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SIGNED BY JOHN HANCOCK

HANCOCK, John. Document signed. Philadelphia, March 14, 1776.

Exceedingly rare 1776 official congressional military commission appointing 21-year-old John Nice, Gentleman from Pennsylvania, as a captain, signed by Hancock. In 1776 Hancock, as President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, reportedly penning his name large so King George III could read it without glasses. As Founding Father, Hancock was “a key figure in securing independence and creating the republic.” Twice governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in 1788 he was named President of the Constitutional Convention debating the U.S. Constitution—urging its ratification in what many historians consider “Hancock’s finest moment.” $16,500.

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RARE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY JOHN HANCOCK, FIRST SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, AS A BOSTON SELECTMAN IN 1773

HANCOCK, John. Document signed. Boston, July 9, 1773.

Very rare 1773 manuscript document signed by John Hancock as a Boston Selectman and six others, including Timothy Newell, granting permission to a Boston ship captain's widow to "retail rum and other distilled spirits." Three years after signing this document, in 1776, Hancock, as President of the Second Continental Congress, would be the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, reportedly penning his name large so King George III could read it without glasses. As Founding Father, Hancock was "a key figure in securing independence and creating the republic." Twice governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in 1788 he was named President of the Constitutional Convention debating the U.S. Constitution—urging its ratification in what many historians consider "Hancock's finest moment." Handsomely matted with an engraved portrait. $13,500.

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RARE 1790 BROADSIDE, WITH PRINTED SIGNATURE OF JOHN HANCOCK

HANCOCK, John. Resolved, that the Commonwealth be divided into eight districts. Boston: 1790.

Original printed broadside, signed in type by John Hancock, then Governor of Massachusetts, the 1790 resolution dividing the state into eight districts for electing representatives to the first United States Congress. $3000.

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RARE 1790 MASSACHUSETTS BROADSIDE, ANNOUNCING
THE FIRST DIVISION OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS

MASSACHUSETTS. Resolved, that the Commonwealth be divided into eight districts. Boston, 1790.

Massachusetts congressional broadside announcing the division of the state into eight districts, “for the purpose of electing eight persons to represent the people thereof in Congress of the United States.” Docketed on the verso by the “Selectmen of Waltham.” $3000.

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