Records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 1628 -1686
Originally Published in1853
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A massive and important historical record of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
These six large volumes provide detailed and comprehensive accounts of the
events, debates, actions and evolution of the colony from the early days after
its founding. Anyone whose family were among the early settlers in Massachusetts
is likely to find their family names in these books. These books were based on
meticulous manuscript records that were first published in 1853 and 1854.
Published more than 150 years ago, this
set is now extremely rare as these records have not been republished in hard copy and are only available on CD at genealogycds.. They are virtually unobtainable, for private use, anywhere else. This is a remarkable opportunity to acquire a complete set of this very important work.
Complete with an accurate Listing of
Freeman of the Colony
OF THE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY IN NEW ENGLAND.
PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE LEGISLATURE. EDITED BY NATHANIEL B. SHURTLEFF,
M. D., MEMBER OF THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, FELLOW OF THE
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN
ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY. FIVE VOLUMES IN SIX TEXTS (ON CD). Boston: From
the Press of William White, Printer to the Commonwealth, 1853 -1854.
List of Volumes - 5 Volumes in 6 Parts
Vol. I 1628-1641
Vol. II 1642-1649
Vol. III 1644-1657
Vol. IV - Part I 1650-1660
Vol. IV - Part II 1661-1674
Vol. V 1674-1686
Additionally both the Individual Volume "Indexes" and Individual Volume "Lists of Freemen"
have been combined into separate, searchable pdf files as an added research aid.
Contents of Volume I : The colony chapter; The company's records,
1628-1630; The Colony Records, 1630-1641; Miscellaneous Records; Oaths; John
Pratt's Answer to the Court; Court Order, 30 April, 1629; Freemen of the Colony,
1631-1641; Letter from Matthew Cradock; First General Letter of Instructions
from the Governor and Company; Second General Letter of Instructions from the
Governor and Company; Company's letter to the Ministers; Company's Letter to
John Endicott; etc.
Contents of Volume II : The Colony Records, 1642-1649; Miscellaneous
Records, Freemen of the Colony, 1642-1649; General Index; Index of Freemen.
Contents of Volume III : The Records of the House of Deputies,
1644-1657; General Index.
Contents of Volume IV Part I : The Colony Records, 1650-1660;
Miscellaneous Records; Freemen of the Colony, 1650-1660; General Index; Index of
Contents of Volume IV Part II : The Colony Records, 1661-1674;
Miscellaneous Records; Freemen of the Colony, 1661-1674; General Index; Index of
Contents of Volume V : The Colony Records, 1674-1686; Miscellaneous
Records; Grant to William Blathwayt, Esq.; Deputation of William Blathwayt,
Esq,, To Edward Randolph, Esq.; Certificate of the Appointment of William Dyre,
Esq., Surveyor General of Customs; Power of Attorney from John Awassamug to
Thomas Awassamug; Deed from John Awassamoag and others to Thomas Awassamoag;
Deed from Thomas Awassomoag to Edward Rawson; Freemen of the Colony, 1674-1686;
General Index; Index of Freemen.
The Remarks found at the beginning of Volume V are similar to those in each
volume: "The fifth volume of the manuscript records commences with the
proceedings of the General Court of Election which convened at Boston on the
27th of May, 1674, and includes all the records of the Massachusetts Colony, for
a period of about 13 years, from that time to the close of the May session in
1686, when the government of Massachusetts devolved upon Joseph Dudley, Esq., as
President. The original manuscript is in an excellent state of preservation, and
is mainly in the chirography of Mr. Edward Rawson, Secretary of the Colony. Many
parts of the volume are written in such a manner that they are read with great
difficulty by those who are not familiar with the peculiar style of the
"As is stated in the remarks printed in connection with the third volume, the
records appear to have been made up some time after the daily meetings of the
sessions of the General Court were held, from minutes on separate papers, and
are not arranged strictly chronologically in the order that occurrences took
place from day to day during the sessions. The marginal dates supplied by the
editor must therefore not in all cases, be relied upon as strictly correct, but
merely as approximations to truth.
"The list of freemen will be found arranged in chronological order at the end
of the volume, together with certain other miscellaneous matters recorded in the
original at the close of the manuscript. The General Index, prepared chiefly by
Mr. Charles E. Stevens, will be found to be very full, and undoubtedly correct.
An Index of the freemen has been added, as in the preceding printed volumes.
N.B.S. December 1854"
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