7 December 2015
PAINE, Robert Treat (1731-1814), Signer, Massachusetts. Two partly printed documents signed (“Rob. Treat Paine”), as Massachusetts Attorney General, both 2 March 1780. Together 2 pages, folio (16 x 10 ¾in.), each with wear along folds costing some words, chipped along edges. Matted and framed.
SEIZING LOYALIST PROPERTIES. As the War of Independence still raged, Massachusetts adopted tough measure against former Loyalists, as embodied in this printed form signed by Treat Paine in his capacity as Attorney General. He accuses Andrew Cazneau “late of Boston” and Elisha Jones “late of Weston,” of having “conspired to levy war against the government and people of this Province, Colony and State” since 19 April 1775, “and then and there adhered to the king of Great Britain.” Jones is charged with having fled to the protection of General Gage. He describes the property being seized and declares they ought to “escheat, enure and accrue to the sole use and benefit of the Government and people aforesaid.” Two fine specimens of the civil war fought out between Americans during the Revolutionary War.
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