PROVINCE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
By the Grace of God,, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
TO ALL PERSONS TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
Know ye, that We of our special grace, certain knowledge and mere motion, for the due encouragement of settling a new Plantation within our said Province, by and with the advice of our trusty and beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq., our governor and Commander-in-Chief of our Province of New Hampshire in New England, and of our Council of said Province, Have, upon the Conditions and Reservations, Hereinafter made, Given and Granted and by these Presents for us in our Loving Subjects, Inhabitants of our said province of New Hampshire and our other Governments, and to their heirs and assigns forever, whose names are entered on this Grant to be divided to and amongst them, Into seventy equal shares, all that tract or Parcel of land, situate Lying and being within our said Province of New Hampshire, containing by a measurement, twenty-five Thousand acres, which tract is to contain something more than six miles square and no more: out of which and allowance to be made of Highways and unimproved Lands by Rocks, ponds, Mountains and Rivers, one Thousand and forty acres free, according to a plan and survey thereof, made by our said Governor’s orders and Returned into the Secretary’s and hereto annexed, Butted and Bounded as follows, viz: Beginning at a tree marked standing by the water side of the wood creek, so called, on an East point from Ticonderoga fort, from thence running east seven miles, then beginning again at the aforesaid tree by the wood creek or bay, so far as to make up six miles on a straight Line, from thence East seven miles, and from thence Southerly to the end of seven miles from the bounds begun at; and that the same be and hereby is incorporated into a township by the name of Shoreham, and the inhabitants that do or shall hereafter Inhabit the said township are hereby declared to be enfranchised with and entitled to all and every the privileges and immunities that other towns within our province by Law exercise and enjoy, and further, that the said town, as soon as thee shall be fifty families Resident and settled therein, shall have the Liberty of holding two fairs, one of which shall be held on the ________ and the other on the ___________ annually, which fairs are not to continue Longer ___________ and that as soon as the said town shall consist of fifty families, a market may be opened and kept one or more days in Each week as may be thought more advantageous to the inhabitants, Also that the first meeting for the choice of Town officers, agreeable to the laws of our said Province, shall be held on the second Tuesday in January, which said meeting shall be notified by Gardner Chandler, Esq., who is hereby also appointed moderator of the said first meeting, which he is to Notify and Govern agreeable to the Laws and customs of our said province, and that the annual meeting forever hereafter, for the choice of such officers for the same town, shall be on the second Tuesday of March annually. To have and to hold the said tract of land as above expressed, together with all Privileges and appurtenances to them and their Respective heirs and assigns for ever, on the following conditions, viz: 1st, that Every Grantee, his heirs and assigns, shall plant and cultivate five acres of Land within the term of five years for every fifty acres contained in his of their share or proportion of Land in said Township, and continue to improve and settle the same by additional Cultivations, on penalty of the forfeiture of his grant or share in said township, and of its reverting to us our heirs and successors to be by us or them regranted to such of our subjects as shall Effectually Settle and cultivate the same. 2nd That all the white and other pine trees within the said Township, fit for masting our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for that use, and none to be cut or felled without our special license for so doing first had and obtained. Upon the penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of such Grantee, his heirs and assigns, to us, our heirs and successors, as well as being subject to an act or acts of Parliament that now are or hereafter shall be enacted. 3rd That before any division of the Land be made to and among the Grantees, a Tract of land as near the center of the said Township as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and Laid out for Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to Each Grantee of the contents of One Acre. 4th Yielding and paying therefor to us, our heirs and successors for the space of ten years, to be computed from the date hereof the rent of one Ear of Indian corn only on the twenty-fifth day of December annually. If lawfully demanded, the first payment to be made the twenty-fifth day of December, 1762. 5th Every proprietor, settler or inhabitant, shall yield and pay unto us, our heirs and successors yearly, and forever from and after the Expiration of ten years from the above said twenty-fifth day of December, which will be in the year of our lord 1772, one shilling proclamation money, for every hundred acres he so owns, settles or possesses, and so in proportion for a greater or lesser tract of said Land, which money shall be paid by the respective persons aforesaid, their heirs and assigns, in our council chamber at Portsmouth, or to such officers as shall be appointed to Receive the same, and this to be in Lieu of all other rents and services whatsoever.
In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of our said province to be hereunto affixed. Witness, Benning Wentworth, Esq., our Governor and Commander-in-chief of our said province, the 8th day of October, in the year of our Lord Christ One-thousand, Seven hundred and Sixty-one, in the first year of our Reign.
By His Excellency’s Command, with advice of Council,
THEODORE ATKINSON, Secretary.
Province of New Hampshire, October, 9th, 1762. Recorded in the book of Charters, page 233 and 234.
Attest, THEODORE ATTKINSON, Secretary.
THE NAMES OF THE GRANTEES OF SHOREHAM.
|John Chandler, Esq.|
John Chandler, Senr., Esq.
Gardner Chandler, Esq.
Robert Gray, Jr.
Jonathan Morton, Senr.
Daniel Warner, Esq.
James Forbes, Jr
John Godard, Junr.
Richard Wibard, Esq.
Ebenexer Starns, Jr
Wm. Tenenson Stearns