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levy execute ct suffer any further lawful and reasonable acts
and deeds fines Recoverys or other assurances for the more
sure making and conveying of the premises or any of them
unto such purchaser or purchasers of the same as my sayd
Attorney shall for me it in my name bargaine or agree w lh for
and about the premises or any of them and at their costs <t
charges in the law as shall be by the said purchaser or pur
chasers or their Counsell learned in the law reasonably
advised devised or required so as for the doing or suffering
thereof I be not compelled to travell above ten myles from
Wethersfield aforesd And all and every other matter or thing
lawful it requisite to be done or w oh 1 shall from -time to time
under my hand (t warrant direct in and about the execution
of the premises for me and in my name to doe execute and
pcrformc as fully powerfully <t effectually as T myselfo in my
proper person might or could doe if 1 were present Ratifying
confirming and Allowing all and whatsoever my said Attorney
shall lawfully doc or cause to be done in the premises or any
of them In witnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hand
& sealc the Twenty nyneth day of July in the sixteenth yearc
of the Raignc of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace
of God King of England Scotland Franco and Ireland
Defender of the faith <tc AnnoqT Dmi 1G40. [H 1.]

Thomas Pinny of Weymouth in N. E. t makes a Lc r of
Attorney to M? Richard Garrett 1 of Scituate in New England

1 Mr. Richard Oanctt was town-clerk of "Weymoutli, Init luul formerly been
of Scituate. IiO"er Ammido\vn was now a Salem man.


merchant to re c 22 s of Roger Ammidowne of Weymouth
aforesaid shipwright. Dat 31 Julij. 1G40. [6c?.]

Knowc all men by these presents that whereas Richard
Bui gar of Dover l in New England planter for and in con
sideration of indian corne planted and growing on t\vo acres
or nerc thereabouts being the land of one Willrn Beard of
Oyster river two breeding sowes whereof one is great w th piggs
and seven hundred of pules cloven lying ncare the said corne
to the said Richard Bulgar assigned and bargained by me
William Dowries late of Dover aforesaid planter did promise
and undertake that I should in his behalfe receive of and from
M* Valentine Hill of Boston commodities to the value of
foure pounds arid that the said Richard Bulgar would satisfy
and pay five pounds more unto M r . John Turner for my
intended passage into the West Indies. But the said M?
Turner hath refused to accept of the satisfaction in the letter
of the said Richard Bulgar dated the 24th of the last moneth
propounded whereby he hath not fullfilled the said bargaiue
on his parte and I am disappointed of my voyage aforesaid.
Now I the said [162] William Downes in Consideration of nyne
pounds of lawful money of England to me in hand payd and
satisfycd by Captaine Richard Morris doe by these presents
grant bargaine and sell unto the said Captaine Morris the
said Conic two swine and pales and all the cncrease of the
said swine & all my right & title of in & to the premises &
every parte thereof To have hold and enjoy the said Corne
swine & pales all & singulare the premises w th the Appur-

1 This piece of business is clearer sentative later. Mr. John Turner was

than most of the transactions that took a Salem West India merchant; he

place at Dover or Oyster River. Richard died at Barbadoes. William Beard, of

Morris and Richard Bulgar \ve know Dover, was long after this killed by the

were both Roxbury men who had left Indians at Durham. Of William Downes

their homes during the Hutchiuson con- alone is there no trace; but I suppose

troversies, and were now at Exeter, or he went down to the West Indies, per-

perhaps Dover. They must have known haps to the church at Isle of Providence

each other wll, though they may not in the ship in which Captain William

have transacted business together. Val- Pierce was killed. Such persons afford

eritine Hill had continual relations with ample ground for conjecture.
Dover, from which place he was repre-


tenanccs whatsoever unto the said Captaine Richard Morris
his executors administrators and assignes And further for
that end it purpose 1 hereby make ordeyne & appoint the said
Captaine Morris my true & lawful Attorney for me tt in my
name to aske demand receive and recover the premises and
every parte thereof of and from the said Richard Bulgar and
all manner of persons els whatsoever interupting therewith.
In witnesse etc. G. 1. 1040. [!#.]

I Captaine Richard Morris doe hereby acknowledge that I
am indebted unto Richard lJulgar the sum me of fourc pounds
w ch was for goods and commodities of that value received
by William Downes of M. r Valentino Hill upon the account of
Edward Calcott by the direction of the said Richard Bulgar
In witnesse etc. G. 1. 1G40. this was altered & made payable
to M Coicord.

I Captuine Richard Morris doe hereby acknowledge mysclfe
to be indebted unto William Downes the summe of live pounds
to be payd unto the said Will" 1 his executors admrs or assignes
upon the fifteenth day of July next ensuing the date hereof
for w ch payment I by ml me my heires executors and adm
firmely by these presents etc dat G. 1. 1G40. [G<7.]

John Peakes bound by bill to Thomas Robinson for 40 s to
be payd 29. 7. 1G40 dat 18. G. 1G40.

Matthew Southerland l of Ncwporte in the Island of Rodes
in new England marriner bound by bill to Thomas Robinson
for 41 to be payd the 9th of 8 lH r 1G40. dat 1 20. G. 1G40. [Gt?.]

This Indenture made the ffourth day of July in the sixteenth
yeare of the raigne of our Sovcrnigne Lord Charles by the
grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King
<tc Annoq r Dili 1G40. Bctwcene Richard Bellingham of
Boston in New England of the one parte and Thomas Joy

1 Of Matthew Southerland Savage to have been a sort of partner of Hob-
knows no more than the fact that he inson. (See 2 J ost, p. 170.)
existed, and where he lived. He seems


of the same Carpenter of the other parte Witnesscth that the
said Richard Bellingham for and in divers good considerations
him thereunto moving hath demised granted and to ffarme
letten And by these presents doth demise grant and to ffarme
let unto the said Thomas Joy all those the saw pitts l of the
said Richard Bellingham and the marsh ground adjoyning
thereunto lying in Boston aforesaid betweene the houses &
grounds of John Crabtrce & John Lowe conteyning in length
from the Beach there foure rods \v th the appurtenances To
have and to hold the said sawpitts & marsh ground and all
and singulare the premises w th the appurtenances whatsoever
unto the said Thomas Joy his executors adrn rs & Assignes from
the day of the date hereof for and during the termc of twenty
ycares thenceforth next ensuing fully to be compleat & ended
Yeilding & paying therefore yearely unto the said Richard
Bellingham his heires and assignes the summoof five pounds
[163] of lawful money of England at foure tcrmcs of the yeare
that is to say the third day of the first wcekc in the moncth
of October the third day of the first weekc in the moncth
of January the third day of the first week in the moncth of
A prill & the third day of the first wcekc in the moncth of
July by cquall portions to be payd. Provided allways that
if the said ycarcly rent shall be behind & unpayd in partc or
in all by the space of fouretcenc days next after any of the
several! days of payment aforesaid being lawfully demanded
that then it shall or may be lawfull to and for the said Richard
Bellingham his heires and assignes into the premises to
recnter and the same to have againe & enjoy as in his or their
former estate any thing in these presents to the contrary
thereof conteyned in any wise notwithstanding. And it is
Covenanted & agreed betweene the partycs abovcsaid that
whatsoever buildings the said Thomas Joy his executors

1 These; sawpits of Kiehard Belling- Possessions; but John Crabtree s is not

ham were in a marsh belonging to him mentioned anywhere in the volume,

which lay on the northwest side of the John Lowe was a wheelwright; the other

Town Cove (over opposite Bendall s two were carpenters. Joy moved to

Dock). The place is between Union Hingham in 1647, and I cannot say

and North streets, just oil Dock Square, what then became of the i-awpits.
John Lowe s lot is noted in the Luuk of


administrators or assignes sluill build upon the promises
during the said tcrmc the same shall bo valued at the end of
the said tcrmc of twenty yea res by two indifferent men to be
chosen by & bctwccnc the said Richard Bcllingham his heires
or assigncs and the said Thomas Joy his executors adminis
trators or assigncs and being soc valued the said Richard
Bellingham his hcircs or assigncs shall and will pay and
sntisfie the said Thorn : Joy his executors administrators or
assigncs for the said buildings according to the said value
thereof soe made as aforesaid In witncsse CYC. [31]

This Indenture made the twentieth day of August in the
sixteenth ycare of the Raignc of our Sovcraignc Lord Charles
by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland
King Defender of the Faith cvc Annoq r Dili 1G40. Betwccne
Thomas Dexter 1 of Lynne in New England yeoman of the
one parte and Humfrey Ilookc Citizen and Alderman of
Bristoll and Edward Godfrey gent and Hugh Courtney of
Bristoll aforesaid merchant for and on the behalfe of the said
Humfrey Hooke of the other parte Witnesscth that whereas
the said Thomas Dexter standeth indebted and doth owe unto
the said Humfrey Ilookc the summe of foure hundred cv fifty
pounds of lawful money of England as by one judgment of
the said Thomas Dexter acknowledged in the Court at Boston
before the Governor Deputy & Assistants of the Society of
the Mattachusetts Bay in New England appearcth the said
Thomas Dexter in Consideration thereof and for further &
better security of payment & satisfaccon thereof hath granted
bargained sold enfeoffed & confirmed and by these presents
doth grant bargaine sell cnfcoffc & confirme unto the said
Humfrey Ilooke All that ffarmc house and ffarmc contcyning
Eight hundred acres of land lying & being within the precincts
of Lynne afores 1 called & knowne by the name of Thomas
Dextcrs ffarme w th the appurtenances and such Croppcs of

1 Thomas Dexter is not infrequently from an over-jovial temperament and an
met with in the old authorities. There unruly tongue, lie was now of Lynn,
is some little that may be found to and had been since 1G30; but he sub-
bis discredit in the Colonial Records, scquently moved to Barnstable, in the
chiefly such as would naturally result Colony of Plymouth.


Corne as thereto bclongcth and twenty head of Cattell To
have and to hold the said ffarme house & ffarme corne &
cattcll and all & singulare the premises w th the appurtenances
unto the said Humfrey Hooke his hcires and assignes for ever
Provided alhvays that if the said Thomas Dexter his hcires
executors administrators or assignes shall well and truly pay
or cause to be payd unto the said Humfrey Hooke [164] his
executors administrators or assignes the summe of flivc hun
dred pounds of lawfull money of England upon the ffirst day
of .June next ensuing the Date hereof at or in the now dwelling
house of Will Hudson situate in Boston aforesaid Then this
present grant bargaine sale feoffemcnt & confirmation .shall
be voyd and of none effect or els it shall be & remaine in full
power strength and vertue And it is agreed betweene the
said partycs that if the said mortgage take place through non
payment as abovesaid that the overplus coming upon sale of
the premises beyond the said five hundred pounds and for
bearance money after the rate of eleven pounds by the hundred
for the said foure hundred & fifty pounds untill such sale made
shall be payd unto the said Thomas Dexter his executors
administrators or assignes In witnesse <fcc. [3-4]

Samuel Scarle of Quinapeagc Planter in the behalfe of
Jasper Crane l of the same Agent or Attorney for M? [Wa/jfc]
Roc Citizen of London Dcmiseth unto Henry Dawson and
John Search of the same one house & house lott <fc three acres
of land lying in Boston wherein Will" 1 Herricke now dwelleth
from 29 Sept next for 5 yearcs 4* 10s. rent halfc yearely, to
fence to the value of 41 10s. to repaire 21. G. 1G40. [os.]

Thomas Bright 2 of Watcrton in N. E. g. mortgageth all
his house & lands being ten acres lying in the precincts of

1 Jasper Crane, was after this (in Quinepiac, hut were later of Boston.

1050) representative for New ILiven. The former was servant to William

He was now one of the assistants of New Hudson the younger, and had the care

Haven Colony, and ten years after was of his concerns when Hudson was

assistant in Connecticut for three years, engaged in the Civil War in England.
This may he found in Savage, who says 2 Thomas Bright was some relation

nothing at all about Samuel Scarle. perhaps to Henry Bright, surveyor-of-

Duwson and Search are here called of arms at Watertown.


Waterton aforesaid w ch ho purchased of Robert Feke gent
w lh the appurtenances together also w th the Croppes of Come
growing upon the same unto Will m Raynborowe of Charleston
in N. E. in. for 1201 to be payd 6 Marcii px dat 24 Aug : 1040.
[2-G pd in shott 191 barrcll & all 9. 30. 1640. 2d. p l so 1 had
GcZ. shot above ye 2s. Gt?.]

An assignment of Richard Pynnes Debt due from Allen
Ycwe to Robert Turner 24. Aug. 1640. [4t?.]


Here is a good land, and yeilding many good commodities,
especially fish, and furs corne and other richer things, if well
followed, and if that popular elections destroy us not. It is
a good Land, I say, that instructs us to repentance, when we
consider what a good Land we came from, what good lawcs
and government we have left, to make experiments of govern
ing ourselves here by waves, wherein (like young Physitians)
of necessity we must hurt and spoile one another a great while,
before we come to such a sctled Commonwealth, or church
government as is in England.

1 thank God, now 1 understand by experience, that there
is no such government for English men or any nation as a
Monarchy ; nor for Christians, as by a lawfull Ministcric,
under godly Diocesan Bishops, deducing their station and
calling from Christ and his Apostles, in descent or succession ;
a thing of greater consequence than ceremonies (would to
God I had known it sooner) which while 1 have in my place
stood for here these two years, and not agreeing to this new
discipline, impossible to be executed, or long continued, what
I have suffered, many here can tell ; I am kept from the
Sacrament, and all places of preferment in the Common
wealth, and forced to get my living by writing petty things,
which scarce finds me bread; and therefore sometimes 1 took
to planting of corne, but have not yet here an house of my
ownc to put my head in or any stock going: whereupon I was
determined to come back into Ireland, but by the over-entreaty
of my wife and some other friends, I here think to stay a


while longer, hoping that the Lord will shortly give a good
issue to things both in our native country, and Scotland, and
here, as well as in all other his Majesties dominions. I was
very glad to sec My Lord Bishop of Exeters Book of Epis-
copacic by divine right; it gave me much satisfaction. If
the people may make ministers, or any ministers make others
without an apostolicall Bishop, what confusion will there
be? If the whole Church, or every congregation, as our
good men think, have the power of the keycs, how many
Bishops then shall we have V If every Parish or congregation
le so free and independent, as they terme it, what unity can
we expect ?

Glad also was I to sec Master Balls Book of the try all of
the grounds of separation, both which are newly come over,
and I hope will work much good among us here ?

And whereas 1 was sometimes misled by those of opinion
that Bishops, and Presbyters, & all Ministers are of the same
authority ; when I came to consider the necessary propagation
of the truth, and government of the Church by experimental!
footsteps here I quickly saw my error ; For besides, if the
con<2Teo-;itioiis be not united under one Diocesan in lit com-


passe, they are in a confusion, not withstanding all their
classicall pretendments, how can the Gospel be propagated
to the Indians without an apostolical Bishop ? If any Church,
or people, by the Kings leave send forth Ministers to teach
and instruct the poore Indians in the Christian Religion, they
must have at least Apostolicall power to ordain Ministers or
Elders in every congregation among them ; and when they
have so done, they have power of Visitation where they plant
Nor can they without just cause be thrust out from government
without great impiety; and where they have planted, that is
their line or Diocese. Thus I came to see that of necessity
a Diocese and Bishop Diocesan, is very nccre, if not altogether
of Divine authority.

[165] I am also of opinion, that it were good for our Minis
ters to learn how to doc this work from some of our reverend
Bishops in England, for I fcarc our Ministers know not how
to goe about it whether must not some Ministers learne


their language? It is a copious language, as 1 am informed,
and they have as many words to express one thing as we
have. And when they teach Indians to pray, will they not
teach them by a forme ? And how can Gods worship he
maintained among ignorant persons without a forme ? 1 am
firm of opinion that the best of us have been much beholding
to the word read, and formes of prayer.

Julii 23, 1010.

Thomas Taylor bound to Thomas Miller 1 in 42s. to be
payd to his wife Isabell Miller 24 Aug. 1G40. & a letter to
her. [8cZ.]

Richard Betscombe 2 of Ilingham in New England late of
Bridporte in the County of Dorset haberdasher in bchalfe of
Mary & Martha his Daughters makes a letter of Attorney
to Andrew Robert & Christofcr his brothers to receive two
Legacyes of 50 * a pecc-c given by Philip Strong late of the
devi/rs in the County of Wiltes gent Deceased to the said
Mary Martha of Philip Strong Brewer his Sonnc & exec
utor 0. 25. 1G40. [la.]

Me liictim Waldern 3 de Dorobern in Nova Anglia planta-
torc tcncr <tc Edv Payne Nautc in 801 d a t 24 Aug 1040
Condiconcd to pay 40 1 or the value in merchantable commodi
ties according to the rates of the Country upon the first day
of January next at or in the now dwelling house of the said
Richard. " [Is.]

1 Thomas Miller was one of the early Now England. After 1645 lie is con-
s -ttlers of Middletowu, Conn. His wife, stantly hoard of in the Colonial Jiccords
Isabell, died in 1G66. in connection with a Hairs at Dover,

2 Richard Bctscombe was of Ilingham for which he was many times deputy up
1635, freeman 1637. There is no men- to 1679. He then became a man of
tion found of the three brothers, who, I great prominence in the newly consti-
conclude, stayed on their side the ocean, tuted New Hampshire, but was killed

3 Richard Waldern, of Dover, except by Indians in 1789. Edward Payne
for this and one other entry, is not was of Lynn in 1638, and the next year
mentioned before 1645. Tradition, of Charlestown, but is found of Dover
however, says that he came in 1635, in 1613. lie went to England in 1649.
returned to England, and came again to



Thomas Millard l of Cape An in New England ffishcrman
aged 40. swornc saith that before tlic ship Mary rose was
blown up He was intrcatcd by M! John Olliver of Newberry
to goe w th a shallop to the said ship <fc this deponent accord
ingly went in his shallop w th the said John Olliver to the same
shipp & there demanded and was very earnest for a packe of
goods to be delivered him but some of the shipes Company
answered they would not deliver it because M* Dannet was
not aboard.

Knowc all men by these presents that Whereas John Jorden
Citizen & grocer of London by his Letter of Attorney bearing
date 21 Maii 10 Car hath given full power and Authority
unto us Willm Waldcrn 2 and Richard Waldern of Pascatta-
way in New England or either of us to agree compound and
receive all such debts and summcs of money as Samuel Cole 3
of Boston in New England standeth ingaged for himselfc unto
the said John Jorden and for & upon one bond of the prinall
Summe of 200* bearing date the 13th day of June in the 4th
yeare of the raignc of said our Soveraigne Lord King Charles
w th and for the debt of John Tongue late of Boston in the
County of Lincolne deceased made unto the said John Jorden
as in and by the said Letter of Attorney more at large it doth
and may appeare Now Kno\ve yee that we the said William
Waldcrn & Richard Waldern have by vertue of our said

1 Thomas Millurd, of flloucester, was dull and further notice of Mr. Dan-
after this selectman. He moved a year net, of whom we can hope to learn
or two afterwards to Ncwbury, and died little beyond the fact that he was a
in Boston in 1G51>. John Oliver, of " pro] thane scoffer. "
Newbury, is called " younger brother, 2 William Waldern was the elder
or perhaps nephew, of elder Thomas brother of Richard, in all probability,
Oliver." At any rate he came over from and had very much the same position
England with him in 1632 and lived in and influence at Dover. lie was drowned
Boston until 1638, when, having been in 1646, being only about forty-five years
disarmed in 1037, and rejected as a of age.

representative by the House for being 3 Samuel Colo was an early Bostonian

a supporter of Wheelwright, he moved (1030), and opened in 1633 the first

to Newbury, where he died in 1642. house of entertainment, though not

In regard to this pack of goods so probably on the same spot where his

earnestly demanded, see p. 167, post., house was later, out in the Mill Field,

where is a deposition of Edward Ben- by Gallup s Point.


Authority and in full discharge of the promises received of
and from the said Samuel Cole to the use of the abovesaid
John Jordcn three Cowes and one Cowe calfe and one bond
of 40 pounds bearing date the 24th day of this instant inoneth
of August conditioned for the payment of 20 pounds unto the
said John Jordcn his executors administrators or assumes
upon the [Wa/.] day of August w ch shall be in yearc of our
Lord 1643 w th this agreement that if ten pounds be payd to
the said John Jordcn w ch the said Samuel Cole directed to be
payd by Nicholas Trcrise 1 or some passenger that went in his
shippe that the same shall be accounted as in parte of dis
charge of the said forty pounds We therefore the said Wil
liam Waldcrn and Richard Walderne doc hereby for and in
the name of the said John Jordcn [166] remise release and
forever quittclaymc unto the said Samuel Cole his heircs <tc.
all and all manner of actions suits debts bonds bills reckon
ings accounts & demands whatsoever that the said John
Jorden his executors or adm hath or may have against the
said Samuel Cole his heires executors or administrators for
or by reason of any matter or cause whatsoever from the
beginning of the world unto this present day In Witncsse
Ac. 18. Aug : 1040. [2s.]

Me Samuele Cole de Boston in Nova Anglia, plantator tener
Ac Join Jorden Civi ct grocer London in 401 dat 24 Aug. 1640.
Condiconed for the pay rat of 20* 24 Aug: 1643. at W ra Iludsons
house in Boston. [!?]

Me Samuclcm Cole dc Boston in Nova Anglia plantator
tcner <vc Join Jorden in 601 ^ a t 24 Aug 1640. Condiconed
for the quiet enjoy mt of 3 Cowcs and one cowe calfe. [1.9.]

Isaacke Sterne 2 of Waterton in New England planter
sometimes of Stoke Nayland in the County of Suffolke tayler

1 Nicholas Trerise, it maybe remem- 2 Isnac Stearns came, according to

berecl, was master of the "Planter" (see Savage, from Neyland, in Sussex. He

ante, p. 137). But what the voyage was in the fleet with Sir Richard Salton-

referred to was, is hardly matter for con- stall in 1030.
jecture even.


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