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Hancock, John, as Governor of Massachusetts
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Hancock, John, as Governor of Massachusetts
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 5,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Hancock, John, as Governor of Massachusetts

Printed broadside document signed ("John Hancock"), accomplished in a clerical hand, on paper (19 1/4 x 12 in.; 486 x 306 mm; watermarked fleur-de-lys), Boston, 20 September 1781, being Aaron Wood's appointment as "one of the Justices to keep the Peace in the County of Essex in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the term of seven years if he shall during that Time behave well in the same Office And to keep and cause to be kept, the Laws and Ordinances made for the Good of the Peace and for the Conservation of the same, and for the Quiet, Rule and Government of the People in the said County, ..." countersigned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth ("John Avery junr Secy"), with a fine embossed seal of Massachusetts affixed at the upper left, endorsed on the verso by Jeremiah Powell and Samuel Holten of the Massachusetts Council, 24 April 1782, attesting that Wood appeared before them and took the declaration and oath necessary for the assumption of his office; masterfully silked, a few tiny chips at folds. Half blue morocco folding-case gilt.


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This appointment is accompanied by 5 other documents (all silked with minor chipping) relating to Wood's career: a printed appointment as Justice of the Peace, 28 January 1762, signed by the royal governor, Francis Bernard; a printed appointment as Justice of the Peace, 6 September 1775, signed by "the Major part of the Council of the said Province, at Watertown," including James Otis, Caleb Cushing, Samuel Holten, Moses Gill, and Jabez Fisher, with revisions and an endorsement signed by John Avery, 29 August 1776; a manuscript letter announcing his election to the Massachusetts Senate, 7 June 1782, signed by Samuel Adams; a printed document announcing his election to the Massachusetts Senate, 14 May, 1787, signed by Governor James Bowdoin; and an autograph memorandum from the state senate, 26 June 1787, reporting the findings of a committee "appointed to consider ... the Number of Persons which it will be expedient to Chuse as Delegates to Represent this Commonwealth in Congress. ..."

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