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ue of an order of the General Court, at which meeting the first board of Selectmen were duly elected, namely, Captain Thomas Prentice, John Ward, and James Trowbridge; and Thomas Greenwood was chosen Constable. Hist of Newton, page 60. 1691. December 8. In answer to the petition of the inhabitants of Cambridge Village, lying on the south side of Charles River, sometimes called New Cambridge, being granted to be a township, praying that a name may be given to said town, it is ordered, that it ild was born on the 27th August, 1679, but was not duly christened until the 8th of December, 1691. Ibid., page 63. It is evident that the township was incorporated before Dec. 8, 1691 (or rather Dec. 18; the session of the Court commenced Dec. 8, but the order granting a name was adopted ten days later). This order plainly enough recognizes the village as already a distinct township. Moreover, in 1689, when a General Court assembled after Andros was deposed and imprisoned, Ensign John
ociate, Judge Sewall, in his Journal, thus refers to his appointment: Tuesday Dec. 6, [1692.] A very dark cold day; is the day appointed for chusing of Judges. Wm. Stoughton Esq. is chosen Chief Justice, 15 votes (all then present): Tho. Danforth Esq., 12: Major Richards, 7: Major-Genl. Winthrop, 7: S. S., Samuel Sewall. 7. . . . . This was in Col. Page's Col. Nicholas Paige. rooms, by papers on Wednesday, Xr. 7th, 1692. Two days, it seems, were devoted to this selection of judges. Dec. 8, Mr. Danforth is invited to dinner, and after pressed to accept his place. This place, which he seems to have accepted with some hesitation, he retained through life, and presided in a court at Bristol, less than two months before his death. It is due to the reputation of Danforth, to state emphatically, that he was not a member of the court which tried and condemned the unhappy persons accused of witchcraft. That special Court of Oyer and Terminer, appointed by Governor Phips and his C