Broadsheet; “An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790"
Nice example of American Naval Regulation of Labor Agreements between master and crew on Interstate Voyages. Form is pre-printed with Mss. entries; Working document concerning Brig Ruby of Newburyport, Mass, and the detailed (by Act) contract between Master John Dilloway and the six crew members; their roles, wages, etc. in MSS. on an 1811 voyage from Newburyport to the West Indies
In 1790, a Federal Law was enacted requiring detailed contracts between a ship's master and the crew for all interstate voyages. The full law was printed on the document, with the opposite side to be filled in Manuscript with details of the voyage, master and crew. Forms were pre-printed, and filled in prior to each voyage with appropriate details. All forms of the broadsheet are rare, with full copies very hard to find in any form. There are several variations of the broadsheet as they were printed by various booksellers.
Act reads: "Congress of the United States, at the second session, begun and held at the city of New York, on Monday the 4th of January, 1790. And Act for the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant's Service. It is agreed, between the Master, Seamen, and Mariners of the (Brig Ruby of Newburyport,) Master, now bound from the port of (Newburyport to the West Indies), that in consideration of the monthly or other wages, against each respective Seaman and Mariner's Name Hereunder Set, they severally shall and will perform the above mentioned voyage"
Act continues in 3 column format and closed with printed names of Frederick Muhlenburg, John Adams, Geo Washington and Thomas Jefferson as signers of the 1790 Act.
(Matte: 17.5 by 22”, Sight: 16.75 by 12.5”) Condition: Fold creases, otherwise fine. Very Rare
Letter Regarding Militia of Martha's Vineyard, 1787
This is an interesting letter from Lt. Colonel Malitiah Davis to Mr. E. Haskell regarding the condition of the Dukes County militia. Davis makes reference to a Revolutionary War raid on the island by British Major General Gray, who was famous, or infamous, for his bayonet attack on American troops at Paoli. The letter is 9-inches by 7 .25-inches and in excellent condition. An excellent eye witness account of considerable local interest
"June 3rd, 1787 / Sir / A few days since meet with / a letter from you requiring an ac- / count of the number of the Militia in / Dukes County and their equipments / respecting Military stores - And as I / was the Second in Command and some / Years ago and there has been no ar- / rangments of officers since and the / chief officer being gone have taken / it upon me to make some return / according to the present circum- / stances in that respect as they now / stand - And I find according to the / best information I can get their [sic] / is in the Main band about 475 and / in the alarm list 189 and as to their / Military Stores there is none, nor has / there / there [sic] been since General Gray disposed / all the inhabitants of their warlike / Stores in the year 1778 for I was then / taken prisoner and kept under guard / with others till all our Military Stores / was brought in and taken away / And there has been no provision made / since being convinced we could not / defend ourselves, neither was it in / the power of the County to relieve / us against such potent and power- / ful enemies. / Signed Malitiah Davis / Lt. Col. / to Mr. E. Haskell (Copy) / at Rochester."
FIVE Charles Stadden American Colonial lead figures
All hand made and painted by Stadder in England, sometime in the 1960's
Marked Britain on the base, these figures rarely are found on the secondary market, and often bring strong prices. The Five figures represent. 5 different figures of the American side of the Revolutionary war. Hessian Soldier is listing/leaning to the right, but can be bent back (too much rum?) Otherwise excellent condition, with no issues.
$275 for group