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Rhode Island. Assembly. [Rhode Island resolution ordering the purchase of land near a gun powder mill]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.410.03 Author/Creator: Rhode Island. Assembly. Place Written: Rhode Island Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 21 August 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 19 x 16 cm.

Signed twice by J. Lyndon (clerk of the lower house), R.J. Holme (deputy secretary of the Upper House), and certified a true copy Henry Ward. Authorizes Jacob Goffe to purchase land near the mill and build a house, all at the state's expense. The resolution by the Lower House was agreed to by the Upper House the next day, with the caveat that Caleb Harris "be added to superintend the Business." A signed note by Harris on the verso indicates he received the contents from Joseph Clarke, the state treasurer.

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