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Containing important Records and Papers, pertaining to the Settlement of

the Boundary Lines between New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


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Corresponding Secretary of the New Hampshire Historical Society.



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Joint RESOLUTION, passed by the Legislature of New


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court convened, That his Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person, and fix his compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to collect, arrange, transcribe and superintend the publication of such portions of the early State and Provincial Records, and other State Papers of New Hampshire, as the Governor may deem proper; and that eight hundred copies of each volume of the same be printed by the State Printer and distributed as follows: namely, one copy to each City and Town in the State, one copy to such of the Public Libraries of this State as the Governor may designate, two hundred copies to the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the State Librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications issued by other States.

Approred July 6, 1866.

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This fourth volume of Provincial Papers embraces the latter part of the Administration of his Honor JOHN WENTWORTH, Lt. Governor and Commander-in-Chief, in the absence of Governor SAMUEL SHUTE; the brief period of Governor WILLIAM Burnet's administration, 1729, and that of Governor JonaTHAN BELCHER, from 1730 to October 1737. The volume is of special and permanent value as containing all the proceedings of the Governor, Council and General Assembly of the Province, and all official documents and papers found in the Secretary's office, relating to the long controversy between NewHampshire and Massachusetts, in respect of the boundary lines between the two Provinces. The correspondence, also, between Governor Belcher and Secretary Richard Waldron and others, and also that between John Thomlinson, Esq., agent for the Province, in England, and Theodore Atkinson, Esq., and others, of New-Hampshire, will be found to be of great interest and value.

In copying and preparing these Papers for the press, the editor has adhered to the rules at first adopted : viz., to preserve the exact words and orthography, capitals and abbreviations of the papers transcribed; even the punctuation has for the most part been left untouched. Where names of persons in office very often occur, it is denoted by passim, and not always noted in the Index.

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