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Collectors for the War Tax.—Samuel Whittemore, Thomas Cutter, John Hill.

Five men from each ward were chosen ‘for to take a true invoice.’ For the first ward:—Samuel Whittemore, Jr., Ebenezer Swan, John Winship, Joseph Belknap, Jr., Seth Russell. For the second ward:— Aaron Williams, Philip Bemis, Dea. Joseph Adams, Aaron Swan, Capt. Benjamin Locke. For the third ward:—Edward Fillebrown, Samuel Frost, Joshua Kendall, Jeduthun Wellington, Timothy Swan.

Thomas Russell was chosen treasurer on account of the war, for the ensuing year. It was voted that the assessors above-named, be the assessors ‘for to assess the money that Captain Locke hired to pay the men that went to Ticonderoga.’

At a meeting of the freeholders and inhabitants of Cambridge Northwest Precinct, June 4, 1778, it was voted, Nehemiah Cutter being chosen moderator, that Samuel Swan be collector for the war tax, in the room of John Hill, who refused to serve. It was voted also to give the collectors two shillings upon the pound for what they shall collect. Signed by Walter Russell, Precinct Clerk.

These entries on a particular page of the Precinct Book probably relate to the arrangement to ‘mess’ the inhabitants of the parish in accordance with the votes above. The records give no further information. 1779, Mr. Cooke inserted the following paragraph in reference to the anniversary of the Battle:

‘April 18, 1779. This day completes four years from the ever memorable, the dark and distressing day, April 19, 1775, when British fury first broke out into open devastation and bloodshed. We cannot recall these things to remembrance without a renewal of our griefs for sore losses then sustained, and gratitude to the Lord of Hosts for signal deliverances he then vouchsafed, and for all later salvations. While our neighbors of Lexington, where the first blood in this baleful war was openly and wantonly spilt, publicly observe this day, let not us their fellow-sufferers be unmindful of calling to remembrance what we then saw and felt, and still hope in our Great Deliverer. The restraints he then laid upon the rage of our barbarous enemies causes us to hope that the remainder thereof he will restrain, and ordain peace to us. Amen.’

In 1779, a committee was chosen to examine the war treasurer's and collector's accounts. See data under 1778.


May 29, 1780, Samuel Whittemore, Jr., was chosen war treasurer In this year the following notice was publicly read in church: ‘Ephraim Frost, Junior, with his Wife, desires ’

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