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toleration. These he considered the foundation-stones
of all good government.

Col. Hamilton next introduced to the audience V.
M. Drake, a former well-known citizen of the county,
who responded briefly. He had spent the greater por-
tion of his life in these valleys, and was prompted to
attempt to complete the work his father had begun
when he marched from the Delaware to fight the
British at Plattsburg and Lundy's Lane. As for him-
self, ho had shared in all the enterprises undertaken
in Sussex for the last thirty years; and, although
ho had had his ups and downs in life, like most
other men, he was here to mingle his congratulations
with those of its citizens on the auspicious evont they
were engaged in commemorating, and also to add his
thanks for the uniform support the citizens of the
county had always extended him under the most



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vying and difficull circumstances. In the evening
there was a handsome display of fireworks, got up
under the special direction of Mr. Charles < Irook and
B.S. < look, and a midnight torchlight procession,- com-
hmed of some 200 citizens, headed by a drum corps,
which passed through all the prominent Btreets amid
Die loud plaudits of bystanders and the deafening
ii casioned by the explosion of large quantities
of giant-powder upon the adjoining hills.

IV.— ORGANIZATION AND CIVIL HISTORY.

In 1753, when the county was set off from Morris,

. issioners wen- chosen to divide Sussex County

into precincts, according to an a t of the Assembly.

Ih (mnisBicners were 1 :j u::;i: Smith VV ilium

Schooley, Johanm - 1 >i puc, Jo cph Hull, Johannes
Cornelius Westbrook, Richard Gardner, and Richard
Lundy, Jr. They divided the county into four pre-
ifincts, Walpack, Greenwich, Hardwick, and New
Town. The area of "New Town" was then nearly

or quit -half of the present county. In May,

L754, Wantage was set off from Newtown, and Ox-
ford and Mansfield-Woodhouse from Greenwich, the
bounds of which were defined May 30, 17")4. The
record thus descrihes those of Newtown :

"And Also Him Newtown Slmll begl Tho west Side of sloskene-

fnnk, whero M u.lwick bouii'ls on tho b* River. Thenco aLong the York

lio Wullklll. Thenco up tho Wullkill t.. ttio Smitlieasl Cornel

tfWantage Prei in. I. Tliotf .' Al ing Wantage Lino i i Mlnlslnct Mouu-

nee Vlong Iho foot of tho Mounluln To Ilunlwkk. Tlicuco

Along Hurdwick Lino to tho Place of Beginning. "

Since that date its territory ha- hem lessened bj
tic formation of Beveral townships, — viz.. Hardyston,
Brom its northern pan. in L759; Frank ford, in 1 7* *T ;
and Byram, in 1 7 '. • ■< . In 1X24, when Newton was one

of the nine townships of the newly-formed Sussex, it

«:i- -till of goodly size; hut in 1845, Sparta was
created from portions of Newton, Hardyston, Frank-
ford, and Byram, and the -nine year Lafayette from
Newt, ,n and Frank ford. A division of the township
■ if Newton, in March, L804, resulting in the formation
of Andover and Hampton, leaves Newton as at pres-
ent constituted, the nieiv,t fragment of it, once large
domain.

In 1845, 1" fore Hampton and Andover were set off,
Nl wl.ui had a population of 3857 ; in 1870, after they
had been formed, ii had only 2403 inhabitants.

The following i- the principal porti tf the enact-
ment which organized the present town of Newton,
and which define, it- boundaries, power,, etc.:

".til lotto not (Afl T"Wh>l>* >■/ .Ifi'/'or an I

ifimn&m, out of fas IbivniAip oj ^n«r,

"Hi: it knactf.ii l.y tin- S.'imt i.l in moral AMomt.lv uf tl>> -

ii Hint part -if Nowton township in tho countj of Sut.
lining ih.- Ilncsof tin' towtuhlpsof Green, Byram, Sparta, And
. which Ilea louthorly ami oualwurdly .if the following line,

tamely ; beginning In tho lino between the townships of Gi and Now-

tou, whore the highway londlng post tho late Obed Wilson,

— b .nl lino, and miming from thence to tbe Devil's Hole

I) on or near tho lino between the I is of Win M. Babbitt and

John alcCurtor, Jr., and froni thence to a point, whore ■ BmaJI stream



of water posses under ilic Sussex Railroad, a little caalwardly or tho
dwelllng-honse "f Habited K. Townsend; from thence t.. where the Hue
between the lauds of < n and lands of Andrew Sblnerand

John Townsend Intersect tho canal or ditch recently made in the low
meadows by the Pauling's Kill Meadow Cbmpiuy, >nd from thi

tho said ditch to tie- li f Lafayette township, be and the aami

by sel "ii into a new township to be called Andover, . . .

i-'.'/. That all that partof the towoeblp of Nowton . . .
northerly and westerly >r the Minting line, namely i begin-
ning in tlu- line I otween tho townships ofG n and Newton, ■

of Obed Wilson c rn as ra laid line, and
ru lining thenco by the line of Andovei township to tin- Devil ■
called .mi. ,.r near the line between the farms of Wm. M Babbitt and
John M Cnrtor, Jun., and from thence to the bridge Oror tho stream
crossing tin- highway near the farmhouse ■■! Wm. If, Babbitt; tluoice to

a p int ..i w 1-. where one fence intern

[ng totbo helreof John A.Horton,di tanco westwardly

of tho niniulon-house on said farm; from thenco to a poiut In tbe high-
way leading from Newton t. . WashingtonvlUe, where the lands of Geo.

I. and I ni-. Cochran corner upon said hlghwnj .

Hue between their lands and following tin- Hi
son's land, until It li mode by the Pauling's Kill

M.iilnw Company : thence down tlio said ditch to the lino of Lafayette
township, be and tin- same is hereby setoff Into a new township to he
alii I tho t iwushlp of Uampton . . .

"li. .1,1.11.' ft madid, Th.it nil the reslduoof the said township of New-
ton, and which Is 1- led partly by the lino herein deecribed, which

tndover township, ami partly by the lino ui
scribed, which separates it from Hampton township, shall I
hereby created a borough or town corporate, which shall be called and
known by the unme of 'The Town of Nowtou,' ami tlio Inh
thereof shall be ami hereby are incorporated t.y Unit name, .

.rporato name they shall be known in law, and shall
Me of suing and boing sued," otc.

■in. And I .■/,.,■.. i. i. Tluit the said corporation, 'The Town ■■< New-
i.ni,' inn! ii..- Inhabitants thereof, shall be entitled to all tho power, ami
.ml guided to ih.- same dntlee, regulation
;. (he mil ii Hants oftho seroral township! i
of Snasox ic "i may he ontiUed ..r subject to by tho general laws of tho
State," eta.

"11. And bt it aactad. That tlio inhabitants of the sold' Town of New-
ton' shall hold tholr first town-meeting at the court-house in the Tillage
..i' N.w tot., .a. the secoud alonday in April next ensuing."

us 12 and 13 relate to Judges and clerks ol eleetl raa, and Justices
,.f tl... ponce, tholr duUes, ore. BecUon 14 proTldea r..r the olecUon, in
' highway*, annually, "of a suitable person,
being a resident and landowner in said town, as superlutendenl
and streets, who shall have charge of all the roa.ls an

walks within tin' ,ai.l town," with authority to " make, form, wrk, and

repair" tin- samo, " and t'. remove all obstructions ami nulsani
on;" and! loney aa may be furnished him, a or which the

ton it committee, or any foar of them, may authoriie him to expend lot
snch pnrp SecUonl s»rta that the 26th and 37th i

tlio act entitled "An A' t shall not apply to not be

I i the town of Newton, at.. I "it -hall he deemed and taken that

: Kewtonhave olo. ted and determined i dutaln their high-

t.i..'."l

i '. ;, That the town oommlttoe "f tho town of Now-
ton, or a majority of them, in addition to their general powan a- a town

lint!.'", shall have power and authority, in tho name and upon tho

t iwn "i Newton,
..; time t<>

ii , to the said town superintendent of road ,foi thepur-

Ifli I it, ilm 1 ItB section of thi- act, ami for tl... like purposes

'.in writing, the .sii.l ruporinteodonl t-. expend i icy upon

I nail tilt] "f ii." sakj town "f Newton, in snch ram or
sums as they shall specify; bnt the amount -.. t.. bo borrowed ai

■ Epouded shall not ox i the ram

. i wiin ting in sal l townof Newton t.. be raised lor the

highways at dd ton a.

" 17. i . • Horace T. 1

ami i." d i i to on., .iiiii'.', ani mark the lines or sepa-

ration hen nod, . . . ami to m

samo lu " of & .11 record

rial L. Thinning, Levi Shepherd, and Thomas
lisod and



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SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.



paid for bounties to volunteers credited to Newton township, and to ap-
portion the same between the two newly-formed townships and the town
of Newton.

Sections 19, 20, and 21 appertain to the manner of raising money by
taxation, etc. The final section (22) recites "that this act shall take
effect immediately ; protuied, that the present officers of the said town of
Newton shall be and remain in office, and exercise the powers and bo
subject to the duties conferred upon them by law, until the second Mon-
day in April next."]

This act may be found in full in the " Session Laws"
of 1864, pages 196 to 202. It was approved and became
a law March 10, 1864.

A supplement to the act ci'eating the town of New-
ton makes it unlawful for cattle, horses, mules, sheep,
goats, and swine to run at large, and provides for the
impounding of the same ; approved April 2, 1869.
Another supplement (approved Feb. 4, 1874) gives
the town committee charge of the streets, defines
their powers, allows them to borrow and raise money,
to make contracts for lighting the streets, etc.

The only change subsequently to the erection of the
town of Newton in its bounds was in 1869 (approved
March 24th), the text of which is as follows :*

"An Act to set off apart of the Township of Andaver to the Town of Kewton
in the Gimiti/ of Sussex.

"1. Be it enacted," etc., "That all that part of the township of An-
dover, . . . lying next to and adjoining the town of Newton, that is
bounded by the following courses and distances — to wit, beginning at
one of the corners of the town of Newton, near the dwelling-houso of
Benjamin F. Sherwood (formerly Ilalsted F. Townsend's), said corner
being where a small stream of water crosses the road from Newton to
Sparta, and under the railroad from Newton to Waterloo; thence (1)
from the southerly edge of the culvert south 30° east 2:1 chains and 25
links to the southeast corner of Capt. G. Filts' lot, near a butternut-tree;
(2) south 43° 45' west 4 chains to a basswood-tree marked with a blaze
and three notches on four 6ides; (3) north 51° 10' west until it intersects
the line of the town of Newton, running from the Devil's Hole to the
aforementioned culvert — shall be sot off from the said township of An-
dover, and shall become a part of the said town of Newton, and shall bo
subject to the said town of Newton in her corporate capacity.

"2. And be it enacted. That this act shall take ellect immediately."

The following-named citizens served as chosen free-
holders of Newton township. The list, from the for-
mation of the township down to the year 1791, is from
an old volume of records of the "Justices and Free-
holders of Sussex County," rescued from the dust and
oblivionf of an old desk in the waiting-room to the
grand-jury room in Newton. The persons who are
named in this list, prior to 1800, were among the pio-
neers of "old New Town," taking part not only in its
civil, but in its social, industrial, and religious affairs,
many of them prominently identified with the settle-
ment and growth of what is now not only.the town of
Newton, but also the townships of Frankford, Sparta,
Lafayette, Andover, and Hampton.



* Session Laws, 1800, pp. 500, 000.

t It is safe to say that very few of the living Inhabitants of tlio county
wero aware of the oxistenco of this volume, as repeated Inquiries for re-
cords of this class have failod to develop their whoreabouts. This hook is
a "mine" for the historian. Musty, yellow with age, leather-warped, and
loose-leaved as it Is, It lias been liberally drawn upon and used as docu-
mentary proofs to verify many of the statements Hdvancod In this history ,
some of which, perchance, may conflict with and overturn old traditions
and local loro.



CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS.
1754-50, Joseph Hull,! Joseph Willis; 1757-03, Isaac Hull, Ephraim
Darby; 1704-08, Amos Pettit, Moses Ayres; 1709-73, Hezekiah
Smith, Michael Ayres; 1774-70, John Stull, Daniel Pridmore ;j! 1777
-81, John Stull, William Perine; 1782, James Broderick, William
Perine; 1783, Jacob Stoll, dipt. James Broderick; 1784, Edward

Dunlap, Capt. James Broderick ; 1785, ; 1780, Jonathan Willis,

Zachariah Price; 1787-00, Timothy Symmes, Amos Pettit; 1701,1
Jonathan Willis, Samuel Price; 1704, John Holmes, Azarjah Price;
1795, Thomas Anderson, Anthony Broderick; 1790-97, John Johu-
son.lf John Broderick; 179S, Martin Ryerson, Andrew Linn; 1709-
1S00, Martin Ryerson, John Broderick; 1801, John Holmes, John
Broderick; 1802-4, John Holmes, Benjamin Griggs; 1805, Jonathan
Baldwin, Benjamin Griggs; 18C0, Jonathan Baldwin, Joseph War-
basse; 1807-10, James Huston,** Benjamin Griggs; 1811, James
Huston, Robert Mills; 1812, James Huston, Benjamin Griggs; 1S13
-15, Jonathan Baldwin, Benjamin Griggs; 1810, Jonathan Baldwin,
Robert Price; 1817, Jonathan Baldwin, William C. Moore; 1818-19,
Jonathan Baldwin, John Conso ; 1S20, Pettit Britton, Job S. Hal-
stead; 1821, William T. Anderson, Job S. Halstead ; 1S22, George II.
McCarter, Job S. Halstead; 1823-24, Georgo H. McCartor, Thomas
C. Ryerson; 1825-20, Samuel Davis, Thomas C. Ryerson; 1827-28,
Samuel Davis, Robert II. McCarter; 1820, Samuel Davis, Joseph
Greer; 1830-39, William T. Anderson, Joseph Greer; 1S40-48, Wil-
liam T. Anderson, Azariah Davis; 1849-50, Joseph Greer, Nathan
Drake; 1S51, Luther Hill, John It. Pettit; 1852, Aaron Griggs, Ly-
man Edwards; 1853-55, Aaron Griggs, John R. Pettit; 1850-57,
Edward C. Moore, William McKinney; 1 853-00, Edward C.Moore,
John Snyder; 1S01-02, Robert Hamilton, John Snyder; 1S03, Robert
Hamilton, William Pinckney.

TOWN OF NEWTON.

1804, Robert Hamilton, M. B. Titnvm; 1805, Robert Hamilton, William
M. Babbitt; 1800, Robert Hamilton, Jesse Ward; 1807, Daniel S.
Andorson, Benjamin B. Edsall; 180S, Daniel L. Anderson, Lewis
Van Blarcom ; 1800-70, John F. Dunn, James G. Fitts; 1871, Thomas
Anderson, Charles Arvis ;ff 1872-73, Thomas Andorson, Absalom W.
Price ; 1874, Lewis Cochran, Henry M. Ward ; 1875-77, Lewis Coch-
ran, Hiram C. Clark ; 1878, LewiB Cochran, James Smith ; 1879,
Charles Arvis, Martin Roseukraus; 1880, Charles Arvis, Lewis
Cochran.

EARLY RECORDS.

Moses Ayres had a hand in repairing the court-
house in 1769. The county collector's account for
that year contains the following item :

" Per Contra, Cr., . . . Nov. 29*, By Cafh paid Moses Ayres Efif in
part of his demand for repairing the Courthouse as per Rec 1 , the sum of
£12."

In 1761 and 1762 the board of freeholders met at the
house of Henry Hairlocker, in 1763 and 1764 at the
house of Amos Pettit, and in 1765 at Ephraim Darby's.
After this time that body usually met at the court-
house. In 1784, Jonathan Willis was allowed £1
Is. 8d. " for finding candles for the court."

Amos Pettit figured prominently in the civil affairs
of township and county. In 1770 he was ordered by
the freeholders to sell all the county arms "that he
can collect, at next court, according to the former
directions of this board, or at privet sail as opportunity
may same, and that the county collector do Inspect s a

X Joseph Hull was a justice in 1759, and acted in that capacity, as a
member of tho board of justices and freeholders, four or flvo years.

\ Hecamo a justice in 1770, and was again appointed in 1709.

I! There is a break In tho records, tho years 1792-03 being missing.

1f John Johnson was in 1809 clerk of tho Court of Common Pleas and
clerk of tho board of freeholders.

** Mr. Huston was director of the board In 1810.

ft Tlo between Charles Arvis and Jacob Gould ; the formor appointed by
town committoo.



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Pettit's charge for his trouble and allow him reason-
able satisfaction out of the county's money in his
bands."

In tlic county collector's account for 1770 is this
item : " By cash paid Michael Ayrs, being bis fees as
freeholder for raising mony for wolves' beads, the sum
of 7s. fill.," and to "Moses Ayr- (Ayres) L5»." for
■rolf-scalps the same year.

Timothy Syinincs was county collector in \7>".

.Jacob Stul 1 was assessor of Xi-wtun townslii|i in
17<l 82, and Peter Dewitt collector. The account of
tin- latter for the < Continental tax of 17s] will give an
i.lra of the finances of the township at this period:



PKTEIt DEWITT.



Quota payrtble
pi . lontm toi . Quoin ilno

Surplus, or in S]

State Uoney.



1782.



£•.<!. £ s. J.
To Quota £8000 Tux, SI ,1. M..n,v*... M'.i s ii

£000 " Specie 01 11 9

To ditto £4000 " Slate M v ... 400 H

£300 Specie, Cunnty Tax 30 US II

I'" \ - 1 ■ > W "II III" !' Hli'l ' ' I' I'.

ToTownGnl'[email protected] " " 10 lu V^

To ' I ii Freeholder! (g 7... r„i. pr.

day

To County Coll' fees @ Id E 5 10 1

i. HII ... , - mil.-H. i«, Oil. prmllo..



Ily Cash.

By Uneei Horrli i Jomi - Giurtlne 60 ■'•

r.i'r Wolf Corttnoatea i:i 1"

ByJn Bownc fur Jani* Brown 1 I

llv:iil H 1 ' Wbonl II' hi Bails' milLf T 111

Bj Cub 3 1»



Mnyl4. llyd'ft Amos Pottlt for 42.0 308 12 02 7 8

By Am' of Certificate! 813 13

By Cuili in Sundrlt Ordoi

llv Onkm in ruvuiirof MullUa lii 1J ti

1788. '

11 il.ii. By Can 13 1 "• 1"

llv Sundry Orders ' U I J 7



l/i,
Jim.' 10. By Cash 7



In ITS"., when Henry Johnson was collector of the
township, the tax was a tritle over £768, and it was
not till 1790 thai the "per contra" side of the account
1 ii meed it. War times made heavy taxes, and they
were difficult and slow of collection. The two cases
aln.se mentioned are not isolated ones j they are but

similitudes of the other towns at thai time.

William Perine, one of Newton's freeholders, also
Served as jailer.} That office was no sinecure in those

days. The old jail was so insecure that escapes fre-
quently occurred; a special guard was necessary to
he kept over the prisoners, for the board of whom the
authorities were unwilling to pay much, J by reason

■ ■■ Uoney of the now omlmlon of tliii si.it..."
t Hnlr'n mill, iii what I-. now Lafayette township,
(June 18,1782: "Ordered, that the mm of £.71 Ds.3d.be paid Wm,
ine] whon Junior fur his Account Supplying Prisons!
beserters, and Stale Prlsonors."— Jtsoonis o/ the JatUem
< ...iii/'/.
j At a meeting uf tlio Jimtlcro ami fneholders bold Hay 1 1, 1700, It

*ai ii mini u-.lv agi i "Thai the slmriii bo allowed m. m than *^

pmei t'cr .(.ii/ for the board of any King's prisons! Iioretoforo boil



of the heavy jail expense and the uncertainty of their
being held until ready for trial. || In 1790 — but. years
beforethe first newspaper was founded here — a pillory

was built.'
June S. I?s4:

I I uf Lvml with Mr. Willi!-," to rI>o about

n Bods (i ig the Late Dwelllugd soof Doctor Killings

f..r about twelre Square Boas to iho west of ilu- Court-Houso joining lu
Uiesame."

George Borbach was keeper of the jail for many

years. In 17V4 he presented hills to the freeholders,
in which occur the following items:

"Not. 84, 3 days boarding Pliilli*. slave of Jobn Blair, etc.. 4'. 0.1. ;
boarding Nancy, a slave ..f Ellaha and Elijah Warner, from 10 Nov.,
1704,1111 13 May, 17 >". ci i 10s."

Such items were common in those days, odd as they
may now seem.

In an "Account of Militia Fines and Exempt
Money returned to (ieorge Armstrong, Esq., during
his collectorship, — viz., from the passing of the law,
1793, to 1795, inclusively, "—the township of Xewlmi
figures only in the first-named year, with nineteen
exempts and 621 7s. ii</. of fines.

In 1797, John Johnson presented a bill for repairs
of court-house, C.S 14.*, 3</., and Henry Sillcock, " for
erecting galiows for execution of Matthias Grothsb,

£4 1«." The old stone COUTt-hoUSe seems to have
ii. . .1. .I repair- very soon after it was erected, and al-
most every year the records recall the fact to our at-
tention. In 1798, William A. Kyer-oii and I

Pemberton wen- the committee to superintend repairs

on court-house and jail.

The following shows who were the township col-
lectors, and the amount of the tax assessed for the

years named :

£ .. .1.

it- ; ii. mi Johnson 768 is lo

1784, Martin Ryeraon 380 I I n

1785, Christopher Lougstroot 541 i i

1780, John Solomon. 1'7 Is ..

1787, John Kebjey M7 1" 11

17 - . Jon ithan Wlllta.

1780,. athnn Wlllll 888 IS

1790, John Ho 448 7

Being an aggregate, in eight years, of £ 1276 1 •. 1 Id,

Iii 1801 the freeholders resolved to build o fireproof
clerk's office in Newton on the "green," and appro-
priated $800 for the same ; W. A. Ryerson and John

John-on were appointed a building committee. tt
The regular annual repairs of court-house for this

May, 1703: "Thai -tin ill Hull roe f..r .ill tu*...- aooompts and N..t.-a
I.. I. in. nade ..v.t iv William Fleming aa In pari MUslactlon for tho ee-

." ate, " Thai II scape of l homai Cooper oul "f ilto Goal

,.r Uils County, and Is \- Ik. paid, . . . together with the @ aooompt, £85
1.'.*. in./. ;" " Wo also order thai the iherifl keep twonwna G

until next court." July 11,1703: "We also order thai Ihe
Goal be Ou .until one of tlio Goal Rooms bo ollowod by

Nathaniel r. tin, Bm', to be wall finiahed."
f Hay 18, 170 TbetePlllerybe Erected In NewT

b luae, ler the Inspection ol the aherirT, .v thai bain allowed

iiny -iv in DO . pounds." — I*roc—dinji of Jurtkm ami Frtt-

•• Jonathan Willis.

It Ii »h* erected at n cost of 8180.13, and i mmtttM of

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SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.



year were of the steps in front and of the cupola, new
steps being built at the back door. Benjamin Griggs
was the superintendent of repairs in 1803. In 1807
the high sheriff entered his protest that the jail was
insufficient to secure prisoners. The next year, 1808,
the inhabitants of the village of Newton applied to
the board of freeholders "for liberty to build a mar-
kett-house on the green ;" permission was granted and
the location fixed. There is nothing showing that it
was ever built.

At this time the good people of Newton became
concerned for the welfare of the public buildings, as
shown by the following :

" A memorial from a number of the inhabitants of Newton praying
the board to take some order respecting the court-room to prevent its
being abused by individuals ; whereupon the board did resolve that there
be a lock purchased by the sheriff at the expense of the county, and put
on the middle door of tho courb-room, and that the sheriff keep the key
thereof, and that no person have access to said room unless at times of
some public business or meetings of a public nature, preaching, etc."

It was also '' Resolved, That the sheriff be instructed to prohibit any
fire being kept in the garret of tho court-house; that he also prohibit
any carpenter or coopering work done therein, and that the prisoners
on the limits have privilege of dressing or cooking their provisions at
the fire of the jail kitchen, subject to their good behavior."

In 1811, William T. Anderson was attorney for the
county. May 11, 1825, the board resolved to build a
surrogate's office, appropriated $500, and appointed
a committee to select a site, etc. The committee re-
ported, recommended that it be built at the east end
of the clerk's office, of same width, and 25 feet in
length.

In 1826, Maj. William T. Anderson was instructed
to use the authority of the board to keep the public
green in Newton clear of obstructions.

In 1827 :

" Ordered, that S2 bo paid to Isaac Yv'intormute for his services, assist-
ing to Burvey 8 acres for jail limits in 1820."

1831:

" A claim was presented by James Beatty, under oath, for whipping
three individuals, which was allowed and ordered to be paid, amount three
dollars."

Nearly every year since 1800 had the several sheriffs
protested against the insufficiency of the jail, and
frequent repairs had been ordered, yet in 1832 it was
all but in ruin, according to the report of the inspec-
tion committee. They said, " A part of the wall in
the front jail has entirely given way, the stones have
fallen out, and is in immediate want of a thorough
repair," and, as to the court-room, "the windows
throughout want overhauling, the sills, sash, casings,
and bottoms of the frames are wasted by time and



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