ROBERT TREAT PAINE (March 11, 1731-May 11, 1814) was a Massachusetts’ lawyer and politician, best known as a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, representing Massachusetts. In 1768, Paine was a delegate to the provincial convention called to meet in Boston and along with Samuel Quincy conducted the prosecution of Captain Thomas Preston and his British soldiers following the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770. John Adams was the opposing counsel and his arguments won the jury’s sway. Most of the troops were let off.
Paine also served in the Massachusetts General Court from 1773 to 1774, in the Provincial Congress from 1774 to 1775, and represented Massachusetts in the Continental Congress. In Congress, he signed the final appeal to the king (the Olive Branch Petition of 1775), and helped acquire gunpowder for the coming war.
Legal bill, one page, 3 3/4 x 6, September 1770, endorsement signature Paine Atty, at the conclusion of a manuscript legal document, being a legal bill in the amount of 1.19.0 pounds for plaintiff’s expenses.
Toning, some bleed through. Lower left corner was broken off and reattached with a piece of archival tape. Two very small pin holes away from the writing.
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