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Hampshire, March, 1689–90.
Colony of the Massachusetts.
Also, that if it may be thought convenient that deputies or deputy may be sent from the General Court or major-general to the major of our Province, for disposing of the militia in each town with the comity of militia, as may be thought most conducible to the defence of the Province, and also, as occasion may serve, to impress men:
And that your Honors would please to order what is best to be done with a negro murderer, which is in our Province in irons; praying that your Honors would consider each of these particulars, and that I may be dispatched as soon as possible, that so we may get into some order for our preservation against the common enemy, which may be on us before we are aware of. This in behalf of the Province aforesaid. Subscribe your Honor's most humble servant,
New Hampshire, for Province Officers.
Portsmouth Military Officers. — Walter Neal, Captain; John
Oyster River. - John Woodman, Captain; James Davis, Lieutenant; Stephen Jones, Ensign.
Exeter. - William Moore, Captain; Samuel Levett, Lieutenant; Jonathan Thing, Ensign.
Great Island. – Nathaniel Fryer, Captain; Thomas Cobbett, Lieutenant; Shadrach Walton, Ensign.
Hampton. - Samuel Sherburn, Captain; Edward Gove, Lieutenant; John Molton, Ensign.
Mr. William Vaughan, Major. Mr. Sam. Penhallow, Treasurer; John Pickerin, Recorder; Mr. William Vaughan, Mr. Richard Marten, Mr. Nathaniel Frier, Justices of Portsmouth.
For Dover — Mr. John Gerrish, For Exeter - Mr. Robert Wadlee, sen. The above written is a list of the several officers' names presented from each town in the above said Province, and to be presented to the honorable governor and council of the Massachusetts Bay.
John PICKERIN, by order. Voted in the affirmative by the magistrates:
ISAIAH ADDINGTON, Secretary. March 19th, 1689–90. Consented to by the deputies:
EBENEZER PROUT, Clerk.
Upon reading and perusal of an act of the honorable Governor and Council, dated the 28th of February last past, in answer to a petition of the principal gentlemen and inhabitants of New Hampshire, for protection and government from this colony, as formerly, until their Majesties' pleasure shall be known concerning them, and the commissionating of officers to take the charge and the command of the militia there; - This court do hereby manifest their consent and approbation of the said act of the Governor and Council in that behalf, and do further consent that their Majesties' subjects of said New-Hampshire be taken under the protection and care of this government, upon the same conditions in all respects with the inhabitants of this colony.
(Mass. Court and Col. Rec., vol. vi. p. 195.) Whereas the inhabitants of the Province of New-Hampshire upon their Petition have been taken under this government, and protection thereof until their Majesties' pleasure shall be further known concerning them, and have accordingly obliged themselves to the payment of an equal proportion with the rest of the Country of all charges arising by this present warr, Its ordered that ye Secretary write a letter in the name of this Court to the
Justices of Peace within said Province directing them or the major part of them to send forth particular summons to their respective Towns to choose and impower two meet persons, from each Town to assemble together with the said Justices, or the major part of them at Portsmouth on the 23d of June, inst, the said assembly to take effectual care to have the claims and accounts of all public documents adjusted, and a present assessment and Levy to be made upon the inhabitants of that Province in such way and manner as may be agreeable to former custom amongst them, or otherwise most acceptable, to be collected, and paid into the Treasury of said Province, and issued thence for payment of said Disbursements by order of said Justices in their auditing and adjusting all accounts of disbursements & service done relating to the warr, to proceed according to such rules and methods therein as have been attended by the Committee appointed in Boston for that end.
(Mass. Court and Col. Rec., vol. vi. p. 140.] Ordered that sixty of the four hundred soldiers appointed to be raised by order of this Court be put under the Command of Capt. John Floyd, and forthwith posted at Portsmouth, East Hampshire, for the further enforcement and strengthening of that Port, and otherwise to be impowered against the Common enemy as they shall be ordered.
(Mass. Court and Col. Rec., vol. vi. p. 143.] Messrs. John Foster, Edward Bromfield & Joseph Parsons, Comesioners for the War, are desired and ordered forthwith to provide, and send forward unto Portsmouth & Wells, the quantity of Provisions, clothing and other necessaries herein mentioned, on the public account, for the supply of the soldiers posted in those parts, viz. nine thousand weight of Bisquets, twenty bbls. Pork, Twenty Bushels of Pease, One hundred shirts, Fisty Coats, Waistcoats and Drawers, Forty Hats or Capps, one hundred pair of shoes, one thousand of Flints, two bls. sugar, and two Hhds of Rhum, Four Hundred weight of Tobacco; Such of the above particulars as are returned here from Port Royal, to be improved for this supply — one half to be sent unto Portsmouth, and the other half to Wells.
(Coll. N. H. Hist. Soc., vol i. p. 135.]
Copy of a Letter from Nathaniel Weare, Esq., to Major Robert
Pike, one of the Assistants of Massachusetts Colony. Major PIKE.
Honoured Sir. The many revolutions and chainges that has happened abroad is very wonderfull and almost amazinge; Besides what has hapned amonge and upon ourselves is very awfull and thinges loke very darke, the consideration thereof is so oppressive that [I] cannot but seke for some ease, and I know no better way [as to man] then to communicat some things to your honour, from whose prudent direction I may receive mutch sasiffaction, and shall therefore crave the boldness to ofer a few lynes to your consideration not to medell with thinges further off. I shall, as brief as I may, ofer you what has happned in this province of New Hampshire, and more pertiquerly in the towne of Hampton. Sir, it is no new thynge to tell you how that him [Gov. Andros] that was both governor in your colony and also in our province was seazed and the occashon thereof, whereupon, wee had only the Justices and Inferior officers left; the superior commanders being layd aside, that great questions arose whether Justices retayned theire power or any Captain, or other officer derivinge his authority from him so seased: My opinion I shall alltogether wave in that matter: But so it was that it was for the most part concluded of, that we had no governors nor authority in this province 80 as to answer the ends of government, and to command and doe in the defence of theire majestys subjects against the comon enemy, therefore many asayes was maid in this provance to make some government till theire Majestys should take further order, but all proved ineffectuall. At first there was in the severall Towns in the Province persons chosen to manage the affairs of government in this juncture of time, but that was for some reasons laid aside, afterward there was in the town of Hampton 3 persons chosen in the towne of Hampton to meet with the Comiss: [Commissioners] of the other towns if they see cause to apoint any to debate and conclude of what was necessary at this time to be done in relation to some orderly way of Government and to make theire returns to the severall Townes for approbation or otherwise. But the inhabitants of Portsmouth met and made choice of some persons to meet with the Commissioners of the other Towns to Debate and consider of what was to be done in order to the settlement of some Government, till their Majestys should give order in the matter.
What they did, they ingaged themselves certainly to comply with. The inhabitants of the town of Hampton began to be very jealous of their friends and neighbours that they would bring them under severall inconveniences in comanding from them their men, and mony as they pleased, and so were very hard to be brought to any thing, but after severall meetings and debates, did chose 6 persons as Comissioners, with power according to the other towns (viz) Portsmouth, Dover and Exeter, and after debats jointly and fully every man then present agreed to such a method as was then drawne up. Then the severall towns was to nominate and chose meet persons for the end aforesaid; but whereas the Inhabitance of the Towne of Hampton meet on warning for that end, the major part by far of the said towne seemed to bee ferful and suspicious of theyer neighbour townes [that] they did not intend to doe as was pretended, but to bring them under to theyer disadvantage, which I thought was very ill so to think, yet they would give som instance of som former acts don, which notwithstanding, I seposed they were too uncharitable.
And so they made a voat they would not chose any person according to the direction of the Committee meet and so all proved inefectuall. After some time the apprehention of the necessity of some orderly way of government and therby to be in the beter method to defend themselves against the comon enemy, seemed to inforse them to another asay for the obtayning thereof, and so the inhabitance of Portsmouth, drew up and signed, so many as did, a pettition, as I am informed (for I never saw it,) to the honorable the governor and councill of the Matathusetts Collony to take this province into theire care and protection, and government as formerly; and so the other townes, Dover and Exeter complyed with it how generally I know not, and so brought to Hampton on Wednesday, the 26th of February last past, when the soldiers were there warned to appeare for consernes specified in said order, but no intemation given for the end of signinge to the petition, so that severall children and servants made up the number of names, when theyer parrants and masters, its said, did know nothinge of the maters, and I doubt too true. It was quickly after by William Vaughan Esq and Capt. John Pickeringe brought into the province declareing to bee excepted [accepted] by the said governor and councell, with orders given forth to meet on such a day fo chusinge of selectmen and constables and other towne oficers according to former usage and custom as appears by order given to Justice Greene, bearinge date the 4th of March, 1689–90. Coppes I sepose yourselfe have. What was done on that day I need not