Gorges' Narrative, c. XXIV.
Adams's Annals of Portsmouth, 9, 10.
Williamson's Maine, i. 222, and ff. Belknap's New Hampshire, c.;—a truly valuable work, highly creditable to American literature. Portsmouth and Dover are among the oldest towns in New England.
Splendid as were the anticipations of the proprietaries, and lavish as was their enthusiasm in liberal expenditures, the immediate progress of the plantations was inconsiderable, and, even as fishing stg pestilence which left New Plymouth a desert; no notice seems to have been taken of the rights of the natives; nor did they now issue any deed of their lands;
Savage on Winthrop, i. 405, and ff. but the soil in the
1630 immediate vicinity of Dover, and afterwards of Portsmouth, was conveyed to the planters themselves, or to
1631 those at whose expense the settlement had been made.
Adams's Portsmouth, 17—19. A favorable impulse was thus given to the little colonies; and houses now began