Petition That Waterford Be Annexed to Cumberland County
Source: Thomas Hovey Gage, Jr., editor, Notes on the History of Waterford, Maine [Ancestry.com] (Worcester, Mass.: unknown, 1913), p. 81.
TO THE HONORABLE THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS IN GENERAL COURT ASSEMBLED...
Your petitioners being a Committee appointed by the town of Waterford in the County of York—Humbly sheweth That the County line as established by the old province Law divides the Town of Waterford, leaving about one fourth part in the County of Cumberland, and the remainder in the County of York... That about two years since, said Town was Incorporated in the county of York—before which time the Inhabitants had allways supposed the Township lay mostly in the County of Cumberland, in consequence of which all actions at Law were commensed... Deed recorded... And Estates settled in the County of Cumberland—That by the said Incorporating Act, the Inhabitants of said Town are laid under many disadvantages, as the distance from the Shire Town in the County of York is about Ninety Miles, whereas the distance from the Shire Town in the County of Cumberland is not more than Fifty Miles... And as Portland is the only maratime Town with which the Inhabitants of Waterford have any dealings, they have frequent occasions to travel there on the common concerns of Life, for which reason their Law matters might be transacted at Portland with little more than half the Expence it could be at York where they have no business but that of the Law... Therefore the prayer of your Petitioners is that the whole of the Town of Waterford may be annexed to the County of Cumberland... or that your petitioners may [be] relieved in such other manner, as your Honours shall think best...and as in duty bound shall ever Pray...
Stephen CummingsIn Senate June 7th 1799. Read and committed to the standing Committee on applications for the incorporation of Towns to hear the parties and report.
Sent down for concurrence
John C. Jones Prest. pro tem
In the House of Represents June 8, 1799. Read
and Concurred Edwd H. Robbins, Spkr.