JOHN HANCOCK - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/20/1783 - HFSID 285961
JOHN HANCOCK As Governor of Massachusetts (1783), he signs authorization to reimburse citizens who assisted a Dutch man of war at Cape Cod. Manuscript DS: "His Excellency John Hancock Esqr to Thos Knox" in text, 1 page, 6½x6. Boston, 1783 November 20.
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As Governor of Massachusetts (1783), he signs authorization to reimburse citizens who assisted a Dutch man of war at Cape Cod.
Manuscript DS: "His Excellency John Hancock Esqr to Thos Knox" in text, 1 page, 6½x6. Boston, 1783 November 20. In full, with original spelling: "To Load of Balles put on Bord the Sloop Imployed to Assist the Dutch man of War That Lunch of Cap Cod...To my Self and One more pilot imploy On the Same Searvis...To A boat and hands Going With a Setter To Stop the Sloop." The right portion has been torn off, removing most of the monetary amounts for each item and the total. Hancock has added, in his hand, at the conclusion: "To my Extra attendance" (amount torn away) and, next to the missing total: "Lawfull mony". 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. Hancock's father had died when John was a child, and he was adopted by his uncle, Thomas Hancock, a rich Boston merchant. Hancock inherited his uncle's wealth in 1765, when he was 28 years old. Despite relatively little mercantile success, (Thomas Hancock & Co. went out of business in 1775), John Hancock owned real estate and was a wealthy man when he died in 1793, with an estate then estimated at $350,000. Britain had declared the war in America at an end in February 1783, and formally recognized US independence that September. However, Britain and the Netherlands had been at war since 1780, with Britain attempting to seize Dutch ships bringing goods to America. That war did not end until 1784, so there was good reason for Americans to be supplying a Dutch naval vessel at Cape Cod. Chipped at edges, with right margin torn off. Light ink transference. Nailhead-size stain touches the "L" in Lawful. Horizontal folds with some separation in blank areas. Matted, not in the Gallery of History style, to 15x22½.
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