ACT OF INCORPORATION
This partial separation, however, was leading surely to the formation of a new town; since around their own church and school the sympathies of the people would cluster more and more, as the old ties were sundered, and their attendance at the north side became less frequent. The isolated position of the new parish also, separated from the old by acres of salt marsh, would tend to the same result. It is not, therefore, surprising, that after a few years, a petition to this end was presented.
We come now to that petition and the action of the General Assembly relating to it, which is said to be the only act of incorporation that Hampton Falls ever obtained.
At a General Assembly at Portsmouth, May 12, 1718: [Vol. III: 732] "Major Peter Wear, Esq., & Messrs. Tillton and Wait p'ferred a petition to this board directed to his Excellency the Govr and Council, wch being read & considered, the following vote was past thereupon:
|In Councill, 12th May, 1718.|
It is allowed that the sd new parish at Hampton have liberty to call a publick Parish meeting annually, to choose selectmen and such officers as may be convenient, to manage their parish affairs, and to choose one representative to send to the Genl Assembly as they shall have a lawful p'cept for so doing; but as to their common land, maintaining their minister, & paying their proportion to the Prov: taxes, they remain as they were formerly.
|Richd. Waldron, Cler. Con.".|