DescriptionJohn Hancock Manuscript Document Signed "John Hancock" as Governor of Massachusetts, one page, 7" x 11.75". [Boston], February 23, 1788. Certifying "that Christopher Gore Esquire of Boston is a Justice of the Peace within & for the County of Suffolk in this Commonwealth, duly constituted and Sworn, & that to his Acts & Attestations as in the annexed paper, full Faith & Credit is & ought to be given both in Court & without..." Countersigned "John Avery jun" as Secretary. Embossed paper seal affixed with red wax, tied to pink ribbon, at upper left. Light stains from portions of the ribbon cut off are to the right of Hancock's classic bold signature. Minor creases. The 1.5" x 1.25" lower blank right corner, at a horizontal fold, is torn and loose. It is easily reparable or may be matted over, or cut away with the lower blank 7" x 1.25" portion, not affecting either the text or its appeal . Attached behind this document by the pink ribbon from the seal is a Partly Printed Document Signed "John Codman, jun" and, as witnesses, "Fisher Ames" and "C. Gore"; 8" x 11.75", Boston, February 23, 1788. Codman appoints Robert Townshend Hooe of Alexandria, Virginia, his "true, sufficient and lawful Attorney, for me and in my Name and Stead..." On verso is a Manuscript Document Signed "C. Gore justice of peace" certifying that "John Codman jun personally appeared before me..."
John Hancock, first Signer of the Declaration of Independence, served as Governor of Massachusetts from 1780-1785 and 1787-1793. John Avery, Jr. was Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1780-1806. Christopher Gore later served as Governor of Massachusetts (1809-1810) and U.S. Senator (1813-1816). Fisher Ames, a noted Federalist orator, represented Massachusetts in the first three Congresses (1789-1797); he was elected as one of the first Directors of the Bank of the United States in 1792, but declined to serve having been reelected to Congress. When the Boston branch of the Bank of the United States was established, John Codman, Jr., a Boston merchant, was elected one of the first Directors as was Christopher Gore.
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