Petition for Incorporation of Rumford
Source: William Berry Lapham, History of Rumford, Oxford County, Maine: from its first settlement in 1779 to the present time (Augusta Me.: Press of the Maine Farmer, 1890), p. 38.
To the Honourable the Senate and the Honourable the House of Representatives In General Court Assembled at Boston In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Petition of the Inhabitants of a Plantation called New Pennycook lying in the County of Cumberland Humbly Sheweth That said Inhabitants labour under many Inconveniences and Disadvantages for want of Incorporation Thereof we the subscribers being a committee appointed to Petition your Honours for Incorporation—humbly pray your honours to Incorporate said Plantation according to the bounds and points of compass hereafter mentioned in this Petition—Beginning with a Hemlock Tree standing upon the Bethel line then running North 18 & 1-2 Degs West crossing Amherscogin River seven miles and forty rods to a Spruce Tree then turning and running North 71 & 1-2 Degs East seven miles and forty rods to a Beech Tree then turning and running 18 & 1-2 Degs East crossing Amherscogin River again seven miles and forty rods to a nother Beech Tree then turning and running South 71 & 1-2 Degs West seven miles and forty rods to the bounds first mentioned—The plan of said Plantation being drawn and sent with this Petition
We the subscribers humbly Pray your Honours to Incorporate said Plantation by the name of China otherwise relieve your Petitioners as you in your wisdom shall think fit—and your humble Petitioners in Duty bound shall ever Pray
(Signed) FRANCIS KEYES
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New Penny cook Jan 22nd 1799