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COLLECTION Identifier: UAI 20.707

Records relating to Harvard's interest in the Charlestown ferry

Charlestown ferry bound volume, 1707-1806 Digital

Scope and Contents This series contains sixty-nine documents related to the College's interest in the Charlestown ferry between 1707 and 1806 that were gathered together, arranged in chronological order, and pasted into a bound volume at an undetermined date. The majority of documents are leases and bonds with the ferrymen, as well as handwritten copies of Corporation petitions to the General Court regarding ferry fares and bridge development. The series also includes handwritten legal opinions composed by Levi...

Petition to the General Court (photostat copy), 1646 May 15 Digital

Scope and Contents Photostat copy of a petition from ferrymen James Heyden and Francis Hudson requesting compensation for unpaid fares of "magistrates & deputyes" using the ferry.

Petition to the General Court (photostat copy), 1662 Digital

Scope and Contents Photostat copy of a petition from ferrymen Francis Hudson and John Burrage requesting the General Court coin twopenny and fourpenny pieces for change so the ferrymen could accommodate customers attempting to pay with larger currency denominations.

Council's Proceedings on the petition of the President and Fellows of Harvard College, 1743 March 7 Digital

Scope and Contents Handwritten copy, signed by Josiah Willard, of a March 7, 1743 Council vote ordering further work by a Committee considering a petition by the Harvard Corporation related to ferry fares, and a half-page response by Francis Foxcroft suggesting that the Committee recommend certain fare rates and ferryman percentages.

Draft of a petition to the General Court from the Corporation, 1743 October 26-27 Digital

Scope and Contents Two-page handwritten draft of a petition to the General Court signed by President Edward Holyoke, and a half-page letter that accompanied the draft from President Holyoke to Tutor Flynt, a member of the Committee to draft the petition.

The documents have mold and water damage.

Letter to the Selectmen of Charlestown, 1785 January 13 Digital

Scope and Contents Three-and-a-half-page handwritten letter from "FM Dana by order &c," to the Selectmen of Charlestown. Dana is presumably speaking on behalf of the Selectmen of Cambridge and provides an extensive response to the Charlestown Selectmen about increased ferry fares that is critical of the demands of the Harvard Corporation.