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

To His Excellency Caleb Strong, Governour of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Honorable the Council

To the Honourable the Senate and the Honourable House of Representatives of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

To the Honorable the Senate and the Honorable House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court Assembled1

To the Honorable Senate and Honorable House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court Assembled1

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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