Lot 122: ADS, signed "Jno. Hancock," one page, 7.25 x 12, December 8, 1757. Remarkable document penned in his own hand while employed at his uncle's mercantile business, headed "An Acco't of Cash paid the undermention'd Artificers by order of Matthew Dixon Esq. Chief Engineer at Annapo's Royall." Hancock lists payments to six different individuals totaling £511.12.7, writing at the bottom, in part: "Boston Dec'r 8th 1757. We the Subscribers Acknowledge to have Rec'd of Thomas Hancock Esq'r the above sums…being in full for wages to the time above mention'd in the service of the Hon'l Board of Ordnance at Annapolis Royall." Boldly signed in the lower left by Hancock and countersigned by several of the recipients. In fine condition, with a trivial chip to the top edge. Hancock had graduated from Harvard only three years earlier in 1754, upon which he immediately entered his uncle Thomas Hancock's business. This document dates to the middle of the French and Indian War, during which Thomas Hancock used his close relations with the colonial governors of Massachusetts to secure lucrative government contracts. An exceptionally desirable piece with an early date and a large amount of Hancock's handwriting.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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