Resolve on the Petition of Ephraim Ellis, Missionary to the Herring Pond Indians, to the Massachusetts General Court

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In Senate, June 4, 1783

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On the petition of Ephraim Ellis, missionary to the Herring Pond Indians, which said petition is presented at the request of the said Indians praying for liberty to sell so much of the lands belonging to the said Herring Pond Indians lying in the Town of Plymouth, as will produce about one hundred pounds for purposes set forth in the said petition.

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Resolved that the prayer of the petition be granted and that Seth Freeman of Sandwich, Esq., be and hereby is fully authorized to sell and convey by a lawful deed or deeds to the purchaser or purchasers so much of the aforesaid lands as will fetch one hundred pounds lawful money; the said land to be sold at public or private sale, as shall be thought by the aforesaid Seth Freeman, most for the benefit of the said Indians, taking care not to encroach on the said Indians' house lots nor sell any of their wood lands that lay most convenient for their own use. And the money arising by the sale of the said land after paying charges of sale shall be first applied to the purpose of paying the aforesaid missionary for services done in preaching to the said Indians, and if any shall remain after such payment be made, the same shall be applied for the purpose of paying such Protestant teacher as shall hereafter be appointed to preach among the said Indians; he, the said Seth Freeman, first giving bond to the Judge of Probate for the County of Barnstable that the money arising by the said sale shall be applied to the purposes aforesaid. Sent down for Concurrence, Samuel Adams, President

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Legislative Action:

In the House of Representatives, June 5, 1783. Read and concurred, Tristram Dalton, Speaker.  Approved, John Hancock

Endorsement:

Resolve impowering Ephraim Ellis Missionary to the Herring pond Indians to sell Lands to the amount of £100 for the purposes mentioned June 5.th 1783 R.d P20V5

Cataloguing:

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