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    [Luke Drury] Grafton, Massachusetts, Indians: Town Notes Recording the Election of a Committee Charged with Removing Funds for "Maintaining Preaching and Schooling for the Indians." One page, 7.25" x 10.5", April 28, 1773, Grafton [Massachusetts], mentioning that Luke Drury, a future Revolutionary War soldier who fought at Bunker Hill, was chosen to serve on a special Grafton committee. This document also records the voting outcomes of "The Inhabitants of Grafton" who were "Legally warnd and assembled at the meeting house in Sd. Town the 27th April 1773". The inhabitants voted, in part, whether or not "To choose a Committee to give Bonds in Behalf of the Town of Grafton to the Trustees for Grafton Indians so the proprietor of said Town of Grafton be Discharged from their Bonds that are given to the genl Courts Committee for maintaining Preaching and Schooling to the Indian, natives . . . so that the Town of Grafton may come into possession of the School Lots and meeting house with the four acres of Land by Sd. meeting house and Burying place . . . Dated Jan 23rd 1738/9 and for the Town by a vote to Indemnify said Committee if they see cause." The white inhabitants "passed in the Affirmative" to "choose a Committee to give Bonds in Behalf of the Town to the Genl Courts Committee as Sett forth in the warrant". The town also "Passed in the affirmative" whether or not "to Indemnify their Comtt in giving Bonds in Behalf of their Town". According to the document, the three chosen "for said committee By votes" were Luke Drury, John Goulding, and Andrew Adams. When it was "Put to vote whether their Town Indemnify their Comtt. in giving Bonds in Behalf of the Town", the vote "Passed in the Affirmative".

    An important objective of Massachusetts' Puritans was to convert the native American tribes. Missionaries like John Eliot worked to translate the Bible into the languages of the tribes. As his work gained success, he built communities of Indian converts known as Praying Towns. In the late 1600s, Eliot converted the Nipmuc tribe of Massachusetts. A school and church were established for the new converts in a new Nipmuc Praying Town located near the modern Grafton common. In the early 1700s, amidst a larger inflow of European settlers, a group of settlers bought 7,500 acres around the village from the Nipmuc. The money was used to establish an account for the tribe which was overseen by the General Court. According to this document, the white leaders of Grafton voted in 1738 to take possession of the meeting houses and lands, formerly set aside for the Nipmuc. After passing the vote, the newly acquired land became Grafton's common. Docketing on verso. Age toned with smoothed folds. A small amount of paper loss to lower left corner. Very good.


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