This pioneering Danvers, Massachusetts brickmaker joined the militia as a captain in 1773 and led a Danvers Alarm List Company into battle at Lexington on April 19, 1775; he supposedly took part in the Boston Tea Party, and his forbidding the drinking of tea in his house (his wife and her friends then went up on the roof to imbibe) inspired poet Lucy Larcom's poem "A Gambrel Roof." Item #44072
ADS, 1p, 7" X 2¼", Danvers, MA, 25 April 1760. Very good. Faintly age toned, with a bit of mild edge wear. As constable, Page makes a formal written declaration of payment from one party to another: "Decd. of Mr. Saml. Holten £2.17.9 in full of David Putnam Jr. Decd. Rates for the year -- 1758." Holten (1738-1816) was a noted Danvers physician who served several terms in the Continental Congress and one as U.S. representative; there were several David Putnam Jr.'s in this area at this time, but if "Decd." after the name can be taken to mean "Deceased," this is likely the Danvers resident born 1717 and died February 3, 1760, this payment perhaps Holten's clearing a debt to Putnam's estate.