DescriptionJohn Hancock Document Signed as Massachusetts Governor. One page, 16" x 12.5", partly printed, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, July 2, 1792. A military commission appointing Adolphus Spring "...Ensign of a Company in the fifth Regiment first Brigade of Seventh Division of this Commonwealth, comprehending the County of Worcester..." Signed beneath the paper seal (still present and complete) by Hancock and at the bottom by John Avery, Jr. as Secretary. Docketing on verso states that Spring "...subscribed the oath & declaration necessary to qualify him for the within office..." and is signed by Silvanus Town. Hancock was the first and third governor of Massachusetts and this document was signed near the end of his last term. Augustus Spring would have a famous descendant; his son, Marcus Spring, founded the Raritan Bay Union, a utopian community, in 1853 and then the Eagleswood Military Academy in 1861. The document is in fair condition with several folds and rough edges. The main vertical and horizontal folds are weak and mostly split (with minor glassine tape repairs on verso) affecting the clear bold signature. A document very well suited for the talents of a professional restorer. Estimated accordingly for condition.
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