April 8, 1779-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Newspaper titled, “The Independent Chronicle” Boston, Massachusetts, mention of the Green-Dragon (Tavern) and Continental Currency of May 20, 1777 and April 11, 1778 Issues, Identified to Reverend Isaac Mansfield (1750-1826) of Boston, Very Fine.This newspaper is Identified to Reverend Isaac Mansfield (1750-1826) of Boston, his name written above the Header at upper left as his copy. Rev. Mansfield was a Minister, Chaplain in the American Revolutionary War served as a Chaplain to Massachusetts troops from the spring of 1775 to the summer of 1776 during the Siege of Boston and as a Magistrate.
An unusual “State Lottery” related front page with important content 1779 historic Boston Newspaper with extensive Massachusetts Revolutionary War reports and advertisements including on page 3, lower right 3rd column, “The Commissioners Appointed” for claims made on the estate of SAMUEL SEWALL, Esq and HENRY HULTON, Esq. said Service to be held at the Green-Dragon (Tavern). Contains some extensive incredible Rev. War battle reports and other period content within this paper. With much more extensive war news of General Williamson in South Carolina and a retreat of the British forces at Adam’s ferry. Debates in the House of Lords in London regarding the American Colonies. A “PROCLAMATION.” issued by Continental Congress President John Jay, April 3rd, 1779 is reported for a day of “Thanksgiving, Fast and Humiliation and Prayer”. Text Ad for the sale of the Privateer Brigantine Ship “SPEEDWELL”, the remarkable fast Sailing Privateer. The 2nd to final Ad on the back page states: “TICKETS may be had at the Lottery-Office below the Draw-Bridge, for the two Emissions of Continental Currency, of May 20, 1777 and April 11, 1778 (Yorktown Issue notes). Light natural tone and folds with scattered humidity tone, minor chipping the the outer selvage edges not affecting the text.
Isaac Mansfield (1750-1826) received an AB from Harvard College in 1767, was ordained in 1776, and served as a chaplain in the Revolutionary Army. He married Mary Clap of Scituate, left the ministry in 1787, and became a magistrate, later succeeding to his father's town offices. He had two sons, Theodore and Isaac. Mrs. Mansfield died in Marblehead in 1806 and he died in Boston in 1826.
Bio and Letters to George Washington:
Isaac Mansfield (1750-1826), a Harvard graduate who had served as a Chaplain to Massachusetts troops from the spring of 1775 to the summer of 1776, became the minister of the First Church of Exeter, N.H., in July 1776.
Dismissed from his pastorate in August 1787, he returned to his hometown of Marblehead, Mass., in 1790, where he studied law with his father, Isaac Mansfield (1720-1792), before joining the Massachusetts bar in 1796. During his residence at Marblehead, Mansfield held a number of local offices, including justice of the peace and coroner.
1. Mansfield first served as a Chaplain of the Regiment commanded by John Thomas (1724-1776), whom the Continental Congress commissioned a Brigadier General in June 1775 and gave command of the brigade stationed at Roxbury, Mass., during the Siege of Boston in 1775-76.
John Bailey (1730-1810), who was promoted to Colonel in July 1775, assumed command of Thomas’s regiment upon Thomas’s promotion. Thomas, promoted to Major General on 6 Mar. 1776, took command on 1 May 1776 of the American army laying siege to Quebec, only to die a month later of smallpox. Mansfield chose to remain with those troops left at Boston after the Continental Army moved to New York in April 1776.
See: The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Volume 1 Contributor New England Historic Genealogical Society Publisher S.G. Drake, 1847 Original from the University of Virginia Digitized Sep 5, 2007
Rev. Isaac Mansfield succeeded Rev. W. Odlin, and was ord. Oct. 9, 1776. The exercises were Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Tucker of Newbury; Sermon by Rev. Mr. Thayer of Hampton, from Ezek. xxxiii: 7-9 ; Charge by Rev. Mr. Fogg of Kensington ; Right Hand by Rev. Mr. Webster of Salisbury, 2nd chh.; Prayer by Rev. Edmund Noyes of Salisbury, 1st ch.
There were also invited on the ordaining council the churches in Brentwood, Dover, Epping, Greenland, 1st in Cambridge, 2nd in Scituate, and 2nd in Amesbury. Mr. Mansfield was born at Marblehead, Ms., in 1750, gr. H. C. 1767, also M. A. at D. C., 1770; married Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Clap of Scituate, Ms. Mr. Mansfield, according to his agreement with the parish," was dismissed Aug. 22, 1787, by a council of three churches, of which Messrs. Fogg, Langdon, then of Hampton Falls, and Macclintock were pastors.
The result is in the church records. It does not state the circumstances which produced i: such a crisis as to render a separation eligible on both parts ;" but the council says, " We feel ourselves constrained by duty and love to testify the sense we have of the valuable ministerial gifts and qualifications with which God hath furnished Mr. Mansfield, and which have been well approved not only among his own people, but by the churches in this vicinity."
During Mr. Mansfield's ministry of nearly eleven years, 245 were baptized, and 12 admitted to the church. Mr. Mansfield removed to Marblehead. He became a magistrate, and was afterwards known as Isaac Mansfield, Esq. His sons, Theodore and Isaac, were born in Exeter. Mrs. Mansfield died in Marblehead, Feb. 11,1806, aged 59. He d.in Boston, Sept., 1826, aged 76