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receipt hereof, to cause the said Proclamation to be published within yol Government; and for the suppressing as much as may be all such evill practices for ye future, whereby the trade of his Majtys good subjects in Forreign parts may be otherwise greatly disturbed: Wee do hereby in his Majtys name strictly charge and require you and all his Majtys officers and loving subjects within your Government, to take all possible care and use all due means for ye seizing and apprehending all such Pyrates and Sea Robbers, and such as may reasonably be suspected for the same, either by reason of the great quantities of Gold or Silver of Forreign Coynes, they usually have with them, or by other probable circumstances; and to cause them to be streightly imprisoned and their ships, goods and plunder to be kept in safe custody untill , .... Returning a full account unto us, of the said persons, their ships, gold and plunder, with the evidences relateing to them,-his Majtys pleasure be known and signified concerning them. And so we bid you, heartily, Farewell.

Your Loving Friends, Superscribed—“To our loving friend, Samuell Allen, Esq.

ROMNEY, Governour and Commander-in-Chiefe of his H. GOODRICKE, Majts Province of New Hampshire in America, CHAS. MONTAGUE. and to the Governour and Commander in TANKERVILLE, Chiefe thereof, for the time being."


B. II. p. 96.

[In Lt. Gov. Usher's own hand.]

Boston, 27th Aug 1696.

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Yo' 24th recd, as to ye men wch wentt with Church its well; as for Capt. Walton wth out advice of ye Councill, I could not grauntt liberty. Walton shows himselfe a Man in giveing ye Councill answer when they advised him. I writt to you a minnitt to enter as to my Letter aboutt coming; whether sd minnitt be entered & ye minde of ye Councill am ignorantt; likewise ye advice of ye Council as to Walton's going, & Walton's answer: all wch Expectt at your hands, being for his Majtys service, & of great momentt.

desire all actts & minnitts Councill might be made redy to goe wth ye mastt ships together with duplicats.

you never writt whether yo oaths was tendered V & W (Vaughan & Waldron] & of theire refusing. Packer if his Lett be true of Geffrey giving the oath, its wt I desire. ye Scot has & will run to far.

Wish Packer & Walton had presented V & W ye Association," wch I looke upon as much as anything; if not, hope they will make a tender.

if, as Fryar writes, they can doe as well wthoutt as wth me; for his Majtys service & ye prerogative, I will speadily be wth you, designing to come by water. not else butt remain. “For his Majty service

Si York, To Capt. Wm. Redford, Esq.

JNO. USHER, in Portsmouth."

B. II. p. 97.

Att a meeting of the Commission officers of the Militia of the Province of New Hampshire at New Castle, September 10th, 1696.

Whereas the Militia, having considired the charge of the sould's at Garrisons wch for severall months service & subsistence is not payd, and doe not understand there was not money for payment of what past, besides for time to come, for eight months continuance of the souldiers, which is judged necessary. wch by computation amoo to, To due already, subsistence and for 54 mo

£440 Do. for 8 mo to come

£640 & for his Majests Fourt


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We humbly offer, that the duty of scouting ordered by President & Council is soe great and burthensome, & not possible to be performed as required, and the Inhabitants groane so under itt that they say they must leave the province unless relieved in that matter, That your Honor would take itt into consideration and give reliefe by ordering the sconting to be continued in such methods, as by your warrants we were commanded, wch wee judge the best way for the safety and ease of his Majests subjects.

And doe desire that some way may be ordered, for a suply of bread may be certainly provided through the Province, to be

*["An Association in New Hampshire, to stand by the Protestant succession". See subsequent notice of the same, 1697.-ED.]

ready for marching, three or four days, upon the attack of the Enemie.

By ord' & in behalfe of the Lt. Colls, Majrs and the particular Capts.

WM. REDFORD. Capt. Humbly desired that yo? Hon' would be pleased to take unto your consideration, that those that are imprest for scouts, if that they are out two or three days or more, upon march, in case of an attack, that they may be payd by the Treasury; and humbly offer that an Assembly may be speedily called for raising of money, wch is absolute necessary for the ends aforesaid.

Superscribed—“ To the Honble John Usher, Esq.

Lieut. Govern", Comander-in-Chiefe,

of Province, New Hampshire.”

B. II. p. 102.

By the Honble John Usher Esq. Lt. Gov.

Comd in chiefe &c. You are required in his Majestys name to summons & warne Jno. Dam, Sen. that he be and appear before me at New Castle, the Tuesday next by twelve of the clock, and thereof not to faile at his perill; make return hereof. Given under my hand & seale at arms, at New Castle, this 26th September, 1696. To Geo. Walker,

JOHN USHER. Province Marshall.

According to the within warrant, I have summoned, Jno. Dam, sen. to appear att time and place. September 28th.


B. II. p. 103.

To the Honble John Usher, Esq. Leift Govern'

& Commanr-in-Chiefe &c, of his Majytys Province John Dam humbly offers his Petition:

Beseeching your Hon' through ye clemency to consider my failing in dismissing the souldrs Posted; wch in Honesty and sincerity I declare was through my ignorance; but more especially through the deceitt & insinuation of Lieut. Furber, and humbly prays your Hon' not to think I did itt in Contempt; being always willing & ready to obey all Kingly government and authorities; and beggs your lon" Pardon, that this may be past by, and that yo' Hon' would grant a Release that my Farm may not be ruined; is the humble request of him, who as in all duty bound, shall never cease to pray for yor Honts prosperity & happiness. [No date.]

John DAM, sener.

B. II. p. 105.

By the HIonble John Usher, Esq. Comand--in

Cheife &c. of Province of New Hampshire. You are required in his Majestys name to summon Lieut. Wm. Furber, that he be and appear before me att New Castle on Junday next, by two of the clock in the afternoon, and that he bring wth him the warrant he had for posting the souldiers; as he will answer the contrary att his utmost perill. And make returne thereof. Given under my hand & seale att arms, att New Castle, September 26th, 1696.

JOHN Usuer.

To Geo. Walker, Province Marshall.

According to the within warrant, I have summoned Lt. Wm. Furber, & brought him to New Castle; this 28th September, 1696.


B. II. p. 104.

By the Honhle John Usher, Esq. Comandr

in-Chiefe, &c. Complaint exhibited against Lt. Wm. Furber. You, Lt. Wm. Furber stands charged, for that whereas on the 234 July last, you recd a special warrant from the Honble John Usher, Esq. Comand" in Cheife of this his Majtys Province New Hampshire, directed to yourself, requiring you in his Majesty name to receive the persons, Sam! Keise, Sam' Penhallow & Wm. Cotton, and severall others & wth them to goe straight up to Dover aud deliver them to Capt. Tuttle, to be posted where he thinks most convenient in the respective Garrisons, there to doe duty in watching and warding & to be kept and not released from their post without special order from myself or the Comander-in-chiefe for the time being; and whereas on the 24th of the same month, you recd a warrant from Capt. John Tuttle, derected to yourself, for the posting Sam! Penhallow, William Cotton & Sam? Kease, and by the sd warrant you was required in his Majtys name to comand them to doe duty in watching & warding in your garrison, And not let them depart their Post without speciall order; yett, contrary thereunto you dismist the sd Sam' Keise, Wm. Cotton & Sam' Penhallow from your garrison, without order, as may apear by their dismission under your hand bearing date att Welch Cove, the 27th of the same July; which actions are a high misdemeanor.


B. II. p. 101.

Att the Tryall, Lt. Wm. Furber, Sept. 29th, 1696.


The Honble Lt. Govern'.
Maj. Smith,

Capt. Hall,
Capt. Dow,

Lieut. Aron Moses,
Capt. Woodman,

Being sworn.

1. The Prison being called, was brought by the Province marshall.

2. The Lt. Govern’ ordered the Doors to be open and all people to come in to heare the prisoner tryed: and ordered the Information to be read.

Capt. Walton upon oath declared that when the Lt. Gov' was att the Fourt, the sd Furbur turned his britch upon the Lt. Govern & pist in his presence, and lett a fart.

The Lt. Governo asked if he had orders to dismiss the souldrs.
Answered, Noe, he had no order.
The Lt. Govern’ asked if made any application for provisions.
Answered, Noe.

Jno. Dam, upon oath declared: viz. [p. 105.] "Acctt. of w was sayd between Ltt. Wm. Furber, and John Dam, sen., concerning the Releas of sundry souldiers posted at the Garrison, where sd Dam had ye charge. Furber coming to the house of sd Dam, aloud asked what they should doe wth those souldiers posted

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