on the Fire which lately broke 
out at M r . Jones's House Cold Lane. 

M r . William Marsters, Cooper, having been well recommended, 
is appointed Inspector of Barreld pickled Beef Pork & Fish in 
this Town and an Oath was administred to him by the Town. 
Clerk. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 9. 1791 
Present Mess : Price, Edwards, Boardman, Crafts, Bulfinch, 

Deacon Boardman appointed to order such Repairs to the Dock 
Watch house as he may Judge necessary. 

On the Petition of a number of Inhabitants for amending Pem- 
bertons Hill Maj r . Cabot & M r . Bulfinch are appointed to 
confer with the Abuttors to make an estimate of the expence 
& what proportion the Abuttors will pay thereof and to make 
Report thereof to the Board. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 16. 1791 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Sever, Cabot, Edwards, Bulfinch, Board- 
man, Crafts, 

M r . John Piemont approved as an Inholder for his House in 
State Street lately occupied by Cap 4 . Taunt a Taverner. 

M r . Price & Crafts a Comin ee . relative to the Town Pump. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 23 d . 1791 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Sever, Edwards, Cabot, Boardman, 
Bulfinch, Crafts, Little, 

4 Petit Jurors for district Court drawn & entred in Jury Books. 

M r . Cabot & Bulfinch a Committee to view the Pump at the 
Hospital at New Boston & what little Repairs on the roof & to 
the Pump are necessary to direct them. 

[291.] Maj r . Cabot appointed to examine the State Accompts 
of the Keeper of the Almshouse. 

M r . S.ever appointed to direct some Repairs to the Stove at 
Master Ticknors School. 

Selectmen have agreed to appoint a Meeting on Monday next 
at Col. Colmans long Room, 5. o Clock,, in order to concert 
measures respecting lighting Town, with the Subscribers to the 
Lamps. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 165 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 28. 1791 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Edwards, Little, Crafts, Boardman, 
Cabot, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz', 
a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 13 4 

a 4 d . ditto of white Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . ditto of Brick Bread must weigh 188 

Bisket of 2 Copper price, must weigh 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of ditto not above Indian Meal d. 300 
Passed upon Accompts. 

M r . Edwards added to the Comm ee . on the Neck, who are re- 
quested to see that the Submission entred into by the Selectmen 
& Proprietors of the Neck, & the Award in consequence thereof, 
be caryed into full effect & that the same Comm ee . see it so au- 
thenticated as to be fully binding upon both Parties, and that they 
also obtain from the Proprietors a full grant & Quit Claim to the 
Inhabitants of the Town of sufficient Gutters or sluice ways 
through the Land to carry off the Water. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 30. 1791 
Present Mess": Price, Walley, Sever, Cabot, Bulfinch, Crafts 
Little, Boardman, 

[292.] John Melony appointed a sweeper of Chimnies in 
this Town, and had a badge delivered him N. 16. 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

Sarah Barton approved of as a Taverner for the George Tavern 
on the Neck. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 6. 1791 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Price, Walley, Sever, Edwards, Cabot, Bulfincb, 
Crafts, 

M r . Price has the loan of one of the Town Lamps, to return the 
same when required, or to pay for the same if broken. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 7 [1791.] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Sever, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Price, 
Little, Cabot, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 12. 1791 
Present Mess": Price, Little, Boardman, Crafts, 

Information given the Selectmen by M r . Miller that the Sloop 
Dove Abner Dunham Master from Philadelphia, which is now in 
the Harbour, has one Seaman on board broke out with the Small 
Pox, and another with the Symptome of the Distemper where- 
upon D r . Welch was requested to go on board & make examina- 
tion of the Circumstances of the Vessel & People Clothing & c . 
and to Report the same the Captain being present, he was di- 
rected to send Isaac Smith who has the Distemper, Hunt who 



166 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

has the Symptoms, & Benjamin a Boy liable to the Distemper, 
with all the Bedding Clothing & any thing liable to Infection to 
the Hospital at Rainsfords Island, to be under the care of Cap*. 
Laha & the following Letter was sent him Viz 1 . 

Boston December 12'. 1791 

Cap'. Laha 

The Sloop Dove Cap'. Dunham [293.] from 
Philadelphia now in the Harbour has one Seaman on board Just 
broke out with the Small Pox & two others on board liable to the 
Distemper the Cap', was directed to send said Persons with all 
their Clothing Bedding & c . to the Hospital, all to be under your 
care & you'l report concerning them as shall he necessary the 
Selectmen has directed D r . Welch to examine the Vessel & he will 
Report whether it will be necessary for the Sloop to be sent to 
your Island. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 13. 1791 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Price, Crafts, Little, Edwards, Cabot, 

D r . Welsh & Cap'. Laha, having Reported, that the Sloop Dove 
has been so smoked & cleansed as that she may be permitted to 
come up to Town without danger to the Inhabitants Liberty 
was granted accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 14. 1791 
A: M: Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Edwards, Little, Bulfiuch, 
Crafts. 

At a Town Meeting called for the purpose, this Day there was ten 
Petit Jurors drawn for the Court of Common Pleas & Sessions 
for the County of Suffolk to serve on the 1 st . Tuesday of January 
next & have been entred in the Jury Book accordingly. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 14. 1791 
P: M: Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Sever, Edwards, Boardman, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Decem 1 ". 21. 1791 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Cabot, Walley, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, 
Bulfinch, Little. 

M r . Blagge, M r . Games, & D r . Spooner, have the loan of a 
Lamp each, of the Globe Lamps, in exchange for a Square one 
they to be at any extra expence that may be occasioned. 

[294.] M r . Joseph Nancriede applies for the use of M r . 
Binghams School Room four Evenings in a Week, for teaching the 
French Tongue. 

M r . John Robinson having been chosen b}* the Company of 
Engine N. 3 as Master, in the room of his late Father Elias 
Robinson lately deceased and presented to the Selectmen for their 
approbation he was accordingly approved as master of said 
Engine. 

Fryday Afternoon 4. o Clock assigned for Meeting the Proprie- 
tors of the Neck, in 1300 feet of said Neck, in order to settle, 
relative to the Gutters & c . carrying off -the Waste Water. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1791. 167 

The Town Treasurer having informed the Selectmen, that he 
can assure them 1000 Dollars at the least from Subscribing 
Individuals towards lighting the Lamps & supplying the Materials 
therefor The Opinion of the Selectmen was taken Viz'. 
Whether on such assurance they could be warranted in proceed- 
ing to Contract therefor, agreeable to a Vote of the Town passed 
Nov r . 9 present Year the Question being accordingly put passed 
in the Affirmative also 

Voted, that a Committee be now chosen to place all the 
Town Lamps in the places as now arranged & to employ such 
Persons as they shall Judge necessary for erecting Posts, Listing 
the Lamp Irons, cleansing the Lamps, aud having everything in 
readiness for lighting the Lamps. 

M r . Crafts, Cabot, Bulfinch, Little & Sever, are chosen as a 
Committee for said purpose. 

[295.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 
23 d 1791. Present Mess rs : Price, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Board man. 

The Selectmen having received a Petition from a large number 
of the Inhabitants, for calling a Town Meeting relative to alter- 
ing the present police of the Town. 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk prepare a "Warr 4 . to be signed by 
the Selectmen for calling a Meeting on Fryclay the 30'. of Decem r . 
Inst. 10. o Clock A: M: to take said Petition into consideration. 

Ordered, that M r . Powers have the Printing of the Notifica- 
tions for said Meeting. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 26. 1791 
Present Mess: Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Cabot, Bulfinch, 

Passed on sundry Accounts. 

M r . Walley, M r . Cabot & M r . Boardman a Committee to ex- 
amine M r . Aleads Account & c . with Proprietors of 1400 feet on 
each side the Neck. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 28. 1791 
Present Mess: Price, Walley, Sever, Cabot, Crafts, Boardman, 
Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize'of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p Bushel 
and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 

A 2 d . loaf of white Bread must weigh ---- 13 4 

a 4 d . loaf of white Bread must weigh - ... 1 10 8 

a 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 88 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - - - - 8 13 

a 4 d . loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 280 

a 4 d . loaf of hrown Bread not above Indian - - 3 00 

[296.] M r . Joseph Nancrede has liberty to occupy M r . Bing- 
harns School House four Evenings in a Week for teaching; the 



1(58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

French Language M r . Binghain having no objection, and this 
till further, order M r . Nancrede to make good any damage that 
may arise from this liberty. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 4. 1792 
Present Mess : Price, Edwards, Crafts, Bulfincb, Little, Board- 
man, 

The Committee to prepare the Lamps & c . appointed on the 21'. 
Ultimo, are further requested to purchase a sufficiency of Oil for 
lighting the Lamps for one month, to agree with Persons for 
lighting them, to contract with a Person to superintend the 
Lamps, for said term & such other matters as may be necessary 
at the time the Selectmen shall direct their being lightened 

Peter Richardson approved as an Inholder for the House on 
Dock Square lately kept as a Tavern by the Silsbies. 

John French approved as a Retailer at his Store in Orange 
Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 11. 1792 
Present Mess: Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Bulfinch, Little, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25. 1792 
Present Mess r9 : Walley, Sever, Crafts, Bulfinch, Edwards, Price, 
Little, Board man, 

M r . Bulfinch appointed to examine the Books of the Keeper of 
the Alms house & c . 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards appointed examine Chimnys of a 
House of Joseph Eustice on complaint of Joshua B. Sigourney 
as dangerous to the Neighbourhood. 

[297.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 
28'. 1792 Present Mess": Price, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts 
Little, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 30. 1792 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Boardman, Price, Crafts, Little, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat a 6/ p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh 13 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 188 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian 300 



15 
file. 



Passed upon Accounts. 

Passed upon M r . William Moors State Account amounting to 

5 12 as p Copy to be sent by M r . Moor to be placed on 

*. '' 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 169 

The Selectmen having this Day had the Lists of the Men be- 
longing to the Eleven Fire Engines in this Town, laid before them 
for their approbation do approve of them accordingly, as p List 
on tile of mixed Papers and M r . Nazro is directed to call upon 
the several Masters & inform them that by Law they are to choose 
their Masters in the Month of May Annually and to lay before 
the Selectmen the Name^s of the Persons by them so chosen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 1. 1792 
Present Mess : Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Sever, Price, Little 

[298.] Passed upon other Accounts. 

The Selectmen passed upon Sam: Curtis & Jesse Houghtons 
State Account amounting as p Copy on file to 12. 3. 4. 

William Darricot Master of Engine N. 2. applies for the Pro- 
mum allowed by the Town for the late Fire at M r . Jar vis's House 
granted and an Order given therefor in Jan 7 , draft. 

Garret Fitsgerold approved of as a Chimney Sweeper & had a 
badge N. 18 delivered him. 

M r . Crafts M r . Edwards & M r . Little appointed a Committee to 
present the Overseers Account and all other Accounts against the 
Commonwealth, to the General Courts Committee, and to attend 
to see the same compleated. 

The Town Clerk is directed to publish an abstract of the Law 
relative to Signs, Post & c . interfering with the Lamps in 
Adams & Russells Papers for three "Weeks successively also 
abstracts of the Law for Inhabitants to give notice of Strangers 
for 6 Weeks. 

Passed upon four Accounts of M r . Samuel Whitwell Keeper of 
the Almshouse amounting to 479.. 3.. 5. 43.. 4. 10. 502.. 
ll/ &39.. 6.. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 - 8. 1792 - 
Present Mess": Edwards, Sever, Crafts, Little, Boardman, 

Passed on Cap'. Laha's State Account, am , to 12.. 17.. 6 as 
p Copy on file. 

Cap'. Laha Keeper of Rainsford Island having acquainted the 
Selectmen that the Pump upon which the People of the Hospital 
depend for Water has become rotten & defective he is directed 
to procure another Pump upon the best terms he is able 

Complaint having been made to us by a number of [299.] In- 
habitants that the Chimnies of a House near Winnesimet Ferry 
occupied by Hemmingway are insufficient and dangerous 

William Bell Esq. & M r . Benjamin Richardson were desired to 
survey the same, and Report thereon as soon as may be Mem. 
Warrant signed by Selectmen. 

Boston Feb y . 8. 1792 

Sir 

Upon complaint made to us that the Chimneys in a House 
you occupy is foul & dangerous to the Inhabitants when a Fire is 
made therein and having upon inspection found said complaint 
to be Just ; we signify the same to you, that no Fire may be made 
or kept in said Chimneys untill the same shall be sufficiently swept 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

as you would avoid the penalty of the Law in such case made and 
provided. 

EZEKIEL PRICE 

WlLLlA.M BOARDMAN 

THOMAS CRAFTS ^ Selectmen of Boston 

THOMAS EDWARDS 
WILLIAM LITTLE 
M r . Dowell Occupier of a House of M r . Eustis's near the North 
Mills. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb y . 15. 1792 Present 
Mess" : Price, Sever, Cabot, Crafts, Bulfinch, Little, Board- 
man, 

Treasurer Russell having informed the Selectmen that he had 
settled with the Executors of the late Treasurer, M r . Boyer, and 
M r . Sever one of the Bondsmen, desiring said Treasurers Bond 
may be given up to him the Town Clerk is directed to deliver 
him M r . Boyers Bond accordingly. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 21. 1792 
Present Mess 18 . Price, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts. Little, Sever, 

Information being given to the Selectmen, that M". Ke. see 
other side. 

[3OO.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 21. 
1792 

Information being given to the Selectmen that M". Kennedy in 
Temple Street has the Small Pox, D r . Welch was requested to visit 
her, which he did & Reported that the said Person had the Small 
Pox, but that she was in such a feeble state as to make her re- 
moval to the Hospital dangerous The Selectmen thereupon 
Ordered that a Gard or Watchman be placed at the House of said 
Kennedy to prevent any Person coming from or going to said House 
also that a red Flag be hung up at said House as a signal of the 
Distemper being in the House. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 22 d . 1792 
Present Mess" : Price, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Little, 

M r . Nazro directed to require the attendance of M r . Henchman 
to attend next Monday Afternoon, with his Account of Monies re- 
ceived, as Cow Money 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 24. 1792 
Present Mess" : Sever, Boardman, Cabot, Bulfinch, Edwards, Price, 
Little, 

M r . Corruse in a House near the Pest House having as p in- 
formation the Small Pox direction was given for putting out a 
Flag, & placing a Guard. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 26. 1792 

Present Mess" : Price, Boardmau, Crafts, Edwards, Cabot, Little, 

On application of a number of the Inhabitants that the Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINLTES, 1792. 171 

may be immediately called together to enable them to consult their 
safety by Inoculation It was the opinion of the Selectmen, not 
to call a Town Meeting as it did not lay with the Town to grant 
the liberty prayed for until the number of Houses infected 
amounted to the number stated by Law. 

Col. Crafts, M r . Cabot & M r . Bulfinch a Cornm 6 . to remove as 
many of the Persons near the Infected Houses as may be. 

[3O1.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. "21. 
1792 Present Mess rs : Cabot, Crafts, Edwards, Boardman, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p 
Bushel, & that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pain & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 13 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 188 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 280 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian d. 300 

Passed upon Accounts. 

Passed upon D r . Welshs State Acco'. for attendance on the 
Sick at the Hospital West Boston, am , to 7-1-10 as p Copy to 
be put on file. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 29'. 1792 
Present Mess : Cabot, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Bulfinch, Little, 
Edwards, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

M r . Collector Henderson having produced Receits from the 
Town County & State Treasurers for the full of what had been 
committed to him to Collect for 1790. The Town Clerk is directed 
to give him up his Bonds for said Year 

M r . Samuel Hastings appointed by the Selectmen ail Inspector 
of Duck Sail Cloth & Twine for the Town of Boston manufactured 
in this Commonwealth sent 

M r . Jedidiah Parker appointed by the Selectmen an Inspector 
of Duck Sail Cloth & Twine manufactured in this Commonwealth. 

M r . Hopestill Foster appointed a Collector of Cow Money for 
1792. 

Whereas the Town by their Vote passed Nov r . 30 1785 Ordered 
the Town Treasurer to give his Negotiable Notes to David Jeffries 
Esq. late Treasurer of the Town for the Sum of 680. 8. 4 & y 6 . 
Selectmen gave a draft for 400 Voted that the sum of 280- 
8. 4 be now drawn for [3O2.] in favor of the Administrator on 
s d . Jeffries Estate, being the balance now due agreable to said 
Vote the Treasurer to make the deductions for the Orders given 
by M r . Jeffries & taken up since the said draught in his favor for 
680-8-4 



172 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1792 
Present Mess rs : Cabot, Bulfinch, Little, Boardman, Walley, Crafts 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting 12'. March Ins 1 . 10. O Clock A: M: for the choice of 
Town Officers & c 

M r . Boardman & M r . Bulfinch a Comm ee . to wait upon Rev d . 
M r . Eckley and request his opening the Town Meeting with 
Prayer. 

M r . Coverly to have the printing of the Notifications for said 
Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 1792 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardmau, Cabot, Bulfinch, Price, 
Crafts, 

Passed upon the draught after examination & the Town Clerk 
is directed to hand the same into the Town Treasurer. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7 [1792.] 
A: M: Present Mess rs : Boardman, Crafts, Cabot, Bulfinch, Little, 

Extra Jurors drawn & entred in Jury Books 

D r . Welch having informed the Selectmen, that M". Smith & 
her two Children who have had the Small Pox at the Hospital are 
free from Infection & have been so cleansed, as that they may be 
permitted to go abroad with safety to the Inhabitants M r . 
Richardson was directed to discharge said Persons from said 
Hospital Childrens Names Samuel, & John, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7 [1792.] 
P: M: Present Mess: Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Cabot, Walley, 
Bulfinch, Price, Little, 

[3O3.] M r . Herron the Sexton of West Boston Meeting has 
liberty to ring that Bell at the hours of 11 1 & 9. O. Clock. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 14 [1792.] - 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boai'dman, Crafts, Walley, Cabot, Edwards, 

Col. Crafts & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to view the Partition 
Fence between M r . Brewster's & the Burying Ground. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21 [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Price, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Bulfinch, 
Adjourned to to Morrow 1 1 . O Clock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March. 22 d . [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Crafts, Bulfinch, Price, Walley, Sever, 
Little, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Monday the 2 d . of April next being the Day assigned 
by the Constitution for the choice of Governor & c : 

Col. Crafts & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to wait on Re d . M r . 
Freeman, & request his opening the Meeting with Prayer. 

Mess" : Fleets to have the printing of the Notifications for said 
Meeting. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 173 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26. 1792 
Present Messrs Price, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 

D r . Welch having Certified on the 8 Ins 1 , the Selectmen that the 
Family of M Call & the People in the same house are free from 
the Infection of the Small Pox the Guard was discharged. 

The said Physician having also certified that Cap'. Gorhams 
Schooner from Martiueco & People are free from infection the 
Vessel is permitted to come up to the Wharff. 

[3O4.] D r . Welch having Certified on the 18. Ins 1 , that the 
Ship Fortitude from Liverpool, the People & all on board have 
been duly cleansed & smoked & are free from infection the 
Vessel is permitted to come up to the Wharfe. 

D r . Welch having Certified on the 16. Ins', that the Hospital 
and M rs . Kennedys House were free from Infection the Guards 
were dismissed. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p 
bushel, and that 12 d . p bushel be allowed to the Bakers, for their 
charges pains & livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 
a 2 d . loaf of white Bread must weigh ---- 13 4 
a 4 d . loaf of white Bread must weigh ---. 1 10 8 
a 4 d . loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 8 8 
Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - - - - 8 13 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal. d. 2 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian - 3 
Passed upon Accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28*. [1792.] 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Wailey, Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

Col. Crafts & Cap'. Scollay a Comm e . to enquire what regula- 
tions is necessary relative to Burying Ground 

M r . Sever & M r . Scollay, to let Fosters Pasture & Bull Pasture 
& to direct the necessary repairs 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 4. 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess : Price, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Wailey, Boardman, 
Edwards, 

Cap'. Loveriegn of Engine N. 8. applies for the Premium 
allowed by the Town for bringing their Engine to work first at 
the Fire near S. School House. 

He is to have a draft for the above Premium next draft Day. 

[3O5.] On the application of Cap 4 . Laha Keeper of the Hos- 
pital at Rainsfords Island he was directed to get the Boat 
repaired, for the service of the Hospital 

William Lampson Cooper, being recommended was appointed 
an Inspector of Pickled barreld Beef, Pork & Fish. 

Deacon Boardman, M r . Wailey & M r . Sever, a Committee to 
wait on the Proprietors of the Chamber of the South Reading 
School & request of them that agreable to their original Agree- 
ment, they do not let the said Chamber to any Person or Persons 
for any purpose whatever without the consent of the Selectmen. 
And in case the said Proprietors will not comply with said request, 
to demand the Key thereof in the name of the Selectmen. 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 11. 1792' 
Present Mess": Price, Boardman, Bulfiuch, Walley, Crafts, 
Scollay, Little, 

M r . Price, M r . Walley, M r . Bulfinch Col'. Crafts & D r . Scollay 
a Committee to view Pembertons Hill & Report the Expence nec- 
essary to make it more passable. 

M r . Nazro directed to Notify all that hold Stalls in Faneuil 
Hall Market to attend at Selectmens Chamber next Wednesday. 

given him 

M r . Boardman & Col. Little a Committee to view the North 
Clock and Report relative to Repairs & c . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18' [1792.] 
Present Mess: Boardman, Edwards, Price, Sever, Little, Crafts, 
Scollay, 

M r . Edwards & M r . Boardman a Committee to view the Drain 
lately opened near Cross Street & Report the State thereof. 

M r . Edmunds has the direction of the Selectmen to ring D r . 
Lathrops Bell at 5. O. 'Clock in the Morning untill further Orders 

[3O6.J The Butchers attended and were euformed that the 
Tanners of this Town had applied, that they might have the pref- 
erence in the purchase of the Hydes of the Cattle brought into 
Faneuil Hall Market for Sale, as had been heretofore the custom 
whereupon the Butchers who hold said Stalls, acquainted the 
Selectmen, that they had not been applied to for Hydes by the 
Tanners that they were ready to confer with them on the sub- 
ject & would then acquaint the Selectmen with the result of said 
conference. 

Major Scollay added to the Committee relative to paveing the 
bottom of State Street 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25 [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Sever, Boardman, Walley Crafts, Scollay, 

M r . Sever & M r . Bulfinch & M r . Scollay a Committee to view 
Pleasant street & Report relative to Incroachments. 

M'. Crafts & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to advertize proposals 
for erecting new Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market, agreable to a 
Vote of the Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30'. 1792 
Present Mess : Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Boardman, Little, ^col- 
lay, Walley, 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 6/ p bushel, 
and that 12 d . p bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their charges 
pains & livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz . 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ... 13 4 
a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - 1 10 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - 1 88 
Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh ... 8 13 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 280 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 3 0- 
Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 175 

[3O7.] M r . Collector Bayley having produced Receipts from 
the State Town & County Collectors that he has paid in the 
Sums committed to him to Collect for the Year 1790 The Town 
Clerk is directed to deliver up the Bonds for said Year as 
requested. 

M r . Boardman & M r . Edwards a Committee to view the Watch 
House at North End. 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a "Warrant for Meeting the 
8'. of May next for choice of Representatives. 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Edwards a Committee to wait on the 
Rev d . M r . Baldwin & ask his opening the ensuing Town Meeting 
with prayer. 

M r . Holt to have the printing of the Notifications. 

M r . Thomas Uran appointed to take a List of the Cows which 
are kept in this Town, and to receive the Sums set upon each Cow 
for the Year 1792. 

The Selectmen Agree that the Owners of each Cow, shall pay 
Annually four Shillings p Cow to the Collector appointed by fr!*e 
Selectmen, except such Persons as may keep up their Cows, 
which shall be only two Shillings, the produce of which to be 
applied for the purchase and keeping of the Town Bulls and other 
charges The Collector to have a Copy of the above an ab- 
stract of the Laws & c . to be published in the Ceutinel & Thurs- 
days Papers. 

M r . Edwards and Col. Crafts a Committee to acquaint M r . 
Joseph Blake that the Selectmen have chosen him to pronounce 
the Oration on the 4'. of July next, in commemoration of the 
Independence of the United States then declared. 

[3O8.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2 d 
[1792.] Present Mess r3 : Sever, Scollay, Bulfinch, Boardmau, 
Walley, Crafts, Little, Price, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

Cap 1 . Laha having Reported to the Selectmen, that the Schooner 
Industry Elkanah Cook Commander, from Alexandria stoped at 
Rainsford Island, on account of the Small Pox, has together with 
the Cargo Bedding & Clothes been so smoked & cleansed, as that 
they may come up without danger of conveying the Small Pox to 
any one the Town Clerk was directed to give a Permit for said 
Vessels leaving the Island when the Cap', thought proper he 
being first satisfied as to the charges that have arisen. 

M r . Ebenezer Herring has liberty to build a Tomb in the Burial 
Ground near the Granary provided it does not interfere with any 
other Tomb or Grave ; to be for the use of him his Heirs & 
Assigns. given 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Committee to view West Street, & 
Report respecting paving the same. 

The Draught on Town Treasurer for last Month having been 
examined by the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 9. 1792 Present 
Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Bulfinch, Little, Scollay, 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Edmund Ranger of Engine N. 7. to have a draught for a 
premium allowed him & Comp y . for bringing their Engine to work 
first on the late Fire at M r . Davis S. End. 

Col. Crafts M r . Bulfinch & M r . Scollay a Committee to procure 
a plan of the Land & Streets at West Boston South of Cambridge 
Street, & to cause said Streets to be staked out. 

Pursuant to a Law of this Commonwealth [3O9. ] The Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston qualified 
according to the Constitution upon due warning given met to- 
gether the 8'. Day of May 1792, and then Voted to elect seven 
Persons to Represent them in the General Court the Year ensu- 
ing the Inhabitants accordingly brought in their Votes, each 
List not exceeding seven Persons & upon counting and sorting 
the same it appeared that the whole number of Votes were three 
hundred & twenty three that D r . William Eustis Esq. had three 
hundred & seven, John Coffin Jones Esq. three hundred & six 
Charles Jarvis Esq. 297 Jonathan Mason Esq. 281 Hon ble . 
Thomas Dawes Esq 238 Hon ble . Benjamin Austin Jun r . Esq 
216 Samuel Breck Esq 191 and William Tudor Esq. 184, 
each of said Persons having a major part of the Votes of the 
Electors present at the said Meeting. Under this state of facts, 
the Selectmen make the return on the other side. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma}* 16. 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess": Price Boardman, Crafts, Little, Bulfinch, Scollay, 

M r . Houghton Sexton of the old South Church attended, as re- 
quired and being questioned as to some Trees which had been 
put down in the Common Burial Ground, it appeared that it had 
been done without the Orders of the Selectmen he was ordered 
to take away the said Trees as soon as may be,. 

Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards, a Committee to draw up & Report 
such regulations for the directions of the Clerk of the Market & 
the good Government of the same, as they may Judge necessary. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18. 1792 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Bul- 
fiuch, Scollay, 

The Selectmen as authorised by a Vote of the Town on [31O.] 
the ll l . Inst'. made choice by Ballot of M r . William Gooch as 
Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market, he to be under Bonds for the faith- 
ful discharge of said trust the penalty four hundred pounds 
conditioned as in said Bonds. 

The Selectmen as authorised by a Vote of the Town on the 11'. 
lust', met, and made choice by Ballot of M r . Foster as Hay weigher 
the present Year he to be under Bonds for the faithful discharge of 
his duty, the penalty 400 and conditioned as in said Bonds. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d [1792.] 
Present Mess": Price, Walley, Sever, Boardman, Bulfinch, Scollay, 
Edwards, 

The following Persons were chosen Petit Jurors for a District 
the 1 st . Tuesday of June next Viz 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1792. 177 

Mess". James Lamb, 
Allen Crocker 
Israel Loring 
Samuel Thwing 
David Tilden 
and there names entred on the Jury Book. 

M r . Sever and M r . Scollay a Committee to call upon Ebeu r . 
Hancock Esq. Keeper of the Powder House and request to know 
the quantity of the Powder in said Magazine & else where, under 
his care. 

M r . Ephraim Hutchinson appointed Searcher & Packer of Bar- 
reld Beef, Pork pickled Fish, for this Town, he being well recom- 
mended & the Oath of Office was administred to him by the 
Town Clerk. 

M r . Sever desired to give Orders for such repairs of the Sides 
of the Neck as ma}* be necessary. 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts & "M r . Scollay a Comm e to wait on 
the Governor & acquaint him with the State of the Powder House. 
[311.] Voted, that M r . William Saxton be informed that it 
is expected, that he immediately have the Pavements repaired 
which were broke up by him last Fall by his opening his Drain or 
the Selectmen will commence an immediate prosecution against 
him. sent 

CoP. Crafts, M r . Walley & M r . Little a Comm 66 . to procure an 
Estimate of the expence of paving the lower part of State Street 
from Hoyts Corner downwards. 

M r . Scollay has liberty to open a drain into the Common Shore 
running through Water Street, from a House of his in said Street. 

M r . George Clark appointed a Funeral Undertaker in the room 
of M r . Curtis the late Sexton of D r . Thatchers Church. sent 

Voted unanimously, that the present Officers of Police are dis- 
charged from any further services, from the present Day sent 

M r . Patt Connor has leased to him the Pasture belonging to 
the Town lately bought of M r . Foster for Nine pounds, untill the 
last of December next the above was let to Abraham Adams 
June 20, 1792 & return made to the Town Treasurer. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28. 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess : Price, Walley, Sever, Edwards, Scollay, Boardman, 
Crafts, Little, Bulfinch, 

Passed upon Accounts. 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/ p bushel, 
and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their Charges 
Pains & livelihood, which is commuted as follows Viz' 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - 13 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----1 10 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 8 8 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2 8 
a 4". Loaf of Brown Bread not above half Indian d. 300 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[312.] M r . Moses Bradley applys for the Office of Inspector 
of the Police. 

On application of the Historical Society for the use of the 
Room at the West End of Faueuil Hall to deposit Books & Papers 
therein. 

Voted that the Historical Society may make use of said Room 
according to their request. 

M r . Scollay appointed to examine the Acco 1 of M r . Samuel 
Whitwell Keeper of the Alms house so far as relates to the State 
Poor. 

A renewing of the Bounds or Land marks between Boston & 
Roxbury, agreed upon unanimously at a full Board. 

Voted, that the Selectmen in behalf of the Town will allow One 
hundred and fifty pounds towards the paving State Street, from the 
lower Corner of Col. Colmans Tavern to the head of the long 
Wharff , on condition that sufficient Additional Monies be raised by 
Subscription to compleat the Street and the Foot paths from side 
to side to the approbation of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen June 2 d [1792.] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Seaver, Crafts, Edwards, Scollay, 

The Town Clerk is directed to draw a Warrant for a Meeting of 
the Inhabitants on for the choice of two Repre- 

sentatives in the room of Col. Dawes & M r . Austin who are elected 
to a Seat in the Hon ble Senate agreahly to a Precept received 
from M r . Speaker of the House, if they shall see fit. 

Mess 18 : Edes & Son to have the printing of the Notifications. 

[313.] Boston May 10. 1792. I promise to pay the Town 
Treasurer of Boston Nine pounds for the use of the Pasture be- 
longing to said Town lately bought of M r . William Foster, uutill 
the last of December next. 

PATT CONNER 
Att. Eben r . Sever 

M r . Thomas Uran & Cap*. John Ballard applies for the Office 
of Inspector of the Police. 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Whitwells State Acco 1 . amounting to 
587. - 11 - & 42.12 - 10. as p Copies on file. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 6. 1792 Present 
Mess rs : 

M r . William Lampson, who had been formerly recommended, 
again applies for the appointment of a packer & Inspector of 
pickled Pork, Beef & Barreld Fish Mem , he was appointed 
April 4, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8. 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess": Price, Sever, Edwards, Bulfinch, Scollay, Little, 

Information having been given that a Child of M r . Coolidges in 
his House at New Boston was broke out with the Small Pox 
M r . Coolidge attended, & expressed a willingness that the Child 
should be removed, provided he can be accommodated at the Hos- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 179 

pital at West Boston or at Brookline Hospital that he would 
make immediate inquiry & then acquaint the Selectmen. 

M r . Little & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to examine into the sit- 
uation of the Hospital at West Boston & to make such Repairs to 
the House as they shall Judge proper. 

Adjourned to i. o: Clock F: M: 

The above was reconsidered, & the Selectmen do not meet. 

[314.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 
1792 Present Mess": Price, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, 
Little, Bulfinch, Scollay, 

The Town Clerk is directed to have inserted in all the News 
Papers, extract from a Law relative to Small Pox, 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13 [1792.] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 

Edmond Ranger of Engine N. 7 applies for the Premium 
allowed for bringing his Engine to play first on the late Fire at M r . 
Eckleey. 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards a Comm ee : on the Petition of Cap 1 . 
Merry, to make enquiry into the matters represented and report 
their opinion thereon. 

Agreed to have a Visitation of the public Schools on Fryda}- the 
6 th . Day of July next. 

is engaged to prepare a Dinner 
at Faneuil Hall on said Day to be on the Table at Clock. 

The Town Clerk is to send Billets to the Gentlemen to be in- 
vited agreeable to the List given him by the Selectmen. 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Committee to cause a Drain to be 
laid from M r . Dolls House on the Neck. 

William Foot appointed an Inspector of Barreld pickled Fish 
Pork & Beef in this Town, and took the Oath of Office which was 
admiuistred to him by the Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20 th [1792.] 
Present Mess": Boardman, Bulfinch, Little, Walley, Crafts, 

Ten petit Jurors for Court of Common Pleas & c . drawn and 
entered in Jury Books. 

[315.] M r . Russel Sturgis & others, on application have 
liberty to stop up the passages through Butlers Row in order for 
their paveiug the same at their own charge. sent 

Col. Crafts, M r . Little & M r . Bulfinch appointed to superintend 
in behalf of the Selectmen the paving the lower part of State 
Street. given 

Agreed to meet on Fryday 5. O'Clock P:M: for the special 
business of considering what relates to the Office of police ; & the 
erecting Stalls in Faueuil Hall Market. gave M r . Nazro 

The following Persons apply for the approbation of the Select- 
men as Auchtioneers for the Town of Boston Viz' 
Mess : Russell & Clap 
Lewis Hoyt 
Joshua Eaton 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Thomas Kilbey Jones 
Robert Mollineux 
James Eaton. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1792 
Present Mess": Boardman, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Little, 

Passed upon two Accompts of M r . Samuel Whitwell Keeper of 
the Almshouse amounting to 548-13-4 & 42-11-10 as p 
Copies to be sent in & placed on the files 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25 [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Little, Scollay, Bui- 
finch, Edwards, Price, 

Ordered, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges pains & livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 4 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - 14 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----1128 
a 4 d . Loaf of brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 10 8 
Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - - - - 98 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat i- Rye Meal d. 280 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above \ Indian d- 300 

[316.] Passed upon Accounts. 

Passed upon D r . Welches State Account amounting as p a Copy 
to be sent in & placed upon the Files amounts to 53 3 3 d 

Col. Crafts & M r . Scollay a Committee for the Repairs of the 
Old Brick Clock, & if thought irreparable to enquire the Expence 
of a new one & Report to the Board. 

M r . Sever, Scollay & M r . Bulfinch a Comm ee to view Nassau 
Street & Report the Expence of paving the same 

M r . Boardman & M r . Price a Comm ee . to estimate & Report the 
expence of repairing Union Street. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27' [1792.}. 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Little, Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Walley a Committee to confer with 
the Abuttors relative to Land abutting on the Dock 

Col. Crafts appointed to confer with M r . Winthrop relative to 
the Town Engine N. 5 under his care as a Fire Ward, & to cause 
the same, to have a thorough & compleat repair. 

Caleb Ray & William Foster apply to be appointed Searchers & 
Packers of Barreld pickled Pork Beef & Fish in this Town see 
their recommendation on file. 

Col. Crafts & M r . Scollay to confer with D r Welch relative to 
two Idiots & a Girl in the Hospital by the name of Dazorll. 

M r . Joseph Basset applies for a Sealer of Barreld Pork Fish & c 

[317.] This being a Meeting appointed for the appointing 
of Auchtioneers The following Persons as noted for applying 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 181 

June 20 for the approbation of the Selectmen as Auchtioueers, 
were accordingly approbated Viz 

"Mess rs : Russell & Clap 

Lewis Hoyt 

Thomas K. Jones 

Joshua Eaton 

Robert Molineux 

James Eaton 

all Inhabitants of this Town & the Town Clerk is directed to pre- 
pare Certificates of the tenor of the last Year to be signed by the 
Selectmen for the term of one Year from the 5. of May last. 

The Town Clerk is Ordered, to issue a Warr'. for a Town 
Meeting on the 4'. of July next 9. O'. Clock A: M: in commemo- 
ration of the Day of the Declaration of TNDEPENDANCE being the 
4'. July A.D: 1776. 
Mem , there is to be no printed Notifications. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11. [1792.] 
Present Mess": Sever, Scollav, Boardman, Walley, Crafts, Bui- 
finch, Edwards, Little, 

Charles Williams a late Collector having produced Receipts 
in full from the several Treasurers that he had paid them for the 
Years 1788 & 1789 the Town Clerk is directed to deliver up 
the Bonds for said Years. 

The Fire Wards of the Town, by their Committee Caleb Davis 
& Thomas Melville Esq rs . apply for a new Engine. 

M r . Bulfinch, Little & M r . Sever a Comm ee . to contract with 
some suitable Person or Persons for building one as soon as may 
be the state & condition of some of the old Engines making it 
necessary for the better security of the Town in case of Fires. 

[318.] It is agreed by the Selectmen to have but one Person 
chosen as an Inspector of the Police and that said Officer be al- 
lowed & paid at the rate of twenty five pounds p Quarter. 

Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards, a Committee to inspect the By- 
La ws & draw up proper Instructions for the Office of the Police. 

Voted, that Thomas Edwards Esq be an Attorney for the Town 
the Year ensuing to whom the Officer of Police is to apply for ad- 
vice & assistance & the said Attorney is hereby authorized & em- 
powered to commence & prosecute to final issue all breaches of the 
By Laws of the Town ; and any other Officers of the Town are 
empowered to apply to him for necessary advice in the execution 
of their several trusts the said Attorney to be allowed a reason- 
able compensation. 

Col. Crafts, M r . Walley M r . Bulfinch M r . Scollay & M r . Little 
a Comm 66 . to purchase Lumber & to contract with Workmen for 
erecting Stalls in Fanenil Hall Square agreable to a Vote of the 
Town. 

On application Edmund Ranger of Engine N. is allowed two 
premiums for bringing the Engine to work first at the Fires which 
lately broke out at M r . Eckleys & M r . Sellons Houses. 

[July 18th] Commencement. 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25'. [1792.] 
Present Mess": Price, Walley, Sever, Boardraan, Crafts, Edwards, 
Little, Bulfinch, Scollay, 

On the application of the Mill Proprietors Col. Crafts Deacon 
Boardman, Edwards & Little, a Comm ee : to enquire into the Re- 
pairs of the Bridges over the Mill Creek, & in any other matters 
relative to the Proprietors of the Mill Pond ; also the right of Titles 
to high Way near the Mills. 

[319.] Agreed to Visit Deer Island on Tuesday next to 
proceed from Faneuil Hall precise!}' at 8 o Clock A: M: 

M r . Collector Thompson to have his Bonds deliv d . him for 1790. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30. 1792 
Present Mess . Scollay, Price, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, 

Passed upon Accounts. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - 14 4 
a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ... 1 \-> $ 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - 1 10 8 
Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - - - 9 8 
a 4 d Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat | Rye Meal d 2 8 o 
a 4 d . Loaf of Ditto not above Indian- d - -300 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Little, Scollay, 
Edwards, 

This Day the Selectmen accompanied by a number of Gentlemen 
Visited Deer Island, had a very agreable time, and found the 
Island in a good state Stakes drove into the Ground 10 feet 
from the Margin of the Hill, in order to observe the decay of the 
Island. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 1, 1792. 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Little, Bul- 
finch, Scollay, Crafts, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

M<ess rs : Boardmau, Bulfiuch & Scollay a Comm ee . to view Seper- 
ate Lane & Report what Pavement is wanting 

Mess rs : Price Crafts & Scollay, a Comm ee . on the application of 
M r . Eliot to view Town Pump, on the Dock near his Shop 

M r : Sever Bulfinch & Scollay a Comm ee . on the application of 
M r . Read to take Manure out of the Hose Pond [32O.] in the 
Common after viewing the same to Report 

The Selectmen have agreed to Visit Rainsfords Island, Wednes- 
day fortnight 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug* 3 rd 1792 
Present Mess": Boardman, Scollay, Crafts, Little, Edwards, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 183 

M r . Richardson directed to receive a Daughter of M rs . Pratt 
into the Hospital, she being broke out with the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 8 l . [1792.] 
Present Mess". Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Price, Ed- 
wards, Little, 

The Committee appointed the I 1 Inst relative to Town Pump 
near M r . Eliots are directed to place Posts & Rails around the 
Pump, and to have the same put in Repair 

Agreed on the request of a number of Inhabitants, to Issue a 
Warrant for a Town Meeting on Thursday the 9 l Ins t 11 O'Clock 
AM: 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 9 [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Price, Sever, Boardman, Qrafts, Edwards, Little, 
Bulfinch, Scollay, 

M r . Scollay appointed to give directions for the repairs of any 
damage done Deacon Phillips Pew, or any others by the Meeting 
of the Town at the Old South Church, this Day 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little to enquire ns to the Reports of the 
Small Pox in Charter Street and to send the Persons who may 
have the Distemper to the Hospital at West Boston or to Fence 
up the Streets & c . as usual. 

[321.] Mess" : Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Edwards & Little 'a 
Committee to provide suitable Houses for the reception of Persons 
with the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 10 [1792.] 
Present Mess": Sever, Edwards, Boardman, Crafts, Scollay 

M r . Crafts & M r . Scollay a Committee to order the Ground to 
be staked out around M r . Longs & other Houses taken up for a 
Hospital and to appoint a Centinel for said Houses & to give 
written Instructions to the several Watchmen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 20 th [1792.] 
Present Price, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Little, Walley 

Passed upon the List of Licensed Persons for the last Year, and 
a return made thereon to the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace as the Law directs which return was given Ezekiel Price 
Esq. to be returned 

The Selectmen on the 15 Inst'. Visited Raiusford s Island & the 
State Hospital under their care accompanied by a number of very 
respectable Persons in the execution of this trust; every cir- 
cumstance was agreable, saving that an unexpected blow from the 
North West made it necessary to spend one night & part of the 
next Day, more than was usual on former occasions. 

The Committee appointed to confer with M r . Welch on the 
part of the Proprietors of the North Mills with respect to the re- 
pairs of the Mills & Draw Bridges having attended that service 
Report as their Opinion that the same be repaired or new made as 
soon as may be ; the Expence to be defrayed, two thirds thereof 
by the said Proprietors and the other third by the Inhabitants of 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

the Town, provided always that this Instance shall [322.] Not 
be used as a Precedent on any future occasion to determine whose 
duty it is, eventually to keep the same in repair. 

THOMAS CRAFTS p Order 

The aforegoing Report having been accepted by the Selectmen 
Voted, that the same Committee make the Proprietors afore- 
said acquainted with this Vote, and they are ordered to carry it 
into execution to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 22 d [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 

Col. Crafts, Col. Scollay & M r . Edwards a Comm 66 to view 
the Pavement near M r . Whittmores House, & to agree to defray 
such a proportion of the charge as they may Judge reasonable, 
provided it does not exceed Nine Pounds. 

M r . Price delivered to the Selectmen the Kesolve of the Gen- 
eral Court dated June 30 l . 1792 respecting Districting the Com- 
monwealth for the purpose of choosing Federal Representatives 
also a Resolve of the General Court dated June 30. 1792 
respecting Districting the Commonwealth for the purpose of 
choosing Electors of President & Vice President. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 27 l . [1792.] 
Present Mess": Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Edwards, 
Price, Little, Walley, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, & that 12 d . p bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh - - - - 14 4 
a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh - - - 1 12 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 1 10 8 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 098 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 80 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian 300 

[323.] Passed upon Accounts. 

The Selectmen have agreed to perambulate the Bounds between 
Roxbnry & Boston the third Wednesday in September, pro- 
vided 

The Selectmen to write the Selectmen of Roxbury as usual. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 28*. [1792.] 
A: M: Present Mess". Price, Boardman, Crafts, Little, Scollay, 

M r . Little & Scollay a Committee to apply to M f . Clap in 
Cornhill & know if he will remove the Young Woman that is 
taken with the Small Pox at his House to the Hospital at West 
Boston. 

The Committee having applied accordingly Reported that M r . 
Clap will not consent to the Young Womans being removed. 

M r . Price M r . Crafts & M r . Scollay a Committee to order a flag 
to be put out at M r . Clapps House in Cornhill, & to have the Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 185 

Fenced up, as also to give such other directions as they may 
Judge necessary to prevent the spreading of the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 28. [1792.] 
P: M: Present Mess rs Price, Walley, Sever, Boardinan, Edwards, 
Crafts, Little, Scollay, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant in the Name of 
the Selectmen, agreable to the Petitions of a number of Inhabi- 
tants for calling a Town Meeting on the 29'. Ins'. 10 O Clock 
A:M: 

As also to publish an Advertisement of the present state of the 
Small Pox. 

[324.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 
29'. [1792.] Present Mess: Little, Sever, Edwards, Boardmau, 
Little, Bulfinch, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 30 [1792.] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Walley, Little, Edwards, 

Met the Overseers of the Poor, on their application, and had a 
conference with them relative to the Poor of other Towns & the 
State Poor when it was agreed the Overseers should attend to 
all the poor Inhabitants of this State ; and the Selectmen to 
Strangers. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 5 [1792.] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, 
Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts. 

M r . Edwards Scollay & Little a Committee to confer with them 
relative to supply of State Poor. 

Upon the Report of M r . Crafts & M r . Little that this Day was 
put into their hands by Mess": Placide & Harper the Sum of 
Fifty three pounds 7/ to be by the Selectmen distributed among 
the Poor of the Town of Boston. 

Voted, that the Selectmen accept the same and distribute it in 
such manner as they shall think the exigency of the Poor may 
require. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 7. 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Price, Walle}-, Boardmau, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

The Committee viz 4 , Col. Crafts M r . Sever & Maj r . Scollay 
who have hired Houses ,for an Hospital for People with the Small 
Pox are hereby authorised & empowered to settle with said 
Owners and to see that the old Hospital house is cleared & 
cleansed as soon as they shall Judge proper. 

[325.] The aforegoing Sum of 53 - 7/. Received of 
Mess": Placide & Harper, has been divided among the several 
Selectmen as follows Viz*. 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

To Ezekiel Price Esq 6 12. 

To Thorn'. Walley Esq 6 12. 

To Deacon Board man ----- 000 

To M r . Sever 6 12 

see March 5. 1794 

To Thomas Edwards Esq - - - - 6 12. 

To M r . Bulfinch ------- 6 12. 

To Col. Scollay 6 12. 

To M r . Little ------ - 6 12. 

To Thomas Crafts Esq 7 3. 



53 7 
in order for its being distributed among the Poor in this Town. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 12, 1792 
Present Mess": Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

M r . Nazro directed to request the attendance of the Physicians 
in the Town on the Morrow. 12. O : Clock as by List given 
him. 

The Clerk directed to deliver M r . Nazro his Bonds as Clerk of 
the Market. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 13. 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess": Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, 
Little, Scollay, 

The following Advertisement was sent for insertion in the pub- 
lic Papers Viz' 

The time for permission of Inoculation in this Town by a Vote 
of the Inhabitants at a general Town Meeting was limitted to the 
15 of Septem 1 . Ins', therefore the Selectmen expect that no Person 
will presume to come into this Town for Inoculation after the said 
15. Day is past, & they hereby inform the Publick, that the Gen- 
tlemen Physicians belonging to or now in the Town have engaged 
in conformity to said Vote, that they will not Inoculate any new 
Subject after the time limitted. 

By Order of the Selectmen 
Boston, September 14. 1792 WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

[326.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 18 
[1792.] Present Mess": Scollay, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, 
Edwards, Little, 

Mess": Sever, Scollay, Bulfinch & Edwards a Committee to 
ascertain the bounds of the Land of the New School in Nassau 
Street, purchased of Deacon Gridley. 

An Advertizement relative to the Small Pox sent to Russell, for 
an insertion in the Centinel. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21 [1792.] 
Present Mess": Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Little, Bulfinch, 
Scollay, 

Jurors drawn for Court Common Pleas & District Court, drawn 
& posted in Jury Books. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 187 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24 [1792.] 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Price, Crafts, Boardraan, Edwards, Scollay, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6. p 
Bushel and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains and Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Vis' 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 14 4 

a 4 d . ditto of white Bread must weigh 1 12 8 

a 4 d . ditto of Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

Biskets of two Coppers price must weigh 98 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat \ Rye Meal d. 280 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian <i. 300 

Ordered, that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting Fryday 
next 10. O'Clock A: M: 28 th . Ins 4 

Edes & Son to have printing Notifications 

M r . Nazro directed to make a Return the next Wednesday of 
all that have been buried untill that time with the Small Pox. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK EIGHTEENTH. 
1792. 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 25 [1792.] 
Present Mess : Walley, Price, Boardman, Sever, Bullfinch, Crafts, 
Scollay, Little, Edwards 

PURSUANT to Agreement, We the Subscribers Agents for the 
Towns of Boston & Roxbury, met at the time and place appointed 
on Wednesday the 19 th . Day of September Anno Domini 1792. 
and perambulated the Line, and renewed the Bound Marks between 
the said Towns as follows to wit Begining at the Mouth of the 
Crick which opens into the Bay leading to Cambridge, and as the 
said Crick runs untill it comes in a range with the Fence and Trees, 
between the Lands of the Heirs of Cap 1 . Aaron Davis deceased 
(formerly John Richardson Esq.) and the Land of Samuel Wells 
Esq (formerly M r . Minots) then across the Street or High Way, 
untill it comes to a large Stone standing end Ways in the Fence, 
and the Easterly side of said Street or High Way ; and from thence 
South, 43. Degrees East to a large Stone standing end way in the 
Ground about eighty Feet from the said Street or High Way 
marked B on the Easterly side & R on the Westerly side, and from 
thence the same course to a large Stone standing in the Meadow 
marked B on the Northwesterly side, and R on the South Easterly 
side : from thence turning & running North 58 Degrees East by a 
straight line untill it comes to a Stone in Lambs Dam (so called) 
& from thence to the Creek & as the said Creek runs into the Bay, 
between the Towns of Boston and Dorchester. 



THOMAS CLARK 
JOHN DAVIS 
WILLIAM HEATH 
JOSEPH RUGGLES 
RALPH SMITH 
AARON DAVIS 



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THOM S . WALLET 
WILLIAM BOARDMAN 
EBENEZER SEVER ! 
THOMAS CRAFTS 
THOMAS EDWARDS 
WILLIAM LITTLE 
WILLIAM SCOLLAT 
[2] The Remonstrance of Abraham Quincy as Administrates 
that the Drain now constructing at the bottom of State Street may 



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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1792. 189 

not be carried under the Store at the bottom of the Street Re- 
ferred to the Committee who now superintend the paving of State 
Street 

On the Petition of the Blacks that Henry Richard Stevenson, may 
have the care of burying the Blacks Voted that the said Stephen- 
son have a License to take care of the Funerals of the Blacks, in 
all respects except breaking Ground 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28. 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Walley, Boardmun, Sever, Crafts, Little, Edwards, 
Scollay 

M r . Edwards & D r . Scollay, a Committee to prepare Papers for 
the Committe relative to taking the state of the Small Pox 

Boston 8s: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 29 [1792] 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts 

Town Clerk directed to publish an Advertisem'. in Monday 
Tuesday & Wednesdays Papers, relative to a Visitation of the 
Town in order to enquire into the state of the Small Pox 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1. 1792 Present 
Mess rs : Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Boardman, Edwards, Little, 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to alter the Fire 
Place in the Selectmens Chamber, and procure a suitable Stove, 
in order to make the Chambers, comfortable & convenient for the 
Selectmen & other Gentlemen to meet [3.] there in the Winter 
season 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct. 3 d 1792 Present 
Mess" : Edwards, Walley, Price, Crafts, Sever, Scollay, Little 

Voted, that the Selectmen will have a second Visitation of the 
several Wards for the purpose of Warning out Strangers 

Upon the Petition of Conner as on file M r . William Clough Car- 
penter & Maj r . William Bell Mason, were appointed a Committee 
to view the Premisses, & make Report to the Selectmen as soon 
as may be 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 8, 1792 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Scollay, 

Passed upon several Petitions for Retailers & Inholders, as p 
List of the same 

M r . Edwards, M r . Boardman & Col. Crafts a Committee to 
Agree with D r . Townsend relative to removing an old Building in 
order to widen Back Street 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 10. 1792 
Present Mess" : Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Boardman, Scollay, 
Price, Little, 

Deacon Henderson appears and offers M r . Thomas Parker 
Merch'. & M r . Enoch James Gentleman as his Bondsmen for a 



190 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Collector of Taxes the present Year (the same as last) (ap- 
proved) 

M r . Benjamin Jepson a Collector of Taxes for the present Year, 
offers for Bondsmen M r . Benjamin Sumner Jun r . Merch'. & 
Daniel Biggelow Merch 1 . (another in the room of B see October 
24 4 ) 

M r . James Thompson a Collector of Taxes for the present Year, 
offers M r . Thomas Inglish Merch'. & M r . Nathan Spear Jun r . 
Merchant, for his Bondsmen 
(approved) 

M r . Thomas Bayley a Collector of Taxes for the present Year, 
offers M r . James Bayley Gentleman, & Henry Bass Merch'. as his 
Bondsmen (approved) 

[4.] Maj r . Mellvil & M r . Stnrgis two of the Gentlemen Fire 
Wards, appeared, and requested the Selectmen, that a new Engine 
may be procured for N. 6 New Boston that Engine having be- 
come quite unservicable 

Col. Crafts, M r . Edwards & Col. Scollay a Committee to en- 
quire of the Assessors the mode of laying their last Tax 

Daniel Fenno applies to the Selectmen that he may have the 
Stall in Faneuil Hall Market occupied by the late M r . Willson 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 15 [1792.] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Price, Sever, Crafts, Little, Scollay, 
Boardman, 

The Overseers attended, and had a conference relative to the 
next Visitation of the Town for taking an accurate state of the 
Small Pox, as by a Vote of the Town at their last Meeting 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 17. 1792 
Present Mess : Sever, Boardman, Price, Crafts, Edwards, Scol- 
lay, Little, 

M r . Sever Crafts & Scollay a Comm ee . to view the Damn upon 
the Neck, and to Report thereon 

M r . Sever, Col. Crafts & M r . Little a Committee to procure a 
new Engine for West Boston in the place of Engine N. 6. which 
is now become quite unserviceable 

M r . Sever to procure Wood for the two S. Schools not exceed- 
ing eight Cord 

Col. Crafts to procure 6 Cord Wood for Master Hunt & 8 Cord 
each for the Reading & Writing Schools 

M r . Little to procure 8 Cord of Wood for each of the North 
Schools 

Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting [5.] for the choice 
of Representatives for the Congress of the United States as by 
a late Resolve of the Gen 1 . Court see for Minister Octo r . 24 

M r . Nehemiah May of Goshen in the County of Hampshire in- 
forms the Selectmen that he has a Child of one Lewis a For- 
reigner he was requested still to keep the Child & make a 
charge to the State for the keeping it 

Maj r . William Bell & Nathaniel Heath to have a draught on 
the Town Treasurer in the Draught for October 150 . . 6 . . 8. being 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1792. 191 

another third part of the amount of the Contract for building 
North School House 

(drawn for) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 22. 1792 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Price, Crafts, Little, 

Col. Scollay having applied for leave to make use of Faneuil 
Hall to exercise the several Companies of his Regiment the ensu- 
ing Winter Evenings Voted to comply with this request, and 
Col. Scollay is appointed to make such arangements as will not 
interfere with the other Corps, to whom liberty has been before 
granted 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 22 d . 1792 
P.M Present Mess : Price Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Little, Scollay, 

M r . Sever & Col. Crafts a Committee for erecting Smoke 
Houses on the Neck 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little to erect Smoke Houses at the North 
part of the Town 

Voted, that the Town Cryer inform the Inhabitants that they 
are requested to remove all their dirt & filth into the Streets on 
Tuesday & Wednesday, Carts will be provided on Wednesday & 
Thursday to receive the same The Inhabitants are also re- 
quested to take measures for cleansing smoking and airing their 
Houses Linnen Woolens & Furniture 

Boston Octo r . 22 d . 1792. By Order of Selectmen 

[6.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen in the Evening 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Little, Scollay, 
Edwards, 

An Advertisement relative to cleansing the Town sent for pub- 
lication to several of the Printers 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Octo 24, 1792] 
Present Mess : Sever, Bulfinch, Edwards, Price, Scollay, Little, 
Crafts, Boardman, 

M r . Jepsoon proposes Elisha Sigorny Merchant as one of his 
Bondsmen as Collector in the room of M r . Daniel Biggelow see 
October 10 th . who was approved of by the Selectmen 

M r . Edwards & Mr. Little a Committee to wait on Doctor Wal- 
ter and request his opening the Town [Meeting] on Fryday the 2 d 
of Novem r . next 10.O : Clock A: M: 

see October 17 th . 

The Town Clerk having laid the Collectors Bonds before the 
Selectmen, and the same having been approved of by them A 
Certificate was given the Assessors, that the Selectmen had no 
objection to the Tax Books being delivered the Collectors 

Upon the Petition of a number of the Inhabitants relative to 
calling a Town Meeting to hear what M r . Cheney or the School 
Committee had to offer, the Selectmen declined calling a Meeting, 
as the matter had been taken up in a former Town Meeting 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At u Meeting of the Selectmen October 29 th [1792] 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Sever, Price, Crafts, Bulfinch, 

M r . Daniel Greanleaff & other Clerks of the Market (for the 
Year 1791 apply for the Premium allowed by the Town of Ten 
Pounds, to those that serve in said Office 

To have a draught in this Months draught 

[7.] Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers, 
for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as 
follows Viz 1 . 

lb oz dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh ... 14 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 112 8 

a 4 d . ditto of Brick Bread, must weigh 110 8 

Biskets of two Coppers price must weigh - - - - 98 
a 4 d . Loaf" of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 8 
a 4 d. of Brown Bread not above Indian d 3 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to examine & supply 
the Hospital, with such Articles as they may Judge necessary for 
the accommodation of the House 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 31 st . 1792 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Scollay, Boardman, Sever, Parks, [sic, 
but probably Crafts ;] Price, Bulfinch, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Col. Scollay & Coll . Crafts appointed, to order the necessary 
Repairs to the Centre Schools 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to. see the Fences 
erected in Federal Street to take in the Houses of Presen Gibert 
[sic] & that Flags be put out 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little to make enquiry as to Persons with the 
Small Pox at the House of M r . Carnes & 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards to examine into the State of the 
China nies of a House of M r . Freeman lately consumed by Fire, & 
confer with the Owner 

M r . Gushing Mastmaker requests permission to build a Tomb at 
the North Burial Ground 

[8.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 5. 
1792 Present Mess : Scollay, Boardmau, Price, Sever, Crafts, 
Little, 

The farther consideration of D r . Welch & M r . Richardsons Ac- 
count referred to next Wednesday 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7 1792 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Bulfinch, Price, Sever Scollay, Crafts, 
Little, 

M r . Brown of Engine N. 1 proposes Joseph Fullerton & 
Nathaniel Brown in the room of Newbury Clough & Alford 
Shaw 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts & M r . Scollay a Committee to enquire 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1792. 193 

into the right of the Town to a piece of Land laid out as a Street 
called Grays Street adjoining Grays Rope Walk 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Whitwell Keeper of the Almshouse 
his Province Account amounting to 361-3-8- as p a Copy to be 
sent for a place on the files 

An Advertisement relative to the Small Pox sent to be inserted 
in Adams's News Paper 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 14. [1792] 
Present Mess : Sever, Price, Little, Crafts, 

Five petit Jurors for District Court, this Day drawn out Superior 
Jury Box, and entred & posted in the Jury Books 

Voted, that the Sum of thirty Pounds be allowed towards the 
repairs of Pembertons Hill, provided the same be done to the ap- 
probation of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 21. 1792 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Boardman, Crafts, Walley, Sever, Bui- 
finch, Price, Edwards, Little, 

[9.] M. r . Makepeace & M r . Swan are to be informed that un- 
less they discharge their Bonds to the Town as security to Daniel 
Parker, they will be put in Suit the next January Court 

Cap'. Carly in the Governor Wentworth from Philadelphia, in- 
forms that one Fortune, a Black & one of his Company had broke out 
with the Small Pox, and as it appeared likely that the Distemper 
would be light he was sent to the Hospital a West Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26. 1792 
Present Mess" : Boardmau, Scollay, Sever, Crafts, Price, Edwards, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 5/6 p. 
bushel, and that 12 d p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb- oz- dr- 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread ----- must weigh 14 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh 1128 

a 4 d . ditto of Brick Bread must weigh 1 10 8 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price - - ... must weigh 98 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d 28 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 3 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 28. 1792 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Sever, Scollay, Boardman, Crafts, 
Little, 

Passed upon other other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 5. 1792 
Present Mess" : Walley, Sever, Scollay, Price, Edwards, Bulfinch, 
Boardman, Crafts, 

An Advertisement sent to the Papers, relative to Chimny 
Sweepers 

[1O.] On the application of Mr. Winship 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Voted, that M r . Winship have the Stall lately occupied by M r . 
Wilson, since deceased untill the first of March next sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 12. 1792 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, Scollay, 
Boardman, Little, 

On the Petition of a number of Inhabitants 

Ordered, that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting on 
Fryday the 21 st . Day of December Ins 1 . 

to have the printing of 
the Notifications for the above Meeting 

Voted, that Samuel Harris Painter have a draft next draft Day 
on the Town Treasurer in part for painting North School Twelve 
Pounds sent 

Boston Ss.: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 17. 1792 
Present Mess". Little, Scollay, Price, Edwards, Crafts, 

M r . Pease of Engine N. 5 is to have a draft for a Premium 
for bringing their Engine to work first on the late Fire in Court 
Street Certified by John Winthrop a Fire Ward 

drawn for 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 19 [1792] 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Sever, Boardman, Edwards, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 26. 1792 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Walley, Sever, Price, Little, Boardman, 
Crafts, Edwards 

10 Petit Jurors drawn, and entered and posted up in the Jury 
Books 

[11.] M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to provide 
proper Stoves & the Appurtenances for both the North Schools 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to do what is neces- 
sary, relative to the Stove of M r . Binghams School 

Col. Josiah Waters appointed by the Selectmen, unanimously, 
An Officer of Police, and his pay to commence from his taking the 
Oath of Office, which was administered to him on the 26 th ins*, p 
Thomas Crafts Esq 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 31 1792 Pres- 
ent Mess : Price, Crafts, Scollay, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be now stated or set at 
Wheat at 7/ p bushel, and that 12 d . p bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers for their charges pains & livelihood, which is computed as 
follows Viz'. 

lb oz- dr 

A 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 11 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1 7 3 

a 4 d . Loaf of brick Bread must weigh ----- 1 5 3 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - - - - 712 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal d - 2 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d - 3 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 195 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 2 d . 1793 
Present Messr 8 : Sever, Scollay, Boarclman, Crafts, Little, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Cap'. Laha is permitted to procure necessary Sails for the State 
Boat 

[12.] Ordered, that a Warrant be issued for calling a Meet- 
ing of the Inhabitants on Monda}' the 14 Day of Jan y . Ins', agre- 
able to a Precept from his Excellency the Governor, for the choice 
-of a Person to Represent the first District of this State in Con- 
gress 

Voted, that Mess. Edes have the printing of the Notifications 
for said Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 9. 1793 Present 
Mess : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Little, 

Voted, that Mess r " : Bell & Heath have a draft next Draught 
Day for the other third, being the last of their Contract for build- 
ing North School 

Deacon Boardmau & Col. Sever a Comm e relative to Town 
Estates that are rented 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards a Comm e . to rent Cellar at N. 
School 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan 7 . 16. 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess 1 " 8 : Sever, Edwards, Scollay, Walley, Boardman, Bulfinch, 
Little, 

Jurymen for Supreme Court drawn & posted in Jury Books 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 23 d . 1793 
Present Mess" : 

No Meeting of the Selectmen, the preparations for the Civic 
Festival, making it inconvenient 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 28 [1793] 
Present Mess : Sever, Price, Scollay, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Boardman, 

[13.] Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p 
bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges, Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows- -------- Viz'. 

lb- oz- d 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ---- 11 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 1 7 3 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 5 3 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh ---- 7 12 

a 4. Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 3 

Gave a Certificate to William Draper son of Richard Draper late 
of Col. Biggelows Regiment that he is the proper Person to re- 
ceive any Money that may be due to his said Father, while in the 
Continental service 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Passed upon William Moors State Account amounting to 13.. 
16 a Copy of which was not sent 

M r . Edwards, Little, Col. Scollay & M r . Bulfinch a Committee 
to draw out the Towns Account against the Commonwealth, since 
the last Account given in 

Whereas the Town Treasurer has represented to this Board that 
the Treasury is now drained of Money, & the Collectors of Taxes 
are greatly difflcient in Collection of the Tax for 1791, & as large 
Sums of Money are immediately wanted for the supply of the Poor 
in the Almshouse for Schoolmasters Salarys for payment of 
the balance due to the Workmen, for building the School house at 
the North part [14.] of the Town for building Stalls in the 
Market for payment of Physicians who attended the Poor in the 
Small Pox Watchmens Wages, Lamps & for diverse other pur- 
poses it was moved & 

Voted, That the Town Treasurer be requested to call on any of 
the Inhabitants who have not paid their Tax for 1791, and repre- 
sent to them the situation of the Town with respect to its Finances, 
and of how much importance it will be for the Town for them to 
pay the Taxes that are due, as thereby the Treasurer will be en- 
abled to pay the Creditors of the Town with punctuality 

sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 30 1793 
Present Mess 18 : Scollay, Boardmau, Bulfinch, Crafts, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Information having been given the Selectmen that a Brig 1 , from 
Charlestown S?. Carolina Cap'. Cotterel, had a Man on board 
named Harding, who was taken with the Small Pox soon after 
he left said Port D r . Welsh was desired to examine into the 
Circumstances, and upon his Report said Harding was sent to 
Raiusfords Island, and the Vessel so well smoked & cleansed, as 
that liberty was granted for her unlading the Cargo being only 
Rice & Tobacco 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 6. 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess: Boardman, Sever, Bulfiuch, Scollay, Little 

Passed upon Cap 1 . Laha State Account [15.] amounting to 38.. 
11.. 5 d as by a Copy on file 

The Petition of Nath n . Appleton & others referred to the Com- 
m ee . appointed the 7. of Decem r last, for them to take such im- 
mediate orders thereon as they shall Judge proper 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 9. 1793 Present 
Mess rs : Boardman, Bulfinch, Sever, Little, Scollay, Price, 

Ordered, That a Warrant be prepared for a Town Meeting on 
Wednesday next 10. O Clock A: M: being the 13 th . of Feb y . 
Inst' 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 13. 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess: Boardman, Little, Bulfinch, Scollay, Sever, 

On the representation made by the Inspector of Police, that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 197 

Sam 1 Baker & Nath 1 . Wilton who have been detected in forestall- 
ing the Market ; were ready to make proper acknowledgements 
for the injury done, & wished that the Inspector of Police would 
in such case be satisfied without commencing Actions against 
them, for their said offence It was Voted, that it be recommended 
to Col. Waters as Inspector of Police, to suspend the intended 
prosecutions, on his receiving such satisfaction as would Justify 
his conduct in so doing 

sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 20. 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess : Scollay, Sever, Bulfinch, Boardman, Little, 

M r . Price, Scollay & M r . Bulfinch a Committee to examine & 
Report, relative to the Pest House at West Boston 

Passed upon D r . Welsh State Acco 1 . instead of the one passed 
upon Nov r . 1792 am , to 41. 2. 6 as p a Copy which is to be 
given in 

[16.] Upon application of the Inspector of Police for direction 
respecting the Ladders of the Fire Engine 

Voted, that he be directed to have all those Ladders put into 
repair, which may require it, and to procure a new one for the 
Engine in Ward N. 10 

Voted, that the Subject of any additional number of Ladders, 
be referred for the present 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 25 th [1793] 
Present Mess : Edwards. Scollay, Boardman, Little, Bulfinch, 
Price, Crafts, Walley, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed as 
follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh- ... 12 6 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 1 8 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh -..- 1 6 12 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - ... 8 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 3 

Part of the Cellar under N. Schoolhouse is Rented to 
Capen at the rate of 5 p Year, Rent commencing the 11 of 
February Ins 1 . sent 

Engine Men appointed as by List on file 
Matthew Newman appointed to recieve Cow Money 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 27. [1793] 
Present Mess 1 " 9 : Edwards, Boardman, Scollay, Walley, Bulfinch, 
Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Passed upon Robert Newmans State Account amounting to 4. 
10/ as by Copy to be sent in . 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1. 1793 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 
Little 

[17.] Passed upon other Accounts 

Passed upon Jesse Houghtons State Account am as by Copy 
to 26 .. 16.8 

Draught for February last examined by the Selectmen, and 
ordered to be given in to the Treasurer 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Comm ee . to wait on D r . Walker & 
ask his opening the March Meeting with Prayer 

Ordered, that a Warrant be prepared for calling a Meeting on 
the '11 th . of March Ins 1 10. O.Clock A: M: 

Mess: Edes to have the printing of the Notification 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d [1793] 

Present Mess. Sever, Price, Walley, Boardman, Scollay, Crafts, 

Extra Jurors drawn and entered on the Jury Books and posted 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 6' [1793] 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Bulfinch, Scollay, 
Little, 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration a suitable allow- 
ance for M r . William Gooch the Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market, 
It was Voted, that his allowance for all services, be at the rate of 
One hundred & twenty pounds p Annum 

Also a proper allowance for M r . Hopestill Foster who has the 
care of the Hay Engine which the Selectmen have affixed at the 
rate of One hundred & twenty pounds p Annum The Selectmen 
in the above Grants were influenced by the advanced price of the 
necessaries of life 

[18.] It is agreed that the whole Board wait upon the Com- 
mittee of the General Court relative to the State Poor, as a Comm e . 
if called upon by said Comm e . of the Court 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 8 th [1793] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Little, 
Scollay, 

The Antieut & Hon ble . Artillery Company having obtained leave 
of the Board in March last for the use of the Hall on Wednesday 
Evenings Colo . Scollay is desired to Assign to Cap'. Russell the 
use of the Hall some other Evenings and also to make such 
Arangements as may be necessary for the accommodation of the 
other Military Corps that may apply 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10. 1793 
Lords Day Present Mess": Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Little 
Scollay, Sever, Bulfinch, 

The Selectmen having received information that some evil 
minded & unprincipled Person or Persons had wickedly & wan- 
tonly broke and injured several of the Fire Engines in the course 
of the last Night met at 12. o'Clock and ordered a Notification 
to be immediately printed and posted up in the different parts of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 199 

the Town, offering a reward of two hundred Dollars to any 
Person who shall inform of the Perpetrator or Perpetrators of so 
atrotious a piece of Villany & Wickedness, to his or their convic- 
tion and ordered the same to be printed in Edes & Sons Monday 
Paper & in other Papers Adjourned to 5. o: Clock P: M: 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10. 1793. 
Lords Day Evening 5 o: Clock P: M. Present Mess" Walley, 
Boardman, Crafts, Little, Scollay, Sever, Bulfinch, 

The Captains of the several Watch, attended the Board, as re- 
quired ; but after the most strict enquiry, could not discover a 
Person concerned or even suspected 

[19.] The Watch were ordered to patrole the Street the whole 
Night, and to be particularly Vigilant in their Duty 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 13, 1793 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Little, Scollay, Sever, 

Several Persons were enquired of, this Day relative to the enor- 
mities of last Saturday Night, and two Persons were sent for & 
examined by the Board but no discovery as yet, has been made 
leading to a conviction 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 20 1793 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Sever, Walley, Crafts, Little, Boardman, 
Bulfinch, Price, Edwards, 

The following Votes, were passed at their late Meeting the 
13 Ins'. Viz 1 . 

Voted, that a Book be procured for the purpose of making 
Memorandums of what Business each Selectman has been applied 
to upon, in his said capasity 

Voted, that all Applications that may be made to the Selectmen 
when in Meeting be also enter'd in said Book and that they be 
acted upon in the Order that they stand 

Voted, that all Business not finished at one Meeting be the first 
taken up at the next, & no other Matters be suffered to interfere, 
except it is an affair of emergency 

Voted, that on Draft Days no Person be admitted except 
on matters respecting their own accounts, or on business of such 
importance, that would not be convenient to be delayed 

Voted, That the Selectmen meet the ensuing Year at 3. O'Clock 
P: M: 

[SO.] The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warrant for a 
Town Meeting on Monda}^ the 1 st . of April next being the Day 
assigned by the Constitution for the choice of Governor & c 

M r . Sever & M r . Scollay a Committee to wait on Rev d . M r . 
West to open the Town Meeting with Prayer 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Monday the 1 st . of April next 3 O'Clock P: M: for 
choice of a Representative for the 1". District, for Congress 

VOTED, that the Committee who have the directions of the 
Market Buildings, be empowered to have such Pavements steps & c . 
done to the Fish Market as they may think necessary 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Voted, that M r . Scollay be directed to put the Gates to the 
Chapel Burying Ground in good order, and if necessary have new 
Gate Posts 

Voted, that M r . Bulfinch, M r . Little & M r . Scollay confer with 
the Gentlemen who petition that the Works on Fort Hill may be 
levelled & Report 

Voted, that M r . Little, M r . Edwards & Deacon Boardman be a 
Committee to consider the application of Jon a . Fenton asking 
leave to erect a Stone Pottery 

On application of M r . Samuel Bartlet Goodhue that he may 
have liberty to open a Private School for teaching Writing & c 
Voted that he have liberty to keep such a School he conforming to 
the directions of the Law 

Boston Ss . At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 22 d . 1793 
Present [Mess:] Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Little, Bulfinch, 
Scollay, 

Passed upon two of M r . Samuel Whitwells [21.] State Ac- 
counts amounting to 401. .19/ and 494. .5 3 d . Copies of which 
are to be handed in to the Selectmen to be placed on their files 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25. 1793 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Scollay, Price, Boardman, Crafts, 
Sever, Little, Walley, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6. p 
Bushell, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 126 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ------ 1812 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh ------ 1612 

Biskets of two Coppers price must weigh ----- 84 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat | Rye Meal d. 28 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 3 

Col. Crafts & M r . Scollay a Committee to let the Cellar under 
Center School 

Charles Williams a Collector for 1790 having produced his 
Receits from the Town County & State Treasurers that he had 
paid in the full sum Collected for that Year the Town Clerk is 
directed to deliver up the Bond given by him for Collecting the 
Tax of said Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27. [1793.] 
Present Mess : Price, Scollay, Walley, Crafts, Sever, Bulfinch, 
Boardman, Little. 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Col. Crafts M r . Edwards & Deacon Boardman a Committee to 
view the Land where M r . Howard is about erecting a Building 

Col. Crafts M r . Scollay & M r . Sever a Committee to confer 
with the Owners of the Land in Vincents Alley & make Report 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 201 

The Draught of this Mouth examined by the Selectmen 
and the Town Clerk directed to give it in to the Town Treasurer 

William Phillips Esq. acquaints the Selectmen as by his Letter 
on file that he has taken up his Residence in the Town of 
Andover 

M r . Scollay appointed to confer with M r . Fessendou & M r . Par- 
sons relative to a new Street they propose to lay out, near New 
South Church 

Mess : Bulfinch, Col. Crafts, Col. Scollay a Committee to con- 
sider & Report the most eligible method of Aranging the Town 
Watch 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 d . [1793] 
Present [Mess :] Walley, Sever, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, 
Scollay, Price, 

Jurors chosen Grand & Petit for the Court of Common Pleas 
and entered & posted up in the Jury Books 

M r . Walley, Sever & Col. Crafts a Committee on the applica- 
tion of M r . Aaron Willard ' ' for leave to open a Drain from the 
Cellar of a House he is now building on the Neck of Boston so 
called & to convey the Water across Washington Street to empty 
it into the Towns Land called the Bull Pasture " to view the 
Premisses, to grant leave if they think best, or make such other 
Agreement with the said Willard, as shall be most for the security 
of the Towns Interest in said Laud, & to prevent an} 7 disputes 
hereafter relating to the same 

On application of James Endicut Esq for abatement of the Rent 
of Stall N..37 it having been injured by the erecting a new Build- 
ing a Comm ee . was appointed who Report as their opinion that 
M r . [23.] Endicut pay half price from the time he was inter- 
rupted by the Erecting said Buildings 

M r . Price, M r . Walley & Col. Scollay a Committee to confer 
with the Abuttors on Kilby Street, respecting the paving said 
Street also the Repairs of the Drain at Olivers Dock 

Col. Crafts & M r . Walley a Committee to settle Tukesburys 
Accounts & Report the balance 

M r . Sever & Col. Scollay a Committee to let Bull Pasture for 
this Year, & the Pasture at the end of the Mall, if they Judge it 
expedient Col. Crafts added to this Committee 

Voted, that the Treasurer of this Town be informed that the 
Selectmen have Voted and ordered that the Rents of the Tene- 
ments & Estate of the Town mentioned in the Schedule annexed 
be from & after the expiration of the present Quarter, at the Sums 
respectively set against them in the said Schedule, and that the 
said Treasurer be requested, as soon as may be to give Notice 
thereof to the present Tenants or Occupants of the same 

Rents of Real Estate belonging to the Town of Boston Viz 1 . 
The Granary to Doctor David Townsend for - - - - 30 -40 
Labratory Building Nath 1 . Frothiugham & Co. - 20-30 
Store on Dock Square Will : Dawes Jun r - - - . 40 - 60 
Ditto - - d. - - D r . Morse - - - - - 32 - 45 

Ditto - - d. - - Samuel Austen Juu r . - - - 24-30 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Tenement in Court Street Jessee Houghton - - - 
Ditto - --- d. - - Elizabeth Bonyng - - - 
Shop - - - - d. - - Benj n . Jepson - - - 
Ditto - - - - d. - - Elisha Adlington - - - 
Ditto - - - - d. - * Ephraim Brown - - - - 
[24.] 
Cellar under State HouSe David Bradley - - - - 
Deer Island - - - , - - Andrew Tukesbury - - - 
Bull Pasture Boston Neck -- 
Pasture at the foot of the Mall 
N. 1 2 Stalls improved by - Abijah Brown - 
2 & 3 3 d. - - d. - - Ruggles & Warnep 
4 2 d. - - d. - -' Enoch Baldwin - 
5 & 6 3 d. '- - d. - - Jon a . Winship - 
7&8 3d . - - d ... d --.- 


15 

12 
6 
4 
4 

17 
50. 
9 
6 
12 
18 
12 
17 
17 


- 18 
- 15 

- 40 

too much 


9 2 d. - - d. - - Benjamin Duick 
10 2 d. - - d. - - Daniel Saunders 
11 & 12 3 d. - - d. - - Caleb Wheaton - 
Stalls outside Market uncertain 
Hay Engine - - - - d. 


12 
12 
18 


- 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 10 [1793] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Walley, Price, Crafts, Scollay, Bui- 
finch, Little, 

The Committee appointed to confer with M r . Willard respecting 
a Drain he has carried into the Bull Pasture upon the Neck are 
authorized to determine with him on what terms the same shall be 
continued and to receive an Obligation from him to. remove it 
when ever the Selectmen or the Town may require it 

M r . Price, Edwards & Bulfinch a Committee to make answer to 
a Letter received from of Rotterdam, & Report the 

same to the Selectmen 

Col. Waters appointed to superintend the busness of Warning 
Strangers to depart this Town 

M r . Bulfinch & Col. Scollay a Committee to arange the afore- 
mentioned business 

On the application of Jonathan Fenton for carrying on a Stone 
Pottery at the North End Liberty was granted, therefor 

[25.] M r . Samuel White appointed to Collect Cow Money in 
the room of M r . Nazro who has resigned the appointment 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards on the application appointed a Com- 
mittee to settle with Cap'. Butler as to his Lease for Winnisimit 
Ferry 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 17 th [1793] 
Present Mess rs . Sever, Scollay, Price, Crafts, Boardman, Walley, 
Edwards, Bulfinch, 

M r . Edwards, Mr. Bulfinch & Mr. Sever, a Committee to view 
the Mill Bridge, and Report the best method for Rebuilding the 
same 

Agreed that a Warrant shall be issued for calling a Meeting on 
the 24 of April Ins 1 . 10. oClock A: M: for the purpose of choos- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 203 

ing Assessors & Collectors of Taxes & such other Town Officers 
as may be wanting 

M r . Sever, Deacon Boardman & M r . Walley & Col. Scollay a 
Committee to view M r . Dawes Store & the Cellar under the State 
House and to Report what deductions if any should be made 
from their Rents & what Repairs are necessary 

The Town Clerk to publish the same Advertisement & Extract 
of the Law relative to Cows as the last Year the name of the 
new Officer to be mentioned, and the sum paid for each Cow the 
same as last Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24. 1793 Pres- 
ent [Mess :] Scollay, Sever, "Walley, Little, Boardman, Crafts, 
Bulfinch, 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to ascertain the 
Towns right to a 20 feet passage leading from Atkinson Street 

[26.] The Committee appointed on the application of Abra- 
ham Quincy & Benjamin Brown relative to a Drain running under 
their Stores in State Street Report That it is necessary that a 
Drain should run through said Cellars & as it is probable that 
some damage may arise to said Estate in consequence thereof, 
your Committee think the Town should make the same good to 
the Heirs on the Judgement of three disinterested Persons chosen 
for that purpose the aforegoing Report having been considered 
was approved of by the Selectmen 

On the application of Mungo Mackay and others that the new 
Boston Bell may be rang at 5. o Clock in the Morning Voted, 
that said Bell shall be rang at said hour untill the 1 st . of October 
next 

M r . Sever, Scollay & Bulfinch are appointed, to direct proper 
Repairs to Nassau Street 

On complaint that the Chimnies of an House in Milk Street 
occupied by Henry Allen Esq are insufficient & dangerous 
Mess rs . French & Hearsay were empowered to examine said 
Chimnies & Report the state thereof to the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29. 1793. A: M. 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Scollay, 

A Letter wrote M r . Aaron Willard forbiding him to Erect a 
Brick Kiln on his Land on the Neck, to prevent a prosecution, 
which will be the consequence of bis proceeding 

[27.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29 
P:M. Present [Mess:] Sever, Scollay, Price, Crafts, Boardman, 
Edwards, Walley 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz' 

lb. oz. tl. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1014 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1 5 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1 312 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh 74 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. d. 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal d 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian - - 3 
Passed upon Accounts 

Mess" : French & Hearsey, make return on the Warrant to ex- 
amine Henry Aliens Chimnies, that in their Opinion, they are not 
dangerous 

Deacon Boardmau, Walley, Sever & Scollay a Committee to 
direct such Repairs as may be necessary to the Store occupied by 
M r . Dawes 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 1. 1793 Present 
Mess" : Sever, Crafts. Scollay, Walley, Edwards, Bulfinch, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for Town Meet- 
ing May 8. 10. oClock A: M: 

see May 17 

M r . Bulfinch & M r . Walley a Committee to invite the Rev d . D r . 
Belknap to open the May Meeting with Prayer 

Edes & Son to have the printing of the notifications for May 
Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 8. [1793] 
A: M Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, 
Edwards 

[28.] Samuel Laha Reports that the Brigg ne Patty John S: 
Girdlen Master from Bassaterre Gourdaloupe in 20 Days had the 
Small Pox onboard that all the People liable to Infection as 
well as the infected were taken on shore at Rainsfords Island, 
and have so smoked & cleansed the Brigg nc . as that she may come 
up to Town without danger to the Inhabitants 

A Certificate that the aforenamed Vessell was permitted to come 
up to Town, was sent to Cap*. Laha, accordingly 

Christopher Gore acquaints the Selectmen, by his Letter on file, 
that he had ceased to be an Inhabitant of Boston and had become 
an Inhabitant of Waltham his Letter dated April 23 d . 1793 - 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15, 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess 18 : Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Bulfinch, 
Little, 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting, on Fryday the 24 th . Ins*. 11. o'Clock 

Adjourned to Fryday next 5. O Clock in order to finish the 
Warr 1 . for Town Meeting 

Henry Williams is to be allowed One hundred Dollars for re- 
pairs of Winnisimet Ferry, provided it be done to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 17. 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Price, Wallev, Sever, Crafts, Boardman, Edwards, 
Little, 

Edes & Son to have the printing of the Notification for the 
Town Meeting to meet on the twenty fourth Ins 4 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 205 

[29.] M r . Price added to the Committee on the Town Watch, 
and they are directed to Report on Wednesday next 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Scollay, Edwards, Price, 

On the application of Cap'- Ben je . Russell to Arm & equip two 
Men in Ward N. 10. who are said to be unable to Arm and equip 
themselves as is by the Militia Law required the Selectmen 
determined that this matter be referred to a full Board 

Col. Winslow & M r . Clark a Committee, from the Ancient & 
Hon ble . the Artillery Company, requested the use of Faneuil Hall 
next Monday Week which was granted by the Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May [27, 1793] 
Present Mess: Sever, Crafts, Bulfinch, Boardman, Price, Scollay, 
Little, Walley, Edwards, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 10 14 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh --.. i 512 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh -.---- 1 31 2 

Biskits of two Coppers price must weigh - - - - 7 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d- 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian d - 3 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5 [1793] 
Present Mess: Walley, Boardman. Sever, Crafts, Little 

Passed upon Accounts 

[3O.] Passed upon Cap'. Laha State Accompt for Cordnge 
for Boat belonging to the Hospital amounting to 3 .. 12 with- 
out a Copy 

Having received a Warrant from the Hon ble . George Rich d . 
Minot Esq. to enquire into the Circumstances of Nathan Davids, 
Represented to the Judge of Probate, as a Non Compos Person 
they having made enquiry, and also seen him, find him to be as 
has been Represented & made return this Day accordingly 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June [12. 1793] 
Present Mess rs : Price. Walley, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, 
Edwards, Little 

Col. Crafts, M r . Walley, Boardman, Col. Scollay M r . 
Sever 

a Committee to attend a Committee of the General Court to 
Morrow Morning past 8 o Clock A: M at the Alms house 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts, a Committee on Nehemiah Mays 
Account, for keeping a Boy by the Name of Lewis 

Agreed to meet on Fryday the 14. of June to receive the 
Physicians Accounts on Inoculation and also to Agree on a 
Visitation to Deer Island 

Passed upon other Accounts . 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

see below 
Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 14 [1793] 

Present Mess". Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Walley, 

Little, Bulfinch, 

Passed upon Nehemiah [May's] States Account amounting 

to 3.. 19 being for. keeping a Boy of the Name of Lewis 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. [June 12. 1793] 
Present Mess r " : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Scollay, Edwards, 
Little, 

[31.] Information being received by the Selectmen, that the 
public Engines had been injured by Villains unknown on the 
Night of the tenth M r . Gilbert was sent for and by his declara- 
tion it appealing not improbable that J. M : F was concerned in 
that atrocious Act 

Voted, that M r . M : F. be sent for that the Selectmen adjourn 
to meet at their Chamber precisely at \ past 3. o. Clock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [June 13. 1793] 
A: M: Present Mess : W alley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Little, 
Bulfinch 

M r . M c . Fadden was brought before them by the Inspector of 
the Police, and after having heard the Evidences of M r . Gilbert & 
M r . Cole and maturely examined the same, were unanimously of 
Opinion that a Complaint should be made by the Officer of Police 
to M r . Justice Barrett in the name of the Selectmen, and that he 
be immediately prosecuted 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 19 [1793] 
Present Mess re : Boardman, Crafts, Little, Sever, Scollay 

The Selectmen accompanied by a number of Gentlemen, 
Visited agreable to Annual custom Deer Island ; and found things 
in proper order, saving the injury received by the late Drought, 
and the ravages of the Sea the last Winter every circumstance 
proved agreable 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 21' [1793] 
Present Mess : Boardmau, Little, Bulfinch, Scollay, Crafts, Price, 

[32.] Ten petit Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas 
& Sessions, which were entered & posted up in the Jury Brooks 
[sic.] 

Col. Crafts Scollay Bulfinch & Little a Committee to view and 
direct the new Pavement at the side of Newbury Street before the 
Houses now building by M r . Leach and M r . Walker 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards a Committee to view the North Burial 
Ground & give directions for the removal of such broken an de- 
faced Grave Stones as they may think proper also to View the 
Fences of said Burying Ground, and to Report upon the State of 
them 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24*, [1793] 
Present Mess": Boardman, Edwards, Bulfinch, Walley, Little, 
Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 207 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/6 p 
Bushell, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows - - - 
Viz*. 

lb oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 10 14 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 1 o 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh ----.. 1 312 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh ----.- 7 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. - 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. - 3 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28' [1793] 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Sever, Price, Boardman, Crafts, Walley, 
Little, Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Resolve of General Court fer 1000 towards the maintenance 
of the I*oor, to be paid Selectmen, for which Town Treasurer 
[33.] had an .Order to receive, see Resolve on file 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July I 8t [1793]- 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, 
Little, Sever, Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Agreed upon a Visitation of the Schools on Monday the 8'. of 
July Ins' 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Thursday the 4'. of July next 9 o: Clock A: M: in 
commemoration of the Day of the Declaration of INDEPENDANCE 
being the 4'. of July A D 1776 Mem , there is to be no printed 
Notifications 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d [1793] 
Present Mess : Sever, Boardman, Bulfinch, Scollay, Edwards, 
Price, * 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Mess : Thomas Bayley & Benjamin Henderson two Collectors 
of Taxes for 1791, having produced the Town State & County 
Treasurers Receipts for the Monies committed to them to Collect 
for said Years the Town Clerk is directed to deliver said Col- 
lectors the Bonds given by them for said Year 

Draught for last month having been examined the Town Clerk 
is directed to return the same to the Town Treasurer 

Upon application of Samuel Parkman Esq. for liberty to shut 
the Street leading to West Boston Bridge to prevent Carriages 
from passing while the Street is repairing 

Voted, that the above Street be closed to prevent the passing of 
Carriages, in cpnsequence of authority obtained from the Court of 
Sessions of the County of Suffolk at their April term ; that the 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston [34.] may shut up the Avenues 
leading to West Boston Bridge and any other Street that may be 
repairing in future 



208 CITY DOCUMENT Ao. 81. 

Voted, that five Dollars p Rod be offered to M r . Sergeant for 
repairing & ranking the Dam on the East side of Boston Neck 
said Dam to be eighteen feet wide at the bottom 6J feet high & 
seven feet on the top, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to make the Contract 

On the application of Mark Richards for leave to break Ground 

& c . near the Building he has hired of M r . Gill near the Market 

Deacon Boardman and M r . Edwards appointed a Committee to 

confer with M r . Richards, & Report to the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10. 1793 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Little, Bui- 
finch, 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little, a Committee to view the Street lead- 
ing from Cap'. Adams's & the North Mills 

M r . Edwards M r . Bulfinch, M r . Sever & Col. Crafts a Com- 
mittee to order a new Engine House to be prepared for Mill 
Bridge immediate!}- ' 

The Committee who have the direction of paving/Union Street, 
are also to attend to Salt Street, and act as in their Judgement 
ma\ T be proper 

The Auctioneers of last Year, applyd for the approbation of 
the Selectmen, Viz' 
June 20 Russell & Clap 

Lewis Hoyt 
Thorn 8 . K. Jones 
Joshua E:iton 
Robert Mollineux 
James Eaton 

[35.] The Selectmen have agreed upon a Meeting next, Mon- 
day, to act upon the application of the Auctioneers 4. o Clock 
P: M: & M r . Nazro is to notify the Auctioneers to attend at 
5. o: Clock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July [11, 1793] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Sever, Little, 
Scollay, 

Voted, that Col. Waters the Inspector of Police be directed, 
immediately to repair to a small Building Erecting on a Spot of 
Land belonging to the Town adjoining the Fish Market im- 
proved by M r . Hews, and forbid the Carpenters & Workmen 
proceeding in their work and inform M r . Woodward who is said 
to be the Person who is causing the same to be erected ; that it is 
the direction of the Selectmen that he immediately cause the same 
Building to be removed off their Land and that Col. Waters take 
with him Witnesses of his proceedings 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sever, Walley & M r . Scollay a Committee to 
make enquiry relative to a Wharff, said to erecting near the Towns 
Land on the Neck & a proposed Canal 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 15. [1793] 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Crafts, Boardmau, Edwards, Scollay, 
Bulfinch, Little, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 209 

This being a Meeting appointed for the appointment of Auc- 
tioneers as noted for applying June 20*. for the approbation of 
the Selectmen, as Auctioneers were accordingly approbated 
Viz'. 

Mess : Russell & Clap 
Lewis Hoyt 
Thomas K. Jones 
Joshua Eaton 
Robert Molineux 
James Eaton 

did not take out 
see Sep r . 28. 

[36.] all Inhabitants of this Town, and the Town Clerk is 
directed to prepare Certificates of the tenor of the last Year to be 
signed by the Selectmen for the term of one Year, from the 5 of 
May last 

M r . Sever, Crafts & Scollay a Committee to contract with 
M r . Sergeant, of Molden, to put the Dam on the East side of 
Boston Neck in thorough repair, & to proceed immediately on the 
business in a manner the most advantageous to the Town pro- 
vided it be done at Six Dollars p Rod agreable to his own pro- 
posal in writing on file 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24 [1793] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Price, Little, 

Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for calling a Town 
Meeting on Fryday next 10. o Clock A: M 

Mess" : Seaver, Crafts & Scollay being appointed a Committee 
to Contract with M r . Sergeant to repair the Dam on the East side 
of Boston Neck, have attended that service several times, and 
agreably to a Vote of the Selectmen July 15. 1793. have offered 
M r . Sergeant six Dollars a Rod, to put it in thorough Repair, 
which is what said Sergeant offered to do it for, but he now de- 
mands two Dollars a Day for his attendance on said business over 
& above the six Dollars a Rod ; which demAnd your Committee 
apprehend is unreasonable they are therefore of opinion that 
the whole of said proceedings with said Sergeant be suspended 
for the present 

The aforegoing Report having been read & considered was ac- 
cepted by the Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29 th [1793] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Little, Walley, 

[37.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 
at 7/ p Bushell and that 1 2 d . p Bushell be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows 
.... Vi z t. _ 

lb oz di 

A 2 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh 11 

a 4 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh 1 7 3 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh -----1 5 3 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh ----- 7 12 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. - 2 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian d. - 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . James Thompson a Collector of Taxes fof 1791 having pro- 
duced the Town State & County Treasurers Receipts for the Sums 
committed to him to Collect for said Year The Town Clerk is 
directed to deliver up the Bond given by said Collector for that 
Year 

M r . Sever Scollay & Little a Committee to procure a new 
Engine for the service of this Town with the utmost expedition 

M r . Walley Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to order a 
passage way of twenty feet leading from Atkinsons Street to the 
Rope Walks belonging to the Town, & now improved by the Heirs 
of Meletiah Bourn, & that the Way be immediately laid open 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 st . [1793] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Crafts, Little, Scollay, Bulfiuch, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

[38.] Thomas Emmons applies for being appointed an In- 
spector of Barreld Fish, Pork & Beef, pickled, his recommenda- 
tion on file 

M r . Walley, Col. Crafts, M r . Little & Col. Scollay a Committee 
on the Personal application of M f . John Codraau, who are to take 
immediate measures for the speedy pavement of Kilby Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 7 th . [1793] 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Crafts, Edwards,. Walley, Scollay. Little, 

At the last Meeting of the Selectmen, the Return from the 
Justices of the Court of Sessions, of the Persons which were 
licensed as Inholders & Retailers for the Year 1792 was con- 
sidered and acted upon by the Selectmen and a Return made 
thereon as required by Law 

On application of Cap'. Enoch James of Engine N. 10 he is 
allowed for 2 Premiums on the Fires, at M r . Richards & one at the 
Green Dragon 

drawn for 

Boston Ss; At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 12 th [1793] 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Little, Walley, 
Edwards, 

The Selectmen have agreed to Visit Deer Island on Fryday next 
being 16 th at past 7 precisely 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 14 th [1793] 
Present Mess": Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Little, Walley, 
Bulfinch, Scollay, Price, 

M r . Price M r . Walley, & Col. Crafts a Committee to make an 
Estimate of the charge of remdving the Town Pump and to confer 
with the Abutters relative to their contributing to effect the same. 
& to Report to the Selectmen Wednesday next 

Edward Bell to have a draft next Draft Day for Fifty Pounds 
in part for paving Union Street 

Mem , no draft given 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 211 

[39.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 21 
[1793] Present Mess: Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, Bulfinch, 
Scollay, Boardman, 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Monday next being the 26 Ins' 3. O Clock P: M: - 

M r . Coverly to have the printing of the Notifications M r . 
Edes & Son 

M r . William Dawes acquaints that a Polly Crow from Salem is 
come to live with him as a Maid 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 23 d [1793] 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Edwards, 
Bulfinch, Walley, Little 

Selectmen met and examined the List of Jurors rec d from the 
Assessors, as also the Assessors Books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26 th . [s*'c.] 
[1793] Present [Mess:] Sever, Little, Crafts, Boardman, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6. p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows - - - 
Viz 4 . 

lb. oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 12 6 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- l 812 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh ----- l 612 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - 8 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal 

must weigh ------------- 28 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. - - 3 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 28. 1793 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Sever, Crafts, 
Little, Bulfinch, Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[4O.] Four extra Jurors drawn from the Superior Box and 
entred and posted up in Jury Book 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 2 d . 1793 
Present Mess": Sever, Crafts, Boardman, Little, Walley, Bul- 
finch 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Draft for last Month, being finished, the same was imme- 
diately handed in to the Town Treasurer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 4 [1793] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Sever, Walley, Crafts, Bulfinch, Price. 

M r . Sever, Crafts & Scollay a Committee to take measures to 
remove the manure from the Frog Pond in the Common 

also 

The above Committee to make what Repairs are necessary on 



212 CITY DOCUMENT Ko. 81. 

the Neck, so far as the Town is obliged to Repair also to see 
the 1400 feet put into order agreable to contract and that said 
Contract on the part of the Abuttors be fully complied with and 
all the encumbrances on the West side of the Neck be removed 
M r . Little is appointed Superintendent of the Lamps for the 
remainder of the Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 7. 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Walley, Sever, Edwards, Bullfinch, Scollay, Little, 
Crafts, 

Ordered that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting Wednes- 
day next 3. o: Clock P: M: 

M r . Coverly had the printing of the Notifications 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 10 th Present 
Mess": Boardman, Price, Crafts, Edwards, Little, Bulfinch, 

Information given the Selectmen that the Schooner Neptune 
owned by Mess rs : Mungo Mackey & M r . John Ward had arrived 
from Martineque, the Cap', having died 8 Days since with the 
Yellow Fever, & the [41.] Mate dangerously ill of the said Dis- 
temper said Vessel left Marteneque, 22 Days since on this 
Information & a conformation by the report of young Dr. Rand, 
sent on board by D r . Lloyd the Vessell was ordered for Rains- 
fords Island immediately, and an order given Cap*. La ha to recieve 
the People & proceed as usual with Vessells having infectious 
Distempers on board 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 11. [1793] 
Present Mess": Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Edwards. Bulfinch, 
Little, Walley, 

Business of Meeting, adjourned lo Monday next 4 O Clock 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 16 [1793] 
Present Mess" : Crafts, Boardman, Little, Edwards, Scollay, Wal- 
ley, Sever, 

On consideration of the vote of the Town at their late Meeting 
relative to Lynn Street 

Col. Crafts, M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to carry 
said Vote into execution by hiring a Person to Survey the Land 
& c 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 18. 1793 Pres- 
ent Mess : Price, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Little, Bulfinch, 
Edwards, 

Upon application of the Directors of West Boston Bridge that 
tlie part of Cambridge Street leading from Bowdoin Square to the 
new Pavement at the bottom of Temple Street may be paved 

Voted, that sixty pounds be allowed by the Selectmen on the 
part of the Town in addition to the sum of 200 which was 
voted by the Town for compleating the high way leading from the 
Bridge into the Town provided the side Walks be paved with 
Brick or flat Stones similar to Union Street, and to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 213 

[42.] Col. Crafts M r . Little & Col. Scollay a Committee to 
Lease the Shoe Stalls 

M r . John Just Geyer, allowed to erect a Tomb in the Common 
Burying Ground, under the direction of M r . Sever, 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay, a Committee on M r . Bradlees 
Drain 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21 st [1793] 
A: M. Present Mess-: Price, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 
Scollay, v 

The Sloop Peggy Cap'. Porter from Philadelphia stopt at Castle 
William by Col. Perkins who gives the information The Sloop 
ordered to Rainsfords Island, & directions given Cap'. Laha to 
proceed with more caution than in the Small Pox 

Passed upon Samuel Whitwell Keeper of the Alms house State 
Account, amounting to 326 6 3 a Copy not yet given in, 
to be placed on file 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21 [1793] 
P. M. Present [Mess :] Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, 
Scollay, 

The Selectmen having recieved the Resolves of the General 
Court, relative to preventing as far as prudence will suggest, the 
reception of the malignant Distemper raging at Philadelphia as 
also the Proclamation Just issued by the Governor on the occasion 
and having considered the same 

Josiah waters Esq. was appointed a Health Officer and was 
immediately furnished with written directions to stop & examine 
all Persons their Baggage Merchandize or effects coming into this 
Town from Philadelphia or any other infected place & to stop 
such, untill he has given information to the Selectmen, and received 
such directions as in their Judgement they may deem best. 

[43.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sabbath 
Eve*. [Sep r 22. 1793] Present [Mess:] Price, Boardman, Sever, 
Crafts, Edwards, Little, Scollay, Bulfiuch, 

As one good precaution against the reception of the infectious 
Distemper prevailing in Philadelphia & c 

Voted, That all Persons coming from Philadelphia or any other 
Places infected or supposed to be infected, with any contageous 
disorder to be sent to Rainsfords Island, with their Effects 
Baggage & Merchandize to be detained there untill further 
Orders 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 23 d . 1793 
A: M: Present Mess rs : Boardman, Bulfinch, Price, Sever, Scollay, 
Edwards, Little, 

M r . Edwards & M r . Scollay a Committee to wait on the Gover- 
nor, to request that a Military Guard may be ordered, at the 
different Avenues of the Town, to prevent the entrance of any 
Persons, from Philadelphia or other Infected Places 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston in conformity to the 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Resolves of the General Court of the 20 th . Ins 1 . " that effectual 
measures should be adopted to prevent the introduction of the in- 
fectious disease now prevalent in Philadelphia, into this Common- 
wealth " and by the Authority conferred by the said Resolves 
Have adopted the following regulations 

All Persons who may arrive at Boston Neck, or Charles River 
Bridge from any place south of Connecticut River, or from New 
York by the Providence Road, or otherwise by Laud or Water, 
shall be detained & examined with their Effects Baggage & 
Merchandize 

If upon examination any Person or Persons shall be found to 
have come from Philadelphia or any other place infected or sup- 
posed to be infected (the above reconsidered) see Septem 1 ". 
24 th 

Col. Crafts Edwards & Little a Committee to take into consid- 
eration what is proper to be done 

[44.] Jury Men chosen for Circuit District Courts and for 
Court of Sessions & Common Pleas and the same were entred, 
& posted up in Jury Books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24. 1793 
Present Mess: Boardman, Sever, Crafts. Bulfinch, Little, Scollay, 

Col. Crafts having Reported as Chairman of the Committee, to 
consider what is proper to be done by the Selectmen in pursuance 
of the Duty assigned them by the General Court the following 
Regulations & Votes the same were adopted by the Board 
viz 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston in conformity to the Re- 
solves of the General Court of the 20 th Instant, that " effectual 
measures should be adopted to prevent the introduction of the in- 
fectious Disease now prevalent in Philadelphia, into this Common- 
wealth " and by the Authority Conferred by the said Resolves 
Have adopted the following Regulations 

Upon any Vessells arriving in the Harbour of Boston from 
Philadelphia, or any place supposed to be infected, she shall be 
detained at Anchor in some convenient place near Rainsfords 
Island, & there perform Quarantine, not exceeding thirty Days ; 
during which time she shall be duly washed with Vinegar, & 
cleansed by the explosion of Gun Powder between Decks & in the 
Cabin, by the People detained there notwithstanding there are 
no Persons on board sick with the disease 

But if there are, or have been any Persons who have been sick 
on board the Vessell they shall be removed immediately to another 
Vessell, or to Rainsfords Island, where they shall be detained, till 
they recover, or have remained long enough to ascertain that they 
have not received the Infection 

[45.] Every Vessell, under Quarantine, as well as the Hos- 
pital Ship, shall be distinguished by a large red Flag, at least a 
Yard Square, displayed at the Mast-Head 

Every Vessel under these Circumstances, shall be deprived of 
its Boat ; nor shall any Boat or Vessel be permitted to approach 
them, but by special permission of the Selectmen, in order to in- 
tercept all Communication between the sick & the Inhabitants, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 215 

If any Person shall escape from the Ship or Island, he shall be 
instantly advertized, in order that he. may be apprehended, & re- 
turned to the Vessel or Island from whence he so escaped 

At the arrival of any Vessel, notwithstanding there are no Per- 
sons sick on board ; should any Person have died on her passage 
the same precautions shall be taken as if the disease was in actual 
existence 

All Persons who may arrive at Boston Neck, or Charles River 
Bridge, from any place south of Connecticut River, or from Neiv 
York by the Providence road or otherways by Land, shall be de- 
tained & examined, with their effects baggage & merchandize at 
the places appropriated by the Health Officer & his Assistants 

If upon examination, any Person or Persons shall be found 
to come from Philadelphia or any other place infected or supposed 
to be infected, they shall not be permitted to enter the Town, 
untill twenty one Days after such examination ; but shall be con- 
veyed to a place appointed for their reception That effects 
baggage & merchandize shall be there opened, washed & [46.] 
Fumigated with Vinegar & repeated explosions of Gun Powder 

And whereas it is the command of the benevolent Being, who 
created us & also the first dictate of the Law of Nature, to pre- 
serve our own lives & the lives of others : The Selectmen most 
earnestly call upon the Inhabitants to use their utmost vigilance 
& activity in detecting and bringing to condign punishment any 
Person who shall be so daring and lost to every Idea of Hu- 
manity, as to come into this Town, either by Land or Water, 
from any place supposed to be infected, thereby endangering the 
Lives of their Fellow-Men 

The above was published & signed 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk 

Voted, that the House on Boston Neck formerly called the 
George Tavern and the Store near Charles River Bridge be- 
longing to Cap 1 . Silas Atkins, be appropriated for the purpose of 
detaining all Persons their effects, baggage & Merchandize for 
examination or cleansing 

Voted, that the Health Officer recommend such a number of 
Persons as shall be thought necessary by the Selectmen to keep 
guard at the Neck & Bridge & when approved of by the Select- 
men that they be served with a Copy of the Instructions which 
the said Officer shall receive ; and should there be a military watch 
the commanding Officer shall be served with a copy of said in- 
structions by the health Officer, to whom he is to make report ; 
and the civil & military guards shall make said instructions their 
rule & guide in the discharge of their duty. And it shall be the 
duty of the Health Officer & he is hereby ordered & directed to 
make Report to the Chairman of the Selectmen every Morning at 
10. o : Clock in the Forenoon of all occurrances that have taken 
place, & at all other times [47.] when anything particular or ex- 
traordinary shall happen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 25. 1793 
Present [Mess :] B/iardmau, Sever, Crafts, Little, Soollay, 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

The Assessors acquaint the Selectmen that the Tax Bills are 
now ready to be delivered the Collectors when it is made appear 
to them, that they are duly qualified 

Passed upon Jesse Houghtons State Accounts am as p Copy on 
file to 12.. 19. 2 d 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28. 1793 
Present Mess : Edwards, Crafts, Scollay, Price, Boardman, Little, 
John Jutau approved of as an Auchtioneer for this Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 29. 1793 
Sabbath A: M: Present Mess : Boardman, Crafts, Bulfinch, Ed- 
wards, Little, 

Voted, that Raiusfords Island be assigned for the reception of 
all Persons coming from Philadelphia or any other place infected 
or supposed to be infected. 

The Health Officer having made Report that 10 Persons are de- 
tained at the entrance of the Town ; who arrived last Evening 
from various places South of Connecticut River 

Voted, that the health Officer be directed to request the attend- 
ance of any two Physicians to examine the Persons & Baggage 
of such of the above mentioned, as are from New York or any 
place other than Philadelphia Upon their Report of safety to 
the health Officer, that he permit them to pass into the Town 

Voted, that every Person from Philadelphia be sent with their 
Baggage & c . to Rainsfords Island 

The Health Officer with D rs . Appleton and Dexter, prpceeded, 
agreable to the above Vote, to make examination & c . 

[48.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 30 
[1793] Present Mess : Sever, Crafts, Price, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers, 
for their charges pains & livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb oz dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 12 ti 
a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 1 8 12 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh ---- 1 612 
Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 8 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d 2 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian d 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Thomas Bayley a Collector for the present Year proposes, 
his Bondsmen of the last Year for the present 

M r . James Thompson a Collector of Taxes proposes Leonard 
Jarvis Esq. & Nathan Spear Jun r . Merch 1 . as his Bondsmen for the 
present Year 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1 st [1793] 
9 o Clock A: M: Present Mess rs : Crafts, Edwards, Little, Bulfinch, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1 12. o C. 
Noon Present Mess* 8 : Price, Edwards, Crafts, Little, Bulfinch, 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTKS, 17i>3. 217 

Additional Instructions to the Health Officer 

That all Persons coming from Bedford, Providence or any other 
parts south of Connecticut River, after being examined and 
cleansed with Vinegar & explosions of Gun Powder and under 
the same or nearly the same predicament of those who were ex- 
amined on the last Sunday by the two Physicians shall be per- 
mitted to come into Boston as well by the guard as if the health 
Officer were present 

That all Persons so coming into Town shall leave their Names, 
the places where they come from, and at what Places they put up 
at Boston 

[49.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 2 
[1793] Present Mess rs : Boardmau, Edwards, Little, Bulfinch, 
Scollay, Price, Crafts, 

M r . Henderson proposes for his Bondsmen as Collector the same 
as he had the last Year 

Passed upon other Accounts, & determined upon the Assize of 
Bread as entered the 30 of September last 

The following Vote was passed on the Yesterday 

Voted, that the Thanks of the Selectmen be presented to his 
Excellency the Governor for his attention in placing a military 
Guard at the Avenues of the Town and request him to remove 
the same, they having provided a civil one, for that purpose 

Cap'. Benjamin Berry of Sloop Sally from New York the 30 of 
Sep r . owned by M r . Little, having nothing on board liable to in- 
fection & having had no sickness either before or after he had 
left N. York which was on the 17 th . of Septem r . last is per- 
mitted to come to Town provided D r . Rand who is requested to 
inspect the Vessel shall make report that in his opinion, there will 
be no danger to the Inhabitants 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee to provide a suitable Per- 
son to go to Rainsfords Island in case of necessity 

M r . Price & M r . Crafts a Committee to make drafts on the 
Treasurer for such small Sums as may be necessary, to defray 
charges on the Neck & else where for the safety of the Inhabi- 
tants 

A Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting on Monday next 
10. o Clock A: M: 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r 6 [1793]- 
Sabbath. A: M: Present [Mess :] Price, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, 
Scollay, Little, Bulfinch, Edwards, 

[5O.] Boston October 6. 1793 

Cap 1 , Nath 1 . B. Lyde 

You are directed to receive into your 

Boat M r . and M rs . Horton & Master Thom s . Preston with their 
Good & Effects, and put them on board Cap'. Phillips Vessel lay- 
ing near Rainsfords Island or the Vessel they came in from Phila- 
delphia You are desired to stop at the Castle & to deliver Cap'. 
Perkins the Letter handed you for him 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

The following are the orders given Cap'. Lyde 

Boston October 3. 1793 
Cap'. Nathaniel B. Lyde 

You being appointed to take the charge 

of all Persons that may be sent to Rainsfords Island you will re- 
ceive the State Boatto be under your care and Cap'. Laha will ac- 
commodate you with a Room or Rooms as will make it convenient 
You will also follow the printed Instructions herewith inclosed 
as far as they concern your particular duty ; and it is expected that 
you communicate to the Selectmen as often as may be, any oc- 
currences that may arise to impede the same 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sabbath Even g . 
[Oct. 6, 1793] Present Mess" : Crafts, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, 
Little, Price, 

General Knox & Servant now at Providence, are permitted to 
come to this Town, as he will have been twenty one Days from 
Philadelphia & performed Quarantine at the Jerseys, as by a Cer- 
tificate from the Gentlemen of the Committee of Health at N. York 
will appear 

Lords Day October 6. 1793 
Col. William Perkins 

Whereas by the existing Laws & the Resolves 
of the Legislature of this Commonwealth passed September 20 th 
The Selectmen of each Town are authorized & impowered to de- 
tain & remove any Persons [51.] Their Effects Baggage or 
Merchandize & to appoint places for the detention of them & to 
make such Regulations and restrictions as they may Judge proper, 
& for so long a time as they may Judge necessary for the publick 
safety and to call upon all Persons whether Civil or Military to 
assist in putting the same into execution and whereas on the 24. 
of Septem r . the Selectmen made & published the inclosed regula- 
tions ; notwithstanding which a Cap 4 . Cheeseman & Cap'. Phillips 
both laying with their Vessells off or near Rainsfords Island have 
had the audacity to refuse a compliance with said Regulations by 
going on shore themselves & refusing to have their Boats taken 
from them We do therefore by Virtue of the said Laws & Re- 
solves call upon you & request, that you would take such an armed 
force as you think necessary from the Garrison under your com- 
mand & proceed to the said two Vessells and inforce a compliance 
with these our regulations you 1 also please to assist Cap'. Lyde 
by whom this will be handed to you in putting on board M r . & 
M rs . Horton & Master Thomas Preston who have been landed from 
on Board said Philips Vessell. 

The above was signed by the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen June 7 [1793] A: M 
Present [Mess :] Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 

Met to confer with the Committee to aid & assist the Selectmen, 
with respect to the measures for preventing a communication of 
the Infectious illness raging at Philadelphia 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 219 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 7. [1793] At 
Noon Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Little, 

The Selectmen, met a Sub Committee from the aforenamed Com- 
mittee 

[52.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 
[7, 1793] P:M: Present Mess": Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, 
Edwards, Little, 

Met a Committee from the Selectmen of Roxbury in order to 
consult on further measures for prevention of the introduction of 
the disease prevalent at Philadelphia 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 9. [1793] 
P: M: Present Mess" : Boardman, Edwards, Price, Sever, Crafts, 

M r . Jepson Collector of Taxes for the present Year proposes 
Elisha Sigoruey Merch'. and Benjamin Sumner Sen r . Trader as 
his Bondsmen 

Passed upon Accounts 

Voted, that twenty one pounds be paid for a Horse for the use 
of the health Officer, who requires one to perform his duty to ad- 
vantage, and to purchase is much cheaper than to hire 

Ordered that a Warrant be issued for a Town Mee[ting] on Frv- 
day next 10. O Clock A: M 

Mem , there was no printed Notifications 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 9. [1793] 12 
o Clock Present Mess : Price, Crafts, Edwards, Scollay, 

Boston October 9 th . 1793 
Cap'. Lyde 

Sir You will proceed to the two Vessells detained at Rains- 
fords Island, & enquire into their present situation ; and if you 
cannot find any sickness on board & are satisfied they have com- 
plied with the regulations in burning Gun Powder, washing with 
Vinegar & c . you may in such case let them have the Boats which 
had been taken from them & also permit them to go on shore at 
Rainsfords Island, to the Wellhouse so called, provided they will 
engage [53.] to go no where else, without our further permission 
You must inform the Masters, Crew, & Passengers, that if they 
attempt to exceed these limits, they will again be confined to their 
Vessells Report is to be made to us on vour return 

By Order 
EZEKIEL PRICE Chairman 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 10 th . [1793] 
A: M Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Bulfinch, 
Scollay, Little, 

Cap'. Uriah Green of Schooner Henry from Richmond Virginia 
attended, & acquainted the Selectmen, that one Man lay dead on 
board with the Fever & Ague, and he had another sick of the 
same disorder whereupon he was directed to cause the Person 
dead to be buried on one of the Islands and to send the other 



220 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 81. 

to Rainsforcls Island also to cleanse his Vessell with Vinegar & 
explosions of Gun Powder and to remain in the Stream untill fur- 
ther Orders. 

Cap'. Laha Keeper of the State Hospital at Rainsfords Island, 
was directed to receive the sick man aforementioned into the Hos- 
pital under his care 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 10. in the 
Evening Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

Met on account of Evidence having been obtained of a M r . 
Foster who had passed through this Town to Wilming- 

ton, where was his home, without giving the information, that he 
had been in Philadelphia seven Days ago 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 11. 1793 
Present [Mess:] Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Scollay, 

A representation being made of the State of Cap 1 . Cheesrnans 
Vessell, which has lain below for some Days past that there was 
no sickness on board, neither had been either before or after she 
had left Philadelphia two Physicians were appointed to make 
inspection & Report their opinion 



[o4] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 11. 
[1793] P: M: Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, 
Little, Edwards, 

Upon the representation made of the Virginia Vessell by Cap'. 
Lyde, she is permitted to come up to Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 12 [1793] 
Present [Mess] Price, Boardman, Sever, 

Upon the representation made by two Doctors of the state of 
Cap'. Cheesemans Vessel from Philadelphia some time past she 
was permitted to come up to Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 13 Sabbath 
A: M Present Mess : Price, Boardmau, Sever, Edwards, Little, 
Scollay, Bulfinch, 

Received Reports from health Officer & from Cap'. John 
Mackay of his arrival from Philadelphia in the Brigg ne . Fusilier at 
Rainsfords Island, all well on board & no sickness before or after 
they had left Philadelphia 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 16. 1793 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Price, 

Burrel Games & several of the Family, having health Certifi- 
cates from N. York, & had been several Days with Rev d . M r . 
Carnes at Lyn ; were permitted to come to Town by the Select- 
men 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 16. [1793] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardmau, Crafts, Scollay, Little, Sever, 
Edwards, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1703. 

John Gorden from Virginia, who has been at Rainsfords Island 
with the Fever & Ague for some Days is permitted with his Wife 
that attended him to leave the Island the Doctors Jarvis & 
Rand having Reported, that there was no contageous Distemper 
on board the Vessel he came in 

[55.] Eliphalet Kimble is permitted to leave Rainsfords 
Island 

Col. Crafts, M r . Edwards & Col. Scollay a Committee to confer 
with the French Consul relative to some disorders between the 
People of the Marseils & some British Seamen 

The Selectmen approve of the Persons proposed by the Col- 
lectors of Taxes for the present Year as their Bondsmen and 
the Town Clerk is directed to prepare the Bonds for executing, 
and when they are executed to furnish them with Certificates for 
receiving the Tax Books of the Assessors 

The aforegoing Committee having waited upon the Council, [sz'c] 
were informed by the Consul that an ordinance should be issued 
on the Morrow in order to remedy the evil complained of 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 19. [1793] 
A: M: Present Mess : Boardman, Crafts, Little, Price, Edwards 

Cap 1 . Mackay of the Brigantine Fusilier from Philadelphia de- 
tained at Rainsfords Island, having by the representations made 
the Selectmen been sufficiently smoked & cleansed, and though 
no sickness of any kind has been on board, and it being more than 
21 Days since she left Philadelphia, having lain about 20 Miles 
from the City Liberty was granted, for her leaving the Island 
& coming up to the Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r 19. [1793] 
P: M: Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Little 
The following Letter was agreed upon by the Selectmen 

[56.] Boston October 19.1793 

John C. Jones Esq 

Sir In consequence of your application to us on 
the subject of a Vessel intended to be sent to Philadelphia with 
Articles for the relief of our distressed Brethren there, represent- 
ing the difficulty of procuring a Vessel for the purpose on account 
of their being obliged to perform Quarantine on their return. We 
hereby Certify to you that you may assure the Owners Master & 
Mariners of any Vessell to be procured, as in your letter expressed, 
the loading to be by them conveyed shall be delivered at least 20 
Miles distant from Philadelphia, that the said Vessel Captain & 
Mariners do not approach at any time nearer thereto, or otherwise 
become exposed to the probability of receiving the Infection, and 
that no Person or Baggage or any Article of Merchandize be taken 
or admitted on board the same Vessel from Philadelphia that in 
such case it will not be required on their return that they perform 
Quarantine 

Signed by a majority of Selectmen 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 21 [1793J 
A: M: Present Mess" : Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 

Agreed upon a Report as a Committee of the Town relative to 
Lynn Street, to be laid before them at their Meeting of this 
Day 

William Alline applys to the Selectmen that he may be appointed 
as an Auchtioneer for the Town of Boston 

Mem , did not receive one 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 23 d [1793] 
Present Mess" : Sever, 

Cap 1 . Laha informs of the arrival of Cap'. Hill in Schooner 
at Rainsfords Island, she has [57.] had ten Days 
passage, Cargo unknown, and has about fifteen Passengers 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 24 1793 Pres- 
ent [Mess :] Sever, Crafts, Little, Bulfinch, Scoilay, 

Voted, that M r . Bantam & his Wife be permitted to come up 
from Rainsfords Island, being as represented, only sick of the 
Dissentry and free from danger of communicating any infectious 
disorder 

Voted that M r . Price & M r . Crafts be Requested to direct 
Cap 1 . Lyde to go to Rainsfords Island with the Boat at least 
every other Day, to enquire into the State of all Persons residing 
there & to Report to the Chairman of the Board 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 25 [1793] 
Present? Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, 

The following directions were given Cap 1 . Lyde Viz'. 

Sir 

You will proceed to Rainsfords Island as soon as may be and 
permit Cap'. Hills to have his Boat He & his Men with all Pas- 
sengers on board are also allowed to land on the Island to keep in 
the sick House so called untill further orders on condition of a full 
& prompt compliance with the regulations in that case made It 
is expected that Cap 4 . Hills transmit to the Board of Selectmen 
(by Cap'. L}'de) a perfect and accurate Account of the Contents 
of his Cargo the situation of his Passengers their Goods & 
Effects on board, and as near as possible their Places of abode 
while at Philadelphia 

By Order of the Selectmen 

THOMAS CRAFTS 

[58.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Oct, 28, 
1793] A: M: Present Mess: Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, 
Scoilay, Bulfinch, 

D r . Warren represents that he had been on board Sioop Henry 
Jonathan Elwell Master last from New Providence, & finds that 
two Persons have died on the Passage, in twelve Days from their 
sayling & 7 Days from each other the last 10 Days ago & their 
passage 30 Days that as in his opinion the illness was not infec- 
tious or of a kind to communicate the disorder, & that she might 
come up with safety, but to guard against all possibility of a 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 223 

communication he recommended the fumigating & explosions of 
Gun Powder, & Clothing Bedding & such like Articles, should 

be cleansed in the usual manner 

i 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 28 th . [1793] 
P: M: Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

Passed upon Accounts for 30 Septem 1 . 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their charges pains and livelihood which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz'. 

lb oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - 12 6 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 1 8 12 

a 4 d Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 6 12 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - - 8 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat R ye Meal d. 2 8 
a 4 d . ditto not above Indian must weigh - - 3 - 

Col. Waters directed to see to the cleansing of Cap'. Elwells 
Sloop, agreable to the recommendation of D r . Warren, on file 

[59.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 29 
[1793] Present Mess: Little, Scollay, Boardman, Edwards, 
The business of the Meeting referred untill to Morrow 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 30 [1793] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Sever, Price, Edwards, Boardman, Crafts, 
Scollay 

Passed upon other Accounts 
M r . Sever to procure Wood for the South School 
Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay for the Center Schools - 
M r . Edwards & M r . Little for the North Schools 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 29 [1793] 
Present Mess : Walley, Sever, Price, Edwards, Boardman, Crafts, 
Scollay, 

The following Orders were this Day given to Cap'. Lyde 
Viz'. 

You are to proceed to Rainsfords Island as soon as may be & 
inform Cap 4 . Hills his People & Passengers that in consequence 
of their strict & prompt compliance with the regulations of the 
Selectmen, they are permitted to go at large on the Island untill 
further orders The 3 Bales of Goods belonging to Jesse Put- 
nam, are to be landed opened & fumagated with Vinegar & ex- 
plosions of Gun Powder the Goods belonging to John Babcock 
& James Tisdale to be landed & cleansed as above., a? also what- 
ever Goods or Effects Stephen Thomas has on board As M r . 
& M. Babcock & Child have lived in the City of Philadelphia 
particular care must be taken respecting their Goods & Clothing 
that they be well cleansed And as it would be unnecessary to 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

enumerate any other Persons names, it is expected & directed, 
that every 

[6O.] Article belonging to all Persons on board be fumigated 
with Vinegar, & repeated explosions of Gun Powder and cleansed 
to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, before the said Schooner 
will be permitted to come up to Boston. Cap*. Lyde will continue 
on the Island or take such measures as will enable him to Report 
to the Selectmen, that a strict compliance has been had to the 
aforegoing directions. You will inform all Persons who have 
Goods on board Cap*. Hills Vessell belonging to Boston, with 
these Orders, that there may be a strict conformity to the same 

THOMAS CRAFTS, 
p Order of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 1 st [1793] 
Present Mess : Sever, Scollay, Boardmau, 

Met the School Committee 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 4 [1793] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardmau, Crafts, Scollay, Edwards, Sever, 
Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Guards, on the Neck & Charles River Bridge are dismissed 
from any further service 

sent 

M r . Sever, Scollay & Little a Committee to procure a new Engine 
for the service of the Town and also to take charge of the 
two useless Engines at West Boston, and dispose of them to the 
best advantage of the Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 6. 1793 
Present Mess : Edwards, Scollay, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 13. 1793 
Present Mess : Boardman, Edwards, Scollay 

[61.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 15 
[1793] Present Mess": Sever, Scollay, Edwards, Boardmau, 
Walley, Price, Crafts, Little 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Voted, that the same Committee which employ'd Cap*. Lyde be 
requested to dismiss him & having no farther occasion for the use 
of the Boats, that they be again returned to Cap*. Laha 

M r . Crafts, Scollay & Walley a Comm e . to remove such incum- 
brances as they shall Judge proper, from Atkinsons Street to the 
Rope Walk, 

Col. Waters is requested to dispose of the Horse purchased for 
the use of the Town, for the most it will fetch 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 18. 1793 
Present Mess: Boardman, Edwards, Scollay, Little, Price, 

M r . Silas Atkins informs the Selectmen that the Schooner In- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1793. 225 

dustry owned by himself & others Christopher Slocum Master, 
arrived at the Castle having parted her Cable in the Storm last 
Night, in 36 Days from Gaudaloop loaded with Molasses Sugar, 
Coffee & 4 Bags of Cotton in the hold of the Vessell that about 
the 1 st . of October 3 of the Sailors were Inoculated for the Small 
Pox, that they had it favourably & recovered. & that about 20 
Days ago one by his imprudence in the use of Spirituous Liquors, 
got a relapse & died suddenly. that the Captain soon after 
proceeded to smoke & cleanse the Vessel & that every thing 
belonging to the deceased Person capable of retaining the Infec- 
tion was thrown over board & every precaution taken in the cleans- 
ing, Vessel & c . as the Captains Family at the Vine Yard [62.] 
were all liable to receive the Distemper 

Cap'. Laha was directed to recive from Cap 1 . Slocums Vessel 
every thing on board liable to Infection, for cleansing and upon 
the return of a Certificate from a Physician who shall examine said 
Vessell that she may come up to Town with safety to the Inhabi- 
tants the Chairman M r . Price is to give Cap'. Slocum a Certifi- 
cate for said purpose 

A Schooner from S'. Croix Cap*. Mackay having been examined 
by D r . Warren, and it appearing to him that she may come to the 
Wharff with safety Col. Waters is allowed to permit the same 

Cap'. Makepeace Brig ne . from Philadelphia having been also 
examined by D r . Warren is permitted to come to the Wharff, after 
having been smoked with Gun Powder & washed with Vinegar 
under the inspection of Col. Waters is permitted to come up to 
Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov. 19 [1793] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Little, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, 

Cap'. Lydes Order to deliver Boats and Cap'. Lahas Receipt 
placed on the files 

Benjamin Bayley informs that an Apprentice of his is taken 
with the Small Pox in his House, his Father appearing, it was 
recommended to him to take his Son to the Hospital at Brookl}'ne, 
otherwise, that he must be sent to Rainsfords Island 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 20'. 1793 
Present Mess:.Walley, Sever, Scollay, Edwards, Little 

[63.] M r . Bayleys Servant with the Small Pox, was this 
Morning sent to the Hospital at Brooklyne, agreable to the recom- 
mendation of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25 [1793] 
Present Mess : Crafts, Sever, Boardman, Little, Walley, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Paras & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb oz. dr 

A 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 12 6 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto must weigh 1 8 12 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb oz. dr 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh 1 612 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh 84 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 28 
a 4 d . Loaf of ditto not above ^ Indian - - - d. 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Committee to settle Cap'. Homers Account are appointed to 
settle Col. Waters's Edwards, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 27 [1793] 
Present Mess : Scollay, Walley, Crafts, Boardman, Little, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Nazro is directed to require the attendance of M r . Jones & 
M r . Foster, next sitting Day 

The different Collectors are to be called upon to give in to the 
Selectmen Wednesday an acco 1 of their Collections to that Day 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 4 [1793] 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Bulflnch, Boardman, Edwards, Little, 

[64.] The several Collectors of Taxes laid before the Select- 
men an Account of their respective Collections, except M r . 
Blanchard 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 11 th [1793] 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Bulfinch, 
Crafts, 

Passed upon Petitions of a number of Licensed Persons 
M r . Blanchard a Collector laid his Acco ts . before the Select- 
men 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 18 [1793] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Scollay, 

The Weather such as prevented a Board 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 23 [1793] 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Edwards, 

Jurymen chosen for Court Common Pleas & c drawn and entered 
on Jury Records 

Col. Crafts Scollay & Edwards a Committee to apply to Keeper 
of Powder House to know the Town Stock of Powder in the Pow- 
der House also to make enquiry what Military Stores have 
been lent to Government, & what is now in their possession 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . [30, 1793] 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Crafts, .Little, Sever, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Caleb Blanchard a Collector for 1791. having produced Receipts 
from the Town County & State, that he had paid the full of the 
Taxes for said Year Town Clerk is directed to deliver him his 
Bonds as Collector 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 227 

[65.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at "Wheat 
at 7/ p Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as fol- 
lows - - - Viz'. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 11 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto must weigh 173 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 153 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh 712 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat | Rye Meal d. 28- 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above J Indian d. 3 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 1. 1794 Pres- 
ent Mess : Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Boardman, Ed- 
wards, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Agreed that M r . Bradlee who hires Cellar under Town House, 
pay as Rent to the first of March next 40 p Annum, and after 
that time at the rate of 45 p Annum 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 8. 1794 Pres- 
ent Mess 1 " 8 : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Bulfinch, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Passed upon M. Lydia Dodge State Account amounting to 
4. 16/. being for support of one M c .Cormick a sick Stranger, & 
destitute of support 

M r . Enoch May appointed to Collect the Cow Money in the 
room of M r . White who had been appointed for that purpose, but 
whose health will not allow him to discharge the duty 

Sweep Badges N. 14 .. 20. delivered M r . David Knapp 

[66.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 15 th . 
1794 Present Mess 1 " 8 : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Little, 
Application for Licenses 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 22 d . [1794] 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Little, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Jan y . 27, 1794] 
Present Mess : Sever, Little, Boardman, Crafts. Scollay, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 

their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 

Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh 11 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of ditto, must weigh 1 73 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread, must weigh 153 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh 7 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2 8 

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



228 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Passed upon William Moors State Account amounting to 7 
no Copy left 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 29 th [1794} 
Present Mess" : Sever, Price, Scollay, Boardman, Crafts, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

15 Grand Jurors & 20 Petit Jurors, the latter drawn the former 
chosen by ballot & entered & posted in Jury Books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 5. 1794 Pres- 
ent Mess 18 : Edwards, Crafts, Scollay, 

[67.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb?. 12 th 
[1794] Present Mess": Sever, Boardman, Scollay, Crafts, Little, 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Whitwell Keeper of the Almshouse's 
State Account amounting to four hundred sixty eight pounds 
8/ 10 d No Copy as yet received 

Passed upon M r . Jessee Houghtons State Account amounting 
to Eight pounds 10/ 4 d . as p Copy on file 

Passed upon Cap 1 . Samuel Lahas State Account amounting in 
the whole to 18 15. 2 as p Copy on file passed 5'. Ins'. 

Col. Crafts, Col. Scollay, M r . Edwards, Little & Sever a 
Committee to attend a Committee of the General Account, [s?c] 
in order for a settlement this Towns Account with the State 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 14 [1794] 
Present Mess re : Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, Scollay, 

The Selectmen passed upon Physicians State Acco te . for charge 
of Inoculating Strangers in the course of the late Small Pox 
Viz'. & Certificates given 

3 3 

11 17 6 
22 1 
18 18 

12 3 
15 15- 

8 2 
22 1 
27 

[68.] D r . Winship - - - d 82 

30 6 
11 5 
4 10 
41 

9 9 
1 16 
1 7 

9 



D r . Danforth's - - 


A ceo 1 . 


_ . . _ 


D r . Rand - - - - 


d - 


. . . . 


D r . Warren - - - 


d - 


. . 


D r . Kast .,- .'- - - 


d - 


. . . _ 


D r . Homans ... 


d - 


_ . _ 


D r . Appleton - - - 

D r . Rogerson - - - 
D r . Spooner - - - 
D r . Welsh - - - - 


d - 
d - 
d - 
d - 


- - - - 


D r . Winship - - - 
D r . Fleet - - - - 


d - 
d - 


- 


D r . Howard - - - 


d - 


. . . _ 


D r . Rand - - - - 


d - 


. . . . 


D r . Cheever - - - 


d - 

do 


- - - - 


D r . Stimpson - - - 
D r . Pearson- - - - 


d - 
d - 


- - - - 


D r . Alex r . Peter - - 


d - 


. . . . 



Amount 212.. 5. 6 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 22.> 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 19. 1794 
Present -Mess: Scollay, Sever, Boavdman, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 

The draught for Jan y . examined by M r . Scollay and then sent 
to Town Treasurer 

Passed upon Jonathan Stodders State Acco 1 . am , to 1 .. 13. 11 
no Copy as yet lodged 

Passed upon*D r . Welshs 2 d State Account am , to 20. 17 .. 3. 
as p Copy on file 

Col. VVaters who has hitherto improved the Horse bought for 
the use of the Town in their service has the liberty to take said 
Horse to himself for the Sum he paid for the same 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 24 [1794] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Little, Scollay, 

The Town Meeting did not allow of passing Accounts this 
Day 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Fet/. 26. 1794 
Present Mess": Sever, Scollay, Boardman, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Collector Henderson having produced Receipt in full for 
Tax of 1792. Town Clerk is directed to deliver him his Bonds 

[69.] ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
7 '/ p bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers for their Charges Pains and Livelihood, which is computed 
as follows Viz*. 

lb oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 11 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of White Bread must weigh - - - - 1 73 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 53 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh ---- 712 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2 8 

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

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 28. 1794 
Present Mess" : Sever, Scollay, Boardman, Crafts, Little, 

Ordered, that a Warrant be prepared for calling a Meeting of 
the Inhabitants on the 10 th . of March Ins 1 . 10. O'Clock A: M: 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Little a Committee to wait on Rev d . 
D r . Lothrop to request his opening Town Meeting with Prayer 
Mess : Edes and Son to have the printing of the Notifications 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d : [1794] 
Present Mess 18 : Boardman, Scollay, Edwards Little, Crafts, 

Eight Extra Jurors drawn and entred & posted in Jury Books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5 [1794] 
Present Mess : Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Scollay, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[7O.] M r . Sever having received of Mess : Placide & Martin 
for the Poor Inhabitants 6. .12 the same has been distributed 
as follows Viz'. 



230 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



To Negro Patience 
Josiah Wheeler 
Widow Orrell - 
M. Goold - - 
M". Wild - - 
M rs . Eustis 
Negro Peggy - 
M". Campbell - 
Widow Greyer - 
Widow Dyke - 
Widow Corbett 
Betsy Nichols - 
M r . Martin sick Man 9/ 
M rs . Dwire- - 
Negro Man 



3/ - 


To M r . Brazier - 3/ 


6 


. 


3/ - 


Widow Corbet 3/ 


6 




10/ 6- 


M". Goold - 3/ 


10 


- 6 


o/ - 


M". Wilks - 3/ 


3 





3/ - 


M. Swelslops 1/6 


4 


- 6 


1/6 - 


M rs . Brown - i/6 


3 




9 d - 


M. Scott - 6/ 


6 


- 9 


6/ - 


Agnes Corbet 6/ 


12 




6/ - 


Molly Rice - fi/ 


12 




6/ - 


Widow Milton 6/ 


12 


. /<' 


6/ - 


Widow Fast 7/6 


13 


- 6 


. 


_ _ _ _ 


12 


- 10 


9/ - 


M r . Bradley - 3/ 


12 




7/2 d - 


M. Bradley- 7/ 


14 


- 2 





----- 





- 9 



6 " 12 



The Selectmen agree that on M r . Benjamin White paying eight 
Dollars to the Town Treasurer he is to have a Receit in full for 
the improvement of a Water Course hired of the Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 12 [1794] 
Present Mess : Scollay, Edwards, Little, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 19 th . [1794] 
Present Mess: Edwards, Boardman, Scollay, Price, Crafts, Little, 

Cap 4 . Will : Brown of Engine N. 1, for Premium at the Fire at 
M r . Lymans Wharff drawn 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to ascertain the Sums 
that are to be paid by a Vote of the Town for Lands taken into 
Lynn Street, from several of the Abuttors on said Street 

[71.] On the proposal of Judge Sullivan for giving two feet 
of Land adjoining Board Alley The Selectmen are of opinion 
that at present it will not be for the interest of the Town to accept 
the proposal under the Conditions mentioned 

On application of a Committee from a large number of Citi- 
zens, for the ringing the Bells of the Town on Tuesday next being 
the Day appointed for celebrating the success of the Arms of our 
good Allys the French M r . Nazro was directed to inform the 
Bell Ringers, at the hours when they should be rung 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26 [1794] 
Present Mess" : Boardmau, Edwards, Sever, Scollay, Price, 
Little 

The Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Monday the 7 th . of April next, being the Day assigned 
by the Constitution for the choice of Governor & c . 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to wait on the Rev d . 
D r . Stillman to request his opening the Town Meeting with 
prayer 

Mess" : Edes & Son to have the printing of the Notifications for 
Town Meeting 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 231 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31 st [1794] 
Present Mess": Scolla} 7 , Boardman, Edwards, Little, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[72.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 
7/ p Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the 
Bakers for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed 
as follows Viz'. 

lb oz dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 11 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 1 7 3 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh ----- 1 5 3 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - - - - 7 12 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2 8 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian d. - 3 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 2 d [1794] 
Present Mess" : Little, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Walley, Price, 
Edwards & Scollay 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . David Lewis applies for the Collection of the Cow Mone} r 
for the present Year 

Mess : Bayley, James Thompson & Benjamin Jepson having 
produced the Town Treasurers & County Treas r Receipt in full 
for the Sums committed to them to Collect for 1792 the Town 
Clerk is directed to deliver up their Bonds for said Year 

Cap'. Alden Bass appointed a weigher of Onions in the room 
of Cap'. John Ballard deceased 

The Selectmen have directed that tjie Townhouse Watch be dis- 
missed on the 15 of this Month 

Col. Waters appointed as an Officer of Police for the Year 
ensuing 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5 [1794] 
A: M: Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Little, Scollay, Crafts, 
Edwards, 

Information having been given the Selectmen that a Brigg ne . of 
Daniel Sergeant's has arrived from Barbadoes, having [73.] the 
Small Pox on board D r . Rand was desired to go on board 
the Vessell off Rainsfords Island, in order to examine & make 
Report 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5. [1794] 
P: M: Present Mess : Price, Little, Edwards, Scollay, Crafts, 

M r . Sergeant informed as did also Cap'. Laha, that the Brigg 
left Barbadoes 25 Days past, that* four Days before their arrival 
they buried one John a French Man with the Small Pox that 
they have only Ballast in the Vessell, and that no one who came 
in the Vessell are liable to retain the Infection the Brigg ne . is 
named the Betsy Joseph Saunders Master Cap'. Laha further 
Reports that the Clothing of the deceased has been flung over 
board, and the other Clothing as also the Bedding together with 
the Vessel has been so well smoked & cleansed as that she may 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

be permitted to come up to Town without danger to the Inhab- 
itants Cap 1 . Laha is permitted to let the Vessell come up on the 
Morrow, first taking on Shore for further airing, every thing likely 
to retain the Infection 

Orders were given Cap'. Laha conformable to the aforegoing 
Order of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 9. 1794 
Present Mess". Sever, Price, Crafts, Scollay, Little, Edwards, 

Passed upon Accompts 

Voted, that the whole Board be a Committee to take the most 
expeditious measures for having the sides of the Way leading into 
Boston, repaired as soon as may be 

Voted, that the same Committee be desired to View the Dike on 
the Neck & Report what measures are necessary to be taken for 
repairing the same 

Voted, that the above Comm ee . Report what it is necessary to be 
done to the Street called Orange, whether to repair & new pave 
it 

Town Treasurer & Town Clerk added to the Committee 

[74.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 16 th . 
[1794] Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Edwards, Sever, Little, 
Crafts, Scollay, 

M r . Edwards & M r . Scollay a Committee to examine into the 
incroachments made on Fort Hill, and Report thereon 

M r . Cargil has liberty to open a Drain from his House into the 
Common Shore provided its repaired & paved to the approba- 
tion of the Selectmen 

M r . Harmon applies to the Selectmen for their approbation of 
his erecting a Bake* house in Prince Street 

The Selectmen have agreed to request the Justices to attend on 
Monday next 4. OClock, to view the Ground proposed by M r . 
Ham-men for the Building a Bake house thereon 

Mess rs . Boardman, Crafts, Little Scollay & Edwards to exam- 
ine if any incroachments are made on Cold Lane 

The Selectmen have appointed the following Persons as a Watch 
for the Town House Watch so called, 
John Pownall Master 
John Hatch men 
Moses Burditt 
James Gooch 
John Trevastey 
David Corbett 

Deacon Boardman M r . Little '& M r . Edwards a Comm ee to settle 
with the Fishermen all matters & things relating to the Boxes & c 

M r . Sever, Col. Crafts & M r . Scollay, a Comm ee . to repair the 
sides of the Way on the Neck 

The above are a Comm e to view the Pavement in Orange 
Street, and Report what is best to be done 

The above Committee to Report an Estimate of the repairs of 
the Dike & c . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 233 

[75.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d 
[1794] Present Mess": Boardman, Sever, Scollay, 

Cap 1 . Lovering of Engine N. 8. applies for the Premium allowed 
by the Town, for playing first on the Fire at M r . Bradley s House 
South End 

M r . Edward Briuley applys for liberty to open a Drain for re- 
pairing, from his House on Dock Square 

Liberty is given provided the Ground is restored to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen 

M r . Breed & M r . Denni apply to the Selectmen for liberty to 
open their Drains for cleansing & repairing from their respective 
Houses New Boston 

Liberty is granted conditioned that the Ground be restored to 
the approbation of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28. 1794 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 6/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their'Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows - - - Viz'. 

lb oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh - - - 12 6 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - 1 812 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brick Bread must weigh - - - 1 6 12 
Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh - - - 8 4 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat J Rye Meal d. 2 8 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian d. 3 

Col. Crafts, Scollay & Sever a Committee on the Street near 
M r . Kerklands Church called Blind Lane 

Voted, that the several Selectmen in the several Wards As- 
signed them in the following statement be authorized to direct 
such Repairs & c . as may be [76.] necessarj^ not exceeding ten 
pounds to any particular Person 

M r . Little for Wards N c . 1 & 2 

M r . Edwards - - - - 3 & 4 

M r . Boardman - - - 5 

M r . Bulfinch .... 6 & 7 

M r . Price & Crafts - - 8 & 9 

M r . Walley - - - - 10 

M r . Scollay - - - -11 

M r . Sever 12 

M r . Scollay & M r . Little a Committee to see a Fence Erected 
between M r . Carters School & the Stone House 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 th . [1794] 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Crafts, Walley, Boardman, Scollay, 
Little, Edwards, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

On application of M r . Morse, M r . Price, Walley & Boardman a 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Committee to confer with M r . Dolbear relative to a Nusauce near 
his & the Town Buildings on Dock Square 

Col. Amasa Davis has liberty to build a Tomb in the South 
Burial Ground M r . Sever to direct as to the place & c 

Col. Crafts, & M r . Scollay a Committee to enquire & Report a 
suitable Person to pronounce an Oration on the 4 th . of July next 
in commemoration of the Independence of the United States 

Col. Crafts, Scollay & Little a Committee to make enquiry & 
Report, relative to the procuring a number of Fire Arms 

The Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for Town Meet- 
ing for the choice of Representatives May 7. 1794 10. O Clock 
AM 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee to request the Rev d 
D r . Thatcher to open the Town Meeting with Prayer 

Edes & Son has the printing of the Notifications 

[77.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Ma} r 7 
[1794] Present Mess : Price, Sever, Crafts, Boardman, Scollay, 
Little, Edwards, 

* 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 14. 1794 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Crafts, Price, Sever, Little, 

Committee to procure an Orator for the 4 th of July 
Report that they had applied to M r . John Phillips as a suitable 
Person to deliver one and he was accordingly appointed by the 
Selectmen 

M r . William Alline applysfor the approbation of the Selectmen, 
as an Auctioneer for the present Year as does all the Auction- 
eers of the last year 

M r . Sever & M r . Edwards a Committee relative to raising a 
Street near a Cellar of Cap'. Cooks 

M r . Jonathan Amory applied for liberty to open & repair a 
Common Shore in Leaveret Street whereupon he was directed 
first to notify all Persons interested in the same to shew cause if 
any they have why he should not proceed in the business & to state 
their objections before the Selectmen if any they have at the 
Selectmens Chamber on Monday next being the 19 th . Ins', at 11 
O : Clock Forenoon sent p M r . Nazro 

Voted, that the lighting the Lamps in this Town be discontinued 
untill further Orders 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16 [1794] 
A: M: Present [Mess :] W alley, Sever, Edwards Crafts, Scollay, 

The Fishermen that have held Stalls on Faneuil Market 
Square attended, and were fully acquainted by the Selectmen of 
the complaints of the Inhabitants, as to exorbitancy of price & 
engrosing Fish brought in by other Fishermen &. & c . they were 
then en formed that they are to hold their Stalls for a Week only, 
and that when any Just complaints shall be made of any Stall 
holder, he must expect to be excluded from a Stall M r . Gooch 
was directed to reinstate them in their respective Stalls 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 235 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet on Monday next, 11 OClock 
to Appoint Auctioneers for the present Year 

[78.] Col. Crafts is added to the Comm ee . for repairing the 
Wall between Centre School & M r . Cookes Stone house who are to 
agree for rebuilding the Fence in the best manner & the most ad- 
vantageous term they are able 

The Comm ee . are directed Viz*. Col- Crafts M r . Edwards & 
M r . Scollay, to make such repairs on the Fences of the several 
Burial Grounds as they may Judge best 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 19 [1794] 
Present Mess". Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Price, Scol- 
lay, 

This being a Meeting appointed, for the approbation of Auch 
tioneei's, the following Persons, who had applied for the same r 
were accordingly approbated by the Selectmen Viz*. 
Mess". Russell & Clap 
p d . Lewis Hoyt 
p d . Thomas K. Jones 
p d . Joshua Eaton 
p d . Robert Mollineux 

James Eaton does not take out 
William Alline 

This being the time appointed to consider the objections if any 
should be made to the application of M r . Jonathan Amorv, for 
opening & repairing the Common Shore in Leaveret Street No 
objections were made to the Selectmen by any Persons, to M r . 
Amorys proceeding in said business 

M r . Jonathan Amory has liberty to break Ground in order for 
laying a Drain in Leaverets Lane & Water Street conditioned 
that he proceeds in all respects agreable to the Laws respecting 
the laying of Drains & c 

M r . Walley Crafts & Scollay a Committe for directing the re- 
moval of Nusances near M r . Phillips Store on Olivers Dock 

[79.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May [21, 
1794] Present Mess". Scollay, Sever, Boardman, Walley, Crafts, 
Edwards, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb oz. dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 1014 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ------1512 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread must weigh - - - - 1 312 

Biskets of 2 Copper price must weigh - - 74 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal d. - 2 5 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above % Indian d- - - 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

Col. Crafts M r . Sever & Col. Seollay a Committee to view the 



236 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Slips belonging to the Towu, and to act thereon as they shall 
Judge proper M r . Edwards is added to the Committee 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet at their Chamber ou Fryday 
next 4. O'Clock P: M: in order to give Instructions to the Clerk of 
Faneuil Hall Market as to his procedure, agreable to a Vote of the 
Town at their late Meeting 

M r . Edwards Col. Scollay & Col. Crafts a Committee to direct 
such repairs to the Cellar under the State House as they may 
Judge necessary 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d [1794] 
Present Mess". Price, Sever, Edward, Crafts, Scollay, Little, 
Walley, Boardman, 

The Clerk of the Market is directed to prevent the following 
Persons from holding or occupying any Stall on Faneuil Hall 
Square, viz. Mess". Garden & Wise Shepherd & Alden M r . 
Wilton. M r . Hartwell M r . Gore M r . Paul Hall ) see new Vote 
over the leaf 

M r . Price Edwards & Crafts a Comm ee . to draw up Regulations 
for Faneuil Hall Market 

[8O.] The Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market having represented 
to the Selectmen that the following Persons viz 1 . Mess : Gard- 
ner & Wise, Shepherd & Alden, M r . Wilton M r . Hartwell M r . 
Gore & M r . Paul Hall, are notoriously guilty of Fore Stalling the 
Market ; the said Clerk is directed by the Selectmen agreable to 
the power, they are vested with by Law & the Votes of the Town 
to forbid & prevent their holding or occupying any Stall on Fan- 
euil Hall Market Square 
sent 

M r . Edwards Scollay & Sever a Comrn 6 . to view Beacon Hill & 
Report what is necessary to be done for repairing the same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26 1794 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Price, 
Passed upon Accounts 

It is Agreed, by the Selectmen that Treasurer Russell & others 
be allowed one quarter part of the expence of widening Federal 
Street, on D r . Spragues Estate provided it does not exceed the 
sum of sixty pounds in the whole and is performed to the appro- 
bation of the Selectmen 

The Selectmen have appointed Moses Burdett Constable for the 
State house Watch and the following Persons as Watchmen 
Viz 1 . 

John Hatchman 
Isaac Young 
Samuel Bunting 
Charles Gavette 

Col. Crafts Edwards & Scollay, a Committee to draw up Rules 
& Regulations for the Government of the Watch, & to furnish 
Constable Burdet, with proper Orders 

[81.] Deacon Boardman & M r . Little a Committee to view 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 237 

the Streets at the North part of the Town and Report what Re- 
pairs are necessary to be given 

Col. Crafts Sever & Scollay & Edwards relative to the Town 
Slips, are also a Committee to enquire into the Towns right to a 
piece of Land in Beach Street 

Comm e . relative to M r . Dolbear 

see here under a Report of Comm 66 . made this day 

Voted, that M r . Morse be allowed the damages and costs re- 
ceived against him by John Dolbear in an action against him for 
stopping his antient lights & passage way, the same to be dis- 
counted to him from his Rent & that M r . Morse be informed that 
if he continues the same incumbrance it must be at his own risque 
& cost 

sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30 [1794] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 

D r . Cheever informs that a Frenchman boarding at one Carys 
in Fitches Alley, has the Small Pox & is almost well the Per- 
son whose Sir name is Lisway was immediately sent down to Hos- 
pital Island & Orders were given Cap'. Laha the Keeper of the 
Hospital of the usual tenor 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4. 1794 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scol- 
lay, see May 26 The Committee appointed to confer with M r . 
Dolbear relative to a Nusauce near said Dolbears Estate & the 
Towns Buildings adjoining Dock Square Report, that they met 
and conferred with M r . Dolbear upon the matter, who declared 
that he should insist on a removal of the Building complain'd of, 
and payment of the damages & costs recovered and such further 
Expences as he has sustained 

Col. Waters has liberty to erect two Gates in the Common, 
provided it be without expence & to the approbation of the Select- 
men 

[82.] William Crafts on application has liberty to open a 
Drain in Back Street and to put Posts before his House as lias 
been done for several Years provided it be done to the approba- 
tion of the Selectmen *and M r . Boardman is appointed to over- 
see & direct in this business 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Little a Committee to view & Report 
what is necessary to be done as to the Repairs of the Draw 
Bridge 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 [1794] 
Present Mess. Scollay, Sever, Price, Boardman, Walley, Crafts, 
Little, 

Col. William Scollay a Committee to examine the Accounts of 
M r . Samuel Whitwell, Keeper of the States Poor 

M r . Price M r . Walley, & Col. Crafts a Committee to prepare 
& present a Petition to the General Court for liberty to raise by 
Lottery a Sum not exceeding three thousand Pounds, to be applied 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

to repairing the Streets of Boston, agreable to a Vote of the Town 

passed Feb y . 178D M r . Sever & M r . Scollay, are added to 

the Committee 

By virtue of a Precept eight Petit Jurors for Circuit Court, were 
drawn as the Law directs 

Mess rs : Nath 1 . Hall 
W ra . Powell 
John Games 
Caleb Hopkins 
William White 
Stephen Emery 
Stephen Bruce 

Luke Baker & return made 

Mess": William Carlton & Elvrist: Powers admitted Watch- 
men, in the room of Isaac Young & Samuel Bunting 

On the Petition of a number of the Inhabitants relative to a 
Nusance in Back Street Deacon Boardman 

[83.] M r . Little & Col. Crafts a Committee to view the 
same and Report thereon to the Selectmen 

Mess rs : Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Little & Scollay a Com- 
mittee to agree with M r . Welch as to building & turning a Stone 
Arch over Draw Bridge so called ; 

It is agreed to have a visit to Deer Island on Wednesday the 
25 of June Ins'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13 [1794] A M : 
Present Mess" : Crafts, Walley, Price, Sever, Boardman, Scol- 
lay, Little, 

The Committee appointed the 11 th . Ins', to present a Petition to 
the General Court for a Lottery to repair Streets are also re- 
quested to present one, for assistance in Building an Hospital in 
this Town, for the reception of Persons with infectious disorders 
in the place of the one late at New Boston, which has been 
disposed of, by the Court to accommodate the New Bridge & to 
prevent Passengers being indangered by an Infectious House 

Josiah Waters Esq. being appointed Inspector of the Police of 
the Town of Boston among other duties assigned him Is now 
particularly directed to Visit the several Watch Houses three 
times a Week at such Hours in the Night as may be most conven- 
ient to him, and to observe if they are awake and on duty : and if 
he should find any neglect of duty at either of the Watch houses 
he is to make report thereof to the Selectmen. The Watchmens 
Orders are to set the Watch at 10. o rClock in the Evening and 
break up at Sun rise And to have one Person at the Watch 
house Door 

Mem , given Col. Waters 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13 th . P.M: 
Present Mess: Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Little, Sever, 

[84.] The Vote passed on the 11 th Ins', for presenting a 
Petition to the General Court for a Lottery to raise a Sum for 



SELECTMEN'S. MINUTES, 1794. 239 

repairing Pavements & c is reconsidered & the Petition prepared 
is to lay untill the further determination of the Selectmen 

The Town being greatly alarm'd at the repeted thefts that have 
been committed for the past fortnight; the Selectmen met and 
Voted that there be a number of Persons to aid and assist in dis- 
covering such Offenders untill further Orders And the several 
Captains of the Engines, attending, by request, it was agreed, that 
they furnish for a few Nights 12 Men out of their respective Com- 
panies, or otherwise to assist the Watch in guarding the Town, 
and in their endeavors to detect if possible the Thieves and for 
their encouragement they shall be allowed 20 Dollars for each 
Person who shall be legally convicted of House breaking or Theft 
in the Night time upon their information 

Boston Ss: -At a Meeting of the Selectmen June [18, 1794] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Scollay, W alley, Price, Crafts, Little, 

Passed upon M r . Whitwells State Accounts as Keeper of the 
States Poor, in the Almshouse, amounting as p Copy, on file to 
545 .. 10. 4 444 25 .. 16 & 31. 11 .. 7 the afore- 
going Accounts are continued up to the first of June Ins'. 

The Selectmen direct that the Town Watch be set at 10. O Clock 
& to be dismissed at Sun rise & this through the Year they are 
also directed to call the time of Night with an audible Voice & 
what the Weather is every half Hour through the Night 

[85.] Cap'. Nazro of Engine N. 6. is to have the Premium 
of 1-8 for playing on the Fire at Deacon Jones's House 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June [23, 1794] 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Sever Crafts, Little, 

Met to execute Instruments between the Town of Boston & M r . 
John Freeman as to a common Sewer or Drain 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27 [1794] 
Present Mess: Price, Boardman, Crafts, Little, Edwards, Scollay, 

The Selectmen having been informed, that there has been great 
disorders for several Nights past by Numbers turning out, & 
pulling down several Houses of ill fame & attempting others 
Agreed to call a Meeting of the Inhabitants this Afternoon, at 
Faneuil Hall 3 o-Clock, in order to consider & determine on meas- 
ures to be pursued, for preventing such irregular & rietous pro- 
ceedings to the disturbing the peace & injuring the Property of 
many Individuals 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of ;he Selectmen June 30* [1794] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Price, Sever, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ 
p Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for 
their charges pains & livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh 11 9 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 173 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread must weigh - - - 153 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price must weigh 712 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat % Rye Meal d. - 25 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

[86.] The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a 
Town Meeting on Fryday the 4'. of July next 9. O'Clock A: M: 
in commemoration of the Day of the Declaration of INDEPENDENCE, 
being the 4 l . ot July A: D. 1776 Mem , no printed Notifications 
the Bells to be rung from 6 to 8 C 

Agreed upon a Visitation of the Schools to be on Monday next 
being the 7'. Ins', and to have a Dinner provided as usual List 
of Persons to be invited on file 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25 [1794] 
Present Mess: Price, Boardmau, Sever, Crafts, Little, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

The Selectmen this Day agreable to Annual custom, in Com- 
pany with a number of Gentlemen, Visited Deer Island, and found 
the Island in very good state, abating for the ravages made upon 
it by the Sea the last Winter; a continuance of which must be 
expected, untill a proper head can be placed for its security 
The Day was Bright the Winds favourable and every other Cir- 
cumstance agreable 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1794 
Present Mess. Sever, Price, Crafts, Scollay, Edwards, Board- 
man, Little, Walley, 

Passed upon other Accounts, not before passed upon 

M r . Little & Col. Crafts, a Comm ee . on the application of 
Deacon Wright, to view two Passage Ways into Butlers Row, 
which he proposes to have paved 

M r . Sever & Col. Scollay a Committee to procure a suitable 
place for placing a Building for Cap 1 . Loverings Engine 

The Draught for June examined by the Selectmen, and the 
Town Clerk is directed to hand in the same to the Town Treas- 
urer 

Comm ee . on the 'Neck Viz 1 . Scollay. Crafts & Sever to direct as 
to paving the entrance into the Town 

[87.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 5 
[1794] Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Scollay, 
Price, Little, 

On information that Infectious Disorders of a malignant nature 
were prevalent in the W. Indies 

Col. Crafts, Deacon Boardman & M r . Little appointed a Com- 
mittee to wait on Governour Adams with the information re- 
ceived 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7 [1794] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Little, Price, Edwards, 
Scollay, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 241 

The Selectmen, & others a School Committee, accompanied by 
a number of the Clergy & other Gentlemen Visited the several 
public Schools, and had the pleasure of witnessing the proficiency 
made by the Scholars belonging to them a Dinner was provided 
at Faneuil Hall by the Selectmen to which the rest of the Com- 
mittee & a number of the Inhabitants were invited 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9 th . [1794] 
Present Mess: "Walley, Sever, Boardman, Little 

M r . Richards & others, represent that M r . Welsh has made an 
incroachment on their Lands near the upper Mills, and request 
that the Selectmen, would view & determine on the same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11. [1794] 
Present Mess rs : "Walley, Edwards, Crafts, Scollay, Little, Price, 

Information given the Selectmen that Cap*. William Cunning- 
ham in a Schooner lately arrived from Liverpool had the Small 
Pox on board The Captain attended as required and informed, 
that some of his People had been inoculated & were recovered 
before he left Liverpool and that every thing on board had 
been well smoked & cleansed, and in his Opinion, there was not 
the least danger of infection 

[88.] Voted, that on any Vessels being stop'd at Castle 
Island from any of the West India Islands on suspicion of infec- 
tious Distempers Either of the Selectmen on a Certificate from 
the Doctor, who has examined the Vessell, that there is no danger 
of infection may give a permit in the name of the Selectmen, 
for such Vessels coming up to Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 21. 1794 Pres- 
ent Mess": Sever, Edwards, Boardman, Price, Crafts, Little, 
Scollay, Walley, 

M r . Tukesbury having Represented, that a quantity of Boards 
& Timber, have been landed at Deer Island, & might be purchased 
on more reasonable terms, than they could be had other ways 
therefore for the benefit of the Town he is directed to purchase 
them, and to wait the directions of the Selectmen, before they are 
made use of 

M r . Walley Col. Crafts & M r . Scollay a Committee to procure 
evidence, relative to a Street from Deacon Phillips's Store to 
Quaker Lane, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28 th . [1794] 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Price, Crafts, Little, Boardman, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
charges pains & livelihood which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh .... 10 14 

4 d . Ditto of white Bread - - d 1 512 

4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread d 1 3 2 

Biskets of 2 Coppen price - d 7 4 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. 07.. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal d. 25 
a 4 d . Ditto of Brown Bread not above Indian d 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

[89.] Boston 8s : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 th 
[1794] Present Mess r8 : Edwards, Boardraan, Crafts, Price, Little, 
Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

This Morning between the hours of 4 & 5 o Clock, a Fire 
took place in this Town, beging g . at M r . Hows Pvope Walk near 
Milk Street, which consumed all the other Ropewalks in that 
quarter, together with about 36 Dwelling Houses, a number of 
Barns Out Buildings & Stores, containing large quantities of 
Hemp Cordage & other Merchandize, Household Furniture & c . 
And as large bodys of Fire & combustables, are in Cellars still 
uuextinguished, which in case of high Winds & other Circum- 
stances may greatly expose the Inhabitants to further damage and 
loss The Selectmen for their ease & security have agreed that 
a Watch of 60 Men be engaged for this Night, who are to be al- 
lowed six Shillings p Man for this service, which with a number 
of the Fire Engines & their Comp 7 . under direction of the Fire 
Wards together with the Persons engaged by the Borderers on the 
Ruins, is thought to be sufficient for the purpose. 

The following was sent for a place in the Chronicle of to Mor- 
row Viz' 

THE SELECTMEN OF BOSTON in behalf of their Fellow Citizens, 
having a most lively sense of the very timely & efficient aid 
afforded them by their Brethren of the several Towns in the vicin- 
ity with their Fire Engines & their Personal services at the distress- 
ing Fire of Yesterday Morning request them to accept their most 
sincere acknowledgement of the same, and assure them that such 
benevolent & Humane exertions will always excite the most grate- 
ful sensations 

see on other side 

Voted, that the Fire Wards be requested to take the charge of 
said Men & appoint them to such Stations as they shall think best 
for the preservation of the Town 

[9O.] NB The Towns from which Engines were brought 
to the Fire were Cambridge, Charlestown, Roxbury, Milton, Brook- 
lyne & Watertown * & the Inhabitants from other Towns, tho'. 
not with Engines, were active in their exertions on the occasion 

The following Billet was sent Col. Waters 

The Selectmen request that the Inspector of Police engage 60 
Men as a Watch for this Night & have them paraded at the State 
house by 9. o Clock this Evening He will be so obliging as to 
inform the Fire Wards when the Men are ready, that they may 
appoint them to such Stations as they shall think best for the 
preservation of the Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 1 [1794] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Bulfinch, Price, 
Little, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 243 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Ordered, that a Warrant be issued for calling a Town Meeting 
to Morrow 10. o :Clock to take into consideration the steps neces- 
sary to be taken for the relief of the Sufferers by the late Fire 

Mem , there is no printed Notifications to be dispersed 

The following was sent by M r . Nazro, to the Hon ble . William 
Phillips Esq viz 4 ., 
Sir 

The Selectmen of the Town having observed that a Fence is 
erected by you across a Street or Passage way leading from Kilbey 
Street to Leveret Street so as entirely to obstruct the same hav- 
ing taken the same into consideration & consulted Gentlemen of 
the Law on the occasion, have determined, on Monday next at 12. 
o Clock at Noon to order the same so far as obstructs the said 
Way taken down, unless before that [91.] time you cause it to 
be removed they give you this notice as they wish to avoid any 
dispute or litigatious controvercy if possible without a neglect of 
the duty they owe to the Town. 

Mess" : Edwards, Little & Scollay a Committee to confer with 
M r . Rogers & M r . Ivers relative to the line of the Fence dividing 
their property from the Towns Land on Beacon Hill 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 2 d [1794] 
10. o Clock A: M: Present Mess : Boardrnan, Price, Walley, 
Bulfinch, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, Little, 

In consequence of a great dessolation by Fire in this Town on 
the 30. of July last, at & near Atkinson Street The Selectmen 
met, & preceded to the spot, and laid out a new Street for the 
better accommodation & convenience of the Inhabitants, which is 
bounded as follows Viz 4 . On said Atkinson Street forty three 
feet, then running Easterly to Hutchinson Street, two hundred 
fifty one feet 8 Inches then running on said Hutchinson Street 
forty three Feet and there running Westerly to said Atkinson 
Street two hundred fifty one feet 8 Inches as is now staked 
out 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 4. 1794 
Present Mess": Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 
Little, 

Agreed that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting on Tues- 
day next. 10. o Clock A: M: being the 12 Ins 4 . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 6 [1794] 
Present Mess" : Sever, Boardman, Edwards, Price, Scollay, Walley, 

Warrant for a Town Meeting to be issued 

The Comm e . relative to the Draw Bridge a Comm e . to consider 
the Petition of the Inhabitants of Ann Street 

[92.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Aug. 
10. 1794] Sabath Even 8 . Present Mess rs : Price, Walley, Sever, 
Edwards, Scollay 



244 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Met to fold & forward a Circular Letter to the Selectmen of 
each Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 13 th [1794] 
Present Mess rs : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Little; 
Scollay & Edwards 

Upon the application of Enoch Brown to Erect a Store on 
Washington Street the Selectmen have no objection to his 
erecting said Store in case the Lessees of said Land consent to the 
same he submitting to the determination of the Town, at the 
expiration of said Lease as to removing said Store or otherways 

M r . Sever Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay appointed a Committee 
to view the House erecting by Mess": Dexter & Amory, in Orange 
Street, said to have encroached on the Street 

M r . Nicholas Pierce applied for leave to build a Tomb in the 
Burying Ground at S. End Granted, & M r . Sever appointed a 
Committee relative thereto 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Aug. 5. 1794] & 
Justices of the Town of Boston for the purpose of widening the 
Streets in Atkinson Street, Hutchinson & Purchase Street, in 
consequence of the late Fire, after proceeding in the Business 
it was agreed, that there should be another Meeting on Fryday 
the 15. for compleating the same. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 20 [1794] 
[Present Mess r "] M r . Price, Boardman, W alley, Sever, Crafts, 
Bulfmch & Scollay, 

The Selectmen a Comm e . to enquire into the Titles of the Land 
Claimed by M r . Todd & Cap'. Dennie & to Report the Sum that 
would be required for the purchase of the Land necessary [93.] 
to be taken into the Street, & what would be the other Expences 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 20 [1794] 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Seaver, Crafts, Bulfinch, Scollay, 
Boardman, 

Cap*. Lovering applies for a Premium for the Comp 7 . of Engine 
N. 8. being the first that plaid on the Fire at M r . Severs Distill 
house S. End 

Col. Crafts M r . Sever & Scollay, a Committee to view a Build- 
ing occupied by M r . Davis S. End for carrying on the Soap 
Boiling & Tallow Chandler Business 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 18. [1794] 
On information that the Sloop Friendship Cap'. Hatch had arrived 
from Jamaica last from South Carolina, she not being permitted to 
unlade there inconsequence of apprehensions of her being in- 
fected with the contageous Distemper prevalent in the West 
Indies The Inspector of Police was ordered to have the said 
Sloop thoroughly cleansed 

D r . Rand having Reported, that the People of the Sloop Friend- 
ship were entirely free from any Infection, and that her being per- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 245 

mitted to come up to Town would not endanger the health of the 
Inhabitants she was permitted accordingly 

M r . Sever, Scollay Little & Bulfinch, a Committee to procure 
two new Fire Engines and to dispose of the old ones at the most 
they will fetch 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 25. 1794 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Scollay, 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Thursday the twenty eighth Day of August Ins' 

Ordered that M r . Edes have the printing of the NotiQcations 
for said Meeting 

[94.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen 
The Selectmen having received information that the Yellow 
Fever or some malignant Disorder prevails in the Hospital, or 
some of the Places occupied by the French for the accommodations 
of Persons in this Town who arrived lately from Maguelon & c 

Voted, that D r . Isaac Rand & Doctor Isaac Rand Jun r . be re- 
quested to apply to the French Consul for permission to Visit the 
Ships in the Harbour, and the places occupied by the French as 
aforesaid, & Report to the Chairman of the Selectmen as soon as 
may be the situation & health of the Persons on board the Ships 
and at said Houses 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 27 [1794] 
Present Mess : Crafts, Seaver, Boardman, Little, Scollay, 
Edwards, 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 7/6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their charges pains and Livelihood which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz' 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----- 10 14 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread d 1 512 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread d 1 3 2 

Biskets of 2 Copper price d 74 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat J Rye Meal - - 2 5 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian - - 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

Mess : Thomas Hitchburne & William Williams apply for 
liberty to open repair or make a new Common Shore through 
Cross Street 

Cap'. Laha is permitted to hire a Man to assist him at the Hospi- 
tal on Rainsfords Island, for two Months on the best terms he is 
able ; to be paid by a draft on Town Treasurer 

[95.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 1 
[1794] A:M: 9. o'Clock Present Mess": Price, Boardman, 
Edwards, Crafts, Scollay 

The Selectmen met according to appointment, to hear the 
objections that might be offered by any of the Proprietors of the 



246 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Drain or Common Shore through Cross Street but no one of them 
appeared 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 1 . 1 794 
P: M: Present Mess rs : Crafts, Scollay, Price, Boardman, Little, 
Edwards, 

On Account of late intelligence, of the prevalence of Infectious 
Disorders in several parts of the West Indies and at New Haven 
& c Deacon Boardman, M r . Price Col". Schollay, Col. Crafts, & 
M r . Little a Committee, to wait upon Governor Adams, and to 
confer with him, on the subject 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 3 d . [1794] 
Present Mess" : Sever, Crafts, Little. Scollay, Boardman, 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards a Committee to view a Building in 
Charter Street, which has been represented to the Selectmen 
projects upon the Street, and if they find it to be as has been stated, 
to see the same removed Deacon Boardman added to the above 
Committee. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 4. 1794 
A: M Present Mess. Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Bulfinch, Scollay. 

Met at the Selectmens Chamber, & from thence went on Board 
the Hingham Packet for Deer Island & having view'd & given 
the necessary directions relative to the additional Building for the 
enlargement of the House on said Island returned to Boston in 
the space of thirty Minutes, the Gale being steady 12 Miles an 
Hour was agreable to the Company, with hardly one exception 

[96.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 5 
[1794] Present Mess": Boardman, Little, Scollay, Bulfinch, 
Sever, Price, Crafts 

M r . Bulfinch Col. Scollay & M r . Sever, a Committee to cause 
<fe oversee the erection of the intended Building at Deer Island, & 
the repairs of the old 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . [10. 1794] 
Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Scollay, 

A number of the Inhabitants of Fore Street apply for libert} r 
to have a new Watch for the protection of the property & further 
promoting of Order, at their own expence in that part of the 
Town the Persons applying. M r . Barnabees Welch, Cap'. 
Nehemiah Ingersol, Amos Lewis Jun r . Samuel Goldsbury 

Deacon Boardman, M r . Edwards & Col. Scollay a Committee 
to confer with the aforenamed Applicants 

At a Meeting appointed for the approbation of an Auchtioneer 
M r . Bass in Comp y . with M r . Jones who had applied for the 
same was approbated the Firm Jones & Bass 

The Clerk of the Market is directed to dispossess all such Per- 
sons of their Stalls at the Market, who shall presume to make use 
of illegal measures of any kind 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 247 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . [12.] 1794 
Present Mess : Boardman, Crafts, Price, Edwards, Seaver, 

The Assessors acquaint the Selectmen that the Tax Books will 
in a short time be ready for the Collectors 

M r . Nazro is directed to call upon the several Collectors, and 
acquaint them, that it is expected that they will acquaint the 
Selectmen, of the Names of the Persons the}" propose as Bonds- 
men, as the Tax Books are near ready for a delivery 

[97.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . [17.] 
1794 Present [Mess :] Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Ed- 
wards, Scollay, Little, 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen the Return from the Justices of 
the Court of Sessions of the Persons which were licensed as In- 
holders & Retailers for the Year 1793 was considered & acted 
upon by the Selectmen and a return made thereon as required by 
Law. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 19 [1794] 
Present Mess rs : Scollay, Price, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 

Selectmen met at M r . Codmans desire, relative to the Rope- 
Walks 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 24. 1794 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Ed wards, Little, 

M r . James Thompson one of the Collectors of Taxes for the 
present Year, proposes Leonard Jarvis Esq. & Nathan Spear 
Jun r . Merchant as his Bondsmen approved 

M r . Collector Henderson proposes Enoch James Gentleman & 
Thomas Parker Merch'. as his Bondsmen approved 

M r . Collector Bayley proposes, James Bayley Gent". & Henry 
Bass, Merch'. as his Bondsmen approved 

M r . Collector Jepson proposes, Benjamin Sumner Sen 1 Merch'. 
& Herman Brimmer Merch'. as his Bondsmen approved 

Cap'. Mungo Macka}-, John Cogswell, & John Popkins chosen 
Grand Jurors & Samuel Gore, Jeremiah Bunstead, Nathan 
Bradley, Nath 1 . Bradley, drawn as Petit Jurors. 

Twenty Petit Jurors for Court Common Pleas,, drawn and posted 
in Jury Books 

Selectmen agree to view Pleasant Street, Monday next 11. 
O Clock - 

M r . B d . Goyneau, having been well recommended, is permitted 
accord g . to his Application to open a School in this Town for teach- 
ing the French Language 

[98.] M r . Little, Edwards, & Deacon Boardman a Committee 
to view Millers Lane, & Report what is best to be done on the ap- 
plication relative thereto 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 29. 1794 A: M: 
Present Mess" : Boardman, 

M r . May and M r . Carlton attended on the business of Pleasant 
Street 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 29. [1794] 
P: M: Present Mess rs : Scollay, .Boardman, Edwards, Price, 
Crafts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 7/ 6 p 
Bushel, and that twelve Pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as fol- 
lows Viz'. 

lb oz dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh- --- 10 14 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread <1. - - - 1 52 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread d. - - - - 1 32 

Biskets of 2 Coppers price d. - - - 7 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat ^ Rye Meal d. 2 5 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread, not above Indian d. 3 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 1 [1794] 
Present Mess: Price, Boardman, Seaver, Crafts, Little 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Collectors for the present Year, having taken the Oath & 
given Bonds as by Law & Vote of the Town required and the 
Selectmen having examined said Bonds, the .Town Clerk is 
directed to give a Certificate of the same to the Assessors in order 
to the Tax Books being delivered them and the same was ac- 
cordingly given and the Bonds are ordered to be filed 

[99.] The Draught for last month being finished the Town 
Clerk is directed to return the same to the Town Treasurer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 6. 179'4 
Present Mess : Scollay, Seaver, Crafts, Edwards, Walley, Price, 
Boardman, 

The Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Fryday the 10 Day of October Ins*. 

M r . Benj n . Edes has the printing of the Notifications 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 8 th . 1794 
Present Mess : Seaver, Price, Boardman, Crafts. Scollay, Little, 
Edwards, 

On the application of Cap'. Tilden & others for new paving 
Millers Street so called Voted that they be allowed the sum of 
ninety pounds conditioned that the sides of the Way shall be done 
either with flat Stone or Brick said sum to be paid when the whole 
is finished to the approbation of the Selectmen 

M r . Sever to provide Wood for South Schools 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay for Centre Schools, M r . Little 
Boardman & Edwards for the North Schools 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 15. [1794] 
Present [Mess :] Boardman, Seaver, Crafts, Little, Price, Scollay, 
Walley, Edwards, 

Ambrose Harrison applys to Selectmen for liberty to improve a 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 249 

Building in Charter Street, for the purpose of manufacturing of 
Candles 

Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting for one Representative 
to the next Congress of the United States agreable to an Act of 
the Legislature of this Commonwealth, and Voted that this matter 
be referred to Wednesday next 

[1OO.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 22 
[1794] Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, 
Edwards, Little, Crafts, 

Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting on the I 1 . Monday of 
November next, being the 3 d . Day of said November, 10. o Clock 
Forenoon, that the Votes of the Inhabitants may be given in for 
one Representative for the first middle District of this Common- 
wealth to the next Congress of the United States 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards a Committee to wait upon Rev d . 
M r . Eliot to open the Meeting with Prayer 

Cap'. Levering applies for two Premiums for the Company, 
of N. 8. their Engine having play'd first at the two Fires, at 
Bennets Street & Bartlets Shop, both S. End 

M r . Little & Col. Scollay, a Committee to order as to the 
Erecting a Building for an Engine House in Purchase Street for 
Engine N. Cap'. Champney 

The Selectmen engage that the Engine House standing on the 
Estate lately belonging to M r . Langdon North End, shall be re- 
moved whenever the Proprietors of the Estate, shall require it 

On the Application of M r . Makepeace, that he may be permitted 
to erect a Building over the West side of the Draw Bridge in Ann 
Street over the Mill Creek the Selectmen do not grant the 
request 

Col. Crafts Deacon Boardman & M r . Little a Committee to re- 
pair or make addition to the Engine House (or such other Altera- 
tion) on the East side of the Mill Bridge as they may think 
necessary 

Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards a Comm ee . to prepare the necessary 
Papers relative to the new Street, & that they set as soon as may 
be and that when [1O1.] ready, they give notice, that a Meet- 
ing may be immediately called for that purpose 

On the request of 

Col. Crafts, Col. Scollay & M r . Walley a Comm ee . to enquire 
as to M r . Nancreeds improvement of the Grammar School 

The application of Ambros Harrison for improving a Building 
in Charter Street for the manufacture of Candles Is granted by 
the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 27. 1794 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Crafts, Scollay, Little, Edwards, 
see Novem r . 5. 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at / p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows Viz'. 



250 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh - - - - 
a 4 d . Loaf of ditto - - - - ditto - - - - . 
a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread ditto - - - - 
Biskets of 2 Copper price - - ditto - - - - 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above half Indian d. 

Mem , no Assize agreed upon 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 29. 1794 
Present Mess" : Price Walley, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Walley, Little & Edwards a Committee for viewing Passage 
Way from Charter Street to Lynn Street 

Col. Scqllay a Comrn 6 . to direct a Funnel to be put up at M r . 
Carters School 

[1O2.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 5 
[1794] Present Mess" : Edwards, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Scol- 
lay, Price, Crafts, 

Cesar Capen, a black Man, admitted for a Chimny Sweeper & 
a Badge N. 11 delivered him 

Cap 1 . Laha Keeper of the State Hospital is permitted to hire as 
an Assistant one John Rowen, for which he is to be allow'd ten 
Dollars from this time to the first of April for his services Cap*. 
Laha to provide necessary Board, without further Expence to 
the Commonwealth the State to be chargeable only for the ten 
Dollars 

Col. Crafts, Deacon Boardman & M r . Edwards a Committee 
to wait on his Excellency the Governor & propose that the Orders 
which had been given the Cap', of Castle William for stopping 
all Vessels coming from Baltimore may be withdrawn the In- 
fectious Disorder which had prevailed in that City, having sub- 
sided, as appears by the Southern News Papers 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to examine & Report, 
what repairs are necessary for Short Street near North School, on 
the application of a number of the Inhabitants 

Jacob Hylen, appointed Master of Engine N. 3- he having 
been recommended by the Company. 

The above named Committee are authorised to pave Short 
Street provided the expence to the Town does not exceed twenty 
pounds 

Ordered that Col. Waters call immediately on the Proprietors 
of the 1400 feet on the Neck, to have the Roads on each side re- 
paired & to have all incumbrances on the same removed & 
[1O3.] the Trees to be put on the Neck according to their 
contract, & the award of the Referrees, chosen on behalf of the 
Town & Proprietors 

Col. Waters, Reported, this Day, that he had waited on said 
Proprietors & that they had assured him, that they would pay 
every attention to the above order 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1794. 251 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 12. 1794 
Present Mess: Scollay, Price, Edwards, Crafts, Sever, Boardman, 
Little, 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Walley a Committee to make distribu- 
tion of the expence for repairing the Drain in Cross Street 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to examine Town 
Clocks & order such repairs as they may Judge proper 

Col. Crafts added to the Comm e . relative to M r . Cartwrights 
Bond & Mortgage 

William Healy, appointed a Surveyer & Packer of pickled Fish 
Pork & Beef, within the Town of Boston sworn 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 19. 1794 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 
Scollay, 

Col. Waters directed to notify M r . .in 

M r . Crafts, Scollay & Price, a Committee to remove a Nusance 
in Lindles Row 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to view a Bake house 
near Prince Street 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 24 [1794] 
Present Mess" : Price, Edwards, Scollay, Crafts, Boardman, Little, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[1O4.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 
at / p Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel, be allowed to the Bakers 
for their Charges Pains & Livelihood which is computed as follows 
Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh- - - - 
a 4 d . Loaf of White Bread - - d - - - - 
a 4 d . Loaf of White Brick Bread d ... - 
Biskets of 2 Copper price - - d .... 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread f Wheat | Rye d. - 
a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d. 

Mem , no Assize agreed upon 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26. [1794] 
Present Mess": Sever, Price, Scollay. Boardman, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Four Jurymen drawn from Box for a District Court namely, 
Cap*. Alden Bass, John Fleet, Rob'. Lamb, William Dall 

M r . Little & M r . Scollay a Committee to view the Cambridge 
Engine, & Report to the Selectmen 

John Juteau applies for the approbation of the Selectmen as an 
Auchtioueer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 3 d . [1794] 
Present Mess" : Sever, Crafts, Walley, Edwards, Scollay, Price, 

4. O: Clock Assigned to consider the Application of M r . 
Jutau 

This being the time assigned for the approbation of M r . John 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Juteau as an Auchtioueer to the 7. May next he was accordingly 
approbated by the Selectmen 

Michael Mahony approved of as an luholder for his House in 
Federal Street 

[1O5.] Robert Crocker, is to have the Store on Dock Square 
lately occupied, by M r . Austin, at the same rate, with the latter 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 10 [1794] 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardnian, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, 
Little, Edwards, 

M r . Brown, M r . Cunningham & M r . Forbs, made application in 
behalf of the Persons who had permission to erect an additional 
Story on the South Reading School for improving the same for 
the Season by the Gentlemen called the Assosiated Assembly 
and they had liberty from the Selectmen to improve the said 
Room accordingly 

On application of M r . Ebenezer Dorr, for liberty to build a 
Tomb in the South Burial Ground 

Voted, that liberty be accordingly granted, he to build a Wall 
as usual 

M r . Nazro directed to request the attendance of the Collectors 
next Wednesday 

The Gentlemen who were permitted to build a Story over the 
South Reading School, have leave to let said Room as a Dancing 
School to M r . Nadan, provided it is not improved in School hours 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 17 th 1794 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Price, Walley, Crafts, Scollay, 
Little, 

On the application of William Breed & others for a new Street 
to be laid out near Beacon Hill Col. Crafts Scollay, & Bulfinch 
a Committee to view & make Report thereon 

[1O6.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
22 d . [1794] Present Mess rs : Boardmau, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 
Price, Bulfinch, 

Selectmen met on the business of a new Street, laid out since 
the Fire, from Federal Street to Hutchinson Street, & several of 
the Proprietors of Land, through which the Street passes attended 
and agreed upon a Committee for said purpose 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 24 th 
[1794] Present Mess rs : Sever, Price, Boardman, Little, Scollay, 
Crafts, Edwards, 

Twenty Jurymen drawn for Court Common Pleas & entred & 
posted in Jury Books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 29 th 
[1794] Present Mess" : Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, 
Scollay, Little, Walley, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat a 9/6. p 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 253 

Bushell, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows, Viz 1 

Ib. oz. dr. 

A 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, ----- must weigh 813 
a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread ----- ditto 1 1 10 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread - - - d 15 10 

Biskets of 2 Copper price d 5 14 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye d 2 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread not above Indian d 28- 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . [31.] 1794 
Present Mess" : Edwards Sever, Scollay, Boardman, Walley Crafts, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 7 [1795] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Scollay, Little, Boardman, 

A Meeting of the Selectmen for the approbation of another 
[1O7.] Auchtioneer, has been warned for 4. O'Clock P.M : 
Samuel Bradford Esq. having applyed for the same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen. 4. O'Clock P: M 
Present Mess : Edwards Scollay, Little, Boardman, Price Crafts 

This being the time appointed for the consideration of the ap- 
plication of Samuel Bradford, Esq. that he may be approbated as an 
Auchtioneer by the Selectmen be was approbated accordingly 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 8. 1795 Pres- 
ent Mess : Walley, Sever, Edwards, Scollay, Price, Crafts, 
Little, 

The Committee for providing Engines, are directed to purchase 
an Engine built & offer'd by M r . Ephraim Thayer & [on] the best 
terms they can, the same to be placed in that part of the Town, 
which the Fire Wards shall Judge to be best they are also 
authorised & directed to procure another on the best terms they 
are able & as soon as may be 

The Town Treasurer begs leave respectfully to Represent to the 
Gentlemen Selectmen that the Treasury is totally drain'd of 
Money. That there now remains unpaid by the draft of the Select- 
men & Overseers of the Poor the sum of 671 ..17 ..9 the draft of 
Jan y . & Feb y . will probably be 1600 which added to the sum re- 
maining unpaid will am , to 2271 ..17 ..9, that there only 
remains due on 1793 Tax 1708 ..7 ..6 out of which sum deduct 
for Abatements & Collectors Premium 1000 whereby when 
the whole of 1793. Tax is Collected leaves only 708 ,,7 6 to 
come to the Treasury, by which there will be a difficiency of 
1271 17 9. up to the 1 st . of March 1795 The Treasurer 
conceives it a matter of the greatest importance that the Credit of 
the Town should always if possible be preserved in the punctual 
& prompt payment of all debts contracted by the Selectmen & 
Overseers of the Poor, and as the Creditors of the Town are dayly 



254 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

calling on [1O8.] Him for payment without his being able to re- 
lieve them, by discharging their several demands, he most earnestly 
requests, the Gentlemen Selectmen would take the above particu- 
lars into their wise & prudent consideration & act thereon as they 
shall Judge best calculated to promote the real Interest of the 
Town & affording relief to the Servants of it 

JOSEPH RUSSELL Treasurer 

On due consideration of the above application 

Voted, as the Opinion of the Selectmen on the Representation 
of Joseph Russell Town Treasurer, that it would be for the in- 
terest of the Town and of public utility, That he borrow for the 
use of the Town a Sum not exceeding one thousand Pounds not 
doubting the Town will approbate our recommending, and his pro- 
ceedings 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Jan 14. 179.")] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Sever, Boardman, Scollay, Little, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 21 [1795] 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Price, Scollay, 

M r . Edwards, Col .' Crafts, Scollay & M r . Sever a Coram 66 to 
confer with a Committee of the General Court relative to the Grant 
of a Township to the Town of Boston from said Court 

Passed upon M r . Samuel Howard Acco'. am , to 1 19 be- 
ing for Repairs on the State's Boat for the use of Hospital at 
Rainsfords Island 

The following Persons are chosen by the Selectmen out of the 
15 Persons nominated to apprize a new Street, by the Proprietors 
of said Street Viz*. Mess" : Leonard Jarvis, Mungo Makay, 
William Shattuck William Sherburne, Benjamin Cobb Jun r 
[109.] 

Passed on Norton Brailsfords State Acco 4 . for Glaziers work on 
the Hospital House at Rainsfords Island, amounting to 13 .. 
16/ 

Passed upon M r . James Blakes State Acco'. for Repairs of the 
State Hospital House at Rainsfords Island, am to 3 ..5 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 26, h [1795] 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Scollay, Little, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 9/6. p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pain & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh .... 8 13 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread - - d ----- 1 1 10 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread d 15 10 

Biskets of 2 Copper price --d 5 4 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f Wheat Rye Meal d. 2 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian - d 2 8 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 28 th . 1795 
Present Mess : Walley, Crafts, Boardman, Scollay, Little, Edwards,. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 255 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Passed upon Cap'. Laha's State Acco'. as Keeper of the Hos- 
pital at Rainsford Island am , as by Copy on file to 29 .. 6 .. 11 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warr'. for calling a 
Town Meeting on Monday the 2 d . Day of February next, 10. 
O'Clock. A: M: 

M r . Edes has the printing of the Notifications for the Town 
Meeting 

[11O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 2 d . 
1795 Present Mess: Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Little, 
Scollay, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 4. 1795 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Walley, Boardman, Scollay, 

Constable Burdick of the Town House Watch proposes Thomas 
Gault as a Watchman in the room of Ephraim Brown who is too 
infirm for the Business 

M r . Price, M r . Walley, & Col. Crafts a Comm ee . to engage 
Judge Sullivan in the case of Trespass between William Phillips 
Esq & the Town, & to furnish the Counsel on the part of the 
Town, with all Papers & Evidences which may be necessary 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 9 [1795] 
Present Mess" : Price, Crafts, Edwards, Scollay, Walley Little, 
Board man 

Agreed that a Warrant be issued for calling a Town Meeting on 
Wednesday the 11 Ins'. 10. O Clock A.M. 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notification 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 11 th [1795] 
Present Mess : Walley, Crafts, Sever, Boardman, Edwards, Little, 

John Low appointed Captain of the Dock Watch & Francis 
Cleaver, as a Watchman in the Dock Watch 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever, a Committee to take M r . Davis's re- 
quest to erect some Piers at the end of the Rope Walk & Report 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 17 [1795] 
Present Mess Sever, Edwards, Boardman, 



[111.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen 
18, 1795 Present Mess rs : Scollay, Boardman, Sever, Walley > 
Little, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 22 d . [1795] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Crafts Boardman, Little, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 9/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 



256 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 2 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh ..... 81 

4 d , Ditto of Ditto - - - - ditto ...... 1 1 10 

4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread - d. ...... 15 10 

Biskets of two Copper price . -d ------ 54 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread ^ Wheat Rye Meal d. - 2 - 

4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above Indian d. - - 28 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Collector Henderson having produced. Receipts in full from 
the Town, State & County Treasurers for the Sums committed to 
him to Collect for the Year 1793 The Town Clerk is directed to 
deliver up the Bonds given by him for that Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y o 25. 1795 
Present Mess : Edwards, Scollay, Boardman, Walley, Crafts, 
Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 26 . . 1795 
Present Mess : Boardman, Crafts, Scolla}', Little, Edwards, 

Warrant to be issued for March Meeting the 9 th . of March 
next 

M r . Scollay & Crafts, a Comm 66 . to wait on Rev d . M r . Eckley & 
ask him to open Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Edes to have the printing of Notifications 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
4 th [1795] Present Mess rs : Boardman, Scollay, Crafts, Price, 
Edwards, Little, 

On. Application of the Fire-Wards, that on occasions of Fire, 
whea Engine Men with their Engines from the Neighbouring 
Towns come in to afford their assistance ; that refreshment is 
necessary for them Voted, that in all such cases the expeuces 
of such refreshments had by direction of one or more of the Fire 
Wards, the Selectmen will make a draught for the same on the 
Town Treasurer 

A Draught was given on the Town Treasurer in favor of Will- 
iam Scollay Esq. for the purpose of discharging the Fees to be 
paid to the Treasurer of this Commonwealth before signing the 
Deed of a Township of Land late granted to the Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston for the purpose of building a Hospital in said 
Town and the Order is entered in the Draught Book 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11 th [1795] 
Present Mess : Sever, Walley, Scollay, Boardman, Price, Crafts. 
Edwards, Little, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18 th [1795] 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Price, Scollay, Crafts, Edwards, 
Walley, Little, 

David Cobb applies to be appointed a Searcher & packer of 
pickled Beef Pork & Fish recommendation on file 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 257 

Warr'. to be issued for a Town Meeting on Monday next. 10. 
O Clock A: M: 

M r . Edes to have the printing of Notifications 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25 th [1795] 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Price, Walley, Crafts, Edwards, 

[113.] Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting the 6 th . Day 
of April next, 9. o Clock A: M: being the Day assigned by the 
Constitution, for the choice of Governor & c 

M r . Price to invite M r . Clark to pray M r . Edes to print Notifi- 
cations 

M r . Francis Nichols, being recommended by D r . Priestly, and a 
number of Gentlemen of this Town, is permitted to open a private 
School in this Town for the Instructions of Young Persons in 
English Latin Mathematics & Natural Philosophy & in such other 
parts of Learning as he may think fit (Mem , the recommenda- 
tion on file ) 

sent 

David Lewis appointed to Collect the Cow Money in the room 
of M r . May 

The Cellar unto the North School let to M r . James a Brewer at 
the North end, for one Year at the rate of 6 p Annum Rent to 
commence the 24 th . Ins'. 

sent Treasurer 

Deacon Boardman, M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to 
attend immediately to the repairs of the North Burial Ground 

The Law relative to Cows & c . to be published by M r . Edes in 
his Paper & the Name of the Persons to Collect the Moneys, 
called Bull Money 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30 [1795] 
Present Mess: Edwards, Crafts, Price, Little, Scollay, Walley, 
Boardman, Sever, Putnam 

The Selectmen have received from M r . Sheriff Allen a Precept 
sent by the President of the Senate & the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives for calling a Meeting of the Inhabitants on Wed- 
nesday the 6. Day of May next, for the purpose of Collecting 
their Sentiments on the necessity or expediency of Revising the 
Constitution in order to Amendments also a Resolve of the 
Legislature, relative to said matter [114.] both being delivered 
by M r . Price 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 10/ p 
Bushel, and that 12 pence p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers, for 
their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. - 

lb. oz. dr. 

A 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - - 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread, - d 

Biskets of 2 Copper price ---d 

a 4 d Loaf of brown Bread | Wheat Rye Meal d - 
a 4 d . Loaf of ditto, not above Indian d - - - - 
Passed upon Accounts 



258 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Col. Crafts, Scollay & Sever a Committee to direct the Repairs 
of the Walls of the Common Burial Place 

Col. Scollay a Committee to view the Powder at the Powder 
house, & Report the quantity wanting as by the late Militia Law 

Josiah Waters Esq. appointed the Officer of Police for this 
Town, for the Tear ensuing, as the Law directs with a Salary 
of 180 as allowed him by the Town the Year past 

Col. Waters to be informed that the Selectmen request his 
attendance next Wednesday 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1 st 1795. 
Present Mess rs : Price, W alley, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Scol- 
lay, Sever, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8. 1795 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Scollay, Little, 
Crafts, Putnam, 

M r . Thompson Collector to have his Bonds as Collector for 1793. 
did : him, have settled with all the Treasurers 

[115.] M r . Sever & Walley a Committee to examine the Ac- 
counts of M r . Gooch & M r . Foster & Report to the Selectmen 

Col. Scollay & M r . Putnam a Committee to order the necessary 
repairs to Beacon Hill 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sever & M r . Little a Committee to estimate 
the expence of repairing or laying a new Dam on the Neck & Re- 
port the same to Selectmen 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sever & Col. Scollay a Committee to repair 
the Neck & that they enjoin the Comm e : to see that the Abuttors 
perform their engagements relative to the putting down Trees & 
repairing the Roads 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 15. 1795 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman Crafts, Sever, Little, 
Scollay, Putnam, Edwards, 

M r . Blanchard applys for the use of Forsters Pasture to exhibit 
Aerostatic Experiments It is the opinion of the Selectmen that 
application be made to the Town 

Sundry applications for appointment as Searchers and Packers 
of Barrel' d pickled Fish Pork & Beef were read and passed 
further consideration on such applications referred to Wednesday 
next 

Mess : Walley Crafts & Scollay a Committee relative to the 
Drain in Federal Street & Greens Lane 

The above Committee are also to view & Report what Repairs 
are necessary to be done to the Roof of Faneuil Hall 

M r . Edwards & Putnam a Committee to repair the Brick Hall 
on Pembertons Hill 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d . 1795 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Walley, Ed- 
wards, Putnam, Little, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 259 

[116.] Mess rs : Cutter & Amory have liberty agreable to their 
application on the 15 Ins', to open or repair the Common Shore 
or Drain in Marlborough Street they notifying all Persons whose 
Drains enter therein as the Law directs 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27 th [1795] 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Crafts, Boardman, Price, Edwards, Little, 
Putnam, 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 10/6 p 
Bushel, and that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb oz dr 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 8 1 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 1 2 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread - - - d - - 14 2 

Biscuits of 2 Copper price d - - 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread < Wheat Rye Meal d 2 

a 4 d . Ditto, not above Indian Meal - d - - 2 8 

Passed upon Accounts 

Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting to be convened on 
May 6 th . agreeable to a Precept issued for that purpose relative to 
reviving the Constitution 

Warrant to be issued for May Meeting on Monda}' the 1 1 of 
May next 10. O Clock for choice of Representatives & c . 

M r . Crafts & Scollay a Committee to request the Rev d . M r . 
Freeman to open the Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Edes has the printing of Notifications for the above 
Meetings 

[117.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
[29, 1795] Present Mess" : Sever, Scollay, Price, Crafts, Little, 
Putnam, Edwards, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Cap'. Atkins applys that the width of the Road near Charles 
Bridge may be assertained in order for his fencing in his Wharff 

M r . Little & Edwards a Committee on the application of Cap'. 
Silas Atkins to determine the bounds of his Wharff on Ferry 
Street 

Draught examined & ordered to be handed in to the Town 
Treasurer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 6. [1795] 
A: M: Present Mess rs : Price, Walley, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, 
Little, Scollay, Boardman, Putnam, 

Nathaniel Noyes & John Popkin were drawn Grand Jurors for 
Circuit Court & M r . Edward Edes & Joseph Russell Jun r . were 
drawn Petit Jurors 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May. 6. P: M: 
Present Mess rs : Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Boai'dman, Putnam, 



260 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 8. 1795' 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Crafts, Scollay, Price, Sever, Walley, 
Little, Boardman, 

M r . Pulcepher applys to the Selectmen to view a House he is 
making additions to, and see if he is making any incroachments 
on Charter Street 

M r . Price & Col. Crafts a Committee to direct Posts to be set 
in States Street 

M r . Price Little & Col. Crafts, a Committee to confer with the 
Governour relative to stopping Vessels from the W. Indies where 
Infectious distempers prevail 

[118.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May [13, 
1795.] Present Mess". Price, Edwards, Little, Crafts, Sever, 
Putnam, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20, [1795] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Edwards, Scollay, Sever, Little, 
Putnam, 

Judge Sullivan informs that he has within 13 Days received 
as a SerVant in his House at Boston, Ellen Pendergrass, who 
has a Husband in the Province of Nova Scotia she is about 40 
Years of Age of good character & very unlikely to become 
chargeable to this or any other Town (see return on file) 

William Bayless applies for the Selectmens approbation of him 
as an Auctioneer in this Town M r . Nazro to warn a Meeting to 
Morrow 10. o : Clock A: M: for the Selectmen to take this appli- 
cation into consideration 

see June 3 d 

M r . Walley, Scollay Putnam, Little & Crafts a Committee to 
view the place were M r . Carnes proposes to erect a Rope Walk & 
Report their opinion thereon they are also to see to the Repairs 
of Beacon Hill. 

M r . Nazro is directed to procure six more Chairs for the Select- 
mens Chamber of the same kind' with the present 

M r . Sever & Col. Scollay appointed to Lease the Bull Pasture 
the present Year 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sever & Col. Scollay a Committee to carry 
the Town Vote for carrying the Mall through Posters Pasture & c 
into execution 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21. 1795 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Walley, Price, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Adjourned 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25. [1795] 
Present Mess : Walley Price, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, Scol- 
lay, 

[119.] Ad-journed to Tuesday the 26 Ins'. 4. O :Clock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26. [1795] 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Passed upon Accounts 
Assize of Bread to be affixed at another Meeting 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 261 

Boston S8 : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 1795 Pres- 
ent Mess: Boardman, Crafts, Walley, Price, Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Low has liberty to white Wash the Watch House on the 
Dock 

The Selectmen agree to allow ten pounds to the Abuttors on 
Scottows Dock so called, when the Nusance complained of shall 
be conveyed through the Ground to the satisfaction of the Select- 
men 

M r . William Bayless is approbated by the Selectmen as an 
Auchtioneer see May 20 

M r . Walley Col. Scollay & Col. Crafts a Committee to confer 
with M r . Denny & others relative to the Land at the bottom of 
Beacon Hill 

Col. Crafts, Mr. Sever & Col. Scollay a Committee to" carry 
the Vote of the Town relative to erecting a new Dyke on the East 
side of Boston Neck into execution 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 9 th [1795] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Boardman, Scollay, Crafts, 
Met relative to the term of the Sales of Towns Interest 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11. 1795 
Present Mess" : Price Boardman, Crafts, Walley, Edwards, Little, 

How & Rume apply for liberty to erect a Bake House at West 
Boston 

[ISO.] Deacon Boardman, Col. Crafts & M r . Walley a Com- 
mittee to take into consideration a Petition of several of the In- 
habitants relative to a Well in Dock or Market Square referred to 
the Selectmen by a Vote of the Town, to act thereon as they 
think proper & to Report what may be proper to be done thereon 
to the Board at their next Meeting, both as to the sinking of the 
Well & the expence thereof 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 12' [1795] 
Present Mess 1 "" : Putnam, Walley, Crafts, Boardman, Edwards, 
Little, Price, 

Col. Crafts a Committee to confer with D r . Lloud & D r . Dant- 
forth relative to the Stone Wall before their Building & the 
renewing the old Agreement relative to the highth of the Towns 
Building 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 17 [1795] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Walley, Price, Putnam, Crafts, Little, 

D r . Morse requests that he may have the improvement of the 
Land in the rear of the Shop lately purchased of the Town, he 
making suitable compensation therefor 

Three Jurors chosen for District Court, viz*. Allvin Fosdick, 
Isaac Hall, Joseph May. 

Mess : Wallej' & Schollay a Committee to view Lindels Row, 
and Report to the Selectmen 

Upon the offer of M r . John B. Sohier, to the Selectmen for the 



262 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

purchase of his Land at the foot of Beacon Hill they are of 
opinion, that they cannot make such purchase without the order 
or authority of the Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20. [1795] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardiuan, Walley, Crafts, Scollay, Edwards, 
Little, 

[121.] George Blake has accepted the appointment of Orator 
for the 4 th . of July 

It having been represented to the Selectmen that there are two 
or three Persons on board the Schooner Rain-bow. Moses Free- 
man Master lately arrived from S'. Croz. who as reported by D r . 
Read appear sick of a contagious Disorder. It is therefore or- 
dered by the Selectmen, that the said Schooner be immediately 
removed near to Rainsfords Island, that she be deprived of her 
Boats, that no Person be permitted to go on board said Schooner 
but by permission of the Selectmen in writing, and that a Flagg 
or Signal of Sickness be hoisted on board said Vessell and thus 
to remain until! further Orders 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

The aforegoing was directed to D r . William Read, in order to 
be by him communicated to the said Cap 1 . Freeman, and also to 
M r . Charles Miller Owner of the fore named Schooner 

An Advertizemeut having appeared in this Mornings Centinel, 
informing the Publick that there were to be exhibitions this Even- 
ing M r . Blanchard who sent the Advertizement, was informed 
by the Selectmen, that such a procedure the Evening before the 
Lords Day, was contrary to a Law of this Commonwealth, of 
which they now advized him 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1795 A M 
Present Mess 1 " 8 Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Scollay, 

The Selectmen Agreed upon a Visit to Deer Island on Tuesda} T 
the 30 th . of June Ins 1 . 

Col. Waters as Officer of the Police of this Town is directed 
to commence a Suit immediately against John White who drives a 
Truck, for M r . George Blanchard, for carrying [122.] on said 
Trucks to the injury of the Pavements, sixteen Barrels of Tar 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 th [1795J 
P: M: Present Mess: Price, Walley, Crafts, Little, Edwards, 
Putnam, 

D r . Read was directed to make enquiry into the situation of the 
Sick on board Schooner Rainbow Cap'. Freeman 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 23 d [1795] 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Crafts, Little, Edwards, Putnam, 

D r . Head, Reported verbally whereupon the following directions 
were given Cap'. Laha 'Viz'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 2tio 

Cap*. Laha* 

You are permitted to receive on the Island four Persons namely 
James Smith, Charles Smith, W m . Turner, James Wommell a Man 
rec d . from Brig. Lyon Cap'. Choate from on board the Schooner 
Cap'. Freeman, now lying off the Island, the Owner of the said 
Vessel agreeing with you for the payment of all charges accruing 
thereby 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24 th . [179")] 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, W alley, Crafts, Little, Scollay, 
Putnam, 

Col. Scollay, & M r . Nathan Frazier, apply for any vacant 
Tombs in the Common Burial Ground 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26. 1795 A: M: 
Present Mess" : Walley, Price, Crafts, Scollay, Edwards, Little, 
Boardman, 

Col. Perkins 

You will permit the Schooner Rainbow Cap 1 . Freeman now de- 
tained & laying off Rainsfords Island, to pass the Castle on your 
recieving a Certificate from D r . Read that she is well cleansed & 
is free from infection, with the Captain & all the Men belonging 
to said Vessell which are well & that no danger will come to the 
Inhabitants 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26. [1795] 
P: M: Present Mess" : Walley, Edwards, Boardman, Scollay, 
Crafts, Price, Little, 

[123.] Agreed that the Abutters on Lindals Row be allowed 
Thirty pounds towards the paving of that Street provided it be 
done to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

The Selectmen have waited on Joseph Greanleaff Esq. one of 
the Justices of Peace for the County of Suffolk & informed him 
that they were ready to produce before him a complaint under oath 
signed by Josiah Waters Esq. charging Philip Woods Printer in 
publishing & distributing a certain inflamatory Notification for 
collecting the Inhabitants in a riotous manner on the Evening of 
the 24 Ins', to the great disturbance of the peace of the Inhabi- 
tants & acquainted the said Justice that the} 1 had evidence fully to 
support the said complaint upon which the said Justice de- 
clared that he did not know of any Law to Justify his recieving 
said complaint or issuing a Warrant thereupon 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29 th . [1795] 
Present Mess": Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 
Little, Putnam, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Saturday the 4 th . of July next 9. OClock A: M: in 
commemoration of the Day of the Declaration of INDEPENDENCE 
being the 4 th . of July A D: 1776. (Mem , no printed Notifica- 
tions) 



2G4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Agreed upon a Visitation of the Schools on Monday the 6 th . Day 
of July next and to have a Dinner provided as usual Lists of 
Persons to be invited on file 

Passed upon Accounts 

Assize of Bread, put off to another Meeting 

Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to agree with M r . Vile 
for a Dinner the 4 th . of July next or at any other place 

[124.] Boston Ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30 
[1795] Present Mess. Sever, Crafts, Boardman, Little, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

(error) 

The Selectmen this Day agreable to annual custom in Company 
with a number of Gentlemen Visited Deer Island, and found the 
same in a flourishing state, & the Additional Buildings, since the 
last Visit, to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1. 1795 
Present Mess" : Sever, Boardman, Edwards, "Walley, Crafts, 
Putnam, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Col. Crafts M r . Walley a Committee to report to the Selectmen 
what is best to be done relative to the new Street near the old 
Rope Walks 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 8 [1795] 
Present Mess" : Scollay, Walley, Sever, Boardman, Edwards, 
Price, Crafts, Little, 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Fryday next 10. o Clock A: M: being the 10 Ins' 

M r . Edes is to have the printing of the Notifications of said 
Meeting 

M r . Walley a Committee on M r . Davis's Petition 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10. 1795 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Scollay, 

Col. Crafts & M r . Walley a Committee relative to the new Street 
near the Rope Walks Reported, & the same was accepted 

Voted, that the Selectmen will meet the Proprietors of the Rope 
Walks at the bottom of the Common on Tuesday next at 5. 
O'Clock P.M: to confer with them [125.] on the most liberal 
construction of the Votes passed by the Town relative to the said 
Rope Walks, and that the Proprietors be notified hereof 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13 1795 A: M: 
Present Mess rs : Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Edwards,, 
Little, Scollay, Putnam, 

Agreed upon a letter to President Washington 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13. P: Mr 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 265 

Present Mess: Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, 
Little, Scollay, Putnam, 

Letter to president Washington inclosing Resolutions of the 
Town relative to the pending Treaty was delivered M r . Lemuel 
Pease, the Express employ'd on the occasion Packet deliver'd 
25 Minutes after 5. O Clock 

The Letter as follows viz 1 
Sir 

At a very numerous Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston in Faneuil Hall the inclosed proceedings were unanimously 
adopted, and by a Vote of the said Inhabitants we the Sub- 
scribers Selectmen of the said Town were directed to transmit the 
same to the President of the United States by Express 

In 

complyance therefor with our Official Duty, as well as impelled by 
our own wishes on the occasion ; we have the Honor of addressing 
them to you, and are with every sentiment of respect 

Signed by all the Selectmen of Boston 
To The President & c 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 21 [1795] 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Price, 
Little, 

On the representation of D r . Read respecting the Schooner 
Olive Elkanah Clap Master from S l . Marks having infectious sick- 
nesses on board as by his Report on file 

[126.] It is order'd by the Selectmen that the said Schooner 
be detained at the Hospital Island untill further Orders that in the 
mean time no Person be suffered to come up to Town from the 
said Schooner or to go on board the same but by permission from 
the Selectmen in writing that to insure the fulltillment of this 
Order, that the Boat be taken from said Schooner & that the Com- 
manding Officer of Castle Island be requested to assist in carrying 
this Order into Effect. In addition it is agreed that if the Owners 
will agree with the Keepers of the Hospital at the said Island to 
defrey the expences of the sick there, that they may be removed 
to said Island that there may be better opportunity thoroughly to 
cleanse the said Schooner 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 21, P: M: 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Walley, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 

It being Reported that a Person in Town was sick of the Yellow 
Fever, strict examination was made by the Selectmen as to this 
Report, & they were happy to find that it was wholly unfounded 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . 1795 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, Little, 
Scollay, Putnam, Price, 

Sixteen Grand Jurymen & 22 Petit Jury Men drawn for a Su- 
preme Judicial Court, August next 

A Meeting called at 6 o Clock on the Application of John 
Jutau, to be appointed an Auchtioneer 



266 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . John Jntau appointed an Auchtioneer for the Town of 
Boston 

Voted, that the Selectmen reconsider their Vote of the 17 th . of 
June last respecting the purchase [127.] of John B. Sohiers 
Land at the foot of Beacon Hill 

Voted, that the Selectmen engage in behalf of the Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston to pay M r . John B. Sohier One hundred 
& eighty pounds being the Sum he demands for all the Land he 
claims at the foot of Beacon Hill on both sides of Temple Street 
which the Selectmen intend to lay out as a high Way or Street 

Voted, that the following Persons belonging to the Schooner 
Olive from S l . Marks Viz' 

Elkenah Clap Master 
.Lemuel Snow a Lad 

James Brown } 

, f Seaman 

John Hales ? -. . . , 

T- -,q -ivii- ( two last sick 

David Wilhngton ) 

cannot be suffered to come up to Boston or leave Rainsfords- 
Island untill the 6 th . Day of August next To Cap 1 . Layha 

an attested Copy was sent Cap'. Laha & another to the Owner 
M r . Makepeace 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 1795 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Edwards, 
Walley, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Voted, that no Person be permitted to come up to the Town 
from any Vessel from any infected places on board of which any 
Person has been sick within fourteen Days & by no means is such 
Vessel to be suffer'd to pass up 

gave attested Copy, to D r . Read 

The Schooner Olive Cap 1 . Clap is order'd immediately to be 
hailed off near Noddles Island the Hides to be t;iken out & 
sent to Rainsfords Island, neither the Hides nor Vessel, to be 
permitted to come up to the Wharff without the particular per- 
mission of the Selectmen in writing 

[128.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25 
[1795] Present Mess rs : Price, Walley, Clark, Scollay, Edwards 

On Report of D r . Read respecting the situation of the Schooner 
Olive Cap'. Clap as on file & the orders given in consequence as 
aforesaid 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29 [1795] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Crafts, Sever, Scollay, Price, Edwards, 
Putnam, Boardman, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Walley & Col. Scollay a Committee to view a Gutter com- 
plained of by Cap'. Tilden & M r . Hall & to make Report 

M r . Little & M r . Walley. a Comm ee . to examine into the cir- 
cumstances of Welsh, agreable to a Warr 4 . from Judge of 
Probate for the County Suffolk 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 17 9,5. 267 

M r . Sever & M r . Putnam a a Committee to confer with Col. 
Dawes relative to removing bis Fence 
William Newlands Indenture placed on file 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 5 [1795] 
Present Mess". Price, Crafts, Scollay, Edwards, Sever, Board- 
man, Putnam, Little, 

M r . Edwards & Boardman a Committee to view a Drain in 
Middle street 

This Day the Watchmen appeared, and M*. Newman was dis- 
missed as Constable of the Watch 

The Officer of Police is directed to inform M r . Burdick Con- 
stable of Town House Watch that he is authorized to hire 2 or 3 
Men to take charge of the West Boston Watch under his direc- 
tion till further orders 

Agreed upon a Visitation to Rainsfords Island next Wednesday 
being the 12 Ins'. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 10. 1795 
In conference with a Comm e . of the Town for selling [129.] 
certain Lands & building an Almshouse 

Voted, that the Common Street be bounded on the Southerly 
side by a line drawn from Sheriff Greanleaffs Corner to the Cross 
Road by Maj r . Hatches, leaving said Street fifty feet in width at 
that part That the width of West Street before the Towns 
Land be thirty four feet That the Street at the back of the 
said Land be thirty feet That the Cross Street between the 
Towns Land & Maj r . Hatches be thirty feet from his Brick House 
That the Hay Engine be placed at the end of the Land towards 
Major Hatches That there be sixty feet left at the same end for 
placing the Hay Engine & other Buildings 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 12. 1795 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Scollay, Sever 

Voted, that in consideration of the high prices of the neces- 
saries of life, there is allowed to the respective Watch Men two 
Dollars p month in addition to their present pay, untill further 
Orders 

Col. Waters Officer of Police was directed on the 16 th . Ins', to 
receive the Key of the West Boston Watch, & to appoint a tem- 
porary Watch, untill further directions 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 15 [1795] 
Present [Mess] Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Scol- 
lay, Little, Crafts, 

The President of the United States, Letter in consequence of 
the doings of the Town relative to the Treaty, sent him by order 
of the Town, was received, and the same having been read, it was 
Voted, that said Letter be sent to the Printers of the Mondays 
Papers, for publishment 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 19. [1795] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Scollay, 



268 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[13O.] William Newlands Indentures delivered Richard Cas- 
well, and another of the same placed upon the Towns files 

Col. Dawes communicated to the Selectmen information re- 
specting the certainty of an incroachment made on the Towns 
Lands in Pleasant Street by M r . Tuckerman & others, with a plan 
upon which 

Col. Crafts, Col. Scollay & M r . Sever, are appointed a Com-, 
mitee to examine into this matter & report thereon to the Select- 
men 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 24 th . [1795] 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Price, Walley, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 

M r . Walley Col. Crafts & M r . Scollay a Committee to confer 
with the Treasurer of the Co-mmon wealth, relative to a Street near 
the foot of the old Rope Walks 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 26 [1795] 
A: M: Present Mess r8 : Price, Walley, Boardman. Edwards, 
Scollay, 

four extra Jurors drawn for S : J : Court, chosen & entred in 
Jury Books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 26 .. P:M: 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, 
Little, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 31. 1795 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Crafts, Walley, Scollay, Putnam, 
Edward, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 2 d . [1795) 
Present Mess rs : Crafts, Price, Walley, Boardman, Scollay, Sever, 
Little, Edwards, 

A Law Suit at the Supreme Judicial Court required the attend- 
ance of the Selectmen, & prevented other business 

[131.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 
[3. 1795] Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Price, Sever, Crafts, 
Scollay, Edwards, 

A Law Suit at the Supreme Judicial Court still requiring the 
attendance of the Selectmen, & prevented going upon other 
business 

Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 7 [1795] 
Present Mess": Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Putnam, 
Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Walley appointed to confer with M r . Deunie respecting the 
extinguishment of his Claim to Land at the bottom of Beacon 
Hill 

On the Petition of Thomas Walley Esq & others Proprietors 
of the Drain in Federal Street, represent that the present Drain 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 269 

or Common Shore is insufficient for the purpose of carrying off 
the waste Water, & praying liberty to repair or lay a new one 
granted provided all concerned in said Drain or are to be concerned, 
are notified thereof, as the Law directs 

The Auctioneers of last Year, & M r . Nicholas Kindness 
apply as Auchtioueers for the present Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 9 
[1795] Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Price, Sever, Crafts, 
Scollay, Edwards, Little, 

3. o clock appointed to act upon the application of the 
Auchtioneers, for the approbation of the Selectmen & they have 
been warned for this purpose " 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sever & Col. Scollay a Comm ee . to mark out 
the Bounds of Cow Pasture on the Neck 

Mr. Walley & M r . Edwards a Committee to view & enquire as to 
Land near M r . Hewes's Fish Market & make Report 

5. O Clock Selectmen met according to warning for the purpose 
of approbating Auchtioneers for the [132.] present Year, when 
the following Persons who had applied for the same were approved 
by the Selectmen - viz 1 . 

Mess rs : Russell & Clap 
Lewis Hoyt 
Thomas Kilbiy Jones 
Joshua Eaton 
Robert Mollineux 
William Alline 
William Bayless 
1 Dollar-paid Nicholas Kindness & died soon after 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 12 d . [1795] 
Present Mess : Walley, Edwards, Crafts, Little, Sever. 

The Proprietors of Land near [where] the old Rope Walks 
stood, & the Selectmen, had a conference relative to the new 
Street &c. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 16 [1795] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Scollay, 
Price, Little, 

Benjamin Luches Indentures placed on file 

M r . David Everit being recommended as the Law directs is ap- 
proved of by the Selectmen to keep a School in this Town for the 
Instruction of Youth in English & Latin Grammar, Writing & 
Arithmetic 

sent 

On the application of a Comm ee . of French Gentlemen for the 
use of Faneuil Hall on Monday next for an entertainment, it be- 
ing their new Years Day Liberty was granted therefor any 
damage that may accrue to be made good 

Jonathan Fletcher is approbated to the end of the Year as a 
searcher & Packer of Barreld pickled Beef, Pork & Fish 



-210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[133.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep*. 23 d 
[1795] Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, 

22 Petit Jurors for the Court Common Pleas & 2 Grand Jurors 
& 2 petit for the Circuit Court, drawn the 2 Grand Jurors for 
the Circuit Court are William Shattuck & William Colman 
2 Petit Jurors viz'. Benjamin Thompson, & David Ellis 

William Boyes applies for liberty to build a Tomb in the South 
Burying Ground M r . Sever to make enquiry & Report 

Selectmen agree to meet next Fryday P: M: 4. O Clock on the 
business of the Rope Walk & new Street from Atkinson Street 

On the application of M r . Jeramiah Bumstead, he is permitted 
to make repairs & improve an old Tomb in the Common Burying 
Ground, conditioned that if any Owne? should appear, he will be 
ready to deliver up the same, such Owner first defreying all the 
expence he may be at in repairing &c. untill that time 

Col. Scollay applies for the first vacant Tomb in the Common 
Burying Place, 

M r . Little, Cap*. Bradley, M r . Nathan Frazier makes application 
for vacant Tombs 

M r . Sever, Col. Crafts & Col. Scollay a Committee to erect 
Stone Heads to the Steps & repair the same for the security of 
Beacon Hill & accommodation of the Inhabitants 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 25. [1795] 
Present Mess. Walley, Sever, Scollay, Edwards, Crafts, Putnam, 
Little Bordman, 

Voted, that M r . Jeffry Richardson & M r . Isaac Davis 
tors of the Rope Walks at the bottom of the Common be informed, 
that unless they remove the Heads [134.] of their Rope Walks 
from off Pleasant Street, back to the original Line staked out to 
them by the Selectmen previous to the Erection of the same on or 
before the 8 th Day of October next, the Selectmen will then cause 
the Incroachment to be removed immediately 

Voted, that the Town Clerk forthwith serve M r . Richardson & 
Davis with a Copy of the 'foregoing Vote. 

Col. Craft & Scollay, with M r . Putnam a Comm 66 . to enquire & 
report relative to an incroachment on the Streets at West Boston 
adjoining Jeffry & Russells Rope- Walks 

Voted, unanimously, that it be inserted in the next Warrant for 
a Town Meeting " That the Town take into consideration the 
propriety of re-considering their Votes respecting a new Street 
laid out from Atkinsons to Hutchinson Street ; as it is evident 
there is a Passage Way of 10 Feet through the said Land 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28 th . [1795] 
Present Mess r : Sever, Crafts, Boardman, Scollay, Price, Walley, 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 30. [1795] 
Present Mess : Sever, Crafts, Boardman, Walley, Price^ Scollay, 
Little, Putnam, 

M r . Bayley proposes Henry Bass & his Brother James, as 
Bondsmen for him as Collector of Taxes the present Year 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 271 

M r . James Thompson Collector proposes Nathan Spear Jun r . 
& Isaiah Doan, as his Bondsmen 

M r . Benjamin Jepson proposes for his Bondsmen as Collector, 
Herman Brimmer Esq & Benjamin Sumner Sen r . 

M r . Benjamin Henderson, Collector proposes his last Year's 
Bondsmen Thomas Parker, Enoch James 

[135.] Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Boardman, Walley & Crafts a Comm ee to determine the 
width of the side of the Way from Storys Corner to take in 
Morses Corner to remove all the old Buildings in the Reer of 
Story Brazier & Morse late Purchases 

Cap'. Wescots Schooner from N.York having Hydes on board, 
the Hydes are to be carried to Rainsfords Island in order for airing 
& cleansing 

M r . Little is requested to make the necessary preparation for 
procuring Oyle &c. for the lighting the Lamps 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 5. [1795] 
Ordered, that the Schooner belonging to G. Williams from 
Mare-galent be directed to hall off into the Stream, there to 
remain untill further Orders also 

Ordered, that the Sloop Industry now stopped at the Castle, as 
coming from N. York ; James Adams, Cap 1 . Gorham & Eleazer 
Homer Owners, proceed immediately to Raiusfords Island the 
Passengers with their Goods & other Articles liable to infection 
to be there landed, & the Man that is sick, to be there detained 
untill further Orders at their own expence ; and that the Vessel 
be well cleansed, to the satisfaction of Cap'. Laha, who is to cer- 
tify the same Orders of the usual tenor, have been given Cap 1 . 
Laha for his proceedure in such manner as will prevent any com- 
munication of Infection to the Inhabitants. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 6. 1795 
Present Mess r8 . Edwards, Crafts, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 8. 1795 Pres- 
ent Mess". Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Scollay, 
Little, 

Warrant issued to Eben r . Hancock & Daniel Tuttle appointed 
to view Chimnies of a House in Back Street occupied by 

[136.] Schooner Rambler, Captf. Barnard from New York 
with a number of Passengers & other Articles liable to Infection, 
which has been stop'd at the Castle is now ordered for Rainsfords 
Island, & Cap 1 . Laha has been directed to recieve such of the 
Cargo liable to retain infection, with the Bedding, Baggage & 
every Article suspected, all which with the Vessel are to be well 
smoked & cleansed, at the charge of the Owners & Cap'. Laha is 
to Report his doings & wait the further Orders of the Selectmen 

The Selectmen having received information that a number of 
French People are expected in this Town from N. York from 
which circumstance danger is apprehended to the Citizens from 
the contagious disorders in that City whereupon Voted, that 



272 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81 

Col. Crafts, Col. Scollay & M r . Edwards be a Committee to 
confer with the Consul of the French Republic on the occasion & 
to take such measures as they may think proper to prevent any 
danger therefrom 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 14. 1795 
Present Mess. Boardman, Edwards, Sever, Crafts, Price, Walley, 
Scollay, Little, 

M r . Hows under the direction of M r . Sever is permitted on his 
application, to erect a small Still house for distilling Tirpentine 
Spirits ; at the end of his Wharff 

[137.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 15 
[1795] Present Mess rs : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Scollay, Putnam, Little, 

Information having been given the Selectmen that the Brig 1 . 
Rambler, Elijah Luce Master, from N. York where a contagious 
Distemper rages, had passed the Castle as coming from the Vine 
Yard, and was now off Hancocks Wharff D r . Read & a French 
Physician were requested to go on Board, & make enquiry con- 
cerning the health of all on Board & make Report 

The two Physicians after going on board & making due exam- 
ination Report. That her Crew consists of 5 Men the Captain 
& Mate, that they sailed from N. York the 6. of October & from 
the Vine Yard the 13 th . that there are on board 35 French Passen- 
gers, and after a careful examination -were found to be free from 
any contageous disorder, & well, and that they apprehended no 
danger except from their Baggage which is of various kind 
whereupon it was 

Ordered, that said Brig ne . depart as soon as may be for Rains- 
fords Island, with the Passengers Cargo & Baggage, and to lay off 
said Island untill the further orders of the Selectmen, & liberty is 
granted the Passengers to land their Baggage on said Island, for 
airing & cleansing, at their own expence & the like Liberty to M r . 
Homer the Owner of the Vessel & to Cap'. Luce for the landing 
the Hydes & every other article liable to retain infection, & they 
are directed not to suffer any Person to leave the Brig ne . or to go 
on board her, without permission from one or more of the Select- 
men The Owner & Cap 1 . Luce were informed by writing of the 
determination of the Selectmen as also that the said Captain by 
giving a false answer at Castle William had thereby incurred a 
penalty of One hundred pounds or six months Imprisonment 
Cap 1 . Laha the Keeper of the Hospital was furnished with Orders 
for his government of the usual tenor [138.] And a Letter 
was sent to Mons Mazard, the French Consul acquainting him 
with the 'foregoing Orders of the Selectmen as p Copy of said Let- 
ters on the Files of the Board 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 19 th . 1795 
A: M. Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Ed- 
wards 

The Brig ne . Rambler at Rainsfords Island on the representation 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 273 

of Cap'. Laha ordered, that said Brig 6 , do not as yet leave the 
Island 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 19 [1795] 
P: M. Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Walley, Crafts, Ed- 
wards, Sever, 

Met relative to Brigandine Rambler, but nothing was determined 
relative to her leaving the Island 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 20 [1795] 
A: M: Present [Mess: ] Price, Boardman, Crafts, 

On representation of the French Doctor & D r . Read the Brigg ne . 
Rambler is permitted to leave the Island, & come up to Boston 
The Passengers & Baggage not to be lauded but put on board the 
French Cartel 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 21. 1795. 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Scollay, 
Price, Little 

Col. Waters as Officer of Pollice to be informed, that the 
Weather having now become cold, the Selectmen, have no further 
use for the Horse & Cart to take away Dirt 

M r . Boardman & Edwards, a Committee on application of M r . 
Rand to view the Engine-house near Draw Bridge, lately removed 
from its former standing 

M r . Sever appointed to provide Wood for the two S. Schools 
the same quantity as last Year 

Coll . Crafts & Col. Scollay for the Center Schools & to order 
a Gutter for conveying waste Water 

M r . Boardman & M r . Little for North Schools 

[139.] The Selectmen determine that M r . Davis's proposal 
for an exchange of Land cannot be accepted 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. [1795] 
A:M: 

On the Report of D r . Rand the 3 d the People of the Ship 
Superb now lying in Nantasket Roads are permitted to come up 
to Boston 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. [1795] 
P: M: Present Mess. Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, 
Little, Scollay, Walley 

Passed upon Accounts 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Monday the 2 d . of Novem r . next lO-o Clock A:M: 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28 th . 1795 
Present Mess' 8 : Boardman, Price, Crafts, Sever, Walley, Ed- 
wards, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Selectmen have directed, that the Chapel Bell be rang at 



274 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

1. & 9 O Clock p the Sexton of said Church untill further 
orders 

M r . Hows to be requested to attend at the Selectrnens Chamber 
next Wednesday Afternoon and that he suspend any proceedure 
relative to erecting a Distill-house uutill himself & the Complain- 
ments, have been heard by the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 31 [1795] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Little 

D r . Read having Reported, that the Brig 6 . Polly from N. York 
was detained at Castle Island Mess" : Geyer & Son being Owners 
Roland Crocker Master & 5 Seamen She was ordered 
[14O.] To Rainsfords Island, for cleansing & c 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 22 [1795] 
A:M: Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Scollay 

The Brig ne Polly Cap*. Crocker from N. York, is permitted to 
leave the Island with Passengers & c . she being well smoked & 
cleansed and orders were given Cap 1 . Laha, agreebly there- 
to 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 3 d 1795 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 
Scollay, 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warrant for Town 
Meeting Fry day next being the 6*. of Nov r . Ins'. 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem 1 . 4. 1795 
Present Mess 18 . Price, Boardmau, Walley, Sever, Edwards, Scol- 
lay, Putnam, 

M r . John Thompson, Caulker, Samuel Abot, Cooper proposed 
as Engine Men, for Engine No. 4 

The Selectmen having again view'd the place where M' 1 '. Hows 
proposes erecting a Building for a Distillery, of Spirits of Tir- 
pentine Liberty is granted conditioned, that said Building shall 
be wholey of Brick 

M r . John Gammell an Engine Man for Engine N. 4 is 

O O 

dismissed on account of neglect of duty 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 11 th . [1795] 
Present Mess. Crafts, Sever, Price, Scollay, Edwards, Walley, 

M r Clark, Sexton of D r . Thatchers Meeting House applys to the 
Selectmen for the care of the Granary Burying Ground, upper 
end of the Common 

[141.] Col. Winslow applys that the Selectmen would direct 
as to the setting of Posts near his House in Purchase Street 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever, a Committee for the purpose afore- 
said 

M r . Nathaniel Grenough applies for liberty to repair his Drain 
at Mountforts Corner so called & M r . Little is appointed to 
view & direct thereon 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1795. 275 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 18 [1795] - 
Present Mess" : Walley, Crafts, 

At the Meeting on the 1 1 Ins 1 . Voted, that the Officer of Police 
be directed, to attend immediately to the removal of all incum- 
hrances & Nusances in Bishops Alley, & the Street lately re- 
covered from William Phillips Esq. & should those Places be 
incumbred not withstanding his exertions to prosecute them at the 
next Supreme Court also to use his exertions for the removal of 
Incumbrances on the sides of the Way on the Main Streets, of 
Shopkeepers & Vendue Masters 

Boston Ss : Af a Meeting of the Selectmen. Nov r . 25 [1795] - 
Present Mess": Walley, Boardman. Crafts, 

Four Jurymen drawn for District Court and entred in the Jury 
Books 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26*. [1795] 
Present Mess : Walley, Sever, Price, Edwards, Crafts, Boardman, 
Scollay, Little, 

Met upon the Business of the New Street 

M r . Ahiel Smith informs that he has taken into his House as a 
Servant a Richard Waterhouse from Lancaster particulars on 
file 

[142.] On Motion Voted, that the Vote passed on the 21 st . of 
October be reconsider'd & that the matter relative to removing 
M r . Davis's incroachments be suspended untill further Orders 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 30'. [1795] 
Present Mess". Edwards, Price, Boardman, Scoliay, Crafts, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Voted, that the Inspector of Police be directed to warn & forbid 
M r . Jonas Welch from incroaching in any manner on the Mill 
Creek 

sent 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 2 d [1795] 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, Scollay, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Ordered, that the Town Clerk prepare a Warrant, for the calling 
a Town Meeting, for the choice of a Town Treasurer in the room 
of the late Treasurer Russell, lately deceased, & c . & c on Monday 
the 7 of Decem r . Ins 4 . 

M r . Walley, Col. Crafts & M r . Sever a Commee ee . to compleat 
the Sale of the Shops at the side of Pembertons Hill 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications for the ensu- 
ing Town Meeting 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r : [9, 1795] 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Price, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Scollay, 

The late Master, & Company of Engine N. 7. recommend M r . 
Oliver Wiswall as a suitable Person in the room of M r . Edmund 
Ranger, who has resign'd to have the care of said Engine 



276 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[143.] M r . Welch, & the Selectmen, were conferring relative 
to the Incroachments, made by him on the Towns property 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 11 [1795] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Little, Scollay, 

M r . Treasurer Claps Bond being presented agreable to a Vote 
of the Town at their late Meeting, to the Selectmen they were 
approved of, and the Clerk directed to Record the same & place the 
Original on the files of the Town. 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 14 l . [1795] 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Scollay, 

D r . Rand the elder having Reported that the Brig 6 . America 
from Belfast Cap 4 . having had two Children with the 

Small Pox 40 Days since but that everything on board, has 
been well smoked & cleansed, & no one on Board liable to the 
Distemper she is permitted to come up to Town, having been 
repeatedly smoked & fumigated in the Harbour 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . [16, 1795] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Price, Scollay, Little, 
passed upon other Accounts, than on draft Day 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 23 d [1795] 
Present Mess 18 : Price, Boardman, Sever, Walley, Scollay, Crafts, 
Edwards, 

Information given the Selectmen of a Fire being inkindled 
against a Barn at New Boston & in the Yard of M r . Austin & it 
being the opinion of the Selectmen that it was some Evil design'd 
Persons who laid the Fire the Constables of the Watch were di- 
rected, to use their utmost diligence to discover the Perpetrator 
untill further directed by the Selectmen [144.] that there be 
three Men for this business added to the Watch, that the Watch 
be set untill further orders at 9. O Clock & that their services 
will be noticed by the Selectmen The Officer of Police was 
directed to see these measures carryed into effect 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 24'. [1795] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Edwards, Scollay, Walley, Crafts, 

M r . Duport has been requested in writing to attend at the 
Selectmens Chamber on Wednesday next on Account of his Ad- 
vertizing his keeping a School & teaching dancing on Saturday 
Evenings, that he may be informed of the previous steps which 
should have been taken by him prior to such an Advertizement 

M r . Nazro is to warn M r Davis & M r . Richardson to appear 
here next Wednesday at 4. O'. Clock P: M: on the subject of re- 
moving their incroachments on Pleasant Street 

given M r . Nazro 

The Article in the Warrant for a late Town Meeting relative to 
certain Encroachments made by-M r . Jonas Welch on the Mill 
Creek was read, whereupon after serious consideration the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 277 

Selectmen are of opinion that he be informed, that it is their ex- 
pectation, that he will immediately desist from any further prog- 
ress in compleating the Building or any other Works he has erected 
over the Mill Creek as they conceive them to be encroachments 
therefore Voted, that M r . Welch be served with an attested Copy 
of this our determination 

an attested Copy as 

by original on file was accordingly sent to M r . Welch's House p 
Constable Lewis 

[145.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
28 [1795] Present Mess : Sever, Crafts, Scollay, 
A number of Accounts presented 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 30 [1795] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, Crafts, Edwards, 
Little, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Duport attended at the request of the Selectmen & asked 
permission to open a School for dancing and was permitted, he 
adheering to the Laws of the Comonwealth for the regulating 
Schools sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 1 [1796] 
Present Mess : Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Boardman, Price, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 6 [1796] 
Present Mess : Price, Edwards, Scollay, Crafts, Boardman, 

A number of the Inhabitants having subscribed certain Sums 
of Money for the purpose of a new Street at the foot of Beacon 
Hill the Selectmen do authorise & empower M r . John Homer 
to receive & bring in the same to the Selectmen as soon as possi- 
ple to assist in carrying the above object into effect 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 13 [1796] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Scollay, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 20. 1796 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, 

Samuel Bradford Esq. applies for a reappointment as Auchtion- 
eer 

M r . Nazro to warn a Meeting next Monday 4. O Clock for the 
purpose 

[146.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25 
[1796] Present Mess": Crafts, Boardman, Edwards, Little, Price, 
Sever, 

Isaac Wyman, Thomas Sherburn & Aaron May proposed as 
Measurers of Wood & c . coming from the Country Towns and 
they are approved of 

sent 



278 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Samuel Bradford Esq. is approved as an Auchtioneer for this 
Town - 

see Febr. 10 2 others 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 27 l . 1796 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 

Jurors drawn for Supreme Judicial Court & entred in the Jury 
Books 



Boston Ss: At" a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 3 d . [1796] 
Present Mess : Boardman, 

Passed upon Cap 1 . Laha's State Account as by Copy on file 

D C 

am , to 44 45 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Fet/. 5. 1796 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Price, Boardman, Sever, Little, Edwards 

The Selectmen upon due application, appoint M r . John Rand a 
Measurer of Wood coming by Land in the room of M r . Thomas 
Sherburne who has declined serving & have affixed the rate for 
measuring 4 d . 

The Town Clerk is to prepare a Warrant for a Town Meeting 
Tuesday next the 9 th Ins 1 . 10. O Clock A: M: 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb*. 9. 1796 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 

[147.] M r . Benjamin Alline having applied, to be appointed 
an Auchtioneer in this Town M r . Nazro is directed to warn a 
special Meeting of the Selectmen, to Morrow 4 O'Clock in order 
to take the request into consideration 

M r . John W: Folsom applys to be also appointed 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Fet/. 10. 1796 
Present Mess. Little, Boardman, Sever, Walley, Price, Edwards, 
Crafts, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Benjamin Alline, & M r . John W. Fulsome appointed Auch- 
tioneers for, this Town 

M r . Little & Edwards appointed a Committee to examine M r . 
Walleys Accounts of Moneys recieved for Real Estates of the 
Town, lately made Sale of 

see 19 th . 

Boston Ss: Av a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 17' [1796] 
Present Mess : Crafts, Boardman, Walley, Sever, Edwards, Little, 

The Selectmen agree to have a new Engine made to be placed 
between Nassau Street & the Buildings on the Neck 

Passed upon D r . Whipples State Account for carrying nine 
Persons thro' the Small Pox in 1792 
amounting to 4. 1 / 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 279 

Six extra Jurors drawn for S. J. C now sitting 
M r . Little, Edwards & Boardman a Comm ee for placing the En- 
gine House at the North as it must be removed from where it now 
stands 

M r . Sever & M r . Little a Comm ee . to procure a new Engine 

[148.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Feb. 18. 
1796] Present Mess rs : Boardman, Price, Edwards, Little, Sever, 

Warrant for choice of six extra Jurymen for the S. J. C. now 
sitting recieved from Clerk of said Court 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 19 [1796] 
Present Mess Boardmau, Sever, Walley, 

M r . Boardman, Sever & Crafts a Comm ee . in the room of M r . 
Edwards & M r . Little, to examine Mr. Walleys Accounts of 
Monies collected, for Real Estates of the Town sold at public 
Auction 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 22 d [1796] 
Present Mess rs . Sever, Boardman 
A Stormy Day, no Board 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 24 [1796] 
Present Mess": Sever, Edwards, Boardman, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 29 [1796] - 
Present Mess" : Boardmau, Sever, Edwards, Little, 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d [1796] 
3. O'Clock Present Mess" : Crafts, Sever, Boardman, Little, 
Edwards, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . John Badger applies, to be appointed an Auchtioneer for 
this Town 

M r . Nazro to warn a Meeting for the taking up M r . Badgers 
application 5. O Clock 

M r . John Badger is approved of as an Auchtioneer for the 
present Year 

[149.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5 
1796. Present Mess rs : Boardman, Sever, Price, Walley, Little, 
Edwards, Crafts, 

M r . John Perkins & Edward Procter Esq. having applied to be 
appointed as Auchtioneers in this Town a special Meeting is 
called for that purpose at 4. O Clock P M : 

M r . John Perkins & Edward Procter Esq. is approved & Li- 
censed as Auchtioneers for the present Year 

ORDERED that a Warrant be prepared for March Meeting, the 
14'. Ins 1 . 10. O Clock 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Comm 66 to request M r . Kirkland to 
open the Town Meeting with Prayer 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications for the ensu- 
ing Town Meeting 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 8 [1796] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 

Ordered, that the Opinion of the Selectmen representing the new 
Rope Walks of July 10. 1795 & their Letter of Septem r . 11. be 
entred on the Town Books, they being omilted at the time in ex- 
pectation of the matter being accommodated by a removal of the 
encroachment the same as follows Viz* 

The Selectmen being appointed a Committee to take into con- 
sideration the Article in the Warrant " relative to the Dimensions 
of the Rope- Walks at the bottom of the Common directing them 
to settle the matter as they Judge most for the interest of the 
Town upon the most liberal construction of the Vote passed b} - the 
Town relative to the said Rope-Walks " 

Have taken the same into consideration, & are of Opinion that 
by the Report of the Committee chosen to lay out said Lauds, & 
the general opinion of the Inhabitants [15O.] as expressed in' 
Town Meeting, that the Plat of Land for each Rope-walk should 
be 50. feet wide & the length as marked in the Plan that the 
Studs of each Rope Walk should not exceed 7 Feet & not more 
than from 14 to 18 feet wide, & that the Roofs should have been 
only the common pitch of Roofs made use of in Sheds or Build- 
ings of this bight & width that the Heads of the Walks even if 
built of Brick & Slated were not to be more than 20 feet in width 
& the length as they should think most convenient to themselves 
that there should ever have been a space of 30 feet between 
each Rope Walk that the erecting of their Tar Houses should 
not interfere in any way so as to incumber the said Passage Way 
of 30 feet 

This we suppose was the general opinion of the Inhabitants at 
the Time the said Lands were granted But upon viewing the 
Rope Walks that are now erected we find that M r . Davis's Head 
is near 30 feet on the Street & in the Rear feet the width 
between the Head & Richardsons is 1 6 feet & between the Tarr 
House & Richardsons 10 feet M r . Richardsons Head is near 29 
feet on the Street & between his head & M r . Emmons is 10 feet 
& between his Tarr House & said Emmous's is 12 feet M r . Em- 
mons's Head extends within 13 feet & his Tarr House within 11 
feet of M r . Neils M r . Codmans Head extends within 10 feet of 
Hows & his Tarr House within 2 feet M r . Hows Head is on the 
Sea Wall within 22 feet & his Tarr House within ten feet 

The Selectmen are therefore of Opinion that the most liberal 
construction consistent with the Interest of the Town, they can 
put on the Grants aforesaid, are that all Incroachments actually 
made shall be immediately removed, such as Davis, & Richardson 
That all the heads of Rope Walks & Tarr Houses shall be imme- 
diately reduced or so narrowed as to leave a clear Passage Way 
[151".] Of 20 feet between each Rope Walk & Tarr House that 
the Owners of the Rope Walks enter in Obligations to the Inhabi- 
tants binding themselves their Heirs & Assigns for ever (previous 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 281 

to their recieving their Deeds) that they will never erect or suffer 
to be erected any Building either of Brick or Wood so as to pre- 
vent or impede a clear Passage Way of 20 feet wide, between each 
& every Rope- Walk that the Rope Walks shall never hereafter 
be more than 20 feet wide ; that the pitch of them from the 7 feet 
Stud, shall never be higher than is common for Sheds or other 
small Buildings of those Studs or dimensions That the Roofs of 
the head of their Walks which now are so much higher than was 
expected shall be reduced as soon as possible And that they en 
gage in writing that they will never repair them, but let them go 
to decay, or in a certain given time enter into Bonds to build them 
with Brick & to be slated 

The following was sent to the Proprietors of the Rope Walks 
in Pleasant Street viz' 

Boston Sep r . 11. 1795 

Gentlemen, 

The Selectmen on the 14'. of July last (agreably 
to notice given you,) met with you on the ground on which you 
have erected Rope Walks, and after pointing out & making it 
appear manifest how greatly you had incroached upon the Towns 
Lands & exceeded the bounds of your grants from the Town, you 
not only appeared convinced of the incroachments but promised 
to remove them And the Town having authorized us to take 
said Grants into consideration & put the most liberal construction 
thereon, we accordingly met & consulted thereon, and on said Day 
communicated our Opinion of which you received a Copy, but 
have had no answer thertoo altho* two Months have expired 
Surely [152.] Gentlemen such kind of treatment could not be ex- 
pected from you. But what increases our astonishment is, that 
additional Buildings & further incroachments have been made on 
said Lands since the above time We hope this procedure was not 
intended as an Insult tho' it has the appearance of it 

That no further unnecessary delay may happen in this matter, 
we request your answer to this Paper delivered you by M r . W r alley 
OD or before the 16'. Day of September Ins', as we shall then de- 
termine on such methods to close this matter as our duty to the 
Town and the Interest thereof require 

We are & c 

The Gentlemen Proprietors 

of the Rope Walks near Ezekiel Price p Order 

Pleasant Street 

Mem . 

The Originals of the aforegoing are placed on the File of mix d 
Papers for 1796 as also the Plan of Rope- Walk Incroachments 

Plan of Land adjoining on Torys Pasture & on Pleasant Street 

And Secretary Averys Receit for Plan of the Town of Boston 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9 th [1796] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Walley, Sever, Little, Crafts, 
Edwards, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

At a Conference held this Day being 25 August 1795 between 
Thomas Davis Esq. Treasurer of the Commonwealth (who is 



282 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

directed by the Legislature to sell all the Lands belonging to the 
State where the Rope-Walks stood & which were consumed by 
Fire the 30'. July 1794) and the Selectmen of Boston It was 
mutually Agreed that the Old Road or Street called Grays Lane 
leading from Atkinson Street was formerly and is now to be de- 
scribed as follows Viz 1 

[153.] Twenty feet on Atkinson Street & bounded on Bourn 
& Hill, Northerly 90 feet & so Westwardly on said Hill to Milk 
Street 73 feet 6 Inches leaving the same Passage Way of 20 feet 
throughout 

M r . Boardman, Sever & Crafts a Committee appointed the 19 
of Feb 7 . last, to examine the Account of M r . Walley, for Monies 
collected for the Real Estate sold by Order of the Town Report 
that they have examined said Account & find the same to be right 
cast & well vouched 

The Selectmen having been directed by a Vote of the Town of 
the 21 st . May 1795 to dispose of certain Estates of the Town as 
therein described & to appropriate the proceeds thereof according 
to said Vote have in virtue of those Votes disposed of the same, 
and appointed and requested M r . Walley to attend to the particu- 
lar transaction thereof ; and having since with him accomplished 
the Business entrusted to them do accept and approve of his 
Accounts as follows Viz*. 

The Town of Boston in Acco'. 
Carr d . with the Selectmen D r . 
1795 To Cash p d . the Note of the Comm ee . 
to the Massachusetts Bank 



for 500 & Interest which they 
borrow'd to pay towards Pasture 



D. C. 

1689. .50 



purchased of Governor Hancocks 
Heirs 

To d. p d . said Committees Note to the 

Union Bank for 500 

- - & Interest borrowed for the same use J 1671. .74 

To d. p d . s d . Committees Note to Joseph 

May for 333. .6.. 8 & In 1 . - - - - 1125. .72 

To d. p d . E. Hancock s d . Comrn 68 . Note 

for 333. 6. 8 & In'. 1126. .11 

To d. p d . Rich d . Perkins Attorney & Guar d . 

Comm ee . Note to him for d. 1127-76 

To d. p d . In', on Money advanced to 

pav of Perkins Note ------ 5 

To d. p d . Joseph May 2 d . Note & In*. - - - - 1130-79 

To d. p d . Joseph May 3 d . Note & ditto - - - - 1136. .11 

To d. p d . E. Hancocks 2 d . Note & d. - - - - 1137.. 95 

To d. p d . E. Hancocks 3 d . Note d ----- 1137. .96 

To d. p d . D r . R. Perkins 2 d . Note 1140.. 45 

[154.]To d. p d . R. Perkins 3 d . Note 1140-45 

Sep r . To d. p d . J. Russell Treasurer, p. Receit - 1500 

To d. p d . J. B. Sohier for Land p. Deed 600 

d. p d . sundry Expences for Deeds & c p pticular ) 

Acco 1 . 10.65 | 34.. 40 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 



To d. said Commission for selling land receiving 

Money in paying out the same & c to Selectmen 

Dec r . 29' To d. p d . T. Edwards draw*. Deeds & c . 

p. Rec'. 
1796 Jan y . 26 d. paid Samuel Clap Town 

Treasurer - - p his Receit of this 
date ---------- 

March 3 d . To d. p d . Samuel Clap Town Treasurer 
- - D r . Danforths Money p. Receit 



1795 Novem r . 

By the amount of Sales of three Stores 
on Dock Square & 2 Dwell g . Houses 
near Concert Hall p particular 
Acco 1 . Sales hereto annexed sold p. 

Russell & Clap 

March 8 By Cash rec d . of D r . Dan forth for 
Shops & Land opposite Concert 
Hall p Deed given him - - - 



Boston 8 l . March 1796 
Error excepted 
p. THOM S 



j 166. .66 
j - - 20 

323. .9 
320.. 
816533. .69 



$16213.. 69 



320.. 



$16533. .69 



WALLET 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16 
Present Mess : Boardman, Tilden, Sturgis, Little 
A great Storm prevented making a Board 



[1796] 



Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23 d [1796] 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, 
Sturgis, Tilden, Little, 

M r . George Deblois having applied for the appointment a 
special Meeting is called for this purpose at 4 O Clock 

At this Meeting M r . George Deblois, was approved of by the 
Selectmen as an Auchtioneer 

[155.] Voted, that M r . Jonas Welch be informed that if he 
does not remove the Encroachments b}* him made lately on the 
Mill Creek before Saturday the 2 d Day of April next, the Select- 
men will in compliance with' what they think their Duty to the 
Town, take measures for that purpose 

sent p. Nazro 

Town Clerk to prepare a Warrant for Town Meeting the 1 st . 
Monday of April being 4 4 . . for choice of Governor & c 

M r . Sever & Walley a Committee to request Rev d . M r . West to 
open the ensuing Town^Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Ezekiel Russell to have the printing of the Notifications 
for said Meeting 

M r . Sever & M r . Edwards a Comm 66 . to view the Street leading 



284 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

down to Gen 1 . Jacksons Distill-house & Report whether it is 
necessary to make a Fence at the Abutment next the Water 

M r . Foster applys to be Sealer of Weights & Measures 

The Town Clerk is to provide a Book to Record the Number of 
Hacks & c 

Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards a Comm ee . to consider and Report at 
large with regard to Hacks 

M r . Walley, Sever & Tilden a Comm ee . relative to removing 
Col. Dawes Fence. 

Col. Waters directed to see the High Way, passing by Deacon 
Phillips's Store near Olivers Dock into Leaveret Street cleared 
from all Incumbrauces also the Incumbrances from the East & 
Southerly Ends of Faneuil Hall Market 

sent 

[156.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
[28. 1796] Present Mess : Sever, Crafts, Price, Edwards, Board- 
man, Little, Sturgis, 

Application is made for the delivery of the late Town Treasurer 
Joseph Russells Bonds given as Treasurer his Accounts having 
been accepted by the Town & the balance thereof in favour of 
said Treasurer. 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Thomas Bayley, a Collector of Taxes for 1794. having 
produced Receipts from the several Treasurers, for the respective 
Sums committed to him to Collect requests that his Bonds may 
now be delivered him granted 

M r . Benj e . Henderson, applies for the delivery of his Bonds 
for 1794 having produced Receipts for the payments, of the 
Sums committed to him to Collect, from the respective Treasur- 
ers 

granted 

M r . Treasurer Clap proposes William Tuder Esq. & Deacon 
Hall as his Bondsmen, who are approved of by the Selectmen 

Agreed with Thomas Parker to pay him fifteen Dollars An- 
nually, as Rent for the Land on which the Engine House N. 1. 
now stands commencing about the 15*. Inst. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30'. [1796] 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Boardman, Tilden, Sturgis, Crafts, Lit- 
tle, Sever, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Collector Thompson having produced Receipts from the 
several Treasurers of his having paid in the Sums committed to 
him to Collect for the Year 1794 applies for the delivery of the 
Bonds given by him for that Year 

Granted 

M r . David Lewis appointed to receive Cow Money as the last 
Year, & the Law relative thereto, and the [157.] Sums to be 
paid bv the Owners of the Cows &c. to be published bv the Town 
Clerk 

Elijah Wheelock has agreed to ring the Chapel Bell at 8 OClock 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 285 

Morning. 1 O Clock, & 9 O Clock Evening at 6 p Bell for one 
Tear, making Eighteen pounds or 60 Dollars p Annum 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1 st [1796] 
Present Mess: W alley, Sever, Crafts, Tilden, Sturgis, Boardman, 
Edwards, Little, 

Whereas in consequence of a Vote of the Selectmen passed the 
23 d . March last respecting certain encroachments made in the Mill 
Creek, Edward H. Robins Esq. in behalf of the Proprietors of the 
Mills attended on the 30 l . Ultimo & made certain proposals re- 
specting said encroachments whereupon Voted, unanimously, that 
the Selectmen expect at least, all Encroachments made beyond the 
Wall, lately made by M r . Jonas Welsh on said Creek be removed 
within the time limitted in their said Note a Copy of which was 
sent to M r . Jonas Welsh If immediately after this the said Pro- 
prietors have any propositions to make respecting the other en- 
croachments, the Selectmen are ready to hear them 

sent by M r . Nazro 

On a representation to the Selectmen by 21 respectable Citizens 
in the neighborhood of Marlborough Street, that there is erecting 
by M r . Elijah Clements on Land said to be the Property of M r . 
David Townsend a Stable of more than 100 feet long & 2 Stories 
high Voted, that the Officer of Police inform M r . David Town- 
send, that such representation has been made & that if the erecting 
said Building is persisted in, the Selectmen will direct a complaint 
to be laid before the Grand Jury on the subject, that such meas- 
ures may be pursued thereon, as to Law appertains 

[158.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 6. 
[1796] A: M. Present Mess": Walley, Sever, Crafts, Board- 
man, Little, Tilden, Sturgis, 

Voted, that the Officer of the Police be directed to Employ a 
number of Carpenters & immediately proceed to the Mill Creek 
& then remove the Encroachments made by Jonas Welsh as far as 
they project over the Stone Wall beginning on the Barn first 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 6. [1796] 
P. M. Present Mess : Boardman, Tilden, Edwards, Russell, Price, 
Walley, Little, Crafts, 

The Inspector of Police having recieved the Orders of the 
Forenoon at 12 oClock immediately executed the Order, asp 
his return on file of mixt Papers 

M r . Nazro is to inform the Owners of the Hacks to give into 
Col. Crafts their Names & the number of Carriages they own by 
to Morrow 10. O Clock Forenoon 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8 l . [1796] 
Present Mess" : Crafts, Sever, Edwards, Price, Boardman, Wal- 
ley, Tilden, Sturgis, Little, 

M r . Sever, Col. Crafts & M r . Sturgis a Committee to take Orders 
from time to time respecting the Mall & Common 



286 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13'. [1796] 
Present Mess": Boardman, Sever, Price, Tildeii, Sturgis, Walley, 
Crafts, Little, Edwards, 

M r . Nicholas Brown having applied to be appointed an Auch- 
tioneer 4. o. Clock is appointed for a special Meeting to take 
this matter into consideration 

Col. Crafts, Deacon Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Committee to ex- 
amin the State of Fort Hill & what quantity of Land belongs to 
the Town what encroachments are made on the Town Lands 
& to call on Col. Scollay for Papers & information & Report 

[159.] Deacon Tilden, M r . Walley a Committee relative to 
altering a Gutter at the South side of the lower end of Milk 
Street 

4. OClock 

M r . Nicholas Brown agreable to his application is approved of 
as an Auchtioneer for this Town 

Whereas frequent complaints have been made to the Selectmen 
that great numbers of unused & unoccupied Carts & Trucks, are 
left standing in different parts of the Town, to the very great in- 
cumbrance of the Streets by Day. To the inconvenience & haz- 
ard of the Cityzens by Night 

Voted, that the Inspector of Police, be directed to request the 
Proprietors of such Carts & Trucks, to discontinue such Nusance ; 
and if neglected that he take measures for removing the same 
within ten Days from this date 

The above to be printed say published in the Chronicle & Cen- 
tinel Papers 

Cap 4 . Darricot of Engine N. 2 applys for a Premium, he play- 
ing first at the Fire North School Street 

drawn 

Voted, that M r . Isaac Davis be informed that if he does not 
remove the Encroachments by him made on Pleasant Street on or 
before Wednesday the 4 th Day of May next the Selectmen will 
incompliance with what they think their duty to the Town, take 
measures for that purpose and that said Vote attested by the 
Town Clerk, be sent to M r . Jeffry Richardson 

[16O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 20 
[1796] Present Mess": Boardman, Edwards, Sever, Crafts, 
Sturgis, Walley, Price, Tilden, 

M r . Crafts & M r . Sever a Committee to purchase Bulls for the 
Common 

M r . Sever a Committee to order repairs to the Fences of the 
South Burying Ground 

M r . Sturgis, Col. Crafts, Deacon Boardman a Committee to 
carry the Vote of the Town relative to the Burying Ground, into 
execution 

Col. Crafts & M r . Stuigis a Committee to direct the Officer of 
Police as to carrying the late Vote of the Selectmen into execu- 
tion, relative to removing empty Carriages, say Carts & Trucks 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d . [1796] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Crafts, Sturgis, Walley, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796.' 287 

Ordered that a Meeting of the Town agreable to the request of 
a number of the Inhabitants, on Monday the 25 Ins 1 . 10. o Clock 
A. M: 

The Selectmen expect that the Officer of Police will put in ex- 
ecution their Orders of the 13 th . of April respecting unoccupied or 
unused Carts & Trucks as soon after the expiration of the time 
limitted as convenience will permit. That the expence attending 
the same be paid for by the Town that in the mean time he 
apply to the Overseers of the Almshouse for leave to deposit them 
in the Work house Yard or to the Owners of what is called the 
Pound for the same purposes that no Carts or Trucks so re- 
moved be deliver'd to the Persons claiming the same without re- 
irnbursting the Town the expence of removal & giving and leaving 
the Names of the Persons owners of the same & that the Officer 
of Police make returns to the Selectmen as soon [as possible] 
[161.] of the number of Carts & Trucks if any that he has re- 
moved with the Names of the Persons owning them that meas- 
ures may be taken immediately for prosecuting them so as to 
prevent such Nuisances in future 

The Comm ee . to whom was committed the representation of Will. 
Tileston Clap Report That having made enquiry they find that 
there is no reason in their opinion for said representation & that 
the same be dismissed which Report is accepted 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25. 1796 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Little, Tilden, 
Sturgis, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27 l [1796] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Tilden, Crafts, Sturgis, Walley, Ed- 
wards, Little, Sever, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Committee appointed on the 13' Ins'. Report, That they are 
of Opinion that it would be ornimental to the Town to have the 
works levelled & the Ditches filled up on Fort Hill under the direc- 
tion of the Selectmen ; provided that the same can be done with- 
out any (or a small expence) to the Town. 

M r . Bacon applies for liberty to open & clean or to make a new 
Drain from his House in Temple Street into the Common Shore 
Liberty is accordingly granted, provided the Ground & Pavement 
is restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

M r . Walley, Crafts, Sturgis, a Cornm 6 . relative to Hay Market 
Faneuil Hall Market & whether the price of Stalls should not 
be raised 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2 d . 1796 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Crafts, Sturgis, Edwards, Walley, Board- 
man, Little, 

[162.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4' 
[1796] Present Mess" : Tilden, Sever, Sturgis, Edwards, Crafts, 
Price, Boardman, Little, 



288 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Ordered that a Warrant be prepared for Town Meeting on 
Wednesday next 10. Clock. A: M: for choice of Representatives 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Committee to request D r . Stillmau 
to open Town Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Sever & Deacon Tilden a Committee to let the Bull Past- 
ure 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12 [1796] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Crafts, Tilden, Sturgis, Edwards, 

Met relative to the Incroachments made by the Buildings on 
Towns Land near Rope Walks 

M r . John Lothrop appointed, to deliver an Oration in commem- 
oration of Independence declared the 4'. of July 1776 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little, a Committee to acquaint him, that 
he is appointed & to ask an answer 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18 [1796] 
Present Mess : Tilden, Sturgis, Crafts, Edwards, Little, 

Thomas K. Jones applies for liberty to erect a Tomb in the 
South Burying Ground Granted he complying with the direc- 
tions of the Committee appointed for the regulating said Bury- 
ing Ground 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d . [1796] 
Present Mess : Price, Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Sturgis, 
Little, 

Nath 1 . Langdon, Cap 4 . Philip Merritt, drawn Grand Jurors 
Nath 1 . Davis. W m . Crafts drawn as Petit Jurors for Circuit 
Court in June next 

M r . Crafts, Edwards, Sturgis & Sever a Committee to make a 
final Settlement with M r . Richardson & Davis relative [163.] to 
Incroachments on Pleasant Street 

M r . Walley & M r . Boardman a Committee on the Petition 
relative to Passage Way leading from Ann Street through 
Merchants Row into State Street & to Report thereon to the 
Board 

Voted that and Advertizement offering a reward of thirty 
Dollars for the discovery of the Person or Persons who have 
damaged the Trees in the Common 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30 l . [1796] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, Sturgis, Walley, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . William Banton applys for leave to exhibit in the Common 
a Camera Obscura at such times as he may think proper on 
which he was told that the Selectmen had no objection 

The Building of a Tomb by M r . Herrin is suspended untill 
further orders on further consideration Granted 

On the application of Jacob Keen for the Building a Tomb 
adjoining to one begun by said Herrin granted he complying 
with regulations of the Selectmen relative to Tombs apply 'd for 
in the new Burying Ground 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 289 

M r . Samuel Sprague applies for liberty to build a Tomb in the 
New Burying Ground, adjoining to one building by Deacon Thax- 
ter. he complying with the regulations of the Selectmen 
Liberty is granted him 

James Stimpsons Indentures, who binds himself to George 
Pollard placed on the Files 

A Comm ee . from the Fire Wards, Report that in the Opinion of 
the Fire Wards Engine N. 7 is in so poor a state that it will 
be most for the Interest of the Town a new one should be 
provided. 

[164.] Col. Crafts, Sever & Sturgis a Committee to Agree 
with the Proprietors of New Theatree, respecting a quantity of 
Gravel & to direct as to the placing it, provided, the charge does 
not exceed forty Dollars 

Samuel Hastings applys by M r . Sturgis for tne Building a 
Tomb in the new Burying Ground, next to M r . Keens Granted 
upon the conditions of the other Grants 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sturgis, M r . Edwards a Comm ee to carry into 
execution the orders of the Town with respect to a Temporar}' 
Deposit for the Dead 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1 st . [1796] 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Price, Sturgis, Crafts, Edwards, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Stephen Gorham Esq. on his application is permitted to open a 
Drain into the Common Shore in Milk Street for cleaning the 
same, he observing the Steps of the Law as to Notifying those 
who enter into said Drain & seeing the same repaired to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen 

see June 8 

On the application of the Antient & Hon ble . Artillery Comp^ 
for the use of Faneuil Hall Monday next. Liberty is granted on 
the usual conditions 

Col. Crafts & M r . Edwards on the application of John Codman 
& others for the removing a Fish Market are appointed a Com- 
mittee, to consider the same & to Report thereon 

Mess : Brown, Knapp, Gorden, (Mackey, Green, Homer, Have 
given up y e right of appli") are permitted to build Tombs on the 
South East side of the Common on the usual conditions 
beginning on the one granted to Samuel Hastings 

[165.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8 th . 
[1796] Present Mess": Crafts, Sturgis, Price, Boardman, Sever, 
Edwards, 

Samuel Todd to have liberty to build a Tomb in the new Bury- 
ing Ground on the usual conditions, next to the six granted to 
Brown & others 

Mr. Jepson a Collector of Taxes for 1794 having produced the 
Treasurers Receipts has liberty to take up his Bonds given in 
said Year 

Edward Blake on application is permitted to Build a Tomb next 
to Deacon Thaxters, M r . Sprague having relinquished the Grant 



290 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

made to him ; upon condition of his complying with the terms of 
last Year, he having at that time a Tomb engaged to him on the 
then conditions of such Grants 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sturgis & M r . Edwards, appointed a Com- 
mittee to advertize the Sale of Land on Fort Hill either in one or 
more Lotts, as they shall Judge most for the Interest of the 
Town 

M r . Sever & M r . Sturgis a Committee relative to paving Bow- 
doin Square 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10 [1796] 
Present Mess : Price, Sturgis, Edwards, 

The Constable to whom was committed the Venire for the choice 
of Petit Jurors for the Circuit Court now setting did not appear 
at the time the Warning was given for the Town to meet & no 
Venire was given in by Const 6 . May 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 [1796] 
Present Mess rs : Price, Crafts, Edwards, Sturgis, Sever, 

Francis Wright 

Stephen Higginson Esq 
were chosen Petit Jurors for Circuit Court 

[166.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15, 
[1796] Present Mess": Sturgis, Sever, Edwards, Price, Crafts, 
Boardman, 

M r . Sever, Col. Crafts & M r . Sturgis a Committee for to corn- 
pleat the Pavement on the Neck heretofore agreed to be done 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Edwards a Committee relative to 
White Bread Alley 

Deacon Boardman & M r . Edwards a Committee relative to re- 
pairing Pavement in North Street 

On the application of the Cadet Company by their Committee, 
they are permitted to have the use of the West end Chamber 
above Faneuil Hall for a temporary Deposit for the Fire Arms of 
said Company 

The Selectmen agreed upon a Visit to Deer Island on Monday 
next being the 20'. Ins*. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June [22, 1796] 
Present Mess : Crafts, Stui-gis, Price, Edwards, Boardman, Tilden, 

The Selectmen visited Deer Island Monday last and found the 
Buildings & Land in good Order they were accompanied by a 
number of Citizens & had an agreable time the only disagre- 
able appearance, was, the visible diminution of that important 
head Land, which is the great security to the Harbour of Bos- 
ton . 

Col. Crafts, Sturgis, Edwards, Tilden & Sever a Comm ee . under 
whose direction the Inspector of Police is immediately to proceed 
in cleansing the Streets, to be finished before the 4'. of July 
next 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 291 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27 [1796] 
Present Mess: Boardraan, Tilden, Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare & issue by Order of the 
Selectmen a Warrant for a Town Meeting on Monday the 4'. of 
July next at Faneuil Hall 9. o Clock, in commemoration of the 
Day of Declaration of INDEPENDENCE being [167.] the 4'. of 
July A: D. 1776 Mem . No printed Notifications were dis- 
tributed 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29 [1796] 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Boardman, Price, Edwards, Sturgis, Sever, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Town Clerk directed to return draught, the same having been 
examined by the Selectmen 

Agreed to have a Dinner on the "Wednesday the 6'. of July next, 
as usual on the D:iy of the Visitation of Schools List of Persons 
to be invited on file 

The Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Fryday the 8 Day of July next 10 O Clock A: M: 

M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Committee to order repairs at the 
lower end of Quaker Lane 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1. 1796 Pres- 
ent Mess": Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, 
Little, 

Met as to the Warrant for Town Meeting 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1796 
Present Mess" : Price, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Boardman, 
The Warrant for Town Meeting compleated 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 12'. 1796 
Present [Mess :] Boardman, Edwards, Sever, Tilden, Sturgis, 
Crafts 

Met for the choice of Jury Men, but the Constable who had the 
Venire did not attend 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13. 1796 
Pressent Mess": Sever, Boardman, Tilden, Sturgis, Edwards, 
Little, Crafts, 

Three Jurors for District Court drawn out of Superior Box 
Viz'. 

[168.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 16'. 
[1796] Present Mess : Tilden, Sturgis, Edwards, Crafts, Little, 

Met relative to the List of Jurors, but the Assessors were not 
ready with the List of Names from their books 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 18 [1796] 
Present Mess" : Price, Walley, Crafts, Boardman, Sever, Tilden, 
Sturgis, 

Col. Crafts, M r . Sturgis & Tilden to agree with M r . Otis 



292 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

relative to levelling the Works on Fort Hill & to compleat the new 
Road 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25 [1796] 
Present Mess : Sever, Tilden, Sturgis, Crafts, Boardman, Little, 

Passed upon Accounts 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 10/6 p 
Bushel & that 12 d . p Bushel be allowed to the Bakers for their 
Charges Pains & Livelihood, which is computed as follows 
Viz'. 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 2 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh - - - - 81 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread --d. 1 2 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Brick Bread d. 14 2 

Biskets of 2 Copper price --d. 81 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d. 1 82 
a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread not above \ Indian - - 2 

The Town Clerk is directed to publish the Assize from time [to 
time] in the Chronicle & Centinel, who are to be paid therefor & to 
Post up & deliver Assizes to the Clerks &c. as usual 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26 [1796] 
Present Mess. Boardman, Crafts, Sturgis, 

Met to examine & prepare the Jury List in order to lay the 
same before the Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 1796 Pres- 
ent Mess : Boardman, Sturgis, Sever, Price, Crafts, Walley, Tilden, 

[169.] The Selectmen agree upon a Report to the Town 
relative to the Jury Lists 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 3 d . [1796] 
Present Mess: Walley, Boardman, Tilden, Sever, Crafts, Sturgis, 
Edwards, Price, 

Ordered, that three of the Acts relative to Legal Settlements, 
be framed & glazed one to be placed in Selectmens Room 
one for Custom house d. for Alms house 

A Committee from the Bakers appear & complain as to the late 
Assize of Bread 

M r . Waters is permitted to go on building his Oven 

On application of the Bakers Ordered that the Assize be altered. 
& now stated at the rate of Flour at 11 Dollars 

On Motion the above Vote reconsidered & the Clerks of Market 
are to be requested not to walk for inspection of Bread untill 
further Orders from Selectmen 

The Vote respecting those who have Tombs, is so far reconsid- 
ered, as that they are not required to remove the Gravel 

M r . Rich d . Hunnewell & Frederick William Geyer, have liberty 
to build Tombs in the new Burying Ground also M r . Rufus G. 
Amory, on the Street 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 10 th . [1796] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 293 

Present Mess". Boardman, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Price, Sever, 
Crafts, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 16 [1796J 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Crafts 

[17O.] Met and proceeded with a number of Gentlemen in 
the Hingham Packet for Rainsfords Island, in order to view the 
state of the Island & the Hospital placed by the General Court 
under their care, and to give the necessary Orders for the good 
management of the same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 17 [1796] 
Present Mess" : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, 
Crafts, Tilden, Price, 

M r . Joseph Foster applys for liberty to carry a Drain acros 
Federal Street from the Crescent Buildings 

M r . Foster has liberty accordingly 

Voted that on the application of M r . Mungo Mackey & others 
to have that part of Cambridge Street paved, begining at Deacon 
Newells & meeting the other part of the Pavements near Temple 
Street Conditioned, the side of the Way to have butting Stones 
& be laid with Brick or Flagg Stones M r . Sever, Tilden & 
Sturgis are a Committee appointed, for seeing the same done to 
the satisfaction of Selectmen 

Col. Waters is directed by the Board to call upon M r . Eliot & 
D r . Hall to remove the Incumbrance of Clay & Water, wherewith 
the Road is incommoded 

sent 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 22 d [1796] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Tilden, Stur- 
gis, Price, Little, 

Passed upon the List of Licensed Persons the last Year, as p 
Copy on file as also Persons licensed anew 

The Auchtioneers of last Year, apply for the approbation of 
the Selectmen, for the present Year, Viz 1 . 
M r . Samuel Clap 
Lewis Hoyt 
Thomas Kilbey Jones 
Joshua Eaton 
Robert Mollineux 

[171.] William Alline Robert Gardner 

William Bayless 
Samuel Bradford Esq. 
Benjamin Alline 
John William Fulsome 
John Badger 
John Perkins 

Edward Procter did not take one 
George Deblois 
Nicholas Brown 

see Octo r . 3 d 



294 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 24'. [1796J 
Present Mess : Walley, Tilden, Edwards, Crafts, Boardman, Price, 
Sturgis, Little, 

M r . Samuel A. Ruddock applies to the Selectmen for their 
liberty to open a School under the Title of an Accounting School 
through, the Town Clerk, which was rejected as the application 
was irregular 

There was a Meeting of the Selectmen on Fryday the 12 Day 
of August Ins 1 , at M r . Russell Sturgis's House at which were 
present of the Selectmen Mess : Price, Walley, Crafts, Edwards, 
Tilden, Sturgis 

M r . Edwards informed that two Persons had died at the North- 
ward suspected of having the Yellow Fever which had greatly 
alarm'd the Inhabitants M r . Delleway the Owner of the Vessel, 
the Captain being out of Town, was sent for he declared the Men 
were discharged from his Vessell, when they appear'd to be well, 
having done their duty on board the Day of discharge. M r . 
Edwards had previously given orders that the Man last dead 
should be buried privately & was requested to see it done which 
he did. he had also conversed with D r . Jeffries who had attended 
the sick Person, & was informed by him it was not of that malig- 
nant nature as to cause any great alarm. The Officer of Police 
being present was directed by the Selectmen to wait on all the 
Physicians & request of them to give an account of the health of 
the Inhabitants & desire them, should any Persons appear infected 
with any contageous or malignant disorders to [172.] report the 
same to the Selectmen as soon as possible & also to inform the 
People out of whose House the two Persons had died, that if any 
Persons should be taken sick, that they would give him immediate 
information thereof On the 17 Ins', the Officer of Police made 
the following Return to the Selectmen viz 

Agreably to Orders of Selectmen, M r . Waters immediately at- 
attended to the business assign'd him & Reports that he has seen 
& conversed with twenty-three of the Town Physicians of the Town 
(four of them he has not seen which makes all that he knows of) who 
will attend to the request of the Selectmen in making known to 
them without delay, any dangerous disorders He took the liberty 
of enquiring of them as to the health of the Town as also of all 
Gentlemen of the Clergy he has had opportunity of seeing & with 
peculiar satisfaction he Reports, that it is very healthy for the 
season he thinks it is his duty to add that several of the Faculty 
have recommended in the strongest terms attention to all the 
Streets, by causing all things tending to putridity to be removed 
& by close attention stagnant Waters &c to be prevented The 
Houses in which the Persons died who arrived in M r . Dillaways 
Schooner have been well cleansed, should any be taken sick, the 
Occupiers have promised to Report the same immediately 

M r . Walley, Little & Sturgis a Coram ee . relative to paving the 
South side of State Street from Quaker Lane to Col. Colmans 
with Bricks 

Mess ra : Boardman, Little, & Sturgis a Committee to direct re- 
pairs to Engine House on Mill Creek 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 295 

M r . Sever, Little & Sturgis a Comm ee . to examine the new En- 
gine & to Report what may be necessary to be done thereon 

[173.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 27. 
[ 1 796J Present Mess : Crafts, Tilden, Edwards, Walley, Price, 
Little, Sturgis, 

The following Order was passed & ordered to be published in 
Hand Bills &c Viz - 

WHEREAS by Orders of the Selectmen dated April 3 d 1706 A 
number of the Hackney Carriages were permitted to stand in 
State Street untill further Orders : and whereas it has now be- 
come necessary to make an alteration 

It is therefore Ordered that no Hackney Carriage shall stand 
in any part of said Street, untill they have permission therefor 
as p Copy on file 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 29. 1796 Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden, Edwards, Walley, Crafts, Little, 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 31. 1796 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Crafts, Boardman, Walley, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Eight extra petit Jurors for Supreme J. Court drawn & entred 
& posted in Jury Books 

M r . Paul Baxter Cooper, being well recommended by Stephen 
Gorham, the Lambs & other Merchants, applies to be appointed 
an Inspector of pickled Fish Pork & c 

On the letter of Oliver Wendell Esq in behalf of himself & 
others requesting a written permission that they may at their own 
expence place a Pump in the Well on the summit of Fort Hill & 
secure the same in the most reputable manner for their use & the 
use of the Town generally Voted 

[174.] That the said request be complied with & they have 
permission accordingly, provided that their permission be not so 
construed as to give them any exclusive propriety in said Well, or 
Pump, or to prevent the Town, or any future Selectmen, to take 
an}' order respecting said Well, which they may think proper 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . [2. 1796] 
Present Mess": Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Tilden, Sturgis 

ORDERED that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 12/6 p 
Bushel & that twelve Pence p bushel be allowd to the Bakers for 
their charges pains & livelihood which is computed as follows 
viz' 

lb. oz. dr 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ---- 13 8 

8 d . Ditto ditto 1 11 

4 d . Brick Loaf of Bread d 12 8 

8 d . Ditto ditto 1 9 

Biskets of 3 Coppers price d 612 

a 4 d . Loaf of brown Bread Wheat Rye Meal d 1 4 2 

4 d . brown Loaf not above half Indian Meal d 2 



296 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 7. [1796] 
Present Mess. Crafts, Tilden, Sever, Walley, Boardniau, Edwards, 

Sturgis, Little, 

D c 

George C. Cammell was drawn for last Draught 12 .. 18/ in- 
stead of 43 the difference being 30 Dollars 82 Cents, he will 
have a draft for next draft Day 

On the Petition of M r . Sales Professor of Languages for per- 
mission to keep a French Evening School in the Center Reading 
School Voted, that such permission be not granted the Select- 
men apprehending that they cannot be Justified, in granting the 
use of a publick School house to any private School Master what- 
soever 

M r . John Tuckerman has liberty to build a Tomb on the range 
of Fosters Pasture, on the usual conditions 

[175.] M r . Crafts, M r . Edwards, M r . Sever a Committee to 
confer with the Aqueduct Committee 

Charles Sewells Indentures, to Mungo Makay approved of by 
the Selectmen, as on file of mix'd Papers 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . [1796] 
Present Mess". Crafts, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Boardman, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Septem r . 14. 1796 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Crafts, Boardman, Sever, Tilden, Ed- 
wards, Little, Sturgis, 

M r . William Crosby has liberty to build a Tomb on the range of 
Fosters Pasture, on the usual conditions 

M r . Walley, Edwards & Sturgis a Comm ee . to take up the matter 
relative to the Trees destroy'd in the Common & c . & to Report to 
the Board M r . Tilden is added to this Comm e in the room of 
M r . Sturgis who is excused 

Ordered that Thomas Spear, take charge of the State Boat for 
the use of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island who when M r . Laha 
leaves the Island, is appointed to the care of said Hospital 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 15 [1796] 
Present Mess r8 : Price, Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Little, 
Tilden, Sturgis, 

The Selectmen having been informed that there are various Re- 
ports propogated in the Neighbouring Towns purporting that the 
Yellow Fever or some other very contagious Disorder is prevalent 
in this Town although they were themselves satisfied that such 
Report were void of foundation, yet to give the greater satisfac- 
tion to their Country Brethren, they requested a Meeting of the 
Physicians of the Town & the result of their Meeting was the 
following 

The Physicians of Boston being requested by the Selectmen of 
the Town to give their opinions respecting the state of the health 
of the Inhabitants unanimously declare [176.] That there is no 
Yellow Fever existing in this Town, and although a bilious Fever 
is now in some degree prevalent it is by no means more fatal than 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 297 

usual at this season of the Year and it is their opinion that 
fewer Persons have fallen sacrifises to diseases this Summer & 
Autumn than in their memory 

SAM. DANFORTH 

p Order 

The aforegoing signed by all the Selectmen & attested by the 
Town Clerk is to be published in all the News Papers 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 20. 1796 A: M : 
Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Little, Stur- 
gis 

Voted, that the Overseers of the Poor, Col. Dawes, M r . Sam : 
Brown & Judge Minot together with the Physicians be requested 
to aaeet with the Selectmen this Afternoon 3 O Clock, to con- 
sult what measures would be most elejible to preserve the Town 
from the spreading of any infectious Disorder 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 20 1796. 
P: M: Present Mess" : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Little, 
Sturgis, 

Voted, that M r . Newells Family be removed to Rainsfords Island, 
to Morrow as soon as may be they having consented thereto, & 
the expence therof to be defray'd by Monies in D r . Thatchers 
hands Col. "Waters is requested to have the House & c . cleansed 
as he shall Judge necessary, to give notice to M r . Spear to be 
ready with the Hospital Boat in his keeping, for such purposes 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21. [1796] 
Present Mess: Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Little, 

Two Jurors for Circuit Court, Grand Jurors viz 1 

George Langley, Luke Baker Jun r three Petit Jurors for said 
Court viz 1 

entred in Jury Book 

[177.] M r . Walley, M r . Tilden, M r . Sturgis, a Committee on 
M r . Stephen Gorhams request 

M r . Crafts, M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Coram 6 . on M r . Green & 
M r . Blanchards Nusance of Cellar Door & Posts 

The following Questions were on the Yesterday put to the 
Physicians of the Town, to which answers were requested 

1 st . Is there existing in this Town any disorder of such an in- 
fectious & malignant nature as to endanger the health of the 
Inhabitants in general answer no 

2 nd . Is there any such disorder confined to any particular part 
of the Town as to. endanger the health of the Inhabitants in that 
part? answer, yess 

3 d . Is the Disorder in so high degree infectious as to be com- 
municated at any considerable distance answer no 

4'. May it be conveyed in Clothing or Goods of any kind 
answer yess 

o 4 . Is there any case existing where it is thought necessary to 
remove Persons either sick or well answer j'ess 

6 l . Or what measures in general are necessary to be taken 
to prevent the spread of any such disorder answer 



298 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

It is recommended as iudispensibly necessary that every Person 
reported to the Selectmen by the attending Pysicians to be sick 
in such places as are infections, should be removed out of Town 
to Rainsfords Island & that the well be removed to some place 
where there has been no infection that the Houses, Yards, Cellars 
& all other places around such Houses be cleansed by white wash- 
ing, washing with Vinegar & exposing them for a number of 
Days to the free circulation of the Air throwing uuslacked 
Lime into the Yards, Cellars & Necessaries, all Hog Sties re- 
moved that after the decease of an}- Person, that all the Bedding 
Linnen, Wollen, of all sorts be cleansed or exposed to the Air, 
after they have been [178.] Smoked and in order, that the Dis- 
order may be prevented from taking place in other parts of the 
Town the Yards, Lanes, Alleys & Streets be immediately cleansed 
& the filth removed 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 22 d 1796 
A: M. Present Mess rs : Price, Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, Tilden, 
Crafts, 

The Selectmen met this Forenoon, in order to proceed in a Body 
to the House of the French Consul, where the Minister of France 
on a Visit to the Town, resides, that as Selectmen they might 
shew their respect to the Minister, and to the Republic of France 
which he represents, through him 

The Selectmen accordingly waited upon the French Minister at 
12. O Clock the time he informed them he should wish to receive 
them, p the Town Clerk, who had previously been sent to him 
He was addressed by the Chairman M r . Price much to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen, & received from the Minister a very 
polite & friendly reply 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24 1796 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Price, Edwards, Little, Tilden, 
Sturgis, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 26. 1796 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Price, Crafts, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Thorn 8 . Bayley proposes Henry Bass & his Brother James 
Bayley as Bondsmen for him as Collector of Taxes 

M r . Benjamin Jepson proposes Herman Brimmer & Benjamin 
Sumner Sen r . as his Bondsmen 

M r . Benjamin Henderson proposes Thomas Parker & Enoch 
James as his Bondsmen 

M r . James Thompson proposes his last Years Bondmen as his 
Bondsmen for the present Year, viz'. Isaiah Doane &Nath'. Spear 
Merch 4 . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28. 1796 
Present Mess: Tilden, Price, Boardman, Edwards, Sturgis. 
Crafts, 

[179.] Passed upon other Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 299 

M r . Ezra Parmenter Cap', of Engine N. 11. recommended by 
his Company, is accordingly appointed by the Selectmen 

Passed upon the List of new applications for the approbation of 
Selectmen, as Inholders & Retailers as p List on file 

M r . Crafts & Sever a Comm 6 .- to procure Wood for South 
Schools 

M r . Tilden & Sturgis for Centre Schools 

M r . Edwards & Little Comm e . for North Schools 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 3 d . 1796 
Present Mess : Price, Sever, Tilden, Edwards, Boardman, Crafts, 
Sturgis, Little, 

Passed upon applications for Inholders & Retailers as p a List 
on file in addition to former list 

At this Meeting called for the purpose of Licensing Auchtion- 
eers for this Town who applied Aug'. 22 d . for being appointed 
the following Persons were approved of for Licences viz 1 . 
M r . Samuel Clap 
Lewis Hoyt 
Thomas Kilby Jones 
Joshua Eaton 
Robert Mollineux 
William Alline 
William Bayless 
Samuel Bradford Esq 
Benjamine Alline 
John W. Fulsome 
John Badger 
John Perkins 
Nicholas Brown 
Cap'. Robert Gardner 

see October 5 & 28 April 12'. 

[18O.] M r . Spear keeper of Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
permitted to let M r . Newells Children leave the Island, but said 
Children are prohibited from returning to the House from whence 
they were removed 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 5. 1796 
Present Mess : Edwards, Sever, Sturgis, Tilden, Crafts, Board- 
man, Little, 

Copj' of Pompy De Ginnis Indentures, approv'd by Selectmen 
& placed upon file of mix'd Papers 

The Persons approved of & licensed as Auctioneers October 
3 d . were furnished with Certificates of the following tenor 

Boston Octo r . 3 d . 1796 

The Subscribers Selectmen of said Town at a Meeting had for 

that purpose, do approve of & License M r . of Boston to sell 

any Goods or Chattels at public Vendue or Outcry in said Town 
for the term of one Year commencing the first of July last, he 
conforming himself to an Act of the General Court passed in 1795 
for regulating the Sale of Goods at public Vendue 

signed p the Selectmen 



300 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Ordered that a Warrant be prepared for a Town Meeting 
October 16. 10 O'Clock A: M: 

M r . Edes to have printing of Notifications 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 10 [1796] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Crafts, Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, 
Walley, Price, 

The Bonds given by the several Collectors having been laid 
before the Selectmen & approved, a Certificate was given them 
for the Assessors in order for the delivery of the Tax Books to 
the Collectors 

Information given by D r . Rand the 3 d that the Brigg Betsy, 
Cap'. Hodgkins from Martinequo having lost several [181.] 
Persons by an infectious disorder she was ordered with all the 
People to Rainsfords Island, to be smoked & cleansed Vessell & 
Cargo all to remain, untill further Orders 

The Orders to M r . Thomas Spear Keeper of Rainsfords Island 
are as follows viz'. 

The Brig 4 . Betsy, Cap'. Hodgkins having lost several of his 
People by an infectious disorder the said Brig is sent down to 
Rainsfords Island the People to remain on board or to go on 
shore only at the Island the Vessel Cargo Beds Bedding & every 
other Article liable to infection is to be thoroughly smoked & 
cleansed no one of the Inhabitants is to be suffered to go on 
board said Vessel when our directions are executed you will 
inform us & wait the further Orders of the Board 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

The following was wrote to John Marston & others Owners of 
said Brig e viz 4 

Gentlemen 

The Board of Selectmen of Boston order the Brig 1 . Betsy, Cap 4 . 
Hodgkins immediately down to Rainsfords Island, there to be 
cleansed under the directions of M r . Tho 8 . Spear no Person is to 
be allowed to go on board said Brig 6 , neither any of the Crew to 
go on Shore at any other place but said Island you will attend 
to furnish said Vessel with any necessaries for said purposes, and 
wait the further Orders of the Board 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 12. 1796 
Present Mess rs : Walley, Crafts, Sturgis, Tilden, Sever, Little, 
Edwards, 

Benjamin Bussey & Daniel Ingalls have liberty to build a 
Tomb in the new Burying Ground on the terms which others have 
taken them on 

Treasurer Clap is to Credit the Town for $50 which was 
drawn for in Draught & was not taken up by M r ". Clausten who 

had a draft last month for the whole allowed her by the Town 

[182.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 19. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 301 

1796 Present Mess rs : Sever, Boardman, Tilden, Sturgis, Wai- 
ley 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen the 12 Ins*. Voted, that not 
any Person be allowed to take any Gravel from the new Buryal 
Ground & that Col. Waters acquaint M r . Geyer of the Vote 

M r . Spear Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island ac- 
quaints the Selectmen that he had thoroughly cleansed the Brigg. 
Betsy, & that no danger can arise on her being permited to come 
up to Town his Certificate rec d . Yesterday & is placed on the 
Selectmens files 

John Wier has liberty to build a Tomb in the New Burial 
Ground on the terms which others have taken them 

John Jutau applies for a License as an Auctioneer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1796 
Present Mess r : Boardman, Edwards, Tilden, Sever, Walley, 
Sturgis, Little, 

Warrant to be issued for a Town Meeting for the choice of one 
Representative for the 1 st . Middle District & Electors for Presi- 
dent & Vice President 

M r . Walley & M r . Sever a Comm ee . to wait on D r . Howard & re- 
quest his opening the ensuing Town Meeting with Prayer for 
choice of a Representative for Congress & one Elector of Presi- 
dent & 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 29. 1796 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Walley, Edwards, Little, Tilden, 
Sfeurgis, Sever, 

Ordered that Col. Waters as Officer of Police prosecute Jona- 
than Spear for placing his Carriages on State Street, contrary to 
the Orders of the Selectmen, & to a Law of the State in this case 
made & provided 

[183.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 31 
[1796] Present Mess rs : Edwards, Sturgis, Sever, Tilden, Board- 
man, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 2 d . 1796 
Present Mess": Price, Sever, Tilden, Little, Boardman, Sturgis 
Walley, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Peter Geyer is permitted to set his Fish Shed at the bottom 
of Bennet Street over the Water in the middle of the Head of said 
Abutment 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7. 1796 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Walley, Tilden, 
Sturgis, 

Mess Tilden, Little & Sturgis a Comm ee . to wait on Gov r 
Adams, & request that he would order the Commander in Chief at 



302 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Castle William, not to stop Vessels coming from the West Indies, 
unless sickness is on board 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 9 1796 
Present Mess : Price, Little, Tilden, Sturgis, 

Cap'. Josiah Wheeler & William Wyman, applies for a Tomb 
in the new Burial Ground Walley, 

M r . Little, Sturgis & Tilden a Coinm 66 . on George Street in- 
croachments & Sudbury Street 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 16. 1796 Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden, Price, Sever, Walley, Edwards, Boardmau, 
Sturgis, 

William Collins residing in Boston having neither Father nor 
Guardian binds himself to Moses Barnard Mariner, with the 
approbation of the Selectmen, as will appear by one of the Inden- 
tures on the File of mixed Papers 

Thomas Thompson applies for leave to build a Tomb in the new 
Burying Ground on the usual conditions 

[184.] Benjamin Robinson a Minor binds himself to Thomas 
Barber, with the approbation of the Selectmen as by Indentures on 
file of mixed Papers 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 23 d [1796] 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Sturgis, Sever, Price, Little. 

Cap 1 . James of Engine N. 10. applies for a Premium for being 
first with his Engine at the late Fire in Union Street on the 23 d . of 
Feb 7 . JOHN THOMPSON Master of Eudeavor N. 4 applies for same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 28. 1796 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Boardman, Edwards, Sturgis, Crafts, Little, 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r 30. [1796] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Boardman, Sturgis, Price, Sever, Little, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 7. 1796 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Tilden, Sturgis, Edwards, Little, 

Passed upon Licensed Persons & the return made by the above 
named Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 14 [1796] 
Present Mess : Tilden, Sturgis, Boardman, Little, Edwards, 

M r . Spear, Keeper of Rainsfords Island, permitted to let one 
AVest Wilkins, who has had the small Pox leave the Island, he 
having reported, that he is free from any Infection 

Benjamin Silsby on application has liberty to make tryal for 
three months to provide suitable Persons for sweeping Chimnies, 
without another appointment in that term 

[185.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 21. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1796. 303 

1796 Present Mess Price, Sever, Sturgis, Boardman, Tilden, 
Little, 

The Selectmen have agreed to meet Fryday next 3 O Clock 
P. M: in order to proceed in the execution of the late Act relative 
to Hackney Carriages & the Owners of the Hacks are to be noti- 
fied to appear if they see cause by a Comm ee at Selectmeus Cham- 
ber when they will be heard on this matter 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen DecemV23 d . [1796] 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Tilden, Sturgis, Edwards, Little, Price, 

Ordered, that the Collectors be notified to make return to the 
Selectmen on Monday next of the Sums Collected by them in their 
respective Wards in the manner they are directed by a Law of 
this Commonwealth also the Town Treasurer 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 26 [1796] 
Present Mess: Boardman, Tilden, Price, Sever, Edwards, Little, 
Crafts, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 28. 1796 
Present Mess: Price, Boardman, Sever, Tilden, Edwards, Little, 
Crafts, 

M r . Sever & M r . Little a Committee to agree with M r . Dall for 
the placing an Engine House on his Land, & to have leave to re- 
move it, when the Selectmen think proper 

sent 

The Selectmen took into consideration the expediency of affix- 
ing the Assize of Bread, whereupon 

[186.] ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat 
at 11/6 p bushel,. & that 12 d p Bushel be allowed [to the Bakers] 
for their charges pains & livelihood which is computed as fol- 
lows viz'. 

lb oz dr 

a 4 d . penny loaf of white Bread must weigh - - 14 13 

8 d . penny white Loaf - - - d - - 1 13 10 

8 d . Brick Loaf d - - 1 11 10 

4 d . Brick Loaf d 13 ia 

Biskets of 3 Copper price - d 77 

a 4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread f 

Wheat ^ Rye d - - 1 4 2 

a 4 d . Brown Loaf not above 

Indian d - - 2 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 30. 1796 
Present Mess" : Price, Sever, Crafts, Edwards, Tilden 

On Report of Thomas Appleton, Carpenter of an attempt to set 
Fire to his work Shop by enkindling Shavins, Cap'. Tilden is re- 
quested to employ two suitable Persons for a watch, to patrole the 
Streets in a Slay the Town Watch are also directed to be very 



304 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

vigilant that if aiiy attempts are made the Persons concerned may 
be discovered. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 2 d . 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess: Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, Sever, Tildeu, 

The Selectmen being informed, that a M r . Cressens had adver- 
tized an exhibition to be performed on Saturday Evening the 31 st . 
Decein r . last directed the Officer of Police to acquaint said 
Cressens, that it would be highly disagreable to the Inhabitants as 
well as the Selectmen whereupon he laid aside the intended exhibi- 
tion & assured the Selectmen, that he should not attempt anything 
of the kind on said Evening 

[187.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 4'. 
[1797] Present Mess: Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Tilden, 
Little, 

Bakers attended & offered objections to the last Assize on 
Bread as stated by the Selectmen 

Judge Wendell, M r . Sweetser & M r . Sargeant a Comm e from 
the Proprietors of Long Wharff, requested permission to open the 
Streets for the purpose of carrying Water from some Spring near 
Water Street to the Wharff " 

M r . Little, Tilden & Edwards a Comm e . to confer with said 
Proprietors of Long Wharff 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 11. 1797 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Little, Sever, Tilden, 

Henry Lovereign in the room of M r . Barry as an Engine Man 
for Engine N. 8 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jau y . 18 th [1797] 
Present Mess rs : Boardman, Sever, Edwards, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25. 1797 
Present Mess: Boardman, Sturgis, Sever, Edwards, Little, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 30 [1797] - 
Present Mess": Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Price, Edwards, Little. 
Sturgis, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . l e . 1797 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sever, Edwards. Sturgis, Little, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Cap'. Hanners of Engine N. 4 the Company having upon his 
resignation chosen M r . John Thompson in his room the Selectmen 
approve of the choice 



[188.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 2 d . 
[1797] Present Mess rs : Walley, Boardman, Edwards, Crafts, 
Sever, Sturgis, 

Passed upon other Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797. 305 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 8. 1797 
Present Mess rs : Sturgis, Sever, Boardman, Walley, Edwards, 
Crafts, Little, 

Fryday next 12 oClock, Selectmen meet for the choice of Jury- 
men a Meeting being called for that purpose 

Papers relative to transactions on the late Act relative to Hacks 
have been deposited in the strong Box 

Ordered that a Warrant may be prepared for a Town Meeting. 
Wednesday next 10-OClock, being 15' Ins' 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 10. 1797 . 
Present Mess : Walley, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Stur- 
gis, 

Jurors drawn for Feby. S. J. Court 18 Grand 24 Petit 

M r . Edwards & Little a Committee to wait upon a Comm ee of 
General Court relative to regulations of Meal & Fire Wood 

The Vote relative to a Town Meeting reconsidered March 
Meeting 

Col. Crafts, M r . Little, Edwards, Sturgis, a Comm ee . to confer 
with the Proprietors of Long Wharff 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 15. 1797 
Present Mess r : Edwards, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 23 d . 1797 
Present Mess" : Boardman, Sever, Tilden, Sturgis, Walley, 
Crafts, 

Libert}' granted on the application of Thorn 8 . Walley Esq. & 
Charles Miller, to open & repair a Common Shore or Drain lead- 
ing [189.] from Federal Street to Atkinson Street, they notifying 
all Persons concerned to show cause if any they have on Monday 
the 27 Ins 1 , at Selectmens Chamber. 4. OClock why proceedure 
should not be had thereon 

M r . Nazro to give notice to M r . Pease Master of Engine N. 5. 
to attend Monday next. 4 OClock P.M : 

Col. Waters is directed to cut down the two Fences stopping 
up Grays Lane so called which Lane is 20 feet wide leading from 
Atkinson Street round to Milk Street 

sent 

Col. Waters is directed to apply to M r . Daniel Sears & request 
him to remove the encroachments made on the high Way, in Gibbs 
Lane & in case of refusal to proceed immediately in . cutting 
down the same 

sent 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 27. 1797 - 
Present Mess : Boardman, Sturgis, Tilden, Edwards, Walley, 
Little, Sever, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb^. 28. 1797 
Present Mess". Walley, Boardman, Sever, Crafts, Tilden, Sturgis, 
Edwards, 



306 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

M r . Newman who has rang the Bell at N. Church is directed to 
cease ringing said Bells & M r . Nazro is to inform him of the 
same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1. 1797 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Crafts, Sever, Boardman, Sturgis, Price, 
Walley, 

Cap'. Corey of Brookline applies for a Stand in the Market N. 
75 lately improved by Amasa Ellis 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Crafts, Tilden, Boardman, Walley, Ed- 
wards, Little, 

[19O.] Ordered, that a Warrant be issued for March Meeting 
on the 13 Ins'. 9. O. Clock. A: M: 

Rev d . D r . Lothrop to be requested to open the Town Meeting 
with Prayer 

M r . Little & Boardman a Committee for said purpose" 
M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications 
The Town Clerk directed to permit Mess : Bayley & Henderson, 
Collectors of Taxes for 1795 to take up their Bonds given for said 
Year, they having produced the several Receits from the Treas- 
urers for s d . Year in full 

Passed upon Cap'. Laha State Accounts Feb y . 3 d . for the last 

D 
Year am , to 44-45 Cents but no Copy lodged 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 6*. [1797] 
Present Mess : Price, Boardman, Sever, Edwards, Crafts, Tilden, 
Sturgis, Little, 

Application having been made by M r . Blake Hastings & others 
for a new Street to be laid out, at New Boston where the Rope 
Walks were consumed, it was agreed by the Selectmen to view the 
Ground at past 12. O Clock to Morrow 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7 1797 
Present Mess : Boardman, Price, Walley, Sever, Tilden, Sturgis, 
Edwards, Crafts, 

The Selectmen view'd the Ground where the late Rope Walks at 
West Boston stood before the late Fire & confer'd with some of 
the Abuttors 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 8. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Tilden, Sturgis, Sever, Boardman, Crafts, Edwards, 
Price, 

Cap 1 . Oliver Wiswall of Engine N. 7. applies for the Premium 
for playing first at the Fire at M r . Turner's House : 

Cap*. Nazro of N. 6. for the Premium for the Fire at West 
Boston Rope Walks 

[191.] Cap 1 . James of Engine N. 10 applied for Premium 
at the Fire M r . Turners 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1797. 307 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 15 [1797] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Sever, Tilden, Sturgis, Little, 

Met & agreed as to the manner of carrying the Votes of a late 
Body Meeting into effect 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16. 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Little, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 22 [1797] 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, Little 

Mess" : Sever, Tilden & Sturgis a Committee to provide one or 
more Bulls 

Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for Town Meeting 
the 1*. Monday of April being the 3 d . Day for choice of Gov- 
ernor &c. 

M r . Sturgis jfe M r . Edwards a Committee to request Rev d . 
D r . Thatcher to open said Meeting with Prayer 

Thomas English applies for liberty to open a Common Shore in 
Summer Street in order to clear & repair the same Ordered that 
M r . English cause all Persons interested in said Common Shore or 
where private Drains empty into the same to appear on Wednesday 
the 29'. Ins', at the Selectmens Room then & there to shew cause 
if any they have why liberty should not be granted according to 
the said application of M r . English 

By Order of the Selectmen 

W. C T. C 

A Comm ee . of the Fire-wards attended by order of the Body to 
request two Engines in the room of N. 4 & 7 they being much 
out of repair 

[192.] M r . Sprague & Perin May apply for Tombs in the 
new Burying Ground Libert} 7 granted on the common condi- 
tions & restrictions of other Grants of the like kind 

Deacon Tilden, M r . Edwards a Cornm 6 . to view a Bake house 
said to be erecting at new Boston 

M r . Edwards & M r . Little a Comm ee . to publish such extracts of 
the late Laws relative to Buildings as they may Judge proper 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27. 1797. 
Present Mess : Sever, Edwards, Little, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, 

The Town having by a late Vote reconsidered the Vote for 
placing a Stone in a Lane on Town Dock leading to Ann Street 
Cap 1 . Gleasen is permitted to remove the same 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 29. 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Harris, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Jesse Mayo upon his application has liberty to build a new 
Tomb in the new burying Ground on the condition & restriction 
of former Grants of this kind 

M r . Edwards, Little & Howard a Committee on M r . Claps re- 
quest to view a new Building 



308 ' CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Thompson & M r . Jepson Collectors of Taxes for 1795 have 
produced Receipts in full from Treasurer for said Year, the Town 
Clerk is directed to deliver up their Bonds for said Year 

M r . Tilden and Harris to enquire & Report the Repairs which 
may be necessary for the Centre Town Schools M r . Edwards 
added to the Committee 

M r . Little & M r . Sturgis a Comm e . to order repairs in State 
Street 

[193.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 5. 
1797. Present Mess": Tilden, Sever, Howard, Sturgis, Edwards, 
Little, 

The Town having at their late Meeting referred it to the Select- 
men the matter of lighting the Lamps the Selectmen have re- 
quested M r . Little to suspend untill further Orders the Lighting of 
the Lamps & to dispose of what Oil remains & pay the proceeds 
thereof into the Town Treasury 

On application of a Comm ee . of the Proprietors of Long Wharff 
for liberty to convey Water through the Streets from Water Street 
to Long Wharff 

Voted, that M r . Sever, Edwards & Little be a Comm ee . to con- 
fer with them on this business 

The Selectmen a Committee at large to consider & Report the 
best mode to have the Police of the Town superintended 

The Town having referred the proposition of Allen Crocker & 
others of giving Deeds of Land adjoining Vincents Alley, for the 
use of the Town to the Selectmen 

Voted, that M r . Sever, Edwards & Little be a Cornm 6 . to con- 
sider the same & Report 

M r . Sever, Edwards & Howard a Committee to procure an ac- 
curate Plan of the Land belonging to the Town on each side of 
the Neck and also to Lease the Land to Asa Fuller & others 

The above Comm ee . are also to Lease the other Lands belong- 
ing to the Town & are also a Comm e . as to the Slaughter House 
on the Neck 

[194.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
12* [1797] Present Mess" : Tilden, Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, How- 
ard, Harris, Little, 

William Trefery applies for liberty to carry a Drain from his 
House in Fiattery March into the Common Shore. Liberty is granted 
conditioned that the Ground is made good & the Pavement re- 
stored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

David Marston applies for liberty to carry a Drain from his 
House in Creek Street into the Common Shore Liberty is 
granted conditioned that the Ground is made good & the Pave- 
ment restored to satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Daniel Bowen applies for a License as an Auchtioneer for 
the present year 

see next Page 

John William Quincy applies for a License as an Auchtioneer 
for the present Year his recommendation on file 

see next Page 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797. 309 

M r . Thomas English having applied on the 22 d . March last to 
open the Common Shore in Summer Street in order to repair the 
same, and having represented to the Selectmen that he had agrea- 
ble to their directions informed & warned all Persons that are 
interested therein that are in Town agreable to a return on file by 
Constable May M r . Inglish is therefore permitted to open said 
Common-Shore, provided the Ground shall be made good and the 
Pavement restored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen as no 
Person concerned, has made any objection thereto 

M r . Nazro directed to warn a Meeting of the Selectmen, on 
Wednesday the 12'. Ins 1 , at % past 6. oClock to consider the appli- 
cation of Auchtioneers by M r . Bowen & John William Quincy 

Wednesday past 6 o'Clock 

[195.] Selectmen met agreable to Warning 

M r . Daniel Bowen approved of as an Auchtioneer untill the next 

term being the first of July next (had no Certificate) 

M r . John William Quincy approved of as an Auchtioneer untill 

next term being the first of July next 

see April 26 l . 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 19. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Edwards, Tildeu, Sturgis, Howard, Harris, 

John Trask & others having applied for permission to lay a 
Drain or Common Shore for their sole benefit, from the bottom of 
Warren Street, to the Shore of Charles River & to cross Pleasant 
Street Liberty is granted, conditioned that the Ground be made 
good & the Pavement restored to the satisfaction of the Select- 
men 

It is agreed that David Hendricks Sexton of the Old South shall 
ring that Bell at the Hours of 8 .. 1 .. & 9 O. 'Clock each Day 
at the same rates it was done the last Year by M r . Wheelock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24. 1797. A: 
M. Present Mess". Edwards, Sturgis, Little, Howard, Harris, 

Information given that a Sailor on board the Schooner Harriot, 
Cap'. Burgis from Norfolk has the Small Pox on examination 
the Captain was directed to convey him to Rainsford Island there 
to be delivered to the care of the Keeper of the State Hospital 
and orders were accordingly given M r . Spear, to receive & keep 
him untill further directions as by particulars on file 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24. 1797. 
P.M: Present Mess: Edwards, Sturgis, Howard, Sever, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Town Clerk directed to give in the Draught to Town Treasurer, 
as draughts are to be compleated on Draft Day, 

[196.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 2& 
[1797.] Present Mess": Sever, Howard, Sturgis, Tilden, Edwards, 
Harris, Little, 



310 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Passed upon other Accounts as the Draught has not yet been 
delivered the Treasurer 

Matthew Clark in Comp 7 . with William Eustis applies for a 
License to dispose of Merchandize as a Auctioneer 

Thomas Gardner a Black Man from Nantucket having been well 
recommended, is appointed a Chimney Sweeper for this Town 
and a Badge N. 19. has been delivered him his recommendation 
is placed upon the file of mix'd Papers 

M r . Thomas Spear Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
having Reported that a Daniel Eaton who was sent to said Hospi- 
tal with the Small Pox is now perfectly clear of the Distemper he 
was permitted to let him depart the Island 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28 th . 1797 
Present Mess : Sever, Sturgis, Edwards, Tilden, Little, Howard, 

The Town Clerk directed to draw out new Orders for Engine 
Men of the twelve Engines belonging to the Town agreable to 
their application to Selectmen 

5. o Clock ; This being a Meeting for the purpose- Matthew 
Clark who has applied for a License as an Auchtioneer untill the 
next term was accordingly approved of & Licensed 

The Proprietors of Boston Pier or Long Wharff in Boston hav- 
ing applied to the Selectmen for liberty to break up the Streets 
in said Town in order to lay Pipes for the purpose of conducting 
Fresh Water from some Spring in Water Street to the said Wharff 
The Selectmen took the same into consideration & concieving 
it may be of advantage to the Interest [197.] of the Town in 
general in case of Fire Voted, that the said Proprietors have 
liberty as they request to open the Streets, provided that previous 
to their undertaking it they enter into an agreement in writing so 
to conduct the opening as to be least obstructive to the business 
of the Town to put the Streets which they shall so open in good 
repair to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, & from time to time 
hereafter to make all repairs to the same which shall become neces- 
sary to be made in consequence of such opening that the Pump 
or Pumps to be placed on said Wharffs shall at all times in the 
Day time be free for the use of all the Inhabitants of the Town 
improving Stores or labouring on the said Wharff and further 
that if in any future period the Town or any of the Inhabitants 
thereof for the general benefit of the Town, shall think proper to 
place one or more Pumps in State Street they shall have the privilege 
of recieving Water from or through the said Pipes and in case of 
repairs being needed as aforesaid, if the said Proprietors shall 
neglect to make them after ten Days notice thereof, the Selectmen 
may cause the same to be done, at the expence of the said Pro- 
prietors 

On the application of Mess rs : Scott & Storer for liberty to put 
up a Board sign on the back part of their Stores near the Market 

Voted, that they have liberty to put up such Sign Board as 
they request ; to be removed at the will of the Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3 d 1797' 
Present Mess. Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, Harris, Howard, Little, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797. 311 

Ordered that a Warrant be prepared for a Town Meeting on 
Thursday next 10. o'Clock A: M: for choice of Representatives 
& c . being 11'. May 

M r . Edwards & Cap 1 . Howard a Comrn** to request Rev d M r . 
Eliot to open the Meeting with Prayer. 

[198.] M r . Vile has liberty to open a Drain from his Ice 
House into the Common shore, conditioned that he have the Drain 
cover'd in the Night that he makes good the Ground & restores 
the Pavement to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

M r . Treasurer Clap proposes as his Bondsmen Nathaniel Hall 
Gentleman, James White Merch' for his Bondsmen as Treasurer 
the Selectmen approve of them & the Town Clerk directed to 
take the Bonds 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 10. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Harris, Sturgis, Howard, Little, 

Thomas Cams applys for a License for Post chaise N. 47 
the former Driver, Bates is gone off with first License approved 
of 

On application of M r . Cleaver Constable of the West Boston 
Watch that himself & Company may be reinstated as Watch men 
for the said Watch they were accordingly reinstated. 

Drawn out of the Box as Grand Jurors for the Circuit Court, 
Mess : Joseph Russell 
Stephen Hall 

John Harskin not posted in Jury 

Books, Grand Jurors not being excusable when chosen within 
three Years 

M r . Thomas Spear Keeper of the Hospital at Raiusfords Island, 
having Reported to us that Amos Paul that has had the Small Pox 
at said Hospital is clear of that Distemper, & has been so well 
smoked & cleansed with all his Clothing, as thnt he may leave the 
Island without danger to the Inhabitants M r . Spear was directed 
to permit him to depart accordingly 

M*. Robert Payne appointed to deliver an Oration on the 4 of 
July next, (who declined) 

M r . Sever & M r . Edwards to acquaint him with his appoint- 
ment 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 17. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess" : Little, Edwards, Howard, Sturgis, Harris, 

[199.] Jacob Polly & Silas Ramsdell are directed to take 
charge of the North Watch house as Watchmen uutill further 
Orders 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 17 [1797] 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Little, Sturgis, Hancock 
(Form) 

Boston May 1797 
Sir 

You are permitted to open the Ground across Marlborough 
Street to Milk Street, for the purpose of laying a Drain on Condi- 



312 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

tion you replace the pavement & put the Street in good order, & 
hereafter make such repairs to the same as shall become necessary, 
in consequence of said opening 

r<~ 

e 

g 



I agre to the above Conditions 

see June 15 

M r . Edwards, Little & Howard a Committee to enquire into the 
necessity of repairing Fish Street, Middle Street & all Streets 
below the Bridges 

Mess rs : Sever, Sturgis, Harris & Hancock to enquire into the 
necessity of repairing Streets from the State house South- 
ward 

M r . Edwards, M r . Little & Cap'. Howard a Comm ee to attend to 
the opening of the Waterways from back Street near D r . Stillmans 
Meeting House into the Mill Pond 

M r . Shubael Bell & M r . William Syms chosen Officers of Police 

the Salaries assigned to them respectively is forty Dollars 
quarterly 

David Lewis appointed to Collect Cow Money the present Year 

for each Cow going at large 75 Cents. & Cows Pastur'd 37 
Cents 

[2OO.] M r . Edwards, M r . Sturgis & M r . Harris a Committee 
to confer with the Committee for building a new Alms house on 
the subject for preserving a House for an Hospital at New 
Boston 

M r . Sever & M r . Edwards, a Committee to request M r . John 
Callender to deliver an Oration in commemoration of the Declara- 
tion of Independence on the 4 July next 

Last Lords Day, William Earl who came in Schooner Betsy from 
Baltimore Cap*. Matthews Master, was sent to the Hospital at 
Rainsford Island as having the Small Pox. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 24. 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, Hancock, Austin, 
Harris, 

M r . Austin appointed to apply to the Committee relative to Build- 
ing Alms house, relative to the Township granted by the General 
Court to the Town of Boston 

On the Petition of a number of Inhabitants bordering on Cow 
Lane so called, that it may have the Name of High Street given it by 
the Selectmen The Petition is granted, & agreeable to the power 
vested in the Selectmen by the Town the Name requested is ac- 
cordingly given said Street 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29. 1797 
Present Mess rs .: Tilden, Sturgis, Edwards, Hancock, Austin, How- 
ard, Little, Harris, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797. 313 

Passed upon Accounts 

Samuel Sprague applies for liberty to open a Drain from his 
Cellar in into the Common shore 

M r . Little & M r . Edwards a Committee to secure Blinds for the 
North School 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 1797 
Present Mess" : Seaver, Edwards, Little, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, 
Harris, Austin Hancock 

On information of the Small Pox being at the House of D*. 
Moses Barker, Ship Street North end D r . Rand visited the 
House & Reported, that Mary Barker was much broke out with 
the [2O1.] Small Pox the House much infected, & two Persons 
exposed to the disorder whereupon 

Voted that D r . Barker cause the said Mary & the two other 
Persons to be immediately removed to Hospital Island, at the ex- 
pense of the said D r . Barker & that he cause his House to be 
thoroughly cleansed, to prevent a communication of the Distem- 
per 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 7. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess : Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, Tilden, Howard, Harris, 
Hancock, Little, Austin, 

M r . Edwards, Little & Austin a Comrn ee . to consider & Report 
the best method for cleansing the Streets M r . Sturgis added 

M r . Hancock, Austin & Sturgis a Comm ee . to confer with the 
Abutters on Willsons Lane, relative to paving the same 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Sever, Edwards, Little, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, 
Austin, 

A conference had with M r . Wells one of the Comm ee . of Gen- 
eral Court relative to a Bill now under consideration of said Court 
for preventing the spread of infectious distempers 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 12. 1797 
Present Mess : Sever, Edwards, Little, Tilden, Sturgis, Harris, 
Howard, Hancock, Austin, 

Ordered that a Warrant be prepared for calling a Meeting on 
Thursday 15 Ins 4 10. o Clock to consider a Petition for repealing 
a Law relative to securing the Town against damage by Fire 

Voted, that the Officers of Police be directed to attend to the 
due execution of the Law regulating Hackney Carriages, especially 
as far as relates to such Persons who drive without due License & 
have not their Carriages number'd on both sides according to the 
regulations 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 14. 1797 Present 
Mess : Sever, Edwards, Hancock, Sturgis, Harris, Howard, 

[2O2.] Thomas Spear Keeper of Hospital Island having Re- 
ported that William Earl of Kennebunk who has had the Small 
Pox, is now recover'd & himself. & Clothes so well cleansed that 
they may leave the Island without danger to the Inhabitants 



314 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Liberty is accordingly granted & M r . Spear informed thereof in 
Writing 

The Hay weigher is directed not to weigh any Loads of Hay bat 
such as are merchantable 

M r . Edwards, Tilden & Harris a Comm ee . to order Repairs to the 
Latin School 

M rs . Lowder is permitted to open Ground in order to drain her 
Cellar, on condition she replace the pavement & put the Street in 
good order, & hereafter make such repairs to the same as shall 
become necessary in consequence of said opening 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26. 1797 Present 
Mess rs : Sever, Hancock, Tilden, Edwards, Harris, Sturgis, Little, 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Town Treasurer is requested to call upon the Secretary of 
the Fire wards for the Towns part of Powder lately forfeited to the 
use of the Town sent 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess: Sever, Hancock, Tilden, Austin, Sturgis, Howard, 
Harris, Edwards, 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue by Order of the Selectmen 
a Warrant for a Town Meeting on Tuesday the 4. of July next at 
Faneuil Hall 9. O Clock A: M: in commemoration of the Declara- 
tion of Independence being 4 l . July 1776 

(Mem , no Printed Notifications are to be distributed) 

The Selectmen visited Deer Island last Wednesday accompanied 
by a number of their Fellow Townsmen found the Island in 
good order; & had an agreable time 

[2O3.] M r . Austin & Hancock a Committee to view & Report 
relative to repairs of New Street leading to West Boston Bridge 

M r . Edwards, Little & Howard a Committee on the application 
of M r . Quiner, to view where he purposes to Build an Oven 

M r . William Sherburne has liberty to lay a Drain from his Dis- 
till house in Battery March Conditioned that he make good the 
ground & restore the Pavement to the approbation of the Select- 
men 

Agreed to have a Dinner on Fryday the 7'. of July next, as 
usual on the Day of the Visitation of the Schools List of 
Persons invited on file 

The Selectmen have agreed to view the Buildings erecting in 
May Street to Morrow 6 o.' Clock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1. 1797 Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden, Hancock, Edwards, Austin, Sever, Sturgis, 
Howard, 

Agreed upon a Notification, in hand Bills relative to cleansing 
the Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 5. 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Howard, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Harris* 
Austin, 



SELECTMEN'S MIXUTES, 1797. 315 

M r . Sturgis, Little & Tilden a Comm ee . to settle with M r . Homer 
relative to the Tombs in new Burying Ground 

M r . Austin, Hancock, Tilden Howard & Harris a Comm ce . on 
the Petition of Appleton Prentis & others, for laying Gravel on 
the new Street leading to West Boston Bridge 

On application M r . Quiner is permitted to erect an Oven on 
his Land for the purpose of baking 

[3O4.] M r . Edwards, Major Hancock & M r . Little a Com- 
mittee to repair May Street & examine whether there has not been 
incroachments 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 12. 1797 
Present Mess : Sever, Little, Sturgis, Edwards, Hancock, Tilden, 
Austin, 

The Auchtioneers of the last Year apply for the approbation of 
the Selectmen for the present Year which commenced the I 8t . 
Ins', viz'. 

M r . Samuel Clap, 

" Lewis Hoyt 

" Thomas Kilbey Jones 

" Joshua Eaton 

" William Alline 

" Samuel Bradford Esq. 

" Benjamin Alline 

" John W. Fulsome 

" John Badger 

" John Perkins 

" Robert Gardner Esq. 

" Matthew Clark in Comp 7 . with 

" Daniel Bo wen 

" JohnW. Quincy 

see other side & October 25 

5. o 'Clock a Meeting is warned for the purpose of taking the 
above applications into consideration & acting thereon 

Agreed to an Assize on Bread at the rate of Flour at 9 Dollars 
pbll: 

M r . Spear Keeper of the Hospital was directed to receive from 
on board Cap'. Somerbys Vessell such Persons as have the Small 
Pox the Selectmen of Newbury Port having engaged by a Letter 
of July 4'. placed on the Files to defray any expence that may 
accrue 

M r . Elisha Tour, Cooper, approved of as a Searcher & Packer of 
pickled Fish Pork & Beef for the present Year 

M r . Hancock & Austin a Comm c . to view Beacon Hill & Report 
what Repairs may be necessary 

[2O5.] The Persons mentioned on the other side as applying 
for Auctioneer Licences, were all approved of as Auchtioneers for 
the Town of Boston for present Year 

ORDERED That the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at nine 
shillings & six Pence p Bushel & that twelve Pence p bushel be 



316 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

allowed [to the Bakers] for their Charges Pains & Livelihood, which 
is computed as follows Viz 1 . 

lb. oz. dr. 

a 4 d . Loaf of white Bread, must weigh 1 1 10 

8 d . Ditto - - d 2 34 

4 d . Brick Loaf -------- d 15 10 

8 d . Ditto d 1 15 4 

Biskets of 3 Copper price d 8 13 

4 d . Loaf of brown Bread d 182 

4 d . d. not above Indian d 2 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26. 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Sturgis, Austin, Hancock, Tilden, Edwards, 
Harris, Howard, Little, 

Nathaniel Spear, having applied as an Inspector of pickled Fish 
Beef Pork & c . was approv'd of as an Inspector, being well recom- 
mended & took the Oath of Office & c 

M r . Sever & Tilden a Comm ee . on the Assessment of Drain or 
Common Shore repairs, in Milk Street 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31. 1797 
Present Mess : Tilden, Sturgis, Sever, Harris, Howard, Hancock, 
Edwards, Little, Austin, 

Passed upon Accounts 

At the last Meeting held the 26 Instant passed upon the old 
List of Inholders & Retailers of Spirituous Liquors & made re- 
turn to the Justices of the Court of Sessions for the Count}' of 
Suffolk as the Law directs 

Louis Williams Indentures signed by Selectmen & placed upon 
File of mix'd Paper 

M r . Tilden, Sturgis & Little a Comm 66 . to repair Royal Exchange 
Lane 

M r . Austin & Hancock a Comm ee . to repair Pembertons Hill 

[2O6.] Voted, that the Committee appointed to consider the 
application of the Abutters in Federal Street for the paving said 
Street, be directed to proceed in paving the same provided they 
take special care that the Abutters cause the side Walls to be laid 
with Brick & Stone as has been lately done in State Street 

On the application of General Jackson Agent for the Building 
the Continental Frrigate in this Town, for the use of the Fire 
Engines for the purpose of Watering the said Frigate 

Voted that said Jackson have liberty to use two of the Engines 
under the Master of each respectively & the Fire Wards who have 
the care of said Engines at the North part of the Town, at the 
expence of said Jackson he also to be under engagement to 
make good any damage that may happen to the same by using 
them as aforesaid 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 2 d . 1797 
Present Mess 1 " 6 : Sever, Tilden, Austin, Howard, Sturgis, Little, 
Humphery Victory a Seaman on board M r . Will. Smiths Ship 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797. 317 

Cap 1 . . from Philadelphia being taken with the Small 

Pox, was sent to the care of M r . Spear Keeper of State Hospital 
at Rainsfords Island 

M r . Spear Keeper of Hospital having reported that Samuel 
Pettingill who has had the Small Pox is now well, & so cleansed 
as that he may now leave Rainsford Island without danger of car- 
rying any infection Liberty was granted accordingly 

M r . Richards & others Petition for Paving N. & East side 
Market Squai'e, referred to Comm ee . for selling Fish Stalls. 

Passed upon the Petitions for Inholders & Retailers in this 
Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 9 [1797] 
Present Mess" : Sever, Austin, Hancock, Sturgis, Harris, Edwards, 
Little, Howard, 

On the application of the Committee of Arangement [2O7.] for 
the Dinner given in Honor of the President of the United States, 
for the use of Faneuil Hall for said purpose Liberty was accord- 
ingly granted 

M r . Nazro is directed to procure twelve badges for Chimney 
Sweeps 

M r . Spear having Certified that Mark Currier of Newbury Port 
who has had the Small Pox at the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 
is now so free from infection as that he may leave the Island with 
safety to the Inhabitants Liberty was accordingly granted for 
his departure 

Proposals for paving & furnishing Stones & Gravel folded up & 
put in the box 

Agreed to meet at 4. O Clock Thursday to agree upon a Visita- 
tion to Rainsfords Island & c 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 10. 1797 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, Harris, Howard, Han- 
cock, Austin, Little, 

A Visitation was agreed upon for Rainsfords Island, to be on 
Fryday next, being the 18'. Ins' 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 14. 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Harris, 
Austin, Little, 

On application of the Managers of the Dinner in honor of 
the President of the United States on Wednesday next, that 
the Bells may be rung on the entrance of the President into 
Town the Selectmen will give direction to the Sextons ac- 
cordingly (the Orders were convey'd by M r . Nazro to the 
Sextons ) 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Little, a Committee to give directions for the 
clearing the Streets, previous to "Wednesday next 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 23 d . 1797 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Sturgis, Harris, Howard, Han- 
cock. 



318 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Spear of the Hospital at Raiusfords Island having Reported, 
that Humphry Vickery who has had the Small [2O8.] Pox, is 
now well & so free from infection as that he may be permitted to 
leave the Island with safety to the Inhabitants Liberty was 
granted accordingly 

Voted, that the Committee appointed July 5 to repair May 
Street & c . to wit. Mess" : Hancock, Edwards & Little be au- 
thorized to empower M r . William Tayler or any Person they may 
think proper, with necessary Assistants to survey lay out & desig- 
nate the several Streets at West Boston beyond George Street & 
to the Southward & Eastward of Cambridge Street & to Report 
their doings thereon as soon as may be that the same may be laid 
before the Town for their approbation 

gave M r . Tayler 

Cap'. Howard & M r . Little a Cornm 66 . to view a Chimney & Well 
in Lyn Street & to Report thereon 

The Selectmen visited Rainsfords Island Fryday last, accom- 
panied by a number of their Fellow Townsmen the Weather & 
every circumstance proved agreable 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 28. 1797 
Present Mess: Sever, Little, Edwards, Sturgis, Tilden, Howard, 
Hancock, Austin, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 30 th . 1797 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Sturgis, Howard, Harris, Tilden, Little, 
Hancock, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 4. 1797 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Sturgis, Austin, Edwards, Harris 

Six petit extra Jurors for S. J. C. were drawn and posted in 
Jury Books 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 7 th . 1797 
Present Mess : Hancock, Austin, Harris, Seaver, Edwards, How- 
ard, 

M r . Joseph Lovereign applys for leave to build a Tomb in the 
South Burying Ground, next to the Lower Gate, Westward 

Agreed 

[2O9.] The Selectmen agree to meet in future at 3. Clock 
P: M: 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r . 13 th 1797 
Present Mess : Howard, Sever, Hancock, Austin, Tilden, Harris, 
Edwards, 

M r . John Jarvis applies to the Selectmen for liberty to lay a 
Drain from his House in Newbury Street into the Common Shore 
Granted Condition'd as May 17. 1797. is expressed in these 
Minutes 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797. 319 

The Indentures of Pollydore a Black Boy bound to Come 
Durant, approved of & placed upon the File of mix'd Papers 

The Indenture of David Lyon a white Boy bound to M r . Edward 
C. How approved of by the Selectmen & one of the said Inden- 
tures placed on the File of mixed Papers 

Cap'. Howard, M r . Edwards & M r . Harris a Committee to view 
the Ground where William Turner proposes to build a House, & 
Report whether a foundation can be found without very great ex- 
pence 

M r . Edmunds appointed as Constable of the North Watch, his 
pay to commence the 15 Ins* 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 20 [1797] - 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Sturgis, Little, 
Austin , 

Jeffry Richardson has liberty to build a Tomb in the S. Bury- 
ing Ground next to M r . Loverings opposite Frog Lane Conditioned 
as the other Grants for Tombs 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 25 [1797] 
Present Mess : Sever, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Harris, Little, 
Edwards, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 27. 1797 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Hancock, Tilden, Sturgis, Edwards, Har- 
ris, Little, Austin, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Maj r . Tilden to supply the several Schools with Wood they to 
have nine Cord each, except the Latin School, which is six 

M r . John Spear appointed Constable of South Watch in the room 
of M r . Tileston 

[21O.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 4. 
1797. Present Mess". Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Austin, Hancock, 
Harris, Sturgis, 

M r . William Sherburne has liberty, to build a Tomb in the 
North Burying Ground next to the last which has been erected, & 
conditioned, the same as were the other Grants 

M r . Henderson proposes Thomas Parker Merch'. Enoch James 
Gentleman for his Bondsmen as Collector of Taxes for the present 
Year 

(approved) 

M r . Jepson proposes Joseph Callender. Benjamin Sumner Jun r 
(approved of) 

M r . Bayley proposes Henry Bass & Bay ley approved 

Upon application of Cap'. Rufus Amory of the Boston Cavalry, 
for liberty to make use of the Common in training the Horse 
Voted unanimously, that the request cannot be granted as the 
Selectmen consider it, as injurious to the Common to be improved 
for such purposes 



320 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Thomas Blaymons Indentures to Robert Gusbrou a Black ap- 
proved by the Selectmen & placed upon the files 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 11. 1797 
Present Mess 18 : Sever, Edwards, Howard, Harris, Hancock 

Three extra Grand Jurors for Circuit Court were drawn out of 
the Box but not posted in Jury Books 5 Petit Jurors were drawn 
& posted 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 18. [1797] 
Present Mess : Sever, Hancock, Howard, Tilden, Sturgis, Little, 
Austin, Edwards, 

The Selectmen as a Board, have agreed to meet at M r . Austins 
house Saturday next 3. O'Clock P: M: in order to view the Streets 
laid out at New Boston by M r . Tayler 

On application by M r . Codman, for liberty to build a Tomb in 
the South end Burying Ground Liberty is granted accordingly 
by the Selectmen on the same Condition of the [211.] Grants 
for the other Tombs 

David Hendricks is admitted as a Watchman in the South Watch, 
commencing the 9 th Instant 

M r . Benjamin Dearbon applies for license as an Auchtioneer for 
the Town of Boston 

approved, see below 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 21. 1797 
Present Mess" : Harris, Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Sturgis, Aus- 
tin, Howard, 

The Board met at M r . Austins House & proceeded to view the 
Streets laid out at New Boston by Mr. Tayler 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of tlie Selectmen Octo r . 23 d 1797 
Present Mess : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Austin, How- 
ard, Little, 

M r . Edwards, Little & Howard a Committee to give repairs to 
the North School house to enquire as to Rent due for Cellar and 
to rent out the Cellar for the most they can obtain 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 25. 1797 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, 

This being a Meeting warned for the purpose M r . Benjamin 
Dearbon, M r . Timothy Wiggin & M r . Appleton Prentice, are ap- 
proved of as Auchtioueers for the Town of Boston in addition to 
those who were appointed the 12*. of July last 

Joachim De Buck a French Boy bound to M r . Jaquis Amblard 
with the approbation of the Selectmen & one of the Indentures 
placed on the file of mixt Papers 

Upon due enquiry M r . David Mosely has been complained of to 
His Honour the Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk as 
coming under an Act of the General Court passed the 10 March 
1784. relative to Persons guilty of excessive drinking 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797. 321 

1797 Present Mess" : Sever, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Austin, Han- 
cock 

M r . Edwards & M r . Austin a Committee relative to an incum- 
brance on the Towns Land, near M r . Austins House 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen October 3 d . 1797. Pres- 
ent Mess : Tildeu, Sever, Hancock, Sturgis, 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 1. 1797 
Present Mess : Edwards, Howard, Sever, Tilden, Harris, 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r .2 d . 1797. Pres- 
ent Mess : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Austin, Howard, 

Had a conference with the Heirs of late Govern 1 . Hancock rel- 
ative to Land laid out for a Street on Beacon Hill 

On a Warrant from Judge Minot to enquire into the Circum- 
stances of Elizabeth Dutten & Reported that she appear'd to the 
Selectmen uncapable of taking care for her self 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 8. 1797. Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden, Sturgis, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Edwards, 
Howard, Little, 

M r . Edwards, Little & Howard a Committee to examine into the 
encroachments on Lynn Street 

Next Wednesday assigned for the consideration of the Report 
made by M r . Tayler relative to the new Streets laid out by him at 
West Boston ( New Assize at 9 Dollars p bbl :) 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 15. 1 797. Present 
Mess : Sturgis, Harris, Howard, Austin, Hancock, 

M r . Jedediah Holderken sent to Hospital Island, being Re- 
ported by M r . Spear to be well cleansed from infection he is per- 
mitted to leave the Island 

[213.] It having been represented to the Selectmen by the 
Clerk of the Market that a M r . William Read of the Town of 
Braintre had sold Butter in pound Lumps at near .' of a pound 
short weight & the same having been proved to their satisfaction 
therefore 

Ordered, that the Clerk of the Market prevent said Read from 
occupying any Stall in said Market untill the further Orders of the 
Selectmen 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 22 d . 1797 
Present Mess : Edwards, Little, Sturgis, Hancock, Austin, 

M r . Nathan Frazier applies for liberty to build a Tomb in the 
new Burying Ground on the range 

Liberty is granted on the usual conditions 

Four Jurymen drawn as the Law directs for a District Court as 
petit Jurors & entred on Jury Books 



322 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 27. 1797 
Present Mess : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, How- 
ard, Little, Austin, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 29. 1797 
Present Mess" : Sturgis, Edwards, Hancock, Howard, Sever, 
Harris, Austin, 

Cap'. Howard appointed to erect a temporary Rail Fence at the 
Draw Bridge the late Fire making it necessary 

M r . Sever & Edwards a Committee relative to an Engine house 
at South part of the Town 

M r . Edwards & M r . Sturgis appointed to publish extracts from 
the Law relative to the security of the Town from Fire 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 6. 1797 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Sever, Hancock, Austin, 
Harris, Little, 

M r . Edward & M r . Austin, a Committee to get the Acts of this 
State which are in loose folds, bound up together, & to procure 
such Acts which have passed & not to be found among the said 
loose folds 

[214.] M r . Austin, Sturgis & M r . Harris a Com ee . to take up at 
large what respects Faneuil Hall Market, more especially as to 
Stands for Sales on the Square & the Streets near it 

M r . Nathan Bacon applies for the hire of a peice of the Towns 
Land near the Rope Walks at bottom of the Common 

M r . Edwards & M r . Sever a Committee relative to the arange- 
ment security, & quickness of a removal in case of Fire of the 
Towns Books & Papers 

The Selectmen determine that there has been & now is a Road 
from the new State house running Westerly in front of House 
lately occupied by M r . Sprigs, back of Governors Garden & that 
the obstruction should be removed but that the removal be sus- 
pended untill March Meeting 

M r . Edwards appointed to publish extracts from the Law rela- 
tive to Cord Wood & Charcoal 

M r . Little & M r . Austin a Committee to publish a Letter from 
D r . John Brickel relative to the bite of a Mad Dog 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 13. 1797 
Present Mess: Sever, Tilden, Edwards, Slurgis, Harris, Hancock, 
Austin, Little, 

The Committee appointed to consider & Report suitable regula- 
tions for Faneuil Hall Market Reported in writing, which Report 
is put on the file of mix'd Papers 

M r . Edward, Sever, Tilden a Comm 66 . to confer with the Pro- 
prietors of Wharff lately Woodwards 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 20. 1797. Pres- 
ent Mess: Tilden, Sturgis, Sever, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Little, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1797-8. 323 

20 Jurymen for Court Common Pleas & Sessions drawn & entred 
in Jury Books 

Deacon Thomas Bay ley has liberty to [215.] build a Tomb in 
the S. Burying Ground, on the range next Frog Lane Condi- 
tioned as the other Grants 

M r . Sever & Hancock to enquire who has taken Gravel from the 
Burying Ground 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 27. 1797. 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Sever, Edwards, Little, Sturgis, Han- 
cock, Austin, 

Bonds given by James Welsh to bear harmless the Town from 
any expences he may ever occasion it placed on the files of 
Bonds, but not to be recorded a Return was made the Judge of 
Probates that the Selectmen had no objection to his Guardians be- 
ing discharged 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 3 d . 1 798 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Sturgis, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Sever, Edwards, 
Little, 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 10. 1798 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Hancock, Howard, Sturgis, Sever, Ed- 
wards, Austin, 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 17. 1798 
Present Mess rs : Sever, Tilden, Hancock, Sturgis, Austin, Harris, 
Howard, 

M r . William Williams applies in behalf of the Officers of the 
Militia, that they may have the use of Faneuil Hall one Even- 
ing in the week for the present season Granted, provided it 
does not interfere, with any previous permissions 

M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Committee to meet M r . Gridley & 
others on the subject of Lamps agreable to his application 

M r . Howard, Hancock & Harris a Committee on Petition of 
Cap*, of Engine N. 4. and likewise to examine State of Engine 
house N. 6 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 19. 1 798 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Sturgis, Austin, Harris, 

Met in order to draw eight extra Jurors for C. C. Pleas, which 
are entred & posted in Jury Books 

[216.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 24. 
1798. Present Mess r& : Tilden, Howard, Sever. Hancock, Sturgis, 
Edwards, Austin, 

The Committee relative to Engines & Engine Houses of .Engines 
N. 4 & 6. " Reported whereupon said Comm ee . are empower'd 
& directed, to give such Repairs & add to the Buildings as the}^ may 
Judge best, as also to provide any Articles for the use of the 
Engines in the place of such as are damaged or in addition to 
what they now have, as to the Committee may appear wanting 



324 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Austin & M r . Hancock a Committee relative to a new Street 
which a number of Inhabitants have subscribed for being laid out 
at the bottom of Beacon Hill & to Report thereon 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 29. 1798 
Present Mess : Tilden, Sever, Hancock, Edwards, Harris, Sturgis, 
Austin, Howard, Little, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Josiah Copeland has liberty to erect a Tomb in the North 
Burying Ground next to M r . Shermans on Condition that he con- 
form to the other Grants in all particulars, 

M r . Harris & M r . Austin a Committee to agree with some Person 
or Persons for winding up all the Town Clocks & other care of 
them 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 31. 1798. Pres- 
ent Mess : Sever, Hancock, Sturgis, Howard, Edwards, Harris, 
Austin, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 7. 1798 Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden, Howard, Hancock, Sever, Edwards, 

18 Grand Jurors for Supreme Judicial Court & 24 Petit Jurors, 
the Petit Jurors entred in Jury Book to be posted 

M r . Sever, Tilden & Sturgis a Committee to remove the Build- 
ings of the Town on the Lands sold to Col. Jackson 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 14. 1798 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Hancock, Tilden, Austin, Sturgis, 
Harris, 

[217.] The Selectmen approved the Engine Men for the 
several Engines in this Town, agreable to the Laws of this State, 
& their Names may be found in the Engine Books there recorded 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 21. 1798 
Present Mess" : Sever, Hancock, Sturgis, Howard, Harris, Tilden, 
Austin, 

12 extra petit Jurors were chosen for S. J. C. now sitting & 
entred & posted in Jury Books 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 26. 1798 
Present Mess : Tilden, Hancock, Howard, Edwards, Harris, Stur- 
gis, Austin, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb 7 . 28. 1798 
Present Mess" : Sever, Tilden, Hancock, Edwards, Austin, Stur- 
gis, Little, Harris, Howard, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Legislature of this State having directed that one set of the 
Laws of the United States should be distributed to each Town in 
the Commonwealth In conformity hereto William Little Esq. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 325 

one of the Representatives of this Town has this Day delivered the 
Selectmen one set of said Laws, which he has received from the 
Secretary of this Commonwealth said Laws to remain in the 
Selectmens Room for the use of the Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1798 
Present Mess" : Sever, Howard, Tilden, Austin, Hancock, Sturgis, 
Harris, 

ORDERED that a Warrant be issued for March Meeting on the 
12 th . of March Ins 1 . 9. OClock A: M: 

Rev d . M r . Belknap to be requested to open the Town Meeting 
with Prayer 

M r . Sturgis & Maj r . Tilden a Committee for that purpose 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications, 

[218]. Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7, 
1798. Present Mess : Sever, Tilden, Howard, Little, Sturgis, Har- 
ris, Austin. 

M r . Edwards appointed to search & examine the Records & 
Evidences relative to the Old State House that the Towns interest 
may be assertained 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 14, [1798] 
Present Mess re . Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Hancock, Austin, 
Howard. 

No business transacted which is matter of Record. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 19 [1798] 
Present Mess" : Sever, Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Howard, Aus- 
tin, Sturgis, Harris. 

Business done not matter of Record 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21 , 1798. Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden, Howard, Austin, Hancock, Harris. 

Agreed with M r . Ames to clean repair & put in good order all 
the Town Arms at three Shillings p Arm. 

Agreed with Mr. Bangs to make new scaberds for the Bay- 
onets on each of the Arms & a button on each Scabberd for the 
sum of one Shilling p Scabberd. 

Town Clerk to prepare Warrant for Town Meeting the first 
Monday of .April next being the 2 d . Day of said April for choice 
of Gpvernor & c 

M r . Howard & Mr. Harris a Committee to wait on Rev d . M r . 
Baldwin and request his opening the Meeting with prayer 

M r . Edes to have the printing of Notifications. 

M r . Edes has also the printing the Report of Cornm**. relative 
to Market 

[219.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26 
[17981 Present Mess. Sever, Tilden, Howard, Hancock, Edwards, 
Austin, Harris, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Collector Henderson having produced the several Treasurer* 



326 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Receipts in full for Monies committed to him to collect for the 
Year 1796 the Town Clerk is directed to deliver him up the Bonds 
he had given as Collector for said Year. 

Boston Ss : ' At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28 th . 
[1798] Present Mess : Hancock, Tilden, Edwards, Harris, Sever, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Richard Whellens Indenture with Peter Cornelius approved of 
& placed on the files of mix'd Papers 

M r . Sever & M r . Hancock a Committee to order what is proper 
to be done to the Common & Mall as to placing Posts & c . & c . 

M r . Tilden, Harris & M r . Hancock to view S. Street & Essex 
Street & Report 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30. 1798 
Present Mess 18 : Sever, Tilden, Howard, Hancock, Austin, Harris, 

Passed upon Accounts out of time 

Town Clerk to hand to the Town Treasurer the Draft for this 
Month the same having been examined by M r . Harris 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 4. 1798 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Tilden, Howard, Harris, Austin, Han- 
cock, 

Charles Casson bound Apprentice to Peter Richardson Novern r . 
10. 1797, as p one set on the files of mix'd Papers 

M r . Thomas Spear keeper of Rainsfords Island Hospital was 
permitted last Saturda} 7 to suffer the Brig ne . Ruby, Cap'. Pearly 
with Small Pox from Newbury Port to depart from said Island, 
himself & Doctor Eustis having Reported it might be done with 
safety 

[22O.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 11. 
1798. Present Mess: Tilden, Harris, Hancock, Howard, Han- 
cock, Austin, Edwards, Sever, 

Mess : Tilden, Harris .& Hancock a Committee to inspect Pur- 
chase Street and to order repairs to the same if the}' think it 
necessary 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18. 1798 
Present Mess : Sever, Tilden, Edwards, Howard, Austin, Hancock, 

Deacon Tilden & M r . Harris a Committee on the Street & Drain 
in Water Street 

This being the time appointed for the choice of an Officer of 
Police after due consideration 

Voted, that the appointment of an Officer of Police, shall be 
untill the further order of the Selectmen and that he shall have 
as pay for said service at the rate of Six hundred Dollars p. 
Annum The Selectmen then unanimously made choice of M r . 
James S. Lovell, for Officer of the Police his service & pay to 
commence the first of May next (Mem . M r , Lovell furnished 
with an attested Copy of the above Vote) 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 327 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25. 1798 
Present Mess". Edwards, Hancock, Tilden, Sever, Austin. 

Stephenson & Boston Faddy, who have been employ'd in bury- 
ing Negroes attended & being heard after enquiry of M r . 

Blaney finding that Stephenson had behaved to his was 

permitted to proceed agreable to former directions untill further 
Orders - & Boston forbid to bury any Corps without particular 
direction obtain'd therefor of the Selectmen 

On application of Assessors they "are permitted to procure four 
Chairs for their Chamber 

M r . Spear keeper of Hospital at Raiusfords Island [221.] hav- 
ing represented that William Colburn & Stephen Bladistill who 
have had the Small Pox are now well & cleansed in such manner 
as that they may depart with safety to the Inhabitants, per- 
mission is accordingly granted 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30. 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Hancock, Tilden, Little, Austin, 

M r . Collector Bayley having produced the several Treasurers 
Receits in full for Monies committed to him to collect for the 
Year 1796 the Town Clerk is directed to deliver up to him the 
Bonds given as Collector of Taxes for that Year 

M r . Collector Jepson & M r . Collector Thompson d. d. 

M r . Gilead Morse has liberty to open a Drain in Hanover Street 
from his Cellar to the Common Shore he engaging to put the Street 
in as good repair as before & hereafter make such further repairs 
to the same as shall become necessary in consequence of such 
opening Liberty given on the 25 Ins'. 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3 d . 1798 
Present Mess: Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Hancock 

Ordered that the Officer of Police inform M r . Nathan Bond that 
the Selectmen directs that he stop proceeding in erecting a Build- 
ing at the bottom of the Common the Selectmen do not at pres- 
ent order its removal, that M r . Bond may have opportunity to 
apply to the Town for liberty to erect the same if he thinks 
proper 

Voted that on Tuesday next we come to the choice of an Orator 
for 4*. July 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 8. 1798 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Tilden, Howard, Hancock, Austin, 
Harris, 

ORDERED that a Warrant be prepared for a, Town Meeting on 
Tuesday next the 15 Ins'. 10. O'Clock A: M: for a choice of 
Representative 

M r . Edwards & Cap'. Howard a Comm ee . to wait on the 
Rev d . M r . Parker & request his opening Town Meeting with 
Prayer 

M r . Edes to have printing of Notifications 

[222.'] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15. 



328 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

1798. Present Mess": Sever, Edwards, Harris, Howard, Austin, 
Hancock 

M r . Elisha Sylvester, having been well recommended is per- 
mitted to open a School in this Town for the Instruction of Youth 
more especially the Affrican Youth, in Reading Writing & 
Arithmetic 

Boston Ss:- At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16. 1798 
Present Mess": Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Hancock, 
Porter, Sherburne, Oliver, 

Mess rs : Edwards, Tilden, Sherbnrne, a Committee to examine 
into the Circumstances of George Clark represented as a Person. 
Non Compos, conformable to a Warr 1 . from the Jdge of Probate 
for the County of Suffolk 

General Knox has liberty to Erect a Tomb in the upper part of 
the new Burying Ground, condition'd as is usual in such grants 

James Eaton applys for a License as an Auchtioneer 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at Eight 
Shillings & 6 d p Bushel and that twelve 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 . Loaf of white Bread must weigh ----1-3- 8 

8 d . Ditto ditto .... 2 - 7 - 

4 d . Brick Loaf - - - ditto - - - - 1 - 1 - 8 

8 d . Ditto ditto .... 2 - 5 - 

Biskets of 3 Copper price ditto - 9 - 12 

4 d . Loaf of brown Bread ditto 1 - 8 - 2 

4 d . ditto not above Indian d - - - - 2 

M r . Lovell is appointed to Collect the Cow Money 

M r . James Level appointed to measure Coal Baskets 

James Eaton approved of as an Auchtioneer 

M r . Tilden, Oliver & Porter a Committee to call on General 
Jackson relative to Hay Market 

[223.] M r . Oliver appointed one of the standing Committee 
in room of M r . Sever respecting fencing Common 

M r . Austin & Harris appointed a Committee, to examine & 
enquire respecting the Repairs that are necessary to be given the 
Dyke on the Neck and what measures should be taken relative 
to the Towns Land on the Neck and to Report to the Board 
thereon 

Voted, that 150. hand Bills of the regulations adopted by the 
Town at May Meeting, for the regulation of Faneil Hall Market 
be struck off, to be posted about the Market & deliver'd the Mar- 
ket People for their information respecting the same 

Selectmen agree to meet at 4. OClock. P: M: 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d 1798 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Porter, Sher- 
burne, Hancock, 

M". Bowdoin has liberty to lay a Drain from her House inKilbey 
Street into the Common Shore on the usual Conditions 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 329 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d . 1798 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Austin, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston, 
Edwards, Harris, Porter, 

M r . John Homer has liberty to erect a Tomb in the South bury- 
ing Ground, on that part that borders on Frog Lane, he comply- 
ing with the conditions of said Grants 

On application of the Truckmen for a Town Meeting in order to 
revise the By Law relative to Trucks, The Officer of the Police is 
to be informed, that in the opinion of the Selectmen it will be 
best to suspend any further procedure relative to said order, uutill 
the sense of the Town can be taken thereon 

M r . Edwards, Sherburne & Austin a Committee to take up the 
matter of Regulations for the Market at large, and Report their 
opinion thereon, as soon as may be 

The whole Board a Committee to meet a Committee of the 
Aqueduct Corporation on Fort hill to Morrow 5. O Clock in the 
Afternoon 

[224.] M r . Porter appointed one of the Committee, for the 
care of the Common, in the room of M r . Oliver who has left the 
Board 

Josiah Quincy Esq. appointed by the Selectmen to deliver an 
Oration on the 4 l . of July next, in commemoration of the Indepeu- 
dance of the United States 

The Committee on the Dam on the Neck, Report that repairs 
are necessary & M r . Austin & M r . Harris are a Comm ee . to direct 
such repairs 

Mess": Thomas Hichborn, Joseph Gleason, Jirah Holbrook 
Aaron May, William Cutter, are appointed measurers of Wood, 
agreable to a late law of this Commonwealth & a Vote of the 
Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 24. 1798. Present 
Mess rs : Edwards Tilden, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Tileston, 
Porter, 

The Selectmen met the Conim ee . of the Aqueduct Corporation, 
and agreed that they should continue to improve the Building they 
had erected at the bottom of the Common, agreable to a Vote of 
the Town at their late Meeting, untill the further orders of the 
Board which is not to exceed by said Vote one Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 24. 1798 Pres- 
ent Mess r : Edwards, Tilden, Austin, Sherburne, Tileston, Harris, 
Hancock, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1. 1798. Pres- 
ent Mess": Harris, Porter, Tileston, Sherburne, Tilden, Hancock, 
Austin, 

Passed upon other Accompts r 

M r . Sherburne to direct & attend as to Pavement near D r . 
Mountforths 

The Pump at M r . Carters School to be put in good repair by 



330 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Officer of Police & the Well at North part of the Town near 
where the 74 Gun Ship was built to be curb'd 

[225.] M r . Lawrance is requested to procure 600 Poles from 
5 to 7 Inches through to be fixed for the security of the Damn on 
the Neck at 20 Cents each 

M r . Tileston added to Comm ee . for care of the Common & Bury- 
ing Place & to direct as to the necessary repairs 

M r . Henry Perkins permitted to erect a TOMB in new Burying 
Ground Condition'd as are the other Grants of Tombs 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 6. 1798. Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden, Austin, Edwards, Tileston, Harris, Sherburne t 
Hancock, Porter, 

M r . John Khun has liberty to lay a Drain from his House in Cam- 
bridge Street to the South side of the Bridge Conditioned that the 
Ground be made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

The Hay weigher is directed not to weigh any loads of Hay but 
such as are Merchantable 

M r . Treasurer Clap is authorized & empowered to let the Shops 
on Market Square & the Land on each side the Neck for one Year 
also the Bull Pasture 

Nathaniel Hall & James White approved of as Bondsmen for 
the Town Treasurer 

It is recommended to the Clerks of the Market to pursue the 
usual custom in weighing of Bread & Bisket 

The new forming light Infantry Company apply for the loan of 
the Fire Arms belonging to the Town to drill the Company 
the Selectmen do not consider themselves authorized to comply 
with their request 

Mess : Jonathan Harris, George Makepeace & David West, 
have each of them liberty to Erect a TOMB, in the new Burying 
Ground, for themselves respectively Conditioned as are the 
former Grants for the like purpose 

[226.] Mess": Joseph Howard, Russell Sturgis & Edward 
Edes a Committee from the Fire Wards having in their behalf 
apply'd to the Selectmen, that an additional Engine may be pro- 
vided for the use of the Town M r . Sherburne, Austin & Harris 
are appointed a Committee to confer with said Committee of Fire 
Wards, on the subject, & Report thereon to the Board 

M r . Edwards & Tilden appointed a Committee respecting M r . 
Batons Lease 

[227.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13 th . 
[1798] Present Mess" : Tilden, Tileston, Edwards, Austin, Harris, 
Hancock, Porter, 

Widow Ann Prentice has liberty to open a Drain from the 
House she lives in .near D r . Thatchers Church into the Common 
Shore, in order to clear the same Conditioned that the Ground 
be made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

William Parsons has liberty to break Ground in order to carry a 
Drain from his House in Summer Street into the Common Shore 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 331 

Conditioned that the Ground be made good & the Pavement re- 
stored to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

The License of Hack N. 9. is not to be given out untill further 
order of Selectmen 

M r . Lovel the Officer of Police is directed to inform the Owners 
of Hackney Carriages that unless their Licenses are taken out in 
the course of this \Veek they are to be prosecuted 

sent 

The Officer of Police directed to inform the Owners of Fish 
Stalls in Market Square, that they must be removed on or before 
Tuesday next 

sent 

M r . Porter, Hancock & Tileston a Committee on Bennet 
Street 

M r . Tilden appointed to recieve of M r . Sever the Books Papers 
& c . relative to M rs . Brookers Donation 

The Selectmen determine that the Rent for Stalls in the Market 
Square are to be payable Weekly, & to be at the rate of half a 
Dollar p Week for such as have been at one Dollar p Month, and 
the others in the same proportion 

It is agreed that the following be the form for the Lease of 
Stalls in Market Square Viz'. 

[228.] We the Subscribers hereby severally promise & Agree 
to & with William Gooch of Boston as Clerk of Faneuil Hall 
Market in said Town in consideration that we are permitted by 
him, with the approbation of the Selectmen of said Town to use 
occupy & improve a Stall or Stand in Faneuil Hall Market Square 
numb'rd as against our Names respectively, to pay him or such 
Person as may by the Selectmen be hereafter appointed, Weekly 

& every Week the sum of so long as we shall respectively be 

permitted to occupy the same, & we do promise to observe the 
rules & regulations adopted for the Government of said Market, as 
we shall be from time to time be inform'd thereof by the Selectmen 
or the Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market for the time being hereby 
acknowledging ourselves merely as Tenants at Will of the said 
Stalls respectively (Mem , this is for the Country People) 

An addition for the Inhabitants of the Town viz 1 

And we do further promise not to expose to sale at our said 
Stalls & Stores respectively, any article except Beef, Pork, Mut- 
ton, Lamb & Veal 

agreed 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jane 15, 1798. 
Present Mess : Tilden, Tileston, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Porter, 

M r . Daniel Ingersol has liberty to break Ground from his House 
in Purchase Street. Conditioned that the Ground, & c . be restor'd 
& made good to the satisfaction of the Selectmen in order to 
carry a Drain into the Common Shore 

Agreed to Visit Deer Island on Tuesday the 26*. of June Ins 1 . 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20'. 1798 
Present Mess : Tilden, Edwards, Austin, Hancock, Porter, 
Harris, 



332 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[229.] The Officer of Police is directed to remove the seven 
Fish Boxes on or near Market Square & this immediately 

On application of a number of Persons for paving Lyn Street 
it is the opinion of the Selectmen that the Appropriation of the 
Town for paving will not admit of said Streets being paved the 
present Year 

On the Petition of William Levering & others, for paving South 
Bennet Street Voted, thai if the said Proprietors cause the same 
to be paved this Summer to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 
one hundred Dollars will be allowed them towards defreying the 
charges thereof 

On the Application of the Aqueduct Corporation respecting the 
grant or lease of forty feet square of Land on Fort Hill for a Res- 
ervoir Voted, that it is expedient to lease or grant the same on 
such conditions limitations & restrictions as may hereafter be 
agreed upon & Mess : Edwards, Tilden & Harris are appointed 
a Committee to confer with said Corporation & to Report at the 
next Meeting on this subject 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June [25. 1798] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Porter, Tileston Harris, Han- 
cock, Austin, 

Having recieved a Warrant from the Judge of Probates for the 
County of Suffolk to enquire into the Circumstances of George 
Clark represented as Non Compos, & finding him to be as repre- 
sented, made a return accordingly to said Judge of Probates 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26 [1798] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tildeu, Harris, Austin, Porter, Hancock, 
Tileston, 

[23O.] This Day Visited Deer Island accompanied by a 
number of the Citizens found the Island in good order and 
returned in season, having had an agreable Day 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27 [1798] 
Present Mess" : Porter, Tileston, Tilden, Hancock, Austin, Ed- 
wards, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Town Clerk is directed to issue by Order of the Selectmen 
a Warrant for a Town Meeting on Wednesday the 4'. of July 
next at Faneuil Hall 9. O Clock A: M. in commemoration of the 
Declaration of Independence on the 4'. of July 1776 when an 
Oration is to be delivered by M r . Quincy 

ORDERED, that the Assize of Bread be set at Wheat at 8/6 p 
bushell, and that twelve pence 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 white Bread must weigh -----1-3-8 

8 d . ditto ditto 2 - 7 - 

4 d . Brick Loaf - - - - ditto - 1-1-8 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 333 

lb oz dr 

8 d . ditto --.--- ditto 2 - 5 - 

Biskets of 3 Copper price ditto -9-12 

4 d . Loaf of Brown Bread ditto - - - - - - 1 - 8 - 2 

4 d . ditto not above J Indian ditto ------ 2 - 

Agreed to have a Dinner on Fryday the 6'. of July next as has 
been usual on the Day of general Visitation of the Schools List 
of Persons invited to be placed on file 

It is agreed by the Selectmen to suspend for the present the rise 
lately Voted in the price of Stalls in Market Square, the holders of 
the same complying with the other regulations 

The Selectmen have determined that three Cents be the allow- 
ance to the Measurers of Wood, for every [231.] Parcel by them 
measured either upon Wheels or Sleds & the same rate for every 
Cord of Wood measured on the Wharves or elsewhere 
(sent M r . Hichborn ) 

M r . Hancock & Porter, a Committee for repairing Marlbor- 
ough, Newbury, Orange & Washington Streets & likewise all 
Streets Westward to South End & Eastward from Liberty Tree so 
called 

M r . Tilden & Tileston a Comm e . to repair Streets to the East- 
ward of the Main Street Ward N. 10, 

M r . Edwards & Sherburne all the Streets below the Bridges 

M r . Harris & M r . Austin the Streets in the other parts of the 
Town 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . [1798] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Porter, 
Tileston, 

M r . Nazro is directed to require four of the Constables to attend 
at the Town Meeting in the 4 th . of July next 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 6. 1798. Present 
Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Austin, Hancock, Harris, Porter, Tileston, 

On Petition of William Tudor Esq & others for paving Willsons 
Lane so called M r . Edwards, Tilden & Tileston a Committee to 
confer with the Petitioners & make Report 

M r . Spear Keeper of the Hospital at Rainsford Island having 
Reported that Cap 1 . Adams from Cape Ann with the Small Pox, 
has been so well cleansed as to be free from any Infection & may 
return to Cape Ann with safety to the Inhabitants Liberty was 
accordingly granted 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11 1798 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Hancock, Austin, 

[232.] No business transacted that was matter of Record 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 17 1798 
Present Mess: Tilden, Porter, .Tileston, Sherburne, Austin, 
Hancock, Edwards, Harris 



334 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

The following Persons who were licensed as Auchlioneres the 
last Year, apply to be licensed for the present Year viz 1 
Samuel Clap 
Lewis. Hoyt 
Thomas Kilby Jones 
Joshua Eaton 
Samuel Bradford Esquire 
Benjamin Alline 
John W. Fulsome 
John Perkins 
Cap'. Robert Gardner 
Matthew Clark (deceased) 
Daniel Bowen 
Benjamin Dearbon 
Timothy Wiggin 

Appleton Prentice James Eaton (deceased) 

see Sep r . 12 th . & Octo r . 10 th . & 17 th . 

A Meeting is warned for the purpose of taking the above appli- 
cations into consideration & acting thereon at past 4 : O Clock 
this Afternoon 

The above named Persons applying for Licences as Auchtioneers 
for the present Year, have been respectively approved of by the 
Selectmen 

M r . William Hickling in behalf of himself & others have liberty 
to lay a Common Shore in Gibbs's Lane of about 500 feet extent 
they conforming to the usual Conditions of such grants 

On application of the Quarter Master General for a piece of 
Ground belonging to the Town for a Gun House the Committee 
for the Common viz 1 M r . Hancock, Porter, [233.] & Tileston, 
are appointed a Committee to confer with the Quarter Master on 
said matter 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25. [1798] 
Present Mess : Sherburne, Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Austin, Han- 
cock, 

M r . Porter a Committe to procure a Grate for the Water Course 
in Orange Street near M r . Mays Pump 

Fryday 3. O'Clock P : M : Assigned for the consideration of ap- 
plications for Licenses for the present Year 

M r . Lovel is required to prosecute immediately all the Owners 
of Hacks who have not renewed their Licenses & that he Report 
to the Selectmen his proceedure thereon on Wednesday next & 
likewise render an account of any Hack which appears without a 
number & who may be Owners of the same 

Voted that M r . Gooch lay out a peice of Ground in the Market 
Squai-e for the purpose of erecting 7 Stalls to begin 

M r . Makepeace has liberty to place a Gate near the Stone steps 
in Mill Creek 

[234.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen : July 27 
[1798] Present Mess: Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Porter, 
Tileston, Sherburne, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 335 

Voted, that so much of Back Street as extends from Rev d . D r . 
Stillmans Meeting House to Prince Street be paved under the 
superintendence of Mess r ". Edwards & Sherburne who are ap- 
pointed a Comm ee . for that purpose 

On application to the Physicians of the Town for a conference 
relative to some appearances of a Disorder, which may be conta- 
gious 

D r . Rand as President of the Medical Society attended the 
Board & informed, that so far as his information extended he 
apprehended no danger of any infectious or contagious disorder 
in the Town, & that it was as healthy as generally it is at this sea- 
son of the Year 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sabbath Noon [July 
29, 1798] Present Mess: Edwards- Tilden, Harris, Hancock, 
Austin, Sherburne, Tileston, 

At the request of the Selectmen that the Physicians of the Town 
would be pleased to attend & give their opinion & advice respect- 
ing the sickness at which the Inhabitants are much alarmed several 
of them attended accordingly & gave it as their opinion that the 
source principally at least of the disorder is in the Dock, near 
Faneuil Hall where are large quantities of putrid Fish & t other 
matter & advise as the best means of counteracting the pernicious 
effects resulting therefrom to cover the same with Lime & that 
the Oyster Boats be removed as soon as may be 

D r . Danforth by his Son who gave his & his own opinion D 1 . 
Rand, Warren, Kast, Welch, & Dench 

In consequence of the above the Officer of Police was directed 
to procure immediately a quantity [235.] of Lime & distribute 
the same as advised 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 [1798] 
Present Mess Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Hancock, Austin, Porter, 
Tileston, Sherburne, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Nye & other Neighbours in Dock Square have liberty to re- 
move all the tilth from the Drain & Streets adjoining the Market 
Square for one Month 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 1. [1798] 
A.: M: Present Mess rs : Edwards Tilden Harris Austin Tileston 
Sherburn 

Met & conferred as to the burial of the late Col. Bradley 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 1. [1798J 
P: M: Present Mess" : Edwards, Hancock, Tileston, Sherburne* 
Porter Harris Tilden Austin 

Passed upon Accounts 

James Burnham taken out of Cap'. Rielv from Connecticut & sent 
to Hospital at Rainsfords Island for which security is taken for 
charges of said Riley & James Manson placed on file of Bonds 
see Aug 4 . 8 taken up 



336 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 2 d . 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards Tilden Austin, Hancock, Harris Porter 
Sherburne Tileston 

At the request of the Agents for building the new State house, 
to consider the expediency of altering the Street leading from 
Beacon-hill, round the back of said House also to see what 
measures the Town will take with respect to selling their part of 
the old State-house 

Same Day at another Meeting of the Selectmen at the back of 
Beacon-hill to take into view the propriety of purchasing of Cap 1 . 
Thomas Dennie a peice of Land to be [236.] laid out for a 
public Street at West Boston which Land is to be appraised 
and Col. Dawes is appointed on the part of the Town for that 
purpose all the Money which is raised by Subscription is to be de- 
ducted from the Appraisement of said Land 

sent Col. Dawes 

& a 2 d . time 

Voted, that the several Gentlemen Physicians of the Town be 
requested to furnish the Selectmen an account of any Persons 
who have died of the prevailing Fever & of all such as now appear 
to be infected with the same, together with their opinion whether 
the same increases 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 3 d [1798] 
The several Gentlemen Physicians, were requested to return 
Dayley to the Selectmen, any Person who ma}- be seized with the 
present prevailing malignant Fever & any who die of the same 
- (Mem , a Billet was sent to all the Physicians who did not 
attend) 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen Aug'. 4. 1798 
The following Advertizement was agreed upon, & sent to the 
Printers viz' 

Advertizement 

The Selectmen having had a consultation with the Physicians 
of the Town find from their reports that from the first 
appearance of the Fever viz*, from the I 1 , of July, which has 
prov'd so mortal as to excite some alarm both in Town & Country 
but 16 Persons have died with that disease & but 10 Persons 
are now sick that in all these cases the probability is. the in- 
fection was taken in or near the Town Dock & in no instance 
has it appeared the Infection has been communicated from one 
Person to another no Physician, Nurse or attendant on the Sick 
having as yet taken the Disorder ; in other respects the Town is 
as healthy as it has been for several Years past. The Selectmen 
have taken & are taking every precaution to remove from those 
places all cause of infection 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[237.] NB. At the same consultation the Physicians gave 
their opinion that Lobsters & Oysters at this season of the Year & 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 337 

untill the middle of September, are extremely pernicious to the 
health, & predisposes to putrid Disorders 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 5. 1798 
Present Messrs. Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Sherburne, 
Porter, Tileston, 

Application made to Governor Sumner, that he would take 
Orders for the stopping of all Vessells from the West Indies & 
Spanish Main, in order for examination on Account of infectious 
Distempers in those parts 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 8. 1798. Pres- 
ent Mess" : Tilden, Harris, Tileston, Austin, Sherburne, Hancock, 

Cap 1 . Riley having shown Receits for the expences of James 
Burnham a sick Lad sent from his Vessell to Rainsfords Island, 
from M r . Spear & D r . Eustis the obligation for bearing harm- 
less the Town, was delivered up to the said Riley 

Gap'. John Thompson of Engine N, 4. have liberty to use said 
Engine for the wetting the Streets in that Neighbourhood, Mess : 
Gredley & Nolleu promising to pay all damage that may arise to 
said Engine in consequence thereof 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 15.1798 
Present Mess : Edwards Tilden Hancock Tileston, Sherburne, 
Harris, Austin, Porter, 

Petition relative to Drain at bottom of State Street committed 
to M r . Harris & Austin 

Voted, that the Physicians, have the following sent to them 
viz 1 . 

The anxiety & renewed alarm of the Inhabitants at various re- 
ports circulated this Day respecting the Fever induces the Select- 
men again to request of the Gentlemen Physicians to make return 
of any [238.] Patients they may now have sick of the same, as 
also of all such as have died since their last return. The Selectmen 
do not wish the Gentlemen to trouble themselves again to give 
their Personal attendance, a Report in writing will be sufficient, 
unless any of them have any particular opinion or advice which 
they would wish to communicate, in which case they would be 
happy to hear them for this purpose the Selectmen will meet at 
the Selectmens Chamber of the old State-house to Morrow After- 
noon 4. O. Clock 

THOMAS EDWARDS Chairman 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 16. 1798 
Present Mess: Edwards, Tilden, Sherburne, Tileston, Harris, 
Austin, Hancock, Porter, 

M". Scott widow of Joseph Scott applys for liberty to erect a 
Tomb in the new Burying Ground next to General Knoxes 
Liberty accordingly granted Conditi9n'd as are the other Grants 
for Tombs 

The following Advertisement .was sent for the Mercury of to 
Morrow respecting the Fever viz 1 . 



338 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Since the last return from the Physicians, viz*, from the 3 d . 
Instant to this Day, there have died of the Fever twelve Persons 

there are now sick seventeen, four of whom are convalescent 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 17. 1798 
Present Mess": Tilden, Harris, Austin, Edwards, Sherburne 

M r . Bellamy his Wife & five Children living in a House back of 
the Long Wharff , were sent to the Hospital at Rainsfords Island 

& M r . Elisha Eaton of Portsmouth sent from the same House, 
the Expenses of the latter to be defray'd by himself 

[239. J M r . Spear the Keeper of the Hospital at said Island, 
was directed to receive those Persons accordingly 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 22, 179S 

Present Mess" : Tilden, Harris, Austin, Porter, Tileston, 
Edwards, 

Passed upon applications for Licensed Persons & return made 
to the Clerk of Sessions as on file 

M r . Peirpoint & others who had liberty to erect seven Stalls on 
Market Square the Grants were on the express stipulation, that 
no one of these Buildings should be inclosed It appearing that 
M r . Peirpoint was deviating from said Agreement he was forbid 
enclosing any one of the Stalls, by the Selectmen 

Advertizem* 

The Selectmen have received from the Medical Society the fol- 
lowing recommendations made at a Meeting on the 20 th Ins 1 
accompanied with a Report, wherein they state ; that only twelve 
Persons were then sick with the prevailing Fever 
By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 24 [1798] 

Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Harris, Tileston. 
Sherburne, 

This Day Edward Johnson from Cap'. Evens Ship was sent to 
Rainsfords Island another from named 

McKay also sent down 

A Sukey Howard belonging to Ipswich, was this Day also sent 
to Hospital at the Island 

M r . Lovel is directed to improve as many Carts as he Judges 
proper for the more speedy removing of the Dirt of the Streets 
& that he notifj' the Inhabitants accordingly Advertisement 

[24O.] Official 

The alarm of the Inhabitants at the mortal effects of the Fever 
in this Town, has been such as to lead to a suspicion that every 
Person diseased in the slightest manner, if confined to the House 
is seized with the Fever, : Indeed the caution of many has been 
such as to induce a speedy Funeral of several who died of other 
Disorders These circumstances the Selectmen are concerned to 
observe, have in some instances caused doubts to be entertained 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 339 

of the accuracy of the official reports which have been published 
To those who know the character & reputation of the Physicians 
of this Town, nothing need be said Our Country Brethren may 
firmly rely on the Reports officially made through the Selectmen 
notwithstanding this is their opinion, yet if possible to remove 
all doubts, the Selectmen in addition to the Report of the Physi- 
cians, have called for returns from the Sextons of the burials, and 
find that they perfectly accord with the Reports of the Physicians. 
The number who have died since the 16 Ins', to this Day the 24' 
Nine now sick twenty three, nine of whom are on the 
recovery 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 27' [1798] 
Present Mess rs : Edwards, Tilden, Austin, Tilestou, Porter, Harris, 
Passed upon Accounts 

The Fever. 

Since the last return on the 24 Ins', to this Day the 27' 
18 have been taken sick 
8 have died 
seven recovered 

26 now remain sick 1 1 of whom are on the 
recovery 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug' 29 [1798] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Austin, Porter, Tileston, Sher- 
burne, Hancock, Harris, 

Passed upon other Accompts 

M r . James Gridley has leave to erect a Tomb in the new Bury- 
ing Ground next Harris, West & Makepeace he complying with the 
usual condition of such Grants 

[241.] The Fever. 

The whole number now sick including those on the recovery 
thirty 32 two & two Persons only have died thereof since the last 
return on the 27'. Ins' 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug'. 31. [1798] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Hancock, 
Porter, Tileston, Sherburne, 

From accurate returns from the Physicians it appears that there 
are now only nineteen Persons sick of the Fever, ten of whom are 
on the recovery three only have died since the last Report on 
the 29'. Ins' 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk 



340 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septembers 1798 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Austin, Hancock, Harris, Por- 
ter, Sherburne, Tileston, 

The Fever 

The whole number now sick .......... 25 

Of whom are on the recovery ----- ..... 14 

died since last return the 31 st . Ultimo ....... 5 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk ->- 

On the request of William Mckeen & others The Subscribers 
to said request have liberty to open the said Common Shore or 
Drain on the usual condition of having it done as speedily as may 
be, and putting the Street in as good repair as it now is. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 5-1798 
Present Mess r8 : Tilden, Tileston, Sherburne, Porter, Edwards, 
Hancock, Harris, 

The Fever 

The whole number now sick -----------20 

Of whom are on the recovery ........... 4 

Died since the return the 3 d . Ins 1 . -------- 3 

Major Tilden, added to the Committee on the Marsh & Dyke 
on the Neck 



Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 7. 
1798. Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Hancock, Tiles- 
ton, Porter, 

The Fever 

The whole number now sick, ---------- 27 

Of whom are on the recovery - - ........ 12 

Since last Return on 5 th . Ins', have died ..... None 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 10. 1798 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Austin, Hancock, Porter, Sher- 
burne, Harris, 

The Fever 

The whole number now sick -----------29 

Of whom are on the recovery ----------- i 

have died since the last Return 7'. Ins*. ....... 5 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

On the Petition of Timothy Newell Esq & others for paving 
part of Bowdoin Square M r . Harris & M r . Austin appointed a 
Committee to view the Street & Report thereon to the Board 

On late Accounts from the Southward Voted, that the Chair- 
man of the Board write a Letter to the Governour requesting that 
Orders may be immediately issued to the Captain of the Castle for 
stopping all Vessels arriving from the Ports of Philadelphia, New 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 341 

York, New London & New Port inclusively, untill it can be ascer- 
tained, whether it will be safe to grant them admission to this 
Town 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 12. 1798 
Present Mess rs Tilden, Sherburne, Tileston, Austin, Porter, Har- 
ris, Edwards, Hancock, 

Meeting warned for considering the applications for appoint- 
ment of John Badger, & John B. Green as Auchtioneers 5 
OClock 

Tlie Fever. 

Since the last return on the 10 th Ins', four have recoverd three 
have died & five new Cases have occurr'd 27 now remain Sick 
10 of whom are on the recovery 

By Order Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[243.] Representation having been made to the Board of Se- 
lectmen that in a House on the Wharff called Wentworths Wharff 
at the Northerly part of Boston a large number of Persons reside 
there in a state of poverty & wretchedness & sickness that 
upon enquiry into the matter they find the facts true, but it not 
falling within the controul of the Board they submit the same to the 
consideration of the Board of Overseers for their immediate at- 
tention 

M r . Harris & M r . Austin appointed a Comm ee . to enquire into a 
Nusance at West Boston require a removal thereof immediately 
or a prosecution to take place 

M r . John Badger & M r . John B. Green appointed Auchtioneers 
for the Town of Boston 

see October 12 

It is agreed to meet next Fryday Afternoon at 3. O'Clock 

% 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 14. 1798. 
Present Mess : Edwards, Hancock, Porter, Sherburne, Tileston, 
Tilden, Harris, Austin, 

At the last Meeting Voted that the Comm ee . on Bowdoin Square 
are authorized to pave the same provided the Abuttors pave the 
sides of the way in the usual manner 

The Fever. 

Since the return on the 12 Inst'. eight have recovered, two have 
died, & sixteen new cases have occurred thirty three now remain 
sick eighteen of whom are on the recovery 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 17- 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tileston, Porter & Sherburne. 

Col. May has liberty to open a Drain from his House in Fore 
Street, on the usual terms 



342 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[244.] The Disease. 

Since the last return on the 14 l . Inst. thirteen have recovered, 
four have died nine new cases have occurred, twenty five now re- 
main sick, nine of whom are on the recovery 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septemb. 19. 1798 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Hancock, Austin, 
Porter, Tilestou, 

The Fever 

Since the return of the 17. six have recovered five have died 
-ten new cases have occurred twenty five now remain sick, nine of 
whom are on the recovery 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 21 Present 
Mess" : Tileston, Hancock, Austin, Sherburne, 

THE FEVER 

By the return of the Phisicians since the 19 Ins', it appears that 
5 have recoverd 4 have died 19 new Cases occurred 35 now sick, 
10 of whom are on the recovery 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept. 24, 1798 
Present Mess: Tilden, Hancock, Porter, Sherburne, Austin. 
Harris, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Since the return on the 21'. Inst. 2 have recover'd-56 new 
Cases have occurred 80 now remain sick -16 of whom are on 
the recovery 

By order of Selectmen 

JAMES S. LOVEL Insp r . Police 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 26. 1798. Pres- 
ent Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Tileston, Hancock, Sher- 
burne, Austin, Porter, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Fever 

Since the return on the 24 l . Inst 1 . 20 have recovered 7 have died 
44 new Cases have occurred ninety seven now remain sick. 20 of 
whom are on the recovery 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[245.] Samuel Fennos Acco'. comitted to M r . Hancock & c . to 
Report 

The Inspector of the Police is directed to Notify M r . Solomon 
Hews or any Person under him that he must not occupy the 
House on Olivers Dock as a Fish Market untill further orders of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 343 

the Selectmen meaning the House that has been heretofore occu- 
pied by said Hews for that purpose 

M r . Harris & M r . Porter a Comrn 6 on Young & Mins Aco 1 - 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28 [1798] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Austin, Porter, Sher- 
burne, Tileston, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

On the Representation of D r . Eustis the attending Physician at 
Hospital Island, that it is necessary he should have an Assistant, 
to reside constantly at said Island therfore 

Voted, that he be authorized to employ D r . Charles W. Winship 
who he has recomended, as such an Assistant and that five Dol- 
lars p Day be allowed him for his compensation, including his 
board & afi other expenses untill the further Order of the Board 

The Fever 

Since the return on the 26 Ins', have recovered 26 have 
died 5 new cases 12 now sick 72 of whom are on the re- 
covery 30 the above returns from the Physicians have been 
particularly correct as all who have made returns except one have 
given in the Names of their Patients 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

In order to give the most compleat satisfaction to the Public 
respecting the prevailing Fever, as to the numbers that are con- 
fined therewith the Selectmen request of the Physicians of the 
Town to prepare them ready on every Monday, Wednesday & Fry- 
day by 12. oClock at Noon an exact list of the names of the Per- 
sons sick of the Ferer, how many have died since their last 
[24:6.] return, whom on the recovery & the new cases so that 
when the Inspector of Police calls for the same, no delay of time 
may take place either to the Physician or to the Inspector 
By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 1. 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Harris, Austin, Sher- 
burne, Tileston, Porter, 

The Fever 

Since the return on the 28*. Ultimo have recovered. 27 

have died - 8 

New Cases 24 

whole number now sick ...-58 

Of whom are on the recovery ---- -20 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 3 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Sherburne, Porter, Tyles- 
ton, Austin, 



344 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81, 

The Fever 

Since the last return on the 1*. Ins 1 , from all the Physicians ex- 
cept one who declined making a return (not the one who hereto- 
fore declined returning the Names) 
Persons have recovered .... ......26 

Have died - 5 

New Cases - 2 

whole Number now sick -----,...-.27 

Of whom are on the recovery -----11 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 5. [1798] 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Austin, Porter, Sherburne, Harris, 

Tli e Fever 

Since the last return on the 3 Ins'. 

have recovered 8 

have died 5 

New Cases --- 7 

whole number now sick ------------ 2S 

of whom are on the recovery -----.----10 
By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

[247.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octob r . 8 
[1798.] Present Mess rs : Edwards, Austin, Harris, Hancock, Sher- 
burne, Porter, Tilden, Tileston 

THE FEVER 

Since the return on the 5'. Ins'. 

have recovered ......13 

have died 3 

New Cases 8 

whole number now sick 18 

Of whom are on the recovery .---- 3 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 10. 1798 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Porter, Sherburne, 
Tileston, Austin, 

THE FEVER 

Since the last return on the 8 l . Ins 1 . 

have recovered 5 

have died -- - - 1 

New Cases NONE 

Now sick 12 

Of whom are on the recovery ---------- 5 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 345 

A Meeting having been warned for the purpose this Afternoon 
on the application of William Eustis for a License as an Auch- 
tioneer 

The said William Eustis was according appointed an Auch- 
tioneer for the Town of Boston in the room of his late Partner 
Matthew Clark lately deceased see July 11'. 
see October 17 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 12. 1798 
Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Tiles- 
ton, Sherburne, 

THE FEVER. 

The Selectmen having minutely attended to the Reports of the 
several Physicians & furnished the Public with the returns as 
deliver'd to them from time to time have now the pleasure to 
announce to their Fellow Citizens & the public in general that 
agreable to the opinion of the Physicians, the late Epidemic has so 
far subsided, as to render it perfectly [248.] safe for the Inhabi- 
tants to return & can assure their Country Brethren that they may 
frequent the Town in the prosecution of their business with the 
utmost security 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER, Town Clerk 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 17- 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Austin, Hancock, Tiles- 
ton, Sherburne, 

On application of several Persons to be appointed Auchtioneers 
A special Meeting for that purpose is warned at 4. OClock 

4. O'Clock. P : M : On the application of M r . Thomas Fisher 
& M r . Benjamin Wiggin they are appointed Auchtioueers for 
this Town the present Year 

see Octo r . 10 

M r . Williams & Comp y . request of the Selectmen a permission 
to sell Fish 

M r . Sherburne a Committee to order the Sexton who has the 
care of the North Burying Ground, to keep the Gates constantly 
locked except when absolutely necessary for the purpose of a 
Buryal as also, to see that the place for impounding Cattle at 
the North part of the Town, be repair'd 

On the application of M r . Hews & a great number of Inhabi- 
tants Voted, that said Hews be permitted to open his Fish 
Market at Olivers Dock on the 1 st . of Novem r . next untill further 
Orders of the Board 

Ordered, that no Person be permitted to use the Pump, kept at 
Faneuil Hall House, without leave from the Board in writing 
and M r . Gooch & M r . Nazro are to act accordingly 

Voted, that Mess : Tileston & Porter be a Committee to repair 
to Beacon Hill to view the Steps on the North side, & to do what 
they think proper, for securing the Hill & repairing the Steps 



346 Crrr DOCUMENT No. 81. 

[249.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 
19 [1798] Present Mess": Edwards, Harris, Hancock, Tileston, 
Sherburne, Austin, 

Voted, that untill otherwise determined, the Selectmen at their 
future Meetings do attend at the Old Senate Chamber in the Town 
house & that all Papers & Books which they may have occasion 
for, be removed there from their Chamber in Faneuil Hall and 
that M r . Nazro have the care thereof - 

Mess": Samuel C. May Abner Guild & John H. Wheeler, 
are approved of as Engine Men for Engine N. 8 

M r . Hancock & Tileston a Comrn ee . to have the Wood house be- 
longing to M r . Webbs School, repair* d in such manner as they 
'shall think proper 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 24. 1798 
Present Mess" : Tilden, Tileston, Sherburne, Porter, Edwards, 
Austin, 

James Thompson proposes M r . James Ivers & Isaiah Doane 
Esq. for his Bondsmen as Collector of Taxes and they were 
approved of 

M r . Willington applies for the use of the Stall leased to M r . 
Winship, as it is unimproved 

M r . Winningburg applies & has liberty to run a drain from his 
House into the Common Shore on the usual Conditions 

M r . Harris & M r . Austin a Comm 68 . to repair Dam on the 
Neck 

M r . Edward Tuckerman has liberty to build a Tomb in the new 
Burial Ground on the usual Conditions 

M r . Caleb Hopkins & Will : Porter, have also liberty to erect 
one Tomb in the New Burial Ground Conditioned as the other 
grants 

The ringing old South Bell at 8. O Clock Morn 8 is suspended 
from the last of this Month to further orders 

sent 

[25O.] M r . Tilden, Sherburne & M r . Tyleston a Committee to 
view Beach & Wall in Ferry Street & report what they may Judge 
necessary 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 25 [1798] 
Present Mess": Edwards, Tilden, Porter, Sherburne, Tileston, 
Harris, Austin, Hancock, 

Warrant issued for a Town Meeting for the choice of one Rep- 
resentative for Congress for the 1 st Middle District & for a Meet- 
ing for other purposes, at the same time & place 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications for the en- 
suing Town Meeting 

Mess" : Edwards & Sherburne a Comm 66 . to wait upon D r . 
Walter & to request his opening the ensuing Meeting with 
Prayer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 29 -[1798] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 347 

Present Mess" : Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne, Porter, 
Tileston, Austin, 
Sir 

The Selectmen considering the causes of the stopping 
Vessells at the Castle having ceased, therefore Voted, that the 
Commander of the Castle be requested to suspend the stopping 
of Vessels coining into Town untill further notice 

THOMAS EDWARDS Chairman 
To 
The Commanding Officer 

at Castle Island 
Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Foster has liberty to put the Bulls in keeping not to exceed 
three Shillings p Week 

M r , Nazro is directed to let the Sextons know that it is the 
Orders of the Selectman, to ring the several Bells in Town from 
7. to 8. O Clock A.M in Honor of the Presidents Birth Day 
this order was unanimous 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 31 st . 1798 
Present Mess": Tileston, Hancock, Tildeu, Porter, Edwards, 
Austin, 

[251.] Passed upon Accounts 

Benjamin Owen being well recommended is appointed a Packer 
& Searcher of pickled Fish Pork & Beef for the Town of Boston 
& an Oath of Office given him by the Town Clerk 

Adjourned to Fryday next. 11. O'Clock A: M: 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 2 d . 1798. Pres- 
ent Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Austin, Harris, Sherburne, 
Tileston, Porter, 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Selectmen on the appointment of M r . James Smith Lovell 
as Inspector of Police of this Town Voted him in full of his ser- 
vices the Sum of 600 Dollars p Annum, but in consideration of 
the very extraordinary Duties & expences he has been obliged to 
incur in consequence of the late sickness & will probably incur 
untill his Year is expired The Selectmen agree to Vote & do 
accordingly Vote, that the present Year only he be allowed at the 
rate of twelve hundred Dollars p Annum and having hereto- 
fore granted him 650 Dollars in part thereof it is Voted that he 
now be granted '250 Dollars more towards the said 1200 Dollars 
see Novenr*. 30. for a repeal of this Vote 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7 [1798] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Hancock, Austin, Tileston, Sherburne, 
M r . Edwards a Comm e . relative to Winships Stall at Market 
M r . Timothy Brown being well recommended is appointed a 
Packer & Searcher of Barrel pickled Fish-Pork & Beef 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 141798 
Present Mess": Tileston, Porter, Sherburne, Hancock, Tilden, 
Austin, Edwards, 



348 CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 

M r . Tileston requested to procure a Lock for the Door of the 
Old Senate Chamber 

M r . Hancock to procure Green Cloth for the Selectmens 
Table - 

[252.] M r . Edwards to make enquiry & Report by whom the 
"Well by Pembertons Hill is to be kept in repair - 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 21. 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Hancock, Harris, Sherburne, Tileston, 
Porter, Austin, Tilden 

Voted unanimously that M r . Wellington have the use of the Stall 
lately improved by M r . Winship untill the further directions of 
the Selectmen 

sent 

M r . Edwards, Sherburne & Harris a Comm ee . to get printed & 
dispers'd the Report of the Committee relative to Dock & other 
Nusances. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 23 d . 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Hancock, Sherburne, Porter, Tileston, 
Harris 

Voted, that permission be given to the new Artillery Comp y . to 
erect a suitable Building for a, Gun House of 60 feet by 21. on 
the Land laid out for a High Way intersecting Cops Hill from 
Prince Street to Charter Street on any part of said Land between 
Charter Street & the Corner of the Burying Ground. Upon this 
condition that when ever it shall be inconvenient to the Town or 
the Proprietors of Land abutting on said Street to permit the said 
Building any longer to remain on said Land it be forthwith re- 
moved 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26 1798. 
Present Mess" : Hancock, Tilestou, Porter, Austin, Sherburne, 
Edwards, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 28. 1798 
Present Mess : Sherburne, Tileston, Tilden, Hancock, Porter, 
Austin, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Thomas Farrington Esq appointed Sealer of Wood at the South 
part of the Town Mem . Sworn into Office by Town Clerk 

Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 30. [1798] 
Present Mess : Sherburne, Tilden, Tileston, Edwards, Porter, 
Austin, Harris, Hancock, 

[253.] Passed upon other Accounts 

Whereas the Selectmen on the 2 d . of Novem r . Inst'. did Vote 
that $600 should be added to the Salary of James Lovel Inspec- 
tor of the Police in consideration of his extra services & expenses 
during the time of the lately prevailing sickness, & whereas he has 
since adduced to the Selectmen an account of his actual Expenses 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1798. 349 

for six months from his appointment which exceeds the said addi- 
tional grant Voted that the said Vote be reconsidered & that 
$300 Dollars be allowed him for his extra personal services during 
said sickness & that his account of actual expenses be considered 
as other Accounts brought against the Town, & that all monies 
by him heretofore recieved be considered as recieved on account 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 5'. 1798. Present 
Mess : Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston, Porter, Austin, 

Thomas Clark applies to be appointed an Auchtioneer 

Meeting warned for the purpose at 5. o Clock 

At said Meeting M r . Thomas Clark was appointed an Auch- 
tioueer according to his above application 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r 12. [1798] 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tildeu, Hancock, Sherburne, Tilestou, 
Porter, Austin, 

M r . Jepson proposes his last Years Bondsmen as Collector of 
Taxes, for the present Year 

approved 

M r . Henderson proposes his last Years Bondsmen for the pres- 
ent 

approved 

The Inspector of Police is directed to put all the Lamps into 
immediate repair & to call upon M r Little & all Persons who may 
have Lamps or any of their materials that they may be immedi- 
ately restored 

sent 

Voted that the one that shall be appointed Super-Intendent 
of the Lamps & purchasing the Oil shall be allowed in full for 
said services Sixty Pounds 

[254.] Voted that Joseph Howard be Superintendent of the 
Lamps & lighting the same & purchasing the Oil & agreeing for 
suitable Persons to light the Lamps 

M r . Bayley proposes as Collector of Taxes his last Y"ears Bonds- 
men who are approved of 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . [1798] Pres- 
ent Mess: Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston, Porter, Harris, 

M r . Thompson proposes M r . Isaiah Doane & M r . Eben Parsons 
as his Bondsmen who are approved 

The Bonds of the respective Collectors of Taxes were laid 
before the Selectmen & met their approbation 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 21 . 1798. Pres- 
ent Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston. 

20 Petit Jurors for Court of Sessions drawn 

On Application of John W: Quincy, a Meet 8 , called for 26 th . 4. 
Clock 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 26. 1798 
Present Mess : Tilden, Austin, Hancock, Porter, Harris, Tileston, 



350 CITY DOCUMENT .No. 81. 

M r . Payson approved as an Inholder 

M r . Plumbeck approv'd as a Retailer 

Mess". Edwards, Tilden & Tileston a Comm ee . to confer with 
the Owners & Abuttors of Olivers Dock & to Report to the Board 
what measures may be proper to Adopt to fill up the same agre- 
able to the Vote of the Town passed Dec r . 5. 1798 

sent 

M r . John W. Quincy appointed an Auchtioneer 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 31. 1798 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tilden, Hancock, Tileston, Porter,, 
Austin, Harris 

Passed upon Accounts 



INDEX OF NAMES, 



Abbot, H6. 

Abot, 274. 

Abrahams, 75, 77, 82, 135. 

Adam, 44. 

Adams, 21, 26, 28, 52, 54, 63, 70, 72, 98, 119, 
121, 140, 141, 169, 177, 193, 208, 240, 246, 
271, 301,333. 

Adlington, 98, 112, 202. 

Alden, 236. 

Allen, 21, 32, 81, 203, 204, 257. 

Alline, 222, 234, 235, 269, 278, 293, 299, 315, 
334. 

Amblard, 320. 

Ames, 325. 

Amory, 234, 235, 244, 259, 292, 319. 

Andrew, 38, 77. 

Andrews, 1, 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, 35, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 
66, 67, 63, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73. 74, 75, 76, 77, 
78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86,' 87, 88, 89, 90, 
92, 93, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 
104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 
113, 124. 

Appleton, 3, 11, 42, 60, 94, 110, 196, 216, 228, 
303. 

Atkins, 28, 215, 224, 259. 

Austen, 138, 201. 

Austin, 39, 51, 101, 139, 176, 178, 252,276,312, 
313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 
322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 
331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 
340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 
349, 350. 

Averill, 79. 

Avery, 8, 13, 91, 120, 281. 

Avis, 146. 

Ayres, 33, 40. 

Babcock, 223. 

Bacon, 287, 322. 

Badger, 9, 28, 53, 75, 81, 98, 149, 150, 279,293, 

315, 341. 
Badgers, 11. 

Baker, 16, 60, 68, 75, 102, 197, 238, 297. 
Baldwin. 20, 23, 50, 175, 202, 325. 
Ballard, 1, 12, 14, 15, 20, 23, 26, 40, 50, 78, 80, 

91, 96, 97, 178, 231. 
Bangs, 64, 102, 325. 
Bantam, 222. 
Bauton, 288. 
Barber, 149, 302. 
Bardon, 109. 

Barker, 26, 37, 38, 39, 45, 57, 81, 82, 313. 
Barnabees, 246. 
Barnard, 271, 302. 
Barnes, 10. 
Barrel, 34, 67, 98. 
Barret, 4. 

Barrett, 8, 104, 206. 
Barril, 161. 
Barry, 117, 146, 304. 
Bartemus, 111. 
Barter. 140. 
Hartlet, 16, 18, 54, 124. 
Barton, 140, 165. 



Bass, 26, 33, 98, 109, 132, 190, 231, 246, 247, 
251,270,298,319. 

Bassett, 146, 180. 

Bates, 161, 311. 

Baxter, 79, 161, 295. 

Bayless. 260, 261, 269,293, 299. 

Bayley, 16,27,33, 67,91, 100,114,132, 156, 
159, 160, 175, 190, 207, 216, 225, 231, 247, 
270, 284, 298, 306, 319, 323, 327, 349. 

Beals, 21, 60. 

Belcher, 122. 

Belknap, 46, 114, 121, 204, 325. 

Bell, 18, 109, 156, 169, 189, 190, 195, 210, 312. 

Bellamy, 338. 

Benjamin, 166. 

Bennet, 91. 

Berry, 217. 

Bicker, 10, 148. 

Bickers, 19. 

Biggelow,93, 190, 191, 195. 

Bill, 81. 

Billings, 12, 14, 156. 

Bingham, 127, 135, 150,162, 166,167, 168, 194. 

Bird, 27, 52, 67. 

Bishop, 144, 158. 

Blackburn, 101. 

Blackburne, 145. 

Bladistill, 327. 

Blagge, 166. 

Blainey, 10. 

Blake, 24, 140, 175, 254, 262, 289. 

Blanchard, 159, 160, 226, 258, 262, 267. 

Blaney, 12, 24, 31, 144, 148, 327. 

Blaymon, 320. 

Blayney, 91. 

Bligh, 146. 

Boardman, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 
18, 19, 20, 21,22, 23,24, 25, 26,27, 28, 
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 
41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 
53,54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 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, 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, 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, 180, 181, 182, 183, 
184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 
193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 
202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 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, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 
257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 
266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 
275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 
284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 
293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 
302, 303, 304, 305, 306. 

Boardmen, 67, 71, 80. 



352 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Boarn, 32. 

Bond, 82, 123, 327. 

Bonner, 139. 

Bonyng, 78, 202. 

Booth, 92. 

Bordinan, 38, 46, 67, 270. 

Bosson, 61. 

Bosworth, 109. 

Bourn, 210. 

Boutan, 109. 

Bouve, 109, 112, 138, 163. 

Bowdoin, 328. 

Bowen, 308, 309, 315, 334. 

Bowes, 78. 

Bowman, 9, 31, 51, 123. 

Boyer, 16. 21, 43, 69, 170. 

Boyes, 270. 

Brackftt, 57, 66. 

Bradford, 18, 83, 114, 253, 277, 278, 293, 299, 

315, 334. 

Brndiee, 6, 213, 227. 
Bradley, 31, 40, 41, 150, 160, 178, 202, 230, 

233, 247, 270, 335. 
Bradshaw, 5, 109. 
Brailsford, 254. 
Bray, 51, 146. 
Brazier, 56, 230, 271. 
Breck, 15, 176. 
Breed, 86, 233, 252. 
Bret, 11,82. 
Brett, 81. 
Brewer, 75. 
Brewster, 172. 
Brick, 1, 11, 20,37, 62,83. 
Brickel, 32.'. 
Bridge, 29. 
Bright, 109, 117. 
Brightman, 6, 45, 59. 
Brimmer, 71, 115, 116, 156, 247, 271, 

298. 

Brinley,233. 
Britnet, 141. 
Brooker, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, 20, 21, 25, 31, 33, 

34, 35, 37, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, 51, 52, 57, 58, 

59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 75, 78, 

80, 81, 82, 83, 139, 140, 331. 
Brown, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 

24, 29, 33, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, 
48, 49, 51, 52, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 67, 68, 
74, 81, 86, 111, 119, 148, 156, 192, 202, 203, 
230, 244, 252, 255, 266, 286, 289, 293, 297, 
299, 347. 

Browne, 2, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 

25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 41 47, 
64, 65, 66. 

Bruce, 108, 133, 145, 238. 

Bryant, 35, 109, 137. 

Bulrinch, 41, 44, 47, 93, 116, 124, 131, 145, 146, 
147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 
156, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 
166, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 
177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 383, 185, 186, 
191, 192, 193, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 
201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 
211, 212, 213, 214, 216, 217, 219, 220, 222, 
226, 227, 233, 242, 243, 244, 246, 246, 252. 

Bullfinch. 188. 

Bulls, 109. 

Bumstead, 33, 118, 270. 

Bunstead, 247. 

Bunting, 236, 238. 

Burdet, 82, 236. 

Burden, 236. 

Burdick, 255, 267. 

Burditt,232. 

Burgis, 309. 

Burk, 125. 

Burnham, 335, 337. 

Burns, 33. 

Burroughs, 84. 

Burt, 149. 

Bussey, 300. 

Butler, 45, 60, 63, 202. 

Butter, 3. 



Butterfleld, 102. 
Byles, 34, 35, 36. 

Cabbot, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 151, 152, 155, 
156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162. 

Cabot, 151,152, 153, 154, 160, 162, 163, 164, 
165, 166, 167, 170, 171, 172. 

Cade, 36, 135. 

Cailahan, 80. 

Call, 173. 

Callender, 140, 312, 319. 

Cammell, 296. 

Campbel, 26. 

Campbell, 81, 84, 89, 156, 230. 

Capen, 197, 250. 

Capron, 84. 

Cargil, 232. 

Cargill, 123. 

Carleton, 27. 

Carltou, 238, 247. 

Carly, 193. 

Carnes, 25, 166, 192, 220, 238, 260. 

Cams, 311. 

Carr, 121. 

Carter, 7, 36, 73, 80, 90, 106, 115, 127, 135, 
150, 162, 233, 250, 329. 

Carteret, 143, 146. 

Cartwright, 39, 251. 

Cartwrighter, 57. 

Casson, 326. 

Caswell, 268. 

Cathbartson, 13. 

Gary, 33, 74, 237. 

Champney, 2, 249. 

Charles, 69, 77. 

Cheeseman, 218, 220. 

Cheesman, 220. 

Cheever, 228, 237. 

Cheney, 28, 35, 39, 64, 90, 101, 106, 116, 127, 
135, 162, 191. 

Chenie, 106. 

Choate, 263. 

Christy, 22, 25. 

Clap, 52, 53, 118, 129, 144, 148, 179, 181, 184, 
208, 209, 235, 265, 266, 269, 276, 283, 284, 
287, 293, 299, 300, 307, 311, 315, 330, 334. 

Clapp, 19, 149, 184. 

Clark, 12, 14, 20, 21, 25, 45, 56, 60, 61, 62, 81, 
82, 97, 107, 123, 148, 158, 177, 188, 205, 
257, 266, 274, 310, 315, 328, 334, 345, 
349. 

Clarke, 17, 40, 144. 
Clausten, 300. 
Cleaver, 255, 311. 
Clemans, 117. 
Clements, 285. 
Clough, 11, 37, 189, 192. 
Coats, 161. 
Cobb, 254, 256. 

Codman, 210, 247, 280, 289, 320. 
Coflin, 17, 18,96, 99, 116, 144, 161. 
Cogswell, 247. 
Colburn, 327. 
Cole, 108, 206. 
Coleman, 116, 123. 
Coles, 124. 
Collins, 134, 302. 
Colman, 164, 178, 270, 294. 
Connelly, 145. 
Conner, 178, 189. 
Connor, 177. 

Cook, 147, 150, 158, 175, 234. 
Cooke, 235. 
Cooledsje, 55. 
Coolidge, 178. 

Cooper, 8, 13, 89, 104, V.9, 166, 186, 215, 217, 
218, 262, 263, 300, 33.5, 338, 339, 340, 341, 
342, 343, 344, 345. 
Copeland, 324. 
Copley, 18. 
Coppinger, 2, 21, 25, 37, 40, 43, 61, 62, 68, 75, 

77, 82, 83. 
Corbet, 230. 
Corbett, 230, 232 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



353 



Cordis, 97. 

Corey, 306. 

Cornelius, 326. 

Corrouse, 170. 

Cotterel, 196. 

Cottings, 109. 

Cotton, 102. 

Coulter, 8. 

Coverly, 102, 172, 211, 212. 

Cowden, 103. 

Cowdin, 109. 

Cox, 79. 

Craft, 270. 

Crafts, 4, 8, 35, 37, 39, 60, 104, 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, 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, 
180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 
189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 
198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 
207, 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, 250, 251, 
252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 
261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 
270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 
279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 
288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 
297, 298, 299, 300, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306. 

Orage, 107. 

Craigue, 37, 38. 

Crane, 49, 93. 

Cressens, 304. 

Crocker, 177, 252. 274. 

Crosby, 296. 

Croswell, 35. 

Crouch, 78. 

Crow, 211. 

Crowly, 9. 

Cudworth, 92, 96. 

Cunningham, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 52, 54, 63, 
70, 95, 96, 97, 142, 241, 252. 

Currier, 317. 

Curtis, 10, 63, 111, 123, 146, 152, 153, 169, 177. 

Gushing, 11, 30, 35, 40, 42, 58, 149, 192. 

Cutler, 36, 50. 

Cutter, 161, 259, 329. 

Daggett, 80. 

Ball, 251, 303. 

Dalton, 101. 

Dana, 162. 

Danforth, 60, 228, 297, 335. 

Dannels, 40. 

Dantforth, 261, 283. 

Darricot, 163, 169, 286. 

Davids, 205. 

Davidson, 87. 

Davis, 1, 30, 48, 55, 59, 60, 80, 89, 90, 92, 106, 

108, 115, 148, 160, 176, 181, 188, 234, ,244, 

255, 264, 270, 273, 275, 276, 280, 281, 286, 

288. 
Dawes, 55, 58, 72, 104, 109, 122, 125, 136, 141, 

157, 176, 178, 201, 203, 204, 211, 267, 268, 

284, 297, 336. 
Daws, 7, 22, 23, 24, 85. 
Dazorll,180. 
Dearbon, 320, 334. 
Dearborn, 159. 
Deblois, 283, 293. 
De-Buck, 320. 
De Ginnis, 299. 
Delaplace, 15, 45, 46, 51. 
Dellano, 27. 
Delleway, 294. 
Demery, 9. 
De Nancrede, 33. 
Dench,335. 



Denni, 233. 

Dennie, 77, 78, 80, 244, 268, 336. 

Denny, 261. 

Devens, 97, 102. 

Dexter, 101, 127, 216, 244. 

Dillaway, 294. 

Dilloway, 158. 

Dingby, 90. 

Dinsdale, 52. 

Doan, 271. 

Doane, 27, 67, 298, 346, 349. 

Doans, 5. 

Dobson, 38, 149. 

Dodge, 2, 39, 227. 

Doggett, 109. 

Dolbear, 30, 36. 234, 237. 

Doll, 179. 

Donagane, 102. 

Donegane, 102. 

Dorr, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, IS, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 
27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 
51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 
63, 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, 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, 123, 124, 125, 
126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 
135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 
252. 

Doughlass, 37. 

Dowall, 130. 

Dowell, 170. 

Downe, 52. 

Draper, 83, 195. 

Drisco, 111. 

Dudley, 33. 

Dueck, 50. 

Du Heaume, 39. 

Duick, 202. 

Dunham, 165, 166. 

Duport, 276, 277. 

Durant, 319. 

Dutten, 321. 

Dwire, 230. 

Dyer, 7, 156. 

Dyke, 45, 52, 59, 230. 

Earl, 312, 313. 

Ears, 17. 

Eaton, 17, 19, 53, 98, 113, 118, 119, 148, 149, 
150, 179, 180, 181, 208, 209, 235, 269, 293, 
299, 310, 315, 328, 330, 334, 338. 

Eayers, 45. 

Eayres, 26. 

Eckleey, 179. 

Eckley, 83, 172, 181, 256. 

Edes, 7, 62, 69, 120, 332, 133, 134, 143, 146, 
156, 163, 178, 187, i95, 198, 199, 204, 211, 

229, 230, 234, 245, 248, 255, 256, 257, 259, 
264, 273, 274, 275, 278, 280, 300, 306, 325, 
327, 330, 346. 

Edmonds, 57, 107. 

Edmunds, 34, 135, 174, 319. 

Edward, 236, 268, 322. 

Edwards, 104, 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, 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, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 
211, 212, 213, 214, 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, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 



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257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 
268, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 
275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 284, 
285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 
294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 
303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 
312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 
322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 
331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 
340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 
349, 350. 

Eliot, 9, 70, 147, 148, 182, 183, 249, 293, 311. 

Ellis, 270, 306. 

Elwell, 222, 223. 

Emery, 70, 238. 

Emmons, 20, 31, 70, 79, 93, 210, 280. 

Endicut, 201. 

English, 307, 309. 

Erving, 79, 144. 

Eustice, 168. 

Eustis, 113, 170, 176, 230, 310, 326, 337, 343, 
345. 

Evens, 338. 

Everet, 7. 

Everit, 269. 

Everton, 107. 

Faddy, 327. 

Fairaervice, 162. 

Farrington, 3, 5, 19, 26, 348. 

Fast, 230. 

Faxon, 50, 119. 

Faye, 21. 

Fellows, 38, 55, 142. 

Fenno, 190, 342. 

Fenton,200, 202. 

Feseenden, 162. 

Fessendon, 201. 

Field, 24. 

Fife, 126. 

Finnecy, 54. 

Fisher, 137, 141, 345. 

Fitsgerold, 169. 

Fleet, 9, 46, 172, 228, 251. 

Fletcher, 269. 

Flin, 93. 

Folsom, 278.. 

Foot, 10, 15, 73, 179. 

Forbisher, 161. 

Forbs, 252. 

Ford, 104. 

Forster, 258. 

Fortune, 193. 

Fosdick, 109, 261. 

Foster, 2, 33, 36, 47, 57, 79, 89, 93, 100, 122, 
148, 153, 156, 171, 173, 176, 177, 178, 180, 
198, 220, 226, 258, 284, 293, 347. 

Fowle, 16. 

Fowles, 102, 137. 

Fowls, 149. 

Fox ,90. 

Frances, 74. 

Francis, 17, 45, 51, 59, 69. 

Franklin, 121, 134, 142, 143, 145. 

Franklyn, 127, 128, 134, 141. 

Frazier, 263, 270, 321. 

Freck, 33. 

Freeman, 23, 71, 76, 88, 112, 172, 192, 239, 
259, 262, 263. 

French, 98, 130, 140, 168, 203, 204. 

Frothingham, 20, 21, 129, 201. 

Fuller, 50, 308. 

Fullerton, 12, 73, 192. 

Fulsom, 163. 

Fulsome, 85, 278, 293, 299, 315,334. 

Fussenden, 109. 

Galaspey, 140. 

Gammell, 274. 
Gammil, 163. 
Garden, 236. 
Gardet, 85. 

Gardner, 8, 22, 25, 34, 41, 104, 146, 236, 293, 
299, 310, 315, 334. 



Gault, 255. 

Gavette, 236. 

Gee, 81. 

Geyer, 45, 54, 56, 81, 213, 230, 274, 292, 301. 

Gibert, 192. 

Gilbert, 206. 

Gill, 208. 

Gilman, 126. 

Girdlen, 204. 

Glascut, 28. 

Gleasen, 307. 

Gleason, 34, 329. 

Glover, 2, 46, 81. 

Goddard, 110 

Godfrey, 162. 

Goldsbury, 246. 

Gooch, 176. 198, 232, 234, 258, 331, 334, 345, 

Goodhue, 200. 

Gooding, 37. 

Goodwin, 2, 11, 62, 83, 161. 

Gooking, 123. 

Gookins, 141. 

Goold, 9, 11, 230. 

Gorden, 221, 289. 

Gordon, 75. 

Gore, 124, 161, 204, 236, 247. 

Gorham, 173, 271, 289, 295, 297. 

Gould, 11. 

Goyneau, 247. 

Grant, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 52, 129. 

Graves, 78. 

Gray, 27, 30, 121, 124, 126, 193. 

Greanleaf, 8. 

Greanleaff, 3, 4, 20, 53, 77, 192, 263, 267. 

Gredley, 337. 

Green, 13, 14, 19, 28, 29, 39, 53, 64, 98, 104, 

110, 219, 289, 297, 341. 
Greenleaff, 77, 104. 
Grenough, 159, 274. 
Grice, 40. 

Gridley, 113, 186, 323, 339. 
Griffith, 75. 
Guild, 346. 
Gullager, 124. 
Gusbrou, 320. 

Hagar, 2, 148. 

Hales, 266. 

Hall, 8, 17, 24, 32, 39, 106, 109, 120, 155, 156, 
236, 238, 261, 266, 284, 293, 311, 330. 

Hallo way, 122. 

Hamblin, 88. 

Hamlin, 6, 11, 35, 37, 51, 86, 89. 

Ham men, 232. 

Hammet, 11. 

Hammond, 31, 51. 

Hancock, 49, 93, 97, 120, 177, 271, 282,311, 
312,313,314,315, 316, 317, 318, 319,320, 
321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 
330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 
339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 
348, 349, 350. 

Hanners, 304. 

Harding, 126, 196. 

Hariiion, 79, 232. 

Harper, 185. 

Harrington, 91. 

Harris, 53, 82, 108, 144, 194, 307, 308, 309, 
310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 
319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 
328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335. 336, 
337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 
346, 347, 348, 349, 350. 

Harrison, 248, 249. 

Harskin, 311. 

Hartwell, 236. 

Haskins, 148. 

Hastings, 171, 289, 306. 

.Hatch, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 97, 98, 99, 
100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 
109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 117, 119, 120, 
121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 
130, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140. 141, 142, 143, 150, 244, 267. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



355 



Hatchman, 236. 

Hatchmeu, 232. 

Hawkes, 9,31, 54. 

Hayden. 10, 16, 92, 161, 146. 

Hayes, 144. 

Hays, 129. 

Head, 22. 

Healy, 251. 

Hearsay, 203. 

Hearsey, 204. 

Heath, 67, 96, 125, 188, 190, 195. 

Hemmenway, 7. 

Hemmingway, 169. 

Henchman, 104, 106, 113, 136, 146, 158, 170. 

Henchmen, 104. 

Henderson, 19, 27, 38, 53, 67, 85, 100, 115, 
132, 147, 159, 160, 171, 189, 207, 217, 229, 
247, 256. 271, 284, 298, 306, 319, 325, 349. 

Hendley, 113. 

Hendricks, 309, 320. 

Hengelsberg, 85. 

Henshaw, 150. 

Herrin, 288. 

Herring, 175. 

Heriou, 172. 

Hewes, 17, 91, 115, 269. 

Hews, 16, 36, 100, 102, 135, 208, 342, 343, 345. 

Hichborn, 333. 

Hickling, 334. 

Hickman, 113. 

Hide, 45. 

Higgins, 79. 

Higguison,290. 

Hill, 63, 66, 67, 97, 112, 140, 142, 222. 

Hills, 2-22, 223, 224. 

Hillyer, 74. 

Hinckley, 76. 

Hincks, 109. 

Hitchborn, 23, 149, 329. 

Hitchburne, 245. 

Hodgdon, 21, 120. 

Hodge, 149. 

Hodgkins, 300. 

Hodgsden, 131. 

Hodasdon, 118. 

Holbrook, 15, 329. 

Holden, 156. 

Holderken, 321. 

Holland, 44, 81. 

Holt, 114, 176. 

Homans, 62, 88, 103, 135, 148, 228. 

Homer, 23, 33, 56, 132, 159, 226, 271, 272, 277, 
289, 315,329. 

Honnywell, 115. 

Hopkins, 46, 77, 81, 161, 238, 346. 

Horner, 160. 

Horton, 34, 138, 142, 143, 217, 218. 

Houghton, 10, 66, 81, 84, 86, 111, 115, 117, 123, 

152, 169, 176, 198, 202, 216, 228. 
How, 242, 261, 280, 319. 

Howard, 70, 87, 118, 200, 228, 254, 301, 307, 
308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, .314, 315, 316, 
317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 
326, 327, 328, 330, 338, 349. 

Hows, 79, 272, 274. 

Hoyt, 9, 53, 93, 118, 119, 148, 149, 160, 177, 
179, 181, 208, 209, 235, 269, 293, 299, 315, 
334. 

Hunnewell, 15, 117, 118, 292. 

Hunt, 2, 4, 15, 24, 34, 35, 36, 50, 73, 82, 89, 90, 
92, 99. 103, 106, 109, 115, 122, 127, 135, 

153, 162, 165. 
Hunter, 11. 
Hussom, 58. 

Hutchinson, 99, 136, 149, 177. 
Hutson, 139. 

Hyde, 46. 
Hylen, 250. 
Hyler, 20. 

Ingalls, 300. 

Ingerfield, 24, 25, 48, 50, 140, 142 

Ingersol, 246, 331. 

Inglish, 190. 



Insley, 228. 

Ireland, 34, 61, 62, 74, 75, 77, 82, 83. 

Ivers, 243, 346. 



84, 102, 138, 



109, 116, 132, 
298, 302, 306, 



, 118, 119, 148, 
208, 209, 221, 
293, 299, 315, 



Jackson, 21, 25, 40, 45, 46, 

284, 316, 324, 328. 
Jacobs, 111, 129. 
James, 26, 27, 41, 64, 66, 67, 86, 

156, 189, 210, 247, 257, 271, 

319. 
Jarvis, 7, 42, 163, 169, 176, 216, 221, 247, 254, 

318. 

Jeffries, 171, 294. 
Jeffry, 270. 
Jefries, 2. 
Jenkins, 58. 
Jennison, 143. 
Jepson, 112, 190, 202, 219, 231, 247, 271, 289, 

298, 308, 319, 327, 349. 
Jepsoou, 191. 

John ,231. 

Johnson, 15, 34, 338. 

Johonnot, 16, 38. 

Jones, 15. 19, 38, 50, 53, 93, 117 

149, 159, 164, 176, 180, 181, 

226, 235, 239, 246, 269, 288, 

334. 

Jutau, 20, 53, 216, 251, 265, 266, 301. 
Juteau, 251, 252. 

Kast, 60, 228, 335. 

Keen, 288, 289. 

Kelley, 10. 

Kendall, 8. 

Kennedy, 141, 170, 173. 

Kerkland, 233. 

Khun, 330. 

Kimbell, 21. 

Kirable, 221. 

Kindness, 269. 

Kinney, 56. 

Kirkland, 279. 

Kittle, 131. 

Knapp, 227, 289. 

Kneeland, 21, 53. 

Knox, 20, 98, 218, 328, 337. 

Laha, 17, 18, 22, 26, 27, 32, 38, 42, 43, 51, 55, 
75, 77, 80, 89, 111, 122, 126, 152, 158, 165, 
169, 173, 175,195,196,204,205, 212, 213, 
218, 220, 222, 224, 225, 228, 231, 232, 237, 
245, 250, 255, 262, 263, 266, 271, 272, 273, 
274, 278, 296, 306. 

Lamb, 177, 251. 

Lambert, 20, 35, 43. 

Lampson, 173, 178. 

Lane, 20, 98, 162. 

Langdon, 249, 288. 

Laugley, 84, 297. 

Langsford, 146. 

La Poterie, 85. 

Lash, 10. 

Lathrop, 174. 

Laughton, 124, 153. 

Lawrance, 330. 

Layha, 266. 

Leach, 19, 28, 98, 206. 

Learned, 72. 

Leate, 6, 77. 

Leavet, 134, 141. 

Lebarron, 136. 

Lee, 33, 52, 74, 133. 

Leigh, 39. 

Leithe, 52. 

Lewis, 111, 124, 190, 205, 206, 231, 246, 257, 
277, 284, 312. 

Lilley, 45. 

Lillie. 89. 

Lincoln, 2. 

Lisway, 237. 

.Little, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 150, 151, 152, 
153, 154, 155, 156, 157,. 158, 160, 161, 162, 
163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 16S, 169, 170, 171, 



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172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 
181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 188, 189, 190, 
191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 
200, 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, 236, 237, 
238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 
247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 
256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 
265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 
274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 
284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 291, 292, 293, 294, 
295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 
304, 305, 306, 307, "08, 309, 310, 311, 312, 
313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 
322, 323, 324, 325, 327, 349. 

Lloud, 261. 

Lloyd, 212. 

Lobb, 53. 

Lobdell, 109. 

Long, 183. 

Lord, 109. 

Loring, 34, 53, 70, 120, 146, 149, 177. 

Lothrop, 101, 112, 229, 288, 306. 

Loud, 94. 

Louder, 314. 

Lovel, 328, 331, 334, 338, 342, 348. 

Lovell, 326, 328, 347. 

Lovereign, 304, 318. 

Loveriegn, 173. 

Loverign, 149. 

Levering, 15, 22, 29, 49, 86, 233, 240, 244, 249, 
319, 332. 

Low, 48, 81,255,261. 

Lowe, 34. 

Lo.wel, 73. 

Lowell, 6, 45, 74. 

Luce, 272. 

Luehes, 269. 

Luddeu, 116. 

Lurtower, 18. 

Lyde, 217, 218, 219, 220, 222, 223, 224, 225. 

Lyman, 68, 230. 

Lynn, 34. 

Lyon, 319. 

Mackay, 109, 203, 220, 221, 225, 247. 

Mackey, 161,212, 289, 293. 

Mahony, 106, 159, 252. 

Makay, 254, 296. 

Makepeace, 19, 73, 193, 225, 249, 266,330,334, 

339. 

Makepiece, 66. 
Manson, 335. 
Marks, 81. 
Marsters, 124, 164. 
Marston, 124, 146, 149, 157, 300, 308. 
Martin, 4, 34, 140, 229, 230. 
Mason, 52. 67, 83, 97. 113, 123, 176. 
Mather, 56. 
Matthews, 312. 
Maud, 101. 
May, 2, 7, 42, 75, 84, 85, 99, 101, 141, 190, 205, 

206, 227, 247, 257, 261, 277, 282, 290, 309, 

329, 334, 341, 346. 
Mayfleld, 110. 
Mayhew, 74. 
Maynard, 103. 
Mayo, 307. 
Mazard, 272. 
Mead. 1, 57, 167. 
Mellony, 38. 
Mellvil,190. 
Melony, 76, 165. 
Melville, 20, 181. 
Merret, 152. 
Merritt, '288. 
Merry, 109, 110, 179. 
Miller, 126, 165,262,305. 
Milton, 81,230. 
Mingineon, 109. 

Minot, 6, 55, 80, 148, 188, 205, 297, 521. 
Mins, 343. 



Mock, 11. 

Molineaux, 39. 

Molineux, 148, 181, 209. 

Mollineux, 98, 101, 119, 149, 180, 208, 235, 

269, 293, 299. 
Mollins, 73, 84. 
Montague, 54, 83. 
Moor, 37, 104, 105, 106, 107, 109, 113, 125, 168, 

196, 227. 

Moore, 104, 108, 111. 
Moorwood, 128. 
Morce, 156. 
Moreton, 15, 79. 
Morgan, 108. 
Morse, 36, 55, 87, 88, 134, 201, 233, 237, 261, 

271, 327. 
Mosely, 320. 
Moulins, 79, 80, 81. 
Moulton, 111. 
Mountforth, 329. 
Mountgomery, 110. 
Mullens, 59. 
Mulligan, 49. 
Munrow, 100. 
McClintick, 109. 
McCormick, 227. 
McElroy, 33, 52, 74. 
McFadclen.21,144, 206. 
McFersoa, 85. 
McKay, 338. 
Mckeen, 340. 
McLane, 84. 

McNeil, 22, 28, 29, 40, 67, 132, 133, 161. 
McNiell, 41. 

Xadan, 252. 

Nancrcde, 167, 168. 

Nancreed, 249. 

Naucriede, 166. 

Nazro, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14,17, 18, 20, 23, 24 r 
25, 27, 28, 30, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 48, 49, 
50, 54, 55, 58, 60-, 64, 65, 66, 68, 70, 71, 78, 
85, 86, 88, 89, 97, 98. 99, 100,102, 107,109, 
111, 114, 115, 116, 119, 129, 130, 131, 135, 
139, 140, 141, 142, 144, 147, 148, 155, 158, 
159, 162, 164, 169, 170, 174, 179, 186, 187, 
202, 208, 226, 230, 234, 239, 243, 247, 252, 
260, 276, 277, 278, 279, 283, 285, 305, 306, 
309, 317, 333, 345, 346, 347. 

Negro ( ),230; Adam, 44; Brown, 148; 
Capen, 250; Clark, 310; DeQinnis, 299; 
Faddy, 327; Fife, 126; Fortune, 193; 
Gusbrou, 320; Howard, 338; Patience, 
230; Peggy, 230; Pollydore, 319; Vick- 
ery, 318; Victory, 316. 

Neil, 280. 

Newall, 117. 

Newcomb, 102. 

Newell, 149, 153, 154, 293, 297, 299, 340. 

Newland, 267, 268. 

Newman, 43, 44, 48, 57, 71, 76, 145, 197, 267, 
306. 

Niccolson, 110. 

Nichols, 46, 70, 79, 84, 230, 257. 

Nickels, 70. 

Nollen, 337. 

Norman, 144. 

Norton, 84. 

Nourse, 26, 52, 54, 63. 

Nowell, 94. 

Noyes, 259. 

Nut, 109. 

Nuttage, 15, 74, 101. 

Nuttedge, 73. 

Nutting, 28. 

Nye, 335. 

Nyles, 162. 

Olive, 110. 

Oliver, 6, 17, 109, 328, 329. 

Orcut, 5. 

Orcutt, 75. 

Orrel, 7. 

Orrell, 230. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



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Osborne, 40, 109. 
Otis, 18, 54, 291. 
Oulton, 4, 58. 
Owen, 347. 
Owens, 135. 
Ozier, -26. 

Page, 109. 

Pain, 46, 73. 

Paine, 81. 

Parke, 50. 

Parker, 17, 19, 48, 67, 74, 132, 171, 189, 193, 

247, 271, 284, 298, 319, 327. 
Parkman, II, 20, 53, 149, 207. 
Parks, 192. 
Parmenter, 299. 
Parsons, 75, 158, 201, 330, 349. 
Partridge, 22, 30, 36, 39, 44, 45, 47, 52, 57, 102, 

107, 110, 143, 274. 
Patchtold, 140. 
Patience, 230. 
Pattens, 68. 
Patterson, 128. 
Paul, 311. 

Payne, 311. 

Pay son, 350. 

Peak, 34, 79. 

Pearly, 326. 

Pearson, 228. 

Pease, 44, 47, 71, 75, 85, 134, 138, 142, 148, 149, 
194, 265, 305. 

Peggy, 230. 

Peirce, 5, 15, 16, 46. 

Peirpoint, 338. 

Pendergrass, 260. 

Perce, 102. 

Perln, 307. 

Perkins, 4, 13, 14, 45, 46, 47, 116, 118, 132, 135, 
213, 217, 218, 263, 279, 282, 293, 299, 315, 
330, 334. 

Peter, 228. 

Pettingill, 317. 

Philips, 218. 

Phillips, 25, 45, 80, 110, 183, 201, 217, 218, 234, 
235, 241, 243, 255, 275, 284. 

Phillis, 110. 

Pickman, 61. 

Piemont, 164. 

Pierce, 91,98,244. 

Pike, 6, 7, 22, 25, 40. 61, 68, 75, 77, 82. 

Pitcher, 142. 

Placide, 185, 229, 230. 

Plumbeck, 350. 

Poignard, 161. 

Pollard, 289. 

Polly, 311. 

Pollydore, 319. 

Pope, 27, 37, 70, 139, 140. 

Popkin, 259. 

Popkins, 247. 

Porter, 91, 213, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 
334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 
343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350. 

Potter, 65, 69. 

Powell, 109, 238. 

Powers, 20, 24, 28, 31, 70, 72, 73, 79, 81, 121, 
127, 167, 238. 

Pownall, 232. 

Pratt, 183. 

Prentice, 320, 330, 334. 

Prentis, 315. 

Preston, 8, 217, 218. 

Price, 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 
19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 
33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 
45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 65, 56, 
57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 
70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 
84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 
96, 98, 99, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 

108, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 
119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 
129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 
138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144 t 145, 146, 



147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 
156, 157, 160, 101, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 
167, 168, 169, 170, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 
177, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 
196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 
205, 206, 207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 216, 
217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 
226, 227, 228, 230, 231, 233, 234, 235, 236, 
237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 
245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 
253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 
261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 
269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 
278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 284, 285, 286, 
287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 
296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 
306. 

Priestly, 257. 

Prince, 27. 

Procter, 21, 23, 27, 49, 53, 67, 70, 98, 118, 148, 
149, 279, 293. 

Pulcepher, 260. 

Purket, 137. 

Purkett, 146. 

Putnam, 223, 257, 258. 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 
264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 270, 272. 

Quincy, 8, 188, 203, 308, 309, 315, 329, 332, 

349, 350. 
Quiner, 314, 315. 

Ramsdean, 110,112. 

Ramsdel, 57. 

Ramsdell, 311. 

Rand, 60, 65, 69, 75, 212, 217, 221, 228, 231, 

244, 245, 273, 276, 278, 300, 313, 335. 
Ranger, 58, 83, 89, 91, 154, 156, 176, 179, 181, 

275. 

Ray, 39, 180. 
Raymer, 121. 
Raymond, 158. 
Read, 6, 56, 74, 75, 182, 262, 263, 265, 266, 272, 

273, 274, 321. 
Reed, 45, 73. 
Rene, 39. 
Revaut, 28. 
Reveire, 23. 
Rex, 84. 
Reynolds, 84. 
Rice, 7, 45, 57, 81, 84, 230. 
Rich, 10, 24. 

Richards, 82, 161, 208, 210, 241, 317. 
Richardson. 8, 24, 31, 55, 58,65,117,118, 

128, 158, 168, 169, 172, 183, 188, 192, 270, 

276, 280, 286, 288, 319, 326. 
Ridgway, 46, 94, 109, 111, 162. 
Riely, 335. 
Riley, 335, 337. 
Robbado, 32. 
Robins, 18, 19, 285. 
Robinson, 6, 72, 79, 100, 125, 137, 166, 

302. 

Rogers, 35, 66, 243. 
Rogerson, 87, 228. 
Ross, 6, 46, 110. 
Roulston, 139. 
Rouse, 33, 47, 52, 74. 
Rowe, 44. 
Rowen, 250. 
Ruddock, 6, 294. 
Ruggles, 47, 56, 86, 161, 188, 202. 
Rume, 261. 
Rumley, 41. 
Rummer, 157. 

Russel, 11, 19, 26, 33, 53, 148. 
Russell, 48, 87, 100, 108, 111, 118, 120, 121, 

129, 130, 131, 132. 141, 142, 143, 147, 149, 

158, 159, 169, 170, 179, 181, 186, 198, 205, 

235, 236, 254, 259, 269, 270, 275, 282, 283, 

284,285,311,330. 

Sales, 296. 
Salsbury, 103. 



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Sal tor, 140. 

Sampson, 145. 

Sargeant, 304. 

Saunders, 50, 202, 231. 

Savage, 49, 112. 

Saxon, 39. 

Saxton, 177. 

Scbollay, 246, 261. 

Scollay, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 
27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 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, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 

75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 
99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 
108, 109,110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 
117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 

126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 

135, 136, 140, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 
179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 
188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 
197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 
206, 207,208, 209, 210,211, 212, 213,214, 
215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 
225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 
234, 235,236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, ,242, 
243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 
252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 
261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 
270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 286. 

Scott, 40, 46, 57, 81, 84, 230, 310, 337. 

Sears, 10, 305. 

Seavev, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 52, 
55, 56, 57, 8, 59, 62, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 

76, 77, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 90, 92, 93, 
96, 101,105, 106,107, 112,115, 116, 117, 
124, 143, 178, 209, 244, 245, 247, 248, 313, 
318. 

Seever, 67. 

Sellon, 181. 

Sergeant, 40, 141, 208, 209, 231. 

Sever, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 
24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 

52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 
66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 79, 80, 82, 
83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92,93, 94, 
95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 108.107, 108, 109,110,111, 113,114. 
115, 117, 119, 120, 121, 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, 156,159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 
166, 167,168, 169, 170,172,173,174, 175, 
176, 177,178, 179, 180,181,182,183, 184, 
185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 
194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 
203, 204, 205, 206, 207. 208, 209. 210, 211, 
212, 213, 214, 2(5, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 
222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 
231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 
240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 255, 246, 247, 248, 
249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 
258, 259, 260, 261, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 
268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 
277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 
286, 287, 288, 289, 290,- 291, 292, 293, 295, 
296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 
305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 
314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 
323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 331. 

Sewell, 296, 

Sharp, 16, 30, 53. 

Shattuck, 254, 270. 

Shaw, 192. 

Shean, 38. 

Shed, 21, 136. 

Shelton, 109. 

Shepherd, 15, 111, 139, 236. 

Sherburn, 277, 335. 



Sherburue, 76, 254, 278, 314, 319, 328, 329, 
330, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 336, 340, 
341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 
349. 

Sherman, 324. 

Shimmins, 10. 

Sigorney, 63, 137, 219. 

Sigorny, 191. 

Sigourney, 168. 

Silsbie, 168. 

Silsby, 302. 

Simpson, 162. 

Sinclair, 57. 

Singleton, 99, 136, 147. 

Size, 139. 

Skinner, 30, 92. 

Slocum. 225. 

Smalledge, 102. 

Smith, 8, 17, 18, 26, 36, 41, 51, 54, 63, 67, 70, 
75. 76, 77, 79, 83, 110, 126, 129, 139, 146, 
149, 165, 172, 188, 263, 275, 316. 

Snelling, 114, 161. 

Snow, 93, 266. 

Sohier, 261,266, 282. 

Somerby, 315. 

Somes, 150. 

Soper, 46. 

S-pear, 10, 16, 36, 146, 190, 216, 247, 271, 296, 
. 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 309, 310, oil, 

313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 321, 328, 
327, 333, 337, 338. 

Spooner, 157, 166, 228. 

Sprage, 150. 

Sprague, 236, 289, 807, 313. 

Sprigs, 322. 

Spring, 49. 

Stackpole, 28, 148. 

Starr, 62, 135. 

Stephens, 61. 

Stephenson, 327. 

Sterns, 57. 

Stevens, 6, 22, 25, 26, 33, 34, 40, 45, 47, 74, 75, 
81. 

Stevenson, 189. 

Steward, 20, 26, 40, 45. 

Stewart, 31, 70, 141. 

Steword, 57. 

Stillraan, 88, 89, 93, 123, 137, 141, 230, 288, 
312, 335. 

Stimpson, 228, 289. 

Stodder, 128, 139, 229. 

Stone, SI. 

Storer, 310. 

Story, 271. 

Stringer, 113. 

Sturgis, ill, 161, 179, 190, 283, 284, 285, 286, 
287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 
296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 
305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 

314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 
323, 324, 325, 330. 

Sullivan, 2, 19, 52, 129, 230, 255. 260. 
Sumner, 64, 190, 219, 247, 271, 298, 319, 

337. 

Swan, 193. 

Sweetser, 12, 51, 67, 304. 
Swelslops, 230. 
Swift, 8, 156. 
Sylvester, 328. 
Symmes, 79. 118. 

Syrams, 20, 53, 98, 119, 148, 149, 150. 
Syms. 31, 312. 

Talbot, 127. 
Taunt, 164. 
Tayler, 2, 12, 35, 57, 58, 59, 64, 68, 72, 74, 107, 

318, 320, 321. 
Tenant, 9, 14, 23. 
Tennant, 14. 
Thatcher, 143, 151, 152, 177, 234, 274, 297, 

307, 330. 
Thaxter, 289. 

Thayer, 7, 34, 35, 36, 42, 72, 89, 253. 
Thomas, 18, 19, 21, 28, 112, 223. 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



359 



Thompson, 7, 8, 27, 61, 67, 92, 100, 129, 132, 
158, 159, 160, 182 190, 210, 216, 231, 247, 
258, 270, 271, 274, 284, 298, 302, 304, 308, 
327, 337, 346, 349. 

Thorp, 34, 47, 74. 

Thurston, 123, 141. 

Thwing, 48, 177. 

Tickner, 73. 

Ticknor, 47, 50, 61, 83, 90, 106, 127, 135, 136, 
140, 155, 162, 164. 

Tilden, 128, 177, 248, 266, 283, 284, 285, 286, 
287, 288, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 
297, 298, 299, 3lX>, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 
306, 307, 308, 309,310, 312, 313, 314, 
315,316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 
324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 
333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 
342, 343, 344, 45, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350. 

Tileston, 11, 16, 18. 22, 31, 53, 84, 86, 90, 92, 
106, 127, 135, 138, 156, 162, 319, 329, 330, 
331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 
340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 
349, 350. 

Tisdale, 223. 

Todd, 21, 24, 244, 289. 

Tolman, 101, 

Torey, 5. 

Torrey, 117. 

Tour, 315. 

Tower, 16. 

Townsend, 138, 157, 159, 163, 189, 201, 285. 

Trask, 3, 309. 

Treat, 116. 

Trefery, 308. 

Trench, 72. 

Trevastey, 232. 

Truman, 55. 

Tucker, 17. 

Tuckerman, 4, 6, 14, 19, 26, 30, 43, 58, 68, 86, 
91, 268, 296, 346. 

Tuder, 16, 129, 144, 284. 

Tudor, 176, 333. 

Tufft, 75. 

Tukesbury, 6, 25, 84, 135, 154, 201, 202, 241. 

Turner, 7, 263, 306, 319. 

Tuttle, 32, 95, 271. 

Tyler, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 
41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 
53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 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, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 
111, 112, 113. 139. 

Tyleston, 90, 343, 346. 

Tyng, 68. 

Uran, 6, 15, 35, 46, 81, 96, 97, 175, 178. 
Usher, 6, 40, 45, 52, 59, 74. 

Vanderbush, 39. 

Varney, 37, 83. 

Veasey, 7, 20, 81. 

Veazey, 79. 

Veazie, 31. 

Venner, 81. 

Vezey, 70. 

Vezie, 70, 163. 

Vickery, 318. 

Victory, 316. 

Vile, 264, 311. 

Vily, 126, 154. 

Vinal, 36, 42, 43, 54, 73, 76, 77, 90, 95, 101, 

106, 127, 135, 141, 155, 162. 
Vincent, 4, 7, 115. 
Vose, 43, 112, 161. 

Wait, 89, 156. 

Waldo, 33. 

Walley, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 
28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 



40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 
56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 
68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 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, 110, 111, 112, 113, 11-1, 115, 
121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 
130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 
150,151,152,153,154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 
159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 
168, 171, 172,173,174, 175, 176, 177, 179, 
180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 188, 189, 
193, 194, 195, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 
203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 
212, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 231, 233, 234, 
235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 
244, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 
256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 
265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 
274, 275, 276, 278, 279, 281, 282, 283, 284, 
285, 286, 287, 288, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 

296, 297, 300. 301, 302, 304, 305, 306. 
Walker, 54, 55, 79, 82, 198, 206. 
Walter, 191, 346. 

Ward, 156, 212. 

Warner, 50, 158, 202. 

Warren, 222, 223, 225, 228, 335. 

Washington, 124, 264, 265. 

Waterhouse, 275. 

Waters, 74, 194, 197, 202, 208, 213, 223, 224, 
225,226,229,2:51,237, 2-58, 242, 250, 251, 
258, 262, 263, 267, 273, 284, 29:>, 293, 294, 

297, 301, 305. 
Weaton, 158. 
Webb, 52, 90, 346. 

Welch, 10, 12, 40, 65, 68, 165, 166, 170, 172, 

173, 180, 183, 192, 238, 246, 275, 276, 277, 

283, 335. 

Weld, 15, 20, 21, 60, 94, 96, 97, 106. 
Wellman,91. 

Wells, 24, 55, 66, 87, 104, 120, 188, 313. 
Welsh, 57, 60, 65, 113, 114, 166, 171, 196, 197, 

228, 229, 241, 266, 285, 323. 
Wendall, 136. 

Wendell, 97, 110, 113, 145, 156, 295, 304. 
Wentworth, 110. 
Wescot, 271. 

West, 85, 134, 148, 199, 283, 330, 339. 
Wheaton, 50, 100, 110, 119, 202. 
Wheeler, 111, 114, 129, 230, 302, 346. 
Wheelock, 284, 309. 
Wheelwright, 10, 24, 34, 149. 
Whellen, 326. 
Whipple. 17, 278. 
White, 2, 8, 9, 19, 23, 61, 67, 72, 75, 77, 79, 

82, 83,129, 144, 158, 161, 162, 202, 227, 230, 

238, 262, 311, 330. 
Whitel, 62, 83. 
Whiting, 37, 81. 
Whitman, 115. 
Whitmore, 4. 
Whitney, 88, 109. 
Whittemore, 39, 66, 138, 146, 163. 
Whittmore, 184. 
Whitwell, 67, 133, 143, 146, 147, 152, 159, 169, 

178. 180, 193, 200, 213, 228, 237, 239. 
Wibird, 148. 
Wier, 301. 

Wiggin, 320, 334, 345. 
Wigglesworth, 76. 
Wight, 4*. 
Wild, 230. 
Wildes, 20. 
Wilkins, 302. 
Wilks, 230. 
Willard, 201, 202, 203. 
Williams, 28, 29, 67, 85, 92, 94, 95, 100, 116, 

132, 133, 181, 200, 204, 245, 271, 316, 323, 

345. 

Willington, 266, 346, 348. 
Willson, 142, 190. 
Wilson, 50, 194. 
Wilton, 197, 236. 



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Windehip, 64. 

Winningburg, 346. 

Winship,29,63, 67, 86, 126, 132, 133, 193, 194, 

202, 228, 343, 346, 347, 348. 
Winslow, 35, 39, 79, 103, 116, 205, 274. 
Winthrop, 38, 180, 194. 
Wise, 236. 
Wiawall, 275, 306. 
Witherles, 3. 
Withington, 72. 
Woart, 114. 
VVolcut, 3. 



Wollox, 160. 

Wommell, 263. 

Wood, 89. 

Woodman, 111. 

Woods, 159,263. 

Woodward, 2, 4, 78, 97, 152, 208. 

Wright, 108, 119, 240, 290. 

Wyraan, 277, 302. 

Young, 236, 238, 343. 
Zeagler, 150. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Abington, 102. 

Accounting school see Schools. 
Accounts, 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 22, 23, 
24, 27, 28, 30, 81. 32, 36, 37, 39, 
41, 44, 45, 46, 49, 53, 59, 60, 62, 
66, 71, 73, 76, 80, 83, 85, 87, 91, 
94, 95, 97, 100, 101, 103, lOo, 
106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 114, 
115, 117, 122, 123, 125, 128, 131, 
134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 
142, 143, 144, 146, 147,151, 154, 
155, 156, 158, 161, 162, 164, 165, 
167, 168, 169, 171, 173, 174, 175, 
177, 180, 182, 185, 189, 192, 193, 
194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 200, 201, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 210, 211, 217, 
219, 223, 224, 226, 227, 228, 229, 
231, 232, 233, 235, 240, 242, 243, 
245, 248, 250, 251, 253, 255, 256, 
257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 264, 265, 
263, 270, 271, 273, 275, 276, 277, 
278, 279, 281, 284, 287. 288, 291, 
292, 295, 298, 301, 303, 304, S05, 
306, 307, 309, 310, 313, 314, 316, 
318, 319, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, 
329, 332, 335, 339, 342, 343, 347, 
348, 350. 

keeper of the almshouse, 20, 22, 
35, 36, 47, 52, 57, 107, 110, 143, 
152, 164, 169, 178, 180, 193, 200. 
213, 228, 237, 239. 

constables, 100, 152. 

Mr. Blaney, 91. 

Vapt. Samuel Laha, 75, 111, 152, 
169, 196, 228, 255, 278, 306. 

Mr. Scollay, 49. 

Mr. Nazro, 49, 115. 

against town of Charlestown, 102. 

Dr. Appleton, 110. 

Edward Mayrield, 110. 

Curtis and Houghton, 111, 152. 

keeper of the granary, 117. 

Samuel Gookins, 141. 

Samuel Partridge (the late), 143. 

Norton Brailsford, 254. 

selectmen's, 150. 

William Moore, 168, 196, 228. 

Robert Newman, 197. 

Jesse Hough ion, 198, 216, 228. 

Tukesbury, 201. 

Nehemiah May, 205, 206. 

Jonathan Stodder, 229. 

Mrs. L,ydia Dodge, 227. 

Samuel Howard, 254. 

physicians', 228. 

Uooch and Foster, 258. 

town, 228. 

Mr. Walley, 278, 279, 282, 283. 

Mr. Ranger, 154. 

Elizabeth Richardson, 192. 

Mr. Mead's, to examine, 167. 

Samuel Curtis and Jesse Hough- 
ton, 169. 

overseers, 169. 

Dr. Welche, 180, 192. 

town treasurer, 284. 

Young ainl Mins, 343. 
Act relating to the poor, 96. 



Act relating to inhabitancy, 104. 

legal settlements, 292. 
hackuey coaches, 303, 305. 
drunkenness, 320. 
security of town against fire, 

322 

Acts of the State, to collect, 322. 
Adams' & Nourse's Paper (newspaper), 9, 

193. 

(See also Newspapers.) 
Admiral Vernon's tavern, 63. 

(See also Taverns.) 

Advertisements, 9, 11, 25, 26, 48, 62, 63, 72, 
116, 120, 121, 149, 158, 185, 
186, 189, 191, 193, 203, 262, 
276, 288, 292, 336, 338, 339. 
(See also Newspapers.; 
Aerostatic experiments, 258. 
African preacher, 82. 

(See also Negroes.) 
youth see Negroes. 
Agnes (briganline) , 77, 80. 

( See also Ships, vessels, etc.) 
Alexandria, 175. 
Aliens or Strangers, 5, 9, 39, 50, 89, 102, 120, 

135, 151, 190, 227,231, 237, 320. 
transportation of, 44. 
supervision of, 44. 
warned to leave the town, 48, 82, 

135, 189, 202. 

a weekly return of names of, 54. 
list of negroes, 77. 
books containing lists of, 106. 
burial of, 123. 
fund for removal of, 151. 
poor, 185. 
names and stopping places, to 

give, 217. 
French, 271, 272. 
Almshouse, 20, 28, 93, 106, 143, 158, 205, 287, 

292, 312. 

supplies for the, 30. 
keeper of the, 20, 22, 47, 52, 133, 

143, 152, 164, 193, 237, 239. 

accounts of, 20, 22, 28, 35, 36, 47, 

52, 57, 107, 110, 143, 152, 164, 

168, 169, 178, 180, 193, 213, 228. 

admitted to the, 28, 39, 44, 79, 

158. 

to dismiss from, 132, 133. 
insane in the, 106. 
poor outside of, 120. 
to build a new, 267. 
America, the, 276. 

(See alia Ships, vessels, etc.) 
American Coffee House, 137. 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery, 18, 91, 

158, 198, 205, 289. 
a dinner at Fancuil Hall 

given by, 91. 
election day of, 91. 
ask that Faueuil Hall be 

repainted, 148. 
aek for use of Faneuil 

Hall. 158, 205. 289. 
Andover, 201. 

. Ann street, 3, 10. 80, 109, 125, 140, 243, 249, 
288, 307. 



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Ann street, pavement repaired, 56. 

(See also Streets, etc.') 
Appeals : 

Abraham Quincy, administrator, 188. 
Aqueduct committee, 296. 

corporation, 329,332. 
Arms and ammunition : 

powder, 5, 14, 214, 

215, 217, 219, 220, 

223, 224, 225. 226, 

258, 314. 

lire arms, 8, 14, 234, 

290. 

cartridges, 14. 
belonging to the 
town, 14, 325,330. 
law relating to, 205. 
Artillery company, 22, 123, 205, 

(See also Troops.) 
Ashes, inspector of, 157. 
Assembly or Court, general, 15,61, 67, 77,96, 
98, 110, 112, 123, 131, 151, 
155, 161, 166, 176, 183, 210, 
214, 247, 312, 316, 323, 338, 349. 
petition to, relative to sufferer 
by the 
late tire, 
15, 67. 
deficiency 
of tax- 
gatherer, 
192. 

support of 
State 
poor, 
113, 123, 
144, 198. 
to hold a lottery, 

237, 238, 239. 
to build hospital 
for contagious 
diseases, 238. 
committee of, 30, 205, 313. 
resolves of, 155, 184, 190, 207, 

213, 214, 218. 

for better accommodation of, 30. 
overseers' accounts, 169. 
house, 163. 
Assessors, 96. 160, 190, 191, 216, 221, 247, 248, 

'291, 327. 

instructions to, 50. 
report tax-books ready, 159. 
choice of, 203. 
books, 25, 88,100, 159, 160, 191, 

211, 221, 247, 248. 
tax bills, 216. 
room, four chairs for, 387. 
Assize of Bread see Breadstuff's. 
Associated Assembly, the, 252. 
Atkinson street, 203, 210, ^24, 243, 244, 270, 

282, 305. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Attorney for the Town see Town. 
Auctioneers, 11, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 28, 33, 
39,68,98,101, 118, 119, 144, 

148, 149, 150, 151, 179, 180, 
208, 209, 216, 222, 234, 246, 
251, 252, 253, 260, 261, 265, 
266, 269, 277, 278, 279, 283, 286, 
293, 299, 301, 308, 310, 315, 
320, 328, 334, 341, 345, 349, 
350. 

list of, 52, 53, 98, 118, 119, 148, 

149, 179, 180. 181, 208, 209, 
235, 269, 315. 

receipts, 53, 93, 94. 

to determine number of, 98. 

licenses, expiration of, 66. 

unrenewed, incur 

penalty, 66. 
number of, to limit 

to ten, 68. 

applied for, 70, 118, 
119, 234, 246. 



Auction room, 11, 31. 

public, 297. 
Avery's wharf, 91. 

(See also Wharves.) 

Back street, 41, 51, 111, 114, 139,237,271. 

312, 335. 
to widen, 189. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 

Badges, sweepers', 38, 39, 41, 47, 100, 101, 
129, 130, 145,165,169, 
227, 250, 310, 317. 

Bake-house, building of a, proposed, 4, 5, 232. 
to be licensed, 36. 
near Prince street, 251. 
at West Boston, to erect, 261, 

307. 

Bakers, 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, 36, 
38,41,43, 45,49, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65, 
71, 73, 76, 78, 80, 82, 85, 87, 60, &1, 
94, 97, 100, 103, 105, 107, 108, 110, 
111, 112, 114, 117, 121, 125, 131, 133, 
134, 136, 137, 139, 141, 142, 144, 147, 
151, 154, 155, 157, 161, 162, 163, 165, 
167, 168, 171, 173, 174, 177, 180, 182, 
184, 187, 192, 193, 195, 197, 200, 203, 
205 207, 209, 211, 216, 223, 225, 227 
229, 231, 233, 235, 239, 241, 245, 248, 
249, 251, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 259, 
292, 295, 303, 304, 315, 316, 328, 332. 
boys, 23. 
Ballentine dock, 66. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Ballots, 193. 
Baltimore, 250. 
Baptist church, second, 157. 

(See a/soMeeting-Houses.) 
Barbadoes, 231. 
Barbers, 302. 

(See also Trades.) 
Barnstable county, 10. 
Batteries : 

north, 25, 26, 27, 28, 35, 42, 43, 72. 
dispute as to passage-way, 

at, 96. 

(See also Fortifications.) 
Batterymarch, 134, 156, 308, 314. 

relative to paving, 110, 128, 

145, 150, 162. 
paving stones for, 162. 
Beach street, 15, 136, 237. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Beacon Hill, 315, 321, 324, 345. 

erection of rails on, 84. 

land at bottom of, 261, 262, 268. 

preservation of, 92, 15"9, 160. 

steps to, 270. 

pole to erect on, 126, 127. 

beacon on, to place, 128, 129. 

new street at foot of, 252, 277, 

336. 

obelisk to erect on, 129, 130. 
repairing of, 236, 258, 260. 
town's land on, 243. 
Bedford, 217. 
Beef, 331. 

inspectors of, 11, 38, 53, 93, 99, 117, 118, 
136, 137, 138, 143, 144, 
146, 147, 149, 152, 163, 
173, 177, 178, 179, 180. 
list of, 146, 147. 
Beer lane, 55. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Beichertown, 75, 76. 

selectmen of, 76. 
Belfast, 276. 
Bells, ringing of, 48, 58, 59, 87, 148, 172, 174, 

240, 317, 347. 

bell-ringers, 148, 172, 230, 309. 
north church, 306. 
New Boston, 203. 
old south, 309, 346. 

in commemoration of the success 
of the Freuoh allies, 230. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



363 



Bells, chapel, 273, 274, 284, 285. 
Bequesto : 

Mrs. Brooker's donation, 1, 2, 4, 6, 

7, 11, 15, 20, 21, 25, 26, 31, 33, 34, 

35,37, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47, *8, 51, 52, 

57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, (54, 68, 69, 

70, 72, 73. 74, 75, 78, 79, 80, 81, 

82, 83, 139, 140, 331. 

beneficiaries, 2, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, 

20,22, 25, 26, 31, 

33, 34, S5, 37, 40, 

45,46, 47, 51, 52, 

57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 

62, 64, 68, 70, 73, 

74, 75, 79, 81, 82, 

83. 

books to enter 
bonds and notes, 
82. 

Dr. Franklin's, 134, 141, 143. 
Metiers. Placide and Harper, 185, 

186, 229, 230. 
Betsy (schooner), the, 51, 312. 

(brig) , the, 300, 301. 
(See also Ships, vessels, etc.) 
Bill under consideration for preventing 

spread of infectious diseases, 219, 313. 
Bills, hand, 295, 314, 328. 

tax, 216. 
Billyard (billiard?) house iu Kilby street, 

85. 

Bishop's alley, 275. 
Black Horse lane, 18, 33. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Blacksmith, 28. 

(See also Trades.) 
Bligh's House (so-called), 146. 
Blind lane, 72,23$. 

(See also Streets.) 
Blinds, 313. 
Blower's wharf, 61. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Blue Minute book see Records. 
Blye's lane, 115. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Bonds see Sureties. 
Books, 178, 331. 

for selectmen's entries, 199, 346. 
Boston, 1, -2, 3,4, 5,6,7,8,9,10, 11,12,13, 
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 
24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 
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, 69, 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, 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.U70, 171, 172, 173, 
174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 
182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 
190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 
198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 
206, 207, 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, 250, 251, 252, 253, 
254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 
262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268,269, 
270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 
278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 284, 285, 286, 
287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 
295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 
303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 
311, 312,313, 314, 315, 316,317, 318, 



319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 
327, 328, 329, 330,331, 332, 333, 334, 
335,336, 337, 338,339, 340,341,342, 
343,344, 345,346, 347, 348, 349, 350. 
Boston, boundary line between, and Rox- 
bury, 15, 54, 178, 184. 
defined, 55, 56, 188. 
harbor, 290. 
pier nee Long wharf. 
Regiment, 2. 

(See also Troops.) 
Bounds see Perambulations. 
Bounties, 10. 
Bowdoin square, 212. 

to pave, 290, 340, 341. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Braintree, 321. 
Brattle street, 123, 132. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Braziers, 67, 271. 

(See also Trades.) 

Breadstuffs, 1,2, >, 5, 6,9, 14,16, 19,23, 27, 
30, 32, 33, 36, 38, 41, 43, 45, 49, 
51, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65, 71, 73, 76, 
78, 80, 82, 83, 85, 87, 90, 91, 92, 
94, 97, 100, 103, 105, 107, 108, 
110, 112, 114, 117, 122, 125, 128, 
132, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 141, 
142, 144, 147, 151, 154, 155, 157, 
158, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 167, 
171, 173, 174, 177, 180, 182, 184, 
187, 192, 193, 194, 195, 197, 200, 
203,204, 205, 207, 209, 210, 211, 
216, 217, 223, 225, 226, 227, 229, 
231, 233, 235, 239, 240, 241, 242 
245, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 
254, 255, 256, 257, 259, 260, 264, 
292, 295, 303, 304, 315, 316, 330, 
332, 333. 

assize of bread, 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 14, 
16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 32, 33, 41, 43, 
45, 49, 51, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65, 71, 
73, 76, 78, 80, SV, 83, 85, 87, 90, 
91, 92, 94, 97, 100, 103, 105, 107, 
108, 110, 112, 114, 117, 121, 
122, 125, 128, 131, 132, 134, 136, 
137, 138, 139, 141, 142, 144, 147, 
151, 154, 155, 157, 158, 161, 162, 
163, 164, 165, 167, 168, 171, 173, 
174, 177, 180, 182, 184, 187, 192, 
193, 194, 195, 197, 200, 203, 204, 
205, 207, 209, 210, 211, 216, 217, 
223, 225, 227, 229, 231, 233, 235, 
239, 240, 241, 242, 245, 248, 249, 
250,251, 252,253,254, 255,256, 
257, 259, 260, 264, 292, 295, 303, 
304, 315, 316, 328,332, 333. 
Brewers, 257. 

(See also Trades.) 
Brick, making of, 1, 57. 

kiln, erection of, forbidden, 203. 
hall on Pemberton's hill, 258. 
Bridges : 

Charles river, 6, 105, 214, 215, 224, 

259. 
mill, 37, 59, 63, 67, 84, 103, 108, 202, 

249. 
draw, 56, 59, 66, 126, 183, 184, 237, 

238, 243, 249, 273, 322. 
over mill creek, repairs to, 182. 
West Boston, 207, 212, 314, 315. 
streets below, 333. 
British seamen, 221. 
Broad alley, 230. 

(See also Streets, etc.\ 
Brokers, 144. 
Bromfield's lane, 104. 

(See also Streets.) 
Brookline, 242, 306. 

selectmen of, 71. 
hospital at, 150, 179, 225. 
Buildings, 200. 

permit to erect, desired, 2. 31, 70, 
122, 149, 244,249. 



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Buildings, permit to erect bakehouse, 4. 

refused, 

32, 73, 249. 

slaughter - house, 

153. 

conditions, 153. 
smoke-houses on 

Neck, 191. 
smoke - houses at 
North End, 
191. 

an oven, 314, 315. 
licenses, 5. 
condemned, 10. 
engine-house, 66. 
about to be erected by Mr. 

Nyles, 162. 
at bottom of the Common, 327, 

329. 

new, to view, 307. 
erected in May street, 314. 
stone pottery, 200. 
engine-house in Pur- 
chase street, 249. 
new gun-house, 348. 
small distill-house, 272, 

274. 

new State House, 336. 
law relative to erection 

of, 285, 307. 

Bull pasture, 10, 12, 24, 120, 201, 288, 330. 
grass on, to dispose of, 19. 
to lease, 148, 150, 173, 201, 202, 

260, 33U. 
Bunch of Grapes tavern, 116. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Burial-places : 

Common, 33, 66, 115, 117, 176, 

258, 263, 330. 
tombs in, 66, 119, 

141,213,263,270. 
New, 288, 289, 292, 300, 301, 
302. 321, 328, 330, 337, 
339, 346. 

tombs in, 288, 289, 296, 

300, 301, 302, 307, 315. 

sextons, 58, 59, 85, 86, 87, 116, 

142, 148, 172, 176, 177, 274, 

339. 

Chapel burying ground, 62, 
115, 116, 117, 118, 192, 200, 
234. 
South, 30, 144, 234, 244, 252, 

323, 329. 
tombs in, 124, 234, 244, 

252, 270, 319, 320. 
repairs to fences of, 

30, 268. 
North, 192, 206, 257, 319, 324, 

345. 

grave-stones, 206. 
repairs to tombs and fences, 

23, 33, 235. 

owners of tombs, 33, 124. 
burial of negroes, 103, 159. 

strangers, 133. 
near the Granary, 175. 

tombs in, 175. 

returns of , from small-pox, 187. 
Bust of Washington placed in Faneuil Hall, 

124. 
Butchers, 48, 49, 126, 174. 

(See also Trades.) 
Butler's row, passage way through, 240. 

passageway through, to close 

temporarily, 179. 
Butter, 321. 
By-Laws : 

relative to throwing snow-balls, 1. 
cattle, 99, 116. 
playing foot-ball, 1. 
bakers' boys, 2. 
town bulls, 11. 
relative to inspector of police, 181. 



By-Laws : 



to be read to school-children, 44. 
additions or alterations, 48. 
report amendments to, 59, 60. 
breach of, 181. 



Cadet Company, 290. 
Cadets, 18, 161. 

(See also Troops.) 
Cambridge, 54, 55, 109, 188, 242. 

street, 176, 212, 293, 318, 330. 

( See also Streets, etc.) 
engine, 251. 

Camera obscura, to exhibit, 288. 
Camp kettles, 2. 
Candles, 249. 
Cape Ann, 333. 

Cod, 102, 139. 
Carpenters, 64, 157, 208, 303. 

(See also Trades.) 
Carriages, 207, 285, 295, 301. 

act relating to, 303, 305, 313. 
(See also Hacks.) 
Carts, 28, 131, 191, 338. 

for removing refuse, 273. 

to provide, 156. 
encroachments by, 286. 

orders relative to, 

287. 

Cartridges nee Arms and Ammunition. 
Castle, the, 12, 13, 23, 78, 213, 217, 218, 225, 

250, 263, 271, 272, 302, 340, 347. 
Island, 241, 265, 274, 347. 

(See also Fortifications.) 
street, 58. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
William see Castle, the. 
Cattle, 6, 11, 35, 51, 89, 116, 174, 286, 347. 
list of cows, 146, 175. 
sale of, 37, 136. 
to keep off Beacon Hill, 84. 

provide for the town, 86, 144, 307. 
impounding of, 345. 
rules as to, 96, 203. 
assessed, 99, 146, 170, 175, 197, 202, 

231, 257, 312, 328, 347. 
disposal of, 107. 
Centinel, The (newspaper), 9, 11, 39, 146, 

175, 186, 262, 286. 
(See also Newspapers.) 
Centre street, 161, 235, 308. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
school, 155, 192, 200, 223, 248, 273, 296, 

299. 

(See also Schools.) 

Certificates, 4, 10, 24, 52, 53, 68, 93, 115, 119, 
121, 139, 145, 149, 150, 157, 160, 
181, 191,J95, 204, 209, 220, 225, 
241, 248, 263, 299, 301. 
auctioneers', 299. 
Chapel, the [King's Chapel?], 23, 273, 274. 

bell to be rung, 273, 274, 284, 

285. 

(See also Meeting-Houses.) 
burying.ground, 62, 116, 117, 200. 
permission to 
build a tomb 
in, 103, 115, 
118. 

gates of, 200. 
(See also Burial-places.) 
Charcoal, 22. 
Charles river, 309. 

bridge, 6, 214, 215, 224, 259. 
water course by the, 105. 
street, 18. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Charleston, 55, 196. 
Charlestown, 40, 44, 97, 102, 242. 
Charter street, 84, 140, 183, 246, 249, 250, 260, 

348. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Chimneys, 15, 26, 84, 204, 302, 317. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



365 



Chimneys, sweepers, 37, 38, 39, 41, 47, 100, 

101,107,129,130,145, 

165, 169, 193, 227, 250, 

302, 310 

taking illegal fees, 37, 

38. 
advertisement relative 

to, 193. 

badges, 38, 39, 41, 47, 
100,101,129, 130,145, 
165, 169,250,310. 
defective, 84, 169, 170, 203. 
to examine, 168, 192, 271. 
Chronicle, the (newspaper), 242, 286. 

(See also Newspapers.) 
Circular letter to selectmen of each town, 

244. 

Claims, 268. 
Clark's shipyard, 81. 

(See also Shipyards.) 
Clerks of the market nee Market. 
Clock, north, 27, 87. 

to view, 154. 
old brick, 37, 180. 
town, 139, 140,251. 
Clocks, winding up all, 234. 
Coal baskets, measurer of, 328. 
Cohasset, the (schooner), 157. 

(See alao Ships, etc.) 
Cold lane, 24, 87, 127, 164, 232. 
repairs to, 103, 127. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Collectors nee Taxes. 
Combustibles, 242. 
Committees . 

to inquire into supposed en- 
croachments on the 
town's land, 3, 4, 31, 32. 
act about the gun-house, 4, 

6. 
get act passed relative to 

building bakehouse, 5. 
treat for hose for Robin- 
son's engine, 6. 
order repairs to road, 7, 174. 
on matter of Sea street, 17,18,19. 
repairs to street near the 

ropewalk, 17. 
to view ground near Oliver's 

dock, 19, 30. 
relative to sale of town's land, 

19. 
to dispose of grass on bull 

pasture, 19. 
view laboratory, 20. 
on rilling up holes on the dock, 

20. 

removal of street refuse, 20. 
to wait on Rev. Air. Everett, 7. 
Rev. Mr. Belknap, 

46, 114, 204, 325. 
Rev. Mr. Eliot, 9, 

147, 249. 
Rev. Mr. Freeman, 

46, 88, 172, 259. 
view Mr. Tuckerman's land, 

14. 
on removal of barracks on Fort 

hill, 2.'. 
to apply for the chapel for 

oration, 23. 
inspect flats near the mill 

pond, 24. 
on laws and resolves, 25. 

unsafe chimneys, 15, 169, 

170, 208. 
bounds of sealers of wood, 

15. 
to wait on Col. Tudor, 16. 

relative to delivering 
an oration on July 
Fourth, 17, 54, 88, 
89, 93, 119, 121, 124, 
126, 151, 175. 



Committees : 



to wait on Rev. Mr. Clark, 17, 

40, 144. 

general court, 30, 205, 313. 
view pavement near Mr. 
Tuckerman's, 26. 
procure u plan of the town's 
land at North Battery, 26. 
order repairs to streets, 27, 
33, 57, 61, 67, 118, 132, 146, 
184. 
on repairs to burial places, 

180. 

to view town's land near young 
Mr. Tuckerman's house, 130. 
on the Neck, 31, 121. 

state of the market yard, 32. 
to view Mr. Hunt's dwelling- 
house, 34. 
on streets, 37, 49, 79, 98, 129, 

151, 174. 
drains, 32, 33. 
to view the hay engine, "4. 
procure wood for the 

schools, 36, 162. 
on assizes, 37. 

to wait on Harry Gray Otis, 54. 
the Rev. Mr. Mon- 
tague, 54, 83. 
on brick-making, 57. 

Foster's pasture, 57, 58. 
removal of eugiue-house, 59. 
by-laws, 59, 60. 
respecting fee of piece of land, 

60. 

to view passages or by-ways, 61. 
the lower end of Water 

street, 62. 

Royal Exchange lane 
and Marshall's lane, 
62. 
of proprietors of Long wharf, 

62, 63. 

encroachments on streets, 63. 
on paving State street, 64. 
to confer with M*. Makepeace, 

66. 
view Crooked lane and 

Short street, 70. 
on water course, 71. 

the market, 71,91, 121. 
to view drain near Mr. Trew- 

lie's house, 72. 
view passageway near the 
late Mr. Walker's land, 82. 
on rent of the Island, 84. 

supplies of Deer Island, 112. 
to wait on the Rev. Mr. Saml. 

West, 85, 134, 199, 283. 
on pump in Fish street, 86, 87. 
to view street in Cornhil), 87. 
wait on Dr. Howard, 87. 
visit house of one Morse, 87, 

88. 
wait on Rev. Dr. Stillman, 

88, 230, 288. 
on certain schools, 90. 
to view the Haymarket, 91. 
examine Mr. Blayuey's ac- 
count, 91. 
on Beacon hill, 92, 126, 129. 

the Common, 92. 
to wait on the Governor, 92, 93, 

126, 129. 
on landed proprietors on Neck, 

102. 
to view pavement near Concert 

hall, 103. 

view Essex street, 103. 
on widening Prince street, 104. 
burying-ground near stone 

chapel, 104. 

reception of the president of 
the United States, 105. 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Committees : 

on repairs to the Market bouse, 

105, 124. 
to procure warrants warning 

paupers to leave town, In6. 
on case of Anderson Phillips, 

110. 
to wait on committee of the 

General Court, 111. 
wait on committee on ac- . 

counts, 111. 
view building occupied by 

Mr. Wheeler, 111, 114. 
procure a place for Engine 

No. 1, 112. 
wait on Dr. Lothrop, 112, 

219, 306. 
order repairs to Town 

House watch-house, 113. 
order repairs on Master 

Hunt's house, 115. 
view Btye's lane, 115. 
on schools, 116. 

accounts incurred by influx 

of paupers, 121. 
case of Rebecca Carr, 121 . 
Dr. Franklin's will, 121. 
buildings, 122. 
;o wait on the town treasurer, 

126. 

view Battery March, 52, 128. 
view Cow lane and Jolop 

lane, 136. 

confer with Mr. Fowles, 137. 
on fish stalls, 138. 

Mr. Sailer's drain, 140. 
to view water course, 140. 

fire engine, 143. 
wait on Rev. Mr. Thatcher, 

143, 191, 307. 
on accounts relative to the 

poor, 144. 
to confer with abutters on 

Battery March, 145. 
on numbering stalls in Market 

square, 145, 150. 
removal of post near Bligh's 

house, 146. 
to view bottom of State street, 

147. 

on Joliff' s lane, 148. 
to carry out certain votes of the 

town, 149. 
remove engine-house at 

North square, 150. 
on removing paupers, 151. 
to wait on committee of old 

brick church, 153. 
on laws relative to scavengers, 

153. 

to view the North clock, 154,174. 
of assessors, 159. 
repairs to Beacon Hill, 159. 

on the Neck, 159. 
on building about to be erected 
by Mr. Nyles, in Milk street, 
162. 
to view Frog lane, 162. 

Nassau street, 162. 
ascertain town's rights to 
land adjacent to Oliver's 
dock, 163. 
on paving part of Prince street, 

163. 
repairs to Pemberton's hill, 

164, 174. 

the town pump, 164. 
lighting the town, 167, 168. 
overseers' accounts, 169. 
to wait on Rev. Mr. Eckley, 172, 

256. 

view partition fence between 
Mr. Brewster's and the 
burying-ground, 172. I 



Committees : 



on regulations relative to bury- 
ing-ground, 173. 
to wait on proprietors of the 
South reading school, 173. 
view Pleasant street, 174. 
the watch-house at 

North End, 175. 
wait on Rev. Mr. Baldwin, 

175. 
on regulations of the market, 

176. 
situation of hospital at West 

Boston, 179. 
repairs to bridge over Mill 

creek, 182, 183, 184. 
to view Seperate [Separate] 

lane, 182. 

view town pump, 182. 
on Hose [Horse?] pond, 182. 

State poor, 185. 

to view dam upon the Neck, 190. 
on school, 191, 194, 224. 
on town's right to Gray's street, 

193. 

to wait on Dr. Walker, 198. 
of the General Court, 198. 
on petition to erect stone pot- 
tery, 200. 

of French gentlemen, 269. 
for providing engines, 253. 
to wait on Rev. Mr. Kirkland, 

279. 

on dinner on Fourth of July, 264. 
bounds of cow pasture, 269. 
land near Mr. Howes' fish- 
stand, 269. 
aqueduct, 296. 

arrangements for dinner 
given in honor of the Presi- 
dent of the United States, 
317, 
encroachments in Cold lane, 

232. 
pavement in Orange street, 

232. 
nuisance near Dock square, 

234. 
drawing up regulations for 

the watch, 236. 
lottery, 237, 238. 
prevalence of infectious dis- 
eases, 246. 

land in Vincent's alley, 200. 
town watch, 201. 
to confer with abutters on Kilby 

street, 201. 

on Tewksbury's accounts, 201. 
warning strangers to leave 

the town, 202. 
leasing Winnesimit ferry, 

202.' 
rebuilding the mill-bridge, 

202. 

application of Abraham 
Quincy and Benjamin 
Brown, 203. 
town watch, 205. 
to confer with committee of 

General Court, 205. 
on Frog pond and the Neck, 

211, 212. 

to lease the shoe stalls, 203. 
confer with the French con- 
sul, 221. 

on revision of by-laws, 48. 
to confer with overseers of the 

poor, 51. 
on repairs to engine, 60. 

house, 59. 
to view ground before Dr. 

Saxon's shop, 39. 
on repairs on town-house cellar, 
40. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



367 



Committees : 

on watch-house, 41. 

engine-house, 41, 44, 63, 64, 

126. 
to wait on Rev. Mr. Parker, 

48. 

Common, the, 12, 18, 36, 101, 129, 160, 264, 

274, 285, 319, 322, 330, 334. 

rails for gates and fence of, 

12, 92, 328. 
town's land near, 54. 
school on, 90. 
gallows on, 38. 
cattle on, 86, 116,286. 
building at bottom of, 327, 

329. 

fox hill at bottom of, 100. 
buryiug-ground, 33, 57, 115, 
117, 141, 
176, 288, 
293. 

tombs in, 57, 
66,141,213, 
263, 270. 

(See also Burial-places.) 
trees on, destroyed, 288, 296. 
two gates to erect on, 237. 
posts on, 326. 
firing on, to prevent, 158. 
hose [?] pond, 182. 
frog pond, 211: 
ropewalk at bottom of, 270, 

280, 281. 

shore [sewer] see Drains, 
street, 267, 269. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 10. 
Complaints : 

against Sampson Freeman, 23. 
about chimneys, 24. 
Mr. Sharp (constable) , 30. 
of policemen, 115. 

condition of house in State 

street, 117. 

committee of bakers', 292. 
Concert Hall, 27, 283. 

further exhibitions at, by Mr. 

Donegane, forbidden, 102. 
pavement near, to view, 103, 

116, 117. 
shop near, 120. 
Congress, 110, 133, 190, 195, 199, 249, 301, 

346. 
street, 109. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Connecticut, 335. 

river, 214, 215, 216, 217. 

Constables, 9, 11, 16, 18, 22, 34, 35, 36, 44, 46, 
48, 53, 54, 56, 88, 102, 141, 142, 
276, 291, 309, 319. 
confer with, as to suitable per- 
sons to act as scavengers, 155. 
delinquent, 30, 34, 48, 134, 135, 

141. 

appointed, 142. 
accounts, 100, 152. 
to attend town meetings, 88, 102, 

333. 

(See also Watch.) 
Constitution, 144, 172, 176, 199, 230, 257. 

revising of, 257, 259. 
Continental service, ^93, 102, 145, 195. 

recruits for the, 145. 
money, 137. 
frigate, 316. 
Contracts, 208. 
Coopers, 34, 93, 125, 295, 315. 

(See also Trades.) 
Copp's hill, 348. 
Cordage, 205, 242. 
Cornhill, 87, 184. 

pavement in, 87. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Corporations, 134. 



Correspondence : 

from Col. May, 2. 

owner of brig 

" Betsy," 300. 
to Ma). Perkins, 13, 14. 
the Lieut. -Governor, 13. 
clerks of the market, 

14. 

town physicians, 337. 
from the Governor, 15. 

the selectmen, 218, 

219, 221. 
to Hon. William Phillips, 

242. 

Mr, Samuel Ballard, 26. 
Col. Farrington, 26. 
proprietors of ropewalks 
iu Pleasant street, 281. 
Capt. Laha, 27, 77, 122, 

166. 
Archibald McNeil, 29, 

41. 

of the General Court, 30. 
to Mr. Obadiah Thayer, 34. 
Mr. Davis (school- 
master), 108. 
JohnC. Jones, 221. 
President Washington, 

264, 265. 

from /'resident Washing- 
ton, 267. 

from the Secretary, 124. 
Mr. Henry Hill, 142. 
Christopher Gore, 

204. 

to Capt. Nathl. B. Lyde, 
217,218,219,222,223, 
224. 
Col. Wm. Perkins, 218, 

263. 
from selectmen of Xew- 

buryport, 315. 
Cotton, 77, 225. 

(See also Ships' careoes.) 
Council, the, 64, 120, 153r 
County register, choice of, 155, 156. 

of Suffolk, 7, 121, 166, 266, 316, 328, 

332. 

Hampshire, 190. 
Court, General *ee Assembly. 

circuit, 135, 145, 214, 259, 270, 288, 

290, 297, 311, 320. 

supreme judicial, 28,195,265, 268, 275, 

278, 324. 
clerk of, 279. 
district, 161, 186, 193, 251, 261, 275, 

291, 321. 

of Sessions see Assembly, 
house, new, to erect, 30, 31. 
of common pleas, 93, 95, 124, 135, 145, 
153, 161, 166, 179, 186, 206, 214, 226, 
247, 252, 270, 323, 328. 
probate, 121, 332. 

judge of, 121, 205, 320, 323, 

328, 332. 
street, 194. 

tenement in, 202. 
Cow lane, 136, 140, 146, 157, 227, 312. 

(See also Streets.) 
money, 171, 227. 
pasture on the Neck, 269. 
Cowes, 42. 
Creek street, 308. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Crescent buildings, 293. 
Crooked lane, 70. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Cross street, 5, 15, 97, 110, 174, 245, 246, 

251. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Cruff's wharf, 87. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Custom-house, the, 292. 
Cryer, town see Town. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Dalton street, 101. 

(See also Streets, etc.} 
Dam, new, on the Neck, 258. 
Dancing, teacher of, 75, 252. 
school, 252. 

advertised without permit, 276. 
application to open school for, 

granted, 277. 

Dead, temporary deposit, 289. 
Declaration of Independence, 240, 312. 
Deeds, etc., 43, 113, 308. 
(See also Records.) 
Deer Island, 22, 98, 154, 202, 205, 238, 240, 

241, 262, 314, 331, 332. 
selectmen will visit, 22, 57, 
58, 95, 96, 124, 153, 182, 205, 
206, 210, 240, 246, 264, 290. 
supplies for, 112. 
house at, 135. 
paving-stones from, 162. 
stakes to protect from water, 

182. 

(See also Islands.) 
Dinner, public see Entertainment. 
Diseases, infectious, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 22, 23, 

26, 27, 32, 42, 51, 55, 
60, 65, 68, 69, 78, 80, 
87, 88, 89, 93, 94, 113, 
114, 122, 123, 148, 150, 
155, 157, 163, 170, 172, 
173, 175, 178, 179, 183, 
184, 185, 192, 196, 204, 
212, 213-18, 219, 220, 
225, 228, 231, 232, 237, 
238, 240, 241, 244, 245, 
246, 250, 260, 262, 265, 
271, 272, 276, 294, 298, 
300, 302, 309, 311, 313, 
317, 327, 333, 335, 337, 
338, 339, 343, 344. 

statistics, to obtain as 

to small-pox, 189. 
disinfectants, 13, 18, 22, 

27, 32, 42, 43, 51, 55, 
77, 94, 113, 122, 157, 
172, 196, 204, 231, 232, 
241, 276, 298, 300. 

statistics, 339, 340, 341, 

342, 343, 344, 345. 
bill under consideration 
for preventing spread 
of, 219, 313. 
statistics, to furnish, 

336. 

Disorderly persons, 239. 
Distilleries and distillers 150, 244, 272, 274, 

284. 

District Court see Court. 
Districting the Commonwealth, 184. 
Dock, the, 5, 11, 22, 31, 36, 37, 39, 307, 335, 

348. 

holes on, to fill up, 20. 
town store on, 39. 
watch, 34, 62, 134, 135, 141, 142, 255. 

house, 164, 261. 
engine, 72 

house, old, to let, 124. 
land abutting on, 180. 
town pump on, 182. 
Scottow's, 261. 

Oliver's, 4, 19, 22, 30, 31, 32, 62, 
122, 137, 163, 235, 284, 342, 343, 
345, 350. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Dock square, 10, 22, 23, 100, 109, 110, 111, 114. 

116, 124, 168, 234, 237. 
stall on, 23. 

pavement of, 116. 
store on, 201. 
well in, 261 

houses on, sale of, 283. 
refuse in, to remove, 335. 
(See also Streets, etc.} 
Documents, records, papers, tic., 3. 



Donation, Mrs. Brooker's see Bequests. 

Dr. Franklin's see Bequests. 
Dorchester, 56, 107, 188. 
Dove, the ( sloop), 165, 166. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Drains, 10, 18, 28, 32, 34, 40, 65, 72, 87, 91 
101, 124, 125, 140, 148, 174, 177, 179', 
188, 201, 213, 232, 234, 237,239, 246, 
251, 258, 259, 266, 268, 287, 289, 305, 
307, 308, 309, 311, 312, 313, 314, 316, 
318, 326, 327, 328, 330, 331, 334, 335, 
337, 340, 341, 346. 

common sewer, 10, 18, 28, 72, 87, 91, 
101, 148, 177, 232, 234, 235, 239, 245, 
246, 259, 287, 289, 293, 305, 307, 308, 
309, 311, 316, 327, 328, 330, 331, 334, 
340, 346. 

in Orange street, 33. 
on the Neck, 75. 
on Common street, 269, 313. 
Draw-bridge, 56, 59, 66, 126, 183, 184, 237,238, 

243, 249, 273, 274, 322. 
(See also Bridges.) 
Drunkenness, 320. 
Duck manufactory, 147, 159. 

(See also Manufactories. 1 
Duck sail-cloth and twine, inspector of, 171. 
Dutch consul, 18. 

Edes (schooner), 122. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Education, new system of, 102. 
Eighth Massachusetts Regiment, 102. 

(See also Troops.) 
Election day, 150. 

of the Ancient and Honorable 

Artillery, 91. 
dinner at Faneuil Hall on, 91, 

151. 
Electors of President and Vice-President, 

184, 301. 
Eliot street, 98. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 

Entertainment, public dinner at Faneuil Hall, 
126, 150, 151, 154, 179, 240, 
241, 264, 291, 317, 333. 
invitations to send out, 154, 

179, 240, 264, 291, 333. 
to neighboring fire enginemen 
coming to assist town, 256. 
by French gentlemen on New 

Year's Day, 269. 
Essex street, 63, 66, 67, 140, 326. 

to view, 103. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Esther (schooner), 113, 114. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 

Faneuil Hall, 13, 16, 18, 22, 25, 44, 63, 82, 88, 
93, 124, 126, 130,131, 150, 153, 
158, 160, 161, 176, 181, 182, 191, 
239, 258, 265, 290, 291, 314, 
322, 323, 328, 331, 335, 336. 
use of, for the artillery, 123, 

158, 198, 289. 
dinner of the Ancient and 

Honorable Artillery, 91. 
lamps to bring to, 88. 
use of, allowed negroes, 83. 
pump near, 345. 
market, 20, 22, 100, 116, 142, 
174, 176, 190, 196, 
198, 234, 236, 246, 
284,287,331. 
repairs to, 124. 
stalls in, 20, 22, 23, 

48, 119, 130, 
131, 140, 148, 
174,179,190, 
196, 246, 287. 

rent of, 48, 

49, 50, 130, 
142, 201. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



369 



Faneuil Hall, bust of Washington, placed in, 

124. 
roof and cupola of, to repair, 

125. 
dinner at, 126, 150, 151, 154, 

179, 240, 241. 
use of, for the Governor, 

150. 

regulations, 131, 328, 329. 
to preach in, request refused, 

133. 

income of the market, 145. 
request that, be repainted, 

148. 

granted, 150. 
use of, for Independent Light 

Infantry Co., granted, 158. 
application of Historical So- 
ciety, 178. 
use of, by French on their New 

Year, 269. 
Federal street, 79, 13D, 192, 252, 258, 268, 293, 

305, 316. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Fees, 256. 

illegal, 37, 38. 
Ferries : 

Winnisimet, 169, 202, 204. 
Ferry street, 8, 259, 346. 

Way street, 137. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Files of papers, 3,315. 

Selectmen, 8. 

Financial condition of the town, 196. 
Fire arms see Arms and Ammunition, 
destruction by, 15. 
firing of, on the Neck, forbidden, 

68, 72, 100, 101, 115. 
Fire, water-engines : 

bad condition of certain, 

40. 

men, 2, 5, 10, 11, 17, 29, 
30,35,38,40,45,49, 58, 
59,66,86, 89,109, 111, 
112, 134, 156, 162, 166, 
169, 192, 197, 210, 239, 
240, 250, 255, 274, 275, 
299, 302, 304, 310. 
premiums, 5, 15, 16, 22, 
26, 35, 40, 47, 48, 49, 
50, 51, 71, 72, 83, 85, 
86, 91, 94, 109, 110, 112, 
125, 134, 138, 139, 141, 
142, 148, 158, 164, 169, 
173, 176, 1T9, 181, 194, 
210, 230, 233, 239, 244, 

249, 302. 

wards, 38, 40, 84, 138, 
180, 181, 190, 194, 242, 

250, 253, 256, 259, 307, 
314, 316, 330. 

town house engine, 38. 

Robinson's, 6. 

No. 7; 11,17,40, 58, 176, 

179. 
No. 2; 15,50,81,89,109, 

112, 138, 157, 168, 

169, 286. 

No. 9; 16,91,148. 
No. 5; 44, 47,48, 71, 85, 

180, 194, 233, 305. 
No. 8; 22, 29,49,86,244, 

249, 304, 346. 
No. 10; 26, 109,302,306. 
No. 6; 94, 109, 111, 158, 

162, 164, 190, 239, 323. 
No. 7; 30,35,83, 91,289, 

307. 

No. 16; 41. 
No. 4; 35, 66, 163, 307, 

323, 337. 
No. 3; 72, 166. 
No. 11; 156. 
No. 1 ; 112, 192, 230, 284. 



J 



Fire, water-engines : 

houses, 41,44, 47, 56,68, 

67, 75, 108, 112, 156, 

294. 

on North square, 32. 
Congress, No. 2; 60. 
North engine-house, 49, 

51, 150. 

rent of engines, 60. 
repairs to engines, 60, 

180, 294. 

fire at How's ropewalk, 

242. 

house, to build, 66. 
Cambridge engine, 251. 
Dock engine, 72. 
purchase of an engine, 

84. 

lists of firemen, 115, 169. 
to return, 114, 116, 

140. 
new, 208, 224, 245, 249, 

295, 330. 
engine-house at New 

Boston, to remove, 

116. 

sufferers by late fire, 242. 
old engine-house, 131. 
engines from other 

towns, 242, 256. 
new engines desired, 

181, 190, 253, 279. 
ladders, 197. 
books, 324. 

wanton destruction of, 

198, 199. 
useless, at West Boston, 

224. 

Fish, inspector of, 11, 38, 53, 93, 99, 117, 118, 
136, 137, 138, 143, 144,. 
145, 146, 152, 163, 164, 
173, 177, 178, 179, 180, 
210, 251, 256, 258, 269, 
295, 315, 316, 347. 

inspectors of, list of, 146, 147, 149. 
market, 199, 208, 289, 345. 
to remove, 126. 
at lower end of Summer 

street, 31, 32, 161,311. 
pump in, to repair, 84, 86, 87.. 
widening of, 117. 
shed, 301. 
permission to sell, accorded, 45. 

on Oliver's dock, 

16, 17, 342, 343. 
expedient to have, 

32. 

stalls, 128, 138, 145, 234, 339. 
boxes, 332. 
putrid, 335. 
fishermen, 75, 117, 232, 234. 

names of, 75. 
street, 24, 26, 80, 84, 114, 117, 118, 124, 

139, 140, 141. 
Fitches alley, 237. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Fleet street, 33, 65, 79, 110. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Foot-ball in the streets forbidden. 

(See also By-Laws.) 
Fore street, 109, 110, 150, 246, 341. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Forestalling the market see Market. 
Fort Hill, 329. 

barracks on, to remove, 22. 

condition of, 286. 

ground rent for building on, 40, 

encroachments on, 232. 

building on, 41. 

improvements at, 287. 

well on top of, 52, 296. 

sale of land on, 290. 

filling up holes in, 87. 

grant of lease of land on, 332. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Fort Hill, to level, 200, 291, 292. 

proposed reservoir on, 332. 
Fortifications, 5, 11, 12, 13, 52,213, 241. 
land near, to view, 14. 
north battery, 25, 26, 27, 28, 

35, 42, 43. 
battery march, 52. 
Fortitude (ship}, 173. 

(See also Ships, vessels, etc.) 
Foster's pasture, 120, 148, 150, 173, 178, 258, 

260, 296. 
Foster's wharf, 149. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Fourth of July, 153, 234, 240, 288, 291, 311, 

314, 327, 333. 

oration, 16, 17, 54, 88, 89, 93, 
119, 124, 151, 152, 175, 262, 
311, 312. 

orator, 16, 17, 54, 88, 89, 93, 
119, 124, 151, 152, 175, 234, 
240, 311, 312, 327. 
procedure on, 153. 
town meeting called on, 23, 
59, 94, 95, 126, 154, 181, 
207, 240, 263, 332. 
Fox hill, 100. 

France, consul of see French consul. 
French language, school of, 28, 33, 166, 167, 

168, 247, 296. 
allies, bells rung to commemorate 

the success of, 230. 
priest, 85. 
physician, 272, 273. 
consul, 105, 221, 245, 272, 298. 
minister, 298. 
fleet, 105. 
subjects, 105, 231, 237, 245, 270, 

271,272,273,320. 
Friendship, the (brigantine) , 14, 23. 

(sloop), 55, 244. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 
Frog lane, 47, 162,319, 323, 329. 
(See also Streets, etc.} 
pond, 211. 

(See also Common.) 
Fruit and vegetables, 24. 

(See also Market square.) 
Funeral undertakers, 85, 144, 177. 
Fuzilier, the (brigantine), 220, 221. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Fuziliers, company of, request use of 
Faneuil Hall, 13. 
(See also Troops.) 



Gallows on the Common, to erect, 38. 

(See also Common.) 
Garrison see Castle, the. 
George street, 151, 302, 318. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
George Tavern, 58, 215. 
(See also Taverns.) 
Gibbons court, 84. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Gibbs lane, 305, 334. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Glaziers, 254. 

(See also Trades.) 
Glass works. 61, 66. 
Globe Tavern, 17. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Gloucester, 126. 
Goldsmiths, 28, 98. 

(See also Trades.) 
Goose street, 98. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Government House, 72. 
Governor, 150, 153, 155, 195, 213, 217, 301, 

337, 340. 
choice of, 9, 48, 85, 114, 120, 144, 

172, 199, 230, 257, 325. 
application to, 48, 153. 
to wait on the, 92, 93, 124, 125, 
128, 177, 246, 250. 



Governor, invitation of, to the Selectmen, 

150, 151. 

proclamation issued by, 213. 
Lieut., 12, 13, 25, 127. 
Wentworth, 193. 

(See also Ships, vessels, etc.) 
Granary, the, 120, 163. 
to let, 62. 
repairs to, 159. 
burial ground near, 175, 274. 

application for care 

of, 274. 

rented, 70, 159, 163, 201. 
keeper of, 117. 

accounts of, 117. 
application for, 157. 
key of, 159. 

Grant of a township, relative to, 254. 
Grass on bull pasture, to dispose of, 19. 
Grate for water course in Orange street, to 

procure, 334. 
Gravel, 101, 132, 134, 162, 292, 301, 315, 317, 

323. 

for the Neck, 31. 
in front of Gov. Hancock's house, 

49. 

on or near shoemakers' stalls, 66. 
to repair Blind lane, 72. 
for Goose street, 98. 
taken from Fox hill, 100, 
for a way near Hog alley, 108. 
Gray's ropewalk, 193. 
Gray's street, 193. 

lane, 282, 305. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Green dragon, 52, 210. 

(See also Taverns.) 
Green's lane, 110, 258. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
loan office iu, 138. 
Guadaloupe, 51, 204, 225. 

(See also Islands.) 
Gun house, 4, 6, 334, 348. 

powder, 214, 215, 217, 219, 220, 223, 224, 

225, 276. 
keeper of, 226. 
ship see Ships, vessels, etc. 
Gut, the, 162. 



Hacks, number of, to register, 284, 285. 

license of hack No. 9 not to be given 

at present, 331. 

licenses for, 334. 

Halifax, 9, 13, 14, 23, 25. 

small-pox prevalent at, 12. 
Hall, the see Faneuil Hall. 
Hampshire county, 190. 
Hancock's wharf, 97, 272. 
(See also Wharves.) 
Hanover street, 5,41, 72, 79, 109, 115, 136, 

146, 151, 160, 327. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Harriot (schooner), 309. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 
Hatch's wharf, 15, 97. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Hatter, 60. 

(See also Trades.) 
Hay, 40, 330. 

weighers of, 18, 26, 40, 50, 122, 156, 176, 

198, 314, 330. 
instructions to, 26, 314. 
leasing of, 140. 

market, 91, 93, 121, 150, 287, 328. 
rented, 26. 

water course near, 88. 
nuisance near, to remove, 125. 
engine, 19, 23, 25, 34, 50, 89, 122, 153, 

193, 202, 267. 
offer for, 50, 122, 153. 
keeper of, 120. 
rent of, 26 
Hayward, 6, 11, 30, 88 



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371 



Health officer appointed, 213, 215, 220. 
instructions, 216, 217. 
horse for use of, 219. 
Heirs-at-law, 43, 52, 76, 93, 102, 145, 195. 
Hemp, 2J2. 
Henchman lane, 84, 88. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Henry (schooner), the, 219, 222, 223. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Hewes fish market, 30. 
Hide*, 174, 26*5, 271, 272. 
High street, 312. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Hill's wharf ,97. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Hingham, 5. 

packet, 246, 293. 

(See aiso Ships, vessels, etc.) 
Historical Society, 178. 
Hog alley, 102. 

gravel for a way near, 108. 
nuisance near, 124. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Hogs, 92. 

pen, key of, 92. 
hogreeve, 92. 
Horses, 2, 18, 89, 219, 224, 229, 273. 

reimbursement for horse killed, 92. 
no, to stand in rear of meat stalls, 

131. 

Hose [?] pond, 1S2. 
Hospital Island see Rainsford. 
Hospitals : 

at Brookline, 150, 179, 225. 

Rainsford Island, 17, 22, 26, 28, 
42, 64, 89, 
152, 166, 
169, 173, 
196, 237, 
250, 254, 
255, 290, 
299, 313, 
317, 318, 
326, 327, 
335, 343. 
visitation of, 
28, 30, 99, 
157, 183. 
supplies for, 

18. 

keeper of, 26, 
42,220,237, 
306, 309, 
311, 315. 
boat belong- 
ing to, 31, 
205, 272. 
to build, 256. 
at New Bos- 
ton, 60, 
75, 123, 
128, 148, 
312. 

West Bos- 
ton, 63, 
65, 68, 
69, 145, 
158, 159, 
184, 193, 
197. 
inoculating, 

71. 
House linen, woolens, and furniture, to air, 

191. 

How's Rope walk, 242. 
How's wharf, 272. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Hoyt's corner, 160, 177. 
Hutchinson street, 243, 244, 252, 270. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Hydes see Hides. 

Ice-house, 311. 
Idiots, 18o. 



Immorality, 239, 320. 
(See also Laws.) 
Incendiary work suspected, 276. 
Indentures, 267, 268, 269, 289, 296, 299, 302, 

316, 319, 320, 026. 

Independence Day see Fourth of July. 
Independent Light Infantry Co., l">v" 

(See also Troops.) 
Indian meal see Breadetuffs. 
Industry (schooner), 175, 224, 225, 271. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Inflammatory notification printed, 263. 
Inhabitants, 1, 6, 7,9, 11, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 
31, 39, 46, 51, 53, 56, 64, 69, 72, 
82, 83, 8t, 87, 107, 114, 119, 
121, 122, 129, 130, 136, 137, 149, 
151, 153, 156, 164, 166, 167,169, 
170, 171, 172, 176, 178, 181, 183, 
185, 186, 191, 194, 195, 196,204, 
2 J9, 214, 215, 217, 225, 229, 234, 
238, 239, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 
249, 257, 261, 263, 265, 266, 270, 
277, 280, 294, 297, 300, 304, 310, 
311, 312, 313, 324, 327, 331, 333, 
335, 338, 345. 

to give notice of strangers, 169. 
.meeting of, 239. 
petition of a number of, 31, 49, 

167, 191, 194, 243, 261, 312. 
Innholders, licensed, 29, 36, 54, 55, 57, 60, 78, 
89, 108, 109, 110, 111, 
114, 116, 130, 137, 
139, 140, 164, 210, 
247, 252, 299, 316, 
317, 356. 
list of, 61, 88, 108, 109, 

189, 299, 316. 
disapproved, 89. 
petitions of, 98, 189, 
317. 

(See also Licenses.) 
Inoculation, 78, 113, 171, 225. 

hospitals, relative to, 71. 
advertisements, relative to, 186. 
physicians' accounts on, 205, 

228. 

expense of, 228. 
Insane, 6, 106. 

for keep of J/rs. Ross, 6. 
case of J/r*. Mahoney, 106. 

Anderson Phillips, 110. 
George Clark, 328, 332. 
Mrs. Catherine Merret, 152. 
Mr. Mahoney, 159. 
Nathan Davis, 205. 
Inspector of police see Police, 
pork see Pork, 
fish see Fish. 
Town Watch see Watch, 
ashes see Ashes. 
Ipswich, 338. 
Ireland, 28. 

contagious and mortal distemper 

prevailing in, 155. 

Island, the [Rainsford?], 6, 17, 32, 55, 84. 
Islands : 

Rainsford, 6, 17, 22, 26, 27, 28, 30, 
31, 42, 51, 63, 64, 77, 80, 88, 99, 
120, 126, 130, 152, 157, 158, 166, 
169, 173, 175, 182, 183, 204, 212, 
213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 
220, 221, 222, 225, 231, 237, 245, 
250, 254, 263, 265, 267, 271, 272, 
273, 293, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 
309, 311, 312, 317, 318, 333, 335, 
337, 338. 

Martinique, 17, 22, 77, 300. 
Castle, 241, 265, 274. 
Deer, 22, 57, 58, 95, 96, 124, 125, 135, 
153, 154, 162, 182, 205, 206, 210, 
238, 240, 246, 262, 264, 290, 314, 
331, 332. 
Madeira, 26. 
Jamaica, 244. 



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Islands: 

Noddle's, 266. 

West Indies, 27, 240, 241, 244, 246, 

260, 302, 337, 
Guadaloupe, 51, 204, 225. 
hospital island see Rainsford. 

Jail watch, the, to abolish, 17. 
Jamaica, 244. 

(See also Islands.) 
Jennet [Jeannette?], the (sloop), 27. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Joliff's lane, 148. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Jolop lane, 136. 

(See aho Streets, etc.) 
Jury list, 292. 

boxes, 20, 31, 48, 135, 139, 251. 
books, 23, 28, 38, 41, 43, 80, 93, 95, 133, 
135, 139, 145, 153, 164, 166, 172, 177, 
179, 186, 193, 194, 195, 198, 201, 206, 
211, 214, 226, 228, 229, 247, 252, 259, 
268, 275, 278, 295, 297, 315, 321, 323, 
324. 

jurors, 23, 28, 43, 63, 80, 95, 124, 133, 

144, 153, 157, 172, 186, 201, 211, 214, 

238, 251, 252, 261, 268, .270, 275, 278, 

279, 288, 291, 311. 

grand, 80, 93, 135, 139, 144, 145, 161, 228, 

247,251, 305,311. 

petit, 41, 48, 93, 135, 139, 145, 161, 164, 166, 
176, 177, 179, 193, 194, 195, 198, 201, 206, 
228, 238, 247, 250, 265, 270, 288, 290, 
295, 305, 318, 320, 321, 324, 349. 
Justices, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 15, 29, 37, 38, 77, 104, 
206, 210, 232, 244, 247, 263, 316. 
names of, 8, 104. 
meeting of, to call, 28. 

Kennebunk, 313. 
Kilbey street see Kilby. 
Kilby street, 84, 110, 243, 328. 

abuttors on, 201. 

paving of, 201, 210. 

Billyard [billiard?] House in, 85. 

obstruction, 243. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 

Labratory [Laboratory], 43, 120, 201. 

Ladders, 197. 

Lamb, 331. 

Lambs darn, 56, 188. 

Lamps, 11, 88, 93, 150, 153, 163, 164, 165, 167, 

234, 308, 323,349. 
all, to bring to Faneuil Hall, 88. 
loaned, 166, 168. 

superintendent of, appointed, 212. 
oil for, 308, 349. 

to procure, 271. 
lighters, 349. 
Lancaster, 275. 
Lands and buildings, owners : 

Mr. Furrington, St. 3. 

Torey, h. 5. 
John Tuckerman, bk. h. 6. 

Tuckerman, h. 30. 

Mr. Carter, h. 7. 

Hemmenway, I. 7. 
Pike, 1. 7. 

Thomas Jarvis, 1. 7. 
White, h. & 1. 8. 
Swift, h. & 1. 8. 
Richardson, h. & 1. 8. 
Coulter, h. & 1. . 
John Welch, h. 10. 
Joseph Spear, h. 10. 
Martin Bicker, h. 10. 
Mr. George Tuckerman, h. 14. 
1.14. 

Brown, 1. 14. 
Mr. Breek, h. 15. 

Shepherd, h. 15. 

Johonnot, h. 16. 

Mr. Copley, h. 18. 
Thomas, h. 18. 



Lands and buildings, owners: 
Dr. Smith, 1. IS 
Mr. James Thomas, h. 28. 

Bradley, st. 31. 

Boarn [Bowen?], h. 32. 

Israel Loring, h. 34.- 
Capt. Gustavus Fellows, h. 28k 
Dr. Saxon, sh. 39. 
Thomas Osborne, h. 40. 
Lt. Gore, h. 41. 
Capt. Andrew Gardner, h. 41. 
Dr. Bulriuch, 1. 41, 44, 47, 131. 
Mr. Brown, 1. 44. 
Mrs. Rowe, 1. 44. 
William Trefery, h. 308. 
Mr. Davis, h. 48. 
Oov. Hancock, h. 49. 
Widoio Crane, b. 49. 
Mr. Hammond, 1). 61. 
Heirsof Saml. Welle, 1.55. 
Peter RicharcUon, h. 58. 
Mr. John Baker, h. 60. 
Mr. Francis, h. 69. 
Deacon Brown, b. 63. 

Phillips, Ht.284. 
Capt. Jos. Cunningham, 63, 1O 
Mr. Lymaii, h. 68. 

Within gton, h. 72. 

Thomas Larncd, h. 72. 

Trench, h. 72. 

Powers, 1. 72. 

Dawes, 1. 72. 

Calvin White, h. 72. 

Adams, h. 72. 
Thomas Peak, eh. 79". 
BzekiiU Averill, sh. 79. 
Benjamin Baxter, sb. 79. 
Zacheu* Moreton, sh.79. 
Samuel Davis, et. 80. 
Mrs. Mary Jackson, et. 80. 
the late Mr. Walker, 1. 82. 
Rev. Mr. Eckley, b. 83. 
Mr. Joseph Ruggles, h. 86. 

Ebenezer Wells, h. 87. 

Bennett, 1. 91. 

Tuckerman, 1. 91. 

Porter, 1. 91. 

Hewes, 1. 91. 

Xowell, h. 94. 

Pierce, 1.98. 

Rev. Dr. Lothrop, h, 101. 
Mr. Maud. h. 101. 

May, h. 101. 
proprietors of 1400 ft. on the 

neck, 102. 

Mr. Tayler, h. 107. 
Mrs. Hannah Cole, sh. 108. 
Benjamin Fessenden. sh. 109. 
Mr. Ross, h. 110. 

Phillis, h. 110. 
Abigail Shepherd, h. 111. 
Abigail Woodman, eh. 111. 
John Lewis, h. 111. 
Zacheua Moulton, h. 111. 
JohnDrisco, h. 111. 
Mr. Savage, 1. 112. 

Thomas, h. 112. 
Deacon Richard Gridley, 1. 113. 
Joseph Snelling, h. 114. 
Rachel Bradford, h. 114. 
John Woart, h. 114. 
Davis Whitman, eh. 115. 
Mrs. Jones, h. 117. 
Mr. Torrey, 1. 117. 
John Bright, sh. 117. 
Mr. Richardson, h. 117,118. 
Joshua Loriug, st. 120. 
Capt. Wells, h. 120, 121. 
Mr. Joseph Bond, h. 123. 

Thomas Lewie, h. 124. 
William Dawes, h. 125. 
Mr. French, 1. 130. 
Oliver Lebarron, sh. 136. 
Col. Jackson, h. 138. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



373 



Lands and building*, owners : 

Sarah Adams, sh. 140. 
George French, h. 140. 
Mary Galaspey , fh. 140. 
Thomas Blake, sh. 140. 
Thomas Hill, 1. 140. 
Mary Barter [Barton?], sh. 140. 
Deacon Martin, eh. 140. 
Samuel Britnet, eh. 141. 
James Stewart, eh. 141. 
Moses Tyler, eh. 139. 
John Roulfton, sh. 139. 
Abner Stodder, sh. 139. 
Mary Cooper, h. 139. 
Elizabeth Hutson, eh. 139. 
Benjamin Callender, sh. 140. 
John Kennedy, at. 141. 
Capt. Gustavus Fellows, 1. 142. 
Samuel Jennison, eh. 14-'. 
John Erving, Jr., Bt. 144. 
James Harris, sh 144. 
Mr. Joel Hagar, b. 148. 

Wibird, h. 148. 
John Eliot, h. 148. 
Joshua Henmhaw, d. h.150. 
Mr. Newell, h. 153, 154. 

Raymond, h. 158. 
Capt. David Bradley, h. 160. 
Mr. Jones, h. 164. 

John Piemont, h. 164. 
Peter Richards< n, h. 168. 
John French, St. 168. 
Mr. Jarvis, h 169. 

Eustis, h. 170. 

Brewster, I. 172. 
David Marstou, h. 308. 
Mr. Davis, h. 176. 

Scolley, h. 177. 

Ooolidge, h. 178. 

Doll, h. 179. 

Eckley, h. 181. 

Sellon, h. 181. 

Eliot, sh. 182, 183. 

Long, h. 183. 

Whitternore, h. 184. 

Clap, h. 184. 
heirs of dipt. Aaron Davis, 1. 

188. 

Samuel Wells, Es<j., 1. 188. 
Prensen Gilbert, h. 192. 
Mr. Freeman, h. 192. 

Howaid, 1.200. 
Aaron Willard, h. 201, 1. 203. 
Benjamin Brown, St. 203. 
Abraham Quincy, st. 203. 
Mr. Leach, h. 206. 

Walker, h. 206. 
Capt. Silas Atkins, St. 215. 
Mr. Cargil, h. 232. 

Bradley, 8t. 233. 

Edward Brinley, h. 233. 

Breed, h. 233. 

Denui, h. 2:33. 

Cooke, h. 235. 
Dr. Sprague, 1. 236. 
John Dolbear, 1. 237. 
William Crafts, h. 237. 
Deacon Jones, h. 239. 
Mr. Richards etals., 1. 241. 
Deacon Phillips, et. 241. 
Messrs. Dexter & Amory, h. 244. 
Mr. Sever, d. h. 244. 

Bartlet, sh. 249. 
Michael Mahouy, h. 252. 
Thomas Parker, 1. 284. 
Dr. Lloud, h. 261. 

Dantforth, h. 261. 
John B. Sohier, 1. 261, 262, 266. 
Ma). Hatch, h. 267. 
Sheriff Greenleaf, h. 267. 
Story, I. 271. 
Morse, 1.271. 
Col. Winslow, h. 274. 
Mr. Austin, 1. 276. 



Lands and buildings, owners : 

Mr. John Kuhn, 1. 330. 

Welch, h. 277. 
Genl. Jackson, d. h. 284. 
Messrs. Scott & Storer, at. 310. 
David Townsend, 1. 285. 
Mr. Russell Sturgis, h. 294. 
Col. Colman, h. 294. 
Mr. Winningburg, h. 346. 
du Geyer, f . dL 301. 
Dall, 1. 303. 

Thomas Appleton, sh. 303. 
Mr. Turner, h. 306. 
Vile, h. 311. 
Daniel Ingersoll, h. 331. 
Saml. Sprague, h. 313. 
Dr. Mountforth, h. 329. 
Mrs. Lowder, h. 314. 
Widow Ann Prentiss, h.330. 
Mr. Wm. Sherburne, h. 314. 
Capt. Thomas Dennie, 1. 336. 
Mr. Will Smith, 26, 316. 
William Parson, h. 338. 
Mr. John Jarvis, 1. 318. 
Col. May, h. 342. 
Mr. Austin, h.321. 
Col. Jackson, h. 324. 
Mr*. Bowdoin, h. 328. 

Lands or buildings, town, 1,4, 5, 11,19,22, 
23, 26, 30, 31, 32, 70, 81, 84, 123, 
135, 142, 195, 201, 202, 203, 204, 
208, 230, 243, 261, 267, 322, 330, 
334. 

store, 29, 34, 39, 55, 134, 138. 
Master Hunt's house, 34, 35. 
repairs on, 129. 
grant of township, 252, 256. 
heights of town's buildings, 261. 
encroachments on, 26S, 276, 281, 

288, 321. 
sale of shops on Pemberton's 

hill, 275. 
near the Common, 54. 

Oliver's dock, 122. 
the Granary, 62. 
near the glass works, 66. 
shop near Concert hall, 120. 
abutting on the dock, 180. 
accounts of sale of, 278, 279, 282, 

283. 

sale of, on Fort Hill, 240, 332. 
grant or lease of, 332. 
building of house on land sold 

Col. Jackson, to remove, 324. 
Language, French, 28, 166, 167, 168. 

(See also Schools.) 
Latin, email percentage of pupils learning, 

59. 

school, 314. 
(See also Schools.) 
Lattin [Latin] school lane, 141. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Laws, 8, 25, 51, 52, 54, 71, 316. 
breach of, 198, 199, 239. 
relating to fire arms, 8. 
aliens, 82, 135. 
builrHnge, 285, 307. 
assize of bread, 14. 
sweeping of chimneys, 38. 
to be enforced, 23, 24, 100, 101, 313. 
relative to boundary line between 

Roxbury and Boston, 54, 55. 
to repeal, 313. 

enclosed to school teachers, 41. 
as to hackney carriages, 295, 301, 

313. 
relative to negroes, 70. 

the Lord's day, 262. 
against firing on the Neck, 100, 101. 
relative to scavengers, 153. 
Boards, 145. 
arms, 205- 

cattle, 146, 175, 257, 284. 
schools, 147, 277. 



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Laws, abstract of law relative to signs, 

posts, etc., to publish, 169. 
abstract of law relative to cattle, 

175, 203. 
relative to strangers, 169. 

fire-engines, 324. 

email-pox, 179. 

fires, 322. 

inuholders and retailers, 

210, 316. 
trucks, 329. 
militia, 258. 
thefts, repeated, 239. 
improper houses, 239. 
immorality, 239. 
of the U.S. to distribute to each 

town in the commonwealth, 324. 
Lawyers, 255. 
Leases, 4, 64, 150, 202, 244, 260, 308, 330, 331. 

form of, 331. 
Leather dressers, 89. 
Leaveret street, see Leveret. 
Lectures, moral, for the poor, 70. 

on heads [Phrenological?], 85, 86. 
Legal settlements, act relative to, 292. 
Letters see Correspondence. 
Leveret's lane, 10, 235. 

street, 34, 234, 235, 243, 284. 
(See alfio Streets, etc.) 
Liberty tree, 333. 

Licenses, 28, 29, 41, 61, 68, 76, 78, 81, 103, 140, 
141, 144, 155, 160, 168, 247 293, 
303, 334, 338. 
to sell liquors : 

not allowed, 79, 80. 
allowed, 3, 29, 36, 37, 39, 40, 
47, 19, 54, 55, 57, 60, 78, 79, 
80, 82, 84, 85, 89, 93, 103, 
108, 109, 110, 111, 114, 116, 
120, 123, 130, 136, 140, 141, 
142, 160, 165, 168, 334, 350. 
to keep a bakehouse, 36. 
petitions for, 98. 
auctioneers, 68, 70, 98, 235, 293, 

310, 328, 334. 
list of, 97, 98, 108, 109, 129, 155, 

183, 299. 

returr of, 98, 155. 
to erect buildings, 5. 

(See alto Buildings.) 
for post chaises, 311. 

hackney carnages, 313, 331, 

334. 
Light horse, 18. 

infantry, 18. 
(See also Troops.) 
Lighting the town, measures respecting, 

164. 
amount subscribed 

for, 167. 
Lime, 335. 
Liudle's or Lindel's Row, 251, 261, 263. 

paving of, 263. 
Lion (brigantine), 34. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Liquors, 225, 247, 316. 

wines, etc., retailers of : 

Mrs. Elizabeth Wolcot, 

3. 

Mr. Elisha Byies, 36. 
Mm. Mary Doughlass, 

37. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Whit- 

temore, 39. 
Mary Hall, 39. 
list of, on files, 29. 
Capt. Andrew Gard- 
ner, 41. 

William Ruggles, 47. 
Peter Spring, 49. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Fin- 

necy, 54. 

Adam Truman, 55. 
Ebeuezer Barrel, 57. 



Liquors, wines, etc., retailers of : 

Thomas Beals, 60. 
Mqj. Moses Ballard, VS. 
Thomas Peak, 79. 
Ezekial Averill, 79. 
Zacheus Moreton, 79. 
Samuel Davis, 80. 
Mrs. Mary Jackson, 80. 
Susannah Brett, 82. 
Thomas Capron, 84. 
Josiah Burroughs, 84. 
Rachel Gardet, 85. 
Reuben Thayer, 89. 
Hopestill Foster, 93. 
Joseph Cowden, 103. 
Samuel Maynard, 103. 
Mm. Hannah Cole, 108. 
long list of others, 108, 

109, 110. 

Benjamin Fessenden, 
109. 

Abigail Shepherd, 111. 
Abigail Woodman, 111. 
John Lewis, 111. 
Joseph Snelling, 114. 
Rachel Bradford, 114. 
John Woart, 114. 
Davis Whitman, 115. 
James Williams, jr., 

116. 

Joshua Loring, 120. 
Smith Coleman, 123. 
Oliver Lebarron, 136. 
Moses Tyler, 139. 
John Roulston, 139. 
Abuer Stodder, 139. 
Mary Cooper, 139. 
Elizabeth Hutson. 139. 
Sarah Adams, 140. 
George French, 140. 
Mary Galaspy, 140. 
Thomas Blake, 140. 
Deacon Martin, 140. 
Mary Barter [Barton?], 

140. 
Benjamin Callender, 

140. 

Samuel Britnet, 141. 
James Stewart, 141. 
John Kennedy, 141. 
Samuel Jennison, 142. 
John En-ing, Jr., 144. 
James Harris, 144. 
Capt. David Bradley, 

160. 
Mr. John Piemont, 

164. 

Sarah Barton, 165. 
Peter Richardson, 168. 
John French, 168. 
Michael Mahony, 252. 
Mr. Plumbeck, 350. 

Pay son, 350. 
Lively (schooner), 17, 18, 22. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Liverpool, 94, 173, 241. 
Loan-office in Green lane, 38. 
Lobsters and oysters injurious at certain 

seasons, 337. 
London, 42. 
Long lane, 69. 

(See al/to Streets, etc.) 
Long wharf, 5, 42, 43, 63, 120, 139, 141, 160, 

178, 304, 305, 308, 310, 338. 
(See also Wharves.) 
Lord's Day, 218, 262. 

to observe, 56. 
law regarding, 262. 
Lottery for purpose raising sum to repaii 

streets of Boston, 238, 239. 
Love lane, 109. 

( See also Streets, etc.) 
Lumber, 4, 6, 142, 181. 
Lunacy see Insane, 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



375 



Lyman's wharf, 230. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Lyn street see Lyun street. 
Lynn, 220. 

Lynn street, 7, 8, 23, 212, 222, 230, 250, 318, 
321, 332. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 

Machias, 28. 
Mad dog, 322. 
Madeira. 26. 

(See also Islands.) 
Magazine see Powder house. 
Maguelon, 245. 
Mail, carrying of the, 260. 
Maiden, 82, 209. 

selectmen of, 82. 
Manufactories : 

Duck, 147 159. 
Manure, 182,211. 

street, 108, 115, 116. 
Mare-galent, 271. 
Mariner see Sailor 

Market, the, 2, 71, 201, 208, 325, 331, 332, 347. 
monies from, 49. 
clerks of, 2, 14, 17, 24, 36, 86, 
116, 127, 140, 142, 148, 162, 176, 
192, 198. 
fishermen, 75. 

stalls in, 20, 22, 23, 48, 71, 75, 92, 
100, 119, 129, 130, 
131, 140, 142, 148, 
150, 158, 174, 179, 
181, 190, 196, 246, 
287, 306, 331, 333, 
338, 348. 
hiring, 148. 
rent of, 48, 49, 50, 116, 

201. 
regulations of, 25, 131, 149, 176, 

236, 326, 328, 329. 
fish, 30, 31, 145, 208, 289. 
south, 29. 
yard, 32. 
shoemakers' stalls near, 64, 73, 

85, 92, 145. 

to pave on north side of, 67. 
forestalling, 197, 236. 
hay, 91, 93, 328. 
hotisf, repairs on, 105. 
dismissed from, 321. 
manure, 166. 
no horses to stand in rear of 

meat stalls, 131. 
income of, 145, 159. 
square, 2, 3, 10, 118, 119, 122, 181, 234, 
236, 322, 330, 331, 332, 33$. 
bakers' boys and negroes 

forbidden, 23. 
paving north and east side 

of, 317. 

stand for fruit and vege- 
tables only, 24. 
refuse in, 335. 
erection of seven stalls, 334. 
stalls in, 71, 85, 127, 181, 234, 

331, 333, 338. 
engine in, 126. 
regulations concerning, 130. 
well in, 261. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Marlborough street, 47, 144, 259, 285, 311, 

312, 333. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Marshall's lane, 02, 79. 
(See also Streets.) 
Martineco see Martinique. 
Martinique, 17, 22, 77, 173, 212, 300. 

(See also Islands.) 
Masons, 24, 157. 

(See also Trades.) 
Massachusetts Bank, 282. 
Mastmakers, 192. 

(See also Trades.) 



May street, 314, 315, 318. 

( See also Streets, etc.) 
Meal, regulating, 305. 
Meats, 130. 
Medfield, 88, 89. 
Medford, 5, 80. 
Medical Society, 335, 338. 
Meeting-houses : 

the Chapel, 23, 273, 274, 284, 

2 Si. 

Stone chapel, 104, 124. 
Dr. Cutler's church, 36. 
Stillinan'8, 313, 335. 
Mather's church, 56. 
Thatcher's, 274, 330. 
North church, 87, 137, 306. 
Old South, 93, 125, 162, 176, 

183, 309. 

hours of service in, 95 
Mr. Kerkland's, 233. 
Old Brick, 116, 145, 153. 
sexton of, 116. 
clock, 67, 180. 
Episcopalian, 145. 
Congregational, 145. 
Baptist, 157. 
West Boston, 172. 
pews, 183. 

Xew South church, 201. 
Merchants, 67, 70, 80, 101. 132, 159, 189, 190, 

191,216, 219, 247, 311. 
Merchant's row, 5, 28, 29, 288. 

repairs to street near, 57. 
pavement on, 79. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
house at corner of, danger- 
ous situation [condition! 
of, 153. 
Mercury, the, 337, 338. 

(See also Newspapers.) 
Methodist ministers, 133. 
(See also Ministers.) 

Middle street, 7, 8, 28, 41, 55, 85, 109, 110, 
139, 267, 311. 

( See also Streets, etc.) 
writing school in, 90. 
(See also Schools.) 
Middlecot street, 162. 

(See a Iso Streets, etc.) 
Middlesex County, 5. 
Military stores lent Government, 226. 
Militia Company, 22. 
law, 258. 

(See also Troops.) 
petition of certain officers of the, 110. 
Milk street, 5, 104, 162, 203, 242, 282,239,305, 

311, 312. 

repairs to bottom of, 98. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
new pump in, 101, 117. 
repairs to drain in, 316. 
Mill creek, 26, 73, 105, 182, 249, 275, 276, 277, 

283, ii85, 294, 334. 
pond, 24, 32, 65, 182, 312. 
bridge, 37, 59, 63, 67, 84, 103, 108, 202, 

208, 249. 

Mills, north, 65, 97, 170, 183, 184, 208. 
proprietors, 182, 183, 184, 285. 
upper, 241. 
Millers, 65. 

(See also Trades.) 
Miller's lane, 247. 

street, 248. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Miller's wharf, 15, 97. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Milton, 242. 

Ministers, 7, 9, 17, 36, 48, 54, 76, 83, 87, 88, 

112, 114, 121, 133, 143, 144, 145, 

172, 175, 177, 191, 204, 220, 229, 

241, 294. 

Episcopalian, Congregational, and 

Presbyterian, 145. 
Molasses, 17, 30, 51, 113, 225. 



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Molden see Maiden. 
Monies, 297, 326, 327. 

daily entries of, from market 

people, 49 

collected, 95, 282, 2S3. 
heir-at-law, 42, 53, 76. 
loaned out, 57, 69, 72, 73, 74, 79, 80, 

83, 84. 
disposition and appropriations of, 

67. 
list of, 67. 

beneficiaries, 76, 79, 80, 84. 
interest on, 69, 72, 73, 74. 
for the poor of the town, 75, 76, 77, 

79. 
continental money in hands of town 

treasurer, 137. 
subscribed for new street at foot of 

Beacon hill. 277. 
assessed on cattle, 99, 146, 170, 257, 

328. 

negotiable notes, 171. 
for completing State street, 178. 
urgent need of, for town purposes, 

196. 
assessed on cows, 99, 146, 170, 175, 

197, 202, 227, 284, 312. 
Mortgages, 57, 251. 
Mountfort's corner, 274. 
Mutton, 331. 

Nails, inspection of, 116, 118. 

Names of streets, 44. 

Nancy John (br loan tine), 24. 

(See also Ships.) 
Nantasket Roads, 273. 
Nantucket, 310. 

Nassau street, 76, 113, 146, 162, 180, 203. 
new school in, 186. 
new engine in, 278. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Naturalization, desired, 110, 112. 
Neck, the, 31, 58, 97, 101, 202, 205, 209, 214, 

217, 224, 278, 328, 330. 
new dam on, 258. 
gravel to be put on, 31. 
tilling up and paving, 97. 
selling of trees on, 31. 
tavern on, 165, 215. 
brick-making at, 57. 
trees on, 250. 
firing on, to prevent, 68, 72, 100, 

101, 115, 158. 

common sewer on, to provide, 75. 
plan of land on each side of, 308. 
proprietors, 97, 100, 102, 166, 167, 

250. 
repairs to, 100, 102, 121, 159, 177, 

208, 209, 346. 
dyke on, 261, 328, 340. 
papers relative to, 111. 
wharf, to erect on, 208. 
east side of, 145. 
dam upon, to view, 190. 
slaughter house, to erect on, 153, 

308. 

water-course to run on, 161. 
smoke-house on, to erect, 191. 
west side of, 212. 
paving, 290. 
house on, 179, 201, 215. 

Negroes and mulattoes, 15, 16, 23, 38, 44, 82, 

83, 126, 148, 189, 

193, 250, 310, 319, 

320. 

forbidden market 

square, 23. 
application of cer- 
tain free, 159. 
law relative to, 70. 
school for, to open, 

328. 

accountof all, in the 
several wards, 70. 



Negroes and mulattoes, list of, who are 

strangers, 77. 
request use of Fan- 

euil Hall, 82, 83. 
Master Cheney's 
school-house, 101. 
relative to burial of, 

103, 159, 189, 327. 
Neptune, the (schooner), 212. 

(See also Ships, vessels, etc.) 
Nev/ Boston, 27, 48, 57, 94, 108, 129, 178, 233 

238, 276, 312, 320. 
watch at, 48, 57. 
hospital at, 60, 75, 123, 128, 

148. 

pump at, 164. 
engine-house at, 116. 
new watch-house, 124. 
new street, 307. 
bake-house, 307. 
streets laid out in, 320 
bell, the, 203. 

(See also Bells.) 
New Haven, 246. 

South Church, 201. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
York, 139, 214, 215, 216, 217. 218, 220, 

271, 272, 274, 341. 
State house, 336. 
Newburyport, 78, 315, 317, 326. 
Newbury street, 109, 206, 318, 333. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Newman's watch-house, repairs to, 71. 
Newport, 341. 
Newspapers : 

The Chronicle, 242. 286, 292. 
The Centinel, 9, 11, 39, 146. 

175, 286, 292. 
Adams Nourse Paper, 9, 63, 

121, 169, 193. 

advertisements in, 9, 11, 25, 26, 

48, 62, 63, 72, 116, 120, 145, 

179, 185, 186, 189, 97, 337, 

338. 

Edes & Russell's paper, 120, 

121, 141, 169. 
Edes & Son's, 146, 199. 
as to visitation of town to 
obtain statistics as to small- 
pox, 189. 
relative to cleansing the town, 

191. 
chimney-sweepers, 

193 

cattle, 203. 
Southern, 250. 
Mercury, 337, 338. 
Noddle's Island, 266. 
Nonpariel, the (ship), 42, 43. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Norfolk, 309. 

North Battery, sale of, 25, 28, 72. 
passageway at, 96. 
wharf, sale of, 26, 28. 
plan of town's land at, 26. 
disposal of land at, by auc- 
tion, 27. 

fence near, to erect, 35. 
to view, 42, 43. 

(See also Batteries.) 
Burial ground, 206, 319. 345. 

repairs to, 257. 
(See also Burial places.) 
church, 87, 137, 306. 

(See also Meetmg-housee.) 
clock, 27, 174. 

to view, 154, 174. 
End, 5, 7, 61, 72, 105, 124, 237, 249, 313, 

345. 

well at, 330. 
engine-house, 49, 51. 
old house at, 106. 
watch houses at, 107, 175. 
smoke-houses at, to erect, 191. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



377 



North End, stone pottery at, 202. 
Latin school, 223, 24->. 

house, 108. 

to repair, 20. 
cellar under, 257. 
school-houses to white- 
wash, 59. 
(See also Schools.) 
mills, 65, 97, 170, 208. 

(See also Mills.) 
school, 33, 191, 194, 195, 197, 320. 

blinds for, 313. 
(See also Schools.) 
square, 32, 49, 112. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
removal of engine-house at, 

150. 
street, 290. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
watch, 34, 35, 311, 319. 

(See also Watch.) 
Notes, negotiable, 171. 
Nova Scotia, 260. 
Nuisances, 125, 153, 335, 348. 
Nurses and nursing, 128, 159. 

Oaths of office, 11, 38, 47, 93, 118, 137, 144, 
145, 146, 149, 163, 164, 177, 179, 194, 248, 
316, 347. 

Obelisk, to be erected by inhabitants of Bos- 
ton, on Beacon Hill, 130. 
Oil, inspector of, 34. 

certificates of, 10, 24. 
spermaceti. 10, 24. 

bounties on, 10, 24. 
whale, 24. 

for town lamps, 168, 271, 349. 
Old South Church, 93, 125, 162, 309, 346. 
(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Brick Meeting-house, 116, 145, 153. 

clock of, 37, 180. 
(See also Meeting-houses.) 
Senate Chamber, 346, 348. 
State House, 325, 336. 
Olive, the (schooner), 265. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Oliver's dock, 4, 19, 22, 30, 31, 32, 68, 122, 137, 

163, 235, 284, 342, 343, 345, 350. 
fish market on, 16, 17, 342. 
repair of drain at, 201. 

(See also Wharves, etc'.) 
Onions, weigher of, 50, 231. 
Oporto, 157. 
Orange street, 25, 91, 103, 109, 110, 144, 168, 

232, 244, 333, 334. 
drain in, to lay, 33. 
well in, to dig, 63. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Tree [tavern], 69. 

(See also Taverns.) 

Oration on July 4: 16, 17, 23, 54, 88, 93, 119, 
121, 124, 125, 126, 151, 
152, 175. 
printing of, 24. 
orator, 16, 17, 54, 58, 89, 
93, 119, 121, 124, 126, 
151, 152, 175, 234, 262, 
288, 311, 312, 327, 332. 
declination to deliver, 120, 

152. 

Orders see By-laws. 
Overseers of the Poor see Poor. 
Oyster- boats, 335. 
Oysters injurious at certain seasons, 337. 

Painters, 194. 

(See also Trades.) 
Papers, 29, 49, 106, 139, 249, 255, 305, 310, 316, 

319, 320, 326, 331, 346. 
(See alxf> Records.) 
news see Newspapers. 
Patty (brigantine) , 204. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 



Paupers, to warn out of town, 106. 

(See also Poor.) 
Pavers | street], 56, 57, 9, 96. 
(See also Trades.; 
pa^ng-stone*, 162. 
Peggy, the (sloop i, 13, 213. 

( See also Ships, etc.) 
Pemberton's hill, 164, 174, 25S, 316, 348. 
repairs to, 193. 
brick hall on, 258. 
sale of shops on, 275. 
Penalties or Fines, 66, 86, 101, 272. 
Perambulations or Surveys : 

ground near Pleasant street, 

6 

new street laid out, 243. 
of Lynn street, 7-8. 
relative to boundan line 
between Boston -ind Rox- 
bury, 15, 54, 17$, 184. 
agreement, 55, 56. 
on Mr. Cunningham's land, 

70. 

of Gray's lane, 282 
Pleasant street, 91. 
land and streets at West 

Hostou, 176. 
new ropewalks, 280. 
laud of the new school in 

Nassau street, 186. 
land each side of the 

neck, 308. 

Common street, 267. 
the cow pasture, 269. 
Pest house see Hospital. 
Petition : 

Col. May's, 85. 

Elkanah Hawkes, to open private 

school, not allowed, 9. 
Samuel White, relative to appoint- 
ment as sealer of wood, not 
granted, 9. 
of a number of inhabitants, 31, 49, 

167, 185, 191, 194, 243, 261, 312. 
Mr. Thayer, 36. 
Col. Crafts, 39. 

Mr. Robert F. McFerson, 85, 86. 
for licenses, 98. 
petition in regard to deficiency In 

taxes, 92. 

for town meeting for inoc- 
ulation, 94. 
of Capt. Green and other militia 

officers, 110. 

Thomas Ramsdean, 110, 112. 
Henry Hill et at*., 112. 
fishermen, 117. 
Mr. Hunnewell, 117. 
Oliver Wendell, E*<I., el als., 145. 

Connor, 189. . 

Nathaniel Appleton et als., 196. 
Pews see Meeting-houses. 
Philadelphia, 100, 134, 141, 150, 165, 166, 193, 
213, 216, 217, 218, 220, 221, 
225, 317, 340. 

infectious disease raging at, 
213, 214, 215, 216, 218, 219, 
220. 

Physicians, 11, 17, 42, 60, 65, 67, 69, 94, 110, 
113, 123, 157, 163, 165, 170, 172, 
173, 180, 186, 196, 201, 205, 212, 
216, 217, 220, 221, 225, 228, 245, 
262, 266, 272, 273, 276, 294, 29C, 
297, 335, 336, 337, 339, 342, 343, 
344. 

names of, 228, 245. 
in attendance on small-pox 

patients, 196. 
accounts, 228, 229, 278. 
French, 272. 

report on health of city, 296, 
297, 298, 335, 336, 337, 339, 
342, 343, 344, 345. 
Piers at end of ropewalk, to erect, 255. 



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Pilots, 98. 

Plans or maps, 26. 

of ropewalk encroachments, 281. 
land adjoining Tory's pasture, 281. 

on Pleasant street, 281. 
Pleasant street, 6, 47, 49, 14b, 174, 268, 288, 

309. 

selectmen to view, 89, 247. 
ropewaik oft, 270, 281. 
encroachments, 270, 286. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
Poles, six hundred, 330. 

Police, inspectors of, 12, 14, 48, 60, 66, 77, 94 ., 
104, 106, 115, 156, 177, 
181,196,197,206, 208, 
23H, 242, 244, 258, 273, 
J75, 285, 286, 290, 294, 
301,308, 312, 313, 326, 
329, 330, 331, 332, 335, 
343, 347, 348, 349. 
resignation of, 61, 62. 
salaries of, 12, 14. 
complaintof, 111. 
attendance of, required, 

40, 45. 
application for position 

of, 178. 

to make weekly returns 
of strangers within 
the town, 54, 104. 
appointed, 62, 104, 106, 

231, 236. 
orders to, 104, 181, 301, 

304. 
districts assigned, 104, 

105. 

lists of strangers, 106. 
books of the, 106. 
dismissed, 113, 177. 
present, to change, 167, 

177. 

officer of, 194. 
Polly, the, 274. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Pond street, 5. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Poor, 35, 47, 93, 113, 122, 123, 144, 146, 147, 

152, 178, 188, 198, 227, 237, 239. 
overseers of, 11, 15, 44, 48, 51, 67, 96, 
106, 107, 120, 122, 123, 
132, 185, 190, 253, 287, 
297, 341. 
conference with, 96, 106, 

113, 119, 120. 
admitted to the almshouse, 28, 39, 

79. 

act lately passed, relative to, 196. 
moral lectures, for beneril of, 70. 
monies raised for the, 75, 76, 79, 120. 

. list of beneficiaries, 76, 79, 229. 
general court memorialized on account 

of, 113, 123, 144, 198. 
alien, to remove, 151 
of other towns, 185. 
supplies for, 185. 
bequest of Placide & Harper for, 185, 

186, 2-29, 230. 

resolve of general court, 207 
Pork, 331. 

inspector of, 11, 38, 53, 93 99, 117, 118, 
136, 137, 13K, 143,144, 
146, 152, 163, 164. 173, 
177, 178, 179, 180, 210, 
251, 256, 258, 269, 295, 
315, 347. 

inspectors of, list of, 146, 147, 149. 316. 
Portsmouth, 338. 
Post-chaise, 311. 
Posts, 260, 274. 
Pound, the, 92, 345. 
Powder see Arms and Ammunition 
house, 14, 177, 226, 258. 

keeper of, 177, 226. 
Power of attorney, 142, 143. 



President of the United Slates, to make 
suitable provision for icceivint? the, 
105. 

and Vice- President, electors of, 

184. 
letter to, 265. 

from, 267. 

president's birlhday, 347. 
dinner in honor of, 317. 
Prince street, 40, 60, 65, Ib3 232, 251, 335, 

348. 
encroachments on, 63. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
to widen, 104. 
Prince William Henry (/trig), 13. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Printers, 7, 8, 11, 17, 24, 25, 26, 32, 39, 46, 48, 
52, 54, 62, 63, 69, 71, 76, 83, 85, 87, 
102, 111, 112, 114, 118, 120, 121, 
134, 141, 143, 144, 147, 155, 156, 
163, 167, 172, 175, 178, 186, 187, 
191, 195, 198, 199, 204, 211, 212, 
229, 230, 245, 248, 255, 257 259, 
263, 274, 275, 278, 280, 283^ 300, 
306, 325, 327, 346. 
Allen, 32. 

Edes m Son, 7, 62, 69, 120, 134, 143, 
156, 178, 187, 195, 198, 199, 204, 
211, 229, 230, 234, 245, 256, 257, 
259, 274, 275, 278, 280, 300, 306, 
325, 327, 346. 
Fleets, 46, 172. 
Russell, 11, 26, 87, 111, 141, 143, 

147, 186, 283. 
Hall, 17, 24, 155. 
Powers, 24, 121, 128, 167. 
Adams, 26, 52, 54, 63, 141. 
Nourse, 26, 52, 54, 63. 
Freeman & Andrews, 71, 112. 
Mr. Coverly, 172,211, 212. 
Philip Woods, 263. 
Mr. Newman, 76. 
Draper, 83. 

John W. Fulsome, 85. 
Coverly & Co., 102 211. 
Mr. Holt, 114, 175.' 
Bumstead, 118. 
Norman [Newman?], 144. 
Fulsom, 163. 
Probate court see Court. 
Proposals for painting Faneuil hall and the 

selectmen's room, 150. 
hiring hay engine, 153. 
paving and furnishing stones 

and gravel, 317. 
Providence, 217, 218. 
Providence Road, 214, 215. 
Provisions, 4. 

Pump in Fish street, to repair, 84, 86, 87. 
new, in Milk street, 101, 117. 
town, 164, 210, 310. 
at hospital at New Boston, 164. 
at Rainsford's Island, 169. 
town, near J/r. Eliot's, 182, 183. 
Mr. May's, 334. 
near Faneuil Hal 1 , 345. 
Purchase street, 49, 134, 150, 244, 249, 274, 

331. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Purchase street, 326. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 

Quakers' lane, 16, 142, 241, 291, 294. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Quarantine see Ships. 
Quartermaster-general, 334. 
Queen street, 78. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
writing school in, 90. 
(See also Schools.) 
Quit claims, 165. 

Rain-bow, the (schooner), 262, 263. 
(See also Ships, etc.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



379 



Rainsford island, 16, 17, 22, 26, 27, 28, 32, 42, 
51, 77, 88, 93, 122, 126, 
152, 157, 158, 166, 169, 
173, 175, 183, 196, 204, 
212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 
217, 218, 219, 220,221, 
222, 225, 245, 254, 255, 
262, 263, 266, 267, 271, 
272, 273, 293. 296, 297, 
298, 299, 301, 309, 311, 
312, 313, 317, 318, 321, 
326, 327, 333, 335, 337, 
338, 343. 
pump at, 169. 
boat at, 173, 195, 254, 296, 

297. 

supplies for, 78. 
visitations of, 28, 38, 63, 
64. 99, 120, 130, 157, 182, 
183, 293. 
Rambler [schooner], the, 271, 272, 273. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Rand's wharf, 75. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Ranger, the (schooner} , 10. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Rates see Salaries or Allowances. 
Real estates of the town, accounts for sales 

of, 278, 279. 
Rebecca, the (schooner), 26. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Receipts, 3, 4, 8, 16, 19, 20, 21, 53, 54, 61, 70, 
85, 91, 93, 94, 95, 98, 175, 181, 200, 
207, 210, 226, 229, 230, 231, 256, 
284, 289, 306, 308, 326, 327, 337. 
town, 8, 53. 
county, 8, 53. 
state. 8, 53. 

Records, papers, etc., 4, 8, 43, 56, 73, 80, 102, 
111, 139, 140, 146, 169, 178, 281, 
235, 289, 296, 299, 302. 
town, 24, 44, 47, 56. 
Recruits see Continental service. 
Register, county, choice of, 155, 156. 
Remonstrances see Appeals. 
Rents, 3, 5, 10, 11, 16, 20, 21. 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 
34, 40, 43, 44, 47, 50, 53, 55, 60, 84, 
86, 89, 112, 116, 119, 120, 126, 135, 
138, 139, 150, 159, 177, 201, 202, 203, 
257, 331. 
abated, 12, 201. 

shoemakers' stalls, 64, 70, 73, 85. 
stall* in Kaueuil Hall market, 20, 22, 

23, 48, 49, 50. 

of town house cellar, 41, 227. 
the granary, 70, 159. 
fishermen's stalls, 75. 
house in Queen street, 78. 
hay engine, 89. 

income of the market, 145, 159. 
cellar of North school, 195, 197. 
Mf. Cheney's school-house, 39. 
town store on the Dock, 39. 
ground, on Fort Hill, 40. 
Reports of committees, 6, 7, 17, 18, 19, 26, 
32, 42, 43, 60, 65, 72, 86, 87, 101, 102, 120, 
126, 128, 137, 138, 152, 153, 154, 157, 160, 
183, 1S4, 185, 203, 204, 209, 216, 220, 221, 
262, 263, 294, 323, 325, 338, 348. 
Representatives, 24, 31, 54, 76, 113, 123, 325, 

346. 

choice of, 24, 54, 87, 111, 
118, 133, 147, 175, 176, 
178, 190, 199, 234, 249, 
259, 301, 311, 327. 
names of, 176, 178. 
house of, 178. 

speaker of, 178, 

257. 
Republican Volunteers, 16, 18. 

(See also Troops.) 
Reservoir, proposed, on Fort Hill, 332. 

(See a/to Fort Hill.) 
Resolutions, 265. 



Resolves, 25, 155, 184, 190, 207, 213, 214, 218, 

257. 

Retailers see Liquors, licensed to sell. 
Reward offered, 199, i'-^. 
Rice, 196. 
Richmond, 219. 
Roots, 130. 

no stalls for sale of, to allow, 129. 
Ropewalks, the, 17, 18, 210, 224, 247,260,263, 

270, 288, 306. 
0-ray's, 193. 
How's, 242. 

Jeffry and Russell's, 270. 
piers at end of, to erect, 255. 
new, 280. 
old, 268, 269. 
at bottom of Common, 270, 280, 

281, 322. 

off Pleasant street, 270, 281. 
Rotterdam, 202. 
Roxbury, 15, 44, 54, 89, 92, 97, 242. 

boundary line between Boston and, 
15,54,55,178,184. 
defined, 55, 56, 188. 
selectmen of, 54, 55, 219. 
Royal Exchange lane, 62, 78, 79, 111, 316. 

alley, 78. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Ruby (brigantine), 326. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Rum, 79. 
Rye see Bieadstuffs. 

Sailcloth, manufacture of, 70. 
Sailmakers, 21. 

(See also Trades.) 
Sails, new, for state boat, 195. 
Sailors, 302, 309. 316. 
Salaries or Allowances : 

John Ballard, 1. 
Joel Hagar, 1. 
Benjamin Trask, 3. 
ticket porters, 5. 
for keep of Mrs. 

Ross, 6. 
Mr. Welch, 12. 

Billings, 12, 14. 
Clark, 12, 14. 
Capt. Ballard, 12, 

14, 86. 

fireman, 15, 16, 22, 
40, 41, 83, 89, 91, 
94, 109, 110, 125, 
134, 139, 142, 148, 
158, 169, 173, 194, 
286. 

Jfr. Ballard, 40. 
constables, 44, 267. 
inspectors of police, 
60, 181, 25S, 312, 
326, 348, 349. 
school teachers, 61, 
77, 89, 90, 107, 196. 
Mr. Henry Smith, 

63. 

Mr. Thomas Hill 
et als., 63, 66, 67. 
Violet Winslow, 79. 
Jfr. Norton, 84. 
hayward, 88. 
Mr. Hamblin, 88. 
Ezra Davis, 92. 
Homer, 132. 
Jothan Horton, 

142. 

Hopestill Fos- 
ter, 198. 
Lane and White, 

162. 

Mr. Jeffries, 171. 
Ma). William Bell, 

190, 191, 195. 
Nathaniel Heap nee 
Heath. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Salaries or Allowances : 

clerks of the market, 

192, 198. 

Samuel Harris, 194. 
Mr. Thompson, 92. 
for support of Polly 

Nuttage, 101. 
Nathaniel Tolman, 

101. 

toward new pump 
in Milk street, 101. 
Mr. Baker, 102. 
inspectors of the 

watch, 109. 
Mr. Nathaniel 
Heath, 125, 190, 
191, 195. 

Henry Williams, 204. 
Mrs. Clausten, 300. 
measurers of wood, 

333. 

Salem, 211. 
Sales, 261. 

Sally (sloop), the, 217. 
Salt street, 208. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Salt works, 145. 
Scarlet's wharf, 97, 109. 
(See also Wharves.) 
Scavengers, 151. 

appointed, 20, 64. 

list of, to prepare, 25. 

laws relative to, 153. 

as to suitable persons to act as, 

155. 
Schools : 

North Latin school-house, to re- 
pair, 20. 
Mr. Tileston's, whitewashing of, 

22. 

visitation of, 24, 25, 59, 60, 94, 95, 
125, 126, 127, 154, 179, 207, 240, 
241, 264, 291, 333. 
masters, 1, 19, 22, 47, 54, 59, 60, 64, 

84,90. 

salaries, 146. 
assistants, 28, 54, 55, 61, 77, 89, 90. 

salaries, to fix, 89, 90. 
opening of a private school, 144. 
not permitted, 25. 
open a school, 162. 

to teach mathematics, 28. 
opening schools, forbidden, 28. 
to open school for French lan- 
guage, 28, 33, 247. 
writing-school in Middle street, 28. 

assistant, 28. 
to open a school for writing, 31, 54, 

200. 

grammar, 115. 
houses, 34, 35, 39, 115. 
North, 36, 190, 191, 194, 195, 196, 

197, 248, 250, 273, 313. 
wood for use of schools, 36, 73, 106, 
135, 140, 141, 190, 223, 248, 273,319. 
new, at South end, to open, 46, 47, 

50. 
writing-school in Pleasant street, 

47. 

master for, 47. 

North school-houses, to white- 
wash, 59. 
percentage of pupils learning Latin, 

small, 59. 
reports relative to Master Davis' 

school, 50. 
south, 190, 299. 

grammar, 90. 

master of, 99. 
north grammar, 90. 

writing, 90. 

writing-school in Queen street, 90. 
on the Common, 90. 
in Middle street, 90. 



Schools : 

Mr. Vinal's, for use of negroes, on 
the afternoon of the Lo.-d's day, 
95, 101. 

committee, 116. 
to discontinue, 108. 
laud purchased for erection of 

school-house, 113. 
new school in centre of the town, 

to erect, 120, 122. 
for reading, 133. 

and sewing, 121. 
supplies for, 136, 138, 194. 
damage to, 136. 

Sunday, to open, not approved, 147. 
outside blinds for town schools, 

151. 

forms in, 153. 
private school, 257. 
Center, 155, 192, 200, 248, 273, 296, 

299, 308. 

to provide blinds for, 155. 
Latin, 314, 319. 
private, in State street, 158. 
for polite and useful education, 159. 
for French language, 166, 167, 168. 
South school-house, fire at, 173. 
new, in Nassau street, 186. 
school committee, 191, 194, 224. 
south reading, 252. 
dancing, 252, 276, 277. 
Mr. David Everett's, 269. 
accounting, to open, refused, 294. 
for negroes, to open, 328. 
wood-house belonging to Mr. 

Webb's house, 346. 
School street, 5. 

to paint fence on, 62. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 
north, 286. 
Scottow's dock, 261. 
Sea street, 17, 18, 19, 136. 

(See also Streets.) 

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, 27, 28, 29, 30, 
31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 
49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 
58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 
67, 68, 69, 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, ]07, 108, 
709, 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, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 
186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 
193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 
200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 
207, 208,209,210,211, 212, 213, 
214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 
221, 222, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 
229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 
236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 
243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 
249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 
256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 
263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 278, 269, 
270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 
277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 283, 
284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 
291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 
298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 
305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



381 



Selectmen, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 
319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 
326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 
333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 
340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 
347, 348, 349, 350. 

complaint to, 263. 

accounts, 150. 

names of, 8, 21, 56, 188. 

books for, 199. 

files of, 8. 

names of, 152. 

to view Charter street, 84. 

drafts of, 253. 

require attendance of Mr. 
Homans, 88. 

report of, on Pleasant street, 91. 

dispute as to the Neck, to be laid 
before, 97. 

invitation from the Governor, 
150, 152. 

meetings of, 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, 
29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 
34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 
39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 
44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 
49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 
54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 
59, 60, 61, 52, 63, 
64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 
69, 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, 180. 181, 182, 
183, 184, 185, 186, 
187, 188, 189, 190, 
191, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 197, 198, 
199, 200, 201, 202, 
203, 204, 205, 206, 
207, 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, 250, 
251, 252, 253. 254, 
255, 256, 257, 258, 
259, 260, 261, 262, 
263, 264, 265, 266, 
267, 268, 269, 270, 
271. 272, 273, 274, 



Selectmen, meetings of, 275, 276, 277, 278, 
279, 280, 281, 283, 
284, 285, 286, 287, 
288, 289, 290, 291, 
292, 293, 294, 295, 
296, 297, 298, 299, 
300, 301, 302, 303, 
304, 305, 306, 307, 
308, 309, 310, 311, 
312, 313, 314, 315, 
316, 317, 318, 319, 
320, 321, 322, 323, 
324, 325, 326, 327, 
328, 329, 330, 331, 
332, 333, 334, 335, 
336, 337, 338, 339, 
340, 341, 342, 343, 
344, 345, 346, 347, 
348, 349, 350. 
special, 278. 
selectmen to meet in 
the old Senate 
Chamber instead 
of at Faneuil Hall, 
346, 348. 

table, green cloth for, 348. 
of Koxbury, 54, 55, 219. 

names of, 56, 188. 
Brookline, 71. 
Belchertown, 76. 
Newburyport, 315. 
Maiden, 82. 
Charlestown, 102. 
each town, circular letter to, 

244. 

Selectmen's chamber, '2, 11, 14, 25, 39, 42, 43, 
44, 48, 80, 85, 89, 95, 
97, 100, 107, 122, 129, 
131, 135, 141, 142, 
174, 189, 206, 234, 
236, 246, 274, 276, 
292, 303, 305, 307, 
325. 

chairs for, 260. 
painting of, 150. 
Senate, president of the, 257. 
Sentinel, the see Centiuel, the. 
Seperate [Separate] lane, relative to paving, 

182. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Sextons, 58. 59, 85, 86, 142, 148, 172, 177, 274, 

317, 347. 

(See aluo Burial places.) 
Shingles, 154. 
Ship street, 39, 81, 111, 313, 338. 

(See also Streets, e.tc.) 

Ships, vessels, etc., 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 22, 23, 

27, 34, 39, 42, 43, 51, 55, 77, 78, 80, 

94, 113, 122, 139, 157, 165, 166, 173, 

175, 193, 204, 212, 213, 214, 215, 217, 

221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 231, 241, 244, 

245, 246, 250, 260, 262, 263, 265, 266, 

271, 272, 273, 274, 294, 300, 301, 309, 

315, 317, 326, 337, 347. 

yards, 81. 

cargoes, 10, 17. 24, 26, 42, 51, 77, 113, 

175, 196, 222, 271, 272, 300. 
quarantine of. 12, 18, 27, 42, 4.3, 51, 

55, 77, 218, 272, 273, 274. 
crews, 219. 
boat at Bainsford's Island, 173, 195, 

254, 296. 
gun ship, 330. 
Shoemakers, 64, 66, 70, 73, 102. 

stalls, near the market, 64, 66, 

70, 92, 145. 
to lease, 213. 
copy of obligations, 70. 
(See also Trades.) 
Shoes and boots, 64, 92. 
Short street, 70, 72, 132, 250. 

(See also Streets, etc.} 
Sign boards, 310. 
Signs projecting into the streets, 44. 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Signs, posts, etc., abstract of law, to pub- 
lish, 169. 
Silversmiths, 70. 

(See alxo Trades.) 
Slander, 99 

to bring to justice those guilty of, 99. 
defeated, 103. 

Slaughter-house, permission to erect, on the 
Neck, 153. 
conditions, 153. 
on the Neck, 308. 
Sleds, 333. 

Small-pox, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 22, 23, 26, 27, 32, 
42, 43, 51, 55, 60, 63, 65, 68, 69, 
77, 78, 80, 87, 88, 89, 93, 94, 113, 
114, 165, 166, 172, 173, 175, 178, 
179, 183, 184, 185, 192, 193, 196, 
204, 225, 228, 231, 232, 237, 241, 
244, 245, 276, 278, 302, 309, 311, 
312, 313, 315, 317, 318, 326. 
advertisement relative to, 186, 193. 
signals, 170, 184, 185. 
statistics as to, to obtain. 189, 190. 
burials, return of, to make 187. 
Snowballs, throwing of, forbidden, 1. 

(See alto By-laws.) 
Snow street, 3. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Soap-boiling business, 244. 
South Benuet street, 332. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
South burial ground, 144. 

fences of, to repair, 30, 

286. 

tombs in, 124, 234, 244, 
252,270,288,320,323, 
329. 

(See also Burial- 
places.) 

South Carolina, 55, 196, 244. 
South End, 5, 7, 15, 86, 100, 101, 113, 121, 143, 

176, 233, 244, 333. 
great fire at the, 22. 
watch, 9, 16, 18, 30, 82, 92. 

(See also Watch.) 
Market, well near, to repair, 29. 
new school at, 190. 

to open, 46, 47, 50. 
South reading school, 252. 

school-house, fire at, 173. 
(See alxo Schools.) 
South street, 112, 326. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 

South watch, 9, 16, 82, 92, 320. 

writing school, 50. 

(See also Schools.) 

Southern newspapers see Newspapers. 
Spanish main, 337. 
Spermaceti, oil, 10. 
(See also Oil.) 
St. Croz [St. Croix], 262. 
Croix, 225. 
Johns, 139. 
Marks, 265, 266. 
Stanford's College, 142. 
State house, 30, 242, 322. 

cellar under, 202, 203, 236. 

watch, 236. 

new, 336. 

old, 336. 

securities or orders, to purchase, 

96. 

hospital see Rainsford's. 
street, 5, 101, 116, 117, 137, 147,160, 164, 
188, 189, 260, 288,295,301, 308, 
310, 312, 316, 337. 
repairing of, 101. 
paving of, 64, 174. 177, 178, 

179, 188, 189, 294. 
new watch in, to establish, 113. 
private school in, 158. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
treasurer, 50, 53, 93, 94. 
Stationers, 144. 



Stone chapel [King's chapel?], 104, 124. 

(See also Meeting-houses.) 
pottery, permission to erect, asked, 

260. 

carry on, 202. 

Stones, taken from the Island, 25. 
Streets, high- ways and by-ways : 

obstructions, 243. 

snowballs and football on, 1. 

repairs to, 7, 17, 18, 27, 49,52,56, 
57, 58, 61, 63. 66, 67, 68, 72, 76, 98, 
100, 101, 103, 104, 117, 132, 146, 
160, 161, 164, 177, 180, 182, 203, 
208, 232, 238, 239, 240, 250, 333. 

cleaning of, 20, 191, 290, 294, 298, 
313, 314. 

encroachments, 23, 174, 212, 224, 
250, 268. 

pavements, 26, 56, 62, 63, 64, 67, 79, 
87, 97, 116, 117, 118, 119, 122, 127, 
128, 131, 132, 150, 157, 160, 161, 
163, 174, 175, 177, 178, 179, 180, 
182, 188, 199, 206, 210, 212, 232, 
234, 240, 248, 250, 262, 263, 290, 
293,317,332,341. 

cleaning of, 20, 191, 290, 294, 298, 
313, 314. 

laying out, 7, 8, 52, 201. 210. 

refuse, 156, 191, 335, 338. 

repair of highway near the mills, 
182. 

encumbrances, to remove, 275, 293. 

widening of, 28, 29, 84, 88, 104, 117, 
189, 244. 

to lay gutter in, 32. 

Bigns projecting into, 44. 

names of, 44, 59. 

new, 49, 249, 252, 264, 266, 269, 270, 
275, 277, 306, 312, 314, 315, 321, 
324. 

pavers of, 56, 57, 95, 96. 

manure, 108, 116. 

closed temporarily, 207. 
Streets : 

Market Square, Ann, Snow, Mer- 
chant Row, State, Milk, School, 
Tremont, Hanover, Pond, West, 
Pleasant, Lynn, Middle, Leveret's 
lane, Dock square, Beach, Cross, 
Quaker's lane, Sea, Charles, 
Black horse lane, Fish, Cold 
Lane, Bennet, Orange, Sudbury, 
Cross, Summer, North square. 
Ferry, Fleet, Leaveret, Green 
lane, Water, Ship, Prince, Back, 
Frog lane, Marlborough, Pur- 
chase, Beer lane, Wing lane, 
Castle, Marshall's lane, Uoyai 
Exchange iane, Essex, Crooked 
lane, Short, Blind lane, Nas- 
sau, Queen, Kilby, Federal, 
Fish, Gibbons court, Henchman 
lane, Charter, Dalton, Hog alley, 
Bromfield'slane, Newbury.Fore, 
Love lane, Congress, Green's 
lane, South, Blyes.'lane, Brattle, 
Cow lane, Jolop lane, Temp.'e, 
Lattin [Latin] School lane, Jo- 
liff's lane, George, Centre, Mid- 
dlecot, Seperate [Separate] lane, 
Gray's, Court, Vincent's alley, 
Washington, Atkinson, Salt, 
Bowdoin square, Cambridge, 
Union, Broad alley, Fitche's 
alley, Hutcninson, Miller's lane, 
Miller'si Common, West, Bishop's 
alley, Gray's lane, Bowdoin 
square, White Bread alley, 
North, Gibbs lane. Creek, Warren, 
High, Wilson's lane, May, Pur- 
chase, South Bennet, Charter. 
Sudbury street, 27, 49, 302. 

repairs to, 52. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



383 



Suffolk county, 7, 121, 263, 266, 316, 328, 332. 

Sugar, 51, 225. 

Sugar house, 41. 

Suits to prosecute, 37, 268. 

town vs. Mrs. Bartlet, 54. 

clerks of the market vs. 

Mr. Godfrey (baker), 

162. 

town vs. Jonathan Spear, 

301. 

threatened, 193. 
John Dolbeare vs. Morse, 

237. 
Town vs. Wm. Phillips, 

255. 
George Blanchard vs. 

John White, 262. 
Summer street, 31, 32, 307, 309, 330. 

< See also Streets, etc ) 
Sunday school, petition to open, refused, 

147, 

(See. also Schools.) 
Superb, the, 273. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Supplies for the troops see Troops. 

K.iiii-i'unl Island see Rains- 
ford. 

Sureties or bonds, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 
25, 27, 28, 29, 39, 52, 53, 61, 67, 68, 70, 
82, 85, 86, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 100, 
101, 114, 115, 122, 129, 132, 133, 144, 147, 
148, 156, 158, 159, 160, 170, 171, 175, 176, 
181, 182, 186, 189, 191, 193, 200, 207, 210, 
216, 217,219, 221, 229. 231, 247, 248, 251, 
256, 258, 270, 271, 276, 284, 289, 298, 300, 
306, 308, 311, 323, 326, 330, 346, 349. 
Surrinam [Surinam], 113. 
Surveys see Perambulations. 



T, the [T wharf ?1, 140. 
(See aluo Wharves.) 
Tallow chandler, 145, 244. 

(See also Trades.) 
Tanners see Leather dressers. 
Taverns : 

Globe, 7. 

in Wing s <ane, 89. 
White Horse, 15. 
Orange Tree, 69. 
Green Dragon, 52, 210. 
George, 58. 
Admiral Vernon, 63. 
Bunch of Grapes, 116. 
George, 165, 216. 
Col. Coleman's, 178. 
Taxes, 8, 16, 19, 25, 29, 85, 91, 92, 129, 133, 

190, 191. 
assessors, 98, 159, 216, 287, 300. 

instructions to, 50, 68. 
collectors of, 8, 16, 17, 19, 25, 28, 29, 
67, 68. 94, 95, 100, 129, 147, 156, 158, 
159, 160, 171, 175, 181, 189, 190, 191, 
196, 200, 203, 207, 210, 216, 217, 219, 
221, 226, 229, 247, 248, 252, 253, 270, 
271, 284, 289, 298, 300, 303, 306, 308, 
319, 326, 327, 346, 349. 
tax books, 25, 68, 100, 159, 160, 191, 

211, 221, 247, 248, 300. 
bills, 216 
town, 50. 
abatement of, 12. 
deficiency in gathering, 92, 95. 
unpaid, 196. 
Temple street, 140, 162, 170, 212, 266, 287, 

293. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Tenant-at-will, 65. 
Thefts, 239. 

(See also Laws.) 

Timber landed at Deer Island, 241. 
Tin pans, 2. 
Titles of land, 244. 
Tobacco, 196. 



Tombs, 104, 288, 289, 290, 292, 296, 301, 304, 

318, 319, 328. 
repairs on, 23, 66. 
in the Common 57,66,119 141,213, 

263, 270. 

permission to build in chapel bury- 
ing ground, 
103,115,117, 
118. 

the south 
burying 
ground, 124, 
444,252,270, 
288, 318,320, 
324, 328. 

at north end, 124. 
in granary burial ground, 175. 

the new burying ground, 288, 289, 
306, 301, 302, 307, 315, 321, 328, 
330, 338, 339. 

on range of Foster's pasture, 296. 
Tory's Pasture", 281. 
Town, arms and ammunition belonging to 

the, 14, 325, 330. 
Town : 

attorney for, 181. 
bakers, 3, 86. 
account, 228. 
Books see Records, 
powder, 314. 
to protect from fire, 322. 
clerk, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 
32, 41, 46, 48, 53, 54, 59, 61, 63, 66, 
71, 76, 83, 85, 86, 87, 89, 91, 92, 93, 
94, 95, 100, 102, 104, 107, 111, 112, 
114, 115, 118, 119, 121, 122, 126, 127, 
133, 141, 143, 144, 147, 148, 149, 154, 
155, 156, 158, 160, 162, 163, 164, 166, 
167, 170, 171, 172, 175, 177, 178, 179, 
181, 185, 186, 191, 199, 200, 201, 204, 
207, 209, 210, 211, 215, 217, 218, 221, 
226, 229, 230, 231, 232, 234, 240, 243, 
245, 248, 255, 256, 262, 263, 270, 273, 
274, 275, 276, 278, 284, 286, 291, 292, 
294, 297, 298, 300, 306, 308, 309, 310, 
311, 314, 325, 326, 327, 332, 336, 338, 
339, 341, 342, 343, 344. 345, 347. 
lighting the, 164, 167. 
house, 24, 113. 

.watch, 156, 267. 
engine to repair, 38. 
cellar, repairs to, 40. 

rent of, 41, 227. 
dock, 336. 

clocks, 139, 140, 152, 251, 
pump, 164, 182, 183, 210. 
lamps, 150, 165, 167, 168. 
watch, 105, 113, 156, 201, 205, 231, 232, 

239, 267, 303. 
cryer, 156, 191. 

meetings, 4, 7, 8, 9, 16, 23, 24, 31, 32, 
39, 40, 44, 46, 48, 54, 59, 
69, 71, 76, 83, 85, 87, 94, 
102, 110, 111, 112, 114, 118,. 
121, 126, 127, 133, 134, 143, 
144, 147, 154, 155, 163, 167, 
171,172,178,181,183,185, 
187,190,191,194,196,198, 
199, 204, 207,211, 212,217, 
219, 229, 230,234, 240, 243, 
245, 248, 249, 255, 257,259, 
263, 273, 274, 276, 278, 287, 
288, 291, 300, 301, 305, 307, 
311, 314, 325,327, 329, 332, 
333, 346, 349. 
on the Fourth of July, 23, 

59, 94. 
constables to attend at, 

88. 
to warn a, 277, 279, 315, 

345, 349. 
officers, 44, 181, 275. 

choice of, 7, 46, 83, 
112,143, 172,203. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 81. 



Town : 

meetings, officers, oaths administered 

to, 47. 

physicians, 335. 
records, 24, 268, 276, 280. 
schools, outside blinds for, 

151. 

slip, 52, 236. 
tax, 50. 
strangers warned to leave, 

48, 82, 135, 189, 202. 
treasurer, 3, 6, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 
53, 54, 65, 70, 85, 62, 95, 
115, 122, 126, 131, 137, 144, 
154, 156, 159, 162, 167, 170, 
172, 177, 194, 196, 198, 201, 
207, 211, 229, 230, 245, 248, 
256, 259, 283, 303, 308, 309, 
311, 314, 326, 330. 
order on, 113, 194. 
report of, 253, 254. 
to purchase state securities 

or orders, 96. 
authorized to borrow one 

thousand pounds, 254. 
newly elected, 129. 
choice of, 275. 
sureties for, 144, 284. 
treasury, 8, 10. 

empty, 196, 253, 254. 
visitation of the, 11, 15, 48, 189, 190. 
watch, 105, 113. 156, 201, 205, 231,232. 
Township, grant of a, 254, 256, 312. 
Trader, 219. 
Trades : 

bakers, 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30, 
32, 33, 38, 41, 43, 49, 53, 56, 59, 62, 
65, 71, 73, 76, 78, 80, 85, 90, 92, 94, 
97, 100, 103, 105, 108, 110, 112, 114, 
117, 121, 125, 128, 141, 142, 144, 147, 
151, 154, 155, 157, 160, 162, 165, 167, 
168, 171, 174, 177, 180, 184, 187, 193, 
195, 200, 203, 207, 209, 216, 223, 225, 
227, 229, 231, 233, 235, 239, 241, 245, 
248, 249,251, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 
259, 292, 295, 303, 304, 328, 332. 
printers, 7, 8, 9, 11, 17, 19, 24, 25, 26, 
32, 46, 48, 52, 54, 62, 69, 71, 76, 83, 
102,111, 112, 114, 118,120,121,127, 
131, 133, 134, 136, 137, 139, 143, 147, 
155, 156, 167, 172, 175, 178, 186, 187, 
191, 195, 198, 211, 212, 229, 245, 248, 
255, 256, 257, 274, 275, 278, 280, 300, 
325, 327, 346. 

coopers, 34, 93, 125, 138, 164, 295,315. 
butchers, 48, 49, 126, 174. 
pavers, 56, 57, 95, 96, 12S. 
hatters, 60. 

carpenters, 64, 157, 189, 208, 303. 
barbers, 302. 

shoemakers, 64, 70, 92, 102. 
millers, 65, 66. 
braziers, 67, 271. 
silversmiths, 70. 
leather dressers, 89, 174. 
tallow chandlers, 145, 244. 
tanners see Leather dressers, 
mastmakers, 192. 
painters, 194. 
glaziers, 254. 
brewers, 257. 
sailmakers, 21. 
masons, 24, 157, 189. 
blacksmiths, 27, 67, 132, 137. 
goldsmiths, 28, 98. 
Treasurer, town see Town, 
county, 85, 95. 
state, 50, 53, 85, 95. 
negotiable notes of, 171. 
Treasury, couuty, 8. 
state, 8. 

town see Town. 
Treaty, 267. 
Trees, 31, 176, 250. 



Trees, planting, 258. 

(See also the Neck.) 
destruction of, on Common, 288, 296. 

(See also Common.) 
Tremont street, 5, 135. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Trespass, case of, 255. 
Troops, -2, 43, 52. 76, 93, 102, 124, 191, 198, 

218. 319, 323, 348. 
Fusiliers, 13, 18. 
Boston Regiment, 2. 
Cadets, 18. 
supplies for, 3. 
Boston cavalry, 319. 
Light Horse, 18. 
Republicaa Volunteers, 16, 18. 
Ancient and Honorable Artillery, 

18, 91. 

Light Infantry, 18, 330. 
Independent Light Infantry, 158. 
militia company, 22. 
artillery company, 22, 123. 
soldiers' families, 52, 76, 93, 102, 

145, 195. 

8th Massachusetts Regiment, 102. 
Truckmen, 159, 262. 
Trucks, 262, 329. 

law relative to, 329. 
Truro, 77. 

Turpentine, 272, 274. 
Twine, 171. 

Union street, 180, 208, 210, 212, 302. 
(See also Streets, etc.) 

Veal, 331. 

Vernon's corner to Butter's Row, to stop 

the way, temporarily, 156. 
Vinegar, 214, 215, 217, 219, 220, 223, 224, 

225. 

Vineyard, the, 272. 
Vincent's alley, 200, 308. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Vineyard, the [Vineyard Haven?], 225. 
Virginia, 133, 219,221. 
Visitation of the town, 11, 15, 48, 189, 190. 

schools, 24, 25, 59, 60, 94, 95, 
125, 126, 127, 154, 
159, 207, 240, 241, 
264, 267, 291, 314, 
333. 

statistics, 127. 
list of persons in- 
vited, 314. 
wards, 48. 
Rainsford Island, 99, 120, 182, 

267. 

hospital, 28, 
130, 157, 
293. 317. 

Deer Island, 57,58, 95, 9(5, 124, 
125, 153, 154, 182, 205,206, 
210, 238, 244, 264, 290, 314, 
331, 332. 

the several watch houses, 238. 
Votes, 25, 47, 57, 68, 71, 72, 89, 95, 116, 125, 
126, 127, 133, 135, 145, 149, 171, 174, 
176, 181, 133, 184, 185, 186, 189, 190, 
194, 197, 199, 200, 201, 206, 207, 209, 
212, 213, 214, 217, 236, 260, 261, 264, 
270, 275, 276, 280, 282, 285, 286, 292, 
296, 301,305,306, 307, 318, 326, 329, 
335, 337, 343, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 
350. 

to reconsider, 133. 
on lighting the town, 167. 
Vulture, the, 32. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 

Waltham, 2<U. 

Wards or Fiecincts, 8, 13, 25, 44, 104, 197, 
205, 233, 303. 

visitation of, 48, 189. 

state of, 49. 



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Wards or Precincts, scavengers for, 61. 

account of all negroes 

in the, 70. 
No. 10, 333. 
certain necessary re- 
pairs, 152. 
fire ladder for, 197. 
Warehouses, 5. 

Warrants, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 23, 24, 32, 39, 44, 
46, 48, 54, 59, 69, 71, 76, 83, 84, 
85, 87, 94, 96, 102, 110, 111, 112, 
114, 118, 120, 121, 126, 127, 133, 
143,144, 147, 154, 155, 156, 163, 
167, 169, 172, 175, 178, 181, 183, 
185, 187, 190, 194, 195, 196, 198, 
199,202,204, 205, 207, 209, 211, 
212, 217, 219, 229, 230, 234, 240, 
243,245, 248, 249, 255, 256, 257, 
259, 263, 266, 270, 273, 274, 276, 
277, 278, 279, 280, 283, 288, 291, 
300, 305, 306, 307, 311, 313, 314, 
321, 325, 327, 328, 332, 346. 
warning paupers out of the town, 

106. 
Warren street, 309. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Washington street, 201, 244, 333. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Watch : 

South, 9, 16, 82, 92, 319, 320. 

constable of, 9, 11, 16, 30, 44- 
46, 48, 53, 54 
57, 196, 267. 
rates to, 44, 98, 

196, 267. 
dismissed, 9, 11. 
houses, 41, 44, 47, 53, 71, 105, 106, 

238, 255, 261. 
visitation of, 238. 
near the fortification, 11. 
jai'., to abolish, 17. 
North, 34, 35, 175, 311, 319. 
Dock, 34, 62,134, 135, 141, 142, 255. 

house, 164, 261. 
at New Boston, 48, 57, 124. 
State house, 236. 
force of, to reduce, 57. 
at West Boston, 68, 267, 311. 
Newman's watch-house, repairs to, 

71. 
Town, 105, 113, 156, 201, 205, 231, 

232,239,267, 303. 
inspector of the, 105, 113. 
captains of the, 199. 
delinquency of the, 107, 134, 141. 
new, to establish in Fore street, 

216. 

State street, 113. 
constable for the, appointed, 

113, 115. 

constables, names of, 113. 
men, 156, 196, 2'?2, 236, 255, 276. 

to leave their orders with the 

town clerk. 114. 
regulations for, 236. 
appointment of watchmen, 135, 136, 

236. 
Water course, 32, 149, 160, 230 

near Quaker's lane, 16. 
the hay market, 88. 
Mr. May's house, 101. 
by the Charles-river bridge, 

105. 
through land of Thomas Hill, 

140. 

In Water street, 149. 
Orange street, 334. 
on the Neck, 160. 
waste, to remove, 273. 
Water street, 39, 62, 67, 104, 149, 177, 235, 

304, 308, 310, 326. 

(See also Streets, etc.) . 

Watertown, 242. 
Weights and measures, sealer of, 284. 



Well near the south market, to repair, 29. 
at north part of the town, 330. 
by Pemberton's hill, 348. 
to dig in Orange street, 63. 
Welllleet, 11. 
Wellfleet, the (schooner), 10. 

(See also Ships, etc.) 
Wells, 138, 261. 
Wentworth's wharf, 41, 110, 341. 

(See also Wharves.) 

West Boston, 63, 142, 158, 172, 179, 1S3, 190, 
193, 306. 311, 318, 320, 321, 
336, 341. 
bake-house at, to erect, 261, 

307. 

hospital at, 63, 65, 68, 69. 145, 
152, 183, 184, 
193, 197. 
keeper of, 65. 
watch for, 68, 267. 
useless engines at, 224. 
plan of land and streets at, 

176 
streets of, encroachments, 

270. 
new engine for, to procure, 

190. 

bridge, 207, 212, 314, 315. 
West end, 5, 151. 
West Indies, 27, 240, 241, 244, 246, 260, 302, 

337. 

(See also Islands.) 
West street, 267. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
i Westown, 22. 
West street, 5, 175. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Wharves, etc. : 

wharfage, 42. 

Oliver's dock, 4, 16, 17, 19, 22, 

30, 31, 32, 68. 

Long, 5, 42, 43, 63, 120, 139, 
141, 160, 304, 305, 308, 310, 
338. 

Woodward's, 15, 97, 322. 
Miller's, 15, 97. 
Hatch's, 15, 97. 
North Battery, 26, 28. 
town's slip, 52, 236,237. 
Blowei's wharf, 61. 
Ballentine dock, 66. 
Robert Rand's wharf, 75. 
Cruff's 87. 
Avery's, 91. 
Hancock's, 97. 272. 
Scarlet's, 97, 109. 
Hill's, 97. 

Wentworth's, 41, 110, 341. 
wood measured on, 3:53. 
the T, 140. 
Foster's, 149. 
wharf on the Neck, 208. 
Ly man's, 230. 
Atkins', 259. 
How's 272. 
Wheelwright's, 105. 
Wheat see Breadstuffs. 
Wheelwright's wharf, 105. 

(See also Wharves.) 
White Bread alley, 290. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
White horse [tavern], 15. 

(See also Taverns.) 

Widows, poor, donation for see Bequests. 
Will of Dr. Franklin, 121, 128, 142, 145. 
Wilmington, 220. 
Wilson's lane, 313, 333. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
Wing's lane, 57, 115, 139. 

repair of street at bottom of, 

57. 

(See also Streets, etc.) 
tavern in, 89. 
(See a/so Taverns.) 



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Winnisimit Ferry, 169, 202, 204. 

' 8ee also Ferries.) 
Wood, 128, 158,333. 

measurer or sealer of, 5, 9, 34, 35, 42, 

95, 141, 145, 146. 
appointed, 6, 7, 42, 95, 96, 

97, 277, 278. 
bounds of, 15, 96. 
cord, 333. 

and charcoal, 322. 
fire, regulating, 305. 



Wood, house, belonging to Mr. Webb's 

school, 346. 

free use of, for schools, 36, 73, 106, 
135, 140, 141, 162, 190, 223, 248, 273, 
299, 319. 
Woodward's wharf, 15, 97. 

(See also Wharves.) 
Workhouse, 159, 287. 

Yellow Fever, 212, 245, 265, 294, 296. 
(See also Diseases, infectious ) 



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