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lin, Caleb JNIaxson, Jonathan Palmitter, Jr., Thomas Wells, Jr.,
Thomas Rathbone, Andrew Champlin, Rice Nicholas, Stephen
Saunders, Jr., Elisha Stillman and Gideon Worden.

Of New Shoreham, Abel Franklin, Jr., Nathaniel Mott and
Nathaniel Dodge.

Of North Kingstown, Thomas Turgee, Nathaniel Berry^
Benjamin Greene, Thomas Cooper, William Dyre, Samnel War-
iier, James Boone, Charles Brown, Jr., Nicholas Watson, James
Douglas and John Vaughan, Jr.

Of South Kingstown, William Potter, son of John ; Abie!
Shearman, Joshua Bell, Jonathan Shearman, Joseph Hull, Wil-
liam Briggs, John Potter, son of Ichabod , David Stanton and
Jeremiah Browning.

Of East Greenwich, Benjamin Sweet, Jr., William Spenser,
son of Peleg ; John Spenser, Jr., John Gardner, schoolmaster ;
David Vaughan and Daniel Vaughan, sons of Robert.

Of Jamestown, Benedict Remington and William Martin.

Of Smithfield, Maturin Bellou, Jr., Stephen Inman, Silvanus
Aldrich, John Sa^des, Jr., Anthony Comstock. Samuel Cook
Roger Derby, Samuel Aldrich, son of Sauuiel ; Ezekiel Angel
Daniel Smith, son of Elisha ; Benj. Wilkinson, Jos. Carpenter.
John Scott, Jr., Resolved Waterman, Jr., Abraham Winsor, John
Windsor, John Tredwin, Baulston Brayton, John Knox, Samuel



1744.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 83

Buxton, Benjamin Buxton, Benjamin Thompson, Thomas Man,
Oliver Man, Thomas Woodward.

Of Scituate, John Ilulet, Ezekiel Hopkins, Jr., John Pray,
John Weight, Noah Fisk, Uriah Franklin, Jonathan Hopkins,
Samuel Corpe, Jr., Stephen Williams, William Salsbury.
John Herenden, Jr., Oliver Westcot, John Sprague, Nathaniel
Kimbell, Joshua Eddy, Gideon Smith, David Aylsworth, Ben-
jamin Colvin and Ebenezer King.

Of Gloucester, Eliphalet Weight, William Herenden, John
Grover, Thomas Knolton, John Davis, Elias Smith, Noah Ar-
nold, Obadiah Inman, John Whipple, Ebenezer Darling, James
Cowen, George Bumpus, Eliphalet Eddy, Ebenezer Howard,
Benjamin Phetteplace, Noah Aldrich, Jonathan Cutter, Stephen
Smith, Jr., and Nathaniel Man.

Of Charlestown, John Ladd, Ichabod Closson, William
Welch, David Nichols, William Potter, Jr., Jonathan James,
John Willbore, Joseph Woodmansie, Jr., Lott Tripp, David
Moore, Stephen Willcox, Jr., William Congdon, Samuel Stan-
ton, Joseph Dodge and David Babcock.

Of West Greenwich, Isaac Johnson, Arthur Aylesworth, son
of John ; Daniel Case, Joseph Dolliver, John Reynolds, son of
Samuel ; John Young, Amos Jones, James Willson, Henry jNIat-
tason, son of Henry ; John Greene, Jr., Robert Willson, Josiah
Sweet, Jeremiah Ellis, Jr., Joseph Spenser, Ezekiel Whitford,
John Case, Jr., Chad Aylesworth, Thomas Rogers, Robert Car-
penter, Robert Briggs, Benjamin Rogers, Thomas Thurston,
Samuel Niles, Amos Mattason and Timothy Carpenter.

Of Coventry, Thomas Brayton, William Burlingame, Stephen
Colvin, Anthony Corey, Job Potter, Uriah Staflbrd, James
Greene, Jr., Stephen Cappel, Stephen Nichols, Roger Burlin.
game, Thomas Stafford, Jr., Thomas Stafford, son of William ;
Adam Caston and Samuel Perkins.

Of Exeter, Robert Mowrey, Robert Reynolds, JNloses Barber,
Jr., Nicholas Barber, John Rathbone, Jr., John Champlin, Jede-
diah Irish, Samuel Gardner, Joseph Rogers, John Reynolds,
son of John ; James Eldred and George Weight.



84



KECOKDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND



[1744.



Of Middletown, Benjamin Smith, Isaac Manchester, Samuel
Rogers, Jr., Samuel Allen, James Peckham, Jonathan Peck-
ham, Joseph Nichols, Benjamin Nichols, Elisha Weaver^
Thomas Weaver, son of Thomas Weaver, Jr., and Joseph
Eider.



Proceedings of the General Assemhly held for the Colony of
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, at Neivport, the
Iddwj of May., 1744.

The Hon. William Greene, Governor.

The Hon. Joseph Whipple, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.



Newport.
Mr. Samuel Wickhara,
Mr. Peter Coggeshall,
Mr. John Tillinghast,
Col. John Cranston,
Mr. Joseph Jacob,
Major Benjamin HaU,

Providence.
Col. Jabez Bowen,
Mr. John Burton, Jr.,
Mr. Stephen Hopkins,
Capt. Joseph Borden.

Portsmouth.
Mr. Stephen Brownell,
Mr. Gideon Freeborn, Jr
Mr. Benjamin Tucker,
Mr. Joseph Brownell, Jr



DEPUTIES.

WarivicJc.
Major Joseph Stafford.
Major John Rhodes,
Mr. John Holdon, Jr.,
INIr. John Warner.
Westerly.
Capt. John jNIaxson,
Mr. William Babcock.

New Shoreham.
Capt. Edward Sands,
Air. Thomas Dickens.

North Kingstown.
Col. Immanuel Northup,
Mr. Daniel Gould.

South Kingstown.
Capt. Robert Hassard,
Mr, James Perry.



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AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS.



85



East Greemvich.
Mr. Joseph Frye,
Mr. Joseph Nichols.

Jamestown.
Mr. Samuel Clarke,
Mr, Daniel Weeclen.

Smithfield.
Major William Smith,
Mr. Thomas Steere.

Scitiiate.
Capt. Job Randall,
Mr. Jeremiah Angell.

Glocester.
Capt. John Smith,
Mr. Richard Steere.



DEPUTIES.

Charkstoivn.
Mr. Stephen Hoxie,
Col. Christopher Chmplain.

West Greenwich.
Mr. Joseph Slocum,
Mr. Benjamin Spink.

Coventry.
Capt. Abel Potter,
Mr. John Johnson.

Exeter.
Capt. John Weight,
Capt. John Reynolds.

Middletoivn.
Mr. Daniel Gould,
Mr. John Taylor.



Mr. Stephen Hopkins, speaker, and Mr. Josias Lyndon,
clerk.

The following officers declared elected, were duly engaged.

The Hon. William Greene, Governor.

The Hon. Joseph Whipple, Deputy Governor.



ASSISTANTS.



Mr. Benjamin Hassard,
Mr, William Ellery,
Mr, William Burton,
Mr. Richard Fenner,
Mr. Daniel Howland,



Mr, Robert Lawton,
Mr, James Arnold,
Mr. William Rice,
Mr. Daniel Coggeshall,
Mr. Rouse Helme,



SECEETAEY.

Mr. James Martin.

ATTORNEY GENERAL.

Mr. Daniel Updike.



GENERAL TREASURER.

Mr. John Gardner,



86 RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND [1744.

Whereas, there are sundry appeals from the superior court
of judicature, to the court of equity, which remain yet unde-
termined, and said court of equity being now dissolved ; —

It is therefore resolved, that William Ellery, Esq., Messrs-
Samuel Wickhara, Joseph Jacob and the attorney general be,
and they are hereby appointed a committee to consider of a
remedy in said affiiir, and prepare a bill for that purpose, and
present the same to the next session of this Assembly.

Voted and resolved, that Col. John Cranston be, and he is
hereby appointed to procure for the use of Fort George, five
barrels of gunpowder, and so much shot as he shall think ne-
cessary, as soon as may be, and draw money out of the general
treasury to pay for the same.

Whereas, Peter Bours, Samuel Wickham and Daniel Gould,
Esqs., and the secretary, being the major part of the committee
appointed by the General Assembly, at their session in Febru-
ary last past, to receive from Mr. James Helme (one of the
committee appointed to exchange the bank emitted in A. D.
1740), what money has been exchanged by him, did report
that they had received from the said James Helme the sum of
£1,409 ISs. 10c/., in the new tenor of several denominations,
and burnt the same, pursuant to the vote of said General
Assembly ; —

It is thereupon voted and resolved, that the said report be
accepted.

God save the King.



1744.] AND PKOVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 87



Proceedings of the General Assembly, held for the Colony of Rhode
Island and Providence Plantations, at Neivport, the fourth
Tuesday in May, 1744.

The Hon. William Greene, Governor.

The Hon. Joseph Whipple, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.

Whereas, it has been heretofore customary for the grand
committee to give one another orders upon the general treasu
ry, for paying themselves for signing of bills of credit, which is
conceived to be very irregular ; —

It is therefore voted and resolved, that for the future, the
grand committee do not draw any money out of the general
treasury, for such a service as aforesaid, but by order of the
General Assembly.

Upon the petition of sundry inhabitants of the town of
Providence, in the county of Providence, praying that an ar-
tillery company might be incorporated in said town, and a
charter granted them in such manner as has been heretofore
done ; —

It is thereupon voted and resolved, that this petition be
granted ; provided, the company be raised in the county of
Providence, aforesaid ; and called by the name of the Artillery
Company, of the county of Providence ; and that no person
be admitted into said company but by the consent of the pa-
tentees or petitioners ; and that a charter be granted to said
company, under the colony seal, and signed by the secretary,
in the same form as the charter granted to the Artillery Com-
any in the town of Newport, in the county of Newport.

Voted and resolved, that William Ellery and Samuel Wick-
ham, Esqs., and Mr. John Callender, be, and they are hereby
appointed a committee to draw a petition to His Majesty, for a
number of cannon, and other warlike stores, for the use of this



88 RECORDS OP THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND [1744.

colony, to be signed by His Honor, the Governor, in behalf of
the General Assembly, and present the same to the next ses-
sion of this Assembly.

Voted and resolved, that His Honor, the Governor, write to
His Honor, the Governor of Connecticut, and move to him,
that, upon any emergent occasion, the two colony sloops may
join in their cruises.

Voted and resolved, that the sum of £300 be allowed and
paid out of the general treasury, to the Hon. William Greene,
Esq., Governor of this colony, for his last year's salary and ex-
traordinary service.

Voted and resolved, that the sum of £50 be allowed and
paid out of the general treasury, to the Hon. Joseph Whipple?
Esq., Deput}'' Governor of said colony, for his last year's salary
and extraordinary service.

Voted and resolved, that the Hon. Joseph Whipple, Esq.,
Deputy Governor, Stephen Hopkins, Esq., Messrs. Stephen
Brownell, Robert Hassard, Job Randall and Samuel Perry, be,
and they are hereby appointed a committee, to determine what
is ratable estate, and prepare a bill for the same, and present
it to the next session of this Assembly.

God save the King.



Proceedings of the General Assembly, held for the Colons/ of Rhode
Island and Providence Plantations, at Neivport^ the \Wi
day of June, 1744.

The Hon. William Greene, Governor.

The Hon. Joseph Whipple, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.

An Act for putting this colony in a proper posture of defence,
in the present war.



1744.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 89

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, and by the authori-
ty thereof it is enacted, that the battery under Fort George, be
enlarged, so as to mount two cannons more in a complete man-
ner, at the south end thereof; and that ten men more be ad-
ded to the former twenty soldiers for the defence of said fort ;
and that the gunner's pay be augmented to £10 per month,
and the men's to £8 per month, old tenor ; which men may be
impressed by the field officers of the county of Newport, in
case a sufficient number do not enlist in ten days ; and that a
lieutenant be dppointed to said fort by the General Assembly,
and to receive the pay of £20 per month, old tenor, he con-
stantly residing at said fort, till the 10th day of October next
ensuing, and finding himself

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that
eighty barrels of good gunpowder (including what is already
ordered to be purchased), and fifteen hundred pounds weight
of musket balls be procured as soon as may be, at the expense
of the colony, and for the use thereof, by the commissary ; fifty
barrels of said powder to be for the use of said Fort George, and
to be delivered to the captain of said fort ; twelve barrels there-
of to be for the use of the colony sloop Tartar, and to be deliv-
ered to the captain of said sloop ; three barrels thereof, for the
defence of Block Island, and to be delivered to Capt. Edward
Sands ; and the remaining fifteen barrels, with the musket
balls, to be divided to the three counties ; that is, five barrels
of gun powder and one-third part of the musket balls to each
county, to be delivered to the colonel of the regiment, within
the same.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that
the commissary, as he shall purchase any of the aforesaid war-
like stores, shall draw money out of the general treasury to
pay for the same, as he shall have occasion ; and render an
annual account of the expenses arising thereon, or sooner, if
required thereto by the General Assembly.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that
the rate ordered to be levied at the last session, be augmented

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90 RECOEDS OF TIIE COLONY OP EHODE ISLAND [1744.

to the sum of £10,000, old tenor, to be collected as said act
expressetli ; the whole to be done in nine months' time.

But for the present supply of the government with neces-
sary stores, £2,500, new tenor, be impressed from the plates^
dated 1743, and signed by the grand committee, and deliv-
ered to the general treasurer, immediately to be applied to
the uses aforesaid, and no other ; and the aforesaid sum to be
sunk by said rate, when collected.

An Act for fitting out the colony sloop Tartar, in company

with the sloop kept by His Majesty's colony of Connecticut,

for guarding the coast.

Whereas, it is necessary for the safety of trade on the coast
of New England, and the preservation of shipping, to keep some
vessels of force cruising, to protect His Majesty's subjects
and their efiects against foreign enemies now in time of open
war ; —

Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, and by
the authority thereof it is enacted, that the colony sloop Tartar
be forthwith fitted out in a warlike manner, with guns, ammu-
nition, and all other stores of war, and other necessary stores,
as soon as possible, and be manned with ninety able bodied
men (officers included), and proceed forthwith on a cruise, sail-
ing as fiir eastward as Martha's Vineyard, and as fiir westward
as Long Island extends, and to continue said cruise (without
any intermission, only to procure necessaries) from the time of
sailing, until the 1st day of October next.

And all the soldiers, by act of Assembly ordered to Block
Island, for its security, are hereby ordered on board said sloop
Tartar, upon her aforesaid cruise, as part of said number of
men appointed.

And the officers and men on board said sloop, are hereby allow-
ed the following wages and encouragements : the captain, £25
per month ; the lieutenant, £'15 per month ; the master, £12
per month ; the gunner, £12 per month ; the mates, £ 1 1 per
month; the boatswain, £11 per month; the carpenter, £11



1744.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 91

per montli ; the surgeon, £15 per month ; and to the sailors,
or other hands on board said sloop, £8 per mouth ; which said
captain and lieutenant shall be appointed by the General As-
sembly ; and the said captain shall appoint all the other offi-
cers, and ship the other hands.

And whatever prize or prizes, or part thereof, shall be taken
by said sloop, shall be divided among the captors in the follow-
ing proportion, viz. : one-eighth part to the captain ; two-
eighths equally to be divided among the other officers ; and
the remaining five-eighths, in equal shares among the men, or
their representatives, if any be killed or die.

And during said cruise, the allowance on board said sloop
shall be as followeth, viz. : to each man per week, seven pounds
of bread, four pounds of beef, two pounds of pork, two quarts
of peas or beans, and one pound of butter • and for every day,
each man half a pint of rum.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that all
necessaries for said sloop, shall at all times be procured at the
expense of the colony, by the commissary thereof, and delivered
by him to the captain of said sloop ; and in case a sufficient
number of men shall not have entered voluntarily on board said
sloop, when ready to sail, then the Governor or Deputy Gov-
ernor, are empowered forthwith to grant a warrant for impress-
ing a sufficient number for cruising, as aforesaid.

Provided, nevertheless, that His Honor, the Governor, is re-
quested speedily to acquaint His Honor, the Governor of Connec-
ticut, with this act of the General Assembly, that said colony
of Connecticut may comply with the intent thereof, by fitting
out their colony sloop in conjunction, as aforesaid, for guarding
the trade, and preserving the interest of both governments, if
they shall think fit ; but in case said government of Connec-
ticut shall not join force with this colony by fitting out their
sloop, as aforesaid, then the said sloop Tartar is not to be sent
out on said cruise by virtue of this act ; but shall be sent
out only upon any emergency, as His Honor, the Governor,
shall have intelligence, and judge necessary^ ond proper j
any thing afore written, notwithstanding.



92 RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF KHODE ISLAND [1744.

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that
the commissary draw money out of the general treasury, for
the purposes aforesaid, and pay the aforementioned wages
at the end of every cruise, and account annually, or oftener,
as the General Assembly shall direct.

Voted and resolved, that a commissary be now chosen, to
take care of the colony's arms, war like stores and other
stores, and to perform such other duties as properly belong to
said office • and that such commissary shall be hereafter an-
nually chosen by the General Assembly, at their session, held
on the first Wednesday in May.

Voted and resolved, that the Hon. Joseph Whipple, Esq.,
and Col. John Cranston, being of the former committee, ap-
pointed to take care of the colony sloop Tartar, and to fit her
out upon a cruise, do deliver to the commissary the said colony
sloop Tartar, with the stores and appurtenances thereunto be-
longing, taking a receipt for the same ; which is to be lodged?
with an inventory of the stores and appurtenances, as aforesaid
in the secretary's office.

And that Messrs. John Tillinghast and Joseph Jacob be a
committee to audit the above mentioned committee's accounts,
and give them an order upon the general treasurer for the bal-
ance that shall appear to be due to them, and make report to
the next session of this Assembly.

Whereas, there are sundry of the subjects of the king of
Erance, now in His Majesty's jail, in Newport, in the county of
Newport ; —

It is therefore voted and resolved, that in case they, or any
of them, or any other of the said French king's subjects other.
Avays confined in Newport, aforesaid, see cause to remove to
the town of Providence, in the county of Providence, and there
to subsist themselves, they shall be transported there, and shall
remain within said town of Providence, till further orders from
Ilis Honor, the Governor, or the General Assembly ; and that,
if they, or any of them, shall bo found without the precincts of
the said town of Providence, nr.t haA iiig liberty for the same,
either from tBe Governor or from the General Assembly, thos<



1744.] AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 93

SO offending, shall he confined to jail, and there to remain till
further orders.

Voted and resolved, that when, and as often as the captain,
or lieutenant of the colony sloop Tartar, shall refuse to take
their respective offices when chosen, or shall die. His Honor,
the Governor, be, and he is hereby fully empowered, in the re-
cess of the General Assembly, to appoint others in their room.

Whereas, the committee appointed at the last session of this
Assembly, to prepare the draft of a petition to His Majesty, for
a supply of cannon and military stores, did now present the
same for the consideration of this Assembly ; —

It is thereupon voted and resolved, that the said draft be,
and it is hereby approved of and accepted ; and that His Honor,
the Governor, sign a fair copy thereof, and transmit it to the
agent of this colony, by the first opportunity, in order to be
presented to His Majesty ; and that the said agent be directed
to solicit this affair in the best manner, so as to get an answer
as soon as possible.

Voted and resolved, that His Honor, the Deputy Governor,
Messrs. Daniel Updike, John Callender and James Martin, be,
and they are hereby appointed a committee to prepare an an-
swer to the letter from the lords commissioners of the admiral-
ty, in respect to the judge and other officers of the court of vice
admiralty, in this colony, and present the same tothis Assembly,
at their next session.

God save the King.

Letter from Secretary Willardto Governor Greene.

Province of the Massacbusets Bay,
Boston, June 5, 1744.
Sir : — This court being apprehensive that nothing will more contribute to the
success of the war in these parts, than that the several northern governments in
America, shall enter into an agreement with one another, for their mutual assist-
ance, and for carrying on the war in the most eflfectual manner ; —

AVe have accordingly chosen and appointed five commissioners, to meet at Alba-
ny, the 12th of this month, (where the Governor of New York has appointed to
meet with the Six Nations,) to treat with commissioners from the other governments
in New fjngland, and agree on such measures as may be thought equal and neces-

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94 RECORDS OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND [1744.

sary for their mutual safety and defence, and for annoying their enemies ; such
agreement to be binding on the respective governments.

We therefore desire Your Honor, that commissioners may be appointed by your
government, with the same full power, to transact these important affairs, at the
time and place, aforesaid. We pray your excuse for not giving you longer notice
of this business. The meeting of the Six Nations of Indians at Albany, on the
day above mentioned, gives us such an opportunity of strengthening our interest,
which ought not to be lost, and we are but just now apprised of it.

Your Honor's most obedient servants.
In the name and by the order of the Great and General Court of said Province,

JOSIAH WILLARD, Secretary.
The llon'blc William Greene, Esii.

God save the King.



Proceedings of the General AssemUf/, held for the Coloni/ of Rhode
Island and Providence Plantations, at Newport, the third Tues-
duf/ in Aiigust, 1744.

The Hon. William Greene, Governor.

The lion. Joseph Whipple, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.

Voted and resolved, that all the soldiers which remain at
Block Island, and were not taken on board the colony sloop, be
forthwith discharged.

Voted and resolved, that the sum of £7 be allowed and paid
out of the general treasury, to John Barker, for bringing the
packet from Boston, with His Majesty's declaration of war
against France.

Voted and resolved, that the account of Messrs. Peter Maw-
ny and Jabez Bowen, two of the field officers in the county of
Providence, amounting to £5 15^., being the expenses at
Providence, in the county of Providence, at the declaration of
war against France, be allowed and paid out of the general
treasur}^

God save the Jving.



1744.] AND PKOVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. 95



Proceedings of the General Ass ernUi/, held for the Colony of lihode
Island and Providence Plantations, at Naqmi, the third
Tuesday in September, 1744.

The Hon. William GreenOj Governor.

The Hon. Joseph Whipple, Deputy Governor.

With the assistants and deputies from the several towns.

An Act for ascertaining the quota of the several towns in this

colony, to discharge the public rate.

Whereas, the General Assembly of this colony, at their ses-
sion, held at Newport, within and fo^r said colony, by virtue of
a warrant from His Honor, the Governor, on the 19th day of
June last past, among other things passed an act for levying
or assessing a rate of £10,000, old tenor, upon the inhabitants
of said colony ; —

Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, and by
the authority thereof it 'is enacted, that the same be assessed
upon the several towns in the colony in the proportion foUow-
ng, viz. :

£ s. £ s.

Newport 1,250 00 Jamestown 162 10

Providence 1,175 00 Smithfield 675 00

Portsmouth 500 00 Scituate 500 00

Warwick '. .700 00 Glocester 487 10

Westerly 600 00 Charlestown 500 00

New Shoreham 125 00 West Greenwich 350 00

North Kingstown 652 10 Coventry 233 00

South Kingstown 811 05 Exeter 432 10

East Greenwich 440 00 Middletown 405 00

And that the general treasurer grant out his warrant to
the several towns for levying the same.

jSepiemier 19th, 1744.



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