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A Bill Conferring the Rights of Citizenship to the Marquis

De La Fayette.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts — In the Year of our Lord

one thousand seven hundred and eighty fiveAn Act for Granting to the Right Honourable the Marquis De La Fayette & to his Heirs the rights of Citizenship in this Commonwealth —

Whereas this Country has derived A the greatest B benefits from the Efforts of the Right Honble The Marquis De La Fayette in the cause of America,- Efforts C doubly Brilliant from the Period of real danger in which they commenced, as well as from the unremitted ardour with which they were continued 'till the Glorious completion of those original Views of the opposition in this Country, D the happy & permanent Establishment of our Peace Liberty & Safety — In order therefore to give this Testimony to the World, and as far as possible to transmit the Honble remembrance of those E Virtues & Exertions to Posterity which could only have been inspired by a Thirst of true Glory, & the deepest reverence for the Rights of Human nature F

Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court Assembled & by the Authority of the same - That the Right Honble the Marquis De La Fayette late Major General of the Armies of the United States of America G together with his Heirs — be and Hereby are intitled to all the Rights, Liberties, Immunities, and Privileges of a free Citizen of this Commonwealth H —

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that the Secretary of this Commonwealth be & he hereby is directed to transmit a true Copy of the foregoing Act under the great Seal of this Commonwealth to the Right Hon ble The Marquis De La Fayette late Major General of the Armies of the United States of America

In the House of Representatives Feb" 25th 1785

This Bill having had three several Readings passed to be Engrossed —

Sent up for concurrence Sam A Otis Spkr In Senate Feb 28, 1785

Read the first time
dele from A to B & insert "essential"

dele from C to D & insert "brilliant from the real Danger at the Period when they commenced & the unremitted Ardor with which they were continued untill”

dele from E to F and insert virtuous Exertions to Posterity

dele from G to H & insert & his Heirs be and hereby are entitled to all the Rights Liberties & Immunities of free Citizens of this Commonwealth they conforming to the Requirements of Laws of the Commonwealth in the Exercise & Enjoyment of such Rights Liberties & Immunities —

[To Lafayette America owes a great debt. Arriving in this country at the age of nineteen he at once sought the side of Washington and from that moment devoted all his energies to the American cause. After a horseback ride of nearly nine hundred miles he was met with coldness by Congress; but not disconcerted by the manner of his reception he thus addressed them:

“After the sacrifices I have made, I have the right to exact two favours; one is, to serve at my own expense, — the other is, to serve at first as volunteer.”

Sentiments of this character to which they were so little accustomed, awakened their attention; the despatches from the envoys were read over, and, in a very flattering resolution, the rank of major-general was granted to M. de Lafayette. His modesty, courage and ability gained him the friendship and admiration of those with whom he was associated.]

Acceptance Treasurer's Accounts Town of York.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the House of Representatives June 16 1783 Whereas it Appears Upon Examination of the Treasurer's Accounts for the County of York that All the moneys granted & allowed by the Court of General Sessions of the Peace for the said County from June 26, 1781, to January 1783, including Jan" Term, was for such purposes & Appropriations as by Law the said Court were impowered to grant. Therefore Resolved that the said Accounts be Accepted & Allowed. Sent up for concurrence

Tristram Dalton Spk" In Senate June 17th 1783 Read & Concurred

S Adams Presid Approv'd John Hancock

Resolve in re Estate Francis Waldo Esg.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In Senate June 19th 1783 Whereas it appears to this Court by the Representation of John Lewis Esq" & others a Committee for the Sale of part of the real Estate of Francis Waldo Esq' an Absentee, with the papers accompanying the same, that the said Committee have disposed of part of the said real Estate amounting to Two hundred & eighty three pounds and have paid the demands on the said Estate amounting to Two hundred fifty four pounds seventeen shillings & eight pence & that there remains in the hands of the said Committee twenty eight pounds two shillings & four pence Therefore Resolved, that this Court do approve & Confirm the doings of the said

Committee & they are hereby directed to pay the aforesaid
Sum of twenty eight pounds 2/4 into the Treasury of this
Commonwealth taking duplicate Receipts therefor one of
which to be lodged in the Secretary's office
In the House of Representatives June 30th 1783
Sent down for Concurrence

Tristram Dalton Spk" Read & concurred

S Adams Presid Approv'd John Hancock

Resolve in Favor John Bane.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the House of Representatives June 23d 1783 On the Petition of John Bane praying for Payment for Sundry Provisions supply'd the Troops on the Eastern Department

Resolved that the Commissary Gen' be and he is hereby directed to pay to John Bane fourteen Hundred & twenty two pounds of Beef Twenty one Bushels of Corn one Peas and ten pounds of Beef Twenty one Bushels of Corn one bushel of Peas and ten pound of fish balance of his Acct with four Hundred Weight of beef for his time & Expence transporting the same and the whole be charged to the United States.

Tristram Dalton Spk" In Senate June 24th 1783 Read and Concurred

S Adams Preside Approv'd John Hancock.

The Governor Approves of the above Resolve & directs the Secretary to give a Copy thereof with his Approbation, being unable to Sign by reason of the Gout in his hand.

Resolve on Petition of Benj. West.

Common Wealth of Massachusets

In the House of Representatives June 30th 1783 On the Petition of Benjamin West praying for allowance for the loss of his Cloathing Firelock and Accoutrements at Quebeck in the year 1775 [Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and that there be allowed and paid out of the Treasury of this Commonwealth to the said Benjamin West the Sum of Eight pound twelve Shillings in full Compensation for losses sustained as above.

Action on Petition John Hovey.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In the House of Representatives June 30th, 1783 On the memorial and petition of John Hovey of Arundel in the County of York Setting forth that on the 22d day of June Last he was coming to Boston by water and was pursued by the Enemy and in Escaping from the Vessel into a Bote he Lost his pocket Book in which where Several State Notes of the following Value Viz one of ten pounds one year Interest paid thereon Dated January 1 1777 one Do of ten pounds Dated January 24 1777 one Do of ten pounds Dated January 24 1777 one Do of ten pounds Dated January 15 1777 Indorsed thereon four pounds ten shillings one Do of twenty four pounds thirteen shillings Dated December 1 1777 payable to John Hovey one Do of ten pounds Dated January 5 1778 one Do of ten pounds Dated January 5 1777 one Do of twelve pounds ten Shillings Dated January 1 1777 payable to Charles Huff praying that he may be allowed a Consoladated Note for the value of the aforesaid Notes

Resolved that the treasurer of this Commonwealth be and · he is hereby Directed to give the aforesaid John Hovey a

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