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MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SECOND SERIES



DOCUMENTARY

HISTORY OF THE STATE OF MAINE

VOL. XV



CONTAINING



THE BAXTER MANUSCRIPTS



EDITED



By JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER, A. M., Litt. D.



PUBLISHED BY THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, AIDED BY
APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE STATE



PORTLAND

LEFAVOR-TOWER COMPANY

1910



Copyright 1910
By the Maine Historical Society



Press of
Lefavok-Towek Company, Portland



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PREFACE



THE publication of the documents in this volume gives
an idea of the important part sustained by the people
of Maine in the War of the Revolution, and of the sacrifices
made by them in what must have appeared to the world as
an almost hopeless struggle. It also places in enduring form
the names of men worthy of remembrance. I hope to be
able to complete the publication of documents relating to the
Revolutionary period within the next two years.

JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER.
Mackworth Island,
August 30, 1910.



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CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX OF CONTENTS



PAGE

1777 Jan. 5 Letter fkom Jonathan Eddy, ... 35
Resolve on Petition of the Company of Militia,

Fryeburg, 40

Jan. 9 Petition of tlie Proprietors of Pearsontown, . 41

Jan. Resolve on above Petition, .... 42

Jan. 22 Petition of John Murch, 43

Jan. 23 Pay Abstract, 44

Memorial of Francis Shaw Junr , ... 45

Jan. 24 Order on petition of John Murch, ... 45

Deposition of William Murch, .... 46
Order of Court to detain Sloop commanded by

Capt. Benj. Shaw, 40

Jan. 25 Resolve on above Order, 47

Resolve on Memorial of Francis Shaw Jr , . 48
Account for the Billeting of Men at Brunswick

in Capt. James Curtis Company, ... 48

Order on same, 49

Jan. 31 Resolve on Supplying Two Companies at Fal-
mouth & Cape Elizabeth and other Sea Coast

Men, 49

Charles Cushing Esqr appointed Brigadier of the

Militia, County of Lincoln, .... 60

Letter from F. Shaw Jr , 51

Feb. 7 Order upon the petition of William Dodge, . 51
Feb. 10 Account State of Massachusetts Bay to Sim"

Turner Dr., 52

Feb. 11 Petition of Joseph Sargent, .... 52

of Nathi Wells & Compy , ... 53
Feb. 13 Committee Appointed to apply to the General

Court to choose a Collector, ... 65

Feb. 17 Letter from W™ Frost, 54

Feb. 19 Order of Council on Petition of Natli' Wells &

Compy, 55

Feb. 20 Letter from David Rice, 55

" from Selectmen of Wells, ... 56

Feb. 26 " from W"" Frost, 56

Mar. 3 Petition of Jonathan Davis, .... 56

Mar. 4 Order of Council on above Petition, . . 57
A Return of the Sixth Regiment in the County

of Lincoln, 110



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1777 Mar. 4 Memorial of Thomas Spry, .... 57

Mar. 5 Order of Council on same, 59

IMar. 7 Petition of Joshua Bragdon, .... 59
Mar. 11 Courts for the County of Cumberland adjourned

unto the Second Tuesday of May, ... 59

Mar. 14 Letter from William Frost, .... 61

Mar. 20 " from Saml Phips Savage, ... 62

Mar. 30 Petition of Benj. Wheeler & others, . . 62

Resolve on above petition, 64

Order on same petition, ..... 65
Mar. 31 Petition of the Committee of Safety & Inspec-
tion for the Town of Kittery, .... 66
Account State of the Massachusetts Bay to

Daniel Sullivan Dr , 68

April 3 Petition of Committee of Brunswick & Harps-
well, 68

Petition of the Towns of Cape Elizabeth, Wind-
ham, Gorham and Pearsontown, . . 70
April 4 Report of Committee on Petition of Calvin

Cowen and others, 71

Committee appointed to view mill dams upon

Presumpscott River, 72

April 5 Letter from Wm Frost, 73

Resolve on Petition of Joseph Sargent, . . 74
April 8 Petition of the Committees of Safety of towns

in the County of Cumberland, ... 74

April 9 Letter from Will™ Ilaynes, .... 76
April 15 List of Letters in a New Township on the East

Side of Saco River, 76

April 16 Bond of Alpheus Delano and Benjamin Burton

to Henry Gardner Esq., .... 78

Petition of Josei)h Jewitt, 79

April 19 Resolve on above Petition, .... 79

April 21 Capt. Joseph Noyes appointed Commissary, . 80

Letter from John Stone, 81

Resolve on appointing officers, .... 81
April 28 Order of Council to deliver Col. Josiah Brewer

supplies, 82

Petition of the Inhabitants of the West Precinct

in Pownalborough, 82

Resolve on Petition of held officers of the first

Regiment in County of York, ... 86
Petition of field officers of the first Regiment in

County of York, 88

April 29 Order of Council on above Petition, . . 86

May 10 Declaration of William Gilly 90

May 17 Letter from Edward Thompson, ... 91



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1777 May 17 Letter from Comnnttee of Safety, etc. for

Machias, 93

May 18 Memorial of the Committee of Correspoadence,

&c of Machias, 04

May 23 Report of Meeting of the Freehohlers & other

Inhabitants of Macliias, 90

Petitions of Ichabod Hanson & als, . . 98
Votes passed at Meeting of the Freeholders &

other Inhabitants of Machias, . . . 100
Report of committee appointed to view mill

dams upon Presumpscott River, . . . 100

May 27 Letter from John Gray, 102

May 28 " from Willm Haynes, .... 102

" from Wm Frost, 103

Petition of John Whitcomb & Henry Gardner,

Esqrs, 103

Report of Committee on above Petition, . . 104

May 30 Petition of Ebenr Cleaveland, ... 105

June 4 Letter from Jno Allan, 106

June 6 Petition of Committee of Correspondence,

Inspection & Safety of Gorham, . . , 107

June 7 Letter from Caleb Chase, .... 108

" from Stephen Smith, .... 109

June 8 Petition of the Inhabitants on Canebec River, 110

of Abiel Wood, Ill

June 10 Letter from S. P. Savage Pres* to the Comee of

Corresi)ondence, Inspection & Safety, . . 112

Letter from S. P. S., 112

" to Wui Frost, 113

" from Willm Haynes, .... 113
June 12 " from Committee of Machias, . . . 114
Memorial of Pelatiah Webster, . . . 116
June 13 Letter from John Waite Chairman of Com-
mittee, 117

June 15 Inventory of Sundries delivered to John Allan,

Continental Agent, 118

June 16 Resolve on Doings of a Town Meeting in Wind-

liam, held March 31, 1774, . . . .118

Resolve on Doings of above Meeting, . . 119

June 17 Memorial of Nathan Jones, .... 120

Letter from Timothy Parsons, . . . 121

Extract fi-om a Commissary's Rei)ort, . . 128

June 18 Petition of Selectmen of Ilarpswell, . . 123

" of a Number of the Inhabitants on Ken-

nebeck River & others in the County of

Lincoln, 124

Petition of Jotliam Moulton, .... 125



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1777 June 20 Order to deliver Mr. Peter Woodbury powder, 126
Resolve on Petition of Pelatiah Webster, . 127
" " " " the Committees of Corre-
spondence, Inspection & Safety, . . 128
Resolve on the Petition of the Committees of
Cape Elizabeth, Windham, Gorham & Pear-

sontown, 129

June 21 Resolve in re Truck House at Machias, . . 130
Invoice of Sundrys wanting in the Truck House

at Machias, 130

Order of Court in re Joseph Noyes Commissary, 131
Resolve on the Memorial of Capt. Stephen

Smith, 131

Juno 23 Letter from Simeon Mayo, .... 133
June 24 Resolve on the Petition of the Selectmen of

Harpswell, 133

June 25 Resolve on the Petition of the Hon^'e John Whit-
comb & the Honble Henry Gardner Esqrs, . 134
Letter from Sami phips Savage Pres* , . . 136
u »i II II. 'I " 136
u u II 1 1 (I 1 1 1.3Q
June 28 Resolve on Petition of a Number of the Inhabi-
tants of Norridgewalk, .... 137
Letter from Chas. Gushing, .... 138
Deposition of John Savage in re Ichabod

Jones, 188

Appeal James Noble Shannon et als vs. Ichabod

Jones dismissed, 140

Answer of the Inhabitants of the West Precinct

in Pownalboro, 140

July 3 The Memorial of Stephen Smith, . . . 151

July 4 " " u .t "... 152

July 5 Resolve on Petition of Stephen Smith, . . 152

July 6 Letter from Denes Getchell, .... 153

July 7 Resolve in re Stephen Smith, .... 154

July 9 Order of Council in re Stephen Smith, . . 155
Petition of Capt. Saml. Whitmore, . . .156
July 14 Notice of Meeting signed by Committee of Safety

for the First District in Penobscot, . . 157

July 19 Letter from Joseph Proctor, .... 156
July 22 Return of Vessels Entered, Registered and

Cleared out, 159

Letter from Jona Warner, 1

July 26 Report of Meeting of the Inhabitants of Penob-
scot and Belfast, 158

July 31 Letter from Stephen Smith, .... 1

Aug. 1 " from Stephen Smith, .... 160



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PAGE

1777 AnjT. 1 Letter from Capt, Jon^ Eddy, .... 4

Aug. 2 " from Tristram Jordan, .... 6

Aug. 4 " from Benja Foster Colo .... 160

Aug. 6 " from James Lyon, 7

Petition of Benja Patch, IGO

Order of Council on above Petition, . . IGl

Aug. 6 Petition of Joanna Moulton & Nicolas Sewall, 162

Aug. 7 Jedh Preble's Deposition, 163

Saml Curtis' Certificate, .... 166

Aug. 8 Letter from Col. Benja Foster, .... 9

" from Col. Jona Eddy, .... 10
Aug. 11 Resolve on the Treasurer's Account ( County of

York), 166

Aug. 13 Letter to the President of Congress, . . 11

Aug. 15 Petition of Sylvanus Scott, .... 167

Aug. 16 Letter from Jon. Glover, .... 168

Aug. 17 " from J. Allan 169

" from Col. Jona Eddy, ... 12

" from John Preble, 15

Aug. 18 " from Jona Glover, .... 179

" from Ebenr Sayer, 17

" from Jona Eddy, Esq., .... 18

Aug. 19 " from the Council to John Allan, Esq., . 18

" to Stephen Smith, 19

Aug. 20 " from John Wait Esqr , . . . .180

" from Col. Josiah Brew^er, ... 20

" from John Johnson, .... 20

Aug. 21 Order of Council, 180

Letter from Wm Frost, 181

Aug. 22 Letter from Jno Milligen, .... 181

Deposition of Thomas Fletcher, . . . 182

"■ from John Milligan ( Copy of ), . . 21

Aug. 23 " from Jona Eddy, 22

Aug. 24 " from Ebenr Sayer, .... 23
Aug. 24 Certificate of Jedidiah Preble Jun^ , Benja

Wheeler & Robt Mc Curdy, .... 184

Aug. 27 Letter from Col. Benjn Foster, ... 25

" from George Stillman, .... 27

Aug. 28 List of Stores, 28

Letter from Stephen Smith, .... 29
Account State of Massachusetts Bay with

Stephen Smith, 30

Letter from Benja Foster, 31

Aug. 29 " from Committee at Machias, . . 82

Aug. 29 Letter from Mr. Murray to Col. Waite, . . 185

Aug. 31 " from John Waite to Hon. J. Powell, . 186

Sept. 1 Letter from Col" Jn<> Frost, .... 187



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1777 Sept. 1 Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of

Lincoln, 187

Resolve on above Petition, ..... 189

Petition of Simeon Mayo, .... 190

" of Ebenezer Xewell Lt , . . . 191

Sept. 2 Resolve on above Petition, .... 192

Letter from Paul Uussey, ..... 192

Sept. 3 " from Jedidiah Preble, .... 19

Sept. 8 Petition of Benj. Titcomb, Joshua Freeman &

Joseph Xoyes, 193

Sept. 8 Letter from Jno Allan, 194

Petition of Jos. Prouty 197

Sept. 10 "of Abner Lowell & John Wentworth, 197

Letter from David Sev^all, .... 198

Sept. 11 "Report of Tim Newell," 199

Petition of the East Precinct in the Town of

Pownalborough, ...... 200

Sept. 12 Resolve on above Petition, ..... 201

Sept. 13 Letter from Francis Shaw & Alexr Campbell, 202

Petition of the Selectmen of Uarpswell, . 203

Seijt. 15 Letter to Ambroise & the other Indians under

Col. Allen, 205

Letter from Timothy Parsons, . . . 200

Memorial of Officers & Men of the Third Regiment

of Militia in the County of Lincoln, . . 208

Sept. 16 Resolves in re John Allan, Esq., and Others, 211

Sept. 17 Memorial of Jonathan Eddy, .... 214

Order of Council in re Memorial, . . . 215

John Allan, Esq., appointed Colonel of the

Troops at Machias, 215

Sept. 18 Letter from Phineas Nevers, .... 216

Sept. 19 Order of Council to L* Colonel Nevers,. . 217

Petition of Joseph Noyes, . . , . . 217

Sept. 20 " of the Committee of Boothbay, . 219

Sept. 22 Rev<i James Lyon appointed Chaplain of Troops

at Machias, 218

Letter from J. Allan, 221

Resolve on Petition of the Committee of Booth-
bay, 225

Resolve on Adminra of Jotham Moulton's

Estate, 226

Resolves in re Bountys, 227

Sept. 23 Order of Council in re above Petition, . . 217
Resolve on Petition of Benj. Titcomb, Joshua

Freeman and Joseph Noyes, .... 228

Sept. 25 Letter from J. Allan, 229



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PAGE

1777 Sept. 26 Order for Ammunition sent to Committee of

Bootlibay,

Resolve on the Memorial of Col. William Jones,
Sept. 30 Order to Commissary General,
Oct. 2 Resolve in re supplies for Truck House at

Macliias, • . . 234

Oct. 3 Order of Council in re Supplies for Troops at

Machias,

Oct. 7 Resolve on Petition or Saml Mc Cobb, Abiel

Lovejoy & John Taylor,

Oct. 10 Narrative of Cap^ Jolin Long,

Resolve on the Petition of Moses Little, Esq.,

■ Oct. 11 Petition of Joshua Lamb,

Resolve on Petition of Joshua Lamb,

Oct. 12 Letter from J. Allan,

Oct. 15 " from Lew's Fred'^ De Lesdernier to Justice
of tlie Peace in re Stephen Jones,
Summons issued for Stephen Jones, .
Deposition of Ignace, an Indian,

" of Joseph Cook, ....

" of Mary Joseph, ....

Oct. 16 Resolve on the Petition of Francis Shaw, .
Oct. 17 " " " Charles Perrin,

Oct. 18 Petition of Clark Linniken, ....

Letter from Lews Fredk De Lesdernier to Justice
of the Peace in re Stephen Jones,
Oct. 20 Summons issued for Stephen Jones, .
Dei^osition of John Preble, Capt., .
" of Jones Farnsworth,

" of Joseph Averll Serjt ^
Oct. 21 Petition of the West Precinct in Pownal-

borough,

Letter from Pearson Jones, ....
Oct. 22 Resolve on Petition of the West Precinct in

Pownalborough,

Oct. 23 Resolve in re salt delivered to Charles Phelphs,

Esqr ,

Resolve in re County Treasurer's Accounts for
the County of Lincoln,
Oct. 24 Deposition of Amos Boynton, .

" of David Longfellows,

" of Jonas Farnsworth,

" of Stephen Smith,

" of Samuel Milbury,

'' of Ignace, ....
Petition of William Gardner, .
Resolve on Petition of Clark Linneken,



232
232
233



234

235
236
238
239
240
241

244
244
245
246

246
248
248
250

252
252
253
253
253

257
262

262
263



. 263


254


. ■ 255


255


. 255


256


. 256


264


. 265



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1771



Oct.
Oct.

Oct.



24 Invoice of Sundrys supply'l Stephen Smith,

Esq - ,

25 Petition of John Martin Schafters,

Order of Council,

Written Recognizance in re Stephen Jones & als,

2G Petition of the Selectmen of Pownalborough,
Report of Committee in re Stephen Jones,
Certificate of Robert Mc Curdy,,
Deposition of Nicholas Crosbey,
Letter from Jonathan Buck, ....
Certificate of Moses Wentworth et als,



Nov.



Nov.

Nov.
Nov.

Nov.



Nov.

Nov.
Nov.



Nov.
Nov.



Dec.
Dec.



Dec.
Dec.

Dec.
Dec.



260
266
267
267
268
209
270
270
271
271
271
272



,5 " " Kenneth Mc Kenzie & Eliphalet

Nichorson, 273

Petition of a Regiment of Militia, . . . 274

8 Jedidiah Preble's Evidence, .... 277

Deposition of Chai'les Blagdon, . . . 278

10 " of Simeon Gorton, .... 279

12 " of Joshua Ayr, .... 280

" of Nathaniel Mayhew^, . . . 281

16 Gustavus Swan's Evidence, .... 281

" '' " .... 282

" " " .... 284

18 Letter from J. Allan, 285

19 Petition of John Robinson, .... 289

20 Letter from J. Allan, 292

Petition of the Inhabitants of Frenchman's

Bay, 293

27 Letter from J. Allan, 294

29 ^' from James Gowen, .... 299
Instructions to Representative Henry Woods,

Esq., 299

1 Deposition of Jacob Bussell, .... 301

" of Thomas Howard, . . . .302

2 Resolve in re discharging eight men stationed

on Merryconeag Neck & Sebasso Degin

Island, 303

Petition of Elizabeth Ross, 304

2 Resolve on the Petition of Elizabeth Ross, . 305

3 "■ " " John Robinson, . 306
"■ " '' Ichabod Jones, . 307

4 Letter from Stephen Smith, .... 807
6 Complaint of Nath^ Thwing in re Callahan

case, 308

Captain West's Certificate for Bounty Money, 309

Petition of Benja Foster et als, .... 310



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PAGE

1777 Dec. 9 Petition of John Frost, 311

Letter from Clark Linneken, .... 312

Dec. 12 Deposition of James Mc Curdy, . . . 314
Account State of Massachusetts Bay to Stephen

Smith, 814

Certificate in re above account, . . . 314

Dec. 13 Petition of Seth Gardner, 315

Dec. 15 Resolve in re Rishworth Jordan, Esq., . . 316

" on Petition of Capt Samuel Whitmore, 317
Dec. 23 Order of Court in re Complaint of Nathaniel

Thwing, Esqr , 318

Letter to the Committee in re Rations, . 321

1778 Jan. 1 Certificate of Tho. Child, 321

Jan. 2 Reasons assigned in re Callahan case, . . 319

Resolve on Petition of Stephen & Ralph Cross, 322

Jan. 11 Petition of Joseph Noyes, 323

Jan. 12 Order of Council, 328

Resolve on Petition of Nathn Prebble & als, . 823

Petition of Stephen & Ralph Cross, . . 324

An Account of Provisions, 326

Letter from James Budge of the Comtte ^ . 325
Jan. 18 " from John Johnson, . . . .326

Order on said letter, 327

Memorial of Martha Cotton, .... 327

Resolve on Petition of Martha Cotton, . . 329
Jan. 14 Order in re Provisions Supplied Natha Prebble &

als, 330

Order in re Capt. Joseph Noyes, . . . 330

Jan. 16 Petition of Timo Frost, 330

Jan. 20 Resolve on Prohibiting the Exportation of Pro-
visions, &c., 381

Report of Committee on the Petition of Benja

Wheeler & als, 332

Jan. 22 Resolve on Petition of Benja Wheeler & als, . 334

Jan. 24 Letter from Committee of Machias, . . . 384

•' from Stephen Smith, .... 339

" " '' '' .... 340

Particulars of Molasses Shipt by Gomy Devens, 342

Naval officers appointed, 842

Jan. 26 Order of Court in re Silver Cup & Tankard, . 343

Jan. 27 Letter from Committee of Machias, . . 344
Resolve in re purchasing lialf of yo Schooner

"Elizabeth," 344

Mem. of Sundry Articles for Truck House at

ISIachias, 345

Letter from Tristram Jordan, .... 346

Petition of the Committee of Correspondence, 349



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PAGE

1778 Jan. 27 Resolves in re Articles for Truck House, . 350
Feb. 1 List of Men Inlisted into the Continental Army, 354
Feb. 2 " " Capt Jabez West, . . . .371
Certificate of William Tupper, . . . 372
Feb. 4 Resolve in re Collecting the Return of the Num-
ber of Male Inhabitants, 354

Letter from Stephen Smith Chairman of the

Committee, ....... 354

Resolve on Petition of Timothy Frost, . . 355

Feb. 5 Petition of Samuel Waters, .... 372

Feb. 12 Letter from J. Allan, ...... 350

Mar. 3 Resolve on Petition of Benjamin Furnass, . 373

Mar. 4 Petition of Inhabitants of Raymond, . . 374

Mar. 7 "of Silvanus Scott, .... 377

" of James Noble Shannon & Jonas Farns-

worth, 377

Petition of William Bell, .... 379

" of Jabez West & Reuben Dyer, . . 380
Mar. 8 " of the Sixth Regiment of Militia, County

of Lincoln, ....... 376

Mar. 9 Order of Council in re Robert Bell, . . . 381

Resolves of Court in re prosecution of persons, 381

Mar. 10 Petition of Joseph Chadwick, ... 383

Mar. 11 " of George Stillman, .... 383

List of Sundries, 384

Act for Incorporating the Plantation called

Coxhall, 384

Petition of Benjamin Jenks, .... 60

Return of Rations, ...... 357

Mar. 12 Resolve on Petition of James Noble Shannon &

Jonas Farnsworth, 386

. 387

388

. 389

390

. 392

438

. 358

358



Petition of Andrew Gilman,

The Memorial of George Deake,
Mar. 13 " " of James Avery, .

Petition of Jonas Farnsworth,

Complaint of Nathi Thwing,

Memorial & Petition of Damariscotta, .
Mar. 14 Resolve on the Petition of Clerk Linniken,

Mar. 16 Letter (unsigned),

Mar. 20 Order of Council in re Stephen Smith, . . 394
Mar. 21 Inlistment & Beating Orders for 100 Men to be

Stationed at Machias, ..... 394

Petition of a Joint Committee of Pownalborough, 395
Mar. 23 Account Moses Davis Esq"" et als with Timothy

Parsons, Dr , 394

Letter from Committee of Correspondence,
Inspection & Safety, 359



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PAGE

1778 Mar. 24 Letter from Committee of Correspondence,

Inspection & Safety, ..... 359

Declaration of Jeremiah Thompson, . . 360

" of Robert Kent, .... 861

" of Jonas Farnsworth, . . . 361

Mar. 25 Deposition of Thomas Rice, .... 362

Report of Committee upon the Petition of Comtte

of Machias, 363

Certificate of Moses Davis of the 3fi Reg* , . 396

Letter from Moses Davis, .... 397

]N[ar. 26 Order in re Colo Jonathan Buck, . . . 365

Petition of Daniel Sullivan, .... 366

Mar. 27 Resolve on Petition of Daniel Sullivan, . . 367

Petition of the Inhabitants of Royalsbourg', . 369

Mar. 30 Letter from John Huse, 400

Petition of the Committee of Inspection, Corre-
spondence & Safety, 401

Letter from the Committee of Correspondence, 403

Order in re inlisting men, ..... 404

Vote taken at regular meeting of the inhabitants

of the town of North Yarmouth, . . . 405

April 1 Return of the War Like Stores at Machias, . 405

April 3 State of the Troops & Indians at Machias, . 405

Letter from Tho. Child, 406

April 4 Petition of Samuel Waterhouse, . . . 406

April 6 Resolve on Petition of Samuel Waterhouse, . 407

April 9 " " " " Jonathan Louder, . 408

April 10 Letter from the Town of Falmouth, . . . 409

Petition of James Avery, .... 411

Order of Council in re Thomas Gushing, Esqr , 411

Ai)ril 12 Letter from Josiah Brewer, 411

April 13 Account of Rations due to Capt. Rubin Dyer

& Others, 412

Report of Committee of both Houses, . . 413

" in re Schooner Two Brothers, . . 415

April 14 Petition of Rebecca Callahan, .... 416

April 15 Declaration of Jno Allan, .... 418

April 17 Resolve on the Petition of Andrew Gilman, . 418

Resolves in House of Representatives, . . 419

April 20 Resolve on the Petition of George Stillman, . 421

April 21 Petition of Andrew Oilman, .... 422

" of Joseph Noyes, 423

Resolve on Petition of Joseph Chadwick, . 423
April 23 " " " '' a Number of Inhabitants

of Raymond, 424

April 27 Resolve on Petition of Ziphion Thayer, . 426

Order of Council to Lt. Andw Gilman, . . 426



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1778 April 27 Petition of Ivory Hovey, 426

April 28 Resolve on Petition of Capt. Perry Howland, . 429

Petition of George Deake, .... 429

Resolve on Petition of Ivory Hovey, . . . 430

April 29 " " " " Rebecca Callahan, . 431

Petition of James Avery, 482

Resolve on Petition of James Avery, . . 434
Report of the Committee on the Petition of

George Deake, 434

April 30 Resolve of Court in re Schooner Two Brothers &

Cargo, 435

Resolve on the Petition of Jonas Farnsworth &

others, 437

Memorial and Petition of Plantation called

Damariscotta, 4-38



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STAXK OF MAINE



Letter from Jon'^ Warner July 22, 1777.

To the Hon''^® Council of the State of the Massachusetts
Bay — Gentlemen

I have this Minute Received an Express from Colo :
Warner which I thought it my Diity to forward to your
Honours Immediately. Accordingly thought it Expedient to
Issue Orders for Every Sixth man in my Brigade to March
to the Assistance of Colo. Warner by the way of Benning-
ton, and Desire your Honours would Give Direction in the
Matter as you Shall think proper, as I have Orders to March
On an Expedition to S* John's River in Nova Scotia, your
Honours will Determine what is most Expedient in the pres-
ent Distressing Circumstances of Affairs

I am your Honours most Obedient Humble Servant

Jon* Warner
Hardwick July 22 1777

at 11 "Clock at Night



Letter from Stephen Smith July 31, 1777

Machias July 31, 1777
May it pleas your Honors

I have the Satisfaction to inform you, that 1 arrived safe

at tliis place on the 17 instant, and the people here making



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all possible preparation, in order to receive or rather repulse
the enemy hourly expected from S* Johns, where they had
defeated our people, which your Honors have Doubtless
learnt before tliis. The particulars of the unhappy affair I
cannot fully inform you. but shall only say. According to the
best accounts, we have, three ships & two sloops arrived in
the mouth of the river, nearly to gether between the 23 & 29
of June Last The Vultur was the first, which arived, & in
a few Hours after she Sent two of her boats on Shoar. which
ware drove off by our people with the Loss of 8 men as we
are informed on the side of the Enemy but without any
Damage on our Sid. 4 or 5 Days after the enemy landed
secretly on a point that could not be defended by our small
party about 250 Strong, who marched up to our incampment.
and obliged our men to Retreat up the river : after exchang-
ing a few shott in which action they lost 9. & we only three



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