January 30, 1747

1747 January 30 (Friday).  Stormy Snow. Stephen Fay (at my sending for) came here, and again talk’d with me about taking up the Strip of Common Land, about 4 acres, on the South side of the Road by the South Burying place.  N.B. Lieutenant Wood had told me that he, Mr. Abner Newton and Mr. Stephen Fay had all pitch’d on it, but the Two former would give up their pitch to me if Stephen would — but this the last was not willing to because he had the land which join’d to it, out to both the other Roads.  But he made me this proposal, that if I would engage before hand to sell it to him, he would give me 25 shillings per acre for it and bear the charge of laying it out — or he would give me Rights to take up as much Land other where and Ten shillings, or instead of the 10 shillings he would give me one acre of that very Land clear and free.  I told him I would do nothing underhand, but would acquaint Mr. Newton so far as should be needful that I might have his free Consent.