Samuel T. (Samuel Thomas) Worcester.

History of the town of Hollis, New Hampshire, from its first settlement to the year 1879 : with many biographical sketches of its early settlers, their descendants, and other residents : illustrated with maps and engravings online

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HISTORY



OF THE



TOWN OF HOLLIS,



NEW Hx\MPSHTRE.



From its First Settlement to the 7'car iSyg.



WITH MANY BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS EARLY SETTLERS
THEIR DESCENDANTS, AND OTHER RESIDENTS.

Illustrated with Maps and Engravings,

BY SAMUEL T. WORCESTER.



IN MEMORIAM MAJORUM.

"Only the actions of the just

Smell sweet and blossom in the dust."



BOSTON:

A. WILLIAMiS eV: CO

28. S W.4 8HINGTON Street,
1879.



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Entered according to Act of Congress April, 1879,

BY SAMUEL T. WORCESTER,

In the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.



Press of O. C. Moore, Nashua, N. H.



TO

THE INHABITANTS OF HOLLIS,

AND

THE DESCENDANTS OF ITS EARLY SETTLERS

WHEREVER SCATTERED,

AND TO ALL WHO HAVE RESIDED IN THE TOWN,

THIS HISTORY

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY THEIR FRIEND,

THE AUTHOR.



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Map of Hollis, (facing title page) .

Map of Oltl Dunstable, Holies, Merrimack and

First and Second Meeting House .

Portrait of Dea. Daniel Emerson

Portraits of Hon. Ealph E. Tenney and "Wife .

The Tenney Homestead ....

Portraits of Jesse Worcester and Wife .

The Worcester Homestead

The Soldiers' Monument ....

Portrait of Lieut. .John H. Worcester

Portrait of Lieut. Charles H. Farley

Portrait of Rev. Eli Smith

Portrait of Rev. Pliny B. Day, d. d.

The Third Hollis Meeting-House as Remodelled



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The High School House ....
Portrait of Miss Mary S. Farley
Portrait of Hon. Benjamin M. Farley .
Portrait of Samuel T. Worcester
Portrait of Joseph E. Worcester, ll. d.
Portrait of Rev. Ralph Emerson, d. r>.
Portrait of Rev. Samuel Worcester, d. d.
Portrait of Rev. Caleb J. Tenney, d. v>.
Portrait of Rev. Noah Worcester, d. n.
Portrait of Hon. Henry G. Little
Portrait of Luther Prescott Hubbard



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TO THE EEADER.



As this book will be found to contain veiy many short biograph-
ical personal sketches, it is hoped that it will not be looked upon
as a matter of unpardonable egotism should it be introduced to the
charitable reader with the like brief sketch of itself. Though a
native of Hollis, the home of an honored ancestry for a hundred
years and more, and my own, in childhood and youth, it has not
been so for the last fifty years and more. It was my fortune to begin
and spend a busy professional life of between thirty and fort}^ years
in a distant western State.

I am not aware that while living in Hollis I gained more knowl-
edge of its early history and people than would ordinarily fall to
the lot of other young persons in the like circumstances, and the
many }'ears of my absence from New England tended rather to
lessen than add to the little I had before acquired.

But some years after my return to New Hampshire, having
occasion when on a visit to Hollis to examine one or more volumes
of its early town records, I chanced to find in the same depository
with them many miscellaneous papers and documents, some scattered
and loose, and the rest in ill-assorted packages — all relating to the
earl}' history of the town prior to or during the war of the Revolu-
tion. A cursory examination of these ancient documents, in con-
nection with the older worn and mutilated volumes of the town
records, interested me. Having at the time some leisure at com-
mand, I said to the Town Clerk who had these papers in charge,
that if he would entrust them for a time to me, I would put them
in a better condition for permanent preservation. With this under-
standing they were confided to me. Having procured for my pur-
pose a large blank book, intended as a sort of supplement to the
.town records, I had it labelled "Hollis Historical Documents."



6 TO THE READER.

Into this book I caused to be inserted and bound all those ancient
documents pertaining to the early history of the town. I also caused
to be copied into the same volume a large number of original docu-
ments and records relating to its early history found in -the offices
of the Secretary of State and Adjutant General, both in Boston
and Concord. There were also copied into the same book from the
town records and methodically arranged, such other matters as
were thought pertinent to its civil, ecclesiastical and educational
history.

In the meantime, as I had leisure, I had written a number of
articles relating to the early settlement and Revolutionary history
of the town, some of which had been published in the New Eng-
land Historical and Genealogical Register, and several, in other
periodicals. All this however had been done without any purpose
on my part of preparing for the press a connected history of the
town, but yet with the hope that the materials so gathered might be
preserved and some time used m the compilation of such history,
by some one more competent to the task and less a novice in this
kind of literary labor.

These fugitive historical scraps, as they had been published from
time to time, had been read by some of the people of the town,
and may have led to the insertion of an article in the warrant for
the annual March meeting in 187S, "To see if the town would
authorize the Selectmen to contract with some person to prepare
and publish the early history of the town at its expense." By invi-
tation I attended that meeting, and by request stated what had been
done with the historical documents which had been entrusted to me.
I also expressed my concurrence in the sentiment, strongly expressed
by others, that a history of the town ought to be written, and also
stated that though I had no purpose or wish myself to undertake the
task, yet if some other person, satisfactory to the town, would under-
take it, I would cheerfully and gratuitously place in his hands such
materials for it as I had gathered, and also give such further aid, if
desired, as convenient to me. After some further discussion of the
question by others, the meeting unanimously " voted to refer the
article relating to the publishing the early history of Hollis to the
Selectmen, and that they be authorized to borrow money for the
completion of the object, if in their judgment they should think it
advisable, and that they be authorized to employ a committee to
act with them."



TO THE READER. /

The Selectmen chosen at that meeting were Messrs. Timothy E.
Flagg, John A. Coburn and Charles W. Hardy, who shortly after-
wards a^Dpointed as a committee to act with them, Messrs. John N.
Worcester, Joseph E. Smith, John Farley and Charles S. Spalding.
In the meanwhile, no one else having been found to prepare a his-
tory of the town as contemplated by the vote of the meeting, the
wish was strongly expressed by the Selectmen and committee, that
I would consent to undertake it. After one or more interviews
with them, but without any specific proposals upon the subject on
their part, or promises on my own, I set myself about gathering
additional materials for the work, and putting in the shape and
order in which they now appear, such as I had before collected.

It is needless for me here to speak of all the motives that led me
to waive my objections to undertaking the task and going on with
the compilation of this history, as I have now done. But among
those motives, I may be permitted to say, was a sincere filial regard,
not to say veneration, for the memory and character of the early
settlers of the town as shown by the records of their doings', among
whom, and its inhabitants afterwards, were three generations of both
my paternal and maternal ancestors. I also participated in the sen-
timent felt and expressed by many others that it was but doing tardy
justice to their memories, that their^history should now be written,
accompanied by the fear, also often expressed by those interested,
that otherwise it might not be soon, if ever, done.

In my view it would also be needless, as well as tedious, here to
enumerate the many books and public documents which have been
consulted in the collecting of the facts presented in this history.
The references to them, at least for the most part, will siflxiently
appear to the patient reader in their proper connection. Sufiice it
to say that it has been my aim to gather these facts from all such
pertinent original documents as were at my command, and from all
other sources that seemed to me authentic and trustworthy, whether
books^ letters of correspondents or well-established tradition.

It has been said by a late author, " that one must write a book to
know how courteous the world can be." It has been my fortune in
the compilation of this history very fully and most cordially to
appreciate that sentiment, and I take unfeigned pleasure in expres-
sing my grateful acknowledgements to the very many correspon.
dents who have aided me, and also to the librarians of the libraries
I have had occasion to visit, and to tlie custodians of the public



8 TO THE KKADER.

records at Boston and Concord for their iniiforni courtesy and kindly
sympathy with my work. My thanks are also due to the Select-
men of Hollis, and to the Publication Committee, for the active iH-
terest they have manifested in the undertaking, and likewise to the
people of the town for their unanimity and good wishes in respect
to it. I further take leave to express my obligations to my brother
John N. Worcester, for the many matters furaiished by him pertain-
ing to the local histoiy of the town, and also in respect to the per-
sonal history of many of its citizens, in regard to whom my own
information and memory were at fault. The readers of this his-
tory, as well as myself personally, are also indebted to the town
for the engravings it has furnished, and to the individuals who
have gratuitiously provided the portraits with which the book is
embellished.

For the last four years, the gathering of the materials for this
work, and its compilation, have busily,' and for the most part pleas-
antly, employed very many of iny leisure hours. Conscious as any
one need be of its incompleteness and shortcomings, yet hoping to
some extent it may meet the reasonable expectations of the present
inhabitants of Hollis, and the widely scattered descendants of the
early settlers of the town, the work is respectfully dedicated to them
in the hope that the lessons of virtue, piety and patriotism taught in
the lives, doings and example of their worthy ancestors will not
soon fade from the memory of their posterity.

S. T. W.

Nashua, N. H., April, 1S79.



CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

OLD DUNSTABLE.

Charters of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Companies ;
Grants of New Hampshii'e to Capt. John Mason ; Charter of Old Dun-
stable ; Grantees and Proprietors ; Origin of the Name ; Compact of the
Grantees and Settlers ; House Lots laid out ; King Philip's War ; First
Meeyng House and Minister; First Birth, Marriage and Death; King
William's War ; Queen Anne's War ; Capt. Lovewell's Fight ; The Eeturn
of Peace and its Eilects ; Population ; First Dismemberments of Old
Dunstable 17—30.

CHAPTER IT.

WEST DUNSTABLE.

1730 to 1739. Names of the First Settlers of West Dunstable, and where
they Settled ; Towns from which they came ; First Petition for a Town
Charter; Names of the Petitioners ; Second Petition for a Town Charter;
Names of the Signers; Remonstrance against the Second Petition ; West
Dunstable Chartered as a Parish 31 — 39.

CHAPTER III.

THE PARISH OF WEST DUNSTABLE.

1789 to 1746. Its Area and Boundaries; The Tax of Non-residents ; The
First Parish Meeting and First Parish Officers ; The First Meeting-
House and its Location ; The First Parish Tax; The Non-Resident Tax
and Disposal of It ; The District of Dunstable ; Settlement of the new
Province Line; Efi'ects of the Decision; Preaching, and the Manner
of Providing It; The Call to Rev. Mr. Emerson, the First Minister;
The Settlement of Mr. Emerson, his Salary and how paid ; Old Tenor
Currency 40 — 56.



10 CONTENTS.

CHAPTER IV.

MOLLIS.

1746 to 1750. The Charter of Hollis; Charter of the new Towns of Dun-
stable, Merrimack and Monsou ; Original Boundaries of those Towns ;
Name of Hollis and its Origin ; The First Town Meeting and First Town
Officers ; The Second Meeting-House ; Petition for a Land Tax ; Stocks
and Whipping Post ; Pews and Pew Ground and to whom sold ; Care of
the Meeting-House; Singing 57 — 73.

CHAPTER V.

BORDER TROUBLES WITH DUNSTABLE.

1746 to 1773. The One Pine Hill Controversy; First Petition for the Annex-
ation of One Pine Hill to Hollis ; Second Petition for the Annexation of
One Pine Hill; Contest in the General Court; One Pine Hill Finally An-
nexed to Hollis; Second Border Controversy with Dunstable; The
Nashua River Bridge, and Dispute in respect to the Building and Sup-
poi't of it ; Compromise and Final Settlement . . . 74 — 84.



CHAPTER VI.



HISTORY OF MONSON.

1746 to 1770. First Town Election in Monson, and First Town Officers ;
Town Officers from 1746 to 1770; Petition to the General Court for
Scouts and Guards ; Petition to be Relieved from Taxation ; Unsuccess-
ful Efforts to Maintain a School, to Support Preacliing, Build a Meeting-
House or Find a Meeting-House place ; Repeal of the Charter and Division
of the Town; The Mile Slip, Charters of Raby, Wilton, Mason, Duxbury
and Milford 85—03.



CHAPTER VII.



MILITARY HISTORY.

1746 to 17G3. The Provincial Militia Law; First Militia Company in Hollis
and its Officers ; French and Indian War of 1744 ; Petitions for Garrisons
and Scouts ; The French and Indian War of 1754 ; Hollis Officers and
Soldiers in the War of 1754 94—101-



CONTENTS. II

. ' CHAPTER VIII.

COLONIAL SCHOOL LAW AND SCHOOLS.

1746 to 1775. Schools iu HoUis before the Eevolutiou ; School Taxes ; School
Squadrons or Districts ; The First School-Houses ; The Hollis Grammar
School ; Teachers of the Grammar School ; Names of Hollis Graduates
of College, and of Ministers and Physicians not Graduates born before
1775; Letter of Gov. John Wentworth to Rev. Mr. Emerson 102—108.



CHAPTER IX.

EARLY COLONIAL LAWS.

1746 to 1775. Town officers and their duties; Moderators of the Town
Meetings; Selectmen; Constables; Field-Drivers; Tithiug-Meu ; Hog-
Reeves; Deer-Reeves; Wolves and Rattlesnakes ; Voters and their Qual-
ifications ; Houses of Correction; The Stocks and Whipping-Post;
Profane Cursing aud Swearing ; Defamation ; Insolence to Women ;
Petit Larcenj' ; The Poor aud their Support ; Warning out of Town ;
Slavery iu New Hampshire before the Revolution ; Mode of Selling
Negro Slaves 109—117

CHAPTER X.

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GENERAL COURT.

1741 to 1775. Members of the New Hampshire General Court from Hollis
and Dunstable before 1775. Justices of the Peace; Division of New
Hampshire into Counties ; Organization of Hillsborough County ; County
Officers from Hollis ; The Pine Tree Law, its Unpopularity, and Trouble
iu Enforcing It; Riot at Weare and Trial of the Rioters; Gov. John
Wentworth; His Personal Popularity: Address to, from the people of
Hollis; The First Trial for Murder in Hillsborough County; Plea of tie
Beuefit of Clergy; Population of Hollis and other old Dunstable Towns
in 1775; The Charter and Settlement of Plymouth by Emigrants from
Hollis 118—127.



CHAPTER XL



BIOGRAPHICAL.



1730 to 1754. Brief Biographical Sketches of a portion of the Early Settlers
of Hollis from the year 1780 to the French and Indian War of 1754 ; Full
Lists of the names of the Tax Payers on the Hollis Tax Lists, Jan. 1,
1775, with the Last Tax Assessed by the Authority of the Kipg 128 — 138.



'12 CONTENTS.

CHAPTER XII.

THE BEGINNING OF THE REVOLUTION.

1774 and 1775. Hollis Town Meetings ; Patriotic Resolutions ; Hollis Militia
Companies ; The Alarm List ; Capt. Wright's Company ; Capt. Worces-
ter's Company ; First, Second and Third County Congresses at Amherst ;
Delegates to ; Hollis Company of Minute Men to Lexington and Cam-
bridge, April 19, 1775; Officers and Roll of this Company; Wages Paid
by the Town is^—US-

CHAPTER Xni.

WAR OF THE REVOLUTION.

1775. Hollis Company at the Battle of Bunker Hill ; Company Roll, Descrip-
tive List ; Hollis Men in Other Companies ; Commission of Capt. Dow ;
The Battle of Bunker Hill ; The March from Cambridge under Col. Pres-
cott ; Other Hollis and New Hampshire Soldiers iu Col. Prescott's Regi-
ment ; Names of the Hollis Men Killed and Wounded at Bunker Hill ;
Loss of Equipments of the Hollis Men in the Battle ; The New Hamp-
shire Reinforcements iu December, 1775 ; Desertion of the Connecticut
Troops ; Letter of Gen. Sullivan to the New Hampshire Committee of
Safety ; Capt. Worcester's Company to Cambridge in December ; Num-
ber of Hollis Soldiers the First Year of the War, and their Wages;
Amount Paid by the Town ; The Military Coat Voted as a Bounty ; Story
of a Patriotic Hollis Woman 149—162.

CHAPTER XIV.

WAR OF THE REVOLUTION CONTINUED.

1776. Names of the Hollis Soldiers the Second Year of the War; Volun-
teers in the Continental Army; In Col. Wingate's Regiment to Ticonder-
oga; In Col. Long's Regiment; In Col. Baldwin's Regiment to White
Plains ; In Col. Gilman's Regiment ; Names in the Return of Capt. Goss ;
The Hollis Tories . ■ 163—168.

CHAPTER XV.

THE THIRD YEAR OF THE WAR.

1777. Committee of Safety for 1777 ; The Town's Quota for the Continental
Army; Names of the Thirty Continental Soldiers for 1777; Patriotic
Pledges of Forty-eight Hollis Minute Men; The Ticonderoga Alarm;
Company of Capt. Eraersou ; Its Mai'ches to Walpole and Cavendish, Vt. ;
Company of Capt. Goss ; Hollis Soldiers at the Battle of Bennington ;
Wages of the Men, and Amount Paid by the Town in 1777 ; Depreciation
of the Continental Paper Money, and Law to Fix Prices . 169—177.



CONTENTS. 13

CHAPTER XVI.

THE FOURTH AND FIFTH YEARS OF THE WAR.

1778 and 1779. Doings of the Town Meetings and History of the War con-
tinued; Committees of Safety in 1778 and 1779; Continental Soldiers
for 1778 and 1779, Names of the men engaged, and "Wages and Bounties
paid them; Volunteers to Rhode Island in 1778; Capt. Emerson's
Mounted Company ; Wages ; Soldiers' Families ; Leonard Whiting's
War Tax; Volunteers for Rhode Island and Portsmouth in 1779; Capt.
Emerson's Commission ; Convention to fix Prices ; Continued Deprecia-
tion of Paper Money ; Small Pox in Hollis . . . . 178— 18f.

CHAPTER XVII.

THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH YEARS OF THE WAR.

1780 and 1781. Votes and Resolutions of the Town Meetings; Hollis Con-
tinental Quotas in 1780 and 1781 ; their Wages and how paid ; Militia
for West Point iind the Northern Frontier in 1780; Names of the men
and their Wages ; Beef for the Army in 1780 and 1781, and how obtained ;
The town divided into Classes; Reduction of the New Hampshire
Troops and of the .Hollis Quota; Rum for the Army in 1781; New Call
for Soldiers 188—193.

CHAPTER XVIII.

THE LAST YEARS OF THE WAR.

1782 and 1783. New Plan of Government; The New Hampshire Rangers in
1782 ; Last Soldier of the Hollis Quota ; Number and Names of the Hollis
Soldiers ; Sentiments of the People in respect to the Return of the
Tories ; The last War Tax ; Hollis Revolutionary Records and Docu-^
ments ; Lists of the Committees of Safety ; Names of Commissioned
Officers, and of Hollis Soldiers lost in the War . . . 194—202.



CHAPTER XIX.

LIST OF THE HOLLIS SOLDIERS.

Alphabetical List of the names of the Hollis Soldiers in the War of the
Revolution, showing in what Years they enlisted, and when, and how
lonjj they were in the Service 203 — 206.



14 CONTENTS.

CHAPTER XX.



BIOGRAPHICAL.



Brief Biographical Sketclies of a Portion of the Hollis Revolutiouary Officers
and Soldiers 207 — 217.



CHAPTER XXI.

WAR OF l8l2, AND WAR OF THE REBELLION.

1812 to 1815. Hollis Soldiers in the War of 1812, in the Regular Army and
also for the Defence of Portsmouth.

1861 to 18C5. Soldiers Furnished from the Town in the Several Years of the
"War for the Suppression of the Rebellion ; Regiments in which they En-
listed, with the Date of Enlistment and Time of Service and Discharge;
Casualties ; Soldiers' Aid Society ; Soldiers' Monument ; Capt. Nathan
M. Ames; Lt. John H. Worcester; Lt. Charles H. Farley . 218—234.



CHAPTER XXII.

ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY.

1743 to 1879. The Congregational Church and Society; First Members of
the Church ; Meml)ers of the Church before the Revolution ; Ministers of
the Society; Rev. Mr. Emerson; Rev. Mr. Smith; Rev. Mr. Perry; Rev_
Mr. Aiken; Rev. Mr. Gordon; Rev. Dr. Day; Rev. Mr. Kelsey ; Rev. Mr.
Scott; Deacons of the Church, with the Date of their Appointment and
Decease; Young Men's Christian Association of One Hundred Years
Ago ; Articles of Association ; Membership ; The Third Hollis Meeting-
House; How and When Built, and Description of It; Hollis Philan.
thropic Society; Hollis Benevolent Association; Ladies' Reading and
Charitable Society ; Hollis Baptist Society ; Its Ministers, Deacons and
Meeting-House 235 — 253.



CHAPTER XXIII.

MUNICIPAL HISTORY.

1739 to 1878. Parish Officers of West Dunstable, 1730 to 1746; Officers of
the District of Dunstable 1742 to 1745; Full Lists of Town Officers in
1746 and 1748 ; Moderators of the Annual Town Meetings ; Town Clerks,
Treasurers and Selectmen from 1746 to 1878 . . . 254—258.



CONTENTS. 15

CHAPTER XXIV.

POLITICAL HISTORY.

1739 to 1879. Delegates and Representatives to the General Court, Conven-
tions, etc., from 1739 to 1879; Votes for State President from 1784 to
1792; Votes for Governor from 1792 to 1878 . . . 259—263.

CHAPTER XXV.



STATISTICAL HISTORY.

Area; Soil; Productions; Eivers, Pouds and Broolvs ; Forest Trees, Lumber
and Coopering ; Population ; Births and Deaths ; Post Office and Post
Masters; Tavern Keepers from 1792 to 1821; Justices of the Peace;
Burial Grounds ; Public Roads ; HoUis Insurance Compam^ 2G4 — 272.



CHAPTER XXVI.



EDUCATIONAL HISTORY.

1775 to 1879. The Public Schools; School Laws and School Taxes; School
Districts; "Hollis Sixty Years Ago;" State's Literary Fund; School
Committees ; School Statistics in 1873 ; The High School ; Miss Mary S.
Farley ; The Social Library ; Hollis Lyceum and Public Lectures ; Grad-
uates of College from 1754 to 1878 273—285.



CHAPTER XXVII.



BIOGRAPHY.

Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard and Yale Colleges from 1754
to 1870 286—301.



CHAPTER XXVIII.



BIOGRAPHY.

Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Dartmouth, Middlebury, Brown,
Amherst, Union, Maryville and Greenville Colleges from 1795 to
1877 302—313.



l6 CONTENTS.

CHAPTER XXIX.

BIOGRAPHY.

Biographical Sketches of Ministers, Physicians and Lawyers not Graduates
of College 314—323.

CHAPTER XXX.

BIOGRAPHY.

Physicians who have Settled in and Practised their Profession in Hollis, aud
Miscellaneous Biographical Sketches, viz., of Nathan Thayer, James
Blootl, James Parker, Jun., Henry G. Little, Luther P. Hubbard, Joseph
Wheat, l)r. John Jones and Stephen Y. French . . . 324 — 340.

CHAPTER XXXI.

LONGEVITY.

Names of Si^ch Persons as have Deceased since the War of the Revolution at
the Age of Eighty Years or More, whose Ages with the Date of their
Decease have been ascertained 341 — 342.

CHAPTER XXXn.

MARRIAGES.

1743 to 1877. Marriages to be found Recorded in the Records of the District
of Dunstable — In the First Three Volumes of the Original Hollis
Records, and also in the other Hollis Records of Marriages from 1743 to
1877 343—361.



CHAPTER XXXIII.

FAMILY REGISTERS.

1739 to 1800. Family Registers of Births in Hollis from 1739 to 1800, copied
mainly from the First Three Volumes of the Hollis Records, also pre-
senting, when ascertained, the Date of the Marriage of the Parents, the
time of the Death of the Father, and the Full Maiden or Family Name of
the Mother 362.



HISTORY OF HOLLIS.



CHAPTER I .

Charters of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Companies.
Grants of New Hampshire to Capt. John Mason. — Char-
ter OF Dunstable, and history of that town from 1673
TO 1739.

When North America was first discovered by European navigators,
the fact of discovery, coupled with some act of possession, was re-
garded by the common consent of European governments as giving
a sufficient legal title to the sovereign or government in whose ser-



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