• Massachusetts Cut Ties With Loyalist Abijah Willard In The Banishment Act Of 1778

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    ABIJAH WILLARD (July 27, 1724 – May 28, 1789) was a soldier during the French and Indian War and fought in the Battle of Fort Beausejour. During King George’s War, he fought in the Siege of Louisbourg (1745).   Labeled a Tory because of his long service with the British army, Willard became a natural target for public abuse. He was seized by a mob in Connecticut on the eve of the American Revolution and imprisoned for five days. After the Battle of Lexington in April 1775, he offered his services to the British army and was commissioned a captain in the first company of the Loyal American Associates. Massachusetts formally cut her ties with Willard by including him in the Banishment Act of 1778 and confiscating his property in 1779. [Research included]

    3 ½ x 6 ¾ document submitted by Willard for “My time and Expenses whilst upon the Estate of Madam Prentice, late of Lancaster [MA]...April 17,1769”

    Folds, irregular margins, light soiling. Nice period docketing on verso.

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