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JONAS HANWAY - AUTOGRAPH FRAGMENT SIGNED 05/26/1777 - HFSID 81147

JONAS HANWAYThe philanthropist and explorer signed this slip of paper that is attached to a short biography Autograph Fragment Signed: "Jonas Hanway" in black ink on an 8½x2¾ piece of paper, which is adhered to an 8½x4¼ sheet.

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JONAS HANWAYThe philanthropist and explorer signed this slip of paper that is attached to a short biography Autograph Fragment Signed: "Jonas Hanway" in black ink on an 8½x2¾ piece of paper, which is adhered to an 8½x4¼ sheet. Other handwritten text in unknown hand includes date (May 6, 1777), and closing sentiment: "We are / Sir / Your most humble servants". Two short newspaper clipping-biographies are attached, in addition to a message from the Federation of British Umbrella Industries. Jonas Hanway (1712-1786) was a London merchant, philanthropist, traveler, pamphleteer, social reformer, and eccentric. At first, the umbrella was considered only an accessory suitable for women. Then Hanway carried and used an umbrella publicly in England for 30 years and popularized umbrella use among men. English gentleman often referred to their umbrellas as a "Hanway". As a merchant, he travelled throughout modern-day Russia and the Middle East, giving him the material he needed to become a well-known writer and public figure. He founded The Marine Society in 1756 and went on to become a prominent voice in various social reform issues of the time. Despite his many good works, he is now remembered chiefly as the pioneer of the umbrella. There is a memorial to Jonas Hanway in Westminster Abbey. Unknown signer merits further research. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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