Source: The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, vol. 8 (Portland, Me.: S. M. Watson, 1895).
[p. 185]PETITION TO INCORPORATE NEW BOSTON, (GRAY.)
Copied from Mass. Archives by Dr. J. F. Pratt.
To the Honorable Council and Representatives of Massachusetts Bay.
The Petitions of the Settlers of a place called New Boston in the County of Cumberland Humbly Sheweth That whereas your Petitions having undergone great difficulties in erecting a House of Divine Worship and settling a Minister of the Gospel in this place, and are still attended with peculiar embarrassments in their endeavours to finish said House and support said Minister together with many other difficulties arising from want of Town priviledges. These are therefore to pray your Honors to take our distressing Circumstances under your wise Consideration and grant us the privileges of an Incorporated Township and your petitions as in duty bound will ever pray.
Dated at New Boston August 1777.
N. B. The number of families exceed 60.
Jereh Notts jr.,
Jossph [sic] Weeks,