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Province of New Hampshire.
At a Council held at Portsmouth, the 15th March
Peter Coffin )
Richard Waldron) The Lt. Govern' produced a letter at this Board from his Excellency Richard Earle of Bellomont, dated at Boston, the 12th instant, wherein he did signify that he had advice that the Indians were meditating mischiefe against the - English, and that they really intended to make a genel insurrection in a very short time, and withal advised the Lt. Govern' not to faile to communicate the same to all the Towns within this Province immediately, which the Lt. Governor signified he had accordingly done, and thereupon it was ordered, [P. 11.] That the Secretary do forthwith signifie unto Major William Vaughan that it is the express command of the Lieut. Govern' with the advice of the Council, that he take effectual care to give strict orders to the several Capts and committees of the Militia in the respective towns within this Province, to see that the inhabitants be furnished with arms and ammunition according to law, that good Military watches be set up and Scouts kept out, and that Garrisons and Fortifications be immediately repaired and put in order, or new built in convenient places for the better defence of his Maj’tys subjects.
And further, that the several Capt* doe list a quarter part of the number of traine soldiers under their command, to be ready at an hours warning with arms and ammunition, to march to the reliefe of any that may be in distress, in case the Indians should attempt the destruction and annoyance of any of his Majestys subjects within this Province : however, if any Indians appear peaceably that they be civilly treated.
Province of New Hampshire.
At a Council held at Portsmouth, on Monday the
Roht. Elliott )
Richard Waldron Wate Winthropp, Esq. produced a Commission to him directed, for Judge of the Admiralty of this Province bearing date the 22d of May, 1699, in the eleventh year of King Williams reign, which was read, approved and allowed of.
And then took the oaths appointed by Acts of Parliament instead of the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and repeated and subscribed the Declaration and Association.
Province of New Hampshire. [P. 12.] At a Council held at Portsmouth the 224
day of November, 1700 post meridiem.
Robert Elliott )
Peter Coffin Esqs.
John Gerrish) The Lieut. Govern' was pleased to move to the Council that a day of Thanksgiving be set apart for returning thanks and praise to Almighty God for many blessings and favors bestowed upon this Province: First in preserving his Maj’ty King William in life and health, as also the people here from the suspicious danger they lay under last Spring of the year by that cruel and barbarous enemy the Indians. For a plentiful harvest bestowed upon us this summer past; in preserving us with health; and for the great Mercy of
God in granting us to live in peace and quietness under this present Government;
And, namely, [mainly) for the enjoyment of the Gospel and Gospel Ordinances. And for all other His daily mercies and blessings bestowed upon us from time to time.
Ordered, that Thursday the 12th day of December next, be set apart for a Thanksgiving Day as aforesaid ; and Mr. Waldron, Mr. Hinkes and Mr. Secretary draw up Proclamation accordingly; and that the same be sent to each minister of every town in said Province in order to publish the same.
(Prov. Rec. B. II. p. 271.] Province of New Hampshire. By the Hon. Wm. Partridge, Esq. Lt. Governour of said Province.
For a General Thanksgiving Day. Forasmuch as a grateful acknowledgment is due unto Almighty God, for the singular favors and blessings we daily receive from his Divine bounty; And, moreover, considering the manifold mercies which otherwise we are made the subjects of; as first, in the preservation of our gracious sovereign King William in life and health; his kingdoms and dominions in peace and tranquillity; and, especially in favouring this, his Majesty's Province, with many and singular instances of Divine goodness the year past, particularly, in general health, preventing of contagious mortal sicknesses, which have prevailed to some degree, in other the English Plantations; in bringing to maturity a harvest so much beyond our expectation, considering the long drought which threatened a great scarcity ;-and, in granting us to live in peace and quietness under this present government; And, that notwithstanding the appearance of a new Indian war the last spring, by the blessing of God, (in the extraordinary conduct of his Excellency the Earl of Bellomont our Governor) the storm is blown over; and by his wise and prudent negotiation with the Maques [Mohawks) and other of the five Nations of Indians at Albany, we have a fair prospect of a continuing peace with those our barbarous neighbors; and, what is of greater worth, namely, the enjoyment of the Gospel and Gospel ordinances ;-All which bespeaks a deep sense of our obligations to the great and divine Majesty of Heaven.
In the returning of thanks and praise to Him for the same, I do, therefore, by and with the consent of his Majestys Council, order
and appoint Thursday, the 12th day of December next sto] be observed and set apart throughout this Province, for the offering up of publick Praise and Thanksgiving to the God of Heaven who is the Giver and Bestower of All his mercies,-hereby exhorting both ministers and people in their respective congregations and Assemblies, to a religious performance of the duties required on such a day; and commanding that all persons abstain from their servile business and employments thereupon.
Given at the Council Chamber in Portsmouth, the 22d day of November, 1700, in the twelfth year of his Maj'tys reign.
WM. PARTRIDGE, Lt. Governor, By order of the Governor and Council.
CHARLES STORY, Secretary.
[P. 13.] Province of New Hampshire.
At a Council held at Portsmo the 5th
sys. The Lt. Govern" produced a letter to ye Board from the Earle of Bellomont dated at York, the 17th Novbr, 1700, where were inclosed a Letter from the Council Chamber at Whitehall, dated the 18th July 1700, as also a Letter from the Lords Com" of Trade and Plantations dated at Whitehall, August 1st 1700, which were both read and are as follows.
At the Council Chamber at Whitehall, the 18th day of
Present. Their Excellencies the Lords Justices in Councill. “It is this day ordered by their Excellencies the Lords Justices in Council that directions be sent to the respective Governments of his Majitys Plantations in America as well such as are granted in propriety, as such as are governed by Commission from his Maj'ty, to transmit an Acct. to the Lords Com" for Trade and Plantations in his most particular manner of the method of proceedings in the several Courts upon trials of all sorts of Causes in the said Courts in those parts respectively, and that the same be communicated by yr Lordships to this Board for his Maj'tys better information in the determining Appeals from the Plantations; And the Lords Comfor Trade and Plantations are to signify your Excellencies pleasure herein to the said respective Governments accordingly.
John Pover.” A True Copy,
Whitehall, August the 1st 1700. [P. 14.] My Lord,
Their Excellencies the Lords' Justices, having by order of Council of the 18th of July last, required us to signify their Pleasure unto the respective Governments of his Maj’tys Plantations in America, as well such as are granted in Propriety as such as are Governed by Commission from his Maj’ty relating to the method of proceedings in the several Courts upon trials of all sorts of Causes in the said Courts in those parts respectively, Wee send your Lordships here inclosed a copy of the said order that you may observe the same in transmitting to us the Acctts thereby required with relation to his Maj’tys Province of New Hampshire, so soon as possible.
We are, My Lord,
Yör Lordpps most Humble Servants,
JOHN POLLEXFON, Ph. MEADOWS,
A. PRIOR. Right Honorable the Earl of Bellomont.
Answer of sd Letter sent to the Lords Com" of Trade and Plantations as follows, viz.
New Hampshire in New England, 5th xber, 1700. May it please your Lordships,
I bave lately recd from his Excellency the Earle of Bellomont, a letter dated at New York 17th current, wherein came inclosed an