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assist them in their depredatory Operations and enlarge the extent of their possessions in that quarter, Numbers of Refugees from New York have joined them — We further learn that they are now building a large Block-house for transportation & are also making such other military Preparations as gives us the greatest reason to believe that they are meditating a Design of advancing into this County & we know not but Falmouth may be their Object Whatever their intentions may be — Prudence dictates that we be upon our Guard & in readiness to oppose them wherever their Views may be directed
At present we are in a Defenceless State — and although it might otherwise be thought incautious to declare it is a Truth too well known to the Enemy that we are so — The County of Lincoln are also so defenceless & exposed that we cannot forbear saying we fear they will be soon too much discouraged to attempt making any further Resistance
Your Honors will not therefore judge it inexpedient or improper that in regard to the safety of the whole Eastern County and in behalf of this County in particular, we apply to your Honors for Relief — for it is from your Honors only we can expect it — And as through the Smiles of Divine Providence the Southern States are freed from their late merciless oppressors we cannot but hope that a part of the Continental Forces may be spared to defend this northern State to which the attention of the Enemy now seems to be directed
And considering of what importance these two lower Counties may be to the United States & would be to the Enemy were they to be lost we apprehend your Honors will not think our conjectures are ill grounded.
We therefore pray that your Honors would take our situation into your wise consideration & determine on such ineasures for our Protection as your Honors shall judge best
And as the Militia of this Brigade have found it impossible to procure A supply of Arms & Ammunition we beg leave to propose that your Honors would order a quantity from the Public Stores to be sent to some Person or Persons in Falmouth to be sold out to such as are destitute at such Rates as your Honors shall judge reasonable —
We would further observe to your Honors, that a very great part of our Vessels have been captured by the Enemy & it is probable the remainder of them will be lost the ensuing Spring or Summer - unless some Naval vessel is sent to cruise upon our Coasts — We therefore humbly pray that your Honors would take this matter likewise into your consideration & order such Provision to be made to secure our Coasting Vessels & protect our Coasts as your Honors shall judge adequate to the danger to which they will be exposed
Samuel Whitmore Falmouth Feb 3, 1783
Action on Foregoing.
In the House of Representatives March 17th 1783 — Ordered that Gen' Ward, M' Dwight & Colo Thacher with such as the Hon. Senate may join be a Committee to consider the aforegoing representation, A & also what measures are proper to be taken to discharge Colo Mason Wheaton from his receipts to the Board of War for public Stores delivered him agreeable to the Resolve of Novi 19, 1779. B & report Sent up for concurrence
Tristram Dalton Spk"
In Senate March 17th 1783
Read & Concurred with Amendments at A and Jedediah Preble & Jono Warner Esq' are joined at A dele from A to B
Sent down for Concurrence S Adams Presid' In the House of Representatives March 18th 1783 Read and concurred
Tristram Dalton Spk"
Resolve on Petition Thomas Childs.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In Senate Feb 4, 1783 On the Petition of Thomas Childs, Agent on the Estate of Francis Waldo late of Falmouth in the County of Cumberland Esq, an Absentee, in behalf of himself & others, Creditors of said Estate, praying that the Committee for Selling Absentees Estates in said County may be impowered to sell so much of said Absentees Estate as shall be sufficient to pay the Demands upon the same —
Resolved, that the Prayer of said Petition be so far granted as that said Committee be & they are hereby impowered to Cause such Parts or Parcels of said Waldo's Real Estate as they shall judge most advantageous to the Commonwealth to be apprised by three good & sufficient Freeholders on Oath as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Demands & said Committee are hereby impowered to give & Execute a good & sufficient Deed or Deeds of the same any Law or Resolve to the contrary Notwithstanding Sent down for Concurrence
. S. Adams Presid' In the House of Representatives Feby 6th 1783
Read and concurred Tristram Dalton Spk" Approv'd John Hancock.
Petition Selectmen of Harpswell.
To the Honourable Senate and Hon House of Represente
tives at Boston in General Court assembled We Your Humble Petitioners Humbly Sheweth
That whereas there was three men Requird of us of the Last Demands for men for the Continantal Service and we according to the Resolve of Court Divided the Inhabitance into Clases for getting said men but Coud by no means that we Coud Use Get but one with all the offers we Couo make Neither Cou' we find any that wouo say they wouľ Ingage for any sum as we Remember and we Always have been and [still] are Ready and willing to Obey all Requests from the Legislative Authority that Lays in our Power; But as we were too High in the Valluation which Increase our Number of men in the former Demands for men for the Continantal Services and by Reason of too High Valluation our Taxes has been Too High Since the Valluation was Taken — Therefore we Pray Your Honours to take these things into Consideration and Relinquish our fines for the Deficiency of the Two men above mentioned on account of what we have Over Paid in the former Taxes which were too Great by Reason of Too High Valluation and we advise Your Honours of the Difficulty of our Situation which Exceeds that of any Place we know off where they Pretend to make any Resistance which is such that we have Muster on the Lords day and overy man Obliga to Run for his Arms; and have at some Times been Calld out of our Beds, but being in Expectation of these things we have been Muster some times through mistakes; and some time in July Last our fishing Boats were Chasa into the Harbour by one Liniken who was Drove of by the Melitia who were Muster' with utmost Haste and Persuo with all Resolution yo sd Linniken in a fishing Schooner Re took one of their Prizes & still Pursu" with her till they over
took so Linikin in a Coasting Vessell where they had got themselves fortif! Boarded & Took him and killa one of his men; since that time a Party of the Melitia headed by Cap' Nehe miah Curtis Took one Hammond on an Island and Retook one of his Prizes; and a Party of the Melitia headed by Cap Jotham Doyle have Taken ye ga Hammond again near the same Place Since and killa one man whose name was Caltron; Now if such an Expose People with such Resolution annimated with a Spirit of Liberty ant Deserving of Pity we know of None that is Therefore we Pray Your Honours to Take into Consideration those Two men beforementioned and Relinquish our fines; and we in Duty Bound shall ever Pray.
Selectmen Harpswell Febru" ye 5th 1783
Petition Sarah Nason, and Action Thereon.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the house of Representatives Feb" 5th 1783 on the Petition of Sarah Nason praying to be impowered to Exchange about twenty five acres of land of the Estate of her late Husband Shubal Nason late of York in the County of York Deco, intestate, for about thirty acres of land in the same town owned by Joshua Bridges & Jasper grant, and it appearing to this Court that to make such Exchange may be beneficial to said Deca Estate
Resolved that the said Sarah Nason be and she hereby is fully impowered to make such Exchange and to make and Execute good and lawfull Deed or Deeds, of the aforesaid twenty five acres of land to the purchaser or purchasers thereof, Provided She Procure a good and lawfull Deed well Executed of the afore said thirty acres of land to run to the Heirs