Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: THE GOOD EARL OF BELLOMONT
THE GOOD EARL OF BELLOMONT
This transaction must have been very disheartening to Mr. Usher, who, on his way to Portsmouth, had been so elated with his prospects, that, as he passed through Hampton, he had forbidden the people to observe a day of thanksgiving that had been appointed. This led the lieutenant-governor and the council, on the day that he entered upon the duties of his office, to order, "that the selectmen of Hampton do notify the inhabitants thereof, that the Thanks-giving day appointed by the President and Council, on Thurs-day next, be observed as has been usual in such cases." They also specially ordered that notice should be given to Mr. John Cotton, minister of the town, to "observe & keep" the day.