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1859 edition. Excerpt: ...and consequently very different from the
Pawtucket river. Mr. Cranfield, and the other commissioners who
joined with him in making the return above mentioned, were likewise
of this opinion, and say that the people of Plymouth colony had
always bounded themselves by the bay, as the true Narragansett
river; and it also appeared to us by the evidence of Wm. Wilkinson,
that the Pawtucket, or Providence river, had not within the memory
of man, been called by the name of Narragansett. And as to the
construction which had been contended for, to fix the boundaries
between the two provinces (supposing the Rhode Island patent to be
valid), from the pond, or head of the Pawcatuck or Narragansett
river, by line to be drawn thence northwardly to the southward
boundary of the Massachusetts Bay, the counsel for Rhode Island did
insist, that no such construction could possibly be put upon their
charter, because the words being as follows: "As the greater or
middle stream thereof, reacheth or lies unjiito the country
northward, unto the head thereof," it would be a strange absurdnto
imagine that the charter should begin at the mouth of the said
river, and return again so many leagues to the eastward, in order
to fix a western boundary. That if the words "head thereof," had
been left out, the boundary could have admitted of no dispute; and
that therefore, it would be more natural to explain those words,
"head thereof," by the preceding, viz.: "so far as the same runs
northward," than to alter the plain meaning of the preceding words,
by subsequent redundance; and that in common intendment, it was
impossible that the river could be their western boundary, whenever
it should cease to run northwards. And as a further proof of...
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