Lot 131: Original manuscript, signed by by eight members of the Hassanamisco tribe with their marks, and also signed, "John Chandler" as justice of the peace and "John Ballantine" as registrar, three sides of two adjoining sheets, 9.75 x 15, March 19, 1728. Document begins, "To all People to whom these presents shall come Ami Printer, Andrew Arbraham [sic], Moses Printer, and Ami Printer Junr. Indians of Hassanamiscoe in the County of Suffolk within his Maj:es Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, being Owners and proprietors of One Seventh Part each of and in the Indian Native right of Land in Hassanamiscoe in the County of Suffolk Aforesaid, Peter Mukcomuk Sarah his wife, of Hassanamiscoe Aforesd Owners & Proprietors in the right of the sd Sarah of One Seventh Part of the said Native right, And Christian Miscoe Prelict Widow of George Miscoe late of Hassanamiscoe Aforesd Decd And Joshua Miscoe of Hassanamiscoe Afiresd. Son of the said Decd. being owners and Proprietors of Two Seventh parts of the Said Native right, Sendeth Greeting." The named tribesmen grant the right "to purchase the Lands at Hassanamiscoe…containing about Seven thousand and five hundred acres…for the Settlement of Forty English families…[for] the Sum of Two thousand and five hundred pounds." Signed at the conclusion by eight tribe members, three signing with an "X," and the other signing Ami with an "A", Ami Junior with an "A", Moses with an "M", Andrew with an "A", and Joshua with a "J," and listing the names of the 40 English settlers purchasing the land, with five other men witnessing the Indians making their marks. The white paper seals are worn and toned, but intact. Professional repairs to some complete separations of folds, scattered toning, soiling, creasing, and foxing, and some edge wear, otherwise very good condition.
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Sunday, 17th May 2015
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