Proceedings Volume 3

Proceedings Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... in 1727. That the proprietors of Bow, as a proprietary, had any legal existence at this time it would be hard to show, inasmuch as they had long before forfeited their grant, whose original validity was doubtful to say the least, by a non-compliance with its conditions. They had failed, as thereby required, "To build or cause to be built Seventy five Dwelling houses on Sd Land & Settle a Family in Each House & Clear Three Acres of Land fitt for Mowing or Plowing within Three years," and to build "a Meeting House for the Public Worship of God within the Term of four years." 1 But to this consideration was attached little importance by the provincial government, most or all of whose members were, like Governor Wentworth, either original grantees of this proprietary or in strong sympathy with them. And, if one looks a little deeper, he may find underlying this controversy, the lack of sympathy then existing between the members of the Church of England and the Massachusetts Puritans, who were moving inland in increasing numbers. Nor should it be forgotten that, as the eastern towns of Massachusetts became peopled and new townships were N. H. Provincial Papers, Vol. XXIV, /. 290. sought for, a class of land speculators made their appearance, who, from their peculiar ways of acquiring titles, were sometimes designated as "land grabbers." Indeed, our last French and Indian War was largely caused by the formation of the Ohio Company in 1749, and the eagerness of people of New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to gain possession of lands on the west side of the Alleghany mountains. Governor Benning Wentworth seems to have been willing to mend his broken fortunes by availing himself of opportunities afforded by his...
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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498224
  • 9781236498229