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your Excellency never will Give a commission to a man that wants it for no other end than to Revenge and Git mony by it.
Therefore I Beg your Excellencys favour that John Hall nor non for him may prevail in that Respect.*
I am your Excellencys most Humble
John Goffe His Excellency Governor Wintworth
Relative to the Alewive Fishery, 1776.
Province of New Hampshire—Hillsborough ss Derryfield Feb' the 5th Day 17764
This may Certifi the Members of the Gennaral Assembly in and for said province, that the Alewive fishery in Great Cohas Brook in said Derryfield would be of Great Service to the Inhabitants of Said Town, and Likwayes to the Inhabitants of the Adjasent Towns, alowing that the Incumbrance Ware Removeed which are on said Brook, therfor We Your Humble Peteccners, prays that Your Ilonners, would take the following Articuls by us Signed unto your Searous Concedration
lly that all Incumbrances on said Brook be with all speed Removeed in order that said fish may have a free Liberty to pass and repass at all proper Secons in said Brook from Merrimack River to Massa peepek Pond-.
219 that no seen neat be put in to the Mouth of said Brook or Near to it in order to cach Aney of said fish, and that no scoop neat poot or wire be put in to said Brook, in aney part within sixty Rodes from the mouth of said Brook, under the paneltyes of paying three pounds for each fish Cached within said Bounds
31y our Disire is that the said fish may have free liberty to pass and repass in said Brook for the Insuing year without molestacion that they May increase their nomber, under the above like penelty.- .
*Colonel Goffe in his statements has reference to the sharp practices carried out at the dual town meetings held in March, 1766. See Records, page 112.-ED.
415 that there be Men chosen and sworn to Inspact and see that the above Articuls be Ubserved, and that they may have full power of Substitution to prosecut all and Every affenders of said articuls to fineal Judgment and Execution, and your petitioners as in Dyt Bound Shall Ever pray
The Petitioners for Derryfield
John Hall william Nutt
Abraham merrill Samuel Alls Nathaniel Boyd
Archable MacmurGeorge Greaham Benja Baker Juner phy william Gambell Joseph George John Clark Bishop Coston Benja Baker
Subscribers for Londonderry James Nesmith Ju' willam Betty John Red Robert Wilson alx' McColom Matthew Pinkerton William Wier Robert Moor Samuel Marsh John Méclenche John Bell
Robt Smith James Thompson And Todd John Holmes James nesmith 34 Andrew todd Juner Willm Eayrs David moCleary John Pinkerton Samuel Gregg Joseph Hogg David Pinkerton John Mkeen Ju James M°Cluer Mathew Miller Robert Thompson Robrt M°Cluer Samuel Miller John Nesmith Thomas Highlands John mac keen Joseph Marsh Moses watts
Petter Patterson David Brewster Sam” White Mos Barrett John Smith Thomas White IIugh Mongomery James Gregg John Watts
John moor John Hughes James Boyes Samuel Barr E phraim Dimond John Petterson James mokeen James Waddell Hugh Watt
Thomas Taggart James Eayers
James Boyes Moses Watt Ephraim White Thomas M°Cleary Joseph Patterson Joshua thompson William Lyons Isaac Brewster Robert Colom
James Mac Murphy
[An act was passed by the legislature, March 23, 1776, entitled “An act to promote the Increase of the Fish called Alewives in Great Cohass Brook in Derryfield,” which contained the following provision:
"And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that each & every Person, owning or improving any Mill Dam on said Brook, shall from the first day of May to the fifteenth day of June in every year from & after the passing & during the continuance of this act keep a sluice open in each Dam, to the end that the said Alewives may pass & repass into & from the said Massabesec Pond, without interruption and in failure thereof every Person being owner or improver of such Dam or Dams as aforesaid, shall forfeit & pay for every offence the Sum of Ten Pounds."*
*The fishing at Amoskeag soon became of so much importance as to be deemed worthy of legislative protection. As the inhabitants increased in the adjacent towns, the demand for fish increased, and in the fishing season there was a constant throng of fishermen at the falls, day and night, so that the people of the town fancied that such a continued draft upon the fish would soon destroy them. Accordingly, they applied to the legislature for the enactment of a bill for the protection of the fish by limiting the time of taking them and many other restrictions. The application was successful. In 1776, the legis. lature passed the first “fish 4ct” for the protection of fish in the Merrimack.-C. E. POTTER.
Relative to being classed for Representative, 1780.
State of New Hampshire To the Honble the Council & Gent of the Honble House of
Representatives in Gen’ Assembly at Portsmouth convened 13th October 1780.
The humble Petition of the several Persons whose names are hereto set, and subscribed, Inhabitants of Derrifield in the County of Hillsborough, and State aforesaid.
Sheweth That pursuant to plan of Government, the said Town of Derrifield was annexed to Goffestown, for the purpose of chusing annually a person to represent them in General Assembly which Union has turned out to be a great Grievance and highly inconvenient to Derrifield.
That Your Peti conceive Goffestown to consist of 100 families, and therefore not needing the Aid of Derrifield, whilest the latter contains little more than 50 families, And consequently in every Choice as aforesaid must (if the Inhabitants cod possibly be present) be overpowered by numbers, and outvoted And therefore not fairly represented.
But may it please Your Honors, so it is, that frequently the said Inhabitants of Derrifield cannot be present at such Choice as the same is by precept always at Goffestown & at a time of
Year when many times they cannot pass the River Merrimack without peril of their Lives.
That your Petrs are sensible, that they cannot stand alone in representation, but as they are informed by their Neighbors, Inhabitants of Litchfield, that they also conceive themselves to be under Circumstances somewhat similar to the above, with respect to Nottingham West, and that they also are about to apply to Yo Hon" for relief
Your Pets for the Causes aforesaid, pray leave to bring in a Bill, whereby they may be declared Seperate from said Goffestown and joined in future to said Litchfield for the purpose aforesaid. And shall ever pray &c
Jonathan Russ) Select
Charles Emerson Asael Smith