JONAS HANWAY - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/29/1777 - HFSID 81148
Sale Price $288.00
The explorer, philanthropist, and alleged umbrella pioneer signed this payment receipt
Manuscript Document Signed: "Jonas Hanway", and two more signers who merit further research. 1p, 8x2½, mounted to a page of similar size. April 29, 1777. In full: "No 842 To be paid out of £7500 Recd 29 April 1777 and Appointed/to pay Bills of Exchange". 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 Hanway in Westminster Abbey. Stray ink marks. Tips of 3 corners missing. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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