Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: LAWSUIT WITH NORTH HAMPTON, ABOUT TAXES
LAWSUIT WITH NORTH HAMPTON, ABOUT TAXES
The Assembly ordered that a hearing should be had on the second Wednesday of the next session, and that in the meantime notice, the selectmen called a town meeting, May 17, at which a committee was chosen to show cause why the prayer of the petitioners should not be granted. The committee were Capt. Josiah Moulton, Joseph Dow, Esq., and Ens. Philip Towle, who were authorized to employ counsel.
The petitioners failed to procure the change sought, and for about eighty years longer the taxes in the two towns continued to be assessed and collected in the same way as before. During that time there were many changes in the ownership and comparative values of salt marshes and woodland, but the changes were not all in the same direction. In 1859, the case was again brought into court by the selectmen of North Hampton, and the next year decided in their favor, so that all real estate has since been taxed in the town where it lies.