Published by Benjamin Edes, [Watertown, Ma., 1776
Broadside, 11 x 7 inches. Old fold lines. Minor soiling and toning. Very good. In a red half morocco and cloth clamshell box, spine gilt. A Revolutionary broadside posting the period of service fixed for Massachusetts militiamen. The copy at the American Antiquarian Society is printed on half a sheet, with a similar broadside (intended to be separated). The text reads: "Whereas doubts may arise in the minds of some of the good people of this state, who are willing to go out at this important juncture against our unnatural enemies, agreeable to the resolve of this Court passed the 12th instant, about what time they shall be held in that service: Therefore for removing any difficulties of that nature, - It is resolved, That all those persons who shall march out on the exigence, shall be recalled within the space of two months from this date, at the furthest, and as much sooner as the service may admit of." It goes on to empower officers to collect fines for sending another person to fight in one's stead, and allows officers to muster the militia "when and so often as they may respectively find it necessary, in order for the obtaining the Quota designed." NAIP locates six copies. A nice piece of Revolutionary Americana. EVANS 14867. BRISTOL B4268. SHIPTON & MOONEY 43087. FORD 1998. CUSHING, MASSACHUSETTS LAWS 950. ESTC W27212.