Printed broadside document signed ("John Hancock"), accomplished in a clerical hand, on paper (19 1/4 x 12 in.; 486 x 306 mm; watermarked fleur-de-lys), Boston, 20 September 1781, being Aaron Wood's appointment as "one of the Justices to keep the Peace in the County of Essex in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the term of seven years if he shall during that Time behave well in the same Office And to keep and cause to be kept, the Laws and Ordinances made for the Good of the Peace and for the Conservation of the same, and for the Quiet, Rule and Government of the People in the said County, ..." countersigned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth ("John Avery junr Secy"), with a fine embossed seal of Massachusetts affixed at the upper left, endorsed on the verso by Jeremiah Powell and Samuel Holten of the Massachusetts Council, 24 April 1782, attesting that Wood appeared before them and took the declaration and oath necessary for the assumption of his office; masterfully silked, a few tiny chips at folds. Half blue morocco folding-case gilt.
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