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Samuel Adams Document Signed as governor of Massachusetts and countersigned by "John Avery Sec[retar]y...

2009 March Grand Format Rare Manuscripts Auction #6019

 
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Auction Ended On: Mar 6, 2009
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Samuel Adams Document Signed as governor of Massachusetts and countersigned by "John Avery Sec[retar]y". One page, 14.5" x 9", July 18, 1796. This document was an official notice that "William Adams, Gentleman" was to be "appointed Captain of a Company in the Seventh Regiment of the Second Brigade Third Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth."

Prior to the American Revolution, Samuel Adams opposed the oppressive British taxes laid on the American colonies. He urged colonists to refrain from buying British goods and most likely participated in the Boston Tea Party. He was elected to the Continental Congress and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, yet he refused to attend the Constitutional Convention. He later served as governor of Massachusetts from 1793 to 1797. Avery was secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1780-1806. This attractive document contains an embossed Massachusetts seal in upper left; underneath the seal is Adams' signature. Some restoration has been done on the verso affecting the seal and only slightly affecting Adams' signature. Docketed on verso and signed by Revolutionary War veteran and U.S. Congressman Colonel Joseph B. Varnum ("J. B. Varnum Colonel"); possibly a secretarial signature. Toned; very good.

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