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By order of his Hon' L Gov' with advice of y® Counsell

Richard Waldron

Clark of the Counsell A True Coppy of Chichester Chartter Examined by me

Will Staniford Clark of Chichester

Chichester Petition. To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq' Commander in

chief in and over his Majesties Province of New Hampshire and to ye Honourable the Councell of the sa Province

The Peticion of the Proprietors of the township of Chichester in the Province afores' Humbly Sheweth

That your Peticioners In ye year 1727 had a track of Land Granted to them; Now called by ye name of Chichester; in order to erect a township and make a settlement thereon, upon such Conditions and Limitations as are mensioned in ye Charter of said township; But your Peticioners meeting with more truble & Dificulty in Runing ye Bounds and Clearing A Road up to the said town than was Expected have Not as yet Been able fully to Comply with the Conditions afores". Your Peticioners therefore Humbly Pray that your Excellency and the Honourable Board Would Be pleased to Grant them a further term of time in order to their being Enabled fully to Compleat ye settlement of said township and your Peticioners shall ever

pray &c

May ye 6th 1731.
In Coun May 6th 1731 Read

Nath! Weare Voted that the Petitioners have Benj“ Gambling one year more added to the term al

John Gilman low'd for performance of the Con Joshua Winget ditions of the Charter

Bartho Thing
R. Waldron Secy Richard Jenness
I assent to yo above vote of Coun Theodore Atkinson

John Samburn
J. BELCHER Ebenezer Stevens
May 7th 1731

Thos Peirce
for ym selves & In behalf of the rest

cil

Petition of the Town of Chichester, 28 Feb., 1733, for con

firmation of charter. To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq* Governor and Com

mander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of New Hampshire in New England and Vice-admiral of the same And to the Honourable His Majesty's Council of said Province of New Hampshir The Petition of the Proprietors of the Township of Chiches

ter in the Province of New Hampshire afores! Most Humbly Sheweth

That in the year of our Lord 1727 there was granted a Charter of a Certain Tract of land in New Hampshire afores'd by the name of Chichester unto a Number of Persons whose Names are in the Schedule unto said Charter annexed and that the Proprietors of s' Township not having complyed with the Conditions mentioned in said Charter some time since Petitioned to your Excellency and the Honourable the Council for a longer time than mentioned in said Charter, to perform what was therein required of them to do, which your Excellency and the Honourable Council were pleased to Grant, and that by reason of the distance of said Township, and the Difficultys that attend Settling and Cultivating Wilderness land your Petitioners have not as yet in all things complyed with the Conditions of said Charter tho' they have done considerable towards it and been at a great Charge for what they have done and are daily endeavoring to comply with the whole and that the Meeting house in said Town of Chichester together with sundry dwelling houses were the Summer past accidentally consumed by fire

Now your Petitioners most humbly beg that your Excellency and the Ilonourable His Majestys Council for the reasons above mentioned would in your great Wisdom and Goodness be pleased to confirm the afores" Charter unto your Petitioners and also to grant him further time for the fullfilling the Conditions thereof and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray &c

Committee
JABEZ SMITH

in behalf of
Tuo PIERCE

the Proprietors

Petition for liberty to assess taxes. To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Governor and Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New Hampshire the Honle his Majesty's Counsel & House of Representatives in General Assembly Convened the 27th Day of March Anno Dom. 1760

The Humble Petition of Thomas Westbrook Waldron and Francis Jenness as a Committee of the Proprietors of Chichester in said Province Shews

That for want of a Proper General Law for Enabling Proprietors of unsettled Townships to transact their affairs Relating to making said Settlem's (the said Proprietors not having obtained a Particular Act in their favour) the Business of said

Settlement is very backward many of said Proprietors not having Drawn their Lots others in arrears for past Taxes and Some Resting on their Oars leave the burthen of settling said Township to those who are Voluntary in doing the duty Knowing that their Estates there will be Raised in Value by the Settlement tho' they Contribute nothing towards it.

That such'a Situation of affairs is not only a Prejudice to Particular Proprieties & Townships but to the Province in General by Retarding many Settlements which long since would have been made and much more Land Cultivated than there is at Present in this Province had there been a General Law by which such backward Selfish Proprietors who would Gladly Raise Estates at other Peoples Expence might have been Compelled to have done their duty towards making the Settlem's in a Summary way as the affairs of Towns are Transacted Especially Respecting the Payment of Taxes

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray that they may have Liberty to bring in a Bill Enforcing the Payment of Taxes in arrearage duly assessed as also such as shall hereafter be so made obliging also such as neglect to Draw their Lots to do it & in Default of that or neglecting any other matters which shall be Granted & agreed upon at any Legal Meeting of said Proprietors the Lands or part sufficient for this Purpose of such Delinquent Proprietors be subjected to sale and also that there be a Tax of three — Pounds on Each Right for three years if needed to carry on and make the said Settlement without any further Delay but what is unavoidable by the War and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall Ever Pray &c

Tuo Wk WALDRON

FRANCIS JENNES. In Council March 27–1760 read & ordered to be sent down to the Honble Assembly

Theod. Atkinson Secy

NOTE BY THE EDITOR. On the last page of MS. Vol. I. “Town Papers” is a Paper, labeled "Draught of a charter for Coulerain, Dec. 1726." The bounds given by the Charter, are as follows: "Begin—at Rochester northerly Corner bounds, at or near Salmon-fall river, running along Rochester head line, keeping the course of that line till twelve miles be accomplished, and from each end of the said twelve mile line to run north west half a point northerly ten miles, and then to run a straight line from the end of one ten mile line to the end of the other, which will be parallel to Rochester head line, first mentioned, and that the same be corporate by yo name of Coulerain."

The editor is not aware that any such town ever existed in New Hamp

VOLUME II.

CONCORD TO EXETER.

CONCORD.

[This town was first visited by the English in 1638 or '39' It was granted by Massachusetts, 17 January, 1725-6, and was settled in 1727. It was then called Peny Cook. It was incorporated by the Province of Massachusetts in 1733, by the name of Rumford, and remained under that government until 1741. It received the name of Concord by the Charter which was granted during the administration of Benning Wentworth, 7 June, 1765. Ed.]

Petition from Ebenezer Eastman for protection from the

Indians. To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor and

Commander in Chief and Captain General in and over his Majestys Province of New Hampshire The Honorable his Majesty's Council for said Province and the House of Representatives met on the twelfth day of March 1746 upon a special Convention

The Petition of Ebenezer Eastman of Penny Cook so called in s Province in behalf of himself and the other In habitants there Most humbly Shews

That they are in great danger of and much exposed unto the Indian Enemy and are in daily fear that they shall be attacked by them and such a number as will be too many for them unless they have some help

That the Inhabitants there, are ab to quit the Place unless they can be protected That on Saturday night last being ye Eighth day of March Inst. there was a discovery of an Indian near Canterbury Fort, which has caused much fear and an apprehension that there is a Body of the Enemy waiting an opportunity to do mischief

Wherefore Your Petitioner most humbly Prays your Excellency and Honours to consider of this Petition and to Grant such Relief as in your great wisdom you shall judge meet and proper

and

your Petitioner as in duty bound Shall ever pray &c

EBENEZER EASTMAN. March 12th 1746

Province N. Hamp. March 12th 1746.
In Council at a Special Session of Genl Assembly
read & ordered to be sent down to the Convened members

Theodore Atkinson

Copy of Rumford Petition, June 21, 1744, for defence

against the Indians. To his Exoy B. W. Esqr. Capt. Gen' and Gov" in chief, in and

over His Maj'ys Province of N. H. in N. Engl. The Hon; the coun and House of Represen ves in Gen' Court Convened

The memorial & Petition of ye Inhabitants of the town of Rumford in su Prov. Humbly Sheweth That ye s'i Town has been settled by His Majesty's Subjects abt. 17 yrs. and a Gospel Minister ordained there abt 12–That the Settlers had an eye at enlarging his Majestys Dominions by going into the Wilderness as well as at promoting their own Interest; That many Thous Pounds have been spent in Clearing and Cultivating the Lands there, and many more in erecting mansion houses out-Houses, Barns and Fences besides a large additional sum in Fortifications lately made, by His Ex" the Gov's order; That the Buildings are compact, and properly form'd for Defence, and well situated for a Barrier, being on Merrimack River, abt. 15 miles below the Confluence of Winnipishoky and Pemissawpset Rivers, both wch are main Gang Ways of the Canadians, to the Frontiers of this Province; That the breaking up of the Settlem' will not only ruin the Memorialists, but in their_humble opinion greatly disserve His Majestys Interest, by Encouraging his Enemies to Encroach on his derelict Dominion, and be also hurtful to the Prov; by contracting its Borders, and drawing the War nearer the Capital ; That it was by a long and importunate Intercession of this Province and not of the Memorialists seeking that they are cast under the immediate care of this Govet wch yy apprehend gives them so much the better right to its protection that they have hitherto cheerfully paid their proportionate Part of the public Taxes, assigned 'em by the General Court even without being priviledged with a Representative in the Said Court; That as War is already declared Agst France and a rupture with ye Indians hourly expected, your Memorialists unless they have Speedy help will be soon obliged to evacuate ye Place, how disserviceable soever it may be to the Crown, dishonorable to the Goverm' hurtful to the Province and ruinous to themselves. Wherefore they most humbly Supplicate your Ex the Hon. Counel and House of represen"es to take the Premises into your wise and mature Consideration and to grant them such seasonable relief as may enable 'em to maintain

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