bounty

bounty mid-13c., "generosity," from O.Fr. bonte "goodness" (12c., Mod.Fr. bonté), from L. bonitatem (nom. bonitas) "goodness," from bonus "good" (see BENE- (Cf. bene-)). Sense of "gift bestowed by a sovereign or the state" led to extended senses of "gratuity to a military recruit" (1702) and "reward for killing or taking a criminal or enemy" (1764).
I do ... promise, that there shall be paid ... the following several and respective premiums and Bounties for the prisoners and Scalps of the Enemy Indians that shall be taken or killed .... ["Papers of the Governor of Pennsylvania," 1764]

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