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Known by these pesents That I John Hawkes of Dearefeild
in Hampshire wthin ye Province of ye Massachuset Bay in New Engld
am Holden & stand firmly Bound & obliged by these pesents To
John Pynchon of Springfeild Esqr In the ful sum of Twelve
Pounds current money of New England to be pd unto ye sd John
Pynchon Esqr his heires executors administr or assignes To ye True
Paymt whereof I bind my selfe my heires executors administrators &
every of them firmely by these pesents
The condition of this obligation is such That If ye above Bounden John
Hawkes his heires executors administrators or assignes Doe wel & truly pay
or cause to be pd unto ye above named John Pynchon his heires exe=
cutors administrators, or assignes, in Springfeild ye ful Sum of Sixe
Pounds in current money of New England at or before ye 26th day
of March wch wil be in the yeare of or Lord one thousand seven
hundred wthout fraud or further delay then this above written
obligation to be void & of noe efect otherwise to abide in ful
force vertue & power, witness my hand & seale dated in Spring=
feild this 9th day of March 1698/9, In ye eleventh yeare of his Matie

John Hawks
Witnesses are
John Holyoke
Edward Allyn
John Allen

Springfield 17th May 1714 then received
of Eliezer Hawkes as Administratour
to the estate of Colš John Pynchon deceased
the full Sum of Six pounds by
and [ ] Province Bills
by mee: John Pynchon

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Although the promissory note by John Hawks of Deerfield, Massachusetts, to John Pynchon of Springfield is handwritten, apparently by Hawks himself, the language is similar to other legal promissory notes of the time. Hawks (1643-c1721) is in debt to Pynchon for twelve pounds. The terms further state that if the debt be paid before March 26, 1700, the debt shall be only six pounds. There are three witnesses. The debt is paid to the estate of Pynchon on May 17, 1714, declaring that the "full Sum of Six pounds" has been accepted by the Administrator, even though he is paying well after the March date.


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Promissory note to John Pynchon from John Hawks

creator   John Pynchon (1626-1703)
date   Mar 9, 1699
location   Springfield, Massachusetts
height   7.5"
width   6.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Bond
accession #   #L99.073

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