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    [Governor John Parr] Scotch Society of Boston Autograph Document. One page, approximately 7.5" x 11.5", Boston, June 2, 1784. Addressed to John Parr, colonial governor of Nova Scotia. On January 6, 1657, twenty-eight "Scottish men" signed the "Laws Rules and Order of the Poor Boxes Society" in Boston, and formed the Scots' Charitable Society. The founder stated that "our benevolence is for the releefe of our selves being Scottishmen or for any of the Scottish nation whome we may see cause to helpe."

    When the British evacuated Boston following the American siege in March 1776, the Loyalist members of the Society took the books, bonds, and records with them. This started a struggle for the assets that was not resolved until 1803. This document concerns the Scotch Society's attempts to retrieve these books and records, and reads in part: "When the unhappy differences between Great Britain and America gave birth to the late war, the Society, consisting of North Brittons, was in consequence thereof broke up; and the gentlemen who then were their officers left the town with the King's Troops and carried the Books and all the Securities they had for their Capitol, away with them. The Society, I am informed, have repeatedly applied for them but cannot obtain them." Heavily age-toned; a few areas of ink burn; small sections of paper loss at lower right.

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