Order Granting the Farmers’ Petition, 1691

Manuscript and Literal Transcription

Letters in the transcription are underlined for one of these three reasons: th is substituted for a written y where it represents the sound th (as in the definite article, which was never pronounced “yee”); F is substituted for ff, a common way of ‘capitalizing’ that letter; or an abbreviation is expanded to the full word.
General Court Order Granting the Farmers' Petition
Heading (in right margin):
Cambridge Farms allowed a Minister

Body (beginning at top left):
Upon reading of the Petition of the Farmers, and Inhabitants
of the Farms within the Precincts, and Bounds of the Town
of Cambridge towards Concord, therein setting forth their
Distance (the neerest of them Living above five Miles) from
Cambridge Meeting house, the Place of the Public Worship
Praying that According to former Applications by them
several Years since made unto this Court, for the Advantage of
themselves, families, and Posterity, they may have this Courts
favour, and License in Order to the calling of a fit Minister for
dispensing the Gospells among them, As also that they may
be a distinct Village for the Ends Proposed in their Said Pe:
tition, The Select Men of Cambridge having had a Copy of said
Petition sent them with a Notification of the time for their
being heard thereupon, this day and Accordingly Attending
After a full hearing and Consideration of what was Offered
by both Parties, It is granted, and Ordered by this Court that
the Petitioners be, and are hereby Permitted, and Allowed
to invite, and Settle, an Able and Orthodox Minister for
the dispensing of the Gospell among them; And that all In:
habitants living within the Line formerly stated by a Com:
mittee of this Court Anno 1684, beginning at the first run
of Water, or Swampy Place over which is a Kind of a Bridge
in the way on the Southerly side of Francis Whitmores
house towards the Town of Cambridge Aforesaid cross the Neck
of Land lying between Woburn Line, and that of Watertown
side upon a Southwest, and Northeast course, do pay unto
the Ministers maintenance there, And are hereby Im:
powered annually to chuse three, or five meet Persons
to Assess their Inhabitants for the Support and Main:
tenance of their Minister, As also a Constable, or Collector to
gather the same by Warrant from the Said Assessors
The Said Farmers not being hereby discharged from Pay:
ing their Proportion as formerly unto all Public char:
ges in the Town, Except what refers to the Ministry,
so long as they Maintain an Able Minister among