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have any new all[otment of planting] ground upon the necke, how
much of the said fence [he shall make and to view and] allow of
the sufficiency thereof, or else they are not [to plant their allot-
ments.]

Item : That in regard of the unequall disposing of the [planting



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ground all iotteheretof ] d re it is now agreed by genrall consent
[that none of the inhabitants shall] be accounted to have any
[estate of inheritance on the planting ground] upon the necke,
save onely in theire house plotte, gardens [and yards, untill] the
towne shall take [order for a more equal disposing thereof amongst
them].*

[4.] Item : Whereas the greatest part of the ground at Mount
Woollistone intended to have beene given from the Inhabitants to
our Pastor, M^ John Wilson, iu leiwe or exchange for his farme
at Misticke, have prooved to belong unto the Indyans an4
others, whose interest therein he hath beene forced to purchase.
The Inhabitants doe therefore relinquish all claime unto his said
land at Misticke, and doe farther confirme unto him his interest in
his said land att Mount WoUistone, with further allowance to
have by way of purchase from the Indyans and others or other-
wise, soe much of the upland ground within or about his said
grounds there as may make him up a Convenient farme there.

The 14th of the 10th moneth, 1635.

Att a generall meeting uppon publique notice.

Imprymis : It is agreed, by generall consent that M^ William
Coleborne, M''. WilUiam Aspynwall, M^ John 8ampford,Winiam
Balstone and Richard Wrigiit, shall, in the behaife of the towne,
goe and talvc viewe at Mount Woollistone, and bound out there
what may bee sufBcient for M^ William Coddington and Edmund
Quinsey to have for their particular farmes there, and accordingly
as they five or foure of them shall agree upon to stand, and the
same to be entered in this booke.

Item : It is agreed that the said five men, or foure of them, shall
lay out at Muddy Ryver a sufficient allotment for a farme for our
Teacher, M"". John Cotton.

Item : It is agreed that M''. William Colborne shall have his
proportion of ground for a farme unto him laid outt at Muddy River,
ncare unto and about his house which he hath there built, b}' the
other foure before mentioned, viz., William Aspynwall, John Samp-
ford, William Balstone and Richard Wright, or three of them.

Item: That the two Elders, M'. Thomas Oll.yver and Thomas
Leveritt, shall have their proportion of allotments for theire farming
layd out at Muddy River, b}' the before named five persons, viz.,
William Colborne, William Aspynwall, John Sampford, William
Balstone and Richard Wright, or foure of them.

Item : That the poorer sort of the Inhabitants such as are mem-
bers or likely so to be, and have noe Cattell, shall have their pro-
portion of allotments for planting ground, and other assigned unto
them by the Allotters, and layd out at Muddy River by the afore-
named five persons, or foure of them ; those that fall betweene the
foote of the hill and the Water to have but 4 acres upon a head, and
those that are farther of to have five acres for ever^^ head, the plott
to begin next Muddy Ryver side.

[ *A part of the leaf is lost now, but the blanks are filled from the copy made in
1855.]



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Item: That M". William Hutchinson, M^ Edmund Quinsey,
M^ Samuell Wilbore, M^ William Cheesborowe and John
Ollyver, or foure of them, shall, by the assignments of the AUotters,
lay out their proportion of allottments for farmes att Rumley
Marsh, whoe there are to have the same.

[5.] The 4th of the 11th moneth, called January, 1635.

Att a generall meeting upon publique notice.

Imprymis : It is agreed b}- generall consent that M^ Atherton
Haulgh shall have six hundred acres layd him out beyond Mount
WooUystone, betweene Monottycott Ryver and the bounds that
part our bounds from Wamoth ; and if there be not convenient
meadowe there for his said farme then he is to bee accomodated
with meete meadowe for it in the little meaddow at the upper end
of the fresh brooke called the stande, and to bee layd out by the
former fyve mentioned persons, namely William Colborne, William
Aspinall, John Sampford, William Balstoue and Richard Wright,
or foure of them.

Item : It is agreed that hereafter from this da}' none shall fell
any Wood or timber at Muddy Ryver, or any other place of private
allottments, but upon their owne allottments.

Item : That all such as have felled any trees in any the ap-
pointed place for private allotments, shall eyther cart away the
same within this six monthes, or else the owners of the ground shall
have it.

Item : It is agreed that every one shall have a sufficient way unto
his allotment of ground, wherever it be, and that the Inhabitants of
the towne shall have libertie to appoint men for the setting of them
out, as need shall require, and the same course to be taken for all
comon high ways, both for the towne and countrie.

Item : It is agreed* that all the alottments att Mount WooUyston
shalbe set out, by M"". Coddington, William Colbourne, William
Aspinall, Edmund Quinsey, and Richard Wright, or some foure of
them ; and that every allotment shall have a convenient proportion of
meaddowe therefore, according to their number of cattell that have
the same.

Item: That M^ William Hutchinson shall have a sufficient
farme layd him out att Mount WooUystone beyond M^ Codding-
ton's farme, and M'. Wilson s into the countrie adioyning to Dor-
chester bounds by the afforesaid five persons, or foure of them, and
at their discretions.

The 23d of the 11th moneth, 1635.

Att a generall meeting upon publique notice.

Imprymis at this meeting, Thomas Marshall is, by generall con-
sent, choosen for the keeping of a ferr}' from the mylne point unto
Charltowne, an to Wynnyseemitt, and to take for his ferrying
unto Charltowne, as the ferryman there hath, and unto Wynny-

* [The following words arc stricken out: "that Ollyvcr Mellows, William Balston,
Thomas E , Jacob EUyot, James Evcrill, James P'cnnymau, John (Buffer ?), Wil-
liam Chesborowe, Richard Truesdale, Edward Hutchinson, and Richard Wright shall
have."]



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semitt for a single person, 6d. ; for two, 6d. ; and for ever}' one
above the number of two, 2d. a peece.

Item : That such of the poorer Inhabitants, whose allotments
were other where, should have libertie for 3 yeare to plant at
Mudd}- R^'ver, where the rest doe plant, upon such part of their
Allotments as themselves are not able for the present to plant :
thev, in regard thereof, making their part of the fence, and leaving
such fence as the}' doe make in due reparation, and not taking away
any of the Wood or timber upon those allottments.

[6.] Item : It was likewise agreed that for the raj^sing of a new
Worke of fortification upon the Forthill, about that which is there
alredcly begune, the whole towne would bestowe fourteene dayes
worke, b}'^ equall proportion, and for this end M^ Deputie, M^
Henry Vane, M''. John Winthrop, Senr., M"". William Coddington,
M^ John Winthrop, Junr., Captaine John Underbill, and M"". Wil-
liam Brenton were authorised as Commissioners ; that they, or the
greater part of them, should sett downe how many dayes worke
would be equall for each man to doe, and what money such should
contribute beside their worke as were of greater abilities, and had
fewer servants, that there with provision of tooles and other
necessar3'es might bee made, and some recompence given to such
of the poorer sort as should be found to bee overburdened with their
foureteene dayes worke ; and M"". John Cogan is Chosen treasurer,
and M"'. William D3'er, clarke, for the furtherance of this worke.
The Worke also is to be gon in hand with soe soone as Weather
will permitt in regard that the Ingineere, M"". Lyon Garner, who
doth soe freely offer his help thereunto hath but a short time of
stay.

Money lent to this worke : By the Deputy, £5 ; by M^ Vane, £5 ;
by M^ Winthrop, £o ; M"". Coddington, £5 ; M"-. Winthrop, Junr,,
io ; M". Kayne, £5 ; M'. Hutchinson, £5 ; M'. Cogan, £5 ; M'.
Oll^'ver, and Tho. Leveritt, £5 ; M^ Cogeshall, and M^ Harding,
£5.

The 19th of the 12th moneth, called February, 1635.

At a generall meeting upon publique notice.

Imprymis : M^ William Hutchinson, M"". William Colborne and
M''. William Brenton are chosen to serve for Comitt3'es ; M"". John
Cogan and M''. William Aspinell to serve on the grand Jury, and
Richard Fairebancke, Wm. Hudson and James Pennj^mau to serve
of the pettie Jury.

The 27th of the last moneth, called February, 1635.

Att a meeting upon pryvate Warning it was agreed that there
shalbe a Watch taken up and gone arround with from the 1 of 2d
month next, for the summertime, from sunne sett an houre after the
beating of the drumbe, upon penaltie for every one wanting therein
12cL for every night.

The 14 of the 1 moneth, called March, 1636

Att a generall meeting upon private warning.

At this meeting it was agreed that M''. Thomas Oliver, Thomas



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Leveritt, M"". William Hutchinson, William Colborne, John Gog-
geshall, John Sampford, Richard Tuttell, William AspcMiall,
William Brenton, William Balston, Jacob Ellyott and James Peune
shall from this day oversee, looke unto and sett order for all the
Allottmeuts within us, and for all Comers in unto us, as also for
all other the occasions and businesses of this Towne, excepting
matters of Election for the Generall courte — and so from time to
time to bee agreed upon and ordered b}' them, or the greater parte
of them, for these next six monethes.

And, whereas, att a Generall meeting the 14th of the 10th
moneth last it was ordered that M"'. William Colborne, M''. William
Aspinall, John Sampford, William Balstone, and Richard Wright
should bound out M". William Coddingtons and Edmund Quinse^'s
farmes att Mount Woolly stone, and the same accordingly to bee
entred in this booke ; now the said five persons have thus given in
the bounds thereof, vizt., that M"". Wilson's lott shallbe the
Northerly bound and the Sea on the east part, with so much of the
neck of land toward Nutt Hand unto the marked trees of the neck,
and so to be compassed about on the south and west part as wee
have marked, it out by trees from place to place unto the dead
swamp next IM''. Wilson's, Excluding a parcell of marsh land in
which there stands 3 horaocks, with pyne trees upon the south
side of the marsh neare the water.

[7,] The 21st of the 1st moneth, 1636.

At a meeting of Thomas Ollyver, Thomas Leveritt, William
Hutchinson, William Coulborne, John Coggeshall, John Sampford,
Wilham Brenton, AVilham Balston, and James Penne.

Imprymis : At this day upon our viewe these former graunted Al-
lotments were not built upon according to a former order made the
30th of the 9th moneth last, and therefore that they are free to be
otherwise disposed of, vizt., ]VT. Atherton Haulghes, Zackie Bos-
worth, Richard Truesdayles, Richard Oakes, Nathaniell Wood-
warde, Thomas Meakins the elder, and Thomas Meakius the younger,
M^ Greene's, M"". Mullyn's, Richard Walker's, John Palmer's,
James Johnson's, Richard Brackett's, Thomas Blott's, Richard
Tuttell's, Barnabie Dorryfall's, Thomas Savage's, Bush-
nail's, M''. Woodwarde, M"". Stanley's, Roberte Houlton's, Anthou}^
Barker's, Grigges, the Carpenters, and Richard Wrighte.

Item : At this meeting it is ordered that all the fences belong-
ing to the Corne feilde shall bee made sufficient before the 14th
day of the next second moneth upon payne of 5s. for every rodd
defective, and they to bee overseene and looked unto thus, namely,
the feild towards Rocksberiy by Jacob Ellyott and Jonathan
Negoose, the fort feild by James Penn and Richard Gridley, the
mylne feild b}^ John Button and Edward Bendall, and the new
feild by John Audley and Thomas Fairewether.

Item : it is agreed that the Cowes shall bee kept from the 1st of
the 3d moneth next unto the last of the eight moneth.

Item : It is ordered that none of the Inhabitants amongst us that
have any milch cow shall keepe any goate upon the necke, nor
that they that have onely goats shall keepe any but their milch



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goats upon the necke, nor to keepe above fyve of them foi' any
one houshold, and all the rest to be sent away by the 1 of the 3d
moneth next.

Item : That all gelt beast but those that are in present use for
draughts, shall bee put of from of the necke before the said 1st
day of the third moneth.

Item : That noe Inhabitant amongst us shall keepe above twoe
milche cowes on the necke ; and those that are more, to bee had a
way before the said 1st day of the 3 moneth.

Item : That all hoggs shall bee putt of the necke or kept up
from goeing abroad before the 2d day of the 2d moneth next, upon
payne of the forfeyture of them to bee seized upon by John
Sampford and William Balstone, halfe to the owner, and one
quarter to the takers, and the other quarter for publique uses.

The 9th of the 3d moneth, called May, 1636.

Att a meeting on the day by Thomas Olyvar, Thomas Leveritt,
William Hutchinson, William Coulborne, John Coggeshall, William
Aspinall, William Brenton, William Balstone, James Penne.

It was ordered that noe Townsmen shall entertaine any stran-
gers into theire houses for above 14 dayes, without leave fi'om those
that are appointed to order the townes businesses.

Item : It is ordered that William Aspinnall, William Brenton,
William Balston, John Sampford, and James Penne, or some foure
of them shall kn- out our Pastor M^ John Wilsons bounds and M'.
WiUiam Hutehinsons att Mount WooUystono.

Item : It is ordered that none shall keepe any victualling houses
for the selling of wine, beare, cakes or any other kinde of victualls
within this towne, but onely such as are allowed thereunto as
Inkeepers.

[8.] The 13th of the 3d moneth, May, 1636.

Att a generall meetinge upon publique notice.

Att this Assembly M''. William Hutchinson, M^ John Cogge-
shall and M^ Wilham Brenton are chosen for Deputyes or Com-
mittees for the service of this next generall Court.

The 6th of the 4th moneth, June, 1636.

Att a meeting this day before Thomas Olyver, Thomas Leveritt,
Willyam Hutchinson, Willyam Coulborne, John Coggeshall,
William Aspenall, Richard Tuttell, John Sampford and James
Penne,

It was agreed that there shalbe a sufficient foote way made
from William Colbornes feilde end unto Samnell Wylebores feilde
end next Roxburie, by the Surveyors of the high wayes before the
last of the next 5th mouth.

Item : Wee finde that Richard Fairebanke hath sold unto twoe
straingers the twoe houses in Sudbury end that were William
Balstones, contrary to a former order, and therefore the sayle to
bee voyd, and the said Richard Fairbancke to forfeite for his
breaking thereof, xl.s.

Item : Wee finde that Isaacke Cullymore Carpenter hath sould



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his house unto a strainger, contrary to the same order, and
therefore the sayle thereof to bee voyd, and the said Isaaclce Cully-
more to forfeite for his breaking thereof, xls.

The 20th of the 4th moueth, 1G36.

Att a meeting this da\' before Thontts Oh'ver, Thomas Leveritt,
WilUam Hutchinson, WilUam Coulbor^,'_John Coggeshall, WilUam
Aspenall, WiUiam Brenton, John 8iimi>^f6rd", WilUam Balston nnd
James Penne, it was agreed that M'". Owy'n Roe, of London, having
a house and townes lott amongst us and certaine cattell, shall have
layd out for him 200 acres of ground att Mount AVoollystone for
the present releife of his cattell, and for him to inioy whenas he
shalbecome an Inhabitant amongst us, and not otherwise to bee
sett out by William Aspenall, William Brenton, William Balston,
John Sampford and James Penne, or some foure of them.

The 15th of the Gth moneth, 1636.

Att a meeting this day before Thomas Olyvar, Thomas Levei'itt,
William Hutchinson, William Coulborne, John Coggeshall, John
Sampford, Richard Tuttell, William Balstone and James Penne,
It was ordered that John Sampford and William Hudson shalbe
Water baylies to see that noe annoying things eyther by fish,
Wood or stone or other such like things, be left or layd about the
sea shore, upon the forfeyture sett downe in former orders made
the 1st of the 7th moneth, 1634.

[9.] The 22d of the 6th moneth, August 1636.

Att a generall meeting upon this day.

Att this Assemi)ly M''. Willy am Hutchinson, M^ John Cogge-
shall and JNP. William Brenton are chosen for Deputyes or
Comittyes for the service of the next generall Court.

Att this Assembly ]\P. John Newgate is chosen for one of the
Constables within this towne for one whole yeare, and hath taken
his oath accordingly'.

The 16 of the 7th moneth, September, 1636.

Att a generall meeting upon this day.

Att this Assembly M^ Thomas Olyvar, Thomas Leveritt, M^
William Hutchinson, M^ Robte Keayne, M^ John Newgate, M\
William Coulborne, M^ John Coggeshall, INP. John Sampford, I\P.
W^illiam Brenton and M^ WiUiam Balstone are, with generall con-
sent, chosen for these next sixe monthes to oversee and sett order
for all allottments belonging to this towne, and for all other occa-
sions and businesses of the same (excepting matters of Election
for the Generall Corte) from time to time, to bee agreed upon and
ordered by them or the greater part of them.

Item : At this Assembly it was agreed upon b}^ common vote and
bj' lifting up of hands that the 565 acrs as they are described in a
mapp and which were formerly purchased at Mount Woollystone
b}' our Pastor, M"". John AVUson, with the consent of this towne,
partly of M''. Pinclieon, i)artly of M"". Woolcott, partly of M^ Smyth
(or at least his Tytle utterly silenced) and partly of the Indyans



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should bee, and is the Allotment of the said John Wilson there,
together with the lands there in Controversie betwixt Dorchester
and Boston, if the Court adiudge them to Boston.

The 26th of the 7th moneth, 1G3G.

Att a meeting this day before Thomas Olyver, Thomas Leveritt,
WiUiara Hutchinson, Eobte Keayne, John JN^ewgate, William Coul-
borne. John Coggeshall, John tSampford and AViUiam Balstone, it
was founde that William Hudson hath sould an housplott and
garden unto one William Mawer, a strainger, without the consent
of the appointed AUotters, contrarie to a former order, xx s.

Also that William Aspewall hath sould a housplott and a garden
unto one M"". Tinge, contrarie to the same order 2 lb.

Item : That in like sort JM^ Samuell C^ole hath sold an Allotment
unto one M''. Greenefield, and is to forfett for the breaking of the
order iii lb.

The 4th of the 8th moneth, October, 1G36.

Att a meeting this day before Thomas Olyvar, Thomas Leveritt,
WilUam Hutchinson, Robte Keayne, John is'ewgate, John Cogges-
hall William Brenton and Wiliiam Balston, it was agreed and
ordered that from this day there shall noe house at all be built in
this towne neere unto au}^ of the streets or laj'ues therein, but with
the advise and consent of the overseers of the townes occasions for
the avoyding of disorderly building to the inconvenience of streets
and la^uies, and for the more comely and Commodious ordering of
them upon the forfej'ture for every house built Contrarie to this
order, of such some as the ouerseers shall see fitting, under the
sume of X lb.

[10.] The 17 of the 8th moneth, 1636.

Att a meeting this day before Thorns^ Olyvar, Thomas Leveritt,
William Hutchinson, Robert Keayne, John Newgate, William
Coulborne, John Coggeshall, William Brenton and John Samp-
ford, it was ordered by them that all the timber in the markett
place shalbe taken away before the next meeting da^-, which is to
be on the 1 day of the next moneth, upon the forfeyture of such
timber as shalbe there then found, and that noe more timber shalbe
thither brought upon the forfeyture thereof, and the markett place
to be gotten cleane and cleare dressed b}" that time by William
Brenton and John Sampford, upon theire forfeyture of x s. in
default thereof, and the sawe pitte gotten filled.

Item : It is ordered that John Gallop shall remove his pajdes at
his yarde ende within 14 dayes, and to rainge them even with the cor-
ner of his house for the preserving of the way upon the Sea
Bancke.

Item : That William Wilkes, Isaack CuUimore, Henry Lynne,
and M'. Greensmyth shall raynge theii-e payle upon each of their
gi'ounds streight from the corner of William Wilkes his house, or
from the upper poast of his garding gap, and to preserve a path
way, of a Rod breadth, betweene payle and pavle, betweene this
and the 1 of the next 2d moneth, and soe to goe all along unto
John Pemberton's house in the same raynge.



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Also that there shalbe a streete way betweene Henr^' Lynn and
RI'. Samuell Coles' ground, to runne up from the water syde to the
next great crosse streete 1 Rod and halfe broad.

Also another layne to goe up from the water side b}' John
Gallop's, a pole breadth, imto the same crosse way.

Also another layne to be left to goe from the water side up the
bailee or meare that goes up from the end of John Mylam's house,
next William Aspenall's ground, and to goe along to the Mylne
Cove a Rod and a halfe broade.

Item : That the streete way from the gates next James Everill's
towards ,ye mylne is to runne streight along in an even lyne to
John Pemberton's house, and to raynge betweene Thomas Marshall's
house and Sergyant Savage's house, and to be within the streete,
betweene payle and payle, on eyther syde 2 pole bredth.

Also that there shalbe a layne to goe from Cove to Cove,
betweene Thomas Pa^-nter and Thomas Marshall, 1 pole and a
halfe betweene payle and payle in bredth.

The 1st of the 9th moneth, 1G3G.

Att a meeting this day before Thomas Olyvar, Thomas Leveritt,
William Hutchinson, Robert Keayne, William Coulborne, John
Coggeshall, William Brenton, John Sampford, and William Bal-
stone, it is ordered that all the feild fence shalbe made sufficient
with duble rayle and payle before the first of the next second
moneth, upon the forfeyture of those i)lanting grounds that are not
soe fenced, or else to pay for every rodd then undone, x s.

The 15th of the same.

Att a meeting this day before Thomas OWvar, Thomas Leavitt,
William Hutchinson, Robert Keayne, John Newgate, William
Coulborne, John Coggeshall, John Samford, William Brenton, and
William Balstone, William Hudson hath pa^xl into the hands of
M''. Robert Keayne, v s. ; William Aspenall, xxv s. ; and 8amuell
Cole, XX s., for theire forfeyture upon their houses selling contrary
to a former Order.

Also at this meeting Richard Fairebanck is chosen for our
Hog Reeve, according to order of Court.

Also it was agreed that our Teacher, M"". John Cotton, shall
have unto his lott, at Muddy Ryvar, all the ground l3'ing betweene
the twoe brooks next to William Colborne's allottment there, and
soe to the other end unto the shortest overcut be3'ond the hill towards
the north west.

[11.] The 28th of the 9th moneth, 1636.

Att a meeting this day before Thomas Olyvar, Thomas
Leveritt, William Hutchinson, Robert Keayne, John Newgate,
William Coulborne, John Coggeshall, WilUam Brenton, John
Sampford, and William Balstone, it is ordered and agreed that
Robte Harding shall remove the little house in his yard, and take
it awa}' from thence before the 1 of the next 3d moneth.

Also it is agreed that the Inhabitants whoe doe want wood
shall have hberty to gett for their use at Deare Island, soe as that



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they presently take and carrye away what they doe gett, and what-
soever the^^ leave felled there to be at liberty lor others to take
awa}-.

The M day of the 10th moneth, 1G3G, December.

Att a generall meeting npon publique notice, ]\F. John Cogge-
shall, M''. William Coulborne, and M"". William Brcnton are chosen
for Deputyes or Comittees for the service of this next (icneraU
Court.

Also these 8 are chosen to Consider of INIoimt AVolistone bnsi-
nessc, and for the ri[)ening thereof how there may bee a Towne
and Church there, witii the consent of this Towne's Inhabitants, viz. :
The Governor, the Deputy Governor, M"". OUyvar, ]M^ Keayne,
M^ Newgate, M^ Coulborne, M^ Coggeshall, and M^ Brenton.

The 12th of the same 10th moneth.

Att a meeting this day of Tliomas Olyvar, Thomas Leveritt,
Willyam Hutchinson, Robert Keayne, Jolni Newgate, William
Coulborne, Jt)hn Coggeshall, William Brenton, John Sanford, and
AV^illiam Balstone, it is agreed that Edward Belchar, William Tal-
mage, Thomas Snowe, and William Deninge, and John Arratt, the



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