STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IN COUNCIL, January 1, 1777. Whereas a considerable number of men belonging to this state have inlisted into the service of the United States, as Non-commissioned Officers and private Soldiers, to serve during the War, and as Part of the Fifteen Battalions to be raised by this State, upon the Terms and Encouragement offered by the Continental Congress, aand the additional Encouragement of Twenty Shillings a Month offered by this State:.... [followed by 32 lines of type, approximately 320 words including the final paragraph as follows]: ...And be it further Resolved, That every other Non-commissioned Officer and private Soldier, not belonging to any other of the United States, who shall have inlisted or hereafter shall Inlist into either of the said Battalions for the Term of Three Years, or during the War, shall in Addition to the Pay and Encouragement given by the Continental Congress, be entitled to and receive the Sum of Twenty Pounds, upon his passing Muster. The said Bounty of Twenty Pounds to be paid in Treasurer's Notes of Ten Pounds, payable. to the Possesor in Four Years from the Sixth of December last, with Interest to be paid Annually, at the Rate of Six per Cent, provided such Non-commisioned Officer or private Soldier shall furnish himself with a good Fire Arm and Bayonet fitted thereto, a Cartouch Box and Knapsack.
[Boston: Printed by Benjamin Edes, 1777]. Broadside. 25 x 21 cm. Signed in type by John Avery, Dep'ty Secretary, and by Samuel Freeman, Speaker, P.T. Faint old fold lines, else a surprisingly fresh copy. ESTC: MHS, MA. OCLC adds none. We find one at LC. BRISTOL B4504 SHIPTON & MOONEY 43282 FORD Broadsides 2070. CUSHING. Mass. laws, 971. Item #63923