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Hampshire ss-
To John Williams Esqr one of the Justi-
ces assigned to keep the Peace for and within the County
of Hampshire--Reuben Bordwell of Deerfield
in the County of Hampshire aforesaid yeoman, Clerk
of the first Company of Cavalry, in ye second Brigade and
fourth Division of the Militia of he CommonWealth of Mas-
sachusetts- duly and legally appointed and qualified, as well
in his own Behalf, as in the Behalf of the Captain of said
Company, (Trustee for the said Company)- this Fourteenth
Day of October Annoque Domini 1788, complains and gives
your Honour to be informed, that since the tenth Day of March
Annoque Domini 1785=viz on the second Day August las past,
the commanding Officer of said Company, thinking fit to
muster and call together the said Company of Cavalry, under
his said Command, for the Purpose of common and ordinary
military Exercise, did at Greenfield in the said County of
Hampshire, on the same Day, issue his Orders therefor,
agreably to a Law an act of the CommonWealth aforesaid, entit-
led "An act for regulating and governing the Militia of the Com-
monWealth of Massachusetts, and for repealing all Laws
heretofore made for that Purpose" directing that each Man
belonging to the said Company of Cavalry, under his said Com-
mand, should be notified and warned to appear on the Parade
near Mr Caleb Alvord's in Greenfield aforesaid, on the twenty
first Day of August aforesaid, at ten of the Clock in the forenoon
and to appear in the full uniform Dress of said Company--
provided and equipped with a good Horse, not less than four-
teen Hands and an half high, a Saddle, Bridle, Holsters (and at
least one Pistol) a Sword, Boots and Spurs, a Cartouch Box
made fast to the Holsters, and six Rounds of Cartridges-
also to wear a leather Stock and Hair Cued on said Day
of Muster--that Heman Farnham of Sunderland in
said County of Hampshire Yeoman a private Soldier in said
Company of Cavalry, at said Sunderland afterwards viz four
Days at least before the said twenty first Day of August, was
duly and legally notified and warned to appear armed and
equipped as aforesaid, at the said Time and Place appointed
for the said Muster—that the said Heman, being duly
and legally notified as aforesaid, of the Time and Place
appointed, for the Muster of said Company, did at Sunderland
aforesaid, on the said Twenty first Day of August, in Violation
of ye said Law, and in Disobedience of the said notified Orders,
unnecessarily neglect to appear, at ye said Time and Place
for the Muster of said Company as aforesaid--and the said
Reuben in his said Capacity doth the alledge and aver, that the said
Heman did not within Eight Days next after the said twenty
first Day of August, (although a much longer Time hath since elap-
sed,) obtain the Excuse of the commanding officer, of the said Com
pany or of any Person or Persons whomsoever, for his the said
Herman's said Offence in neglecting to appear as aforesaid-

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: This is a complaint against Herman Farnham of Sunderland, Massachusetts, for not appearing as summoned for a calvary training day. Each man who belonged to the Company of Calvary was required to appear for the training day. Herman Farnham failed to appear on August 21, 1788 and was fined 10 shillings, which as of October 14, he had failed to pay.


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Complaint of Distress against Heman Farnham

author   Reuben Bardwell (1754-1840)
creator   John Williams, Esq. (1751-1816)
date   Oct 14, 1788
location   Sunderland, Massachusetts
height   18.0"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/
accession #   #L04.065

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