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Unsettled State of the Province of New-Hampshire,

from April 18, 1689, to 1692. April 23, 1689. At the Council for the safety of the people and conservation of the peace,-- [in Boston]

Ordered, That Maj. Richard Waldren be appointed commanderin-chief of the New Hampshire Regiments; Maj. Charles Frost, commander-in-chief of the West Regiments of the Province of Maine. — (Mass. Col. Rec., vol. vi. p. 6.]

Oct. 10, 1689. A letter was agreed upon to be sent to the Gentlemen of New Hampshire, viz. Messrs Richard Martyn, William Vaughan, Richard Waldron, to desire that some person might be sent as an agent for their Province to meet the Commissioners of the Colony at Boston, the 18th instant to consult of the affairs of the Warr, &c.— (Mass. Col. Rec., vol. vi. p. 81.]

[Copied from Hampton Town Records, by Joseph Dow, Esq.]

Proceedings of the People at Hampton. " Att a meeting of ye Towne of Hampton this 22 of October 1689 Having then received ffrom the Honorable ye Govenore of ye Maschusits Colony Intimating ye readiness of ye confederate colonys (viz) of Plimouth & Coniticote ffor ye vigorus prosicution of sayd warr against ye comon enemy & expecting ye Province of New Hampshire should send a comishoner to consider and agree so far forth as is reasonable with ye sayd comishoners ffor ye vigorus prosicution of sayd warr against ye comon enemy-wee therfore of the Towne of Hampton consideringe ye charge and great expencis in severall emergincyes that hath hapned since the murtherous invasion of the Endien Enemy And not knowing how ffar it may ffothur proceed wee agree now to send according to request A comishoner ffor to debate and considerr of what is expedient ffor ye ffuter And hould ourselves bound ffor to comply with those meathods that shall be agreed on ffor ye defence of our country and ourselves ffor any time hereafter ye date hereof. Voted.

Thes men doe decent from this vote. “Henry Dow, William Martin, Henry Moulton, Daved Wedgwood, William Sanbourn, senior, Jno. Redman, juner, Phillip Towle, senior, Samuel Carr, Ebinezer Perkins, Christopher Palmer, Jacob Perkins, Samuel Masten, Mephebosheth Sanbourn, Thomas Nudd, Abraham Cole, John Lovitt, Beniamin Moulton, Aron Sleeper.”

Att a meeting of the Towne of Hampton, 18 december, 1689,

“ Zly Att ye same meeting the Towne considering the unsseteled estate that we are in ffor want of Gouerment and so the more incapasited to defend our selues against the invation of any Enemy doe think meet that some persons be chosen to meet with some persons deputed by the seuerall Towns in the prouince to consider and debate The matters that may be now Incumbant upon us And make Report of their Advice To the Towne att ye next Towne meeting ffor their approbation or otherways. The persons so chosen as aboue was M' Nathaniel Wire Capt. Samuel Shearborn and Ensigne Henry Dow.

Voted. “ Abraham Green desent” [dissents].

Att a publique meeting of the Towne of Hampton 20 Jenuary 1689 [90] ffor as much as since ye late reuolution in ye masitusitts colony no orders ffrom Their Majesties haue yitt ariued ffor ye setelment of Gouerment in this Prouince And no authoritie being left in the prouince But that of ye late Justicis which considering our pressent cercomstance cannot answer that End of Gouerment (uiz) the Raysing of men mony &c ffor our defence against ye comon Enemy And ye neighboring Towns Portsmouth and Douer hauing considered that there is a pressent nescesitie of ffaling into some meathode of Gouernment in order to our defence against our professed Enemeys And thay hauing chosen sixe persons in Each Towne as comishoners to meet with ye comishoners of ye other Townes in ye Prouince to confer about and Resolue upon a meathod of Gouernment in this Prouince The sayd comishoners hauing sent to us to desire us to Joyne with them And to send our comishoners with ffull power to agree upon a meathod of Gouerment As they haue We therefore ye Inhabitants of the Towne of Hampton in answer to their request haue agreed to send thes sixe persons as our comishoners to Joyne with ye comishoners of ve other Towns in ye Prouince to confer about and resolue upon a meathod of Gouernment within this Prouince And what ye sayd comishoners of the whole Prouince or the majer part of them shall conclude and agree upon as to ye setelment of Gouernment amonst us If thes our sayd comishoners (uiz) Henry Green Esqre Ensign Henry Dow M' Nathaniel Wire Capt. Samuel Sherrborne Morris Hobs Senior and Mr Edward Goue in discorsing and agreeing about ye same if thay or ye majer part of them shall se Just cause to comply and agree with the other comishoners as to ye way and meathod of Gouernment that shall be setteled amonst us And shall subscrib therto we the Inhabitants of ye Towne of Hampton Reposing espeaciall Trust and confidence in our sayd comishoners what thay shall agree to; or the majer part of them We shall hould as good and valued to all intents and purposes: Hereby obleidging our selues to yeild all ready obeadience thereto untill Their Majesties Order shall ariue ffor ye setelment of Gouerment over us.

i Uoted.” “ Thes men decent Joseph Shaw Henry Moulten William Samborn senior Jonathan Wedgwood John Hussy Ben: Swett John Smith (Tayler) Ephreham Maston James Maston.”

Att a meeting of ye Towne of Hampton October 26: 1691,

1st the inhabitants then meett uoted that thay owned it then to be a Towne meeting

2ly M' Nathaniel Weare was then chosen Moderater ffor that meeting

3ly Receiuing a letter ffrom Capt John Pickerin by ye order of majer Vaughan wherein is Requested that some men be sent To Portsmouth To Aduize what is most requissitt & needfull to be done in our defence against the comon Enemy we haue made choyce of M' Nath" Weare Henry Dow and Mr Joseph Smith as a committee to treat with the gentlemen of this prouince that shall now meet according to his letter: and what shall be our proportion of charge ffor men & pay in order to our ffuter defence we hould our selues obleidged too in that meathod as our sayd comittie or two of them shall agree and subscribe too Uoted.”

Proceedings at Dover. A public Town Meeting appointed to be held at the Mecting house upon Dover Neck, 28 October, 1689, the inhabitants of sd Town being met, Voted, the sd meeting to be legal.

At a public Town meeting held at Dover, this 28th October, 1869,

Voted That Lett. Jno. Tuttle is chosen to open the votes at Portsmouth for ye choice of a Commissioner, by ye majority of votes, for the joyning with the Commissioners of the United Colonies, and to join with the rest of the Representatives of this Province, in giving such instructions to the sd Commissioners as shall be thought meet, for the vigorous management of the present war.

New Hampshire, Dover Neck, in New England. At a publik Town Meeting held Jan, 1, 1689-90,

Whereas this Province since the last Revolution in the Massachusetts Colony have been destitute of Government, and has hitherto weighted their Majties order for a settlement thereof, wch not yet arriving and seeing a present necessity of falling into some method of Government in order to our defence against the common enemy;

Voted - Nemine contradicente,

That six persons be chosen in this town as Commissioners to meet with the Commissioners of the other Towns of the Province to confer about and resolve upon a method of Government within this Province, and what the said Commissioners of the whole Province or the main part of them shall conclude upon and agree as to the settlement of Government among us, Wee the inhabitants of Dover shall hold as good and valid to all intents and purposes, bereby obliging ourselves to yield all ready obedience thereunto until their Majests order shall arrive for the settlement of Government over us. The persons chosen by the majority of votes of the Town are,

Capt. Jno. Woodman,
Capt. Jno. Gerrish,
Left. Jno. Tuttle,
Mr. Tho. Edgerly,
Left. Jno. Roberts,

Mr. Nicolas Follet.
This passed a clear vote in the Town Meeting in Dover Meeting
house this first day of January, 1689.- [Town Rec. Dover, Hist.
Mem. No. 80, A. H. Q ]

Proceedings at Exeter. At a Towne Meeting at Exeter December ye 25th 1689,

Then chosen to meete the messengers of the province to consult about settling Matters for this Towne,

Robt Wadleigh, sean".
Ensine Willm More.

Sam" Leavit. Also these three men are Impowered after they Return home to conveane the people together to Receaive the opinion of saied people of the other towns." A true copy of record.

Attest, J. S. Parsons, Town Clerk. EXETER, December, 1867.

[Extract from the Records of the Town of Portsmouth, N. H.]
Proceedings at Portsmouth.

“Portsmo January 30th 1689. At a generall Towne Meeting Where as since the late Revolution in the Massachusetts Colloney hath bin destitute of Goverment this Province hath bin destitute of Goverment, and have waited their majst order for a Settelment there of which not yet Arived And seeing a present necessety of falling into sum method of Goverment in order to our defence against the Comon Enemy

Voted yt Six psons be chosen in this Town as Comissions to meet wth ye Comissions of ye other Towns of ye Province to conferr about & resolve upon a Method of Govenm' wthin ye Province, & what ye sd Comissions of ye whole Province, or ye Maj" pe of ym shall consider of & agree upon as to yo settlement of Govenment among us, we ye Inhabitants of Portsmo shall hold as good & valid to all Intents & Purposes, hereby obliging ourselves to yield all ready obedience thereunto, untill theyr Majesties order shall arrive for ye settlement of Government among us The six Comission" chosen by ye Major vote are

Major William Vaughan
MRichd Waldron
Mr Nath. Frvor
Mi Rob Eliott
Mr Thos Cobbett

Capt Jno. Pickerin
The Comittee above met wth ye
Other Town", but came to no Conclusion."
A true extract from the original records.

Attest, MARCELLUS BUFFORD, City Clerk.

New Hampshire Petition.



To the Honorable, the Governor and Council of their Majesties'

Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, in New-England: Humbly showeth, that whereas, since the late revolution in your colony, you have exerted a power of government over their Majesties' subjects and inhabitants therein, which we are given to

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