SIR WILLIAM PEPPERELL, 1st Baronet (June 27, 1696 – July 6, 1759) was an American merchant and soldier in Colonial Massachusetts, widely remembered for organizing, financing and leading the 1745 expedition that captured the French garrison at Fortress Louisbourg during King George’s War. Pepperrell was called “the hero of Louisburg,” a victory celebrated in the name of Louisburg Square in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. He served in the Massachusetts General Court, the provincial legislature and the Governor’s Council. During the French and Indian War [1754 – 1763], he was made a Major General responsible for the defense of the Maine and New Hampshire frontier. Throughout the war, he raised and trained troops for the Massachusetts Colony. Between March and August 1757, he was acting governor of Massachusetts.
One-page, 7 ½ x 8, Colonial Document, February 24th, 1719, to the sheriff or marshal of the town of Kittery [Maine] “command you...that immediately upon light hereof you bring Joseph Gunison...before me at my dwelling house in Kittery...to answer to such matters of misdemeanor as on his Majesties behalf shall be objected against him a paper of one instrument of agreement between Jo’s Gunison ...under their hands and seals...Fail not at your peril...” Docketed and signed on the verso by Clementt Downing, Constable
Comes with a ¾ length engraving of Pepperell.
Scattered toning. Light staining. Seal intact. Bold signature of Pepperell.
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