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Colony of Massachusetts Bay
The major part of the Council of the Mass. Bay in New England to Simeon Samson
Gentleman, Greetings-- You being appointed to take command of the armed Brigantine called the Independance, of the burden of 120 tons or thereabout, mounting fourteen carriages and twelve swivel guns and navigated by our hundred men fitted out at the expense and by these present (reposing special truck (sic) and confidence in your ability, courage and good conduct) commission you accordingly and give you, the said Simeon Samson, full power with such persons you shall engage to your assistance, by forced arms to attack, seize and take the ship or other vessels belonging to the inhabitants of Great Britian, or any of them with their parcels, apparel, furniture and ladings, on the high seas, or between high water and low water marks, and to bring same to some convenient port in this Colony in order that the Courts which have been or shall be hereafter appointed to hear and determine maritime causes may proceed in due form to condemn the said capture if they be adjudged lawful prizes. The said Simeon Sampson having given bond to the treasure of this Colony with sufficient sureties, that nothing be done by said Simeon Sampson or any of the officers, mariners or company of the said vessel contrary to or inconsistent with the usages and customes of nations and the instructions that are or may be given to him by the order of the Great and General Court. And we will and require all our Officers to give full course and assistance to the said Simeon Sampson in the Premisses. This commission to continue in force until further orders.
Given under hands and the Seal of the said Colony at Watertown, the 17th day of April in the year of our Lord, One Thousand seven hundred and Seventy-Five.
By their Honors Command
Simeon Samson attested by H. Goodwin and John Otis
Henry Morton, DSecry. I COPIED THIS DOCUMENT FROM A FADING PHOTO COPY . MY COMPUTER SPELL CHECK NOTES SOME QUESTIONABLE WORDING, BUT I HAVE MADE IT AS CLOSE TO THE PARENT COPY AS POSSIBLE. WALTER R. SAMSON (1934) 3 JAN 1998
I COPIED THIS DOCUMENT FROM A FADING PHOTO COPY . MY COMPUTER SPELL CHECK NOTES SOME QUESTIONABLE WORDING, BUT I HAVE MADE IT AS CLOSE TO THE PARENT COPY AS POSSIBLE.
WALTER R. SAMSON (1934) 3 JAN 1998