Payment for a Negro's Service in the Revolutionary War
September 1776-Dated, Manuscript Document, Receipt for Payment for a provided Negro's active Military Service, possibly being a "substitute" for himself, in the Revolutionary War, in Captain John Currier's command, Very Fine.
This Manuscript Document was written by one hand, then the amount was filled in and Signed by Benjamin Barnard's own hand (he forgot to fill in the day). This historic Black History related Document reads, in full:
"Amesbury [here misspelled Almsbury], Septr. - th 1776. Then Recd. of Capt John Currier, the sum of two pounds thirteen shillings and three pence Lawfull Money which I Receive as being due for my Negros service in the last years Campaign under the Command of Sd. Capt. Currier & if it should hereafter be so ordered that the said Capt. should be obliged to pay the money to the Negro I promise & engage to pay said sum of money back again - as witness my hand. - (Signed) Benjamin Bernard."
Captain John Currier was born October 17, 1726, in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts. He was a Farmer, Shoemaker, Militia Captain, Constable, Tax collector, Town selectman, who fought at the Battle of Lexington, and fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill under command of Colonel James Frye. Overall, this Document is boldly written in rich brown ink with some edge chipping and minor paper loss at left. The blank reverse has a strip of clear archival tape reinforcing the vertical centerfold, and there is another small, expert repair to seal a 2" horizontal fold split on the right side another at left. Docket reads, in full: "Benj. Bernard's Receipt". Here we see a Patriotic individual providing his Negro servant to fight on the American side of the Revolutionary War, possibly as a substitute for homself. Great Black History content
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