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John Hancock Signed 1766 Document

Lot Number 793

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Instrumental in the American Revolution and escape from British rule, merchant and patriot John Hancock is forever lauded in his nation’s lore for his part in the removal of British troops and, symbolically, for penning perhaps the most famous signature. That unmistakable penmanship is at hand on this legal document. Measuring approximately 9 x 4-1/2”, the textured parchment features printed shipping details and dates from Boston on July 28, 1766. In a period of political unrest, the language on the document reflects the beliefs and strong will of the then-suppressed colonies, with “God” prevalent in the terms and conditions. On the top line, Hancock’s black-ink scripting (“9” strength) shows the glamorous and flowing characteristics we would later come to recognize in his endorsement of the Declaration of Independence. LOA from John Reznikoff, University Archives. This item has a reserve (estimated value $1500-$3000)

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