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our Lord, 1692, and since that hath lived in a state of marriage with her, the said Elizabeth, about seven years, in which time she bore him three children, and then she went from hence to England, where she remained about two years; all which time your petitioner continued here in New England, being employed in his late Majesty's service as purveyor for the navy of England, and all that time did not see the said Elizabeth his wife, who returned from England in the Ship Hope, Aaron Everdon, Con[P. 154.] mander, in the year 1700: And about three weeks after her arrival, she, the said Elizabeth, was delivered of a living daughter and was thereupon convicted before her Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Council in this Province, and she publicly owned her adultery and the child borne of her body, since which time she hath taken no method to your petitioner's satisfaction, so as to procure in him a belief of her amendment, but rather gives cause to suspect she persists in a lewd course of life.
Wherefore your petitioner most humbly prays your Excellency and this honorable Assembly, that you will please to grant him a Divorce from his marriage with the said Elizabeth, or such separation as may acquit him from her further challenge and maintenance, that he may be capacitated to go about his business with alacrity and maintain his poor children, of whom he is willing to take effectual care according to his ability. And your petitioner, as in duty bound, shall ever pray, &c.
Said petition was read in the Council Board, 10th instant, and sent down to the House of Representatives with the opinion of the Council ; viz., That considering the said Elizabeth had owned her adultery and other allegations in said petition, that the said petitioner be acquitted from allowing said Elizabeth any maintenance, and she be sep arated from his Bed and Board.
This day said petition was brought up to this Board with the following vote annexed thereto from the House of Representatives, viz:
Voted, That the Assembly doth acquiesce in what the Governor and Council hath done as to the above petition, &c.
This Court having had consideration of said petition, and having seen the examination of the said Elizabeth Holland
and her confession as the same is alledged in the petition from the ministers of the Council of this Province, Do thereupon order and determine that the said Elizabeth Holland be and is hereby separated from her said husband, Thomas Holland, a mensa et a thoro; and the said Thomas Holland discharged from any further care or provision for her, the said Elizabeth's, [P. 155.] maintenance or subsistence, he having never received any thing as a marriage portion with her, more than her clothes, and she being now eloined* from him; the said Thomas Holland having also engaged to this Court to take a just care of his three children borne of her body, during their cohabitation together, and that the secretary exemplifies the same under the seal of this Province with his attest.
P. Order, &c. Exemplification upon the abovesaid Order about Thomas
Holland. [P. 155.] Province of New Hampshire in New England. By his Excellency Joseph Dudley, Esq., Governor and
Commander in Chief in and over her Majesty's said
Province, the Honorable her Majesty's Council and [SEAL.] Representatives Convened in General Assembly the
eighth day of February, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and three, and continued by adjm
until the eleventh day of said month of February : This Court having had consideration of the petition of Mr. Thomas Holland, setting forth that he was married to Elizabeth Verry [?] of Deptford at Southwark in the Kingdom of England in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred ninety and two, and since that hath lived in a state of marriage with her, the said Elizabeth, about seven years; in which time she bore him three children; and then she went from hence to England, where she remained absent two years, — all which time, he the said Thomas Holland continued here in New England, being employed in his late Majesty's service as Purveyor for the Navy of England, and
all that time did not see the said Elizabeth his wife, who returned from England in the ship Hope, Aaron Everdon, Commander, in the year one thousand seven hundred, and about three weeks after her arrival, she the said Elizabeth was delivered of a living daughter, and was thereupon convicted before her Majesty's Licutenant Governor and Council in this Province, and she publicly owned her adultery and the child borne of her body; since which time she hath taken no method to the said Thomas Holland's satisfaction, &c.; And having seen the Examination of the said Elizabeth Holland and her confession, as the same is alledged in the petition from the Minutes of Council of this Province, Do thereupon order and determine that the said Elizabeth IIolland be and hereby is separated from her said Ilusband, Thomas Ilolland, a Mensa et a Thoro, and (P. 156.] the said Thomas Holland discharged from any further care or provision for her the said Elizabeth's maintenance or subsistence; he having never received any thing as a marriage portion with her more than her clothes, and she being now eloined from him; The said Thomas Holland having also engaged to this Court to take a just care of his three children, borne of her body during their cohabitation. In Tes. timony whereof we have caused the seal of her Majesty's Province to be hereunto affixed, the eleventh day of February, in the second year of her Majesty's Reign; Annoque Domino, 1701. gth March, 1701.
Per Order of his Excellehcy and Served a true copy
Council. of the above, by delivering
Chas. Story, Secretary. the same to the above named Elizabeth Holland and showing her the original.
P. Chas. Story, Secretary.
Ordered, That all petitions presented to this Board shall pay to the Secretary five shillings, and for an order thereupon fire shillings, except the petitioner be a member of the Council or Assembly, or that the Governor or Commander-in-Chief in Council give order to the contrary.
His Excellency departed for Boston about four of the clock this afternoon, his Honor the Lieut. Governor taking his place.
Jir. Julin Campbell, post master General, his account being read at this Board, amo to 2115 45 04, for his trouble and charges in sending forward his Excellency's Letters to Roxbury at all hours and seasons in the night, and for sending to and from Piscataqua extraordinary expresses as per account on file, dated the 8th February, 1703-4, allowed fourteen pounds in full of said account, and ordered to be paid in course by the Treasurer out of the next Province Rate.
His honor the Lieut. Governor was pleased to send Mr. Secretary Story for the House of Representatives to come to this Board, who accordingly came, and he then acquainted them that by his Excellency's order he prorogued them till Tuesday the 4th day of April next; and accordingly they were prorogued till Tuesday, the 4th day of April next, 1704.
Council adja till Thursday the 24th instant, at 10 o'clock, ante merediem.
[P. 157.] Province of New Hampshire.
At a Council and General Assembly
The IIonble the L Governor,
George Jeffrey, )
John Plaisted, )
Henry Dow, Esq., The Honorable the Lt. Governor having acquainted this Board that there are several families within the Bounds of this Province next adjoining to Salisbury, and to ascertain them to be within this Province he run the line some years since, having given notice to the Government of the Province of Massachusetts, who refused to attend :
Ordered, That the said several farmers and families be assessed to the Province Tax, and it be collected by the Constables of Hampton, and that the Province of the Massachusetts be notified of this order, and that the Council is willing at any appointed and agreed time to run the Line and submit it to a - - - - and a Committee of both Governments, and that the commanders of the militia also do their duty in the military Government of the inhabitants abovesaid.
Upon Col. Romer's remonstrance of the 24th May, 1704, given the Governor, he was heard at this Board, and all just satisfaction done him by the Governor and the Board in his reputation and service, and every body ordered to attend him in the service.
Mr. Ellott and Mr. Jeffrey representing to this board that whereas they were directed to join with two of the gentlemen of the Representatives for procuring a House for the reception of the honorable the Lieut. Governor, who accordingly appointed a time and met, but the said gentlemen refused to do anything therein.
The Secretary was sent as a message to call the House of Representatives to this Board, who accordingly came, and his Excellency made the following Speech in hæc verba, viz. :
Gentlemen :—The last time I met you I acquainted you with the state of the Treasury, and your debts and engagements; and had your answer, That if the Impost did not amount you would as you ought take effectual care for the discharge of the Debts, and for the necessary incidental growing charges, which I must expect be now immediately done. The Treasurer lays before you your Debts, and the Receiver the accounts of the Impost; there remains but two months of the year in which time what ever is received shall be duly accounted for.
I desire you will grant what is necessary for a just discharge of your engagements, and that you will continue the impost and duties for the growing charge, which shall be with all thrift expended; and you are encouraged so to do for that the price of Lumber will now much better bear it than last year; and I must desire you to do it now that it may not fail, because I cannot possibly be here just at that season when that Act will expire.
I am sure every member of the Assembly is sensible that all