EARLY SETTLEMENT OF BRIDGEWATER. 61

[Thanks to Betty White for transcribing the History section]

1671.— Comfort Willis chosen trooper for five years, to find horse and furniture, only the town to find a pair of pistols and holsters, and if they were out of kelter at any time, he to repair them; and if he went to Yarmouth, he was to have 20s.; if to Plymouth, 15s., and to Taunton, 10s.; and Israel Packard to be trooper also on the same terms.
 
    " John Hayward of the plain, and Nathaniel Willis to enquire who drink strong liquors in ordinaries.
 
    " Voted to build a new meeting-house, and granted four score pounds and no more for falling, squaring, framing, enclosing, covering, flooring, glazing, and seating, and whatsoever belongs to the finishing of the same, excepting the galleries and ceiling; the dimension to be forty by twenty-six feet, and fourteen feet studs.
 
1672.— At meeting of the purchasers or proprietors, a committee was appointed "to consider the manner to be adopted in future for laying out their lands.   This was the first meeting held separately by the proprietors.
 
    " The town being met the 17th of June, and Mr. Constant Southworth, assistant, coming through the town, and having been appointed by court to choose and give oath to a jury for laying out highways convenient in the town, did accordingly perform the service, and appointed Samuel Edson, (foreman), Lieutenant Hayward, Ensign Haward, Mark Lathrop, Joseph Bassett, Samuel Tompkins, John Ames, Thomas Snell, John Washburn, John Hayward, John Willis, Jr., and John Cary.
 
1673.— It was voted that Mr. Keith, having been some competent time with them, should have the house and lands where he lived, twelve acres, and a whole purchase right.
 
1674.— The town ordered that a new book for the recording of lands should be procured, and a committee was chosen to see that the records were made and transcribed correctly, and on good evidence.

 

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