Order Making Lexington a Town, 1713

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1713 Order Establishing Lexington, first page
1713 Order Establishing Lexington, second page
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Mar: 20 1712

Present in Council,

His Excellency Joseph Dudley Esquire. Governor.
The honorable William Tailer Esquire. Lieutenant Governor & of the Council.

Samuell Sewall                       Penn Townsend                         Isaac Winston
Jonathan Corwin                     Andrew Belcher                         Nathaniell Payne
Peter Sergeant Esquire            Edward Bromfield Esquire          John Cushing
Joseph Lynde                          Isaac Addington                        Daniel Epes Esquire
Elisha Hutchinson                                                                   John Otis

The following Order pass’d in Council & Concur’d by the Representatives. Viz,

Heading in left margin: Lexington.

Whereas upwards of twenty Years since the Inhabitants or
Farmers dwelling on a certain Tract of Out Lands within the Township
of Cambridge within the County of Middlesex being remote from the
body of the Town towards Concord obtained Leave from the Generall
Court with Approbation of the Town to be a Hamlet or Separate Precinct
and were sett off by a Line, Viz. Beginning at the first Run of Wa:
ter or Swampy Place, over which is a kind of Bridge in the Way or
Road on the Southerly Side of Francis Whitmores House; towards the
Town of Cambridge afore said, a cross the Neck of Land lying between
Woburn Line & that of Watertown Side upon a South West & North East
Course commonly called the Northern Precinct, And being now increased
have obtained Consent of the Town & made Application to this Court to
be made a Separate & distinct Town, upon such Terms as they and the
Town of Cambridge have agreed upon;

Heading in right margin: A new Town raised named Lexington

That is to say that the said Northern Precinct when made a
Township shall bear such a Part of the two Thirds of the Charge of
the Great Bridge over Charles River in Cambridge, as shall be accord:
ing to their Proportion with the Town of Cambridge annually in the
Province Tax, And they shall annually pay to the Treasurer of the
Town of Cambridge their Part of the Charges as aforesaid;
And such other Articles as the said Town & the Precinct have already ag:
reed on by their Committees;

Ordered that the afore said Tract of Land known by the
Name of the Northern Precinct in Cambridge be henceforth made
a separate and distinct Town by the Name of Lexington upon the Ar:
ticles & Terms already agreed on with the Town of Cambridge, And
that the Inhabitants of the said Town of Lexington be entituled to
Have, Use, Excercise & Engjoy all such Immunities Powers & Privileges
as other Towns within this Province have & do by Law use exercise & enjoy;
And the Constable of the said Precinct is hereby directed & impow:
ered to notify & Summon the Inhabitants duly qualified for Voters
to assemble & meet together for the Choosing of Town Officers

Consented to, J Dudley.