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THE

PUBLIC RECORDS

OF THE

COLONY OF CONNECTICUT,

FROM OCTOBER, 1706, TO OCTOBER, 1716,

WITH THE COUNCIL JOURNAL FROM OCTOBER, 1710, TO FEBRUARY,

1717

TRANSCRIBED AND EDITED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH A RESOLUTION OF THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

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PREFACE.

The present publication contains the whole of volume IV. of the manuscript Records of the Colony of Connecticut, and the first sixtyfive pages of volume V. It contains also, inserted in chronological order between sessions of the General Assembly, the Records of the Governor and Council from October 30th, 1710, to February 19th, 1716-17.

The Council Journal from May, 1698, to October, 1710, is not known to be extant. From October, 1710, to October, 1712, the records of the Council are in one thin volume, unpaged, and generally written but on one side of the leaves. The next volume is of 275 pages, and embraces the period between January, 1712–13, and February, 1727-28, with an entry of the date of 1743, at the end. The minutes of the Council are in the hand-writing of various persons, Governor Saltonstall, Secretaries Stanly, Haynes, and Wyllys, Richard Christophers, etc. : but the greater part of those from 1713 to 1726, is in that of Christopher Christophers, who was Clerk of the Council.

In printing this volume, I have not thought it necessary to preserve the contractions or abbreviations of the original manuscript, as has been done hitherto, or to follow exactly the spelling, save, in general, in the case of proper names.

The fac-simile of one of the first Bills of Credit issued by Connecticut, which faces page 111, is taken from an original in our Archives, Crimes & Misdemeanors, II. 39. The original was altered from three shillings to ten shillings, by Ebenezer Seymour, in 1710. Specimens of the two shilling bills of the same emission, altered by him to ten

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