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seq^uence, thought it necessary so farr to concerne themselues in it as to oppose
an act whereby to encourage this goQnment to correct the insolency of the
sajd Gorton & his company, w* act of theirs was long since printed & pub-
lished in the aforesajd booke, bearing date Sep' 7% 1643, in which act there
is this expression : —

' The coinissioners for the United Colonjes thinke fitt that the magistrates
in the Massachusets proceed w"' them according to what they shall finde just,
& the rest of the jurisdictions will approove & concurr in what shall be so
warrantably donne, as if the comissioners had been present at the conclusions,
&6, thus the comissioners whereby all the gouernments concerned themselues
in the same comon designe in defence ag* the comon ennemy.'

4. Their professed principles of annarchje before mentioned, together
w* their vnruly rejection of all gouernments, rendered them incapable to be
proceeded w'^'all in any other way of justice ; for if they did at any time men-
tion appeales, it was rather to escape present pcenaltje then out of any reall
devotion to gouernment, vnto which they had openly profest themselues to be
ennemjes.

5. The sajd Gorton & company declaring themselues open ennemjes to
all gouernments, & in a more speciall manner not being ashamed nor afrajd to
declare themselues to be at open enmitye w*'' this gouernment of his mnjestjes
colonje of the Massachusets, & grouing vp to a formidable heighth as to a
capacitje to manage their principles vnto dangerous attempts, not only vpon
this, but other of his majestjes colonjes, which they had to their vtmost
already donne, especially there being in those times so much of the prsedomi-
nancy of a spirit of annarchie in the world. Wee say, this considered, which
was the true state of them, as in those times, what could wee doe lesse, in the
defence of his majestjes interest w* vs, & of our oune peace, then to endeavo'
the timely suppression of a growing mischeife of such daingerous tendency?
his majestjes royall charter encouraging of vs to make our defence by all law-
full wajes & meanes whatsoeuer against all such persons who shall attempt or




THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. 265

enterprise the destruction, invasion, detriment, or annoyance of this his majes-
tjes plantation. Againe : one speciall end of the granting of our charter was
the conuersion of of the natives in these termes, whereby our sajd people, in-
habitants there, may be so religiously, peaceable, & civilly gouerned, as their
good life & orderly conversation may winne & insite the natives of the country
to the knouledge of the true God & Saviour of mankinde, & the Christian
faith, which, *in our royall intention & the adventurers free professions, is the [*547.]
principall end of this plantation. This being one princlpall end in his
maj'y*^ royall intention, what could this gouernment doe lesse, in duty to God
& his majestje, but, in pursuance of this so high an end, improoue his maj'J''^
authoritje comitted to them ; at least, for the protection of the poore natives
from the oppression of such of our nation whose principles & practises were
& still are a scandall & opprobrium of our religion amongst the poore natives,
& this also when they did so importunately solicite our helpe ?

Wee only add, —

That many, if not most of those who were personally concerned in that
affaire are past of the stage of action, & haue, wee doubt not, many of them
given a comfortable account as to the sinceritje of their intentions for Gods
glory & this countries good in that action, & ourselues surviving. "When wee
most solemnly revolue & turne ouer these matters, so long agoe past, together
w*'' the seuerall circumstances of those times & things, wee cannot but judge
that their offences were of so high a nature, that their pcenaltje was rather be-
neath then aboue the merrit of their offences. Did wee not so beleiue & judge,
wee should not presume to exhibit this reply.

If his majesty, notw^'standing, by his princely wisdome, observe any cir-
cumstantiall error in this matter, wee hope, out of his princely grace, he will
indulge it, & still, by his propitious aspect, countenance & encourage his faith-
full subjects here in the suppression of such jnsolent & turbulent spirits, that
so wee may quietly & peaceably Hue to feare God & honor the king.

Here foUowes a further account of the actings of y^ kings coinissioners A further ace'

of y comis-

in the eastern parts : — sion's actings

at y eastward.

The inhabitants of those parts being, by the threats & calumniations of Inhabitants
the kings comissioners against y^ Massachusets gouernment, so terrefied & ^^ ^-^ threats
amazed that they did not well know what to doe, such of them as were more * '=^1"™"^-

•' tions, so as y»y

peaceably minded, when they plainly sawe the sad effect thereof, i. e., to the could not tell

111 . , w' to doe.

reducing of them to a formei-, if not a worse estate, then that they were in be-
fore the Massachusetts extended their gouernment ouer them, namely, desti-
voL. IV. — PAUT n. 34



May session.
To declar in



266 THE RECOEDS OF THE COLONY OF

166 5. tute of an able ministry, & liberty for those that were bold in sinn & wicked
■"^ ' nes, to rant it amongst them at a high rate, the consideration hereof filled
their eyes w''' teares, & hearts w* sorrow, for to expresse themselves in op-
opposition to position to the kings cornissioners, &S, it was rendered no lesse then treason

y" cornissioners . ii- ■ i-i

dangerous ; to ma high degree : among others, take this one instance, being the expression
connive at ^£ gr j}^Qi-,gj.(- CaiT, who, in a hiffh & resolute manner, before sundry persons,

Binne, &c, they J ' o j ir '

could not. sajd, that if the rest of the coinissioners would haue joyned w*'' him, he would
r soluti ^ ^ haue hanged a poore old man at the next tree ; & being asked by some gen-
case, &c. tlemen that were present what the mans fault was, himself confessed it was
only disrespect to them in forbidding his grandchild, that was servant to one
of his neighbours, to open the doore to them, hir master & mistris being then
from home ; for he sajd, what disrespect was put on them, he looked at it as
Some, mali- put Oil his majestje. And those of Portsmouth & Douer being informed that
Clous y en , gQjjjg persons maliciously bent ao'ainst the order & souernment, w* for sundry

draw a petition * j a o ^ j

in a secret way yeares had been a restreint to their licentious courses, secretly & most per-

to be p'sented

to y king by fidiouslv had draune a petition, to be presented by Colonel Cartwright at his
wri''ht'"^ ' returne to his maj'*', in the name of Douer & Portsmouth, Exeter & Hamp-
ton, fower tounes sittuate on the south side of Piscataqua River, & had car-
ried the matter so secretly, that none but those that were of their counsell
could haue the knowledge either of the actors or of the thing acted ; the
sadd & vncomfortable event whereof they were very sensible, & therefore ear-
Many consid- nestly appljed themselues to the Generall Court of the Massachusets, that in

erat inhabit'" ^ ^ i • i i

apply y»selves Some Orderly way they might haue an oppertunity put into their hands to
to y" ^™- cleare themselues of so great & vnjust aspersion as heereby was cast vpon the
rection, &c. gouernment vnder which they were orderly setled, and also manifest their
sence of such perfidious actings, least by their silence they should be con-
cluded as being of the same minde with the petitioners, on whose motion the
On w"" coisis- General! Court nominated three gentlemen, & gaue them a coinission to act in

sion is gr'ed to . . ^

3 gentlemen, ^'^^ ^^i"- matter lor the setlmg of the peace of those places as to them might
^"^ seeme most meete. The result whereof in the returne made vnder the hands

of the coinissioners, w"' coppies of petitions from the inhabitants of Douer &
Portsmouth, & euidences in the case here followeth, w"* a copie of a letter
dhected to them from S' Eobert Carr, countermanding the coinissioners in the
execution of their trust coinitted to them by the General Court.

Their returne. Wee, whose names are subscribed, being coinissionated by the Generall

Court in August last to repaire to the plantations on Piscataqua Riuer, on the
5"" of this instant wee repaired to Portsmouth, in the county of Norfolke, &
vpon the ninth of the same instant, by sumons directed to the constable, wee




THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. 267

assembled the inhabitants of the sajd toune, vnto whome wee caused the comis-
sion granted vs by this Court to be read & signified to them, that wee were
informed that a peticon had beene exhibbited to the kings coiiiissioners, in the
name of Portsmouth, Doner, Hampton, & Exiter, subscribed by sundry hands,
conteyning a complaint or remonstrance against the gouernment, vnder w*
they were orderly setled by his majestjes royall charter to the Massachusets,
the grounds *whereof wee did desire to know ; & for that end wee called them [*548.]
together, that in case they had any of them any just greivance vpon their
mindes, they might freely acquaint vs w"^ the same, & wee should faithfully
report the matter to the Court that sent us j & in like manner, vpon the tenth
of the same moneth, wee assembled the inhabitants of Doner, vnto whom wee
also caused the comission granted us as aboue sajd to be read, & signified to
them also what information wee had received, as is aboue recited ; on hearing
whereof the inhabitants of both the sajd tonnes respectiuely protested against
the sajd remonstrance, or petition, that was exhibbitted in their names to the
comissioners, & freely professed themselues fully sattisfied w"^ the gouern-
ment vnder which they are orderly setled, as themselues acknowledged, &
tendered freely to acknowledge the same by presenting their petition to the
honored Generall Court as their remonstrance against the perfidious actings
of such persons as had so injuriously acted against the peace of the place,
whose names they sajd were the most of them vnknoune to them, only some of
them informed us that one Abraham Corbet, of Portsmouth, had beene very
actiue in drawing vp & promoting the subscription of the sajd remonstrance,
& that in other respects the sajd Corbet was an occasion of their great dis-
tm-bance, & a nourisher of much vice & wickednes by giving irregular enter-
tejnment of loose persons in his house, against whom wee granted an attach-
ment for his appearance before us ; but the marshall returning that he was
not to be found, wee left a warrant w"" the constable of Portsmouth to sumons
the sajd Corbet to appeare before this honoured Court ; a copie of which pe-
ticbns from the seuerall tounes aboue ^jd, together w"' the evidences ten-
dered us on oath against the sajd Corbet, as also a letter from S' Robert Carr
sent vnto us by a man when wee were at Portsmouth, whereby he assayes per-
emptorily to countermand the comissions & power granted to us by the hon-
oured Court wee doe herewith present to this honored Court.

Further : wee may informe this honoured Court, that the inhabitants, when
mett at the abouesajd tounes, respectiuely enformed us that sundry of their
neighbours were prevented by the prouidence of God, so as that they could not
attend the meetings, but they knew that many more that were absent were of
the same minde w*'' themselues ; also, vpon enquiry concerning the other two



268 THE RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF

166 5. tounes, i. e., Hampton & Exeter, wee were enformed by the most knowing & pub
^^ '' ' licke persons of the places, that the people of the sajd tounes had not acted in,
"^ ^^ ' or consented vnto, the sajd remonstrance. A cirtifhcate in the behalfe of
Exeter wee herew'^ also present ; & in the behalfe of Hampton also the like
certifEcate, wee conceiue, maybe obteyned, in case this Court shall desire it.

THOMAS DANFORTH,

ELIAZEE LUSHER,

JN° LEUERET.
Boston, 10 Octo^b, 1665.

That this is a true copie, compard w*'' the originall on file, attests

EDWARD RAWSON, Secrel.

Doner petition. To the honoured Generall Couit of the Massachusets, in Boston, these

presents shew, this tenth of October, 1665.

May it please the honnored Court, —

Whereas wee, the inhabitants of Doner, haue receiued creddible infer
mation that the inhabitants of the tounes bordering vppon the Riuer of Piscata-
qua haue petitioned his majestje our dread soueraigne w*"^ respect to wrongs
& Tsurpations they susteine in the present gouernment vnder which they
reside, for an aljenation to be made amongst them in the gouernment, as his
maj'y shall please to order the same, wee thought it necessary, being ord'ly
assembled in a tounes meeting, to cleare ourselues for our own part, by these
presents, from hauing any hand in any such petition or remonstrance, & in
case any such act hath passed, wee looke at it as an vnworthy misrepresentacon
of us, the inhabitants of Douer, to his majesty, as being donne w^'out any
either consent, or meeting, or cognizance of the toune, or the majo' part thereof.

Furthermore : as it is our bounden duty, so vppon this occasion wee pro-
fesse the same, that, God asisting, wee shall continew in our ffaith & alle-
geance to his majestje by adhaering to the present gouernment, established by
his royall charter, in the colony of the Massachusets, being well contented
w* the priuiledges thereof, & willing to performe what is required of vs
therein, according to the articles of agreement.

Wee beseech the Lord for his presence in the midst of yow, & his bless-
ing vpon all your publicke & weighty occasions, & humbly take leaue.

It was voted in a publick tounes meeting, October the lO"*, 1665, that
the contents hereof be presented to the Generall Court as the tounes act, &
that it be presented to all the rest of our neighbours to subscribe' their hands,
as any are willing.



■ Selectmen.



THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND, 269

This a true copie, taken from tlie originall. 166 5.

p me, WM: POMFEET, Tonne Clarke.

RICHAED WALDERNE,
W^^ WENTWORTH,
JOHN ROBERTS,
JOHN DAVIS,
JN° REYNER,

his ni'lce

CHARLS C A ADAMS,

JN° WOODMAN,

W^ EURBUR,

JN° HALL,

HATE EVILL NUTTER,

JOHN FROST,

his niarke

W^ )( LAJTON,
TH" NOCK,

his m^'ke

RICH: R ROE,
JN° LOUERING,
HENRY TIBBUTS,

his m^ke

JOHN 1 HEARD,
THOMAS DOUNES,

his ni''ke

THOMAS T LAITON,
PETER COFFIN,

his ni''ke

W" W B BEARD,

JOHN CHURCH,

his m'k

ROBERT R EVANS,

his m'ke

JN° B BICKFORD,
JN° DAMMIN,
JERR: TIBBUTS,

STEVEN JONES,

his m'ke

RICH: M CATER,

his rarke

TH°: T CANNY.
This is a true copie, compared w"' its originall copie left on file.

As attests EDWARD RAWSON, Secrel

To the honoured Generall Court of the Massachusetts.
May it please you, — That, whereas their is a bruite or fame of a petition



270



THE RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF



1665.

May session.
Portsmouth
certiffica', &c.



Selectmen.



draune up by vs, the inliabitants of Portsmouth, & sent to his majestje, the
contents of which is to charge the gouernment of the Massachusets w"" vsurpa-
tion vppon vs, & to supplicate an alteration of gouerno'^s & gouernment that
his majestje hath at present established, by his royall charter, among vs.

Wee, the selectmen for the prudentiall affairs of the sajd toune, & sundry
other the inhabitants, doe certify the honoured Court that wee are innocent &
cleere of any such act, & doe disclajme the same as any of our toune act, & doe
account ourselues abused by any that haue ffathered such a thing vpon vs. In
testimony whereof wee subscribe our names, the 9"^ of October, 1665.

EICH: CUTT,
JN° CUTT,
NATH: FRYER,
ELIAS STILEMAN,
JN° HART,
ANTHO: ELLENS,
JN° MOSES,
EICH: GOSE,
JN° WESTBROOKE,
EDW: BUCKFORD,
JAMS PENDLETON,
JN° AMEUKENE,
RICH: TUCKER,
JN° LEUIS,
LEONARD WEEKES,
PHILLIP LEUIS,
RICH: JACKSON,
FRANC: REJNER,
ROB^ TOUNESEND,
STEPH: GRAFFAM,
JN° BREWSTER,
W^ SEAVY,
WALTER NEALE,
TH° DENNIS,
JOSEPH MORSE,
RICH: COMMINS,
JAMES CATE,
CHARLS GLEEDEN,
SAM: HEINE S,
JOSE: WALKER.



THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. 271

That this is a true copie, compared w"" the originall copie left on file, as 166 5.
'"'''' EDW: EAWSON, Secrei ^^Z^^-

This may certify whom it may concernej that, concerning the question M' Dudley cer-
that is in hand, whither the toune of Exeter hath subscribed to that petition ]^^T\ ^' ^"^ j

^ ter had no hand

sent to his majestje for the taking of Portsmouth, Douer, Hampton, Exeter ™ y' P-^tiSon

, sent to his

vnder his imediate gouernment, I doe amrme, to my best apprehension, & that maj'r.
by more then probable conjecture, that the toune of Exeter hath no hand in
that petition, directly or indirectly. Witnes my hand, 10 : 8, 65.

SAMUEL DUDLEY.

That this is a true copie, compared with its originall left on file, so
signed by M' Dudley, who is minister of the place.

Attests EDWAED EAWSON, Secrecy.

Henry Sherborne, aged about fifty three yeares. This deponent saith that, Henry Sher-
being at his oune house, one morning, there came some of our neighbours, as importunity he
they were going vp to Strawbery Bancke ; they asked me if I would goe w"^ ™"^ ^"^ *" ^oe

vp to Ports-

them, & I refused, & with much importunity they perswaded me ; & when I mouth ; he
came vp, there were people together to set their hands to a petition ; & I, this ^g^ together
deponent, hearing it read, did refuse to set my hand to it : and further saith, *° subscribe a

^ ' ° •' _ petition decla.

because, as I did vnderstand by what was read to the people, there was in the Massa" vsurpa-

.... , . . . « . , tiou. It was in

sajd petition some words concerning the vsurping oi power ouer the people j^, corbets
here by the Massachusets gouernment ; & this sajd petition was read by M"' ^°^^' * ^^
Corbet to the people, in his house. The number of them then present might Nomber 18 or

20.

be, as I did ap^hend, about eighteene or twenty persons, or thereabouts ; &

whither the petition was directed to his majesty imediately, or to his hoiiored

comissioners, *I am not certejne ; but to one of them it was ; & some then [*549.]

present set their hands to it ; & further saith not. The time when this was

acted was some time this last suiner.

HENEY SHEEBOENE.
Portsmouth, 9 : 8, 65.

Sworne before vs, THOMAS DANFOETH.

That this is a true copie, compared w* the originall left on file.

As attests EDW: EAWSON, Secret

Eobert Purrington, aged about thirty yeares, being sworne, doe say, that, Rob« Purring-
sometime this last suiner, about May or June, Abraham Corbet, of Ports-



May session.



272 THE EECORDS OF THE COLONY OF

1 065. mouth, came to me in the woods, & spake to me about a petition from the
toune to the kings comissioners, to which was sett three hands, i. e., the sajd
Corbett, Francis Drake, & W" Cotton ; & in the sajd petition was contejned
sundry complaints against the gouernment & the lawes ; & he desired me to
speake vnto others to put their hands vnto it ; & at another time, at his oune
house, he perswaded — i. e., y^ sajd Corbet — sundry that were present, to the
number of twenty, more or lesse, that they would put their hands to a petition
to the same effect as the former. Sundry did put their hands to this last pe-
tition at Corbets house, & some refused ; & he sajd vnto me in these words,
that M' Moodyes prayers were but ballings ; also, when wee were at his
house, he told vs that he had taken the names of sundry at Doner, for whome
he drew a petition, as he vnderstood him.

Portsmouth, 10 : 8, 65. Taken vpon oath before vs,

THOMAS DANFOKTH,
ELIAZ"^ LUSHER.

That this is a true copie, compared with its originall left on file.

Attests EDW: RAWSON, Secret

Jn« Jones oath. John Joanes, aged about fifty yeares, inhabitant of Portsmouth, on Pis-

catacL Riuer, in New England, being sworne, on his examination doe say, that
on or about July last, S' Robert Carr, Kn', George Cartwright, Es^, &
Samuel Mauerick, Escp, calling the inhabitants of the sajd toune together, he,
the sajd Jones, was ^sent, among some others, to the number of about one
hundred people, more or lesse, as he judgeth, & at the head of the company
S'' Robert Carr there ; & then sajd openly to the people, that they would re-
lease them from the gouernment of the Bay, & that the Bay gouernment
should come no further then the bound house. Also the sajd Jones doe fur-
ther testify, that he was present at the house of Abraham Corbet, of Ports-
mouth, where was mett together sundry persons ; & the sajd Corbet did drawe
vp a petition, vnto which sundry hands were put, which he vnderstood was to
be deliuered to the coinissioners, & the tjme when this petition was draune
was when the gentlemen comissioners aboue named were in Portsmouth, &
the purport or scope of the petition was, that they might be released from the
gouernment of the Bay.

Taken vpon oath y^ Y"" of October, 1665, before vs,

THOMAS DANFORTH.

That this is a true copie, compared w''' its originall on file.

Attests EDW: RAWSON, Secre?.



THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND. 273

Gentlemen : — 166 5.

Hearing of your being at Strawberry Bancke, & being informed of yo' ^ ^ ''

, . , ,, ...,. . - May session.

strict course yow intend against those that haue supphcated his majesty tor q, r i,t c
their freedome & liberty, I could not doe lesse then in his majestjes name re- letter to Maj'

« . . , , . . Gen. Leueret,

quier yow to take notice of this inclosed, which is a true copie of a letter sent &o.
to the Gouerno'' & councill of Boston ; and jn his majestjes name I doe againe
desire & require you would forbeare troubling or molesting such person or
persons in Strawberry Banck, Doner, or Exon, as hath petitioned his majestje,
vntill his majestjes gracious pleasure be further knoune. This is all at present,
but that I am, gentlemen.

Your friend & servant,

EGBERT CARK

Dated at Kittery, 10"" October, 1665, arid was subscribed ffor Majo'
General! Leueret & the rgst of the comissioners from Boston at Strawberry
Banck, tbese.

That tbis is a true copie, compared w'^ the originall left on file.

As attests EDW: RAWSON, Secret



*jltt-a Generall Court, called by the order of the Councill, 21'^ July, i August.
1665, 8r held at Boston, the first of August, 1665. [*550.J

Present, Rich Bellinghani, Es^", Goii,

Francis "Willoughby, Es5>, Dep' GoQ,

Symon Bradstreet,

Sam Symons,

Dan Gookin,

Daniel Dennison,

Symon "Willard,

Ricb Russell, j- Es^s.

Thomas Danforth,

W™ Hathorne,

Eliazer Lusher,

J"" Leueret,

J"" Pinchon,

VOL. IV. PAKT II. 35



274 THE RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF



' Y ~

1 August.



1 G 6 5. TT being put to the question whither a present addresse & application
i shallbe made by this Court to his majesty, that so his majesty may vn-
derstand the grounds & reasons of this Courts transactions w'''' his hon^'®
comissioners ; it was resolved on the af&rmative.

And accordingly the Court proceeded, & agreed vpon this addresse : —

To the tings most excellent majesty. The humble petition of the Generall
Coui't of the Massachusets colony in New England.

Dread Soueraigne : —

Let it not be vnpleasing to your majestje that your poore subjects doe
agaiue prostrate themselues at your royall fFeete to begg pardon for what error
or weaknes hath vnwittingly slipt from vs in our last addresse, wherew*'' your
majesty (as wee are informed by your secretary) was displeased, for (God
knows) it was farr from our intention to giue any occasion of oifence. Wee de-
sired plainely & affectionately to spread the case of yo"' subjects here before
the coinon father & prince, who, being placed in so high a sphere, & at so
great a distance, might possibly want a right vnderstanding of the greivances.
But wee confesse, that what wee then presented was our feares of what wee
did then rather foresee then feele ; but, now to our greife & great sorrow of
heart, wee find (& wee hope your majesty in due time will see) that the gen-



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