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    John Hancock Document Signed as governor of Massachusetts. One page, 9" x 14.75", Boston, November 12, 1783. From 1780 to 1785, Hancock served as governor of Massachusetts, at which time he graced this handsome document with his large and impressive signature. It is an appointment, naming James Sullivan as a delegate to the 1783 Congress of the Confederation. It reads in part: "Whereas the General Court of the Commonwealth aforesaid did on the twenty eighth day of June A.D. 1783 . . . appoint The Hon'ble James Sullivan Esq.r a Delegate to represent this Commonwealth in the Congress of the United States of America."

    John Hancock was a Massachusetts merchant and prominent patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is perhaps most famous for his prominent signature on the United States Declaration of Independence.

    James Sullivan was a career public servant, acting variously as a judge, congressman, state attorney general, and Massachusetts governor. At this time in his life, Sullivan was an attorney and justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court - a very busy man - which may explain why he failed to attend even one session of the 1783 Congress of the Confederation.

    This beautifully calligraphed appointment is bright and clean, with a large blind stamped paper seal affixed with wax at upper left and docketing on verso. Somewhat fragile because of the separations which exist at the folds, though most have been repaired with tape. One repaired fold runs through Hancock's impressive, bold signature. Fine condition. A must for any American history or signers of the Declaration collection!


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