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House of Representatives in the same session of the said Court; and that their travel respectively be paid in a proportion conformable to the usage and custom of the said Court.
March 18, 1785.
DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO CREDIT SAID TOWN WITH
On the petition of the town of Bowdoinham, setting forth, that they were set too high in the last valuation, by reason of a large quantity of wild land, together with a number of inhabitants unable to pay taxes being annexed to them, whereby they became burthened with an undue proportion of taxes:
Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Commonwealth be, and he is, hereby directed to credit the said town of Bowdoinham with the sums hereafter named, viz.: In Tax No. 2, Twenty-five pounds; Tax No. 3, Sixty-seven pounds, seven shillings and six pence; in Tax No. 4, Seventeen pounds, ten shillings.
And it is further Resolved, That the Collector or Collectors of the said town of Bowdoinham, be, and they are, hereby directed to pay the aforesaid sums with which the same town is credited as abovesaid, into their town treasury; any act or warrant to the contrary notwithstanding.
March 18, 1785.
CONFIRMING A GRANT OF FIVE TOWNSHIPS, LYING BETWEEN
The Committee on the subject of unappropriated lands in the county of Lincoln, take leave to report on the petition of Enoch Bartlett and others, praying for the confirmation of the grant of six townships lying between Penobscot River and Union River, which was conditionally made to David Marsh and others, on the second day of March, 1762 : That in their opinion it will be expedient to confirm to the said Marsh and others, five of the said townships, viz. : No. 1, 2. 4. 5 and 6, on the following conditions, viz.:
That the proprietors of the said townships pay to government for each of them, the sum of One thousand pounds, in the consolidated notes of this Commonwealth, within one year from this time, with interest.
That the proprietors, within six years from this time, compleat in each township the settlement of sixty good Protestant families, and building of sixty houses, none to be less than eighteen feet square, and seven feet stud, and clear and cultivate five acres of land on each share fit for mowing or tillage.
That in each township they build a suitable meeting house for the Public Worship of God, and settle a learned Protestant minister, and make provision for his comfortable and honorable support; and that in each township there be reserved and appropriated, four whole rights or sixty-four parts, for quantity and quality, in the division of the same, for the following purposes — One for the first settled minister, his heirs and assigns forever; one for the use of the ministry; one to and for the future appropriation of government; and one for the use of a school, forever.
That one half of a proprietor's share already lotted for quantity and quality, which share contains about one hundred acres) or where a settlement is made on unlotted lands, then such quantity of the said unlotted lands as shall be equivalent thereto, shall be assigned to the settler who settled thereon before the twentieth day of January, 1783, his heirs or assigns, in consideration of his performing the duties of a settler; provided, he has performed, or shall contract to perform within six years, the duties of a settler as prescribed in this grant; each settler to have his choice of either half of the lotted share, the same having been first divided, as was practised in the first settlement of the said township.
That where a settler has made improvements out of the limits of the said half share so chosen, he shall have liherty to purchase the lands so improved at a reasonable price, estimating the same in a state of nature, or to receive of the proprietor of the said share, a reasonable allowance for such extra improvements, at the settler's election.
And in case of any disagreement about the said price or allowance, or any other matter relating to a settlement, that the same be decided by disinterested men, one of whom shall be chosen by the proprietor, one by the settler, (and in case they cannot agree) the third by the two chosen as aforesaid.
That each settler shall have liberty at any time within twelve months from this date to purchase of the said proprietors, fifty acres, for quantity and quality, of the unlotted lands in the township where he is settled, at a price not exceeding Three shillings per acre.
Provided nevertheless, That where any agreement has been made between a proprietor or proprietors, and a settler or settlers, as to terms of settlement, such agreement shall not be violated.
The Committee have omitted to report respecting the township No. 3, (commonly called Major Bagaduce) by reason that on account of its peculiar circumstances, it is, in their opinion, impossible to propose any general principles which will apply in common to that and the other townships, though it may be reasonable to grant them some part of that township, or to make them compensation in some other way.
SAMUEL PHILLIPS, jun. )
Read and accepted, and thereupon Resolved, That the grant of the five townships aforesaid be confirmed to the said Marsh and others, on the conditions in the said report.
March 17, 1785.
Chan.159 RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO STATE HIS AC
COUNTS TO THE FIRST OF JUNE NEXT, TO BE LAID BEFORE
Resolved, That the Treasurer of this Commonwealth, be, and he hereby is, directed to state his accounts to the first of June next, in order that the same may be laid before the General Court in the second week of the next sitting thereof, and that the accuunts already exhibited by him and not passed upon, be returned to him. And
It is further resolved, That the Committee for stating and methodizing of accounts, be, and they are, hereby directed to examine the said Treasurer's accounts, form the balance, and make report in the said second week of the Court's sitting, with the Treasurer's accounts stated, as before directed.
March 17, 1785.
AND HENRY KNOX, ESQUIRES, LATE COMMISSIONERS OF
Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the public treasury of this Commonwealth, to Benjamin Lincoln and Henry Knox, Esquires, late Commissioners on the part of this State to ascertain the British encroachments at the eastward, and to treat with the Penobscot Indians, the sum of Forty pounds each, in full for their services and expenditures in performing the business of their commission: And that the Commissary General of this Commonwealth be, and he hereby is, directed to pay the hire of the sloop employed by the said Commissioners in the business aforesaid.
March 17, 1785.
On the petition of Christopher Gore, attorney to Alexander Champion, surviving partner of the late company of Champion and Hayley, of the city of London, and Kingdom of Great Britain, praying that Sarah Gray, widow of Ellis Gray, late of Boston, deceased, who was sole acting executor of the last will and testament of Thomas Gray, late of the same Boston, deceased, may be authorized and empowered to convey certain real estate, (in the said petition described) to the said Champion, as surviving partner aforesaid, the same having originally been conveyed by John Pigeon and Jane Pigeon to the said Thomas, for the use of the said Champion and Hayley ; of which petition
the heirs and legatees of the said Thomas Gray, together with Mary Hayley, have had due notice to appear and shew cause, if any they had, on the second Wednesday of the present sitting of the General Court, why the prayer thereof should not be granted; which time hath elapsed, and no such cause by either of them being offered:
Therefore, Resolved, That the said Sarah Gray, an executrix of the last will and testament of the said Ellis Gray, executor as aforesaid, be, and she hereby is, in her said capacity, authorized and empowered to convey all the real estate, described in the said petition, to such person or persons, being a citizen of this or either of the United States, as Mary Hayley shall direct; the same to enure to the use of the said Champion and the legal representatives of the said Hayley, deceased.
- March 17, 1785.
TOWN OF TOWNSEND, GRANTING THEM THE LANDS MEN-
Whereas it appears to this Court, that in the year 1719, there was granted unto the proprietors of the town of Townsend, a lot of land, not exceeding six miles square; and that by running the New Hampshire line, ten thousand two hundred and twelve acres were lost, a part only of which has been compensated, to wit, to the late Col. Lawrence, John Farrow and Joshua Wyman, for their proportion of the said lost lands, and that the other proprietors have not been compensated for their lands lost as aforesaid:
Resolved, That the proprietors of the said township of Townsend, and other persons interested therein, who have not heretofore received compensation for their said lost lands, shall have, and there is hereby granted unto the said proprietors and persons interested as aforesaid, (part thereof in compensation of their said lost lands) one of the seven townships, A. D. 1784, surveyed and located by Rufus Putnam, Esq; between the rivers Schoodic and Cobscook, to wit, the township marked No. III. on his plan of the said townships, containing twenty thousand seven hundred and thirty-four acres; reserving, however, two hundred acres of good land, near the center of the said township, for the future disposition of Government; they, the said proprietors and persons interested as afore