ued in office five years. He was
afterwards district judge of the
U. S., and died April 11, 1805, aged-
67. Hon. John Langdon, LL,D.
was born at Portsmouth in 1740.
In 1785 he was chosen president of
the state. He was elected to the
same office in 1788, *and after the
adoption of the constitution was
governor six years. He ever dis-
charged the duties of the offices to
which he was elected faithfully
and acceptably. Unlike many ele-
vated to office, he remembered that
the people clothed him with author-
ity, and his only study was to serve
them honestly and faithfully. He
died Sept. 18, 1819, aged 79.
Hon. Woodbury Langdon, a
firm patriot and useful citizen.
Plon. Richard Evans was
born at Portsmouth, May 13, 1777.
He died July IS, 1816, aged 39.
Jonathan M. Sewall, Esq.,
counsellor at law, and a respectable
poet, was born at Salem, Mass., in
1748, and died at Portsmouth,March
Rev. Joseph Buckminster,
D. D. a* native of Rutland, Mass.,
settled at Portsmouth,1779, and died
at Reedsborough,Vt. June 10, 1312,
aged 61. Dr. B. was a distinguish-
ed scholar and an eminent divine.
Portsmouth, R. I.
Newport co. The soil of this
town, in common with all the lands
on the island of R. I., is uncommon-
ly fertile, well .cultivated and pro-
ductive. It is bounded N. by Mount
Hope bay, E. by the Seaconnet pas-
sage from the sea to said bay, S. by
the ocean, and W. by Middletown.
The maritime situation of the town
affords the people great facilities for
the fisheries, which, -with a 'fine
soil, and industry, give them a great
degree of independence. A number
one called are attached to this town,
of which the beautiful and fertile
island of Prudence is the largest.
It is six miles in length, and about
three quarters of a mile average
width. In this town are the Rhode
Island coal mines, which are not
worked at the present time. A fine
bed of plumbago has recently
been discovered. Portsmouth fur-
nishes considerable quantities of
wool, hay, grain, vegetables, aDd
productions of the dairy. In 1837
there were 16,000 sheep in the
town. Population, 1830, 1,727.
Portsmouth lies 6 miles N. N. E.
from Newport. A stone bridge,
1,000 feet in length, connects it
with Tiverton. It received its char-
ter from Charles II., in 1663.
Rutland co. .The surface of this
town is pleasantly diversified; the
soil is warm and productive, partic-
ularly on the borders of the river.
First settled, 1771. Population,1830,
1,909. There are two flourishing
villages in the town, and manufac-
tures of various sorts. The pro-
ductions of the soil are considera-
ble, and 12,000 sheep are kept. It
lies 60 miles S. W. from Montpe-
lier, and 13 S. W. from Rutland.
Poultney river, rising in the high
lands near Middletown, and emp-
tying into East bay, an arm of
Champlain lake, is about 25 miles
in length, and in its course affords
numerous valuable mill sites. This
stream changed its course in 1783,
by cutting a channel of 100 feet in
depth through a ri^ge of land near
the bay, and destroying the navi-
gation of the hay for a time, by
nearly filling it with earth. This
obstruction has been removed.
Cumberland co. This is a small
town, of good soil, and.bounded N.
by Durham. It lies 35 miles S. W.
from Augusta, and 19 N. from Port-
land. Incorporated, 1808. Popula-
tion, 1837, 1,232.
Bennington co. First settled,
1761. Population, in 1830 1,835.