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    Early American Indentures including: James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Hamilton and 2nd Duke of Brandon, Indenture Signed "Hamilton & Brandon." Two vellum page, 27.75" x 21.5", n. p., July 7, 1724, authorizing John Morke "...of Boston and New England..." to collect rents from settlers on approximately 100,000 acres in the colonies of Rhode Island and Connecticut on behalf of the Duke of Hamilton & Brandon. The original red wax seal bearing the arms of the duke is still affixed. Very good. [and:] James Graham Indenture Signed "Ja: Graham." One vellum page, 28" x 21", n. p. January 8, 1740 as a counterpart to the articles of agreement between John Morke and James Graham. Some damage has resulted in loss of text; overall toning. [and:] James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Hamilton and 2nd Duke of Brandon, Letter of Attorney Signed "Hamilton & Brandon." One vellum page, 29.25" x 20.25", July 6, 1724, for John Morke. Remnant of red wax seal near signature. Scattered staining and toning, but not affecting the text. [and:] James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Hamilton and 2nd Duke of Brandon, Agreement Signed "Hamilton & Brandon." Two vellum pages, 27.5" x 21.5", July 6, 1724, being the "Articles of Agreement Betwixt His Grace James Duke of Hamilton & Brandon and John Morke of Boston in New England." Remnant of red wax seal near signature. Toned with light staining.

    John Morke, a Dane by birth, had served in the British merchant fleet before settling in New England sometime around 1724. In that year, Morke received a letter from the Duke of Hamilton authorizing him to grant leases in a sixty square mile area east of the Connecticut River. For his efforts, he would receive an annual salary of £200. Apparently the plan never quite worked out, as by 1729, he was back at sea as the captain of a sloop running between Albany, New York and Boston.

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