Selectmen's Minutes from 1754 through 1763
Selectmen's Minutes from 1754 through 1763 - Record Commissioners of the City of Boston. This text comprises the nineteenth report published by the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, reprinting the Records of the Selectmen compiled 1754 to 1763 inclusive. The material included in these records is extremely diverse, concerning the affairs of Boston residents, land owners, entrepreneurs, colonial officials, ship's captains, and others. While the events recorded vary widely in terms of general interest (the origins of Massachusetts real estate law, the burning of Faneuil Hall, licensing of inns and taverns, early fire departments, petitions brought against business owners by their employees, the acquisition of muskets and bayonets for local militias, small pox panics and rumors of outbreaks abroad, etc.), the entries are uniformly dense with the aforementioned references to the Boston citizenry, making this volume a boon to those researching their Massachusetts ancestors. It should be noted that this selection of records spans the entirety of the French and Indian War, a time of great activity in New England. Lists of Selectmen are conspicuous throughout the text, as well as assorted committees, petitioners, recent immigrants and more. The text is enhanced by two indices3/4one containing subjects and the other full names. (1887), 2000, 5½x8½, paper, indices, 322 pp.