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DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS
RELATING TO THE
PROVINCE OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE,
FROM 1692 TO 1722:
BEING PART II. OF PAPERS RELATING TO THAT PERIOD.
"JOURNAL OF THE COUNCIL AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY."
PUBLISHED BY ACTHORITY OF THB LEGISLATURE OP NEW HAMPSHIRE.
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D.,
Joint Resolution, passed by the Legislature of New Hampshire.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court conve 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 *Stalo Printer and distrilnited as follows : namely, one copy to each City and Tin in this Seite, procopy to such of the Public Libraries of this State as the love wr: mily: "designate, two hundred copies to the New-llampshire llistorti Sexiety; wid the remainder placed in the custody of the State Librarian :who is hierdig audirixed to exchange the same for similar publications issued byofler Statis:
Approved July 6, 1866.
ALTHOUGH this third volume of Provincial Papers covers nearly the same period as the preceding volume, yet it will be seen on examination that the contents of the volume are materially different from the former. The one contains the Records of the CounCIL, which was the Executive body in the Province, composed of the Governor and not less than five Councillors, who received their appointment and commission from the Crown. The AssEMBLY was composed of men chosen by the freeholders of the respective towns, as their representatives or deputies, having anthority to enact laws, lay taxes, &c., and const:itted the Legalitre : ; branch of the government. All laws, acts and-ordimances, Irowerer, passed by the Assembly, must be concurred in bytli Coánčil, approved by the Governor and finally be sanctioned by the King:
The “ Journal of the Council and Assembly "corried in this volume is a record of the joint transactions of the two bodies in relation to all business which appropriately belonged to the Sessions of the General Assembly. No Journal of the House separate from the joint Journal of the Council and Assembly is found till 1711, and that is very meagre and incomplete till 1722. Occasional extracts are made from it, to supplement or elucidate the Journal of the Council and Assembly, but the Editor has not deemed it necessary or expedient to publish it entire.
In this volume, as in the preceding, will be found, in chronological order, many letters, papers, speeches and authentic facts,