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To the Honorable the Senate and the Honorable the House of Representatives in General Court Assembled

The subscribers, Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Edgartown in the County of Dukes County, respectfully represent that situated or they are, on the only safe harbor, on the Vineyard Sound, they are visited each year with a  great number of vessels, many of whom have sickness on board and not unfrequently compelled to receive the poor and indigent who are sick and dying from on board said vessels without means for their own support.

To His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, to The Honourable His Majesty's Council and The  Honourable House of Representatives in General Court Assembled at Cambridge, the 8th of April 1772

 

To the Honorable the Lieutenant Governour Council and Representatives in General Court Now Assembled at Boston

                 

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John Stoddard thou art here indicted by the name of John Stoddard of New London that, not having the fear of God before thine eyes, thou hast most wickedly and maliciously risen up against Zipporah Bolles, the wife of Thomas Bolles, and smitten her with an ax, an instrument of death, and thereby taken away the life of one of his majesty’s subjects for which according to the law of God and the law of this colony, which hath been sufficiently published, thou deservest to die.

Hartford, July 27, 1678

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July 25, 1678

The examination of John Stoddard aged about sixteen years    

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These may certify that we John Stebbins, Daniel Stebbins, Joseph Waterhouse, and Hannah Waterhouse have known John Stoddard from his beginning to the time of his commitment and that he hath always been a most terrible wicked boy, very much indicted to curse and swear bitter oaths and likewise to lie and steal, both from English and Indians,  and a very vile, stubborn, rebellious child to his pa

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John Stoddard, aged about sixteen years, was examined before us, this 26th of July, 1678, who owneth as followeth:

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To His Excellency The Governor and the Honorable the Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts              

We are most certain that our many and late misfortunes have come to your knowledge.  However, we most humbly petition to Your Honors, presuming on your good natures, being assured by sundry examples of your compassion on the poor helpless, that you will take pity on the distressed truly deserving your tender compassions on us and set us free by restoring to us our once liberty and that we may enjoy our own property.  Again, we pray Your Honors to consider the many difficulties, disappointments and distresses that we do now meet with which doth reduce us to such necessitous circumstances tha

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To the Honored General Court of the Massachusets Colony in New England held at Boston the 27th Day of May 1685

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The memorial of Peter Obed, an Indian man, formerly of Saybrook now resident in New London in the Colony of  Connecticut in New England, humbly sheweth to this Honorable Assembly sitting at Hartford,

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