• Capt. John B. Greely Escorted Layfayette; Orders Powder for 100 Men

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    JOHN BALCH, born July 20, 1802, lived in Newburyport, MA, as a boot and shoe manufacturer. He was known as Captain John B. Greely, having been a captain in the Massachusetts Militia and, as such, commanded an escort for Lafayette in 1824 when President James Monroe invited him to the United States for a historic visit. Lafayette was the last surviving general in the Revolutionary War. Research included.


    In this one page, approximately 3 ½” x 6 ½” supply order, dated Sept. 17th, 1827, addressed from Newburyport, Greely states to the “Gentlemen Selectmen, I wish you to supply 100 men with powder according to law – John B. Greely.”


    Nice docketing on verso.


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