History of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Nearly three years ago the attention of the publishers, who have long made a specialty of this class of work, was called to the fact that a history of Hillsborough County was needed. After mature deliberation the work was planned and its compilation commenced. The best literary talent in this section of the State for this especial work was engaged, whose names appear at the head of their respective articles, besides many other local writers on special topics. These gentlemen approached the work in a spirit of impartiality and thoroughness, and we believe it has been their honest endeavor to trace the history of the development of the territory embodied herein from that period when it was in the undisputed possession of the red man to the present, and to place before the reader an authentic narrative of its rise and progress. The work has been compiled from authenticated and original sources, and no effort spared to produce a history which should prove in every respect worthy of the county represented.
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This act of the King annexing so much territory, before that time under the government of Massachusetts, to the province of New Hampshire was not satisfactory to the people of Massachusetts, or to the inhabitants of the lands so virtually annexed. It was very naturally urged by the people, who were thus made to attorn to New Hampshire, that it was unfair to sever them from a more powerful province against their remonstrance and annex them to a weaker at a time when it seemed there would be no end of Indian wars and depredations An attempt was made to have the matter reheard, which failed, as well as a proposition to re-annex the entire province to Massachusetts.