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Lot 19: [ Americana ] Autograph Document Signed, Aaron Wood, 1p. quarto, July 4, 1776. Essex County, MA. This extremely rare document was penned on the

by Historical Collectible Auctions

March 13, 2003

Burlington, NC, USA

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Description: [ Americana ] Autograph Document Signed, Aaron Wood, 1p. quarto, July 4, 1776. Essex County, MA. This extremely rare document was penned on the very first Independence Day by Aaron Wood, Justice of the Peace, for plaintiff Abel Dodge. It reads: ' To the sheriff or marshal of the County of Essex or wither of his deputies or either of the Constables of the Town of Rowley in said County or to any or either of them- Greeting. Whereas complaint has this Day been made unto me the subscriber by Abel Dodge of Rowley in said County Cooper against one Cuff Dole a Negro man of the said town of Rowley that the said Cuff did in the night beset after the Thirty First Day of March last by force of arms steel and take out of Pocket cash belonging to the said Abel as he was sleeping in his Barrack on Prospect Hill in Cambridge one Eight Dollar Bill of the Continental Emission which was the property of the said Abels. Wherefore you and each of you are hereby required by virtue of the Authority reposed in me the subscriber by the Major...of the council of the Province of Massachusetts Bay immediately to apprehend the Body of the said Cuff Dole if he may be found in and present and bring him before me or some other of the justices of the said County of Essex so that he may be... and further dealt with according us to law and justice it doth...given under my hand and deed this fourth Day of July AD 1776 Aaron Wood Justice of the Peace.' This document is a highly desirable piece of American history given its date and content. In addition, Aaron Wood would become a U.S. Senator. Minor stains, edge roughness. VG.

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