Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: THE DARK DAY -- AN ACT FOR OPENING LITTLE RIVER
THE DARK DAY
The darkness extended over several thousand square miles, though differing much in intensity in different places. Nowhere, perhaps, was it greater than in this vicinity. The day was appropriately called, and is still known, as THE DARK DAY.
An Act For Opening Little River
"Samuel Jenness, Jeremiah Dearborn, Benja Philbrick, and John Lamprey Jun. in a petition, set forth that there is a certain piece of Salt Marsh and Meadow land lying in Hampton & North Hampton, containing about one hundred & twenty acres, that for some years past has been made Salt marsh by a river running through the seawall beach, so called, but for three years past the said river hath been stopt by means of gravel & stones washing into the same; and thereby the said marsh & meadow land was damnified -- Wherefore they prayed that they might be impowered to clear out said river & let the water off said marsh & meadow land at the proper cost of the owners thereof, and to assess the said owners for that purpose, which appearing to be reasonable,
Be it therefore enacted" --etc. that the above named men, or a major part of them "be, and hereby are appointed a committee to clear out said river" --etc. according to the petition, assessing the cost on the owners, "and to appoint a collector and cause the same to be collected as town charges are usually collected.
This act to continue and be in force for the space of Ten years & no longer."
The same difficulty is still experienced, in keeping Little river open at the point indicated, now called "The Breach;" and still the marsh becomes "damnified" unless it is occasionally cleared out.
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