ADAMS, SAMUEL Printed document signed.
Boston: 28th February 1795. Partially printed document partly secretarially accomplished in manuscript, signed "Samuel Adams" as Governor in the upper left margin below the seal, countersigned by John Avery at foot, with the wafer seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts affixed to the upper right margin. 17 3/8 x 11 1/8 inches (44 x 28 cm); verso blank but for docketting. Some separations with minimal loss at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal folds, some toning, along the folds.
This document appoints Oliver Prescott (1731-1804), the physician and militia leader, as a Justice of the Peace for a seven-year period. Prescott was a doctor for much of his life, having graduated from Harvard in 1753 and apprenticed as a physician with Dr. Ebenezer Robie of Sudbury. He was active as a brigadier general of the Middlesex County militia during the Revolutionary War, and was responsible for guarding the bridges during the Siege of Boston. He was one of the original fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many other professional and learned societies besides.
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