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Petition for Turnpike Road to Hiram, 1802

Source: Jenks' Portland Gazette, issue of Dec. 13, 1802.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1801.
To the Honorable General Court, now holden at Boston, in and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—

YOUR petitioners humbly shew, That part of the road leading from Portland in the county of Cumberland, thro' Standish and Fryeburg to Coos, is bad and circuitous—That by reason of low lands, rocks and hills, the transportation of produce from the country to Portland and Saco markets, is rendered very expensive; also merchandize carried into the country, is necessarily sold at a high rate in proportion to the price which the produce of the farms usually bears—That persons considerably removed in the country are reluctantly obliged to resort to some markets out of this Commonwealth, where the goodness of the road will admit of more easy and cheap transportation of their produce and merchandize than to and from said ports of Portland and Saco—That the present road is laid out principally through unincorporated places, whereby much difficulty and delay is occasioned in raising and appropriating money for the repairing of said road—That the inhabitants on said road are few in number and unable to keep in good repair the same as it is now improved, and altogether unable to open and support a road in the nearest direction towards said ports, which would greatly commode travellers—That in passing from the meeting-house in said town of Standish, to Capt. Thomas Spring's in the plantation called Hiram, in the county of York (bring a distance of about eighteen miles) more than three miles in distance, together with several bad hills, may be saved and avoided by having another road.

Wherefore to remedy the inconveniences beforementioned as far as may be, your petitioners pray this honorable Court to make them with such as may be their associates and successors, a body corporate and politic for the purposes of making a Turnpike Road from said Standish meeting-house to Capt. Thomas Spring's in Hiram aforesaid, with the liberty of erecting such Gate or Gates on said road way as may be deemed necessary, for taking and receiving such toll from those persons who shall pass therein with teams, sleighs, sleds, horses, or other wise, as by law may be established; and to transact all and singular those things incident to like corporations, and for the good government of the same—And as in duty bound shall ever pray.
May 26, 1801.
James Osgood,
Jacob M'Gaw,
John McMillan,
Judah Dana,
Robert Bradley,
Philip Page,
John Bradley,
Thomas Bean,
Benj. Kimball,
Abiel Farnum,
Joseph F. Chase,
Moses Ames.


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In Senate, June 14, 1802.
ON the petition of James Osgood and others, praying leave to make a Turnpike Road from Standish to Hiram—Ordered, that the petitioners cause an attested copy of their petition, with this order thereon, to be published in the Portland Gazette, printed by Elezer A. Jenks, three weeks successively, and another like copy to be delivered to the Town Clerks of Standish, Flintstown and Hiram, thirty days at least before the third Wednesday of the next session of the General Court, that all interested may then appear and shew cause, if any they have, why the prayer of said petition should not be granted.

Read and accepted—Sent down for concurrence.
DAVID COBB, President.
In the House of Representatives, June 14, 1802.
Read and concurred.
JOHN C. JONES, Speaker.
A true Copy—Attest,
G. ELLIOT VAUGHAN, Clerk of the Senate.

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