Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    [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.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 750

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 27 Musical Instruments - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $619,240