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    [Samuel Adams] 1796 Broadside: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Resolve of the General Court for the Choice of Federal Electors. One page, 13.5" x 17.5", June 4, 1796, Massachusetts. This important early American election broadside set November 7 as the day for the election of "one Elector of President and Vice-President".

    The first paragraph reads as printed: "In SENATE, June 4, 1796. Resolved, that the Selectmen of the several Towns and Districts, and the Assessors of the unincorporated Plantations in this Commonwealth, in the fourteen Districts, described in an Act intitled, 'An Act for dividing the Commonwealth 'into districts; for the Choice of Representatives, in the Congress of the United ' States, and prescribing the Mode of Election;' shall, in Manner the Law directs for calling Town Meetings, cause the Inhabitants thereof, duly qualified to vote for Representatives to the General Court of this Commonwealth, to assemble on Monday, the seventh Day of November next, to give in their Votes to the Selectmen, or Assessors, who shall preside at said Meeting, for one Elector of President and Vice-President of the United States, in each of said fourteen Districts, not being a Senator or Representative in the Congress of the United States, or Person holding any Office of Trust or Profit under said United States." The broadside contains four additional paragraphs also concerning the selection of electors.

    Signed in type by Samuel Phillips, president of the Massachusetts Senate; Edward H. Robbins, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives; Samuel Adams [Massachusetts governor]; and John Avery, Secretary of State. Published by "Young and Minns, Printers to the State." Copies located at the Library of Congress and Boston Public Library. With tape repairs to fold separations made on verso. Toned with foxing. A few nicks and chips along edges. Near fine.

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