Petition of Elisha Tupper to the Massachusetts General Court

To The Honourable Spencer Phips, Esq., Lieutenant Governour and Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England and to the Honourable His Majesty's Council for Said Province


The petition of Elisha Tupper, who hath the inspection of the Indians in Sandwich and part of Plymouth,1 humbly sheweth that the Indians inhabiting the easterly and southerly parts of Plymouth generally dwell ten or more miles from any Justice of the Peace for said County, and many disorders contrary to law prevail among them.  Many of them not attending the worship of God in public on the Sabbath and yet escape with impunity because there is no justice to take cognizance of their crimes and by reason of their nearness to Sandwich, the Indians there escape punishment by running among the Plymouth Indians to remedy the same.  And that the laws may be duly executed.


Do humbly pray Your Honours in your great wisdom to appoint some suitable Englishman as a Justice of Peace over said Plymouth Indians whose dwelling is among or near to them who may put the laws in execution and, if I might be indulged to name some persons that might be (as I think) serviceable in that station, it would be Mr. Thomas Swift, Mr. Seth Swift, or Mr. Joseph Lawrence.

And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray,

Elisha Tupper

Dated Sandwich, November 15, 1751


A Petition to the Honourable, the Governour


Elisha Tupper's Petition



  • 1. The Herring Pond Indians