Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: Woodwards
ADMISSION OF INHABITANTS
On several occasions, votes were passed to prohibit the selectmen from admitting inhabitants. As a specimen, the following may be cited, although passed about forty years after the first settlement. The selectmen for the ensuing year had just been chosen. The authority conferred upon them having been stated, the were then "strictly prhibited from granting or exchanging, or any wayes disposeing of any land, timber or commonage, or receiueing of Inhabitants: which things are left to the whole Town as formerly."
To show the manner of admitting inhabitants, the two following votes, passed near the close of the year 1639, are transcribed from the records.
December 6. "Liberty is given to Wm Fuller, of Ipswich to come and sit down here as a planter and smith, in case he bring a certificate of approbation from the Magsts or Elders."
December 13. "The like liberty is given to John Saunders of Ipswich, as was to Wm ffuller at the last meeting."