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By Mark Stein

Mark Stein is a playwright and screenwriter. His performs were played off-Broadway and at theaters through the nation. His movies comprise Housesitter, with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has taught at American collage and Catholic college.

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A hundred and eighty H OW T H E country S pass T TH E IR SH A PES New Hampshire’s japanese Border where we all know as New Hampshire used to be formerly a part of the Plymouth Colony, the forerunner of what used to be to develop into Massachusetts. In 1622, Sir Fernando Gorges, a important stockholder within the Plymouth corporation, shaped a partnership with Captain John Mason lower than which the 2 received proprietorship for the entire land among the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers. (See determine eighty two, in MAINE. ) Mason and Gorges dissolved their partnership in 1629, with Mason taking as his proportion these lands west of the Piscataqua River and calling this land New Hampshire. The Piscataqua River is still, to today, the southernmost section of latest Hampshire’s japanese border. New Hampshire’s Southern Border because it became out, New Hampshire used to be a foul enterprise enterprise. Mason’s heirs deserted it. yet that didn't cease settlers from getting into the land, and in 1639 a lot of them joined in a compact for governance that acknowledged they'd dwell by means of the legislation of Massachusetts. different settlers believed New Hampshire may still turn into its personal colony. They, in flip, signed a compact within which they pledged to undergo his royal Majesty’s legislation, including all such legislation as will probably be concluded through an immense a part of the freemen of our society, in case they be no longer repugnant to the legislation of britain, and administered in behalf of his Majesty. And this we've jointly promised, and engaged to do, and with the intention to proceed until eventually his very good Majestic shall supply different orders pertaining to us. If this seems like flattery, that’s since it is. yet they'd a cause of flattering the king: Massachusetts. This strong colony used to be composed basically of Puritans, who have been more and more at odds with the king. (Three years after New Hampshire’s plea for self-rule, England’s Puritans participated within the overthrow of the monarchy. ) In New Hamp- NE W H AM P S H I RE 181 shire, many colonists reasoned that the king may well just like the thought of weakening the Puritans’ strength in the USA through hacking off a hunk of Massachusetts. and in reality the king did love it. even though now not the king they wrote to. He were beheaded. yet in 1680, his son, restored to the throne by way of Parliament, decreed an autonomous govt for brand spanking new Hampshire. yet within the decree, Charles II stopped in need of stipulating its borders. Undeterred, New Hampshire claimed its personal borders. New Hampshire sought a southern border that begun three miles north of the mouth of the Merrimack River, the boundary laid out in the constitution of the Massachusetts Bay Colony as its northeast nook. From this aspect, New Hampshire claimed its border with Massachusetts was once a line due west. Massachusetts disagreed. according to its royal constitution, it maintained that its border was once a line three miles north and east of the Merrimack River. (Figure 111) no longer until eventually 1741 used to be the dispute resolved, while King George II decreed that the boundary undefined, for the main half, the single claimed by means of New Hampshire. It paralleled the Merrimack River at a distance of three miles to the north (as the Massachusetts constitution specified), yet on the city of Lowell, the place the Merrimack River turns north, the road drawn by way of New Hampshire in line with New Hampshire New Hampshire/Massachusetts Border Dispute—1740 rimack Mer to Hudson River Salmon Falls Salmon Falls rimack Mer FIG.

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