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Paige states that as early as May 10, 1725, the people on the westerly side of Menotomy River desired better accommodation for public worship, and petitioned the town to consent that they might become a separate precinct. The town withheld its consent, on the ground that near one-half of said inhabitants had not signed the petition. The request was renewed in 1728.

A second petition of James Cutler and others, a committee for the Northwest inhabitants of Cambridge, praying they be set off a separate and distinct precinct, by such boundaries as are set forth in their petition, was disposed of as follows: order thereon; petitioners serve town of Cambridge with copy of their petition, that they show cause, if any they have, on Wednesday, the 6th of December following, why the prayer thereof should not be granted.

Ebenezer Burrill, Esq., for the committee of both houses on the petition above, reported that said committee, appointed to take under consideration said petition, having repaired to the lands petitioned for by, and notified the petitioners and the agents for the town of Cambridge,1 with other petitioners, and having carefully viewed the place and heard the parties, are humbly of opinion that the lands in the Northwest Part of said town petitioned for, be set off a distinct precinct by the following boundaries:

On Menotomy River from Charlestown till it comes to Spy Pond Brook, then on said brook till it comes to a watercourse or ditch in Whiting's meadow, so called; the ditch to be the boundary till it comes to Hamblet's Brook, following the course of said brook to the Bridge, thence on a straight line to the northwest corner of Mr. Isaac Holden's orchard, and continuing the same course to Watertown line. And that the inhabitants of the said precinct be vested with all the powers, privileges and immunities that other precincts within this Province do, or by law ought to enjoy.

The above report was accepted, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1732, and the order of the General Court for a new precinct in Cambridge was that the lands above-mentioned be set off a distinct precinct accordingly.—Mass. Prov. Records, vol. XV.

On June 9, 1762, the inhabitants of the said Second Parish

1 Hon. Spencer Phips, Jonathan Remington, Francis Foxcroft, William Brattle, Esqs, and Mr. Andrew Bordman, were chosen the committee of Cambridge, July 24, 1732, for this purpose. See attested copy of vote, belonging to Mr. J. B. Russell of New Market, N. J.

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