[Anno Regni Regis GEORGE III. Primo, 1761. Lord's-Day] AN ACT PASSED BY THE GREAT AND GENERAL COURT; of his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England: Begun and held at Boston, upon Wednesday the twenty-eighth Day of May, 1760. An continued by Prorogations until Wednesday the twenty-fifth of March following, and then met

[Boston: S. Kneeland, by the order of his Excellency the Governor, Council and House of Representatives, 1761. First Edition. Folio, pp. 397-403. A single fasicile, some foxing but a very good copy. Evans, American Bibliography 8913. Item #59135

Chap IV of this act provides for the naming of Berkshire County: "An act for dividing the County of Hampshire, and for erecting and establishing a new county in the Westerly Part of the County of Hampshire, to be called the County of Berkshire; and for establishing Courts of Justice within the same." The text then delineates the county's boundries. In addition, Chap VI establishes the town of Pittsfield: "An act for erectintg the new Plantation called Pontoosuck in the County of Hampshire, into a Town by the Name of Pittsfield." The text then notes that inhabitants will not be able to send a representative to the General Court until the election of 1763 and that William Williams was empowered to issue a warrant "directed to some principal Inhabitants in said Town, to notify said Inhabitants ... to vote in town affairs ...."

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