By Nancy Coffey Heffernan
A full of life account of occasions and contributors that formed the Granite nation.
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To ensure the administration of its contracts for timber, especially masts, the Navy Board as early as 1691 inserted clauses in colonial charters restricting the cutting of pine and as early as 1685 appointed Surveyors of His Majesty's Woods and Forests. The Crown levied a law in New Hampshire which supple- Page 36 mented earlier provisions by forbidding the cutting of all pines not on private property. The Crown's unpopular surveyors and their deputies, men acting as a combination policeman-forest ranger, were commissioned by the British authorities to cut a "Broad Arrow," the old sign of naval property, in trees to be reserved for the Crown's purchase.
1866. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. cover Map of New Hampshire. Drawn by John F. Berthelsen. frontispiece Detail of Piscataqua region. Map in New Hampshire Historical Society. 19 Warner-MacPhaedris house in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Photograph in New Hampshire Historical Society collection. 38 Benning Wentworth. Painted by Joseph Blackburn. In New Hampshire Historical Society collection. 46 Map of New Hampshire. 1761, showing southern and western borders. New Hampshire Historical Society collection.
The English had learned hard lessons from the timber shortage faced in the 1600s; among the most important was the need to devise a system for obtaining timber, which at the same time would conserve woodland resources to assure a continued supply. On the other hand the English colonists had forgotten the lessons they might have learned from seeing their homeland stripped of trees. Confronted with a vast virgin wilderness, they began hasty timber cutting for agricultural purposes; they sought to reap the profits which lumber sales could bring; and they developed a strict sense of the value of land and of the sanctity of private ownership.