DescriptionSamuel Adams Military Appointment Signed as governor and commander in chief of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One page, 15" x 9.5", August 7, 1795, appointing "...Daniel Smith...Ensign of a Company in the Sixth Regiment of the Second Brigade, Ninth Division of the Milita of this Commonwealth." Countersigned by John Avery as secretary of the commonwealth. Blind embossed Seal of Massachusetts at left. Docketed on the verso. Folds have weakened and detached and the entire document has been silked on the verso, though separation is still evident along some of the folds. Some light toning and staining as occurred, but Adams' signature, while small, is still bright.
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 1794 to 1797. Avery was secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1780-1806.
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