The Official Story
Chapter 16

The Foster story in the official town history

The official town history written by Joseph North's grandson includes more than ten pages dealing with the story of Isaac Foster and his ill-fated time in Hallowell. You will see that James North describes the details of the wrangles between Foster and the town and the dismissal of the young minister. Then he concludes, "Thus ended the unfortunate connection of the first settled minister with the town."

But what about the rape case?

James North does not even mention Rebecca Foster and the charges she brought against Judge Joseph North.

What did Martha have to say about this?

The verdict of the Supreme Judicial Court
What happened to the Fosters after 1790?

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206 Taxes in Arrears. 1786.

election is no more than God's foresight of the faith and good works of his creatures, and these to be the discriminating ground of their title to eternal life.

   6. Denying the saint's final perseverance to be founded in the power and faithfulness of God. Holding that if they do persevere it is by virtue of their own choice, and asserting that persons may apostatize from good beginnings, which if pursued would lead to saving grace.

   7. Holding that the heathen, who are destitute of the light of the gospel, really do their duty in their worship even though they should hold to a plurality of deities. That Paul was doing his duty while persecuting the church, and that we have no account in Scripture of his being reproved for that conduct.1

   Entertaining the views Capt. Sewall did of Mr. Foster and his doctrines it could not be expected that he would attend his ministrations. Meetings were regularly held on Sundays at Benjamin Pettingill's, at which Sewall probably officiated to the few who sympathized with him.

   The town of Hallowell had not at this time fully paid the State taxes assessed in the year 1779. A balance still remained in the hands of Robert Kennady and Abishai Cowen, the collecting constables, in depreciated paper money, and Daniel Cony, who represented the town, procured the passage of a resolve by the legislature, dated June 6, 1786, authorizing the treasurer of the Commonwealth to receive the same at par in payment of taxes. He also procured an abatement of £162 10s. the balance of a "beef tax " due from the town.2
   The specific taxes assessed previous to 1784 were still largely in arrears, and the General Court on the eighth of November passed "an act providing for the more easy payment," which on account of the "great scarcity of cash" authorized most descriptions of commodities possessed and dealt in by the people to be received in payment at stated prices. The place appointed for delivery for this region was Bath. The prices of some of the enumerated articles were as follows:  Beef twenty shillings per hundred, pork four pence per pound, Indian corn four shillings, wheat six shillings, oats two shillings, butter eight pence, good wood twelve shillings per cord, clear pine boards forty-eight shillings per thousand, merchantable pine boards thirty-three shillings, tow cloth one shilling per yard.

   1 A copy in the hand writing of H. Sewall, signed by him and Benjamin Pettingill, one of the elders of the church, "and several others."

   2 Certified copy of Resolve.