Petition of Thomas King, John Howe, Sr., and Others to the Massachusetts General Court

To the Honored General Court Now Assembled at Boston

The humble petition of us whose names are hereunto subscribed humbly sheweth that your petitioners, having been upon considerations of and about the exerting and setting upon a new plantation and having also from their considerations bestowed pains and taken view of some tracts of land that may be capable of accommodations for such an end, and having pitched our thoughts upon a certain place called by the Indians ‘Kunnapoag’ and lyeth south or southwest from the Town of Marlborough about forty or fifty miles, partly lying upon the river1 that runs from the lead mines about twenty miles on this side of New Norridge2 as the Indians report.  Now your petitioners having been at such pains and charge in viewing and finding matter of encouragement for the settling of a plantation.  Our Humble petition is that this Honored Court will please to favor us and our design so far as to grant us the aforesaid tract before-mentioned or thereabouts if we can find encouragement to our proceed, which if we may obtain hereby, we shall highly accept your favor.

And as in duty, we ought ever pray,

May 31, 1671

Legislative Action:

In answer to this petition, it being questionable whither the lands desired be within our line and so not in the power of this Court to grant.  The Magistrates judge it meet to refer the petitioners; [ torn ]case they cannot rest where they be, to look out for a meet place within our line to the westward on Connecticut River to answer their expectation and then present it to this Court who will consider thereof.  The Magistrates have passed this.  Their brethren, the Deputies, hereto consenting, Edward Rawson, Secretary.  Consented to by the Deputies, William Torrey, Clerk.  Boston, June 6, 1671



  • 1. The Connecticut River
  • 2. New Norwich, i.e., Norwich, Connecticut