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    John Hancock Autograph Letter Signed " John Hancock." One page of a bifolium, 7.25" x 8.75", Rhode Island; August 14, 1778. Addressed to his wife, Dolly. The letter discusses his travelling plans and mentions that the Marquis de Lafayette will be joining them at their home. The letter reads in full:

    " I shall, when it pleases Heaven to give us Entrance into Newport, make a proposition to you to pay me a visit of one week & then I will return with you. We shall have the pleasure of the Marquis de Fayette's Company to Boston who has accepted a Bed at our House - I inclose [ sic] you a list of things which I wish you would desire my Brother to Assist in getting reads, & send them by Lusker in the Light Waggon... I am in tolerable health, shall take care of myself...[note added on verso] Don't fail sending the Butter, I have not seen nor tasted any since my arrival, nor can any of us procure any."

    A French fleet under Admiral Charles Hector, comte d'Estaing, arrived at Delaware Bay in early July 1778, with the intention of aiding General Washington with an attack on Newport, Rhode Island. After an engagement in early August, d'Estaing pull his fleet from the area and removed to Boston in order to get repairs. However, many in Boston saw the move as the French deserting the army. Hancock and Lafayette had to be sent to Boston to calm the angry Bostonians.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with light toning and moderate foxing. Paper loss on verso from where the seal was broken and from previous mounting. Adhesive mounting residue on verso along the right edges. The address has been cleanly clipped off. There is a small amount of ink burn.


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