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    Revolutionary War Pay Warrant from the State of Massachusetts-Bay. One page, 6.5" x 8.25", [Boston], Massachusetts; June 2, 1777. Partially printed document by which John Avery, Deputy Secretary of State of the State of Massachusetts orders Henry Gardner, State Treasurer, to pay three pounds, ten shillings to [name crossed out]. The document is signed by Avery, Gardner, with signed endorsements by several individuals, including Benjamin Austin, John Whitcomb, Moses Gill, Jeremiah Powell, Richard Derby, and Walter Spooner.

    With one vertical fold in the middle that shows areas of weakness, with both ends repaired with tape. The left edge of the document is attached to silk tape. The right edge and bottom edge have some paper loss.

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    John Avery, Jr. (1739-1806) served as Deputy Secretary of the State of Massachusetts-Bay under Samuel Adams (1776-1780). He was elected the first secretary of state of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving in that post from 1780-1806.

    Henry Gardner (1731-1782) served as receiver general and treasurer of the State of Massachusetts-Bay (1774-1780) and as first treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1780-1783).

    John Whitcomb served in the Revolutionary War as a colonel in the Minute Men in 1775.

    Jeremiah Powell (1714-1789) was a Maine state representative and justice of the peace of York and Cumberland Counties in Maine.

    Richard Derby (1712-1783) was a merchant in Salem, Massachusetts. He served as a member of the Governor's Council at the time of this document was signed.

    Benjamin Austin (1752-1820) was a Boston merchant who served for a time in the State Senate.

    Moses Gill (1734-1800) served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1799 to 1800.

    Richard Derby (1712-1783) was a Salem, Massachusetts, merchant and sea captain.

    Walter Spooner (1723-1803) was a member of the Massachusetts General Court from the town of Dartmouth.

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