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The fore going bill Read a third time & past to be Enacted

T Atkinson Jun' Sect Consented to

T Atkinson Jun" BW Vera Copia

B Wentworth Recorded Feb 28= 1767

pr me John Hall Town Clarke

The following petition and action of the General Assembly throw additional light on the controversy, and it is thought of sufficient importance to insert here.-ED.

To his excelency Benning Wintworth Esq Governor & Commander In Chief of His Majestyes Provence of New Hampshir the honnorable his Majestys Councell and House of Representatives In General Assembly Conven'd

The pettetion of a number of the freeholders & Inhabitants of the Town of Derry field Humbly Sheweth that the first Monday of March annually is appointed by Charter to be the day for chusing of Town officers for the currant year and the usual costom of sd town hes ben to warn the Town of time and place and design of holding said Meeting with the several articles to be acted upon on sd day of posting up a coppy of Warrant at three several places in said town viz. one at John Goffe Esq one at John Hall & one at Mr Russes at Nameskeeg which was a vote of said Town for warning Town meetings in said Town but so it was that neither of the places had any notification set up and one of them particularly Nameskeeg had no coppy set up in that part of the town so that they knew not the time of Day the meeting was to be held yet notwithstanding two of the select men and town clarke did contrary to former custom with about ten or a dozen of the Inhabitants and boys & unqualyfied persons did enter and in about five minutes time chouse all the principals offi cersers for the town Notwithstanding one of the select men & the constable & several of the Inhabitants opposed them and told them it was not fair to hold the meetin before the Inhabitants came and that it was not the usual time of day that the meeting use to begin & that the Inhabitants that must pay the greatest part of the Taxes that shall come upon the town were not present—that they would be here presently yet they proceeded as aforesaid and at five minute's after eleven of the clock a considerable number came & in halfe an hour the Inhabitants chiefly came & upon hearing that the principal

officers were chosen by a small number of Voters and many of
them not quallified they concluded as that was the day by char-
ter to chuse town officers, they being the largest part of the
Quallified Voters belonging to said town maid proclamation that
they were going to hold the town meeting & all were desired
to attend and they went to the Meeting house and maid choice
of a Moderator & Town clark & select men & all town officers
& they were sworn to the faithful discharge of their duty as
the Law directs so that their is two set of officers in said town
which makes confusition we most Humbly therefore pray your
Excellency & Honrs To Take our case under your wise consider-
ation and grant that there may be a Regular town meeting in
said town & that we may have town Officers chosen as the law
directs and that our confusion may be brought into order and
might be enabled to Raise the province taxes & mend high ways
& do the necessary business of the town and that your Peti-
tioners may bring in a bill for that end-& your petitioners as
in Duty bound shall ever pray-
Dated at Derryfield first of May 1766.
John Goffe

James McCalley
William McClintock

Samuel Stark
David Starrett

Daniel McNeall
Samuel Boyd

Thos Russ
Nathaniel Boyd

John Rand
Charles Emerson

John Ilervy
William Nutt

Samuel Moor John Griffen

John Moor. John Stark

Province of New Hamp In the house of Representatives June 26th 1766.

The foregoing Petition being Read and Considered

Voted-That the Petitioners be heard thereon on fryday the fourth day of July next if the General Assembly be then siting And if not then siting thereon the second day of their siting next after And that the petitioners at their own cost cause the selectmen and Town Clerk who served for Derry field for the year 1765, to be served with a Copy of this petition and Order of Court that they may appear and shew Cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should not be granted

M. Weare, Cir. In Council Eodm die Read & Concurrd

T. Atkinson Jr. Secy.

Province of New Hamp. In the House of Representatives July 4th 1766%

The foregoing Petition being consider'd And the Parties heard thereon

Voted–That the prayer of the Petition be granted And that the petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly,

M. Weare, Clr. In Council Eodm die Read & Concurr'd

T. Atkinson Jr. Secy.

Province of New Hampshir To the Constable of Derryeld in Said Province for the year 1765

Whereas by a special Act of the Genaral Court for Sd province passed at ther Session this Inis instant July I am Authorized to call and Govern a meeting of the Inhabitantes of Said Derryfield in order to Reform Some disorders that they have lately thrown them Selves into Relative to town officors

Wherefore you are hereby Required in his Majestys Name forwith-to Warn the Inhabitants of Said Derryfield Qualified by Law to Vote in Chousing town officers to Convene at the meeting Houese in Derryfield Qualified by Law to Vote on Wednesday the 13 Day of August next at two of the Clock in the after noon to Chuese Comman & ordinary town officers for the Currant year as the Law Directs and you are to Give ten Days Notices at least to each person Qualified as aforesd which notice must be personal or left at the persons Usual place of abode hereof you may not faiel & mack Due Return N B by the above Veested act you are Subjected to the penalty of three pounds for your Refusal or Neglect

John Shepard June" Dated July 15th 1766 Record Febry 28 1767

John IIall Town Clark

Provinces of Nowhampshir Pursent to the foregoing precept I have Warned the Inhabitants of Sd Derryfield to Meet

at time and place & for the purpuse as mentioned in Sd precipt pr

Charels Emerson

Constabl for Derryfield 1765 Dated August 13= 1766 Recorded Februry 28= 1767

pr me John Hall Town Clark

And it is here by Enacted that a meeting of the Inhabitants of Derry field Shall be called for the Election of town offeceres for the Currant year 1766 on the 13 Day of Augst at two of the Clock in afternoon and John Sheeperd June' Esq? is appointed to Gover Sd meeting till the whole Shall be Ended

and the following persons whas Chosen to ther Respective officers as ther Names is Seat Dowen

Voted John Hall Town Clark

Voted John Hall Ebnezer Stivens David mo Night Secelet Men

Voted M James McNight Counstable

Voted Mickel moClintock Hendry Blisdal Capt William perham Josephe Gorge Sur Veres of Higwayes

Voted Joseph masten and William Nutte and David mo night Taything men

Voted the Sicelet men fences Veres & prayesors of Damige in the town as the Law Dereckes

Voted Ellizer Robens & James Ridall Dier Keepers
Voted Ebenezer Stiven Survier of Lumbor
Voted Thomas Russ Sieler of Leather

Voted Mickel mcClintock & Ellizer Robens to Setill acoumptes with the Seclet-men for ye year 1766

Voted the Seclet-men tack the Invoice of the polls & And Estates of the town of Derryfield for the courrnt year

Voted Joseph Gorge John pirham Samuel Boyd James perces Houge Reeafes

Voted Capt William perham Clark of the Market
Recorded Febry 285 1767

John Hall town Clark

Province of Newhampshir To James Me Night Counstable for the town of Derryfield Greting

You are hereby Required in his majesteyes Name to Warn all the free Houlders & other Inhabitantes in the town of Derryfield that they meet at ther meeting House in Sd town upon the 22 day of Decmbr next at on of the Clock in the afternoon then and ther to acct on the yo following perticqulers (Viz)

lly to Chues a modrator to Reglaut Said Meeting

2ly to See if the town will Reares any money prechen then what the Sicelet-men hies all Rieadey provided thies year

3ly to See How much monay the town will Reaes to Defray the Contingent Charges of the town for the present year

4ly to See if the town will Complay with the Law of the Goverment to provied wightes and mishuers or if not to defend the present Secelet men of any Coste or troble for not providing the afore Sd wightes and miushures as the Law hies provided in that Kasse

5ly to heair the Reporte of the Commitey that was Chouesen to Examing Sundry years accoumptes in behalfe of the tow to wite Conel John Goffe Capt Alix Mo Murphey & Mr Neathainel Boyd Commitey men

and thies Shall be your Suficant warrant Given under our Handes and Seal Dated at Derryfield Novmbr 28= 1766

John Hall
Ebinzar Stivens
David Mc Night

Seclet Men Recorded Febry 28= 1767

John Hall town Clark Province of Newhampshir Decmber the 22=1766

By Vertue of the within Warrant to me To me Camited I Have warned all the freeholders & Inhabitants of Derryfield to meet at time and places for the Eends within expriesed

pr me James Mc Night Cunstable Recorded March 2= 1767

John Hall town Clark

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