History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
 Published in 1845 
At the annual meeting, March 9, 1791, the town voted to loan to Moses Page 30 dollars to aid him in recovering his horse, which had been stolen, and to catch the thief; said money to be secured, and repaid. It was agreed to refer the business of building the abutments of Meredith Bridge, on the Gilmanton side of the River, to the Selectmen; also to allow John Thurston 18s. for taking care of his sister, and to abate L3 12s. on his tax to John Dudley, whose leg was broken while at work on the roads. An additional school district was made out of Districts No. 6 and 10. On the 8th of August, the town held a meeting and chose Col. Thomas Cogswell a delegate to meet in Convention at Concord, on the 1st Wednesday of September following, to revise the Constitution. It was now seven years since the State Constitution was adopted, and a Convention of delegates was assembled for the purpose of revising it. Of this Convention, Hon. Samuel Livermore was President, and John Calfe, Secretary. They met again by adjournment in February, and in May, 1792. The changes proposed at this Convention were to erase the 6th Article of the Bill of Rights---to substitute January for June as the time of the annual meeting of the Legislature--to enlarge the Senate from 12 to 15 members---to reduce the number of Representatives to sixty---to strike out the clause which requires members of the Legislature to profess themselves to be of the Protestant religion, and to exclude lawyers from either branch of the Legislature. All of these propositions failed. Some slight alterations were made; among which was the change of the title of the Chief Magistrate from President to Governor. Two reasons mainly led to this; other States had chosen this title, and it would the more readily be distinguished from the office of the President of the United States. The town decided to rebuild the pound, and to place it near Joseph Huckins'. The names of the settlers this year4 were the following: Samuel Thurston, Henry Plummer, James Ames, John Tilton, John Clough, Caleb Foster, Samuel Hodgdon, Andrew Woodman, John Elkins, Jeremiah Chandler, Emerson Porter, Thomas Burns, Edward Jenness Long, John Lougee, and Dr.________ Silver.