The Petition of Passaconaway to John Endecott

To the Honoured John Endecot, Esq., Governor together with the Rest of the Honoured General Court now Assembled in Boston

The petition of Passaconaway in the behalf of himself as also of many other Indians who were for a long time ourselves and our progenitors seated upon a tract of land called Naticot[1] and is now in the possession of Mr. William Brenton of Rhode Island,[2] merchant, and is confirmed to the said Mr. Brenton to him, his heirs, and assigns according to the laws of this jurisdiction, by reason of which tract of land, being taken up as aforesaid and thereby your poor petitioner which may [ torn ] in an unsettled condition and must be forced in a short time to remove to some other place.

The humble request of your poor petitioner is that this Honoured Court would please to grant unto us a parcel of land for our comfortable situation to be stated for our enjoyment as also for the comfort of us after us as also that this Honoured Court would please to take in to your serious and pious consideration the condition and also the request of your poor supplicant and to appoint two or three persons as a committee to assist someone or two Indians to view and determine of someplace and to lay at the same.  Not further to trouble this Honored Assembly humbly craving an expected answer this present sessions.

I shall still remain your humble servant wherein the shall command,

Passaconaway
Boston,  May 9, 1662

                          

Endorsement:

The humble petition of Passaconaway, Indian.  Entered 1662

Legislative Action:

In answer to this petition, the magistrates judge meet to grant unto Passaconaway and his men or associates about Naticot above Mr. Brenton's lands where it is free a mile and a half on either side the  Merrimack River in breadth and three miles on either side in length provided he now they do not alienate any part of this grant without leave and licence from this Court first obtained.  if their brethren the Deputies consent hereto.  Edward Rawson, Secretary.  May 9, 1662.  Consented to by the Magestrates Deputies.  William Torrey, Clerk

Cataloguing:

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[1] Presently Litchfield, New Hampshire

[2] Governor Brenton's will, proved at Newport in 1674, indicated that, among his properties at his death, he owned 10,000 acres at Naticot. Smith, Genealogies of Rhode Island, 513.