Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Following the destruction of public records by fire in the Court House (Old State House) in 1747, the Massachusetts General Court directed the provincial secretary to record in his office the 1629 and 1691 charters, with the commissions of the governor, lieutenant governor, justices of the Superior Court, and his own, per Orders 1747-48, c 182 (Dec. 11, 1747). Starting with these transcriptions, the state secretary (known as such from 1780), as part of his responsibility as record keeper for Massachusetts, continued to maintain a running record of copies of official documents that were the responsibility of his office, including those he attested, those part of administration of oaths, and those recording information on public appointees. As record keeping became more voluminous and the secretary's office more specialized over time, specific types of records were maintained in their own series, as indicated below
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Correspondence, biographical sketches, genealogies, Bible records, public documents, notes, photos, and other papers, reflecting Hoyt's genealogical and historical interests and his activities with Office of the Paymaster General and Massachusetts Treasury Office. Includes materials relating to the Freeman, Hoyt, Marshall, McClenachan, Randolph, and Stuart families; journal (1751-1753) of William Smith (b. 1702) describing duty on Sable Island, N.S.; information pertaining to the safety measures taken by the British merchant marine, the Massachusetts and Connecticut boundary, financial affairs during the American Revolution, and Portsmouth, N.H., branch of Bank of the United States; and letters from Admiral Asa Walker discussing the outbreak of the Philippine Insurrection in 1899, Alexander Hamilton concerning U.S. Dept. of the Treasury matters, and John C. Calhoun pertaining to military pensions. Other persons represented include Timothy Bigelow, Mary Billingham, Greenfill Blake, ... Read More
Massachusetts Historical Society
Letters from Andrew Oliver, Secretary of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, to Jasper Mauduit, colonial agent for the Province to Great Britain. The letters concern Mass. government, Mauduit's attempts to obtain reimbursement for Mass. for military services during the French and Indian War, claims to lands and townships and boundary questions between Mass. and Connecticut and other colonies; the reasons leading to the non-appointment of Israel Mauduit (Jasper's brother) as joint agent in London, instructions, and papers sent to Mauduit. Originals and copies
Massachusetts Historical Society
Papers relating to a dispute regarding the jurisdiction over 4 towns between the colonies of Connecticut and Massachusetts, including correspondence among Jonathan Law, governor of Connecticut, and William Shirley and Spencer Phipps, governors of Massachusetts. Also, documents relating to the arrests and trials of men in Windsor, Conn., for the chopping and boxing of pine timber
New-York Historical Society
Letter to Governor Simon Bradstreet, dated Hartford, July 25, 1679. Concerns the boundaries between the colonies of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Transcribed by Edward Rawson
New-York Historical Society
Collection of assorted deeds, receipts, petitions, appointments, lists, legal papers, transcripts of early official documents, and a few items of correspondence, 1663-1868, from or pertaining to residents of the state of Connecticut -- Individual items include a letter by John Allyn, Secretary to the Colony of Connecticut to the General Assembly of Massachusetts, dated Hartford, Oct. 13, 1663, concerning Connecticut's claim on the counties of Mistick and Pawcatuck; true copy of petition to the General Court or assembly of Connecticut, dated New Haven, Sept. 22, 1736, stating that the undersigned are unable to travel the distance necessary to attend their respective churches and asking to establish a local parish to be called Middlesex; deposition in the suit of Daniel Shaw vs. Martin Lee, dated New London Jan. 21, 1773, charging Lee with the brutal assault of a slave named Megg belonging to Shaw; certificate of membership, with pictorial engraved border, to Wills Clift, for his ... Read More
Connecticut Historical Society
Lists of subscribers in the Susquehannah Company, a land investment and settlement company, 1754 and undated; copies of Connecticut General Assembly acts and resolutions dating 1664-1797, regarding boundaries with New York and Pennsylvania, permission to settle lands and terms of settlement on lands west of New York State; a copy of an agreement between King George and Francis Colden about surveying the boundaries of the colony of New York; a power of attorney for Jonathan Trumbull, 1760; a writ of attachment for Reuben Cook of Westmoreland, Litchfield County, Connecticut, 1774; a deed for land owned by the Delaware Company, 1761; documents related to establishing the town of Concord, 1796; assorted financial records, 1772 and undated; and copies of reports of Committees charged with settling the boundary between Connecticut and Massachusetts, 1713
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Several groups of Massachusetts commissioners worked with their Connecticut counterparts to resolve disputes that surfaced after the Revolutionary War concerning the boundary between the two states. An agreement was reached on the section of the line west of the Connecticut River in 1803 and on the line east of the Connecticut River in 1826. These files were created by the various commissioners and compiled by the state secretary to assist in the resolution of the boundary line dispute

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