Cambridge Town Records, 1712–1713

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First Meeting—December 1, 1712

At a meeting of the inhabitants belonging to the meeting house in the body of the town of Cambridge, orderly convened the 1st December. 1712.

Captain Thomas Oliver was chosen Moderator. And whereas the Farmers at their public meeting on the 28th of October last appointed a committee to petition the town that they may be dismissed from the town and be a township by themselves, as appears by their petition bearing [the] date [of] 6 November 1712, which has been now read:

[It was] voted that Captain Thomas Oliver, Mr. Jonathan Remington and Andrew Bordman be a committee to treat with the said committee appointed by the Farmers aforesaid. And that the articles to be proposed to the said committee as terms of their dismission are their paying a part toward the charge of the Great Bridge, and to the town house, and a consideration for some of our poor.

[It was] also voted that the inhabitants abovementioned [shall] meet at our town house on the second Monday in January next, at twelve of the clock, to receive the report of the said committee referring to the affair above mentioned.

Second Meeting—January 12, 1713

At a meeting of the Inhabitants belonging to the meeting house in the body of the town of Cambridge, orderly convened 12 January 1712/13,

Captain Thomas Oliver was chosen Moderator. It was also voted as follows:

1 That the Farmers upon their being dismissed from the Town shall annually pay to our town treasurer such a proportion of our part of the charge of the Great Bridge over [the] Charles River in Cambridge as shall fall to them according to their annual proportion with us in the province tax.

2 That the said Farmers shall pay their proportion of twenty-five pounds toward the arrears of our town house.

The aforesaid articles [have been] complied with by the Farmers.

Voted 3 That the article that has been proposed referring to their paying their proportion toward the relief of some of our poor (viz Robert Webber and Richard, a Negro, and his Wife) be referred to the committee formerly appointed (viz Captain Oliver, Mr Remington and Andrew Bordman) to debate further upon, who are fully empowered in behalf of the Town either to insist upon the said article, or to consent to their being dismissed from the town upon the articles aforementioned, which they have complied with.