Partly-Printed Document Signed. John BROOKS.

Partly-Printed Document Signed.

At the age of 23 this young militia officer joined the Minutemen on April 19, 1775 and led the Reading, Massachusetts troops in the Battle of Lexington and Concord; he served under General Washington in the 1776 campaign in New York and New Jersey, participating in the Siege of Fort Stanwix in 1777 and the Second Battle of Saratoga; later a physician, he also fought in the War of 1812 and in 1816 was elected the 11th governor of Massachusetts, serving until 1823. Item #42451

Partly-printed DS, 1p, 15 3/4" X 9 3/4", Boston, Massachusetts, 16 September 1820. Good plus. Lightly age toned, a bit more so about the edges, with weakened original folds expertly, archivally strengthened on verso, thus tight and fairly attractive. Under the large printed headline "His Excellency / JOHN BROOKS, / Governor and Commander in Chief / of the / Commonwealth of Massachusetts," this largely-printed text records that Nathan Dwelly Jr. is elected an ensign in a rifle company "annexed to the second Regiment in the first Brigade, and fifth Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth...." At left is a large (2 3/4") flute-edged blind-embossed state seal, and beneath this Brooks signs huge and bold in brown ink. Below the boilerplate text, Alden Bradford (1765-1843) signs as Secretary of the Commonwealth. Partly-printed docket on verso. A nice example, lightly aged as these usually are but quite handsome and displayable nonetheless.

Price: $175.00

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