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Petition of Inhabitants of Berwick to the Massachusetts Congress

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PETITION OF INHABITANTS OF BERWICK TO THE MASSACHUSETTS CONGRESS.

To the Honourable the Delegates of the Colony of MASSACHUSETTS-BAY in Provincial Congress at WATERTOWN convened:

The Petition of the Inhabitants and Freeholders of BERWICK, in the County of YORK, in town-meeting convened, humbly showeth:

That the harbours of York and Kittery, within the said County, lie entirely open to our now known enemies, and the lives and properties of the inhabitants thereof and the

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neighbouring Towns along the sea-coast exposed to the ravages and depredations of the enemy.

And that the remaining part of the inhabitants of this and the remaining Towns labour under the disagreeable situation (for want of arms and ammunition) of being incapable to defend themselves, wives, and children, and properties, should a descent be made by the King' s Troops on this coast, which your Petitioners have the greatest reason to fear will inevitably be the event.

Your Petitioners, therefore, humbly pray this honourable House, in their great wisdom, to take the premises into serious consideration, and that they would be pleased to despatch one or more of the Companies now in the service of this Colony, in order to assist in guarding and defending this coast, or enable them, by raising more Troops for the Colony service, in some measure to guard and defend themselves. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray, &c˙, &c.

By order of the Town:

NAHUM MARSHALL, Town Clerk.

Berwick, May 31, 1775.

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