Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) to the Commissary
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01790 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 3 January 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 7.7 x 19.9 cm.
Writes, "Please to issue to Prince Darby of the Massa. Artillery, fifteen days provision from the 4th instant - he being ordered on command with officers horses. By order of the Comdt." Note on verso signed illegibly.
Prince Darby, a former slave from Dorchester, Massachusetts, had earned his freedom by enlisting in the army. (Ebenezer Clapp, Jr. in "The History of the Town of Dorchester..." 1859, p. 343)
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