History of Gilmanton
Written by: Daniel Lancaster
 Published in 1845 
On the 14th of March (1799), the town voted to procure a seal standard of weights and measures, according to law, and the Selectmen were instructed to furnish a devise or mark to be put upon them. 

On the 28th of March, the Committee, consisting of Joseph Badger, Jr., Samuel Shepard, Samuel Ladd, Samuel Greely, Joseph Parsons, and John Shepard, appointed to divide the Ministerial lands among the several religious societies in town, reported that after examining the Charter and votes of the town, and Proprietors' Records, it is, in their opinion, best not to do anything upon the subject. Voted to pay John Shepard and Ezekiel Hoit $88.20 for their time and expenses in procuring the President's Order in the year 1799.