Cambridge Town Records, 1712–1713

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.

First Meeting—December 1, 1712

Town meeting record, 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 publick Meeting on the 28th of October last appointed a Comitte
to Peticion the Town that they may be dismissed from the Town and be a
Township by themselves as appears by their peticion bearing date the
6 November 1712. which has been now read.

Voted That Captain Thomas Oliver, mr Jonathan Remington & Andrew Bordman
be a Committe to treat with the Committe appointed by the Farmers aforesaid.
And that the Articles to be proposed to the said Committe as tearms of their
dismission are there paying a part toward the Charge of the Great
Bridge & to the Town house & a Consideracion for some of our Poor.

also Voted that the Inhabitants above Mentioned Meet at our Town house
on the Second Monday in January Next, at Twelve of the Clock
to Receive the Report of the said Committe refering to the Affair above Mention[ed.]

Second Meeting—January 12, 1713

Town meeting record, January 12, 1713
Town meeting record, 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. 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 Charls 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 Arears of our Town house. The aforesaid Article[s]
being complyed with by the Farmers

[Vo]ted 3 That the Article that has been Proposed Refering to their paying
their proportion toward the Reliefe of some of our Poor (vizt
Robert Webber & Richard a Negro & his Wife) be refered to the
Committe formerly appointed (vizt Captain Oliver, mr Remington &
Andrew Bordman) to debate further upon, who are fully
impowered 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 complyed with. .