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colony, and present the same to the next session of this As-
sembly," in order to be sent home.

Voted and resolved, that the sum of £10 be allowed and
paid out of the general treasury, to Joshua Bertrand, one of the
soldiers, who has lost an arm in the King's service, in order to
enable him to travel to Boston, or elsewhere, to get a passage
home to England.

God save the King.



Proceedings of the General Assemhlt/, held for the Colomj of Rhode
Island and Providence Plantations, at South Kingstoum, the
last Wednesday of October, 1741.

The Hon. Richard Ward, Governor.

The Hon. William Greene, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.

Voted and resolved, that George Brown, Esq., re-deliver to
His Honor, the deputy governor, the duplicate of the charter,
taking a receipt for the same.

VOL. V. 5



34 RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND [1741.



RepoH upon the Conneciicut Boundary.

"Whereas, the General Assembly of this colony, at their session, held on the third
Tuesday in June last past, did appoint the Hon. William Greene, Esq., Ezekiel
Warner, Esq., Me.ssrs. Daniel Abbott, John Jenkins and Ishmael Spink, or the
mijor part of them, to examine whether the boundary marks in the line between
said colony, and the colony of Connecticut, at, or near the south west corner of
Warwick Purchase, be removed, and make report thereof, which they did in the
followiiij^ manner, viz. :

Therefore, in obedience to the Honorable Assembly, we proceeded, and on the
7lh day of July, A. D. 1741, went to the place -where Warwick south-west corner
was made in the year A. D. 1728 (and revised in the year 1739), which place three
of us, viz.: William Greene, Daniel Abbott and Ishmael Spink well remember; we
all being present when the commissioners of both governments made said corner in
the year 1 728, and helped make the same at the place where said commissioners
then ordered ; and we, together with John Jenkins, were at the revising said corner,
in the year 1739 ; and we all well remember the place, it being remarkable where
said corner was made ; it being a large heap of stones, in the edge of a swamp •
ami said Ezekiel Warner being now present, with the rest of the committee, and
sundry other persons, who declared that they were at the making and revising said
corner, and ilid all show said Warner the place where said corner was made ; and
also several trees round about it, that were marked with sundry letters, .some of
which are now on said trees ; and some appear to be cut out. Now we found the
said heap of stones, to be all removed and gone from said place; but found the two
first mile monuments northward and southward of said corner, to be both standing
in their proper places, where they were first made ; and we found a large lieap of
stones, made about two rods and a half, or something more, to the eastward
of the place, where said Warwick corner was made, near in the course of Warwick
line, and upon the upland, u]x>n a sort of knoll, and near the east side of a very
large pitch pine tree ; the which tree is now marked with the letters I>.A. J. J»
W.C, by whom, we know not, for we never saw them before, nor was there any
heap of stones at said place at any time, when any of us were there before.

And whereas, three of us, viz. : Daniel Abbott, John Jenkins and William
Greene, who were a committee on the part of this colony, to revise the bounds be-
tween said colony and the colony of Connecticut, did do the same in the year 1739,
and then reported to the Honorable General Assembly of said colony, that we found
the heap of stones that was made at Warwick corner, in the year 1728, to be re-
moved, and gone from the place where it was made ; and that we then, in the pres-
ence of near twenty men, made a large heap of stones, in the same place where
the former heap was made, near the east side of a tree, which (through a mistake)
we then called a pitch pine tree ; and said tree we then marked with the two first
tetters of our names, viz. : D.A. J.J. "W'.O. ; and there was then on said tree an
old nihfk, on the east side Ihereof, below where we made the abovesaid letters,
which was cut ihrougl) the bark, so that it was grown partly up ; but could then
plainly see a letter K, which Iptfef, with all the abovesaid letters, we all now saw on
Ao same tree. And although the barlt of said tree looks very nuich like a pitch
pine, yet, upon a more particular and sUl^^t examination thereof, wc all find the



1741.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 35

same tree to be a wliite pine ti-ee. It is a middling tree for bigness, something

tall ; but does not appear to be a very thrifty tree ; it is sometliing crooked, and

the rounding part of the croolc hangs towards the north-west.

All which is humbly submitted to the Honorable General Assembly, as the

report of

WILLIAM GREENE, JOHN JENKINS,

EZEIvlEL WARNER, ISHMAEL SPINK.

DANIEL ABBOTT,



Whereupon, it is voted and resolved, that the said report be
accepted.

Whereas, Col. Daniel Updike, Messrs. James lloneyman, Jr.
and Thomas Ward, at the last session of this Assembly'', were
appointed a committee to draw up a statement of the case re-
lating to the controversy between this colony and the Province
of the Massachusetts Bay, respecting the eastern bounds of this
colony, which being not yet done ; —

It is therefore voted and resolved, that they be still con-
tinued, for the purpose aforesaid, with the addition of Peter
Bours and Stephen Hopkins, Esqs., they, or the major part of
them to draw up the same as soon as may be, to be examined
by His Honor, the Governor, and so many of his council as
shall be present, and then forthwith sent home by His Honor,
the Governor.

Voted and resolved, that the sum of £200 be forthwith sent
home to our agent, in Great Britain, to enable him to carry on
the appeal from the judgment of the court of commissioners,
relating to our eastern boundaries (and other occasions of the
colony); and that Messrs. Peter Bours, George Goulding and
Joseph Whipple, be, and they are hereby appointed a commit-
tee to draw money sufficient out of the general treasury ; and
procure said sum in silver, gold or bills of exchange, and send
the same, with the said appeal ; and that His Honor, the Gov-
ernor, write to the said agent, urging him to use his best en-
deavors to procure a decree for our demands, in respect to said
eastern boundaries. .

Whereas, divers inhabitants of the town of Newport, in the
county of Newport, did petition this honorable Assembly, for
liberty to erect an artillery company in said town, to choose

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36 RECORDS OF TILE COLONY OF RHODE ISL^VND [1741.

their officers, with several other privileges in said petition
contained ; —

It is thereupon voted and ordered, that Peter Bonrs, Esq.,
Col. John Cranston and Mr. Josias Lyndon, be, and they are
hereby appointed a committee to draw up a charter for consti-
tuting said artillery company, and present the same to the next
session of this Assembly,

Upon the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of Prov-
idence, in the county of Providence ; —

It is voted and resolved, that the sum of £80, be, and it is
hereby allowed towards the building of Pawtucket bridge; and
that Capt. William Burrough draw the same out of the general
treasury, when said bridge is completed.

Voted and resolved, that that part of the act of the General
Assembly, passed at their last session, directing the sloop Tar-
tar to take a cruise after the soldiers were landed (that are to
be transported in her to the camp on the island of Cuba), be^
and it is hereby repealed ; and that the committee then ap-
pointed, put a sufficient number of men upon wages, on board
said sloop, for her security ; and also that said sloop be ordered
to return as soon as possible, after said soldiers are landed
there.

Whereas, the General Assembly of the colony aforesaid, at
their session, held on the third Tuesday in August last, did,
among other things, enact that the west end of the town of
Warwick, in the count}^ of Providence, should be set off and
incorporated into a township, and the same to be distinguished
and known by the name of Coventry, and for that purpose, ap-
pointed Daniel Abbott, John Potter and Thomas Spenser, Esqs.,
a committee to divide the same, who have made the following
report, viz. :

Report of the Committee on the new toivn of Covcntri/.

We having met in said Warwick, on the 24tli day of August last past, and pro-
ceeded to run said line, beginning at the westernmost part of the Coweset Farms,
in said Warwick, and from thence run one line south, seven degrees west, until we
came to the north bounds of East Greenwich, and the south bounds of said War-



1742.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 37

•wick, where we made a large heap of stones, making several heaps of stones in the
said line, and marking several trees in said line, with the letter W on the east, and
the letter C on the west ; then beginning at the first mentioned bounds, and run
north seven degrees east, until we came to the north bounds of said Warwick, and
the south bounds of Providence, making a large heap of stones on the cast end of a
rock, in said bounds, and made several heaps of stones, and marked several trees in
said line, as aforesaid ; the which, we now make as our return for the fixed and
certain bounds between the aforesaid town of Warwick and the aforesaid town of
Coventry ; and that the said town of Coventry be bounded east on the town of
Warwick, south on East and West Greenwich, west on the line that divides the
colony of llhode Island, &c., and the colony of Connecticut ; and north, on the
south bounds of the towns of Providence and Scituate.

Which report is voted to be accepted.

Voted and resolved, that the sum of £62 be allowed and
paid out of the general treasury, to Col. Daniel Abbott, being
for his service in attending the court of commissioners, relating
to the eastern boundaries, and other expenses on said affair.

Upon the petition of sundry persons, relating to a highway
in Wecacheconet, in the township of Warwick, in the county of
Providence ; —

It is voted and resolved, that Stephen Hopkins, John Jen-
kins and Immanuel Northup, Esqs., be, and they are hereb}^
appointed a committee to view and inspect into the circum-
stance of the aforesaid highway, and make report to the next
session of this Assembly.

God save the Kin a;.



Proceedings of the General AssemUi/ held for the Colony of Bhode
Island and Providence Plantations, at South Kingstoivn, the
1st dag of Fehruarg, 1741-42.

The lion. Richard Ward, Governor.

The Hon. William Greene, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.

Whereas, Rouse Helme, Esq., Messrs. Jeremiah Lippett and
Job Tripp, Jr., were appointed a committee to audit the ac-



38 RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND [1T42.

counts of Col. Joseph Stanton, one of the trustees of the Indian
sachem, and to make report thereon, which they accordingly
did ; and reported that they found a balance due to the said
Joseph Stanton, of £142 125. od., that he had advanced more
than received, on account of the said sachem.

Whereas, Matliew Hobinson, of Newport, in the county of
Newpoii, presented an account to this General Assembly, as
one of the clerks in the late commissioners' court, respecting
the eastern boundaries, for his daily attendance on said court,
book of records, horse-hire, expenses, &c.. craving an allowance
and payment thereof; —

It is thereupon voted and resolved, that the sum of £166 ds.
Gel, be allowed and paid to the said jMathew Hobinson, by
the committee appointed to pay the charges arising on said
court.

Voted and resolved, that the sum of £10, be allowed and
paid out of tlie general treasury, to the executors of John
"Wickes, Esq., deceased, being for the General Assembly's sit-
ting at his house in Wai'Avick, several times, and for fire-wood
and attendance at said times.

Whereas, upon the settlement between this colony, and the
Province of the JMassachusetts Bay, of the accounts relating to
the controversy about. the boundaries, there was a balance due
to this colony of £173 I65. Id.; —

It is therefore resolved, that Peter Bours, Esq., be, and he
is hereby appointed to write to Samuel Wells, Esq., to urge the
payment of said balance, and receive the same.

Voted and resolved, that Col. John Cranston, ]\Iessrs. Josias
Lyndon and James ^lartin, be, and they are hereby appointed
a committee, to audit the accounts of Peter Bours and William
Ellery, Esqs., jSIcssrs. George Goulding and Joseph Whipple,
who were the persons appointed to draw money out of the gen-
eral treasury to defray the charges of the commissioners, &c.,
and make report to the next session of this Assembly.

Voted and resolved, tliat Mr. Samuel Perr}'^, be, and he is
hereby dismissed from being a trustee to George Ninegret, the
Indian sachem, the said sachem having desired the same.



1742.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 39

Voted and resolved, that James Honeyman, Jr. and Thomas
Ward, Esqs., and James Martin, be, and they are hereby ap-
pointed a committee, to revise the laws of this colony, in order
that the same may be re-printed in a suitable time.

Whereas, the preservation of this colony in time of war, de-
pends, under God, chiefly upon the military skill and discipline
of the inhabitants ; and it being necessary, in order to revive
and perpetuate tlie same, to form and establish a military com-
pany, which, by acquainting and accustoming themselves to
the military exercises by more frequent trainings, than the
body of the people can attend, may serve for a nursery of skill-
ful officers ,• and in time of an actual invasion, by their superior
skill and experience may render the whole militia more useful
and effectual ; —

And whereas, a number of the principal inhabitants of the
town of Newport, viz.: Jahleel Brenton, Godfrey Malbone,
Samuel Wickham, Henry Collins, John Gidley, James Iloney-
man, Jr., John Brown, Nathaniel Coddington, Jr., Peleg Brown,
Charles Bardin, Simon Pease, David Chesebrough, Philip Wil-
, kinson, John Freebody, Jr., Thomas Wickham, Walter Cranston,
Seuton Grant and William Vernon, have freely oiFered them-
selves to begin, and with such others as shall be added to
them, to form such a company ; and by their humble petition,
have prayed this Assembly to grant them a charter, with such
privileges, and under such restrictions and limitations, as the
Assembly shall think proper ; —

Wherefore, this Assembly, for the reasons and considera-
tions aforesaid, and in order that all due encouragement may
be given to the laudable and useful design of the petitioners,
have ordained, constituted and granted, and by these presents
do ordain, constitute and grant, that they, the said petitioners,
Jahleel Brenton, Godfrey Malbone, Samuel Wickham, Henry
Collins, John Gidley, James Honeyman, Jr., John Brown, Na-
thaniel Coddington, Jr., Peleg Brown, Charles Bardin, Simon
Pease, David Chesebrough, Philip Wilkinson, John Freebody,
Jr., Thomas ¥/ickham, Walter Cranston, Sucton Grant and
William Vernon, together v/ith such others as shall bo hereaf-



40 RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND [1742.

ter added to them (not exceeding the number of one hundred
in the whole, officers included), be, and they are hereby de-
clared to be a military company, by the name of the Artillery
Company, of the town of Newport ; and by that name, they
shall have perpetual succession, and shall have and enjoy all
the rights, powers and privileges in this grant hereafter
mentioned.

[The charter of this company is omitted here.]

[The following public laws passed in the year 1741, will be
found printed at length in the public laws of 1744, except
those designated as repealed.]

4

An Act for the more effectual putting the colony in a proper
posture of defence.

An Act for regulating the laying out highways in the sev-
eral towns of this colony.

An Act for equipping the colony's sloop, and sending her
out on a cruise, &c.

An Act for laying an embargo on vessels (bound to sea) on
any emergent occasion.

An Act for prohibiting the exportation of provisions and naval
stores to any foreign ports.

An Act empowering the town council of each town within
this colony, to bind out as apprentices, poor children, that
are likely to become chargeable to the town wherein they
live.

An Act for ascertaining the board wages of all persons that
shall be employed to work at Fort George. (Ivcpealed.)

An Act made in addition to an act, entitled " An act made in
addition to, and in amendment of an act passed Septem-
ber, 1740, for the emission of £'20,000, in bills of public
credit."

An Act for striking off £2,000 in bills of public credit of the
new tenor, fur the supply of the general treasury.

An Act for lengthening the time of vessels' cruising, that are
employed in tlio colony's service.



1742.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 41

An Act in addition to an act, appointing court martials within

this colony.
An Act for appointing and erecting a court of equity, to hear

and determine all appeals in personal actions from the

judgments of the superior court.
An Act in addition to an act entitled " An act for establishinfr

vendue masters throughout this colony."
An Act for incorporating the west end of the town of Warwick

into a township, and the same to be distinguished and known

by the name of Coventry,
An Act for emitting £2,000 of the new tenor, for defraying

the charge of raising and transporting a number of recruits

to the English camp on the island of Cuba.
An Act for hearing and determining all such appeals, as bonds

shall be given for, from the judgments of the superior court

of judicature, held by adjournment in September, 1741-

(Repealed.)
An Act for calling in and exchanging the £24,000, emitted by

by this colony in the year 1740.
An Act enabling George Ninegret, sachem, to sell some land

in the Narragansett countr3^ for the payment of his just

debts.

God save the Kina;.



Proceedings of the General Assembly held for the Colony of
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, at Providence, the
Uhday of May.llil.

The Hon. Richard Ward, Governor.

The Hon. William Greene, Deputy Governor.

VOL. V.



42 RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND [1742.



ASSISTANTS.

Mr. Peter Bours, Mr. John Dexter,

jNIr. William Ellery, Mr. Daniel Howland,

Mr. Richard Fenner, Mr. Christopher Phillips.

Mr. William Robinson, speaker.
Mr. Josias Lyndon, clerk.

Voted, that the following be admitted freemen of this
colony :

Of Newport, Clothier Pearce, Jr., William Wiatt, Grindall^
Tharst n Gideon Cornell, Seth Luther, George Cornell, son of
William ; Charles Wiekham, John Sherman, Samuel Tilling-
hast, James Milward, John Dawby, Joseph Cowley, Thomas
Davenport, Joseph Stacey, Aaron Sutton, Benjamin Clarke,
John Curtain, Peleg Chapman, Peter Bowdoin, Francis Pope^
Thomas Freebody, Joseph Thurston, John Dennis and John
Brewer.

Of Providence, Stephen Hopkins, John Angel, the 3d, Eli-
jah Dean, Nathan Mathewson, Jonathan Olney, Timothy Ma-
son, John Wanton, John Colwell, Joshua Remington, Edward
Thurber, John Johnson, Richard Smith, Israel Gibbs, Roger
Ivinnicutt and Samuel Curry.

Of Portsmouth, William Earle, Jr., Francis Brayton and Sam-
uel Pearce.

Of Warwick, William Wood, Robert Westgate, Jr., Joseph
Phillip, Increase Greene and Edward Case.

Of North Kingstown, Arthur Ayiesworth, son of Philip ;
Philip Card, Samuel Thomas, James Fowler, Benjamin Bur-
dick, Robert Nichols and Ezekiel Sheffield.

Of South Kingstown, Jeoffrey Ilassard, Roger Mowrey, Ste-
phen Cotterel, Jr., George Gardner, Jr., William Taylor, Tenant
Tift, Thomas Ilassard, son of Robert ; Thomas Browning and
William Ilassard.



1742.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 43

Of East Greenwich, Caleb Vaughan and Thomas Nichols, son
of Thomas.

Of Jamestown, John Carr and John Clarke, tanner.

Of Scituate, Joseph Wilkinson, Charles Beers, Benjamin
Taylor, William King, John Stafford and Hezekiah Walker.

Of Glocester, Thomas Field, Abner Bartlett and Hezekiah
Mitchell.

Of Charlestown, Thomas Gould, Joseph Tanner, Enoch Lewis
and Joseph Card.

Of West Greenwich, Thomas Draper, James Reynolds, son
of Francis ; Jacob Lewis and John Albro.

Of Coventry, Aaron Bowen, Samuel Cook, John Atherton,
Benjamin Blanchard, Ebenezer Perkins, Joseph Carpenter,
Adam Love, Daniel Welch, Samuel Cook, Jr., Joseph Sweet,
Joseph Arnold, Gabriel Love, J.uues Stronnihorn, Richard
Herendon, William Bennett and Mathew Roberts.



Proceedings of the General Assembli/y held for the Colony of Rhode
Island and Providence Plantations, at Newport, the first
Wednesday in May, 174 2.

The Hon. Richard Ward, Governor.

The Hon. Willian Greene, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.

DEPUTIES.

For Newport. For Providence.

Mr. George Goulding, Col Daniel Abbott,

Mr. Daniel Gould, Mr. William Burton,

Mr. Nicholas Easton, Col. Jabez Bowen,

Col. John Cranston, Capt. Jonathan Randall
Mr. Joseph Whipple,
Capt. Ezbon Sanford.



u



RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND



[1742.



For Poiisnwuth.
Mr. John Lawton,
Capt. Jeremiah Lawton,
Mr. Robert Lawton,
Mr. Wm. Anthony, Jr.

Fo7' Wanvick.
Major Joseph Stafford,
Mr. John Rhodes,
Capt. Wm. Rice,
Mr. Barlow Greene.
For Westerly.
Mr. Wilham Champliii, Jr,
Capt. John Maxon.

For Ne20 Shoreham.
Mr. Edward Sands,
Mr. William Rock.

For North Kingstown.
Mr. John Reynolds,
Col. Immanuel Northup.

For South Kingstown.
Mr. Wm. Robinson,
Mr. Jonathan Hassard.



DEPUTIES.

For East Greenwich.
Mr. John Spenser, Jr.,
Mr. John Fry.

For Janiestoum.
Capt. Benjamin Sheffield,
Capt. Josiah Arnold.
For Smithjield.
Mr. James Aldrich,
Mr. John Sayles.

For Seitaate.
]\lr. Job Randall,
Mr. Thomas Realph.
For Glocester.
Capt. John Smith,
]\Ir. Richard Steere.

For Charlesiown.
Mr. Samuel Perry,
Capt. Christopher Champlin.

For West Greemvich.
Mr. John Spenser,
Mr. Joseph Slocum.
For Coventry/.
Capt. Abel Potter,
Mr. Robert Greene.



Mr. William Robinson, speaker.
Mr. Josias Lyndon, clerk.

The following officers were declared
engaged.

The Hon. Richard Ward, Governor.

The Hon. William Greene, Deputy Governor



elected, and duly



ASSISTANTS.



Mr. Peter Bours,
Mr. William Ellery,
Mr. Ezekiel Warner,
Mr. Richard Fenner.
Mr. John Dexter,



Mr. Daniel Howland,
Mr. Philip Arnold,
Capt. James Arnold,
Ml'. Daniel Coggeshal!.
Mr. Rouse Helme.



1742.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 45



SECRETARY. GENERAL TREASURER.

Mr. James Martin. Mr. Gideon Wanton.

His Honor, the Governor, took the oath to the acts of trade
and navigation, in presence of the general council.

Voted and resolved, that His Honor, the Deputy Governor
and Col. Daniel Abbott, be a committee to join with a commit-
tee to be appointed by the General Assembly of the colony of
Connecticut, in order to erect a large monument at Warwick
south-west corner, in the line between this colony, and the said
colony of Connecticut, in the same place that was settled and
agreed upon by committees appointed by both said colonies?
some years past ; and that His Honor, the Governor, or deputy
governor, write to the government of Connecticut, desiring
them to appoint a committee to meet our committee at said
.place, at such time as they shall appoint ; and if it shall so
happen, that no committee of said colony of Connecticut, do
not meet oar said committee, at the time and place, aforesaid,
then they are to proceed ex parte, and erect a monument in
the place above mentioned.

Whereas, John Potter, of South Kingstown, in the county of
Kings county, did, by petition to this Assembly, set forth, that
at the superior court of judicature, &c., held at Newport,
within and for said colony, on the last Tuesday in March past,
he was sentenced to stand in the pillory five times, or pay five
several fines, amounting in the whole to £10,000, the last pay-
ment to be made, or punishment suffered to be on the 21st day
of June next; and being desirous to avoid suffering the infa-
mous punishment, aforesaid ( it being a thing impracticable to raise
so large a sum within so short a time), prayed that he might have
the liberty of paying in gold dust at £20 per ounce, into the
general treasury, the sum of £5,000, being the one-half of his
several fines; and that thereupon this honorable Assembly
would please to allow a further time for the payment of the



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