Chapter 19, Part V 

The names of those who served under Capt. Sill after September 23d, 1676, were credited in a later Journal, now lost. The following interesting document explains itself:

To the honored Generall Court assembled at Boston the Petition of Joseph Sill,

humbly sheweth
That your petitioner accounts it a great priviledge that from his childhood he hath bin trained up, and hath spent so many of his dayes under your government, and cannot without singular content and complacency call to minde, that he hath bin honoured to be called forth under your commission, to appear in the field against your enemies, in pursuance of which he did according to his mean ability serve you faithfully, and for length of time and number of expeditions, may (without ostentation be it spoken) compare with most if not any who were listed in your service; and accounts noe part of his dayes, next to those which have bin improved in the immediate service of God, so well spent as those which have bin imployed in the service of his country and the government, remaining still devoted, in all that he hath and is, unto your service, without any selfish aimes. Yet being well assured that your noble and generous inclinations are not inferior, to his who accounted that day lost in which some or other were not benefited by him, nor to his, who was displeased with such as asked no kindness from him, he must confess that he hath some ambition that it may be manifested that he is not forgotten amongst those that have

tasted of your beneficence, and humbly craves of the honoured court that you would please to grant to him a small number of acres of that land which hath bin recovered from the enimy, that so a little part of what he hath seen with his eyes and trod with his feet, in your service, may be committed into his hands, and that so he may the more comfortably share in the blessings of these peaceful days wherein men may beat theyr swords into plow shares, and your petitioner shall pray, &c.


The magistrs judg meet to grant the petitioner
two hundred acres of Land where he can find
it free; their brethren the Deputys hereto consenting.

The deputyes consent not upon the consideration that this Court hath already granted a plantation of eight miles square in the nepmug countrey for the Accommodating such as were souldiers in the Late Warr with whom the petitioner may have his liberty to come in for a settlement if hee thinke good.

November ye 19th 1685.
[Mass. Archives, vol. 70, p. 148.]

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