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sold it to John Daggett. The latter sold a portion of it in 1722 to Alexander Maxcy for £550. After the death of his son Josiah, who inherited it, another son, Levi, occupied it until 1780, when Col. Israel Hatch bought it. Col. Hatch continued to keep the house as a hotel for some years. When the larger, new house was built, the main building of the original garrison was torn down, but an annex was moved a little way from the place. This new house was known as Hatch’s tavern long after it ceased to be a public house, until it was destroyed by fire a very few years ago. The colonel was a very famous landlord in his time, and  kept at different dates the White Horse, the Lion and the Royal Exchange in Boston. While in charge of the  White Horse he issued the following advertisement, paying proper respect to his Attleboro origin —"TAKE   NOTICE. ENTERTAINMENT FOR LADIE5 and GENTLEMEN

At the White Horse Tavern, Newbury Street,

My friends and travellers, you’ll meet

With kindly welcome and good cheer,

And what it is you now shall hear.

A spacious house and liquors good;

A man who gets his livelihood

By favors granted; hence he’ll be

Always smiling, always free;

A good large house for chaise or chair,

A stable well exposed to air;

To furnish all and make you blest

You have the breezes from the west,

And ye who flee th’ approaching sol,

My doors are open to your call.

Walk in, and it shall he my care

To oblige the weary traveller.

From Attleboro, sirs, I came,

Where once I did you entertain;

And now shall here as there before

Attend you at my open door,

Obey all orders with dispatch,

Am, sirs, your servant, Israel Hatch."

 

A division of lands was first made in the North Purchase, of fifty acres to a share, in 1668, at which time there were about ninety shareholders. Similar divisions continued to be made to July, 1714, after which there were small allotments as late as ‘833, at which time there were a few acres of very unproductive land in the north part of the town, called Fisherville, still undivided. This latter has since been disposed of. In 1745 Cumberland was set off to Rhode Island by royal charter. It has continued to grow, though not rapidly, and is to-day an enterprising farming community, with a little manufacturing.

The people of Attleboro and Rehoboth were intensely patriotic, and as a rule joined heartily in the movement of the liberty-loving men of the colony in the years preceding the Revolution. In 1773 Rehoboth gave its representatives instructions full of vigor and patriotic sentiment. In 1775 two companies of minute men were formed, one of forty-three men under Capt. Samuel Bliss and one of thirty-six men under Capt. John Perry. Later, in an eight-months regiment, commanded by Col. Timothy Walker, these

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