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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Petition for Incorporation of Oxford County

Source: Jenks' Portland Gazette, issue of Nov. 5, 1804.
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court assembled at Boston, on the last Wednesday in May, A. D. 1804.

WE the subscribers being delegated by the towns and plantations we here represent and duly authorized to act in their behalf, met in convention at Paris, on Tuesday the fifteenth day of May, eighteen hundred and four : Considering the present situation of the northerly part of the counties of York and Cumberland, we conceive that we labour under great disadvantages by reason of heavy expences to the inhabitants, in being obliged to attend the county courts at the great distance they are held from us:—We therefore humbly petition your honors to incorporate the towns of Minot, Hebron, Otisfield, Waterford, Lovell, and all other towns and plantations in said county and organize the same and to appoint a shire town and name for said county, as your honors in their wisdom may see fit, and as in duty bound shall ever pray.

For the town of Paris,
For the town of Sumner,
For the town of Hartford,
For the town of Dicksfield,
For Plantation No. 3.
For the town of Norway,
Levi Hubbard.
Benjamin Heald.
Daniel Hutchinson
Solomon Leland.
Stephen Chase.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In the House of Representatives June 9th, 1804.
ON the petition of Levi Hubbard and others praying that the northerly part of the counties of York and Cumberland may be incorporated into a new county :

Ordered, that the petitioners cause an attested copy of the foregoing petition with this order thereon to be published four weeks successively in the Portland Gazette, and to be served on the clerks of the courts of sessions for said counties, the last publication and the service to be at least thirty days before the second Tuesday of the last session of the present General Court, that all persons concerned, may there appear and shew cause (if any they have) why the prayer of said petition should not be granted.

Sent down for concurrence,
H. G. OTIS, Speaker.
In Senate, June 11, 1804.
A true copy, Attest
WENDELL DAVIS, Clerk of Senate.


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