Original 1821 Wolfborough, [ Wolfeboro ] New Hampshire Manuscript Document : Votes for Representative Thomas Nute to the General Court, Signed and Executed by Samuel Avery

Samuel Avery, Town Clerk

Published by Samuel Avery, 1821, 1821
Manuscript / Paper Collectible Condition: Very Good
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Nicely presented original manuscript document on hand-made ragpaper, certifying the votes for town representation in the General Court. ".At a legal town meeting Duly notified and holden at Wolfborough - 1821 - was legally chosen .in the legislature -- Samuel Avery, Town Clerk." Measures 8" x 4.5". Light agewear, very attractive and quite scarce. ==================== "Wolfeboro is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. -- The town was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1759 to four young men of Portsmouth, and named Wolfeborough in honor of English General James Wolfe, who had been victorious at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. In 1763, 2,300 acres (930 ha) were added to the 60 acres (24 ha) reserved for the governor. Colonial Governor John Wentworth, his nephew, established an estate on the site, known as Kingswood. Built in 1771 beside what is now called Lake Wentworth, this was the first summer country estate in northern New England. Settled in 1768, the town was incorporated in 1770. Over the years Wolfeboro, whose town motto is "The Oldest Summer Resort in America", became a popular summer colony, particularly for families from Boston and southern New Hampshire." -Wiki -------------------------- "New Hampshire's political culture was and continues to be steeped in the desire to preserve local, community interests." The method of voting began with voice votes at town meetings, but by 1804 New Hampshire had directed in state statute that town clerks be chosen by ballot. Ballots were hand written, although by the 1830s, printed ballots came into use. Early in the new republic, the right to vote reflected the tension between the Federalists, those property owners with a "stake in society," and the Republicans (Democratic-Republicans), who wanted to expand democratic participation as broadly as possible—so broadly, in fact, that some feared "mob rule" at the other end of the spectrum. By 1800 New Hampshire was one of just three states (the others were Kentucky and Vermont) that had universal white manhood suffrage, having done away with the requirement of property ownership. All of New England except Connecticut allowed African Americans to vote without significant restriction. New Hampshire endorsed the principle that the more people taking part in the democratic process, the better." - Tufts U. ============= Interesting relic of the early town voting custom in NH. Priced reasonably for your consideration, packaged carefully and will be shipped to you immediately. Would look great framed. Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # MS-TC89

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Title: Original 1821 Wolfborough, [ Wolfeboro ] New...

Publisher: Samuel Avery, 1821

Publication Date: 1821

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition..

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