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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) To The Honorable The Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court assembled

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00855 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: Totowa, New Jersey Type: Autograph document Date: circa November 1780 Pagination: 4 p. ; 33.6 x 21.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Draft. States their support for the new Massachusetts Constitution. Offers suggestions and opinions on better governing practices, particularly in regards to military service. Suggests that "the number of men required from each State be proportioned on the respective Counties and Towns ... " and that "to complete your battalions, and properly supply them, would greatly inspirit the brave men in the field engaged for the war, and stimulate them to the highest exertions for the honor and itnerest of their Country." The lines added at the top of the document are in the hand of Timothy Pickering.

People: Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: State ConstitutionGovernment and CivicsMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarContinental ArmyBraveryPatriotismRecruitment

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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