General Court’s Two Responses, 1684

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First Response—October 17

Magistrates:
In answer to the petition of some of the inhabitants of Cambridge whose dwellings are on the extreme parts of their bounds towards … Concord:

This Court, having heard the allegations and pleas of both parties, [in addition] to which the consent of those that appeared in Court on behalf of the town, do order that the petitioners be licensed to erect for themselves a public meeting house and procure some able and orthodox minister to dispense the ordinances of God amongst them, and when so provided they are licensed to appoint for themselves a constable and to choose selectmen (3 or 5 annually) to order their own prudentially, and to exercise distinct from the town in a military way, and shall in all other respects be a distinct society, and not obliged to the town for duty or payments, save only towards the maintenance of their Great Bridge over Charles River, the grammar school, and the charge of the Deputies for the General Court. For the regulation and maintenance thereof, they shall continue and remain to the town in all respects as heretofore.

And it is ordered that the divisional line shall be six miles from Cambridge meeting house, measuring along the high road leading to Concord, and at the end of said six miles to be a straight line across the bounds of the town which cross-line is to run parallel with the now stated head line at the eight miles’ end of the said town’s bounds. The magistrates hand pass this, their brethren the deputies hereto consenting.

17 October, 1684 Edward Rawson, Secretary

Deputies:
The Deputies consent hereto, provided the dividing line run as the committee have stated it in their return, and if the town of Cambridge consent not hereto, then they to provide an able (etc.) minister for the village within one year next after the date hereof, the honored Magistrates hereto consenting.

William Torrey, Clerk

Second Response—October 30

Magistrates:
October 30th, 1684. Upon further Consideration, the Magistrates grant the petitioners to settle a village as within expressed, and that the dividing line be at the end of five miles and a half, as stated by the committee, for the space of seven years next hereafter to be completed; and that then, the seven years being expired, it is left to the determination of this Court, whether the dividing line shall so remain as the committee have set it; or to be at the six miles’ end according to the former vote of the Magistrates. Desiring the Consent of our Brethren the Deputies herewith.

Samuel Sewall per order.

Deputies:
The deputies consent not hereto, but adhere to their former vote on the other side.

William Torrey, Clerk