Partially printed document signed William Shirley, Esq. (“W. Shirley”), as "Captain-General and Governour in Chief, in and over His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New-England" King George's War, William Shirley.
Partially printed document signed William Shirley, Esq. (“W. Shirley”), as "Captain-General and Governour in Chief, in and over His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New-England"

Appointed Cornet in the Regiment of Horse

Partially printed document signed William Shirley, Esq. (“W. Shirley”), as "Captain-General and Governour in Chief, in and over His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New-England"

Boston: May 18, 1745.

1p, partially printed and accomplished, woodcut dropped capital, printed in four typefaces, paper seal at top left, with an 1802, hand drawn, pen and ink map of Amos Keith's Farm in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on the verso. Folio 15-3/4 x 12-1/2 inches. Appointed Cornet in the Regiment of Horse. Wear and toning with with tape repairs on back and subsequent glue staining at repaired folds affecting several letters, some bleed through from ink drawing on verso, else good. Item #313114

A commission appointing Seth Alden, gentleman, "Cornet of the Troop in the Regiment of Horse within the said Province Commanded by Colonel Estes Hatch of which Troop Jonathan Bass Gent. is Captain."

William Shirley (1694-1771) was the longest serving governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony and is best known for his role in organizing the seige and capture of Louisburg during King George's War, in 1745, and as commander-in-chief of British forces in the opening years of the French and Indian War.

Seth Alden (1710-1784) was born and died in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He was the 2nd great grandson of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, noted passengers on the Mayflower and original members of the Plymouth Colony.

A hand-drawn boundary map of "Amos Keith's farm 1802", in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, is done in pen and ink on the verso, with deed histories and names of neighboring property owners. A notation reads: "plan among Avery Fobes papers." Fobes purchased the property from Keith on June 28, 1802.

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