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Catalog Number 2005.124.1
Object Name Report, Administrative
Scope & Content Volume begins by listing the reasons Salem Village decided to separate from the town of Salem and the act needed for the incorporation of the town of Danvers.

Records include minutes of town meetings, names of those nominated for various official duties, including town moderator, town clerk, deer-reeves, fence-viewers, clerks of the market, hog reeves, pound keepers, sealers of leather, surveyors of highways, constables, tythingmen, wardens, sealers of weights and measures, etc.

Also instructions to elect representatives to attend the General Assembly and represent Danvers in the General Court.

Minutes recount tensions on a local level of events as they unfolded from the mid 1750's to the mid 1770's and the events leading up to the Revolution.

These include instructions to such representatives, including votes to help the people in Boston after the 1760 fire; a protest of the Stamp Act in the Oct. 17, 1765 and the Dec. 23, 1765 minutes; the Jan. 18, 1773 instructions regarding choosing a committee to take into consideration the state of their civil liberties so they could be restored and the Feb. 1, 1773 resolves voted by the town to address the loss of such liberties.

Includes lists of voters or those who owned land, the taxes they paid, votes for survey of roads or bridges to be laid, for those roads and bridges to be repaired, to appropriate the money to maintain schools, decisions regarding any changes in town boundaries, whether or not to erect "pest houses" for those with infectious diseases, provisions to help the poor, to assess taxes to cover town expenses, such as schools and road maintenance, etc.

Also includes petitions, information regarding estates of the destitute, instructions to citizens regarding upcoming town meeting and the warrant for the meeting and the decisions of the town meetings regarding the needs of the citizens of the town as well as town accounts.
Access Conditions Restricted to use in Sutton Room or Research area.
Physical characteristics Bound, handwritten volume.
Creator Town of Danvers
Title Copy of the Records of Danvers
Level of description Item
Copyrights All copyrights belong to the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Danvers--History - Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775--Sources
Stamp Act, 1765
Boston--Fire, 1760
Danvers--History -Revolution, 1775-1783--Causes