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Petition of Canterbury men for wages. To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen
eral, and Governor in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New Hampshire To the Honble his Majesty's Council of said Province And to the Honble House of Representatives, in General Court assembled at Portsmouth, within & for the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid 1754
The Petition of Jeremiah Clough, Philip Call, Samuel French, Thomas Clough, Ezekiel Clough, Henry Elkins, Samuel Moor, Samuel Shepherd & James Shepherd humbly sheweth:
That whereas your humble Petitioners, by Order of his Excellency the Governor, Kept the Garrison at Canterbury in the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid, as follows viz Jer. Clough ) begin with y® 5th of Jan 1747-to ye 20th of Philip Call
November following San! French Thom Clough beginning with ye 5th of Jan 1747 to ye gth of Ezek Clough ) May following, Henry Elkins beginning with the 5th of Jan 1747—to the 12th
of August following Sam! Moor
1of James Shepherd beginning with yo 13h of August 1747 to the
20th of Novem' following. And faithfully & effectually performed all necessary Duties in said Garrison, according to our respective stations so that the Enemy never took any advantage to the Damage & Hurt of said Garrison, or of any that belonged to it, during the whole time above mentioned. And yet your humble Petitioners have never as yet been allowed any Wages, or Billeting for our Service, except £100 new tenor toward Billeting, received pr. Cap. Clough, tho' other Soldiers who served since we did have been paid both Wages & Billeting. Therefore we your humble Petitioners humbly pray your Excellency & your Honours to take our Case into your wise Consideration, & to grant us wages and Billeting, for the time which we have served, as afores’d. For which Goodness, your humble Petitioners for your Excellency & your Honours, as in Duty bound shall ever pray. Jeremiah Clough
Ezekiel Clough James Shepherd
In Council March 2d 1754 read & ordered
Theodore Atkinson Secy
Attest Matthew Livermore Clerk
Petition of Canterbury for remission of Tax, 1754. To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain general,
& Governor in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New Hampshire. To the Hon'le his Majesty's Council; And to the Honbe House of Representatives in General Court assembled.
The Petition of the Inhabitants of Canterbury in the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid humbly sheweth
That whereas your humble Petitioners (whose Names are hereunto subscribed) are reduced to great Difficulties, & Charges by the threatening Aspect of a War, we humbly pray your Excellency & your Honours to consider & compassionate our distressed Circumstances; & to remit our Proportion of the Province Tax for this year 1754 & till the pressing Danger & Difficulties of War are over. For which Goodness your humble Petitioners for your Excellency & your Honours as in Duty bound shall ever pray Jeremiah Clough
Samuel Shepherd jun.
James Shepherd John Bamford
Joseph Simons Samuel Shepherd
William Moor John Dolloff
Henry Elkins Province of In Council July the 24th 1754 New Hamp' ; read & ordered to be sent Down to the Hondle House of representatives
Theod Atkinson Secy.
Petition of Selectmen for remission of taxes. Province of 2
} To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of New Hampshire The Honorable his Majestys Council and House of Representatives in General Assembly conven'd December the fourteenth 1756.
The Petition of the Selectmen of Canterbury in the Province of New Hampshire in behalf of the Inhabitants of said Town Most humbly Shews,
That by reason of the few Inhabitants in said Town, its being a Frontier and so more exposed to the Incursions and depredations of the Enemy and by Reason of the war this and the last year with the Indian Enemy your Petitioners and others the Inhabitants of said Town are rendered unable to pay the Provincial Taxes laid upon them the last and the present year. That it is with great difficulty under their present circumstances, that they can maintain and support themselves, should they pay no provincial Taxes at all - Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly Pray your Excellency and Honours That you will be pleased to Ease the said Inhabitants of the Provincial Taxes laid upon them the last and this present year and for such further time as to your Excellency and Honours shall seem just and reasonable and in such way and manner as you shall Judge most suitable and proper and that your Petitioners may have opportunity to enforce the prayer hereof and your petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c
ARCHELAUS MOOR Selectmen Nov. 30th 1756
THOMAS CLOUGH Province of Read in Council & ordered to be sent down to the Hondle N. Hamps s House
Theod. Atkinson Secy.
Petition relating to the Original Charter. New Hampshire To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen
eral Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of New Hampshire, And the Honble His Majesties Council
Humbly Sheweth Josiah Miles Yeoman and Thomas Clough House wright both of Canterbury in said Province & a Com
mittee appointed by the said Town to apply to your Excellency & Honours on the Following acc't. viz: That the Township of Canterbury was Granted by the Late Hon'le John Wentworth Esq' Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief in and over said Province dec'd to a Number of persons whose names are in a Schedule herewith presented attested by the Late Sec’y Richard Waldron Esq' dec'd as Clerk of that Council and said Grantees procured a Copy of the said Charter and Recorded the same in their Town book of said Canterbury, a Copy of which Charter attested by the Town Clerk of said Canterbury is herewith also presented, And as the Inhabitants of the said Township have been at Great Trouble & pains in Settling said Township and have been a Great part of the time since the obtaining the Charter aforesaid Labouring under an Indian War (and many Rumors thereof when it was not an actual Warr) and said Township being a frontier the Inhabitants had as much as they could Subsist under to maintain their Respective familys without making any Enquiry into their Charter priviledges. But at Length Some people among them making Enquiry about the said Charter found a Transcript thereof in their Town Book but without any attestation and on further Enquiry Could not find the Original Charter nor any attested Copy thereof any where nor any Record thereof in the Sec's office and as the aforesaid Secy Waldrons house was burnt with many publick papers of the Province they are apprehensive the said Original Charter was then burnt
Wherefore the said Josiah and Thomas as aforesaid pray that the said Copys aforesaid may be Recorded in the Secy's office and they confirmed in their Respective Estates as tho they now had the aforesaid Original Charter, and they as in Duty bound shall Ever pray Portsmouth Jany 16, 1756.
THOMAS CLOUGH In Council Jany 17, 1756.
The Within Petition read & order'd that the Secy. record the Copy said Charter & Schedule it appearing to the Council that the Copys are Genuine.
Theod. Atkinson Secy
Petition of Inhabitants of Canterbury to be set of from Bow.
Gov' & Commd in Chief in and over His Majestys Province
The humble Petition of Archelaus Moor Gent. Henry Elkins W Gault, Enoch Webster, William Curry, W Moore Joseph Mann Husbandman Ann Curry widow & Stephen Gerrish Gent. Sheweth
That your Petitioners are Settled on a Tract of Land in form of a Gore which until lately was deemed a part of the Town of Canterbury in said Province, and lays between that and Bow; But upon running the Canterbury Line about 12 years ago, the said Gore was found to be Land in right of Mason's Patent, And Thereupon the Proprietors of the said Town of Canterbury have chosen a Committee to Treat with Mr. Mason's Representative, about the Purchase of the said Land
That your Petitioners are very desirous of being annexed to the Town of Canterbury, rather than Bow, as they are within Two miles of Canterbury Meeting House, and are distant six Miles from that of Bow, and also as they have several Family Connexions in Canterbury
Your Petitioners therefore humbly Pray your Excellency and Honours That the aforesaid Gore of Land may be by An Act of the General Court annexed to and Incorporated with the said Canterbury & partake of all the Priviledges thereof And your Pets shall Ever pray &c
W. CLAGETT for Petrs. In Council June 14th 1764 Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Honble House
T. Atkinson, Jun. Secy. Province of) New Hamp) In the house of Representatives July [ June?] 14th 1764.
This Petition being Read Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon the Second Day of the Sitting of the General Assembly after the first Day of July next & that they at their own Cost put up notification at all the public places In Canterbury & Bow, Incerting therein the substance of this petition, & order of Court thereon that any persons Concerned therein may appear & Shew Cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should not be Granted
A. Clarkson Clerk
T. Atkinson Jun. Secy
This petition being Read