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Fire Prevention Societies, New England, Boston, 1764.

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Books & Manuscripts - 2764B
Date / Time :
November 16, 2014 10:00AM


Fire Prevention Societies, New England, Boston, 1764.
Broadside headed: Rules and Orders Agreed to be Observed by a Mutual Society, instituted at Boston, the Fourth Day of January, A.D. 1764, no imprint; title in a single column as above, text consisting of twelve articles, each with a roman numeral, printed in two columns separated by a vertical rule across the top half of the page; bottom half sectioned into three columns delineated by two vertical rules, the first listing nineteen printed names, two crossed off in manuscript and two added in a contemporary hand; the second and third columns are blank, labeled at the top, "Places of Abode," and "Shops and Stores"; ESTC does not seem to have an entry for this broadside; old folds, deckle edges evident, small holes along two folds and where they converge, losses to two or three words, slight water stain to bottom right corner, verso toned; contemporary ownership inscription of Thomas Knox on verso, 17 x 13 3/4 in.
"[E]ach of us will provide and always keep in Readiness two good Leather buckets and two large Bags, containing at least three Bushels a-piece, the Buckets and Bags to be marked with the first Letters of the Owner's Christian Name, and his Sir-Name at Length, and each Bag to be kept whole and in good Repair, and to have Strings sewed on or run through the Hem on Forfeiture of One Shilling in not being provided as aforesaid."
Estimate $300-500

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New England, Mutual Society, Thomas Knox