History of Springfield, MA
Volume II
Pages 451 - 490

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report of ye Committee appointed by ye sd Town to make up accounts with the present Town Treasurer and he to make proper votes thereon. Also to lease or let out ye school lot so called on ye West side of the great River in ye plain called the Plain Field, either to Joseph Morgan of sd Springfield or to any other person or persons for a longer or shorter term of time as shall be judged necesssary and to pass proper votes for that end.

Also to consider and act as to ye continueing or discontinueing the cartway across mens lotts from ye lane at the Middle Houses so called to the lower end of the Longmeadow or so much of it as may be thought fit and to vote therein as shall be judged necessary. And also to take into consideration Cornelius Webb's dwelling upon the lot called the Town lot at ye upper end of the Town platt near the Causeway, he having lived on ye same for some time in ye house he hath erected and to make & pass such votes herein as shall be judged most for the advantage of sd Town.

Capt. John Day was chosen Moderator by a majority of votes.

Voted and granted to John Colton for ye service of his bull the year past, one pound, five shillings.

Voted and granted to Benjamin Cooley for ye service of his bull the year past two pounds.

Voted and granted to Jonathan Ely for repairing ye school house at Longmeadow two shillings & eight pence.

Voted and granted to Thomas Horton for ye Service of his bull the year past two pounds.

Voted and granted to Henry Burt for his service as Town Treasurer the year past fifty shillings. [III - 346.]

Voted and granted to Nathanl Dumbleton for ye service of his bull the year past one pound.

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Voted & granted to Ephraim Stiles for ringing ye nine of ye clock bell ye year past, two pound fifteen shillings.

Voted and granted to William Warriner for one load of stone about Mr. Mallifords tomb, ten shillings.

Voted and granted to David Chapin, Benjamin Chapin, Thomas Colton, Isaac Colton Jun'r, James Mirick Jun'r, Jonathan Taylor, Joseph Colton, Jonathan Ball Jun'r, Joseph Leonard Sen'r, Lamberton Cooper, William Smith & Ebenezer Miller Jun'r the sum of four shillings for one day's preambulation.

Voted & granted to Obadiah Cooley for help building the Pound, twenty eight shillings.

Voted & granted to Daniel Parsons for help building the Pound, seven shillings & four pence.

Voted & granted to Francis Sikes for ye service of his bull the year past one pound, fifteen shillings.

Voted and granted to Joseph Ashley for ye service of his bull the year past one pound, fifteen shillings.

Voted & granted to Ebenz Jones Jun'r for the service of his bull the year past one pound, ten shillings.

Voted & granted to John Ferry Junr'r for ye service of his bull the year past one pound, fifteen shillings.

Voted & granted to Ebenezer Parsons Sen'r for ye Service of his bull the year past, one pound fifteen shillings.

Voted & granted to John Bagg Sen'r for ye service of his bull the year past one pound, fifteen shillings.

Voted, granted to Widow Martha Ferry for ye service of her bull the year past one pound & ten shillings.

Voted & granted to Benjamin Chapin for keeping ye Widow Crowfoot & her son Thomas Crowfoot sometime past, eighteen shillings & 3 pence.

Voted & granted to Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r for keeping Widow Crowfoot & her son Thomas from March last, nineteen pounds, three shillings.

Voted & granted to Ebenezer Miller Sen'r for ye service of his bull ye year past one pound & fifteen shillings. [III - 347.]

Voted & granted to Joseph Parsons for the use of his bull the year past one pound ten shillings.

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Voted & Granted to Nathl Munn Sen'r & John Hitchcocke Sen'r for the service of their bull ye year past one pound ten shillings.

Voted & granted to Jonathan Chapin for ye Service of his bull the year past one Pound fifteen shillings.

Voted & Granted to Ebenezer Leonard Sen'r for the service of his bull ye year past eighteen shillings.

Voted & granted to Thomas Bliss Sen'r for keeping Sarah Harmon ye year past, ten pounds.

Voted & granted for ye support of the grammar school fourty five pounds.

Voted & granted for ye support of the school on ye West side of the great River, thirty pounds.

Voted and granted for ye support of the school at Longmeadow twenty five pounds.

Voted and granted to Jonathan Stevenson for keeping Sarah Stevenson five pounds.

Voted and granted to ye Inhabitants of ye Upper Chickuppee four pounds ten shillings for ye support of a school there.

Voted & granted to the inhabitants of Agawam for the support of a school there ten pounds.

Voted & granted to Henry Chapin for ye service of his bull the year past one pound fifteen shillings.

Voted and granted to Dr. John Leonard for visits etc to one John Stuart in his sickness sixteen shillings & 6 pence.

Voted & granted to John Pynchon Esq for drugs to one John Stuart for sickness nine shillings and three pence.

Voted & granted to Joseph Leonard for ye service of his bull ye year past one pound fifteen shillings.

Voted & granted to John Sikes for ye service of his bull the year past ten shillings.

Voted & granted to Thomas Stebbins for draining ye Town meadow three shillings.

Voted & granted to William Stebbins for mending ye windo ws of Longmeadow school house four shillings & six pence. [III - 348.]

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Voted & granted to Abel Chapin for ye service of his bull the year past twelve shillings.

Voted & granted to Jeremiah Horton for ye service of his bull the year past twelve shillings.

Voted & granted to John Lamb for ye service of his bull the year past one pound five shillings.

Voted & granted to the present Selectmen of sd Town three shillings each for making up the account with the Town Treasurer.

Voted and granted for Contingent charges twenty pounds.

Voted and granted to James Warriner Jun'r, late Constable six shillings being what was assessed upon Joseph Wright Sen'r and committed to him in his Rate to collect ye sd, Wright not being able to pay ye same.

Voted that there be paid out of the sd Town Treasury to James Dorchester Jun'r late Constable of sd Town all such sum or sums as was committed to the sd Dorchester in his Rate to collect of Orange Webb upon his satisfying the Selectmen of sd Town that he hath not been negligent of his duty therein. And that ye sd Selectmen are hereby ordered to give order for ye said payment out of sd Treasury upon his so doing if they judge necessary.

Voted that the consideration of continuing or discontinuing the carway across mens lots from ye lane at ye Middle House so called to the lower end of ye Longmeadow be at present deferred.

Voted that the account presented by ye committee appointed to make up accounts with the present Town Treasurer be accepted.

Voted that the present Assessors of ye sd town be & are hereby impowered and ordered to Assess the Inhabitants of said Town and all others residing in sd Town (Rateable by Law) as well there poles as estates the sum of two hundred & sixteen pounds two shillings and six pence each, one there due and equal proportion thereof according to the Rule set for raising and levying the Province Tax in September or October last, and that then in these warrants for ye Collection thereof direct the Constable or Constables to

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whom they commit the sd Assessment to pay in the same to [III - 349.] Henry Burt, Town Treasurer of sd Town or his successor in sd office by the first of March next for ye use of the sd Town for the defraying the Debts and Charges of sd Town according to ye Grants made for ye same.

Voted that Ebenezer Warriner, William Pynchon Jun'r and Luke Hitchcocke Jun'r be a committee to take into consideration that matter with sd respect to what remaines due of the Rate committed to Joseph Ashley Deceased late Constable of sd Town and to make report thereon what they shall judge right & just to be done in the affair.

With respect to Leasing or Letting out the school lot on ye West side of the great River in ye plain there was not any done thereon at that meeting.

Nothing was acted with respect to Cornelius Webbs living on ye lot called the Town lot at this meeting.

Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the 10th day of March Anno Dom: 1729-30. To choose Town Officers for the year ensuing. Also to choose a Committee to make up accounts with the Trustees for sd Town of the sd Towns Proportion of the 50,000 in bills of Credit granted by the General Court of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in the month of November, 1720.

And to make report to the Town what the sd Bills is in their hands belonging to the said Town. And to make the sd Trustees a suitable reward for their service therein. And also, to accept of the Report of ye Committee appointed by the Selectmen of sd Town for the laying out a highway at or near the place called Ireland on the West Side of the great River and to allow and approve thereof, also to grant to Henry Rogers and Francis Ball a suitable reward for bringing from Middletown a tombstone to be set up at Mr. Mallifords grave. Also to grant and raise enough money to be [III - 350.] sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the defraying the charge of Jonathan Belcher and Francis Wilkes Esq agents the sd House at the Court of Great

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Britain. And also to take into consideration John Huggins bond respecting the ferry and act upon it as the Town shall think fit.

Capt. William Pynchon was chosen Moderator for this meeting.

Lt. James Warriner, Ebenezer Warriner, John Burt, Thomas Colton and Thomas Stebbins were chosen Selectmen and overseers of the Poor in sd Town for the year ensuing.

Benjamin Horton, Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, Benjamin Morgan, John Colton Sen'r, Samuel Day, Benjamin Leonard were chosen Constables in sd town for the year ensuing.

Ebenezer Morgan, James Burt, John Harmon, Thomas Chapin, Thomas Bliss 2nd, Nathaniel Morgan Sen'r, Samuel Ball, John White and Jonathan Smith were chosen Surveyors of high wayes for the year ensuing in sd Town.

Lt. Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Sealer of Leather in sd Town for the year ensuing.

Joseph Cooley 2nd, Nathanl Dumbleton, Ebenezer Cooke, Samuel Chapin, Thomas Stiles were chosen Tithing men for the year ensuing.

Henry Burt was chosen Town Treasurer for sd year ensuing.

Lt. John Ferry, Samuel Keep and Samuel Ely Sen'r were chosen Assessors in sd Town for the year ensuing.

Thomas Hale, Joshua Field, Josiah Leonard Sen'r, Samuell Leonard, Nath'l Munn Jun'r, Joseph Stebbins, Baun Vanhorn, Jonathan Chapin, Thomas Miller Sen'r, Christian Vanhorn James Bagg, Joseph Morgan were chosen Fence Viewers in sd Town for the year ensuing.

Capt. William Pynchon, Joseph Williston and William Pynchon Jun'r were chosen a committee to make up accounts with Capt John Day, Capt. John Mirick and Mr. Thomas Norton Trustees for sd Town of the Towns proportion of the 50,000 in Bills of Credit granted by the General Court in the month of November, 1720. And that they make Report to the sd Town how much of sd Bills that are either outstanding or in their hands due to the Town. [III - 351.]

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Voted to John Day, John Mirick and Thomas Horton in full for their service as Trustees for sd Town the sum of fifty shillings each and that the same be paid out of the Town Treasury.

Voted that there be paid out of the Town Treasury to Henry Rogers and Francis Ball the sum of twenty five shillings for their service in bringing the tombstone to be set up at Mr. Mallifords grave from Middletown.

Voted that Henry Burt Treasurer of sd Town deliver up to Mr. John Huggins the Bonds sd Huggins gave respecting the ferry upon his paying to the sd Treasurer three pounds and relinquishing his right and reconveying the same to sd Town that he hath for ye keeping the ferry at the placed called Upper Wharfe in Springfield in and by vesture of a vote of sd Town to sd Huggins for that end the 31st of January 1726-7.

Voted that that matter respecting the raising money for the defraying the charges of the Agents at the Court at Great Britain be deferred for further consideration.

No vote was passed respecting the sd highway the Committee not having made Report that they hae laid out ye same.

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

Springfield March 16th 1729-30.

Samuel Kee0p & John Ferry were sworn Assessors of the Town of Springfield. Per William Pynchon Jun'r Clerk for sd Town.

March 20th 1729-30.

Samuel Ely sworne Assessor for the Town of Springfield.

Per William Pynchon Jun'r, Clerk for the sd Town.

[III - 352.]

Att a meeting of the free holders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the fifteenth day of May Annoque Domini 1730 to elect and depute one or more persons to serve for and represent the said town at the Great Court to be held at Cambridge etc and to choose one or more hogg reaves

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and also to receive the return of ye Committee chosen to reckon with the Trustees of the Town Bank and how to dispose of the interest of sd Bill.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Moderator.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Representative by a majority of votes for and represent the sd Town at ye Court aforesd.

Shem Chapin and Nathl Bancroft were chosen hogg reaves to serve until the Annual meeting in March next.

The Report of the sd Committee is as follows:

"We the subscribers being appointed by the vote of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, a Committee to make up accounts wth Capt John Day, Capt John Mirick and Mr. Thomas Horton, Trustees for the Town of the sd Towns proportion of the 50,000 in Bills of credit granted in March 1720-21. And to make Report of what we find due from sd Trustees to the sd Town and how much they have in their hands and how much is outstanding accordingly report that we have attended sd Service and that there is now due to the said Town of the interest of sd bills the sum of 183 19s 9d. In the whole to ye 2nd day of May currant having discounted out all necessary disbursments and allowances made to the sd Trustees by sd Town and the loss of interest for money in the hands not let out etc four payments of the Principle being already made to the Province Treasurer and the sd Trustees having now in their hands of the Principle Bills 50 10s and that in Bonds outstanding 126 6s 2d which makes 176 16s 2d. To that there is 7 3s 7d due to the said Town which they gave us no account of which makes in the whole with the sd Bills and Bonds the sd sum of 183 19s 9d. Which the sd Trustees are accountable for to the sd Town. Springfield May 13th 1730 Joseph Williston William Pynchon William Pynchon Jun'r"

Voted that the within Report be accepted and that the sd

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sum of 50.10 Interest Bills within mentioned be by the sd Trustees paid to Henry Burt Treasurer of sd sum 50.10 interest Bills within mentioned be by the sd Trustees paid to Henry Burt Treasurer of sd Town or his successor in sd office for the use of the sd Town and the sd Treasurer is hereby impowered with the advice of the Selectmen to let out the same at lawfull interest upon a good security.

And that the sd Trustees be Discharged therefrom upon paying the sd 50.10 to the Treasurer or his successor and by the sd Trustees to the sd Treasurer or his successor to be let out with the advice of the Selectmen in manner as aforesaid. And that the consideration of the 7 3s 7d loss of interest be deferred.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the twenty fourth of November Annoque Domini 1730 to grant money to defray the necessary charges that hath arisen or may arise in sd Town.

And to take into consideration the 7 3s 7d loss money of the 50,000 pounds Bank in ye hands of Capt John Day in company with sd Committee for sd Bank, and also to act thereon if they see cause and to receive the Report of the Selectmen concerning the State of the Treasury or to choose a committee to reckon with the Treasurer.

And also to consider whether it be not a prudent thing to build a work house or House of Correction and to act thereon and to receive the Return of the Committee to Consider of ye money in the hands of ye admte of Joseph Ashley Deceased & to act thereon.

William Pynchon Esq was chosen Moderator. [III - 354.]

Granted to Luke Hitchococke Sen'r for the use of his bull this year two pounds. And for keeping the Widow Crowfoot and Thomas Crowfoot twenty pounds eight shillings in full.

Granted to william Warriner for work at the school house the sum of eight shillings.

Granted to David Mirick for work at the school house five shillings.

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Granted to Pelatiah Glover Jun'r for mending glass windows at the school house in the town and at Longmeadow four shillings and one penny.

Granted to Joseph Knowlton for going to Hadley for a warrant when it was supposed Gideon Platt had the smallpox ten shillings.

Granted to John Pynchon Esq for drugs to Benjamin Crowfoot for sd Crowfoots wife in her sickness one pound eight shillings and five pence.

Granted to Thomas Stebbins for timber to build the stocks five shillings.

Granted to Samuel Warner for work about Mallifords Tomb and for nailes three shillings.

Granted to Joseph Parsons for the use of his bull this year two pounds.

Granted to Daniel Parsons for the use of his bull this year two pounds.

Granted to John Leonard for visits and medicines to Ebenezer Leonard and Benjamin Crowfoot wives three pounds seven shillings and tenpence. [III - 355.]

Granted to Jonathan Worthington for his daughters nursing Ebenezer Leonards wife in her sickness seven shillings.

Granted to Henry Chapin for keeping Thomas Crowfoot and the Widow Crowfoot from ye 24th of June last to ye 25th currant thirteen pounds four shillings. And for the keeping and tending Benjamin Crowfoots wife in her sickness one pound thirteen shillings and nine pence. And for the use of his bull this year one pound fifteen shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Chapin for the use of his bulls this year two pounds five shillings.

Granted to Thomas Bliss Sen'r for keeping Sarah Harman from ye 28th of December last to the 25th currant twelve pounds two shillings.

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Granted to David Ingersole for the use of his bull this year twenty shillings.

Granted to William Colton for the use of his bull this year two pounds.

Granted Ebenezer Jones Jun'r for the use of his bull this year one pound ten shillings.

Granted to Samuel Keep for mending Longmeadow Pound four shillings.

Granted to John Worthington, John Ely and John Burt, Trustees of the Towns Proportion of the 60,000 loan, for their service two years past the sum of fourty shillings each.

Granted to Jeremiah Horton for the use of his bull this year the sum of one pound fifteen shillings.

Granted to John Hitchcocke Sen'r for the use of his bull this year fifteen shillings. [III - 356.]

Granted to the Widow Martha Ferry for the use of her bull this year the sum of two pounds.

Granted to John Bagg Sen'r for the use of his bull this year two pounds five shillings.

Granted to Nathl Dumbleton for the use of his bull this year one pound fifteen shillings.

Granted to Christian VanHorne for the use of his bull this year two pounds.

Granted to Thomas Horton for the use of his bull this year two pounds.

Granted to Benjamin Beaman for the use of his bull this year one pound fifteen shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Cooley for the use of his bull this year two pounds.

Granted to Henry Burt for his service as Town Treasurer this year two pounds ten shillings.

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Granted to John Fowler for the use of his bull this year fifteen shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Brooks Sen'r for the use of his bull this year fifteen shillings.

Granted to Joseph Leonard for the use of his bull this year one pound ten shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Smith Jun'r for the use of his bull this year one pound.

Granted to Job Smith for the use of his bull this year one pound ten shillings.

Granted for the support of the grammar school for the term of one year fifty pounds.

Granted for the support of the school in the Precinct on the West side of the great River for one year the sum of thirty five pounds. [III - 357.]

Granted for the support of the school at the Precinct of Longmeadow for one year twenty five pounds.

Granted to the Inhabitants of the Upper Chiccuppee for the support of a school there four pounds ten shillings and that the same be paid to John Chapin to be disbursed for defraying the charges thereof.

Granted to the Inhabitants of the Lower Chiccuppee for the support of a school there four pounds to be paid to Henry Chapin to be by him disbursed for the defraying the charge thereof.

Granted to the Inhabitants of Paucatuck and Tattum five pounds for the support of a school there to be paid to Ebenezer Miller Sen'r to be by him disbursed for the defraying the charge thereof.

Granted to the Inhabitants of Agawam ten pounds for the support of a school there to be paid to John White to be by him disbursed for the defraying the charge thereof.

Granted to the Widow Rebeccah Lamb the sum of two pounds one shilling in full for her attendance of Benjamin Crowfoots wife in her sickness.

Granted to Thomas Terry Sen'r for victualling the Widow Lamb

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the widow Lamb the time of her tending Crowfoots wife and for transporting the Widow Crowfoot and her son to Chiccuppe, fourteen shillings.

Granted for the support of the Poor, defraying the charges of wildcats, and other con-tingent charges the sum of fifteen pounds.

Granted to Gershom Ferry of keeping Sarah Steveneson from ye 12th of May last to this day being 28 weeks at 4 shillings makes the whole five pounds twelve shillings.

Granted to John Ely Sen'r for two days work and for boards at the School house on the West side of the Great River the sum of seven shillings.

Granted to Henry Rogers for one days work and for nails at the School house on the West side of the River ten shillings and six pence. [III - 358.]

Granted to Francis Ball for one days work at the School house on the West side the River three shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Ball for the use of his team one day to cart clay and boards to the School house on the West side the River four shillings and six pence.

Granted to Joseph Miller for two days and halfe work at the School house on the West side the River and for a window frame for sd house eleven shillings, six pence.

Granted to Moses Miller two shillings for halfe a days work at the School house on the West side of ye River.

Granted to Ebenz Day 100 boards for the school house on the West side the River six shillings.

Granted to Samuel Ely Jun'r for 100 boards for the School house on the West side the River five shillings.

Granted to John Worthington for glass for the School house on the West side the Great River ten shillings and four pence. Voted that all grants of money made and passed at this meeting be paid out of the Treasury of the sd Town.

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Voted that the present Selectmen be a Committee to make up accounts with the Town Treasurer. And that they lay before the state of the Treasury.

Voted that there be a Work House built in the Town of Springfield.

Voted that there be a rate raised and levied upon the Inhabitants of the sd Town as well their poles as estates (rateable) the sum of One Hundred Eighty Two Pounds thirteen shillings & five pence. And that the Present Assessors of the sd Town be and hereby are fully authorized and impowered to proportion the same accordingly. [III - 359.]

According to the rule for making the Province Tax this present year. And that the same be paid into the Treasury of the sd Town of Springfield by the last day of March next for the defraying the Debts and Charges of sd Town according to the Grants for the same.

Voted that one halfe of the sum of 7 3s 7d loss of interest in ye hands of John Day and compa Trustees of sd Town be remitted to them and that the remaining halfe which is 3 11.9s 1/2d be by the Trustees paid into the Treasury let out in the same manner as the Town have directed the sd Interest bills shall be let.

Voted that the Report of the Committee appointed to take into consideration what may be just to the Town to do respecting the money due to the Town from Joseph Ashley, deceased, be accepted and that the Treasurer of sd Town be and hereby is directed to deliver up to the Adm's on the Estate of said Deceased the Note of 25 5s given by the sd Deceased to the Selectmen of the Town, upon there paying into the said Town Treasury the sum of two pounds three shillings and three pence being the balance of what is due from sd Deceased.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the 29th day of January Anno Domi 1730-31.

For the deputing and electing one or more persons to Represent

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the sd Town at the General Court on the 10th of February next. Also for the Granting of several sums of money, also to choose to committee to hire such a number of bills as shall be thought necessary or otherwise to agree upon such measures for that end as shall be thought necessary, also to signify to the Selectmen the minds of the People whether they shall lay out a way from [III - 360.] the mouth of Agawam to the Country road on the South side of sd River or not, review the Report of the Selectmen who were appointed to reckon with the Treasurer. Also to choose a committee or enable the Selectmen to lease out the Town or School land for a term of time.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Moderator by a majority of votes.

William Pynchon Esq and William Pynchon Jun'r chosen & elected to Represent the sd Town at the General Assembly the 10th of February next.

Granted to Ephraim Stiles for ringing the nine o'clock bell etc and sweeping the Town house three pounds. And that same be paid out of the Town Treasury.

Granted to John Ferre Sen'r for his service as Assessor this year and for paper, the sum of two pounds fourteen shillings. And that the same be paid out of the Town Treasury.

Granted to James Warriner, Ebenz Warriner, John Burt and Thomas Stebbins the sum of four shillings each for their service in making up accounts with the Treasurer.

Granted to Jehojada Bartlett four shillings and six pence. To Nathaniel Munn Jun'r three shillings and to Cornelius Webb three shillings for repairing Henry Wright's house.

Granted to Samuel Keep for his service as an Assessor this year one pound fourteen shillings and that ye same be paid out of ye Town Treasury. [III - 361.]

Voted that there be paid Samuel Ely Senior after the rate of four shillings per day for his service as Assessor this year, for

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as many days as he attended the sd service and that the Selectmen receive and allow his account of the same and order the payment thereof out of the Town Treasury.

Voted that the Selectmen be a committee to agree for and hire as many bulls as they shall think necessary for the year to come.

Voted that the present Selectmen be a committee to lease out the Town or school land for the term of five years, to any person or persons that will hire the same upon such terms as they think best.

The Report of the Selectmen appointed to make up accounts wth the Town Treasurer being presented to this meeting for acceptance, was accordingly by a vote accepted and allowed of excepting one article of 18 5s due by a note from Joseph Ashley's estate which was wrong. Entered the whole thereof being discharged excepting 2 3s 3d by vote in November last.

Respecting the highay on the south side of Agawam River nothing was acted thereon at this meeting.

Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the ninth day of March Anno Dom: 1730-31 for the choice and election of town officers and also to receive the petition of the Selectmen for locating a highway that leads from the Country road to the Rev. Mr. Brewer's lot.

Mr. Samuel Bliss was chosen Moderator. [III - 362.]

Mr. Samuel Bliss, Mr. Joseph Williston, Lt James Warriner, Mr. Thomas Colton and Mr. Thomas Stebbins were chosen Selectmen.

Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, Joseph Morgan, Gershom Ferry, Isaac Colton 2nd and William Smith were chosen Constables.

Samuel Stebbins, John Ely, John Lamb and John Harmon were chosen Tithing men.

Mr. Henry Burt was chosen Town Treasurer.

Lt John Ferry, Ebenz Parsons and Samuel Colton were chosen Assessors.

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Samuel Sikes, Pelatiah Hitchcocke, Ebenezer Cooke, John Chapin, Samuel Terry, Samuel Cooley, Nathanile Bliss 2nd, Henry Rogers, Thomas Day, Benjamin Ashley, Samuel Morgan & Joseph Leonard Jun'r were chosen Fence Viewers.

Pelatiah Morgan, Ebenezer Morgan, William Colton, James Mirrick Jun'r, Jonathan Worthington, John Ferry Jun'r, John Hitchcocke Jun'r, Nathl Sikes 2nd, William Stebbins, & Jonathan Miller were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.

Ephraim Bartlett, Samuel Glover, Samuel Colton, Moses Miller, Joseph Leonard Jun'r, Eliakim Cooley, Nathanl Ely, Ebenz Miller 2nd and John Chapin Jun'r were chosen hog reaves.

Mr. William Pynchon Jun'r was chosen Clerke.

Voted that William Smith be excused from serving as Constable this year.

May ye 5th 1730.

The return of ye Selectmen about a highway.

"We the subscribers being desired by the Rev. Mr. Daniel Brewer and Gershom Ferry to lay out a way on the Hill where the Houses are, and we proceeded to lay out sd Way and is stated as followeth, it being in width [III - 363.] two rods and in length from the Country road at John Evans his house lot on sd Hill and from thence up to Gershom Ferry's house to the West corner of John Ferry Jun'r his orchard lying between sd Ferry's house and sd John Ferry's orchard, the West side of sd way is bounded on or by sd Ferry's shop and on the East by sd Ferry's barn and so along near sd John Ferry's apple trees till it comes near the Upper side of sd Orchard and then setting off from the apple trees to the West corner of the Widow Crowfoot's house lying on the south side of sd house and from sd house it extends to the country road, sd way lyeth at the East end of John Evans his barn.
James Warriner
Ebenz Warriner
John Burt
Thomas Stebbins
Selectmen"

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Which sd return being presented to this meeting and read, voted that the same be accepted and the sd highway therein expressed be and hereby is approved of as a Town highway.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled as the law directs on ye 10th day of May anno: dom: 1731 to elect and depute one or more persons to serve for and Represent the sd Town in the Great and General Court to be held at Boston on ye 26th day of May next.

Also for the choosing such officers they were chosen in General Town meeting in March last likewise to vote [III - 364.] that swine may go at large under the limits that the law prescribes and to consider whether they will pay the twenty pounds to John Chapin for lands taken away by the Jury or whether they will Petition the General Court for abatement of the same. And also consider whether those persons that have taken up money out of the Town bank may pass their bonds to pay their dues into the Town Treasury.

Capt. John Day was chosen Moderator by a majority of votes.

The questin was put whether the Town would pay to John Chapin the sum of twenty pounds being directed thereto by the Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Northampton on the first Tuesday of March last, for a country road laid through the sd Chapins improved ground to the Great River. It passed in the Negative.

Whereas the Town of Springfield are directed by the Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Northampton for ye County of Hampshire on the third Tuesday of May last past to pay to John Chapin the sum of twenty pounds damages, valued by the Jury for laying out a country rod running through the sd Chapins improved lands from the country road on the East side of Connecticut River, Westerly to the sd River, which the Town think not proper to pay, the sd road being but of little or no advantage as they

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apprehend to any but the Town of Hadley [III - 365.] and not a proper country road, therefore voted that Lt James Warriner, Mr. Joseph williston, Mr. Samuel Bliss, Mr. Thomas Colton & Mr. Thomas Stebbins the present Selectmen of sd Town be a committee in behalfe of the Town of Springfield to address the General Court as soon as may be for relief therein.

Voted that the several sums in Bills of Credit still outstanding in the hands of Capt John Day compell Trustees of the sd Towns proportion of 50,000 now due from sundry persons in Bonds to the sd Trustees be by the sd several persons paid into the Treasury of the sd Town of Springfield by giving the Treasurer (for the use of the town) Bonds in lieu thereof with a good sufficient surety besides the Principal and the Treasurer is hereby directed to take the advice of the Selectmen herein, provided that the sum due from any person be not less then five pounds and not to let out more then thirty pounds to any particular person.

Voted that swine may goe at large within the Town of Springfield being yoked and ringed as the Law Directs.

No Officers Chosen at this meeting. [III - 366.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the 13th day of August Anno Dom: 1731. To choose a Surveyor of Highways to serve in the roome (place) of Pelatiah Morgan who re-fused to serve in sd office.

William Pynchon Esq was chosen Moderator.

John Day Jun'r was chosen Surveyor of Highways to serve until the Annual Meeting in March next.

Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to law on ye 18th day of November Anno Dom: 1731.

For the granting such sum or sums of money as they shall think fitt to defray the necessary and contingent charges that have arisen or may arise in sd Town and also to choose a Committee to reckon with the Town Treasurer an-

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nually sometime before the meeting for granting money to defray the town charges.

Mr. Samuel Bliss chosen Moderator.

Granted for the support of the grammar school the sum of fifty pounds.

Granted for the support of the schools on the West side of the Great River thirty pounds out of which four pounds is to be appropriated for the support of the school at the place called Ireland and to be paid for that end as it becomes due.

Granted for the support of the school at Longmeadow the sum of twenty five pounds.

Granted to Ebenezer Parsons Sen'r for four dayes Assessing the sum of sixteen shillings.

Granted to Samuel Colton for three dayes assessing the sum of twelve shillings.

Granted to John Ferry for paper and five days Assessing the sum of one pound and ten pence. [III - 367.]

Granted to William Colton for the Service of his bull the present year the sum of fourty shillings.

Granted to the widw Jeremiah Colton for the service of her bull the present year fourty shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Cooley for the service of his bull the year past fourty shillings.

Granted to Increase Sikes Jun'r for the service of his bull the year currant the sum of one pound thirty shillings.

Granted to Joseph Parsons for the service of his bull the present year fourty shillings.

Granted to Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r for the services of his bull the present year fourty shillings and for irons for the stocks two shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Brooks for the service of his bull the present year forty shillings.

Granted to John Hitchcocke Sen'r for the service of his bull the present year thirty shillings.

Granted to Jeremiah Horton for the service of his bull the present year two pounds.

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Granted to Benjamin Chapin for the service of his Bull the Present year thirty shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Chapin for the service of his bull the present year forty shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Smith for the service of his bull the present year forty shillings.

Granted to John Day for repairing the pound on the West side the Great River twelve shillings.

Granted to Ephraim Stiles for ringing the nine oclock bell etc and sweeping the Town House three pounds.

Granted for the support of the widow Crowfoot and her son Thomas thirty one pounds four shillings.

Granted for the support of Sarah Harmon the sum of thirteen shillings.

Granted for the support of Sarah Stevenson the sum of ten pounds.

Granted to Jonathan Stevenson for the service of his bull this year twenty five shillings. [III - 368.]

Granted for the support of the school at the Upper Chickuppee the sum of five pounds and that it be paid to John Chapin as it becomes due.

Granted to Henry Burt for his service as Town Treasurer the year the sum of fifty shillings.

Granted to Timothy Nash for repairing at Longmeadow pound three shillings.

Granted to David Burt for Sundry repaires of Longmeadow School House eight shillings.

Granted to Samuel Chapin for the service of his bull this year twenty shillings.

Granted for the support of a school at the lower Chiccuppe four pounds and to be paid to Henry Chapin.

Granted for the support of a school at Agawam the sum of six pounds and to be paid to John White as it becomes due.

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Voted that there be remitted to Joseph Ashley out of his Town Rate to collect seven shillings and two pence being the sum assessed to Joseph Brooks to pay which ought not to have been the sd Brooks not being of age to act for himself.

Granted to John Chapin the sum of nineteen pounds damages for a highway laid out through his homelot lately by order of the Court of Quarter Sessions.

Granted for contingent charges fifty pounds.

Voted that all grants of money made at this meeting be paid out of the Town Treasury.

Voted that there be a rate raised and levied on the inhabitants of sd Town the sum of Two Hundred and sixty pounds. And that the present Assessors are directed hereby to Assess the same according to Law on the several Inhabitants and that they direct the person or persons to whom they comit the sd Assessments to pay the same to Henry Burt Treasurer of sd Town or to his Successor by the first of March next for the defraying the charges of sd Town.

Voted that William Pynchon Jun'r, Joseph Williston and Thomas Stebbins be a Committee to make up accounts with the present Town Treasurer and that the Selectmen that shall be chosen next March to be a committee to make up accounts with the Town Treasurer next year before the meeting for granting of money. [III - 369.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to law on the seventeenth day of February Anno Dom 1731-32 to grant to several persons money for the use of their bulls and for preambulation and other necessary or contingent charges.

Mr. Nathanl Munn was chosen Moderator by a Majority of votes.

Granted to Nthanl Leonard for the use of his bull the past year fourty shillings.

Granted to John Fowler for the use of his bull the year past thirty shillings.

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Granted to Christian Vanhorne for the use of his bull the year past fourty shillings.

Granted to Natha'l Dumbleton for the use of his bull the year past thirty shillings.

Granted to Obadiah Cooley, James Warriner Jun'r & Robert Harris for one day each to run the line between Springfield and Brimfield four shillings each.

Voted that all the grants of money made at this meeting be paid out of the Treasury of the Town of Springfield.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to law on the fourteenth day of March Anno Dom 1731-2. For the choosing of Town Officers also to accept of the Report of the Committee appointed to make up accounts with the Town Treasurer.

William Pynchon Esq was chosen Moderator.

Joseph Williston, John Worthington, Pelatiah Bliss, Thomas Stebbins and John Day were chosen Selectmen for the Town of Springfield for the year ensuing. [III - 370.]

Mr. William Pynchon Jun'r was chosen Town Clerk and Town Treasurer for the Town of Spring-field for the year ensuing.

John Glover, John Horton, Thomas Bliss 3rd, Caleb Parsons and James Mirrick Jun'r were chosen Constables for the Town of Springfield for the year ensuing.

Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, John Ely and Ephraim Colton were chosen Assessors for the Town of Springfield for the year ensuing.

Benjamin Stebbins, Joseph Parsons, John Stebbins Sen'r and Nath'l Bliss 2nd were chosen Tithing men for the Town of Springfield for ye year ensuing.

John Hitchcock Sen'r, Samuel Warner, Ebenezer Colton, Pelatiah Hitchcock, Eliakim Cooley Ebenz Jones Jun'r, Samuel Ely Jun'r and Samuel Mirrick were chosen Surveyors of highways for the Town of Springfield for ye year ensuing.

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Thomas Bliss 2nd, Ebenezer Hitchcocke Jun'r, John Day Jun'r, Pelatiah Morgan Jun'r, Benjamin Chapin, Japhet Chapin, Nathan'l Burt 2nd, Thomas Day and Frances Stebbins were chosen fence viewers for the Town of Springfield for the year ensuing.

Ebenz Parsons and Increase Sikes were chosen Sealers of Leather for the town of Springfield for the year ensuing.

The Report of the committee appointed to make up accounts (page 371.) With Henry Burt, Treasurer with the Town of Springfield setting forth that they had accordingly done the same and that there is due to the Town according to the sd Treasurer's accounts the sum of 96 12s 6d, of which there is now in the sd Treasurers hands the sum of 40 14s 6d and outstanding in the hands of several Constables not yet paid into the Treasury the sum of 55 18s, exclusive of the last Rates and tares raised the last, being to this meeting presented and read, voted that the same be accepted and allowed.

Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on ye Monday the fifteenth day of May Anno Dom 1732.

John Bedortha died of the smallpox.

To take into consideration the circumstances of James Dorchester he having made application to the Selectmen that he is under poor and low circumstances and stands in need of relief and to pass porper votes thereon as also to take into consideration the cost and charges that have been expended by the sd Town in tendance & in John Bedortha Deceased's late sickness in the smallpox of which he died and to pass such votes and grants respecting the same as shall be judged necessary. As also to grant to Benjamin Smith Jun'r what the Town shall think proper for the use of his bull the last year, also to give instructions to the Treasurer [III - 372.] of said Town what shall be done re-specting the money that is outstanding and due to the said Town from any particular person or persons and to pass proper votes therein, also ot choose such Town officers

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as are necessary to serve in the roome of those officers as were chosen in March last and refused. Also to take into consideration what may be done in answer to the presentment of the Grand Jury for not making a good feasable highway from John Day Jun'r to the Widow Mackrannys on the West side of the Great River as also to make and pass such votes and grants of money to any person or persons for any consideration whatsoever as shall be thought necessary as also to appoint to hire as many bulls as shall be judged necessary for the service of the Town the year ensuing. Also to take into consideration what proper methods may be taken for preserving and securing the Lot called the Town Wood Lot lying eastward of the Town Medow on the East side of Connecticut River that no incroachment may be made thereon. And pass all such votes and grants respecting the same as shall be thought necessary and any other particulars belonging to the town as also to choose a Representative to serve for and Represent the sd Town at the General Court the last Wednesday of May currant.

William Pynchon Esq was chosen Moderator.

Daniel Parsons, Samuel Keep, Jona Chapin, James Mirrick, Tilly Mirick, John Bagg and Ebenezer Miller Sen'r were chosen a committee to hire as many bulls as they shall think necessary in every part of the town for the year ensuing. And that they [III - 373.] determine the number in each part of the Town according to the number of cowes in due proportion, any three of the sd Committee agreeing upon their meeting and determination in ye affair shall be valid and that they make Report to the Town as soon as may be of their transactions in ye affair.

Granted to the Widow Martha Ferry forty shillings for the service of her bull in ye year 1731, provided the same be not granted heretofore and that the same be paid out of the Town Treasury.

Voted that the money outstanding in the hands of Thomas Ingersole and David Ingersole be still continued in their hands provided they give further security to the

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Treasurer of sd Town for the same, the sd Treasurer taking the advice of the Selectmen therein, and that the same be forthwith done.

Voted that the bond from Benjamin Ball for the payment of a Considerable sum be pd to him without paying anything more upon his executing a good deed of sale to the sd Town of four or five acres of land lying near Jehojadah Bartletts, being the land he had of Cornelius Webb. And that the present Selectmen with the Town Treasurer be a committee in behalfe of the Town to take the sd deed upon sd Ball's cost.

Voted that the present Selectmen be a committee to take into consideration the account of disbursments etc. [III - 374.] In John Bedortha's late deceased illness and make report to the Town as soon as may be what may be proper for the Town to act in ye affair. And that they represent the sd account that administration may be granted on ye sd estate that the sd account may be paid and refunded out of ye estate of sd deceased if any there be.

voted that the Treasurer of sd Town deliver to John Barber the bond and note he has in hands of sd Barber's upon ye sd Barber paying to the Treasurer the sum of five pounds, provided he pays the same within one months time from ye date.

Capt. John Day was chosen Representative.

Voted that this meeting be adjourned to Friday the 19th day of May instant at two oclock afternoon.

Att a Lawfull Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield holden by adjournment upon ye 15th day of May 1732 to the 19th of sd Month.

Granted to Nathanl Dumbleton the sum of ten shillings more for the use of his bull for ye year 1731. And that the same be paid out of the Town Treasury.

Granted to Benjamin Smith Jun'r the sum of twenty shillings for ye use of his bull in ye year 1731. And that the same be paid out of the Town Treasury. [III - 375.]

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Voted that the present Selectmen be and are hereby ordered to pay money out of the Treasury of sd Town for the support of James Dorchester Sen'r and his wife until the Town shall otherwise order.

Voted that Luke Hitchcocke Jun'r be agent or attorney in behalfe of the Town of Springfield to take effectual care that no encroachments be made on the tract of land called the Town or School Wood Lot lying near the north end of the Town platt easterly of the Town Meadow. And he hereby is fully impowered in ye Towns behalfe to prosecute or sue any person or persons that shall at any time trespass on ye sd land or be found in ye improvement of the same or any part thereof at any time hereafter.

Granted to Joseph Williston, Lt. Pelatiah Bliss and Thomas Stebbins three of the Selectmen the sum of twenty shillings for their expenses in ye affairs of John Bedortha's expences in his late sickness and James Dorchester's circumstances etc. And that they pay out of the same to Nathan'l Atchinson for his trouble one day going to Paucatuck in ye affair. And ordered that the same be paid out of the Town Treasurury. [III - 376.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of ye Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the 25th day of August 1732. To give orders and instructions to the Treasurer of the sd Town respecting what money is now due from any particular person or persons and to pass such votes respecting the same as they shall think proper also to pass proper votes for the repairing the Court or Town House, also to accept of the Report of the committee appointed to take into consideration the account of disbursements etc in John Bedortha's deceased's late sickness and to pass such votes respecting the same as they shall think proper.

Capt John Day was chosen Moderator.

Voted that the present Town Treasurer deliver up to John Barber his Bond and Note he having paid five pounds to ye Treasurer which ye Town accept in full discharge thereof.

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Voted that the Treasurer of sd Town taking the advice of ye Selectmen delivered up Daniel Baggs and Thomas Ingersols Bond to ye the sd Town taking a bond of Pelatiah Hitchcocke in lieu thereof.

Voted that Lt James Warriner, Luke Hitchcocke and William Warriner be a committee to take effectual care that all such repairs as are necessary about the Town House be as soon as may be effected and that the charge thereof be paid out of the sd Town Treasury.

Nothing was acted at this meeting respecting the Report of the Committee appointed to take into consideration the act of disbursement in John Bedortha's deceased late sickness.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the 30th day of November Anno Dom 1732.

To grant and raise all such sums and sums of moneys as shall be judged necessary for the defraying the Debts and Charges of said Town. Also to give instructions to the Treasurer of said town respecting the money that is still outstanding and due from any person or persons to the said Town and to pass such votes respecting the same as shall be thought necessary. Also to accept of the Report of the Committee appointed to make up accounts with the Treasurer of said town, and to pass proper votes respecting the same.

William Pynchon Esq was chosen Moderator.

Granted to John Worthington, John Ely & John Burt for their service as Trustees two years past forty shillings to each [III - 378.]

Granted for the support of the grammar school the sum of fifty pounds.

Granted for the support of the schools on the West side of the Great River thirty pounds.

Granted for the support of the school at Longmeadow twenty five pounds.

Granted for the support of the poor sixty pounds.

Granted for ringing the nine oclock bell three pounds to be

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disposed of according to the Selectmens discretion.

Granted to John Worthington for paper and glass six shillings and four pence.

Granted to William Warriner for his extraordinary trouble about the Crowfoots twenty shillings and for his trouble about Cornelius Webbs wife nine shillings and for two load of stone for the Court House sixteen shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Church for his bull one year, forty shillings.

Granted to Henry Wright for the use of one bull the year past twenty shillings and for two bulls three years past twenty shillings.

Granted to Increase Sikes Jun'r for the use of one bull the year past one pound ten shillings.

Granted to James Warriner Jun'r for two days preambulation ten shillings.

Granted to Thomas Mirrick Jun'r, Joseph Williston Jun'r, Joseph Miller, David Chapin, Jonathan Chapin, William Smith, Jonathan Miller, Jonathan Taylor and Thomas Colton for one day each for preambulation to each of them five shillings.

Granted to David Burt Jun'r for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings. [III - 379.]

Granted to Benjamin Chapin for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to William Colton for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Smith Sen'r for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Widow Jehannah Colton for the use of her bull the year past one pound, ten shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Chapin for the use of his bull the year past thirty five shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Parsons Jun'r the sum of one pound five shillings for the use of his bull the year past.

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Granted to Joseph Ely Jun'r for the use of his bull the year past twenty five shillings.

Granted to Nathal Dumbleton for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Christin Vanhorne for the use of his full the year past forty shillings.

Granted Widow Martha Ferry for the use of her bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Stevenson for the use of his bull the year past thirty shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Brooks for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Joseph Morgan for carrying Joseph Hodge out of Town seven shillings. [III - 380.]

Granted to Pelatiah Glover Jun'r for mending the school house glass on the West side the Great River six shillings.

Granted for the support of a school to the Inhabitants of Paucatuck and Tattum the sum of five pounds and to be paid to Ebenezer Miller Sen'r as it becomes due.

Granted for the support of a school at the Upper Chiccuppe sum of five pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to John Chapin.

Granted for the support of a school at Ireland four pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to Joseph Ely Sen'r.

Granted for the support of a school at Agawam six pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to Tilly Mirick.

Granted to William Pynchon Jun'r for his services as Town Treasurer this year three pounds.

Granted to John Ely for repairing the school house on the West side the Great River thirteen shillings.

Granted for the defraying the charges of wolves and wildcats twenty pounds.

Granted for contingent charges ten pounds of which the Selectmen are ordered to pay what shall be due to the present Town Assessors for their service as Assessors this year.

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Granted to Thomas Field six pounds six shillings and eight pence being a fine he paid into the Treasury of said Town which the Town remit to him.

Voted that all grants of money made at this meeting be paid out of the Treasury of said Town.

Voted that the Treasurer of the said Town discharge Isaac Frost from the payment of one years interest due on his bond to the Town in consideration of his extraordinary difficulty by sickness lately in his family. [III - 381.]

Voted that the Treasurer of said Town put in suit at the next May Court all Bonds from such persons as are Indebted to the Town that fail of paying their interest due on their Bonds before the time of serving writs be past for that Court. And that Christopher Jacob Lawton be sued for both Principal and Interest due on his Bond in case he pays not the same by the time aforesaid.

Voted to remit to William Pynchon Esq the sum of twenty pounds due by his note of that sum to the Town, and that William Pynchon Jun'r, Treasurer of the Town deliver the said Note to the Said William Pynchon Esq being in consideration of his extraordinary expence in the year 1731 as Representative of Said Town.

Voted that the town Treasurer discharge Capt John Mirick out of what he is Indebted to the Town the sum of three pounds six shillings in Consideration of so much paid into the town Treasury by Pelatiah Hitchcocke.

The Report of the committee appointed to make up accounts with William Pynchon Jun'r, Treasurer of Said Town, setting forth that they had accordingly adjusted accounts with the said Treasurer and find that the balance of said account in favour of the Town is 174 6s & 1/2d of which the said Treasurer has in his hands 82 12s 1/2d. The remaining part being 91 8s 6d is still outstanding and due for sundry persons mentioned in said report the same being read. Voted that the same be accepted and allowed.

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[III - 382.] and other Inhabitants of Said Town the sum of One Hundred and seventy two pounds five shillings and four pence as well there polls as Estates (Rateable) and that the present Assessors of said Town assess the same in due proportion accordingly and that they order the Person or persons to whom they committ the said Assessment to pay the same to William Pynchon Jun'r, Treasurer of said Town or to his successor in said office by the first day of March next for the defraying the Debts of said Town.

Voted that the Selectmen order such abatement of Benjamin Brooks Jun'r Rate in Luke Hitch-cocke Jun'rs Rate or any others therein inserted as in their discretion may be thought objects of Charity by Poverty etc and upon their abating the same so much be allowed the said Hitchcocke out of what is indebted to the Town.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law at Springfield on the thirteenth of March Anno Dom: 1732-1733.

To choose all such town officers which the Law provides shall be annually chosen sometime in the Month of March and also to choose a man or men to make application to the General Sessions of the Peace to appoint a House of Correction or appoint the goal to be a House of Correction and also to appoint proper votes for the building a Pound on the West side of the Great River. [III - 383.]

William Pynchon Jun'r was chosen clerk and treasurer of the said town for the year ensuing.

John Burt, Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, John Ely, James Warriner and Ebenezer Warriner were chosen Selectmen for the year ensuing.

Samuel Keep Jun'r, Jonathan Church, James Bagg, Nathal Bancroft and Joseph Stebbins were chosen Constables in said Town for the year ensuing.

William Warriner, Samuel Stebbins, Thomas Chapin & James

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Mirick Sen'r were chosen Tithing men in sd Town for ye year ensuing.

Capt. John Day, Samuel Keep and John Ferry were chosen assessors for sd Town in ye year ensuinge.

Henry Chapin, Caleb Chapin, Ebenz Ashley, Jonathan Bagg Jun'r, Timothy Cooper, Nathanal Ely Jun'r, John Barber Jun'r, Samuel Mirick, Ebenz Bliss Sen'r, Ephraim Colton Jun'r, Joseph Ashley, Nathal Sikes Jun'r, John Stebbins, John Stebbins Jun'r, and Benjamin Sheldin were chosen Fence Viewers in said Town for ye year ensuing.

Voted that Jonathan Church and Joseph Stebbins be excused from serving as Constables this year.

John Harmon Chosen Sealer of Leather in sd Town for the year ensuing.

Benjamin Chapin, Daniel Parsons, Obadiah Cooley, Benjamin Morgan, Joseph Cooley, Jonathan Ball Jun'r, Jonathan Taylor and Timothy Mackranny were chosen Surveyors of Highways in said Town ye year ensuinge.

Voted that the Present Selectmen take [III-384.] a view of the Pound on the West side of the Great River and either cause the same to be repaired, or a new one to be built there which they shall think most proper at the charge of the Town.

Ebenz Hitchcocke chosen Constable in said Town for the year ensuing.

Ebenezer Hitchcocke appeared in the meeting and declared that if he is chosen Constable within said Town within the space of seven years from this time, he would serve again notwithstanding his being chosen now for that he was hired to serve this year by Jonathan Church and Joseph Stebbins.

Nothing acted relating to appointing a man to make application to the Sessions about ye House of Correction at this meeting.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, qualified and assembled according to Law May 16th Anno Dom 1733. For the electing and deputing one or more persons to serve for and Represent

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the said Town at the Great and General Court or assembly appointd to be held in Boston on the 30th Instant. Also to pass proper votes for the discharging the Executors of the last Will and Testament of Samuel Ely, deceased from a bond made to Capt. John Day and Compa Trustees of said Town [III - 385.] By the sd deceased, the sum thereon due belonging to the Town. Also pass votes for the discharging of Henry Wright from the payment of three pounds payable by a vote to the present Treasurer in March next Given for the Widow Crow-foots Thirds. Also to give instruction appointd to repaire the Court House how the same shall be done.

Also to pass votes how the highway from the mouth of Agawam River to Agawam House shall be laid out, or whether they think it advisable to have a road laid there or not. Also pass a vote for the discharging Capt. John Day for his service as Representtive for sd town last year.

Mr. Ebenezer Parsons Senior chosen Moderator.

Voted that Capt. William Pynchon the present Town Treasurer deliver to Henry Wright the note he gave for the payment of 3 in March next in consideration of ye Widow Crowfoots Thirds, she being now deceased.

Voted that the Committee appointed to repaire the underpinning of the Town or Court House, cause the same to be done by square pillars under each post on the backside the house and near the Brook at each end of the House with good all laid in lime, to be done as they judge needfull and all at the Charge of the Town.

Voted that Sarah Ely, widow and Nathl Ely Executors of Samuel Ely Deceased's last Will be discharged from the payment of a Bond conditioned for the payment of 14 16s 8d [III -386.] Upon interest made to John Day and Compa Trustees payable in April 1731 upon their giving the Treasurer of said Town a receipt of the sum of 15. He is ordered to pay them for said Deceased's Keeping school on the West side of the Great River and upon their pay-ing 8s 8d to the sd Treasurer being the balance of sd bond the sd 15 included and that the sd Trustees hereby are directed to deliver the sd bond to the

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sd Treasurer, and that they be and hereby are discharged from the sum contained in said bond and the said Treasurer is hereby directed to deliver said bond to sd Executors upon their performing the tenor of this vote.

The question was put whether the Town think it advisable that there be a Highway laid out from the mouth of Agawam River to Agawam Houses - it passed in the negative.

Voted that William Pynchon Jun'r, Town Treasurer send to Capt. John Day, out of the Treasury of said Town the sum of thirty four pounds, ten shillings if the Selectmen to-gether with said Treasurer upon enquiry into the debts of said Town can think it may be done without manifest wrong to any person to whom the Town is indebted, and if not so much than what conveniently may be, taking said days note to repay the same. [III - 387.]

Att a meeting at Springfield of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law August the 24th Anno Dom 1733.

To choose a Committee to make up accounts with the present Town Treasurer. Also to choose a committee to make up accounts with John Burt and Compa Trustees for the said Town re-specting the Towns proportion of Interest money in their hands. Also pass proper votes for the discharging chr Jacob Lawton's Bond in the Present town Treasurer's hands also pass votes for remitting the Interest on James Morgans bond payable in March last. Also pass voted relating to the payment of his other bonds for the future.

Capt. John Day was chosen Moderator.

Voted that the present Selectmen be a committee to make up accounts with the present Town Treasurer and make report.

Voted that Lt Pelatiah Bliss, Thomas Stebbins & William Pynchon Jun'r be a committee to make up accounts with John Burt and Compa Trustees of the Town interest money in their hands.

Voted that the present Town Treasurer deliver to Mr.

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John Worthington, Chr Jacob Lawtons bond now [III - 388.] in hands upon sd Worthington's giving his own bond made payable to the sd Treasurer for the use of sd Town for the whole that is now due on sd Lawtons bonds provided it be done in a short time not exeeding a month.

Voted that the Interest due on James Morgans bond payable in March last for the future the interest that shall be due on all his other bonds made payable in March from year to year be remitted to him from the time of their payments respectively till the first of May then next following the time of sd paymts and that the Treasurer of said Town be directed to observe and conform accordingly.

Att a Town Meeting at Springfield of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law the 19th day of November Anno Dom 1733.

For the Granting all such sums and sums of money as the Town are indebted to any person or persons also for granting and raising such a sum of money as shall be agreed on for the defraying the Debts and Charges of sd Town, also to accept the Report of the Committee appointed to make up accounts with Capt. William Pynchon Jun'r, Treasurer of the sd Town and to pass proper votes thereon [III - 389.] Also to pass such votes relating to any debts due to said Town as shall be thought proper, further to accept the report of the committee of our part of the sixty thousand pound Bank viz: John Ely and compa.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Moderator.

Granted to James Warriner for one load of stone 3 dayes & 1/2 work and expense at the Court House, and for boards formerly one pound fourteen shillings.

Granted to John Worthington for one quire paper two shillings and six pence.

Granted to Ebenezer Hitchcocke for the use of his Bull the year past two pounds.

Granted to Jonathan Chapin for the use of his bull the year past twenty shillings.

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Granted to Henry Wright for the use of his bull the year past thirty five shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Chapin for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Lt Pelatiah Bliss for boards and brick for the school house five shillings and two pence.

Granted to Luke Hitchcocke for Irons and work at the Court House twenty shillings. [III - 390.]

Granted to Increase Sikes Jun'r for the use of his bull the yer past two pounds.

Granted to Simon Colton for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Warner for the use of his bull the year past twenty shillings.

Granted to John Burt for the use of his bull the year past one pound.

Granted to Nathal Dumbleton for the use of his two bulls the year past three pounds.

Granted to Benjamin Stebbins Sen'r for the use of his bull the year past twenty shillings.

Granted to John Ely for 16 bushels of lime for the Court House twenty six shillings.

Voted that all the several sums granted at this meeting for the support of schooling in any part of the Town be paid as it becomes due, and in case it happens that any of the sum or sums or such part thereof granted to any particular part of the town are unpaid or appear not to be due for schooling before the Town Meeting for granting Town charges next year, the same shall be [III - 391.] applied to other uses and that the grants for the same shall be forfeited from the places to whom the grants are made.

Voted that thirty shillings be remitted to Caleb Parsons late Constable out of his Town Rate, being so much rated to Eliakim Cooley Jun'r being through a mistake entered in his

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list and that the Treasurer of said Town be discharged for the same, provided the said Cooley hath not paid the same, but if he has the same to be reimbursed him out of the Town Treasury.

Granted for the support of the Grammar School the sum of fifty pounds.

Granted for the support of the school on the West side the Great River thirty pounds.

Granted for the support of a school at Longmeadow twenty five pounds.

Granted for the support of a school at the Upper Chickupee five pounds.

Granted for the support of a school at the Lower Chickupee three pounds. [III - 392.]

Granted to Capt. Nathl Downing for two dayes preambulatin formerly twelve shillings.

Granted to Christian Vanhorne for his trouble in tending Benjamin Stebbins Jun'r when suspected to have the smallpox some time past, ten shillings.

Granted to William Warriner for the use of his bull the year past fifteen shillings.

Granted to Amos Stiles for the use of his bull the year past two pounds.

Granted to William Pynchon Jun'r for his service as Treasurer for the Town this year five pounds.

Granted to Obadiah Cooley for boards for the school houe fifteen shillings.

Granted to Samuel Warner for work at the school house fifteen shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Wait for two dayes work at the school house seven shillings.

Granted to Ebenz Warriner for one days work at the school house three shillings six pence.

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Granted to William Pynchon Esq for nails for the school house two shillings and six pence. [III - 393.]

Granted to Jonathan Day for brads for the school house eleven shillings and ten pence.

Granted to John Leonard and Ebenz Day Sen'r for building a new Pound on the west side of the Great River seven pounds.

Granted to Joseph Ely Sen'r for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to William Colton for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to William Pynchon Esq for the use of his bull the year past thrity shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Leonard for the use of his bull two last years past three pounds.

Granted to Joseph Ashley eleven shillings and eight pence in consideration of Benjamin Brooks, Jun'r rates, he discharging said Brooks.

Granted for the defraying charges of the wolves and wildcats ten pounds. [III - 394.]

Granted for the support of the Poor, fifty pounds.

Granted for Contingent charges the sum of fifteen pounds out of which the assessors are to be paid for their services as Assessors this year, and Joseph Miller for his work at the Court House accounts to be allowed by the Selectmen.

Voted that there be a rate or assessment raised and levyed upon the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the said Town (rateable by law) as well their poles and Estates amounting to the sum of one hundred and forty eight pounds, four shillings and one penny, and that the Assessors of said Town assess the same in due proportion, according

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to Law and to commit the said assessment to the Constable of said town with a warrant for collecting the same and that the same be paid to William Pynchon Jun'r, Treasurer of sd Twon or his successor in sd office by the 3rd day of March next for the drefraying the Debts and Charges of said Town according to the grants made for the same.

Granted to John Hitchcocke Sen'r for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings.

Granted to Christian Vanhorne for the use of his bull the year past forty shillings. [III - 395.]

The report of the committed appointed to make up accounts with Capt. William Pynchon Jun'r Treasurer of the sd Town being presented, setting forth that they had made up accounts wth sd Treasurer and that the balance of his accounts in favour of the town amounts to the sum of 136 3s 1d, of which the said Treasurer hath in his hands 64 16s 3d, the remaining part thereof being 71 6s 10d is not in his hands but outstanding and due from sundry constables etc, the said report being read, voted that the same be accepted and that the said Treasurer be discharged of his accounts saving that he is still accountable for the said balance of 136 3s 1d.

At a meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, qualified and assembled according to Law the 3d day of December Anno Dom 1733.

For the granting and raising such further sum or sums of money as shall be thought proper. And to pass proper votes relating to the payment of money due either to the Town or from the Town. [III - 396.]

The Granted to Jonathan Chapin the sum of ten shillings more for the use of his bull this year past.

Granted to Benjamin Smith Sen'r the sum of thirty shillings for the use of his bull this year past.

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