Survey Committee Report and Map, 1684

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.


Report text:

Whereas we who have hereunto Subscribed were
Chosen & Appoynted by the Honorable Generall Court as a Committee to
view and take Notice of the most convenient place
for the Divideing line to be Run between the Town
of Cambridge; & the Farmes towards Concord (which is
Ordered to be a Village) And to Return our Opinion
to the said Court therein; in Order whereunto We
accordingly have been upon the place & have
Received information from, and heard the Alligations
of both partys, and in Conclution upon the whole
matter, We humbly Conceive, and it is our Opinion
that the most Convenient place for the Divideing
line to Run is, at the first small Run of water or
Swampy place, over which there is a kind of Bridge
in the way on the Southerly side of Francis
Whitemor's House towards the Town of Cambridge
aforesaid, which line is to Run A Cross the Neck of
land that lyes between the C Wooborn line & that of
Charles Watertown side, upon a Southwest and
NorthEast Course. which we humbly present to the
Consideration of this Honorable Court & Remaine
Your most Humble Servants
Thomas Prentiss
John Saffyn
John Fayerweather

Official countersignature at the bottom left:

This returne presented to the Court
by the committee. Edward Rawson, Secretary


Written along the boundary lines:

Containing one Mile 20 rods or 340 rods
which Runs about 40 or 50 rods to the northward of our Meetinghouse

Left side:
Containing nine miles or 2880 rods this line is Adjoyning to Watertown

Right side:
Containing nine miles and one quatter that is = 2960 rods the line adjoyning to wooburne

This Line Containes foure Miles or 1280 rods Adjoyning to Concord


Next to the building at the bottom: meeting house

At the appropriate point on each long side: 5 miles