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A EEPORT 



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Record Commissioners 



CITY OF BOSTON, 



CONTAINING THK ♦ 



BOSTON RECORDS FROM ITOO TO 1728. 




BOSTON : 
ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS, 

No. 39 ARCH STREET. 
1883. 



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[Document 137—1882.] 



CITY OF &'... 1 B08T0K 




A REPORT 



RECORD COMMISSIONERS, 



The Record Commissioners herewith submit the eighth 
vohime of the records whicli they have been empowered to 
print. It makes the third volume of the records of the 
town of Boston, the previous ones being the second and 
seventh volumes in the series. This volume ends with the 
meeting for September 30, 1728, — a date which has been fixed 
upon arbitrarily, inasmuch as it is atthe close of one of the bound 
volumes of the original records in the City Clerk's office. 

Tlie " Index of Places and Subjects," for this book has 
also been prepared by Mr. John T. Priest, Assistant City 
Clerk, as its insertion in the seventh volume was so gen- 
erally approved. 

The Commissioners have now in press a Ninth Report, 
which will contain Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Boston 
prior to A.D. 1700, from the town records, and the Bap- 
tisms from the First Church records ; a Tenth Report com- 
prising Miscellaneous Papers, dated prior to A.D. 1700, 
from the State archives and other sources ; and they are 
reprinting the Third and Fourth Eeports, which were out of 
print. 

Copies of the First, Second, and Seventh Reports, which 
relate entirely to the history of the old town of Boston, can 
still be obtained on application at City Hall. 

William H. Whitmore, 
William S. Appleton, 

Record Commissioners. 
City Hall, Boston, December, 1882. 



City Document No. 137. 



[Note. It will be found, on comparing the Seventh and 
Eighth Reports, that the last eight pages (232 to 239) of the 
original, which close the former book, are repeated at the 
beginning of this one. The oversight can only be excused 
by the plea that there is always a pressure to issue the vol- 
umes as soon as possible, and that at least nothing was lost. 
W. H. W.] 



BOSTON TOWN RECORDS. 



[232.] 1700. March 11*^ 

Att a Publick meeting of the Inhabitants of Boston, Upon Pub- 
lick Warning according to Law, were Chosen the Town officers 
after named. Viz*. 

Moderator— Capt. Natb'' Byfield. 

Selectmen — Daniel Ohver, Isaiah Tay, Joseph Prout, John 
Marion Jim'', Tim' Clark, Elizer Holioke, Obidiah Gill. 

Town Clerk — W" Griggs. 

Town Treasu'' — James Ta5'lor. 

Overseers of y^ Poor — Elisha Hutchinson, Esq'', John Eyre, 
Esq% Nath'' Oliver, Nath^ Byfield, EsqS Sam" Lynde. 

Constables— Benj^ Fitch, Henry Hill, W" Man, W™ Welsted, 
W° Clark, Joseph Billings. 

Constables — James Gooch, Joseph Dowden ; forRumney, Jesse 
Winthrop ; for Muddiriver, Joseph Davis. 

Surveyers — Thomas Walker, Sephen Minot, Jacob Malyne, 
John Goodwin ; for Rumney Mersh, John Tuttle ; for Muddiriver, 
John White & John Devotion. 

Fence Viewers — Peter Wier, Sam^ Bridge, Tho. Barnard ; for 
Rumney Mersh, John Brintnal & Hugh Floyd ; for Muddiriver, 
Ralph Shepard & Nath" Holand. 

Clerk of y^ Market — Edward Procter, Robert Gnttridge, Joseph 
Russell, Sam'^ Russell, John Foreland, Richard Draper. 

Sealers of Leather — James Maxwell, John Marrion, Sen"", Silence 
Allen. 

Tythingmen — No. 1. W™ Everton, Joseph William. No. 2. 
Tho. Jackson, Sam" Turell. No. 3. John Jepson, Joseph Hillier. 
No. 4. Sam" Jacklin, George Elisston. No. 5. Tho. Clark, Johon 
Edwards. No. 6. Richard Christopher, John Gerrish. No. 7. 
Benj^ Hollowell, John Boreland. No. 8. W" Gibbins, Sam" 
Bridge. No. 9. Sam" Townsend, James Bell. 

Scavengers — Abra. Blish, James Mears, John Cotta, Sen"*, John 
Bucanon. 

Hogreaves — Anthony Greenhill, Sam" Burnell, Sam" Bridge, 
Henry Ernes, Sam" Earle. 

Measu''' of Boards & Timb'' — John Barnard, John Eustis. 

Measu" of Grain — Alexand'' Sherrerd, Job Ingraham, Sam" 
Johnson. 

Cryers — Gabrill Worner, Robert Shelstone. 

[233.] 1700. March 1V\ 

It was voted that there shall be Overseer of the poor. 

It was voted that there should be but Seven Selectmen. 



2 City Document No. 137. 

It was voted that the Town should be at no Charge, To the 
maintaining the "Water wa^'S, Over at Winnicimet Ferry. 

On the Consideration of mr. Taylors Serving of the Town in the 
place of Town Treasu'' Eight years to the month of march Last 
past, & never Charged the Town any more then five pounds a year, 
for the same, & being far less, then really the Service is worth. 
Upon the Consideration forementioned, 

It was Voted, That the Selectmen should Cause a piece of Plate 
to be made to the Value of Twenty pounds, & present the same to 
the sd. m''. James Taylor as a small retaluation of his Service & 
Kindness to the Town. 

And It was further Voted, That sd. Taylor for his Service, in 
sd. office the year past, shall be allowed Ten pounds. 

m'^ Simeon Stoddard being Implored, by the Selectmen, to buy 
Twenty Barrels of powder for the Town use, & m'' James Taylor 
being Ordered by sd. Selectmen as he was Treasu'' of the Town to 
receive sd. powder, into his Custadie and Care, affirms he never 
rec'' any more then fifteen barrels of them, nor could never under- 
stand what was become of the Other five. 

Therefor it was Voted, sd. James Taylor as Treasu"" of the Town 
should sue sd. Simeon Stodderd, for the five barrels of the Town 
powder w'''' is yet wanting. 

Vpon the Petition of the Inhabitants of muddiriver, To be a Dis- 
trict or Hamlet Sepei'ate from the Town, for those reasons follow- 
ing, Namely the remoteness of their Situation, w'^'' renders them 
uncapable of Injoying Equal Bennifit & advantage w*^*^ other of the 
Inhabitants, of Publick Schools, for the Instruction of their Chil- 
dren, Relief of their poor, & repairing of their high ways. 

Their petition being read, & the reasons given theirin Debated. 
It was Voted in the negative, & That tho" they had not for some 
years, been rated in the Town rate yet for the time to come the 
Selectmen should rate them in the Town Tax, as tlie other inhab- 
itants, & as formerly they use to be. 

And for their Incouragement, It was Voted, that the Selectmen 
should provide a schoolmaster for them, To teach their Children to 
read, write, and cypher, & order him his pay out of the Town 
Treasury. 

Some of the Inhabitant of the North end of the Town, stood up 
& requested that they might have the Libertie of a free school, for 
the Teaching to write & cj'pher. 

It was voted in the affirmative. That the Selectmen, should agree 
w'^ a Schoolmaster for them, & order him his pay out of the Town 
Treasury. 

The Inhabitants of Rumney Marsh Standing b}^ and seeing the 
Town in so good a frame, also put in their request y'. a free School 
might be granted them to Teach to Read, Write & Cypher. 

It being put to the Town to know their minds. It was Voted, in 
the affirmative, wilh this proviso, That it did appear to the Select- 
men, y' there were a Sutable Number of Children to Come to the 
School, Then the Selectmen Should agree with a School master to 
Teach their Children to read, Write, & Cypher, for w'''' Service he 
should be payd out of the Town Treasury. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1700. 3 

[234.] Vpon the Petition of Josepli Buckminsler of muddi- 
river for a Committee to to be Chosen by the Town, to Lay out a 
high way to his Land, he hauing no high way there to, by Virtue 
of a Town Order, That all proprioters of Lots of Lands w'^'in The 
Town & precinct thereof, w'^'' haue no high way Layd out to thier 
Lands, shall haue a high way Layd out thereto by a Committee 
Chosen and authorized by the sd. Town for that Purpose. 

Sd. Buckminster Petition was read, & It was Voted, That 
Capt. Theo^ Frary 
m^ John Bennet 
ni"". Joseph Prout 
Should be a Committee, to view sd. Buckminsters Land, & make 
reports to y'^ Town, the next Gen'^ Town meeting what may be 
proper to be done. 

Vpon the Consideration of the great Charges this Town is at 
yearly from the Growing num''. of poor amonge us & the great num- 
ber Come in amonge us w*^'^ has been occasioned by the Eastern warr 
w"". the Indians, & other poor and Viid persons, y'. has come in 
amonge ous, from other Towns, Our Town being so populous and 
the}' shifting from place to place, so long before they be descouered, 
that the law makes them Inhabitants, now these things do presage 
great poverty to be hastening upon this Town if some Sutable 
methods be not timel}' Taken to prevent e same. Vpon the Con- 
sideration of the things for mentioned, , 

It was Voted, That there be five hundiVd pounds raised upon the 
Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, To be Layd out and improved, 
by the Overseers of the poor & such others w'='\ shall by the Town 
be added to them, as a stock to be iraployed, for the procuring 
materials, & Tools, To Sett and Keep the poor people and 111 
persons, at work, as the Law Directs. 

It was Voted, That two hundred Sixty-five pounds be raised 
upon the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, for the Defraying 
the Charge of the watch from the Twentieth of June Last past, to 
the 20"". June Comeing. 

It was Voted, That there be four hundred pounds raised upon 
the inhabitants of Boston for the relief of the poor. 

It was Voted, That there be raised upon the Inhabitants of Bos- 
ton three hundred pounds, for the pajTuent of Schoolmasters, fit- 
ting y'' house of Correction, repairing of the fortifications, & aU 
other necessar}' Charges of sd. Town. 

Whereas there was a Vote, the 18* April 99. For the raising 
five hundred pounds, for the repairing of the Neck & no other use. 

It is now Voted, that sd. Vote be nuld, and two hundred pounds 
be raised for the same use, and no more, nor no Other use. 

It was Voted, That all the land on both sides of the way between 
the oak and Walnut & the Fortification, The Town's Right and 
Title therein be given to such p'son or persons, as shall under 
Take snfficiently to make & maintain the highway for Ever, not 
Less then fifty foot Wide : and that Sam" Lowell Esq''. & Capt. 
Bozoon Allen, be a Committee to agree w'^. persons accordingly ; 
and to make Application to the proprietors for their Approbation 
and Consent. 



4 City Document No. 137. 

[235.] That if any appear to accept of the Land Vpon these 
Conditions, They may haue an Unquestionable Title. 

Elisha Cook Esq''., Isaac Adington, Sam'^. Sewell Esq'"., Penn. 
Townsend Esq''., Cap'. Sam'^. Checklej^ Were by a Vote of the 
Town, Chosen a Committee, To Draw up instructions for the Select- 
men, and Overseers of the Poor, and p'sent the same to the Town 
(the next Gen". Town meeting) for their Approbation. 

and It was further Voted, That the same Committee, Together 
w"^ the Selectmen shall Consider about repairing, or Building, or 
hiring a House for m"". Ezek^ Cheever w'^''. they Judge ma}' be best. 

It was Voted, That when there shall be any Occasion for the 
Town Treasu'' to sue any p'son or p'sons in behalf of the Town. 
It shall be always with y'^ Advice and Consent of the Selectmen. 

Whereas there was formerl}^ a Vote, of the Town y^ 14"^. march 
1698, That when the Town met together to Chuse Jurymen, It 
should be out of the p'sons present as well as those absent. 

It was Voted, That they would go on in the practice of the fore- 
going Votes In the Choice of Jurymen, of those y'. are p'sent, as 
well as of those w*^''. are absent, and that non should mention any 
more then one p'son at atime, to be put to y^ Vote. 

April 8'**. At Publick Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Bos- 
ton, Upon Publick Warning, according to Law. 

It was Voted, That they would haue no Other, assessors, But y® 
Selectmen. 

m''. James Barnes & m''. Robert Gibbs, Were Chosen Selectmen, 
in the room of m'". Isaiah Tay & m"". Obadiah Gill, Who were 
Chosen Selectmen y^ 11'^ march Last past, but refused to Serve in 
that office. 

Sam". Bridge, Richard Christopher, Joseph Williams, at the same 
time were Chosen Tythingmen But upon their pleas made to the 
Town at this meeting. Were by a Vote of the Town, Dismissed 
from that Office. 

Sam". Sewell Esq^, Cap'. Bozoon Allen, m'". Sam". Lynde, Cap'. 
Nath^. Byfield, maj^ Tho'. Savage, Were by a Vote of the Town 
Chosen a Committee, To audit the Towns ace', with y^ Treasu'. for 
the year Ensuing, Notifying the Selectmen when they meet to be 
w"". them. The maj"'" part present to do the work. 

[236.] Upon the return of the Committee w"^ Were Chosen 
by the Town y'' ll"". march Last past. To take a View of the Land 
of Joseph Buck master of muddiriver, and to Judge what might 
be Done, w"\ respect to the Laying out of a High way there to, 
according to an an Autiant record of the Town, That Every Alot- 
ment should haue a way Laid out to it by a Committee Chosen and 
authorized by the Town for y'. Purpose 

The return of sd. Committee was. That they Judged sd. Buck- 
minsters Ought to haue a high way Laid out to his Land. 

Upon vf"^^. returne, B}^ a Vote of the Town, the former Com- 
mittee with the addition of Thomas Gardener & Sam". Aspenal 
were Chosen and Impowered to Lay out a High way to sd. Buck- 
master's Land. 

It was Voted, That the Selectmen Do Consider, and agree, of a 



Boston Town Records, 1701. 5 

Body of by Laws y*. may be proper and Beniflcial for the Towns 
good, & present the same to the nex Gen'^ Town meeting there to 
be read for the Town's Appropriation. 

May 14'^. At a Gen". Meeting of the Inhabitants of Boston. 
Upon Publick Warning according to Law, were chosen for Repre- 
sentatives, Viz*. Cap'. Tim°. Clark, m''. Nath* Oliver, m"". Isaiah 
Tay, m''. James Barnes. 

m''. Nath'^. Oliver Refused to Serve in the place of a Represent- 
ative up w'^''. Refusal the Town Emediately Applyed themselves to 
a new Choise, and Chose Cap'. Bozoon Allen in sd. Olivers Room. 

Where as provision is made by a Vote of the Town, for the 
Support of the watch as is now is untill the 20"^. of June Next, 
and not Longer. 

The mind of the Town is Desired to be Signified by their Vote, 
Wliether sd. watch shall be Continued for another year, & that 
they will support the Charge there of. and that they will grant the 
Sume of Two hundred Sixty five pounds to be Leveyed on the 
Inhabitants for y'. End. It was Voted in y"* aflflrmative. 

Maj^ John Wally, ColP. Pen Townsend, Cap'. Bvfield, m^ 
Nath^ Oliver, Cap'. Sam". Chickley, Cap'. Theo. Frary Were by a 
Vote of the Town Chosen a Committee, to Joyne with y^ Select- 
men to give instructions to the Representatives. 

[237.] Whereas on the 8"^ of April Last past a Committee 
was Chosen and Impowered to Laj^ out a high way for Joseph 
Buckminster of muddiriv". to his Land he hauing yet had no high 
way Laid out thereto. 

8d. Committee mett together and Layd out a high way through 
Josiah Winchesters Land, To Sd. Buckmasters Land, and sd. 
Winchester being Dissatisfyed with what was done presented his 
Petition to the Town, To Desire that Other meet p'sons might be 
Chosen by sayd Town, to take a View of what is done & to make 
a report of the same to the Town, his Petition being read & Con- 
sidered, Cap'. Nath''. Williams and m^ Isaiah Tay were Chosen by 
a Vote of the Town, to Jo^'ne with the former Committee to In- 
devor the Settlement of that Concerne. 

[238o] March W^. 1701 At a Publick Town meeting of the 
Inhabitants of Boston, Upon Pubhck Warning According to Law, 
Were Chosen the Town officers hereafter Named Viz'. 

Moderator. — Cap'. Nath\ Byfield. 

Selectmen. — Jo^ Prout, Daniel Oliver, Rob'. Gibbs, Eliz''. 
Holiocke, John Marion Jun""., Tim°. Clark, James Barnes, Isaiah 
Tay, John Barnard. 

Town Clerk. —Jos. Prout 

Town Treasu''. — James Taylor 

Constables — Francis Thrasher, William Wilson, Benj''. Brame, 
Savil Sampson, Zea''. Long, Peter Barber, John Clough, Frances 
Clark ; Rumney Marsh — Jos. Belclier ; Muddiriver — John Druce. 

Overseers of y" Poor — Co^ Elisha Hutchinson, Cap'. Nath"". 
Byfield, m^ Sam. Lynde, Cap'. Sam. Checkley, Sam. Sewell Esq^ 



6 City Documext No. 137. 

Snrveyers — Thomas Adkins, Rich. Griclly, Tho. Dowues, Sam. 
Plumer, .los. Ro3-al. 

Rumne^' Mash — John Brintnall 

MudcUrivcr — Jo^ White, Johu Devotion, Joshua Child. 

Fence Viewers — David Langdon, Thomas Barnard, Peter Wier. 

Rumney Marsh — Jos. Bill, Elisha Tuttle. 

muddiriver — Josiah Winchester, Daniel Harris. 

Clerk of y^ Market — John Eyres, Sam. Greenwood, Benj*". 
Walker, James Mears, Josiah FrankUn, John Bennet. 

Sealers of Leather — John Marion, Sen'"., Thomas Davis, James 
Maxwell. 

Scavingers — Sam. Lynde, Andrew Belcher, Sam. Bridge, 
William Keen, Jos. Hilliard. 

Hogreaveaves — Rich. Sherren, Francis Holmes, Dan. Bristow, 
Isaac Marion, Sara. Pearse, Jabiz Salter. 

Measu'^'. of Board & Timbers — Jabiz Negus, John Eustus, ■ 
Sam. Bridge. 

Measu". of Grain — Sam. Johnson, alexand"". Sherrard, Job 
Ingraham. 

Cryers — Tho. Davis, Robt. Shelstone, Gabril Warner. 

[239.] Voted, That the Town Treasu^ Shall haue fifteen 
pounds for his Service as Treasu''. for the year past. 

Voted, That the Representatives, in the present Setting of the 
Gen^^. Court inDevour to git a medigation of the Oath and Law 
about Tithing men. 

Elisha Cook Esq''., Co^ Hutchinson, Co^. Townsend, Dea. Bridg- 
ham, Majo"" Savage. By a Vote of the Town, were Chosen a 
Committee To Joyne w"'. the Selectmen, To Consider of a Sutable 
method for the managem'. of the watch, & to make report thereof 
to the next Gen^K Town meeting. 

Voted, That a House be Built for Old m^ Eze''. Cheever the 
Latine Schoolmaster, and it was further Voted that the Selectmen 
to Take Care about the Building of it. 

Voted, That the Baising of money, for Defraying of Town 
Charges, to be referred to the Gen". Town meeting for the Choise 
of Representatives. 

Voted, To Chuse nine assessors. 

Voted, That the Request of m''. Eze^ Lewis for an Addition to 
his Salary, be referred to the next Gen". Town Meeting. 

Voted, That whereas a motion has been made by m"", John Ar- 
nold. That a windMill be set upon fort Hill, b}' privet persons. 
It is Left to y'' Selectmen to Inquire into y" Formes & Circom- 
stances of the Thing & make Report to the Town, thereof, the 
next Gen". Town meeting. 

Voted, That the reading y*^ Towns by Lawes, be referred to the 
next Gen". Town meeting. 

The Petition of Bethiah Fuller, was read to the Town, & was 
Voted that the Selectmen should inquire what has been Expended 
on her father & make report to the Town the next Gen". Town 
meeting. 

Voted, That the Selectmen should agree w*. a person about 
Diffino; of Graves in this Town. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1701. 7 

[240.] May 12'^^. 1701. Att a Publick Meeting of the Inbab- 
ittants of this Town being this day convened at the Town House 
in Boston upon Lawful) warning. 

Nathaniell Byfield Esq', chosen Moderator. 

M^ John White, Cap'. Sam". Legg, M^ Nath^ Oliver, Cap*. 
And^ Belcher, were chosen to serve for them as Representitives in 
Gen". Court to be held the 28*. of May. 

M^ John George, M". Gyles Dyer, M^ Rich"^. Draper, were cho- 
sen to serve as Selectmen in the room of mes"'"'. Tay, Holyoke, 
and Oliver. 

M''. Samull Holland was chosen & Sworn Constable in y^ rom 
of M--. Fr^ Clark. 

M''. Thomas AValker, Cap'. Benj^. Davise were chosen overseers 
of the Poor in the room, of Coll. Hutchinson and Cap*. Samuell 
Checkley. 

Whereas M^ Ezekiell Lewis Assistant to M^ Chever in the 
Government of the Lattin free School, hath represented unto the 
Town that the Suiii of forty pounds, p. annum, is not Sufficient 
for his coumfortable Subsistance. The Town by thier Vote have 
granted that hence forward he be Allowed Forty five pounds p. 
annum, dureing his being Continued in that Station. 

Whereas the Comittee appointed by the Town the tenth of 
March last together with the Selectmen, to consider of a sutable 
methode for the management of the watch who haveing agreed as 
followeth viz*. 

That ten watchmen, two of them as Overseers be continued as 
formerly. 

That every of them be enjoyned to be upon duty from ten of the 
Clock untill broad day light, from the tenth of March unto the 
tenth of September. And from the tenth of Septemb'". to the 
tenth of march to be and continue upon duty from nine of the 
clock untill day light. 

That two at the least of Said Watchmen Shall from each of the 
two watch Houses, Keep walking their rounds by turns through 
thier severall districts dureing the whole night, and each Rounds 
to return to their respective watch house, (as neer as may be) 
within the Space of one hour, and the nest Rounds to go out 
imediatly upon their comeing in. 

That besides the aforesayd Rounds, those watchmen whose turns 
are to be Off from the Same, Shall by turns take Short Rounds in 
Some of the principall Streets and places within thier inspection 
takeing perticuler care of the ware houses about y'' Dock. 

That the Rounds walk with watch bills. Silently forbearing to 
use any bell, and that no watchman Smok tobaco while walking 
thier rounds, And where they see Ocation they are to call to 
persons to take care of thier lights. 

[241.] Voted that the Watch be continued according to the for- 
going proposalls, and to be under such farther regulation as the 
Select men shall direct. And to continue for the year Ensueing, 
excepting any part of said year in which a Millitary watch shall be 
kept within the Town. 

It was voted that One Thousand and fifty pounds be raised upon 



8 City Docibient No. 137. 

the luhabittants and Residents of this Towne for the defraying the 
necessary charges of the Town for the year Ensneing, viz. for the 
relief of the poor Schoolmasters Saler^-es &c. the charge of the 
watch, the building a House for the Lattin School-master, and the 
charge of Representi fives. Select men, &c. 

At the same Meeting M"". Joseph Bridgham was chosen to serve 
as Moderator to Transact in the remaj-ning affaires of this meeting 
in the room of Nath^'. Byfield Esq'', whose ocations requirs his 
being absent. 

Pen Townsend Esq""., Jeremiah Duiner Esq''., Major Thomas 
Savage, m"'. Eliznr Hol3'oke and m''. Danill Oliver, are chosen a 
Coiaittee to audit the Treasurers acco*'. for the Ensneing year, or 
the Major part of them being present to do the worke- 

Voted that M''. John Arnold & Comp". are alloweeid to Erect 
Windmill upon the Towns Land on Fort Hill, he or they paying a 
Quit rent for the Same. And it is left to the Select men to agree ' 
upon the terms therof, and to grant a Lease of the Same. 

The Comittee formerly appointed to lay out a way to the land of 
Joseph Buckmister have given in the following return the Same 
being read in the Publick Town meeting viz'. 

Wee the Subscribers being appojaited a committee by the vote of 
the Town of Boston, past the 8'^. day of Aprill 1700, to lay out a 
highway to the land of Joseph Buckminster of Muddy River. 

Accordingly we did on the 30"" day of Aprill Stake out a high- 
way of twenty-four foot in breadth through the Land of Josiah 
Winchester viz'. Runing from the South Side of a white oak tree 
standing in the Countrey Road, upon a direct line to the brow of 
the Elill neer Said Buckminsters Land, & thence winding down 
the Hill Som thing Southerly to the afores*^. Buckminsters Land. 

T. Fkary 
Thomas Gardenek 
John Bennet 
Sam^^. Aspinall 
Joseph Pkout 

July 31"^. 1700. The persons appointed as a comittee by the 
vote of the Town of Boston dated the 14* of May last past 
[242.] all of them being present (except Samull Aspinall) at 
Muddy River upon the Spot do give thier Opinon that the way 
Stated by the Comittee on the 30"' of Aprill last from Joseph 
Buckminsters land, through the land of Josiah Winchester, ought 
to be continued. Said Buckminster being present haveing prom- 
ised to mak Sufficient Gates at each end of Sa3'd way with all 
convenient Speed, And Said Winchester being present doth 
Engage forever hereafter to maintain and uphold that Gate at the 
Northerly end next the highway — and Said Buckminster engages to 
uphold and maintaine that Gate next the Said Buckminsters land, 
from time to time, each of them for themselves their heires Excecu- 
tors and Adm% and so Engageing each to other. In Testimoney 
whereof Said Buckminster and Winchester have hereunto Set 
thier hands and Scales the day and year above said. 
Signed & Sealed in presence of us, 

Nath"^ Williams, Joseph Buckminster (Seal) 

Isaiah Tay, Josiah Winchester (Seal) 



Boston Town Eecords, 1701. 9 

Ma}^ 12'''. The Town b}' their Vote do manifest their Appro- 
bation of the Comittees return of a way laid to Joseph Buck- 
minsters land, together with Joseph Buckminster & Josiah Win- 
chester thier agreement thereto. 

At a meeting of the fFreeholders and Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston duly Qualified to act and Vote in Town affaires being 
Orderly warned and Assembled the twelfth day of May Anno. 
Dom. "^1701. 

The severall Rules, Orders and By-laws were then Openly and 
distinctly read over, voted, made and Established by the afore- 
said ffreholders & Inhabitants of the Said Town to be Observed 
and Kept b^' all persons inhabiting in or within the said Town 
(for the 3-ear ensueing and untill the ffreeholdrs and Inhabitants 
thereof, shall hereafter by their Vote & Order declare, repeale, 
and make voyd the Same or any of them) under the several and 
respective paines and penaltyes to them or any of them annexed 
and prescribed. 

Ordered that no person or persons, do presume hereafter to carry 
fire from any House or place within the Said Neck or Town of 
Boston unto any other House or place within the same but in a 
warming pan or other safe vessell well covered So as to secure the 
Said fire from the wind and from being scatered by the wa}^ or in 
the Streets or lanes thereof, on pain that every person therein 
offending shall Forflte and pay for the use of the poor of Said 
Town the Summ of two Shillings, And whosoever shall permitt or 
suffer any fire to be carryed out of their House or Houses, place 
or places unless it be [243.] covered and secured as aforesaid 
shall forfite and pay for the use afores'^. the Sum of one Shilling. 

Ordered that the Selectmen for the time being, upon complaint 
to them made or otherwise upon their own Knowledge of any 
defective chimney or chimneys within this Town, do from time to 
time take effectuall care to have the same inspected & veiwed and 
order the same to be speedily amended and repaired (if it may be 
done) or taken down on paine of the forfiture of Tenn Shillings a 
moneth by the owner or Ocupier thereof that shall neglect to 
Observe and perform such Order of the Select men, being declared 
to him or them and entered of record, unless the season of the 
year will not admit of the amending and repaireing of the Same 
and in Such case the Ocupier thereof shall forbear to make or keep 
any fire therein On penalty of twenty Shillings for every such 
offence, And if any chimney hapen to take fire so as to flame out 
at the top thereof, the Ocupier of such Chimney shall forthwith 
forfite and pay the Summ of Ten Shillings. 

Ordered that every Householder shall from time to time be 
provided with a Sufficient Ladder or Ladders, to reach from the 
ground to the ridge of Such House, at the charge of the Owner 
thereof, and in case the Owner or owners of Such house or houses 
be not an Inhabitant of this Town, then the Ocupiers thereof to 
provide the same, and deduct the charge thereof out of his or 
thier rent, on paine of the forfiture of Six Shillings & eight pence 
for every neglect after three moneths notice given by Such person 
or persons as the Select men for the time being shall appoint for 



10 City Doctoient No. 137. 

the inspecting & Obsearvance of this Order, And if any person or 
persons shall remove or take away (unless by the Order of two or 
more of the Said Select men) any Ladder belonging to the Said 
Town or Publick meeting houses, except for present use in case of 
fire, every Such person or persons So offending shall forfite and 
pay the Summ of twenty Shillings. 

Ordered that whosever Shall Kindle or make any fire open or 
abroad, within two rodds of any wooden house, warehouse, wood 
pile, or any other combustable matter Subject to take fire (except 
in Ship Carpenters building yards, Sett work coopers, and Rope- 
makers works, when a carefull person Stands by to watch the 
same) Shall forfit and pa^' the Summ of ten Shillings to the use 
of the poor of the Town, Provided also that this order shall not 
be understood or intended to debarr or hinder any tradesmen or 
others from Kindling charcole in a pot or pan out of doors nigh 
their house or shop, at any time dureing the da}- light, and pro- 
vided also that Some carefull person Stand by to watch the Same 
while it shall be continued in the open aire. 

[244.] Ordered, That every Master of any Vessell lieing at 
or neer to an}^ wharfe, on board of which fire Shall be kept burn- 
ing after tenn of the clock at night, or be kindled before five in 
the morning, Shall forfeit and pay the Summ of Tenn Shillings. 

Ordered, That every householder from time to time & at all 
times hereafter shall be provided with a sutficient Pole of twelve 
foot long or more, with a large Swabb fastened at the end thereof, 
or with a Sufficient hand Engine Sutable for the quenching of fire, 
on paine of forfeiting the Summ of five Shillings for each neglect, 
or not shewing forth the same upon demand unto the officer, which 
shall be appointed b}' the Select men to inspect the same, within 
two moneths, after notice given them to provide the afore'^'^. pole, 
swabb, or other sufficient hand Engine in. 

Ordered, That from henceforward no person or persons shall 
keep any Gun powder of greater quantity then Twenty pounds 
weight, in any warehouse dwelling house or shop within this 
Town, but in such place or places as His Maj'''\ Justices of the 
Peace within this town, and the Select men for the time being 
shall appoint or approve off for that purpose, on penalty of 
forfeiting the Summ of Twenty Shillings for every week that any 
person or persons vShall Keep Gunpowder contrary to this order, 
after the said Justices & Select men have Signified their appoint- 
ment & Assignem' of some place or places for keeping the Same. 

Ordered, That no cooper or coopers within this Town Shall 
Fire or burn thier cask in any Shop ware house or other place, 
then in a Sufficient Chimney made convenient for that use, on 
penalty of forfeiting the Summ of Twenty Shillings for every 
Offence Contrary to this Order. 

Ordered, That from the Tenth day of March to the first day of 
November yearly and every year hereafter, every Householder 
(excepting such who have propriety'- in a well with a Sufficiency of 
water and Conveniency of drawing the same nigh unto his or 
thier dwelling house) shall at all times within the limitation afore- 
said, keep in thier houses yards or back sides, a pipe, hogshed or 



Boston Town Kecoeds, 1701. 11 

Tcii-ce fall of waiter, on pain of forfeiting the Summ of five Shil- 
lings for every Such Neglect, and that no person or persons shall 
be excused therefrom that fetch their water from the wells and 
Conduits that are in the Streets & publick places. 

[245.] Ordered, That no Butcher shall by himselfe, wife or 
servant, weigh and sell any dead meat by stylyards, but shall with- 
in two moneths after publication of this order be provided with 
good and sufficient Scales and sealed weights, and sell and weigh 
their meat thereby, and no otherwise upon paine of forfeiting the 
Summ of Ten shillings for every Transgression, and five shillings 
p' week while he or they continue deficient of such Scales and 
weights as aforesaid, And that every person and persons who shall 
carry forth any dead meat to sell in a wheel barrow or otherwise 
shall weigh and Sell Such meat by good and Sufficient Scales and 
Sealed weights, and no otherwise, on pain of forfeiting the Summ 
of Tenn Shillings for each Transgression of this order. 

Ordered, That no person or persons shall shoot at any Bird or 
Birds, or at any mark in any of the inclosed grounds, pastures, 
gardens or orchards within the Neck of Boston, nor shall shoot at 
the fence of any Such place, or at any Bird or Birds that may be 
upon any Such fence, or on any Tree or bush that may be in Such 
pasture, garden or orchard, or in any of the Streets, lanes or alleys 
of this Town, On pain of forfeiting the Summ of Twenty Shillings 
for every offence against this order. 

Ordered, That no person whatsoever shall carry or cause or suf- 
fer to be carryed or cast, any dirt dung, Garbidge, carrion, shreds, 
shaveings, filth, So3de, or Rubbish, or any thing that may be an 
annoyance, out of thier houses, shops, yards, backsides, or any of 
the dependancyes thereof and cast or lay the saiBe in any of the 
streets, highwayes, lanes or alleyes within this Neck of Boston, on 
paine of forfeiting the summ of five shillings for every such offence. 
Nor shall any person incumber or annoy any Street, lane, or Alley, 
within this Town by laying any Stones, Earth, Timber, boards, 
firewood or other Lumber, therein, and Suffer the same to lie there 
above the Space of forty-eight Hours, under the like penalty of five 
Shillings for every such offence, and five shillings more for each 
forty eight hours he or they shall suffer the same to lie there. 
Provided that this order shall not be understood to debarr or hin- 
der any of the Inhabitants (who in case of building any houseing 
or digging any cellor or well) of the liberty of laying their Rub- 
bish, or materialls, for such buildings, wells, or cellors, such farther 
time [246.] and in such part of the Streets and lanes as shall be 
farther granted them by the Select men for the time being, or 
any two of them. 

Ordered, That no Butcher shall suffer any Guts, Garbidge or 
other filth to be cast or brought out of his or their Shop, Slaughter 
house, or other place of killing, and suffer the same to be layd or 
lie in any street lane or Alley, or neer thereunto, on pain of for- 
feiting the Summ of Tenn Shillings for every Transgression of this 
order. 

Ordered, That no person shall Erect or set up any Pentice, jetty 
or Pendal over any of the Streets, lanes or highwayes of this Town, 



12 CiT^ Document No. 137. 

of less then eight foot in hight from the ground, on pain of forfeit- 
ing Twenty Shillings for ever}' Such offence, and the like forfeiture 
of Twenty shillings for every moneth which the same shall con- 
tinue so Erected and Sett up, the penalty to be paid by the Owner 
thereof. 

Ordered, That no person whatsoever shall hereafter Erect or set 
up any House of office or Easement within this Town, or suffer the 
same to continue being already Set-up, or standing within forty 
foot of any Street lane or high way, or tlie dwelling house, Shop 
or well of any neighbour, unless the same be vaulted Six foot deep, 
and Sufficiently enclosed or otherwise secured, on paine of forfeit- 
ing the summ of Twenty Shillings for ever}' Transgression of this 
order. And the like Summ of Twenty shillings for every moneth it 
shall so continue. Nor shall any person keep any hogg or swine in 
any hoggstey within twenty foot of any highway, street, lane or 
alley within this neck of Boston, or the dwelling house or shop of 
any Neighbour on penalty of Tenn Shillings for every transgression 
of this order, and Tenn shillings for every moneth such hogg or 
swine shall be kept and continued in such Stey. 

Ordered, That no person whatsoever Shall at any time hereafter 
ride or drive a gallop or other extream pace within any of the 
Streets, lanes, or alleys in this Town on penalty of forfeiting three 
Shillings for every such offence, and it may be lawfuU for any of 
the Inhabitants of this Town to make Stop of such horse or Rider 
uutill the name of the offender be known in order to prosecution 
Farther that whosoever shall hereafter by themselves or servants 
turn or let loose to water or otherwise any Horse into any of the 
streets or lanes of this Town, shall forfeit and pay the sum of two 
Shillings for every such transgression of this order. 

[241..] Ordered, That whosoever shall at any time hereafter 
use the Exersise of playing or kicking of foot ball within an^^ of 
the Streets or lanes within the body of this Town, shall forfeit and 
pay the summ of two shillings, for ever}'- Transgression of this 
order. Nor shall any person hereafter fire or throw any Squib or 
Squibs, Rocket or Serpent, or other fireworks in any of the streets 
lanes or highwayes of this Town, on paine of forfeiting five Shil- 
lings for every such offence. Nor shall any person throw or heave 
any Snow ball, or Snow balls at any person, in the streets lanes, 
or Alleyes of this Town, or into any house or houses or shop, on 
pain of forfeiting two shillings for every transgression of this 
order. 

Ordered, That no person shall hence forth make and fire any 
lime Kiln or Erect and burn any brick Kiln, but in such place and 
places as the select men for the time being shall approve and allow 
of, on penalty of twenty shillings for every such such transgression. 

Ordered, That henceforth no cart, Dray, Trucks or Sled drawn 
by either horse or horses, or horse and Oxen, shall be suffered to 
pass through any of the streets or lanes in this Town, but with a 
sufficient driver, who shall dureing such passage. Keep Avith his 
Said Cart, dray, Trucks, or Sled, and carefully observe and attend 
such methodes as may best sei-ve to keep said horse or horses, or 
oxen under coinand, And what so ever Carter or others, undertake- 



Boston Town Eecords, 1701. 13 

ing to drive any cart, dray, Trucks or sled, shall dureing Such 
passing through the streets or lanes as aforesaid either ride in the 
said Cart, dray. Trucks or Sled, or otherwise neglect to Observe 
and attend the rules prescribed in this order, such Carter driver or 
owner, of such cart, dray. Trucks, or sled, shall forfeit and pay the 
sum of two shillings for every such offence. 

Ordered, That no person shall hence forth break or digg up the 
Ground in any of the streets, lanes or highwayes in This Town, for 
the laying or repairing any dreine, or any other ocation, without 
the leave and approbation of two or more of the Select men for the 
time being, on pain of forfeiting the summ of twenty shillings for 
every such offence. 

Further that who soever shall digg or cause to be digged and 
broken up any Ground in any street, lane or high way within this 
Town, shall within such time as any Two or [248.] more of the 
Select men for the time being shall grant after the same is 
broken up, cause the same to be sufficiently repaired and amended 
to the satisfaction of the Select men on pain of forfeiting the summ 
of twenty shiUings and also the sum of twenty shilhngs p' week 
untill the same be amended and repaired as aforesaid. And any 
person who hath heretofore at any time digged or broken up any 
of the ground in the streets or Lanes and not yet sufficiently re- 
paired the same, and shall neglect so to do for the space of one 
moneth after the Town's voicing this order shall forfeit and pay 
the sum of five shiUings p' week till it be amended and repaired. 

Ordered, That none shall bury the body of any dead person 
"without makeing the same Publick by causeing a first and second 
Toll of the bell of one of the Publick meeting houses on pain of 
forfeiting the sum of Twenty shillings for every such offence. 
Nor shall any in hurrying of their dead exceed One hour from the 
time of the begining of the Toll of the second bell, untill the 
corps shall be carryed out of the house from whence such corps is 
to be burryed, and be on motion towards the grave, on pain of 
forfeiting Twent}'- shillings for every such offence. And if any 
person or persons shall bury their dead on the Lord's day he or 
they shall not exceed one hour from the begining of the Toll of 
the first bell untill the corps be carryed forth out of the house and 
on motion towards the grave, on pain of forfeiting Twenty shillings 
for every such offence. 

Ordered. That none shall break up the ground in any of the 
Publick burrial places, for the makeing a Tomb therein without the 
approbation of three or more of the Select men for the time being 
under their hands. On pain of forfeiting the Sum of Twenty shillings 
for every such offence. Nor shall any person digg a grave in any 
of the Publick burriall places of this Town but such as shall be 
allowed and appointed by the Select-men for the time being, On 
pain of forfeiting ten shillings for every such offence. 

Ordered, That no person shall digg any grave or make any 
coffin on the Lord's day without the approbation & allowance of 
two of the Select men for the time being. On paine of forfeiting 
the summ of Twenty Shillings. Nor shall any person keep open 
their shop or Cellor that they manage or keep their callings in, on 



14 City Document No. 137. 

the evening preceeding the Lord's day or on the Lord's da}', on 
pain of forfeiting the sum of [249.] five shillings for every such 
offence to be paid by the Ocupier of such Shop or Cellor. 

Ordered, That no person shall hereafter ride any horse, mare or 
Gelding into the Comon, or to Weelers pond, or to an}^ usual 
place of watering, on the Lords day, on pain of forfeiting the 
Sum of five shillings for every such offence. 

Ordered, That no person suffer their yards, orchards, pastures, 
or Tann yards, to lie open where there is a well Cellor, Tanpits, 
or other pits uncovered, on pain of forfeiting the sum of ten 
shillings for every such offence, And five shillings for every week 
after, till such fence be sufficiently repaired and amended or such 
well, pit or cellor be filled up. 

Ordered, That from hence forth no person whatsoever shall 
digg any Cellar, erect any building or fence, or remove any land- 
mark, next adjoyning or bordering upon any highwa}'^, street lane 
or other Lands belonging or appertaining to this Town, untill two 
or more of the select men for the time being, or such other persons 
whom the Select men or the majo'' part of them shall appoint there 
unto, shall have veiwed set forth and determined the bounds there 
of. On penalt}^ that every person transgressing this order shall 
forfeit and pay the sum of Twenty shillings. Further that whoso- 
ever shall encroach upon the Towns land contrary to such deter- 
mination and line stated and agreed unto by such select men as 
aforesaid shall forfeit and pay the sum of Twenty shillings. And 
further shall forfeit and pay the sum of twenty shillings for every 
moneth that such encroachment or incumberance shall remaj^ne un- 
removed. 

Ordered, That no person dwelling or resideing within this Town 
of Boston, shall by himselfe or others, bu}', contract or bargaine, 
for any sort of grain, meal, butter ffowls, mutton, veal, pork, eggs 
or any other sort of provision, while it is bringing between Rox- 
bury gate and the houses of the Town, before two of the clock in 
the afternoon, On j^enalty of Twent}' shillings, for every such 
offence. Further that no Butcher shall buj^ or bargaine for, any 
dead meat as it is bringing to this- Town, or expose such meat to 
sale, on penalty of Twenty shillings for every transgression of 
this order 

[250.] Ordered, that the Select men for the time being shall 
yearly nominate and appoint, a competent number of meet persons 
for the cording of wood, antl cause the names of s;ich persons to 
be presented unto one of His Maj"''" .Justices of the Peace, in order 
to their being sworn to the faithfull discharge of Said trust, And 
that no person but such as are appointed and sworn as aforesaid 
shall be suffered to Cord an}' wood for sale in this Town, untill 
the owner or vendor thereof hath applied himselfe to two or more 
of the aforesaid Sworn Corders and they refuseing or neglecting 
to cord the same. On pain of forfeiting the sum of Ten shillings 
And that no person shall expose any wood to sale, which hath been 
corded by any other person or persons then afore appointed sworn 
corders, untill first two or more honest and indifferent men ffree 
holders and Inhabittants of this Town shall veiw and approve the 



Boston Town Recoeds, 1701. 15 

same to be well corded and of sufflcient highth, on pain of forfeit- 
ing Tenn Shillings for every transgression of this Order. 

Ordered, That it shall and may be lawfuU for the select men for 
the time being, 3'earh' to nominate & appoint one or more meet 
persons in the severall divisions of the Town, to inspect and pros- 
ecute the breach of all or any of the penall orders which are or 
shall hereafter be made by this Town, and allowed of by the 
Sessions of the Peace, and to allow and assigne such persons 
Saleryes & rewards as unto the said Select men shall be judged 
meet and convenient. And if any person So nominated and 
appointed accept of such office, and afterwards neglect and refuse 
to inspect and prosecute the breach of such order or orders he shall 
forfeit and pay the sum of Twenty Shillings. 

Ordered, That any person being chosen and accepting the 
Office of Corder of wood and neglecting to perform the faithfull 
discharge of his office shall forfeit and pay the Summ of Twenty 
Shillings. Further that a,iiy person being orderly chosen to the 
office of Scavenger or Hog reeve & shall neglect or refuse to attend 
and prosecute the duty of his or their offices, shall forfeit and pay 
the sum of Twenty Shillings. 

Ordered, That no person whatsoever shall hereafter break, digg, 
or carry^ away, any of the Sord, Turf, or Earth of or belonging to 
the coinon or coihon lands, (except at Fox hill, or the Ridge hill 
between that & windmill hil) on pain of forfeiting Twenty shil- 
lings, for every breach of this order 

[251.] Further that no person shall Lop peel, girdle, or de- 
face, any of the trees now standing or that shall hereafter be 
planted or Set bj' order of the Select men, or by their approbation 
upon any part of or place in the coihon ground of this Town, on 
pain of forfeiting the sum of Twenty Shillings for every such 
offence. Further that no person shall cast or spread any Stones, 
Carrion or other Trash upon the coiiion or coiBon lands in this 
Town, on pain of forfeiting the sum of Twenty shilUngs. 

That no Horse, dry Catle or Sheep shall be suffered to go at 
large or to feed on the CoISon or comon lands, or any of the 
streets or lanes of this Town on pain that the owner or owners 
thereof shall forfeit & pay five shillings for each Horse, and three 
shillings p' head for ueet dry cattel and one Shilling for every 
sheep, that shall be found going at large upon the said comons, 
or streets, or lanes, and it shall and may be lawfiill for such per- 
sons whom the Select men for the time being shall appoint there- 
unto, to impound such horse, neet cattle or sheep so found Trens- 
gressing. 

Ordered, That no Hogg, or swine, shall be suffered to go at 
large within this Neck of Boston, saveing in and upon the land 
or Enclosed ground of or in possession of the owner or keeper of 
such swine (Except also such swine that are driveing to market) 
On pain that such Owner or keeper of such hogg or swine shall 
forfeit and pay the sum of twenty Shillings for" every Hogg or 
swine that shall be found goeing at large contrary to this order, or 
the full value thereof if not exceeding twenty shilhngs, one halfe 
to him or them that shall seize and secure the same, the other halfe 



16 City Document No. 137. 

to the poor of tliis town. Further it is hereby provided that if it 
appear that the Owner or keeper of such Hogg or swine be actu- 
ally in pursuit of it or them at and before the seizure, then such 
owner and keeper shall have his hogg or SAvine released to him by 
such person who by virtue of this order had Seized and secured the 
same, he paying to such Seizer two shillings for every Hogg so 
seized by him. And it shall & may be lawfull for such person or 
persons that are chosen to the office of Hog reeves for the time 
being, or in their absence for any of the Inhabittants of this Town 
to seize secure or impound any Hogg or Swine going at large 
contrary to this order, and upon his or their so doing shall make 
application to one of His Maj"*^^ Justices of the peace within this 
Town, to order an apprizement, Award and give Judgment ac- 
cording to the true intent & meaning of this order. 

[252.] Ordered, That any person who shall hereafter have or 
keep any Curst or unruly Dogg or Bitch within this Town, so as'to 
harm or do damage to any person whomsoever, or to any Horse, 
neet Cattle, sheep or tame ffowl. And upon warning or notice given 
by anj^ of the Inhabitants unto such owner or keeper of Such Curst 
or unruly Dogg or Bitch, that the same hath been known to bite 
seiz upon worry or do harm to man or beast aforesaid, and the 
same so appearing, such owner or keeper of such unruly Dogg or 
Bitch, shall forth-with cause the Town to be rid and discharged of 
the same. On pain that the owner or keeper of such unruly Dogg or 
Bitch shall forfeit and pay the sum of ten shillings, and five sliil- 
lings more for every day after, that such unruly dogg or Bitch shall 
be seen to go at large in this Town. 

Ordered, That if any person shall keep or entertaine more then 
one Dogg or Bitch and sufler the same to go at lai'ge within this 
neck of Boston, and upon Complaint made unto the Select men for 
the time being by any of the Neighbourhood, that such Doggs are 
offencive to them, doing damage to their Gardens, Orchards, pas- 
tures or other wise. And the said Select men or any two of them, 
ordering and Notifieing such Owner or keeper of such Dogg or 
Doggs to shut up or other wise discharge the Town of the same 
dureing such time as they shall limit, Every Such owner keeper or 
oentertainer of such Dogg neglecting to attend the Order, of said 
Select men as aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay the sum of five shil- 
lings for every Dogg or Bitch by them so kept or entertained and 
suffered to go at large contrary to the true intent and meaning of 
this order. 

Ordered, That the Select men for the time being, or the Major 
part of them, are hereb}^ appointed & impowered as agents, Trustees, 
or Attornyes, to sue for any Houses lands or other Estates or In- 
trests whatsoever belonging or in any wise appertaining to this 
Town. And to commence and Effectually to prosecute any Suitor 
Suits and Actions in an}'' Court or courts, against all and every 
person and persons whatsoever, with holding or deteineing the same, 
in as fall and ample manner, as if the same were more largely set 
forth and exprest, with full power to Substitute one or more 
Attorneys under them, and the Same againe at pleasure to revoke. 

Ordered, That from hence forth the Selectmen for the time being 



Boston Town Kecords, 1701. 17 

shall have power and liberty to lease out to rent any of the Towns 
lands or buildings that are or shall be to be rented for any term of 
years not exceeding Seven years [253.] and no longer without a 
special vote of the Town, for longer time. 

Ordered, That at every Generall Town meeting there be a Mod- 
erator chosen, who shall propound all affaires to be debated, and 
put them to vote when they have been so debated, and to demand and 
keep Silence and attention in the assemblj'. And that no matter 
of any weight or moment shall be voted at any Town meeting, 
without the same hath been specially exprest in the warrant re- 
quireing such meeting, or propounded at the begining of the meet- 
ing, that so consideration may be had of the matter before it be 
voted. 

That whosoever at any Publick Town meeting shall fall into pri- 
vate conference to the hindering of the Publick business, shall 
forfeit one shilling for every such offence, to the use of the poor of 
the Town. 

That whosoever at any Pubhck Town meeting shall neglect to 
observe the directions or request of the Moderator for the time 
being to keep Silence, shall forfeit and pay five shillings for the 
use of the poor of this Town of Boston for every such ofience. 

Ordered, That there be Annually or 3'early chosen in the Moneth 
of March when other Town Officers are chosen, a person who shall 
be Stiled a Canonneer, whose Office shall be to take and keep the 
accompt of Great Artillery that do or hereafLer may belong unto 
this Town, and also to keep and Look afi'er the Towns stock of 
powder and receive in and give out the same, according as he shall 
receive direction from the Select men for the time being. 

May 20* 1701. Samuell Sewall Esq^ & Hannah his wife grants 
unto the Town of Boston a certaine strip or Slip of Land fenced & 
layd out for a High way or Street runiug through their feild or pasture 
at the Northerly end of Boston called by the name of Hull Street 
containing in Length about thirty rodds in breadth at the easterly 
end Twenty two foot next the Green lane, and at the westerly end 
Twenty five foot. Reserveing liberty to fence in two foot in 
breadth thereof upon the South'^ Side, as p' a Deed under thier 
hands and Scales doth more fully appear, and Entred w'*" the 
Records of deeds for the county of Suffblke Lib. 20. pa 265. 

[254.] Septemb^ 22«^. 1701. At a Generall and Publick 
Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston being this day 
convened at the Town house upon due warning according as the 
Law directs. Pen Townsend Esquir being then chosen Moderator 
for Said Meeting. 

Voted that the Select men of this Town are impowered to Assign 
and affix JSTames unto the Severall sti-eets & Lanes within this 
Town, so as the}^ shall judg meet and convenient. 

At a meeting of the ffreeholders and Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston duly qualified to Act and Vote in Town affaires being 
Orderly warned & Assembled the Twenty Seacond day of Septem"^ 
ber Anno Dom' 1701 



18 City Doctoient No. 137. 

The Severall Rules orders and B^'-Laws were then Openly and 
distinctly read Over, voted, made & Established by the aforesaid 
ffreeholders and Inhabitants of the Said Town to be Observed and 
Kept by all persons Inhal^iting in or within the Said Town (for the 
year Ensueing and untill the ffreeholders and Inhabitants thereof, 
shall hereafter by their Vote and Order, declare, repeale, and make 
voyd, the same, or any of them) under the Severall and respective 
paines and penaltyes to them or any of them Annexed and 
prescribed. 

Ordered that no person or persons do presume hereafter to carry 
fire from any house or place within the Said' Neck or Town of 
Boston unto any other House or place within the same, but in a 
"Warming pan, or other Safe Vessell well covered So as to Secure 
the Said fire from the wind, and from being scattered by the way', 
or in the Streets or Lanes therof on Paine that every person 
therein offending shall forfeite and pay for the use of the poor of 
Said Town the Suih of One shilling. 

Ordered, that the Select men for the time being upon complaint 
to them made or otherwise upon their own knowledge of any 
defective Chimney or chimneys within this town, do from time to 
time take Effectuall care to liave the same Inspected and veiwed, 
and order the same to be Speedyly amended and repaired (if it 
ma}^ be done) or taken down on paine of the forfeiture of Ten 
Shillings a moneth by the Owner thereof that shall neglect to ob- 
serve and perform such order of the Select men being declared to 
him or them and Entered of record, unless the Season of the year 
will not admit of the Amending and repaireing of the Same, And in 
Such case the Occupier thereof shall forbear to make or keep any 
fire therein on penalty of Twenty Shillings for every such offence 
and if any Chimne}^ happen to take fire so as to flame out at the 
Top thereof the Occupier of such Chimney shall forthwith forfeit 
and pay the Sum of Ten Sliillings. 

[255.] Ordered, that whosoever shall kindle or make any fire 
open or abroad within Two Rodds of any wooden house, warehouse, 
woodpile or any other combustable matter Subject to take fire — 
(Except in Ship Carpenters building yards, set worke coopers and 
Rope makers workes, a carefull person standing by to watch the 
Same.) Shall forfeit and pay the Suih of Ten shilUngs to the use 
of the poor of the town. 

Provided also that this order shall not be understood or intended 
to debarr or hinder any tradesmen or others from kindleing Char- 
coal in a pot or pan out of doors nigh their house or Shop, at any 
time dnreing the day light, and provided also that some carefull 
person stand by to watch the same while it shall be continued in 
the open Air. 

Ordered, That everj^ Master of any Vessell Lying at or neer 
any wharfe, on board ot which fire shall be kept burning after Ten 
of the clock at night, or be kindled before five in the morning shall 
forfeite the sum of Six Shillings. 

Ordered, that every Householder Rateable at Twenty pounds 
Estate besides the Poll, from time to time and at all times hereafter 

1 Underlined in original. 



BosTO.NT Town Eecords, 1701. 19 

Shall be provided with a sufficient Pole of Twelve foot long or 
more, with a Large Swabb fastened at the end thereof, Or with a 
Sufficient hand Engine Salable for the Quenching of fire, on paine 
of forfeiting the Suin of five Shillings for each neglect or not Shew- 
ing forth th,9 same upon demand unto the Officer which shall be 
appointed by the Select men to Inspect the same, within two 
moneths after notice given them to provide the aforesaid Pole, 
Swabb, or other Sufficient hand Engine in. 

Ordered, That from hence forward, no person or persons shall 
keep any Gun powder of greater quantity than Tweny pounds 
weight in any warehouse, dweUing house or Shop within this Town, 
but in such place or places as his Maj.*^^' Justices of the Peace with- 
in this Town and the Select men for the time being shall appoint 
or approve of for that purpose, on penalty of forfeiting the Suih of 
Ten Shillings for ever}' week that anj' person or persons Shall keep 
Gun powder contrary to this order, after the said Justices and 
Select men have Signified thier appointment and assignment of 
some place or places for keeping the Same. 

Ordered, that no cooper or coopers within this Town shall fire 
or burn their cask in any shop, warehouse or other place then in 
a Sufficient brick or stone Chimney made convenient for that use, 
On penalty of forfeiting the Suiu of Ten Shillings for every Offence 
contrary to this order. 

[256.] Ordered, that no Butcher b}^ himselfe, wife, or Servant, 
shall weigh and Sell any dead meat by Steelyards, but shall within 
two moneths after Publication of this Order be Provided with good 
and Sufficient Scales and Sealed weights, and sell and weigh their 
meat therebj^ and no otherwise upon pain of forfeiting the Suih of 
Ten Groats for every Transgression, and five Shillings p' week 
while he or they continue deficient of such Scales & weights as 
aforesaid. And that every person and persons who shall carry 
forth any dead meat to sell in a wheelbarrow or otherwise, shall 
weigh and Sell Such meat by good and Sufficient Scales and Sealed 
weights and no other wise on Pain of forfeiting the Suin of Ten 
Shillings for each Transgression of this order. 

Ordered, that no person what soever shall carry or cause or suffer 
to be carryed or cast any dirt, dung Garbidge Carrion, Shreds, 
Shaveings, filth, Soyl, or Ilu))bish, or any thing that may be an 
Annoyance, out of their Houses, shops, yards, back Sides or any 
of the dependanceyes thereof and cast or Lay the Same in any of 
the Streets, Highwayes Lanes or Alleyes within this neck of Boston 
on pain of forfeiting the Suiii of Two Shillings for every such offence. 
Nor shall any person Incumber or ano}^ any street. Lane or Alley 
within this Town b^^ Laying any Stones, Earth, Timber, Boards, 
Firewood, or other Lumber therein, and suffer the Same to lie 
there above the Space of forty eight hours under the Penalty of five 
Shillings for every Such offence and five Sliillings more for each 
forty eight Hours, he or they Shall Suffer the Same to lie there. 
Provided that this order shall not be understood to debarr or hinder 
any of the Inhabitants (who in case of building any houseing or 
digging any Cellar or well) of the liberty of Laying their Rubbish 
or Materialls for Such buildings, wells, or Cellars, Such farther 



20 City Document No. 137. 

time and and in such part of the Streets and Lanes as shall be 
farther granted them by the Select men for the time being or any 
two of them. 

Ordered, That no Butcher Shall Suffer any Guts, Garbidge, or 
other filth to be cast or brought out of his or their Shop, Slaughter 
house, or other place of Killing and Suffer the Same to be Layd 
or Lie in any Street [257.] Lane or alley or near thereunto on 
pain of forfeiting the Suin of five Shillings for every Transgres- 
sion of this order. 

Ordered, That no person whatsoever shall hereafter Erect or Set 
up any House of Office or Easment within this Town (or Suffer the 
same to continue being already set up or standing) within forty 
foot of any Street Lane or Highway or the dwelling house shop, or 
vrell of anj^ neighbour, unless the same be vaulted Six foot deep, 
and Sufficiently enclosed or other wise secured, on pain of forfeit- 
ing the sum of Twent}^ Shillings for every Transgression of this 
Order, and the Like Sum of Twenty Shillings for every three 
moneths it shall So continue. 

Nor shall any person from and after the end of October Ann° 
One thousand Seven hundred and one, Keep any Hogg or Swine 
in any Hogg stey within Twenty foot of any Highway, Street, 
Lane or Alley within this Neck of Boston, or of the dwelling house 
or Shop of any Neighbour on penalty of Ten Shillings for every 
Transgression of this order and Ten Shillings for every moneth 
such hogg or Swine shall be kept and continued in Such Stey, 
Unless in such place where the dung or filth runs into the Sea or 
Salt water. 

Ordered, That whosoever shall at any time hereafter use the 
Exercise of Playing or kicking of foot ball within any of the Streets 
or Lanes within the body of this Town shall forfeit and pay the 
Sum of one Shilling for every Transgression of this order. Nor 
shall any person hereafter fire or throw au}^ Squibb or Squibbs, 
Rocket or Serpent or other fireworkes, in any of the Streets, Lanes 
or highwayes of this Town, on paine of forfeiting three Shillings for 
every such ofljence. Nor shall any person throw or heave any 
Snow ball or Snowballs' or Stones at any person in the Streets, 
Lanes, or Allyes of this Town or into or against any house or 
houses or Shop, on paine of forfeiting One Shilling for every Trans- 
gression of this order. 

[258.] Ordered, That no person shall hence forth make & fire 
any Lime Kiln, or Erect and burn any Brick kiln, but in Such 
place or places as the Select men for the time being Shall Approve 
and allow of, on penalty of Twenty Shillings to be paid by every 
person transgressing this order. 

Ordered that no person shall hence forth break or digg up the 
Ground in any of the Streets, Lanes or highwaj-es in this Town, 
for the Laying or repairing of any dreine or any other Ocation, 
without the Leave and approbation of two or more of the Select 
men for the time being, on pain of forfeiting the Sum of Twenty 
Shillings for every such offence. Further that whosoever Shall 
digg or cause to be digged and broken up any ground in any 

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Boston Town Eecords, 1701. 21 

Street, Lane or Highway within this Town, shall within such time 
as any two or more of the Select men for the time being Shall 
grant after the Same is broken up, cause the same to be sufficiently 
repaired and amended to the Satisfaction of the Selectmen. On 
pain of forfeiting the Suiii of Twenty Shillings, And also the Suin 
of Twenty ShiUings p' week untill the Same be amended and re- 
paired as aforesaid. And any person who hath heretofore at any 
time digged or broken up any of the ground in the Streets or 
Lanes and Not yet Sufficientl3' repaired the Same, and shall neglect 
so to do for the Space of One Moneth after the Select mens Noti- 
fieing them thereof shall forfeit and pay the Sum of five Shillings 
p' week till it be Amended & Repaired. 

Ordered, That no person Suffer their yards. Orchards, pastures 
or Tan yards to lie open, where there is a well. Cellar, Tan pits or 
other pitts uncovered, on pain of forfeiting the Smn of ten shillings 
for every such offence, and five Shillings for every week after till 
Such fence be Sufficiently repaired and Amended or Such wel, 
pitts, or Celler be filed up or covered. 

[259.] Ordered, That no person dwelling or Residing within 
this Town of Boston shall by himselfe or others, buy contract or 
bargaine for any sort of graine, meal, butter, fowls, mutton, veal, 
pork, Eggs, or any other Sort of provision, while it is bringing 
between Roxbery gate and the first turn of the Highway or Lane 
leading up to the Trayning field Except for persons y' Live between 
y* and the sd. Gate for ther own family use, before two of the 
clock in the after noon, on penalty of five Shillings for every such 
offence, Further that no Butcher shall buy or bargaine for any 
dead meat brought or bringing to this Town, or expose such meat 
to sale on penalty of ten shillings foi- every Transgression of this 
order. 

Ordered, That at every Generall Town meeting there be a Mod- 
erated' chosen, who shall propound all affaires to be debated, and 
put them to vote when they have been so debated and to demand 
and keep silence and Attention in the Assembly. And that no 
matter of any weight or moment shall be voted at any Town Meet- 
ing without the same hath been specially exprest in the warrant 
requireing such meeting or propounded at the begining of the 
meeting, that so consideration may be had of the matter before it 
be voted. 

That whosoever at any Publick Town meeting shall fall into 
private conference to the hindering of the Publick business shall 
forfeit one ShilUng for every Such offence to the use of the poor 
of the Town. That whosoever at any Publick Town meeting shall 
neglect to Observe the direction or request of the Moderater (for 
the time being) to keep silence, shall forfeit and pay two Shillings 
for the use of the poor of this Town of Boston for every Such 
offence. 

Ordered, That the Town orders be put in Print. 

Ordered, That whereas there hath been a defect in the Consta- 
bles of this Town, in not returning the warrants for Assembleing 
Town Meetings to the great hinderance of the Inhabitants. It is 
therefore Ordered that if at any time hereafter the Constables be 



22 City Document No. 137. 

not Presisely at the time appointed for such meeting with the 
return of y'' warrant for the calling of s'^ meeting, every Such 
Constable : to whom y warrant is directed, Shall forfeit & pay y® 
Sum of Ten Shillings for Such thier Neglect. 

[260.] March y« 9'^^. 1703-^. At a Publick Meeting of the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified and warned according to Law being convened at the Town 
house the day aforesaid did then and there agree and by their Vote, 
Choose & declare as followeth viz, 

Penn Townsend Esq^ to be the Moderater for this present 
meeting 

Town Officers to serve for the ^-ear ensueing viz*. 

Assessors Omited. The Town by their vote do refuse to choose 
Assessors distinet from the Select men. 

Selectmen — Mes". Robert Gibbs, John Marion, Joseph Prout, 
John Barnerd, Richard Draper, James Barnes, Gyles Dyer, Cap'. 
Timothy Clark, Samuell Greenwood. 

Town Clerk — Joseph Prout. 

Overseers of the poor — Samuell Sewell Esq''., Edward Brum- 
feeld Esq''. Jeremiali Dummer Esq'', m"". Sam^. Lynde, Cap. 
Ephraim Savage. 

Mess". Thomas Savage Jun"". John Barrell, Nicholas Roberts, 
Thomas Hutchenson, Jonath'' Pollard, Samuell Burrell, Adam Win- 
throp, Nicholas Morcock, wer chosen constables, [within y"". Town] 

Mess'"^ Thomas Savage, Thomas Hutchinson, Jonathan Pollord, 
Adam Wiuthrop Refuseing to serve as Constables Mess". Charles 
Chancey, Edmund Knights, Samson South, John Bonus were 
chosen Constables in their rom. 

Upon Reasons Aleged by m^ Samson South he is by the Town 
vot Excused fro Serving as Const""^": this year. 

Cap'. Benj'''. Gillam is chosen Constable. 

Mess'"'. Edmund Knights, John Bonus Refuseing to Serve as 
Constables Mess"'. Thomas Child, John Gerrish were chosen Con- 
stabls in their room. 

Jonathan Townsend is chosen Constable of Boston for the 
district of Rumny Marsh. 

Soloman Phipps is chosen Constable of Boston for the District 
of IMuddy River. 

Votes for County Treasu''. being given in in writing were Sealed 
up and Commited to Constable Benj'', Brame to be by him deliv- 
ered to the next Court of Quarter Sessions for y*" County of 
Suffolke. 

[261.] Messures : Richard Keats, Silence Allen, Abraham 
Blish, Stephen Minot, «&; Robert Cumbey w'. chosen Surveyors of 
Highwayes. 

m'. Edward Tuthill is chosen Surveyor of Highwayes for Rumny 
marsh, 

Messures: Joshua Child,. Thomas Stedman & Edward Devotion 
are chosen Surveyors of Highwayes at muddy River. 

Mess''. David Langdon, Thomas Barnerd & Peter Wyer are 
chosen Fence veiwers within this Town. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 11 Oy^. 23 

Mess". William Ireland & Samuell Townseud are chosen Fence 
veiwers for Rumney marsb. 

Mess'''. Ralph Shepherd & John Winchester are chosen Fence 
veiwers for Muddy River. 

Mess". John Forland, Samuell Pearse, William Keen, John 
Kilbey, Joseph Royall, and John Coiner, were chosen clarks of 
the market. 

Mess". John Mary on, Sen^, Savill Simson and Joshua Lane 
were chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Mess". Samuell Lynd, William Gibbins, James Meeres, Daniell 
Ellin, and William Shipprevee w''. chosen Scavingers. 

Mess". Henry Cole, Isaac Maryon, Samuell Gra}', William 
Crow, Benjamen Emons Sen""., Jacob Fernside & James Thornbery 
are chosen Hogg Reeves. 

Mess". Jabish Negus, John Eustice & Samuell Bridge Sen'', are 
chosen measurer of boards & Timber. 

Mess". Samuell Johnson, Allexander Sherwood & Job Ingram 
are chosen measurers of Graine. 

Thomas Davise, Robert Shelston, Gabriel Warner & Ezekiell 
Gardener are chosen Cryers. 

Cap*. Timothy Clark is chosen Cannoneer. 

Elisha Hutchinson Esq""., Penn Townsend Esq'", and John Foster 
Esq'', together with the Overseers of the poor are chosen a coihittee 
to consider of what methode may be taken for imploying Ihe poor 
of the Town and to make report thereof at the next Gen'^ Town 
meeting. And that the Said committee consider what ma}- be done 
for the Lessening the charge of the Town and makeing the payment 
of rates more easie. 

The Select men together w*. m'", James Taylor Town Treasu"" 
are appointed to consider of Such bad debts owing to the Town 
which have been for some considerable time due and Standing in 
the Town Book, and are impowered to make Such abate'm' there- 
of as they Shall judg reasonable. 

m"". James Taylor is chosen Town Treasurer. 

m^ James Taylor is by the vote of the Town allowed fifteen 
pounds for his Service as Treasu"" for the year Last past. 

Messures Pen Townsend Esq. Majo'' Thomas Savage, Elizur 
Holyoke, Daniell Oliver & Cap'. Bozoon Allen are chosen a com- 
mittee to audit the Treasu". acco'^ for the year Ensueing. 

The Select men are desired to get the Water Engine for the 
Quenching of fire repaired, as also the House for keeping the 
Same in. 

[262.] In answere to the Petition of Susana Striker for the 
relief of her Son being Greviously Afflicted with the Stone. The 
Town by their vote do grant the Sum of Ten pounds to be drawn 
by the Selectmen to be paid out of the Town Treasury towards 
defrajdng the charge of cutting her Said Son of the Stone. 

It is Left to the Select men to order the repairing of the fortifi- 
cations within the Town, and to draw on the Town Treas. for de- 
fraying the charge thereof. 

The raiseing of money for defraying the Town charges deferred, 
unto the next Gen". Town meeting. 



24 City Document No. 137. 

For the more orderly choyce of persons to serve on Jnr3^es it is 
ordered, that the Select men do once a year present unto the Town 
a List of all persons whom they shall judg proper to Serve on 
Juryes. And at the Time of Such choj'ce the nomination shall be 
made out of the Said List and pro]30sed to the vote of the Town 
in order to their chuseing or refuseing the persons so nominated, 
and this methode to continue and be observed for the j'ear En- 
sueing. 

Voted that the Select men, do take care to procure and provid 
Two water Engines Sutable for the Extingusliing of fire, either by 
Sending for them to England or other wise to provide them for the 
use of this Town. 

May the 12*. 1702. At a Pubhck meeting of the Free holders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly qualified & 
warned according to Law, bein^' convened at the Town house did 
then and there Agree declare and chuse as followeth viz'. 

Penn Townsend Esq"", by the vote of the Town is chosen Mod- 
erater for this present meeting. 

M"". John White, Cap*. Andrew Belcher, Cap*. Samuell Legg & 
Cap*. Samuell Checkey are chosen by the vote of the Town to Serve 
for and represent them in the Great and Gen". Court or Assembly 
to be held on the 27"^. of May. 

m"". Robert Howard and m^ Thomas Fitch are chosen to Serve 
as Select men for the year Ensueing, the Said m''. Thomas Fitch 
declareing that he cannot attend the S*^. Service Maj"' Thomas 
Savage is chosen to Serve as Select man in his room. 

Samuell Haugh, John Souther, and Peter Wire are chosen con- 
stables for the year Ensueing, Peter Wire pleading his being 
sworn to the Office of Fence Viewer is by the vote of the Town 
Excused from Serveing as Constable for tliis year and M''. Edward 
Oaks is chosen to Serve as Constable in his room. 

Voted that the Province Bills of Credit Shall be accepted in 
payment as the Town Rates now to be granted. 

Voted that Three Overseers of the poor be added to the former 
M^ Simion Stoddard M"'. flrancis Thrasher and M"". Robert Calef 
are chosen to Serve as Overseers of the poor for the year 
Ensueing. 

[263.] Voted that the Sum of ninty pounds shall be paid out 
of the Town Treasury of the Stock now in hand towards procure- 
ing of materialls for Setting the poor at worke as the Overseeis ' 
of the poor shall direct. 

Voted that the Town watch be continued as formerly untill the 
Twentieth of June next and for one year thence next ensueing 
except such time in the Intrim as a Millitary watch be keept in the 
Town. 

Voted that the Sum of One Thousand pounds be assessed by 
the Select men on the Inhabitants & residents of this Town to be 
imployed in defraying the necessary charges of this Town for the 
year Ensueing, the charge of the watch being included. 

It being represented to this Town that as yet there hath been no 
Sufficient record made of the breadth of the Severall Streets and 



Boston To^tst Eecoeds, 1702. 25 

Highwayes belonging to the Town It is Voted that the Select men 
do cause the Same to be measm-ed and make a report thereof to 
the next Town meeting. 

For keeping in Repaire the Pumps, wells &c. w'^''. are or Shall 
be in the Towns Ground. 

Ordered that every House holder or others who are comonly 
known to malve use of any of the pumps, wells or Cisterns, Stand- 
ing or being in any of the Ground Streets or Highwayes belonging 
to this Town, for their Supply of watter for their Ordinar}- Oca- 
tions, every such person Shall allow and pay unto such of the 
Neighbourhood w^hom the Select men Shall appoint to receive the 
Same, Such proportionable Sum or Sums of money, as the Select 
men for the time being Shall Assess him or her to pay, for the 
keeping Such well Cestern or pump in repaire, and to be imployed 
to y*^ Said use. On pain that every Such person who shall neglect 
or refuse the payment thereof for the Space of Six dayes after the 
Same is demanded Shall forfeit and pay double the value of Said 
Sum, to the use of the poor of this Town. 

June the S^. 1702. At a Publick meeting of the Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly Qualified and 
warned according to Law, being convened at the Town House did 
then and there agree declare and chuse as followeth. 

Samuell Sewall Esq'', is chosen to be the moderator for this 
present meeting. 

Doctor Thomas Oaks is chosen to Serve as Representitive for 
this Town in the Gen^^ Assembly, in the room of Capt Andrew 
Belcher. 

[2S4.] January the 18"\ 1702. At a Publick Meeting of the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified and warned according to Law, being convened at the 
Town House did then and there agree declare and vote as followeth 
viz'. 

m''. Henry Dereing to be moderator for this meeting. 

It being proposed whether the New Bills of Credit now to be 
used in Publick payments of the Province, Shall be taken and ac- 
cepted by the Town Treasurer in payments of the Town Rate at 
the Advance and after the rate of five p' Cent more then the Value 
therein Exprest, and the Same to pass out in payments, at their 
exprest value without the Said Advance, according to the Practice 
of the Province Treasury. Voted in the Affirmative. 

Voted that the Select men do LIumbly Address His Excel'^^. the 
Governor that he will please to prevent the Trasportation of men 
out of the province. 

It being proposed to the Town for the regulateing of Funeralls 
and Lessening the Charge thereof. That dureing the present 
Sickness in the Town and untill furder order, that there be only a 
first and Second bell Tol'd at each Funerall, each bell not to ex- 
ceed the space of halfe a quarter of an hour. And that there be a 
Moderation in the prizes of Coffins, digging of Graves, and wages 
of Porters for carrying the corps, And also that there be two or 



26 City Document No. 137. 

three black cloatlis provided at the Town charge to Lay over the 
Corps, Voted that it be left with the Select men to act in the fora- 
ging perticulers respecting Funeralls, as they in prudence See meet.. 

Voted that the Select men do cause a pump to be placed in the 
Condit by the Dock nigh Wings Lane, at the Town Charge and for 
Publick use in case of Fire. 

Voted that the Select men do appoint Officers to Inspect & In- 
form against the breach of the Town orders, and to allow them a 
Competent reward for their Service at y® Town charge. 

At a Publick Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of Boston duly qualified & warned according to Law convened at 
the Town House y<^ 16 of Feb^^. 1702. 

Sam". Sewall Esq^, is Chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

Samuell Legg Esq^, Cap'. Samuell Checkley, Thomas Okes, Esq^ 
& Cap'. Ephraim Savage, are by the Majo"" part of the voters present' 
at this Meeting Chosen to Serve as Representitives to Serve at the 
Great and Gen". Court or Assembly appointed to be kept for Her 
Maj''*^'. Service upon "Wednsday the Tenth day of March next. 

[265.] March the 8«^. 1702/3. At a PubUck meeting of the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, duly 
qualified and warned according to Law, Being Convened at the 
Town House on the day abovesaid, did then and there Vote agree 
declare and chuse as followeth viz'. 

Pen Townsend Esq^ Chosen Moderator for this present meeting. 

The question being asked whether Assessors Shall be chosen 
distinct from the Select men, was voted in the Negative. 

Mesu''^ John Barnerd, John Marrion, Richd Draper, Joseph 
Prout, Robert Howard, Cap*. Timothy Clark, Daniell OUver, Coll. 
Thorn' Savage, Gyles Dyer Chosen to be Select men for y*^ year 
Ensuing. 

Joseph Prout chosen Town Clerk. 

Samuell Sewall Esq''. Samuell Lynd Esq'". Jeremiah Dummer 
Esq. M". Simion Stoddard, Edward Bromfeeld Esq. M''. Elizur 
Holyoke, M'. Rob'. Calef, M^ Francis Thrasher w". chosen Over- 
seers of the poor. 

M^ James Taylor chosen Town Treasurer, and upon his motion 
to be Excused from S*^. Office in his room was chosen 

Joseph Prout, Town Treasurer. 

John Marshall, David Farnum, Silence Allen, Thomas Thornton, 
Isaac Marryon, John Mountfort, Josiah Franckling, Samuell 
Bay ley, w"". chosen Constables. 

Edward Devotion chosen Constable at Muddy River. 

John Center Chosen Constable Rumny marsh. 

Jonathan Bill chosen Surveyor of the High wayes at Rumny 
marsh. 

Edward Tuthill, Thomas Marable chosen fence veiwers for 
Rumnj^ marsh. 

John Tuthill, Joseph Bill chosen Tithing men for Rumny marsh. 

Daniell Harris, William Sharp, Peter Bileston chosen Surveyors 
of Ilighwayes at Muddy River. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1702/3. 27 

John Devotion, Thomas Woodward w''. chosen fence veiwers for 
Muddy Eiver. 

Joseph White chosen Tithing man for muddy River. 

[260.] Cap'. Bozoon Allen, Joshua Gee, Samuell Bridge Sen'. 
Savill Simpson, John Goodwn Sen"", w^ chosen Surveyors of 
High waves. 

Peter Wier, Thomas Barnerd & Samuell Bridge w^ chosen fence 
Veiwers. 

Elisha Audl}^ Sen^ Mathias Smith, Pen Townsend jun^, Wil- 
liam Shepreeve, Samuell Earl, William Man w''. chosen Claiks of 
the Market. 

M'. John Marrion Sen"". James Maxwell & John Goff Sen', w^ 
chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Henry Emms, Daniell Morey, Edward Mortemore, Allexand"" 
Millar, Joshua Heneha chosen Scavengers. 

Samuell Gardener, Williams Gibbins, Hatter, & Thoms Harris, 
Cooper w"". chosen Hogg reeves. 

Jabez Negus, John Eustice & Samuell Bridge w'". chosen meas- 
urer of Boards & Timber. 

Cap'. Samuell Johnson, AUexander Sherwood & Job Ingram w"^. 
chosen Measured of graine. 

John Goodwin jun''. John Baker, William Shepreeve, Timothy 
Wadsworth, Thomas Hunt, Steven Minot, Elisha Webb, John 
Sables, Benjamen Pemberton, Edward Winslow, Joseph Belknap, 
William Welsted jun^ Henry Son of EkF. Bridgham, Samuell 
Marshall Sen"". John Forland, Bartho^^ Green w"". chosen Tithing 
men . 

Upon the Motion of m''. Thomas Okes he alledging that there is 
Lately Recovered of him Twenty-five Shillings as a rate formerly 
Assesed upon George Danson. Voted that S'^. M''. Okes be allowed 
the S'^. Suin of Twenty-five Shillings, to be p*^. him by the Treasu^ 

M^ Joseph Belknaps Motion ab'. Purchaseing or hireing a peice 
of the Towns Land next to his house. It is referred to the Select 
men to consider and make report what they think proper ab'. it at 
the next Town Meeting. 

Voted that the Select men do advise and pursue what the_y think 
proper to be done in Asserting & Secureing the Towns Intrest in 
the Blue Hill Lands at Brantry. 

Voted that M''. James Taylor be paid out of the Treasury of this 
Town the Suih of fifteen pounds for his Service as Treasurer for 
the year past. 

[267.] Voted that the Sum of Seven hundred pounds be raised 
as a Town rate and Assessed on the Inhabitants and Residents of 
this Town to be imployed in defraying the Necessary Charges 
arriseing w"'. in the Town & for the repairing the Highway on the 
neck Leading to Roxbury. 

Upon the Motion of m''. Francis Thrasher ab*. paveing Some 
bad place in the Neck, It is Left w'^. the Selectmen to agree w'^ 
him or Some other person ab'. the Same as they shall judg most 
convenient. 

Voted that the Select men do make Inquiry ab*. the Towns 
Lands and rents & Lay an Inventary thereof before the Town. 



28 City Document No. 137. 

At a Publick Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified and warned according to Law 
being convened at the Town House the 12"\ day of Aprill 1703. 
did then and there vote declare agree and chuse as followeth viz'. 

M''. Henry Dereing chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

m"". Nathaniell Oliver chosen to Serve as Comissioner to joyn w"^. 
the Select men or Assessors who made the valuation of the Estates 
in this Town the Last year to make a valuation of Polls and 
Estates as the Law now directs. 

M^ Danieli Oliver is chosen to Assist in s"^. worke in the room 
of m^. Robert Gibbs deceaced. 

Cap'. Timothy Clarke is chosen to assist therein, who being 
chosen thereunto the Last year (but being taken off upon other 
Publick Service) was diverted then. 

M''. Thomas Fitch is chosen to Serve as Select man in the room 
of M*". Eichard Draper, who refuseth to Serve. 

M'". Edward Proctor is chosen to Serve as a Clark of the market 
in the room of m^ William Sheppreeve. 

At a Publick meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to 
Law, being convened at the Town House the 27"^. da}' of aprill 
1703 Then and there was by vote declared agreed and chosen as 
followeth viz'. 

Pen Townsend Esq^ chosen moderator for this meeting. 

Voted that the Selectmen do take care to procure Some meet 
person to be an assistant to M^ Ezekiell Chever in the Government 
of the Lattin School! and to allow him a Sallery not exceeding 
forty-five pounds p' annum, untill farther Order from the Inhabi- 
tats, at Some other meeting. 

Samuell Legg Esq''. Cap'. Sam^^ Checkly, Thomas Okes Esq"". 
and Cap'. Ephraim Savage are Chosen to Serve as Representitives 
for this Tow at the Great & Gen^. Assembly. 

M"". John Eyres Barbour is chosen to Serve as Constable in room 
of M^ Isaac Marryon. 

[268.] Voted that four more persons be chosen to be Over- 
seers of the poor & to joyn w"\ those formerly chosen to Serve 
for y° 3'ear ensueing. 

M^ Henry Dereing, Cap'. William Clark, M^ Elias Heath & M^ 
John Borland are chosen to Serve as Overseers of the poor for the 
year Ensueing. 

M'. John E^'ers upon Sundry reasons by him oflfered to this 
meeting was by vote discharged from Serveing as Constable. And 
M"". John Ruck was Chosen in his room to Serve as Constable for 
the year Ensueing. 

Pen Townsend Esq^ Thomas Palmer Esq^ John Clark Esq'. ■ 
Cap'. Bozoon Allen, & M"'. Thorn' Bannister are Chosen to be a 
Committee to Audit the Treasu". Acco". 

June 1. At a Publick Meeting of the Free holders and other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly quallified and warned ac- 
cording to Law being convened at the Town-House the day afore- 



Boston Town Eeooeds, 1703/4. 29 

said did then and there chuse Vote declare and Agree as followeth 
viz'. 

Samuel Sewall Esq"". Moderator for this meeting. 

^r. Elizur Holyoke to Serve as Representitive in y^ room of 
Sam'^. Legg Esq''. 

Upon a debate ab'. y^ Settleing a Sallery upon an assitant to 
M^ Chever in the Governm'. of y^ Lattin School. Voted that the 
Same be referred to the determination of the next Town meeting, 
& that notice there of be incerted in the warrant for the calling 
Such meeting. 

M''. John Love is chosen to Serve as Constable in y^ room of M"". 
John Ruck for the year ensueing. 

June 25"\ At a Publick meeting of the Free holders and other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly quaUified and warned 
being convened this day did by vote declare as followeth. viz'. 

Coll. Penn Townsend is chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

The Town by their vote do declare their Approbation of M''. 
Nathaniell Williams to be an Assistat to m"^. Ezekiell Chever in 
Governing & Instructing the youth at the Lattin School. 

Voted that M^ Nathniel Williams be allowed the Suiii of 
Eighty pounds for the year ensueing in case he accept and pei-form 
the aforesaid Service. 

And it is Left to the Select men to agree w* him accordingly. 

[269.] March the 13"^. 1703/4. At a meeting of the Free 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly quaUi- 
fied and warned According to Law, being convened at the Town 
House on the day aforesaid, did then & there chuse, Vote, declare 
and Agree as followeth viz*. 

Pen Townsend Esq"" to be Moderator for this meeting. 

That the Overseers of the Poor have Liberty to procure Some 
meet person or persons to preach a Sermon to the persons in the 
Almes-House once every Saboth day dureing Such time as a com- 
petent number of persons are their confined and to defray the 
Charge thereof to the value of Ten Shillings for each Saboth 
(on w''^ a Sermon is there Preached,) out of the Town Treasury ex- 
cepting for Such Saboth dayes on which any of the Settled Min- 
isters of this Town Shall preach there. 

Agreed not to chuse Assessors distinct from the Select men. 

m^ John Marion, Joseph Prout, Daniel Oliver Cap'. Timothy 
Clark, John Barnerd, Gyles Dyer, Robert Howard, Coll. Thomas 
Savage, Thomas Fitch w'''^. chosen to Serve as Select men for the 
year ensueing. 

Joseph Prout to Serve as Town Clerk. 

Andrew Fanuel, Joseph Marriner, Daniel Wyborne, John Burn- 
ebee, William Brown, East Apthorp, John Pym, John Barbour are 
Chosen to Serve as Constables within y^ Town for the year En- 
sueing. 

Andrew Fanuel, William Brown and Joseph Marriner, Accepting 
to pay their fines for not Serveing as Constables. 

Samuell Baker, Thomas Hood & Thomas Newton w^ Chosen in 
their room. 



30 City Doctoient No. 137. 

Samuel Baker haveing p*^ his fine for not vServeing Constable 
Cap*. Roger Lawson is chosen Constable in his room. 

Thomas Newton & Thomas Hood upon reasons aleclged on then- 
be halfe are by Vote discharged from the Service of constables. 

Thomas Foster & Nicholas Buttolph w"". chosen to Serve as Con- 
stables in their Sted. 

Joseph Front is chosen to Serve as Treasuer for y^ year en- 
sueing. 

The Suin of fifteen pounds is granted unto Joseph Prout for his 
Service as Treasu'' for y'= year past. 

[270.] Thomas Bratle Esq^ Thomas Falmer Es_q^ Sara'i. 
Lynde Esq. Mesu" Simeon Stoddard, William Clark, Elias Heath, 
Cap'. Ephraim Savage, Elizur Holyoke, Henry Dereing, John 
Borland, Stephen Minot & William Welsted w^ chosen Overseers 
of the Foor for y^ year ensueing. 

The Several Officers chosen for the district of Eumny Marsh to 
Serve for the year ensueing are as foUoweth viz'. 

Thomas Berry to Serve as Constable. 

John Centre as Surveyor of Highwayes. 

Jonathan Bill, Elisha Tuthill, as Tithingmen. 

Jonathan Townsen, William Hasie, as Fence Veiwers. 

The Severall Oflicers chosen to Serve within the district of Muddy 
Eiver viz'. 

Ralph Shepherd to Serve as Constable. 

Feter Bileston as Surveyor of Highwayes. 

Samuell Clark, Samuell Aspinall, as Fence veiwers. 

Joseph White as Tithingmau. 

Severall more Offices to serve in this Town viz'. 

Thomas Barnerd, Feter Wirer, Samuel Bridge, to Serve as Fence 
Veiwers. 

Cap'. Timothy Clark, Timothy Wadsworth, Robert Howard, 
Daniel Oliver & Thom^ Fitch to Serve as Surveyors of Highwayes. 

Jonathan Loreing, Elisha Webb, Samuell Gardener, Henry 
Bridgham Son of y*^ Elder, Ebenezer Lowle, Jonathan Williams, to 
Serve as Clarks of y'^ market. 

William Jepson, John Goff, Joshua Lane, to Serve as Sealers 
of Lether. 

William Robie, Henry Emms, Joseph Squire Seth Smith, AUex- 
and"" Miller, Scavengers. 

Samuel Gardener, William Gibbins, Thomas Harris to Serve as 
Hog-reeves. 

[271.] Deacon John Barnerd, Jabez Negus, Samuell Bridge, 
Thomas Bernard to Serve as Measurers of Boards & Timb"". 

L' Samuell Johnson, Allexander Sherard & Job Ingram, to 
Serve as Measurers of graine. 

Henry Ingram as a Culler of Staves. 

Jonas Clark, Edward Proctor, Joseph Royal Saylmak% Benja- 
men Emmons, jun^, Daniell Fowning, Samuell Oker, Henry Brid- 
gam Son of Jonath", Edward Okes, Nathaniel Aires, John Bu- 
canan, Nicholas Sparry, John Cuneyball, Seth Dwight, William 
Tedman, John Adams, William Tilley to Serve as Tithingmen. 

Voted that the Selectmen Lay out one hundred pounds in pave- 



Boston Town Eecords, 1704. 31 

ing Such Places of the Streets as they shall judg most needful! & 
therein to have perticuler regard to the Highway nigh Old m" 
Stoddard's House. 

Elisha Cook Esq^, Collouoll Elisha Ilutchinson, Coll. Pen 
Townsend, Coll. Thomas Savage & Capt. Timothy Clark, are ap- 
pointed to be a Committee to veiw the Fortiflcatious of this Town, 
and Advise about the repaires thereof, and the Selectmen are to 
Expend thereon not exceeding the Suin of fifty pounds. 

Voted, that a New School House be build in Stead of the Old 
School House in w*^^^ m"" Ezekiell Chever Teacheth, and it is Left 
w*^ the Select men to get the Same accomplished, 

Voted that the Sum of Twelve hundred pounds be Assessed by 
the Select men on the Inhabitants and Estates of this Town, to be 
imployed in defraying the necessary Charges there of. 

Aprill 19"^. At a Meeting of the Free holders and other In- 
habit'^ of the Town of Boston duly Qualified and warned accord- 
ing to Law, being convened at the Town House on the lO"" day of 
Aprill, 1704, did then and there chuse vote agree and declare as 
f olloweth viz'. 

M"" Henry Dereing to be Moderater for this Meeting. 

M"" Thomas Jackson to Serve as Select man for the year ensue- 
ing. 

M^ Benjamen "Walker to Serve as an Overseer of y^ Poor in the 
room of Thomas Bratle Esq"". 

[272.] Mesu''\ Joseph Simpson, John Baker, & John Noyes 
to Serve as Constables for the ensueing year in y° room, of Mesu". 
Dan". Wyborn, John Barbor & Nich". Buttolph. 

M^ John Noyes refuseing to Serve & promiseing to pay his 
fine, M''. David Jess is Chosen to Serve as Constable in his Stead. 

Elisha Hutchinson Esq^, John Foster Esq^, Samuell Legg 
Esq''. Pen Townsend Esq". & Thomas Brattle Esq''. Are Chosen 
a Committee to Audit the Treasurers acco' for the year Ensueing. 

Mesu''^ Henry Dereing, Oliver Noyes, Stephen Minot, Richard 
Draper, Simion Stoddard, & William Anthram are Chosen to be 
a Committee, to Enquire into the best Expedient for the Asserting 
and maintaining the Towns Intrest in the flats Abutting on the 
Streets, Lanes & High wayes in this Town: And to Advise with 
the Select men there abouts. 

Voted that the Select men do in behalfe of this Town return 
thanks to m"". Francis Thrasher for his Service in Overseeing the 
Repaireiug the Almes House & yard & the fenceing the burying 
place and the Pound, & his manageing the paveing at the neck, 
and his Service as Overseer of the Poor, Like wise thanks to M^ 
Rob' Calef for his Servic: as an Overseer of y® Poor. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to Law, 
being convened at the Town House the fifteenth day of May Anno 
Domm' 1704 did then and there vote chuse and declare as f olloweth 
viz'. 

Pen Townsend Esq'', to serve as Moderator for this present 
meeting. 



32 City Document No. 137. 

Elisha Cook Esq''. Thomas Okes Esq^ Cap'. Ephraim Savage, 
Cap'. Sam'^ Checkley w"". chosen to Serve as Represeutives at the 
Gen". Court to be held on Wednsday the 31"' of May Curr'. 

M^ John Briggs grasier to serve as Constable for the year en- 
sueing, in y'^ room of m'^. Joseph Simpson. 

Elisha Cook Esq'", being present did declare unto the Assem- 
bly his non acceptance of the Service unto w'^'' he was now chosen. 

It being objected at this meeting that Sundry of the Inhabitants 
were with drawn & gon: It was Voted by the Maj'' part of those 
present, not to proceed to a new choyce of a Representitive at this 
meeting. 

[273.] At a meeting of the Free holders and other inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly quallified & warned according 
to Law, being convened at the Town House the 26* day of May 
did then and there chuse as followeth viz'. 

M^ Henry Bering to Serve as Moderator for this meeting. 

M"". Elizur Holyoke (was by the IMajor part of the voters present) 
chosen to Serve as their Representitive in the room of Elisha 
Cook Esq"". 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of Bos- 
ton duly quallified and warned, being convened the eleventh day 
of of September Anno Domm' 1704. 

Deacon John Marrion was chosen Moderator for S*^ meeting. 

Cap'. Nathanill Green junior was Chosen to Serve as Constable 
for the remayning part of the year ensueing in the room of M'. 
John Burneby who is gone on a voyage to Sea. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly quallified and warned according to Law 
being convened at the Town House in Boston the SO"' of Septemb''. 
1704 did then and there Chuse as followeth viz'. 

Cap'. Ephraim Savage moderator for S*^. meeting. 

M^ Thomas Godfrey to Serve in y"" oflfice of Constable for the 
remayning part of the year ensueing in the room of Cap'. Nathaniell 
Green who hath refused to Serve. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabit'^ of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned According to Law, 
being convened at the Town House the 12"' day of March 1704\5 
did then and there vote declare and chuse as followeth viz'. 

Pen Townsend Esq^ to Serve as Moderator for this meeting. 

Voted to chuse nine Select men for the year ensueing. 

Daniel Oliver, Thomas Fitch, Joseph Front, Thomas Jackson, 
John Barnerd, Timothy Clark, John Marrion, Elias Heath, Dan- 
iell Powniug were chosen to Serve as Select men for the year en- 
sueing. 

Joseph Prout to Serve as Town Clerk for y* year ensueing. 

Peter Hauksworth, John Langdon ^Sen"". Jonathan Jackson, 
Ezekiel Lewise, Eliah Adams, Thomas Salter, Elisha Webb, John 
Cookson were chosen to Serve as Constables for y*" year ensueing. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1704/5. 33 

Jxynathan Jackson, Ezekiell Lewise, Eliah Adams, and John 
Cookson declare their refusall to Serve as Constables & Samuel 
Gardener, Hopestill Foster, Benjameu Emmons jun'*. William 
Tilley were chosen to Serve as Constables in their room. 

[274.] William Tilley for Sundry reasons by him offered is 
by the Vote of the Town excused from the Service of Constable 
for the year eusueing unto w'^''. he was chosen. 

Severall Officers chosen to Serve for y^ District of Muddy 
Riv"^. viz'. 

Thomas Stedman to Serve as Constable. 

John Winchester jun''. John Ackers, Abraham Chamberline, 
Surveyors of Highwayes. 

John Sever, Benjamen White, Fence Veiwers. 

Joseph White, Samuell Aspinwall, Tithingmen. 

Robert Cumbey, John NichoUs, William Jepson, Samuell Barrat, 
John Dasset, Joseph Marshall, Samuell G-ray, Samuell Marrion, 
James Grant, Jonathan Wilhams, Josiah Biles Sen"". Nicholas 
Bow, Wigglesworth Switcher, James Williams, Edward Gray, 
John Clough were chosen to Serve as Tithing men for the year 
ensueing. 

Oficers chosen for the district of Rumny Marsh viz'. 

Jonathan Bill to Serve as Constable for y^ year ensueing. 

Elisha Bennet Surveyor of Highwayes. 

Edward Tuthill & Hugh Floyd for Tithing men. 

John Centre & John Floyd for Fence Veiwers for the year 
ensueing. 

Joseph Prout to Serve as Treasu"" for the year ensueing. 

Granted unto Joseph Prout the SuiS of fifteen pounds to be paid 
him out of the Treasury for his service as Treasurer for the year 
past. 

It being proposed to the Town whether they would chuse a 
Collecto to gether the rates, and the same was voted in the nega- 
tive. 

Voted that Robert Calef & Francis Thrasher be dischared from 
paying Intrest for the Sum of one hundred and Twenty pounds 
formerly put into their hands by the Overseers of the Poor. 

[275.] Simion Stoddard Esq''. Thomas Brattle Esq^ Thomas 
Palmer Esq"". Samuell Lyude Esq"". Cap'. Ephraim Savage Mesu". 
Elizur Holyoke Benjamen Walker, John Borland, Henry Dering, 
William Clark, Stephen Minot, & William Welsteed wer chosen 
Overseers of the Poor for the year ensueing. 

Cap'. Bozoon Allen, L'. Samuel Johnson, Joseph Belknap jun'. 
Benjamen Pembertou & Edward Wiuslow were chosen to Serve 
as Surveyors of the Highwayes of the year ensueing. 

Savill Simpson, William Paine Joyner, Samuell Haugh, Joseph 
Grant, John Eustice & Richard Gridley were chosen to Serve as 
Clarks of y^ market for y^ Ensueing year. 

Benjamen Emmons Sen^ Joshua Lane & William Jepson w'. 
chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for y*^ year ensueing. 

William Robie, Henry Emms, Joseph Squire, Seth Smith, & 
Alexand"^ Miller were chosen to Serve as Scavengers for y^ year 
ensueing. 



34 City Document No. 137. 

Samuell Bridge, Thomas Leveret, Sam". Thorn & William 
Shepreeve w""^. chosen to Serve as Hogreeves for y*' ensueing year. 

Samuell Bridge, Cap'. Thomas Barnerd, Peter Wire & David 
Langdon were chosen to Serve as Fence Veiwers for the year 
ensueing. 

Voted that m^ Nathaniell Williams be paid at the rate of 
Eighty pounds p Annum for his Service at the Lattin School for 
the year currant and for the year thence next ensueing. 

Voted that Elisha Cook Esq''. Elisha Hutchinson Esq"". & John 
Foster Esq^ be a Committee to treat and gree with Samuell Sewall 
Esq'', about purchaceing of him a peice of Land for the Enlarge- 
ment of the north Burying place. 

Elisha Cook Esq^ Elder Joseph Bridgham, Cap'. Ephraim Sav- 
age, Cap'. Bozoou Allen, & Cap'. Oliver Noyse are chosen a Com- 
mittee to consider and draw up what they shall thinck proper on 
the behalfe of this Town, to Lay before the G-en". Court at their 
next Sessions, relateing to a Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants 
of Muddy River who pray that they may be dismist from the Town 
of Boston: & become a Town Ship of themselves. 

[276.] For the preventing of Rams going with the Ewes out 
of due Season, within the District of Rumny Marsh. Ordered. 
That whosoever of the Inhabitants within the district aforesaid 
Shall finde or take up any Ram going with his or their Sheep, at 
any time from the tenth of August to the Tenth of November 
yearly. Such Ram Shall be forfeited to Such person so finding 
and takeing up the Same. 

May the 14'^ 1705. At a meeting of the free holders and other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and warned 
According to Law being convened at the Town House the day 
and year aforesaid, did then and there Vote chuse, and declare as 
followeth viz'. 

M^ John White to be moderator he not accepting Penn Town- 
send Esq^ to be the moderator for this meeting. 

William Briggs chosen to Serve as Constable for the year ensue- 
ing in the room of William Tilley, the said Briggs being present 
pleading his being Latly Imprest and haveing now his Servant in 
Her Maj''""' Service at the Castle in his room is by a vote of the 
Town dismist from Serveing as Constable for this year. 

Andrew Cunnigham is chosen to Serve as Constable for the 
year ensueing in the room of William Briggs, S^. Cunningham 
pleading a lameness in his Armes is by y'' vote of the Town Ex- 
cused from S'^ Service. 

Allexander Sherrar is chosen to Serve as Constable for the year 
ensueing he being present refuseth to Serve and promiseth to pay 
his fine. 

Joseph Hubbert is chosen to Serve as Constable for y^ year en- 
sueing & Sworn. 

M^ Thomas Cushing is chosen to Serve as Selectman for the 
year ensueing. 

Cap'. Samuell Checkley, M^ Thomas Okes, Cap'. Ephraim Sav- 
age, W. Elizur Ilolyok: chosen to Serve as Representitivcs of this 



Boston To^vn Eecords, 1705/6. 35 

Town in Gen". Assembly to be held the 30'^. of May Cnrr*. & so 
De Die in Diem. 

Voted that the Suin of One thousand pounds be Assessed by 
the Select men on the Inhabitants & Estates of this Town, for de- 
fraying the Necessary Charges Ariseing within the Same. 

Voted that the Committee Appointed in March Last to treat ab'. 
purchaceing a peiceof Land to Inlarge the North [277.] Burying 
place are impowered to treat & Agree as well with any other per- 
son (who hath Land convenient there) as w"*. Samuell Sewall 
Esq^ 

Voted that Thanks be returned to those Gentlemen, who served 
as Overseers of the Poor the last year for their Service therein. 
And that those of them who have begun S'^. Servic for this pres- 
ent year Viz'. Simion Stoddard Esq"". M"". Benjamen Walker, 
M^ Henry Dering, Thomas Palmer Esq^ M'. John Borland and 
M"^. William Welsteed are desired to continue in the S''. Service, 
And Gentlemen chosen to joyn with them as Overseers of the 
poor for the remaining part of the year ensueing in the room and 
stead of Thomas Brattle Esq'. Samuell Lynd Esq"". Cap'. 
Ephraim Savage M^ Elizur Holyoke, Cap'. William Clark & 
M^ Stephen Minot are as followeth viz'. 

M^ Francis Clark, M^ William Shepreeve, M''. John Marshall, 
M'. James Smith, M^ Abraham Blish, M'. John Pitts. 

Voted that Elisha Cook Esq^ Elisha Hutchenson Esq'. John 
Foster Esq'. Pen Townsend Esq'. Samuel Legg Esq'. & Thomas 
Brattle Esq', be a committee to Audit the Treasurers acco'. for 
the year ensueing. 

March the 11* 1705\6. At a meeting of the Freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and 
warned According to Law being convened at the Town House the 
day and year afore sayd did then and there Vote, chuse and de- 
clare as followeth, viz'. 

Samuell Sewall Esq', to Serve as Moderator for this present 
meeting. 

Voted that nine Select men Shall be chosen to Serve for the 
year ensueing. 

Voted that the Town will not chuse Assessors distinct from the 
Select men. 

Daniel Oliver, Thomas Cushing, Cap'. Thomas Fitch, Daniel 
Powning, Joseph Prout, John Barnerd, Thomas Jackson, Timothy 
Thornton, Samuell Greenwood to Serve as Select men for the year 
ensueing. 

next was read the Petition of Sundry of the Inhabit" of Rumny 
Marsh ab'. the building a meeting house there 

Voted to reasume the former vote ab'. assessors. 

Voted, not to Chuse Assessors distinct from y^ Select men. 

Joseph Prout to Serve as Town Clerk for y"" ensueing year. 

[278.] Jonas Clark, Peter Wear, William Antram, William 
Briggs, Jonathan Waldo, Edward Proctor, William Sutton, Joseph 
Wadsworth chosen to Serve as Constable for the year ensueing. 

M'. Joseph Wadsworth being present & declareing that he was 



36 City Docibient No. 137. 

this day imprest to Serve her Maj''" at the Castle where upon the 
Town by their Vote do discharge him from Serveing as Constable 
for the year ensueiug. 

Joseph Prout is chosen to Serve as Treas''^ for the year en- 
sueing. 

It being put to Vote whether the Town would chose a Collector 
for gathering the rates for the year ensueing and it being called in 
question on which Side the Vote was. It was agreed to put the 
Same to vote againe, & after much debate It was concluded not to 
Chuse a Collector. 

Officers chosen to Serve within & for the district of Eumny 
marsh for the year ensueing viz'. 

Jonathan Eustice to Serve as Constable. 

John Floyd to Serve as Surveyer of y"" Highwayes. 

Francis Love & William Hasie to Serve as Fence Veiwers. 

John Chamberline & Jonathan Townsend to Serve as Tything- 
men, 

Elisha Cook Esq^ Elisha Hutchenson Esq'. Samuell Sewel 
Esq''. Penn Townsend Esq'. & EkF. Joseph Bridham are apointed 
a Committee to consider and make report at the next Town meet- 
ing of what they shall think proper to Lay before the Town 
relating to the Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of Rumny 
marsh ab'. the building of a meeting House there 

Elisha Cook Esq^ Elisha Hutchenson Esq"". Samuell Sewall 
Esq"". Pen Townsend Esq''. John Foster Esq"". Edward Bromfeeld 
Esq^ Elder Joseph Bridgham & Cap'. Timothy Clark are ap- 
pointed a Committee to Examine & consider the State of the Almes 
& Worke House and to make report to the next Town meeting of 
what they Shall think proper for the management thereof for y' 
year ensueing. 

Cap*. John Ballentine, Thomas Banister Sen'". Samuell Phillips, 
Joshua Gee & Francis Thrasher to Serve as Surveyors of High- 
wayes for y*" year ensueing. 

[279»] Ephraim Hunt, Robert Howard, Joshua Winsor, Ben- 
jamen Gibson, Richard Proctor, James Gooch, Robert Butcher, 
L*. Nathaniell Holmes, Nathaniell Henchman, John Ruck, John 
Cotta Sen"". Samuell Jackliu, William Man, L'. Samuell Johnson, 
Joseph Hill, Henry HUl were chosen to Serve as Tythingmen for 
the year ensueiug. 

IVP. Robert Howard being present & alledging that he was but 
few years before chosen to that Service he is by the Town vote 
excused for this year & M'. Joseph Russell is chosen to Serve as 
Tythingman in his room. 

Robert Gutredge, sen"". John Brick, John Cotta jun''. Ichabod Wil- 
liston, Robert Calef jun''., & Dauiell Loreing are chosen to Serve 
as Clarks of the Market for the year ensueing. 

John Atwood, Savill Simpson, Silence Allen & William Jepson, 
are chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for the year ensueiug. 

John Allen, James Meers, William Keen, Thomas Clark & 
John Bucanan as Chosen to Serve as Scavingers for the year 
ensueing. 

John Oliver Cooper, Ambrose Vincent, Joseph Squire, Thomas 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1706. 37 

Snow & David Norton to Serve as Hoggreeves for y® year en- 
sueing. 

Cap'. Thomas Barnerd, Samuell Bridg, David Langdou & John 
Eustice are chosen to Serve as Fence Veiwers for y'' year eusueing. 

Voted that M^ Nathaniell Williams be allowed the Same Sal- 
lery for his Service as School master for the year ensueing as for 
y<= year Last past. 

Allexander Seers, Samuell Bridge, John Eustice, Cap'. Thomas. 
Barnerd & John Parker to Serve as measurers of board Timb"". 
and Plank for the year ensueing. 

L'. Samuel Johnson, John Green Cooper, Barrat Dyer and 
Joseph Briscow Sen^ to Serve as measurers of grain. 

Voted that Thanks be returned to the Overseers of the poor for 
their Service the Last year, and the Town by their Vote do desire 
them to Continue in that Service untill the next Town Meeting. 

It being pleaded on the behalfe of Peter Wear that his Serveing 
as Constable for the ensuing year under the present Circumstances 
of his family would prove extreamly prejudiciall to him, upon w"^ 
the Town by their Vote do excuse him from that Service for the 
year eusueing. 

Voted that the filling up of Constables be deferred untill the 
next Town meeting. 

Votes w'' given in for a County Treasurer & delivered to the Con- 
stable. 

[280.] March the 29* 1706. At a meeting of the Free 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, duly qualified 
and warned According to Law, being convened at the Town-House, 
the day and year aforesaid did then and there Vote agree declare 
and chuse as followeth viz'. 

Pen Townsend Esq'', to be the Moderator for this present 
meeting. 

Voted that Seven persons Shall be chosen to Serve as Overseers 
of the Poor and to mannage the affaires of the Almes & work 
House for the year ensueing in the like methode as the Same was 
managed in the Last year. 

Simien Stoddard Esq''. Thomas Palmer Esq^ Messu''^ John 
Borland, John Pitts, Henry Dering, Francis Clark & William 
Welsteed are chosen to Serve as Overseers of the Poor for the 
year ensueing. 

Voted the reasumeing the Vote of the Town at the Last meet- 
ing referring to the not Chuseing of Assessors Distinct from the 
Select men. 

Voted that Assessors for apportioning the Province Tax for this 
year, be chosen distinct from the Select men. 

Voted that five persons Shall be chosen Assessors. 

Samuel Lynd Esq''. Cap'. Timothy Clark, Cap'. Thom^ Hutch- 
inson, Messur'^^ Isaiah Tay & James Barnes are chosen to Serve 
as Assessors of the Province Kates & Taxes for the year ensueing. 

Henry y*= Son of Eld''. Bridgham, Seth Dwight and Benjamen 
Simpson are chosen to Serve as Constables for the year eusueing 
in the room of Joseph Wadsworth, Jonathan Waldo & Peter 
Wear who are excused from that Service. 



38 City Document No. 137. 

Voted the reasumeing the Vote of the Last meeting referring to 
the choyee of a Collector. 

Voted that there Shall be a Collector or Collectors chosen to 
collect the Province Tax for the year ensueing. 

Voted that One Collector be chosen & the Same to be done by a 
Paper Vote. 

M^ Samuell Bridge is chosen to Serve as Collector of the Prov- 
ince Rates & Taxes for the year ensueing, and it is left with the 
Select men to agree with him for such Suih or Suiiies as they shall 
judg to be a Sutable reward for his S*^ Service. 

Voted that One hundred Pounds be Assessed on the Inhabitants 
& Estates of this Town and Laj-d out in paveing the mayn Street 
twarsds or Leading to the South end of the Town & fifty pounds 
more in paveing at the Lower end of the Town House, & that 
eleven hundred & fifty pounds more be in like manner raised for- 
defraying the other charges of the Town. 

[281..] Voted that the Suiii of fifteen pounds be paid out of 
the Treasury unto Joseph Proutfor his Service as Treasurer in the 
Last year. 

Henry Hill is by Vote excused from Serveiug as Tythingman 
for this year, it being aledged that he hath been this year im- 
pressed to Serve Her Majt'*^ at the Castle. 

Samuel Jackling & Joshua Winsor aledging Infirmity of Body, 
and L'. Sam". Johnson & Robert Butcher aldging their being un- 
der Oath in other offices in y" Town yet not with standing the 
Town by their Vote do refuse to excuse either of them from Serve- 
iug as Tythingmen for the year ensueing. 

John Barbour and John Cookson are chosen to Serve as Tything- 
men in the room of John Ruck and Joseph Russell who have fined. 

Obediah Proctor is chosen to Serve as Tything-man in the room 
of William Man who bath fin'ed. 

Thomas Peck is chosen to Serve as Tythingman in the room of 
James Gooch who hath fin'ed. 

Soloman Kneeland is chosen to Serve as Tything-man in the 
room of Henry Hill. 

The Committee appointed at the Last meeting to consider and 
make report at this meeting of what they Shuld thinck proper to 
Lay before the Town relating to the Petition of Sundry of the In- 
habitants of Rumny marsh ab'. the building of a meeting house 
there Siguifieing that they are not fully prepared to make report 
thereof they are continued in that Service untill the next meeting. 

And the Gentlemen of the S*^ Committee together w"' John Fos- 
ter Esq'". Edward Bromfeeld Esq"'. & m''. Henry Dering are ap- 
pointed a Committee to consider and make report at the next Town 
meeting of what they shall thinck proper relateing to m"". Derings 
motion made for Suppressing & preventing of fire. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabit'' of the Town 
of Boston duly qualified and warned According to Law, being 
convened at the Town House the 14"' day of May 1706 did then 
and there by their Vote declare and Chuse as followeth viz'. 

Samuell Sewall Esq'', to Serve as Moderater for y* meeting. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1706. 39 

ColP. Samuel Checkley, M"". Elizur Holyoke, M"". Thomas Okes, 
& Cap'. Ephraim Savage to Serve as Representitives for this 
Town at the Geu^^. Assemb to be held the 29"\ of May curr'. & So 
De Die in Diem. 

[282.] June the 10* 1706. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabit'^ of the Town 
of Boston duly qualified and warned According to Law being con- 
vened at the Town House the day and year above said did then and 
there by their vote agree declare and chuse as foUoweth viz'. 

Cap'. Ephraim Savage to be the Moderator for this meeting. 

Voted that that the Committee formerly appointed ab'. a meeting 
House at Rumuy marsh be continued & to make report thereof at 
the next Publick meeting in March. 

Voted that the Committee formerly appointed to consider ab' the 
Suppressing of fire are continued untill march : meeting, unless 
they are prepared to make their report at any Publick Town meet- 
ing w'^'' shall be in the Intrim. 

M^ Elias Heath, Cap'. Thomas Hutchenson, M^ James Barnes 
& Cap'. Timothy Clark, are chosen to Serve as Select men for the 
year ensueing : in the room of M"". Timothy Thornton, Cap'. Thomas 
Fitch, & M'. Thomas Jackson and M'. Samuel Greenwood, who 
being chosen to S"^ Office have refused to Serve. 

Voted, that a Committee be apointed to Consider of what shall 
be needfull to be done about Fortifieing the Town fox its defence 
against the Enemie : and that the S^ Committee do make appli- 
ciition to his Excellencey the Governor for his Approbation therein. 
And to make report to the next Town meeting of what they Shall 
thinck proper to to Lay before the Town relating thereunto. 

Elisha Cook, Esq''., Elisha Hutchinson Esq^ Penu Townesend 
Esq"". , ColP. Samuell Checkley, & Cap'. Oliver Noyes are chosen 
to be of S*^ Committee. 

Voted that the S"^ Committee do also make report to the next 
Town Town meeting of what they Shall thinck proper to be done 
for Secureing the Powder within this Town. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified and warned According to Law, 
being convened at the Old meeting House in Boston afore said the 
12"^ day of June Anno Dom\ 1706 did then and there agree, con- 
clude & declare as followeth viz'. 

Elder Joseph Bridgham to be moderator for this meeting. 

That where as the Committee appointed by the Town (at their 
last meeting on the lO"' of June Curr'.) to Consider of what Shall 
be thought needfull to be done about Fortifieing this Town for its 
defence against the Enemie, and to make Application to his Excel- 
lency y^ Gov^ for his approbation therein, and to make report to 
the next Town meeting of what they think proper to Lay before 
the Town relating thereunto, The w'='' Committee haveiug now 
Signified to the Town that they haveing accordingly Applyed them- 
selves to his Excellency. [283.] The Governor who was 
pleased to Signifie unto them his Free Approbation and Consent 



40 



City Document No. 137'. 



that the Inhabitants of Boston Should proceed to Fortifie the S*^ 
Town for then- better Security, according to the proposalls by them 
made and now presented to the Town meeting and are as foUow- 
eth viz'. 

A projection for the carrying out the nortli Battrey 120 foot in 
length and forty foot in breadth & 18 foot to high water marke 
viz'. 

To Timber . 

Planck for the platform 

Spikes & Iron worke 

Timber for y^ Parepit 

Labour &.Some Stone 

Repaireing the South Battery in the ) 
Platforms and Carryages j 

For a Fortification at the neck . 
Recruiting the field Carryages . 
Sundry disburstments 

£:800 



£200 




£ .20 




£ .30 




£ .50 




£ 150 






£450 


. 


£ 100 


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£200 


. 


£ .20 


. 


£ .30 



After Some debates at the S*^. Town meeting ab'. the premisies, 
they proceeded to pass the following votes viz'. 

Voted that the Sum of one Thousand pounds money be assessed 
on the Inhabitants and Estates within this Town to be layd out in 
Fortifieing the Town in manner afore S*^. 

Voted that the Town will choose Seven persons to be a Commit- 
tee to manage the S'' affaire. 

Voted the Thanks of this Town to the -S*^ Committee for what 
they have already done for the Town ab'. the premisies and that . 
they viz'. Elisha Cook Esq""., Elisha Hutchenson Esq^, Pen 
Townesend Esq^, ColP. Samuel Checkley, and Cap'. Oliver Noyse 
together with Thomas Brattle, Esq""., and Cap'. Timothy Clark, 
are the persons nominated and chosen to be the Committee to 
mafiage the alf aires of the Fortifications as afore S*^. 

Voted that the S*^ Committee may at their discretion improve 
Some part of the aforesaid Suin, in preparations to make Some 
defence upon Noddles Iseland. 

Voted that the Said Suin of One thousand pounds, and the Suin 
formerly granted by the Town for defraying the other necessary 
Charges arriseiug within the Same be Speedily apportioned and 
collected, and that the first of S*^ money So collected Shall be im- 
proved for the S'^ Fortifications, and that the S'' Committee are 
desired to be Speedy in their Endevours to Set ab'. S"^ worke. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified and warned according to Law, be- 
ing Convened at the Town house the 21"' day of October, 1706, 
did then and there agree conclude and declare as followeth, viz'. 

Cap'. Thomas Fitch to Serve as moderator for this meeting. 
Elisha Cook Esq'. John Foster Esq''. Thomas Brattle Esq"^. 
m^ William Harrise & Cap'. Thomas Fitch or any three of them 



Boston Totvtst Kecords, 1706/7. 41 

meeting to Attend S^. Service, are appointed to Audit the Treas- 
urers acco'. for this present year upon the report made to y'^ Town 
by y" Coniittee for Fortifications. 

[284.] Voted that the Inhabitants of this Town will pro- 
ceed to grant a further Supply of money for the Secureing & fin- 
ishing the wharlTs already begun and placed att Merryes Poynt, 
and for the Fortification to be placed there. And also for Some 
Additionall wharfe to face the old wharfe where the guns formerly 
Stood, in order to improve the Same for an income to the Town., 

Voted That one Thousand pounds money be Assessed on the In- 
habitants and Estates within this Town to be laid out on y^ 
Wharffs and Fortification at Merryes Poynt, & y^ Same to be Ap- 
portioned w"^ y*' next T. Rate. 

March 10. At a Meeting of the Free holders and otlier Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and warned According 
to Law, being convened at the Old meeting house the 10"\ day of 
March Anno Domm' 1706\7 did then and there Vote, Agree, de- 
clare and chuse as followeth viz'. 

Pen Townsend Esq'', the Moderator for this present meeting. 

Voted That Assessors Shall be chosen distinct from the Select 
men. 

Voted that nine Select men Shall b'e chosen to Serve for the 
year ensueing. 

Voted that M"". Stephen Minot, M^ Abraham Blish, Cap'. Thomas 
Hutchinson, M' Daniel Oliver, Cap'. Timothy Clark, M". Francis 
Thresher, M"". Daniel Powniug, M^ Thomas Gushing, and Joseph 
Prout are the persons chosen to Serve as Select men. 

Voted that Seven Assessors be chosen to Apportion the Rates & 
Taxes on S^ Town for the year ensueing. 

M^ James Barnes, M'. John Marrion, M"". Thomas Walker, M^ 
Richard Draper, Cap'. Thomas Fitch, M^ Edward Martine, & M^ 
Joshua Gee are the persons Chosen to Serve as Assessors for the 
year ensueing. 

Voted that M"". John Marrion for reasons by him given is ex- 
cused from Serveiug as Assessor for thee year ensueing. 

Voted that M^ Robert Calef Serve as Assessor in the room of 
M"". John Marrion. 

Joseph Prout he is chosen to Serve as Town Clark for y'' year 
ensuend and also he is chosen to Serve as Treasurer for the ensue- 
ing year.. 

James Collison, Cap'. Gilbert Bant, Thomas Verine, Ebenezar 
Lowel, Ezekiell Cleesbee, Robert Gutridge Sen"". John Dolbeer & 
John Frizzell w"". chosen to Serve as Constables for the year en- 
sueing. 

Cap'. Gibert Bant & John Dolbeer declareing their refusall to 
Serve as Constables & promiseing to pay their fine for not Serve- 
ing m'. Jonathan Belcher & James Lablond w^ chosen in their 
Room. 

Mesu". Jonathan Belcher, John Frizzell & James Lablond re- 
fusing to Serve as Constables & promiseing to pay thier fines. 

Paul Collings, Thomas Banister jun"". & Edward Grey w'. 
chosen to Serve in their Roome. 



42 City Document No. 137. 

[285.] Paul CoUiugs, & Edward Gray refuseiug to Serve as 
Constables & promiseing to pay their Fines, Samuel Salter & 
Jonathan Loreing w'' chosen to Serve in their room. 

Voted that Seven Overseers of the Poor Shall be chosen. 

Voted thanks of this Town to the former Overseers of the Poor 
for their Service in the year past. 

Simion Stoddard Esq^ Thomas Palmer Esq'^. M"". Henry 
Bering, M^ John Pitts, & INI"-. William Welsteed, M^ Thomas 
Banister & M^ John Ruck are chosen to Serve as Overseers of 
the Poor for the 3'ear ensueing. 

Simion Stoddard Esq^ M'. John Pitts & M^ Henry Bering 
having Signified their refusall of Serveing as Overseers of the 
Poor. 

M^ William Harris: M". John Bolt & Cap'. Samuell Keeling w'^ 
chosen in their room to Serve as Overseers of the Poor. 

Notice being given that some others who were chosen as above 
as Overseers of the Poor would not Serve the Town proceeded to 
chose. 

M''. Benj*. Pemberton & M'. Ezekiell Lewise to Serve as Over- 
seers of the Poor in their room. 

Votes brought in for County Treasurer and being Sealed up w"^ 
delivered to Consta William Antram by him to be delivered to 
be the Q'. Sessions. 

Samuell Clark, John Wilson, Soloman Blake, John Eustice, 
Barrat Byer, John Carey, Nathan" Balston, Bavid Colson, 
John Aires, Jonath'^. Mountfort, John Combs, John Rogers, 
Ezekiell Walker, Nicholas Boon, John Allen Cooper, Samuell 
Beming w'' Chosen to Serve as Tythingmen for the year ensueing. 

William Cleer, .James Hawkins, Benjamen Gibson, Soloman 
Kneeland, Eneas Salter, Sam". Green Barbour, to Serve as Clarks 
of y^ market for the year ensueing. 

Mes"". Timothy Lendall, Thomas Salter, William Tilley John 
Colman, & Samuell Greenwood, jun'^., to Serve as Surveyors of 
the Highwayes. 

Silence Allen, Joshua Lane, William Jepson, Thomas Thornton, 
to Serve as Sealers of Lether. 

Cap'. Thoinas Barnerd, Bavid Langdon, Samuell Bridge, John 
Eustice to Serve as Fence Veiwers. 

AUexauder Seers, John Eustice, Samuell Bridge Cap'. Thomas 
Barnerd and John Parker to Serve as Measurers of board plank 
& Timber. 

L'. Samuell Johnson, John Green, Cooper, Barrat Byer & 
Joseph Briscow Sen"^. to be measurers of Graine. 

John Maning, Henry Mattox, John Corser, James Pearson and 
Richard Keats are chosen to Serve as Hogreeves. 

[28^.] Hugh Floyd is chosen to Serve as Constable for the 
district of Rumny Marsh. 

Hugh Floyd being present & upon pleas by him made is by the 
vote of the Town Excused from Serveing as Constable for the 
year ensueing. 

Jonathan Eustice chosen Surveyors of High wayes at R. marsh. 

John Waite & Thomas Barry to Serve as fence Veiwers. 



Boston Toayn Eecoeds, 1707. 43 

Cap'. Elisba Beunet & Jonathan Bill Sen^ to Serve as Tyth- 
iug men. 

The Choyce of a Constable for Rumny marsh is defferred untill 
the next Town meeting. 

Voted that the Committee ab' the Petition of Severall of the In- 
habitants of Rumny marsh ab' building a meeting House there, 
be continued and desired furder to prepare and make report of 
what they thinck proper to offer in that affaire unto next Gen^ 
meeting of this Town. 

Voted that the Sura of One hundred pound be raised and 
Assessed on the Inhabitants & Estates in this Town, to be added 
to the hundred pounds Raysed y'' Last year, & to be layd out in 
paveing the maine Street towards & Leading to the South end of 
this Town. 

Voted the raiseing of money to defray the other Necessary 
Charges of this Town be deferred untill the next Town's meeting. 

Voted that W. James Meers, John Allen, William Keen, Thomas 
Clark & John Bucanan to Serve as Scavingers. 

May 12 At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified, and warned according 
to Law, being convened at the Town House the 12"^ day of 
May Anno Domm' 1707 did then and there Vote agree and chuse 
as foUoweth viz'. 

Voted that Cap'. Timothy Clark Shall be the Moderator for this 
present meeting. 

Voted that the Town will proceed to chuse four Representitives. 

ColP. Samuell Checkley, M'. Elizur Holyoke, Docf. Thomas 
Okes, Cap'. Ephraim Savage are by the Majority of Electors 
present chosen to Serve as Representitives for S'' Town at the next 
Gen" Assembly to be held y« 28"^ of May Curr'. & So De Die in 
Diem &c. 

M''. Tliomas Walker who being before chosen to Serve as one 
of the Assessors to apportion the Rates and Taxes for the year 
Ensueiug and hath not as yet declared his Acceptance of S'^ Office, 
doth now in the Publick Town meeting declare his acceptance 
there of, & that he will tak: y^ oath as dh-eeted by Law. 

Samuel Lynde Esq''. & m'". Beujamen Walker are chosen to 
Serve as two the Assessors for the year ensueing in the room of 
Cap'. Thomas Fitch & m^ Robert Calefe, who have declined S*^ 
Service. 

Voted the continuance and Support of the Select watch for the 
year ensueiug, in like manner as it now is, with Submision to his 
Excellency the Governor as to his allowance & direction ab' the 
continuance there of. 

Voted that what money Shall* by the Selectmen judged needfull 
to defray the the Charge of S'' watch for the year ensueing Shall 
be Levyed on the Inhabitants of this Town in manner as the Law 
directs, provided the Same exceed not the Sume of Three hundred 
pound. 

[2 8 To] Voted that the Sume of Thirteen hundred pounds 
Shall be Assessed on the Inhabitants and Estates of this Town to 



44 City Document No. 137. 

be improved for the reliefe of the poor and the defraying other 
necessary es ariseing in and for S*^ Town. 

John Tuthill Sen'', is chosen to Serve as Constable for the dis- 
trict of Rumny Marsh for the year ensueing in the room of Hugh 
Floyd, who being befor chosen to that Service was excused. 

Upon a motion of Severall persons who have formerly Served 
as Select men of this Town given in writeing and being read, re- 
qusting that the Inhabitants of this Town, and the Gentlemen of 
the Committee for the persons claiming propriety in the Blue HiUs 
& wast Lands at Brantree, would agree unto the choyce of a 
competent number of Indifferent and juditious persons to be a 
committee to hear and Consider of what may be Alledged on the 
behalfe of of the S'^ persons claimeing propriety and also on the 
behalfe of all the Inhabit'' of S'^ Town relateiug to their claime 
unto the afore S*^ Lands, and to give their couucell and advice 
in order to the putting an Isue to all controversies ab' the 
Same, and to present Such their advice to the next Town meeting. 

Voted an agreement that Such Committee be chosen. 

Voted that it be left w* the Select men on the behalfe of this 
Town to agree with the S*^ Gentlemen in the choyce of Such com- 
mittee as aforesaid. 

Voted that the Suin of fifteen pounds be paid out of the Treas- 
ury unto Joseph Prout for his Service as Treasurer in the Last 
year. 

Elisha Cook Esq^ John Foster Esq^ Thom' Brattle Esq^ 
M''. Will"* Harrise & Cap'. Thomas Fitch, or any three of them 
meeting to attend S*^ Service, are appointed a Committee to audit 
the the Treasu". acco" for this present year. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to Law be- 
ing convened at the Town House the 29* day of Decemb'' 1707, 
did then and there agree Vote and chuse as followeth viz'. 

Voted that Elder Joseph Bridgham be y^ Moderator of this 
meeting. 

Voted that five Trustees be chosen to joyn w"" the Comissioner 
for makeing a valuation of the Ratable Estate of this Town as 
the Law directs. 

Voted that Elisha Cooke Esq', be the Comisioner to Attend the 
S'^ Service. 

Voted that M^ John Mico, Cap'. Thorn' Fitch, M^ Samuell 
Marshall, M^ Samuel Johnson & M^ Sam" Plumar be the Trus- 
tees to joyn with the S'^ Coiiiisioner in the aforesaid Service. 

Voted that the Select men are desired to prepare a List of all 
the Rents belonging to the Town with the names of the persons to 
whom any of the Townes Lands &c are Lett, & the time when 
their respective Leases will Expire, and also of any Lands &c 
blonging to the Town in the Occupation of any perticular person 
who doth not pay yearly rent for the Same. 

Voted that it be left with the Select men to treat w"* Such per- 
sons who Shall Offer to take the Land & Secure and maiutaine 
the high way on the Neck lieing between M^ John Bennet' Pasture 



Boston Town Records, 1707/8. 45 

& the Old Fortification, and to hear and consider of their pro- 
posalls and terms On which they will undertake the Same, & to 
make report thereof at y® next meeting. 

Yoted that the Select men do Consider of M''. Henry Derings 
proposalls Ab' Erecting a building to be improved for Severall 
Offices, and also for Carrying out a wharf below the Town House 
Street, and to offer their thoughts ab' y" Same to the Next Town 
meeting. 

[288.] At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabit'^ 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified and Warned According to 
Law, being convened at the Town House the 8'^^ day of March 
1707/8 did then and there Vote, agree, determine and Conclude 
as followeth, viz'. 

Elder Joseph Bridgham to be the Moderator for this Meeting. 

Elisha Cook Esq"", who was chosen Comissoner at the Last 
meeting being present did declare to the Town that the five Trus- 
tees who w"" then chosen to joyn with him in makeing a valuation 
of the Ratable Estates of this Town have all of them Signified to 
him their refuseall to attend the S"^ Service. 

Voted that Assessors be chosen distinct from y^ Select men. 

Voted that Seven Select men be chosen to Serve for y® Ensueing 
year. 

Joseph Front, Daniel Oliver, Daniel Pouning, Thomas Cushing, 
Stephen Minot, Francis Thresher, Cap'. Oliver Noyes were chosen 
to Serve as Select men for the year ensueing. 

Voted that Seven Assessors Shall be chosen. 

Thomas Walker, James Barnes, Cap'. Thorn' Hutchinson, 
Rich"^ Draper, Samuel Marshall, Jonas Clarke, Robert Cumbey 
were Chosen to Serve as Assessors for y^ year ensueing. 

Joseph Front to Serve as Town Clerk for y^ year ensueing. 

Joseph Front to Serve as Town Treasu'' for y"" year ensueing. 

Messu" Edward Hutchinson, Spencer Fhipps, John Legg, Joseph 
Wadsworth, Jeremiah Dummer, Jun''. Anthony Stoddard, William 
Hutchinson, Charles Sheppreeve were chosen to Serve as Con- 
stables for y^ year ensueing. 

Messu'"" Robert Calef, jun"". James Bodwin, Ebenezar Clough, 
James Grant, Robert Hilton, William Foy were Chosen to Serve 
as Constables in the room Mess" Charles Shippreeve, John 
Legg, Anthony Stoddard, Edward Hutchinson & Joseph Wads- 
worth who have declared their refuseall to Serve, and of M^ 
Jeremiah Dummer who upon reasons by him given is by y^ Vote 
of the Inhabitants at this Meeting is excused from S*^ Service for 
ye ensueing year. 

Officers Chosen for Rumny Marsh : viz'. 

Francis Laive Constable. 

Joseph Belcher Surveyor of Highwayes. 

John Floyd, Jonath° Eustice Fence Veiwers. 

Thomas Berry, Thomas Prat, Tythingmen, were chosen to Serve 
m their Respective Offices for the year ensueing, 

[289.] Messu''' Richard Proctor, Nicholas Boon, Samuel 
Burnel, jun^ John Wilson, James Smith, Simon Daniel were 
chosen to Serve as Clerks of the Market for the year ensueing. 



46 City Document No. 137. 

Messu" William Antram, Adinah Bulfinch, Eliah Adams, Cap'. 
Richard Gridley, John Foreland, John Greenongh were chosen to 
Serve as Surveyors of the Hiwayes for y'' year ensueing. 

Messu" Silence Allen, John Goff, Joshua Lane, Elisha "Webb 
were chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for the year ensueing. 

Messu" John Aires, John Goff, jun''. Solomau Blake, John 
Eustice, Barrat Dyer, John Carey, Nathan" Balston, David Cole- 
son, Samuel Clark, Jonath" Monntfort, John Coombs, John 
Broccus, Ezekiel Walker, John Brown, John Allen, Sam" Dem- 
ming w'' chosen to Serve as Tythingmen for the year ensueing. 

Messu" Samuell Bridg, David Langdon, Cap'. Thomas Barnerd, 
John Eustice were chosen to Serve as Fence veiwers for the year 
ensueing. 

Messu" Allex'' Seers, John Eustice, John Parker, Samuel Bridge 
Cap'. Thom' Barnerd & w"^ chosen to Serve as Measurers of 
Boards & Timber for the year ensueing. 

L' Samuell Johnson, Barrat Dyer, John Green Cooper, Joseph 
Briscow were chosen to Serve as Measures of Graiue for the 
year ensueing. 

Messu" John King, Edward Richards, Winsor Golding, James 
Howard, jun''. were chosen to Serve as Hoggreeves for the year 
ensueing. 

Votes for County Treasu'' w' delivered to Consta James Collison. 

Voted to chuse Seven overseers of the poor. 

Messu" Thomas Palmer Esq^ John Ruck, Cap'. Samuell Keel- 
ing, Ezekiell Lewise, William Welsteed, John Boult, Benj'' Pem- 
berton w'' chosen Overseers of the Poor for y^ year Ensue'°s. 

M^ Ezekiel Lewise declareing y' he cannot attend S'^ Service 
M"". Grove Hirst was Chosen to Serve as Overseer o, "" Poor in his 
Stead. 

Voted Thanks to the Overseers of the Poor y^ Last year for 
their good Service. 

Joseph Prout is granted the Suiiie of fifteen pounds for his Ser- 
vice as Treasurer in y^ year Last past. 

It being represented to this Meeting that over and above the 
fifty pounds ordered to be laid out in Fortifications in the year 
1704, there was expended there on Twelve pounds eight Shill & 
four pence more, includeing £11: 11: due to M^ Nathan" Oliver 
for bred & beer. Voted that the Same be payd out of y^ Town 
Treasur. 

[290.] Cap'. Thomas Hutchinson haveng Signified unto the 
Inha1)it" at this Meeting in Manner following viz'. 

Whereas there has been dispute for Several years relateing to 
the Wast Lands at Brantree between Several Gentlemen, who Es- 
teem thcmselve Proprietors of Said Lands. And this Town of 
Boston as a Town. vSaid lands haveing been long Since Sold p a 
Comittee of the Said Proprietors to Severall Gentlemen in Town 
for the Suiiie of Five hundred pounds and has been Since Sold p 
them to other persons mostly of the Town of Brantree for the 
Suiiie of Seven hundred pounds, but the Town Esteeming the 
Lands to be their Right have often passed votes relating to that 
matter, which votes have never yet produced any good Effect, but 



Boston Town Kecoeds, 1707/8. 47 

only lias bread dissentions in the Town, which disseutions 'tis be- 
leived might easily be composed, and a Satisfactory Accomodation 
accomplished, if only by a very Small Concession the Town would 
pass a Vote that a Committee Should be chosen to treat with the 
Proprietors, that the Five hundred pounds for which the Lands 
were first Sold might be appropriated and imployed for the good 
of the Town, in Some good Methode whereby the Stock may not 
be Exhausted, and that it might be left to the Coinittee chosen by 
the Town in Conjunction with a committee of the Proprietors to 
appoint what Methode the money may be improved, and Some 
Such methode of accomodation no doubt the Proprietors will 
assent to Some of the Principall of them haveing Expressed 
themselves to Such effect. And it'^ Supposed that upon very 
easie Application to the Gentlemen who were the first purchasers, 
they will give to the Towns use the Two hundred pounds which 
the Lands were Sold for more then the first purchace (excepting 
what charge they have been out about it) which Severall of them 
have exprest a willingness to. And the Brantrce men have Offer'd 
that for the Sake of a peaceable Accomodation, and to Obtain a 
quit claim from the Town to all the wast Lands and Blue hills, ex- 
cepting the grant of Two thousand five hundred Acres, which they 
are willing Should be laid out in any one part, either of that that 
is called the Wast Lands, or of the Blue hills, which the Town of 
Boston Shall esteem best, they will give One hundred pounds to 
the use of the Town, 

upon the reading of the above said proposall and in answere 
there unto, it was voted viz'. 

1. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of Such commit- 
tee. 

2. That the S*^ Committe Shall consist of five in number. 
[291.] Messu'^^ Daniel Oliver, Cap'. Timothy Clark, Cap'. 

Thomas Fitch, Thomas Cushing, Cap'. Oliver Noj'es were chosen 
a Committee in the behalfe of this Town, to Treat as is mentioned 
in the foregoing memorial. 

Proposalls of Sundry Gentleman being before p'used & Ap- 
proved by the Select men & now offered to the Town are as fol- 
loweth viz'. 

Whereas at a meeting of the Freeholders and others the In- 
habitants of the Town of Boston on the 29"^ day of December 
1707. It was y° Voted that it Should be left with the Select men to 
treat w"^ Such persons who would Offer to take the Land & Secure 
and maintaine the Highway on the neck, lieing between M"'. John 
Bennets Pasture and the Old Fortification, and to hear and Con- 
sider of the proposalls on which they will undertake the Same and 
to make report thereof at the next meeting. 

Wherefore wee the Subscribers Some of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston do hereby promise & Ingage that wee will from 
time to time and at all times forever hereafter Secure and Keep 
off the Sea, from both Sides of the aforesaid Highway begining 
at the northerly end of the pasture Land now or late John Bennets 
which he purchased of Samuel Lynde of Boston Esq^ on the 
Easterly Side. And the Land of Daniel Eppes of Boston afore- 



48 City Document No. 137. 

said Clothier, on the westerly Side thereof, and extending as farr 
Souther-ly Leading to wards Eoxbery as Twenty-four foot beyond 
the New pavement on S'^ way as it now is and that wee prevent the 
Tides flowing over, comeing to or in any wise hurting or damni- 
fieing the Highway from the One end thereof to the other, tftid 
that the Said Highway Shall be Forty-eight foot in breadth. 

And farther that when and as Soon as the Town of Boston 
Shall See cause to carry on the pavement the Same breadth the 
other is, and bring it up to the Land of the aforesaid John Bennet 
& Daniell Eppes, That wee the Subscribers at our own proper cost 
and charge, will pave the remainder on each Side. 

In Consideration whereof the Freeholders and other the In- 
habitants of the Town of Boston Shall and do give grant, bar- 
gain, enfeoffe and Confirm unto us the Subscriber our heires and 
Assignes & Associates for ever. All the upland, Beach, fflatts and 
Meadow ground on both Sides of the Highway (to be Secured 
as aforesaid) down to Low water marke, with all the Liberties, 
Priviledges, Comodities, and Appurtenances whatsoever there 
unto belonging, to our only proper and Absolute use and behooff 
for ever more And that the Town of Boston Shall allwayes de- 
fend us in the Possession and peaceable Improvement of the 
granted premisies. And wee do Ingage to finish the Secureing 
[292.] of the Said Highway within Two years & an halfe from 
the date of the grant. In witness whereof wee have hereunto 
put our hands this first day of March in the Sixth year of Her 
Maj''*"^ Reign Annoqs Dom* 1707. 

William Payn, Sam'^ Phillips, William Clark, Thos. Banister, 
jun''. Thomas Savage, Habijah Savage, Elisha Cook, jun''. Oliver 
Noyes, Benj"^ Fitch, David Jefferies, Benj'' Pernberton. 

The aforesaid proposalls being read and debated. 

Voted a grant of the afore said Land beach & fflatts unto the 
Several Gentlemen above named as Subscribers their Heires As- 
signes & Associates for ever on the conditions mentioned & Set 
forth in y*" S'^ proposalls. 

Voted that the Town will proceed to grant money to carry on 
the pavement at the South end of the Town. 

Voted a Grant of two hundred pounds to be layd out at the 
South end of the Town, in addition to the pavement there. 

Voted a grant of 'fifty pounds to be laid out in paveiog at the 
north end of the Town, partly towards paveing the Street Lead- 
ing from Scarlets wharfe to M^ Jonas Clarks & the rest in Such 
place as the Select men Shall direct. 

Voted a grant of Three hundred pounds for the Support of the 
watch for the ensueing year. 

Voted a grant of Nine hundred pounds for defraying the Sev- 
erall other necessary Charges of the Town for the year ensueing, 
as Sett forth & mentioned in y^ Treasurers Computation. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and other* Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified and warned According to Law, 
being convened at the Town house the 29"' day of March: 1708. 

Elder Joseph Bridgham was then chosen Moderator for y* 
meeting. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1708. 49 

Mesu" Edward Lyde Esq"^. David Jefferyes, Thomas Banister, 
Edward Martyu, Joseph Parsons, Samuel Greenwood, Nathaniel 
Henchman were Chosen to Serve as Assessors for the year ensue- 
ing in the room of Messu'^ Thomas Walker, James Barnes, Richard 
Draper, Cap'. Thomas Hutchinson, Sam^^ Marshall, Jonas Clark, 
& Robert Cumbey, who being at the Last meeting chosen to that 
Service and have neglected and refused to undertake in the S*^ 
Service. 

Mesu" John Smith, William Clark jim'". Peter Butler, John 
Olton were chosen to Serve as Constables for y" year ensueing in 
the room of Mesu'''' Spencer Phipps, William Hutchint-ou, Robert 
Hilton, & William Foy who being before chosen to S'' < "Office have 
refused to Serve. 

[293.] Mr. William Jepson was chosen to Serve as Constable 
for the year ensueing in the room of m^ John Smith who being 
before chosen to that Service doth declare his refusall to Serve 
therein. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston dul}' qualified and warned according to Law, being 
convened at the Town House the 12"" day of Aprill 1708. 

Elder Joseph Bridgham is chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

M^ AVilliam Harrise & M"". Will"' Paine Merch'' are chosen to 
Serve as Assessors for the year ensueing in the room of M^ Joseph 
Parsons and M''. Thomas Banister who being at the Last meeting 
chosen to that office have refused to Serve. 

M^ Nathaniell Lindall is chosen to Serve as Constable for the 
year ensueing in the room of M'. William Jepson who being at the 
Last meeting chosen to that Office hath refused to Serve. 

M^ Jeremiah Condey is chosen to Serve as Constable for the 
year ensueing in Stead of M"". Nath" Lendall who refuseth to Serve. 

M"". Jonathan Williams is chosen to Serve as Constable for the 
year ensueing, who upon pleas by him made is by a vote of this 
meeting excused from S*^ Service for this present year. 

M^ William Cleer is chosen to Serve as Constable for the year 
ensueing in the room of M''. Jonathan Williams who is excused. 

May the 3^ 1708. At a meeting of Joseph Prout, Daniel Oliver, 
Daniell Powning, Thomas Cushing, Stephen Minot, Francis 
Thresher & Cap'. Oliver Noyes, Select men for the Town of 
Boston. 

Ordered that the Streets Lanes and Alley' of this Tow-n as they 
are now bounded and named, be accordingly recorded in the Town 
Booke w'^'^ are as followeth : viz'. [See Booke N8. for Names of 
other Streets Page 81.] 

The broad Street or Highway from y^ Old Fortification on y^ neck 
Leading into y^ Town as far as the Corner of y'^ Late Decon 
Eliots House Orange Street. 

The way below the Late Deacons Eliots Barn leading from Orange 
Street Eastward by the Sea Side Beech Street. 



50 City DocumejStt No. 137. 

The way Leading Easterly from S*^ Deacon Eliots Comer pasing 
by y'= Late Deacon Aliens Extending to Windmill point 

Essex Street. 

The way Leading from the Late Elder Rasfords corner in Essex 
Street Extending Southerly in to Beach Street & so down to 
y"^ Sea, Ransfords Lane. 

The way Leading from the Late Cap' Fraryes Corner extending 
westward to the bottom of y^CoTiionw*a Rurn[Turn] Sontherly 
down to y'' Sea, Frogg Lane. 

The Street from y*" corner of the House in y^ Tenure of Cap' Turfrey 
nigh Deacon Eliots Comer, leading into Town by y*" House of 
Sam^' Sewall Esq"" as far as Doct Okes Corner, Neiohery Street. 

The New Alley between M^ Blyns & Durants in Newbery Street 
Leading westerly into the Coluon, Hogg Alley. 

The Street Leading Easterl}^ from Wheelers Comer in Newbery 
Street passing by y"" Towns watering place as far as Cap'. Dyers' 
Barn. Pond Street. 

The way Leading from Esq'' Ushers Barn Southwardly into Essex 
Street Short Street. 

The way leading from the Lower end of Pond Street North east- 
erly into Church Green b}' Sumer Street Blind Lane. 

The way from Cowells Corner in Newbery Street Leading west- 
ward into the Coiuon West Street. 

The Street from Ellise' Corner nigh the uper end of Summer Street 
Leading westward into the CoiSon Winter Street. 

[294.] The Street Leading Easterly from Doctor Okes his 
Corner in NcAvbery Street passing by the divelling House of 
Cap'. Tim". Clark, extending to y"" Sea. Summer Street. 

The Street from Baxters Corner in Suiher Street leading Southerly 
by the Late Deacon Aliens extending down to y° Sea. 

So2ith Street. 

The way from Bulls Corner at the Lower end of Suiner Street 
leading Southerly to windmill point Sea Street. 

The Broad Street leading from Penemans Corner at y'' head of 
SuHIer Street passing by y® South Meeting House to Haugh' 
Corner Malhrov.gli Street. 

The way leading from Briscow' Corner in Malbrough Street, pass- 
ing by Justice Bromfeelds in to y'= Comon Rawsons Lane. 

The way Leading from the South meeting House passing by M"". 
Borlands & Mad"\ Olivers & So down to the Sea by Hallawayes 

Mim Street. 

The Alley Leading Southerly from Southers Corner in Milk Street 
to Cap'. Clarks Corner in Summer Street Bisliops Alley. 

The Lane Leading S° Easterly from M''. Borlands Corner in Milk 
Street to Beards Corner in Cow lane Long Lane. 

The Street where M"". Daniel Oliver now dwells passing from 
Milk Street up to Fort Hill Oliver^ Street. 

The way Leading from Fort Hill Southerly to Morey^ Corner in 
Summer Street Coiv Lane. 

The way from the Lower end of Summer Street Leading North- 
easter'y by the Sea-Side, with the return up to the Rope walke, 

Flownder Lane. 



Boston Town Records, 1708. 51 

The Alley by Whartons House in Cow Lane leading Easterly into 

Harrisons' Rope Walke CrooJ^ed Alley. 

The way from John Roberts'" House in Cow Lane Leading Eastery 

by Cap'. Bonners into y*" Ropewallve Gridleif Lane. 

The way from the nper end of Cow lane Leading Easterly passing 

by M". Joseph Hubberts down to y*^ Sea Oihhs^ Lane. 

The wa}' Leading from the Northerly Side of Fort Hill passing 

down Easterl}' by the Old Brew House into to Battrej' March, 

Sconce Lane. 
The way Leading from Hallawayes Corner by y^ end of Milk street, 

passing by the Battrey extending to the Lower end of Gibbs 

Lane Battree march. 

The waj' Leading Southerly from Gibbs^ Lane on Fort Hill, pass- 
ing by Driukers to the Ropewalke Belchers Lane. 
The way from Haugh' Corner Leading Northwesterly by the Lattin 

Free School extending as far as M". Whetcombs Corner, 

School Street. 
The way Leading from M". Whetcombs Corner the House of Cap'. 

Fairwether westerly through the uper Side of the Coihou and so 

down to y^ Sea Beacon Street. 

The way Leading from Beacon Street on the uper Side of the 

CoIIion unto M^ Aliens Orchard Davies Lane. 

The way Leading from Beacon Street, between Cap*. Alfords Land 

& Mad"" Shrimptons Pasture, up to Centrey Hill Centrey Street. 
The Street from the Lower end of School Street Leading Noi-th'-*" 

as far as M''. Clark the Pewtcrer' Shop Corn Hill. 

The way Leading from a Tenement of Cap*. Clarks nigh the Lower 

end of School Street to Winslows Corner in Joylieffs Lane 

Spring Lane. 
The Street Leading from Cox y* Butchers Shop in Cornhill passing 

by Major W alleys as far as M". Olivers Corner Water Street. 
The Alley Leading from y*" ]-Cnd of Water Street through M". 

Olivers Land by Odells into Milk Street Coopers Alley. 

The Way Leading from Water Street passing between Majo"" Wal- 

ley' & M"" Bridghams Land into Milk Street Tanners Lane. 

The Lane passing from Water Street into Milk Street, according 

to the name by w*^'^ it hath been formerly Known 

Joylieffs Lane 
[295.] The way passing round the Old meeting house 

. Church Square. 
The Street Leading from Cornhill includeing the wayes on each 

Side of the Town house extending Easterly to the Sea 

King Street. 
The Street Leading from M"". Derings Corner in Cornhill to Houch- 

en^ corner at the uper end of Hanover Street Queen Street. 

The way Leading from the Mansion house of y'' Late Simon Lynde 

Esq'', by Cap'. Southiacks, extending as far as Coll°. Townsends 

corner Tra Mount Street. 

The way Leading from Melynes Corner neer Coll°. Towaisends, 

passing through the CouTon along by M"". Sheeffs into Frog Lane 

Colilon Street. 
The Alley Leading from y^ Comon, East''' on y* North Side of 

Mad"" Ushers House Turnaganie Alley. 



52 City Document No. 137. 

The way Leading from y^ Exchange in King Street, passing by M""* 

Phillips' into Water Street Pudding Lane. 

The way Leading from King Street by the House of Isaac Adding- 

ton Esq"", w"" y*" return into Pudding Lane. 

Halfe SqvAxre Court. 
The way Leading from Maccartyes Corner in King Street to Elder 

Bridghams ware house in Water Street Leverets Lane. 

The way Leading from Justice Dummers Corner in King Street 

passing over y^ Bridg as far as M". Dafforns Corner in Milk 

Street. Mackrill Lane. 

The way Leading from y^ House formerly y* Castle Tavern in 

Macril Lane passing by m^ Hallaways wharfe to y'' Sea 

Crab Lane. 
The way Leading from y** Sign of the Oraug: tree passing by m"". 

Stephen Minots to y" Mill pond, & from thenc: to ye Lower end 

of Cold Lane Sudbery Street. 

The way Leading from Emmons' Corner passing by Justice Lynds' 

pastures Extending from thence Westerly to y^ Sea 

Cambridg Street. 
The way passing on the northerly Side of Livery Stable in Justice 

Lynds pasture to m"". Aliens Farm house Green Lane. 

The way from m^ Pownings Corner by Dock Square Leading 

Southerly into King Street Crooked Lane. 

The Square from the House of Eliakim Hutchinson Esq'', to m^ 

Pembertons Corner on y" one Side & from Kennyes Shop to m^ 

Meers Corner on y'' other side Dock Square. 

The Lane Leading from Cap'. Savages Corner in Dock Square to 

Mad'" Shrimptons Corner in King Street Slirim2)tons Lane. 

The way Leading from m^ Meers' Corner along by the Side of the 

Dock as farr as the Corner of the ware house formerly Majo"^ 

Davis: s Corn Market. 

The Alley Leading from M"". Mountforts in Corn Market to Cap'. 

Fitch^ Corner in King Street Peirse^ Alley. 

The way Leading from Justice Palmers ware house in Corn market, 

up to Moorcocks buildings Corn Court. 

The way leading from Madam Butlers Corner at the Lower end of 

King Street to the Swinging Bridg, & from thence to y"^ lower 

end of Woodmansids Wharfe Marchants Row. 

The way Leading from Platts'^ Corner north westerly, passing by 

the Green Dragon to y*^ Mill pond Union Street. 

The Street from between Houchens Corner & the Sign of y*" Orange 

tree. Leading Northerly to y'^ Mill Bridge Hanover Street. 

The way Leading from m"'. Pembetons Corner at y'^ end of Dock 

Square to Justice Lyds Corner in Hanover Street Wings Lane. 
The way Leading from the Middle of Wings Lane to m''. Colemans 

Church & from thence y*^ two wayes viz' Southerly to Queen 

Street & East'^. to Dock Square Brattle Street. 

The new way Leading from m"'. Pollards corner in Brattle Street 

through m^ Belknaps yard into Queen Street Hilliers Lane. 
The way Leading from m''. Harrises Corner in Hanover Street 

North westerly down to the Mill pond Cold Lane. 

[296.] The way Leading from Cap'. Ballentines Corner nigh 



BosTOA^ ToAATST Eecords, 1708. 53 

the mill Bridg to y^ Corner of Cap*. Fitch' Tenement in Union 
Street Marshalls Lane. 

The way Leading from Brook' Cornner in Marshalls Lane passing 
by ni"". Bulfinch' to Scottow' Alley Creek Lane. 

The way Leading from Creek lane to Cap*. Bows Corner in Union 
Street Salt Lane. 

The waj' Leading from Creek Lane to m'". Webbs Corner in Union 
Street Marsh Lane. 

The way Leading from the Sign of the Starr in Hanover Street, 
passing Northward behind Cap*. Evertons House Linclc Alley. 

The way from the Conduit in Union Street Leading northerly over 
y* Bridge, to EUistons Corner at y^ lower end of Cross Street 

Ann Street. 

The way from m"", Antrams Corner Nigh the s*^ Conduit Leading 
from thence North East'^ by y'^ side of y^ Dock as far: as m^ 
Winsors War: hous: Fish market. 

The New way from Union Street passing Southerwesterl}' between 
the buildings of the Late Cap*. Christopher Clark deceaced 

Minots Court. 

The alley by Cap*. Habijah Savages in Ann Street Leading north- 
westerly to Creek Lane Scottows Alley. 

The wa}' between Cap*. Winsors & m". Peml)ertons in Ann Street 
Leading to the wharfes by the Swinging Bridg 

Siving bridg Lane. 

The Street from Mountjoyes corner at the Lower end of Cross 
Street Leading Northerly to y"" Sign of the Swan by Scarlets 
wharfe Fish Street. 

The leading Northwesterly from m"". Thomas' Corner in Ann Street 

Paddey^ Alley. 

The Street Leading from the Mill Bridg northerly as far as m^ 
Jonas Clarks Corner at y*" end of Bennet Street Middle Street. 

The way leading northerly from Stanburyes Corner nigh the Mill 
Bridg, as far as m"". Gee' Corner into Prince Street Back Street. 

The way Leading from the Mill pond South easterly by y" Late 
Deacon Phillips' Stone hous: extending down to y" Sea 

Cross Street. 

The way Leading from the northwesterly end of Crosstreet passing 
northerly by Verings House nigh the Mill pond Old ivay. 

The lane by the House of y'' Late Cap*. Tim° Prout deceaced. Lead- 
ing from Middle Street to Fish Street & So down to y*" Sea 

Wood Lane. 

The way from Wales' Corner in Mi.ldle Street Leading North 
westerly into Backstreet Beer Lane. 

The Alley Leading from Ann Street, between y° Late Cap*. Lakes 
& & Nanney' buildings to m^ Lidicots Spop in Cross Street 

Elbow Alley. 

The Alley Leading from Fish Street to Middle Street between 3'^ 
Lands of John Clark Esq''. & y'' Successors of Sam'^ Gallop 
deceaced Gallops Alley. 

The Street Leading northwesterly from Morrell' Corner in Middle 
Street passin b}' m''. David Nortons Extending to 3'" Salt watter 
at Ferry wa}^ Prince Street. 



54 City Document No. 137. 

The Street Leading Northerly from the P'asterly end of Bennet 

Street uigh m''. Jonas Clarks extending to the Sea North Street, 
The Street Leading from William'' Corner nigh m''. Jonas Clarks, 

Southeasterly down to y" Sea, by Scarlets wharfe Fleet Street. 
The Alley Leading North westerly from the North meeting house 

into IMkldle Street Bell Alley. 

The Square Li-iug on y^ South Side of the North Meetting House 
including 3'" wayes on each Side of y'' watch Hous: 

Clarks Square. 

The way Leading South Easterly from the North Meetting Mouse 

' into Fish Street Sun Court. 

The way Leading from the Northmeeting House Northerly by 

Cap'. Thom' Barnerds into Fleet Street Moon Street. 

[297.] The way Leading northerly from Mad'" Winsley' Corner 

between Coll". Fosters & m^ Frizzells into Fleet Street. 

Garden Court. 
The Street Leadiug Northerly from Evertons Corner uigh Scarlets 

wharfe to the North Battrey SJivp Street. 

The way Leading Northwesterly from the North Battrey to the 

Ferrj'way by Hudsons point Lyn Street. 

The way leading along ihe Shore from Hudsons point S° west'^ to 

the JNiill Streem by m''. Gee' building yard Ferry ivay. 

The Street Leading north west^^ from m". Ransfords corner in 

North Street, towards the Ferry point at Charles towu 

Charter Street. 
The Way Leading from Cerwithy' corner in Prince Street to m^ 

Phipp" Corner in Charter Street Salem Street. 

The way Leading northerly from Travises Corner in Prince Street 

to the end of Ferry way by Hudsons point. Snoio Hill. 

The way Leading S" East^^ from Snow Hill to Salem Street 

Hull Street. 
The way Leading north westerly from m''. Jonas Clarks Corner to 

Salem Street Bennet Street. 

The way Leading northwest'^ from Cap'. Stevens' Corner in 

North Street with y'' return into Bennet Street Love Street. 

The Alley Leading from the hurrying place in Charter Street to 

Adkins' Lime Kiln iu Lyn Street Lime Street. 

The Alley Leading from Charter Street down by Ben,f Williams 

in Lyn Street Sliding Alley. 

The way Leading from Charter Street down by m''. Buckley" into 

Lyn Street Henchmans Lane. 

The Alley Leading from Charter Street down through m^ Green- 

oughs building yard into Lyn Street Greenovgh' Alley. 

The Alley Leadiug from North Street down by the Salutation into 

Ship Street Salutation Alley. 

The Alley Leading from Nortli Street along by m''. William Park- 
mans into Ship Street nigh the North Battreey Battrey Alley. 
The Alley Leading from North Street down to Cap'. Richards" 

corner in Ship Street White bread Alley. 

At a meeting of the Freeholders and Other Inhabit'" of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified and warned according to Law, be- 
ing convened at the Town House the 17"' day of May 1708. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1708. 55 

V-^oted that Pen Townsend Esq'" be the moderator for this meeting. 

John Clark Esq"", Cap' Ephra™ Savage, Cap' Thomas Hutchinson 
& m"^. James Barnes w"" chosen to serve as Reprcsentitives for this 
Town at the next Gen" Assembly to be held the 2G"' May Currt & 
so De Die in Diem, the being chosen by the majority of the Elec- 
tors present. 

Elisha Cook Esq% John Foster Esq"", Thomas Brattle Esq% Cap' 
Thomas Fitch & Pen Townsed Esq"" or any three of them meeting 
to attend the said Service are appointed a committee to Audit the 
Treasurers acco" for this present yeav. 

Voted that it be left w"' the Selectmen to give a deed of Sale 
(for & in behalfe of this) Town t) m'' Elisha Cook Jun'' & his as- 
sosiats of & for the Laud granted to them at a meeting of y° 
Inhabitants the 8'^ of JNIarch Last past, agreeable to the Tenour 
of y' s*^ Grant. 

Voted that the Motion made by m'' Joshua Gee & company about 
the Town Slip at the Lower end of Wood Lane, be considered by 
y^ selectmen, & what they shall thinck proper to be done therein, 
to be laid before the Town at their next meeting. 

[298.] At a meeting of the Free holders and othe Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly Qualified and warned according 
to Law being Convened at the Town House the 27"' day of Decem- 
ber Anno Domm' 17u8. 

Voted, That Deacon John Marrion be the Moderator for this 
present meeting. 

The Select men haveing offered to this meeting the following 
proposalls as foUoweth vizt. 

That the Orders and B3'-Laws of this Town already mad: for 
the directing. Ordering and Mafiageing of the Prudential Affaires 
thereof, have not answered the ends for which they were made, 
and the principall cause thereof is a General defect or Neglect in 
the Execution, without which the best Laws will signifie little, And 
one great reason why they are no better Executed, is the w^ant of 
a proper head, or Town officer or officers impowered for that pur- 
pose, the Law haveing put the Execution of Town orders into y° 
hands of the Justices only, who are not Town but County officers. 
And it cannot be expected tha;t they Should take the Trouble and 
care, or make it so much their business, as a Town Officer or Offl- 
cfers perticulerly Appointed or chosen thereunto must Needs do, 
and indeed for any Body or Society of men as a Town is, to be 
Vested with Power to make Rules and By-Laws for their own good 
Regulation, and not to have power to clause and appoint the Mead 
Officer or Officers who shall have power to Execute their own 
orders and By-Laws Seans Incongruous, And good Order is not 
to be expected while it rema3'ues so, For as a Town grows more 
Populus it will stand in need of a more Strict Regulation. 

The said Selectmen do therefore propose that this Town do now 
Chuse a Committee of a Considerable number of the Free holders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town to draw up a Scheme or draught 
of a Charter of Incorporation for the Incourragement and better 
government of this Town in the best methodes as they Shall think 



56 City Document No. 137. 

Sutable, and of the best and most Sutable means for procuring and 
obtaining thereof, And to present the said Scheme or draught to 
the Town at their Auual Meeting in March next. 

Voted, That a Committee be chosen to draw up a Scheme or 
drauglit of a Charter of Incorporation (or any other projection) 
for the Incourragement and better Governm' of this Town, in the 
best methodes as they shall thinck Sutable, and of the best and 
most sutable means for the procureing and obtaining thereof. And 
to present the S** Scheme Or draught to the Town at their Anual 
meeting in March next. 

Voted, That the Town will chuse the number of Thirty one per- 
sons to be of the s'^ Committee. 

Voted that Seventeen of S'^ Committee Shall make a Quoram. 

[299.] Voted That Elisha Cook Esq, Elisha Hutchinson 
Esq% Isaac Addington Esq, Samuel Sewall Esq, John Foster Esq, 
Pen Townesend Esq, John Clark Esq, Paul Dudley Esq, ColP. 
Samuel Checkley, ColP. Addam Winthrop, Cap'. Thomas Fitch, 
Cap'. Thomas Hutchinson, Cap'. Timothy Clark, Cap'. Samuel 
Keeling, Cap'. John Ballentine jun'", Eld"" Joseph Bridghara, Deac. 
John Marrion, Messu" Addington, Davenport, Thomas Newton, 
Elisha Cook jun'', John George, John White, Richard Draper, 
Francis Clark, together with the present Selectmen viz'. Daniel 
Oliver, Daniel Pouning, Thomas Cushing, Stephen Minot, Francis 
Thresher, Cap' Oliver Noyes & Joseph Front, be of the S'*. Com- 
mittee for the service aforesaid. 

Voted. That the s'^ Committee is also desired to consider of, 
and propose Some way for Lessening the charges of this Town. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to Law, be- 
ing convened at the Town House the 24"' day of January Anno 
Domm' 1708. 

John Clark Esq'' is chosen Moderator for this meeiiug. 

The Return of the Committee appointed tlie 8"' of march Last 
past, to treat with Sundry persons ab' the wast Lands at Brantree 
being read, as foUowcth viz'. 

Whereas the Town of Boston at a generall Meeting (Law fully 
warned) convened the 8"* of March 1707/8 did nominate and 
appoint a committee in behalfe of the Town to treat with Sundry 
persons, about the wast Lands in Brantree According to a memo- 
rial given in at S"* meeting, Pursuant to y" Said Vote. Wee the 
Subscribers being the Said Committee do Siguifie to the Town, 
that agreeable to the memorial wee have treated with the Com- 
mittee of those that Esteem themselves Proprietors of the wast 
Lands in Brantree belonging to the Town of Boston, about the 
five hundred pounds, the sume they sold the Land for, and came 
to this unanimos agreement, that the income of the five hundred 
pounds be forever impropriated and improved for a School or 
Schools for writeing and Arithmetick, and that some part of 
Gods word be read by a Schollar or Schollars by turns at the 
discretion of the master. And that farther According to the 
S'^ memorial wee had Several meetings with the committee of the 
purchasers of the aforesaid Wast Lands, And at Length did 



Boston Tov^tst Eecords, 1708. 57 

agree with them to offer it as our Advice to the Towd of Boston, 
That for the future peace of the Town and the Consideration of 
the SuIIie of five hundred pounds being Impropriated and improved 
for y*" Publick good of the Town forever, and in Consideration of 
[300.] Of twenty pounds to be paid to the Town for the use 
afore'''^ by the Said Purchasers, That the Town do give a quit claim 
to the S*^ Purchasers with a reservation of the Land at Blue hills 
now in the Towues possession, as by a plan of y'^ Same on the 
Townes Records taken 1651/4 by m"" Joshua Fisher Surveyor, 
and the Selectmens addition exprest by Said plan to run a Straight 
Line from A B to the top of Blue hills, And that the Town im- 
power a CoHiittee to give a quit claim accordingly And that agree- 
abl: to the directions of the Town and S'' Memorial wee Applyed 
ourselves to the Gentlemen the purchasers of the Committee of 
those that claim &c about the two hundred pounds the Suiue S'^ 
Lands Sold for more then the first Cost, nY Sergant, m'' Hutchinson 
& Mad™ Sprimpton did declare that whereas they did not intend a 
personal advantage in the purchase, So they freely gave their parts 
of the two hundred pounds to y'^ Town, deducting y° charges for the 
use aforesaid the committee offers to y'^ Town to Accept the Same 
with thier thanks to them fory*" Same. M^ Gee at present refuses 
to give his part to y*" Town. 

Daniel Oliver 
Timothy Clark 
Thomas Fitch 
Thomas Cushing 
Oliver Notes. 

Voted. The Townes Acceptance of the foregoing return made 
by the S*^ Committee. 

Voted. That the S*^ Committee be further continued & fully im- 
powered in the name and behalfe of y^ Town, to pui'sue and finish 
what remaines to Compleat and perfect the afore recited offer and 
proposalls accordingly, And to seal, Execute, and Acknowledge a 
deed of Release and Quit claime of the Said Lands in due form of 
Law, to and for the use of the Purchasers, Inhabitants of Bran- 
tree &c. agreeably, under the exception and reservation of the Blue 
hill Land to Boston as Sett forth in the S*^ Committees return. 

Voted, That the thanks of this Town be given to Peter Sergeant 
Esq"" Eliakim Hutchinson Esq"" & Mad"" Shrimpton upon their 
giveing the Town their parts of the Said two hundred pounds. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this Town be given to the aforesaid 
Committee for their well management of y' Treaty w* the Severall 
Gentlemen ab* the S'' "VVast Lands. 

Voted, That the Selectmen being at the time when the Same 
Shall be Transacted are impowered to Lease out the blue hill 
Lands for a Term of years. 

Voted, that the same be lett out not exceeding the term of 
Twenty-five years. 

It being represented to this meeting by Some of the Inhabit" 
That the Townes being often Alarmed by Chimnyes takeing of Fire 
is ocatioued in a great Measure by y^ Careless & negligent per- 



58 City Document No. 137". 

formance of the worke of Such who undertake the worke of 
Chimny Sweepers, Aud that there is no person here who hath 
Served a time to that Mistery or Trade, or" professes y*^ S*^ Im- 
ploymeut, but the Sam is (for the most part) performed by care- 
less & unfaithfull Slaves, in Such manner y' chimnyes have taken 
fire Soon after they have been Swept to the Great Surpriz: and 
[301.] Terror of the Inhabitants, and great hazzard of the Town 
when at the Same time Such of the Inhabitants whose chimnyes 
tak: fire and blaze out are liable to a fine of ten Shillings, although 
for their money they could not procure their chimnyes to be well 
and faithfully Swept. 

To the intent therefore that Such defect & danger may be the 
more effectually Remidyed for the Future. 

Voted, that the Town will take it into their own hands to pro- 
vide Chimny Sweepers, and that the Selectmen are desired to take 
y' matter into their Consideration, and make Sutable provision for 
the Town in that respect, and draw up rules and orders proper to 
redress Such Inconvetiience & danger. 

March 14. At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and Warned According 
to Law, being convened at the Town Hous the 14"" day of March 
Anno DomM'708/9. 

Voted, I'hat the Inhabitants will now proceed to the choyce of a 
moderator by Votes in writeing. 

Voted, that the choyce of a moderator for this meeting Shall be 
determined by the greatest number of Votes and not confined to 
the majority of Voters. 

Voted that M''. Henry Dereing be the moderator for this meeting. 

The question being put whether Assessors for the year ensuing 
Shall be Chosen distinct from the Selectmen, Voted in the nega- 
tive. 

Voted, That Nine Select men Shall be Chosen to Serve for the 
year ensueing. Messu" Isaiah Tay, Jonas Clark, Joseph Front, 
Samuel Marshall, James Barnes, Daniel Powning, Daniel Oliver, 
Richard Draper, and Cap' Timothy Clarke are now chosen to Serve 
as Selectmen for y*^ ensueing year. 

Voted, thanks of this Town to the Gentlemen who Served as 
Select men in the year past for their Service therein. 

Whereas the Committee chosen and appointed thereto, at a 
meeting of the Inhabitants of this Town the 27th day of De- 
cember Last past, Have now presented to this meeting a Scheme 
or draught of a Charter of Incorporation for this Town, by them 
Considered and drawn up, with their proposall for the further 
prosecution thereof, in case it be acceptable to the Inhabitants. 

The which being distinctly read in the Audience of this Meet- 
ing. 

Voted the Thanks of this Town unto the aforesaid Committee 
for their care and paiues in drawing up the Said Scheme or 
draught. 

The question being put whether the Town will referr the con- 
sideration of the S'^ Scheme or draught of a Charter of Incorpor- 



Boston Town Records, 1708/9. 59 

ation Untill Some other Public meeting of tlie Inhabitants to be 
Tvarned for the Same purpose Voted in the negative. 

The question being put whether the Town do Accept of the 
Scheme or C barter of" Incorporation now read, yee, or nay 

Voted in the negative. 

Voted that this meeting will Adjourn untill halfe an hour after 
two of the clock this after noon, & then to return unto this place 
And accordingly upon their return after Dinner they proceeded as 
follow 

[802.] Voted. That the Town will chuse Overseers of the 
Poor distinct from the Selet men. 

Voted. That the Town will choose Seven Overseers of the 
Poor. 

Thomas Palmer Esq"". Messu" Ezekiel Lewise, John Boult, Ed- 
ward Winslow, Cap' Sam'^ Keeling, William Welsteed, Grove 
Hirst are chosen to Serve as Overseers of the Poor for the year 
ensueing. 

Joseph Prout is chosen to Serve as Town Clerk. 

Joseph Prout is chosen to Serve as Town Treasu'' 

Cap' James Pitts, Isaac Spenceer, Benj'' Brondson, Timothy 
Leudall, Messu'"'* Thomas Litchmer, Nathan Howell, David Ed- 
wards, Benjameu Walker jun'' are Chosen to Serve as Constables 
for.y° year ensueing. 

]\T Timothy Lendall haveiug now Signified to this meeting that 
it is now about five years Since he was Chosen Constable for the 
Town of Salem & that he then paid Ten pounds as a fine for his 
not serveing in that Office. Voted, That the Said m"" Timothy 
Lindall is Excused from Serveing as Constable for y*" ensueing 
year. 

The Several Officers now Chosen to Serve for the district of 
Rumn}" Marsh, for the j'ear ensueiu are as followeth viz'. 

Hugh Floyd to Serve as Constable. 

Francis Death to Serve as Surveyors of Highwayes 

Isaac Lewise & William Hasie to Serve as Fence Veiwers. 

John Waite & William Eustice to Serve as Tithingmeu. 

Whereas Sundry of the Inhabitants of Humny marsh being pres- 
ent and desireing that their Petition (formerly given in & being oil 
file w'" the Town Records, praying a Grant of Sutablo encour- 
ag: "' in Order to their building a Meeting House) may be further 
considered and Granted. 

Voted. That the Survivers of the former Committee thereunto 
Appointed Viz' Elisha Cook Esq"" Elisha Hutchinson Esq'" Sam^' 
Sewall Esquiie, I'enn Towensend Esq"" unto w""^' committee is now 
Added Edward Bromfeeld Esq"" w^ho are desired to Consider of 
that Affaire and to make report to the Town at their next Meet- 
ing of what they Shall thinck proper for y'^ Town to do therein 

In the room and Stead of m'' Timothy Lendall who was excused, 
and of Cap' James Pilts, mes^"" Isaac Spencer, Nathan Howell 
and David Edwards who Refuse to Serve as Constables are now 
Chosen in their room. 

Messu" Jonathan Mountfort, Joseph Halsie, John AVilson, Jon- 
ath"" Williams, Daniel Eppes to Serve as Constables for the year 
ensueing. 



60 City Doctoient No. 137. 

Messu" Joseph Hood, Epaphras Shrimpton, Ambrose Viacint, 
John Oookson, Thomas Baker, Brasier, Bratho" Green, Printer, 
are chosen to Serve as Clerks of y'' Market for the year ensueing. 

[303..] Messu" John Souther, Obecliah Wakefeeld, Samuel 
Wcntworth, James Smith, Jonathan Waldo, James Gooeh, Joseph 
Briseow, John Barrell, David Copp jun'', John Nicholls, Robert 
Ware, Samson Dewer, John Edwards, James Lablond, Henry Hill, 
John Foreland are Chosen to Serve as Tithing men for y*" year 
ensueing. 

Messu'^' William Antram, John Greenough, Henry Bridgham 
jun'', Adinah Bulfinch, Timothy Prout, John Clough are chosen to 
serve as Surveyors of y"* Highwayes for y*^ ensuing year. 

Mesu^' Silence Allen, Benj" Emmons jun% Joshua Lane, Elisha 
Webb are chosen to Serve as Sealers of Lether for y^ ensueing 
year. ^ _ ^ 

Mesu^^ Sam^ Bridg, David Langdon, Cap' Thomas Barnerd, 
John Eustice, are chosen to Serve as Veiwers of Fences for y^ 
ensuein year. 

]\/[egues joi^m Eustice, John Parker, Allexander Seers, Samuel 
Bridge & Cap' Thom' Barnerd are Chosen Measurer of Boards 
and Timber for the year ensueing. 

Mesu*^^ Sam'^ Johnson, Barrat Dyer, John Green, Cooper, Joseph 
Briseow are chosen Measurers of Graine for y* ensueing year. 

John King, William Gould, Nathan'^ Aires & John Nicholls, 
Shop'^, are chosen Hogg-reeves for y** year ensueing. 

Mesu^^ Thomas Banister, Sam" Lynd Esq"", Thomas Cushing, 
Eobert Howard, Timothy Lindall, John Coleman, Benj* Gallop, 
John Frizell are chosen to Serve as Scavengers for y^ ensueing 
year. 

Voted An Adjourment of this meeting to Tuesday the 15"^ of 
March curr' at Two of the Clock in the afternoon then agaiue to 
Assemble in this place. 

March lo"". At a meeting of the Free holders and other In- 
habitants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and warned 
according to Law being convened at the Town House on Monday 
the 14"^ of March 1708/9 and Continued by Adjournment to Tues- 
day the 15"" day of the same, and being then Assembled. 

Voted. That the proposall drawn up by the former Select men 
and now read. Concerning the Sweeping of Chimneys be referred 
unto the next Publick Towns meeting. 

Whereas Mesu" Thomas Litchmer Benj*^ Bronsdon, Benj* 
Walker jun'', Jonathan Mountfort, Joseph Halsie & John Wilson 
hav: Sigified their refusall to Serve in the Office of Constables as 
chosen. 

Messures Richard Hall, Nicholas Boon, William Webster, Na- 
thaniel Green, Cord-winder, Nathan" Goodwin, John Dasset are 
chosen to Serve as Constables for y" year ensueing. 

Voted. That the Town Slip at the Lower end of North Street 
Shall be clear'^ from any Incumberanc: lieing there, and that the 
S'' Slip Shall be Kept clear, for the benefit of the Town and the 
Inhabitants thereof. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1709. 61 

[304.] Voted. That tne Select men do make Application to 
Her maj*'*^' Justices at fheii-Next Geu'^ Sessions of the Peace holden 
for the County of Suffolke, praying for some order and direction 
that the House of Correction may be put into Such posture and 
Methode, and So regulated as may Serve the ends for which it was 
designed, and perticulerly to promote the good order of this 
Town. 

Voted. The Grant of One Thousand pounds to be raised for 
defraying the Necessary Charges Arriseing w^'in & for this Town 
for the ensueing j-ear. 

Voted. That the Watch in like manner as was y*" Last year 
be Still continued, 

Voted. The grant of three hundred pounds be raised for the 
Support of the AVatch for the ensueing year. 

Voted. The grant of fifty pounds to be raised & to be Layd 
out in paveing of Such part of the Streets as the Select men Shall 
judg to be most needfull. 

Whereas m'' Daniel Oliver & Joseph Prout have Signified their 
refnsall to Serve as Select men for y° ensueing year. 

Deacon John Marrion is Chosen to Serve as a Select man for 
y^ year ensueing, he being present Signifieth his refusall to Serve. 

Cap' Ephraim Savage & m'' Joseph Wadsworth are Chosen to 
Serve as Selectmen for the year ensueing. 

M"" Nathaniel Green haveing Signified his refusall to Serve as 
Constable. 

M'' David Coleson is chosen to Serve as Constable for the year 
ensueing. 

Mesu*^^ Ezeklel Lewise & Edward Winslow have Signified their 
refusall to Serve as Overseers of the Poor. 

Cap* Oliver Noyes & Cap' John Ballentine jun"" are chosen to 
Serve as Overseers of the Poor for y^ year ensueing. 

Cap' Oliver Noyes Signifies his refuseall to Serve as Overseer 
o' th Poor. 

Cap Habijah Savage is chosen to Serve as Overseer of the Poor 
for tiie year ensueing. 

Votes for County Treasu'' w"^ given in & Commiteed to Consta 
Jonathan Williams to be by him delivered to the next Court of 
Gen" Sessions of the Peace. 

At a meeting of the Freeholders and other inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly quallified & warned according to Law, 
being convened at the Town Hous: the 29th day of Aprill 1709. 

Samuel Sewall Esq'' is chosen to serve as Moderator for this 
present meeting. 

Voted. Tiiat the Town will proceed to chuse four Representitives 
John Clark Esq'', Cap' Thom' Hutchinson, m'' James Barnes & 
Cap' Thomas Fitch were by the Majority of Voters present chosen 
to Serve as representitives for this Town at the next Great & 
Gen" Assembly at their next Session & Sessions, & So De Die in 
Diem &c. 

Cap' Sam" Keeling & Cap' John Ballentine jun'' being befor: 
Chosen to Serve as Overseers of the Poor for this present year & 
haveing refused to Serve. 



62 City Document No. 137. 

M'' John Ruck nncl m'' Charles Chauncy are chosen to Serve as 
Overseers of the Poor for the remayning part of this present year. 
V\ heras M" Bartho'^ Green was before chosen to Serve as one 
of the Clarks of the Market & cannot attend the S** Service. 

M' Ew*^ Okes is chosen to Serve as Clark y"= market for the 
remayning part of this year. 

[3©5.] It being represented to the Inhabitants at this meet- 
ing Tliat a Committee of the first Church of Christ in Boston 
havoing Lately purchased the Dwelling House and Land of Cap' 
John Balston Late of Boston deceaced, abutting upon Water 
street, for the use of y° ministry, and the Said Cap' Balston and 
his predecessors haveing for many years past with the S'^ House, 
held and Enjoyed a Small Strip of Land by Lease from this lown 
Containeiug Nineteen feet in breadth Easterly from the Old Tene- 
ment, extending in Length from Water Street to Spring Lane as 
it is now inclosed and within fence, It being by y'^ Said Committee 
proposed to the Town at this meeting that they would grant the 
S'^ Strip of Ground to the aforesaid church forever. 

Voted. The grant of the S* StJ-ip of Ground unto the Said 
Church forever. 

Agreeable to the report now made by the Committee apointed 
at y'' Last meeting to consider about building a meeting House at 
Rurany Marsh. 

Voted, a Grant of One hundred pounds to be raised and Laid 
out in building a meeting House at Rumny Marsh. 

Voted. That the afor Said Committee viz' Elisha Cook Esq"", 
Elisha Hutchinson Esq'', Samuell Sewall Esq'', Pen Townsend 
Esq% and Ldward Bromfceld Esq"" are appointed and impowered 
to direct, both as to the place and manner of Erecting S'^ meeting 
Flouse. 

Voted, that the Town will proceed to Chuse a Committee to 
veiw and consider of what is needfull for the Town to do in 
repaireing the platt forms and Carriages at the South Battree. 

Voted. That Elisha Cook Esq"", Cap' Timothy Clark & m"^ 
Joseph Vv^adsworth be the S^ committee. 

Voted. That So much as is needfull of the remainder of the 
money formerly raised for Fortifications shall be applyed to the re- 
paireing of the S'' Piatt forms & carriages at the South Battree and 
to be drawn out of the Treasury by the S"^ Comnjittee & to be by 
them Layd out in effecting the Same. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified and Y/arned According to Law, 
being Convened at the Town House on monday the 19th of 
December 1709. 

Paul Dudley Esq'' is chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
present meeting. 

Voted. That the Tnhabittants of this Town will now proceed 
unto the choyce of a Committee to Audit the three Severall acco" 
mentioned in the warrant for the Conveneing of this Meeting. 

Voted. That John Foster Esq'', Samuel Lynde Esq\ Cap'" 
Tliomas Fitch, Cap' Samuel Keeling and m'' Timothy Lindall or 
any three of them Attending the Said Service be a Committee 



Boston To\vtt Eecords, 1709. 63 

to Audits the Acco*' of the Committee for Fortifications Appointed 
by the Town in the year 1706, And the Acco" of the Committee 
Appointed in this present year 1709 for repairing the Platforms 
&c. at the South Battrey, and also the Treasurer^ Acco'' for this 
present year. 

Voted. That a Committee be chosen to consider of the affaires 
relateino- to the GraiTier Free School of this Town, & to make 
report thereof at the Town meeting in March next. 

Voted. That the Town will defray the Charge of an Assistant to 
m"" Nathan" Williams in the Free School untill y*" next Town meet- 
ing in march next. 

Voted. That Seven persons be chosen to be of y'' S*^ Committee. 

Voted. That Waite Winthrop Esq"", Sam" Sewall Esq% Elisha 
Cook Esq% Elisha Hutchinson Esq^ Is"" Addingtou Esq"", John 
Foster Esq"", and m'' Ezekiel Lewise be y" S'^ Coiuittee to Consider 
ab' y*^ School. 

[30D.] Whereas m'' Thomas Clark of Boston Pewtei'er hath 
by his Petition desired liberty at his own Charge to fill up the 
Dock or Slip at the Lower end of Fleet Street, as far out as to 
be even with Cap' Haymfius wharfe, So as that he may have a 
Cartway over the Same to pass unto his own wharfe, & the S'^ Dock 
So fild up & a wharfe there made to be also for the Comon use and 
benefit of y*" Inhabitants, and also that he will allow a free passage 
from y° Same over his own wharfe unto the out wharfes, as is more 
fully Set forth in his Said Petition. 

And whereas Cap' Oliver Noyes for him self e and Some other 
Gentlemen, dolh propose at his and their own charge to run out 
a wharfe from the Lower end of King Street, the breadth of the 
S*^ Street as it now is, down to Low water marke & to Leave 
Thirty foot of y" breadth thereof free of all incumbrance, 
makeiug a Convenient gapp to Lett in boats into each Bason with 
a Solid bridg over the Same. 

Voted. That a Comittee be chosen to Advise & Consider of 
the aforesaid Proposalls of y'' S*^ m'' Thom" Clark & Cap' Oliver 
Noyse and to make report to the next Town Meeting of what they 
Shall thinck proper for the Town to do concerning the Same. 

Voted. That the present Select men viz' Cap' Ephraim Savage, 
m'' Isaiah Ta}^, m'' James Barnes, Cap' Timothy Clark, m"" Rich"^ 
Draper, m'' Daniel Powuing, m^' Jonas Clark, m'' Sam" Marshall 
and m'' Joseph Wadswoi-th be the Said Committee. 

Voted. That in Consideration of m^" Sam" Marshall serveing a 
Select man & Assessor for this present year, his fine for not 
Serveing as Assessor in y*^ year 1707 be remitted. 

Voted. That the Consideration of building a Fast Bridg over 
the Creek in Mackrill Lane, be referred unto y° next Town meet- 
ing & that the present Select men be a Committee to Consider 
thereof and Lay before y® Town what they Shall thinck proper 
to be done therein. 

Voted. That the Consideration of provideing Chimny Sweepers 
be referred unto y° Select men who are desired to prepare and Lay 
befor y'' the Town at their next meeting what they Shall thinck 
proper to be done therein. 



64 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. That a Committee be chosen to advise & consider of 
Some proper Methodes to prevent damage by the Sea's wasting 
away y*" neck & to prevent the growth of a Town charge there, 
and to present unto the Town at their next meeting what they 
Shall thinck proper to be done about the Same. 

Voted. That Paul Dudley Esq% Cap' Thorn' Fitch, m'" Henry 
Dereing, m'' John George, m'' Thomas Cushing, John Clark Esq", 
Sam'^ Lynd Esq"" be the S"^ Committee. 

M"" Benjamen Walker haveing proposed to the Town that he is 
willing to to remove & take away his porch w*^*" lies in next to 
Queen Street provided the Town will allow him an equivalent of 
Land out of y'' S*^ Street to joyn in adition to the whole Length 
of his Land there. 

Voted. That it be left with the Select men to agree w"* the S"^ 
m"" Walker a" y*" S'^ Exchange of Land, & wholly to finish that 
affaire as they Shall thinck best. 

[307.] At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and warned accord- 
ing to Law, being convened at the Town House the 13* day 
of March 1709/0 

Voted. That Samuel Sewall Esq'' be the Moderator for this 
present meeting. 

I Voted. That the Town will not proceed to y" choyce of Assess- 
ors distinct from the Select men. 

Voted. That the Select men Shall be the Assessors. 

Voted. That nine Select men shall be chosen. 

Cap' Ephraim Savage, m"" Isaiah Tay, m"" James Barnes, Cap' 
Tim" Clark, m'^ Richard Draper, m'' Daniel Powning, m' Jonas 
Clark, m'' Joseph Wadsworth & m"" Samuel Marshall are chosen 
to Serve as Select men for y*" year ensueing. 

Joseph Prout is chosen to Serve as Town Clerk for y'= year en- 
sueing. 

Joseph Front is chosen to Serve as Treasu"" for y"" year ensueing. 

Cap' Wentworth Paxton, Messu""' Eneas Salter, John Peirse, 
John Savill w"" chosen to Serve as Constables for the year ensue- 
ing, & w' Sworn. 

Humphry Richards, Richard Bill, Benjamen Gibson, Samuel 
Clark were chosen to Serve as Constables for y'= year ensueing & 
refused to Serve. 

Timothy Prout, Joseph Callender, John Buckley w'' chosen to 
Serve as Constables (in y'= Room of the Last mentioned three who 
refused) & w'' lik wise Sworn. 

Isaac Lewise is chosen to Serve as Constable (for the district of 
Rumny Marsh) for y*" year ensueing. 

John Brentnel & Thomas Prat are chosen to Serve as Fence 
veiwcrs within the district of Rumny Marsh for y'' year ensueing. 

The Committee chosen by the Town the 19"' of December Last, to 
consider the Affaires relating to y" Free Grammer School of this 
Town, haveing now made their report unto y*" Town as followeth 
viz'. 

Wee have discoursed w"' m'" Williams the present master of 
whos: qualifications and fitness for that imployraent we tak: for 



Boston Town Records, 1709/10. 65 

granted every body must be abundantly Satisfied. He expresses a 
good Inclination to the worke, and his resolution intirely to devote 
him Selfe thereto, If the Town please to Encourage his continu- 
ance therein by allowing him a competent Sallary, that he may 
Support his family, and Granting him an Assistant. He is Very 
Sencible of the Advantage of the Assistance Lately afforded him, 
both with respect to his health and also as to y'' Schollars. 

We are of opinion the worke of that School do's necessarily re- 
quire the Attendance of a master and an Usher, and it seems Im- 
practicable for one person alone, well to Oversee the manners of 
So gi-eat a number of Schollars (oft times more then a hundred) 
to hear their dayly Exercises, and Instruct them to that degree of 
profittiug, which other wise may be w''^ an Assistant. 

[308.] We Recommend it to the Town to Encourage m'' 
Williams's continuance in the School, by advanceing his Salary to 
the Sum of One hundred pounds p Annu, which we thinck to be a 
modest demand, and to grant him the Assistance of an Usher, at 
the Towns charge. In which we have y^ concurrent Opinion and 
Advice of y*^ Revr*^ Ministers. 

We further propose and recommend, as of Great Service and 
Advantage for the promoting of Diligence and good literature, That 
the Town Agreeably to the Usage in England, and (as we under- 
stand) in Some time past practiced here. Do Nominate and Ap- 
point a Certain Number of Gentlemen, of Liberal Education, To- 
gether with Some of y'^ Rev*^ Ministers of the Town to be Inspec- 
tors of the S** Schoole under that name Title or denomination, To 
Visit y'' School from time to time, when and as Oft, as they shall 
thinck fit to Enform themselves of the methodes used in teaching 
of y^ Schollars and to Inquu-e of their Proficiency, and be present 
at the performance of Some of their Exercises, the Master being 
before Notified of their Comeing, And with him to consult and 
Advise of further Methods for y® Advancement of Learning and 
the Good Government of the Schoole. 

And at their S*^ Visitation, One of the Ministers by turns to 
pray with the Schollars, and Entertain 'em with Some Instructions 
of Piety Specially Adapted to their age and Education. The In- 
spectors also, with the master to Introduce an Usher, upon such 
Salary as the Town Shall agree to grant for his Service, all which 
is Submitted to Consideration. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to Consider the Said Re- 
port in the Several Articles thereof 

Voted. That m"" Nathaniel Williams's Salary be advanced to One 
hundred pounds p' Annum to Encourage his continuanc: in the 
School. 

Voted. That an Usher at the Town's Charge be allowed to 
Assist m'' Williams in the S*^ School. 

Voted. That the Town doth agree to mak: choyce of Inspector 
according to the aforesaid proposalls. 

Voted. That Inspectors be chosen to Serve for one year en- 
suing. 

Voted. That five persons be chosen to attend y* S*^ Service. 

Voted. That the Hon'"'= Waite Winthrop Esq% Sam" Sewall Esq', 
Elisha Cook Esq', Isaac Addington Esq'', & Thomas Brattle Esq' 



GQ City Document No. 137. 

are desired and appointed to Attend the S* Servic: as Inspectors 
agreeable to the S'' proposalls. 

Voted. That the Said Inspectors are desired to Introduce an 
Usher into y"^ S*^ School, and to Agree with him for a Recompence 
for his Service, not Exceeding Forty pounds p Annum. 

Voted. That the S*^ Inspectors do agree w* m" Thayer for his 
past Service in tliat worke & allow him for y*^ Same not exceeding 
the aforesaid Rate of Forty pounds p Annu. 

Whereas the Select men for the year past by a vote of y^ In- 
habitants of this Town at their Publick meeting on the 19"^ day of* 
December Last past, were Appointed a Committee to Consider the 
Proposalls of Cap' Oliver Noyes and Some other Gentlemen, about 
their building out a wharf e from the Lower end of King Street, 
down to Low Water marke, and to make report to y*^ next Town 
meeting, of what they shall thinck proper for y^ Town to do Con- 
cerning the Same. 

[309.] The Said Committee have now presented their report 
thereof unto the Town and is as followelh viz' 

Wee are of Opinion that the proposalls made by Docf Oliver 
Noyes and other Gentlemen now Signed by them & given in to 
the town at this meeting, will be a means to have the Out wharfes 
brought into good repaire, the doing of which with the planting of 
Guns as proposed, may be a great Safety to this Town in case of 
the Attack of an Enemie, and will be of Publick and Generall 
good to this Town, Provided the Undertakers be under Penalty to 
perform what they have there proposed and what is intended viz'. 
That the Street Shall forever bo ()peu it's full breadth from the 
End of King Street to the Circular Line, and be no wayes Incum- 
bered by them. . 

Signed by Joseph Prout T. Clerk in y*^ name of S*^ CoiTiittee. 

Tlie aforementioned proposalls made by Docf Oliver Noyes 
and other Gentlemen, Signed by them and Given to y° Town at 
this meeting, and being read are as followeth, viz'. 

We the Subscribers Some of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston do hereby promise and Ingage, that we and our Associates 
will at our own Cost and Charge Erect and build a wharfe with a 
Sufficient Coinon Shore (at the Approbation of the Select men) 
at the end of King Street to the Circular Line as delineated by 
the Plan, and that from thence we will Erect, build and maintaine 
a Wharfe. the width of the Street between nf Apthorps and m"" 
Fanueills, and Continue the Same in a direct line to the wharfes 
commonly called the new W^harfes, and unto Low-water marke, 
leaveing, alwayes a way of Thirty feet wide on one of the Sides 
thereof as a High way for the use of the Inhabitants of tlie Said 
Town and others, and to extend from One end of the Snme to the 
other for ever, and leaveing a gap of Sixteen feet wide (covered 
Over) for Lighters and boats to pass and repass about the middle 
of Said wharfe or where the Select men Shall direct, as also a 
passage way on to the new Wharfes, on each Side for Carts &c. 
Leaveing the end of S*^ Wharfe free for the Town, when they Shall 
See reason to plant Guns for the defence of Said Town, In con- 
sideration whereof the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, Shall and do give Grant, Bargaine, Enfeoffe and 



Boston Town Records, 1709/10. 67 

Confirm unto us the S^ Subscribers our heires, Assigues and As- 
sociates forever the Said Wharfe or Flatts to be maintained as 
aforesaid, unto Low water marlt, w"* all the Libertyes Priviledges 
Comodityes and Appurtenances whatsoever there unto belonging 
to our only proper & absolute use and be hoofe forever, And that 
the Town of Boston Shall alwayes defend us in the Possession 
and Peaceable Improvement of the Granted Premisies from any 
claim of y'^ Town &c. and that no wharfe beyond the S'^ Circular 
Line be permitted to joyn or come nearer to us then Sixty foot 
for ever, And we do Ingage and promise to finish s** Wharfe within 
the space of four years next after the date of the Grant if the 
Right of y'^out wharf es for One hundred & twenty foot where the 
line will fall can be procured by us. In witness where of Wee 
have hereunto Sett our hands the twent"\ day of Feb''y Anno 
Reginoe Octavo Anno Dom' 1709/10 Oliver Noyes, Daniel 
Oliver, James Barnes, John George, John Gerrisli, Anthony 
Stoddard. 

Voted. A grant to Cap' Oliver Noyes and Comp" according to 
their Said Proposalls, and the Committee's Report, So as not to 
prejudise former grants. 

[31®.] Voted. That the Select men be empowered on behalf 
of the Town, to Execute proper Instruments in writeing for the 
Confirming the afore mentioned Grant to Cap' Oliver Noyes & 
Comp'*. 

M"" Thomas Clark of Boston Pewterer haveing by his Petition 
Signified his request as followcth viz'. 

That the Town would Grant him Leave to fill up the Towns 
Dock (or Slip at the Lower end of Fleet Street) even with Cap' 
Haymans Wharfe, which he will do at his own charge, and the 
Same Shall bo free for all persons who shall have Ocasion to Ship 
off, or for Landing any Goods at any time, which will be a great 
benefit, whereas it is now of no use at all : and this your Petitioner 
li willing to do though it will be more for the benefit of the Mer- 
chants then for his own profRt, provided he may have a Cart way 
free forever for himselfe, his heires and Assigues, and he further 
promises a free Cart way for the Inhabitants of Boston to pass 
from this wharfe to the Out wharfes or any part thereof, he 
further Engages to make Such a way or slip at the end of the 
wharfe as the Selectmen Shall See meet. 

And whereas the Selectmen by a Vote of the Town the 19'^ of 
December Last were appointed to advise & consider of m'' Thomas 
Clarks proposalls Set forth in his Petition & to mak: Report at 
the next Town meeting of what they Shall thinck proper for the 
Town to do Concerning the Same. 

The S"^ Select men haveing now presented to y° Town- their report 
thereof ns followeth viz'. 

That our Opinion is. The proposalls mad: by m'" Thom' Clark 
for runing out a wharfe at the Lower end of Fleet Street as by 
him Set forth in his Petition, with addition that he make a good 
Sufficient Coiiion Shore the Length of the whole wharfe, that then 
it will be very comdious and beneficiall to the Inhabitants of this 
Town, and no wayes Infringeing the Libertyes of any perticuler 
persons. 



68 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. A grant to m'' Thorn" Clark agreeable to his above pro- 
posals & the Select mens Report. 

Voted. That the Select men be impowered on behalfe of y* 
T'own to Execute proper instruments, in writeing for the Confir- 
mation of y^ aboves'^ Grant to m"" Clark. 

Pursuant to a vote of the Town the 19* day of December Last, 
The Select men have now Offered to y*" Town ther proposalls in 
writeing (containeing a projection of Orders) For the more 
Effectuall preventing Danger l3y Fire, arriseing by y° Neglect of, 
or Carelessness in Sweeping of Chimneys, the w'''^ proposalls are 
Now lieing on file in the Town Clerks OtHce. 

Voted. That the Town doth Accept & approve of the S*^ Re- 
port made by y'^ Select men ab' Chimnyes and Chimny Sweepers. 

Voted. That the Select men are du'ected & Impowered to 
present the Said Projection of Orders to y* Court of Quarter 
Sessions in order to their Approbation thereof, and (if need be) 
to agree unto alterations or emmendations therein, So as the same 
may agree with the Scope and intent of the S'^ Proposalls and the 
Same to continu: in force as y® Town Orders. 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town the IS'^'of Decemb' Last Re- 
lateing to the makeing a fast Bridg in Mackrill Lane the Select 
men have now given in their Report as follows viz'. 

[311.] That they are of Opinion that it's Absolutely Necessary 
that a SufHcient firm Bridg fitt for Horse & cart be forth with 
made over the Creek in Maekrell Lane, and that nothing doth ap- 
pear to them that the Town hath ever abridged them Selves of 
that Priviledg, and if those that claim pi'opriety above the 
Bridg do See cause to make Sutable provision to draw the said 
Bridg So as to let Vessells in and out, that then they do, and 
maintane that part at their own Charge, and become Obliged to 
defend the Town from any damage which may hapen on their part 

Voted. That the Town doth approve of the S*^ report made by 
the Select men relateing to y® S*^ Bridg. 

It being proposed to y® town by, or on y^ behalfe of M'' Gyles 
Dyer Sherriff, as followeth, viz'. 

Whereas there is a peice of Land at the South end of y^ Town, 
being part of Wheelers Pond in Pond Street claimed by y" S'^ M" 
Dyer by deed on w'^'' he desires to build a Barn w"' wood, of 
Twenty foot in Front & Forty foot Backward, and the Select men 
of the Town haveing also claimed a right for the Same for y° 
Town, The S'' Dyer is willing to avoyd all further controversy, to 
leave out of his other Land as many feet of his own ground joyn- 
ing to the S^ Street, and Lett the water course which did formerly 
much annoy y° Sd Street, go through his own Land, which will 
very much .accomodate the S"^ Street, both for the breadth and dry- 
ness of it, and no wayes discomode the S"^ Pond, there being 
between forty and fifty foot left for a passage to y^ s*^ Pond, 
which if liberty be granted to him So to build, he will lett lie 
Open forever, for the Town for a watering place. 

The above is what M'' Gyles Dyer offers, And wee the present 
Select men of the Town of Boston, Considering there has been 
Severall years uneasieness about the S** Land, And also haveing 



Boston Town Eecords, 1709/10. 69 

had m'' Dyers Petition before us for Liberty to Erect a Wooden 
building on the S** Land, which we have not thought convenient to 
grant without the Consent of the Town, because we judg the just 
Right and property of the S*^ Land belongs to the Said Town, Yet 
in consideration of what m"" Dyer Offers in Exchange, wee desire 
the Town would give directions for the Isneing this matter. 

Dated y'' 7* of March 1709/10. 

Voted. A grant to m'" Gyles Dyer of y'' Land w'^'' he proposes 
to Sett his Barn on, on y^ Conditions above mentioned. 

And the Select men are impowered to Execute Sutabl: instru- 
ments in writeing for y^ Confirmation there of. 

The Select men haveing proposed to y'' Town, that Seeing Eliakim 
Hutchinson Esq"" is willing to Surrender up the Leas: of y^ Town 
Dock, or Bendalls Dock, upon terms by him proposed, they are of 
Opinion that it would be Advis: abl: for the Town to take it into 
their own hands. 

Voted. That the Selectmen to gether w"^ John Clark Esq"", Paul 
Dudley Esq'', Cap' Oliver Noyes & Cap' Thomas Fitch be im- 
powered to Treat and Agree w'? Eliakim Hutchinson Esq"' ab' his 
Surrender of y^ S*^ Lease on Such Terms as they Shall thinck bene- 
ficial to y^ Town. 

[312.] Voted. That the Comittee Appt)inted the 19"^ day of 
Dec"" Last, to Advise and Consider of proper methodes to prevent 
the Seas wasting away the Neck, be further Continued to Consider 
the Same, and to receive the proposalls of any persons who Shall 
Offer to take part of the Flats and Secure the High way. 

Voted. A Grant of One hundred pounds, to be raised and Layd 
out in paveing on the Neck, in such place or places as is most 
needfull. 

Voted. That this Meeting be Adjourned untill to morrow being 
Tuesday the 14"" of March Curi'' at two of y'' clock after noon to go 
on and finish the remayning worke of this meeting and to Consider 
Ab' a Fortification on y^ Neck. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and Other Inhabit'" of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified & warned according to Law being 
Convened at y^ Town-House in Boston the 13"' of March Ann" 
1709/0 and Continued by Adjournment to the 14"* day of the 
Same, and then being convened. 

Samuel Burnel is chosen to Serve as Constable for y® year ensue- 
ing in the room of Humphery Eichards who being before chosen 
hath refused to Serv: S*^ Burnel sworn. 

Votes for County Treasu'' w'' reed in & delivered to Consta. 
Tim° Prout by him to be given into y*" Q''. Sessions. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to chuse Seven Overseers 
of the Poor. 

Thomas Palmer Esq\ m"" William Welsteed, m'' John Boult, m'' 
Grove Hirst, m'' John Ruck, m'' Charles Chauncey & Cap' Habijah 
Savage are chosen to serve as Overseers of the Poor for the year 
ensueing. 

Jonatan Mountfort, Noah Champney, Seth Dwight, Hopestill 
Foster, Benj* Simpson, Sara^^ Demming are Chosen to Serve as 
Clerks of y^ Market for y^ year ensueing. 



70 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. The Thanks of this Town to y^ Overseers of y^ Poor 
for their Last yeai's good Service. 

Voted. That the Select men and Overseers of y*" Poor be a 
Committee to Consider and prepare what they Shall thinck meet 
further to be done, Relateing to y*" Work-House & Almes-House 
and well ordering of y" Poor. And also of y^ Hous: of Correc- 
tion and to Lay the Same before y'^ Town. 

Voted. That 1 James Freeman, James Barnc-rd, 2 Jonath" Far- 
um, John Comer, 3 William Wilson, Samuell Adams, 4 Rloses 
Bradford, John Flngg, 5. Sam" Plumraer, Joseph Green, 6. Thom' 
Peck, John Green Cooper, 7 Robert Butcher, Cap' Rich*^ Gridley, 
8 James Moseman, Peter Thomas, do Serve as Tythingmen within 
this Town for y*^ year ensueing. 

[313 ] Voted. That the Select take y" care of repaireing the 
Highwayes for the year ensueing both within y'' Town & at Rumny 
Marsh. 

Mesu" John Marrion, Thomas Cushing, William Jcpson & 
Silence Allen are chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for y* 
year ensueing. ^ 

Mesu" Samuel Bridg, Peter Wear, John Jepson & Cap' Thorn" 
Barnerd are Chosen to Serve as Fence-Veiwers for y*^ year ensueing. 

Benjamen Brown, Anthony Underwood, Sam" Thorn, & Zach''^ 
Thayer are chosen to Serve as Hogreeves for y*^ year ensueing. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of Six 
weighers of Hay. 

Mesu""' James Barnes, Frances Thresher, Timothy Wadsworth, 
John Bennet, William Shepreeve & Joseph Maylam are chosen to 
Serve as Weighers of Hay for the year ensueing. 

The Select men haveiiig proposed to y*" Town at this meeting, 
That whereas the water wayes for Landing from Winisimit are out 
of Rei^aire, And Since the North Battree is New built there is a 
comociious place at the west end of the Old Battree, wher: there 
is no Tide to annoy the Fery boats Landing there, they propose 
that the S"^ wayes be there built on the Townes ground w'^'' may be 
an Advantage. 

Voted. A Concurrence to y^ S*^ proposalls ab' a water way to 
be buUt at Merry" point. 

A memorial being presented to y^ Town at this meeting, in write- 
ing as followeth viz'. 

It being supposed that attempts may be made by Some perticu- 
lar persons (in order to promote their own private interest) to per- 
swade Some of the Lihabitants of this Town to move fur a Vf)te 
of the Town for, or in order to the wharfeing, or filling up the 
Town Slip at the Lower end of Wood Lane, under a pietence that 
the So doing may prove a comon benefit. And Least the Town 
Should be too casiely perswaded to Consent thereto in their own 
wrong. 

The Subscribers hereof do hereby Offer unto consideration 
Some Arguments to demontrate, that the filling up the Said Slip 
will tend to the prejudice and damage of y'= Town And that the 
Same l)eing left open will tend to y" benefit & Advantage of the 
Inhabitants, and that in Sundry respects viz'. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1709/10. 71 

1 . With respect to the Natural Course of Wast water running out 
of Severall Streets into that Slip, and in perticular the many Cellar 
draines in that part of the Town, which can have Vent in no other 
place but ther: unto which priviledge that neiglibor hood do esteem 
themselves to have a just and equitable Right, and Some of them 
do complaine, that the buildings w*^'' have been Set over the S*^ Slip 
for years past hath been greatly to their dainiige, for that y" S* 
Slip, partly bj' the working of the Sea, and partly by Trash cast 
in, hath gi'adually fil'd up, and no way left to come at and clear 
the Same, the which inconveniency (unto a greater degree) they 
may reasonably expect in cas: the Same Should be wharfed or 
fil'd up. 

[314.] 2. With respect to the benefit of haveing Small boats 
with fruits, and other provisions usually brought to market, to 
come up and lie so neer the High way which might be a benefit to 
y* Inhabitants for the future as it formerly was, for (by the report 
of Sum who do remember the Same) that Slip before any 
buildings were Set over it, was much frequented by Such boats 
Comeiug to market from y*^ Iselands and other places lieing Nigh 
unto this Town. 

3. With respect to the Landing or Shipping ofl" of Horses, Cattell 
&c. or the Saveing any Such from being drowned or Lost, which 
at any time may hapen to fall off from any wharf e on y' Side of y" 
Town. 

4. And also with respect to the more ready comeing at, and pro- 
cureing water out of the Sea in case of great extreamity by the 
breaking out of fire in that part of the Town. 

All which foi'e mentioned conveniencyes being for the Coiiion 
good and benefit of the Inhabitants may justly claim a prefference 
to any privat: Advantag: 

And whereas the Said Slip is the Only place of the Townes now 
left on that Side of the Town, Capable of of being left open for 
the Afore mentioned uses. 

It is there fore proposed that the Inhabitants do pass a Vote, 
That the Said Slip be for ever hereafter left open as a waterway 
free for the afore said uses, excepting only So much thereof to 
be made up and fil'd Next the Street, as shall be a Sufficient Abutt- 
ment to the Same, and that all the rest of y'' Said Slip be clear'd, 
and Kept clear and Free from any Filth, annoyance, incumber- 
ance or Incroachment, and that Convenient Sepps and wayes be 
made to the Same, with Battlements next the Street. 

Signed by John Clark Esq"", Jos Prout W™ Robie, w"' twenty 
others of y^ Inhabit'^ 

Voted. That the Town doth agree unto the above mentioned 
proposalls relateing to the Slip at the Lower End of wood lane, and 
that those who have benefit thereby, bear the charge of Clearing 
y* Same. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of a Com- 
mittee to Consider about building a line of Fortification on the 
Neck, to make an Estemation of what may be the charge thereof, 
and also to Consider of the most convenient place, & manner how 
the Sam: may be built So as to be a means of Safety to y^ Town, 



72 City Document No. 137. 

and to make report to the Town at their next meeting of what they 
Shall thinck proper for the Town to do therein. 

Voted. That five persons be chosen to be of y* S*^ Comittee. 

Voted. That Elisha Cook Esq'', Samuel Sewall Esq% Thomas 
Brattle Esq% Cap* Thomas Fitch & Cap' Oliver Noyes, be the S"* 
Committee. 

Whereas Elisha Cook Esq"", Elisha Hutchinson Esq"" and John 
Foster Esq"" were formerly Appointed as a Comittee to Treat and 
Agree w''' Sam" Sewall Esq'' or any other person who hath Land 
convenient, ab' purchaseing of Land. [315.] Convenient for the 
Enlargement of the North burying place, & that nothing hath been 
as yet effected therein. 

Voted. That the S*^ Committee be Continued, and they ar: desired 
to make report to the Town at their Next meeting of their Proceed- 
ings in that matter. 

Whereas Joseph Prout hath represented to the Town at this, 
meeting that he hath Served as Town Clerk for the Space of Nine 
years past. And that dureing the S*^ time, his worke in that office 
for the Towne's Service, hath gradually Increased So as that it farr 
exceeds what was usuall in the time of his Predicessors, And that 
his Perquissets in Sundry Instances thereof is very much Abated. 
And that for the Space of Seven years past he hath Served the 
Town as Treasu'", And that the work of both his S*^ Offices hath 
required Such Constant dayly Attendance, So as to exclude his 
undertakeing in other imploy"'. And that his income for both, falls 
considerably Short of his Necessary expences. And prayes that 
the Same may be considered in order to his being allowed Some 
further Recompenc: for his Said Service as Treasurer. 

Voted. That the Committee formerly Appointed to Audit the 
Treasurers Acco'' for the year past viz' .lohn Foster Esq% Samuel 
Lynd Esq', Cap' Thomas Fitch, Cap' Sam" Keeling and m'' Tim- 
othy Lindall, are desired and appointed to inspect & consider that 
matter, And make report to the Town at their next meeting, their 
Opinion, of what they Shall thinck meet for the Town to do in 
Answere to the S'^ Prout' request for Some further_Recompence. 

Voted. That Joseph Prout is granted the Suine of Thirty 
pounds for his Service as Treasu' in the two years Last past. 

Voted. A grant of fourteen hundred pounds to be raised on 
the Inhabitants and Estates of this Town for defraying the Ordi- 
nary necessary charges of this Town for the year ensueing. 

Voted. That the Select men do Supply the Representitiyes 
who Shall be chosen for y^ next years Service with a Memoriall 
in Order to- Obtaine of y'' Gen" Court, liberty in y'^ Law that the 
Select men from time to time may State the ffees for Cording of 
wood. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, and warned, according to Law, 
being convened at the Town-House the 15th of May 1710. 

Coll° Adam Winthrop is chosen to Serve as Moderator, & 
Refuseth to Serve. 

Coll° Pen Townsend is chosen to Serve a Moderator for this 
Meeting. 



Boston Town Recoeds, 1710. 73 

John Clark Esq% Cap* Ephr™ Savage, Cap* Thorn' Hutchinson, 
m'" James Barnes are by y*" Majority of Voters present chosen to 
Serve as Representitives. 

Cap' Edward Martyne is chosen to Serve as a Select man for y* 
year ensueing in the room of m'' Rich*^ Draper who was before 
chosen to that Office & refuseth to Serve. 

[310.] Whereas the Comittee formerly appointed by y" Town 
to Consider of proper Methodes for improveing the money reed 
for the Wast Lands at Brantre}^ So as the Stock might not be 
exhausted they now propose to Erect a Brick Building on the 
Town' Slip b}^ Joseph Rogers^ to be let out for the Support of a 
Publick writeiug School in the Town, and do offer it to the Town, 
That they grant the Said Slip for the end afore Said, there being 
Ab* Six hundred and Sixty pounds to be layd out. 

Voted. That a Comittee be chosen to Consider and make 
report to the town at their next meeting, of what they Shall thinck 
proper for the Town to do, relateing to the afore said proposalls. 

Voted. That John Foster Esq% Pen Townesend Esq% Peter 
Sergent Esq% John Clarke Esq', and m' John Marrion be the Said 
Committee. 

Voted. That consideration ab' Selling the Blue Hill Lands at 
Brantrce be deferrred untill next meeting. 

The Select men haveing now Informed the Town, that they have 
veiwed that part of the High way on the Neck, w''"' is most in 
danger of being wasted away by the Tides, for w'='' the Town at 
their Last meeting granted one hundred pounds to be layd out in 
paveing thereof, and that they have Computed the ChUrge thereof 
will amo' to neer double the S** Sume. 

Voted. That the Select men do proceed to Accomplish the 
paveing thereof altho' the charge thereof do exceed the Suine 
first proposed. 

Voted. That Consideration ab' Fortifieing y® Neck be deferred 
untill next meeting. 

Voted. That Severall Comittees formerly appointed who have 
not yet given in their Report viz*. 

Comittee to Consider ab' Secureing y^ neck. 

Committee Ab' y^ Worke-House &c. 

Comittee to Consider of Jos. Front's motion. 

Comittee Ab' enlargeing y^ North-buryin plac: be further 
continued. 

Voted. That John Foster Esq'', Samuel L3'nde Esq'', Maj"" 
Thorn' Fitch, Cap' Sam^^ Keeling and m'' Timothy Lindall or 
any three of them Attending the S*^ Service, be a Comittee to 
Audit the Treasu''^ acco'' for this present j^ear. 

Voted. That m"" Hopestill Foster & m''Noah Champey do Serve 
as T5'thing men for this present year. 

Voted, That m'^ William Lowder & m'" Sam^' Pearce do Serve 
as Clerks of the Market for this present year. 

Voted. That the Select men do provide Materialls Necessary 
for the weighing of Hay. 

Whereas m"* Henry Bering hath Offered proposalls to the Town 
for their provideing Sundry Materialls for the more Speed}^ Sup- 
pressing of fire. 



74 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. That the Consideration thereof be left to the Select men. 

[317.] At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned According to 
Law, being convened at the Town-House the 14th of Octo"" 1710. 

Addington Davenport P2sq'' was chosen to Serve as Moderator 
for this 'Meeting who desireing to be excused. 

Samuel Lynde Esq'' was chosen in his room to Serve as modera- 
tor for this meeting. 

A motion or Request in writeing being presented and distinctly 
Read at this meeting & is as followeth viz'. 

" The Request of the Hon^'" Coll'' Francis Nicholson together 
"with the Ministers, Church Wardens, and others of the Church 
"of England in Boston Sheweth. 

" That the Church being too Small to accomodate the congre- 
" gation and Strangers that dayly Increase. And are desireous to 
" Enlarge the Same with the Approbation of the Select men and 
"Inhabitants, but wanting Ground on the North Side and East 
"End, Request that they may have a Grant of fifteen foot wide 
" on the North Side and" Seventy four foot in Length. And ten 
" foot at the East end of the Church in Length which is included 
" in the S** Seventy four foot. Reserveing the Same Libert}^ to all 
"persons who have had any friends buiyed in Said Ground which' 
" they Enjoyed heretofore. Which Request being granted Shall be 
"ever Acknowledged &c." 

Voted, a grant to the S'^ Gentlemen of their abovesaid Request. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified and Warned According to Law, 
being Convened at "the Town-House the 12th day of March 
1710. 11. 

Pen Townsend Esq"" is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for y* 
meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to choose Assessors dis- 
tinct from the Select men. 

Voted. That Seven persons be Chosen to Serve as Assessors. 

Voted. That Seven pei'sons be Chosen to Serve as Sel: men. 

Addington Davenport Esq% Mesu''^ Isaiah Tay, Daniel Oliver, 
Thomas Cushing, D'' Oliver Noyes, Joseph Waclsworth, Edward 
Hutchinson are Chosen to Serve as Select men for y" year 
Ensueing. 

Messu" James Barnes, Cap' Tim° Clai'k, Daniel Powning, Jonas 
Clark, Francis Thresher, Samuel Greenwood, Cap' Nathan'' Oliver 
are Chosen to Serve as Assessors for y^ year ensueing. 

[318.] Voted, an Adjourm' of this meeting untill three of the 
Clock in the afternoon of this day. And being then mett they 
proceeded. 

OflScers Chosen to Serve in the district of Rumny Marsh for 
the year ensueing viz'. 

William Hasie is chosen to Serve as Constable. 

Abraham Ilasie & John Chamberline are chosen to Serve as 
Fence Veiwers. 

Thomas Berry & Thomas Prat to Serve as Tythingmen. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1710/11. 75 

Votes for County Treasu'' delivered to Cousta Burnel. 

Joseph Prout is chosen to Serve as Town Clerk. 

Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Trcasu^ 

Messu" Thomas Lee, David Mason, Gyles Fifeeld, Eliezur 
Darbey, George Bethune, John Benning, Joseph Hood, Thorn' 
Kichards Chosen to Serve as Constables. 

The Hon'^''= Waite Winthrop Esq% Elisha Cook Esq% Sam" 
Sewal Esq'', Isaac Addington Esq"" and Thomas Brattle Esq" 
are chosen to be Inspectors of the Free Gramer School for the 
3'ear ensueing. 

Voted. The Town will proceed to choose Seven Overseers of 
the Poor. 

Thomas Palmer Esq'", Messu" William Welsteed, John Ruck, 
Grove Hirst, Charles Chauncey, Cap' Habijah Savage, Timothy 
Lendall are Chosen to Serve as Overseers of y® Poor for y*^ en- 
suing year. 

Mesu" John Baker, John Green, Benj'' Brame, Nath" Balstone 
& Thomas Godfrey are Chosen to Serve as Clerks of y" Market. 

For Reasons given by Joseph Hood. Voted that he be Excused 
from Servcing as Constable for y'' year ensueing. 

Mes' William Hough, Cap' James Pitts, Cap' Gilbert Bant, 
Thomas Hunt, Thomas Clark, John George, John Mieo, John 
Clough Skiner, Joseph Grant, David Farnum, Cap' Jn° Ballentine, 
Will'" Harrise, David Jefferyes, Samuel Phillips, John Bourland, 
Robert Calef are Chosen to Serve as Tythiiigmen. 

M"" John Benning declares his Refusall to Serve as Consta. 

[319.] Deacon John Maryon, Silence Allen, William Jepson 
& W^ill"' Clear are Chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for y* 
ensueing year. 

Sam'^ Bridg, Peter Wire, Cap' John Barnerd & John Eustice are 
Chosen to Serve as Fence Veiwers for the ensueing year. 

Andrew Cunningham, Job Ingram, Rich'^ Llunewell and Josue 
Marriner are Chosen to Serve as Hogreeves. 

Coll" John Ballentine, Majo'' Thomas Fitch, Mcss'^''^ Stephen 
Minot, James Lablond, Thomas Smith, Will"' Shepreeve, Nathan" 
Aires & John Briggs, are chosen to Serve as Scavengers for the 
year ensueing. 

Mesu'' James Barnes, Francis Thrasher, Tim° Wadsworth, John 
Bennet, William Shepreeve & Joseph Malam are Chosen to Serve 
as Weighers of Hay for y^ ensueing year. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to Chuse Six persons to be 
Measurers of board, plank &c. & Veiwers of Shingle. 

Mesu''^ James Barnes, Samuel Bridg, James Gooch, Allex' 
Seers, Jabez Negus & Cap' Thomas Barnerd are chosen to Serve 
as Measu''^ of Board, plank &c. And Veiwers of Shingle. 

Voted. That the Gentlemen now Chosen as Select men be also 
the Surve_yors of the Ilighwayes for the year ensueing. 

Prfjposals being now offered to the Town in write ing, under the 
hands of Mesii'"' David Jefferyes, Ephraim Savage, Tiiom'' Creese, 
Samuel Bridg Rich*^ Christcjpliers, & John Green, Proprietors of 
Certain: parcells of Land lieiiig betwixt Queen Street & School 
Street, considering the Accomodation and benefit w'='' in divers 
respects will arise to the Inhabitants in Gen" hy the Layhig out a 



76 City Document No. 137. 

Street or Lane Across from Queen Street to School Street afores* 
And being Willing to part w'^ Some of their Lauds for such 
a Publick use and Service, Offering to the Town the consideration 
of their aforesaid Proposall for the Laying out a Street or Lane 
across betwixt y** two Streets aforesaid, of such Breadth as the 
Town may thinck convenient. One end thereof to open into 
Queen Street at the Westerly end of the dwelling House & Land 
of the Late John Eyre Esq'' deceaced, abutting on y*^ same, and the 
other end thereof to be opened to School Street at the Easterly 
end of the dwelling House belonging to y^ Free Graiiiar School 
Now in the Occupation of m"" Nath^^ Williams. 

Praying the Town to Encourrage & Assist the Same in what is 
Necessary to be done on their part, for y^ Promoting so Publick 
and beneficial a worke. 

And the Select men for the year Last past, haveing Signified 
to the Town, that they have, Viewed the S'^ place & Considered 
[320.] The Circumstances thereof, and are of Opinion that the 
Same may be granted on the following conditions Viz'. 

That whereas the Town hath So large a part in y'^ Said Land, 
It is thought proper and Reasonable That the Gentlemen who 
have desired a Street to be there Layd out. Should at their own 
cost & charge make up y^ Fence, and Pave and Maintaine the 
Said Street throughout, and dig a well for the Town in Some Con- 
venient place at the direction of y® Select men in leiw of a well 
belonging to y^ Town at the end of the House m"" Williams the 
School master dwells in. 

Voted. That the Town Approves & Accepts of the aforesaid 
Proposalls as the Select men have Stated it. And do Appoint the 
Select men to Lay out and finish the Same So farr as the Townes 
Right extends. 

Voted, an Adjournment of this Meeting unto to morrow being 
the IS"' of March Cur' at nine of y*^ Clock in the forenoon. And 
being then againe Convened they proceeded as followeth Viz'. 

In the room of Joseph Hood whom y^ Town hath excused, And 
Mesu*^' George Bethune, Thomas Lee, John Benning, Cap' David 
Mason, and Cap' Thom^ Richards, who have declared their refusall 
to Serve as Constables, w'' chosen to Serve in their room as fol- 
lows viz' 

Mesu" Barrat Dyer, Charles Morrise, Sam^^ Marshall jun"^, 
Samuell Greenliefe, Sam" Bill, Edward Wade are chosen to Serve 
as Constables for the year ensueing. 

Voted. An Acceptance of the Selectmens Report relateing to 
m'' Dereings Proposal, for provideing materiall to Extinguis fire. 

Voted. That the Town will choose a Comittee to hear the 
Claims of those that Oppose the Erecting of a building at y'' Dock 
for y*" Publick use, with the Answeres of the Comittee of the Town 
and Proprietors, and make report to y'' Town at their next meeting 
for the choyce of Representitives. 

Voted. That Addiugton Davenport Esq'", Capt' Thorn' Hutchin- 
son, Mesu''' Ezekiel Lewise, James Barnes, & Timothy Thornton 
be the S*^ Comittee. 

Voted. That the Present Selectmen Viz'. Addington Daven- 



Boston Town Kecords, 1711. 77 

port Esq'', Mesu" Isaiah Tay, Daniel Oliver, Thorn' Gushing, Dr 
Oliver Noyes, Joseph Wadsworth & Edw*^ Hutchinson, or any five 
of them, be a CoTnittee to Sell the Townes Lands in Brantree, and 
that they have full power to Sign & execute Deeds for y" same, & 
y' they Lay out y** S"^ money in Some Real Estate for the use of 
the Publick Lattin School, that y^ Stock be not Exhausted Pro- 
vided y^ Town be advised w'*" before y® money be disposed of. 

[321.] In the room of Barrat Dyer, Charles Morris Sam'^ 
Marshall juu"" and Edward Wade who have to Serve as Constables. 

Mesu" Samuel Moor, Christopher Kelbey, Joshua Hensha, 
Thomas Goold are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the year en- 
sueing. 

m"" John Bull haveing represented to the Town at this meeting, 
That he hath for Some years past been a great Sufferer, Relating 
to a piece of Flatts which of Right belongeth to him as he can make 
appear, which by the direction or order of the Select men, through 
a Misunderstanding long Since hath been Ellegally taken from 
him, and Kept out of his Possession to his great damage, and 
haveing lately layd this matter before the Select men, who in- 
formed him it is not in their power to grant him reliefe. He prays 
that the Town will be pleased to chose a Comittee to Inquire into 
the matter, and to make report thereof at the next Towns meet- 
ing, in order to the Obtaineing his just Right. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to Chuse a Committee as 
proposed by the S*^ John Bull in his S'' Petition. 

Voted. That Cap* Ephraim Savage, Cap' Timothy Clark and 
m"" John Marion be the S'' Comittee. 

Upon reasons given by Christopher Kilbee. 

Voted. That he be excused from Serveing as Constable for y' 
ensuing year. 

Voted, an Adjourm' of this meeting untill three of y'^ Clock in 
the afernoon of this day, at w°'' time they then agaiue Convened. 

In the room of Christopher Kilbey who was excused, aind Joshua 
Hencha & Thomas Goold who have refused to Serve. 

Mesu" John Comer, Samuel Adams Blockmak'', John Roberts 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for y^ ensueing year. 

Voted. That a New Comittee be chosen by the Town, w* full 
power to purchace land convenient for the Enlargera' of the North 
burying place. And that m' Timothy Thornton Cap* Thomas 
Hutchinson and Cap' Edward Martyn be the S*^ Coinittee. 

Pusuant to a Vote of the Town the 14"^ of March 1709/10 
relateing to the Motion of Joseph Prout: And the return of the 
Comittee who were Appointed to Inspect and Consider the Same. 

Voted. That the S** Joseph Prout be allowed and paid out of 
the Treasury, the Suiiie of Twenty five pounds, for Service by him 
done before the the 14"" of March Last past agreeable to the report 
of S*^ Comittee under y® hands of Mesu" Lynds, Fitch, Keeling 
and Lindall. 

In the room of John Comer, Sam*^ Adams, & John Roberts who 
have de Clared their Refusall to Serve as Conist*''^ for y® ensueing 
year. 

Richard Christophers, W™ Brown Joyner '& John Oliver are 
chosen to Serve as Constables for y^ year ensueing. 



78 City Document No. 137. 

[322.] A Memorial offered to the Town at this meeting by 
the Select men being as followeth viz' 

Whereas according to the Information of Some of the Learned, 
who have made Observation of the easie & pleasant Rules and 
Methodes used in Some Schools in Europe, where Scollars p'haps 
within the compass of one year, have attained to a Competent 
Proficency So as to be able to read, and discourse in Lattin and 
of themselves capable to make Considerable progress therein : And 
that according to the methodes used here Verj' many hundreds of 
boyes in this Town, who by their Parents were never designed for 
a more Liberal Education have Spent two, three, four years or 
more of their more Early clayes at the Lattin School, which hath 
proved of very Little, or no benefit as to their after Accom- 
plishm'. 

It is therefore pi-oposed to the Town that they would Recomend 
it to those Gentle"' whom they shall chuse as Inspectors of the 
Schools, Together with y^ ministers of the Town, To Consider 
whether in this Town (where the Free School is maintained cheifly 
b}^ a Town Rate on the Inhabitants) That Supposeing the for- 
mer more Tedious and burthensome methode may be thought the 
best for such as are designed for Schollars (which is by Some 
questioned). Yet for the Sake & benefitt of others who usually 
are the greater number by far in Such Schools, Whether it might 
not be adviseable that Some more easie and delightfuU methodes 
be there attended and put in practice. And to Signifie to y'= Town 
their thoughts therein, in order to the Encourageme™' of the 
Same. 

Voted. That the Said Memorial be So recoraended to the In- 
spectors of the School, and Ministers of the Town as is therein 
Set forth. 

Voted. A grant of Three hundred pounds to be La3'd out in 
paveing tlie Streets, at Such places ns y" Select men Shall thinck 
most Needfull. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired to waite on the Sessions 
in Relation to the Presentments of the Avayes & desire that the 
Same may be dismist for that the Town have granted £300 : 
twards y^ paveing the wayes, & Shall proceed to mend them all 
in Course. 

In the Roorae of William Brown, Sam" Bill, & Sam" Greeliefe 
who have declai-ed their Reftisall to Serve as Consta""'' for the En- 
sueiug year. 

Mesa" Francis Righton, John Fosdick & Edard Weavor are 
Chosen to Serve as Consta'^'* for y'' year ensueing. 

[323.] Voted. A grant of one thousand pounds for the re- 
life of the Poor, and for defraying the other Necessary Charges 
arriseiug w"'iu and for this Town. 

Voted. A grant of Three hundred pounds for defraying the 
Charge of the NVatch for one year ensueing. 

In y*" room of Edward Weaver who hath refused to Serve as 
Const^ for y*" ensueifig year Daniel Loreing is chosen to Serve as 
Constable for y*" year ensuing. 

Voted That Paul Dudley Esq' Sam" Lynd Esq', Coll° John 



Boston Toavn Eecords, 1711. 79 

Ballentine, Cap* Thomas Hutchinson & Deacon John Maryon are 
appointed a comittee to consider and prepare what they Shall 
thi ik proper to be layd before the Town, Relating to a Projection 
of fiever" Town orders, offered to consideration by Sundry Inhab- 
itants of y^ Town. 

Voted. That it be left w"' the Select men cither to Lease out 
a peice of wharfe by the condit nigh the Mill-Bridg, for a term 
of years to Some person who will rcpaire & make up the Same, or 
other wise to Secure it at their discretion. 

Voted. That the Bridg over the Creek in Ann Street, be made 
a Suflicieut Fast Bridg for the future, for the better Security of 
Passengers, and the persons Obiged to build the Same be notified 
thereof by y*" Select men. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabit'' of the Town 
of Boston, duly qualified and Avarned Accordingly to Law being 
Convened at the Town House the 9"' of JNIay 1711. 

ColP Sam" Checkly is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to Chuse four Represent- 
itives. 

John Clark Esq% Cap* Thomas Hutchinson, Maj"^ Thom' Fitch 
& Addington Davenport Esq'' are Chosen to Serve as Represent- 
itives for this Town, according to a warr' from y'' Shiriffe. 

Soloman Kneeland is Chosen to Serve as Constable for y^ year 
ensueiug, and upon reasons by him given was by a Vote of y° 
Town, excused from Serveing for this year. 

Ephraim Feuno is chosen to Serve as Constable for y^ year en- 
sueing, and upon reasons by him given was by a Vote of the Town 
Excused from Serveing for this year. 

Ordered. That no Huckster or other person whatsoever dwell- 
ing or Rcsideing within this Town of Boston, Shall by themselves 
or others Buy, Contract or bargain for, any Sort of Provisions, of 
what nature or Kind soever, brought or bringing to Town for Sale, 
except for their own families use, untill three of the Clock after 
noon, on penalty of Forfeiting and paying the Sumo of Twenty 
Shillings for every Transgression of this order. 

[324.] Ordered. That no Wharfluger or any other person 
dwelling or Residing within this Town, Shall Suffer or permit any 
Sort of Fire-wood to be carted or any wayes carryed off their 
Wharfes or Lands except for their own use untill it hath been first 
measured or Corded by a Sworn Cordcr, or other wise veiwed by 
any other Officer or Officers, appointed by y" Sel: men for the 
time being, and found Measure, according to the direction of the 
Law in that case made and provided On penalty of Forfeiting 
and paying Twenty Shillings for every Transgression of this 
Order. 

Voted. That the two fore ging orders be and coninue in Force 
for the year ensueing, untill the Inhabitants Shal hereafer by 
their Vote Repeal the Same or ether of them. 

Voted, an Adjourment of this meeting untill thre of y° clock 
after noon. At w*^'' time they againe w"" Assembled. 



80 City Document No. 137. 

The draught of a Deed in writing for the Sale of the Blue 
Hill Lands at Brantrey being presented by the Select men & dis- 
tinctly Read to the Inhabitants at this meeting. 

Voted. That it be thereon Endorsed in the words following 
viz'. 

(The within Written Indenture of Bargain and Sale made by the 
Select men, appointed and impowered by the Town a Coihittee for 
that purpose, was presented & Publickly Read in a Generall Town 
Meeting, Orderly Assembled at the Town House in Boston, upon 
Lawfull warning the 9"' day of May 1711. And the S'^ Deed was 
Voted by y*" Freeholders and other Inhabitants duly qualified as 
the Law directs present at the S'^ Bleeting, Approved & Confirmed 
by y^"' as well in the Grant as Warranty.) 

Voted. That the Suiiie of Thirteen hundred pounds, part of the 
Purchase money for the Towns Land in Brantrey, Sold to Menas- 
sah Tucker &c, of Milton, by y*" present Select men appointed and 
impowered a Coiiiittee for that purpose, to be paid by Several pay- 
ments into y^ Town Treasury, according to the Tenor of the Con- 
ditions of Certain Bonds or writeings Obligatory by them passed 
to Joseph Front Gent, present Town Treasn'' or his Successor in 
that Office (Together with the Two hundred pounds already re- 
ceived towards the S'^ purchace) Be Invested and Layd out in 
Some Real Estate for the use of the Fublick Lattin School, by the 
aforesaid Coraittee of the present Select men, or any five of y™, 
pursuant to the Towns Vote of the 13"' of March past, or by Such 
other Coiiiittee as the Town may hereafter raise and Substitute for 
that Service. 

The aforesaid money when in the Treasury, to be drawn forth 
by order of the CoHiittee, and by them invested and Layd out 
[325.] As aforesaid. Provided the Town be Advised with before 
the disposal thereof. The Annual Rent and Incomes of Such 
Investiture to be imployed to and for the Support of the Publick 
Grammar School, the principall Stock not to be deminished. 

Voted. That the Town will at this meeting, proceed to y" Con- 
sidera'' of the Petition of Cap' Ephraim Savage «fec. Requesting an 
abatement of the Conditions enjoyued on them in the Town Vote 
the 12"' of March Last, ab' Laying out a New Street. 

Voted. That it be left with the Selectmen to make Some 
reasonable abatement of the S"* Petitioners Charge in paveing 
which was by the S''^ former Vote enjoyued on them, Provided they 
Lay open the S'' way with'" y" Space of Six moueths next. 

Upon Reading the Report of the Colnittee appointed to enquire 
after a Sutable Spot of Land for Enlarging the burymg place at 
the North end of the Town viz'. 

That they had Treated w"' the Hon*^'' Sam" Sewall Esq'. To 
purchase part of his Land Adjoyning to the present Burying place, 
of the dementions express*^ in the S'^ Report for that use, at the 
Price of one hundred and Twenty pounds. 

Voted. That tlie S*^ Report be accepted, And a proper Deed be 
made and Excuted for the S*^ Land, to be paid for within twelve 
moneths next comeing. 

Voted. That the proposall made by the Hon''^'' Sam" Sewall 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1711. 81 

Esq' for Sale of a parcell of Land for Enlargeing y' North burying 
place, at the price of One hundred and Twenty pounds, to abate 
Seventy pounds of the Said purchase money, So that y* Town 
please to Release an Annual Quit claim of Forty Shillings. Issue- 
ing out of a Ceader Swamp in his possession, Scituate in Brook- 
lyne, Appropriated to the use of the Grammar School Reported 
by the CoiSittee. Be accepted. And that the Said Quit Rent of 
Forty Shillings p' Annum be abated. 

The afore said Suiiie of Seventy Pounds to be drawn out of of 
the Town Treasury, and Invested in Some Real Estate, or other- 
wise improved by the direction of y" Select men for the time being, 
The yearly Rent or Profit thereof to be appropriated to the use of 
the Free Grammar School, in liew of the afore said Quit Rent. 

Voted. That it be left w"' the Selectmen to «lraw up & Offer to 
the Town Such proposalls as they Shall thinck proper, in order to 
an appropriation of the Townos Wharfe & Dock at Merryes point, 
y** Rent of Winisimit Ferry & the Avharfe at y*" end of Cross Street, 
For the Support of a Free School or Schols at the North end of 
the Town. 

[326.] Voted. That it be left to the Select men to Sell the 
Townes Lands at Muddy River Alies Brooklyne, and that they 
have full power to make and Execute proper Deeds for the Same, 
Saveing and Reserveing to the Inhabitants of Brookline a propor- 
tion thereof according to their Rates to this Town. 

Voted. That it is left to the Select men to grant. Sell & dispose 
of the Townes Land on each Side of the High way on the Neck 
from the place where the Fortification formerly Stood, as far as the 
halfe way Pond, either by Lease for term of years, or by Grant of 
the Fee thereof, as they Shall tliink best ; In order to Secureing 
the High way there, (vf"^ is proposed to be left of a considerable 
breadth) . Reserveing a Space of about One hundred yards in 
breadth, a cross from Sea to Sea, Sutable for a Fortification or 
an}- other use for the Service & benefit of the Town, Reserveing 
also a Space for a Cross High way next to the Land formerly 
Granted to Cap' Oliver Noyes & Comp^, and y° S"^ Select men are 
fully impowered to make and Execute proper Instruments or Deeds 
for y* Same. 

Voted. That it be left to y^ Sel: men to provide a Sutable 
number of halfe bushells, made conenient in order to prevent fraud 
in measure. 

Voted, That it be left to the Selectmen to dii*ect to Some 
proper methode ether by Cart or other wise to remove and Carry 
away the Dirt & Trash out of y'' High wayes w* in y** Town. 

Upon Reading the Petition of the persons who Served as Con- 
stables in the year 1710. Voted. That it be left with the Select 
men to make Such further abatements to the S*^ Constables as Shall 
be needfull. 

Saveing that this vote be not a president for future Constable. 

Voted. That the Gentlemen that Represent this Town in the 
G' & Gen^^ Assembly be desired to move, That the Rule for ap- 
portioning the Town & County Assessments for Boston may be 



82 City Document No. 137. 

according to the Rule of the Province Tax for the Preceeding 3'ear, 
that So the Collection of the Same may be more Early. 

Thomas Wallise is Chosen to Serve as Constable for the j-ear 
ensueing in the Room of Daniell Loreing who in the moneth of 
March Last was Chosed to y' Office, & hath refused to Serve. 

M"" Anthony Stoddard is Chosen to Serve as Overseer of the 
Poor, for the year ensueing in the room and Staad of m"' Charles 
Chauncey deceaced. 

Voted. That the Consideration of the Bridg in Anne Street he 
deferred untill the Next Pablick meeting of y' Inliabit'\ 

The Select men have Ordered that the Order, Or By Law agreed 
unto by y*" Inhabitan'^ as mentioned in page 31'>, and Since that 
finished So as to be put in practice be now here [327.] Recorded, 
and is as followeth viz'. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to Law, be- 
ing convened at the Town-House the 13"* of March 1709/10. 

Ordered, That the Select men of this Town for the time being do 
from time to time Appoint Sutable persons to be Chimny Sweepers, 
and to agree witn them for the Sweeping the Same, not exceeding 
the Rates hereafter mentioned viz'. 

For each Chimny of five Storyes high eighteen pence, of four 
Storyes High fourteen pence, of three Storyes high ten pence, and 
of all other coirion Chimnyes eight pence. 

And if any person whomsoever who is not So appointed as 
aforesaid, Sliall presume either by himselfe or Servant, to undei*- 
take the Sweeping of any Chimny in this Town, except Such 
Chimny or chimnyes w^'' are under his or their own improvement. 
Shall forfeit and pay the Suiue of Twenty Shillings for every Such 
Offence. 

And it is further Ordered that every person or persons So 
appointed by the Select men, to be under takers lor Chimny 
Sweeping, Shall be free men, and they Accepting the Same, Shall 
be Obliged within forty eight hours after Notice given them, ether 
by themselves or some other person to be approved by the Select 
men duly to attend the Sweeping of Such Chimny, On penalty of 
forfeiting the Sume of ten Shillings for every Such Neglect. 

And it is further Ordered. That upon Complaint made to any 
of the Select men, either by the Chimny Sweepers, or by any other 
of the Inhabitants of this Town against any person, or persons 
Neglecting to have their Cliimneyes Swept being foule, that in 
every Such Case, the Select men or any two of them, are hereby 
impowered to Inspect & Veiw the Said Chimny or Chimnyes Com- 
plained against as aforesaid, and if the}' judg the Said Chimn3'es 
or any of them unsafe, to make or keep fire therein by reason of 
their being foule, and want of Sweeping, and Signifie the Same to 
the person or persons, then in possession of y^ Tenement to which 
Such Chimny doth belong. That then and in every Such Case, the 
Occupier of every [328.] Such House or Tenement Shal forfeit 
and pay the Suiiie of five Shillings, for ever}^ day in which fire 
Shall be Kept in Such Chimny, un ill the Same Shall be Sufficiently 
Swept. 



Boston Toavn Records, 1711. 83 

And it is further Ordered, That if an}^ Chimny Shall take Fire, 
and blaze out at the Top within fifteen dayes after its being Swept, 
thi'ough foulness or defect in Sweeping, That in every Such case 
the person who last Swept the Same, Shall Forfeit and pay the fine 
of ten Shilling, which by a former Law or Order was imposed on 
the Occupier of a House, in Case of Chimn3-es takeing Fire. 

And it is further Ordered, Tliat the Select men are hei>eby im- 
powered, to Appoint persons to Inspect, and Inform against the 
breach of these Orders, and to Allow them a Sutable Recompence 
for Such their Service. 

The S*^ Orders w"' Agreed to and Voted by the Inhabitants of the 
S*^ Town at their Meeting y** day & 3'ear afore mentioned. 

Suffolke ss Anno R. Ra Annne Magnoe Brittanoe Nono. 

At an Adjournment of a Court of Gen" Sessions of the Peace 
holden at Boston on the Last monday of Octo'' Ann" Dom. 1710. 

The foregoing Order or By-Law being presented to the Justices 
in Sessions, was Approved Of by them Attesf 

Anddington Davenport Cler Pac'. 



[329.] At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to 
Law, being convened at the Town House the 3*^ of August 1711. 

Voted. That Sam" Sewal Esq be y'^ Moderator for this meeting. 

Voted. That a line of Defence be forthwith made, across the 
neck between Boston and Roxbury. 

Voted. That a Convenient Number of Great Guns, as Shall be 
thought needfull by the Coiiiittee that the Town Shall chuse, be 
planted in the S^ line of Defence. 

Voted. That a Coiiiittee be chosen to manage the affaire of 
makeing the S** line of Defence, and that the S'' Coiiiittee Consist 
of five in Number. 

Voted. That ColP Gyles Dyer, Cap' Timothy Clark, Mesu«' 
Richard Draper, Joseph Wadsworth & Joshua Gee be the Said 
Comittee. 

Voted. A grant of one thousand pounds for defraying the 
charge of makeing the S** line of Defence, to be improved for that 
and no other use, and to be drawn out of the Treasury by the S*^ 
Committee. 

Voted. That the Treasu' be desired, upon the Credit of the 
afores*^ grant of one thousand pounds, to borrow money of the In- 
habittants, for a present Supply for y"" Speedy Carrying on of y* 
S** worke. 

Voted. That the aforesaid Committee w* the Select men be 
desired to waite on his Excel'^^ the Gov^ for his countenance and 
Authority, to begin and Cnrry on the Said worke. 

Voted. That1;he Field Officers of the Melitia in this Town, be 
desired to Consider of what is farthar wanting for the Defence of 
the S'^ Town, and to waite on his Exc^^ the Gov'', desireing his 
direction for what is needfull. 

Voted. That Thomas Brattle Esq% Cap' Tho' Hutchinson, Cap* 
Edward Martyn, Mesu"* William Payn, «fe John Ruck, or any three 



84 City Document No. 137. 

of them Attending that Service be a Comitte to Audit the Treas- 
urers Accounts for this present year. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabi"' of the Town 
of Boston, duly qualified and warned according to Law, being con- 
vened at the Town-House the 27* day of August 1711. 

Voted. That Deac John Marion be y" Moderaf of this meeting. 

The qustion being proposed ? Whther the Town will purchace 
Land of the Proprietors of the New Settlements on the Neck, for 
Erecting a line of Defence there. Voted in the Negative. 

Voted. That the Town will make an Addition of two in Numb' 
to the Committe appointed at the Last meeting, to make the Line 
of Defence on y'' Neck. 

Voted That JElisha Cook Esq'' & Thomas Brattle Esq'' be the per- 
sons Chosen to that Servce. 

[330.] And whereas Cap' Timothy Clark who was before 
Chosen to be One of the S*^ Co"inittee, declares that he cannot at- 
tend the Same, for as much as he must Attend the worke of an 
Assessor. Voted that m''. William Antram be joyned w* the S* 
Committee in the Room of Cap' Clark. 

Voted. That the Said Comittee be desired to Consider of 
what they Shall think proper to Lay before the Town Relating to 
the S*^ line of Defence and to make an Estemate of the Charge 
there of, and to Lay the Same before the Town at their meeting on 
Fryday the 3P' of August Curr'. 

Voted. An Adjournment of this meeting to Fryday the thirty 
first of August Cur' at nine of the Clock in the fore noon. 

August y" 31"' the Inhabit" being Assembled According to their 
Adjournment. 

Voted. Ttiat the line of Defence be forthwith made within or 
About Two hundred feet to the South ward of m"" Sam" Phillips 
his Land on y'^ Neck. 

Voted. That the Cornittee forthwith proceed on the affaire 
above mentioned and to build y^ S** line as they have already pro- 
posed Viz'. To face the Same with Stone from the bottom of the 
Ditch to y'' highth of the Rampart, and the Parapet to be of Sod- 
worke. 

Ordered. That it be an Instruction to y® Comittee for the Ine 
of Fortification &c to Enquire into and recover the Stones of the 
Town% that have been taken away from off the Neck and Flatts, 
and that the persons who took them away be Obliged to return 
them to the place from whence they took them or be Obliged to 
pay and Satisfy the Charge of bringing them back againe to their 
proper place. 

Voted. That the Select men, when and So often as they are In- 
formed that it is, or likely to be a time of Great Scarcity of Graine 
or other provisions that they Address the Gov' and Councill to 
p'vent the Exportation thereof, or provide Such other remedy as 
Shall be thought proper & effectuall that So the Town may be 
Supplyed. 

Ordered, by the Select Men for the year 1711. That the follow- 
ing Transactions of the Perambulators be here Recorded, and is as 
foUoweth Viz'. 



Boston Town Kecords, 1711. 85 

Be it Known unto all whom these presents do or m-ay Concern, 
That in pursuance of the Law Intituled an Act for Regulating of 
Town ships «S:C wherein is directed, That the Bounds Between 
Town & Town [331.] be ran Once in three years. Upon the 
Eighteenth day of April Anno Domm' 1711. At the Sign of the 
Lamb in Rumny Marsh Addington Davenport and Edward Hutch- 
inson Two of the Select men of the Town of Boston being Accom- 
panied by Elisha Tuttle, John Brentnal, Thomas Berry, and 
Edward Tuttle all Inhabitants within the Township of Boston 
aforesaid, did meet with Mess^' Edward Baker, Thomas Cheever 
and Ebenezar Belcher, a Coiuittee in behalf e of the Town of Lynn, 
And haveing Shewed to each other their Respective Orders for 
Running the Bounds betwixt the Said Towns of Boston and Lynn 
they proceeded to tlie Said worke, and began at Bride Brook where 
it runs across the Road and from thens went on a N N W course 
neerist by the Compass to an heap of Stones on a Rock in Widd° 
Edmunds' Land, From thence to the Stump of an Old Walnut Tree 
on the West Side of a Little hill where was an heap of Stones to 
which more were Added. From thence to a Small Black Oak in 
Mariams Land marked B L and an heap of Stones Round it, From 
thence to an Oak Tree Standing on Sarah Pauls Land, being 
Marked B L and an heap of Stones, Round it ; From thence to a 
Crotcht Tree in William Boardmans Land Marked B L with Stones 
round it, at this Tree by a Pocket compass it was found that the 
line Runs across the River, and So through the Stack of Chimnyes 
in the Now Dwelling-House of the House of the Said Bordmun, 
From the S"* Tree Across the River to the Body of a Walnut Tree 
now Dead Marked XX/ I | I with an heap of Stones Round it 
From thence to a Large Old Oak on the South Side of an Hill 
Marked X X | | i I ^"^1 B L and an heap of Stones Round it, From 
thence to a Walnut Tree marked B L with a heap of Stones 
About it, From thence to an heap of Stones on a Rock, Then to 
an heap of Stones on the Brow of an hill. There were three 
or four more Trees well marked with B L and heaps of Stones 
round them, between the before mentioned Heap of Stones 
and the large decayed White Oak which is Marked B L and 
Surrunded with an heap of Stones, ab' four Rodd & an halfe from 
the S** Tree, and on the line first Mentioned is the Great heap of 
Stones Called the Three County heap, to w'^'^ a Considerable Addition 
was now made. That being the Boundary between the Townes of 
Boston, Lynn and Reading. It was this day Aso Agreed to, be- 
tween the S*^ Select men of Boston and the Comittee of Lynn, 
That Bride-Brook on the Easterly Side of the Road as it has 
alwayes been Esteemed, Should be the Stated bounds between the 
Said Townes untill it Runns into the Salt water Creek, In Testi- 
mony of What was now done, the Said Select men and Coiiiittee 
have here unto Subscribed their names. Addington Davenport 
Edward Hutchinson, Edward Baker, Thomas Cheever, Ebenezar 
Belcher. 

[332.] Bound Markes in the line between Boston and Maiden 
taken the 18"^ of April 1711 by order of the Select men of both 
Townes Viz'. 



86 City Document No. 137. 

1. A large Stump of a Tree marked B C M Standing on the 
West Side of a Wal tliat parts tlie Land of Prat and Sergeant, for- 
merly called a Black Oak Tree. 

2. A white Oak B M at the Northerly Angle of Irelands feild 
the fence being Morticed into S** tree on two Sides. 

3. A heap of Stones in Low Stony Laud in the Same line. 

4. A Stake and heap of Stones in the County Road and a Smal 
white Oak, the w"='' Stands East Southerly about eigh foot out of 
the line. 

5. A young white Oak with in the fence of Simon Grover^ Laud 
by the County Road. 

6. A Stump with a heap of Stones on the Sout side of of the Top 
of a hill of Rocks beyond the Bridge at the end of ColP Paige' 
farm formerly called a Large Pine Tree. 

7. A walnut Stump with Stones formerly Called a Walnutt 
Tree. 

8. A heap of Stones. 

9. A Black Oak Marked B M. 

10. A young black Oak in a fence B M. 

11. A large White Oak in a fence B M. 

12. A Walnut in a fence B M. 

13. A Walnut in a fence B M. 

14. A black Oak on a hill Marked B M.' 

15. A heap of Stones on the Side of a hill. 

16. A heap of Stones on a flat Rock on a Hill. 

17. A heap of Stones Rowud a Rotten Stump. 

18. A heap of Stones on the Top of a Rock y' has a hole in y^ 
Side of it. 

19. A Walnut Tree marked B M and a heap of Stones round it. 

20. A black burch on the Side of a Swamp & Stones B M. 

21. An Elm a little distance of the Side of tlie Same Swamp 
marked B M. 

22. A heap of Stones the Stump Rotten and not Viseble. 

23. A white Oke B M «& Stones on y° No'^ Side of Long Pond. 

24. An Old Stump & heap of Stones. 

25. A White Stump on y^ Corner of a fence B M. 

26. A heap of Stones between a Stump and a black Oak on a 
Little hill. 

27. A pine Stump & heap of Stones. 

28. A heap of Stones Ab'. an Old Stump neer a young Red Oke 
mr.rked B M. 

29. A .Stump with Stones neer the Foundation of an Old 
Chimny. 

30. A White Oak and heap of Stones B M. 

31. A heap of Stones on a Rock on a hill. 

32. An Old burnt Red Oak B M & heap of Stones. 

[333.] 33. A young black Oak on a hill w''^ a heap of Stones 
B M. 

34. A maple on y^ Corner of a fence in Uphams Land. 

35. A heap of Stones round a tree on y*^ other Side of Uphams 
Land. 

36. A heap of Stones round the root of an Old Tree. 



Boston Town Records, 1711. 87 

37. A heap of Stones on the North side of a, hill to the South- 
ward of "Waltons field and is the butting against Reading line. 

Memorandum It is judged Advisable that a Surveyor be had to 
run y'' line before mentioned, from the first to the Sixth Bound 
marke, to increase the number of Bound markes, in regard that as 
now they be, they are at too great a distance one from the other. 

The names of the persons that run the aforesaid line the 18"* of 
Aprill 1711 are as followeth viz'. 

Thomas Gushing, Oliver Noyes, Joseph Wadsworth Select men, 
John Floyd, Will'" Hasie Sam^' Breeden Inhabit" of Ruihny Marsh 
for Boston., 

Samuel Buckmana Select man, Lerauell Jenkins, Sam" Sprague, 
Joseph Lampson, for Maiden 

Certified by John Greenland T. Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified and warned according to Law, 
being conveufd at the Rev** M^ Colmaus Meeting-House the 16'*' 
day of November' 17 11. 

M'. John White is chosen to be y" Moderator for this meeting. 

John Flag is chosen to Serve as Constable in the room of Sam'^ 
Moor who was before Chosen to that Office and Since that is gone 
out of this Town. 

Voted. An Acceptance of the Select mens Sale of the Townes 
Lands at Brooklyne according to the Deed of Sale thereof made 
and Executed by them being now read, and Ordered that it be 
thereon Endorsed in the words following Viz'. 

The before written Indenture of Bargaine and Sale made by y* 
Select men, in pursuance of a Vote of the Town the Ninth of May 
Last past, was presented and Publickly read in a General Town 
Meeting orderly Assembled in Boston upon LawfuU warning the 
le"" day of November 1711. And the Said Deed was Voted by the 
Free holders and other Inhabitants duly qualified as the Law directs 
present at the Said meeting, approved and Confirmed by them, as 
well in the grant as Warranty ; And further the Above mentioned 
Vote of the Ninth of May relating to Brooklyus proportion, was 
Explained to extend only their proportion of the money that the 
Land Should be Sold for. 

Voted. A Concurrence with the proposalls made by the Gen" 
Assembly Ab' building a House in or neer the place where the Old 
Town House Stood, for the uses there in Mentioned with an Addit- 
tion of these words (and all other Town affaires) as part of the 
uses there of. 

Voted That Thomas Brattle Esq"", and m'. William Payn be the 
persons nomintated & Chosen by this Town to joyn w"* the Comittee 
Raised by the Gen" Court to manage that affair. 

[334.] At a Meeting, of the Free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly qualified and Warned According 
to Law, being Convened at the Rev* m^ Colmans Meeting- 
House in Boston Aforesaid, on Monday the 10"^ day of March 
1711-12. 



88 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. That Deacon John Marrion be the Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted. That Assessors be chosen distinct from the Select- 
men. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the Choyce of Seven 
Select men. 

Mesu''' Isaiah Tay, Joseph Wadsworth, Thomas Gushing, Daniel 
Oliver, Edward Hutchinson, Richard Draper are chosen to Serve 
as Select men for the year ensuing. 

In the Roome of one Sel man not br' in at the first Choyce and 
m^ Thomas Gushing who declared his refusall. e 

Mesu'^' Francis Clark & Samuel Marshall are Chosen to Serve as 
Select men for the year ensuing. 

M^ Rich'' Draper declareiug his refusall to Serve as Sel man, 

ColP Adam Winthrop is chosen to Serve in his Room. 

Voted An Adjourment of this meeting untill three of the Clock- 
this day after noon, at w'^'' time accordingly they did againe assem- 
ble at the Same place. 

Voted. That Joseph Belcher be the Constable for the District 
of Rumny Marsh for the year Ensuing. 

Voted. That John Floyd & Thom' Prat be y^ Fence Veiwers 
for the Same. 

Voted. That Elisha Tuttle and Hugh Floyd be the Tything men 
for the S*^ district of Rumny Marsh for y"* ensuing year. 

Voted. That Deacon John Marion, Silence AUem, Will"" Jep- 
son, and William Clear, be y'' Sealors of Leather for y*" ensuing 
year. 

Voted. That Samuel Bridg, Peter Wyer, Cap' Thom' Barnard, 
& John Eustice be the Fence Veiwers for y'' year Ensuing. 

Voted. That Andrew Cunningham, Job Ingram, Rich'' Hune- 
wel and Josue Marriner be y'^ Hogreeves for y'' ensuing year. 

Voted. That Coll° John Ballentyu, Mesu'^' Stephen Minot, 
Benj^ Emmons, James Lablond, Henry Bridgham, Thom* Smith, 
Adina Bulfinch, & William Shepreeve be the Scavingers for the 
year ensuing. 

Voted. That Mesu'° Francis Thrasher, John Bennet, William 
Shepreeve & Joseph Malam be y^ Weighers of Hay for y'= ensuing 
year. 

Voted. That Mesu'=' Samuel Bridg, James Gooch, AUex'' Seers, 
Jabez Negus, & Cap' Thorn" Barnerd be the Veiwers of Shingle 
& Measurers of Boards &c. for the ensuing year. 

Voted. That Collectors be chosen, to Collect the Rates for this 
year and that those who Shall undertake that Service, Shall give 
Security for the Sumes to them Committed. 

Voted. That two Collectors be Chosen. 

[335.] Voted. That three pence on the pound be allowed to 
the Collectors for Collecting the Rates. 

Voted. That it be left to the Select men and Assessors for the 
ensuing year, to agree w"' Collectors according to the aforesaid 
votes. 

Voted. That Samuell Barrat, James Tileston, Ezekiel Walker, 
Henry Bridgham, Caleb Lyman, Samuel Banister, John Staniford 



Boston Town Records, 1711. 89 

and Jolin Green Cooper are chosen to Serve as Constables for the 
Ensuing year. 

note that the first five above named being present took the Con- 
stables oath at the Same meeting. 

Voted. That the Select men for the year ensuing be also the 
Surveyors of the High wayes. 

Voted. That one of the Assessors be chosen out of y'' Inhab- 
if^ of Rumny Marsh. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse Seven Assessors. 

Mesu^^ Daniel Powning, Jonas Clark, Cap' Elisha Bennet, Timo- 
thy Thornton, Anthony Stoddard, Cap' Edward Martyn & Henry 
Bidgham Tanner are Chosen to Serve as Assessors for the year en- 
suing. 

Voted. That Ephraim Fenno, Samuell Haugh, John Hunt, 
Shopk"' James Thornbery & Benj" Emmons be the Clarks of the 
market for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That Samuel Burnell Sen% James Grant, Thomas God- 
frey, Joshua Gee Sen"", Jonath'' Waldo, Ben j amen Walker Sen"", 
Joseph Briscow, Thomas Salter, John Langdon Sen% Rob' How- 
ard, Francis Burroughs, Nicholas Bowes, Israel Walker, Sam^' 
Marshall iuu% Joseph Hubbert, John Edwards Goldsmith be the 
Tything men for the year ensuing. 

Voted. An Adjournment of this meeting untill tomorrow the 
11th of March Cur' at nine of the Clock in the forenoon. 

At w'^'' time the S*^ Inhabit" being Accordinly Assembled they 
proceeded as followcth viz'. 

In the room of ColP Adam Winthrop & va' Sam" Marshall who 
have declared their refusall to Serve as Select men for the ensuing 
year. 

Paul Dudley Esq'' & ColP Thomas Savage are Chosen to Serve 
as Select men for y® 3'ear ensuing. 

Edward Bromfield Esq"", Mesu'^^ John Ruck, Grove Hirst, Cap* 
Habijah Savage, Timothy Lyndall, Cap' Edw*^ Winslow & John 
Frizzell are Chosen to Serve as Overseers of y" Poor. 

Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Town Clerk. \ for y^ ensu- 

Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Town Treasu"" j ing year. 

Votes for County Treasu'^ w"" given in & deliver*^ to Consta 
Bridgham. 

Voted. An Allowance of Thirty pounds unto Jos: Prout for 
his Last two year Service as Town Treasu'^. 

[336.] Voted. That the Assessors for the year 1711 are 
Impowered according to their discretion to make reasonable 
abatem" of the Rates in that year, provided the Same be done 
within three moneths next following. 

Voted. That to prevent future Inconveni^ncy Arriseing by 
Abatem' of Rates That no Abatem' of Rates Shall be made by 
the Assessors after a New choyce of Assessors be made. 

In answere to the Petition of Several persons who Suffered Loss 
at the Late Fire. 

Voted. That the Assessors for the year 1711 are Impowered 
to make Such Abatements of the Town Rates to those who were 
Sufferers by the Late Fire as they in their discretion Shall See meet. 



90 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. Thanks to Cap* Thorn' Hutchinson for as much as he 
hath Offered at his own Charge to build a School House at the 
North end of y^ Town. 

Voted. That there be a Free Grammar School at the North 
end of this Town. 

Voted. That a Comittee be Chosen to Enquire after a Peice of 
Land at the North Sutable to Sett a School House on, and to 
prepare for and Oversee the building therof. 

Voted. The Select men be desired to Consider of a proper 
person for a School master there, and to Treat about Terms. 

Voted. That Cap' Thomas Hutchinson, ColP Adam Winthrop, 
m' John Ruck, Cap' Edward Martyn and m"" Samuell Greenwood 
or any three of them be the Said Committee relating to the afore 
said School House. 

Voted. That the Select men for the year 1711 who are Ap- 
pointed as A Comittee to Lay out the fifteen hundred pounds of 
the Towues Money, being the Produce of the Blue-Hill Lands, in 
Some Real Estate ; be impowered with the Advice of the Select- 
men for the time being, to Vest the S'' 1500"^ or any part of it 
in Some Real Estate without farther Adviseing with the Town. 

Voted. An Adjournment of this meeting uutill two of the Clock 
this day after noon & Accordingly were then Assembled. 

Voted. That the Townes Wharfe, Dock and Flatts at the 
North Battree, be Appropriated towards the Support of the Free 
Grammar School at the North end of Boston, And that the im- 
provement of y*^ S** Wharfe, Dock and Flatts be recommended to 
the Select men and the Committee afore Appointed referring to 
the S*^ School. 

[337.] Voted. The Sume of one hundred ninety two pounds 
eight Shill & Six pence money reed for the Land at Brooklyn Sold 
to John Winchester and Comp^ be paid in to and lodged in M'". 
Daniel Olivers hand as he is Treasu"' to the united Committee 
for the Town and proprietors. And the money be Applyed to 
the Same use that the five hundred pounds for the Land at 
Brantree is Appropriated to. 

Voted. That the Select men for the time being are impower*^ 
to Lett out the Land w'^'' Lately was John Mathews' in School 
Street, for a Term of years as they can agree to the advantage 
of the Town. 

Voted. That a Comittee be chosen to Consider of what Shall be 
needfull to be done for Securing the Highway on the Neck and to 
compute the Charge w*""^ the Same is likely to be, and make report 
thereof at the next meeting. 

Voted. That m' Stephen Minot, m'^ William Payn mere' & 
ColP John Ballentine be the S^ CoiSittee for that Service. 

Agreed That the Consideration of Selling the Small Quit Rents 
be continued. 

Voted. That Sutable places to Lodg powder for the blowing 
up of Houses be left to the discretion of y'' Sel: men to provide. 

Voted. That the Veiwers of wood within the Town of Boston 
be Allowed one pen}'^ p' Cord for So much wood as they Shall 
Veiw, and the Said peny p Cord to be paid by the buyer. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1712. 91 

Voted. That the Sel: men of the Town of Boston be irapowered 
& Ordered, with all Convenient Speed, to make the Draw bridge 
(So called) a Fast Fiim Bridge the width of the Street, And in 
case Cap' Ballentine or any other person, Sue or bring an Action 
in the Law, the Select men for the time being are hereby impowered 
and Ordered to defend all Such Actions, and that the Charge of 
makeing 'the S*^ Bridge and Defending it in the Law be defrayed 
by y^ Town. 

And that a Coiiiittee be Appointed to Examine the Right or pre 
ention of any perlicular person or persons, as to y" Said Bridge, 
and the just daiiiage that any perticular person or Proprietor may 
Sustaine by reason of the Said Bridge being made a Fast Bridge, 
and Report it to the Town, that So due recopence & Satisfaction 
ma^' be made to Such persons by the S'^ Town. Voted. That the 
Town will Chuse five persons to be of the S*^ Coinittee. Voted, 
that John Clark Esq% Cap' Thom' Hutchinson, Maj" Thorn' Fitch, 
m'' Grove Hirst & Cap' Edw*^ Martyn be the S** Comittee. 

Voted. That m' AVatts^ proposall ab' recovering the Marsh at 
the bottom of the Coinon be left to y'^ Sel men to Consider & make 
report at y^ next meeting. 

Voted. A grant of three Thousand pounds to bo raised on the 
Inhabit" & Estates in this Town, and to be Applyed to the uses 
mentioned in the Computation Offered by y*^ Treasu"" & now Read, 

Voted. A grant of three hundred pounds to be raised for the 
Support of the Watch for y^ year ensuing. 



,] At a meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabit'^ of 
the Town of Boston, duly qualified & warned according to Law, 
being Convened at the South Meeting-House in Boston the 14th 
day of M:iy 1712. 

Isaac Addington Esq'' is chosen y'' Moderator for this Meeting. 

Voted. That y° Town will proceed to chuse four Representi- 
tives. 

John Clarke Esq*", Addington Davenport Esq% Ma,f Thorn' Fith 
and Cap' Thomas Hutchinson are by y" Majority of Voters present 
at this Meeting Chosen to Serve as the Represenlitives of This 
Town according to a warr' from the Sheriff of the Coimty of 
Sufi-olke. 

Whereas the Comittee Appointed the 11th of March Last to 
Consider Ab' Securing the Higway on the neck have now made 
Report to the Town. That that part of the neck neer the Long 
Causway they have Computed the Charge, and are of Opinion 
that the best way to repair and Secure it is by Laying down a 
Narrow Wharfe on the West'^ Side, the whole Length of the 
Causway which is Thirty-Six Rodd, and haveing by direction of 
the Select men made an Experim' of the Charge by Laying down 
about two Rodd & an halfe, they Compute the whole will Amount 
to about one hundred and ten pounds. 

Voted, an Acceptance of the above Report, and that the Town 
will Support the Charge of Such a Wharfe to be there made, in 
order to Secure the Highwaj'. And that the aforesaid Coinittee are 
Desired to take the Care of Effecting the Same. 

Whereas the Comittee appointed the 11th of March Last to 



92 City Document No. 137. 

enquire after a piece of Land at the North end of this Town Suta- 
ble to Sett a School House on. Have now Signified to this meet- 
ing that they have made Dilligent Enquiry in that matter, and 
have at length pitched on a peice of Land belonging to m" 
Susanna Love of ab' fifty one foot in breadth & ab' one hundred 
feet in length abutting one end thereof. On Bennet Street, and the 
other end on Love Street, and that the Same may be purchased 
for Ab' one hundred fifty three pounds, that Land being more 
then enough for the Setting a School-house on the w'^" they 
Recommend to the Town as the most Sutable place >>•*='' they Can 
procure for that use. 

Voted. That the S*^ Coinittee be im powered to purchace the 
afore said parcell of Land, to be paid for out of the Town Treas- 
ury : And that the Select men to gether with the Said Coiiiittee be 
impowered to Allot So much of y^ S*^ Land for the S'^ School House 
as they shall judg meet and Convenient. 

[339.] At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabit'^ 
of y^ Town of Boston, duly qualified and warned According to 
Law, being Convened at the South Meeting House in Boston the 
9th of March 1712/13. 

Voted. That Paul Dudley Esq'" be the Moderator for this 
meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse Assessors distinct from y^ 
Sel men. 

Voted. That the Town will ehoose Seven Select men. 

Voted. That Paul Dudley Esq% Mesu<=' John George, Joseph 
Wadsworth, Edward Hutchinson, Francis Clark, John Ruck, John 
Colman be y^ Sel: men of this Town for y'' year ensuing. 

Voted. That Joseph Prout be the Town Clerk for y* year 
ensuing. 

Voted. That Joseph Prout be y® Town Treasu'' for y® year 
ensuing. 

Voted. That y*" Sel men be impowered to Sink So many of y^ 
bad debts now Standing in the Townes Acco'' as they Shall Se 
meet. 

Voted. That Collectors be chosen to Collect the Rates and 
Taxes for the ensuing year, at Least two in Number. Such as the 
Select men Shall Nominate and Appoint, and that Shall undertake 
that Service, giveing good Security to pay in such Sumes as Shall 
be Committed to them, and y' three pence on the pound be allowed 
to y° S'^ Collectors for that Service. 

Voted. That Mesu^' John Charnock fined, John Walker fined. 
Sworn Ephraim Fenno, Sworn Daniel Goff, Sworn Sam" Rand, 
Sworn Rob' Guttridge, jun% Sworn John Hunt, Sworn AUex' 
Seers Serve as Constables for y'^ year ensuing. 

Voted, an Adjournm' of this Meeting to three of y'' Clock 
(this day) after noon. And being againe then Assembled. 

Voted. Officers for y^ District of Rumny Marsh, viz'. 

Joseph Belcher to Serve as Constable. 

Edward Tuttle to Serve as Tything man. 

John Brentnell & John Center to Serve aS Fence Veiwers. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1712. 93 

All for y^ year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Select men for y^ year ensuing be also Sur- 
veyors of the Highwayes. 

M'" John Charnock haveing pd his fine for not Serving Consta- 
ble, in his room was 

Voted. That John Broccus do Serve as Constable for y^ year 
ensueing, & he refuseth. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to Chuse Seven Assessors. 

Voted. That mesu""^ Tim" Thornton, Daniel Powning, Anthony 
Stoddard, Cap' Edw'^ Martyn, Henry Bridgham, Jonas Clark & 
Cap' Elisha Bennet be the Assessors of the Rates & Taxes on y" 
Inhabit'' of this Town for y" yeax Ensuing. 

Voted. That y'' Assessors for y^ year 1712 be impowered to 
make Such further abatements of y^ Rates in that year as they 
Shall think Just & reasonable provided y" Same be done within 
three moneths next following. 

[340.] Voted. That Edward Bromfield, Esq'" Mesu''' Grove 
Hirst, Habijah Savage, Timothy Lyndall, Edward Winslow, John 
Frizzel and William Welsteed be the Overseers of y'' Poor for 
the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Committee formerly Appointed Viz'. 

Addington Davenport Esq"", Mesu^' Isaiah Tay, Daniel Oliver, 
Thomas Gushing, Oliver Noyes, Joseph Wadsworth and Edward 
Hutchinson, together w"" the Select men for the time being, are 
Impowered to Lett at Intrest the fifteen hundred pounds being 
the produce of y^ Blue-Hill Lands, or any part thereof upon good 
Security, untill they have Opportunity to Lay out the Same in 
Some Real Estate. 

Voted. That it be Left with the Select men, and they are 
Impowered to Introduce m'' Recompence Wadsworth as a School- 
master at the North, And to allow him Sixty pounds for one year. 

Whereas the Select men have proposed to y® Town to Raise a 
Comittee to Consider of Some Expedient for the more Effectuall 
preventing of Poor belonging to Other places, from Obtruding 
themselves on this Town. 

And whereas m"" John George hath proposed to y^ Consideration 
of the Town Whether the Alms House ought not to be restored to 
its Primitive & Pious design, even for y® reliefe of the necessitous, 
that they might Lead a quiet Peacable & Godly life there, 
whereas 'tis now made a Bridewell & House of Correction, w"*^ 
Obstructs many Honest Poor Peoples going there for the designed 
Reliefe & Support, If therefore the Town would Lay out Some 
moneys, to the building a House of Correction in Some Other 
place, and re-fitt the Alms House for the Comfortable reception of 
the distressed it will be a great Act of Charity. 

Voted. That the two foregoing proposals be referred to the 
Consideration of Addington Davenport Esq'', Mesu^' John George, 
Oliver Noyes, John Marion, & William Payn, who are appointed 
as a Comittee to Consider thereof, and to make Report to y* Towii 
of what they Shall tliink proper to be done relating there to. 

Publick Notice was given to the Inhabit'' now Assembled, by 
the Moderator with the Advise of y* Select men, that the seve^ 



94 City Document No. 137. 

Inhabi**^ are with all Convenient Speed to provide themselves with 
Ladders and Tubbs of water as mentioned in the Town order or 
By-Law otherwise they may expect to be prosecuted for the 
penalty of the breach of the s*^ By Law. 

Voted. Tliat the Consideration of what is proper for the Town 
to do Ab' a Light-Hous, be referred to the Select men and Com- 
ittee afore appointed to Improve the fifteen hundred pounds, and 
to make report to y^ Town of what they Shall think advisable 
threin. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired to Veiw the House & 
ground on Fort Hill or Else where, at the Request of y" Gentle- 
men that are about to Erect a Charity School, or Hospitall for 
Poor Children [341.] And that they Lay out what ground may be 
thought Convenient for the S** Intention, and make Report at the 
Next Gen'^ Town meeting for the Townes confirmation of the 
Same, to be continued and Appropriated for that use So long as 
Such School Shall be upheld there. 

Voted. That it be Left with the Select men to receive proposalls, 
and to Treat with persons about Erecting a Dam and Mills next 
to Dorchester Neck, and to make report to the Town at their next 
meeting of what they shall think proper relating thereto. 

Voted. That a Coiiiittee Shall be raised to Inspect the Free 
writing Schools which are Supported at the Townes Charge, And 
Also to Treat w"" Mesu'=^ Hutchinsons relating to what they have 
proposed towards y® Encouragera' of a writing School at the 
North, and to make report to y^ Town at their next meeting of 
what they Shall think proper relating thereto. 

Voted. That John Clark Esq"", Coll" Adam "Winthrop & Major 
Thomas Fitch be the S'^ Comittee. 

Voted. That it be left to the Sel: men to appoint Veiwers of 
Cord-wood and that a peny p Cord be allowed them to be paid by 
y° buyer as was voted the last year. 

Voted. A grant of one Thousand pounds to be raysed, and 
applyed towards y® Finishing y*" Line of Defence on the neck. 

Voted. An Adjournment of this meeting nntill tomorrow being 
the tenth of march Cur' at nine of y'' clock in y^ fore noon. 

At w*^** time the Inhabit' were then againe assembled. 

Justice Dudley y* former Moderater being absent upon Publick 
business Coll° Sam" Checkley is chosen Moderater for this meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will re-assume the Consideration of their 
former Vote Relating to a grant of a Thousand pound for y" Line 
of Defence on y'' neck. 

Voted. That the aforementioned grant of One thousand 
pounds towards finishing the S'' Line of Defence be Confirmed. 

Voted. A grant of Two hundred pounds to be raised, and 
Layd out for paveing in the High ways, in Such places as is most 
needfull at y" discretion of the select men. 

Voted. A grant of Three hundred pounds to be raised and 
applyed for y" support of the Watch for one year ensuing. 

Voted. A grand of Three thousand two hundred and Thirty 
pounds to be raised, and Applyed to y'' uses mentioned in the 
Computation reported by y"= Treasurer at this meeting. 



Boston Town Records, 1712. 95 

"Whereas Paul Dudley Esq'' hath Sinified his refusall to Serve 
as Sel: mau. 

Voted. That m'' William Payn Serve as Sel: man for y^ year 
ensuing. 

Whereas Mesu^' John Walker & John Broccus have refused to 
Serve as Constables. 

Mesu'^' Anthony Blunt & John Jackson are Chosen to Serve 
Constables for y'' year ensuing. 

Votes w™ given in for a County Treasu"" & delivered to y* Con- 
stable. 

Mesu"' John Marion, John Atwood, Savill Simson and Silence 
Allen are Chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for y^ year en- 
suing. 

Mesu^' Samuel Bridg, Peter Wear, Thorn' Barnerd, and John 
Eusticc are chosen to serve as Fence Veiwers for y^ year ensuing. 

Sam'^ Kenny, Seth Dwight, William Marshall <f:; David Norton 
are chosen to Serve as Ilogreeves for y° year Esuing. 
, [342.] Voted. That ColP John Ballentine, Cap' Nathan" 
Oliver, Cnp' James Pitts, Mesu*"^ Stephen Minot, Sam" Wentworth, 
Will"' Shepreeve, Eneas Salter and Benjamen Emmons, do Serve 
as Scaviiigers for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired to draw up what they 
Shall think proper to be voted ab' the Office & power of Scavin- 
gers and to make report thereof at y*" next Town meeting. 

Mesu^' Samuel Bridge, James Gooch, John Barnerd, Cap* David 
Mason and Cap' James Pitts are Chosen to Serve as Veiwers of 
Shingle & measurers of Board plank & Timber for the year en- 
suing. 

Voted. That the Select men be the Surveyors of y* High wayes 
for y^ 5'ear ensuing. 

Vjoted. That Mesu'^' Edward Okes, Soloman Townsend, Sam" 
Pluiiier, Robert Butcher, Samuel Gardener & Joseph Webb do 
Serve as Clarks of the market for y'' year ensuing. 

Voted. That Nathaniel Aires, Edward Proctor, Samuel Turel, 
Samson Dewer, Epaphras Shrimptou, Joseph IMalam, Isaac 
Marion, John Barrel, John Baker, John Pym, Joseph Dowding, 
John Pitts, Jusue Marriiier, Benj^ Bird, Samuel Haugh, Joshua 
Hensha, do Serve as Tvthiug men for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the lIon'"'= Wait Winthrop Esq^ Elisha Cook 
Esq'', Samuel Sewall Esq'', Isaac Addington Esq"" & Thom'' Brattle 
Esq'' are desired to be the Inspectors of y^ Gammar Schools for the 
year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired at as moderate a Charge 
as they Can to procure money to Supply the Treasury, Sufficient 
to Discharge the debts of y*^ Last year, and to defray y^ growing 
charge of the Town, uutill a Sufficiency of the Town Rates now 
granted, are Collected and paid in. 

Voted, a grant of fifteen pounds unto Joseph Prout for his 
Service the Last year as Treasurer, being y" Sume Usually allowed. 

Voted. That Thom' Brattle Esq", Cap' Thomas Hutc-hinson, 
Cap' Edward Martyn, Mesu" John Mico & William Harrise, or 



96 City Document No. 137. 

any three of them be a Comittee to Audit the Treasu" acco'' for 
y'' year ensuing. 

And ^whereas the S^ Treasurer hath Signified to y° Town that 
the business of the Treasu' y of this Town for three years Last past, 
hath by far exceeded what it was formerly when the Siime of fifteen 
pounds p annum for y" Service thereof was first allowed and that 
he thinks it reasonable that the Town Should grant him some 
further recompence for his S*^ Service, over and above the fifteen 
pounds for each of those years already granted. 

Voted. That the aforenamed Gentlemen -who are appointed to 
Audit his acco'^ for the year ensuing, be desired to consider of the 
S*^ Treasurers Motion, and make report to y*^ Town of what they 
Shall think reasonable relating thereto, at their next meeting for 
choyce of Representitives. 

[343.] At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabi"' of 
the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in 
a Publick Town Meeting at the Town-House the 13''^ of May. 

Voted. That Pen Townsend Esq'' be y^ Moderator for this 
meeting. 

Voted. That y® Town will proceed to chuse four Representi- 
tives. 

John Clark Esq"^, Addington Davenport Esq'', Cap' Thomas 
Hutchinson & Major Thomas Fitch by the majority of Voters 
present at this meeting, are chosen to Serve as Representitives of 
this Town at the next Gen" Court of Election and during their 
Session and Sessions, as Exprest in y*^ warr' under y" hand and 
Seal of Gyles Dyer Esq"" Sheriff" for y" County of Suflt'olke. 

Henry Howel is by vote chosen to serve as one of the Consta- 
bles for y^ year ensuing in the room of m"" John Broccus who 
was Chosen in March Last & refuseth to Serve. 

Whereas the Comittee appointed at the Gen" Town Meeting in 
in March Last to Consider of the State of the Almes House, And 
also of Some Expedient for the more Efi'ectual preventing of Poor 
belonging to other Places from obtruding themselves on this 
Town, and to make report to the Town of what they Shall think 
proper to be done relatiug thereto. 

1.' Have Signified to this meeting their Opinion, That pursuant 
to y*^ T Votes Anno 1682 not only Such persons as thro' Age or 
other Infirmities are rendered uncapable of Labour, but others who 
are Capable but not willing to worlce may be entertained at the 
Almes House or worke House and properly imployed, provided 
they be the Inhabitants of this Town (at whose charge the S*^ 
House was built) and no other, and that they be kept in Seperate 
Apartm'' from those poor honest people who are Sent there Only 
as Objects of Charrity, And that the}^ think it necessary that y" 
Sel: man Earnistly Solicit the Justices of the Peace in Court of 
Gen" Sessions, That there be forthwith Provided an House of cor- 
rection as the Law directs, that So the persons mentioned therein 
may be Sent thither, and not Supported at the Townes Charge, 
and in their House which was never Intended for the entertainra' 
of persons So Scandalous, and that therefore The Town if they 



Boston Town Records, 1712. 97 

See Cause may now pass a Vote, Setting a time be 3'ond which 
the}' will not receive any Such persons into y® worke-House. 

2. As to the prevention of Poor from other places Obtruding 
themselves on y^ Town, They are of Opinion the Laws of the 
Province Already made would greatly prevent that inconveniency, 
if the Same were duly Attended, and a proper person or persons 
were Sutably encouraged to give notice to the Select men of any 
breach upon the S'^ Laws. 

What may be thought further necessary to be Offered to y^ next 
Gen" Court, the Sel: men can give directions to y*" Representitives 
of the Town to use their Endevours that the Same may pass into 
a Law, and they are of opinion that Some of our former By-Laws 
may be instructive on this head. 

[344.] Voted, an Acceptance of the fore going report w"^ the 
Thanks of this Town to the Gentlemen of the Said Comittee for 
their care and Trouble therein, and that they be desired further to 
Assist in forming an Act proper to be Offered to y" Gen" Court, 
in order to prevent Forraign Poors obtruding themselves on this 
or any other Towns. 

Voted. That in Case the Gen" Court Shall See Cause to pro- 
ceed, to the Establishment of a Light-House for the Accomoda- 
tion of Vessells passing in and out of this Harbonr, That then 
the Select-men or the Representitives of this Town be desired to 
move to the S'' Court, That the Town of Boston as a Town may 
have the prefference before any perticuler persons in beinging 
Concerned in the Charge of Erecting & maintaining the Same, and 
being Intituled to the Proffits and Incomes thereof. 

Coll° Townsends business calling him to be absent. Voted. 
that Paul Dudley Esq"" be desired to Officiate as Moderator in what 
remaines to be done at this meeting. 

For Cleaning of y^ Streets 

Voted. 

1. That there be Eight Scavingers for eight Several parts of 
the Town, and their perticular distinct Precint be under the Reg- 
ulation of the Select men. 

2. That the Scavinger be impowered to Hire or furnish at the 
Cheapest Rates they Can, a Man or men w* Horses & Carts to 
rake up and Carry a way, as often as y® Scavingers See Cause, 
the dirt so raked up in all paved Street Lanes or High wayes. 

3. That the Charge for Rakeing up and Carrying the Said dirt 
away, be paid out of the Town Treasury from time to time, by 
order of the Sel: men, the w*''^ Rules are to be Attended for y*' year 
ensuing. 

Voted. That Mesu^' Jeremiah Allen & Thorn' Smith do Serve 
as Overseers of the Poor ; in the room and Stead of Mesu"' Wel- 
steed & Lyndall who were chosen to y' office in March Last and 
have declined y' Service. 

Voted. That m'^ John Gibbins and m'' Charles Morrise do Serve 
as Clerks of the market for the year ensuing, in the room and 
Stead of Mesu*^' Plummer & Butcher who were Chosen to that 
Office in March Last and have refused to Serve. 



98 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. That the remayning business of ihis Meeting be Con- 
tinued to the Consideration of y" next Publik Meeting, 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and Other Inhabi"' of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified and Warned, being Regularl}' As- 
sembled at the Town-House, the 8"^ day of March 1713. 14. And 
Coninued by Adjournni" to the 16'^ & 17''' dayes of the Same. 

Cap' Thom^ Hutchinson is chosen to Serve as Moderator for 
this meeting. 

Voted. That the Inhabi"' will Chuse Assess^' distinct from y* 
Sel: men. 

[345.] Voted. That the Town will chuse Seven Select-men. 
(S" 3 Relused ) 

Mesu"^^ Isaiah Tay, Daniel Oliver, Richard Draper, Deac John 
Marion, Joseph Wadsworth, Edward Hutchinson, John Ruck, are 
chosen to serve as Sel: men for the year ensuing. 

Joseph Front is Chosen to Serve as T. Clerk. | for y^ year 

Joseph Front is Chosen to Serve as T. Treasurer j ensuing. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse 7 Assessors. 

Mesu*'' D:iniil Fowning, Anthony Stoddard, Ezekiel Lewise, 
Samuel Marshall, John Kilby (the w'^-' 5 refused to serve). 

Cap' Elisha Bennet & David Farnum are Chosen to Serve as 
Assessors of the Rates and Taxes for y*" year Ensuing. 

John Oliver one of the Late Constables haveing \,y his Fetition 
Signified to the Town that he hath been obliged to pay unto the 
respettive Treasurers in his own wrong, the hiime £3. 8. 6. being 
So much included in the Lists of Rates Comitted to him, and as- 
sessed on Several persons of whom it was not possible for him to 
get in. Fraying the Town to Order that the Same may be repaid 
to him out of y*" Town Treasury. 

Voted. That it be Left to the Select-men to Consider thei-eof, 
and at their discretion to Allow unto the S*^ John Oliver, all or So 
much of the S'' Sume as they Shall think just and reasonable. 

Voted, a choyce of Collectors of the rates and Taxes for y* 
year ensuing, at Least two in number, of Such persons as the 
Select-men Shall nominate and agree with, and that those who 
Shal under take y' Service, Shall give Security for the suihes to 
them comitted. And that three pence on the pound be allowed to 
the Collectors for Collecting the S'' Rates. 

Mesu*"' James Oliver, James Freeman, Henry Dering jun'', 
John Goldthwaite (the w'^'' 4 have refused to serve) James Pem- 
berton, James Blyn, Benjamen Bird, & John Lothrop are Chosen 
to Serve as Constables for y" year ensuing. 

Officers Chosen for Rumney Marsh for y* year ensuing viz'. 

Edward Tuttle jun' to Serve as Constable. Joseph Bill to Serve 
as Tithing-man. 

Daniel Floyd & John Floyd jun"" to Serve as Fence Veiwers. 

John Brentnall & Edward Tuttle Sen"" to serve as Hogg 
reeves . 

Voted. That the Assessors of y* Rates & Taxes for the year 
1713 be i.Ttipowered to make Such further Abatements of the Rates 



Boston Town Records, 1713. 99 

in that year, as they Shall think Just and reasonable, Provided the 
Same be done within Six moneths Next following. 

Voted. That the Town will Choose Seven Overseers of the 
Poor and that they be Chosen by a hand Vote. 

ColF Samuel Checkley, Cap* Thom' Smith, Cap' Hab Savage, 
Cap' James Pitts, Mesu'^'' John Frizzell, Jer Allen, and W"* Clark, 
in Coinon Street, are Chosen Overseers of the Poor for the year 
ensuing. 

Mesu"' Ezekiel Walker, Benj'' Emmons, John Lane & William 
Clear are chosen Sealers of Leather for the year ensuing. 

Cap' Thorn*' Barnei-d, Sam^' Bridge, John Eustice, & Obadiah 
Read are Chosen Veiwers of Fence for the year ensuing. 

[346.] Mesu"^ Enoch Greenliefe, Jusue Marriner, Eben' Scot 
& Henry Allen are Chosen to Serve as Hoggreeves for y* year 
Ensuing. 

Voted. That the Sel: men be desired to draw up a T. order 
ab' Cleaning the Streets, and present it to y* Town at the next 
meeting. 

Voted. An Adjournm' of this meeting to Tuesday th IG"" of 
March Inst' at two of y^ Clock in y* afternoon. 

March IG'J'. The Inhabitants according to their Adjournm' then 
againe Assebled. 

The Laws Ag' Prophaness & Immorrallity were then Read as the 
Law directs. 

Proposals Ab' Erecting a Ferry way at the eand of North-Street 
w'' read, and referred to the Consideration of y" next meeting for 
choyce of Representitives. 

A memoral of 5 Severall proposals read and referred to further 
Consideration at y* next meeting in May. 

Voted. That the Sel: men be desired to Consider and malce Re- 
port at y^ next meeting, of what they Shall think proper relating 
to a Granery, or other Methodes for providing and Supplying the 
Inhabit'" of this Town w"" graine. 

Mesu^' Oliver, Tay & Draper haveing refused to Serve as 
Sel: men for y* ensuing year. 

Mesu""^ William Welsteed, Grove Hirst, and Cap' Edw*^ Winslow 
are chosen to Serve as Sel: men for y* year ensuing. 

In the Room of 4 persons before Chosen to Serve as Constables. 

]yjp„^es Prancis Wainright, William Dumraer, Nath" Loring & 
Ezek" Cleasby are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the year 
ensuing. 

It being Objected that Seven years are not j^et Expired Since 
Ezekiel Cleasby Served as Constable, and that he is not as yet 
dismist from Serveing as Under Sherriff. 

Voted. That the S*^ Cleasby be dismist from Serveing as Con- 
stable for the year ensuing. 

Coll" John Ballentine, Cap' Nathan" Oliver, Cap' John Charnock, 
Cap' Stephen Minot, Mesu^' Sam'^ Wentworth, Will"' Shepreeve, 
Eneas Salter & Benj* Emons are Chosen to Serve as Scavingers 
for y*^ year ensuing. 

Cap' John Charnock, Cap' David Mason, Mesu^' Timothy Lin- 



100 City Document No. 137. 

dall, James Gooch, and Thomas Lee, are Chosen to Serve as 
Veiwers of Shingle & Measurers of Boards, Plank & Timber, for 
the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Select men for the year ensuing be also Sur- 
veyors of the High wayes. 

Mesu*"" Robert Sanders, Caleb Lymon, Roger Patteson, Mathew 
Butler, Solomau Kneeland, Robert Earl, Sam'^ Avise & Zach''^ 
Triscot, are Chosen to Serve as Clerks of the Market for the year 
ensuing. 

Joseph Grant, m'' Will™ Clark, Will™ Down, Pin maker, m"" 
Jonath" Belcher, Will"^ Man Sen% m'^ John Legg, John Bulkley, 
Henry Hill, Thom' Townesend, Shomaker, Cap' John Sunderline, 
Adina Bulfineh, Anthony Blount, Seth Dwite, William Webster, 
William Brown, Zach'^ Thayer, are Chosen to Serve as Tything 
men for y'^ year ensuing. 

[347.] For Keeping- the Streets and High wayes Clean. 

"Voted. That every Free-Holder or Inhabitant in the Town 
of Boston be obliged to Sweep or Rake up the Dirt into heaps be- 
fore their respective Houses or Lands, Abutting to the paved 
Streets, Lanes, or Alley% being oixlered there unto by the Scavin- 
ger ; And upon his C>' their Neglect or refusall, the Scavinger be 
directed forthwith to employ a meet person to Sweep or Rake up 
the Same, paying him therefor. And the person So neglecting or 
refusing be Obliged to pay double the Charge, and to be recovered 
being convicted by the Oath of the Scavenger and One Evidence, 
before any of Her Maj''*^' Justices of the Peace in the Town. 

It is Ordered. That for the More Effectiiall Keeping of y* 
Streets & Wayes Clean, Any Scavenger in the Town be directed 
& Impowered to Imploy or Impress an}^ Cart or Carter, to Carry 
awa}' y*" dirt out of the Respective Streets and waj'es, being Raked 
up in heaps, paying him for the Same, the value of one Shilling p 
Load, and upon his or their refusall or Neglect the S*^ Carter for- 
feit for every Otfence, the Sunie of Ten Shillings, one halfe the 
value for y" Scavenger to be recovered as aforesaid, and the other 
halfe to wards paying tiie charge of cleaning the Streets. 

Mesu'^'* Henry Hill, Jonathan Williams, (y" w*^'' 2 refuse to serve) 
Jonathan Loreiug Gyles Fyfield & Sam'^ Greenwood, are chosen to 
Serve as Assessors of the Rates & Taxes for y^ year ensuing. 

Voted. That y" Sel: men together with the Reverend Ministers 
of this Town be desired to be the Inspectors of the Free Gram- 
mar Schools for the year ensuing. 

Voted y' Thomas Palmer Esq% Cap' Edward Martyn, Cap' Gil- 
bert Bant, Mesu*^" William Harrise and Daniel Oliver, or any three 
of them are desired to Audit the Treasurer's Accots for y" year 
ensuing. 

Pursuant to the Report of a Coinittee appointed the 10"* of 
March Last and their reeturn under theii- hands dated the 17'" of 
Aprill 1713 being now read. 

Voted. A grant unto Joseph Prout the aditional Sume of Forty 
pounds for his Service as Treasurer for y" three former years accord- 
ing to y** Comittees Report. 

Voted. A grant unto Joseph Prout the Suine of Twenty pounds 
for his Service as Treasurer for y*" year Last past. 



Boston Town Records, 1713. 101 

Voted. Thanks of this Town to m'" John Cole for his past ser- 
vice as Master of a Free writeiug Scholl in this Town. 

Voted. That m' Jacob Sheafe be introduced into the writeing- 
School in Queen Street in the room of m"' John Cole who hath Sig- 
nified his desire to be dismist from that Service: And that the S** 
nr Sheafe be Allowed Seventy pounds for his Service as Master 
of the S*^ School for one year next ensuing. 

Voted. That m'^ John Barnerd be Continued as Master of the 
Grammer School at the North. And that he be Allowed Eighty 
pounds for his S*^ Service for one year next ensuing. 

Voted. That the Return of the Comittee appointed the 9"^ of 
March Last relating to a writeing School at the North, be re- 
ferred to the Consideration of the Sel: men and the S'' Comittee, 
who are desired to make report of what they Shall think proper 
therein unto the Town at their next meeting. 

Voted. That the Overseers of the Poor be directed to receive 
no person into the Alms House to be Subsisted there, other then 
Such as are proper Objects of the Charity of this Town. 

Voted. An Adjournm' of this meeting to tomorrow the 17"" 
Instant at three of y^ Clock in y® Afternoon. 

[348.] The Inhabitants According their Last Adjournment 
being now Assembled. 

Addington Davenport Esq"" is Chosen Moderator. 

Mesu*"" Soloman Townsend (who refuseth to Serve) Soloman 
Blake & Nathan" Coney are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the 
year ensuing. 

Coll° Sam'^Checkly refuseing to Serve as Overseer '0th Poor. 

Coll° Pen Townsend is Chosen to Serve as Overseer of the Poor 
for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Town will re-Consider their Vote Ab' Sup- 
pljnng the Inhabit'^ with graine. 

Voted. That the Town will make provision for y^ Laying in a 
Stock of Graine. 

Voted. That five thousand bushalls of Indian Corn be pur- 
chaced and Layd up in Some Convenient place or places. 

Voted. That It be Left with the Sel: men to purchace & Lay 
in the S'^ quantity of five thousand bushalls of Indian Corn, not 
exceeding the price of three Shillings and Six pence p bushel. 
And (if need be) they are Impowered to take up money at Intrest 
to purchace y^ Same 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to grant money to be Layd 
out in paveing. 

Voted. A grant of Three hundred pounds to be layd out in 
paveing in the Highwayes within this Town, perticulerly in School 
Street w'^'' Leads to y'^ burying places, and at North Street nigh 
unto the New Meeting-House (provided the persons whose Lands 
are there Abutting do agree to defray the Charge of paveing each 
Side of the respective Streets, according to the Accustomed pro- 
portion, and that the whole affaire relating to' the Loving out of 
y*^ S'^ Suine be left to the discretion and direction of the Select 
men. 

Voted. A grant of two hundred thirty five pounds fourteen 



102 City Document No. 137. 

t 

Shillings and eight pence for defraying the Townes part of y^ 
charge remaining due for building and finishing the Town House. 

Voted. That the Town will be at the charge of Erecting and 
Supporting a Third Watch-House and Watch, at Such place or 
part of y*" Town as the Select-men Shall direct. 

Voted. A grant of three hundred Seventy five pounds for the 
Support of the Watch for one year ensuing. 

In the room of Mesu*"^ Henry Mill & Jon'' Williams who refuse 
Cap' Edward Martyn & m'' John Marshall are Chosen to Serve as 
Assessors of the Rates & Taxes for y^ year ensuing (y** S** 2 
refuse) 

In the room of Soloman Townsend who refuseth to Serve m' 
Danill Berry is Chosen & Sworn to Serve as Constable for the 
year ensuing. 

The proposalls offered by the Fire wards is left to the further 
consideration of y'' S*^ Fire Wards, and y^ Sel: men, who are 
desired to make report to the Town at their next meeting of what 
they Shall think proper Relating therto. 

Cap' Nath" Green and m"" Jonas Clark are chosen to Serve as 
Assessors of the Rates & Taxes for y"" year ensuing. 

m'' Jonas Clark Signifies his refusall to Serve. 

[349.] Voted. That the Town will Suspend the granting 
any furthe Sumes of money untill their next meeting, for choyce 
of Representitives. 

Voted. That the Sel: men be desired to prepare a draught 
of an Order to prevent Annoyance by gutters conveying water 
from off from Houses into y'' Streets or H: wayes. 

Voted, That the Sel: men be desired to Consider of Some 
Expedient to Oblige all persons who shall entertaine in their 
Houses or Tenem'% any Stranger comeing into this Town to 
reside, to give Speedy notice there of, to y^ Sel: men or T. Clerk, 
in writeing und'' their hands and to make report to the Town, at 
their next meeting of w' they Shall think proper relating thereto. 

m'' William Antram is Chosen to Serve as an Assessor of the 
Rates and Taxes for the year ensuing. 

At a meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town-lJouse the 17"' of May 1714. 

M'' John White is Chosen to Serve as Moderater for this 
meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of four 
Representitives — .lohn Clark Esq"", Cap' Thom^ Hutchinson, Cap' 
Oliver Noyes, Coll" Adam Winthrop are by y"^ Major part of the 
Voters present Chosen to Serve as Representitives agreeable to 
the war'. 

The Petition of John Greenough and Assosiates referring to 
the Stateing a Ferry place at the end of North Street is by a Vote 
of the Inhabit'^ dis approved. 

Voted. That the proposal of Majo'' Gen" Winthrop, relating to 
the Exchange of a peice of Land, be referred to y" Consideration 
of the Sel: men, who are desired to prepare and offer to y" Town 
at their next meeting what they Shall think proper relating thereto. 



Boston Town Recobds, 1714. 103 

Pursuant to a Return of the CoiTiittee appointed by the Town 
to Inspect the North Writeiug School. 

Voted. That it be left with the Selectmen to purchace a peice 
of Land Sutable to Sett a School House on there, in Case any 
Such Should be Offered to Sale on reasonable terms. 

Pursuant to a Report made to the Town by the Select men, and 
Fire Wards, in Order to make provision for putting a Stop to the 
Spreading of Fire. 

1 . That there be provided and Lodged in Several parts of y^ 
Town, Six Large hooks on poles, for the pulling down of Houses, 
with double that number of Smaller ones, sutable to to be Applyed 
to the Same use. 

2. That ten or twelve Sutable and able men, whose dwellings 
are neer the Same, be Appointed to Attend the Service of each 
of the three water Engines, and that at all times, both in AYinter 
& Summer there be free Access to the Severall Engine Houses, 
and that the passage thereto be not obstructed. 

3. That two good Axes be provided & Lodged w"' each 
Engine. 

4. That Some Sutable Casks of powder well bound & cased 
w'^ Leather, well fitted for blowing up of Houses, be lodged in 
Several Convenent places of the Town, And y' Sutable persons be 
appointed to [350.] Attend and Carry the same, in Case of the 
breaking out of Fire. 

Voted. That it be. left w'^' the Select men to make Provision as 
afore said. And to take care that the Town order or by Law ab' 
provideing of Ladders be duly Attended. 

Voted. That it is the Opinion of the Town. That Such per- 
sons as Shall be imployed in Blowing up of Houses in Case of 
Fire, Should have a Competent reward for Such Service and that 
the Town will take the Same into Consideration after Such an 
Occation Shall hapen for the future. 

For Preventing annoyance to the Streets &c by y* Irregular 
Conveyance of Water from Off Houses. 

Whereas it hath been found b}' long Experience, that the 
Coiiion usage of Conveying Watter by Troughs, or Gutters from 
the Eves of Houses in this Town, So as to drop the Same into 
Such parts of the Streets or High wayes, where the Inhabit'^ & 
others do usually pass & repass hath been a great annoyance, 
espeshally in Stormy wether & dark nights. 

It is therefore Ordered. That from and after y^ Publication of 
this Order, No person whatsoever, Shall be permitted to make or 
Sett up any Such Gutter, or to Continue any Such, being already 
made and Sett up, for the conveying of water, from any of their 
Houses to fall into any of the Streets. Lanes, or Highwayes of the 
S*^ Town other then Such, as Shall be So made, as to convey the 
water thro drop- gutters or Trunks, Close to their respective 
Houses (in the best manner the Circustance of the place will 
admit) So as to deliver or Cast the Same, not exceeding four feet 
distant above the Surface of the Earth, and at the Edge or Side of 
the respective vStreet or Highway. 

And it is further Ordered ; That from and after the tenth day 



104 City DocmiENT No. 137. 

of March next ensuing the Publication of this Order, Every Such 
owner, or Occupier of any House or Edifficc in this Town, who 
shall Suffer or Continue any Trough or gutter, to abide upon or 
joyn any of their respective Houses or Edifiices, So as to Convey 
water into any of the Streets or Highwayes of this Town, to the 
Annoyance of passengers, and Contrary to the true intent and 
meaning of this Order, Shall forfeit and pay the Sume of Twenty 
Shillings for evei-y Such Transgression of this Order. 

For preventing of Strangers, Comeing from other places and 
And obtruding themselves on this Town. 

Whereas. It hath often So hapened, That Strangers have 
Sheltered themselves as Tennants, Lodgers or Inmates with Some 
of the Inhabitants of this Town, The Select-men not haveing had 
Seasonable Knowledge thereof, the which in many Instances, hath 
been the Occasion of Bringing Charge upon the Town. 

It is therefore Ordered. That no person Inhabiting in thi.s 
Town, Shall Receive, Admit, or Entertaine, in any of their 
Houses or Tenements, either as Tennants or Inmates, an}" person 
being a Stranger, or New Comer here, not being i^dmited by the 
Select men as an Inhabitant of this Town, other then Such 
Strangers as become Apprentices to any of the Free-holders of 
tiie Same, without giveing Notice in writeing under their hands 
[351.] within the Space of Thirty dayes next after their So 
receiving or entertaining Such Stranger or New Comer, Unto any 
one of tlie Select men of the S*^ Town, or Town Clerk, of the name 
of Such Stranger or New comer, with the time when they Came 
first to be So entertained by them, and the place from whence 
they Last came, and their Circumstances as neer as vaay be And 
that every Such person Inhabiting in this Town who Shall refuse 
or neglect to give Such Notice as foresaid. Shall forfeit & pay the 
Sume of Twenty Shillings for every Such Transgression of this 
0:*der. 

And it is further Ordered, That no person whatsoever, Comeing 
from any other Town or place to dwell or Reside in this Town at 
ajny time hereafter, Shall upon any pretence whatsoever presume 
to open any Shop, or to Exercise his or her Trade in this Town, 
without first Obtaining a Certificate under the hand of the Town 
Cleric, of his or her being admitted by y*" Select men, So to reside 
or dwell here. On penalty of forfeiting and paj'ing the Sume of 
Twenty Shillings for every Such Transgression of this Order. 

Voted. That it be left with the Select men, at their discretion 
to dispose of the Indian Corn, (Lately ordered to be layd in) and 
at Such time, and in Such manner as they shall think convenent. 

In answere to the Petition of m'' Richard Henchman. 

Voted, an Addition to his Sallery the Sume of Twenty pounds 
for the year ensuing So as to make the whole, Sixty pounds. 

Voted. An Addition of Forty Shillings p' annum be allowed 
him so as to make up the Rent of his School-House Six pounds p' 
annum. 

In answere to the Petition of m'' John Cole. 

Voted, a grant to him of the Sume of Ten pounds and Sixteen 
Shillings in Consideration of what he formerly pd for the Rent of 



Boston Town Eecords, 1714. 105 

his School-House Together with the thanks of this Town for his 
past Service as School master. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired to take Effectual Care 
to Prosecute the Town order or By-Law, For Regulating of 
Hucksters and to Allow a Sufficient Reward to Such persons as 
Shall be Imployed to Inform Ag' Such as Shall Transgress. 

Voted. That the Sel: men be desired to prepare a penal Order 
or By-Law as they Shall think proper to regulate Such as Shall 
Sell to Hucksters. 

Voted. That the Town will come into the charge of paveing in 
Anne Street, to the Northward of the Bridge there. 

Voted. The granting of money to defray the other Charges of 
the Town be deferred to the next meeting. 

At a meeting of the Free-holders and other luhabi"^ of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified being Regularly Assembled, in a 
Pubhck Town Meeting, at y'= Town House the 4"' of June 1714. 

Samuel Checkley Esq^ is Chosen to be Moderater for this 
Meeting. 

M'' Edward Hutchinson is by the Majority of the Voters present, 
Chosen to Serve as Representitive, for this Town, in the Room of 
the Hon'''^ Thomas Hutchinson Esq% who was before Chosen, and 
Since that Elected and Called up to Serve at y" Counccil Board. 

[352.] Upon the pleas of excuce made by the 8 Constables. 

Voted that the Sel: men be directed to withdraw y^ Complaint 
made & given in to Justice Dudley against them. 

Voted. That the Town will come into the Charge of Carrying 
away the Dirt ordinarily made in the paved Streets of this Town, 
after the Same is raked up. 

For Cleaning, and Keeping clean the Streets Lanes and High- 
way es within the Town of Boston. 

Ordered. That when and So often as the Inhabit" of y^ S** 
Town, Shall agree to bear the Charge of Carrying away the dirt 
and Trash out of the S<* Streets : It Shall and may be Lawfull 
for Such persons, who are or Shall be chosen to Serve as 
Scavengers for the time being. And they are hereby directed, as 
often as they Shall think needfuU, to warn and give notice to all 
and every person w'^ in their Respective Wards who are or Shall 
be hereafter the Occupiers, of any Houses Lands or Tenements, 
Abutting on any of the paved Streets Lanes or Highwayes afore"^, 
to Rake up in heaps, all the Dirt and Trash, lieing or being in 
the S* Streets or Highwayes, before or against their respective 
Houses, Lands or Tenements,, in Such manner, and proportion, 
as the Scavinger or Scavingers for each respective Ward Shall 
order and direct. 

And it is further Ordered. That if any of y^ Occupiers of 
Such Houses Lands or Tenements, Shall refuse or Neglect So to 
Rake up Such Dirt and Trash as aforesaid, by the Space of 
Twenty four hours after notice given them as afore said, Shall 
Forfeit and pay the Sume of five Shillings for every Such Trans- 
gression of this Order besides double the Charge that the Scav- 
inger Shall be at in Rakeing up the S<* Dirt or Trash. 



106 City DocumexVt No. 137. 

And the Sel: men are directed and Impowered to Order pay™' 
out of the Town Treasury, for Such 8umes of money as the 
respective Scavingers Shall expend for Carrying away of the dirt 
out of the Streets and wayes afore S*^ ; And for the rakeing up 
the dirt from before the Houses or Tenements of any Indigent or 
Poor persons, who are not able of y™ selves, to do the Same, or 
to pay for its being So done, Over & above what of Such ex- 
pence as may be Saved, by the Labour of Free Negro's, being So 
Imployed as the Law directs. 

It is also Ordered. That for the more Effectuall Keeping of 
the Streets and wayes Clean, Any Scavinger in this Town be 
directed and Impowered, to Imploy or Impress, any Cart or 
Carter, to Carry away the dirt out of the respective Streets & H 
wayes, being raked up in heaps, paying for the Same, not ex- 
ceeding One Shilling p' Load, And upon his or their refusall or 
Neglect, the S*^ Carter Shall forfeit and pay for every Such 
offence the Sume of ten Shillings. 

And that every Such Scavinger be desired & Impowered to 
Prosecute the breach of the Town order or By-Law (For preventing 
Nusances & Annoyances to or in the Streets or Highwayes &c.) 

Voted, a grant of Two thousand & four hundred pounds to be 
Leveyed on the Inhabi"' of this 'I'own, for defraying the Charges 
of y** Town as mentioned in y'= Computation given in by the Town 
Treasurer & now read. 

[353.] At a meeting of the Free-hoWers and Other Inhabit'* 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularlj- Assembled 
in a Publick Town Meeting at y^ Town House the 10'^ day of 
June. 

Samuel Checkley Esq'' is Chosen the Moderater for this meeting. 

M"" John Ruck is by the Major part of the voters present 
Chosen to Serve as a Representitive for this Town, in the room 
of the Hon''^'^ John Clark Esq" who was before chosen to that 
Service, and Since that is Elected and Called up to Serve at y® 
Counceil board. 

At a Meeting of the Free holders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town-meeting at the Town House the 30* of Novemb' 
1714. 

Coll" Adam Winthrop being Chosen to Serve as Moderaf for 
y® S'^ meeting. 

Voted. I'hat y*" Town will proceed to the choyce of four 
Representitives 

Coll" Adam Winthrop, Mesu*' Oliver Noyes, John Ruck, Elisha 
Cook jun"" w"^ by y" Majority of Voters present,- Chosen to Serve 
as Representitives, pursuant to a Precept under y^ hand & Seal 
of W" Dudley Esq"^ dated the y" 10''^ of Nov" Cur'. 

Whereas the Select-men have now Signifietl to the Tnhabi"' at 
this meeting. That there being a Convenient AVater Engine bro' 
into this Town by a Stranger who is now just upon going away, 
And they being urged thereto by severall principall Gentlemen of 



Boston Town Records, 1714/15. 107 

the Town the}' have Secured the S*^ Engine for the Service of the 
Town, and have paid for the purchace thereof the Sume of One 
hundred pounds. 

Voted. That the Town doth accept of the Select mens pur- 
chaceing the S'^ Engine for the Town, and at the Next Season for 
granting of money they will grant the afore S*^ Sume for that use. 
And in the Intrim the Select men are directed and empowered to 
borrow money to Satisfy for their S'^ purchace. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired to agree with Some 
meet person or persons, to procure two more of the like Sort of 
Watter Engines for the use and Service of this Town. 

Voted. That it be left to the Select men to Consider of what 
proper methodes are further Necessary to prevent the Spreading of 
Fire, And to make report there of to the Town at their next 
meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified ; Being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting, at the Town-House the 14"" day of March 
1714. 15. In the First year of His Maj"" Reigne. 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq' is Chosen to Serve as Moderater. 

Voted. That the Town will Chuse Assessors distinct from Sel: 
men. 

Voted. That y^ Town will proceed to Chuse Seven Select men. 

Messures John Marion, Isaiah Tay, Joseph Wadsworth, John 
Ruck, Edward Hutchinson, William Welsteed & Cap' Edward 
Winslow are Chosen to Serve as Select men for the year ensuing. 

Mesu'^' John Ruck. Edward Hutchinson, Isaiah Tay & Cap* 
Edw** Winslow haveing Signified their refuseall to Serves as 
Sel: in. for y* ensuing year. 

Cap' Habijah Savage, Mesu''', Samuel Greenwood, John Char- 
nock & John Baker as chosen (in their room) to Serve as Sel: 
men for the year ensuing. 

Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Town Clerk, for j® year 
ensuing. 

[354.] Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Town Treasurer 
for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of Seven 
Assessors. 

Cap' Gyles Fifield, Cap' Nathaniel Green, Cap' Elisha Bennet, 
JSIesu*^* William Antram, David Farnum, Jonathan Loreing, and 
Silence Allen are Chosen to Serve as Assessors of the Rates and 
Taxes on this Town for the year ensuing. 

Voted. An Adjournment of this meeting to three of y* Clock, 
in the afternoon, at w'^'' time the Inhabitants were then againe 
Assembled. 

John Chamberline is Chosen to Serve as Constable for the Dis- 
trict of Rumny Marsh for the year ensuing. 

William Hasie & Jacob Hasie Chosen Fence Veiwers for y" Same. 

William Borman is chosen Tythingmau for y® Same. 

John , Center & Isaac Lewise w'' Chosen Hogg reeves for y° 
Same. 



108 City Document No. 137. 

Mesu^' Phillip Heclman, David Graige, James Smith jun'', Cap' 
James Smith, Cap' John Sunderliue, Cap' Newcomb Blague, Cap' 
Nathan'^ Oliver, & Ezekiel Cravath are Chosen to Serve as Con- 
stables for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Assessors for the Last year be impowered for 
the Space of three moneths next ensueing. to make buch further 
abatements of the Rates & Taxes Comitted to the Constables as 
they Shall think needfull. 

Voted. That on Condition the Several Constables Shall pay in 
One halfe of the rates Comitted to them at or before the twentieth 
of March Cur', And Com pleat & pay in their whole Sumes by the 
tenth of June next, each of the S*^ Constables So Complying w*^ 
the S*^ Condition Shall be allowe three pence on the pound for 
Collecting the Province, County & Town Rates. 

Voted. That the Constables of this Town who are to Collect 
the Rates and Taxes for the year ensuing, Shall be Allowed three 
pence on the pound for Collecting, Provided they pay in their first 
halfe of the Sumes Comitted to them, to the respective Treas- 
urers by the first day of February Next, and also Compleat and 
pay in the whole by the first day of June from thence next follow- 
ing. And that only Such of the S'' Constables who Shall So pay 
in according to the times of payment as aforesaid, are to be 
Entitled to the S'^ Allowance of 3'^ on y*^ pound. 

Edward Lyde Esq% Cap' Timothy Clark, Cap' Edw*^ Martyn, 
Cap' Thomas Smith, Mesu*^' Daniel Oliver, John White & Grove 
Hirst are Chosen to Serve as Overseers of the Poor for the year 
ensuing. 

Voted. That the Overseers of the Poor be desired to Consider 
and make report, at the next meeting of what they Shall think 
proper relating to the proposalls now Offered to y"' Town ab' Reg- 
ulating the Almes-House & work-House. 

Mesu"^' Benj'^ Emmons, Ezekiel Walker, Silence Allen, & Wil- 
liam Clear are Chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for the year 
ensuing. 

Cap' Thomas Barnerd, Mesu'^^ Samuel Bridge, Jabez Negus & 
Obadiah Reed are Chosen to Serve as Fence Veiwers for y*^ year 
ensuing. 

Mesu*^^ Thomas Vereing, Sam'^ Gardner, Wigglesworth Sweetsir 
& Nicholas Moorcock are Chosen to Serve as Hogg reeves for the 
year ensuing. 

M'' David Craige & Cap' Daniel Oliver are dismist from Serveing 
as Constables for y° ensuing year. 

[355.] Coll'' Stephen Minot, Cap' Nathaniel Oliver, Mesu-^^ 
Benj'' Emmons, William Shepreeye, Eneas Salter, Fortune Rud- 
dock, Sam" Plummer & William Down Pin-maker, are Chosen to 
Serve as Scavingers for the year ensuing. 

Cap' David Mason, Cap' Thomas Barnerd, Mesu*^^ James Gooch, 
Thomas Lee, & William Webster, are Chosen to Serve as Veiwers 
of Shingle, and measurers of Boards, Plank & Timb'' for the year 
ensuing. 

Voted. That the Select-men be the Surveyors of y^ High wayes 
for the year ensuing. 



Boston Town Records, 1714/15. 100 

Mesn"" Joseph Grant, Jeremiah Condey, William Payn Joyner, 
Benj'' Gibson, William Palfrey, William Yound, Kathaniel 
Wheeler & Henry Hill are chosen to Serve as Clarks of the 
Market for y*^ year ensuing. 

Mesn*" Timothy Thornton, Nathaniel Henchman, John Cookson, 
John Cunneball, Kichard Proctor, James Barnes, Sam" Torey, 
Joshua Hensha, Benjamen Goodwin, George Robinson, Joshua 
Winsor, Josiah Frankling, Hopestill Foster, Zach'^' Triscot, 
William Clark Merch*, Solorpan Kneeland were chosen to Sei-ve as 
Tythingmen for the year ensuing. 

Voted. An Adjournment of this meeting to monday next being 
the 21"^ of Mai'ch Cur' at nine of y'' Clock in the forenoon. 

At a meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting on the 14''^ of March 1714. 15. And Con- 
tinued by Adjournment to the 21"" day of the Same, and Accord- 
ingly being then againe Assembled. 

M'' John White is Chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

In answere to the Petition of Cap' Newcomb Blague & for 
the reasons therein given. Voted, that he the S*^ Blague is ex- 
cused from Serveing as Constable for y* year ensuing. 

In answere to the Petition of Silence Allen. Voted that he the 
S*^ Allen is excused from Serveing as Assessor for y" year ensuing. 

In the Room of m'' Silence Allen, m"" Daniel Powning is chosen 
to Serve as Assessor for y" year ensuing. & was accordingly 
Sworn. 

Laws Ag' Immorality & Prophaness w"" Openly read. 

Voted. That the Select men to gether w'" the Rev*^ ministers of 
this Town be desired to be the Inspectors of the Free-Grammar 
Schools for the year ensuing. 

Coll" Adam Winthrop, Mesu*"' John White, Jonath" Belcher, 
Edward Hutchinson & William Harris or any three of them are 
desired to Audit the Treasu" Acco'' for the year ensuing. 

Voted. A grant of Twenty pounds unto Joseph Prout for his 
Service as Treasurer in the year Last past. 

In the room and Stead of Cap' Oliver, Cap' Blague & Cap' Craige 
who are excused, and of m'' Phillip Hedman who hath refused to 
Serve as Const'''^ 

Mesu^' Caleb Eady, John Dixwell, William Lowder & Nicholas 
Bowes are Chosen to Sei've as Constables for y^ year ensuing. 

Voted. An Adjournment of this meeting to Fryday the 25"^ of 
march Cur' at two of the clock in y" after noon. 

[356.] At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston duly qualified being Regularly As- 
sembled in a Publick Town Meeting the 14"" of March Cur' And 
continued by Adjournment to this day, and Accordingly Now As- 
sembled. 

M' John Ruck is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for this meeting. 

Whereas it is represented to this meeting That m"" John Lothrop 
one of the Constables for the Last year, is dangerously Sick and 



110 City Document No. 137. 

not likely to perfect his Collection of the Rates comitted to him, 
and that he is desircons that Care may be taken that Some other 
Sutable person may be Appointed to Effect the Same. 

Voted. That it be left with to Selectmen to advise and direct in 
that matter as they Shall think proper. 

Mesu*^' Nicholas Bowes & William Lowder haveing Signified 
their refiisall to Serve in the Office of Constable. 

Mesures James ScoUey & Joha Edwards Goldsmith are Chosen 
to Serve as Constables for the year ensuing. 

Votes given in for County Treasu"" & delivered to a Constable. 

M"^ John Edwards haveing refused to Serve as Constable. 

M' Noah Champney is Chosen to Serve as Constable for the year 
ensuing. 

Edward Loyd Esq"", Mesures John White & Gi'ove Hirst haveing 
Signified their refnsall to Serve as Overseers of the Poor. 

Mesu'^' John Colman, James Gooch, & William Hutchinson are 
Chosen to Serve as Overseers of y*" Poor for y" year ensuing. 

M'' John Colman haveing refused to Serve as Overseer. 

M"" John Legg is Chosen to Serve as Overseer of the Poor for y® 
year ensuing. 

In answere to the motion of Sundry Inhabit'^ whose lands are 
abutting on Back Street who have proposed at their own cost to 
pave the S** Street from y" Black Smith Shop nigh y'^ mill Bridg as 
farr North ward as Beer Lane, Provided the Town will come into 
the Charge of Regulating y*^ ground. 

Voted. That it be left w"^ the Select men to do what they Shall 
think proper for their Encourragement to go on w"* y° S*^ worke. 

In Answere to the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants at the South 
end of the Town who are Abutters on the H. way Leading from 
Deacon Elliots Corner South ward to wards the Neck, Setting 
forth the Necessity of Paveing the S'^ High way, Praying to Town 
to order a Survey to be made of the S*^ Highway in Order to a 
Speedy Amendment of the Same. 

Voted. That five persons be Chosen as a Comittee to Con- 
sider of what I hey Shall think proper ab' paveing the S*^ Highway 
& to make report there of to the Town as soon as may be. 

Voted. That ColP Elisha Hutchinson, Major Thomas Fitch, 
Cap' Timoth}' Clark, Cap' Edward Martyn and ra'' John White be 
the S'' Comittee. 

Voted. A grant of Three hundred pounds to be raised on y" 
Inhabitants & Layd out, in paveing in y*" High wayes. 

Voted. A grant of Two hundred & fifty pounds to be raised 
on y'= Inhabit" for the Support of the Watcli. 

Voted. That the Salleryes as granted y'= Last year to m' John 
Barnerd & ra"' Jacob Sheafe, and y' Sallerj^ & School rent granted 
to m'' Richard Henchman be further continued untill the Same 
be otherwise ordered. 

Voted. That it be left w'' the Select men to Consider of the 
motion now made Ab' Enlargeing the School House in Queen 
Street, and to make report to y'= town at their next meeting of 
what they Shall think proper to be done. 

[357.] Voted. That a Stock of Graine be layd in towards a 
Supply of the Inhabitants of this Town. 



BosTOx Town Records, 1714/15. Ill 

Voted. That the Select men do procure & Lay up for the 
Town, three Thousand bushels of Indian Corn, five hundred bush- 
els of wheat, and five hundred bushels of Rhy. 

Voted. That the Select men are Impowered to furnish themselves 
w*^ money at Intrest. So much as Shall be needfull for purchace- 
ing the aforesaid graine. 

Voted. That it be left w"* the Select men to procure one more 
Convenient Stoar House for the Laying in of Graine. 

In ansvvere to the Petition of John Smalpeice. 

Voted a grant to him the S** John Smalpeice of the Sume of 
fifty pounds to be paid to him out of the Town Treasury. In consid- 
eration of the Bodily hurt w"='' befell him by y" blowing up of pow- 
der at the Late fire w"='^ brake out nigh y'' Dock 

The question being proposed whetlier the Town will grant Some 
House Lotts on y'^ neck in order to maintaine Lights there, w""" was 
Voted in the Negative. 

Voted. That the Town will come in to halfe the Charge of 
makeing and maintaining a two raile fence from one end of the 
Neck, b,et\v Boston & Roxbury to the Other for the benefit and 
Safety of Travillers: And that it be given as an Instruction to the 
next Representitives for this Town : That they Endevour to pro- 
cure the other halfe part there of to be done at the Charge of the 
Province, w"" Some Sutable provision in the Law, for defending 
the Same against Such as Shall demoliish the Same or any part 
thereof. 

Voted. A Grant of Twelve hundred pounds to be raised on the 
Inhabitants & Estates of this Town, for the relief e of the Poor 
and Other Necessary Charges Ariseing within & for the S*^ Town 
for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That Addington Davenport Esq'', Major Thoms Fitch, 
m' Elisha Cook jun"", Cap' Oliver Noyes & Cap' Sam" Keeling. Be 
a comitiee to to Consider of what they Shall think proper to Sup- 
press the Abuses to the Inhabitants of this Town by Hucksters, 
and they are desired to make report to the Town at their next 
meeting of what they Shall think proper ui)on that head. 

And the S** Comittee are aso. desired to Consider of Some Ef- 
fectual! Means to Oblige persons to i)ave, and repaire pavem' in 
the Streets against their Land, and to make report to the Town at 
their next meeting of what they Shall think proper relating there- 
to : And Also to draw up in writeing a Projection of an Act Prop- 
er to Pass in to a Law to enjoyn the Same. 

Voted. That the Select men be directed to Come into the 
Charge of paveing the the Meddle part of Charter street, from m" 
Ransfords Corner upward, in Case the Neighbourhood thereto 
agree to pave what or So much as hath been Accustomed on each 
Side that is to Say not exceeding So far as one hundred pounds 
will go in paveing the Townes part. 

Whereas by reason the Number of Overseers of y" Poor was 
not y" Completed there was no report by them made Ab' Regulat- 
ing y^ Almes House and Worke House as was Comitted to them y® 
14"> Cur'. 
Voted. That the Overseers of the Poor w'^ the Advise & Con- 



112 City Document No. 137. 

ciUTGnce of the Sel: men, are impowered to prosecute the proposal 
Offered to the Town, Relating to makeing a division of the present 
Almes House &work House, So as to Accomodate Sober and aged 
People by themselves, and y' those put in for vice & disorder may 
be Seperate from them. 

[358.] Or to Lay before the Town at their next meeting what 
they Shall think more Adviseable. 

Voted. That it be left w"' the Select men, to move the Gen'^ 
Court by their Next Representitives, That the fifty pounds of Gun 
Powder allowed by Law, for Sellers of Powder to Keep in their 
Houses, may be reduced to Twenty pounds. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and Other Inhabitats of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town-House the 17"' of May 1715. 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq"" is Cliosen to Serve as Moderator. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to y" Choyce of four Rep- 
resentitives 262 Voters. 

Cap' Oliver Noyes, Coll" Adam Winthrop, M' Elisha Cook & M^ 
William Payn, are by the Majority of Voters Chosen to Serve as 
Representitives of this Town according y*" warrant now read. 

M'^ Zachery Thayer is chosen in the Room of M"" Ezekiel Cravath 
deceaced, to Serve as Constable for the 3'ear ensuing, and Accord- 
ingly Sworn. 

Voted. That the Consideration of Paveing at the South end of 
y^ Town be deferred untill the next meeting. 

Whereas the Coinittee appointed y** Last meeting to Consider 
ab' Hucksters &c. have not yet br' in their report. 

Voted. That the S*^ Comittee be further Continued in that Ser- 
vice and that they be desired make their return to next T. meet- 
ing. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of a Comit- 
tee of five persons to joyn w*'' the Sel: men, to give Instructions to 
the Representitives of this Town. 

Voted. That Elisha Cook Esq% Cap' Tim" Clark, M' Edw"^ 
Hutchinson, M' Daniel Oliver, & Cap' Edward Martyn be the S*^ 
Comittee. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified & Lawfully warned being Assem- 
bled in a Publick Town Meeting at the Town-House on the 13"^ of 
June 1715. 

Cap' Timothy Clark is Chosen to be y'' Moderat' for this Meeting. 

Voted. The Town will not be at the Charge of Turning the 
High way to pass through the Lotts of perticuler persons, in order 
to the paveing the High way at the South end of y'^ Town. 

Voted that the Town will proceed to grant money for pave- 
ing Forty-two Rodd in Length of the High way in Orange Street, 
that is to Say, from the Town Slip by y' w'='' was Welcomes House 
as far Southerly as m" Thomas Walkers House according to the 
report now made by the Comittee formerly Appointed to Consider 
thereof. 



Boston Town Records, 1715. 113 

Voted. A grant of Two hundred and Sixty pounds to be Layd 
out in the afore S"* Paveing, Provided that the Owners of the 
Lands w*^^ are Abutting on the Same do undertake and defray the 
Charge of paveing each Side of the S'^ Street, the Same breadth 
as hath been usually done by the neighbourhood in Other paved 
Streets. 

[359.] Voted. A grant of One hundred pounds, to be layd 
out in Inlargeing the School-House in Queen Street in manner as 
hath been proposed by y*^ Sel: men. And that the Select-men be 
a comittee to get the Same eflfected. 

Voted. An Addition of Ten pounds p Annum to m'' Wiggles- 
worths Sallery as Usher of the Graiiier School. 

Voted. A grant of One hundred & eighty pounds, for defray- 
ing the Charge of two water Engines formerly agreed to be sent 
for. 

Voted. That the Committee raised in March Last to consider 
Ab' Hucksters, be further Continued, And they are desired to 
make a Speedy return of what the}^ Shall think proper therein, 
and if need be to Consult Some persons Learned in the Law Ab' 
the Same. 

Voted. That the Town will now proceed upon the Consider- 
ation of the proposals offered by m^ John Marion and other Inhab- 
itants relating to the fifteen hundred pounds being the produce of 
the Blue hill Lands. 

Voted. That the Worsds in y^ Town Vote relating thereto y' 
13* of Blarch 1710/11 (That they Lay out the S** money in Some 
Real Estate for the use of the Publick Lattin School) be reasumed. 

Voted. That the Vote of the Town the 9* of May 1711 Re- 
lating to the Thirteen hundred pounds and the two hundred 
pounds, produce of y* Townes Land in Brantree, as Recorded 
p 324 be Reasumed. 

Voted. That the Appropriated Money being the produce of y' 
Blue hill Lands, Shall be Applyed for the purchaceing of Corn or 
other provisions as the Town shall direct. 

Voted. That whatsoever Loss Shall hapen by the purchaceing 
& Laying in of Grain or other Provisions, Shall from time to time 
be made good by y^ Town, So that the Stock Shall not be Ex- 
hausted. 

Voted. That the Select men are impowered to Lett at Intrest 
upon good Security all Such of y^ Above S'^ Appropriated money 
as Shall not be by them Imployed for the purchace of Corn or 
other provision as afore^'^. 

Whereas it is now represented to the Town that by reason of a 
Long fitt of Sickness m' John Lothrop one of the Constables for 
the Last year, hath been hindered from Collecting and paying in 
the Rates Comitted to him, at the time limited by y° Town in 
ther Last meeting. 

Voted. That in Case the S*^ Constable Lothrop perfect his 
Collections & pay in the Same to the respective Treasurers by the 
10"" of August next he Shall be Intituled to his three pence on the 
pound for Collecting, as other Constables were who made up their 
payments by the 10'*' of June Cur'. 



114 City Document No. 137. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a Pub- 
lick Town meeting at the Town House the 20"" of September 1715. 

Cap' Ephraim Savage is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
Meeting, 

In Aswer to the Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants who are 
desireous to Erect a New Meeting House. Praying the Town to 
grant them a Peice of Land Sutable to build the Same upon. 

[300.] Voted. A grant to Mesu<^' Henry Hill, Eliezur Darby, 
David Craige, Nicholas Boon, Samuel Adams, & their Assosiates 
and Successors for ever, a Peice of Land, Coinonly Called Church 
Green Nigh Summer Street in Boston, of Sixty-five feet in Length 
and forty-five feet in Breadth, (with Convenient Highwayes 
Round the Same) for the Erecting thereon an Edifflce for a Meet- 
ing House for the Publick Worship of God, Provided the S'' Meet- 
ing House be Erected and improved to that use within the Spaqe 
of Thi-ee years next ensuing. 

Voted. That it be left to the Sel: men men to to Lay out the 
S*^ peice of Land According to the above S'* vote. 

Voted. That the Select men be directed and Impowered to 
make and Execute a proper deed of Conveyance of the S"^ peice of 
Land Agreeable to the Tenour of the afore S** Grant. 

Voted. The Town will proceed to the Sale of that their peice 
of Land on the South Side of School Street w'''^ they formerly 
purchaced of John Mathews. 

Voted. That the Select men are Impowered to sell the afore 
S** peice of Land for not less then One hundred pounds. 

Voted. That the Consideration of the improvement of that 
Peice or Strip of Land below the Stone wall Nigh Cap* Southinks 
House be continued untill the next Town Meeting in March. 

Voted. The motion now made for Erecting Houseing in Somfe 
remote place, for tlie Lodging of Sick persons in Case of Inec- 
tion be further Considered at y'= next Meeting in March. 

Voted. That the Assessors for this pres'ent year be desired & 
impowered to take into their Consideration the motion & desire 
of Cap' Timothy Clark, Collector of y-^ Rates Ann" 1712 & 1713, 
who sayes there is yet Out Standing Ab' 12 or 13 pounds w'^'' he 
cannot get in ; And at any time w"'in the Space of Three moneths 
next ensuing, to make Such abatem" thereof as they Shall Judg 
necessary. 

Whereas it is now represented to the Town on the behalf e of 
Elizabeth Liford Grand Child to Thomas Smith Deceaced, that 
She the S'' Eliz'' hath a Right to a Certaine peice or parcell of 
Land, of her S*^ Grand fathers Estate now in the Possession of 
this Town. Praying that her claime may be considered and that 
her just due May be Assigned her without the Trouble of any 
Contest in the Law. 

Voted. That a Comittee be raised to Consider & make Report 
to the Town, of what they Shall think proper to be done therein. 

Voted. That Addington Davenport Esq"", M"" Richard Draper, 
and M'' Thomas Cushing be the S^ Coihittee, who are accordingly 
desired to undertake the Same. 



Boston Town Records, 1715. 115 

A Motion Now made Ab* building a Row of Tooms in the bury- 
ing place is continued to be considered at the next Meeting in 
March. 

[361.] At a meeting of the Free-holders and otlier Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Boston dul}' qualified, being Regularly As- 
sembled, in a Publick Town meeting at the Town House the 7'" of 
Decemb^ 

The Hon'''^ Samuel Sewal Esq"" is chosen moderator for this meet- 
ing. 

M"' Edward Hutchinson is by y* Majority of Voters Chosen to 
Serve as Represeutitive for this Town according to a Precept now 
read, under the Hand & Seal of John Burrel Esq'' Speaker of y^ 
House of Represeutitives. 

Voted. That a Town Meeting be appointed to debate & declare 
whether they are for a Publick or Private Bank. 

Voted. That the time of y^ S** meeting be monday next at nine 
of the Clock in the forenoon. And that the Select men do order 
Warrants to be Isued forth for the Calling y" S"^ meeting. 

The Hon"^ Judg Sewell being called away Cap' Ephr"' Savage is 
chosen Moderator. 

Voted. That it be left w"' the Select men (at their discretion) to 
dispose of the Grain e of y* Townes now Lying in the Granary, at 
Such time and in Such manner as they Shall think fit & conven- 
ient. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House the 12"' of Decemb"' 
1715 and by their Vote Adjourned to Assemble at the Brick meet- 
ing House in Corn hill, for the conveniency of more room there, 
and accordingly w'" there Assembled. 

Voted. That Major Thomas Fitch be y^ Moderator for this 
meeting. 

After ab' two hours debate in order to Know the minds of the 
Inhabitants, whether they are for a Publick or Private Bank. 

It being put to Vote, whether it be the Oppinion of the Inhabi- 
tants, that it is best for the S"^ Town to Endevour that a Public 
Bank be promoted. Voted in the Affirmative. 

It being put to Vote, whether it be the Oppinion of the Inhabi- 
tants, that it is best for the S*^ Town to Endevour a Private Bank 
be promoted. Voted in the Negative. 

Coll" Stephen Minot & M'' Joseph Bass being present have de- 
clared their dissent from y"" two Last foregoing votes. 

[362.] At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabi"' of 
the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in 
a Publick Town Meeting at the Town House the 12"^ day of March. 

Voted. That Deacon John Marion be y* Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse Assessors distinct fro Sel: 



116 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. That y* Town will proceed to Chuse Seven Select men. 

Mesu'^' John Marion, Will"" Welsteed, Habijah Savage, John 
Baker, Joseph Wadsworth, Samuel Greenwood, John Charnock, 
are Chosen to Serve as Select men for y'^ year ensuing. 

Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Town Clerk and also as 
Town Tresurer for the year ensuing. 

Laws ag' Prophaness & Imorality Read. 

Officers Chosen w'4n the district of Eumny marsh for y* year 
ensuing viz'. 

William Borman to Serve as Constable. 

Edw<^ Tuttle ife Elisha Tuttle to Serve as Fence Veiwers. 

John Tuttle & Edward Tuttle jun'' to Serve as Hogg Reeves. 

Isaac Wilkinson to Serve as Tithing man. 

Mesu"' Daniel Oliver, Thomas Smith, Will*" Hutchinson Esq', 
Timothy Clark, Edward Martyn, John Legg & James Gooch are 
Chosen to Serve as Overseers of the Poor for y* year ensuing. 

Mesu^' William Down Pin maker Sworn, Elemuel Go wen rfuse, 
Thomas Cushing refuse, Timothy Lindall excused, Benj" Eliot re- 
fuse, Abiel Walley refuse, Edward Davise refuse, Josiah Bills 
refuse, are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the year ensuing. 

m'' Timothy Lindall Alledgiug y' he is ab' to remove out of 
Town is by Vote excused. 

Mesu^^ Thorn' Cushing, Abiel Walley & Benj^' Eliot do declare 
their refusall to Serve as Constables. 

Voted. That the Town will Chuse Seven Assessors one where 
of to be of the district of Rumny Marsh. 

Voted. That the aforesaid Vote Last mentioned be reasumed 
& that they will proceed to Chuse Seven Assessors. 

Mesu^^ Daniel Powning, Gyles Fyfield, David Farnum, Nathan- 
iel Green, Jonathan Loring, John Marshall & John Floyd are 
Chosen to Serve as Assessors of the Rates & Taxes on this Town 
for the year ensuing. 

Mesu'^'^^ Edw*^ Davis and Josiah Biles have declared their refusall 
to Serve as Constables for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Assessors for the year 1715 be impowered for 
the Space of Three Moneths next ensuing to make Such further 
Abatements of the Rates and Taxes Coinitted to the Constables 
as they Shall think needfull. 

[363.] Voted. That y" Town will not choose Collectors dis- 
tint from y*^ Constables. 

Voted. That the Constables of this Town who are to Collect 
the Rates & Taxes for the year ensuing, Shall be Allowed three 
pence on the pound for Collecting, Provided they pay in their 
first halfe of the Sumes comitted to them, to the Respective 
Treasurers by the first of Feb''^ next and also Compleat and pay 
in the whole by the first day of June from thence next following. 
And that Only Such of the S*^ Constables who Shall So pay in 
according to the times of payment as afore S*^ are to be Entituled 
to the S** allowance of three pence on y" pound. 

Mesu""' Henry Bridgham Late Curler, Andrew Eliot, Ezekiel 
Walker, & Jacob Mason, are Chosen to Serve as Sealers of 
Leather for y* year ensuing. 



Boston Town Records, 1715. 117 

Mesu'== Samuel Bridge, Thomas Barnard, jun"", Jabez Negus & 
Obadiah Reed are Chosen Fence Veiwers for y" year ensuing. 

Mesu^' Sam'^ Kenney, Job Bull, Jeremiah Belknap & John 
Brown are Chosen to Serve as Hogg reeves for the year ensuing. 

Mesu^' Nath^ Aires, Thomas Lee, Anthony Blount, Will'" Tyler, 
Benj" Fitch, Henry Dering, Samuel Haugh, & Edward Okes are 
Chosen to Serve as Scavingers for the year ensuing. 

Cap* David Mason, Mesu^' James Barnerd, Zach''^ Triscot, 
WilP Webster, James Tile^ton, & Erasamus Stevens are Chosen 
to Serve as Veiwers of Shingle, and measurers of boards, plank 
and Timber for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Select-men be the Surveyors of the High 
wayes for the year ensuing. 

Mesu^' Will"" Parkman Joyner, Grafton Feveryear, Stephen 
Payn Joyner, Thomas Dause, Obadiah Proctor, Daniel Henchman, 
John Barton & Eneus Salter, are Chosen to Serve as Clerks of 
the Market for the year ensuing. 

Mesu"' John Ruck, John Frizzel, Cap' Gilbert Bant, John Pitts, 
Abraham Blish, John Olton, John Mico, Benjamen Simpson, 
William Parkman, Sam" Gardner, Samuel Wentworth, Samuel 
Barret, Epaphras Shrimpton, George Bethune, John Marshall, 
Silence Allen are Chosen to Serve as Tything men for the year 
ensuing. 

Adam Winthrop Esq% Thomas Fitch Esq"", David Jefferyes 
Esq", Edward Hutchinson Esq' & m"" John White, or any three of 
them are desired & Impowered to Audit the Town Treasurers 
acco*^ for y*' ensuing year. 

Voted. An Adjourment of this meeting to Tuesday the 13"" of 
March Cur' at eight of y* Clock in y^ Morning. And being then 
againe Assembled. 

In the room of Six persons before Chosen to Serve Constables 
& not Staning. 

Mesu*^' John Bucannan Sworn, Peter Lucey refused, Cornelius 
Waldo refused, John Barnes voted excused for this year, John 
Powel Sworn & Gyles Dyer refused are Chosen to Serve as Con- 
stable for the year ensuing. 

[364.] Voted. That the Votes for County Treasu' be br' in 
and Numbered w'^'' was accordingly done, Seal'^ up & delivered to 
Consta Down viz'. 

Votes for ColP Checkley 127, for ColP Winthrop, 11, for Justice 
Dummer 1, for Coll" Ballentine 1. 

Votes for County Register br' in Sorted, Number*^, Sealed up & 
delivered to Consta Down, declared to be viz'. 

for Coll° John Ballentine 108, for m"" Samuel Tyley 48, for m' 
Jos. Marion 9, for m' Nath" Green 5, for ColP Checkley 2. 

In the Room of 4 persons Chosen to Serve Constables who 
refuse to Serve. 

Cap' Thomas Steel excused, Mesu^' William Tilley excused, 
John Visien excused, Thomas Moffet are Chosen to Serve as 
Constables for y* year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Rev"^ Ministers together w"" y^ Select men of 
this Town are desired to be the Inspectors of y** Free Gramer 
Schools for the year ensuing. 



118 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. An Adjournm' of this meeting to halfe an hour after 
two of the Cloclv this afternoon. And being then againe Assembled. 

Mesu'^' Edward Richards, Stephen Minot jun"", Thomas Kow, w' 
Chosen to Sei've as Constables for y*' year ensuing in the room of 
3 who w"" before Chosen and by Vote of y'' Town excused. 

Voted. That Joseph Prout be allowed out of the Treasury y* 
Sume of Thirty pounds as a Recompence for his Last j'ears Ser- 
vice as Treasurer. 

Whereas the Coiiiittee formerly Raysed to Consider of of what 
they fShal thinic proper to Suppress abuses to the Inhabit" of this 
Town by Hucksters. 

And of Some Effectual means to Oblige persons to pave & 
Repaire pavement in the Streets ag' their Lands. Have now 
(Relating to that of Hucivsters) given their Opinion that the best 
way to prevent that abuse, is for y" Town to come into the Setting 
up of a Publick Market &c. 

Voted. That the Sama Comittee Viz' Addington Davenport 
Esq'', Thomas Fitch Esq'', Elisha Cook Esq"", Oliver Noj'es Esq'', 
Samuel Keeling Esq% unt° w*^** Comittee they do now Add Thomas 
Hutchinson Esq'', Adam Winthrop Esq"" and M'' John White, 
desireing them y*^ Said comittee to Consider and Lay before y* 
Town at their next Publick meeting, what they Shall think proper 
for y^ Town to do, Relating to the Setting up of a Publick Market 
in this Town. And also ab' Paveing & repauing pavem' in y® 
Streets ag' the Lands of perticular persons. 

Voted. That the Select meu be desired to consider ab' the im- 
proveing of that peice of Vacant Land nigh Cap' Southacks House 
and what manner of Buildings are proper there to be Erected, 
and to make Report of what they Shall think proper therin, to 
the Town at their next Meeting. 

Voted. That a writeing School be Erected at the Southerly 
part of this Town. 

Voted. That y' United Comittee who have money to Lay out 
for y^ Suport of a writing School, be desired to apply the Same, 
for Such a School at y*" South End of this Town. 

[365.] Voted. That the fore going Vote Last mentioned be 
Re Assumed. 

Voted. That a Comittee be raised to Consider of a proper 
place for erecting a School House at the Southerly part of tliis 
Town, and to make report to the Town at their next meeting of 
what they Shall think proper relating thereto. 

Voted. That Samuel Sewall Esq', m'' Daniel Oliver, Cap' Tim- 
othy Clark, m"" Thomas Walker, & m"" Henry Hill be the S*^ Com- 
ittee who are also desired to Consider ab' the demeutions of Such 
School House. 

Pursuant to a proposal formerly made by Tho' & Edw*^ Hutchin- 
son Esq", For the Encourragem' of Erecting a Writing School at 
y*" North end of this Town. 

Voted. That John Clark Esq% Thomas Hutchinson Esq"", 
Adam Winthrop Esq"" Edward Hutchinson P2sq'' & m'' John 
Ruck be desired as a Comittee to Consider of a Sutable place 
at the Norterly part of this Town, whereon to Erect a Writeing 



Boston Town Records, 1715. 119 

School ; And in Concert with the Select men, to purchace the 
Same. 

Voted. That it be recommened to the Representitives of this 
Town to Lay before the Gen" Court the Consideration of Provid- 
ing a House for the reseption of Infectious persons w"*" may hapen 
to be imported. 

Voted. That the consideration of the return now made by the 
Comittee ab' Elizabeth Ly ford's Petition be continued to the next 
meeting. 

Voted. That the considera, of Nath" Butts Petition be con- 
tinued to the next meeting : and y' he be directed to bring vouch- 
ers for w' he asserts. 

In answere to the Petition of m"" John Barnert master of y° 
Free Grammar School at the North. 

Voted. An Addition of twenty pound p' Annum to his Sallery, 
& fifteen pounds for the Rent of his House. 

Voted. That the Motion formerly made Ab' Erecting Toombs 
in the burying place be continued to the next meeting. 

Voted. That the Motions made by Coll" Adam Winthrop ab' 
Reading Schools an by Elisha Cook Esq'' Ab* a Free writeing 
Schools in y^ Nature of a Charity School, be Continued to y* 
next meeting. 

Voted. That the consideration of the Memorial of Addington 
Davenport Esq'' & y'' Rest of y'' Comittee ab' y*^ money being y® 
Produce of y*' Blue hill Lands be Continued to y" next meeting. 

Voted. That Cap'. Ballentines Motion Ab' Repairing y"^ dock 
be continued for Consideration at y'' next meeting. 

Voted. That y* Treasur"" be directed to pay m"" Fr. Wainwright 
Late Constable Thirty Shillings for the reliefe of Moses Deshon 
w"" respect to his Rates. 

Voted. That the Petition of Consta Natha" Coney. And that 
of Joshua Hewes be refered to the Consideration & determina- 
tion of y'' Sei: men. 

Voted. That it be Left w"^ the Select men in Concert w"^ the 
Fire-wards to Provide So many Ladders for the Publick Service 
of this Town as they Shall think ncedfull. 

Voted. The Motion made for the Repeal of y" Order or By- 
Law mad: Anno 1714 Relateing Gutters. Be dismissed. 

Cap' Edw*^ Marty n haveing Signified his refusall to Serve as 
Over seer of y* Poor. 

Grove Hirst Esq'' is Chosen to Serve as Over seer of y*^ Poor for 
y* year ensuing. 

[366.] The Proposal of Deacon John Marion for a Town 
Order or By-Law to prevent abuses by Such as Ofl^'er to Sale any 
Sort of Perrished meat, continued to be further Considered at y^ 
next meeting. 

Voted. That the Granting money to defray the charge of this 
Town be deferred untill the next meeting. 

William Sanders & John Gibbins are Chosen to Serve as Con- 
stables for y* year ensuing. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabit" of the 



120 City Document No. 137. 

Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town-House the 8"^ of May 1716. 

M'' John White is chosen to Serve as moderator for this Meet- 
ing. 

Voted. That the Town will ehuse four Representitives 376 
Voters. 

Elisha Cook Esq"", Anthony Stoddard Esq, Oliver Noyes Esq, & 
William Payn Esq'', are by y^ majority of Voters chosen to Serve 
as Representitives of this Town according to the precept now read. 

Mesu^' Wigglesworth Sweetsu-, Michael Shaler, (who w"" both 
Sworn) and m"^ John Walley merch' were chosen to Serve as Con- 
stables for the year ensuing, in the room of three athers who w' 
Chosen in March Last and have refused to Serve. 

M'' John Walley haveing Sonified his answere by Consta Moffet 
that he refuseth to Serve in that office. 

In his room M'' David Craig is chosen to Serve as Constable for 
the year ensuing ; and hath pd his fine. 

In the room of m'' Eneas Salter who at y' Town meeting in 
March Last was chosen to Serve as a Clerk of y® Market & hath 
refused to Serve in S'' Office. 

M' William Sanders is Chosen to Serve as Clerk of y* Market 
for y® year ensuing. 

In the room of m"" Ob" Reed who in March Last was Chosen a 
Fence Veiwer, and hath Refused to Serve in that Office. 

M"" William Brown is Chosen to Serve as Fence Veiwer for the 
year ensuing. 

Whereas in answere to the Petition of Elizabeth Lyford, Grand- 
Child to Thomas Smith deceaced, claiming a Right to a peice or 
parcel of Land of her S'' Grand-fathers Estate now in y" Posses- 
sion of this Town: The S** Town, did then raise a Comittee to 
Consider and make report to the Town of what they Shall think 
proper to be done therein. And the S*^ Comittee haveing now 
given in their Report thereon in writeing, and being read at this 
meeting w*"^ is as foUoweth viz'. 

Pursuant to the desire of the Town by their above recited Vote, 
wee have made Inquiry into the Right of the S"* Eliz" Lyford, and 
her claim to the above S'* Land, and haveing heard & considered 
what was Offered both on behalfe of the Town and of the S*' Eliz^. 
Are of Oppinion in consideration that y® whole [367.] Personal 
Estate, with the dwelling house & Land Adjoyning, hath been 
disposed of and Sold by the Town for the Support & Subsisting 
of Thomas Son of the above said Thomas Smith, That therefore 
the above S** remaining peice or parcel of Land, ought to be 
delivered to the S° Elizabeth Lyford the Petitioner, She quitting 
her claim to the above Said House & Land Sold by the Town as 
afore S"^ Boston, March the 10"^ 1615-16. Richard Draper, 
Thomas Cushing two of y^ S"* Comittee. 

And where as the S^ Elizabeth hath now presented unto the 
Town a Quit claim of y^ House & Land afore S'^, and y" Same 
being read to the Town and by them accepted. 

Voted, a grant unto the S*^ Elizabeth Lyford according to the 
afore Said Comittees Report. 



Boston Town Records, 1716. 121 

In answere to the Petition of Nathaniel Butt, who is the pres- 
ent Tennant to this Town for Deer Island. 

Voted, a grant to him the S*^ Nath^' Butt of Twenty eight 
pounds to be allowed b}' y® Town Treasurer in Consideration of 
the great Loss he Sustained by y° Loss of his Sheep in the great 
Storm w'''' hapened in January Last, Provided that, (according as 
he now promiseth) he will dureing the remainder of his present 
Lease, Improve y'^ S*^ Island to grazeing as formerly he hath done. 

Voted. That Liberty be given to the Select men (if they Shall 
think it for the benefitt of the Town) to purchace and Lay in 
more grain So as to make up the whole Stock of grain to be five 
thousand bushels, and not to exceed that quantity. 

Voted. That it be left w*** the Select men to Consider and make 
report to the Town when they meet next, of what they Shal think 
proper Relating to the paveing of Summer Street. 

And likewise to Consider and make report relatejng to the 
motion made ab' Repairing the Northly Side of y" Dock, and 
wharf e there to adjoyning. 

Voted. That the consideration of Providing a Town Clock to 
be placed in the Brick meeting House be continued to y® next 
meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will adjourn this meeting to Some other 
day. 

Voted. That this meeting be adjourned to Fry day the 
eighteenth of May Curr' at two of the Clock in the after noon, 
and the other buisiness of this meeting is further continued untill 
then. 

At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified (According to Adjournment) being 
regularly Assembled the 18"" day of May 1716. 

Samuel Keeting Esq'' is chosen moderetor. 

M'' David Craig who was before Chosen to Serve as Constable 
and hath refused to Serve in that Office, to Supply his room. 

M" Thomas Jackson House wright is chosen to Serve as Con- 
stable for the year ensuing. 

In as much as it is thought there is now too Slender Appear- 
ance of y* Inhabi"' at present. 

Voted, a Continuance of the remaing business of this meet- 
ing unto y^ next meeting w'^^ Shall be appointed by y^ Sel: men. 

[368.] At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabit'' 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly 
Assembled in a Publick Town Meeting at the Town House the 
12* day of June. 

Voted. That the town will proceed to the choyce of a Modera- 
tor in the Same manner as hath formerly been used. 

Voted. That the Town will not now reasume their above S*^ Vote. 

Edward Hutchinson is chosen Moderator for this Meeting. 

In the room of m"^ Tho" Jackson who was before Chosen 
and hath refused to Serve in the Office of Constable. 

M'' Mathew Butler is chosen to Serve as Constable for y* year 
ensuing. 



122 City Document No. 137. 

In the room of m'' Mathew Butler who refuseth to Serve. 

M'' Joseph Wise is Chosen to Serve for Consta for y^ year 
ensuing, who upon a Motion of his was by a Vote of y* Town at 
this meeting Excused. 

M"" Eobert Sanders is chosen to Serve as Constable for the year 
ensuing, and being present was accordingly Sworn. 

Voted. A Grant of Two Thousand Pounds to be raised on y* 
Inhabitants and estates within this Town, and to be applyed for 
the Reliefe of the Poor, and other Necessary Charges ariseing 
within and for the S'^ Town for year ensuing. 

Voted. A further grant, of Four hundred pounds to be raised 
as aforesaid and to be layd out for paveing in y^ H: wayes w"" in 
this Town. 

Voted. A grant of Three hundred pounds to be raised on y* 
Inhabit" & residents of this Town, and to be applyed to the Sup- 
port of the watch. 

Voted. That the Projection an Act (For facilitating the Pave- ■ 
ing of the Streets in Boston) and now under consideration at this 
meeting, be further continued untill Some other Publick meeting 
of the Inhabit-" of y^ Town. 

It being Signified to the Town that the paveing in Charter 
Street, and in School Street hath not as yet been Effected accord- 
ing to former Votes by reason y" Some of the Abbutters are 
either Unable or ouwilling to Carry on their proportions thereof. 

Voted. That it be left to the Select men, accoding to their 
discretion to get the Said pavement done. 

Voted. That y'= Comittee formerly Appointed to Consider ab' 
a School house at y*^ South end of this" Town be further continued. 

Voted. That the Sel: men be impowered. In case they Shall 
judged it for the benefit of y"^ Town, To mak Some Addition to 
the wharfe on y" North Side of y" Town Dock as they Shall See 
meet. 

Voted. That y* Representitives of y' Town be desired to move 
in Gen" Court for their Assistance in y^ Charge of a T. Clock. 

[309.] Voted. That the consideration of the Memorial for- 
merly offered to the Town by the Comittee appointed to Lay out 
y'' money being the Produce of the Blue Hill Lauds, and the reply 
therunto be further continued to be considered at y'' Town meet- 
ing in March. 

Voted. That the Projection of an Act ab' a market in Boston 
now read, be further coninued to be considered at y® Meeting in 
March. 

At a meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabit'^ of the 
Town of Boston duly qualifyed, boing Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at y'^ Town House the 11"" March 1716/7. 

M' John White is chosen by y^ Inhabit^' to Serve as Modera'"'' for 
this meeting. 

Laws Ags' linorality & Prophaness Publikly Read. 

Voted. That Assessor Shall be Chosen distinct. 

Voted, to chuse Seven Select-men. 

Mesu^° Joseph Wadsworth, John Marion, William Welsteed, 



Boston Town Eecords, 1716/7. 123 

Habijah Savage, Samuel Greenwood, John Charnock & John 
Baker are Chosen to Serve as Select men for y*" year ensuing. 

Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Town Clerk & Sworn. 

Joseph Prout is Chosen to Serve as Town Treasurer. 

Officers Chosen to Serve for the district of Rumney Marsh viz'. 

Jacob Hasie to Serve as Constable. ! 

Isaac Lewis 



Will"^ Hasie | ^° ^^^'^® ^^ ^^'^^^ Veiwers. | ^ 

Edward Tuttle Sen"", to Serve as Tithingman. j 2 

Thomas Berry ) , o tt -r, \ ^ 

John Tuttle | ^^ ^^'^^ ^' ^°=« ^^^^^^- | 

Mesu"=' Daniel Oliver, Timothy Clark, John Ruck, Thorn' Smith, 
John Legg, James Gooch, & William Huthinson are chosen to 
Serve as Overseers of the Poor for the year ensuing. 

Mesu*"' John Jenkins, Arthur Savage, Samuel Tiley jun"", James 
Varney, Cap' David Mason, Dan^' Johnot, Soloman Kneeland & 
Jacob Wendall are Chosen to Serve as Constables for y*" year 
ensuing. 

Voted, an Adjournm' of this meeting to three of the Clock 
afer noon and being then againe Assembled. 

Voted. That Sam^^ Tiley be excused from Serveing Constable 
for the year ensuing. Cap' David Mason is Excused as haveing 
formerly p*^ his fine 

Voted. To chuse Seven Assessors. 

Mesu'^' Daniel Powning, Jonath" Loring, Nath" Green, Gyles 
Fyfield, John Marshall, David Farnum & John Floyd arc chosen 
to Serve as Assessors of the Rates & Taxes of this Town for year 
ensuing. 

Voted. That the Assessors for the year 1716 be impowered 
for y^ Space of three moneths next ensuing to make Such further 
Abatem*^ of the Rates and Taxes comitted to the constables in y^ 
year past as they Shall think needfuU. 

[370.] Voted. That the Constables who are to Collect the 
Rates & Taxes of this Town for the year ensuing, Shall be 
allowed three pence on the pound for Collecting : Provided they 
pay in their first halfe of the Sumes comitted to them, to the 
respective Treasurers by the first of Feb'^ next : and also Com- 
pleat & pay in the whole by the first day of June from thence 
next following and that only Such of the S"^ Constables who Shall 
So pay in according to the times of payment as afore S"^ are to be 
Intituled to the S"^ Allowance of three pence on y** pound. 

Votes for County Treasu'' br' in. Sealed up & deliver*^ to Consta 
Varney. 

In the room of Six others before Chosen whe refuse to Serve. 
Mesu'* John Jefferyes "^ 
Sam^ Sewall | 
Cap' Joseph White ! are chosen to Serve as Constables for y° 
Isaac Dafforn [year ensuing. 
Edward Pell & 
John Ellis 

Voted, a grant of Thirty pounds to be p^ out of y" Treasury, 
to Joseph Prout for his Service as Treasurer y'' Last year. 



124 City Document No. 137. 

Voted. That the graing of money except w* Shall be thought 
needful! for Paveing, & for Support of y^ Watch) be deferred 
untill y" next Meeting. 

Voted. A Grant of Three hundred pounds to be raised on the 
Inhabit'' & Estates in this Town, and to be Layd out in paveing in 
y« Streets. 

Voted. A Grant of three hundred pounds to be raised as afore 
said, & to be Applyed to y* Support of y^ Watch. 

Voted. That the Select men be the Surveyors of the H. waj-es 
for the year ensuing. 

Mesu^' Timothy Thornton 
John Frizzel 
Gilbert Bant 
John Pitts 
Abr™ Blish 
John Olton 
John Micoe 
Scilence Allen 
William Parkman 
Sam" Gardener 
Samuel Wentworth 
Sam^^ Barret 
Hopestil Foster 
George Bethune 
John Maxwell & 
Benj* Simpson 
are chosen to Serve as Tythingmen for y^ year ensuing. 

Mesu*' Ezekiel Walker, Samuel Eaton, Jacob Mason, & Joshua 
Cheever are Chosen to Serve as Sealers of Lether for the year 
ensuing. 

Mesu''^ Samuel Bridg, Jabez Negus, John Jackson and Thomas 
Barnerd are Chosen to Serve as Fence Veiwers for the year ensuing. 
Mesu^' Silvanus Vickers, Will™ Dinsdale, juu'', Israel How, 
Nath" Gardner, to Serve as Hogg reeves for y* year ensuing. 
Mesu"' Nath'^ Aires 

Thorn' Gushing 
Thom' Selby 
Cap' Tim" Clark 
Eobert Gutridge, jun"", 
Anthony Blount 
Nath'^ Goodwin 
Cap David Mason 
a chosen to Serve as Scavingers. 

[371.] Mesu''' William Webster, Zach'^ Triscot, James Bar- 
nerd, James Tileston, Erasamus Stevens, and John Indecot are 
Chosen to Serve as Veiwers of Shingle & Measurers of Boards, 
Plank and Timber for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Rev^ Ministers together w'^ the Sol: men of 
this Town, are desired to be the Inspectors of the Free Graiher 
Schools for the year ensuing. 

Mesu*^" Thomas Townsend, Samuel White, David Edwards, Jar- 
vice Ballard, Cornelius Thayer, John Staniford, Samuel Bligh, & 



Boston To^vn Records, 1717. 125 

William Pollard are Chosen Clerks of y® Market for y^ year ensu- 
ing. 

Voted y* Coll" Adam Winthrop, Major Thomas Fitch, m'' John 
White, David Jefferyes Esq"", Edward Hutchinson Esq"", or 
any three of them are desired & Impowered to audit the Town 
Treasurers acco*' for the year ensuing. 

Whereas Consta Robert Sanders doth Signify to the Town that 
he hath Lost the List of Rates comitted to him & moves that he may 
be Supplyed w* a new copie. Voted that y® S*^ motion be refered 
to the Consideration of the Select men & Assessors. 

Mesu^' Joseph Wise, Daniel Bullard, David Stoddard, Obadiah 
Proctor, John Gilbert, & Phillip Bongarden are Chosen to Serve as 
Constables, for y^ year ensuing, in y® room of 6 others, who w""® 
chosen & refuse to Serve. 

Voted. A continuance of Sundry Articles to be further con- 
sidered at the next meeting viz'. 

The Motion ab' Paveing in Sumer Street. 

The Memorial of y® Comittee ab* Appropriated money of y® £1500. 

The Projection for a Publick Market. 

The Motion ab' Enlargeing of Adkinsons Lane. 

The Report of Comittee ab' a School House at y* South. 

And the Petition of Eben"" Burges & other remayning business. 

Voted. That m"" Joseph Wise be excused from Serveing a Con- 
stable for the year ensuing. 

Voted. An Adjourm' of this meeting to y^ 12"^ Cur' at two after 
noon. 

March the 12th. 

The Inhabitants of Boston according to Adjourm' being now 
againe Assembled. 

Mesu^' William Wilson, Abraham Francis, Francis Bourland, & 
Jacob Royall, are chosen to Serve as Constables for the year en- 
sueing in y** room of Others refuseing. 

Mesu^' George Shore, & Thom' Brooks, are Chosen to Serve as 
Constables for y*^ year ensuing in y® room of others refuseing. 

Mesu*' Thomas Chamberlin & Isaac Cailouell are Chosen to 
Serve as Constables for y^ year ensuing. 

m'^ WilUam Tyler is Chosen to Serve as Constable in y^ room of 
1 refuseing. 

m Thomas Grose is Chosen to Serve as Consta in ye room of 
1 refuseing 

m"" John Vifien is Chosen to Serve as Consta & refuseth. 

m"" Cord Wing is Chosen to Serve as Constable. 
: m^ George Monk is Chosen to Serve as Constable. 

[372.] At a meeting of the Free holders & Other Inhabit" of 
the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in 
a Publick Town Meeting at the Town House the 15'^ day of May 

1717. y y 

M'' Joseph White is Chosen Moderator for this Meeting. 
Voted, That the Town will proceed to the choyce of four per- 
sons to Represent them according to Precept now Read. 



126 City Document No. 137. 

The number of Voters in y^ cho3'ce of Representitives 283. 



Edward Hutchinson by Votes 202 
Cap' Ilabijah Savage lay Votes 185 
C;ip' Joseph Wadsworth by Votes 181. 
m' Isaiah Tay by Votes 161 



are Chosen Representitives. 



In y" Room of M"" Cord Wing who was before chosen & excused 
by y^ Court of Gen" Sessions of y"* Peace. 

M'' Benj* Goodwin is chosen to Serve as Consta''^^ for this present 
year. 

Voted. That the Select men be directed at the Townes Charge 
to procure a good Town Clock : and to Set up the Same in Some 
convenient place in Corn hill for the benefit of y" Inhabit". 

Voted. That it be left to y^ discretion of y^ Select men to En- 
large the South burying place by takeing in part of the High way 
on the Easterly Side thereof, So as that there b}^ y^ S** High way' 
be not there b}^ to much Straitened. 

The question being put whether the Town will be at y^ Charge 
of Erecting a Row of Toombs in y'' South burying place. 

Voted in the negative. 

Voted. That y** Sel: men be impowered to agree w* p'liculer 
persons at their Own Charge to make a Row of Toombs on y® 
Easterly Side of y^ S'^ burying place. 

Voted. That y^ consideration of y* Projection of an Act for a 
Market be continued to be considered at y* next meeting, and in 
the Intrim besides the Originall lying w"* y^ Town Clerk a Copie 
there of be Lodged at y'' Town House in Custody of M'' Flagg in 
order that the Same my be perused by any of the Inhabitants who 
desire to veiw y'' Same there. 

Voted. That the Consideration of a Projection of an Act Ab' 
Paveing y^ Streets be further continued & in like manner exposed 
to veiw. 

Voted an Adjournm' of this meeting untill three of y* clock 
after noon, and being the againe Assembled. 

Voted. That the Sel: men are Impowered to Prolong Ebenezar 
Purges his Lease for ab' thirty two years Longer So as to deter- 
mine at y'' Same time with Websters Lease, under Such Rent as 
they Shall agree. 

Voted, a grant to m"" John Barnerd, School mast an Adition of 
five pouuds p' annum, So as to make up the Sume of Twenty 
pounds p' annum for y'= Rent of his dwelling House. 

[373.] In answere to the Petition of Thomas Boylston. 

Voted a Grant to the S^ Thomas Boylston the Liberty of Setting 
his Brick House to Stand partly on tlie Northerly end of Peirces 
Alley So as that he Leave the Alley there full Six feet wide betwixt 
his and Doctor Noyes' Brick walls, Pi'ovided also that he Lay out 
& add unto the Said Alley So much of his Land in the Rear of 
his House as Shall be adjudged & accepted by the Select men as 
an Equivalent to y"= above grant. 

In answere to a motion of a Comittee of y* Gen" Assembly. 

Voted. That the Select men be impowered to Lease out a peice 



BosTOM Town Records, 1717/8. 127 

of Land on Dere Island not Exceeding one Acre, for a Term, not 
Exceeding Ninety nine years to be improved for the Erecting an 
Hospitall or Pest House there for the reception & entertainm' 
of Sick persons comeing from beyond Sea, and in Order to pre- 
vent the Spreading of Infection. 

Voted. That the Town will procee to Supply y^ Granary w* a 
Stock of Grain. 

Voted. That the Select men be impowered to Lay out to y' 
Value of Seven hundred pounds in Grain Such as they Shnll think 
most for the benefit of the Inhabitants. And to Lodg the Same 
in Such place or places where they Shall think most convenient. 

Voted, a Grant of Two thousands Pounds to be Raised on y^ 
Inhabit" and Estates within this Town, for the Reliefe of y^ Poor 
& other necessary Charges arriseing within and for the S** Town, 
for y^ year ensuing. 

In answere to a Motion made for New Lying the Paven>ent from 
m'' Boons corner to y* Gutter Leading down to Spring Street in 
CornhiU. 

Voted. That in Case the neighbourhood on each Side do agree 
and undertake at their own charge to compleat what is accustomed 
of y° paing on each side That then the Town will defray the charge 
of New paveing their part in y° Middle. 

Whereas Thomas Hutchinson Esq'' hath now moved to y® Town 
for Paveing the uper end of Haukins Street, from Back Street as 
far down as against the House of m' Samuel Clark, the abutters 
on each Side agreeing at their own charge to pave w' is accus- 
tomed on each side. And the S"^ Huthinsou doth propose to defray 
the present Charge of doing y'' Townes part thereof in y^ Middle, 
Provided he may be reirabust by y" cown out of y" next year's Tax. 

Voted, an agreemen to the S'* motion. 

Voted. That the Motion made for the Widening of Adkinsons 
Lane be left to y° Consideration of the Select raen who are directed 
to make Report to y" Town at their next rieetin of what they 
Shall think proper relating thereto. 

Voted. An Acceptance of the Report of y" Comittee appointed 
to consider of a Sutable place for a School House at y° South'^ 
part of this Town : And that it be left to y" Select men to Sett 
out a convenient Peice of Land accordingly, viz' upon y" Coinon 
adjoyning to Cowells Lott over ag' m'' Wainrights. 

Voted. That all other the business of this meeting not gon 
thro' & concluded, be farther continued to be cousided at the next 
meeting. 

[374.] At a Meeting of the Free hoklers and Other Inhabit" 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled 
at the Town House the 10"' day of March, 1717/8. 

M"" John White is by the Majority of Voters chosen to Serve as 
Moderator for this meeting. 

Voted. That Seven Assessors be Chosen distinct from y* Sel: 
men. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of Seven 
Sel: men. 



128 City Document No. 137. 

William Welsteed Esq' 
, Habijah Savage Esq'' 

Mesu^' John Marion 

Joseph WacTsworth ' 

Samuel Greenwood 
John Charnock & 
John Baker 
are chosen to Serve as Select men for the year ensuing. 

Joseph Prout is chosen to serve as Town Clerk and also as Town 
Treasurer for the year ensuing. 

Offlcei-s Chosen to Serve for y° district of Rumny Marsh for the 
year ensuing are as followeth viz' 

Mesu'^" Joshua Bill to Serve as Constable. 
John Chamberlin as Tithingman. 

John Chamberlin jun"" & 
Samuel Watts 



as Fence Veiwers. 



as Hogg reeves 



Nath^i Tuttle & 
Elisha Tuttle jun' 



Mesu*' Daniel Pouning 
Gyles Fyfield 
Nath" Green 
Jonath" Loring 
John Marshall 
David Farnum 
John Flo3'd 
are Chosen to Serve as Assessors of y® Rates Ss Taxes for y° 
year ensuing. Eight persons Chosen to Serve as Constable for y^ 
year ensuing viz'. 

Mesu^' Joseph Marion refuseth 
pd Jarvice Ballard refuseth 

John Briggs Sworn 
pd WilP Cowel refuseth 
Benj"* Bridge Sworn 
John Alford refuseth & Since Excused by 

y" Sessions 
Sam^ Adams Sworn 
pd Robert Rand refuseth 
The Gentlemen Chosen to Serve as Overseers of the Poor for the 
year Ensuing are as followeth viz'. 

Daniel Oliver Esq' 
Timothy Clark Esq' 
William Hutchinson Esq' 
Mesu^' John Ruck 
Cap' Thom' Smith 

James Gooch & 
John Legg. 
Voted. That y* Assessors for the year 1717 be impowered to 
for the Space of three moneths next to make Such further abate- 
m" of y^ Rates as they Shall think needfull. 

[375.] Voted. That the Constables for the year ensuing art 



Boston Town Eecords, 1717/8. 129 

to Collect the Eates and Taxes. And that they Shall be allowed 
three pence on the pound for Collecting : Provided they pay in 
their first halfe of the Sumes Comitted to them unto the respec- 
tive Tresurers, by the first of Feb'^^ next, and also Compleat and 
pay in y^ whole by the first day of June from thence next follow- 
ing ; and that only Such of the S*^ Constables who Shall So pay 
according to the times of payment as afore said are to be In- 
tituled to the S*^ Allowance of three pence on y'' pound. 

Votes for County Treasu' 193 in number bro' in & delivered to 
Consta Sam" Adams 

Voted. That the Eev^. Ministers together w*"^' the Sel: men of 
this Town, are desired to be the Inspectors of the Gramer Schools 
for the year ensuing. 

In the Room of five persons before Chosen to Serve as Con- 
stables & have declared their refusall. 
Mesu^' John Allen 

John Barnes merch' Refuseth. 
Samuel White merch' 
Jonath° Simpson Housewright, Excused 
Oxenbridge Thatcher refuseth 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for y^ year ensuing. 
The Projection of an Act for a Publick Market in Boston w** 
at a former meeting of the Inhabi'^ was Continued untill now, and 
the Same, being read & debated, and Voted disallowed 
Mesu'^^ Benj'' Emmons 

WilF Jepson . 

Ezekiel Walker & 
Jacob Mason, 
are Chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for the year ensuing 
Mesu^^ James Barnerd 
James Tilestone 
Thomas Barnerd 
Peter Wire & 
John Indecot 
are Chosen to Serve as Fence Veiwers for the year ensuing 
Mesu^° Joseph Calef 

John Clark, Chandler 
James Halsey & 
Rob' Fethergill 
are Chosen to Serve as Hoggreeves for the year ensuing. 
Mesu"^ John Roberts, Boat build'^ 
Jeremiah Condey 
Anthony Blount 
WilF filer 
Jer Belknap 
Nath^^ Goodwin 
Estice Hatch & 
Cap' David Mason 
are Chosen to Serve as Scavingers for the year ensuing 
Mesu^' AUexand'' Seers, William Webster, James Barnerd, John 
Jackson, Erasamus Stevens & Thomas Foster, are Chosen to 
Serve as veiwers of Shingle & Measurer of Boards Plank & Tim- 
^r for y« year ensuing. 



130 City Document No. 137. 

[376.] Voted. That the present Select men be the Survey- 
ors of the H: wayes for the year ensuing. 

Jonathan Simpson haveing Offered to the Town the present 
Indisposition he is und"". Voted that he is excused from Serveing 
as Constable for this year. 

Mesu^' Jonath" Brown 
Moses Peirse 
Sam" Holyoke 
Ebeu"" Bridge 
Joseph Savil 
Nath" Gardner 
Jonas Clark jun' 
Thorn' Down 
are Chosen to Serve as Clerks of y'' Market for y° j^ear ensuing 
Mesu"' Natli" Aires 

Nath" Henchman 
Jonas Clark 
W" Clark 
Thorn' Cushing 
John Pym 
Joshua Gee 
John Colman 
Phillip Hedman. 
Benj" Bream 
Thom^ Steel 
Jonath" Jackson 
Francis Willobeigh 
Joseph Hubbert 
Bartho' Green 
Joseph Bass 
are Chosen to Serve as Tithingmen for the year ensuing. 
Voted, an Adjournment of this meeting to to-morrow the 11th 
of march Inst' at Nine of y" Clock in y^ forenoon. 

The Inhabitants according to their Last vote being again Assem- 
bled the nth of March, 1717/8. 

Whereas M'' John White who was before Chosen Moderator is 
now necessarily hindered from Attending. And Addington Da- 
venport Esq"" & Thom' Fitch Esq'' being Severally chosen to that 
Service & being Engaged in other business. 

William Welsteed Esq"" is Chosen Moderator for the remaining 
part of this meeting. 

In the room of 4 persons before Chosen Constable & refuse, 
pd. Mesu''^ John Allum refuse 

John Fairwether excused 
pd. John Miller »fc refuseth 

Joseph Wise Sworn 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for y'' year ensuing. 

In consideration of the great hurt & damage m"" John Fair- 
wether Sustaned in the service of the Town at y** great Fire 

Voted that he is excused from Serving this Town as Constable. 
Voted. That m"" Nath" Williams' Petition for an Addition to his 
Sallery be disallowed. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1717/8. 131 

Voted an Adition of thirty pounds to m'' Jacob Sheafes Sallery 
So as to make the whole One hundred pounds p' annum. 

Voted an Allowance of Thirty pounds to Joseph Front for his 
Service as Treasurer in y'^ year Last past. 

In the Eoom of Cap' Fairwether & John Millar who refuse 
Mesurs Elisha Story Sworn 
Jacob Farker Sworn 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the year ensuing. 

[377.] Whereas the Comittee formerly appointed to mailnge the 
Erecting the Lyn of Deffence on the Neck, have now Signifyed to 
the Town that they have already Expended Sixty pounds, more then 
what was put into their hands for that Service, besides w'''' there is 
yet needfull ab' one hundred and fifty pouuds more to finish the 
Brick-work, to the extent of the stone worke. Voted that the S'^ 
Comittee be disired to get finished the Said Brick-worke. And the 
Select men are directed to Supply the S*^ Comittee w**" money to 
defray the Charge thereof, w'='' is Supposed to be Ab' two hun- 
dred pounds. 

Voted, a grant of three hundred and fifty pounds for defraying 
y^ Charge of the watch for the year Ensuing. And that the Select 
men be directed to post two watch men at the neck. 

Voted. That a meraoriall be Offered by y'' Sel. men to y^ Court 
of Gen'' Sessions of the Feace, pi-aying that in their Stating the 
Rule for apportioning the Watch Tax, due regard may be liad to 
tlie Estates AVatched. and that a greater difference then formerly be 
made between the Rates of the Rich"", and of the Foorer Sort of 
the Inhabitants. 

Voted. That it be given as an Instruction to the Gentl.""^" 
who Shall Represent this Town in y" Great and Gien" Court, to P^n- 
devour the obtaining directions in the Law, that the persons from 
time to time appointed to Serve as veiwers & Sealers of Cord wood 
w'^'in this Town, may be under Oath for their faithfuU discharge of 
that oflTice. 

Voted. That a Comittee be i-aised to Consider & make Enquiry 
ab' Encourageing the bringing of Sea Coal into this Town. 

Voted'. That Tim°' Clark Esq'', Thom^ Hutchinson' Esq% & 
Elisha^ Cook Esq"", be the S*' Comittee who are desired to make re- 
port at y^ next meeting of what they Shall think Froper relateing 
thereto. 

Whereas the Town now hath come, and comeing into their 
Treasury fifteen hundred pounds in Bills of Ci'edit, being the pro- 
duce of the Blue hill Lands formerly Sold. 

Voted. That So much of the S*^ money as the Town from time 
to time Shall See Cause to Improve for y^ purchaceing of Grain 
for the use and Service of this Town, shall be applyed to that use, 
and the Residue thereof to be improved as the Town Shall direct. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired and directc^l to Lav out 
So-much of the S*^ Blue Hill money for the purchaceing of Grain 
as they Shall think best for the Town, and to take Such Seasons 
and methods for disposing and delivering out the Same as they 
Shall think best. 

Voted. A grant of Three hundred pounds to be applyed 



132 City Document No. 137. 

towards paveing the Streets in Such places where the Sel: men 
Shall think most need full. 

Whereas Thomas and Edward Hutchinsons Esq" Executors of 
John Foster Escf deceaced, have proposed to be at the Charge of 
Erecting a House Convenient for a Free writing School at the 
Northerly part of Boston for the benefit of S** Town. Voted. 
That a Convenient part of that peice of Land w"'^ the Town for- 
merly purchaced of m" Susanna Love be aplyed to that use. And 
that the S*^ Mesu^' Hutchinsons together w"" Adam Winthrop Esq'' 
mesu'^' John Ruck and John Charnock be a Comittee to Order and 
direct the Setting the Sd building there. 

Voted. That y^ CoiSittee ab' a School House at y^^ South be de- 
sired to perfect their report Respecting y^ dementions in Order 
to judg of Cost of S*^ School House & whether they can think of 
a more convenient place for ye Same. 

Voted. That ColP Thom" Fitch, EUsha Cook Esq% Majo'^ Hab 
Savage, Coll" Lt Minot, & Cap* Thorn" Smith, be desired as a 
Comittee to Consider & make report of Some Expedient for Secur- 
ing the Marsh at y" Lower end of y^ Coinon. 

[378.] At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabit*^ 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled 
in a Publick Town Meeting at the Town-house the 14'^ of May. 

M' John White is Chosen to Serve as Moderater for this present 
meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to y^ choyce of four p'sons 
to Represent them at the Great & Gen^^ Assebly. 

Number of voters present being 242. 

"Votes. 

ColP Edward Hutchinson 182 

Maf Habijah Savage 181 

m-- Isaiah Tay 226 

m' Joseph Wads worth 185 

were Chosen to Serve as Representitives for this Town in the G' & 

Gen" court or Assembly to be held at Boston on y" 28"^ of May 

Cur' and during their Session & Sessions. 

In the Room of m' John Allum who hath pd his fine 
M'' James Fosdick is Chosen to Serve as one of the Constables 
of this Town for the year Esuing. 

In the room and Stead of Cap' Gyles Fyfield Deceaced, and of 
m' Daniel Powning who hath declined that Service 

M"" Beui"* Bream & Cap' John Sunderland are chosen to Serve as 
two of the Assessors of the Rates and Taxes of this Town for 
the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Granting of money, and to Consider ab' Re- 
pairing the fortifications be continued untill y^ next meeting. 

At a meeting of the Free holders & other Inhabit'' of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at y" Town House y-^ 23"^ June 1718. 

Major Habijah Savage is chosen to serve as Moderator for this 
meeting. 



Boston Town Records, 1718. 133 

Voted That Pen Townsend Esq'", Thomas Palmer Esq"", Thom° 
Fitch Esq'', Jonath" Belcher Esq"", & m'' John White, or any three 
of them are desked and Impowered to Audit y^ Town Treasurers 
Acco'' for this present year. 

Voted. A grant of fifty pounds in Addition to M"^ Nath" Wil- 
liams' Sallerv for the year Ensuing. 

Voted. That Cap' Timothy Clark, ColP Edward Hutchinson, 
Cap* Cyprian Southack, M"^ Sam" Greenwood, & Cap' Gilbert 
Bant, be a Comittee to veiw and Consider the State of the Fortifi- 
cations of this Town, and Report what they think proper to be 
done thereon, and wheather they think it adviseable y' aBattree be 
planted at the end of y*" Long wharfe, and that the SameCoinittee 
be Impowered to repair the North Battrey in the most prudent man- 
ner they can, not exceeding one hundred & fifty pounds, in the 
Charge there of, the w"*" Sume is now agreed to be applyed to that 
use. 

[379.] Voted, a grant of two thousand & two hundred 
pounds to be raised on the Inhabitants & Estates within this Town, 
for the reliefe of the Poor and other necessary Charges ariseing 
wihin and for the S^ Town for this present year. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and Other Inhabit'^ of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled iu a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House the 29"^ of Decembe"^ 

Olliver Noyes Esq"" is chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

Whereas the Select men have Signified to y"" Town that they on 
y* 19* cur' under apprehension of Scarcity of Grain have pur- 
chased ten thousand weight of Bread at 40 Shill. p' hundred for 
the Supply of y*^ Inhabit'' of this Town and do now ask the mind of 
the Town ab' the disposall of the Same. 

Voted. That the Select men do Suspend the disposall thereof 
in greater quantityes for the Space of one moneth ensuing, And in 
the lutrim to Sell in Small quantityes to any of y'' Inhabitants that 
Shall See cause to by. 

The Comittee appointed to Consider ab' the State of the Fortifi- 
cations of this Town, haveing now given to the Inhabit'^ at this 
meeting their Report in writeing of what they think proper Relat- 
ing thereto, and is now lying on file w"' the Town Clerk. 

Voted that the Consideration of the S** Report be continued 
untill the next meeting of the Inhabit'' in March. And the S*^ 
Comittee are further desired to make a Computation of the Charge 
of what they propose to have done, and Lay before y*' Town at y® 
Same meeting. The Coinittee formerly appointed to Consider ab' 
Erecting School-house at the South end of Boston, and according 
to the Townes Vote on the 11"' of march Last. 

The w'^'' Coinittee haveing now given in their report in writeing 
viz' 

Wee have further Considered the place for Setting a School 
House at the South end of Boston, and Can propose no better y" 
we have already done, and haveing Consulted w*^ Carpenters, wee 
find that to raise y'' House made for the Carriages, So as to make 
it Twelve foot Studd & finish it inside and outside, to Fence it in 



134 City Document No. 137. 

Conveniently, & build a necessary House, will Stand the Town in 
one hundred & eighty pounds, where as to build a New School 
House of the demeutions of that in School Street' & compleatly Fin- 
ish it, will Cost two hundred and twenty pounds. 

Voted. An Acceptance of the S"^ Report. And the S"^ Coiiaittee 
are further desired to provide Materialls, and agree with work men 
for the repah'ing y'' S*^ House there, or for Erecting one New. 

[380.] At a meeting of the Free holders and Other Inhabit'^ of 
the Town of Boston duly qualified being Regularly Assembled 
in a Publick Town Meeting at the Town house the 9'' day of 
March. 

Voted. That Elisha Coak Esq"" be the Moderator for this Meet- 
ing. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse assessors distinct from Sel: 
men. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse Seven Select men. 

jyjggues Isaiah Tay, John Marion, Thomas-Cushing, John Baker, 
Elisha Cook Esq% William Clark & John Frizzel, are Chosen to 
Serve as Select men for y'' year ensuing. 

Joseph Front is Chosen to Serve as Town Clerk for y^ year en- 
suing. 

Joseph Front is Chosen to Serve as T. Treasu''. 

Officers Chosen to Serve for the district of Rumny marsh viz'. 

m"" John Floyd ju" to Serve as Constable. 

m''Elisha Tuttle to Serve as Tything man. 

Mesu*"^ Will'" Hasie & Jacob Hasie as Fence Veiwers. 

Mesu*"' Thomas Prat, & Daniel Tuttle to Serve as Hogg reeves. 

Votes for County Treasurer 202 in Number, Sealed up and deliv- 
ered to Consta Joseph Wise. 

Daniel Oliver Esq"" Timothv Clark Esq'' William Hutchinson 
Esq'', Cap' Thom' Smith, Mesu"'' John Ruck, James Gooch, & m"" 
John Legg are Chosen to Serve as Overseers of the Poor for y^ 
year ensuing. 

Cap' Thomas Smith at his desire is Ecused from Serveing & in 
his room m'' Timothy Prout is Choson to Serve as one of y" Over- 
seers of the Poor. 

Voted, an Adjourm' untill after Dinner and being then again 
Assembled. 

Voted. That it be left to y^ Select men to Introduce a Cryer 
for this Town in the room and Stead of Rob' Shelston deceaced. 

Will"" Hutchinson Esq'' motion to be excused from Serving as 
Oveseer O'th Poor, Voted in y'= Negative. 

Voted. That y^ Constables are to Collect the Rates and Taxes 
for the year Ensuing. And they Shall be allowed Three pence on 
y' pound for Collecting. Provided they pay in their first hnlfe of 
the Sumes Committed to them unto the respective Treasurers by 
the first of Feb'^ next, and also to compleat and pay in the whole 
by the first day of June from thence next ensuing, and that only 
Such of the S*^ Constables who Shall So pay according to the 
times of payment as aforesaid are to be Intituled to the S** Al- 
lowance of three pence on the pound. 



Boston. Town Records, 1718. 135 

Mesu^' Natha# Cunnigham Sworn 

William Thomas. Since sworn before Coll Hutch- 
inson 
Theophelus Lillie Refused & pd 
Jeremiah Belknap Sworn 
William Stoddard Refused 
Ebenezar Thornton Sworn 
Peter Thomas Refused 
William Allen Refused & pd 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the year ensuing. 
Voted. To chase Seven Assessors. 

[381.] Mesu*^' Daniel Powning, Nathaniel Green, John Marsh- 
all, Nath" Loring, John Sunderland, David Farnum & Benjamen 
Bream, are chosen to Serve as Assessor of the Rates & Taxes 
of this Town for y^ year ensuiug 

Voted. That the Assessors for the year 1718 be further Im- 
powered for the Space of three moneths next, to make Such fur- 
ther abatements of the Rates by them apportioned, as they Shall 
think needfull. 

Whereas, it appears that Constable Jacob Parker by reason of 
his long Sickness was disabled from Collecting his Rates in the 
proper Season thereof. 

Voted. That in Case he comply w'^ his payments of the whole 
to the respective Treasurers by the first of September next he 
shall be Intitul*^ to the three peace on y^ pound for Collecting. 

In the room and Stead of mesu^^ Peter Thomas, Theophelus Lil- 
lie, William Allen, & William Stoddard. 

Mesu^' John Checkley refused 
Thom^ Dawes Sworn 
Jacob Gale Sworn 
John Dolbear Excused 
are chosen to Serve as Constables for y® year ensuing. 

Mesu^* William Jepson, Jacob Mason, Joshua Cheever & Eben' 
Burges are chosen to Serve as Sealers of Leather for the year 
ensuing. 

Mesu*"' John Eustice, John Jackson, Obadiah Gore, Thomas 
Barnerd, Thomas Foster & John Indecot, are chosen to Serve as 
Fence Veiwers for the year ensuing. 

Mesu^' David Norton, William Maycock, David Edwards, James 
Pecker, and Elisha Hendrick are Chosen to Serve as Hogreeves 
for y^ year ensuing. 

N 1 Mesu"^ William Parkman 

2 Thom^ Lee 

3 Sam'i Weiitworth 

4 Charles Marriss 

5 Benjamen Fitch 

6 Jonathan Williams 

7 Samuel Bannister 

8 Cap' David Mason 
are chosen to Serve as Scavingers. 

Mesu"' James Barned, Thomas Barnerd, Thoms Foster, Jn° In- 
decot, James Tileston, & Joseph Parminter are chosen to Serve 



136 City Document No. 137. 

as Veiwers of Shingle, And also as Measurers of Boards, Plank, 
and Timber for y^ year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Sel. men for this year be also Surveyors of 
y* H. wayes. 

1. Mesu^' Thomas Baker 

2. John Burt 

3. Francis Parnel 

4. And'^ Tyler who refuseth & 
Thomas Gross chosen in his Room 

5. Beu]^ Gerrish 

6. Joshua Loring 

7. James Peneman 

8. Edward Durant 

are chosen to Serve as Clerks of y^ Market for y^ vear Ensuing 
[382.] The Hon^'« Sam'^ Sewall Esq^ 
John Clark Esq'' 
Elisha Cook Esq"' 
Adington Davenport Esq' 
Adam Winthrop Esq"" 
Habijah Savage Esq"" 
and m'^ John White together with the R^ min- 
isters of this Town are chosen to be the Inspectors of the Gram- 
er Schools for the year ensuing. 

Voted an Adourment of this Assembly to Tomorrow the 10* 
Currant at nine of the Clock in the Morning. 

March 10'\ 
At w"^'^ time they being again Assembled. 
Mesu®^ Nathan^ Henchman 
Jonas Clai'k 
John Pimm 
John Cunnaball 
Henry Bering 
Jonathan .Jackson 
Francis Willobeigh 
David Colson 
Nath^^ Aires 
David Norton 
John Cookson 
Samuel Barrat 
John Hunt 
Will'" Webster 
Joseph Briscow 
Bartholomew Green 
are chosen to Serve as Tithing men for the year Esuing 

Voted. That the Town doth Accept and Approve of what the 
Select men hath done in Order to the Introduceing m"" Thomas 
Robie to be the Master of the North Graiiier School. 

Voted, a grant of one hundred pounds for one j^ear who Shall be 
Settled in and perform the Service of School master there. 

In the room of m' John Checkley who refuseth to Serve and of 
m' John Dolbear who is by y° Town vot Excused. 



Boston To^vN Records, 1718. 137 

Mesu*'' Samuel Hood & declares his refusall. 
Samuel Bass Sworn 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the 3'ear ensuing. 

Voted. That the Selectmen to gether w"" the comittee for 
Erecting a writeing School House at the North viz* The Hon"^'® 
Thorn' Hutchinson Esq"", ColP Edw*^ Hutchinson, ColP Adam Win- 
throp & mesu^^ John Ruck and John Charnock, be desired to recom- 
end Some person or persons Sutable for a School-master there, 
and to make Report thereof to y^ Town at their next meeting. 

In the room & Stead of Joseph Hood who hath Signified his » 
Refusall to Serve 

]VP Bartholomew Seers is chosen to Serve as constable & was by 
the vote of the Town excused for this year & in his room. 

M" Joseph Payson was chose" to Serve as Constable for the year 
ensuing, and was accordingly Sworn. 

John Bramans Petition for Some abatem'^ in his Rent. 

Voted, The S*^ Petiton be referred to the consideration of y® 
Select men and that a Report thereof be made to y'' Town at the 
next meeting, and the Execution ag' S*^ Braman be Suspended 
untill then. 

Voted. An adjourm' of this meeting untill after Dinner ^ an 
hour past two, At w*^*^ time they again Assembled. 

Voted. An allowance of three pounds, & ten Shilling p annum 
to the Bell Ringer at y" New South meeting house, in Case he per- 
form Ringing S'^ Bell at nine of the Clock at night and at five In 
y^ morning as is allowed to the other Bell ringers for y*^ like Ser- 
vice see more p 384. 

[383.] Voted. That the Petition of John Demery & Thomas 
Barnerd ab' purchaceing apeice of the Towues Land, be dismissed. 

upon Reading the Report of the Coinittee about Fortifications. 
It being proposed to the Town to provid a number of Gun Car- 
riages w'^'' was Voted in the negative. 

Voted. That the whole of the fifteen hundred pound being the 
produce of the Blue hill Lands, be Layd out for the purchaceing 
of Grain at Such times and Seasons as the Select men Shall think 
fitt. 

And the Select men are directed and Ordered to Lay out the 
Same and to dispose there of according to their best judgment and 
discretion to the Inhabitants. 

In the room and Stead of Mesu^' John Baker & John Frizzell 
who have declared their Refusall to Serve. 

Oliver Noyes Esq' and m"" Eben" Clough are chosen to Serve as 
Select-men for the year ensuing. 

For the better convenience of a passage to y® North burying 
place. 

Voted. That a convenient breadth in the middle of Charter 
Street from the pavement w*^'' now is unto the S*^ burying place, be 
paved at the charge of the Town. 

Voted a grant of one hundred pounds to be Layd out in Paveing. 

It being proposed to Know the Townes mind whether a watch 
Should be Kept at the Line of defence at y^ Neck. Voted, in the 
negative. 



138 City Document No. 137. 

Voted a Grant of Two hundred and fifty pounds, w''' together 
w* Fifty pounds of y* money raised y^ Last year & not 
yet applyed to that use, Shall be applyed to the Support of 
y® watch for j'' year ensuing. 

Voted a grant of Eighteen hundred pounds to be raised on the 
Inhabitants and Estates within this Town, for the reliefe of the 
Poor, and defraying other Necessary charges ariseing within and 
for this Town for the year ensuing. 

Pursuant to a motion offered to the Town by Sundiy of the 
•Inhabit'' desireing That a Committee be chosen by the Town, to 
receive consider and debate all Such matters and things as may 
be Lajd before them, for the Releife of This Town under their 
present distresses, and that notice be given of the time and place 
of their meeting, and that they make Report of their doings 
therein, to y*" Town in order to their Approbation tlioroof. 

Voted. That a Coiliittee be raised to consult the Coinon good 
as Set forth in y^ S"^ Memorial. 

Voted. That the S'' Coiuittee Shal Consist of Seven in Number. 
John Clark Esq"' 
Thorn' Fitch Esq^ 
Oliver Noyes Esq'" 
Elisha Cook Esq' 
m'' John Marion 
m-- Will'" Clark 
m'' Edmand Knight 
are Chosen to be the S*^ Comittee. 

Voted a grant of thirty pounds to Joseph Front for his Service 
as Treasu'^ in the year Last past. 

Voted. That it be Left to y^ Sel men to draw up a Town order 
relating to y^ marking Baggs, Sent to mill, and ab' millers being 
obliged to keep in their mills Scales & weights. 

[384.] At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled 
in a Publick Town meeting at y" Town-house the 29* day of 
April 1719. 

Voted. That Elisha Cook Esq"" be the moderator for this meet- 
ing. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the Choyce of four 
Representitives. 

Whereas, 3 Setts of List w'' given in folded in oi>e, oontrary to 
Law, be distroyed. Number of Voters 454. 
Elisha Cook Esq"^ 293 
Oliver Noyes Esq'" 238 
m^ Isaiah Tay 431 

m' Will"" Clark 253 
are chosen to Serve as Representitives according to wan-ant. 

Voted a disallowance of the Comittees Report Relating to the 
Nominatioi) of m"" John Briggs to be master of the New writing 
School at y"" North, 

Voted. That the Bell ringer at the New South in Case ho duly 
perform the ringing y* Bell at five & nine of the Clock be allowed 



Boston Town Eecords, 1719. 139 

as the other Bell ringers for the like Servise Seven pounds p' 
annum in Stead of what was entered p. 382. 

The question being asked whether y® Town would waite any 
Longer for m"" Robies being masf of y® G-raiher School at y^ North. 
Voted in the Negative. 

Voted. That M'' Peleg Wiswall be by y^ Select-men Invited to 
take y^ charge as master of the Free Graiuer School at y'' North. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed by a Written Vote to chuse 
a master for the North writing School. 

Voted. That m'' Jer Coudey be the master for the New writing 
School at y'' North. 

Voted. That in Case m"" Condey do undertake and perform 
that Service he is to be paid at y'' Rate of one hundred pounds .or 
y* year ensuing. 

Voted. The Thanks of this Town unto the doners of the Two 
North School Houses viz'. The Hon''^'' Thomas Hutchinson Esq"^ 
for the Gramer School-house. And y* S"^ m"" Thom^ Hutchinson 
and also Edward Hntchinsou Esq" for y^ Writing Sch. House. -^ 

Voted. That the Sel: men be directed to Enlarge the South 
Burying place, for the encourragement of Such as Shall Build 
a Row of Toombs. Provided Such as Shall build Toombs there, 
be enjoynetl to carry up their Walls So as to be a Sufficient Fence. 

Voted. That the Addition of fifty pounds to m"" Williams' Sal- 
lery made by the Town the 23"^ of June Last for one year be 
further prolonged for one year more from thence next ensuing. 

In answere to the Petition of John Demery & Thomas Barnerd 
now Lying on file. Voted. That the Sel: men are Impowered on 
Such terms as they Shall agree to Sell unto the S'^ Demery & 
Barnerd a peice of the Townes Flatts, nigh the mill-pond, as de- 
scribed in y*^ S'^ Petition. 

Voted. That Pen Townseud Esq% Edward Hutchinson, Esq"", 
Mesu'^^ John White, John Colman, & John Smith, or any three of 
them, be impowered to Audit the Treasu""' acco" for this year. 

[385.] The Comittee raised by the Town at their Last meet- 
ing to consult y® comon good haveing now given in their report in 
wiiting w'^'^ being distinctly read and lying on file. 

Voted an Approbation of the Several Parragraphs contained 
in the S"^ Report. And that it be given as Instruction to the 
Representitives of this Town to Lay the Same before the Great an 
Gen" Assembly of this Province at their next Sessions in order to 
their bringing the Same into practice. 

At a meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabit'" of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at y^ Town House the 14"' of March 
1719,20 

Voted. That Elisha Cook Esq'' be the moderator for this meet- 
ing. 

Voted. That the Assessor for the year 1719 be further Im- 
powered for the Space of three moneths next ensuing to make Such 
f urtlier abatements of the Rates by them Apportioned as they 
Shall think needfull. 



140 City Doctoient No. 137. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse Assessors distinct from 
Sel: m. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse Seven Sel: men. 
Elisha Cook Esq"^ 
Oliver Noyes Esq"^ 
Mesu^^ Isaiah Tay 
John Marion 
Thorn' Gushing 
William Clark 
Eben"" Clough 
Sel. men Chosen. 
Joseph Prout is chosen to Serve as Town Clerk (& Sworn). 
Joseph Prout is chosen to Serve as Treasu'". (the w*^ he 
refuseth.) 

Daniel Oliver Esq"^ 
Tim" Clark Esq"^ 
Mesu'= John Ruck 

James Gooch 
John Legg 
Tim" Prout 
ColP John Alford 
are Chosen to Serve as Ov' seers O'th Poor. 

Votes for County Treasu'' br' in & del'vered to Consta Daws. 
Voted, an Adjournm' of this meeting to three of the Clock after 
noon at w*^^ time y'^ Inhabit'^ w"" againe Assembled. 

Mesu"' Sam^' Barret, John & Thomas Jacksons proposall ab' a 
Small peice of Land behind S"^ m'' Barrets Land, and of their make- 
ing a wharf ag' the Same to prevent danger to passengers there. 

Voted. That the Select men be desired to Consider thereof & 
to make report to y'' Town at their May meeting next of what 
they Shall think proper relating thereto. 

Voted, That the Town will not chuse a Collector. 
[386 ] Voted. That the Constables be allowed three pence 
on the pound for Collecting the Rates. Provided they pay in the 
first halfe of the Sumes comltted to them unto the respective 
Treasurers, by the first of Feb^'^ next. And also compleat and 
pay in the whole by the first day of June, from thence next following 
and that only Such of the S"^ Constables who Shall So pay accord- 
ing to to the times of payment as afore S"^ are to be Intituled to 
the S*^ allowance of thre pence on the pound. 
Capt' William Blayer (who pd down his fine) 
Jeffery Bedgood (who Refuseth and appeals to y" Sessons) 
Walter Gutridge (who paid Down his fine) 
Francis Millar who was Sworn. 

John Clark Chandler (who was after Voted dechared) 
Benj"' White (who promiseth to pay his fine) 
Francis Brinley (who promiseth to pay his fine) 
Nath'^ Jarvice (who was Sworn) 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for y" year ensuing. 
Voted. That the Town will chuse Seven Assessors. 
Mesu**' Daniel Powning 
John Sunderland 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1719.20. 141 

Benj'' Brame 

David Farnum 

Jonath" Loring 

Nicholas Buttolph 

John Flo3'd 
are chosen to Serve as Assessors of the Rates & Taxes for year 
ensueing. 

Voted. An adjournment of this meeting to to morrow the 15* 
cur* at Eight of the clock in the morning. 

15'^ of march. 

The Inhabitants according to adjournm' being now Assembled. 
Mesu^' John Jepson, Ezekiel Walker, Jonathan Blake, Eben"^ 
Burges & Jacob Mason, are Chosen Sealers of Lether for y^ year 
ensuing. 

Mesu'^' John Jackson, Thomas Barnerd, John Indecot, Thorn' 
Foster, Obadiah Gore, & John Eustas to Serve as Fence Veiwers 
for y® 3'ear ensuing. 

Mesu*"' Hopestill Foster, Henry "Whitten, James Wright Barber, 
Humph^'y Richards and John Coomb are Chosen to Serve as Hogg 
Reeves for y^ year ensuing 

In the Room and Stead of Mesu^' Blayer, Bedgood, Gutridge, 
White and Brinley who. have refused to Serve as Constables. 
Mesu^^ James Barnerd Sworn 
Thomas Salter Sworn 

Nathan^ Kenny he promiseth to pay his fine 
Joshua Cheever Sworn 

Barth" Seers who upon his request was by Vote 
of y^ Town^excused 

are chosen to Serve as constables for y° year ensuing. 
Mesu*° Nath'^ Aires Sen'' 
Josiah Biles 
John Buttolph 
Francis Willobeigh 
■John Stevens 
Jonathan Pollard 
Joseph Rollins 
Joseph Hensha 
are chosen to Serve as Scavingers for y^ year ensuing. 

Upon John Clark^ aledging to the Town his infermity of Body. 
He is by the Town Voted Excused from Serving as Constable for 
y* year ensuing. 

[387.] It being found by Experience, Inconvenient for the 
Town to pay the charge in Common of carrying away the Dirt out 
of the Streets, Lanes &c. 

Voted, for the ensuing year and So from time to time untill the 
Town Shall order otherwise. Every person Shall pay the Charge 
of earring away the Dirt of halfe the pav'd Street Lane or Ally 
before the respective Houses and Lands possessed by them, and 
every Such person neglecting and refuseing to carry away his Dirt 
twenty four hours after warning given by the Scavenger (when it 
is practicable) Shall forfeit and pay the Sume of five Shillings for 



142 City Doctoient No. 137. 

every Such neglect & refusall being there of convict before any of 
His Maj''*"' Justices of the Peace in this Town, and two Shillings 
& six pence to be paid out of the Town Treasury to him or them 
that Shall Complain and recover the Same. 

Joseph Prout having declared his refusall to Serve as Treas^^ 
Cap' Joseph Wadsworth is chosen to Serve as Treasu"" for this 
Town for the year ensuing. 

Mesu" John Jackson 

Joseph Parminter 
Cord Wing 
Roger Stainer 
Erasamns Stevens 
John Indecot 
Thomas Foster 
James Barnerd 
James Tilestone 
Thom^ Chamberlin 
Sam" Whitwel & 
William Page 
are chosen to Serve as Veiwers of Shingle, and measurers of 
Boards Plank and Timber for the j^ear ensuing. 

Voted. That the Gent men chosen to Serve as Select men be 
also the Surveyors of the Highwayes for the year ensuing. 
Mesu" Nathaniel Hodgdon 
James Carey 
Simon Rogers 
Nathaniel Eaton 
William Nicholls 
John Binning 
Joseph Thorn 
John Eliot 
are chosen to Serve as Clarks of the Market fer y^ year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Hon''''' Samuel Sewall Esq% Addington Daven- 
port Esq"" John Clark Esq"', Adam Winthrop Esq^ Elisha Cook 
Esq"", Habijah Savage Esq% and M"" John White be the Inspectors 
of the Grammer Schools for the year ensuing. 
Mesu^' John Bennet 

Will™. Donn Upholst' 
Fianis Parnel 
Nathiel Henchman 
Zacheriah Thayer 
Samuel Greenwood 
Thomas Lee & 
John Dixwel 
are chosen to Serve as Tjthing men for the year ensuing. 

Granted unto Joseph Proat the Suine of Thirty pounds to be pd. 
out of the Treasury for his Service as Treasu' the Last year. 
In the room of Mesn"' Kenny, Clark & Seers. 
Mesu''' Cornelius Thayer Sworn 

Jonathan Simpson Ilousewright, Sworn 
James Pitson, who appeals to y* Sessons. 
are chosen to Serve as constables for the year ensuing. 



Boston Town Records, 1719, 20. 143 

In the Room m'" Pitsou, Peter Frasier is chosen to Serve as 
Constable for y^ j'ear ensuing, and afterward by vote excused. 

[388.] Voted That Thomas Palmer Esq', Thomas Fitch Esq% 
Edward Hutchinson Esq'', Messu*^' John White & William Harriss, 
or any two of them are Impowered to Audit the Treasurers Accots 
for y^ year esuing. 

In the Room m"^ Peter Frasier, m' Joseph Parsons, is chosen to 
Serve as Constable for the year ensuing and Sworn. 

Voted that the five p' Cent allowed on the Bills of Credit on this 
Province payable into the Town Treasury Shall determine, and no 
Such allowance for the future. 

Ordered that the Town Treasu'' Shall receive and take of Con- 
sables and other persons, the Bill of Credit on the Colonyes of 
conecticot, Rhod Island and the Province of New Hampshire, 
Provided they are fitt to pass from man to man. 

Voted. That the Town will not proceed to dispose of the Land 
between m"" Wainwrights and m'' Sheafes as was proposed in y^ 
Warrant. 

Voted that m'' Ames Anger be Admitted a School master at y' 
new writing School House at y** South 

Voted That the Sume of one hundred pound quartly be allowed 
him quarterly upon his performance of that Service. 

Joseph Prouts Petition Praying the Town to appoint a Commit- 
tee to consider of his past Service as Treasurer, and of what Rec- 
ompence for the Same hath been already granted him, and to 
make an Estemation of what they Shall think proper further rec- 
ompence to grant him, and to Lay the Same before the Town, 
at their next meetin, the vf'^^ Petition be in Read was Voted dis- 
allowed. 

Voted. That it be left w'^ the Selectmen to put that peice of 
the Townes Land nigh m'" Belknaps lying before Cap' Sonthiaks 
under Some Improvem' as they Shall think Advantagious to the 
Town. 

Voted That it be left with the Sel: men to answere m' Sheafes 
Petition Relateing to the lucloseing a peice of Land next his 
School house, for a Wood yard & Well. 

Voted. That m' Joseph Green be allowed & paid by the Town 
Treasu"" five pounds for his Supplying the School house in Queen 
Street w"' water for y® time past. 

Voted. That Habijah Savage Esq'', raesu^^ James Gooch, John 
Colman, Abraham Blish, & Cap* John Charnock be a Comittee to 
draw up a Town Order, or By-Law for the Regulating of Trucks 
within this Town and to make Report thereof to y'^ Town at their 
next meeting 

Voted. That it be left w* the Select men to consider of m"" W" 
Websters Petition & to make Report to the Town of what they 
Shall think proper relating thereto at y^ next meeting. 

Voted, an Aditional Grant of Twenty pounds p' annum, to 
m'' Peleg Wiswall for y^ hire of a House. 

Voted. That it be left w'^ the Selectmen to consider of Eben' 
Burges' Petition & to make Report to y® Town of what they Shall 
think proper relating thereto at their next meeting. 



144 City Document No. 137. 

M"" Joshua Ges Petition is Referred to y^ consideration of the 
Sel: men. 

Voted, an Allowance or Abatem' of Eight pounds & ten Shil- 
lings to James Barnes of his Rent of y* Towns wharfs y^ Last year. 

In answere to the Peition of John .Braman, Voted That he be 
abated the One halfe part of his debt owing to the Town, upon 
his giveing Bond to the Satisfaction of y^ Sel: men for the pay- 
ment of the Remainder. 

Voted. That Joseph Malam be pd out of y® Treasury by the 
T. Treasu'' five pounds eight Shillings & five pence in Answ' to 
his Petition now Read. 

[389.] Voted. That m"" Nicholas Buttolph be Exnsed from 
Serving as Assesor unto w'^'' office, he was at this meeting chosen. 

Voted. That m"" John Colman be one of the Assesors of the 
Rates & Taxes for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the granting of money as mentioned in y* war' be 
deferred untill y^ next meeting for choyce of Representitives. 

Officer for Rurany Marsh chosen y? 14"^ cur'. 

John Grover chosen to Serve as Constable. 
Thomas Prat & 
Nathaniel Richardson 
as Fence Veiwers 

Jonathan Eustice 
John Chamberline 
Hogg reeves. 

March 15'^. Voted. That it be left w"' the Sel: men to con- 
sider of ColP Joshua Lambs Petition, and make report to the Town 
at their next meeting of what they Shall think proper Relating 
thereto. 

At a meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a 
Publick Town meeting at the Town House on Wednesday the 27'^ of 
April 1720. 

Elisha Cook Esq' is chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
meeting 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to Chuse 4 Representitives 
Elisha Cooke Esq'' 
Oliver Noyes Esq"^ 
m'^ Isaiah Tay 
m"^ William Clark 
are by y^ Majority of Voters Chosen to Serve as Representitive 
of this Town at y'^ G' & Gen" Court. 

For the Regulating of Trucks, Carts & w'^ y° Town of Boston. 

Whereas this Town hath been at Great Charge in paveing the 
most of the Streets and Considerable Lanes therein, and that 
Great damage is done to the Paveing by reason of the extraordi- 
nary weight born in Carts & Trucks, in Some measure Occasioned 
by the Unsutable Length of Trucks Lately made, whereby also 
there is danger of great damage done to Passengers &c. in turning 
of the S"^ Trucks in narrow Streets. 

For the preventing of which it is Ordered. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1720. 145 

That from and afer the expiration of one moneth next after the 
Establishment of this Order : whosoever Shall drive through any 
of the Streets or Lanes of this Town, any Trucks whose Sides 
exceed the Length of eighteen feet Shall forfeit and pay a Fine 
of Twenty Shillings for every Such Offence. 

And. That whosoever Shall drive any Cart or Trucks through 
any of the aforesaid Streets or Lanes with more then two horses 
at a time, Shall pay a fine of five Shillings for every Such offence. 
And that every driver who in his Cart or Trucks shall carry 
more than one Tonn weight at a Load through any of the afore- 
said Streets or Lanes shall pay a fine of five shillings for every 
such offence. 

And. That every driver of any Cart, Truck, Dray or Sled 
Shall while passing through the Streets and Lanes afore said go 
by the Side of the Thil-Horse w* his Halter in his hand, on pain 
of the Forfeiting of Five Shillings for ever Offence, or neglect of 
attending this order. 

[390.] And. That the Tire of the wheels of all Carts & 
Trucks that Shall be made, after the Establishment of this order 
Shall be full four inches in breadth, and the nailes of the Tire to be 
Flatt on Paine of the forfeiture of the Sume of Ten Shillings for 
every week the S"^ Cart or Trucks Shall be improved in this Town, 
to be paid by the Owner of the S*^ Cart or Trucks. 

Voted a Grant of Three hundred pounds to be Raised on y® 
Inhabit'^ for defraying the Charge of y^ Watch for this present year. 

Voted, a grant of one hundred pounds to be Layd out in 
paveing in such places as the Sel: men Shall appoint. 

Voted. A Grant of two thousand pounds to be raised on the 
Inhabitants & Residents of this Town, for the reliefe of the Poor 
and other Necessary charges Arriseing within & for this Town. 

Voted. a Grant to Edward Huthinson Esq' of Thirteen 
pounds eleven Shillings & three pence remaining due to him for 
his disburstments on repairing the North Battree, to be paid by y^ 
T. Treasu^ 

whereas The Comittee formerly raised for repairing the North 
Battree. haveing now Signified to y** Town that Some further re- 
paires is yet neefuU there w'^'' they Suppose will cost twenty or 
thirty pounds. 

Voted. That y^ S^ coriiittee w* the advice of y^ Select men do 
get So much thereof as is needfull repaired. 

Voted. That it be given as an Instruction the Representitives 
of this Town now chosen to promote the building a Bridge over 
Charles River at the place where the Ferry hath been Usually Kept, 
viz' between m'' Gee' & Hudsons point, and at no other place. 

In answere to the Petition of Ebeu'' Burges praying that y*" Sel: 
men may be empowered to Bargaine & Sell unto him a eertaine 
peice of Land and Flatts formerly Leased by the Town to his 
Predicessors and now in his Tenure, Abutting on the Mill Pond 
at the Lower end of Sudbury Street in Boston. 

Voted a Grant of the S^ Prayer & that he the S<^ Burges be in- 
vested w* the Fee of S<* Land he paying in to the Town Treasury 
Such a Sume as it Shall be valued at by Indifferent men chosen to 



146 City Document No. 137. 

apprize the Same, the which purchace money is to be Invested, in 
8ome Real Estate for the use of this Town, And that Coll° 
Stephen Minot, m"" Ezekiel Lewise, & M"'. Eben"^ Clough be a 
eomittee to Vahie y" Same. 

In answere to the Petition William "Webster Praying that y" 
Select men may be impowered to sell unto him the Fee of a peice 
of Land formerly Leased b}' the Town to his predecessors and now 
in his Tenure, Abutting on y^ Mill Pond at the Lower end of 
Sudbury Street in Boston. 

Voted. A grant of the S^ Prayer & that he the S* Webster be 
invested w* the Fee of S** Land, He paying for the Same into y^ 
Town Treasury, Such a Sume as the Same Shall be valued at by 
by Indifferent men chosen to apprize the Same The w""" purchace 
monc}- to be Invested in some Real Estate for the use of this 
Town. And tliat ColP Stephen Minot, m'' Ezekiel Lewise, & m' 
Eben' Clough be a eomittee to apprize the Same. 

In ansere to the Petition of Sam" Barret, John Jackson & 
Thomas Jackson, Shewing that a Small peice of Land, of the 
Townes, Abutting on the said Barret's House and Land at the end 
of the High way there. Abutting on the Mil Creek nigh the AVater 
Mill in Boston is become very dangerous for Passengers as well 
Strangers as Inhabitants, and that the wharfe against the Same 
is wholly decayed and Washed away. And that the S** Petitioners 
do propose to make a good and Substantial Wharfe before & 
against the Same, and alwayes to Keep it in Repair, Provided the 
Town will allow them the use and benefit of it for ever. 

[391.] Voted That from and after their haveing so made & 
Erected a wharfe there. The town doth grant unto them the S** 
Samuel Barret, John Jackson and Thomas Jackson the use and 
benefit of the afore said Peice of Land for and during So long 
time as they Shall Keep the Same in good repair to the Satisfac- 
tion of the Select men. 

In answere to the Petition of Coll" Joshua Lamb. 

Granted to the S"^ Coll" Joshua Lamb Assignee to m'' John 
Alcock deceaced. all that the marsh formerly Leased to the S"* 
John Alcock, upon his paying unto the Town Treasury for the 
purchace there of, the Sume of Seventy pounds. And the S'' money 
to be^invested in Some Real Estate, for the use of the First Free 
Grainer School in Boston. 

Voted. That it be left to the Sel: men to consider ab' the Im- 
provem' of that peice of the Townes marsh next to Roxbury, for- 
merly Lett to Dorman Morean and to make Report to the Town at 
their next meeting of what they Shall think proper relating 
thereto, and also ab' Lessening the breadth of the H. way be 
yond the Salt Pond. 

In the room and Stead of m' John Colman & m^ Benj" Bream 
who refuse to Serve. 

Mesu™° John Dixwell & m'' John Edwards are chosen to Serve 
as two of the Assessors of the Rates & Taxes for y* year ensuing. 

M' Samuel Jones, Blacksmith, is chosen to Serve as one of y^ 
clerks of the market for y"* year ensuing, in y^ Room of m"" Bin- 
ning who fiu'd. 



Boston Town Records, 1720. 147 

At a meeting of the Free holders & other Inhabit" of the Town 
of Boston, duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled in a Publick 
Town Meeting, at the Town House, on Fry day the 10"* of June 
1720. 

Elisha Cook Esq'^ is chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of four 
Representitves to Serve for and Represent them in a Great and 
Gen" Court or Assembly appointed to be held an Kept upon 
Wendnsday the Thirteenth of July next and So De Die in Diem 
&c. according to a Warrant or Precept dated the 31* day of may 
Last. 

The Hon"'" John Clark Esq^ 
Elisha Cook Esq"" 
Oliver Noyes Esq"' & 
m' Will™ Clark 
are chosen to Serve as Representitives. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabit'' of the 
Town of Boston, duly qualified, being Regularly Assembled at 
y'' Town House y« 28"^' of Sept^ 1720. 

The Hon'''^ Samuel Sewall Esq*" is chosen to Serve as Moderator 
for this Meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will proceed to the choyce of a Comittee 
to Consider ab' promoting of a Spinning School or Schools for the 
Instruction of the children of this Town, in Spinning, as is exprest 
in the warr' for the calling of this meeting to be 7 in number. 
Abijah Savage Esq' 
Daniel Oliver Esq' 
William Payn Esq' 
Mesu^' Francis Thrasher 
Abraham Blish 
John Colman 
Benjamen Fitch 
to be the S** Comittee. 

Voted. That the S** comittee be desired to make report of what 
they Shall think proper relating thereto to y^ Town y" meeting w"*" 
Shall be called for the choyce Jurors for next Jan'^ Court. 

[392 . ] Voted. That m' Nathan" Williams' Additionall Sallery 
be further continued for one year Longer, expireing the 23"' of 
June next. 

At a Meeting of the Free-holders and other Inhabit" of the Town 
of Boston, duly qualified being Regularly Assembled at y" Town 
House the 27* of Dec' 1720. 

Voted, that the Town will choose a Moderator by a handy vote. 

Voted, that Elisha Cook Esq' be y" Moderator for this present 
meeting. 

The return of the comittee for Spining Schooles being read as 
foUoweth. 

The Comittee for Setting up a Spinning School in the Town of 
Boston do propose to the Inhabitants. 



148 City Docuivient No. 137. 

1. That if they See cause to encourrage so good a worke, It 
may be convenient to build a house proper for it, on the waste 
Land before Cap' Southacks, because part of it is already built, a 
Cellar almost made, and a Well in Belknaps yard belonging to the 
Town, all w'^'' will Save a great part of the charge. 

2. That if the Town do not See cause to build, they may Hire 
a house for that use, and employ Some Sutable person that is a 
Weaver, haveing a wife that can Instruct Children in Spinning flax, 
to take care of the School. The Town Supplying them, with 
money for a time on good Security ; that they may be provided 
with flax for the use of Such Children as Shall be Sent to them by 
the Overseers of the Poor. 

3. That Such Children as the Town Sends to Learn the Art of 
Spinning the Town pay for their Subsistance the first three moneths, 
and the Master have the benefit of their worke, but from that 
time they be allowed by the Master of the House what they Shall 
Earn for their Support. 

4. That if any Poor People will of themselves Send their chil- 
dren to Learn, the Master be obliged to teach them on the Same 
terms as if they were Sent by the Overseers of the Poor. 

5. That the Town provide twenty Spinning Wheels for Such 
children as Shall be Sent on the Townes Acco', w*"' may be alwayes 
Kept for that number, and if after they have been fully Instructed, 
their Parents take them home, they Shall there Spin for the Master 
of the School at a Sett price. 

6. That a Premium be allowed by the Town of five pounds for 
the first peice of Linnen Spun and Wove here (provided it be worth 
four Shilling p'yd) as adjudged by the Overseers. 

7. That if the Town do not See cause either to build or Hire a 
house, they may yet give encourragement to Such as Will Sett up 
Such a School by allowing them two or three hundred pounds on 
good Security without Intrest, that they may be enabled to pro- 
mote So good an Undertakeing, which wee conceive will be a very 
great advantage to us. 

Subscribed by Daniel Oliver, Benj* Fitch, Abra"* Blish, Francis 
Thresher, John Colman, W" Payn. 

At the above S"^ Meeting of the Inhabit*' of Boston, This report 
of the comittee being read, and after Some debate. 

Voted. That the matter be continued for consideration untill 
the Annuall Meeting in March next, and that copies be printed for 
the use and perusall of the Inhabit'^ of the Town. 

[393.] Voted. That if the Hon""^ the court of Gen" Ses- 
sions of the Peace See cause to to Erect and Establish a House of 
Correction in the Town of Boston for the County. That the Se- 
lect men & the Over seers of the Poor for the time being or the 
Major part of them, together w"" the Town Treasu^ be Empow- 
ered to agree for a place to Erect the Same, by the Almes House 
or Else where on y* Townes Land. 

At a meeting of the freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly quahfied, being Regulerly Assembled at the 
Town House in a Publick Town Meeting the 13"' of March 1720. 



Boston Town Records, 1720. 149 

Elisha Cooke Esq' is Chosen to Serue as Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted, that the Assessors for the year 1720, be farther Im- 
powred for the Space of Three Moneths next Insueing to make 
Such further abatements of the Eates by them apportioned as they 
Shal think needfull. 

Voted. That the Town will chuse Assessor distinct from the 
Select men. 

Samuel Checkley Esq' is Chosen Town Clarke (and Sworn). 
Voted, that the Town will Chuse Seven Select men. 
Elisha Cooke, Esq' 
Oliver Noyce Esqr' 
Mesu^^ John Marion 
Isaiah Tay 
William Clork 
Thomas Cushing 
Ebenezer Clough 
are Chosen to Serve as Select men for the j-ear Ensueing. 

Vote for a Regester of Deeds & 207 Votes were Sealed up Com- 
mitted to Constable Joshua Cheever. 

Cap* Joseph Wadsworth is Chosen to Serue as Town Treasurer 
for the year Ensueing. 

Voted for a County Treasurer, 189 votes were Sealed up & 
Coinitted to Constable Joshua Cheever. 

Officers chosen to Serve for the District of Rumny Marsh for 
the year Ensueing are as follows viz*. 

Joseph Bill as Constable & Sworn. 
John Brintain 
William Heasy 
as fence Vewers. 

Jacob Heasy 
Isaa Lewis 
as Hoggreeves. 

William Hutchinson Esq' is Chosen to Serue as Select man for 
the year Ensueing in the Room of m' Isaia Tay who refused. 
Messu*^ Benjamin Hutchinson — Refus*^ 
John Yernans appeald 
William Jones 
Andrew Siggorney Jun' 
Job Lewis 
Joshua Langdon 
Benning Wentworth 
Jonathan Sewall 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the year Ensuing. 

[394.] Voted. That the Constables be allowed Three pence on 
the pound for Collectiug the Rates, Provided they pay in the first 
halfe of the Sumes Comitted to them unto the respectiue Treasurers 
by the first day of februy next and also compleat & pay in the whole 
by the first day of June from thence next following. And that 
only, Such of the Constables, who Shal pay according to the times 
of payment as aforesaid are to be Intitled to the Said allowance 
of three pence on the Pound. 



150 City Document No. 137. 

Mesu^ Daniel Pounding 
John Sundarland 
David farnum 
Jonathan Louring 
John Edwards 
John Dixwell 
William Heasy for 
Eumny Marsh, are Chosen to Serue as Assessors of the Rates & 
Taxes for the year ensuing. 

Voted. That the Select men be Surveyors of the Highwayesfor 
the year Ensuing. 

Daniel Oliver Esq' 
Timoth}' Clark Esq' 
Mesu^^John Ruck 

James Gouch 
John Legg 
Timo Prout 
Co" John Alford 
are Chosen to Serue as Overseers of the Poor. 
John Orne 
W" Jepson 
James Pennyman 
Jacob Mason 
Elisha Storer 
Chosen Sealers of Leather. 

James Barnet 
John Endicott 
James Tileston 
Thomas foster 
Roger Stainer 
John Jackson 
are Chosen fence Vewers. 

Voted an Adjornment of this meeting to tomorrow the 14*'' 
Cur^' at Eight of the Clock in the Moring. 

14. March 

The Inhabitants according to Adjornment being now Assem"*. 
Mesu**^ John Endicott, W'" Pain Thomas ffoster, Thomas Cham- 
berlin, Will'". Brown, Samll Whitwel, Joseph Russell, John Par- 
miter are Chosen to Serue as Vewers of Shingle, & Measurers of 
Boards, Plank & Timber for the Year Ensuing. 

[395.] Sam" Mattock Jun% John Hillier, Joseph Calf, John 
Dupee were Chosen to Serve as Hogg Reeves for the year ensue- 
ing. 

Mesu'* Nicholas Morecock 
W" Parkmau Jun' 
Andrew Tyler 
W" Shipreeve 
Jerami" Belknap 
John Walley mere* 
Zectf . Thare 
John Brigga 



Boston Town Records, 1720. 151 

are Chosen to Serve as Scavengers for the year Ensuing. 
Mesu^' Henry Emms 
Josiah franklin 
Nathaniel Ayres 
Will'" Maycock 
Sam'' Bill 
Jeremi" Bumstead 
Joseph Bass 
John foreland 
are Chosen to Serve as Tything men for the year ensuing. 
Mesu*' Elias Parkman 
Thomas Brocks 
Hopestill foster 
Sam" Gibbons 
Samuel Blunt 
Thomas Thatcher Brazier 
Jacob Royall 
Michael Shauler 
are Chosen to Serve as Clarkes of Market for the year Ensuing. 

Voted that the Select men and Such as they Shal desire to 
Assist them be Inspectors of the Gramer & Wrighting Schools for 
the year ensuing. 

In the room & Stead of messu''' Hutchinson, Yeammans, Jones, 
Siggoruey, Langdon, & Sewal who have Refused to Serve as 
Constables. 

Mesu^^ Christo Taylor 
Joshua Wrow 
John Mallet 
Phillip Demerick 
Jacob Calwell 
Adam Leyland 
are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the Year ensuing. 

Voted that the Select men Enquire into the State of the Ames 
House and make their Report to the Town the May meeting. 

Voted That Thomas Palmer Esq% W™ Harris Esq'' Anthony 
Stooddard Esq"", Cap' Nathaniel Green & m'' John Colman, or any 
three of them are Impowered to Audit The Treasurers acco" for 
the year Ensuing. 

In the Room & Stead of mesu" Christo Taylor, Joshua Wrow, 
John Mallet, Phillip Demarick, Jacob Calwell, & Adam Leyland 
who have Refused to Serve as Constables 

mesu" James Pecker Sworn 

Jonathan Armitage Sworn 
William Spikemau Refused 
North Ingham Sworn 

Isaac Lopez Refused 

William Enges Sworn 

are Chosen to Seme as Constables for the Year ensuing. 

[396.] Voted That the Treasurer Cap' Joseph Wadsworth be 
allowed and payed out of the Treasury the Sum of Thirty pounds 
for his Service in that office the year Past 

Whereas through the Extream Scarcity of Publick Bills of 



152 City Document No. 137. 

Credit both Publick and private affairs of this Town are & will he 
more and more Imbarrassed, and perplexed, & the Inhabitants 
hereof being Let into Lamentable Streights & Difficulties to Raise 
& pay into the Treasury Such Sums of Money as will necessarily 
be Demanded to Discharge School masters Salaries, maintain the 
Poor, and Defray all other the Contingent Charges of the Town 
for the ensuing year, unless Some Suitable means be found out to 
facilitate the Same And in as much as there is to be a Sessian of 
the Great & General Court or Assembly this week. 

Wherefore Voted That the raising of money for Towns use, 
for this present year be deferred till the next Towns meeting for 
the Choice of Representatives, in hopes that that Honora"^ Assem- 
bly will at their approaching Session in their great Wisdom and 
Zeal for the good and Tranquilit}' of the People whom they Repre- 
sent, take Such Measures as will best Releiue them from their 
present growing Distress occasioned as aforesaid, and that it may 
now be given as an Instruction to the Gentle men that Represent 
this Town, to haue an especial Regard to that matter ; and that 
they Joyue with the rest of that Honourable House in repeating 
their Endeavors with all diligence to accomplish the Same. 

The above Written was Twice distinctly Read & Unanimously 
voted & ordered to be forthwith Printed. 

In the Room and Stead of Will"" Spikeman & Isaac Lopez who 
Refused to Serue as Constables 

Mesu'' Jonathan Simpson Sworn 
francis Parnel Refused 

are Chosen to Serue as Constables for the year ensuing. 

In the Room & Stead of m' francis Parnell who Refused to 
Serve as Constable. 

m'' Joshua Louring is Chosen to Serue as Constable for the Year 
ensueing was Sworn. 

Voted, that if m' James Barnes make oath to his Acco" that he 
has Received but fourteen pounds & one Shill. and that he made 
no more of the Dock & wharfage, that then he be discharged from 
what was due for Rent of the Town Dock and wharf, untill the 
first day of march Currant. He paying the Said Sum to the Treas- 
urer. 

[397.] Voted that the Proposal for Leather Buckets be Refered 
unto the meeting in May. That Anthony Underwoods Petion for 
Releif be Refered to the Overse^ers of the Poor. 

Voted that the Select men be Impowered to Let by Leace not 
Exceeding the term of Twenty one years a parcel of the Towns 
marsh with upland adjoying, upon the South ward of the Creek 
which runs up to the South east Corner of the Salt pond on the 
East Side of the Country Road on Boston neck as by a Cotuittes 
Report march the 8"^ Currant. 

Voted that Two good & Sufficient Watchmen be added to the 
Watch in Boston and that there be Two of the Watchmen every 
night Iinployed to watch the South ent of the Town and more 
Espesially at the fortification. 

Voted that m'' Benjamin Gibson be allowed & Paid out of The 
Treasury the Sum of fifty Pounds for his Services as Usher of the 



Boston To^vn Records, 1721. 153 

Grajier School (wherof m'" Nath^^ Williams is master) Ending the 
Second of ma}' next. 

Voted. That the Select men with the Committee formerly ap- 
pointed by the Town haue power to Let out, without Interest a 
sum not exceeding Three hundred pounds not exceeding Seven 
years (Out of the fifteen hundred pounds of the Towns money 
appropriated for the buying of Grain) to Such Person or Per- 
sons as Shal give good Real Security for it, and to Imploy it 
for Carrying on Spinning in this Town. And then to Return to 
the Town for the use aforesaid. 

Voted That the Committe appointed to meet with a CoTuittee of 
the Sessions about Selling a peece of Land for a House of Correc- 
tion for the Count}', are further Impowered to Sell fifteen or Twenty 
foot more if it be needed the County paying for it. 

Voted that the Select men arc Empowred to Let a Peice of the 
Towns Land upon the South-East Side of fort Hill (which Cap' 
Hatch Petitioned to Hire) to him or any other. 

At a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly quallified being Regulerly Assembled in a, 
Publick Town meeting at the Town House on fryday the Twelfth 
day of May 1721. 

Elisha Cooke Esq"" is Chosen to Serve as moderator for this 
meeting. 

Voted that the Town wUl proceed to Chuse 4 Representatives to 
Serue for and Represent them in a great and General Court or 
Assembly appointed to be held & keept upon wensday the 31th 
day of Mav Instant &c. 

[398.] " Number of Voters Present being 247. 

votes. 
John Clark Esq' 235 
Elisha Cooke Esq' 233 
m' Will"" Clark 233 

W° Hutchinson Esq' 223 
were Chosen to Serve as Representatives for this Town in the 
Great & General Court or Assembly to be held at Boston upon 
Wensday the 31*^ of May Currant and during their Sessian & 
Sessians. 

Cap* Nathaniel Green is Chosen to Serve in the Room of 
Oliver Noyce Esq' Dece*^ a late Select man. 

W™ Parkman Jun', Chosen to Serve as Constable for the year 
ensuing in the room of Bining Wentworth who Refused to Serve. 

Voted that the Select men be desired to take Care of the Stores 
belonging to the Town of Boston in the South and North Batterys 
&c. 

Voted an adjornment of this meeting untill Three of the Clock 
this afternoon & then Assembled. 

Voted that the Motion about Lether Buckets be dismist. 

Voted that a Comitte be chosen to draw up Instructions for the 
Representatives of this Town in the Sessians of the General Court 
in may Currant and present them to the Town at the Adjornment 
of this meeting. 



154 City DocmiENT No. 137. 

m"^ Ezekiel Lewis 

W" Pain Esq^ 

m"" John Marian 

m"" Thomas Gushing 

M' Ebenezer Clough 

Cap' Nath" Green 

Edward Hutchinson Esq'' 
Are Chosen for the Coiiiitte Aforesaid. 

Voted a grant of Two Thousand & Seven hundred pounds be 
Raised on the Inhabitants & Residents of this Town for defray- 
ing the Necessary Charges of the Town for the Year Ensuing. 

Voted that the Sum of One hundred pounds of the aforesaid 
money be Improued towards paving in the Town. 

[399.] Voted that it be left with the Select men to Act on the 
Petition of Sundry Inhabitans about Paving in Prince Street, to 
Act as they Shal find proper, Provided they doe not alow them 
more then One third part of the Pavement. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired and Directed to wait upon 
His Excellency the Govornor and pray him to Call a Councell in 
Order to Advise about the Sea-horse man of war, being Sent down 
.to Spectacle Island and. Pursuant to a Law of this Pi-ovince to 
prevent (God willing) the Spreading of the Smal Pox in this Town 
& Province, Two or three men being Sick of that Distemper on 
board the Said Ship now in the Harbof . 

Voted that this meeting be adjorned untill Monday the 22'** day 
of may Currant. 

May the 22* The Inhabitants According to the Adjornment being 
now Assembled. 

The Coinitte appointed to draw up Instructions for the Rep- 
resentatives of the Town of Boston met at the Town house of 
Boston the 16"*, 18'^, & 1.9* Dayes of may 1721. And Propose 

1. That they ludeavor to maintain all our Civel Rights and Prop- 
erties against any Incrochments upon them. 

2'y. That they Promote the Passing Such Acts & Laws as may 
Encourage the Trade, Husbandry and manufacture in the Province 
as by continuing out Such a number of Bills as may be necessary 
for the trade of it. 

By encoraging the raising of Good winter wheat & allowing a 
Premium to those that Shal bring it to markitt. 

By Encoraging the Raising of flax & a Premium for it. 

By Promoting the manufacturing of the flax raised in the 
Province, and giving a Reward to those that Shal make the best 
peeces of Linnin in Each County. 

3'y. That they promote the Passing of an Act to Prevent the 
Destruction and wast of the woods and Timber Growing or Lying 
on the Lands beloning to the Province not appi'opriated. 

4'y That they Promote a Law for the Reguler raising of Soul- 
diers when there is Occasion for them and for Preventing all false 
musters. 

5'y That they Labor to haue the Right of this Province in and to 
the River, Comouly called Piscataqua River, asserted and Main- 



Boston Town Records, 1721. 155 

tflined, to hinder the unreasonable Impositions, Exacted by the 
Naval Officer of the Government of New Hampsheir from the In- 
habitants of this Province. 

6'y. That if the Payment of the Thousand pounds Starling ad- 
vanced by the Agent & m' Belcher be again moved for payment, 
they use their utmost Indeavor that the Same be not granted, be- 
cause Such a Presedent [400.] will be Attended with many in- 
conveniences. * 

7'y. That whereas in the late printed remarkes on the Bills against 
Riots &" The Town of Boston Seems to be asperced as if they were 
inclined to Riots & Tumults where as we presume, that the people 
of this Town & Province may Justly Claim the title of being as 
Loyal, Peacable and Desirous of good order as any of his Majes- 
ties Subjects whatsoever. It is therfore Recomended that they 
use their Intrest to prevent the Passing of any Such Bills if they 
Should be brought forward, and take care to vindicate this People 
from any unjust aspersions that are or may be cast upon them. 

8'y. That in all Elections they chuse those that haue Shown a 
tender regard for our Charter Priviledges & Prefer the publick be- 
fore their Privat Intrest. 

9'y. That they proiiiote Some further Law Effectually to enable 
the Select men of Each Town, to prevent the Spreading of any 
Infectious Sickness among them. 

10. That they Oppose the granting any more of the Publiek 
lands either to any perticuler Persons for their own use or to a 
Nomber of Persons for A Township, till the Town of Boston and 
other Towns that haue not had their Proportion be Allowed an 
equivalent or till the Assembly come to a genral Division of the 
wast Lands of this Province. 

Eze. Lewis W" Payne Nath" Green 
John Marian 
Thomas Cushing 

The ten foregoeing Proposalls were Several times Read over and 
each of them voted to be Instructions to the Representatives at 
the Genneral Court at their approching Sessions in may Currant. 

Voted that the Petition of m'' Timothy Thornton, about the 
Town wharf Hired by Him be Refered to the Select men and they 
are Impowered to Ishue that whol affare, and of the Rent of it 
with him. 

m"" Timothy Thornton then Ingaged to Stand to and abide by 
what they Should Determine. 

Voted that the Commitee which di'awed up the Instructions 
'haue Thanks. 

[401.] At a Meeting of the freeholders and Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston Duly qualified & Regurly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town-house on Wednesday the 
Second day of August 1721. 

Elisha Cook Esq"" is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
Present meeting. 

Voted that the Town will proceed to the choyce of four persons 
to Represent them at the Great and Gen" Assembly. 



156 City Doctoient No. 137. 

Number of Voters Present being 322 

Votes. 
John Clark Esq^ 261 

Elisha Cook Esq^ 262 

m'- William Clark 259 

William Hutchinson Esq-" 265 
were Chosen to Serve as Representatives for this Town in the 
Great and Gen" Court or assembly to be held at Boston upon 
Wednesday the Twenty third day of August Currant & during 
their Sessian & Sessians. 

Voted that there Should be Instructions given to the Represent- 
atives. 

Voted that the Same Persons that that were the CoiSitte Chosen 
for that Service may the 12"" last past be the Comitte viz', 
m"" Ezek" Lewis 
m"^ John Marion 
m' Ebenezer Clough 

W™ Pain Esq' 
m'' Thomas Cushing 
Cap' Nath" Green & 

Edward Hutchinson Esq'. 
Voted that Cap' Nathaniel Jarvies Late Constable Shal haue the 
alowance of Three pence on the pound for his Collecting the 
Rates the year past. 

In the Room of Cap' Phillip Demerick who isgon to Sea John 
White Marrener is Chosen as one of the Constables for the year 
ensueing. 

m' John White Came and made his Excuse to the Town that he 
had Receired Several wounds by Gun Shot in Sundry parts of his 
Body. 

Voted that the Said John White is Excused Serving Constable 
for this year. 

m"^ Samuel Avis is Chosen to Serve as one of the Constables the 
Remaining part of this year. 

Voted that this meeting be adjorned until fryday the Eleventh 
of Aug^' Currant at five of the Clock after noon, then to Receive 
the Comittees proposals for Instructions. And to finish the afair 
of a Constable. 

[402.] Anno 1721 August the Eleventh. 

The Inhabitants According to Adjornment being assembled. 

The Coinitte presented as foUoweth viz'. 

To John John Clark, Elisha Cook Esq"" m' William Clark and 
William Hutchinson Esq' 

Your known Loyalty to King George & Sincere attachment to 
the Succession in the Illustrious House of Hannover your Hearty 
Loue to your native Country, your Singuler value for the Liberties 
& Properties of this People, your Chearfull and unanimous Con- 
currence to promote our best Intrest, and your approved Integ- 
rity in those Publick Stations wherin you haue bin Employed 
having fixed the Eyes of this Town on & Determined their choice 
off you as proper persons to Repesent them in the next General 



Boston Town Eecords, 1721. 157 

'Assembly, wherin they Expect that you behaue your Selves with 
your wouted zeal and Courage in Prosecuting those good Designes 
which may tend to the Peace and welfair of these his Majesties 
good Subjects and Secure those Rights & Priviledges which by the 
Royal Charter we haue a Just Claim to, and as true men doe of 
Right appertain unto us, and agreeable there unto we Recomend 
unto you in an Espesial Manner. 

That you Peruse the late Instructions given to our Representa- 
tives at the Last Choice, And Endeavor to promote what is there 
Recomended to them, that has not bin passed upon in the late 
Assembly. 

That you vigorously endeavor that an act made to prevent 
the Importation of any goods from any place Infected with the 
Pestilence or Plague that may convey that deadly distemper and 
that whoever Imports or Receives any goods from any Ship or 
Vessell that may arive from an Infected and dangerous place be 
deemed a felon & Suffer accordingly. 

That you be not deterred by any frowns or threats from main- 
taining what in you lyes our Charter priviledges as well as the 
Honour, Dignity & Priviledges of the Honourable House of Rep- 
resentatives and Preserving the Just & Laudable usages & Cus- 
toms of Reserving the allowances & Gratuities untill the Acts, 
Elections &c. be fully Compleated & Signed by his Excellency. 

I'hat yon Readily Joyn with the House in taking the best 
Method to Curb the Insolencies of the Eastern Indians, and en- 
courage the Inhabitants to return by protecting our Infant Settle- 
ments from their Barberous Insults. 

That you continue to pay a due Regard to his [403.] Excel- 
lency our Governour and thankfully acknowledge his good Ser- 
vices for this people that may come to your knowledge, and withal 
when you come to grant allowances that you doe not forgett the 
growing Difficulties that we at this day labor under, and that poverty 
is coming upon us as an armed man. 

If any missunderstanding Should happen between the Honour- 
able the Councel & the House of Representatives we Recomend a 
fair and free debate & friendly Conferance (when you find it 
proper) as the best way for an accommodation according to the 
practice of our Nation, where It' worthy of Observation and Imi- 
tation that the usual practice in the Debates between the Lords & 
Coinons Is for the Ki'ng to be absent or behind {he Curtain that 
So non may be Influenced or awed to Interrupt that freedom of 
Speech whis is so highly approved by them. 

Since it is Asserted in the Governors Speech to the last 
General Assembly that french Silks & Stuffs are Coinonly brought 
into this Province, we desire that there may be a Discouery made of 
al Such Persons as Import them If any there be that they may be 
prosecuted according to Law, and this People in General Vindi- 
cated from Such an Aspersion as Seems to be cast upon them. 

The foregoeing Proposals presented by the Cofiiitte were 
Sundry times Read over and each of them voted to be Instructions 
to the Representatives of this Town (to whom they are directed) 
at the General Court or Assembly at their approching Sessian in 
August Currant. 



158 City Document No. 137/ 

Being Put to Vote whether the Instructions foregoeing Should 
be printed at the Charg of the Town. 
Passed in the Negative. 

At a meeting of the free holders Inhabitants in the Town of 
Boston duly qualified & Regulerly Assembled in a Publick Town 
Meeting at the Town House on fryday the Twenty Second of Sep' 
Anno Doi5 1721 

Elisha Cook Esq"^ is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
meeting. 

[404.] Voted to take out the Towns Proportion of the fifty 
Thousand Pounds. 

Voted that the Sum of five hundred pounds of the Nine Thou- 
sand One hundred Sixty-five pounds which is the Towns propor- 
tion of the fifty Thousand pounds be forth with put into the hand 
of the Town Treasurer for One year to answar the Draughts which 
Shal be made upon him by the Overseers of the Poor and then to- 
be paid in to the Trustees. 

Voted that the Towns Proportion of the abov said money Except 
the five hundred pounds before mentioned be by Trustees put forth 
upon Intrest. 

Voted that Said Money be let out at five Per Cent. P"". Annum. 

Voted that the Said Money Shal be Let out upon Real Security 
Only. 

Voted that in the Letting out of the Said Money no one Person 
Shal hane more then One hundred pounds, nor less then the Sum 
of Twenty five pounds. 

Voted that the Security which Shal be taken for the Said Sums 
Shal not be less then duble the value of the Sum taken up. 

Voted that the Estates which Shal be morgaged for taking out 
the Said Sums Shal be Such as are within the Town of Boston, 
and no Regard Shal be had to the buildings upon them. 

Voted that the Trustees to be Chosen to Manage the aforesaid 
money Shal haue for their Service one fifth part of the Neat 
produce of the Intrest of it. 

Voted that in Chuseing the Said Trustees, the five persons that 
haue the most Votes Shal be the Persons Chosen, 
ra"^ John Ruck 

Thomas Palmer Esq' 
' m"- William Clark 

William Payn Esq' & 
m' Ezek" Lewis 
Are Chosen by the majar Votes & all Sworn. 

Voted that the Trustees pay in to the Town Treasurer four 
fifth parts of the Neat Profits of the Intrest of the Said money 
from time to time. 

[405.] At a Meeting of the freeholders & Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston Duly qualified & Regulerly assembled in 
a Publick Town Meeting at ithe Town house on fryday the Twen- 
tieth Octo' 1721. 

m' Jonas Clark was Chosen & Sworn to Serve as a Constable in 
the Room & Steed of m' Joshua Loring Dcceaced. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1721. 159 

At a Meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly quallified & Regulerly assembled in the 
Town house On Saterday the fourth of Novemb"" 1721. 

m'' Ezekiel Lewis was Chosen to Serve as Moderator for the 
Present Meeting. 

Voted that that whosoever Shal come into this Town of Boston 
from any other Town Presumpteously to bring the Smal Pox on 
him or her selfe, or be Inoculated, Shal be forthwith Sent to the 
Hospital or pest house, unles they See cause to depart to their 
own home or if any Person be found in Town under that opera- 
tion, which may be an Occasion of Continuing a malignant Infec- 
tion and Increacing it, among us, that they be Remoued Imediatly 
Least by alowing this practis the Town be made an Hospital for 
that which may prove worse then the Smal pox, which has already 
put So many into mourning, And that the Justices & Select men 
be desired to put the Method abouesaid in practis without Delay 
as the Law Directs. 

Voted that the aboue vote be forth with printed at the Charg of 
the Town. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to Return the Thankes of 
this Town to those Several Towns that manifested their kindness 
and Christean Compasion to this Town in what they Sent for the 
Releif of the Distrest here. 



[406.] At a Meeting of the freeholders, Inhabitants in the 
Town of Boston duly qualified & Regularly Assembled in a Pub- 
lick meeting at the Town House on fryday the 19''' of Janua''^ 
Anno Dora. 1721. 

Addington Davenport Esq^ is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for 
the present meeting. 

Voted that the Trustees which were chosen for the Letting 
out the Towns Proportion of the fifty Thousand pounds Haue 
Liberty to let out greater Sums to One person then they had by 
the former Vote. 

That they haue liberty to let out any Sum not Exceeding 
One hundred pounds to one person upon Personal Security. 

That they haue Liberty to let out greater Sums to Persona 
Either upon Real or personal Security then they had before. 

That they haue Liberty to Let out either upon Real or per- 
sonal Security any Sum not Exceeding five hundred Pounds to 
One person. 

That the Trustees Shal give their atendance the two next 
weeks, to take the names of Such persons that oflTer to take up 
the money and the Sums they desire. 

That the Trustees at their next meeting may proceed to Lett 
out the money not Exceeding One hundred pounds to one person. 
But that no greater Sum be Lett out untill the Expiration of a 
fortnight from monday next. 

That in Letting out the money Either the Principal or One 
of the Sureties Shal haue a Real Estate in this Town to that 
value. 



160 City Document No. 137. 

[407.] At a Meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants 

of the Town of Boston Duly qualified being Regulerly assembled 

in a publick Town Meeting at the Town-house March the 12"" 1721. 

Voted, that Elisha Cook Esq"" be Moderator for this meeting. 

Voted that the Town will Chuse Assesor distinct from belect 

men. 

Voted the Town will Chuse Seven Select men. 
Elisha Cook Esq'' 
m"" Thomas Gushing 
Cap' Nathan" Green 
m"" Ebenezer Clough 
m"" William Clark 
m' John Marion & 
m'^ Isaiah Toy, 
are Chosen to Serve as Select men for the year ensuing. 

Samuel Checkley Esq'' is Chosen to Serve as Town Clark (& 
Sworn). 

Cap' Joseph Wadsworth is Chosen to Serve as Town Treasurer. 
Votes for County Treasurer Sealed up and Comitted to Con- 
stable Jonas Clark were 170 Votes. 

Voted that this Meeting be adjorned to Three of the Clock 
after noon, and then being assembled. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to goe to Eumn)^ Marsh 
and Vew the place proposed to Set a Corn mill upon, and make 
Report thereof the next meeting. 

Voted that the Present Select men together with m'" Joseph 
Belcher an Inhabitant of Rumny Marsh be the Surveyors, of the 
High wayes for the Town of Boston the year ensuing. 
Voted for Officers for Rumny Marsh viz' 

m' Elisha Tuttle Chose Constable (& Sworn). 
Sam" Watts 
Tho. Pratt Sen"" 
Chosen fence Vewers. 

John Whittemore Jun' 
Thomas Pratt Jun"" 
Chosen Hoggreeves. 

Mess"^^' Giles Dulak Titmash Sworn 

James Watson Excused 

francis Gatcom paid 

Thoas Ammery paid 

James Penny man Paid 
John Stone Sworn 

Will'" Knock appeald 

John Richards Sworn 

are Chosen to Serve as Constables for the year ensuing. 

James Watson appeared and declared he was quickly bound to 
Sea. 
Voted that James Watson is Excused for this year as Constable. 
Voted that the Town will Chuse Seven Overseers of the Poor 
for the vear ensuing. 

[408.] Daniel Oliver Esq' 

Timothy Clark Esq' 



Boston Town Recoeds, 1721. 161 

m'^ John Ruck ^ 

rQ"" James Gouch 
m'' Jonathan Woldo 
m"" Timothy Prout 
m' John Legg 
are Chosen to Serue as Overseers of the poor the year ensuing. 
Mess''*^' Daniel Ponuing 
John Sundarland 
David farnum 
Jonathan Louring 
John Edward 
John Dixwel 

John floyd of Eumny Marsh 
are Chosen Assessors. 

Messu®^ Jacob Mason 
Jona° farnum 
Silence AUin 
William Gripson 
Ezekiel Walker 
are Chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Mess"^' Roger Stainer 

Thomas Jackson 
Joseph Rix 
John Endicott 
Thomas Barnett 
Thomas foster 
are Chosen fence Vewers. ' 

Mess"*=' Thomas Gooding 
Job Coite 
John Hillier 
Sampson Dure 
John Tyllr paid 
John Johnson, Carpend"" 
Joseph Russell, Carpend' 
John White, mariner 
Charles Morris 
are Chosen Clarks of the markett 

Daniel Chever 
Thomas Lesenbee 
John Clark, Chandler 
Alexander fullerton 
Chosen Hoggreeves. 

Voted that this Meeting be adjorned to Tuesday the 13''' at 
Eight of the Clock forenoon, & being Con veined 

Voted that the Consideration of Raising Money be Refered to 
the Next Meeting for Chose of Representatives. 
[409.] Mess'*'' Joshua Henshew 

Zecha Thare 
William Young 
Phillip Bongarden 
Benja Emmans 
Andrew Tyler 



162 City Document No. 137. 

s Benjam Brunsdon 

Elias Parkman 
Are Chosen to Serve as Scavengers, 

Roger Stainer 

Elezer Starr 

Will™ Pain Joyner 

Thomas foster 

William Brown 

Joseph Russell 

Joseph Parmiter 

Moses Eyres 
are chosen for Vewers of Shingles & mesurers of Boards & Tim- 
ber etc. 

John Clough 

W" Cowel 

Robert Patishal 

Corne^ Thare 

John Pitts mere* 

David Edwards 

Edward Pell 

Tho Townsend Sen' 

Sani^^ Adams 

W™ Wheeler 

Jon* Jackson 

John Hunt 

John Conibal 

John Maverick 

John Burt 

John Goldthwait 
are Chosen to Serve as Tythingmen. 

Voted that Cap' Joseph Wajjsworlh Treasurer of the the Town 
be alowed and paid out of the Town Treasury the Sum of fifty 
pounds for his Service in that office in the year past. 
Messu" Thomas Downs payd 

John Brown Excused 

James Alford paid 

John Bruster Excusd 

John Albertnet appeld 
are Chosen Constables for the year ensuing. 

Voted that Mess" John Colman, Cornelius Waldo, Edward 
Hutchinson Esq% Cap' Henry Deering and William Welsted Esq"" 
be a Cornitte to Audit the Treasurers acco" for the year Insuing. 

Voted that the Select men with Such others as they Shal desire 
to goe with them be the Inspectors of the free Schools. 

Voted that the Select men be Impowred to Remoue the obstruc- 
tions of the way at the Lower End of milke Street. 

Voted that the Graineryes be continued to be hired as formerly. 
[410.] Voted that the three hundred pounds granted to be let 
upon Real Securit}', (out of the apropriated money to be Im- 
proved for Spining, may be Lett upon Personal Security Such as 
is to the Satisfaction of the Select men. 

Voted that the Remaining Twelve hundred pounds appropriated 



Boston Town Records, 1721. 163 

for Purchasing grain be all of it Improved for that use and at 
Such Seasons as the Select men se best. 

In answer to the Petition of the Constables of the Town Set- 
ting forth the Difflcultys of their Gathering in the Rates by Reason 
of the Distressing Cu'comstances of Sundry Pesons as Set forth in 
their Petition. 

Voted that Three months be further alowed to the Said Con- 
stables for their Collecting Said Rates on the Inhabitants So 
Circomstanced, And that the Assessors be alowed to make abate- 
ments three months longer, then before As also the Three pence 
on the pound to the Constables for the Same time for Collecting 
Said Rates. 

Mesu" Jonathan Bull payd 
John Havwood Payd 
Jeram Clemans Excusd 
Bryan Parrott Pay'd 
W" Greenleif Payd 
were Chosen to Serue as Constables. 

Voted that Cap' Eleazer Darby, m'' Bevija Gallop, & m"" John 
Marion be a Coihitte to Consider that part of the Petition about 
Wood & Cole and Lay their proposals before the Town the next 
meeting. 

Voted that that part of the Petitions about providing Sisterns 
to Keep water for time of fire. Dismist. 

The Petition of m'' Timothy Thornton for further abatments 
being Read And the question being put whether the Town would 
further Consider it. 

Voted in the negative. 

Upon Reading the Several Petitions about the South School and 
m'' Anger. 

Voted that the Sekct men with Such others as they Shal take 
with them doe visset the Said School and Enquire into that affair 
and make Report thereof at the next Geneal meeting. 

In answer to the Petition of Thomas Giles for abatment of the 
Rent of Winny-Simmet ferry for Reasons there Set down. 

Voted that the Said Thomas Giles be abated the Sum of fifteen 
pounds of the Said Rent and that the Treasurer alow it him 
accordingly. 

mes" Grafton fever^^ Sworn 
Elias Parkman Excud 
Gilbert Warner Sworn 
were Chosen Constables. 

[411.] Upon Reading of a Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for 
the Inlarging of a Part of Ann Street. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to make Enquiry into that 
afeir whether it be an Incrochment and make Report therof at 
the next meeting. 

Upon Reading of a Petition or Memorial of Sundry of the In- , 
habitants about Repairing or Securing the South Battry. ' 

Voted that John Clark, Esq'' Timothy Clark Esq"", Habj Svage 
Esq", Cap' John Charnock & m'' Owen Harris be a Comitte to 
Enquir into that afare and also into the Circonstances of the 



164 City DocUxMent No. 137. 

North Battry and make Report therof the next General Meet- 
ing. 

Mess" Sam" Torry Sworn 

James Howard Sworn 

John Barton appeald 

Thomas Price Excus'd 

were Chosen to Serve as Constables. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to Enquire into the Quitt 
Rents belonging to the Town & make Report to the next General 
Meeting. 

m'' Moses Pearce was Chosen Constaple and he Declared he 
would pay. 

m'' John Done was Chosen Constable & Sworn. 

Voted that the Constables be alowed three pence upon the Pound 
for Collecting the Rates provided they pay the first halfe of the 
Sums CoiTiitted to them to Collect unto the Respective Treasurers 
by the first day of february next and also Compleat and pay in 
the whoU by the first clay of June thence next Ensuing. 

Voted that there be new Books procured for Entring Jurors 
Names & who Serves at the Several Courts. 

At a Meeting of the freeholdei's and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly quallified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town meeting at the Town House in Boston upon Tues- 
day the IS''^ of May 1722. 

Voted that Elisha Cook Esq' be Moderator for this present 
meeting. 

. Voted that the Town will proceed to Chuse 4 Representatives to 
Serve for and Represent them in a great and Genneral Court or 
Assembly appointed to be held and Keept upon Wednesday the 
30"^ day of May Currant &.^ 

Number of Voters Present being 205 

John Clark Esq'' votes 188 

Elisha Cook Esq-" 177 

m"- William Clark 158 

m"" Isaiah Tay 155 

were Chosen to Serve as Representatives. 

[412.] The Return of the Coinitte about m"" Ames Anger & 
the South School viz' 

Persuant to the directions of the freeholders & Inhabitants of 
the Town at their Annual meeting in March last. 

Co" Pen Townsend, Jeramiah Allen Esq"", & m'' John Edwards 
together with the Selectmen. Vissitted the wrighting School at 
the Southerly End of Boston on Thirsday the 24"* ap" 1722. and 
Examined the Scholars under m'' Ames Angers tuition as to their 
proficiency in Reading writing Scyphering & the masters ability 
of teaching & Instructing youth & his Rules & methods therefore. 
And are of Opinion That it will be no Service to the Town to 
Continue, m"' Anger in that Employ. 

Elisha Cook P' order. 
The question being put whether m'' Ames Anger Should be con- 
tinued School master in the Said South School. 



Boston Town Records, 1721. 165 

Voted ill the Negative. 

Voted that the aforesaid Committe be desired and Impwred to 
provide for the Present an able & Sutable master for Said School. 

Voted that a gard be forthwith Set at the House of m"" Joseph 
Hubbard Blacksmith to prevent the Removal of m'' Sam'' Sewal and 
Sundry others at Said House without orders & Direction of of the 
Select men they having bin Inoculated for the Smal Pox. 

Voted also that there be a gard Set at the House of Co" John 
Alford for the Same Reason m" Joana Alford being there and 
having Inoculated. 

Voted that this meeting be adjorned untill Three of the Clock 
after noon, at which time they again Assembled. 
• In auswar to the Petition of the Inhabitants of Rumny Marsh 
for Liberty for a corn mill. 

The Select men by their Committe, having Vewed the place 
petioned for Erecting a Corn mill. 

Are of Opinion that the Petitioners haue liberty to Erect a Corn 
mill there, Provided they or the Under takers of Said Mill Indem- 
nifie the Town of Boston, from any Damage don, by Setting up 
damms or any other works belonging to the mill, to any propriety, 
or lands either below at aboue the place asigned for the Mill. 

Voted that the Report of the Committe be accepted and that the 
inhabitants haue Liberty accordingly. 

Voted that a message be Sent to Coll John Alford (by Doc'' 
Byleston & Constable Titmarsh) to acquaint him that the Select 
men Doe Assigne Spectakle Island to be [the] place his Sister be 
forthwith Remoued unto. 

[413.] Sam" Mattock Jun' 
Robert WilUams. 
were Chosen for Clark of the market in the Roome of Thomas 
Gooding & Charles Morris who payd their fines. 

In answar to the Petition of Jonathan Williams and Joshua 
Wroe Execut" of the Last will & Testament of Will™ Webster 
Late of Boston, deceaced. Praying that the Slip of Land 
petioned for by them may be Sold to them upon Reasonable termes 
as m' Webster in his life time obtained his Leased premises. 

Voted that the Select men be Impowred to agree with Said 
Williams & Wroe and Execute Deeds for Said Land. 

Voted that what money the Said Land sels for be Invested in a 
Real Estate for the Town. 

In answar to the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for the Inlarg- 
ing Some part of Ann Street as ther Setforth. 

Voted that there be alowed and payd out of the Treasury the 
Sum of One Hundred pounds for the Said End when and So soone 
as the work is finished & Perfected. 

Voted that there be a Committe Chosen to draw up Instructions 
for the Representatives and lay them before the Town for their 
approbation at the Adjornment. 

Will" Payne Esq"^ 
m'' Ezekiel Lewis 
m'' John Marion 
m"" Thomas Cushina: 



166 City Document No. 137. 

m' James Gooch 
m"" VAten" Clough & 
Cap' Nathaniel Green 
were chosen for the Said Committee. 

Voted that this meeting be adjorned to fryday the 18"" of May 
Currant at Three afternoon. 

At which time they again Assembled. 

Voted that the Select men are Impowered to Sell the Quitt Rents 
belonging to the Town of Boston, Such of them as are for per- 
petuity, provided they can Sel them for not less then thirty years 
pui'chass to be paid unto the Treasury, The produce to be Invested 
in a Real Estate for the Towns use. 

The Report of the Committe to Consider of the Circomstances 
of the South & north Battryes being Read. 

Voted that the Sconce be Shingled & otherwise Secured from the 
wethers beating in and from Theives breaking in to Steal and wast 
the Powder and other Stores of War Lodged there of Considerable 
value. 

Voted that the Iron and other things belonging to the Carages 
of the Gunns &c be Secured in the Sconce, [414.] to prevent their 
being Stolen or lost, and that the Great Gunas be Secured upon 
Skids &c. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired & Impowred to Remoue 
the Incumbrances & Anoyances which are upon the Towns Laud 
before m'' Gales Laud and home to the Sconce. 

Voted for the North Battery, That the fence be Set upright and 
that the Gates thereof be Hang'd and that it be Clapboarded, 
where the Clapbords are torn off. 

Voted a grant of One hundred pounds for paving in the Street 
in Such places as the fSelect men Shal appoint. 

Voted that there be the Sum of Two thousand five Hundred 
pounds Raysed and paid into the Treasury for defraying the 
Necessary Charges of the Town for the year Ensuing. 

The Committe for Instructions Presented as follows viz' 

To John Clark & Elisha Cook Esq" Mess" Will™ Clark & Isaiah 
Tay Gent™ 

The Town of Boston, hauing made choice of you to Represent 
them in the next great & General Assembly. 

Confiding in your fidelity & Diligence to promote the best good 
and well fair of this People, Doe therfore Recommend to you the 
Perusal & prosecution of the Instructions that were given to their 
Representatives the Last year. Such of them as haue not bin 
passed upon by the Late General Assembly. 

We also in a Special manner Recommend to j'our Concideration 
what Refers to the preventing the Spreading of any Contagious 
Distemper And wheras the Inoculating or Transplanting of the 
Smal pox has of late bin practised among us to the Terror of many 
of the Inhabitants. 

We desire you to use your best Endeavor that it may be under 
a propper Regulation, and not practissed in any Town or place 
without the approbation of the Select men of Such Town. And 



Boston Town Eecords, 1722. 167 

in as tnncli as there has bin some hite Dispute about the meaning 
of the Law that Refers to preventing the Spreading of the Smal 
pox &c. Whether the Selectmen haue full power to doe what is 
needfull to prevent the Spreading of any contagious distemper and 
Remoue persons that may be Infected. It is therefore proposed 
that the Select men of Every Town may be Clothed [415.] with 
full power to obtain the great End & Designe of that Law, which 
is for the Preservation, Health, and Safty, of the Inhabitants. 
Boston May H"* 1722 

By Order of the Committe 

W". Patke. 

The foregoeing proposals presented by the Committe were Sun- 
dry times Read and Voted to be Instructions to the Representa- 
tives of this Town (to whom they are Directed) at the Genneral 
Court or assembly at their approching Session in May Currant. 

At a Meeting of the free holders & Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly quallified being Regurly Assembled in a 
Publick Town meeting at the Town House in Boston upon fryday 
Octo^-^the 19''' 1722. 

Voted Elisha Cook Esq'' be moderator this meeting. 
Mess" Jonathan Brown & 
Erasmus Stephens. 
Are Chosen to Serue as Constal)les for the Remaining part of this 
year in the Room of m"" John Richards & John Done who are gone 
to Sea. 

Upon a Representation to the Town made by the Select men 
that they had vissitted the Sconce According to the Towns Vote 
May the IS*** And they find it So much out of Repair and the 
foundation and Stone work So bad, and that it would cost So 
much to Repair, That it would be best that a Committe be Chosen 
to Vew it and Compute the Charge before they further proceed. 

Voted. That the Select men be a Comitte to make Inspection 
into the State of the Said Sconce and make a Calculation of what 
the Charge will be to Repair it, and Lay it before the Town at 
their Next Meeting. 

At a Meeting of the free holders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
publick Town meeting at the Thown house march the 11* 1722. 
Voted that Elisha Cook Esq'' be Moderater for this meeting. 
Voted to Chuse Assessor distinct from the Select men. 
[416.] Elisha Cook Esq-^ 

m'' John Marion 
m'' Isaiah Tay 
m"" Thomas Cashing 
m"^ William Clark 
m' Ebenezer Clough 
Cap' Nathaniel Green 
Are Chosen Select men for the year Insuing. 

Samuel Checkley Esq'' Chosen Town Clerk & Sworn. 



168 City Document No. 137. 

Cap Joseph Wadsworth Chosen Town Treasurer & Sworn. 
Voted that the Select men be Surveyers of High ways, for the 
year Insueing. 

m' Ezekiel Lewis is Chosen for a Select man in the Eoome of 
m' W" Clark who Eefused to Serve. 

Estes Clark apeld to ses 
Joseph Brandon Escus* 
Henry Whitten Sworn 
Hugh Hall Excus^ 

John Cox paid 

John Eyre Excused 

Edward'^ Bromfleld Excu** 
Sam^ Waldo Paid 

are Chosen Constables for the year Insuing 

Voted, That m"" Sam" Watts Joyn with the Select men to be a 
Surveyer of High wayes at Rumny Marsh. 
Voted for Officers for Rumny Marsh viz*. 

Nathaniel Tuttle — Constable — Sworn. 
Hugh floyd 
John Whittemore 

fence Veiwers 
Jacob Chamberlin 
John Lave Hogg Reeves. 

Voted this Meeting be adjorned untill three of the Clock after- 
noon. And being met. 

Hugh Hall Declared that He was in Coinition of the Peace in 
the Island of Barbadoes. 

Voted that Hugh Hall Esq'' be Excused from being Constable for 
the Reason aforesaid. 

Voted for the County Treasurer 171 Votes & Sealed up & De- 
livered to Constable Erasmus Stephens. 

John Hubbard paid 

And'' Cunningham Sworn 
John Buttolph payd 

Samuel Gibbons payd 
Henry Coswell payd 

Samuel Hill Sworn 

Samuel Weekes payd 
Chosen Constables. 

[417.] Voted to Chuse 7 Assessors One where of to be an 
Inhabitant at Rumny Marsh. 

messu" Daniel Pouning 
John Sunderland 
David farnum 
Jonathan Louring 
John Edwards 
John Dixwell 
John floyd R. Marsh 
Chosen Assessors for the year Insuing. 

Voted this meeting be adjorned untill Tuesday at Eight of the 
Clock in the morning. 
The Town being then mett. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1722. 169 

Voted That the Selectmen be Directed and Impwred to take 
Effectuall care that Milk Street be keept open, and free down to 
the Sea or Beach and that all Incombrances lying thereon be 
forthwith Remoued. 

Voted that the Select men doe not Suffer the Ship builders or 
any other Trades men to Incomber the Streets, or any part there 
of by Laying Timber or any other materials there on for any longer 
time then the Town Order or Law alowes of. 
Rowland Houghton paid 
James Gary Sworn 

Ephraim Hunt paid 

Edward Durant Sworn 
Will-" Alden Excused 

Chosen Constables. 

Voted to proseed to Chuse the Overseers of the Poor by a written 
Vote. 

Daniel Oliver Esq' 
Tim" Clark Esq"^ 
m"^ John Ruck 
m' Tim" Front 
m"^ John Legg 
m"" James Gouch 
Cap' Henry Deering 
Chosen Overseers of the Poor. 

Ezekiel Walker 
Sam'i Eaton 
Elisha Story 
Silence AUin 
Joshua Chever 
Chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Thomas Townsend Sworn 
"William Maycock paid 
Chosen Constables. 

[418.] . John Endicott 

John Demerry 
Roger Stainer 
William Bestow 
Thomas foster 
Joseph Rickes 



Chosen fence viewars. 



Chosen Hogg Reeves. 



William Pollard 
Samuel Peack 
John Hobby 
John Johnson 

Henry Gibbons Sworn 

John Boudry Sworn 

Charles Gyles Sworn 

Benja Brunsdon paid 

John Adams Sworn 

Peter Britton Sworn 

Richard Sherren Sworn 



170 City Document No. 137. 

Joseph White Sworn. 
Chosen Clerks of the markett. 

Cap' David Mason 
m"" James Pennyman 
, Co'i Stephen Minott 

m"" Benj" Snelling 
m'" Jera Belknap 
m"" Andrew Tyler 
m'' Benja Bridge 
m"^ Sam" Burnell 
Chosen Scavengers. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to prepare a Draft for the 
Better Regulating Indians, Negroes & Melattoes, to lay before 
the Town for their Consideration at the next Generall meeting. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to appoint and Impower 
Two Discreet persons to take care that the By Laws and orders of 
this Town be observed, and to Inform of all Breaches thereof. 

That they take Espesial care to keep the Indians, Negroes, & 
Melattoes in Good Order, and Se that the Province Law Respect- 
ing them be Attended. 

That the Streets be Keept Clean, and Inform of the Breach of 
Law as by the Act of Reformation of maners &c. is directed. 

Voted. That there be alowed and Paid to m'' Nathan" Williams 
Master of the first Graiher SchoU as his Salary the Sum of One 
Hundred & fifty Pounds per Annum. 

[419.] Voted That the Assessors for the year 1722 be 
further Impowred for the Space of three months next ensuing 
to make Such further abatements of the Rates by them apportioned 
as they Shal find needfull. 

Voted, That the Constables be alowed three pence upon th.e 
pound for Collecting the Rates, Provided they pay in the first half 
of the Sums CoiSitted to them by the first day of February next 
and also compleat and pay in the whole sum Comitted to them to 
the Respective Treasurers, by the first day of June from thence 
next Ensueing. _ 

Voted that the Town will Chuse a Comitte to Draw up Som- 
thing Relating to the Tything men for this Town and Lay it before 
the Town at their next meeting. 

Voted That John Clark Timothy Clark Esq"", and m" Thomas 
Gushing be the Said Comitte. 

messu" William Parkman Nathaniel Eyres No 1 
Edward Procter Will"" Sheepreeve 2 
Adin° Bulfiuch W™ Blare 3 

Behj" Emmons Joseph Billings 4 

Daniel Henchman Caleb Lymon 5 

Jona° Jackson Hope foster 6 

James Gould Sam" Adams 7 

John White John Clough 8 

were Chosen Ty thing-men. 

Voted that the Consideration of m" Edward Mills His Being 
School master be Continued to the next Geheal Meeting. 
Voted That the Select men be Desired to Consider & make 



Boston Town Records, 1722. 171 

Some projection about the Imptovmeat of the Towns Land Near 
m"' Belknaps and Lay it before tlie Town at their next meeting. 

Voted, That the Town be no longer at any Charg for keeping 
Bulls for the Town but that they which own the Cows be at the 
Charge. 

Voted That no person presume to digg & Carry away of the 
Sand, Gravel, Earth, Tirf, or Stones, Growing Lying or being on 
fox Hill (So called) or the Ridge near therto betwen that & 
Wind mill Hill in the Coiiion, on pain of forfeting the Sum of 
Twenty Shillings of Every breach of this Order. 

[420.] Voted an Adjornment of this meeting to three of the 
Clock afternoon, at which time the Inhabitants again assembled. 
Voted That the Select men be a Comitte to View & Consider 
what is best to be don Relating to the House and Land belonging 
to the Town in Beacon Street and make Report thereof at the 
Next Gen" Meeting 

Voted That Cap' Joseph Wadsworth Treasurer be alowed and 
Paid the Sum of fifty pounds for His Service in that Office in the 
3'ear past. 

James Watson paid 
Izrael Walker paid 
Chosen Constables. 

Voted That the Select men with Such as they Shal desire to 
accompany them be Inspectors of the Scools for the year Ensu- 
ing. 

Voted That the Petition of the Widow Ann Gillcrist be left 
with the Select men to act there in as they find best. 

Voted That Pen.Townsend, William Welsteed, Edward Hutch- 
inson, Hab. Savage, Esquires and m"" Abiel Walley be a Comitte 
to audit the Treasurers acco" for the year Ensuing. 

Voted that the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds be alowed and 
paid for Paveing in the Streets, Out of the money to be Raised. 

Voted that part of the Said Money be Improved for Paveing 
near the new Brick Meeting House provided the abutters doe their 
parts. 

Voted That Part of the Said Money be Impi'oved for Carrying 
on the Pavement in Back Street'^Near Co". Winthrops to Joyne 
the Pavement in Prince Street Provided the Abutters doe their 
parts. 

Voted that all or So much of the Twelve Hundred Pounds 
apropiiated for Buying of Grain as the Select men Se best, Be by 
them Layed out for Buying Grain for the Towns use. 
Moses Eyers 
Thomas foster 
Joseph Parmiter 
Joseph fitch 
George Smith 
William Payn 
John Johnson 
Roger Stayner 
Chosen to be Viewers of Shingles and Measurer of Boards, Plank 
&c. 



172 City Document No. 137. 

[421.] Beuja, Edwards Sworn 

Johu Courser Excused 
Chosen Constables. 

Voted That the Streight Line projected by the Select men on 
the 27"^ of febr^ Last beWen the Towns Land and the Land of Co" 
Stephen Minott on the Neck, and now Represented by the Select 
men, Be now Rattified and Confirmed, That at A Stake drove by 
the fence. Being Thirty Rod nine feet & an halfe, from the South 
east Corner of the George Tavern now in the occupation of Sam- 
uel Meers Inholder, The Line be made Streight to Two Butten 
Pyer Trees growing in the Said Minotts Land, He the Said 
Minott Conferming the Said Agreement on His Part. 

Whereas The Select men did Some time in the Summer 1721 : 
Order and Direct Co" Stephen Minott to make the fence Extend- 
ing from His House in the Occupation of m'' Sam" Meers towards 
the Salt Ponds on the neck, Being on the West side between Bos- 
ton and Roxbury upon a Streight Line, in doing of which he has 
taken in Some Small Quantity of the Towns Land. 

Voted That the Select men be Impowred to Treat with and make 
Sale of Such part of the Towns Land as is taken in as aforesaid. 

Voted that the Consideration of Raising Money be Continued 
unto the Next General Meeting. 

m' Andrew Eliot is Chosen to Serve as Constable for the year 
Ensuing — Sworn. 

At a meeting of the free holders & Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
publick Town Meeting at the Town house in Boston fryday Aprill 
the Ninteenth Anno Dom 1723 

Elisha Cook Esq'' Chosen to Serve as moderator for this present 
Meeting. 

Voted that the Town Proceed to Chuse four Persons to Rep- 
resent them at the Great & Gen" Assembly. 

Number of Voters were 275 

John Clark Esq'^ 258 

Elisha Cook Esq' 248 

m' Isaia Tay " 232 

m'' Ezekiel Lewis 222 

are Chosen to Serve as Representatives of this Town. 

[422.] Co" Stephen Minott is Chosen to Serve as a Select 
man in the Room of m'' Thomas Cushiug who Refused to Serve. 

m" Benja Hutchinson is Chosen to Serve Clark of the market in 
the Room of m'' Benja Brunsdan who Refused to Serve. He Re- 
fused to Serve & promised to pay. 

m'' Ebenezer Youngman Chosen a Clerk of the Market in the 
Room of m'' Hutchinson & Sworn. 

Whereas Throwing, Rolling or flingin of the Bullet, Comonly 
called Throwing the Long Bullet in the Coihon Training field, 
High way es, Streets, Lanes or Allyes of the Town, is attended with 
diverse Inconveniences and may be of Pernitious Consequence to 
his Majesty' Good Subjects in Walking about their Nessary 
afairs and Buisness for Preventing Whereof. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1723. 173 

It is Ordered that whosoever Shal presume to use and Exercise 
them Selves iu Throwing Rolling or flinging the Bullet or any Such 
like Instrument whether made of Iron, Lead, Brass, Stone, wood, 
or any other matter or Substance that may Endauger_the Lives or 
Limbs of any of His Majesties Subjects in the Comon Training 
field Highwayes, Streets Lanes or Allyes in the Town, Shal forfeit 
and pay the Sum of Twenty Shillings upon Conviction, before any 
of His Majesties Justices of the Peace for Said County for every 
Such offence. 

This was Sundry times Read over & Voted. 
Voted that the Select men be Impowred and directed to Enquire 
into the State of the Wells & Pumps Standing or being iu any of 
the Grounds, Streets or Highwayes belonging to the Town and 
Cause them to be put into Repare and to Assess the Persons in the 
Neighbourhood who Coinonly make use of them, and to appoint 
and Impower Some meet Person or Persons to Receive the Same 
to be Improved according to a Town order or By-Law made about 
Pumps & Wells. 

Voted that the Select men be Impwred to Improve the Towns 
Land near m'' Jera Belknaps, Either by Building upon it or Letting 
it for Term not Exceeding Thirty one years as they Shal think 
best. 

Voted that it be left with the Select men & that they be Im- 
powred to make Sale of the House & Land in Beacon Street which 
belongs to the Town. 

[423.] Pursuant to the Vote & direction of the freeholders & 
Inhabitants of the Town at their Annuall meeting in March last. 

The Select men haue drawn up heads or Articles for the Better 
Regulating Indians Negi'os and Molattos within this Town, that 
if approved of they may be Endeavored to be Drawn into a Law 
or Lawes at the next Session of the Great and Generall Court 
or Assembly. 

That if any free Indian Negro or Molatto Shal Receive or 
Entertain any Indian Negro or Molatto Servant or Slaue into His 
House yard garden or out house unless Sent there by his master or 
Employer, Shal forfeit and pay the Sum of Twenty Shillings and 
be Sent to the House of Correction and there be Severly whiped, 
And the better to Enforce this order any two free holders may 
Enter the House of any Such free Indian Negro or Molatto. 

That no free Indian Negro or Molatto Shal haue and keep any 
manner of weapons fire armes, Powder or Ball in his House or the 
Dependances thereof on forfieture of five pounds & being Severly 
whipt at the House of Correction. 

That no free Indian Negro or Molatto Shal on Training dayes, 
or any other Publick dayes carry into the Common or Training field 
Streets or Highwayes any Strong drink Cakes or any other Pro- 
vision to Sell on Pain of ten pounds and being Sent to the House 
of Correction and Severly whipt, And any two freeholders Shal 
haue power to Seize Secure and Dispose of all Such Liquors & 
Provisions for the use and benefit of the Poor. 

That every free Indian Negro or Molatto Shal bind out, all their 
Children at or before they arrive to the age of four years to Some 



174 City Document No. 137. 

English master, and upon neglect thereof the Select men or Over- 
seers of the Poor Shal be Empowered to bind out all Such Children 
till the age of Twenty one years. 

If any free Indian Negro or Molatto Shal Eeceive any goods 
wares Merchandize Money or Provisions from the hands of any 
Indian Negro or Molatto Servant or Slave or any Stolen goods 
found in their Houses or Possession upon Conviction Such Indian 
Negro or Molatto Shall beside making Restitution as by Law 
ah-eady provided be Severly Whipt, And ordered by tlie Court 
before whom the Tryal is to depart this Province, And if anj- Such 
Shal Return to be taken and Sent to the House of Correction and 
haue the Discipline of the House and there to Remain and abide 
during life & keept to hard Labour. 

[424.] If any Indian, Negro or Molatto bond or free be 
Convict of Stealing Robbing Pilfering or Breaking into any House 
Ware house Shop Stable Barn or out house Ship or Vessell He 
Shal upon Conviction be Transported beyond Sea Remaining in 
the Coihon Goal or House of Correction till Shipt Oft besides 
making Restitution as the Law Provides. 

That no Indian Negro or Molatto Slave or Servant Shal be 
out of His Masters House or Dependances thereat unless in the 
Imediat Service of his master, an hour after Sun Sett from the first 
of march to the first of September nor half an hour after from the 
Second of September till March nor before Sun Riseing upon Pain 
of being Sent to the House of Correction and there Severely Whipt. 

That no Indian Negro or Molatto Servant or Slave Shall be 
Suffered to wear or Carry about him any manner of armes or 
weapons Clubb Stave Cane or knives Except Decriped upon Pain 
of Severe punishment at the House of Correction. 

That if more then Two Indian Negro or Molatto Servants or 
Slaves be found in the Streets or Highways in or about the Town 
Idling or Lurking together unless in the Service of their master or 
Employer. Every one so found Shal be punished at the House of 
Correction. 

That no Indian Negro or Molatto Servant or Slave tho' 
haueing obtained leave from his Master to go into the Coinon or 
Training field on Training dayes or any other Publick dayes, Shal 
abide tliere after Sun Sett upon pain of Sever Whipping at the 
Hon of Correction. 

That if any Indian, Negro, or Molatto Servant or Slave Shal 
assalt Strike I3eat wound Bruse or mame any of his Majesties Sub- 
jects, He Shal be Severely Punnished at the Discression of the 
Court before whom Convict and Sent beyond Sea being Confined 
till his Departure at the Charge of His Master or Owner. 

If any Person Shal Sell any Strong Liquor to any Indian 
Negro, or Molatto Servant or Slave, unless Sent by his master he 
Shal forfiet & pay ten pounds fine, and Suffer Three months Im- 
prisonment, and if the Person that Sell contrary- hereto be a 
Tavernor Inholder or Retailer He Shal forfeit his Recognizance 
and be Rendered Ever after incapable of hauing [425.] His Li- 
cence renewed. The Proof for Conviction to be as in the Case of 
Selling Strong drink to Indians. 



Boston Town Records, 1723. 175 

That no Indian Negro or Molatto Bond or free Slial presume 
to work as a Porter in or about the Town unless first approved by 
the Select men and Bond given to the Town Treasurer in a Sum 
not less then fifty Pounds for his fidelity. The forfiture of Such 
Bonds to be applyed to and for the use of the Poor of the Town 
And if any appear and are found in Such work Shal be taken up 
and Sent to the House of Correction, Receive the Discipline of the 
House & Remain there Six dayes. 

That Indian Negro and Molatto Evidences only with Con- 
curring Circomstances Shal be proof Soficient to Convict Indian 
Negro or Molattos. 

That no Indian Negro or Molatto up on the breaking out of 
fire and the Continuance there of dureing the night Season Shal 
depart his or his masters House, nor found in the Streets or at or 
ne?r the place where the fire is upon pain of being forthwith 
Secured and Sent to the Coinon Goal and afterwards whipt at the 
House of Correction three dayes following before dismist, unless 
his or his masters House or Estate be on fire or in great hazzard 
thereof. 

That all fines and forfeitures arising by this act be disposed the 
one halfe to the Poor of the Town the other halfe to the Informer. 

The foregoing Heads or Articles presented by the Select men, 
were Sundry times Read over and Each of them voted and voted 
to be given to the Representatives of the Town in their Instructions 
to use their Endeavor that a Bill or Bills may be Passed for the 
Regulating Indians Negros and Molattos in this Town. 

Whereas Sundry fires haue of late broke out among us to the 
great Terror & Affrightment of the Inhabitants, which we haue too 
Just grounds to beleiue were wickedly contsived and Designed by 
Some Evel Instruments. 

It is therefore humbly proposed by the Select men. 

That there be forth with five watch houses at the Least in the 
Most Sutable places of the Town, and five good able Bodyed men 
of Sober Conversation Assigned to Each of those Houses, to be 
Enployed Six months of the year from Nine of the Clock in the 
Evening the Other from Eight to Sun Rising. To be carfully 
watching by Turns the Streets, Lanes and allyes through out the 
Town to discouer and prevent what in them lies fires, Breaking 
into Houses, Thefts or any Disturbance that mny arise And that 
there be Two Sutable Discreet persons appointed [426.]' to Inspect 
the Severall watches and keep them to their duty. 

And in as much as the maintaining and defraying the Charge of 
Snch a watch will Require a much larger Sum then has bin here- 
tofore allowed for that Service. 

Should therefore the Rule for Proportioning the Watch Tax be 
as it now or last agreed upon by the Justices in their Sessions Great 
Inequallity would nescessarily Ensue. 

That therefore a Coihitte be appointed to Attend the Justices 
at their next Sessions and Demonstrate this matter to them that so 
the Sum of the Highest Rate may be so far advanced that no 
Inequallity or Injustice may ensue, but Every one willingly pay 
and Contribute his Reasonable Proportion in carrying on the 



176 City Document No. 137. 

aforesaid watch, which doubtless will be Readily assented to by 
them. 

The Sundry foregoing Proposals Offred by the Select men were 
Sundry times Read, and Voted. 

And that the Select men with m'^ John Dixwell and m'' John 
Edwards be a Coinitte to waite upon the Sessions at their next 
Adjorment and lay that affair before them. 

Voted that the Select men be desired & Impowred to take care 
to provide Sutable watch houses, & watch men untill the Adjorn- 
ment of this meeting. 

Voted that this Meeting be Adjorned to fryday the third day of 
May Next at three of the Clock after noon. 

May the Third. The Inhabitants According to Adjornment 
being Assemble'^. 

Voted that this Meeting be adjorned till to morrow morning Nine 
of the Clock. 

May the 4*. The Inhabitants According to Adjornment being 
Assembled. 

Voted. That whoever shal keep any Cow going at large within 
the Neck of Boston Shal pay into the hand of Such Person as the 
Select men Shal appoint to Receive the Same, the Sum of flue 
Shillings & Six pence per Annum to be Imployed towards provid- 
ing four Bulls to goe on the Comon from the first of aprill to the 
first of Novemb'" and two Bulls from thence to the first of Aprill 
following, for paying the Cowkeeper, with Six pence per Head 
for a Certificate from the Said Receiver that the owner has paid 
the Said five Shillings and Six pence. And any Cow that Shal be 
found on the Common whose owner has not [427.] a Cirtificate 
as aforesaid Shal be by the Cowkeeper Impounded and the Owner 
pay before the Said Cow be discharged three Shillings, and the 
Said Cow not Suffered to goe on the Common untill the Owner 
haue paid the fine Shillings and Six pence and gained a Certificate. 

And if any person has already paid any part of this Sum it Shal 
be allowed him. 

Voted a Grant of Three Thousand & Seven hundred pounds to 
be Raised on the Inhabitants and Estates within this Town, for 
Releif of the Poor, Defraying the Charg of the watch, and other 
necessary -Charges arising within & for the Said Town for the year 
Ensuing. 

Whereas great numbers of Indians Negros & Molattoes haue of 
late accustomed them Selves to attend the Burial of Indians Negros 
& Molattoes, which practise is of 111 tendancy and may be of great 
Inconveniency to the Town if not prevented. 

for Remedy whereof Ordered that all Indians Negros and 
molattoes Shal be Buryed halfe an hour before Sun Set at the 
Least and at the nearest burying place (where negros are usualy 
buryed) from the place they Shal be Carryed, thro' the most direct 
Lanes or Streets that lead thereto. 

And no Indian Negro or Molatto Shal be Buryed on the Lords 
Day, Except in Exterordinary Cases, Leaue being first had and 



Boston Town Records, 1723. 177 

Obtained from two or more of the Selectmen, And that one Bell 
only, and that bnt once tolled for the Bury all of any Indian, 
Negro, or Molatto, on pain of Twenty Shillings for Every breach 
of this Order, to be paid by the Master or Owner of any Indian 
Negro, or Molatto Buryed Contrary to this order, And by the 
Person ordering the Buryal of any free Indian Negro or Molatto 
in Contempt of this Order The like Sum of Twenty Shillings. 

And Every grave digger or Sexton that Shal break in upon this 
Order Shal forfeit and pay the Sum of ten Shillings for every 
Offence being thereof Convict, before any one of His Majesties 
Justices of the Peace for Said County. 

Whereas great numbers of Persons haue very lately bin Trans- 
ported from Ireland into this Province, many of which by Reason 
of the Present Indian war and other Accedents befalling them, 
[428.] Are now Resident in this Town whose Circomstances and 
Condition are not known, Some of which if due care be not taken 
may become a Town Charge or be otherwise prejuditial to the well 
fair & Prosperity of the Place. 

for Remady whereof Ordered That Every Person now Resident 
here, that hath within the Space of three years last past bia 
brought from Ireland, or for the future Shal come from thence 
hither, Shal come and Enter his name and Occupation with the 
Town Clerk, and if marryed the number and Age of his Children and 
Servants, within the Space of flue dayes, on pain of forfeiting and 
paying the Sum of twenty Shillings for Eacli offence. And the Sum 
of ten Shillings for Every one that Shal Continue in the neglect or 
non-Observance of this Order, for and During the term of forty- 
Eight hours after the Expiration of the fine dayes aforesaid So 
often as the Person offending Shal be Complained of and Convict 
before any Justice of the Peace within the Said County. 

And be it further Ordered that whoever Shal Receive and Enter- 
tain and keep in his family any Person or Persons Transported 
from Ireland as aforesaid, Shal within the Space of forty Eight 
hours after Such Receipt and Entertainment Return the Names of 
all Such Persons with their Circomstances as far as they are able 
to the Town Clerk. 

On Penalty of Twenty Shillings fine for the first forty Eight 
hours and Ten Shillings for Every twenty four houres he Shal be 
convict after the first forty Eight hours and so toties quoties. 

Voted That it be left with the Select men to doe what they find 
needfull for Repareing the Batterys in the Town. 

Voted that the Treasurer be Impowred to make use of So much 
of the apropriated money of the Towns as He Shal find needfull 
untill the Taxes come into the Treasury. 

At a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publiek Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston upon Monday 
the 23"^ of Decem"^^ 1723. 

Voted, that Elisha Cook Esq'' Be moderator for this Meeting. 

[429.] Upon Reading the Motion of Sundry Inhabitants 
Refering to a memorial of Governor Shute Exhibeted to his Most 



178 City Document No. 137. 

Excelent Majesty Mentioned in the Warrant and the Memorial of 
Gouernor Shute. 

And then the Questian was put whether the Town would make 
Choice of a Committe to prepare a Draught of an Humble Address 
to be layd before His most Excelent Majesty to Show forth the 
Duty Loyalty & affection the free holders and Inhabitants of this 
Town haue & Bare towards His Majestys Person His family & 
Government and how Sincerely they are attached to the Succession 
in the most Illustrious House of Hanover, in order to Sett at 
nought the Groundless aspertions cast upon the People of this 
Town in His memorial. 

Voted in the afFermative. 

Voted to Chuse flue Person to be of the Said Committe. 

Voted m"" Thomas Cushing, William Payn Esq% Cap' Henry 
Deering, Co" Edward Hutchinson and Cap* Nathaniel Green. Be 
the Said Committe to Prepare the Said Draught and Present to the 
Town for their Consideration at the adjornment of this Meeting. ■ 

Voted to Chuse a Committe to Enquire into the affair of the 
Land of the Towns at the South Scons in Boston where Sam" Hood 
Jun"' has Sett up a Vessell. 

Voted Co" Stephen Minott Timothy Clark Esq"" Cap' Joseph 
Wadsworth m"" Edward Procter & Cap' James Blin Be the Com- 
mitte And to make a Report thereof to the Town at the next 
Meeting. 

Voted an Adjornment of this Meeting to Monday the 30* Day 
of Decern'"' Currant. 

Decem'^'' the 30"^. The Inhabitants according to their Adjorn- 
ment then again Assembled. 

The Committe Chosen to Enquire into the affair of the Land of 
the Towns at the South Scons in Boston &c. made this Return. 

Persuant to the aboue Vote we the Committe therein Named 
haue bin on the Spott of Land & viewed the place where the 
abouesaid Ship Stands and find it to be part of the Land that was 
lately Inclosed to the Scons and that the Ship in part Stands on 
the very Spott that the Great Artillery Stood on, we also find that 
the fence & Gate is also pulled or Cutt Down, and Remoued, by 
which the Said Scons and the Stores were Inclosed, but by whom 
we know not. 

[430.] We haue also made diligent Search into the Records 
of the Town in the Town Books, and made other Strict Inquiry 
and can not find the Town of Boston haue any wayes divested 
them Selves of their Originall Right to Said Land, nor any part 
thereof, neither by Grant, Deed, Possession on any Condition 
whatsoever, But haue alwayes bin in the Possession and Im- 
provement of that Same Spott of Land. 

Stephen Minot, Joseph Wadsworth. 
Edward Procter, James Blin. 

This Return was Read and Accepted and 
Voted that the aforesaid Committe be Joyned with the Select men, 
And are hereby Desired & Impowred to Prosecute any that haue 
or Shall Trespass upon any part of the Said Land. 



Boston Town Records, 1723. 179 

The Committte appointed to Draw up an address to His Majesty 
Off red as follows viz. 

To the Kings most Excelent Majesty. The Humble address of 
the Select men free holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston, in your Majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay in 
New England Assembled in the Town Hall on Monday the 
Thirteth Day of Decem'^'^ 1723 . 

May it Please Your Majesty 

We Your Majestys Most Loyal and Dutyfidl Subjects humbly 
beg leave to Prostrate our Selves at your Royal feet, on the 
Account of a Memorial Lately presented by His Excellcy Samuel 
Shute Esq"^. Wherein We are accused of being under no Mages- 
tracy, By want of which many of the Inhabitants become too much 
Disposed to a Levelling Spirit, & too apt to be mutinous and Dis- 
orderly, and Ready to Support the House of Representatives in 
any Step they take towards Encroching on the Prerogative of the 
Crown &c. 

We crave leave Humbly to lay before Your Majesty the mistake 
of that Repi'esentation both as to the Number and Government of 
the Town and Especially as to their being under no Magestracy, 
where upon we would humbly Shew forth (that besides Sixteen or 
Eighteen Justices of the Peace Commitioned by His Excellency 
who are Inhabitants) we doe Annually make Choice of Sundry 
[431.] Persons for Select men, and other Officers, who haue the 
Prudentiall Affairs of the Town Committed to them, according 
to the Constant usage and agreable to the Laws of the Province 
made for that purpose, and this as well as other Towns of the 
Province are Impowered to make By Laws and Orders for the 
Better Regulating the affairs & Inhabitants of the Several Towns, 
Which good an wholesome hath bin by this Town duly Observed 
and keept ever since our present Hapy Constitution. 

We would therfore in all Humble wise pi-esume to Say that 
those Aspertions are groundless, far from the tember and IncHna- 
tiou of Your Majesty^ good Subjects the Inhabitants of this Town, 
or from being at any time practised among us. We always make 
it our Study and Care to Chuse Such Persons, to Represent us in 
the Generall Assembly as are truly Loyal and Sincerely Desirous 
of Serving Your Majestys Intrest, and if the Governor has at 
any time Negatived Some of them when the Generall Assembly 
thought them qualified to be of His Majestys Council, we are of 
opinion that Negatiue did not abridge the Town of their freedome 
of Electing them to Sit in the House of Representatives as They 
had don before His arival among us. 

We take this Occasion to Assure your Majesty that we are 
Sincerely Attached to your Royal Person and Gouernment, which 
has bin So wonderfully mild and Just as to give us a Sensable 
Pleasure under your Hapy Administration, That we highly dis- 
aprove of any Encroachment upon your Royal Prerogative, and 
are hereby encoraged humbly to Pray for the Continuance of 
those favors we haue to Oar great Satisfaction hitherto Enjoyed 
under your Auspicious Reign, and that you would be gratiously 
pleased to Accept this Our Humble Address. 



180 City Document No. 137. 

That the British Crown may long florish op your Eoyal Head, 
and be Continued to your Illustrious family as by Law Established 
to the Latest posterity is and Shall be the Sincere and hearty 
Prayer of Your Majesty' Loyall and dutyfuU Subjects of this 
your Majestys Town of Boston. 

The aboue Address was Read, and Voted to be Signed by the 
Select men & in the name and by order of the free holders and 
Inhabitants of the Town of Boston by the Town Clerk. 

[432.] The freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Boston Regulerly Assembled in the Town Hall. Having Voted 
an Addiess to His Sacret Majesty King George on Acco" of a 
Memorial presented by His Excellency Sam*^ Shute Esq"", Which 
being Read & accepted by them they also. 

Voted That Elisha Cook Esq' Be and hereby is Desired and Im- 
powred to Lay the Same before His Sacret Majesty. 

At a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regurly assembled in a 
Publick Town meeting at the Town house in Boston upon Monday 
the 9*"^ day of March 1723. 

John Clark Esq' is Chosen to Serve as Moderator for this 
meeting. 

Sam" Checkley Esq' Chosen to Serve as Town Clerk (& Sworn) 
Voted to Chuse assessors distinct from the Select men. 
Voted to Chuse 7 Select men. 

Mess'' Isaiah Tay 
John Marion 
Thomas Cushing 
Natha^^ Green 
Stephen Minot 
Ezekiel Lewis 
Henry Deering 
are Chosen to Serve as Select men for the year Ensueing. 

Cap* Joseph Wadsworth is Chosen to Serve as Town Treasurer 
for the year Ensueing & Sworn. 

Richard Shute Sworn 
Sam" Royall pay 

Joseph Brandon pay 
John Eyre Excus'd 
William Tilly Excused 
Sam" Gerrish pay 

are Chosen to Serve as Constables the year Ensueing. 
Officers for Rumny Marsh Chozen Viz'. 
John Whettemore — Constable — Sworn. 
Isaac Lewis Sworn 
Elisha Tuttle 
fence Viewers 

Jona" Eustis Sworn 
Sam" floyd 
Hoggreeves 

Voted this meeting be Adjorned to Three a Clock after noon. 
[433.] Being then mett. 



Boston Town Records, 1723. 181 

Voted for the County Treasurer 195 votes. Sealed up and 
Delivered to Constable Shute, to be delivered. 
Robert Pattishal Sworn 

John Marshall mere"' appealed 
Joseph Turell Sworn 

John Bruster Excus'd 

Henry Gibbons pay 

Sam" Jones Sworn 

were Chosen Constables for the year ensuing. 
Daniel Oliver Esq"' 
Tim° Clark Esq"^ 
John Ruck Esq"^ 
m' James Gouch 
m^ Tim° Front 
m' Jona° Williams 
are chosen Overseers of the Poore. 

Voted this Meeting be adjourned to Tuseday the 10"* day at 
nine of the Clock fore noon and being then mett. 
Henry Laughton pay 
Benja Bagnall Excusd 
James Goold pay 

are Chosen Constables. 
Voted to Chuse 7 Assessors. 

Messu" Daniel Pouning 
John Sundarland 
David farnum 
John Edwards 
Sam^^ Adams 
John Noyce 
Jona" Mountforth 
were Chosen Assessors. 

Andrew Tylor pay 

John Eliot pay 

John Pitts marin' Sworn 
are Chosen Constables. 

Voted that the Assessor for the year 1723 are further Impowred 
to make Abatements for Three months. 

Voted that the Several Constables be alowed Three pence upon 
the Pound for Collecting the Rates, Provided they pay in One 
halfe of the Sums Comitted to them by the first day of febru'^ 
next and also compleat and pay in the wholl Sums to the Re- 
spective Treasurars by the first of June next Ensueing. 

Voted that the Select men and Such as they shal desire to ac- 
company them be the Inspectors of the free Schools for the Year 
Ensueing. 

Voted the Select men Surve3"ers of the High wayes for the year 
Ensuing. 

[434.] William Parkman Jun' 

John Corney 
Daniel Chever 
Barret Dyer 
Nicholas Boon 



182 City Document No. 137. 

Eneas Salter 

William Cowell 

Eobert Goodrich 
are chosen Scavengers. 

Philip Headman apeal 

James Pemberton pay 

John Tobee Sworn 

Sam^^ Parkman Sworn 

John Pitts mere' paid 

William Tyler pay 

James Alford pay 

John Buttolph Excu* 

William Greenlief pay 

James King pay 

John Carnes pay 

Jeffry Bedgood apeal 
are chosen Clerks of the market. 

Voted That John Clark, Timothy Clark Esq^ and m' Thomas 
Cashing be a Coriiitte to draw up Some proposals Relating to T3'th- 
ing men and lay it before the Town at their next meeting for their 
consideration. 

Voted for Tything men for Each Company Viz*. 

N° 1. William Parkman & Nath" Aires 

2. Edward Procter & W". Sheepreeve 

3. Adino Bulfinch & John Dixwell 

4. Moses Bradford & Jeram*" Bumsted 

5. W™. Downs uphoF & Caleb Lyman 

6. Benja fitoh & Hope foster 

7. Nathan^^ Garnor & James Peuymau 

8. David Demming & John Clough 

Henry Bridgham^ 
Sam^ Eaton 
Silence Allin 
William Jepson 
Ephraim fenno 
are chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Thomas foster 
Thomas Jackson 
John Indicott 
Thomas Barnard 
Joseph Ricks 
are chosen fence viewers. 

[435.] Voted that Cap' Joseph Wadsworth Treasurer be 
alowed and paid out of the Treasury the sum of fifty Pounds for 
his service in that Office in the year past. 

Voted Penn Townsend Edward Hutchinson John Clark Thomas 
Palmer & William Walsteed Esq" or any three of them be a Co- 
ihitte to Examine the Treasurers acco"^ for the year Ensueing. 
.Joseph Parmiter John Indicott 

Joshua Thornton W™. Pain 

Thomas foster Joseph Russell 

Joseph White Joseph fitch 

are chosen viewers of Shingles, measurers of Boards & Timber. 



Boston Town Records, 1723. 183 

John Hillier 
Phillip Merret 
David Cunningham & 
Jabez Hunt 



Hoo-reeves. 



Cap' John fairwether Excused 
Cap' Isaac Perkins pay 
m"" Tho. fairwether pay 
m"" Joshua Winslow pay 
are Chosen Constables for the year ensueiug. 

Voted that there be the Sum of Two hundred pounds Improued 
for paveing out of the money that Shal be Raised. 

Voted that m"" Peleg Wiswal School master haue the Sum of 
thirty pounds aded to his Annual Alowance. 

m'' George Buckcrage apeal'd 
Cap' Robert Butler pay 
chosen Constables. 

Voted that the Consideration of Raising money be continued to 
the next general Town Meeting 

Voted the Consideration of Quitt Rents be Refer'd to the next 
Meeting. 

Barthol Sears is Chosen Constable Sworn. 
The Select men with the Coinittee appointed by the Town at 
their last meeting to Enquire into the Towns Intrest in the Land 
and Wharf at the South Battery & Prosecute any that haue or 
Shall Trespass thereon. 

Having Reported that they are of Opinion that the Town has 
good right there But forasmuch as it will be difficult if not Im- 
practicable for Such a Number to Prossecute the Towns Right 
there. 

They propose to the Town that Cap' Joseph "Wadsworth Town 
Treasurer or His Successars in that place & office may be Im- 
powred to Prossecute that affair to Effect. 

Voted that the Said Cap' Joseph Wadsworth, Town Treasurer 
& His Successors in that place & Office be and hereby fully Im- 
powred in behalfe of the Town to Prossecute m' Sam" Hood or 
any other that haue or Shall Trespass upon the Premisses and 
Persue the Same to Effect. 

Voted that this Meeting be Adjorned to Wednesday the 
Eighteenth of march Currant at three of the Clock afteinoon. 

[436.] The Inhabitants according to Adjorment being now 
Assembled. 

Cord. Wing pay 

Jona° Willis pay 

W"" Young Sworn 

Sam" Bridgman pay ' 

Thomas Bileston Sworn 



Chosen Constables 



Abiel Walley pay 

Frances Miller Sworn 
John Goldthwait 

George Skinner Sworn 



184 City Document No. 137. 

Nicholas Belknap Sworn 
Zecha. fitch Sworn 

frances Gatcom pay 

Thomas Gouch paid 

Chosen Clerks of the market. 



At a Meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Monday 
the 11"' day of May 1724. 

John Clark Esq'^ Chosen Moderator for this Meting. 

Voted that the Town Proceed to Chuse four Persons to Repre- 
sent them at the Great & General Assembly. 

Number of Voters were 209 
John Clark Esq' 193 

m"" Isaiah Tay 134 

m'" Ezek" Lewis 1 76 

m' Thomas Gushing 132 
are chosen to Serve as Representatives. 

m' Jonathan Louring Chosen an Assessor for the Year Ensuing 
in the Roome of m'' Jona° Mountforth. 

messures Joseph Eaton 
Henry Gibbs 
Chosen Clerks of the market. 

Voted that the Select men be Impowred to Improve the Towns 
Land on the northern Side of m'' Belknaps Houee (Let to the Said 
Belknap during pleasure) that they may Either Build upon it, or 
Lett it for Term as they were Impowred to do by the Land 
adjoyning by a Town Vote Aprill the 19'^ 1723. 

Voted an adjornment of this meeting to three of the Clock 
after noon. 

At which time the Inhabitants were again Assembled. 

[437.] Voted the Select men for the time being be & hereby 
are Impowred to agree witii any Person or Persons for any Sum or 
Sums of money, Due on areers on James Johnsons Lease, and 
also to agree with the Said Person or Persons for Such Sum or 
Sums of money as the Said Select men or the major part of them 
Shal think Reasonable for a quitt Claim of the Annual quit Rent 
due on Said Lease, and on Receipt of Such Sum or Sums of 
money to make and Execute proper Instruments to the Said Per- 
son or Persons for Remiseing Releasing and Quitt claiming to 
them their Heirs and assignes forever the Said Annual Quitt Rent. 
The money so Receiued to be lay'd out in Some Real Estate for 
the use of the ToTvn. 

And the Said Select men are also alike Impowred to Sell the 
other Smal Perpetual Quitt Rents and Pass Deeds for the Same 
and the money to be Improved as aforesaid. 

Voted a grant of three Thousand Pounds to be Raised on the 
Inhabitants & Estates within this Town for Releif of the Poor 
defraying the Charg of the Watch and other neccessary Charges 
arising within and for the Said Town for the year Ensuing. 



Boston Town Eecoeds, 1724. 185 

Voted that it be left with the Selectmen to Buy what grain they 
find needfiill out of the money appropriated for that use. 

The Comitte appointed the 9'^ of March last past to draw up 
Something Relating to Tything men & to lay it before the Town 
at their next Meeting. 

Make their Eeport vizt. 

The Comitte having met and Considered the Objections made 
by Persons chosen to that Office against taking the Oath by Law 
Prescribed, & the Main Difficulty pretended being the Tything 
mans Obligation to Inform against all Persons Selling drink with- 
out Licence. Are of Opinion that a later Act having put that 
matter into the hands of a coinitioner of Excise Spesially ap- 
pointed thereto. 

It be humbly offered to the Generall Assembly at their Next 
Session that the Tything men, (by an act made for that Purpose) 
may be eased of that trouble and their power further Inlarged as to 
other disorders & misdemeniars. So that they may haue have Equal 
Power with Constables to Suppress Tumults & disorders, & to 
arrest & Carry before the next Justice of the Peace any affrayers, 
Prophaners Cursers, Swarers &c. 

In behalf e & by order of the Comitte Read and Voted. 

John Clark. 

[438.] Anno 1724. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Wednes- 
day the third of June 1724 

John Clark Esq"" by the Majoritors of Voters is Chosen Modera- 
tor for this Meeting. 

Number of Voters are 267 

M"' William Clark is Chosen to Serve as a Representatiue in the 
Roome & Stead of John Clark Esq'' Lately Chosen a Counelor 
142 Votes. 

At a Meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualifyed being Regularly assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Monday 
the 8'*^ day of March 1724 

After prayer by the Rev*^ Doc' Gotten Mather 
Voted. That Nathan^ Byfield Esq'- be the Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Sam^^ Checkley Esq"" Chosen Town Clerk & Sworn 
Voted to Chuse Assessors distinct from the Selectmen. 
Voted to Chuse 7 Selectmen. 

Mess" Isaiah Tay 
John Marion 
Thomas Cushing. 
Nathan" Green 
. Stephen Minott 

Ezekiel Lewis 
Henrj'' Dering 
are Chosen to Serve as Selectmen for the year Ensuing 



186 City Document No. 137. 

Voted to Chuse 7 Assessors 

mesus" Daniel Powning " 

David Farnum Refused 

John Edwards 

John Dixwell )■ since Dead 
Jona° Louring 
Sam" Adaiiis 
Sam" White 
are Chosen assessors for the year Ensuing 

Josiah Sanders — Sworn. Pelethia Kinsman — Refused 
William Pain — Sworn. Stephen Pain — Excused. 
Benja: — Bagnell — Paid. Will™ Maxwell — Paid. 
Stephen Avery — Paid. John Brown — Excused 
are Chosen Constables for the year ensueing 

[439.] Joseph Wadsworth Esq'' is Chosen Town Treasurer for 
the year ensueing. 

Voted to Gfiiuse 7 : Overseers of the Poor for the year Ensuing. 
Daniel Olliver Esq"" 
Timothy Clark Esq' 
John Ruck Esq' 
mess" James Gouch 
Timothy Prout 
Jona° Waldo 
Jona° Williams 
are Chosen Overseers of the Poor for the year ensueing. 

Votes for the County Treasurer were 213 : were sealed up by 
Will"" Pam Constable by him to be delivered to the next Quarter 
Sessions. 

Thomas Pratt Jun' R. Marsh. Sworn 
John Hilliar Sworn 

John Boudry Paid 

Simon Rogers Sworn 

Joseph White Sworn 

Benja Atkinson Excusd 
are chose Constables for the year ensuing. 

Then the Meeting adjorned till tomorrow Moring Nine a 
Clock March the 9"^ 

Upon Application made to the Town in the behalfe of Stephen 
Avery (who was Chosen Constable and Sworn) Seting forth his 
Incapasity to Serve praying his fine might be Accepted and he Re- 
leased. 

Voted to Accept the Said Excuse 
Voted to Chuse another Constable in his Room 
Voted that the Constables be alowed three pence upon the Pound 
for Collecting the Rates, Provided they pay in one halfe of the 
Sums Comitted to them by the first day of February next, and 
also Compleat & pay in the whole Sums to the Respective 
Treasurers, by the first day of June from thence next Ensuing. 

Voted that the Selectmen be Surveyors of the High ways for 
the year Ensuing 

Henry Bridgham 
Silence AUin 



Boston Town Records, 1724. 187 

William Jepson 
Nathan Hodgden 
Ephraim Fenno 
Chosen Sealers of Leather. 

Voted. That the Assessors for 1724: be Impowred further to 
make abatements for Three Months. 

[440.] Voted to Chuse Two Persons to wait upon His Hono'" 
The Leu* Governor and Request of Him to Order Co" Hatch 
to Lay the List of the Names of Such men as are of Boston which 
He Inlists into the Troop of Gards, that the Town may not Chuse 
Such into Town Offices. 

Voted that Co" Stephen Minott & m' Ezekiel Lewis be the 
Persons desired to go accordingly Who Returned Answar they 
had according to the vote waited upon upon His Honour the Leu* 
Governour with the Message and His Honours Answar was That 
there Should be A List Lodged in the Secritary, Office in the 
afternoon which they might haue A Sight of 

Joshua Chever for N° 1 "^ 
Robert Guterage 2 

Andrew Tyler 3 

Natliau" Breck 4 

Jeram Belknap 5 

Benja Bridge 6 

Nathan" Garnor 7 

John Sale 8 

are Chosen Scavengers for the year Ensuing 

Voted that the Selectmen are Impowred to take Effectual care 
that the Streets be Clensed and order the pay out of the 
Treasury as they Se Occasion while further Ordered. 

Voted to Chuse a Coiiiitte to draw up Some proposals to lay 
before the Town at the next meeting about it 

Voted that Joseph Wadsworth & Sam" Keeling Esq''s & m' 
Andrew Tyler be the Said Coiiiitte — 

Voted to Chuse a CoiBitte to Consider of and draw up Some 
proposalls of A Method for C busing of Jurymen and Lay it before 
the Town at their next Meeting 

Voted That Nathan" Byfleld, Addington Davenport, Thomas 
Fitch, Adam Winthrop, & Edward Hutchinson Esq'^' be the Said 
Comitte — 

John Bruster Sworn "] 

Ebenezer Fisher Paid 1- 

Richard Hall, Baker Excus'd J 
Chosen Constables. 

[441.] James Pecker 

John Roberts Jun"^ 
William Alden 
Sam" Coniball 
Thomas Fleet 
Daniel Bell 
Benja Simpson 
Benja Mason 
are Chosen Clerks of the Market 



188 City Document No. 137. 

Thomas Wheeler Excus'd \ 
cap* Peter Papilion Eefus'd J 
are Chosen Constables. 

Voted That the Selectmen and Such as they Shal desire to 
accompany them to be the Inspecters of the Free Schools for the 
year Ensuing — 

Voted That Joseph Wadsworth Esq^ be alowed & paid out of 
the Treasury the Sum of Seventy Pounds for his Service as Treas- 
urer the year Past — 

Penn Townsend, Thomas Fitch, Adam Winthrop, Thomas 
Palmer, Edward Hutchinson Esq'"s are Chosen A Comitte ; or any 
three of them to audit the Treasurers Acco"s for the year ensuing. 
Voted Tything men for Each Company Viz*. 

N°. 1. —William Parkman & Nathan" Ayres 

2. — Edward Procter & W" Shipreive 

3. — Adino Bulfinch & John Dixwell 

4. — Moses Bradford & Jerain Bumsted 

5. — W"". Down uphal" & Caleb Lyman 

6. — Benja Fitch & Nich° Boone 

7. — Nath" Garnor & James Penyman 

8. — David Demmon & John Clough 
Thomas Jackson Joseph Ricks "^ 

Sam" Thorn — John Indicott [- viewers offences. 

Benja Eustice — John Demery j 
James Tyleston 
John Indicott 
Thomas Foster 
Isaac White 
BenjfiHollaway 
Joshua Thornton 
Joseph Russell 
Thomas Kemball J 
Chosen Measurers of Boards & Timber & Viewers of Shingles. 
[442.] George Hughes"] 

John Taylor I 
John Stephens j 
James Barber j 
Chosen Hogg reeves for the year Ensuing 
For Rumny Marsh are Chosen Viz* 

Isaac Lewis & Elisha Tuttle : Fence Viewers 
Jona" Eustice & Sam" Floyd : Hogg reeves 
Voted That the Selectmen for the time being be Impowred to 
Sell the Small Perpetual Quit Rents of the Towns, (not exceeding 
Twenty Shillings Per Annum) and Pass Deeds for the Same — 

The Money to Be layd out in Some Real Estate for the use of 
the Town. 

Voted to Chuse a Coinitte to make Enquiry into the Rights of 
the Town, and also of the Rights of the Neighbors into the Town 
Dock & wharfs and make Report therof to the Town Meeting 
in March Next. 
Voted that the Selectmen be the Said Comitte — 



Stephen Parker : ' paid ) , ^ . , , 
Thomas Dagget-paid } ^^°'^ Constables 



Boston To^vn Kecords, 1724. 189 

John Indicott : Excus'cl | ^^^^^ Constables 
Zecha Fitch paid j 

Stephen Greenlief 1 ^^^^^ Constables 

Izrael How J 

For the more Peacable Reguler & Easy. Proceeding in Town 
Meetings. 

Voted that the Constables of this Town or So many of them as 
the Selectmen from time to time Shall appoint (and by the waiter 
notified) Shall attend at Town Meetings with their Constables 
staves, and Observe the Orders of the Moderator on a Penalty not 
Exceeding Twenty Shillings 

Voted That the Honob''' Samuel Seawall, Thomas Fitch, Daniel 
Oliver Tim°. Clark Esq''s with m"" Thomas Cushing the only Sur- 
viving Persons of the united Colnitte of the Town & Proprietars 
have Liberty & be desired to lay out so much of of the Money in 
their Hands as Shal be needful to Erect a building on the Land 
before the Ston wall near m"" Belknaps as may be most benifisial — 

[443.] The Income and Rent thereof to be paid into the 
Town Treasury Annually for the Support of the Writing Schools in 
this Town — 

For Preventing the many Irregularities & Inconveniences that 
may happen through the Mutiplicity of Comon Cryers, every one 
that pleases takes upon him to Cry Lost and Stolen Goods &c. 

It is therfore ordered 

That no person whatsoever presume to be a Coinon Cryer, or 
Cry any Sort of Goods wares or Merchandize Lost or Found or 
Stolen goods, Strays, Publick Sales &c, within any of the Streets 
Lands, Alle3's, or Market place or places of this Town, on Penalty 
of ten Shillings for every offence, Except only Such Person or 
Persons as Shall be Licenced by the Selectmen, And every Person 
so Licenced Shall keep a true and perfect List of all matters and 
things by him so Cryed, and give into the Town Clerk once 
evei^ month a true and perfect copy therof with the things b}-- him 
Cryed, and the names of the Person that ordered him to Cry the 
Same, And if the Cryer or Cryers Shall Cry any vain foolish pro- 
phain or Obscene matter, He Shal forfeit and pay Ten ShiUings 
fine, and be Discharged from his Place or Office, And the Person 
that ordered the Crying thereof. Shall pay a fine of Twenty Shil- 
lings : Voted and that it be presented to the Sessions for Appro- 
bation — 

For the Regulating Cows going on the Comon, and better pro- 
viding of Bulls to go with them — 

It is ordered — 

That whosover Shall keep any Cow or Cows going at large 
within the Neck of Boston Shall pay into the hands of Such Person 
or Persons as the Selectmen Shall from time to time appoint to 
Receive the Same, the Sum of five Shillings and Six pence Per 
Annum for each Cow to be Imployed as follows (Viz*) 

[444.] Three Shillings ther of towards providing four Bulls to 
go at Large on the Coinon from the first of Aprill to the first of 
Novem'' following Yearly and every Year, And two Bulls to go 
on the Comon (or as the Said Selectmen Shal order) from the first 



190 City Doctoient No. 137. 

of November to the first of aprill following yearly and every year, 
Two Shillings more thereof for paying the Cowkeeper, and the 
Remaining Six pence for paying the Person that Shall be ap- 
pointed by the Selectmen to give forth Certificats to the owner of 
each Cow, showing that they haue paid the Said flue Shillings and 
Six pence per head for each Cow. 

And any Cow that Shall be found going on the Coiiion as afore- 
said whose owner Shal not haue a Certificate as aforesaid Shall be 
by the Cowkeper (or other person appointed by the Selectmen 
for that and) Impounded, and the owner Shall pay three Shillings 
Per head to the Impounder before the Cow or Cows be discharged 
and the Said Cow or Cows Shall not be suffred to go on the 
Cornon uutill the owner haue paid the Said five ShilUngs & Six 
pence, and gained a Certificate as aforesaid. 

And it is further ordered 

That if any person or Persons Shall haue any milch Cow or 
Cows which they keep in their Pasturs or luclosurs, and do not 
Suffer them to go at large on the CoiBon, they Shal pay only two 
Shillings towards the Bulls. 

For Preventing dry Cattle going on the Coi5on 

It is also Ordered 

That no ox Steer Horse Sheep or Goat, Shall be Suffered to go 
at large on the Cornon or in the Streets within the neck of Boston 
(Except Such as are under the Care of Some Person and driving 
to Markett) on penalty that the owner therof Shall forfeit & pay 
the Sum of five Shillings for every ox Steer Horse Sheep or Goat 
that Shall be found going at Large as Aforesaid. 

Voted, and that it be Presented to the Sessions for Appro- 
bation — 

[445.] Voted that the Consideration about Raising, of Money 
be continued to the Next meeting for the Chusing Representatives 

Voted that all Such matters and things as lay before this 
meeting for Consideration and not finished be Continued to the 
next meeting. 

At a Meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified being Regurly Assembled at a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House on Wednesday the 5"* 
da}' of May : 1725. 

After Prayer By the Rev*^. m"". Benja Wadsworth. 
Voted that Nathan" Byfield Esq"" be Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted that the Town Proceed to Chuse four Persons to Repre- 
sent them at the Great & Generall Assembly. 
Number of Voters were 332 
m^ Isaiah Tay 256 ^ 

m"" Thomas Ciishing 310 I 
m^ Ezekiel Lewis 301 j 

m-- WiUiam Clark 199 J 

are Chosen to Serve as Representatives. 

mr Joshua Chever 
m'' Andrew Tyler 



Boston Town Records, 1725. 191 

were Chosen Assessers for the year ensuing : in the Room of m'' 
Farnum who Refused & m'' Dixwell Dead. 

Daniel Dupee — Excus'd } r^, ri j. ■u^ 

Nathan^^ Wardwell Refus'd [ ^^^'^'^ Constables. 
James Davenport Sworn ) ^i ^ , , , 

WilP^ Cunningham Sworn | Chosen Constables. 

Voted that there be the Sum of Two Hundred pounds alowed 
and Paid out of the Treasury for paving in Such places in the Town 
as the Selectmen shall appoint. 

Voted A Grant of Two Thousand & four Hundred pounds be 
raised on the Inhabitants & Estates within this Town, for Releif 
of the Poor, defraying the Charge of the Watch, Paving and other 
necessary Charges a Riseing within and for the Said Town for the 
year Ensuing. 

Voted that it be left with the Selectmen to buy what Grain they 
find needful! out of the Money appropriated for that Use — 

[440.] The Return of the Coiiiittee appointed by the Town 
March the 8"' 1724. About keepiu the Streets Clean. 
Propose as follows (Viz') 

Whereas the Town Laws or Orders already made haue by Ex- 
perince proved Ineffectual for the through clensiug and keeping 
clean the Streets, Lanes Alleys and Other Publick Places within 
the Town of Boston. 

To Prevent the Same Inconveniency for the future. 

Proposed — 

That the Scavengers for the time being and Such as hereafter 
Shall be Chosen there unto Are hereby Authorised as often as 
they shall see Needfull to warn and order all & Every Person 
within their Respective Ward or Wards who are or Shall be the 
Occupiers of au}^ Houses Lands or Tenements Abutting on any of 
the Paved Streets, Lanes, Alleys, and other Publick places within 
the Town of Boston, To Rake and Sweep all their Dirt and Trash 
together in Heaps, Lying or being in the Streets Lanes Alleys or 
other Publick places &c in Such maiier and Proportian as the 
Scavenger or Scavengers Shall order and direct. And that where 
there is any Dirt or Trash in any of the unpaved Streets Lanes 
Alleys or other publick places which doth or may Anoy the Paved 
Ways. That the Abuttars Rake the Same together to be left or 
taken away at the Descresion of the Scavengers. 

That where there is any Dirt or Trash that lyes by or before 
the Houses Lands or Tenements of any Unable and Indegent 
Person or Persons, or any Houses Lands or Tenements unoccu- 
pied, or any Extraordinary wide Streets or Perticuler Places that 
will be a Hardship for Abutters to Rake up in Heaps more then 
before their Own Doors, that the Scavenger or Scavengers at their 
Discresion get the Over plus Dirt Raked & Swept together at the 
Town Charg. 

That if any of the Occupiers of Such Houses Lands or Tene- 
ments Shall Refuse or Neglect to Rake and Sweep together in 
Heaps Such Dirt & Trash as lyes by or before their Respective 
Houses Lands or Tenements in the spase of Twent^^ four hours 
after Warning given by the Scavenger, Shall forfeit and pay the 



192 City Doctoient No. 137. 

Sum of five Shillings for Every Such Neglect : And Treble the 
Cost the Scavengers Shall be at in doing the Same. 

[447 o] That when the Dirt and Trash is Raked & Swept to- 
gether the Scavengers haue full Power & Authority (if need be) 
to Impress any Cart or Carte'' belonging to the Town of Boston 
To Cart & Carry away the Dirt & Trash out of the Streets, Lanes 
Alleys, and other Publick places within the Town of Boston, to 
the next convenient place or apartment within the Said Town with 
all Expeditian where the Scavenge'" or Scavengers Shall Order and 
Direct. And to be paid for the Same as the Scavenger and Carter 
can agree, not Exceeding fifteen pence for Such Sufficient cart 
load as Shall be to the Satisfactian of the Scavenge'' : And upon 
the Carters Refusing or Neglecting (after Twenty four hours warn- 
ing from the Scavenger) to Cart or Carry away the dirt & Trash 
Raked togethe' in Heaps, or not fully to Load his Cart to forfeit 
and pay the Sum of fifteen Shillings for Every Such Neglect — 

That the Single Evidence of any one of the Scavengers Shall 
be Sufficient to Convict any Person or Persons of the Breach of 
this Orde% as well as any othe'" Lawfull Evidences, And that Each 
& Every one of the Scavengers haue as much Powe'" in any of the 
Eight wards as well as to that unto which he is Chosen. And is 
Likewise Desired and Ordered to Prosecute the Town orders and 
By Laws for Preventing Nusances or Annoyances within the Said 
Town — And the Selectmen are Directed & Impowi-ed to Order, 
payment out of the Town Treasury for Such Sums of Money as 
Shall by an Acco". Appear to the Satisfactian of the Selectmen as 
the Respective Scavengers Shall Expend, for Carrying away the 
Dirt & Trash out of the Streets Lanes Alleys &c within the 
Town of Boston. — 

And that this Order continue in full force till the Town See 
Convenient to Order wise. May the 5* 1725 : 

Joseph W.vds worth 
Samuel Keeling 
Andrew Tyler. 

The foregoing proposalls were Sundry times Read and Debated 
and were Voted, and to be presented to the Sessians for their 
Approbatian m^ Jona'^ Williams Having by A Memoriah Presented 
to the Town A Range of Young trees in the Coman Transplanded 
by him : Craving their Acceptance — 

[448.] Voted That the Town Vote of March the 9"^ 1723 for 
Chusing a Comitte to draw up proposalls Relating to Tything- 
men. And the Return of that Comitte may the 11"' 1724 : A Copy 
of them be by the Town Clerk, Delivered to the Representatives 
of this Town in order to use their Indeavors to procure A Law 
Accordingly — 

Voted m'' Jonathan Williams Thanks for the young Trees he 
Presented the Town — • 

The Petitian of Cap' John Ballautine for ading Two persons to 
the Comitte appointed May the 11"' 1711. to Examine into the 
Rightes & Priveledcs that any Persons had to the Draw Bridge and 
the Damage they had Sustained by the Town Making it a fast 
Bridg and make a Return thereof : Read and Debated & the Peti- 
tian Voted in the Negative 



Boston Town Kecoeds, 1725. 



193 



1- 



At a Meeting of the Freeholders & Other Inhabitants of the 
Townof Boston duly qualified being Regurly assembled in a Public 
Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Monday the 14"^ 
of March 1725— 

After prayer by the Rev^*^ m'' Benjamin Colman 
Voted that Elisha Cooke Esq"" be the Moderator for this Meet- 
ing- 
Sam^ Checkley Esq'' Chosen Town Clerk & Sworn 
Voted to Chuse Assessors Distinct from Selectmen 
Voted to Chuse 7 : Selectmen 

mess" Thomas Cushing "" 
John Baker 
Nathan^ Green 
Ezek'^ Lewis 
Henry Bering 
Jona° Waldo 
Timothy Front 
are Chosen to Serve as Selectmen for the year Ensuing. 
Joseph AVadsworth Esq"" is Chosen Town Treasurer 
Voted This Meeting be adjorned to three of the Clock : Met 
John Hooton Sworn ^ 

Joshua Blancher Excused | 
Daniel Dupee 
John Maverick 
Ebenezer Bridge 
Joseph Fitch 
Thomas Wheeler 
John Burt 
Chosen Constables for the year Ensuing. 
[449.] Voted to Chuse 7 : Assessors 
mess" Daniel Pouning 
John Edwards 
Jona"^ Louring 
Sam" Adams )- 
Sam^i White 
Joshua Chever 
Andrew Tyler 
Are Chosen to Serve as Assessar for the year Ensuing. 
( Daniel Oliver ") 
Esq" j Tim° Clark [■ 
( John Ruck ) 
mess" James Gouch ^ 

Jona° Williams ' 

Sam'^ Greenwood [ 
Oxenbrigs Thatcher J 
are Chosen Overseers of the Poor. 
William Pell 
James Gouch Jun' 
James Lablond 
Thomas Cushing Jun"" 
James Allen 
Chosen Constables 



pay 
pay I 

pay ^ 

pay 

Sworn 

pay J 



pay 
pay 
pay 
pay 
pay J 



194 City Document No. 137. 

Henry Bridgh 
Silence Allen 



Henry Bridgham "^ 



Ephraim Fenno }>• 

William Jepson | 

Thomas Townsend J 
Chosen Sealers of Leather 

Voted that the Selectmen be Surveyers of Highways for the year 
Ensuing 

Will™ Parkman Jun^ N° 1 ■ 

John Goldthwait 2 

John Cobbet 3 



W™ Downs Shopkep'^ 4 , o 

Benia Fitch ^ ^chosen Scavmgers 



Benja Fitch 
Benja Bridge 6 I 

Nathan" Gardner 7 j 

Eneas Salter 8 j 

Voted that the Town Vote about Scavingers the Last March 
which did not pass at the Sessions is now Renewed with the 
Amendments Following (Viz*) the Fine to be ten Shillings in plase 
of fifteen : And where the Conviction was to be upon the Testi- 
mony of the Scavingers, now to be One Evidence besides the 
Scavingers : And that it be presented to the Next Sessions for 
Alowance — 

Voted that the Scavingers are Impowred to order the Cleaning 
the Streets to be paid by the T° Treasurer by order of the Select- 
men as there is Ocasion untill the Town meeting in May next 

[450.] Voted That this Meeting be adjorned to to morrow 
moring halfe an hour after Eight 
Being Mett 

Edward Bromfield pay ^ 
Edmond Perkins pay 

George Skinner Excusd 
Hugh Vance P^xcusd 

James Halsey pay 

Thomas Foster pay 

Chosen Constables for the year Ensuing. 
Officers Chosen for Rumny Marsh Viz' 

Nathan Chevers Constable 

Isaac Lewis 
Elisha Tuttle 



John Eustice 
Sam" Floyd 



|- Fence Viewars 
Hogg Reeves 



Voted that the Selectmen and Such as they Shall desire to ac- 
company them be the Inspectors of the Free Schools for the Year 
Ensuing 

Voted for Tything men for the Several Companys (Viz') 
N° 1 : William Parkman & Nathan" Ayres 

2 P2dward Procter & W*" Shipreeve 

3 Adino Bulfinch & Thomas Flagg 

4 Moses Bradford & Jerj, Bumsted 

5 Daniel Hinchman & Caleb Lyman 

6 James Bodwin & Nichloas Boone 



Boston Town Records, 1725. 195 

7 Nathan" Gardner & James Peniman 

8 Henry Howell & John Clough 

Voted that Joseph Wadsworth Esq"" be alowed & paid out of the 
Treasury the Sum of Eighty pounds for His Service as Treasurer 
for the year past — 

Hugh Kelder Excusd ") 
Henry Gibbs — pay ! 

Thomas Robinson * — pay 
Nathan" Hay ward — pay 
Chosen Constables. 

Voted That Penn Townsend, Nathan" Byfield, Thomas Fitch, 
Adam Winthrop & Tho Palmer Esq" or any three of them be a 
CoTTJitte to Audit the Treasurers Acco"s for the year Ensuing 

Voted that Thomas Boylston Late Constable haue the alowance 
for Collecting Rates According to his Petition 
Ephraim Mower pay 
John Indicott pay 

Will in m Laraby pay 

John Tyler pay J 

Chose Constables 

[451.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders Regulerly Assembled 
in the Town House March the 15"' 1725 — 

Votes for a County Regester were brought in & Numbred were 
1G8 : Votes : Sealed up by Constable Thomas Wheeler and Deliv- 
ered to Him to be delivered as the Law directs 

Voted That Thomas Palmer, William Clark, John Ruck, Wil- 
liam Paine Esq''s & m"" Ezekiel Lewis Trustees for Disposing of the 
Towns part of the Fifty Thousand pounds Loan of Bills of Creditt 
on this Province be & hereby are Impoured and Directed to take 
Effectual Care to call in Demand and Receive of the Principal 
Money by them lett out to Several persons for the use & benefit 
of the Town as they Shall Judge most for the advantage of the 
Town, So much as that they be thereby Enabled to pay in to the 
Province Treasurer at or before the Last day of May next ensu- 
ing one fifth part of the Principal Sum by them Received of Him, 
and So One fifth part thereof Annually on Every last day of May 
untill the whole Sum be paid in agreeable to the act or Law made 
for that purpose Anno : 1 720 

The General Town Meeting being Again Mett 
Votes for the County Treasurer brought in were 144 votes 
Sealed up in the Presence of Thomas Wheeler Constable and 
Delivered to him to be delivered as the Law directs 

William Palfry pay ^ 

William Randel Sworn | 

John Osborn pay ! 

Thomas Inches Excusd 

W'" Maccarty Ref u^ : 

Joseph Foy pay 

Chose Constables — 

Voted that the Selectmen . be Desired & Directed to make 
Enquiry about the Land formerly Leaced to W" Mumford and as 



196 



City Document No. 137. 



they find ocasian putt it into the Warrant for the Next Meeting to 
act as they See Cause — 

Voted that the Selectmen for the Time being be Inpowred and 
directed to Sell the Quitt Rent of the House of Joshua Winsor 
Decec'^ Provided they Sell it, for not Less then thirty years 
Purchass. 

Voted that the Selectmen aforesaid Are Impoured to agree with 
and Sell to the Persons Concered with the Quitt Rents from the 
Swing Bridg to Anthiems corner So Called as also for what 
Inlargment the Town has made of the AVharf there, upon Such 
Consideratians as they Shal Judg Reasonable — 

Voted that this Meeting be Adjorned untill three of the Clock 
afternoon — 

Being then Mett — 
[452.] Voted that the Consideration of the Petitions of Win- 
nisimett Ferry place be Refered to the next General Town Meet- 
ing and in the meantime the Petitioners have Liberty to attend the' 
Selectmen with their Proposals that so the Selectmen may be pre- 
pared to make a Report to that Meeting of what they think may be 
best for the town to do therein. 

Voted That there be aded to the Sallary of m"". Peleg Wiswal 
the Sum of Thirty pounds for the year Ensueing in Consideration 
of the Extreme prise of Provisions. 
Nathan". Ballston pay ") 
Jonathan Barnard pay I chose Constables 
Joshua Thornton sworn j 
pay J 
1 



John Roberts Jun"" 
Francis Wardell 
Joseph Ricks 
Thomas Barnard 
Thomas Jones 
William Bestow [ 
Hopestill Foster J 
John Indicot 
Thomas Foster 
William Young 
Joseph White Sworn 
James Tileston Sworn 
Moses Ayres 
Joseph Russell 
John Adams 
Sam" Baylie 
Ralph Smith 
John Dolbear 
Jona" Burnall 
John Taylor 
James Pitson 
George Monk 
Charles Deming Sworn 
WilP Cowell pay J 



)> Viewers of Fences & Sworn all. 



, Viewers of Shingles Measur" 
' of Boards & Timber &c. 



Sworn ^ 

Sworn 

pay 

Sworn 

Sworn 

pay 

pay 



)> Clerks of the Market. 



Boston Town Records, 1725. 197 

John Lee ^ 

Ebeuezer Holwell Swo" 1 „ 
Edward VaUl Swo"^ ^Hoggreeyes. 

W°. Pratt, Carpenter Swo" J 
Voted that the Assessors for the j'ear 1725 be Impowred to 
make Abatements untill the Tenth of June next. 

Voted that the Several Constables have Liberty granted them to 
the said Tenth of June to Compleat their pa3-ments into the 
Treasury^^ with the same Alowance. 

wTll'er Brown appeal } ^^^^^^ Constables. 
[453.] " Voted that this Meeting be Adjorned to tomorow 
Moring halfe an hour after Eight. Being Mett. 

Behja Eustice Excus'^ ] nu r^ ^.1,1 

Sam'^ Peck Excns<i | ^^^^^^ Constables. 
In answer to the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for paving the 
Street Leading from the Bridge towards the Battery. 

Voted that it be Left with the Selectmen to act therein Betwen 
the Abutters on the said Way in such proportion as they Shall find 
Reasonable. 

Upon a Motion made by Sundry Inhabitants for Paving in Orange 
Street. 

Voted that if the Selectmen and the Abutters on the Way to- 
wards the Battery do not agree to perform that work That then, 
those of Orange Street be next prefered to the Towns Consideration. 
Thomas Worth pay ~i 
Thomas Waite pay V Chosen Constables. 
Joseph Lowden Sworn ) 
Voted that a Coliiitte be Chosen to Manage the Afair of Grain. 
Voted that there Shall be Three persons of Said Coinitte. 
Voted that the Sum of Eleven Hundred pounds of the appropri- 
ated Money be lay'd out for the Purchassing of grain this year by 
the Comitte that shall be Chosen. 

Voted that the Town Treasurer be Directed to call in the ap- 
propriated Money, that is out upon Intrest so soon as Conven- 
iently may be. 

Voted That mess". James Gouch, Jonathan Williams & Peter 
Thomas be the Comitte for grain. 

Voted That the Selectmen be Directed to make Drafts upon the 
Treasurer for such sum or sums of Money (as the Coinitte from 
time to time shal Purchas Grain for the Town) out of the said 
appropriated Money. 

Voted That the Sum of Two Hundred pounds of the Money to 
be Raised be Improved for Paving — 

William Wheeler excus**. "I ^, ^ ^ , , 
John Toobe pay | ^^""^^ Constables. 

Voted that the Selectmen be desired to prepare a Bill to be 
offered for making a Law to prevent the abuse of Millers in Boston 
upon the Inhabitants in taking Toll. 

Will™ Wheeler Jun. Sworn ) 

Thomas Bedell Excus^. [■ Chose Constables. 

Daniel Bell Sworn ) 



17) 



198 City Document No. 137. 

Voted that the Consideration of Raising Money be Continued to 
the Next Meeting. 

Voted that such other matters and things as were here Debated 
& not perfected and such other things proper for their considera- 
tion be Continued to the Next Meeting — 

[454.] At a Meeting of the Freeholders & Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled 
in a Publick Town INIeeting at the Town House in Boston on 
Tuesday May the Third : 1726 : — 

After Prayer by the Rev*^ m'' Peter Thatcher — 

Voted That Thomas Hutchinson Esq"" be Moderator for this 
Meeting. 

Voted that the Town will proceed to the Choice of four 
Representatives Number of Voters 203 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq"' 112 
m"" Thomas Cushing 110 

m"" Ezek^' Lewis 101 

■were Chosen as Representatives 

Voted A Second time and the Number of Voters were 191 

John Ballantine Esq'' Chosen Representative : 97 Stephen Willis 
"was Chosen Constable & Sworn — ■ 

Josiah Carter ^ 

George Hannos i 

Alford Butler | 

Wiglesworth Sweetser j 
were Chosen as Clerks of the Market. 

Voted an Adjornment untill after Dinner then Assembd Upon 
the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Boston To haue Liberty of 
a LandiDg place From Winisimet Ferr}-, at the Lower end of North 
Street as Set forth in the Petition now on File 

Voted That the prayer of the Petitian be allow'd the Petitioners 
giving Sofficient Cautian to the Selectmen for the time being to 
Make t= keep in good Repair the Wayes belonging to the Said 
Ferry for Accomodating all Passengers passing the Said Ferry 
and Indemnifie the Town from all Presentments for Deficiency of 
the Way, And paying a Reasonable Rent therefore : Provided 
nothing herein Contained Shall Debar or hinder the Boats Land- 
ing passengers at the Old place, The Ways being Sutable therefore 
for the Same — 

Voted That m"" Thomas Cushing Accot" of Building by ra' 
Belknap and the Warehouse in Merchants Row be Refer'd to the 
Audit of the Selectmen, And that they be Impowered to Draugh 
upon the Treasurer to pay the Ballance which Shall appear to be 
due to him. Out of the Money appropriated to be laid out in a Real 
Estate ; Wereupon [455.] They are desired to take Care that 
Sufficient Deeds be made thereof to the Select men and their Suc- 
cessors in behalf of the Town. 

Voted. That m"^ Thomas Cushing be allow'd and Paid the Sum 
of Twenty-five Pounds for His Service Care and trouble in Laying 
out the appropriated money 

Voted that the Selectmen be Impowered and Desired to take 



Boston Town Eecords, 1726. 199 

Care of the Towns Tntrest at the Dock viz' The Buildings &c. The 
Lease wherof will Expire in November next, to Receive and Im- 
prove them for the benefit of the Town, to appoint Sutable Persons 
in behalf of the Town to Apprize the Same and to Draw upon the 
Town Treasurer for the payment of the apprized value, Out of 
the Money appropriated to be laid out in a Real Estate, and to 
make a Report how that affair is to the Gen^' Meeting in March 
next- 
Voted a Grant of Twenty three hundred Pounds be Raised on 
the Inhabitants and Estates within this Town, for Releif of the 
Poor, Defraying the Charge of the watch, Paving, and other Neces- 
sary Charges arising wilhiu and for the Said Town for tlie year 
Eusueing. 

M"" Andrew Tyler was Chosen to be of the Colhitte for Grain in 
the Room of m"" James Gouch who desired to be Excused. 

Voted Whereas the Town at their JMeeting in March last did 
Chuse a Comitte for the Purchasing of Grain for the use of the 
Town, and also ordered that the Select men Should make Draughts 
on the Treasurer for payment of Such Sum or Sums of money as 
the Said Comitte from time to time Shall purchas Grain for, out 
of the apropriated money for that Service, but no provision made 
Impoweriug the Comitte to provide at the Town Charge Store- 
houses wherein to Lodge the Said Grain or to Sell the Said Grain 
when it ma}" be proper, nor where to Lodge the money ariseing 
thereby, nor an}' power to pay the necessary Charge of Houseing 
the Said Grain, And the manner of Drawing for payment being 
found Inconvenient. 

It is therefore Ordered That the Town Treasurer pay Such Sums 
as the Said Comitte Shall Di-aw on him, for any of the Ends 
aforesaid, not Exceeding Eleven hundred pounds in the Whole, 
Including what Grain is already in the Grainery purchased by the 
Said Coinitte, Pursuant to a General Order of the Select men to 
the Treasurer to answar Such Draughts of the Comitte, which 
order the Select men are hereby Directed to make on the Treas- 
urer [456.] And Charge the Same to Accompt of Grain, Also 
that the Comitte be Impowered toSell the Said Grain at Such times 
and at Such prizes as they Shall thinke most for the Towns Advant- 
age, and best answar the End & Designe of the Town in Erecting 
the Grainery ; And pay the money ariseing by the Sale of the Said 
Grain into the Hands of the Town Tieasurer and by Him to be 
Carryed to the Credit of tlie Acco" of Grain. 

Upon a Representation That m"" Josias Sanders late of Boston 
Dece<^ Constable for the year last past has a considerable part of 
the Rates to him Comitted, that are not yet Collected and their 
may be Reason for further abatements. 

Voted that the Assessors for the year last past are Impowr'd to 
make Reasonable abatements upon the Said Sanders List, for the 
Spase of (not Exceeding) three months to what was before 
granted. 

Voted. That Such other matters and things as were here under 
Consideration and Debated but not perfected. And Such other 
things proper for their Consideration be Continued to the next 
General Meting. 



200 City Document No. 137. 

At a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants, of the 
Town of Boston duly quallified being Regulerly Assembled in a Pub- 
lick Town Meeting at the Town House, on Tuesday the 7"" day of 
June 1726. 

After prayer by the Rev*^ m'' Joseph Sewall. 

Voted that Nathana" Byfield be Moderator for this meeting. 

The Town being Served with the Copy of a Petition of the Rep- 
resentatives of Eleven Towns belonging to this County of Suflblk, 
Praying that all the Country Towns within the Said County may 
be Sett off from the Town of Boston, and made a Seperate County, 
for Reasons therein mentioned. The Said Inhabitants being 
Legally met and Considering that the time Set for Our Answaring 
the Said Petition is So Short that it is not possible for the Inhabi- 
tans throuly to weigh the Conveniencj'^ and Inconvenyencys that 
may accrue to them thereby. 

And the Subject matter of the Said Petition being of very great 
Moment and Importance to this Town. 

Voted that the Great and General Court be Humbly Addressed. 
That their further proceeding thereon may be Referred [457.] unto 
the fall Sessions. That So the Inhabitants of Boston may haue a 
Reasonable time to Consider thereof and to make answar thereto. 

Voted that the Select men be a Coliiitte Humbly to Address the 
General Court to Continue the Answar of the Town thereupon 
untill the fall Sessions. 

Voted that the Representatives of this Town be Desired to use 
their Indeavors that a Law may be made to prevent & Suppress 
the Great dissorders there is in the Town by Reason of Playing or 
Gaming in the Streets for Money &c. 

Voted that Edward Marion be a Clerk of the Market for this 
year in the Room of Weg^ Sweetser who Refused to Serve. 

At a Meeting of the ft-ee holders & Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qitallified being Regurly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Monday 
October the 17"' 1726. 

After prayet- by the Rev^ m"" Thomas Prince. 

Elisha Cooke Esq'" is Chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

The Petition of the Representatives of Several Towns in the 
County of Suffolk praying that the Country Towns in the Said 
County may be Set off and made a Seperate County by them 
Selves, with the Adress of the Town of Boston, and the Order of 
the House of Representatives thereon being Read. 

After some debate had. It was Put that those that Inclined to 
fall in with the Petition that the Countiy Towns within the County 
of Suffolk Should be Set off and made a distinct County they 
Should manifest it. 

And upon the Question being put it passed in the Negative And 
the Contrary Question was Put & it passed in the affermative. 

Voted that the Select men be Directed & Impowrd to prepare 
and Lay before the General Court Reasons why the Prayer of the 
Petition Should not be Granted, They being fully Impowred to 
transact this afair by Such ways and means as they Shall Judge 
Convenient. 



Boston Town Records, 1726. 201 

And that Anthony Stoddard, Thomas Steel & John Kead Esq" 
be added to assist and advise with the Select men in this affair. 

[458.] At a Meeting of the free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified being Regulerly assembled 
in a Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston Mon- 
day March the 13"^ 1726. 

after prayer by the Rev*^ m'' John "Webb. 

Voted that Elisha Cooke Esq"' be the moderator for this meet- 
ing. 

Sam" Checkley Esq' is Chosen Town Clerk & Sworn. 
Voted to Chuse Assessors distinct from Select men. 
Voted to Chuse 7 Select men. 

mess"'^ Thomas Cushing 
John Baker 
Nathan" Green 
Ezelv" Lewis 
Jona"" Waldo 
Tim" Front 
Oxenbridg Thatcher 
are Chosen Select men for the year Ensuing. 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq"" is Chosen Town Treasurer for the year 
Ensuing, 

Voted that this meeting be adjorned to three of the Clock after 
noon. At which time they assembled. 

Voted. That there be an Augmentation made to the number of 
Constables for the Year Ensuing. 

Voted That the Town will Chuse 16 Constables for the year 
ensuing. * 

Votes brought in for a County Treasurer being 187 votes Sealed 
up & Comitted to Constable Bell to be by him deliv'''^ to the next 
Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 
mess""^ John Hunt 

David Farnum 
Jon* "Williams 
Chose Select men in the Rome of mess" Tho' Cushing, Nath" Green 
& Ezek" Lewis who Refused to Serve. 
Voted to Chuse 7 Overseers of the Poor. 
Daniel Oliver Esq'" 
Tim° Clarke Esq' 
John Ruck Esq' 
cap. James Gouch 
cap. Sam" Greenwood 
m' Jona° Jackson 
Cap' Jeffry Bedgood 
are Chosen Overseers of the Poore. 

pay John Ellery 

pay John Bankes 

pay Barth° Sutton 

appel Abraham How 
Excu'd Hugh Vance 
pay William Bant 



202 



City Docuivient No. 137. 



Sworn Job Coit 
pay Nathau" Hodgder 

Sworn Jolui Cobbet 
Excusd Thomas Goodwell 
Sworn Will'" Nichols 
pay Sam" Holyoke 

pay John Bradford 

Sworn Andrew Lane 

Richard Buckley 
Henry Dyer 
Chosen Constables 

[459.] Officers for Rumny Marsh Chosen, viz' John Lane Con- 
stable but Excused 

Isaac Lewis 
Thomas Pratt Jun* 



pay 
Excu'd 



fence viewers 



Hoggreeves 



Robert Waite 
John Whittemore 



Isaac Wilkenson 
Constable 

Voted to Chuse 7 Assessors 

Voted mess" Daniel Pouning 
John Edwards 
Jona" Louring 
■ Sam" Adams 
Sam" White 
Joshua Chever 
Andrew Tyler 
Assessors for the year ensuing. 

George Skinner 
Sam" Welles 
Joshua Blancher 
Hugh Kelder 
Sam" Hunt 
John Grant 
Jeriim Bums ted 
Thade' Mecharty 



Chose Constables 



Chose Constables 



Sealers of Leather 



Sworn 

pay 

Sworn 

pay 
pay 
pay 

Excus'd 
appeal' d 



Thomas Boyer 
Charles Deming 
Thomas Inches 
James Gorden 



pay 

pay 

Sworn 

Sworn 



Silence Allen 
Sam" May 
Thomas Salter 
Benja, Emmans Sw° 
Benja, Mason Sw° 

Voted Joseph Rix 
John Simpson 



Boston Town Kecords, 1726. 203 

Sam^i Warden So'^ 
Thomas foster 
Thomas Barnet S° 
Thomas Jones Sw" 
fence Viewers. 

Voted Edward Richards 
Will™ YouDg 
Joseph White 

Joseph fitch ^ 

Joseph Russell 
Joshua Thornton 
francis Wardell 
Moses Ayres 
Vewers of Shingles measurers of Boards &c. 
Voted Jerara* Alien 
Mich" Shawler 
John Greenlief 
John Lane 
John Lee 
Increase Blake 
John Cornish 
Edward Langdon 
Clerks of the Market al Sworn. 

Voted Knight Leveret 
Thomas Hancock 
Nathan" Emms 
Joseph Calef 
Hogg Reeves 

Voted Penn Townsend, Nathan" Byfield, Thomas Fitch Adam 
Winthrop & Thomas Palmer Esq" a Corbitte to Audit the Trea^ 
Acco"'" for the year Ensuing. 

[480.] Voted that Joseph Wadsworth Esq"" Town Treasurer 
be alowed & Paid out of the Town Treasury- the Sum of Eighty 
pounds for his Service in that office the year past. 

Voted That the Select man with Such as they Shall desire to 
accompany them be the Inspectors of the Schools for the year 
Ensuing. 

Voted That the Several Constables for this year be alowed the 
Sum of three pence upon the Pound for Collecting the Rates. 
They paying into the Several Treasurys the one halfe of the Sums 
Comitted to them to Collect by the first day of feb'^ Next and 
Compleating the wholl by the first day of June next after. 
Voted In answar to the Constables Petition. 
That the Several Constables for the year past be lutitled to the 
three pence upon the pound for their Colleciions they paying in 
the Several Sums Comitted to them to the Several Treasurers by 
the tenth day of June next And tliat the Assessors for the year 
past be Impowred to make abatements to the said Tenth of June. 
John Adams Sworn 

Daniel Pecker Excus'd 
Edward Marion Sworn 
Joseph Webb Sworn 



204 City Document No. 137. 

Benjfi Ustus Sworn 

Joha Welland pay'd 

John Hill pay'd 

Timothy .Thornton Sworn 
Chose Constables 

Voted That the Select men be Surveyers of the Highwayes for 
the Year Ensueing 

Benja Pollard Sworn 

Lewis Ventenon Sworn 

William Salter Excus'd 
Chose Constables 



Thomas Vering 


N°. 1 


Benja Bronsdon 


2 


francis Righton 


3 


Daniel Pecker 


4 


Benja Bridge 


5 


Barret Dyer 


6 


Nathan^i Gardner 


7 


Eneas Salter 


8 



Chose Scavenger^ 

Thomas Bradford 
Chose Constable and Sworn 

[461.] Voted Tything men for the Several Companys viz*. 
No. 1. William Parkman & Nathan" Ayres 

2. Edward Procter & William Shipreeve 

3. Adino Bulflnch & Thomas flagg 

4. Moses Bradford & Jeram" Bumsted 

5. Daniel Henchman & Caleb Lyman 

6. James Bod win & Nicholas Boone 

7. Natha" Gardner & James Penyman 

8. Henry Howel & John Clough. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to prepare a Draft of a 
Bill about the Duty & power of Tj'thing men & lay it before the 
Town at their next general meeting for their Consideration. 

Voted That the Sum of three Hundred pounds of the Money to 
be Raised be Imployed in paving. And that the Select men make 
Some Computation of what Sums will be necessary to lay out in 
paving this year ; and lay it before the Town at their next meet- 
ing. 

Voted that the Consideration of Raising of Money for the Town 
be Continued to the next Gen" Meeting. 

Voted upon the Petion of m' John Walley & Salter about pave- 
ment in Water Street. That it be Dismist. 

Voted. That it be left with the Selectmen and Such as Shall 
be Joyned with them to Enquire about a Sutable Person for a 
Master of the South School and lay it before the Town at the next 
General Meeting. 

Voted That Addington Davenport, Thomas fitch, Tim" Clark, 
Ha,bijah Savage, Esq'^% & m"^ Owen Harris be Joyned with the 
Selectmen in that affair. 

Voted that this Meeting be Adjorned untill to-morow at two of 
the Clock after noon. 



Boston Town Kecords, 1726. 205 

Being Convened Accordingly — 

Voted That the Select-men be Impowred to Draw upon the 
Town Treasurer the Sum of Three Pence upon the pound, for 
Rebecca Sanders Exex to Josiah Sanders Late Constable for So 
much as it appears he paid into the Several Treasurys of the Rates 
Comitted to him to Collect. 

Voted on the Petition of John Yemans Esq"" &c. about a Bridge to 
Nodles Island be Refered to a Coinitte to Consider and make Re- 
port to the next Gen" Meeting. 

Voted That Elisha Cools: Esq"", m"" John Colman, Eward 
Hutchinson Esq"", m"" Thomas Cushing & m"" Ezek" Lewes be the 
Said Comitte. 

Voted upon Spuriers Petition That it be left with the Select 
men to Hear his proposals and make Report of their Opinion about 
it to the next Gen" Meeting. 

[462.] Voted in answar to the Petition of mess" Jona° Wil- 
liams & Joshua Wroe about Websters' Land. 

That Co" Stephen Minot, Nath" Green Esq"- & m-" Thomas 
Cushing, be a Coinitte to apprize the Land Petitioned for, and that 
they haue Liberty to value it at what they may Judg it was worth 
when Websters' Petition was granted and then the Select men are 
Impowred to Sell to Williams & Wroe & Execute deeds for the 
Same 

Voted That the Towns votes to Impower the Select men to Sell 
the Several Quitt Rents about the Town Dock be Revived & Con- 
tinued in force. And that the Select men for the time being, with 
mess" Thomas Cushing Natha" Green, Ezekiel Lewis, & Henry 
Dering, Late Select men are Impowred to act in that afair, And 
that when the Buildings are apprized, the Select men are Im- 
powred to draw upon the Town Treasurer for payment of Said 
Sums, According to the Town votes of March the 14"^ 1725 and 
MaytheS^'* 1726. 

Voted to Chuse a Comitte to Inquire into the Towns Intrest 
in the Lands and wharfes near adjoying to the South Battery and 
that the Comitte Consider the Proposalls of mess" Fitch & Willis, 
& Report their Opinion to the next Gen" meeting. 

Voted. That Nathan" Byfield, Elisha Cook, John Ballantine, 
Joseph Wadsworth, & Nathan" Green Esq" be the Said Comitte 
And that tlie Said Coinitte Consider of and Report the State of 
the North Battery. 

In Answar to the Petition of Capt. John Ballantine and others 
about the Draw Bridge. 

Voted to Chuse a Comitte of fine persons to Enquire into that 
afair According to a vote of the Town Mar. 14'^ 1711. 

Voted. That John Clark, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Fitch, 
Joseph Wadsworth, Esq" & m"^ Thomas Cushing be the Said 
Coinitte. 

In answar to the Memorial of Daniel Oliver Esq"" having bin 
Read & Considered. 

Voted that the Sum of fifty pounds be alow'd & paid out of 
the Town Treasuiy to Daniel Oliver Esq"" for his Service & Trouble 
in that afair. 



206 City Document No. 137. 

Upon Reading a petition of a Comitte of the New South 
Church. 

Voted that the Selectmen be a Comitte to view the place and 
make Report therof to the next General Town Meting, And at 
the Same time to Consider of and Report what Damage (if any) 
it will be to m"" Wolfe if the Said Petition Should be Granted. 

[463.] Upon m"" John Marions Motion about Some Method to 
provide Wood for The Town &c. 

Voted to Chuse a CoTiiitte of five persons to Consider of it and 
make Report of their thoughts thereon the next Gen^ Meeting. 

Voted. That Mess''^ John Marion, Behja. Emmans, Sam" 
Wentworth, Jacob Parker, & James Gouch be the Said Comitte. 

Voted. That the Select men together with Mess" Thomas 
Gushing, Nathan'^ Green, Ezekiel Lewis & Henry Bering be a 
Coifiitte to Consider and Project Some proper method for the 
better. Improving the Town Dock the wharfs & Buildings ad- 
joyning which are or may be in a Short time delivered up to the 
Town and thnt the}' be Impowred to treat with an}^ persons which 
may Offer to hire the Same or any part there of upon terms for 
Lease, not Exceeding the Term of Twenty-one years, And that 
they Lay Such Scheme or projection before the Town at their 
next General Meeting, that they may give their directions therein. 

Voted. That the Select men be Impowred to Receive pioposals 
of any persons about securing the Towns Marshes at the bottom 
of the Comon, and lay their opinion what is best to be don therein 
before the Town at their next Meeting. 

Voted that the Select men be Desired to Consider of Some 
method to prevent the Damnifiing the Pavements in the Streets 
and lay it belor tlie Town at their next meeting. 

Voted that the Town votes of march the 14'" 1725 Relating to 
grain be all continued in forse for the year Ensuing. 

And that mess" Jonathan Williams, Peter Thomas, & Andrew 
Tyler be the Coinitte to manage it. 

Voted, That the Consideration of the Motion about Huxters 
be Continued to the next meeting. 

Voted that the Comittes Proposals about building a grainery &c. 
be Continued to the next meeting for further Consideration. 



Ordered by the Selectmen for the year 1727. That the follow- 
ing Trnnsactions about the Town Dock and Buildings &c. be here 
recorded with the Records of the Town and is as follows, viz'. 

Pursuant to the Town Votes of May the Third 1720 : Impower- 
ing and Desiring the Select men to take of Care of The Towns In- 
trest at the Dock, viz'. 

To Receive them & Improu.e them for the Benefit of the Town, 
and to appoint Sutable Persons, [404.] in behalfe of the Town 
to apprize the Same, and to Draw upon the Town Treasurer for 
the payment of the apprized value out of the Money appropri- 
ated to be lay'd out in a Real Estate, and to make Report how 
that affair is at the next Generall Meeting in March next. 

Accordingly the Comittee mett with Edward Bromfield Esq"" for 



Boston Town Records, 1726. 207 

himselfe and the Heirs of Francis Buroughs Decec'd, Jona- 
than Belcher Esq"", And having rautuall}- Chosen Apprizers of the 
Said Buildings &c. Made their Return upon Oath as follows, viz'. 
Wee the Subscribers being appointed & Chosen By Edward 
Bromfield EsqS for him self and the Heirs of Francis Buroughs 
Decec'd, and Jonathan Belcher Esq' on the one part, and the Se- 
lectmen of the town of Boston of the other part, to make a true 
and Just apprizement of the Houseing or Tenements Standing on 
the Towns Land and Wharf on the South Side of the Town Dock 
now in the Possession of the Said mess" Bromfield and Belcher 
who are the Assignees of Valentine Hill, being there unto first 
Sworn. 

Haue accordingly Repared to the Said Houseing and Wharves, 
and viewed the Same Seperately, And according to our best Skill 
& Judgment, without any Regard to the Situation or place where 
the Said Houseing Stands. 

Do Apprize & Estimate the Houseing or Tenement with the 
Chimney in the Possession of the Said Bromfield and Buroughs at 
the full Sum of forty Pounds, and that it will Cost at least the 
Sum of Twenty pounds, to Repair the wharfs under the Same. 

And we Apprize and Estimate the Houseing or Tenements with 
two Chimnys in the Said m"" Belchers Possession at the full Sum 
of Seventy-five pounds And that it will Cost the Sum of Twenty- 
five pounds at least to Repair the wharf under the Same. 

Witness our hands this Twenty fourth day of March Anno 
Domi 172G. 

Tnos. Foster 
James Tilestone 
Joseph Russell 
John Goldthwait 
AViLLiAM Young. 



March the 25"^ 1727 
Edward Bromfield Esq'' for himselfe & the Heirs of Francis 
Buroughs Dccec'' And Johatlian Belcher Esq'' all Assignes of Val- 
entine Hill mett upon the Pace with the Select men of the [465.] 
Town of Boston and Delivered them the Several Buildings or 
Tenements and Lands in their Possession, and then in tlie Occu- 
pation of the Persons iiereafter named. And by the Said Select- 
men, were put into the Possession of the Said Tenements for the 
Town until! the next General Town Meeting at the Same Rent 
they were Lett to them by the Said Bromfield & Belcher viz' 

That of Edward Bromfield Esq"", Let by Him to Stephen Pain 
for Sixteen pounds P'' Annum. That of Jonathan Belcher Esq"", 
Lett by him (viz'.) To Alexander Fullerton for ten pounds, P' 
Annum, To Thomas Odel for Twelve pounds P'' Annum, To 
Charles Warham at ten pounds P'' Annum, To John Simms at ten 
pounds P' Annum, the whole amounting to the Sum of fifty Eight 
pounds P' Annum. All which with the Copy of the Apprizement 
and the apprizers names were ordered by the Select men to be 
entred with the Records of the Town. 



208 City Document No. 137. 

At a meeting of the Free liolclei's and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qulified being Regulerly assembled in a 
Publick town meeting at the Town house in Boston, Monday 
May the 8* 1727: 
, After Prayer by the Rev*^ m' William Cooper, 
Voted that Elisha Cooke Esq"^ be moderator for this meeting. 
Voted that the Town will proceed to the Choice of four Rep- 
resentatives. 

The Number of Voters were 204 

votes 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq'' 178 

m'' Thomas Cushing 175 

m'' Ezekiel Lewis 164 

Nathan-i Green Esq"- 121 

are Chosen Representatives 

Voted this meeting do adjorn untill three of the Clock after 
noon — Being mett : 

In answar to the Petition of Cap' John Ballantine and others 
about the Draw Bridg. 

The Comittee appointed to Inquire into that af air, made their 
Report as follows : 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Tovrn of the 13"" March 1726, ap- 
pointing us a Comittee as in the Votes directed. 

We have met divers times on that affair & heard Cap* John Bal- 
lantine & others thereupon & Received and Considered their 
papers Respecting the Same, and haue Searched the Records of 
the Town or Selectmen [466.] and Considered them, And we find 
that Several Advantages and priviledges were granted to the Mill 
owners, In consideration whereof they were Obliged to Build and 
maintain a Sufficient Bridge for Cart & Horse to pass Safely 
where the Bridge now is. But we don't any find any Grant of a 
draw Bridge as a Priviledge to any Persons, but the making and 
maintaining a Sufficient Safe Bridg was enjoyned the mill owners, 
as incumbant on them to perform an acco" of Several grants made 
to them as afor^'^ 

Boston, 6^^ May 1727 

John Clark 
Thomas Fitch 
Joseph Wadsvtorth 
Thomas Cushing 

The Said Comittee Report being Read & Debated. 

Voted the Said Report be accepted. 

A Comitte having bin appointed to Inquire into the Towns In- 
trest in the Lands and Wharfs Near the South Battery &c. The 
Said Comitte haue made their Report which is as follows. 

The Comittee having Searched the Records of the Town of 
Boston, Find a grant of the Flats lying before the Town from the 
Sconce to Capt Scarlets wharff Extending Westward towards the 
Town as far as a Circuler line then agreed upon and fixed, and 
Eastward to the Channel, with Certain priviledges & imunities 
made by the Select men of the Town Pursuant to a Vote and 



Boston Town Kecords, 1727. 209 

order of the Inhabitants of Said Town at a Publick meeting Law- 
fully warned the fifth day of September 1673. To Such of the 
Inhabitants of the Town as would undertake the Building and 
Erecting a wall or wharff of wood or Stone from the Said Sconce 
to Cap' Scarlets wharff, to be Twenty two foot broad at the Bot- 
tom, about fourteen or fifteen high and Twenty foot broad at the 
top, to be made uniform and Substancial, convenient for a Brest- 
work to play Guns on, in Proportion to their Several Subscrip- 
tions. 

And the Honorable John Leverett Esq"" deceaced then Gov""" 
Subscribed to Build One hundred and fift}^ foot of the Said wall 
or wharff to ly next to the Sconce for the Publick use of the 
Sconce and Church who Owned the Ground adjoyning, By which 
the Town had the Seventy five feet next adjoying to the Sconce, 
with the Priviledges and [467.] Immunities belonging to them 
being the one halfe of the aforesaid one hundred and fifty foot 
and the Publick (being the Town) first mentioned in the aforesaid 
Subscription, which wall or wharff is almost wasted and Destroyed 
by Storms and hath for Some time past bin worn down to the 
Bottom Loggs. 

But we apprahend it may be for the Benefit and advantage of 
the Town, To put the Same into a Speedy Repair in Such way & 
manner as they may Judge most advisable. 

And further the Comittee think it not advisable for the Town at 
present to Lease out any part of the Land or flatts at the South 
Battery, but that Something ought to be don to prevent any 
further wasting of the Towns Land and Intrest there. 

The Committee hauing also viewed the North Battry find the 
Same to be much out of Repair the Front wharff no way Sufficient 
to mount the Guns on, and that the Putting the Same into a 
Posture fitt for a Platform of Guns would Demand a Considerable 
Sum of money, which Considering the Difficult Circonstances the 
Town Labors under, We thinke would be too great a burthen for 
them to bare, more especially for that the work when Perfected 
will be of Service and Defence to the whole Province. But that 
the Repairing the Inward "VYharffe which is used for the Building 
of Ships on Should be forthwith Effected. 

Boston, May S'^ 1727 

N. Byfield 
Elisha Cooke 
John Ballantine 
JosEPPi Wadsworth 
Nath. Green 

The Report of the CoiSitte was Read & 

Voted Acceptance of the Said Report. And that the Select 
men for the Time being be desired & Impowred to Act accord- 
ingly. 

About the Petition of John Yeamans Esq"" & Others about a 
Bridg to Nodles Island &c. 

The Comitte made their Report viz* 

The Committee having Considred the Subject matter of the 
Petition together with the objections of Several of the Inhabitants 



2L0 City Document No. 137. 

at Rumney Marsh, Apprahend that the Erecting a good Substantial 
Bridge from the main at Winnisemet Side to Nodles Island will 
not be Disadvantagious to the Town of Boston, [468.] Provided 
The Petitioner John Yeamans Esq', be obliged at his Own Cost & 
Charge to make & Keep in Good & Sufficient Repair the Afore- 
said Bridge for ever with Convenient highways to the Same fit for 
man & Horse, to pass or Repass as well to the Bridge on Winni- 
simrait Side where the Road may be altered for the Accomodating 
the Bridge, and so from thence thro' Nodles Island to the place 
that may be Assigned for Transporting Passengers & Goods from 
the Island to Boston Provided also the Town Enjoy the Sole privi- 
ledge of the Ferry from Boston to the Island, And that the Several 
Persons whose Estates & Intrest on Rumney marsh may be any 
wayes prejudiced by Erecting the aforesaid Bridge be made good to 
them in Such proportion as a Corhittee for that purpose by the 
Gi'eat & General Court Shall adjudge. But we conceive the Suf- 
fering a ferry from Winnisiramet to Nodles Island til such time& 
as the Bridge can be Conveniently Perfected will be very Incon- 
venient & of disservice not only to Boston but all Travellers in 
generall. 

Boston, May 4th, 1727. Ezek" Lewis 

John Cglman 
Elisha Cooke 
Edw*^ Hutchinson 
Thomas Cushing. 

The Report was Read and Voted, an Acceptance. 

In answar To the Petition about the Paving in Orange Street. 

Voted That the Pavement be Carryed on as far as the further 
part of mT Kneelands Land in Said Street if the abutters on Each 
Side do their part, then it be Left with the Select men to alow 
what they think proper for the Towns Part. 

Cap' Caleb Lyman is Chosen an Assessor. — Sworn. 

Joseph Russel — House wright '\ chosen 
^tepbenPain [ Hogreves 

John Little J ^ 

The Question being Put whether the Town will have a Grainery 
of their Own by Purchasing or building one. 

Voted in the afermative. 

Voted that the Selectmen with the Coinittee appointed for Grain 
be Impowred to act in that affair with convenient Speed. 

[469.] About the Land formerly Leased to W°' Munford the 
Select men being desired by Town Votes to Inquire into the Same. 
Do Report. 

They haue made Strict Inquiery into the Same & find by a Grant 
and Several Deeds in the Hands of The Hono'''^ Judge Sewall, 
That the Town had no Right of Leasing any Such Land. 

Voted that the Said Report be accepted. 

Voted That m' Thomas Cushing, Nathan" Green Esq', and 
Ezek^ Lewis, be Impowred and Directed to Prosecute in the Law 
all Such Persons as Shall be found Trespassers upon the Towns 
Land, Clamed by the Late Eliakin Hutchinson Esq' Dece'd. 



Boston Town Records, 1727. 211 

The Report of the Comittee appointed to Inquire about a Sut- 
able Person for a School master for the South School &c. Re- 
ported That the Coinittee had met Several times on that Affair & 
Debated the matter Relating to the Circomstances of the Town 
and the Quallifications of a Person, And unanimously agree to 
Represent m"^ Peter Blin as a Person well Quallified for that 
Service. 

Voted that the Coinittees Report be accepted. 

Voted That m"^ Peter Blin be Constituted and appointed Master 
of the South School for this year, and untill the Town order other 
wise. 

And that he be paid One hundred pounds P' Annum for his 
Service. 

Voted, That the Town Treasurer be directed to take Effectuall 
Care to Call in the Remaining part of the appropriated money, 
(which is out upon Intrest) with all Convenient Speed. 

Upon the Petition of Caleb Spurrier, About Carrying water 
through the Streets &c. 

Voted the Said Petition be Granted Provided the Said Spurrier 
give Security to the Satisfaction of the Select men (before he pro- 
ceed) to Repair & make Good the Streets wayes & Pavements and 
keep them in Repair from time to time. 

Voted, A Grant of Two Thousand & Eight Hundred pounds, to 
be Raised on the Inhabitants and Estates within this Town, for 
Relief of the Poor, Defraying the Charge of the watch, Paveing and 
Other necessary Charges Arising within & for the Said Town for 
the year Ensueing. 

[470.] For the Regulating of Trucks, Carts &c. within the 
Town of Boston. 

Whereas This Town hath bin at great Charge in Paveing the 
most of the Streets, & Considerable Lanes there in. And that 
Great Damage is don to the Pavement, by Reason of the Extraor- 
dinary Weight bourn in Carts & Trucks, in Some Measure Oc- 
casioned by the Unsutable Length of Trucks lately made, where 
by also there is Danger of great Don to Passengers &c in turning 
of the Trucks in Narrow Streets. 

Tis Ordered 

That from and after the Expiration of One month next after the 
Establishment of this Order Whosoeve/shall drive through any of 
the Streets, or Lanes of this Town any Trucks whose Sides Ex- 
ceed the length of Sixteen feet Shall forfeit & pay a fine of twenty 
Shillings for Every such Offence. 

And that whosoever Shall drive any Cart or Trucks through any 
of the aforesaid Streets or Lanes with more then two Horses at a 
time Shall pay a fine of five Shillings for every Such Offence. 

And that Every Driver who in his Cart or Trucks Shall carry 
more then One Tun weight at a Load thro' any of the aforesaid 
Streets or Lanes Shal pay a fine of five Shillings for every Such 
offence. 

And That Every Driver of any Cart, Truck, Dray or Sled Shall 
while passing through the Streets or Lanes aforesaid, go by the 
Side of the Thil Horse with his Halter in his Hand, on pain of for- 



212 City Document No. 137. 

feiting, of fiue Shillings for every offence or neglect of attending 
this order. 

And that the Tire of the Wheels of all Carts and Trucks that 
Shall be made after the Establishment of this order Shall be full 
four Inches in Breadth and the Nayles of the Tire to be Flatt, ou 
pain of the forfeiture of the Sum of ten Shillings for every week 
the Said Cart or Trucks Shall be Improued in this Town. To be 
paid by the Owner of the Said Cart or Trucks. 

Read and Voted, And Ordered to be Presented to the Sessions 
of the Peace for their Approbation. 

[471.] Upon the Petition of the Coiiiittee of the New South 
Meeting House — Which was Eefer'd to a Coiiiittee to make 
Inquiery into & make there Report, which was 

That they had Vewed the Place and Examined the Records and 
Deed given by the Town for Said Land & find, that the Select 
men had power to lay out that Ground for a New Meeting House 
& Sutable High wayes Round the Same now if the Town See good 
they may grant fifteen foot of that Way for the InlArgeing of the 
Meeting Ilouse, & there will be near fifteen foot Remaining for a 
High way, and will be no great Damage to the Ground Possessed 
by m'' Wolf. If the Church Should alow Him or whosoever hath 
the Right in the Ground fifteen or Twenty Founds it would be full 
Satisfaction for that Damage. 

Voted the Acceptance of the Report. 



At a Meeting of the Free holders and Other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston on Fryday 
November the 3"''^ 1727. 

After Prayer by the Rev'' m'' Thomas Foxcroft. 

Nathan" Byfield Esq^ is Chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

Voted to Chuse 4. Representatives 

The Number of voters were 214 

Elisha Cook, Esq^ 145 

m"" Thom,as Gushing 158 

m'' Ezekiel Lewis 194 

m' Samuel Welles 123 

are Chosen for Representatives. 

Upon A notification from the Hono**'* the House of Representa- 
tives of a Petition of Sundry Persons for making a Seperate 
County in the County of Suffolk, being Read aiid Considered. 

Voted, To Chuse a Coinitte to Consider of and draw up an 
answar and Lay before the Town at the adjorment of this Meeting. 

Adam Winthrop, Antho Stoddard, Thomas Steel, John Ballan- 
tine Esq" and m'' John Colman, be the Comitte. 

Voted that it be left with the aboue Named Coinitte to Consider 
of the Price of the Several Species that Shall be Sett, for the Con- 
stables to Receive them at for Carrying in the Province Tax into 
the Treasury 

[472.] The Pavement in Orange Street hauing bin Carryed on 
beyond the former Vote of the Town, And being now Represented 



Boston Town Records, 1727. 213 

by the Select men, that they are of Opinion it will be for the 
Towns Benefit. 

Voted that the Town will pay their Proportion of the Said 
Pavement out of the Money, which Shall be Raised for the year 
next Insueing. 

Voted that the Consideration of the affair about the New South 
meeting House be Continued to the next Adjornment of this 
Meeting. 

Voted that this Meeting be Adjorned to Monday the Twenteth 
of Nov"" Currant at Three of the Clock afternoon. 

Novem''^the 20% 1727 

The Inhabitants Mett according to Adjorment and after Prayer 
by the Rev'^ m"" Checkley. 

The CoiSittee Chosen to draw up and answar to the Petition for 
making a Separate County &c. 

Presented their answer. Which was Read & Debated & Voted 
an Acceptance of the Said Report whis [sic] is on File. 

Voted That the Representatives of this Town be Directed, 
(That if the Petition for Dividing the County of Suffolk Should 
be at the Ensueing Sessions of the General Court again brought 
forwai'd) To plead that as the Said Petition was directed to the 
whole Court and the Order to Notifie the Town coming from the 
House only, The Town cannot So properly make answer thereto. 

The Coinitte to whome it was left to Consider of the Price of 
the Several Species that Shall be Sett for the Constables to 
Receive them at for the Carrying in the Province Tax into the 
Treasury made their . Report and is on file : Read & Voted 
Accepted. 

Upon the Consideration of the affair of the Petition about the 
New South meeting House after it was Debated 

Voted to Chuse a Coinitte to Consider thereof. Examine the 
Grant of the Town, the Deed and the Petition and what may be 
best to act there upon and Make a Report to the Town at their 
Next General Meeting. 

Voted That Adam Winthrop, Elisha Cooke Esq% & m' Thomas 
Cushing be tfie Said Coinitte. 

Voted that the Representatives of this Town be Desired to Con- 
sider of and use their best Indeavors to obtain Such further adition 
to the Law for Regulating Mills as they Shall Judge Needfull to 
prevent Inhabitants being Imposed upon by Millers. 

[473.] At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Boston duly qualified being Regulerly assembled 
in a Publick Town Meeting at the Town House on Wednesday the 
27'^^ day of December 1727 

After Prayer by the Rev*^ m"" Joshua Gee. 

m"" John Baker Chosen moderator for this meeting. 

Upon the Consideration of the Great Disorders that there are 
Coihitted in the Evening preceeding the Lords Day and the 
Evening following the Same, by Reason of Sundry Persons with 
Horses, Carlashes, Carts &c. Coining in and going out of the 



214 City Document No. 137. 

Town Late in the Said Evenings to the great Prophanation of the 

Sabbath : 

for Preventing whereof : After Debate thereon. — 

Voted. That the Gates at the neck or Line of Defence Sliould 
be Sliutt, And 

Voted That the Watchmen there be ordered to take their Direc- 
tion from the Select men about Shutting the Said Gates on the 
Evening Preceeding and following the Lords Days which Gates 
not to be opened to Lett in or out but upon necessary' Occasions. 



At a Meeting of the Free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston Duly Qualified being Regulerly Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston monday 
march 11, 1727. 

After Prayer by the Rev'" m"" Chancy. 

Elisha Cooke Esq"" was Chosen moderator for this meeting. 

Sundry Petions Read vizt. 

About Paving in Orange Street. 

About Paving Near m'' Colmans Meeting House. 

About Paving in Union Street. 

W". Hollowels about Milk Street. 

Jeramiah Gridley Petition. 

Sundry Inhabitants About a Watch at the Mill bridg. 

Sam" Checkley Esq% Chose Town Clerk and Sworn. 

Voted to Chuse Assessors distinct from Select men. 

Voted to Chuse 7 Select men 

Mess" John Baker ^ 

Jonathan Waldo 

Timothy Prout | are Chosen Select 

Oxenbridg Thatcher )■ men for the Year 

John Hunt Ensuing. 

David Farnum | 

Jonathan Williams J 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq"^ Chose Town Treasurer & Sworn. 

[474.] The Question being put whether the Town will make 

any alteration in the Number of Constables of what was in the 

year last past which was 16. Voted in the Negative. 

Capt. John Rugles Excus'd 

John Greenlief Excus'd 

Cap' Philip Lewis Sworn 

John Lee Excus'd 

Cap' Jonathan Clark Sworn 

John Potwin Paid 

Nathan" Gardner paid 

Henry Dyer paid 

James Townsend Paid 

Thomas Boucher paid 

Bartholmew Gidney Excus'd 

John Salter paid 

Joseph Roby paid 

John Courser Excus'd 



Boston Town Records, 1727. 215 

Joseph Procter Sworn 

Chosen Constables 

Post Meridien 
Voted to Chuse 7 overseers of the Poor for the Year Ensuing. 
Voted. The Select men to be Overseers of the Highwajes this 
year. 

Daniel Oliver Esq"' 
Timothy Clark Esq"^ 
John Ruck Esq"" 
m*" James Gouge 
m' Sam" Greenwood 
m' Jeffry Bedgood 
m"^ Jona" Jackson 
Chosen Overseers of the Poor. 
Officers for Rumny marsh Chosen. 

Sam" Tuttle Constable Sworn 
Isaac Lewis 
Jaco Hasey 
viewers of fences 

Joseph Bill 
Sam" Pratt 
Robert Waite 

Hogg Reevs 
Votes for the County Treasu' Numbered 156. and Sealed up 
by Consta*"^* Andrew Lane to be Delivered by Him to the Clerk of 
the Peace. » 

Voted to Chuse 7 Assessors. 

Mess"^^ Daniel Pouning Excus'd 
Jona" Louring 
Sam" White 
Joshua Chever 
Andrew Tyler 
Caleb Lyman 
Will"" Downs Excusd 
Chosen Assessors. 

Adjorned To-morrow — Eight of the Clock. 
[475.] Tuesday the 12'^ 

Benja Emmans 
Thomas Townsend 
Robert Williams 
Benja Mason 
John Dosset 
Chose Sealers of Leather & all Sworn. 



Joseph Rix Sworn 
' John Indicot 
Thomas Barnet 
Will™ Eustis Sworn 
Barth" Sutton Sworn 
James Tileston 
Hopestill Foster 
Fence Viewers 



216 City Document No. 137. 



"William Lee 




William Young 


Sworn 


Edward Mobberly 


Sworn 


Joseph Thorntou 


Sworn 


Moses Ayres 




Thomas Foster 




Joseph Russell 




Isaac White 




Viewers of Shingles Measurers of Boards, Timbers &c. 


Bartholmew Chever pay 


Daniel Pecker 


Sworn 


Eichard Quick 


pay 


Roger Dence 


Sworn 


Byfield Lyde 


pay 


Robert Watt 


Excus'd 


Abraham How 


appeal' d 


John Erwin 


pay 


Sam" Coniball 


Sworn 


Charles Dupee 


Sworn 


William Price 


a Truper 


Chose Constables 





Tything men for the Several Companyes Chosen viz'. 

No. 1 . William Parkman & Nathan" Ayres 

2 Edward Procter & Jona° Mountfort 

3 Adino Bulflnch & Thomas Flagg 

4 Moses Bradford & Jeram" Bumsted 

5 Daniel Henchman & Sam" Rand 

6 John Pitts merch. & Nicholas Boon 

7 Edward Gray & James Peuiman 
8. Henry Howel & John Clough 



Jacob Hird 
Henry Wheeler 
Knight Leueret 
Barth" Gidney paid 

John Philips Stationer Paid 
Caleb Barker 
Sam" Oakes 
Benja Thwing 
Cornelius Thayer paid 

Chosen Clerks of the market. 
[476.] Sam" Adams 

Daniel Louering 
JeflFry Bedgood Excus'd 
Chosen Assessors 

Whereas the Town are Informed of Several Abuses Imposed on 
the Inhabitants here, by the Bread Bakers to their Grevious Loss 
and Damage — for the more Effectual Preventing wherof . 



Boston Town Records, 1727. 217 

It is the most Earnest Desire of tlie free holders & Inhabitants 
Lawfully Assembled at their Annual Meeting. That His Majesty's 
Justices of the Peace within this Town would be Pleased fre- 
quently to viset the several Bakers within the Town and See that 
they Conform to the Law Referring to the Assize of Bread, And 
that the Select men would please to do the Same. 

Upon the Memorial of the Constables Praying they may be 
Alowed three months furter time to Collect and pay in what of 
the Taxes are behind and unpaid, Over and aboue the Ordinary 
time Limmeted into them, And That the Gent" Assessors for the 
Year Past may be Continued and Impowred to make Abatements 
as Usual. 

Voted Provided The Constables pay in two thirds of what is 
unpaid at the ordinary time which may Intitle them to the Three 
pence P" Pound Collecting. 
• Voted. That the Select men with Such other Persons as they 
Shall Desire to Asist them be a Comittee to vissit the Schools as 
Usual. 

Voted That Joseph Wadsworth Esq"" Town Treasurer be Alowed 
and paid out of the Town Treasury the Sum of Eighty Pounds 
for His Service in the Said Office for the year last past. 
George Hughes 
James Dawson Sworn 
Henry Gibbs 
« Zecha^^ Hubbard Sworn 

Benja Bronsdon 

Chosen Hoggreeves. 
Voted That Thomas Hutchinson, Nathan^^ Green, William Pain, 
Jonathan Belcher, Habijah Savage Esq" or any three of them be a 
Com to audit the Treasu" Acco"^ for the year Ensueing. 

Voted That Elisha Cooke, Nathan^ Green Esq" and m"^ Ezek" 
Lewis be desired to waite upon His Honour the Lev' Governour, 
To adress Him for a List of the Names of the Gent" of the Troop 
of Gards for the Towns Information. 

Thomas Hubbard pay'd 

John Cornish Sworn 

Benja Hollowell payd 

Ebenezer Chamberlin Sworn 
John Marshall Cooper paid 
Will-" Salter Sworn 

John Lane Sworn 

Chose Constables 
[477.] Voted. That the Consideration of Granting Money be 
Continued to the Next General Meeting. 

On the Petition about Paving in Union Strett Voted That it be 
left with the Select men to Act as they Shall find Proper. 
On the Petition about Paving in Orange Street — 
Voted That the Consideration of it be left with the Selectmen to 
act therein as they See meet. 

The Consideration of the Petition of W^ Holwell Refer'd to the 
Next General Town meet. 

On the Petition about Paving near m'" Colmans Meeting House 



218 City Document No. 137. 

Voted That it be left with the Select men to do therein as they 
find Proper. 

On the Petition of m'' Jeramiah Gridley. 

Voted That there be a further Addition of Thirty Pounds, P' 
Annum to his Sallary which makes Eighty Pounds P"" Annum. 

On the Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for a Watch house being 
Set up Near the Mill Bridge — Voted That the Select men be de- 
sired to Consider thereat and Report their Opinion to the next 
meeting. 

For No. 1. Thomas Vering 

2. Andrew Sigorno 

3. Habija Savage Esq' 

4. Thomas Moffat 

5. Cap' Thomas Smith 

6. Benjfi Bridge 

7. Robert Pattishall 

8. Eneas Salter 
Are Chosen Scavengers. 

On The Petition of the Comittee of the New South Meeting 
House. 

A Comittee being appointed Nov'' the 20"^ 1727. 

To Examine into that afair and So what may be best to act 
there upon And make a Report to the Town at their next General 
Meeting. Which Comittee make their Report and is as follows 
viz'. 

The Coinittee appointed as by the Other side having Examined 
the Grant of the Town, The Deed and the Petition now depending, 
Are of Opinion That the Town may without any Inconveniensy 
Consent That the fifteen feet Petitioned for be Set off to the South 
Church. But in as much as in the 1715 There was reserved the 
Priviledge of a Convenient High Way Round the Said Meeting 
House. We apprahend it Advisable for the Petitioners, in Case 
they now Obtain the Towns Grant Afterwards to Apply to the 
General Court for their Sanction. 

By order of the Coinittee Boston, March the d*^ 1727. Adam 
Winthrop. 

Which Report was Read and Voted an acceptance of it. 

[478.] Voted That the Select men for the time being be Im- 
powred & Directed to lay out a High way of fourteen feet wide 
from the land in the possession of m"" Wolf near the South meet- 
ing House And that the Remainder of the Said Land be for the 
use of the Said Meeting house, as Petitioned for. And that the 
Select men Give a Deed of all the Towns Right of the Same The 
Proprietors Saving the Town harmless forever. 



Benjamin Clough Sworn 
Edward Totthill Excus'd 

John Walker merch' Paid 
Thomas Goodwell Paid 
Jona" Bowman Sworn 

Chosen Constables 



Boston Town Records, 1728. 219 

Then the meeting Adjorned to fiyday march the 29"' Three of 
the Clock afternoon. 



At a Meeting of the freeholder Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston Duly Qualified being Regurly Assembled in the Town 
house in Boston in a Freeholders meeting On Fryday march 
29"" 1728. 

After Prayer by the ReV^ m"" W™ Welsted. 

Elisha Cook Esq'' was Chosen Moderator for this meeting. 

Voted. That the Town will take out the Towns proportion of 
the Sixty Thousand pounds being Eleven Thousand & One 
hundred Pounds Granted by the General Assembly. 

Voted. That the Trustees now to be Chosen shall be such as 
have the Highest votes. 

Voted. That the Trustees now to be Chosen be and are hereby 
Directed and Impowred to Let out the Towns Proportion of Said 
Money in Sums not Exceeding three hundred Pounds, and not 
under fifty pounds, To the Inhabitants of this Town, Upon Good 
Fee and free from all Incombrances, worth Duble the value of 
the Sum Borrowed, without any Consideration for Building or Im- 
provements, If Personal, The Principle & two Suretys, and of 
which to haue a Real Estate in fee within this Town of the value 
of the Sum Borrowed, Exclusive of the Building & Improvements 
as aforesaid. And that the Trustees for their Service Shall be 
alowed and Paid out of the Two P^ Cent, One Sixth part of the 
neat proceeds of the Inti-est Annually. They paying unto the 
Province Treasurer The Sums So ordered as the Law Directs, And 
the Remaining One P'. Cent Intrest into the Toown Treasurer. 

And further Ordered and Voted That if any of the Money Shall 
not be taken up, but Remain in the Hands of the Trustees, After 
the Expiration of Two Months from the first day of the Trustees 
Sitting to Let out the Money, which is to be on Wednesday Next. 

[479.] That then and in Every Such Case the Trustees may 
Proceed to let out Such Remainder in Sums not Exceeding fiue 
Hundred Pounds. 

Voted That m^ John Hunt, Habijah Savage Esq% m"" Andrew 
Tyler, m"" John Baker, and m"" Jacob Windal be the Said Trustees. 

Then the meeting Adjorned till Monday next the first of April 
Eight of the Clock fore noon. And mett accordingly & Dis- 
mist. 



The Town being met according to the adjornment. 

On the Petition of Joseph Webb late Constable for the alowance 
of the three pence on the Pound for his Collecting the Rates as 
other Constables altho he paid not the whole in then by Reason of 
Sickness. 

Voted the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. 

Jonas Clark is Chosen an Assessor and Sworn. 
William Prat Sworn 
James Howden Excus'd 
Chosen Constables. 



220 City Document No. 137. 

Job Coit, James Gauden & George Skinner Late Constables 
appearing and Representing That by Reason of the Taxes Coining 
out Later than usual They had not paid in the first part of the 
Rates According to the Time Perfixed That upon their paying the 
whole at the Time They may be Intitled to the bounty of the Town 
of three pence on the Pound. 

Voted accordingly 

Voted That a Grainery be Built in the Comon near the Alms 
House, And That the Sum of not Exceeding Eleven Hundred 
Pounds, To be paid out of the Money to be Raised at the next 
General Town Meeting. 

Voted That mess" Jona° Williams, Andrew Tjder, and Peter 
Thomas, be the Coinittee for Grain for the year Currant, as the 
were for the year Past. 

Voted That the Comittee for Grain be Impowred to manage the 
Building the Grainery with m"" David Farnum & Sam" Barret being 
Joyned with them. 

Voted to Chuse a Coiiiittee To Take Care of the Great Artilery 
and all the Stores at the South Battry and Secure them. 

Voted that Edward Hutchinson Esq" m"" Sam" White be the Said 
Coinittee. 

Voted That the Select men be Directed and Impowred to 
Prosecute in the Law any Such Persons as do or haue Trespassed 
upon the Towns Land at or near the South Battry & the Land and 
Wharf near it. 

Joseph Savel is Chosen Constable & Sworn. 

Voted. That the Select men be Desired and Impowred Effectually 
to take Care That the Gapps or Openings between the Sconce and 
Cap' Scarlets Wharf So Called be not Incumbered by Vessells 
lying on Ground there. 

Voted That a Coinittee be appointed to Inspect the Ruenous 
Condition the Out wharfs Granted to Several undertakers anno 
1673. are in to the Great Damage of the Town and make a Report 
to the Town at their Next Gen" Town Meeting what they thinke 
may be Proper for the Town to do to Redress that Grievance. 

[480.] Voted That Co" Nathan" Byfield, Thomas Hutchinson, 
Thomas Fitch, William Pain Esq"^^ & m'' James Bodwin be the Said 
Coiiiittee. 

Voted. That the Town will Support the Charge of another watch 
house and watch being Set up and Continued at or near the Mill 
Bridge. The Justices and Select men Agreeing to or appointing 
the Place as the Law Directs. 

Voted That the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds of the Money 
to be Raised be Improved for Paving already don or to be Don. 



At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Boston 
duly Qualified i3eing Regulerly Assembled in a Publiek Town Meet- 
ing at the Town House Tuesday May the 14*^ 1728. 

After Prayer by the Rev*^ m"" Peter Thatcher. 

Elisha Cook Esq"" Chose Moderator for this meeting. 



Boston Town Eecords, 1728. 221 

Voted to Chuse 4 Representatives 

The Number of Voters were 248 

Elisha Cooke 218 

m"" Thomas Gushing 189 

m*" Ezekiel Lewis 220 

m'^ Samuel Welles 159 

were Chosen Representatives. 

Thomas Fleet was Chosen Constable for the Present year & 
Sworn. 

Thomas Edwards 
William Young Cordwainer 
Chosen Clerks of the Market. 

Voted. That the Remaining Part of the fifteen hundred Pounds 
appropriated for Buying of Grain be by the Treasurer put into the 
Hands of the Comitte for Grain to be lay'd out for Grain as thej^ 
See ocasion for it. 

Voted a Grant of four Thousand and Seven Hundred Pounds 
To be Raised on the Inhabitants and Estates within this Town, for 
Releif of the Poor, Defraying the Charges of the Watch Paving 
and other necessary Charges Arising within & for the said Town 
for the year Ensueing. 

Voted That a Comittee be Chosen and Desired to draw up 
Somthing to Lay before the Town at their next meeting To Pre- 
vent the great abuse there is in Cord wood not fit for use. And 
also to Prevent the abuse on the Town in forestalling the Market, 
or going beyond the place appointed, to buy Provisions, and that 
also the Said Coiuittee Project what may be don to Prevent abuses 
by Doggs, all which to be layed before the Town at their Next 
meeting as afore Said and That until that time the Comittee make 
their Report to the Town, The Inhabitants haue full Liberty to go 
as far as the fortification to buy any Sort of Provisions. 

[481.] That Nathan^' Green Esq'' m' James Gouge, and m'' 
John Colman be the Said Committee. 

A Comittee having bin Appointed the 29th of March 1728 To 
Inspect the Ruenous Condition that the out wharfes are in and 
make a Report to the Town at their next General Meeting what 
they think may be propper for the Town to do to Redress that 
Greivance. 

The Said Comittee do now make their Report which is as fol- 
lows viz. 

Pursuant to a vote of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 
at their General Meeting the 29'^ of March 1728 appointed us a 
Coinitte To Inspect the Ruenous Condition of the out wharfes 
Granted to Several Undertakers in the year 1673. 

We haue met and Considered of the Said Grant to the Several 
Proprietors that Engaged to build the Said Out wharfes and to 
keep them in Repair, And finding that most of them haue notori- 
iously Neglected to keep the Same in Repair according to their En- 
gagement made with the Select men then in being. 

Do propose That three years time be alowed them to Rebuild the 
Said wharfes According to their agreement with the Town And 
that they who do not build up their Respectiue Parts in Said 



222 City Document No. 137. 

Term of three 3'ears Shall forfeit their Rights and Privileges granted 
them by the Said Town And that Proper methods be taken in Such 
Case to declare the Same null & Void. 

Thomas Fitch 
Wm Payne 
Nathll Byfielp 
Thos Hutchinson 
Which Report was Read And Voted Accepted. 
Upon Reading a Petition of Sundry the Inhabitants Respecting 
Carrying on the Pavement in Orange Street And debate thereon. 
mess" Thomas Emory & Henry Gibbon Offred and Engaged, That 
if the Pavement be Continued as far as the Dwelling House of Cap' 
John Bennet. That the one third part of the Land lying before the 
Pasture Land of the Said John Bennet on the Easterly side of Said 
way Shall be by them well Paved. The Remaining two thirds well 
and Sufficiently Repared and a good and Sufficient foot way well 
Graveld at the Cost & Charge of the Said ■'Emory and Gibbon, Said 
way to be don to the Satisfaction of the Select men. And if the 
Money apropriated for Pavement being three hundred Pounds at 
the last march meeting be Insofficient to Effect what is already 
ordered to be Expended in Paving and Continuing it in Orange 
Street Southerly as far as the Dwelling House of the aforesaid 
John Bennet. That then the Said Thomas Emery and Henry Gib- 
bon will advance and pay what falls Short of the Three hundred 
Pounds upon the Town's Refunding them Avhat the Amount may be 
the year Coming. 

The aboue Proposals being Read, The Vote was Put whether 
they would order & direct the Pavement in Orang Street to be 
Continued & Carryed on as far South as the Dwelling House of the 
Said John Bennet on the west Side of the way. 
It Past in the affermative. 

[482.] Voted That the Petition of W™ Hollowell about Milk 
Street for further Consideration be Continued to March meeting 
next. 



At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly qualified being Regulerlj' Assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House June the 25"^ 1728. 

After Prayer by the Rev*^ m"^ Benjamin Colman. 

Joseph Wadsworth Esq' Chosen Moderator for this Meeting. 

The Comittee Chosen may the 14"^ 1728. To Draw up Some- 
thing to Lay before the Town at their next meeting. Which 
Coraittee make their Report and is as follows viz' 

Pursuant to the Town vote aforesaid. 

We are of Opinion That no Popler, Chestnut, Pine, Henlock, 
Sassifax, Black ash, Basswood, or Ceder Shall be Corded up or 
Exposed to Sale with or among any firewood within this Town of 
Boston on Penalty of Twenty Shillings for Every Range that Shall 
haue the Quantity of Eight feet of Square Timber of all or Either 
of the aforesaid Poplar, Chestnut, Pine, Henlock, Sassifax, Black 
Ash, Basswood or Cedar or Corded within the Same, And that 



Boston Town Eecords, 1728. 223 

Black Ash Shall be Corded by it Self and Sold as Such. The Sev- 
eral Sealers of wood appointed within this Town are hereby Di- 
rected not to Seal any Range of wood not corded as aforesaid. 

And that for the Future No Person Exerciseing the facculty of 
Buying Provisions for Sale within this Town of Boston Shall by 
them Selves or others, Buy Contract or Bargain for any Sort of 
Provisions of what Nature or kind soever, brought or Bringing to 
Town for Sale untill three of the Clock afternoon on Penalty of 
forfeiting and Paying the Sum of Twenty Shillings for Every 
Transgression of this order. 

That no Person Shall keep any dog or Bitch within this Town of 
Boston. Except House keepers that are Quallified to Vote in Town 
Meetings, and they no more then one at one time, under the 
Penalty of forfeiting and Paying the Sum of fine Shillings P"^ week 
for theh- So doing. 

Nathll Green 
James Gooch. 
John Colman 

Boston, June 24* 1728 

The whole Report was Read Over And then Each Paragraph 
Singly. 

Voted the first Paragraph about wood And Accepted. 

Voted. The Second Paragi-aph About Provisions & accepted. 

Voted the third Paragraph About Doggs be continued to the 
adjornment. That the Comitte draw Somthing further about it 
for Consideration then. 

[483.] The Report of the CoEoitte about the Out wharf that 
was layed before the Town and Voted by them may the 14* 1728. 

Voted that the Said Report be Coinitted to the Representatives 
of this Town and that they be Desired to Lay it before the Gen^ 
Court and take proper methods to haue it Confirmed. 

Voted. That the Select men for the Time being be desired & 
Impowred to Prosecute in the Law any that do or Shall Obstruct 
or hinder the Passages through the Gaps of the Out wharf. 

Voted, that Some Draught be prepared to lay before the Town 
at their meeting in order for a By-Law to Prevent Gaming with 
money or other things in the Street. 

And that Negroes may be Restrained from Carrying Sticks or 
Cains in the Street, by Day or Night under a Penalty. 

And That no Indian Negro or Molatto Servant or Slave be 
Suffered to buy any Sort of Provisions of any Country People 
under the Penalty of flue Shillings. 

Voted. This meeting be adjorned to Monday July the first at 
Six of the Clock in the after noon. 



July first. 

The Town being mett according to adjornment. 

Sundry Votes being Past June the 25* last and to be drawn up 
for a Town Order were Presented viz'. 

Whereas there are Several Sorts of Wood not fit for Burning in 
famalys, Corded up and Exposed to Sale with and among Fire- 



224 City Document No. 137 

wood which is much to the Damage of the Town in General, But 
Espesially of Such Persons who are unacquainted with those 
Sorts. 

It is Therefore Voted and Ordered. 

That for the future no Popler, Chesnut, Pine Hemlock, Sassa- 
fox, Black Ash, Bass wood, or Ceder, Shall be Corded up or Ex- 
posed to Sale with or among any fire wood within the Town of 
Boston on Penalty of Twenty Shillings, for Every Eaing that Shall 
haue the Quantity of Eight feet of Square Timber of all or Either 
of the Aforesaid Popler, Chesnut, Pine, Hemlock, Sassifax, 
Black Ash, Basswood or Ceder Corded within the Same. 

And That Black Ash, Shall be Corded by it Self and Sold as 
Such. And the Several Sealers of Wood appointed within this 
Town, are hereby Directed not to Seal any Rang of wood not 
Corded as aforesaid. 

Voted for a Town Order. 

Whereas the Several By-Laws and Orders heretofore made .or 
Preventing the Forestalling, or Ingrossing Provisions, & Regu- 
lating Hucksters within the Town of Boston have Proved 
Inefectual, 

It is therefore Ordered, That for the Time to Come, No persons 
Exercising the Faculty of Buying Provisions for Sale within this 
Town of Boston Shall by them Selves or others, Buy, Contract or 
Bargain for any Sort of Provisions of what nature or kind soever, 
Brought or Bring to Town for Sale untill three of the [484.] Clock 
afternoon On Penalty of Paying the Sum of Twenty Shillings for 
Every Transgression of This Order. 

This was Sundry times Read over and Voted. 

Whereas Sundry Inconveniences and Disorders of late haue bm 
taken notice of within the Town of Boston, By young People, 
Servants & Negroes Playing in the Streets with money Papaws &c. 

It is Therefore Ordered That no Person or Persons what soever 
Presume to play with English Halfe Pence or for things or any 
other Sort of Corn, or with Shells, or Papaws or any thing of that 
nature or kind within any of the Streets, Lands or alleys, wharfs 
yards or Back Sides within the Town of Boston, On Pain of for- 
feiting and paying the Sum of five Shillings for the first Offence 
And upon a Second Conviction the Sum of Ten Shillings to the 
use of the Poor of the Town of Boston. 

This was Read Sundry times and Voted. 

It hauing bin Observed & Complained of by Sundry of the In- 
habitants That there has bin Great Disorders and Quarelling to 
the Disquating of the Inhabitants of the Town by Reason of 
Negroes Carrying Sticks about the Town with them. 

For Preventing whereof Voted and Ordered. 

That no Indian, Negro, or Molatto within the Town of Boston, 
Except Such as are Lame or Decriped, Presume to Carry any Stick 
or Cain Either by Day or Night, as a walking Stick or Cain that 
may be fit for Quarreling of fighting with, or any other thing of 
that nature. On Penalty of Paying five Shillings, and for' the 
Second offence Ten Shillings, And in Case any of their Sticks or 
Cains haue Iron Ring Ferrel Spear or Nayle found in the End 



Boston Town Kecords 1728. 225 

thereof They Shall Pay Duble the Fines aforesaid for the use of 
the Poor of Boston. 

Read Sundry times and Voted. 

Whereas the Great Number of Doggs keep in Boston is found 
to be very Detremental Thro' their Worrying Chaseing & Wound- 
ing the Catle Sheep and fowles And Ocasioning the Butchers to 
keep their Sheep Housed in the Night which is much to the Dam- 
age of this Town in General. 

Ordered. That no Person Shall keep any Dogg or Bitch to go 
at Larg within this Town of Boston, Aboue Ten Inches High, and 
that it may be at the Liberty of any of the Inhabitants of this 
Town, That find any Such Dogg or Bitch aboue that height going 
at Larg by Day or Night to kill the Same. 

This was Voted to be Continued to the Next Gen" meeting for 
Consideration. 

It being found by Experience That Indian Negro & molatto 
Serv' or Slaves Buying of Provisions in the Market Place or Else 
where has Inhanced the Price of Provisions : for Preventing where 
of 

Ordered. That no Indian Negro or Mollatto Servant or Slave 
be Suffered to Buy any Sort of Provisions of any of the Country 
People on pain and Penalty of forfeiting and Paying the Sum of 
flue Shillings. But it is not to be understood, but that any Such 
Servant may direct any Country People to his or Her master or 
Mistres [485.] which master or mistrisor other white Servant may 
agree for the Same. 

Read and Continued to the Next Meeting for further Debate. 

The Coihittee appointed to Consider of an Project Some Proper 
Method for the Better Improving the Town Dock, The Wharfes & 
Buildings adjoying, and to lay Such Scheme or Projection before 
the Town at this Meeting, llaueing met Several times and Con- 
sulted together upon that afair. Are humbly of opinion That the 
Old Buildings Adjoying to m'' Dolbears Shop as well as those oa 
the South Side of the Dock be Repaired Either at the Charge of 
the Town or those that may Hh-e them for a term of years not Ex- 
ceeding Twenty one, as Shall be found most for the benefitt of 
the Town. And that a Building of two Storyes Sutable for Shops 
be Erected on the wharf at the South Side of the Head of Burdens 
Creek, fronting on the Street, Westerly & Southerly, of Such 
Dementions as may be found Proper & Convenient Also that the 
Town Wharfe be Continued and Extended Easterly to Joyn the 
wharfs before the warehouses in the Possession of Mess'^^ AUins, 
Hough, Cusliing &c. Viz' On a Line !;rom the North east Corner of 
the Present wharfe, to the North part of Said Allins warehouse, 
and So the whole South part of the Dock to be filled up. And a 
Street of a Sutable bredth to be iayed out from the Head or 
Westerly part of the Said Wharfe Down Eastward to the wharfe 
now before Said warehouse. And a Rainge of Low Shops to be 
Erected on the Premisses as Persons Shall appear to Hire them. 
That the Select men for the time being Impowred and Directed to 
manage and Persue those Projections as in their Prudence they 
Shall Judge most for the Benefit and advantage of the Town. 



226 City Document No. 137. 

All which is Humbly Submitted by Ezek" Lewis. 

lu the Name & by Order of the Comittee. 

The Report of the Comittee Aboue was Read & Voted May 8"' 
1727. 

And that the Select men are Impowred & Directed to act ac- 
cordingly and Lay their Proceedings before the Town. 



At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Boston duly Qualified being Regulerly assembled in a 
Publick Town Meeting at the Town House in Boston Sep' the 30*'^ 
1728. 

After Prayer by the Rev*^ m'' Joseph Sewal. 

Jonathan Belcher Esq"" Chosen moderator for this Meeting. 

His Excellency Governor Burnets Speech being Read, the Sev- 
eral Answars and Repl\s on Each Side, and Votes Relating there- 
unto being Read & Considered. 

It was proposed 

Is it your minds, That there be a Salary Setled upon a Gov- 
ernor for the time being. Please to manifest it. 

Voted in the Negative. Nemine Contra Dicente. 

Whether They would have A Salary Setled on our Present 
Governor for any Limited time. 

Voted in the Negative 

Nemine Contra Dicente 



[Note. — A few pages of deeds and agreements were written at 
the end of this volume of the town records. These will be duly 
noticed in our tenth volume of reports, now in press. ^ — W. H. W.J 




INDEX 



INDEX OF NAMES, 



Ackers, 33. 

( Adams, 30, 32, 33, 46, 70, 77, 114, 128, 129, 
J 162, 169, 170, 181, 193, 196, 197, 202, 203, 
i 216. 
[Adams, 186. 

( Addington, 52, 56, 63, 65, 75, 91, 95. 
( Adington, 4. 

iAdkins, 6. 
Adkins, Lime Kiln, 64. 
( Aires, 30, 42, 46, 60, 75, 95, 117, 124, 130, 
\ 136, 141, 182. 

( Ayres, 151, 188, 194, 196, 203, 204, 216. 
Albertnet, 162. 
Aleock, 146. 
Alden, 169, 187. 

Alford, 51, 128, 140, 150, 162, 165, 182. 
f Allen, 1, 3, 4, 5, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 36, 

42, 43, 46, 50, 51, 52, 60, 70, 75, 88, 95, 
^ 97, 99, 107, 108, 109, 117, 124, 129, 135, 

164, 193, 194, 202, 203. 
t Allin, 161, 169, 182, 186, 225. 
Alley, Battrey, 54. 

Bell, 54. 

Bishops, 60. 

Coopers, 51. 

Crooked, 51, 

Elbow, 53. 

Gallops, 53. 

Greenoughs, 54. 

Hogg, 50. 

Linck, 53. 

rrew, 50. 

Paddeys, 53. 

Peirses, 52, 126. 

Salutation, 54. 

Scottows, 53. 

Sliding, 54. 

Turnagaine, 51. 

White Bread, 54. 
Allum, 130, 132. 
Almes House, The, 29, 31, 36, 37, 70, 93, 96, 101, 

111, 112, 148, 151, 220. 
Ammery, 160. 
Anger, 143, 163, 164. 
i Anthram, 31, 66. 

( Antram, 35, 42, 46, 53, 60, 84, 102, 107. 
Apthorp, 29. 
Armitage, 151. 
Arnold, 6, 8. 
( Aspenal, 4. 
] Aspinall, 8, 30. 
( Aspinwall, 33. 
Atkinson, 186. 
Atwood, 36, 95. 
Audly, 27. 
Avery, 186. 
Avise, 100. 
Avis, 156. 

( Bagnall, 181. 
I Bagnell, 186. 

Baker, 27, 29, 30, 31, 60, 75,' 85, 95, 107, 116, 
123, 128, 134, 136, 137, 193, 201, 213, 214, 

Ballard, 124, 128. 

{Ballantine, 192, 198, 205, 208, 209, 212. 
Ballentine, 36, 52, 56, 61, 75, 79, 90, 91, 95, 
99, 117, 119. 
BaUentyn, 88. 



( Ballston, 196. 

{ Balston, 42, 46, 62. 

( Balstone, 75. 

I Banister, 36, 41, 42, 48, 49, 60, 88. 

( Bannister, 28, 135. 
Bankes, 201. 
Bant, 41, 75, 100, 117, 124, 133, 201. 

( Barber, 5, 188. 

] Barbor, 31. 

( Barbour, 29, 38. 
Barker, 216. 

{Barnard, 1, 5, 6, 88, 182, 196. 
Earned, 135. 
Barnerd, 22, 26, 27, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 37, 42, 
46, 54, 60, 70, 75, 88, 95, 99, 101, 108, 
110, 117, 124, 126, 129, 135, 137, 139, 141, 
142. 
Barnes, 4, 5, 22, 37, 39, 41, 45, 49, 55, 58, 61, 63, 
64, 67, 70, 73, 74, 75, 76, 109, 117, 129, 144, 
152. 
Barnert, 119. 
I Barnet, 150, 203, 215, 
( Barnett, 161. 

Barrat, 33, 88, 136, 146. 
} Barret, 117, 124, 140, 146, 220. 
i Barrel, 95. 
\ Barren, 22, 60. 
Barry, 42. 
Barton, 117, 164. 
Bass, 115, 130, 137, 151. 
Battrey, The, 51, 177, 197. 
Battrey, March, 51. 
Battrey, North, 40, 54, 70, 90, 133, 145, 153, 

164, 166, 205, 209. 
Battree, Old, 70. 
Battrey, South, 40, 62, 63, 153, 163, 166, 183, 

205, 208, 209, 220. 
Baxter, 50. 

Bay, Massachusetts, 179. 
( Bayley, 26. 
j Baylie, 196. 
Beach, The, 48. 
Beard, 50. 
Bedell, 197. 

Bedgood, 140, 141, 182, 201, 215, 216. 
Belcher, 5, 6, 7, 24, 25, 41, 45, 85, 88, 92, 100, 

109, 133, 155, 160, 207, 217. 
Belknap, 27, 33, 52, 117, 129, 135, 143, 148, 150, 

170, 171, 173, 184, 187, 189, 198. 
Bell, 1, 187, 197, 201. 
Bennet, 3, 6, 8, 33, 43, 44, 47, 48, 70, 75, 88, 

89, 93, 98, 107, 142, 222. 
Benning, 75, 76. 
Bernard, 30. 

Berry, 30, 45, 74, 85, 102, 123. 
Bestow, 169, 196. 
Bethune, 75, 76, 117, 124. 
Biles,' 33, 116, 141. 
Bileston, 26, 30, 183. 
By^eston, 165. 
( Hill, 6, 26, 30, 
\ 151, 215. 
( Bills, 116. 
Billings, 1, 170. 
Binning, 142, 146. 
Bird, 95, 98. 
Blague, 108, 109. 
Blake, 42, 46, 101, 141, 203, 
Blancher, 193, 202. 



, 64, 76, 78, 98, 128, 149, 



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( Blare, 170. 

\ Blayer, 140, 141. 
Bligh, 124. 

( Blin, 178, 211. 

I Blyn, 50, 98. 
Blish, 1, 22, 35, 41, 117, 124, 143, 147, 148. 

t Blount, 100, 117, 124, 129. 

I Blunt, 95, 151. 

\ Boardman, 85. 

} Bordman, 85. 
Bodwin, 45, 194, 204, 220. 

( Bolt, 42. 

I Boult, 46, 69, 69. 
Bongarden, 125, 161. 
Bonner, 51. 
Bonus, 22. 

( Boon, 42,45, 60, 114, 127, 181, 216. 

I Boone, 188, 194, 204. 

( Boreland, 1. 

\ Borland, 28, 30, 33, 35, 37, 50. 

( Bourland, 75, 125. 
Borman, 107, 116. 
Boucher, 214. 
Boudry, 169, 186. 
Bow, 33, 53. 
Bowes, 89, 109, 110. 
Bowman, 218. 
Boyer, 202. 
Boylston, 126, 195. 

Bradford, 70, 182, 188, 194, 202, 204, 216. 
Brandon, 168, 180. 
Braman, 137, 144. 
Brame, 6, 22, 75, 141. 

Brantree, 27, 44, 46, 47, 56, 57, 73, 77, 80, 90, 
113. 

( Bratle, 30, 31. 

\ Brattle, 31, 33, 35, 40, 44, 55, 65, 72, 75, 83, 

( 84, 87, 95. 
Bream, 130, 132, 135, 146. 
Breck, 187. 
Breeden, 87. 
Brick, 36. 
Bride Brook, 85. 

iBridg, 37, 46, 60, 70, 75, 
Bridge, 1, 4, 6, 23, 27, 30 
60, 95, 99, 108, 117, 128, 130, 170, 187, 
193, 194, 204, 218. 
Bridge, The, 52, 53, 79, 82, 86, 105, 197. 
Draw, The, 91, 192, 205, 208. 
Mill, The, 52, 53, 79, 110, 214, 218, 220. 
Swinging, The, .52, 53, 196. 
f Bridgham, 6, 8, 27, 30, 34, 36, 37, 39, 44, 
45, 48, 49, 51, 52, 56, 60, 88, 89, 93, 116, 
2, 186, 194. 



5, 124. 

37, 38, 42, 46, 



i Bidgham, 89. 
Bridgam, 30. 
L Bridham, 36. 

Briggs, 32, 34, 35, 75, 128, 138, 150. 
Brinley, 140, 141. 
Brintain, 149. 

fBrintnal, 1. 
Brintnall, 6. 
Brentnal, 85. 
Brentnall, 98. 
I Brentnel, 64. 
t Brentncll, 92. 

Briscow, 37, 42, 46, 50, 60, 89, 136. 
Bristow, 6. 
Britten, 169. 
Broccus, 46, 93, 95, 96. 
( Bromfeeld, 26, 36, 38,50, 59, 62. 
{ Bromfield, 89, 93, 168, 194, 206, 207. 
( Brumfoeld, 22. 
fBrondson, 59. 
J Bronsdon, 60, 204, 217. 
1 Brunsdan, 172. 
LBrunsdon 162,169. 
Brooklync, 81, 87, 90. 
Brooks, 53, 125, 151. 
Brown, 29, 46, 70, 77, 78, 100, 117, 1 

150, 162, 167, 186, 197. 
Bruster, 162, 181, 187. 
Bucanan, 30, 36, 43. 
Bucannan, 117. 



Bucanon, 1. 
Buckley, 54, 64, 202. 
Buckerage, 183. 
Buckman, 87. 
Buckmaster, 4, 5. 

( Buckminster, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9. 

/ Buckmister, 8. 
Bullinch, 46, 53, 60, 88, 100, 170, 182, 188, 

194, 204, 216. 
Bulkley, 100. 
Bull, 50, 77, 117, 163. 
BuUard, 125. 

( Bumstead, 151. 

) Bumsted, 182, 188, 194, 202, 204, 216. 
Burges, 125, 126, 135, 141, 143, 145. 

1 Burnall, 196. 

I Burnel, 45, 69, 74. 

( Burnell, 1, 89, 170. 

J Burnebee, 29. 

( Burneby, 32. 

i Buroughs, 207. 

( Burroughs, 89. 
Burrel, 115. 

i Burrell, 22. 
Burt, 136, 162, 193. 
Burying Place, South, 126, 139. 
Burying Place, The, 31, 54, 80, 101, 115, 119. 
Butcher, 36, 38, 70, 95, 97. 
Butler, 49, 52, 100, 121, 122, 183, 198. 
Butt, 119, 121. 

Buttolph, 30, 31, 141, 144, 168, 182. 
Byfleld, 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 185, 187, 190, 195, 200, 
203, 205, 209, 212, 220, 222. 

Cailouell, 125. 

i Calef, 24, 26, 31, 33, 36, 41, 45, 75, 129, 203. 
I Calefe, 43. 
Calf, 150. 
Callender, 64. 
Calwell, 151. 
( Carey, 42, 46, 142. 
( Gary, 169. 
Carnes, 182. 
Carter, 198. 

Castle, Tavern, The, 52. 
Ceader Swamp, 81. 
Center, 26, 92, 107. 
Centre, 30, 33. 
Ccrwithy, 54. 

J Chamberlin, 125, 128, 142, 150, 168, 217. 
( Chamberline, 33, 36, 74, 107, 144. 

Champey, 73. 
/ Ohampney, 69, 110. 
f Chaneey, 22. 
J Chancy, 214. 
j Chauncey, 69, 75, 82. 
[Chauncy, 62. 
Charlestown, 54. 

Charnock, 92, 93, 99, 107, 116, 123, 128, 132, 
137, 143, 163. 
Checkey, 24. 

Checkley, 4, 5, 7, 26, 32, 34, 39, 40, 43, 56, 
94, 99, 105, 106, 117, 135, 136, 149, 160, 
167, 180, 185, 193, 201, 213, 214. 
Checkly, 28, 79, 101. 
Chickley, 5. 

iCheever, 4, 6, 85, 124, 135, 141, 149. 
Chever, 7, 28, 29, 31, 161, 169, 181, 187, 190, 
193, 202, 215, 216. 
Chevers, 194. 
Child, 6, 22. 
( Christopher, 1, 4. 
I Christophers, 75 77. 
(Christ , 151. 
Church Green, 50, 114. 
Church, New South, 138, 206. 
Church of Kngland, 74. 
Circular Line, 66, 67. 
Clark, 1, 5, 7, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 
33, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41 , 42, 43, 46, 47. 48, 
4'), .50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, .58, 61, 62, 
6i, 64, 67, 68, 69, 71, 73, 74, 75, 77, 79 
83, 84, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 96, 99, 100, 
102, 106, 108, 109, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 



Index of Names. 



231 



123, 124, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 13:^, m, 
136, 138, 140, 141, 142, 144, 147, 150, 153, 
156, 158, 160, 161, 16^5, 164, 166, 167, 168, 
169, 170, 172, 178, 180, 181, 182, 184, 185, 
186, 189, 190, 193, 195, 204, 205, 208, 214, 
215, 219. 
Clarke, 28, 45, 58, 73, 91, 201. 
l.Clork, 149. 
(Clear, 75,88,99, 108. 
I Cleer, 42, 49. 
i Cieasby, 99. 
I Cleeebee, 41. 
Clemans, 163. 

Clouab, 5, 33, 45,60, 75, 137, 140, 145, 149,154, 
fSO, 160, 162, 166, 167, 170, 182, 188, 19.-., 
204, 216, 218. 
Coak, 134, 147. 
( obbet, 194, 202. 
Coiner, 23. 
j Coit, 202, 220. 
/ Coite, 161. 
Cole, 23, 101, 104. 

i Coleman, 52, 60. 
Colman, 42, 92, 110, 130, 130, 143, 144, 146, 
147, 148,151, 162, 193, 205, 210, 212, 221, 
222, 223. 
\ Coleson, 46, 61. 
) Colson,42, 136. 
Colliugs, 41, 42. 
Coliison, 41, 46. 
( Combs, 42. 
{ Coomb, 141. 
( Coombs, 46. 
Comer, 70, 77. 
Common, The, 14, 15, 60, 51, 91, 132, 171, 173, 

174, 176, 188, 190, 192, 206, 220. 
Comon Goal, The, 174, 175. 
Condcy, 49, 109, 129, 139. 
Conecticot, 143. 
Coney, 101. 119. 
fConibal, 162. 
I Coniball, 187, 216. 
■{ Cuneyball, 30. 
I Cunnaball, 136. 
1 Cunneball, 109. 

f Cook, 4, 6, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 44, 4.5, 
48, 55, 56, 59, 62, 63, 65, 72, 75, 84, 95, 
106, 111, 112, 118, 119, 120, 131, 132, 134, 
136, 138, 139, 140, 142, 144, 147, 155, 
156, 158, 160, 164, 166, 167, 172, 177, 
180, 205, 212, 219, 220. 
Cooke, 44, 144, 149, 153, 193, 200, 201, 208, 
209, 210, 213, £14, 217, 221. 
Cookson, 32, :;3, 38, 60, 109, 136. 
Cooper, 208, 217. 
Copp, 60. 

Corner, Wheelers, 50. 
Covney, 181. 

Cornbill, 51,115, 126, 127. 
Cornish, '^03, 217. 
( Corser, 42. 
I Courser, 172, 214. 
CoBwell, 168. 
Cofta, 1,36. 
Court, Corn, 52. 
Garden, 54. 
Halfe Square, 52. 
Minots, 53. 
Sun, 54. 
I Cowel, 128, 162. 
f Covvell, 50, 127, 182, 196. 
Co.x, 51, 168. 
\ Craisf, 120, 121. 
f Crai^e, 108, 109, 114. 
Cravalh, 108, 112. 
Creek, The, 63, 68, 79. 
Burdens, 225. 
Mil, The, 146. 
Salt Water, 85. 
Creese, 75. 
Crow, 23. 

Cumbey, 22, 33, 45, 49. 
I Cnnnigham, 34, 75, 88, 135. 
I Cunningham, 168, 183, 191. 



Cushing, 34, 35, 41, 45, 47, 49, 56, 57, 60, 64, 
70, 74, 77, 87, 88, 93, 114, 116, 120, 124, 130, 
134, 140, 149, 154, 155, 156, 160, 165, 167, 
170, 172, 178, 180, 182, 181, 185, 189, 190, 
193, 198, 201, 205, 20u, 203, 210, 212, 213, 
221, 225. 

Dafforn, 52, 123. 
Dagsjet, 188. 
Daniel, 45. 
Danson, 27. 
( Darbey, 75. 
; Darby, 114, 163. 
Dasset, 33, 60. 
Dause, 117. 

Davenport, 56, 74, 76, 79, 83, 85, 91, 93, 96, 
101, 111, 114, 118, 119, 130, l:i6, 142, 159, 
187,191,204. 
( Davis, 1, 6, 52, 116. 
i Davise, 7, 23, 116. 
\ Dawes, 135. 
) Daws, 140. 
Dawson, 217. 
Dence, 216. 
I Deiiierry, 169. 

} Demery, 137, 139, 188. 
Demerick, 151, 156. 

\ Demming, 46, 69, 182. 

) Deming, 42, 196, 202. 
Demmou, 188. 

f Decring, 162, 169, 178, 180. 

J Dereing, 25, 28, 30, 31, 58, 64, 76. 

1 Deriug, 32, 33, 35, 37, 38, 42, 45, 51, 73, 98, 

[ 117, 136, 185, 193, 205, 206. 
Deshon,119. 

Devotion, 1, 6, 22, 26, 27. 
Dewer, 60, 95. 
Dinsdale, 124. 

fDixwel, 142,161. 
i Dixwell, 109, 146, 150, 168, 176, 182, 186, 

[ 188, 191. 
Dock, Bendalls, 69. 

The, 7, 53, 63, 76, 111, 119, 121, 199, 225. 
Towns, 67, 69, 81, 90, 122, 152, 188, 205, 
206, 207, 225. 

i Dolbear, 135, 136, 196, 225. 

) Dolbeer, 41. 

( Done, 164, 167. 

( Donn, 142. 
Dosset, 215. 

) Dowden, 1. 

I Dowding, 95. 

( Dowues, 6. 

\ Down, 100, 108, 116, 117, 130, 188. 

( Downs, 162, 182, 194, 215. 
Dragon, Green, The, 52. 
Draper, 1, 7, 22, 26, 28, 31, 41, 45, 49, 56, 58, 

63, 64, 73, 83, 88, 98, 99, 114, 120. 
Drinker, 51. 
Druce, 5. 
Dudley, 56, 62, 64, 69, 78, 89, 92, 94, 95, 97, 

105, 106. 
Dupee, 160, 191, 193, 216. 

4 Dunier, 8. 

i Dumraor, 22, 26, 45, 52, 99, 117. 
Durant, 50, 136, 169. 
Dure, 161. 

5 Dwlgbt, 30, 37, 69, 95. 
/ Dwite, 100. 

Dyer, 7, 22, 26, 29, 37, 42, 46, 50, 60, 68, 69, 76, 
77,83, 96, 11", 181, 202, 204, 214. 

Eady, 109, 

5 Earl, 27, 100. 

I Earle, 1. 

Eaton, 124, 142, 169, 182, 184. 
Edmund, 85. 

I Edward, 161. 
Edwards, 1, 59, 60, 89, 110, 124, 135, 146, 
150, 162, 164, 168, 172, 176, 181,186, 19.3, 
202, 221. 
I Eliot, 49, 50, 116, 142, 172, 181. 
) Elliot, 110. 
EUery, 201. 



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Ellin, 23. 

< Ellis, 123. 

) Ellise, 50. 
Ellistott, 53. 
Ellisston, 1. 

j Emery, 222. 

i Emory, 222. 

( Ernes, 1. 

) Emms, 27, 30, 33, 151, 203. 

fEmmans, 161, 202, 206, 215. 

Emmons, 30, 33, 52, 60, 88, 89, 95, 99, 108, 
<^ 129, 170. 



(.Emons, 99. 
Endioott, 150, 161, 169. 
England, 24, 
Eppes, 47, 48, 59. 
Erwin, 216. 
Euges, 151. 

f Eustas, 141. 

I Eustice, 23, 27, 33, 36, 37, 42, 45, 46, 59, 60, 

^ 75, 88, 95, 99, 135, 144, 188, 194, 197. 
Eustis, 1, 180, 215. 

(.Eustus, 6, 
Everton, 1, 53, 54. 
Exchange, The, 52. 
Eyers, 171. 
Eyre, 1, 76, 168, 180, 
Eyres, 6, 28, 162, 170. 

f, Fanueill, 66. 
J Fanuel, 29. 

{Farmmi, 26, 75, 98, 107, 116, 123, 128, 135, 
141, 150, 161, 168,181, 186, 191,201, 214, 
220. 
Farum, 70. 
Fuirwether, 51, 130, 131, 183. 
Fetmo, 79, 89, 92, 182, 187, 194. 
Fernside, 23. 
Ferry, The, 145. 
Ferry Way, 54. 
Fethergill, 129, 
j Feveryear, 117. 
) Feveryr, 163. 
(Fifeeld, 75. 
\ Fifleld, 107. 

( Fyfleld, 100, 116, 123, 128, 132. 
First Church of Christ in Boston, 62. 
Fisher, 57, 187. 

f Fitch, 1, 24, 28, 29, 30, 32, 35, 39, 40, 41, 43, 

44, 47, 48, .52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 61, 62, 64, 

69, 72, 73, 75, 77, 79, 91, 94, 96, 110, 111, 

i 115, 117, 118, 125, l:a, 133, 135, 138, 143, 

I 147, 148, 171, 182, 184, 187, 188, 189, 193, 

194, 195, 203, 204, 205, 208, 220, 222. 
I, Fith, 91,130. 
) Flag, 87, 

) Flagg, 70. 126, 194, 204, 216. 
Flats, the, 48, 69, 84. 
Flatts, Townes, 90 139. 
Fleet, 187, 221. 
Floyd, 1, 33, 36, 42, 44, 45, 59, 87, 88, 98, 116, 

123, 128, 134, 141, 161, 168, 180, 188, 194. 
i Foreland, 1, 46, 60, 151. 
) Forland,23,27. 
Fortitication, Old, 45, 47, 49. 
Fosdick, 78, 132. 

Foster, 23, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 44, 54, 
55, 56, 62, 63, 69, 72, 73, 109, 124, 129, 132, 
1.35, 141, 142, 1.50, 151, 161, 162, 169, 170, 
171, 182, 188, 194, 196, 203, 207, 215, 210. 
Foxcroft, 212. 
Foy, 45, 49, 195. 
Francis, 125. 
( Franckling, 26. 
\ Frankliug, 109. 
f Franklin, 6", 151. 
Frary, 3, 5, 8, 50. 
Frasier, 143. 
Freeman, 70, 98. 
( Frizell, 60. 

\ Frizzel, 93, 117, 124, 134. 
( Frizzell, 41, 54, 89, 99, 137. 
Fuller, 6. 



Fullerton, 161, 207. 

Gale, 135, 166. 
Gallop, 53, 60, 163. 

e Gardener, 4, 8, 23, 27, 30, 33, 95, 124. 

I Gardner, 108, 117, 124, 130, 194, 195, 204, 

( 214. 

Garnor, 182, 187, 188. 
Gatcom, 160, 184. 
Gauden, 220. 

( Gee, 27, 36, 41, 53, 54, 55, 57, 83, 89, 130, 

} 145, 213. 

( Ges, 144. 

George, 7, 56, 64, 67, 75, 92, 93. 
Gerrish, 1, 22, 67, 136, 180. 

( Gibbins, 1, 23, 27, 30, 97, 119. 

I Gibbon, 222. 

i Gibbons, 151, 168, 169, 181. 

Gibbs, 4, 5, 22, 28, 184, 195, 217. 

Gibson, 36, 42, 64, 109, 152. 

Gidne3', 214, 216 

Gilbert, 125. 

Giles, 163. 

Gillara,22. 

Gillcrist, 171. 

Gill, 1, 4. 

Gipson, 161. 

Godfrey, 32, 75, 89. 

GofT, 27, 30, 46, 92. 

Golding, 46. 

J Goldthwaite, 98. 

} Goldthwait, 162, 183, 194, 207. 

{Gooch, 1, 36, 38, 60, 75, 88, 95, 100. 108, 110, 
116, 123, 128, 134, 140, 143, 166. 223. 
Gouch, 150, 161, 169, 181, 184, 186, 193, 197, 
199, 201, 206. 
Gooding, 161, 165. 
Goodrich, 182. 
Goodwell,202, 218. 
( Goodwin, 1, 27, 60, 109, 124, 126, 129. 
) Goodwn, 27. 

Goold, 77, 181. 
I Gould, 60, 170. 
Gorden, 202. 
Gore, 135, 141. 
Gouge, 215, 221. 
Gowen, 116. 
Graige, 108. 
Granary, The, 127, 220. 
Grant, 33, 45, 75, 89, 100, 109, 202. 
I Gray, 23, 33, 42, 216. 
) Grey, 41. 
Greeland, 87. 
GreeKefe, 78. 
Green leif, 163. 
Greenliefe, 76, 99. 
Greenlief, 182, 189, 203, 214. 
Grecnhill, 1. 

Green, 27, 32, 37, 42, 46, 60, 61, 62, 70, 75, 89, 
102, 107, 116, 117, 123, 128, 130, 135, 136, 
143, 151, 153, 154, 165, 156, 160, 166, 167, 
178, 180, 185, 193, 201, 205, 206, 208, 209, 
210,217,221,223. 
Greenough, 46, 54, 60, 102. 
Greenwood, 6, 22, 35, 39, 42. 49, 74, 90, 100, 
107, 116, 123, 128, 133, l-±2, 193, 201, 215 
( Gridley, 33, 46, 70, 214, 218. 
) Grldly, 6. 
Griggs, 1. 
I Grose, 125. 
/ Gross, 136. 
Grover, 88, 144. 

{Guterage, 187. 
Gutredge, 36. 
Gutridge, 41, 124, 140, 141. 
Guttridge, 1, 92. 
Gyles, 109. 

) Halsey, 129, 194. 

) Halsie, 59, 60. 
Hall, 60, 168, 187. 
Hallaway, 50, 51. 
Hancock, 203. 
Hannos, 198. 



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f Harris, 6, 26, 27, 30, 42, 52, 109, 51, 163, 
J 204. 

1 Harrise, 40, U, 49, 75, 95, 100. 
I Harriss, 143. 
Harwood, 163. 
( Hasey, 215. 

\ Hasie, 30, 36, 59, 74, 87, 107, 123, 134. 
Hatch, 129, 153, 187. 
Haugh, 24, 33, 50, 51, 89, 95, 117. 
Hauksworth, 32. 
Hawkins, 42. 
Hawyard, 195. 
( Headman, 182. 
I Hedman, 108, 1P9, 130. 
Heasy, 149, 150. 
Heath, 28, 30, 32, 39. 
( Hencha, 27, 77. 
I Hensha, 77, 95, 109, 141. 
■ Henchman, 36, 49, 104, 109, 110, 117, 130, 

136, 142, 170, 204, 216. 
' Hinchmau, 194. 
lendrick, 135. 
Henshew, 161. 
Hewes, 119. 
Highway The, 47, 48, 66, 69, 71, 73, 81, 89, 90, 

91, 94, 101, 110, 112, 122, 126, 146. 
Hill, 1, 36, 38, 60, 100, 102, 109, 114, 118, 16S, 

204, 207. 
Hill, Blue, 44, 47, 57. 
Centrey, 51. 

Fort, 6, 8, 50, 51, 94, 153. 
Fox, 15, 171. 
Ridge, 15. 
Snow, 54. 
Windmill, 15, 171. 
Hillard, 6. 
\ Hilliar, 186. 
'( Hillier, 1, 150, 161,183. 
Hilton, 45, 49. 
Hird, 216. 
Hirst, 46, 59, 69, 75, 89, 91, 93, 99, 108, 110, 

119. 
Hohby, 169. 
( Hodgden, 187. 
} Hodgdon, 142. 
Hodgder, 202. 
( Holand, 1. 
; Holland, 7. 

(Holiocke, 5. 
Holioke, i. 
Holyoke, 7, 8, 23, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33, 35, 39, 
43, 130, 202. 
L Holy ok, 34. 
Hollaway, 188. 
C Hollo well, 1,217,222. 

< Hollowels, 214. 
(.Holwell, 197, 217. 

Holmes, 6, 36. 

Hood, 29, 30, 60, 75, 76, 137, 178, 183. 

( Hooton, 193. 

I Houghton, 169. 
Houchen, 51, 52. 
Hough, 75, 225. 
House of Correction, 61, 70, 93, 96, 173, 174, 

175. 
House of Hanover, 178. 

Old Brew, 51. 
How, 124, 189, 201, 216. 
Howard, 24, 26, 29, 30, 36, 46, 60, 89, 164. 
Howden, 219. 

4 Howel, 96, 204, 216. 

) Howell, 59, 195. 
Hubbard, 165, 168, 217. 
Hubbeit, 34, 51, 89, 130. 
Hughes, 188, 21T. 

j Hunewel, 88. 

t Hunewell, 75. 

Hunt, 27, 36, 75, 89, 92, 136, 162, 169, 183, 201, 
202, 214, 219. 

fHutchenson, 22, 35, 36, 39, 40. 

I Hutchinson, 1, 5, 6, 7, 22, 23, 31, 34, 37, 39, 

< 41, 45, 46, 49, 52, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 62, 63, 
69,72,73,74,76,77,79,83,85,88,90,91, 

I 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, 102, 105, 107, 109, I 



110, 112, 115, 116, 117, 118, 121, 125, 126, 
127, 128, 131,132, 133, 134, 135, 137, 139, 
143, 149, 151, 153, 154, 156, 162, 171, 172, 

. 178, 182, 187, 188, 198, 205, 210, 217, 220, 
222. 

[Huthinson, 123, 127, 145. 

Inches, 195, 202. 
( Indecot, 124, 129, 135, 141, 142. 
] Indicot, 53, 196, 215. 
( Indicott, 182, 188, 189, 195. 
Ingham, 151. 
I Ingraham, 1, 6. 
I Ingram, 23, 27, 30, 75, 88. 
Ireland, 23, 86, 177. 
Island of Barbadoes, 168. 
Deer, 121, 127. 
Noddles, 40, 205, 209, 210. 
Spectacle, 154, 165. 

( Jacklin, 1, 36. 
I Jackling, 38. 

Jackson, 1, 31, 32, 33, 35, 39, 95, 121, 124, 129, 
130, 135, 136, 140, 141, 142, 146, 150, 161, 
162, 170, 182, 188, 201, 215. 
{ Jarvice, 140. 
( Jarvies, 156. 
Jefferies, 48. 
I Jefferyes, 49, 75, 117, 123, 125. 
Jenkins, 87, 123. 
Jepsou, 1, 30, 33, 36, 42, 49, 70, 75, 88, 129, 

135, 141, 150, 182, 187, 194. 
Jess, 31. 
Johnot, 123. 
Johnson, 1, 6, 23, 27, 30, 33, 36, 37, 38, 42, 44, 

46, 60, 161, 169, 171, 184. 
Jones, 146, 149, 151, 181, 196, 203. 



Keats, 22, 42. 

Keeling, 42, 46, 56, 59, 61, 62, 72, 73, 77, 111, 

118, 187, 192. 
Keen, 6, 23, 36, 43. 
Keeting, 121. 

fKelbey, 77. 

J Kilbee, 77. 

1 Kilbey, 23, 77. 

[Kilby, 98. 
Kelder, 195, 202. 
Kemball, 188. 

I Kenney 117. 

I Kenny, 52, 95, 141, 142. 
King, 46, 60, 182. 
Kinsman, 186. 
Kneeland, 38, 42, 79, 100, 109, 123, 210. 

J Knight, 138. 

( Knights, 22. 
Knock, 160. 

Lablond, 41, 60, 75, 88, 193. 
I Laive, 45. 
\ Lave, 168. 
Lake, 53. 
Lamb, 144, 146. ■ 
Lampson, 87. 
Lands, Blue Hill, 27, 73, 80, 90, 93, 113, 119, 

122,131,137. 
Lands, Townes, 8, 14, 17, 27, 44, 77. 80, 81, 87, 
113, 137, 143, 148, 153, 166, 171, 172, 173, 
178, 184, 207, 209, 210, 220. 
Lands, Wast, 44, 46 47, 56, 57, 73, 155. 
Lane, 23, 30, 33, 42, 46, 60, 99, 202, 203, 215, 

217. 
Lane, Adkinsons, 125, 127. 
Beer, 63, 110. 
Belchers, 51. 
Blind 50. 
Cold, 52. 
Cow, 50, 51. 
Crab, 52. 
Creek, 53. 
Crooked, 52. 
Davies, 51. 
Flowndcr, 50 
Frogg, 50, 51. 
Gibbs, 51. 



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Lane, Green, 17, 52. 

Gridleys, 51. 

Henchmans, 54. 

Hilliere, 52, 

Joylieffs, 51, 

Leverets, 52. 

Long, 50. 

Mackrill, 52, 63, 68. 

Marsh, 53. 

Marshalls, 53. 

Pudding, 52. 

Ransfords, 50. 

Rawsons, 50. 

Salt, 53. 

Sconce, 51. 

Spriug, 51, 62, 

Shrimptons, 52. 

Swing Bridg, 53. 

Tanners, 51. 

Wings, 26, 52. 

Wood, 53, 55, 70, 71. 
Langdon, 6, 22, 32, 34, 37, 42, 46, 60, 89, 149, 

151, 203. 
Laraby, 195. 
Laughton, 181. 
Lawson, 30. 
Leath, 59. 
Lee, 75, 76, 100, 108, 117, 135, 142, 197, 203, 

214, 216, 
Legg, 7, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31, 35, 45, 100, 110,116, 

123, 128, 134, 140, 150, 161, 169. 
LendaU, 42, 49, 59, 75. 
Lesenbee, 161. 
Leueret, 216. 
( Leveret, 34, 203. 
j Leverett, 209. 
Lewes, 205. 

Lewis, 6, 7, 123, 149, 154, 156,158, 159, 165, 168, 

.172, 180, 184, 185, 187, 188, 190, 193, 194, 

195, 198, ^01, 202, 205, 206, 208, 210, 212, 

214, 215, 217, 221. 

Lewise, 32, 33, 42, 46, 59, 61, 63, 64, 76, 98, 

107, 146. 
Leyland,151. 
Liford, 114. 
Lillie, 135. 
Lindall, 19, 59, 60, 
Litchmer, 59, 60. 
Little, 210. 
Long, 5. 
Lopez, 151, 152. 

fLoreing, 30, 36, 42, 78, 82, 100, 107. 
J Loring. 99, 116, 123, 128, 135, 136, 141, 158. 
1 Louring, 150, 152, 161, 168, 184, 186, 193, 
L 202,215,216. 
Lolhrop, 98. 109, 113. 
Love, 29, 36, 92, 132. 
Lowden, 197. 
Lowder, 73, 109, 110. 
( Lowel, 41. 
] Lowell, 3. 
( Lowle, 30. 
Loyd, 110. 
Lucey, 117. 
J Lyd, 52. 

/ Lydu, 49, 108, 216. 
Lyford, 119. 120. 

S 'Lyman, 88, 182, 188, 194, 204, 210, 215. 
/ Lymon, 100, 170. 

( Lynd, 23, 20, 35, 37, 52, 60, 64, 72, 77, 78. 
{ Lyndo, 1, 4, 5, 6, 22, 30, 33,43, 47, 51, 62, 73, 
( 74. 

Lyndall, 89, 93, 07. 
Lynn, 85. 

) Maccarty, 52, 195. 

( Mccharly, 202. 
Malara, 7 .^, 88, 95, 144. 

/ May lam, 70. 
Maiden, 85, 87. 
Wallet, 151. 

I Malyne, 1. 

I Melyue, 51. 
Man, 1, 27, 36, 38, 100, 



2, 72, 73, 77, 99, 116. 



Maning, 42. 
Marable, 26. 
Mariam, 85. 
Marian, 154, 155. 

Marion, 1, 5, 6. 22, 29, 77, 84, 88, 93, 95, 98, 

107, 113, 115, 116, 117, 119, 122, 128, 134, 

140, 149, 156,160,163, 165, 167, 180, 185, 

200, 203, 206. 

Marrion, 1, 26, 27, 32, 33,41, 55, 56, 61, 70, 

73, 88. 
Maryon, 23, 75, 79. 
LMarryon,26, 28. 
Market, Corn, 52. 
Fish, 53. 
Marriner, 29, 75, 88, 95, 99. 
Marriss, 135. 

Marsh Rumney, 1, 2, 5, 6, 22, 23, 26, 30, 33, 
34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, 59, 62, 64, 
70, 74, 85, 87, 8S, 89, 92, 98, 107, 116,123, 

128, 134, 144, 149, 150, 160, 161, 165, 163, 
180, 186, 188, 194, 202, 210, 215. 

Marsh, The, 91. 

Marshall, 26, 27, 33, 35, 44, 45, 49, 58, 63, 04, 

76, 77, 88, 89, 95, 98, 102, 116, 117, 123 128, 

135, 181, 217. 

{Marline, 41." 
Martvn, 49, 77, 83, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95, 100, 102, 
108, 110, 112 116, 119. 
Martyne, 73. 
Mason, 75, 76, 95, 99, 108, 116, 117, 123, 124, 

129, 135, 141, 150, 161, 170, 187, 202, 
215. 

Mather, 185. 
Mathews, 90, 114. 

( Mattock, 150, 165. 

( Mattox, 42. 
Maverick, 162, 193, 
Maxwell, 1, 6, 27, 124, 186. 
May, 202. 

Maycocks, 135, 151, 169. 
Meadow Ground, The, 48. 

( Mears, 1, 6. 

] Meeres, 23. 

( Meers, 36, 43, 52, 17i 
Meeting House, Briclv, 121. 

Colmans, 87, 214, 217. 
New, 101. 
New Hrick, 171. 
New South, 137, 212, 213, 218. 
North, 54. 

South, 50, 91, 92, 218. 
Merret, 183. 

) Mico, 44, 75, 95, 117. 

; Micoe, 124. 

i Millar, 27, 131, 140. 

} Miller, 30, 33, 130, 183. 
Mills, 170. 
Milton, 80. 
Mill Water, The, 146. 

fMluot, 1, 22, 27, SO, 31, 33, 35, 41, 45, 49, 5-.S, 

J 56, 75, 83, 90, 95, 99, 108, 115, 118, 132, 

) 140, 178, 180, 205. 

LMinott, 170, 172, 178, 185, 187. 
Mobbcrly, 216. 

( Moflat, 218. 

? Moffct, 117, 120. 
Monk, 125, 196. 
Moor, 77, 87. 

( Morcock, 22. 

! Morecock, 150. 

( Moorcock, 52, 108. 
Morean, 146. 
Morcy, 27, 50. 
Morrell, 53 

j Morris, 77. 161, 165. 

I Morrise, 76, 97. 
Mortemore, 27. 
Moseraan, 70. 

S Mountfort, 26, 42, 46, 52, 59, 60, 69, 216. 

} Mounlforlh, 181, 184. 
Mountjoy, 53. 
Mower, 195. 

Muddiriver, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 22, 23,26, £7, 30, 
33, 34, 81. 



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32, 34, 39, 43, 50, 62, 95, 



( Mumford, 195. 
I Munford, 210. 

Nanney, 53. 

Neck, Dorchester, 94. 

Neck, The, 3, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 27, 
31, 40, 44, 47, 49, 64, 69, 71, 73, 81, 83, 84, 
90, 91, 94, 110, 111, 131, 137, 152, 172, 176, 
189, 190, 214. 

Negus, 6, 23, 27, 30, 75, 88, 108, 117, 124. 

New England, 179. 

New Hampshire, 143, 155; 

Newton, 29, 30, 56. 
( Nicholls, 33, 60, 142. 
\ Nichols, 202. 

Nicholson, 74. 

North Burying place, 34, 35, 72, 73, 77, 81, 137. 

Norton, 37, 53, 95, 135, 136. 

{Noyce, 149, 153, 181. 
Noyes, 31, 39, 45, 47, 48, 49, 56, 57, 61, 63, 
66, 67, 69, 72, 74, 77, 81, 87, 93, 102, 106, 
111, 112, 118, 120, 126, 133, 137, 138, 140, 
144, 147. 
Noyse, 34, 40, 63. 

iOakes. 216. 
Oaks, 24, 25. 
Okos, 26, 27, 28, 
117. 
* Odel, 207. 
} Odell, 51. 
Oker, 30. 

Old Meeting House, 39, 41, 51. 
Old Way, 53. 

r Oliver, 1, 5, 7, 8, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 35, 
36, 41, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 56. 57, 58, 61, 
67, 74, 77, 88, 90, 93, 95, 98, 99, 100, 108, 
i 109, 112, 116, 118, 123, 128, 134, 140, 147, 

148, 150, 160, 169, 181, 189, 193, 201, 205, 
215. 
tOlliver, 186. 
Olton, 49, 117, 124. 
Orne, 150. 
Osborn, 195. 

j Page, 142. 
) Paige, 86. 

{Paiii, 150, 154, 156, 162, 182, 186, 207, 210, 
217, 220. 
Paine,33, 49, 195. 
Payn, 48, 83, 87, 90, 93, 95, 109, 112, 117, 120, 
147, 148.158,171,178. 
Paj-ne, 155, 165, 167, 222. 
\ Palfrey, 109. 
} Palfry, 195. 

Palmer, 28, SO, 33, 35, 37,42, 46, 52,59, 69. 75, 
100, 133, 143, 151, 158, 1182, 188, 195, 
203. 
Papilion, 188. 

Parker, 37, 42, 46, 60, 131, 135, 188, 206. 
Parkman, 54, 117, 124, 135, 150, 151, 153, 162, 

16 1, 170, 181, 182, 188, 194, 204, 216. 
I Parminter, 135, 142. 
I Parmiter, 150, 162, 171, 182. 

Parnell, 152. 
I Parnel, 136, 142, 152. 
Parrott, 163. 
Parsons, 49, 143. 
( Patishal, 162. 
\ Pattishall, 218. 
( Pattishal, 181. 
Patleson, 100. 
Pauls, 85. 
Paxton, 64. 
Payson, 137. 
(, Peack, 169. 
I Peck, 38, 70, 197. 
( Pearce, 73, 164. 
I Pearse, 6, 23. 
( Peirse, 64, 130. 
Pearson, 42, 

Pecker, 135, 151, 187, 203, 204, 216. 
PeU, 123, 162, 193. 



I Pemberton, 27,33, 42, 46, 48, 52, 53, 98, 182. 
( Penibeton, 52. 

{Peneman, 50, 136. 
Peniman, 195, 216. 
Pennyman, 150, 160, 170. 
Penyman, 182, 188, 204. 
Perkins, 183, 194. 
I Philips, 216. 

} Phillips, 36, 48, 52, 53, 75, 84. 
Phipps, 22, 45, 49, 54. 
Pimm, 136. 
Pitson, 142, 143, 196. 
Pitts, 35, 37, 42, 59, 75, 95, 99, 117, 124, 162, 

181, 182, 216. 
Platts, 52. 
( Plumar, 44. 
\ Plumer, 6. 

( Plumraer, 70, 95, 97, 108. 
I Pollard, 22, 52, 125, 141, 169, 204. 
} Pollord 22. 
Pond, Half Way, 81. 

Mill, The, 52, 53, 139, 145, 146. 
Salt, The, 146, 152, 172. 
Wheelers, 14, 68. 
Potwin, 214. 
Pound, The, 31. 
f Pounding, 150. 

Pouuiug, 45, 56, 128, 161, 168, 181, 193, 202, 
i 215. 

Powning, 30, 32, 35, 41, 49, 52, 58, 63, 64, 74, 
[ 89, 93, 98, 109, 116, 123, 132, 135, 140, 186, 
Powel, 117. 

Poynt, Hud eons, 54, 145, 
Merryes, 41, 70, 81. 
Windmill, 50 
( Prat, 45, 64, 74, 86, 88, 134, 144, 219. 
i Pratt, 160, 186, 197, 202, 215. 
Price, 164, 216. 
Prince, 200. 

f Procter, 1, 170, 178, 182, 188, 194, 204, 216, 
j 216. 

1 Proctor, 28, 30, 35, 36, 38, 45, 95, 109, 117, 
t 125. 

Prout, 1, 3, 5, 8, 22, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, 
38, 41, 44, 45, 46, 49, 53, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 
64, 66, 69, 71, 72, 73, 75, 77, 80, 89, 92, 95, 
98, 100, 107, 109, 116, 118, 123, 128, 131, 
134, 138, 140, 142, 143, 150, 161, 169, 181, 
186, 193, 201, 214. 
Pym, 29, 95, 130. 

Quick, 216. 

Rand, 92, 128, 216. 
P„andel, 195. 

( Ransford, 54, 111. 

I Rasford, 50. 
Read 99, 201. 

) Reed, 108, 117, 120. 
Reading, 85, 87. 
Rhod Island, 143. 

( Rickcs, 169. 

\ Ricks, 182, 188, 196. 

( Rix, 161, 202. 215. 
Richards, 46, 54, 64, 69, 75, 76, 118, 141, 160, 

167, 203. 
Richardson, 144. 
Righton, 78, 204. 
River, Charles, 145. 

Piscataqua, 154. 
The, 85. 
Roberts, 22, 51, 77, 129, 187, 193. 

) Robic, 30, 33, 71, 136, 139. 

) Roby, 214. 
Robinson, 109, 195. 
Rogers, 42, 73, 142, 186. 
Rollins, 141. 
Row, 118. 

Row, Merchants, 52, 198. 
Roxbury, 27, 48, 83, 111, 146, 172. 
Roxbury Gate, 14, 21. 

IRoyall, 23,125,151,180. 

\ Royal, 6, 30. 



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Ruck, 28, 29, 36, 38, 42, 46, 62, 69, 75, 83, 89, 
90, 92, 98, 106, 107, 109, 117, 118, 123, 128, 
132, 134, 137, 140, 150, 158, 161, 169, 181, 
186, 193, 195, 201, 215. 
Ruddock, 108. 
Rugles, 214. 
Rumney, 1. 

( Russell, 1,36, 38, 150, 161, 162, 182,188, 196, 
} 203, 207, 216. 
( Russel, 210. 

Sables, 27. 

Bale, 187. 

Salem, 59. 

Salter, 6, 32, 42, 64, 89, 95, 99, 108, 117, 120, 

141, 182, 194, 202, 204, 214, 217, 218. 
Sampson, 5. 
Sanders, 100, 119, 120, 122, 125, 186, 199, 

205. 
f Savage, 4, 6, 8, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 
I 32, 33, 34, 35, 39, 43, 48, 52, 53, 55, 61, 
J 63, 64, 69, 73, 75, 77, 80, 89, 93, 99, 107, 
i 114, 115, 116, 123, 126, 128, 132, 136, 

142, 143, 147, 171, 204, 217, 218, 219. 
ISvage, 163. 
r Savel, 220. 
\ Savil, 130. 
i Savil I, 64. 

School, Grammar, The, 81, 139. 
First, 170. 
Free, 63, 64, 75, 76, 78, 81, 

90, 119, 124, 139, 146. 
Public, 80. 
House, ISTew, 31. 
Old, 31. 
Latin, Free, 7, 51. 

Public, 70, 80, 113. 
Lattin, 28, 29, 34, 78. 
Writing, New, 138, 139, 143. 
North, 139. 
South, 204, 211. 
The, 189. 
Scolley, 110. 
Scot, 99. 
Scottow, 53. 
Sea Horse, The, 154. 
( Sears, 183. 
j Seers, 37, 42, 46, 60, 75, 88, 92, 129, 137, 141. 

(Seawall, 189. 
Sewal, 75, 83, 115, 151, 165. 
Sewall, 17, 25, 26, 29, 34, 35, 36, 38, 50, 56, 
59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 72, 80, 95, 118, 123, 
136, 142, 147, 149, 200, 210. 
I Sewel, 36. 
tSewell, 4, 5, 22, 115. 
Selby, 124. 
( Sergant, 57. 
\ Sergeant, 57, 86. 
( Sergent, 73. 
Sever, 33. 
Shaler, 120. 
Sharp, 26. 
I Shauler, 151. 
j Shawler, 203. 
( Sheafe, 101, HO, 131, 143. 
j Sheeff, 51. 
4 Shelslon, 23, 134. 
I Shelstone, 1, 6. 

Shcpard, 1. 
} Shepherd, 23, 30. 
fSheepreeve, 170, 182. 

Shepnreeve, 28, 45. 
I Shepreeve, 27, 34, 35, 70, 75, 88, 95, 99, 108. 
■; Shippreeve, 45. 

Shipreeve, 150, 194, 204. 
1 Shipreive, 188. 
I, Sbipprevce, 23. 
( Sherard, .30. 
} Bherrard, 6. 
( Sherrerd, 1. 
Sherrar, 34. 
Sherren, 6, 169. 
Sherwood, 23, 27. 
Shore, 126. 



Shrumpton, 51, 52, 57,- 60, 95, 117. 
Shute, 177, 178, 179, ISO, 181. 

5 Siggomey, 149, 151. 

} Sigorno, 218. 
Simms, 207. 

( Simpson, 27, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 69,117, 124, 

] 129, 130, 142, 152, 187, 202. 

( Simson, 23, 95. 
Sign of the Lamb, 85. 
Skinner, 183, 194, 202, 220. 
Smalpeice, 111. 

Smith, 27, 30, 33, 35, 45, 49, 60, 75, 88, 97, 99, 
108, 114, 116, 120, 123, 128, 132, 134, 139, 
171, 196, 218. 
Snelling, 170. 
Snow, 37. 
South, 22. 

( Southack, 118, 133, 148. 

\ Southiack, 51. 

( Southiaks, 143. 
Souther, 24, 50, 60. 
Southink, 114. 
Sparry, 30. 

J Spenceer, 59. 

( Spencer, 59. 
Spikeman, 151, 152. 
Sprague, 87. 
Spurrier, 211. 
Square, Clarks, 54. 
Church, 51. 
Dock, 52. 



) Stayner, 171. 
Stanbury, 53. 
Staniford, 88, 124. 
Starr, 162. 
Stedman, 22, 33. 
Steel, 117, 130, 201, 212. 

( Stephens, 167, 168, 188. 

} Stevens, 54, 117, 124, 129, 141, 142. 

{Stoddard, 2, 24, 26, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 42, 45, 
67, 82, 89, 93, 98, 120, 125, 135, 201, 212, 
Stodderd, 2. 
Stoodard, 151. 
Stone, 160. 
Storer, 150. 
Story, 131, 169. 
Streem, Mill, The, 54. 
Street, Ann, 53, 79, 82, 105, 163, 165. 

Back, 53, 110, 127. 

Beach, 49, 50. 

Beacon, 51, 171, 173. 

Bennet, 53, 54, 92. 

Brattle, 52. 

Broad, 50. 

Broad or Highway, 49. 

Cambridge, 52. 

Centrey, 51. 

Charter, 54, 111, 122, 13T. 

Comon, 51, 99. 

Cross, 53, 81. 

Essex, 50. 

Fish, 53, 54. 

Fleet, 54, 63, 67. 

Hanover, 51, 52, 53. 

Haukins, 127. 

Hull, 17, 54. 

King, 51, 52, 63, 66. 

Lime, 54. 

Love, 54, 92. 

Lyn, 54. 

Maine, 38, 43. 

Malbrough, 50. 

Middle, 53, 54. 

Milk, 50, 51, 52, 162, 169, 214, 222. 

Moon, 54. 

Newbery, 50. 

North, 54, 60, 99, 101, 102, 198. 

Oliver, 50. 

Orange, 49, 112, 197, 210, 212, 214, 217, 
222. 

Pond, 50, 68. 

Prince, 53, 54, 154, 171. 



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street, Queen, 51, 52, 64, 75, 76, 101, 110, 113, 
lis, 

Salem, 54. 

School, 51, 75, 76, 90, 101, 114, 122, 134. 

Sea, 50. 

Ship, 54. 

Short, 50. 

South, 50. 

Spring, 127. 

Sudbery, 52, 145, 146. 

Sumer, 50, 114, 121, 125. 

Town House, 45. 

Tra Mount, 51. 

Union, 52, 53, 214, 217. 

Water, 51, 52, 62, 204. 

West, 50. 

Winter, 50. 
Striker, 23. 

Suffolke County, 17, 22, 61, 212, 213. 
( Sundarlaud, 150, 161, 181. 
\ Sunderland, 132, 135, 140, 168. 
I Sunderline, 100, 108. 
Sutton, 35, 201, 215. 
Swan, The, 53. 
( Sweetser, 198, 200. 
( Sweetsii-, 108, 120. 
Switcher, 33. 

Tavern, George, 172. 

Tay, 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 37, 58, 63, 64, 74, 77, 88, 93, 
98, 99, 107, 126, 132, 134, 138, 140, 144,149, 
164, 166, 167, 172, 180, 184, 185, 190. 
Taylor, 1, 2, 5, 23, 26, 27, 151, 188, 196. 
Tedman, 30. 

J Thare, 150, 161, 162. 

I Tliayer, 66, 70, 100, 112, 124, 142, 216. 
Thatcher, 129, 151, 193, 198, 201, 214, 220. 
Thomas, 53, 70, 135, 197, 206, 220. 
Thorn, 34, 70, 142, 188. 
ThoiTibery, 23, 89. 

Thornton, 26, 35, 39, 42, 76, 77, 89, 93, 109, 
124, 135, 155, 163, 182, 188, 196, 203, 204, 216. 

J Thrasher, 5, 24, 26, 27, 31, 33, 36, 75, 88, 147. 

I Thresher, 41, 45, 49, 56, 70, 74, 148. 
Thwmg, 216. 

STileston, 88, 117, 124, 135, 150, 196, 215. 
Tilestone, 129, 142, 207. 
Tyleston, 188. 
'Tiley, 123. 
Tilley, 30, 33, 34, 42, 117. 
Tilly, 180. 
I Tyley, 117. 
(.Titmash, 160, 165. 
( Tohee, 182. 
\ Toobe, 197. 
Torey, 109. 
I Torry, 164. 
Totthill, 218. 
Town Hall, 179, 180. 
House, 38, 102. 
House, Old, 87. 
Townes Marsh, 146, 152, 206. 
Towensend, 59. 

Townesend, 39, 40, 51, 56, 73, 100. 
Townsed, 23, 55. 
Townsen, 30. 
-! Townsend, 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 17, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 
28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 41, 55, 62, 
72, 74, 95, 96, 97, 101, 102, 124, 133, 139, 
162, 164, 169, 171, 182, 188, 194, 195, 203, 
214, 215. 
Town Slip, The, 70, 73, 112. 
Toy, 160. 
Travis, 54. 

Traynhig Field, The, 21, 172, 173, 174. 
Triscot, 100, 109, 117, 124. 
Tucker, 80. 
< Turel, 95. 
I Turell, 1, 181. 
Turfrey, 50. 

( Tuthill, 22, 26, 30, 33, 44. 
] Tuttle, 1, 6, 85, 88, 92, 98, 116, 123, 128, 134, 
( 160,168,180,188,194,215. 
Tiler, 129. 



r Tyler, 117, 125, 136, 150, 161, 170, 182, 187, 
I 190, 192, 193, 195, 199, 202, 206, 215, 219, 
1 220. 
I Tylor, 181. 

Underwood, 70, 152, 
Upham, 86. 
Usher, 50, 51. 
Ustus, 204. 

Vaill, 197. 
Vance, 194. 201. 
Varney, 123. 
Ventenon, 204. 

( Vereing, 108. 

< Verine, 41. 

( Vering, 53, 204, 218. 
Vickers, 124. 
Vifien, 125. 

j Vincent, 36. 

( Vinciut, 60 
Visien, 117. 

Wade, 76, 77. 

Wadsworth, 27, 30, 35, 37, 45, 61, 62, 63, 64, 
70, 74, 75, 77, 83, 87, 88, 92, 93, 98, 107, 
116, 122,126, 128, 132, 142, U9, 151, 16U, 
162, 168, 171, 178, 180, 182, 183, 186, 187, 
188, 190, 192, 193, 195, 198, 201, 203, 205, 
208, 209, 214, 217, 222. 
( Wainright, 99, 127. 
) Wainwright, 119, 143. 
Waite, 42, 59, 197, 202, 215. 
Wakefeeld, 60. 

{ Waldo, 35, 37, 60, 89, 117, 168, 186, 193, 201, 
{ 214. 
( Woldo, 161, 162. 
Wales, 53. 

Walker, 1, 6, 7, 31, 33, 35, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 49, 
59, 60, 64, 88, 89, 92, 95, 99, 108, 112, 116, 
118, 124, 129, 141, 161, 169, 171, 218. 
Walke, Rope, The, 50, 51. 
( Walley, 51, 116, 120, 150, 171, 183, 204. 
} Wally, 5. 
Wallise, 82. 
Walton, 87. 
J Warden, 196, 203. 
I Wardwell, 191. 

Ware, 60. 
/ Wear, 35, 37, 70, 95. 
Ware House, The, 52. 
Warham, 207. 
Warner, 6, 23, 163. 
Watch, Hous, The, 54. 
Watson, 160, 171. 
( Watt, 216. 

I Watts, 91, 128, 160, 168. 
Way, Ferry, 54. 
j Weaver, 78. 
} Weavor, 78. 
Webb, 27, 30, 32, 46, 53, 60, 95, 201. 203. 

219. 
Webster, 60, 100, 108, 117, 124, 126, 129, 136, 

143, 146, 165, 205. 
Weekes, 168. 
Welcome, 112. 
Welland, 204. 
Welles, 202, 212, 221. 

{Walsteed, 182. 
Welsted, 1, 27, 30, 162, 219. 
Welsteed, 33, 35, 37, 42, 46, 59, 69, 75, 93, 
97, 99, 107, 116, 122, 128, 130, 171. 
Wendall, 123. 
Wentworth, 60, 95, 99, 117, 124, 135, 149, 153, 

206. 
Wharfes, Hallaways, 52. 

Haymans, 63, 67. 

Long, The, 133. 

New, 66. 

Old, 41, 

Scarlets, 48, 53, 54, 208, 209, 220. 

The, 53, 81. 

Townes, 81, 90, 144, 155, 188, 225. 

Woodmansids, 52. 



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Wharton, 51. 

WTieeler, 109, 162, 188, 193, 195, 197, 216. 

Whetcomb, 51. 

5 Whetteniore, 180. 

\ Whittemore, 160, 168, 202. 
White, 1, 6, 7, 24, 27, 30, 33, 34, 56, 87, 102, 
108, 109, 110, 117, 118, 120, 122, 123, 124, 
125, 127, 129, 130, 132, 133, 136, 139, 140, 
141, 142, 143, 156, 161, 170, 182, 186, 188, 
193, 196, 202, 203, 215, 216, 220. 
Whitten, 141, 168. 
Whitwel, 142, 150. 

rWic;r,l,6, 27. 
J Wire, 24, 34, 75, 129. 

1 Wirer, 30. 

iWyer, 22, 88. 
Wigglesworth, 113. 

j Wilkenson, 202. 

I Wilkinson, 116. 

fWilliam, 1, 54. 

i Williams, 4, 5, 8, 29, 30, 33, 34, 37, 49, 54, 
59, 61, 63, 64, 65, 76, 100, 102, 130, 133, 
135, 139, 147, 153, 165, 170, 181, 186, 192, 
193, 197, 201, 205, 206, 214, 215, 220. 
Willis, 183, 198, 205. 
Williston, 36. 
Willobeigh, 130, 136, 141. 
Wilson, 5, 42, 45, 59, 60, 70, 125. 
Winchester, 5, 6, 8, 9, 23, 33, 90. 
Windal, 219. 
Wing, 125, 126, 142, 183. 
Winisimit, 70, 210. 



Winnisimit Ferry, 2, 81, 163, 196, 198. 
Winsley, 54. 

Winslow, 27, 33, 51, 59, 61, 89, 93,99,107, 183. 
Winsor, 36, 38, 53, 109, 196. 
Winthrop, 1, 22, 56, 63, 65, 72, 75, 88, 89, 90, 
94, 95, 102, 106, 109, 112, 117, 118, 119, 
125, 132, 136, 137, 142, 171, 187, 188, 195, 
195, 203, 212, 213, 218. 
( Wire, 24, 34, 75, 129. 
I Wirer, 30. 

Wise, 122, 125, 130, 134. 
( Wiswal, 183, 196. 
} Wiswall, 139, 143. 

Wolf, 212, 218. 
i Wolfe, 206. 
Woodward, 27. 

Work House, The, 70, 73, 96, 97, 111, 112, 
Worner, 1. 
Worth, 197. 
Wright, 141. 
( Wroe, 165, 205. 
/ Wrow, 151. 
Wyborn, 31. 
I Wyborne, 29. 

rYeamans, 209, 210. 
J Yeaniraans, 151. 

] Yemans, 205. 

lYemans, 149. 
Yound, 109. 

Young, 161, 183, 196, 203, 207, 216, 221. 
Youngman, 172. 



INDEX OF PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Abbreviations :— (J/.i2.) Muddy River; A., house; I., land; w. A., warehouse ; (S.JIf.) 
Rumney Marsh. 



(Atkinson's?) lane, proposed 
widening 125, 127. 
Alleys. (See Streets.) 
AlmB house, 148, 220. 

preaching at, 29. 

refitting, 93; report, 96, 97. 

to receive only poor into, 101. 

regulation of, 108, 111. 

to inqui)-e into state of, 151. 

and yard, repairs, 31. 

and work house, managementi 

36, 37, 70, 73. 

separation, 112. 

Ann, Anne, street, 53, 79, 82. 

limits and named, 53. 
paving, 105. 
enlargement, 163, 165. 
Appropriations. (Sec Rates.) 
Ai'tillery, groat, 17, 178, 220. 
carriages, 40, 137. 

(See also Battery South, Cannon- 
eer, Fortijications.) 
Assembly. (See General Court.) 



Back street, 127. 

limits and named, 53. 
paving, 110, 171. 
Bank, puhlic, proposed, 115. 
Barbadoes, 168. 
Battery, the, 197. 

old, at the north (See Merry's 

Point), 70. 
north, 54, 70, 153, 164, 166, 177, 205, 

209. 
extension and repairs, 40. 
repairs, 133, 145. 

town wharf, dock and flats at, 90. 
(See also Wharves.) 
south, 51, 153, 163, 166, 177, 183, 205, 

208, 220. 
repairs, 40, 62, 63. 
artillery and stores at, 220. 
on Long wharf, proposed, 133. 
Battrey alley, limits and named, 54. 
Battree March, Battrey March, limits and 

named, 51. 
Beacon street, 171. 

limits and named, 51. 
Beech street, limits and named, 49. 
Beer lane, 110. 

limits and named, 53. 
Belcher's lane, limits and named, 51. 
Bell alley, limits and named. 54 

ringer at New South, 137, 138. 
Bendall's or Town dock. (See Dock.) 
Bennet street, 92. 

limits and named, 54. 
Bills of credit. (See Province.) 
Bishop's alley, limits and named, 50. 
Blind lane, limits and named, 50. 
Blue hill lands. (See Lands.) 



Boston, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 
20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 
38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 54, 
55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 
69, 72, 74, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 90, 
91,92,95, 97, 98, 100, 102, 105, 106, 107, 
109, 111, 112, 114, 115, 120, 121, 122, 125, 
127, 129, 132, 133, 134, 138, 139, 144, 146, 
147, 148, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 158, 159, 
160, 164, 165, 166, 167, 172, 177, 178, 179, 
180, 184, 185, 187, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 
197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 207, 208, 209, 210, 
212, 213, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 
224, 225, 226. 
Brantree, Brantry, 27, 44, 46, 47, 56, 57, 73, 77, 
80, 90, 113. 
(See also Lands.) 
Brattle street, limits and named, 52. 
Bread purchased, 1.33. 

assize of, 216, 217. 
(See also Grain.) 
Brew house, old, 51. 
Bride brook, at Rumney marsh, 85. 
Bridewell, 93. 

(See also House of Correction.) 
Bridge, on street leading to Battery, 197 
in Mackrill lane, 52. 
fast, proposed, 63; authorized, 68. 
draw, to be made fast, and committee 
on rights in, 91,192, 205, report, 208. 
in Ann street, 53, 79, 82, 105. 
proposed at end of King street, 63. 
swinging, 52, 53, 196. 
near Maiden line, 86 
over Chaiiies river, proposed, 145. 
to Noddle's Island from Winni- 

simet, 205. 
report in favor, 209. 210. 
{Bee also 3HII bridge). 
Brookline, Brooklyne, Brooklyn (formerly 
Muddy river), 81,87, 90. (See Lands, 
Muddy river) 
Building proposed by Henry Bering, for 

several offices, 45. 
Buildings. (See under Lands.) 
Bull, town, 176. 

not to keep, 171. 
(See Coics.) 
Bullet, the long, throwing prohibited, 172, 

173. 
Burden's creek, 225. 
Burial places, or grounds, 101. 

tombs or graves in, 

by-law, 13. 
fencing, 31. 
tombs, 115, 119. 
North, enlargement, 34, 35, 72, 
73, 77, 80, 81. 
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in Charter 
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Burial-place, South, enlargement, 126. 
tombs, 126, 139. 
adjoining Churcli of England, 
(King's Chapel?), addi- 
tional land, 74. 
By-laws, to he prepared, 5; reading re- 
ferred, 6. 
to appoint persons to inspect and 

prosecute, 15, 26, 169. 
to print, 21. 
concerning, 55, 56. 
Rules, orders, and, adopted, 9-17, 
18, 21, 68, 79, 83, 103, 104, 105, 
106, 141, 144, 173, 176, 177, 189, 
191, 192, 194, 211, 212, 224. 
Kules, orders, and, not passed by 
Court of Sessions, 194. 

Cambridg street, limits and named, 52. 
Cannonneer, by-law concerning, 17. 

(See also Artillery.) 
Carts. (See Trucks.) 
Casks, firing of, by-law, 10, 19. 
Castle, 34, 36, 38. 

tavern (Mackrill lane), 52. 
Causeway, the long, on the neck, 91. 
Centrey hill, 51. 

street limits, and named, 51. 
Charity school. (See Ilospital.) 
Charles River, 145. 
Charlestown, 54. 
Charter, Royal, 157. '^ 

of incorporation, recommended, 55. 
committee to draw 
up, 56. report, 
58. 
draught, rejected, 
59. 
street, limits and named, 54. 
paving, 111, 122, 137. 
Chimneys, defective, by-law, 9, 18. 
sweepers, 63. 

town to provide, 58. 
regulations, 60. 
by-laws, 68, 82, 83. 
Church Green, 50, 114. 
Churches. (See Meeting-houses.) 
Church square, limits and named, 51. 
Clark's square, limits and named, 54. 
Clerk of the Peace, 215. 
Clock, town, proposed, 121, 122, to purchase, 

126. 
Coal, sea, 131. 

Cold lane, limits and named, 52. 
Committee, United, the, 189. 
Common, 14, 50, 51, 91, 127, 132, 171, 172, 173, 
174, 206. 

trees transplanted on, 192. 
to erect granary in, 220. 
by-laws, watering horses in on 
Lord's day, 14. 
earth or turf, removal from, 15. 
stones, carrion, etc., placed on, 

15. 
animals feeding on, 15. 
cows on, 176, 189. 
dry cattle on, 190. 
street, limits and named, 51. 
Condit (Conduit?), nigh the Mill bridge, 79. 
by the dock near Wing's 

lane, 26. 
in Union street, 53 
Conecticotf(7oMW€c<tcM< /J, bills of credit, 143. 
Constables duties, 21. 
(;ooper's alley, limits and named, 51. 
Corn. (See Grain.) 

court, limits and named, 52. 
Corners, Anthiems's (near Swing Bridge fj 
196. 
Mr. Antram's, 53. 
Capt. Ballentine's, 52. 
Baxtei-'s, Summer St., 50. 
Beard's, Cow lane, 50. 
Boon's, Cornhill, 127. 



Corners, Borland's, Milk st., 50. 

Capt. Bow's, Union st., 53. 

Briscow's, Marlboro' St., 50. 

Brook's, Marshall's lane, 53. 

Bull's, Summer St., 50. 

Madam Butler's, King st., 52. 

Cerwithy's, Prince St., 54. 

Capt. Clark's, Summer St., 50. 

Jonas Clark's, Middle st., 53, 54. 

Cowell's, Newburv St., 50. 

Mrs. Dafforn's, Milk St., 52. 

Mr. Bering's, Cornhill, 51. 

Justice Dummer's, King st., 52. 

Deacon Eliot's {Orange st.,?), 50, 
110. 

Ellise's {Newbury st.'i), 50. 

EUiston's, Cross st., 53. 

Emmon's, 52. 

Everton's, n. Scarlet's wharf, 54. 

Capt. Fitch, King st., 52. 

Frarye's {Frogg lane ?) , 50. 

Mr. Gee's, Back st., 53. 

Hallawaye's Milk st., 51. 

Hai'rise's, Hanover st., 52. 

Haugh's, Marlboro' St., 50, 51. 

Houchen's, Hanover St., 51, 52. • 

Justice Lyds, Hanover St., 52. 

Maccartye's, King St., 52. 

Mr. Mcer's, Dock Sq., 52. 

Melyne's, Common St., 51. 

Morey's, Summer st., 50. 

Morrell's, Middle St., 53. 

Mountjove's, Cross St., 53. 

Dr. Oke's {Newbury st.?), 50. 

Mrs. Oliver's, Water St., 51. 

Mr. Peraberton's, 52. 

Pcneman's, Summer st., 50. 

Phipp's, Charter St., 54. 

Piatt's, Union St., 52. 

Pollard's, Brattle St., 52. 

Mr. Powning's, Dock Sq., 52. 

Mrs. Ransford's, North st., 54. 
{Charter St.?), m. 

Elder Rasford's, (Essex St.), 50. 

Capt. Richard's, Ship St., 54. 

Savage's, Dock Sq., 52. 

Madam Shrirapton's, King st., 52. 

Souther's, Milk St., 50. 

Stauburye's, Back st., near Mill 
bridge, 53. 

Cnpt. Steven's, North st., 54. 

Thomas', Ann st., 53. 

Col. Townsend's, Tra Mount St., 51. 

Travises' Prince St., 54. 

Wales's, Middle st., 53. 

Mr. Webb's, Union St., 53. 

Wheeler's, Newbury st., 50. 

Mrs. Whetcomb's, School st. or Bea- 
con St., 51. 

Williams', Fleet St., 54. 

Madame Winsley's, Garden Ct., 54. 

Winslow's, Joylieffs lane, 61. 
Cornhill, 115, 120. 

limits and named, 51. 
paving, 127. 
Corn Market, limits and named, 52. 
Council, 179, 185. 

County of Suffolk. (See Sufolh County.) 
Court of Quarter Sessions, 22, 42, 68. 

General Sessions, 61, S3, 96, 131, 148, 
201. 

Sessions, 78, 153, 175, 176, 189, 190, 
192, 212. 
Cows, regulation of, 176, 189. 

(See also Common.) 

Cow lane, limits and named, 50. 

Crab lane, limits and named, 52. 

Creek, in Mackrill lane, 63, 68. 

in Ann st., 79. 

near the neck, 152. 

the salt water, at Rumney Marsh, 85, 
Creek lane, limits and named, 53. 
Crooked alley, limits and named, 51. 

lane, limits and named, 52. 



Index of Places and Subjects. 



241 



Cross street, 81. 

limits and named, 53. 
Criers, common, regulation of, by-law, 189. 
Cushlng, Tliomas, to pay, 198. 

Dam at Dorchester neck, 94. 

(See also Milh.) 
Davies lane, limits and named, 51. 
Dead, burial of, by-law, 13. 
funeral charges, 25, 26. 
(See also Graves, Indians, Kegroes, 
and Miilattoes.) 
Debts, bad, 23, 92. 
Deer Island, 121. 

to lease land at. for Hospital or 
Pest-house, 126, 127. 
Dock, the, 7, 52, 53, 76, 111, 119, 121, 122, 152, 
199, 205. 
rights in, 188. 

improvement of, 206, 207, 225, 226. 
to fill portion, 225. 
erection of building at, 76. 
Town's or Bendall's, lease of, 69. 
near Wing's lane, 2G. 
Town's, at North Battery, 90. 
(See also Lands, Wharves.) 
Dock square, limits and named, 52. 
Dogs, regulation of, 221, 220. 
by-law, 16. 

by-law proposed, 225. 
Dorchester neck, 94. 
Draw-bridge. (See Bridges.) 

Elbow alley, limits and named, 53. 
England, 24, 65. 

Essex street, limits and named, 50. 
Exchange, the, in King St., 52. 

Ferry, the, to Charlestown (?), 145. 
Boston to Noddles Island, 210. 
Winnisimmet to Noddles Island, re- 
port against, 210. 
Ferry way, 53, 54. 

limits and named, 54. 
proposed, at end of North street, 
99 ; disapproved, 102. 
point at Charlestown, 54. 
Fire, the late, 89, 111. 
the great, 130. 

suppressing and preventing, committ ifi 
on petition concerning, 38, 39; .e- 
ferred 73, 74 ; report ; 76. 
spreading of, 107. 
frequency of, 175. 
by-laws, carrying of, 9, 18. 

kindling of open, 10, 18. 
on vessels at night, 10, 18. 
poles and swabs, or hand en- 
gines, 10, 19. 
water for quenching, 10. 
ladders, 9. 

water and ladders, 94. 
apparatus, 103, 119. 
buckets, 152, 153. 
water cisterns, rejected, 163. 
engines, 103. 
engine, repairs, 23. 
engines, to procure two, 24. 

new, purchased, and to pur- 
chase two more, 106, 107; 
appropriation for, 113. 
engine-house, repairs, 23. 
wards, 119. 

proposals referred, 102. 
arms, discharging of, by-law, 11. 
Fish-market, limits and named, 53. 

street, limits and named, 53. 
Flats, abutting on streets, etc., committee 
on town's rights, 31. 
town's, at North Battery, 90. 
nigh the Mill pond, to sell, 139. 
FleetBtreet, 63, 67. 

limits and named, 54. 
Flownder lane, limits and named, 50. 



Fort Hill, 6, 8, 50, 51, 94, 153. 
Fortifications, 3, 221. 

appropriations for, 3, 23, 31, 

40, 46, 62. 
committee on .39; report, 40. 
committee on, 83, 133. 
committee to audit accounts, 

63. 
gun-carriases, 137. 
at the neck, 40, 69, 73, 137, 152. 
committee on, 71, 72. 
across the neck, appropriation 

and committee, 83, 84. 
location, etc., 84. 
appropriation, 94, 131, 132. 
old, at the neck, 45, 47, 49, 81. 
old, between Sconce and 

Scarlet's wharf, 209. 
(See also Batierxj, Castle, 
Merry's point. Noddles 
island. Sconce.) 
Fox hill, 15. 

and land near, sand, gravel, etc., 
not to be taken from, 171. 
Frogg lane, limits and named, 50. 
Fuller, Bethiah, petition referred, 6. 

Gallop's alley, limits and named, 53. 
Gambling in streets, to petition for law 
against, 200. 
proposed by-law, 223. 
by-law, 224. 
Gaol, common, 174, 175. 

(See also House of Cor- 
rection.) 
Garden court, limits and named, 54. 
Go (Gee f), Joshua, petition referred, 144. 
General Court or Assembly, 34, 72, 81, 96, 
112, 126, 152, 
157,166, 167, 
173,179,210, 
218,219,223. 
proposals concern- 
ing new house 
on old Town 
House site, and 
committee to join 
with, 87. 
Representatives, 76. 

chosen, 5, 7, 24, 25, 26, 28, 
29, 32, 34, 39, 43, 55, 61, 
73, 79, 91, 96, 102, 105, 
106, 112, 115, 120, 126, 
■ 132, 138, 144, 147, 153, 
156, 164, 172, 184, 185, 
190, 198, 208, 212, 221. 
instructions to, 5, 111, 112, 
119, 122, 131, l:i9, 145, 
152, 154, 155, 156, 157, 
166, 167, 175, 185, 192, 
200, 213. 
George tavern, 172. 
Gibbs lane, limits and named, 51. 
Gillcrist, Ann, widow, petition referred, 171. 
Governor, 39, 43, 83, 84, 154. 

petition to, against transportation 

of men outof the province, 25. 
Shute, 177, 179, 180. 
Burnett, not to settle salary on, 226. 
Lieutenant, 187, 217. 
Grain, etc. 153. 

exportation of, 84. 
to purchase, 101, 110,111, 113, 121, 
127, 131, 137, 163, 171, 185, 191, 
197, 199, 2116, 221. 
to sell, 104, 115, 131, 137, 163, 199, 

206. 
committee on, 220. 
(See Bread, Provisions.) 
Granary, 115, 12T, 162, 199. 
proposed, 99. 

to pi'oeure an additional. 111. 
proposed erection, 206. 
to buy or erect, 210. 



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Granary, to erect, 220. 
Graves, digging of, 6. 

(See Burying places, Dead.) 
Green Dragon, the, 52. 
Green lane, easterly end of Hull st., 17. 

' limits and named, 52. 
Greenough's alley, limits and named, 54. 
Gridley jere., pe'lition 214, salary increased, 

218. 
Gridley's lane, limits and named, 51. 
Guns. (See AriiUeri/.) 
Gunpowder. {See Powder.) 

Halfe Square court, limits and named, 52. 
Ha'fway pond on the neck, 81. 
Hanover street, limits and named, 52. 
Haukins street, paving, 127. 
Hay, weighing of, 73. 
Henchman's lane limits and named, 54. 
nil tier's lane, limits and named, 52. 
Hogg alley, limits and named, 50. 
Hog-reeves and Scavengers, neglect to ser'i'e, 

penalty, 15. 
Horses and other animals at large, by-law, 15, 

16. 
Hospital or Charity school for poor children, 
to lay out land for, 94. 
(See also School, Pent-house.) 
House of Correction, 173, 174, 175. 

appropriation for lilting, 

to petition for regula- 
tions for, 61. 
committee on, 70. 
erection, referred, 93; 
report and to petition 
Court of General ses- 
sions for, 96. 
concerning, 148. 
. land for, 153. 

See also B'rideioell, 
Saol. 
Houses. (See under Lands.) 
Hucksters, 206. 

regulation of, by-law, 79; to en- 

force, 105. 
regulation of, 111, 112, 113, 118, 
224. 
Hudson's point, 54, 145. 

Hull street, granted to town, and dimensions, 
17. 
limits and named, 54. 

Indian corn. (See Grain.) 

Indian war, 177. 

Indians, eastern, 157, war with, 3. 

negroes and mulattoes proposed law 
regulating, 170, 173, 174, 175. 

regulation of, 223, 225. 

by-law, 224. 

burial, by-law, 176, 177. 
Infectious diseases, 157, 166. 

(See also Pest-house Small-pox.) 
Inhabitants prospective, appropriation for, 

3. 
Instructions. (See General Court, Town 

Officers.) 
Ireland, persons from, regulation of, 177. 

Joylieffs lane, limits and named, 51. 
Jurors, 147. 

selection of, 4, 24, 187. 

records of service, 104. 

Kilns, lime or brick, erection and burning- of, 
by-law, 12, 20. 
Adkins, in Lyu street, 54. 
King George, 156, ISO, 

memorial to, 173, 179, 180. 
King street, 03, 66. 

limits and named, 51. 

Ladders, by-law, 9. 

(See also Fire.) 



Lamb, sign of the, in Rumney 'Marsh, 85. 
Lauds (See also Common, Burijing-place, 
Flats, Bents, Wharves), with open 
walls, cellars, etc., by-law, 14, 21. 
Lands and rents, inventory to be made, 27, 
to purchase, ISi, 188. 
let and unproductive, to report, 4-1. 
on the neck, both sides of way, be- 
■ tween Oak and Walnut, and 

Fortification, granted, 3, 4. 
disposal of, 44, 45. 
upland, beach. and flats (botli 
sides of highway) , granted 47, 
48; deed to Elisha Cook, Jr. 
et als., 55. 
formerly granted to Oliver Noyes 

and companj', 81. 
of proprietors of The New 

Settlemen'.?, 84. 
between Fortitications and Half- 
way pond, to dispose of, 81. 
next to Iloxbury (marsh), im- 
Ijrovement of, 146, to lease 
(marsh and upland), 152. 
line straightened, 172. 
Blue Hills at Braiutree, 27, 44; re- ^ 
port and committee to settle matters * 
46, 47 ; report and committee to com- 
plete release of, 56, 57. 
reserved, to be leased, 57 ; sale referred, 

73; committee to sell, 77. 
deed confirmed, 80. 
proceeds of, improvement, 73, 90, 93, 

113, 119, 122, 125, 131, 137, 153. 
town's, on Fort Hill, to lease, 8, 153. 
near Belknap's 27, 143, 148, 

171, 173, 184, 189, 198. 
in School street, to let, 90. 
at foot of Common (marsh), 

206; securing of, 91, 132. 
for Charity School, to lay out 

94. 
on Pond street, granted con- 
ditionally, 68, 69. 
at Old Battery, 70. 
granted to Church of England 
(King's Chapel) for burial- 
ground, 74. 
on Water street and Spring 
lane, granted to First 
Church of Christ, 62. 
between Wainwright and 

Sheafe, notto sell, 143. 
rented to Braman, 137 ; abate- 
ment, 144 
(Church Green), granted to 
New South Meeting-house, 
114, 212, 213; additional 
grant, 218. 
south side School street, to 

sell, 114. 
nigh Southack's house, 114, 

118. 
claimed by Eliakim Hutchin- 
son, 210. 
(marsh), sold to Joshua 
* Lamb, assignee, 140. 
in Beacon street, house and 

land 171; to sell, 173. 
prop'jsal to exchange (Gen. 

Winthrop), 102. 
and flats, SudbiiiT street, to 

sell, 145, 146, 164. 
to sell, to Jonathan Williams 

and Joshua Wroc, 205. 
near almshouse 148; to sell, 

153. 
exchange with Thos. Boys- 
ton, 126. 
petition of John Demery et 
al. to purchase, dismissed, 
137. 
flats near Mill pond, to sell, 
139. 



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Lands, town's, iu rear of Sam'l Barrett, near 
Mill creek, 140 ; granted to 
Sam'l Barrett et ah., 146. 
(flats) , claimed by John Bull, 

cedar-swamp at Brookline, 
, rent abated, 81. 
at Brookline, to sell, 81; sold 

87; disposal of proceeds, 

90. 
at South Sconce or Battery, 

178, 183, 205, 209, 220. 
and buildings at tbe Dock, 

199, 206, 207; formerly 

leased to Mumford, 195; 

report, no risrhts iu, 210. 
flats from Sconce to Scarlet's 

wharf, formerly granted, 

of the Church (in 1673), near the 

Sconce, 209. 
to buy on Love and Bonnet streets, 92 ; 

bought 132. 
to buy for North writing-school, 103. 
claimed byElizabeth Liford (Lyford), 

114, 119 ; granted to, 120. 
or buildings, owners. 

Capt. Alford, l.,51. 

Col. John Alford, h., 165. 

Mr. Allen, h., 52. 

Allins, w.h., 225. 

Deacon Allen (late), h. (?), 

50. 
Isaac Addington, h., 52. 
Mr. Apthorp, h.(?),66. 

Jeremiah Belknap, 1., 143, 

148, 171, 173, 184, 189, 198. 
Joseph Belknap, h., 27. 
Belknap, 1., 52. 
Blyn, h., 50. 
Ca'pt. John Bennet, 1., 44, 47, 

48, h. and 1., 222. 
Justice Brorafeeld, h., 50. 
Mr. Borland, h., 50. 
Capt. Bonner, h., 51. 
Bridgham's, 1., 51, w. h., 

52. 
Joseph Buckminster (Buck- 

mester),!. (M.K.),3,4,5,8. 
Bultinch, h., 53. 
Thomas Barnerd h., 54. 
John Barnert (Barnerd), h., 

119, 126. 
Mrs. Buckley, h., 54. 
John Balston, h. and 1., 62. 
Samuel Bridg, 1., 75. 
William Boardman (Bord- 

man), h. and 1. (R.M.), 85. 
Thomas Boylston, h., 126. , 
Samuel Barrett, 1., 140, 146. 
Ebenezcr Burgess, 1., 145. 

Capt. Clark, h., 51. 

Capt. Timothy Clark, h., 50. 

Mr.. Clark, pewterer, shop, 

51. 
Capt. Christopher Clark 

(late), bldgs., 53. 
John Clark, 1., 53. 
Jonas Clark, h., 54. 
Samuel Clark, h., 127. 
Cox, butcher, shop, 51. 
liichard Christopher, 1., 75. 
Thomas Creese, 1., 75. 
Cowell, 1., 127. 
Cushing, w.h., 225. 

Durant, h;, 50. 
Capt. Dyer, barn, 50. 
Gyles Dyer, 1,68, 69. 
Drinker, h., 51. 
Major Davjs, w.h. (formerly 
of). 52. 



Lands or buildings, Mr. Dolbear, snop, 225. 

Daniel Eppes, 1., 47, 48. 
Deacon Elliot (late), h., 49. 
Capt. Everton, h., 53. 
John Eyre (late) , h. and 1., 76. 
Widow Edmands 1., (R.M.) 



Capt. Fraryc (late), 1., 50. 
Capt. Fairwethcr, h., 61. 
Capt. Fitch, h., 53. 
Col. Foster, h., 54. 
Mr. Frizzell, h.,54. 
Fanueill's, h., 66. 

Samuel Gallop (late), 1., 63. 
Greenough, 1., 64. 
Mr. Gee, 1., 54. 
Joshua Geo, 1., 145. 
John Green, 1., 75. 
Simon Grover, 1. (Maiden 
line), 86. 

Hallowaye, h., 50. 
Harrison, ropewalk, 51. 
Joseph Ilubbert (Hubbard), 

h., 51, 165. 
Eliakim Hutchinson, h., 52, 
Hough, w.h., 225. 

Indecot, shop, 53. 

Ireland, 1. (Maiden line), 86. 

Jacob Jefi'erye, L, 75. 

Kennye, shop, 52. 
Mr. Kneeland, 1., 210. 

Col. Joshua Lamb (assignee), 

1., 146. 
Capt. Lake (late), bldgo., 53. 
Simon Lynde (late), h., 51. 
Samuel Lynde, 1. (formerly 

of), 47. 
Justice Lynd, L, 52. 

CoL Stephen Minot (Minott), 

h. and 1., 52, 172. 
Moorcock, bldgs., 52. 
Mr. Mountfort, h., 52. 
Mariam, 1. (R.M.), 85. 
John Matthews, 1. (formerly 

of), 90, 114. 

Nanney, bldgs., 53. 
David Norton, h., 53. 
Doctor Noyes, 1., 126. 

Madame Oliver, h., 50; ]., 51. 
Daniel Oliver, h., 50. 
Odell, h., 51. 

Mrs. Phillips, h., 52. 
Deacon Phillips (late), h., 53, 
Justice Palmer, w.h., 52. 
Mrs. Pombcrton, h., 53. 
Capt. Tim. Pi-out (late), h., 

63. 
William Parkman, h., 54. 
Sarah Paul, 1., (P.M.), 85. 
Pratt, 1. (Maiden line), 86. 
Col. Paige, L (Maldeu line). 



Elder R,aEford (late), i., 50, 
John Roberts, h., 51. 
Joseph Rogers, h., 73. 

School, free grammar, h., 7S. 
Mrs. Stoddard, h., 31. 
Samuel Sewali, i., 34, 35, 72, 

80, 81; h., 60. 
Madame Shrimptoa, 1., 51. 



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Lands or buildings, Mr. Sheafe, 1., 143. 
Mr. Sheeff, h., 51. 
Capt. Habijah Savage, h., 53. 
Ephraim Savage, 1., 75. 
Sergeant, 1. (Maiden line), 86. 
Capt. Southiack, b., 51. 
Capt. Southink, b., 114. 
Capt. Soulhacli, h., IIS, 148. 
Capt. Southialjs, b., 143. 
Tbomaa Smith, 1. (formerly 
of),114, 119, 120. 

Capt. Turfey, h. (in tenure 
of), 50. 

Esquire Usber, barn, 50. 
Madame Usher, h., 51. 
Upham, 1. (Maiden line), 86. 

Vering, b., 53. 

Josiab Winchester, 1. (M.R.), 

5,8. 
Major Walley, h., 51. 
Wharton, h., 51. 
Winsor, w.h., 53. 
Joshua Winsor, b., 196. 
Beajamin Williams, h., 54. 
Walton, 1. (Maiden line), 86. 
Welcome, b., 112. 
Mrs. Thomas Walker, b., 

112. 
Wainwright, 1., 127, 143. 
Peleg Wiswall, h., 143. 
Wm. Webster, 1., 205. 
Webster, 1., 146. 
Maj.-Gen. Winthrop, 1., 102. 
Col. Winthrop, 1., 171. 
Mr. Wolf, 1., 212, 218. 
Prownce, division of, 155. 
Lanes. (See Streets.) 
Laws, new, asked for, 154, 155. (See also 

Bi/-Latcs.) 
Leaseis of Ebenezer Burgess, 126. 
Webster, 126. 

or rents by town, by-law, 17. 
(See also Jients.) 
Leveret's lane, limits and named, 52. 
Light house, proposed, 94. 

erection and maintenance, 97. 
Lime street, lim.Vs and named, 54. 
Linck alley, limits and named, 53. 
Loan, repayment of, 155. 
Loans, to call in, 211. 

(See Province loan.) 
Long lane, limits and named, 50. 
pond, near Maiden line, 86. 
Lord's day, watering horses on, by-law, 14. 
and evening preceding, labor or 

business on, by-law, 14. 
disorders on, regulation of, 213, 
214. 
Love street, 92. 

limits and named, 54. 
Lyn street, limits and named, 54. 
Lynn line, perambulation, 85. 

Mackrill, Macril, lane, 63, 68. 

limits and named, 52. 
jMalam Joseph, to pay, 144. 
Malbrough {Marlborough?) street, limits and 
named, 50. 
Maiden line, perambulation, 85, 88, 87. 
Marchant's row. (Sec Merchavta roto.) 
Market, proposed, 118, 122, 125, 126; rejected, 
129. 
forestalling of 221 ; by-law, 224. 
^larsb lane, limits and named, 53. 
^larshall's lane, Hmits and named, 53. 
Measures. (See Weiqhtfi.) 
Meat, perished, proposed by-law, 119. 
Meeting houses- First Church of Christ, land 
granted to, 62. 
Old, 39, 41, 51. 



Meeting bouses, the Brick (in Corobill), 115. 
proposed clock on, 
l-.il. 
Korth (old North), 54. 
South (old South), 50, 91, 

92. 
Church of England (King's 
chapel), land granted to, 
74. 
Mr. Coleman's (Brattle 

street,) 52, 87, 214, 217. 
New (New North), 101. 
New (New South), 137, 138, 
200,212, 213; Church 
Green in Summer 
St., granted to, 114. 
additional land granted, 
218. 
Now Brick, 171. 
(See also Rumneij ifarsh.'} 
Merchant's Row, 198. 

limits and named, 52. 
MeiTys, Merryes, point, wharves and fortifi- 
cations at, 41. 
water ways at, 70. 
wharf and dock at, 
81. 
Middle street, limits and named, 53. 
Milk street, 214, 222. 

limits and named, 50. 
obstructions, 162, 169. 
Mill bridge, 52, 53, 79, 110, 214, 218, 220. 
creek, 146. 
stream, 54. 

pond, 52, 53, 139, 145, 146. 
owners grants to, 208. 
water, 146. 
Mills, regulation of, 213. 

(See also Bridges, Rumney Marish, 

Windmill.) 
and dam near Dorchester neck, 94. 
Millers, weights, scales, and bags, by-la^r 
proposed, 138. 
toll of, proposed law, 197. 
Milton, 80. 

Minot's court, limits and named, 63. 
Moon street, limits and named, 54. 
Muddy River, 1, 5, 6, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, 33. 
setting off, negatived, 2. 
petition to be set off, 3 u 

Bi-hool-master for, 2. 

committee on petition for way 
to Buckminsters laud, 3; 
report, and way to be laid 
out, 4; laid out, 5, 8, 9. 

alias Brooklyiie, 81. 

(See also Brookline.) 
Mulattoes. (See Indians.) 

Neck, 9, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 27, 40, 44, 47, 
49, 71, 81, 83, 84, 90, 91, 94, 110, 111, 
131, 137, 152, 172, 176, 189, 190.__ 
appropriation for repairs, 3, 69, 73. 
damage by sea at, 64, 69. 
the now settlements on, 84. 
lights on, negatived. 111. 
fence on. 111. 
gates, closing of, 213, 214. 
(See Fortifications.) 
Negroes, regulation of, 223, 224. 

(See also Indians.) 
Newbery street, limits .and named, 50. 
New Hampshire, 155. 

bills of credit, 143. 
Noddles, Nodles, Island, fortification. 40. 

bridge from Winisiraet to, 
205; report in favor, 209, 
210. 
North Battery. (See Battery.) 
end,2, 48, M,90, 118. 
street, 60, 99, 101, 102, 108. 
limits and named, 54. 
Nuisances, by-law, 11, 19, 20. 



Index of Places and Subjects. 



245 



Oiik, the, 3. 

Okcs, Thomas, rnto refunded to, 27. 
Old w:iy. liinits and named, 53. 
Oliver, Dauiel, to pay, 205. 

street, limits and named, 50. 
Orange tree, sitrn of, 52. 

street, limits and n.amcd, 49. 

pavinK, 112, 197, 210, 212, 213, 
214,''217, -.^i. 
Orders, tot\'n, projection of, 79. 

rules and by-laws. (See £>j-Laic.s.) 

Paddey's aCey, limits and named, 53. 
I'eirce's, Peirse's, alley, 126. 

limits and named, 52. 
Penal orders. (Same as By-Laics.) 
Perambulations, 85, SO, 87. 
I'est-house, 159. 

erection. 114, 119. 
at Deer island, 127. 
(Sec Iii/ectiojis diseases, Small- 
pox.) 
PiJrataqua river, 154. 

Plan, of lands at Blue Hills and Brantree. 57. 
proposed wharf at end of King 
street, 60. 
Polls and estates, valuation, 28, 44. 
I'ond street, 68. 

limits and named, 50. 
Poor, appropriation for, 3, 24, 44, 78, 111, 122, 
127, 133, 138, 145, 176, 184, 191, 199, 
211,221. 
employment of, 23. 
regulation of, 70. 
certain moneys, interest on, 33. 
foreign 93; to petition for act concern- 
ing, 97. 
Pound, 31. 

Powder, town's stock, 2, 166. 
security of, 30. 
for blowing np houses, places of 

deposit, 90, 103. 
keeping of, proposed act, 112. 
storage of. by-law, 10, 19. 
custody of, by-law, 17. 
(See Stores.) 
Prince street, limits and named, 53. 

paving, 154, 171. 
Privies (houses of office or easement), erec- 
tion of, by-law, 12, 20. 
Proprietors, united committee of town and, 

189. 

Province of Massachusetts Bay, 179; bills of 

credit, 152; to receive for taxes, 

24; discount on, 143; receipt and 

payment of, 25. 

(See Connecticut, New Hampshire, 

Rhode Island.) 
loan, taken by town, improvement 
of, 158, 159, 219. 
repayment, 195. 
tax, valuation of specie for pay- 
ment, 212, 213. 
(See Tares.) 
Provisions, purchase, by-law, 14, 21. 

(See Grain.) 
Pudding lane, limits and named, 52. 
Pumps. (See Wells.) 

Quarter Sessions. (See Cotirt of Quarter Ses- 

Queen street, 75, 76, 101, 110, 113, 143. 
limits and named, 51. 
projecting porch, 64. 

Ransfords lane, limits and named, 50. 

liates, town appropriations, 2, 3, 5, 6. 7, 8, 24, 
27, 30, 31, 35, 38, 40,41, 43, 48, 61, 72, 
78, 83, 91, 94, 101, 102, 104, 106, 110. 
Ill, 113, 122, 127, 131, 133, 1.36, 187, 
138, 142, 143, 145, 154, 165, 166, 171, 
176, 183, 184, 191, 197, 199, 204, 211, 
221. 
persons to make, 44. 



Rates, abatement of, 81, 89, 93, 98, 108, 114, 
116, 123, 128, 135. 139, 149, 163, 170, 
181, l->7, 197, 199, 203 
collection of, 88. 92, 98, 108, 116, 123, 
129, 134, 140, 149, 156, 163, 164, 170, 
ISl, 186, 195, 197, 203, 217, 220. 
(See also Polls and Estates.) 
Rawson's lane, limits and named, 50. 
Keading, S5, 87. 
Records, ancient, 4. 

town,57,,'i9, 178, 208. 
the town book, 23, 49. 
book No. 8 (?),49. 
Register, county, votes, 117, 149, 195. 
Rents, quit, 90, 164, 1S3. 

to sell, 166, 184, 188,196,205. 
abated (Sam Sew.ill), 81. 
petition for reduction (John Bra- 
man), 137; granted, 144. 
to settle (James Johnson), 184. 
(Sec, also. Leases.) 
Representatives. (See General Court.) 
Rhode Island, bills of credit, 143. 
Ridge hill, 15. 
Ropewalk, the, 50, 51. 

Harrison's, 51. 
Roxbury, 27, 83, 111, 146. 

gate, U, 21. 
Rules, orders, and by-laws. (See £i/-laios.) 
Rumney, Rumny, Marsh, 1,5,6, 22, 2'3, 28, 30, 
33, 36, 42, 43, 44, 
45, 59, 64, 70, 74, 
85, 87, 88, 89, 92, 
98, 107, 116, 123, 
128, 134, 144, 149, 
150, 160, 168, 180, 
186, 188, 194, 202, 
210, 215. 
school, 2. 

meeting-house, 35, 
36, 38, 39, 43, 59, 
62. 
corn-mill, 160, 165, 

Sabbath. (See Lord's day.) 
Salem, 59. 

street, limits and named, 54. 
Salt lane, limits and named, 53. 

pond (on the neck), 146, 152, 172. 
Salutation, the, 54. ^ 

alley, limits .ind named, 54. 
Sanders, Rebecca, Ex'x, to pay, 205. 
Scavengers, duties, 95, 97, 105, 108, 141. 

and hog-reeves, penalty for non- 
service, 15. 
Schools, appropriation for, 3. 

inspectors of (School Committee?) 

first time chosen, 65. 
masters, 104, 110, 133, 139, 143, 147, 

170. 
public writing, support of, 73, 

189. 
Latin, 51, 113. 

master, 4, 6, 7, 8. 

assistant master, 7, 28, 29, 34, 

37. 
new house, 31. 
real estate for, 77, 80, 
instruction at, 78. 
Free grammar, 75, 78, 113. 

committee on, 63; 

report, 64, 65. 
assistant at, 63, 65, 
usher, 152. 
master, 76, 170. 
house belonging to, 

76. 
funds of, 80. 
land for, 81, 



Free First, 146. 
Grammar, 



at the North, 11&, 
126. 
master, 136, 139, 143, 
183, 196. 



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Bcbools, Free, North end, 2, 81. 

gift of house," and 

to establish, DU. 
land and building 
for, 92, lis, 119, 
132. 
•wharf, dock, and 
flats, appropri- 
ated for, 90. 
master, 93. 
North, writing, 9-1. 101.' 

land for, 103. 
master, 137, 138, 139. 
Writing, at the South, 163. 

proposed, 118, 
122, 125, 132. 
location, 127. 
house, 133, 

134. 
master, 143, 
164,165,204, 
211. 
Free writing. Queen street, house, 
104, 110, 113. 
water for, 143. 
master, 101, 
104. 
Charity (reading and writing) , 119. 
Spinaing, proposed, 147; report and 

postponed, 148. 
at Muddy River, master, 2. 
at Ruraney Marsh, 2. 
School street, 75, 76, 90, 101, 111, 122, 134. 

limits and named, 51. 
Sconce, 166, 167, 208, 209, 220. 
Scona (Sconce?) South, 178. 
Sconce lane, limits and named, 51. 
Seottow's alley, limits and named, 53. 
Sea Horse, man-of-war, 154. 
Sea street, limits and named, 50. 
Sessions. (See Courtx.) 
Sheep, rams at large, 34. 
Ship street, limits and named, 54. 
Shops, not to be opened by strangers, by-law, 
104. 
(See Trades.) 
Short street, limits and named, 50. 
Shrirapton's Inne, limits and named, 52. 
Silks and stuffs, French, 157. 
Slaves, 58. 

(See also Indians, etc., JVegroes.) 
Sliding alloy, limits and named, 54. 
Slips. (See W/iarvcs.) 
Smalpeice, John, grant to, 111. 
Small-pox, 154, 1.59, 165, 167. 

(See Infectious diseases, Pest- 
/louse.) 
Snow hill, limits and named, 54. 
Soldiers, raising of, 154, 

troop of guards, names, 187, 217. 
South Battery. (Sec Battn'ij.) 

end, 38, 43, 48, 68, 110, 112, 118, 152. 
street, limits and named, 50. 
Spectacle island, 154, 165. 
Specie valuation, 212, 213. 
Spinning, encouragement of, 153, 162. 

(See School, Spinning.) 
Spring lane, 62; limits and named, 51. 

street {lane?), 127.. 
Spurier, Caleb, petition, 205; granted, 211. 
Star, sign of the (Hanover street), 53. 
Slock, town. fSee Toion Stock:.) 
Stores at Fortifications, 153, 166. 

(See Powder.) 
Strangers, entertainment of, 102; b5'-law, 104, 
177. 
(See Shops, Trades.) 
Streets, etc., to be measured, 24, 25. 
to name, 17. 

bounds of and named, 49 to 54. 
repairs, 70. 
presentments, 78. 
removal of dirt, etc., from, 81. 
damnification of, 206. 



Streets, etc., flat.", abutting on. (See Flats.) 
paving, 112, 197. 

by abutters, proposed act, 

111,118,122,124,126. 
appropriations, SO, 38, 43, 
48,61,69,78,94.101,110, 
112, 113, 122, 131, 145, 
1-54, 166, 171, 183, 191, 
197, 199, 204, 211, 221. 
by-laws, nuisances or obstruc- 
tions in, 11, 19, 20. 
projections into, 11. 
rates of speed, 12, 
horses loose in, 12. 
playing foot-ball in, 12, 20. 
discharging lire-works in, 

12, 20. 
throwing snow-balls in, 12, 

20. 
tlirowing stones in, 20. 
vehicles unattended, 12. 
digging in, 13, 20. 
encroachments, 14. 
cellars, buildings, fences, 
and land marks, adjoin- 
ing, 14. 
keepinsr clean, 100, 187, 191, 

192,194. 
removal of dirt and trash 

from, 105, 106, 141. 
gutters emptying into, 102; 
adopted, 103; repeal re- 
jected, 119. 
thro wing long bullet in, 172, 

to Buckminster's laud at Muddy 

River, committee on, 3; re- 
port and to be laid out, 4; laid 

out, 5, 8, 9. 
between the Onk and Walnut 

and the Fortification (on the 

neck), maintenance, 3. 
to Roxbury, 27. 

aa;reenientand width, 47, 48. 
maintenance, 69, 73, 81. 
between Benuet's pasture and 

the old fortification on tlie 

neck, maintenance, 44, 45. 
crossway on the neck to be 

reserved, 81. 
tlie long causeway on the neck, 

91. 
on the neck, securing of, 90; to 

wharf easterly side, 91. 
Eliot'.s corner towards the 

neck, no. 
main street to the South End, 

38, 43. 
at South End, 112. 
beyond the salt pond (on tlie 

neck), 146. 
to the training field, 21. 
nigh old Mrs. Stoddard's, 31. 
Scarlet's wharf to Jonas Clark's, 

48. 
lane. Queen street to School 

street, 75, 76, SO. 
at South burying-place, east 

side, 126. 
at Barrets' near Mill creek, 146. 
from bridge towards Battery, 

197. 
round new South Meeting-house 

212,218. 
from westerly part of wharf at 

dock to A ilin's warehouse, to 

lay out, 225. 
country road (at Muddy rivor), 

8. 
crossed by Bride brook (at 

Riimncy Marsh), 85. 
county road .at Mr.lden line, 86. 
in Wiunisiniet and Noddles 

island to proposed bridge, 210. 



Index of Places and Subjects. 



247 



Striker Susana, petition, 23. 
Sudbury, Sudbery, street, 145, 146. 

limits and named. 



: county, 22, 61, 91, 96. 

division of, 212, 213; to op- 
pose, 200. 

deeds, records of, 17. 
(See also RecjiHter,) 
Suits, prosecution, by-law, 16. 
Summer, Sumer, street, 114. 

limits and named, 50. 
pavinsr, 121, 125. 
Sun court, limits and named, 54. 
Swan, sign of the, 53. 
Swine and stys, by-law, 12, 20. 
Swing bridge. (See Bridges.) 

lane, limits and named, 53. 

Tanners' lane, limits and named, 51. 
Taxes, county, 81. 

province, 37, 38, 82. 
(See Hates.) 
ThanlvS, votes of, to Fi-ancis Thresher, 31. 
ItobertCalef, 31. 
Overseers of Poor, 35, 

37, 42, 46, 70. 
Committee on Fortifica- I 

tions, 40. 
Peter Sergeant, Eliakim 
Hutchinson and Mad- 
am ShrimptoU; 57. 
Committee on waste 
lands at Brantree, 57. 
Selectmen, 58. 
Connnittee on charter of 

incoi-poration, 58. 
John Cole, schoolmaster 

101, 105. 
Committee on Alms- 
house and foreign 
poor, 97. 
Capt. Thos. Hutchinson 
for North grammar 
school-house, 90, 139. 
Thomas and Edward 
Hutchinson, for North 
writing school-house, 
139. 
Committee on instruc- 
tions to representatives, 
155. 
to other towns, 159. 
Jona. Williams, for trees 
on common, 192. 
Tithingmen, oath and law concerning, 6. 
proposed by-law (?), 170, 182. 
powers and duties, 185, 192, 204. 
Town, Committee on common good of, 138; 
report, 139. 
book. {Se^i Eecords.) 
hall, 179, 180. 

house, 7, 17, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 
34,35, 37, 38, 39,40, 41, 43,44, 45,48, 
49, 51, 54, 55, 56, 58, 60, 61, 62, 64, 69, 
72, 74, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 95, 98. 102, 
105, 106, 107, 112, 114, 115, 120, 121, 
122, 125, 126, 127, 132, 133, 1.34, 138, 
139, 144, 147, 148, 153, l.i5, 158, 159, 
160, 164, 167, 172, 177, 180, 184, 185, 
190, 193, 195, 198, 200, 201, 208, 212, 
213, 214, 219, 220, 222, 226. 
appropriation for bal. of town's part, 

102. 
meetings, conduct of, by-law, 17, 21. 
olficers, chosen, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 22, 23, 
26, 27, 28,29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 
37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43. 44, 45, 46,49, 55, 
58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 69, 70, 73, 74, 75, 
76, 77, 78, 79, 82, 83, 87, 88, 89, 92, 93, 
95.96,97,98,99, 100, 101, 102, 107, 
IDS, 109, 110, 112, 116, 117, 118, 119, 
12(1, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 
129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 



137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 143, 
149, 150, 151, 153, 156, 158, 160, 161, 
102, 163, 184, 165, 167, 168, 169, 170, 
171, 172, 180, 181, 18i, 183, 184, 183, 
186, 187, 191, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 
198, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 210, 214, 
215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221. 
instructions to committee on, 4. 
stock, 24, 47. 
aud proprietors, united committee of, 

189. 
house, street, 45. 
Trades, not to bo exercised by strangei-s, by- 
law, 104. 
(See also S/iops.) 
Training iield, 21, 172, 173, 174. 
Tra Mount street, limits and named, 51. 
Treasurer, county, votes for, 22, 37, 42, 46, 61, 
74, 89, 95, 110, 117, 123, 129, 134, 
110, 149, 160, 168, 181, 186, 195, 
201, 215. 
town, gift of plate to, 2. 

salary, 2, 6, 30, 33, 38, 44, 46, 
72,73,89,95,100,109,118, 
123, lol, 138, 142, 143, 151, 
162, 171, 182,188,195,203, 
217. 
Trees, mutil.ation of, by-law, 15. 

(See also Comwon.) 
Trucks, regulation of, 143 ; by-laws, 144, 145, 

211,212. 
. Turnagaine .alle}'', limits and named, 51. 

Underwood, Anthony, petition, 152. 
Union street, 214. 

limits and named, 52. 

pavhig, 217. 

Vessels not to cumber openings between 
Sconce and Scarlets wharf, 220, 223. 

Walnut, the, 3. 

War, eastern, with Indians, 3. 

(See also Indians.) 
Watch, military, 7, 24. 

town, 43, 61, 152, 176, 214. 220. 

appropriations, 3, 5, 7, 24, 48, 
61, 78, 91, 94, 102, 110, 122, 
124, 131, 138, 145-, 170, 184, 
191, 199, 211, 221. 
regulations, 7, 175. 
tax, rales for, 131. 
at the neck, negatived, 137. 
houses, 7, 54, 102, 175, 176, 218, 220. 
Water, leave to carry through the streets 
(aqueduct ?), m. 
(See Fires, Wells.) 
street, 62. 

limits and named, 51. 
petition to pave, dismissed, 
204. 
Watering place, 50. 

at Wheelers's pond, 68. 
Ways, streets, lanes, and alleys, named, 49 
to 54. 
(See Streets.) 
Webb, Joseph, to pay, 219. 
Weights and Scales, by law, 11, 19. 

keeping of, by millers, 

138. 
measures, to procure, 
81. 
Wells, cisterns, pumps, etc., in town's ground, 
25, 173. 
in way between 
Queen and 

School sts., 76. 
West street, limits and named, 50. 
Weeler's pond. (See Wheeler's pond.) 
Wharves, at Merrye's point, 41, 81. 
facing the Old wharf, 41. 
below the Town house sti-eet, 45. 
by the swinging bridge, 53, 196. 
the new, near end of King st., 66. 



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City Document No. 137. 



WliarTes adioining the Jock, 121, 122, 206, 
207, 225. 
on Mill creek, 146. 
adjoining Boiitli Battery, 205. 
at lower end of King st. (Long 
wharf?), proposed, 6.3; report, 
agreement and grant made, 66, 
67. 
out, between the Sconce and Scar- 
lets wharf, granted in 1673,209; 
committee on, 220 ; to be repaired 
or forfeited, 221, 222 ; to lay before 
General Court for confirmation, 
223. 
towns, rights In, 188. 

by the conduit, near Mill 

bridge, to lease, 79. 
at end of Cross street, 81. 
at North Battery, 90, 209. 
(James Barnes, tenant) , rent 

abated, 144, 152. 
rented by Timo. Thornton, 
155 ; abatement refused, 
163. 
at the South Battery, 183, 
220. 
slips, at end of Wood's lane, bb; 
filling 70, 71. 
at end of North street, 60. 
at end of Fleet street, 63 ; re- 
port and gi-ant made, 67, 
68. 
by Joseph Rogers, 73. 
by Welcome's house, Orange 
St., 112. 



Wharves, Thomas Clark's, near Fleet street, 
63, 67. 
Hallaway's, 52. 
Capt. Hayman's, 63, 67. 
Long, (See also, above), 133. 

Scarlet's, 48, ?3, 54, 208, 209, 220. 
Woodmansid's, 52. 
Wheeler's {Weeler's) pond, 14, 68. 
White Bread alley, limits and named, 54. 
Wind-mill on Fort hill, 6, 8. 
Wind-mill hill (in the Common), 15, 171. 

point, 50. 
Wing's lane, 26. 

limits and named, 52. 
Winnisimet ■] 210. 

Winnisirait Ferry, rent, 81 ; abatement, 

Winisimet I 163. 

Winnisemet j water ways, main- 

Winnicimot tenance, 2. 

Winny siramet J at old Battery, 70. 

place, petition referred, 196; 
landing place granted at, 
198. 
Winter street, limits and named, 50. 
Wood for the town, 206. 
cord, 221, 222, 223. 
cording of, by-laws, 14, 7P, 223, 224. 

proposed act, 131. 
corders, by-law, 15. 

fees, 72, 90, 94. 
and coal, 163. 
Wood, Woods, lane, 55, 70, 71. 

limits and named, 53. 
Work-house, management, 36, 37. 

(See also Almshouse.)