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T Cushing Caleb Cushing J Simpson

T Danielson B White Jn° Pitts



Resolve of General Court.

State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives Jan. 5, 1780
Whereas it is of great consequence to prevent trade being
carried on between the Inhabitants of these States and the
Enemy, therefore resolved that any civil prosecution that



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has or may be, levied against Major George Stillman in con-
sequence of orders from Col° John Allen of Machias for
apprehending and detaining Cap' James Littlefield for trad-
ing with the Enemies of this or the United States be stayed
until further orders of the General Court

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock, Spk""
In Council Jan^ G''^ 1780

Read & Concurred as taken into a New Draught

Sent down for Concurrence

John Avery D Sec'y

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 7 1780

Read & Concurred

John Hancock Spk""
Consented to :

Jer Powell

A Ward

Yv. Spooner

Caleb Gushing

T. Gushing



B. White
H. Gardner
J. Fisher
O. Prescott
J Simpson



T. Danielson
Jn° Pitts
Aaron Wood
Tho^ Durfee
N. Goodman



Resolve directing the Board of War.

State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 5*'* 1780

On the petition of Peleg Wadsworth Esq""

Resolved, that the Board of War be, and hereby are
directed, to deliver Peleg Wadsworth Esq. Seven Axes,
fifteen pounds of Iron, one hundred and ninety eight pounds
of Pot Iron, Six beef Barrels, three quires of paper, one
blank book contain'g three quires of paper, fifty seven & half
bush Salt ^ which said Wadsworth delivered to Waterman
Thomas Esq"" Com^ & Q Master at Camden for the use of



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tlic Troops jit tliat Port Aug 30, 1779. the said Commissary

Thomas to Account witli tlic Board of War for said Articles

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk""
In Council Jau^ 10''' 1780

Read & Concurred with an Amendment at A

Sent down for Concurrence

John Averv D Sec'y

At A insert deducting the Customary Freight and wastage
and to deliver Home made Salt in lieu thereof or Foreign
Salt in proportion —

In the House of Ilepresentatives Jan^ 11 — 1780



Read & concurred



Consented to —
Jere Powell
A. Ward
W. Spooner
Caleb Cushing
T Cushing



J Fisher
B White
D. Davis
O Prescott
T. Danielson



John Hancock Spk''

J. Simpson
Ju° Pitts
Tho^ Durfee
Aaron Wood
X Goodman



The Petition of Peleg Wadsworth.

To the Whole Court

The Petition of Peleg Wadsworth liumblv Shews that in
August last he lent to the Commissary ^r Quartermaster at
Cambden for the Use of the Troops at that Port Sundry
Articles hereafter mentiouM (.V as your Petitioner is in want
of them again he huml)ly prays your Honours would order
s*^ Articles to be replaced to him in Boston & your Petitioner
as in Duty Bound Shall ever pray



Boston 5^'^ Jan^ 1780



Peleg Wadsworth



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Deliver'd to Waterman Thomas Esq"" Comissary & Quart'
M 30"^ Aug* 1779



7 Axes, li



ft)



Iron. 198 ^ Pot Iron. 6 Beef Barrels.



3 Quires Paper. 1 Blank Book, containing 3 Quires Paper.
57^ Bushels Salt.



Peleg Vv^adsworth



Naval Officer for the Port of Penobscot.

In the House of Representatives Jan^' 5 1780

The House by ballot made choice of Capt Nicholas Crosby
as Xaval Officer for the Port of Penobscot for the present
Year
Sent up for Concurrence



In Council January 5'^ 1780

Read & Concurred

John Avery
Consented to —

Jer Powell

A Ward

W Spooner

Caleb Cushing

J Cushing



John Hancock Spk""



D Secy



J Fisher
B White
D Davis
O Prescott
Aaron Wood



T Danielson
Jn° Pitts
J Simpson
Tho^ Durfee
N Goodman



A Grant of £200,000 to the Board of War.

To the Honble the Council and House of Representatives —
The Board of War beg leave to represent —

That in the Schedule which they had the Honor to lay
before the House in September last they stated the price of
Provisions at less than half the present rate and Cloathing



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for the Officers at not more tliaii one sixtli part of what they
are now obliged to give —

Tliis enormous and rapid increase (and still increasing)
rise of those Articles has almost exhausted the Grants made
us b_y the Honble Court in their former Sessions and if still
to be prosecuted will require a very large and speedy supply
the Board therefore submit to your Honors the making such
further grants as may be necessary for carrying into efiect
the several Orders with which we have the Honor to be in-
trusted, before the Court goes into a recess

John Browne pr Order



Report of Committee relative to accounts to he submitted to

Congress.

State of ^Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives Jan'' T^ 1780
The Committee appointed to take into Consideration the
report of the Committee of both Houses respecting the neces-
sity of making application to Congress relative to the
Penobscot Expedition are of the oppinion that it will be
inexpediant to make any further application to Congress
relative to this matter untill the Accounts of the Expendi-
tures that were occasioned by said Expedition are Com-
pleated therefore Resolved that the Board of War the
Committee on muster rolls k the Committee on Accounts be
and hereby are accordingly directed to Compleat as far as
they are able with all possible Expedition the Several
Charges arising from the Penobscot Expedition to them
respectively exhibited and Lodge them with the Secretary
and that the ^ President of the Council be requested to Trans-
mit them to Congress and also to write to Congress sollisiting



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ill the name and behalf of this State the payments of the

same —

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk'"
In Council Jan^ 7"^ 1780

Read & Concurred with an Amendment at A viz at A dele

President and insert Major Part

Sent down for Concurrence

John Averv ~D Sec'y.

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 7^*" 1780



Read & Concurred



Consented to —
Jer Powell
A Ward
W Spooner
Caleb Cushing
Sam' Adams
T Danielson



J Fisher
B. White
Jn° Pitts
Oliver Prescott
A Fuller
J Simpson



John Hancock Spk''

D. Davis
Aaron Wood
]^ Goodman
Thos Durfee



Directions to Board of War.

That the Board of War & the Committee of Muster Rolls
be & hereby are accordingly directed to Compleat as far as
they are able with all possible expedition & Lodge them with
the Secretary & that the President of the Council be & here-
by is impowered & directed to Transmit them to Congress &
also to write a Letter to the Congress Solliciting, in the name
& behalf of this State, the payment of y^ same

Sent down for Concurrence

John Avery D Secy



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Resolve Making an Esiablisknient for a Chaplin.

State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives Jan^ the G — 1780

Whereas it appears to this Court that their is no Establish-
ment for the Chaplin who served in the Campain at Penob-
scot therefore

Resolved that their be alowed and paid out of the Puljlick
treasury of this State to the above said Chaplin the sum of
forty Pound p"" Calender Month in addition to the Conti-
nental pay and Rations

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk""
pass"*

In Council Jan^ 7"^ 1780

Read & Concurred

John Avery D. Sec'y



Consented to —
Jer Powell
A Ward
W Spooner
Caleb Cushing
T. Cushing



J. Fisher
B. White
H. Gardner
D. Davis
0, Prescott



J Simpson
Jn° Pitts
Aaron Wood
Tho^ Durfee
T. Danielson



Resolve directing the assessors of Frijhurg.

State of Massachusetts Bay.

In the House of Representatives Jan^' 6, 1780
Whereas y° Assessors of y^ Town of Pryburg did not re-
ceive y^ Requisition from the Gen' Courts ordering them to
render an Account of y® Rolls and Rateable Estate within
s** Town till after y* last Valuation was settled: And upon
being since required thereto, the s** Assessors have returned
to this Court a fair List of s'' Polls dir rateable Estate, from



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which it appears that said Town is greatly injured by y^
Sums at which they are Assessed in the two last Tax Acts —
provided the Rateable property in s^ Town is set by s*^
Assessors in a just & equal proportion according to its real
worth, with y*" rateable property in the other parts of y^
County in which s"^ Town of Fry burg lies — Therefore,
Resolved that y'' Assessors of y*" Town of Fryburg be & they
hereby are directed to Assess y" Polls & rateable Estate with-
in s'' Town the Sums assigned to them in the Tax Act of
June last — And s*^ Assessors are directed to stay all pro-
ceedings upon y'' last Tax Act till a Revision of y^ Valua-
tion shall take Place —

Sent up for Concurrence

In Council Jan^ 6"^ 1780

Read & Concurred

John Avery
Consented to —

Jer Powell



John Hancock Spk""



D Sec^



A. Ward
Thos Durfee
W. Spooner
Caleb Cushing



Oliver Prescott
T Danielson
D Davis
Jn° Pitts
Aaron Wood



J. Simpson
B. White
J. Fisher
]Sr. Goodman
A Fuller



S



Duplicates of Letters sent the Oen}^ Court

(Copy) Machias Jan'' G''^ 1780



ir.



My last was of the 29"" JSTov. before which I wrote several
since I heard from the Westward, — It may be easily Con-
jectured the Situation I must be in, for want of Necessary
supplys to support the Indians & Convince them of the Good
Intention of the States, at present not but 12 Barrells Beef



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& Pork & some l)nftcr to support about 400 Mouth, Butter
there is in plenty, which I have l)ccn Changeing for Vigi-
tables, have been along shore myself & done the utmost in
mj Power in this respect to give Satisfaction, the Greatest
Advantages is taken by people & many will not even supply
what is in their Power — Powder is grown Short, no Balls
for their Hunt, in a woi-d I Cannot keep them Together
above three weeks at furthest, the Diiferent Species not being
regularly laid in, Consumes by it what there is most of
immediately for none will Exchange or Sell l)ut on the great-
est advantage, nor Can I get anything done which iSTecessity
may require, without giving Provisions in Lieu —

November 1"' 1779
By not having matters regular the Consumption of Pro-
visions & the General Expence makes an infinate odds — the
Last supplys which arrived was not above the Third Part
Voted by Court & the Amaizing prices bro't the Supplys to
be in a Manner nothina; to the Demand — The State of the
Indians has now become Precarious, their seeing the In-
digency of the Department discourages them — a Body from
Canada has got on S' -John's Avho Threatens, making an
Excursion this Way — Three Strange Indians were seen
about Two days Journey from this who Secreted themselves,
has given a great Alarm —

Intelligence I rec'* Authentic that Large Premiums is
offered by the Government of Nova Scotia & Canada, Either
to take me alive or Scalp — a Canadian Indian which is
here has been Exaniin'd before our Indians for Threatning
but pleads his Innocence, however he setts of in a few days
(as he says) a hunting but pretty Certain intends for
Canada — There is not a night I Lye down Imt [ Expect to
be surprized before ^lorning — as soon as all the Snow falls,
to make it good for Snow shoes. I shall hourly Expect a



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Banditee from Canada if not sooner I Trust Government
will not leave me in this Situation.

Shou'd nothing interfere before the most Early break^ up
in the Spring, and not Disagreeable to Government, I propose
moving to the River S' Croix or Maggaguadawaya the
Boundarys between Accadia & Province of main settled
formerly between the French & British Courts, the Advan-
tages arrising I shall Communicate in my Next, — I Earnest-
ly request a Speedy Determination respecting this Depart-
ment I have the Honor to be with much respect Sir Your

most obedient

Hble Serv*

J. Allan
The Hon'ble Jer : Powell Esq""

In Council March 21' 1780

Read & thereupon Ordered — That William Sever Esq

vrith such as the Hon'ble House shall join be a Committee

to consider this Letter and the Papers Accompanying the

Same »& report what may be proper to be done thereon

Sent down for Concurrence

John Avery D Secy

In the House of Representatives Mar 22, 1780

Read & concurred & Maj'" Cross & M"" Stickney are joined

John Hancock Spk''



Resolution of General Court on petition of Stephen Hall et al.

State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 9*^ 1777
On the Petition of Stephen Hall & Peleg Crooker —

Resolved, That Stephen Hall & Peleg Crooker, Owners of
a Certain Sloop called the ISTancy, burthened about eighty



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tons, against which Sloop and her Cargo a Libel was filed
on the 5"^ Day of July last, in the ]\raritime Court for the
Eastern District of this State, ]»y James Cargill, in behalf
of himself and others; whereupon the same Sloop her Appur-
tenances and Cary-o, were bv a Decree of the same Court
adjudged to be forfeit and to be distributed accordingly,
have, upon their paying the Costs of Prosecution taxed in
said Court, l)eing Eight Pounds, seventeen shillings & nine
pence, leave to file their Claim to the said Sloop, her Cargo
& Appurtenances at the next Superior Court of Judicature,
Court of Assize & General Goal Delivery, to be held within
the District of the said ^Maritime Court: And the said
Superior Court of Judicature, &", are hereby impowered and
directed to take Cognizance thereof, and permit the like pro-
ceedings and judgment to be had and given there<_)n in all
respects whatever, as w(jud and right to have been had and
given in case the said Hall and Crooker had duly filed and
prosecuted their Claim to said Sloop & her Cargo in the said
Maritime Court and regularly appeal'd from the judgment
thereof : Provided that the said Hall and Crooker shall file
their Claim in the Office of the Superior Court of Judicature
&" and serve the said Cargill, or others concerned therein
with a Copy of such claim, attested by the Clerk of the same
Court, Thirty Days at least before the sitting of the same
Court for the Trial thereof.

Sent up for Concurrence

J Warren Spk""
In Council January 9"" 1777

read «& Concurred

John Avery D'' Secy

Consented to by the ^Major part of the Council

A true Copy

Attest

Jn° Avery D Secy



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The Petition of William Lithgow Juyf

To the Honourable the House of Representatives of the State
of Massachusetts Bay, humbly Sheweth

That your Petitioner has had the Command of a Detach-
ment of Men raised for the defence of the Eastern parts of
this State, whose term of service expired the first day of
ISTovemljer last & for whom he is informed no establishment
has been made as yet, he therefore prays that your Honors
would be pleased to fix on some Establishment respecting
said Detachment before the honorable Court rises as the
Troops are generally anxious to know what they are to expect
for the service aforesaid ; and your Petitioner will pray &c

Will™ Lithgow Jun""
Boston Jan'' 11*^ 1780



Resolve of Council in re allowance to Stajf Officers.

State of Massachusetts Bay

In House of Pepresentatives Jan^ 11- — 17<S0

Whereas it appears to this Court that their is no Establish-
ment for the General and Staff officers on the Expedition to
Penobscot

Resolved that their be alowed and Paid out of the Publick
Treasury of this State to Each of the General and Staff
officers who Served at Penobscot in addition to their Con-
tinantial Pay and Rations the Sums hear after mentioned
for each Collective ]\Ionth viz to the Commanding officer
Ninety Pounds; to the Second in Command Seventy five
Pounds, to the Chief Enginier, Surgeon General, and Com-
missary General, forty five Pounds ; to the Adjutant General,
Secretary, Quartermaster General, and Commissary of ordi-
nance, thirty five pounds: To the Deputy Commassary of



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65



Provisions, deputy Commassiirv of ordinance, and Deputy

Quarter master, thirty Pounds.

Sent up for Concurrence

In Council Jan" 12^*^ 1780 John Hancock Spk'

Read & Concurred

John Avery D Sec'y.
Consented to —

Jere Powell

A Ward

W. Spooner

Caleb Cushing

T Cushing



S. Adams
H. Gardner
T. Danielson
O. Preseott
P White



J Simpson
A Fuller
Jn" Pitts

Aaron Wood
Tho^ Durfee



Report on petition of Col. Cargill.

House of Representatives Jan'"'' 12'" 1780
the Committee to whom was Reffer"^ the Petition of Col"
James Cargill, praying for iVllowance for himself and two
Hundred & fifty men. Employ'' by him, in the year 1775 on
an Expidition to Penobscot, in Order to Prevent the Enemy
from Loading thicr Vessels with wood and other Stores for
the use of the British Troops at Boston — Beg Leave to
Report, By Way of Resolve Resolved that tnere be paid
out of the Publit'k Treasury of this State, to Col" James
Cargill the Sum of four thousand five Hundred pounds, in
full for his Services, on Said Expedition

Pass'd in the Negative Jan""" 12, 1780 J H Spk""



Resolve of General Court relative to the Board of War.

State of j\Iassachusetts J3ay

In the House of Representatives Jan' 13'" 1780
Wlicreas it appears to this Court, that the Grants made to
y* Board of War. preceeding this r)ato, are quite inadequate



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to the Purpose of carrying the Order of y^ Gen' Court into

Execution, by reason of y^ rapid Rise of y" Prices of y®

Articles, they are directed to procure — Therefore

Resolved that the Treasurer of this State be & hereby is

directed to pay to the Board of War of this State the Sum

of Two hundred thousand Pounds to enable them to carry

into Effect the several Orders of the Gen' Court — the s**

Board of War to be accountable for the Expenditure of the

same

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk''
In Council Jan^ 13"^ 1780

Read & Concurred

John Avery D Sec'y.
Consented to —

Jer: Powell

A Ward

W Spooner

Caleb Gushing

H Gardner

T. Danielson



S Adams
B White
Oliver Prescott
A. Fuller
Jn° Pitts
Tho^ Durfee



J Simpson
Aaron Wood
D Davis
]S[ Goodman



Resolve in relation to stay of Executions vs. Town of

Fryehurg.

State of Massachusetts Bay

In the House of Representatives Jan^ 13 17S0
Whereas the Assessors of the Town of Fryeburg have not
3'et received the late determenation of this Court respecting
the taxes assessed on said Town Resolved that the Treasurer
be, and he is hereby directed to stay his executions against
the Collectors of the town of Fryeburg

Sent up for Concurrence

John Hancock Spk""



OF THE STATE OF MAINE



o:



In Council Jan'' 13"" 1780

Read & Concurred witli an amendment at A Viz* at A
'till further Order of this Court

Sent down for Concurrence

John Avery D Sec'y

In the House of Representatives Jan'' 14 — 1780

Read & concurred

John Hancock Spk""

Consented to

Jer Powell

A Ward

W Spooner

S Adams

T Cushing

T. Danielson



J Fisher
B White
Oliver Prescott
J Simpson
Caleb Cushing
Aaron Wood



Jn° Pitts
Thomas Durfee
D. Davis
A. Fuller



Petition of Col. Revere.

Gentlemen I must once more beg your Honors indulgence
on a matter that so nearly all'ects me; it is more than four
months since I was arrested by your Honors, and Ordered
to give up the command of the Castle and repair to my
House in Boston, and there confine my self: since which
time T hove received no Order, either to joyn my Corps, or
repair to the Castle: the men have been Orderd to Boston,
and the command of them given to ^lajor Rice ; altho I have
never hccu dcinixed of the Command of the Corps, by any
Order, Avhich 1 have received from your Honors; Twice I
have petitioned your Honors and once the House of Repre-
sentatives for a Court Martial but have not obtained one. I
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68 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY

can furnish an Instance (except in despotick Reigns) where
an Officer was put under an arrest, and he petitioned for
a Trval, (altho the Arrest was taken off) that it was not
granted. The complaint upon which my arrest was
founded, are amongst your Honors papers and there will
remain an everlasting monument of mv disgrace if I do not
prove they are false ; is there any other legal way to prove
them false, than by a Court Martial ? Have not I a Right
to demand one ? Are not fifteen of your Honors, according
to the present Constitution, a Governor ? and is not the
Governor Captain General ? and is not the Cap* General
the source, from which the Court Martial must be appointed ?
It is indiferent to me who are the members of the Court,
provided they are not my personal Enemies, and are honest
Men, It is reported thro the State, that I have been broke
and cashered (I have heard of it more than once) and lay
under every disgrace that the malice of my enemies can
invent, and it will remain so till the Facts are published,

I would once more Pray your Honors that you would grant
me a Tryal by a Court Martial. I further pray your Honors,
that you would Order the Commissary General, to deliver me
my back Rations, for by reason of my being confined to
Boston, I have not been able to get any, since the last day of
June, except what I drew at Penobscot. I have been main-
taining a Family of Twelve ever since, out of the remains
of what I have earned by twenty years hard labour ; expect-
ing every week for near four months, that my affairs would
be settled, and am now brought to almost the last shilling.
Your Honors taking the above into your wise consideration
and granting as pray'd for will greatly oblige

Your Suffering Humble Servant

Paul Revere
Boston Jan^ 17 1780



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Application of Major Will'" Lilhgow.

To the Hononral)lc the Council of the State of Massachusetts

Bay, The Memorial of Williuiii J.ithftow Jiiii'" Shevveth,

That (luring liis late Command at the Eastward, a small

Boat eonsiderahly damaged was found on Penobscot River,

which, as She belonged to one of the American Fleet de-

stroyd there, was considered by your Memorialist as public

property, & at the Expiration of his said Command was

therefore deposited in the hands of a -M"" William Gregory

of Cambden, with instructions not to deliver her to any but

by Order of C^ouncil ; & as your ^Nfemorialist is at present in

want of a Boat, occasioned by his own Boat being much

injured in the public service in the Course of the Summer

past, he therefore prays your honors that an Order of the

Hon^'® Council may issue in favor of your Memorialist

impowering him or his Order to take the s'' Boat into

possession & improve her untill wanted for public use, an

indulgence which he flatters himself the TTon'''^ Council will

not hesitate in granting, in consideration of his having made

no charge against the State either for the use of, or the

Damage done his s** Boat while in the Service aforesaid, &

your Memorialist will ever pray &c

W" Lithgow Juu""
Boston, Jan^ W 1780

In Council Jan'' W 1780

Read & Ordered that ^Major Will'" Lithgow be and he
hereby is impowered and permitted to take Possession of a
small Boat which is now in the Hands of ^F William Gregory
of Campden in the County of Lincoln & which belonged to
one of the American Fleet destroyed upon the Penobscot
Expedition and keep the Same in his Possession 'till further
Order of Council

Attest John Avery D Secy



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Petition of Alexander Campbell.

To the Hon''"', the Council and Hon''"' House of Representa-
tives of the State of Massachusetts I5ay, in Gen' Court As-
sembled at Boston — Jan. 20, 1780

The Petition of Alex"" Campbel in behalf of the In-
habitants, of the eastern Part of this State and of Col. John
Allan, commanding officer at Machias, — .. — Humbly
Sheweth —

That the precarious scituation of that part of State, and
the department your Petitioner has the Honor to represent,
compels him to lay before Your honors the peculiar circum-
stances of the People at large, eastward of Penobscutt, as
well the perticular case of Col. John Allan, aforemention'd
— More especially when Your Petitioner considers the
Hon'''^ Court is very soon to adjourn, to some future day
When representations or measures, may be too late for the



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