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ties, and for many other Weighty Reasons we might assign.
We humbly intreat Your Honors, That the Petition of those
pretended Churchmen may not be granted
By order of the said Precinct

Chas Cushing Precinct Clerk

At a Legal Meeting of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants
of the West Precinct in Pownalborough in the County of
Lincoln held at the Court House in said Precinct on Friday
the 2Y*'> day of June A. D. 1777

Voted that an answer like unto the foregoing Sign'd by
the Clerk of said Precinct be presented to the General Court



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as the answer of this Precinct to a Petition of the Church
People aforementioned.

Chas. Cushing Precinct Cler.



To the Honorable the Council and Assembly of the State
of the Massachusetts Bay
The Memoi'ial of Stephen Smith of Machias Sheweth

That a Number of the Inhabitants of Machias being gone
to St. Johns to Secure that Important Post ( for the Benefit
of the United States and as -a Barrier to the Eastern Settle-
ments ) have left their families almost destitute of the
article of Bread which is not to be had there at present at
any rate — And Your Memorialist minded to promote the
common Cause and Oblige his Neighbors has Endeavoured
to procure a Quantity of Corn for them in the Country,
which he cannot do at any reasonable Price without hard
money.

He Therefore Prays That Your Honors would Please to
take the Suffering Condition of those distressed familys into
Your Wise Consideration and Send two or three Hundred
bushels of Corn down which may be obtained by those who
May Incline to tarry in the Present Expedition and for those
who are not yet Engaged but may be willing to go if their
families can have bread the while — Or Give Liberty to
Your Memorialist to Purchase out of the Stores and pay for
a Quantity for that purpose — Or otherwise Provide for
their relief as Your Honors, in wisdom shall See fit.

And Your Memorialist as in duty bound shall Ever Pray
Boston July ^"^ 1777 Stephen Smith.



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To the Honorable Council & Assembly of the State of
Massachusetts Bay.
The Memorial of Stephen Smith Sheweth

That there is Great need of Sundry articles to Supply the
Publick Store at Machias for the Indian traid, which are not
to be had in the Publick Stores in this place, and if Pur-
chased from Private Stores at this time it might be done
under Great disadvantage as the Necessaries wanted are held
at a Much Higher price here than they were Sold at there,
and it will be next to Impossible to Convince the Savages of
the Justice or Propriety of such sudden alteration of Prices
nor may it be Politick perhaps to let them know the true
reason — So that there might be a loss in those articles or a
loss of the traid in some measure for want of them — and as
Your Memorialist is desirous of promoting the Publick
credit of the State which has seen fit to Employ him in that
Branch of Business and at the same time to support his
character among those people he Judges it Incumbent on
him to give Your Honors every Intelligence of this Nature.

And Prays that you will please to take this Matter under
your wise Consideration and either grant a Supply of those
articles under the apparent disadvantages or Order Your
Memorialist to Supply them in such manner as not to Suffer
private loss or Give such other orders in the affau" as in
Wisdom you shall see Meet.

And Your Memorialist as in Duty bound shall Ever Pray
Boston July 4*^ 1777 Stephen Smith

State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives July 5, 1777 on the
petition of Stephen Smith praying for a quantity of corn for
the use of the people of Machias.

Resolved That the Board of War be and they hereby are
order'd to deliver to the said Stephen Smith two hundred



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153



bushels of Corn. A he giving his Receipt to be accountable
for the payment of the same B and Engaging to deliver it to
the Families of such Persons as have gone or shall go to St.
Johns as Soldiers in the Service of this State whom he shall
judge is most in need of the same at the cost & necessary
charge of it.

Sent up for Concurrence

R. T. Paine Spk'' pro tern.
In Council July 5, 17Y7

Read & Concurred with an amendment at A. B. Viz*
dele from A to B & insert he paying for the same.
Sent down for Concurrence

,Jn° Avery Dpy Secy

In the House of Representatives July 5, 1777.
Read & Concurr'd

R. T. Paine Spk"^ p. t.



Consented to
Jer. Powell
Jethdiah Preble
H. Gardner
D. Hopkins
N. Cushing



A. Ward
T. Cushing
Benj. Austin
Tim° Danielson
Oliver Prescott



W. Spooner
John Taylor
Moses Gill
Tim° Edwards
I. Palmer



Vassalborough July 6^^ 1777
To The Honorable the Councill of the State of Massachusetts
Bay,
Gent" I beg leave to assure you that I shall ever remem-
ber with the Greatest Gratitude the Honor of my Appoint-
ment to the Command of the Fourth Company in the P"'ifth
Regiment of Militia in the County of Lincoln. Stimulated
with an Ardent Love to the Cause of my Country, from the
principles of Duty, Justice, and Affection, I have, with a



154 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

Cheerfull Obedience, executed all Orders from my Superiors,
and Endeavor'd to keep the People of the Town United, &
from going into any rash Measures, but my design has been
Frustrated I conceive, by the Influence of a Certain Man
who has made Strong Opposition against me, & as I have
been Informed, declared that he would Accept of the Office,
were it for no other Reason than to keep me out, but failmg
of his Intentions, not being the Choice of the Town, there
then followed a Petition against me, which failed for want of
a Sufficient number of Signers, after which a Combination
was agreed upon, not to Obey any Orders that should come
from me, as T have been informed. Under these peculiar
Embarrassments, Where Strife and Party prevails, no Man
can with pleasure or Satisfaction execute the Dutys of his
Office. For the above Reasons, I beg leave to make a Res-
ignation of my Commission, at the same Time assurring your
Honors that I Possess the Warmest Attachments to the
Cause of my Country.

I am with due Defference your Honors most Obliged

Humble Servant

Denes Getchell



State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives July 7, 1777.

Whereas it appears to this Court that the Board of War
have not in their Possession all the necessary Articles with
which they are order'd to supply Stephen Smith, Truck-
master, at Machias for the Indians in our Interest — & is
being probable that the s*^ Smith might supply himself with
the deficient articles if he was furnished with money therefor.

Resolved that the Board of War be & they hereby are
impow^ered & directed to furnish the s'' Smith with what



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155



money they judge necessary for the purposes afores^ taking
his Rec' to be accountable for the same.
Sent up for Concurrence

R. T. Paine Spk"^ pro tem.

In Council July 7, 1777
Read & Concurr'd

Jn" Avery Dpy. Secy.



Consented to
Jer: Powell
N. Cushing
H. Gardner
Moses Gill
D. Hopkins



T. Cushing
A. Ward
Benj. Austin
Jabez Fisher
Tim° Danielson



John Whitcomb
I. Palmer
Jedidiah Preble
F. M. Dana
Tim° Edwards.



State of Massachusetts Bay

Council chamber July 9, 1777
Ordered, That Mr Stephen Smith of Machais, deliver the
Public Stores (put into his hands for the expedition to St.
John's River ) to such persons & in such proportions as the
Commanding Officer in that Department may Order except-
ing the following Order for the supply of private persons

Also Ordered, that said Smith supply those persons who
have advanced of their private Stores, to the forces gone &
going upon said Expedition, hke quantitys of Stores of the
same kinds, so that they may not be Sufferers by their zeal
for the public good

And also Ordered, That he, said Smith, render very exact
accounts of the disposal of all the public Stores put into his
hands, so as to prevent that confusion which must arise from
a want of regularity in Accounts
Read & Accepted

Jn° Avery Dpy Secy.



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Petition of Ga'p^ Saml. Whitmore, 1777.

To the Hon Council and House of Representatives in General
Court assembled tbe pertion of Samuel Whitmore of Gorham
in the County of Cumberland Humbly Shewetli, That soon
after the Conflagration at falmouth, viz on the Sixth day of
Nov'' 1775, that a Detachment belonging to the town of Gor-
ham Drafted from a Regiment of Militia, of Which the Hon^
Enoch freeman Esq was Colonel, by order of Mayor Noys,
workt on the Eateries at falmouth afores*^ under the Com-
mand of the Hon^ James Sulivin Esq. who was then
appointed by the County Commitee to oversee said work, to
whom your petitioner made a return of the above Said
Militia. The above Said Militia Did with the greatest zeal
and Readiness assist Towards Building the Eateries afores**
for the Defense of the Countery Expecting that after Mat-
ters were a Little Settled that they Should be rewarded for
there Service, but it being Deferd they Grow Impatient,
Therefore your petitioner Doth pray your Hon^ to take this
matter into your wise consideration, and in your great Wis-
dom Direct to such Measuers as May give a Reasonable Sat-
isfaction to the above said Militia and promote the peace and
happiness of this Town your pertioner Doth further Shew,
That here with is Enclosed The Lists of the Names of the
Men their Ranks and time of Service who work' on the
above s*^ Eateries and that the above Said Militia Did find
themselves in provision while in Said Service. —
your pertioner as Bound in Duty Will Ever pray —

Samuel Whitmore Cap*
Dated at Gorham July the 9 day 1777

Falmouth July y« 19 — 1777

Honored Gentlemen these few Lines Comes to inform your
honnours that I am Very Sorry that you Did not inform me



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upon What tearms those People Came on Which Shipt With
Mr. Gray Which has Deprived me of Getting other Good
men as they ware by your orders to Go on board of Capt
Hayanes if they Pleased and as they being offered more
Wages by him Went on board five of them but two is
Returned back again. I am Ready to Sail for Wiscasset but
the Second Mate is Very uneasy About his Wages Which
Was do to him and Was Promised to be sent Down by Mr
frost as he Sayes and he is Determened Not Go No further
unles Promis that they Will be Paid to him as fur as your
Honnours told him Which I Must Do if not the most of the
People Will Leave & Detain the Ship. I Should be Glad
that those Articles Which I roat for ( When I was up Would
be Sent Down as Soon as Possable Nothing More at Present
but I Remain Your H"' S^*

Joseph Proctor.



This is to notify the Inhabitants of Penobscot River that
they are desired to meet at the Dwelling House of CoP Jon-
athan Buck on Tuesday the 22^^ day of July in order to con-
sult on several Important affairs that may attend the Peace
and AVell being of the Inhabitants of said River; also the
Inhabitants of Belfast & Maj'^ Biguaduce are desired to meet
at said House In order to Joyn said Inhabitants of Penobscut
River —

Penobscut July y« 14"' 1777

Sam' Kidder

James Budge

Thomas Campbell

Rob' M-^Curdy

Ephi'iam Grant

John Brewer



Committee
of Safety for
the First District in
Penobscot



158 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

The Principle Inhabitants of Penobscot and Belfast accord-
ingly meet at Col" Jonathan Buck the 2 2d day of July by
Virtue of the above Notification and first Voted Col° Jona-
than Buck Moderator and 2'^'=' John Patridge Clerk and 3"*'^
after Several debates upon the Legality of the Notification
Voted Unanimously to proceed on the articles as follows
4thiy Voted Dissatisfied as to the Conduct of the proceedings
of Col. Josiah Brewer and Lieu* Col: Jonathan Lowder and
Lieu* Andrew Gilman and Ensign Jeremiah Coburn as to the
Troublesome affair concerning the false Indian alarm &c —
5*^ Voted that the facts relating the Indian affairs as above
that can be proved be sent to the Hon. the Court by a man
chose for that purpose — 6*^^^ Voted to chuse one man for
each district out of each Committee of Safety to be a Com-
mittee to serch & enquire into all affairs that might tend to
the Hurt of the State & Common Wealth in these parts —
1'^^^ Voted Capt John Mitchel for the Town of Belfast —
gthiy Voted Cap* Benf Shute for the Town of Frankfort —
gthiy Voted M"" Benj'' Wheeler for Wheelersboro Township
IQthiy Voted Capt Robert McCurdy for the upper Town-
ship on the east Side of Penobscot River

^jthiy Voted Colonel Jonathan Buck for the 2*^ district and
Township N° 1 —

12*'^iy Voted M'" John Partridge for the second District &
Township N° 2

jgthiy Voted M'' James McCurdy to represent all causes
that might appear before the Committee to the General Court.
And lastly the Committee appointed to meet on the 5*^
day of August 20 miles up Penobscot River at a place called
Condeskeg and at the Dwelling House of Capt Jedidiah
Preble and accordingly said Committee met this 5*^ of
August and the Clerk opened the Meeting and first chose
Col° Jonathan Buck Chairman of the Committee and then
the chairman Summoned a number of Evidences concerning



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159



the false Alarms &c for which we do refer Your Honor's to
the Papers we Send by iM'' James McCurdy

Penobscot July 26'*^ Jna Buck Chairman

1777 John Partridge Clerk

To the Hon''ble Council and House of Representatives
In the State of Massachusetts Bay

A true Copy Attest Jn° Avery D^ Secy.



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160 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

Machias August 1, 1777.
These

May Inform Your Hon" That Capt. Gooch is Now arrived
here and has Deliver'd Your Letters &c the articles he
bought was much Needed.

In Great Hast as the Bearer is waiting

your Humble Servant

Stephen Smith



Machias 4*^ August 1777
May it please your Honor's

agreeable to your Honor's orders, I Called the 9'*^ Com-
pany in this Regiment togeather to choose their officers, after
proceeding with the greatest Harmony they made choice of
the following Gentlemen viz*

Stephen Smith — Captain Amos Boyington first Lieut
Daniel Stone 2** Lieut

This will be delivered you by Major Shaw who was pres-
ent by him you will be pleased to send the Commissions —
I hope we shall have no further occasion to trouble your
Honors with any uneasiness arising in this Company, and
Remain with much Esteem —

Your Honor's Most Hum" Ser^*

Benj* Foster Col°
Com* made out

In Council Sept 22°'! 1777 Read & Ordered that Said
Officers be commissioned agreeable to their respective Ranks

Jn° Avery Dpy Secy.

To The Hon^i^ the Council of Massachusetts State.

The Hon^i^ The Council of the State of Massachusetts Bay
Setting at Boston August the 4*^^ 1777.

The Petition of Benf Patch of a new Township lying in



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 161

the Eastern part of this State known by the name of
Otisfield Humbly Sheweth

That your Petitioner lived in the town of Groton about
eight years — that in August 1775 went from Groton to
Harvard & lived there the Greatest part of the time til may
1776: then removed to Otisfield afores*^ & there have lived
ever since — That he there belongs to the military Company
under the Command of Josiah Dingley Cap*^ in Col. Pike's
Regm*^ & is called upon & liable to Do Duty there —

Your Petitioner Begs leave further to represent to your
Hon'* that he left Otisfield the latter end of June last &
Came to Groton afores'^ and from Groton went to Harvard
to see his sister & there went to work with his Brother-in-
law to procure some cloath for Shirting as the only Remedy
he had to Git the same — that on the 27'*" Day of July last
the militia officer of Harvard Draughted him & ordered him
to march agreeable to the late order of Council — upon his
refusing to March ordered a Sergeant & file officer to take
him & thereby compelled him to March — Your Petitioner
thinks himself very much injured by their Conduct &
thereby prevented returning home & he therefore Earnestly
prays your Hon" Interposition & that you would Give him a
Discharge that he may immediately return home & be ready
to join his own Company for the Defence of that part of this
State.

& in Duty Bound Shall Ever pray Benj* Patch

In Council Aug* 5, 1777. Read & Committed to Oliver
Prescott and Abr'^ Fuller Esq" to consider the Same &
report what is best to be done there

Jn" Avery Dpy Secy

In Council Aug 5, 1777
The Com'^® having fully heard the parties & repoi'tcd the
Facts & the Council thereupon Ordered that the Prayer of

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162 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

the said Petition be granted & that the Petitioner be and he
hereby is Discharged from the late Draught by order of
Council & he be permitted to return to Otisfield the Place of
his Residence immediately.



To the Hon^'^ the Council and the Hon''^^ the House of
Representatives of the State of Massachusetts in the general
Assembly convened.

Humbly Shew Joanna Moulton, and Nicholas Sewall
Administrators of the Estate of Brigadier Jotham Moulton
late of York in the County of York Esq'' deceased Intestate,
That some tune since their said Intestate for a Valuable
Consideration Bargained & Sold to Cap* Esayas Prebble of
York aforesaid, a Tract of Land in said York and the suid
Intestate by a memorandum in Writing by him Subscribed
promised to Execute a deed of the said Land, and In con-
sequence of the said agreement the said Prebble entered into
and improved the said Land, But so it is that the Intestate
died — suddenly before a Deed was made and Executed —
The said Admin" further Represent that another agreement
some thing similar with the former was made between the s*^
Intestate and one Joseph Shaw of s** York for about Ten
Acres of Salt Marsh, and said Shaw paid the full Sum agreed
upon near three years past and has ever since improved the
Marsh a mem° in Writing was made and Subscribed by the
Intestate and delv*^ the said Shaw but the said Intestate did
not Execute a Deed to said Shaw, altho one was Wrote by
his Desu'e. And as it is not in the power of the Petitioner
to Comply with all the Intestates agreements by making a
Conveyance of the said Lands, without the aid of this Hon"
Court. Wherefore they pray that they may be Enabled in
their said Capacity to make and Execute Deeds of said
Lands as fully as the Intestate could were he now in full



OF THE STATE OF INIAINE 163

Life and the Petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever pray &c
Auo". 6, 1777 Joanna Moulton

Nicolas Sewall



JeW'- Preble s Deposition.

The Deposition of Jedidiah Preble of Penobscott in the
County of Lincoln, Testifieth & saith that he was at Water-
town last fall, where he saw one Jeremiah Coburn of this
place, who told the Deponent, that he had talked with some
of the Representatives of the State Massachusetts Bay & said
he made no doubt, but that in Case I would Join him in a
petition to them, he could get a guard of thirty men, which
would be stationed on this River & I reply'd, I was willing
to do any thing that was for the benefit of the inhabitants of
this place & I desired to know his Plan, & where the advan-
tage would lay. He told me ( as near as I can remember )
that he made no doubt, that in case a Guard was granted by
the General Court he should have orders to inlist the men at
the westward, & bring them mto this River. I replied, I
thought, that might answer, as we should be thirty Men
stronger, & those men would be always in readiness, & well
equipped to march to our assistance on any alarm. He then
went & consulted my Hon"''^^ Father & told him the plan &c.
( Upon which as he told me ) my Father said the plan as he
thought was very good, & added. He would use his interest
to have the Men granted, as he thought, he had as good a
right to a guard being a frontier settlement, equal to other
towns to the westward. Upon which I signed a Petition &
returned to Penobscot. The next News I heard was. The
Guard was granted, & connnitted to the care of Col" Josiah
Brewer, who declared to me. He gave Ens" Coburn strict
order to Inlist the Men out of the River if possible, to which



164 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

M"" Coburn answered, He intended to call at Kenebeck &
inlist what men he could there & from thence Home. But
as I have been informed since, he never offered to inlist a
man until he came up this River. He made the best of his
Way to the head of the Tide of this River, & there notified
the inhabitants That He had listing orders, & a number of
the inhabitants came to be informed of the conditions, & He
told them in my hearing, they were to be stationed on this
River, to guard the inhabitants, & to go in scouting parties
to reconoiture the Woods & streams for some distance back,
to prevent the approach of an enemy, & They ask'd him how
long a time they were to Inlist for, He told them for no cer-
tain time, but there was no manner of doubt, but they might
be discharged, whenever they pleased, & gave them encour-
agement he would discharge any one that might want to be
discharged in Two or three months, or in the Spring at fur-
thest, on which they readily inlisted ; he then set a guard of
one or two men to guard the stores, & the remainder went
about their own business, & never did any other duty for
Three or Four months, except building a house for Col°
Lowder on his land, for a Truck house No scouting parties
were sent out, as was expected by the Inhabitants.

The next thing we hear L'^ Gillman goes to Old town &
comes back, & informs Col° Lowder, that there were two or
three Indians come in from the borders of Canada, & that
they brought news. There was a Number of Regulars,
French & Indians, commanded by one Lonier, which were
designed to come on the Heads of these eastern rivers: on
which news Col° Lowder consulted Col^ Brewer, & they
immediately sent expresses to the officers of the Regiments
which was communicated to the Eastern settlements, which
gave them a General alarm, & Had it not been for the Inde-
fatigable industry of M"^ James McCurdy It is my opinion
that a great part of the Inhabitants on the lower part of this



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 165

River would have fled. The Deponent further saith, That
he was sometime in July last at the Guard House about sun-
set, & there came two Indians of Penobscot Tribe in a great
hurry, which told CoP Lowder they had Great News viz —
That the night before, the Canady Indians had like to have



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