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I. General History.

The history of Cambridge has been concisely presented by Rev. Dr. Paige in his invaluable volume. The State Records preserve the action of the Council on a ‘Petition of Cambridge Northwest Inhabitants,’ under date of June 30, 1732, namely a petition of James Cutler and others, a committee for the inhabitants of the Northwest Part of the town of Cambridge,—showing that on their application to said town to be set off a separate precinct, they were pleased to vote that they should be set off by certain bounds in the said vote particularly described, with a reservation of the ministerial lands to the old parish, together with all their gifts and grants made to the church at Cambridge; and praying that they may be set off a distinct precinct without that reservation, and that the ministry lot lying within their bounds may be assigned to the petitioners, which is not their full proportion of the ministerial estate. The order thereon was, that the petitioners serve the town of Cambridge with a copy of this petition, that they show cause at a time stated why the prayer thereof should not be granted.

On Nov. 3, 1732, the petition of James Cutler and others, in behalf of the inhabitants of the Northwest Part of Cambridge, praying as entered June 30, 1732, being in Council read again, together with the answer of the town of Cambridge, and the petition of William Russell and others, and the same being fully considered, the question was put whether the prayer of the petition be granted, and it passed in the negative and was therefore dismissed.

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