Thursday, November 25, 2004

Kingston, Massachusetts, 1802 Document

To the Honorable Senate, and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - the Memorial of the inhabitants of the Town of Kingston - Humble Showeth.

That whereas, the inhabitants of the Town of Kingston, in the month of May _____ _____ did petition the Legislature of their states to grant a repeal of an Act of incorporation made and passed July 26 in the year of our Lord 1802, entitled, An act to incorporate certain persons as Trustees of a Fund ___ Whereas, and by persons of the Town of Kingston with an intent to defeat the wishes of said town, have since presented a Memorial to the General Court, against said petition whereby the said petition hath rested on the files of the House of Representatives to the present time in order that the said town of Kingston, might have opportunity to move fully to substantiate, the ____ of the said petition and meet the state _____ and the said memorial - We are, therefore being compelled to undertake the painful task beg ____ __ ____ __ to the Honorable Court, some of the most prominent causes which have led to the present crisis.

In the year 1798 . the Town of Kingston undertook the building the ave Meetinghouse, and to anticipate a sum sufficient prosecute the work, the pews were ____ __ sold to the value of Seven Thousand Six Hundred and Eleven Dollars, a committee was chosen to set forward the work. In the year 1801 the House being nearly finished a clause while is inserted into a warrant for a town meeting to see if the town would make an appropriation of the surplus of money that might remain after the house was finished - a committee was accordingly chosen to ascertain the some then remaining. The clause in the warrant being dubious in its meaning, did not excite the attention of the town. On the day of the meeting, a small number of the inhabitants met and though (as stated in the Memorial) there were as many as usually attended town meetings except on extraordinary occasions, still the number woes are quite inconsiderable, at this meeting it was moved to place the money on hand into an accumulating fund without any reserve for the finishing the Meetinghouse and to those opposed were allured with the assurance of large donations in addition, so that no great opposition was made. This being done without the knowledge of any considerable inhabitants are, became the subject of general complaint, and though most part, considered at the town as having been at surprised into the measures. To quiet this growing disaffection...

The document contains the names of 91 of the townspeople, all men. Some of the last names are: Drew, Cook, Adams, Cobb, Delano, Fuller, Eaton, Washburn, Sampson, Holmes, Waterman, King, Foster, Fuller, Cooper, Ripley, Hartwell, Drew, Cushman