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In the House of Representatives Nov? 11th 1782
Nath Gorham Speaker
Memorial Thomas Porter.
To the Honble Senate & Hon ble House of Representatives in General Court Assembled
Sep 27th 1782. The Memorial of Thomas Porter of Topsfield in the County of Essex & Stephen Longfellow Jun' of Gorham in the County of Cumberland Humbly shews That the s' Thomas Porter being Head of a Class in så Town of Topsfield, procured Timothy Bacon as a Soldier for the Continental Army agreeable to a Resolve of the general Court the 24 of Dec" 1780 which Soldier has since been determined agreeable to sa Resolve properly to belong to go Town of Gorham, where fore your Memorialists humbly pray that sd Town of Gorham may be discharged from the deficiency of one Man they stand charg'd with & the s' Thos Porter be allow'd some proper Time to procure another Man Y' Memorialists as in Duty bound will ever pray
Thomas Porter Stephen Longfellow Jun" in behalf of the
Town of Gorham
Resolve on Same.
Comoon Wealth Massachusetts —
House of Representatives Sept 30th 1782 On the Petition of Thomas Porter & Stephen Longfellow — f Resolv'd that the Treasurer of this comoon Wealth be & hereby is directed to discharge the Town of Gorham from
the deficiency of one Man they stand Charg'd with upon the resolve of the 20 of Dec" 1780 & that Thomas Porter of Topsfield be allow'd forty Days to procure a Man in lieu thereof — Sent up for concurrence
Nath Gorham Speaker In Senate Oct" 24th 1782 Read & Concurred as taken into a New Draft. Sent down for Concurrence
S Adams Presid' In the House of Representatives Nov" 1st 1782 Read and concurred
Nath Gorham Speaker Approv'd John Hancock
Resolve Additional to Foregoing.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the House of Representatives Sept 30, 1782 On the Petition of Thomas Porter & Stephen Longfellow 1 Resolved that the Treasurer of this Commonwealth be & hereby is directed to discharge the town of Gorham from the deficiency of one man they stand charged with upon the Resolve of the 2d of Dec 1780 And in order to Prevent a deficiency in the Quota of men Sett on the town of Topsfield by the aforesaid Resolve – It is further Resolved, that Thomas Porter of Topsfield one of said Petitioners, be and hereby is directed and Required to procure one able bodied man to serve in the Continental Army for three years or dureing the War (in Lue of the man taken from the Town of Topsfield and carried to the credit of the town of Gorham by the determination of the Muster-master) And to the Acceptance of the Continental Muster-master at Boston and Take his receipt for said Soldiers; Which Receipt shall be Lodged in the Treasurers office on or before the tenth day of Dec" next. And in case of neglect or refusal he the said Porter shall Forfitt and pay a fine of Eighty five pounds thirteen shillings; equal to the average price of the men raised agreable to a Resolve of the Gen' Court Passed the Second of Dec" 1780 — And in case of neglect or refusal as aforesaid, the Treasurer of this Commonwealth is hereby directed to isue his execution against the said Thomas Porter for the said fine Without delay
Petition James Avery.
To the Hon'ble the Senate & Honble House of Representatives
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. | The Petition of James Avery of Boston Humbly Sheweth,
That your Petitioner is most earnestly requested by Lieu William Albee, Commanding the Artillery Company at Machias, to inform the Hon'ble Court that the indigent State of the Stores there has prevented his receiving from the Company his Rations, which appears by the Certificates herewith presented. — Therefore requests the Hon'ble Court would permit him to receive them from the Company's Store at this place as he has a large family who are in the utmost distress for want of the necessaries of Life, and there remains no possibility of procuring such necessaries in that part of the Country where he is stationed. | Your Petitioner wou'd be insensible to the calls of humanity if he did not comply with the request of the Men lately under his Command, in laying before the Hon'ble Court their truly piteous Situation for want of Cloathing — they have not received any for above Eighteen Months and are now entirely destitute; the Winter Season now approaching and they Stationed in part of the Country very Severe, must prevent their doing any
kind of duty and Suffer for the want of which as will appear by their Representation herewith presented. | Your Petitioner as in Duty Bound will ever pray
Jas Avery In Senate Sep' 30th 1782.
Read & thereupon Orderd that this Petition be committed to the Committee of both Houses appointed on the petition of John Preble; to consider the same with the papers accompanying & report what is proper to be done thereon Sent down for Concurrence
S Adams Presid' In the House of Representatives Octo 7th 1782 Read & concurred
Nath Gorham Speaker.
Resolve in re Naval Officer at Machias. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the House of Representatives Sept" 30th 1782 Ordered that M' Lewis, M' Frazier and Cap' Dench with such as the Hon Senate may join be a Committee to consider of the propriety of appointing a Naval Officer at the Port of Machias Sent up for concurrence
Nath Gorham Speaker In Senate October 1st 1782
Read & Nonconcurred & thereupon Ordered that the Subject Matter of the above order be referrd to the Committee of both Houses appointed on the Letters from Colo Allan & Colo Lithgow Sent down for Concurrence
S Adams Presid' In the House of Representatives Octo 2d 1782 Read & concurred
Nath Gorham Speaker
Memorial Isaac Snow.
To the Honorable Senate, & the Honorable House of Repre
sentatives of the Commonwealth of Mass Bay
The Memorial of Isaac Snow in behalf of the Town of Harpswell in the County of Cumberland, humbly shews, That in the last Valuation, the said Town was assessed in an undue Proportion with the other Towns in ga County,— he there fore prays a Committee may be appointed to inquire into the Premises, and relieve the said Town in such way and manner as may appear to be just and equitable, and your Memorialist as in duty bound will ever pray. Boston 24 June 1782
Resolve Relating to Harpswell.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the House of Representatives Oct 2d 1782 On the Memorial of Isaac Snow, Resolved that the Town of Harpswell; be abated Five Shillings in the Thousand Pounds of the last Valuation, and that the same be laid on a Plantation called West Boidenham, in the County of Lincoln. Sent up for concurrenco
Nath Gorham Speaker In Senate October 9th 1782 Read & Concurred
S Adams Presid Approv'd John Hancock
This Certifies that We the subscribers Representatives of a number of Towns in the County of Lincoln think it reasonable that five Shillings in the Thousand Pound be abated to the Town of Harpswell in the County of Cumberland in the last Valuation & that the same be laid on a plantation in the sa County of Lincoln called West Bowdoinham because a great number of the Inhabitants of gd Bowdoinham belong'd