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Commonwealth of Massachusetts
By His Excellency John Hancock Esqr
Governor and Commander in chief of the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
To Lemuel Taylor Gentleman
You being appointed Quarter Master of
the fifth Regiment in the second Brigade
John Hancock and fourth Division of the militia of
this Commonwealth comprehending the
county of Hampshire
By virtue of the power vested in me I do by
these presents reposing special trust and confidence in your
ability integrity and good conduct commission you accordingly

You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge
the duty of Quartermaster to said Regiment in all things
appertaining thereto, observing such orders & instructions
as you shall receive from time to time from any, your
Superior Officers -- Given under my hand & the Seal
of the Commonwealth the first day of September Anno
Domini 1788 and in the thirteenth year of the Inde-
pendence of the United States of America

By His Excellency's command
John Avery junSecy
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The appointment of Lemuel Taylor (b. 1748) as quarter master is signed by his brother, Samuel (b.1748), Justice of the Peace. This commission is a standard form asking for integrity and good conduct in discharging his duty. It cautions Taylor, in addition, to observe such orders and instructions as he may receive from his Superior officers. Both the Taylor brothers were soldiers in the Revolution. They both settled in Buckland, Massachusetts, and married sisters.


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Military Commission of Lemuel Taylor

author   John Hancock (1737-1793)
creator   John Avery
date   Sep 1, 1788
location   Boston, Massachusetts
width   7.25"
height   12.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Appointment/Discharge
accession #   #L04.031

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