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Ward, Artemas (1727-1800) [Enlistment and oath of fidelity of John Forbush, with receipt for bounty money].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04240 Author/Creator: Ward, Artemas (1727-1800) Place Written: Worcester, Massachusetts Type: Document signed Date: 12 May 1761 Pagination: 1 p. 16.5 x 20 cm

Also signed by Forbush, who is a resident of Westborough in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, aged eighteen. He enlists until 1 July 1762.

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