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TOWNS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE,
GILMANTON TO NEW IPSWICH,
Embracing some Documents relative to Towns which have
publication of Volume XI.
CONCORD, N. H.:
JOINT RESOLUTION relating to the preservation and publication of
portions of the early state and provincial records and other state
papers of New Hampshire. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened :
That his excellency the governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with the advice and consent of the council, to employ some suitable person—and fix his compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated—to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such portions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire as the governor may deem proper; and that eight hundred copies of each volume of the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as follows: namely, one copy to each city and town in the state, one copy to such of the public libraries in the state as the governor may designate, fifty copies to the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the state librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications by other states.
Approved August 4, 1881.
In this volume is continued the publication of the same class of papers published in Volume XI, commencing with Gilmanton, and taking the towns, as alphabetically arranged, to New Ipswich. They extend over a period, in some towns, of one hundred and fifty years, ending with the year 1800.
The editorial introduction to each town is intended to give data relative to the grant, charter, and incorporation, and all severances and annexations of territory, and all divisions for the purpose of forming new towns, said data being compiled from the manuscript records of the state in all cases. The petitions for various purposes are valuable, as furnishing much historical matter not elsewhere in existence, and the names of the inhabitants at various dates. They have been in all cases copied as originally written, scrupulously preserving the orthography, punctuation, capitalization, etc. Many valuable documents relative to soldiers of the various Indian and French and Revolutionary wars may be found in this and the preceding volume. Volume XIII, the printing of which has been commenced, will contain the remainder of this class of documents.
The editor desires to express his gratitude to many citizens of the state, who are especially interested in its history, for encouragement given him in his labor, and for the many favorable comments awarded to Volume XI, and particularly to His Excellency Charles H. Bell, for valuable advice and support.
Should this volume be as favorably received as its predecessor, the editor will be entirely satisfied with the result of his labor, and encouraged to future efforts.
I. W. H. CONCORD, May, 1883.