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Payment of wages to a soldier from funds appropriated for a 1762 expedition.
Partly Printed DS: "Fra Bernard" as Governor of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay, 1p, 6½x8¼. Boston, 1763 June 7. To Mr. Treasurer Gray. In full: "You are by and with the Advice and Consent of His Majesty's Council, ordered and directed to pay unto Sampson Stoddard Esq the Sum of One Pound 18/10 for yr use of Benja Byam, allowed in Consideratn of his Wages, being made up Short in yr Muster Roll, being a Soldier the last Year. Which Sum is to be paid out of the Appropriation for the Expedn 1762 For which this shall be your Warrant." At lower left: "By Order of the Governor, with the Advice and Consent of the Council," signed: "Jno Cotton" and "D. Seery". In 1758, FRANCIS BERNARD was appointed Governor of the Province of New Jersey. He was transferred to Massachusetts-Bay on August 5, 1760, serving until 1769. The expedition referenced in this document may have been one conducted in the French and Indian War (1754-1763). The War was the final struggle between the French and its colonies in America and the English and its colonies there for control of the North American continent. At the time of this document there was resentment growing in Massachusetts and other English colonies of militia mobilization for the campaigns against the French. This resentment, coupled with other growing issues of a prosperous Massachusetts colony, resulted in Governor Bernard dissolving the Massachusetts Assembly and asking General Thomas Gage for troop support against riots in Boston. The most prominent was the Boston Massacre of 1770, which occurred months after Bernard was recalled to England. Fragile. Folds, not touching signature. Nicked and browned at edges. 3¼-inch separation at left horizontal fold affects 2 words. 2-inch separation at lower horizontal fold touches 1 number. Lower corners missing. Tape repairs on verso. Shading at folds.

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Born in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died in Nether Winchendon, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

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