• Ben Franklin's Clerk Signs Document For Major Involved in Canadian Conquest

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    JOSIAH FLAGG (November 12, 1760 -- February 11, 1840) was the town Clerk of Lancaster, MA, for 34 years. He was crippled at age 15, an injury apparently occurring from some aspect of the Revolutionary War. His grandmother was Jane Franklin Mecom, a sister of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, making Flagg a grandnephew of Franklin. Franklin employed Flagg for a time as his confidential clerk. On September 4, 1786, Franklin provided a testimonial regarding Flagg's abilities, saying that Flagg had behaved "with great ability, diligence and fidelity so as to give me perfect satisfaction..."

    On June 4, 1812, Flagg and six others were chosen as a committee to present resolutions to the President James Madison opposing the war on behalf of Lancaster. They said a war was "neither founded in justice, necessity or good policy...and as calculated only to bring an endless train of evils upon ourselves and involve our prosperity in ruin and disgrace, [creating] an enormous increase in public debt."

    MAJOR JAMES WILDER was a Captain in the Lancaster Second Regiment, 1st Co., just prior to the Revolutionary War and was involved in the Conquest of Canada.

    2 pp, approximately 7 1/2" x 12" receipt for items from Wilder to Flagg and signed by Flagg on verso as having received the items and paid for them. More than 30 dated entries of purchases, involving rum, bandy and nails run from June 1, 1802, through April 5, 1803.

    Folds, toning, two folds reinforced with archival tape.

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