Hancock, John (1737-1793) Commission of Thomas Noyes.
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02150.01 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 26 August 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 22.1 x 34.5 cm.
Assigns Noyes as Lieutenant of the Eleventh Company in the Second Regiment of the Brigade raised by the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Signed by Hancock as President of Congress and countersigned by Charles Thomson as Secretary.
Thomas Noyes (1754-1819), grandson of Rev. James Noyes (1608-1656), founder of Yale College. Thomas's military career began in the American Revolution when he was 21; he fought at White Plains, Trenton, and Princeton. He served in the Rhode Island militia, then as a recruiter for the Continental Army. After the war he worked to resolve Revolutionary War pension problems.
The DELEGATES of the UNITED COLONIES of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode- Island, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Counties of New-Castle, Kent, and Sussex on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia, to-
Thomas Noyes. Gentleman.- Greeting.
WE reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Patriotism, Valour, Conduct and Fidelity, DO by these Presents, constitute and appoint you to be Lieutenant of the Eleventh Company in the Second Regiment of the Brigade raised by the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, which has been taken into Continental Pay, and is now Part of [struck: in] the Army of the United Colonies raised for the defence of American Liberty, and for repelling every hostile Invasion thereof. You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the Duty of Lieutenant of said Company by doing and performing all Manner of Things thereunto belonging. And we do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under your Command, to be obedient to your Orders as Lieutenant of said Company- And you are to observe and follow such Orders and Directions from Time to Time, as you shall receive from this or a future Congress of the United Colonies, or Committee of Congress, for that Purpose appointed, or Commander in Chief for the Time being of the Army of the United Colonies, or any other your superior Officer, according to the Rules and Discipline of War, in Pursuance of the Trust reposed in you. This Commission to continue in Force until revoked by this or a future Congress. Dated the Twenty-sixth Day of August AD. 1776.
By Order of the Congress
Attest. Chas Thomson Secy. John Hancock PRESIDENT.
of the Eleventh Company.
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