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    1776 Massachusetts House of Representatives Broadside Setting Payment Rates For Hay For the Continental Army. 8.5" x 13.5". This broadside originally dated January 16, 1776 and hand-corrected to January 20, amends and corrects the payment of hay to be collected from the counties of Suffolk, Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth and Roxbury from five pounds per ton of English hay and forty shillings per ton of salt hay to six pounds per ton of English hay and fifty shillings per ton of salt hay. The broadside is tatty along the edges with the greatest area of loss along the top margin. There are mounting remnants along the lower edge, a few brown spots, and the usual old fold creases, else the broadside is in very good condition. In the bitter cold and snowy conditions of January, 1776, hay for the Continental Army would have been critical for conducting the war. Upon discovering that the amount previously offered was "short of what has been usually given by Inhabitants of this Colony, under a like Scarcity with the present", the Representatives amended the price in hopes of gathering the necessary amount. However the document warned "Some Towns may still remain deficient; to prevent the said Consequences of such Neglect, the Selectmen of any delinquent Town are hereby directed and impowered [sic] to impress therein, for the Use of the Continental Army, so much Hay as will make up the full Quantity assigned...". A most interesting Revolutionary War broadside.

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