• Colonial CT Man Accused Of Wicked, Noxious Behavior, Contrary To Divine Law, Future Revolutionary War Hero Alleged

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    Offering a one-page 8 x 8 ¾ complaint from the Colony Of Connecticut, Wethersfield, Hartford County, February 11th, 1763. The complaint was made by Simeon Belding, who entered the army in 1776 as Quartermaster of the 22d Continental Infantry and left the service as Deputy Quartermaster-General in 1781. Belding and others from the 22nd marched with Gen. George Washington to New York after the British evacuated Boston.

    “Be it remembered that Simeon Belding one of the Tything men of the aforesaid Wethersfield comes before Elisha Williams, Esq., one of his Majestys Justice of the Peace for Wethersfield in sd. County in his own proper Name as well as in behalf of our Lord the King and gave sd Justice to understand & be informed that James Hale of sd. Wethersfield in the aforesd county on the 30th Day of January last which day being the Lords Day in the Excise of publick Worship profaned sd Day in the afternoon by Laughing, Playing and disorderly behaving himself into a wicket and notorious Manner all of which Doings is contrary to the Statute of sd Colony in schuch a case provided and likewise contrary to the divine Law. Whereupon the sd Tything man prays the sd James Hall may be forthwith apprehended and be further dealt with as to Law & Justice Appertains.

    “N.B. Simeon Belding, Hessia Rose & Aron Wright Evidences the above written complaint.”

    “S. Belding, Tything man”

    After the British evacuated Boston, the 22nd Continental marched under Gen. George Washington to New York (by the way of New London and the Sound) and remained in that vicinity from April to the close of the year.  Assisted in fortifying the city, the 22nd was ordered to the Brooklyn front on August 24th. The men engaged in the Battle of Long Island on August 27th. [Research included]

    Folds, toning. Overall very good.

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