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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
& Devoted Servant

John Golfe His Excellency Governor Wintworth

Relative to the Alewive Fishery, 1776.

Province of New Hampshire—Hillsborough ss Derryfield Feb' the 5th Day 1976–

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

1" 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 Massapeepek Pond

214 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

zly 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.

41that 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 David Starret william parham

Ezekiel Stevens william mcClintok Charls Emerson Samuel Stark Alex? Macmurphy

John Harvey

Jesse Baker Saml Boyd

John Hall

william Nutt Samuel Moor

Daniel Hall Jerediah Patee John Dickey

Abrahem merrill James Peires william parham

Nathaniel merrill Moses merrill John parham 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 Moclenche John Bell

Robt Smith James Thompson And Todd John Holmes James nesmith 3d Andrew todd Juner Willm Eayrs David moCleary John Pinkerton Samuel Gregg Joseph Hogg

David Pinkerton John Mckeen 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

Mo Barrett John Smith Thomas White Hugh Mongomery James Gregg John Watts

John moor

John Hughes James Boyes

Samuel Barr Ephraim 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

John Anderson James Mac Murphy
Willo Duncan John Archibald
Thomas Holms Robert Hodgert
Robert Moor Josiah Duncan
San Clark

Daniel Runnels
Sam" Allison James Doack
William Gregg John Erving
Robert Dickey Andrew Mack
Samuel morison George Duncan Jun?

[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 in, creased, 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 act” 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 Pets 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 Pet" 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 Petr 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 John Shelden

men Samuel Moor

John Goffe
John Goffe Jun?
John Brown
John Griffin
Benja Baker
Abraham Merill
John Parham
William Parham
Joseph farmer
Ezekeel Stevens

Charles Emerson Asael Smith
Daniel Hall

Nat! Merrel
Theophles griffin John Griffin Ji
David Merrell John Harvel
Joseph Sanders William Gambel
James Garman James Peirce
thomas Numan Enoch Thurston
Joshua Pierce George Dwinell
William Parham John Hall
Ebenezeer Stevenes

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