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[P. 295.] Province of New Hampshire.

At a Council and General Assembly
held at Portsmouth by prorogation,
on Monday, the twenty-eighth day of
November, 1709.

Present,
Peter Coffin,

Robert Elliot,
Wm Vaughan, Esqrs.

Sam' Penhallow, Esqrs.
Nath' Weare,

John Plaisted,
His Excellency's letter of the 21st currt was read at this
Board, in hæc verba sequen:

Sir:- Notwithstanding my last ordering a prorogation, I now direct that the Assembly sit on Friday, to go through the article of the agency agreeable to what I have written to the Speaker, and when that is done, then prorogue for a week, as I directed.

I desire the gentlemen of the Council to put that matter in a true light, that the agency is very important, and will be very short, and must not be very changable, and if the Comons come into he vote for an Agent, the person, instructions and charge shall be after adjusted.

Let the Comons be disposed to raise the mony for the payment of their debts; and that they may know them, let Mr. Treasurer give them a state of their debts, and direct Colonel Walton, in my name, to see the muster rolls of both companies made up fair, and Mr. Treasurer for Transports, &c.

The whole charge will be paid here in twenty days, and your Goverment cannot be supported but by justice.

If the sum be now granted, it will be May before it be gathered. Let the gentlemen of the Council take care for the Honour of the Government in this matter. I am your servant,

J. DUDLEY. To Mr. Secretary Story, to be communicated to the gentlemen of her Majesty's Council, Portsmouth.

J. Dudley. [P. 296.] Nathaniel Weare and Samuel Penhallow, Esqrs., were sent to the House of Representatives with Mr. Secretary Story, to qualify Mr. James Rendall to sit as a member of that House, who accordingly took the oaths appointed by Law. Adja till to-morrow morning, ten of the clock.

Province of New Hampshire.

At a Council and General Assembly,
held at Portsmouth, on Tuesday, the
29th day of November, 1709.

Present,
Peter Coffin,

Robert Elliot,
Wm Vaughan, Esqrs. Sam' Penhallow, Esqrs.
Nath. Weare,

John Plaisted,
The House of Representatives was called up to this
Board, who accordingly came, and the Gentlemen of the
Council was pleased to acquaint them that,

Pursuant to the Gover letter of the 21st currt, respecting the agency and supporting of this her Majesty's Goverment, by defraying the charge thereof, we think meet to inform you the absolute necessity of one and the other: as to the former, that it would be of great advantage to lay before her Majesty the bleeding state of this Province, by reason of a long war, that our quota of men may be regulated, and the late charge considered; and whereas the neighboring Goverment have had their rites and priviledges confirmed by a due application unto her Majesty, that the like application be done respecting this [P. 297.] Province ; which wee conceive cannot be so well done without improving or sending one from hence.

Colonel Walton will wait on you to-morrow morning with the muster rolls, and Mr. Treasurer will lay before you the present state of the Province, which wee hope you will consider, and take due care for a speedy payment of the debts, for that the Honour of the Goverment cannot otherwise be supported.

The following vote was sent up to this Board by the House of. Representatives : May it please your Honors,

We have perused and considered the proposals given us.

We think it necessary that our circumstances be humbly laid before her Majesty in order for our grievances to be redressed and our properties confirmed.

Wee having considered the former, do think if any expedition intended against Canada next spring, our improvement in sending by letter, or a person on purpose, will be too late to relieve any grievance therein.

Wee have considered the necessity of having our rites and properties confirmed by her gratious Majesty ; Also the charge of sending an Agent; Think as your Honours first propose—improving a person there may be as advantageous and less charge much than sending; which person or persons so to be improved, we pray to be advised of, by those Gentlemen that hath been improved in the Agency for this Province.

Wee have considered and resolved when we know the debts of the Province, to pay them as soon as possible wee are capable.

Voted, at the House of Representatives, the 29th November, 1709.

Sam' Keais, Clerk. Adja till to-morrow morning, 10 of the clock.

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[P. 298.] Province of New Hampshire.

At a Council and General Assembly held at Portsmouth, on Wednesday, the 30th of November, 1709.

Present, Peter Coffin,

Robert Elliot, Wm Vaughan, Esqrs.

Sam! Penhallow, Esqrs. Nath. Wear,

Jolin Plaisted, The two following votes were sent upp to this Board by the House of Representatives, viz: May it please your Honours,

By the account and Muster Rolls laid before us by the Comissary General, wee find the province in debt; and in order for a right knowledge of the sum, wee pray that a public notification may be given for each person in the

province to bring in their claims to some or one member of this House, so that there may be care taken for the payment thereof.

Nov. 30th, 1709.
Past by the House.

Sam' Keais, Clerk. It is desired by this House, that the Honourable Council of this Province, in his Excellency's the Governour's absence, take into their consideration to dismiss the several soldjers belonging to the several Towns of this Province now at the fort Wm and Mary, only the four standing soldjers there belonging, which has been practicable to be released before this time of the year.

Nov. 30th, 1709.
Past by the House.

Sam' Keais, Clerk. Prorogued.

[P. 299.] Province of New Hampshire.

At a Council and General Assembly
held at Portsmouth, on Friday the
second day of December, 1709.

Present,
His Excellency Joseph Dudley, Esq., Govern', &c.,
Peter Coffin,

Robert Elliott,

Esqrs. Wm Vaughan,

Sam' Penhallow,

John Plaisted, Esq. Voted, that John Campbell, Post Master General, be paid out of the Treasury in course eighteen pounds, for his service in taking care of all Expresses, and his Excellency's Letters to and from this Goverment.

Adja till to-morrow morning, 10 of the clock ante merediem.

Esqrs.

Province of New Hampshire.

At a Council and General Assembly held at Portsmouth by adjt, on Saturday, the third day of December, 1709.

Present, His Excellency Joseph Dudley, Esq., Governour, &c., Peter Coffin, Wm Vaughan, Esqrs. Samuel Penhallow, Robert Elliott,

John Plaisted,

Esqrs. The following vote was sent upp to this Board, from the House of Representatives :

May it please your Excellency, we are sensible that it is our duty and will [P. 300.] be our interest to represent the poor distressed condition of this Province to her Majesty, in order to have our grievances redressed, and thereby our frontiers defended and preserved against our enemies, which we may fear will visit us; and are considering thereof. Also the acctts of our Debts and taking all possible care for the payment thereof, that soe we may, as our intention is, do justice in all things.

34 Dec., 1709.
Past by the House.

Sam' Keais, Clerk.

The petition of several of the inhabitants of Quamscott was read at this Board, in hæc verba sequen: To his Excellency Joseph Dudley, Esq., Gov' and Comander in

chiefe of her Majesty's Province of New Hampshire, in New England, and to the Honorable the members of her Maj’ties Council in the said Province:

The humble petition of the inhabitants whose names are hereunto subscribed, living within the Bounds of Quamscott patent in New Hampshire, Humbly Sheweth,

That your petitioners are in number upwards of sixty families, and live very remote from any publick Meeting House for the worshipp of God, and meet with great difficulties to get to the nearest meeting house in the winter time, (which is Exeter) some

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