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    Hancock signed war-dated military appointment to a regiment led by a future Massachusetts governor

    John Hancock Military Appointment Signed as Governor. Single sheet, 12" x 9". Boston, March 27, 1782. A Revolutionary War-dated Appointing "Joseph Howe to be an Ensign in the seventh Massachusetts Regiment of Foot, one of the Battalions raised by the Commonwealth to serve in the Continental Army, whereof John Brooks Esq. is Lieutenant Colonel Commandant - ." Boldly signed in full by Hancock and countersigned by John Avery. Archivally framed alongside an engraving of Hancock to an overall size of 25" x 17".

    John Brooks, the commander of the regiment that Howe is appointed to, would later serve as governor of Massachusetts from 1816 to 1823.

    Condition: Unexamined out of frame, but evidence of restoration separations at folds, with tiny bits of paper loss. Document has likely been backed with archival tissue. Otherwise, very clean, and with bold ink.

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