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Hancock, John (1737-1793) [Commission of Gideon Stebbins]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.10.01 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: s.l. Type: Printed document signed Date: 14 February 1776 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 34 cm.

Countersigned by Charles Thomson. Partially printed appointment of Gideon Stebbins to Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States Colonies. Accompanied by two signed payrolls for militia commanded by Stebbins during Shays' rebellion. The payrolls are dated June 1786 and September 1786. (GLC01412.10.01 + GLC01412.10.02)

…We… do by these Presents, constitute and appoint you to be Second Lieutenant of a Company whereof Josiah Lyman Esqr. is Captain in a Regiment of Fort Whereof Elisha Porter Esqr is Colonel - - - - - - ….

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