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    [Henry Ward] Rhode Island Revolutionary War Broadside. One page, 6.5" x 8.75", Providence Plantations, February 1782. Issued in response to military recruitment bounties and the misuse thereof, Rhode Island Secretary of State Henry Ward issued this small broadside which states, in part: "Whereas great Frauds have been committed, and the recruiting Service greatly injured, by designing Persons engaging Recruits for the Continental Service, whereby they were enabled to receive the Bounties, and to convert the Whole or the greater Part thereof to their own use." The notice goes on to say that the penalty for such abuse of recruitment bounties would result in the "Penalty of Ninety Pounds Lawful Money." In addition, the order states "That the officers in the Continental Battalions, and all other Persons, are hereby called upon to give information to lawful Authority, of any Person guilty of a Breach of this Act." Signed in print by Henry Ward as Rhode Island Secretary of State. Minor water stains along right edge; two moderate chops along left edge. Ink bleedthrough from docketing on verso. A rare Revolutionary War broadside in very good condition.

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