FYI – below is a description of a document from 1776 being sold on e-bay – it is a complaint against PHILLIP TERRY, GEORGE TERRY, & EDWARD SLEAD all of Swansey, MA by ELIZABETH WHALON for begetting her with child.
I am not the seller nor do I have any associations with him – just thought some of you would like to know of the document’s existence.
Description by Seller: This Wonderful Authentic Document of 1776 is on Hand Laid Paper and has a Beautiful Papermakers Watermark and is in Absolutely Super Condition. This is The New Government continuing the Blue Laws to raise Tax's for America in our Great Transitional Period. "PHILLIP TERRY Labourer & GEORGE TERRY Caulker & EDWARD SLEAD Yeoman all of Swansey acknowledged themselves to be severally indebted to The Government and People of The State of The Massachusetts Bay in The Respective Sums PHILLIP as Principal for 100 Pounds and GEORGE and EDWARD 50 Pounds each in Sureties that they personally appear before The Justices of The Court of The General Sessions of The Peace to answer to such Matters as shall be Then & There shall be alleged against Him in behalf of the Government & People of sd State of The Massachusetts Bay more Especially to answer to The Complaint of ELIZABETH WHALON for BEGETTING HER WITH CHILD BY FORNICATION and shall do and receive that which sd Court shall be then & there be enjoined upon Him and not depart without the License."
On the Verso it States "PHILLIP TERRY’s Recognizance to December Courts (Discharged)."