Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 328

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(MORMONS.) Manuscript notebook signed twice by Joseph Smith's great-grandfather Samuel Smith. [11] manuscript pages, 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches, stitched; minor wear and dampstaining, uncut. Topsfield, MA, 30 May 1773

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Samuel Smith (1714-1785) of Topsfield, MA is best known to history as the great-grandfather of LDS founder Joseph Smith; he also served on the Topsfield Committee of Correspondence and chaired a meeting on the tea crisis in 1773 shortly after the Boston Tea Party. Offered here is a highway tax book for Topsfield: a 6-page list of names and tax assessments; a one-page explanation of the list signed by Samuel Smith and 4 other Topsfield assessors on 30 May 1773; and a 2-page order to highway surveyor Eleazar Lake to complete the labor by 15 November, signed again by Smith and the same 4 other assessors. The front page bears the notation "Eleazar Lake's list," suggesting that it was retained as the personal property of the surveyor.