Sep 29, 2022 - Sale 2615

Sale 2615 - Lot 17

Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1781.) State of New Hampshire. An Act for Raising . . . Beef, Towards the Support of the Continental Army. Letterpress broadsheet, 2 pages, 15 1/2 x 10 inches, signed in type by Meshech Weare as president of New Hampshire and others; minimal separations at intersections of folds; uncut. [Exeter, NH?]: [Zechariah Fowle?], 27 January 1781

Additional Details

An order to raise 1,400,000 pounds of beef, "well salted and packed in barrels," payable by each town in six installments to appointed collectors. The allotments of each town are listed, ranging from 40,641 pounds due from Portsmouth down to 880 pounds each from some of small rural towns in Grafton County. Pork was allowed to be offered as a substitute at the "proportion of eleven Pounds of Pork for fifteen Pounds of Beef."

The act is recorded in the 1916 "Laws of New Hampshire: Revolutionary Period, 1776-1784," page 353. However, we trace no other examples of this broadsheet in OCLC, ESTC, Evans, or elsewhere.