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sand and Sixty Four Pounds In full of said Parkers Ace*
also Resolved that there Be paid oute of the publick Treasury
of This State to ^V James Chasey the Sum of one Thou-
sand Eight Hundred and Six pounds In full of Said Chaseys
Ace* the said Sums to be Charg'd to the United States —

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk""



In Council April 6* 1780
Read & Concurred

John Avery



D Secv



Consented to —
Jer Powell
A. Ward
^V Spooner
S Adams
J Fisher
B White



Moses Gill
T Danielson
O Prescott
]^ Cushing
Tho^ Durfee
Jn° Pitts



Sam' jSTiles
T Edwards
i^ Goodman
A Fuller



Representation Col° A. Cambell

To the Honorable Council of the State of Massachusetts bay
The Petition of Alex"" Campbell Humbly Sheweth
That Whereas, by a Resolve of the Great and General
Assemblv of said State Passed in June the twentv Second
1779, the Bord of War was Directed to Suply the Indian
Department at Machias With Sundrey Stores And By An-
other Resolve in January, and also in April 1780 — i^either
of Which are iSTearly Compleated, and a Large Defficency
still Remains — and by far the Most Capital Articles, Such
as Molasses, Rice, Bread, flour and Rum &c — your Peti-
tioner therefore Humbly Prays your Honours may Take the
matter under your Wise Consideration, (and as only Some
Bread of Said Articles have been Suply'' this Season) your



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 189

Honours may Derreot flint tlic Bord of War may Compleat
the Said Resolve — and your Petitioner as in Duty Bound
Shall Ever Pray Alex"" Campbell

Agent For Col" Allen Eastern Indian Department

Report Committee on Letter Col. Noyes.

State of Massachusetts Bay

The Committee of l»()tli Houses appointed on the Letter of
Col" Noyes of Falmouth of the 17"' ult" Pepresenting the
Conduct of the Com"^® of Correspondence respecting the
Sale of Sundry Articles saved out of the Cartel Schooner
Nancy cast on shore at Cape Elizabeth Peport the Following
all which is humbly submitted —

Edw'' Cutts pr order

Petition of U'"' Alhee.

To the Honb' Council, and House of Representatives of the
Slate of Massachusetts Bay in General Court Assembled —
William Albee commander of the Artillery at Machias,
begs leave huml)ly to represent to Your Honours, that upon
application, which he some Days Since made to Your honors
for Cloa thing — You were pleas'd to pass an order on the
Board of Warr, to supply him with by which means your
Petitioner is deprived of a number of Articles as the order
of Cloathing for the last Year contains several Articles more
than the former order, Your Petitioner therefore prays Your
Honors, would be pleasM to direct the Board of Warr, to
deliver him Such articles as are by orders of Court to be
(lelivorM the present Year, to the ofhcers of Corps at present,
commanded by Col. Revere, Your Petitioner as in Duty
bound will ever pray W"' Albee

Boston April 6'" 1780



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Copy Representation to Council.

To the Hon' the Council.

The Board of War would acquaint your Hon"" that agree-
able to an Order of the whole Court they have shipped a ISo
of Articles for Falm" and Machias on board three small Ves-
sels, which are ready for sailing, and wish your Hon""^ orders
whether they shall proceed immediately or wait for Convoy —

By Order of the Board

S. P. Savage
War Office, Boston April 7'*^ 1780



Genl. Cushing to the Council.

Pownalborough April 7'^ 1780
Sir

Agreeable to your Honors letter of the 26**" of March
Avherein vou desired me to let the Council know bv the first
opportunity, the time of my receiving the packet from Coun-
cil containing the Resolve for raising Men for the defence of
the Eastern parts of the State. I would Acquaint their
Honors that I received the same on Saturday last about six
o'clock in the afternoon & the next morning fixed oft' two
expresses to the several Colonels with my orders for raising
the men agreeable to the Resolves — & am in hopes of having
the men ready according to the directions thereof. The other
men ordered by the Hon. Council to be raised & sent to Cam-
den by the middle of March I conclude are mostly upon the
spot — but Gen' Wadsworths not arriving by the time ap-
pointed I believe has delayed the Marching of some — but
having no returns from the Colonels, am not able at present
to make return thereof. The militia officers of this County
have been put to inconceivable trouble & difficulty in pro-
curing their men when ordered to be detach' d agreeable to



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 191

the militia act — on account of the (lopretiiiti(»ii of the money
— & if the Fines are not increased in jiroportion to tlie
deprctiation it will ])v in \ain to expect a j)nnctual com-
pliance with orders — when men are wanted on an emer-
gency —

I am Sir, Your most ob' & Very H"'*' Serv'

Clia^ Gushing Brig""
The Hon'''^ Jeremiah Powell Esq"" President of the Hon'
Council of the State of Massachusetts Bay —



Petition of Nathan Jones.

To the Honorable the Council of the State of the j\rassa-
chusetts Bay

Humbly Shews In New England —

Nathan Jones of a place culled Gouldhorough in the Coun-
ty of Lincoln & State aforesaid — That in the course of the
past Winter a certain person by the name of Burnam has
been before your Honorable Board & made Solemn Oath that
he Saw your Memorialist on board a Vessell where he Burn-
am was a prisoner at ^fajabagaduce, That ynur Memorial-
ist insulted him in a most cowardly manner by calling him
Oprobrious Names & threatning to tear the Flesh from his
bones with hot pincers if in his power to do it (or words to
the same Effect) all which your memorialist avers to be
Absolutely false, &: that to his knowdedffe he never saw anv
such Person, but imagines your Honors have been most
Wickedly imposed upon by some person or persons enemies
to your jMemorialist, who have Suborned the said l^urnam
to commit Wilful perjury to Answer some self ends, and
your memorialist would lia\e immediately waited on vour
Honors at Boston but he thinks it unsafe for him to travel
through the country wdiile his Character lies under such



192 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

Injurious Aspersions which he hopes your Honors will be
convinced are false when you see the memorial of the Com-
mittee of Gouldsborough which comes by the same Opp^.
Therefore your Memorialist Humbly prays that your Honors
would grant him a free pasport to Appear before your
Honors at Boston to Answer to any Matters that may be
Objected Against him, & the same for his return back to his
Family again Unless your Honors find him guilty of some

Crime. And your Memorialist as in Duty bound will ever
pray &c

ISTathan Jones
Gouldsboro, 8"" April 1780

In Council May 2^^ 1780

Read & Ordered that the Secretary be & hereby is directed
to write a Letter to Nathan Jones of Gouldsborough grant-
ing him Liberty to appear before this Board at Boston and
to Answer to such Matters as are alledged against him by
one Burnham agreeable to said Jones Request —

Attest Jn° Avery D Secy.



Genl. Wadsworth to Genl. Court.

Falmouth 8^'^ April 1780
Sir,

I would acquaint your Honour that immediately on your
arival at this Place (which was yesterday) I examined
into the State & Situation of the Several Fortifications &
find much Labour necessary to be done, & most of the Can-
non very bad, if not wholly unserviceable.

As there are none of the Troops yet ariv'd here which
have been ordered, nor any Intrenching Tools ; I propose to
proceed immediately to Cambden, where I learn that about
one half of the Men that were order'd there last month are



OF TTTE STATE OF >rAINE 193

iirivM cV where I)_\' piellj good Information the Enemy are
preparing' to make an Excursion.

Have loft orders for the Troops that were to rendezvous
at New Afeadows (when rais'd) to proceed directly to Camb-
dcn Sc T menu to return to this Place again in about a week
which will 1)0 as soon as there will be any Troops here &
perhaps sooner than we shall have Tools to work witli.

And I beg Leave to suggest the Expediency of strength-
ening this port by sending as soon as may be, six eighteen
pounders & six four pound Field pieces, with their Stores;
&. a Company (or at least, a part of a Company) of the Train.
I need iin! urge the Necessity of Provisions or Intrenching
Tools, nor again mention the Necessity of an Engineer, which
I hope will be here by the time the Troops arive.

Our whale Boats likewise will be exceedingly wanted at
the Eastward.

I should be glad to be iiiforni'd whether the ]\Ien for ^Fa-
chias are to go forward liy my Direction & in what manner.

If either a Commissary or (Quarter Master for this Port
is not yet Appointed I beg Leave to recommend to your
Honour Mr. Stephen Hall of this town, as a very suitable
person.

I beg Leave likewise to suggest the Expediency of estab-
lishing a post to ride from this Town to Iioston or to alter
the Course of the present one as it is possible that a Change
of Post might not much exceed the Expence of occasional
Expresses. 1 ha\o the honour to be Sir
Your most humble Servant

Peles Wadsworth
Hon''"'' Jeremiah Powell Esq"" President

In the House of Representatives April 20 — 1780

Ke:id A: tb(>reu]iou Order'd That Genl Lovell and ^lajor
Cross willi such as I lie lion'''"' Doard shall join be a Com-

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194 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

mittee to consider the same & report what is proper to be

done thereon

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk""
In Council April 20 1780

Read & Concurred and John Pitts Esq"" is joynd

S. Adams Seer''



Order of Council.

In Congress April 8. 1780
Upon the application of the state of Massachusetts Bay by
their Delegates in Congress, representing that the said state
had incurred a very heavy expense for repelling a late in-
vasion of Penobscot in the said State by the common enemy
and requesting that part of the monies raised by the said state
for the United States might be retained until the accounts of
the expense aforesaid could be prepared and submitted to the
consideration of Congress

Ordered that a Warrant issue on the Treasurer of the State
of Massachusetts Bay in favour of the said State for two
Millions of dollars being part of the monies raised by the
said State for the use of the United States for which sum the
said State is to be accountable.

Extract from Minutes

Chas Thomson Secy



Resolve of Congress.

In Congress April S''' 1780.
Upon the application of the State of Massachusetts Bay by
their Delegates in Congress representing that the said State
had incurred a very heavy expence for repelling a late in-



OF TILE STATE OF MAINE 195

vasion of Penobscot in the said State by the common Enemy,
and requesting that part of the monies raised by the said
State for the United States might ho retainod until tlio Ac-
counts of the expenco aforesaid could be prepared and sub-
mitted to the Consideration of Congress —

Kesolved, That a Warrant issue on the Treasurer of the
State of ]\[assachusetts bay in favor of the said State for two
Millions of Dollars, being part of the [Monies raised by the
said State for the use of the United States, for which sum
the said State is to be Accountable, —

Resolved, That the Application from the State of Massa-
chusetts Bay for an expedition to be adopted for dislodging
the Enemy from Penobscot, with the papers relating thereto,
be referred to the consideration of the Commander in Chief
of the Army of these United States ; and that Continental
pay and rations bo allowed to any body of Militia not exceed-
ing eight hundred men which the State of Massachusetts Bay
may judge necessary to be raised for the defence of the East-
ern part of that State. —

Extract from the Minutes

Cha^ Thomson Secv



Action of Congress in Favor of Massacliusetis.

In Congress April 8*'' 1780
According to order the report of the Connnittee on the
motion of the Delegates of ^lassachusetts l^ay was taken
into consideration And the first paragraph being read Viz'
"That the reasonable expence incurred by any of the States
during the present War for pay and Subsistence of Militia
necessarily employed by them for defence against the com-
mon enemy be credited to such States upon a final adjust-
ment of their accoimts with the United States" —



196 DOCUMEISrTARY HISTORY

A Motion was made hj M"" Schuyler seconded by M"" Holten
That the same be postponed, and on the question Shall it be
postponed, the Yeas & Nays being required by Mr. Jones —

New Hampshire M"" Peabody No M"" Folsom ay— D''
Massachusetts Bay M"" Lovell ay M"" Holten ay M'

Partridge ay — Ay

Rhode Island M"" Ellery M^ Collins— ay

Connecticut M"" Huntington No M"" Sherman no M""

Elsworth no — no

New York M"" Scot ay M'" Schuyler ay — ay

New Jersey M"" Fell no M"" Houston no M"" Clarke no — no

Pennsylvania M"" Searle no M'" Muhlenberg no — no

Mayland M"" Plater ay — X

Virginia M"" Griffin no M-" Madison ay — Div*^

North Carolina M"" Burke no M"" Jones no — no

South Carolina M"" Mathews ay M*" Kinlock ay — ay

So the States were equally divided & the question was lost —
A Motion was made by M'' Partridge Seconded by Mr
Holten to amend the paragraph by inserting the following
Words Viz* ''the State of Massachusetts Bay in endeavor-
ing to repel an invasion of the Enemy at Penobscot" or after
the words "incurred by" On which the Yeas and Nays being
required by M"" Partridge —

New Hampshire M'' Peabody no M"" Folsom ay — D*^
Massachusetts Bay M"" Lovell ay M"" Holten ay MT

Partridge ay — Ay

Rhode Island M"" Ellery no M"" Collins no — no
Connecticut M"" Huntington no M'" Sherman no M''

Elsworth no — no

New York M"" Scot no M"" Schuyler ay — Div'^

New Jersey M"" Fell no M"" Houston no M*" Clarke no — no

Pennsylvania M"" Muhlenberg no — no

Virginia M"" Griffin no M'" Madison no — no



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 197

North Caroliiui ^f Burke no M"" Jones no — no
Soulli Carulinu ^\i' J\Jaihe\vsi no Ar Kinlock no — no

So it passed in tlio Negative —

On the question to agree to the main question, the States
were equally divided and the question was lost. —

The next paragraph of the report was read Viz'

"That upon the Application of the State of Massachusetts
Bay by their Delegates in Congress & representing that the
said State had incurred a very heavy Expence for repelling a
late invasion of Penobscot in the said State by the common
Enemy, and requesting that part of the monies raised by the
said State for the United States might be retained until the
Accounts of the Expence Aforesaid could be prepared and
Submitted to the Consideration of Congress, be it resolved

That a Warrant issue on the Treasurer of the State of
Massachusetts Bay in favor of the said state for two Millions
of Dollars being part of the Monies raised by the said State
for the use of the United States, for which Sum the said
State is to be Accountable. —

On the question to agree to the order for a Warrant as
reported

Resolved in the Affirmative

On the question to agree to the preamble the Yeas & Nays
being required by M"" Fell. —

New Hampshire M"" Peabody ay — ay

Massachusetts Bay M"" Lovell ay M"" Holten ay M""
Partridge ay — ay

Rhode Island M"" Ellery ay ]\P Collins ay — ay

Connecticut M"" Huntington ay M*" Sherman ay AP
Elsworth ay — ay

New York M"" Scott ay M"" Schuyler ay — av

New Jersey M"" Fell no M"" Houston no M"" Clarke no — no

Pennsylvania M"" Muhlenberg ay — ay



198 DOCUMENTARY HISTOEY



\d



Virginia M"" Griffin ay M"" Madison no— D*^
ISTorth Carolina JM"" Burke ay M"" Jones aj — ay
South Carolina M"" Mathews no M"" Kinlock no — no
So it was resolved in the affirmative

Resolved, That the application from the State of Massa-
chusetts Bay for an Expedition to be adopted for dislodging
the Enemy from Penobscot with the papers relating thereto
be referred to the Consideration of the Commander in Chief
of the Army of these United States, And that continental
pay and rations be allowed to any body of Militia not exceed-
ing eight hundred men which the State of ]\[assachusetts Bay
may Judge necessary to be raised for the defence of the east-
ern part of that State

Extract from the Minutes
Mr Holten Geo Bond T)epy Sec^

The Board of War to furnish provisions for Machias.

State of Mass"^ Bay Council Chamber April 10^'^ 1780

Ordered — that the Board of War be and they hereby are
directed to furnish the Commissary appointed to deliver Pro-
visions to the One hundred Men stationed at Machias by the
Resolves of the General Assembly of the twenty fifth of
March last with such Provisions from Time to Time as the
said Troops are entitled to receive on Acct. of their being
in the Service & pay of this State

Attest John Avery D Secy

Action on Petition of Josiah Noyes.

State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives April 11, 1780
On the petition of Josiah Noyes of Falmouth in the Coun-
ty of Cumberland, Shewing that the Said Josiah was Col-



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 199

lector for the Province Tax in said Falnionth for y*^ year
17G5 and that William T) Ji^ late of said Falinouth, now an
absentee with the Enemy att New York, was then Sheriff of
said County — That by reason of many obstructions and dif-
ficulties did not C'ompleat his Collection till the said Tyng
had received a Warrant, from the Then Treas"" for the money,
whose Severity on y*" petitioner was very great, and threatned
to Commit liiin, unless ho would give him an absolute deed
of Eighty Acres of land, refusing other Security, which the
petitioner aft that time was obliged to Comply with, but
promising to reconvey said Land, on y^ payment of the money,
which the petitioner has (Since the departure of said Tyng)
paid the present Treasurer in full for said Taxes, as will
appear by the Treas'"'' receit and also a Memorandum in writ-
ing under the hand of said Tyng with respect to Reconveying
said land on payment of said money & the papers accompany-
ing this petition may fully appear — he prays he may be put
in full possession of said Land Again or otherways relieved
as your hon" see meet for reasons sett forth in said petition —
Therefore Resolved that the afores'' deed of Eighty Acres of
Land be forever hereafter Null & Void, and the said Xoyes
be put in full possession of the said Land in fee, the Same
as if said deed had never been given

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk""
In Council April ll'*^ 1780
Read & Concurred

John Avery D Secy
Consented to —

Jer Powell Moses Gill T Edwards

A. Ward H Gardner Sam' Xiles

W Spooner ?> White X Goodman

S Adams A Fuller Jn° Pitts

J Fisher T Dauielson



200 DOCUMENTAKY HISTORY

M'' 'Noyes is to perform the following, —

All Order on M'' Parry for £114

A Bill Sale of fish 130 quintals say 60

To pay Cash 10

Josiali & Joseph Noyes Note hand 34 218

A Deed of Eighty acres of Land — an absolute Deed. —

If Parry does not pay the order in Weeks, and

Noyes does not pa}' the Note in the same time, or in default
of either, said Tyng to sell the Land either at private sale
or Vendue — And Noyes to indemnify Tyng from any
damage which may accrue by his taking this method to re-
lease Noyes. — I will be willing to give any j\Iem° that
the Land shall be reconveyed to Noyes if the sums above men-
tioned are paid in the time mentioned therein. —

True Copy of the paper taken from the File in the Secre-
tarys Office and delivered to Isaac Parsons agreeably to a
Kesolve of the Gen' Court of the 29. Jan^ 1799

Attest John Avery D Secy

To Address the Government of New Hampshire.

In the House of Representatives April 11 1780
Order'd that M'' Greenleaf & Maj"" Cross with such as the
Hon'^"' Board shall join be a Committee to consider the pro-
priety of addressing the Government of New Hampshire on
the subject of protecting the Eastern Parts of this State &
requesting their Aid & Assistance therein
Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk""
In Council April llS 1780

Read & Concurred & Moses Gill Esq'' is joined

John Avery D Sec'y

The Committee of both Houses to whom was refer'd the

above order of Court, have attended that Service ask leave



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 201

to report the annex'' draft of a Letter to the Hon' ^fesheck

Ware Esq"" which is submitted

Moses Gill pr Ord""
In Council April 18*" 1780

Read & accepted and ordered — That the President of the

Council be and hereby is requested to sign this Letter in the

Name and behalf of the General Assembly of this State

Sent down for Concurrence

John Avery D Sec'y

In the House of Representatives April 18 — 1780

Read & concurred

John Hancock Spk""

Jer Powell Moses Gill Jn° Pitts

A. Ward B White A Fuller

W Spooner J Stone Tho^ Durfee

T Gushing D Davis Aaron Wood

H Gardner O Prescott

State Massachusetts Bay
Sir

The General Assembly of this State taking into Considera-
tion the grievous hardships to which the Maritime town on
the Coast have been reduced, from the enemys being Per-
mitted to hold Possession of their fortress at Penobscut —
and at the same time reflecting on the great distress now
suffered by our brethren the inhabitants of the Eastern
Country; have represented their Sentiments on that Subject
to Congress with a View to impress the Continent with a Just
Idea of the importance of that Country to the Enemy ; and to
the United States, and of the Necessity of a Vigorous exer-
tion on the part of the Continent to rescue that port out of
the hands of the invaders — They have also ordered 600 men
of the militia of this state under the Command of Briji'"
Wadsworth to be stationed in those parts for its defence —
This force they are farr from tliinldng adequaie to the Xeces-



202 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

sity of the Case, but it is all that in their Present Circum-
stances they judge themselves able to spare at this juncture
for that service.

The effect of this Scanty provision they should consider
^vith regret, did they not reflect that the Spirrit and patriot-
ism of onr Sister State of New hampshire (which is more
immediately in the Vicinity of this seat of distress) have
never failed to display itself in the Common Cause whenever
it has been duly called upon — and that there is good ground
to believe that her exertions will be ready at this Crisis to
give Weight to those of this State in the defence of that im-
portant Part of the Continent, if your Legislature is duly
apprised of the Occation • — I am therefore desired by the
Assembly of this State to represent this matter to your Gen'
Assembly thro' your favor, and to request that they would
take such Measure as their Circumstances will admitt to aid
the exertions of this State in defence of the Eastern Country
Against the attempt of our enemys and if Practable to reduce
them ; as this wall be acknowledged an eminent Service to
3'our own State — to this State — and to all America — with
every Sentiment of respect I have the honor to be in behalf of
the Gen' Assembly

Sir Your most obed^ & most humb serv*
To

The Hon Mesheck Ware Esq""

Pres* of the Council in the state of ISTewhampshire

Copy forwarded April 20**^ 1780

Application of Joseph Noyes Esq''.

To the Honorable the Council of the State of Massachusetts
Bay

Joseph jSToyes of Falmouth in the County of Cumberland
Comissary to the sea coast men Stationed at Falmouth & Cape



OF THE STATE OF MAINE 203

Elizabeth pray your nonoiirs to give liiin a Warrant on the
Treasurer for Nine thousand Pounds to enable him to pay
for the Provision &c delivered said men & as in Duty bound
shall ever pray Joseph Noyes

Boston April 12*" 1780

In Council April 12: 1780

Read & Ordered that a Warrant be drawn on the Treasury
for £9000 in fav*" of Joseph Noyes Comissary to the Sea Coast
Men stationed in Falmouth to enable him to furnish said
men with Necessaries — he to be Acc^ for the same

Attest Jn° Avery D Secy

Genl. Peleg Wadsworth to the Council.

Thomaston 12^" April 1780
Sir

In my Letter to your Honour of the eighth Inst: from
Falmouth I endeavoured to represent the situation of that
Post & suggested several things necessary to be done in order
for its Defence ; together with my reasons for making so short
a stay there & proceeding to the eastward.



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