Scope and Content Note

The Col. Ephraim Williams, Jr. volume of the Dwight Collection presents a remarkable array of documents pertaining to the life of the College's Founder, and the history of our local area. The bulk of the items are arranged chronologically within the volume. The annotations forming this guide are primarily those that were provided by Francis Dwight Buell; minor later notes were made by the repository.

Of special interest are Ephraim Williams, Jr.'s plot plan of West Hoosac, later Williamstown (#21), and documents relating to his death. These latter include his July 1755 letter to his cousin Israel (#43) which accompanied the will that would result in the eventual establishment of Williams College, and the inventory of items that were in Ephraim's chest upon his death at Lake George (#44).

Included also are deeds and other legal documents relating to the estate of Ephraim Williams, Sr., and to land now situated in Bennington, Vt., and Williamstown, Dalton, Great Barrington, Richmond, Hadley, Hatfield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Turner's Falls and Lanesborough, Mass. The volume also contains documents relating to mills that were to be constructed near Fort Massachusetts (#9 and #17), several letters from Abigail (Williams) Dwight to her brother Thomas (#13 and #23), and Oliver Partridge's draft for the 1754 "plan for union of all the colonies" (#40). Also included are documents, primarily orders, for stores, etc. at Crown Point/Lake George, 1758-1760.


Contents

Number 1
1744 November: Deed to land in Stockbridge, Mass.
Signed by Timothy Woodbridge of Stockbridge, Schoolmaster, conveying land to Ephraim Williams, Esq. (Senior) land granted to Woodbridge by the General Court. Witnessed by Ephm. Williams, Junr., Tho. Williams. Acknowledged before Timothy Dwight.

Number 2
1744 May 18: (2) Deeds to land in what is now Tyringham, Mass.
Signed by Wm Williams, of Mansfield, Connecticut, Gentleman, conveying to Ephraim Williams (Senior) of Stockbridge, Esq., land in "the Township Number one, between Westfield and Sheffield". Witnessed by John Ashley, Williams Pynchon. Housatonic Township Number one was first settled 1739, and incorporated as Tyringham in 1762.

Number 3
1745 February 8: Deed to land in Stockbridge, Mass.
Signed by Ephm. Brown of Stockbridge, Husbandman, conveying one hundred acres of land in Stockbridge to Ephraim Williams, Junior. Witnessed by Reuben King, Jonathan Dwight. Acknowledged before Samuel Welles. Registered by William Pynchon.

Number 4
1747 April 27: Deed to house and land in Stockbridge, Mass.
Signed by Ephm. Brown, of Weston, Husbandman, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Junr., house and land in Stockbridge. Witnessed by Elisha Jones, Mary Jones. Acknowledged before Nathll. Harris. Registered by Williams Pynchon (his endorsement shows Ephraim Williams, Jr. ranked as Captain)

Number 5
1748 March 8: Deed to land in what is now Lanesborough, Mass.
Signed by Samuel Stone, Junior, of Framingham, Husbandman, conveying land Lot No. 94 in a new township called Osatonick in Richfield, to Ephraim Williams, Esq., of Stockbridge. Witnesssed by Josiah Drury, Elisha Jones. Acknowledged before Josiah Brewer. Recorded by Edward Pynchon. The present town of Lanesborough, including Cheshire was first called Richfield, afterwards called New Framingham. First actual settlers came in 1754, six years after Ephraim Williams, Sr., took title to Lot No. 94.

Number 6
1748 August 2: Holograph
Signed Chester Williams, Scribe, "In the name and by order of the ministers", relative to what constitutes intoxication, whether persons so behaving should make public confession of their sins. Addressed to the ministers of upper Hampshire County.

Number 7
1748 August: Invoice
Rendered to Col. Williams, Dr., for sundry articles: food, household articles and supplies, etc. and for work performed.
1748 August: Memorandum
Relative to Col. Williams' withdrawal from church communion. Both papers anonymous.

Number 8
1748-9 January 11: Indenture
Between Israel Meacham of Enfield, Yeoman, and Jeremiah Meacham, of Enfield, Yeoman, relative to the provision for the latter through sickness and health with comfort, victuals, drink, and clothing, lodging and medical attendance, during life. Signed by Israel Meacham. Witnessed by Daniel Sexton, Lot Killam.

Number 9
1750 February: Report regarding a grist mill at Fort Massachusetts
From the Committee of the General Court regarding the petition of Ephraim Williams, Captain, of Fort Massachusetts, as to a grist mill to be built. Signed by T. Hubbard, Spkr. Attested by J. Willard, Secty. This document bears the endorsement of Ephraim Williams, Jr., "Report of ye Comtt. upon my Petition 200 Acres at Fort Massachusetts". There is a small section cut out of the original document.

Number 10
1750 April 6: Obligation
Between Timothy Woodbridge of Stockbridge with others to pay unto William Williams, Esq., of Deerfield and Cap't Ephraim Williams of Fort Massachusetts one hundred pounds to obtain of Governour Wentworth of New Hampshire a grant of a township. This document carries autograph signatures, with seals, of thirty-three early residents of Berkshire County, the large majority being settlers in the tract named, since 1761, Great Barrington. This document in the handwriting of Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 11
1750 December 20: Notice of guardianship
Appointment of Ebenezar Allexander as guardian of Elenor Holton of Simsbury, Connecticut. Signed by Timothy Dwight.

Number 12
1750 March 6: Deed to land in Stockbridge, Mass.
Signed by Josiah William of Stockbridge, Husbandman, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Esqr., of Stockbridge, two hundred acres in said Stockbridge, near the land of Capt. Ephraim Williams, Junior. Witnessed by Martin Kelogg, Elizur Dickinson. Acknowledged before Josiah Dwight. Recorded by Edward Pynchon.

Number 13
1751 June 18: Letter from Abigail Sergeant to her brother, Dr. Thomas Williams
Abigail speaks of her brother Ephraim. Copy of this letter, exhibited with the original, is in the handwriting of Leverett W. Spring, made 1916 at the time he was preparing his History of Williams College, published 1917.

Number 14
1751 June 25: Letter from Solomon Williams to Dr. Thomas Williams
Dated at Stockbridge. The endearing term "loving brother" was an expression of the time, as he was a cousin of Dr. Thomas Williams, (to whom the letter is addressed) and of the Founder.

Number 15
1751 August 8: Deed to land in what is now Williamstown, Mass.
Conveying to Ephraim Williams, Junr., of Stockbridge, Gentleman, one half of one sixty-third part of the township lately laid out at Hoosac, except houselot No. 59. Signed by John Crawford. Witnessed by Oliver Avery, Israel Williams. Acknowledged by Israel Williams. This document is in the handwriting of Ephraim Williams, Jr., and endorsed by him.

Number 16
1751 November 24: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Conveying to Eph. Williams, Jun., of Fort Massachusetts, land in Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Signed by Josiah Williams. Witnessed by Joseph Howe, David Pixley. Acknowledged before Ephm. Williams, Sr. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 17
1752 March 17: Agreement regarding a gristmill and sawmill at Fort Massachusetts
Signed by Moses Graves and Elisha Chapin, by which they agree to build at Fort Massachusetts the gristmill and sawmill which the General Court stipulated should be built by Ephraim Williams, Junr., on a tract of land at Hoosac. Witnessed by Jonathan Ashley, Israel Williams. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 18
1752 April 10: Quitclaim to land in what is now Williamstown, Mass.
Signed by Isaac Wyman, of Woburn, "now resident of Fort Massachusetts", Gentleman, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Jr., of Stockbridge, Gentn., one half of one sixty third part of the township called Hoosuck, except house lot No. 2. Witnessed by Samuel Taylor, Silas Pratt. Acknowledged before Israel Williams. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 19
1752 June 29: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by Hugh Morison of Colrain, Husbandman, conveying to Ephraim Williams of Fort Massachusetts, Gentleman, land in the township of Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Witnessed by Thomas McGee, Joseph Stewart. This document in the handwriting of Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 20
1752: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Drawn up by Ephraim Williams, Jr., of Fort Massachusetts, Gentleman, for land in township of Bennington, New Hampshire, to be signed by John Harmon of Deerfield, Laborer, but not so signed. Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Endorsed by Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 21
ca. 1751: Plan of what is now Williamstown, Mass.
"A Plan of the Town Plot in the Township West of Fort Massachusetts". So endorsed by the Founder, who made the Plan. Other memoranda are by him. Land owner's name is included in each numbered plot. Plots for 'School', 'Ministers' and 'Ministry' are also noted. Encapsulated.

Number 22
1752 September 12: Deed to land in Stockbridge, Mass.
Signed by Ephraim Williams, Senior, of Stockbridge, Esqr., conveying fifty acres to Ephraim Williams, Junr., of Stockbridge. Witnessed by James Gray, Josiah Williams. Acknowledged before Elijah Williams. Recorded by Edward Pynchon. This was the property bequeathed by the Founder in his will "to my beloved cousins James and John Gray".

Number 23
1752 November 1: Letter from Abigail Dwight to her half brother, Dr. Thomas Williams
"Pray burn this letter as soon as received for sundry reasons". Regarding the activities and health of their father, Ephraim Williams, Sr. The copy exhibited with this original is in the handwriting of Leverett W. Spring, D.D., Professor-Emeritus of Williams College, author of "A History of Williams College", 1917.

Number 24
1753 February 28: Deed to land in what is now Williamstown, Mass.
Signed by Josiah Williams of Stockbridge, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Jun., of Stockbridge, two sixty thirds of the Township West of Fort Massachusetts, particularly house lots Nos. 7 and 16. Witnessed by Judith Williams, Bathshebe Dwight. Acknowledged before Ephraim Williams, Sr. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr., "My Brother Josiah Williams Deed of 2 rights at Hoosuck".

Number 25
1753 April 14: Bond regarding land in what is now Williamstown, Mass.
Signed by Seth Kent, of Canaan, Connecticut, Bloomer, to Ephraim Williams, Jr., of Stockbridge, Husbandman, regarding the right and title to land at Hoosuck, west of Fort Massachusetts and the settling of house lot No. 16. Witnessed by William Bull, John Horsford. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 26
1753 April 14: Bond regarding land in what is now Williamstown, Mass.
Signed by Elnathan Ashman of Litchfield, Connecticut, Husbandman, to Ephraim Williams, Junr., of Stockbridge, Husbandman, whereby Ashman agrees to pay "The full and Just Sum of One Hundred Pound Lawfull Silver Money" for possession of house lot No. 8 at "Hoosuck West of Fort Massachusetts". Witnessed by John Kellogg, Mercy Stoddard. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 27
1753 April 14: Bond regarding land in what is now Williamstown, Mass.
Signed by John Horsford, of Canaan, Connecticut, Bloomer, agreeing with Ephraim Williams, Jur., of Stockbridge, Husbandman, to take the right and title to land at Hoosuck, west of Fort Massachusetts, and settling house lot No. 10. Witnessed by Samuel Bellowes, James Fitch. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 28
1753 April 19: Document
Signed by George Banyar, regarding land located at Westenhook in the Colony of New York. Copy examined at New York. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 29
1753 May 21: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by Joseph Patteral, of London, England, "now resident in Boston", Mariner, conveying land in township of Bennington, New Hampshire, to Ephraim Williams, Junior. Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Witnessed by Edward Monroe, Jacob Cooper. Recorded by James Minot. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr., bears many signatures of Ephraim Williams, Jr., as do several preceding documents. In this instance he writes his name or initials eight times.

Number 30
1753 May 26: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by Samuel Kingston of Albany, New York, Laborer, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Junr., of Stockbridge, land at Township of Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Witnessed by Timo. Colwell, Amaach Perkins. Acknowledged before James Minot. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 31
1753 May 26: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by Simeon Diamond of Attlebury, Trader, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Jur., of Stockbridge, land in the Township of Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington Vermont. Witnessed by Caleb Coollidge, Jacob Cooper. Acknowledged before James Minot. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 32
1753 May 26: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by Samuel Taylor of Middlebury, Mariner, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Jur., of Stockbridge, land in Bennington, New Hampshire grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Witnessed by Caleb Coollidge, Jacob Cooper. Acknowledged before James Minot. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 33
1753 June 6: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by Peter Diamond of Kilkeny, Ireland, "now a resident in Boston", Mariner, conveying to Ephraim Williams, Jur., of Stockbridge, land in the Township of Bennington, New Hampshire Grant, now Bennington, Vermont. Witnessed by Caleb Coollidge, Jacob Cooper. Acknowledged before James Minot.

Number 34
1753 June 6: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by John Harmon of Bristol, England, "now resident in Boston", Mariner, conveying to Ephraim Williams, of Stockbridge, Husbandman, land in the Township of Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Witnessed by Newell How, Jacob Cooper. Acknowledged before James Minot. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 35
1753 June 6: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by Aaron Wise, of Dublin, Ireland, "now a resident in Boston", Mariner, conveying to Ephraim Williams, of Stockbridge, land in the Township of Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington, Vermont. Witnessed by Samll. Edcomb, Jacob Cooper. Acknowledged before James Minot. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 36
1753 June 6: Deed to land in what is now Bennington, Vt.
Signed by John McHarris, of Dublin, Ireland, "now resident in Boston", conveying to Ephraim Williams, Jr. of Stockbridge, land in the Township of Bennington, New Hampshire Grants, now Bennington Vermont. Witnessed by Charles Doolittle, Jacob Cooper. Acknowledged before James Minot. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 37
1753 July 20: Bond
Signed by Ephm. Williams (Senior) of Stockbridge, Esq., to "my son, Ephraim Williams, of Fort Massachusetts, Gentleman". Witnessed by Elisha Chapin, Micah Harrington. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr., "My Fathers bond for £ 167". Bottom right corner is torn and missing.

Number 38
1753 November 5: Quitclaim regarding the estate of Ephraim Williams, Sr. and Abigail Williams
"To our Brother Ephraim Williams, Junr., of said Stockbridge of the entire estate of our Hond. Father Ephraim Williams, Esq., and our Hond. Mother Abigail Williams". Signed by Joseph Dwight, Abigail Dwight, Judith Williams, Elizabeth Williams. Witnessed by Sarah Jones, Anne Whittelsey. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr., "acquitince of my Honored Father's estate".

Number 39
1754 February 25: Quitclaim regarding the estate of Ephraim Williams, Sr. and Abigail Williams
To Ephraim Williams of Stockbridge, "of the entire estate of my Honourd father, Ephraim Williams, and my Honord mother Abigail Williams". Signed by Elijah Williams. Witnessed by Elisha Allis, Israel Williams. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by, Ephraim Williams, Jr.

Number 40
1754: Plan of Union
This document, without date or signature, reveals itself a copy of "The Plan for Union of all the Colonies", devised by "Mr. Franklin of Philadelphia", delegate for Pennsylvania to the Albany Congress of 1754. Critical comparison of the handwriting with other documents now in possession of the Massachusetts Historical Society, written and signed by Oliver Partridge in 1754, confirm this to be the original draft made by Oliver Partridge, delegate for Massachusetts to the Albany Congress, of Franklin's famous but futile "Plan for Union". Five representative men were delegates for the Bay Province to the Albany Congress of 1754, "the most august assemblage that had ever yet been convened upon the American continent". Recital of their names will be impressive reminder of the quality of friendships of Ephraim Williams: John Chandler, Samuel Welles, Oliver Partridge, John Worthington, and Thomas Hutchinson. The four first named were his devoted friends.

Number 41
1754 August 24: Sermon of Rev. Dr. Stephen Williams.
Based on Matthew 22.

Number 42
1755 April 25: Deed to land in Hatfield, Mass.
Signed by Moses Graves, of Hatfield, to Ephraim Williams (Jr), "now resident at Hatfield", Esq., conveying land in the township of Hatfield. Witnessed by William Williams, Israel Williams. This document in the handwriting of, and endorsed by Ephraim Williams, Jr. This is the particular document described by the Founder in his will as "a deed given to me of the same by Moses Graves of Hatfield". Slight rip at bottom of page.

Number 43
1755 July 21: Autograph letter from Ephraim Williams, Jr. to Israel Williams
From Albany, signed Eph. Williams, to Israel Williams, Esq. "enclosed I send you my last Will and Testament". The endorsement is that of Israel Williams of Hatfield. Encapsulated; portions missing.

Number 44
1755 September 15: Inventory of Ephraim Williams, Jr.'s effects
"An Inventory of ye cloaths & sundry's found in my late brother Colo. Ephm. Williams' Chest at Lake George, and sent to Col. Lydius at Albany". This inventory in the handwriting of Thomas Williams, brother of the Founder.

Number 45
1755 September 18: Letter from James Gray to Dr. Thomas Williams
Written by James Gray, of Stockbridge, to Dr. Thomas Williams at Lake George, regarding his son John, who "went with your worthy and much lamented brother".

Number 46
No date: Opinion on the will of Ephraim Williams, Jr.
Opinion of B. Prat on Colonel Ephraim Williams' will. While the "Opinion" is not dated, it seems evident that it was given while Prat was a citizen of Massachusetts. This copy in the handwriting of Israel Williams (1710-1788) of Hatfield. Page 1 has portion loose.

Number 47
1758: Eight orders, receipts, etc.
Three signed by Salah Barnard and three by Elijah Smith at Lake George; one signed by Ezra Clapp at Westfield; and one by Elijah Williams at Deerfield. For stores, firearms, etc.

Number 48
1759-1760: Six orders
Dated at Crown Point, Ticonderoga Landing, and Ingersell's point. Signed by William Meacham, Ithamar Ammidown, Artemas Newton, S. Barnard, John Camp. Bulk regarding the stopping of wages to pay debts.

Number 49
1760: Letter from Israel Stoddard to Salah Barnard
From Crown Point, signed by Israel Stoddard, addressed to Captain Salah Barnard at Putnam's Point, regarding army stores. There is a good amount of damage to the letter.

Number 50
1762 March 22: Communication between Thomas Williams and Joseph Hawley
Thomas Williams of Deerfield and Major Joseph Hawley of Northampton. Autographed by both men. Refers to establishment of Falltown, now called Turner's Falls.

Number 51
1763 February 7: Deed to part of a sawmill in Hadley, Mass.
Signed by Moses Cook of Amherst, conveying to Samuel Partridge of Hatfield one fourteenth part of a sawmill in Hadley. Witnessed by Israel Williams, Jr., Israel Williams. Recorded by Edward Pynchon.

Number 52
1763 March 23: Autograph letter from Jonathan Ashley to Thomas Hancock
Signed by Jonathan Ashley at Deerfield, addressed to Thomas Hancock, Esq., relative to title of land in Falltown, now called Turner's Falls.

Number 53
1763(?): Statement of the Case of the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New York, respecting the boundary line between the two Provinces.
This document contains: History of New England charters. Deductions in refutal of New York's claims. Summary of the rights of Massachusetts to the lands within the limits of the first charter. This manuscript, possibly in the handwriting of Israel Williams, follows substantially pages 10-11 of the printed "Case". (See publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts IV 277, 456). The first attempt to adjust the controversy was made on September 13, 1753, when Samuel Welles, John Chandler, Thomas Hutchinson, James Otis, and Oliver Partridge were appointed to a Committee "to examine into the boundary lines between this province and New York". Nothing came of this attempt. On May 28, 1763, the House appointed Col. Clap, Mr. Trowbridge, Mr. Tyler, Mr. Otis, and Brigadier Dwight for a somewhat similar, but greater, purpose. The Council added Thomas Hutchinson, James Bowdoin, Israel Williams, and Nathaniel Sparhawk, and in 1768 the controversy was settled.

Number 54
1766 August 6: Legal document to the Sheriff of Berkshire County
An order to attach the goods or estate of Thomas Williams. Signed by Elijah Dwight, Clerk of Court at Great Barrington. Endorsed by Samuel Brown, Jr.
1783 February 29: Legal document to the Sheriff of Berkshire County
A summons of individuals living in Lanesborough to give evidence. Signed by Henry Williams Dwight, Clerk of Court. Endorsed by Timothy Brooks

Number 55
1770 November 8: Letter from Stephen West
Regarding church covenant. Not known to whom this letter was addressed. Found in an attic in the Connecticut River Valley.

Number 56
1771 May 23: Voucher for the Justices time spent at the Court of General Sessions of the Peace, Springfield
Receipted by sixteen Justices of the Hampshire County Court. The first four were linked with the will of Ephraim Williams, Jr. Att Wm. Williams Cler.

Number 57
1762 December 2: Letter from Henry Van Schaack to Elijah Williams
Regarding supplies. Signed by Henry Van Schaack at Kinderhook, addressed to and endorsed by Col. Elijah Williams at Queensborough. In 1771, Elijah Williams petitioned the General Court to incorporate "The Plantation of Queensborough" and letters to him were so addressed, but in 1774, the town was made West Stockbridge.
July 26, 1764: Letter from David Van Schaack to Elijah Williams
Regarding supplies. Signed by David Van Schaack, addressed to and endorsed by Major Elijah Williams at Stockbridge.
1762 December 1: Letter from David Van Schaack to Elijah Williams
Regarding supplies. Signed by D. Van Schaack and endorsed by Elijah Williams.

Number 58
1776 February 13: Broadside
Issued by the House of Representatives of the Colony of Massachusetts to the Committee of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety of towns in the Colony. This is the official document sent to Williamstown, and is so inscribed. Upper left corner is torn and missing. Mended in the past.

Number 59
1781 December 14: Letter from Nathaniel Dwight to Dwight Foster
Regarding a deed with Mr. Hamilton. From Nath'l. Dwight of Belchertown to to Dwight Foster, Esq., of Brookfield.

Number 60
1784 March 17: Letter from John Worthington to Israel Williams
Regarding Ephraim Williams' will.

Number 61
1784 April 23: Legal document to the Sheriff of Berkshire County
To attach the good or estate of Jonas Allin of Stockbridge. In the handwriting of Elijah Williams of West Stockbridge, half brother of the Founder. Signed by Henry W. Dwight, Clerk of Court. Endorsed by Ira Seymour, Deputy Sheriff

Number 62
1784 June 28: Deed to land in Dalton, Mass.
Signed by Olvr. Partridge, conveying to Simeon Griswould land at Dalton. Witnessed by William Williams, William Partridge. Acknowledged before Charles Goodrich. Recorded by Caleb Hyde, Jr.

Number 63
1786-1802: Receipts, notes, etc.
Written on scraps of paper, typical of the times. Four of these receipts are in the handwriting of Henry W. Dwight, as administrator of the estate of Dr. Thomas of Deerfield. One is in the handwriting of Elijah Williams, half brother of the Founder.

Number 64
1787 November 26: Legal document
Signed by Jah. Woodbridge, in which John Sergeant of Stockbridge takes legal action against "the Company for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America" to recover salary due him.

Number 65
1789 May 23: Legal document to the Sheriff of Berkshire County
To pay debts from the goods, chattels, etc. of Elisha Williams. Signed by Theodore Sedgwick of Stockbridge. Endorsed by Josiah Tiffany, Edward Edwards, Deputy Sheriff

Number 66
1791 February 9: Legal document to the Sheriff of Berkshire County
To pay debts from the goods, chattels, etc. of William Youny of Williamstown. Signed by Wm. Williams.

Number 67
1792 May 28: Legal document
Regarding the assault of Lucy Newell by her husband, Oliver, and the decision made in the case. Signed by B. Bidwell. The first declaration is in the handwriting of Elijah Williams, of West Stockbridge; the second declaration is in the handwriting of Barnabas Bidwell of Stockbridge.

Number 68
1818 June 3: Legal document regarding the estate of John S. Hopkins of Stockbridge, Mass.
Signed by Jos. Woodbridge, Chas. Sedgwick. Witnessed by Sam'l Jones, G. C. Morgan

Number 69
1795 January 12: Power of attorney
Signed by John Hooker, in favor of Josiah Dwight, of Stockbridge, Gentleman. Witnessed by Thomas Dwight, John W. Hooker

Number 70
1795 March 20: Deed to land in Richmond, Mass.
Signed by Roger Wing of Richmond, Clothier, conveying to Beriah and Edmund Redfield of Richmond a tract of land in that town. Witnessed by Nathl. Bishop, Lucy Bishop. Recorded by Samuel Quincy

Number 71
1801 January 12: Deed to land in Great Barrington, Mass.
Signed by Ezra Chapman, Ebenezer Comstock, Miles Avery. Conveying to Matthias Abbot of Tyringham, Yeoman, land in Great Barrington. Witnessed by Edwin W. Dwight, H. W. Dwight. Recorded by Joseph Tucker

Number 72
1803 March 8: Autograph letter from Ephraim Williams to Theodore Sedgwick
Regarding a legal case. Signed by Ephraim Williams at Stockbridge to Hon. Theodore Sedgwick "now at Boston".

Number 73
1826 December 27: Letter from H.W. Dwight to E. Williams
From H. W. Dwight, of Stockbridge, to the Honl. E. Williams, mentioning important happenings in Congress, particularly England paying United States "for slaves taken during the late war". This letter undoubtedly addressed to Ephraim Williams (1760-1835) of Stockbridge, nephew of the Founder, and who was at times member of the Massachusetts Legislature, State Senator, and Councellor.

Number 74
1837 January 5: Deed to land in Stockbridge, Mass.
Signed by Thaddeus Pomeroy of Stockbridge, conveying land to Charles Sedgwick of Lenox. Witnessed by Horatio Byington

Number 75
1911 June 25: Article
"Account of the Life of General Joseph Dwight and His Time", written by R. Henry W. Dwight, great, great grandson of the General, for the Springfield Republican, at the time of the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the Town of Pittsfield.

Richard Henry Winslow Dwight Collection, Volume 50, 1744-1911

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