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Most unusual manuscript D.S. "David Forman", most likely the high sheriff of Monmouth County, N.J., 1p. oblong 8vo., [Monmouth Court House?], July 24, 1783 being an invoice "For Taking acct. of the Losses Sustained By the British or there [sic] adherants [sic] in 1778." This included 36 days "Taking acct. of the Losses" and for 22 days "Regerising [sic, Registering] ye acct." For his trouble, Forman was reimbursed £36.16.6. New Jersey had probably one of the highest proportion of Loyalist residents of all the rebellious colonies during the war, likely nearing 50% of the whole population. Under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, Loyalists were to be compensated for their losses by the United States, and this may have been an early effort in assessing this. In the end, however, the Loyalists were never compensated by the United States and most left to settle in Canada and other parts of the British Empire. Forman was likely given the task of assessing the losses sustained during 1778 due to the Battle of Monmouth Court House which took place in the summer of that year. Endorsed on the verso by SAMUEL TUCKER, who served as President of the New Jersey legislature in 1775 and 1776. Usual folds with minor partial separations at margins, light marginal wear, else very good condition.

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