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Scott, Silvanus [Bond between Silvanus Scott and Jonathan Sprague, Junior, and the Colony of Rhode Island]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.409.01 Author/Creator: Scott, Silvanus Place Written: s.l. Type: Document signed Date: 3 November 1731 Pagination: 2 p.: docket.

Also signed by Jonathan Sprague, Junior. Signed as witnesses by John Wickof and Daniel Abott. Scott and Sprague agree to bond themselves unto General Treasurer of the Colony of Rhode Island Abraham Borden, and to his successors in office, the sum of "three thousand pounds currant money of New England." The condition of the bond is that Scott and Sprague will pay all expenses that arise to the colony in association with the "controversy between the Colony of Rhode Island and the Province of the Massachusetts Bay relating to a gord of land."

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