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Lincoln ss. July 19th 1793 then personally appered the above Named Perpole and after being carfully examined & Duly cautoned to testify the truthe relataing to the cause wherein this Deposition is to be used made solem oath to the truth of the above Deposition by him subscribed taken at the Request of Josiah Little and to be used on an action or plea of the case where in the Commonwealth is Plantiff and Josiah Little is Defendent to be heard and tried at the Supream Judicial Court Next to be holden at Halowell within the sd County of Lincoln and for the Countys of Lincoln Hancock & Washington the second tusday Next foloing the forth tusday of June Next the cause of taking of this Deposion is that the Deponent Lives more than thirty miles from the place of trial the attorney General was not Notified and was not present at the Caption hereof, taken and sealed up before me.
WILLM REED Just of the Peace.
TO HIS EXCELLENCY
* JONATHAN BELCHER, ESQ;
CAPTAIN GENERAL AND GOVERNOUR IN CHIEF IN AND OVER HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS
BAY IN NEW-ENGLAND, TO THE HONOURABLE HIS MAJESTY'S COUNCIL.
AND THE HONOURABLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN GENERAL COURT
ASSEMBLED AT BOSTON.
THE PETITION OF RICHARD FRY OF BOSTON. Humbly Showeth,
The late great Piece of Justice done unto your most humble Petitioner, in dismissing the High Sheriff of York's most unreasonable and unjust Petition, imboldens me to lay before you the present great Hardships and Sufferings I labour under: And knowing the Justice and Wisdom of this Great Assembly, flatters me with great Hopes and Expectations of having my Desires and Requests granted. I am now confin'd in his Majesty's Goal at the Suit of Mr. Samuel Waldo of Boston, and Thomas Westbrook of Falmouth, Esq; for Seventy Pounds Sterling, obtained against me at the last Superiour Court held
* Gov. Belcher was born in Boston 1682 H. C. 1699, appointed Gov. Nov. 29, 1729, arrived in Boston Aug. 10, 1730, superseded by Gov. Shirley 1741. Gen. Reg. 3. 281.
at York. Your most humble Petitioner in fact faith, that for want of one Writing or Instrument, under the Hand of Mr. Samuel Waldo of Boston, which was taken away from your Petitioner by Abraham Tyler, the Under-Sheriff for the County of York, under Colour of an Execution from Mr. Samuel Waldo of Boston, and hath taken and converted the said Writing or Instrument to his own Use, to the great Damage of your Petitioner. Your most humble Petitioner further observes, It has been always the Wisdom of this great Assembly to reward all those that have any ways served this Province, with Rewards and Favours. Your Petitioner indented with Mr. Samuel Waldo in the Year 1731 in London, to have built within ten Months after my Arrival in New-England, a Paper Mill. Your Petitioner arrived in New-England in the Year 1731, and waited four Years wholly at his own Expence, till such Time as the said Mills were built. Your Petitioner, willing to promote the Good of this Country, drew a Plan for sundry Sorts of Mills to be built, which was across Presumscot River in Falmouth ; which Scheme the said Waldo and Westbrook came into, and built the said Mills. And your Petitioner sent for one Mr. John Collier from England, which took the Lease of the said Mills at Two hundred Pounds Sterling per Ann. for twenty one Years. Your Petitioner was to pay Sixty four Pounds Sterling per Ann. for twenty one Years, for the Paper Mills. And the said Samuel Waldo and Thomas TVestbrook confessed before Capt. Greenwood, Mr. George Cradock and Mr. Brandon, Merchants of Boston, that they held and owned in the Township of Falmouth, Fifteen thou. sand Acres of Land, and that one Acre with another was Three Pounds more in Value for the Improvement of these Mills. But the said Waldo and Westbrook not content with their Improvement of Two hundred and sixty four Pounds Sterling per Ann. and the vast Improvements of their Land, they
coveted the Improvement of all the Mills, and paid Mr. John Collier Six hundred Pounds for his Lease, the said Collier finding what Sort of Men he had to deal withal, sold them his
said Lease. The said Waldo and Westbrook offr'd your most · humble Petitioner Five hundred Pounds for the Loan of my
Lease but I would not comply with their most unreasonable and unjust Request : So they have entred into a Combination with the Deputy-Sheriff of York, Abraham Tyler, under colour of an Execution hath violently entred my Mills, and have converted all my Substance to their own Use, and have com mitted my Body to Boston Goal. Your most humble Petitioner in fact saith, he is not indebted one Farthing either to Samuel Waldo, Thomas Westbrook or Abraham Tyler, but the said Waldo, Westbrook and Tyler have proceeded contrary to all Law, Justice, Reason or Equity now subsisting in the Christian World. Your most humble Petitioner prays to have Leave to bring his Writ of Review to be tried in the County of Suffolk, at the next Superiour Court to be held in August, against the said Samuel Waldo and Thomas Westbrook : The Reason is, because I am confined in Boston Goal, and my Witnesses are in Boston. Your Petitioner further prays, for his great Improvements in this Province, and his leaving his own Native Country, and his great Charges in coming over and waiting four Years at his own Expence. (And there is no Member of this Honourable House but must know the keeping a Family in a pretty genteel Manner, four Years, must amount to a large Sum.) Your humble Petitioner prays to have a Tract of the Waste Lands granted him, belonging to this Propa ince; which in time may be serviceable to his New England born Son, James Brook Fry: Which said Son GOD in his good Providence hath given to your Petitioner in these his great Troubles and Afflictions. Your most humble Petitioner leaveth all his Desires and Requests to the great Wisdom and Order of this great and august Assembly. RICHARD FRY.