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To the Selectman and Committee of Correspondence of the Town of Chelsea

*To the Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence of the Town of CHELSEA:

It having been represented to the Great and General Court, now hold at Watertown, that the inhabitants of the Town of Boston are allowed to come out of that Town to Chelsea, by way of Winnisimit Ferry, the said Court, from an apprehension that many of said inhabitants are poor, and unable to remove themselves and the effects they may have with them to such places as they may be disposed to repair to, and that others may be in weak and infirm circumstances, and stand in need of immediate relief; and also that some may, through carelessness or otherwise, be the means of spreading the small-pox in the country: appointed us a Committee to repair to your Town and inspect the state and characters of the inhabitants of Boston who should move out in manner aforesaid, and provide against any difficulties arising therefrom. We, the said Committee, have attended accordingly, and find, upon full inquiry, that there is not so much danger of the small-pox as was first apprehended; and finding that the movement of those people is so slow, that we, the said Committee, cannot, consistent with our other duty, expected from us by the General Court, attend in person to the landing of the said inhabitants, not knowing what length of time General Gage may take in any degree to perform his engagements


to the inhabitants of that Town, we therefore empower you, or the major part of you, and you are hereby empowered and directed, to cause a strict inquiry of all persons that shall land in your Town from Boston, and if you suspect they or their effects are infected with the small-pox, that you see that they be cleansed; and all such indigent persons as shall arrive from thence, and be recommended by the Committee of Donations to be objects of the charity of the people, that you cause them and their effects to be removed to such Towns as have not their proportion of such persons, agreeable to the vote of the late Congress; and all such persons as are so infirm that they cannot be removed, that you provide for them at the publick expense, until they can be removed, or until otherwise directed by the General Court; and if you find it needful, that you impress carriages, teams, attendants, and all other necessaries for the effectuating the purpose aforesaid in the most prudent manner; and that you lay an account, of your expenses, and time in carrying this order into execution, before the General Court, that whatsoever is just may be done to you, and all such as shall act under you and by your order.

July 31, 1775.