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Request for Return of Drury’s Men to the General Court Committee Probably Signed by a Lexington-Concord Minuteman
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AARON CHAMBERLAIN. Autograph Letter Signed (Aaron Chamberlin), Boston, 29 June 1782, 1 p., to Col. Drury (in Grafton). For “the Three Months that were raisd by Virtue of a Resolve of the 16 of June 1781”.

Inventory #20639.15       Price: $400

Chamberlain was quite possibly the man from Chelmsford, Massachusetts who on April 19, 1775 responded to the Lexington-Concord Alarm as part of Col. Moses Parker’s company, under Lt. Benjamin Walker’s command.

Col. Luke Drury (1734-1811) of Grafton, Massachusetts joined the militia in 1757 during the French and Indian Wars.  As captain of a company of Minutemen and Militamen, he responded to the Lexington Alarm, and later joined Colonel Jonathan Ward’s regiment to fight at Bunker Hill.  Drury and his men served in different areas during the war, from West Point to Grafton, where his company guarded military stores.  He also supported the Continentals financially, at one point giving £50 fifty pounds to enlist soldiers in Grafton.

In 1786-1787, Drury became deeply involved in Shays’ Rebellion, a tax revolt led by farmers in western Massachusetts. The uprising was quashed, and Drury imprisoned as “a person dangerous to the state.”  He was eventually released on good behavior.  Drury remained active in state and local politics, serving terms as constable, deputy sheriff, tax collector, assessor, selectman, and state legislator.

References

Turner, Jacob. “Luke Drury.” Genealogy of the Descendants of Humphrey Turner. Boston: 1852.  pp. 59-60.


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