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Certificate in Favor John Fisk.

Boston Oct 14th 1783 This Certifies

That the sum of One hundred & Eighty four pounds, Twelve shillings & seven pence for my part of the Armed Ship Hector, lost on the Expedition to Penobscott in the year 1779, and Forty Six pounds, Eighteen Shillings and five pence for Interest thereon to ye 1st Instant. Amounting to the sum of Two hundred & thirty One pounds, Eleven shillings, is due to John Fisk, which when paid will be in full for the same. £231.11..0

Thomas Ivers 1 Commetee for Auditing the

Peter Roe DaltonAccounts of the late Board of War His Excellency the Governor, & the Honble the Council of the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts In Council October 21 1783

Advised that a Warrant be drawn on the Treas' for £231 .. 11..0 in full of this Certificate

John Avery Sec

Certificate in Favor John Gardner Jr.

Boston October 14th 1783 This Certifies,

That the sum of Eight hundred & Sixty One pounds, thirteen shillings & seven pence for my 1/11 part of the Armed Ship Hector, lost on the Expedition to Penobscott in the year 1779. and Two hundred & Nineteen pounds One shilling & Two pence for Interest thereon to 1st Instant, Amounting to the sum of One thousand & Eighty pounds, fourteen shillings & Nine pence, is due to John Gardner Jun" which when paid will be in full for the same — £1080.. 14.9

Thomas Ivers 1 Commetee for Auditing the

Peter Roe Daltons Accounts of the late Board of War His Excellency the Governor, & the Hon'ble the Council of

the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — In Council Oct 21. 1783

Advised that a Warrant be drawn on the Treas' in full Discharge of this Certificate

John Avery Sec

Certificate in Favor William Nichols et al.

Boston October 15. 1783 This Certifies

That the sum of One thousand, six hundred & ninety two Pounds, twelve shillings & four pence, for one quarter part of the arm'd ship -- Monmouth lost on the Expedition to Penobscott in the year 1779. and Four hundred & thirty pounds four shillings & four pence for Interest due thereon to the first Instant, both sums amounting to Two thousand, one hundred & twenty two Pounds, sixteen Shillings & six pence, is due to Mess's William Nichols & Samuel Batcheldor, which when paid will be in full for the same — £2212.16.6

Thomas Ivers Comtee for Audits the Accts

Peter Roe Dalton of the late Board of War His Excellency the Governor & the Hon. the Council of the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In Council Oct 21, 1783

Advised that a Warrant be drawn on the Treasury in full Discharge of the within Certificate

John Avery Sec?

Petition from Inhabitants of Gouldsborough and Other Places.

To the Honble the Senate and the Honble the House of Repre

sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in General Court assembled.

The Petition of the Inhabitants of Machias, & others be longing to the Eastern part of the County of Lincoln.Humbly Sheweth.

That by reason of the extensiveness of this County, we have a long time labour'd under many and great difficulties, which no other part of this State at present undergoes, & which, we presume, your honors have no Idea of; we therefore crave leave to make known our grievances, in hopes of obtaining relief.

We would in the first place inform your honors, that from Pownalborough, the Shire Town of this County, it is about 270 miles, as near as we can calculate, to the River St Croix at Passamaquaddy, the most extreme part of this County and Commonwealth; by reason of which great distance, we labor under the greatest difficulties upon many accounts; and in addition to those we formerly experienced, we have now to pass by a British Post, (viz Bagwaduce) which your honors may reasonably suppose, is attended with inconveniences not a few. Of the difficulties we experience we would mention the following. 1st By reason of the distance aforesaid many estates lay unsettled; Creditors are kept out of their just dues : Minors & orphans are unprovided of Guardians; and the heirs cannot obtain a just division of their shares, as it would take a small Estate to pay for Administration &c, if we must go to Pownalborough therefor.–

20 By reason of the distance aforesaid, delinquents have gone unpunished, as it would in many cases ruin individuals to prosecute or to appear as witnesses, if they must attend at the established Courts.

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34 By reason of the distance aforesaid, in sueing to Pownalborough Court, the bills of cost many times surmount the debt: To mention one instance within our knowledge, the debt was forty two shillings and the Cost amounted to upwards of Ten pounds.—

4th We are at great charge and trouble even to get a Deed recorded, besides running the risque of being taken in passing Bagwaduce & losing the deeds, which has been the case.-

Wherefore we humbly pray, for the reasons aforesaid, that your honors would establish a special Judge of Probate of Wills & for granting Letters of Administration &c, & for appointing Guardians for Minors & Orphans; to have Jurisdiction to the Eastward of Penobscot River: Also to appoint a Register of Probate.— That a Court of Special Sessions of the peace be established, to have Cognizance to the eastward of Penobscot River as aforesaid.

That two or more Justices be appointed to try causes to the amount of twenty pounds and under, with liberty of appeal; or, that a Court of Common pleas be established; to have jurisdiction as aforementioned

That a Register of Deeds be appointed for said Eastern part of said County. And lastly, That one or more of the present Justices may be appointed of the Quorum ; because there are divers cases wherein a single Justice alone, will not answer, as in taking Depositions in Perpetuam, & trying causes of forcible entry.

Should your Honors think proper to indulge us in our requests, we would beg leave to say further, that the Plantation of Machias, is the best situated on many accounts, for the holding said Courts &c; and we pray that they may be established at said place as aforesaid: All which would have the utmost tendency to promote peace, harmony & good order; Justice would be duly administered, and the oppressed find relief.

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And your petitioners as in duty bound, will ever pray &c October 224 1782

David Gardner Daniel Stone, Solomon Stone, Aaron Hanscom, Stephen Jones, Joel Whitney Nathan Longfellow, W" Albee, J Noble Shannon Morris O'Brien George Stillman Amos Boynton George Luey David Longfellow, Joseph Walles, Jonas Farnsworth Stephen Smith W" Tupper, David Gardner Jun" Peter Talbot, Benja Foster John Foster, Levi Foster, Woorden Foster, Stephen Munson Samuel Rich, Joseph Manson.

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Petition from Inhabitants of Machias.

To the Honble the Senate, and the Honble the House of Repre

sentatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — A number of the Inhabitants of Machias, and others belonging to the Eastern part of the County of Lincoln, Humbly Sheweth,

That whereas we are informed, a Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of this place and the vicinity, has lately been preferred to your Honors, praying, (for reasons therein mentioned) that a Court of Probate, a Register of Deeds, a Court of Common pleas & Sessions may be established at Machias; to have Jurisdiction to the Eastward of Penobscot River. As we had not opportunity of seeing said Petition before it was sent away, and being now fully acquainted with the contents thereof, and having for a long time suffered many and great inconveniences from the want of such arrangements higher than Pownalborough; we pray your honors that the prayer of said Petition may be granted, with this addition, that appeals may be had from the Court of Common pleas, to the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston, (as was usual, from the County of Nantucket) instead of Falmouth; as we could attend at the former place with greater ease and

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