DescriptionElbridge Gerry Partly Printed Document Signed as Governor of Massachusetts. One page, 9.25" x 15", Boston, March 7, 1811. Document bears an intricate paper seal affixed at upper left; Governor Gerry has boldly signed below. Light to moderate age toning. Paper is somewhat brittle, with several chips along edges. Stains along upper edge do not affect text. Inexpert reinforcement on verso, at fold separations.
This official document states that "John McMillen [sic] of Fryeburg, in our County of Oxford" is officially "authorized and empowered to administer (and receive subscription to) the Declaration and Oaths, or Affirmations... to each and every of the Civil Officers in our County."
General John McMillan was the son of Colonel Andrew McMillan, an officer in the French and Indian War; Gerry was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
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