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said, appropriating, near the center of the said township, two hundred acres to the use of the ministry. two hundred acres to the use of the first settled minister; and two hundred and eighty acres for the use of a grammar school; and paying into the treasury of this Commonwealth, in twelve months from this date, the sum of Eight hundred and seventy pounds, in the consolidated securities of this Commonwealth, and settling in the same township, in four years from the date of this resolve, twenty families; each whereof shall build a framed house, and clear six acres of land in five years from this date.

Provided nevertheless, If any of the original proprietors of the aforesaid tract which was taken from Townsend by running the said line, and who have not received compensation therefor, shall not, within one year from the date hereof, transmit to the Secretary's office evidence of his being the proprietor, or the heir or assign of such proprietor, then the share which might belong to such proprietor, heir or assign, shall revert to, and become the property of the Commonwealth ; and all reasonable expences for lotting the said township, which might be reasonably charged on the share of such proprietor, heir or assign, shall be paid out of the public treasury : And also provided, that so much of the aforesaid sum of Eight hundred and seventy pounds in consolidated notes shall be returned to the said proprietors, as shall be a just proportion of those proprietors shares as may revert to Government as aforesaid — on condition, however, that this grant shall not operate until the said proprietors shall execute a release to this Commonwealth of the lands lying in the westerly part of this State granted to them by a resolve of the General Court of the 25th day of April, A. D. 1771, and of all other lands which may have been heretofore granted to the said proprietors in compensation for their aforesaid loss.

And be it further Resolved, That the Committee appointed by a resolve of the twenty-eighth of October, A. D. 1783, on the subject of unappropriated lands in the county of Lincoln, on the said proprietors and persons interested as aforesaid giving security for the payment of the sum aforesaid, give a good deed of conveyance of the said township to the proprietors and persons interested aforesaid, containing a fair description of the boundaries thereof.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 163.
Chap.163 RESOLVE FOR REPEALING A RESOLVE PASSED ON THE PETI-

TION OF GEORGE WILLIAMS, ESQ; AND OTHERS, DIRECTING
THE TREASURER TO ISSUE A NOTE PAYABLE TO SAID WIL-
LIAMS, FOR THE SHIP BLACK PRINCE, LOST AT PENOBSCOT.

Whereas by a resolve of the General Court of this Commonwealth, of the second day of March instant, a certain mode was adopted for settling with George Williams, Esq; as agent of the ship Black Prince, for the amount of the sums due to the owners of the same ship, for the loss thereof in the expedition against Penobscot, in the year 1779, which mode of settlement, upon mature consideration, appears to be very unequal as applied to the other creditors of government :

Therefore Resolved, That the abovementioned resolution of the second of March inst., be, and it is, hereby repealed and made null and void to all intents and purposes; and the Treasurer of this Commonwealth is directed to govern himself accordingly.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 164. Chap.164 RESOLVE REFERRING TO THE GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL THE

ERECTION OF A MONUMENT TO THE MEMORY OF MAJOR-
GENERAL WARREN, AND THE DOINGS OF CONGRESS RELA-
TIVE THERETO.

The Committee of both Houses, to whom was referred the Governor's message of the 25th of January, respecting the erection of a monument to the memory of Major General Warren, and the doings of Congress relative thereto, beg leave to report, that Congress, on the eighth day of April, 1777,

Resolvell, That a monument should be erected to the memory of that illustrious hero, with an inscription which follows the resolve; and on the 12th of the same month Resolved, That Five hundred dollars should be allowed for that purpose; and at the same time recommended to the then executive powers of the Massachusetts Bay to carry their resolutions into execution : Your committee are therefore of opinion, that the present executive power of this Commonwealth is fully adequate to, and sufficiently authorized to compleat the virtuous designs of Congress

expressed in the aforementioned resolves; and that the papers be referred back to the Governor and Council accordingly.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 165.
RESOLVE REQUIRING DELINQUENT TOWNS TO EXHIBIT DUPLI, Chap.165

CATE RECEIPTS OF BEEF, ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY
OF JULY, 1785; AND DIRECTING OLIVER PHELPS, ESQ; TO
RETURN THE BEEF RECEIPTS OF AGENTS INTO SECRETARY'S
OFFICE.

Whereas the Secretary of this Commonwealth was directed by a resolve of this Court, passed the 12th day of November, 1784, to make a list of the receipts of the agents for the several counties who acted under Oliver Phelps, Esq; and deliver the same to the said Phelps, taking his receipt therefor, in order to enable him to compleat a settlement with the said agents; and it is necessary the said receipts should be again lodged in the said office, in order that the receipts which may hereafter be returned by delinquent towns may be duly examined: Therefore

Resolved, That Oliver Phelps, Esq; be, and he is, hereby directed to return the said agents receipts into the Secretary's office, as soon as may be after he shall have compleated the settlements with said agents.

And whereas great inconveniencies result to this Commonwealth by the neglect of towns to exhibit duplicate receipts for beef, procured by them on the several requisitions of the General Court, by retarding the settlement of the several agents: Therefore

Resolved, That all such delinquent towns as shall neglect to exhibit their duplicate receipts to the Secretary on or before the first day of July next, be, and are, hereby precluded from any advantages which might accrue to such town by their exhibiting such receipts.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 166. GRANT TO WILLIAM BAKER, OF SEVENTY POUNDS FOR SER- Chap.166

VICES AS MESSENGER TO THE GENERAL COURT. On the petition of William Baker, messenger to the General Court, praying allowance for six months service, ending the sixth day of May next :

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the public treasury of this Commonwealth unto the said William Baker, the sum of Seventy pounds, in full for his services as messenger to the General Court, for six months, ending the sixth day of May next.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 167.

Chap.167 RESOLVE GRANTING CAPTAIN JOAN READ EIGHTEEN POUNDS

FOR A WHALE BOAT.

Whereas it appears to this Court by a certificate from William Lithgow, Esq; that Capt John Read furnished a whale boat and appurtenances for the use of the troops under the command of Col. James Hunter, in the year 1782 :

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the treasury of this Commonwealth to Capt. John Read, the sum of Eighteen pounds, in full for the said whale boat, and her appurtenances, and that the same be charged to the United States, agreeable to a resolve of the General Court, passed March 7, 1782.

March 17, 1785.

Chapter 168.

Chap.168 RESOLVE ON THE REPORT OF WILLIAM LITHGOW, JUN., EM

POWERING SAID WILLIAM AND OTHERS, AS MENTIONED,
TO TREAT WITH THE PEVOBSCOT TRIBE OF INDIANS,
RESPECTING THEIR CLAIMS TO LANDS ON PENOBSCOT RIVER.

On the report of William Lithgow, jun., Esq; pursuant to the direction of the Legislature, stating the claims of the Indians to lands on Penobscot Riv

Resolved, That William Lithgow, jun., Thomas Rice and Rufus Putnam, Esq'rs., be, and hereby are, authorized and empowered to treat with the Penobscot Tribe of Indians respecting their claims to lands on the River Penobscot; to make full enquiry into the nature and extent of their said claims, and by an amicable treaty to adjust and ascertain the same, so far as may be practicable, and in behalf of this Commonwealth, by the use of all fair, open and honorable methods, to endeavour to obtain from the said Indians an acquittal and relinquishment of their possessions, and a release of all their claims and pretentions of title to the said lands; and in case the

same cannot be obtained, to agree upon and limit the boundaries of their said claims and possessions on terms mutually advantageous and satisfactory to the parties, and to perform the same as soon as possible, and report their doings thereon to the General Court for confirination.

March 18, 1785.

Chapter 169.

RESOLVE ON THE PETITION OF STEPHEN CROSS, EXPLAINING Chap.169

A RESOLVE PASSED THE 21st FEBRUARY LAST, PERMITTING
HIM TO SWEEP PEVOBSCOT RIVER.

On the petition of Stephen Cross, praying for a revision or explanation of a resolve permitting him to sueep the River Penobscot, passed the General Court the 11th instant :

Resolved, That the following words which conclude the said resolve, viz.: Or as shall hereafter otherwise be ordered, be, and they are, hereby repealed.

March 18, 1785.

Chapter 170.
RESPECTING MONEY DUE TO THE ESTATES OF Chap.170

RESOLVE

DECEASED OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS.

Whereas there is reason to apprehend, that great impositions have been practiced upon the heirs of deceased officers and soldiers who belonged to the army of the Ünited States :

Resolved, That the Treasurer of the Commonwealth be, and he is, hereby directed not to deliver any notes, or pay any money that is due to the estate of any officer or soldier who has belonged to the Continental Army, unless an order for the same from the heirs, executor or administrator of the said deceased, shall be presented by a member of the Council or Senate belonging to the same county, or by a Representative of the same town to which the said heirs, executor or administrator respectively belong; or in case there shall be no Representative from such town, then by a Representative of any town adjacent.

March 18, 1785.

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