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raised for Capt. John Woodman, three for Capt. John Gerrish, and five for Sam" Heard's garrisons: at Lubarland,(1) two, and two at Hilton's.
Ordered, That Mr. Greene address himself to the Committee of Militia for Hampton, that they take care to preserve his Mill, and in case they doe not, that he shall have two men allowed him.
Ordered, That 38 men be raised for the end aforesaid; & for repairing the Fort; the Committee of Militia for Hampton to raise 18 men, viz. 10 Soldiers & 8 to work at Fort; and the Committee for Portsmouth 20 more men, viz. 8 soldiers & 12 to work at the Fort.
Ordered, That the selectmen of the several Towns that bare not committed their Province Rates to the constable to collect the same, that they doe it on or before the first of May next as they will answer it at their perill.
Ordered, That James Randall be appointed overseer to look after and direct the severall men that are or shall be employed in repairing the Fort at Great Island & fortifications there.
To the Committee of Militia at Hampton. In their Maj'ties' name you are hereby required forthwith to impresse out of your respective companies ten able men, with arms & ammunition according to law, and them fortlıwith to march under the conduct of an officer of the town to be posted at the several Frontier garrisons hereafter mentioned for the strengtiening thereof: viz. At Edward Ililton's garrison two; at Lubberland garrison two; at Capt. Woodman's carrison six: You are also alike required to impresse eight able bodied men to labor on the reparation of their Maj'ties Fort at Great Island, and them forthwith to send to Grt Island to attend their Maj'ties' service accordingly. Hereof fail not, as you will answer yo contrary at your peril. Dated at Grt Island, this 24th April, 1693.
By order of the Council — Tho. Davis, Secy. [A similar order was issued to “The Committee of the Militia of Portsmouth,” to raise eight men; to be stationed “at Capt. John Woodman’s garrison, three; and at Heard's garrison, tive." - ED.]
(1) “Lubberland” – a locality near Dover Neck.
B. II. p. 50.
Salem, May the 34, 1693. Ilon'rable
Sirs — Yesterday arrived from Port Royal the ship Mary; toucht at Pemaquid: Adviseth that the Indians are rallying their utmost strength, intending to attack Pemaquid fort, and what else is uncertain; that they are already advanced on their design, supposed to be now at or near Pemaquid; that the French have a briganteen and a shallop out stoutly manned, which may be instruments of much mischief: we judged it necessary to give speedy advice hereof and request that the other Letters herewith sent may be forwarded with all speed, -being of high concernment for their Majesties' service.
BARTHW GEDNEY Commigrs Superscribed—“For the Houble, ELISHA HUTCHINSON for the the Lieut. Gov' and Council JOHN WALLEY
Warr. in the Province of Hampshire.”
“ Haste - Post-haste for their Majess service.”
B. II. p. 51.
At a Committee of Militia held
at Great Island, 5th May, 1693.
The Lieut. Governor.
Packer The Lieut. Govern' desires to know in what condition the frontier garrisons are in, & what is best to be done for their Maj’ties' interest and the security of the subjects:— seeing Sir Wm. Phipps has drawii off his men out of this Province.
Capt. Woodman moves, That some care may be taken to provide provisions for the soldiers in his garrison.
Capt. Gerrish sayth that scouts to go from town to town is needful, but fears it will be hard to finde any that will be faithfull.
Are of opinion a scout of 2 or 3 to go from town to town will signifie nothing.
Proposed whether it be necessary to have 24 men to range the woods once a fortnight.
Are df opinion it is not necessary.
B. II. p. 52, 1693.
At a Councill held at Great Island
the gth May, 1693.
The Lieut. Governor.
Henry Greene Esqrs.
Rich. Waldron Ordered, That the Treasurer give out his wart to the constables of the frontier Towns to pay out of the moneys by them collected for the rates, to the several Capts. so much money as they have caused to be disbursed for the subsistence of the soldiers, & that the Lieut. Govern' or President issue out their warr'. accordingly.
Ordered, That Mr. Coffin & the treasurer discourse Mr. Buckley and demand of him 10 lb. that was ordered to be payd for the subsistence of the soldiers at Oyster River & Exeter, out of the Massachusetts pay.
Ordered, That a day of Humiliation be kept throughout this Province, and that an order be issued out accordingly for Tuesday next come fortnight.
Ordered, That the General Assembly be prorogued until the last Tuesday in July next, and that they doe not meett according to the last Proroguegation.
The Lieut. Govern' demands to know by what due course of Law Matthew Carey was discharged, - he having been committed for so high a crime as his mittimus expresses.
Resolved, It was done by order of the Presidt and Councill.
Ordered, That a Letter be sent by Mr. Hincks to the Governor and Council of Conettecott to desire their assistance as to provis. ions and money.(1)
(1) [The following seems to be a copy of the letter sent by Mr. Hincks, addressed to the Governor of Connecticut.) Hon'ble Sirs —
By and with the advice of their Maj'ties' Council for the Province of New Hampshire, I here lay before your Excellency the great hardships & difficulties the inhabitants of this Province labor under: Sir Wm Phipps, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, having all this winter aided and assisted this Province with about soldiers, whom this Province has been at the charge of maintaining, has now (though in the greatest time of danger) drawne off the same, and lett this Province wholly to defend itself, which it is not able to do, unless aided and assisted by some other of the neighboring Provinces; for that the Indian and French enemies are frequently making incursions and desolations, cutting off our frontier places and the Inhabitants thereof.
We therefore request your Excellency (it being for their Maj’ties' service and the preservation of their subjects here) to afford such assistance to the Province of New Hampshire, by sending some soldiers & provisions, as your Excellency sball think necessary for their aid and relief. And on the like occasion we shall be.ready to assist you as occasion shall offer to the utmost of our ability. Expecting your speedy answer I subscribe, gentlemn your humble servant.
Ordered, That the Treasurer give order to the constables of Hampton for to discount out of the prsent Rates in their hands, the sum of 10 lb. 14s. 8d., being soe much already disburst by the Inhabitants, and that he charge the several garrisons, to whom the same was delivered, therewith; & that an order be issued out to the Treasurer accordingly.
B. II. p. 56.
Province of New Hampshire.
By John Usher, Esq. Govern' & Commander-in-chiefe of sd Province, and
Vice Admirall of the same. These are, in their Maj’ties name to require and command you, Capt. Thomas Packer, to grant and issue forth your Warrant, directed to the clerke of your company, to levy by distress and sale of the several persons goods hereunder mentioned, the sum of five shillings on each person, for their not appearing with their arms, on Thursday the 11th day of May, instant, according to an Act of the Assembly entitled an Act for settling the Militia; and hereof you are not to fail at your perill. Dated this 18th day of May, 1693. William Comes
Richard Waterhouse, jun.
B. II. p. 57, 1693.
At a Councill held at Great Island the 30th day of May, 1693.
The Lieut. Governor
Nath! Weare Esqs
Willm Vaughan Ordered, That the Treasurer pay James Randall out of the treasure soe much money as will make up what he has already rec’d, the sum of 100 lb. toward paymt. of his Bill.
The Councill being this day informed, that, pursuant to an order of Council made the 17th of March last, for making the Great Island a Towne, the Grant of the same was prepared and engrossed: the which, being read this day in Councill and none making any objection why the same should not be signed & sealedsave Major Vaughan, who desired his dissent might be entred against the passing the same, for that he thinks the King's Commission gives liberty to the Lieut. Govern" to make Towns but not to divide Towns; whereupon the Lieut. Govern" in Councill signed and executed the same grant.*
# CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF NEW CASTLE. [Copied from the original, written on parchment, in black-letter or old English. Fur
nished by Rev. LucICS ALDEN, of New Castle. - ED.) WILLIAM AND MARY, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King and Queen, Defenders of the Faith, &c., to all people to whom these presents shall Come Greeting. Know yee that Wee of our especiall Grace, certain knowle Ige, and meer motion, have Given and Granted And by these presents as farr as in us lyes, Doo give and Grant to our beloved Subjects, Men and Inhabitants, within and upon Great Island, within our Province of New Hampshire, in New England, anil the lands to them belonging, Running from a point of Land there on the South side of Sagg umores Creek, called Sampsons point, and from thence Southwest by the outside of the fenced and of Saggamores Creek to the heart of Aaron Moses fiell to an old Hemlock Tree by the side of the Road way, and from thence upon the aforesaid Southwest point to the Road way, between Sandy Beach and Greenland, leaving Greenlani about three miles to the Westwarıls soe forwards upon the same point to Hampton Bunils, and then East to the Sea, that the same be a Towne Corporate by the name of New Castle to the men and Inhabitants thereof forever. And Wee doe by these presents Give and Grant unto the sail Men and Inhabitants of our Towne of New Castle, all and every, the streetes, lanes and highways within the said Towne, for the Publique use and service of the Men and Inhabitants thereof and travellers there, together with full power, lycence and authority to the said men and inhabitants within the said towne forever, to establish, appoint, order and direct the establishing, making, laying out, orilering, amending and repairing of all streetes, lanes, highways, ferry places an 1 Brilges, in and throughout the said Towne, necessary, neerltuland convenient for the Men and Inhabitants of the said towne, and for all travellers and passen