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Memorial of the Selectmen of the Town of Sherburne


The Memorial of the Selectmen of the Town of Sherburne, on the Island of Nantucket, at the request of a number of the Inhabitants, humbly sheweth: "that your memorialists are deeply concerned to find that there is a resolve of the General Assembly of this Colony, forbidding any importation of fuel or provisions into this town and that it is recommended to the United Colonies to afford no further supplies, by reason, as we apprehend, of some misrepresentation being made of our past conduct.

"Your memorialists beg leave further to represent, that such restraint will, in its operation, in a very short time, subject the inhabitants to extreme distress, as there is already great complaint for want of fuel and other necessaries. Numbers of families begin to feel the pressing calls of hunger and want; therefore, your memorialists beg your attention to a resolve of the Continental Congress of the 11th of December last, founded in humanity, as they say, pointing out the necessity of said town' s being further supplied through a Committee of this Colony. Your memorialists, therefore, humbly request, that said restraint recommended to the other Colonies, may be recalled, or otherwise, as your Honours shall think proper."

In the House of Representatives: Read, and committed to Colonel Freeman, Mr˙ Brown, of Boston, and Mr˙ Davis, of Barnstable, with such as the honourable Board may join, and the Committee are directed to report what is proper to be done.

In Council: Read, and concurred, and John Winthrop and Charles Chauncy, Esquires, are joined.