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solved that the Post from Portsmouth to Falmouth be still Continued. And that Samuel Freeman Esq" be, and hereby is Impoured & directed to Engage Joseph Barnard, the Former Rider on that Route, (If he will Engage, & If not sume Sutibal Person) to Continue riding till Further Orders from this Court, or From Congress — And it is Further Resolved, that the Governor be & he hereby is Requested to write to Congress on the Subject Acquanting them with the doings of this Court thereon — and desiring that said Post may be still continued, as Necessary to the publick Good Sent up for concurrence
Nath Gorham Speaker
In Senate May gth 1782
S Adams Presid'
Resolves Relating to War Stores &c.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the House of Representatives May 8 1782 On Application from Lieut: Col" James Hunter for provision & warlike stores, agreeably to a Resolve of the seventh of March last, for the Troops under his Comand in the County of Lincoln; | Resolved, that Richard Devens Esq" Commissary general for this Commonwealth be, & he hereby is directed to forward to gd Hunter, by the first suitable Conveyance, for the use of the Troops under his Command, the Articles contained in the schedule herewith, to be charged to the United States, & to be accounted for by ga Hunter. 1 And it is further Resolved, that the ga Commissary be & he hereby is directed to call on Col" Sam' M*Cobb, who commanded in the eastern department the last year, to account for what warlike stores, provisions, & Camp Utensils were delivered the last year for the use of the Department. | And it is further Resolved, that the s' Commissary be, & he hereby is directed to call on the several persons, who have received warlike stores, provision, & Camp utensils in the County of Lincoln, immediately to account for the same. | Resolved, that the above said Lieu Col" Hunter be, & he hereby is impowered & directed receive what warlike stores, provisions & Camp utensils of every kind may remain in the hands of any person, who has received them in the County of Lincoln; the sa Hunter to become accountable for the same, & to give duplicate Receits specifying the Article received, one of which to be lodged in the Secretary's Office as soon as may be. And it is further Resolved, that the sd Lieu Col" Hunter be, & he hereby is directed & impowered from time to time to detach from the men under his Command such numbers as shall be consistent with the good of the service, & as may be requisite to man any Vessel belonging to the Commonwealth, & cruising as a guarda Costa on the eastern shore; sd men to be detached but for a short & limited time, & to be entitled to equal benefit from prizes taken, as the men who belong to the sd Vessel. And it is further Resolved, that the Agent for receiving Beef in the County of Lincoln be & he hereby is impowered & directed to deliver Beef for the use of the above Troops on application for that purpose from Col" Hunter, to the amount of fifty Barrels Sent up for concurrence
Petition of Inhabitants of Frenchman's Bay.
To the Honble the General Court of Massachusetts
The Petition of a Number of Inhabitance in Frenchmans Bay having through the Continuince of the Present wars more Especialy since the Britans have taken Possession at Bagaduce Been Reduced to the Greatest Difficulty Can be exprest for want of the Necessarys of Life all Communications being Cut of from the westerly part of this Common wealth, that your Petitioners are Deprest and nearly sunk under Accumelated Distress and to add to these Troubles the Severe Drouth and Violent fires which we have been Exercisd with the Past Summer has nearly Compleated our misary, our Hay and Crops being Chiefly Destroyd by which means we have Lost many of our Cattle, and are now Unable to Persue our Planting and other Calling for the support of our Familey this being the Real State of our Case we beg
Pray the Honorable Court may take our Deplorable Situation Under your most serious Consideration and Grant us some Releaf Under Such Restrictions and in that way you in your known wisdom shall think Best the Bearers of this are M' William Gascomb, Stephen Hardison & John Bane who will wait on you & take a faithfull Care of what ever you may Please to send for our Releaf Under these Present Surcumstances as in Duty bound shall ever Pray
Stephen Hardison, Abraham Donnell, Thomas Frazier,
Resolve on Foregoing Petition.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts —
In the House of Representatives May 9th 1782 On the Petition of Stephen Hardison & others, Inhabitants of Frenchman's, who have perseveringly adhered to their fidelity to the United States, & are now reduced to distress, praying for some Assistance & Relief; | Resolved, that there be granted for the Relief of sd Petitioners, being about twenty in number; & for the Relief of others of like fidelity, & in distress at Frenchman's Bay, to be delivered in the Care of Meg's Stephen Hardison, John Bane, & William Gatcomb by them to be forwarded & distributed among the distressed; one hundred Bushels of Indian Corn; one Hho of Melasses, & one Barrel of Coffee; also one doz. of fishing lines, & half a gross of hooks to enable sa Inhabitants to procure fish for subsistance, those who receive any proportion of the above Articles to be accountable for the same, & to pay therefor in proportion as they receive them when A Reverse of fortune & Circumstances shall enable them to do it B
And it is further Resolved, that the Commissary General of this Commonwealth be, & he hereby is directed to furnish the above Articles & deliver them to the aforesaid Hardison, Bane & Gatcomb, taking duplicate Receipts for the same, one of which to be lodged in the Secretary's Office:
Sent up for Concurrence Nath Gorham Speaker In Senate May 9 1782
Read & Concurred with Amendment at A
At A dele from A to B & insert, their Circumstances shall admit of it
Sent down for Concurrence S Adams Presid' In the House of Representatives May 9, 1782
Read & concurred Nath Gorham Speaker Approv'd John Hancock
Permission in Favor of Nathaniel Coffin.
Boston May 18, 1782 In pursuance of the above Advice of Council an Order Jssued from me authorizing Cap' Ebenezer Prebble to bring the Effects above mentioned in said Schooner but it having appeared by a Certificate of the said Cap' Prebble that he was not suffered to transact the Business Therefore Permission is hereby granted to Nathaniel Coffin to proceed to Penobscot in a small Schooner called the Humbird for the purpose of bringing the Effects of his deceased Brother now in the Hands of M' Robert Pagan to Falmouth in the County of Cumberland in said Commonwealth and for this purpose only — And all Commanders of Armed Vessels and others belonging to this State are hereby directed and all Commanders of Armed Vessels and others belonging to the United States are requested not to molest or impede the said Schooner with the Effects of the said Coffin on Board on her return from Penobscot to Falmouth aforesaid.
John Lane to the Governor.
Fryburg May ye 2 1782. To the Committes of Supplyes in this M S State Gentle men
These ar to Certy that The Indians whose Names are Jincen & Sawasen have been in y® Interest of this State Ever since ye present war and are Now going to Boston on Publick busines and will Stand in Nead of some asistans on ther Journey I mak no dout you will aford them what you Can as the Court has always alowed Such Expences no doute you will be Leved for what you Suply them with your humble Servent
John Lane Agent for y® Eastern Indians