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    [Revolutionary War] Henry Ward Manuscript Document Signed as Rhode Island Secretary of State. One page, two sided, 7.5" x 11.75", Rhode Island, February 1779. Henry Ward, of Newport, was Rhode Island's secretary of state from 1760 to 1797, at which time he signed this unusual civic directive.

    Outstanding document from the papers of the General Assembly of Rhode Island, which discuss the purchase and supply of grain for the residents of 14 towns, the money for which is to be raised by the townsfolk. In part: "It is therefore Resolved that the Several Towns hereinafter mentioned be and they are hereby empowered to raise the sums of Money set against each town, or any part thereof, in such manner as they shall thing proper [sic] and pay the same to the said John Updike within fifteen Days after the rising of this Assembly." The document goes on to name those towns now tasked with raising money to purchase much-needed grain in a time of great shortage and sacrifice, including: Providence, Greenwich, Bristol, Westerly, Charles Town, and Warwick. The document is signed by Ward as a witness on verso, and bears a few period ink stains. Lightly age toned and in fine condition, this interesting item would make a fine addition to any Revolutionary War collection.


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