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    [Revolutionary War] Minuteman Company 1775 Abstract of Pay Manuscript Document. One page (with docketing on verso), 6.75" x 8.25", Dorchester [Massachusetts], December 20, 1775, detailing the pay scale for soldiers of each rank, including the amount due to Captain Luke Drury's Company in Colonel Jonathan Ward's Regiment. It begins: "The Abstract of the one Months Pay from the first of September October 1775 of Capt Luke Drurys Company in the 32 Regt of foot in the Service of the United Colonies Commanded by Colo Jona Ward. Esqr." The list features Captain Drury's pay (£6 per month), as well as the pay for his "1 Leiut" (£4),"2d. Leiut" (£3), and all the way down to 31 "Privates" earning £2 each. Of particular interest is a N[ota] B[ene] at the bottom: "1 Corporol & 2 Privates on Command at Canada Not Mentioned in this pay Role". The force raised under Benedict Arnold to conquer Canada was an all volunteer expedition drawn from the general ranks of the army assembled in Cambridge in the summer of 1775. At this point, the men "not mentioned" here would have been outside of Quebec in the futile attempt to capture the city. Luke Drury (1746-1831), a soldier in the Revolutionary War and Shay's Rebellion, was later active in local Grafton and Marlboro, as well as Massachusetts state politics. Evenly toned, original folds, one small stain, else fine.

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