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of a third State, of confining it to Great Britain, and of excluding them from the bounty of Heaven, common to all mortals—catching the fishes of the sea for their support and sustenance.

In short, the demolition of the Charter, the abolishing of Juries, which were attempted by a late importation of infamous laws, were planned, recommended, and procured by this fatal monster to his country. It is evident from his own words: “Something (says he) immediately must be done; no time is to be lost; something, I repeat it, must be done this session, to show the sense Parliament has of our past conduct.” To Secretary Pownall, by whom he was informed that something very decisive might be done in Parliament, unless a favourable issue in the case of Preston and the soldiers should cause an alteration of proposed measures, he writes, “I am now anxious lest Parliament should pass over all our affronts, contempts, and insults, without notice. This would be extremely dangerous. In some way or other, the power of Parliament must be evinced. You know I have been begging, begging for measures to support the supremacy of Parliament. It will be best that I should not be suspected by the people of having suggested any alterations in our Constitution.” These, and similar expressions, are not unfrequent in his letters. His incessant prayers to a Minister of State for measures against the virtuous, patriotick Americans, reminds me of a stale story that I once beard, with which I shall conclude, respecting a very troublesome woman, who made application to an unjust judge that neither feared God nor regarded man, to avenge her of her adversaries, who, by the force of importunity and pressing solicitations, wearied him into compliance.


Tuesday, April 2, 1776.

The General Court of this Colony appointed the following gentlemen to be a Committee of Safety in the recess of the Court:

The Honourable Meshech Weare, Nathaniel Folsom, Ebenezer Thomson, Esquires, of the Council; and Philips White, Josiah Moulton, John Dudley, Robert Wilson, Stephen Evans, Esquires, and Captain Pierce Long, of the Assembly; who proceeded to business, and appointed the Honourable Meshech Weare, Chairman.

Wednesday, April 3, 1776.

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Captain Ebenezer Dearing’s Pay-Roll, for one month’s wages in advance, and Blanket Money; amounting to one hundred and twenty-four Pounds ten Shillings, lawful money.

Ordered the Receiver-General to pay to Samuel Cutts, Esq., Commissary, six hundred Pounds, lawful money, to be by him accounted for.

Ordered the Receiver-General to deliver Josiah Moulton, Esq., two pounds of the Colony Powder in his possession, he paying therefor at the rate of three Shillings, lawful money, per pound.

Ordered the Receiver-General to pay to Captain John Calef, one Pound one Shilling, for the Mast used in the Exeter Fire-Raft.

Thursday, April 4, 1776.

Ordered the Receiver-General to pay the Selectmen of Hampton five Pounds fourteen Shillings and two Pence, for moving and repairing a Guard-House.

Tuesday, April 9, 1776.

Pursuant to agreement the Committee met at Portsmouth.

Ordered the Receiver-General to pay Lieutenant Samuel Atkinson fourteen Pounds thirteen Shillings and eleven Pence, for the expense of transporting the Indians sent from Exeter, from Boscawen to Plymouth.

Wednesday, April 10, 1776.

Employed the chief of the day in viewing the Great Island, Pierce’s and Sevey’s Islands.

Thursday, April 11, 1776.

Gave Josiah Bartlett, Esq., an order on the Treasurer for four Pounds thirteen Shillings, for his going twice to Watertown on publick business for the Colony; and also for one hundred Pounds; to be accounted for.

Ordered the Receiver-General to pay Christopher Tappan, Esq., one hundred and ninety Pounds, for eight Six-pounders, at twenty Pounds, and for two Six-pounders, at fifteen Pounds.

Gave liberty to Captain William, Pearce to fit a Vessel out for the foreign West-Indies, to be loaded with such articles as are not forbidden by any resolve of the Continental Congress; among other articles, to carry about seventy thousand Boards; the net proceeds of which is to be laid out in such things as we may direct, the Colony to receive the same on their arrival, allowing the first cost, customary commissions, and freight home, the residue to be laid out as he may think fit; for all which he is to give bonds.

Sent off an express to Boston after Cannon, &c., and wrote several Letters.

Gave James McCluer an order for five Pounds, for one month’s wages as Adjutant to Colonel Gilman.

Wednesday, April 24, 1776.

Met at Exeter according to appointment.

Gave John Langdon, Esq., a Permit for the Brig Marquis of Kildare, Thomas Palmer Master, to proceed to Europe with her lading, &c.

Gave Colonel Burnam an Order on the Treasurer for twelve Pounds four Shillings and ten Pence, for his time and expenses at Medford, mustering the thirty-one Companies sent down there.

Thursday, April 25, 1776.

Gave Colonel Samuel Folsom an Order on the Treasurer for twelve Pounds five Shillings, his Bill for Room, Firewood, and Candles, for the Committee of Accounts.

Gave Comfort Sever and John Crane an Order on the Receiver-General for seven Pounds twelve Shillings and four Pence, lawful money, for the expenses of the Indians on their return to Canada.

Gave the Selectmen of Northampton an Order on the Receiver-General for four Pounds eight Shillings and nine Pence, for hauling a Watch-House on Boar’s Head.

Gave liberty to General Folsom to receive out of the publick stock of Powder, one barrel, for one borrowed of the Town of Exeter and carried to Portsmouth, last fall.

Gave an Order on the Receiver-General to pay Captain Eliphelet Daniels’s Pay-Roll, amounting to
  £154   12
Account for Blanketing Money,   38   8
£193   0

Which Roll was made up to 17th April instant.

Gave directions to the Selectmen of Rochester to deliver Colonel Stephen Evans a four-pound Cannon, now in said Town, to be carried to Piscataqua Harbour.

Friday, April 26, 1776.

Received from Major George Gains three thousand weight of Powder, which he was directed to bring up here by the Assembly, and lodge the same in the Powder-House.

Gave an Order on the Receiver-General for eighty Pounds, lawful money, in favour of Quartermaster Gains.

Gave Major Gains an Order to proceed to Boston for the Cannon and Stores lent.

Gave Samuel Cutts, Esq., Commissary, an Order on the Treasurer for six hundred Pounds, to be by him accounted for.


Portsmouth, April 24, 1776.

Pursuant to the within, I have been to Boston, and as to the four cannon, have seen them. They can be had with the balls, &c., belonging to them, when sent for. As to any provision it cannot be had, neither could I procure an Engineer, or any more cannon.


To the Honourable Committee of Safety for the Colony of New-Hampshire.

Colony of New-Hampshire, in Committee of Safety, }
April 11, 1776.


You are hereby authorized and appointed to proceed to Boston, and there make application to the Honourable General

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