Delivered at Hampton, New Hampshire,
on the 25th of December,
In Commemoration of the Settlement of That Town:
Two Hundred Years
Having Elapsed Since That Event.
By Joseph Dow, A. M.
Published by Request.
Printed by Asa McFarland, Concord.
(Opposite the State House.)
February, MDCCCXXXIXBack to previous section
APPENDIX.NOTE A. [SEE PART 1.]
|Stephen Bachelor||Thomas Molton|
|Christopher Hussey||William Estow|
|Widow Mary Hussey||William Palmer|
|Thomas Cromwell||William Sergeant|
|Samuel Skullard||Richard Swayne|
|John Osgood||Williams Sanders|
|Samuel Greenfield||Robert Tucke|
|John Molton||John Cross|
The four names still found in the town, are Bachelor, Molton, Palmer, and Tucke. Three of these names are now spelled in a different manner.
"Much about this time [1639,] began the Town of Hampton, in the County of Northfolk, to have her foundation stone laid, scituate near the Sea-coast, not farre from the famous River of Merimeck, the great store of salt marsh did intice this people to set downe their habitations there, for as yet Coews and Cattell of that kinde were not come to the great downfall in their price, of which they have 450 head; and for the form of this Towne, it is like a Flower de luce, two streets of houses wheeling off from the maine body thereof, the land is fertile, but filled with swamps, and some store of rocks, the people are about 60 Families; being gathered together into Church covenant, they called to office the reverend, grave, and gracious Mr. Doulton, having also for some little space of time the more ancient Mr. Bachelor to preach unto them also."
"The 27: 11 mo; 44. It is hereby declared that every townsman which shall kill a wolfe & bring the head thereof & nayle the same to a little red oake at the northeast end of the meeting-house -- They shall have 10s. a wolfe for ther paynes out of the towne-fines; or otherwise, if noe fines be in hand."
"We therefore ye inhabitants of the Towne of Hampton in answer to their request have agreed to send the sixe persons as our comishoners to joyne with ye comishoners of ye other Towns in ye province to confer about and resolve upon a method of Government within this province -- And what ye sayd comishoners of the whole province of the major part of them shall conclude and agree upon as to ye setelment of Government amongst us -- If thes own sayd comishoners (viz) Henry Green Esqre, Ensign Henry Dow, Mr. Nathaniel Wire, Capt. Samuel Sherrborne, Morris Hobs Senior, and Mr. Edward Gove, in discoursing and agreeing about ye same, if they or ye majer part of them shall se just cause to comply and agree with the other comishoners as to ye way and method of Government that shall be settled amongst us. And shall subscribe thereto -- We the Inhabitants of ye Towne of Hampton reposing espeaciall Trust and confirdence in our sayd comishoners, what they shall agree to, or the majer part of them. We shall hold as good and valued to all intents and purposes; Hereby obleidging our Seleves to held all ready obedience thereto, untill Their Majesties Order shall arive for ye Setelment of Government over us."
The selectmen of this Towne of Hampton have agreed with John Legat for this present yeare insueing -- To teach and instruct all the children of or belonging to our Towne, both Mayle and femaile (wch are capiable of learning) to write and read and cast accountes, (if it be desired) as dilegently and as carefully as he is able to teach and instruct them; And so dilegently to follow the said imployment att all such time and times this yeare insueing, as the wether shall be fitting for the youth to com together to one placer to be instructed: And allso to teach and instruct them once in a week, or more, in some Arthodox chatechise provided for them by their parents or master.
"And in consideration hereof we have agreed to pay, or cause to be payd unto the said John Legat the som of Twenty pounds, in corne and cattle and butter, att price currant, as payments are made of such goods in this Towne, and this to be payd by us quarterly, paying £5 every quarter of the yeare after he has begun to keep school.
"John Legat entered upon scholeing, the 21 day of the 3 month, 1649."