Consent of the Herring Pond Tribe for Ephraim Ellis to Petition the Massachusetts General Court

At a meeting of the Herring Pond Indians at their Meeting House within the bounds of Plymouth, the 22nd day of November 1782, to consult about some method to relieve our minister, Mr. Ephraim Ellis, under his present difficulties, occasioned, by the Company in England[1] for propagating the Gospel among the Indians in New England, refusing to pay his salary for several years and protesting his bills drawn on them, which has involved our minister in debts for his necessary support about one hundred pounds lawful money, which he is unable to pay; and as we, the Herring Pond Indians, are owners of several large tracts of land in Plymouth, which are not improved by us, and we think so much of said lands might be sold without any damage to us, as would pay our Minister’s debts.

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Therefore, judging it our duty to do what we can so the support of the Gospel among us. We do hereby agree and consent that so much of our lands may be sold, where it will be least prejudicial to us (not to take our house lots or woodland most convenient for our own fires) as will be sufficient to pay our minister’s debts, and necessary charges about the sale; the whole to be about one hundred pounds, and we desire Mr. Ellis to petition the Honorable the General Court for liberty to sell so much of our lands, for this purpose.

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Voted unanimously.  Attest, Micah Sepit, moderator of the meeting

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[1] The New England Company