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continued or renewed, and mett at Sityate, and concluded the mater, as followeth.
The agreemente of the bounds betwixte Plimoth and Massachusetts.
Wheras ther were tow comissiones granted by the .2. jurisdictions, the one of [the] Massach[u]sets Govermente, granted unto John Endecott, gent: and Israell Stoughton, gent: the other of NewPlimoth Govermente, to William Bradford, (Esqr.) Governo)r, and Edward Winslow, gent: and both these for the setting out, setling, and determining of the bounds and limitts of the lands betweene the said jurisdictions, wherby not only this presente age, but the posteritie to come may live peaceably and quietly in that behalfe. And for as much as the said comissioners on both sides have full power so to doe, as appeareth by the records of both jurisdictions; we therfore, the said comissioners above named, doe hearby with one consente and agreemente conclude, detirmine, and by these presents declare, that all the marshes at Conahasett? that lye of the one side of the river next to Hingam, shall belong to the jurisdi[c]tion of [the] Massachusetts Plantation; and all the marshes that lye on the other side of the river next to Sityate, shall be long to the jurisdiction of NewPlimoth; excepting .60. [Three score) acers of marsh at the mouth
· This agreement is printed in Plymouth Col. Rec., ix. 1. The words in brackets show the variations in language between the two forms. The arrangement of the signatures in the two versions is reversed, those of the Massachusetts Bay commissioners coming first in the copy printed in the Plymouth Col. Rec. This shows a recognition of what became the general form and practice in treaties, “to vary the order of naming of the parties, and of the signatures of the plenipotentiaries, in the counterparts of the same treaty so that each party is first named, and its plenipotentiary signs first in the copy possessed and published by itself.” John Quincy Adams io Richard Rush, November 6, 1817.
2 “Conihasset, or Cowasset, is the first station in describing Plymouth patent, being a 'runlet' between Scituate and the well known place Cohasset. Here is a ‘gulph or fall of rocks' often mentioned in the records, a little stream coming from a pond, passing over a ledge of rocks of several feet; every tide, however, ascends above it, and flows far into Scituate southerly, over extensive marshes, leaving east of it an high ridge, termed the 'Glades' in Scituate.” 2 Mass. Hist. Collections, iv. 223.