inches at the bottom of that page and nearly as much at top of the next is still blank, and is mute testimony that a complete report was intended, but by some means neglected or omitted.
On the 29th of June, 1740, the committee were
Impowered to Do what they may Judg will be most for the Towns Advantage in building a small House on the Farm or by other ways Desposing by Leting out the said farm for a Term or other wayes as may be for the towns interest
At this time fifteen pounds were appropriated.
On March 15, 1741-2, the same committee were given further power as to the ‘Town Farm,’ ‘inasmuch as it has now fallen into the province of Hamp
Ten pounds were appropriated, and Benjamin Parker
and Benjamin Willis
added to the committee.
There is an indication of the boundary controversy, based on the ‘three miles north of the Merrimack
,’ in the charter given by King Charles. Massachusetts
had claimed and had placed a boundary stone in the bed of Winnepesaukee river as the three-mile north limit from which the ‘westward to the South Sea
’ line was to extend.
The stone, with the initials of governor and commissioners, is there today under a granite canopy recently erected by the state of New Hampshire
But the boundary controversy was accompanied by the Mason
grant and Gorges
patent difficulties, as we may later notice.
On July 11, 1743, the town voted
150 pounds old tenor money to be paid Benja Parker, Town Treasurer on the 14 September next to sattisfye the debts and charges and what may yet arise in the affairs of the said Towns farm
And on the 14th of May, 1744, 250 pounds more were voted to pay debts about the town farm.
At that time there seems to have been a change of administration, as Capt. Samuel Brooks
, Joseph Tufts
and Ebenezer Cutter
were chosen ‘Committe to Take care of the Towns farm
lying at a place called Pascattequag.’
On November 1, 1744, the town meeting's attention was diverted somewhat from the farm matters to paying