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Harrison, Benjamin (ca. 1726-1791) Land grant to Private John Brett for service during the Revolutionary War

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00184.16 Author/Creator: Harrison, Benjamin (ca. 1726-1791) Place Written: Virginia Type: Document signed Date: 11 September 1783 Pagination: 1 p. ; 10 x 16 cm.

Partially printed document signed as governor of Virginia. Counter-signed by Thomas Meriwether.

I do certify, that John Brett ------ is entitled to the proportion of land allowed a Private ----- of the continental line, who enlisted for the war, and served three years
September 11th 1783
Benjamin Harrison
Thos Merriwether

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