Massachusetts Militia Commission 1802


Signed by Governor Caleb Strong.

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This commission, given by the Governor of Massachusetts, Caleb Strong in 1802, appointed James Carter to be a captain of a company in a Battalion of Artillery in the 2nd Brigade, 7th Division in the militia of the Commonwealth. The state seal is affixed and signed by Strong, and below by the secretary of the Commonwealth, John Avery.

On the reverse is a statement by Luke Joslin, Lt.Col. Commanding the brigade, claiming that on April 19th, 1802, Carter appeared in Worcester an took the oath to support the Constitution of the U.S. and the Commonwealth, etc.

This oath was made on April 19th, exactly 27 years to the day, the American Revolution began at Lexington and Concord. Gosh, how I love it when those dates come together, especially that one.

The condition is very good, with only some minor problems in the folds, with some separations that have been repaired with acid free tape on the reverse side. Nice strong state seal.

Caleb Strong (1745- 1819) was a Mass lawyer, politician who served as the 6th and 10th governor of the state.  Strong was an active patriot during the War for Independence.  He assisted in drafting the state constitution in 1779, a state senator, U.S. senator.  A member of the Federalist Party. Much much more…..

This also comes with a period tin tube for documents, a type used in the 18th as well as 19th centuries. These display together nicely, but have never been together.



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Weight 4 lbs