History of Springfield, MA
Volume II
Pages 411 - 450

Continued

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for the Pound on ye West side the River 04 10 00
to Ensign James Dorchester for keeping James Osborn 11 00 06
to Thomas Hale for a bull 01 00 00
to Capt Thomas Colton for a bull 01 00 00
to Lieut Joseph Cooley for a bull 01 10 00
to Lieut John Fere for bulls 03 00 00
for a quier of paper 00 01 10
for draining ye Town land 01 11 11
[III - 309.]
to Lieut John Mirick for his serving in ye work of a Town Treasurer 02 00 00
to Joseph Ashley for worke att ye school house 00 06 00
for nailes for ye school house 00 12 00
to Capt Luke Hitchcocke for his serving ye Town as Representative 84 dayes. Ye whole sum being 16 16s whereof he is paid seven pounds and remains due to him to raise - 09 16 00
to Joseph Ashley for a great chair for ye school 00 05 00
to Deacon Burt for his bull 01 05 00
to Samuel Lamb for his bull 01 05 00
to money for a pair of stockes 00 12 00
to Benjamin Chapin for a bull 01 10 00
to Benjamin Beamon for a bull 01 10 00
to Jonathan Chapin for a bull 01 00 00
to Ebenezer Miller for a bull 01 05 00
to Eliakim Cooley & Henry Stills & Ebenezer Warriner & Nathanel Sikes & John Burt for carrying away a person, three shillings apiece all at: 00 15 00
to David Burt for his horse 00 01 10
to their charges att Enfield 00 05 00

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to Samuel Warner 02 00 00
to Capt Hitchcocke as an addition to the upper Chickuppi towards a schoole. 03 00 00

Voted that ye money raised for the maintenance of James Osborne be paid to James Dorchester by order of the Selectmen att 4 shillings 6 pence per weeke for his board & also a vote made to allow our Representative the sum expressed.

John Holyoke was chosen Clerke for the Town.

Voted that the Precinct of the Longmedow have liberty to build a pound and to bring in the account to be allowed by the Towne.

February ye 1st 1719-20.

At a lawfull town meeting of ye inhabitants, Capt Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.

Voted that Joseph Williston & John Worthington & Ensign James Mirick be a committee to agree with some persons to carry on ye affaire of ferrys for this town.

March ye 8th 1719-20.

Att the General Town meeting for election of Town officers for the Town of Springfield:

Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator & it was voted that Capt. Luke Hitchcocke & Lieut John Fere & Samuel Bliss 3rd, Ensign Henry Burt & James Warriner Jun'r should be the Selectmen for the year ensuing.

Pelatiah Bliss was Chosen Town Clerk.

And Luke Hitchcocke 2nd & Jonathan Chapin & Samuel Cooley & Joseph Leonard were chosen Constables.

And Ensign Samuel Keepe & John Ely & Lieut John Day & Joseph Parsons & John Worthington were chosen Assessors.

And Lieut John Mirrick was Chosen Town Treasurer. [III - 310.]

And Henry Chapin & Samuel Stebbins & Jonathan Taylor & Pelatiah Morgan & Thomas Bliss Sen'r & Ensign Nathanel Sikes & Thomas Stebbins were chosen Tithing men & Samuel Day & Ebenezer Day & John White & Ephraim Colton & Jonathan Cooley & Daniel Parsons & Samuel Chapin & Joseph Ashley & William Bliss were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.

And Joseph Stebbins Jun'r & Ebenezer Morgan & Thomas Miller Sen'r & Charles Fere & Joseph Colton & Ebenezer Leonard

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Jun'r & Thomas Bliss 2nd & Joshua Field & Nathanel Sikes Jun'r & Joseph Barker & Henry Wright & Thomas Chapin Jun'r were chosen Fence Viewers & haywards or field drivers.

Deacon Nathanel Burt & Ensign Henry Burt & Samuel Ely were chosen Measurers for Land.

And Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Sealer of Leather.

And Luke Hitchcocke 3rd & Increase Sikes were chosen to be Surveyors & Measurers of boards, planks, timber & slit-work & Surveyors of shingles.

At a Lawfull Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield March ye 29th, 1720.

Capt Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.

Voted that there be money raised in order to prosecute the Law against those that shall transgress the Law in cutting the pine trees.

Voted that the Selectmen do agree with James Gerrald to teach ye grammer school for this present year.

Voted that Deacon Nathanel Burt & Lieut Joseph Cooley & Lieut Ephraim Colton be a committee to agree with Enfield in running the line or bounds between us & them and to adjust & settle ye sd bounds.

At a meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield May ye 9th 1720: Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.

Capt Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Representative for the Town of Springfield to Represent them in ye Sessions of the Great General Assembly for this year & whereas the present Selectmen notifying the Town that they are by the heirs of Colonel John Pynchon deceased & by Mr. Joseph Parsons, summons to answer their neglect of laying out a tract or grant of land to them, it was voted that the Selectmen doe manage that affaire, viz: of answering in that case in behalfe of the Town & it was also voted that it be done at the cost and charge of the Town.

At a meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, on June 20th 1720: Capt Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.

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Capt Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Representative.

Voted that the Selectmen doe lett out the Town meddow not exceeding the term of five years. [III - 311.]

January 3rd 1720-21.

At a meeting of the ffreeholders and other Inhabitants of Springfield lawfully assembled:

Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.

At this meeting the voters granted the several particular sums that were presented them by the Selectmen & all which were put to vote by the Moderator and it was also voted that the upper Chickuppe have three Pounds as money in grain towards ye support of a school there.

March 14th 1720-21.

At the General Town Meeting for Election of Officers for the Town of Springfield:

Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.

Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Town Clerk.

And Lieut Joseph Stebbins & Lieut Joseph Cooley & Samuel Bliss 2nd & Thomas Bliss Sen'r & Increase Sikes wer chosen Selectmen.

And John Lamb & Thomas Miller & Nathanel Bliss 2nd & John Morgan & Samuel Barker were chosen Constables.

And Lieut John Fere & Lieut Ephraim Colton & John Bagg were chosen Assessors.

And Lieut John Mirick was chosen Town Treasurer.

And Samuel Chapin & Samuel Sikes & Ebenezer Warner & Thomas Bliss 3rd & John Ely & Ensign John Miller were chosen Tithing men.

And Francis Ball & Henry Rogers & Thomas Stebbins & William Warriner & Ensign Nathanel Sikes & Thomas Hale & Benjamin Ball were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.

And Daniel Cooley Jun'r & Ebenezer Day & Lieut John Day & Benjamin Stebbins & Joseph Williston & John Worthington & Benjamin Morgan & Ensign John Hitchcocke & Eliakim Cooley & William Stebbins & Benjamin Chapin & David Chapin were chosen Fence Viewers & Field Drivers.

And Deacon Nathanel Burt & Henry Burt & Samuel Ely were chosen Measurers for Land.

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And Increase Sikes was chosen Sealer of Leather.

And Ephraim Barclet & Cornealus Webb & John Atchinson & James Taylor & Oliver Barker were chosen Hogreeves.

And Fanil White & Joseph Ashley were chosen to Execute the Law respecting boards & shingles.

At a meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield May 19th 1721:

Lieut Joseph Cooley was chosen Moderator.

Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Representative for the Town of Springfield to represent them in the Sessions of the Great & General Assembly for this year. Also it was voted that there be liberty granted that the swine do goe at large for this present year, they being yoked and ringed according as the Law directs. [III - 312.]

August ye 16, 1721:

At a lawful Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Representative.

September the 20th, 1721.

Att a Lawfull Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield:

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

It was voted that the Town will receive their proportion of the Fifty Thousand Pounds Bill of Credit according as it is set forth in the Act of the Generall Assembly respecting the same which is Six hundred twenty seven pounds five shillings and it was also voted there be three Trustees to act in the Towns behalf according to the Rules set or given in sd act and it was voted that Lieut John Mirick and Lieut John Day and Thomas Horton be the Trustees for the Town which Trustees were sworn to the faithfull discharge of their Trust and it was voted that the Selectmen be impowered to receive from the Treasurer this towns proportion of the fifty thousand pounds in Bills of Credit which is Six hundred twenty seven pounds five shillings and that the Selectmen doe deliver the sd sums of money to the Trustees aforesaid and receive a receipt thereof of the Trustees in the Towns behalfe. It was

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also voted that the money be let out at five pound on the hundred per annum. It was con-cluded also that this meeting be adjourned unto October the 12th: Next ensueing at 2 of the clock in the afternoon & accordingly on the 12th of October 1721 the Inhabitants of sd Town met. It was voted that the sad Trustees do not let out any greater sums then thirty pounds to any particular person nor any less sums then ten pounds. It was also voted that it be left with the Trustees to act according to their best discretion in letting the above sd money either to take Real Estate for Security or Personal Estate that may be sufficient and it was also voted that when any of the principal sums shall be paid into the Trustees the Trustees have liberty to let out the same again. [III - 313.]

November 29th 1721.

At a lawfull Town Meeting of the freeholders & Inhabitants of Springfield:

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

The Inhabitants did then grant the account & several sums which were presented to them by the Selectmen which were debts due from sd Town and they did also vote that the upper Chickuppy have three pounds granted to help pay for their schoole master which is to be paid in such pay as the schoole on the West side the River & the schoole in the Longmedow are paid in:

A Court House to be built.

Voted that we will build a Court House provided our neighboring townes, viz: Westfield & Suffield & Enfield & Brookfield be assisting to us in doeing of it.

Voted also that this Town will be at halfe the cost & charge of said house.

Voted that Capt. Luke Hitchcocke & Joseph Williston & John Worthington be a committee to inform the Towns of Westfield & Suffield & Enfield & Brookfield of the vote of this Town & to see what the sd towns will doe or give to the building of sd Court House & to make returne thereof to this Town.

Voted that the Selectmen doe look after & secure the Townes stock of armes or guns & ammunition.

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Also there is granted seven or eight shillings to defray the charge of draining the towns meadow.

Voted that Luke Hitchcocke 2nd have two shillings & seven pence granted on account of a mistake committed by the Assessors respecting the Widow Mercy Day's rate. It was concluded that the meeting be adjourned to the 21 of December 1721: at one of the clock in the afternoon: of sd day: and on the 21st day of December 1721 the inhabitants being Assembled together by Adjournment it was concluded to adjourne the sd meeting to the 26th day of December currant at one of the clock in the afternoone of sd 26th Day: and on the sd 26 Day of December 1721 the Inhabitants aforesaid being assembled together it was voted that Luke Hitchcocke Esq have four pounds & twelve shillings granted him for his service in the General Court 3 dayes in lst March & there is granted to Joseph Stebbins Sen'r for his goeing to Court 2 dayes, eight shillings; and in answer to a Petition of the Committee of Longmedow there is granted seven pounds toward the defraying the cost and charge they have been at about their school house and whereas the Inhabitants being lawfully assembled together on November 29th 1721, did vote they would build a Court House provided our neighboring towns, viz: Westfield & Suffield & Enfield & Brookfield be assisting us in doeing of it, it is now also voted the sd Court House shal be forty foot long and thirty foot wide and seventeen foot stud. It was also voted that Joseph Williston and John Worthington and Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r be a comittee to make provision for and effect the building and finishing of the sd Court House [III - 314.]

And it was also voted that the sd comittee doe appoint and they have full power to conclude upon and determine the place where the sd Court House shall stand: and also before the meeting was dismissed or dissolved there was delivered to the meeting a list of the names of some persons who did enter their dissent against the Rate for building of a Court House and raising of money, whome these persons are may further appear by said List.

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February 9th 1721-22.

At a lawful Town Meeting of the ffreeholders and Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as law directs:

Lieut Ephraim Colton was chosen Moderator.

Voted the price of graine for paying Town Charges this year shall be as followeth, viz:

Indian corne two shillings & six pence the bushel. Rye at three shillings & sixpence the bushel. Oates at eighteen pence the bushel. Wheat at five shillings the bushel. Barley at three shillings & six pence the bushel.

Voted Capt Luke Hitchcocke, Samuel Day & Lieut John Fere be a committee to examine the Town Treasurers accounts and to make up accounts with him and to make report thereof to the next Town Meeting & that Capt. Hitchcocke doe appoint the time to examine sd accounts.

Voted that the running of the line between this Town & Brimfield & this Town & the Equiva-lent land be entered on Record, viz: the line run by Mr. Chandler & those that were assisting to him therein.

Voted that Lieut Joseph Stebbins & Lieut John Fere and Samuel Ely be a committee for to consider & propose some convenient way for providing wood for the schooles for this Town and to make report thereof to the next Town meeting.

Voted that there be money drawn out of the Town Treasury to be improved toward building the Court House.

Voted there be twenty pounds drawn out of the Town Treasury if it be there to be had and that it be delivered to the committee that were chosen to effect the building of sd Court House.

March 13, 1721-22.

At the General Town Meeting for Election of Town Officers:

Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.

Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Town Clerk.

Capt. John Mirick, Lieut John Fere, Lieut Ephraim Colton, John Worthington & Increase Sikes were chosen Selectmen.

John Chapin, John Mirick Jun'r, Pelatiah Morgan, Ebenezer Leonard Sen'r, Joseph Cooley 2nd, were chosen Constables.

Joseph Cooley 2nd was chosen and accepted in Ebenezer Bliss Sen'r place,

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said Bliss was first chosen to sd office:

And Lieut Fere, Lieut John Day, & Lieut Joseph Cooley were chosen Assessors.

Capt Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Town Treasurer.

John Herman, Daniel Parsons, Josia Leonard, Samuel Day Sen'r, Thomas Colton Jun'r, David Chapin were chosen Tithing men.

Deacon Nathael Burt, James Dorchester Jun'r, James Warriner 3rd, Jonathan Taylor, Nathanell Dumbleton, John Fowler [III - 315.] & Henry Wright Sen'r & Samuel Cooley were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.

And there was chosen for Fence Viewers: Deacon Ebenezer Parsons, Samuel Ely, Isaac Frost, Jonathan Ball Jun'r, John Bagg, Ebenezer Ashley, Thomas Mirick Sen'r, & John Glover, John Colton Jun'r, John Bliss, Thomas Chapin Sen'r, & Thomas Terry Sen'r & it was also voted that Deacon Nathanel Burt, Samuel Ely & Henry Burt be Measurers for land.

Increase Sikes was chosen Sealer of Leather.

and votes were carried in for County Treasurer: and John Crowfoot Jun'r, John Miller 4th, our smith & Benjamin Dorchester, Ebenezer Bliss Jun'r & James Taylor, Henry Rogers Jun'r, Jonathan Worthington & Nathanel Bancroft were chosen hogg reves. Nathanel Bancroft was chosen and accepted in Jonathan Worthingtons place (or roome). Voted also that Joseph Ashley & Ensign Nathanel Sikes be Surveyors of Board and Shingles.

April 6th, 1722.

At a lawfull Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield, Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

Voted that there be liberty for swine to go at large within ye bounds of this Town for this present year provided they be yoked and ringed as law directs. Also it was voted that the Selectmen doe take care to obtaine a cure for Thomas Crowfoot & that it be at the cost & charge of the Town. Voted also that the Selectmen doe take effectual care for the relief of Sarah Harmon & also that they doe take care of her estate if she hath any that so it may be improved for her support & reliefe.

Voted that Capt Luke Hitchcocke be one of the Comittee for the Precinct of Longmedow to see to the modelling and ordering those lands that were

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granted to them in answer to their Petition for sd Grant see page 277.

Voted that Henry Woolcutt be hogg reve for the precinct of Longmedow & whereas the act for regulating swine shall at least once every fortnight pass through their precinct to prosecute their office: the voters at this meeting did vote as following:

Voted tht on the East side the great River the two Chickuppes & Skimuch be one precinct. Voted also that from Samuel Lambs to the Bounds of Longmeddow Precinct be a precinct. Voted also the precinct of Longmeddow be an other precinct & on the West side the great River all on the south side Agawam within the bounds between us & Suffield & this town Bounds & Westfield be one Precinct. Voted also that all on the North side of Agawam be one precinct. [III - 316.]

May 4th 1722.

Att a lawfull Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield. Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Representative for the present year.

Voted that the Inhabitants of the East side the great River have liberty to remove the Towns school house something more southward or lower then it now standeth upon these conditions, viz:

1st That it should not be removed below the causeway.

2nd That the sd persons that remove sd house shall doe it upon their own charge.

3d That the sd house be forthwith sufficiently repaired and left in as good repaire as it now standeth in on the charge of the sd removers and that no charge in the whole concerne be laid upon the Town.

Voted that everyone that sendeth scholars to schoole shall bring a load of wood for each scholar that they shall send and that the wood shall be brought to the schoole house by the middle of October and that no scholar shall have any benefit of the wood but only those that have a right to or part of the wood until they bring their proportion with the rest and that the Selectmen give instructions unto the

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schoolmasters so to doe this vote to respect all the schoole respectively.

September 10, 1712.

At a lawful Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as law directs.

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

Voted that there be a committee chosen to consider of & propose some method or way to compose the differences that have been or may arise about the Court House & to make that report of their proposalls to the Town. Voted that there be ten in sd committee.

Voted that:

Lieut Ephraim Colton
Pelatiah Bliss
Increase Sikes
Capt. John Mirick
Lieut Joseph Cooley
Samuell Day
Deacon Joseph Ely
Ensign John Miller
Ensign James Mirick
Jonathan Worthington

be the sd committee & then the meeting was adjourned to the 2nd Monday in October next ensuing.

At one of the clock in the afternoon being the 8th day of sd month and according to the adjournment on sd day the Inhabitants above sd assembled together the committee aforesaid did present their proposals to the Town which was as followeth, viz:

That some part of our Inward Commons be put under good regulation & be exposed to sale towards the defraying the charge of building sd Court House viz: that so much be sold on the West side the great River as to advance the sum of thirty pounds and so much be sold on East side the great River as to advance the sum of sixty pounds and that a committee be chosen to regulate and manage sd matter to as little dammage as may be to the Inhabitants & if sd sums of thirty pounds & sixty pounds be more then will be needful to finish & compleate sd House with what is already given & granted toward sd House that the overplus be paid into the Town Treasury and if the sd sums of thirty and sixty pounds will not be enough to finish & compleat sd [III - 317.] House there be money drawn out of the Town Treasury to compleat and finish sd House and that a meet person be chosen on the West side the great River to join with the committee for building and ffinishing sd court house: the Inhabitants taking the

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sd proposals into consideration and it was voted the sd proposals of sd committee be accepted by the Town and it was voted that Deacon Ebenezer Parsons be one of the committee for building and ffinishing sd Court House.

December 3d 1722.

At a lawful Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as Law Directs.

Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.

The voters at this meeting did by their vote approve of the paying the several particular sums layed before them in the account given by the Selectmen. Also it was voted that John Lamb be allowed seven shillings & eleven pence on the account of Daniel Graves rate: Voted also that Benjamin Chapin be allowed six shillings & eleven pence on the account of Daniel Graves rate: Voted that there be eight pounds granted to be improved for the relief of Thomas Crowfoot according as the Selectmen shall think it necessary. Voted that Capt John Mirick, Lieut John Day & Thomas Horton have three pounds for service done for the town, viz: as Trustees & letting out the Townes money: Also it was voted that the sd Trustees doe let out on interest what money they have received as Interest money in the Townes behalfe.

March 1, 1722-3.

At a lawful Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield quallified as Law Directs.

Thomas Horton was chosen Moderator.

Voted that there be money drawn out of the Town Treasury in order to prosicute the breach of the law on those that shall get turpentine within the inward commons. Voted that there shall be a committee chosen to prosicute the Law on those that shal transgress the Law in getting turpentine within the Inward Commons: Voted that John Burt, Ebenezer Warriner, Thomas Mirick Jun'r, Jonathan Chapin & Joseph Knowlton be the committee to prosicute the Law on those that shall trangress the Law in getting turpentine in the Inward Comons.
[III - 318.]

March 12th 1722-3.

At the General Town meeting for Election of Town officers for the Town of Springfield, Luke

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Hitchcock Esq was chosen Moderator.

Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Town Clerk & sworn.

Samuel Bliss 2nd, Lieut Joseph Stebbins, Lieut Ephraim Colton, Samuel Day & Lieut John Day were chosen Selectmen.

Samuel Sikes, Henry Chapin, Joseph Colton, Joseph Barnard & Samuell Stebbins were chosen Constables.

Lieut John Fere, Samuel Day & Thomas Colton Jun'r were chosen Assessors.

Benjamin Smith Sen'r, Benjamin Stebbins, Gershom Fere, Joseph Ashley, Thomas Mirick Sen'r, & John Cooley were chosen Tithing men.

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Town Treasurer.

William Stebbins, Thomas Mirick Jun'r, Ebenezer Morgan, Thomas Terry Sen'r, Daniel Cooley Jun'r, Samuel Fere, Jonathan Bagg, Benjamin Knowlton were chosen Surveyors of the highwayes.

Increase Sikes, Ebenezer Day, John Miller 2nd, Ebenezer Warriner, Joseph Leonard, Nathanel Morgan, Samuel Barker, Benjamin Chapin, Isaac Colton, Jun'r, Thomas Bliss 3rd, Josiah Leonard, Jonathan Chapin were chosen Fence Viewers & Field Drivers.

Voted that there be hog reeves chosen & on further consideration it was voted to recon-sider or recall sd vote respecting the choosing of hogg reeves.

March 21, 1722-23.

At a Lawful Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield:

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

Voted to release Thomas Mirick Sen'r from the office of a Tithing man. Voted that Ebenezer Colton, David Chapin, Obadiah Cooley Sen'r, Jonathan Ball Jun'r, Benjamin Parsons & John Glover be hog reeves.

Voted that there be liberty for swine to go at large being yoked & ringed according to Law. Voted that the Selectmen have power to draw money out of the Town Treasury as there may be necessity for the Towns use. Voted that Joseph Barnards money payed to Joseph Coltons acceptance be accepted by the Town as if sd Joseph Barnard had served as Constable. Whereas there is a supposed highway twenty rod wide at the West end of the 80 rod lotts on the West side of the great River it was voted by the proprietors to take of ten rod and a halfe wide and forty rod long on the easterly side of sd

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highway being where Christian Vanhorn lives & it was voted & granted by the sd Proprietors that Christian Vanhorn shall have the sd tract of land of forty rod long and ten rod and halfe wide provided that he, said Christian, give a lawfull conveyance of the same quantitie of land to the Rev. Mr. Hopkins according to the determination [III - 319.] of the comittee for disposing of the Proprietors land: the said land to lye or be on the Easterly side of his sd Christian Vanhorns homelot. It is now voted that the town will indemnify Christian Vanhorn in his title to the land he hath of the proprietors according to the conditions before mentioned in the grant made by the proprietors to Christian Van-horn.

May 3: 1723.

At a Lawfull Town Meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of Springfield qualified as law directs:

Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.

John Pynchon Esq was chosen Representative for this Town at the General Court for to represent them in their Sessions of the Great & Generall Court & then the meeting adjourned to the 10th Day of May currant at 3 of the clock in the afternoon to receive answer from sd John Pynchon Esq respecting his acceptance of sd Office or Trust.

December 12th, 1723:

At a lawfull Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield, Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator. The voters at this meeting did approve of the paying the several particular sums that were laid before them by the Moderator & which were set in the List of Town Debts given by the Selectmen: voted that Capt. Luke Hitchcocke have one poound & five shillings for Service as Town Treasurer in the year 1722: voted that Samuell Day, Lieut Ephraim Colton & Thomas Horton be a Committee to examine the Town Treasurer accounts and also to examine the accounts of the Committee for Building the Court House. Voted that Capt. John Mirick, Lieut John Day & Thomas Horton have each of them twenty five shillings for their service in taking in the Interest of the Bank money. Voted that

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Capt Luke Hitchcocke, Lieut John Fere & Samuel Day have each of them three shillings for service as a committee to examine the Town Treasurer account viz: Capt. John Mirrick when he was Treasurer.

January 6th 1723-4.

At a Lawfull Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator. Voted that Lieut John Fere & Samuel Bliss 2nd join with the former committee, viz: Samuell Day, Thomas Horton & Lieut Ephraim Colton to examine the Town Treasurer accounts & make report thereof to the Town. Voted that any three of them act in that affair. Voted that the Selectmen doe from time to time agree with some person to sweep & keep clean the Court House & then the [III - 320.] meeting was adjourned to the 7th of January currant at twelve of the Clock: & on the 7th of January 1723-4 as aforesaid the Inhabitants being assembled or met together there was granted to Henry Chapin five shillings & five pence in consideration of a rate of John Gulliver deceased which said Chapin was not enabled to recover: it was voted that the Selectmen be empowered to receive of Major John Pynchon the Bond that Tilly Mirick & David Ingersol gave to the Selectmen: voted that if David Ingersol & Tilly Mirick doe not pay to the Selectmen what interest money is due to the Town from sd Ingersoll & sd Mirick the first day of July 1723-4 that then the Selectmen doe sue out sd Ingersol & sd Miricks Bond: voted that Lieut Ephraim Colton, Samuell Day & Thomas Horton have each of them five shillings for the service as a comittee in examining the Treasurer accounts and the accounts of the committee for the Building the Court House: Voted that the Report of the Committee viz: Samuell Day, Lieut Ephraim Colton & Thomas Horton respecting the committee of the Court House be accepted.

March 10th 1723-4.

At the General Town meeting for Election of Town Officers for the Town of Springfield Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator. Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Town Clerk & sworn. Lieut John Fere & Lieut James Wariner, Samuel Bliss 2nd, Ensign Nathanel Sikes &

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Increase Sikes were chosen Selectmen: William Warriner & John Fere Jun'r & Henry Rogers Jun'r & William Scot & Joseph Cooley 2nd were chosen Constables.

Deacon Ebenezer Parsons & Increase Sikes were chosen Sealers of Leather. Lieut John Fere & Lieut Ephraim Colton & Lieut John Day were chosen Assessors. Ebenezer Warriner & Thomas Stebbins, Jonathan Chapin, Nathaniel Dumbleton, John Remington, James Mirick Junr'r, Ensign Thomas Colton & Thomas Mirick Jun'r were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.

Ensign Samuel Keep & Ensign John Worthington, John Harmon & John Leonard were chosen tithing men. Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Town Treasurer.

Deacon Jonathan Ely, David Burt Sen'r, & Ensign John Hitchcocke, John Lamb, Thomas Terry, Sen'r & Thomas Chapin Jun'r, Ensign James Mirick, John Ely, John Fowler, Daniel Cooley Jun'r, Charles Fere & Benjamin Ashley were chosen Fence Viewers & field Drivers. Benjamin Knowlton & Ebenezer Cooke, Jonathan Chapin, William Colton, Isaac Frost & Joseph Ball were chosen Hog reeves. Votes were given in for a County Treasurer. It was voted that William Scot who was chosen Constable agreeing with Henry Rogers, Constable to do sd Scots part as Constable shall be accepted as if sd Scot had served in sd office. [III - 321.]

March 30th: 1724.

At a Lawful Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield, Lieut Ephraim Colton was chosen Moderator.

There is granted fourty pounds in money for the procuring of ammunition for a Town stock: and it is voted that the Town do receive of Joseph Williston thirty pounds & of John Hitchcocke ten pounds of the bank money on condition that the Town do relinquish the interest of sd money for halfe a year past and it is voted that the sd money be improved for procuring a Town stock of ammunition. It is voted that the Trustees do deliver the sd money to the Town Treasurer: It is voted that there be liberty for swine to goe at large this year, they being yoked and ringed according to Law.

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May 8th 1724.

At a meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield lawfully qualified & assembled together Lieut Joseph Cooley was Chosen Moderator.

Mr. William Pynchon was made choice of to be Representative to attend the Sessions of the General Court for the present year. It is voted that the Assessors doe assess the inhabitants the sum of fourty & seven pounds, then shillings & eleven pence to defray the cost & charges of building the Court House.

December 22, 1724.

At a lawfull Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified according to law Lieut Ephraim Colton was chosen Moderator.

The account of Town debts that were given in by the Selectmen were allowed of & granted.

There is granted to Samuel Stebbins two shillings & six pence on the account of Abraham Elgers rate. There is granted to John Morgan nine shillings & three pence on the account of Joseph Touslys rates. Voted that the present Selectmen doe examine the Town Treasurer accounts and make report thereof at the Generall Town meeting in March next ensuing. There is granted ten pounds for the reliefe of Thomas Crowfoot & voted that the Selectmen doe take care that it be disposed of for the sd Crowfoots benefit. There is granted fourty shillings for the Schoole at the lower Chickuppe: There is granted five pounds for the relief of Thomas Jones [III - 322.] There is granted to Capt. John Mirick & Thomas Horton & Lieut John Day twenty five shillings apiece for service done by them for the Town in taking in and letting out the Interest of the Bank money.

January 28, 1724-5.

At a Lawful Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as law directs. Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

It is voted that the Town rates as it is now made be not accepted. It is voted that the Assessors do not assess the Inhabitants the sum of fourty seven pounds which was granted to defray the cost and charges of the Court House.

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It was voted to allow or grant the heirs of Benjamin Leonard deceased the sum of fifteen shillings for the service of sd Leonard's bull. There is granted to Benjamin Beamon twenty five shillings for the service of sd Beamon's bull. It was voted to allow to Daniel Parsons nineteen shillings and three pence in consideration of Thomas Lees rates. The sd Daniel Parsons promising to returne the sd sums to the Town if he sd Parsons doth recover the sd sums of him sd Lee.

March 9th 1724-5.

At a Generall Town meeting for election of Town Officers:

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Town Clerk and as sworn to sd office.

Capt Luke Hitchcocke & Lieut John Fere, Lieut Ephraim Colton, Samuel Bliss 2nd & Joseph Williston were chosen Selectmen. David Chapin & William Colton, James Dorchester Jun'r & John Fowler and Nathanell Leonard were chosen Constables.

Joseph Parsons Sen'r & Luke Hitchcocke 3rd, David Burt Sen'r & Francis Ball were Chosen Tithing men.

Deacon Ebenezer Parsons and Increase Sikes Sen'r were chosen Sealer of Leather. Lieut John Fere & Lieut Joseph Cooley & Samuel Day were chosen Assessors. Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Town Treasurer.

Ensign Nathaniel Sikes & Eliakim Cooley, John Mirick Jun'r, Pelatiah Glover Jun'r, Thomas Terry Sen'r & Samuel Ely Jun'r, Nathaniel Sikes Jun'r & Daniel Cooley Jun'r were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.

Ebenezer Day Sen'r & Samuel Ball, Ebenezer Leonard Sen'r & Joseph Bedortha Jun'r & Joseph Barker & Joseph williston Jun'r & William Cooley & David Burt Jun'r were chosen Fence Viewers and field drivers. Thomas Terry Jun'r, Ebenezer Warner & Ephraim Bartlett [III -323.] and Thomas Hale, Isaac Frost and James Taylor & Samuel Fere & Joseph Wright Sen'r were chosen hog reeves.

May 10, 1725.

At a lawful Town Meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as law directs:

Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

It is voted that there be liberty this year for swine to goe at large within the bounds of this Town, they being yoked

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and ringed according to law. Voted that there be five pounds raised for the procuring & caring on of a schoole for the Inhabitants of Agawam: the sd money to be raised at the later end of the year viz the usual time of raising town charge.

Lieut William Pynchon was Chosen Representative.

December 30, 1725.

At a lawful Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as law directs, Samuel Bliss 2nd was chosen Moderator.

At this meeting the voters granted the several particulars read to them by the Moderator.

What the several particulars are may more fully appear by sd List or account. And there is also granted fifteen pounds for the keeping of a schoole at Longmedow. And there is granted twenty pounds for the keeping a schoole on the West side of the great River on the North side of Agawam. There is granted five pounds for the support of a schoole on the south side of Agawam. In answer to the Petition of Joseph Crowfoot for keeping his brother Thomas Crowfoot there is granted ten pounds.

May 3d 1726.

At a lawful town meeting of the freeholders & other inhabitants of Springfield. Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen moderator.

It is voted that the Trustees chosen by the Town for receiving and letting out the Towns proportion of the bank money due on or before the first day of June next ensuing the date aforesaid pay into the Treasurer of this (see next page ye lower part of ye leafe) Province one fifth part of sd Towns proportion of sd money. It is voted that the trustees do let out the Interest money the next year. At this meeting Samuel Day was chosen representative for the next great and General Court or Assembly in Boston.

It is voted that if Jonathan Bagg set up & leave a good sufficient fence on or about the Town land at Chickuppe with good white oake posts and three railes & scour up [III - 315.] the ditch where it doth want that on the doing of which the town will deliver up the Bond which was given by Joseph Barker & Oliver Barker on the account of

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the rent of sd land: the Lease of sd land being out next April: and also provided ye sd Jonathan Bagg paying twelve pounds for this present years rent to the Town. [III - 324.]

March 9th 1725-6.

At the General Town meeting for Election of Town Officers for the Town of Springfield, Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen Moderator.

Lieut James Warriner, Serj't John Bagg, Ensign John Hitchcocke & Joseph Williston & Deacon Henry Burt were Chosen Selectmen.

Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Town Clerk & was sworn to sd office. John White & John Miller, son of of Ensign John Miller & Pelatiah Glover Jun'r & Ensign Nathaniel Sikes & William Stebbins were chosen Constables.

Ebenezer Warner was chosen Constable & Ensign Nathll was accepted and chosen in his place (or stead).

Thomas Bliss 2nd & John Morgan, John Lamb & Nathaniel Dumbleton were chosen Tithing men.

Deacon Ebenezer Parsons & Increase Sikes were chosen Sealers of Leather. Lieut Ephraim Colton, Lieut John Fere & Samuel Ely Sen'r were chosen Assessors. Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was Chosen Town Treasurer.

John Cooley, Obediah Cooley & Ebenezer Hitchcocke, Benjamin Chapin, Francis Ball & Nathaniel Sikes Jun'r, Jonathan Taylor & Nathaniel Bancroft were chosen Surveyors of high wayes. Samuel Mirick, Jonathan Ball Jun'r & Samuel Day Jun'r & Christian Vonhorn, Ensign Nathaniel Sikes, Benjamin Morgan & Jonathan Cooley & Thomas Bliss 3rd & John Chapin & Joseph Crowfoot & Samuel Barker & Samuel Morgan chosen Fence Viewers & Field Drivers. Votes were given in for a Register for the County. Votes were given in for County Treasurer.

[III - 325.]

October 31, 1726.

At a lawfull Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield, Thomas Horton was chosen moderator. At this meeting a Petition of the Committee of Longmedow Precinct that the Town would order them a schoole pursuant to a vote of the Town passed many years since, it being read and the question was put whether the Petition shall be granted and it passed in the Negative.

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December 2nd 1726.

At a lawfull Town meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of Springfield. Samuel Bliss 2nd was chosen Moderator. At this meeting the voters granted payment to be made out of the Town Treasury for the several particulars read to them by the Moderator which was set or entered in a List given in by the Selectmen and then the meeting was adjourned till Monday the 12th day of December current at ten of the clock in the forenoon and accordingly on the sd 12th day the sd Moderator adjourned the sd meeting till the next Monday at then of the clock in the fornoone, it being the 19th day of December current and accordingly at a lawfull Town Meeting continued by several adjournments to Monday the 19th of December 1726 and then the voters granted that the Assessors should assess the inhabitants and estates within this Town the following sums that were granted, viz:

Twenty five pounds for the grammer schoole and twenty pounds for to defray the charge of a representative and thirty pounds for carrying on a schoole on the West side of the great River and ten pounds for a schoole at Agawam [III - 326.] and there is granted two pound ten shillings for a school at Skipmuck and in answer to a Petition of the upper Chickuppe signed John Chapin and David Chapin there is granted thirty three pounds eight shillings & ten pence to defray the charge of sundry particulars contained in a list of Town debts due from sd Town (see December 2nd which List was given in by the Selectmen) also it is voted that the removing the seats & enlarging the seat for the Judges to Sit on in the Court House be done and effected at the cost and charge of the Town and it is voted that Lieut James Warriner and Thomas Mirrick Sen'r be a committee to effect sd worke.

There is granted to David Chapin five shillings and two pence in consideration of Ebenezer Webbs rate ye which sd Chapin saith he hath not been enabled to recovere from sd Webb.

January 31, 1726-7.

At a lawful Town Meeting of the

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ffeeholders and other Inhabitants of Springfield qualified according to Law.

Mr. Samuel Day was chosen Moderator.

Mr. Joseph Dwight was chosen Town Treasurer for the remainder of this present year.

Frances Ball was chosen Constable for the remainder of this present year.

It is voted that the ferry at the upper wharfe be let out for five years. On the Desire of Mr. John Huggins dated January 31, 1726-7, viz: that the Town would grant him the ferry and the whole priviledge thereof at the place called the upper wharfe at the Great River being the common place for the ferry in Springfield, for the space of five years and he will give them sixty shillings for the same yearly every year for the whole time and give sufficient Bond for keeping sd ferry well the whole time and to begin within twenty dayes to the Town Treasurer and his successor the which Bond is to be of the sum of one hundred pounds: At this meeting the sd Desire of John Worthington dated January 31, 1726-7, viz: that the Town would give him Note which he gave for three pounds six shillings and eight pence. The Desire of the sd John Worthington is now granted. [III - 327.]

March 14th 1726-7.

At the General Town Meeting for Election of Town Officers in Springfield, Samuel Bliss 2nd was chosen Moderator.

Samuel Bliss 2nd, Lieut John Fere, Lieut Ephraim Colton & Lieut John Day and Ensign John Worthington were chosen Selectmen.

Pelatiah Bliss was Chosen Town Clerk.

Ebenezer Morgan Sen'r & Ebenezer Jones Jun'r, Joseph Miller, Thomas Mirick Jun'r, & Jonathan Cooley were chosen Constables.

Thomas Bliss 3rd & Thomas Stebbins, Thomas Mirick Sen'r were chosen Tithing men.

Deacon Ebenezer Parsons & Increase Sikes were chosen Sealers of Leather. Ensign Samuel Keep, Lieut John Fere & Samuel Ely were chosen Assessors. William Stebbins was chosen Constable and accepted the place (roome) of Jonathan Cooley. Robert Harris was chosen Constable on the refusal of Thomas Mirick Jun'r

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refusing to serve as Constable.

Ensign Nathaniel Sikes was chosen Constable in the roome (place) of Robert Harris.

Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Town Treasurer.

Votes were given in for County Treasurer. The Surveyors of highwayes that were chosen were:

John Harmon
Nathaniel Munn Jun'r
Jonathan Chapin
David Burt Jun'r
Benjamin Stebbins Sen'r
Jonathan Bagg Sen'r
Ebenezer Parsons Jun'r
Lamberton Cooper.

The Fence Viewers that were chosen were:

Thomas Terry Sen'r
Japhet Chapin
James Warriner 3rd
John Stebbins Jun'r
Thomas Colton Jun'r
Nathaniel Bliss 2nd
Samuel Ely Jun'r
Benjamin Ball
Pelatiah Morgan Sen'r.

It was voted that the Fence Viewers should be also Field Drivers.

John Stebbins Sen'r & Joseph Mirrick & John Colton were chosen hog reeves.

May 4th 1727.

At a Lawful Town meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of Springfield qualified according to Law, Lieut Ephraim Colton was chosen Moderator.

Mr. Samuel Day was chosen Representative.

It is voted that Samuel Bliss 2nd, Lieut John Fere and Lieut James Warriner and Samuel Ely be a Committee to make up accounts with Mr. Joseph Dwight the former Town Treasurer and also to make up accounts with the Executors of Capt. Luke Hitchcocke, Deceased: who hath bin Town Treasurer. [III - 328.]

In answer to the Petition of the Precinct of Longmedow viz: that the Town would appoint a Committee man in the roome (place) of Luke Hitchcocke, Deceased, for the laying out or modeling the home lots on the Hill eastward of the Longmedow, the former Committeeman with the same power the former Committeeman aforesaide, Luke Hitchcocke Esq had at this Town meeting. Deacon Henry Burt was chosen a Committee man according to the sd Petition.

June 9th, 1727.

At a lawfull Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified according to Law Lieut John Day was chosen Moderator.

Thomas Mirick 2nd was chosen Constable in the roome of Constable Sikes lately deceased. At this meeting the Committee

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that was appointed to make up accompts with the former Treasurer, viz: the heires or Executors of Capt. Luke Hitchcocke, deceased & also with Mr. Joseph Dwight. Their Return or Report being read it was voted that is should be accepted and allowed. At this meeting there was granted ten pounds to the support of ye schoole at Longmedow which is to be paid out of the Rate to be made at the later end of the year. At this meeting Lieut John Fere & Joseph Williston and Mr. Joseph Dwight were chosen a Committee to make up accompts with the Town Treasurer for this present year that so the Town may the better know what money to Grant.

June 30th 1727.

At a Lawfull Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as the Law Directs: Ensign John Worthington was chosen Moderator.

James Warriner 2nd was chosen Constable for the remainder of this present year. It is voted the money be called in which is now due to the Town by the Bond from Mr. Tilly Mirick and Mr. Thomas Ingersol. [III - 329.]

November 10th 1727.

At a Lawfull Town Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as the law directs: Lieut Ephraim Colton was Chosen Moderator.

Mr. Samuel Day was chosen Representative.

It is voted that Joseph Williston & Samuel Bliss 2nd & Ensign John Worthington be a Committee to set a price upon the gross product & manufacture of the Town how the Con-stables shall give the Inhabitants for every species in their paying the Province Tax and they the sd Committee are to make Report thereof to the next Town Meeting.

January 2nd 1727-8.

At a Lawful Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield qualified as the Law directs.

Lieut John Day was chosen Moderator.

At this meeting voters granted that payment should be made out of the Towns Treasury for the following particulars & sums:

There is granted to David Mirick for twelve dayes worke at the Court House at 5 shillings a day.

Three pounds also there is granted to David Mirick for five dayes worke at sd House. By Beriah Sherman

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3 & 6 a day nineteen shillings & three pence. There is granted to Deacon Henry Burt seven shillings & 2 pence. It being work done by him for Sarah Harmon & for his mending the school house.

There is granted to Eliakim Cooley for one bull two pounds.

There is granted to Daniell Parsons for one bull one year & 1/4 two pounds & five shillings.

There is granted to John Fere Jun'r for one bull one pound & five shillings.

There is granted to Thomas Horton for one bull two pounds.

There is also granted to Deacon Nathaniel Munn for one bull two pounds.

There is granted to Joseph Leonard for one bull one pound & ten shillings.

There is granted to Nathanel Leonard & Ebenezer Leonard for one bull ffifteen shillings.

There is granted to Deacon Ebenezer Parsons for one (bull ___ shillings).

There is granted to Samuel Ball for [III - 330.] one bull one pound ffifteen shillings.

There is granted to Joseph Ely Jun'r for one bull one pound five shillings.

There is granted to John Day Jun'r for returning the Precept six shillings.

There is granted to Henry Chapin for one bull one pound ten shillings.

There is granted thirty pounds for the schoole on the West side of the Great River.

There is granted for a schoole at Longmedow twenty five pounds twelve shilling & ten pence to be raised this year and twelve pounds ten shillings the next Winter ensuing.

There is granted four pounds ten shillings for a schoole at the upper Chickuppe.

There is granted to the Assessors for their taking the valuation List & making the Country Rate, viz: to Samuel Keep three pounds & three shillings & to Samuel Ely three pounds & three shillings & to Lieut John Fere three pounds & twelve shillings.

There is granted to Jonathan Chapin for one bull one pound & ten shillings.

There is granted to Thomas Colton Jun'r for draining the Town land two pound nine shillings and four

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pence.

There is Granted to Ebenezer Miller for one bull one pound ten shillings.

There is Granted to Deacon Nath'l Burt for mending the Pound two shillings.

There is Granted to the Widow Deborah Gerralls for tending & medicine for a child of Cornelius Webb four pound and for what she did for Benjamin Beamon twelve shillings.

There is Granted ten pounds for the relief of Widow MacCraney & her son that is lame.

There is Granted to Samuel Chapin Jun'r for 2 bulls one pound.

There is Granted to the Administrators of Ensign Nathaniel Sikes for a bull one pound ten shillings.

There is Granted to Widow Martha Fere for a bull fifteen shillings.

There is Granted for a schoole at the lower Chickuppe three pounds.

There is Granted to Henry Rogers the Interest money that he paid, it being two pounds three shillings & nine pence.

In answer to the Petition of Nathaniel Burt & Jonathan Ely & William Stebbins, viz: for repairing of the schoole house at Longmedow there is Granted one pound eight shillings & nine pence.

It is voted that the grain that the Constables shall receive for the Province Tax shall be one shilling & sixpence per bushel less then the price the Law stateth it at. It being for the transportation thereof.

At this meeting the Memorial of Lieut William Pynchon being presented to the Town: it was voted that Ensign James Mirrick, Mr. John Huggins & Luke Hitchcocke 2nd be a Committee to take the same into consideration & make Report to the Town what they think proper for the Town [III - 331.] to doe in answere thereunto. Upon the desire of Nathaniel Munn & John Hitchcocke, Joseph Stebbins, Samuel Warner, Thomas Stebbins, Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, & Ebenezer Hitchcocke, Ebenezer Morgan, John Hitchcocke Jun'r & John Stebbins Jun'r, viz: the Town would grant them liberty for the erecting and setting up a house for their horses at the south west end of the meeting house in the Town plat: it is voted that their desire be Granted: and then the meeting was adjourned to the 16th day of January currant at twelve of the clock at noone and accordingly on sd Day the Inhabitants being assembled to gether it was voted to give Henry

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Wright Sen'r a compensation for the land taken from him for a highway & that the compensa-tion be according to the value that the Jury appointed by the Court did Return respecting the sd land. There is Granted to James Warriner Jun'r twelve shillings it being boards he found for the Court House.

There is granted to Ebenezer Warriner Eleven shillings it being for boards for the Court House. There is granted to David Ingersol eighteen shillings it being for sundrys as more fully appears per the accompt. There is Granted to Ephraim Stills for ringing the nine oclock bell & for ringing for other meetings the sum of two pounds fifteen shillings. There is Granted to the Town Treasurer for his services the sum of two pounds. There is Granted to Lieut James Warriner two shillings and sixpence it being for 48 foot of slit-work for the Court House.

There is Granted four pounds for the making or repairing the Pound on the East side the Great River in the Town plat. It is voted that Joseph Williston & Daniel Parsons & Obadiah Cooley be a committee to take care to effect the making or repairing sd Pound according as shalbe most for the advantage of the Town. There is granted to Thomas Mirick Sen'r for one hundred of plank for the Court House the sum of eight shillings. There is Granted to Samuel Kilborn for brads two shillings. On the question put whether the Town will grant to Thomas Horton, Lieut John Day & Capt John Mirick each of them four pounds for their serving as a committee of the Town Bank it being for their last year's service & whether the sd money shall be paid out of the Interest money of the sd Bank. It was voted & concluded in the affirmative.

At this meeting was presented the desire of John Chapin, Benjamin Chapin, Samuel Chapin, Jun'r, Thomas Horton, David Chapin, Jonathan Chapin & Henry Chapin, viz: that the Town would Grant them liberty to set up a Horse House on the North side of the lane near the Meeting-house on the East side of the Great River in the [III - 332.] Town plat, it was voted

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that the sd Desire should be Granted. At this meeting it was voted the Assessors do assess the Inhabitants on their poles & Estates reall & personal the sum of one hundred and six pounds eleven shillings and eight pence to defray the cost & charges arising within sd Town according to the Grants made for the same.

In the handwriting of William Pynchon.

Att a General Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, qualified and assembled according to Law, on the twelfth day of March Anno Dom: 1727-8 for the choice and Election of Town Officers in said Town for the year Ensuing: And also to consider and settle the Ferry at Agawam:

Mr. Samuel Day was chosen Moderator.

Mr. William Pynchon, Jun'r was chosen Clerk.

Mr. Samuel Bliss, Mr. Ebenezer Warriner, Lt. Ephraim Colton, Capt. John Day and Lt. John Ferry were chosen Selectmen.

John Lamb, Samuel Sikes, John Chapin, John Morgan, Capt. George Colton, Thomas Miller Sen'r, Benjamin Smith Sen'r, Benjamin Jones and Josiah Leonard were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.

John Hitchcocke Sen'r, Ephraim Bartlett, Nathal Burt Jun'r, John Bagg Sen'r, & Ebenezer Cooke were chosen Tithing men.

Joseph Barnard, John Ely, Joseph Colton, John White, Samuel Barker, Miles Morgan, Luke Hitchcocke Jun'r, Joseph Wiliston Sen'r, John Cooley, William Colton, Benjamin Chapin and Samuel Chapin Sen'r were chosen Fence Viewers.

Thomas Glover, Ebenezer Colton, Benjamin Parsons, Samuel Morgan, & Pelatiah Hitchcocke were chosen Constables.

Ebenezer Parsons Sen'r and Increase Sikes Sen'r were chosen Sealers of Leather. [III - 333.]

John Ferry, John Ely & Samuel Keep were chosen Assessors.

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Henry Burt was chosen Treasurer.

John Sikes, John Hancock, Samuel Stebbins, Thomas Colton Jun'r, Caleb Chapen, Samuel Terry, James Taylor, Ebenezer Leonard Sen'r and Benjamin Ball were chosen Hogg reeves.

With reference to the sd ferry at Agawam the following vote was voted, viz: Voted that there be a ferry settled at the mouth of Agawam River to cross both the Great River and said Aawam River and that the present Selectmen be appointed to agree with and settle a ferryman for that purpose.

Att a Town Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law, for the chooseing one or more persons to Repre-sent the Town in the Great and General Court or Assembly to be kept at Boston for his Majesties Service upon the Twenty Ninth day of May currant. And also to choose Trustees (if they see meet) to take care of the Towns Proportion of the sixty thousand pounds granted by the General Court as also to consider whether the town will allow swine to go at liberty upon the commons when they are according to Regulations in the law provided, also to resolve whether they will accept of the Sureties that have given bond for the money that belongs to the Poor of the Town; and also to choose a Committee to make up accounts with the former Treasurer and also to choose a committee to make up accounts with the present Treasurer before the granting the Town Charge; and also to consider whither the Town will buy a tomb stone for the French Man deceased that bestowed the money on the Poor of the Town and act as they shall think meet, on the seventh day of May Annoque Domini 1728.

Capt John Day was chosen Moderator.

Mr. Samuel Day was chosen Representative.

Mr. John Burt, Mr. John Worthington and Mr. John Ely were chosen Trustees for the said Town. To receive and let out the sd Towns Proportion of the 60,000 in Bills [III - 334.] of Credit granted by a late act of the General Court or Assembly of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay.

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Voted that swine may goe at large upon the commons when they are yoked and ringed according to law.

Voted that the Security that was given by Thomas Ingersoll and David Ingersoll for the money that belongs to the Poor of the Town, be accepted.

Voted that the Present Selectmen or any three of them be a Committee to make up accounts with the former Treasurer Mr. Pelatiah Bliss, and with the present Treasurer before the town meeting for the Granting Town Taxes.

Voted that the Selectmen get a good handsome tomb stone or grave stone and set up at the grave of John Malliford, deceased being the man that gave the money to the Poor of the Town.

Att a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town:

Att a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, qualified and assembled according to law. To give instructions unto the Trustees chosen and appointed by the said Town to take care of the Towns Proportion of the sixty thousand pounds granted by the Generall Court and to give the Trustees order how they shall dispose of the sd money, on the twenty-fourth day of May Annoque Domini 1728.

Mr. William Pynchon Sen'r was chosen Moderator.

Voted that the Trustees for the sd Town for Receiving and letting out the said Towns Proportion of the 60,000 in Bills of Credit granted by a late Act of the General Court, viz: Mr. John Worthington, Mr. John Ely and Mr. John Burt shall let out the same upon Personal Security, and that they shall [III - 335.] not let out of the said bills to any particular person exceeding the sum of thirty pounds nor under the sum of ten pounds.

And that all the bonds the sd Trustees shall take from any particular person or persons, that shall hire the sd bills shall be made payable within twelve months from ye date of the sd bonds. Twas also voted that the sd Trustees shal pay to Capt. George Colton the sum thirty shillings out of the sd Towns Proportion of the sd Bills for his charge and trouble in bringing the same from the Province

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Treasurer upon his delivering ye same to them. And also that the sd Trustees shall pay the Interest of the sd Towns Proportion of the sd 60,000 of the sd Bills thereof to the Province Treasurer, viz: four pounds 4 per cent thereof to the Province Treasurer and two pounds percent to the Treasurer of the sd Town for the use of the sd Town from year to year conformable to the said act of the General Court.

It was also voted that the sd Trustees shall not let out the sd Towns Proportion of the sd Bills to any particular persons or persons without a good sufficient surety besides the Principle.

Att a meeting of the ffreeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law, at Springfield on the eighth day of November Annoque Domini 1728.

To consider and grant what money may be thought needful for the defraying the Town Charge and for the use of the Town, and also to hear and Receive the Town Treasurer's accompts and to act upon it. Also to determine on the matter relating to Ensign John Millers broken legged mare to hear the Petition of Joseph Remington respecting his sons schooling and act upon it.

At ye place called Ireland.

And also to take effectual care that there may be sufficient pounds made and kept in the Town. And also to hear ye letter of Mr. Samuel Day our Representative and to act upon it and also to take effectual care that there may be sufficient pounds made and kept in the Town. And whereas there is a highway through ye land of ye Elys and Crannys at ye place called Ireland that yeTown would change it or remove it or what ye Town shall think best. And also to [III-336.] answer the desire of the Rev. Mr. Stephen Williams in giving him a Quit Claim of that piece of land at ye lower end of Longmeadow called the Commons.

Capt John Day chosen Moderator for this meeting.

Voted that there be allowed and paid out of the Town Treasury to Robert Harris the sum of three shillings and four pence for freight of Town Stock of Ammunition.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye sd Town Treasury to William Pynchon Jun'r the sum of two pounds thirteen shillings for three Record Books for ye Town.

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Voted that there be allowed and Paid out of the Town Treasury to ye Present Assessors for their service as Assessors for the Town this year, viz: To Samuel Keep six shillings. To John Ely three shillings. To John Fere for sd Service and for paper thirteen shillings and nine pence.

Voted and allowed tht there be Paid out of the Town Treasury to Jonathan Chapin for the use of his bull this year the sum of one pound, ten shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of the Town Treasury to Henry Wright Sen'r for the use of his bull this year, the sum of ten shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of the Town Treasury to Henry Chapin for the use of his bull this year the sum of one Pound fifteen shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to John Ferry Jun'r for ye use of his bull for ye year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Francis Sikes for the use of his Bull for this year the Sum of fourty shillings. [III - 337.]

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of the Town Treasury to Joseph Ashley for ye use of his bull this year the sum of one Pound ten shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye Town Treasury to Eliakim Cooley for the use of his two bulls this year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Nathl Burt Jun'r and David Burt Jun'r for the use of their bull this year ye sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Thomas Horton for the use of his bull this year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Joseph Parsons for the use of his bull this year the sum of ten shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye Town

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Treasury to Nathl Burt Sen'r for the use of his two bulls this year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of the Town Treasury to Ebenezer Jones Jun'r the sum of one pound ten shillings for ye use of his bull this year.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of the Town Treasury to the Widow Martha Ferry for the use of her bull this year the sum of fifteen shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of the Town Treasury to Ebenezer Parsons Sen'r for the use of his bull this year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to John Bagg for ye use of his bull this year the sum of fourty shillings. [III - 338.]

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Ebenezer Miller Sen'r for ye use of his bull this year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye Town Treasury to Ebenezer Leonard Sen'r ye sum of twenty shillings for ye use of his bull this sd year.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye Town Treasury to Nath'l Munn Sen'r & John Hitchcocke Sen'r for the use of their bull this year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Thomas Stebbins ye sum of six shillings for his making an alphabet to ye Proprietors Book of Records.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Doctor John Leonard ye sum of twelve shillings for sundry visits and directions to Sarah Stevenson last Spring in her sickness.

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Voted and allowed that there be Paid to John Day out of ye Town Treasury the Sum of fifteen shillings and two pence, thirteen shillings and two pence for rum used in Sarah Stevenson's sickness last Spring at his expence and two shillings for mending ye Pound on ye West side of the Great River.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of the Town Treasury three pounds for draining the Town meadows to Thomas Stebbins.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of the Town Treasury to Henry Burt for his Service as Town Treasurer this year the sum of fourty shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye Town Treasury for the support of ye schoole on the West side of the Great River the sum of thirty Pounds. [III - 339.]

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye Town Treasury for ye support of ye school at ye upper Chickuppe the sum of four pounds ten shillings.

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of the Town Treasury to Benjamin Ball the sum of three pounds eight shillings and eleven pence, three pounds thereof allowed him for his trouble and tendance to Sarah Stephenson in her sickness at his house last Spring and ye remainder, viz: eight shillings and eleven pence for drugs for her sickness which he paid for at Major Pynchons. (store)

Voted and allowed that there be Paid out of ye Town Treasury to Capt. George Colton ye sum of fifteen shillings for his trouble in bringing the Towns Proportion of the last Bank from Boston.

Voted and allowed that there be paid out of ye Town

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Treasury the sum of fourty Pounds to be imployed for ye use of the Poor of ye Town for contingent charges and for defraying the charges for ye killing of wild cats.

Voted that there be allowed and Paid out of ye Town Treasury the sum of four pounds for the repairing our new building of Pounds in ye Town.

Voted that the present Treasurer of the Town lend out of the said Treasury to the present Selectmen of the sd Town of Springfield the sum of three shillings each for their trouble in making up of accounts with the Treasurer.

The Report of ye Committee appointed by the Town to take into consideration the Memorial of Mr. William Pynchon respecting a mare of Ensign John Millard that broke her leg in his service through the defect of a bridge at Paucatuck, being present and read at this meeting, the substance of the sd report is as follows: [III - 340.]

They having considered the sd Memorial, think that ye Town ought to allow ye sd John Millard fifteen pounds for the damage he shall sustain by the mares legg being broken as aforesaid. Voted that the sd Report be accepted and that there be allowed and paid out of ye sd Town Treasury ye sum of fifteen pounds for the damage by him sustained as afore said.

Voted that the Present Assessors for the said Town assess the Inhabitants thereof as well their poles as estates, the sum of one hundred eighty three pounds eight shillings and nine pence and to make a distinct List of each person's name and proportion thereof under their hands whom they are to committ unto the Constables of the sd Town to levy and collect the same. And that the said Assessors in their warrants directed to sd Constable or Constables to whom they commit the said Assessments, for the levying and collecting ye same, Direct the sd Constable or Constables to pay in their said collections to Henry Burt Treasurer for the sd

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Town or to his successor in sd office for the use of the said Town according to ye Grants for ye same.

In answer to the Petition of Jeremiah Horton, Timothy Horton, Benjamin Horton, John Horton and Thomas Baylis desiring liberty to build a Horse House at ye foot of the Hill at the Meeting-house by Major Pynchon's lot. Voted that the sd persons have liberty to build a Horse House at ye foot of the Hill in ye lane by ye sd Major Pynchons lot according to their Petition.

The Report of ye Committee appointed to make up accounts with ye former Town Treasurer, Mr. Pelatiah Bliss and the Present Town Treasurer being presented and read voted that the account mentioned in ye sd Report be accepted. And that the sd Pelatiah Bliss ye former Town Treasurer be and hereby is discharged from ye sd accounts. [III - 341.]

Voted and granted to the Rev. Mr. Stephen Williams & to his heires and assignes forever, all the Right & Title that the sd Town hath to five or six acres of the narrow strip of land that lyeth below Longmedow Brook as it formerly run which was formerly sequestered by the sd Town to lye common and free for passage into the woods and for feed forever. The sd Town hereby reserving the liberty for necessary highwayes upon condition that the sd Stephen Williams acquit and convey to ye said Town all the Right and Title he hath to the Ministry land.

The question being put whether ye Town would give liberty that Joseph Remington of Suffield might send his son to school in this town - it passed in the negative.

With Respect to the highway aforesaid, there was not anything done at this meeting.

Voted that the Land in Longmeadow commonly called ye Comons be continued in ye improvement of the Rev. Mr. Stephen Williams for and in compensation of his part of ye Ministry land during ye time of his ministry in Longmeadow.

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Att a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the Twentieth day of February Annoque Dom: 1728-29.

To Consider and if the Town think it needfull to make choice of some man or men to lay before the General Court what right the Town hath to that piece or tract of land below the new Line and east of Enfield and to manage that affair for the Town before the said Court.

Mr. Thomas Horton was voted and chosen Moderator.

Voted that Mr. William Pynchon, Mr. John Higgins and Mr. Sam'l Ely Sen'r be a Committee to take into consideration the Title of the said Town to that tract of land east of En-field below the new line and to lay the same before the General Court by the Representative of the sd Town for the time being. [III - 342.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law at Springfield on the eleventh day of March Anno Dom: 1728-29. To choose all such Town Officers as is obliged by Law and such as shall be thought needfull and beneficial and also to make choice of a Committee to let out or lease out the school or Town lots for some term of yeares, and give instructions upon what terms it shall be let if the Town shall think best.

Mr. William Pynchon was chosen Moderator.

Voted to choose five Selectmen.

Lt. James Warriner, Capt. John Day, Ebenezer Warriner, John Burt and Lt. Ephraim Colton were voted and chosen Selectmen for the year ensuing.

Mr. William Pynchon Jun'r was chosen Clerk for the year ensuing.

John Stebbins Sen'r, Joseph Ashley, Timothy Nash, Joseph Ely Jun'r and Samuel Mirick were chosen Constables for ye year ensuing.

Voted to choose three Assessors:

Thomas Stebbins, John Ely and Lt. Ephraim Colton were chosen Assessors for ye year ensuing

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Voted to choose five Tithing men.

Daniel Parsons, Simon Smith, Jonathan Ely, Henry Rogers and David Chapin were chosen Tithing men for the year ensuing.

Thomas Colton, William Stebbins, Obadiah Cooley, Samuel Warner, Sam'l Terry, Japhet Chapin Samuel Ely Sen'r, Ebenezer Day Sen'r, Ebezer Morgan, John Hitchcocke Jun'r, John Bedortha, & Joseph Williston Jun'r were chosen Fence Viewers for ye year ensuing.

Henry Wolcott, Joseph Colton, John Ely 2nd, Thomas Mirrick Jun'r, John Glover, Gershom Ferry, William Smith, Thomas Miller 2nd and Henry Chapin were chosen Surveyors of high-wayes for the year ensuing.

Voted that Jonathan Ely be excused from serving in the office of Tithing man and that another be chosen in his roome (stead). John Bliss chosen Tithing man for ye year ensuing in the roome of Jonathan Ely.

Henry Burt chosen Treasurer for the Year ensuing.

Samuel Thompkins & John Ferry Jun'r chosen hogg reaves for the year ensuing.

Ebenezer Parsons Sen'r and Increase Sikes Sen'r chosen Sealers of Leather for the year ensuing.

Voted to choose a committee to Let or Lease out the Town or School lots to any suitable person or persons that will hire the same for some term of years, not exceeding twenty years. [III - 343.] And also voted that the present Selectmen be a Committee to let or lease out the sd Town or school lots and that the sd Committee use their best discretion in the said service and that they be accountable to the Town for said service.

Att a Meeting at Springfield of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the said Town, qualified and assembled according to Law on the eighteenth day of April Anno Dom: 1729.

Firstly to choose a Constable in the roome of John Stebbins who was chosen at the Town Meeting in March last, that office but refused to serve in sd office, for the year ensuing.

Secondly to vote and give liberty for swine going

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at large within the bounds of sd Town.

Thirdly to give instructions to the present Selectmen and also to the Selectmen for the future for the sd Town. For the ordering the payment of money out of the sd Town Treasury from time to time as there shall be occasion.

Fourthly to choose a Committee to make up accounts with the present Town Treasurer.

Mr. William Pynchon was chosen Town Moderator.

Joseph Williston Jun'r was voted and Chosen Constable in ye roome of the sd John Stebbins for the year ensuing.

Voted that swine may go at large within the bounds of sd Town, being yoked and ringed according to Law.

Voted that the present Selectmen and the Selectmen of the sd town for the future time be and hereby are fully impowered to order the Payments of money out of the sd Town Treasury as there shall be occasion from time to time for the defraying the charges of sd Town conformable to the Grants of the sd Town from time to time.

And also for the necessary relief of the Poor of the sd Town from time to time.

Voted that the present Selectmen be a Committee to make up accounts with the present Town Treasurer.

Att a meeting at Springfield of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of sd Town qualified and assembled according to Law on the Twelth day of May Annoque Domini: 1729.

To choose one or more persons to serve for and Represent the sd Town in a Great and General Court assembled, appointed to be convened, held & kept for his Majesties Service at the Court House in Salem upon Wednesday the twenty-eighth day of May currant [III - 344.] And also to give instruction and directions to the Selectmen of the sd Town about the Poor of sd Town, the Selectmen think stand in need of relief, therefore they desire and think it may be prudent to take the advice of the Town herein, also to give orders for the repairing the Court House there being need thereof. Also to vote and conclude upon all proper methods to obtain a release from Mr. John Huggins of his priviledge to him of the ferry at the upper wharfe sometime

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heretofore.

Also give instructions to the Town Treasurer if the Town should think convenient to Sue out the sd Huggins bond. Also to choose a Fence Viewer in ye roome of Ebenezer Day and to direct the Selectmen how the highway at Ireland should be, whether to run through the field above Chickuppi Field as it now does or to alter the same.

Capt. John Day was by a majority of votes chosen Representative to serve for and Represent the sd Town at the Court as aforesaid.

With Respect to the Poor nothing was acted.

Voted that the present Selectmen of the sd Town be a Committee to repair the Court House in the sd Town and that they be paid for the same out of the Town Treasury.

Voted that Henry Burt the present Town Treasurer withdraw the Suit commenced by him as Treasurer of the sd Town against John Huggins upon the sd Huggins paying all charges as yet expended on sd Suit.

Voted, that the highway at Ireland on the West side of the Great River be altered and turned westerly and the Selectmen to alter and lay out the same. And to begin at the foot of the hill where the road now goes, a little south westerly from the brook called Rylyes Brook and to run westerly where they shall judge it convenient. And that the road running through the field above Ireland be discontinued.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield on ye 20th day of November Anno Dom: 1729.

For the making & passing all proper votes for ye granting and raising of money for the defraying the debts and charges of sd Town. Also to consider [III - 345.] is requisite to be done with reference to the money that yet remaines unpaid of the Rate committed to Joseph Ashley, deceased, late Constable of sd Town and to vote thereon as shall be judged necessary. Also to accept of ye

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