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Joint Special Comm. on the Marshpee Indians. Report, 1834
SEE ALSO 52538, 52541 Senate No. 65. On March 17, 1834, the Joint Committee on the Marshpee Indians submitted a report. The Committee absolved the
Overseers and Minister of any wrongdoing in the recent unpleasantness. The Committee regarded the Indians "in a state of pupilage, as children of
the Commonwealth." The government should advance their enjoyment of civil rights, so now the area would be a district with one Commissioner and three
selectmen: overseer of the poor, highway surveyor, and school commissioner. An Act to establish a District of Marshpee, 1834. The Plantation of
Marshpee and its inhabitants would be a district. The Governor would select a resident of Barnstable to be the Commissioner/Treasurer of both the Marshpee
and Herring Pond Indians and the residents 21 and older would vote for selectmen at a meeting in the spring. Besides their specific duties, they
would also be responsible for the common land. Wood, the principal crop, could only be cut by inhabitants, and only as much as could regrow in a year.
No land could be sold to outsiders. No alcohol sales allowed and the residents were free of state and county taxes. (Digitized from a microfilm copy
of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Ordered, that so much of the governor's message of the 24th inst., as relates to the Marshpee Indians, be committed, with the accompanying documents, to Messrs. Barton and Strong, with such as the House may join.
OCLC Number:   1401990427
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