BOUNDARY DISPUTE WITH EXETER
The town of Exeter seems not to have united with Hampton in the proposition "to renew and re-survey" the boundary line between the towns. A petition was therefore presented to the council, February 4, agreeably to the vote of the town just mentioned. This petition having been read at the council board, it was ordered that the selectmen of the two towns should be notified to appear before the board the next Monday, for a further hearing of the petition, a copy of which should be furnished to the selectmen of Exeter.
On the day appointed, the 7th, the petition was again read at the council board, the selectmen of both towns being present, and upon hearing the parties, it was ordered "that ye lines between Hampton Exeter be seen and perambulated wthin fourteen days, & yt each town appoint a town meeting forthwith to choose a Committee to run the said lines, and that Capt. James Jeffrey be ye surveyr to do yt service & make his return to this board, ye towns paying his charge."[Prov. Pap. II: 670]
A little more than a year afterward, the views of the town were expressed by the following vote: "Whereas there is a Committee appointed out of the respective towns in this province to state the bounds of towns and parishes within the province, we do declare, that we will not consent to the settling any other bounds to Hampton, but the ancient bounds settled and established by a Committee appointed for this purpose by the Honorable General Court at Boston, in the year 1642, or 1643, which have ever since been considered as the true bounds."