Thomas Lechford.

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warehouse and all and singulare the premises w th the appur
tenances unto the said Richard Parker his heires and assignes
for ever. And also for the consideration aforesaid and to
wards the maintenance of the premises, we Doe hereby grant
unto the said Richard Parker as much as in us lyeth one
hundred acres of land lying at Mount Wollaston 3 parcell of

1 It would be more in keeping with "where Quincy Market now is," ac-
the plan of this annotation to describe cording to Mr. Drake (History of Bos-
each one of these persons in this note, ton, p. 804). November 31, 1649, the
as being the first appearance of their selectmen sold the reversion of "the
names in the Note-book. But this seems Dock or Cove, Called by the name of
impracticable ; and as almost all of them Bendall Docke," and the Hats belonging
appear later, I must reserve notice of to it, to James Everill, who had previ-
them until they appear separately. ously bought land fronting on the dock

2 "The dock, or cove, which was in from John Shaw (Boston Town Records,
early times the principal seat of trade i. 98 ; Sit/. Dcetlt, i. 115 ; Book of Pos-
in Boston, was long called by [the] sessions, 19). [T.]

name [of Edward Bendall], because 8 Jan. 21, 1638-39 (two months be-

he owned part of the upland around fore the date of this conveyance), the

it, and had a warehouse on it. It has town had granted one hundred acres

since been called the town dock ; but at Mount Wollaston to the " owners of

the exact boundaries, north and south, the wharfe and crane," towards keeping

cannot probably be explained" (Savage, them in ivpair (Boston Tuwn Records,

in note to Wintii., ii. 72). It was p. 37). [T.J



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 71

the lands belonging to the said Towne of Boston, To have and
to hold the said one hundred acres unto the said Richard
Parker his heires and assignes forever. And further we
grant that if this conveyance shall not be snflicient to settle
the said one hundred acres of land unto and upon the said
Richard Parker his heires and assignes according to the true
meaning hereof, That then We will cause and procure the
Townesmen of Boston to settle the same unto and upon the
said Richard Parker his heires and assignes, in such manner
& by such conveyance as the said Richard Parker or his
Counsell shall reasonably advise or require. In witnesse
whereof we have hereunto set our hands and scales the
Twenty fifth Day of the ffirst moncth Anno Dili One thousand
six hundred & thirty nync. 1030. [3*. 4d.j

Me Richardum Parker De Boston in Nova Anglia, Mcrca-
torem, toner & firmiter obligur Thome Leverit vni prcsby-
teror ccclesie de Boston pred in 170* Dat ut supra.

The Condinon &c. to pay 85i, 25. 4 . 1639, at Boston, at
M? Leverits house. [Is.]

This indenture made the Twenty sixth Day of the flirst
moncth, In the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred
and thirty nync, 1639, Betweene Richard Parker of Boston
iu New England, merchant, of the one parte, and Edward
Bendall of the same, merchant, of the other partc, Wit-
ncsseth, that the said Richard Parker for and in consid
eration of the summc of seaventy and live pounds [45] of
lawful money of England to him in hand paid by the said
Edward Bendall wherof <fc wherwith the said Richard Parker
doth acknowledge himself satisfyed & payd and therof and
of every parte thereof Doth acquite release and Discharge
the said Edward Bendall his heires executors and adminis
trators and every one of them by these presents Hath granted,
bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant, bar-
gaine and sell unto the said Edward Bendall, All that the
one moiety and halfendealc of the wharfc, Crane and ware
house lying in Boston aforesaid w th the moity and halfendealc



72 LECIIFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

of all customs, rights, privileges and appurtenances whatso
ever thereunto belonging, To have and to hold receive per
ceive and take the said moiety and halfendeale and all and
singular the premises hereby mentioned and intended to
be granted w th the appurtenances whatsoever unto the said
Edward Bendall his heirs and assignes forever. In witness
etc. [36-. 4J.]

Me Ed rum Bendall De Boston in Nova Anglia mercatorem
tener et firmiter obligar Ric Parker mercatori, in 75 1 Dat.
ut supra. Condiconed for payment of 37 10* To Richard
Parker 24. 4. p. [Is.]

This Indenture made the flirst Day of the third moucth in
the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred and thirty
nine, 1639, Between Richard Parker of Boston in New Eng
land, merchant, of the one parte, And Echvard Bendall
of the same, merchant, of the other parte, Witnesseth that
the said Richard Parker for divers good causes and consid
erations him thereunto moving, Hath demised, granted and
to farme letten, and by these presents Doth Demise, graunt
and to farme lett unto the said Edward Bendall All that the
one moity and halfendeale of all the wharfe, Crane and ware
houses lying in Boston aforesaid, w th the moity and halfen
deale of all customs, rights, privileges and appurtenances
whatsoever thereunto belonging, To have and to hold receive
perceive and take the said moiety halfcndeal and all and sin
gular the premises hereby mentioned and intended to be
demised w th the appurtenances whatsoever unto the said
Edward Bendall his executors administrators [46] and as
signes from the Day of the Date of these presents for and
During the space of one year from thenceforth next ensuing
fully to be compleate and ended. Ycilding and paying there
fore unto the said Richard Parker his heires and assignes the
full and whole summe of twenty pounds at two scverall pay
ments, viz* upon the fiirst Day of the nyncth moneth of this
ycarc and upon the first day of the third moneth of the yeare
next ensuing the Date hereof, by equall portions to be payd.
And the said Edward Bendall for himselfe, his executors



LEClirORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 73

admrs & asss doth hereby Covenant w th the said Richard
Parker liis heires & asss that he the said Edward Ben-
dall att his and their costs and charges well & suffi
ciently shall and will repayre mainteine supply & uphold
the premises hereby Demised w th all nddfull & necessary rep
arations tacklings & materialls as often as need shall require
During the said terme and in the end thereof yeild up the
same soe well and sufficiently repay red maintayncd sup-
plyed & upheld unto the said Richard Parker his heires
or assignes. [3. 4.]

This Indenture made the ffirst day of the third moneth in
the ycare of our Lord one thousand six hundred and thirty
nyne, 1639, Betwecno Richard Parker of Boston in New
England, merchant, of the one parte, and Edward Bcndall of
the same, merchant, of the other parte, Witnesscth that the
said Richard Parker for and in divers good Considerations
him thereunto moving Hath demised, granted and to farme
letten, and by these presents Doth demise grant and to farme
lett unto the said Edward Bendall the one moity a nd halfen-
deale of one grcate lighter w th its tacklings and appurtenan
ces w th the moity and halfendeale of all proffits, commodities
and advantages that thereby <fc therewith shall be gotten, and
also the moity and halfendeale of the proffitts, commodi
ties and avantages that shall be gotten by one one servant
called Thomas Hedger * in and w rth the said Lighter to be iin-
ployed, To have and to hold receive perceive and take the said
moiety es and halfendealcs and all and singular the premises
with the appurtenances unto the said Edward Bendall his
executors administrators and assignes from [47] the Day of
the Date of these presents for and during the space of one
year thenceforth next ensuing fully to be compleate & ended,
yeilding and paying therefore unto the said Richard Parker
his heires and assignes the full and whole sume of thirty
pounds at two severall payments viz* upon the ffirst Day of
the nyneth moneth of this year and upon the first Day of the

1 A Thomas Hedger was afterwards for many years a resident of Warwick,
R. I. (Savage). [T.]



74 LECIIFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

third moneth of the year next ensuing the Date hereof by
equal porcons to be paid. And the said Edward Bendall
Both hereby for himseli e, his executors administrators and
assigues Covenant with the said Richard Parker his heires
and assigncs that he the said Edward Bendall his executors
administrators and assigncs shall and will at his and their
proper costs and charges, well and sufficiently repaire, maiii-
tayne, uphold & supply the said Lighter with all needful and
necessary reparacons, implements, tacklings and materialls as
often as need shall require during the said terme and in the
end of the said terme shall surrender & yiclde up the moiety
& halfendcale of the said Lighter soe well and sufficiently
maintcayncd repayred upheld, & supplyed as the same is at
this time present reasonable wearing excepted and if the said
Lighter shall not be cast away, (w ch God forbid) unto the
said Richard Parker, his heires or assigncs. In witnesse, <kc.
[3. 4.]

WORTHY SIR l : I heartily pray that this honest young man
Henry Grey, may find all lawful favour with you. His
freinds have advised him to make a journey on purpose to

1 The following letter was copied, sister of his brother John s wife. Her

or drafted in shorthand, on page 47, father was an "old acquaintance" of

but subsequently cancelled by lines Lechford. The "honest young man"

drawn across. Blanks are left in place must have found favor with Mr. Frost,

of the words that cannot be confidently for the couple were married not many

deciphered. It was probably written months after. Sept. 18, 1640, Henry

to Mr. William Frost, one of the early Gray and his wife Lydia conveyed their

planters at Uncowa (Fairiield), "be- house in Boston in trust to Thomas

yond Connecticut." John Gray (or Lechford (see after, p. 176) ; and both

Grey, as Lechford uniformly wrote the John and Henry removed to Uncowa.

name), of Boston, 1639, an older Lechford, in Flainc Dealing (p. 43),

brother of Henry, had married Eli/a- names among others who were living in

beth (widow of John Watson), a daugh- the plantations "beyond Connecticut,"

ter of Mr. Frost. Henry Gray, "now his "old acquaintance, Master Hoger

of Boston, heretofore citizen and mer- Lmllow, Master Frost, sometime of

chant of London," had a house-lot Nottingham, and his sons, John Grey

granted him by the town, Feb. 19, and Henry Grey." The latter became

1637-38. "The maid who had prom- a man of some prominence in the plan-

ised him," and was "fully satisfied" as tation, and was a deputy from Fairiield

to his estate and "all other things," to the General Court in 1656 and 1657.

was doubtless Lydia Frost, the younger [T.]



LECHFORD S MAXUSCIUPT NOTE-BOOK. 75

you, about your satisfaction (?) in the particulars of his
estate, which yet the maid doth not stand on, 1 am in
formed, but is fully satisfied thereabout and all other things,
and her affections to him remain [ ]. 1 have seen a

passage in his father s letter, whereby he bestows 201 upon
him more than formerly, in respect of his charge of building ;
yet not as his full portion, as I verily believe. His brother
also, a citizen of London, hath promised to stock him with
1001 worth of commodities from time to time, if the Lord
kccpc open the way, and he is to have half the profit, which
may be of especial advantage. [ ] will show you by

his account book that his estate is above 50 1 for the pres
ent, which is as much as her sister here desired and more
than the maid herself ever stood on. The maid hath prom
ised him, and he her, as I heare, and the young man doubts
whether it may be broken off ; wherefore if you rcmaine un-
satisfyed thereabout, whether the promise be good or not
he will refer [ ] to yourself and 2 other ministers

meete to be deciders, when you come, next into the Bay. For
my selfe, I [ ] this favour of you, that you would be

pleased to seale up my treatises and send them to nice by
this bearer, for 1 am forced to show them to some Elders ;
and also I would pray you to send me my letter that I for
merly wrote unto you, if you thinke good, for sonic reasons
which 1 will show you when, please God, I see you next;
wherein you shall do me a great favour. With my best re
spects to yourself and your beloved yokefellow in the Lord,
wishing you all [ ] grace and prosperity from heaven,

I remain yours to be [ ].

THOMAS LECHFORD.
BOSTON, 11. 3.



Peter Palfrey l of Salem for 66* 13 s . 4? conveyed to George
Richardson, mariner, 200 acres of land, meadow, pasture
and wooddy ground, lying at the end of Basse River in

1 Peter Palfrey came to Salem, it is first. He died in 1663. George Eich-
thought, in 1629, with Roger Conant. ardson, of "Watertown, may be found
He was admitted freeman among the (with a small family) in Bond.



76 LECHFOIWS MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

Salem for ever, and to lay out & sever the p r mises. Dat
13. 3. 1G30. The money to be payd by bill, upon the 13 of 9
next. Coram Hugh Peters, Will Hathorne, & me. [Is.]

[48] Edmund Batter l of Salem for 50* conveys to
George Richardson, mariner, all that his Dwelling house and
garden and two acres of land more or lesse thereunto belong
ing, w th the appurtenccs, lying in Salem, for ever. And is to
provide & deliver 500 pales & rayles & posts answerable for
the fcnccing of the same before 1. 2. p r x. Dat 13. 3. 1G39.
Coram Gervasio Garford, Will Ilathorne, Tho. L. [Is.]

This Indenture made the fifteenth Day of the third moncth
Anno Dm 1639, Betweene George Richardson, mariner, and
Michael Gabilloe, Frenchman, of the one parte, and Edmund
James 2 of Watcrtowne in New England, planter, of the other
partc, Witnesseth that the said George Richardson for the
sunimc of eight pounds to him in hand payd for the passage
of the said Michael, by the said Edmund James, doth assigne
and put over the said Michael, and the said Michael Doth put
himsclfe a servant unto the said Edmund James, him his
executors administrators and assignes truly & faithfully to
serve from the day of the Date of these presents for and Dur
ing the space of seaven yeares thenceforth next ensuing fully
to be compleat & ended. And the said Edmund James shall
finde and provide to & for his said servant sufficient & reas
onable meate drinkc lodging <fc apparell during the said
terrne, and in the end of the said termo shall give his said
servant double apparell five pounds in money. Mei et
Alex : Iluntridge. [2s.]

1 Edmund Batter, of Salem, was a marriage (Aug. 11, 1610), of Rearm,
maltster from Salisbury, in the county widow of one Edmund James, of Water-
of Wilts. town. Not much is known about either

2 Bond notes an Edmund James, of them, however, and nothing at all
proprietor, (in Watertown) 163-637, of Michael Gabilloe, as might be sur-
selectman 1638. See Savage for the mi&ed.



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 77

To the rif/ht wor H the Governor, Counwll and Assistants of
the Jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Bay in New England,
and to the general Court there assembled, 22 3 1039.

The linmble petition of Samuel Gough in behalfe of Tliomas
Gough ! of London, merchant, his fi ather, and of himselfe.

[49] Yo r Petitioner humbly praycth you the Hono r ablc
Governor and the Court, that you would be pleased to best-owe
upon his said ffather and himselfe a competent parcell of
ground as well for yo r petitioners present imploymcnt as for
his ffathers benefit, if it shall please God of his goodnesse to
bring him and his ffamily into these parts ; wherein yo r peti
tioner liopeth and doubteth not but you will favourably re
spect the good of his ffather as well as himselfe, being that
his said ffather is better knowne unto you and approved then
himselfe is as yet; and yo r petitioner hopeth the Lord will so
guide his yo r petitioners wayes that you shall not have cause
to repent of any yo r goodnesse & bounty unto him or his said
ffather.

Yo r petitioner is and shall be ever he hopeth a Petitioner to
the throne of grace for yo r prosperity and of the whole
State. [2.?. Grf.j

This Indenture made the Twenty fourth Day of the third
moncth In the yeare of our Lord One thousand six hundred
and thirty nyne, Betweene Willm Hudson 2 of Boston in

1 Thomas Gofle, a merchant of Lon- office as an assistant, Mr. Simon Brad-

don, had been interested in the colony street being elected in his place (Mass.

at New Plymouth, and was afterwards a Col. Jlcc., vol. *i.; Mass. Hist. Coll.,

patentee of the Massachusetts Company, iii. 48 ; Savage, in IVinth., i. 8).

by whom he was chosen deputy-gov- It appears from this petition that so

ernor in 1028 and 1629, and was desig- late as 1639 he had not entirely aban-

nated by the Court, in November, 1G29, doned the purpose of emigration to

with Winthrop, Saltonstall, and the Massachusetts. Was his son Samuel

other principal members of the com- already a resident hero? [T.]

pany, as one of the "undertakers for 2 William Hudson at this time had

the joint-stock." He did not accom- not been recommended to the Gene-

pany his associates to New England, ral Court by the Town of Boston to

and at the meeting at Southampton, keep an ordinary. He was allowed by

March 18, 1629-1630, was left out of the Court, April 30, 1640; and there are



78 LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

New England, Baker, and Henry Mether of the same, of the
one parte, and Thomas Cornish 1 of Boston aforesaid, In-
holder, of the other parte, Witnesseth that the said Williin
Hudson for and in consideration of the summe of tennc
pounds to him in hand payd by the said Thomas Cornish
before the sealing & delivery hereof doth put over and the
said Henry Mother doth put and place himselfe servant unto
the said Thomas Cornish by these presents w th him to dwell
and serve by the space of fowcr yeares from the Date of these
p r sents fully to be complcate and ended During all w ch time
the said Henry his said master shall well and faithfully serve
his commandos lawfull & honest he shall obey and doe his
said masters secrets he shall keepe his goods he shall not
wast nor purloyne from his said service he shall not himselfe
w th draw or eloygne. And the said Thomas Cornish shall
During the said tyme fynd & provide for his said servant suffi
cient meate drinke lodging <fc apparcll. In witness <tc.
[Is. GJ.]

Be it known unto all men by those presents that I Robert
Fekc 2 of Watertownc in New England gent Doe hereby con-
stititute and make & in my place put my welbelovcd ffrcind
Robert Harding of Boston in Now England Merchant my true
and lawfull Atturncy for me and in my name to sue arrest



in Lechfcml one or two mentions of his to the General Court, and in 1636 was

house, in agreements "to be paid at appointed one of the magistrates to

Wm. Hudson s house," which I sup- keep county courts at Watertown.
pose to refer to the inn. His house, as Robert Harding came in the lleet with

noted in the Book of Possessions, was "\Vinthrop, and his name is among the

on the south side of State Street, close to early signatures of the church covenant,

the water (near Kilhy Street), where he He was an ensign in Captain Underbill s

had a wharf running out over the company, then captain, and was for a

marsh. long time selectman of Boston. He

1 Cornell or Cornhill ? See note was an adherent of the Hutchinsons,
on p. 31, ante-. [T.] and in 1639 removed to Rhode Island,

2 Robert Feke, of "NVatertown, is where he was an assistant in 1641. In
thought to have coine over in the nYet the Xotc-book later (p. 183) he is called
with Win thro p. He was made freeman "Cap. Robert Harding, of Newport."
May 18, 1631, and lieutenant Septem- In 1646 he went back to England, and,
ber, 1632 ; he was several times deputy I suppose, remained there.



LECIIFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 79

and implcadc ITcnry Flecte l late Captainc of the I>arkc
AVaricke ffor the sumc of [50] One hundred pounds Currant
money of England w ch he oweth unto me to be payd in in
good merchantable cornc at six shillings a bushell to be deliv
ered unto me at Watertowne in New England (the \v ch should
have ben payd and Delivered unto me there upon the last Day
of July Anno Dili 1632 as by one bill obligatory under the
hand and sealc of the said Henry Fleet dated the twenty
third Day of March Anno Dili 1031 appeareth) and the same
Debts and dammages for the Deteyning thereof to recover and
receive to my use before any his Majesties Governor or Gov
ernors in any Cort or Corts wheresoever or by their authority
howsoever. And Whereas heretofore I made a letter of At
torney unto George Ludlowe gent authorizing him to receive
and recover the said Debt of the said Henry Flecte for me
and to my use I Doe hereby also authorize and appoint the
said Robert Harding my now Attorney for me and in my
name to call and bring the said George Ludlowe to account
for the same and in case he hath received the said Debt or
any parte thereof the said Robert Harding to receive and
recover the same of him for me and in my name and to my
use before any his Majesties Governor or Governors in any
Court or Corts wheresoever or by their authority howsoever
And further I authorize and appoint my said Attorney for
me & in my name to doe <fc make any other lawful I act or
thing in and about the recovery and receiving of the Debt <fc
Dammages aforesaid as fully and effectually as if I my selfe

1 Henry Fleet sailed from England rally in July, 1634, allege that, l>y

in 1631, in the employ of George Grif- authority of Sir John Harvey, Gov-

fith and others, proprietors of the l>ark ernor of Virginia, Fleet had restrained

" Warwick," of London, on a voyage to the vessel and profits, to their great

New England and Virginia for trade loss (Colonial Ptiprrs, Hi. 21 ; in Sains-

and discovery. Winthrop mentions bury s Calendar, i. 184 ; Winih., i. 71,

her arrival at Nantasket, March 14, 72).

1631-1(532, "having been at Pascata- George Ludlow probably removed

quack and at Salem to sell corn, which from Massachusetts to Virginia as early

she brought from Virginia;" April 9, as 1031. He was there, at any rate, in

"the bark, with Mr. Maverick s pin- 1639, and was appointed one of Sir

nace, went out towards Virginia." The William Berkeley s Council in 1650

proprietors, in a petition to the Admi- (Sainsbury s Calendar, i. 292, 340). [T.]



80 LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

were present, Ratefying and allowing whatsoever my said
Attorney shall lawfully Do in the premises. In witnesse &c.
30. Maij 1639.

A Coppy of the bill aforesaid tcstyficd before John Win-
throp Governor. 30 Maij prd. [Is. 8.]

William Cockcrell a of Ilingham ffisherman, pit. William
Cockcrham of the same, mariner, deft, in a mixt accon. 4. 4.
1639. The Plaintiffc sheweth & complayneth that the ffrce-
mcn of Ilingham aforesaid did in or about the sixth moneth
in the yeare of our Lord, 1637, by their ioynt consent and
general! vote assigne and allot out unto this Pltiffe. fower
acres of ground lying at a place called Broadcovc in Ilingham
aforesaid next adjoyning to the hinds of the Defendant there
towards the west, to have and to enjoy to him the said plaint-
iffe & his heires for ever. The plaintiffe made his clayme and
entry unto and upon the said lands in or about the sixth
moneth of the last yeare, 1638, and this yearc in the first
moneth, and since hath endevoured to plant and build his
dwelling house upon the said lands, but the said Defendant
knowing hereof hath forbidden [51] and hindred the Plain
tiffe both in building and planting therupon hithcrunto, so
that he must buy all his corne and garden fruits this yeare
for himselfe and his family & pay for houseroomc els where,
and is otherwise hindred & damnifyed to the summe of twenty
pounds for w ch as well as for the said lands he brings his
suit. [Is.]

*

William Sprague of Ilingham, Planter, plaintiff & Thomas
Clap of the same Towne, Planter, defejidt. 4. 4. 1639, in an
action upon the case.

The plaiutiffe complayneth that whereas upon the twenty
fifth- day of the third moneth of this yeare, 1639, he was
poss d of one good milch Cowe of the age of twelve yearcs,
the Defendant had also another Co\v w ch was wont to push

1 Strangely enough, Cockercll and had made up the whole business out of
Cockerham are l>oth known characters ; his head. Little is known of them,



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