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Chapter 10: civil History.

  • Petition of the “Farmers” for incorporation.
  • -- reply of Cambridge Selectmen. -- Parochial privileges granted. -- harmony not interrupted. -- incorporation of Lexington. -- Culler of Bricks. -- County Treasurers. -- bounty for killing wolves. -- salary of Treasurers and Jurors. -- Marshal General. -- road to Connecticut. -- Governor Shute's visit to Cambridge. -- double voting. -- small-pox. -- strangers not to be admitted. -- Dogs. -- gratuity to a proposed physician refused. -- Col. John Vassall's honors and disappointments. -- Throat distemper. -- Representatives to the General Court required to serve gratuitously. -- part of Watertown annexed to Cambridge. -- bear shot. -- fire-engine. -- bills of mortality. -- funeral customs
    It has already been stated, that the General Court, March 3, 1635-6, “Agreed, that Newe Towne bounds should run eight myles into the country from their meeteing howse,” and that large farms, near theeight mile line were soon afterwards granted by the town; among which grants was one to Richard Harlakenden of “six hundred acres of upland and meadow, at the place called Vine Brook, in the midway between Newtowne and Concord,” on certain conditions, Jan. 2, 1636-7. This tract of land was in the central portion of the present town of Lexington. The conditions of the grant not being performed by Richard Harlakenden, the land was subsequently granted to his brother, Roger Harlakenden, who died in 1638. Herbert Pelham married the widow of Harlakenden, and became the owner of his real estate; he bequeathed this property to his son Edward Pelham, who conveyed by deeds, Oct. 28, 1693, to Benjamin Muzzey 206 acres in Cambridge, towards Concord, being a part of “Mr. Pelham's farm,” and to John Poulter 212 acres of the same farm. Precisely when the first houses were erected and actual settlements commenced at the “Farms,” so called, does not appear on record; but as early as 1682, about thirty families were there, generally styled “Farmers.” They had then become so numerous and so strong, that they desired a separation from the parent town; but they petitioned at first to be made a distinct parish. Although they were unsuccessful for nine years, and did not fully accomplish their purpose for more than thirty years, their petition and the reply to it are inserted, as they indicate the condition of the people at that period.

    To the honorable the General Court now assembled in Boston,
    October 11th, 1682.
    The petition of several of the inhabitants within the bounds of the town of Cambridge humbly showeth: That by the providence of God, who hath determined the times before appointed

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