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John Hancock, Esq.
  TO Epaphras Hoyt Gentleman -------------//-------GREETING
John Hancock
YOU being appointed Second Lieutenant of a Troop of Cavalry raised
in the fourth Division of Militia in 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 Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct) Com-
mission you accordingly.--You are therefore carefully, and diligently to dis-
charge the duty of Second Lieutt in leading, ordering, and exercising said
Troop----in Arms, both inferior Officers and Soldiers; and to keep
them in good Order and Discipline : And they are hereby commanded to
obey you, as their Second Lieutenant and you are yourself to observe and
follow such Orders and Instructions, as you shall from Time to Time receive
from me, or your superior Officers.
  GIVEN under my Hand, and the Seal of the said Commonwealth, the fifteenth Day of
September --- in the Year of our LORD, 1789, and in the fourteenth
Year of the Independence of the United States of AMERICA.
  By His Excellency's Command,
  John Avery junSecy
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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: This commission of 1793 appoints Deerfield resident Epaphras Hoyt (1765-1850) to 2nd lieutenant of a Troop of Cavalry. Epaphras Hoyt was a major contributor to town government in Deerfield and had a lifelong interest in military science. He served as postman, justice of the peace, register of deeds for Franklin County, among other offices. He became a major general in the Massachusetts militia.


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Military Commission of Epaphras Hoyt

author   John Hancock (1737-1793)
creator   John Avery
date   Sep 15, 1789
location   Boston, Massachusetts
height   11.25"
width   16.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink with manuscript
item type   Legal Documents/Appointment/Discharge
accession #   #L04.032

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