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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Petition, Grant, and Order for Survey of Livermore

Source: Israel Washburn, Notes, historical, descriptive, and personal, of Livermore, in Androscoggin (formerly in Oxford) county, Maine [] (Portland, Bailey & Noyes, 1874), pp. 125ff.
Petition of Samuel Livermore and others, Committee, for a New Grant—Resolve of General Court—Order for Selection and Location

Province of the Massachusetts Bay.
To the honble Thos. Hutchinson, Esqr., Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief in and over said Province to the honble his Majesty's Council and House of Representatives in General Court assembled the 29 day of Oct. 1770.

The Petition and Remonstrance of Samuel Livermore, Leonard Williams, and George Badcock, a Committee appointed by a Society who were Proprietors of a Township of Land granted to Nath'l Harris, Esqr., and others by said General Court in the year 1736, as a gratuity for their service in the Reduction of Port Royal, humbly sheweth, That the said Proprietors in observance of the condition of their Grant proceeded to lay out said Township and returned a plan of the same to the same Court for their approbation which was approved of by them accordingly; That then the Grantees proceeded to perform the conditions of their Grant by allotting out the house lots, and some began to build thereon, and repaired to said town with design to dwell there, clear'd roads and built a saw-mill at the charge of the Proprietors, with many other charges, in the whole amounting to more than £1,000 of the then currency, as by the Book of Records of said Proprietors clearly appears, besides their expence of time and labour. But yet it happen'd that a war broke out and many of the inhabitants were killed, others taken captive, others surprized and discouraged; and immediately by the settlement of the bounds between this Province and the Province of New Hampshire, to our great loss and disappointment, the town fell within the bounds of New Hampshire Province, whereby the Proprietors were wholly deprived of all the profit and advantages they expected to reap and enjoy for their services aforesaid, and suffered great loss not only in time but in money in laying out their lotts, clearing roads, &c., and have no way to obtain relief but by the interposition of your Honors. Your Petitioners therefore pray your Honors would take the same into your wise consideration, and appoint a committee to enquire into the equity of our claim and also the claims of several others who were in the same expedition, but have received no favor therefor, and who desire to be admitted with us, and grant leave to remove our pitch to some other place in some of the unappropriated lands in said Province, and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c.

Samuel Livermore,
Leonard Williams,
George Badcock,
} Committee.

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Samuel Livermore, Esqr., and other have enquired into the facts therein set forth and judge them to be true, and therefore are of the opinion that the following Resolve pass:

In the House of Representatives June 11, 1771, Resolved that the Prayer of this Petition be granted, and that there be granted to the Petitioners, and to the assigns or legal representatives of the original Grantees in said Petition mentioned, their heirs and assigns, a township of the contents of six miles and three-quarters square, in some of the unappropriated lands in the Province of Maine to the eastward of Saco River, adjoining to some former Grant, to satisfy the Grant of a Township therein mentioned, which they lost by the running of the line between this Province and the Province of New Hampshire, and that the Petitioners at the cost of themselves and their associates cause the same to be laid out by a skilful surveyor and chainmen under oath and return a Plan of the same to this Court for their acceptance within twelve months, and the said Grantees shall hold the same to themselves, their heirs and assigns forever, upon the following conditions, viz.: That the Grantees within seven years settle sixty families in said Township, build a house for the public worship of God and settle a learned Protestant minister, and lay out one sixty-fourth part for the first settled minister, one sixty-fourth part for the ministry, one sixty-fourth part for the use of schools, and one sixty-fourth part for the use of Harvard College forever.

Sent up for concurrence.
In Council June 11, 1771.
Consented to.
A true copy. Attest
Record the above copy.
T. Cushing, Speaker.
T. Flucker, Sec.
Read and concurred. T. Hutchinson.
Thos. Flucker, Secretary.
Per Leonard Williams, Propr's Clerk.

To Lieut. Elijah Livermore and Mr. Elisha Harrington

Gentlemen,—By virtue of the Power vested in us by the foregoing Grant we appoint you jointly to lay out said Township, with such other assistance as you shall find necessary, with the following instructions, that you go directly to Brunswick Falls. On your way thither call at Col. Bagley's, get what information you can of him, both as to the best land and best place. At Casco Bay consult likewise with Capt. Jones, and get what knowledge you can. At Brunswick take a Boat or Battoe and a skilful Pilot, go up the Androscoggin River, see what the navigation is, proceed up as far as Rocky Meco, explore the distance from any Grant; if the land is good and will make a good Township lay one out 9 mile and forty rods long, and five miles wide if you can adjoin it any former Grant; if not and by extending to ten miles and ¼ long you can obtain the Intervale lay it out there ten miles and ¼ long and four miles and ½ wide. If the land will not suit go up Little Androscoggin River; if the land will there suit lay it out under the same instructions. If you cannot obtain a Township there, take the best advice and best Pilots you can and lay it out in the best place and manner you can. We likewise appoint you, Mr. Elisha Harrington, Surveyor of said Township with power with the concurrence of Mr. Livermore to appoint and agree with some other skilful Surveyor to compleat said survey if you should be called off before you have compleated the same. We expect you will compleat a Plan of said Township and send or bring it to us as soon as possible that we may present the same to the General Court for their acceptance.

Given under our Hands this ninth day of August 1771.
Samuel Livermore,
Leonard Williams.


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