MS 75. Literal transcription – misspellings are left intact, xxx denotes illegible word, italicized items are my own comments for clarification. Please note that in some instances the letter “s” may have been replaced with the letter “f,” as was the custom at that time – TG.
Jos. Phillips & Cha
Axford’s Pet’s of Hunterdon for taking census is 1772 &c.
May 16. 1775.
Referred to next Setting
Bill ordered Nov. 25.
1775. to authorize the Justices & Freeholders to pay &c.
To His Excellency William Franklin Esquire, Captain General Governor & Commander in Chief, if & over His Majesty’s Province of New Jersey, Chancellor & Vice Admiral in the same.
To the Honorable His Majesty’s Council, and the Reprefentatives of the Freemen in the Province aforesaid.
The Memorial of Joseph Phillips & Charles Axford Afsefsors, of the Townships of Maidenhead & Trenton in the County of Hunterdon.
That your xxx which in the year 1772 did chearfully undertake the very considerable Trouble of Numbering the Inhabitants &c. in their respective Townfhips, & made & delivered returns thereof to the then Sheriff of this County. That your Memorialists afterward, in the year 1774 in Compliance with a Letter signified by Mr. Secretary Pettit, by order of his Excellency, to Mr. Sheriff De Cou, did again perform a similar service, as by annexed Accounts & Certificates may more fully appear. –
That your Memorialists agreeable to an Order of the House of Afsembly, did make application & lay their accounts before the Justices & Freeholders at their last Annual Meeting, who did not do any thing therein; but refer us to the House, as xxx the annexed Extract from their Minutes.- your memorialists have relied with confidence on the letter abovementioned, & have performed the service therein requested: Therefore humbly request the Legislature will please to order them paid, such Sum as may be a reasonable Compensation for their Trouble.-
Signed: Cha’s Axford Jos Phillips.