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JOHN HANCOCK - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 03/27/1781 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN AVERY, MOSES GILL - HFSID 286019

JOHN HANCOCK, JOHN AVERY and MOSES GILL Massachusetts' Governor, Secretary of State and future Acting Governor sign a document appointing a Revolutionary War veteran as a Bristol County Justice of the Peace (1781).

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JOHN HANCOCK, JOHN AVERY and MOSES GILL Massachusetts' Governor, Secretary of State and future Acting Governor sign a document appointing a Revolutionary War veteran as a Bristol County Justice of the Peace (1781). Partly Printed DS: "John Hancock" as Governor of Massachusetts, 1 page, 11¾x18¾. Boston, 1781 March 27. Countersigned: "John Avery Secy". Appointment of "Elisha May Esq. of Attleborough to be one of the Justices to keep the Peace in the County of Bristol…for the term of seven Years…And to keep and cause to be kept, the Laws and Ordinances made for the Quiet, Rule and Government of the People in the said County…and to chastise and punish all Persons offending against the Form of those Laws and Ordinances…and to cause to come before the said Elisha May Esq all those that shall break the Peace, or attempt any Thing against the same…." On verso is a Manuscript DS: "W. Spooner" and "Moses Gill" as Members of Council, attesting to the fact that "Elisha May Esqr took the Oath Required by Law to be taken to Quallefie (sic) him to Execute the trust within Reposed." ELISHA MAY (1728-1811) was a member of the Committee of Safety and marched from Attleborough at the "Lexington Alarm", April 19, 1775. Captain May served at Bunker Hill and White Plains, in the Rhode Island campaign, and in 1780, was Lieutenant Colonel of a Bristol county regiment. MOSES GILL (1734-1800) signs as a member of Massachusetts' Executive Council. In 1794, he became Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and in 1799, acting Governor when Governor Increase Sumner died. Gill died in 1800 and the state was left without a Governor or acting Governor for the only time in its history. JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793), Member of the Continental Congress (1775-1778), served as President of the Congress from May 24, 1775 to October 1777 and was the first Signer of the Declaration of Independence. From 1780-1785 and 1787 to his death in 1793, Hancock was Governor of Massachusetts. JOHN AVERY, Jr. (1739-1806), a Boston merchant and distiller, appointed Massachusetts Secretary of State during the revolution, served in that office for more than a quarter century until his death (1780-1806).  Surface tears and wear at upper and lower edges expertly repaired but still show defects. Folds, horizontal folds and lower vertical fold had separated but were expertly repaired, only 1 word of text affected. Lower vertical fold touches "y" in Avery. Writing and signatures have lightened, but all are completely legible. Overall, fine, clean appearance. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.

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