Sep 27, 2018 - Sale 2486

Sale 2486 - Lot 209

Price Realized: $ 5,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
RECRUITMENT BROADSIDE (AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1777.) An Abstract from Resolves Containing the Encouragement Offered by the Continental Congress, and by the State of Massachusetts-Bay, to Such as Shall Inlist into the Continental Army. Letterpress broadside, 13 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches, signed in type by Samuel Freeman and John Avery; tastefully repaired separation along top fold, moderate dampstaining in right margin; uncut, contemporary docketing on verso. [Boston: Benjamin Edes], 28 January 1777

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Describes the inducements offered by Continental Congress to volunteers, including 20 dollars in bounty, 100 acres of land, a new suit of clothes each year, and a half-pay disability pension if "disabled in the Service of the United States of America as to render him incapable afterwards of getting a Livelihood." The state offers an additional 20 pounds if the new recruit arrives with "a good effective Fire-Arm, and also a Bayonet, or in Lieu thereof, a Sword, Hatchet or Tomahawk, a Cartridge Box and Knapsack," and also offers a free blanket. Evans 15418; Ford, Massachusetts Broadside 2076; 8 copies in ESTC.