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Petition from Cohasset

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PETITION FROM COHASSET.

Cohasset, May 9, 1775.

The Selectmen of the District of COHASSET humbly shew:

That to their great satisfaction they find that the idea of Counties, Towns, and Districts, are in a great measure lost in a general conference for the safety of the whole, and that this Committee, on whom are the eyes of the Government, in various instances granted protection to such parts of the sea-coasts as were most exposed. Your Petitioners therefore beg leave to say, that they are in a defenceless state, and that they are exposed to be ravaged by the crews of every ship or vessel whose inclination leads them to plunder; that they have kept up a military watch from the twentieth of April last to this time, and which is absolutely necessary to be continued for the safety not only of said District, and the Towns adjoining, but of the whole. They therefore pray that they may have liberty to raise, on the same footing that men are raising in our neighbourhood, and have a Company, and that they may do duty in this place until the safety of the whole shall require their removal.

And, as in duty bound, shall pray.

ISAAC LINCOLN,
ABLE KENT,
THOMAS LATHROP,

Selectmen of Cohasset.

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