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This Indenture Made the 11th day of June in the 11th yeare of ye Raigne of our Soveraign Lord Charles by the grace of God King of England Scotland France &; Ireland Defender of ye ffaith &c Between John Wolaston Citizen & Goldsmith of London of the one part and Capt John Mason Esqr of the, other part Witnesseth that whereas ye Coullcill of New England by their Indenture under their Com'on Seale bearing date the l8th day of Aprill last past before the Date hereof made Between ye Said Councill by ye Name of ye Councill Established at Plymouth in ye County of Devon for ye planting ordering ruling & Governing of New England in America of ye one part & ye Said Jolm Wollaston by the name of John Wollaston Citizen & Goldsmith of London of the other part for the Considerac'ons in the same Indenture contained have demised granted and to Farme Letten unto the Said John Wollaston his Executors and Assignes, all that part purport and porc'on of the Maine Land of New England aforesaid beginning from the Middle part of Naumkeck River and from thence to proceed Eastwards along the Sea Coast to Cape Anne and round about the Same to Passcattaway Harbour and alsoe from Naumkeck through the River thereof upp into the Land West Sixty Miles from wch period to Cross over Land to the Sixty Miles end accounted from Passcattaway through Newichewanock river to the Land Northwestwards aforesaid and alsoe all that the South half of the Isles of Shoalds togeather with all other Islands & Isletts as well imbaid as within ffive Leagues distance from the prmises and abutting upon the Same or any part or parcell thereof not otherwise granted to any by Speciall Name, And togeather also with all woods underwoods and trees now Standing growing & being, or wch hereafter Shall or may stand grow or bee in and upon the Said Porc'ons of Lands & other the Premises All wch part & porc'ons of Lands Islands and premises are from thence forth to be called by the Name of Newhampshire. And whereas alsoe the Said Councill for the considerac'ons aforesaid have demised granted & to farme Letten unto the said John Wollaston his Execrs and Assignes all that other parcell or porc'on of Lands woods & wood grounds lying on the Southeast part of the River of Sagadahock in New England aforesaid at the mouth or entrance thereof containing & to containe there, Ten Thousand Acres togeather also with all the woods underwoods & trees of the same wch said other parcell of Lands from thenceforth is to be called by the name of Masonia. And ,Whereas moreover the Said Councill for the Considerac'ons aforesaid have demised granted & to Farme letten unto the Said John Wollaston his Executors and Assignes together with the Said Lands Islands and premises all the Soyles, grounds, havens, Ports, Rivers waters, Dishings, Mines, & Mineralls as well Royall Mines of Gold and Silver as other Mines & Mineralls pretious Stones Quarries and all and Singular other Comodityes, Jurisdictions Royaltyes priviledges ffranchises and preheminences both within the said Tracts of Land upon the maine,& alsoe within the Said Islands or any the Said demised premises. And also all rents reserved upon the premises or any part or Parcell thereof perquisites & profitts of Courts Deodands waives & strayer goods of ffelons & Fugitives escheats & all other casuall proffitts whatsoever arising or which may hereafter arise out of the Said Demised prerrlises or out of any part or parcell thereof under Such reservac'ons as in the Said Lease are excepted & reserved To have & to hold & enjoy all & Singular the Said Lands Islands and all other the Said Demised premises with their & every of their appurten'ces unto the Said John Wollaston his Executrs and assignee from the Day of the Date of the Said Indenture of Demise unto the. full end & demise of three thousand yeares from thenceforth next it imediatly ensuing & fully to bee compleated & ended without impeachment of any manner of west for and under the yearly Rent of one pepper Corne payable if it be Lawfully Demanded as in & by the said Indenture of Demise more at large it doth & may appeare which said Indenture of Demise was made unto the said John Wollaston by & with the consent of the Said Capt John Mason in trust only for the benefit & behoofe of him the said Capt John Mason his Executors & Assignes, Now therefore this Indenture further wittnesseth That the Said John Wollaston in pformance of the Trust in him reposed & also for divers other good causes & considerac'ons him hereunto especially moving hath granted assigned left over & confirmed & by these prsents doth grant assigne left over & confirms unto ye said Capt John Mason his Executors & Assignes All that the Said part purport & porc'on of Lands called New Hampshire & all & Singular other the said Demised premises with their & every of their appllrtanences in ye said Indenture contained Together with the said recited Indenture of Demise and all ye right title Interest terme of yeares Claime & demand of him the Said John Wollaston of in & to ye Same or any part or parcell thereof & all the benefit profitt advantage & Com'odity whatsoever which shall or may bee had by the same, To have hold & Enjoye the Said part purport & porc'on of Lands called New Hampshire & all & Singular other the Said premises with their & every of their appurten'ces and also all the right title and interest of the Said John Wollaston of in & to the same or any part or parcell thereof unto the said Capt John Mason his Executrs and Assignes from the day of the Date of these presents for and During all ye residue of the Terme of Three thousand yeares yet to come an unexpired in ye same for and under the reservac'ons of Rents in the said recited Indenture contained as fully freely & in as large ample & beneficiall Manner and forme to all intents & purposes whatsoever as he the said John Wollaston his Executes and assigns or any of them may might or ought to have hold & enjoye the same by vertue of the recited Indenture of Demise or otherwise In witness whereof the said partyes to these prsent Indentures interchangeably have sett their hands & Seales the Day & yeare first above written.
(1) New Hampshire State Papers, XXIX, Vol. VI, pp. 66-69. Back
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