DAMESS GORE AND STATES GORE.
In the granting of townships in New Hampshire and the adjustment of their boundary lines, there were found to be numerous strips, or gores of land, not large enough for a whole township. These strips or gores Governor Wentworth granted to those who had done him some personal service and were his friends. One of these strips lay between Canaan and Dorchester. It was discovered in 1772, when the southern line of Dorchester was run and Gov. John Wentworth, in 1773, granted it to, Capt. Theophilus Dame, then high sheriff of Strafford County, for his services in the late war, in the following terms:Province of New Hampshire.
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To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting
Whereas we have thot fit by our Proclamation at St. James the Seventh Day of October in the year of our Reign Anno Domini 1763 among other things to testify our Royal Sence and Approbation of the. Conduct & Bravery of the officers & Soldiers of our armies and Signified our Desire to reward the same & have therein comanded & Impowered Our Several Governors of Our Respective Provinces on the continent of America to grant without Fee or reward to Such Reduced officers as have Served in North America during the late War and to such Private Soldiers as have been or Shall be disbanded there and. Shall Personally apply for the Same Such Quantities of Land respectively as in & by our aforesaid Proclamation are particularlyMentioned Subject Nevertheless to the Same Quit Rents & Conditions of Cultivation and Improvements as other our Lands are Subject to in the Province in which they are Granted; and whereas Theophilus Dame of Portsmouth in our County of Rockingham & Province Aforesaid Esq, had our appointment as Captain and Served during the late War and having personally applied & Solicited for such Grant agreeable to our aforesaid Proclamation KNOW YE that we of our Special Grace certain knowledge & mere motion do Signify our Approbation as aforesaid & for encouraging the Settlement & Cultivation of our lands within Said Province of New Hampshire in New England Have by & with the advice of our Trusty &l well beloved JOHN WENTWORTH Esq Our Governor & Com'ander in Chieff of Our Said Province