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Watertown Records 



COMPRISING 
THE EIGHTH BOOK 

OF 

TOWN PROCEEDINGS 
1810 Through 1829 



INCLUDES PUBLIC TOWN MEETINGS AND 
SELECTMEN'S MEETINGS 



PREPARED FOR PUBLICATION 
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE 
TOWN CLERK 



TRANSCRIBED FROM THE ORIGINAL 
By Employees of the Works Progress Administration Project 
O. P. 665-14-3-640 W. P. 18114 

19 3 9 



The Graphic Prkss 
Newtos, Mass. 



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HI3T. REF 



This is to certify that Book 8, Original Records of 
the Town of Watertown, has been transcribed by 
Employees of the Works Progress Administration Project 
O.P. 665-14-3-640 W.P. 18114, and this is a true copy 
correctly made of the same. 

Editorial Note: 

Throughout this volume there will be found differences 
in the spelling of a name, when it is obvious that the two 
spellings represent the same person. Also, there are many 
mis-spellings of words; likewise the endings of some words 
have been dropped. These peculiarities have been printed 
exactly as they have appeared in the original script. No 
changes have been made from the original script, so that 
what might appear to be an error in printing, or in gram- 
matical expression, is actually the transcription of the 
material as originally written by the several town clerks 
of this volume. 




Town Clerk. 



July 31, 1939 

Middlesex, ss: 

Personally appeared the above named George B. 
Wellman, Clerk of the Town of Watertown, and made 
oath to the truth of the statement before me. 

WILLIAM W. NORCROSS, JR. 

Notary Public. 

My Commission Expires 
April 4, 1941 



WATERTOWN RECORDS 

Eighth Book, Begun in 1810 



18101 
Janr J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the first day of Janu- 
ary AD 1810, They appointed the following persons Engine- 
men for the ensuing Year (Viz)' — > 

Gilbert Nichols Elijah Norcrofs John Hunting 

Artemas Murdock Richard Sanger Clinton Thayer 

John Tucker Elisha W. Dana Benjamin Wiser 

Jonathan Stone Jun r Francis Whitney John Leathe 

Joseph Rufsell Jun r Josiah White John Meacham Jun r 

John Stimpson Jun r Nath 1 Weld Jun r Leonard Whiting 

Jonathan Robbins John L. White Daniel Leverett 

1810 \ 
Feb" / 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the twenty sixth day 
of February AD 1810, They ifsued the following W 7 arrant 
for a Town-meeting (Viz)' — » 

Middlesex fs: To Thaddeus Cole one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown Greeting.' — » 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote in Town-meetings 
(Viz) Such as pay to one single Tax besides the Poll or 
Polls, a Sum equal to two thirds of a single Poll Tax, to 
meet and afsemble at the Public Meeting-house in said 
Town on Monday the twelfth day of March next, at ten 
of the Clock in the Forenoon to act on the following 
Articles (Viz).' — > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting- 



2 d To choose all Town Officers required to be chosen in the 
Months of March and April annually 

3 d To choose a Sexton, and agree how he shall be paid for his 
services 

4 th To determine whether Swine or Neat Cattle shall run at 
large the ensuing Year, & act anything thereon. 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing Year, and 
grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing thereon ■ 



Watertown Records. 



6 th To grant Money to support the poor, & act any thing 
thereon 

7 th To grant Money to repair the Highways, & act any thing 



8 th To hear the Accounts of those persons the Town is indebted 
to & grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing thereon. 

9 th To hear the report of any Committee's & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To choose Agents to lease the fishery the ensuing Year, & 
act any thing thereon. 

11 th To know if the Town will grant & supply the Rev d Richard 
R. Eliot with a certain quantity of Wood the ensuing Year, 
& act any thing thereon 

12 th To know if the Town will quit their right to the Pew which 
was originally drawn by Edward Harrington deceas'd, and 
granted & convey'd to him & his Heirs and Afsigns forever, 
by a Vote of the Town pafsed the seventh of April 1800, 
they paying what the Town has advanced, & Interest on 
the same, & act any thing thereon 

13 th To know if the Town will enlarge, or make any alteration 
to their Public Meeting House, & act any thing thereon. 

Also, You are alike required to notify and warn all the Free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the said Town of Water- 
town, qualified by Law to vote for Representatives to meet 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday the 
twelfth day of March next at two of the Clock in the 
Afternoon to give in their Votes for a County Treasurer.*—^ 

Also,You are likewise required to notify the Town Creditors to 
bring in their Accounts to the Selectmen at the House of 
Ezra Farrar Innholder in said Town on Friday the ninth 
day of March next at six of the Clock PM. Hereof fail not 
and make return of this Warrant and your doings thereon 
to the Selectmen before the times appointed for said 
Meeti ngs 

Given under our Hands and Seals at Watertown the 
twenty-sixth day of February, in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and ten*— > 



thereon. 



[2] 



Amos Bond 



Thomas Clark 
Joseph Bright 
Edward Lowd 



Nath 1 R. Whitney 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown*— > 



Watertown Records. 



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Middlesex fs: Watertown March 12 th 1810 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant, I have warned the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as therein exprefsed 
to meet and afsemble at the times and places, and for the 
purposes within mentioned, by posting an attested Copy, 
of this Warrant two Sundays prior to said Meeting*— * 

Thaddeus Cole, Constable*— * 



[3] 

1810) 
Feb'/ 

February 26 th 1810 The Afsefsors appointed Charles 
Whitney a Collector of Taxes, to complete the collection of 
Samuel Cook's Taxes a late Collector deceas'd, & com- 
mitted them to him to collect. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Friday the ninth day of March 
AD 1810, They signed an Order on the Treasurer directing 
him to pay the several persons hereafternamed the Sums 
annex'd their Names (Viz)*— «> 

To Nath 1 R. Whitney in full of his Ace* for sup- 
plies del d the poor &c. $67,, 42 

To ditto in full for supplies del d Betsy Gardner — 18„ 67 

To ditto in full for Wood del d the Middle-school 13„ 81 

To ditto in full for Wood del d the West-school — 10„ 44 

To ditto in full for three Bed-cords for the Seines 2„ — 

To Amos Bond in full for clothing del d the poor 10„ 18 

To Joseph Peirce in full for Axis for the Herse, &) 

for repairing Engine J 2„ — 

To Peirce & Child in full for repairing Herse — 4„ 50 

To Thaddeus Cole in full for warning a Town-) 
meeting, & for setting Glafs in the Meeting- [ 
house & School-houses J 9„ 37 

To Tyler Bigelow in full of his Acc 1 for his] 
service & costs in the case Watertown vs Amasa \ 
Williams J 62„ 2 

To Walter Hunnewell in full for Medicines &) 
attendance on the poor to this date J 31„ 12 



Watertown Records. 

To John L. Tut tie Esq r Treasurer for the] 
County of Middlesex in full for a County Tax[ 
in 1809 J 

To Daniel Coolidge & Edward Lowd in full fori 
repairing the Bridges / 

To Edward Lowd in full for supplies del d Josephl 
Child & Nath 1 Harris / 

To ditto in full for summoning Witnefses &c. — 

To Richard Sanger in full for a pair of Shoes for) 
Joseph Child, & a pair for Sally Saunders / 

To Daniel Leverett in full for repairing the Bafs 
Viol 

To Nath 1 Weld in full for carting Gravel on the 
Great-bridge 

To Paul Learned in full for his service in attend-] 
ing the funeral of Bez 1 Learned, & for ringings 
the Bell & sweeping the Meeting-house J 

To Ezra Farrar in full for Selectmens* last Year 

To Rufus Frost in full for teaching a 

Singing-school 42„ - 

To Nichols & Meacham for Candles 
supplied the Singing-school 8„ - 



331,, 4 

17„ 74 

4„ 75 
4„ 18 

3„ 25 

2„- 

10„ - 
36„ 96 

50„- 



[4] 

March \ 
1810 / 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs being duly warned regularly 
afsembled at the Public Meeting house in said Town on 
Monday the twelfth day of March AD 1810, for the purpose 
of transacting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant for 
said Meeting proceeded as follows* — » 

Voted & chose Amos Bond Esq r Moderator* — » 
Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerks 
Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Treasurer*— > 
And he was sworn into said Offices, before Amos Bond 
Esq r Moderator*—* 



*Editorial Note: Probably meant "expenses" 



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Voted & chose for Selectmen 



Voted & chose for Afsefsors 



Amos Bond Esq r 
Thomas Clark Esq r 
Joseph Bright 
Edward Lowd 
Jonas White 

Amos Bond Esq r 
Thomas Clark Esq 1 " 
Jonathan Stone, & was 
excus'd by his request^-* 



It was voted to return the thanks of the Town to Jonathan 

Stone for his past service as an Afsefsor 

Voted & chose Peter Clark an Afsefsor 

It was voted to choose the other Town Officers by nomina- 
tion, excepting the Constables' — » 

Voted & chose for Constables /£ d k wa ^ 

[John Hunting 

And they were sworn into said Office, before Nath 1 R. 
Whitney Town Clerk 

Nath 1 Weld 



Voted & chose for Fence-viewers 



John Fowle 
Adam Brown 
Daniel Bond 
Peter Clark 



Voted & chose for Tythingmen{P} li 1 ! ieha l J Sanderson 

\ William Horn 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Highways' — » 



Jonas White 
James Bernard 
Jonathan Stone 
Samuel Bird 



Voted & chose for 
Field-drivers 



William Leathe 

Moses Coolidge 

Thomas Clark Esq r 

Nath 1 Bright & was excus'd 

Daniel Bernard 

John Fowle 

Moses Chenery 



[5] 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting. 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to half past three of 

the Clock this Afternoon, then to meet at this place. 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd' — > 



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In the Afternoon the Town-meeting was open'd for the 
purpose of giving in their Votes for a County Treasurer.' — > 
It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to Monday the second 
day of April next, at five of the Clock P.M. then to meet 
at this place' — » 

Then the Town-meeting was open'd by Adjournment from 
the Forenoon of this day & proceeded as follows' 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves' — » 



David Hager 
Phinehas Sanderson 
Levi Thaxter Esq r 
Samuel Walker 
Daniel A. Tainter 
Jonathan Ware 

(Benjamin Wiser 
Voted & chose for Clerks of \ Aaron Sanger 
the Market INath 1 R. Whitney Jun r 

Voted & chose for Cullers of f Samuel Holt 
Hoops & Staves*—* \Joseph Jones 

Voted & chose for Surveyors [Isaac Dana 

of Boards, Plank, Timber & \ Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 

Slit work*— » [Joseph Peirce 

Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
John Fowle 
Amos Bond Esq r 

Voted & chose for Firewards ^ Nath 1 Weld 

Luke Bemis 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
Joseph Peirce 



Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Pound-keeper'— » 

(Nath 1 Weld 

Voted & chose for Fish-wardens jNath 1 R. Whitney 

(Levi Thaxter Esq r 

Voted that the Selectmen be empowered to appoint a 

Sexton, & agree with him for his services. 

Voted that Swine & Neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensuing Year 

Voted to grant nine hundred dollars for the support of 
Schools the ensuing Year. 

Voted that the Money granted for the support of Schools 
be equally divided between the three Schools as it was the 
last Year 



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Voted to grant fifty dollars for the support of a Singing- 
school the ensuing Year 

Voted to have the Singing-school under the direction of 
the Selectmen 



[6] 

6 th It was voted to postpone granting Money for support of 
the poor to the adjournment of this Meeting' — > 

7 th It was voted to grant the same Sum for repairing the High- 
ways, & the same price for Labor as it was the last Year' — > 
It was voted to grant One hundred dollars to repair the 
Highways on the great County-road, from the Public 
Meeting house to the House of Samuel Learned' — > 
Voted that the Sum granted for the purpose aforesaid be 
laid out under the direction of the Selectmen.* — > 

8 th Article, It was voted to postpone to the adjournment of 
this Meeting.*—* 

9 th Article, It was voted to postpone to the adjournment of 
this Meeting* — > 

10 th Voted & chose for Agents to lease JNath 1 R. Whitney 
the fishery the ensuing Year \Nath 1 Weld 

11 th Article, It was voted to postpone to the Adjournment of 
this Meeting' — > 

12 th It was voted to choose a Committee to examine into the 
state of the Pew which was originally drawn by Edward 
Harrington deceas'd, & make report to the Town, at the 
adjournment of this Meeting* — > 

[Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Voted & chose for said Committee J Adam Brown 

[Amos Bond Esq r 

13 th It was voted to choose a Committee to confer with the 
Owners of Pews in Watertown Meeting house, in respect 
to enlarging, or making any alteration in the same, & make 
report to the Town at the adjournment of this Meeting.*—* 

Walter Hunnewell 
Joseph Peirce 
Leonard Stone 
Elisha W. Dana 
Enoch Wiswall 
Joseph Bright 
Abijah White 
Levi Thaxter Esq r 
Tyler Bigelow Esq r 



Voted & chose for said Committee 



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It was voted to adjourn this Meeting. 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to seven of the Clock 
this Evening then to meet at the House of Ezra Farrar 

Innholder in said Town. And the Meeting was 

accordingly declared adjourn'd* — > 

On the Evening of the twelfth day of March AD 1810, 
The Town meeting was open'd at the House of Ezra Farrar, 
Innholder in Watertown, by adjournment from the Meet- 
ing-house this day, & proceded as follows. 

It was voted to farm out the collection of Taxes, for the 
ensuing Year, to the lowest bidder, under the same re- 
strictions as they were last Year. 

The East List of State, County Town & Minister's Taxes 
were put up & struck of to Moses Chenery for three Cents 
& three fourths ^ dollar 

The West List of ditto were put up & struck of to Artemas 
Murdock for five & an half Cents ^ dollar.*— > 



Then the Hay-scales were put up at Auction for the term 
of one Year from the first day of April next, & were struck 

of to Joseph Peirce for thirty six dollars 

The improvement of the Wharf in Cambridge belonging 
to the Town of Watertown, was put up at Auction for the 
term of one Year, & was struck of to Nath 1 R. Whitney for 

One dollar & twenty five Cents. — 

Then the following Town-officers were sworn into the 
several Offices to which they were chosen this day (Viz)' — , 

Amos Bond Esq r , Thomas Clark Esq r , Joseph Bright, 

Edward Lowd, & Jonas White as Selectmen 

Amos Bond Esq r & Thomas Clark Esq r Afsefsors, & that 
they would faithfully & impartially discharge the duties 
of their Offices respecting all elections & the returns 
thereof 

Adam Brown & Daniel Bond Fence-viewers 

Jonas W 7 hite, James Bernard, Jonathan Stone, & Samuel 
Bird Surveyors of Highways. 

William Leathe, Moses Coolidge, Thomas Clark Esq r & 
Moses Chenery, Field-drivers. 

David Hager, Fhinehas Sanderson & Jonathan Ware, 
Hogreeves. 




Watertown Records. 



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Isaac Dana & Joseph Peirce Surveyors of Boards, Plank, 

Timber & Slitwork. Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town 

Clerk 

And Nath 1 R. Whitney, was sworn into the Office of 
Pound-keeper, before Amos Bond Esq r Moderator. 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the first Monday 
in April next at five of the Clock in the Afternoon, then to 

meet at the Public Meeting house. 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd* — » 



March \ 
1810 / 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the nineteenth day 
of March AD 1810, They ifsued the following Warrant for 
a Town meeting (Viz) 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required, in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the male Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown, of 
twenty one Years of age and upwards, having a freehold 
Estate within the Commonwealth of the annual Income of 
three Pounds, or any Estate to the value of sixty Pounds, 
to meet at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Monday the second day of April next, at two of the Clock 
in the Afternoon to give in their Votes for a Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, and Senators and Counsellors, agree- 
ably to the Constitution of 

said 



[8] 

Said Commonwealth Hereof fail not and make return 

of this Warrant with your doings thereon to the Selectmen 

before the time appointed for said Meeting. Given 

under our Hands and Seals at said Watertown this nine- 
teenth day of March, in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and ten' — > 



Amos Bond 
Thomas Clark 
Joseph Bright 
Edw d Lowd 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown'— * 



10 



Watertown Records. 



Middlesex fs: Watertown April 2 d 1810 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant, I have warned the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Watertown qualified as there exprefsed to meet 
at the time and place and for purpose within mentioned, 
by posting an attested Copy of this Warrant at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town two Sundays prior to said 
Meeting* — > 

Edward Lowd, Constable' — » 



Fishery 1 
Let March \ 
1810 J 

The Agents of the Town of Watertown chosen for the 
purpose of leasing the fishery in Watertown, Weston & 
Waltham agreeable to an Act of the General Court pafsed 
March 2 d 1798, empowering the Town's of Watertown, 
Weston, & Waltham to lease the fishery called Shad & 
Alewives within the limits of said Town's met at the House 
of Nathaniel Weld Innholder in said Town on Monday 
the twenty sixth day of March AD 1810, at two of the 
Clock in the Afternoon 

The Agents of Weston & Waltham, not being present, the 
Agents of Watertown proceeded as follows (Viz).<— > 

l 8t Appointed Nath 1 R. Whitney Clerk for said Agents 

2 d Agreed to adjourn this Meeting to seven of the Clock this 

Evening then to meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd 

The Agents aforesaid met at the time & place aforemen- 
tioned by adjournment, & proceeded as follows 

They agreed to lease all the privilege & right of taking the 
fish called Shad & Alewives in Charles River, within the 
limits of Watertown the ensuing Year, on the following 
Conditions (Viz).« — > 

The privilege of taking the fish called Shad and Alewives 
within the limits before described, three days in each Week 
and no more to the highest bidder, he or they giving 
security for the payment to the acceptance of the Agents — 
five ^ Cent to be paid down as earnest Money, and the 

residue to be paid on the first day of September next. 

And the purchaser to have the privilege of improving the 
Seines that the Town now have and the purchaser to have 
liberty to procure two new Seines, 



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[9] 

One for Shad & one for Alewives, if they be necefsary, & be 
allowed a reasonable expence for the same out of the rent. — 
The persons or persons who improve the fishery shall be 
accountable to the Agents for the improvement of the 
Seines if they are improved for the fishery in Newton, in 

proportion to the rent of Watertown & Newton fishery. 

And was struck of to Jonas White for four hundred & 
seventy dollars. 

Jonas White gave his Note for twenty three dollars & fifty 

Cents on demand, as earnest Money 

Also, he gave his Note for four hundred forty six dollars 
& fifty Cents, payable on or before the first day of Septem- 
ber next*—-, 

April ] 
Meeting \ 
1810 j 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution of this Commonwealth to vote for Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, and Counsellors and Senators, being 
duly warned, regularly afsembled at the Public Meeting- 
house in said Town on Monday the second day of April 
AD 1810, The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was 
revis'd & read, the Votes for Governor, Lieutenant Gov- 
ernor, Counsellors & Senators, were called for, brought in, 
sorted & counted, & it appeared that the following persons 
had the number of Votes annex'd their several Names 
(Viz).*-, 

For Governor 

Hon. Elbridge Gerry Esq r had One hundred sixty two 

Votes 

His Excellency Christopher Gore Esq r had One hundred 

four Votes 

For Lieutenant Governor 

Hon. William Gray Esq r had One hundred fifty seven 

Votes 

His Honor David Cobb Esq r had ninety eight Votes 

For Senators & Counsellors 

Hon. Samuel Dana Esq r had One hundred fifty six Votes 
Amos Bond Esq r had One hundred fifty five Votes 
John L. Tuttle Esq r had One hundred fifty two 

Votes 

Matthew Bridge Esq r had One hundred fifty six 

Votes 



Waterlown Records. 



Timothy Jackson Esq r had ninety eight Votes 
Oliver Prescott Esq r had ninety eight Votes 
Joseph Hurd Esq r had ninety eight Votes 
Joseph Locke Esq r had ninety eight Votes' — » 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the House of 
Ezra Farrar Innholder in said Town, at seven of the Clock 
this Evening for the sole purpose of completing & sealing 
the returns of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, & Senators 
& Counsellors 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd' — > 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown regularly afsembled 
at the Public Meeting-house in said Town, on Monday 
the second day of April AD 1810, by adjournment from the 
twelfth day of March last, & proceeded as follows' — > 



[10] 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the Town-meeting 
in May next, at five of the Clock in the Afternoon, then to 

meet at this place And the Meeting was accordingly 

declared adjourn'd' — » 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in the choice of Representatives being duly warned 
regularly afsembled at the Public Meeting house in said 
Town, on Monday the second day of April AD 1810, by 
adjournment from the twelfth day of March last, for the 

purpose of giving in their Votes for a County Treasurer. 

The Selectmen presiding the Votes for a County Treasurer 
were called for, brought in, sorted & counted, & it appeared 

that there were ninety five Votes given in 

There were for Abiel Heywood Esq r sixty two Votes' — > 
For Hon. John L. Tuttle Esq r thirty three Votes' — > 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution of this Commonwealth to vote for Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, & Counsellors & Senators, regularly 
afsembled at the House of Ezra Farrar Innholder in said 
Town, on the Evening of Monday the second day of 
April AD 1810, by adjournment from the Public Meeting 
house this day, The Selectmen & Town Clerk examined & 
signed the returns for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 



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Counsellors & Senators, & the same were sealed up in open 
Town meeting. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the ninth day of 
April AD 1810, They signed an Order on the Treasurer, 
directing him to pay the several persons hereafter named, 
the several Sums annex'd their Names (Viz)' — » 

To Jonas White, by Joshua Longley's Order in) 
full for supporting Sarah White one Year, from} 



8 th Dec r 1808, to 8 th Dec r 1809 J $52,, — 

To John K. Coolidge in full for his service as) 
Sexton the Year past, to the 15 th of April }• 
Instant J 35„ — 

To ditto in full for bolts to repair the Wheel of) 

the Bell / „ 75 

To Samuel Bird in full of his Acc 1 for expences) 

of the Committee on Roads / 5„ 58 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in said Town on Monday the Sixteenth day of 
April AD 1810. They ifsued the following Warrant for a 
Town-meeting (Viz). 1 — » 



nil 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting. 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Male Inhabitants of said Town being twenty one Years 
of age, and resident in said Town for the space of one Year 
next preceding having a freehold Estate within said Town 
of the annual Income of three Pounds, or any Estate to the 
value of sixty Pounds, to meet at the Public Meeting-house 
in said Town on Monday the seventh day of May next, at 
two of the Clock in the Afternoon, for the purpose of 
choosing one or more Representatives to represent them 
at the General Court appointed to be convened and held at 
Boston on the last Wednesday of May next. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting, Given under our Hands and Seals, dated 



14 



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Selectmen 
for 

Watertown' 



at Watertown the sixteenth day of April, in the Year of 
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten/ 

Amos Bond 
Thomas Clark 
Joseph Bright 
Edward Lowd 
Jonas White 

Middlesex fs: Watertown May 7 th 1810 Pursuant to the 
above Warrant I notified the male Inhabitants of the Town 
of Watertown qualified as therein exprefsed, to meet and 
afsemble at the time and place, and for the purpose above 
mentioned, by posting an attested Copy of this Warrant 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town two Sundays 
prior to said Meeting.*— > 

Edw d Lowd Constable*—* 



May 
Meeting • 
1810 

At a Public Town meeting of the Freeholders, & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution to vote in the choice of Representatives, being 
duly warned, regularly afsembled at the Public Meeting 
house in said Town, on Monday the seventh day of May 
AD 1810, The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was 
revised & read. 

It was voted to choose two Representatives 

It was voted to receive the Votes for two Representatives 
on one ticket 

The Votes for two Representatives were called for, brought 
in, sorted & counted, & it appeared that there were ninety 
nine tickets given in, on each of which were two Votes*—* 

Thomas Clark Esq/ had ninety nine Votes! & were chosen 
And Jonas White had ninety nine Votes — j 



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Adjournment) At a Public Town meeting of the Freeholders 
of April & & other Inhabitants of the Town of Water- 
March • town, regularly afsembled at the Public Meet- 
Meeting ing house in said Town, on Monday seventh 
1810 J day of May AD 1810, by adjournment from 
the second day of April last, which was by adjournment 
from the twelfth day of March last, & proceeded as fol- 
lows. 



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It was voted to excuse Joseph Jones from serving as a 
Culler of Hoops & Staves 

Voted & chose Isaac Dana Culler of Hoops & Staves 

And he was sworn into said Office before Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Town Clerk 

It was voted to excuse Nath 1 Bemis Esq r from serving as a 

Surveyor of Boards, Plank, Timber & Slitwork 

Voted & chose Joseph Rufsell Jun r Surveyor of Boards &c. 
in his stead. 

It was voted to excuse John Fowle from serving as Field- 
Driver 

Voted & chose David Baker Field-driver, And he was 
sworn into said Office, Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town 
Clerk 

It was voted to excuse Peter Clark from serving as an 
Afsefsor by his own request 

Voted & chose Joseph Peirce Afsefsor, and he was sworn 
into said Office, Before Nath 1 R. Whitney, Town Clerk 

The report of the Committee to examine the Town Treas- 
urer's Accounts was read & is as follows (Viz)<— ^ 

That Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Treasurer is 

credited by $7471,, 78 

And is charged with 6423,, 34 



Balance due the Treasurer $1048,, 44 

Watertown May 3 d 1810, The above is a just & true state- 
ment of the Treasurers Accounts to the third day of May 
1810, as examined by. the Subscribers a Committee to 
settle the same* — > 

Amos Bond ] 

Thomas Clark \ Committee 

Edward Lowd j 

It was voted to accept of said report. 

It was voted to grant seven hundred & fifty dollars for 

support of the poor the ensuing Year 

It was voted to grant Nath 1 R. Whitney sixty dollars in 

full for his Service as Treasurer last Year. 

It was voted to grant Amos Bond Esq r twenty four dollars 

in full of his Acc 1 for his service as an Afsefsor last Year 

It was voted to grant Jonathan Stone eighteen dollars in 

full of his Acc 1 for his service as an Afsefsor last Year 

It was voted to grant Thomas Clark Esq r nineteen dollars 
& fifty Cents in full of his Acc 1 for his service as an Afsefsor 
last Year 



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It was voted that the Committee chosen on the twelfth 
day of March last, to examine into the state of the Pew 
which was originally drawn by Edward Harrington de- 
ceas'd, be empowered to make further search respecting 
the state of said Pew, & take counsel respecting the same, 
if in their opinion they shall judge it necefsary 

It was voted not to grant the Rev d Richard R. Eliot any 
Wood the present Year* — » 



It was voted to grant Rev d Richard R. Eliot Interest on 
each quarter of his Salary the Year past, after it became 
due 

It was voted that the Selectmen be requested to insert an 
article, in the next Warrant for a Town-meeting, to know 
if the Town will sell their right in the Pew, which was 
drawn by Edward Harrington deceas'd 

The Afsefsors inform'd the Inhabitants, that they shall 
attend at the House of Ezra Farrar, on Friday the eleventh 
day of May Instant, at two of the Clock in the Afternoon 
to receive Valuations of the Estates, from the Inhabitants, 
which they were pofsefs'd of, on the first day of May 
Instant 

May 31 st AD 1810 Artemas Murdock was sworn into the 
Office of Collector of Taxes, before Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the third day of 
August AD 1810, They approbated the persons hereafter 
named to receive licence for Innholders & Retailers the 
ensuing year (Viz)*— > 



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Nath 1 Weld 
For Innholders Samuel Bird 




Charles Stratton 



For Retailers 



John Fowle 
John George 
Jeremiah Fowle 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Eliakim Morse 
Benjamin Wiser 
Aaron Clapp 
Thomas Heard Jun r 
Seth Bemis 



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October 2 d AD 1810 Moses Chenery was sworn into the 

Office of Collector of Taxes Before Nath 1 R. Whitney 

Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the twenty second 
day of October AD 1810, they agreed that Jonathan Child, 
James B. Whitney, 6c Thomas Learned be fully empowered 
as a Committee (to expend fifty dollars granted by the 
Town) to procure a teacher of Music, as soon as con- 
veniently may be, & that they will draw an Order on the 
Treasurer, for the aforesaid Sum, to defray the expence 
thereof 

Also, They ifsued the following Warrant for a Town meet- 
ing (Viz)«— * 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd Constable of the Town of 
Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown, duly 
qualified to vote for Representative 

in 



[14] 

In the General Court of said Commonwealth (Viz) 

"the male Inhabitants of said Town being twenty one 
Years of age, and resident in said Town for the space of one 
Year next preceding having a freehold Estate within said 
Town of the annual Income of three Pounds, or any Estate 
to the value of sixty Pounds") to afsemble at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the fifth day of 
November next, being the first Monday in said Month, at 
two of the Clock in the Afternoon, to give in their Votes 
for a Representative of the People of said Commonwealth 
in the Congrefs of the United States for the Middlesex- 
district 

Hereof tail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 

for said Meeting Given under our Hands and Seals, 

dated at Watertown the twenty second day of October in 
the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and 
ten' — , 

Thomas Clark 1 Selectmen 

Jonas White \ for 

Edw d Lowd J Watertown* — , 



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NB, You are alike required to give notice that the Select- 
men will be in Sefsion at the House of Ezra Farrar Inn- 
holder in said Town, on Monday the fifth day of November 
next at ten of the Clock in the forenoon, to receive evidence 
of the qualifications of persons whose Names have not been 
entered on the list of Voters, to vote for a Representative 
as aforesaid. 

Middlesex fs: Watertown Nov r 5 th 1810 — Pursuant to the 
within Warrant, I have notified and warned the Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, 
qualified as therein exprefsed, to meet & afsemble, at the 
time and place and for the purpose within mentioned, by 
posting an attested Copy of this Warrant at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town, two Sundays prior to said 
Meeting. 

Edw d Lowd Constable for said Townw> 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote for Representatives in the General Court of this 
Commonwealth being duly warned regularly afsembled at 
the Public Meeting house, in said Town, on Monday the 
fifth day of November being the first Monday in said 
Month AD 1810, to give in their Votes for a Representative 
of the People of said Commonwealth in the Congrefs of the 
United States for the Middlesex-district' — > 



[15] 

The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was read & 
revis'd, the Votes for a Representative were called for 
brought in, sorted, and counted & were as follows 

For Hon. Joseph B. Varnum Esq r fifty eight Votes 

Loammi Baldwin Esq r twenty Votes 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the seventh day of 
January AD 1811, They signed an Order on the Treasurer 
directing him to pay the several persons hereafter named, 
the several Sums annex'd their Names (Viz)' — > 

To Isaac Dana for Plank of Jackson & Lincoln) 

for Creek-Bridge J 12„ 39 

To ditto for his service in procuring ditto — 1„ — 

To Amos Bond in full of his Acc 1 for Cash paid) 

for flints for the Town's stock &c. J 7„ — 



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To Thaddeus Cole in full of his Acc 1 for setting] 
Glafs, in the Meeting-house, West & Middle [ 
School-houses j 5„ 96 

To Jonathan Stone in full of his Acc 1 for Stones! 

to cover a Bridge J 2„ — 

To Marshall Spring in full of his Acc 1 for his] 
services as an Agent on the trapelow-road (sof 
called) J 8„ — 

To Zaccheus Pond in full of his Acc 1 for repairing) 
Ploughs &c J 5„ 18 

To Nath 1 Pratt in full of his Acc 1 for a sett of) 

Bullet moulds for the Town's-use J 2,, 50 

To Ezra Farrar in full of his Acc 1 for Selectmen's] 
expences from March 12 th 1810, to include this f 
date J 31„ 42 

To Aaron Barker in full for repairing Hay-scales 7„ 50 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in said Town on Monday the fourth day of 
March AD 1811, They appointed the persons hereafter- 
named Engine-men, for the ensuing Year (Viz)' — > 



Jonathan Robbins 
Francis Whitney 
John Tucker 
Gilbert Nichols 
John Leathe 
John Stimpson Jun' 
Elijah Norcrofs 
Daniel Leverett 
Joseph Rufsell Jun r 
Richard Sanger 
Elisha W. Dana 



Benjamin Wiser 
Thomas Heard Jun r 
Nath 1 Weld Jun r 
Josiah Jennison 
Nath 1 R. Whitney Jun' 
Aaron Clap 
Clinton Thayer 
Josiah White 
Artemas Murdock 
Leonard Harris*— > 



At the Meeting aforesaid, the Selectmen, revised & cor- 
rected the list of Voters, to vote in the choice of Governor, 

Lieutenant Governor, and Senators. 

Also, They ifsued the following Warrant for a Town- 
meeting (Viz)<— j 



[16] 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd Constable of the Town of 
Watertown, Greeting 



20 



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You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Freeholders, and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote in Town-meetings 
(Viz)*-, 

Such as pay to one single Tax besides the Poll or Polls, 
a Sum equal to two thirds of a single Poll Tax, to meet 
and afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said Town on 
Monday the eighteenth day of March Instant, at ten of the 
Clock in the Forenoon to act on the following Articles 

(Viz)v_> 

l 3t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To choose all Town-Officers required to be chosen in the 

Months of March and April annually 

3 d To choose a Sexton, and agree how he shall be paid for his 

services 

4 th To determine whether Swine, or Neat Cattle shall run at 
large the ensuing Year, & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing Year, and 
grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing thereon 

6 th To grant Money to support the poor, & act any thing 
thereon 

7 th To grant Money to repair the Highways, & act any thing 
thereon 

8 th To hear the Accounts of those persons the Town is indebted 
to, & grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing 
thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any Committee's & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To choose Agents to lease the fishery the ensuing Year, & 
act any thing thereon 

11 th To know if the Town will make sale of the Pews in Water- 
town Meeting house, which belonged to Edward Harring- 
ton, and Josiah Goddard deceas'd, & act any thing thereon. 

12 th To know if the Town will procure a Bell for the Public 
Meeting house, & act any thing thereon 

13 th To know if the Town will take any measures to ascertain 
their right to Shearman's Pond (so called) and the Land 
adjoining the same, or any other Lands belonging to the 
Town, & act any thing thereon 

14 th To know if the Town will take measures to build a new 
Meeting house, and to act any thing respecting the same; 
and also to know if they will take any measures to settle 
with the Pew-holders in the present Meeting house, & how 
they will appropriate said House, & act any thing thereon — 

15 th To know if the Town will direct their Treasurer to receive 
of Thaddeus Cole Collector for the Year 1809, ten dollars 



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of uncurrent Money, which he afserts that he received for 
Taxes when the same was current, & act any thing thereon. 
16 th To know if the Town will make any repairs to the Ministe- 
rial-house, & act any thing thereon' — > 



[17] 

Also,You are alike required to notify and warn all the Free- 
holders, and other Inhabitants of the said Town of Water- 
town, qualified by Law to vote for Representatives to 
meet at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday 
the eighteenth day of March Instant, at two of the Clock 
in the Afternoon to give in their Votes for a County 
Treasurer, & Register 



Also,You are likewise required to notify the Town Creditors 
to bring in their Accounts to the Seleclmen at the House 
of Ezra Farrar Innholder in said Town, on Friday the 
fifteenth day of March Instant at six of the Clock PM. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Seleclmen before the times appointed 
for said Meetings 

Given under our Hands and Seals at Watertown the fourth 
day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred and eleven" — > 



Amos Bond 
Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Joseph Bright 
Edward Lowd 



Seleclmen 
for 

Watertown' 



Middlesex fs: Watertown March 18 th 1811 

Pursuant to the within W'arrant I notified and warned, the 
Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown 
qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the time and place 
and for the purpose within mentioned, by posting an 
attested copy of this Warrant at the Public Meeting house 
in said Town two Sundays prior to said Meeting*— > 

Edw d Lowd Constable' — > 



At a Meeting of the Seleclmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Friday the fifteenth day of 
March AD 1811, They signed an Order on the Treasurer 
directing him to pay the several persons hereafter named 
the several Sums annex'd their Names (Viz)' — > 



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To Ezra Farrar in full for Selectmens Expences) 

to 15 th March 1811 / 9„ — 

To Nath 1 R. Whitney in full of his Account fori 
supplies delivered the poor &c. J 85„ 8 

To David Baker in full for his services and ex-) 

pences in carrying Sarah Ellis to the Alms-house J 2„ — 

To ditto in full for a Guide-post 2„ 75 

To Daniel Bernard in full of his Ace* for boarding] 
John Randall from Jan r * l 8t 1810, to Jan r * l 8t [ 
1811—52 Weeks @ $1„20 j 62„ 40 

To ditto in full for supporting ditto from Jan ry ] 

l 8t to March 5 th 1811—9 Weeks @ $1,75 f* 

Week J 15„ 75 

To Catharine Marshall in full for supporting] 
Widow Susanna Learned from May l 8t 1809, tof 
March 3 1 st 1811 J 92„ 50 

To Walter Hunnewell in full for Medicines &) 
attendance on the poor to this date / 20„ 12 

To Daniel Swan in full of his Acc 1 for Medicines) 

& attendance on Jonas Learned / 21 25 

To John K. Coolidge in full for his service as Sex-] 
ton the Year past to the 15 th of April next, & for[ 
repairing School house & Meeting house J 33„ 50 

To Jonathan Child, Thomas Learned & James] 
B. Whitney a Committee to procure a Singing- \ 
master the Year past j 50„ — 

To Wiswall, Fuller & C° in full of their Acc 1 for) 
Clothing supplied the poor at the Poor-house — / 25„ 47 

To Amos Bond in full of his Acc 1 for Clothing) 
supplied Nath 1 Harris & Patrick Brazilli J 10„ — 

To Jonas White in full for supplies delivered) 
Andrew White J 27, — 

To Thomas Learned for Cash paid for strings for) 

the Bafs Viol / l /; — 



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March | 
Meeting} 
1811 J 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs, being duly warned, regularly 
afsembled at the Public Meeting house in said Town on 
Monday the eighteenth day of March AD 1811, for the 
purpose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the 
Warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk 

Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Treasurer 



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Voted & chose for Selectmen 



Thomas Clark Esq r 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
Joseph Bright 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to three of the Clock 

this Afternoon then to meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd' — > 

In the Afternoon the Town-meeting was open'd for the 
purpose of giving in their Votes for a County Treasurer & 
Register 

It was voted to postpone giving in their Votes for a County 
Treasurer & Register until April Meeting 

Then the Town-meeting was open'd at the Public Meeting- 
house by adjournment from the Forenoon of this day & 
proceeded as follows 

It was voted to receive the Votes for three Afsefsors on 
one ticket' — > 

(Thomas Clark Esq r 
Voted & chose for Afsefsors ^Nath 1 R. Whitney 

[Jonathan Stone 

It was voted to choose the other Town Officers (except 
Constables) by nomination*^-* 

Voted & chose for Constables /Daniel Sears 

(Adam Brown 



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Moses Coolidge 
Nath 1 Weld 

Voted & chose for Fence-viewers' — s <|Adam Brown 

Luke Bemis 
Nath 1 Bright 

Voted & chose for Tythingmen Jg k a . nie £ Leverett 

(rninenas Sanderson 

William Leathe 
Edmund Fowle 
Jonathan Stone 
James Simmons 

Jonathan Robbins 
Phinehas Harrington 
John Fowle 
Israel Whitney 
Daniel Leverett 
Zaccheus Pond 
Peter Clark 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Highways 



Voted & chose for Field-drivers 



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Voted & chose for Hogreeves 



Daniel Coolidge 
Leonard Stone 
William Gay 
John Trull 
Samuel Fefsenden 
Joseph Bright Jun 1 



[Benjamin Wiser 
Voted & chose for Clerks of jNath 1 R. Whitney Jun' 
the Market' — > |Thaddeus Cole 



Voted & chose for Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves* — > 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Boards, Plank, Timber & 
Slitwork<— s 



Voted & chose for Firewards 



Samuel Holt 
Edward Lowd 

Isaac Dana 

Nath 1 Bemis Esq r & was 

excus'd by his request 
Joseph Peirce 
Edward Lowd 

Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
John Fowle 
Amos Bond Esq r 
Nath 1 Weld 
Luke Bernis 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
Joseph Peirce 



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Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Pound-keeper' — > 

[Nath 1 Weld 

Voted & chose for Fish-wardens jNath 1 R. Whitney 

[Levi Thaxter Esq r 

Voted that the Selectmen be empowered to appoint a 
Sexton, and agree with him for his services 

Voted that Swine & Neat Cattle shall no go at large the 
ensuing Year 

Voted to grant nine hundred dollars for the support of 
Schools the ensuing Year 

Voted that the Money granted for the support of Schools 
be equally divided between the three Schools as it was the 
last Year 

Voted to grant fifty dollars to defray the expence of a 
Singing-school the ensuing Year, & that it be expended 
under the direction of the Selectmen 

It was voted to postpone granting Money for support of 
the poor to the adjournment of this Meeting' — > 



]21] 

7 th It was voted to grant the same sum for repairing the High- 
ways, & the same price for Labor as last Year 

It was voted to reconsider the last Vote in respect to the 
grant aforesaid, and that instead of raising fifty Cents on 

each Poll, & other Estates in the same proportion 

It was voted to grant twenty five Cents to be rais'd on the 
Polls, & other Estates in the same proportion to repair the 
Highways, & that it be expended under the direction of 
the Selectmen, or a Committee that shall be appointed for 
that purpose 

It was voted that the expenditure of said Tax be under the 
direction of the Selectmen. 

It was Voted that the Afsefsors be directed to afsefs said 
Tax, & commit the same to the Collectors that shall be 
chosen to collect the Taxes the ensuing Year, & collected 
as soon as may be. 

It was voted that the former Surveyors of Highways be 
empowered to cause the delinquencies in their Lists of 
Highways, to be work'd out before the first day of May 
next 

8 th It was voted to postpone to the adjournment of this 
Meeting 



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9 th It was voted to postpone to the adjournment of this 
Meeting 

10 th It was voted to choose Agents to lease the fishery the 
ensuing Year. 

Voted & chose for sa.d Agents {^^J 

11 th It was voted to postpone to the adjournment of this 
Meeting 

12 th It was voted to choose a Committee to make an estimate 
of the expence of a new Bell, suitable for the Meeting 
house, & make report to the Town, at the adjournment of 
this Meeting*-^ 

[Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
Voted & chose for said Committee \ Amos Bond Esq r 

[Nath 1 R. Whitney 

13 th It was voted to choose a Committee to ascertain the Town's 
right to Shearman's Pond, (so called) and the Land adjoin- 
ing the same, & make report to the Town at the adjourn- 
ment of this Meeting* — > 

{Moses Coolidge 
Thomas Clark Esq r 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 

16 th It was voted to choose a Committee to examine the Minis- 
terial-house, & see if in their opinion, it is necefsary to 
make any repairs to said House, & make an estimate of 
the expence, & make report to the said Town at the ad- 
journment of this Meeting' — > 

Tyler Bigelow Esq r & was excus'd 
Voted & chose for said Thomas Clark Esq r & was excus'd 
Committee' — > \ William Leathe 

Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
Peter Clark 



[22] 

14 th \ 
Article] 

It was voted to choose a Committee of nine persons to take 
into consideration the subject of building a new Meeting 
house to meet the Petitioners & others who are in favor of 
a new Meeting house, to ascertain as nearly as pofsible the 
expence of building a new Meeting house, and settling with 
the Pew-owners in the old House, and the best mode of 
obtaining such settlement, to consider of the best plan of 



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building, and the most eligible spot of ground on which to 

set the same And generally to consider the subject in 

all its relations, & make report to the Town at the Ad- 
journment of this Meeting 4 — > 

Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
Tyler Bigelow Esq r 
Moses Coolidge 
Edward Lowd 
Voted & chose for said Committee < Jonas White 

Edmund Fowle 
Luke Bemis 
Leonard Stone 
[Marshall Spring Esq r 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting, to half past seven 
of the Clock this Evening then to meet at the House of 

Ezra Farrar Innholder in said Town 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd^> 

On the Evening of the eighteenth of March AD 1812, The 
Town-meeting was open'd at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, by adjournment from the Meeting 
house this day, & proceeded as follows 

It was voted to farm out the collection of Taxes for the 
ensuing Year to the lowest bidder, under the same restric- 
tions as they were the last Year 

The East list of State, County, Town & MinistersTaxes 
were put up & struck of to Moses Chenery for four Cents 
& one fourth $ dollar 

The West list of ditto were put up & struck of to Charles 
Whitney for five Cents & three fourths <P dollar 

Voted 6c chose for Collectors /Moses Chenery 
of Taxes' — > \Charles Whitney 

It was voted that the Treasurer be directed to receive of 
Thaddeus Cole Collector, ten dollars of uncurrent Money, 
(which he afserts that he received for taxes, when the same 
was current) in part for Taxes committed him to collect^-* 



[23 1 

It was voted to excuse William Leathe from serving on the 
Committee to examine the Ministerial house &c. by his 
own request 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r in his stead, & he was 
excus'd 



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Voted & chose Amos Bond Esq r & he also was excus'd 

Voted & chose Joseph Peirce in his stead 

It was voted to excuse Nath 1 Bemis Esq r from serving on 
said Committee 

Voted & chose Luke Bemis to serve on said Committee 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to Monday the first 
day of April next, at five of the Clock in the Afternoon, 

then to meet at the Public Meeting house 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd' — » 

Then the following Town-officers were sworn into the 
several Offices to which they were chosen this day (Viz)^-> 

Nath 1 R. Whitney, Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Select- 
man, & Afsefsor, before Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator, & 
that in the Offices of Selectman & Afsefsor he would faith- 
fully & impartially discharge the duties of each, respecting 

all elections & the returns thereof before Thomas 

Clark Esq r Moderator 

Thomas Clark Esq r , Jonas White, Nath 1 Bemis Esq r , & 
Joseph Bright, Selectmen, respecting all elections & the 
returns thereof 

Thomas Clark Esq r & Jonathan Stone Afsefsors; Also 

respecting all elections & the returns thereof 

Jonathan Robbins, Israel Whitney, Daniel Leverett, 

Zaccheus Pond, & Peter Clark, Field-drivers 

William Gay, Hogreeve<— > 

Nath 1 R. Wtiitney Jun r & Thaddeus * Clerks of 

the Market — Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk 

Nath 1 R. Whitney Pound-keeper, Before Thomas Clark 
Esq r Moderator 

March 19 th AD 1811 Daniel Coolidge & John Trull were 
sworn into the Office of Hogreeves, Before Nath 1 R. 
Whitney Town Clerk. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Thursday the twenty first 
day of March AD 1811, They ifsued the following Warrant 
for a Town-meeting (Viz)' — > 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd Constable of the Town 
of Watertown, Greeting' — > 

You are hereby required, in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the male Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown, of 
twenty one Years of age and upward having a freehold 



*Editorial Note: Last name omitted in script; probably Cole. 



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Estate within the Commonwealth of the annual Income of 
three Pounds or any Estate to the value of sixty Pounds 
to meet at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Monday the first day of April next, at two of the Clock in 
the Afternoon 

to 



[24] 

To give in their Votes for a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 
and Senators and Counsellors, agreeably to the Constitu- 
tion of said Commonwealth Hereof fail not and make 

return of this Warrant with your doings thereon to the 
Selectmen before the time appointed for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands and Seals at said Watertown this 
twenty first day of March, in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and eleven* — > 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas W T hite 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs: Watertown April 1 st 1811 

Pursuant to the within Warrant I have notified the In- 
habitants as therein exprefsed to meet and afsemble at the 
time and place, & for the purpose within mentioned, by 
posting an attested copy of this Warrant at the public 
Meeting house in said Town two Sundays prior to said 
Meeting* — » 

Edward Lowd Constable' — > 

March 23 d AD 1811, Phinehas Harrington was sworn into 
the Office of Field-driver, Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town 
Clerk. 



April 1 
Meeting \ 
1811 J 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by the 
Constitution of this Commonwealth to vote for Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, and Counsellors and Senators, being 
duly warned, regularly afsembled at the Public Meeting 
house in said Town on Monday the first day of April AD 

1811 The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was 

revis'd & read, the Votes for Governor, Lieutenant Gov- 
ernor, Counsellors & Senators, were called for, brought in, 
sorted & counted, & it appeared that the following persons 



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had the number of Votes annexed their several Names 

(Viz).-, 

For Governor, 

His Excellency Elbridge Gerry Esq 1 " had One hundred & 

forty three Votes. 
Hon. Christopher Gore Esq r had eighty six Votes'—* 

For Lieutenant Governor, 

His Honor William Gray Esq r had One hundred & forty 

three Votes. 

Hon. William Phillips Esq r had eighty six Votes'— > 



[25] 

For Senators & Counsellors*— > 

Hon. Samuel Dana Esq r had One hundred & forty Votes — 
Matthew Bridge Esq 1- had One hundred & forty three 

Votes — 

John L. Tuttle Esq r had One hundred & thirty four 

Votes — 

Amos Bond Esq r had One hundred & thirty Votes 

Ebenezer Hobbs Esq r had three Votes 

Timothy Jackson Esq r had ninety one Votes 

Joseph Locke Esq r had eighty seven Votes 

Asahel Stearns Esq r had eighty seven Votes 

Nathaniel Austin Esq r had eighty eight Votes 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town, at seven of the Clock this 
Evening, for the sole purpose of completeing & sealing the 
returns of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Senators & 
Counsellors And the Meeting was accordingly de- 
clared adjourn'd* — > 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in the choice of Representatives regularly afsembled 
at the Public Meeting-house in said Town on Monday the 
first day of April AD 1811, by adjournment from the 
eighteenth day of March last, for the purpose of giving in 
their Votes for a County Treasurer & Register*—* 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r to receive count & sort 

the Votes for a County Register 

The Votes for a County Register were called for brought 
in sorted & counted, & were as follows 



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There were ninety nine Votes given in 

Hon. John L. Turtle Esq/ had twenty four Votes 
Samuel Barrier Esq 7 had seventy* rive Votes 

The Votes for a County Treasurer were called for, brought 

in sotted & counted, & were as follows 

There were One hundred cm thirty one Votes given in 

Hon. John L. Turrle Esq r had seventy one Votes 
Abiel Heywood Esq' had sixty Votes 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholder- Sc other 
Inhabitants ::' the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs, regularly assembled at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the first day of 
April AD 1811, by adjournment from the eighteenth day 
of March last, 6c proceeded as follows' — > 

is voted to reconsider the Vote pafsed on the eighteenth 
of March last, in respect to granting twenty five Cenrs on 
the Polls, cx ether Esrares :n pr:r:rr.:n to repair rhe 
Highways 

[t was voted :: grant fifty Cents on the Polls, &c Estates 
the same proportion, to repair the Highways the ensuing 
Year — » 



[26] 

It was voted to grant One hundred dollars to repair the 
Highways, from Jennison's hill (so called) to Cambridge 
line 

It was voted to choose a Committee to expend said sum^, 

Peter Clark, 6c was excus'd by 

Voted & chose tor sa:d . , c his request 

Committee-, • Jonathan Stone 

David Livermore 
Adam Brown 

It was voted that the part of One hundred dollars, granted 
by the Town on the twelfth of March AD 1810, to be 
expended on said road (which is not expended); be ex- 
pended on said road under the direction of said Com- 
mittee 

The report of the Committee to examine the Ministerial- 
house was read And it was voted that the further 

consideration of the subject aforesaid, be referred to the 
same Committee, 6c that they make report to the Town 
at the adjournment of this Meeting 



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The report of the Committee to make an estimate for the 
expence of a new Bell, suitable for the Meeting house was 

read, & is as follows That in their opinion a Bell 

weighing about ten hundred pounds weight would be of 
sufficient size for that purpose, and that the probable 
expence of such a Bell would be about five hundred dollars — 
It was voted to postpone the Article, to the adjournment 
of this Meeting 



The report of the Committee to take into consideration the 
subject of building a new Meeting-house &c. was read, & is 
as follows 

The Committee chosen by the Town of Watertown, "to 
take into consideration the subject of building a new Meet- 
ing house, to meet the Petitioners & others, who are in 
favor of building a new Meeting house, to ascertain as 
nearly as pofsible the expence of building a new Meeting 
house, and settling with the Pew-owners in the old House, 
and the best mode of obtaining such settlement, to con- 
sider the best plan of building and the most eligible spot of 
Ground on which to set the same, and generally to consider 
the subject in all its relations" have met and fully con- 
sidered the several subjects committed to them, and beg 
leave to report to the Town the following result to wit' — > 

Your Committee are of opinion that it is not expedient to 

build a new Meeting house at present 

Your Committee are of opinion, that a House of the size 
and dimensions and generally of the construction of the 
Reverend M r Codmans Meetinghouse in Dorchester would 
be best calculated to accommodate the Town of Water- 
town, and would serve generally as a model for building 
whenever the Town should determine to build, and that 
the expence of building such an House would be about 
twelve thousand dollars' — > 



[27] 

Deeming it inexpedient for the Town to build at present, 
your Committee have not particularly attended to the 
subject of settling with the Pew-owners in the present 
Meeting house, and are therefore unable to recommend 
any particular mode best calculated to obtain such settle- 
ment And for the same reason your Committee have 

not thought it necefsary, that they should fix on a spot of 
ground, which in their opinion would be the most eligible 



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on which to set a new Meeting-house All which is 

submitted 

Nathaniel Bemis ^ order*— » 
Watertown March 29 th 1811* — , 

It was voted to accept the report of said Committee 

It was voted to choose a Committee to examine the present 
Meeting house, & see if there can be any addition, or alter- 
ation in said House, for the accommodation of those who 
are destitute of Pews, & make report to the Town, at the 
adjournment of this Meeting*— > 

Adam Brown, & was excus'd by 
his request 

Edward Lowd 

Amos Bond Esq r & was excus'd by 

his request 

Jeremiah Fowle & was excus'd by 

his request 

Nath 1 R. Whitney & was excus'd 
by his request 

Enoch Wiswall 

It was voted to postpone the consideration of the above 
article to the adjournment of this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting, to the first Monday 
in May next, at one of the Clock PM then to meet at this 
place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd' — > 



Voted & chose for said 
Committee' — » 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in said Town on the Evening of the first of April 
AD 1811, They put up the Hay scales, at auction for the 
term of one Year from this day, & were struck of to Edward 
Lowd for forty dollars*— > 

The Wharf in Cambridge belonging to the Town of Water- 
town was put up at Auction for the ensuing Year, & was 
struck of to Thomas Richardson for One dollar & sixty 
Cents*— * 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution of this Commonwealth to vote for Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, and Counsellors and Senators regu- 
larly afsembled at the House of Ezra Farrar Innholder in 
said Town, on the Evening of the first of April AD 1811, by 
adjournment from the Public Meeting house this day 



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The Selectmen & Town Clerk, completed & sealed up the 
returns for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Coun- 
sellors & Senators' — > 



[28] 

Fishery] 
Let 
1811 J 

The Agents of the Town of Watertown chosen for the 
purpose of leasing the fishery in Watertown, W 7 eston & 
Waltham agreable to an Act of the General Court pafsed 
March 2 d 1798, empowering the Town's of Watertown, 
Weston, & Waltham to lease the fishery called Shad & 
Alewives within the limits of said Town's, met at the 
House of Nathaniel W 7 eld Innholder in said Town on 
Monday the twenty fifth day of March AD 1811, at two of 
the Clock in the Afternoon 

The Agents of Weston & Waltham not being present, the 
Agents of Watertown proceeded as follows (Viz)' — > 



l 8t Appointed Nath 1 R. Whitney Clerk for said Agents 

2 d Agreed to adjourn this Meeting to seven of the Clock this 

Evening, then to meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd* — > 

The Agents aforesaid met at the time & place aforemen- 
tioned by adjournment & proceeded as follows 

They agreed to lease all the privilege & right of taking the 
fish called Shad & Alewives in Charles River within the 
limits of Watertown the ensuing Year, on the following 
conditions (Viz)' — > 

The privilege of taking the fish called Shad and Alewives 
within the limits before described three days in each Week 
and no more to the highest bidder, he or they giving 
security for the payment to the acceptance of the Agents — 
five ^ Cent to be paid down as earnest Money, and the 

residue to be paid on the first day of September next 

And the purchaser to have the privilege of improving the 

Seines that the Town now have The person or persons, 

who improve the fishery shall be accountable to the Agents 
for the improvement of the Seines, if they are improved for 
the fishery in Newton in proportion to the rent of Water- 
town & Newton fishery And was struck of to Jonas 

White for six hundred & eight dollars*— > 



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April 2 d AD 1811 Edmund Fowle & Jonathan Stone were 
sworn into the Office of Surveyors of Highways*— > 

Before, Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerks 

April 5 th AD 1811, James Simmons was sworn into the 
Office of Surveyor of Highways, & Moses Coolidge as a 
Fence-viewer*—* 

Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk* — » 

April 6 th AD 1811 William Leathe was sworn into the 
Office of Surveyor of Highways*— > 

Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk*— * 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the 15 th day of 
April AD 1811, They ifsued the following Warrant for a 
Town-meeting (Viz)* — » 



129] 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd Constable of the Town of 
W 7 atertown, Greeting*— > 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Male Inhabitants of said Town being twenty one Years 
of age, and resident in said Town for the space of one Year 
next preceding having a freehold Estate within said Town 
of the annual Income of three Pounds, or any Estate to the 
value of sixty Pounds, to meet at the Public Meeting house 
in said Town on Monday the sixth day of May next, at 
two of the Clock in the Afternoon, for the purpose of 
choosing one or more Representatives, to represent them 
at the General Court appointed to be convened and held 
at Boston on the last Wednesday of May next 

Hereof fail not and make return of this W T arrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands and Seals, dated at Watertown the 
fifteenth day of April, in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and eleven*— > 

Thomas Clark 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown*— » 



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Middlesex fs: Watertown May 6 th 1811 
Pursuant to the within Warrant I have notified the male 
Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet & afsemble at the time & place, & for the purpose 
within mentioned, by posting an attested Copy of this 
Warrant at the public Meeting house in said Town two 
Sundays prior to said Meeting*— > 

Ed. Lowd Constable for Watertown*—* 

May 1 
Meeting^ 
1811 J 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by the 
Constitution to vote in the choice of Representatives, being 
duly warned, regularly afsembled at the Public Meeting 
house in said Town on Monday the sixth day of May AD 
1811, The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was revis'd 
& read 

It was voted to choose two Representatives 

It was voted to receive the Votes for two Representatives 
on one ticket 

The Votes for two Representatives were called for, brought 
in, sorted & counted, & it appeared that there were One 
hundred & twenty three tickets given in*— > 



[30] 

Jonas White had One hundred & six Votes 

Thomas Clark Esq r had One hundred & seven 

Votes 

Nath 1 R. Whitney had sixteen Votes 

Nath 1 Bern is Esq r had fifteen Votes 

Levi Thaxter Esq r had one Vote*— * 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs regularly afsembled at the public 
Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the sixth day of 
May AD 1811, by adjournment from the first day of April 
last, (which was by adjournment from the eighteenth day 
of March last) & proceeded as follows — 

It was voted to excuse Adam Brown from serving as 
Constable 

Voted & chose William Horn Constable in his stead 

It was voted to excuse Daniel Sears from serving as Con- 
stable 



& were 
chosen*— 



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Voted & chose Edward Lowd Constable in his stead 

William Horn & Edward Lowd were sworn into the Office 
of Constable Before, Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk* — > 



Voted & chose for 
Field-drivers 



Moses Coolidge 

Adam Brown, & was excus'd by his 

request 

^William Horn 

Voted & chose David Baker Hogreeve 

Moses Coolidge & William Horn were sworn into the Office 

of Field-drivers And David Baker into the Office of 

Hogreeve*— ■>> 

Before, Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk' — > 

It was voted to choose three Agents to prosecute, or cause 
to be prosecuted to final Judgment & Execution, any person, 
or persons, who have or shall violate the Law respecting 
the taking of fish called Shad & Alewives, or erecting or 
causing to be erected any obstruction to the pafsage of said 
fish in Charles River* — > 

(Nath 1 Weld 

Voted & chose for said Agents jNath 1 R. Whitney 

[Levi Thaxter Esq r 

It was voted to grant One hundred dollars for the purpose 
of prosecuting to final Judgment & Execution as aforesaid — 
And that said Agents shall have a right to draw an Order 
on the Treasurer for any sum or sums of Money that may 
be necefsary to prosecute as aforesaid 

It was voted that the Representatives chosen this day be 
requested to use their influence to procure an addition to 
the Act, respecting the fishery for the better securing to 
the Town their rights in the pafsage of the Fish called 
Shad & Alewives through the Towns of Cambridge & 
Brighton*— > 

[31] 

Voted to grant Amos Bond Esq r in full of his 
Account for his service as an Afsei "sor last Year — 

Voted to grant Joseph Peirce in full for ditto — 

Voted to grant Thomas Clark Esq r in\ 
full for ditto J \9„ 50 

Voted to grant ditto in full for his' 
service at Concord to defend the Town [ 2,, — [ 
against the road contemplated to be laid 
out South of the Bridge 



21„ - 
15„ - 



21„ 50 



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Voted to grant Nath 1 R. Whitney in full for his' 
service as Treasurer last Year / 60„ — 

The report of the Committee to examine the Town Treas- 
urers Accounts was read and is as follows (Viz)*— > 

That Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Treasurer 

is credited by 8957,, 31 

And is charged with 7393„ 66 



Balance due the Treasurer $1563,, 65 

Watertown May 6 th 1811, The above is a just & true state- 
ment of the Treasurers Accounts to the sixth day of May 
1811, as examined by the Subscribers a Committee to settle 
the same* — > 

Thomas Clark 1 

Edw d Lowd \ Committee 

Joseph Bright J 

It was voted to accept the report of said Committee 



The Committee appointed to ascertain the Town's right to 
Sherman's Pond, (so called) & the Land adjoining the same, 
made the following report — (Viz)<— * 

Watertown May 2 d 1811*—^ 

W r e the Subscribers being a Committee appointed by said 
Town for the purpose as within exprefsed, have attended 
the service, and beg leave to report as follows. (Viz) that 
in our opinion by David Stone's deed, to Daniel Sears, no 
part of Sherman's pond, (so called) or the Land adjoining 
said pond, that has not been enclosed by a fence, & that 
heretofore has laid common, does not belong to said Sears, 
by said deed, and that a small part of the Land which 
formerly laid common & does belong to the Town, is now 
enclosed by said Sear's Wall 

All which is submitted' — > 

Moses Coolidge 

Thomas Clark Esq r [ Committee 
Nath 1 R. Whitney J 

It was voted to accept the report of said Committee- 



It was voted to choose a Committee to ascertain the Town's 
right to Sherman's pond (so called) & the Lands adjoining 
the same, & to cause any obstructions, that may be on the 
same to be removed, & to take such measures respecting 
the same as the Committee shall think best, or they may 
sell the small piece of Land which Daniel Sears fenced in, 
& give a deed of the same in behalf of the Town*— > 



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f Moses Coolidge 
Voted & chose for said Committee { Thomas Clark Esq r 

(Nath 1 R. Whitney 



The report of the Committee to examine the Ministerial- 
house, & see what repairs are necefsary was read, & is as 
follows 

Your Committee appointed to examine the Ministerial 
House to see what repairs are necefsary to be made thereon 
have attended that service and ask leave to make the 

following report, (Viz) That as the roof on the back part 

of the House is very leaky and unfit to lodge under and is so 
low that not more than four feet in width can be walked 
under in an upright position 

Therefore your Committee are of an opinion that it will be 
greatly for the honor as well as the interest of the Town, 

& it will be much for the accommodation of M r Eliot 

Also to have the back part raised as high as the other part, 
with a roof in such form on the same as shall be convenient 

and proper Your Committee recommend a gambrel 

roof And are also of an opinion that the Chambers in 

the back part may be finished of in a plain and convenient 
manner, so that the whole expence of raising the roof and 
finishing of the Chambers &c. will not exceed the sum of 
four hundred dollars; with regard to the Cellar, your 
Committee are of an opinion that if the Cellar is enlarged 
it will cost the sum of One hundred & fifty dollars*— > 

All which is submitted, 



It was voted to accept the report of said Committee 

It was voted to grant five hundred & fifty dollars for the 
purpose aforesaid 

It was voted to choose a Committee to repair the Minis- 
terial-house' — > 



[32] 




Nath 1 Bemis Esq r & was excus'd 
by his request 




Eliakim Morse 
Moses Coolidge 
Luke Bemis 



It was voted to grant eight hundred dollars for support of 
the poor the ensuing Year 



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The report of the Committee to make an estimate of the 

probable expence of a new Bell was read 

It was voted to grant five hundred dollars to procure a 
new Bell, for the Meeting house, of not lefs than One 
thousand pounds weight, and that the Committee chosen 
on the eighteenth day of last March to make an estimate 
for said Bell, be a Committee to procure said Bell, and that 
they shall have a right to dispose of the old Bell 

It was voted that the Selectmen be empowered to make 
sale of the Goddard Pew, & the Town's right in the Pew of 
the late Edward Harrington deceas'd in Watertown Meet- 
ing house 

It was voted that the Selectmen be empowered to make two 
Pews, instead of the two body seats in the Meeting house, 
& that they be empowered to make sale of the same, after 
they are made' — > 



[33] 

It was voted to choose a Committee to examine the present 
Meeting house, & see if there can be any addition or altera- 
tion in said House for the accommodation of those who are 
destitute of Pews, & make report to the Town at the next 
Town-meeting* — > 



Voted & chose for said Committee 



Joseph Bright 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq 1 " 
Amos Bond Esq 1 " 
Luke Bemis 
Nath 1 Weld 



It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolved' — » 

Nath 1 Weld, Adam Brown, Luke Bemis & Nath 1 Bright 
were sworn into the Office of Fence-viewers' — > 

Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk 

The Selectmen appointed James Robbins & James Stone 
Engine-men in the room of Thomas Heard Jun r & Josiah 
Jennison*— > 



Special 

Meeting 

concerning 

Fishery 

May 10 th 

1811 

May 



th AD 1811, The Selectmen ifsued the following 



Warrant for a Town-meeting (Viz)' 



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Middlesex fs: To William Horn one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting*— > 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Freeholders, and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote in Town-meetings, 
(Viz) Such as pay to one single Tax besides the Poll or 
Polls a Sum equal to two thirds of a single Poll Tax, to 
meet and afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said 
Town on Monday the thirteenth day of May Instant, at 
six of the Clock in the Afternoon, to act on the following 
Articles (Viz)* — > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting- 



2 d To know if the Town will indemnify Jonas White, & others 
under him and save him or them harmlefs in taking the 
fish called Shad & Alewives within the limits of said Town, 
according to the common custom, & agreeable to the 
contract made by the Agents chosen by said Town in 
March last, to lease the fishery in said Town, & act any 
thing thereon 

3 d To hear the report of any Committees, & act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 

for said Meeting Given under our Hands & Seals at 

Watertown the tenth day of May in the Year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and eleven' — » 



Thomas Clark 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs: Watertown May 13 th AD 1811, Pursuant to 
the {page torn) Warrant, I have notified the Inhabitants of 
said Town, qualified as the (page torn) exprefsed, to afsem- 
ble at the time and place, and for the purposes within 
mentioned*—* 

W ra Horn Constable* — > 



[34] 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in Town affairs, being duly warned, regularly 



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afsembled at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Monday the thirteenth day of May AD 1811, for the 
purpose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the 
Warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows'— » 



1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator- 
It was voted to difsolve this Meeting- 



And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd 5 — > 

May 16 th AD 1811, The Selectmen having received the 
Petition of John Fowle & thirteen others, Freeholders, & 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown for calling a Town- 
meeting They ifsued the following Warrant (Viz)< — > 

Middlesex fs: To William Horn one of the Constables of the 
Town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon and notify all the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town, qualified 
by Law to vote in Town-meetings, (Viz) such as pay to one 
single Tax besides the Poll or Polls, a sum equal to two 
thirds of a single Poll Tax, to afsemble at the Public Meet- 
ing house in said Town, on Monday the twentieth day of 
May Instant at five of the Clock in the Afternoon, to act 
on the following Articles (Viz)< — > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To see if the said Inhabitants will reconsider their Vote, 
directing the repairs of the Parsonage house (so called), or 
give any directions to their Committee respecting the 
repairing said House, or limit them, as to the sum of 
Money, to be expended in said repairs, or act any thing 
thereon — 

3 d Also, to see if said Inhabitants will reconsider their Vote 
directing the purchase of a Bell for the Meeting-house in 
said Town, or act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 

for said Meeting Given under our Hands and Seals at 

Watertown the sixteenth day of May, in the Year of our 
Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven' — 4 



Thomas Clark 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs: Watertown May 20 th 1811 Pursuant to 

the within W'arrant I have summoned and notified the 



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Inhabitants of said Town qualified as therein exprefsed, 
to afsemble at the time and place, and for the purposes 
within mentioned*— i 



At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town affairs, being duly warned, regularly 
afsembled at the Public Meeting-house in said Town, on 
Monday the twentieth day of May AD 1811, for the pur- 
pose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant 
for said Meeting proceeded as follows (Viz)*— * 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

It was voted that the Committee chosen to repair the 
Ministerial-house be restricted so far as to make such small 
necefsary repairs to the shingling on the roof, and repairing 
the Windows of said House as may be necefsary for the 
present 

It was voted to excuse Moses Coolidge from serving on 

said Committee by his request 

Also, voted to excuse Luke Bemis, & Eliakim Morse from 

serving on said Committee by their request 

It was voted that the Lumber purchas'd by the Committee 
to repair the Ministerial house, be brought into Town under 
the direction of a Committee that shall be chosen to make 
the small necefsary repairs to said House, & that they 
shall have a right to make use of so much of said Lumber 
as may be necefsary to make such small repairs, & make 
sale of the residue for the best advantage to the Town* — » 



It was voted not to dismifs the Article respecting the 
purchase of a Bell for the Meeting house 

It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd* — > 



W m Horn Constable' — » 



[35] 



Voted & chose for said 
Committee 




John Fowle 
William Leathe 
Adam Brown 



May 25 th AD 1811, On the Petition of a sufficient number 
of Freeholders & Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, 



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the Selectmen ifsued the following Warrant for a Town- 
meeting (Viz)< — > 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of the 
Town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to summon and notify 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town, 
qualified by Law to vote in Town-meetings, (Viz) Such as 
pay to one single Tax besides the Poll or Polls a sum equal 
to two thirds of a single Poll-tax, to afsemble at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the third day of 
June next, at four of the Clock in the Afternoon, to act 
on the following articles. (Viz)' — » 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will instruct the former Committee 
raised for the purpose of repairing the Ministerial house, 
or raise a new Committee to proceed in making said re- 
pairs, provided the Town shall be completely indemnified 
against any expence or charge over and above the sum 
which has heretofore been granted for that purpose, and 
act any thing thereon<~-> 



[36] 

3 d To know if the Town will give their Committee any further 
instructions respecting their purchasing a new Bell for the 
Meeting house in said Town, and act any thing thereon 

4 tfa To know if the Town will hear the report of any Com- 
mittee's and act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands and seals at Watertown the twenty 
fifth day of May, in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and eleven* — » 

Thomas Clark 

Nath 1 R. Whitney I Selectmen 

Nath 1 Bemis | for 

Jonas White J Watertown 

The Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Water- 
town qualified by Law to vote in Town-meetings convened 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the 
third day of June AD 1811, to transact the businefs as set 



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forth in the Warrant for said Meeting, Edward Lowd the 
Constable to whom the Warrant was committed, being 
absent, & no return being made on the Warrant, no businefs 
was transacted 

July 18 th AD 1811, Charles Whitney was sworn into the 



July 31 3t AD 1811, Moses Chenery was sworn into the 

Office of Collector of Taxes Before, Nath 1 R. Whitney 

Town Clerk*— » 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the fifth day of 
August, AD 1811, They ifsued the following Warrant for a 
Town-meeting (Viz)' — > 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to summon and notify 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town, 
qualified by Law to vote in Town-meetings, to afsemble at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the 
twelfth day of August Instant, at four of the Clock in the 
Afternoon, to act on the following articles (Viz)*— > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will instruct the former Committee 
raised for the purpose of repairing the Ministerial house, 
or raise a new Committee to proceed in making said repairs, 
provided the Town shall be completely indemnified against 
any expence or charge over and above the sum which has 
heretofore been granted for that purpose, and act any 
thing thereon 



3 d To know if the Town will give their Committee any further 
instructions respecting their purchasing a new Bell for the 
Meeting house, in said Town, and act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the Town will choose a Committee to confer 
with the Rev d Richard R. Eliot, in respect to making a 
contract with him for his Salary in future, he quitting his 
right to the Town in improving the Parsonage, and act 
any thing thereon 




Before Nath 1 R. Whitney 



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Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands and Seals at Watertown this fifth 
day of August, in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred and eleven*—^ 



Middlesex fs: Watertown August 12 th 1811 Pursuant to 

the within Warrant I have notified the Inhabitants of said 
Town, qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the time & 
place and for the purpose within mentioned*—^ 



At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote in Town-meetings, being duly warned regularly 
afsembled at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Monday the twelfth day of August AD 1811, for the pur- 
pose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant 
for said Meeting proceeded as follows (Viz)<— > 

l 8t Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d It was voted to postpone this Article, until after the other 
articles in the Warrant are acted on 

3 d Article, It was voted to dismifs 

4 th It was voted to choose a Committee to confer with the 
Rev d Richard R. Eliot, in respect to making a contract 
with him for his Salary in future, he quitting his right to 
the Town in improving the Parsonage belonging to the 
Town 

It was voted to choose a Committee of five persons for the 




Edw d Lowd Constable for W 7 atertown<— > 



purpose aforesaid- 
mittee by ballots*- 



It was voted to choose said Corn- 



Voted & chose for said Committee 



Jonas White 
Levi Thaxter Esq r 
John Fowle 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Peter Clark 



It was voted that said Committee be empowered & directed 
to procure a Surveyor, to take a survey of the Parsonage 
belonging to the Town, & ascertain the quantity of Land 



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it contains, & plat the Land into House lots, & the roads 
that may be necefsary on said Land, & the amount that 
said lots of Land, may probably be sold for. & make report 
to the Town at the adjournment of this Meeting 



[38] 

Article It was voted to postpone to the adjournment 

of this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to Monday the 
twenty sixth day of August Instant, at four of the Clock 

PM. then to meet at this place And the Meeting was 

accordingly declared adjourn'd<— > 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the twelfth day of 
August AD 1811, They approbated the persons hereafter 
named to receive licence for Innholders & Retailers the 
ensuing Year (Viz)^-^ 



[Samuel Bird 
For Innholders < Ezra Farrar 

[Charles Stratton 

(John George 
Jeremiah Fowle 
Xath 1 R. Whitney 
Eliakim Morse 
For Retailers \ Seth Bemis 

\ Joshua Jackson 
John Clark 

'Joseph Peirce 

[Luke Bemis 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote in Town-meetings regularly afsembled at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the twenty sixth 
day of August AD 1811, by adjournment from the twelfth 
day of August Instant, proceeded as follows 

The report of the Committee appointed to confer with the 
Rev d Richard R. Eliot in respect to making a contract 
with him for his Salary in future &c. was read & is as 
follows*—-) 



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Watertown August 26 th 1811' — » 

We the Subscribers being a Committee, appointed by said 
Town, to confer with the Rev d Richard R. Eliot in respect 
to making a contract with him for his Salary in future, he 
quitting his right to the Town in improving the Parsonage 

belonging to the Town Also to procure a Surveyor, to 

take a survey of the Parsonage belonging to the Town, and 
ascertain the quantity of Land it contains, and plat the 
same into House lots, and the Roads that may be necefsary 
on said Land, and the amount that said lots of Land may 
probably be sold for, have attended the service afsigned us, 
and beg leave to report as follows. (Viz)<— ^ 

That the Rev d Richard R. Eliot is unwilling to relinquish 
the whole of the Parsonage, but on condition that the 
Town, will make the following repairs on the Parsonage- 
house (Viz) Partition, lath & plaster, two Bed-chambers, 
in the back Kitchen-chamber, paint & paper the Southwest 
Chamber, & make such repairs on the outside of said House, 
as a Committee shall think necefsary, the expence of which 
probably will not exceed eighty dollars; 



and 



[39] 

And agree that he shall improve the same together with the 
Barn, & one lot of Land on which said Buildings stand, as 
may appear by the Plan which is herewith exhibited, and 
pay him the sum of six hundred & eighty dollars $ Annum, 
to be paid quarterly, & that he will hereafter keep the re- 
tained Premises in good repair at his own expence, & re- 
linquish all the residue of the Parsonage Lands & the 
Income resulting from the same; considering the said sum 
of six hundred and eighty dollars, together with the im- 
provement of the House, Barn, & lot of Land aforesaid, & 
the Pew in the Meeting house, now improv'd by him as a 
full compensation for his Salary in future 

And we further report that we have procured a survey & 
Plan of said Premises, which is herewith exhibited, and 
have not been able to make a true estimate of the value 
of the same, but under existing circumstances, it is our 
unanimous opinion, it will be best for the Town to take 
said Premises into their pofsefsion (except the lot with 
the House & Barn on which it stands) to be dispos'd of as 
they shall think proper, and agree with the Rev d Richard 



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R. Eliot for his Salary in future, on the terms aforemen- 
tioned*— > 

All which is submitted by Jonas White 

Levi Thaxter 
John Fowle 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Peter Clark 

It was voted to accept the report of said Committee 

It was voted to choose a Committee to make such repairs 
to the Ministerial house as are specified in the foregoing 
report of said Committee 

It was voted that John Fowle, William Leathe & Adam 
Brown (a Committee chosen on the twentieth of last May) 
be empowered to make said repairs, & draw an Order on 
the Treasurer for Money to procure Materials, & to pay the 
expence of said repairs 

It was voted that the Committee which was chosen to 
confer with the Rev d Richard R. Eliot in respect to making 
a contract with him for his Salary in future &c. be directed & 
empowered to make, & enter into a contract with him for 
his Salary in future, & take a release from him of the 
Ministerial Farm &c. agreable to the report of said Com- 
mittee 

The report of the Committee chosen on the sixth day of 
May last, to examine the Meeting house, & see if there can 
be any addition or alteration in said House for the accom- 
modation of those who are destitute of Pews was read, & is 
as follows 

Gentlemen, 

Your Committee appointed for the purpose of seeing 
what room may be spared in the Galleries for Pews, have 
attended that service, and now ask leave to report that 
it is their opinion that five Pews may be built in the front 
Gallery, and three in 

the 



[40] 

The Women's side Gallery, without materially interfering 
with those who usually sit there, they also think it necefsary 
to build a Porch in the front of the Meeting house to admit 
a pafsage to the said Pews, & that the probable expence 
of building said Porch and Pews will not exceed three 



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hundred & fifty dollars — which is humbly submitted by 
your Committee 

Joseph Bright 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Amos Bond 
Luke Bemis 
Nath 1 Weld 

It was voted to accept the report of said Committee, And 
that they be directea, & empowered to make the addition, 
& alteration to the Meeting house, agreable to the report 
of said Committee 

It was voted that said Committee be empowered to draw an 
Order on the Treasurer for Money to procure Materials &c, 
to make said addition & alteration to the Meeting house 

It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd*— * 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the twenty sixth day 
of August AD 1811, They signed an Order on the Treasurer 
directing him to pay the several persons hereafter named 
the several sums annex'd their Names (Viz)*— > 

To Amos Bond in full of his Acc fc for four pair of) 

Shoes delivered the poor / 5„ 25 

To Joseph Rufsell in full for making two Pews in) 

the Meeting house J 11„ — 

To Peter Tufts Jun r in full for surveying & draw-) 

ing a plan of the Parsonage Land j 6„ — 

To Jonathan Child in full for the funeral ex-) 

pences of Joseph Child J 14„ 72 



September 12 th AD 1811, The Selectmen ifsued the follow- 
ing Warrant for a Town-meeting (Viz)< — > 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown, duly 
qualified to vote for Representatives in the General Court 
of said Commonwealth, (Viz) "the male Inhabitants of 
said Town, being twenty one Years of age, and resident in 
said Town for the space of one Year next preceding having 
a freehold Estate within said Town of the annual Income 



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of three Pounds, or any Estate to the value of sixty 
Pounds") to 

afsemble 

[41] 

Afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said Town on 
Monday the twenty third day of September Instant, at 
two of the Clock in the Afternoon to give in their Votes for 
a Representative of the People of said Commonwealth in 
the Congrefs of the United States for the Middlesex dis- 
trict, Hereof fail not &c. 

Also,You are alike required to summon and notify the Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of said Town, qualified by 
Law to vote in Town-affairs to afsemble at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the twenty third 
day of September Instant at three of the Clock in the 
Afternoon, to act on the following Articles (Viz)< — > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will choose a Committee to petition 
the Legislature, for an Act of incorporation for making 
sale of Ministerial Lands belonging to the Town, & for 
managing the funds arising therefrom, for the support of 
the Minister, & act any thing thereon 

Also,To know if the Town will agree upon the number and 
persons, whom they wish to have appointed as Members of 
the Corporation for the Ministerial Lands & funds, and 
act any thing thereon 

3 d To Hear the report of any Committee's, & act any thing 
thereon Hereof fail not and make return of this War- 
rant with your doings thereon to the Selectmen before the 
times appointed for said Meetings, Given under our Hands 
and Seals, dated at Watertown the twelfth day of Septem- 
ber, in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred 
and eleven* — > 

Jonas White 1 Selectmen 

Nath 1 R. Whitney | for 
Nath 1 Bemis J Watertown 1 — > 

NB,You are alike required to give notice that the Selectmen 
will be in Sefsion at the House of Ezra Farrar Innholder in 
said Town on Monday the twenty third day of September 
Instant at ten of the Clock in the forenoon to receive evi- 
dence of the qualifications of persons whose Names have 
not been entered on the list of Voters, to vote for a Repre- 
sentative as aforesaid 



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Middlesex fs: Watertown Sept r 23 d 1811, Pursuant to this 
Warrant I notified and warned the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet at the time and place, & for the purpose within 
mentioned, by posting an attested Copy of this Warrant 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town, two Sundays 
prior to said Meeting 

Edw d Lowd Constable for said Town*— > 



[42] 

September 21 9t AD 1811, The Selectmen ifsued the following 
Warrant for a Town-meeting (Viz)< — » 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required, in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to summon and notify 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town, 
qualified by Law to vote in Town-affairs, to afsemble at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the 
thirtieth day of September Instant at four of the Clock in 
the Afternoon to act on the following articles, (Viz)«— > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will accept the list of Jurors prepared 
by the Selectmen, and act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting, Given under our Hands and Seals, dated 
at Watertown the twenty first day of September, in the 
Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven*— » 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs: Watertown September 30 th 1811, Pursuant to 
the within Warrant I have notified the Freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said Town qualified as therein ex- 
prefsed to meet & afsemble at the time & place, & for the 
purpose within mentioned by posting an attested Copy of 
this Warrant at the Public Meeting house in said Town 
two Sundays prior to said Meeting 

Edw d Lowd Constable*—^ 



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At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote for Representatives in the General Court of this 
Commonwealth being duly warned regularly afsembled 
at the Public Meeting house, in said Town on Monday the 
twenty third day of September, being the fourth Monday 
in said Month AD 1811, to give in their Votes for a Repre- 
sentative of the People of said Commonwealth in the 
Congrefs of the United States of America, for the Middle- 
sex-district, in the room of the Hon. Joseph B. Varnum, 
Esq 1 " who has vacated his seat in the House of Repre- 
sentatives, by accepting a seat in the Senate of the United 
States, to which he had been elected by the General 
Court 

The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was read & 
revis'd, the Votes for a Representative were called for, 
brought in, sorted, and counted, & were as follows 



For Hon. Marshall Spring Esq r sixty seven Votes' — » 
Loammi Baldwin Esq r thirteen Votes*— » 

Hon. John L. Tuttle Esq r one Vote' — » 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs being duly warned regularly afsem- 
bled at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday 
the twenty third day of September AD 1811, for the 
purpose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the 
Warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows' — > 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq 1 " Moderator 

It was voted to choose a Committee of three persons to 
petition the Legislature for an Act of incorporation for 
making sale of Ministerial Lands belonging to the Town, 
& for managing the funds arising therefrom for the support 
of the Minister 

[Amos Bond Esq r 
Voted & chose for said Committee j Jonas White 

[Thomas Clark Esq r 

It was voted to choose a Committee to select Candidates 
for said Committee 

It was voted to postpone the consideration of the following 
Article (Viz)' — > 



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To know if the Town will agree upon the number, and 
persons, whom they wish to have appointed as Members 
of the corporation for the Ministerial Lands & funds, to 
the adjournment of this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to Monday the 
thirtieth day of September Instant, at five of the Clock in 

the Afternoon then to meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd*— > 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the thirtieth day of 
September AD 1811, They revis'd the list of Jurors*— » 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs being duly warned, regularly 
afsembled at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Monday the thirtieth day of September AD 1811, for the 
purpose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the 
Warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows*— > 

l et Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d The list of Jurors prepared, & presented by the Selectmen 
was read 

It was voted to accept of said list of Jurors 

It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd*— > 



The Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown in the 
County of Middlesex, by their Committee, whose Names 
are hereunto subscribed being duly authorized by a Vote 
of said Town, pafsed in legal Town-meeting on the twenty 
sixth day of August, in consideration of the services of the 
Rev d Richard R. Eliot, as the regularly ordained or settled 
Minister of said Town, and in part compensation for the 
same, do hereby lease, demise & let unto the said Eliot a 
certain piece of Land with the Buildings thereon situate in 
said Watertown — bounded as follows, Viz. Beginning on 
the great Country-road at the end of a rail fence, and 
running westerly on said road two hundred & fifty feet, 
then turning & running Northerly a straight line, one 




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hundred & eighty four feet to a stake & stones then turning 
and running Easterly a straight line two hundred and fifty 
feet to a stake and stones, then turning and running 
Southerly a straight line two hundred and five feet to the 
bounds first mentioned. To hold to him the said Eliot 
during his Ministry* — >And the said Inhabitants hereby 
promise & agree to enclose said piece of Land within a 
convenient time, with a good four rail fence, or some other 

fence answerable thereto that he the said Eliot shall 

continue to occupy and improve the Pew in the Meeting 
house, which he has usually occupied, during his Ministry, 
and that they will pay to the said Eliot in Cash after the 
rate of six hundred & eighty dollars per Annum to com- 
mence from the first day of October next, and to be paid 
quarterly; all which is to be in full compensation for his 
the said Eliot's services, in future to be rendered as the 
Minister of said Town of Watertown* — >And the said 
Richard R. Eliot hereby on his part, promises & agrees to 
and with the said Inhabitants of the said Town of Water- 
town, that in consideration of the Premises he will continue 
to do, and perform all the duties and services incumbent 
upon him as their regularly ordained or settled Minister, 
that he will keep all the Buildings on said Land, and all the 
fences enclosing the same in good repair during his Ministry 
at his own expence, and that the said sum of six hundred & 
eighty dollars to be paid as aforesaid together with the 
improvement of the Land and Buildings aforesaid & the 
Pew in the Meeting-house, shall be in full compensation 
for his Salary in future, as the Minister of said Town' — > 

In Witnefs whereof the Committee aforesaid on behalf of 
the Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown and the said 
Richard R. Eliot have hereunto interchangeably sub- 
scribed their Names this thirtieth day of September in the 
Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & eleven 5 — > 



Witnefs- 



Richard R. Eliot 



Ezra Farrar 
Jeduthun Fuller 



Jonas White 
Levi Thaxter 



Nath 1 R. Whitney 
John Fowle 



Committee 



Peter Clark 



[45] 



Know all Men by these Presents' — >That whereas there is a 
contract now subsisting between the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Watertown, & the Rev d Richard R. Eliot, as he is 



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their regularly ordained or settled Minister, wherein & 
whereby the said Inhabitants, in consideration of the 
services of the said Eliot as their Minister as aforesaid, 
have agreed & are obliged to pay him, the sum of one 
hundred Pounds lawful Money during his Ministry, & 
have given & conveyed to him the use & improvement of 
about twenty four Acres of Land, commonly called the 
Parsonage Land with the Buildings thereon situate in said 
Watertown, bounded Easterly on Land of Jonas White, 
Northerly on Land of John Fowle, Westerly on Land of 
Marshall Spring and Southerly on Land of Isaac Patten, & 
on the great Country road, together with about three 
Acres of Salt Marsh situate on Charles River, for and 
during his Ministry* — > 

Now Know ye that I the said Richard R. Eliot for & in 
consideration of one dollar paid me by the said Inhabitants 
of the Town of Watertown, the receipt whereof I do hereby 
acknowledge and in consideration of a new contract now 
about to be executed by & between me & the said In- 
habitants in respect to my future Salary or compensation 

for my services as their Minister do hereby remise, 

release, and forever quit claim unto the said Inhabitants of 
the Town of Watertown, all my right title & interest in & 
to all or any of the Lands and buildings aforesaid, or to 
the occupation and improvement of the same, or to any 
income profit or advantage resulting or to result from the 
same, as also all my right and claim to the Interest of a 
certain Note of hand given by Isaac Patten to the said 
Inhabitants for the purchase of a piece of Land formerly 
belonging to the said Parsonage land, or any income or 
advantage resulting or to be derived from said Note of 
hand or the interest thereof. And I hereby release and 
discharge the said Inhabitants of the said Town of Water- 
town from all and every kind of contract or Obligation of 
whatever name or nature now subsisting between me & 
them'— Jn Witnefs whereof I the said Richard R. Eliot 
have hereunto set my hand & seal this thirtieth day of 
September in the Year of our Lord eighteen hundred and 
eleven*— i 

In presence of*— > Richard R. Eliot 

Ezra Farrar 
Jeduthun Fuller 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs regularly afsembled at the Public 



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SI 



Meeting house in said Town Monday the thirtieth day of 
September AD 1811, by adjournment from the twenty 
third day of September Instant, & proceeded as follows' — » 



[46| 



It was voted to choose by ballot rive persons whom the 
Town wish to have appointed as Trustees of the corpora- 
tion for the Ministerial Lands & funds' — > 



Voted & chose for said Trustees' — , < 



Jonas White 
John Fowle 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Levi Thaxter Esq r 
Peter Clark 



It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd' — > 

October 26 th AD 1811, The Selectmen ifsued the following 
Warrant for a Town-meeting (Viz)*— 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of the 
Town of Watertown Greeting 



You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown, duly 
qualified to vote for Representatives in the General Court 
of said Commonwealth (Viz). All the male Inhabitants of 
said Town being twenty one Years of age and resident in 
said Town for the space of one Year next preceeding, 
having a freehold Estate within said Town of the annual 
Income of three Pounds or any Estate to the value of 
sixty Pounds to afsemble at the Public Meeting house in 
said Town on Monday the fourth day of November next 
at three of the Clock in the Afternoon to give in their 
Votes for a Representative of the People of the said Com- 
monwealth in the Congrefs of the United States for the 
Middlesex-district' — » 



Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting, 



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Given under our hands and seals, dated at Watertown the 
twenty sixth day of October, in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and eleven' — > 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs: Watertown Nov 1 " 4 th 1811, Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have notified & warned the Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified 
as therein exprefsed to meet & afsemble at the time and 
place and for the purpose within mentioned by posting an 
attested copy of this Warrant at the Public Meeting house 
in said Town two Sundays prior to said Meeting 

Edw d Lowd Constable*——* 



[47] 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote for Representatives in the General Court of this 
Commonwealth, being duly warned regularly afsembled 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday the 
fourth day of November being the first Monday in said 
Month AD 1811, to give in their Votes for a Representative 
of the People of said Commonwealth in the Congrefs of the 
United States of America for the Middlesex-district' — > 

The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was read & 
revis'd, the Votes for a Representative were called for 
brought in, sorted & counted, & were as follows' — » 

For William M. Richardson Esq r sixty eight Votes 

For Loammi Baldwin Esq r twenty five Votes 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the fourth day of 
November AD 1811, They signed an Order on the Treas- 
urer directing him to pay the several persons hereafter 
named the several sums annex'd their Names (Viz)<— > 

To Thomas Clark Esq r in full of his Acc 1 for] 
costs paid Judge of Probate for William Gays \ 
citation, complaint &c. J 3„ — 

To ditto for Cash paid for twelve Camp-kettles 8 /; — 



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To Sally Nutting in full for supporting Jonathan 

Nutting from August 2 d 1810, to* 

& for Clothing 

To Daniel Coolidge in full of his Premium for 
collecting Taxes 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the sixth day of 
January AD 1812 — They appointed the persons hereafter 
named Engine-men for the ensuing Year (Viz)<— > 



Elisha W. Dana 
Francis Whitney 
Clinton Thayer 
Gilbert Nichols 
Leonard Harris 
Josiah White 
John Stimpson Jun r 
Jonathan Robbins 
Nath 1 R. Whitney Jun r 
Elijah Norcrofs 
John Leathe 



Aaron Clap 
Richard Sanger 
James Robbins 
Nath 1 Weld Jun r 
Joseph Rufsell Jun r 
George Craft 
Joseph Cole 
Caleb Dana 
George Coolidge 
Jeremiah Meacham 



January 23 d AD 1812, The Selectmen ifsued the following 
Warrant for a Town-meeting (Viz) 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown Greeting 



[48] 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to summon and no- 
tify the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town, 
qualified by Law to vote in Town-meetings, to afsemble at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the 
twenty seventh day of January Instant, at three of the 
Clock in the Afternoon, to act on the following articles 
(Viz)*-, 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will choose a Committee to petition 
the Legislature of this Commonwealth to make Watertown 
in the County of Middlesex a Shire Town for said County, 
and act any thing thereon 



* Editorial Note: Omitted in original script. 



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Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our hands and Seals at Watertown, this 
twenty third day of January in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and twelve 

Thomas Clark 

Jonas White I Selectmen 

Nath 1 R. Whitney [ for 
Nath 1 Bemis J Watertown* — » 



Middlesex fs: Watertown Jan ry 27 th 1812 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have notified the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of said Town qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet at the time and place & for the purpose within 
men tioned 

Edw d Lowd Constable* — » 



Town 
Meeting 
Jan f y 
1812 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs being duly warned regularly assem- 
bled at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday 
the twenty seventh day of January AD 1812, for the 
purpose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the 
Warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows 

1 st Voted & chose Nathaniel Bemis Esq r Moderator 

2 d It was voted to choose by ballot a Committee of three 
persons to petition the Legislature of this Commonwealth 
to make Watertown in the County of Middlesex a Shire, 
or half Shire Town for said County 

[Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Voted & chose for said Committee jLevi Thaxter Esq r 

(Peter Clark 

It was voted that said Committee be directed to keep an 
account of their expences in prosecuting said businefs, & 
lay their Account before the Selectmen for acceptance'— » 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the second day of 
March AD 1812, They ifsued the following Warrant for a 
Town-meeting (Viz)*— > 



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[49] 

Middlesex fs: To Edward Lowd one of the Constables of the 
Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote in Town-affairs, to 
meet and afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said 
Town, on Monday the sixteenth day of March Instant at 
ten of the Clock in the Forenoon to act on the following 
Articles (Viz)' — > 

l et To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To choose all Town-Officers required to be chosen in the 

Months of March and April annually 

3 d To choose a Sexton, and agree how he shall be paid for his 

services 

4 th To determine whether Swine, or Neat Cattle shall run at 
large the ensuing Year, & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing Year, and 
grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing thereon 

6 th To grant Money to support the poor, & act any thing 
thereon 

7 th To grant Money to repair the Highways, & act any thing 
thereon 

8 th To hear the Accounts of those persons the Town is in- 
debted to & grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing 
thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any Committee's & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To choose Agents to lease the fishery the ensuing Year, & 

act any thing thereon 

11 th To know if the Town will make any repairs to the West 

School-house, & act any thing thereon 

12 th To know if the Town will take any different measures to 

support the poor, & act any thing thereon 

13 th To know if the Town will hear the request of Daniel 

Jackson, & act any thing thereon 

14 th To know if the Town will make any further grants of 

Money that may be necefsary, or transact any other busi- 

nefs that may be for the interest of the Town 

Also,You are alike required to notify and warn all the Free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the said Town of Water- 
town, qualified by Law to vote for Representatives to 
meet at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday 
the sixteenth day of March Instant at two of the Clock in 



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the Afternoon to give in their Votes for a County Treas- 
urer 

Also, You are likewise required to notify the Town Creditors to 
bring in their Accounts to the Selectmen at the House of 
Ezra Farrar Innholder in said Town on Monday the ninth 
day of March Instant at six of the Clock PM. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the times appointed 

for said Meetings Given under our hands and Seals at 

Watertown the second day of March in the Year of our 
Lord one thousand eight hundred & twelve' — » 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



[50] 

Middlesex fs: Watertown March 16 th 1812 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have notified and warned the Freeholders 
& other Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified 
as therein exprefsea, to meet & afsemble at the time & 
place, & for the purposes within mentioned by posting an 
attested Copy of the within Warrant at the Public Meeting 
house in said Town two Sundays prior to said Meeting 

Edw d Lowd Constable for Watertown*— > 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the ninth day of 
March AD 1812, They signed an Order on the Treasurer 
directing him to pay the several persons hereafter named 
the several sums annex'd their Names (Viz)« 



To Josiah Mason Jun r & Son in full of their Ac-1 

count for Lumber to repair the Bridge J 38„ 40 

To Joseph Rufsell & William Horn in full of theirl 
Account for repairing Bridge &c. J 33„ 69 

To Leonard Bond in full for House-rent for] 

Charles Nutting for the Years 1810 & 1811 at 

$18 — ^ Year J 36„ — 

To Thaddeus Cole in full for setting Glafs in the] 
West & Middle School-houses, and oiling 12 tin- J- 
kettles J 7„ 61 



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To Isaac Dana in full for Plank & Joists for the) 

Bridge / 9„ 17 

To John Bancroft in full for digging a Grave, &) 
attending the Funeral of Ruth Maddox J 3„ 50 

To ditto in full for ditto of John Trufant — 3„ — 

To Nath 1 R. Whitney in full for supplies del d the) 

poor &c. to this date j 88„ 30 

To Nath 1 R. Whitney & Son in full for ditto to) 
this date 1 41„ 54 



To Daniel Bernard in full for supporting John) 

Randall from 5 th March 1811 17 Weeks at 

$1„75 $ Week J 29„ 75 

To ditto in full for supporting ditto to 5 th March) 

Instant 35 Weeks at $2—$ Week J 70„ — 

To Ezra Farrar in full for expences of the Select-) 
men, Committee on Ministerial Land, & Com-> 
mittee to procure a Bell to this date J 30„ 49 

To a Committee from the Singers to defray the) 
expence of a Singing school J 50„ — 



March ) 
Meetings 
1812 J 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs, being duly warned regularly 
afsembled at the Public Meeting-house in said Town, on 
Monday the sixteenth day of March AD 1812, for the 
purpose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the 
Warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk- 



Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Treasurer 

Nath 1 R. Whitney was sworn into the Office of Town 

Clerk, before Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

It was voted to have the Votes brought in for five Select- 
men on one ticket 



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Voted & chose for Selectmen 



Voted & chose for Afsefsors 



Thomas Clark Esq' 
Jonas White Esq r 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
Joseph Bright 

[Thomas Clark Esq' 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
(Jonathan Stone 



It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to three of the Clock 

this Afternoon, then to meet at this place And the 

Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd* — > 

In the Afternoon the Meeting was open'd at the Public 
Meeting house for the purpose of giving in their Votes for a 
County Treasurer 

It was voted to postpone giving in their Votes for a County 
Treasurer, to the adjournment of this Meeting 

Then the Town-meeting was open'd by adjournment from 
the Forenoon, & proceeded as follows 

Voted & chose for Constables (Moses Bright 

[John lucker 

John Tucker inform'd the Town that he has agreed with 

Jonathan Child to serve as Constable in his stead 

It was voted to excuse John Tucker from serving as Con- 
stable 

Voted & chose Jonathan Child Constable in his stead 

And he was sworn into said Office, Before Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Town Clerk 



Voted & chose for Fence-viewers 



Voted & chose for Tythingmen 



Daniel Bond 
Amos Livermore Jun r 
Peter Clark 
Joshua Coolidge 
John Fowle 

fNath 1 Woodward 
\Eben r Chenery 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Highways 



Daniel Bond & was excus'd 
by his request 
Jonas White Esq r & was 
excused by his request 
Josiah Learned 
Jonathan Stone 
Moses Bright 
William Leathe 



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Voted & chose for Field-drivers 



William Leathe 
Phinehas Sanderson 
Josiah Learned 
Nath 1 Bright 
Moses Coolidge 
Eliakim Morse 
Peter Clark 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves, John Leathe, Payson Wil- 
liams, Daniel Fan (page torn) Samuel Rand, Charles H. 
Chandler, Joseph Bright Jun r , Abijah (page torn) & Samuel 
Fefsenden 



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{Edward Lowd 
John Clark 
Nath 1 R. Whitney Jun r 



Voted & chose for Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves 



Samuel Holt 
Edward Lowd 



Voted & chose for Surveyors [Isaac Dana 
of Boards, Plank, Timber & < Joseph Peirce 
Slitwork [Edward Lowd 



Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
John Fowle 
Amos Bond Esq r 
Nath 1 Weld 
Luke Bemis 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
Joseph Peirce 



Voted & chose for Firewards 



Voted & chose Nath 1 R. Whitney Pound-keeper- 



(Nath 1 Weld 

Voted & chose for Fishwardens jNath 1 R. Whitney 

[Levi Thaxter Esq r 

It was voted to choose a Committee of five persons to 
liquidate & settle with Jonas White Esq r & others who 
hired the fishery last Year, & that they shall have full 
power to make a fair & equitable abatement of such part 
of the rent as they shall judge reasonable 



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Voted & chose for said 
Committee 



Levi Thaxter Esq r 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Thomas Clark Esq 1 * 



Amos Bond Esq r & was excus'd 
by his request 

Moses Coolidge 



Voted that the Selectmen be empowered to appoint a 
Sexton the ensuing Year, & agree with him for his serv- 
ices 

Voted that Swine & Neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensuing Year 

It was voted to grant nine hundred dollars for the support 
of Schools the ensuing Year 

Voted that the Money granted for the support of Schools 
the ensuing Year, be equally divided between the three 
Schools as it was the last Year 

6 th Article — Voted to postpone to the adjournment of this 
Meeting 

Voted to grant the same sum for repairing the Highways 
the ensuing Year, & the same price for Labor as last Year — 

It was voted not to grant any Money for a Singing school 
the ensuing Year 

Voted & chose for Agents to lease fjeduthun Fuller 



11 th It was voted to choose a Committee to examine the West 
School house, & see what repairs are necefsary, & the 
probable expence & make report to the Town at the ad- 
journment of this Meeting 



12 th Voted that the Selectmen be empowered to take any 
measures to support the poor, as they may think necefsary 

13 th It was voted to choose a Committee to hear the request of 
Daniel Jackson, & make report to the Town at the adjourn- 
ment of this Meeting 



the fishery*—, 





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{Amos Bond Esq r 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq r 
Levi Thaxter Esq r 

It was voted to choose a Committee to consist of three 
persons to examine all the Accounts of the Town for ten 
Years last past, and to state on paper the several sums of 
Money that the Town have granted during that period, to 
what purpose the same has been appropriated & to whom 
paid, what sums of Money are due to the Town & from 
whom, & what sums of Money the Town owe, & to whom, 
& to exhibit the same to the Town in public Town-meeting 
as soon as may be, that every Individual may know the 
particular situation of their Town businefs, & that the 
Town Clerk & Treasurer be directed to furnish said Com- 
mittee with all the Books, papers & documents of the 
Town to enable them to make said investigation 



Voted & chose for said Committee \ Levi Thaxter Esq r 



It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to half past six of 
the Clock this Evening then to meet at the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town, for the sole purpose of 
farming the Taxes, choosing Collectors of Taxes, letting 
the Hay-scales, & the Wharf in Cambridge belonging to the 

Town of Watertown And the Meeting was accordingly 

declared adjourn'd*— » 

On the Evening of the sixteenth of March AD 1812, The 
Town-meeting was open'd at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, by adjournment from the Meet- 
ing-house, & proceeded as follows 

It was voted to farm out the collection of Taxes for the 
ensuing Year to the lowest bidder, under the same re- 
strictions as they were the last Year 

The East List of State. County, Town & Minister's Taxes 
were put up & struck off to Moses Chenery for three Cents 
& one fourth ^ dollar 

The West list of ditto were put up & struck of to Charles 
Whitney for three & an half Cents $ dollar 



Voted & chose for Collectors of Taxes (^ ose , s C x 1 Jf, nery 



The Hay-scales were put up at Auction for the term of one 
Year from the first day of April next, & were struck of to 
Luther Barrett & Clinton Thayer for forty dollars & fifty 
Cents 




Abijah White 




itney 



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The Wharf in Cambridge belonging to this Town was put 
up at Auction for the term of one Year & was struck of to 
Moses Coolidge for {page torn) 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the first Monday 
in April next, {page torn) of the Clock in the Afternoon 
then to meet at the Public Meeting house in {page torn) 
And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn 'd< — > 



[54] 

Then the following Town Officers were sworn into the 
several Offices to which they were chosen this day (Viz)<— » 

Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Treasurer, Afsefsor & Pound- 
keeper, and that in the Offices of Selectman & Afsefsor he 
would faithfully & impartially discharge the duties of each, 
respecting all elections & the returns thereof' — > 

Before Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator* — » 

Thomas Clark Esq r Jonas White Esq r Nath 1 Bemis Esq r & 

Joseph Bright Selectmen Thomas Clark Esq r & 

Jonathan Stone Afsefsors, & that they would faithfully & 
impartially discharge the duties of each respecting all 

elections & the returns thereof 

Peter Clark & John Fowle Fence-viewers 

Josiah Learned, Jonathan Stone & William Leathe Sur- 
veyors of Highways 

William Leathe, Phinehas Sanderson, Josiah Learned, 

Moses Coolidge, & Peter Clark Field-drivers 

_ ohn Leathe, Samuel Rand, Joseph Bright Jun r & Samuel 

"efsenden Hogreeves 

\ ohn Clark & Nath 1 R. Whitney Jun r Clerks of the Market 
. saac Dana & Joseph Peirce Surveyors of Boards, Plank, 
Timber & Slitwork* — » 

Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerks 

March 18 th 1812 Payson Williams was sworn into the Office 

of Hogreeve 

21 st Joshua Coolidge was sworn into the Office of 

Fence-viewer 

Before Nath 1 R, Whitney Town Clerk* — > 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the twenty third day 
of March AD 1812, They ifsued the following Warrant for 
a Town-meeting (Viz)' — » 



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Middlesex fs: To Jonathan Child one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting ; — 

You are hereby required, in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to summon and notify 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town, 
qualified by Law to vote in Town-affairs, to afsemble at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the 
thirtieth day of March Instant, at two of the Clock in the 
Afternoon to act on the following articles (Viz) 5 — > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting- 

2 d To know if the Town will take into consideration the doings 
and statement of the Committee which was appointed on 
the sixteenth day of March Instant, to settle with Jonas 
White Esq r and others, relating to the rent of the fishery 

last Year, & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the Town will give their Agents chosen to lease 
the fishery the ensuing Year, any new instructions different 
from what they have had in times past, and act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands and Seals at Watertown the 
twenty third day of March in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and twelve*— * 

Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown* 



[55] 

Watertown March 26 th 1812 Pursuant to the within War- 
rant I have summoned and notified the Inhabitants of said 
Town, qualified as therein exprefsed, to afsemble at the 
time and place, and for the purposes within mentioned' — » 

Jonathan Child Constable*— 4 

Also/The Selectmen at the Meeting aforesaid ifsued the following 
Warrant for a Town-meeting (Viz)< — > 

Middlesex fs: To Jonathan Child Constable of the Town of 
Watertown, Greeting 



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You are hereby required, in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the male Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown, of 
twenty one Years of age and upwards, having a freehold 
Estate within the Commonwealth of the annual Income of 
three Pounds, or any Estate to the value of sixty Pounds, 
to meet at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Monday the sixth day of April next, at two of the Clock in 
the Afternoon, to give in their Votes for a Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, and Senators and Counsellors, 
agreeably to the Constitution of said Commonwealth 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands and Seals at Watertown this 
twenty third day of March, in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and twelve*— > 

Thomas Clark 

Jonas White Selectmen 
Nath 1 R. Whitney [ for 
Nath 1 Bemis Watertown 
Joseph Bright 

NB. The Votes for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and 
Senators, will be received on one ticket 

Watertown April 6 th 1812 Pursuant to the within Warrant 
I have warned the Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as 
therein exprefsed, to meet at the time and place, and for 
the purposes therein mentioned, by posting attested copies 
of this Warrant at the Public Meeting house in said Town, 
two Sundays preceding said Meeting 5 — » 

Jonathan Child Constables 



March 24 th 1812, Daniel Bond was sworn into the Office of 

Fenceviewer, & Abijah White a Hogreeve Before Nath 1 

R. Whitney Town Clerk* — > 

March 25 th 1812, Charles H. Chandler was sworn into the 
Office of Hogreeve' — » 

Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerks 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote in Town-affairs being duly warned regularly afsembled 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the 
thirtieth day of March AD 1812, for the purpose of trans- 



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acting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant for said 
Meeting & proceeded as follows*— > 



[56] 

Voted & chose Jonathan Stone Moderator 

The report of the Committee chosen on the sixteenth day of 
March Instant, to liquidate & settle with Jonas White 
Esq r & others who hired the fishery last Year &c. made the 
following report 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown 

The Committee who were chosen & empowered on behalf 
of the Town to settle with Jonas White Esq r & his Afso- 
ciates, who hired the fishery the last Year, and to make 
them such fair & equitable abatement of the rent as they 

should judge reasonable Gave notice to the persons 

interested, and on the twenty third instant met them at 
the House of M r Ezra Farrar, for the purpose of making 
said settlement; but your Committee finding that a portion 
of the Town appeared to be difsatisfied with the measure 
that had been adapted for the settlement of the businefs 
aforesaid and understanding from the Selectmen that a 
Warrant had been granted for calling a Town Meeting to 
be held this day, thought it most adviseable not to proceed 
in the businefs to the extent of their authority; but pro- 
posed to the said White & his Afsociates as a measure, the 
best calculated to give satisfaction to all persons interested, 
that we would investigate the subject, collect all the facts, 
and report the same to the Town, for their consideration & 
final settlement. This proposition being readily agreed 
to on the part of the said White and his Afsociates, Your 
Committee went into an examination of all the circum- 
stances of the businefs, and now beg leave to report as 

follows (Viz) That Amos Bond Esq r and M r Jeduthan 

Fuller were chosen Agents by the Town the last Year to 

lease the fishery That they put the same up at Vendue, 

as had been usual, and it was bid off by Jonas White Esq r 
for himself M r Nath 1 Weld, John Richardson Esq r & M r 

Abijah White at the sum of six hundred & eight dollars 

That it has been stated to your Committee by the said 
Bond & Fuller, that it was their expectation, and they 
believe to have been the expectation of the said White & his 
Afsociates, at the time the fishery was leased, that there 
would not be any other or greater incumbrance in the River 
to obstruct the pafsage of the fish, than had been usual in 



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Years previous That your Committee are convinced, 

that there was Seines set acrofs the River from shore to 
shore, at Cambridge & at Brighton and continued through 
the season, at those particular periods of the Tides in 
which the Fish pafs up & down the River, which entirely 
obstructed their pafsage. That large quantities of fish were 
taken every day in the Week both at Cambridge & Brighton 
a portion of which it is reasonable to suppose, would have 
pafsed up the River to the Watertown fishery had it not 

been for the obstruction of said seines That it is stated 

to your Committee both by the s d White and his Afsociates, 
who hired the fishery and several of the persons who were 
employed to catch the fish, that but a very small quantity 
were taken at the Watertown fishery notwithstanding every 
attention was paid & every means used to take all that 

come within their limits. Your Committee have also 

examined and made all proper enquiry respecting the 
Accounts of the said Jonas White and his Afsociates rela- 
tive to the fishery the last Year, and they are 

satisfied 

[57] 

Satisfied that the Monies paid & expended by them in- 
cluding the rent, amounts to $1518„44 and that all 

the credits resulting therefrom amount only to the sum of 
$938, ,76 making to them a lofs exclusive of all their time & 
trouble in the businefs of $579 y/ 68« — » 

Under all these circumstances, your Committee think it 
will be unjust to compel the said White & his Afsociates to 
pay the full amount of the rent, and they confidently be- 
lieve that the Inhabitants of the Town, will be unwilling to 
inforce it even if they have the power: And your Committee 
have no doubts but that the said White & his Afsociates, 
will be satisfied to sustain a portion of the lofs, in order that 
the businefs may be amicably adjusted; altho they think 
that they have a just claim to be indemnified for an injury, 
from which, they consider it was the duty of the Town to 
protect them. Your Committee therefore take the liberty 
to recommend that the sum of $289 y/ 84 being half the 
amount of the lofs sustained, should be deducted from the 
rent aforesaid and if the said White & his Afsociates will 
accede thereto, that the Treasurer of the Town be author- 
ized & empowered, on payment of the balance, to give them 
a full discharge for the rent of the fishery the last Year; 
fully & conscientiously believing that by such a procedure, 
the interest of all concerned will eventually be promoted; 



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the little warmth and feeling which may have been excitedj 
will be done away, and harmony restored to the Town. 

All which is respectfully submited*— 4 
Watertown 30 th March 1 8 1 2< — , 

Levi Thaxter 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
As you may see on file* — » Thomas Clark 

Moses Coolidge 

It was voted not to accept the report of said Committee- 



It was voted that the Committee aforesaid be dismifs'd 
from any further services respecting the settlement afore- 
said And that the thanks of the Town be given to said 

Committee for their past services 

3 d Article, It was voted to dismifs 



It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd 

The Agents of the Town of Watertown chosen for the 
purpose of leasing the fishery in Watertown, Weston, & 
Waltham agreeable to an Act of the General Court pafsed 
March 2 d 1798, empowering the Towns of Watertown, 
Weston, & Waltham to lease the fishery called Shad & 
Alewives within the limits of said Town's met at the House 
of Ezra Farrar Innholder in said Town on Monday the 
thirtieth day of March AD 1812, at two of the Clock in the 
Afternoon 

The Agents of Weston & Waltham not being present, the 
Agents of Watertown proceeded as follows (Viz)*— > 

1 st Appointed Nath 1 R. Whitney Clerk for said Agents 

2 d Agreed to adjourn this Meeting to six of the Clock this 

Evening, then to meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd 5 — > 



[58] 

The Agents aforesaid met at the time & place aforemen- 
tioned by adjournment & proceeded as follows*—* 

They agreed to lease all the privilege & right of taking the 
fish called Shad & Alewives in Charles River, within the 
limits of Watertown the ensuing Year, on the following 
conditions (Viz) The privilege of taking the fish called 



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Shad and Alewives within the limits before described three 
days in each Week and no more to the highest bidder, he 
or they giving security for the payment to the acceptance 

of the Agents five ^ Cent to be paid down as earnest 

Money, and the residue to be paid on the first day of 

September next And the purchaser to have the privilege 

of improving the Seines that the Town now have, & of 
having a new one, if in the judgment of the Agents it may 

be necefsary. The person or persons who hire the 

fishery shall be accountable to the Agents for the use of the 
Seines, if they are used for the fishery in Newton in pro- 
portion to the rent of the fishery in Watertown & Newton 
the present Year 

And was struck of to Artemas Murdock for six hundred 
and five dollars 

Artemas Murdock & Enoch Wiswall paid thirty dollars & 

twenty five Cents as earnest Money And they gave a 

Note payable on, or before the first day of September next 
for five hundred seventy four dollars & seventy five Cents*— * 

At a Public Town-Meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution of this Commonwealth to vote for Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor and Counsellors and Senators being 
duly warned, regularly afsembled at the Public Meeting 
house in said Town, on Monday the sixth day of April AD 

1812 The Selectmen, presiding the list of Voters was 

revis'd & read; the Votes for Governor, Lieutenant Gov- 
ernor, Counsellors & Senators, were called for, brought in 
sorted & counted, & it appeared that the following persons 
had the number of Votes annex'd their several Names 
(Viz).-, 

For Governor 

His Excellency Elbridge Gerry Esq r had One hundred 

forty three Votes 
Hon. Caleb Strong Esq r had One hundred twelve Votes 

For Lieutenant Governor 

Hon. William King Esq r had One hundred forty four Votes 
Hon. William Phillips Esq r had One hundred twelve Votes 

For Senators & Counsellors 

Hon. Samuel Dana Esq r had One hundred forty four Votes 
Matthew Bridge Esq r had One hundred forty three 

Votes 

John L. Tuttle Esq r had One hundred forty two Votes 
William Winthrop Esq r had One Vote 
Amos Bond Esq r had One Vote 



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Jcsiah Bartlet Esq r had One hundred eleven Votes 
Asahel Stearns Esq r had One hundred twelve Votes 
Loammi Baldwin Esq r had One hundred twelve Votes 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town, at six of the Clock this 
Evening for the sole purpose of completing 6c sealing the 
returns for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Senators 
6c Counsellors 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd^-j 



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Then the Town-meeting was open'd by adjournment from 
the sixteenth day of last March for the purpose of giving 

in their Votes for a County Treasurer 

It was voted to postpone giving in their Votes for a County 
Treasurer to the adjournment of this Meeting^-^ 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders 6: other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs regularly afsembled at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the sixth day of 
April AD 1812, by adjournment from the sixteenth day of 
last March, 6c proceeded as follows (Viz)' — > 

It was voted to excuse Moses Bright from serving as 
Constable 

Voted & chose Amos Livermore Jun r Constable 

The report of the Committee appointed to examine the 
West School house was read, 6: is as follows (Viz)<— > 

The Committee appointed to examine the West School- 
house 6c see what repairs are needful to be made thereon 
have attended that service and ask leave to report, that it 
is needful that the Wall on the back part should be taken 
down nearly to the foundation as it is near falling and it is 
the opinion of your Committee that as the House stands so 
high from the ground, and the Walls being so open that the 
cold affects the School-room as much or more from under- 
neath as from any other part therefore your Committee 
recommend that a brick Wall be built on the back side of 
about four feet from the sill and so partly at each end and 
banked from the ground up to the brick, the inside must 

have some small repairs and so on the outside Your 

Committee are of an opinion that the whole expences over 



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Watertown April 6 th 1812- 



what the Stones that are taken out will bring, will amount to 
the sum of eighty dollars All which is submitted 

Adam Brown 
Moses Coolidge 
Thomas Clark* — > 

As you may see on file' — » 

It was voted to accept the report of said Committee, & that 
a Committee shall be chosen to make said repairs with 
Stone or Bricks, as they shall judge will be for the interest 
of the Town' — > 

Adam Brown 

Nath 1 Bemis Esq r & was excus'd by 

his request 

Moses Coolidge & was excus'd by his 

request 

Luke Bemis 

Jonas White Esq 1 ' & was excus'd by 

his request 

John Fowle 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting, to the day of the 
Town-meeting in May next, at four of the Clock in the 

Afternoon, then to meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd' — > 



Voted & chose for 
said Committee 



At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by the 
Constitution of this Commonwealth to vote for Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, and Counsellors and Senators {page 
torn) afsembled at the House of Ezra Farrar Innholder in 
said Town on the Evening (page torn) sixth of April AD 

1812 by adjournment from the Public Meeting house 

this (page torn) the Selectmen & Town Clerk completed & 
sealed up the returns for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 
and Counsellors & Senators in open Town-meeting* — » 



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April 7 th 1812, Jonathan Child was sworn into the Office of 
Hay-weigher Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk 

April 8 th 1812, Moses Bright was sworn into the Office of 

Surveyor of Highways Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town 

Clerk 



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April 20 th 1812, The Selectmen ifsuedthe following Warrant 
for a Town-meeting (Viz) 5 — > 

Middlesex fs: To Jonathan Child one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote in Town-affairs, to 
meet and afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said 
Town on Wednesday the twenty second day of April 
Instant at four of the Clock in the Afternoon to act on the 
following Articles (Viz)< — > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will hear the petition of Daniel Bond 
& others, wherein they state that the River is obstructed 
by Seines set by Abijah Ruggles & others in such way & 
manner as that the fish called Shad & Alewives cannot pafs 
up the River to Watertown, and as the fish wardens do not 
think themselves authorized to cut away the obstructions, 
unlefs the Town will endemnify them, which obstructions 
if not removed will deprive the Town of any benefit from 
the fishery in future, & act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands and Seals at Watertown the 
twentieth day of x^pril, in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and twelve 5 — > 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Watertown April 21 st 1812 Pursuant to the within 

Warrant I have notified the Inhabitants of said Town, 
qualified as therein exprefsed, to meet at the time & place 
and for the purposes within mentioned 

Jonathan Child Constable*— > 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote in Town affairs being duly warned regularly afsem- 
bled at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Wednes- 
day the twenty second day of April AD 1812, for the pur- 
pose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant 
for said Meeting proceeded as follows 



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1 st Voted & chose Col. Enoch Wiswall Moderator 

2 d It was voted to choose a Committee of five persons to 
remove or cause to be removed any obstruction to the 
pafsage of the fish called Shad & Alewives in Charles River, 
& that they be empowered to cut away any Seine or Seines 
that may be set acrofs said River to the obstruction of the 
pafsage of said fish, if they should judge it expedient, & 
that the Town should guarantee said Committee in so 
doing*— > 



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Daniel Bond 
Gilbert Nichols 
Enoch Wiswall 

Edward Lowd & was excus'd by 

his request — 

William M. Pomroy 
Josiah Learned & was excus'd by 

his request 

Joseph Rufsell Jun r 

It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd*— * 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the 27 th day of April 
AD 1812, They ifsued the following Warrant for a Town- 
meeting (Viz)*— > 

Middlesex fs: To Jonathan Child one of the Constables of 

the Town' of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Male Inhabitants of said Town being twenty one Years 
of age, and resident in said Town for the space of one 
Year next preceding having a freehold Estate within said 
Town of the annual Income of three Pounds, or any 
Estate to the value of sixty Pounds, to meet at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town on Monday the eleventh day 
of May next, at two of the Clock in the Afternoon, for the 
purpose of choosing one or more Representatives, to repre- 
sent them at the General Court appointed to be convened 

and held at Boston on the last Wednesday of May next. 

Hereof fail not &c. 

Also,You are alike required to summon and notify the Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of said Town, qualified by 
Law to vote in Town-affairs to afsemble at the Public 



Voted & chose for said 
Committee 



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Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the eleventh day 
of May next at tour of the Clock in the Afternoon, to act 
on the following articles (Viz)' — > 



To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

To know if the Town will take any measures to have a 
Courthouse & Prison erected within the Town, or appoint 
a Committee to receive subscriptions, and secure the pay- 
ment of the same, or make any grants of Money and Land 
in addition to the subscriptions that may be obtained, or 
act any thing thereon 

To know if the Town will contract with the Heirs of 
Samuel White deceas'd, for their Pew over the front door 
in the Meeting house, which must be taken by the Town's 
Committee, in order to carry a former Vote of the Town 

into effect, and act any thing thereon 

To know if the Town will accept of a Road laid out by the 
Selectmen from the Watering place near Hubbard Rufsell's, 
through Lands of Edmund Fowle, Jonas White Esq r & 
Marshall Spring Esq r in conformity with the Road laid 
out by the Corporation of Ministerial Lands, and grant 
Money to make the Road, & pay any damages that may 

arise thereby, and act any thing thereon 

To know if the Town will straighten the Road near the 

Brick School house, & act any thing thereon 

To know if the Town will give the Committee appointed to 
procure a Bell for the Meeting house, any further instruc- 
tions respecting the {page torn) have on trial, & act any 
thing thereon 



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To know if the Town will give their Treasurer any in- 
structions respecting any debts which are due to the Town, 
& act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meetings, Given under our Hands and Seals, at 
Watertown the twenty seventh day of April in the Year of 
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve' — > 

Thomas Clark 

Jonas White Selectmen 
Xath 1 R. Whitney } ^ for 
Nath 1 Bemis Watertown* — > 
Joseph Bright J 



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NB., The Selectmen will be in sefsion at the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town, at ten of the Clock in the 
Forenoon of said eleventh day of May, to receive evidence 
of the qualifications of Voters to vote in the choice of 
Representatives 

Watertown May 11 th 1812, Pursuant to the within Warrant 
I have notified the Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as 
therein exprefsed, to meet at the times and place and for 
the purposes within mentioned, by posting attested copies 
of the within Warrant at the Public Meeting house in said 
Town two Sundays preceding said Meeting 

Jonathan Child Constable* — » 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution to vote in the choice of Representatives, being 
duly warned regularly afsembled at the Public Meeting 
house in said Town on Monday the eleventh day of May 
AD 1812, The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was 
revis'd & read 

It was voted to choose two Representatives 

It was voted to receive the Votes for two Representatives 
on one ticket 

The Votes for two Representatives were called for, brought 
in, sorted & counted & it appeared that there were three 
hundred & seventy nine Votes given in, & were as follows*— > 

For Thomas Clark Esq r One hundred & eleven Votes 

Jonas White Esq r One hundred & seven Votes 

Nath 1 R. Whitney eighty one Votes 

Enoch .Wiswall seventy seven Votes 

Peter Clark one Vote 

Jonathan Stone one Vote 

Amos Livermore one Vote — — 

And Thomas Clark & Jonas White Esq" were chosen 

Then the Town-meeting was open'd by adjournment from 
the sixth day of last April, which was by an adjournment 
from the sixteenth day of last March, & proceeded as 
follows' — » 

Amos Livermore Jun r was sworn into the Office of Con- 
stable Before, Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk* — » 



Then the Votes for a County Treasurer were called for, 
brought in sorted & counted, & were as follows* — > 



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For John L. Tuttle Esq r eighty one Votes 
Abiel Heywood Esq r fifty six Votes — 
James Winthrop Esq r two Votes 



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It was voted to grant One thousand dollars for support of 
the poor the ensuing Year 

It was voted to grant Nath 1 R. Whitney sixty dollars for 
his service as Clerk & Treasurer last Year 

It was voted to grant Nath 1 R. Whitney for his service as 
an Afsefsor last Year 17 l A days @ $1^50 ^ day, amount- 
ing to twenty six dollars & twenty five Cents 

It was voted to grant ditto for his service in taking & 
making special Valuation last Year, 23 days @ $l /7 50 ^ 

day, amounting to thirty four dollars & fifty Cents 

It was voted to grant Thomas Clark Esq r & Jonathan 
Stone for their service as Afsefsors last Year, the same price 
$ day, as allow'd Nath 1 R. Whitney for his service, & 
that they be directed to present their Accounts (of the 
time by them spent) to the Selectmen for allowance 

Voted & chose Joseph Bird Field-driver 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the second Monday 
in June next, at four of the Clock in the Afternoon, then 
to meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd' — > 



1812 \ 
May 11/ 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-affairs being duly warned regularly afsem- 
bled at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday 
the eleventh day of May AD 1812, for the purpose of trans- 
acting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant for said 
Meeting, proceeded as follows (Viz)< — > 

1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d It was voted to grant One thousand dollars, and to give a 
sufficient quantity of Land to erect a Courthouse & Gaol, 
suitable for the County, & that the Afsefsors be directed to 
afsefs said sum when ever it is determined that a Court- 
house & Gaol shall be erected in this Town 



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Voted & chose for said Committee 



It was voted to choose a Committee of seven persons to use 
their influence to have a Courthouse & Gaol erected in 
this Town, & to receive subscriptions & secure the pay- 
ment of the same for the purpose aforesaid* — » 

Marshall Spring Esq r 
Jonas White Esq r 
Amos Bond Esq r 
Eben r Preble Esq r 
Eliakim Morse 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq 1 " 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 

3 d It was voted that Joseph Bright, Nath 1 Bemis Esq r , Luke 
Bemis & Nath 1 Weld, four of the Committee chosen on the 
twenty sixth of last August, to make an addition, or alter- 
ation to the Meeting house, (agreeable to the report of 
said Committee) be empowered to contract with the 
Executors of the last Will of Samuel White deceas'd, for 
the Pew over the front door in the Meeting house, belong- 
ing to the Heirs of said deceas'd, in order to make the 
addition or alteration as aforesaid 

5 th It was voted that the Selectmen be empowered to straighten 
the road near the Brick School-house, if in their opinion 
they may judge it expedient 

6 th It was voted that the Committee appointed to procure a 
Bell for the Meeting house, be directed to return the 
present one we have on trial {page torn) procure another 

one instead thereof It was voted to make an addition 

{page torn) persons to the Committee appointed to procure 
a Bellw, 

Voted & chose for an addition to said (Jeduthun Fuller 
Committee " 1 Eliakim Morse 



[64] 

7 th Article It was voted to dismifs 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the second Monday 
in June next, at five of the Clock, in the Afternoon, then to 
meet at this place 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd*— » 

May 30 th AD 1812, The Selectmen ifsued the following 
Warrant for a Town meeting, (Viz)< — > 

Middlesex fs: To Jonathan Child one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown, Greeting 



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83 



You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify & warn all 
the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote in Town affairs to 
afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Monday the eighth day of June next at three of the Clock 
in the Afternoon, to act on the following articles (Viz)<— 4 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will make a grant to this Town's 
quota of Men required by Government to be detached, 
when they may be called into actual service, and act any 
thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 

for said Meeting Given under our Hands and Seals 

at Watertown the thirtieth day of May, in the Year of our 
Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve*— > 



Watertown June 8 th 1812, Pursuant to the within Warrant 
I have notified the Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as 
therein exprefsed to meet at the time and place and for the 
purposes within mentioned 



1812 \ 
June 12/ 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote in Town-afTairs, being duly warned regularly afsembled 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday the 
eighth day of June AD 1812, for the purpose of transacting 
the businefs as set forth in the Warrant for said Meeting, 
proceeded as follows (Viz)' — > 

l 8t Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d It was voted to grant a sum in addition to the sum to be 
paid by Government including Clothing to the Soldiers 
that are, or shall be detached for this Town's quota of Men, 
that shall be required to march into actual service during 
the term they continue in said service, with the sum to be 
paid by Government, so as to make them fifteen dollars $ 
Month 




Jonathan Child Constable' 



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It was voted to advance each Man ten dollars, when called 
to march into actual service, in part of their Monthly 

pay 

It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd' — > 



Then the Town-meeting was open'd by adjournment from 
the eleventh day of last May, which was by an adjourn- 
ment from the sixth of last April, which was by an ad- 
journment from the sixteenth of last March, & proceeded 
as follows (Viz)' — > 



[65] 

The report of the Committee to examine the Town Treas- 
urers Accounts was read, & is as follows (Viz)' — > 

That Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Treasurer is 

Credited by 9605,, 13 

And is charged with 7997,, 8 



Balance due the Treasurer ?1608 // 5 

Watertown June 8 th 1812 The above is a just and true 
statement of the Treasurers Accounts to the eighth day of 
June AD 1812, as examined by the Subscribers a Com- 
mittee to settle the same' — > 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Committee 



It was voted to accept the report of said Committee- 



The following report was read & is as follows (Viz)' — > 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown The 

Subscribers who were chosen a Committee, by said Town 
to hear the request of Daniel Jackson Esq r respecting his 
title to the Pew in the Meeting house formerly occupied & 
pofsefsed by Ebenezer Goddard late of said Watertown 
deceased, have attended that service, and now beg leave 
to report 



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That it is their unanimous opinion that the said Jackson 
has no claim or legal title to any part of said Pew<^-> 



Nath 1 Bemis 
Amos Bond 
Levi Thaxter 



Committee 



It was voted to accept the report of said Committee 

It was voted that the Selectmen be directed to let said Pew, 
& the two new Pews in the body of the Meeting house, 
either at private sale, or at Public auction, until they are 
sold' — j 



Voted & chose for 
Field-drivers 



Israel Whitney 
William Horn 
Edmund Fowle, & 



It was voted 
Field-driver 



was excus'd by 
his request' — 4 

to excuse Eliakim Morse from serving as 



Voted & chose for 
Field-drivers 



John Trull 

Jonathan Child, And he was sworn 
into said Office, Before Nath 1 R. 
Whitney Town Clerk' — > 

It was voted to difsolve this Meeting 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared difsolv'd' — > 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Monday the seventh day of 
September AD 1812, They approbated the persons here- 
after named to receive licence for Innholders & Retailers 
the ensuing Year (Viz)' — > 

[Ezra Farrar 
For Innholders j Charles Stratton 
I Samuel Bellows 

John George 
Jeremiah Fowle 
Seth Bemis 
Luke Bemis 
Joseph Peirce 
John Clark 
Francis Whitney 
Henry B. Jackson 

October 12 th 1812, Charles Whitney was sworn into the 
Office of Collector of Taxes 

October 17 th 1812, Moses Chenery was sworn into the 
Office of Collector of Taxes 

Before Nath 1 R. Whitney Town Clerk' — > 



For Retailers^ 



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[66] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the nineteenth day of 
October AD 1812, They ifsued the following Warrant for a 
Town-meeting (Viz)*— > 

Middlesex fs: To M r Jonathan Child one of the Constables 
of the Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify and warn the Inhabitants 
of the said Town of Watertown, duly qualified to vote for 
Representatives in the General Court of said Common- 
wealth, (Viz. "the male Inhabitants of said Town being 
twenty one Years of age, and resident in said Town for the 
space of one Year next preceding, having a freehold Estate 
within said Town of the annual Income of three Pounds, 
or any Estate to the value of sixty Pounds") to afsemble at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday the 
second day of November next, being the first Monday in 
said Month at two of the Clock in the Afternoon to give in 
their Votes for a Representative of the People of said 
Commonwealth in the Congrefs of the United States for 
the Norfolk-district Hereof fail not &c. 

Also,You are alike required to notify and warn all the Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the said Town of Water- 
town qualified by Law to vote in Town-affairs to meet at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday the 
second day of November next at four of the Clock in the 
Afternoon to act on the following Articles (Viz)*— > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will accept of a road which may be 
laid out by the Selectmen from or near the Watering-place, 
by Land of the late Hubbard Rufsell in a straight line 
acrofs Lands of Edmund Fowle, Jonas White Esq r Minis- 
terial Land, & Land of Marshall Spring Esq r to the great 
Road in front of the Cotton factory, as prayed for by Amos 

Bond Esq r & others, & act any thing thereon 

3 d To hear the request of Artemas Murdock & others relative 
to the rent of the fishery the Year past, & act any thing 
thereon 

4 th To know if the Town will give their Treasurer any instruc- 
tions respecting any debts which are due to the Town, & 
act any thing thereon 

5 th To know if the Town will choose a Committee to wait upon 
the Rev d Richard R. Eliot & request of him never to invite 
Mefs rs Homer & Holmes to officiate in Watertown Meeting 



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house again, agreeable to the request of Amos Bond Esq r & 
others, of the thirteenth of October Instant 

Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the times appointed 
for said Meetings 

Given under our Hands & seals at Watertown the nine- 
teenth day of October in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and twelve*— > 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

W T atertown 



NB. You are likewise to give notice that the Selectmen 
will be in sefsion at the Public Meeting house on Monday 
the second day of November next at one of the Clock PM. 
to receive evidence of the qualifications of persons whose 
Names are not entered on the list of Voters, to vote for a 
Representative as aforesaid*— > 



[67] 

Middlesex fs: Watertown November 2 d 1812, Pursuant to 
the within Warrant, I have notified and warned the male 
Inhabitants of said Town, qualified as therein exprefsed, to 
meet at the time and place, and for the purposes within 
mentioned, by posting notifications hereof at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town two Sundays preceding said 
Meeting 

Jonathan Child, Constable*—* 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote for Representatives in the General Court of this 
Commonwealth being duly warned regularly afsembled at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday the 
second day of November, being the first Monday in said 
Month AD 1812, to give in their Votes for a Representative 
of the People of said Commonwealth in the Congrefs of 
the United States of America for the Norfolk-district 

The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was revis'd & 
read, the Votes for a Representative were called for, 
brought in, sorted & counted, & were as follows 



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For Nathaniel Ruggles Esq r ninety three Votes 

Ebenezer Seaver Esq r eighty four Votes 

Thomas B. Adams Esq r two Votes 

Samuel Carman one Vote 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town, at seven of the Clock this 
Evening, for the sole purpose of completing & sealing the 
returns of Votes which were given in this day for a Repre- 
sentative of the People of said Commonwealth in the 
Congrefs of the United States of America for the Norfolk- 
district 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd<— > 

1812 \ 
Nov. 2 d J 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote in Town-afFairs being duly warned regularly afsem- 
bled at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Monday 
the second day of November AD 1812, for the purpose of 
transacting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant for 
said Meeting, proceeded as follows (Viz)< — > 

1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

It was motioned not to act any further under the Warrant 
for this Meeting, it having been stated that there had not 
been an attested Copy of the Warrant posted at the Meet- 
ing house agreeable to a former Vote of the Town 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to Thursday the 
twelfth day. of November Instant at four of the Clock PM. 

then to meet at this place And that the Selectmen be 

requested to search the Records this Evening, & satisfy 
themselves in respect to the Vote of the Town for warning 
Town-meetings, & if they find it necefsary, then forthwith 
to ifsue a Warrant for a Town-meeting to be held on the 
said twelfth day of November Instant and have the same 
articles inserted, that were inserted in the Warrant for 
this Meeting' — > 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by Law 
to vote for Representatives in the General Court of this 
Commonwealth regularly afsembled at the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town, on the Evening of the 
second of November AD 1812, by adjournment from the 
Public Meeting house this day 



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89 



The Selectmen & Town Clerk completed & sealed up the 
returns of Votes which were given in this day {page torn) 
a Representative of the People of said Commonwealth in 
the Congrefs of the United States of America for the 
Norfolk-district, in open Town-meeting 

The Selectmen ifsued the following Warrant for a Town 
meeting (Viz)< — > 



[68] 

Middlesex fs: To M r Jonathan Child one of the Constables 
of the Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn the 
Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown duly qualified 
to vote for Representatives in the General Court of said 

Commonwealth, (Viz) "the male Inhabitants of said 

Town being twenty one Years of age, and resident in said 
Town for the space of one Year next preceeding having a 
freehold Estate within said Town of the annual Income of 
three Pounds, or any Estate to the value of sixty Pounds") 
to afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said Town, on 
Thursday the twelfth day of November Instant at two of 
the Clock PM. to give in their written or printed Votes for 
five Electors of President and Vice President of the United 
States 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands & Seals at Watertown the second 
day of November in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and twelve' — > 

Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 

Middlesex fs: Watertown Nov r 12 th 1812, Pursuant to the 
within Warrant, I have notified and warned the male 
Inhabitants of said Town qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet at the time and place and for the purpose within 
mentioned 

Jonathan Child Constable' — » 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown*— j 



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Also,The Selectmen ifsued the following Warrant for a Town- 
meeting (Viz)< — > 

Middlesex fs: To M r Jonathan Child one of the Constables 
of the Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Water- 
town qualified by Law to vote in Town-affairs to meet at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town on Thursday the 
twelfth day of November Instant at three of the Clock in 
the Afternoon to act on the following Articles (Viz)< — * 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will accept of a road which is laid out 
by the Selectmen from or near the Watering place by Land 
of the late Hubbard Rufsell in a straight line acrofs Lands 
of Edmund Fowle, Jonas White Esq r Ministerial Land, & 
Land of Marshall Spring Esq r to the great road in front of 
the Cotton factory, as prayed for by Amos Bond Esq r & 

others, & act any thing thereon 

3 d To hear the request of Artemas Murdock & others relative 
to the rent of the fishery the Year past & act any thing 
thereon 

4 th To know if the Town will give their Treasurer any instruc- 
tions respecting any debts which are due to the Town, & 
act any thing thereon 

5 th To know if the Town will choose a Committee to wait 
upon the Rev d Richard R. Eliot & request of him never to 
invite Mefs rs Homer & Holmes to officiate in Watertown 
Meeting house again, agreeable to the request of Amos 
Bond Esq r & others of the thirteenth of October last*— > 



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Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said Meeting 

Given under our Hands & Seals at Watertown the second 
day of November in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and twelve*—* 

Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown* 



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9! 



Middlesex fs: Watertown Nov r 12 th 1812, Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have summoned and notified the In- 
habitants of said Town qualified as therein exprefsed to 
afsemble at the time and place and for the purposes within 
mentioned 

Jonathan Child Constables 

1812 \ 
Nov. 12/ 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other In- 
habitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote for Representatives to the General Court of this 
Commonwealth, being duly warned, regularly afsembled at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town, on Thursday the 
twelfth day of November AD 1812, to give in their written 
or printed Votes for five Electors of President, and Vice 
President of the United States The Selectmen pre- 
siding the list of Voters was revis'd & read, the Votes for 
five Electors of President and Vice President; (comprising 
the Counties of Suffolk, Efsex and Middlesex) were called 
for, brought in sorted & counted, & were as follows (Viz)<— » 

For Hon. Harrison Gray Otis, of Boston ninety Votes 

Hon, Nathan Dane of Beverly ninety Votes 

Hon. Jeremiah Nelson of Newbury-port ninety Votes — 
Abraham Biglow Esq r of Cambridge ninety 

Votes 

John Walker Esq r of Burlington, ninety Votes — 

Hon. William Gray of Boston seventy eight Votes 

Hon. Samuel Brown of Boston seventy eight Votes 

Moses Townsend Esq r of Salem seventy eight 

Votes 

William Pearce Esq r of Gloucester seventy eight 

Votes 

Samuel Hoar Esq r of Lincoln seventy eight 

Votes 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting 

It was voted to adjourn this Meeting to the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town, at six of the Clock this 
Evening, for the sole purpose of completing & sealing the 
returns of Votes which were given in this day for Electors 

of President and Vice President of the United States 

And the Meeting was accordingly declared adjourn'd^— ^ 

At a Public Town-meeting of the Freeholders & other In- 
habitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote in Town-affairs being duly warned regularly afsembled 
at the Public Meeting house in said Town on Thursday the 
twelfth day of November AD 1812, for the purpose of 



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transacting the businefs as set forth in the Warrant for 
said Meeting proceeded as follows (Viz) 1 — , 

1 st Voted & chose Jonathan Stone Moderator 

2 d The following report of the Selectmen was read, and is as 
follows (Viz)' — > 



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To the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town 
Watertown in public Town-meeting afsembled, on Monday 
the 2 d day of November AD 1812 

W 7 hereas Amos Bond Esq r & others Freeholders & In- 
habitants of the Town of Watertown by their petition to 
the Selectmen of said Town dated September 22 d 1812, 
have stated that a road is necefsary to laid out from, or 
near the Watering place by M r Hubbard Rufsell's land in 
a straight line acrofs lands of Edmund Fowle, Jonas White, 
Ministerial Land, & Land of Marshall Spring to the great 
road in front of the Cotton factory, that it will be of con- 
venience for the communication with the Northerly parts 
of the Town, & shorten the distance, and as House lots are 
now offered for sale by the Corporation of the Ministerial 
fund or Land, and as many persons wish to purchase and 
build, but delay until they see a road laid out in the direc- 
tion as above, & therefore request that we will lay out a 

road as aforesaid We the Subscribers Selectmen of 

said Town of Watertown, judging that it will be of public 
necefsity.& convenience to lay out said road, do hereby 
lay out said road as follows, Beginning at the Southeast- 
wardly corner of the Garden wall of the Heirs of Hubbard 
Rufsell deceas'd on the road leading to W. Cambridge & 
adjoining the Watering place (so called) thence running 
South dlj ' a straight line acrofs the Town's land, through 
Land of E. Fowle, Jonas White Esq r , Ministerial Land, & 
Land of Marshall Spring Esq r to the Eastwardly corner of 
the House belonging to s d Spring now occupied by J. Fuller 
to the great County road in front of the Cotton factory, 
the whole road throughout to be fifty feet in width, and on 
the Eastwardly side of said line 5 — > 

All which is submitted Thomas Clark 

Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Nath 1 Bemis 

Watertown November 2 d 1812 Joseph Bright 



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It was voted to postpone the consideration of the Article 
in respect to the acceptance of the road laid out by the 
Selectmen, until next March Meeting 

3 d The Petition of Artemas Murdock relative to an abate- 
ment of the rent of the fishery the Year past was read 

And it was voted to postpone the consideration of the 
Article until next March Meeting 

4 th It was put to vote whether the Selectmen (Jonas White 
Esq r excepted shall be authorized & empowered to refer the 
demand of the Town, on Jonas White Esq r for the rent of 
the Fishery in 1811, to the determination of such judicious 
disinterested persons as do not belong to this Town, as 
shall be mutually agreed on by the Selectmen & Jonas 

White Esq r And it pafsed in the Negative 

It was voted that the Treasurer be directed to call on Jonas 
White Esq r & his Afsociates, & collect the rent which is 

due from him to the Town for the fishery in 1811 

It was voted that the Treasurer be directed to postpone 
collecting Artemas Murdock, & Enoch Wiswall's Note for 
the rent of the fishery the Year past until after next March 
Meeting 

5 th Article It was voted to dismifs 

It was voted to difsolve this Meeting And the Meeting 

was accordingly declared difsolv'd' — > 

At a Public Town meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to vote for Representatives in the General Court of this 
Commonwealth regularly afsembled at the House of Ezra 
Farrar Innholder in said Town on the Evening of the 
twelfth day of November AD 1812, by adjournment from 
the Public Meeting house this day, for the purpose of 
completing & sealing the returns for Electors of President 

& Vice President of the United States The Selectmen 

& Town Clerk completed & sealed up the returns of Votes 
for Electors of President & Vice President of the United 
States in open Town-meeting' — > 



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At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown, on Wednesday the thirtieth day 
of December AD 1812, They signed an Order on the 



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Treasurer, directing him to pay the persons hereafter 
named the sums annex'd their several Names (Viz)< 



Doll s C ts 

To Caleb Lincoln in full of his Account for re-) 

pairing the great, & Creek-bridges j 30„ 50 

To Charles Whitney in full for Labor &c. at the! 
Creek-bridge J 36„ 78 

To John Stimpson Jun r in full for going to see] 
Charles Stearns in Brookline, respecting his J- 
Horse that was hurt,by falling through the Bridge J \ it 50 

To David Baker in full for a Journey to Chelsea,) 

to summon Williams, as a Witnefs in the fishery/ 2„ 50 

To Joseph Rufsell in full for repairing the Middle) 
School-house, & for taking Timber out o\ thej- 
River J 3„ 45 

To Nath 1 Woodward in full for digging the Grave,) 
tolling the Bell, & attending the funeral of the[ 
Widow Susanna Learned J 3„ 50 

To Jonathan Stone in full for his Service as an) 
Afsefsor, for making Taxes, & taking speciaH 
Valuation in 1811 J 54„ — 

To ditto in full for finding stuff & railing a Bridge) 

near Peter Clark's J 5„ 50 

To Wiswall, Fuller & C° in full for Cloth &c. de-) 

livered Phebe Tillock's Children J 6„ 33 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the eleventh day of 
January AD 1813, They appointed the following persons 
Engine-men for the ensuing Year (Viz)<— » 



Elisha W. Dana 
Francis Whitney 
Clinton Thayer 
Gilbert Nichols 
Leonard Harris 
Josiah White 
John Stimpson Jun r 
Jonathan Robbins 
Nath 1 R. W 7 hitney Jun 1 
Elijah Norcrofs 
John Leathe 



Aaron Clap 
Richard Sanger 
James Robbins 
Nath 1 Weld Jun r 
Joseph Rufsell Jun r 
George Craft 
Joseph Cole 
Caleb Dana 
Jon a P. Jordan 
Nathan Barnard 
William Bright 



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At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the first day of 
March AD 1813, They ifsued the following Warrant for a 
Town-meeting (Viz)*— » 

Middlesex fs: To Jonathan Child one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown Greeting* — > 

You are hereby required in the Name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote in Town-affairs, to 
meet and afsemble at the Public Meeting house in said 
Town on Monday the fifteenth day of March Instant at 
ten of the Clock in the Forenoon to act on the following 
Articles (Viz)' — t 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To choose all Town Officers required to be chosen in the 
Months of March and April annually 



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3 d To choose a Sexton, and agree how he shall be paid for his 
services 

4 th To determine whether Swine, or Neat Cattle shall run at 
large the ensuing Year, & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing Year, and 
grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing thereon 

6 th To grant Money to support the poor, & act any thing 
thereon 

7 th To grant Money to repair the Highways, & act any thing 
thereon 

8 th To hear the Accounts of those persons the Town is indebted 
to, & grant Money to pay the same, & act any thing 
thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any Committee's, & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To choose Agents to lease the fishery the ensuing Year, 

& act any thing thereon 

11 th To know if the Town will take any different measures to 

support the poor, the ensuing Year, & act any thing 

thereon 

12 th To know if the Town will choose Agents to appear before 
any Court to afsist their Treasurer in carrying on the suit 
which is now, or may be commenced for rent of the fishery, 
& act any thing thereon 



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13 th To know if the Town will take into consideration the several 
articles which were postponed on the twelfth of last Novem- 
ber, to next March Meeting, & act any thing thereon 

Also,You are alike required to notify and warn all the Free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown, 
qualified by Law to vote for Representatives to meet at 
the Public Meeting house in said Town on Monday the 
fifteenth day of March Instant at two of the Clock in the 
Afternoon to give in their Votes for a County Treasurer 

Also, You are likewise required to notify the Town Creditors to 
bring in their Accounts to the Selectmen at the House of 
Ezra Farrar Innholder in said Town on Monday the eighth 
day of March Instant, at five of the Clock PM. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the times appointed 

for said Meetings Given under our Hands and Seals at 

Watertown the first day of March, in the Year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and thirteen* — % 



Middlesex fs: Watertown March 15 th 1813 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants to meet at the time and place 
& for the purposes within mentioned by posting attested 
copies of this warrant at the Public Meeting house in said 
town of Watertown two Sundies prior to Said Meeting 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Ezra Farrar 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the eighth day of 
March AD 1813, They signed an Order on the Treasurer 
directing him to pay the several persons hereafter named, 
the sums annex'd their several Names (Viz)' — » 



Nath 1 Bemis 
Joseph Bright 



Thomas Clark 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 




Jonathan Child Constable*— » 




To ditto in full for warning Town-meetings 
verbally 




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To Henry Craft in full for Stones for the Creek-) 

Bridge &c 1 19„ — 

To David Fuller in full for a Plough for the) 

Town's use J 10„ — 

To Thaddeus Cole in full for repairing Windows) 

in the Meeting house, & School-houses J 1 ,, 48 

To Joshua Coolidge in full for carting Gravel on) 

the Great-road J 13„ 25 

To Abraham Sanger in full for boarding his) 
Mother (Widow Abigail Sanger) from 27 th lastf 
October, to 2 d March Instant 18 Weeks @ $l„75j 31„ 50 

To ditto in full for his Labor in hoisting & hang-) 

ing the Bell J 1„ 25 

To W 7 iswall, Fuller & C° in full for articles of) 
Clothing supplied the poor J 19,, 81 

To Joseph Peirce in full for Clothing supplied) 
Thomas Wellington Jun r / 18„ 99 

To Jonas W 7 hite & Son in full of Joshua Longley's 
Acc 1 for boarding Sarah White one Year, for John 
Cole & Josiah Mason Jun r & Son's Acc 1 for Plank 
& Timber to repair the Bridge J 152,, 85 

To Jonas White the balance of his Acc fc (after de-) 

ducting Cash he rec d from Higgins for board &c. 

of Phebe Tillock's Children) J 42„ 6 

To Walter Hunnewell in full for Medicines &) 
attendance on the poor, from March 1811, to[ 
this date J 30„ 38 

To Isaac Dana in full for rinding Materials, &) 
afsisting in hanging the Bell J 16„ 60 

To Francis Whitney in full for supplies del d ) 
Workmen at the Bridge J 4„ 99 

To Artemas Murdock in full of his Premium for) 
collecting Taxes in 1810 / 120„ 32 

To Ezra Farrar in full for expence in hanging the) 
Bell, leasing the fishery, & for Committee's ex-}- 
pence on Ministerial Land &c. J 24„ 70 

To ditto in full for Selectmen's expences last) 

Year / 34„ 7 

To E. Morse & G. W. Coffin in full for use of a) 
Scow in repairing the Bridge J 



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To Nath 1 Bemis Jun r in full for Medicines & 
attendance on Samuel Avery, Eliza Brown (a 
Mullatto) & her Child 



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1813 \ 
March 15/ 

At a Public Town meeting of the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law 
to Vote in Town Affairs being duely warned assembled at 
the Meeting house in said Town on Monday the 15 th day 
of March AD 1813 for the purpose of transacting the 
businefs as set forth in the Warrant for said Meeting 
proceeded as follows 

Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

Voted & Chose Gilbert Nichols* Town Clerk 

Gilbert Nichols was Sworn into the Office of Town Clerk 

by Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

Voted & Chose Abijah White Town Treasurer 

It was Voted to have the Votes for Selectmen five in Number 

brought in on one Ticket 



Voted & Chose for Selectmen 



Thomas Clark Esq 1 
Jonas White 
Josep Bright 
Daniel Bond 
Enoch Wiswall 



[Thomas Clark Esq r 
Voted & Chose for Afsefsors j Abijah White 

[Gilbert Nichols 

Voted to adjourn this Meeting 

Voted to adjourn this Meeting untill three of the Clock 
this afternoon then to meet at this place & the meeting 
was accordingly adjourn , d«— » Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



In the afternoon the Meeting was open'd at the Public 
Meeting house for the purpose of giveing in their Votes for 
County Treasurer*— > 



^Editorial Note: — Many words were misspelled in original text by Gilbert 
Nichols, Town Clerk. Script has been followed exactly, 
in transcribing record. 



Watertown Records. 99 

Voted to postpone giveing in their Votes for County 
Treasurer to the adjournment of this Meeting*— ^Gilbert 
Nichols Town Clerk 

Then the Town meeting was opened by the adjournment 
in the forenoon and proceeded as follows 

[Jonathan Childs 
Voted & Chose as j Ebenezar Chenery excused See Page 81 
Constables (J eduthan Fuller excused by his request 

Voted to chose* the remaining Town Officers by Hand 
Votes 

{Joseph Peirce 
Peter Clark 
William Leathe 

Then the following Town Officers were sworn into Office 
(Viz) which were chosen this day (Viz) Thomas Clark 
Joseph Bright & Daniel Bond, before Nathaniel R. Whitney 
Esq r 

Voted & Chose for Tythingmen {p a a u t 1 h LeamYrT dard 



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Adam Brown 
Joshua Coolidge 

Daniel Bond excused by his request 
Amos Bond excused by his request 
Zacheus Pond excused by his request 
Charles Whitney excused by his request 
Francies Bright 
Jonathan Stone 
David Livermore 

William Horn 

Thomas Richardson 

William Leathe excused by his request 

Clinton Thayer 

Moses Coolidge 

Charles Stone 

Nathaniel Harrington 

Richard Sanger 



Voted & Chose as 
Surveyors of 
Highways' — » 



Voted & Chose as 
Field Drivers 



* Editorial Note: — origi, 



nal script has been followed. 



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Voted & Chose as Hogreaves 



Josiah Coolidge 
Joshua Coolidge Jim" 
Jonathan Stone Jun r 
Jonathan Wyeth 
Justin Dyer 
Sam 1 Pond 
George Coolidge 



{Edward Lowd 
John Clark 
Nathaniel R. Whitney Jun 1 

Voted & Chose Cullers (Edward Lowd 
of Hoops & Staves \ Isaac Dana 



Voted & Chose Surveyors 
of Board & Timber 



Voted & Chose Fi rewards 



Isaac Dana 

Joseph Peirce excused by his 
request 

Edward Lowd 
Jonathan Childs 

Nathaniel Bemis Esq r 
John Fowle 
Amos Bond Esq r 
Nathaniel Weld 
Luke Bemis 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
Joseph Peirce 

Voted & Chose John Rufsell pound Keeper the Ensuing 
Year 

Nathaniel Weld excused by his request 
Nath 1 R. Whitney excused by his 

request 

Levi Thaxter excused by his request 
Asaac* Dana 

Josiah Learnard excused by his request 
Edward Lowd 
Josiah Coolidge 



Voted & Chose for 
Fishwardens 



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3 d Voted that the Selectmen be empower'd to appoint a Sexton 
for the ensueing Year & agree with him for his Services 

4 th Voted that the Swine shall not go at large the ensueing 
Year 



^Editorial Note: — original script has been followed. 



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101 



Voted that the neats Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensueing Year 

5 th Voted that Nine hundred Dollars shou'd be granted the 
ensueing Year for the support of the Schools 
Voted that the money granted for the support of the 
Schools the ensueing Year be equaly divided between the 
three districts as it was the Last Year 
Voted to postpone the 6 th Article respecting raising Money 
to support the Poor to the adjournment of this Meeting in 
April 

7 th Voted to grant fifty Cents on a Single Pole & other estate 
in propotion & the same price for Labour as Last Year, 
for the Highway* — » 

10 th Voted & Chose as Agents to Lease /Jeduthan Fuller 
the Fishery the Ensueing Year \Amos Bond Esq r 

11 th Article Voted to be dismis'd 

12 th Voted to Chose agents to appear before any Court to afsist 
their Treasurer in carrying on the suit which is now or may 
be commenced for rent of the fishery*— > 



Voted & Chose to prosecute as aforesaid 

Tyler Bigelow (excused by his request 
Edmund Fowle 

Edward Lowd (excused by his request 
Nath 1 Bemis (excused by his request 
• Adam Brown (excused by his request 
Elikim Morse (excused by his request 
Josiah Child (excused by his request 
Thaddeus Cole (excused by his request 
Nath 1 R. Whitney (excused by his request 



Voted to postpone the further consideration of the above 
Article untill the 1 st Monday of April next 

Voted to accept the report of the Selectmen Dated Novem- 
ber 2 d 1812 recorded in Page 70 relaiting to a Road laid out 
from the Watering place (so Called) through the Land of 
Edmund Fowle Jonas White Ministerial Land (so called) 
& the Land of Marshall Spring to the Corner of the house 
now improved by Jeduthan Fuller*— * 

Voted to Chose a Committee to enquire what the probable 
expence of the above mentioned Road would be & to 
afsertain what the Owners of the Land would dispose of 
the Land for* — > 



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{Enoch Wiswall 
Moses Coolidge 
Nath 1 Bemis 

Voted to postpone the request of Artimas Murdock & 
others untill April meeting next 

Voted to adjourn this meeting. Voted to adjourn this 
meeting untill 7 of the Clock to the House of Ezra Farrer* 
Inholder and the Meeting was accordingly adjourned 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk*— » 
[77] 

Agreeable to adjournment the inhabitants assembled at the 
House of Ezra Farrer. The Meeting was accordingly- 
opened 

Voted to farm out the Collection of Taxes the ensueing 
Year to the Lowest Bider under the same restrictions that 
they were the Last Year 

The West district of State & County Town & Minister 
Taxes were put up & Struck off to Edmund Fowle for three 
Cents & three fourths of a Cent $ Dollar 
The East district of State & County Town & Minister 
Taxes were put up & Struck of to Moses Chenery for 
Two & half Cents ^ Dollar 

Voted to Chose Edmund Fowle & Moses Chenery Col- 
lectors for the ensueing Year 

The Hay Scales were put up & struck of to Thadeus Cole 
for the term of One Year from the l 9t day of April next for 
Thirty nine Dollas*— 4 

The Wharf in Cambridge belonging to the Town of Water- 
town was put up & Struck off to Isaac Dana for Two 
Dollars and five Cents for the Year ensueing* — > 

Voted to adjourn the Meeting. 

Voted to adjourn the Meeting intill the first Monday of 
April next then to meet at the Public Meeting house at 
four of the Clock in the afternoon. And the Meeting was 
accordingly adjourn'd' — > 

Then the following Town Officers were sworn into Office 
respectively as they were Chosen this day (Viz) 

Jonathan Child Constable. Joseph Peirce Peter Clark 
William Leathe, fence Viewers, Jonathan Stone Surveyor 
of Highways, W m Horn Clinton Thayer Tho 3 Richardson 



^Editorial Note: — probably meant for Ezra Farrar. 



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103 



Field Drivers. Jonathan Wyeth Justin Dyer Sam 1 Pond 
Hogreaves. Edward Lowd Clerk of the Markett. 

Edward Lowd Isaac Dana Cullers of Hoops & Staves 

Isaac Dana Edward Lowd Jonathan Child Surveyors of 
boards Plank & Timber. Richard Sanger Field driver 

Sworn before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

8 th Article, Voted to grant Nath 1 R. Whitney in full] $ c 
for his Service as Treasurer &} 
Afsefsor the Last Year j 88.50 

Voted to grant Isaac Dana, in full for Wedgeing) 

the Stock of the Bell j 2.00 

Voted to grant William Horn, in full for Warn-1 

ing Town Meetings the Last Year / 6.00 

Note, the record of the Above Article was omitted in 

course, the Last Meeting March 15 th 1813 although 

acted upon as above in its proper place 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk' — » 



[78] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 
Innholder of Watertown on Monday 25 th of March AD 
183* 

They ifsued the following Warrants (Viz)*— 4 

Middlesex fs To Jonathan Child one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn all the male 
Inhabitants of the said Town of Watertown of twenty one 
Years of age & upwards, haveing a freehold Estate within 
the Commonwealth of the anual Income of the** pounds or 
any Estate to the amount of Sixty pounds to meet at the 
public meeting house of said town on Monday the 5 th day 
of April next at One of the Clock in the afternoon to give 
in their Votes for Govenor, Lieutenant Govenor Senators 
and Counfsellors, agreeably to the constitution of said 
Commonwealth 



* Editorial Note: — probably meant for the year 1813. 
Editorial Note: — the; probably meant '"three." 



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Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 

for said meeting Given under our hands & Seals at 

Watertown this 25 th day of March in the Year of our Lord 
One Thousand Eight Hundred & Thirteen' — » 

Thomas Clark ] Selectmen 
Daniel Bond [ for 
Enoch Wiswall J Watertown 

Middlesex fs Watertown April 5 th AD 1813. — Pursuant to 
the above warrant I have notified & warned the male 
inhabitants of said town qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet at the time & place & for the purposes within men- 
tioned, by posting attested copies of this warrant at the 
public Meetinghouse in said town two Sundays prior to 
said meeting 

Jonathan Child Constable*— » 
Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs To Jonathan Child one of the Constables 
for the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify & warn all the free 
hold and other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
qualified by Law to Vote in town affairs to assemble at the 
Public meeting house in said town on Monday the 5 th day 
of April next at three of the Clock in the afternoon to act 
on the following Articles 

l at to Choose a Moderator 

2 d to know if the town will approve & allow of the doings of the 
Selectmen in laying out a Highway from the great Road in 
front of the Cotton Factory a straight course through the 
Land of Doc r Marshall Spring, Ministerial Land & Land of 
Jonas White Land of Edmund Fowle & town Land to the 
Corner of Hubbard Rufsell's Garden on the Road leading 
from Meeting house hill (so Called) to West Cambridge, 
or Act any thing thereon 



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3 d To know if the town will give the Selectmen any instruction 
relating to Pews belonging to the Town or act any thing 
thereon 



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Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen, before the time appointed 
for said meeting 

Given under our hands & Seals at Watertown this twenty 
fifth day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand 
eight Hundred and Thirteen' — , 

Thomas Clark ] Selectmen 
Daniel Bond \ for 
Enoch Wiswall j Watertown 

Middlesex fs Watertown April 5 th 1813 Pursuant to the 
within warrant I have warned the inhabitants of said town 
qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the time & place & 
for the purposes within mentioned by posting attested 
Copies of this warrant at the public meeting house in said 
town two Sundays prior to said meeting 

Jonathan Child Constable' — > 
Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



The agents of the town of Watertown chosen for the 
purpose of Leaseing the Fishery in Watertown W T eston & 
Waltham agreeable to an act, pafs'd March 2 d 1798 em- 
powering the Towns of Watertown Weston & Waltham to 
lease the Fishery called Shad & Alewives within the Limits 
of said Watertown met at the house of Ezra Farrer Inholder 
in said town on Monday twenty ninth day of March AD 
1813 at two of the Clock in the afternoon 

The agents of Weston & Waltham not being present, the 
Agents Watertown proceeded as follows' — > 

l Bt Chose Gilbert Nichols Clerk for said agents 

2 d agreed to adjourn the meeting to six of the Clock then to 

meet at this place And the meeting was accordingly 

adjourn'd'— > 

The Agents aforesaid, met at the time and place afore- 
mentioned bv adjournment, and proceeded as follows 
(Viz)v-, 

They agreed to Lease all the privilege & the right of taking 
the fish called Shad &: Alewives in Charles River within the 
limits of Watertown the ensueing Year on the following 
conditions (Viz) 

The privilege of taking the fish Called Shad & Alewives 
within the limits beforedescribed three days each Week & 



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no more, to the highest bidder, he or they giveing Security 

for the payment to the acceptance of Said Agents Five 

^ Cent to be paid down as earnest Money and the residue 
to be paid on the first day of September next, And the 
purchaser to have the privilege of improving the Seines 
that the Town now have & of having a new One if in 
Judgement of the Agents it may be nefsefsary 



[80] 

The person or persons who hire the Fishery shall be ac- 
countable to the Agents for the Use of the Seine if they are 
used for the Fishery in Newton, in proportion to the Rent 
of the Fishery in Watertown & Newton the present Year — 
And, was struck off to Elijah Norcrofs for three Hundrd & 
twenty Dollars Rec'd Sixteen Dollars of Elijah Nor- 
crofs & Others as earnest money, & a Note payable on or 
before the first day of September next for Three hundred & 
four Dollars Interest after due. 

April 5 th AD 1813 Jonas White sworn into office as Select- 
man before Tho 3 Clark Justice of peace 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

At a public town meeting of the freeholders & other in- 
habitants of the town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution of this Commonwealth to Vote for Govenor 
Lieutenant Govenor & Senators & Counsellors, being duely 
warned & Regularity asembled at the public Meeting-house 
of said town on monday the 5 th day of April AD 1813 the 
Selectmen presideing the List of voters was revised and read 
the Votes for Govenor Lieutenant Govenor, Counsellors & 
Senators were called for & brought in sorted & counted & 
it appeared that the following persons had the number of 
votes that are hereunder anex'd to their names (Viz)<« — > 

For Govenor 

His Excellency Caleb Strong had one hundred & six 
Hon. Joseph B. Varnum had one hundred & thirty eight 

For Lieutenant Govenor 

Hon. William Phillips had one hundred & six 

Hon. William King had one hundred & thirty eight 

For Senators & Counsellors 

Josiah Bartlet Esq r had one hundred & four 

Asahel Stearnes Esq r had one hundred & six 



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Loamma Baldwin Esq r had one hundred & six 

Samuel P. P. Fay had one 

Samuel Hoar Esq r had one hundred & thirty seven 

Rev d Edmund Foster had one hundred thirty seven 

Timothy Fuller Esq r had one hundred thirty six — 

Voted to adjourn this Meeting. Voted to adjourn this 
meeting to the house of Ezra Farrer's there to meet at six 
of the Clock this evening for the purpose of completeing & 
Sealing the returns of Govenor Lieutenant Govenor & 
Senators & Counsellors. & the meeting was accordingly 
declared adjourned*— > 

Then the meeting was opened by adjournment from the 
15 th day of March last, by adjournment for the purpose of 
giving in their votes for County Treasurer which were 
called for sorted & Counted which were as follows (Viz) 

Benjamin Prescott Jun r had ninety two \ for County 
Abiel Haywood Esq r had Seventy six*— > J Treasurer*— > 



At a public town Meeting of the freeholders & other in- 
habitants of the town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote in town affairs assembled at the public meeting house 
in said town by adjournment from the 15 day of March 
last AD 1813 & proceeded as follows (Viz)*— > 



[81] 

Voted to postpone the 6 th article under March Meeting 
warrant 

Voted to excuse Ebenezar Chenery from serveing as 
Constable 

Voted & Chose Edward Lowd for a Constable the ensueing 

Year in Lieu of Eben r Chenery 

Sworn into the Office of Constable Edward Lowd before 
Gilbert Nichols T. Clerk 

Voted & Chose Nath 1 R. Whitney & Thadeus Cole with 
Edmund Fowle (who was chosen the 15 th day March Last 
at the public Town meeting) as agents for the town, for 
the purpose of appearing before any Court to assist their 
Treasurer in carrying on the suit which is now or may be 

commenced for rent of the Fishery 1811 

Voted to dismifs the 13 th Article so far as respects the 

petition of Artimas Murdock & others 

Voted to ajourn this meeting to May Town meeting next 



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then to Meet at 4 of the Clock, and the meeting was 
accordingly declared adjourned 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a public meeting of the freeholders, & other inhabitants 
of the town of Watertown, qualified to vote in town affairs 
regularly assembled at the public meeting house in said 

town on monday the 5 th day of April AD 1813 And 

proceeded as follows (Viz)< — > 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator of said 
meeting 

Minist 1 ) 
Fund / 

The Corporation of the Ministerial Funds made the follow- 
ing Report (Viz) 

To the Inhabitants of the town of Watertown, in Town 

meeting afsembled, Monday 5 th AD 1813 

The Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial Fund, repre- 
sent to the town that in pursiance of their duty since the 
Incorporation of said fund, they have caused a survey of 
the Ministerial Lands to be taken, & a plan of the same, 
describing the contemplated Streets here after to be 
opened, & divideing it into squares, in a manner, which 
they consider to be the most convenient & advantageous 
for the erection of Houses & other buildings. 

That in pursuance of the authority given them in & by the 
Act of Incorporation, they have laid out & established a 
Street forty feet in width, in a direction leading from the 
main Street in front of the Cotton Factory to the road 
leading from the meeting house, over meetinghouse hill, 
near the corner of Hubbard Rufsell's Garden, as far as the 
Ministerial lands extend. 

That they have laid out & established an other Street fifty 
feet leading from the Great Road a little East of the Brick 
Schoolhouse to the forty feet Street aformentioned, both of 
said Streets to be opened and made at the expence of the 
town. 

That they leased the whole of the lands the last season for 
the sum of $215.00. That they contracted for the sale of 
four lots {page torn) which, together measure about 340 feet 
square at the sum of $1325 {page torn) 



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And have leased the remainder of the Lands for the ensue- 
ing season for the sum of $176,,00 reserveing the right of 
disposeing of any part of the same & of opening Roads, 
Deducting from the rent the ammount of injury that may 
be sustained by such Sales, & Roads if any happen 

A statement of the Funds of the Corporation is here with 
exhibited By which it appears that there is a ballance of 
Incum to the l 3 of April Instant, 3226.71 i — which when 
collected will remain to be applyed towards the support of 
the Minister of the Town, in such way & manner, as the 
town may direct. 

The trustees further, beg leave to represent that it will be 
nefsessary for the convenience of those persons who have 
purchased; that the Streets aforsaid, shou'd be opened & 
made in the course of the present season, and they are 
enduced to believe, that if good & convenient roads, shou'd 
be made, it will be an enducement for others to purchase, 
and they doubt not, that by a Juditious & proper attention 
to the businefs, a sufficient number of Lots may be sold, to 
produce an Incum, equal to the Salary of the Minister, in 
the course of a very few Years.*— » 

By order of the Trustees 

Levi Thaxter Clerk 

State of Ministerial Funds 

The Trustees of Watertown Ministerial Funds Charge 
themselves 



For Isaac Pattens 2 Notes $180.00 

Ins 1 from l 9 Oc 1 1811 to I s April 1813 $16.20 
For Ezra Farrers Note 37.50 

Ins* from l 9 April 1812 to l 9 April 

1813 2.25 

For Wiswall Fuller & C° Note 8.00 

Ins 4 of d° to l 9 April 1813 0.67 

For Rent* of Land Leased to M r Eliot 

to I s April 1813 20.00 

For Rent* of Land Leased Wiswall 

Fuller & C° 12.00 

For Rent* of Land Leased to Mark Vose 186.19 237.31 



$462.81 



*Editorial Note: Script illegible; possibly Ins 1 , Rec 1 , Rent. 



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From which is to be deducted*— > 

Amount of Principal of said Notes to be reserved 1 

as part of Capital of said Fund / 225.50 

Expence for Books for Records 5.50 

Expence of corporation Seal 5.00 

Ballance of Incum to be paid toward support ofi 

the Minister of the Town, when collected J 226.81 



$462.81 

Watertown April l 8 1813* — » 

Attest Levi Thaxter Treasurer of Said Corporation 

Voted to appropriate the Ballance of Incum in the Above 
Report, to the support of the Minister of said Town Viz 
$226.81 



[83] 

Voted to accept the following report of the Selectmen (Viz) 

On the Petition of Jonathan Child & Others, praying the 
Selectmen of said Town, to lay out a Road from the great 
Road, in front of the Cotton Factory over Lands of Marshal 
Spring Esq/ Ministerial Lands, Lands of Jonas White Esq r & 
Lands of Edmund Fowle to the Road leading from the 
meeting house over meetinghouse hill to West Cambridge 

The Selectmen report that haveing given notice to the 
parties interested in said Lands, & haveing meet them & 
heard their Objection & after viewing the propsed Road, 
do determine that it is of common convenience to the 
inhabitants & General nessessity that said Road shou'd 
be laid out. 

And we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Watertown do 
hereby lay out said Road as follows (Viz) Begining at the 
great Road Thirteen feet or thereabouts Southardly corner 
of a house owned by Marshall Spring Esq r now improved 
by Jeduthan Fuller from thence over Lands belonging to 
said Spring in a Straight line to a stake on Ministerial 
Lands being the Westardly bounds of a Street Laid out by 
the corporation of Ministerial Lands or funds in said Town, 
from thence in a straight line over Ministerial lands to 
Lands of Jonas White Esq r & over lands of said White & 
Edmund Fowle in a straight line to the Southardly corner 
of the late Hubbard Rufsells Garden said Road to be on 



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the Southardly side of said bounds, & forty feet wide 
through the whole course all which is humbly submitted*— » 

Thomas Clark 
Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 
Enoch Wiswall 



Selectmen of 
said Watertown 



Voted to choose a Committee of three, to receive Sub- 
scriptions, & to assertain as near as may be the expence of 
said road (above mentioned) also to what the Land can be 
bought for, & report at the adjournment of March Meeting 

{Levi Thaxter Esq r 
Jeduthan Fuller 
Charles Whitney 

Voted & directed the Selectmen to Lease the Pews belong- 
ing to the town 

Voted to dissolve the meeting & was accordingly dissolved 
Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[84] 

At a public town meeting of the freeholders & other in- 
habitants qualified by Law, to vote for Govenor Lieutenant 
Govenor & Senators & Counsellors regularly assembled at 
the house of Ezra Farrers on the evening of the 5 th of April 
1813. by adjournment from the public meeting house this 
day 

The Selectmen completed & sealed up the returns of 
Govenor Lieutenant Govenor Counsellors & Senators, in 
open Town meeting. Abijah White was sworn in the office 
of Treasurer of said Town Edward Lowd was sworn into 

Office of Constable the ensuing Year. before Gilbert 

Nichols Town Clerk 

Abijah White & Gilbert Nichols sworn into office of 
Afsefsors before Thomas Clark Justice of the peace 

Thomas Clark Esq r sworn into Office of Afsefsor before 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk David Livermore sworn 

into office of Surveyor of Highways April 12 1813 Before 
Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

April 14 th 1813 Adam Brown sworn into Office of Surveyor 
of Highways before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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May 29 th 1813 Joshua Coolidge was sworn & Surveyor of 
Highways Francies Bright sworn as surveyor of highways 
before G. Nichols Town Clerk 

Moses Chenery was sworn as Collector of the East list of 
Taxes August 23 d & Record'd by Gilbert Nichols Town 
Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen, on Monday 12 th April AD 
1813 at the house of Ezra Farrer for the purpose of Leaseing 
the Pews belonging to the town 

They agreed to lease said Pews for One Year from the 12 th 
of April AD 1813; unlefs said Pews shou'd be sold, & if so 
who ever shou'd hire must relinquish the same by paying 
in proportion to the time they improve them; the rent to be 
paid as follows (Viz) Twenty <p cent to be paid within 
twenty day, the remainder to be paid at the expiration of 
the Year 

The Godard Pew (so called) was set up, & struck off to 

Ira Draper for twelve Dollars and twenty Cents 

The East long Pew was set up, & struck off to Clinton 
Thayer for Eight Dollars 

The west Long Pew was set up & struck off to George 
Craft for Six Dollars & Seventy five Cents 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 
Inholder of Watertown on Thursday 29 th of April AD 1813 
They isued the following Warrant (Viz) 

Middlesex fs. To Jonathan Child one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 

of 



[85] 

Of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify and warn all the 
male Inhabitants of said town being twenty one years of 
age & resident in said Town for the space of one year next 
proceeding having a free hold estate within said town of the 
anual income of three pounds or any estate to the value of 
sixty pounds, to meet at the public meeting house of said 
town on monday the tenth day of May next, at two of 
the clock in the afternoon for the purpose of chooseing one 
or more Representatives to represent them at the general 



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113 



Court appointed to be convened & held at Boston on the 
last Wednesday of May next. Hereoff fail not &C 

Also You are alike required to summon & notify the free holders 
& other Inhabitants of said Town qualified by Law to 
Vote in Town affairs, to assemble at the public meeting 
house of said Town on monday the tenth day of May next, 
at four of the Clock in the afternoon to act on the following 
Articles (Viz)< — > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting. 

2 d To know if the town will make any Repairs to the East 

School house & alter the Water course under the same or 

act any thing thereon 
3 d To hear the request of Edmund Fowle, relative to the road 

laid out through his land by the Selectmen, and accepted 

by the Town at their meeting April 5 th 1813, or act any 

thing thereon 

4 th To hear the Report of any committee or act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant, with your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen, before the time appointed 
for said meeting 

Given under our hands & Seals at Watertown this twenty 
ninth day of April in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred & thirteen. 



Middlesex fs. Watertown May 10 th 1813 

Pursuant to the within warrant, I have notified & warned 
the Male Inhabitants of said town qualified as therein 
expressed to meet at the time & place & for the purposes 
within mentioned by posting attested coppies of this 
warrant at the public Meeting house in said town, two 
Sundays prior to said meeting 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 



Enoch Wiswall 



Jonathan Child Constable 



Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk*— > 



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[86] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen, at the house of Ezra Farrer 
Inn holder in Watertown on Monday the 3 d day of May 
1813 they appointed the following persons as Enginemen 
the ensueing Year, instead of Richard Sanger & Joseph 
Rufsell Jun r discharged (Viz) Edward Richards & Silas 
Jones 

At a public meeting of the free holders & other Inhabitants 
of the town of Watertown, qualified by the Constitution 
to Vote in the Choise of Representatives, being duly 
warned & regularly assembled at the public meeting house 
in said Town, on Monday the 10 th day of May AD 1813 

The Selectmen presiding the list of Voters was revised & 
read, the Votes called for & brought in sorted & counted, & 
proclaimed to stand thus (Viz) 

Jonas White Esq r had One hundred & twenty Votes 
Thomas Clark Esq r had One hundred & nineteen Votes 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq r had Sixty three Votes 
Nath 1 R. Whitney Esq r had Sixty five Votes 

Thomas Clark Esq r & Jonas White Esq r were Shosen- 



At a public town meeting of the Inhabitants qualified by 
Law to vote in town affairs, being duly warned & afsembled 
at the meeting house of said Watertown on Monday the 
10 th day of May AD 1813, proceeded as follows (Viz)< — > 

l 8t Chose Thomas Clark Moderator of Said Meeting 

Voted to grant $15„00 to repair or alter the drean* under 
the east Schoolhouse to be laid out & expended by Jonathan 
Stone the Surveyor of Highways of said district 
Voted to grant $10„00 to repair the seats &C of the afore- 
said Schoolhouse 

Voted that the School committee of said district be a 
Committee to lay out & expend the above grant of $10.00 
Dollars, to repair the seats &C of said East Schoolhouse 

Voted to dismifs the 3 d Article (Viz) to hear the request of 
Edmund Fowle 

Voted to axcept the report of Levi Thaxter & others & 
order the same on file 



^Editorial Note: — drean; probably meant "drain." 



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115 



Voted to grant $200 y/ Dollars for the purpose above men- 
tioned in said report Viz to be laid out on the Road laid 
out by the Selectmen through the Land of Marshall Spring 
Esq r in front of the Cotton Factory to the Ministerial 
Land (so called) & pay the same into the hands of the 
corporation of the Ministerial Funds for them to lay out 
& expend on said Road 



[87] 

Voted to Excuse the Corporation of Ministerial funds from 
receiveing & laying the Money granted for said Road, at 
their own request 

Voted that the Selectmen shou'd be a Committee to lay 
out & expend the said sum of $200„ on said Road & build a 
sufficient fence on each side of said Road through the Land 
of Marshal Spring Esq 1 " 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a public town meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Watertown qualified to Vote in Town affairs being duly 
warned & afsembled at the meeting house of said town on 
Monday 10 th day of May AD 1813 by adjournment from 
the 15 th day of March last, proceeded as follows (Viz) 

Voted that the Treasurer shou'd pay Jonathan 
Stone in full for his service in taking Invoice & 
Makeing Taxes for the Year 1812 — 10 Days — 
at One Dollar & half $* Day . 

Also Thomas Clark for takeing Invoice & Make-' 
ing Taxes for the Year 1812 days @ One 
Dollar & fifty cents $ Day J 

Voted to choose two additional Fieldrivers 



15„ 00 



Voted & Chose as additional fjosiah Learnard 
Field drivers' — » \Solomon Dutton 

Voted to grant Twelve hundred Dollas for the support of 
the Poor of said town the ensueing Year 

Voted to axcept the report of the committee appointed to 
examine the late Treasury Accounts which was as follows 
(Viz) 



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That Nath 1 R. Whitney the late Treasurer is 

Credited by 

and is charged with 



8904.47 
7672.24 



Ballance due the Treasurer 



$1232.23 



Watertown April 29 th 1813 the above is a just & true 
statement of Nath 1 R. Whitney late Treasurers accounts 
to the twenty ninth day of April AD 1813 — As examined 
by the Subscribers a Committee to settle the same 



(on file) 

Voted that the Treasurer shou'd give the late Treasurer a 
Note for the above ballance due him on Settlement of the 
Treasurer accounts. 

Voted to grant Five hundred Dollars as an additional sum 
for the support of the Poor of said Town the ensueing 
Year 

Moses Coolidge Nath 1 Harrington & Josiah Learnard 

Solomon Dutton was sworn as Fielddrivers 

& Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[88] 

May 29 th AD 1813. The Sele&men ifsued the following 



Warrant 

Middlesex fs. To Jonathan Child one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown 



You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify, and warn all the 
freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town of Water- 
town, qualified by Law to vote in town affairs to meet & 
afsemble at the public meeting house in said town on 
thursday the third day of June next at four of the clock in 
the afternoon, to act on the following Articles. (Viz) 

l 3t To choose a Moderator for said meeting. 

Whereas the Selectmen have requested the late Treasurer 
to deliver over into the hands of the present Treasurer all 
the books & papers relative to that office, together with the 




Committee 



Greetings 



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117 



receipts taken by him as Treasurer of the town, and the 
Book which the first entrys of payments was made being 
the same book the Selectmen have had recourse to on 
examining the Treasury accounts which book & Receipts 
the late Treasurer refuses to deliver up 

2 d To know what method the town will take to obtain said 
books & Receipts, and act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will accept the list of Jurors, prepared 
by the Selectmen, or act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the town will take any method to collect the 
Note for the rent of the fishery in Watertown, of Artimas 
Murdock & others for the last Year and act any thing 
thereon 

5 th To know if the town will choose a committee to hear the 
proposals of Daniel Jackson relative to the Creek bridge 
and make any agreement with him about the same, and 
act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant an your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said meeting 

Given under our hands, and seals at Watertown this twenty 
ninth day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
eight Hundred & thirteen 



Middlesex fs, Watertown May 31 st 1813. Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have notified the freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of said town as therein expressed, to meet at 
the time & place, & for the purposes within mentioned 



At a public meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhab- 
itants of town of Watertown, qualified by Law to Vote in 
town affairs, being duly warned, and afsembled at the 
meeting house on Thursday the third day of June 1813, for 
the purpose of transacting the businefs as set forth in the 
warrant for said meeting, proceeded as follows (Viz)' — > 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Joseph Bright 
Daniel Bond 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Enoch Wiswall 



Jonathan Child Constable 
Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk- 



[89] 



Voted & Chose for said 
committee 



118 Watertown Records. 

Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

Voted to choose a committee of five persons, to receive of 
Nath 1 R. Whitney Esq r the late Town Treasurer, all the 
books & papers relating to that office, consisting of his 
original books of Entries, which the Selectmen have had 
recourse to in adjusting the Treasury accounts yearly, 
which he calls his waste book, & the Ledger which is bound 
in parchment, giveing a receipt for the same. 

Amos Bond Esq r 

Levi Thaxter. Excu d by his request 
Enoch Wiswall 
Gilbert Nichols 
Jonas White Esq r 
Abijah White Excus d by his 

request 

Jonathan Child'— > 

Voted that the above Committee be directed, on the refusal 
of said Whitney, to take what measures they shall see fitt 
to obtain said books & papers 

4 th Voted that the present town Treasurer be directed to 
collect the Note given by Artimas Murdock & others for 
the use of the fishery of said town for the Year 1812 

5 th Voted to choose a Committee to hear the proposals of 
Dan 1 Jackson relative to the Creek bridge 
Voted that said Committee consist of five persons 

Voted & Chose the present Selectmen for said Committee 

Voted to accept the List of Jurors made & presented by 
the Selectmen 

Voted to grant Nath 1 R. Whitney the late Treasurer a 
coppy of his record, or the Town Treasurers book of 
Entries 

Voted to dissolve the meeting, which was accordingly 
declared disolvd. 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[90] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown June 21 8t 1813 
they signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay the 
followning persons the sums of Money anexed to their 
names (Viz) 



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To Abigal Lawrence for surporting Eliza Brown 


$7„ 


68 


To Nath 1 Woodard for his Services ringing the 
Bell & takeing care of the Meetinghouse diging 
Graves for Aaron Whitney & S Saunders & 
Randall 


40„ 


00 


Peter Tufts for Surveying & drawin plan of the' 
Ministerial Lands 


[ 9„ 


00 


Jeduthan Fuller for Ringing Bell from Feb ry 4^ 
1811 To Oct r 11 th 1811 j 


f 12„ 


00 


Jonathan Child for his Accounts allow'd March! 
8 th 1813 for warning Town Meetings 


f 12„ 


00 


Tho 8 Clark for his Servicies an Afsefsor 1812 


22„ 


50 


Nathan Barnard & Mofes Whitney for Saveing*] 
Timber belonging to the great Bridge / 


1„ 


25 


Jonathan Stone for his Servicies as Afsefsor 1812 




00 


W m Horn for warning Town meetings 


6„ 


00 


July 20 th Ballance due Paul Revere & Son for' 
Bell j 


' 348,, 


81 


Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 







At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 
Innholder in Watertown on Monday the 30 th day of 
August AD 1813 they approbated the persons here under 
named as Innholders & Retailors the ensueing Year (Viz) 

Ezra Farrer 

Charles Stratton \ For Innholders 
Sam 1 Bellows 



Joseph Peirce 
John Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Seth Bemis 

Nath 1 R. Whitney Jun 1 
Dan 1 Jackson Jun r 



For Retailors 



Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk* 



Editorial Note: — Saveing; possibly "sawing." 



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Whereas a dispute has arrisen between Jonas White and 
Christopher Grant both of Watertown Esq" about their 
respective rights in a partition fence in a line between their 
lands or farms at the north part of Watertown. 

we the subscribers fence viewers of the town of Watertown 
duly shosen & sworn haveing on the aplication of said 
White (and after haveing due notice to said Grant) viewed 
the said premicies and duly considered the matter in 
dispute have assigned & do hereby assign to each of the 
parties his share of the fence as follows (Viz) the said 
White shall build & keep in repair a good & sufficient fence 
from Jonas & Leonard 

Bonds 



[91] 

Bonds land runing northerly twenty rods & twenty one 
links & said Grant shall build & keep in repair a like fence 
one the other part of said line (Viz) from the fence of said 
White running northardly twenty rods & twenty one links 
to a stone wall, & said White shall build & keep in repair a 
like fence begining at said Grants fence & running northerly 
thirty two rods, the said Grant shall build & keep in repair 
the fence from the said Whites last mentioned bounds 
runing northerly two rods thence turning & running easterly 
twenty two rods & five links the said White shall build & 
keep in repair a good & sufficient fence from said Grant's 
last mentioned bounds turning and runing northerly thir- 
teen rods & twenty two links then turning & runing westerly 
one rod & fifteen links the said Grant shall build & keep in 
repair a like fence on the other part of said line begining at 
said White's last mentioned bounds and runing Westerly 
one rod & twenty two links then turning and runing north- 
erly twenty one rods & ten links to land of Nath 1 Bright & 
whereas a like dispute has arisen betwen the said White & 
Grant about their respective right in a partition in a line 
betwen one other piece of Land or farm near the before 
mentioned premises we have assigned & do hereby assign 
to each of said parties his share of fence as follows (Viz) 
the said White shall build & keep in repair a good & suffi- 
cient fence from the northeast corner of Nath 1 Brights 
fresh medow running easterly thirty five rods & four links 
to a corner of fence & said Grant shall build & keep in 
repair a like fence on the other part of said line (Viz) from 
the corner of said Whites last mentioned bound running 



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northerly thirty six rods and eight links to the road leading 
from Watertown to West Cambridge 

Given under our hands at said Watertown this 10 th day of 
August AD 1813 

W 7 illiam Leathej 

Peter Clark \ fence Viewers 

Joseph Peirce J 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk«— > 



[92] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen September 20 th 1813 they 
signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay the following 
Persons the Sums of Money anexed their names. (Viz). 

Jacob Farrer for supporting Benjamin W'hitney) 

one year J 20,, 00 

Thadeus Cole's premium for collecting Taxes in) 

the year 1808 & 1809 / 163,, 06 

David Sanger One year's Interest on Note due) 

from Town to Oliver Learnard J 7„ 80 

David Sanger in part for the principal on Note) 

due from Town to Oliver Learnard / 30,, 00 

Levi Thaxter, Sally Nutting's order in part for) 
support of Jonathan Nutting / 20,, 00 

Sally Nutting's Ballance due her for board &) 
clothing for Jonathan Nutting to August 14 th [ 
1813 J 64„65 

Amelia Sparhawk CM 3 house rent $ Jonas) 
Learnard Hannah Learnard Rec 1 / 12„ 50 

Nath 1 Weld for his A/c for boarding Lincoln &) 

others / 24 „ 62 

John Stimpson Jn r for his A/c for Horse man &) 
Waggon j 6„ 00 

Joseph Peirce for boarding Tho 3 Wellington Jn r ) 

5 m ll d3 / 29„ 90 

Eleazer Clapp for Medicines & attendance on) 

M ra Barry J 9„ 50 

Abraham Sanger a/c in full for boarding his) 

Mother from March 2 d 1813 J 31„ 50 



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Abraham Sanger a/c in full for boarding his) 

Mother from March 2 d 1813 to August 20 th 1813/ 42„ 75 

Abraham Sanger for 1 days labour hanging the) 

Bell / 1„25 

Isaac Dana acc 1 for Coffin for Aaron Whitney — 4„ 00 

David Baker acc 1 for Journey to Chelsey to) 
Summons Williams as Witnefs J 2„ 50 

Ezra Farrer in full for Expences in hanging the) 
Bell & Leasing the fishery Committee's Expences [ 
on Ministerial Lands j 24„ 70 

Ezra Farrer in full for Selectmens Expences last) 

year J 34„ 07 

Caleb Lincoln for Labour on Bridge &C 30„ 50 



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Also the Selectmen agreed to give notice to the Selectmen 
of West Cambridge to meet at the toll house on Concord 
Turnpike near the brick house owned by Richard Richard- 
son, the 11 th day of October next at two of the Clock P.M., 
also the Selectmen of Waltham to meet at the house of 
Thomas Clark Esq r in Watertown on Monday the 18 th 
day of October next at two of the Clock P.M. also the 
Selectmen of Newton to meet at Ezra Farrer's in Water- 
town the 11 th day of October next at two of the clock P.M. 
also the Selectmen of Cambridge to meet at the house of 
Sam 1 Bellows in Watertown on Monday the 11 th day of 
October next at two of the Clock P M., To perambulate 
run & renew the lines between said towns according to a 
Law of this commonwealth which notice was to be given 
by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

oseph Bright was appointed to perambulate the lines 

etween West Cambridge & Watertown 
Daniel Bond was appointed to perambulate between 
Newton & Watertown. 

Enoch Wiswall was appointed to perambulate between 
Cambridge & Watertown 

Thomas Clark was appointed to perambulate between 
Waltham & Watertown. Recor'd by Gilbert Nichols Town 
Clerk 



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We the Subscribers being appointed to perambulate the 
lines, renew & establish the bounds between the towns of 
Watertown & Newton have attended that Service as 
follows, (Viz) 

l 8t beginging at a stone by Charles River in land belonging to 

Nath 1 Weld marked .W.N. 
2 d from thence runing Southarly to a stone in land belonging 

to John Richardson, marked W.N. which bounds makes a 

corner 

3 d from thence runing Westerly to a stone in the road near the 
old house belonging to D r Morse marked .W.N. 

4 th from thence to a stone by the house of Cornelius Lenox 
marked W.N. thence runing Northerly to a stone by 
Charles River, marked W.N. in land belonging to Ludy* 

Harris All of Which we have renewed & agreed to 

Oc l 11. 1813 

Selectmen Selectman 
Caleb Kenrick) of Daniel Bond! of 

Sam 1 Hide j Newton J Watertown 



l 94] 

We the Subscribers, Selectmen of Watertown and West 
Cambridge, having been appointed to perambulate the 
lines of said towns, haveing meet agreeable to notice for 
that purpose proceeded as follows — Viz< — > 

l 8t Begining on the Westerly side of fresh Pond (so called) at a 
Post standing near the Pond in the line of division between 
lands of T. Apthorp & Elizabeth Prentifs & marked on the 
Southerly side, W. and on the Northerly side, W.C. from 
thence to a post standing in the Whitney Land (so called) 
at the Southerly Corner of said Apthorp Land & marked 
in manner before mentioned, from thence to a maple tree 
marked as before said tree stands in land of Leonard Stone 
being the Southerly line of the Cambridge & Concord 
Turnpike Road, from thence to a Post marked as before, 
standing in land of the heirs of Solomon Prentice deceased, 
on the Southerly side of said Turnpike, — thence Northerly 
to a swamp white Oak tree standing in land of Leonard & 
Jonas Bond & marked as before, — from thence to a white 
Oak tree standing in the land of Tho 8 & Peter Clark & 
marked as before named, — from thence to a Stone on a hill 
in land of said Tho 8 & Peter Clark being the bound mark 



*Editorial Note: — possibly Lucy; script illegible. 



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between Watertown & Waltham marked on the Northerly 
side with the Letter C. & on the Westerly side W. & on the 
Easterly side .W. 

Done at West Cambridge \ 
Oc* 18 th 1813*—, J 

Selectman 
Joseph Bright \ of 

/ Watertown 

Selectmen 
Tho 8 Rufsell 1 of 
James Perry /West Cambridge 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



We the Subscribers Selectmen of the towns of Watertown & 
Waltham haveing Perambulated & run the lines between 
said towns on the 18 th day of October 1813 & found the 
antient marks & monuments as follows 
l Bt at a Stone marked .W.W. in Peter Clarks land by West 
Cambridge line 2 d at a heap of Stones of a flat rock in Cap 1 
Charles Wellington's land (formerly the land of S. White 
3 d at a heap of stones in Jonas White's land by Ceder tree 

(formerly the land of Phinehas Stearnes 
4 th At a Walnut tree marked W W in Nath 1 Brights land 

5 th Across the Tom Harrington Well (so called) 

6 th At a black oak tree marked W.W in Jonas Whites land 
7 th At a heap of Stones by the side of Barne's Wall about 



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About 15 rods eas of his house 8 th At a heap of stones in the 
Bemis lane (so called) by the side of Jonathan Coolidges's 
wall 9 th At a Buttonwood tree mark'd .W.W. in the land of 
Christopher Gore 10 th At a walnut tree mark'd W W. in 
said Gores land 

Selectman 
Tho 8 Clark 1 of 

J Watertown 

October 18 th AD 1813 

Selectman 
David Townsend \ of 

/ Waltham 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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At a meeting of the Selectmen on Monday the 4 th day of 
October AD 1813 they signed an Order directing the 
Treasurer to pay the following sums of money to the 
following Persons, anex'd their names (Viz)*— 4 

To John Remington for his board 14 weeks since] 
the 25 th of June he haveing at that time requested > 
assistance J 14,, 00 

To Isaac Dana in full for hanging the Bell and) 

finding materials for the same J 16„ 60 

To Isaac Dana for plank Bo 1 of Jackson & Lin-) 

coin for the Creek bridge in the year 1810 / 12„ 39 

To Isaac Dana for his servicies for procureing the) 

above plank j 1„ 00 

To David Fuller in full for Plow for Town use — 10„ 00 

To Henry Craft in full for stones for Creek bridge 19„ 00 

To Benjamin Rufsell for advertiseing Petition) 

for Court house / 5„ 00 

To your self for Cash p d Catharine Hay for board-) 

ing Lucy Popenberry 7 weeks to August 1 1 th 1813/ 7„ 00 

To Paul Learnard Administrator to Sam 1 ) 
Learnard Estate for five months board of Benja-> 



min Learnard J 25„ 00 

To Elijah Norcrofs for string in Seanes in the) 

year 1809-1811. & 1812 / 16„ 70 

To Adam Brown for his account for work on the) 

Road J 14„ 00 

To David Livermore for his a/c for work on the) 

Road / 10„ 98 



To Dan 1 Coolidge a Ballance due him for Pre-1 
mium for collecting Taxes J 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

At a meeting of the Selectmen Oc* 26 th 1813 they signed an 
order directing the Treasurer to deliver over to William 
Gay, Richard Richardson's Note of hand for Nine hundred 
Dollars payable to said William Gay Dated May 29 th 1807 
the same being the property of said Gay & heretofore left 
for safe keeping with the Treasurer of Watertown 



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[96] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen December 6 th AD 1813 they 
signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay the following 
sums of money to the following persons anex'd their 
names, Viz. 



To Abjiah White to Cash paid Benjamin Gardner] 
Nov r 24 th 1813 in part pay for boarding Lucyf 
Hager J 11„ 

To Abijah White for Cash paid Caty Hay for 
boarding M rs Popenberry & Anne Green from 
September 28 th 1813 to November 17 th 1813 & 
wine & supplys &C J 13„ 16 

To Abijah White for Cash paid Ew d Lowd in] 
part for sundry accounts allowed him heretofore \ 
Nov 2, 1813 j 40, , 

To Abijah White to cash p d Nath 1 Bemis Jn r ] 
Nov r 1, 1813 for Medicine & attendance on S. \ 
Avery Eliza Brown & Child J 9„ 25 

To Joseph Bright for perambulating the lines 
between Watertown & West Cambridge & 
Waltham in 1808 & Watertown & West Cam- 
bridge in 1813 J 2„ 00 

To Thomas Larrabee his Bill for Bell Rope 5 /7 89 

To Eliakim Morse for a Rope agreeable to a] 
report of Ed d Fowle Nath 1 R. Whitney & Josiahf 
Learnard j 29„ 00 

To Mark Vose ballance due him for boarding the 
Poor of the town of Watertown & supplys did 
them except — Sarah Cutter from Jan^ 20 th 1811 
to Jan* 20 th 1812 & Joseph Cuter from Jan^ 20 th 
1811 to may 6 th 1813 



Watertown Dec r 6 th 1813 
Record'd by 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Thomas Clark 

Jonas White Selectmen 
Joseph Bright [ of 
Dan 1 Bond Watertown 
Enoch Wiswall 



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At a meeting of the Selectmen December 23 d 1813 they 
signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay the following 
sums of money to the following persons anex'd their names 
(Viz) 

To Ira Draper his ac* for Tar & Brush supply'dl 

the town for use of creek Bridge J 2,, 8 

To Z & S Pond for their a/c for mending Plow &\ 

Iron Bar 1812 J 8 ## 13 

To John Tucker for a room for a womans Schoolll 

ten weeks cash p d Leonard Harris for seats for d°J 9 n 

To Marv Fowle for teaching a School in the] 
middle district from May 25 th 1812 to Oc l 19 th } 
1812, 21 weeks @ $3 J 63„ 

To Ew d Lowd for boarding a School master in the] 

middle district from May 11 th 1812 to Dec. 8 th 

1812. 30 Week & 2 day J 90„ 86 

To W ra Earl for a room for Womans School inl 

Middle district 6 weeks @ 1„50 ^ Month / 2„ 25 

To yourself for Cash p d Francies Whitney Abial) 
Jaques order for teaching School in Middled 
district from April 19 th 1813 14K Week J 125,, 41 



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To yourself for cash p d Joshua Longley Dec 1 " 14 th ] 
1813 for boarding Mifs White & Sundrys supply'dl 
her & for Joel Pages Bill for boarding Lucy White f 
from I s June 1812 to the l 8t of June 1813 J 82„ 62 

To yourself to Cash p'd Benjamin Gardner in] 
part for boarding Lucy Hager p d December 10 th | 
1813 J 9„ 

To Mathew Hawks in part pay for makeing a) 
road through the Ministerial land oposite the} 
Cotton factory J 50 ;/ 

Thomas Clark | 

Jonas White I Selectmen 

Joseph Bright [ of 

Daniel Bond J Watertown 



Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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December 6 th 1813 the Selectmen isued the following 
Warrant 

Middlesex, fs. To Jonathan Child one of the Constables for 



You are hereby required in the name of the commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify & warn all the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of the town of Watertown, 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet & afsemble 
at the public Meeting house in said town, on Monday the 
twentieth day of December Ins 1 , at two of the clock in the 
afternoon to act on the following Articles (Viz) 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting. 

2 d To know if the town will sink the taxes set to certain 
persons, or any of them & hear the Collectors reasons 
respecting the same and act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will direct their Selectmen to allow the 
premiums to the Collectors who have not settled their 
collection within one year after they have received their 
lists of Taxes and act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the town will give their Treasurer any instruc- 
tions respecting the outstanding Taxes & Notes due the 
town and act any thing thereon. 

5 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen respecting the poor 
persons of said town and act any thing thereon 

6 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen & Mark Vose 
respecting Sarah Cuter & Child and act any thing thereon 



7 th To know i£ the town will give their Representatives any 
instructions respecting procureing a new act to prevent the 
destruction of fish in Charles River or act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen before the time appointed 
for said meeting 

Given under our hands & Seals at Watertown this sixth day 
of December in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight 
hundred & thirteen 



the town of Watertown 



Greeting 



[98] 



Thomas Ckrk 
Jonas White 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 



Enoch Wiswall 



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129 



Middlesex, fs, Watertown Dec r 20 th 1813 
Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants to assemble at the time & place 
and for the purpose within mentioned 

Jonathan Child Constable 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a public town meeting of the freeholders & other In- 
habitants of the town of Watertown qualified by law to 
vote in town affairs, being duly warned and assembled at 
the Meeting house of said town on Monday the 20 th day of 
December 1813 for the purpose of transacting the businefs 
as set forth in the warrant for said meeting, proceeded as 
follows (Viz.) 

Voted & chose Jonas White their Moderator 

2 d Voted & Chose the Selectmen & Afsefsors for a Committee 
to examine Moses Chenery's & Charles Whitney's list of 
person's taxes brought before the town to be sunk up to 
the year 1813, & sink such of them as they shall think 
proper, & report at the next town meeting 

3 d Voted, that if the Collectors who have not settled up their 
Taxes with the Treasurer before the year 1813, come 
ferw'd & settle the same with the Treasurer within sixty 
days from the date of this meeting shall be allow'd their 
premiums 

Voted that the Selectmen & Afsefsors be a committee to 
Aliquidate & Settle the premium with Charles Whitney for 
the Collection of the remnant of Taxes committed to him 

after 

[99] 

After the decease of Sam 1 Cook, which was formerly com- 
mitted to said Cook before his decease 

4 th Voted that the Treasurer be directed to call on all those who 
are indebted to the town, for a settlement, & to take Notes 
& renew the old ones takeing good security or the money 
Voted that the Treasurer isue his execution after sixty days 
from the date of this meeting against those Collectors who 
have not settled up the Taxes committed to them before 
the year 1813 

5 th Voted to approve of the doings of the Selectmen respecting 
the poor of the town of Watertown 



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6 th Voted that the Selectmen be directed not to pay to Mark 
Vose his charge for boarding Sarah Cutter from Jan y 20 th 
1811 to Jany 20 th 1812 & Joseph Cutter from Jan* 20 th 1811 
to May 6 th 1813 untill further orders of the town 

7 th Voted that the Representatives be hereby instructed to 
endeavour to procure a new act to prevent the distruction 
of fish in Charles River if they think proper 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 
December 6 th AD 1813 they Rec d the following petition 
To the Honorable board of Selectmen for the town of 
Watertown, we the Subscribers wishing to open a drain 
from the West side & south of the great Bridge over Charles 
River on the west side of the Road to the land lately & now 
partly owned by Israel Cook the drain to be well cover'd 
with Stones & finished in a workmanlike maner, your 
approbation to the above request, will much oblige your 
humble servants 

Watertown December 6 th AD 1813 /Joseph Peirce 



The above request is granted by the subscribers Selectmen 
on condition that said Peirce & Wiswall file in the town 
Clerks Office an Obligation to bind them & their Asigns to 
for ever & save the town harmlefs from any cost or charge 
that may arise by reason of said drain & make the least 
pofsible Obstruction to the Road while makeing said drain 



Obligation for the above on file. Record'd by Gilbert Nichols 
Town Clerk 



Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Enoch Wiswall 



Tho 8 Clark 
Jonas White 
Joseph Bright 
Daniel Bond 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



[100] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 



Wmtcrtown Records. 131 

the 3- day of January 1314 they appointed the following 
pers:r.s as Engine men the Knsofang Year (Viz). 

Elisha W Dana Aaron Clap 

Francies Whitney James Robbins 

Clinton Thayer Nath 1 Weld Jun r 

Gilbert Nichols Geo-ez Craft 

Leonard Harris Joseph Cole 

Josiah White Nathan Barnard 

John Stimpson Jon 1 WiDiam Bright 

Jonathan Rcbbins Edward Richards 

Nath 1 R Whimey Jn" Silas Jones 

George Coolidge Elijah Ray 

Jerom Hersey Daniel Howe 

Also they signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay to 
the following persons the following sums of money anex'd 
their names (Viz 

To Benjamin Gardner for boarding 6c supporting 

Lucv Haeer from March the 29 :h F813 to August ■ 

30-' AD" 1813 -— 544.00 

To Joseph Rulsell Jn r for his Acc : for boards &1 
nails ck labour at the middle district school house 
& great Bridge 1 3,, 45 

To yourself for cash p d Benjamin Gardner's bal-" 
lance for boarding Lucv Hager from Aug 30 th > 
1813 to Nov. 23 d 1813 — J *3M 

To Joseph Rufsel Jun' in part for makeing fence 

on the new road in front the Cotton factory 25.00 

To Josiah Mason & son for Ballance due them fc - 
Lumber for Bridge did in 1809 & 181 1 ' 

To Amelia Sparhawk six month house rent from 

Sep : 1 1813 to march 1* 1814 for Jonas Learnard,' 12.50 

To the Rev- Richard R Eiiot Interest on his' 
quarterlv pavments that were not pav'd when > 
due — — : ' 1 46.48 

Thomas Clark N Selectmen 
Jonas White • for 
Joseph Bright Watertown 

Watertown Jan 7 3 d 1814 Recorded by 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



* Editorial Note: — The listings of accounts begin to indicate single points as 
well as the two small dashes, between dollars and cents columns. Original 
:cr*z: has be '. '.z'zid. 



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[101] 

January 28 th 1814. the Selectmen isued the following 
Warrant 

Middlesex fs To Edward Lowd one of constables for the 
town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify and warn all the 
freeholders and other inhabitants qualified by law to vote 
in town affairs to meet & assemble at the public meeting 
house in said town on Monday the seventh day of February 
next at two of the clock in the afternoon to act on the follow- 
ing articles (Viz) 

l 6t To choose a moderator for said meeting. 

2 d To take into consideration the petition of John Hayden & 

others, praying for leave to build a dam across Charles 

River and act any thing thereon. 
3 d To take into consideration the petition of the town of 

Concord praying that said town of Concord may be the 

only shire town for the County & act any thing thereon 
4 th To take into consideration the petition of the Agents for 

the town of Cambridge praying that the Court house & 

Goal* may be erected in the first parrish of said town and 

act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this twenty 
eight day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred & fourteen 

Thomas Clark 1 Selectmen 
Daniel Bond [ for 
Enoch Wiswall j Watertown 

Middlesex fs. Watertown February 6 th 1814 pursuant to 
the within warrant I have notified & warn'd all the free- 
holder & other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown to 
meet and assemble as therein directed & for the purposes 
therein mentioned By posting a Coppy of this warrant at 
the public meeting house two Sundays prior to said Meeting 

Edward Lowd, Constable 
Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

^Editorial Note: — probably meant "Gaol." 



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[102] 

At a public town meeting of the inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs being 
duly warned and regularly assembled at the public meeting 
house of said town on monday the 7 th day of February 
1814 for the purpose of transacting the businefs set forth 
in the warrant for said meeting proceeded as follows 
(Viz)*-, 

1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator for said metg 

2 d On motion Voted unanimously to oppos the petition for 
liberty to build said dam across Charles River 

On motion Voted to choose a committe of five persons to 
appear before the legislature to oppose said petition being 
granted 



Voted & chose for said Committee 



Amos Bond 
Eliakim Morse 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Enoch Wiswall 
Levi Thaxter 



On motion Voted to add two persons to said committee 
Voted & chose in addition to said committee Tyler Bigelow 
& Josiah Learnard 

3 d On Motion Voted to present a memorial to the legislature 
against the petition of the town of Concord praying that 
may be made the only shire town for this county. 

4 th On motion Voted & instructed the representatives of this 
town to use their influence to prevent the Court house & 
Goal* being erected at Craigies point according to the desi- 
sion of the Court of Sefsions for said County 

On motion Voted & disolv'd this meeting 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen February 7 th 1814 they 
signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay the following 
sums of money to the following persons, anex'd their names 
(Viz) 

To Catharine Hay her acc t for boarding Lucy] 
Popenberry & Ann Green from Nov r 17 th tof 
February 19 th 1814 12 Weeks j 24„ 

*Editorial Note: — probably meant "Gaol." 



134 Watertown Records, 

To Francies Whitney his acc t for Goods dldl 

Charles Nutting / 6„ 

John Clark his acc 1 for Cloth did Lemuel Whitney 8„ 46 

To Ezekiel Whitney his acc fc for 4 days work at\ 

Bridge / 6„ 66 

To the inhabitants of the town of Newton fori 
boarding Samuel Bigilow from February ll th > 
1812 to April 16 th 1812 9| Weeks @ 9/ $ WeekJ 13,, 96 

To William Horn his acc 1 for work'd on the great) 

Bridge J 40.82 

To Enoch Wiswall his acc 1 for moneys p d fori 
Lumber & Labour for the great Bridge J 90.85 



1103] 

To Jacob Gale for 31 Ceder Posts for fence fori 
new road in front of Cotton Factory through \ 
land of M Spring J 11„ 63 

To George Stearnes for 37 Ceder Posts for fence 1 

on new road in front of the Cotton Factory J 18 50 

To Sarah Nutting for boarding &C Jonathanl 
Nutting from August 14 th 1813 to Feb* 12 th 1814/ 

To William Horn for boarding & Clothing fori 

Sally Poppenberry / 14,, 76 

To Nath 1 Weld his bill for boarding William Hornl 

& his men while at work on the great Bridge J 18,, 33 

To Samuel Cambell his Bill for instructing al 

School in the Middle district 1 V 2 months in 1812] 150,, 00 

To Interest in the above $150 — to commence 
May 4 th 1812 

To Samuel Cambell his Bill for instructing al 

School in the West district 3 K Months in 1813 — / 104,, 00 

To Interest on the above 104 Dollars to com-1 
mence May 1 st 1813 J 

To M 8 Tower her Bill for boarding &C for Lucyj 
Popenberry Le° Harris & Joseph Cutter to[ 
Feb>" 7 th 1814 



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To Charles Whitney his ace* for materials & work! 
in makeing Bridge acrofs new road in front Cot-> 
ton Factory j 100,, 00 



Watertown Feb^ 7 th 1814' 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 
Enoch Wiswall 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



March 7 th 1814 the Selectmen isued the following Warrant — 

Middlesex fs To Jonathan Child one of the Constables for 
the town of W 7 atertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify & warn all the 
freeholders & other Inhabitants of the town of W T atertown 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet & assemble 
at the public meeting house in said town, on monday the 
twenty first day of March, Instant at ten of the clock in 
the forenoon to act on the following Articles (Viz) 

l 8t To Choose a moderator for said meeting 



[104] 

2 d To choose all town Officers required to be chose in the 

months of March & April annually 
3 d To choose a sexton & agree how he shall be paid for his 

services. 

4 th To determine whether swine & neat Cattle shall at large 

the ensueing year & act any thing thereon 
5 th To agree what schools shall be kept the ensueing year & 

grant money to pay the same & act any thing thereon 
6 th To grant money to support the poor & act any thing thereon 
7 th To grant money to repair the highway & act any thing 

thereon 

8 th To hear the accounts of those persons, who the town are 
indebted to & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 
thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any committee & act any thing 
thereon 



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10 th To know if the town will take any different measure to 
support the poor the ensueing year & act any thing thereon 

11 th To choose agents to lease the fishery the ensueing year & 
act any thing thereon 

12 th To know the minds of the town what directions they will 
to the corporation of Ministerial funds concerning who 
they shall pay the proceeds to hereafter and act any thing 
thereon 

13 th To know if the town will build a new Engine house & enlarge 
the number of ladders & act any thing thereon 

14 th To know if the town will build any further Roads on the 
Ministerial land & grant money for the same & act any 
thing thereon 

15 th To know if the town will grant money to pay the debts not 
allready provided for & act any thing thereon 

16 th To hear the statement of the Treasurer concerning a settle- 
ment with Dan 1 Coolidge relative to the taxes transmitted 
to him to collect after the decease of Samuel Coolidge & 
act any thing thereon 

17 th To hear the statement of Walter Hunnewell & Charles 
Whitney & act any thing thereon 

Also You are alike required to notify & warn all the freeholders 
& other inhabitants qualified by law to vote for Repre- 
sentatives to meet at the public meeting house of said town 
on Monday the twenty first Instant at two of the Clock 
P M. to give in their Votes for County Treasurer 



Also, You are alike required to notify the town Creditors to 
bring in their accounts to the Selectmen at the house of 
Ezra Farrer innholder in Watertown on monday the 14 th 
Instant at two of the clock P M. Hereoff fail not, & make 
return of this warrant, with your doings thereon to the 
Selectmen before the time appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this seventh 
day of March, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred & fourteen 

Watertown March 7. 1814 



[105] 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 



Enoch Wiswall 



Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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At a meeting of the Selectmen March 14 th 1814 they 

signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay the following 
sums of money to the following persons anexed their names 
(Viz) 

To himself for Cash p d Asaph Rice Administrator] 
to the Estate of Dan 1 Barnard for a Bed did for> 
the use of Randall at the poor house j 8„ 00 

To himself for Cash p d David Sanger in full for] 
board & funeral expences for Oliver Learnard by [ 
desision of Reference Feb* 28 th 1814 J 50, , 00 

To himself for Cash p d John Richardson Rob 1 ] 
Murdock & David Townsend as Referees be-[ 
tween Town & Sanger J 5„ 00 

To himself for Cash p d Ruth Tower for boarding] 
Leonard Harris & Joseph Cutter from Feb y 7 th \ 
to March the 7 th 1814 J 6„ 67 

To David Sanger for Note of hand due from) 
Town to Oliver Learnard / 

To Jonas White for Sundies did Andrew White &\ 

wood did widow Harrington / 41,, 82 

To Micah Bent for Shoes did the poor 7 ',, 9 

Wiswall Fuller & C° for Sundries did the poor for) 

Poor house J 73, , 71 

To Dan 1 Bond for Sundries did Charles Nutting) 

& William Gardner & for runing town Lines J 32,, 9 



[106] 

To John Clark his acc 1 for Sundries did the Poorl 
& Powder did Cap 1 Bird & Nails for fence / 27„ 42 

To Peirce & Wiswall acc* for Sundries did Charles] 
Nutting & Rum &C did Horn & Sergent working [ 
at Bridge J 7„ 85 

To Tristram Knight for boarding Lucy Hager 13) 

Weeks j 19.50 

To Doc tr Bemis for Medicine & attendence on) 

Ann Green J 4.75 

To Joseph Cole for Iron for the Bridge & work) 

for meeting house & Engine house J 11„ 63 



138 fVatertown Records. 

To Jerome Hersey's acc 1 for setting glafs in' 
School house work paint &C / 6„ 15 

To ditto for paint & painting at the Bridge 14.83 

To Nath 1 R Whitney's acc 1 for drawing Lumber) 

for Bridge / 1„ 00 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for Expencies paid by him) 

in suit Town vs. Jonas White for rent of fishery/ .16 

To Edmund Fowle for his servicies as agent to] 
carry on the suit against J White for rent of[ 
Fishery J 20„ 70 

To Estate of Abraham Whitney for boarding) 

Elisha Whitney J 20„ 00 

To Abijah White for two Loads of Wood did) 
Jonas Learnard & 1 pair Shoes did Anne Green — J 

To Edward Lowd a ballance due him for sundry) 
a/c that have been allow'd him at different times [ 
for several years past J 

To Caty Hay acc 1 for boarding Anne Green &) 
Lucy Popenbery from Feb 9 th 1814 to March [ 
16 th 1814 ] 11„ 91 

To John Hunting for twine for seane in 1812 — 25.67 

To Enoch Wiswall his acc fc p d George A Peirce) 
for pointing stakes for seane in 1812 J 

To Artimas Murdock for twine rope &C. for) 
seane in Year 1812 / 

To Edward Lowd for twine for Seane in 1808 — 

To Nath 1 R Whitney in part for the Note due) 

him J 200,, 

To Amos Livermore Acc 1 for repairs &C on school) 

house / 20„ 8 

To Moses Warren his Ace* going down the River) 

as Evidence against the Brighton Fisherman — j 4„ 79 

To Andrew Barnes as Evidence of Brighton) 
Fisherman J 6,, 6 

To Charles Whitney for Beef did Charles Nutting 6„ 80 

To Moses Chenery for Eben r Swan's Note of) 

hand which said Swann gave him for Taxes J 15„ 41 



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To Moses Chenery for Error in Taxes committed 

to him 1802 4„ 25 

To Ezra Farrer his account for Selectmen's Ex- 
pencies Sc Committee Dt Ministerial funds Letting 
rishery Taxes &C , 71 14 

To Walter Hunewell for Medicine cx attendencel 

on the Poor from No v r 1812 to this date 60. 93 

Thos Clark 
signed by Jonas White Selectmen 
Joseph Bright [ for 
Dan Bond W aleHuwn 
En : ch WiswaD 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

[107] 

At a public meeting of the freeholders 6c other Inhabitants 
of the town of Watertown qualified by law to vote in town 
affairs being duly warned 6c regularly assembled at the 
public meeting house in said town on Monday the twenty 
first day of March 1814 for the purpose of transacting the 
businefs sett forth in the Warrant for said meeting; pro- 
ceeded as follows Yiz«— ^ 

I - Vote:: Cx chose Thomas Clark for Moderator for said meet- 
ing 

Voted &c chose Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Voted & chose Abijah White for Town Treasurer 

Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Voted & chose for Selectmen - Joseph Bright 

Dan : Bond 
Enc ch V\ iswafl 

Thomas Clark 
Voted & chose for Afsefsors*— v Abijah White excused 

Gilbert Nichols 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to half past two of the clock 
in the afternoon, then to meet at this place, & was accord- 
ingly declared adjourn'd 

Atts : Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Agreeable to the above adjournment the Inhabitants 
assembled & the meeting was opened 6c proceeded as 
follows (Viz) 



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Peter Clark (excused 
Voted & chose for Constables' — > J Jonathan Child, sworn 

Dan 1 Bond (excused 
William Horn, sworn 



Voted to choose the remaining town Officers by hand Votes 
Voted & chose for Fenceviewers<- 



Thomas Richardson 
Dan 1 Bond 
Luke Bemis 
Joseph Peirce 



Voted & chose for Tythingmen* 



Voted & chose for Surveyors of 
Highway 



Thomas Woodard 
Paul Learnard 



Daniel Bond 
Paul Learnard 
David Livermore (sworn 
^Francies Bright 



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Voted & chose for Fieldrivers 



David Hager (sworn 
Luther Barrett (sworn 
Joseph Bird (sworn 
Charles Stone (sworn 
Phinehas Harrington (sworn 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves 



Joshua Jackson 
Levi Thaxter 
Clinton Thayer 
Aaron Clap 
Nath 1 Bemis Jun r 
John Clark 
Silas Jones (sworn 
Isaac Crosby 
David Stone 
^Hubbard Rufsell 



Voted & chose for Clerks of [ Edward Lowd (sworn 
Markett | John Clark 

[Nath 1 R Whitney Jun' 



Voted & chose Cullers of fEdward Lowd (sworn 
Hoops & Staves \ Isaac Dana (sworn 



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141 



Voted & chose Surveyors of [Isaac Dana (sworn 
Boards & Timber I Edward Lowd (sworn 

[Jon a Child (sworn 



Voted & chose for Firewards* 



Nath 1 Bemis 
John Fowle 
Amos Bond 
Nath 1 Weld 
Luke Bemis 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
Joseph Peirce 



Voted & chose for Pound keeper John Rufsel (sworn 



Voted & chose for fish committee 



Josiah Coolidge 
Nath 1 Weld 
W m M Pomroy 
Edward Lowd 
Gilbert Nichols 



3 d Voted that the Selectmen provide a Sexton 

4 th Voted that Swine & Neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensuing year 

5 th Voted to grant Nine hundred Dollars for the support of 
Schools to be divided equally between the three districts 
Voted to purchase four Dozen Psalm books for the use of 
the Singers & grant money for the same 

6 th Article postponed for further consideration 



[1091 

7 th Voted to grant fifty cents on a single pole and other Estate 
in propotion for to repair the highway 
Voted that the Surveyors allow twelve & half Cents ^ hour 
for work done on highway 

Voted the last years Surveyors work out their lists or return 
them by the first of June next 

8 th Voted to allow the following acc 1 & grant money to pay the 
same (Viz) 

To Abijah White for his Servicies as Treasurer — $40,, 00 

To Abijah White for his Servicies as Afsefsor 13,, 50 

To Gilbert Nichols for his Servicies of Town Clerk 20,, 00 



142 Watertown Records, 

To Gilbert Nichols for his Servicies as Afsefsor — 13„ 50 

d° „ „ Carting Bell to 

Boston 00,, 75 

To Tho 8 Clark his account 24„ 50 

To Fish Committee acc fc for Servicies 36„ 59 

Voted to postpone the 9 th Article 

10 th Voted & chose for fish Agents'—* ( Moses Coolidge 

\Jonas White 

Voted that the fish Agents be impowered to lease the fishery 
at their own discretion, make any agreement with any 
other town if they think proper 

11 Voted that the Selectmen take what method they shall see 
proper for the support of the Poor the ensueing year 

12 Voted that the corporation of Ministerial funds shou'd pay 
the proceeds of said fund to the town Treasurer for him to 
pay over to the Minister taking a receipt for the same 

13 Voted that a committee of three persons be shosen to 
examine the Old Engine house & see if it is nessessary to 
build a new one & to see what ladders are wanted & the 
probable expence of a new Engine house & where they can 
procure a place for the same & report at the adjournment 
of this meeting 

fAdam Brown 

Voted & chose for said committee {Jonas White 

[Nath 1 Weld 

14 th Article postponed untill next meeting 

15 Article postponed untill next meeting 

16 Voted to choose a committee of three persons to examine 
the accounts between the town & Dan 1 Coolidge & report 
at next meeting 

{Nath 1 Bemis 
Amos Bond 
Abijah White 

17 th Voted that Walter Hunnewell & Charles Whitney shall be 
discharged from their Bond for Sam 1 Cook for the Collection 
of Taxes committed to him to collect 

Voted to postpone the choise of county Treasurer untill 
April meeting 



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143 



[110] 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the house of Ezra Farrer 
for the purpose of farming out the collection of Taxes & 

Leaseing the Hayscales & Wharf 

there to meet at half past six OClock this evening 
accordingly the meeting was declared adjourn'd 

Record'd by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Agreeable to the above adjournment the Inhabitants 
assembled at the house of Ezra Farrer & the meeting being 
opened, proceeded as follows (Viz) 

Voted to farm out the Collection of Taxes the ensueing 
year on the following conditions (Viz) 

The lowest bidder to be Collector & he shall collect the 
Taxes contained in his list & pay the whole of the same to 
the Treasurer within one year from the time he shall receive 
his list & if failing to collect & pay them as aforesaid he 
shall not receive any part of his premium for collecting & 
he shall give sufficient & satisfactory Bonds which shall be 
held for the fullfilment of the above condition, Excepting 
such taxes as the Selectmen & Afsefsors shall suspend for 
further orders 

The West list was put up & struck off to Jonathan Child for 
five cents & \i of a cent on the Dollar 
The East list was put up & struck off to Moses Chenery for 
three cents & one fourth of a cent on a Dollar 

Voted & chose for Collectors !{° n ' C ^[ d 

(Moses Chenery 

The Hayscales was put up & struck off to Sam 1 Brigham 
for thirty three Dollars for one year from the I s of April 
next 

The wharf in Cambridge was put up & struck off To Sam 1 
Brigham for One Dollar for the year ensuing 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first monday in April 
then to meet at four of the Clock PM which was declared 
adjourned 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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[mi 

Then the following Town Officers where sworn into the 
several Offices to which they were chose this day Viz 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk, & Abijah White as Treasurer 
Jonathan Child & William Horn as Constables 

David Hager Luther Barrett & Phinehas Harrington as 
field drivers. Silas Jones as Hogreave, Edward Lowd as 
Clerk of the Markett. Edward Lowd & Isaac Dana as 
Cullers of Hoops & Staves. Isaac Dana Edward Lowd & 
Jonathan Child as Surveyors of Boards & Timber John 
Rufsell as pound Keeper. Thomas Clark Jonas White 
Joseph Bright Dan 1 Bond & Enoch Wis wall as Selectmen, 
faithfully & impartially to discharge their duty & respecting 
Elections & returns thereof 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Gilbert Nichols was sworn into the Office as an Afsefsor 
concerning Elections & the returns thereof by Thomas 
Clark Justice of the Peace. Thomas Clark was sworn into 
the Office of Afsefsor & concerning Elections & the returns 
thereof 

April 4 th AD 1814 

Record'd by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



The Agents of the town of Watertown chosen for the pur- 
pose of leaseing the Fishery in Watertown Weston & 
Waltham, agreeable to an Act of the General Court pas'd 
March 2 d 1798 empowering the said towns to lease the 
Fishery called Shad & Alewives within the limits of said 
Watertown, met at the house of Ezra Farrer Innholder in 
said Watertown on Monday the 28 th day of March AD 1814. 
at two of the Clock P.M. 

The Agents of Weston & Waltham not being present, the 
Agents of Watertown proceeded as follows (Viz) 

1 st Appointed Gilbert Nichols Clerk for said Agents 
2 d Agreed to adjourn this meeting to 7 O clock this evening 
then to meet at this place 

The Agents aforesaid meet at the time & place before men- 
tioned agreeable to adjournment & proceeded as follows 
(Viz) 

They agreed to lease the priviledge & right of takeing the 
fish called Shad & Alewives within the limits of Watertown 



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145 



below the Mill dam next above the Great Bridge, the en- 
sueing year on the following conditions (Viz) The privi- 
ledge of taking the Fish call'd Shad & Alewives within the 
limits aforesaid on the following days, & no other agreeable 
to an Act pas'd March 1814 (Viz) Mondays Wednesdays & 
Fridays, to the highest bidder he or they giveing security 
to the exceptence of said Agents, Five $ Cent to be paid 
down as earnest money 

the 



[112] 

The remainder to be paid on or before the first day of 
September next, And the purchaser to have the use Seanes 
the town now have & that the purchaser shall take proper care 
of the same. And was struck off to Edward Lowd for Two 
hundred & seaventy five Dollars, for which said Lowd & 
other gave their Note payable the first day of September 
1814 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols' — > fTown Clerk & 

\ Clerk for said Agents 



At a meeting of the Selectmen on the 24 th day of March 
1814, They isued the following Warrant 

Middlesex fs To Jonathan Child one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown 

Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify & warn all the male 
inhabitants of the said town of Watertown of twenty one 
years of age & upwards haveing a freehold Estate within 
said commonwealth of the anual Income of three pounds 
or any Estate to the value of Sixty pounds to meet at the 
public Meeting house in said town on Monday the fourth 
day of April next at one of the clock in the afternoon, to give 
in their Votes for Governor Lieutenant Governor and 
Senators & Counsellors agreeable to the Constitution of 
this Commonwealth &C 

Also You are alike required to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town qualified by law to vote in 
town affairs, to assemble at the public meeting house in 
said town on Monday the fourth day of April next at three 
of the Clock in the afternoon to act on the following Articles 
(Viz) 



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1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d Whereas, there has been doubts arisen concerning the 

legality of the town Records by their not being signed by 

the Clerks of the town in times past. 

To know what method the town will take concerning the 

same & act any thing thereon 
3 d To know if the town will choose a committee to settle the 

account between the Treasurer and the School districts & 

act any thing thereon 
4 th To know if the town will take any method to enlarge the 

Water coarse at Treadeway Bridge & act any thing thereon 
5 th To know if the town will take any method to remove the 

Woodstand to Treadeway Square and Act any thing 

thereon 



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6 th To know if the town will purchase any Fish rights or act 
any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this twenty 
fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred & fourteen*— > 



Tho 8 Clark 
Jonas White 
Dan 1 Bond 
Enoch Wiswall 



Seledmen 
for 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs Watertown April 4 th 1814, Pursuant to the 
within warrants I have notified the freeholders & other 
inhabitants of said town qualified as therein expressed to 
meet at the time & place & for the purposes within men- 
tioned by Posting attested Copies of these Warrants at the 
public meeting house in said Town two Sundays prior to 
said meeting 

Jonathan Child Constable 
Recorded By Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a public Town Meeting of the freeholders & other in- 
habitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution to Vote for Governor Lieutenant Governor & 
Senators & Counsellors being duly warned & regularly 
Assembled at the public meeting house in said town on 



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147 



Monday the fourth day of April 1814. The Selectmen pre- 
sideing the list of Voters was revised & read & the Votes 
for Governor Lieutenant Governor & Counsellors & Sena- 
tors were call'd for, brought in, sorted & counted & it 
appeared the following persons had the number of Votes 
anexed their severall names (Viz) 

For Governor 

Samuel Dexter Esq r had One hundred & thirty seven 
His Excellency Caleb Strong had One hundred & Eleven 
William Gray Esq r had One 
Joseph Storey had One 

For Lieu 1 Governor 
Hon. William Phillips had One hundred & ten 
William Gray Esq r had One hundred & thirty eight 
William King had One 

For Senators & Counsellors 
Samuel Hoar had One hundred & thirty eight 
Edmund Foster had One hundred thirty eight 
Timothy Fuller had One hundred & thirty seven 
Josiah Bartlett Esq r had One hundred & Eleven 
Asahel Stearns Esq r had One hundred & Eleven 
Loammi Baldwin Esq r had One hundred & Eleven 

(Continued 

[114] 

On motion Voted to adjourn this meeting to the house of 
Ezra Farrer in said town there to meet at seven of the 
Clock for the purpose of Sealing up the returns for Gov r 
Lieu 1 Governor & Counsellers & Senators, & was accord- 
ingly declared adjourn'd 

Record'd by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Then the Town meeting was opened by an adjournment 
from the 21 8t day of March 1814 for the purpose of giveing 
in their Votes for County Treasurer 

The Votes for County Treasurer were call'd for & brought 
in sorted & Counted & stood thus (Viz) 

John Keyes Esq r had Seventy eight Votes 
Abial Haywood Esq r had Seventy two Votes 

At a public town meeting of the freeholder & other In- 
habitants qualified by law to Vote in town affairs agreeable 
to an adjournment from the twenty first day of March 
1814 proceeded as follows (Viz) 



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Voted that the report of the committee chosen the twenty 
first day of March last past to examine the accounts be- 
tween the town Dan 1 Coolidge lay over to may meeting 

Voted the report concerning the Engine house &C lay over 
to May meeting 

Voted to excuse Abijah White from serveing as an Afsefsor 
the ensueing year by his request 

Voted to choose as an Afsefsor (in the room of said White 
excused) Nath 1 R Whitney 

Voted to postpone granting money for the support of the 
poor untill may meeting 

On Motion Voted to adjourn this meeting to the day to be 
appointed to choose Representatives in May next then to 
meet at four of the Clock in the afternoon & was accord- 
ingly adjourn'd 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a public Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Watertown qualified by law to Vote in town affairs being 
duly warned & regularly assembled at the public Meeting 
house in said town proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 8t Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq r for Moderator for said 
Meeting 

2 d Voted that our Representatives be instructed to use their 
best endeavours to get the town Records made Valid 

3 d Voted to choose a Committe for the purpose settleing the 
Account between the Treasurer & the School districts 

Voted & Chose for said eommittee gg* ^ 



[ 115 ] 

4 th Voted to choose a Committee for the purpose of examining 
Treadeway Bridge (so called) To see if it be nefsessary to 
enlarge the Water coarse under the same & report at our 
next meeting 

[Nath 1 R Whitney 
Voted & chose for said committee j Gilbert Nichols 

[Amos Bond 

5 th Voted to remove the wood stand to Treadeway square (so 
called) 



Watertown Records, 149 

Voted to choose a committee of two persons to petition to 
the Court of Sefsions to establish the same 



Voted & Chose for said Committee 



Tyler Bigelow 
Levi Thaxter (excused 
by his request 
Edward Lowd 



6 th Voted to choose a committee for the purpose of seeing 
whether fish rights can be purchased for the town & for 
what sum they can be purchased & report at our next 
meeting 

(Nath 1 Bemis 

Voted & Chose for said Committee] Adam Brown 

[Abijah White 

On motion Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first town 
meeting in may then to meet at five of the Clock in the 
afternoon & was accordingly declared adjourned 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 
on Monday the 4 th day of April 1814 For the purpose of 
leaseing the Pews belonging to the Town They agreed to 
lease the same at public auction for One Year from the 
12 th of April current to the highest bidder 

The Godard Pew (so called) was put up & struck off to 
John Clark for twelve Dollars & fifty cents 
The West long Pew was put up & struck off to Benjamin 
Stevens for Nine Dollars 

The East long Pew was put up & struck off to Ira Draper 
for Nine Dollars & Seventy five cents 

NB The rent for the above Pews to be paid on or before the 
1 st day of January 1815. 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

April 8 th 1814 David Livermore & Francies Bright was 
sworn as Surveyers of highway & Recorded by Gilbert 
Nichols Town Clerk 



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[116] 

April 12 th 1814 The Selectmen granted the following 
License (Viz) 

We the Subscribers Selectmen of the town of Watertown 
at a meeting this day holden for that purpose, have licensed 
& do hereby license M r Edward Lowd of said Watertown, 
to sell at public Vendue or outcry, any goods and chattells, 
whatsoever, pursuant to a law of the commonwealth, 
passed June 16 th 1795 

Given under our hands the 12 th day of April 1814 

Jonas White ] Selectmen 
Dan 1 Bond \ for 
Enoch Wiswall J Watertown 

Also the Selectmen appointed said Edward Lowd as Meas- 
urer of Wood & Bark in the town of Watertown the ensueing 
year & was sworn to the faithfull discharge of that office 
& Record'd by 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



April 13 th 1814 Joseph Bird & Charles Stone was sworn 
into the Office of Fieldrivers for the ensueing year before 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Charles 
Stratton Inholder in Watertown the Selectmen signed an 
order directing the Treasurer to pay the following persons 
the following sums of money anexed their names dated 
April 11 th 1814 

(Viz) 

To M re Learnard for wood for Jonas Learnard — $6 /y 00 
To Ruth Tower for boarding & clothing for the 

poor under her care 11 ;/ 90 

To William Peniman in part for boarding poor — 75„ 00 
To Nath 1 R Whitney in part for Note of hand — 300„ 00 
To Josiah Mason & Son for their Bill of Lumber — 1 15 y/ 15 

To John Cole his a/c for ditto 28 /y 48 

To Silas Jones his a/c for Labour on the great 

Bridge 1„ 00 

To Jacob Farrer for supporting Ben n Whitney 

lyear 20„ 00 



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151 



To Sarah Nuting her a/c for boarding Jon a Nutting 
To Caty Hay for boarding Lucy Popenberry & 
Ann Green 

Record'd bv Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[117] 

April 18 th 1814 At a Meeting of the Selectmen, they ap- 
pointed John Clark, for a Sealer of Weights & Measures for 
the town of YVatertown for the ensueing year 

April 19 :h 1814 John Clark was sworn to the faithfull dis- 
charge of his duty, as a Sealer of Weights & Measures also 
as Hogreave 

Daniel Bond was sworn into the Offices of Surveyor of 
Highways & fence Viewer for the ensueing year before & 
Recorded by 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen on the 25 th day April AD 
1814. They isued the following Warrant (Viz) 
Middlesex fs To Jonathan Child one of the Constables of 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, to notify & warn the male Inhabitants 
of said town being twenty one years of age & upwards and 
resident in said town one year next preceeding haveing a 
freehold estate within said town of the anual income of 
three pounds or any estate to the Value of sixty pounds, to 
meet at the public meeting house in said town on Monday 
the 9 th day of May next at two of the clock in the afternoon, 
for the purpose of chooseing two or more Representatives 
to represent them at the General Court appointed to be 
convened & held at Boston on the last Wednesday of May 
next 

Given under our hands & Seales at said Watertown the 
25 th day of April AD 1814 



Thos Clark 
Jonas White 



Selectmen 



Joseph Bright | of 
Enoch Wiswall ; Watertown 



Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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Middlesex fs Watertown May 9 th 1814 Pursuant to the 
within warrant I have notified & warned the male inhabit- 
ants of said town qualified as therein expresed to meet at 
the time & place & for the purpose therein mentioned by 
posting attested copies of this warrant at the public meeting 
house in said town two Sunday prior to said meeting 

Jonathan Child Constable 
Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[118] 

At a public town meeting of the freeholders & other In- 
habitants of the town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution to Vote for Representatives, being duly 
warned and regularly assembled at the public meeting 
house in said town on Monday the 9 th day of May 1814 
The Selectmen presideing, proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 8t On Motion Voted to choose two Representatives 

2 d the list of Voters was Revised & read & the Votes call'd 
for & brought in sorted & counted & proclaimed to stand 
thus 

Thomas Clark Esq r had One hundred & one Votes 
Jonas White Esq r had One hundred & one Votes 
Nath 1 R Whitney Esq r had four Votes 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq r had one Vote 
Tyler Bigelow Esq r had one Vote 

Thomas Clark & Jonas White Esq r was declared Chosen 
Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



The meeting was then declared open by an adjournment 
from March meeting last & proceeded as follows (Viz) 

Article 

6 th On Motion Voted to grant Eleven Hundred Dollars for the 
support of the poor of said town the ensueing year 



Watertown Records. 153 

9 On Motion Voted to accept the report of the committee 
appointed to examine the town Treasurers accounts which 
stands as follows (Viz) 

That Abijah White (said Treasurer) stands 

charged $10809,, 72 

And is Credited by 10530,, 95 

leaving a Ballance being cash in the Treasury $278,, 77 



The above is a Just & true account of Abijah White Treas- 
urer, to the 9 th day of May 1814 as examined by the Sub- 
scribers a committee to settle the same 

Thos Clark ] 
Jonas White \ Committee 
On file Joseph Bright J 



On Motion Voted to accept the following Report (Viz) 

We the Subscribers Committee chosen to examine the 
Engine house to see whether it is nessessary to build a new 
one have attended said service & are of opinion that it is 
expedient to build a new one as soon as lumber can be 
procured to advantage that land may be obtained of 
Mefs" Wiswall & Peirce for that purpose on the north side 
of the Mill Creek near the Paper Mill on the conditions 
herein enclosed that two new ladders ought to be pro- 
cured the probable of the expence of a building suitable to 
contain the Engine & Waggon & ladders will amount to 
one hundred & Sixty Dollars 

Adam Brown \ Committee 
Watertown May 9 th 1814 Nath 1 Weld 



[119] 

On Motion Voted to Grant One hundred & Sixty Dollars 
for the purpose of building a New Engine house & two 
ladders to be laid out under the direction of the Selectmen 
as soon as lumber can be procured at a reasonable rate 



Watertown Records. 

The Corporation of the Ministerial Fund made the follow- 
ing Statement 

The Trustees of Watertown Ministerial charge themselves 
as follows (Viz) 



For Isaac Pattens Note $180„ 00 

For Ezra Farrers Note 37 „ 50 

" Wiswall Fuller & C° Note. .... 8„ 00 

" Farrer & Wyeth's d°. , 300,, 00 

" Joseph Rufsell's d° 400,, 00 

" Edward Lowd's d° 325,, 00 1250,, 50 



Interest on said Notes 1 year. . 75, , 3 
" Rent of Lands 1 year 178,, 00 253,, 3 



" Isaac Pattens Note 450,, 00 

" Joseph Coles Note I50„ 00 600,, 



$2103,, 53 



To Ballance which the Trustees charge 

The amount of Principal of) 
said Notes / $1850,, 50 

use of certing* acrofs M r \ 
Eliots Garden J2„ 00 

for Recording Mortgage) 
deed / „ 84 2„ 84 

Ballance of Income to be paid into) 
Treasury of the Town as soon[ 
as collected J 250„ 19 



$2103„ 53 

By Order of the Trustees 

Levi Thaxter Treasurer— » 



^Editorial Note: — original script has been followed. 



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155 



On Motion Voted to accept the above report & place the 
same on file 

14 th On Motion, Voted to grant four Hundred Dollars for the 
purpose of building the Road (laid out and accepted by the 
town April 5 1813 in front of the cotton Factory) Viz 
begining on the same at the corner near the house of 
Joseph Rufsell Jn r from thence as far as the Ministerial 
lands extend; & from the aforementioned corner to the 
great Road near the Brick School house 
On Motion, Voted that the Selectmen be a committee to 
expend the said money on said Road as soon as may be at 
the best advantage 



[120] 

15 th On Motion, Voted to grant Five Hundred Dollars to pay 
the Debts not allready provided for 

16 th Voted to postpone the Sixteenth Article 

On Motion Voted to choose one more Surveyor of high 
ways in the South East Destrict 

On Motion Voted & chose Nath 1 Stone as Surveyer in said 
Destrict 

On Motion Voted to choose three more Field drivers 

(Leonard Harris 
Moses Coolidge 
Sam 1 Davis 

On Motion Voted to adjourn this Meeting to our next town 
meeting & was accordingly declared adjourned 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



April Meeting was then declared open by an adjournment 
& proceeded as follows Viz' — » 

On Motion Voted to postpone the third Article to our next 
meeting 

On Motion Voted to postpone the 6 th Article to our next 
meeting 

On Motion Voted to adjourn this meeting to our next 
meeting & was accordingly declared adjour'd 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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Then the following persons were sworn to their respective 
offices Viz Leonard Harris, Moses Coolidge Sam 1 Davis 
as Field drivers, & Nath 1 Stone was sworn as Surveyor of 
Highways. 

By Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

1814 May 9 th Nath 1 R Whitney was sworn to the office of 
an Afsefsor & concerning Elections & the returns thereof 

By Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[121] 

Resolve of the General Court rendering Valid the Records 
of the town of Watertown 

On the petition of the Inhabitants of Watertown in the 
County of Middlesex by their Representatives stateing 
that none of the Records of said town have been attested by 
any of their former Clerks, & doubts have arisen whether 
such records are legal & praying that their records may be 
made Valid the aforesaid neglect of their former Clerks not 
withstanding 

Resolved, for the reasons set forth in said petition that the 
several records, and the proceedings had in pursuance 
thereof in the said town of Watertown as aforesaid, be & 
they are hereby rendered as good & fully ratified confirmed 
and made Valid as they would have been had their former 
Clerks heretofore attested said records according to Law 
The Above Resolve pafsed 

At a meeting of the Selectmen July 19 th 1814 they signed an 
order directing the Treasurer to pay the following persons 
the following sums of Money anexed their several names 
(Viz)--, 

To Samuel Learnard & Martin Wilder the bal-1 $ c 

lance of granted for support a singing School for[ 

the year 1811 J 29 „ 44 

To Jon a Child his a/c for support of N Baxter \ 

One year to July 18 th 1814 / 33„ 80 

To Jon a Child his a/c for servicies as Constable in) 

1813 blank Tax bills & filling Tax bills J 16„ 50 

To Thadeus Cole his a/c for setting Glafs & for) 
his servicies as Agent to carry on the suit against > 
Jonas White for rent of Fishery J 8„ 00 



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To Edmund Wellington for boarding his father 
Tho s Wellington from Oct r 6 th 1813 to April 6 th 
1814 



157 
26„ 00 



[122] 

To Thomas Learnard for cash paid by him fori % 

repairing the Bafs Viol J 10,, 00 

to ditto for 4 doz n Psalm Books 28„ — 

To Estate of John Bancroft (dec d ) an a/c fori 
takeing care of the Meetinghouse & burying the> 
body of Trufant & Ruth Mattocks J 

To Nath 1 Woodard for takeing care the meeting] 
house 1 year & to extra work done at the Meet-f 

inghouse — J 33.58 

To Enos Foot for 2 Casks of Gun Powder fori 

part of Town stock — J 32„ 

To John Remington for his support at his request 10,, — 

To William Peniman in full for ballance due him] 
for boarding M rs Green Tho 8 Wellington Jun r &l 
Bovnton & Clothing to supply them One yearf 

To 11 th August 1814 J 110.76 

To Mathew Hawkes in part for building the Roadl 

in front the Cotton Factory Leading to the Land/ 150 — 

To Mark Vose for Interest that is due on hisl 
acc 1 from Dec r 6 th 1813 To July 25 th 1814 j 

To Nath 1 R Whitney the Ballance of Note of] 
hand dated may 10 th 1813 & Interest on the} 
Above Note J 



Tho 8 Clark 
Jonas White 
Jo 8 Bright 
Enoch Wiswall 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Charles 
Stratton on Thursday the 6 th day of Sep tr 1814 they apro- 
bated the following Persons as Retailors & Innholders for 
the town of Watertown the ensueing year 

Ezra Farrer — Charles Stratton — Samuel Bellows & Noah 
Newhall for Innholders 

Joseph Peirce John Clark Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r and 
Daniel Jackson Jun r for Retailors 



At a meeting of the Selectmen on the twenty fourth day of 
October AD 1814 they isued the following Warrant 

Middlesex fs To Jonathan Child one of the Constables for 



You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify and warn the inhabit- 
ants of the said town of Watertown, duly qualified to vote 
for Representatives in the general Court of said Common- 
wealth Viz. the male inhabitants of said town being twenty 
one years of age & resident in said town for the space of one 
year next preceedeing haveing a freehold Estate within 
said town of the anual income of three pounds or any 
estate to the value of sixty pounds, to assemble at the 
public Meetinghouse in said town on Monday the 7 th day 
of November next, being the first Monday in said Month, 
at two of the Clock in the afternoon, to give in their votes 
for a Representative of the people of said Commonwealth, 
in the Congrefs of the United States for the Middlesex 
district 

hereof, fail not and make return of this warrant with your 

doings thereon at the time appointed for said Meeting 

Given under our hands and seals this 24 th day of October 



Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[ 123 ]* 



the town of Watertown 



Greeting 



AD 1814 




Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



* Editorial Note: — Page [124] does not exist in original script. Pages were 
misnumbered by town clerk. 



Water town Records. 



159 



Middlesex fs Watertown Nov r 7 th 1814 

In obedience to the within warrent I have notified and 
warned the male inhabitants of said town qualified as 
therein expressed to meet at the time & place and for the 
purpose therein mentioned' — » 

Jon a Child Constable 
Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[125] 

At a legal meeting of the inhabitants of the town of Water- 
town, qualified to vote for Representatives in the General 
Court of this Commonwealth, holden at the public Meeting 
house of said town on Monday the 7 th day of November 
AD 1814. Votes for the following persons to Represent the 
people of said Commonwealth in the Congrefs of the United 
States for the Middlesex district were given in as follows 
(Viz).-, 

For the Hon Samuel Dana Ninety one votes 

For the Hon. Asahel Stearns Eighty two votes 

On motion, Voted to adjourn this meeting to the house of 
Ezra Farrer, for the sole purpose of sealing up the list of 
said Votes, there to meet at six oclock this evening & was 
accordingly adjournd 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Inhabitants at the house of E Farrer 
according to the above adjournment for the purpose of 
Sealing up the list of Votes given for a Representative to 
Congrefs as given in this day Nov r 7 th 1814. The Selectmen 
enclosed & seald up said list & directed the same to the 
Secretary of this Commonwealth in Open Town Meeting — 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen Oc l 10 th 1814 they signed an 
order directing the town Treasurer to pay following persons 



160 Watertown Records, 

the following sums of money anexed their several names 
(Viz) 

To James Parmenter for boarding Leonard Harris] $ c 

& Joseph Cutter, Clothing & supplies for the[ 

same 18 Weeks from April 7 th 1814 J 33„ 99 

To Tristram Knight for boarding Lucy Hager) 

32 Weeks from the 20 th of Feb* 1814 J 48„ 00 

To Asa Stone for makeing Clothes for Baxter) 

& Nath 1 Harris J 6„ 13 

continued to the next page 



1126] 

To Joseph Rufsell Jun r in full for building fence 
on the new Road on Ministerial Land — 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 
Enoch Wiswall 



icej 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attes fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen Dec r 5 th 1814 they signed an 
order directing the town Treasurer to pay the following 
persons the following sums anexed their several names 
(Viz).-, ' 

To Isaac Thorns for boarding Nicholas Johnson) $ c 
& Sundries supplied him sick J 42„ 48 

To Sam ! Walker for makeing a Trough for Town) 

pump J 6„ 35 

To John Odin in full for his Acc fc for Arms &C.) 

did for Town's use Int 3 on same J 175. — 

To Oliver Jackson in part for supporting the poor\ 
persons under his care the present year J 100. — 

To Eb e Field for 2 casks gun Powder did for) 

Town stock J 30,, 00 

To Jon a Child's Tax of United States for Water-) 

town / 2„ 3 



Watertown Records, 161 

To M Hawks in part for makeing Road onl 

Ministerial Land J SO,, 00 

To Child & Craft for repairing Hay Scales 3„ 62 

To Elijah Norcrofs for Sundries supplied Fishery 2„ 39 

To yourself for cash p d W m Chenery for the sup-1 

port of Spencer GodingJ 28„ 57 

Thomas Clark 1 Selectmen 
Jonas White \ for 
Dan 1 Bond J Watertown 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[127] 

Whereas Jonathan Child who was regularly chosen by the 
inhabitants of the town of Watertown one of their collectors 
for said town for the year 1814, who was qualified, & who 
completed said collection in part; has requested the sub- 
scribers, on account of his bodily infirmities, to appoint 
another in his stead. Therefore we the subscribers have & 
do by these presents appoint Josiah Child of said town as 
a collector to perfect the collection of those Taxes which are 
not allready completed by the former above mentioned 
infirm Collector. 

Given under our hands this twenty ninth day of December 
in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & 
fourteen.*—^ 

Thomas Clark 1 Afsefsors 
Nath 1 R. Whitney [ of 
Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Atts' Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen Jan v 2 d 1815 they signed an 
order directing the town Treasurer to pay the following 
persons the following sums of money annex'd their names 
(Viz). 

To Mathew Hawkes a ballance due him for make-1 

ing road on Ministerial Land in full J 130.84 

To Wiswall Fuller & C° their a/c in full for sun-] 
dry clothing &C supply'd the poor at different [ 
times J 136,, 72 



162 Watertown Records. 



To Martin Wilder in full for Hinges &C 6„ 

To Isaac Dana his a/c for attending General] 
court at Boston & for Land taken in front of the \ 

Cotton Factory J 17 „ 50 

To Joseph Peirce in full for a Ballance due Micah) 

Bent for Shoes dPd the poor / 10.33 

To Dan 1 Bond his acc 1 for cash paid for making) 
Catriges in Sep 1 1813 / 24„ 10 



[128] 

To Enoch Wiswall his acc* for attending with) 
committee on town lines in July 1813 & for cash} 
supplied the poor at different times J 30„ 00 

To Abraham Sanger his acc 1 for cash paid for) 

Caty Sanger's stage hire from Boston & back — J 1„ 25 

To the town of Boston their acc* for the support) 
of Francies White while in Goal* in April 1811 &[ 
for sundries supplied M rs Warren to Nov r 2 18 14 J 12,, 51 

To Nath 1 Locke his Acc 1 in full for burying the) 

body of a Stranger found dead / 5„ 00 

To Tristram Knight his acc fc in full for boarding) 

LucyHager J 19.50 

To the town of Cambridge their acc 1 in full for) 
boarding Sundry persons in Goal* in 1812 / 42, , 86 

To Levi Thaxter his Acc 1 in full for attending the) 

actions against Ruggles & for fish rights j 21,, 50 

To Joseph Rufsell his acc 1 for attending General) 

courts committee J 2,, 00 

To Jerom Hersey his Acc 1 for setting glafs in the) 

poor & School houses J 11,, 50 

To Abijah Ruggles a ballance due him for at-) 
tendance as an evidence in the cause of J White/ 2„ 48 

To Zacheus Pond his a/c for repairing town Plow 4„ 37 

To John Clark his a/c for Handkerchief did) 

Baxter & Nails & Powder cask / 2„ 17 



^Editorial Note — Probably meant "GaoF\ 



Watertown Records. 163 

To John Clark his a/c for building fence on the) 

new Road / 15„ 8 

To Joshua Longly his acc 1 for the support of the] 
widow Sarah White to Dec r 8 th 1814 & Lucyf 

White to June 8 th 1814 J 100,, 20 

To Gleason his Ace 1 for the support of) 

Lemuel W T hitney while at Sudbury & Shoes &Cj 42„ 00 

To Amos Bond his ace* for the support of John) 

Sanger to Jan* 7 th 1815 j 26„ 13 



[129] 

To Samuel Hyde his Acc* for boarding Jonathan) 
Nutting from l 8t of April 1814 to Dec r 13 th I814&> 
for sundry Clothes supply'd J 77.94 

To Henry Craft his Acc* for Stones & Labour at) 

the new Road over the Ministerial Lands J 55„ 92 

To Jonas White his Acc fc for sundries supplied) 
Andrew White & Widow Harrington & for 12 > 
Ceder posts for props for great Bridge J 67„ 64 

Tho 8 Clark j Selectmen 
Jonas White > for 
Dan 1 Bond J Watertown 

Atts' Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen March 6 th 1815 they isued 
the following Warrant. 

Middlesex fs. To William Horn one of the Constables of 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to summon & notify the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified by 
law to Vote in town affairs to assemble at the public meeting 
house in said town on Monday the twentieth day of March 
Ins 1 at ten of the clock in the forenoon to act on the follow- 
ing Articles (Viz)« — > 

l et To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To choose all town Officers required to be chosen in months 
of March & April annually 



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3 d To choose a Sexton and agree how he shall be paid for his 
servicies. 

4 th To determine whether Swine & Neat Cattle shall go at 
large the ensueing season & Act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensueing year & 
Grant money to pay for the same & Act any thing thereon 

6 th To grant money to support the poor & Act any thing 
thereon 



7 th To grant money to repair the highways & act any thing 
thereon 

8 th To hear the accounts of those persons who the town is in- 
debted to & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 
thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any committee & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 
poor & Act any thing thereon 

11 th To choose agents to lease the fishery the ensueing year & act 
any thing thereon 

12 th To know the minds of the town if they will choose a com- 
mittee to support & deffend their right in the comon Land- 
ing place near Whitneys Distillery and act any thing 
thereon. 

13 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the state 
of our Treasury 

14 th To hear the request of Moses Chenery & Act any thing 
thereon 

Also You are alike required to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants qualified by Law to Vote for Representa- 
tives, to meet at the public meeting house of said town on 
Monday the twentieth day of March Ins 1 at two of the 
Clock PM to give in their Votes for County Treasurer 

Also You are alike required to notify the town creditors to bring 
in their accounts to the Selectmen at the house of Ezra 
Farrer on Monday the 13 th Ins 1 at 6 O clock. P.M 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time ap- 
pointed for said meeting Given under our hands & 

Seals this 6 th day of March in the year of our Lord 1815. 



[130] 



Tho 9 Clark 



Jonas White 
Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 
Enoch Wiswall 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertovon Records. 165 
[131] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen March 13 th 1815 they signed 
an order directing the town Treasurer to pay the following 
persons the following sums of Money anexed their several 
names (Viz) 

To Joseph Bird in full for his a/c for Plow sharp-) $ 

ing & Camp kettle bailing j 4.58 

To Child & Craft in full for Catrige Boxes & Belts 10.00 

To Caleb Lincoln in full for Putting Shore under) 

Bridge] 3.50 

To John Rufsell in full for repairing pound &) 

triming the pawl J 4.75 

To Sam 1 Brigham in full for attending the Courts\ 

Committee at Boston / 2.0 

To the Town of Cambridge in full for boarding) 

Peter Cockran & Sam 1 Walker in Goal J 16.71 

To David Hager in full for boarding Eliza Gard-) 

ner from Oc t 12 th 1813. 10 Weeks J 14.66 

To William Horn in full for Shoes & Stockings) 

did Sally Perry* j 2.25 

To Abraham Sanger in full for time & Expencies) 

to Boston j 3.78 

To John Hunting & C° in full for Catrige paper 14.66 

Tho 8 Clark for Cash p d A Green & Expencies to) 

Westminster J 20.00 

To Stephen Cook for house rent from 31 st of May) 

1814 To March 1 st 1815 J 18.75 

To Daniel Bond for wood did J Learnard & sup-) 

plies did Jessee Stone's/ 28.66 

To Abijah W 7 hite for Cash p d Jonas W T hite of] 
Westminster for boarding J Cutter from N° 16 th j* 

1814 12 3/2 Week & supplies for the same j 10.67 

To Abijah White for Cash p d for Wood did M rs \ 

Harrington / 4.81 



* Editorial Note: — Original script illegible; possibly Berry. 



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[132] 

To John Fowle in full for M r9 Barnes's rent $ 4„ 17 

To Mark Vose for boarding Nath 1 Harris from) 

Dec r 6 th 1813 to May 6 th 1814 21 y 2 Weeks J 27.95 

To ditto to sundris, spirits & Wine did Jn° Ran-) 

dall & others from April l 3 1812 to Ja^ 6 th 1813 —J 15.61 

To ditto for boarding Tho 8 Wellington Jun r while) 
sick from July 1813 to Augus 1 11 th 1813 / 

To ditto for Interest on his acc e from May 6 th 
1813 & from July 25 th 1814 to March 6 th 1815 in 
addition to Interest allow'd him in his acc 4 from 
Dec r 6 th 1813 To July 25 th 1815 

To Ezra Farrer in full for entertainment for the) 
Selectmen fish committee & committee to lease [ 
the Ministerial Land 



8.86 



46.54 



27.17 



15.00 



To Nath 1 Bemis Jun r for Medicine & attendence) 
on the poor from March 1814 to March 1815 — J 

To Amos Bond for boarding John Sanger from) 

Jan" 7 th 1815 to March 16 th 1815 9/ Week J 14.12 

Tho 3 Clark ) Selectmen 
Jonas White | of 
Enoch Wiswall j Watertown 



Atts. Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk- 



[133] 

At a public meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants 
of the town of Watertown qualified by Law to vote for town 
Officers & town affairs regularly assembled at the public 
meeting house of said town on Monday the 20 th day of 
March AD 1815 for the purpose of transacting the businefs 
sett forth in the Warrant for said meeting proceeded as 
follows (Viz) 

l 8t Voted & choose Thomas Clark Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d Voted & chose Gilbert Nichols for Town Clerk & was sworn 
before Thomas Clark Justice of the peace. 

Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Voted & chose for Selectmen j Joseph Bright 

Daniel Bond 
[Gilbert Nichols 



Watertown Records. 167 

Voted & chose Abijah White for Town Treasurer 

[Amos Bond 
Voted & chose for Afsefsors \ Thomas Clark 

(Gilbert Nichols 

On Motion Voted & adjourn'd this meeting to three 0,clock 
then to meet at this place 

Att 8 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Agreeable to the above adjournment the Inhabitants meet 
and proceeded as follows. (Viz)' — » 

Voted & chose Francies Bright Constable, Voted to excuse 
him by his request then Voted & chose William Horn to 
serve as constable in his place — sworne 

Also Voted & chose Isaac Patten Constable 

Voted to choose the remaining Town Officers by hand Vote 

Voted & chose for fence Viewers 



Peter Clark 
Nath 1 Bright 
John Hunting sworn 
Eben r Chenery 



Voted & chose for Tythingmen (J onas Whitel E , 
3 & \Amos Bond J n 



[134] 



Voted & chose Surveyors of 
Highway 



Voted & chose for Fieldrivers* 



Nathaniel Bemis (excused 
Israel Whitney 
David Livermore (excused 
Thomas Learnard sworn 



Phinehas Sanderson 

(sworn 

Mark Vose 
Enos Blake, sworn 
Phinehas Harrington 
sworn 

Samuel Bellows (sworn 
John H. Clark, sworn 
Silas Jones — sworn 
Thomas Richardson 



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Watertown Records. 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves* 



Voted & chose Clerks of the 
Markett 



Christopher Grant Jun r 
(sworn 

David Stone 
James Robbins 
Jon a P Jourden 
Isaac Sergent 
John Sawyer 
Sam 1 Carman 
Thomas Soden 
Charles Stone sworn 
Charles Bemis 
Enos Blake 



[Charles Patten, sworn 
\John Clark 



Voted & chose for Cullers of [Isaac Dana 
Hoops & Staves \Joseph Peirce 

Surveyors of Lumber^ (William Horn 

Isaac Dana 



Voted & chose for Firewards* — > 



Nath 1 Bemis 
John Fowle 
Amos Bond 
Nath 1 Weld 
Luke Bemis 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
Joseph Peirce 



Voted & chose John Rufsell for pound keeper sworn 



[135] 

Voted & chose for Fish committee 
to see the Fish Law executed 



Josiah Coolidge 
Nathaniel Weld 
W m M Pomroy 
Edward Lowd 
Gilbert Nichols 



3 d Voted that the Selectmen procure a Sexton 

4 Voted that Swine & neat Cattle shall not go at large 

5 Voted to grant Nine hundred Dollars for the support of the 
Schools to be divided equally as last year 

6 th Article Voted to postpone to our next meeting 



Watertown Records. 169 

7 th Voted to postpone granting money to repair the highways 
to the adjournment of this meeting 

Voted to choose a committee to devise a sistem to repair the 
highways & assertain what sum will be nessessary for the 
same & report at our april Meeting next' — > 

Jonas White 
Amos Bond 

Voted & chose for said Committee \ Joshua Coolidge 

Nath 1 R Whitney 
[John Fowle 

Voted & directed the last years Surveyors of Highway to 
work out their lists of Taxes by the first of May next 

8 th Voted to allow the following Acc ts & granted money to pay 
the same (Viz) 

To Abijah White for his servicies as Treasurer — $ 50, , 00 

To Gilbert Nichols his acc* in full for servicies — 48,, 00 

To Tho 8 Clark for his servicies as Afsefsor & 

Cash p d 22„ 00 

To Nath 1 R Whitney in full for his servicies as 

Afsefsor 21„00 

To Sam 1 Learnard for repairing seats in meeting 

house 8„ 25 

9 th Article Voted to postpone to the adjournment of this 
meeting 

10 th Article Voted to postpone to the next meeting 

11 th Voted & chose as agents to lease the Fishery 

Moses Coolidge 
Amos Bond 

12 th Voted & chose the following Committee to support & defend 
the towns common landing place near Whitney's distillery 
on Charles River (Viz) 

fAmos Bond Tyler Bigelow Joseph Peirce 

\Nathaniel Bemis Nath 1 R Whitney 

See Page 184 See Deposition in perpetuance, on this sub- 
ject in Middlesex Registry — > 



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Watertown Records. 



[136] 

14 th Voted that Moses Chenery shall be entitled to his premium 
for Collecting Taxes committed to him in 1813 provided he 
does complete the Collection of the List committed to him 
for 1814 at the time limited in his warrant 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first monday of April 
next then to meet at this place at 4 Oclock PM. 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 
Monday evening March 20 th 1815 They agreed to lease the 
Pews belonging to the town in the meeting house to the 
highest bider on the following conditions Viz To lease said 
Pews for One Year from the 12 th of April 1815 reserveing 
the right to sell said Pews & if sold who ever shou'd hire 
must relinquish the same by paying in propotion to the 
time they impr {illegible) them the rent to be paid l 9 day of 
January 1816 

And the Godard Pew (so called) was putt up at Auction & 
struck off to John Hunting for % 9.00 

The East Pew was ditto to Silas Jones for 6„ 50 

the West ditto to Josiah Child for 5„ 00 

Then the Hayscales belonging to the town was) 

putt up for One year from the first of April 1815 \ 29,, 50 

& was struck of to Sam 1 Brigham for $ YearJ 

The Wharf in Cambridge belonging to the town] 

was then putt up & struck off to W m Horn fov> 1„ 00 

One year from the first day of April 1815 for] 

Then the following persons were sworn into their several 
Officies for which they were chosen this day Viz John 
Hunting as fenceviewer Enos Blake Phinehas Harring- 
ton John H Clark & Silas Jones as field Drivers 

Christopher Grant Jun r as Hogreeve Charles Patten as 

Clerk of the Markett Thomas Clark, Jonas White 

Joseph Bright & Daniel Bond was sworn as Selectmen for 
the faithful performance of that Office. Isaac Patten & 
William Horn as Constables 

before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk'— > 

also Gilbert Nichols was sworn a Selectman before Thos Clark 
Justice Peace 



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171 



[137] 



Also the Selectmen isued the following Warranty 

Middlesex fs. To William Horn one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify and warn the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of said town of twenty one 
years of age & upwards haveing a freehold Estate within 
said Commonwealth of the annual Income of three pounds 
or any Estate to the value of sixty pounds to meet at the 
public meeting house in said town on Monday the 3 d day 
of April next at One of the Clock P.M. to give in their 
Votes for Govenor Lieutenant Govenor & Senators & 
Counsellors agreeable to the Constitution of this Common- 
wealth 

Also,You are alike requird to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town to assemble at the public 
meeting house in said town on Monday the 3 d day of April 
next at 4 of the Clock P M to act on the following Articles 
(Viz)w, 

1 st To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting. 
2 d To know the minds of the town if they will sell the pews 
belonging to the town & act any thing thereon 



Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant with your doing 
thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time appointed 
for said meeting. Given under our hands & seals at Water- 
town this 20 th day of March AD 1815 



Tho 9 Clark 

Jonas White I Selectmen 

Joseph Bright [ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 



Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



April 3 d 1815 

Pursuant to the within warrants I have notified the 
Inhabitants of said town qualified as therein expressed & for 
the purposes within mentioned by posting an attested copy 
of this warrant two Sunday prior to said Meeting 

W m Horn, Constable 



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Watertown Records. 



[138] 

At a public meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants 
of the town of Watertown qualified by the Constitution to 
vote for Govenor Lieutenant Govenor & Senators & Coun- 
selled being duly warned and assembled at the public 
meeting house in said town on Monday the 3 d day of April 
AD 1815 The Selectmen presideing the list of votes was 
revised & read & the votes for Govenor Lieutenant Govenor 
& Senators were call'd for, brought in & sorted & counted 
and it appeared the following persons had the number of 
Votes annexed their several names, (Viz)< — > 

For Gov r 

Samuel Dexter had One hundred & thirty three votes 
Caleb Strong had One hundred votes 

for Lieu 1 Govenor 

William Gray had One hundred & thirty three votes 
William Phillips had One hundred votes 

For Senators 

Samuel Hoar had One hundred & thirty one votes 
Timothy Fuller had One hundred & thirty one votes 
John Hart had One hundred & thirty one votes 
John Brooks had One hundred & One votes 
Calvin Sanger had One hundred & one votes 
Samuel P P Fay had One hundred & one votes 

On Motion Voted to adjourn this meeting to the house of 
Ezra Farrer for the purpose of sealing up the list of Votes, 
there to meet at 6 O Clock this evening 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Then March Meeting was declared open by the adjourn- 
ment the 20 th day of March, 1815 & Votes called for County 
Treasurer & stood thus (Viz) 

County Treasurer 

John Keyes had Ninety seven votes 

Abiel Haywood had Sixty seven votes 

Then March Meeting was declared open by an adjournment 
from the 20 th day of March 1815 

Voted to postpone the farming out of Taxes untill this 
evening then to meet at the house of Ezra Farrer for that 
purpose 



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173 



[139] 

Article (to grant money for the support of the poor) was 
voted to postpone to our next meeting in May 

Voted to excuse Nath 1 Bemis from serveing as a Surveyor 
of Highway 

Voted to excuse David Livermore from Serveing as a 
Surveyor of Highway 



Voted & chose as Surveyors 
of High ways'— > 



Zacheus Pond (sworn 
Luke Bemis (sworn 
Nath 1 Weld 
Elisha Livermore 
Nath 1 R Whitney (sworn) 



Voted to choos a Committee to assist the Selectmen & 
Afsefsors in divideing the highway destricts 

[Jonathan Stone 
Voted & Chose for said committee jNath 1 R Whitney 

[Adam Brown 

Voted to allow William Horn his acc 1 for warningl 

Town Meetings J 2„ 00 

The Committee chosen the 20 th of March last to devise a 
method to repair the highways made the following reports 
(Viz).-, 

The Committee appointed at the last meeting to devise a 
sistem for repairing the highways within the town of 
Watertown & to assertain the amount of Tax requisite 
therefor, and to report at the adjournment of the meeting, 
haveing attended to that subject, & ask Leave to report as 
follows (Viz) 

That there be laid & afsefsed on every rateable Pole twenty 
five Cents & such further sums on Estates & property as 
shall be agreeable to law. 

That it be the duty of the Afsefsors to proceed to Afsefs & 
make out said Tax without delay in a legal way & give said 
Tax to the several Surveyors of the town 
That the Surveyors cause said Tax to be work'd out on the 
highways before the tenth day of June next by giveing 
legal notice & a reasonable time to work out said Tax & not 
to be work'd after that time 



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[140] 

And that the Surveyors be directed to return their books 
the Tenth of June to the Afsefsors & they to put all the 
delinquents taxes into their town Tax of this present year, 
to be collected & paid over to the town Treasurer in the 
same way & manner as all other Taxes are Collected & paid 
Over, & the same shall be appropriated & set apart as a 
fund to repair the highway in such a manner as the town 
may direct hereafter 4 th Your Committee are of opinion 
that it will be for the Interest of the town to divide the 
three districts, say the Southwest Southeast & Northeast 
districts to be done by a committee, to be chosen for that 
purpose, And that committee to give their Afsistance to 
the former Surveyors in case any persons shou'd come 
forward & pay the money for their old Taxes which are due 
to the former Surveyors & that committee to take it & be 
requested to spend the same on the Road from the Meeting 
house to Bellow's Tavern in such a way as they may sup- 
pose most for the interest of the town 

5 th Your Committee are of Opinion that Each man be allow'd 
One Dollar $ day for his work & the same for a good Team. 

Jonas White 
Amos Bond 

As you may see on file) Joshua Coolidge \ Committee 

Nath 1 R Whitney 
John Fowle 

Voted to accept the report of the above committee 

The Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial Funds agreeable 
to the provisions of the Act of Incorporation, make the 
following report & statement of their doings the last year 
& of the existing State of their funds 

for 



[141] 

For the information of the town The net amount In- 
come to the l 8t of April 1814 amounted to the sum $250„19< 

$230„69 of said sum has been paid over to the town 

Treasurer the ballance $19„50 being the Interest on Edward 
Lowd's Note is not yet received from him by the Trustees 
But one sale of Land has been made during the last Year, 
(Viz) to Cyrus Russell for $150„00 which sum is on In 8t 
from 1 st of April Instant their funds in Money at Interest 
amounts at this time to the sum of $2000 // 50 & is due from 
the following persons 



Watertown Records, 175 

Viz— from Isaac Patten $630,, 00 

" Jon a Wyeth 300, , — 

" Edw d Lowd 325,, — 

" Ezra Farrer 37 „ 50 

" Wiswall Fuller & C° 8„ 00 

" Cyrus & Joseph Rufsell — 550,, — 

" Joseph Cole 150,, 



The Interest or Income arriseing on) 






said sums to the l 8t of April 1815 — / 


111,, 


03 


Rent of Real Estate the last year — 


182,, 


50 


amount of Income $ 


293„ 


53 


deduct for Recording Deeds 


1„ 


50 


$ 


292,, 


03 


To which add Interest on Lowds Note 


19„ 


50 



$2000,, 50 



Income now due to be paid to the Treasurer — $311, , 53 



^ Order of the Trustees 

Levi Thaxter Clerk 

Voted to except the above report & place the same on file 
Voted to adjourn this meeting to the house of Ezra Farrer 
there to meet at six of the Clock this evening 

Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[142] 

At a public town meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified to Vote in town affairs being duly 
warned & regularly assembled at the public meeting house 
April 3 d 1815 proceded as follows 

Viz Voted & chose Tho a Clark for Moderator 

Voted to postpone selling the pews to next may meeting. — 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

The April Town Meeting was then declared open at the 
house of Ezra Farrer agreeable to the adjournment this day 
for the purpose of sealing up the returns for the Governor's 
Senator's &C which was accordingly done 



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Then March Meeting was declared open by an adjourn- 
ment this afternoon April 3 d 1815 & proceeded to farm out 
the collection of Taxes (Viz) 

Voted to let out the Collection of Taxes the ensueing year to 

the lowest bider, upon the same conditions as last year 

And the East List of Taxes was put up & struck off to 

Charles Whitney for four Cents on the Dollar And the 

West List of Taxes was put up & struck off to Charles 

Whitney for six Cents on a Dollar 

Voted & chose Charles Whitney Collector 

On Motion Voted to adjourn this Meeting to next may meet- 
ing then to meet at 4 O Clock P.M. at the Meeting house 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[143 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Ezra Farrer 
on the 3 d day of April 1815 they appointed the following 
persons as Engine Men the ensueing year (Viz)< — > 



Elisha W Dana 
Francies Whitney 
Clinton Thayer 
Gilbert Nichols 
Leonard Harris 
Josiah White 
John Stimpson Jun r 
Nath 1 R Whitney Jun 1 
Aaron Clapp 
James Robbins 
Nath 1 Weld Jun r 



Joseph Cole 
William Bright 
Edward Richards 
Silas Jones 
Jerom Hersey 
Elijah Ray 
Thomas Soden 
David Weeks 
George Coolidge 



Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



April 10 th 1815 the following persons was sworn to their 
respective Offices (Viz) Samuel Bellows & Phinehas Sander- 
son as Field drivers, Thomas Clark Amos Bond — Afsefsors 
before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk Gilbert Nichols was 
sworn as an Afsefsor before Thomas Clark, Justice of the 
peace — Nathaniel R Whitney was sworn as Surveyor of 
Highways 

by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



Ill 



Thomas Learnerd Zacheus Pond & Luke Bemis was sworn 

for the Office of Surveyors of Highway Charles Stone 

was sworn for the Office of Hogreeve 

by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Abijah White was sworn as Treasurer for the town the 
ensueing year 

by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[144] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen on the 24 th day of April 1815 
they issued the following Warrant 

Middlesex fs. To W r illiam Horn one of the Constables of 
the town of Watertown. Greeting — 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachu setts, to notify & warn all the male 
inhabitants of said town, being twenty one years of age & 
upwards & resident in said town for the space of One year 
next precedeing, haveing a freehold Estate in said town of 
the anual Income of three pounds or any estate to the value 
of sixty pounds, to meet at the public meeting house in said 
town on Monday the 8 th day of May next at two of the 
clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of chooseing two or 
more Representatives, to Represent at the General Court 
appointed to be convened & held at Boston on the last 
Wednesday of May next 

Also You are alike required to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town qualified to vote in town 
affairs to assemble at the public meeting house on Monday 
the 8 th day of May next at 3 O, Clock in the afternoon, to 
Act on the following Articles (Viz) 

1 st To choos a Moderator 2 d To know if the town will make 

any alteration in their School districts & act any thing 
thereon 

3 d To know if the town will make any grant for the Soldiers 
that was drafted from this town that perform'd their tower 
of duty & Act any thing thereon. 4 th To know if the town 
will open the Road in the front of the Cotton Factory, 
through to the watering place by Rufsell Corner & Act any 
thing thereon 



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Water town Records. 



Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon on or before the time appointed for said 
Meeting 

Given under our hands & Seals at ] 
Watertown this 24 th day of April in the [ 
Year of our Lord 1815 J 

Thomas Clark 1 

Jonas White I Selectmen 
Dan 1 Bond f of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[145] 

At a public town meeting of the Inhabitants qualified by 
the Constitution to Vote for Representatives being duly 
warned (as appear'd by the return on the warrant for said 
meeting) & regularly assembled at the public meeting house 

in said town, on Monday the 8 th day of May AD 1815 

The Selectmen presideing, proceeded as follows (Viz) 

On motion, it was voted to receive votes for two Repre- 
sentatives 

The Votes was then caird for brought in counted & sorted 
and 

And it appeared there was One hundred & Sixty Votes of 
which 

Thomas Clark Esq r had Eighty votes \ 
Jonas White Esq r had Eighty votes / 

The Above named persons was declared as chosen their 
Representatives to the General Court the ensueing year 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



May 8 th 1815- 

At a public town meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs bein 
duly warned (as appear'd by the return on the Warrant for 
said meeting) And regularly assembled at the meeting 
house for the purpose of transacting the businefs sett forth 
in the warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows Viz. 

l 8t Voted and chose Thomas Clark Moderator 



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179 



It was Voted to choos a committee of two persons in each 
Destrict to assertain the number of Scholars in their re- 
spective destricts from four to sixteen years of age & the 
names of the persons they live with 

Voted & chose in the East destrict (Elisha Livermore 
for said Committee \Peter Clark 

Middle Destrict fg^ t ?S^P h 

\Nath 1 R Whitney 

West Destrict l^ m A? k wn 

\ Abijah White 

It was Voted that the above committees report at our next 
meeting 

Article 2 d 

It was Voted to grant money to, & make up the pay of the 
Soldiers (that was drafted the last fall that perform'd their 
tower of duty, includeing they pay they have receivd or 
shall receive from Government, to sixteen Dollars <P Month 

for the time they served. Voted & chose the Selectmen 

as a committee to asertain what persons ought to receive 
said money & order the same to be paid out of the Treasury 

Article 4 

Voted to choose a committee to agree with Jonas White to 
straighten the line betwen the Ministerial Land & Land of 
said White 



[146] 

[Nathaniel R Whitney 
Voted chose for said committee < John Fowle 

[Peter Clark 

Voted to open the remainder of the road from the Ministe- 
rial land to the Watering place near John Rufsells — Voted 
— that the Selectmen cause a fence to be built on said road 
to be opened through the Land of Jonas White & Edmund 
Fowle Voted that the Selectmen with Edmund Fowle shall 
agree on persons to assertain the damage done said Fowle 
by the road being opened through said Fowle's Land. 
Voted to grant three hundred Dollars to pay the expence 
of said fence & build said Road 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



180 Watertown Records. 

May 8 th 1815 

Then the town meeting was opened by an adjournment 
from the 20 th day of March 1815 & proceeded as follows 
(Viz) 

Voted to grant thirteen hundred Dollars for the support of 
the poor the ensueing year 

Voted to except the report of the committee appointed to 
examine the Treasurers accounts which stands as follows 
(Viz) that Abijah White said Treasurer stands charged the 
sum of $7517,, 49 

& is credited by 7672,, 50 

leaveing a ballance being cash due the Treasurer 

for 55„ 1 



May 6 th 1815 The above is a just & true statement of 
Abijah Whites Treasurer of Watertown Acc ts to this present 
date as examined by the Subscribers the Selectmen 



Tho 3 Clark 
Jonas White 
Joseph Bright 
Dan 1 Bond 
Gilbert Nichols 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Voted that the Treasurer be directed to settle with the 
Administrator of the Estate of Sam 1 Cook & discharge said 
Estate 

Voted that the two five Dollar Berkshire Bank Bills shall be 
considered as of no value & shall not be accounted for in 
future 

Voted accept of the report of the committee chosen to 
defend & support the common landing place on Charle's 
River near Whitney's Destillery. Voted, that said com- 
mittee take the depositions of certain persons to be kept in 
perpetual remembrance concerning said landing place, to 
be recorded (Report on file) 



[147] 

Voted that the proposition of Amos Bond concerning the 
Highway be put on file for further consideration 

Voted to Excuse Elisha Livermore from serveing as a 
Surveyor 



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181 



Voted & chose Jonathan Stone Surveyor dc was sworn 
before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Voted to so far to reconsider the vote pas'd by the town on 
the 20 th of March for the surveyors to return their lists to 
the Afsefsors on the 10 th of June, as to direct them to return 
said Lists on the 20 th day of June next 

Att 5 *- Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Then the town meeting was declared open by an adjourn- 
ment from the third day of April 1815 concerning the sale 
of the Pews belonging to the town & proceeded as follows 
(Viz) Voted to sell the Pews belonging to the town after 
giveing public Notice 

Voted that the Selectmen be directed to sell said Pews in 

the way & manner they think propper 

On Motion Voted to dissolve this & all other meeting since 

the first of March last past & was accordingly declared 

dissolv'd 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



May 6 th 1815 The Selectmen granted the following Licence 
Viz 

We the subscribers, Selectmen of the town of Watertown 
at a meeting this day holden for the purpose, have licenced 
and do hereby Licence M r Nathaniel Fowle of said town to 
sell at public vendue or outcry, any goods or chattels, 
whatsoever, pursuant to a Law of the Commonwealth, 
pafs'd June 16 th 1795 

Given under our hands this 6 th day of June 1815 

Thomas Clark 1 
Jonas White Selectmen 
Joseph Bright \ of 
Dan 1 Bond i Watertown 
Gilbert Nichols j 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Israel Whitney was Sworn as Surveyor of Highways June 
8 th before me Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[148] 

The following is a report of the committee chosen to asser- 
tain damage done Edmund Fowle by a road going through 
his land (Viz). Watertown June 6 th 1815 



182 



Watertown Records. 



The Subscribers being a Committee mutually appointed by 
the Selectmen of Watertown on the One part & by Edmund 
Fowle on the other part to determine the sum said town 
ought to pay said Fowle for damage accruing to him by 
said town's opening a Road through his land to lead to- 
wards the Factory of Wiswall Fuller & C° haveing heard 
the parties & duly attended to their observations, do award 
that in consideration of said land so taken & for the damage 
thereby accruing to him That said town shall make for said 
Fowle a good four rale fence on each side of said Road which 
is to be opened forty feet wide, & also that they pay him 
the sum of Three hundred Dollars on or before the first day 
of September next with Interest after that time 



Expence of said Committee 
Viz Sam 1 Swan $3.00 
" Henry Craft 3 — 
" John Clark 3 — 



Sam 1 Swan ] 

Henry Craft \ Committee 

John Clark J 



$9„00 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



To whoom it may concern. This may certify that we the 
subscribers were, at the request of Nath 1 Bemis present & 
saw him dig up the bottom of an antient post between his 
land which he purchased of Tho 8 Mellen & the public 
Highway in said Watertown & saw him place a stone in the 
same place about two feet in Lenght principally under 
ground to perpetuate the bounds of said Road said Stone 
is about ten feet from said Bemis's fence, June 14 th 1815 

Jonas White 1 Selectmen 
Dan 1 Bond [ of 
Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[149] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen June 14 th 1815 They signed 
an Order directing the town Treasurer to pay the following 
persons the following Sums of Money anexed their several 
names, (Viz)' — » 

To Farrer for the support of Ben 11 Whitney) 

for One Year J 20„ — 

To Nathan Wood in full for the support of Joseph) 

Cutter untill he becomes twenty one years of Age J 60. — 



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183 



To Oliver Jackson in part for support of poor per-) 

sons in his Care J 150. — 

To Benjamin Hoten for 1 year's house rent for) 
Jonas Learnard, from March \ 
l 3t 1814 J 25 — 

To Benjamin Stevens in part for his servicies) 
when drafted into the Military service of this 
Commonwealth in the fall of 1814 J 10. — 

Thomas Clark 

Jonas White I Selectmen 

Dan 1 Bond [ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att e Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep 1 11 — 1815 They signed 
an Order directing the town Treasurer to pay the following 
persons the following Sums of Money anexed their several 
names (Viz)*— » 

To Joseph Jones for Buckett for poor house $ 1„ 50 

To Gilbert Nichols for Cash which he paid for the] 
support of Spencer Goding one year, to Nath 1 ^ 
Goding J 45„ — 

To M & E Hunt for Sundry Clothing did poor — 3.35 

To Gilbert Nichols his Acc 1 for Sundrys rec d of) 
Wiswall Fuler & C° for the use of the poor & for> 

proping the Bridge J 19„ 55 

To Catherine Hay for the support of the poor at) 
the from to 1 



[150] 

To Charles Lowering his Acc 1 for boarding Lucy) 
Hager from January 2 d 1815 to / 

To Samuel Brigham for repairing Hay scales 1) 

year to April l 8t 1815 J 8„ — 

To Jonas White his Acc 1 for sundrys did the poor) 

to Sep 1 2 d 1815 J 75.76 

To Jonathan Wyeth his Acc 1 for Coffin for M r l 

Berry & Labour at great Bridge J 6„ 00 



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IV at er town Records. 



To Jacob Adams his Ace* for Knitting Seanes — 24„ — 

To Jacob Adams his Ace* for Stringing Scanes — 6„ — 

To Gilbert Nichols his Acc 1 for Book for Fish) 

Committee & recording &C — J 4„ 00 

To Amos Bond his Ace* for Twine &C for Seane 58„ 65 

To Dan 1 Bond his Ace* for Ropes for Seane 31„ 83 

To Dan 1 Bond his Acc 1 for Wood did Jonas] 
Learnard & for horse & Waggon & man to Boston > 
with the Artilery J 14„ 68 

To Oliver Jackson for Ballance due him for the) 
support of the poor in his care to Aug 1 19 1815 — J 

To Benjamin Hoten for six Months House rent) 

to Sep* 1 st 1815 J 12„ 50 

To John Hunting in part for fenceing the road) 
through Ministerial Land &C J 46„ 00 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Gilbert Nichols 
Dan 1 Bond 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

At a meeting of the Selectmen Sep fc 14 th 1815 they appointed 
Francies Leathe & Samuel Davis instead of George Craft & 
Clinton Thayer, discharged, as Engine Men 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[151] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen on 4 th day of October AD 
1815 They issued the following Warrant 

Middlesex fs; To M r Isaac Patten one of Constables for 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts; to summon & notify the freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown, qualified by 
law to vote in town affairs, to meet & assemble at the public 
Meeting house in said town on Monday the Sixteenth day 
of October Ins 1 at three of the Clock in the afternoon To 
Act on the following Articles (Viz)< — > 



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185 



l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know the minds of the town, whether they will repair 

the barn improv'd by the Rev d Richard R Eliot and act 

any thing thereon 
3 d To know the minds of the town, whether they will choose a 

Collector to complete the collection of the Taxes committed 

to Jonathan Child to collect in the year 1813 and act any 

thing thereon 

4 th To hear the report of the Refferees, agreed upon by the 
Selectmen & Edmund Fowle concerning the damage done 
said Fowle by a Road being laid out through said Fowle's 
land, & act any thing thereon 

5 th To know the minds of the town, whether they will choose 
Agents to defend an action of review, brought against the 
town by Jonas White Esq r concerning the Rent of the 
fishery for the Year 1811 & Act any thing thereon 

6 th To know if the town will direct their Selectmen to petition 
to the Legislature of the Commonwealth to alter the Law 
in point of time in leaseing the Fishery & finally to be 
disconnected from the towns of Weston and Waltham in 
said Fishery and Act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon, on or before the time appointed to the 
Selectmen 

(carried up) 



[152] 

Given under our hands & Seals this fourth day of October 
in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred & 
fifteen 

Thomas Clark 

Jonas White I Selectmen 
Joseph Bright [ of 
Gilbert Nichols Watertown 



Middlesex fs; Watertown October 16 th 1815 
Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant I have notified & 
W T arned the male Inhabitants qualified as therein exprefs'd 
to meet at the time and place & for the purposes therein 
exprefs'd by posting an attested Copy of this Warrant at 
the public meeting house in said town two Sundays prior 
to the date hereof 

Isaac Patten Constable 



Atts fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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Watertown Records. 



At a public Town meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs being 
duly warned & regularly assembled at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the 16 th day of October AD 
1815 proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l Bt Voted & chose Tyler Bigelow Esq r Moderator for said 
meeting 

2 d Voted, to Repair the Barn ocupied by the Rev d Richard R 
Eliot. 

Voted to grant fifty Dollars to be laid out for that purpose, 

to be assefsed in the next town Afsefsment 

Voted to choose a Committee to repair the said Barn 



3 d Voted that the Afsefsors appoint a Collector to complete 
the collection of the Taxes committed to Jonathan Child 
for the year 1813 

4 th Voted to accept the report of the Referees respecting the 
damage to be done to Edmund Fowle by the Road to be 
made through said Fowle's land leading from the Watering 
place to the Cotton Factory*—^ (Continued) 



Voted to appropriate the money that was granted at a 
public town meeting held on the 8 th day of May last for the 
purpose of building a fence & road through the land of 
Jonas White Esq r & Edmund Fowle & pay the same to 
Edmund Fowle for the damage awarded said Fowle by the 
referees by means of said Road's going through said Fowle's 
land (amounting to $300,, — )< — > 

5 Voted to choose three Agents to defend, refer, or adjust the 
action (as they shall see fit) of review brought against the 
town by Jonas White Esq r for the rent of the fishery for the 
year 1811 



Nath 1 R Whitney 
Voted & chose for said Committee ■ Isaac Patten 

Caleb Lincoln 



[153] 



Voted & chose for said Committee < 



[Nath 1 R Whitney 
I Edmund Fowle 
« Adam Brown (excused 



by his request 
Isaac Patten 



Voted to grant $300. to cary on said suit to be afsefsd at the 
next town Afsefsment 



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187 



6 th Voted that the Selectmen petition to the legislature for an 
alteration in the now existing fish law, & for a disconnection 
in the fishery, with the towns of Weston & Waltham and 
that the Selectmen for the time being, be empowered to 
appoint two agents to lease the fishery other than the 
Selectmen, in the Month of February annually to lease the 
fishery at public auction after haveing given public notice 

of such sale one Week previous thereto 

Voted, that the Representatives of the town use their 
endeavours to have a Law pafs'd at the next sefsion of the 
General Court as nearly corresponding with the foregoing 
vote with such limitations and restrictions as may be 

thought proper to carry the views of the town into effect 

Voted, that the Selectmen give notice of the intention of the 
town on the above subject; to the Selectmen of Weston & 
W 7 altham & ask their concurence & aid in the same 
Voted that the Selectmen may hire the right of takeing the 
fish call'd Shad & Alewives in the adjoining towns for one 
or more years. Voted, to dissolve this meeting which was 
accordingly declared dissolv'd 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[154] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen on the 27 th day of November 
AD 1815. They Isued the following Warrant 

Middlesex, fs, To William Horn one of the Constables for 
the Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon & notify the free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
qualified by Law to Vote in town affairs to assemble at the 
public Meeting house in said town on Monday the Eleventh 
day of December at two of the Clock P M To Act on the 
following Articles (Viz)' — > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know the minds of the town, whether they will adopt 
measures to prevent the Road leading from the house of 
Luke Bemis to Newton being established as a public high- 
way & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know the minds of the town whether they will sell to 
M r Joshua Coolidge a pice of Land adjoining Sheremans 
pond (so call'd & act any thing thereon 



188 



Watertown Records. 



4 th To know if the town will direct their Treasurer to allow 
Moses Chenery his premium for Collecting Taxes for the 
year 1814 

Hereof, fail not & make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon on or before the time appointed for said 
Meeting to the Selectmen 

Given under our hands & Seals at Watertown this 27 th day of 
November AD 1815 

Tho s Clark ] 
Jonas White ( Selectmen 
Dan 1 Bond of 
Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Middlesex fs. Watertown December 11 th 1815 

Pursuant to the above Warrant, I have notified the In- 
habitants as therein exprefs'd to meet at the time and place 
& for the purposes therein mentioned by posting attested 
coppies of the above Warrant two Sundays at the public 

meeting house prior to the date hereof 

W m Horn Constable 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



. [155] 

At a public town meeting of the freeholders and other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown qualified by Law to 
vote in Town affairs being duly warned & regularly assem- 
bled at the public Meeting house in said town on Monday 
the Eleventh day of December AD 1815. They proceeded 
as follows (Viz)' — > 

1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark for Moderator for said Meet- 
ing 

2 d Voted To choose a Committe for the purpose of meeting the 
committee appointed by the Court of Sefsions for the pur- 
pose of viewing the road leading from the house of Luke 
Bemis to Newton over Bemis's Bridge (so call'd & to oppose 
said Court Committe's reporting in favour of said way 
being made a public highway' — » 



Voted that the said committe consist of three persons 
Voted & chose for said committee 



Edmund Fowle 

(excused) 
Thomas Clark 
Nath 1 W 7 eld (excused) 



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Voted to excuse Edmund Fowle & Nath 1 Weld from serve- 

ing on said committee at their own request 

Voted to add Two more to said committee 

[Jonas White 

Voted & chose I Joseph Bright 

{ Dan 1 Bond 
[Gilbert Nichols 

Voted that the above committee be ortherised to act as 
they shall see fit in the above case' — > 

3 d Voted to choose a committee of thre persons to view a 
certain peice of land situated by or in Sherman's Pond (so 
call'd) and sell 6c convey the same by Deed in behalf of said 
town & the Inhabitants thereof; if said committee shall be 
of opinion that it will be for the Interest of the town 

[Moses Coolidge 
Voted & chose for said committee j Tho s Clark 

[Nath 1 R Whitney 

Voted that the Treasurer be directed to pay Moses Chenery 
his premium that is due him for collecting Taxes' — > 

Voted to dissolve said Meeting which was accordingly 
declard 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[156] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Charles 

Stratton January 1 st AD 1816 They appointed the 

following persons for Engine Men the ensueing year Viz' — > 



Elisha W Dana 
Gilbert Nichols 
Leonard Harris 
Josiah White 
John Stimpson Jun r 
Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r 
Aaron Clap 
James Robbins 
Nath 1 Weld Jun r 
Joseph Cole 
William Bright 



Jerom Hersey 
Elijah Ray 
Thomas Soden 
Caleb Dana 
George Coolidge 
Sam 1 Davis 
Frances Leathe 
Abraham Lincoln 
Nath 1 Fowle 
Caleb Lincoln 
Tho s Googins. (appointed 
Nov r 4 th 1816 



Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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Also at the above meeting the Selectmen appointed Edward 
Lowd for a Surveyor of Wood & Bark for the ensueing year, 
& was sworn to that office by 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Also the Selectmen signed an Order dated Jan y l 3t AD 1816 
directing the town Treasurer to pay the following persons 
the following sums of Money anex'd their several names 
(Viz) 

To Caty Hay for support of poor in her Care from) $ t 
September 4 th 1815 to Jan* 1 st 1816/ 37„ 00 

To John Hunting for Ballance due him for make-) 

ing fence on Ministerial land / 14„ 28 

To Isaac Corey for boarding two of Elisha Whit-\ 

ney 26 Weeks to Nov r 13, 1815 — j 26„ 00 

To Thadeus Cole his acc 1 for Clothe for the poor 14„ 43 

To Jerom Hersey for setting Glafs in the Meeting) 

house and School house J 20„ 60 

To William Penniman his acc 1 for Clothing sup-) 
plied Tho 8 Wellington Jun r from Aug 1 11 th 1814 \ 

To August 11 th 1815 J 22.15 



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To Josiah Learnard his acc 1 in full for boarding) 
Benjamin Learnard & Clothing supply'd him)- 
from J 

To Stephen Longly in full for boarding and 
nursing Clothing & doctoring M r3 White and 
Lucy White 1 year to December 
8 th 1815 



To Gilbert Nichols his acc fc for Cash paid S 
Walker & William Vose 

To Phinehas Sanderson for Shoes did poor 

Stephen his acc' for stringing Seines April 1815 — 

To David Hager his acc 1 in full for boarding Lucy) 
Hager & Clothing supplied her to Jan l 3t 1816 — J 



52„ - 



107,, 28 
3.00 

In 50 

60„ 23 



Watertown Records. 191 

To Jonas White his ace* for Sundrys did M r ) 
Andrew White (deceased) & funeral Expences & \ 
Mourning d° J 

To Edmund Fowle Nath 1 R Whitney & Isaac] 
Patten agents to carry on the law suit against f 
Jonas White to defray the Expecies of said suits] 190,, — 

To Isaac Patten to defray the Expence of repair- \ 

ing M r Eliots Barn J 50 — 

To Samuel Hyde his acc 1 for boarding Jon a j 
Nutting & for Clothing suppli'd him One year to}- 
Dec' 30 1815 J 

To Samuel Latch his Acc 1 for boarding Robert! 
Sanderson from Feb? 27 th 1815 to Jan* l 8t 1816] 66 — 

To Sarah Adams for her support & Wood 20, , — 

To William Sherman, United States Taxes sett) 

to the town of Watertown J 4„ 9 

To Benjamin Hoten for 6 Months Rent of house) 
for Jonas Learnard from Sep 1 1, 1815 to March [ 
1st 1816 J 12„ 50 

To Mark Vose his Acc 1 in full for Supplying poor) 
from May 6 th 1814 & all demands to date J 

To Gilbert Nichols his Acc 1 for Cash p d for) 
Lumber J 11,, 70 

To Dan 1 Bond his Acc 1 for Sundrys 12„ 25 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 

Signed Dan 1 Bond 

Gilbert Nichols 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerb 



[158] 

January 30 th 1816 the Selectmen granted the following 
Licence Viz we the Subscribers Selectmen of Watertown at 
a Meeting this day held for that purpose, have Licenced 
and do by those presence Licence Edward Lowd of said 
town to sell at public Vendue or out cry any goods & 



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Chatties whatever pursuant to a Law of this common- 
wealth pas'd June 16 th 1795 

Jonas White j Selectmen 
signed Dan 1 Bond \ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 



Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



We the Subscribers Selectmen of Watertown at a Meeting 
held for that purpose February 19 th 1816 have appointed 
and by these presents do appoint Levi Thaxter Esq r & 
Nath 1 Weld Agents to Lease the Fishery in W 7 atertown 
agreeable to an Act pas'd Feb y 3 d 1816* — » 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 

Signed Dan 1 Bond 

Gilbert Nichols 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen February 26 th 1816 They 

signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay the following 
persons the following Sums of Money anexed their several 
names (Viz)' — > 

To Calvin Honey for Military service in defence! 
of the state agreeable to a Vote of the town pas'd \ 
May 8 th 1815 J 24„ 00 



To Jerimiah Osburn. . . .ditto 

to John Hardy ditto 

to Jonathan Peirce. . . .ditto 
to Phinehas Learnard. .ditto 
to Dan 1 A Tainter . . . .ditto 

to Isaac Swan ditto 

to William Swift ditto 

to Asa Stone ditto 



24„ 00 
20„ 00 
20„ 00 
20„ 00 
20„ 00 
24„ 00 
20„ 00 
20„ 00 



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[159] 

To Wilson Bridges ditto $20,, 00 

to Benjamin Stevens (Ballance due) $20,, 00 

To Francies Whitney ditto 20„ 00 

To Amasa Jackson ditto 20„ 00 

To Charles Loring ditto 20„ 00 

To Leonard Whitney ditto 20„ 00 

To John Sawyer ditto 20„ 00 

To Nath 1 White ditto 20„ 00 

To Jacob Easty* ditto 20„ 00 

To Elijah Bellows ditto 10„ 33 



Thomas Clark 1 

Jonas White I Selectmen 

Dan 1 Bond of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 



Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4 th 1816 They isued 
the following Warrant Viz 

Middlesex fs To William Horn one of the Constables of the 
Town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to summon & Notify the free holders & 
other Inhabitants qualified by Law to Vote in town affairs 
to assemble at the public Meeting house in said town on 
Monday the Eighteenth day of March Instant, at ten of 
the Clock in the forenoon To Act on the following Articles 
(Viz) 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting*— » 

2 d To choose all Town Officers required to be chosen in the 

Months of March & April Annually 
3 d To choose a Sexton and agree how he shall be paid for his 

Servicies 

4 th To determine whether Swine and Neat Cattle shall go at 
large the ensueing year & Act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensueing year & 
grant Money for the same & Act any thing thereon 



^Editorial Note — script illegible; possibly Early 



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[160] 



6 th To Grant money to support the poor & Act any thing 

7 th To grant money to make & repair the Highways and Act 

any thing thereon 
8 th To hear the Accounts of those persons who the Town are 

indebted to a grant money to pay the same & Act any 

thing thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any committee & Act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 
poor and Act any thing thereon 

11 th To know the mind of the Town whether they will sell part 
of the common land adjoining the watering place (so 
call'd & Act any thing thereon 

12 th To know what repairs the Town will make on their Meeting 
house And Act any thing thereon 

13 th To know if the town will take into consideration the situa- 
tion of the Engine house & Wagon and Act any thing 
thereon 

14 th To know if the Town will grant Money for Contingent 

expencies And Act any thing thereon 
15 th To know if the town will find Seines in future for their 

fishery & Act any thing thereon 

16 th To hear the Statement of the Selectmen concerning the 

state of the Treasury 

Also you are alike required to notify & warn all the free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the aforesaid town of 
Watertown qualified by Law to vote for Representatives, 
to meet at the public meeting house in said town on Mon- 
day the Eighteenth day March Instant at two of the Clock 
in the afternoon to give in their votes for County Register 
and Treasurer 



To the Selectmen on or before the time appointed for said 
Meeting*—, 

Given under our hands and Seals at Watertown this fourth 




[161] 



day of March AD 1816*—, 



Thomas Clark 
Jonas White 
Dan 1 Bond 
Gilbert Nichols 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



195 



Middlesex fs Watertown March 18 th 1816 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified & warned 
all the free holders & other Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown to meet & Assemble as within directed & for 
the purposes therein mentioned, by posting Copies of the 
within Warrant at the public meeting house two Sunday 
prior to the date hereof*— > 

signed W m Horn Constable 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen March 11 th 1816 they signed 
an Order directing the Treasurer to pay to the following 
persons the following sums of Money anexed their several 
names (Viz) 

To Isaac Dana for attendance as a Witnefs re-1 
specting Cambridge Bridge J 2„ 00 

To Thomas Richardson for Clothing David) 

Barnard / 25,, — 

To Joseph Cole for repairing Town's plow 2„ 75 

To Nath 1 Woodard his acc 1 as Sexton &C 46„ 89 

To M r9 Hay her acc 1 for boarding the poor since) 

May 22 d 1816 / 55„ 66 

To Z Bradford for entertainment of fish com-) 

mitte j 1„ 37 

To Coolidge and Stone for boarding Solomon] 

Hunter from Jan" l 3 1815 To June 5 th — 22 

Weeks @ 9/ J 33„ — 

To Hannah Davis for boarding M r3 White from] 

Dec r 3 rd 1816 to March 11 th — 1816 14 Weeks 

@ 6/ J 14.00 



[162] 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for Cash paid by him for) 
expence in takeing depositions of persons J 8„ 50 

To Stephen Cook for 1 years house Rent for) 
M rs Bray to March l 3t 1816 & repairing Waste \ 
bridge J 33„ — 

To Amos Livermore Ju r his ace* for setting glafs) 

in East School house &C / 1 ,, 30 



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To Dan 1 Bond for wood supplied Jonas Learnardl 

& for Blankett did Poor J 10„ 75 

To Nath 1 Bemis for Medicine & attence on the) 

poor to this date J 7„ — 

To Charles Stratton his acc* in full for expences] 
for Selectmen committees in Town employ since \ 

April 26 th 1815 J 25 — 

To Charles Whitney for Edmund Fowle's order 
for compensation for damage done him by the 
Road laid out through his land agreeable to the 
report of the referees dated Jun 6 th J 300. — 

Interest on the same from Sep 1 l 8t to March l 8t 9.00 

Thomas Clark ] Selectmen 
Dan 1 Bond of 
Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[163] 



March 
1816 



At a public town meeting of the freeholders and other 
Inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified by law to 
vote in Town affairs, assembled at the public meeting house 
in said town on Monday the 18 th day of March AD 1816 — 
for the purpose of transacting the businefs set forth in the 
Warrant for said Meeting, proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 8t Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

Voted & chose Gilbert Nichols town Clerk, who was sworn 
to that Office by Tho 8 Clark Esq r Moderator 

Voted & chose Abijah White for Town Treasurer 



Voted & chose for Selectmen 



Voted & chose for Afsefsors 



Thomas Clark (sworn 
Daniel Bond (sworn 
Gilbert Nichols (sworn 
Moses Chenery (sworn 
k Willi am White (sworn 

(Thomas Clark (sworn 
Gilbert Nichols (sworn 
Charles Whitney (sworn 



Water town Records. 



197 



Voted to choos the remainder of the Town Officers by hand 
Votes 

Voted to adjourn this meeting for two hours then to meet 
at this place 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



March 18 th 1816 — 

Agreeable to the above adjournment the meeting was 
declared open, & proceeded as follows (Viz)' — > 

John Fowle sworn 

Voted & chose for fence viewers f*f C >? en , e 7 SWOrn 

Joshua Coolidge 

JVloses Coolidge sworn 

I Jonas White 
Thomas Learnard 

Voted & chose for Clerks of Markett ( Charles Patten 

\John Clark 



164] 



Voted & chose for Surveyors' 



Voted & chose for Field 
Drivers'— 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves<— > 



Adam Brown (sworn 
Thomas Learnard (sworn 
Moses Chenery (sworn 
Nath 1 Harrington (sworn 
Peter Clark 
Luke Bemis 

Josiah Learnard sworn 
James Robbins (sworn 
Jeremiah Rufsell (sworn 
John Fowle (sworn 
Sam 1 Bellows 
Charles Stone 
Francies Bright (excused 
Nath 1 Harrington 
Enos Blake (sworn 

Charles Patten (sworn 
Elisha Whitney (sworn 
Dan 1 Tower 
Jerom Hersey 
John Harris 
W m Vose — (sworn 
Israel Whitney sworn 
Jeremiah Rufsell sworn 
Amasa Jackson (sworn 
John McKenney sworn 



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Voted & chose for Surveyors oi /Isaac Dana- 
Lumber \W m Horn 

Voted & chose for Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves 



-sworn 



-sworn 



Voted & chose for Firewards* 



f Isaac Dana sworn 

\ Willi am Horn sworn 

Nath 1 Bemis 
John Fowle 
Amos Bond 
Nath 1 Weld 
Luke Bemis 
Adam Brown 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 



[165 



Voted & chose for fish Committe 



Josiah Coolidge 
Nath 1 Weld 
W m M Pomroy 
Edward Lowd 
Gilbert Nichols 



Voted & chose for Constables' 



f Moses Chenery (excused 
I Isaac Dana, sworn 



Voted to excuse Moses Chenery from serveing as Constable 

Voted & chose Samuel Learned for Constable in place of 
Moses Chenery excused & was sworn accordingly*— ^ 

Ar* 3 d Voted that the Selectmen provide a Sexton & agree with 
him for his servicies 

Ar fc 4 th Voted that Swine & neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensueing year 

Ar l 5 th Voted to accept of the following Report (Viz) 

We the subscribers appointed by the Inhabitants of the 
town of Watertown at a public Town Meeting held on the 
8 th day of May AD 1815, to assertain the number of 
Scholars in the respective destricts have attended to that 

service & beg leave to report That we find that there 

are in the West Destrict one hundred & forty two And 

in the Middle Destrict two hundred & thirty And in the 

East destrict Eighty seven All which is submitted by 



Signed- 



as you may see on file*— -» 



Elisha Livermore 
Peter Clark 
Gilbert Nichols 
Nath 1 R Whitney 
Adam Brown 
Abijah White 



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199 



Voted that the West & Middle destricts be divided into 
three districts an draw their propotion of the money ac- 
cordingly — which will make one hundred and twenty four 
Children for each of said districts & eighty seven for the 
East destrier—* 

Voted to choose a committee to divide the School Destrict 
& set bounds to all the respective Destricts in the Town 
and report at april meetings 

Nath 1 R W 7 hitney 
Gilbert Nichols 
John Tucker 

Voted & chose for said committe \ Nath 1 Bemis 

Adam Brown 
Peter Clark 
Elisha Livermore 



[166] 

Voted to grant twelve hundred Dollars to be divided equally 
between the four intended districts 

Ar* 6 Voted to postpone granting money to support the poor to 
the adjournment of this meeting 

Ar* 7 th Voted that there laid and assessed on every rateable poll 
twenty five Cents & other estate in propotion to be laid out 
on the Highways under the same regulations as last year — 

8 th Voted to allow the following accounts (Viz) 

Nath 1 R Whitney for servicies render'd the town) 

in the action VS. Jonas White Esq r J 16, , 00 

Isaac Patten for servicies redered the town in the) 

Action VS. Jonas White Esq r / 14„ 00 

Edmund Fowle for servicies rendered the town) 

in the Action Vs. Jonas White Esq r J 25.00 

Voted to allow the following accounts & Grant Money to 
pay the same (Viz'—* 



To Abijah White for Servicies as Town Treasurer $50,, 00 

Thomas Clark's for servicies render'd as an) 

Afsefsor on committees & Cash paid for poor — J 36,, 00 

To William Horn for his servicies as Constable — 6,, 00 

Nathaniel Woodard for takeing care of stove — 10„ 00 



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Nath 1 Woodard for cash p d Jon a Wyeth fori 

takeing care of the Stove in 1814 J 8„ 00 

Amos Bond for makeing Taxes 1815 &C 20„ 00 

Gilbert Nichols his ace* as Clerk & Afsefsor &C — 56„ 00 

Landing 
place 

9 th Voted to accept of the report of the Committee appointed 
by the town to defend the common landing place near 
Whitney's Distillery on Charles River on the 20 th March 
1815 Voted l 8t That the town Clerk be required forthwith 
to cause the report together with the depositions anexed 
the same to be recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for 
the County of Middlesex & that the Town Clerk be required 
to record the same upon the Town Book as soon as they can 
be obtain'd from the Register's Office & place the same on 
the town files. 

10 th Voted that the Selectmen take charge of the poor the 
ensueing year & conduct with them as they shall think 
proper*— > 



[167] 

Ar l 11 th Voted to choose a committee of three to examine the 
Watering place (so call'd & see if it be expidient to sell any 
part of the common land adjoining the same & report at 
next meeting 

[Nath 1 R Whitney 
Voted & Chose for said Committee jHubart Rufsell 

[James Robbins 

Ar l 12 Voted to choose a Committee to examine the meeting 
house, & see what repairs are nessessary & report at our 
next meeting 

Amos Livermore Jn r 



Voted & chose for said Committee < 



W m Horn 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Caleb Lincoln 
Thomas Clark 



13 Voted to choose a committee to take into consideration the 
situation of Engine house & Waggon & determine what is 
best to be done with the same 

[Gilbert Nichols 
Voted & chose for said Committee j John Fowle 

Adam Brown 



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201 



14 tb Voted to postpone granting money for contingent Expences 
to April Meeting 

15 th Voted that the town will not find Seines in nature for the 
Fishery except what the town has now on hand 

16 Voted to accept the report of the Selectmen concerning the 
state of our Treasury & place the same on file which stands 
thus Viz 

That Abijah White Treasurer is Charg'd) 

the sum of J 6762,, 9 

and is Credited the sum of 6346,, 83 



leaveing a ballance being Cash in thel 
Treasury J 415.26 



Voted that the Selectmen be & are empower'd to sink 
Taxes of Charles Whitney instead of Samuel Cook, which 
was committed to said Cook to collect in the year provided 
the Administrator to said Cook's Estate will discharge said 
Town from the premium due said Estate for Collecting 
part of said list 

Voted that the Selectmen & Afsefsors are empowered to 
settle the list of Taxes that was committed to Jonathan 
Child to collect in the year 1813 as they shall think most 
for the Interest of the town 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the house of Charles 
Stratton there to meet at six of the Clock this evening for 
the purpose of farming out Taxes &0— > 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[168] 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants aforesaid at the house of 
Charles Stratton agreeable to the foregoing adjournment 
the proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l e Voted & chose as pound keeper Jeremiah Rufsell who was 
accordingly sworn to that office by Gilbert Nichols Town 
Clerk 

2 Voted to farm out the collection of Taxes on the same 
conditions as last year excepting they shall complete the 
Collection by the first of May following the date thereof 



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3 Voted that the Taxes shou'd be put up in one list. Which 
was accordingly done & struck off to Jonathan Stone for 
two & a half Cents on a Dollar 

4 Voted & chose Jonathan Stone Collector for the ensueing 
year 

The Hay Scales was then put up for the highest bidder for 
one year from the first of April 1816 And was struck off to 
Elisha W Dana for $29„00 

Also the wharf in Cambridge was put up & struckl 

off to Isaac Dana for 1 year from I 3 April 1816 — J 1„ 5 

Voted to postpone chooseing County Treasurer and County 
Register to the first day of April 1816 then to meet at the 
public meeting house at 4 O clock in the aftern oon for that 
purpose 

On Motion Voted to adjourn this meeting to the I s day of 
April then to meet at four of the Clock at the public Meet- 
ing house 

Which was Accordingly declared adjourned 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

March 18 th 1816 

The following persons appeared & was sworn to the faithful 
performance of their several Offices (Viz) Jeremiah Russell 

pound keeper Jeremiah Rufsell James Robbins & Enos 

Blake as field-drivers Charles Patten Elisha Whitney 

William Vose Israel Whitney Jeremiah Russell & John 

McKenney as Hogreeves Isaac Dana & William Horn 

Surveyors of Lumber Isaac Dana & William Horn Cullers 

of Hoops & Staves Isaac Dana & Samuel Learned 

Constables -Charles Whitney as Afsessor before 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[169] 

1816 March 26 th Then the following persons apeared & was 
sworn to the faithful performance of their several Offices 
Viz Thomas Clark Daniel Bond William White as Select- 
men and Thomas Clark as an Afsefsor Adam Brown 

Surveyor of Highways before Gilbert Nichols Town 

Clerk 

Also Gilbert Nichols as Selectman & Afsefsor before Thomas 
Clark Justice of the Peace. Moses Chenery was sworn as 
Selectman before 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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1816 March 27 th The Selectmen at a meeting this day held for 
that purpose, appointed the following persons as Weighers 
of Beef for the ensueing year agreeable to a Law of this 
Commonwealth pas'd February 1816. Viz 

[Thomas Googins, sworn 
Weighers of Beef<— > \ Elisha W Dana, sworn 

[Amos Livermore Jun r 

Also they appointed the following persons as Measurer of 
W T ood Viz 

Measurers of Wood*-, {f^^A *? wd (sWOrn 

[John Clark 

Att c Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Warrant for) 
April 1816 / 

April 21 st 1816. The Selectmen isued the following Warrant 
Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Constables 
for the town of Watertown. Greeting. 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith, to notify and warn all 
the freeholders and other Inhabitants of said being twenty 
one years of age & upwards, haveing a freehold Estate 
within said Commonwealth of the annual Income of three 
pounds or any Estate to the value of Sixty pounds; to meet 
at the public Meeting house in said town on Monday the 
first day of April next at one of the Clock in the afternoon, 
to give in their Votes for Govenor Lieu 1 Govenor & Senators 
and Counsellors agreeable to the Constitution of this 
Commonwealth 

Also You are alike required to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants qualified to vote in town Affairs to meet 



[170] 

To meet at the public Meeting house in said town on 
Monday the first day of April next at three of the Clock in 
the afternoon to act on the following Articles (Viz)<— ^ 

l 6t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To hear the Report of the Committee on the Subject of 

School Districts, And Act any thing thereon 
3 To know if the town will build a new pound and Act any 

thing thereon 



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4 th To know what method the town will take to repair their 
Great Bridge & Grant money for the same & Act any thing 
thereon 

5 To know if the town will except the list of Jurors prepar'd 
by the Selectmen And Act any thing thereon 

6 th To know what method the town will take to expend the 
Money that is or may be Collected from the several de- 
linquents in the Highway Taxes & Act any thing thereon 

7 To know what method the town will take to Collect sundry 
Accounts & demands which the town have against Sundry 
persons and Act any thing thereon 

Hereof, fail not & make return of this Warrant & your 
doing thereon to the Selectmen, on or before the time 
appointed for said Meeting' — > 

Given under our hands & Seals at Watertown this twenty 
first day of March AD 1816 

Thomas Clark 1 

Daniel Bond Selectmen of 



Gilbert Nichols 
W m White 



Watertown 



Att 4 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk* 



Middlesex fs. April l at 1816 by virtue of this Warrant I 
have notified the Inhabitants of said town of Watertown as 
therein exprefsed by posting up an Attested copy of the 
within Warrant two Sundays previous to said Meeting at 
the public Meeting house in said town.<—» 

(signed) Samuel Learned Constable 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[171] 

April \ 
Meeting/ 

At a public town Meeting of the freeholders & other In- 
habitants of the town of Watertown qualified by the 
Constitution to Vote for Govenor Lieut Govenor and 
Senators & Counsellors being duly warned and assembled 
at the public Meeting house in said town on Monday the 
l 8t day of April AD 1816. 

The Selectmen presideing, the List of Voters revised the 
Votes for Govenor Lieu 1 Govenor & Senators & Counsellors 



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205 



were call'd for brought in & sorted & Counted and it 
appear'd the following persons had the number of votes 
anex'd their several names (Viz) 

For Govenor 

Hon. Samuel Dexter had One hundred & forty six votes 
Hon. John Brooks had Ninety nine votes 

For Lieu 1 Govenor 
Hon. William King had One hundred & forty six votes 
Hon. William Philips had Ninety seven votes 

For Senators 

Samuel Hoar Esq. had One hundred & forty three votes 
Timothy Fuller Esq. had One hundred & forty three votes 
John Hart Esq. had One hundred forty two votes 
Josiah Bartlett Esq 1 " had Ninety four votes 
Samuel P P. Fay had Ninety seven votes 
Calvin Sanger Esq r had Ninety seven votes 
Jacob Reeves Esq r had One vote 
William White had two votes 
William Austin Esq r had one vote 

On Motion it was Voted to adjourn this Meeting to the 
House of Charles Stratton for the purpose of completeing & 
sealing the returns of Votes for Govenor Lieu 1 Govenor & 
Senators & Counsellors which was accordingly declared 
adjourn'd 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[172] 

18161 
April/ 

Then the Meeting was opened by adjournment from the 
18 th day of March last, for the purpose of chooseing County 
Treasurer & Register, the votes were call'd for & brought in 
after counting it appeared the following persons had the 
following number of Votes anex'd their several Names 
(Viz).-, 

for County Treasurer 
John Keyes Esq. had One hundred & six votes 
Abiel Haywood had Fifty seven votes 
Sam 1 Bartlett Esq r had four votes 



206 Watertown Records. 

for Register 

Sam 1 Bartlett Esq r had seventy two votes 
Hon John Brooks had thirty four votes 
John Keyes had three votes 
Abiel Haywood had five votes 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Then the Town meeting in town affairs agreeable to the 
Warrant of the Selectmen deld March 21 st 1816 was opened, 
& the Inhabitants qualified as the Warrant expresed being 
regularly warn'd proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 8 Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted to reconsider the Vote of the town pas'd the 18 th day 
of March last, respecting the division of the Middle School 
District 

Voted to accept the following report & put the same into 
execution 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown in Town 
Meeting afsembled, on Monday the first day of April AD 
1816 The Committee appointed by the Inhabitants of said 
town at a legal meeting held on the 18 th day of March last 
AD 1816 to divide the School districts in said town & set 
bounds to them respectively, beg leave to report as follows 
(Viz).*-, 

That all the Inhabitants of said town West of a line be- 
ginning at Charles River half way between the House be- 
longing to Marshall Spring Esq r now ocupied by Mark 
Vose & the House belonging to David Hager in south Street 
(so call'd), thence running Northerly to the main Street 
between The house belonging to the Widow Jerusha Nor- 
crofs & the house belonging to Elijah Norcrofs, thence 
across said Main Street East of the house in which Levi 
Thaxter Esq r now lives & owns 

thence 

[173] 

Thence Northerly over the hill to Whitney's lane (so 
call'd) east of the house belonging to Josiah Hovey, thence 
still northerly, west of the house belonging to M r Bradley 
formerly belonging to Dan 1 Barnard to Waltham line to 
Thomas Harrington's corner (so call'd shall constitute one 
district to be call'd the West District 



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207 



That all the Inhabitants east & north of a line begining at 
Waltham line where the line of the West district last 
terminated, thence running Southardly West of said Brad- 
ley's house to the Road leading to Boston by Nath 1 Brights 
then Eastwardly on said road including all the houses on 
said Road till it comes to the Road leading over Meeting 
house hill (so call'd thence runing Southeastwardly & 
West of the farms of Harrison G Otis Esq r & Michael Gay 
to the great Road leading to Boston thence running South- 
ardly & East of the house of the late Joshua Hill deceas'd 
in a straight line to Charles River, shall constitute one 
district to be called the East District 

That all the remaining Inhabitants of said town shall 
constitute one district to be call'd a double District Your 
Committee further report that at the Meeting held on the 
Eighteenth day of March last it was Voted that the old 
West & Middle Districts shou'd be divided into three 
Districts & draw their propotion of the Money Granted by 

the town for the use of Schools accordingly But your 

committee understanding that many of the Inhabitants of 
the said Middle District, out of which the fourth con- 
templated District was principally to be formed, prefered 
continueing together under the Idea of a double district, 
and drawing the same amount of money as though they 

were divided into two Seperate Districts In order to 

assertain the sence of said Inhabitants notified a Meeting 
thereof, & it was the unanimous desire of a full meeting of 
the double district sett of as aforesaid, not to be divided 
into two districts but to continue together, & It was also 
the unanimous wish of said Inhabitants of said 

inhabitants 

[174] 

) 

Inhabitants of said double district that the town instead of 
building a New Schoolhouse in a seperate place, wou'd 
build an addition to the old Schoolhouse by raiseing the 

same another Story And your committee are of opinion 

that many great & esential advantages will be gained by 
adopting the arangement & division aforesaid both to the 
town & to the said double districts And your Com- 
mittee believe that in order to carry them into full effect 
it will be nefsefsary for the town to adopt the following 
Votes And which they accordingly recommend for the 
adoption of the town 



208 Watertown Records, 

1 Voted that the town accept the foregoing report of their 
committee divideing the Town into three districts to be 
call'd the West, East, & Double Districts, & that the town 
be so divided accordingly 

2 d Voted that an addition to the School house in the said 
double District be made by raiseing the same one story 
higher. 

all which is submitted by 

Nath 1 R Whitney * 



Gilbert Nichols 

{ohn Tucker 
Jath 1 Bemis 
Adam Brown 
Peter Clark 
Elisha Livermore 



committee' — > 



Voted to accept & carry the above report into full effect 

Voted to choose a committee to assertain the probable 
expence of raiseing the Brick Schoolhouse one Story higher 
& report at May Meeting next what it can be done for 

(John Fowle 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Nath 1 R Whitney 

3 d Voted to chose a committee to examine the Pound & see if 
it can be repaired if not to see what it will cost to build a 
new one & report at May Meeting 

(Luke Bemis 
Nath 1 R Whitney 
Adam Brown 



[175] 

4 th Voted to postpone the 4 th Article respecting the Great 
Bridge to the adjournment of this Meeting for the purpose 
of hearing the Statement of the Selectmen concerning what 
repairs are nessessary for the same 

5 th Voted to postpone the List of Jurors to our next Meeting 

6 th Voted to expend the delinquencies in Highway in the years 
1814 & 1815 in repairing the Great Bridge 

7 th Voted to choos a committee to assertain what claim are 
good & valid due their town from individuals & report at 



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209 



the adjournment of this meeting what measures the town 
had better adopt to collect the same 



Voted to adjourn the meeting to our next May Meeting 
then to Meet at four of the Clock P.M. on said day 



Then the town Meeting was declard open by an adjourn- 
ment from the 18 th day of March last & proceeded as 
follows (Viz). 

Then the following report was Read from the Trustees of 
the Ministerial Funds (Viz)*— > 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial 
Funds held at the office of Levi Thaxter on Friday the 
10 th day of June 1815 at three of the clock P. M present, 
Jonas White Nath 1 R Whitney Levi Thaxter John Fowle & 
Peter Clark the said White & Thaxter did not act in their 
official capasities as Trustees 

Voted & agreed to straighten the Line between the Ministe- 
rial Land & the land of Jonas White Esq r 

Voted & agreed with Jonas White that in future the divide- 
ing line between the Ministerial Land & the land of said 
White shall be as follows (Viz) to begin at the North- 
west corner of the Ministerial land by the Powder house & 
run in a Southwardly direction in a straight line to the 
great County Road fifty feet South of the Northeasterly 
Corner 



Of the Ministerial land; and all the Ministerial land on the 
northerly line to be conveyed by the Trustees to the said 
White & all the land of the said White on the Southwardly 
side of said line to be conveyed to the Trustees; the north- 
erly half of said fence to belong to the said White & to be 
removed on to said line by him & kept in repair, & the 
Southerly half of said fence to belong to the Trustees and 
to be moved onto the line & supported by the town said 
fence to be moved within one year from the ensueing 
Autumn; The said White also agreeing that if the Trustees 




Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



of 



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shou'd ever wish to open a Road on said line that he will 
give one half of the land for the same It being understood 
by the parties & this agreement being made on the part of 
said White with the expectation & on condition that the 
town will build a good Stone wall on both sides of the 
Road laid out from the great Road in front of the Cotton 
Factory to the corner of Russells Garden where the same 
passes through said Whites land when ever the town 
shou'd see fit to open said Road and the said White will 
not demand any damage of the town for his land taken for 
said Road 

Att* Levi thaxter Clerk for said Trustees 



Voted to accept of the above report & that the committee 
carry the same into effect accordingly 

Voted, that the Report of the Committe respecting the 
repairing of the Meeting hous be laid on file for further 
consideration. * 

Voted to choose a Committee to make such repairs on the 
Meeting house as they shall think nessessary to secure the 
same for the present 

[Nath 1 Bemis 

Voted & chose for said committe jAbijah White 

[Amos Livermore Jun 

Voted to Grant fifty Dollars to repair the Meeting house 



Voted that the Report of the committee concerning the 
Engine house shou'd be filed for further consideration at 
our next May Meeting* — » 

The Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial Funds agreeable 
to the Act of Incorporation, present the town the following 
statement of their doings the last year & of the existing 
state of their Funds (Viz) 

But one sale of land has been made dureing the last year 
(Viz) one Lot 100 feet square to Martin Wilder for the 
sum of $300— on Interes from April l 3t 1815* 



^Editorial Note: — Gilbert Nichols frequently wrote words, without com- 
pleting their endings; "hous", "interes". 



Nath 1 R Whitney 1 Trustees & 
John Fowle [committee 
Peter Clark I by the towi 




[177] 



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211 



The income due the first day of April 1815 has been col- 
lected & paid in to the Treasurer Amounting to $311.53 

The funds of the corporation at this time in Money at 
interest amounts to the sum of $2300„50c — which is 'due 
from the following persons (Viz)<— » 

From Isaac Patten $630.00 

" Jon a Wyeth 300.00 

" Edward Lowd 325.00 

" Cyrus & Joseph Rufsell 550.00 

Jessee Smith Eben r Fuller) 

& Seth Dewing J 150.00 

" Wiswall Fuller & C° 45.50 

" Martin Wilder 300.00 

Total $2300,, 50 



The Interest or income ariseing on said sum to the first dav 

of April 1816 & due this day is $138,, 3 

the rent on Real Estate now due is 167,, 25 

makeing the amount of income the last year — $305.28 



By order of the Trustees 
(Signed) Levi Thaxter Treasurer 



Voted to grant Fifty Dollars to be paid over to the com- 
mittee of the singing Society, to be appropriated for the 
use of a Singing School for the use of the Town that is for 
those Inhabitants who shall go to said School, or see fit to 
send 

Voted that this meeting stand adjournd to our next May 
Meeting then to meet & proceed at three of the Clock, P.M. 

Att* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[178] 

The Inhabitants (agreeable to an adjournment declared at 
the Meeting house this afternoon April 1 st 1816) Met at the 
house of Charles Stratton for the purpose of sealing up the 
Votes which was accordingly done in open Town Meeting — 



Att t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



212 Watertown Records. 

April l 8t \ 
1816 / 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Charles 
Stratton April l at 1816 at 8' of the Clock in the evening 
they agreed to lease the pews that belong to the town at 
public Auction upon the same conditions as they were the 
last year, for one year from this day April 12 th 1816 

The Godard Pew (so call'd) was put & struck of) 

to Charles Stratton for J 12„ 75 

The East long Pew was put up & struck of to \ 

Amos Wheeler for J 8„ 00 

The West long Pew was put up & struck of to \ 

Clinton Thayer for j 8„ 25 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

April l 3t Thomas Learned Moses Chenery & Nath 1 Harrington 
was sworn as Surveyors of Highways before Gilbert Nichols 
Town Clk 

May 6 th Josiah Learned and John Fowle was sworn as field 
drivers. John Fowle Moses Coolidge Ebenezer Chenery 
was sworn as Fence viewers 

before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

May 20 th Luke Bemis and Peter Clark was sworn as Surveyors 
of Highways 

before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[ 179 ] 

Warrant 1 
for May [ 
1816 J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen held at the hous of Charles 
Stratton April 25. 1816, they issued the following Warrant 
(Viz)<_> 

Middlesex fs To Samuel Learned one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown, Greeting 

You are hereby required in the nam of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts, to notify & warn all the male Inhabitants 
of said town being twenty one years of age & upwards & 
resident in said town for the space of one year next pre- 
ceeding haveing a freehold estate in said town of the anual 



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income of three pounds or any Estate to the value of sixty 
pounds, to meet at the public meeting house in said town 
on Monday the sixth day of May next at one of the Clock 
in the afternoon, for the purpose of chooseing one or more 
Representatives to represent them at the General Court 
appointed to be held at Boston the last Wednesday of 
May next 

Also. You are alike required to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town qualified by law to vote in 
town affairs to meet at the public Meeting house in said 
town on Monday the sixth day of May next at four of the 
clock, PM. to act on the following Articles, Viz 

Article 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will approve the doings of the Select- 
men in sinking the Taxes sett against the names of the 
several persons for the year 1814 & 1815 agreeable to their 
report, & act any thing thereon. 

3 d To know if the town will ortherise their Selectmen or 
Afsefsors for the time being, to sink the whole or of any 
persons Taxes that may be set to them hereafter and act 
any thing thereon as the town may think propper 

4 th To know if the town will direct their Selectmen to make 
farther opposition to the Road & Bridge prayed for by 
Luke & Seth Bemis and act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not, and make return of this Warrant 

with 



[180] 

With your doings thereon, to the Selectmen on, or before 
the time appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands and seals at Watertown this twenty 
fifth day of April AD 1816 



Signed- 



Thomas Clark 
Daniel Bond 
Gilbert Nichols 
William White 
Moses Chenery 



Atts fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs, Watertown May 6. 1816 

Pursuant to the above Warrants I have notified the male 
Inhabitants of said town qualified as therein exprefsed, to 



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meet at the time & place & for the purposes therein men- 
tioned, by posting an attested copy of this Warrant at the 
public meeting house two Sundays prior to the date 
hereof 

Signed Samuel Learned Constable 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

1816 May 6 th ) 
Meeting J 

At a public Town Meeting of the freeholders & other 
Inhabitants qualified by the Constitution to vote for 
Representatives in the town of Watertown being duly 
warned & regularly assembled at the public meeting house 
in said Watertown on Monday the 6 th day of May AD 1816 
the Selectmen of said town presideing, proceeded as follows 
(Viz) Voted to choose two Representatives 

The list of Voters revised was read & the votes call'd for 
and was brought in sorted & counted & proclaim'd to stand 
as follows 

(Viz) Thomas Clark Esq r had Sixty six votes 

William White had Sixty six Votes 

& the said Thomas Clark & William White was declared to 
be shosen to Represent the town the ensueing year 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[ 181 ] 

1816— ] 
Meeting > 
May 6 J 

At a public Town Meeting, of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs, being 
duly warned (agreeable to the Warrant returnd this day 

Viz May 6 th 1816 being duly Assembled at the time & 

place proceeded as follows (Viz). 

1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted to accept & confirm the doings of the Selectmen in 
abateing & sinking the Taxes of Sundry persons set against 
them in the years 1814 & 1815 

3 d Voted that the Selectmen and Afsefsors for the time being, 
hereafter, be, and they are hereby appointed & fully 



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orthorised & impowered (untill the further orders of the 
town) to abate the Taxes sett against the names of any 
persons, in whole or in part as they shall think propper, and 
make an annual report of their doing to the town in public 
town meeting 

4 th Voted that the Selectmen may make further opposition to 
the Road & Bridge pray'd for by Luke & Seth Bemis if they 
shall think propper 

On Motion it was Voted to dissolve the Meeting which was 
accordingly declared dissolv'd 

Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

May 6 th ] 
March Meet-[ 
ing open'd J 

Then March meeting was declared open agreeable to an 
adjournment from the 1 st day of April AD 1816 and pro- 
ceeded as follows (Viz) 

Voted to grant fourteen hundred Dollars for the support 
of the poor the ensueing year $1400.00 

Voted to accept the following report concerning the re- 
pairing of the Brick School house (Viz) 

Your committee that was chosen to assertain the probable 
expence of raiseing the Brick School house one Story higher, 
has attended to that service, and do recomend to the town 
to grant four hundred & fifty Dollars also to choose a dis- 
creete committee to carry the businefs into effect 1816 
May 6 th signed. 

John Fowle ] 

Adam Brown \ committee 

Nath 1 Bemis j 



[182] 

Voted & chose Gilbert Nichols as agent for the purpose of 
raiseing the Brick School house one Story higher agreeable 
to the foregoing report 

Voted to grant four hundred & fifty Dollars for the purpose 
of enableing the aforesaid Agent to raise the said School 
house & pay the expence of the same $450,, 00 

Voted to grant One hundred & fifty Dollars for the purpose 
of staightening the line & moveing the wall between the 



216 Watertown Records. 

Ministerial land & the land of Jonas White Esq, & for 
contingent expences, $150,, 00 

Voted that the time, of the several Surveyors of highways 
for returning their lists shou'd be lengthened out to the 
twentieth of June next 

On Motion it was voted to dissolve the Meeting which was 
accordingly declared 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

adjournment ] 
of April meet-[ 
ing open'd J 

Then the town meeting was declared open by adjournment 
from the l 8t day of April and the Inhabitants qualified to 
vote in town affairs proceeded as follows. (Viz) 

The following report was read (Viz) 

To the Inhabitants of the town of Watertown in town 

meeting afsembled on the six day of May AD 1816 

Your committee appointed on the l 8t day of April 1816, to 
examine the town Pound & see if it is worth repairing, if 
not, to assertain what a new pound can be built for, have 
attended to that service & beg leave to report as follows, 
That the season of the year has arived when it is abso- 
lutely nefsessary that we shou'd have a pound fit for use.— 
And it is not convenient to obtain materials for building a 
new one, as at some other season of the year We are of 
opinion that if five posts are procured, the raleing may 
answer to repair the same & the expence will not exceed 
twelve Dollars & the Pound will be sufficient for the 

E resent And likewise we recommend that a committee 
e raised to procure Materials the next Winter to build a 
new one al which is summitted 

Watertown May 6. 1816 

Luke Bemis 1 

Nath 1 R Whitney \ committee 

Adam Brown 



[183] 

Voted to choose a committee to make the nefsessary repairs 
to the town's pound 

CLuke Bemis 

Voted & chose for said committee ^Nath 1 R Whitney 

[Adam Brown 



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217 



Voted to grant twelve Dollars for the purpose of repairing 
the pound. $12,, 00 

Voted that the proposition of Charles Whitney respecting 
the great Bridge, remain on file for further consideration 
Voted to choose a committe for the purpose of repairing 
the great Bridge 

(Nath 1 Bemis 

Voted & chose for said Committee | Adam Brown 

John Fowle 

Voted that the list made by the Selectmen be postponed 
for further consideration at our next meeting 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the second Monday of 
June next for the purpose of hearing the report of the 
committee respecting the back accounts, also, for the pur- 
pose of excepting the list of Jurors made by the Selectmen; 
then to meet at this place at 5 of the Clock in the afternoon, 
adjournd 

Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Jurors list) 
accepted J 

1816 June 10 th Agreeable to an Adjournment May 6 th 1816 (as 
you may see above) the Inhabitats of the Town of Water- 
town qualified by law to Vote in Town Affair met at the 
public Meeting house in said town on Monday the 10 th day 
of June AD 1816 & proceeded as follows Viz 

Voted to accept the list of Jurors made by the Selectmen & 
that the same be placed on file 

A tt 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

as you may see on File) 



[ 184 ] 

Landing! 
place / 

The committee appointed by the Inhabitants of the town 
of Watertown at a legal meeting thereof, on the 20 th day of 
March AD 1815, to support and defend the common land- 
ing place situated near Whitney's Distillery on Charles 
River — have attended that service & beg leave to report — 
That said committee made a report signed Amos Bond ^ 
Order, at a public town meeting held on the 8 th of May AD 
1815 which was then accepted by said Inhabitants & there- 



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upon your committee were appointed to take the deposi- 
tions of sundry persons to be preserv'd in perpetual re- 
membrance, relative to said common landing place to be 

recorded In pursuance of which last mentioned vote, 

Your Committee have taken according to law, the deposi- 
tions of Charles Nutting, Phinehas Jennison & Samuel 
Benjamin haveing notified Nath 1 Weld the only person 
whom the committee know to be interested in the property 
to which the said depositions relate — which depositions 
are hereunto anexed, and your committee are of opinion 
that said depositions abundantly prove & establish the 
rights of the Inhabitants of said town & all others to the 
use and improvement of the said common Landing place & 
pafs way commonly call'd the gap situate near the Destil- 
lery ocupied by Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r on the South side of 
Charles River without paying or being liable to pay any 
fees or compensation for the use & improvement thereof, 

to any person or persons whatever Your committee 

recommend to the town the adoption of the following 
Votes (Viz)* — » 

l 8t Voted, That the Town Clerk be required forthwith to 
cause the depositions aforesaid to be recorded in the 
Register of Deeds Office for the County of Middlesex 

2 d Voted, that the town Clerk be required to record upon the 
town books the depositions aforesaid as soon as they can 
be obtained from the Register together with this Report & 
also place the same on the files belonging to the town 



habitants thereof who may hereafter be call'd upon to pay 
any fees for the use of said landing place not to pay the 
same & if sued therefor that he shoud forthwith lay the 

same before the Selectmen for the time being And that 

the said Selectmen be and are hereby required to aid & 
assist such persons in vesting such claim by takeing upon 
themselves in behalf of said town the defence of such suit 

All which is submitted 




signed 




Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



A true Copy 



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219 



Deposition \ 

I Samuel Benjamin of Watertown in the County of Middle- 
sex Yeoman being upwards of seventy eight years of age, 
do testify & say that I have known the landing place com- 
monly call'd the Gap in Watertown on Charles River near 
the Distill house of Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r for upwards of 
sixty years & dureing all said time the same has been used 
and improv'd by the Inhabitants of said Watertown and 
others as a public and common landing place and pafsway 
to & from said River, and, that I never knew any person 
whatever claim any exclusive right to said landing place or 
set up any claim to fees or compensation for pafsing or 
repasing through the same or for the use thereof, excepting 
I have heard within two years that Nath Weld pretended 
to demand fees for the use of said gap, I further say that 
I & my Farther before me have used said gap in Carting 
Hay & Timber through the same but never paid any thing 
for the use thereof, nor, did any person ever demand any 
thing of me or my Farther to my knowledge 

(Signed Samuel Benjamin 

A true Copy Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[186] 

Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts, Middlesex fs 

Town of Watertown this ninth day of March in the year of 
our Lord One thousand eight hundred & sixteen, personally 
appeared before us, the Subscribers two Justices in & for 
the said County of Middlesex, quorum unus, the aforesaid 
deponent, and after being carefully examined & duly cau- 
tioned to testify the whole truth & nothing but the truth 
made Oath that the foregoing deposition by him sub- 
scribed is true — Taken at the request of Tyler Bigelow, 
Nath 1 Bemis & Nath 1 R Whitney Esquires a committee 
appointed by the inhabitants of the said town of Water- 
town to take depositions of certain persons to be preserved 
in perpetual remembrance of the thing & we duly notified 
Nath 1 Weld the only person we know to be interested in the 
property to which the said deposition relates, but he did 
not think propper to attend. 

1 two Justices of the 
Nathan Fuller [peace Quorum, unus 
Signed) John Richardson J of said County 

a true Copy Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



220 



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2 d deposition. I, Phinehas Jennison of Newton in the County of 
Middlesex, Yeoman, being upwards of seventy two years of 
age, do testify & say that I have known the landing place 
commonly calPd the gap in Watertown on Charles River 
near the Destillery of Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r for Sixty 
years & during all said time the same has been used & 
improv'd by the Inhabitants of said town of Watertown & 
others as a public & common landing place & pafsway to & 
from said River, & that I never knew any person whatever 
claim any exclusive right to said Gap or landing place or 
sett up any claim to fees or compensation for pafsing or 

repafsing through the same, or for the use thereof that 

I have myself follow'd boating on said River for a number 
of years & used the said gap, but never paid any thing for 
the use thereof nor did any person ever demand any thing 
of me 



Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts 

Middlesex fs. Town of W 7 atertown this ninth day of March 
in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred & 
sixteen, personally appeard before us the subscribers two 
Justices of the peace for said County of Middlesex Quorum 
Unus, the aforesaid deponent, and after being carfully 
examined & duly cautioned to testify the whole truth & 
nothing but the truth made Oath that the foregoing deposi- 
tion by him subscribed is true Taken at the request of 

Tyler Bigelow Nath 1 Bemis & Nath 1 R Whitney Esquires a 
committee appointed by the Inhabitants of the said town of 
Watertown, to take the depositions of certain persons to be 
preserved in perpetual remembrance of the thing . 

And, we duly notified Nath 1 Weld the only person we knew 
to be interested in the property to which the said deposition 
relates, but, he did not think propper to attend. 



Signed- 



Phinehas Jenison 
Turn over 



[187] 



(Signed) 



Nathan Fuller 
John Richardson 




A true Copy Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



3 d Deposition \ I Charles Nutting of Watertown in the County of 
Middlesex Labourer, being upwards of sixty years of age 



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221 



do testify and say that I have known the landing place 
commonly call'd the gap in Watertown on Charles River 
near the Destill house of Nath 1 R Whitney for upwards of 
fifty years & dureing all said time the same has been used 
and improv'd by the Inhabitants of said town of Water- 
town, and others as a public & common landing place & 
pafsway to & from said River, & that I never knew any 
person whatever claim any exclusive right to said gap or 
common landing place or sett up any claim to fees, or com- 
pensation for pafsing or repafsing through the same, or for 
the use thereof, that I my self followed boating on said 
River for upwards of fifty years 

and 

[188] 

And used said gap but never paid any thing for the use 
thereof, nor did any person ever demand any thing of 
me 

(Signed) Charles Nutting 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Middlesex fs, Town of Watertown this ninth day of March 
in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred & 
sixteen, personally appeared before us the subscribers two 
Justices of the Peace in & for the County of Middlesex 
Quorum Unus, the aforesaid deponent being carefully ex- 
amined & duly cautioned to testify the whole truth and 
nothing but the truth made Oath that the foregoing deposi- 
tion by him subscribed is true Taken at the request of 

Tyler Bigelow Nath 1 Bemis, Nath 1 R Whitney Esquires, a 
committee appointed by the Inhabitants of the said town of 
Watertown to take the depositions of certain persons to be 
perserved in perpetual remembrance of that thing, And, we 
duly notified Nath 1 Weld the only person we know to be 
interested in the property to which the said depositions 
relate, but he did not think proper to attend 

Nathan Fuller ITwo Justices of the 
(Signed.) John Richardson [Peace Quorum Unus 

J of said County*— i 

A true Copy An* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

As you may see on file) 

NB. — The foregoing report and depositions stand recorded in 
the Registry of Deeds Office in said county of Middlesex, 
book 217, page 69 



222 Watertown Records. 



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At a Meeting of the Selectmen on the 10 th June 1816 they 
signed an order directing the Treasurer to pay to the follow- 
ing persons the following sums of money annex'd their 
several names (Viz) 

To Hannah Davis for Clothing & supplying) 

Sally Berry J 6„ 47 

To Catharine Hay for supporting the poor &C\ 

from March 11 th 1816 to June 3 d 1816 j 56.79 

To Jonas White for boarding John Sanger from) 

Nov r 1 st 1815 to April l 3t 1816 @ %\„ Week —J 21„ 50 

To Samuel Bellows for 113 Rails to fence the) 

Rev d R R Eliot's Garden J 15„ 25 

To Gilbert Nichols his Acc 1 for Cash p d M ra Bray 
to supply her with Wood &C and for Cash p d for 
recording the papers relateing to the Common 
Landing place at the Registers office J 9„ 50 

To Levi Thaxter Esq r for attending the probate) 
Court to settle Dan 1 Jackson's acc 1 as Guardians 

to John Sanger J 6„ 00 

To Jacob Farrar for the support of Ben 11 Whitney) 

one year J 20. — 

To Isaac Corey for boarding Elisha Whitneys two) 
Children from Nov r 13 th 1815 to April 11 th 1816/ 20„ 50 

To Charles Whitney to Cash by him at Concord) 

for opposeing the Road pray'd for by Luke Bemisj 47.40 

To Charles Whitney for Collecting the two lists of) 

Taxes committed to him to Collect June 30 th 1816/ 243.96 

To John Harris for repairing the floor at West) 

School house / 2„ 50 

To Nath 1 Weld for Wood did M ra Bray 7„ 50 

To Watertown Cotton Factory C° to sundrys for) 

M r9 Adams J 68.99 

Tho 3 Clark | Sele&men 

signed W m White \ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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223 



Viz 



[190] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Capt Charles 
Stratton Innholder in Watertown on Monday the 1 st day 
of September 1816. They approbated the following persons 
for Innholders & retailors the ensueing Year 

Charles Stratton 
Samuel Bellows 
Ezra Farrer f Innholders 
Thomas Young 



John Clark 
Sam 1 Learned 
Clinton Thayer 
Thadeus Cole 
Henry B Jackson 



Retailors 



Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of Charles 
Stratton on the 24 th day of October 1816 They signed an 
order directing the Town Treasurer to pay the following 
persons the following sums of Money anex'd their several 
names (Viz) 

To Nath 1 Goding for the support of his Farther $45.00 

To William Peniman for clothing & support of 
Newton Baxter Tho 8 Wellington Jun r & Nathan 
Coolidge includeing funeral Expences One year 

to August 10 th 1816 J 300.29 

To Benjamin Stevens his Ace* for Coffins & — *1 

M" Hervey & M r8 Adam's Child J 12.00 

To Walter Hunnewell for Medical Attendence onl 

C Nutting & Miss Berry J 8.25 

To Levi Thaxter for attending Court at the suit) 

Eliza Gardner ags 1 Leonard Harris / 1 8„ 22 

To Josiah Learned for boarding Ben 11 Learned] 
from Apr 1 1815 to May 17 th 1816 Encludeing 
Clothing for that time J 89.62 

To John T Apthorp Treasurer of the Common-] 
wealth the ballance due from Jon a Child's List V 
deceased for 1816 79„ 21 



"Editorial Note: — illegible 



224 Watertown Records. 

To Widdow Mary Cunningham in full for the] 
support & funeral Expencies of her Mother [ 
Hannah Prentice J 25„ 00 

Thomas Clark 1 Selectmen 
Signed Dan 1 Bond \ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[191] 

1816 Oc l 24 th The Selectmen isued the following Warrant (Viz) 
Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the constables for 
the Town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, to notify & warn the Inhabitants of said 
Town of Watertown duly qualified to Vote for Representa- 
tives in the General Court of said Commonwealth (Viz) 
all the Male Inhabitants of said town being twenty one 
years of age & upwards & resident in said town for the 
space of One year next preceding haveing a freehold Estate 
within said town of the anual Income of three pounds, or 
any estate to the value of sixty pounds, to assemble at the 
public Meeting house in said town on Monday the 4 th day 
of Nov r next at one of the Clock P.M. being the first Mon- 
day in said Month to give in their Votes for a Representa- 
tive of the people of said Commonwealth in the Congrefs 

of the United States for the Middlesex Destrict -Also, 

you are like required to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town qualified by Law to Vote 
in Town affairs, to assemble at the public Meeting house in 
said town on Monday the 4 th day of Nov r AD 1816, at two 
of the clock in the afternoon to act on the following Articles. 
Viz. 

To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

To know if the Town will pay Joseph P Bradley for the 
Stove & funnell, or either of them which is placed in the 
Meeting house & act any thing thereon 
To hear the report of the Agent appointed to raise & repair 
the Brick Schoolhouse in the Middle Destrict, relative to 
the expence attending the same & Act any thing thereon 
To hear the report of the committee appointed to repair the 
great Bridge relative to the expence of the same & make 
any grants of Money to pay the same & Act any thing 
thereon 



l 9t 
2 d 



3 d 
4th 



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225 



5 th To know if the town will take any Measures to defend the 
town against a Road pray'd for by Eben r Prebble & others 
from Trapilo (so calld) to near the house of Amos Liver- 
more lately own'd 



[192] 

Own'd by Sam 1 White deceased, & act any thing thereon 

6 th To know what measures the town will take relative to a 
part of the Bridge over the Creek in front of Dan 1 Jacksons 
Store & the land adjoining & under the same & Act any 
thing thereon 

7 th To know what measures the town will take to open & 
complete the Road from Ministerial land to the corner of 
Rufsells Garden & Act any thing thereon. 

Hereof, fail not & make return of these Warrants with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this twenty fourth day of 
October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred 
& sixteen 

Thomas Clark 
William White 

Signed Gilbert Nichols 

Moses Chenery 

Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs Watertown Nov r 4 th 1816. Pursuant to the 
within warrant I have notified as therein directed by post- 
ing at the public Meeting house in said town an attested 
coppy of the within warrant two Sundays prior to said 
meeting 

signed Sam 1 Learned Constable 

a true coppy 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Cierk 



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[193] 

At a legal Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified to vote for Representatives in the 
General Court of this Commonwealth, holden on the fourth 
day of Nov r AD 1816 at the public Meeting house in said 
town. The Selectmen being present & presideing The 
Votes were call'd for a Representative of the people of this 

commonwealth in the Middlesex destrict And were 

brought in sorted & counted & declared in public town 
meeting to stand as follows (Viz) 

For the Hon Timothy Fuller Forty Votes 
For the Hon. Asahel Stearns Thirty six Votes 
For the Hon Sam 1 Dana One Vote 

Voted To adjourn this Meeting to six o clock this evening for the 
sole purpose of sealing up the list of Votes for a Repre- 
sentative, then to meet at the house of Charles Stratton 
Innholder in said Town 



Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a public town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by law to Vote in town affairs being 
duly warned, assembled at the public meeting house in 
said town, on Monday the 4 th day of November AD 1816 
procee'd as follows (Viz) 

l 8t Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r for Moderator of said 
Meeting 

2 d Voted to choose a committee of five persons to assertain 
what has been subscribed & to get what they can sub- 
scribed for the purpose of payin for the Stove & funnell 
which is now placed in the Meeting house in said Town 



Voted & chose for said Committee 



Jonas White 
Eliakim Morse 
Nath 1 Bond 
Tyler Bigelow 
Luke Bemis 



3 d Voted that the Selectmen be a committee to examine & 
settle the Accounts brought against the town by the Agent 
who was chosen to repair the Brick Schoolhouse in the 
Middle District in said town 



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[194] 

4 th Voted to choose a committee of three persons to examine 
the accounts brought against the town by the committee 
who was chosen to repair the great Bridge the present 
year & allow the same if they shou'd Judge them to be 
reasonable & Just 

[Jonas White 

Voted & chose for said committee {Nath 1 Bright 

[Nath 1 Weld 



Voted to grant a sum of money equal to the state Tax as 
made the present year & that the Afsefsors be directed to 
make & committ the same to the collector to collect as 
soon as may be for the purpose of defraying the expence of 
the Bridge the present year 

5 th Voted that the Selectmen are directed to take measures to 
oppose the Trapilo Road (so caird) being made through 
said town 

6 th Voted not to accept of the Deed made by Dan 1 Jackson 
dated the 24 th of July AD 1813 purporting to convey to the 
town a small piece of land near said Jackson's Store in 
Watertown the same being made without any legal au- 
thority from the town 

Voted that the Seleclmen be directed to contract with said 
Jackson for the land in front & near said Jacksons Store & 
receive a Deed of the same at their discretion or execute 
any release of the right which the town may have by the 
deed aforesaid 

7 th Voted that the Seleclmen cause the Stones to be collected 
for the purpose of fenceing the Road through the land of 
Jonas White, from the Great Road in front of the cotton 

Factory to the Watering place. Voted to dissolve this 

Meeting 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Nov r 4 th 1816 Agreeable to adjournment this day the Inhabit- 
ants mett at the house of Charles Stratton for the purpose 
of sealing up the list of Votes for a Representative to 
Congrefs & the Seleclmen in presence of the Inhabitants 
aforesaid in open town Meeting did seal up the list of 
Votes as given in this day for said Representative 



Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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[195] 



At a meeting of the Selectmen of the Town of Watertown 
at the house of Charles Stratton Innholder in said town on 
the 19 th day of Nov r AD 1816, They appointed the follow- 
ing persons as surveyors of Wood & Bark the ensueing year 



1816 December 2 d the Selectmen isued the following (Viz) 
Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Constables of the 



You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn, by giveing personal 
Notice or leave verbal information at the dwellings of all 
the freeholders & other Inhabitants in said town qualified 
by law to vote in town affairs, to meet at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the ninth day of December 
Ins 1 , at two of the Clock in the afternoon, to act on the 
following Articles (Viz) 

l rt To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To hear the report of Jonas White & others a committee 
appointed to examine & adjust the Accounts of the com- 
mittee appointed to repair the Great Bridge the present 
year And act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant with your doings 
thereon to the Selectmen at the time appointed for said 
Meeting 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this second day of 
December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight 
hundred & sixteen. 




Att Bt Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



town of Watertown. 



Greeting 



signed- 




Att* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Dec r 6 th 1816 pursuant to the above warrant 
I have notified the Inhabitants as therein expres'd by 
giveing verbal Notice four days before the time appointed 



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in said Warrant to Meet at the public Meeting house in 
said town for the purpose therein expres'd 

Signed. Sam 1 Learned Constable 



[196] 

At a public Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the town 
of Watertown qualified by Law to vote in town affairs 
being duly warn'd, afsembled at the public Meeting house 
in said town on Monday the Ninth day of December AD 
1816 — proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l et Voted, & chose Thomas Clark for Moderator for said 
Meeting 

2 d The committee that was chosen the 4 th day of Nov r last 
(Viz) Jonas White Nath 1 Weld & Nath 1 Bright) to examine 
the Accounts brought against the town for the repairs of 
the Great Bridge the present year. Reported, verbally, 
that they had given Notice to the Committee that was 
chosen to repair said Bridge to present their Accounts for 
adjustment but the said Committee had refused to do the 
same 

Voted, to add four persons to said examineing Committee 

John Clark 
Peter Clark 
Charles Whitney 
Moses Coolidge 

Voted, that the Selectmen be directed to draw orders on the 
Treasurer to pay the Bills for repairing the Great Bridge the 
present year; whenever they come before them Certified 
by the examineing Committee above mentioned 



Voted, & chose to add to said Committee 



Voted, to reconsider the above Vote & the Vote pas'd the 
4 th Nov r last as it respects the Bridge Accounts so far, as 
that the examineing Committee above Mentioned shall 
call upon the repairing Committee to present their own 
private accounts for their own servicies in repairing the 
Bridge to the said examineing Committee for them to 
allow in whole or part as they shall Judge reasonable & 

Just And, all other Accounts for work & Materials on 

said Bridge shall be presented to the Selectmen & they 
shall draw orders on the Treasurer for the payment of the 
same if they shall come certified by said repairing Com- 
mittee Voted to dissolve this Meeting — which was 

accordingly declared dissolv'd 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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[197] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of Cap 1 
Charles Stratton January 6 th 1817. They signed an order 
directing the Town Treasurer to pay the following persons 
the following sums of Money anexed their several names 
(Viz).-, 



To William Peniman for the support of John) 

Remington one year to Oct r 4 th 1816 j $59.91 

To Charles Guild for Lumber for Bridge 18.72 

To S & D Learned for Lead for ditto 2.00 

To Henry Craft for Stones Labour &C for d° — 88.90 

To Benjamin Jenison for Labour at ditto 29.00 

To Israel Whitney for Teaming &C for d° 29.25 

To Enos Blake for Timber &C for ditto 2.82 

To Thadeus Cole for Lead & Sundry for d° 13.88 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for Carting Lumber for d° 10.50 

To Jacob Easty* for Labour on ditto 14.25 

To Joel Smith for Lumber for d° 60.25 

To Chester Marcy for Labour for ditto 8.00 

To Darius Marcy for ditto on d° 8.00 

To Josiah Mason & Son for Lumber for ditto — 266.59 

To Nath 1 Harrington for Carting Stones for d° 34.50 

To Farwell Eager for Labour on ditto 36.83 

To Jackson & Lincoln for Lumber for ditto 45.25 

To Willett & Bullard for Lumber for fd° 33.33 

To Amasa Jackson d° for ditto 2„ 75 

To Martin Wilder for Iron Work for ditto 21„ 41 

To Caleb Lincoln for Labour &C for ditto 271. 2 

To Elijah Ray for Labour on ditto 1/, 00 

To Zebediah Bradford for boarding workman) 

and Labour at ditto j 27.60 

To W m Bradford Acc 1 for Nails for ditto 4„ 49 

To James Robbins for Carting Gravell for d° — 16„ 33 

To Sam 1 Bird for smith work for d° 14„ 53 

To Ezra Farrer for Labour on ditto 4„ 50 

To Edward Lowd for repairing old Bridge 5„ 50 

To Francis Wyman for Iron for Bridge „ 17 



[198] 

To Jerom Hersey for setting Glass &C $4„ 70 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for servicies renderd in the) 

Action Town Vs. White J 16.00 



*Editorial Note: — possibly Early 



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To Nath 1 R Whitney for Labour & team in re- 

moveing Wall on the Ministerial Land / 30.61 

To John Fowle for Labour & team for removeingl 

stones on Ministerial Land — / 28.11 

To Isaac Patten for servicies render'd in Action 

Town Vs. White / 14.00 

To Town of Cambridge for boardingje 1 " MeachairT 
& Andrew White in Goal* / 

To Enos Blake his Acc 1 for Lumber & repairs onl 

West Schoolhouse j 8.63 

John Tucker for repairing herse Harnefs & for] 
cash p d Isaac Dana for repairing Brick School- \ 

house J 4.00 

To Nath 1 Woodard for takeing care of the Stove] 
& building fires in the same through the Winters 

1815 & 1816 J 10.00 

To Adam Brown for building 12 Rods of Wall inl 

the high W r ay near the West Schoolhouse J 7.00 



To Caty Hay for boarding Nath 1 Harris from] 
Jun 3 1816 to Jan* 14 th 1817 & in full for takeing 
care of the poor house &C to the same date J 32.00 

To Sam 1 Latch for boarding Robert Saunders 
from Jan* l 8t 1816 To Jan* l 8t 1817 & for board- 
ing Tho 8 Wellington from May 29 th 1816 to Jan* 
l 8t 1817 & for boarding Benjamin Learned from 
Nov r 20 th to Jany 1 st 1817 



To Gilbert Nichols in full for Materials Labour & 
servicies of sundry persons employed by him for 
building a second Story on the Middle District 
Schoolhouse includeing Stove Chair &C for same 



121.92 



To Edmund Fowle in full for the ballance due] 
him for defraying the Expencies of the Law Suit} 

Town Vs. Jonas White J 70.99 



749.27 



To John Clark &C for sundry Articles &C did the\ 

Poor from April 6 th 1816 To July 18 th 1816 J 27.98 



*Editorial Note: — probably meant Gaol 



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[199] 

To Benjamin Stevens his acc fc for a Coffin for\ 

John Cook / 4„ 00 

To Nath 1 R Whitney in full for repairing and) 

Material for the same J 10.69 

To David Hager for boarding Lucy Hager from] 
Jan? l 9t 1816 to Jun 27 1816 & for clothing sup4 

ply'd her to the same time J 46.43 

To David Hager for carting Rails & setting fence) 

at M r Eliots on his Garden / 3.75 

Tho 9 Clark ] Selectmen 
Signed Dan 1 Bond [ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen held on the 10 th day of 
March AD 1817 They signed an order directing the Treas- 
urer to pay to the following persons the following sums of 
Money anexed their several names (Viz) 

To Caleb Lincoln his Acc 1 for Journey to Boston) 

to pick Lumber for Bridge 1815 —J 2„ 00 

To Gilbert Nichols his Acc 1 for Sundrys supplied) 

George Bone & James Clark (state poor) — J 7 „ 66 

To Sam 1 Hyde for support of Jn° Nutting 86„ 60 

To Jo 3 Bird for repairing Town Plow 3„ 00 

To Martin Wilder's Acc* for repairing stove for' 



13„ 00 



Middle Schoolhouse J 1,, 50 

To Leonard Harris his Acc fc for repairing Hooks) 

and ladders for Engine J 16„ 51 

To town of East Sudbury for support Elisha 
Whitney's 2 Children from April 
11 th 1816 To July 11 th 

To Nath 1 Woodard his Acc* for attending Funeral) 

of John Cook / 3„ 50 

To Ezra Farrar for entertaining fish Agents when) 

leaseing the Fishery / 3„ 00 

To Town of East Sudbury for supporting Elisha) 
Whitney's Children from July 11 th \ 
1816 To Jy 11 th 1817 J 26„ 00 



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[200] 

To Doct r Nath 1 Bemis for Medecine and Attend-) 

ence on the poor to date / $16,, 50 

To Thayer & Minot for Sundry's did George) 
Hervey George Bone, W m White 2 d & M" Clark/ 34.74 

To Elisha Whitney his Acc 1 for Mason Work at] 

West Schoolhouse J 6„ 00 

To Dan 1 Bond for Sundrys supply'd the poor &) 

Wood for Meeting house / 50„ 61 

To Abijah White for Sundry's supply'd Moses) 

Warren J 12„ 98 

To Stephen Cook in full for one years Rent to\ 

March l 8t 1817 / 25„ 00 

To Jonas White for Journey to Westminster — 7„ 00 

To Nath 1 Woodard for his Ace* for atten'g funeral) 

of Israel Cook & cleaning house &C J 1 5„ 00 

To John Harris his Acc 1 for Bridge & poor house 11„ 13 

To Caty Hay for takeing care of the poor house &) 
boarding the poor in her care to March 17 th \ 

1817 J 21„ 00 

To Josiah Learned for boarding & clothing Benja-) 
min Learned from June 21 et 1816 to Nov r 18 th \ 

1816 J 40.00 

To Josiah Learnd for attending Court on fish) 

cause / 4„ 73 

To Charles Stratton for entertainment for Select-) 
men Afsefsors Road committee farming Taxes I 
renting towns property from March 1816 Tof 

March 15 th 1817 J 43.23 

To William Peniman in part pay for the support) 

of the Poor from Aug 1 10 1816 to August 10 th 1817/ 160.00 

Thomas Clark ) Selectmen 

Signed Dan 1 Bond \ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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[201] 

1817 March 3 d The Selectmen isued the following Warrant 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Con- 
stables for the Town of Watertown. • Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to summon & notify the freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified by 
law to Vote in town affairs to assemble at the public Meet- 
ing house in said town on Monday the seventeenth day of 
March Ins 1 at ten of the clock in the forenoon to Act on the 
following Articles (Viz)< — > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting. 

2 d To choose all town Officers required to be chosen in the 

Months of March & April annually 
3 d To choose a sexton & agree how he shall be paid for his 

servicies 

4 th To determine whether swine & neat Cattle shall go at large 

the ensueing year & Act any thing thereon 
5 th To agree what School shall be kept the ensueing year & 

grant money for the same & Act any thing thereon 
6 th To grant Money to open, make, & repair the Highway & 

Act any thing thereon 
7 th To hear the Accounts of those persons who the town are 

indebted to, & grant Money to pay the same & Act any 

thing thereon 

8 th To hear the report of any committee & Act any thing 
thereon 

9 th To know what method the town will take to suport their 
poor & grant money for the same and Act any thing thereon 

10 th To know the minds of the town whether they will build a 
new engine house & make the nefsefsary repairs to the 
Engine & grant money for the same & act any thing thereon 



[202] 

11 th To hear the proposals of the committee appointed by the 

subscribers of the new Engine & Act any thing thereon 

12 th To know if the Town will grant money for contingent 

expencies and act any thing thereon 
13 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 

state of the Treasury & Act any thing thereon 
14 To know if the town will take any different Measure to 

collect their Taxes in future and Act any thing thereon 



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235 



15 th To know what method the town will take to inclose their 
burying ground & Act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant with your doings 
thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time appointed 
for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this third day of March 
in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & 
seventeen 

Thomas Clark 1 Selectmen 
Signed Dan 1 Bond \ of 

Gilbert Nichols J Watertown 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols, Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. W 7 atertown March 17 th 1817 

Pursuant to the within Warrant I have notified and warned 
all the freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown to meet as above directed for the purposes 
therein mentioned by posting an attested copy of the above 
Warrant at the public meeting house two Sundays prior 
to the date hereof — Signed Samuel Learned Constable 

A true copy 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk. 



[203] 

March 17 th \ 
1817 / 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the freeholders & other 
inhabitants afsembled March 17 th 1817 & proceeded as 
follows Viz. 

l et Voted & Chose Moses Coolidge Esq r for Moderator 

2 d Voted & Chose Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk & was 
sworn into said office by Moses Coolidge Esq r Moderator — 

Voted & chose Abijah White Treasurer (excused) 



Voted & chose 
for 

Selectmen*—- » 



Nath 1 R Whitney 
Luke Bemis 
Amos Livermore Jun 1 
Marshall B. Spring 
Jonathan Stone 



236 Watertown Records. 

Voted & chose [Nath 1 R Whitney 

for I Seth Bemis 

Afsefsors* — > [Elisha Livermore 

Voted to adjourn the meeting to 3 O'clock this afternoon — 

Agreeable to the above adjournment the inhabitants being 
afsembled the meeting was declared open & proceeded as 
follows Viz 

Voted & chose for f Richard Sanger 
Constables*— » \ Elisha Livermore 

Voted to excuse Elisha Livermore from serving as Con- 
stable & Samuel Learned was chosen in his stead 



Voted & chose for 
Fence Viewers'—* 



Adam Brown 
Samuel Learned 
Elisha Livermore 
Nath 1 Bright 



[204 



Voted & chose for Tythingmen 



Thomas Learned 
Martin Wilder 
Moses Coolidge 
Eliakim Morse 



Voted & chose for Clerks of Market 



f Charles Patten 
\Thaddeus Cole 



Voted & chose for 
Surveyors of Highways 



Enos Blake 

Seth Bemis 

Thomas Learned 

Moses Chenerv 

John H Clark' 

Charles Whitney (Excused) 

Francis Bright 



Voted & chose for 
Field Drivers' — » 



Francis Brown 
John Stimpson Jun r 
Enos Blake 
Will m M. Pomroy 
Eliakim Morse 
Christopher Grant Jun r 



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Voted & chose for 
Hog-reeves*— » 



Samuel Learned 
Marshall B. Spring 
Henry B. Jackson 
Daniel Tower 
Francis Brown 
Marshall S. Fowle 
Nath 1 Weld Jun r 
Sam 1 Somes 
William Vose 
Edward Lowd 2 d 
Samuel Barnard 
Adams Goodnow 
Leonard Fuller 
John H. Clark 
Lewis Upham 



[205] 



Voted & chose for 
Surveyors of Lumber 



Enos Blake 
Caleb Lincoln 
Isaac Dana 



Voted & chose for Cullers [Isaac Dana 
of Hoops & Staves*— * \ Will™ Horn 



Voted & chose for 
Fi rewards'—* 



Nathaniel Bemis 
John Fowle (excused) 
Amos Bond (excused) 
Nathaniel Weld (excused) 
Luke Bemis 
Adam Brown 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
John Clark 
Eliakim Morse 
John Hunting 



The thanks of the town was voted to John Fowle, Amos 
Bond & Nath 1 Weld for their faithful services as Fire- 
wards 



Voted & chose for 
Fish Committee*— » 



Josiah Coolidge 
Nath 1 Weld (excused) 
Will m M. Pomroy 
Edward Lowd 
Gilbert Nichols 
Daniel Bond 



238 Watertown Records. 

3 d Voted that the Selectmen provide a Sexton & agree with 
him for his services 

4 th Voted that neat Cattle shall not go at large the ensuing 
year 

5 th Voted to postpone the grant of all monies for Schools & 
other purposes to the adjournment of this meeting 



and 



206] 



And in the mean time to refer the same to the following 
Committee, who are also to make an estimate of what 
grants are necefsary the ensuing year and report at the 
adjournment of this meeting 



Voted & chose for said Committee 



Tyler Bigelow 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Abijah White 
Luke Bemis 
Jonas White 
Elisha Livermore 
Thomas Clark 



6 th Voted to refer this article (relative to repairing the High- 
ways) to the foregoing Committee-— - 

7 th Voted that the accounts of those persons to whom the town 
is indebted be postponed to April meeting & in the mean 
time the article be refered to the foregoing Committee 

Voted to reconsider the last vote so far as to allow the 
following accounts & grant Money to pay the same viz. 

Gilbert Nichols for services as Afsefsor, Town} 

Clerk &c. (the year past / $63,, — 

Abijah White for services as Treasurer (the year) 

past ■ / 50„ — 

Charles Whitney for services as Afsefsor (the year! 

past / 9„ — 

Samuel Learned for services as Constable &c. — 13„ — 

8 th Voted to refer this article (relative to the report of Com- 
mittees) to the foregoing Committee 

9 th Voted to refer this article (relative to granting money for 
the poor) to the foregoing Committee 

10 th Voted that the Director of the Engine be authorized to have 
the old Engine put in complete repair 



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11 th Voted to refer this article (relative to the Subscribers of the 
new Engine) to the foregoing Committee & to make report 
at April meeting 

12 th Voted to refer this article (relative to granting Money for 
contingent expences) to the foregoing Committee 

13 th Voted to accept the Treasurers account as reported by the 
Selectmen & to be placed on the files of the town the result 
of which is 



leaving a balance in the Treasury as will) 

appear on file the sum of J $54,, 12 

Voted that the thanks of the town be presented to Abijah 
White for his faithful & impartial services as Treasurer 

Voted & chose Tyler Bigelow Treasurer (in room of Abijah 
White who declined serving) 

15 th A Committee was chosen to afsertain what repairs are 
necefsary for the Burying ground 

(Nath 1 R Whitney 
Voted & chose for said Committee j Charles Whitney 

[Adam Brown 

Voted to postpone the choice of Collectors to the adjourn- 
ment of this meeting Art. 14 th 

Voted & chose Thaddeus Cole "Constable to serve in the 
room of Richard Sanger — ; — 

Voted to adjourn- this meeting to the first Monday in April 
next then to meet at this place at. 3 O'clock P.M.*— > . 



At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Charles Stratton innholder in said town on the 
evening of March 17 th 1817 



Abijah W 7 hite as Treasurer is charg'd the 

sum of 

& is credited the sum of 




8933„ 45 



Attest Nath 1 R.Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



[208] 



Selectmens 

Meeting 
March 17 th 



1817 



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The Hay Scales being put up to the highest bidder for one 

year from the first day of April 1817 

were Struck off to John Stimpson Jun r for $36,, 50 

Also the Wharf in Cambridge was put up & sold) 



Appointed for Measurers of Wood 

Thaddeus Cole 
Edward Lowd 

Samuel Learned was appointed Sealer of Weights & 
Measures 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



Oaths \ 

The following persons appeared & took the Oaths of their 
respective offices, viz. 

Tyler Bigelow as Treasurer, Nath 1 R Whitney, Luke Bemis, 
Amos Livermore Jun r Marshall B. Spring, & Jonathan 
Stone as Selectmen, Samuel Learned & Thaddeus Cole as 
Constables, Adam Brown, Samuel Learned, & Nath 1 Bright 
as Fence viewers, Enos Blake & John H. Clark as Sur- 
veyors of Highways, Fran 8 Brown John Stimpson Jun r & 
Eliakim Morse as Feild Drivers, Samuel Learned, Marshall 
B. Spring, Henry B. Jackson Francis Brown, Marshall S 
Fowle & John H. Clark as Hogreeves, Enos Blake & Isaac 
Dana as Surveyors of Lumber, Isaac Dana as Culler of 
Hoops & Staves, Thaddeus Cole as Measurer of Wood & 
Samuel Learned as Sealer of Weights & Measures 



March 21* 1817 Edward Lowd appeared & took the Oath 
as Measurer of Wood before Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town 



March 24 th 1817 Nath 1 R Whitney & Elisha Livermore 
appeared & took the Oaths as Afsefsors, Nath 1 Weld Jun r 

as Hogreeve, & Caleb Lincoln as Surveyor of Lumber 

before 



to Daniel Sanger for 




before Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



Clerk 



Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



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[209] 

Selectmens 

Meeting 
March 24 th 
1817 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Charles Stratton innholder in said town March 
24 th 1817 the businefs proceeded as follows viz. 

They agreed with Josiah Bright to keep David Barnard for 
the term of one year from the first day of April next & said 
Bright to furnish him with suitable Clothing during that 
time which said Bright is to receive Twenty five dollars 
therefor. 

Isaac Dana was appointed Surveyor of Wood & Bark for 
the year ensuing & was sworn into said office 

by Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 

Attest. Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerks 



At the above meeting the Selectmen ifsued the following 
warrant*—* 

Warrant 1 
for April \ 
Meeting J 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown Greeting. 

You are hereby required, in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith, to warn the male 
inhabitants of the said town of Watertown of twenty one 
years of age, and upwards, having a freehold estate within 
the Commonwealth of the annual income of three pounds, 
or any estate to the value of sixty pounds, to meet at the 
public meeting house in said town on Monday the seventh 
day of April next at one of the clock in the afternoon, to 
give in their votes for a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 
and Senators & Counsellors, agreeably to the Constitution 
of said Commonwealth 

Also you are alike required, to notify & warn all the male 
inhabitants of said town, being twenty one years of age & 
upwards & resident in said town for the space of one year 
next preceeding, having a freehold estate in said town of the 
annual income of three pounds or any estate to the value of 
sixty pounds to meet at the public meeting-house in said 
town on Monday the seventh day of April next at three 



of 



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[210] 

Of the clock in the afternoon to act on the following Arti- 
cles, viz. 

l 9t To choose a Moderator for said Meeting- 



2 d To give in their Votes for a County Treasurer 

Also you are alike required to summon & notify the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of said town qualified to vote in 
town affairs to afsemble at the public meeting-house, in said 
town on said seventh day of April next at four oclock in the 
afternoon to act on the following articles, viz. 

l 8t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting. 

2 d To know if the town will paint & repair the Meeting-house 

& grant money for the same & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will take any further measures to 

defend the road petitioned for by Ebenezer Preble Esq r & 

others & act any thing thereon — 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the times 
appointed for said meetings 

Given under our hands & seals this twenty fourth day of 
March in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred 
& seventeen 



Nath 1 R Whitney 
Luke Bemis 
Jon* Stone 

Amos Livermore Jun 1 
Marshall B. Spring 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Middlesex fs. April 7 th 1817 Pursuant to the within War- 
rant I have notified the inhabitants of said town qualified 
as therein exprefsed to afsemble at the times and places, 
and for the purposes within mentioned by posting at the 
public meeting-house in said town an attested copy of the 
within two Sundays prior to said meetings Signed 

Samuel Learned Constable . 

March 28 th 1817 Seth Bemis appeared & took the oath of 
Afsefsor 

before Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



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[211] 



April ] 
Meeting j 
for Gov r &cj 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants quali- 
fied by the Constitution to vote for Governor, Lieutenant 
Governor, and Senators & Counsellors afsembled April 7 th 
1817 & gave in their votes as follows, viz. 

For Governor 

His Exe y John Brooks One hundred & thirteen votes 
Gen 1 Henry Dearborn One hundred & fifteen votes 

For Lieutenant Governor 

Hon. William Phillips One hundred & Eleven votes 
Hon. William King One hundred & fifteen votes 
John Clark One vote 

For Senators & Counsellors . 

Hon. Asahel Stearns One hundred & ten votes 
Joseph Locke Esq r One hundred & ten votes 
Sam 1 P. P. Fay Esq r One hundred & ten votes 
Hon Joseph B. Varnum One hundred & nineteen 
Hon. Samuel Dana One hundred & nineteen 
Hon. John Hart One hundred & nineteen 

It was voted to adjourn this meeting to the house of Charles 
Stratton at 6 Oclock this evening for the purpose of sealing 
. up the votes for Governor,. Lieu 1 Governor, Senators & 
Counsellors 



Meeting 

for , 

County 
Treasurer 

Agreeable to the Warrant notifying the inhabitants to 
give in their votes for a County Treasurer the meeting was 
declared open; they proceeded as follows 

l et Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d Votes for County Treasurer being given in, were as follows, 



For John Keyes Esq r Ninety six votes 
Abiel Heywood Esq r Eighty two votes 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



viz. 



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Also, Agreeable to the Warrant notifying the freeholders & 
other inhabitants qualified to vote in town affairs to 
afsemble for the purposes set forth in the warrant being 
afsembled they proceeded as follows viz.*— > 



[212] 

l 9t Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted to postpone the article for painting & repairing the 
Meeting house to May meeting day 

3 d Voted that the Selectmen be a Committee to defend the 
road petitioned for by Ebenezer Preble & others 

Voted that said Committee be authorized to draw on the 
Treasurer for the sum of One hundred & fifty dollars for 
expences in defending the same 

The Meeting was then adjourned to May meeting day then 
to meet at this place at 4 Oclock in the afternoon 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



Adjournment 
of March 
Meeting 
1817 

The adjournment of March meeting was then declared 
open*— * 

Moses Coolidge Esq r presiding as Moderator the follow- 
ing votes pafsed, viz. 

Voted & chose for Overseers [Jonas White 
of the poor*— * j Peter Clark 

[Levi Thaxter 

Voted & chose for ( William Rufsell 

round keeper*— > \ 

The report of the Committee who were chosen to make an 
estimate of what grants are necefsary the ensuing year was 
read, & refered to the next meeting except the sum reported 
for Highways which is the same as last year 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to Monday next at 2 Oclock 
in the afternoon then to meet at this place*— * 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



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[213] 

At an adjourned meeting of the qualified voters for Gov- 
ernor, Lieutenant Governor, Senators, & Counsellors held 
at the house of Charles Stratton the votes were accordingly 
sealed up April 7 th 1817 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
April 7 th 
1817 

A meeting of the Sele<5hnen being held at the house of 
Charles Stratton April 7 th 1817, the Pews belonging to the 
town were put up at Auction to lease from the 12 th of April 
Ins 1 for one year to the highest bidder & were struck of 
viz. 

The Goddard Pew (so called) to Amos Wheeler) 

for J $16,, 50 

The East long Pew " " to Constantine V.) 

Swan for J 9,, — ■ 

The West long Pew " " to Cha' Strattonl 

for / 8„ 50 

The following persons were appointed weighers of Beef for 
the ensuing year agreeable to a Law of this Commonwealth 
pafsed Feb r 1816 viz. 

[Thomas Gookin 
Weighers of Beef | Amos Livermore Jun r 
[James Robbins 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



1817 I 
Apr 1 7 th / 

Thomas Gookin & James Robbins were sworn into the 
Offices of Weighers of Beef & Lewis Upham sworn to the 
office of Hogreeve 



by Nath 1 R W 7 hitney Jun r Town Clerk 



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Adjournment] 
of March \ 
Meeting J 

At an adjournment of March meeting from April 7 th 1817 
the inhabitants qualified to vote in town affairs afsembled 
at the public meeting house April 14 th 1817 & proceeded 
as follows 

Moses Coolidge Esq r presiding as moderator 



[214] 

The Committee for estimating grants made their report 
(as on file) & the town proceeded to act on the same in 
connection with the warrant by articles as follows, viz. 

Art. 5 th Voted that the sum of twelve hundred dollars be raised 
for the support of Schools the ensuing year instead of eleven 
hundred dollars as reported by said Committee & that the 
same be divided among the districts in the same propor- 
tions as last year 

Art. 6 th Tn addition to the proceedings of the last Meeting upon 
this article, the sum of One hundred & fifty dollars was 
voted to be raised for the purchase of Stones & Materials 
for making the new road through land of Jonas White & 
Edmund Fowle- 

Art. 7 th Voted also to allow the following accounts & grant 
money to pay the same . 

l 8t Voted to grant the sum of two hundred & twenty dollars, 
the same being necefsary to pay outstanding debts of the 
town agreeable to the report of said Committee*—^ 

2 d Thomas Clark for sundry services rendered the) 

town J $64,, 16 

Moses Chenery for services in defending the road) 
petitioned for by Luke & Seth Bemis J 6„ — 

Daniel Bond for the same 4„ — 

Voted to refer the account of Amasa Jackson to) 
the Fish agents for the time being J 

Art. 8 th The Committee for ascertaining what repairs are 
necefsary to make to the burying ground made their report, 
which was accepted & is as follows.*— > 

To the Inhabitants of Watertown in Town meeting afsem- 
bled 



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We the Subscribers a Committee appointed by the in- 
habitants of the town of Watertown, at a public 

town 

[215] 

Town meeting held on the seventeenth of March AD 1817 to 
ascertain what repairs are necefsary to make at the Burying- 
ground, have attended that service & beg leave to report, 
that in our opinion it will be expedient to enclose the same, 
as follows, viz. Beginning at the Southwardly end of the 
present fence, leading from the Town's pound, & running 
Southwardly a straight line to the Northwestwardly corner 
of the Porch of the Meeting house, and the owners of 
Stable, lots & Stables on said range, shall have a right to 
build & remove their Stables in front of their several lots 
on said line which will be sufficient for nine lots, of twelve 
feet wide, & not exceed eighteen feet deep, on which there 
are five Stables now standing, so as to leave twenty one 
feet from said Northwestwardly corner of the Porch for a 
fence (on which no Stable shall be built); thence beginning 
at the Northwardly corner of the East porch of said meeting 
house, & running Eastwardly twenty one feet to be fenced, 
ten feet of which is to be the Gate, & have no Stable built 
thereon, thence continuing Eastwardly a straight line 
ninety six feet, on which there will be eight Stable lots, 
each of twelve feet wide & eighteen feet deep, and the 
owners of the several lots on said range shall have a right 
to build Stables in front of their several lots, on said line of 
the dimensions aforesaid, thence turning a little North- 
wardly & running a straight line to land of the Wrdow Lois 
Robbins's dower, twenty feet South from the Brick wall 
adjoining the range of Tombs; on the line last mentioned, 
there may be seven lots of twelve feet wide, & not to exceed 
eighteen feet deep so as to leave a space of two feet between 
the Brick wall & said lots; and as the seven last mentioned 
lots were never laid out as such; we recommend to the town 
the sale of them for the accommodation of the Inhabitants 



to 

[216] 

To build Stables thereon, & the proceeds arising therefrom, 
be applied in future, to keep the Burying ground fence in 
repair, & that a Committee be appointed to carry the same 
into effect 



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All which is submitted by Nath 1 R Whitney 

Charles Whitney 
Adam Brown*—, 

Watertown April 7 th 1817 



Voted that a Committee be chosen to carry the same into 
effect, & the same Committee were chosen for that pur- 
pose 

The Agents for prosecuting the action against Jonas White 
for the rent of the Fishery in 1811 made their report which 

was ordered to be placed on file 

The Committee who were chosen to repair the great Bridge 
made their report (as on file) Whereupon the town voted 
to pay the accounts of said Committee viz. 

Adam Brown for services rendered & Materials) 
supplied for said Bridge J 93„ 45 

Nath 1 Bemis for the same 57„ 53 

John Fowle for the same 118,, 54 

Art. 9 th Voted to grant the sum of fourteen hundred dollars for 

the support of the poor the ensuing year 

Voted that the Selectmen together with the overseers of 
the poor shall determine in what manner the poor shall be 
supported the ensuing year 

Art. 10 th Voted to build a new Engine house or houses, & to 
grant the sum of two hundred & fifty dollars for that 
purpose & that the same shall be built in such place & 
manner as the town shall direct 

Also the sum of seventy five dollars was granted to repair 
the old engine 



[217] 

Voted, that the Committee who are hereafter to be chosen 
to repair the meeting house, shall be the Committee to 
build the Engine house, or houses 

Voted that a Committee be chosen to examine & report at 
the next meeting, the most suitable place or places on 
which to build the Engine house or houses'— » 

[Nath 1 Bemis 

Voted & chose for said Committee j Abijah White 

[Gilbert Nichols 



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Art. 11 th Voted that the town will accept of the new Engine 
according to the proposals of the Committee of the Sub- 
scribers therefor which are as follows viz. 

We the Subscribers, a Committee appointed by the 
proprietors of the new Engine called the Relief are author- 
iz'd by said proprietors to present to the Inhabitants of the 
town of Watertown for their use & benifit, said Engine 
together with the Buckets & apparatus belonging to the 
same in good order, on condition that the said Inhabitants 
shall as soon as may be provide a suitable house & keep the 
Engine &c. in complete repair, & appoint, and constantly 
keep a suitable number of Men to take care of & Man the 
same 

Watertown March 17 th 1817 

Isaac Patten 1 Committee in behalf 
Gilbert Nichols [of the proprietors of 
Nath 1 Bemis Jun r jthe new Engine call'd 
J the Relief 

Art. 12 th Voted to grant the sum of three hundred dollars for 
contingent expences 

Art. 14 th Voted to farm out the Taxes in the usual way 



[218] 

Art. 15** Voted to grant fifty dollars for the repairs of the bury- 
ing ground & for making & setting a new gate at the lower 
burying ground, to be laid out under the direction of the 
Committee who were chosen to afsertain what repairs were 
necefsary 

Voted That the Stables which, (according to the report of 
the Committee for afsertaining the burying ground repairs) 
are to be removed, shall be done at the expence of the town 
in case the owners thereof neglect or refuse to remove 
them 

Voted to grant the sum of two hundred dollars to defray 
the expences already incurred & which may hereafter arise 
in defending the town against the road prayed for by 
Ebenezer Preble & others' — > 

The Town unanimously passed the following vote, which is 
hereafter to be considered a standing rule & order of the 
town never to be neglected, viz. 



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Voted, That it shall be the duty of the Treasurer and 
Selectmen for the time being, annually hereafter, at the 
annual town meeting in March & previous to any grant of 
money whatever, to make an estimate of all & every grant 
of money, which may in their opinion be necefsary, for the 
town to make for the expenditures for the year then next 
ensuing — & lay the same before the town for their con- 
sideration 

Francis Bright was excused from serving as Surveyor of 
Highways 

Voted & chose in his stead Israel Whitney 

Then Voted To adjourn this meeting to the house of 

Charles Stratton at half past eight Oclock this evening for 
the sole purpose of farming out the taxes & choosing 
Collectors'— » 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



[219] 

Agreeably to the foregoing adjournment the inhabitants 
being afsembled proceeded as follows, viz. 

Voted, To farm out the collection of taxes for the ensuing 
year on the same conditions as last year, the lowest bidder 
to be the Collector & being put up were struck off to 

Charles Whitney for two cents on a dollar 

Voted & chose Charles Whitney Collector for the ensuing 
year 

Voted, that this meeting be difsolved*— > 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 1 
Meeting \ 
Apr 1 14 th 1817] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Charles Stratton April 14 th 1817 Richard Sanger 
was appointed Sexton for the year ensuing & to be paid the 
same for his services as the Sexton received the last year 



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(except for making & taking care of Fires in the Stove, 
which is to be twenty five Cents for each day 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



Sele&mens 1 
Meeting \ 
Apr 1 18 th 1817J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Charles Stratton April 18 th 1817 — The following 
accounts were allow'd & signed an order directing the 
Treasurer to pay the same*— » 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for Cash p d expences of 
witnefses at the Court of Sefsions at Concord to 
oppose the road petitioned for by Ebenezer 
Preble & others , 



$7„ 12 

2„ - 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



To Nath 1 Bemis Jun r for Medical attendance onl 
the Widow Harvey in her last sicknefs J 2„ — 



[220] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Charles Stratton April 21 9t 1817 — They ifsued 
the following Warrant 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Constables of 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

W T arrant } 
for 

May Meeting] 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn all the male 
inhabitants, of said town, being twenty one years of age, 
and resident in said town for the space of one year next 
preceeding, having a freehold estate within said town, of the 
annual income of three pounds, or any estate to the value 
of sixty pounds to meet at the public meeting house in 
said town on Monday the fifth day of May next at two 
Oclock in the afternoon, for the purpose of choosing one 
or more Representatives, to represent them at the General 
Court, appointed to be convened & held at Boston, on the 
last Wednesday of May next 



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Also You are alike required to notify & warn the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of said town qualified by law 
to vote in town affairs to meet at the public meeting house 
in said town on Monday the fifth day of May next at three 
oclock in the afternoon to act on the following articles viz. 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will rescind their vote pafsed at the 
last May meeting whereby their sanction was given to 
whatsoever the Afsefsors & Selectmen might thereafter do 
in abating the taxes of individuals & act any thing thereon — 
3 d To know if the town will take any measures to provide a 
supply for the desk during the Rev d Rich d R. Eliots 

weak 



[221] 

Weak state of health & act any thing thereon- 



4 th To know if the town will grant Jacob Farrar any further 
compensation for the support of Benjamin Whitney & act 
any thing thereon 

Hereof, fail not & make return of this Warrant & your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the times 
appointed for said meetings 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this twenty 
first day of April AD, One thousand eight hundred & 
seventeen 



Nath 1 R Whitney 
Luke Bemis 
Jon a Stone 
Amos Livermore J r 
Marshall B Spring 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. May 5 th 1817 Pursuant to the within War- 
rant I have notified and warned the freeholders & other 
inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified as therein 
exprefsed, to meet at the times and places and for the 
puposes within mentioned by posting an attested Copy of 
the within at the public meeting-house two Sundays prior 
to said Meetings 

Samuel Learned Constable 



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May ] 
Meeting - 
1817 j 

Pursuant to foregoing Warrant the inhabitants qualified 
to vote in the choice of Representative afsembled May 5 th 
1817. The meeting being opened It was voted to send one 
Representative to General Court. 
The votes brought in were as follows. 

For Thomas Clark Esq r Eighty three votes 
Marshall B. Spring Esq r Eighty votes 
Nath 1 Bemis Esq 7 Seven votes 



[222] 

Nath : R Whitney Esq r Two votes 

Adam Brown One vote 

Will- White One 

Jonas White Jun r One 

Abijah White One 

There being no choice it was voted, to reconsider the 

former vote 6c not send any Representative 

Voted that this meeting be ail'solved*— % 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r Town Clerk 



The May meeting was opened & agreeable to the Warrant 
proceeded as follows 

Art. l 8t Voted &: chose Mcses Coolidge Esq r Moderator 

Art. 2 d Voted to dismifs this article (see Warrant) 

Art. 3 d Voted that the sum of Two hundred dollars be afsefsed 
in addition to the Ministers tax for the supply of the Pulpit 
during M r Eliots ill state of health &: to be laid out under 
the direction of the Selectmen provided it be needed 

4'- h Voted that the article relative to Jacob Farrar be dismifsed. 
Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Adjournment' 
"of April | 
Meet: ng 

An adjournment of April meeting was opened. 
Thomas Clark Esq 1 " presided as Moderator. 



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The 3 d Article was acted on as follows. 

Voted, To grant Five hundred dollars to Paint & repair the 
Meeting house 

Voted to have a Committee to carry the same into effect 

Voted & chose for [Jonas White 
said Committee \ Nath 1 Weld 
[Nath 1 Bright 



[223] 

The following report was read & ordered to be placed on 
file which is as follows 

The Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial Fund 
agreeable to the provisions of the act of incorporation 
present to the town the following statement of their doings 
the last year and the existing state of their Funds 

Since the last annual Statement, the Trustees have 
made sale of one lot of land containing about three quarters 
of an acre to Leonard Harris for the sum of Four hundred 
& fifty dollars which has been on interest since April l 8t 1816 

The income due the first of April 1816 has been col- 
lected amounting to the Sum of $305„28 — & paid into the 
Treasury of the Town*— » 

The funds of the Corporation at this time is in Money 
at interest, and amounts to the sum of $2750„50 and is in 
the hands of the following persons viz.<— > 



Isaac Patten 450, , — 

John Fowle & Nath 1 R Whitney — 225,, 50 

Jefse Smith 150,, — 

Martin Wilder 300,, — 

Jon a Wyeth (secured by Mortgage) — 300,, — 

Edward Lowd (d° ) 325,, — 

Cyrus & Joseph Rufsell (d° ) — ~ 550,, — 

Leonard Harris (d° ) — 450,, 



$2750,, 50 

The interest or income arising from said sum to the 1 st of 
April 1817 amounts to the sum of $165„03 and the rent of 
the real estate the last year to the sum of $166„25 from 
which is to be deducted the sum of five dollars on account 
of lands sold to Leonard Harris & one dollar & fifty cents 
for the record of two deeds which leaves a net amount of 



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income for the last year of $324„78 a part of which sum 
344,,. has already been received & paid to the Treasurer of 
the town 



The Trustees further represent that as the Sales of House 
lots at this time are dull & very uncertain they have con- 
sidered it of importance to preserve their lands in as good 
state as pofsible for cultivation, but which they beleived 
could not be easily effected, by letting them in the usual 
way from year to year 

They have therefore thought best, and have accordingly 
leased the whole of the real estate for the term of six years 
for the sum of $153,,00 a year to be improved, according to 
the rules of good husbandry and reserving the right of 

selling any part of the same as opportunity may offer 

All which is respectfully submitted, by order of the Trustees 



The Committee chosen for ascertaining the most suitable 
place or places on which to build the Engine house or 
houses made the following report*— > 

To the inhabitants of Watertown in town meeting afsem- 



Gentlemen, your Committee raised for the purpose of 
afcertaining the most suitable place on which to build an 
Engine house or houses have attended that service and beg 
leave to report, that in their opinion it will be most for the 
safety of the town that there be two Engine houses erected 
— one on the Mill creek between the Grist Mill and the 
Hay Scales, and the other as near Strattons Tavern as a 
place can be procured All which is respectfully Sub- 
mitted by 



Voted to accept the foregoing report so far as to build it 
over the Mill Creek between the Grist mill & Hay Scales 
provided it can be done with as little expence, as on the 
spot propos'd near James Robbins's Barn 



[224] 



Levi Thaxter Treasurer*— ^ 



bled- 




Committee 



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[225] 

Voted that the Committee for building the Engine house 
be directed to remove the old Engine house near to 
Strattons Tavern if a Spot can be reasonably obtained 
therefor 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Sele&mens ] 
meeting \ 
May 5 th 1817 ] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden May 5 th 1817 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same — viz. 



To Phinehas Sanderson his acc fc for Shoes for) 
S. Berry & T. Wellington j 

To Nath 1 Woodward his acc 1 for care of| 
Meeting house, making Fires &c. for 1816 J 

To John Fowle his acc fc for services on the 
Great Bridge in 1816 

To Nath 1 R Whitney his acc 1 for supplies] 
furnished M" Clark, John Welch & George Bourn > 
from March 22 d to April 7 th 1817 J 

To Caty Hay for Boarding Nath 1 Harris &| 
Frederick Remington from March 17 th to May l 9t j 

To the Widow of the late John Cook for ex-1 
pences of journey to Rhode Island J 



To Caleb Dana for rent of Room to 
Clark 



M r3 | 



To Samuel Learned for Cash paid Nine Wit- 
nefses their fees for Attending Court 1817 in 
opposition to road prayed for by E. Preble & 
others & also for his fees for summoning them — ( 

To Benjamin Hoi ten his acc' for house rent] 
for Jonas Learned from March l at 1816 to March J 
1 st 1817 



3„ 91 
38„ 62 
42„ 87 

K 48 
15„ 31 

lu- 
lu 50 

18„ 49 



25„- 



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To Samuel Leatch for Boarding Robert 
Saunders from Jan y 1 st to May 1 st 1817, for 
boarding Thomas Wellington from Jan y l 8t to 
May 1 st 1817 & for boarding Benjamin Learned 
from Jan y 1 st to May 1 st 1817 & for boarding John 
Sanger 3 Weeks & 4 days to May 1 st 1817 



72„ 



[226] 

The following persons were appointed Engine Men for the 
year ensuing to the new Engine called the Relief viz 



Nath 1 Weld y 
Gilbert Nichols 
Nath 1 R Whitney J 1 
James Robbins 
Leonard Harris 
Joseph Cole 
Elijah Ray 
Jerom Hearsy 



Thomas Soden 
Caleb Dana 
Coolidge P. W T ood 
Cha s H. Chandler 
George Minot 
John M. Harris 
Joshua Ayres 
James Hearsy 



Also The following persons were appointed to the old 
Engine called Engine N° 1- 



viz. 



Elisha W. Dana 
Josiah White 
John Stimpson J 1 
Will m Bright 
George Coolidge 
Francis Leathe 
Sam 1 B. Davis 
Thomas Gookin 
Abr ra Lincoln 
Caleb Lincoln 
Charles Bent 



Eliphalet Weston 
Nath 1 Bond 2 d 
Reuben Eaton 
Isaac Sargeant 
John Hoar 
Otis Curtis 
John Harris 
Samuel W 7 alker 
Alexander Stewart 
Henry Taylor 

Attest Nath 1 R W 7 hitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
June 2 d 
1817 



At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden June 2 d 1817 

The following acc ts were allowed & an order drawn on 
the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 

To Hannah Davis for boarding & taking] 
care of the Widow Mary White from March 11 th \ 
1816 to April 7 th 1817 J 55„ 70 



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To John Clark for supplies to sundry paupers) 
from Sep' 21 3t 1816 to March 17 th 1817 / 64„ 84 



[227] 

To Stephen Longley for boarding Widow 
Sarah White & nursing her from Dec r 8 th 1815 to 
March 12 th 1817 Also taking care of Lucy White 
one year 



To Jon a Stone in full for his premium for 
collecting the taxes for the year 1816 at 2 l A pr. 
Cent 



116,, 83 



155,, 86 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



June 4 th 1817 Moses Chenery, Thomas Learned & Israel 
Whitney took the oaths as Surveyors of Highways 

before Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
July 7 th 
1817 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden July 7 th 1817. 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer to pay the same viz. 



To Sam 1 Oilman for supplying the Pulpit 
one day 

To James Read for his Horse & Chaise to 
convey the Rev d J. S. Popkin to Watertown to 
Supply the Pulpit July 6 th (said Popkin charging 
nothing more for his services 



To Rev d Henry Ware for supplying the) 
Pulpit one day J 

To George Stearns for 60 Rails to fence the) 
road on the Ministerial land / 



io„ - 

i„ so 
io„ - 

7„ SO 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



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August l 9t 1817 Charles Whitney took the oath of Collector 
before Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[228] 

Selectmens 
Meeting 
Sept. l 3t 
1817 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden Sep 1 l 9t 1817 

The following persons were approbated as suitable 
persons for Innholders & Retailers*— > 



Charles Stratton 
Samuel Bellows 
Inman Fefsenden 
Thomas Young 
Jeremiah Fowle 

John Clark 
Samuel Learned 
Daniel Jackson 
Sullivan Thayer 



Innholders 



Retailers 



The following persons were appointed Engine men for the 
year ensuing to the Engine called the Relief viz. 

Isaac Rufsell 
Benjamin Hoyt 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk*— > 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Oct. 6 th > 
1817 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house, of Inman Fefsenden Oct. 6 th 1817 ■ 

The following accounts & an order drawn on the 
Treasurer to pay the same viz. 

To Abijah White for Cash paid for recording) 
David Hagers deed to the Town J „ 75 

To Clinton Thayer for goods supplied M rs \ 
Clark from March 27 th to April 4 th 1817 J 5„ 06 



260 Watertown Records. 

To Artemas Ward for journey to Concord &] 
afsistance in opposing the road petitioned for by [ 
E. Preble & others J 30„ — 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for expences for agents] 
& Witnefses at Concord Sep 1 term in opposing \ 
said road J 9„ 54 



[229] 

To Amos Livermore J r for Cash paid Newell) 
Bent for 5960 feet Plank for the Bemis Bridge —J 56„ 40 

To Isaac Patten for 30 Posts to fence the) 
Ministerial Garden -/ 6„ — 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Oct 20 th 
1817 



At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of Inman 
Fcfsendcn Oct 20 th 1817*—, 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 

To Benjamin Stevens for making cartridges) 
for Cap 1 Elisha Whitney s Company / 1„ 50 

To George Coolidge for painting 8 guide) 
boards / 6„ 50 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for Sundry Services on) 
Trapilo road & erecting guide Boards &c. / 16„ 61 

To John Keyes County Treasurer for County) 
Tax 1817 / 504„ 93 



To Tyler Bigelow for services twice before) 
the Courts Committee & two Courts at Concord > 
in opposition to Trapilo road J 45„ 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



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261 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Nov. 3 d 
1817 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden Nov r 3 d 1817 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 

To Levi Thaxter Esq r for expences paid S.) 
Hoar Esq r for the support of J. F. Meacham in \ 
Concord Goal from March 11 th to Apr 1 10 th 1816 J 10„ 64 

To Cap 1 Dan 1 Bond for Cash p d W. C. Factory) 
for Shirting did. M re Hay for the poor Feb* 8 th \ 
1816 J 2„ 78 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[230] 

SelecT:mens 
Meeting 
Dec r l 8t 
1817 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden Dec r l 8t 1817*— > 

The following accounts were allowed and an order 

drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

viz. 

To Charles Patten for Medicines did. Cyrus) 
Wilson from Sep 1 11 th to Dec r 30 th 1816 J 

To Jacob Reeves Esq r for attendance 3 days) 
as a Witnefs for the town in opposing Trapilof 
road J 

To Benj n Hartwell for Medicine, & attend-) 
ance on Widow Sarah White from March 2 d to> 
March 18 th 1817 j 

To Levi Thaxter Esq r for services before the) 
Committee for laying out Trapilo road J 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



3„ 35 
6„- 

5„ 50 
15„- 



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Selectmens 
Meeting 
Jan>' 5 th 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden Jan y 5 th 1818 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 

To Leonard Harris for repairing the old) 
Engine J 75„ — 

To James Robbins in full for Goods del d by order) 

of W m White Esq r for John Cooks Funeral j 3„ 95 

To Thomas Heard for support of Elisha Whitneys) 
children from Jan* 11 th 1817 to Apr 1 7 th 1817 12*4 
Weeks @ $1„ Week J 12„ 33 

To Isaac Dana in full for labor on the great bridge) 

in Sep 1 & Oct, 1817 f 2„ 50 

To Ezek 1 Whitney in full of acc fc for preparing &) 

setting guide posts & making guide Boards J 10„ — 



[231] 

To Samuel Bird in full for Blacksmith work fori 
1817 / 14„ 16 

To Tyler Bigelow balance between the amount 
charged him for outstanding taxes of Jonathan 
Child deceased being $185„72 & the amount rec d 
of Levi Thaxter as collected of said Child, s 
bondsmen being $179,, 28 — viz. 



6„ 44 



To Charles Whitney in full of balance of County) 
Tax for 1816 paid by him to County Treasurer > 
including interest J 525,, 50 

To the town of Boston for the support of M r3 ) 
Warren & Martha Dodge from March 1 st 1815 [ 
to March 1817 J 99„ 40 

To David Hager in full for boarding & removing) 

the Widow of John Cook J 2l„ — 

To Thaddeus Cole for sundries for the funeral) 

palls / 4„ 55 



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To Moses Coolidge in full for a Plough for the) 

road J 14„ — 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Jany30 th 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of Inman Fefsenden Jan y 30 th 1818 

They appointed the following persons, agents for 
leasing the Fishery the ensuing year 

viz. Moses Coolidge ) 

Thaddeus Cole J Agents 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[232] 

Seledmens 
Meeting 
Feb* 2 d 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of M rs Stratton Feb* 2 d 1818 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 

To William Penniman in full of the balance of 1 
his ace* for support & supplies to the poor to April \ 
7 th 1817 j 70„ 87 

To Luke Bemis for balance of his acc* for labor &) 
materials on Bemis, s Bridge J 11„ — 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for Carting Timber &c. for) 

Creek Bridge J 14,, 17 

To Nath 1 Woodward for setting up Stove &c. — 3„ — 

To Will m Bradford for Nails &c. 5„ 06 

To Jerom Hearsy for setting Glafs in meeting) 

house & School houses, Oil &c. J 14 /; 19 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



264 Watertown Records. 

Selectmens 
Meeting 
FebM7 th ' 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of M r3 Stratton Feb^ 17 th 1818 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 

To Zacheus Pond in full repairing Plough & Stove 2„ 85 

To Thomas Clark for use of Plough & service, on) 

Trapilo road J 6„ 50 

Also, The following Warrant was ifsued ■ 

viz. 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Con- 
stables for the town of Watertown Greeting. 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to summon & notify the freeholders & 
other 

inhabitants 



[233] 

Inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified by law to 
vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the public meeting- 
house in said town on Monday the second day of March 
next, at ten of the clock in the forenoon to act on the 
following Articles viz. 

I st To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To choose all town officers required to be chosen in the 

Months of March & April annually 

3 d To choose a Sexton & agree how he shall be paid for his 

services 

4 th To determine whether Swine & Neat Cattle shall go at 

large the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what schools shall be kept the ensuing year & 

grant money for the same, & act any thing thereon 

6 th To grant money to open, make, & repair the highways & 

act any thing thereon 

7 th To hear the accounts of those persons to whom the town is 

indebted & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 

thereon 



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265 



8 th To hear the report of the Committee for making estimates 
for the year ensuing & act any thing thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any Committee & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 
poor & grant money for the same & act any thing thereon — 

11 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 
state of the Treasury & act any thing thereon 



12 th To hear in what manner the town will collect their taxes 
the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

13 th To know if the town will take any order relative to the law 
for preventing the destruction of certain Birds & act any 
thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant & 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this seventeenth day of 
February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight 
hundred & eighteen 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Watertown March 2 d 1818 

Pursuant to the within Warrant I have notified & warned 
all the freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown to meet as above directed for the purposes 
therein mentioned, by posting attested copies of the above 
Warrant at the public meeting house two Sundays prior to 
the date hereof 



[234] 



Nath 1 R Whitney 
Luke Bern is 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Jonathan Stone 



Amos Livermore J r 
Marshall B. Spring 



(Signed) Samuel Learned 



Constable 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



266 Watertown Records. 

[235] 

Selectmens 
Meeting 
Feb" 25 th 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of M ra Stratton Feb* 25 th 1818 

The following accounts were allowed & an Order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same — viz. 

To Daniel Sanger for Mason work at Burying) 

yard fence J 3„ 50 

To Caleb Lincoln for work at Creek bridge &1 
Burying place j 22,, 50 

To David Hager for work at Creek bridge 5„ — 

To Israel Whitney for work at Meeting-house &1 

Creek bridge J 7„ 17 

To Thaddeus Cole for Nails & Cash paid I.) 
Fefsenden expences in Sale of Fishery 1818 J 5„ 66 

To Amos Livermore J r for repairs on East School) 

house & attending Court in opposing Trapilo road J 8„ 22 

To Richard Sanger for Wood supplied the meet-) 

ing house J 2,, 78 

To Charles Whitney for Work & Materials &) 
bills paid for repairing fence at Burying ground &> 
Creek bridge J 43,, 85 

To Edward Lowd for repairing Bridges 4„ — 

To Jon a Stone for services rendered in opposing) 

Trapilo road J 6„ — 

To Charles Whitney for Materials, viz. Board, &) 

Paint for burying ground fence J 31, , 51 

To Inman Fefsenden for entertainment of Select-) 

men, Committees &c. for 1817 f 25„ — 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



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267 



[236] 



March 1 
Meeting \ 
1818 j 



Pursuant to the Warrant iisued by the Selectmen of Water- 
town Feb y 17 th 1818, the freeholders & other inhabitants 
afsembled March 2 d 1818 and proceeded to act on the 
following articles viz. 

l et Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted & chose Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 

(w T ho w r as sworn into said office by Thorn 9 Clark Esq r 

Voted & chose Abijah White Treasurer 

The meeting was then adjourned to meet at this place at 
three oclock this afternoon' — > 

By adjournment the meeting was opened, in the afternoon, 
when the votes for five Selectmen were called for & being 
sorted & counted, the Moderator made declaration that 
there was not a choice 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to Thursday next at One 
oclock P.M. then to meet at this place 

Agreeably to the adjournment from March 2 d the free- 
holders & other inhabitants afsembled, Thomas Clark Esq r 
presideing as Moderator, the following votes pafsed, 



March 5 th 1818 



[Levi Thaxter 
Charles Whitney 



Voted & chose for Selectmen 



\ Peter Clark 
| Daniel Bond 



^ Moses Chenery 



[Thomas Clark 
Abijah White 



Voted & chose for Afsefsors' 



\ Elisha Livermore 



Nath 1 Bright 
^Gilbert Nichols 





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Voted & chose for Tythingmen 



Voted & chose for Clerks 
of the Market* — » 



Voted & chose 
for 

Feild drivers*— 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves 



James Dean 
George Coolidge 
Thomas Learned 
Elisha W. Dana 

Thaddeus Cole 
Charles Patten 

Francis Brown 
John Stimpson J r 
Enos Blake 
W m M. Pomroy 
Christopher Grant J r 
Joseph Bird 
John H. Clark 

Sullivan Thayer 
Josiah White 
George Minott 
Phinehas Learned 
Will™ Alden 
Stillman Corey 
Asa Davis 

Jonathan Whitney J r 
Benjamin Hoyt 
Collins Thayer 
Phinehas Harrington 



[238 



Hogreeves (continued) 



Miles Sprague, J r 
Isaac Rufsell 
Caleb Lincoln 
Fran s Leathe 
Elisha Stratton 
Charles Patten 
Henry Taylor 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to Monday the 16 th of March 
instant then to meet at this place at one oclock in the 
afternoon — 

Pursuant to the adjournment from March 5 th the 
inhabitants afsembled & proceeded as follows. March 16 th 

1818 

viz. 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Highways* — » 



Enos Blake 
Luke Bemis 
Thomas Learned 
Moses Chenery 
Nath 1 R Whitney 
Nath 1 Bright 



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269 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Lumber — » 



(Enos Blake 
\ Caleb Lincoln 
(Isaac Dana 



Voted & chose for Cullers of Hoops /Isaac Dana 
&Staves«-s lWill m Horn 



Voted & chose for Firewards*— ■» 



Nathaniel Bemis 
Luke Bemis 
Adam Brown 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
John Clark 
Eliakim Morse 
John Hunting 



[239 



Voted & chose for Fish Committee*— > 



Mark Vose 
Nath 1 Stone 
Moses Coolidge 
Josiah Learned 
Abraham Sanger 
Will m M. Pomroy 

Voted & chose for Pound keeper Jeremiah Rufsell 

Voted & chose for Feild drivers f Josiah Learned 

in addition to those already chosen*— >\ William Stone 

Nath 1 Bright was excused from serving as an Afsefsor 

Nath 1 Bright was also excused from serving as Constable & 
Samuel Learned was chosen in his stead 

Jeremiah Fowle was excused from serving as Fence veiwer 

Elisha Livermore was excused from serving as an Afsefsor 

Voted to annul the former vote of choosing five Afsefsors & 
to have but three, who are already chosen 

Abraham Sanger was excused from serving as Constable & 
Thaddeus Cole was chosen in his stead 

3 d Voted to refer the choice of a Sexton to the Selectmen & 
they to agree with him for his services 

4 th Voted that Swine & Neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensuing year 



270 



Watertown Records. 



The Committee (under Article 8 th ) for making estimates 

made a report which is on file whereupon the following 

votes pafsed viz. 

! th Voted to grant the sum of twelve hundred dollars for the 
suport of Schools the ensuing year, to be expended in the 
same proportions as last year 



[240] 

6 th Voted to grant the same sum for Highways as last year, 
which is twenty five Cents on every rateable poll & all 
other estates in proportion 

Voted that the Afsefsors forthwith make the Highway Tax 
on the old Valuation, adding such polls as are now liable to 
be taxed not now on the Valuation & to deliver the same 
to the Surveyors 

Voted to grant four hundred & twenty five dollars for the 
purpose of making the road & setting the fence through the 
Ministerial land & land of Jonas White & Edmund Fowle — 

Voted & chose a Committee [Charles Whitney 

to carry the same into effect, viz. •jNath 1 R Whitney 

[Moses Coolidge 

7 th Voted to allow the following accounts viz. 

To Nath 1 R Whitney J r for services as Town Clerk 25 „ — 

To Nath 1 R Whitney for his services as Afsefsor — 45, , — 

To Elisha Livermore for the same 13„ 50 

To Seth Bemis for same 12„ — 

To Tyler Bigelow as Treasurer 50„ — 

Voted to allow the following account & grant money to 
pay the same. viz. 

To Thomas Learned for services on the Highways 13„ 75 

Joshua Coolidges acc 1 was refered to the Over- 
seers of the poor 

Samuel Learneds acc* was refered to the Selectmen 

Art . 8 th see previous to Article 5 th 



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271 



[241] 

9 th The Committee who were appointed to repair the meeting 
house & build Engine houses made a report which will 
appear on file; & also petitioned the town to direct their 
Treasurer to pay the Committee the grants of the town for 

that purpose whereupon the town voted to accept the 

same— also, 

Voted & chose a Committee to examine the accounts of 
said Committee & report to the town. viz. 

Nath 1 R Whitney ) 

Nath 1 Bemis [ Committee*—* 

Tyler Bigelow J 

Voted to accept the Treasurers account as reported by the 
Selectmen & to be placed on the files of the town which is 
as follows, viz. 

Tyler Bigelow as Treasurer is charged the sum of 9035,, 85 
and is credited the sum of 8964,, 59 

leaving a balance in the Treasury as will appear $71 „ 26 

10 th Voted & chose a Committee to devise the best method of 
supporting the poor the ensuing year & report at April 
meeting viz. 

Moses Coolidge 
Luke Bemis 
Thomas Clark 
John Fowle 

Nath 1 R Whitney \ Committee 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Amos Livermore J 1 
Levi Thaxter 
Tyler Bigelow 

Voted to postpone the grant of money for the support of 
the poor 'till the report of the foregoing Committee ■ 



[242] 

Voted & chose a Committee to examine the accounts of the 
Overseers of the poor & report to the town 

viz. Nath 1 Bemis 1 

Thomas Clark } Committee 
Nath 1 R Whitney j 



272 Watertovon Records. 

11 th See under Article 9 th 

12 th Voted to farm out the taxes in the usual way & to postpone 
the choice of Collector 'till that time 

13 th Voted to dismifs the Article 

Voted to adjourn the meeting to the house of M r8 Stratton 
at seven oclock this evening for the sole purpose of farming 
out the taxes & choosing Collector 

The meeting being opened by adjournment at M rs 

Strattons March 16 th 1818 It was voted to farm out the 

taxes on the same conditions as last year, the lowest bidder 
to be the Collector & being put up, were bought by Samuel 
Learned for cents on a dollar 

Voted & chose Samuel Learned Collector 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the sixth day of April 
next, then to meet at the public meeting house at four 
oclock in the afternoon 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Oaths } 

The following persons were sworn to their respective offices 
March 9 th 1818. viz. 

Levi Thaxter, Charles Whitney, Peter Clark, Dan 1 Bond & 
Moses Chenery as Selectmen, Abijah White as Town 

Treasurer & Afsefsor Enos Blake, Daniel Sanger, & 

Francis Brown as Feild drivers Francis Brown as Fence 

Viewer Caleb Lincoln, Jon a Whitney J r , Sullivan 

Thayer, Francis Leathe, Josiah White & Elisha Stratton 
as Hogreeves, 

by Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Thomas Clark & Gilbert Nichols took the Oath of Afsefsors 
March 11 th 1818 

before Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk*— » 



March 11 th 1818 

Sam 1 Learned was sworn to the office of Constable by 
N R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Watertc wn Re: ; rds . 



m 



I 243 ] 



Oaths > 



March 16- 1818, Josiah Learned, Joseph Bird, Will* M 



Pomrcv cx William Stone were sworn as Feild drivers 6c 
William Stone as Fence Viewer — before 



At a meeting :f the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 
house of M"~Stratton March 16 ;h 1818 

Samuel Learned was appointed Auctioneer for the year 
ensuing 

Isaac Dana, Thaddeus Cole ik George Minott were 
appointed Measurers of Wood for the year ensuing 

Thomas Gookin, Amos Livermore J* 6c James Robbins 
were appointed weighers of Beef tor the year ensuing 

The Pews belonging to the town were put up at Auction 
to lease from the 12 :h day of April next for one year to the 
highest bidder cV: were leased as follows viz. 

The Goddard Pew (so called) 

to William Ellis for / $13„ — 

East long Pew to Constantine V Swan for — 7 0l — 

West long Pew to Elisha Stratton for 7 #i — 

The Hay Scales were put up from the I* day] 
of April next for one year & were leased to, > 
George Coolidge for ] 34,, 25 

The Wharf in Cambridge was leased to^ 
Charles Stone for one year from the l i: day J 

of April next for , 3„ 50 

Also the following Warrant was ifsued viz. 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Constables for the 
town of Watertown Greeting. 



Nath : R Whitney J 1 Town Clerks 



Selectmen s ] 



Meeting 
March 16* 
1818 



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Warrant 
for 

Apr 1 Meeting 
1818 

You are hereby forthwith required in the name of the 
Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts, to warn the male in- 
habitants of the said town of Watertown of twenty one 
years of age and upward, having a freehold estate within the 

Commonwealth 



[244] 

Commonwealth of the annual income of three pounds or 
any estate to the value of sixty pounds, to meet at the 
public meeting house in said town on Monday the sixth 
day of April next at one of the clock in the afternoon, to 
give in their votes for a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 
and Senators & Counsellors agreeably to the Constitution 
of said Commonwealth 

Also You are alike required to notify & warn all the 
male inhabitants of said town, being twenty one years of 
age and upwards & resident in said town for the space of 
one year next preceeding having a freehold estate in said 
town of the annual income of three pounds, or any estate 
to the value of sixty pounds to meet at the public meeting 
house in said town on Monday the sixth day of April next 
at three of the clock in the afternoon to act on the following 
articles viz. 

l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To give in their votes for a County Treasurer 

Also, You are alike required to summon & notify the 
freeholders & other inhabitants of said town qualified by 
law to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the public meeting 
house in said town on said sixth day of April next at four 
of the clock in the afternoon to act on the following articles 
— — viz. 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will accept the report of the Selectmen 

to alter the road leading from the West School house, to 

Charles river & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will take any measures to repair 

Bemis, s Bridge (so called) & act any thing thereon 



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4 th To know if the town will authorize the several Surveyors 
of highways, to draw on the Treasurer for the amount of 



such 



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Such delinquent highway taxes as has been collected from 
their districts & paid into the Treasury the last year, to be 
expended by them on the highways & act any thing 
thereon 

5 th To know if the town will take any measures to supply the 
desk during the weak state of health of the Rev d M r Eliot & 
act any thing thereon 

6 th To know if the town will accept of the Stove & Funnel in 
the Meeting house & pay the balance now due for the 
same & act any thing thereon 

7 th To know if the town will take any measures to prevent 
Teams &c. pafsing acrofs the Common in front of the 
Meeting house & act any thing thereon 

8 th To know if the town will take any measures to widen the 
Treadaway Bridge (so called) & act any thing thereon 

9 th To know if the town will accept the list of Jurors as re- 
ported by the Selectmen 

10 th To know if the town will choose a Committee to consider 
the best & most economical method of supporting their 
poor & act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 

appointed for said meetings Given under our hands & 

seals this sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred & eighteen 



Levi Thaxter 
Charles Whitney 
Peter Clark 
Daniel Bond 
Moses Chenery— 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk- 



[246] 

Middlesex fs. April 6 th 1818 Pursuant to the within War- 
rant I have notified & warned all the freeholders & other 
inhabitants of the town of Watertown to meet as within 
directed & for the purposes within mentioned, by posting 



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attested copies of the within warrant at the public meeting 
house in said town two Sundays prior to the date hereof 

Samuel Learned Constable 



Oaths \ 

The following persons were sworn to their respective offices 
March 16 th 1818 viz. Isaac Dana as Culler of Hoops & 

Staves, Surveyor of Lumber & Measurer of Wood 

Thaddeus Cole as Constable & Measurer of Wood 

by Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 

March 26 th 1818 Thomas Learned was sworn to the office 
of Surveyor of Highways & Apr 1 3 d 1818 George Minot was 
sworn to the offices of Measurer of Wood & Hogreeve 

by Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



April ] 
Meeting} 
1818 J 

Pursuant to the Warrant ifsued March 16 th 1818 notifying 
the inhabitants qualified to vote for Governor, Leiu fc 

Governor & Senators & Counsellors They afsembled 

April 6 th 1818 when the votes being brought in sorted & 
counted were as follows viz. 

For Governor 

His Exec y John Brooks had Seventy four votes 

Hon. Benjamin W. Crowninshield had Sixty eight votes 

for L l Governor 
Hon. Will m Phillips had Seventy four votes 
Hon. Thomas Kittredge had Sixty eight votes 
Moses Coolidge Esq r had One vote 



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for Senators 

Calvin Sanger had Seventy three votes 
Joseph Locke had Seventy three votes 
Sam 1 P. P. Fay had Seventy three votes 
Joseph B. Varnum had Sixty six votes 
John Hart had Sixty six votes 
Leonard M. Parker had Sixty seven votes 



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Samuel Dana had One vote 
William Austin had One vote 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to M r3 Strattons at six 
O'clock this evening for the purpose of sealing up the votes 
for Governor, Leiu fc Governor &c. 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Meeting 
for County 
Treasurer • 

Apr 1 6 th 
1818 

Agreeably to the Warrant notifying the inhabitants 
qualified to vote for County Treasurer to meet at 3 oclock 
being afsembled proceeded as follows viz. 

Art' l 9t Voted & chose Tyler Bigelow Esq r Moderator 

2 d Votes for County Treasurer being brought in, sorted 
& counted were for John Keyes forty seven votes 
Abiel Heywood fifty six votes 

Then voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[248] 

Meeting ) 
for Town Affairs \ 
Apr 1 6 th 1818 J 

The meeting was then opened at four Oclock for the 
purposes set forth in the warrant, when the inhabitants 
qualified to vote in town affairs being afsembled, they pro- 
ceeded to act on the following articles viz. 

Art. l 3t Voted & chose Tyler Bigelow Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted to accept the report of the Selectmen for 
altering the road from the West School house to Charles 
river & in future to have it a town road 

Voted to grant one hundred & twenty five dollars for the 
purpose of making said road & fences 

Voted & chose a Committee to carry the same into 
effect viz. 

Charles Whitney ] 

Adam Brown [ Committee 

Enos Blake J 



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3 d Voted that the Selectmen be a Committee to make the 
necefsary repairs to Bemis, s Bridge (so called) & also to 
afcertain who were the persons that destroyed the Timber 
&c. belonging to the town & if pofsible to obtain a com- 
pensation therefor 

Voted to grant one hundred & fifty dollars for the repairs 
of said Bridge 

4 th Voted to dismifs this article relative to Highway taxes 

5 th Voted to dismifs this article relative to the supply of the 
Desk 

6 th Voted to dismifs this article relative to the Stove & Funnel 
in the Meeting house 

7 th Voted & chose a Committee to take into consideration this 
Article (relative to measures for preventing Teams &c. 
pafsing acrofs the Common in front of the meeting house & 
report to the town 



8 th relative to Treadaway Bridge (so called) 

Voted to refer this article to the following Committee & 
report to the town 

Voted & chose for said [Thomas Clark 



9 th Voted, That this article (relative to the acceptance of the 
Juror list) be postponed to the adjournment of this meet- 
ing — 

10 th Voted to dismifs the article 

Then voted to adjourn this meeting to M r8 Strattons at 
7 Oclock this evening 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 

the adjournment of March meeting was then opened 

Thomas Clark Esq r presiding as Moderator 
the following articles were acted on, viz. 



[249] 




Committee*— > 




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279 



Under Article 7 th Voted to allow the following account & 
grant money to pay the same 

To the estate of Charles Stratton deceased) 
for entertainment of the Selectmen j 33,, 61 

Under 

Art. 9 th The Committee who were chosen to examine the 
accounts of the Committee appointed to repair the meeting 
house & build Engine houses, made a report which is on 
file 

Whereupon the town voted to direct their Treasurer to 
pay the balance of said account 

The trustees of the Ministerial funds made the follow- 
ing report*— » 



[250] 

The trustees of the Watertown Ministerial fund 
agreeably to the provisions of the act of Incorporation — 
present to the town the following statement of their doings 
the last year, and of the existing state of their funds 

Since the last annual Statement no opportunity has 
offered for the sale of their lands, and of course there is 
nothing of their doings to communicate 

The Amount of their funds, remain the same as the 
last year viz. $2750,, 50 which is on interest with sufficient 
security and in the hands of the following persons — viz.<— 

Isaac Patten $450,, 00 

Jon a Wyeth 300,, — 

Leonard Harris 450,, — 

Edw d Lowd 325,, — 

Martin Wilder 300,, — 

Jefse Smith 150,, — 

John Fowle & \ 

Nath 1 R Whitney/ 225,, 50 

Cyrus & Jos. Rufsell 550,, — 



$2750,, 50 

The interest or income arising from said sum to the first of 
April 1818 Amounts to $165,,03 and rents of the real estate 
the last year to $153„00 making in all $318, ,03 to be paid 
over to the Treasurer agreeably to the directions of the 
town All which is respectfully submitted 

By order of the Trustees 

Levi Thaxter Treasurer*— > 



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Voted that the account of Overseers of the poor be accepted 
as reported, & the balance in their hands ordered to be 
forthwith paid into the Treasury — which will appear on 
file— » 



[251] 

Under Article 10 th 

The Committee who were appointed to 
devise the best method of supporting the poor made a 
report which was ordered to placed on file 

Voted to grant the sum of twelve hundred dollars for the 
support of the poor the ensuing year 

Voted to grant two hundred dollars for contingent expences 
the ensuing year 

Voted (in reference to Article 6 th ) to grant twenty dollars 
to be laid on the road under the rocks (so called) under the 
direction of John H. Clark 

Voted that this meeting be difsolved 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 

Adjourned 

April 
Meetings ► 
Apr 1 6 th 
1818 

At the adjournment of April Meeting held at M rs Strattons 

the votes for Governor L l Governor &c. were sealed up 

The meeting was then difsolved 

Also the adjournment of the remaining part of the Warrant 
was held at M rs Strattons at seven oclock in the evening 
when the town voted to accept the list of Jurors as prepared 
this day by the Selectmen 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmen s 
Meeting 
Apr 1 6 th 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held at M rs Strattons 
April 6 th 1818 They agreed with Josiah Bright to take 
David Barnard for one year from the 1 st day of April 1818 



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& the town to pay him therefor, the sum of twenty dollars 
& said Bright to provide him suitable clothing during that 
time 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[252] 

Nath 1 R Whitney & Moses Chenery were sworn to the 
offices of Surveyors of Highways & John H. Clark as Feild 
driver April 6 th 1818 by 

Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



April 13 th 1818 Luke Bemis was sworn to the office of 
Surveyor of Highways before Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town 
Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting I 
April 20 th 1 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of 
M ra Stratton April 20 th 1818 

They appointed Benjamin Stevens Sexton for the year 
ensuing from the l 8t day of May 1818 & to pay him for his 
services as follows, viz.*— » 

For taking care of the meeting house & ringing the 
Bell thirty dollars. 

For making Fire in the Stove & taking care of the 
same twenty five cents for each day 

For attending a Funeral with the Hearse, tolling the 
Bell & digging the Grave for an adult (in the summer 

season) three dollars & fifty cents if in Winter four 

dollars & for chrildren in the same proportion 

Also a reasonable compensation for any other services 

Benjamin F. Farrar & Hezekiah Bacon were appointed 
Engine men for the Engine called the Releif 

Agreed with Daniel Jackson to take Fred k Remington 
for one year from May l 9t 1818 for thirty dollars, said 



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Jackson to provide him sufficient board & clothing during 
that time 

Agreed to Let Samuel Letch the poor house, at forty 
dollars for the year ensuing from April 15 th 1818 — to board 
George Bourn & Wife for $1„50 <p week & Robert Saunders 
& Benjamin Learned at $1„33 $ week from May l Bt 
1818' — , 



[253] 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn on 
the Treasurer directing him to pay the same. viz. 

To the town of East Sudbury for the sup-1 



port of an illegitimate child of Elisha Whitney's \ 
wife -J 22„ 42 

To M r Tracy for supplying thel 

desk three Sundays & Fast day J 40„ — 

To Jacob Farrar for the support of Benja-l 
min Whitney one year J 20,, — 

To Rev d Noah Worcester for supplying thel 
desk eleven Sundays / 110,, — 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Warrant 
for 

May 
Meeting 

1818 

Also the following Warrant was ifsued. viz. 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Constables of 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to notify and warn all 
the male inhabitants of said town, being twenty one years 
of age, and resident in said town for the space of one year 
next preceding, having a freehold estate within said town, 
of the annual income of three pounds, or any estate to the 
value of sixty pounds, to meet at the public meeting house 
in said town on Monday the eleventh day of May next at 
two oclock in the afternoon, for the purpose of choosing 



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283 



one or more Representatives, to represent them at the 
General Court, appointed to be convened, & held at Boston, 
on the last Wednesday of May next 

Also, You are alike required to notify & warn the 
freeholders & other inhabitants of said town qualified 



by 



[2541 



By law to vote in town affairs to meet at the public meeting 
house in said town on Monday the eleventh day of May 
next at three oclock in the afternoon to act on the following 
articles viz<— ^ 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting- 



2 d To know if the town will choose a Committee to enquire if 
there are any privileges that can be purchased advantageous 
to the Fishery, & give them power to purchase the same if 
they shall think best & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will appoint a Committee of three 
persons to meet similar Committees from the towns of 
Newton & Brighton to arrange, concert and adopt measures 
for the support of the poor of the respective towns in 

common Also to see what instructions & powers shall 

be given to said Committee & act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the town will purchase a Stove or Stoves for the 
meeting house & accept of the Funnel & act any thing 
thereon 

5 th To know if the town will direct what number of men shall 
be appointed to manage the Engines & act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant & your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the times 

appointed for said meetings Given under our hands & 

seals this twentieth day of April AD one thousand eight 
hundred & eighteen 



Levi Thaxter 
Charles Whitney 
Peter Clark 
Daniel Bond 
Moses Chenery 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



284 



Watertown Records. 



[255] 

Selectmens 
Meeting 
Apr 1 30 th 
1818 J 

At a meeting of the Sele<5hnen held at the house of M rf 
Stratton April 30 th 1818 

They agreed with Mark Vose for the support of John 
Remington for one year from the 30 th day of April 1818 for 
the sum of sixty dollars, said Vose to save the town harm- 
lefs from all other expence on his account 

The following persons were approved as Innholders in 
this town for the remainder of the year. viz. 

Luke Robinson 
Amasa Davies 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Return 1 
of 

Warrant J 

The following return was made on the warrant ifsued 
Apr 1 20 th 1818— Viz/—, 

Middlesex fs. Watertown May 11 th 1818 

Pursuant to the within Warrant I have notified 
& warned all the freeholders & other inhabitants of the 
town of Watertown to meet as above directed for the 
purposes therein mentioned by posting attested copies of 
the above warrant at the public meeting house two Sundays 
prior to the date hereof 

Signed Samuel Learned Constable 



May ] 
Meeting [ 
1818 J 

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant the inhabitants qualified 
to vote for Representatives afsembled May 11 th 1818 when 
the votes for one Representative being called, for were as 
follows, viz<— > 



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285 



For Levi Thaxter Esq r Eighty three votes 

Marshall B. Spring Esq r thirty nine votes 
Nath 1 R Whitney Esq r one vote 



[256] 



For Charles Stone one vote 
Isaac Barnard one vote 
Elijah Norcrofs — one vote 
Luther Barrett one vote 
John Clark — one vote 



Levi Thaxter Esq r was accordingly declared chosen 



May 
Meeting 
for town 
affairs 

Agreeably to the Warrant the inhabitants qualified to 
vote in town affairs being afsembled May 11 th 1818 — 
proceeded to act on the following articles, viz. 

jet Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted to choose a Committee to take into consideration 
what priveleges can be purchased advantageous to the 
Fishery & report the same to the town 



3 d Voted to dismifs this article (relative to the support of the 
poor 

4 th Voted to purchase a Stove or Stoves for the meeting 
house 

Voted & chose a Committee to purchase the same 



Voted that the Committee be instructed to purchase two 
Stoves & to draw money from the Treasury therefor 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 




viz. 



Jonas White 
Adam Brown 
Charles Whitney 



Committee 



286 Watertown Records. 

[257] 

5 th Voted that hereafter the Selectmen be instructed not to 
appoint more than twenty six men to both Engines & to be 
divided at their discretion 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration 
what measures are neceisary to prevent Teams &c. pafsing 
acrofs the Common, made a report which will appear on 

file Whereupon the town voted to accept it, & ordered 

the same Committee to carry it into effect, & present their 
account to the Selectmen for payment 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Warrant 

for 
Meeting • 
June 4 th 

1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of M rs Stratton 
May 23 d 1818 the following Warrant was ifsued viz. 

Middlesex fs, To Samuel Learned one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon & notify the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the 
public meeting house in said town on Thursday the fourth 
day of June next at four of the clock in the afternoon to act 
on the following articles viz.*— - > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will appoint a Committee to prosecute 
any persons who may have violated the laws respecting the 
right of taking the Fish called Shad & Alewives 

within 

[258] 

Within the limits of Watertown & authorize them to settle 
& adjust the same at their discretion & act any thing 
thereon 



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287 



3 d To know if the town will appoint a Committee to call on 
the agents who sold the right of taking said Fish the present 
year & enquire how far they pledged the faith of the town 
in regard to taking the same between the Dams, & to 
authorize them to take such measures as they shall think 
best relative thereto & act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the town will give any instructions to the 
standing Fish Committee relative to any violations of the 
law pafsed Feb ry 28 th 1814 entitled an act to prevent the 
destruction of said Fish in Charles river & act any thing 
thereon 

5 th To know if the town will grant monies for the purpose of 
carrying on any prosecutions relative to the Fishery & act 
any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant & 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this twenty third day 
of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 
& eighteen 

Levi Thaxter 

Charles Whitney Selectmen 
Peter Clark \ for 
Daniel Bond j Watertown 
Moses Chenery j 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Oaths 

May 25 th 1818 Mark Vose, Moses Coolidge & Josiah 
Learned were sworn to the office of Fish Committee 

By Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[259] 

Selectmens 
Meeting 
June 1 st 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of M' 
Stratton June l 9t 1818 



288 Watertown Records, 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 

on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

viz. 

To Richard Sanger for his services as Sexton) 
for the year 1817 ending May l 8t 1818 J 35„ 50 

To Joseph Bright for boarding Jn° Sanger) 
for one year from the 1 st of April 1816 J 21„ 25 

To Dexter Claflin for Paper delivered Edw d ) 
Lowd for Cartridges J 1„ 05 

Error — } 

To Thomas Heard for sundry supplies for the] 
support of Elisha Whitneys Wife & Chrildren 
from Dec r 1 st 1817 to May 1 st 1818 being 21^ 
Weeks- @$1„ 



To Sam 1 Letch his acc 1 for boarding John 
Remington, Rob 1 Saunders, Benjamin Learned & 
George Bourn & Wife from March 2 d to May 1 st 
1818 



21„ 50 



53„ 31 



To Samuel Gilman for supplying the desk) 
one day J 10„ — 

To Nath 1 Goding his order for the support of) 
his Father one year ending May 9 th 1818 J 45„ — 

To Jacob Farrar in addition to what was] 
allowed him last year for the support of Benjamin \ 
Whitney J 20„ — 

Mark Vose was approbated as an Innholder for the 
remainder of the year 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[260] 

Return ) 
of 

Warrant J 

The following return was made on the warrant ifsued May 
23 d 1818— viz. 

Middlesex fs. Watertown June 4 th 1818 Pursuant to 
the within Warrant I have summoned and notified the 
freeholders & other inhabitants of said town as within 



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289 



directed to meet at the time & place & for the purposes 
within mentioned by posting at the public meeting house 
in said town an attested copy of the within two Sundays 
prior to said meeting 

Samuel Learned Constable 

Meeting ] 
June 4 th f 
1818 J 

xA.greeably to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
qualified to vote in town affairs afsembled June 4 th 1818 & 
proceeded to act on the following articles viz. 

Art. 1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d & 3 d Articles being taken under consideration the town 
Voted, to refer the same to the Selectmen, for an equitable 
adjustment with all persons who had violated the same, & 
also to take into consideration any & all violations of the 
Fishery within the limits of Watertown as far back as the 
first of the year 1815 

4 th No order was taken thereon 

5 th Voted to grant the sum of one hundred dollars to be 
used by the Fish Committee for carrying on the law suit 
now commenced by them againt Abijah Ruggles in con- 
formity with the act pafsed Feb y . 1814 "entitled an act to 
prevent the destruction of Fish (called Shad & Alewives) in 
Charles river" & to draw on the Treasurer for the same as 
may be wanted for that purpose 

Then voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
July 6 th 
1818 



[261] 



At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of 
M r9 Stratton July 6 th 1818 

The following accounts were allowed, & an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 
viz. 



290 Watertown Records. 

To Joseph Bird for new plough & repairing) 
old Plough / 14„ 08 

To Josiah Mason & fon for plank & Timber) 
for Creek Bridge j 80„ 79 

To Mary Whitney for boarding Widow) 
Mary White from the 2 d day of March to July 6 th [ 
1818 making 18 Weeks— @$1„$ Week J 18„ — 

To Moses Coolidge for monies paid M r W m ) 
Popkin & Rev d M r Jenks for supplying the deski 
two days J 8„ 50 

To Amasa Jackson for work at the Bridge — 9„ 87 

To Stephen Cook for house rent for M r8 Bray) 
from March l 8t 1817 to March 1 st 1818 j 25„ — 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Oath}— 

July 8 th 1818 Samuel Learned was sworn to the office of 
Collector by 

Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[262] 



Selectmen s' 
Meeting 
Sep 1 7 th 
1818 



At a meeting of the Selectmen held at house of M rs 
Stratton Sep 1 7 th 1818 

The following persons were approved as Innholders & 
Retailers — viz. 



Samuel Bellows 
Amasa Davies 
Jeremiah Fowle 
Mark Vose 
Luke Robinson 
Elisha Stratton 



Innholders 



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291 



John Clark 

Sullivan Thayer I Retailers 
Thaddeus Cole 
George Minott 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 
viz. 

To the town of Cambridge for supporting 
Benjamin Gardner in Goal from Aug 3 ' 5 th to Sep 1 
11 th 1817 also Joseph Whitney from Feb'* 18 th to 
March 20 th 1818 



To Samuel Latch* for board of Robert 
Saunders, Benj n Learned & George Bourn & Wife 
from May l 9t to Sep 1 1 st 1818 & for sundry sup- 
plies 



To Samuel Bird for Iron work on the great) 
Bridge & Bemis, s Bridge J 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



24„ 30 

77„ 31 
99„ 35 



[263] 

Warrant 

for 
Meeting > 
Sep 1 21 8t 
1818 

A meeting of the Selectmen was held at the house of 
M r3 Stratton Sep' 10 th 1818 

When the following W T arrant was ifsued — viz. 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the 
Constables of the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Com- 
monwealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to summon, notify 
& warn the freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs to meet 
at the public meeting house in said town on Monday the 
twenty first day of September instant at two O'clock in the 
afternoon to act on the following articles 

viz. 1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 



* Editorial Note: — Latch and Letch probably identical. 



292 



Watertown Records. 



2 d To know if the town will choose a Committee to wait on 
the Rev d Mr. Eliot & know if he will settle with the town & 
relinquish all his engagements as their Minister & authorize 
them to make such settlement & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will take any measures to supply 
the Pulpit, provided a settlement is made with Mr Eliot & 
grant money for that purpose & act any thing thereon 

4 th To hear the statement of John H. Clark respecting the 
road under the rocks (so called) & grant any further sum of 
money to repair the same & act any thing thereon 

5 th To hear the report of any Committees & act any thing 
thereon 



[264] 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and your 
doings thereon, on or before the time appointed for said 
meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this tenth day of 
September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred & eighteen 



Levi Thaxter 
Charles Whitney 
Peter Clark 
Moses Chenery 
Daniel Bond 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown' 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Return ) 
of 

Warrant J 

Middlesex fs. September 21 8t 1818 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant, I have summoned & notified the inhabit- 
ants of said town qualified as therein exprefsed to afsemble 
at the time & place & for the purposes within mentioned by 
posting attested copies of the within at the public meeting 
house in said town two Sundays prior to said meeting 



Samuel Learned Constable 



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293 



Meeting 1 
Sep 1 21 st \ 
1818 J 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
qualified to vote in town affairs afsembled Sep 1 21 8t 1818 & 
acted on the articles as follows viz. 

1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted & chose the following Committee 



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viz. Jonas White 

Nath 1 Bemis 
Thomas Clark 
John Fowle 
Levi Thaxter 
Paul Learned 

Moses Chenery \ Committee 
Adam Brown 
Gilbert Nichols 
Amos Livermore J 1 
Nath 1 R Whitney 
Josiah Learned 
John Tucker*— > 

Voted that the foregoing Committee wait on the*Rev d M r 
Eliot to confer with him, & know on what terms he will 
settle with the town, & report at the adjournment of this 
meeting 

3 d Voted to postpone the article to the adjournment of 
this meeting 

4 th Voted to grant the sum of twenty dollars to be expended 
by John H Clark on the road under the rocks in addition to 
the sum granted for that purpose at a former meeting 

5 th The Selectmen who were appointed a Committee to 
adjust all violations of the Fishery within the limits of 
Watertown made a report which was accepted & ordered to 
be placed on the files of the town 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to Monday Oct 5 th 1818 then 
to meet at this place at three oclock in the afternoon 

Attst Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



294 Watertown Records. 

[266] 

Adjourned 
Meeting 
Oct. 5 th ' 
1818 

At the adjournment of the meeting from Sep fc 21 3t held 
Oct r 5 th 1818 

Thomas Clark Esq r presided as Moderator. 

The Committee who were chosen to wait on the 

Rev d M r Eliot to confer with him &c. made a report 

which will appear on file 

No order was taken thereon 

Voted. That the foregoing Committee be discharged ■ 

Art. 3 d No Order taken thereon 

Art. 5 th Voted to accept the report of the Committee who 
were chosen to make the road from the West School house 
to Charles river, which will appear on file 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Sele&mens 
Meeting 
Oct r 5 th ' 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of M r8 
Stratton October 5 th 1818 

The following accounts were allowed & an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

viz. To Mary Jupp for Boarding & nursing] 
Widow Sarah White from March 12 th 1817 toi 
August 5 th 1818 J 84„ 32 

To Stephen Longley for Funeral expences of) 
the Widow Sarah White J 7„ — 

To Benjamin Hart well for Medicine & at-l 
tendance on Widow Sarah White / 12,, 25 

To Daniel Moulton for support of Esther] 
Warren one year Oct r 1 st 1817 to Oct. l 9t 1818 1 
agreeably to contract J 35,, 



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To Lois Curtis for new triming the Pall — 

To Thomas Heard for supporting Elisha] 
Whitney's Chrilden from Dec r 1 st 1817 to Oct l 8t 
1818 J 

To Sam 1 P. P. Fay for services as advocate 
before a Committee of the Legislature, to oppose I 
accrofs Charles river at the request of Co's Bond | 
& Wiswall agents 

To Charles Whitney for premium on Collec-l 
tion of Taxes for the year 1817 J 134,, 19 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Oct. 12 th 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at M rs Strattons October 
12 th 1818 

Thaddeus Cole was appointed Auctioneer for the year 
ensuing 

Atts* Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Whereas, a dispute has arisen between Marshall B. Spring 
of Watertown and Luke Bemis of said town about their 
respective rights in a partition fence in the line between 
their lands, at the Southwesterly part of Watertown from 
the County road to Charles river 

We the Subscribers Fence viewers of the town of Water- 
town being duly chosen & sworn, having on application of 
the said Marshall B Spring, and after having given due 
notice to said Luke Bemis, viewed 

the 



[268] 

The premises and duly considered the matter in dispute 
have afsigned and do hereby afsign to each of said parties 
his share of said fence as follows, viz. The said Luke Bemis 
shall build and keep in repair a good & sufficient fence from 



7„ 31 
35„ 

6„- 



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the County road running Southerly Sixty four rods and one 
half, and the said Marshall B. Spring shall build and keep 
in repair a like fence on the other part of said line viz. 
From the south end of said Bemis, s line to Charles river 
being sixty rods & one half 

Given under our hands at said Watertown this third 
day of October AD 1818 

William Stone \ 

Francis Brown /Fence Viewers'—* 



Warrant 

for 
Meeting ► 
Nov. 2 d 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of M rs 
Stratton October 24 th 1818 — the following warrant was 
ifsued 

viz. Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Con- 
stables for the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, forthwith to notify and warn the 
inhabitants of said town of Watertown duly qualified to 
vote for Representatives in the General Court of said 
Commonwealth — viz. All the male inhabitants of said 
town being twenty one years of age & upwards & resident 
in said town for the space of one year next preceeding 
having a freehold estate within said town of the annual 
income of three pounds, or any estate to the value of sixty 
pounds, to afsemble at the public 

meeting-house 



[269] 

Meeting-house in said town on Monday the second day of 
November next at one Oclock P.M. being the first Monday 
in said Month, to give in their votes for a Representative 
of the people of said Commonwealth in the Congrefs of the 
United States for the Middle district 

Also, You are alike required to notify & warn the 
freeholders & other inhabitants of said town qualified by 



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law to vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the public Meet- 
ing house in said town on Monday the second day of 
November next at two Oclock in the afternoon to act on the 
following articles viz. 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will take up the report of their Com- 
mittee, made at an adjourned meeting of the town held on 
the 5 th instant relative to a settlement with their late 
Pastor, and so far take the subject into consideration as to 
accept of said report, and order it to be put upon record, 
and act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will allow any accounts that may be 
presented by the Selectmen and direct the same to be 
paid out of the Treasury & act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the town will take any measures to supply the 
Desk in future and act any thing thereon 

5 th To know if the town will grant any money to supply the 
deficiency of the Treasury to meet the expences of the 
present year & act any thing thereon 

6 th To hear the reports of any Committees and act any thing 
thereon 



[270 



To know if the town will direct the Selectmen relative to the 
future disposition of the parsonage place and act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant and 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the times 
appointed for said meetings 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this 
twenty fourth day of October AD. one thousand eight 
hundred & eighteen 



Levi Thaxter 
Charles Whitney 
Peter Clark 
Daniel Bond 
Moses Chenery — 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



Selectmen 
for 

Watertown* 



Middlesex fs. Watertown November 2 d 1818 Pursuant 
to the within Warrant I have notified and warned the 
freeholders and other inhabitants of said town to meet at 
the times and place within mentioned by posting up At- 



298 Watertown Records. 

tested Copies of the within at the public meeting house in 
said town two Sundays prior to said meetings 

Samuel Learned Constable 



[271] 

Meeting) 
Nov. 2 d \ 
1818 j 

The Inhabitants qualified to vote for a Representative to 
Congrefs being afsembled agreeably to the Warrant Novem- 
ber 2 d 1818 And the votes given in being sorted & counted 
were 

For Hon. Timothy Fuller forty five votes 

Hon. Samuel P. P. Fay twenty eight votes 

The votes being declared were sealed up in open town 
meeting 

A ttest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 

Town \ 
Meeting I 
Nov. 2 d | 

1818 

The Inhabitants qualified to vote in town affairs being 
afsembled Nov r 2 d 1818 agreeably to the Warrant they 
proceeded to act by Articles relative thereto viz. 

Art. 1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 d That the town approve of the doings & conduct of their 
Committee as being correct & strictly comporting with their 
duty and that their report be accepted & put upon record — 

Which report is as follows, viz. 

"The Committee appointed by a vote of the town of 
Watertown pafsed Sep 1 21 st 1818 to wait on the Rev d 
Rich d R Eliot, and to confer with him relative to his re- 
linquishing all his engagements as Minister of said town, 
have attended to that businefs, and now ask leave to 
report 

That on the 22 d Sep 1 they gave notice to M r Eliot of 
their appointment, shew him the vote of the town, 



and 



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[272] 

And with his approbation, afsigned Friday the 25 th of 
Sep 1 as the time for holding a conference with him on the 
subject. 

Your Committee on that day accordingly met & 

waited on M r Eliot for the purpose aforesaid Mr. Eliot 

observed, that he had obtained a Copy of the vote of the 
town but that he did not understand thereby what the town 

wished for, that he did not know what was meant by a 

settlement that he had no settlement to make neither 

did he wish for any, that he was satisfied to remain in 

his present situation, but that he was ready to receive 

any propositions the Committee were disposed to make 

and requested that they might be made in writing Your 

Committee in reply observed, that they considered the 

vote of the town to be perfectly plain & intelligable, 

that it exprefsed a wish that he would consent to relinquish 
all his Pastoral relations with the town, and a desire to 
know on what terms he would make such relinquishment 

Mr. Eliot then observed if that was the meaning of the 

vote, he was not prepared to answer that it was a busi- 

nefs of consequence and that he should wish for Council 

and exprefsed a wish that the Committee would addrefs 
their inquiries to him in writing, and in more diffuse and 
explicit terms than was exprefsed by the vote, and that 
they would allow him as much time to consider of the sub- 
ject as they could with propriety before the meeting of the 

town The Committee in compliance with the request 

of Mr. Eliot accordingly proposed to 

him 

[273] 

Him in writing two questions, in the following words and 
requested an explicit answer to the same 

l 8t Will you consent to relinquish all your engagements as 
Minister of the town of Watertown? 

2 d On what terms will you agree to make such relinquish- 
ment or in other words, what is the lowest sum of 

money you will accept of from the town as a compensation 
for such relinquishment, to be paid quarter yearly during 
your life, in addition to the improvement of the house and 
land you now occupy? And afsigned Friday the 2 d instant 
to receive his answer, Your Committee again met on the 



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2 d instant agreeably to appointment, when a communica- 
tion was made to them in writing from Mr. Eliot in the 
following words, viz.*— ^ 

To Jonas White Esquire Chairman, and the other 
members of the Committee appointed by the town of 
Watertown on the 21 3t of Sep 1 1818 to confer with me 
relative to a difsolution of my Pastoral relations with said 
town 

Gentlemen, 

To the questions contained in your Com- 
munication to me dated 25 th Sep 1 1818 — I answer — 

That if, as you believe, it is the wish of the town of 
W r atertown, that I should relinquish all my engagements as 
their Minister, I will consent to do so, on condition that I 
should continue to receive as a compensation for such 
relinquishment the full amount of my Salary, to be paid 
quarter yearly during my life in addition to the improve- 
ment of the house and land I now 



occupy 



[274] 

Occupy 

Your affectionate Pastor 
Richard R Eliot 

Watertown 2 d Oct r 1818 

All which is respectfully submitted by your Committee 
for the consideration of the town 

By order of the Committee 
Watertown Oct. 5 th 1818 Jonas White Chairman 



3 d Voted to allow the account presented by Levi Thaxter 
Esq r for Funeral expences &c. of the Rev d Rich d R. Eliot & 
order the Treasurer to pay the same 

4 th Voted that the Selectmen be a Committee to procure a 
supply for the Pulpit 'till the further order of the town 

5 th Voted that the Afsefsors be directed to afsefs & commit to 
the Collector the amount of the State tax the present year — ■ 
& direct the same to be paid into the Treasury 



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6 th No reports made thereon 

7 th Voted that the town give the use of the Parsonage to M ra 
Eliot which she now occupies 'till the first of April next 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[275 

Selectmen s 
Meeting 
Nov. 2 d 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of M rs 
Stratton Nov r 2 d 1818 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

viz. To John Clark & C° for sundry supplies &1 
Clothing del d Geo. Bourn & others J 41„ 27 

To Ezekiel Whitney for work himself & Boy) 
on the Bridge J 13„ 75 

To Caleb & Abraham Lincoln for work on) 
Bemis,s Bridge J 44„ 75 

To Joseph Peirce for work on Bemis,s Bridge) 
& the great Bridge J 10„ — 

To Coolidge P. Wood for work on the Bridges 16„ — 

To Josiah Haskell for work on the Bridges — 18„ 37 

To Will m Penniman for boarding Susanna) 
Fowle from March 2 d to Oct. 8 th 1818 J 39 „ 37 

To Samuel Merriam for Boarding & Cloth-) 
ing Nathan Bovnton & Abigail Green fromf 
March 2 d to Oct 2 d 1818 j 83, 62 

To Nath 1 Bond for Lumber for the Bridge — 49„ 28 

To Mary Whitney for Boarding Widow) 
Mary White from July 6 th to Oct 28 th 1818 J 16„ — 

To Samu 1 Sawin for Boarding Newton) 
Baxter from March 2 d to Nov r 2 d 1818 J 35„ — 

Attest Nath 1 R W 7 hitney J r Town Clerk 



302 Watertown Records. 

[276] 

Sele<5hnens 
Meeting 
Dec r 7 th 
1818 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of M rs 
Stratton Dec r 7 th 1818 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

viz. To Josiah Mason & Son for Lumber for the) 
Bridges — — — — — — — — —/ 127„ 54 

To Joshua Coolidge for Boarding Mehitable) 
Coolidge from Oct 20 th 1816 to March 28 th 1817/ 20„ — 

To Will" 1 Bradford for Nails &c. 5„ 1 1 

To Phinehas Sanderson for Shoes delivered 



hoes delivered) 
John Remington & George Bourn — J 6„ 20 

To Lucy Eliot (Exe x to the last will &c.) of) 
Rich d R Eliot decease, in full for his salary from [ 
July 1 st to Oct. 21 8t 1818 inclusive J 209,, 06 

To Mr Tracy for supplying the Desk six days) 
from Oct. 24 th to Dec r 6 th 1818 j 60„ — 

To Charles Whitney for work on Bemis's) 
Bridge J 33„ 38 

To Samuel Bird for mending Hay Scales — 6„ - — 

To John Harris for work at the Poor house,) 
Meeting house, Hay Scales & Bridges / 5„ 50 



Edward Lowd was appointed Measurer of Wood for 
the year ensuing, & was sworn into said office by 

Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerks 
Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[277] 

Whereas, a dispute has arisen between Jonas White & 
Edmund Fowle both of Watertown in the County of 
Middlesex Esquires about their respective rights in a 
partition fence in the line between their lands in said 



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Watertown, from the County road, near the said Fowles 
dwelling house to a new road lately opened leading from 
Watertown Street to the Corner of the Widow Rufsells 
garden and from said new road until it comes to land of 

Charles & Israel Whitney We the Subscribers Fence 

Viewers of the said town of Watertown duly chosen & 
sworn having on the application of the said White, and 
after giving due notice to the said Fowle, viewed the 
premises & duly considered the matter in dispute, have 
afsigned and do hereby afsign to each of the said parties his 
share of said fence as follows, viz. The said Edmund Fowle 
shall build and keep in repair a good and sufficient fence 
from the great County road aforesaid, sixteen rods & 
seventeen links & a half link to a Stake, and the said Jonas 
White shall build & keep in repair a like fence on the other 
part of said line, viz from said Stake, to the new road afore- 
said and further that the said Edmund Fowle shall 

build & keep in repair a good & sufficient fence from said 
New road, Fifty rods & twenty links & one half link to a 
Stake, and the said Jonas White shall build & keep in repair 
a like fence on the other part of said line viz. from said last 
mentioned Stake, until it comes to land of Charles & Israel 
Whitney as aforesaid Given under our hands at Water- 
town this twenty eighth day of December in the year of 
our Lord eighteen hundred & eighteen 

William Stone ) Fence Vejwers , 
Francis Brown 



[278] 

Selectmens) 
Meeting I 
Jan? 4 th | 
1819 J 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of M r9 Stratton 
Jan* 4 th 1819 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

viz. To Nath 1 Bemis J r for medical attendance! 

on John Sanger in April 1817 J 2„ 25 

Also for medical attendance on Benjamin) 
Learned in June & August 1818 J 2„ 25 

To Seth Alden for supplying the Desk four) 
Sundays j 40,, — 



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To Adam Brown for cash p d J. Mason for 



} 11„- 



Cedar Posts & carting the same / 11„ 

To the town of Boston for the Burial of) 
Venus Dodge J 7„ — 

To Cha 8 Whitney, Adam Brown & Enos] 
Blake, Committee for making the road & setting [ 
the fence from West School house to Cha 8 river — j 125,, — 

To Sam 1 Latch for Boarding Rob 1 Sanders 
from Sep 1 l 8t 1818 to Jan* 1 st 1819, Boarding 
George Bourn & Wife same time & Boarding 
Benj n Learned in his last sicknefs & making sun- 
dry Clothing for the above persons j 110,, 38 

To Zacheus Pond for mending chains & the) 
use of Scraper 6 days J 3„ 74 

To Enos Blake for Pin Timber 1// 75 

To Lucy Eliot for Boarding Clergymen &c. 
12 days 



15. 



279 



To Jerom Hearsy for setting Glafs in School) 
houses & Meeting house J 7„ 19 

To Cha 8 Whitney, Nath 1 R Whitney &' 
Moses Coolidge, Committee for making the road 
& setting fence through the Ministerial land, land 
of Jonas White & Edmund Fowle J 425,, 

The following persons were appointed Fish Agents for 
the year ensuing — —viz. Gilbert Nichols 

Abijah Whiter 

Abijah White was excused from serving as Fish Agent & 
Thomas Clark appointed in his stead 

The following persons were appointed Engine men for 
the Engine called the Releif- 



-viz. 



Nathaniel Weld Jr 
Gilbert Nichols 
Nath 1 R Whitney J r 
James Robbins 
Leonard Harris 
Elijah Ray 
Jerom Hearsy 



Thorn 8 Soden 
Coolidge P. W T oods 
Cha 8 H. Chandler 
John M. Harris 
Isaac Rufsell 
Benj n F. Farrar 
Hezekiah Bacon 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



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[2801 



Seledmens 
Meeting 
March 1 st 
1819 



At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of Elisha 
Stratton March 1 st 1819 

The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same- 

To Thaddeus Cole for Cash p d Foot For- 
ward & C° for 3 Casks Powder 



To Henry Craft for Stones supplied for 
Bemis's Bridge & use of Scraper 

To Phinehas Sanderson for mending Shoes 
for Geo. Bourn & Wife 

To John Clark & C° for sundry Clothing 
supplied the poor 

To Sullivan Thayer for sundry Goods did. 
M rs Harvey 

To the town of Charlestown for Sundries 
supplied Joseph Whitney 

To Stephen Cook for House rent for M rs 
Bray one year ending March 1 st 1819 

To Levi Thaxter for sundry supplies for the 



To Moses Chenery for sundry repairs on the 
East. School, house 

To M r Converse Francis for supplying the 
desk 6 Sundays 

To Samuel Learned for his services as Con- 
stable for the year 1817 



-viz. 




24„ 





n„ 


50 


3„ 


33 


8„ 


81 


7„ 


46 


2„ 


82 


25„ 




S3,, IS 


8„ 


19 


60„ 




12„ 


25 



[281] 

To Benjamin Stevens for sundries & labour 24„ — 

To Cha 8 Whitney his account for sundries) 
for meeting house & School house & for labour — / 14„ 59 



306 Watertown Records. 

To Samuel Bird his acc* for Irons for Stoves) 
for meeting house j 6„ 68 

To Leonard Harris his acc fc for Posts &) 
Carting gravel J 6,, — 

To David Hager his acc fc for House rent for) 
Geo. Harvey's Family — (balance) / 4,, — 

To Elisha Stratton his acc fc for entertain-) 
ment for Committee & agents for leasing Fishery \ 
&c. in 1819 J 5,, 67 

To Elisha Stratton his acc 1 for entertain-) 
ment for Selectmen from April 6 th 1818 to March [ 
1 st 1819 -J 33„ 52 

To Cha 9 Whitney a list of abatements as) 
made by the Selectmen March 15 th 1817 in the[ 
list of taxes committed him to collect in 1815 — j 15, , 82 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk' — > 



Warrant 
for March I 
Meeting 
1819 

At the foregoing meeting the following Warrant was 
ifsued viz. Middlesex fs. 

To Samuel Learned One of the Constables for the 
town of Watertown Greeting- 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon & notify the 

freeholders 



[282 1 

Freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the 
public meeting house in said town on Monday the fifteenth 
day of March next, at ten of the clock in the forenoon to 
act on the following articles, viz.<— > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To choose all town officers required to be chosen in the 
months of March & April Annually 



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3 d To choose a Sexton & agree how he shall be paid for his 
services 

4 th To determine whether swine & Neat Cattle shall go at 

large the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing year & 

grant money to pay the same & act any thing thereon 

6 th To know what measures the town will take to supply the 

desk, & grant money to pay the same, & act any thing 

thereon 

7 th To grant money to open, make & repair the highways & 

act any thing thereon 

8 th To hear the accounts of those persons to whom the town is 

indebted & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 

thereon 

9 th To hear the report of the Committee for making estimates 

for the year ensuing & act any thing thereon 

10 th To hear the report of any Committee & act any thing 
thereon 



[283] 

11 th To know what method the town will take to support their 
poor & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 
thereon 

12 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 
state of the Treasury & act any thing thereon 

13 th To know in what manner the town will collect their taxes 
the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

14 th To know if the town will take any order relative to the law 
for preventing the destruction of certain Birds & act any 
thing thereon 

15 th To know if the town will authorize the appointment of full 
companies to the Engines & act any thing thereon 

16 th To know if the town will choose a Committee to investigate 
the doings of the Trustees of the Ministerial Fund & act 
any thing thereon 

17 th To know if the town will direct any alteration in the situa- 
tion of the Posts round the meeting house common & 
authorize the setting of trees in front of the same & act 
any thing thereon 

18 th To know if the town will appoint a Committee and au- 
thorize them to exchange lands with the owners of Stable 
lots near the meeting house & act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant & 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 



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[284] 

Given under our hands & seals this first day of March 
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & 
nineteen 

(signed) Levi Thaxter 

Cha 9 Whitney Selectmen 
Peter Clark \ for 

Daniel Bond Watertown*— > 
Moses Chenery*— > 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Watertown March 15 th 1819 Pursuant 
to the within warrant I have notified, & warned all the 
freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
to meet as above directed for the purposes therein men- 
tioned by posting attested copies of the within warrant at 
the public meeting house in said town two Sundays prior 
to the date hereof 

Samuel Learned Constable*— > 

March ] 
Meeting [ 
1819. J 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
afsembled March 15 th 1819 and proceeded to act by articles 
as follows viz. 

l 3t Voted & chose Doc tr Walter Hunnewell Moderator 

2 d Voted & chose Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 

(& was sworn into said office by Thorn 3 Clark Esq r Jus fc 
peace 

Voted & chose Abijah White Town Treasurer 



[285] 



Voted & chose for Selectmen 



Voted & chose for Afsefsors 



Levi Thaxter 
Luke Bemis 
Amos Livermore Jr 
Daniel Bond 
Charles Whitney*— > 

(Thomas Clark 
Abijah White 
Gilbert Nichols 



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Voted to adjourn this meeting to half past two O'clock 
in the afternoon then to meet at this place 

Agreeably to the adjournment the inhabitants afsem- 
bled & proceeded as follows, viz. 



Voted & chose for Constables* 



Voted & chose for Fence Viewers 



Voted & chose for Tythingmen 



/Christopher Grant 
\Joseph Peirce 

Nathaniel Bright 
Elisha Livermore 
Enos Blake 
Charles Stone 

John H. Clark 
Thaddeus Cole 
] Thomas Learned 
[Jerome Hearsey 



Voted & chose for Clerk of the Market \ James Robbins 

William Leathe 
Francis Brown 
John H. Clark 

Voted & chose for Feild Drivers*-, \ £ ha9 £tone 

Joseph Bird 

Israel Whitney 

Daniel Learned 

Elisha W. Dana 



[286 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves* 



Voted & chose for Surveyors of 
Highways* — » 



Nathaniel Weld 
Josiah Bright 
Miles Sprague Jr. 
Abijah Stone Jr 
Seth Gay 
Coolidge P. Wood 
William Nichols 
Abradatus Farrow 
Daniel Learned 
Nathan Fuller*— > 

John Fowle 
Luke Bemis 
Thomas Learned 
Thomas Richardson 
John H. Clark 
James Barnard*— » 



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Voted & chose for Surveyors of 
Lumber*— > 



(Enos Blake 
\ Caleb Lincoln 
Isaac Dana 



Voted & chose for Cullers of Hoops (Isaac Dana 
& Staves'— > \ William Horn 



Voted & chose for Firewards*— > 



Nathaniel Bemis 
Luke Bemis 
Adam Brown 
Moses Coolidge 
Elisha Livermore 
John Clark 
Eliakim Morse 
John Hunting*—^ 



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Voted & chose for Fish Committee 



Moses Coolidge 
Nathaniel Weld 
Cornelius Stone 
Mark Vose 
Amasa Jackson 
W m M. Pomroy 

Voted & chose Jeremiah Rufsell Pound keeper 

3 d Voted to refer this article for the choice of a Sexton to the 
Selectmen 

4 th Voted that Swine & Neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensuing year 

5 th Voted to grant the sum of twelve hundred dollars for the 
support of Schools the ensuing year, to be expended in the 
same proportions as last year 

6 th Voted that the Selectmen be a Committee to supply the 
desk 'till the further order of the town 

7 th Voted to grant for Highways twenty five Cents on every 
rateable Poll & all other estates in proportion, & each man 
to be allowed 12 y 2 Cents $ hour & a team in the same 
ratio 

8 th Voted to allow the following accounts & grant money to 
pay the same viz. 

To Nath 1 R Whitney J r for his services asl 
Town Clerk J 25,, — 



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[288] 



9 th Voted to postpone this article (relative to hearing the re- 
port of the Committee for making estimates &c) to the 
adjournment of this meeting 

10 th Voted to accept the report of the Committee for making 
the road through the Ministerial land &c. (which will 
appear on file — & grant money to pay the balance of their 
account 

11 th Voted to postpone this article (relative to the support of 
the poor to the adjournment of this meeting 

12 th Voted to accept the Treasurers account as reported by the 
Selectmen & to be placed on the files of the town which is as 
follows, viz/— ^ 



leaving a balance in the Treasury as will appear $325,, 97 

13 th Voted to farm out the taxes in the usual way, at the ad- 
journment of this meeting & to postpone the choice of 
Collector * till that time 

14 th No order was taken thereon 

15 th Voted to postpone this article (relative to the appointment 
of full Companies to the Engines to the adjournment of this 



16 th Voted to choose a Committee to investigate the doings of 
the Trustees to the Ministerial Fund 

fNath 1 Bemis 
Voted & chose for said Committee j John Hunting 

[Luke Bemis 5 — * 



Abijah White as Treasurer is charged the 

Sum of 

and is credited the sum of 




8501,, 05 



meeting- 



[289] 



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17 th Voted to postpone this article (relative to the Meeting 
house Common) to the adjournment of this meeting 

18 th Voted & chose a Committee to make any exchange of lands 
with the several owners of the Stable lots near the meeting 
house, and to give & receive good & sufficient titles for the 
same, as they shall think proper 

Thomas Clark 

Nath 1 R Whitney \ Committee 
Luke Bemis j 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in April 
at 3 O'clock in the afternoon 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Oaths 1 
1819 
March 15 th J 

The following persons took the oaths of their re- 
spective offices viz. Levi Thaxter, Luke Bemis, Amos 
Livermore Jr. Daniel Bond & Cha 3 Whitney as Selectmen 
W m Leathe as Feild Driver March 16 th Isaac Dana as 
Surveyor of Lumber & Culler of Hoops & Staves, James 
Robbins as Clerk of the Market, Fran 9 Brown as Feild 
driver March 18 th Cha 3 Stone as Fence Viewer & Feild 
driver, Enos Blake as Fence Viewer & Surveyor of Lumber 

20 th Joseph Bird as Feild driver 

Thomas Richardson as Surveyor of Highways, 

before Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



[290] 

Warrant 
for 
April 
Meeting 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby forthwith required, in the name of the 
Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts, to warn the male in- 
habitants of the said town of Watertown of twenty one 
years of age & upwards, having a freehold estate within the 
Commonwealth of the annual income of three pounds, or 
any estate to the value of sixty pounds, to meet at the 



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public meeting house in said town on Monday the fifth day 
of April next at One of the Clock in the afternoon, to give in 
their votes for a Governor, Leiutenant Governor, and 
Senators & Counsellors agreeably to the Constitution of 
said Commonwealth 

Also, You are alike required, to notify & warn all the 
male inhabitants of said town, being twenty one years of 
age & upwards & resident in said town for the space of one 
year next preceeding having a freehold estate in said town 
of the annual income of three pounds, or any estate to the 
value of sixty pounds to meet at the public meeting house 
in said town on Monday the fifth day of April next at three 
of the Clock in the afternoon to act on the following 
articles viz.< — > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To give in their votes for a County Treasurer 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the times 
appointed for said meetings 

Given under our hands & seals this twenty sixth day of 
March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 
& nineteen (signed) 

Levi Thaxter 

Luke Bemis Selectmen 
Amos Livermore Jr ► for 
Daniel Bond Watertown*— > 
Charles Whitney 

Attest ) 
Nath 1 R Whitney Jr 
Town Clerk 



[291] 

Middlesex fs. Watertown April 5 th 1819 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have notified and warned all the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of said town of Watertown to 
meet as within directed and for the purposes within men- 
tioned by posting attested copies of the within at the public 
meeting house in said town two Sundays prior to said 
meetings 

Samuel Learned Constable 



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April 
Meeting 
Apr. 5 th ' 

1819 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
qualified to vote for Governor, L l Governor &c. afsembled 
April 5 th 1819 and gave their votes as follows. viz<— 

For Governor 

His Exc y John Brooks Eighty six votes 

Hon. Benjamin W. Crowninsheild Eighty nine votes 

For Leiu* Governor 
Hon. William Phillips Eighty five votes 
Hon. Benjamin Austin Eighty nine votes 
Daniel Jackson one vote 

*Hon. Joseph B. Varnum Ninety votes 

John Hart Ninety votes 

Leonard M. Parker Ninety votes 

" Sam 1 P. P. Fay Eighty four votes 

Joseph Locke seventy four votes 

Calvin Sanger Eighty five votes 

John Locke Eleven votes 

John Keyes Esq r — one vote 

The votes were accordingly sealed up in open Town 
meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



[292] 

Meeting ' 

for 
County 
Treasurer 

The meeting for the choice of County Treasurer being 
opened proceeded as follows, viz. April 5 th 1819 

Art. 1 st Voted & chose Doc 1 Walter Hunnewell Moderator — 

2 d The votes for County Treasurer being called for, were 

For John Keyes Esq r sixty one votes 

Nathan Brooks Esq r sixty votes 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



*Editorial Note: — This listing of names was probably meant for Senators or 
Counsellors, although it was not indicated in original script. 



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Adjourned] 
March \ 
Meeting J 

Agreeably to the adjournment the March meeting 
was opened April 5 th 1819 

Doc tr Walter Hunnewell presiding as Moderator 
The town proceeded as follows. viz.<— > 

Voted, to excuse Christopher Grant from serving as 
Constable 

Voted & chose Samuel Learned in his stead 



Under Art. 7 th Voted that the Afsefsors be directed forth- 
with to make the Highway tax from the last years valuation 
adding such Polls as are liable to be taxed not now on the 
valuation & deliver the same to the surveyors 

Art. 8 th Voted to allow the following accounts & grant 
money to pay the same viz/ 



To Benjamin Stevens for digging Grave &] 
attending the Funeral of Eben r Swan / 4„ — 

To Abijah White for his services as Treasurer) 
&c. / 72„- 

To Jonas White for interest on money he ad-1 
vanced for the town-repairing Meeting house &c.j 42„ 81 

Art 9 th Voted to accept the report of the Committee for 
making estimates (except the sum granted at the last 

meeting for the support of Schools) which is to 

grant 

for 



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For the support of the Poor the ensuing year 1200,, — 

For Contingiences 300,, — 

For the support of the Ministry 800,, — 



The report will appear on file<— » 

Art 10 th Voted to accept the report of the Trustees of the 
Ministerial Fund & to have it placed upon the files of the 
town 

which is as follows*— > 

The Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial Fund 
agreeably to the Act of Incorporation, present to the 



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town the following statement of their doings the last year, 
and of the existing state of the Funds 

Since the last annual Statement, no sales of their lands 
have been effected, and the Amount of the Fund, not in- 
creased, remains the same as the last year. viz. $2750„50 
which is on interest, with sufficient security, and due from 
the same persons mentioned in the last statement 

The Interest or income arising from said sum for one 
year to the 1 st April 1819 amounts to the sum of $165„03 
and the Rent of the real estate for one year to the 1 st April 
1819 to the sum of $153,, making in all $318„03 to which 
is to be added the sum of two dollars for the interest upon 
the int 3 of L. Harris & J. Wyeths Notes which will make 
$320„03 to be paid over to the Treasurer as the same may 
be collected agreeable to the directions of the town 

All which is Respectfully submitted 



Watertown Apr 1 5 th 1819 Levi Thaxter— Treasurer*— » 

11 th Voted, that the support of the poor be left to the direction 
of the Selectmen 



13 th Voted to postpone this article to the adjournment of this 



15 th Voted, that the appointment of more Engine Men should 
be left to the discretion of the Selectmen & if they think 
proper to accept of volunteers 

17 th Voted that any persons shall have the liberty to set out 
trees in front of the meeting house, without any expence to 

the town, under the direction of the Selectmen 

Voted, that it is expedient to remove some of the Posts in 
front of the meeting house, and that it be done under the 
direction of the following Committee viz.*— » 




Voted to adjourn this meeting to Mr Strattons this evening 
at six oclock for the sole purpose of Farming out the Taxes 
& choosing Collector 



By order of the Trustees 



[294] 



meeting- 




Gilbert Nichols 
Caleb Lincoln 
Nath 1 Bemis< — » 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk' 



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Adjourned] 
March > 
Meeting J 

The meeting being opened by adjournment at Mr. 

Strattons April 5 th 1819 It was voted to farm out the 

taxes on the same conditions as last year, the lowest bidder 

to be the Collector & being put up were bought by 

Samuel Learned for 3 Cents on a dollar 

Voted & chose Samuel Learned Collector 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney J r Town Clerk 



[295 

Selectmens' 
Meeting 
Apr 1 5 th 
1819 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton April 5 th 1819 

The Pews in the meeting house belonging to the town 
were put up at Auction to lease from the 12 th day of April 

instant to the highest bidders — & were leased as follows 

viz. 

The Goddard Pew (so called) to Miles) 
Sprague Jr for J 16,, — 

The Ministerial Pew to Elisha Stratton — 21 „ — 

The East long Pew to C. V. Swan 11,, 50 

The West long Pew to Joseph Peirce 11„ — 

2/5 of Sanger Pew (so called to WilM 
Shepherd J 3„ 50 

The Hay Scales were leased for one year) 
from the 1 st day of April instant to Ebenezerf 
Tucker for J 32„ 50 

The Wharf in Cambridge was leased for one) 
year to Daniel Bond for J 6,, — 

Isaac Dana was appointed Measurer of Wood the 
year ensuing 



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Amasa Jackson was appointed Weigher of Beef 

The following accounts were allowed & an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

viz. To Elisha Fuller for supplying the desk 5) 
Sundays J 50,, — 

To Samuel Gilman for supplying the desk) 
one Sunday J 10,, — 



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To Luke Bemis for Timber, Carting &) 
Labour for Bemis's Bridge (so called — — — J 11„ 12 

To John H. Clark for repairing the Road) 
under the Rocks J 20,, — 

To Zacheus Pond for Chains & Iron Work — 9„ 25 

To Denny P. Hooker for work setting Post) 
at the meeting house J 7„ 50 

To Cha 9 Whitney for Posts & work at the) 
Meeting house & going to Sudbury after Elisha [ 
Whitneys Family j 14,, 07 

To Nath 1 R Whitney & Charles Whitney for) 



Stones & building the Wall through land of Jonas > 
White being the am 1 of the grant for that purpose] 150,, — 

To Josiah Bright for support of David) 
Barnerd one year J 20,, — 

To Samuel Hyde for boarding Jon a Nutting) 
from March 2 d 1818 to March 30 th 1819 & sundry 
Clothing j 104,, 27 

To Mary Whitney for Boarding Widow) 
White from Oct 26 th 1818 to March l 8t 1819 / 18„ — 

To John Odin for Sheet Iron for Meeting) 
house J 14,, 40 



Luther Davies was approbated as a Retailer for the 
remainder of the year 

Agreed with Josiah Bright to take David Barnerd for 
one year from the l 9t of April 1819 for twenty five dollars*— > 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



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[297] 

Oaths } 

The following persons were sworn into their respective 
offices April 5 th 1819 viz.«— > 

Samuel Learned & Joseph Peirce as Constables 

Daniel Learned, Abradatus Farrow, Miles Sprague Jr. & 

Josiah Bright as Hogreeves 

Daniel Learned as Feild driver 

Thomas Clark & Gilbert Nichols as Afsefsors 

Caleb Lincoln as Surveyor of Lumber 

Amasa Jackson Weigher of Beef 

W m M. Pomroy as Fish Committee 

Abijah White as Treasurer & Afsefsor 

John H Clark as Feild Driver & Surveyor of Highways 

by Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk*— » 



Warrant 
for Town 
Meeting ■ 
Apr 1 12 th 
1819 

April 2 d 1819 

The Selectmen ifsued the following Warrant 

viz. 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned, one of the Con- 
stables of the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon & notify the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of said town qualified by law 
to vote in town meetings, to afsemble at the public meeting 
house in said town on Monday the twelfth day of April 
instant at two of the clock in the afternoon, to act on the 
following articles. viz.< — 4 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will give Mr Converse Francis a call 
to settle as a Pastor over the Church & Congregation in 
this town & choose a Committee for that purpose & act 
any thing thereon 



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[298] 

To know what Salary the town will authorize their Com- 
mittee to offer Mr. Francis in case he shall accept of their 
invitation & act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the time 

for holding said meeting Given under our hands & 

seals this second day of April AD 1819.*— » 

Levi Thaxter 

Luke Bemis I Selectmen 

Amos Livermore Jr [ for 

Attest Daniel Bond*— » J Watertown 

Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Watertown April 12 th 1819 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified the 
freeholders and other inhabitants of said town of Water- 
town as within directed to meet at the time & place within 
mentioned by posting up attested copies of the within at 
the public meeting house in said town two Sundays prior 
to said meeting 

Sam 1 Learned Constable 



Town 
Meeting 
Apr 1 12 th ' 

1819 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
qualified to vote in town affairs afsembled Apr 1 12 th 1819 & 
pafsed the following votes, viz.*— 

Art l 8t Voted & chose Doct r Walter Hunnewell Moderator 

2 d Voted, that the town do now give Mr Converse Francis an 
invitation or call, to settle with them in the Gospel Min- 
istry 

Voted, That the town will give Mr. Francis one thousand 
dollars a year Salary payable quarterly during his 

ministry 



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Ministry And also the use & improvement of the 

Ministerial Pew in the meeting house, from & after the 
first day of April next — in case he should become their 
Minister 

Voted, That a Committee consisting of Deacon Moses 
Coolidge, Deacon John Tucker, Nath 1 Bemis, Levi Thaxter, 
& Abijah White Esquires, be a Committee to wait on M r 
Francis & communicate to him the foregoing votes of the 
town 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk*— » 



April 30 th 1819 

John Fowle was sworn as Surveyor of Highways 
by Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Warrant 
for 
May 

Meeting 



The following Warrant was ifsued by the Selectmen 
April 24 th 1819 viz.*—, 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables 
of the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Com- 
monwealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the male 
inhabitants of said town being twenty one years of age and 
resident in said town for the space of one year next preceed- 
ing having a freehold estate within said town of the annual 
income of three pounds or any estate to the value of sixty 
pounds, to meet at the public meeting house on Monday 
the third day of May next at two of the clock in the after- 
noon for the purpose of choosing one or more Representa- 
tives, to represent them in the General Court appointed to 
be convened and held at Boston on the last Wednesday of 
May 



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[300] 

You are also hereby further required in the name of the 
Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts to summon and notify 
the freeholders & other inhabitants of said town qualified 
by law to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the public 
meeting house in said town on Monday the third day of 
May next at three of the clock in the afternoon, to act on 
the following articles viz.*— > 

l et To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will grant the sum of one hundred and 
sixty six dollars and direct the same to be afsefsed and 
collected with the Ministerial tax the present year, to re- 
imburse the Treasury for the Funeral expences of their late 

pastor & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will make a grant of their Ministerial 
land, & Buildings standing thereon as a Donation to the 
Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial Fund and choose a 
Committee, to convey the same to the said Trustees in fee, 
by a good & sufficient deed thereof, and act any thing 
thereon 

4 th To hear the reports of all Committees and act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant 
with your doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the 
times for holding said Meetings 

Given under our hands & seals this twenty fourth 
day of April AD. 1819 

Levi Thaxter 1 Selectmen 
Luke Bemis \ for 
Daniel Bond*— > J Watertown*— > 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



[301] 

Pursuant to the within warrants I have notified and 
warned the freeholders & other inhabitants of said town 
qualified as therein exprefsed, to meet at the times & place 
& for the purposes within mentioned by posting up two 
copies of the within warrant at the public Meeting house 
two Sundays prior to said Meetings 

Watertown May 3 d 1819 

Jo 8 Peirce Constable*— > 



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May | 
Meeting [ 
1819 J 

Agreeably to the within Warrant the inhabitants 
qualified to vote for Representatives afsembled May 3 d 1819 

and proceeded to choice of one Representative when 

the votes were*— > 

For Levi Thaxter Esq r Eighty one 

Nath 1 R Whitney Esq r Eight 

Nath 1 Bemis Esq r One 

John Clark Two 

Levi Thaxter Esq r was declared chosen 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Cleric—* 



Town Meeting) 
May 3 d 1819 / 

The inhabitants qualified to vote in town affairs being 
afsembled May 3 d 1819 — proceeded to act by articles as set 
forth in the foregoing Warrant viz/— > 

Art. l 3t Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted to grant the sum of one hundred & sixty six 
dollars, to be afsefsed the present year with the Ministerial 
tax, to reimburse the Treasury for the Funeral Expences of 
their late pastor 



[302] 

3 d Voted to grant their Ministerial land & the buildings 
standing thereon as a Donation, to the Trustees of the 
Ministerial Fund — all future repairs to be kept out of said 
Fund. 

Voted to choose a Committee who shall be invested with 
power to convey the same to the Trustees of the Ministerial 
Fund with a good & sufficient title to the same*— * 

(Thomas Clark 
Voted & chose for said Committee*— > ^Nath 1 Bemis 

[Luke Bemis*— » 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



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Selectmens 
Meeting 
May 3 d 
1819 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton May 3 d 1819 

They agreed with Daniel Jackson to take Frederick 
Remington for one year from May l 8t 1819 for thirty 

dollars said Jackson to save the town harmlefs from any 

other expence which arise from his support 

Also agreed with Mark Vose to keep John Remington 
for one year from May l 8t 1819 for sixty dollars, the town 
to be exempt from all other expence, except his Cloathing — 

Agreed with Amos Livermore Jr. to take a Boy by the 

name of Marshall Whitney for terms 

refer to the Indentures 

Agreed with John Clark to take Susan Whitney 

(see Indentures) 

Agreed to place James Welch son of Susan Whitney to 
Charles Stone 'till he shall become twenty one years of age 
said Stone to receive forty dollars as a compensation 
therefor 

(see Indentures 



[303] 

Agreed to let Samuel Letch have the poor house at forty 

dollars for the year ensuing, from April 15 th 1819 to 

board George Bourn & Wife for One dollar & fifty Cents $ 
Week & Robert Saunders for One dollar & thirty three 
Cents $ week from May l 8t 1819 

Samuel Learned was appointed Auctioneer for the 
year ensuing 

Thaddeus Cole was appointed Measurer of Wood for 
the year ensuing 

Richard Sanger was appointed Sexton for one year 
from May 3 d 1819 at twenty dollars for ringing the Bell & 
taking care of the Meeting house & twenty five Cents ^ 
day for making Fires 

For digging Graves, Tolling the Bell &c. the same as last 
year 



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The following accounts were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz.*— 

To Samuel Letch his acc* for Boarding Sun-) 
dry paupers from Jan? I st to May l 8t 1819 J 77„ 41 

To Benjamin Holten for House rent for) 
Jonas Learned from March l 8t 1818 to Apr 1 l 8t > 
1819 & Wood bought for him j 33„ 25 

To Amos Clarke for supplying the desk 4 days 40„ — 

To Adam Brown for setting Posts in front of) 
Meeting house. Carting gravel &c. / 4„ 50 

To Samuel Sawin for boarding Newton) 
Baxter from Nov r 2 d 1818 to May 3 d 1819 making 
26 Weeks—® $1„ J 26„ — 



[304] 

To Samuel Merriam for boarding Nathan) 
Boynton & Anna Green from Oct. 7 th 1818 to Apr 1 [ 
28 th 1819 is 29 Weeks—® $1„— & extra trouble J 68„ — 

To Benjamin Stevens his acc 1 for services as) 
Sexton the year past J 36„ 25 

To Daniel Jackson for support of Frederick) 
Remington from May 1 st 1818 to May l 8t 1819 ^ 
as <^ agreement J 30„ — 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Warrant 
for Town 
Meeting 
May 17 th 
1819 



The Selectmen ifsued the following Warrant May 11 th 
1819 viz.*—, 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Con- 
stables for the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon and notify the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of said town qualified by law 
to vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the public meeting 



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house on Monday the Seventeenth day of May instant at 
three of the Clock in the Afternoon to act on the following 
articles, viz.*— > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the town will choose a Committee to carry into 
effect the agreement between the town & Mr. Convers 
Francis relative to his settlement in the Gospel Ministry, 
and to make the necefsary provision and arrangments for 

his ordination & act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the town will make any alterations in the Pews 
in the Meeting house, and build a Porch at the front door, 
or authorize said Proprietors to make such alterations and 
act anything thereon 



[305] 

4 th To know if the town will authorize the Society of Singers to 
procure an Instructor, for the purpose of preparing Music 
for the ordination, and grant Money to pay the expence 
and act any thing thereon 

5 th To know if the town will choose a Surveyor of Highways in 
any district where that office is vacant, and act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant 
with your doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the 
time for holding said meeting 

Given under our hands and seals this eleventh day of 
May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 
and nineteen*— > 

Levi Thaxter \ 
Luke Bemis \ Selectmen 

Daniel Bond for 
Charles Whitney*— > J Watertown*— > 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Watertown May 12 th 1819 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have notified and warned the freeholders 
and other inhabitants qualified to vote in town meeting to 
afsemble at the time & place and for the purposes within 
mentioned by giving verbal notice 



Samuel Learned Constable*—* 



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Town 
Meeting 
Mav 17 th 
1819 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
afsembled May 17 th 1819 & proceeded as follows. viz.*— > 

1 st Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 



[306] 

2 d Voted to choose a Committee to make the necefsary ar- 
rangments for the ordination of Mr. Convers Francis*— > 

Levi Thaxter 
Nath 1 Bemis 
John Fowle 
Paul Learned 
Peter Clark 
John Tucker 
Daniel Bond 



Voted & chose for said Committee* 



Voted that the answer of Mr. Francis be put upon the 
record of the town which is as follows viz.*— > 



Mr Francis' 
answer 



"Cambridge May 8 th 1819" 
"To the church of Christ and the Congregational 
Society in Watertown" 

Christian Brethren, 

I have received through your Com- 
mittee the Statement of proceedings, by which I am invited 
to settle among you in the work of the Gospel Ministry. I 
have considered the subject, I hope, with that attention 
and seriousnefs, which its importance demands, and with a 
humble reliance on the aid of that Being, "from whom alone 
cometh our help." The result of my deliberations is an 
acquiescence in your proposals. Brethren, I accept your 
invitation. I accept it under the imprefsion of those feelings, 
with which one, who is young and inexperienced, may well 
be supposed to view the arduous duties and solemn re- 
sponsibilities imposed by the sacred office. It is my desire 
to be able to meet these duties and answer to these claims, 



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in the proper spirit of a disciple and servant of Christ, by 
the faithful exertion of my best powers, and by unreserved 
confidence in Almighty God, 

who 



[307] 

— Who giveth strength to the feeble and power to the help- 
lefs. Whatever faculties or whatever talents God has given 
me, they will, I trust, ever be devoted to the promotion of 
your best good, and to the cause of our holy religion 

Permit me to exprefs my thanks for the kindnefs and 
regard manifested by your proceedings, and my prayer that 
the interests of religion and the cause of Christ among you 
may be strengthened and blefsed, and that you may be 
built up in the faith and order of the Gospel." 

"With sincere regard I am 
your Servant in Christ 

Convers Francis"*— •> 



Voted, that the foregoing Committee be directed to carry 
into effect the writings necefsary for the settlement of Mr. 
Francis 



Voted, also that the foregoing Committee confer with him 
respecting the time & convenience of his ordination, and 
that if agreeable & convenient to Mr Francis, it shall be on 
Wednesday the 23 d of June next 

Voted, that a Committee be chosen to confer with the 
Proprietors of Pews in the Meeting house, and know if any, 
or what alterations can be made therein, and report at the 
adjournment of this meeting. 



Voted & chose for s d Committee* 



John Hunting 
Gilbert Nichols 
Walter Hunnewell 
Thorn 3 Learned 
Enos Blake 
Caleb Lincoln 
Sam 1 Learned*—, 



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4 th Voted, that the sum of thirty dollars be granted for pre- 
paring Music for the ordination, to be laid out under the 
direction of the Singing Society & to draw on the Treasurer 
for the same to be afsefsed in the Ministerial Tax 

5 th Voted & chose Samuel Barnerd Surveyor of Highways in 
the room of James Bernard (who has removed from the 
town) 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the 2 d Monday in June 
next, then to meet at this place at three oclock in the 
afternoon 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk' — > 



Oaths, \ 

May 31 8t 1819 Thomas Learned was sworn as surveyor of 
Highways 

by Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 

June 3 d 1819 Luke Bemis was sworn as surveyor of High- 
ways 

by N R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 

Adjournment 
of Meeting 
from May 17 th 
1819 

By adjournment a Town Meeting was held June 14 th 1819 
and proceeded as follows. viz.' — > 

Art. 3 d The Committee chosen to confer with the Pewholders 
made a report, which was accepted and orderd to be placed 
on the files of the town 

Art. 4 th Voted to grant the sum of twenty dollars in addition to 
the sum heretofore granted for the purpose of preparing 
Music for the ordination & that the Singing Society draw 
on the Treasurer for the same 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



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[309] 

Warrant 
for Meeting 
July 6 th ' 
1819 

The Selectmen ifsued the following warrant June 26 th 
1819 

Middlesex fs. To Samuel Learned one of the Con- 
stables for the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon and notify the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the 
public meeting house in said town on Tuesday the sixth day 
of July next at four oclock in the afternoon to act on the 
following articles, viz.* — > 

To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

To know if the town will take any method to enlarge their 
meeting house, or build a new one, and act any thing 
thereon 

To know if the town will make any alteration of the Pews in 
the body of the meeting house, or permit the owners to do 

it, & enclose the middle aisles — & act any thing thereon 

To know if the town will build any Pews in the Gallery of 
the Meeting house, or sell the right of building Pews in the 
same & act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant and your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 

appointed for said meeting Given under our hands & 

seals this twenty sixth day of June in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred & nineteen 

Levi Thaxter*— 1 Selectmen 

Daniel Bond [ for 

Attest Cha 3 Whitney' — > J Watertown* — > 
Nath 1 R Whitney Jr 

Town Clerk 



2 d 



3 d 
4th 



[310] 

Middlesex fs. Watertown July 6 th 1819 Pursuant to the 
foregoing Warrant I have notified and warned the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of said town of Watertown 



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331 



qualified to vote in town affairs to meet at the time and 
place and for the purposes within mentioned by posting 
attested copies of the within two Sundays prior to said 
meeting at the public meeting house in said town 

Sam 1 Learned Constable*-^ 

Meeting) 
July 6 th 
1819 J 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
afsembled July 6 th 1819 & pafsed the following votes viz. 

Art. 1 st Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 

2 d A plan was exhibited by Mr John Hunting to enlarge the 

meeting house Whereupon, the town voted that the 

said Hunting shall be authorized to enlarge the meeting 
house agreeably to the plan which will appear in the Town 

Clerks office the said Hunting giving sufficient bonds 

to save the town harmlefs from any expence the plan to 

be strictly adhered to, unlefs he, and the Committee to be 
chosen in behalf of the town shall agree to arrange the Pews 
in any other manner 

Voted & chose the following Committee to make the 
necefsary agreements & to carry into effect the foregoing 
vote viz. 

Luke Bemis 

Jonas White \ Committee 
Nath 1 R Whitney j 

Voted, that the foregoing Committee make such an agree- 
ment with Mr Hunting as shall oblige him to perform all the 
work in a workmanlike manner & to their acceptance 

within 

[311] 

— Within four months from this time 

Voted also, that the said Hunting shall dispose of the Pews 

at Public Vendue giving to the said Hunting the benifit 

of all the gain 

3 d Voted, that the present Pew-holders in the body of the 
Meeting house, shall have the liberty of altering or making 

them into long Pews, taking the middle aisles, provided 

the Committee who are chosen to carry into effect the 



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Lth 



enlargement of the meeting house, & the Pew holders, can 
make any agreement relative thereto 

Voted that the foregoing Committee shall have the right of 
making Pews in the Gallery or selling the right of making 
them at their discretion 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest. Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Oath} 

July 24 th 1819 Samuel Learned was sworn to the office of 
Collector by Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk ■ 



Seleclmens 
Meeting 
Aug 1 2 d 
1819 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Aug 3t 2 d 1819 

The following acct 9 were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz.<— > 

To Nath 1 Mclntire for Materials & Painting) 
the Bridge j 15„ 17 

To Daniel Rice for one day labour on meet-) 
ing house common — / 1,, — 

To Elijah Hager in full for Boarding Lucy) 
Hager from March l 3t 1818 to March l 3t 1819 &| 
sundry articles of Clothing J 71„ 81 



[312] 

To Samuel Latch for boarding Robert) 
Saunders, George Bourn & Wife from May l 3t to \ 
Aug 1 1 st 1819 J 36„ 83 

To Thorn 3 Heard for support & clothing for) 
Elisha Whitneys family from Oct. l 3t 1818 to \ 
March 30 th 1819 39„ 32 



Watertown Records. 333 

To Levi Thaxter for entertainment for) 
Clergymen from Jan? l 3t to June 23 d 1819 J 32„ 25 

To Rev. Convers Francis for supplying the) 
desk 8 Sundays j 80,, — 

To Charles Stone as compensation for taking) 
James Welch 'till he shall become 21 years old — / 40„ — 

To John Clark for taking Susan Whitney) 
'till she becomes 18 years old J 25,, — 

To Samuel Learned in full for his premium 
for collecting Taxes for the year 1818 

The following persons were appointed Engine men for 
the ensuing year for the Engine called the Relief viz. 

George Coolidge 
Abraham Lincoln 
Fran 3 Leathe 
John Harris 
Nath 1 Bond 2 d 
Alexander Stuart 
Henry Taylor' — , 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Luke Bemis's) 
Protest J 

Whereas, Marshall B. Spring Esq r did, on the third day 
of October call on William Stone and Francis Brown Fence 
viewers of Watertown for the year 1818, to view the parti- 
tion Fence between his land and the land of me the Sub- 
scriber, they the Fence viewers met, and divided the Fence 
between our said lands, and afsigned to me the Subscriber 
about 

two 



[313] 

— Two rods more than one half of the partition line not- 
withstanding the line had been divided and the Fence has 
been built & supported for more than sixty years last past 
in equal half's, all of which I am able to verify, — I therefore 



334 Watertown Records, 

enter my protest against the doings of the said Fence 
viewers and the division which they have made 

(signed) Luke Bemis 

Copy on file*— > 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Sep 1 6 th 
1819 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Sep tr 6 th 1819 

The following acc t8 were allowed & an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz.«— > 

To the town of Cambridge for the support of] 
Andrew White in Goal, & Susan Whitney in the \ 
Alms house & for medical afsistance J 24„ 06 

To Sam 1 Sawin for boarding Newton Baxter] 
from May 3 d to Aug 1 3 d 1819 & for sundry Cloth- \ 
ing J 23.88 

To Peter Clark for Cash p d Musicians at the) 
Ordination & for sundry refreshments J 28„ 25 

To M r8 Mary Whitney for boarding Widow) 
White from March l 8t to Sep 4 6 th 1819 J 38„ 50 

To Samuel Merriam for boarding Nathan) 
Boynton & Ann. Green from Apr 1 28 th to Sep 1 2 d [ 
1819 & for extra trouble pr agreement j 41 ,, — 

The following persons were approbated as Inn- 
holders & Retailers for the year ensuing viz. 



Sam 1 Bellows 
Jeremiah Fowle 
Luke Robinson 
Elisha Stratton 
Mark Vose*«— 4 



Innholders 



John Clark ) 
Thaddeus Cole \ Retailers 
Luther Davies J 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



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335 



[314] 

OatM 

Oct 1 st 1819 Samuel Barnard was sworn to the office of 
Surveyor of Highways 

by Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerks 



Warrant 
for Meeting I 
Oct. 11 th [ 
1819 

The following Warrant was ifsued Oct. 1 st 1819 — viz. 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of the 
town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to summon & notify the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of said town qualified by law 
to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the public Meeting 
house, on Monday the eleventh day of October instant, at 
three of the Clock in the afternoon, to act on the following 
articles viz. 

l 9t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To hear the report of the Committee to superintend the 
enlargement of the Meeting house, & know if the town will 
accept the work as performed, and confirm to the con- 
tractors their title to the new pews, and act any thing 
thereon 

3 d To know if the town will designate a Pew, for the Min- 
isterial Pew and act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the town will take any measures to dispose of 
the Pews belonging to the town, and act any thing thereon 

5 th To know if the town will grant a Stable lot, to Jonas White 
Esq r in exchange for his lot taken up by the addition to the 
Meeting house, and act any thing thereon 

6 th To know if the town will call on those Committees who have 
had any of the affairs of the town to transact to make 
report & settle their accounts, and act any thing thereon — 

7 th To hear the report of any Committees & act any thing 
thereon 



Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant with 
your doings to the Selectmen at or before the time for 



336 



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holding said meeting Given under our hands & seals 

this first day of October AD 1819 



Attest. 

NR Whitney Jr. 
Town Clerk 



Levi Thaxter 
Luke Bemis 
Amos Livermore Jr. 
Daniel Bond 
Cha 8 Whitney 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



[315] 

Watertown October 11 th 1819 Pursuant to the within 

warrant I have notified the freeholders & other inhabitants 
of said town qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the 
time & place and for the purposes within mentioned by 
posting up two copies of the within warrant at the public 
meeting house two Sundays prior to said meeting 

Joseph Peirce Constable 



Meeting] 
Oct 11 th 
1819 J 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
afsembled Oct r 11 th 1819 & pafsed the following votes, viz. 

l Bt Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 

2 d The Committee appointed to superintend the enlargement 
of the meeting house made a report which will appear on 

file Whereupon, the town voted, That Mr John Hunting 

shall remove, (or cause to be removed) the broad Aisle 
Pews from their situation as they are now built, back to 
Luke Bemis's & Dan 1 Jackson's Pews, as was contemplated 
by the town 

3 d Voted, that the Pew on the ground in front of Mr Luke 
Bemis's Pew, on the left side of the Broad Aisle, shall be 
designated as the Ministerial Pew 

4 th Voted, that a Committee be chosen to make sale of the 
town's Pews' — > 

{Luke Bemis 
Jonas White 
Nath 1 R Whitney 



Watertown Records. 337 

Voted, that the foregoing Committee make sale of the Pews 
at public auction or at private sale at their discretion, and 
the proceeds to be put to the Ministerial Fund 

5 th Voted to grant Jonas White Esq r the land occupied as a 
gate way, for a Stable lot, instead of the lot taken from him 
in consequence of making the addition to the meeting 
house 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to Friday next at three 
o'clock in the afternoon 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



[316] 

Adjourn'd 
Meeting { 
Oct. 15 th f 
1819 

Agreeably to the foregoing adjournment the inhabit- 
ants afsembled October 15 th 1819 and proceeded as fol- 
lows viz.*— , 

Art. 2 d Voted, that the Committee appointed to superintend 
the enlargement of the Meeting house, be instructed & 
empowered to make Mr John Hunting a fair compensation 
for the ground gained, in consequence of removing the 
Pews, (in conformity with the vote at the foregoing meet- 
ing,) taking into consideration all the advantages or dis- 
advantages resulting thereby 

6 th Voted, that the Selectmen be instructed to call on any 
Committees who have had any affairs of the town to 
transact & adjust the same 

7 th Voted to dismifs the article 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Nov. 1 st f 
1819 J 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Nov r 1 st 1819 



338 fVatertown Records. 



The following accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same. viz. 



To Charles Whitney for making Wall on the' 
new road 


' 41„ 


25 


To Nath 1 R Whitney & Cha 9 Whitney fori 
balance for Stones furnished for the new road — 


' 15„ 




To Samuel Letch for Boarding sundry 
Paupers from July 24 th to Nov r l 3t 1819 j 


88,, 


22 


To Elisha Stratton for entertainment as pr 
his acc 1 for the ordination 


' 176,, 


67 


To Daniel Moulton for support of Esther' 
Warren from Oct 1 st 1818 to Oct l 3t 1819 J 


' 35„ 





[317] 

To Tyler Bigelow for attending and Man-] 
ageing the cause against Abijah Ruggles & for> 
Cash p d Witnefses fees J 54„ 36 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Dec r 6 th 
1819 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Dec br 6 th 1819 

The following acc t9 were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 

To Thomas Whitney for boarding Lucyl 
White from March 2 d 1818 to March 2 d 1819 — / 39„ — 

To Samuel Meriam for boarding Ann Green] 
and Nathan Boynton from Sep 1 2 d to Dec r 2 d [ 
1819 & sundry clothing J 31„ — 

To Elijah Hager for boarding Lucy Hager] 
from March 1 st to Dec r l 3t 1819 and sundry > 
clothing j 54„ 55 

To William Penniman for the support of] 
Susanna Fowle from Oct r 10 th 1818 to Oct. 10 th \ 
1819 J 65„ — 



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To Samuel Sawin for boarding Newton) 
Baxter from Aug 81 3 d to Dec r 1 st 1819 J 17„ — 

Edward Lowd was appointed Measurer of Wood for the 
year ensuing 

George Coolidge was approbated for licence for the 
remainder of the year in the room of Luther Davies 

At test Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. T own Clerk' — > 

December 14 th 1819 Edward Lowd was sworn as Measurer 
of Wood for the year ensuing by, 

Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



318] 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Jan r * 3 d 1820. 

The following persons were appointed Engine Men for 
the Engine N° 1. 



VIZ.' 



Abraham Lincoln 
George Coolidge 
Charles Coolidge 
Amasa Jackson 
John Harris 
Farrington Hawks 
Daniel Waters 
Warren White 
Cephas Whittemore 



Isaac Rufsell 
Charles Bent 
Reuben Eaton 
John Bond 
William Bradford 
Luther Sifson 
Benjamin Stevens 
Ebenezer Tucker 
George Newell'-~> 



The following persons were also appointed Engine 
Men for the Engine called the Releif Viz.*— > 



Nathaniel Weld 
Gilbert Nichols 
Nath 1 R Whitney Jr 
James Robbins 
Leonard Harris 
Elijah Ray 
Jerome Hearsy 
Thomas Soden 
Coolidge P. Wood 



Charles H. Chandler 
John M. Harris 
Benj n F. Farrar 
Hezekiah Bacon 
Francis Leathe 
Henry Taylor 
Alexander Meacham 
Horatio Nichols' — > 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



340 



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Jan r y 22 d 1820. The Selectmen appointed Thorn 8 Clark, & 
Gilbert Nichols to lease the Fishery the ensuing year 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



We the Subscribers Selectmen of the towns of Water- 
town and Waltham, having perambulated and run the 
lines between said towns on the 18 th day of October 1819 
and the ancient marks and Monuments and renewed & 
established them as follows viz.«— > 



1 st At a Stone marked W.W. in Peter Clark's land by West 

Cambridge line. 

2 d At a heap of Stones on a flat rock in Cap 1 Charles Welling- 
ton's land, formerly the land of Samuel White 

3 d At a heap of Stones in Jonas Whites land by a Cedar tree 

formerly the land of Phinehas Stearns 

4 th At a Stone marked .W.W in the road leading under the 

Rocks, (so called) by the side of Nath 1 Brights wall 

5 th At a Stone marked W.W. in the road leading to Lexington 

by the side of Jonas & Leonard Bond's walls (called the 

Tom Harrington place 

6 th At a black Oak tree, marked W.W. Jonas White's land 

7 th At a Stone marked W.W. by Barnes's Wall about 15 rods 

east of his house, in the road 

8 th At a heap of Stones in the Bemis lane (so called) by the 

side of Jonathan Coolidge's Wall 

9 th At a Button Wood tree marked W.W. in the land of Hon. 

Christopher Gore, near the Bridge acrofs the great road 

10 th At a Stone marked W.W. in the back road by the side of 

the Hon. Christopher Gore's wall near the gate 

11 th At a Stone marked W.W. in Hon. C. Gore's land, on the 

bank of Charles river — it being a straight line from the 

first to the last mentioned bound 



[319] 



Levi Thaxter 
Daniel Bond 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown*— > 




Selectmen 
of 

Waltham*- 



Watertown Records. 



341 



[320] 



We the Subscribers being appointed to perambulate 
the lines, renew & establish the bounds between the towns 
of Watertown & Newton have attended that service as 
follows viz.<— > 



l 3t Beginning at a Stone by Charles river in land belonging to 
the estate of Nathaniel Weld deceased marked W.N. 

2 d From thence running Southerly to a Stone in land belong- 
ing to John Richardson Esq r marked W.N. which bound 
makes a Corner 

3 d From thence running westerly to a Stone in the road near 
the old house belonging to Doc" Morse marked W.N. 

4 th From thence to a Stone by the house of the late Cornelius 
Lenox marked W.N. making a Corner 

5 th From thence running Northeasterly to a Stone by Charles 
river marked W.N. in land belonging to Jacob Griner 



All of which bounds we have renewed & aereed to this 18 th 
day of Oct. AD, 1819* — , 



This will certify that the Subscribers in behalf of the 
inhabitants of Watertown & Newton have this day agreed 

on the division of the Bemis Bridge so called as follows 

That the dividing point be at the north end of the middle 
Stone Pier in said Bridge 



Levi Thaxter 
Dan 1 Bond 




Isaac Hager 
Will m Trowbridge 




Oct. 18 th 1819 



Levi Thaxter 
Daniel Bond 




Isaac Hager 1 Agents 
WiU™ Trowbridge > for 

J Newton 1 



342 Watertown Records. 

[321] 

Seleclmens 
Meeting 
Feb* 7 th 
1820 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 

Stratton Feb ry 7 th 1820 The following accounts were 

allowed & an order drawn on the Treasurer directing him 
to pay the same viz/— * 

To Samuel Latch for Boarding M rs Whitney,' 
Robert Saunders, Geo. Bourn & Wife from Nov r 
l 8t 1819 to Feb* 1 st 1820 & sundry other persons 
& Clothing J 62„ 25 

To Geo. Coolidge for painting Blind for| 



Pulpit window j 3„ — 

To Gilbert Nichols for repairs at the Brick) 
School house J 2„ 20 

To Jerome Hearsy for setting Glafs at the) 
Poor house &c. j 6„ 53 

To Isaac Dana for making Door to the) 
School house &c J 4„ — 

I 



To Benjamin Stevens for taking down &] 
putting up Stoves, Making Cartridges, & Making 
Coffin for M r8 Whitney J 10„ 50 



To the town of Needham for support of) 
Mehi table Coolidge & Funeral expences / 37„ 25 

To Enos Blake for repairing Engine 3„ 37 

To John Clark for sundry articles del d sun-) 
dry paupers (two acc ts ) j 39„ 74 

To Thaddeus Cole for sundry supplies for) 
Cha 8 Nutting J 38„ 52 

To Luke Bemis for supplies furnished M rs ) 
Warren j 9„50 

To Solomon Flagg for use of Bed Screws in) 
the year 1813 / 3„ — 

To Luther Barrett for painting Buckets &) 
Engine / 6„ 37 



Wataiown Records. 



343 



[322] 

To Samuel Bird for Iron Work at the Meet-) 
ing house & sundry other work J 14,, 13 

To Phinehas Sanderson for Mending Shoes' 
for sundry paupers f 7 ,, 34 

To Elisha Whitney for Mason Work at the , 
Poor house f 3„ 50 

Attest Xath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Selectmen > x 
Meeting I 
March 6 th f 
1820 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 

Stratton March 6 :h 1820 The following accounts were 

allowed & an order drawn on the Treasurer directing him 
to pay the same viz.*-~> 

To Jeremiah Fowle for his Bill of Lumber — 32,, 83 

To Samuel Meriam for hoarding N. Bovnton] 
& Ann Green from Dec r 2 d 1819 to Feb* 15 th 1820 
& Sundry Clothing ] 28,, 42 

To Nath 1 Bemis Jr for Medical Attendance" 
on M rs Elisha Whitney from April 3 d to Aug 8 * I5 th \ 
1819 & also his Bill allowed by the State j 12„ 50 

To Richard Sanger for cleaning the Meeting^ 
house at sundry times ] 6,, — 

To Samuel Learned for his services as Con-) 
stable &c. from 1818 to 1819 j 17,, — 

To Joseph Peirce for his services as Con-1 
stable &: repairing Hearse j 4,, 75 

To Levi Thaxter for Cash paid sundry per-) 
sons — & sundry services 1 29,, 51 

To Mark Vose for the support of John Rem- 
ington from May 1* 1818 to May L* 1819 1 60„ — 

To Daniel Bond for Cash paid sundry per-) 
sons & sundry services ; 17,, 24 



344 Watertown Records. 

[323] 



To Amos Livermore Jr for his services per- 
ambulating line &c 




75 


To Josiah Mason & Son for Boards & Plank 


7„ 


22 


To Jerome Hearsy for painting the Deacons 
Seat & Pulpit Stairs 


10„ 


— 


To Abra m Lincoln for Work at the Meeting 
house &c 


43„ 


22 


To Caleb Lincoln for Work at the Meeting^ 
house &c. 


[ 66„ 


54 


To Elisha Stratton for Entertainment for' 
the Selectmen &c. for the year past 


' 20„ 


66 



Warrant 
for March ( 
Meeting 
1820 

Also, The following Warrant was ifsued viz<— 

To Samuel Learned, one of the Constables for the 
town of Watertown Greeting. 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to summon & notify the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of the town of Watertown, 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the 
public Meeting house in said town on Monday the twentieth 
day of March instant, at ten of the clock in the forenoon 
to act on the following articles viz.*— 4 

l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To choose all town officers required to be chosen in the 

months of March and April annually 

3 d To choose a Sexton & agree how he shall be paid for his 

services 

4 th To determine whether Swine & Neat Cattle shall go at 
large the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing year & 
grant money for the same & act any thing thereon 



[324] 

To grant money, to open, make & repair the highways & 
act any thing thereon 



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345 



7 th To hear the accounts of those persons to whom the town is 
indebted & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 
thereon 

8 th To hear the report of the Committee for making estimates 
for the year ensuing & act any thing thereon — — 

9 th To hear the report of any Committee & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 
poor & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 
thereon 

11 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 
state of the Treasury & act any thing thereon 

12 th To know if the town will grant money for the support of a 
singing School & act any thing thereon 

13 th To know in what manner the town will collect their taxes 
the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

14 th To know if the town will take any order relative to the law 
for preventing the destruction of certain Birds & act any 
thing thereon 

15 th To know if the town will choose a Committee to join a 
Committee from the town of Cambridge to repair their 
Wharf in Cambridge & act any thing thereon 

16 th To know if the town will purchase the new Galliries of the 
contractors, & make any alterations in the old Galliries, or 
make any other repairs in the Meeting house & grant 
money to pay the same & act any thing thereon 

17 th To know if the town will make any repairs to the School 
houses & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant & 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals 



this 



[325] 

This sixth day of March in the year of our Lord one thou- 
sand eight hundred & twenty*— > 



Levi Thaxter 
Luke Bemis 
Amos Livermore Jr 
Daniel Bond 
Charles Whitney — , 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown* 



Attest Nathj R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



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Middlesex fs. Watertown March 20, , 1820 

pursuant to the above Warrant I have summoned & noti- 
fyed the Inhabitants of said town qualified as therein ex- 
prefs'd to assemble at the time & place & for the purpofses 
therein mentioned, by posting up an attested copies of the 
above at the public meeting house in said town to Sundays 
prior to said Meeting 

Sam 1 Learned Constable 



March 
Meeting; 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants 
assembled March 20, 1820, and proceeded to act by the 
Articles as follows (Viz)*— > 

l 8t Voted, & Chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 

Voted, & Chose Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

& was sworn into Office by Levi Thaxter Justice of Peace 

Voted & Chose Abijah White Esq r Town Treasurer 

Levi Thaxter s 
Thomas Clark s 
Daniel Bond s 
John Fowle s 
Charles Whitney s 



Voted & Chose for Selectmen 



[326] 

[Thomas Clark s 
Voted & Chose for Afsefsors \ Abijah White s 

[Gilbert Nichols s 

Voted & chose for Constables (Thomas Richardson 

\Elisha W Dana s 

Voted to adjourn the Meeting to half past 2 Oclock to 
meet at this place 

Agreeably to the above adjournment the Inhabitants 
assembled, & proceeded as follows (Viz) 

[Paul Learned s 
Voted & chose for Fence Viewers \ Peter Clark s 

(William Stone s 

Voted & chose for Tythingmen J £ hom ^ L f rned 



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347 



{John Clark excused 
Thaddeus Cole 
James Robbins 



George Coolidge s 
Moses Bright s 
John H Clark 
Samuel Bellows s 
Thomas Richardson s 
Nath 1 Bright s 
Zacheus Pond s 
Nath 1 Weld 
Phinehas Learned s 
Elisha W Dana s 



Voted & chose for Field Drivers 



[327] 



Voted & Chose for Hogreeves* 



Voted & Chose for Surveyors 
of Highways*— > 



Daniel Learned s 

Charles Bent s 
Francis Leathe 

Hezekiah Bacon s 
Henry Bright 
Nath 1 Weld 

Hosea Stoddard s 
Asa Pratt s 
William Nichols 

Elisha Stratton s 

Luke Bemis s 

Thomas Learned s 

Moses Chenery s 

John H Clark s 

Samuel Barnard s 



Voted & Chose for Surveyors of /Caleb Lincoln 
Lumber \Isaac Dana 



Voted & Chose for Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves 



/Isaac Dana s 
\ William Horn 



Voted & Chose the following persons for Firewards 



— Joseph Bird John H Clark Adam 

Jackson Levi Thaxter Daniel 

John Clark Elisha W 

Peirce Eliakim Morse Thomas 



Viz Elisha Livermore 

Brown Daniel 

Bond John Hunting 

Dana Joseph 

Learned Samuel Learned. Luke Bemis 



Voted, & chose for Fish Committee 



348 Watertown Records. 

[328] 

Moses Coolidge 

(excused 
Cornelius Stone 
Nath 1 Stone 
Mark Vofe 
Amasa Jackson 
William M Pomroy 
Charles W 7 hitney 

(excused 
Moses Whitney*— > 

Voted, & chose Jeremiah Rufsell pound Keeper 

Voted, to excuse Thomas Richardson from serveing as 
Constable. 

Voted, & chose Joseph Peirce in his place 

3 d Voted to refer this Article to the Selectmen for the choise of 
Sexton. 

4 th Voted, that Swine & Neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensueing season. 

5 th Voted to Grant the sum of Twelve Hundred Dollars to be 
paid to the several Districts as last year 

6 th Voted, to grant for Highways twenty five Cents upon every 
rateable Poll & other Estates in propotion each Man to be 
allowed 123^ Cents pr Hour & a good team the same as a 
Man, & that they shall begin to work at 7 Oclock in the 
Morning & work 10 hours for a day 

Voted, that the Afsefsors complete the Taxes & give the 
Surveyors their lists on or before the first day of April next. 
Voted, that the last years Surveyors return all their lists 
on or before the first day of June next 



[329] 

Article 7 th Voted to allow the following Accounts & grant money 
to pay the same (Viz) 

To Abijah White for his servicies as Treasurer) 

and Afsefsor —J $68„ — 

To Nath 1 R Whitney Jun r for his servicies as\ 

Town Clerk J 25,, — 



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To Jonas Bond for boarding Nathan Coolidgel 

from June 27 th 1814 to August 11 th — 6 Week & 

4 days J 14„ 66 

To Thomas Clark for his servicies as an Afsefsor 19„ 50 



Voted to choose a committee of three persons to examine & 
settle the Account presented against the town by Jonas & 
Leonard Bond for rent of house improv'd by Charles 
Nutting Voted & chose for said Committee the follow- 
ing persons Viz<— > 

[ Abijah White 
\ Luke Bemis 
I Samuel Learned 



Article 8 th Voted to postpone this article to our next Meeting 

9 th No report made, postponed till next meeting 

10 th To know what Method the town will take to support their 
Poor & Grant money for the same was postponed to the 
adjournment of this Meeting to April 

11 th Voted to accept the Treasurers acc 1 as Reported by the 
Selectmen & place the same on the Files of the town, which 
is as follows (Viz) 

Abijah White as Treasurer is charged the sum of $7360,, 64 

And he is Credited by sundry pay-) 

ments J $5129,, 13 

By Outstanding Taxes in Collectors J 



hands / 1972,, 35 

$7360,, 64 



By Ballance being Cash in Treas- 
urers hands / 259,, 16 



[330] 



Article 12 th Voted to Grant Thirty Dollars for the support of a 
Singing School, to be afsefs'd in Ministerial Tax to be laid 

out under the direction of the Rev d M r Converse Francis 

Walter Hunnewell & Nath 1 Bemis Ju r 

13 th Voted that the Taxes be farmed out to the lowest bidder & 
he to be collector. 

14 th Voted that no order be taken thereon. 



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15 th Voted to choose a Committee of three, to Meet & join a 
Committee from the town of Cambridge, to enquire into 
the situation of the Wharf, & priviledges the town have, 
in & about the same, in Cambridge/—* 



16 th Voted & Chose the Selectmen together with Mefs r Luke 
Bemis Jonas White & Nath 1 R Whitney as a Committee 
with full power to purchase the new Galliries & make any 
alteration in the old ones or any repairs in or on the Meet- 
ing house if they shou'd see fitt 

Voted, to choose a Committee of three, to examine the 
School houses & see what repairs is nefsefsary to be done to 
them, & report at our next Meeting 

{Amos Livermore Jr 
Gilbert Nichols 
Luke Bemis 

Voted to adjourn this Meeting to M r Luke Robbinsons 
there to Meet at half past 5 OClock this Evening 
Adjourned 



The Meeting being opened by an adjournment to M r Luke 
Robbinsons, from the Meeting house this afternoon March 
20 th 1820 proceeded as follows (Viz)«— * 

Voted to farm the Taxes on the same condition as last year, 
the lowest bidder to be Collector & being put up was bid off 
by Cap 1 Samuel Learned for 2}/$ Cents on a Dollar 
Voted & Chose Samuel Learned Collector for the town the 
ensewing year 

Voted to adjourn this Meeting to the first Meeting in April 
it being the first Monday then to Meet at 4 of the Clock 
P M at the Meeting house 



1820 March 20 The following persons took the Oath of their 
respective offices Viz Levi Thaxter, Thomas Clark Dan 1 

Bond John Fowle- Charles Whitney as Selectmen 

Elisha W Dana & Joseph Peirce as Constables 




[331] 



Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Oaths \ 



Wat eric m Ret : nth . 



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Peter Clark fence viewer George Coolidge Moses Bright 

Ei:sha W Dana Tho 5 Richardson Nath ! Bright Zacheus 

Pond as Field Drivers Abijah White as Town Treasurer 

Asa Pratt as Hogreeve Elisha Stratton Thomas Learned 

as Surveyors of Highway Caleb Lincoln Isaac Dana as 

Surveyors of Lumber Isaac Dana as Culler of Hoops 6c 

Staves Hezekiah Bacon as Hogreeve William Stone 

as Fence viewer Abijah White and Thomas Clark as 

Aisefscrs Paul Learned as Fence Viewer before Gilbert 

Nichols Town Clerk 



[332] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen held March 24'- h 1820 they 
appointed Joseph Peirce Auctioneer 

Gilbert Nichols was sworn as Afsefscr before Tho s Clark 
Justice of the peace 

Warn't for 
April- > 
Meeting J 

Also the following Warrant was [sued 

Middle fs — Tc Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of the 
town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby forthwith required in the name of the 
Cc nunc .-.wealth of Massachusetts, to warn the male In- 
habitants of said town of Watertown of twenty one years 
of age 6c upwards haveing a freehold estate within the 
Commonwealth of the annual income of three pounds or 
any estate to the value c : "sixty pc unds, to meet at the public 
meeting house in said town on Monday the third day of 
April next at one of the Clock in the afternoon, to give in 
their votes for Governor Lieut Governor, 6c Senators & 
Counsellors agreeably, to the Constitution of said com- 
monwealth 

Also, you are alike required, to notify and warn all the 
Male Inhabitants, : :' said town being twenty one years of 
age 6c upwards & resident in -aid town for the -pace of one 
year next proceeding haveing a freehold in said town of the 
annua] income of three pounds, cr any estate to the value 
of sixty pounds to meet at the public meeting house in said 
town on Monday the third day of April next at four of the 
Clock in the Afternoon to Act on the 



following 



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l 3t 
2 d 



[333] 

Following Articles Viz« — > 

To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

To give in their Votes for County Treasurer 

Hereof, fail not & make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon, to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said Meetings 

Given under our hands & seals this twenty fourth day 
of March in the year of our Lord One thousand eight 
Hundred & Twenty* — > 



(Signed) 



Levi Thaxter 
Thomas Clark 
Dan 1 Bond 
John Fowle 
Charles Whitney 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Middlesex, fs. Watertown April 3 d 1820 

pursuant to the above Warrant, I have notified & warned 
the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town qualified 
as therein exprefsed, to meet at the times & places & for the 
purposes above mentioned by posting up two copies of the 
within Warrants at the public meeting house, two Sundays 
prior to said Meetings. 

(signed) Joseph Peirce Constable 



Oaths \ 

April 3-1820. The following persons took the Oath of their 

respective Ofrlcies (Viz) Samuel Bellows Field driver 

Daniel Learned Charles Bent Hosea Stoddard as 

Hogreeves Moses Chenery & Samuel Barnard as Sur- 
veyors of Highway before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[334] 



April \ 
Meeting/ 



Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant, the Inhabitants who 
were qualified to Vote for Governor Lieut. Governor and 
Senators & Counsellors, afsembled April 3 d 1820 



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The Selectmen presideing the Votes was call'd for & was 

brought in & are as follows (Viz)*— * 

For Governor 

William Eustis Eighty two Votes 

His Exe 07 John Brooks had Seventy seven Votes 
Hon. Christopher Gore had One Vote 

For Lieut Governor 
Hon. Benjamin Austin had Eighty one Votes 
Hon. William Phillips had Seventy seven Votes 
Col n Moses Coolidge had One Vote 

For Senators 

Hon Joseph B Varnum had Eighty three Votes 

Leonard M Parker Esq r had Eighty three Votes 
William Whittemore had Eighty one Votes 
Joseph Locke Esq r had Seventy six Votes 

Hon. Samuel P P. Fay had Seventy one Votes 

Calvin Sanger Esq r had Seventy three Votes 
Abiel Haywood Esq r had Three Votes 

The Above Votes were Sealed up according to Law, in open 
Town Meeting 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



The Meeting for the choise of County Treasurer being opened 
April 3 d 1820 proceeded as follows. Viz 

l at Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r for Moderator 

2 d Votes for County Treasurer were as follows (Viz) 

For John Keyes Esq r Sixty Votes 

Fo Abiel Haywood Esq r Forty three Votes 



Agreeably to the adjournment, the March Meeting was opened 
April 3 d 1820 



Levi Thaxter Esq r presideing as Moderator, the town pro- 
ceeded as follows (Viz) 



Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[335] 



March 
Meeting 
Adj" . 



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Voted to allow the following Accounts (Viz) 

To Gilbert Nichols for his Servicies as Assefsorl 

for the year 1819 j 24„ 00 

To John Clark for refreshments did the Engine-\ 

men at the fire of M r Robbin's Tallow Shop / 7„ 60 

Voted that the Selectmen be ortherised to pay the bills for 
refreshments dl d to Engine men at the late fire at M r 
Robbin's Shop, to those persons that have not presented 
their bills this day 

Voted, to Grant the following sums of Money for the following 
purposes 

Viz For the support of the Poor $1200,, 00 

For the support of the Minister 570,, 00 

For incidental expences 200,, 00 

Voted To Accept the report of the Trustees of Ministerial Funds 
& place the same on the town files, which is as follows (Viz. 

The Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial funds in conformity 
to the Act of Incorporation, present to the Town the 
following statement of their proceedings the last year & of 
the existing state of their Funds (Viz) 

Since the last Annual Statement they have received 
from the towns Committee a Deed of the Ministerial house 
& Land which Rents for the sum of $100 a year, they have 
also received from another of the town's Committee Notes 
of hand taken by them for the Sales of the Town's Pews 

in 



[336] 

In the Meeting house, amounting to the sum of $406. 

which is sufficiently secured No Lands have been sold 

dureing the last year & no other additions made to their 

Funds They have now in Money on Interest with 

sufficient security the sum of $3156„50 the income of which 
is now due is $227„53 & the Rent of the Real Estate for the 
last year amounts to $255 makeing in all the sum of 
$482„53 to be paid over to the Treasurer of the Town as the 
same may be collected 

all which is Respectfuly submitted 
by order of the Trustees 



Watertown April 3 d 182a 



Levi Thaxter Treasurer 



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Voted to Accept of the report of the Committee chosen to purchase 
the Galliries 6c see what repairs is nefsefsary to be done on 
in or about the Meeting house so far as respects the parts 

in front of the Meeting house 6c bancking up 

Voted that the remainder of said report concerning the 
purchase of the Galliries, lay open to our next Meeting 

Voted to Accept of the report of the committee chosen to see 
what repairs are nefsefsary to be made on the School houses 

Voted to grant %\ 80 to carry the same into effect 

Voted 6c chose the same committee to cause said repairs to 
be made Viz*— > 

Amos Livermore Jun r 
Luke Bemis*— > 
[Gilbert Nichols 

Voted That the support of the Poor be left to the discretion 6c 

Care of the Selechnen Voted that this Meeting be 

adjournd to the May Meeting then to meet at this 

place after the choise of Representatives 

Att* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[337] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen, at the house of M r Luke 
Robbinson held April 3 d 1820 

They leased the Hay scales, to Deacon John Tucker One 
year from the 1 st day of April Ins 1 for $21,,00 he to keep, 6c 
leave the same in good repair 

Also, they appointed George Coolidge Sealer of Weights 6c 
Measures, who appeared 6c took the Oath of said office, 
before 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk*— > 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of Elisha 
Stratton April 24 th 1820 proceeded as follows (Viz) 

1 st Agreed to appoint the following persons as Weighers of 
Beef the ensueing Year (Viz)*— 4 

Amasa Jackson 
Daniel Bird sworn 

2 d Agreed with Mark Vofse to board John Remington one 
year from May l 3t 1820 at sixty Dollars pr year the town to 



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be exempt from all other expences, except clotheing, Also 
with him to board George Bourn & wife One year from 
May 1 st 1820 for One Dollar & fifty Cents being seventy 
five cents each 

3 d Agreed with Samuel Letch to board Robert Sanders for 
One Dollar & fifty cents p r Week during his life 

4 th Appointed Coolidge P Wood Sexton for one year from 
May 3 d 1820 and, agreed to give him Thirty Dollars p r 
Year for Ringing the Bell takeing care of & sweeping the 

Meeting house and for makeing fires in the 

Stoves when nefsefsary in the Meeting house: & for 

attending funerals 

of 



[338] 

Of Adults, Three Dollars & fifty Cents in the Summer & 
four Dollars in the Winter, & for Children in propotion 

5 th Agreed with Josiah Bright to keep, & board, David Barnard 
one year from April l 8t 1820 for twenty Dollars p r Year 

6 th The Selectmen isued the following Warrant (Viz) 

Middlesex fs To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of 

the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify & warn the male In- 
habitants of said town being twenty one years of age & 
upwards, and resident in said town for the space of One 
Year next preceeding haveing a freehold Estate within said 
town of the anual Income of three pounds, or any estate to 
the value of sixty pounds, to meet at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the Eighth day of May next 
at two of the Clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of 
chooseing one, or more Representatives to Represent them 
in the General Court appointed to be convened & held at 
Boston on the last Wednesday of May next 

Also, You are alike required to summon & notify the freeholders 
& other Inhabitants of said town qualified by law to Vote in 
town affairs, to afsemble at the public Meeting house in said 
town on Monday the Eighth day of May next, at three of 
the Clock 



in 



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[339] 

In the afternoon to Act on the following (Viz) 

l* To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the town will direct their fish Committee to 
prosecute those persons who they may find violateing the 
laws made to preserve our fishery in Charles River, or 
appoint a special committee for that purpose and Act 

any thing thereon 

3 d To hear the petition of Thomas Clark Esq r John Clark & 
John H Clark and Act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of these Warrants with 
your doings thereon, to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said Meetings 

Given under our hands & Seals this twentv fourth day 
of April AD 1820w> 

Levi Thaxter 

Thomas Clark I Selectmen 
Dan 1 Bond j of 

Charles Whitney J W r atertown 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk* — > 



Middlesex fs. Watertown May 8 th 1820 Pursuant to the 

above Warrant I have notified & Warned the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town qualified as therein exprefs'd 
to meet at the time and place & for the purposes therein 
exprefs'd by posting up two Copies of the above Warrant 
at the public Meeting house two Sundays prior to said 
Meeting 

(Signed) Joseph Peirce Constable 



[340] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the house of M r Luke 
Robbinson May V 1820 

They appointed Elijah Harris & Samuel Learned 2 d 
for Engine men for Engine N° 1 

Also, they appointed Samuel Learned Auctioneer for the 
ensueing year 

Also, They appointed Isaac Dana & Luke Robbinson sur- 
veyors of Wood & Bark 



358 Watertown Records. 

Luke Bemis was this day sworn as Surveyor of Highways — 
& Isaac Dana & Luke Robbinson was sworn as Measurers 
of Wood by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Also,The Selectmen allow'd the following Accounts and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 
Viz* — > 

To Samuel Hyde for Boarding Jon a Nuting from] 
March 30 th 1819 to March 30 th 1820 & Cloth- [ 
ing supply'd him -] 85„ 50 

To Mary Whitney for Boarding Widow White) 

from Sept r 6 th 1819 to May l 8 1820 j 51„ 00 

To Mehetibell Segar for her Support from Nov 1) 

1819 to April 3 d 1820 22 Weeks @ 4/6 —J 16„ 50 

To Thomas Whitney for boarding Lucy Whitel 

from March 2 d 1819 to March 2 d 1820 / 39„ 00 

To Samuel Letch for boarding Sundry persons] 
from Feb r y l 8t 1820 to May l 8t 1820 & for[ 
Clothes supplyed them J 55„ 50 

To Dan 1 Jackson for boarding Fred k Remington) 

One year to May l 8t 1820 j 30„ 00 



[341] 



To John Stimpson Jun r to Mending Bucketts &) 
cleaning Engine in Sep tr 1819 / 

To Richard Sanger his Acc 1 in full for takeing 
care of the Meeting house 1 year to May 3 d 
1820 for labour & attending the funerals of 
M rs Whitney Mifs Pollards Child & Moses 
Warren 



signed- 



Levi Thaxter 
Thomas Clark 
John Fowle 
Dan 1 Bond 



6„ 00 



40„ 00 



To the Administrator of Jacob Farrer deceased) 

for the support of Benjamin Whitney 1 year/ 20, 



00 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk' 



Watertown Records. 



359 



May — \ 
Meeting/ 

Agreeably to the Warrant, the Inhabitants qualified to Vote for 
Representatives, assembled May the 8, 1820 The Selectmen 
presideing they proceeded as follows 

(Viz) l 8t Voted to choose One Representative 

the Votes were then call'd for which stood as follows 

(Viz) for Levi Thaxter Esq r Ninety votes 90 

Marshall B Spring Esq r Seventeen votes — 17 

" Seth Bemis One d° 1 

" Nath 1 R Whitney Esq r One d° 1 

109 Total 



Levi Thaxter was then declared as chosen who then 

publicly accepted to serve*— > 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[342] 

Agreeably to the Warrant isued by the Selectmen dated 
the 24 th day of April 1820 the Inhabitants qualified to vote 
in town affairs assembled May the 8 th 1820 & pro- 
ceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 8t Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted that the fish committee be ortherised to prosecute in 
the name of the town all those persons who they may find 
violateing the law respecting the takeing of fish in Charles 
River 

3 d Article, no petition presented 

Voted that this Meeting be disolvd*— > 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



March 1 
Meetings 
Adjo J 

May 8 th 1820 March Meeting was then declared to be open 

by adjournment from April 3 d 1820 & proceeded as 

follows Viz< — > 



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Article 15 Voted to accept the report of the committee chosen 
to examine & settle the Acc 1 with Jonas & Leonard Bond 
Viz 

for rent of house ocupied by Charles Nutting in] 
full up to April l 3t 1820 & Voted to Grant Money | 
to pay the same J 112,, 50 

Article 16 th Voted, that the town give John Hunting two hun- 
dred Dollars for a quitance in the new Galliries together 
with all the pew doors & stuff in the same & Granted Money 
to pay the same ' 

Voted, to continue seats from the old ones in the side Galliries 
through the new ones in the same form they now are & 
alter the front Galliery & singers seats into an eliptical 
Arch, agreeable to the plan exhibited & Granted One 
Hundred 

& fifty 



[343] 

& fifty Dollars to carry the same into effect 

Voted, to choose a committee of three persons to accom- 
plish said work Voted & chose for said committee 

{Samuel Learned 
John Clark 
Luke Bemis 

Voted to grant Thirty Dollars to paint the pulpit & that 
the Selectmen be a Committee to carry the same into 
effect " 

Voted to dissolve the Meeting*—^ 

Att 3 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen, held the 3 d day of June 
1820 they isued the following Warrant 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of the 
town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, to summon & notify the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town qualified by law to vote in 
town affairs to assemble at the public meeting house in said 
town, on Monday the twelfth day of June Ins 1 at three of 



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the clock in the afternoon, to act on the following Articles 
(Viz) 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To hear the report of their committee to make alterations 
in the Galliries, And Act any thing thereon.*— , 



1344] 

3 d To know the minds of the town, Whether they will direct: 
their committee for makeing alterations in the Galliries to 
build pews (in lieu of seats) agreeable to the plan which is 
then to be exibited, & act any thing thereon 

4 th To know if the town will grant money to purchase a Clock 
to be placed in the front Galliries or else where, as the town 
shall think propper & act any thing thereon 

5 th To know if the town will make any alterations in the 
Deacon's seats and act any thing thereon 

Hereoff fail not, & make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon, to the Selectmen at or before the time 
appointed for said Meeting 

Given under our hands & Seals this 3 d day of June AD 1820 

Levi Thaxter ] Selectmen 
John Fowle [ of 
Signed' — » Daniel Bond J Watertown 



Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Watertown May 12 th 1820 Pursuant to the 

foregoing Warrant I have notified & warned the freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of said town as therein exprefs'd to 
meet at the time & place & for the purposes therein men- 
tiond, by posting up two coppies of the said Warrant at the 
public Meeting house in said town two Sundays prior to 
said Meeting 

Joseph Peirce, Constable* — > 



[345] 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants of the 
town of Watertown afsembled June 12 th 1820 & proceeded 
as follows (Viz) 



362 Watertown Records. 

1 st Voted & chose Doctor Walter Hunnewell for Moderator 
2 d Voted to postpone this Meeting to our next March Meeting 

Atts fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertown June 14 th 1820- 



1 st 
2 d 



To the Selectmen of the town of Watertown 

The Subscribers Inhabitants & freeholders of said Town 
requests that a Meeting of the Inhabitants may be call'd 
on the 26 day of June Ins 1 To Act on the following Articles 
Viz 

To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 
To know the minds of the town whether they will reconsider 
their Vote of the 12 th Ins 1 so as to hear the report of their 
committe for makeing alterations in the Galliries & direct 
their committee to build pews in the side Galliries instead 
of seats, agreeable to a plan which will then be exibited & 
Act any thing thereon*—^ 



Signed by 



John Hunting 
Jerome Hersey 
Luther Barrett 
Thomas Soden 
Lewis Upham 
Isaac Dana 
Gilbert Nichols 
Samuel Bird 



Joseph Peirce 
Jon a Whitney Jun r 
Edward Lowd 2 d 
Walter Hunnewell 
John Clark 
Zebediah Bradford 
Ben n Hoyt 
Asaph Whitcomb 



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Amasa Jackson 
Phinehas Sanderson 
Luke Robertson 
Marshall S Fowle 
John M Harris 
Hezekiah Bacon 
Mason Hunting 
Coolidge P Wood 
Miles Sprague 
W m Shephard 
William Ellis 
Henry Taylor 
Amasa Davies 



Alexander Stewart 
Abra m Sanger 
Charles Bent 
David Bill 
James Davis 
Samuel Eaton 
Francies Leathe 
Peter Cockran 
Emery Whitney 
William Horn 
W m Nichols 
Ben n Wood 
Samuel Somes 



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Isaac Rufsell 
Joseph Bird 
Elip 1 Pearsons 
Adams Goodenough 
Samuel Learned 
Richard Sanger 
Miles Sprague Ju r 
Ebed Sprague 



Elijah Hager 
Elbridge Jones 
David Hager 



Horatio Whitney 



Dan 1 Learned 
Ben n Stevens 
Edward Lowd 



Phinehas Learned 



A Tru Copy 



Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of M r Elisha 
Stratton the 22 day of June 1820 for the purpose of takeing 
into consideration the foregoing petition for a town Meet- 
ing It was proposed by Thomas Clark Esq r & Capt 

John Fowle to isue a Warrant upon said petition & opposed 
by Levi Thaxter Cap 1 Daniel Bond 



And Charles Whitney for the following reasons (Viz) 

l 6t because at the adjournment of March Meeting held May 
last on the 8 th day various proppositions for building Pews 
in the Galliries was brought forword & fully discussed, and 
rejected; and it was then Voted shou'd be finished in long 
seat & a committee schosen to procure the same to done 

2 d because at a town Meeting held on the 12 th Ins 4 there was 
an Article in the Warrant to know if the town would build 
Pews and it was voted that the further consideration of the 
subject be refer'd to March next 

3 d because it is a very busy season of the year and it will be 
extreemely inconvenient, & injurious to a great propotion 
of the Inhabitants to leave their businefs to attend a town 
meeting at this time 

4 th because the businefs proposed by the petition, if proper to 
be laid before the town, does not require their amediate 
attention, and no possible injury can result from its being 
delayed untill a Meeting of the Inhabitants which may be 
requir'd for other purposes which will be in the Month of 
August next 

Accordingly there was no Warrant isued and the foregoing 

Petition together with the objections for not granting the 
Warrant was order'd to be recorded at full length*— > 



and 



[347] 



Att 8 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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[348] 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce, one of the Constables of the 
town of Watertown Greeting. 

Whereas, John Hunting and nine others, freeholders of 
the said town of Watertown have represented to me the 
Subscriber one of the Justices of the peace for said County, 
that application hath been made to Levi Thaxter, Thomas 
Clark, John Fowle, Daniel Bond & Charles Whitney 
Selectmen of said town, to call a meeting, of the Inhabitants 
of said town qualified to vote in town Meetings. 

1 st To choose a Moderator of said meeting. 

2 d To know the minds of the town, whether they will recon- 
sider their Vote past the twelfth Inst so as to hear the 
report of their Committee for makeing alterations in the 
Galliries, & direct their Committee to build pews in the 
side Galliries instead of seats, agreeably to a plan which 
will then be exibited, or act any thing thereon but, they 
have unreasonably denied to call a Meeting and have 
therefore made application to me to call one for those 
purposes 

These are therefore, in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to require you to Notify the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of said town qualified by law, 
to Vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the 3 d day of July next at 
four of the Clock in the afternoon for the purposes above 
mentioned. 

Hereof fail not & return hereof with your doings 
thereon . 

unto 



[349] 

Unto the town Clerk on or before the time for holding said 
Meeting. 

Given under My hand & Seal this twenty ninth of 
June AD 1820. 

(Signed) Joseph Rufsell*— > 



Middlesex fs, Watertown July 3 1820. pursuant to the within 
W r arrant I have notified & warned the freeholders & other 
Inhabitants qualified to Vote in town meetings, to afsemble 



Watertown Records, 365 

at the time & place and for the purposes within mentioned, 
by giveing verbal notice. 

(signed.) Joseph Peirce, Constables 



Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants of the town 
of Watertown qualified to vote in town affairs, assembled 
the 3 d day of July 1820 proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 9t Voted, & chose Walter Hunnewell Moderator 

2 d Voted, to reconsider their Vote pas'd the 12 of June and 
hear the report of their committee chosen the 8 th of May 
last to make alterations in the Galliries of the Meeting 
house. Voted, to accept & file the Report 72 voted for & 
59 against which Report is as follows (Viz) 

The Committee appointed by the town for the purpose of 
altering & repairing the Galliries in the Meeting house beg 
leave to make the following Report for the consideration 
of the Inhabitants of the town. Immediately after receive- 
ing the Copy of the Vote from the Town Clerk 

they 



[350] 

They proceeded to make preparation for carrying it into 
effect, & made a contract with M r Amasa Davies to Circle 
the front Galliries & build the Singers's seats and find all 
the Materials for the sum of One hundred Dollars, they 
further contracted with Jerome Hersey to paint the front & 
side Galliries the new work three coats & the old work two 
together with the posts in the Galliries & the caps on the 
Singers Seats for the Sum of Fourteen Dollars. They have 
also put on Iron railings with curtains in front of the 
Singers which will cost Thirteen Dollars, makeing in the 

whole the sum of One hundred & twenty seven Dollars. 

here your committee at the earnest solisitations of a large 
number of Citizens came to a stand, & have not proceeded 
to do any thing to the side Galliries untill the sence of the 
town could be taken to know if they will so far reconsider 
the vote to finish them all with seats, as to build a row of 
Pews in each Galliry agreeably to a plan which will then 
be exibited, On this subject your committee would beg 
leave to state that from admasurement, & the best estima- 
tion they can make there will be about as much room left 



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for seats as there now are in the old Galliries & the differ- 
ence in expence between puting in the Pews as proposed, & 
finishing all with seats will probably be about Seventy five 
Dollars, and that the whole expence to finish said Galliries 
in good Stile with pews & seats will be one hundred 

and 



[351] 

And forty Dollars or say One hundred & twenty five 
Dollars in addition to the sum all ready Granted. And 
further your committee would beg the indulgence to say, 
that from the numerous applications for seats from persons 
who cannot obtain them below they think there cannot be 
no reasonable doubt but that the pews will rent for enough 
every year to pay the expence of building them.*— > 

All which is Respectfully submitted 

Sam 1 Learned \ 
(Signed) John Clark / Committee 



Voted to accept of the foregoing Report 

It was then Motioned by Levi Thaxter Esq r to postpone 
the Meeting to next August which pafs'd in the negative 
48 voteing for & 59 against postponeing 

It was then Motioned by Jonas White Esq r that the Select- 
men be directed to build Pews in the new part of the 
Galliries as soon as convenient or as many as they should 
think would be nefsefsary for the convenience of the town, 
which motion also pas'd in the negative 41 voteing for & 54 
against. 

It was then Voted, that the committee Chosen last May to 
alter the Galliries Viz Sam 1 Learned John Clark & Luke 
Bemis go on and finish the side Galliries with one row of 
Pews in each side Galliry & seats in the rear agreeably to 
the plan exibited by them 56 voteing for & 39 against the 
alteration 



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[ 351 p 



Levi Thaxter Esq 1 " then rose & read the following Protest 
To Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk of YVatertown 

The Subscribers Selectmen of Watertown haveing been 
notified to attend a town meeting this day at four of the 
Clock in the afternoon in pursuance to a Warrant purport- 
ing to have been isued by Joseph Rufsell Esq r a Justice of 
the peace within & for the County of Middlesex & made 
returnable to you as Town Clerk believeing it to be a most 
extraordinary proceedure, & under the circumstances of the 
case to be highly impropper & illegal, feel it our duty to 
protest against the same, because we consider that no 
Justice of the Peace has power to issue a warrant to sum- 
mon the Inhabitants of any town to afsemble in town 
meeting but upon the application of ten, or more freeholders 
of such town when the Selectmen have unreasonably denied 
to call a Meeting upon any public occasion; and in such a 
case we conceive that it would be the duty of a Justice of 
the Peace to hear the parties in order to determine whether 
they had been unreasonably denied & to know if the appi- 
cation was made by persons orthorised by law to make it; 
In the present instance the Selectmen affirm that they have 
not unreasonably denied to call a Meeting but that the said 
Justice not haveing notified the town or Selectmen of the 
appication and without the propper & nefsefsary enquirey 
in Order 



To determine whether there had been an unreasonable 
denial on the part of the Selectmen or not, and without 
being applyed to by ten or more of the freeholders of the 
town for the purpose, has illegally & without any orthority 
issued the present Warrant & therefore no constable or 
other person is bound to receive or execute it; and no 
transaction under it can have any legal opperation. We 
therefore hereby protest against the same and all pro- 
ceedings under it 



to 



[352] 



July 2 d 182a 



(signed) 



Levi Thaxter 
Dan 1 Bond 
Charles Whitney 



*Editorial Note: — original script pages were numbered incorrectly, giving 
two pages marked — 351. 



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The foregoing protest together with the following Petition was 
order'd to be recorded, (Viz) 

To Joseph Rufsell Esquire, one of the Justices of the Peace 
within & for the County of Middlesex 

The Subscribers freeholders & Inhabitants of the town 
of Watertown in said County shew that application hath been 
made to Levi Thaxter Thomas Clark John Fowle Dan 1 
Bond & Charles Whitney Selectmen of said town to call a 
Meeting of the Inhabitants thereof duly qualified to Vote 
in town Meetings 1 — » 

1 st To choose a Moderator 

2 d To know the minds of the town whether they will recon- 
sider their Vote pas'd the twelfth Ins 1 so as to hear the 
Report of their Committee for Making alterations in the 
Galliries & direct their Committee 

to 



[353] 

To build Pews in the side Galliries instead of seats agreeably 
to a Plan which will then be exibited, or act any thing 
thereon, But they have unreasonably denied to call a 
Meeting for that purpose; they therefore request that you 
will isue a Warrant as the law in such cases directs, for 
calling a Meeting of said Inhabitants for the purpose 
aforesaid.*— > 

Watertown June -24 th 1820 (Signed) John Hunting 

Phinehas Sanderson 
Isaac Dana 
Walter Hunnewell 
Luther Barrett 
Isaac Rufsell 
John Clark 
Sam 1 Learned 
Jerome Hersey 
Amasa Jackson 

A Tru Copy Att 8 

Joseph Rufsell. Justice of the Peace*— * 



It was then Voted to dissolve the Meeting 

Att et Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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369 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen held August 7 th 1820— They 
agreed to allow the following A/c & drew an order directing 
the Treasurer to pay the same. Viz. 

To Sam 1 Latch for boarding Robert Sanders from) 

May l 8t to July 31 1820 13 Weeks @ 9/ &C J $18,, 58 

To Francis Hager for boarding G Bourne & wife) 

13 Weeks to July 31 st 1820 @9/ &C J 20„ 00 



[354] 

To Samuel Brigham for Meal dl'd to Sam 1 White 
for the support of William White's Children 
from June l 8t 1819 to 25 th of July 1820 60 
Weeks @ 3/ pr Week 



To James Robbins for Sundrys dl'd the family of 
Moses Warren Jun r at his decease 

To Isaac Dana for makeing Coffin for M rs Pol-' 
lard's Child & Moses Warren 



To G & C Coolidge for Sundrys did Engine men) 
at the fire of M r Robbins Shop &C / 

To Samuel Learned for his premium for Collect-) 
ing Taxes committed him to collect July 19 th \ 
1820 



30„ 00 
7„ 66 
5„ 50 



To Stephen Cook for M rs Bray's house rent for 1 

year from March 1 st 1819 / 25„ 00 



6. 54 



Also — the Selectmen isued the following Warrant Viz 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of the 
town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon and notify the In- 
habitants of said town qualified by law to vote for Repre- 
sentatives & Senators in the General Court, to afsemble at 
the public meeting house in said town on Monday the 
twenty first day of august Ins 1 at three of the Clock in the 
afternoon to give in their Votes by ballot on this question 
(Viz) 



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[355] 

Is it expedient that delegates should be chosen to meet in 
convention for the purpose of reviseing or altering the 
Constitution of Government of this Common Wealth 

Also — You are alike required to summon & notify the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of said town, who are qualified 
to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the twenty first day of 
August Instant at four of the Clock in the afternoon to act 
on the following articles (Viz)' — » 

l 3t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To hear the report of any committee & Act any thing 
thereon 

3 d To know what method the town will take to dispose of their 
pews in the Galliries & pafs any order about the seats in the 
Galliries & Act any thing thereon 

Hereof, fail not & make return of this Warrant with your doing 
thereon to the Selectmen at or before the times appointed 
for said meetings 

Given under our hands & Seals this seventh day of August AD 
1820—, 

Levi Thaxter 
signed*— > Tho 8 Clark I Selectmen 

Dan 1 Bond of 
Charles Whitney J Watertown 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[356] 

Middlesex, fs Watertown Augus* 21 3t 1820 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant I have notified and 
warned the freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Town 
qualified as therein exprefs'd to Meet at the times and 
place & for the purposes therein mentioned by posting up 
two attested copies of these Warrants at the public Meeting 
house two Sundays prior to said Meetings'—, 

Joseph Peirce, Constable 



Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants 
afsembled at the public Meeting house in Watertown 
August 21 8t 1820 And in conformity to an Act of this 



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Commonwealth, pafs'd June 16 th 1820, for the purpose of 
assertaining the minds of the town whether they think it 
expedient to choos delegates to meet in convention for the 
purpose of reviseing the Constitution of Goverment of this 
Commonwealth proceeded as follows Viz.* — > 

The Selectmen presideing, call'd for the Yeas and Nays, to 
be brought in by Ballot, which was accordingly brought in 
counted & sorted & declared as follows (Viz) 

For chooseing Delegates Fifty Votes 
Against said Measure Five Votes 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[357] 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants quali- 
fied to Vote in town affairs afsembled at the public meeting 
house August 21 — 1820 & proceeded to Act on the Articles 
as sett forth in said Warrant as follows (Viz)*— > 

1 st Voted & chose Walter Hunnewell for Moderator 

2 d Voted to accept the report presented by the committee 
chosen March 20 1820, to enquire into the situation of the 
privilidges the town of Watertown have in, & about their 
W 7 harf in Cambridge, (as you may see on file) — Voted that 
the said Committee be & they are, hereby impower'd to sell 
& convey said Wharf & privilidges, or lease the same as they 
may think for the Interest of the town. 

The Committee chosen May the 8 th 1820 to finish the Galliries 
presented a report of their doing, upon which it was mo- 
tioned, that it should be postponed to our next Meeting, & 
chose a committee to investigate the legality of the Meeting 
held the 3 d day of July last at which Meeting said com- 
mittee had instructions from the town to build Pews in 
front of the side Galliries instead of seats which motioned 

was negatived 24 vote for postponeing & 25 against 

said measure 

It was then Motioned to accept said report which also 
pass d in the negative 23 for & 24 against 

The town then Voted to dissolve the meetings 



Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



[358] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen September 4 th 1820 They 

approbated the following persons as Innholders & Retailors 
(Viz) 



For Innholders 



Mark Vose 
Samuel Bellows 
Luke Robbinson 
Elisha Stratton 



[John Clark 
For Retailors \ Thaddeus Cole 
[George Coolidge 

Also, they appointed Joseph Reed & Jacob Wyman Engine 
men for the Engine call'd the Relief 

Also, the Selectmen & Afsefsors drew the following order. 
Viz. 

To Abijah White Esq 1 " Treasurer for the town of Watertown, 
Sir, the Selectmen & Afsefsors at a meeting held this day 
(Viz) 

September 4 th 1820 abated the following persons Taxes by 
their request (Viz) 

John Stimpson's $1„ 66 

John Stimpson Jun r 1// 66 

William Bradford 6„ 83 

Inman Fesenden 1 7/ 66 

it being the whole amount of their several Taxes for 1819 
which sums you are to receive of Samuel Learned Collector 
for 1819 as so much Money for the list committed to him 
for said year. 

Thomas Clark \ 
signed) Gilbert Nichols J Afsefsors*— > 



Levi Thaxter 
Charles Whitney 
John Fowle 
Daniel Bond 



Selectmen 



9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk. 



Watertown Records. 373 
[359] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held Oct r 2 d 1820 the follow- 
ing Acct 3 were allow'd & an Order drawn on the Treasurer 
directing him to pay the same (Viz)*— > 



To Smith Adams for boarding & Nursing Ann) 

Green 8 Weeks to July 14 th 1820 / 28„ 00 

To Hannah Farrer for supporting Benjamin] 

Whitney from May V to Oct r l 3t 1820 22 Weeks 

@ 9/ J 33„ - 

To William Penniman for support of M" Fowle) 

one year from 10 th Oct r 1819 j 65 — 

To Thaddeus Cole for Articles dl'd Engine men at) 

M r Robbin's fire &C. j 10.17 

To Jonathan Whitney for boarding & Clothing) 

Joseph W'hitney & Children j 20. — 

To Upham & Whitney for going to Charleston for) 

Joseph Whitney & Children &C / 5. — 

To James Robbins for Moveing Wall & setting) 

fence on Ministerial Land / 10. — 

To Samuel Sawin for boarding Newton Baxter to) 

l 3t Oct r 1820, 43 Weeks @ 6/ / 43 — 

To Mark Vofe for Boarding John Remington) 

from May l 3t 1819 to May 1820 j 60.— 

To Daniel Moulton for support of Esther Warren) 

One year from Oct r l 3t 1819 j 35.— 



Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk* — » 



1820 August Samuel Learned was sworn as Collector of 
Taxes for the Town of Watertown for the ensueing Year 
before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[360] 

Middlesex fs, To Elisha W Dana one of the Constables of the 
Town of Watertown. Greeting. 



You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify & warn the Inhabitants 



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of said town qualified by law to vote for Representatives in 
the General Court of this Commonwealth, to afsemble at 
the public Meeting house in said town on Monday the 
sixteenth day of October Instant at three of the Clock in 
the afternoon, to give in their Votes for one or more Deli- 
gates, to meet Deligates in from other towns in Convention 
on the third Wednesday of November next for the purpose 
of reviseing the Constitution of Goverment of this Com- 
monwealth. 

You are also, hereby required to notify & warn the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of said town, qualified by law to vote in 
town affairs, to afsemble at the public Meeting house in 
said town on Monday the sixteenth day of Oct r Ins 1 at four 
of the Clock in the afternoon, to act on the following 
Articles (Viz)« — > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will give any additional authority or 
instructions to their Committee relative to the disposal of 
the Wharf in Cambridge and act any thing thereon. 



[3611 

3 d To know if the town will take into consideration the report 
of the Committee chosen May 8 th 1820 to finish the Galli- 
ries in the Meeting house, & see what method they will 
take to dispose of their Pews in the same, and act any 
thing thereon 

Hereof fail not, & make return of these warrants with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the time 
appointed for holding said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this 2 d day of October 1820 

Levi Thaxter 1 Selectmen 
(signed) John Fowle \ of 

Dan 1 Bond J Watertown 

Middlesex fs. Watertown Oct r 16 1820 

Pursuant to the above Warrants I have notified & warned 
the freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town qualified 
as therein exprefs'd, to meet at the times & place, & for the 
purposes therein mentioned, by posting up two Copies of 
the warrants at the public meeting house two Sundays 
prior to said meeting 



(signed) 



Elisha W Dana, Constable 



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375 



Agreeably to the above Warrants the Inhabitants of the 
town of Watertown afsembled the Sixteenth Day of Oct r 
AD 1820 and proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 3t Voted to send but one Deligate 

2 d Voted & choose Doct r Walter Hunnewell for said Deligate 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[362] 

Agreeably to the W T arrant the Inhabitants qualified to 
Vote in town affairs afsembled Oct r 16 th 1820, & proceeded 
as follows, (Viz) 

l 9t Voted & chose Doct r Walter Hunnewell for Moderator 

2 d Voted that the Committee chosen March 20 1820 to enquire 
into the situation of our wharf in Cambridge have, the 
right to purchase (as well as to sell & convey) said Wharf 
in Cambridge if they shall think it for the Interest of the 
town. 

3 d Voted to accept of the Report of the Committee chosen the 

8 th of May 1820 to finish the Galliries 

Voted that the Treasurer pay the amount of the bill at- 
tached to the same (Viz) 283, ,62 of which $1 50. Dollars was 
granted by the town May 8 th 1820 

4 th Voted to choose a committee to lease the Pews in front of 
the Galliries belonging to the town 

{Adam Brown 
Paul Learned 
Gilbert Nichols 

5 th Voted to dissolve the Meeting 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[363] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen held the 24 th Oct r 1820 
They isued the following Warrant Viz) 

Middlesex fs. To Elisha W Dana one of the Constables 
of the town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn the Inhabitants 
of said town of Watertown qualified by law to Vote for 



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Representatives in the General Court of said Common- 
wealth, to afsemble at the public Meeting house in said 
town on Monday the 6 th day of Nov r next at three of the 
Clock in the afternoon to give in their votes for Repre- 
sentative of the people of said Commonwealth, in the 
Congrefs of the United States, for the Middlesex District. 
Also, to give in their Votes for One Elector for said District 
& two Electors at large for President & Vice President of 

the United States. Hereof, fail not & make return of 

this Warrant with your doings thereon to the Selectmen at 
or before the time appointed for holding said meeting. 

Given under our hands & seals, this twenty fourth day of 
October AD 1820*— > 

Levi Thaxter 
Signed) Thomas Clark I Selectmen 

John Fowle [ of 
Daniel Bond I Watertown 



[364] 

Middlesex fs. Watertown November 6 th 1820 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant I have notified & 
warned the freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town 
qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the time & place & 
for the purposes therein mentioned by posting up two 
Copies of this Warrant, at the public Meeting house two 
Sundays prior to said Meeting 

(signed) Elisha W Dana Constable 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants qualified as 
therein exprefs'd afsembled at the public Meeting house on 

Monday the 6 th day of Nov r 1820 The Selectmen pre- 

sideing who call'd for the Votes for a Representative to 
Represent the people of this Commonwealth for the Middle- 
sex district, which were as follows (Viz.) 

Hon. Timothy Fuller had Nine Votes 

Hon John Hart had Nine Votes 

Hon Samuel P P. Fay had — Eleven Votes 

Votes for Electors were then call'd for brought in & were as 
follows (Viz) 

For Elector for the Middlesex District 

Hon. Samuel Dana had twenty two Votes 
Hon. Asahael Stearns had Eleven Votes 



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377 



[365] 

For Electors at large. 

Hon. Benjamin W Crowninshield had Nineteen Votes 
Hon Levi Lincoln had Seventeen Votes 
Hon William Phillips had twelve Votes 
Hon William Gray had Fourteen Votes 

All of which was publickly declared by the Selectmen, 
openly in said Meeting. 

Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of M r 

Elisha Stratton Nov r 6. 1820 They allow'd the following 

accounts & drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him 
to pay the same Viz 

To Francis Hager for boarding Geo C. Bourn &) 
wife from Augus 1 1 1820 to Oct 30 th J 

To Jerome Hersey to setting Glafs painting the] 
Pulpit Windows & Doors &C. In the Meeting- \ 
house J 

To Zacheus Pond for the Amount due the Estate 
of the late Mary Whitney for boarding Widow 
White from May l l 1820 to Augus 1 28 th 1820 17 
Weeks @ 8/ 



19. 50 



32. 17 



22„ 66 



To Sam 1 Latch for boarding Rob 1 Sanders from) 

August l 9t 1820 to Oct 30 th 1820 J 18. 17 

To Josiah Bright for support of David Barnerd) 

One year ending 30 th day of April 1820 j 25. 00 



(Signed) 



Levi Thaxter 
Tho 3 Clark 
John Fowle 
Charles Whitney 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[366] 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen held January I s 1821 they 

agreed to allow the following Acct 3 and drew an order 
directing the Treasurer to pay the same Viz) 



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To Elijah Hager for boarding Lucy Hager from) 



December l 8t 1819 to December 1 st 1820 @7/6— / 65.— 

To Levi Thaxter his Acc 1 as p r Bill 18.94 

To Zacheus Pond his Acc 1 5„ 1 1 

To Samuel Birds Ace 4 31„ 20 

To Charles Whitney's Ace* 96„ 94 



Also, the Selectmen appointed Moses Chenery and Elisha W 
Dana as Fish Agents for the ensuing year 

Also, the Selectmen appointed the following persons as Engine 
Men for the Ensueing Year (Viz) 

For Engine N° lv 

Isaac Rusell 
George Coolidge 
Abraham Lincoln 
Amasa Jackson 
Charles Bent 
Charles Coolidge 
Reuben Eaton 
John Bond 



[367] 

For the Engine Call'd the Relief* — > 

Nath 1 Weld 
Gilbert Nichols 
Nath 1 R Whitney Ju r 
James Robbins 
Elijah Ray 
Jerom Hersey 
Thomas Soden 
Coolidge P Wood 
Charles H Chandler 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen held Feb y 6 th 1821 they agreed to 
allow the following Accounts, & drew an order directing the 
Treasurer to pay the same (Viz)«— 4 

To Samuel Latch for boarding Robert Sanders) 

from 1 st Nov r 1820 to 30 th Jan" 1821 13 Weeks 

@ 8/ J 17„ 33 



John Harris 
Luther Sifson 
Daniel Waters 
Benjamin Stevens 
Warren White 
Eben r Tucker Ju r 
George Newhall 
Elijah Harris 



John M Harris 
Benjamin F Farrer 
Hezekiah Bacon 
Francis Leathe 
Henry Taylor 
Alexander Meacham 
Joseph Reed 
Jacob B Wyman 



Watertown Records. 379 

To Widow Hannah Farrer for supporting Benja-] 
min Whitney from Oct l 3t 1820 to 3 d Feb* 1821- 

18 Weeks ® 9/ j 27 „ 00 

To Isaac Dana for Work done on the Bridge up to\ 

Nov r 4 th 1820 j 4„ 1 

To John Hunting in consideration for the Galli-1 

ries as agreed by the town May 8 th 1820 J 200.00 

Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk* — > 



[368] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held March 5 th 1821 they 
agreed to allow the following Acc t3 & drew an order on the 
Treasurer directing him to pay the same Viz. 

To John Clark for Sundry Articles of Clothing) 

for the Poor of the town J 74„ 24 

To Zacheus Pond for boarding Widdow White] 

from 28 th August 1820 to 5 th March 1821. 17 

Weeks @ 8/ J 36,, — 

To Isaac Rufsell for Repairs on Engine N° 1 — 12„ 12 

Abraham Lincoln for setting posts at the Meeting) 

house J 3,, 75 

Levi Thaxter's acc 1 of Sundrys 10„ 78 

Town of Charlestown for Supplys furnished Jo) 
Whitney & Family J 45.64 

To Francis Hager for boarding George Bourne &) 

Wife from l 3 of Nov r 1820 to 5 th March 1821 — J 27„ 00 

To Samuel Learned for his Servicies as Con-) 

stable for the year 1819 J 15.00 

Doct r Nath 1 Bemis for Medicine & attendance on) 

Ann Green / 8 ;/ 75 

Coolidge P Wood for work on the Bridge 11,, 65 

Joseph Peirce for labour on the Bridge 8,, 50 

To Elisha Stratton for entertainment of the) 
Selectmen / 18,, 50 

To Doct r Nath 1 Bemis for Medicine & attendance) 

on Mary Pollards Child j 2„ 50 



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To Luke Robbinson for entertaining the Select- 1 

men / 6.75 

Amaziah Howard for entertainment of fish Com-1 

mittee J 2„ 



[369] 

Also, they isued the following Warrant Viz<— > 

Middlesex, fs. To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of 
the town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to summon & notify the free- 
holders & other inhabitants of the said town of Watertown 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the 
public meeting house in said town on Monday the Nine- 
tenth day of March Instant, at ten of the clock in the 
forenoon to Act on the following Articles. Viz<— 4 

l 8 To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To know if the town will direct what compensation the 

several Officers of the town shall receive for their servicies 

and Act any thing thereon 

3 d To choose all town Officers required by law to be chosen in 

the Months of March & April annually 

4 th To choose a Sexton & agree how he shall be paid for his 

servicies 

5 th To determine whether swine & neat cattle shall go at large 

the ensueing year & Act any thing thereon 
6 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensueing year, & 

grant money for the same & Act any thing thereon 
7 th To Grant Money to open, make & repair the highways in 

said town & Act any thing thereon 

8 th To hear the Acc ts of those persons to whom the town are 

indebted to, & Grant money to pay the same, and Act any 

thing thereon 



[370] 

9 To hear the report of any committee for makeing estimates 
for the year ensueing & Act any thing thereon 

10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 
poor & Grant money to pay the same and act any thing 
thereon 



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11 th To hear the report of any committee & Act any thing 
thereon 

12 To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 
state of their Treasury & Act any thing thereon 

13 To know what method the town will take to collect their 
taxes the ensueing year & Act any thing thereon 

14 th To know if the town will take any order relative to the 
destruction of certain Birds & Act any thing thereon 

15 To know if the town direct their Selectmen to remove the 
gate in the lower burying ground further down the Coolidge 
lane, or Act any thing thereon 

16 To know what method the town will take to dispose of 
their pews in the meeting house & Act any thing thereon — 

17 th To know if the town will direct in what manner the Engine 
ladders &C belonging to the town, shall be kept in repair & 
Act any thing thereon 

Also, you are alike required to notify & warn all the freeholders 
& other Inhabitants of the aforesaid town qualified to vote 
for Representatives, to meet at the public meeting house in 
said town on Monday the Nineteenth day of March 
Instant at two of the Clock in the afternoon to give in 
their Votes, 

for 



[371 



For County Register & County Treasurer 

Hereof fail not & make return of these warrants with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said Meetings 

Given under our hands & Seals at Watertown this fifth day of 
March AD 1821' — , 



(Signed) 



Levi Thaxter 
Tho s Clark 
John Fowle 
Dan 1 Bond 
Charles Whitney 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Att st Gilbert Nichols, Town Clerk* 



Return \ 
on Warrant/ 



Middlefexfs. Watertown March 19 th 1821 

Pursuant to the within Warrant I have notified & warned 
the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Town qualified 



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as therein exprefsed to meet at the times & place & for the 
purposes within mentioned by posting up two Copies of the 
within Warrants at the publick Meeting house two Sundays 
prior to said meeting 

(Signed) Jo 9 Peirce Constable 

March \ 
Meeting J 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Watertown, afsembled in publick Town Meeting 
on Monday March 19 th 1821, and proceeded to act by 
articles as follows Viz. 

1 Voted & Chose Doct Walter Hunnewell Moderator 



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2 d Voted & Chose William Whitney Town Clerk & was sworn 
into said office by Thorn 3 Clark Esq J Peace 

Voted & Chose Abijah White Esq Treasurer 



Voted & Chose 
for Selectmen 



Voted & Chose 
for Afsefsors 



Levi Thaxter 
Thomas Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. 
Elisha Livermore 

{Thomas Clark 
Nathaniel R Whitney 
Abijah White 



Voted to adjourn this meeting till after the votes are 
taken for county Register & Treasurer which according to 
Warrant is to commence at two Oclock this afternoon & 
was declar'd adjourned 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Meeting 

for 
County > 
Reg r & 

Treasurer 



Agreeably to Warrant the Inhabitants of Watertown 
qualified by law to vote for Representatives afsembled in 



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publick Town meeting March 19 th 1821, And brought in 
their votes which were sorted, counted, & declar'd by- 
Walter Hunnewell Moderator to be as follows. Viz*— > 

County fSamuel Bartlett Esq had forty five Votes 
Register \Capt Isaac Train had Seventy Votes 

For County (John Keyes Esq had Sixty five Votes 
Treasurer jAbiel Hey wood had thirty one Votes 
[Isaac Barnard had one vote 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



[373] 

Agreeably to adjournment the meeting was opened & 
proceeded as follows. Viz*— > 



Voted & Chose 
for Constables 

Voted & Chose 
for Fenceviewers 

Voted & Chose 
for Tythingmen 



(Enoch Wiswall 
\Daniel A Tainter 

Paul Learned 

Peter Clark and was excus'd 
William Stone 
Nathaniel Bright 

(Thomas Learned 
1 Peter Clark 



Voted & chose for /Thadeus Cole 
Clerks of the Market \James Robbins 

George Coolidge 
Moses Bright 
John H Clark 
Samuel Bellows 
Thomas Richardson 
Nathaniel Bright 
Zacheus Pond 
Nathaniel Weld 
Phineas Learned 
Elisha W Dana 
Joseph Bird 



Voted & Chose 
for Field drivers 



Voted & chose the following persons for Hogreeves Viz 

Sam 1 Learned, James Davis, Christopher Grant, Charles 
Coolidge, Thomas Bolter,* Daniel Sangar, Moses Whit- 



1 'Editorial Note: — possibly Bolt en. 



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ney Jun. Josiah Stone, John Coolidge, Joshua Learned, Na- 
thaniel Bright, William J White, James Peirce, Benjamin 
Woods, Samuel Somes, Daniel Waters, Emery Whitney, 
Andrew Burridge, Phineas Harrington, Charles Patten. 



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Voted & chose for 
Surveyors of Highways 



Voted & Chose for 
Surveyors of Lumber 

Voted & Chose for 



Levi Thaxter 

Seth Bemis 

Thomas Learned 

William Stone & was excus'd 

Thomas Clark 

Hosea Stoddard 

Moses Chenery 

Caleb Lincoln 
Isaac Dana 

/Isaac Dana 



Cullers of Hoops & Staves \ William Horn 
Voted & chose a committee for selecting Firewards 

Voted & Chose for jJ k hn Fo ^. e . 

said committee I^^l^ 
[Gilbert Nichols 

Levi Thaxter 
Adam Brown 
John Hunting 
John Clark 
Eliakim Morse 
Thomas Learned 
Luke Bemis 
Elisha Livermore 

Cornelius Stone 
Nathaniel Stone 
Mark Vose 
Amasa Jackson 
William M Pomroy 
Moses Whitney 



Voted & Chose 
for Firewards 



Voted & Chose for 
Fish committee 



[375] 

Voted & chose Jeremiah Rufsell Pound keeper 

4 th Voted to refer this article to the Selectmen to choose a 
Sexton & the town to grant money to pay him for his 
services 



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5 th Voted that Neat Cattle be allowed to run at large from sun 
rise untill 9 Oclock in the evening the ensuing year 

6 th Voted to grant the sum of twelve hundred dollars for 
schools, to be appropriated for the several districts as last 



7 th Voted to grant for highways twenty five cents upon every 
rateable Poll, & other estates in proportion, each Man to 
be allowed \2 l A cents pr hour, & a good team the same as a 
Man, & that they shall begin to work at 7 Oclock in the 
morning, & work 10 hours for a day. Voted that the 
Afsefsors complete the Taxes, & give the Surveyors their 
lists, on or before the first day of April next. Voted that 
the last year Surveyors return their lists, on or before the 
first day of June next 

8 th Voted to postpone this article untill April Meeting 

9 th Voted to accept that part of the committee's report which 
is to grant the sum of twelve hundred dollars for the Poor & 
three hundred dollars for other contingences as may be 
seen on file 

10 th Voted to accept the report of the committee respecting 
repairs on School houses & grant money to pay the balance 
of their account which sum appears to be $93.17 as may be 
seen on file 

11 th Voted that the Poor shall be supported in the way & 
manner the Selectmen shall think most proper 
Voted to choose a committee to inquire what will be the 
best method of supporting the Poor of the Town in future, 
and if a suitable situation can be procured for establishing 
a Poor house, & the probable expense of such an establish- 
ment & the saving if any, that may be made in keeping the 
Poor together, & make report at the adjournment of this 
meeting. 



12 th Voted to accept the Treasurers account as reported by the 
Selectmen (who were chosen a committee to examine said 
account) & place the same on file which is as follows. Viz 



year. 



[3761 



Voted & Chose for 
said committee 



Nathaniel Bemis 
Levi Thaxter 

John Fowle & was excus'd 
Nathaniel Bright & was ex'd 
John Hunting 



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Abijah White as Treasurer is charged with thel 

sum of / $7697.19 

And he is credited by payments 
made to sundry persons with the 

sum of J 5402,, 37 

By outstanding Taxes in collectors! $7697.19 

hands / 2172,, 91 

By cash in Treasurers hands, 121.91 



13 th Voted to farm out the Taxes as last year by the Selectmen 
at 7 Oclock this evening 

14 th Voted to take off the restriction of shooting Robbins 

1 5 tb Voted that the Gentlemen Selectmen be a committee for 
removing the gate at the lower burying place & make such 
other repairs as they shall think necefsary. 

16 th Voted that the pews in the Meeting house owned by the 
Town be leased at publick auction by the committee for 
1 yr from the l 8t of May next which committee as appears 
by record consists of the following persons. Viz. Adam 
Brown, Paul Learned, & Gilbert Nichols. 



[377] 

17 th Voted that the Firewards be authorized at all time to make 
such repairs upon the Engines, as they shall think proper & 
procure such Ladders, fire hooks, & other apparatus usually 
attached to Engines as they may deem expedient & present 
their accounts to the Selectmen for allowance. 

Voted to adjourn this meeting for the purpose of letting 
out the Taxes at auction to the lowest bidder choosing 
Collector &c. to the House of Mr Luke Robinson at 7 
Oclock this evening Adjourned 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 

Agreeably to adjournment met at the House of Mr Luke 
Robinson March 19 th 1821. And the Taxes were put up 
at auction by Levi Thaxter Esq & bid off by Capt Sam 1 
Learned for cents on a dollar 

Voted & chose Capt Samuel Learned Collector 



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Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in April 
at 4 Oclock in the afternoon^ 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Oaths\ 
1821 / 

March 19 th The following persons took the oaths of their 
respective Offices Viz Abijah White Treas r Thomas Clark, 
Nath 1 R Whitney as afsefsors Moses Bright, Zacheus Pond, 
Phinehas Learned, Elisha W Dana, as Field drivers, Daniel 
Sangar, John Coolidge, Joshua Learned, Benjamin Wood, 
Daniel Waters, Emery Whitney, as Hogreeves Isaac Dana 
Surveyor of Lumber also Culler of Hoops & Staves March 
22 d Levi Thaxter, Thomas Clark, Luke Bemis Joshua 
Coolidge Jun. Elisha Livermore as Selectmen Levi Thaxter, 
Thomas Clark, as Surveyors of Highways March 23 d Paul 
Learned, William Stone as Fenceviewers before William 
Whitney T. Clerk 

[378] 

Selectmen's) 
Meeting / 

At a meeting of the Selectmen of Watertown held at the 

House of Elisha Stratton March 22 d 1821 Appointed 

Coolidge P Wood Sexton for 1 year from the third day of 
May 1821 And agreed to pay him $35 for his services in- 
cluding the Bell ringing, putting up & taking down the 
Stoves, & runnels, sawing Wood, sweeping &c. for attend- 
ing funerals of Adults three Dollars & fifty cents in the 
Summer & four dollars in Winter & for Children in pro- 
portion 

Appointed George Coolidge sealer of Weights & Measures 
for the ensuing year 

Appointed as [ Amasa Jackson 
Weighers of Beef \ Adolphus Cannon 
[Daniel Bird 

Warrant 1 
for April [ 
Meeting J 

Also ifsued the two following Warrants, Viz. 



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Middlesex fs. 

To Maj Joseph Peirce one of the Constables for 
the town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby forthwith required, in the name of the 
Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts, to warn the Male in- 
habitants of the said town of Watertown of twenty one 
years of age & upwards, having a freehold estate within the 
commonwealth of the annual income of three pounds or 
any estate to the value of sixty pounds, to meet at the 
Publick Meeting house in said town on Monday the second 
day of April next at two of the Clock in the afternoon to 
give in their votes for a Governor, Lieut Governor, and 
Senators & Counsellors, agreeably to the constitution of 
said commonwealth 



[379] 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals at said Watertown this 
twenty second day of March in the year of our Lord 
Eighteen hundred and twenty one*— > 



Levi Thaxter 
Thomas Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. 
Elisha Livermore 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Return ) 
of 

Warrant J 

Middlesex fs Watertown April 2 d 1821 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified & warn'd 
the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Town qualified 
as therein exprefs'd to meet at the time & place & for the 
purposes within mentioned, by posting up two Copies of 
the within warrant at the publick Meeting house two 
Sunday's prior to said meeting 



(signed) 



Jo 8 Peirce Constable 



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Warrant 1 
for April \ 
Meeting J 

Also To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of the Town of 
Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to warn the Male Inhabitants of said 
Town of Watertown qualified by law to vote for Senators 
or Representatives in the General Court, to meet at the 
Meeting house, on Monday the ninth day of April next at 
two of the clock in the afternoon to give their votes, by 

hand vote for or against the several proposed articles 

of amendment 



[380] 

To the Constitution of this Commonwealth. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon, to the Selectmen at or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands and seals at said Watertown 
this twenty second day of March in the year of our Lord 
Eighteen hundred and twenty one 



Levi Thaxter 

Thomas Clark Selectmen 
Luke Bemis \ of 

Joshua Coolidge Jr. Watertown 
Elisha Livermore 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 

Return on 
Warrant 
April 9 th ' 
1821 

Watertown April 9 th 1821, Pursuant to the within 
Warrant I have notified & warned the Freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of said Town qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet at the time & place & for the purposes within men- 
tioned by posting up two Copies of the within Warrant at 
the publick Meeting house two Sundays "prior to said 
meeting 



Jo 8 Peirce Constable 



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Meeting 1 
for Gov. & \ 
Lieut Gov J 

Agreeably to warrant the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote for Governor, Lieut. 
Governor, Senators, & Counsellors, afsembled April 2 d 
1821 And their Votes were brought in, sorted, counted, & 
declared, (by Levi Thaxter Esq) to be as follows Viz<— > 

For Governor 

His Excellency John Brooks had sixty five votes 
Hon. William Eustis had fifty four votes 
Hon. Christopher Gore had one vote 
Hon. Henry A S Dearbourn had one vote 



[381] 

For Lieut Governor 

Hon. William Phillips had sixty five votes 
Hon. Levi Lincoln had fifty five votes 
Levi Thaxter Esq had one vote 

For Senators 
Joseph Locke had sixty three votes 
Samuel P P Fay had sixty four votes 
Calvin Sangar had sixty two votes 
Josep B Varnum had fifty eight votes 
William Whittemore had fifty six votes 
William Austin had fifty six votes 
Samuel Dana had one vote 

2 d Voted to adjourn this meeting untill 7 Oclock this evening 
to the House of Elisha Stratton for the purpose of sealing 
up the votes & was adjourned 

Attest William W r hitney Town Clerk 



Agreeably to adjournment of March meeting the Inhabitants 
afsembled April 2 d 1821 and proceeded as follows, Viz 

l 8t Voted to excuse Abijah White Esq from serving as Afsefsor 
by his own request 

2 d Voted & Chose Amos Livermore Jun. in his stead 

3 d Voted to excuse Daniel A Tainter from serving as Con- 
stable by his own request 



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4 th Voted & Chose Joseph Peirce in his stead 

5 th Voted to accept the following accounts & grant Money to 
pay the same 

" Gilbert Nichols for his services of Town Clerk,) 

afsefsor, &c, the year past the sum total of J $51.10 

Luther Barrett for Plank, Boards &c. the sum of $32.23 



6 tb Voted to accept the report of the committee for leasing the 
pews in the Galleries & place the same on file, which is as 
follows Viz 



[382] 

We the Subscribers a Committee chosen by the town for 
the purpose of leasing the new Pews in the Galleries have 
attended to & leased the same at Auction, from Oct r 23 
1820 to May 1 st 1821 

To the following persons at the sums annex'd their several 
names, Viz 

N° 1 In the West Gallery To James Robbins for $3.00 paid 



N° 2 To John Hunting 2„ 75 

N 3 d To Amasa Davis 2, ,60 paid 

N 4 To Miles Sprague 2„ 75 

N° 5 To Thomas Soden 3,, 00 paid 

N° 6 To Thomas Dana 4, ,00 

East Gallery 

N° 1 To John Hunting 3„ 00 

N 2 To John Hunting 2„ 60 

N 3 To Henry Taylor 2„ 25 

N° 4 Jon a Whitney Jun. 3„ 00 

N° 5 To Daniel Bird 3„ 70 

N° 6 To Joseph Pettingill 4„ 50 



$37,, 15 



p d expences of House to M r Robinson 1.25 
leaving a net proceed to the town of — $35,, 90 



Which is Respectfully submitted March 19 th 1821*- 

Adam Brown ] 

Paul Learned [ Committee 

Gilbert Nichols j 



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7 th Voted that the account for Interest presented by Samuel 
Learned & John Clark as a committee on the Meeting 
house be not accepted & that they have leave to withdraw 
the same 

8 th Voted to grant Thomas Clark in full of his account as an 
afsefsor for the year past the sum of $16.50 



[383] 

9 th Voted on Petition of Hannah Farrar for the relinquishment 
of a Bond given by her late Husband conditioned for the 
support of Benjamin Whitney that she have leave to with- 
draw the same 

10 th Voted to accept the report of the Trustees of the Ministerial 
Funds & to place the same on file which is as follows, Viz 

Report of 1 
The Trustees I 
of Ministerialf 
Fund J 

The Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial Fund ask leave 
to present to the Town the following statement of their 
proceedings the last year and of the existing state of their 
funds 

Since the last annual statement the Funds have not been 
able to dispose of any of their real estate, or in any way to 
increase the amount of their Fund; They have however 
the satisfaction to beleive that it has been managed and 
improved in a manner the best calculated to preserve the 
original value, and to produce a certain income; it now 
rents for the sum of two hundred & fifty five dollars pr. 
annum 

The Personal Estate is in Notes of hand satisfactorily 
secured, and amounts to the sum of three thousand one 
hundred fifty six dollars and fifty cents, the interest of that 
sum for one year is one hundred and eighty nine dollars 
and thirty nine cents, which added to the rent of the real 
estate will amount to the sum of four hundred and forty 
four dollars and thirty nine cents. A small deduction must 
be made from this sum for repairs on real estate — and in 
consequence of the Trustees having been obliged to take 
pofsefsion of certain real estate which was mortgaged to 
them as collatteral security for the payment of $325,, ■ 



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and being unable to realize at present any income of 
consequence from the same, there will be a deficit of nearly 
the amount of 

Interest 



[384] 

Interest on that sum for the last three years, but should the 
Estate be redeemed within the time prescribed by law that 
deficit will be made up — and should it not be redeemed, the 
Trustees are of opinion that the Estate will be of sufficient 
value to cover the whole amount of principal and interest 
so that no lofs will eventually be sustained, but the net 
amount of income for the last year will probably be reduced 
thereby, to about the sum of Four hundred and fifteen 

dollars All which is Respectfully submitted By order of 

the Trustees 

Watertown April 2 d 1821 Levi Thaxter Treasurer 



11 th The following report was read and is as follows 

Report of the Committee for supporting the Poor 

The committee appointed to enquire what method 
will be the best for the Town to adopt for supporting their 
poor in futere &c. — have given all their attention to the 
subject, the short time thay have had it under considera- 
tion will admit of — and have come to a unanimous con- 
clusion, that a well regulated Establishment for the recep- 
tion of all the Poor, where they can be usefully employed 
according to their several abilities, and made to earn some- 
thing towards their own support, will be the most creditable 
and economical method, for the Town, and the most com- 
fortable for the Paupers themselves. 

The committee are fully satisfied, that a saving of one third 
part of the present expense of supporting the Poor, may be 
made to the Town, by keeping them all together provided a 
Situation can be procured with suitable accommodations 
for their reception, for a Sum not exceeding Three Thou- 
sand Dollars. It is evident however, that the succefs of 



such 



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[385] 

Such an arrangement will depend in a great degree, upon 
the manner in which it is commenced — great precaution 
therefore and diligence will be necefsary in the outset 

A Situation is to be purchased — Rules and Regulations for 
the good order and government of the Institution must be 
prepared, and a system of Econemy and Prudence, adopted 
and pursued in all things relative thereto 

For the accomplishment of these objects, considerable time 

is necefsary The committee therefore recommend that 

the Poor remain in the care of the Selectmen for the year 
ensuing; And that a Committee be appointed, with power 
to purchase a suitable situation, and make all the necefsary 
arrangements for the reception of the Poor at the com- 
mencement of the next year, and to dispose of the old Poor 
house at their discretion 

And that the Treasurer be authorized and directed, in case 
said Committee shall procure such a Situation to borrow 
the money necefsary to defray the expense of the same, 
And that these measures be adopted under such limitations 
and restrictions, as to the location of the Establishment, the 
amount of expense and such other particulars, as the Town 
shall think expedient*— » 

All which is respectfully submitted 

by Nathaniel Bemis ] 

Levi Thaxter \ Committee 
John Hunting j 

Watertown April 2 d 1821. 

Voted to accept the report of the committee relative to 
supporting the Poor in future, & to choose a committee of 
three persons, to inquire and see if a situation can be pro- 
cured, with suitable accommodations for their reception, 
the expense of which is not to 

exceed 



[386] 

Exceed the sum of $3000 and make report to the Town as 
soon as conveniently may be<— » 



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Voted and chose for 
said Committee 



Nathaniel Bemis & was excus'd 
Levi Thaxter & was excus'd 
John Hunting 
Gilbert Nichols 
Luke Bemis 



12 th Motioned to reconsider the vote under Article 5 th respecting 
Neat Cattle running at large & to have them shut up the 
ensuing year 

13 th Voted to postpone the above motion to the adjournment 
of this meeting 

14 th Voted to adjourn this meeting to Monday the 9 th Ins 1 at 5 

of the clock in the afternoon then to meet in this place & 

was declared adjourned*— > 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 

Agreeably to adjournment met at the House of Elisha Stratton 

April 2 d 1821 & sealed up the votes for Governor, Lieut. 

Governor, Senators, & Counsellors. 

Voted to difsolve this meeting- 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Sele&men's 1 
Meeting f 
April 2 d 1821 J 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 

Stratton April 2 d 1821 They let the Hay Scales at 

publick auction to Dea John Tucker for 1 year from the 

first day of April Ins 1 for the sum of $21.00 

& he to keep & leave the same in good repair 

Agreed to accept, & draw d Orders on the Treasurer for the 
following accounts, Viz. W 7 illiam Penniman for the support 
of Mr Boynton & Ann Green for 1 year from 
Feb* 16 th 1820 to Feb. 16 th 1821 &c $106,, 34 

John Tuckers Bill of sundries $3„ 76 



[387] 

Samuel Hyde for boarding & Clothing Jonathan Nutting 
from March 30 th 1820 to March 30 th 1821 $84,, 36 

Mehittable Segar for her support for 1 year from the 3 d of 
April 1820 to the 3 d of April 1821 $39,, 00 



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Agreed to appoint the following persons as Engine Men to 
Engine N° 1 for the ensuing year Viz 

Isaac Sargeant 
Henry Bright 
Isaac Robbins 
Francis Bush 
Jonas Rice 
Horatio Rice 
William Bright 

Appointed as Measurers of Wood for 1 year from this date 
the following persons, Viz 

Luke Robinson 
Isaac Dana 
Thadeus Cole 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Oaths of] 
Office 
1821 J 

April 2 d The following persons took the Oaths of their 
respective offices, Viz George Coolidge as sealer of Weights 
& Measures likewise as Field driver Joseph Peirce, as Con- 
stable Amasa Jackson, & Adolphus Cannon as Weighers of 
Beef Thadeus Cole as measurer of Wood 

April 7 th John Tucker as Hay Weigher, Isaac Dana, Luke 
Robinson, as measurers of Wood, before 

William Whitney Town Clerk 

Friday 6 th Nathaniel Bright as Fenceviewer before 

Thomas Clark Esq Jus. Peace 

Monday 9 th Moses Chenery, Seth Bemis, Hosea Stoddard, 
Thomas Learned, as Surveyors of Highways before 

William Whitney Town Clerk 



[388] 

Agreeably to the warrant ifsued March 22 d 1821 the inhabitants 
afsembled, April 9 th 1821, (the Selectmen presiding) the 
Yeas, & Nays, on the amendments of the Constitution, 



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397 



were call'd for on each article separately, which were given 
by hand vote, & declared to be as follows, viz 

Yeas & Nays on the Amendments of the Constitution 

Article First seventy Yeas two Nays 

Article Second .... fifty eight Yeas . . . twenty two Nays 

Article Third fifty six Yeas three Nays 

Article Fourth .... twenty four Yeas . forty one Nays 

Article Fifth twenty eight Yeas . sixty two Nays 

Article Sixth eighty nine Yeas . .no Nays 

Article Seventh. . . .'twenty six Yeas. . .forty four Nays 

Article Eighth seventy one Yeas .thirteen Nays 

Article Ninth twenty nine Yeas .twenty two Nays 

Article Tenth thirty Yeas thirty six Nays 

Article Eleventh. . .seventy two Yeas .no Nays 
Article Twelfth .... forty two Yeas ... no Nays 
Article Thirteenth . sixty one Yeas .... no Nays 
Article Fourteenth thirty Yeas thirty four Nays 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Adjournment \ 
of March meeting/ 

Agreeably to the adjournment of March meeting the inhabitants 
afsembled April 9 th 1821 & proceeded as follows 

1 st Voted to reconsider the vote which pafsed March 19 th 
under article 5 th respecting Neat Cattle running at large 

2 d Voted that Neat Cattle be kept shut up the ensuing year 

3 d Voted to accept the account of Abijah White in part, that 
is, to allow him thirty dollars for his services as Treasurer 
and sixteen dollars, fifty cents as rendered by him for 
Services as an afsefsor the past year which sum total is 
$46.50 & grant money to pay the same. Voted to difsolve 
this meeting 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Warrant ] [ 389 ] 

for May \ 
Meeting J 

The Selectmen ifsued the two following Warrants April 23 d 
1821 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce Constable of the town of 
Watertown Greeting 



398 



Watertown Records, 



You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify & warn the Male In- 
habitants of said town being twenty one years of age and 
upwards and resident in said town for the space of one year 
next preceeding having a freehold Estate within said town 
of the annual income of three pounds or any Estate to the 
value of sixty pounds, to meet at the publick Meeting house 
in said town on Monday the seventh day of May next at 
three of the clock in the afternoon for the purpose of choos- 
ing one or more Representatives to represent them in the 
General Court appointed to be convened and held at 
Boston on the last Wednesday of May next. 



Also, You are alike required to summon & notify the freeholders 
& other Inhabitants of said town qualified by law to Vote 
in town affairs, to afsemble at the publick Meeting house in 
said town on Monday the seventh day of May next at four 
of the clock in the afternoon to act on the following articles 



l 8t To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will allow John Clark interest on the 

money that he paid for finishing the Galleries in the Meeting 

house & act any thing thereon 

3 d To hear the report of any committee & act any thing 

thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of these Warrants with your 
doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the time 

appointed for said meeting Given under our hands & 

seals this twenty third day of April AD 1821 



Warrant 
for 



Meeting 
May 7 th 
1821 



Viz 




Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



May l Bt Amos Livermore Jr took the Oath of Afsefsor 
before William Whitney Town Clerk 



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399 



Return of 
Warrant 
for May 
Meeting 

Middlesex fs. Watertown May 7 th 1821 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified & 
warned the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Town 
qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the times and 
places & for the purposes within mentioned by posting up 
two Copies of the within mentioned Warrants at the pub- 
lick Meeting House two Sunday's prior to said meeting 

Jo 3 Peirce Constable 



May ] 
Meeting \ 
7 th 1821 J 

Agreeably to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants quali- 
fied to vote for Representatives afsembled May 7 th 1821 
and proceeded as follows Viz*— > 

l 8t Voted to send one Representative 

the Votes then being call'd for stood as follows 

For Levi Thaxter Esq — fifty two Votes 
" Thomas Clark Esq — eight — do 
" Doc. Walter Hunnewell — eight — do 
" Nathaniel R Whitney Esq — one — do 

Levi Thaxter Esq was declar'd chosen and accepted to 
serve 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



[391] 

Agreeably to the warrant the Inhabitants qualified to vote 
in town affairs afsembled May 7 th 1821 & proceeded to act 
by articles as set forth in the foregoing warrant Viz 

l 3t Voted & Chose Levi Thaxter Esq Moderator 

2 d Voted to dismifs the article relative to John Clark's interest 
Money 

3 d No report of any Committee 



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4 th Voted to difsolve this meeting & was declared to be difsolv'd 
Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha Stratton 
May 7 th 1821 They agreed to allow the following ac- 
counts & drew an order on the Treasurer directing him to 
pay the same Viz*— ^ 

Joseph Peirce for his services as Constable fori 

the past year up to March l 8t 1821 J $12,, 00 

Coolidge P Wood for services as Sexton &c. as) 

render'd by him in his Bill up to May 3 d 1821 —J $38,, 80 

Stiles Hosmer & Co 8 Bill for Powder $20,, 00 

Samuel Leatch for Boarding Robert Saunderson) 
from Feb* l 8t 1821 to the first of May 1821 mak-| 
ing 13 weeks at 8/ pr week J %\1 ,, 33 

Francis Hagar for Boarding George Bourne &) 

Wife from March l 8t to May 7 th 1821 inclusive/ $14,, 50 

Josiah Bright for supporting David Barnard 1) 

year to May l 8t 1821 / $20,, 00 

Stephen Cook for 1 year's House rent for Mrs) 

Bray ending March l 8t 1821 J $25,, 00 

Leonard & Jonas Bond one year's House rent) 

for Charles Nutting ending April l 8t 1821 / $15,, 00 



[392] 

Appointed the following persons Engine Men for the re- 
mainder of the year to the Engine call'd the relief Viz 

John Daniels 
Asa Thayer 
Dennie P Hooker 

Appointed Samuel Learned Auctioneer for 1 year 

(from the 1 st day of May 1821' — » 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Division of Fence between Joseph Faxon & J Holmes 
April 23 d 1821 



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401 



Whereas a dispute has arisen between Joseph Faxon of Newton 
and John Holmes of Hopkinton, about their respective 
rights in a partition fence in the line between their lands 
or farms, at Watertown we the subscribers, fence viewers 
of the town of Watertown duly chosen & sworn, having, 
on the application of the said Faxon (and after having 
given due notice to the said Holmes) viewed the premises, 
and duly considered the matter in dispute, have afsigned, 
and do hereby afsign to each of the said parties his share 

of said fence, as follows viz. The said Faxon shall build 

and keep in repair a good and sufficient fence from the 
westerly end, running East twenty one & an half rods 
and one & an half link making one half of the whole fence. 

And the said Holmes, shall build and keep in repair 

a like fence on the other part of said line viz from the 
easterly end, running West twenty one & an half rods & 
one and an half link making the other half of the whole of 

said fence Given under our hands at said Watertown 

this twenty third day of April in the year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred & twenty one«— > 

(Signed) William Stone 1 

Paul Learned J Fence Viewers 



[393] 

Selectmen's 
Meeting 
June 11 th ' 
1821 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton June 11 th 1821 they selected a list of Jurors to lay 
before the town 

Warrant 

for 
Meeting • 
June 14 th 
1821 

Also ifsued the following Warrant Viz<— > 

Middlesex fs. To Maj. Joseph Peirce Constable of the town 
of Watertown Greeting 



You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to summon, notify & 



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warn the freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs to meet 
at the Publick Meeting house in said town on Thursday the 

fourteenth day of June inst at six of the Clock in the 

afternoon to act on the following articles Viz 

l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the town will accept the list of Jurors as prepar'd 
by the Selectmen & act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant and your 
doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this eleventh day of June in the 
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty 
one*— » 

Thomas Clark 

Luke Bemis I Selectmen 

Joshua Coolidge Jr f of 
Elisha Livermore J Watertown 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



[394] 

Middlesex fs, Watertown June 14 th 1821 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have summoned, 
notified, & warned, the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of 
said town qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the time 
and place and for the purpose therein mentioned by giving 
them verbal notice 

Jo 3 Peirce Constable 

Agreeably to the within warrant the inhabitants afsembled 
June 14 th 1821 & proceeded to act by articles as follows 
Viz*—, 

l 3t Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq Moderator 

2 d Voted to accept the list of Jurors as prepared by the Select- 
men on the 11 th day of June 1821 

Voted to difsolve this meeting 
Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



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403 



June 23 d Joseph Bird took the Oath of Field driver before 

William Whitney Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 

Meeting 
July 9 1821, 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton July 9 th 1821 they allow'd the following accounts 
& drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 
same*— > 

To Sullivan Sawin for boarding Newton Baxter] 
from Oct r 1 st 1820 to May 28 th 1821 thirty four\ 
weeks and for sundry articles of clothing J $42,, 33 

To Samuel Brigham, his account for supporting 
F Remington from 1 st May 1820 to 1 st May 1821 
and sundries deliver'd for the support of W m 
Whites children to the 4 th of June 1821 J $52,, 50 



[395] 

To Widow Hannah Farrar for the support of) 
Benj ra Whitney from 24 th of Feb* to 1 st of May|> 
1821 making 12 weeks at 9/pr week ) $18,, 00 

To Mark Vose to boarding John Remington 1) 

yr from May l 8t 1820 ending May 1 st 1821 / $60,, 00 

Also at the same meeting the Afsefsors being present they 
agreed upon the following order Viz 

Order of 
Abatements 
of Taxes 
for 1820 

To Abijah White Esq. Treasurer for the town of 
Watertown 

At a meeting of the Subscribers at the House of Elisha 
Stratton July 9 th 1821 they agreed to make the following 
abatements & direct you to discount to Capt. Sam 1 Learned 
Collector of Taxes for the year 1820 so much of each per- 
son's taxes for that year, as is hereafter annex'd to their 
respective names 



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% t 

To David Allen 1 69 

Samuel Adams 1 69 

Luther Abbot 1 69 

David Bill 3 54 

David Bigsby 1 69 

Dyer Chaplain 1 69 

Mary Cockran 3 08 

John Chick 1 69 

Nath 1 Corner 1 69 

Dexter Claflin 1 69 

Caleb W Davis 3 70 

Innman Fefsenden 1 69 

Miles Greenwood 1 69 

Benj m Gardner 2 61 

Abraham Gillpatrick 1 38 

Joseph W Howard 1 69 

Edmund Hayes 1 69 

Jonathan Hoyt 1 50 

Joel Jones 1 69 

Leonard Jackson 1// 69 

Elbridge Jones 4„ 00 

Jackson 1,/ 69 

Clark Kent 1„ 69 

Asa Kimball 1„ 69 

Gilbert Kirker 1„ 69 

William Leathe 3„ 08 

Edward Lowde 1// 69 

Charles Leavitt 1„ 69 



$56„69 



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$ t 

To Ephraim Lamphrey 1 69 

Alvin Loker 1 69 

Blifs Lomis 1 69 

William M c Ellis 1 69 

John Newton 1 69 

Levi Parker 1 69 

Howell Powell 1 69 

Nath 1 P Palmer 1 69 

James M c Roy 1 69 

ObadiahRugg 1 69 

John Stimpson 1 69 

Snow 1 69 



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$ i 

Marshall B. Spring 1 69 

Salsbury 1 69 

Smith 1 69 

Daniel Sangar 1 69 

John Thompson 1 69 

Jacob Wyman 1 69 

Andrew White 1„ 69 

Warner 1„ 69 

Aaron Wise 1,, 69 

Ebenezer Ward 1// 69 

Jeremiah H. Curtis 1,, 69 

Abraham Farwell 3,, 38 

Geo. & Cha 3 Coolidge 1„ 69 

Samuel Smith 1,, 38 

Samuel Walker 1„ 69 



$47,, 01 

You will receive the above sum's as so much Money com- 
mitted to him for collection by order of the subscribers a 
committee appointed by the town 

Levi Thaxter ] Selectmen 
Thomas Clark > of 
Luke Bemis j Watertown 

Thomas Clark ) Afsefsors 
Nath 1 R Whitney [ of 

J Watertown 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Aug 1 6 th 
1821 — 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton August 6 th 1821 they ifsued the following warrant 
Viz<— > 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce Constable for the town of 
Watertown Greeti ng 

Warrant for Meeting for choice of Register of Deeds 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to summon and notify the Free- 



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holders & other Inhabitants of said town qualified by law 
to vote for Representatives to the General Court to afsem- 
ble at the publick Meeting house in said town on Monday 
the 3 d day of September next at 4 of the Clock in the after- 
noon to act on the following articles Viz«— » 



[397] 

l 8t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 d To give in their votes for a Register of Deeds for the County 

of Middlesex 

3 d To hear the report of any committee or act any thing 

thereon 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands and seals this Sixth day of 
August in the year of our Lord 1821'— » 

Levi Thaxter j Selectmen 
Thomas Clark \ of 
Luke Bemis J Watertown 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



August 20 th Samuel Learned was sworn as Collector of 
Taxes by William Whitney Town Clerk 

Watertown April 15 th 1817 Whereas we the subscribers 
Jonathan Whitney & Abijah White are owners of Land 
adjoining each other we have this day mutually agreed to 
divide the fence in the following manner & build the same 
viz. the west end of the line next land of Nathaniel Bemis 
Esq r Jonathan Whitney agrees to take & build for his half & 
Abijah White agrees to take & build the other half of the 
fence at the east end next the Road*— > 



Witnefs Charles Whitney Jonathan Whitney 

Abijah White 

Watertown December 9 th 1818 Whereas we the under- 
sign'd subscribers Jonathan Brown & Abijah White are 
owners of Land adjoining each other near the House of 



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Mr Charles Whitney in Watertown we have this day 
mutually agreed to divide the division fence & wall between 
us & rebuild the same Viz 



[398] 

Jonathan Brown agrees to take that half of fence or wall 
next the road at the east end & Abijah White agrees to take 
that half of the fence or wall at the west end next land of 
Nathaniel Bemis Esq r the said line to be divided exactly in 
the middle of the same*— » 

Witnefs Charles Whitney Jonathan Brown 

Abijah White 

Middlesex fs. Watertown Sept r 3 d 1821 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified & 
warned the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town 
qualified as therein exprefs'd to meet at the time & place & 
for the purposes within mentioned by posting up two copies 
of the within warrant at the publick Meeting-house two 
Sundays prior to said meeting 

(Signed) Jos h Peirce Constable 



Agreeably to the warrant ifsued August 6 th the Inhabitants 
afsembled September 3 d 1821 & proceeded to act by 
articles as follows Viz<— . > 

1 st Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Moderator 



2 d The Votes having been call'd for a Register of Deeds were 
brought in sorted, counted, & declar'd to be as follows 
Viz*—, 

For Samuel Bartlett nine votes 

Isaac Train ten votes 

3 d The Committee chosen April 2 d 1821 to enquire out a 
suitable place for the accommodation of the Poor & the 
probable expense for the same presented their Report 
which was read & order'd on fih 



4 th Voted to difsolve this meeting & was declar'd difsolv'd 
Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



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[3991 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton September 3 d 1821 They allow'd the following 
accounts & drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him 
to pay the same viz*— > 

Phinehas Saunderson's Acc* of Shoes for the Poor $ 5„ 12 

Samuel Latch for boarding Robert Saunders &] 
George Bourne & Wife from May l 8t to August } 
l 8t 1821 making 13 weeks at J $36,, 83 

Widow Hannah Farrar for supporting Benj m l 
Whitney from l 8t of May to the l 8t of August 13 [ 
weeks at 9/ —J $19,, 50 

Nathan Fuller was appointed Engine man for the ensuing 
year to Engine N° 1 

The following persons were approbated as Innholders & 
Retailers for the year ensuing Viz*— > 



Samuel Bellows 
Luke Robinson 
Amaziah Howard 
Elisha Stratton 
Mark Vose 



Innholders 



John Clark 

Thaddeus Cole [ Retailers 
George Coolidge J 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Sept r 4 th Thomas Clark, Nath 1 R. Whitney, & Amos 
Livermore Jun. took the Oath of Afsefsors to ascertain the 
Rateable Estate within this Commonwealth as by law 
prescribed before William Whitney Town Clerk 

Sept r 21 st 1821 the Selectmen ifsued the following Warrant 
Viz. 



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[400] 

Middlesex fs. To Joseph Peirce Constable of the Town of 
Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Com- 
monwealth of Mafsachusetts to summon and notify the 
Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town qualified by 
law to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the Publick 
Meeting house in said Town on Monday the first day of 
October next at three of the Clock in the afternoon to act 
on the following articles Viz* — > 

l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To know if the Town will choose a Committee and authorize 
and direct them to purchase a certain Farm situate in 
Newton, owned by one Jonathan Upham (as particularly 
described & recommended by a Committee of the Town, 
in their Report made the 3 d day of September Instant, and 
now on file,) to be appropriated and improved for reception 
and support of all such persons as the Town are, or may be 
obliged by law to support or afsist or authorize and direct 
said Committee to purchase any other farm or situation, 
that may be thought more eligible for the purpose, or devise 
& provide any other suitable method for the support of the 
poor of the town. And in case the Town shall see fit to 
authorize and direct the purchase of a Farm or any other 
situation for the reception & support of the poor as afore- 
said, to authorize & direct their Committee, or choose 
another committee, and authorize & direct them to procure 
such articles as may be necefsary, and make all necefsary 
arrangements & regulations for the reception of the poor of 
the Town as soon as may be and to provide for the payment 
of all such expenses as may arise in making said purchases 
and arrangements by authorizing and directing the Treas- 
urer of the Town to borrow on the credit of the Town such 
sum or 

sums 



[401 ] 

Sums of money as may be wanted for said purposes, or 
devise and direct any other mode of obtaining the same 
that may be thought expedient, and act any thing thereon — 
3 d To know if the Town will dispose of the Old Poor house & 
land and choose a Committee for that purpose and act any 
thing thereon 



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4 th To know if the Town will grant any money for the Support 
of a Singing School and direct how it shall be obtained, and 
how expended, and act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the time for 

holding said meeting Given under our hands & Seals 

this twenty first day of September AD 1821« — » 

Levi Thaxter \ Selectmen 
Thomas Clark \ of 
Luke Bemis J Watertown 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 

Middlesex fs. Watertown Oct r l 8t 1821 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified 
& warned the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town 
qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the time & place & 
for the purposes within mentioned by posting up two copies 
of the within warrant at the publick Meeting house two 
Sundays prior to said meeting 

Jos. Peirce Constable*—- > 

Agreeably to the preceeding Warrant the Inhabitants afsem- 
bled in open town meeting on Monday Oct r 1 st 1821 — & 
proceeded to act by articles as follows viz<— > 

l Bt Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq. Moderator 



[402] 

2 d Voted to dismifs so much of this article as relates to pur- 
chasing the Farm in Newton as reported by your Com- 
mittee on 3 d of September last 

Voted to dismifs the whole article & discharge your Com- 
mittee from any further trouble 

3 d Voted to dismifs this article 

4 th Voted to grant the sum of $75 for the support of Singing 

Voted & directed that the Treasurer of the town pay over 
into the hands of a Committee chosen by the singing 
society in the town to be appropriated by them & in a 
singing school the sum of seventy five dollars out of any 
money in his hands not otherwise appropriated 

Voted to difsolve this meeting & was declar'd difsolv'd 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



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At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton on Monday Nov r 5 th 1821 they allow'd the follow- 
ing accounts & drew an order on the Treasurer directing 
him to pay the same Viz«— ^ 

To William Penniman for the support of] 
Susanna Fowle 1 yr from Oct r 10 th 1820 to Oct r j> 
10 th 1821 @ 6/6 pr week J 56.33 

To Jeremiah Fowle for Plank for the Bridge — $30.53 

To Samuel Latch for supporting Robert] 
Saunders & George Bourne & Wife from 1 st of[ 
August to l 9t of Nov r 13 weeks @ j $43.83 

To Daniel Morton for the support of Esther] 

Warren 1 yr from Oct r V 1820 to Oct 1 1821 as 

by agreement ) $35.00 



[403] 

To Widow Hannah Farrar for the support of] 
Benj m Whitney from l 3t of August to l 3t of Nov r [ 
making 13 weeks at 9/ per week j $19.50 

To Thomas Whitney for the support of Lucy) 

White 1 yr to March 2 d 1821 j $39.— 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Dec. 3 d 1821 they allow'd the following accounts 
and drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay 
the same Viz*— 

To Levi Thaxter for sundry sums of money ex-1 

pended for the town J $104,, 41 

To Lois Curtis for sundry articles of Clothing) 

for the poor of the town J $ 7„ 72 

To Bemis & Eddy for Ropes for Fire hooks &c $ 31,, 75 

To Benjamin Wood for work on the Bridge &c $ 5„ 25 

To Sullivan Sawin for Boarding Newton Baxter) 

from 28 th May to 28 Nov r 1821—26 weeks — J $ 26„ — 

To Coolidge P. Wood for work on Bridge $ 29„ 55 

To Samuel Bird his a/c for Spikes for Bridge &) 

Iron for Stoves j $ 28,, — 



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To Samuel Learned premium for Collecting] 

Taxes for 1820 / 110,, 68 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



[404] 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Jan 7 th 1822 they allow'd the following accounts & 
drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 
same Viz*— 4 

To Elijah Hagar for Boarding Lucy Hagar 1 yrl 

ending Dec 1 st 1821 % 1.25 per week J $65,, — 

To Zaccheus Pond for Boarding Widow Mary] 
White 23 Weeks ending Jan. 1 1822 @ 8/ pr 
week and his acc 1 of Black Smith work j 60„ 98 

To Newell Bent for his acc 1 for Timber for the\ 

Bridge J 12.10 

To Susanna Whitney for Boarding & Nursingl 

Joseph Whitney 3 weeks in his last SicknefsJ 12 — 

To Asa Pratt for his acc 1 of Coffins for Sundry) 

Person's & Book Case J 19„ — 

Appointed Nath 1 R. Whitney & Elisha W. Dana as Fish 
agents for the ensuing year 

Appointed the following persons as Engine Men for the 
ensuing year Viz<— 4 



For the Engine call'd the Relief 



Gilbert Nichols 
Nath 1 R Whitney Jun 
James Robbins 
Elijah Ray 
Jerome Hearsey 
Thorn 8 Soden 
Coolidge P Wood 
Charles H. Chandler 
John M. Harris 
Benj m F. Farrar 



Hezekiah Bacon 
Francis Leathe 
Alexander Meacham 
Joseph Read 
Asa Thayer 
John Daniels 
Dana P. Hooker 
Horatio Nichols 



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[405] 

For Engine N° l'— > 

Isaac Rufsell (dischar'd Apr 1 22 d ) Henry Bright 
Abraham Lincoln Isaac Robbins 

Amasa Jackson Horace Rice 

Charles Coolidge Benj m Stevens 

Daniel Waters Nathan Fuller 

John Harris Charles Bent 

Luther Sifson Lewis Upham 

George Newhall Alpheus Cutter 

Isaac Sargent Asa Pratt 

Rufus Lee 

At a meeting of the Selectmen & Afsefsors at the House of 
Elisha Stratton Jan 7 th 1822 they drew the following Order, 
viz 

To Abijah White Esq Treasurer for the Town of 
Watertown 

You are hereby authorized & directed to discount 
to Capt. Sam 1 Learned Collector of Taxes for 1820 so much 
of each persons Taxes for the year 1820 as is hereafter 
annex'd to their respective names 

Nathan Patterson 1„ 69 

John L Stone 1,, 69 



J3„ 38 



Thorn 8 Clark ) Afsefsors 
Nath 1 R. Whitney of 
Amos Livermore Watertown 



Levi Thaxter 

Thorn 8 Clark Selectmen 
Luke Bemis \ of 
Josh a Coolidge Jr Watertown 
Elisha Livermore 



A committee appointed for this purpose by the Town 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



414 Watertown Records. 

[406] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Feb y 4 th 1822 they receiv'd the following Viz<— > 

Watertown 4 th Feb^ 1822 

To the Selectmen of Watertown Gentlemen 

There is a vacancy in the Board of Trustees of the 
Watertown Ministerial Fund occasioned by the resigna- 
tion of Jonas White Esq 

By Order of the Trustees 

Levi Thaxter Clerk 

They appointed Thaddeus Cole Auctioneer for the ensuing 
year 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Feb 18 th 1822 they allowed the following accounts 
& drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 
same Viz. 

To George Dommet for his account for Hose &c.l 

for Engine J 43.50 

To John Clark his Bill for sundry articles of! 

Clothing for the Poor J 72.34 

To Levi Thaxter for Wood &c for Charles) 

Nutting J 6„ 74 

To Samuel Puffer for the support of Nathan] 
Boyinton* & Ann Greene for 1 yr. ending}- 
Feb. 16 th 1822 j 113,, 29 

To Samuel Latch for supporting Robert Sanders] 
13 weeks ending Feb l 9t 1822 & Supporting &[ 
nursing George Taylor in his last sicknefs — J 27.58 

To Doct Nathaniel Bemis for Medicine & at-] 
tendance on George Bourne & Jos. Whitney \ 
in their last sicknefs j 4„ — 

To Jerome Hearsey for setting Glass &c in Meet-) 

ing house & School house j 12.75 

^Editorial Note: — Original script has been followed; probably meant 
Boyington 



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To The Town of Boston for the support of Mary 
Warren 



40„ - 




6„ 50 



To Elijah Ray for carting Engine &c. 4,, 50 

To Joseph P. Bradlee for use of Stove for thel 

School house in the West district / 5„ — 

Also ifsued the following Warrant Viz*— > 

To Maj Joseph Pierce Constable for the Town of Water- 
town Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to Summon, Notify & warn the Free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
qualified by law to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the 
publick Meeting-house in said town on Monday the fourth 
day of March next at ten of the clock in the forenoon to act 
on the following articles Viz*— > 

l Bt To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To Choose all town Officers required by law to be chosen in 

the Months of March & April annually 

3 d To Choose a Sexton & agree how he shall be paid for his 

Services 

4 th To determine whether Swine & Neat Cattle shall go at 

large the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing year & act 

any thing thereon 

6 th To Grant Money to open, make & repair the highway's in 

said town & act any thing thereon 

7 th To hear the acc ts of those persons to whom the town are 

indebted to & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 

thereon — 



8 To hear the report of any committee for making estimates 
for the year ensuing & act any thing thereon 

9 To know if the town will appoint a committee to establish 
the boundaries near Treadaway Bridge, between the town 
& Jon a Coolidge Esq. & others & to pafs deeds of Quit 
claims agreeable to a former vote of the Town pafsed the 
fourth day of May 1807 & act any thing thereon 



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10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 
Poor, & grant money to pay the same & act any thing 
thereon — - 

11 th To hear the report of any committee & act any thing 
thereon 

12 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning their 
Treasury & act any thing thereon 

13 th To know what method the town will take to collect their 
Taxes the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

14 th To know if the town will take any Order relative to the 
destruction of certain Birds, & act any thing thereon 

15 th To know what method the town will take to dispose of their 
pews in the Meeting-house & act any thing thereon 

16 th To know if the town will grant liberty to Nathaniel Bright & 
others in the north part of the town to erect a School-house 
on the town's land near the Bisco' spring (so called) & act 
any thing thereon 

17 th To know if the town will remove the Hay-scales from 
where they now stand & act any thing thereon 

18 th To know if the town will take any measures to have the 
Posts round the Meeting-house Common painted and pro- 
cure Trees to be set out in front of the same & act any 
thing thereon 



19 th To know if the town will take some method to fill the 
vacancy in the Trustees of the Ministerial Fund occasioned 
by the resignation of Jonas White Esq. & act any thing 
thereon 

20 th To know if the Town will grant any money for the support 
of a Singing-School & act any thing thereon 

21 3t To know if the Town will take any measures to widen 
Treadaway Bridge & act any thing thereon 

Hereof fail not & make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the 
time appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals this eighteenth day of Feb 7 
in the year of our Lord 1822*— > 



[4091 



Levi Thaxter 
Thomas Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 
Elisha Livermore 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



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Watertown March 4 th 1822 



Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified & warned the 
Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town qualified as 
therein exprefsed to meet at the time & place & for the pur- 
poses within mentioned by posting up two copies of the 
within Warrant at the publick Meeting-house two Sundays 
prior to said meeting 



Agreeably to the within warrant the Inhabitants afsembled 
in open Town meeting March 4 th 1822 & proceeded to act 
by articles as follows Viz*— > 

1 st Voted & Chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 

2 d Voted & Chose William W 7 hitney Town Clerk and was 
sworn into said Office by Levi Thaxter Esq. Justice of the 
peace 

Voted & Chose Levi Thaxter Town Treasurer 

Voted to Choose Five Selectmen*— > 



Voted to adjourn this meeting untill half past two OClock 

in the afternoon then to meet again in this place & was 

declar'd to be adjourn'd 

Agreeably to adjournment met in the afternoon 
Voted to Choose four Fence Viewers 



Jo 3 Peirce Constable 



[410] 



Thomas Clark 
Voted & Chose Luke Bemis 

for I Joshua Coolidge Jun- 

Selectmen* — » Daniel Bond 

Moses Chenery 




[William Stone (excus'd) 
Voted & Chose for I Enoch Wiswall (excus'd) 
Constables*— » ] Samuel Learned 
(Joseph Peirce 



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Voted & Chose for 
Fence Viewers 



Paul Learned 
William Stone 
Nath 1 Bright 
Peter Clark 



[411] 

Thomas Learned 
Peter Clark (excus'd) 
Thaddeus Cole 

Constantine V. Swan 
Luther Barrett 



Voted & Chose for 
Tythingmen 

Voted & Chose for 
Clerks of the Market 



Voted & Chose for 
Field-drivers 



Voted & Chose 
for 

Hog Reeves 



Voted & Chose 
for 

Surveyors of Highway's 



Peter Clark 
George Coolidge 
Francis Brown 
Joseph Bird 
William Stone 
Israel Whitney 
Isaac Patten 

John Coolidge 
James Peirce 
James Gillpatrick 
John Bernard 
Otis Upham 
Constantine V. Swan 

Daniel Bond 

Luke Bemis 

Luke Robinson 

John H. Clark (excus'd) 

Peter Clark 

James Gillpatrick 

Moses Chenery (excus'd) 

William Stone (excus'd) 

Jonathan Stone (excus'd) 

Josiah Bright 



[412] 

Voted & Chose for f Isaac Dana 
Surveyors of Lumber \ Coolidge P. Wood 

Voted & Chose for Cullers flsaac Dana 
of Hoops & Staves \ William Horn 



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Voted & Chose for 
Firewards 



Voted & Chose for 
Fish Committee 



Voted & Chose for 
Pound- Keeper 



Levi Thaxter 
Adam Brown 
John Hunting 
John Clark 
Eliakim Morse 
Thomas Learned 
Luke Bemis 
Elisha Livermore 

Cornelius Stone 
Nath 1 Stone 
Mark Vose 
Amasa Jackson 
William M. Pomroy 
Moses Whitney 

[Jeremiah Rufsell (excus'd) 
| Nathaniel R. Whitney (excus'd) 
Marshall S Fowle 



3 d Voted that the Selectmen agree with a Sexton & the town to 
grant Money to pay him for his Services 

4 th Voted that Swine & Neat Cattle shall not go at large the 
ensuing year 

5 th Voted to grant the sum of Twelve hundred dollars for the 
use of Schools to be appropriated in the several districts as 
last year $1200-00 



[413] 

6 th Voted to grant for Highways twenty five cents upon every 
rateable Poll, & other estates in proportion each Man to be 
allow'd twelve & a half cents per hour & a good team the 
same as a man Voted that the Afsefsors afsefs the High- 
way Tax in March Inst — from the last year's valuation 

Voted that the last year Surveyors return their lists on or 
before the first day of June next 

7 th Voted to allow the following accounts & the town to 

grant Money to pay the same Viz<— > 

To Joseph P. Bradlee for a Stove & funnel pur-1 
chas'd by the school Committee of the West [ 
district J $24.25 



To Thomas Clark for his services as an Afsefsor) 
the past yr J 



44.75 



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To William Whitney for his services as town) 



Clerk the past year J 25„ — 

To Nathaniel R. Whitney for his services as an) 

Afsefsor the past year J 50.25 

To Amos Livermore for his services as an Afsefsor) 

the past year / 27.75 

To William Whitney for ruling Tax Book &c — 9„ — 

To Thomas Learned as per his account 34.17 

To Abijah White for his services as Treasurer the) 

past year J 30„ — 



Voted that John Clark have leave to withdraw his ace* 

8 th Voted to acept of so much of that part of the committee's 
report relative to raising monies as follows viz*— > 

Voted to grant for the support of the Poor $1200 — 

" in addition to the income of the Minis-) 

terial Fund for Mr. Francis' Salary — J 560 — 

" for Contingent expenses 200 — 

(which Report may be seen on file) 



[414 J 

9 th Voted that the surviving part of the committee chosen in 
the year 1807 be a committee for establishing the boundaries 
near Tredaway Bridge (so called) between Jon a Coolidge 

Esq & others & the town & to pafs quit claim deeds & to 

cause the same to be carried into effect forthwith which 
committee as per Records consists of<— > 

oseph Peirce 
ohn Fowle 
Nath 1 Bemis 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 

10 th Voted to refer this article relative to supporting the poor to 
the Selectmen & for them to support them in the way & 
manner they shall think most proper 

11 th No order taken thereon 

12 Voted to accept the Treasurer's acc 1 as examined & reported 
by the Selectmen (they being chosen a Committee for that 



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purpose) & to place the same on the town files which is as 
follows Viz<— > 

Abijah White as Treasurer is charg'd with the 

sum of £6986,, 71 

And is credited by Sundry pay- 
ments made Sundry persons as 
per Receipts on file and exam- 
ined this day 



4453,, 51 



By outstanding Taxes remain-' 
ing in the hands of Sam 1 ! 
Learned collector to collect — I 2005,, 



By ballance being cash in the 
hands of the Treasurer 



99 



527.21 



$6986,, 71 



13 Voted to farm out the Taxes as usual this evening at Mr. 
Robinson's to the lowest bidder who is to be collector & he 
to give satisfactory Bonds for the same 



[415] 

14 th Voted to take off the restriction of Shooting Robbins 

15 th Voted that the Selectmen be a committe for renting the 
town Pews in the Meeting-house 

16 th Voted on petition of Nathaniel Bright & others to grant the 
prayer thereof 

Voted & Chose Thomas Clark, Joshua Coolidge & Abijah 
White a Committee to view & stake out the land, not ex- 
ceeding one quarter of an acre & lease or sell the same as 

thev shall think best Which petition mav be seen on 

file' 

17 th Voted to dismifs the article 

18 th Voted not to paint the Posts around the common 
Voted to dismifs the remainder of the article 

19 th Voted that the present vacancy & in future when there is 
any vacancy in the board of Trustees of the Ministerial 
Fund the remainder of the board of Trustees be authorized 
to fill such vacancy; untill further orders from the town 

20 th Voted to dismifs the article 

21 st Voted to dismifs the article 



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Voted to adjourn this meeting untill half past six O Clock 
then to meet at the House of Luke Robinson for the purpose 
of farming out the taxes Choosing Collector &c. & was 
declar'd to be adjourn'd* — > 

Met agreeably to adjournment 

Voted to farm the taxes on the same conditions as last year 
they being put up where struck off to Isaac Patten (he 
being the lowest bidder) for 2 cents on the dollar 

Voted & Chose Isaac Patten Collector of Taxes for the 
ensuing Year 



[416] 

Voted that the thanks of the town be awarded to Abijah 
White Esq r for his faithful & impartial Services as 
Treasurer for several years past 

Voted that the Surveyors of Highway work or caus'd to be 
worked out the full amount of their lists before the 
first day of May next 

Voted to difsolve this meeting & was declar'd by the 
Moderator to be difsolv'd< — > 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



March 4 th 

The following persons took the Oaths of their respective 

Offices viz Levi Thaxter as Treasurer William Stone, 

Nath 1 Bright, & Peter Clark as Fence viewers, Constantine 
V. Swan, & Luther Barrett as Clerks of the Market, Peter 
Clark, George Coolidge Francis Brown, William Stone, 
Israel Whitney, & Isaac Patten as Field drivers, James 
Gillpatrick, & Constantine V Swan as Hog-Reeves Daniel 
Bond, Luke Robinson, Peter Clark, Josiah Bright & James 
Gillpatrick as Surveyors of Highway Isaac Dana, & 
Coolidge P Wood as Surveyors of Lumber Isaac Dana & 
W T illiam Horn as Cullers of Hoops & Staves before 

William Whitney Town Clerk 



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423 



March 18 th 

Thomas Clark, Nath 1 R. Whitney & Amos Livermore took 
the Oaths as Afsefsors & Thomas Clark Daniel Bond, & 
Moses Chenery as Selectmen before 

William Whitney Town Clerk 

April 1 st 

The following persons to the Oaths of their respective 
Offices viz Luke Bemis as Selectman & Surveyor of High- 
way's Joshua Coolidge Jun as Selectman & Joseph Bird as 
Field driver before 

William Whitney Town Clerk 



[417] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton March 18 th 1822 they ifsued the following warrant 
viz*— % 

Middlesex fs To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables for the 
Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the 
Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts to Summon, Notify & 
warn the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Watertown (qualified agreeably to the Constitution of this 
Commonwealth) to meet at the publick meeting-house in 
said town on Monday the first day of April next at Two of 
the Clock in the afternoon to give in their Votes for Gov- 
ernor Lieut. Governor, Senators and Counsellors 

Also You are alike required to notify & warn the Freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the aforesaid Town of Watertown 
qualified by law to vote for Representatives to meet at the 
publick Meeting house in said town on Monday the first 
day of April next at three of the clock in the afternoon to 
act on the following articles viz* — 4 

l 8t To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To give in their votes for a Register of Deeds and Treasurer 
for the county of Middlesex 



Also You are alike required to notify & warn the Freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of the aforesaid Town of Watertown 



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qualified by law to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the 
Publick Meeting-house in said 

town 

[418] 

Town on Monday the first day of April next at three of the 
clock in the afternoon to act on the following articles Viz<— » 

l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To Choose & fill up all Town Offices, that may or have 

become vacant by persons not wishing to serve therein & 

act any thing thereon 

3 d To know if the Town will grant any Money for the support 

of a singing school & act any thing thereon 
4 th To know if the Town will sell the watering place near 

Jeremiah Rufsell's to Joseph P. Bradlee and act any thing 

thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of these warrants with your 
doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the time 
appointed for said meetings. 

Given under our hands and seals at 
Watertown this eighteenth day of March in the year of 
our Lord 1822» — , 

Thomas Clark ] Selectmen 
Daniel Bond !■ of 
Moses Chenery J Watertown 

Attest W 7 illiam Whitney Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Watertown April l 9t 1822 

Pursuant to the within warrants I have notified and 
warned the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Town 
qualified as therein exprefs'd to meet at the times & place 
and for the purposes within mentioned by posting up two 
copies of the within warrants at the publick Meeting-house 
two Sundays prior to said meetings 



Jo 3 Peirce Constable 



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425 



[419] 

Pursuant to the Warrant ifsued March 18 th the Inhabitants 
qualified agreeably to the Constitution to vote for Governor 
Lieut. Governor Senators & Counsellors afsembled in open 
town meeting April 1 st 1822 the Selectmen presiding the 
votes were call'd for brought in sorted, counted & declared 
by them to be as follows viz*— > 

For Governor 

His Ex y John Brooks had sixty six votes 
Hon. William Eustis had Fifty three votes 
Christopher Gore had One vote 

For Lieut Governor 

Hon. William Phillips Sixty six votes 

Hon. Levi Lincoln Fifty 

Abijah White Esq One 

Henry Dearbourne One 

For Senators & Counsellors 

Samuel Hoar Jun. — Fifty eight — votes 

Timothy Walker Fifty seven — 

John Abbott Fifty one 

Josiah Adams Twenty nine 

Edmund Parker Thirty seven 

William Austin Fifty six 

Samuel Dana Fifty six 

Levi Thaxter Fifty seven 

Joel Cranston Thirty eight 

Ebenezer Hobbs Thirty five — 

Marshall B. Spring Twenty seven 
Benjamin Wheeler — Twenty eight 

John Wade Nineteen 

William W'hittemore Eighteen 

Joseph Locke Two 

William Whitney One " 



[420] 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to Elisha Strattons for the 
purpose of sealing the within votes & there to meet at half 
past Six O clock & was declar'd to be adjourn'd' — > 

Pursuant to the warrant for Register & Treasurer the 
meeting was opened & proceeded as follows viz< — > 



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Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq. Moderator 

For Register 

Isaac Train had Thirty four votes 
William Whitney had Seventy votes 
Thomas Harris had One vote 

For Treasurer 
John Keyes had Thirty nine votes 
Abiel Heywood had Twenty five votes 

Pursuant to the warrant the meeting for Town affairs was 
open'd & proceeded as follows viz<— . > 

Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq Moderator 

Voted that when this meeting is adjourn'd it stand ad- 
journ'd to May Meeting 

Voted to grant the sum of Seventy five dollars to be appro- 
priated in the course of the year for a Singing School 
Voted that the above money be laid out under a direct 
committee chosen by the Town 

Voted & Chose for [Gilbert Nichols 
Said Committee jRev d Converse Francis 
[Joseph Peirce 

Voted to choose a Committee to view the watering place 
near Jeremiah Rufsell's & see if they think it expedient to 
sell the same & report at the adjournment of this meeting* — > 



[421] 

Voted & Chose for [Jonas White 
Said Committee jNath 1 Bemis 
[Nath 1 Bright 

Voted that this meeting be adjourn'd untill May Meeting 
at* O clock in the afternoon then to meet in this place 
& was declar'd adjourn'd 

Met agreeably to adjournment at the House of Elisha 
Stratton & seal'd up the votes for Governor Lieut. Governor 



^Editorial Note: — time not indicated in script 



Watertown Records. 427 

Senators & Counsellors in open town meeting then 

difsolv'd the meeting 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 

April l 8t 

The Town of W 7 atertown notified the town of Cambridge 
by Letter this day respecting the wife of Joseph Prentifs 
Moses Chenery being the bearer of said Letter* — > 

April l 8t 

The Selectmen appointed Coolidge P. Wood Sexton for one 
year from the third day of May AD 1822 & agreed to pay 
him $35-0 for his services including Bell ringing putting up 
& taking down the Stoves & Funnels sawing Wood, sweep- 
ing &c. For attending funerals of Adults Three dollars & 

fifty cents in the Summer & Four dollars in Winter & for 
Children in proportion 

Appointed Francis Bush Engine Man for the remainder of the 
year to Engine N° 1 

Attest William W 7 hitney Town Clerk 

Whereas a dispute has arisen between Samuel & Abraham 
Grant and Christopher Grant about their respective rights 
in a partition Fence in the line between their lands or Farms 
at Watertown we the subscribers Fence viewers of 

said 



[422] 

Said Town duly chosen & sworn having on the application 
of the said Samuel & Abraham Grant and after having 
given due notice to the said Christopher viewed the premises 
& considered the matter in dispute have afsigned and do 
hereby afsign to to each of the said parties his share of said 
Fence as follows viz' — > 

The said Samuel & Abraham Grant shall build & 
keep in repair a good and sufficient fence on the north side 
of narrow lane (so called) beginning at the new Barn & 
running westerly 26 y 2 Rods making one half of the Fence 

in narrow lane then to begin at the bottom of wide 

lane (so called) & run in an easterly direction to the centre 
of said lane making Twenty one Rods fourteen feet which 
distance being on* half of the way in said lane -Then to 



* Editorial Note: — Script has been followed 



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begin at the southerly corner of Frost field (so calPd) & 
running in a northerly direction to a corner then turning and 

running west to another corner thence turning & 

running in a northerly direction 53 Rods 14 feet down to 
Thomas Clark's line at the Brook 

And the said Christopher Grant shall build and 
keep in repair a like Fence on the other part of said line 
viz. Beginning at the centre on the north side of narrow 
lane (so call'd) & running 26^ Rods in a westerly direction 

to the bottom of said narrow lane then running in a 

straight line upon wide lane (so call'd) to the centre of said 
lane being the distance of Twenty one Rods fourteen feet 
which meets the bounds of said Samuel & Abraham Grant 

then to begin at the easterly corner of Frost field (so 

call'd) & run westerly down to the corner of said field it 
being the distance of 53 Rods 14 feet & meets the line of 
said Samuel & Abraham Grant*— » 

Given under our hands at said Watertown this 15 th day of 
March 1822' — , 

William Stone \ ^ 

Nathaniel Bright / Fence viewers 



[423] 

Whereas a dispute has arisen between Christopher Grant 
and Samuel Barnard of Watertown about their respective 
rights in a partition Fence between their Lands, or Farms 
at the north part of Watertown we the subscribers Fence 
viewers of said Town duly chosen & sworn having on the 
application of the said Samuel Barnard and after having 
given due notice to the said Christopher Grant viewed the 
premises & duly considered the matter in dispute have 
afsigned and do hereby afsign to each of the said parties his 
share of said Fence as follows viz'— ^ 

The said Samuel Barnard shall build & keep in 
repair a good and sufficient Fence between him and said 
Grant to begin at the Road and running westerly Twenty 
nine Rods twelve feet bringing it to the Centre of the line 
being one half of the way from the Road to Ebenezer 

Chenery's line And the said Christopher Grant shall 

build and keep in repair a like Fence on the other part of 
the line viz To begin at the Westerly end at Ebenezer 



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429 



Chenery's line & running in an easterly direction to the 
centre it being the distance of Twenty nine Rods twelve 
feet 

Given under our hands at s'd Watertown this 
fifteenth day of March AD 1822 

William Stone 1 

Nath 1 Bright / Fence viewers 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha Stratton 
April 22 d 1822 they appointed George Coolidge Sealer of 

Weights & Measures Samuel Learned Auctioneer for 1 

year from the l 8t day of May Charles Chenery & George 
Blackman Engine Men for the remainder of the year to 
Engine N° 1 



[4241 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of Water- 
town held March 4 th they made choice of the Selectmen for 
a Committee to rent the pews in the Galleries of the 
meeting house belonging to the Town & after due notice 
being given they met at the House of Elisha Stratton April 
22 1822 & rented them at publick auction for the term of 
one year from the first day of May next upon the following 
conditions (which conditions were made publickly known) 
that the purchaser pay cash down or a note payable in 

sixty days with interest after The Pew in the West 

Gallery at the North West Corner next to the wall being 
considered N° 1 Pew was struck off to 



1 Samuel Learned for 4„ 25 

2 d Coolidge P. Wood ... " 4.25 

3 d Jerome Hearsey " 3.50 

4 th Coolidge P. Wood ... " 3.-0 

5 th Joseph Bird " 3.25 

6 th Daniel Bond " 4„ -0 

Then began in the East gallery next to the singers 

N° 1 To Abijah White .... for 3.50 

2 " Hugh Hall " 3.75 

3 " Nath 1 Woodward " 3.75 

4 " Nath 1 Woodward " 3.50 

5 " David Stone " 3.25 

6 th Sam 1 Learned " 3„ 63 



$43,, 63 



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After the above sales the Hay Scales were rented at publick 
auction from the l 8t day of May to the l 8t day of April AD 

1823 to Tohn Tucker for $18.50 he being the highest 

bidder therefor said Tucker has improved the scales 1 
month after the expiration of the time for which they were 
let for last year and agreed 

with 



[425] 

With the Selectmen to pay after the same ratio that he did 

by the year which was Twenty one dollars therefore 1 

month will be $1.75 

April 22 d Amasa Jackson was sworn as one of the Fish Com- 
mittee before William Whitney Town Clerk 

May 4 th Moses Whitney was sworn as Fish Committee before 

W m Whitney Town Clerk 

7 th John Tucker took the Oath of Hay weigher 

10 th Geo. Coolidge as sealer of Weights & measures before W m 
Whitney Town Clerk 

At a meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d they ifsued the 
following warrant viz<— > 

Middlesex fs. 

To Maj. Joseph Peirce one of the Constables for 
the Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn the Freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified 
agreeably to the Constitution to meet at the publick meet- 
ing house in said town on Monday the sixth day of May 
next at three of the clock in the afternoon for the purpose 
of choosing one or more Representatives to represent them 
at the General Court appointed to be convened & held at 
Boston on the last Wednesday of May next 

Also those Inhabitants qualified as above to meet at the same 
time & place at four of the clock in the afternoon to act on 
the following articles viz<— > 



1 st To Choose a Moderator for said meeting- 



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431 



2 d To give in their votes for a Register of Deeds for the County 
of Middlesex 

Hereof fail not and make due return of these Warrants 

with 



[426] 

With your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before 
the times appointed for said meetings 

Given under our hands & seals this twenty 
second day of April AD 1822« — , 

Thomas Clark 

Luke Bemis Selectmen 
Daniel Bond \ of 

Moses Chenery Watertown 
Joshua Coolidge Jun. 

Attest William W T hitney Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs Watertown May 6 th 1822 

Pursuant to the within warrants I have 
notified & warned the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of 
said Town qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the 
times & place & for the purposes within mentioned by 
Posting up two Copies of the within warrants at the publick 
Meeting-house two Sundays prior to said meetings 

Jos. Peirce Constable 



Pursuant to the preceeding Warrant the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Watertown qualified agreeably to the Constitution 
to vote for Representatives afsembled in open town meeting 
May 6 th 1822 (the Selectmen presiding) they proceeded 
thus 

1 Voted not to send a Representative. 

Then the meeting for the choice of a Register of Deeds being 
declared open they acted by articles as follows viz 



l 8t Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq Moderator- 



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[427] 

2 d The votes being caird for — for a Register were brought in 
sorted, counted & declar'd by the Moderator to be as 
follows viz 

For Isaac Train Fifty seven votes 
" William F Stone Forty two votes 

The meeting for Town affairs was then declar'd open & 
proceeded as follows it being an adjournment of April 
meeting 

1 st Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esq Moderator 

2 d Voted to excuse Isaac Patten from serving as Collector 
Voted & Chose Samuel Learned in his stead 

3 d Voted to excuse Marshall S Fowle from serving as pound 
Keeper 

Voted & Chose Nath 1 Woodward in his stead 

The Committee Chosen by the town April 1 st have attended 
to the duty afsigned them and ask leave to report that they 
think it expedient to make sale of the watering place near 
Jeremiah Rufsell's provided it can be disposed of in such 
manner as that the neighbours & other people of the Town 
can be as well accommodated with the water as they now 
are 

Jonas White \ 

Nath 1 Bright J Committee 

Voted to accept the above report & direct the old committe 
with the addition of Nath 1 R. Whitney & Thomas Clark to 
sell the same at such price as they shall think proper & 
give a Deed thereof provided they can do it in such a 
manner as will preserve the Water for the use of the neigh- 
bours & others to as good an accommodation as it now is to 
remain open forever 

Voted to difsolve this meeting & was declar'd difsolvd 
Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



[428] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton May 6 th 1822 they allow'd the following accounts 
& drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 
same viz^-» 

To William Penniman for board & funeral ex-1 

pences of Susanna Fowle J $39„ 56 



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To Samuel Hyde for Boarding, clothing &c] 
Jonathan Nutting for 1 year up to March [ 
30 th 1822 ] 88.29 

To Mahi table Segar for 1 yrs weekly allowance 1 
from April 3 d 1821 to April 23 d 1822 @ 4/6 
per week j 39,, 00 

To Samuel Latch for the support of Robert) 

Saunders 13 weeks to May 1 st 1822 @ 8/ —J 17„ 33 

To Widow Hannah Farrar for the support of) 

Benjamin Whitney 6 Months to May 1 st 1822 J 39.00 

To Thomas Whitney for the support of Lucy) 



White 1 year to 2 d March 1822 / 39„ 

To Coolidge P. Wood for his services as sexton) 

for 1 year to May 1 1822 J 51.25 

To Mark Vose for Boarding John Remington 1) 

year up to May 1 st 1822 . J 60,, 00 



To Sullivan Sawin for Boarding Newton Baxter) 

26 weeks from 28 Nov. 1821 to 28 th May 1822/ 26„ 00 

To Sarah Vose for making clothing for John) 

Remington from May 1819 to May 1822 —J 6„ 85 

They appointed the following persons Engine Men for the 
remainder of the year to Engine called the Relief viz 

Constantine V. Swan 
Roland Rose 
A Aldridge 



[429] 

They agreed with Thomas Richardson to take David 
Barnard 1 year from the 1 st day of May for $20„-0 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



ereas we the subscribers both of Watertown in the county 
of Middlesex not knowing of any Record of the Division 
of the fence between our lands and believing there is no 
Record thereof it being the land that I Jonas White bought 
of Charles Bond, administrator on the estate of Phinehas 
Stearns late of Watertown deceased, and land that I bought 



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of my late Father Jonas White deceased, and land, that 
I Phinehas Harrington bought of Lydia Harrington Widow 
of Nathaniel Harrington dec'd being land that lately 
belonged to Samuel Whitney deceased all laying in said 

Watertown Therefore be it known to all that we 

have this twenty eighth day of May one Thousand eight 
hundred and twenty two agreed about the Division of 

fence as folio weth viz 1 Phinehas Harrington hereby 

agree to take & maintain as my part of the fence against 
the Stearns place (so called) the fence beginning at the 
road leading by my house and running Northwardly thirty 

seven Rods or there abouts, And I Jonas White hereby 

agree's to take and maintain the remainder of the fence 
dividing my land's from said Harrington's land as afore- 
said untill it comes to the land that I bought of my late 
Father Jonas White being about twenty three rods & I 
agree to take & maintain the Eastwardly half of the fence 
dividing the land that I bought of my late Father, from 
said Phinehas Harrington's land & I Phinehas Harrington 
hereby agree to take & maintain the westwardly half of the 
fence dividing the land that I bought of Lydia Harrington 
from lands said White bought of his late father Jonas White 
(deceas'd) all which we the subscribers consider and 
acknowledge to be binding upon ourselves our 

heirs 

[430] 

Heirs and afsigns In witnefs whereof we have here- 
unto set our hands at Watertown the day and year above 
written. 

Jonas White 

Attest Peter Clark Phinehas Harrington 

Attest W m Whitney Town Clerk 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton June 3 d 1822 they allowed the following accounts 
and drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay 
the same v\v— » 

To Samuel Brigham for sundry supplies to Sam 1 ) 
White for support of W m Whites Children to \ 
1 st April 1822, @ .50 cts per Week J $21,, 75 

To Sam 1 Puffer for board & expences of Nathan) 

Boyinton* in his last sicknefs / 25,, 75 

^Editorial Note: — script has been followed; probably meant Boyington 



Watertown Records. 435 

To Daniel Jackson for support of Fred Reming-1 

ton one year to 1 st June 1822 J 30„ — 

To Daniel Moulton for support of Esther Warren) 

from 1 st Oct r 1821, to her decease J 20„ — 

To Stephen Cook for Mrs. Bray's House Rent to) 

1 st March 1822 / 25„ — 

To Francis Hagar for support of W m Merrick to) 

this 3 d June 1822 J 16„ — 

Also appointed Charles Swift Engine Man for the remainder 
of the year to Engine No — 1 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



July 8 th Nath 1 Woodward took the Oath of Pound Keeper 
Before William W 7 hitney Town Clerk 



(431] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton July 22 d AD. 1822 they having receiv'd a copy 
from the Court of Sefsions of a Petition of sundry Inhabit- 
ants of the Town of Watertown & the adjacent town's 
praying for a Road to be opened & layed out from the 
Street to meet the Mill dam Road (so call'd) & the Courts 
order thereon (which Petition & Order may be seen on file) 
they ifsued the following Warrant viz<— > 

Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts 

Watertown fs. To Maj Joseph Peirce Constable of the 
L.S. town of W 7 atertown in the county of Middlesex — Greeting 

L.S. In the name of the Commonwealth you are hereby 

L.S. required to notify & warn the Freeholders & other In- 
L.S. hab itants of said Town qualified to vote in town affairs to 
L.S. meet & afsemble at the publick Meeting house in said Town 
on Monday the twelfth day of August next at five O clock 
in the afternoon to act on the following articles viz<— > 

l 8t To Elect a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To take into consideration the petition of sundry of the 
Inhabitants of this and adjoining Towns presented to the 
Court of Sefsions at their May term holden at Concord 
praying for a new Highway to be layed out from near the 



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House of the Rev'd Convers Francis' & north of Tyler 
Bigelow's to the United States Arsenal Wharf in Water- 
town and the Courts order thereon and to act any thing 

thereon as the town may think best for their Interest 
3 d To know if the town will take any measures to remove any 
Nuisances in the Square and publick Streets, near the great 
Bridge or make any regulations relative to Wood Carts 
and Teams standing therein and act any thing thereon 



[432] 



Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen or Town Clerk at or before 
the time appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this twenty 
second day of July AD one thousand eight hundred and 
twenty two' — > 



Attest W m Whitney) 
Town Clerk / 



Thomas Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Moses Chenery 
Daniel Bond 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton August 5 th 1822 the allowed the following accounts 
& drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 
same viz*— > 

To Dan 1 Moulton the amount of a mistake in his] 
last settlement for the support of Esthers 
Warren J 3„ 75 

To Sam 1 Latch for Boarding Robert Saunders 14] 
weeks from May 1 st to August 5 th 1822 @ 8/> 
pr week J 18„ 66 

To Joshua Coolidge for his acct. for repairs to the) 

lower burying Ground fence / 14,, 88 

To Elijah Hagar for support of Lucy Hagar from] 

Dec r l 3t 1821 to June l 9t 1822 26 weeks at| 

7/6 per week, & Nursing & Doctors Bill J 42, , 60 

Attest W m Whitney Town Clerk 



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Middlesex fs. Watertown August 12 th 1822 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified & warn'd 
the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Town qualified 
as therein exprefsed to meet at the time & place & for the 
purposes within mentioned by posting up two Copies of the 
within Warrant at the Public Meeting-house two Sunday 
prior to said meeting 

Jo 9 Peirce Constable 



[433] 

Pursuant to the preceeding Warrant the Freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of the Town of W 7 atertown afsembled in 
open town meeting on Monday the 12 th day of August AD 
1822 & proceeded to act by articles as follows viz*— > 

l 3t Voted & Chose Levi Thaxter Esq. Moderator 

2 d Voted to Choose a Committee to appear before a Com- 
mittee from the Hon. Court of Sefsions, to act in behalf of 
the Town, agreeable to the instructions they shall hereafter 

receive & this Committee to consist of three persons 

Voted to Choose said Committee by nomination 

Voted to reconsider the preceeding vote respecting choosing 

s'd Committee by nomination 

Voted to Choose said Committee by Ballot the three on one 
ticket*— > 

Voted & Chose for [Levi Thaxter 
said Committee jLuke Bemis 
[Adam Brown 

Voted that said Committee appear before the committee 
from the Hon. Court of Sefsions & make all due influence to 

oppose the opening & laying out of said Road if, the 

same is to be done at the expence of the town 

Voted that said Committe appear before the Court of 
Sefsions to oppose said Road 

3 d Voted that the Selectmen be a Committee to take into 
consideration suitable measures respecting removing nui- 
sances &c. from (and Contiguous to), the Street; & what- 
ever regulations or bye Laws so adopted by them they 

are to make report of the same for the approbation of the 
town at the adjournment of this meeting 



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Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in 
September at five O clock in the afternoon, then to meet in 
this place & was declared to be adjourned 

Attest W m Whitney Town Clerk 



August 12. Samuel Learned was sworn as Collector of 
Taxes Before 

William Whitney Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton August 12 AD. 1822 they appointed Thomas J. 
Farrar Engine man for the remainder of the year to Engine 
N° 1. 

Attest W m Whitney Town Clerk 



Agreeably to an adjournment of the preceeding meeting 
the Inhabitants afsembled September 2 d 1822 & proceeded 
as follows viz under Article 2 d 

Voted to discharge the Old Committee from any further 
trouble respecting the contemplated Road, & from appear- 
ing before the Hon. Court of Sefsions 

Voted to Choose another Committee to defend the Rights 
of the Town, relative to the Road aforesaid 

Voted that this Committee consist of three Persons*— * 

Voted & Chose [Thomas Clark 
for said jNath 1 Bright 

Committee [Amos Livermore 

Voted that said Committee be authorized to employ Coun- 
sel at the Expense of the Town 

Voted that this Committee be clothed with the same power 
as the former Committee 

3 d No Report thereon 

Voted to difsolve this meeting & was declared difsolv'd 

Attest William Whitney Town Clk. 



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At a meeting of the Seledmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Sept r 2 AD 1822 the following persons were 
approbated as Innholders & Retailers for the town of 
Watertown the ensuing year 



vi z< 



Luke Robinson 
Elisha Stratton 
Sept r 5 th Mark Vose 

Amaziah Howard 
Mary Bellows 



Innholders 



John Clark 
Thaddeus Cole 
George Coolidge 



Retailers 



Appointed Benjamin Dana Engine Man for the remainder 
of the year to Engine called the Relief 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Oct r 7 th 1822 they ifsued the following warrant 
viz 

To Maj Joseph Peirce Constable for the Town of 
W T atertown Greeting 

L S You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
L S of Mafsachusetts to Notify and Warn the Inhabitants of the 
L S Town of W T atertown qualified by law to Vote for Repre- 
L^S sentatives in the General Court of this Commonwealth to 
L S afsemble at the publick Meeting house in said town on 
Monday the 4 th day of November next at three of the Clock 
in the afternoon to give in their Votes for a Representative 
to Represent the people of said Commonwealth in the 
Congrefs of the United States 

for 



[436] 

For the Middlesex district Hereof fail not & make due 

return of this warrant with your doings thereon unto the 
Selectmen on or before the time appointed for said meeting 



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Given under our hands and seals this seventh 
day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred and twenty two 



Thomas Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Daniel Bond 
Moses Chenery 
Joshua Coolidge 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Watertown Nov r 4 th 1822 Pursuant to the within War- 
rant I have Notified the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of 
said Town qualified as therein exprefsed to meet at the 
time & place & for the purposes within mentioned by 
posting up two copies of the within warrant at the publick 
Meeting House two Sunday's prior to said meeting 

Joseph Peirce \ Constable of Watertown 



Pursuant to the within warrant, the Inhabitants qualified 
as therein exprefsed, met at the Meeting house at the time 
specified in the Warrant & gave in their Votes for a Repre- 
sentative to Congrefs for the Middlesex district which were 
brought in sorted, counted, and declared by the Selectmen 
(they presiding) to be as follows viz*— 4 

For the Hon. Timothy Fuller twelve Votes 
Levi Thaxter Esq five Votes 
John Wade five Votes 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



[437] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Nov 4 th 1822 they allowed the following accounts 
& drew an order on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 
same viz< — > 

To Widow Hannah Farrar for support of Benja-1 
min Whitney from 1 st May to 31 st Oct r 1822 [ 
by agreement at 9/ per week J 39„ 00 

To Mary Crafts for services in W Tfn Winchester's] 
Family 14 week's & H day to 12 Sept r 1822 at 
75 cts per week j 10„ 62 



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To Hannah Nutting for services in Charles! 

Nuttings Family to 16 th Oct r 1822 J 10„ 00 

To Joseph Peirce for his services as Constable 1) 

year from March 1821 to March 1822 J 15„ 00 

They Appointed the following persons Engine Men for the 
remainder of the year to Engine N° 1. 

Daniel Rice Jun 
Elijah Harris 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



To Levi Thaxter Esq r Treasurer for the Town of Watertown 

At a meeting of the Subscribers at the House of 
Elisha Stratton Nov r 4 th 1822 they agreed to abate so 
much of the following persons taxes for the year 1821 as is 
annexed to their respective names viz 



To John Allen 1.51 

John M. Adams . . 1.51 

Thomas Bolter ... 1.51 

Abishai Cottle ... 1.51 

Michael Christian 1.51 

Mr. Dowell.. 1.51 

Edmund Fowle Jr. 1.51 



Samuel Mc Cleury 3.13 

William Mead .. . 1„ 51 

Jepthah Puffer. . . 1„ 51 

Francis Radoux . . 2.16 

Jacob Reed 1.51 

John L. Stone ... 1„ 51 

Widow Dan 1 Sangar 1„ 08 



To Martin Furlong . . 1.51 

PaulFurbush .... 1„ 51 

Hiram Greene 1,/ 51 

W m Gerrish 1„ 51 

Andrew Holmes . . 1„ 51 

Gilbert Kirker ... 1„ 51 

Alvin Loker 1^ 51 



$21,, 14 

" Mr. Jones 1.51 
Cha 8 Baker 1.51 



S3,, 02 



Daniel Sanger ... 1,, 51 

Sam 1 Sanderson . . 1.51 

Hugh Shaw 1.51 

San^Teel 1„ 51 

Henry Taylor ... 1.51 

Geo. Warner .... 1.51 

Allen Ward 1.51 

Simeon Yaw 1.51 

Andrew White. . . 3„ 02 

Joseph Taylor ... 1.51 



29„ 02 
21. 14 



$50,, 16 
3„ 02 



$53,, 18 



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And you are requested to discount to Maj Sam 1 Learned 
Collector for that year the above sums as so much Money 
for Taxes 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Thomas Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Daniel Bond 
Moses Chenery 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. 



Thomas Clark 
Nath 1 R. Whitney 
Amos Livermore 



Assessors 
of 

Watertown 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton January 6 th 1823 they allowed the following ac- 
counts and drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to 
pay the same Viz<— » 

To Sullivan Sawin for boarding Newton Baxter 
from 28 th May to 28 Nov 1822 being 26 weeks 
at $1 per week & for Sundry Articles of 



cloathing J 31„ 62 

To Benjamin Wood for 9 l A feet W T ood for the) 

Meeting House J 6„ 60 

To W T illiam Winchester for Meal for his family — 4„ 00 



[439] 

To Elijah Hagar for boarding Lucy Hagar from) 

l 8t of June to 1 st December 1822 26 Week/ 32„ 50 

To Samuel Somes for Labour on the Bridge 3„ 50 

To Gilbert Kirker for boarding Robert Sanders] 
13 Weeks from 3 d August to 3 d Nov. 1822 at} 
8/ per week J 17„ 33 

To Joshua Coolidge Jr. for amount he paid for] 
Chloe Fiske's board 13 Weeks from 14 th off 
August to 14 th Nov r 1822 at $1— pr week —J 13„ 00 

To Zaccheus Pond for boarding Widow Mary) 
White from 1 st Jan. 1822 to Jan. l 8t 1823 & 
sundries J 76„ 17 



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To Asa Pratt for Coffin for Mrs. Winchester — 6„ 00 

Also appointed Nathaniel R. Whitney & Elisha W. Dana 
Fish Agents for the year ensuing 

Also appointed the following persons, Engine Men for the 
ensuing year viz< — > 



For Engine N° 1/ 



Amasa Jackson 
Isaac Robbins 
Charles Coolidge 
George Newhall 
Henry Bright 
Benjamin Stevens 
Nathan Fuller 
Charles Bent 



T.— 



Lewis Upham 
Alpheus Cutter 
Asa Pratt 
Rums Lee 
Francis Bush 
Charles Swift 
Jefferson Farrar 
Daniel Rice Jun. 



For Engine called the Relief 



Gilbert Nichols 
James Robbins 



Nath 1 R. Whitney Jun. 
Elijah Ray 



[440 



Thomas Soden 
Coolidge P. Wood 
Benjamin F Farrar 
Francis Leathe 
Joseph Reed 
Dana P. Hooker 
Benjamin Dana 



Charles H. Chandler 
John M. Harris 
Hezekiah Bacon 
Alexander Meacham 
John Daniels 
Horatio Nichols 
Constantine V. Swan 



Roland Rose 



Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Feb y 17, 1823 they allowed the following accounts 
& drew an Order on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 
same Viz*-^ 



To the City of Boston for the support of Maryl 

Warren &c. / $32, 38 

To Sumner Hudson the amount of his* 28, , 42 

^Editorial Note: — script illegible. 



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To Levi Thaxter his acct. of fees in prosecuting' 
the suit in favour of the Town vs Draper & 
others 


i 

15„ 

1 x 11 


00 


To Widow Hannah Farrar for supporting Benj a ) 
Whitnev 13 weeks ending Feb y 1 1823 


> 19 


50 


To Jerome Hearsey for setting Glafs 


17„ 


70 


To Nath 1 Cutler for Sy 2 Cords of Wood deliv'd] 
Charles Nutting & W m Winchester @ 33/ — J 


1 30„ 


25 


To Gilbert Kirker for Boarding Robert Saunders 1 
13 weeks to February 3 d 1823 J 


' 19„ 


85 


To Mrs. Adams for keeping House for William 1 
Winchester 22 y 2 Weeks to February 17 th — J 


' 16>. 


87 


To Thomas Clark for sundries delivered Charles 1 
Nutting & William Winchester J 


' 3„ 


87 



[441] 

To Isaac Patten for timber for the Bridge 1// 63 

To Daniel Bond for sundries 35„ 76 

To John Clark for sundries delivered, for the! 

support of the Poor &c. / 191 „ 95 

To Thaddeus Cole for Refreshment furnished at) 

the Burning of the Factory / 39„ 90 

To Luke Bemis for Repairs of Bemis Bridge so) 

called / 1„ 50 

To Nath 1 Bemis Jr. for Medicine & attendance) 

for sundry of the poor the last year J 17„ 00 

To Coolidge P. Wood for three Ladders 18„ 00 

To David Hagar in part of his acct. for Boarding) 

Miles Greenwood j 25„ 79 

To Joseph Robbins for Boarding Chloe Fiske 13) 

Weeks to 14 February 1823 / 13„ 00 

To Elisha Stratton for Selectmen's Expences the) 

last year / 30„ 00 

They approbated Luke Bemis as a Retailer for) 
the remainder of the year J 



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They drew the following Order for the abatement of Taxes 
viz*— > 

Watertown Feb y 17 th 1823 — To Levi Thaxter Treasurer of 
the town of Watertown 1 —^ 

You are hereby required to allow to Sam 1 Learned 
Collector of Taxes for said Town the amount of the follow- 
ing Taxes which have been abated by us viz 

William Raymond 12.41 William Leathe 9„ 61 

Heirs of Elbridge Gerry 2,, 51 Elbridge Jones 6„ 83 

William Leathe 9„ 08 Moses W 7 oods 2„ 46 

Levi W T oodson 1 7/ 66 Joseph P. Dana 1„ 66 



[442] 

Nath 1 Bond 2 d 2„ 46 Nath 1 Bridge 4„ 05 
Asaph W T hitcomb 3„ 78 Samuel Latch 4„ 21 

Amounting in all to the sum of sixty Dollars and seventy 
two cents 



Thomas Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Daniel Bond 
Moses Chenery 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 

IAfsefsor 
of 



J W T atertown 
Attest W T illiam Whitney Town Clerk 



At the above time and place the Selectmen ifsued the 
following warrant vi; 



To Joseph Peirce one of the Constables of the Town of 
Watertown Greeting 

L.S. You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
L.S. wealth of Mafsachusetts to Summon, Notify and W 7 arn the 
L.S. Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Water- 
L.S. town qualified by Law to vote in the Election of Town 
L.S. Officers and in Town affairs to afsemble at the Public 
Meeting house in said Town on Monday the third day of 
March next, at ten O clock in the forenoon, to act on the 
following articles Viz*— > 



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1. To choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2. To choose all Town officers required by Law to be chosen in 
the Months of March or April annually 

3. To Choose a Sexton, and agree how he shall be paid for his 
services 

4 To determine whether Swine and Neat Cattle shall go at 
large the ensuing year, and act any thing thereon 



[443] 

5. To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing year and 
act any thing thereon 

6. To grant Money to open make and repair the Highways in 
said Town and act any thing thereon 

7. To hear and examine the accounts of those Persons to 
whom the Town are indebted, grant Money to pay the 
same and act any thing thereon 

8. To hear the report of the Committee for making an estimate 
of the expences, of the Town for the year ensuing and act 
any thing thereon 

9. To hear the reports of any other Committees and act any 
thing thereon 

10. To know what method the Town will take to support their 
Poor for the year ensuing, to grant Money to pay for the 
same & act any thing thereon 

11. To hear the Statement of the Selectmen concerning the 
Treasury, and act any thing thereon 

12. To know what method the Town will take to collect their 
Taxes for the year ensuing & act any thing thereon 

13 To know if the Town will take any order relative to the 
destruction of certain Birds & act any thing thereon 

14 To know what method the Town will take to dispose of 
their Pews in the Meeting house and act any thing thereon 

15 To know if the Town will excuse the Committee appointed 
to oppose the Road to be laid out from the Hay Scales to 
the Arsenal Wharf from any further duty and act any thing 
thereon — 

16 To know if the Town will procure a New Bell for the Meet- 
ing house and act any thing thereon 

17 To know if the town will take any measures to repair the 
Roof of the Meeting house and act any thing thereon 

[444] 

18. To know if the Town will procure Blinds for any of the 
Windows in the Meetinghouse and act any thing thereon — 



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Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the time ap- 
pointed for said Meeting 

Given under our hands and seals this seventeenth dayjof 
February in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and 
twenty three 

Thomas Clark 

Luke Bemis Selectmen 
Daniel Bond \ of 

Moses Chenery Watertown 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 

Attest William Whitney Town Clerk 



Middlesex fs. Watertown March 3 d 1823 Pursuant to 

the within warrant I have notified and warned the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of said town qualified as 
therein exprefsed to meet at the time and place, and for the 
purposes within mentioned, by posting up two copies of the 
within warrant at the public meeting house two Sundays 
prior to said meeting 

Joseph Peirce Constable*— > 

March ) 
Meetings 
1823 J 

Agreeably to the warrant aforesaid the inhabitants 
afsembled March 3 d 1823, and proceeded to act by articles 
as follows, viz<— > 

Art. l 8t Voted & chose Levi Thaxter, Moderator. 

2 d Voted & chose Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk & was 
sworn into said office by Levi Thaxter Just, of Peace 

Voted and Chose Levi Thaxter Esqr. Town Treasurer 



[445] 

Abijah White 
Gilbert Nichols 
Voted & chose for Selectmen < Amos Livermore 

I Moses Chenery 
[Joshua Coolidge Jr 



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Voted & chose for Afsefsors 



(Thomas Clark 
Amos Livermore 
Levi Thaxter 



Voted to adjourn this meeting 'till two oclock in the after- 
noon then to meet at this place 

Agreeably to adjournment the meeting was opened and 
proceeded as follows.*—* 

Voted & chose for Constables fThaddeus Cole 

\Joseph Bird 



Voted & chose for Fence viewers 
Voted & chose for Tythingmen*— 



Paul Learned 
William Stone 
Nath 1 Bright 
Peter Clark'— > 

/Miles Sprague 
lElisha W. Dana 



Voted & chose for Clerks of the (Constantine V. Swan 
Market \ Luther Barrett 

[John H. Clark 
William Horn 
Phin 3 Sanderson 
Voted & Chose for Field drivers \ Joseph Bird 

William Stone 
James Gilpatrick 
George Coolidge*— » 



[446] 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves* 



Clinton Thayer 
Abraham Farwell 
Joseph Young 
George Robbins 
Edw d Fogg 
Nath 1 Broad 

Samuel Learned 
Luke Bemis 
Luke Robinson 
Daniel A. Tainter 
Fran 9 Brown 
William Stone 

Voted & chose for Surveyors of [Isaac Dana 

Lumber*— > \ Coolidge P. Wood 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Highways*— > 



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Voted & chose for Firewards 



Voted & chose for Cullers of f Isaac Dana 
Hoops & Staves' — > \ William Horn 

John Hunting 
Levi Thaxter 
Nath 1 Bright 
John Clark 
Abijah White 
Elisha Livermore 
Eliakim Morse 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. 
Seth Bemis 

{George Coolidge 
John Clark 
William Nichols 

Voted & chose for Pound keeper Nath 1 Woodward 



[447] 

3 d Voted that the choice of Sexton be refered to the Selectmen. 

4 th Voted that swine shall not go at large the ensuing year and 
it was also voted to let neat Cattle go at large 

5 th Voted to grant the sum as reported by the Selectmen & 
Treasurer see by their estimate under Article 8 th and the 
sum to be appropriated in the several districts as last year — ■ 

6 th Voted to grant the highways, twenty five Cents upon every 

rateable poll, and other estates in proportion, each man 

to be allowed, twelve & half Cents per. hour and a good 
team the same as a Man, and that the Afsefsors, afsefs the 
highway tax before the first of April next. 

7 th Voted, that all the Accounts against the town shall be 
presented to the Selectmen for their allowance 

8 th Voted to accept the report of the Selectmen & Treasurer 
of the estimates and grant the following sums for the year 
ensuing. Viz< — » 

For opening & repairing highways 25 Cts on a poll 
& other estates in proportion 

For Supporting the poor 1300,, 

For Support of Schools 1200,, 

For Support of Ministry 570,, 

For all contingent expences 500,, 

Amounting in the whole to the sum of 

See report on file*— » 



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9 th Voted that this article be postponed for the present. 

10 th No order taken thereon 

11 th Voted to Accept the Treasurers Account as examined and 
reported by the Selectmen, they being a Committee for that 
purpose, and to be placed on the files of the town, the result 
of which is 

Levi Thaxter as Treasurer is charged with the 

sum 



[448] 

Sum of — $7420,, 78 

and is credited with the sum of 7048 „ 29 

leaving a balance in the hands of the Treasurer) 

as will appear on file, the sum of J $372,, 49 

12 th Voted to farm out the taxes in the usual way, viz. to the 
lowest bidder, and that when this meeting be adjourned, 
it be at Luke Robinsons house, at 6 'Oclock this evening 
solely for that purpose & the choice of Collector 

13 th Voted to take off all the restrictions relative to the law 
for shooting all kinds of birds 

14 th Voted to refer the letting of the pews to the Selectmen and 
to be leased at Auction 

15 th Voted that this article be dismifsed 

16 th Voted to choose a Committee to examine the present Bell, 
and take the subject under Consideration and report at 
the adjournment of this meeting*— > 

[Elisha Livermore 
Chose for said \ Joseph Peirce 
Committee (Adam Brown* — > 

17 th No order taken thereon. 

18 th Voted that the Selectmen be authorized to procure as many 
blinds at the meeting house as they shall think necefsary 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to Luke Robinson's house, 
this evening at six Oclock, for the sole purpose of farming 
out the taxes and choosing Collector 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



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[449] 

Agreeably to the adjournment of the foregoing meeting 

met at Luke Robinson's The taxes were put up on the 

same terms and conditions as last year, and were struck 

oft to Thaddeus Cole for One Cent on the dollar 

Voted and Chose Thaddeus Cole. Collector 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in April 
next, then to meet at the Meeting house at four O'clock 
in the afternoon 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Oaths ' 

of 
town 
officers t 

March 3 d 1823. Amos Livermore, Gilbert Nichols, Moses 
Chenery and Joshua Coolidge Jun r were sworn as Selectmen 
John H. Clark, William Horn, Joseph Bird &. George 

Coolidge were sworn as Feild drivers 

Isaac Dana & William Horn were sworn as Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves 

Isaac Dana and Coolidge P. Wood were sworn as Surveyors 
of lumber 

Luke Robinson and Francis Brown were sworn Surveyors 
of highways 

Thomas Clark was sworn as an Afsefsor 

All the above by Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



March 7 th William Stone took the oaths of Surveyor of 
Highways, Fence viewer and Feild driver . 

before Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr. Town Clerk*— » 

March 11 th Abijah White was sworn as Selectman 

Amos Livermore was sworn as an Afsefsor 

Thaddeus Cole and Joseph Bird were sworn as Constables — 
Clinton Thayer was sworn as Hogreeve 



before Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



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[450] 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
March 11 
1823 



A meeting of the Selectmen was held at Elisha Stratton 
March 11 th 1823 when the following businefs was trans- 
acted Viz. The list of voters for April meeting was revised 
and approved 

Thaddeus Cole was appointed Auctioneer 'till the first 
of May next 

George Coolidge was appointed sealer of weights and 
Measures for the year ensuing 

Thaddeus Cole Luke Robinson and Isaac Dana were 
appointed Measurers of Wood and Bark 



Selectmens 

Meeting 
March 17 th > 
1823 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton March 17 th 1823. they proceeded as follows 

The following accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same. Viz 

To Nath 1 R. Whitney for his services as an) 
Afsefsor for the year 1822 J 34.50 

To Samuel Puffer for the support of Ann) 
Green from Feb^ 16 th 1822 to Feb* 16 th 1823. — j 52„ — 

To Thomas Clark for his services as an) 



To Clinton Thayer for his Acc 1 for y 2 hund.) 
Clapboards for the poor house in 1819 / 1„ — 

To Amos Livermore for his services as an) 



Attest. Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Afsefsor for the year. 1822. 



27.25 



Afsefsor for the year 1822. 




To Luke Robinson for boarding Nursing & 
finding her a room and fire Wood, Ifor M r8 
Cunningham while sick from December 22 d 1822 
to Jan* 26 th 1823 



20„- 



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453 



[451] 

To William Whitney for his services as' 
Town Clerk for the year 1822 / 25„ 

To Doct. Nath 1 Bemis for reducing and at-] 
tending Mary Cunninghams fractured leg, from \ 
Dec b 23 d 1822 to Jan^ 26 th 1823 J 8„ 75 

To Levi Thaxter for his services as Treasurer) 
for the year 1822 j 30„ — 

To Samuel Puffer for Clothing furnished) 
Ann Green J 5.08 

To Eben r Smith for Mason Work done at the) 

South School house J 1.75 

To Leonard & Jonas Bond for 2 years house) 
rent and land privileges for Cha s Nutting fromf 
April l 8t 1821 to April l 8t 1823 J 30„ — 

To Joseph Peirce for his services as Con-) 
stable from March 4 th 1822 to March 3 d 1823 andf 
for Notifying town officers for 1823 j 15„ — 

To G. H. Coolidge for Sundries delivered) 
men employed to clear the ice from the bridge — / 2„ — 

To G. H. Coolidge for supplies for Engine C° N° 1) 

at the fire of Harris's Shop in Jan* 1820 j 2„ 50 

Amasa Jackson, Elisha W. Dana & Adolphus Cannon 
were appointed Beef Weighers for the year ensuing 

Oaths } 

Levi Thaxter was sworn as an Afsefsor and George 
Coolidge was also sworn as Sealer of weights and Measures 

before Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 

March 28 th 1823 Luke Bemis was sworn as surveyor 
of Highways 



by Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Warrant 
for 
April 
Meeting 



At the foregoing Meeting the list of voters was revised 
for April Meeting and the following warrant ifsued. — Viz. 



454 Watertown Records. 

Middlesex fs. To Thaddeus Cole one of the Constables 
for the town of Watertown Greeting 



[452] 



L S. You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
LS.of Mafsachu setts to summon, Notify and warn the free- 
ze S. holders, and other inhabitants of the town of Watertown, 
L S. qualified agreeably to the Constitution of this Common- 
L S. wealth, to meet at the public meeting house in said town on 
Monday the seventh day of April next at two of the Clock 
in the afternoon to give in their votes for Governor, Lieu- 
tenant Governor, Senators and Counsellors 

Also, You are alike required to notify and warn the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of the aforesaid town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote for Representatives to 
meet at the public meeting house in said town on Monday 
the seventh day of April next at three of the Clock in the 
afternoon to act on the following articles viz. 

1 st To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To give in their votes for a County Treasurer 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the 
times appointed for said meetings. 

Given under our hands & seals at Watertown this 
seventeenth day of March in the year of our Lord 1823.^-> 



Abijah White 

Amos Livermore Selectmen 
Moses Chenery \ of 
Gilbert Nichols Watertown 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 



Middlesex fs. Watertown April 7 th 1823 Pursuant to the 
within Warrant I have notified and warned the freeholders 
and other inhabitants of said town qualified as therein 
exprefsed to meet at the time and place for the purposes 
within mentioned by posting two copies of the within 
warrant at the public meeting house 



two 



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[453] 

Two Sundays prior to said meetings 

Thaddeus Cole Constable*— > 

April \ 
Meeting/ 

Agreeably to the foregoing warrant the meeting was held 

April 7 th 1823 The votes for Governor Lieut. Governor 

& senators being called for, were brought in, sorted, and 
counted & were as follows*— » 

For Hon. William Eustis 115 Votes 



" Hon. Harrison G. Otis 71 

" Hon. James Lloyd 1 

For L l Gov r Hon Levi Lincoln 114 

" M " Hon Daniel Noble 72 

Clinton Thayer. ... 1 

For Senators Joel Cranston 124 

Levi Thaxter 125 

Will- Austin 116 

John Wade 114 

John Keyes 112 

Samuel Hoar Jr 68 

Timothy Walker 55 

John Abbot 67 

Abner Wheeler 25 

William Hilliard 53 

Benjamin Wheeler 28 

Marshall B. Spring 1 

Seth Knowles 9 

William Whittemore ... 1 

Edmund Foster 1 

Abiel Haywood 1 



The votes were thus accordingly declared, and sealed 
up in open town meeting 

Attest — Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr Town Clerk 

Meeting 

for 
County 
Treasurer 

The meeting agreeably to the warrant, for the choice of 
County Treasurer was opened — when*— 4 

Levi Thaxter Esq r was chosen Moderator 



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[454] 

The votes being called for, sorted and counted were 

For John Keyes 58. 

Abiel Heywood 16. 

Attest. N R. Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Adjournment] 
of March \ 
Meeting J 

The adjournment of the March meeting being opened 
the inhabitants proceeded as follows 

Levi Thaxter Esqr. presided as moderator 

The trustees of the ministerial fund made a report 
which was accepted and placed on file, it was as follows 

The trustees of the Watertown Ministerial fund, ask 
leave to lay before the town the following statement of 
their proceedings the last year, and of the existing state of 
their funds 

Since the last statement, the trustees have elected 
Abijah White Esquire to fill the vacancy that at that time 
existed at the board. 

The parsonage house and land that was conveyed to 
the Corporation by the town, has lately been sold for the 
sum of fifteen hundred dollars. This measure is thought to 
be judicious, in as much as the interest arising from that 
sum will exceed the net amount of rent which could be 
obtained for the place, and being now owned by an indi- 
vidual will be subject to taxation and produce a revenue to 

the town The residue of the real estate remains in the 

same situation as the last year. The funds of the Corpo- 
ration beside the real estate amounts at this time to the 
sum of Four thousand, six hundred & fifty six dollars & 
fifty cents which is loaned on interest with sufficient 
security. The annual interest of which is two hundred and 
seventy nine dollars and thirty nine Cents and the annual 
rent of the real estate is one hundred & fifty four dollars and 
fifty Cents, making a net amount of 



income 



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457 



[455] 

Income of four hundred and thirty three dollars and eighty 
nine Cents All which is respectfully submitted*— ^ 

By order of the Trustees 

Levi Thaxter. Treasurer. 



Watertown April 7 th 1823' — » 

Voted to reconsider the vote whereby the town, at 
their last meeting, voted to let neat Cattle go at large 

Voted that three additional Feild drivers be chosen 
for the ensuing year*— > 

[Elisha Whitney 
Voted & Chose for Field drivers*— > \ Asa Pratt 

[Daniel Sanger' — > 



The Committee who were chosen to examine the Bell 
and to report the expediency of procuring a new Bell made 
the following report Watertown April 4. 1823 

We the subscribers a Committee chosen by the town 
for the purpose of examining the Bell in the meeting house 
to see whether it would be necefsary to exchange the same 
or procure a new one, have attended said service, and are of 
opinion that the Bell is not of much service to large portion 
of the inhabitants of the town, and we believe is not satis- 
factory to any Therefore your Committe have applied 

to Mr Holbrook the Bell Founderer at Medway and do 
hereby annex his terms on which a new one can be procured; 
should the town think it expedient to exchange the old for 
a new the terms will probably be as favourable now or 

more so than can be obtained at any future period All 

which is submitted 

Elisha Livermore 1 

Jos. Peirce* — > [ Committee 

Adam Brown* — > J 



M r Holbrook made the following statement in writing 
George H. Holbrook will give the town of Watertown 
25 Cents a pound, expecting said Bell to weigh 1134 lbs 
which will be $283„50; for the new Bell of the same weight 
will be 40 Cts a pound, amount of the same $453.60 — the 
difference between 



said 



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[456] 

Said Bells will be $170„10; but for Cash down will take 
$150„00; if the new Bell should fall short of the weight of 
the Old Bell I will allow 25 Cts a pound; but if it over runs, 

shall charge 40 Cts a pound probably I can come within 

30 or 50 lbs of the Old Bell, I will deliver said Bell to them 
at my own expence, and take their Old Bell, my being at no 
expence there while doing said businefs* — » 

George H. Holbrook 

Medway March 26. 1823. 



The same Committee were directed to procure a Bell as 
near 1200 lbs as pofsible 

Voted to grant One hundred & eighty dollars for the 
purpose 

Voted also that the Committee shall be at liberty to 
get a Bell exceeding 1200 lbs and not exceeding 1500 lbs 
provided it shall be no expence to the town 

Art. 17 th Voted to dismifs this article 



Under Art. 5 th Voted to Choose a Committee for the pur- 
pose of Visiting and examining all the Schools in the 
town< — > 

Levi Thaxter 
Nath 1 Bemis Jr 
Walter Hunnewell 
Thomas Clark 



Voted & Chose for said Committees 



Voted to difsolve this meeting* — » 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Apr. 7. 
1823 

A meeting of the Selectmen was held at Elisha Strattons 

April 7, 1823 when the following businefs was transacted 

viz. 

The Hay Scales were leased to John Tucker for the 
same sum, in proportion to the time as last year 'till the 
first of June next* — » 



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459 



1823 



[457] 

The pews in the Gallery of the meeting house were 
leased at Auction viz. the pew in the west Gallery at the 
north west corner next to the wall being considered N° l.< — s 



N° 1 To Thomas Dana 



Benjamin Wood .. 
Abiiah White. . . . 
Alpheus Cutter . . 
Dan 1 Waters .... 
Dan 1 Bond 



for 3„ 37^ 

3„ 50 

3„ — 

3„ 25 

2„ 75 

2„ 75 



East side beginning next to the Singers' 



N° 1 To Xath Bright 



Hugh Hall 

Sam 1 Learned . . 
George Coolidge 
David Stone . . . 
Abijah White. . . 



for 



3„ 62y 2 

r% 

i'„ 62y 2 
3„ ny 2 

3„ 25 

3„ 25 

The above pews were leased for the term of one year 
from the 1 st day of May, 1823 

Isaac Dana was sworn as Measurer of Wood by N. R 
Whitney Jr Town Clerk 

Attest Xath 1 R. Whitney Tr Town Clerk 



April 7, 1823 Daniel A. Tainter was sworn as Surveyor of 
highways by Xath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Selectmen s 
Meeting 
Ap : 21, 
1821* 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton April 21 st 1823 they proceeded as follows viz. 

The following accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same' — , 

To John Tucker for repairing Fire buckets! 
in 1822 6c 1823 / 1„ 75 



To Luke Robinson for Oxen and work on" 
the Bridge Xov r 1821 / 



1„ 50 



* Editorial Sote — Probably meant 1823. 



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[458] 

To Mehitable Segar for one years weekly's] 
allowance from Apr 1 3, 1822 to Apr 1 3 d 1823 at \ 
4/6 prW J 39„ - 

To Samuel Hyde for the support of Jon a ] 
Nutting & Sundry Clothing from March 30 th \ 
1822 to March 30, 1823 J 118,, 82 

To Larkin Smith for a pair of boots for M r \ 
Winchester Feb^— 22 d 1823 J 3„ 25 

To David Hager the balance of his acc fc for] 
the support of Miles Greenwood from Feb y 15, \ 
1821 to May 4, 1822 J 62„ 21 

To the estate of Thomas Richardson for] 
taking care of David Barnard one year fromf 
May l 3t 1822 to May 1, 1823 j 20„ 

To Mary Cook for Clothing for Hannah! 
Cook J 5„ 

To Hannah Nutting in full for her services] 
nursing her Father and Mother J 20,, 

To Coolidge P. Wood for his services as) 
sexton one year to May 1, 1823 J 35„ — 

To Widow Hannah Farrar for supporting! 
Benjamin Whitney 13 Weeks to May 1, 1823 — / 19„ 50 

To Thomas W 7 hitney for the support of) 
Lucy W 7 hite 1 year to March 2 d 1823 j 39„ 

Asa Pratt was appointed Sexton for one year from the 

1 st of May 1823 @ $30,, being a compensation for his 

services for ringing the Bell, putting up and taking down 
the Stoves & Funnels, Sawing Wood sweeping the meeting 

house &c. for attending funerals of adults three dollars 

& fifty cents in the Summer and four dollars in Winter, and 
for Children in proportion 

Thaddeus Cole & Samuel Learned were appointed 
Auctioneers for one year from the first of May 1823<— 



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461 



[459] 



1823 



Hawes & John M. Peirce were appointed En- 
gine Men for the year ensuing 

Asa Pratt was sworn as Field driver by Nath R. Whitney Jr 
Town Clerk 



Warrant 
for 
May 
Meeting 

At the foregoing Meeting the following Warrant was 
ifsued Viz. 

Middlesex fs. To Thaddeus Cole one of the Constables 
L. S for the town of Watertown Greeting. 

L. S You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
L. S wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the freeholders 
L. S and other inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified 
L. S agreeably to the Constitution to meet at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the twelfth day of May next 
at three of the Clock in the afternoon for the purpose of 
choosing one or more Representatives to represent them at 
the General Court appointed to be convened and held at 
Boston on the last Wednesday of May next 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant 
with your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before 
the time appointed for said Meeting. Given under our 
hands and seals this twenty first day of April A D. 1823*—^ 



Middlesex fs. Watertown May 12. 1823 Pursuant to the 
within warrant I have notified and warned the freeholders 
and other inhabitants of said town qualified as therein 
exprefsed to meet at the time and place for the purpose 
within mentioned by posting two copies of the within War- 
rant 



Attest Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Moses Chenery 
Gilbert Nichols 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Joshua Coolidge Jr. 



at 



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| 460] 

At the public Meeting house two Sundays prior to said 
meeting Thaddeus Cole Constable* — > 

May ] 
Meeting \ 
1823' — , J 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants afsem- 
bled May 12. 1823 and gave their votes as follows Viz. 

For Abijah White Seventy nine votes 

" Marshall B. Spring. . .fifty " 

Thomas Clark One " 

Abijah White Esq r was thereupon declared chosen to 
represent the town the year ensuing* — > 

Attest Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
June 2. ' 
1823 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton June 2. 1823. The following Accounts were 
allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer directing him 
to pay the same Viz.*— > 

To Daniel Jackson for the support of Fred.) 
Remington one year to June 1. 1823 / $30, , — 

To Gilbert Kirker for the support of Rob 1 ] 
Saunders from Feb* 3 to June 2. 1823 17 Weeks \ 
at 1 „75 and for wire „29 Cts J 30„ 04 

To Joseph Robbins for the support of Chloe) 
Fisk 3 Months from 4 th Feb* 1823 to May 14. [ 
1823 J 13„ 

To Benjamin Wood for work and lumber for) 
Bridge, attending funeral of Miles Greenwood} 
and for supporting Sally Berry to June 2. 1823 — J 21.95 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Oaths* — > 

May 1823. Samuel Learned was sworn Surveyor of high- 
ways & Phinehas Sanderson was sworn as Field driver 

before Levi Thaxter Justice of the peace*— j 



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463 



[461 

Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Aug 3t 4. 
1823 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of Elisha 
Stratton August 4. 1823. The following Accounts were 
allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer directing him 
to pay the same Viz.*— > 

To Sullivan Sawin for boarding Newton] 
Baxter from Nov. 28. 1822 to May 28. 1823 and[ 
for sundries supplied during that time j 27.75 

To Reuben Gragg* for boarding M rs Mary] 
Clark from May 5 to August 6. 1823 13 weeks— \ 
® 90 Cts j 11,, 70 

To the town of Cambridge for the support of] 
Joel Wellington in gaol from Augus 1 9 th to[ 
Septembers 1822 4f weeks @ 2.50 j 9.30 

To Elijah Hager for boarding Lucy Hager] 
from Dec r 1. 1822 to June 1. 1823 26 Weeks at 7/6 
and Nursing $3. J 35.50 

To Joseph Robbins for the support of Cloe) 
Fisk 3 Months from May 14 to August 14 1823 — / 13„ — 

To M rs Francis Hager for labour & afsistancel 
on the day of C. Nuttings funeral J 1„ — 

To M rs Benj a Gardner for labour & afsistancel 
at the funeral of C. Nutting / 1„ — 

To Widow Hannah Farrar for the support of] 
Benjamin Whitney 13 Weeks from May 1. tof 
August 1. 1823 J 19„ 50 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Agreement ] 
with sundry^ 
persons* — » J 

On the 2 d June 1823. The Selectmen agreed with Daniel 
Jackson, to support Fred. Remington one year to June 1 st 
1824 for $30,, said Jackson to clothe him, except two shirts, 
one pair Shoes and 2 pair of Socks 



^Editorial Note: — Original script spelling is Gragg; possibly the name 
referred to by town Clerk was Gregg. 



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Also agreed with Mark Vose to support John Remington 
one year to May 1. 1824 for sixty dollars 

Also agreed with said Vose to support Jefse Sanger one 
year to May 13. 1824 for $50,, in sicknefs and in health, 
the town to have the privilege to take him away if they 
can do better 



[462] 

Agreed also with Joseph Bright to support David Barn- 
ard to May 1, 1824 and also to clothe him for the sum 
of $20,— 

Attest Nath 1 R. Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Se^ 1, 
1823 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Spetember 1, 1823, The following businefs was 
transacted viz/ 



Moses Whitney Jr was appointed an Engine man for 
the year ensuing for Engine N° 1. 

The following persons were approbated as Innholders 
and Retailers viz. 

Luke Robinson 1 

Elisha Stratton > Innholders 

Mary Bellows J 



John Clark 
Thadd 8 Cole 
Geo. Coolidge 
Luke Bemis 



Retailers 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Oct. 6, 
1823 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of 
Elisha Stratton October 6, 1823, The following accounts 
were allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer directing 
him to pay the same. viz. 



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To Samuel Puffer for boarding M rs Green] 
from February 16, 1823 to September 16, 1823 [ 

and for Clothing supplied her during that time — J 32.70 

To Hugh Gragg* for labour on the great) 

bridge J 2.25 

To Josiah Kendall for Meal did. W m Win-) 

Chester J 10.37 

To Amasa Jackson his a/c for repairs on the\ 

Engine &c. J 5.78 



[463] 

1823 

To Joseph Robbins for nursing Cloe Fisk — 5„ — 

To Jeremiah Stimpson for Medical Advice) 
for Cloe Fisk / 5„ — 

To Gilbert Kirker for boarding Robert) 
Saunders from June 2 to Sept. 2, 1823 J 26.50 

To M rs Benj a Gardner for afsistance &c. at) 
the funeral of M rs Nutting J 1„ — 

The following order was drawn on the Treasurer 

Watertown Oct. 6, 1823 

To Levi Thaxter Esquire Treasurer of Watertown 

You are hereby directed to allow Samuel Learned 
in part payment for the Taxes Committed to him to collect 

for the year 1822; the following abatements as hereto 

annexed viz. 

Water Adams 1.95 John Gardner Jr. 1.70 

Amos Albee 3.84 Andrew Hemenway 1.70 

John Avery 4.02 Joseph Hartwell 1.70 

Horatio Brigham 1.70 Welcom Hathaway 1.70 

Geo. Blackman 1.70 Sam 1 Hubbard 1.70 

Sam 1 Bigelow 1.70 Aaron Harrington 1.70 

Jofhua Brown L70 Nich 8 W. Kelton 1.70 

Oliver Champlin 1.70 George Knight 1.70 

Jonas Collins 1.70 57.64 

Nath 1 Cole 1.70 Sam 1 Latch 1.70 

Charles Chenery 1.70 Joshua Merritt 1.70 

Gardner F. Davis 1.70 Hartwell Melvin 1.70 

Guy Drake 1.70 Thorn 6 C. Marsh 1.70 



^Editorial Note: — Original Script spelling is Gragg; possibly the name 
referred to by town Clerk was Gregg. 



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Jacob Day 1.70 

Will- Ellis 7.03 

Newbury Eddy 1.70 
Thomas J. Flanders 1.70 

Sewell Fiske 1.70 

Gilman Fox 1.70 

Andrew Gragg* 1.70 



Jacob Nichols 1.70 

Farley Newcomb 1.70 

Moses Paine 1.70 

Joseph Pritchard 1.70 

Gardner Putnam 1.70 

Dan 1 Rice 1.70 

John Powers 1.70 



[464] 



Lynde Parker 1.70 

Sam 1 Rockwood 1.70 
Wid. Ami Sanger — „ 93 

Sam 1 Sanderson 1.70 

John Smith 1.70 

Samuel Smiley 1.70 

Dan 1 Smith 1.70 

John Simmons 1.70 

James Townsend 1.70 

Will- Vose 1.70 



Asaph Whitcomb 6„ 22 

George Warner 1.70 

Andrew White 3.40 

Will- Worth 5.18 

W m J. White 1.70 

Stephen Westcott 1.70 

John Wentworth 1.70 

Horace Whitney 4„ 02 

Joseph Young 1.70 



62.25 

Amo 1 bro fc over 57.64 



$119.89 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Oct 6 th 1823 Samuel Barnard & Andrew Cole were ap- 
pointed Engine Men, for the engine called the Relief*— > 

Att 3t NR Whitney Jr. T. Clerk 

Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Dec. 1, ' 
1823 

At a meeting of the Selectmen, held at the house of 

Elisha Stratton Decb r 1, 1823. the following accounts 

were allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer directing 
him to pay the same, viz.<-~> 

To Widow Hannah Farrar for the support of) 
Benj a Whitney one quarter ending Oct. 31, 1823/ 19„ 50 



^Editorial Note: — Original script spelling is Gragg; possibly the name 
referred to by town Clerk was Gregg. 



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467 



To Asa Pratt for Coffins and attending the) 
funerals of Charles Nutting and his wife / 15„ 

To Elijah Hager for supporting Lucy Hager] 

from June 1, 1823 to Dec. 1, 1823 26 weeks \ 

©7/6 ■ J 32„ 50 

To Hart for support of Ann] 

Green 3 months from Sept. 18, 1823 to Dec. 18, [• 

1823 J 6.50 



[465] 

To David Hager for transporting M rs Green' 
from Westminster to Boston / 4„ — 

To Jos. Robbins for support of Chloe Fisk) 
one quarter ending Nov. 14, 1823 J 17.50 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen, at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Jan y 5, 1824. — The following accounts were al- 
lowed, and an order drawn on the Treasurer directing him 
to pay the same. viz/ — > 

To Will m Hills for boating and rafting plank) 
from Boston to Watertown for Bridge / 12„ — 

To W 7m K. Barnard for plank for Bridge — 144.36 

To Sullivan Sawin for boarding Newton) 
Baxter from May 28, 1823 to Nov. 28, 1823 and| 
for extra trouble j 31„ — 

To Phin 8 Sanderson for Shaving Miles) 
Greenwood & Charles Nutting &c. / 2„ — 

To J. & D. Kendall for Meal supplied W m ) 
Winchester from Sept. 8, to Dec. 25, 1823 / 7.87 

To Abijah White his acc 1 for sundries sup-) 
plied the poor, wood for meeting house &c. J 81.09 

To Adam Brown for Highway plough 6„ — 

To Zacheus Pond for boarding W 7 idow Mary) 
White from Jan* 1, 1823 to Jan^ 1, 1824 and for 
repairing highway plough & pick J 105.12 



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To James Robbins for carting lumber for) 
Bridge &c. J 



6.50 



[466] 

Also at said meeting Nath 1 R. Whitney & Elisha W. Dana 
were appointed for leasing the Fishery the ensuing year 

The following persons were appointed Engine men for 
the Engine called the Relief. viz. 



James Robbins 
Thomas Soden 
Charles H. Chandler 
John M. Harris 
Benj a F. Farrar 
Francis Leathe 
Giles A. Meacham 



John Daniels 
Horatio Nichols 
Benj a Dana 
Roland Rose 
Andrew Cole 
Sam 1 Barnard*— » 



Also for Engine N° 1 the following persons were ap- 
pointed viz. 



Isaac Robbins 
Charles Coolidge 
Henry Bright 
Lewis Upham 
Alpheus Cutter 
Asa Pratt 
Rufus Lee 
Charles Swift 
Jefferson C. Farrar 



Daniel Rice Jr. 
John Bond 
Giles H. Hawes 
William Johnson 
Moses Whitney Jr. 
C. V. Swan 
Henry Kendall 
John M. Peirce' — » 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Warrant for ] 
town Meetings 
Feb 4, 1824 J 

The Selectmen ifsued the following Warrant Jan y 30 th 
1824. viz.*—. 



Seal. To Thaddeus Cole one of the Constables of the town 
Seal, of Watertown Greeting 



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469 



[467] 

SealXoxi are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
Sea/ of Mafsachusetts forthwith to summon and notify the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of said town of Watertown, 
qualified to vote in town affairs to afsemble at the public 
meeting house in said town on Wednesday, the fourth day 
of February next at two of the Clock in the afternoon to 
act on the following articles, viz. 

l 3t To Choose a Moderator for said meeting. 



2 d To know if the town will take any measures to oppose the 
petition of the town of Brighton relative to the Fishery, 
now pending before the Legislature of this Commonwealth, 
and act any thing thereon. 

Hereof fail not, and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon, to the Selectmen at or before the time 
appointed for said meeting. 

Given under our hands and seals this thirtieth day of 
January AD. 1824 

Abijah White 

Amos Livermore I Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. J Watertown' — > 

Watertown Feb^ 2, 1824 

Middlesex fs. Pursuant to the within warrant I have sum- 
moned and notified the inhabitants of said town qualified 
as therein exprefsed to afsemble at the time and place and 
for the purposes within mentioned.' — > 

Thaddeus Cole Constable 



[468] 

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant the inhabitants afsem- 
bled Feb y 4, 1824 and proceeded as follows. 

1 st Voted & Chose Thorn 3 Clark Esqr. Moderator 

2 d Voted that a Committee be chosen to appear before the 
Committee of the Legislature, to oppose the petition of 
Brighton, and prevent if pofsible the repeal of the law 
regulating the preservation of the fish, called Shad and 
Alewives and other fish in Charles River 



470 



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Voted and Chose ] Levi Thaxter 
for said Com- [Abijah White 
mittee* — » J Thomas Clark 



Voted to adjourn this meeting to next Wednesday at 3 
oclock in the afternoon then to meet at this place. 

Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



Wednesday, the day of adjournment, being very in- 
clement the meeting was not attended; consequently noth- 
ing transpired relative to the object of adjournment 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the house of Elisha 
Stratton Feb* 16, 1824. 

The following accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same viz. 



Att 9t NR Whitney Jr. Town Clerk 



[469] 



1824 



To Gilbert Nichols, his account for sundries 
supplied the poor and for making cartridges and 
for bridge repairs 



14„ 66 



To Joshua Coolidge Jr his acct. for sun- 
dries supplied the poor & for bell rope 



21.60 



To Jonathan Whitney Jr. his account for 
laying out Mr Nutting & for work cutting ice — 



1.25 



To Doct. Nath 1 Bemis for medicine and at- 
tendance on the poor the year past and all de- 
mands to date 



13.50 



To Widow Hannah Farrar for support of 
Benj a Whitney one quarter ending Jan y 31, 1824 



19.50 



To the City of Boston for the support of| 
M rs Warren, Jefse Sanger, and for the funeral ex-[ 
penses Dodge J 



To Newell Bent for 2 Sticks of timber for 
the great bridge 



9.08 



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To Abijah White for Men and oxen getting] 
plank for bridge out of the river and for trans- \ 
porting Jefse Sanger to Westminister J 9,, — 

To J. & D. Kendall for meal supplied W m ) 
Winchester's family J 4.10 

To C. P. Wood his acc* for making doors fori 
School house; boarding over the bell at meeting} 
house & for planking bridge J 33.50 

To Samuel Bird his acct. for fixing funnel] 
for meeting house, & straitening spikes for[ 
bridge J 2.51 

To Eben r Smith for Mason work at East) 
district School house / „ 50 

[470] 

To Richard Sanger for four posts for min-1 
isterial land J ,, 56 

To Samuel Walker for the support of Tabby] 
Learned from Oct. 1 to date — 20 weeks @ .50 — J 10„ — 

To Amos Livermore for Shoes supplied W m ) 
Winchester & D. Barnard / 3.60 

To Amos Livermore his acct. for setting) 
glafs in east district School house J 9.30 

To Nath 1 Broad for boarding Jefse Sanger) 
&c. / 11. 8 

To Jerome Hearsy for setting glafs in School) 
houses and meeting house & painting ladder J 12.42 

To John Clark for sund 3 supplied the poor — 44.22 

To Elisha Stratton for Selectmen's expences) 
the past year J 20„ — 

To M r9 Hannah Adams for keeping house) 
for W m Winchester 1 year from Feb y 17, 1823 to[ 



Attest Nath 1 R Whitney Jr Town Clerk 



To Jo. Robbins for the Support of Chloe 



472 



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At the foregoing meeting the Selectmen ifsued the 
following warrant. 

To Thaddeus Cole one of the Constables for the town 
of Watertown Greeting 

L. S You are hereby required in the name of the Com- 
L. S mon wealth of Mafsachusetts, to summon, notify and warn 
L. S the freeholders, and other inhabitants of the town of 
L. S Watertown qualified by law to vote 

in 



[471] 

1824 

In the election of town officers, and in town affairs, to 
afsemble at the public meeting house in said town on 
Monday the first day of March next, at ten of the clock in 
the forenoon, to act on the following articles viz. 

l 8t To chooses a Moderator for said Meeting. 

2 d To choose all town officers required by law to be chosen in 

the months of March or April annually 

3 d To choose a Sexton and agree how he shall be paid for his 

services 

4 th To determine whether swine and neat Cattle shall go at 

large the ensuing year & act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing year and 

act any thing thereon. 

6 th To grant money to open make and repair the highways in 

said town & act any thing thereon 

7 th To hear and examine the accounts of those persons to whom 

the town are indebted, grant money to pay the same, and 

act any thing thereon. 

8 th To hear the report of the Committee for making an estimate 

of the expences of the town for the year ensuing & act any 

thing thereon. 

9 th To hear the reports of any other Committees and act any 

thing thereon. 

10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 

poor, for the year ensuing, to grant money to pay for the 

same and act any thing thereon. 

11 th To hear the Statement of the Selectmen concerning the 

Treasury & act any thing thereon. 



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12 th To know what method the town will take to collect their 

taxes, for the year ensuing and act any thing thereon. 

13 th To know if the town will take any order relative to the 

destruction of certain birds & act any thing thereon 

14 th To know what method the town will take to dispose of their 

pews in the meeting house and act any thing thereon. 

15. To know if the town will dispose of the Hay Scales and act 

any thing thereon. 

16 To know if the town will take any measures to preserve the 

Fish in Charles River and act any thing thereon. 

17. To know if the town will accept of the Bell procured by 

their Committee and act any thing thereon. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant, with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the time 
appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands and seals this sixteenth day of 
February in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & 
twenty four 



Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Moses Chenery 
Gilbert Nichols 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



[473] 

1824 

Middlesex fs. Watertown March l 9t 1824, Pursuant to the 
foregoing warrant, I have notified the freeholders and other 
inhabitants of said town qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet at the time and place and for the purposes within 
mentioned, by posting up two Copies of this warrant at the 
public meeting house two Sundays prior to said Meetings** 

Thaddeus Cole \ Constable*— » 



Agreeably to the Warrant issued the Inhabitants met in 
open town meeting March l 3t 1824, and proceeded to act by 
articles as follows. viz.«— > 



474 Watertown Records. 

March ] 
Meeting \ 
1824 J 

Article l 8t Voted and Chose Levi Thaxter Esq. Moderator. 
2 nd Voted & Chose John Clark, Town Clerk. And 
was sworn before Levi Thaxter Justice of the 
peace. 

Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq. Town Treasurer*— ^ 

r Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Voted & Chose for Selectmen \ Joshua Coolidge Jr. 

Peter Clark 
James Robbins 

{Thomas Clark 
Amos Livermore 
Levi Thaxter 

Voted to Adjourn the Meeting till Two O clock in the 
afternoon then to meet at this place 

Agreeably to Adjournment the meeting was opened and 
proceeded as follows 

Voted that Constables shall not receive any pay except for 
Special services 



[474] 

Voted & Chose for Constables /fej 1 " H £! a £ k , 

1 Gilbert Nichols 



Voted & Chose for Fence Viewers 



Voted & chose for Tything Men 

Voted & chose for Clerks of the 
Market 



Voted & chose for Field Drivers 



Samuel Learned 
Paul Learned 
Nathaniel Bright 
Peter Clark 

f Asa Pratt 

\ George Coolidge 

/Nathaniel Broad 
\Constantine V. Swan 

Phineas Sanderson 
Joseph Bird 
William Horn 
James Gillpatrick 
Nathaniel Broad 
Luke Bemis 



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475 



Voted & chose for Hog-reeves 



Thomas Dana 
Jotham Keyes 
Joseph Bird 
[John H. Clark 



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1824 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Highways 



Elisha Stratton 
Luke Bemis 
Nathaniel Broad 
Daniel A. Tainter 
James Gillpatrick 
Moses Chenery 



Voted & chose for Surveyors 
of Lumber 



/Isaac Dana 
\Coolidge P Wood 



Voted & chose for Cullers 
of Hoops & Staves 



Voted and chose for Fire Wards 



(Isaac Dana 
\ William Horn 



John Hunting 
Levi Thaxter 
Nathaniel Bright 
John Clark 
Abijah White 
Elisha Livermore 
Eliakim Morse 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. 
Seth Bemis 



Voted and Chose for a Com- 
-mittee to protect the rights 
which the town have to the 
Shad & Ale wife Fishery 



Samuel Learned 
Elisha W. Dana 
Edward Lowd 
David Stone 2 nd 
Samuel Somes 



[476] 

Voted to choose a Committe to examine the records of 
the town relative to the Fishery for ten Years last past and 
report a statement of facts at the next Town meeting 
relative to the same 



476 



Watertown Records. 



(Jeremiah Fowle 
Levi Thaxter 
Isaac Dana 



Voted & chose for Pound Keeper, Nathaniel Woodward 

3 rd Voted that the choice of a Sexton be refered to the Selectmen 

4 th Voted that the town take no order respecting Swine 

Also Voted that neat Cattle shall not go at large the ensuing 
Year. 

5 th Voted to Grant the sum as reported by the Selectmen & 
Treasurer see by their estimate under Article 8 th the sum to 
be appropriated in the several districts the same as last 
year. 

Also Voted to grant the sum of Seventy five Dollars for the 
purpose of keeping a Singing-School the ensuing Year. 

[Samuel Barry 
Voted & Chose for Said Committee \ Isaac Patten 

(Elisha Livermore 

6 th Voted to grant for opening & repairing Highways twenty 
five cents upon every rateable pool, and other estates in 

proportion. each Man to be allowed, twelve & half 

Cents per hour, and a Good team the same as a Man. 

7 th Voted that all Amounts against the town shall be presented 
to the Selectmen for their allowance. 



[477] 

1824 

8 th Voted to Accept the report of the Selectmen and Treasurer 
of the estimates and grant the following sums for the Year 
ensuing, viz/— > 

For opening & repairing Highways 25 Cents on a pool 
and other estates in proportion 

For Supporting the poor. 1200,, — 

For Support of Schools. 1200,, — 

For Support of the Ministry 570,, — 

For all contingent expences 500,, — 

See report on file 

9 th pafsed, no Committee made any report. 



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All 



10 th Voted that the Selectmen take charge of the Poor. 

1 1 th Voted that the town Accept the Account of the Treasurer as 
examined by the Selectmen, they being a Committee for 
that purpose, and place the same on file, the result of which 
is*— 

Levi Thaxter as Treasurer is charged with 

the sum of 7580,, 39 

and is Credited with the sum of 6372,, 65 



leaving a balance in the hands of the Treas-1 

urer (as will appear on file) the Sum of / 1207,, 64 

12 th Voted to farm out the Taxes in the usual way and that 
when we do adjourn it be to the House of Luke Robinson, 
for that purpose. 

13 th Voted to difmifs this Article. 

14 th Voted to refer the letting of the pews in the Meeting House 
to the Selectmen to be let at Auction. 

15 th Voted that the Selectmen be A Committee to dispose of the 
Hay-scales in any way which they shall think best 



[478] 

16 th Voted that the Selectmen be a Committe to prosecute any 
person or persons who may violate the laws respecting the 
taking of fish in Charles river 

Also that they pursue the Cause now in Court to a final 
Judgement 

17 th Voted to Grant the sum of one Hundred dollars to defray 
expences of the new Bell. 

Also Voted that tbe town disapprove of the present bell and 
desire the Committee to exchange the same once more with 

M r George H Holbrook, Agreeably to their contract. 

Voted to Adjourn the Meeting till 7 Oclock, then to meet at 
the House of Luke Robinson. 

Agreeably to Adjournment of the foregoing meeting they 
met at the House of Luke Robinson and proceeded to farm 
out the taxes on the following terms and conditions. viz< — > 
the purchaser to Give good and sufficient bonds to Accept- 
ance of the Selectmen for the faithfull performance of his 
duty, and that, if the taxes are not collected within one year 
from the time of receiving them he (the purchaser) is not 
entitled to receive any premium for Collecting. 



478 



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The taxes were then put up and Struck off to Thaddeus 
Cole for one & half cent on a dollar, he being the lowest 
bidder 

Voted & chose Thaddeus Cole Collector 
Voted to difsolve the meeting 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[479] 

1824 

Oaths of \ 
Town Officers / 

March 1 st 1824 Abijah White, Amos Livermore, Joshua 
Coolidge Jr., Peter Clark, and James Robbins, were sworn 
as Selectmen. 

Thomas Clark, Amos Livermore and, Levi Thaxter were 
sworn as Afsefsors 

John H. Clark and Gilbert Nichols, were Sworn as Con- 
stables 

Samuel Learned Nathaniel Bright and, Peter Clark were 
sworn as fence Viewers 

Phineas Sanderson, William Horn and, Nathaniel Broad, 
were sworn as Field drivers 

Jotham Keyes and, John H. Clark, were Sworn as Hog- 
reeves 

Nathaniel Broad, was Sworn as Surveyor of Highways 

Isaac Dana, was Sworn as Surveyor of Lumber 

Isaac Dana and, William Horn were Sworn as Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves 

All the above before John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting I 
March 15 
1824 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Cap 1 Elisha 
Stratton March 15 th 1824 the following businefs was 
transacted 

To Levi Thaxter Esquire Treasurer of Watertown. 
You are hereby directed to pay out of the Treasurey to the 
several persons hereafter named the several Sums annexed 
to their names Viz. 



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479 



To Mahitable Segars for one Years] 
Weekly allowance from April 3 1823 to[ 
April 3 1824 J $39,, 00 

To Gilbert Kirker for the support of] 
Robert Saunderson from December 2 nd } 
1823 to March 2 nd 1824 it being 13 Weeks J 26„ 00 



$65„ 00 
carry'd over 



480 



To Levi Thaxter Esquire for his serv-1 
ices as Treasurer & Afsefsor & for Station- 
ary for 1823 j 



To Silas Goodnow, in full for the Sup- 
port of Furlong while lame, it 

being the amount received from the Com- 
monwealth 



To Thomas Clark, Amos Livermore 
and Nathaniel Bright, for their services as a 
Committe to oppose the Road leading over 
the U. S. Arsenal Land, the same includes 
the amount paid S. P. P. Fav Esqr as Coun- 
cil : 



65 Brot over 



To Thomas Clark Esquire for his serv-1 
ices as Afsessor for 1823 J 22„ 80 



66„ 00 



To Amos Livermore Esquire for his) 
services as Afsefsor for 1823 J 13„ 50 



8„ 10 



26„ 00 
201 „ 40 



Thaddeus Cole, Samuel Learned and John H Clark, 
were appointed Auctioneers for one Year from the first of 
April next 

George Coolidge, was appointed Sealer of Weights & 
Measures for the ensuing Year 

Elisha W. Dana, Adolphus Cannon, Thomas Gookin 
and Amasa Jackson, were appointed Weighers of Beef for 
the Year ensuing. 



480 



Watertown Records. 



Isaac Dana, Luke Robinson, & Thaddeus Cole were 
appointed Measurers of Wood and Bark, for the ensuing 
year 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[481] 

1824 

Warrant for] 
April 
Meeting J 

At the foregoing Meeting the following Warrant was 
ifsued 

Middlesex fs To Gilbert Nichols, one of 
the Constables for the Town of Watertown. Greeting. 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to summon notify and warn the 
freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Water- 
town qualified agreeably to the Constitution of this Com- 
monwealth, to meet at the public Meeting house in said 
town on Monday the fifth day of April next at two of the 
Clock in the afternoon to give in their votes for Governor, 
Lieutenant Governor, Senators and, Counsellors. 

Also,You are alike required to notify and warn the freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the aforesaid town of Watertown, 
qualified by law to vote for Representatives, to meet at 
the public Meeting house in said town on Monday the fifth 
day of April next at three of the Clock in the afternoon to 
Act on the following Articles, viz 

l 3t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting. 

2 nd To Give in their votes for County Treasurer. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon, on or before the time Appointed for 

said Meeting. Given under our hands and seals at 

Watertown the fifteenth day of March in the Year of our 
Lord 1824 

Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 
Peter Clark 
James Robbins 

Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



LS 
LS 
LS 
LS 
LS 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Watertown Records. 



481 



[482] 

Notice to 
perambulate y 
the town 
lines 

Also They gave notice to the Selectmen of Newton, Waltham, 
Cambridge and West Cambridge, to meet them or such 
persons as they should appoint, for the purpose of per- 
ambulating the town lines agreeably to a law pafsed March 
23 AD. 1786, in the following manner. viz<— ^ 

To the Selectmen of Newton, to meet them at Bacons 
tavern at Newton Corner on Thursday the 25 th March 
Instant at 8 O'Clock A.M. & Abijah White & Joshua 
Coolidge Jr were appointed a Committee to perambulate 
said lines with them. 

To the Selectmen of Waltham, to meet at the house of 
Moses Bright in Watertown on Thursday the 25 th March 
Instant at 11 O'Clock A.M. & Abijah White & Joshua 
Coolidge Jr were appointed a Committee to perambulate 
said lines with them. 

To the Selectmen of Cambridge, to meet at Mrs 
Bellows' Tavern in Watertown on Friday the 26 th March 
int. at 8 O'Clock A. M. & Abijah White & Peter Clark were 
Appointed a Committee to perambulate said lines with 
them. 

To the Selectmen of West Cambridge to meet at the 
house of Peter Clark in Watertown, on Friday the 26 th 
March Inst, at 2, O'Clock P.M. & Abijah White & Peter 
Clark, were appointed a Committee to perambulate the 
lines with them. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Pursuant to the foregoing Notices & Appointments the 
Selectmen of the Several towns aforesaid met, and per- 
ambulated the lines between said towns and made the 
following reports, viz.*— > 

Report of the 

Committees 
Appointed to • 

perambulate 
the town lines 

We the undersigned subscribers, Selectmen of Watertown 
and Waltham, hereby Certify that we have this twenty 
fifth day of March in the Year of Our Lord one thousand 



482 



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eight hundred and twenty four Perambulated the lines 
between the said towns, and found the former bounds in 
some instances defaced & nearly distroyed and we have 
agreed to renew the same in the following manner (viz) 

l 8t At a Stone Marked W.W. on the North bank of Charles 
River, at the West corner of Watertown in land of the Hon 
Christopher Gore, from thence to the 2 nd which is a stone 
standing in the 

back 

[483 ] 

1824 

Back road by the side of said Gores wall near the gate south 
of his House, from thence to the 3 d which is a button Wood 
tree marked W.W. in land of the said Gore near the small 
Bridge or Sluiceway acrofs the Great road leading from 
Watertown to Waltham, from thence to the 4 th which is a 
small heap of Stones in the Bemis lane (so called) by the 
side of Jonathan Coolidges wall, from thence to the 5 th 
which is a Stone Mark'd W.W. Standing on a Small heap of 
Stones against Barns' wall about fifteen Rods, east of his 
House, from thence to the 6 th which is a great Oak tree 
marked W.W. in land of Jonas White, from thence to the 
7 th which is a Stone Marked W.W. in the road leading from 
Watertown to Lexington, by the side of Leonard & Jonas 
Bonds wall, called the Tom Harrington place, from thence 
to the 8 th which is a heap of Stones near a small Ceder tree, 
in land of Jonas White formerly belonging to Phineas 
Stearnes, from thence to the 9 th which is a heap of Stones 
on a flat rock in land of Capt Charles Wellington, and 
formerly owned by Samuel White, from thence to the 10 th 
and last which is a Stone Marked W.W. in land of Peter 
Clark, and on the line that divides Watertown & Waltham, 
from West Cambridge.*—* 

Abijah White \ Selectmen 

Joshua Coolidge Jr J of Watertown. 

Luke Fiske ] Selectmen 

Abijah Whitney [ of 

J Waltham 

Recorded by John Clark, Town Clerk ^^^^ 



We the undersigned Subscribers Selectmen of W T atertown 
and Cambridge, hereby certify that we have this Twenty 
sixth day of March in the Year of Our Lord one thousand 



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483 



eight hundred and twenty four, Perambulated the lines 
between said Towns, and found on examination some of the 
Ancient marks and monuments distroyed, And we have 
agreed to renew the same in the following manner, viz. 
l 3t A locust post on the southwest side of a ditch, which is 
a dividing line between land of the late Elbridge Gerry 



& the late Mofes Stone deceased on the northerly bank 
of Charles River, Thence northerly by said ditch to 
the 2 nd which is a post at the Shore of the Marsh on the 
upland in the dividing line aforesaid marked W.C. from 
thence northerly nearly in a Straight line to the 3 rd which 
is a button wood tree in the line aforesaid marked W.C. 
thence curving a little as said dividing line runs to the 4 th 
which is a post on the westerly side of a Stone wall marked 
W.C. thence curving as said wall runs, to the 5th. which is 
a post at the corner thereof marked W.C.C. from thence 
making nearly a right angle, and running westerly in a 
Straight line to the 6th. which is a post marked W.W.C. 
in the Corner of land of the heirs of the late Moses Stone 
deceased, then running northerly to the 7 th which is a post 
marked W.C.C. on the South side of the road leading from 
Watertown to Cambridge and in land of the Hon William 
Gray, and nearly opposite said Grays house thence running 
westerly by the Southerly side of said road to the 8 th 
which is a post marked W.W.C. from thence crofsing Said 
road and running northerly between lands of Coburn & 
Bird and Land of Jonas Wyeth Jun r in a Straight line to 
the 9th. which is a post on the shore of fresh Pond marked 
W.C. in the line between land of Coburn & Bird & lands of 
the late Elbridge Gerry deceased, from thence in a Straight 
line untill it comes to the dividing lines in said pond be- 
tween Cambridge, West Cambridge & Watertown.*— » 



[484] 



Abijah White 
Peter Clark 





Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



484 



Watertown Records, 



[485] 



1824 



We the under signed Subscribers Selectmen of Watertown 
and West Cambridge, hereby Certify that we have this 
twenty sixth day of March in the year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and twenty four, Perambulated 
and run the lines between said Towns and found the Ancient 
marks and monuments in some instances distroyed and in 
others defaced. And we have agreed to renew the same in 

the following manner, viz 1 st Beginning at a Stone in 

land of Peter Clark at the Corner of Watertown & Waltham, 
and adjoining West Cambridge thence running to the 2 nd 
bound mark, which is a White Oak tree on the South side of 
Cambridge & Concord Turnpike in land of Peter Clark, 
W 

marked C W. Thence running northeasterly and crofsing 
said Turnpike to the 3 rd bound mark, which is a Swamp 
white oak tree in land of Jonas & Leonard Bond marked 
W 

C W. thence turning a right angle and crofsing said turnpike 
about eight rods from said tree to the 4 th bound-mark, 

W 

which is a Stone marked C W. in land formerly belonging 
to Solomon Prentifs — thence running to the 5th. bound 

W 

mark which is a small Elm tree marked C W. in the end of 
the wall on the South side of the aforesaid turnpike, at the 
northeast Corner of land belonging Leonard Stone. Thence 
running to the 6th bound mark which is a post marked 
W 

C W. in land of M r Smith and formerly owned by Richard 
Richardson And from thence to the 7th. and last bound 

W 

mark, which is a post marked C W. Standing on the north- 
west side of fresh Pond (so called) and on the Division line 
of lands belonging to M r Foster, and formerly belonging to 
John T. Apthrop and land of William Gay, and formerly 
owned by Elizabeth Prentifs/—* 



Abijah White 
Peter Clark 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Thomas Rufsell 
Jonathan Frost 



Selectmen 
of 

West Cambridge 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



485 



[486] 

We the undersigned Subscribers, Selectmen of Watertown 
and Newton, hereby certify that we have this twenty fifth 
day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred and twenty four, perambulated the lines between 
said Towns, and found on examination, the bound marks to 

be perfectly plain, and as follows, Viz 1 st A Stone 

Marked W.N. Standing on the South side of Charles River 
in land belonging to the heirs of the late Nath 1 Weld de- 
ceased; from thence Southerly to the second which is a 
Stone Marked W.N. Standing on land of John Richardson, 
which bound makes a corner; from thence westerly crofsing 
the great Road leading from Watertown to Newton, to a 
Stone Marked W.N. Standing on the afore said road in land 
of Eliakim Morse which is the 3 rd ; from thence to the fourth 
which is a Stone Marked W.N. Standing in land lately 
belonging to Cornelius Lenox deceased, and a little easterly 
of s d Lenox's house which stone makes a Corner; from 
thence to the 5 th in a northerly direction to a stone on the 
south Shore of Charles River in land of Isaac Griner marked 
W.N. all of which bounds we have agreed to; And also that 
the dividing point between the said Towns on the Bemis 
Bridge so called shall be at the north end of the Middle 
Stone pier in said bridge which is the same as agreed to, by 
the Selectmen of said Towns October 18 th 1819.*—, 

Abijah White ] Selectmen 
Joshua Coolidge Jr \ of 

J Watertown 

William Jackson \ Selectmen 
James Fuller / of Newton 

Attest John,, Clark Town Clerk 



1824 Watertown April 5th 1824 

Pursuant to the within Warrant, I have notified the In- 
habitants of said town qualified as therein exprefsed, to 
meet at the time & place & for the purpose there exprefs'd, 
by posting two Attested Copies of the within Warrant at 
the public Meeting house in said town, two Sundays prior 
to the date hereof 

Gilbert Nichols, Constable 



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April 1 
Meeting 
1824 



At a public town Meeting held Agreeably to the War- 
rant ifsued March the 15th 1824 the Inhabitants of Water- 
town Met April 5th to give in their votes for Governor, 
Lieut Governor, and Counsellors and Senators, the result 
of which is as follows Viz/ — » 



for 

Governor 

for Lieut 
Governor 



JFor His Excellency William Eustis 
\For Samuel Lathrop Esq 



(For Marcus Morton Esq 

\For Richard Sullivan Esq 

Hon Levi Thaxter 
John Keyes 
" John Wade 
" Micah M. Rutter 
Seth Knowles 
Senators \ Abial Heywood 

William Blanchard J r 
William Hilliard 
Edmund Parker 
Cyrus Baldwin 
William Austin 

The Votes were then Accordingly declared and Sealed up in 
open town meeting 

Attest John„Clark, Town Clerk 



191 


Votes 


OsJ 




121 


Votes 


83 


Votes 


120 


Votes 


121 


<« 


120 




122 




121 




77 




79 




76 




79 




80 




1 





[488] 

The Meeting for the choice of a County Treasurer was 
then opened, and Levi Thaxter Esqr Chosen Moderator 

The Votes being called for, Counted and sorted were 
for John Keyes 38 votes 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 

Selectmen's ] 
Meeting \ 
April 5 1824J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson on Monday the 5th of April 1824 the following 
businefs was transacted Viz. The pews in the Gallery of 
the Meeting house belonging to the town were leased on the 



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487 



following conditions for one Year from the first of May 
next. The purchaser to pay Cash down, or give a note 
payable on the said first day of May at which time he takes 
possession. 

Beginning at No 1 which is the pew in the West Gallery 
being at the northwest Corner next to the wall 

No 1 to John Hunting For 3„ 25 

2 " Amasa Jackson " 2„ 87 y 2 

3 " George Long M 2„ 50 



4 " Rufus Lee " 2„ 12 

5 " Daniel Waters " 2„ 62y 2 

6 " Daniel Peirce " 2„ 50 

East Side beginning next to the Singers 

No 1 to James Robbins " 3,, 87 y 2 

2 " Abijah White " 3„ 25 

3 " Levi Whitney " 3„ 50 

4 " Hugh Hall " 3„ 50 

5 " George Coolidge " 3,, 37 

6 " Abijah White " 3„ 31 y 2 



$36,, 75 

Attest John^Clark Town Clerk 

Selectmen's] 
Meeting [ 
Apl 5 1824 J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 6th 1824, they sold the 
Hay-Scales belonging to the Town to John Richardson for 
the sum of Eighty one Dollars $81„ 00 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



1824 

Selectmen's ] 
Meeting Apl > 
12th 1824 J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Capt Elisha 

Stratton April 12 1824. The following businefs was 

transacted 



488 Watertown Records. 

To Levi Thaxter Esq r Treasurer of Watertown, You 
are hereby directed to pay out of the Treasurey, to the 
persons hereafter named, the Several Sums annex'd their 
respective names viz. 

To Samuel Hyde, for the support of Jona-1 
than Nutting one Year to March 30th, 1824 andi 
for clothing supplyd the same j 106,, 25 



To Lois Curtis for Grave Gown for Charles) 
Nutting and for Cap & Hkf for his wife, at the 
time of their death 



J 3„ 75 



To Hart for Support of Mrs] 

Greene three months from december 18th, 1823 \ 

to March 18th 1824 j 6„ 50 

To Thomas Whitney for the Support of) 
Lucy White one Year to 2 nd March 1 824 J 39,, 00 

To the Widdow Hannah Farrar, for the Sup-] 
port of Benj a Whitney one quarter ending April \ 
30th 1824 j 19„ 50 

To Nathaniel R Whitney J r for his Services) 
as Town Clerk for the past Year. j 25„ 00 

$200,, 00 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Also at the above Meeting the following persons were 
appointed Engine Men for the engine called the Relief 
viz*— > 

Jonathan B. Harrington 
Noah Wyeth 
Frederic A. Bemis 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[490] 

Oath Apl 12 1824 

Daniel A. Taintor Sworn as Surveyor of Highways 
before John Clark, Town Clerk.*— > 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke Robin- 
son April 26th 1824, the following businefs was transacted 



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489 



viz. Asa Pratt was appointed Sexton for one year from the 

l 8t of May 1824. Twenty dollars being a compensation 

for his services for ringing the Bell, putting up and taking 
down the Stoves and Funnels, Sawing wood, sweeping the 

Meeting house &c For attending the funerals of adults, 

three dollars and fifty cents in the Summer and four dollars 
in the Winter, and for Children in proportion. 

Also The following Warrant was issued 

Warrant 1 
for May \ 
Meeting J 

Middlesex fs. To Gilbert Nichols, one of the Constables of 
Town of Watertown Greeting 

LS You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
LS wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify and warn the freeholders 
LS and other Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, qualified 
LS agreeably to the Constitution, to meet at the public Meet- 
LS ing house in said town on Monday the tenth day of May 
next, at Three of the clock in the afternoon for the purpose 
of choosing one or more Representatives, to represent them 
at the next General Court appointed to be convened and 
held at Boston, on the last Wednefday of May next 

Also You are alike required to notify and warn the free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the said Town of Water- 
town, qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet at the 
public meeting house in said town, on Monday the tenth 
day of May next, at Four of the Clock in the Afternoon to 
Act on the following articles Viz' — k 

l et To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 nd To know if they will take any measures to ascertain what 
right the town has to any lands or pafsways, not at present 

occupied by them, and act any thing thereon 

3 nd To hear the report of any Committe, and Act any thing 
thereon 

4 th To Know if the Town will hear the petition of Luke Bemis, 
and others respecting widening the back road leading to the 
Waltham 

Factories 



[491] 

1824 

Factories, And Act any thing thereon. 

5 th To Know if the town will hear the Request of Jeremiah 
Fowle and act any thing thereon. 



490 



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Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant 
with your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before 

the time Appointed for said Meeting. Given under our 

hands and seals this twenty Sixth day of April AD. 1824*- — > 

Abijah White 

Amos Livermore Selectmen 
Joshua Coolidge J r \ of 
Peter Clark Watertown 
James Robbins 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watertown May 10th 1824 

Pursuant to the within Warrant, I have notified the 
male Inhabitants of Said town, qualified as therein ex- 
pressed to meet at the time and place and for the purposes 
therein mentioned, by posting two attested copies of the 
within warrant at the public Meeting house two Sundays 
prior to the date hereof 

Gilbert Nichols, Constable 

Agreeably to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants afsem- 
bled May 10 th 1824, And proceeded to vote as follows 
Viz<— > 

Voted to Send two Representatives; the votes being 
then called for were 

For Abijah White Eighty Nine Votes 
" Thomas Clark Sixty Seven Votes 
" Marshall B. Spring Twenty Eight Votes 

Abijah W 7 hite & Thomas Clark were Accordingly declared 
to be Chosen 

The Meeting for the transacting of Town Affairs was 
then opened Agreeably to the warrant 

Article 1 st Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Moderator 

2 nd Voted to Choose a Committee to ascertain what 
right the town has to any Lands, or pafsways not at 

present Occupied by them 

Voted & Chose the Selectmen for said Committee 

3 rd The following report was made. 



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491 



[492] 

Watertown May 10th 1824 

To the Inhabitants of Watertown in Townmeeting afsembled 

We the Subscribers a Committee appointed by the In- 
habitants of said Town, at a public Town meeting held on 
the 4th of March AD. 1822, together with Capt John 
Fowle of late deceased for establishing the boundaries near 
Treadaways bridge (so called) between Jonathan Coolidge 
Esqr & others, and the Town & to pass quit claim deeds; 
which has not been done; considering the circumstance of 
the death of said Fowle, we think it incumbent on us to 
give you this information that you may act on the subject 
as you may judge expedient 

All which is Submited by Joseph Peirce 

Nath 1 R. Whitney 

4 th Voted to dismifs this article 
5 th Voted to dismifs this article 
Voted to difsolve the Meeting 

Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



April 27 1824 William Lock of Newton applied and re- 
ceived a certificate that he was a member of the Congrega- 
tional religious Society in Watertown 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



April 30 Josiah Tilden of Newton Applied and received a 
certificate that he was a Member of the Congregational 
religious society in Watertown 

From John Clark, Town Clerk 



Certificate] 
of Allen \ 
Ward J 

This may certify that M r Allen Ward of the Town of 
Watertown is a Member of the first Universal Society in 
Newton, Newton April 12 1824, By order of the Standing 
Committee 

George Murdock, Clerk 



492 



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Certificate 
of Jo 3 Mead 
Dan 1 Damon f 

J D. Park 

This certifies that Joseph Mead, Daniel Damon, & John D 
Park all of Watertown are Members of the Congregational 
religious Society in the West precinct in Newton 

Joseph Jackson prcnt. Clerk 
Newton-West Precinct Apl 29 1824 



[493] 

1824 

May l 8t 1824 Nathaniel Woodward Sworn as pound Keeper 
before John Clark, Town Clerk 

May 3 1824 Elisha Stratton, Sworn as surveyor of Highways 
Before John Clark, Town Clerk 

Selectmen's 1 
Meeting \ 
May 12 1824 J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton May 12th 1824 The following warrant was drawn 
for Town Meeting. 

Warrant 1 
for 

Town Meeting] 

Middlesex fs, To Gilbert Nichols one of the Constables 
of the Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to summon, notify & warn the 
freeholders other Inhabitants of the Town of Watertown, 
qualified by law to vote in Town affairs, to meet at the 
public Meeting house in said town on Monday the thirty 
first day of May Instant at five of the clock in the afternoon, 
to act on the following articles, Viz' — > 

l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting. 

2 nd To Know if the Town will accept the list of Jurors as pre- 
pared by the Selectmen & Act any thing thereon. 



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493 



Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
Your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the 
time appointed for said meeting. 

Given under our hands and seals this 
twelfth day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
Eight hundred & twenty four. 



Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Peter Clark 
James Robbins 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Pursuant to the within warrant I have summoned and 
notified the Inhabitants of said Town qualified as therein 
exprefsed to afsemble at the time and place, and for the 
purposes within mentioned by posting two copies of this 
warrant at the public Meeting house two Sundays prior to 
the date hereof 

Watertown May 31-1824 Gilbert Nichols Constable 



[494 



Town 
Meeting 



Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants of 
Watertown assembled and proceeded to Vote by articles as 
follows*— » 

Article l 8t Voted & Chose Thomas Clark, Moderator 

Article 2 nd Voted to Accept the list of Jurors as prepared by the 
Selectmen May 12th 1824 

Voted to difsolve the meeting 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 

Oaths \ 

May 22 1824 James Gillpatrick was sworn to the Office of 
Highway Surveyor for the Year ensuing Before Levi 
Thaxter Justice of the Peace 



494 



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May 24 1824 Luke Bemis was Sworn to the Office of High- 
way Surveyor for the year ensuing Before Levi Thaxter 
Justice of the Peace 

June 1 1824 Moses Chenery was Sworn to the Office of 
Highway Surveyor for the year ensuing 

Before John Clark, Town Clerk 

Seledhnens ] 
Meeting \ 
May 31 1824 J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House Elisha 
Stratton May 31 1824, the following Accounts were Al- 
lowed, and an order drawn on the Treasurer for the same 
(Viz) 

To the east district School House Committe] 
for Stove & Funnel for School House, which they [ 
Bought of J P. Bradlee J 28„ 41 

To Joseph Robbins for the Support of Chloel 
Fisk 3 m° from Febry 14 1824 to May 14, 1824 — J 17„ 50 

To Asa Pratt for his services as Sexton One] 
Year to 3 d May 1824 & for Sundries paid for by| 
him for house J 35,, 87 

To Daniel Jackson for the Support of] 
Fredrick Remmington one year to June 1 1824 & \ 
Clothing Supplyed J 30„ 00 



$111,, 78 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 

Selectmens ] 
Meeting \ 
July 12 1824 J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton July 12 1824 the following Accounts were allowed 
and an order drawn on the Treasurer for the same (Viz) 



[495] 

1824 

To Elijah Hager for the Support of Lucy Hager] 
from December 1, 1823 to June 1 1824 26 f 
weeks ?32„ 50 



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To W m Wait for the Support of Ann Green 3 m°\ 

from March 18 to June 18-1824 J 6„ 50 

To Samuel Walker for the Support of Tabby] 
Learned from February 16 1824 to July 8th [ 
1824 20 weeks J 10,, 

To S Sawin for the Support of Newton Baxter] 
from Novr 28 1823 to May 28 1824—26 
weeks & for Support of Jefse Sanger 14 j 
weeks J 66„ 50 

To the Widdow Hannah Farrar for the Support] 
of Benjamin Whitney three months fromf 
April 30 to July 30—1824 J 19„ 50 

To Gilbert Kirker, for the Support of Robert] 
Saunders from March 2 nd to June 2 nd 1824 and[ 
for Making a Shirt for him J 26,, 66 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Also at the foregoing meeting the following persons were 
appointed Engine Men for Engine No 1 (Viz) 

Hiram Steele 
Asa Thayer Jr 
Levi Whitney 

Attest John Clark Town Clerk 

Selectmen's 
Meeting 
August 2 [ 
1824 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton August 2 nd 1824, they proceeded as follows Viz. 
The following Accounts were allowed and an order drawn 
on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same^ 

To Joseph Robinson for the support of Chloe) 
Fisk 3 Months to August 14th 1824 J $17,, 50 

To Mark Vose for his Account for the Sup-' 
port of John Remington Two Years from May 
l 3t 1822 to May l 3t 1824, & for Clothing Sup- 
ply'd him to the said 1 st May 1824 & for boarding > 
Jefse Sanger from May 14 1823 to Sept 7 1823 
Also, for boarding & Clothing Supply'd Dyer 
Loverage a pauper 

of 



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[496] 

Of Deerfield from October 15 th 1822 to Nov 5,1 
1822 & for Supporting Sally Barry from June 9 th [ 
182* to June 9 1824 making in all the Sum of — j$188 /# 50 

Also Elisha S. Lyman was appointed an Engine Man for 
Engine No 2 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 

August 2 1824 Isaac Dana was Sworn as Measurer of Wood 
& Bark before 

John Clark Town Clerk 

Selectmen's] 
Meeting [ 
Sept 6 1824 J 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Sept 6 1824. The following businefs was trans- 
acted 

George Lawton & Frederick A. Sumner were ap- 
pointed Engine Men for Engine No. 1. 

Also, the following persons were Aprobated as Inn- 
holders & Retailers Viz 

Luke Robinson 1 

Elisha Stratton \ Innholders 

Nathaniel Broad J 

John Clark 

Thaddeus Cole \ Retailers 
Luke Bemis J 

Likewise, the following Accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the same 

To Josiah Mason Jr & Co for Lumber for) 
Bemis' Bridge J 161.97 

To J & David Kendall for Meal for William) 
Winchester to August 28 1824 J 

To William Rogers for one days work on) 
Bemis' Bridge j 1.60 

To Ebenezer Hay ward for Stones & Labour) 
Making and securing the Main sills of Bemis' [ 
Bridge J 42„09 

* Editorial Note: — Year date not completed in original script. 



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497 



[497] 

1824 

To the Town of South Reading for the Sup-] 
port of Joseph Prentifs from October 1 1823 tof 
Oct 1 1824 j 76„ 20 

To Phineas Cary for Stones & Labour on) 
Bemis' Bridge J 62„ 83 

To David Hager for services rendered at the) 
death of Mrs Nutting J 1„ 50 

To Gilbert Kirker for the Support of Robert) 
Saunders, from June 2 nd 1824 to Sept 2 1824 J 26„ 00 

To Jotham Keyes for Labour & Stones Re-] 
pairing Sluiceway at Cooks Pond & Treadaways [ 
Bridge J 26„ 70 

To Joseph Bright, a balance due him for the] 
Support of David Barnard one year to May 1,[ 
1824 J 15„ 97 

Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



The following Warrant was drawn by the Selectmen and 
handed to the Constable to warn the Inhabitants for a 
Special town Meeting. 

Warrant for ) 
Town Meeting/ 

Middlesex fs — To Gilbert Nichols one of the Constables 
of the Town of Watertown. Greeting 

LS You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
LS wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to summon Notify and 
LS warn the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
LS Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet 
LS at the public Meeting house in said town on Monday the 
fourth day of October next at three of the Clock in the 
afternoon to Act on the following articles (Viz) 

Article 1 st To Choose a Moderator for Said meeting. 

2 nd To Know if the town will excuse the Selectmen 
who were a Committee Appointed in may last and appoint 
another in their stead for the purpose of ascertaining what 
right the town has to any lands or pafsways not at present 

occupied 



498 



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[498] 



Occupied by them, and Act any thing thereon 

3 nd To know if the town will do any part of making another 
Sluice way near Treadaways bridge, and give liberty to the 
proprietors of the Cambridge port Turnpike to raise the 
Road from the east end of said Turnpike to the square near 

the pump, and Act any thing thereon. 

4th. To hear the request of George Coolidge and act any 
thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon on or before the time Appointed for 
said Meeting 

Given Under our hands and seals this Twenty eighth 
day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand 
Eight hundred and twenty four 



Pursuant to the foregoing warrant I have notified & 
warned the Inhabitants qualified as therein exprefsed to 
meet at the time & place & for the purpose therein Men- 
tioned. 

Watertown Octr 4 1824 G. Nichols, Constable 

Agreeably to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants 
afsembled and proceeded to vote as follows October 4 1824 

Voted & Chose Thomas Clark Esqr Moderator 

2 nd Voted not to excuse the Selectmen who were formerly 
chosen A Committee to ascertain what right the town has to 
any lands or pafsways not at present occupied by them 
from acting on the same' — > 



Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Peter Clark 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 
James Robbins 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



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499 



[499] 

1824 

Voted to add three to the Committee 

Voted & Chose Nath 1 Bemis 

Tyler Bigelow and 
Nath 1 R Whitney Esqrs 

and that they be directed to attend to the businefs and 
make report of their doings at the next town Meeting 

3 rd Voted to Choose a Committee to widden Treadaways 
Bridge 

Voted & Chose for Said Committee the Selectmen together 

with Nath 1 Bemis 

Tyler Bigelow and 
Nath 1 R Whitney Esqrs 

and that they be directed to widden Treadaways Bridge or 
Sluiceway to such width as may be deemed Sufficient to 
prevent an overflow of water in time of freshet, either by 
contract or any otherway they shall think most for the 
interest of the town, and draw their order on the Treasurer 
for money to defray the expence of the same 
Voted that the remaining part of this article be refered to 
the same Committe. (Viz) and give liberty to the pro- 
prietors of the Cambridge port Turnpike to raise the Road 
from the east end of said Turnpike to the square near the 
pump 

4 th Voted that the Committe be directed not to pafs any quit 
claim deeds as requested by M r George Coolidge 
Voted to Adjourn this meeting to the First Monday in 
November next then to meet in this place at two of the 
Clock in the afternoon 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Oct 14 f 
1824 

At A meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton October 14 1824 — The following Accounts were 
allowed and orders drawn on the Treasurer to pay the 
same (Viz) 



500 



Watertown Records. 



To Zacheus Pond for Spikes & Iron posts for) 
Bemis' Bridge J 5.33 

To Gilbert Kirker for boarding & attendance] 
on Robert Sanderson from the 2 nd Sept to the[ 
10-1824 J 5„ 50 



[500] 

To Samuel Walker for the Support of Tabby] 
Learned from July 8 to October 8 1824— 13 \ 
Weeks J 6, ,50 

To Hugh Gragg for 3 days Labour on Bemis) 

Bridge / 5„ 25 

To Samuel Somes for 14 days labour on Bemis') 

Bridge •/ 26—85 

To Thomas Soden for 5 % days Labour on Bemis) 

Bridge / 11 



To Daniel Waters for Nine days Labour on) 

Bemis' Bridge / 15—75 

To Elisha Livermore Joseph Peirce & Adam 
Brown, the Committe Appointed to procure a 
new Bell for the Town, the balance of expenda- 
tures for said purpose as per Account certified at 
this time 



136.48 



Also — the following Warrant was drawn for Town 
Meeting 



Town Meeting for the choice of Representatives to Con- 
grefs & Electors of President &c<— » 

Middlesex fs To Gilbert Nichols, one of the Constables of 
the Town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the Inhabitants 
of the said Town of Watertown, qualified by law to vote 
L S for Representatives to the General Court of said Common- 
L S wealth, to Afsemble at the public Meeting house in said 
L S town on Monday the first day of November next at two of 
L S the clock in the afternoon to give in their votes for Repre- 
L S sentatives of the people of said Commonwealth in the 
Congrefs of the United States for the Middlesex district. — 



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501 



Also, — in like manner to afsemble at the same place at 
three of the Clock in the afternoon to give in their Votes for 
Fifteen Electors of President and Vice President of the 
United States. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or 

before 



1824 



[501] 

Before the time Appointed for said meeting. 

Given under our hands and seals this fourteenth day 
of October in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight 
hundred and twenty four 



Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Peter Clark 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 
James Robbins 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



Pursuant to the within warrant, I have notifyed and 
warned the male inhabitants of said town of Watertown, 
qualified as therein exprefs'd, to meet at the time and 
place and for the purposses therein mentioned by posting 
at the public Meeting house two Copies of the within two 
Sundays prior to the date hereof 

Watertown Nov r l 9t 1824 Gilbert Nichols, Constable 

Meeting for 
the choice of I 
Representative! 
Electors &c 

Agreeably to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants 
qualified as therein exprefsed, met at the public Meeting- 
house in said Watertown on Monday the l 3t day of Nov r 
1824 at 2 of the Clock in the afternoon and proceeded to 
give in their votes for a Representative to represent the 
Middlesex district in the Congrefs of the United States, the 
Votes being sorted and counted by the Sele&men were 
declared by them to be as follows (viz) 



502 



Watertown Records. 



For M r Edward Everett one Hundred and four votes 104 
For Levi Thaxter Esquire Twenty one votes 21 

Votes for Electors were then called for, which were brought 
in counted and Sorted and declared to be as follows 



[502] 

Electors at Large 

Hon William Gray, one Hundred and fifteen Votes 115 

Hon Levi Lincoln, one Hundred and fifteen Votes 115 

" William Baylies, Twelve Votes 12 

William Reed Twelve Votes 12 

Electors for Suffolk district 



Hon Thomas L Winthrop, of Boston, one Hundred 

and fifteen votes 115 
" Samuel Hubbard Twelve Votes 12 

Electors for Essex South District 

Hon Nathaniel Silsbee, of Salem one hundred and 

fifteen votes 115 

William Sutton Twelve Votes 12 

Electors for Essex North District 

Hon Thomas Kittredge, of Andover, one hundred & 

fifteen votes 115 

David How Twelve Votes 12 
Electors "for Middlesex district 



Augustus Tower, Esqr. of Stow one hundred & 

fifteen 115 

Edmund Foster Twelve Votes 12 
Electors for Worcester South district 



General Jonathan Davis of Oxford one hundred & 

fifteen 112 

Daniel Shurber Twelve Votes 15 

Electors for Worcester North District 

Col Edmund Cushing, of Lunenburg one hundred & 

fifteen votes 115 

Hon Solomon Strong Twelve Votes 12 



Watertown Records. 503 

Electors for Franklin district 

Oliver Smith, Esqr. of Hatfield one hundred & 

fifteen votes 115 

Gen. Samuel Porter Twelve Votes 12 



[503] 

1824 

Electors for Hampden district 

Enos Foot, Esquire, of Southwick, one hundred 

& fifteen votes 115 
Timothy Horton Twelve Votes 12 

Electors for Berkshire district 



Hon. William Walker of Lenox one hundred & 

twenty seven votes 127 

Electors for Norfolk district 



Hon John Endicott, of Dedham one hundred & 

fifteen votes 115 

Hon Benjamin Reynolds Twelve Votes 12 
Electors for Plymouth district. 

Hon Thomas Weston, of Middleborough, one Hun- 
dred & fifteen votes 115 
Benjamin Hobart, Esqr. Twelve Votes 12 

Electors for Bristol district 



Cornelius Grinnell, Esqr. of New-Bedford one 

hundred & fifteen votes 115 
Hon John M. Williams Twelve Votes 12 

Electors for Barnstable district 



Hesekiah Barnard, Esq. of Nantucket, one 

hundred & fifteen votes 115 
Nymphas Morton, Esqr. Twelve Votes 12 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



504 



Watertown Records. 



Adjournment 
of Town 
Meeting of > 
Oct 14 th 
1824 

Agreeably to adjournment of the Town Meeting 
October 4, 1824 the Inhabitants afsembled at the public 
Meeting-house Nov. 1, 1824 at 4 O'Clock in the afternoon, 
the meeting was opened by the moderator and following 
report and resolves were read and ordered to be accepted & 
reported at length on the Town records 

The committee chosen by the Town of Watertown to 
ascertain what rights the town has to any lands or pafsage 
ways — to investigate 

the 



[504] 

The subject & report their doings to the town — have in 
pursuance of their appointment attended to the subject & 
ask leave to report in part viz 

That they have investigated the rights 
of the town to the lands lying easterly of the Stream 
pafsing under Treadway bridge the mill creek & Charles 
river, from the great road leading to the Meeting house 
down to the John Sanger estate, so called, now owned by 
M r Isaac Patten and they find that the land east- 
erly of said stream mill creek & Charles river, & adjacent 
thereto, from the said great road down to the said Sanger 
estate, has been common & uninclosed from time im- 
memorial— ^& been used & improved by all the inhabitants 
and the public for the purposes of pafsing & repafsing, 

common landings wharfage &c That the late M r 

David Sanger owned & improved the lands lying easterly 
of those above discribed and used for public purposes as 

aforesaid That as early as the year 1739 & at divers 

times afterwards the town took measures to let the said 
lands & actually let the same, as appears by the records of 

the town That it appears also by the same records that 

the said David Sanger at divers times between the year 
1740 & the year 1780 petitioned the town to sell to him the 
said lands & that the town uniformly refused to grant his 

petition excepting about the year 1750, when the town 

voted to sell him "five rods for a wharf" but it does not 
appear that any deeds were ever given of the same nor 
that any part of said land was ever exclusively occupied 



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505 



and improved by him That the site or line of the old 

wall to which the said Sanger improved is now visible from 
the garden of the Rev. M r Francis southwardly for many 
rods. 

Your Committee further find that after the division 
of the estate of the said David Sanger to & among his heirs, 
that part of his estate lying easterly of the lands used by 
the public 

as 

[505] 

1824 

As aforesaid — came into the possesion of Jonathan Coolidge 
Esqr of Waltham & M r Isaac Patten as tenants in common 
That said Coolidge & Patten about the year 1808 — without 
any legal discontinuance of the rights easements & privi- 
leges belonging to the public as aforesaid, or Special 
license from any person, erected a Sea or river wall from 
where the said Treadway Stream entered the mill creek, 
down to what is now called the Gap or landing place & 
filled up the same with gravel, thus changing what was 
before the natural shore or landing place of the river, into a 

wharf or landing place in the state it now presents itself 

That this was the first attempt exclusively to appropriate 
any part of the lands used & improved by the public as 

aforesaid That said Coolidge & Patten since that time 

have occasionally taken pay or wharfage of persons using 

that portion of said land filled up by them as aforesaid 

particularly of the Boston Manufacturing Company 

That they however never inclosed any part of said lands 
but the same have remained open & uninclosed & have 
been used by said inhabitants for the purposes of pafsing & 

repafsing landing from canoes — mud* from boats &c &c 

That during the present year the said Coolidge & 

Patten have made partition — & the land easterly of those 

used & improved by the public as aforesaid & south of 

the Garden of Mr Francis now belongs to the said Jonathan 
Coolidge 

Your Committee further find that the businefs done on 

Charles River from the Country & which may be called 

the descending businefs of the river & which consisted of the 
transportation of lumber — Ship timber — &c &c & which 

required Spacious landings has quite ceased that the 

ascending businefs of the river, or transportation from 



Editorial Note: — "mud" or " 'much"; original script is illegible. 



506 



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the Capitol into the country & from the lands & marshes 
below is now very considerable & may hereafter become 



very 



[506] 

Very great & extensive It is therefore highly expedient 

& necefsary that the rights of the Town & of the public to 
the wharves & common landings upon said river & the 
rights of pafsage to & from the same should be carefully 

guarded & protected from encroachment upon the 

whole therefore your Committe are unanimously of opinion 
that the town ought to pafs the following resolves viz<— > 

1 Resolved That the Inhabitants of the Town & the 

public now enjoy & from time immemorial have enjoyed 
the right to all the lands lying easterly of the Stream 
pafsing under Treadway bridge so called, the mill creek & 
Charles river down to the John Sanger estate so called — 

now owned by Mr. Isaac Patten & westerly of the 

lands now owned by Mr. Thaddeus Cole The Rev. 

Convers Francis and the site or line of the old wall southerly 
of the garden of said Francis, to which the late David 
Sanger improved 

2 nd Resolved That no person whatever has the right to 

inclose build upon or exclusively appropriate any part of 
the said lands aforesaid 

3 rd Resolved — -That 

be a committee to defend & protect the rights of the Town 

to the lands aforesaid to remove all incumbrances 

which may be placed there — & to prosecute for any trefs- 
pases thereon — to finish the lower end of the Wharf — & 
fix the gap so as it shall be most convenient for pafsing in & 
out of the river — & that any expenses which may be in- 
cured in effecting the foregoing objects shall be paid by the 
Town 

4 th Resolved That this report shall be recorded at 



length 



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507 



1824 



[507] 

Length upon the Town records — & plased upon the files 
October 14 th 1824 



Abijah White 

Amos Livermore Selectmen 
Peter Clark \ of 

Joshua Coolidge J r Watertown 
James Robbins 

Nathaniel Bemis 
Tyler Bigelow 
Nath 1 R Whitney 

Voted to choose a Committee to carry the foregoing Re- 
solves into effect 



Voted and chose 



Tyler Bigelow 
Abijah White and 
Nathaniel Bemis, Esqrs — 



For said Committee 



Voted to difsolve the meeting 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Decern 6 | 
1824 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton December 6 1824, The following accounts were 
allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer to pay the 
same (Viz). 

To the Widdow Hannah Farrar for the sup-) 
port of her Son Benjamin Whitney from July 30- \ 
1824 to the 30 1824 J $19,, 50 

To William Hart for the support of Mrs] 
Green Six Months from June 18, 1824 to Dec. 18 f 
1824 J 13„ 00 

To Elijah Hager for the support of Lucy) 
Hager from June 1, 1824 to Deer 1, 1824 J 32„ 50 



508 Watertown Records. 



508 



To Joseph W. Gay for the Support of] 
Edmund Wellington from April 1 1824 to De-|> 
cember 1 1824 J $35,, 00 

To Joseph Robbins for the Support of Chloe] 
Fisk three Months from August 14 1824 tof 
Nover 14 1824 J 17„ 50 

To John Clark for attendance as Witnefs &c) 
in the Fish cause against Daniel Draper / 14„ 62 

To Isaac Dana for attendance as Witnefs &c) 
in the Fish cause against Daniel Draper / 8„ 62 

To Luther Barrett for Attendance as Wit-) 
nefs &c in the Fish cause against Daniel Draper/ 14„ 62 

To George Coolidge for attendance as Wit-1 
nefs &c in the Fish cause against Daniel Draper/ 28,, 28 

To Joseph Peirce for attendance as Wit-\ 
nefs &c in the Fish cause against Daniel Draper/ 14,, 62 

To Levi Thaxter for 2 Sticks Timber for) 
Bemis' Bridge / 15 30 

To Daniel Bond for Pig deld W m Winchester 4 04 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Janury 3 
1825 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of M r 
Elisha Stratton January 3 rd 1825 the following accounts 
were allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer to pay 
the same 

To Benjamin Stevens for making Catridges) 
for Militia / 5—00 

To Lois Curtis for Sundries for Jonas White) 
family / 14„ 25 



[509] 

1824 

To Daniel Jackson for boarding & nursing) 
Fredrik Remington in his last Sicknefs / 32„ 79 



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509 



To Nathaniel Broad for Sundry repairs on & 
posts 6c Rails for Ministerial Land ] 17., 25 

To Zacheus Pond for Boarding Mary White 
one year to January 1825 105 — 

To William Gois for washing for J Whites family 1 



Also the following persons were appointed engine men 
for Engine No 1 — (Viz) 



Asa Pratt 
Rufus Lee 
Henry Bright 
Alpheus Cutter 
Lewis L'pham 
Jefferson C. Farrar 
John M. Peirce 
William Johnson 
Constantine V. Swan 



Henry Kendall 
Moles Whitney J 1 
Asa Thayer 
Hiram Stelle 
Levi Whitney 
George Lawton 
Orion Broad 
James P. Briggs 



Likewise the following persons were appointed en- 
gine Men for Engine called the Relief viz 



James Robbins 
John M. Harris 
Francis Leathe 
Benjamin F Farrar 
Giles A Meacham 
John Daniels 
Horatio Nichols 
Benjamin Dana 



Roland Rose 
Andrew Cole 
Samuel Barnard 
Jonathan B. Harrington 
Frederick A. Bemis 
Noah Wyeth 
Elisha S. Lyman 
John Bond 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



510 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 24th Daniel 
Bond and John H. Clark, were appointed agents to lease 
the Fisherv the ensuing vear. 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmens 
Meeting 
Febv 14th 
1825 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Elisha 
Stratton Feb 1825 the following Accounts were allowed 



510 Watertown Records. 

and an order drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay 
the same Viz. 

To Widdow Hannah Farrar for the support] 
of Benj a Whitney three Months ending Feb 1 — \ 
1825 J 19„ 50 

To Elijah Hagar for boarding Jonas White's) 
Children / 9, ,00 

To Luke Robinson for Entertainment fori 
Selectmen &c J 4„ 81 

To Jerome Hearsey for Setting Glafs in) 
School-houses & Meetinghouse &c / 7„ 25 

To Abijah White for Sundries supplied the) 
poor and Sundries for Bemis' Bridge J 86„ 82 

To George Harvey for boarding Sam 1 White,! 
son of Jonas White to Febry 15 1825 j 9„ 00 

To John Clark for his Account for Sundries) 
supplied the poor / 79,, 75 

To J & D Kendall for Meal deld William) 
Winchester j 8„ 58 

To Benj a F. Farrar for Carrying the Engine) 
to Roxbury & Returning the same J 3„ 63 

To Leonard Daniels for a Scraper 2„ 

To Thaddeus Cole for Warning Town Meet-) 
ing & posts & Rails for Ministerial Land J 9„ 90 

To Joseph Bird for Ironing Scraper 3„ 20 



[5111 

To Daniel Sangar for Mason work at the) 
West School house j 1„ 50 

To Larkin Smith for Shoes for William) 
Winchester & Family j 4„ 76 



Watertown Records. 511 

To Joshua Coolidge Jr for Clothing fori 
John Remington J 14„ 69 

To Peter Clark for Plough & Sundries fori 
William Winchester / 11„ 39 

To James Robbins for fenceing Stuff for 
Ministerial land & Sundries supplied the poor — 

To Howell Powell for boarding Jonas White's ' 
Children to Feb 14 1825 / 16„ 25 

To Luther Barrett for Painting Herse &1 
Joists for Hanging the Bell / 3„ 10 

To Asa Pratt for Coffins & for attending! 
funerals of sundry of the Poor & for Repairing [ 
Engine J 79„ 45 

To Samuel Learned for attending court as al 
witness & services as fish agent / 1 ,, 50 

To Joseph Robbins for the support of Cloel 
Fisk 3 Months from Novr 14 1824 to Feb. 14— 
1825 J 17„ 50 

To Nathaniel Bemis Jr for his bill for Meda-1 
cine & attendance for the Poor J 

To Walter Hunnewell for his Account fori 
Medacine & Attendance for Sundry paupers — / 43„ 50 

To Elisha Stratton for Entertainment fori 
the Selectmen the last year J 20,, — 

Also the following orders were drawn on the Treasurers 



[512] 

Watertown Feb 14, 1825 

To Levi Thaxter Esquire Treasurer of Watertown 

Sir You are hereby directed to refund and 
pay over to Samuel Learned Collector of taxes for Water- 
town, the Amount of the Several persons Taxes hereafter 
named the several sums annexed their names as the Said 
Learned has given sufficient evidence to the Undersigned 



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Selectmen & Afsefsors of Watertown that he is unable to 
collect said Taxes (viz)' — > 



for 1819 






1822 


68„ 


16 


Edmund Wellington 


6„ 


43 


Martin Furlong 
Reubin Gragg* 


1„ 


70 


1820 






In 


70 


Thomas Harrison 


In 


75 


Elijah Hagar 


2 


63 


Joel Stearnes 


6„ 


04 


Paul Rice 


1 


70 


Daniel Vila 


1„ 


69 


John Reed 


hi 


70 


Edmund Wellington 


6„ 


46 


Daniel Vila 


K 


70 


Elisha Whitney 


7„ 


23 


Flint Shelden 


hi 


70 


1821 






Edmund Wellington 1„ 


70 


Amos Albee 


3„ 
ii 


37 


Elisha Whitney 




21 


John Barber 


l,i 


51 


Charles Morgan 


1 


70 


Abradatus Farrar 


4„ 


16 


Daniel Rice 


hi 


70 


Elijah Hagar 


2„ 


82 


Elijah Ray 


5„ 


64 


11 1_ A- 1 

all but pole 






Isaac Glynn 


In 


in 

70 


Elijah Ray 


5„ 


29 


W m H. Sumner 


3„ 


40 


Daniel Vila 


1„ 


51 


Benja Stevens 


hi 


83 


Edmund Wellington 


4„ 


75 


Aaron Flanders 


hi 


70 


Asaph Whitcomb 


3„ 


78 


Richard Coombs 


hi 


70 


Elisha Whitney 


9„ 


86 














Ebenzer Wells 


hi 


51 




$107 „ 


27 


$68 


16 









Amounting in all to the sum of one Hundred seven 
dollars and twenty Seven Cents' — » 

[513] 

1825 

To Levi Thaxter Esqr Treasurer of Watertown 

You are hereby directed to receive the following 
sums in part payment for the list of Taxes committed 
Thaddeus Cole to collect for 1823, they being abatements 
of the several persons Taxes hereafter named (viz) 



Hervy Breck 1 #/ 98 amt Brought up 43„ 73 

M r Barry 1„ 98 Benjamin Linscott 1.98 

Joseph Cole 6„ 71 George Bullard 1.98 

Elijah Corlis 1„ 98 Thomas Maclany 1.98 

John Danforth 1„ 98 Charles Mann 1.98 

Henry Danforth 1„ 98 W m G. Raymond 1.98 

Fredrick Dodd 1„ 98 Mathew Roach 1.98 



* Editorial Note: — Original script spelling is Gragg; possibly the name 
referred to by town Clerk was Gregg. 



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513 



Rebecca Frost 


5„ 


34 


Elijah Ray 


3.81 


Edward Fogg 


in 


98 


Daniel Rice 


1.98 


Stephen Furbush 


1„ 


98 


Benjamin Stevens 


1.98 


Alpha Guild 


1„ 


98 


Phineas Sanderson 


1.98 


Nath 1 Hooper (poll) 


In 


98 


Amy Sangar 


97 


Elijah Hagar 




98 


J Smith 


1.98 


James Hildreth 




98 


Enoch Wiswall 


1.98 


Kendall Holt 


1„ 


98 


Andrew White 


1.98 


William Hitchcock 


K 


98 


M Woodward 


1.98 


Calvin Howard 


In 


98 


John Stimpson Jr 


1.98 


John Thomas 


In 


98 










$76,, 23 



carryed up $43,, 73 



Amounting in all to the sum of Seventy Six dollars 
and twenty three cents 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Also at the same time the following warrant was issued.' 



[514] 

Warrant 
for March 
Meeting 
1825 

To Gilbert Nichols one of the Constables of the Town 
of Watertown Greeting 

L.S. You are hereby required in the name of the 

L.S. Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts, to summon, notify & 
L.S. warn the freeholders, and other inhabitants of the town of 
L.S. Watertown qualified by law to vote in the election of town 
L.S. Officers, and in town affairs, to afsemble at the public 
Meeting house in said town on Monday the Seventh day of 
March next, at ten of the Clock in the forenoon, to act on 
the following Articles Viz.<— » 

l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 nd To Choose all Town Officers required by law to be chosen in 

the months of March or April annually. 

3 rd To Choose a Sexton and agree how he shall be paid for his 

services. 

4 th To determine whether swine and neat Cattle shall go at 
large the ensuing year and act any thing thereon. 



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Watertown Records. 



5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensuing year and 

Act any thing thereon 

6 th To Grant money to open make and repair the Highways in 

said town and act any thing thereon. 

7 th To hear and examine the accounts of those persons to 

whoom the town are indebted, grant money to pay the 

same and act any thing thereon. 

8 th To hear the report of the Committee for making an estimate 

of the expences of the town for the year ensuing and act 

any thing thereon. 

9 th To hear the report of any other Committees and act any 

thing thereon. 

10 th To know what method the town will take to support their 

poor, for the year ensuing to grant money to pay for the 

same and act any thing thereon. 



[515] 

1825 

11 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 

Treasurey and act any thing thereon.— — 
12 th To Know what method the town will take to collect their 

taxes for the year ensuing and act any thing thereon. 

13 th To Know if the town will take any order relative to the 

destruction of certain birds and act any thing thereon. 
14 th To Know what method the town will take to dispose of 

their pews in the Meetinghouse and act any thing thereon. 
15 th To Know if the town will take any measures to preserve the 

fish in Charles River, and Act any thing thereon 
16 th To Know if the town will hear the request of Thaddeus 

Cole and Act any thing thereon. 

17 th To Know, if the town will accept of the Road Layed out by 

the Selectmen as a private pafsway leading from Treada- 

ways bridge, so Called, by the Mill Creek to the John 

Sanger place, now owned by Isaac Patten and act any 

thing thereon. 

18 th To Know if the town will direct their Surveyors to purchase 

Gravel for the use of the Highways and Act any thing 

thereon. 

19 th To Know if the town will permit the proprietors of the 
paper mill to alter their Raceway, opposite the town way 
below Treadawaways bridge, and act any thing thereon. 

20 th To Know if the town will accept of the Engine proposed to 
be presented them by Mefsrs Seth Bemis & Co and appoint 
men to manage the same and Act any thing thereon. 

21 8t To Know what method the town will take to repair the 
fence round the Old burying Ground and Act any thing 
thereon. 



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[516] 

22 nd To Know if the town will direct their Selectmen to lay out 
a Road from near the Old burying Ground to the West 
Boston Bridge Turnpike, and Act any thing thereon 

23 rd To Know what method the town will take to repair the 
Meetinghouse and Act any thing thereon. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this 
warrant with your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or 
before the time Appointed for said meeting. 

Given under our hands and seals this fourteenth day 
of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred and twenty five.*— » 



Abijah White 
Amos Livermore 
Peter Clark 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 
James Robbins 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk/— ^ 

Watertown March 7 th 1825 

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant, I have summoned 
and notified the Inhabitants of said town, qualified as 
therein exprefsed to assemble at the time & place & for the 
purposes within mentioned by posting two copies of said 
warrant at the public meeting house in said town two 
Sundays prior to said meeting. 

Gilbert Nichols, Constable 



[517] 

1825 

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants of 
Watertown afsembled March 7 th 1825, and proceeded to 
vote by Articles as follows. viz.<— 

Article l 3t Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esqr Moderator 

Voted & chose John Clark, Town Clerk. 

And he was sworn before Levi Thaxter Justice of the Peace 

Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esqr. Town Treasurer 

{Amos Livermore 
Joshua Coolidge J r 
Gilbert Nichols 



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Watertown Records. 



Voted to Adjourn this Meeting till two O'Clock this after- 
noon then to meet in this place. 

Agreeably to adjournment, the Inhabitants afsembled and 
proceeded to vote as follows. viz.<— > 



Voted & Chose for Afsessors 



Voted & Chose for Constables 



Voted & Chose for fence Viewers 



f Amos Livermore 
I Gilbert Nichols 
[Charles Whitney 

(John H.Clark 
\ Thomas Learned 

Zacheus Pond 
Paul Learned 
Nathaniel Bright 
Peter Clark. 



Voted & Chose for Tything Men (£ sa Pra " ... 

(George Coolidge 

Voted & Chose for Clerks of the Market/if k f Ro] ? in D son 

Nathaniel Broad 



Voted & Chose for Field Drivers 



Asa Pratt 
Joseph Bird 
William Horn 
James Gillpatrick 
Nathaniel Broad 
Luke Bemis 



[518] 

Voted & Chose for Hog-Reeves 



Voted & Chose for Surveyors of 
Highways 



Voted & Chose for Surveyors of 
Lumber 

Voted & Chose for Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves 



George Long. 
Joseph Harris. 
Jalel Baker. 
Larkin Smith.*— > 

Charles Whitney. 
Mofes Bright. 
Nathaniel Broad. 
David Livermore. 
Israel Whitney. 
Leonard Stone/— 4 

flsaac Dana 
\Coolidge P. Wood. 

flsaac Dana 
\ William Horn. 



Water town Records. 517 

[Levi Thaxter 
Luke Bemis 
Eliakim Morse 
John Hunting 
Voted & Chose for Firewards { John Clark 

| Elisha Livermore 
Joshua Coolidge J r 
Charles Whitney 
Abijah White.' — > 

Article 3 rd Voted that this article be refered to the Selectmen 

4 th Dismifsed. 

5 th Pafs'd. 

6 th Voted to grant for opening & repairing the Highways 
twenty five cents upon every rateable pool, and other 

estates in proportion each man, to be allowed twelve & 

half cents per hour, and a good team the same as a man. 



[519] 

1825 

7 th Voted that all Accounts against the town, accept for Sup- 
port of the poor, shall be presented to the Selectmen for 
allowance. 

8 th Voted to accept the report of the Selectman and Treasurer, 
it being an estimate of the expences of the town for the 
currant Year. viz.<— > 

For opening and repairing highways twenty five cents on a 
pool, and other estates in proportion 

For support of the poor #1300,, 00 

For Support of schools 1200,, 00 

For support of the Ministry 570,, 00 

For contingent expences 300,, 00 

See report on file $3370,, ,, 

9 th pafs'd 

10 th Voted to choose three persons for Overseers of the poor'— > 

[Nathaniel Bright 
Voted & Chose for Overseers of the poor | John Clark 

[Thomas Learned 

Also Voted that the Overseers of the Poor be directed to buy a 
Farm within the limits of Watertown, such a place as they 



518 



Watertown Records. 



shall think most for the intrest of said town, on which to 
place their poor, and, that they are hereby authorised & 
empower'd to borrow on the credit of the town such sum or 
sums of money as shall be necessary to defray the expences 
arising from the same. 

11 th Voted that the town Accept the Account of the Treasurer 
as examined by the Selectmen, they being a committee for 

that purpose, and place the same on file The result of 

which is that Levi Thaxter as Treasurer is credited with 
the sum of $8498.60 

and is Charged with the sum of 8470.67 
leaving a balance due to him from the town of $27.93 
as will appear by said Account on file > 



[520] 

Also under Article 11 th Voted that the town cause all the items 
of their expences for the last year to be published. 

12 th Pafs'd 

13 th Dismifs'd 

14 th Voted to refer the letting of the pews in the Meeting house 
to the Selectmen, to be by them let at Auction. 

15 th Voted & Chose for a fish committee [Gilbert Nichols 

| John Hunting 
(William Nichols 

16 th Voted to dismifs this article 

17 th Voted that the laying out of the way from the Watertown 
Turnpike to the John Sanger Estate, so called, by the 
Selectmen, in the manner that the same is hereby reported 
by them to the town be, and hereby is by said town ap- 
proved & allowed and that said way be established in the 

manner as laid out by the Selectmen and that their 

report thereof be recorded at length upon the town records 
which report is as follows. viz.<— » 

Whereas the Inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
have from time immemorial had used and enjoyed the space 
or land lying between Charles River on the south west — 
and the estate of the late David Sanger on the northeast up 
to the site or line of the old wall of the said David — & from 
Treadways bridge so called on the north — to the John 



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519 



Sanger estate now owned by Isaac Patten on the south — 

as and for a public or Town way and common landing 

And whereas the same space or land is still convenient and 
necessary to be used and enjoyed by said inhabitants as 
they have heretofore used and enjoyed the same — & will 
continue to become more & more convenient & necefsary 
in proportion as the businefs on Charles River shall in- 
crease — And the inhabitants of said town become more 

numerous. And whereas the right of said inhabitants 

to the use or enjoyment of said space or land for the pur- 
poses aforesaid, is 

pretended 

[521] 

1825 

Pretended to be drawn in question by George Coolidge of 

said Watertown. We the Subscribers Selectmen of said 

town of Watertown in order more effectually & forever to 
secure to said Inhabitants the use or enjoyment of said 
space or land for the purposes aforesaid so convenient & 

necessary to them do hereby lay out the said space or 

land as and for a particular & private way for the use of 
said town of Watertown and the inhabitants thereof for- 
ever and we do bound and describe the same way as 

follows, viz. beginning at the Watertown Turnpike road 
where the same intersects Treadway bridge so called, 
thence on said bridge to the Mill Creek so called, thence on 
said Mill Creek and Charles river as the wall or wharf now 
stands southerly to the John Sanger estate now owned by 
Isaac Patten — thence easterly across the present traveled 
road to land late of David Sanger dec d now owned by 
Jonathan Coolidge — thence northerly by and along the 
site or line of the old wall by said land of said Coolidge & 

land of the Rev. Convers Francis to the said Turnpike 

thence westerly on said turnpike to the bound first men- 
tioned and as we know of no person who owns said land, or 
is injured by the laying out said way as aforesaid — we 
make no recompense to any one — all which we do hereby 
report to said town of Watertown at some public meeting 
of the inhabitants thereof regularly notified and warned to 
be by them approved and allowed 

February 14, 1825 

Abijah White 1 
Amos Livermore Selectmen 
Peter Clark | of 

Joshua Coolidge Jr I Watertown 
James Robbins J 



520 Water town Records. 

Voted to Adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in April 
then to meet at this place at 4 O'Clock P.M. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[522 



Oaths of] 
Town !• 
Officers 



March 7, 1825 Amos Livermore, Joshua Coolidge Jr and 
Gilbert Nichols were sworn as Selectmen. 



March 12, 1825 
March 15, 1825 



before John Clark, Town Clerk.*— » 

Asa Pratt was sworn as field driver.- 
before John Clark, Town Clerk. *— 



John H. Clark was sworn as Constable 
before John Clark, Town Clerk*— > 



Warrant 
for 

April • 
Meeting 

1825 

Middlesex S 3 . To John H. Clark one of the Constables of 
the town of Watertown Greeting. 

You. are hereby required in the commonwealth of 
L S Mafsachusetts to summon notify & warn the freeholders 
L S and other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown, qualified 
L S Agreeably to the Constitution of this Commonwealth to 
meet at the public Meeting house in said town, on Monday 
the fourth day of April next, at one of the clock in the after- 
noon to Give in their votes for Governor, Lieutenant 
Governor, Senators & Counsellors. 

Also — You are alike required to notify & warn the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of the aforesaid town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote for Representatives, to 
meet at the public Meetinghouse in said town on Monday 
the fourth day of April next at three of the Clock in the 
afternoon to Act on the following Articles. Viz.*— % 



l 8t To Choose a Moderator for Said Meeting. 

2 nd To Give in their votes for A County Treasurer 



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521 



3 rd To Know if the town will direct the Overseers of the poor 
to sell the Old poorhouse, and Act any thing thereon 

4 th To Know if the toWn will protect the purchasor of the 
fishery, in useing the banks of Charles River below the 
dam, in the same manner as they have heretofore 

been 



[523] 

1825 

Been used in taking the fish called shad & Alevwives, and 

act any thing thereon. 

5 th To Know if the town will grant money to aid the Singing 
Society & Act any thing thereon. 

Hereof fail not, and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon unto the Selectmen on or before the 
time Appointed for said meeting. 

Given under our hands and seals, this twenty first day 
of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred and twenty five.*— -> 

Amos Livermore ] Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols [ of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr J Watertown 

The foregoing businefs was transacted at the House of 
Luke Robinson at a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21 st 
1825 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watertown April 4, 1825 

Pursuant to the within Warrant I have warned the In- 
habitants of said town qualified as therein exprefsed, to 
meet at the time and place & for the purposes therein 
exprefs'd by posting two attested Copies of the within 
Warrant at the public Meeting house in said town two 

Sundays prior to the date hereof John H. Clark, 

Constable 

Pursuant to the above Warrant the Inhabitants of the 
Town met at the public Meeting house in said town for the 
purpose of giving in their votes for Governor, Lieut. 
Governor and Senators, the whole number of votes Given 
in were Sorted, counted, and recorded, and were as follows 

For Governor 

Hon. Levi Lincoln one hundred & four votes 



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Watertovon Records. 



[524] 

For Thaddeus Cole two Votes 
James Lloyd three Votes 
Harrison G. Otis five Votes 
Levi Thaxter two Votes 



For Lieutenant Governor 

For Hon Marcus Morton one hundred & two Votes 
Nathaniel Bright one Vote 
Jeremiah Fowle one Vote 
Elisha Stratton one Vote 
William Prescott one Vote 
Samuel Lathrop Six Votes 
John Clark Two Votes 



Senators 

For Hon Levi Thaxter, Fifty Seven Votes 
" John Hart, Forty eight Votes 
" Micah M. Rutter Sixty seven Votes 

Nathan Chandler Thirty Votes 

Luke Fiske Fifty one Votes 

John Wade Thirty three Votes 
" Charles Train Fifty two Votes 

John Keyes Thirty one Votes 

Luther Lawrance Seventy seven Votes 

Samuel Hoar Jr Thirty six Votes 

Seth Knowles Sixty one Votes 

Abel Jewett Thirty two Votes 

Joseph Valentine Seven Votes 

Constantine V. Swan one vote 

The votes were then Accordingly declared and sealed 
up in open town Meeting. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[525] 

1825 

The Meeting for the choice of a County Treasurer was 
then opened, and 
Article 1 Levi Thaxter Esquire was chosen Moderator 

2 nd the votes were then given in for County Treasurer, sorted, & 
counted, and were 



» 



Watertown Records, 



523 



For Nathan Brooks Forty seven Votes 
M William Whitney Twenty six Votes 
" John Keyes Sixteen Votes 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Article 3 Voted that the overseers of the poor be directed to Sell, 
Let, or otherwise dispose of the Old poor house in such way 
or manner as they shall think most for the intrest of the 
town. 

4 th Voted that the town will protect and completely indemnafy 
the purchaser of the fishery the present year for any ex- 
pences that may arise in consequence of his using the 
banks of Charles River below the dam, provided he uses 
them in the same manner they have heretofore been used. 

5 th Voted that the town raise twenty five dollars for the use 
of the Singing Society*— s 

Under Article 4, It was Voted that 

Tyler Bigelow, 
Abijah White, and 
Nathaniel Bemis Esquires 

be a Committee to ascertain what right the town have to 
use the banks on the South side of Charles River below the 
dam for the purpose of taking the fish called Shad & Ale- 
wives 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



March Meeting was then opened Agreeably to Adjournment 
Voted and Chose George Rufsell pound Keeper 

Article 18 Dismifsed 

19 Dismifsed 

20 Dismifsed 

[526] 

Article 21 Voted to Choose a Committee to view the fence round 
the Old burying Ground and report thereof to the town/— > 

[David Livermore 
Voted and Chose for Said Committee | Moses Coolidge 

(Elisha Livermore 

22 nd Voted to Choose a Committee to view the rout of the 
Contemplated from near the Old burying ground to the 



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West Boston Bridge Turnpike and make report thereon. — 
Voted and Chose George W. Coffin, Leonard Stone and 
Seth Bemis for said Committee 

Voted to excuse Nathaniel Broad from serving as Highway 
surveyor. 

Voted & Chose John Hunting, Highway Surveyor for the 
year ensuing. 

Voted to Adjourn this Meeting to the House of Nath 1 
Broad for the sole purpose of farming out the taxes this 
evening at 6, O'Clock. 

Agreeably to Adjournment the Inhabitants met at the 
House of Nath 1 Broad, and proceeded to farm out the taxes 
on the following conditions. (Viz) 

The purchaser to Give Good and sufficient bonds to the 
satisfaction of the Selectmen for the faithfull performance 
of his duty, and that if the taxes are not collected within 
one year from the time of receiving them, he, the purchaser 
is not to receive any premium for collecting the same. 

The taxes were then put up and struck off to 

Thaddeus Cole, for two Cents on a dollar. 

Voted & Chose Thaddeus Cole, Collector 

Voted to difsolve this meeting. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Article 23 Voted that the Selectmen be a Committee to 
repair the Meeting house. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[527] 

1825 

Selectmens) 
Meeting / 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Na- 
thaniel Broad, April, 4, 1825 the following businefs was 
transacted, (Viz) John H. Clark, & Thaddeus Cole were 
appointed Auctioneers for One Year. 

William Lynch was appointed Engine man for the Engine 
called the Relief, also, David Hager Jr & Samuel Harvey 
were Appointed Engine men for Engine No 1. 



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Likewise the pews in the gallery of the Meeting house were 
let at Auction for one year from the first of May next, on 
the following conditions. The purchaser to pay cash down, 
or give a note payable on the said first day of May at which 
time he takes pofsession. Beginning at No 1 which is the 
pew in the West Gallery at the northwest corner next to 
the wall, and were struck ofiF to the following persons 

No 1 To Benjamin Wood for 3„ 50 p d 

2 " Coolidge P. Wood " 4„ 00 

3 " David Hager " 3„ 25 note 

4 " Tristram Knight " 3„ 00 p d 

5 " William May " 2„ 75 p d 

6 " William H. Lawton 3„ 00 p d 

East side beginning next to the Singers 

No 1 To Frederick A. Bemis 4„ 75 p d 

2 " Abijah White 4„ 25 

3 " Alpheus Cutter 4„ 00 p d 

4 " Thomas Learned 4„ 00 

5 " George Coolidge 4„ 25 

6 " Benjamin Wood 4„ 50 p d 

$45,, 25 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Oaths} 

April 4, 1825 James Gillpatrick was sworn as Feild driver — 
Peter Clark & Nathaniel Bright were sworn as Fence 
viewers 

Thomas Learned was sworn as Constable 

Before John Clark, Town Clerk 



[528] 

Oaths} 

April 4, 1825. Isaac Dana & Coolidge P. Wood, were 
sworn as Surveyors of Lumber, Isaac Dana was sworn as 

Culler of Hoops & Staves 

Nathaniel Broad was sworn as Field driver 

Levi Thaxter Esqr as Town Treasurer & John Hunting as 
Surveyor 

Before John Clark, Town Clerk 5 — > 



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Selectmen s 
Meeting 
April 4 
1825 



Middlesex SS. 

To John H. Clark one of the Constables of the town 



You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 



wealth of Mafsachusetts forthwith to summon and notify 
L S the freeholders and other inhabitants of said town of 
L S Watertown, qualified to vote in town Affairs to afsemble 
L S at the public Meeting house in said town on Friday the 

eighth day of April at four of the Clock in the afternoon, to 

Act on the following Articles, Viz.*— > 

l 8t To Choose a Moderator for Said Meeting. 

2 nd To hear the report of any Committee and Act any thing 
thereon 

3 rd To Know if the town will Accept of the Farm purchased 
by the Overseers of the poor, and Grant money to pay for 

the same. Also — to grant money to make the necefsary 

repairs & additions to the House, to purchase furnature, 
build a new barn, purchase Stock and farming utensils, to- 
gether with such other Articles as may be necefsary for the 
carrying into effect the object of the town in purchasing a 
Farm on which to place their poor and Act any thing 
thereon — — 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Selectmen at or before the time 
Appointed for said Meeting. 

Given under our hands and seals, this fourth day of 
April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 
and twenty five.*— > 



of Watertown 



Greeting. 



Warrant 
for 



Town 
Meeting 




Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



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[529] 

1825 

The foregoing Warrant was drawn by the Selectmen 
at a Meeting at the house of Nathaniel Broad, April 4 th 
1825 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerlo^ 



Pursuant to the within warrant I have warned the in- 
habitants qualified as within exprefsed to meet at the time 
& place & for the purposes therein mentioned by notifying 
them in person or leaving word at their usual places of 
abode Watertown April 8, 1825 

John H. Clark, Constable*— > 

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants of 
W T atertown met at the public Meeting house in Said town 

on Friday the 8th day of April 1825. and proceeded to 

Act on the Warrant by Article as follows 

Article l 8t Voted and Chose Walter Hunnewell, Moderator. 

Article 2 Dismifsed 

Article 3 rd Voted that the Town approve of the doings of 
the Overseers of the poor in contracting with Israel Whitney 
for the purchase of his Farm for the sum of Thirty Eight 
hundred dollars 

Voted That the Treasurer of the town be authorised & 

directed to receive of Israel Whitney a Good & sufficient 
deed of his farm & to give the said Whitney in payment 
therefor, in behalf of the Town a Note of hand for Thirty 
eight hundred dollars payable the l 3t day of April next 
with Interest. 

Voted That the Overseers of the poor be Authorized as 

soon as convenient to build a new Barn, make such repairs 
and Additions to the buildings on said Farm, & procure 
such Furnature, Farming Utensils, Stock & other articles as 
may be in their discrefsion necefsary for the accommoda- 
tion, management & support of the poor; and to draw on 
the Treasurer for money to defray the expences of the 
same 

Voted — that the Treasurer of the town be Authorized and 



directed 



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[530] 



Directed to Borrow for the use & upon the credit of the 
Town the sum of Twenty two hundred dollars — for such 
length of time & upon such terms as he in his discretion 
shall think expedient. 

Voted — that the Overseers of the poor be directed forever 
hereafter to make an Annual report in the months of 
March or April of all the expences for the support of the 
poor the preceeding year. 

Voted to difsolve the meeting 



April 8, 1825 Leonard Stone, was sworn as surveyor of 
highways before John Clark, Town Clerk 

Selectmen's! 
Meeting J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson April 11 th 1825 — the following businefs was 
transacted, viz<— 4 

Asa Pratt was Appointed Sexton for one year from the l 8t 

of May 1825 Twenty five dollars being a compensation 

for his services for ringing the Bell, puting up and taking 
down the Stoves & Funnels, sawing the wood, building the 
fires, sweeping the Meetinghouse &c — For attending 
Funarels of Adults Three dollars & fifty cents in sumer, 
and four dollars in the Winter season — and for Children in 
proportion 

Also — the following Accounts were allowed and an order 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Oath} 




To Levi Thaxter for his Services as Afsessor & 
Treasurer the last year 




To Thomas Clark for his services as Afsessor for 
ditto 




To Amos Livermore for his services as Afsessor 
last year 



12 — 



To Mahitable Segar for her weekly allowance for 
one year up to April 1 st 1825 



39 




25 



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[531] 

1825 

To Samuel Walker for the Support of Taba) 
Learned six months up to April 8th 1825 j $13 — 

To Joseph W. Gay for the support of Edmund] 
Wellington from Deer 1 5 1824 to April 1, 1825— 



being 17 Weeks @1.$ 


1 17„ 




To Ashael Stearnes for Cost of suit against the 
town in favour of Ebenezer Stedman & others — 


\ 97 


OQ 


To John Lenox, for shaving Robert Saunder' 
deceased 


1 1// 


UU 


To Samuel Hyde, for board & Clothing for Jon 3 ' 
iNuiLing ior one year to ine ouin iviarcn loz.d — 






To the City of Boston for Cash furnished Mary' 
kj. warren to iviarcn iy, loij 




UU 


To Howell Powell, for boarding Jonas White V 
v^niiaren to /\pru lotn lozj - — j 


^ 18 




To Samuel Bird for Blacksmith work 






To Hiram Hosmer, for Medacine & Attendance] 
for Clarissa White J 


\ 6. 


— 


To Nathaniel Bemis Jr for Medacine & Attend-] 
ance on Sundry of the poor J 


> 10 


— 


To Thomas Whitney for the support of Lucy] 
White for one year to the 2 nd March — 1825 J 


■ 39. 


00 


To Luke Bemis for repairs & work on Bemis] 
Bridge J 


' 9. 


00 


To the Town of Cambridge for the support of] 
Andrew White in Jail J 


> 




To Gilbert Nichols for his services as Constable] 
the last year j 


10 




To Catherine Hunt for services rendered Jonas] 
Whites Children & Robert Saunders j 


' 5„ 


29 



Likewise the following persons were Appointed Engine 
men for the Engine furnished by Mefsrs. Seth Bemis & C° 
Viz. Jacob Baldwin, Robert E. Bemis, Solomon R. Bullard, 
Levi Bigelow, Dana Bullard, Asa R. Burnham, Jarvis G. 
Farrar, Samuel Farwell, Samuel Hortham, J W C Jones, 



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Leonard Fuller, Joel Stone, Cyrus B. Thayer, Josiah 
Ti'lden, Osgood Putnam, Ebenezer Dunham. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 
[532] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 20th 1825 the follow- 
ing Warrant was drawn 

Warrant 1 
for 

May Meeting] 

Middlesex S 8 To John H. Clark one of the Con- 
stables of the Town of Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn the freeholders 
L S and other inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified 
L S agreeably to the Constitution, to meet at the public Meet- 
L S ing house in said town on Monday the second day of May 
next at three of the clock in the afternoon for the purpose 
of Choosing one or more Representatives to represent them 
at the next General Court Appointed to be convened and 
held at Boston on the last Monday in May next 

Also, You are alike required to notify and warn the 
freeholders and other inhabitants of the said town of 
Watertown qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to 
meet at the public Meeting house in said town on Monday 
the second day of May next at four of the clock in the 
afternoon to act on the following Articles Viz«— ^ 

1 st To Choose- a Moderator for said meeting 

2 nd To hear the report of any Committee and act any thing 
thereon 

3 rd To Know if the town will petition the Legislature for leave 
to sell their fishery, for more than one year and Act any 
thing thereon. 

4 th To Hear the request of Thaddeus Cole and act any thing 
thereon 

5 To Hear the request of Artimas Rogers and act any thing 

thereon Hereof fail not and make return with your 

doings thereon unto the Selectmen at or before the time 
Appointed for said meeting. 

Given under our hands and seals, this twentieth day of 
April in the year of our Lord one thousand 

eight 



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[533] 

1825 

Eight hundred and twenty five* 



Amos Livermore ] Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols | of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr J Watertown 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Middlesex Ss. May 2 nd 1825 

Pursuant to the within Warrant I have notified the 
freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town of Water- 
town as within directed by posting an attested copy of the 
within at the public Meeting house in said town two 
Sundays prior to said meeting 

John H. Clark, Constable 



Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the inhabitants 
afsembled May 2 nd 1825, and gave in their Votes, which 
were Sorted and counted & were as follows viz*— j 

For Marshall B. Spring One hundred & thirty four votes 

" Thomas Clark Thirteen votes 

" Abijah White Eleven votes- 



Constantine V. Swan two votes- 
< — ^Attest John Garb- 



Also the inhabitants met at 4, O'Clock and proceeded to 
Vote as follows viz*— > 

Article 1 Voted and Chose Walter Hunniwell Moderator 

Article 2 The Committee Appointed to view the rout for 
the proposed road leading from the Old burying Ground to 
the West Boston Bridge Turnpike made a report, for which 
see file*— > 

Article 3 rd Voted that the Selectmen be directed to petition 
the Legislature for an alteration in the fish act 

Article 4 dismifsed 

Article 5 dismifsed 

Voted to difsolve the Meeting 

Attes t John Clark, To wn Clerk 



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Watertown Records. 



[534] 

Watertown May 2 nd 1825 The following list of names were 
handed in, as appointed Engine Men for the Engine called 
the Relief viz< — > 

Nathaniel G. Bailey, George Harvey*— > 

Avery Clark, Leonard Sanderson 

Allen Ward, Norman Dolly 
Nathaniel Bright Jr. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



May 17th. 1825 Amos Livermore, Gilbert Nichols & Charles 
Whitney were sworn as afsessors for the ensuing Year 
before Nathaniel R. Whitney Esquire 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



The following warrant was issued by the Selectmen 
May 13th. 1825 

Warrant for] 
Town \ 
Meeting J 

To John H. Clark one of the Constables of the Town of 
Watertown Greeting 

US You are hereby required in the name of the common- 
I}S wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the freeholders 
L\S & other Inhabitants of the town of Watertown, qualified 
by law to vote in town affairs, to afsemble at the public 
Meeting house in said town on Monday the Thirtieth day 
of May Instant at four of the Clock in the afternoon to Act 
on the following Articles, Viz^-j 

l 9t To Choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 nd To Know if the town will approve of a road laid out by the 
Selectmen, leading from the old burying Ground to West 
Boston Bridge Turnpike Road and act any thing thereon*— > 



[535] 

1825 

3 rd To Know if the town will choose a Committee to make bye 
laws for the town respecting the stands of those people who 
bring Wood, fish &c for Market & petition the Court of 
Sefsions to Approve the same & Act any thing thereon 



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533 



Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon unto the Selectmen at or before the 
time appointed for said meeting 

Given under our hands and seals, 
this thirteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one 
thousand eight hundred and twenty-five'— » 

Amos Livermore ] Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols \ of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr j Watertown 

Middlesex Ss. May 30th. 1825 

Pursuant to the warrant within I notified & warned the 
freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
to meet at the time & place and for the purpose within 
mentioned, by posting up attested Copies of this warrant 
two Sundays in succefsion at the public Meetinghouse in 
said town 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants of 
Watertown met at the public Meeting house in said town 
on Monday the 30th day of May 1825 and proceeded to 
vote by article as follows Viz* — » 

Article l 3t Voted & Chose Walter Hunnewell, Moderator*— > 

2nd. dismifsed 

3rd dismifsed 

Voted to dissolve the Meeting 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[536] 

Selectmens 1 
Meeting \ 
May 3* 1825 J 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House Nathaniel 

Broad May 30th 1825 the following accounts were 

allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer to pay the 
same — Viz* — , 

To the Town of Reading for the support of] 
Joseph Prentifs from August 14 — 1824 to April > 
9th 1825 34 Weeks J $57 „ 00 



^Editorial Note: — probably meant May 30th. 



534 Watertown Records. 



To the widow Hannah Farrar for support of 
Benjamin Whitney 13 Weeks to Apl 30, 1825 —J 


1 19„ 


50 


To Joseph Robbins for Supporting Cloel 
Fisk 3 Months to 15 May 1825 j 


1 17„ 


50 


To Mark Vose for Boarding John Reming-' 
ton one year ending May 1, 1825 . 


1 60„ 


00 


To Francis Bowman for Surveying Road layed 
out by the Selectmen 


t 

f 2„ 


25 


To Asa Pratt for repairs on Engine & for his) 
services as Sexton for one year ending May 3, 
1825 j 


23„ 


46 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Na- 
thaniel Broad July 4th 1825 

the following businefs was transacted Viz Samuel 

Blanchard was Aprobated as a Retailer 



[537] 

1825 

Also the following Accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer to pay the same viz 

To Hannah Adams for Keeping house for Wil-) 

liam Winchester J 45,, 00 

To George Harvey for boarding Nath 1 White) 

Nine Weeks & three days to Apl 23 1825 J 7„ 08 

To Amasa Jackson for boarding Fredrick Rem-) 
mington 4 weeks & 4 days J 4„ 39 

To Abijah White for Cash paid for Wood & 1 1„ 56 

To Mark Vose for boarding Sally Barry & Shoes) 

for J Remmington &c j 17„ 00 

To Elijah Hager for Support of Lucy Hager from) 

Deer 1—1824 to June 1.— 1825 / 32„ 50 

To Samuel Barnard for Plough for Highway — 9„ 00 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watcrtown Records. 535 

Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Sept 12 ' 
1825 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Nath 1 
Broad September 12 1825 the following businefs was trans- 
acted Viz. William Bright was appointed an Engine Man 



Also the following Accounts were allowed (Viz) 

To Charles Bird for an Iron bar $1„ 25 

William Hart for the support of Mrs Greene) 
from Deer 18, 1824 to March 18—1825 J 6„ 50 

To Josiah Mason Jr for Plank for the Great) 

Bridge 1 55„ 22 

To Luther Barrett for painting posts round the) 

pump, Trough, Guide boards &c J 14„ 50 

To J. M. Peirce for work on Engine No 1 1 . 50 



538 



To James P. Briggs for repairs on Engine No 2 — $7,, 83 

To James P Briggs for repairs on Engine No 1 — 13„ 72 

To William Johnson for repairs on Engine No 1 3. 60 

To Coolidge P. Wood for repairing fence on) 
Treadaways bridge, Making Trough forf 
pump and putting down posts j 35„ 13 

To George Domet for Long Hose for Engine No 1 ) 
& repairing Short Hose / 

To Isaac Dana for Labour on bridge 13. 00 

Also the following persons were Aprobated as Innholders & 
Retailers (Viz) 

Luke Robinson ) 
Elisha Stratton I 
Nathaniel Broad f Innholders 
Jonas Wyeth J 

John Clark 

Thaddeus Cole I 

Luke Bemis ( Retailers 

Mason Hunting 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



536 



Watertown Records. 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Oct 3 rd 
1825 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Na- 
thaniel Broad October 3 rd 1825, the following businefs was 

transacted Viz Luther Adams was appointed an 

Engine man for Engine No 1 

Attest John Clark, T own Clerk 



[539] 

1825 

Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Novr 14 
1825 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Nath 1 
Broad Novr. 14, 1825 the following businefs was transacted 
viz<— i 

To Levi Thaxter Esqr Treasurer of Watertown 

You are hereby directed to receive the following 
sums in part payment for the list of Taxes committed 
Thaddeus Cole to collect for 1823 & 4 they being abate- 
ments of the several persons Taxes hereafter named, viz*— 

Norcrofs Wright „ 86 Amount Brought up $33. 00 



Joshua Blanden 1„ 72 D Fuller 1„ 72 

Charles Bradbury 1„ 72 Benjamin Gardner 1„ 72 

Maxfield Bond 1„ 72 Thomas Glaser 1„ 72 

Calvin Bailey 1„ 72 Joseph Goodridge 1„ 72 

Samuel Bosington 1„ 72 Kendall Holt 1„ 72 

Caleb Cheeney 1„ 72 M r Hastings 1„ 72 

Thomas Cox 1„ 72 M r Hyde 1„ 72 

Thomas Cox Jr 1„ 72 Alexander Jemison 1„ 72 

Joseph Chesley 1„ 72 Paul Kendall 3„ 91 

Joseph Cole 6„ 34 George Langdon 1„ 72 

Orin Clark 1„ 72 Jonas Livermore 1„ 72 

J. P. Cutler 1„ 72 Silas Morse 1„ 72 

Atherton Chaffee 1,, 72 Benjamin Moreson 1„ 72 

George Ellis 1„ 72 Jacob Mead 1„ 72 

Abraham Farwell 1,, 72 Thomas B. Osgood 1„ 72 

Jeremiah Fuller 1„ 72 William Price 1„ 72 



CarryedUp $33. 00 



Carryed Over $62,, 71 



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537 



[540] 

Amt Brought Over $62,, 71 Amount Brought up $83. 35 



Bela W Putnam 1„ 72 Samuel Welsh Jr 1„ 72 

John Pease 1„ 72 Abel Whitney 1„ 72 

Elijah Ray 1„ 72 Asa Williams 1„ 72 

Thomas Sera 1„ 72 Jonas White 2 nd 1„ 72 

Benjamin Stevens 1„ 72 John Barnard 0. 50 

John Stimpson 1„ 72 Willard Johnson 1„ 46 

John Stimpson Jr 1,, 72 Lydia Harrington 59 

Daniel Turner 1„ 72 Samuel Currier 1„ 72 

Daniel D Thompson 1,, 12 Thomas Cheeney 1„ 12 

George Teague 1„ 12 Josiah Tilden 25 

Andrew White 1, 72 Abial Rufsell 1„ 72 

Samuel Walker 1,, 12 Artemas Rogers 1„ 12 

Daniel Price 1„ 12 

Amt Carryed up $83—35 



$101,, 63 



Amounting in all to the sum of One hundred and one 
dollars and Sixty three cents. 

Also James Annis and Ebenezer Mead, were appointed 
Engine men for Engine No 1. 

Likewise, the following Accounts were allowed and 
an order drawn on the Treasurer directing him to pay the 



same Viz<^-» 

To Zacheus Pond for the Support Mary White) 

from the first of January to 1 9 Apl j 31. 00 

To Jonathan B. Harrington for Books and paper) 

for the use of the Afsessors J 6. 34 

To the Town of Cambridge Supporting Andrew) 

White in Jail J 9 90 

To Caleb Lincoln for work on Bemis Bridge 26. 12 

To Elijah Ray to Afsist him to Remove to the) 

State of Maine J 10 — 

To Artimas Rogers for Repairing Engine 3 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



538 



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[541] 



1825 



Selectmen s 
Meeting 
Novr 28 
1825 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Na- 
thaniel Broad November 28 — 1825 — the following businefs 

was transacted Viz Amasa Jackson & Elisha W. Dana 

were appointed Weighers of Beef 

Also — Isaac Dana, Luke Robinson and Thaddeus Cole 
were Appointed Measurers of Wood and Bark 
Also — Artemas Rogers was appointed Sealer of weights and 
Measures 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Na- 
thaniel Broad January 2 nd 1826 — the following persons 
were Appointed Engine Men for Engine No 1 



Attest John Clark, T own Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 



1826 



January 2 t 



(Viz) Asa Pratt 
Rufus Lee 



Moses Whitney Jr 
James P Briggs 
David Hager Jr 
Samuel Harvey 
Elmer Meid 
James Annis 
William V. Lynch 



Henry Bright 
Lewis Upham 
John M Peirce 



William Johnson 
Henry Kendall 



Also for Bemis* or No 3 



Robert E. Bemis 
Jacob Baldwin 
Cyrus B. Thayer 
Josiah Tilden 



Leonard Fuller 
William Bright 
Solomon R. Bullard 



Attest John Clark, T own Clerk 



Watertown Records. 539 
[5421 



Oaths 



1826 January 7th Luke Robinson and Isaac Dana were 
Sworn as Measures of Wood & Bark 

before John Clark, Town Clerk 

1826 January 9th Artemas Rogers was Sworn as Sealer of 
Weights and Measures 

Before John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Jany 30— 
1826 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 30 1826- 



Levi Thaxter and John Clark were appointed Agents to 
lease the Fishery the ensuing year 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
Febry 6th 
1826 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of 

Nathaniel Broad on Monday the 6th February 1826 the 

following Accounts were allowed and an Order drawn on 
the Treasurer directing him to pay the same (Viz) 

To Henry Craft for Stone for Treadaways Bridge 9„ 75 

To Asa Brooks for Blinds for Meeting House — 14 — 

To Susan Sanderson for making cloths for the) 

White Children J 1„ 13 

To Asa Pratt for Wood for Meeting house 9„ 20 

To Isaac Dana for Stone for Treadaways Bridge 7„ 25 

To Henry Craft for Repairing Treadaways j 



Bridge f 53„ 50 

To Jotl 
Bridge 



To Jotham Keyes for Work on Treadaways j 



540 Watertown Records. 

To William May for Catridge paper, Tax Bills,) 

&c J 14„ 41 

To Rev. Convers Francis for a five Dollar Bill ofl 

the Eagle Bank / 5„ 00 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[ 543 ] 

1826 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb. 22—1826 the 

following warrant was drawn for March Meeting. Viz*— > 

Warrant 
for March 
Meeting 
Feb. 22 
1826 

To John H. Clark one of the Constables of the town 
of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the male 
Inhabitants of said town qualified by law to Vote in town 
affairs, to meet and afsemble at the public Meeting house 
in said town on Monday the Sixth day of March next at 
ten of the Clock in the forenoon to Act on the following 
Articles Viz' — > 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting- 



2 nd To choose Town Officers for the ensuing Year 

3 rd To choose a Sexton and agree how he shall be paid for his 
services. 

4 th To determine whether swine and neat Cattle shall go at 

large the ensuing Year and Act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what schools shall be kept the ensuing year and 

Act any thing thereon 

6 th To grant money to open make and repair the highways in 

said town and act any thing thereon 

7 th To hear and examine the Accounts of those persons to 

whom the town are indebted, grant money to pay the same 

and act any thing thereon 

8 th To hear the report of the Committee for making an estimate 

of the expences of the town for the Year ensuing and Act 

any thing thereon 



Watertown Records, 



541 



9 th To hear the report of other Committees and act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To Know what method the town will take to support their 
Poor, for the year suing to Grant money to pay for the 
same and Act any thing thereon 



[544] 

11 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 

Treasurey and Act any thing thereon 

12 th To Know what Method the town will take to collect their 

Taxes for the Year ensuing and act any thing thereon 

13 th To Know if the town will take any order relative to the 

destruction of certain Birds & Pickerel & act any thing 

thereon 

14 th To Know what method the town will take to dispose of 
their Pews in the Meeting house & Act any thing thereon 

15 th To Know if the town will take any measures to preserve 
the fish in Charles River and Act any thing thereon. 

16 th To Know if the town will indemnify Moses Whitney & 
George Coolidge for expences in defending a suit brought 
against them by the town of Brighton for fishing in Charles 
River above the dam, and act any thing thereon 

17 th To Know if the town will purchase a new set of Hymn 
Books for the use of the Singers & Act any thing thereon — 

18 th To Know if the town will choose a Committee to confer 
with the town of Brighton relative to the fishery, And act 
any thing thereon 

19 th To hear the statement of Jefse Bird and others relative to 
the laying out a road from near the town burying ground to 
the West Boston Bridge Turnpike, and Act any thing 
thereon 

20 th To Know what Method the town will take to raise money to 
pay for the Poor House farm and act any thing thereon 

And you are further requested by 
the Authority aforesaid, to notify and warn the Inhabitants 
of the said town of Watertown qualified to vote for Repre- 
sentatives to meet and afsemble at the public Meeting- 
house in 

said 

[545] 

1826 

Said town on Monday the Sixth day of March next at two 
of the clock in the afternoon to give in their Votes for 
County Register & Treasurer 



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Hereof fail not and make return of 
this warrant with your doings thereon to the town Clerk, 

at the time and place above mentioned, Given under 

our hands at Watertown this twenty second day of Febru- 
ary AD. 1826' — , 

Amos Livermore ] Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols [ of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr J Watertown 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Na- 
thaniel Broad February 27 1826 the following accounts 
were allowed and an order drawn on the Treasurer directing 
him to pay the same Viz<— > 

To James P. Briggs for Repairing Engines 13„ 54 

To Samuel Barry for use of the Singing Society 25„ 00 

To Edward Lowd for his services as fish Ward 41 

days J 4„ 00 

To George Coolidge for Sundry Repairs on) 

School house and Services as fish Ward J 13„ 98 

To Jerome Hearsey for Setting Glafs in Brick &) 

West School houses & Meeting house / 5„ 05 

To John Tucker for Repairing Buckets & Strap\ 

for Engines J 8. 33 

To the Estate of Joseph Peirce for shafts for) 

Engine & Whipple tree J 3„ 75 

To James P Briggs for Repairing Hearse ■ 2„ 1 1 

To Gilbert Nichols for Powder and Making) 
Catridges J 1 00 

Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



[546] 

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant I have notified and 
warned the male Inhabitants of said town qualified as 
therein exprefsed to meet at the time and place and for the 
purposes therein mentioned by posting up two attested 



Waterto'xn Record:. 543 

Copies of said warrant at the public Meeting house in said 
town two Sundays in suceisicr. prior to said meeting 

John H. Clark, Constable 

Dated at Watertown March 6 — 1 S 2 6 

Pursuant to the warrant Issued February 22, — 1826 
the Inhabitants of Watertown Assembled March 6th 1826, 
and proceeded to vote by article as follows. \ w — , 

Article 1st Voted and chose Levi Thaxter Esq Moderator 

2~~ : Voted and chose John Clark, Town Clerk and he was 
sworn before Levi Thaxter Justice of the Peace 

Voted and chose Levi Thaxter Esqr Town Treasurer**^ 

'Amos Livermore 
Voted and chcse for Selectmen • Gilbert Nichols 

Joshua Coolidge Jr 

John Clark 

Voted and chose for Overseer of • 'Nathaniel Bright 
the Poor v Thomas Learned 

'Amos Livermore 
Voted and chose for AJsessors ■ Gilbert Nichols 

Charles Whitney 

Voted and chose for Constables Isaac Dana 

John H. Clark 



[547] 



Voted and chose for Tvthing Men 



Voted and chose for Fence Viewers 



Voted and Chose for Clerks of the 
Market 



Voted and Chose for Field drivers 



'Asa Pratt 
Thomas Learned 

Zacheus Pond 
Paul Learned 
Nathaniel Bright 
| Peter Clark 

'Luke Robinson 
Nathaniel Broad 

[Joseph Bird 
| Henry Bright 
< George Harvev 
William Hem' 
James Gillpatrick 
Nathaniel Broad 



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Voted and Chose for Hogreeves 



Nathaniel G. Bailey 
Avery Clark 
Abraham Lincoln 
Samuel Blanchard 



Voted and Chose for Surveyors [Isaac Dana 

of Lumber \Coolidge P. Wood 

Voted & Chose for Cullers of Staves [Isaac Dana 
and Hoops \ Willi am Horn 

Elisha Livermore 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 
Abijah White 
Charles Whitney 
Levi Thaxter 
Eliakim Morse 
Seth Bemis 
John Hunting 
John Clark 



Voted and Chose for Firewards 



[54fl] 

Article 3 rd Refered to the Selectmen 

{John Clark 
Nathaniel Bright 
Thomas Learned 

Article 4 th dismifsed 

5 th Voted that the money be divided as heretofore, and that 
each district keep their windows and seats & Benches in 
repair out of the money received. 

6 th Voted to pafs this article 

7 th Refered to the Selectmen 

8 th Voted to Accept the report of the Selectmen & Treasurer it 
being an estimate of the expences of the town for the 
currant Year viz<~-* 

For Support of the Ministry 560 — 00 

For Support of public Schools 1200 — 

For Support of the Poor 1000 — 

For the Interest on the towns debt — 360 — 

For Contingent expences 330 

For Making & Repairing Highways 700 

For the purpose of discharging in part 

the towns debt 1000 



see report on file 



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545 



9'- h Pafsed 

10* pafsed 

1 1 Voted to Accept the Account of Levi Thaxter Esq Treasurer 
as examined by the Selectmen, they being a committee for 
that purpose, And place the same on rile, the result of which 
is that Levi Thaxter as Treasurer is Credited with the 

sum of - £9504.52 

And is Charged with the sum of 9409.70 

ieaving a Balance due him from the town of — $ 94.82 
as will appear by the account on file*— » 



16 th Voted that the town Allow Moses Whitney and George 
Coolidge the sum of forty four Dollars and grant Money to 
pay the same. 

17 th Voted that the Selectmen be directed to purchase three 
Doz Hymn Books for the use of the singers 4 — > 

Abijah White 
18 :h Voted and Chose 'Luke Bemis 

Thomas Clark for a Committee to confer 
with the town of Brighton relative to the fishery 

Voted to Adjourn to 3 O'Clock then to meet at this place 

The Meeting for the Choice of County Register & 
Treasurer was then Opened the Votes were given in for 
County Register counted and sorted and were for William 
F. Stone Fifty three Votes 

The Votes for County Treasurer were then given in, 
were sorted & counted and were for Nathan Brooks, fifty 
One votes 



[549] 





546 



Watertown Records. 



Agreeably to adjournment the Inhabitants met and 
proceeded as follows 

Under Article 7 th Voted to allow the Overseers of the Poor the 
sum of One Hundred and fifty Dollars for their time and 
expences in purchasing the Poorhouse Farm, and superin- 
tending the repairs on the same 

19 th Pafsed 



[550] 

20 th Voted that the Treasurer be, and is hereby Authorised and 
directed to borrow on the credit of the town the sum of 
thirty eight hundred dollars for such length of time and 
upon such terms as he shall think expedient, for the purpose 
of discharging the note which Israel Whitney holds against 
the town 

Voted to adjourn to the house Nathaniel Broad for the 
purpose of farming out the Taxes at 6 O'Clock 

Agreeably to adjournment the Inhabitants met at the 
House of Nathaniel Broad and proceeded to farm out the 
taxes on the following conditions. Viz.<— * 

The purchaser to give good and sufficient Bonds to the 
satisfaction of the Selectmen for the faithfull performance 

of his duty And, that if the taxes are not collected 

within one year from the time of receiving them, he the 
purchaser is not to receive any premium for Collecting the 
same. 

The taxes were then put up and Struck off to John H. 

Clark for one cent and six eights of a cent on a dollar 

Voted and chose John H. Clark Collector 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in April 
next to meet at the public Meeting house at 4 O'Clock in 
the Afternoon 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watertown March 6th 1826 

Oaths 

Isaac Dana and John H. Clark were sworn as Constables 

Levi Thaxter was sworn as town Treasurer 

George Harvey & Henry Bright were sworn as field drivers 

Zacheus Pond was sworn as fence viewer 

Isaac Dana was sworn as surveyor of Lumber & Culler of 
Hoops & Staves 



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547 



Nath 1 G. Bailey, Avery Clark & Sam 1 Blanchard were 
sworn as Hogreeves 

All the Above before John Clark, T own Clerk 



[551] 

1826 

Watertown March 6th 1826 John Clark and Thomas 
Learned were Sworn as Surveyors of Highways before Levi 
Thaxter Justice of the Peace 

April 3 1826 Gilbert Nichols and Joshua Coolidge Jr 
were sworn as Selectmen before John Clark Town Clerk 

Warrant 
for 
April 
Meeting 

To John H. Clark Constable of the Town of 
L.S. Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify the male Inhabitants of 
said town of Watertown, qualified by the Constitution to 
vote for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senators, and 
Counsellors, to meet and afsemble at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the third day of April next 
ensuing, at one of the Clock in the afternoon to give in their 
votes for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senators, and 
Counsellors, Agreeably to the Constitution of said Com- 
monwealth. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant 
with your doings thereon to the Subscribers at the time and 

place above mentioned Given under our hands and 

seal at Watertown this twentieth day of March AD. 1826 



Gilbert Nichols 
Joshua Coolidge Jr 



Selectmen 
of 

Watertown 



Middlesex Ss. April 3 rd 1826, pursuant to this warrant I 
have notified the male Inhabitants of the town of Water- 
town to meet and afsemble at the time & place & for the 
purposes within mentioned by posting up two Attested 
Copies of the within warrant at the public meeting house in 



548 



Watertown Records. 



said town of Watertown two Sundays next preceeding the 
third day of April John H. Clark, 



Pursuant to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants of 
Watertown Met at the public Meeting house in said town 
for the purpose of giving in their Votes for Governor 
Lieutenant Governor, Senators, and Counsellors, the whole 
number of votes given in were Sorted, counted and re- 
corded and were as follows.*— ■> 



For Governor 

His Excellency Levi Lincoln Fifty Seven Votes 



For Lieutenant Governor 

Thomas L Winthrop Sixty Votes 
Alden Bradford Eight Votes 

For Senators & Counsellors 



Leonard M Parker Sixty two Votes 
Abel Jewett Sixty three Votes 
Charles Train Forty three Votes 
Luke Fiske Fifty five Votes 
Benjamin F. Varnum Sixty three Votes 

{ohn Keyes Seventeen Votes 
Jathan Brooks Five Votes 
Luther Lawrence One Vote 
Samuel Hoar three Votes 
David Townsend One Vote 



The votes were Accordingly declared and sealed up in 
open Town Meeting 



Attest John Clark, T own Clerk 



[552] 



Samuel Hubbard Twelve Votes 

H. G. Otis one Vote 

James Lloyd one Vote 



Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



WaUrtown Records. 



549 



[553 ] 

1826 

Watertcwn April 3 1826 

Adjournment 
of March 
Meeting J 

Agreeably to adjournment the March Meeting 
was then Opened, and the Trustees of the Ministerial Fund 
made a report which was accepted and put on hie 

Under Article 18th It was Voted that the committee chosen 
to Confer with the Town of Brighton, or any Committee 
said Town may choose for the purpose of uniting the 
F;she-:e^ of Watertown &c Brighton & preventing future 
collisions 6*: disputes relative to said fisheries, be authorised 
and have full power and authority to agree with the said 
town of Brighton to unite the Fisheries of the two towns, 
and agree upon the proportion of the proceeds of the 
Fineries each Town shall receive, fix the time, places & 

manner of taking the fish to Join with said town of 

Brighton in a petition to the Legislature for a law to carry 
their agreements into effect, & to do & perform all such 
acts and things relative thereunto as they may think best 
for the Town. 

Voted to choose a committee to look into the doings 
of the Trustees of the Ministerial Fund 

Nathaniel Bemis 
Voted and chose for said Committee' Tyler Bigelow 

v Thaddeus Cole 

Voted to Choose a Committee to examine the Accounts of 
the Overseers of the poor 

'George Coolidge 
Voted £*: Chose for said Committee • Abijah White 

(Thomas Clark 

[ 554 ] 

Voted to Excuse John H. Clark from being a Collector of 
Taxes 

Voted that the Fish Committee Viz George Coolidge Isaac 
Dana and John H. Clark, be Authorised to procure the 
consent of the owners of land over which the Brighton 
Fishermen pafs in drawing for Shad & Alewives, and when 
procured prosecute for the same 



550 Watertown Records. 

Voted to Adjourn this Meeting to the House of Luke 
Robinson, till Six O'Clock this evening for the purpose of 
Farming out the Taxes 

Agreeably to Adjournment the inhabitants met and pro- 
ceeded as follows 

Voted & Chose Jeremiah Rufsell pound keeper*— > 

Agreeably to adjournment the Inhabitants met at the 
house of Luke Robinson, and proceeded to farm out the 

Taxes on the following conditions, viz the purchaser to 

give Good and sufficient bonds to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen for the faithful performance of his duty, and that 
if the Taxes are not Collected within one year from the 
time of receiving them he the purchaser is not to receive 

any premium for collecting the same. The Taxes were 

then put up and struck of to Thaddeus Cole for three Cents 
on a Dollar 

Voted & Chose Thaddeus Cole, Collector*— » 

the Meeting was then dissolved 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[555] 

1826 

Selectmens) 
Meeting J 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson April 3 rd 1826 — the following businefs was 
transacted (Viz) 

The pews in the side Galleries of the Meeting house 
were let at Auction beginning at North west pew in the 
West Gallery next to the Wall, for one year from the first 
of May next when the purchaser takes possession, the 
purchaser to pay cash down or a Note payable on the said 
first day of may, and they were struck off to the following 
persons 



No 1 to George Robbins for $3„ 25 paid 

2 u Thomas Livermore 2„ 75 paid 

3 " John Frost 2„ 75 

4 " George Coolidge 2„ 62 l A 

5 " Asa Pratt 2„ 50 paid 

6 " T.Cole 2„ 50 paid 



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551 



on the East side beginning 
next to the Singers 

No 1 To Chester Bullard 



John Hunting 
Levi Whitney 

Thos Learned (use of Town) 

Luther Barrett 

Thos Learned (use of Town) 



3„ 50 paid 
3„ 25 
3„ 50 paid 
3„ 37V 2 
3„ 00 
2„ 62y 2 



$35,, 62V 2 



Also the following persons were Appointed Engine Men for 
Engine No. 1. Viz.*— > 

George Tucker 
John Broad 
John Marble Jr 
Phineas A Johnson 
John Robberts 



556 



Also the following persons were Appointed Engine Men for 
the Engine belonging to Mefsrs Seth Bemis & Co Vi; 



Alpheus Cutter 
Asahel G Allen 
Levi Whitney 
W m T. Baldwin 
Reuben Spaulding 
Luther B. Pierce 
Luke C. Pierce 



Daniel F. Emery 
George Mosman 
Oliver Farnsworth 
J W. C. Jones 
Henry Eustis 
Barton Varnum 
Heman Wheeler 



Likewise the following persons were Appointed Engine 
Men for Engine No 2 (Viz)<— » 



James Robbins 
John M. Harris 
Benjamin F. Farrar 
Giles A. Meacham 
John Daniels 
Benjamin Dana 
Andrew Cole 
Samuel Barnard 
Frederick A. Bemis 
William Dana 



John Bond 
Allen Ward 
George Harvey 
Nathaniel Bright Jr 
Leonard Sanderson 
Luther Adams 
Samuel Bright 
Ebenezer Fuller 
Emery Hartshorn 



Also Asa Pratt was appointed Sexton for one year from the 
1 st of May 1826 — Twenty five Dollars being the compensa- 



552 



Watertown Records. 



tion for his services for ringing the Bell, taking down and 
putting up stoves sweeping the house &c &c. For attending 
Funerals the same price as he had the last year, and to 
render every service as he heretofore has done 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[557J 

1826 

Watertown April 18, 1826 Isaac Dana & Thaddeus 
Cole were sworn as Measurers of wood & Bark before 

John Clark T. Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson April 18, 1826 — the following businefs was 
transacted (Viz).«— 

Peter Harrington 

Elijah W. Luce and 

Miles Sprague Jr were appointed 

Engine Men for Engine No 1. 

Also the following Accounts were allowed and an Order drawn 
on the Treasurer to pay the same (Viz)<— ^ 



To Gilbert Nichols for his services as Afsessor) 
the last year & for Attending before A Courts \ 
Committee j $42,, 00 

To John H. Clark for his services as Constable! 

the two last Years — j 10. 00 

To Amos Livermore for his Services as Afsessor) 

the last Year J 13„ 50 

To John Clark for his services as Town Clerk the) 

last Year / 25„ 00 

To Levi Thaxter for his services as Treasurer the) 

last year & Blank Book / 40. 50 

To Asa Pratt for his services as Sexton the last) 

year / 25„ 00 



Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 553 

Watertown May 1 1826 Amos Livermore was sworn as 
Selectman 

before John Clark, Town Clerk 



[558] 

Warrant ] 
for May [ 
Meeting j 

At a Meeting of the Sele&men at the House of Luke 
Robinson April 18 — 1826, the following Warrant was 
issued. 

To John H. Clark one of the Constables of the Town of 
Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the male 
Inhabitants of said Town being twenty one years of Age 
and upwards, qualified as the Constitution prescribes to 
vote for Representatives to meet at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the first day of May next at 
three of the Clock in the Afternoon, for the purpose of 
choosing one or more Representatives to represent said 
town in the General Court, Appointed to be convened and 
held at Boston on the last Wednefday of May. 

And You are further required by the Authority 
aforesaid to notify and warn the male inhabitants of said 
town Watertown qualified to vote in town Affairs, to meet 
and afsemble at the public Meetinghouse in said town at 
four of the Clock in the Afternoon on said day, to Act on 
the following Articles*— s 

l Bt to Choose A Moderator for Said Meeting 

2 nd To Know if the town will Authorise the Committee who 
have in charge the subject of the Road and landing place 
near Charles River — to settle & fix the line between said 
Road & landing place & lands of the Rev Convers Francis & 
Doctor Hiram Hosmer, and Act any thing thereon. 



[559] 

1826 

Hereof, fail not, and make return of this Warrant, with 
your doings thereon to the subscribers, at the above men- 
tioned time and place 



Watertown Records. 



Given under our hands and seal, at Watertown this 
eighteenth day of April AD. 1826* — » 



Middlesex Ss. May l at 1826, Pursuant to the above 
warrant I have notified & warned the male inhabitants of 
the town of Watertown to meet at the times and place and 
for the purpose above mentioned by posting up attested 
copies of this warrant at the public Meeting house in the 
town of Watertown two Sundays next preceeding the first 
day of May within mentioned John H. Clark Constable 



Agreeably to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants 
afsembled May l 8t 1826 and proceeded as follows 

Voted to send one Representative*— 

the Votes were then given in Sorted & counted and were as 
follows 



For John Clark Forty Nine votes 
" Seth Bemis Forty Six votes 
" Abijah White Twenty eight votes 

John Hunting Twenty two votes 
" Thomas Clark Six votes 

Levi Thaxter One vote 



there was a motion then made to reconsider the vote to 
send one Representative — and after counting the Inhab- 
itants sitting 



And Standing, the Selectmen declared it to be a vote to 
reconsider the former Vote, which was immediately doubted 
by a large number of the Inhabitants who requested them 
to make it certain by dividing the house which they, the 
(Selectmen) refused to do, saying they were satisfied & that 
was enough 

It was then moved that the meeting be difsolved, but 
the Selectmen refused to put the motion, It was then ob- 
served by Eliakim Morse Esqr that if they considered the 




Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



and 



[560] 



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555 



vote reconsidered which they first took, that the town 
stood as they did when they first commenced, but the 
Selectmen refused to act any further saying that the Meet- 
ing had died of itself 

The Meeting for the transacting of town Affairs was 
then Opened, and the Inhabitants proceeded as follows. 

Article 1 st Voted and chose Walter Hunnewell Moderator and 
ascertaining that he was absent they 
Voted & chose Seth Bemis Esqr — Moderator 

Article 2 nd Voted that the whole subject relative to the boundry 
lines between lands of the Rev Convers Francis & Doct 
Hiram Hosmer And the Road and landing place near 
Charles River be refered To Tyler Bigelow Abijah White 
and Nathaniel Bemis Esqr to establish the same as they 
shall think most fit and proper and for the best intrest of 
the Town 

Voted to difsolve the Meeting.*— > 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



[561] 

1826 

Petition ] 
for Town \ 
Meeting J 

To Amos Livermore Gilbert Nichols & Joshua Coolidge Jr 
Selectmen of Watertown. 

The Subscribers Inhabitants & freeholders 
of said Town request that a Meeting of the Inhabitants may 
be called on the 15th day of May Instant to know the minds 
of the town whether they will send one or more Repre- 
sentatives to represent them in the next General Court to 
be convened and held at Boston on the last Wednesday of 
the present month 



Watertown May 3 rd 1826*—, 

Samuel Learned 
Adam Brown 
Isaac Dana 
Luther Barrett 



Nathaniel Bemis Jr 
C. P. Wood 
Ziba Bridges 
Benjamin Wood 



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Luke Robinson Richard Sanger 

Eliakim Morse Jalel Baker 

George Coolidge Marshall S. Fowle 

Jotham Keyes Francis Leath 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 

Robinson May 4th 1826 the following warrant was 

drawn for a town Meeting 

To John H. Clark one of the Constables of the 
Town of Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the male In- 
habitants of said Town being twenty one years of Age and 
upwards, qualified as the Constitution prescribes, to vote 
for Representatives, to meet at the public Meetinghouse in 
said town on Monday the fifteenth day 

of 



[562] 

Of May Instant at three of the clock in the afternoon, for 
the purpose of choosing one or more Representatives to 
represent said town in the General Court, Appointed to be 
convened and held at Boston on the last Wednefday of 
May. 

And You are further required by the Authority afore- 
said to notify and warn the male Inhabitants of said town of 
Watertown qualified to vote in town affairs, to meet and 
afsemble at the public Meetinghouse in said town at four 
of the clock in the Afternoon of said day, to Act on the 
following Articles Viz 

l 3t To Choose A Moderator 

2 nd To hear the report of any Committee and act any thing 
thereon, Hereof fail not and make return of this war- 
rant with your doings thereon to the Selectmen, at the 
above mentioned time and place 

Given under our hands and seal, at Watertown 
this fourth day of May AD. 1826* — » 

Amos Livermore | Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols \ of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr J Watertown 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



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557 



Middlesex Ss May 15th 1826 

pursuant to the above warrant I have notified & 
warned the male inhabitants of Watertown to meet at the 
time & place & for the purposes above mentioned by posting 
up Attested Copies of this warrant two Sundays next pre- 
ceeding said fifteenth day of May 

John H. Clark, Constable 



[563] 

1826 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants 

Assembled at the public Meetinghouse May 15th, 1826 

and proceeded as follows*— » 

Voted to send two Representatives 

The Selectmen then directed that there should be but one 
voted for at a balloting*— » 

The votes were then brought in and were as follows 
(Viz) 

For Seth Bemis One hundred & fourteen votes 
John Hunting Nine votes 
John Clark Sixteen votes 
George Coolidge one vote 
Amos Livermore one vote 
Levi Thaxter Two votes 
Thomas Clark fourteen votes 
Nath 1 Bright Thirteen votes'—* 

Seth Bemis was then declared to be elected 

They then proceeded to a second ballot which was as 
follows 

For John Clark Sixty eight votes 
Levi Thaxter one vote 
Thomas Clark Twenty Seven votes 
John Hunting Seven votes 
Amos Livermore One vote 
Nath 1 Bright Sixty votes 

There not being any choice it was Voted to reconsider 
the vote to send two Representatives and send but one 

Voted to dissolve this meeting 

The Meeting for the transacting of town affairs was then 
opened 



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Article l Bt Voted & chose Seth Bemis Moderator 
Voted to difsolve the Meeting 

Attest John Clark Town Clerk 



[564] 

Oaths 

Watertown June 5th 1826, Amos Livermore Gilbert 
Nichols & Charles Whitney were sworn as Afsessors for the 
ensuing Year before John Clark, Town Clerk 

June 15 1826 Nathaniel Bright was sworn as surveyor of 
Highways & as Fence viewer for the ensuing year before 

John Clark, Town Clerk 

Selectmen's! 
Meeting J 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson on Monday the 4th day of September 1826 the 
following businefs was transacted, Viz*— > 

To Levi Thaxter Esq Treasurer of Watertown, 

You are hereby directed to receive the following sums in 
part payment for the list of Taxes committed Thaddeus 
Cole to collect for the year 1824 & 5 they being abatements 
of the several persons Taxes hereafter named 



for 1824 






Brought up 


19„ 


27 


Michael Green 


1„ 


72 


Thomas Cox Jr 


1. 


45 


Martin Blanden 


1„ 


72 


Joseph Cole 


5„ 


31 


Gilbert Kirker 


1. 


72 


Daniel Cummings 


h, 


45 


1825 






Henry Cooms 


1. 


45 


Rodman Davis 


1. 


45 


M r Cowly 


1. 


45 


Lydia Harrington 




56 


Thomas Daniels 


1. 


45 


David Woodman 


2„ 


36 


Nath 1 Eaton 


1. 


45 


Asa Sumner 


hi 


20 


Martin Furlong 


1. 


45 


Heirs of David Stone 


hi 


29 


James Floid 


1. 


45 


George Harvey 


hi 


45 


Michael Green — 


1. 


45 


1825 






M r Carlton 


h, 


45 


Ebenezer Ayers 


hi 


45 


Benjamin Gardner 


hi 


45 


M r Bowers 


hi 


45 


William Griffin 


h, 


45 


William Bartlet 


1. 


45 


Francis Hager 


1. 


45 


Thomas Cox 


1. 


45 












Carryed up 


$43,, 


43 



Carryed up $19—27 



Watertovon Records. 559 
[565] 

Amt Brought Up 43. 43 Amount Brought up $62,, 28 

M r Hoyt 1„ 45 Elijah Ray 1„ 45 

Leonard Hall 1„ 45 Benjamin Rice 1„ 45 

M r Harpam 1. 45 Amos Rice 1„ 45 

M r Hart 1„ 45 Miles Sprague Jr 1„ 45 

Gilbert Kirker 1„ 45 Nath 1 Sumner 1„ 45 

Edward Magee 1„ 45 John Snow 1„ 45 

Nahum Morse 1„ 45 John Stimpson Jr 1„ 45 

John Morse 1„ 45 Sam 1 Walker 1„ 45 

John Prichard 1„ 45 Aaron Whitney 1„ 45 

Mr Priest l /y 45 Benjamin Stevens 1 45 

James Prichard 1„ 45 Samuel Welsh Jr 1„ 45 

Osgood Putnam 1 45 Daniel Wellington 1„ 45 

Daniel Rice 1. 45 



$62,, 28 $79,, 68 



Amounting in all to the sum of Seventy Nine Dollars 

and Sixty eight Cents also on Seth Bemis Tax for 1825 

$15„79 — Also — Daniel Cary, was appointed Engine Man 
for Engine No 1. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



The following letter was received from the Trustees of 
the Ministerial Fund 

Watertown Sept 4 1826 

Letter from 
the Trustees 

of the 
Ministerial 

Fund 

Gentlemen, I am directed by the trustees of the Watertown 
Ministerial Fund to inform you that a vacancy has recently 
taken place in their board, by the death of Nath 1 R Whitney 
Esqr and that in pursuance of the vote of the Town pafsed 
on the 4 th day of March AD 1822 the remaining trustees 
have proceeded & elected Nath 1 Bemis Esqr to fill the 
vacancy. 

I am Gentlemen very Respectfully your Obt Sert 

Levi Thaxter, Clerk of s d Corporation 
To the Selectmen of Watertown 



Copy Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



560 



Watertown Records. 



[566] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson on Monday Sept 11, 1826 the following Warrant 
was drawn. 



Warrant ] 
for Town | 
Meeting J 

To Mr Isaac Dana one of the Constables 
of the Town of Watertown Greeting*— > 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn the male In- 
habitants of said town qualified by law to vote in town 
affairs, to meet and afsemble at the Meeting house in said 
town on Monday the twenty fifth day of September Instant, 
at three of the clock in the afternoon, to act on the following 
Articles (Viz). 

l 8t to Choose A Moderator for said Meeting 

2 nd to know if the town will take any measures to oppose the 

Trapilo Road (so called) & act any thing thereon 

3 rd To know if the town will Accept a Road laid out by their 
Selectmen, leading from West Boston Bridge Turnpike 
beginning near the east end of Charles Bird's Shop, from 
thence through land of Isaac Patten & the Heirs of Jere- 
miah Fowle to the great County Road in front of the House 
Occupied by Miles Sprague Jr. And act any thing thereon — 

4 th To know if the town will choose a Committee to prepare 
Bye laws- for the town, to regulate the stands for Wood, 
Fish-Carts & Oysterbords & Co. And Get the same Appro- 
bated by the Court of Sefsions, & Act any thing thereon 

Hereof, fail not and make return of this Warrant to 
the Town Clerk with your doings thereon, at the time and 

place above mentioned. Given under our hands & 

seals the Eleventh day of September AD. 1826 

Amos Livermore 1 Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols \ of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr J Watertown 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



561 



[567] 

1826 

Watertown September 25th 1826 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have notified & warned 
the male Inhabitants of the town of Watertown qualified 
by law to vote in town Affairs; to meet and Afsemble at the 
time and place, & for the purposes therein mentioned 

Isaac Dana, Constable 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhab- 
itants of Watertown met at the Public meeting house in 
said town on Monday the twenty fifth day of September 
AD. 1826 and proceeded to vote as follows. 

Article 1 — Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esquire Moderator 

2 nd Voted to choose a Committee to opose the laying out of 
the Road as prayed for by Thomas Page & others, from the 
termination of a new highway at the Waltham line to M r 
Bond's house in Watertown, at the road leading to West- 
Cambridge. 

[Thomas Clark 
Voted and chose for said Committee] Nathaniel Bright, and 

[Levi Thaxter Esqrs. 

3 rd Voted that the laying out of a Road, begining forty one 
& half feet from the east end of Charles Bird's Brick Shop 
on the West Boston Bridge Turnpike to the great County 
Road, by the Selectmen in the manner that the same is 
hereby reported by them to the town be, and hereby is by 
said town approved & allowed and that said Road be 

established in the manner as layed out by the Selectmen 

And that their report thereof be recorded at length upon 
the town records which report is as follows (Viz.v— . 4 

Whereas Isaac Patten & others having petitioned the 
Selectmen of Watertown to lay out a Road or Highway 
from the West 

Boston 



[568] 

Boston Bridge Turnpike Road through land of said Patten & 
land of the heirs of Jeremiah Fowle deceased to the great 
County Road leading from Watertown to Cambridge 



562 



Watertown Records. 



We the Subscribers Selectmen of Watertown, having noti- 
fied the said Patten & Samuel Etheridge of Charlestown, 
the Father & Guardian of said heirs being all the parties 
known to us to be interested, met them this day & naving 
heard their several objections & allegations for & against 
the laying out a road as aforesaid, & having examined the 
premises do adjudge & consider that a road from said 
Turnpike to said County road will be of Great use and 
convenience to the Inhabitants of Watertown, and we do 
accordingly lay out a Road or Highway for the use of the 
Inhabitants of said town of Watertown forever, as follows. 
Viz. Beginning forty one & half feet from the east Corner 
of Charles Bird's Brick Shop on said Turnpike Road and 
running northerly a straight line through said Patten's 
land to land of said Fowle's heirs at a Stake, thence through 
land of said Fowle's heirs to the said County road at a 
stake ten feet from the west corner of the House owned by 
said Heirs & now occupied by Miles Sprague Junr, the road 
to be twenty five feet wide & to lay wholly on the Westerly 
side of said bounds. And we consider that the laying out 
said road will be of greater benefit than injury to the said 

Fowle's Heirs & the said Patten we therefore do not 

award damages to any person All which we do hereby 

report to the town to be Approved & allowed at some 
public meeting of the Inhabitants thereof regularly notified 
& warned. 

Watertown Sept 11 th 1826' — , 

Amos Livermore ) Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols [ of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr J Watertown 



[569] 

1826 

Article 4 th Voted to choose a Committee to prepare Bye laws 
for the town to get them approbated by the Court of Sef- 
sions, and to lay the same before the Inhabitants of said 
town for their Acceptance 

] Co 1 Thomas Learned 
Voted & chose for said Committee [Co 1 John Hunting, and 

J John Clark 

Voted to dissolve the meeting 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



563 



To John H. Clark, one of the Constables of the town of 



You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify and warn the male 
Inhabitants of the town of Watertown who are qualified by 
the Constitution to vote for Representatives in the General 
Court of this Commonwealth to meet and afsemble at the 
public Meetinghouse in said town on the sixth day of 
November next being the first Monday of said month, at 
two of the Clock in the afternoon to give in their votes for a 
Representative of said Commonwealth in the Congrefs of 
the United States for the Middlesex district. 

And you are further required by the Authority afore- 
said to notify and warn the male inhabitants of said town 
of Watertown qualified to vote in town affairs, to meet and 
assemble at four of the Clock in the afternoon on said day, 
and at the above s d place to Act on the following Articles 
Viz:< — » 

l 8t To choose a Moderator 

2 nd To Know if the town will reconsider the vote passed 



March 4 — 1822 Authorising the Trustees of the Ministerial 
Fund to fill any vacancy in their board, and act any thing 
thereon. 

3 rd To hear the report of any Committee & act any thing 
thereon 

4 th To Know if the town will take any measures erect Hay 
scales, and Act any thing thereon 

Hereof, fail not and make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon to the subscribers at the time Appointed 

for said meeting Given under our hands and seal, at 

Watertown the twenty third day of October AD. 1826.*— > 



The fore going Warrant was drawn at a Meeting of the 
Sele&men at the House of Luke Robinson October 23, 1826 



Watertown- 



-Greetings 



March 



[570] 




Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



564 



Watertown Records. 



Middlesex fs November 6th 1826 

Pursuant to the within warrant to me directed I have 
notified and warned the male Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown to meet at the time & place and for the purposes 
within directed by posting Attested Copies of the within 
warrant at the public Meetinghouse in said Watertown two 
Sundays next preceeding the said six day of November 

John H. Clark, Constable of Watertown 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant, the Inhabitants 
qualified as therein exprefsed, met at the public Meeting 
house in said town on Monday the 6th day of Novr 1826 — 
and proceeded to open the meeting and givin the votes for 
a Representative to represent the Middlesex district in the 
Congrefs of the United States, the Votes being sorted and 
counted by the Selectmen & Town 

Clerk 

[571] 

1826 

Clerk and were declared to be as follows Viz*— » 

For the Honorable Edward Everett, Thirty one 
votes — 31 

The Meeting for the transacting of town Affairs 
was then opened, and they proceeded as follows. Viz*— » 

Article l 9t Voted & chose Thomas Clark, Moderator 

Article 2 nd Voted that the order pafsed March 4th 1822 
Authorising the Trustees of the Ministerial fund to fill any 
vacancy .that may happen in thei r board — be, and the same 
is hereby resinded, and, that they are hereby directed to 
notify the Selectmen, when any such vacancy may happen 
Agreeably to the Act of incorporation 

Article 3 rd two Committees made reports for which see file 

4 th Voted that the Town will not erect Hay scales 
Also Voted to choose a Commite to confer with the Guard- 
ian of the Heirs of M. B. Spring relative to the purchase of 

their Hay scales the use of the town and to ascertain 

what scales can be erected for*— » 

[Luke Bemis 

Voted & chose for said Committee j John Hunting, and 

[Samuel Learned, Esqrs 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



565 



At a meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson November 13th 1826, the following Accounts 
were allowed (Viz) 

To George Coolidge for his services as a Witnefs) 

in the Action Against Daniel Draper J 6„ 24 

To Luther Barrett for his services as do. 3.12 

To John Clark for his services as Witnefs Against) 

do / 3. 12 

To Isaac Dana for his services as a Witnefs) 
Against do J 3. 12 

To Hesekiah Bacon for his services as a Witnefs 
against do 



} 3. 12 



[572] 



To John Tucker for 64 Knapsacks furnished for the 
Militia of the town ?74.67< — » 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Selectmen's 
Meeting 
January 
1 st 1827 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson, on Monday evening January l 3t 1827 the follow- 
ing businefs was transacted (Viz)*— > 

The following persons were Appointed Engine Men 
for Engine No 1. 



Henry Bright 
Henry Kendall 
John M. Peirce 
Phineas A. Johnson 
Moses W 7 hitney Jr 
David Hager Jr 



Elmer Mead 
James Annis 
Peter Harrington 
Daniel Carey 
Asa Pratt 
Rufus Lee 



Also the following persons were appointed Engine 
Men for Engine called the Relief or No 2 



Benjamin F Farrar 
Giles A. Meacham 
John Daniels 
Benjamin Dana 
Andrew Cole 
John Bond 
George Harvey 



Nathaniel Bright Jr 
Samuel Bright 
Ebenezer Fuller 
Amory Hartshorn 
William F. Dana 
Allen Ward 



566 



Watertown Records. 



Likewise the following persons were Approbated Engine 
Men for the Engine belonging to Mefsrs Seth Bemis & Co 
or No 3 



R E Bemis 
Jacob Baldwin 
Levi Fuller 
Solomon R Bullard 
William Bright 
Alpheus Cutter 
A. G Allen 
Wm T. Baldwin 



C Bullard 
Luke C. Peirce 
Luther B. Peirce 
Daniel F Emery 
J. W. C. Jones 
Heman Wheeler 
Godfrey Wheelock 



[573] 

1827 

Also the following Accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer to pay the same. Viz<— > 

To Jonathan B. Harrington for Hymn Books &) 

Stationary J 19„ 30 

To John Clark for Expences incured in Repairing! 

the Great Bridge &c J 20„ 42 

To Tyler Bigelow to be Accounted for by him in 
his Settlement with the Town, for expences in- 
cured in defending the suit Geo Coolidge against 
Thomas Learned • 



250 

To Isaac Dana for Repairs on the Meetinghouse 6„ 50 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson January 12 1827, the following persons were 
appointed Engine Men for Engine called the Relief or 
No 2 (Viz) 

William Davis 
Abraham Lincoln 
Miles Sprague Jr 
H. P. Patridge 
Varnum Cooper 
John Eastman 
A. P. Holt 
Charles Williams 



Watertown Records. 567 
[574] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 26, 1827 — Levi 
Thaxter & John Clark were appointed agents to lease the 
Fishery for the ensuing Year. 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson Monday evening February 5th 1827 the following 
businefs was transacted. (Viz) 

To Levi Thaxter Esq Treasurer of Watertown*— ^ 

You are hereby directed to receive the following sums in 
part payment for the list of Taxes committed Thaddeus 
Cole to Collect for the Year 1825 they being abatements of 
the several persons Taxes hereafter named (Viz) 

for 1825 Ezekiel Whitney $4„ 39 

Phineas Sanderson 1,, 45 pole Tax 
Mary Jackson 4,, 36 

for 1826 Jerome Hearsey 2„ 27 pole Tax 

Amounting in the whole to the sum of Twelve Dollars 
and Forty seven Cents 

Also — the following Accounts were allowed (Viz) 



To Elisha W Dana for his services as fish Com-) 

mittee Man J $2„ 00 

To Thomas Clark for his services as Committee) 

man to Oppose the Trapalow Road So called — J 3,, 00 

To Charles Whitney for Materials & Labour for) 

repairing the West School House J 61„ 80 

To William S. Bright for the support of David) 

Barnard from May 1824 to May 1825 J 20, , 00 

To Asa Pratt for his bill of Sundries 14„ 15 

$100,, 95 



Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



568 Watertown Records. 

[575] 

1827 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the House of Luke 
Robinson February 19, 1827 the following businefs was 
transacted. (Viz) 

Abijah White Esqr 
Levi Thaxter Esq and 
John Clark, were Appointed Fish 
Wardens for the Town of Watertown for the ensuing Year 

Also — the following Accounts were allowed and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer to pay the same — (Viz)*— 4 

To Nathaniel Bright for his services as Com-) 

mittee man in opposing the Trapalow Road J $10,, 25 

To Levi Thaxter for Ditto — 6, ,00 

To Amos Livermore for Glafs set in the East) 
Schoolhouse in 1824, & 5 j 5„ 18 

To Luke Robinson for refreshments when the) 

Cotton Factory was Burnt J 6„ 50 

To Ditto for refreshments for the Selectmen — 10„ 00 

Attest John Clark, Town Clerk 



Warrant ) 
March | 
Meeting J 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the house of Luke 
Robbinson Feb y 19, 1827, they isued the following Warrant 

To John H. Clark one of the Constables for the Town of 
Watertown Greeting*— > 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts to notify & warn the male Inhabitants of 
said town qualified by law to vote in town affairs to meet 
and afsemble at the public meeting house in said town on 
Monday the fifth day of March next at ten of the Clock in 
the forenoon to act on the 

following 



[576] 

Following Articles Viz*— > 

l 8t To choose a Moderator 

2 d To choose Town Officers for the ensueing year 

3 d To give in the votes of the electors for a County Treasurer 



Watertown Records. 



569 



4 th To choose a Sexton & agree how he shall be paid 

5 th To determine whether Swine & neat Cattle shall go at 

large the ensueing year & Act any thing thereon 
6 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensueing year & 

Act any thing thereon 

7 th To grant Money to open, make & repair the highways in 

said town and Act any thing thereon 
8 th To hear and examine the accounts of those persons to 

whom the town are indebted, grant money to pay the same 

& act any thing thereon 

9 th To hear the report of the committee for makeing an esti- 
mate of the expences of the town for the year ensueing and 

Act any thing thereon 
10 th To hear the report of other Committee's & Act thereon 
11 th To know what method the town will take to support the 

poor & act any thing thereon 

12 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning their 

Treasury & act any thing thereon 
13 th To know what method the town will take to collect their 

Taxes for the ensueing year & Act any thing thereon 
14 th To know if the town will take any order relative to the 

destruction of certain Birds & Pickeral and Act any thing 

thereon 

15 To know what method the town will take to dispose of their 
Pews in the Meeting house & Act any thing thereon 

16 To know if the town will take any measures to preserve the 
Fish in Charles River & Act any thing thereon 

17 To know what method the town will take to raise money to 
pay for the Poor house Farm & Act any thing thereon 

[577] 

1827 

18 To know what method the town will take to enlarge the 
School house in the East District & Act any thing thereon 

19 To know if the town will take any Measures to fill the 
board of Trustees of the Ministerial Funds and Act any 

thing thereon Hereof! fail not & make return of this 

warrant with your doings thereon to the Town Clerk at the 
time & place above mentioned 

Given under our hands at Watertown this nineteenth 
day of February AD 1827< — , 

Amos Livermore ) Selectmen 
Gilbert Nichols > of 
Joshua Coolidge Jr J Watertown 



570 Watertown Records. 

Pursuant to the above Warrant I have notified & warned 
the Male Inhabitants of said town qualified as therein 
exprefs'd to meet at the time & place and for the purpofses 
therein mentioned 

dated March 5 th 1827 John H. Clark Constable 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



1578] 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants of 
Watertown met at the public Meeting house in said town & 
proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 8t Voted & chose Walter Hunnewell Moderator 

2 d Voted & chose Gilbert Nichols, Town Clerk 

Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Town Treasurer 

Gilbert Nichols was sworn as town Clerk before Levi 
Thaxter Justice of the Peace 

Voted to choose three Selectmen 

" Voted & chose for Selectmen fLevi Thaxter Esq r 

\Walter Hunnewell 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to two O Clock this after- 
noon . 

Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Agreeably to the adjournment the Inhabitants met & pro- 
ceeded as follows (Viz) 

Voted & chose John Hunting Selectman 

[Nath 1 Bright 

" Voted & chose for Overseers of Poor \ Thomas Learned 

[John Clark 

" Voted & chose for Afsefsors fNath 1 Bright 

\Abijah White 

u Voted to postpone chooseing the other Afsefsor to the 
adjournment of this Meeting— — 



Watertown Records. 571 
[579] 

1827. 

" Voted to choose a Committee to examine the Accounts of 
the Overseers of the poor for the last year and report at our 
next meeting?— » 

f George Coolidge 
" Voted & chose for said Committe*— -» \ Abijah White 

(Marshall S Fowle 

The town then took up the 17 th Article and Voted that the 
Treasurer be, and is hereby directed to borrow on the 
Credit of the town, upon such terms as he shall think 
expedient the sum of five Thousand Dollars for one year 
from the first day of April next, for the purpose of dis- 
chargeing the Debts the town owe 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in April 
next, then to meet at this place at nine of the Clock A.M. 

Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



The following persons appeared and was Sworn as follows — 
Levi Thaxter Esqr, Doc 1 Walter Hunnewell, and John 
Hunting, as Selectmen & Levi Thaxter Esq r as Town 
Treasurer*— > 

By Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[580] 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant dated February the 
19 th 1827 A legal meeting of the Inhabitants of Water- 
town met, by an adjournment from the 5 th day of March 
last & proceeded as follows (Viz) 

Voted & Chose John Clark for an Afsefsor 

Voted & chose for Constables*— 



Voted & chose for Tythingmen* 



Voted & chose for fence Viewers* 



/John H Clark 
\ George Coolidge 

f Asa Pratt 
\Tho 9 Learned 

Zacheus Pond 
Paul Learned 
Nath 1 Bright 
Peter Clark 



572 



Watertown Records, 



Voted & chose for Clerks of the 
Markett*— * 



Voted & chose for Field Drivers*— 4 



Voted & Chose for Hogreeves*— > 



(William Blanchard 
\john Hunting 

Joseph Bird 
Henry Bright 
George Hervey 
William Horn 
James Gillpatrick 
Nath 1 Broad 

David Hager Jr. 
Eben r Fuller 
Charles Stone 
I Hiram Hosmore* 



581] 



1827 



Voted & chose for Surveyors of 
Lumber*— » 

Voted & Chose for Cullers of 
Hoops & Staves 



Voted & Chose for Firewards* 



Voted & Chose for Surveyors of 
Highways*— > 



Voted & chose for General School 
Committee*— j 



(Isaac Dana 
\Coolidge P Wood 

flsaac Dana 
\ William Horn 

Levi Thaxter 
Eliakim Morse 
Seth Bemis 
John Hunting 
John Clark 
Elisha Livermore 
Joshua Coolidge Jr. 
Abijah White 
Charles Whitney 

[Nath 1 Bright 
jTho 8 Learned 
(John Clark 

Rev d Convers Francis 

Leonard Stone 
i Walter Hunnewell 

Levi Thaxter 
[Tyler Bigelow 



Voted & chose George Rufsell for Pound Keeper- 
Voted & Chose for Fish Wardens (J ol ? n £ lark 

[Luke Bemis 

4 th Voted that the Selectmen provide a Sexton 



*Editorial Note: — probably meant Hosmer. 



Watertown Records. 



573 



[582] 



5 th Article Voted to dismifs & let the law remain in force 

6 th Voted to Grant twelve Hundred Dollars for the support of 
Schools to be divided as follows (Viz) the West District to 
have three hundred Dollars the East District to have three 
hundred Dollars & the Middle or Double District to have 
Six hundred Dollars, Each District to keep their Windows & 
seats in repair out of their own money 

7 Voted that the Paupers of the town repair the Highways 
under the Directions of the Overseer of the Poor who are 
the Surveyors 

8 th that the Accounts against the town be refer'd to the Select- 
men for allowance 

9 Voted to accept the report of the Selectmen relative To the 
Town Treasurers Accounts & that the same be placed on 
the town flies the footing of Which stands thus (Viz) 



leaveing a ballance due the Treasurer of $78,, 77 

Voted to accept the Report of the Ministerial Funds & place the 
same on file (the proceeds are $450.3) 

13 Voted to farm out the Taxes at the adjournment of this 
meeting this evening 

14 Article dismifs'd, law to remain in force 

15 leaseing of the Pews referd to the Selectmen 



17 Voted to grant three Hundred Dollars to pay the Interest 
of the town's debts. 

Voted (under 7 th Article) to grant One Thousand Dollars to pay 
the expence of Poor & repairing highway's 

Voted to grant three Hundred Dollars for Contingent Ex- 
pences 

Voted To Grant five hundred & fifty Dollars for the support of 
the Ministry in Watertown 



Levi Thaxter is C r By — 
and stands charged with 



$12628,, 8 
12549,, 31 



[583] 



1827 



574 Watertown Records. 

Voted that the Selectmen be a committee to examine the Ac- 
counts & doings of the overseers of the Poor the ensueing 
year 

Voted to Adjourn this meeting to three O'clock then to meet at 
this place 

Att fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Warrant for April Meeting 

To John H Clark Constable of the town of Watertown 

Greetings— i 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn the male Inhabitants of 
said town of Watertown qualified by the Constitution to 
vote for Governor Lieu 1 Governor Senators & Counsellors 
to meet and asemble at the public meeting house in said 
town on Monday the second day of April next at one of the 
Clock in the afternoon to give in their votes for Governor 
Lieu 1 Governor Senators & Counsellors agreeably to the 
Constitution of said Commonwealth 

Hereof fail not and make a return of 

this 



[584] 

This warrant with your doings thereon to the Subscribers 
at the time and place above mentioned 

Given under our hands this 23 d day of March in the 
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty seven 

(Levi Thaxter 
Walter Hunnewell 
John Hunting 

Att 9t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Agreably to the foregoing warrant the Inhabitants of the 
town of Watertown met at the time & place therein Men- 
tioned, for the purpose of giveing in their Votes for Governor 
Lieut. Governor, Counsellors, & Senators, on Monday the 
2 d day of April being the l 9t Monday in said Month 



Watertown Records. 



575 



The whole number of Votes given in were sorted & counted 
& recorded and were as follows (Viz) 



For Governor*— » 

Levi Lincoln had Seventy four Votes 74 

William C Jarvis had Fifty three Votes 53 

James Lloid had four Votes 4 

Marcus Morton had three Votes 3 

Joseph Bird had three Votes 3 

James P Brigs had One Vote 1 

George Laughton had one vote 1 

Harrison G Otis had two votes 2 



[585] 



1827 

For Lieutenant Governor*—^ 

Thomas L Winthrop had Eighty eight Votes 88 

Amasa Jackson had One Vote 1 

For Senators & Counsellors*— > 

John Keyes had ninety seven votes 97 

Leonard M Parker had One hundred & three 103 

Benjamin F Varnum had One hundred & two 102 

Luke Fisk had One hundred votes 100 

Abel Jewett had One hundred & two votes 102 

Timothy Fuller had eleven votes 11 

Samuel Hoar Ju r had eleven votes 11 

Calvin Sanger had nine votes 9 

Edmund Parker had eleven votes 11 

John Abbot had nine Votes 9 

Levi Thaxter had two Votes 2 

Sam 1 Dana had two Votes 2 

Luther Lawrence had one vote 1 

Joseph Locke had three votes 3 

Sam 1 P P Fay had two votes 2 

Nathan Brooks had two votes 2 

John Wade had two votes 2 

Charles Train had two Votes 2 



The Votes were accordingly declared signed & sealed up in open 
town meeting 



Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



576 



Watertown Records. 



[586] 

Agreeably to the adjournment of March Meeting (page 
583) the Inhabitants being afsembled the meeting was 
opened, & they proceeded as follows 

Art 8 Voted to choose a committe of three to examine the School 
houses & see what repairs are nefsessary, and report at 
May Meeting.' — > 

(Luke Bemis 
Nath 1 Bright 
Levi Thaxter 

Voted that each School District shall choose their own Pru- 
dential Committee, or agent 

Voted that the report of the Committee (Viz) 

Tyler Bigelow, Abijah White & Nath 1 Bemis respecting the 
road in front of Doct r Hiram Hosmore & the Rev d Con- 
verse Francis, be refer'd to the Selectmen, to act thereon as 
they shall see fit 

19 Article Respecting enlargeing the number of Trustees of the 
Ministerial Funds was dismifs'd ■ 

The Inhabitants were then call'd upon to bring their Votes for 
County Treasurer which were as follows (Viz). 

John Keyes had five votes 5 

Nathan Brooks had twenty three votes 23 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the Spring Hotell then to meet 
at seven O'Clock this evening 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[587] 

1827 

Agreeably to the foregoing adjournment the Inhabitants 
met at the Spring Hotell, April 2, at seven O'clock in the 
evening an proceeded as follows. 

Voted to farm out the Taxes upon the following conditions (Viz) 
the purchaser to give good & sufficient Bonds to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen for the faithfull performance of 
his duty, & if he does not collect & pay in the Taxes that 
may be committed to him within one year from the time of 



Watertown Records. 577 

receiving them he shall not be entitled to any Premium for 
collecting them. 

The Taxes then were put up for the lowest bider & was 
struck off to Jotham Keyes for two Cents & five eights of a 
Cent on a Dollar 

Voted & chose Jotham Keyes for Collector 

Voted to dissolve the Meeting which was accordingly declared 
dissolved 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



April 2, 1827 The Selectmen then put up the Pews in the gallerey 
of the Meeting house belonging to the town to lease at 
auction, for one year, from the first of May next, begining 

at the north west pew next to the wall (call'd N° 1.) 

which was struck off To Ebenezer Fuller for $2„ 75 

N° 2 To Thomas Livermore 2,, 25 

" 3 Abijah White 1„ 76 



588 



N° 4 pew to George Coolidge for $1„ 62 

" 5 " " Daniel Bond — " 1„ 62 

"6 " John Hunting — " 1„ 50 

N° 1 on the East Gallary next to the Singer's seats was then 
put up & struck off To Abijah White for 2„ 50 

N° 2 To Levi Thaxter 2„ 37 

" 3 " Asa Pratt 2„ — 

" 4 " Nath 1 Bright 1. 62 

" 5 " Comfort Foster 1. 62 

N° 6 " reserved for paupers 



$21. 61 



Also the Selectmen appointed the following persons for Engine 
men (Viz) 



for Engine N° 3< — » 
for Engine N° h — » 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[Dudley Winslow 
\ Frank S Rogers 

Nath 1 O Annis 
William French 
Hiram Chase 
John Broad 



578 



Water town Records. 



Oaths George Coolidge & John Henry Clark were sworn as 

Constables Isaac Dana as culler of Hoops & Staves & 

as Surveyor of lumber James Gillpatrick as Fieldriver — 

before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



April 26 the Selectmen appointed the following Persons as 
Engine men 

{Daniel Eustis 
Henry Eustis 
Henry Sanborn 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[589] 

1827 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the Spring Hotell 
April 16, 1827, the following businefs was transacted (Viz) 
They agreed to allow the following accounts & drew an 
order on the Treasurer to pay the same, to the several 
persons as follows.' — » 

To Gilbert Nichols, Amos Livermore, & Charles) 
Whitney, for their services as Afsefsors last Year. / $70. — 

To Gilbert Nichols for Powder &C 6. 46 

To John Clark for his services as Town Clerk last) 

Year / 25. 00 

To Asa Pratt as Sexton to May 1 st 1827 25„ 50 

To Charles Bird for Iron work on Bridge &) 
Schoolhouse J 5„ 59 

To John H Clark as Constable & Fish Committee) 

last year J 15„ 00 

To Levi Thaxter as Treasurer the last year 40„ 00 

To Isaac Dana as Constable to date 1// 50 

Sexton 

Asa Pratt was appointed Sexton for one year from May l 8t 
& agreed to take twenty five Dollars for said Service. 



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579 



Engine! 
Men f 



They also appointed the following persons as Engine men 
Viz 



for Engine N° 1 



for Engine N° 2 



Adolphus Cannon 
Artemas Ward 
Joseph Turner 

James P Briggs 
John Robberts 
Isaac Robbins 
George W Tucker 
Charles Hammond 
Elezer Rex 



Also Artemas Rogers was appointed Sealer of Weights and 
Measures for the ensueing year 



[590] 

W T eighers ofi 
Beef<— > J 

Thomas Gookin and Amasa Jackson were appointed 
weighers of Beef for the town of Watertown the ensueing 
year 

Measurers \ 
of Wood J 

Luke Robbinson, Isaac Dana, & Thaddeus Cole, were ap- 
pointed measurers of Wood & Bark for the ensueing year, 
they also isued the following Warrant 

To John H Clark one of the Constables for the town of Water- 
town. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify and warn the male 
Inhabitants of said town, qualified by law to vote in town 
affairs to meet and afsemble at the public Meeting house in 
said town, on Monday the thirtieth day of April Ins t at 
three O clock in the afternoon, to Act on the following 
Articles (Viz) 

1 st To Choose a Moderator for said meeting 

2 d To Choose an Afsefsor in place of Abijah White who 

declines serveing the present year 
3 d To hear the report of any committee & Act any thing 

thereon 



580 Watertown Record*. 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with your 
doings thereon unto the town Clerk at the time & place 
above mentioned 

Given under our hands this 16 th day of April AD 1827«— » 

Levi Thaxter 1 Selectmen 
Walter Hunnewell \ of 
John Hunting J Watertown 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[591] 

1827 

Pursuant to the foregoing warrant to me directed I have 
notified & warned the male Inhabitants of Watertown to 
meet at the time & place, and for the purposes therein 
mentioned 

John H Clark Constable 

At a legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
qualified to vote in town affairs, held April 30 th 1827 
agreeably to the foregoing Warrant, proceeded as follows 

Viz Article 1 st Voted & chose Thomas Clark Esq r Moderator 

2 Voted & chose Tho 9 Clark Afsefsor 

3 the statement of George Coolidge, concerning the 
Overseers of the Poor, order'd on file. 

4 th Voted to accept the list of Jurors presented by the 
Selectmen — 

Voted that this meeting be disolv'd 

Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Oaths 

April 30 th 1827 The following persons appeared and made Oath 
to the performance of their several duties as town Officers 

(Viz) Thomas Clark, Nath 1 Bright & John Clark as Afsefsors 
Nath 1 Bright & Peter Clark Fence viewers — Isaac Dana as 
surveyor of Lumber & Wood. Nath 1 Bright Tho 9 Learned 
John Clark Surveyors of Highways, Luke Robbinson sur- 
veyor of Wood & Bark. George Hervey Fieldriver 



Watertown Records. 581 

Aug 1 8, John Hunting & William Blanchard Clerk's of the 
Markett 

before Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Aug 1 16 Jotham Keyes was sworn as Collector before 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[592] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held the third day of May, 
they issued the following Warrant (Viz) 

To John H Clark one of the Constables for the town of 
Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to notify & warn the male Inhabitants of 
said town being twenty one years of age & upwards quali- 
fied as the Constitution prescribes to Vote for Representa- 
tives, to meet at the public meeting house in said town on 
Monday the fourteenth Ins 1 at three of the Clock in the 
afternoon to choose one or more Representatives, to repre- 
sent said town in the General Court, appointed to be con- 
vened and held at Boston on the last Wednesday of May 
Ins 1 . 

Also, You are alike required to warn the Inhabitants of said 
town qualified by law to Vote in town affairs, to meet on 
the day above appointed at four of the Clock in the after- 
noon to act on the following Articles (Viz) 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said meeting 
2 d To hear the statement of Israel W 7 hitney & Act any thing 
thereon 

3 d To hear the Report of any committee & Act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof, fail not, & make return of this Warrant with your doings 
thereon unto the Selectmen at the time and place appointed 
for said meeting 

Given under our hands this third day of May AD 
1827' — , 

Levi Thaxter ] Selectmen 
W 7 alter Hunnewell \ of 
John Hunting J Watertown 



Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



582 Watertown Records. 

[593] 

1827 

At a public Town meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Watertown qualified by the Constitution To Vote for 

Representatives, held May 14, 1827 agreeably to the 

foregoing Warrant proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l 3t Voted to choose two Representatives to the General Court 

2 d Voted to reconsider the above vote to send two Representa- 
tives so far as not to send but one 

3 Voted & chose M r Nath 1 Bright for Representative 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

The Meeting for town affairs then being opened agreeably 
to the foregoing Warrant, they proceeded as follows 

l 3t Voted & chose John Clark for Moderator 

Article 2 d Voted to refer this Article to the Overseers of the Poor 

" 3 d Voted to accept the Report of the Committee chosen 
to see what repairs were nefsary to be made on the School 
house's & order'd the same on file*— > 

Voted, to choose a Committee of three to take the number of 
Children in the whole town under twenty one years of age 
for the purpose of equaliseing the School districts 

[Charles Whitney 
Voted & chose for said Committee | Gilbert Nichols 

[Sam 1 Barnard 

Voted to dissolve the meeting 

Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[594] 

Town bye laws. 

Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts 

Middlesex fs. 

At a Court of Sefsions began and holden at Cambridge 
within & for the County of Middlesex on the first tuesday 
of January being the second day of said month AD 1827 



Watertown Records. 



583 



And now in this term a document is presented to the 
Court here, of a tenor following 

Viz) "the Committee chosen by the town to prepare by laws for 
said town &C ask leave to report the following for the 
consideration of the town (Viz) 1 st no person shall here- 
after put or place any stand, stall or any other thing, from 
which to sell, or expose for sale any Oysters, Lobsters or 
any kind of fish within twenty feet of the town pump 
situated in the public square in said town, or shall any 
person wash or dense Oysters, Lobsters or any kind of fish 
at said pump, or within the distance aforesaid, And if any 
person shall hereafter expose for sale, Oysters Lobsters or 
any kind of fish or wash or clean the same within said 
distance of said pump, such person shall forfeit and pay the 
sum of five Dollars to the use of said town for each & every 
offence 



[595] 

1827 

2 d the Clerks of the Markett in said town for the time being 
shall have power to assign suitable and propper places or 
stands in said town, where Oysters, Lobsters and all kinds 
of fish may be exposed for sale, and if any person (excepting 
traveling retailors of fish) shall expose for sale within the 
limits of said town, Oysters, Lobsters or any kind of fish 
at any place or stand, other than such as may have been 
asigned as aforesaid, such person shall forfeit & pay the 
sum of one Dollar to the use of said town for each and every 
offence 

3 d every person who shall hereafter sell Oysters, Lobsters or 
any kind of fish in said town shall remove from the place or 
stand where he shall sell such Oysters Lobsters or fish, and 
from the public stand & squares in said town, all the shells, 
scales & other offal proceeding therefrom And if any person 
shall suffer such shells, scales or other offal to remain over 
night shall forfeit & pay the sum of One Dollar to the use of 
said town for each and every offence 

4 any of the penalties & forfeitures aforesaid may be re- 
covered, by any Clerk of the Markett of said town for the 
time being by 

Action 



584 Watertown Records. 

[596] 

Action of Debt, brought by him before any Justice of the 
peace proper to try the same 



Thomas Learned j Committee 
John Hunting J 



At a public meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown Nov r 6, 1826* the foregoing report was accepted 

Att 1 John Clark Town Clerk 

And the same is approved by the Court 

Copy of Record Att 1 A Bigelow Clerk 

Received & entered July 9 th 1827— (on file)*—, 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen held at the Spring Hotel Septem- 
ber, 10, 1827 the following accounts were by them allow'd 
and orders drawn on the Treasurer to pay the Same (Viz) 

To Thomas Clark for his services as Afsefsor fori 



the year 1827 — J 19„ 63 

" Charles Bird for spikes for Bridge 15,, 12 

Charles Whitney for work on Bridge 9„ — 

" Ezekiel Whitney for ditto 4„ 67 

" Caleb Lincoln for ditto 16„ 50 

" Abraham Lincoln for ditto 10. — 

" Overseers of Poor for ditto 49„ 75 

" John Clark for salt & Nails for ditto 31 /r 35 



[597] 

1827 

" Josiah Mason for Lumber for ditto 3178. 35 

" Elijah Hager for house rent for Jonas White) 

in the year 1824 J 5. — 

" William Horn for Work on Bridge 11. 75 

" Luke Robbinson for ditto 2. 25 



Editorial Note: — Nov. 6, 1826; script has been followed as to date given. 



Water town Records. 



585 



Also the Selectmen approbated the following persons as Inn- 
holders and Retailers for the ensueing year 



Luke Robbinson 
Nathaniel Broad 
Charles Stratton 
Jonas Wyeth 

John Clark 
Luke Bemis 
Benjamin Dana 
Sam 1 Blanchard 
Andrew Cole 



Innholders 



Retailers 



Also, the Selectmen appointed the following persons as Engine 
men Viz. 

Charles Williams \ r ^ . XT _ 

William Hersey j for En g ine N 2 

Alva Chandler for Engine N° 1 

John Pike for d° N° 3 



Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk* 



[598] 

1828 January 7 th the Selectmen this day appointed the following 
persons named as Engine men for the ensueing year. Viz. 



for Engine N° 1. 

Henry Bright 
Peter Harrington 
Asa Pratt 
Rufus Lee 
John M Peirce 
Moses Whitney 
Elmer Mead 

for Engine N° 3.<— > 

Robert E Bemis 
Solomon R Bullard 
W 7 illiam T Baldwin 
Jacob Baldwin 
William Bright 
Alpheus Cutter 
Tho 8 M Chandler 
Henry Eustis 



James Annis 
Oney Annis 
Adolphus Cannon 
John Broad 
William French 
Artemas Ward 



David Eustis 
Leonard Fuller 
Luke C Peirce 
Frank S Rogers 
Henry Sanborn 
Herman Wheeler 
John Pike 
Dan ford White 



586 Watertown Records. 

att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk" 



1828 Jan y 12 th The Selectmen appointed the following persons 
as Engine men for Engine N° 2 d (Viz) 



Benjamin F Farrar 
Giles A Meacham 
Ben n Dana 
Andrew Cole 
George Hervey 
Nath 1 Bright Ju r 
Sam 1 Bright 
Eben r Fuller 
Amery Hartshorn 



W m F Dana 
Ja 8 P Briggs 
George W Tucker 
Isaac Robbins 
Charles Williams 
William Hersey 
William Davis 
Luther G Barrett 



[599] 

1828 

Also they appointed the following Persons for Fish wardens for 
the town of W 7 atertown for the ensueing Year Viz' — > 

Abijah White ] 
Levi Thaxter \ 
John Clark j 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

At a meeting of the Selectmen at the Spring Hotel held January 
12th 1828 they agreed to allow the following accounts, & 
drew orders on the Treasurer to pay the same Viz 

To Tyler Bigelow Esq r for Clay for Bridge $5,, 00 

Isaac Dana for repairs on Bridge 10,, 75 

" Asa Pratt for Wood &C for Meeting house — 8„ 80 

" Nath 1 Bright for his servicies as Afsefsor — 18,, — 

" Jotham Keyes for work on Bridge 17. 75 

" Jn° B Harrington for Manuscripts for Af-) 

sefsors / 1,, 17 

Jerome Hersey setting glafs & stove in Meet-) 

house / 7„ 36 

John Clark for his servicies as Afsefsor and) 

lock for Powder house J 25„ 20 



Watertown Records. 587 

Tc Benjamin Wood for work on Bridge 00 

" Abra m Sanger for boating Lumber 8„ 00 

" John H Clark for makeing Catriges 2„ 00 

" John Hunting his a/c of servicies 13. 65 



Attest Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[600] 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held February 11 — 1828 held at 
the Spring Hotel they agreed to allow the following Ac- 
counts and drew an order on the Treasurer to pay the 
same (Viz) 

To James P Briggs for Irons for Bridge $6. 44 

Levi Thaxter Esqr for servicies and costs in) 
the suit against E Stedman & others and two> 
suits against Dan 1 Draper J 150,, 00 

" Levi Thaxter for his fees & expences as wit-] 
nefs at Worcester Court in suit of Sawing 
against the town of Watertown J 6„ 00 

Abijah White for his fees & expences as Wit-j 
nefs at Worcester Court and for the Plan of \ 
Wharf J 15. 00 

" Samuel Dana Esqr for his Acc* for attending) 
before the General Courts committee ancU 
arguing the Action against Dan 1 Draper J 100. 00 

Luke Robbinson for the Seleclmens expences) 

& accomodation the last year J 6„ 00 



Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[601 

1828 



Abatements of Taxes 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen and Afsefsors held June 11 th 
1828 they proceded as follows in abating Taxes 



588 



Watertown Records. 



Viz We the Subscribers have abated the following Taxes which 
are contained in the list of Afsefsments committed to 
Thaddeus Cole for Collection for the last year (Viz) 



Ezra Alen ,,91 

Henry Burnam 2„ 27 

Sam 1 Corbit 2„ 27 

M r Farnam 2„ 27 

David Hager (Pole) . 2„ 27 

George Mosman .... 2„ 27 

Anthony Rugg 2. 27 

Oliver Rusfell 2. 27 

John Stuart 91 

John Stimpson Jn r . . 2. 27 

Nath 1 Woodard . . . . 2. 27 

Tobias Wilson 2. 27 

Nahum P Whitney. 2. 27 

Eben r T Lane 2. 27 

Abisha Cottle 2. 83 

Nath 1 R Whitney... . 51 

Calvin Honey 2. 27 

am 1 caried up $34,, 67 



Amount Brot up ... . $34.67 

M r9 Annis 3.65 

Solomon Bullard 3.18 

Henry Baker 2.27 

Thomas Casady .... 2.27 

Farrington Hawkes. . 2.27 

EWLuce 0.91 

Adanijan Penick. . . . 2.27 

M r Robbins 2.27 

John Snow 2.27 

James Scott 2.27 

James Vinton 2.27 

Ezekiel Whitney 4.56 

Erastus Evens 2.27 

John Frost (Pole) . . . 2.27 

Arthur Williams 2.27 

M r Noone* 2.72 

Mary Jackson 6.69 

George Coolidge .... 2. — 



amount carried over $83.35 



[602] 

Amount brought over $83.35 

To Levi Thaxter Esqr Treasurer for the town of Water- 
town, you are hereby ortherised and directed to alow the 
above mentioned sum of Eighty three Dollars & thirty three 
Cents to the said Cole on his Settlment with you for said 
Taxes. 

June 22 d 1827. 

[Thomas Clark 
signed*— > \ John Clark 

[John Hunting 

Recorded by Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Also. The Selectmen & Afsefsors at a Meeting held Jan y 12' 
1828 made the following abatements. (Viz) 



^Editorial Note: — script illegible; possibly Noonan. 



Watertown Records. 



589 



To Levi Thaxter Esq r Treasurer of Watertown 

We the Subscribers have abated the following Taxes 
which are contained in the list of Afsefsments committed 
to Jotham Keyes for collection the present year (Viz) 



James Allen $1„ 71 

Calvin Harris 1,, 71 

Thomas Merrill. ... 1 . 71 
Mary Jackson 2 . 52 



Luther Parker 1.71 

Bartlett Cushman . . . 1.71 

Robbinson 1.71 

James M c Roy 1.71 



$14.49 



amounting to fourteen Dollars and forty nine cents which 
sum you are orthorised and directed to allow to the said 
Keyes on his settlement with you for said Taxes. 

January 12 th 1828<— , Thomas Clark 

John Clark 
John Hunting 



Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[603] 

1828 

Also, at a meeting of the Selectmen and Afsefsors, held Feb 11, 
1828 they made the following abatements Viz. in Jotham 
Keyes list committed to him to collect in the year 1827, 
and drew an order on the Treasurer to allow the same (Viz) 



Farrington Hawkes . $1.71 Charles Hammond . . 1.71 

Andrew Bailey 1.71 David Livermore Jn r 1.71 

Joseph Cole 6.63 

$13,, 47 

Amounting to thirteen Dollars & forty seven Cents 



signed by* — » 



Thomas Clark 
Levi Thaxter 
Walter Hunnewell 
John Hunting 



590 



Waterlown Records. 



Also they drew an order to abate Thomas Worthington's tax in 
Thaddeus Cole list of Taxes for 1826 of $2„27 
directing the Treasurer to allow the same 

(Thomas Clark 
Walter Hunnewell 
John Hunting 

Att* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a meeting of the Selectmen held Feb y 25 1828 they allow'd 
the following accounts & drew an order directing the 
Treasurer to pay the same (Viz) 

To Luther Barrett for painting Hearse $5.00 

" John Roberts for repairing ditto 4.87 

" James P Briggs for Iron work 2.33 

Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[604] 

Warrant for March Meeting 1828 

To John H Clark Constable of the town of Watertown 

Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, to notify & warn the male Inhabitants of 
said town, qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet 
and, assemble at the public Meeting house in said town on 
Monday the third day of March next at nine of the Clock in 
the forenoon, to act on the following Articles (Viz) 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting 

2 To choose Town Officers for the ensueing year 

3 d To choose a Sexton and agree how he shall be paid for his 

servicies 

4 th To determine whether Swine & Neats Cattle shall go at 

large the ensueing year, and Act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensueing year and 

act any thing thereon 
6 th To grant money to open, make, and repair Highways in 

said town and Act any thing thereon 
7 th To hear and examine the Accounts of those persons to 

whom the town are indebted & grant Money to pay the 

same and act any thing thereon 



Watertown Records. 



591 



8 th To hear the report of the Committee for estimateing the 
expences of the town the ensueing year, and act any thing 
thereon 

9 th To hear the report of any committee & act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To know what method the town will take to suport their 
poor & act any thing thereon 

11 th To hear the statement of the Selectmen concerning the 
Treasury and act any thing thereon 

12 th To know what method the town will take to collect their 
Taxes, and act any thing thereon 

13 th To know if the town will pafs any relative to the destruc- 
tion of certain birds & Pickerel, and act any thing thereon 

14 th To know what method the town will take to dispose of their 
pews in the meeting house, and act any thing thereon 

15 th To know what method the town will take to preserve the 
fish in Charles River, and act any thing thereon. 



[605] 

16 th To know what method the town will take to raise money to 

pay for the poor house and farm, and act any thing thereon. 
17 th To know if the town will grant money for the support of a 

singing school and act any thing thereon 

18 th To know if the town will take any measures to provide Hay 

scales for the use of the town & act any thing thereon 

19 th To know if the town will take any measures to assertain 

their to certain lands & buildings, now in care of Trustees 

of Ministerial funds, and act any thing thereon 
20 th To know if the town will alter the Road at the south end of 

the great Bridge leading up by the side of the River & act 

any thing thereon 

21 8t To know if the town will give their committee that were 
chosen to defend the town's right to the Wharf near Doct r 
Hosmere's house any further instructions, and act any 
thing thereon 

22 d To know if the town will choose a committee to examine the 
doings of the overseers of the poor & their books of original 
entries from the commencement of the establishment; and 
take an inventory of all the personal estate in their hands 
and report at our next meeting and act any thing thereon. 

Hereof fail not, and make return of this Warrant to 
the town Clerk with your doings thereon, at the time and 
place appointed for said meeting. 



592 



Watertown Records. 



Given under our hands at Watertown, this eleventh 
day of February AD 1828. 

Levi Thaxter | Selectmen 
Walter Hunnewell [ of 
John Hunting j Watertown 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Middlesex fs. March 3 d 1828 pursuant to the above warrant 
I have notified & warned the Male Inhabitants of the town 
of Watertown qualified as above to meet at the time and 
place, and for the purposses above mentioned by posting 
attested copies of this warrant at the public meeting house 
in said town two Sundays next preceeding this 3 d day of 
March. 

signed John H Clark, Constable of Watertown 
Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[606] 

March 3 d 1828, pursuant to the foregoing Warrant (dated 
Feb* 11 1828) the Inhabitants of the town of W 7 atertown 
met at the public Meetinghouse as therein directed on said 
third day & proceeded as follows (Viz) 

l Bt Voted and chose Levi Thaxter Esqr Moderator 

2 d Voted and chose Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Gilbert Nichols was sworn as town Clerk, by L. Thaxter, 
Justice peace 

3 d Voted and chose Levi Thaxter Esqr Town Treasurer 

Voted to choose three Selectmen 

Voted & chose for Selectmen Levi Thaxter John Hunting & 
Leonard Stone. 

{Thomas Clark s 
Gilbert Nichols s 
Charles Whitney s 

(Levi Thaxter 
John Hunting 
Peter Clark 

Voted to adjourn this meeting untill half past two of the 
Clock this day then to meet at this place 

Att 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Water town Records. 



593 



Agreeably to the above adjournment the Inhabitants met & 
proceeded as follows (Viz) 



Voted & chose for Constables' — > 
Voted & chose for Tythingmen* — > 

Voted & chose for fence viewers*—* 

Voted & chose as Clerk's of Market 



George Coolidge 
John H Clark 

Asa Pratt* — > 
Thomas Learned 

f Zacheus Pond 
j Paul Learned 

Nath 1 Bright 

Peter Clark 



(John Hunting 
\Thaddeus Cole 



607 



1828 



Voted & chose for field Drivers 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves' 



Voted & chose for surveyors of 
Lumber*— > 



Joseph Bird 

Henry Bright s 

George Hervey (excused) 

William Horn 

James Gillpatrick 

Nath 1 Broad 



Doct r Hiram Hosmore 
James P Briggs 
Andrew Cole 
Moses Chenery Jr 
Robert E Bemis 

Isaac Dana s 
Abraham Lincoln 



Voted & chose as cullers of Hoops & 
Staves'— s 



Isaac Dana 
William Horn 



Voted & chose for fire wards' 



Levi Thaxter 
Eliakim Morse 
Seth Bemis 
John Hunting 
John Clark 
Elisha Livermore 
Joshua Coolidge Jn r 
Abijah White 
Charles Whitney 

[Levi Thaxter 

Voted & chose for Surveyors of Highways \ John Hunting 

Peter Clark 



594 



Watertown Records. 



Voted & chose for General School 
Committee 



Rev d Convers Francis 
Leonard Stone 
Walter Hunnewell 
Levi Thaxter (excused) 
Tyler Bigelow 
Rev d Rufsell Streeter 
Nath 1 Bemis Jn r 



Voted & chose George Rufsell for Pound keeper^^ 



[608] 

3 Voted to refer to the Selectmen 

4 Voted to let the law remain in force 

5 Voted to accept the report of the committee of estimates as 
respects schools, that is grant twelve hundred Dollars for 
the support of schools to be divided as last year — 31200.00 

6 Voted to pafs over 

7 Voted to refer to the Selectmen the adjustment the Ac- 
counts against the town 

9 Voted that the report of the committee chosen to take the 
number of Inhabitants under twenty one years of age for 
the purpose of equaliseing the school Districts remain on 
file. 

10 Voted to accept the report of the committee of estimates & 
Grant One thousand Dollars for the support of the poor & 
the Highways, as therein exprefs'd $1000.00 

11 Voted to accept the report of the Selectmen relative to 
the town Treasurers Accounts & the same be placed on 
the town Files the footing of which stands thus (Viz) 
Levi Thaxter Esq r Treasurer stands Credited by sundry 
payments made to sundry persons as per Rect 9 $7005,, 43 
outstanding Taxes remaining in the hands of the 

Collector 1241,, 59 

Cash in the hands of the Treasurer 9„ 26 



$8256,, 28 

The above sum being the amount of Taxes remaining in the 
hands of Thaddeus Cole March 6 th 1827, & Taxes com- 
mitted to Jotham Keyes to colect June 1827, and sundries 
as per Report on file 



Watertown Records. 595 

12 Voted to choose Thaddeus Cole — Abijah White Leonard 
Stone a committee to assertain the best method to collect 
our Taxes the ensueing year, & report at our next meeting 

13 Voted that the restrictions the law provides respecting 
the distinction of certain Birds & Pickerel be removed 

14 Voted that the Selectmen be a committe to lease the Pews 
in the Meeting house. 

15 pass'd over 

16 Voted to grant five Hundred Dollars to pay for the poor 



house & farm in part $500,, 00 

Voted to pay the Interest of the towns Debts & 

Grant : 300. 00 

Voted to grant for contingent expences 300 . 00 



[609] 

1828 

Voted, that the Treasurer be, and is hereby directed, to 
borrow on the Credit of the town, upon such terms as he 
shall think expedient the sum of five thousand Dollars for 
one year from the first day of April next for the purpose of 
dischargeing the debts the town owe 35000. — 

Voted to grant five hundred & fifty Dollars for the support 
of the Ministry $550.00 

17 Voted to grant One hundred Dollars for the support of a 
singing School, to be afsefs'd in the Ministerial Tax. 

18 Voted to choose a Committee of three to afsertain the ex- 
pence of Hay Scales for the use of the town, and the ex- 
pence of a proper site to place them so as to convene the 
town & report as soon as may be 

[Luke Bemis Esqr 
Voted & chose for said Committee*—- » \ Moses Coolidge 

[Samuel Learned 

19 Voted to dismifs this article. 

20 Voted to dismifs 

21 Voted to dismifs 

22 Voted to choose a committee of three to examine the doings 
of the Overseers of the poor & their books of original entries 
from the commencement of the establishment, and take an 



596 Watertown Records. 

enventory of all the personal estate in their hands, & report 
at our next meeting 

(Abijah White 

Voted & chose for said committe \ Tyler Bigelow 

[Elisha Livermore 

Also Voted that said committee be instructed to assertain as 
near as may be, the expence of the poor three years previous 
to the adoption of the late establishment 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the first Monday in April 
next, then to meet at this place at four O clock in the 
afternoon 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



1828 

March 3 rd Thomas Clark Gilbert Nichols & Charles 
Whitney were sworn as Afsefsors before Levi Thaxter 
Justice of the Peace Nath 1 Bright & Peter Clark was sworn 
as fence Viewers and Henry Bright as Fieldriver Isaac 
Dana & Surveyor of Lumber & culler of Hoops & staves 
before 

Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[610] 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen held March 25, 1828 They 
agreed with Asa Pratt & he was appointed Sexton for One 
Year from the l 3t day of May 1828 twenty five Dollars 
being the compensation for his servicies for ringing the Bell 
takeing down & putting up the Stoves & funnells, clenseing 
& sweeping the Meetinghouse when nefsary & render every 
service usual for a Sexton to perform Also they Ap- 
pointed Artemas Rogers Sealer of Weights & Measures 

Thaddeus Cole Luke Robinson, Isaac Dana Measurers 

of Wood & Bark Thomas Gookins, & Amasa Jackson 

weighers of Beef 

Oaths 

Levi Thaxter John Hunting & Leonard Stone was sworn as 

Selectmen Artemas Rogers as Sealer of Weights & 

Measures before 



Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



597 



Warrant for April Meeting April 7, 1828' 



To John H Clark, one of the Constables of the town of 
Watertown Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts, to notify and warn the male in- 
habitants of said Town, qualified by the Constitution to 
vote in the choise of Governor, Lieutenant Governor 
Senators & Counsellors, to meet at the public Meeting 
house in said town, on Monday the seventh day of April 
next at One of the Clock in the afternoon to give in their 
Votes for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senators & 
Counsellors agreeably to the Constitution of said Common- 
wealth 

Also to exprefs their approbation or disapprobation by ballot, 
of Yea & Nay, of the towns of Groton, Shirley Peperell, 
Ashby & Townsend being taken off from the County of 
Middlesex and united with the towns of Royalston Win- 
chenden, Athol, Templeton Gardner Westminster, Ash- 
burnham Fitchburgh, Leominster, Lunenburgh Princetown 
Hubbardston Philipston, Lancaster Bolton & Harvard from 
the County of Worcester, for the purpose of creating a new 

County. You are also alike required to notify & warn 

the male Inhabitants of said town qualified to vote in town 
affairs to meet at the public meeting house in said town on 
Monday the 

seventh 



[611] 

1828 

Seventh day of April next at three of the Clock in the 
afternoon to act on the following Articles (Viz) 

l 3t To chose a Moderator for said meeting 
2 d To give in their Votes for County Treasurer 
3 d To hear the report of any committee and act any thing 
thereon 

Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant with 
your doings thereon to the town Clerk at the time & place 
appointed for said Meeting. 

Given under our hands at Watertown this 25 th day of March 
AD 1828 

Levi Thaxter 1 Selectmen 
signed John Hunting \ of 

Leonard Stone Watertown 



Watertown Records. 



Att st Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Middlesex fs. April 7 th 1828. In obedience to the foregoing 
Warrant I have notified & warned the Inhabitants of the 
town of Watertown to meet at the time and place and for 
the purposes therein mentioned, by posting attested Copies 
of this Warrant at the public Meeting house two Sundays 
preceeding the above date 

(Signed.) John H. Clark Constable 

At a Public Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the town 
of Watertown held April 7, 1828, agreeably to the foregoing 
W T arrant They proceeded as follows 

The Selectmen Presideing, the Votes were call'd for Gov- 
ernor Lieutenant Governor, Senators & Counsellors, and 
were brought in sorted & counted and were as follows*— 

Governor 



For his Excellency Levi Lincoln Sixty one Votes — 61 

Marcus Morton Seven d° — 7 

R W Dickinson One d° — 1 

James Lloyd One d° — 1 

Abijah White One d° — 1 

Lieu 1 Governor 

Thomas L Winthrop Sixty two d° — 62 

Andrew Cole One d° — 1 

Nathan Willis Six d° — 6 

Elu Meacham One d° — 1 

Tyler Bigelow One d° — 1 



[612] 

For Senators and Counsellors 

Hon. Timothy Fuller Sixty Votes 60 

" Charles Train fifty eight d° 58 

" Luther Lawrence fifty two d° 52 

" Levi Thaxter twenty three d° 23 

" John Keyes four d° 4 

Benjamin F Varnum nine d° 9 

" Sam 1 Hoar Jn r forty six d° 46 

Daniel Flint forty three d° 43 

" William C Jarvis seventeen d° 17 



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599 



Hon. Leonard M Parker, nine d° 9 

" James Lewis Jn r five d° 5 

" John Clark One d° 1 

Dan 1 Richardson, eight d° 8 

Luke Fisk One d° 

" Agustus Tower One d° 

Abra m Whitney One d° 

" Abijah White One d° 

Andrew W T hite One d° 

Benjamin Gardner One d° 

Tyler Bigelow, One d° 



4- The meeting was then adjourned to seven O clock this 
evening for the purpose of sealing up the Votes for Governor 
Lieu 1 Gov r Senators & Counsellors, at which time and 
place The Inhabitants met at the Spring Hotel, and the 
foregoing votes for Gov r L fc Gov r Senators & Counsellors 
was sealed up in open town Meeting & directed to the 
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Mafsachusetts, as the 
Constitution directs. 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Also, the Inhabitants were call'd upon by the Selectmen 
agreeably to the Warrant to exprefs their Approbation or 
disaprobation by Yeas & Nays on ballots of the towns of 
Groton Shirley, Pepperell, Ashby, & Townsend, being 
taken from the County of Middlesex & united to the towns 
of Royalston, W 7 inchenden, Athol, Templeton, Gardner, 
Westminster, Ashburnham Fitchburgh Leominster 

Luninburgh 



[613] 

1828 

Luninburgh, Princeton, Hubbardston, Phillipston, Lan- 
caster Bolton, & Harvard, from the County of Worcester, 
for the purpose of creating a new County, the ballots were 
brot in, & were as follows (Viz) 

/Nays 42 

\Yeas 11 



Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



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Town Meeting was then opened for the purpose of chooseing 
County Treasurer & hearing the reports of any Com- 
mittes, agreeably to the foregoing warrant & proceeded as 
follows (Viz) 

Ar* 1 Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Moderator 

2 The Votes for County Treasury was Call'd for & brot in 
sorted & Counted & were as follows 



Voted to accept the Report of the Trustees of the Min- 
isterial funds, the income of which for the last year which is 



as p r Report on file*— > 

The town then proceeded to Act under the March 
, Meeting Warrant by an adjournment from the 3 d day of 
March last 

Voted to accept the Report of the Committee Chosen to examine 
the Poor house Accounts &C & the same was ordered to be 
put on file 

Voted, To choose a Committee to take into consideration 
the best method to collect our Taxes in report at May 
meeting 



Voted & chose for said Committee*— > ]Levi Thaxter Esq r 



Voted, that the Selectmen appoint a Pound keeper 

Voted, that the Money granted March last to keep a 
Singing School be paid by the Treasurer to the Committe 
appointed by the Singing Society 

Voted, to adjourn this Meeting to May Meeting. 



William Whitney fifty six 56 

Joel Adams Eleven 11 

John Keyes five 5 



now due is 



$450.3 




Att Bt Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[614] 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen held April 7 th 1828, they 
proceeded to lease the Pews in the Galliries belonging to the 
town by Auction for one Year from the first day of May 



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601 



next, begining at the North pew in the West Gallery next 
to the wall call'd N° b — > 



N° 


1 was struck off 


to Miles Sprague 


for 30 


.75 


N o 


2 


George Robbins 


for 


.75 


N° 


3 


" Asa Pratt 


for 


.50 


N° 


4 


" Asa Pratt 


for 


.75 


N° 


5 


" Asa Pratt 


for 


.87 y 2 


N° 


6 


" Abijah White 


for 1, 


ny 2 





N° 


1 on the East Gallery next to the Singers 






N° 


1 


" Abijah White for 


1. 


62 3^ 


N° 


2 


" Asa Pratt for 


1. 


75 


N° 


3 


R W Dickinson for 


1„ 


50 


N o 


4 


Francis Leathe for 


1„ 


50 


N o 


5 


" Asa Pratt for 


1„ 


87M 


N° 


6 


reserved for the use of the Paupers 





$13,, 00 , 



Engine Men- 



The Selectmen then Appointed the following Enginemen 
Viz 



Simon Lealand 
John P Broad 
Joseph Wyeth 
Thomas Lincoln 
John D Glazer 
Joseph Bede 
Almon F Kimbal! 
Caleb W Wilson 



For Engine N° 1, 



W 7 illiam Bixby j 

Sullivan Dean \ For Engine N° 2*— > 
Nath 1 Parlow 



Oaths 

George Coolidge & John H Clark as Constables and James 
Gillpatrick as^field Driver before 



Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



602 



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[615] 

1828 

April 30 th At a meeting of the Selectmen held this day, 
they appointed Samuel Blanchard as an Engine man for 
Engine N° 2 d & Dana Stone to Engine N° 1 

Att 8t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

1828 

May 5 th At a meeting of the Selectmen held this day they 
appointed Samuel Cutting and George G Phelps as Engine 
men for the Bemis Engine 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols T own Clerk 

1828 

May 5 th At a Meeting of the Selectmen held this day, they 
appointed Samuel Pond, Edwin Smith & William Emerson 
as Engine Men for Engine N° 1 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 
Warrant for May Meeting 



To John H Clark one of the Constables of the town of 
Watertown. Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Common- 
wealth of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the male 
Inhabitants of said town being twenty one years of age and 
upwards, qualified as the Constitution prescribes to vote for 
Representatives to meet at the public meeting house in 
said town on Monday the twelfth day of May Ins 1 at two 
of the clock in the afternoon for the purpose of chooseing 
one or more Representatives to Represent said town in 
the General Court appointed to be convened & held at 
Boston on the last Wednesday of May Ins 1 

Hereof, fail not & make return of this W r arrant with your doings 
thereon to the Subscribers at the above mentioned time & 
place. 

Given under our hands this l 8t day May AD 1828' — » 

Levi Thaxter 1 Selectmen 
John Hunting \ of 
Leonard Stone j Watertown 

Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



603 



[616] 

Return of 1 
Warrant for I 
May Meetingf 
1828 j 

Middlesex fs. May 12 th 1828 In pursuance to the fore- 
going warrant to me directed I have notified the male 
Inhabitants of Watertown to meet at the time and place 
and for the purposes within directed, by posting attested 
copies of this warrant at the public Meeting house in said 
town two Sundays next precedeing said twelfth day of 
May 

signed John H Clark Constable of Watertown*— > 
Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a public town meeting of the Inhabitants of the town of 
Watertown qualified by the Constitution to Vote for 
Representatives held May 12 th 1828 agreeably to the fore- 
going Warrant Proceeded as follows (the Selectmen pre- 
sideing 

Voted To choose one Representative 

Voted and Chose John Clark for Representative to represent the 
town the ensueing year at the General Court to be held at 
Boston 

Voted to dissolve the Meeting 

Att 3t Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



March Meeting by adjournment was then declared by the 
Moderator to be open and their proceeding were as follows 

Voted & chose John M Harris for field Driver who was there 

sworn to that office also he was appointed pound 

keeper 

Voted, that the Overseers of the poor be directed to sell the old 
poor house at public Auction for the most it will fetch. 

Voted & chose Charles Whitney Collector for the ensueing year 
upon the following conditions he to give Bonds to the satis- 
faction of the Selectmen for his faithfull performance of 
the following conditions (Viz) he is to collect & pay in, 
one third of the Taxes that may be committed to him in 



604 



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three Months, One third, in six Months & one third in 
Nine Months, & to receive as compensation for collecting 
two & five eights of a Cent on every Dollar 

Voted to discharge from further service the Committee chosen 
to afsertain upon what conditions the town could supply 

themselves with Hayscales Voted that the Treasurer be 

orthorised to borrow upon the Credit of the town five 
Hundred Dollars for the purpose 

of 



[617] 

1828 

Of discharging the Debts the town owe to the Overseers 
of the poor the last year 

Voted to dissolve this meeting 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



At a Meeting held September l 8t 1828 they agreed to allow the 
following accounts and drew Orders to pay the same (Viz) 

To Gilbert Nichols for his servicies as town Clerkl 

one year ending March 3 d 1828 / $25 „ — 

To Asa Pratt for repairing Grave yard — Wood for) 
Meetinghouse & his servicies as Sexton One Year > 
ending May 3 d 1828. J 26. 50 

To Levi Thaxter for his servicies as Town Treas-1 

urer the last year / 40. — 

To Gilbert Nichols for his servicies as Afsefsor) 

the present year J 27. — 

ditto for Cash paid for Tax Bills 12. — 

d° for takeing N° Children in Town 3. — 

To Charles Whitney for ditto 3. — 

To Samuel Barnard for ditto 3. — 

To Thomas Clark for his servicies as Afsefsorl 

the present year J 21 . — 

Also the appointed Jefsee Wheeler & Edwin Robinson Engine 
Men for Engine N° 2. and Isaac Robbins as Auctioneer 



Watertown Records. 



60S 



Also, the following persons were aprobated as Innholders & 
Retailers 



Viz Luke Robinson 
Elisha Stratton 
Jonas Wyeth 



as Inholders 



John Clark 
Andrew Cole 
Luke Bemis 
Benjamin Dana 
Samuel Blanchard 



as Retailers 



Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk*— > 



[618] 

1828 September 2 d the Selectmen appointed Josiah H Chamber- 
lain as Engine Man for Engine N° 1<— > 

Atts fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Also the Selectmen Appointed Solomon P Hooker as an 
Engine Man for Engine N° 2 

1828 September 2 d Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



1828 October 21 st the Selectmen isued the following Warrant 
To John H Clark one of the Constables of Watertown 

Greeting 

You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts to notify and warn the Inhabitants of 
the said town of Watertown qualified by law to Vote for 
Representatives to the General Court of said Common- 
wealth, to afsemble at the public Meeting house in said 
town, on Monday the third day of November next at two of 
the Clock in the afternoon, to give in their votes for Repre- 
sentatives of the people of said Commonwealth in the 
Congrefs of the United States for the Middlesex District, — 

Also in like manner to afsemble on the same day and place at 
three of the Clock in the afternoon, to give in their Votes 
for fifteen Electors of President and Vice President of the 



606 Watertown Records. 

United States Agreeably To an Act of this Commonwealth 
pafs'd June 10, 1828 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with your 
doings thereon, unto the Selectmen on or 

before 



[619] 

1828 

Before the time appointed for the said meeting 

Given under our hands & Seals this twenty first day 
of October in the year of our Lord One thousand 
eight hundred & twenty eight 

Levi Thaxter ] Selectmen 
of 

Signed John Hunting J Watertown 

Atts 1 Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk. 

1828 Nov r 3 the following return was made on the forego- 
ing Warrant by the Constable (Viz) 

Middlesex fs by virtue of this Warrant I have notified and 
warned the Inhabitants of said town of Watertown to 
meet at the time and place & for the purpose above men- 
tioned by posting up attested copies of the above warrant 
at the public Meeting house in said town two Sundays next 
precedeing the said third of November. 

signed John H Clark Constable 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Agreeably to the foregoing Warrant the Inhabitants qualified as 
therein exprefs'd met at the time and place therein men- 
tioned the Selectmen presideing they call'd for the votes 
for a Representative for the Middlesex District to the 
Congrefs of the United States, which were brought in, & 
declared to stand as follows. Viz 

For the Hon. Edward Everett, One hundred & One Votes. 
The Selectmen then call'd for the Votes for fifteen Electors 



Agreeably 



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607 



[620] 

Agreeably to the Warrant which were brought in counted & 
sorted & declared to stand as follows 

For Electors at large 

Hon. Thomas L Winthrop had One hundred 
Hon. Samuel Lathrop One hundred d° 

Nathan Willis, two ditto 

David Henshaw two ditto 



For Suffolk District 

Hon Jefse Putnam had One hundred d° 
" John K Simpson two d° 



Essex South d° 

Hon Stephen White One hundred d° 
Josiah Newhall had two d° 



Essex North d° 

Hon. Bailey Bartlett One hundred 
John Rufs two d° 



Middlesex d° 

Hon Nathan Chandler One hundred 
William Austin two votes 



Worcester South d° 

Gen Jonathan Davis One hundred d° 
Hon Jonas Sibley two d° 



Worcester North d° 

Hon. Silas Holman One hundred 
William Williard two votes 



Franklin d° 

Col Eliel Gilbert had One hundred 
John Drury Esqr. two votes 



Hampden d° 

Hon. Joshua Frost had One hundred 
Joseph M Foward had two Votes 



608 



Watertown Records. 



[621] 

1828 

Berkshire d° 

Samuel Jones Esq r had One hundred 
John Drury Esqr two Votes 



Norfolk d° 

Hon Edward H Robbins had One hundred 
Ebenezar Seaver two Votes 



Plymouth d° 

Hon Seth Sprague had One hundred 
Peter H Peirce Esqr. two votes 



Bristol d° 

Hon Oliver Starkweather One hundred 
Elisha Daggett Jn r had two Votes 



Barnstable d° 

Hon Braddock Dimmick had One hundred 
John P Norton Esqr. two votes 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



1829 

January 5 th , 

at a meeting of the Selectmen held this day, they 
agreed to allow the following Accounts & drew an order 
for the Town Treasurer to pay the same (Viz) 

To Jonathan B Harrington Bill of Stationary fori 

Afsefsors / $1„ 38 

To Asa Pratt for Wood for Meeting house 1 „ 60 

" John H Clark for his servicies as Constable) 

last year J 10,, — 

" Isaac Dana Ballance of his A/c for repairs! 

on Bridge & Meeting house J 4. 67 

" James P Briggs for Irons for Bridge & Meet-) 

ing house J 2„ 30 

" John Clark for Salt & Nails to repair Bridge 5 . 67 



Watertovon Records. 609 

To Overseers of Poor for work done on the Bridge 24. 50 
" Levi Thaxter his Bill 34. 17 

$90. 29 

Atts fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



[622] 

1829 ) 
January 5 th / 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held this date they Appointed 



Abijah White 1 

John Clark > Fish Wardens 
Daniel Bond J 



Also, they appointed the following persons as Engine Men for 
the ensueing year (Viz) 



For Engine N° 1 

Peter Harrington 
John M Peirce 
Moses Whitney 
Elmer Mead 
James Annis 
Adolphus Cannon 
Simon Lealand 
John P Broad 



Joseph Wyeth 
John D Glazier 
Thomas Lincoln 
Joseph Beedy 
Almon F Kimball 
Edwin Smith 
Samuel Pond 
Josiah H Chamberlain 



For Engine N° 2 

Benjamin F Farrar John Roberts 

Giles A Meacham George W Tucker 

Benjamin Dana Isaac Robbins 

Andrew Cole Luther G Barrett 

George Hervey William Bixby 

Eben r Fuller Jessee Wheeler 

William F Dana Edwin Robinson 

James P Briggs Gilbert Nichols Jn r 



610 



Watertown Records. 



For Engine N° 3 

Robert E Bemis 
Jacob Baldwin 
Solomon R Bullard 
Alpheus Cutter 
William Bright 
Thomas M Chandler 



Frank S Rogers 
Danford White 
Leonard Fuller 
John Pike 
George G Phelps 
Charles Cutting 



Atts* Gilbert Nichols, Town Clerk 



[623] 

1829 
January 26. 

At a meeting of the Selectmen held this day they agreed to 
allow the following Accounts and drew an order for the 
town Treasurer to pay the same (Viz) 

To Mefs rs Newton ballance of A/c for servicies) 

in suit of Athol against Watertown J $278,, 73 

To Asa Pratt makeing Cattriges 2„ — 

To Nath 1 Broad his A/c 8 1„ 50 

To Zacheus Pond for Spikes for Meetinghouse 2„ 53 

To Benjamin Dana his A/c „ 56 

To John M Harris d° 4„ 50 

To Charles Whitney as Afsefsor 18„ 75 

To T Cole for Duties p d for sale of old Poorhouse 2„ 6 

Atts* Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 

Warrant for March Meeting, 1829 

To John H Clark one of the Constables of the Town of Water- 
town Greeting 

You are hereby required, in the name of the Commonwealth 
of Mafsachusetts, to notify and warn the Male Inhabitants 
of said town qualified by law to Vote in town affairs, to 
meet and afsemble at the public Meetinghouse in said town 
on Monday the second day of March next at nine of the 
Clock in the forenoon, to act on the following Articles (Viz) 

1 st To choose a Moderator for said Meeting. 

2 d To choose all town officers for the ensueing year 



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611 



3 d To choose a Sexton and agree how he shall be paid for his 
Servicies 

4 th To know or determine whether Swine & neat Cattle shall go 

at large the ensueing year, or act any thing thereon 

5 th To agree what Schools shall be kept the ensueing year & 

Grant money for the same & act any thing thereon 

6 th To Grant Money to open, make & repair the Highways in 

said town or Act any thing thereon 

7 th To hear & examine the accounts of those persons to whom 

the town are indebted and grant Money to pay the same 

and Act any thing thereon. 

8 th To hear the report of the Committe for estimateing the 

expences of the town the ensueing year and Act any thing 

thereon 



9 th To hear the report of any Committee & Act any thing 
thereon 

10 th To know what method will take to support their Poor and 

Act any thing thereon 

11 th To hear the statement concerning the state of the Treasury 

and Act any thing thereon 

12 th To know what method the town will take to collect their 

taxes & act any thing thereon 

13 To know if the town will pafs any order respecting the 
destruction of certain Birds & Pickerell and Act any thing 
thereon 

14 To know what method the town will take to dispose of their 
Pews in the Meeting house & Act any thing thereon 

15 To know what method the town will take to pay for their 
Poor house & farm & Act any thing thereon 

16 To know if the town will build a new fence for their Pound 
or Act any thing thereon 

17 To know if the town will accept of the persons appointed 
by the Selectmen to fill up the list of Jurors and act any 
thing thereon 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant to the Town 
Clerk with your doings thereon at the time & place ap- 
pointed for said Meeting 



[624] 



Given under our hands at Watertown this twelfth day 
of February AD 1829. 




Atts fc Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



Watertown Records. 



Middlesex fs. March 2 d 1829. Pursuant to the above War- 
rant I have notified & warned the Male Inhabitants of 
Watertown to meet at the time & place & for the purposes 
above mentioned by posting up attested Copies of the 
above Warrant at the public Meeting house in said town 
two Sundays preceeding the said second day of March 

John Clark, Constable of Watertown 



[625] 

) 

March 2 d 1829 pursuant to the foregoing Warrant dated 
Feb y 12 th 1829, The Inhabitants of the town of Watertown 
meet at the public Meetinghouse as therein directed & 
proceeded as follows (Viz) 

Voted & chose John Clark Moderator 

Voted & chose Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk who was sworn 
to the faithful performance of that office before Thomas 
Clark Esq r 

Voted & chose Levi Thaxter Esq r Town Treasurer 

(Charles Bemis 
John Clark 
William May 

{Thomas Clark 
Gilbert Nichols 
Charles Whitney 

[Nath 1 Bright 
Voted & chose for Overseers of Poor \ Samuel Barnard 

[Tyler Bigelow 

Voted to adjourn this Meeting to Monday next then to 
meet at 2 of the Clock in the afternoon 

Atts Gilbert Nichols Town Clerk 



March 9 th agreeably to adjournment from March 2 d the 
Inhabitants met & proceeded as follows (Viz) 

Voted & Chose for Constables^ {as^P^U^ 

Voted & Chose for Tythingmen<— > (£f Pra " , 
J Thomas Learned 



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613 



Voted & Chose for fence viewers* 



Zacheus Pond 
Paul Learned 
Nath 1 Bright 
Peter Clark 



John H Clark was sworn as Constable p r Gilbert Nichols 
Town Clerk 



[626] 

Voted & chose for Clerks of the Markett RobtoLn 



Voted & chose for Fielddrivers* 



Joseph Bird (sworn) 
Henry Bright 
William Horn 
James Gillpatrick 
John M Harris 



Voted & chose for Hogreeves* 



Andrew Cole 
R W Dickinson 
Walter Rufsell 
William French 
John Roberts 
Luther E Wright 
Samuel Hervey 
Elijah Pratt 
Nathan Nurse (sworn) 
k Benjamin F Farrar 



Voted & chose for Surveyors of j Isaac Dana 
Lumber \Abraham Lincoln 

Voted & chose for Cullers of f Isaac Dana 
Hoops & Staves \William Horn 



Voted & Chose for Firewards 



Levi Thaxter 
Eliakim Morse 
Seth Bemis 
John Clark 
Elisha Livermore 
Joshua Coolidge Jn r 
Abijah White 
Charles Whitney 
R W Dickinson 



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Waicrtown Records. 



[627] 

1829 

Voted that the overseers of the Poor be surveyors of High- 
ways (Viz) Nathaniel Bright Samuel Barnard & Tyler 

Bigelow 

Rev d Converse Francis 



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Voted & chose for General 
Schools Committee 



Rev d Rufsell Streeter 
Leonard Stone 
Tyler Bigelow 
Nath 1 Bemis Jn r 



Voted & chose John M Harris for Pound Keeper 

3 d Article as respects Sexton refer'd to the Selectmen 

4 d° dismifs'd that is the law to remain in forse 

5 th Voted to grant twelve hundred Dollars for the 

support of School's to be divided as last year — $1200.00 

Voted to grant One hundred Dollars for the Sing- 
ing Society to be afsefsed in Minister Tax & laid 
out under the Direction of the Society's Com- 
mittee. $100.— 

6 Voted to grant One thousand Dollars for the 

support of the Poor & to repair the Highways — $1000.00 
Voted to choose a Committee to examine the Overseers of 
Poor's Accounts and take an enventory of all the personal 
Estate if the Overseers require il 



[Luke Bemis 
Voted-& chose for said Committee < William May 

[George Coolidge 

Voted to grant two hundred & seventy Dollars to 

pay the Interest of the towns Debts $270.00 

Voted to grant three hundred Dollars for con- 
tingent expences $300. — 

Voted to grant for Ministers Sallary five hundred 

& fifty Dollars $550.— 

Voted to grant five hundred Dollars to pay part 

of the towns Debt for Poorhouse $500. — 

Voted to accept the report of the Selectmen re- 
specting the Treasury which stands thus as you 
may see on file Viz he stands charged for monies 
Received $7717,, 63 



Watertown Records. 615 

Credit by sundry payments as pr Rec t8 5909.74 

Outstanding Taxes in the hands of 

C Whitney 1129.22 

Cash on hand in the Treasury 678.67 37717.63 



[628] 

Voted that all the Accounts against the town be refer'd to 
the Selectmen for adjustment. 

10 th pafs'd over 

12 posponed to the first Monday in April 

13 Voted to take oflf the restrictions made by law as respects 
certain Birds & Pickerell. 

14 th Voted that the Selectmen be a committee to lease the Pews 

15 Voted to pafs over 

16 Voted that the building a New fence around the Pound be 
refer'd to the Selectmen 

17 Voted to accept the persons appointed to fill the vacancies 
in the list of Jurors (Viz) Charles Bemis, Amos H Livermore 
and Benjamin Dana 

Voted to choose a Committe to cause the town expences to 
be printed & posted for the use of the Inhabitants' — > 

f Jotham Keyes 
Voted & chose for said committee ^George Coolidge 

(R W Dickinson 

Voted to adjourn this meeting to the 1 st Monday in