Exeter: Printed by Henry Ranley, . Broadside, 8" x 13". Signed in ink at the end, "Joseph Pearson", as Secretary. "Hampstead" is written in ink in the appropriate blanks. Old folds, several fox spots, wax seal remnant, light blank edge chip. Very Good.
Smith had been a New Hampshire revolutionary soldier; he served from 1775 until wounded at the Battle of Bennington. A Federalist Congressman beginning in 1791, he resigned in 1797 to become United States Attorney for New Hampshire. Later he would be New Hampshire's Governor and Chief Justice. He was co-counsel with Daniel Webster and Jeremiah Mason in the Dartmouth College Case.
In this rare broadside, evidently sent to all New Hampshire selectmen, Governor Gilman orders them to convene their electors to vote for Smith's replacement. The choices were Peleg Sprague and Woodbury Langdon. The broadside also sets forth the procedures governing the election.
Bristol B10014. ESTC W36118 [2- AAS, Clements]. Not in Evans, Shipton, or the Rauner Library. Item #34689