[John Hancock] Revolutionary War Broadside, one page, 9" x 13", October 8, 1779, being a resolve of the Massachusetts House of Representatives: "State of Massachusetts Bay. In the House of Representatives . . . RESOLVED, That the Selectmen or Committee of each own and plantation in this State, be, and they hereby are required to render under oath, a full account of all supplies furnished before the 15th of October . . . of all bounties and gratuities given . . . to every soldier and family of a soldier, raised as part of this State's proportion of the Continental army for three years or during the war; the account of supplies to be in form agreeable to a schedule directed by this Court. . ." [Boston: printed by Thomas & John Fleet, 1779] Signed in type by Hancock as Speaker and John Avery as Deputy Secretary, this resolve demanded strict obedience, fining any town that was neglectful of it duties. Obtaining the necessary supplies and personnel to support the Continental Army was a source of constant concern for Congress, thus making this 1779 resolve more necessary. This copy, according to a manuscript note on the docket on verso, was directed to the Selectmen of Topsfield, whose residents included the direct lineal ancestors of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith's great grandfather was Samuel Smith, a Selectman of Topsfield who represented the town at the First Provincial Congress of 1774. Chipped at bottom and right margins with no loss to text, else fine.

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