Source: The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, vol. 8 (Portland, Me.: S. M. Watson, 1895).
[p. ]PONDSTOWN'S PETITION.
Contributed by Mrs. M. J. Moore.
Province Of The Massachusetts Bay, To his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esqr.: Governor and Commander in Chief the Honble: his Majestys Council and the Honorable House of Representatives of the province aforesaid in General Court Assembled at The petition of the Inhabitants of a plantation called Pondstown Humbly Sheweth, That we the Subscribers inhabitants of sd pondstown on the west side of Kennebeck River within the plymouth purchase might enjoy the Blessings of the Gospel and good Government amongst ourselves, and be enabled to settle a minister & School. We therefore most Humbly pray your Excelcy and Honors to incorporate us into a Town with all the previledges & Immunitys, with other towns within this province have, by the name of ______ as your Exc'y & Hon'rs shall think proper by the following butts and bounds vizt: beginning on the West side of Cobbiseconte great pond at the Easterly end of Lott No: One, from thence to run a West north West course fiue miles from thence to run a north north East course about Seven miles from thence to run an East South East seven miles or until it meets the Westerly line of the town ship No. One, being five miles from Kennebeck river & from thence to run Southerly until it meet with the North Easterly end of Cobbiseconte Great pond from thence to run Westerly on Northly end of sd: pond to the West side thereof then to run Southerly on the westerly side of sd pond to the first mentioned bounds, as appears by plan annexed—As this Country is at present but little cultivated it will oblige us to be at great Expence in clearing roads & to build a House for the publick Worship of God, a ministerial house as well as a School & settling & supporting the Gospel, and many other charges will Naturly arise in a new Country[p. 176]and being poor in general, therefore we most Humbly Pray your Excy and Honours to Exempt us from paying province taxes for ten years to come and otherwise relive your petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray
Kennebeck December 1770— James Craigg,
John Chandler Iuner
Mass. Arch. Vol. 118, p. 476.