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Dyke, in 1776:

Bartlett Holmes, cusign.

Plymouth enlistmeuts in the regiment of Col.



Aaron Willard, for the expedition to Lake Champlaiu,

in January, 1777 :

Samuel N. Nelson, capt. Zaduck Barrows.

Thomas Burgess. William Holmes.

Plymouth enlistmeuts in Capt. Sawyer's company,
Col. Dykes' regiment, iu 1777, for an uuknown term
of service :

Ezra Holmes. Joshua Brainhall.

William Rider. William Blaekuior.

Elkanah Holmes. Uufus Robbins.

John Marshall. Lemuel Bartlett.

Ebenezer Robbius. Saoiuel Wheeler.

Ebenezer Robbius, Jr. Barnabas Holmes.

Peter Luninau.

Plymouth men drafted for nine mouths iu 177S :
Nath 1 Spooner. Jonathan Holmes.

John Bacon. Joshua Battles.

Joshua Wright. John Rider.

Isaac Torrey.

The following company of Plymouth men was
raised to march with the prisoners of war taken in
the British ship " Somerset" in 1778 :

Wm. Crow Cotton, capt. Burnet Holmes.

John Goddard, lieut. Ebenezer Robbins.

Aiuaziah Harlow, sergt. Samuel Robbins.

Thaddeus Faunce, sergt. William Keen.

William Barnes, sorgt. Geurgc Morton.

Ebenezer Cobb, corp. Edward Morton.

Nathan Holmes, corp. Judah Bartlett.

Richard Durfey. George Sampson.

Job Cobb. Edward Doten.

Ebenezer Nelson. James Churchill.

John Peckham. Zaccheus Morton.

Zadoek Churchill. William Iluluies.

Cornelius Cobb. Josoph Nelson.

Peter Holmes. William Drew.

Men raiaed to serve as a guard under Gen. Heath

in and about Boston, iu 1778, for three mouths :

Oliver Morton. Thaddeus Uipley.

Caleb Morton. William Hunt.

John Soulhworth. John Chubbuck.

Thomas Winslow. Samuel Kempton, Jr.

Ebenezer Morton. Noah Bisbee.

John Phillips. Asaph T>isbee.

Cornelius Holmes. William Ripley.

John King. John Perkins.
William Lucas.

Men raised April, 1778, for nine months, to march
to Fishkill :



Isaac Torrey.
John Rider.
Aiuasa Delauo.
William Hunt.
John Hunt.



Joshua Wright.
Joshua Battles.
Patrick Wells.
Natbauiel Spooner.
Jonathan Holmes.
John Bacon.

Men raised April, 1778, to march to Pcekskill for
eight months' service :

James Shurtletl'. Meudall Churchill.

Samuel Holmes. Levi Holmes.

Robert Harlow. James Harlow, capt.



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John Douglass.
Corneliua Morey, Jr.

Levi Ti it k h.uii.



Men raised June, 1778, to march to Providence
for six months' service:

Haviland Torrey. John Darling.

Samuel Culderwood. Stephen Gibbs.

Zadock Burrows. Ezekiel Raymond.

Patrick Morris. Lemuel Leach.

William Blukcly. Josiah Morton (3d).
George Duvie.

Men raised July, 1778, for six months' service

under Gen. Heath in and about Boston :

Solomon Bartlett.
Nathan Churchill.
Samuel Kemp ton.
Thuddoua Riply.

Men raised for two months' service under Gen. Sul-
livan, in Rhode Island, July, 1770 :

William C. Cotton, capt. William Barnes.

Abiel Washburn. Zaccheus Barnes.

Samuel Holmes. Ichabod Holmes, Jr.

John liil.ui'l. Barnabas Dunham.

David Gorhuin. William Davie.

John Phillips. Caleb Sampson.

William Clark. Benjamin Chubbuck.

Cornelius Holmes. Ephraim Hunt.

James Churchill. William Cassudy.

William Drew. Levi Paty.

Michael Poor. Josiah Cornish.

Elnathan Lucas. William Cornish.

Joseph Burbank. Lemuel Bartlett.

William Coye. Ephraim Norris.

Lemuel Bobbins. Ebed Mclock.
Lewis Weston, 2d lieut.

Men raised to serve three months in and about
Bostuu, under Gen. Heath, September, 1778 :

Cornelius Holmes, for John Ansel Harlow.

Kemp ton, Jr. Benjamin Chubbuck.

Caleb Sampson.

Men raised to serve three months under Gen. Sul-
livan, in Rhode Island, September, 1778:

Michael Power. Trask.

Cornelius Holmes.

Men raised to serve two months under Gen. Sul-
livan, in Rhode Island, May, 1779:

Levi Tinkhaui. Samuel Holmea.

Enlistments in Capt. Edward Sparrow's company,
Col. Nathan Tyler's regiment, for six months' service
in Rhode Islaud, in 1779 :

Nath' Bartlett. Timothy Battles.

Elnathan Lucas. Ephraiin Paty.

Haviland Torrey.

Men raised for uine months' service, Juue, 1779 :

Stevens Mason. Zaccheus Bartlett.

John Bates. Levi Tiukham.

William Brown. John Chubbuck.

Nath 1 Holmes, Jr. Joseph Sylvester.

Michael Poor. Plato Turner.

William Boies. George Churchill.
William Cussady.



Men raised for two months' service, August. 1779 :

Samuel Holmes. Thomas Johnson.
William Garret.

Men raised to march to Tiverton on three months'

service, July, 1780 :

Nath 1 Torrey. Robert Jackson.

Nath 1 Holmes. Ebenezer Lucas.

Issachar Howland. Benjamin Washburn.

William Bobbins. William Barnes.

Samuel Nelson. Corban Barnes, Jr.

Nathan Churchill. Levi Holmes.

Ebenezer Churchill. Joshua Battles.

Thomas Spuouer. James Wright, Jr.

Samuel Bates. Julin Rider.

William King. Sylvauus Paty.

John King. Asa Dunham .

Israel Dunham. Charles Morton.



Joseph Fuller.
Patrick Morris.
Thaddeus Ripley.
William Holmes.
Samuel Bryant.
Saiuuel Holmes.
Wilson Churchill.
Samuel Rogers.
Henry Richmond.
Joshua Battles.
Thomas Kelley



Enlistments for six months in 1780 :

Timothy Battles.
Diman Bartlett.
Seth Thrasher.
Ephraim Paty.
John King.
Jonathan Thrasher.
Josiah Morey.
Zaccheus Barnes.
Plato Turner.
Silas Morey.
Josiah Soule.

Miscellaneous enlistments:

Josiah Connett. William Brown.

Daniel Lotbrop. George- Tomson.

Ebenezer Howard. Ralph Burrow.

Roger Magoon. James Patterson.

Joshua Winship. Solomon Bartlett, Jr.

Benjamiu Clark. Andrew Dub arrow.

Joshua Sylvester. Stevens Mason.

Cuto (negro). David Cobb.

Quabh (negro). Philip Foster.

Joshua Holmes. Cornelius Holmes.

John Black. Caleb Bartlett.

Samuel Hollis. Isaac Lucas.

William Boies. Seth Morton.

John Bates. Richard Cooper.

Michael Bowes. Lemuel Simmons.
Levi Tiukham.

Men raised, for forty days, to reiu force Count de
Rochambeau in Rhode Islaud, February, 1781 :

Seth Churchill. Silas Doty.

William Atwood. Ezra Lucas.

Solomon Burtlett. Jesse Harlow, Jr.

Thaddeus Robbins. Lothrop Turner.

William Mackey. EbeuezerSampson.

Frank Churchill. Ephraim Holmes.

John Harlow. Diman Bartlett.

Rufus Bartlett. William Morton.

Ansel Lucas. James Finney.

Abraham Jackson. Ephraim Paty.

John Rogers. Joseph Holmes.

Enlistments of an unknown date for three years'
service:



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James Anthony.
Thomas Burgess.
Jumes Beaton.
Joshua Briuuhall.
Joshua Battles.
Benjamin Balston.
Samuel Bryaut.
Ralph Bacon.
Solomou Bartlett, Jr.
.lolm Black.
Joseph Bartlett.
Jonathan Belcher.
Joshua Bullen.
John Cooper.
Benjamin Cleaveland.
Cato (negro).
I'll. i.l.l. 'in Churchill.
Benjamin Clark.
Josiub Conaut.
John Clark.
Samuel Dunham.
l)j.n (negro).
Joseph Delano.
Rohert Dunham.
Samuel Drew.
Samuel Dutch.
Samuel Dunham, Jr.
Jabez Delano.
Nath' Ellis.
John Foster.
William French,
tieorge Gamble.
William Greenway.
David Geffrey.
John Hosea.
Thomas Hackman.
Ebenezer Howurd.
Jabez Holmes.
Zacheus HolmeB.
Benjamin Lloye.
Elijah Harlow.
James llowland.
William Jones.
Uohert Keyes.
John lviug.
Amaziah Ring.
Oliver Keiuptun.
Thomas Lake.
George Lemote.
Abijah Luce.
Daniel Lawrence.
Eplnaiiu Luce.
Pcro (negro).



Roger Daniel.
Frank May.
William McCaddoa.
Job Morton.
Abram Morton.
James Morris.
John Marshall.
Paul MeFarlen.
David Morton.
Joseph Plusket.
Joshua Polden.
James Patterson.
William Poldcu.
James Polden.
William Polden, Jr.
John Finney.
Joshua Pookcnict.
David Page.
Peter (negro).
John Paty.
Oliver Remington.
Nath 1 Rhodes.
John Ring.
John Rogors.
Dunicl Robbins.
Rufus Robbins.
Richard (negro).
Henry Richmond.
James Rich.
William Robbins.
Silas ( negro).
Adam Shutc.
Peleg Stcphons.
Levi Shurtiell'.
Barzillui Stetson.
Joshua Sylvestor.
Abel Syspuson.
Stephen Torrey.
George Thompson.
John Totinuu, Jr.
Thomas Trumble(Trib-

ble).
Thomas Torrey, Jr.
William Thurn.
Joshua Tutni.ni.
David Thrasher.
Simon Valentine.
Joshua Winship.
Luke Wheeler.
Samuel Wheeler.
Isaac Wilson.
Martin Wright.



Many of these enlistments and drafts were made
from organized militia companies, composed of all
males between the ages of sixteen and sixty capable
of bearing arms. Of these companies there were
five in Plymouth at the begiuniug of the war. The
first included the district of Manouiet Ponds, and
was commanded by Zaccheus Bartlett, captain ; John
Bartlett, first lieuteuant; Bartlett Holmes, second
lieutenant. The second included the Chiltonville
District, as far north as " Jabez Coiner," and was



commanded by Robert Finney, captain ; Philip Leon-
ard, first lieutenant; Thomas Morton, second lieuten-
ant. The third included the district between Jabez
Corner and Town Brook, and was commanded by
Sylvanus Harlow, captain ; Stephen Churchill, first
lieutenant ; Nathaniel Carver, second lieutenant. The
fourth extended from the brook to Middle Street, and
was commanded by Benjamin Rider, captain ; Richard
Cooper, first lieutenant; John Torrey, Jr., secoud
lieutenant. The fifth extended from Middle Street
to the north limits of the town, and was commanded
by Nathaniel Goodwin, captaiu ; William Morton,
first lieutenant; William Crow Cotton, second lieu-
tenant. These companies included two classes, — one-
quarter active or training members, called the train-
band, and filled up either by enlistmeuts or lot, and
three-quarters, called the alarm-list, equally liable to
be called on for active service, having a voice in the
choice of officers, but on ordinary occasious relieved
from training or muster service. All requisitions for
men during the war were made through brigade, regi-
mental, and company officers, and tilled by enlistment,
if possible, or otherwise by draft. At a later day
Amaziah Harlow and Nathaniel Barnes took the
places of Stephen Churchill and Nathaniel Carver,
Stephen Churchill took the place of Sylvanus Har-
low, Samuel Bartlett took the place of John Torrey,
Jr., William Crow Cotton took the place of Nathaniel
Goodwiu, John Goddard of William Morton, Lewis
Weston of William Crow Cotton, John Torrey be-
came adjutant, and Nathaniel Goodwin was appointed
military superintendent for Plymouth County, and
afterwards lieutenant-colonel of the First Regiment.

At a still later day Peter Kimball took the place
of Samuel Bartlett, Thaddeus Churchill of Nathaniel
Barnes, Branch Blackmer of John Bartlett, Thomas
Ellis of Bartlett Holmes, Philip Leonard of Robert
Finney, Ezekiel Morton of Philip Leonard. These
companies, together with two of Luxbury, one of
Kingston, four of Plymptou, and one of Halifax,
composed the First Regiment, of which Theophilus
Cotton, of Plymouth, was colonel ; Thomas Lolluop,
of Plymouth, lieutenant-colonel, and John Torrey, of
Plymouth, adjutant. In 1779 a company of artillery
was added to the regiment, of which Thomas May-
hew, of Plymouth, was captain, with the rank of
major; Thomas Nicolson, of Plymouth, first lieuten-
ant, aud Johu May, of Plymouth, second lieutenant.
Before Col. Cotton commanded the First Regiment,
succeeding Col. Gamaliel Bradford in that command,
lie commanded an eight-months' regiment at Roxbury
in 1775, called the Sixteenth, the first company of
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captuio ; Nathaniel Lewis, lieutenant, and Benjamin
Warren, ensign. The above list of officers would be
incomplete without the addition of James Warren,
paymaster-general in the Continental army, major-
general of the militia, and the successor of Gen. Jo-
seph Warren as president of the Provincial Congress ;
of Dr. William Thomas, surgeon in the army, and
his four sous, — Joshua, on the staff of Gen. John
Thomas; Joseph, captain of artillery; John, surgeon's
mate under his father; and Nathaniel, who served in
some capacity unknown to the writer. All these
officers were at some time in the field, and complete
the list of eight hundred and twenty-six separate
enlistments contributed by Plymouth to the war of
the Revolution. Of this number three hundred and
ninety-eight received in hard money for bounties
paid by the town three thousand and fifty-six pounds,
seven shillings, and three pence. According to the
returns made in 1777, the number of meu above the
age of sixteen able to bear arms was six hundred and
sixty-eight. That so heavy a drain of men and
money should have been made on the resources of
the town is abundant testimony to the energy and
patriotism and self-sacrifice of its people.

During the war, aside from its distant horrors and
their own sorrows and pecuniary burdens, the people
of Plymouth felt nothing of its desolation. Away
from the track of armies and beyond the sound of
battles, their contribution of men and means and the
rigid economy in living which the war enforced alone
rcmiuded them of the struggle going on. Among
the interesting incidents of the period with which
Plymouth was associated may be mentioned the ap-
pearance of Lieut, (afterwards Admiral) Nelson in
the bay, and his capture of a schooner owned by
Thomas Davis, and commanded by Nathaniel Carver.
After the capture the admiral of the French fleet
lying in Boston harbor, hearing of Nelson's presence
in the bay, put out in chase. Capt. Carver, being
familiar with the coast, was used by Nelson as a pilot,
and safely carried the ship through the intricate
channels of Vineyard Sound, and thus escaped the
pursuer. Nelson afterwards returned into the bay,
and sent Capt. Carver ashore in oue of the boats of
the frigate. Mr. Davis, learning the loss of his
vessel from his captain, determined, if possible, to re-
cover her. Loading a boat with fresh meats and
provisions, he and Capt. Carver put out into the bay,
and, running alongside the ship, passed the word to
the lieutenant that he had brought him a present.
They were at once asked on board, and invited to be
the guests of the commander at the dinner at which
he was just seating himself. At the close of the



dinner Nelson ordered his writing-desk, and wrote
the following certificate, the original of which is in
the author's possession :

"These are to certify that I took the schooner 'Harmony,'
Nathaniel Carver, master, belonging to Plymouth, but on ac-
count of his good services have given him up his vessel again.

" Dated on board His Majesty's ship ' Albeuiarle,' 17th Au-
gust, 17S2, in Boston Bay.

"Horatio Nelson."

It is a little singular that no papers in the Admi-
ralty office and no records of Nelson's life contain
any reference to his presence on the coast of Massa-
chusetts during the war. While Abbott Lawrence
was our minister to England, in 1850 or 1851, at a
dinner where he and the Professor of History in the
College of Edinburgh were guests, the conversation
turning on Nelson, Mr. Lawrence, having seen the
above certificate, ventured to allude to it, much to
the surprise of the professor, who expressed great
doubts as to the accuracy of the allusion. At the
request of Mr. Lawrence, facsimiles of the certifi-
cate were taken and sent to him at London, for the
purpose of removing, as they effectually did, the pro-
fessor's doubts. Thus this small scrap of paper has
been the means of rescuing from oblivion one of the
events in the life of a man whose every act baa now
an importance and interest in the eyes of the world.

Among those associated with Plymouth in the ear-
liest stages of the Revolutionary struggle there were
two whose names must not be overlooked. In 1769,
Alexander Scammell graduated at Harvard, and went
to Plymouth in the same year to teach a public school.
His predecessor in the school, John Barrows, of At-
tleboro', was displaced by the school committee, much
to the annoyance of his friends, who endeavored to re-
instate him. Mr. Scammell was unwilling to release
the committee and remained. He was a native of
Meriden, and after teaching two years removed to
Portsmouth, where he carried on the business of sur-
veyor. At the breaking out of the war he was tip-
pointed brigade-major of the State of New Hamp-
shire, and soon after colonel of the Third New Hamp-
shire Rcgimeut. He afterwards rose to the rank of
adjutant-general of the American army, and at the
siege of Yorktowu, on the 30th of September, 17S1,
was wounded and made prisoner, and died in the fol-
lowing month. The building in which he taught
school stood, until recently taken down, on the lot
north of the Uuitariau Church, now included within
the limits of Burial Hill.

Peleg Wadsworth, a native of Duxbury, was a class-
mate of Scammell at Harvard, and while the latter was
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conducting a private school in the building which for-
merly stood on the lot in Market Street now occupied
by the widow of Zaben Olney. In May, 1775, then a
resident in Kingston, he raised a company for service
in aud about Boston, and was placed in command. At
a later day, after his removal to Maine, he was in com-
mand of a detachment of State troops, and, like Scaui-
niell, made prisoner of war. He married in Plymouth,
in 1772, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Bartlett, and
hud a large family, one of whom, Zilpah, married
Stephen Longfellow, the father of the poet. Both
Scammell and Wadsworth were early members of the
Old Colony Club, aud joined in the first observance
of the anniversary of the landing in Old Colony Hall,



Dec



1769.



The finances of the town at the close of the war
were in such a precarious condition that it was
thought desirable to dispose of such town lands as
remained unsold. The building yard, as it was called,
in the rear of the house of the late David Turner, in
Lcyden Street, a portion of Training Green, the sheep-
pasture, and sundry lots at the base of Burial Hill,
were soon sold to the highest bidders. The sheep-
pasture consisted of a tract of land about three miles
square in the ueighborhood of the Plyuipton guide-
board, on the Carver road, extending northeasterly
from a poiut a little northerly of the South Meadow
road into what are now the towns of Plymptou, Car-
ver, aud Kingstou, grauted in 1702 to certain indi-
viduals for the keeping of sheep. The experiment
finally proved a failure, and on the surrender of the
land to the towu it was sold, the filial sale of about
eight hundred acres occurring in 1798. But the
business of the town was in a flourishing condition,
and in a few years its wealth far exceeded that of any
previous period in its history. New opportunities
for business enterprises were offering, which a new
class of men, full of vigor and sagacity, were not slow
to recoguize and seize. Immediately before the war
the navigation of the town consisted of about seventy
fishermen of from thirty to thirty-five tons each,
inakiug several trips in the season, aud about twenty
merchant vessels engaged in trade with Jamaica,
Spain, Martinique, Guadaloupe, and other places. At
the close of the war t'evi of these remaiued, but soon
new and larger fishing vessels were built, foreign trade
revived, and the embargo in 1808 saw Plymouth the
owner of seveuteeu ships, sixteen brigs, and about
forty schooners. Wharves and warehouses were re-
built on a larger scale, and were constantly laden with
sugar, molasses, salt, iron, and other imports, sharing
with those of Boston, Salem, Newburyport, and Ports-
mouth the foreign traffic of New England. Manu-



factures were also developed on a more liberal plan,
and an atmosphere of comfort and wealth began to
pervade a community which had long felt serious
burdens, aud had never before eujoyed the superflui-
ties of luxurious living. Schools were improved, a
library was formed, aud in 1785 The I'/ymouth
Journal, a weekly newspaper, was established, edited,
and printed by Nathauiel Coverly. A market-house
was coustructed, and, as a crowning glory of enter-
prise, an aqueduct was built to supply the inhabitants
of the towu with water. This aqueduct is believed to
have been the first constructed in the United States.
On the 15th of February, 1797, Joshua Thomas,
William Davis, James Thacher, William Goodwin,
and Nathaniel Russell, and their associates, were in-
corporated as the proprietors of the Plymouth Aque-
duct. Persons in other towns in the commonwealth
obtaiucd acts of incorporation of prior date, but uo
aqueduct was so early constructed as that in Plym-
outh. Luther Eames and others, of Boston, were
incorporated Feb. 27, 1795 ; Lemuel Stewart aud
others, of Williamstown, Feb. 20, 1796 ; Theodore
Sedgwick and others, of Stockbridge, June 15, 1796 ;
John Bacon and others, of Richmoud, Nov. 2-t, 1796;
Calvin Whiting and others, of Dedham, June 15,
179G ; Chandler Robbins aud others, of the South
Parish of Hallowell, Feb. 9, 1797 ; aud Eli Stearns
and others, of Lancaster, Feb. 14, 1797 ; but in all
these towns the work of construction was more or less
delayed.

The season of prosperity, however, which had so
auspiciously opened, was destined to be of short du-
ration. Foreign complications again arose, and the
embargo of 1807 fell like a shock of paralysis on
every seaport in the land. The prospects of trade
had been so flatteriug that men of enterprise, like
Thomas Jackson, James Warren, William Davis,
Benjamiu Barnes, Barnabas Hedge, George Watson,
aud Samuel and Joseph Bartlett, had invested in
navigation to the extent of their means, and perhaps
borrowed in anticipation of future earnings. Vessels
of every class, with their topmasts housed aud wear-
ing what in the last days of the embargo were called
Madison night-caps, lay useless and rotting at the
wharves, crippling more or less every owner aud in-
volving some in bankruptcy, and producing a stagna-
tion which was felt in every warehouse and factory
and household. Exports ceased, the numerous fish-
houses along the shore were packed with fish decay-
ing for waut of a market, sailors were idle, and the
wheels of industry no longer vexed the streams iu
their passage to the sea. After a protracted season
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virtue, the citizens of the town felt themselves called
upon to add their influence to efforts initiated in Bos-
ton to effect the removal of the terrible incubus rest-
ing on every community on the seaboard. At a
meeting of the town, held on the 25th of August,
1S0S, and called at the request of one hundred and
sixty-three of its inhabitants, it was voted, on motion
of William Davis, to choose a committee, consisting
of Joshua Thomas, Abner Bartlett, William Davis,
Zaceheus Bartlett, Barnabas Hedge, Jr., Thomas
Jackson, Jr., and John Bishop, to draw up an ad-
dress to the President, requesting an entire or partial
suspension of the embargo, or, if such a suspension
we.re beyond his power, a special session of Congress
to act in the premises. The committee reported at
the same meeting the following address, which was
unanimously adopted by the town :

" To the President of the United St'ttCB :

" Tlie inhabitants of the town of Plymouth, in the Common-
wealth of Massachusetts, in legal town meeting assembled, re-
spectfully represent, that inheriting the principles of ancestors
who combined the generous love of freedom with a due submis-
sion to the laws and institutions of legitimate government, they
have ueiiuiesced without remonstrance in alt the measures of
your administration, whatever opinion they may have enter-
tained of tboir character and however distressing may have
been their operation. But the long-protracted laws laying an
embargo on the extensive navigation of the United States, and
the unprecedented restrictive provisions contained in them, arc
so novel an experiment in the history of commerce, and is
fraught with so numerous a train of political and moral evils,
that they would betray not merely a destitution of patriotism,
but a want of proper regard for the constituted authorities of
their country, did they not remonstrate against the further con-
tinuance of the anti-commercial system, and express their ideas
of its various tendencies in manly and decent language.

"The Inhabitants of this town deriving their subsistence
altogether from commerce, and especially that laborious branch
of it, the cod-fiahcry, prosecuted in Massachusetts from its
earliest settlement with an enterprise and hardy industry lumi-
nously displayed in your Excellency's report on tho subject of
the fisheries, from tho entire inhibition of their exportation are
involved in unexpected and unexampled eiubarniesments; with
large quantities of fish perishing in their stores, without any



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