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Deerfield Decr. 18th 1773

Then Receivd of David Field, Seth Catlin, Daniel
Arms, Thomas Bardwell junr, John Williams, Joseph
Barnard, Jonathan Arms, Salah Barnard,
John Russell, Ebenr Barnard, Joseph Barnard junr ,
Moses Bascom Jonathan Ashley Esqr. Remembrance
Sheldon Jonathan Hoit 2nd David Wells Samuel
Field David Dickinson Aaron Rice Othniel Taylor
David Hoit Thomas Williams Esqr: John Hawks Esqr:
Jonas Locke & Joseph Stebbins the sum of twelve
shillings Each in full for my services in Riding
as post from Boston to Dearfield for the Term
of one Year viz. From November 1772 to November

Wm Mosman

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An Act of Parliament created a colonial postal system in 1711, but service was irregular and the number of post roads few until Parliament appointed Benjamin Franklin Postmaster-General in 1753. Franklin's Whig sympathies cost him his position and mail service broke down during the imperial crisis between England and the North American colonies. The residents of Deerfield, Massachusetts, formed a plan to keep up mail delivery in those tense and exciting times. Twenty-five Deerfield, Massachusetts, residents each paid William Mosman twelve shillings to carry mail from Boston to Deerfield in 1773.


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Post Rider, 1772-1773

creator   William Mosman
date   Dec 18, 1773
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   6.5"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Contract
accession #   #L99.087

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