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JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793)
JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793) 
Most conspicuous Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member and President of the Continental Congress

Most conspicuous Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member and President of the Continental Congress, first Governor of the state of Massachusetts. Very interesting wartime manuscript document, entirely in Hancock's hand, dated June 5, 1782, addressing the "Gentlemen of the Senate & the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives (of Massachusetts). Tantalizing content referring to an important letter "the contents of which so materially affect this Commonwealth" that Hancock directed they be laid before the legislators. The letter apparently came by way of "Mr. Lovell from Philadelphia," probably a reference to JAMES LOVELL (1737-1814), a fellow signer of the Declaration and a Massachusetts member of the Continental Congress. The letter was from yet another signer, the new Superintendant of Finance ROBERT MORRIS (1734-1806). Morris' sweeping executive role had been created the previous year to deal with the massive financial crisis plaguing the struggling United States. Among his first proposals were the creation of the first nationally-chartered bank, a national mint, and decimal coinage. It is likely that the letter referred to by Hancock concerned some or all of these massive new initiatives. Docketed on the reverse as the original draft for Hancock's message. Written by Hancock, and signed with his initials "J H." A terrific and unique Revolutionary War John Hancock. Archivally de-acidified and backed. $5,800.00 SOLD


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