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1781 Notice of Assembly
Sanford, Maine
 
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This little manuscript document was written to notify the inhabitants of the town of Sanford, in what would become the state of Maine, of a town meeting. In the early days of our country, town meetings were extremely important events and were usually attended by all who were permitted. Many of the decisions made at these local meetings could have consequences far beyond the boundaries of the community itself (this is where discussions were had concerning the minuteman units that were so important at the outbreak of the American Revolution). This piece, headlined “Sanford June 25th 1781 reads (in full) - “York SS To the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Sanford qualified to vote in Town meeting Greeting your are hereby Notified to Assemble at the School house in Sanford afoursd on Thursday the Twenty Eight Day of June Instant March meeting being Regurnd (?) To the last Thursday in June meet at three o clock in the after noon to act upon what was ommited in the Last Anamuel meeting in March”. The body of the piece closes with the admonition to “Heer of fail not”, following which are the signatures of “Morgan Lewis” and “James Gave”, signing in their capacity as “Select men for Sanford” (additional information on these gentlemen may be found with further research). Interestingly, unlike many manuscript documents of the era, there is nothing written on the verso (not even a filing or receipt notation).

This document is executed in brown ink on medium grade period paper, the majority of which has toned to a very light beige color. All of the manuscript portions are fully legible, though the spacing of the words and the period abbreviations make it somewhat difficult to read. Two harsh folds, one vertical and one horizontal, bisect this piece in each direction. Several other folds are noted for accuracy, though these are very light and hardly noticeable. The edges are quite ragged, especially so at the top and along the right. Moderate soiling is present, as well as some scattered foxing, mostly confined to the outer edges and along the fold lines. Overall dimensions are approximately 4.5 x 7.5 inches. An interesting piece of colonial paper.


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