Lot 176: Revolutionary War–dated partly-printed DS, one page, 9 x 14.25, September 20, 1781. As governor of Massachusetts, Hancock appoints "Joseph Newhall, Gentleman, to be a Coroner, in the County of Essex within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." Boldly signed at the conclusion by Hancock and countersigned by John Avery as secretary. The paper seal affixed to the upper left remains fully intact. In very good to fine condition, with small repaired edge separations to intersecting folds, one vertical fold passing through the first letter of the signature, a few tiny pinholes to body, light scattered soiling and a few stains to right side, and trivial paper loss to bottom edge. Hancock had assumed the governorship a year prior after being elected with over ninety percent of the vote, and had recently signed the Articles of Confederation as one of Massachusetts Bay's delegates to the Continental Congress. Boasting a large, bold example of Hancock's trademark signature, this is a highly appealing war-dated piece.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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