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Motion of Comity is not an organization but an organic movement. The term is a composite, taken from annals of colonial history documenting the beginning of the journey in a New Eden. Motion is taken from the Massachusetts Bay Charter, a patent which describes the deed, the ambit of the new colony's territory: Specifically the clause that sets forth the ambitions for a province's self-governing city-state, a passage that begins "And, Wee doe of our further Grace, certen Knowledg and meere Motion …"

Comity was inspired by the unique spelling of the word "committee" in the Waterside Third Parish records. It was the Comity that set the terms, bounds and ambit for the Third Parish and reported to the provincial General Court in 1725. And it would be one Comity or another that set the Waterside's community in the work in motion.

In a Motion of Comity, the fifth generation of the Waterside people sought to form the separate town of Newburyport. Their petition was granted by the General Court and enacted under provincial seal on February 4, 1764. A newly freed apprentice tanner, Dexter found his way to Newburyport, a "plase all noue" to him. As Dexter made his place in his new community, he joined the Waterside people as they completed their first term of the Plan in Motion.

More knowledge of the past, present and future of the Waterside movement can be gained on the website.


Throughout the history of the city-state, there have been essentially two parties --- what Ralph Waldo Emerson cites as "the establishment and the movement." The Fifth Estate serves as the common ground for the four estates of established powers --- while Motion of Comity is the movement, the philosophical framework. While the Fifth Estate measures its progress by waves of generations, mere Motion of Comity keeps pace with the Heavens, racing the moon and facing the ebb and flow of the tides that grace this Heaven on Earth.

During the high tides of the Blue Moons in 1999, the two waves converged. The Plan in Motion was launched anew --- remarking the 235th year anniversary of the Waterside Third Parish of Newbury's establishment as the separate town of Newburyport. The contemporary 5-year term for the Plan in Motion concludes to mark another generation for the Waterside community, celebrated the 240 year milestone with a Once in a Blue Moon opportunity on the Blue Moon of July 2004.


Two Waves ...
the last stanza of "The Couple"
from the musical drama, La Goulue, (c) 1985, doe

Drop to pebbles one by one.
The form two ripples in the pond.
Though the ripples they may touch,
They repel away too much,
Never blend and never bond.
For true love it's often said
Is like two waves that Nature weds.
And as the waves form into one,
They will arrive to shore more strong,
Remain together in their ebb.


The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea sands damp and brown
The traveler hastens toward the town,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Darkness settles on roofs and walls.
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveler to the shore,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.


From "A Pickle for the Knowing Ones" (published 1802)
Lord Timothy Dexter (1747 - 1806)

"... thous changes is the tide hie warter & Loue warter hie tids & Loue tids ..."

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