1793 John Hancock Signed Military Commission /declaration Of Independence Signer For Sale
Very Rare, original 1793 Post Revolutionary Military Commission / Warrant Document Signed by John Hancock - president of the Continental Congress at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the first Signer of that Declaration - as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Commission appointing one Benjamin Pope to the rank of Lieutenant in "a Company in the Third Regiment of the First Brigade, Fifth Division of the Militia of the Commonwealth".
This rare, and very attractive John Hancock Signed Document is printed on laid paper and measures approx. 14 1/2" by 12". It is dated May 24th, 1793. The Document is boldly signed and beautifully signed at the upper left hand corner below the affixed paper seal with the artistic and universally familiar signature of Governor John Hancock. The Document is also signed at the bottom by John Avery Junior as Secretary of the Commonwealth. There is a notation on the reverse signed by one Colonel Luther Bicknell attesting to the fact that Pope had sworn the oath of allegiance as proscribed by the State Constitution.
John Hancock (January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – October 8, 1793) was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term "John Hancock" has become, in the United States, a synonym for signature.
Before the American Revolution, Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in the Thirteen Colonies, having inherited a profitable shipping business from his uncle. Hancock began his political career in Boston as a protégé of Samuel Adams, an influential local politician, though the two men would later become estranged. As tensions between colonists and Great Britain increased in the 1760s, Hancock used his wealth to support the colonial cause. He became very popular in Massachusetts, especially after British officials seized his sloop Liberty in 1768 and charged him with smuggling. Although the charges against Hancock were eventually dropped, he has often been described as a smuggler in historical accounts, but the accuracy of this characterization has been questioned.
Hancock was one of Boston's leaders during the crisis that led to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1775. He served more than two years in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and as president of Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock returned to Massachusetts and was elected governor of the Commonwealth, serving in that role for most of his remaining years. He used his influence to ensure that Massachusetts ratified the United States Constitution in 1788.
This very rare and wonderful, 1793 John Hancock signed Military Commission / Warrant Document is in very good condition. The signature of John Hancock is bold and beautiful as are the other manuscript entries and the signature of John Avery. The sheet is complete and with only the most minor paper loss at the folds (in most cases there is actually no paper loss and simply very small folds and creases at the folds and fold junctions which can be flattened with a professional conservation). The Document has been reinforced along the central, vertical fold using archival document repair tape. The Document is generally clean and crisp with some creases and folds as well as some separations at the folds - all of these minor faults are fully reversible with a professional conservation and restoration. Overall the Document is well preserved and it will display nicely with a quality matting and framing and will display beautifully with a professional conservation.
This exceptionally rare and wonderful, 1793 Military Commission / Warrant Document Signed by John Hancock - the first delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence - is offered here, as always, without reserve and with the confidence that it will attract the serious interest that it justly deserves!!
Please Note: The signature of John Hancock and the Document are unconditionally guaranteed authentic and original and the Signature is unconditionally guaranteed to be in the hand of Governor Hancock. The Document and Signature are backed by our “no questions asked” return policy and lifetime guarantee of authenticity. The Signature and Document are unconditionally guaranteed to be deemed authentic by any third party authentication service and the Document will be accompanied by our own Letter of Authenticity with a statement of our unconditional return policy and guarantee of authenticity.
Overseasshippping is extra and cost will be quoted at buyers request. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.
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