• [Revolutionary War-Date] Washington's Future Attorney General Bradford Issues Assault And Battery Indictment

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    WILLIAM BRADFORD (September 14, 1755 – August 23, 1795) volunteered as a private in the Revolutionary War Army in 1776 when the Pennsylvania militia was called out. Later that year, Gen. Daniel Roberdeau chose Bradford as an aide and later promoted him to brigade major on his headquarters staff.  Bradford later joined the Continental Army as captain and company commander in the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment. He saw action at the Battle of Trenton. While in Morristown, NJ, he was named a deputy to the muster master-general and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Bradford resigned due to ill health and returned home in 1779. He was named state’s Attorney General in 1780 and served until 1791. In 1793, Gov. Thomas Mifflin asked his help to reduce the use of the death penalty. He sent a report to the legislature and the death penalty was substantially reduced. Other states followed Pennsylvania’s example. On January 8, 1794, George Washington named him Attorney General for the United States to replace Edmund Randolph.

     

    Offering a one-page, 8 x 13, Manuscript Document Signed by Bradford as state’s attorney general, January Session 1783, being an indictment of a man identified as Weston for assault and battery against John Johnston, “late of Dublin Township [PA]...on the fifth day of January in the year...one thousand seven hundred & eighty three with...arms...Weston then & there did beat, wound & evilly beat so that his life was greatly despaired of...”  Verso states, “Defendant being arraigned pleads guilty.”

     

    Toning, folds, two small holes at folds.

     

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