• Early MA Documents Include One for Powder House Military Storage, Autograph of Influential Federalist

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                                        Federalist Parsons Influenced Adams, Hancock

    Offering two documents of early New England history, one being a receipt (3” x 6 ¾”) from the town of Newbury Port, MA, paying Joseph George on Oct. 9, 1819 “mending Conductor Iron for the Powder House” and signed by George’s son, acknowledging the payment of $2. 

    The Powder House stored gunpowder, flints, musket balls and camp kettles used by the local militia to defend the community.  The Newburyport Powder House was built in the aftermath of the War of 1812, and was used during the Civil War.

    The second document (2 ¼” x 7”) is a portion of a document, dated July 16, 1804, removed from a larger document that had been sent to Massachusetts Governor Caleb Strong and signed by Federalist leader THEOPHILUS PARSONS (February 24, 1750 – October 30, 1813), who was born in Newbury, MA, attended Drummer Academy before going to Harvard College from which he graduated in 1769. He later studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1774.  He moved to Boston in 1800.  Parsons served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts from 1806 until his death.   He was an active Federalist leader in Massachusetts.  He was a member of the Essex County Convention of 1778, which was called to protest the proposed state constitution.  Parsons was also a member of the “Essex Junto” and was probably the author of “The Essex Result,” which helped secure the constitution’s rejection at the polls.  He was also a member of the state constitutional convention in 1779-1780 and one of the committee of 26 who drafted the constitution.  He was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 that ratified the U.S. Constitution.  Many believe he was the author of the famous Conciliatory Resolutions, or proposed amendments to the Constitution, which did much to win over Samuel Adams and John Hancock to ratification.

    Nice docketing on verso.  Comes with internet print of Parsons.

    Light toning.  Folds.

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