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the Townes pleasure.

There is likewise added a little peice according as is expressed
in the margent, and for the whole, Joseph Belknap, now the pos-
sessor, is to pay eight shillings to the Townes Treasurer every first
of March, the grant to Continue as before during pleasure.

28: 5: 57.

Att a meeting of M^ Wm. Brenton, Tho. Marshall, Sam. Cole,
Wm. Paddj', Jno. Hull, and Wm. Davis.

Deacon Marshall and Ensigne Hull are appointed to gaine liberty
in writing of M^ Seaborne Cotton and his mother to bring water
downe from their hill to the Conduitt intended to bee erected.

Deacon Marshall, Ensigne Scotto and Wm. Davis, and any two
of them are impowered to joyne with any one or two of the Commit-
tee to treate and agree with any workman for the erecting of and
bringing water to the Conduitt intended to bee erected.

Edward Gold hath granted to him foure Rods of ground from the
corner of Wm. Blantans pale by the streete side, to run downe to
the sea ward as itt is this day staked and bounded, hee paying
foure shillings per annum every 29th Septemeber to the towne
treasurer, and to enjoy the said land during the towne pleasure.

* Or Perin. f In the margin is a little sketch of the land.



Boston Town Records, 1657. 139

M'. Tho. Broughton is fined five shillings for his chimney being
on fire and fluuiing oiitt.

Ben. Gillam is fined ten shillings for making a fii-e upon the
wharfe.

James Baulstone is fined ten shillings for the like offence.

Wm. Foster, seaman, is admitted an inhabitant.

Wm. Duglas is admitted an inhabitant.

Robert Smith, a tailor, is admitted an inhabitant, Deacon Mar-
shall securing the Towue from charge.

[136.] John Philips is fined ten shillings for entertaining

Stone and his family contrary to order.

Itt is ordered that no butcher shall throw any gutts or garbidg
into the streete, or any place nigh itt, to the anoyance of passen-
gers or inhabitants, under the poenaltj' of twenty shillings for every
ofience.

31 of 6th, 1657.

Att a meeting of Thomas Marshall, Wm. Pady, Samll Cole,
Josh. Scottow, and Jno. Hull.

Jno. Peirce is Admitted an Inhabitant upon the Testimony' of
James Evercll and Isaak Colimore.

Jno. Lewis is ordered to clear away the dung and matter of
Anoyance by Ms slaughter house, and to lay noe more neer the
street, or that may be Just Anoyance to Neybours or Inhabitants,
and that by the filth of September.

Graves is fined for his chimny being on fire and flaiming out,

and his Landlord for want of A Ladder.

Hugh Stone is admitted an Inhabitant.

Thomas Thayer is admitted an Inhabitant.
J Christopher Perrust is to deliver unto the Townsmen the deeds
of his land instead of that bill of twenty pounds which the town
received of him, which was for the suppl}- of his wife, iff he, the
said Perrust, had gone to Jamaca.

Wm. Baker, Robt. Smith, Nath. Woodward, Thomas Sowell,
have A grant of A parcell of Land ; the Contents of each man's
parcell is heerafter mentioned, and the Rent that each man is to
pay.

Wm. Blanton is ordered to lay some Gravell in the little Lane
that runns from Henry Phillips, his house, unto Peter Duncans.

Henr}' Mason, A Brewer, is admitted an Inhabitant, and Daniell
Turell and John Baker are hereliy mutualy Bound in twenty pound to
preserve the Town from any charge arising from the said Henry
Mason or an}- of his, and hereunto bind themselves by their hands.

Daniel Turell.
John Baker.

M'. Robert Woodmansey is alowed to have the rent due from
Leiut. Richard Cook for these two 3"eares past.

28 of Septem])er.

Att a meeting of Tho. Marshall, Samuell Cole, Wm. Pady, Josh.
Scottow, and Jno. Hull,

Wm. Whitwell hath granted to him the Townes Consent for the



140 City Document No. 46.

Continuance of his Licence to draw beer this 3'eare ensuing, iff the
Court see meet. _

Upon a Motion from our Town deputies and some of the Coifiit-
tee for the Millitia, There is granted the sum of liffty ])ounds to
finish the worke that is now bj^ the Country left incompleat at the
Castle.

Gawd}^ James is Admitted an Inhabitant, and Capt. Johnson
and Wm. Salter stand engadged to save the Town from charge.

[137.] 5:8: 57.

Att a meeting of Tho. Marshall, Sam. Cole, Wm. Padd}', Jos.
Scotto, Jno. Hull, and Wm. Davis.

There was delivered to the Constables a countrej' rate of two
hundred twenty three pounds, ten shillings, ten pence. There was
the same time delivered them a towne rate of two hundred twenty
seven pounds, eleven shillings, eight pence.

26: 8: 57.

Att a meeting of Tho. Marshall, Wm. Paddy, Jos. Scotto, and
Wm. Davis.

Itt is ordered that the constables shall allow Wm. Ware his rates
xipon consideration of his long sicknes and low estate.

There was this day a rate for Rumny Marsh delivered to James
Pemberton for the towne twelve pounds, thirteen e shillings ten
pence, and for the country a rate and a quarter, fifteene pounds,
niueteene shillings.

Itt is ordered that George Burrill shall remoove his timber by his
shop outt of the high way by the 2d of the next mo., on penalty of
twenty shillings.

30: 9: 57.

Att a meeting of M^ Wm. Bi-enton, Tho. Marshall, Sam. Cole,
Wm. Brenton (sic), Wm. Paddy, Ens. Scotto, Ens. Hull, and
Wm. Davis.

Itt is ordered that the Constables shall pay foure shillings, sixe
pence to Wm. SpoweU for looking to the boyes att the meeting
house.

Itt is ordered that twelve shillings, sixe pence bee paid to Wm.
Salter for keeping Christopher Holland's wife five weekes.

Whereas M''. Sam. Cole hath intertained Elizabeth Knap into
his house contrary to order of the towne, and the said Elizabeth
3'ett remaynes in this towne, itt is ordered that in case the said
Elizabeth proove to bee chargeable to the towne, such charges
bee required of M^ Cole from time to time as first receiveing her.

Itt is ordered that Philip Curtis bee paid twenty shillings for
killing a wolfe att Muddv river the last winter.

[138.] Whereas there is a parcell of land upon Long Hand of
the townes, bounded b}' Walter Merryes lott and the Easterne end
of the said Hand, containing two acres more or less ; The said two
acres of land so bounded is lett to Wm. Winburne for ever, paying
a bushel of merchantable barl}' malt yearely to the schooles use,
every first day of March, the first payment to bee made the first



Boston Town Records, 1657. 141

of March, which will bee in the j^etire 1G58, and the said land to
bee security for payment of the said sum.

Whereas severall yeares rent were due from Joseph Wormall for
land of the townes which was lately in the possession of Capt.
Savage, itt is ordered that the one halfe of the said rent bee abated,
and the other paid by Capt. Savage to the townes use.

Itt is agreed with Capt. Savage that for the preserving the fence
aboutt the burying place antl maintaining the fence, in good con-
dition from time to time, hee shall enjoy the use of said ground
for twenty yeares, leaving the sayd fenpe in good repay er att the
end of the tearme of twenty yeares.

29: 10: 57.

Att a meeting of ]\r. Wm. Brenton, Sam. Cole, Wm. Paddy, Ens.
Scott, Ens. Hull and Wm. Davis.

Richard Seward is admitted an inhabitant, and Nat. Fryar
bound in a bond of twenty pounds to secure the toAvne from charge.

Whereas liberty was granted to M"". Bushnell and M''. Glover to
sett up a pump and to repayre the well. Itt is ordered that in
case any of the neighbours refuse to contribute to the charge of
the sayd pump and well, itt shall bee in the power of those that
have disbiu'sed monies for the same, to deny any others fetching
water att the pump.

Derman Mahoone is fined twenty shillings for intertaining two
Irish women contrary to an order of the towne, in that case pro-
vided and is to quitt his house of them forthwith att his perill.

25: 11: 57.

Att a meeting of Wm. Brenton, Tho. Marshall, Sara. Cole, Wm.
Padd}-, Jos Scotto, Jno. Hull, and Wm. Davis.

Itt is ordered that M^ Brenton and Ens. Hull shall view a piece
of land by M''. Raynsford's house, and to make returne of the
quantity and what yearely revenue itt may yield.

Mis. Addington and Rich Woody are fined each 5s. for their
chimneyes firing.

[139.] Elizabeth Blesdale hath liberty to reside in the towne,
and AVm. Beamsley is bound in a bond of twenty pounds to save
the towne from any charge that may arise by her during her said
residence, which is acknowledged by

William Beamsleay.

Richard Taylor is allowed thirty shillings for repaii'ing the clock
for his direction to ring by, and is to have five pounds per annum
for the future, provided hee bee att charges to keepe a clock and
to repayre itt.

For as much as sundry Complaints are made that severall per-
sons have received hurt by boyes and young men playing at foot
ball in the streets ; these are therefore to Injoyne that none be
found at that game in any of the streets, Lanes, or Inclosures of
this town, under the poenalt}- of twent}- shiUings for everj* such
offence.

Whereas, much Inconvenience and burdensome charge doth
arise to the Town by sundr}^ persons in this town, by buing out of



142 City Document No. 46.

servants tvmes and redeeming others from Engagments, which
persons, cither through Idleness or sickness become unable to help
themselves, and the town therby Envolved in sundry charges ;
these are therefore to give notice to All Inhabitants and residents
in this Town that shall soe act, that what ever persL»n or persons
they soe sett att Liberty they are to see after their Imployment,
and to secure the Town from any charge thot might otherwise be
ocasioned by such.

Itt is ordered that the house belonging to the schoole shall bee
repaired as soone as conveniently ma}' bee in the spring.

Itt is ordered that measures of brass bee provided as standards
for the towne and reserved for that use.

Itt is ordered that Francis Smith shall have liberty to sett np a
l)uilding att the west end of the house that was M^ Hanburyes, by
the dock head, to bee eight foote in front, and next the dock five
foote, for which he is to pin' twent}- shillings per annum, in mony,
and to enjoy itt during the townes pleasure, and then to remoove
the sayd building upon legall notice as maj appeare b}' a larger
deede in this respect.

Itt is ordered that Mis. Welthian Richards shall have liberty to
sett up a pale before her house, foure foote from her house, for
which shee is to pay live shillings every first of March, in mony
and to enjoy itt during the townes pleasure.

22: 12: 57.

Att a meeting of Mr. AVm. Brenton, Tho. Marshall, Sam. Cole,
Jno. Hull, and Wm. Davis.

There is Ictt to Ed. Rainsford a peice of ground behind his gar-
den by the water side adjoyning to his now dwelling house, being
thirty-sixe foote att the end of his fence, forty-five foot by Wm.
Lane's fence, towards the marsh sixteen foote, as in the margent,*
for which he is to pay two shillings per annum to the towne, and
to enjoy itt during the townes pleasure.

[140.] Ben. Gillam hath five shillings abated of his fine for
heating a pitch pott on the wharfe.

Edward Robinson is admitted an Inhabitant, and Amos Richard-
son and Nat. Adams, senior, acknowledg themselves bound joyntly
and severally in a bond of twenty pounds to secure the towne from
any charge that may arise b}' him or his family. Wittnes our
hands this day.

•' his

Nat. YV Adams, Sen.

marke.

Amos Richisson.
31: 3: 58.

John INIartin is admitted an inhabitant, and Ben. Ward acknowl-
edges himselfe heyres and assignes bound to the towne treasurer,
in a bond of twenty pounds to secure the towne from any charge
that may arise by the foresaid Martin or his family to the said
towne. Wittnes his hand,

Beniamen Ward.

* In the margin is a small sketch of the land.



Boston To^vn Records, 1657-8. 143

Tho Ashley is admitted an inhabitant, and Mr. Tho. Lake, Wm.
Hudson, and Peter Oilivcr bind themselves, he^'res and assignes, to
the towne treasurer in a bond of twenty pounds to secure the towne
from any charge that may arise to tlie towne by the said Ashley
or his family. Witnes their hands.*

Will*' Hudson,
Peter Olliver,
Tiio. Lake.

John Peirce is admitted an inhabitant, and Nat. Bishop acknowl-
edges himselfe, heyres and assignes, bound to the towne treasurer in
a bond of twenty pounds to secure the towne from any charge that
may arise by the foresaid Pierce or his famil}' to the said towne.
Witnes his hand.

Natiianiell Bishop.

28: 4: 58.

David Chapin is admitted an inhabitant and Isaac Culliraore
acknowledges himselfe, heyres and assignes bound to the townes
treasurer in a bond of twenty pounds to secure the towne from any
charge that may arise by the foresaid Chapin or his family to the
said towne. AVittnes his hand.

ISACK CuLLIMORE.

Sarah Bre wester is admitted an inhabitant and M"". Wm. Paddy
acknowledges himselfe, heyres and assignes bound to the townes
treasurer in a bond of twenty pounds to secure the towne from an}'
charge that may arise by the said Brewster or her family to the
said towne. Wittnes his hand.

WiLL^^ Paddy.

Walter Salter is Admitted an inhabitant and Beniamin Brisco and
Thomas P^dsell doe binde themselves, heires and assignes to the
Towns Treasui-er in a bond of twenty pound to save the Town from
any charge that may arise from the said Walter or an}^ of his
family.

Beniamin Brisco, Thomas Edsell.

[141.] 8 March, 57-8.

Att a generall townes meeting upon publick notice from house to
house, there were chosen for the yeare ensuing upon the townes
service, for Deputyes, Capt. Tho. Clarke and M^ Ed. Hutchinson.

Select men, M^ Tho. Broughton, M"". Wm. Paddy, Ens. Jos.
Scotto, Mr. Tho. Lake, M"". Jacob Sheafe, Ens. Jno. Hull, and
Wm. Davis.

Surveyors of Highwa3'es, Tho. Dewer, Joseph How, Ralph
Mason, Rich. Carter, and Henry Greene att Rumny marsh.

Clarkes of the Markett, Henry Philips and Jno. Odlin.

Sealers of leather, Wm. Courser and Sam Norden.

Packer offish and meate, Wm. Dinsdale.

Constables, M^ Jno. Richards, Fran. Dowse, Henr}' Powning
and Jno. Blake.

Capt. James Olliver is chosen Coinissioner to receive the

*This bond is cancelled by lines drawn over it, and in the margin the words, " he
13 departed the towne."



144 City Document No. 46.

proxyes for magistrates and County Treasurer, and to carry them
to the shire meeting.

Itt is ordered that Goodman Cop shall have some land given
him att Braintree, according to the discretion of the select men.

9: 1: 57.

Att a meeting of "Wm. Paddy, Tho. Lake, Jacob Sheafe, Jos.
Scotto, and Wm. Davis.

Wm. Davis was chosen Recorder.

Ens. Jno. Hull, Treasurer.

Ens. Jos. Scotto for sealer of weights and measures.

29: 1: 58.

Att a meeting of M"". Tho. Broughton, M^ Wm. Paddy, M^
Jacob Sheafe, M\ Tho. Lake, and Ens. John Hull.

There is graunted to Wm. Copp one hundred acres of land att
Braintree, which hee is to lay outt next to some of the lands for-
merly granted.

M"". Peter Olliver hath liberty to make a Cart bridge over the
Creeke that goes to Ben. Gillams.

Wm. Poliard hath liberty to sett upp a porch att his house
three foote and a halfe before his house, and to enjoy itt during the
townes pleasure.

Robert Blott is appointed to keepe the sheepe for this yeare, and
the owners of all sheep that are putt on the coiTion after the 10th
of this month shall pay to the shepheard according to the order last
yeare, and that all those that shall keepe sheepe on the coihon
shall deliver them to the said shepheard, and if any are found on
the coihon not delivered to the said shepheard the owners shall
pay 2d. for every sheepe to the shepheard for ever}" daj-es trans-
gression.

[143.] 2:2: 58.

Att a meeting of M^ Tho. Broughton, M^ Tho. Lake, M^ Jacob
Sheafe, Ens. Jno. Hull, M^ Wm. Paddy, and Wm. Davis.

Bird Hand is lett to James Everill and Rich. Wood}" for sixty
yeares, paying 12d. silver or a bushell of salt every first of
March to the ToAvne Treasurer, and in defect of payment att the
day 2.5. or two bushells of salt, and so \2d. or a bushell of
salt for every month's neglect, and the said Hand is bound for
payment.

Whereas severall parcells of the townes ground is taken up by
sellar doores, which proove accomodal)le to many of the inhabi-
tants, and in time by custome may bee claimed to bee propriety by
the present or future possessours of such houses as enjoy that privi-
ledg. Itt is therefore ordered that every person that hath or shall
have a cellar doore into any of the streetes of the towne shall pay
twelve pence every first of Alarch to the Towne Treasurer, and in
case of non-payment tlie Treasurer of the Towne is impowred to
leavy the same by distress.

AVhereas M''. Hnl)acuck Glover hath sett up severall pillars upon
the townes ground to support his house ; Itt is ordered that the



Boston Town Records, 1G58. 145

said Habacnck Glover shall pay twelve pence for every such pillar
so erected, ever}- first of March to the Towne Treasurer.

Whereas divers offences arise through defective fences, and dif-
ferent apprehensions of the sufficienc}' of fences betweene proprie-
tors ; Itt is therefore ordered that all outside fences aboutt pastures
or cornl'eilds shall bee substantially fenced, either with five rayles,
or posts and pales, or sufficient stone walls, or other wise, accord-
ing to the judgment of the select men ; and that all partitionall
fences betweene lott and lott shall be ordered by the select men, in
case of the disagreement of the proprietors ; and in case any dam-
age arise to others, b}- the defect of fences, the party whose fence
is defective shall pay all damages, as shall bee adjudged by the
select men or any deputed by them upon +Jie complaint of any
damaged.

Itt is ordered that demaund bee made of Leiut. Turner for a high
way from Elder Pen's to centr}' hill ; according to a former order
of towne.

There is let unto Leiut. Wm. Hudson the Lane between Elder
Pen and ]VT. Willson's Garden, during the Townes pleasure, he
paying ten shillings in mony everie first of March to the Townes
Treasurer, and to secure it that it may be ready for passage of Horse
and foote, without Interruption.

[148.] Whereas by long and sad experience very many and
greatt damages have accrued to this towne b}^ swine, besides the
many dangers that children have beene in of loss of life and limb,
and elder people also of greatt hurt, by the unrulines and raven-
ousnes of swine, and nottwithstanding the law in that case provided
by the Gen. Court that requires the making and constituting
effectuall orders to prevent all harmes b}' swine. And although
j'earel}' endeavours have beene to attaine the end aforesaid and
yett fruittles.

Itt is therefore ordered that henceforth every inhabitant in this
towne that shall keepe any swine within this towne after the first of
the next month they shall constantly keepe up such swine in their
owne ground. And in case any swine in any part of this towne,
outt of the owner's lands, the owner of such swine shall pa}^ for
every such defect two shillings, sixe pence to the Townes Treas-
urer, for the townes use, to be leavied by warrant under his hand,
or an}' other of the select men, to the constable. And to the end
this order may nott bee frustrated, itt shall bee lawfull for (and is
desired of) every one to inform of the breach of this order, and
shall have liberty to impound such swine, for which the one halfe
of the fines shall bee allowed to the enformer or impounder.

And nottwithstanding the aforesaid order of keeping upp swine,
yett shall so keep them up to the anoyance of any neighbours or
travellers through the coiTion streetes or high wayes, upon the fore-
said pcEualty for every offence, after notice given them by any of
the select men.

26 : 2 : 58.

Att a meeting of M^ Wm. Paddy, M^ Tho. Lake, M^ Jacob
Sheafe, Ens. Jos. Scotto, Ens. Jno. Hull, and Wm. Davis.



146 City Document No. 46.

Ralph Roote is appointed to keepe tlie Cowes this 3-eare ensuing,
and to have 2s. Gel. per head for every cow.

Itt is ordered that Jno. Marshall goe through the towne to view
whether every house is supplied with a ladder according to order
of towne, and to returne the names of such as are defective.

Itt is ordered that nine pounds, eight shillings bee paid to Wm.
Cotton for mending the high wa}'.

Itt is ordered that Capt. Walden shall have liberty to sett upp
two pillars under his porch, and to pay two shillings every first of
March, in mony, to the Towne Treasurer.

[144:.] Whereas Jno. Conney is aboutt to burne brickes in
his lott behind his house, and ver}' neare other houses, Itt is
ordered that hee shall not proceede in burning any brickes in that
place.

Capt. James Olliver, Ens. John Webb, Nat. Williams, Jacob
Eliot, Tho. Gardiner, and Jno. Kenriek are appointed for the per-
ambulation betweene Roxbury and Cambridg.

31: 3: 58.

Att a meeting of M^ Tho. Broughtou, M'. Wm. Paddy, Ens.
Jos. Scotto, Ens. Jno. Hull, M'". Jacob Sheafe, M^ Tho. Lake, and
Wm. Davis.

Jno. Peirce is admitted an inhabitant.

Esdras Read is admitted an inhabitant.

Capt. Jno. Cnllick is admitted an inhabitant.

Tho. Ashley is admitted an inhabitant.

Jno. Martin is admitted an inhabitant.

Whereas Jno. Conny was prohibited to burne brickes in his lott
behind his house, and yett uottwithstanding hath presumed to sett
his kilne, Itt is ordered that in case hee fire the kilne hee shall pay
ten shillings a day as a fine during the fire being in itt ; And if
after the burning the kilne now sett hee presume to sett another
kilne or kilnes and fire itt, the former fine shall then bee doubled
upon him.

Whereas by experience itt is found that the liberty of making
cellar doores into the streetes (though acomodable to the owners)
proove ver}- disadvantagious to passengers in their travell to and
fro, whereby they are forced to difflcultyes uott a few, Itt is there-
fore ordered that every cellar doore that opens into any streete of
the towne shall be cutt off two foote att the lower end of the doore,
and laid flatt with a planke, or else paved six foote withoutt their
cellar doores. and this to bee done by tlie first of October next, on
the poenalty of twelve pence a weeke for every weekes neglect
after the day proefixed.

Itt is ordered that what marishes about this neck cannott bee fed,
and are capable of mowing, shall bee lett outt for mowing by the
To'vne Treasurer for the townes use. As also to improove the
Cedar swamp att Muddy river for what grass may bee cutt therein.

24: 4: 58.

Att a meeting of M''. Wm. Paddy, M'. Tho. Lake, M^ Jacob
Sheafe, Ens. Jos. Scotto, Jno. Hull, and Wm. Davis.



Boston Town Records, 1658. 147

Martin Stebin is allowed to draw beere for a yeare provided hee
provide a meet person to take care of that employment.

29: 4: 58..

Att a meeting of M*". Jacob Sheafe, M^ Tho. Lake, Ens. Jos.
Scotto, Ens. Jno. Hull, M"". Wm. Paddy, and Wm. Davis.

David Cliapin is admitted an inhabitant.

Sarah Brewster is admitted an inhabitant.

[145.] Whereas many children and others are exposed to
many dangers by Carts, either bj- being left carelessly in the
streetes Avithont their drivers, or else by the Carters riding' through
the towne in their Carts, Itt is therefore ordered that henceforth
all horse-carts shall bee led by the carters with a raj'ne, and shall
nott be left loose in any streete, butt shall bee tyed to some place
where they may not break loose. And itt is further ordered that
no other Carters shall bee permitted to ride in their Carts, when
they drive through the towne, nor leave their oxen standing loose
in any streete ; And in case any shall bee scene to act contrarj- to
this order, they shall pay two shillings for every such offence, and
this order to take place upon every Cart that shall come to this
towne after due publication.

The Cedar swamp att Muddy river is lett to Ralph IMason his
heyres and assignes for fifty yeares next ensuing, after the first of
March next, in consideration whereof, hee shall pay yearly every
first of March fourty shilUngs in wheate and pease proportionately ;
and hee is to pay fourt}' shillings for this sulner, and a fayre livery
Cupboard for the towne house.

AVhereas many careless persons carry fire from one house unto
another in open fire pans or brands ends, by reason of which
greatt damage may accrew to the towne ; It is therefore ordered
that no person shall have liberty to carry fire from one house to
another, without a safe vessell to secure itt from the wind, upon
the poenalty of ten shillings to bee paid bj- every party so fetching,
and halfe so much by those that permitt them so to take fire.



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