• Thomas Larkin Turner, MA Militia, Gets Military Fine and Salute from Comrades -- Six-Piece Archive

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    BOSTON LIGHT INFANTRY became a Veteran Corps in 1882. Earlier, the infantry garrisoned Fort Warren in Boston Harbor during the Civil War. It also served in the War with Spain and later in the Philippines.


    THOMAS LARKIN TURNER was born in Charlestown, MA, on August 12, 1812, the son of Captain Larkin and Sally Turner of Lexington, MA. Thomas entered Harvard College at 16 but left to complete his studies with the well-known Dr. Hurd of Charlestown. At 20, he sailed to the East Indies in one of Billy Gray’s famous English merchantmen under his father’s command. On his second voyage, which was in the Henry Ibank, the captain became insane, and young Turner was made second executive officer of the ship. He ultimately returned to his chosen profession of being a druggist.  Turner was also the Clerk of the Hancock Light Infantry


    Six-piece archive, including two ALSs (dated July 1 and July 3, 1890) to Turner regarding the route of a July 4th, parade going passed his home on Ashburton Place, three militia documents, 1839-1842, involving a $4 fine for “non-appearance on the 1st Tuesday in May” and for being deficient in gun, powder and flints and quarterly assessments from Hancock Light Infantry and the Boston Light Infantry and a card announcing a membership meeting of the Hancock Light Infantry.


    Both letters written and signed by A.E. Procter, 4 pp total. In part, “Please accept my thanks for your renewed evidence of interest and friendship in the good old fusiliers and desire for its prosperity.


    “Capt. Snow and my brother, Alfred, were in when you letter came and fully appreciate your kind wishes. Capt. Snow says he wishes he had 500 such men as you. If so, he would paint the town Red.


    “We shall do the best we can on the 4th and if it is possible shall arrange to pass by your residence so you may be able to see the Red Coats and receive a mandatory salute…”


    Second letter, “I cannot let the opportunity pass without expressing to you the satisfaction we received…to pass your residence in Ashburton Place on the morning of the 4th. And showing you that you were not forgotten by your comrades – a few of whom were present in the ranks…Those that were more fortunate in casting their eyes in the right direction were gratified in seeing that you were able to occupy a position out of doors where you could see your old comrades…as they marched by.


    “I trust that they made a favorable impression and brought to mind the many pleasant occasions when you yourself occupied a place in line and enjoyed the march up State St…”


    Folds, toning. Overall excellent. Research included.


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