Harriot Clinton and Elizabeth Carter diaries  1771-1795
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This manuscript is entitled "The Number of Polls and the Value of rateable Estates within the Province of Massachusetts-bay during the year 1771." The figures are presented by county, with each county divided into towns; totals for each town and county are provided, as are totals for the entire colony, multiplied by current tax rates to provide a proportional and total amount of taxes owed in 1771. The information was presented to the House of Delegates.

"Polls" by county:

  • Suffolk: 8,446 (including Boston's 2,876)
  • Essex: 11,697
  • Middlesex: 8,987
  • Hampshire: 6,779
  • Plymouth: 6,163
  • Barnstable: 3,478
  • Bristol: 5,842
  • York: 3,368
  • Dukes: 692
  • Nantucket: 1,130
  • Cumberland: 2,683
  • Lincoln: 1,844
  • Worcester: 9,697
  • Berkshire: 2,773

A "Recapitulation" shows a total count of 73,478 polls and a total estate value of £549,001 17s. 4d. Taxes accrued equal £382 14s. 0d. from polls, £617 12s. 6d. from estates, and £1000 6s. 6d. total.

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