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In this petition they say that the said town is of the smallest extent of any in the Province, and yet their town charges extremely high, so that the maintenance of ministry and school is very chargeable to them and therefore praying for a grant of some of the waste lands of the Province to be appropriated for the support of the ministry and schoolmaster in said town.
In answer to this petition one thousand acres were granted and laid out to the town between the Merrimac and Piscataqua rivers.
When the school was changed from a three or four months term in the winter to an annual school we cannot determine accurately, but it was doubtless about coincident with the building of this first house, in 1732.
We know that in 1735 there was a continuous session, only four weeks out of the fifty-two being allowed for vacation.
The salary paid at this time was £ 5 a month.
As the petition for relief was presented early in 1735 it seems fair to assume that the school was an annu