Andros were carried away, and no copy of the portion embracing this date has been obtained.
Fortunately, however, a certified copy of the order, which is equivalent to an act of incorporation, is on file in the office of the clerk of the Judicial Courts in Middlesex County:—
At a Council held at the Council Chamber in Boston on Wednesday the eleventh day of January, 1687; Present,
His Excy. Sr. Edmund Andros, Kt., &c.
William Stoughton, Esqs.
Robert Mason, Esqs.
Peter Buckley, Esqs.
Wait Winthrop, Esqs.
John Usher, Esqs.
Edward Randolph, Esqs.
Francis Nicholson, Esqs.
Upon reading this day in Council the petition of the inhabitants of Cambridge Village in the County of Middlesex, being sixty families or upwards, that they may be a village and place distinct of themselves and freed from the town of Cambridge to which at the first settlement they were annexed; they being in every respect capable thereof, and by the late authority made distin