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of Land Lying on Sandy River, next above a Township on the same River, at present, known by the name of Colburn's Town; That it is forty miles and upwards from the nearest water-Carriage to the said Tract of Land; That hence we have encountered and gone through many Difficulties, Hardships and Fatigues in making this Beginning and been at considerable Cost in clearing a Road from the Inhabitants in Colburn's Town to our Settlements, That what we have already done would be a great Encouragement to the speedy Settlement of the Lands thereabout provided, a valid Title was obtainable and That the uncertain and precarious Tenure by which we, at present, hold Our Possessions is a great Discouragement to us and hindrance to the Growth of the Settlement: Your Petitioners therefore pray your Honors to take Our present Situation under your wise and serious Consideration, and (if in your great Wisdom you should think fit) To Order a Town-ship to be laid out on Sandy River Six miles square — that is to say to begin and be Bounded on the upper Line of Colburn's Town (so Called) and, extending three Miles on each Side of the River, to run up said River Six Miles; and, with said Order, to Grant and Confirm unto us your Honors Humble Petitioners (now dwelling on Lands within said Bounds) the Lots (containing Two Hundred Acres each) which we have severally laid out and began improvements upon, On some Conditions which your Honors shall think fit to prescribe: And we pray your Honors, in adjusting the Terms on which we are to hold our Possessions, to take into your wise Consideration the many Difficulties and Hardships, which unavoidably attend Beginning a Settlement, so far into the Wilderness and at so great a Remove from Navigation.— Further, to urge Our Request, we beg Leave to represent to your Honors, that as the Soil of the proposed Township is very Good, if it was laid out in Lots, and to be sold, it may reasonably be presumed, that the Sale would be quick and that the Settlements already made would Considerably enhance the Price of all the Rest of the Land, to the Emolument of the Commonwealth, And your Petitioners Beg Leave also to suggest, that they are Ready, if re quired as a Condition of Holding their Possessions, to be at the Expence of Running the proposed Town Lines and laying out an equal Number of Lots with those they have Laid out and Settled, & to do as much more for the Encouragement and Benefit of the future Settlers in said Township, as Your Honors shall think Reasonable to exact.

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And your Humble Petitioners as in Duty bound shall Ever Pray &c Thomas Flint, Jacob Sawyer, Thomas Paine, Jesse Flint, Paul Dodge, Samuel Baker, Benjamin Day Benjamin Flint, Benjamin Adams, John Day, Thomas Humphreys Samuel Fairfield, Thomas Hiscock, David Humphreys, Thomas Caldwell, John Hiscock Mickel Weathren, Francis Peusty, Benjamin Day jun' John Rollings, Samuel Rollings William Read, Joseph Rust, Briggs Furman Sandy River Jan' 15, 1783

Petition of Thomas Child.

To the Honble Senate & the Honble House of Representatives

of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court

Assembled, Tho: Child of Falmouth in the County of Cumberland humbly shews

That so long ago as the 18th July 1778 he took out Letters of Agency on the Estate of Treas Waldo late of said Falmouth an Absentee — That at the same time Commissioners were appointed to receive & examine the Claims of the Creditors to said Estate according to Law — That the Commiss" duly attended that Service and made report to the Judge of Probate on the 13th October 1779: That your Petitioner having first settled his Account of Agency, soon after made Application to this Honble Court, for liberty to sell so much of the said Absentees Real Estate as wou'd be sufficient to pay the aforesaid Creditors & the Ballance of said Account, But he was informed that the application was improperly made & that he must apply to the Judicial Court for such Licence. He accordingly applied to the next Court that was then afterwards holden in this County, and was there told that the General Court had superceeded their Power in this respect by the appointment of a Special Committee to make sale of Absentees Estates — your Petitioner then applied to said Committee but they told him they cou'd do nothing for him as they considered it was not in their Commission to sell any such Estates until they were confiscated — your Petitioner thus disappointed in his endeavour to obtain the payment of said Demands and being under the disagreeable Necessity of supporting all this while in his own family and out of his own Pocket, an old helpless Negro belonging to said Estate who has such an offensive sore Leg, that he can get no body else to take him — was obliged to apply again to your Honors for relief His last Petition was presented to your Honors in June last — But this was in like manner unfortunately rejected; for this reason (as he was informed) that sufficient provision was already made in the Laws for the purpose mentioned, your Petitioner again applied to the before mentioned Committee, and as said Estate was confiscated at the last Court which was holden in said County he supposed the former difficulties were all remov'd. and he should obtain the justice he had so long ineffectually sought for but the Committee inform'd him they cou'd afford him no Relief, as they had received an Order from your Hon's

not to sell any of the Absentees Estates in this County until
the further Order of the General Court — Your Petitioner is
therefore constrained to renew his application to your Honors
& to pray that your Honors Order last mentioned may be so
far reconsider'd as that said Committee may be at liberty to
sell so much of said Estate as will be sufficient to reimburse
the sums he has been at and pay the Creditors of said Estate,
which in the whole amounts to the Sum of £254.17.8 or
that your Honors would take such other measures for his &
their Relief as in your Honors Wisdom shall be Judged
And as in Duty bound will pray

Tho: Child
Falmouth 224 Jan' 1783 —
Cumberland Ss Jan' 22 1783

These certify that the List of Claims upon the Estate of Francis Waldo Esq an Absentee, together with the Ballance of the Agents Account as allowed by the Honble William Gorham Esq" Judge of Probate for said County, amount to the Sum of Two hundred & fifty four Pounds seventeen shillings & eight pence as set forth in the foregoing Petition

Att Sam' Freeman Reg. Prob.

Memorial Selectmen Town of York.

To the Honble the Senate and House of Representatives in

General Court Assembled Humbly Shew The Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of York — That agreable to the Resolve of June 30th 1781 great Pains was taken by the Town to Comply therewith But the failure of the Paper Currency, and the great exertions the Town made to procure their Quota of the Continental Army for three Years renders them unable to Comply with the Requisition —


The Memorialist would observe that they have procured and now have in the Army their Quota that has been assigned, that they have done from Time to time every thing for the Support of the Warr, that they could, in procuring Clothing, Beef &c

That by the loss of all their Vessells by the Enemy at an early period of the War— they are much reduced in their circumstances That the Soil they Inhabit is poor and Barren -- and they really apprehend such a time of Scarcity before the Month of April next as they never Saw before, probably one half the Inhabitants without Bread — That under this Situation they humbly hope the General Court will not assess the Fine of £20 a man on the said Town for not raising the Three Months men in the said Resolution mentioned, for that in your memorialists opinion all the money in the Town will not be adequate to discharge one Quarter part of the Continental Taxes already ordered for 1782

Joseph Simpson Selectmen of
John Kingsbury the town

Nicholas Sewall of York.
York Jan 24th 1783

Wm Lithgow to Governor.

Sir / May it Please Your Excelency

Cap' John Neptune the bearer hereof has Importun'd me to Inform you of the poverty of the Penobscot Indians as to their wants of the following articles. — Viz powder, balls, Shot, guns, flints, knives, Hatchets, kettles, Thread, Needles, Wormers to Draw guns, steels to strike fire, Tobacco, — the above articles to be placed with Colonal Pattee, for him to sell to the Indians up kennebeck River, in behalfe of the state, — the Indians he sayes are averse to Colonel Brewer,

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