Petition for Incorporation of Gilead
Source: Jenks' Portland Gazette, issue of Feb. 25, 1804.
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in General Court assembled.
We your petitioners, inhabitants of Peabody's Patent, respectfully represent, that the proprietors of said patent were not obliged by the conditions of their grant, to build a house for public worship, nor settle a minister, nor make or maintain any public road through said patent—and we at present are destitute of all those priviliges, as also of the means of raising money for the support of schools for the education of our children, which we view of the highest importance, not only to ourselves, but also the community at large—The number of our inhabitants does not exceed twenty families, which extending from one extremity of this plantation to the other, renders it indispensably necessary that a road be made and maintained on each side of the Androscoggin river, not only for our own convenience, but for the accommodation of people who are settled above us, on said river; and have no possibility of getting to sea port, but by passing through this plantation.—Another consideration which calls for our attention to the roads is to encourage the travel from Newhampshire. The Legislature of that state have caused a road to be made at a great expence, from upper Coos, on Connecticut river, which leading towards Portland, passes through Newhampshire, and arrives at the District of Maine at the westerly line of this plantation. At which place they find their travel totally impeded and their designs frustrated, which occasions very loud and just complaints; which, under our present disorganized situation, we are incapable of alleviating—Said road in passing through this plantation will necessarily pass a very rapid stream, called Wild River, which at certain seasons of the year, rushes from the mountains with such impetuosity as to render it impassable in any matter whatever. A bridge must of course be erected over said river at an expence that will for several years, require the united efforts of the inhabitants and non resident proprietors to accomplish: under our numerous embarrassments, we are induced to address the Honorable Legislature, and lay before them our grievances with a pleasing hope that they may be incorporated into a town by the name of Gilead, agreeably to the plan herewith annexed, with all the rights and privileges which other incorporated towns in this Commonwealth enjoy, and with the indulgence of being exempted from state and county taxes for the term of eight years—flattering ourselves by that period, that with the smiles of providence and our own exertions, we shall be enabled in a good measure, to discharge our heavy burdens; and that our population will increase to a degree that will enable us to contribute our share towards the support of government. And your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray.THOMAS PEABODY, and 19 others.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In Senate, Feb. 3, 1804.ON the petition of Thomas Peabody, and others, inhabitants of the plantation of Peabody's Patent, in the county of York, praying that said plantation may be incorporated into a town—
Ordered, that the petitioners cause an attested copy of their petition, with this order thereon, to be published three weeks successively in the Portland Gazette, the last publication to be thirty days, at least, before the second Wednesday of the first session of the next General Court, that all persons interested may then appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer of said petition should not be granted.Sent down for concurrence.
DAVID COBB, President:
In the House of Representatives, Februry [sic] 4, 1804,
Read and concurred.H. G. Otis, Speaker.
A true copy—Attest,
WENDALL DAVIS, Clerk of the Senate.