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.