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    [John Hancock]. A Receipt for Materials to be Used for King George III's Works at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada signed by proxy, "Thos Hancock & Co." One page, 8" x 4". Annapolis Royal (Nova Scotia), March 19, 1764.

    The promissory note addressed to Thomas Hancock & Co. reads: "Gentn: At Ten days sight please to pay to Mr. John Easson or Order the Sum of One Hundred and Sixty Dollars for Cash receivd to carry on His Majesty's Works at this place. I am, Gentn: Your most Humble Servt" signed: "Thos Williams". Signature endorsement and docket on verso.

    John Hancock graduated from Harvard College in 1754 and joined his uncle, Thomas Hancock, in his business. Hancock inherited the company upon his uncle's death on August 1, 1764. This promissory note was originally written while Thomas was alive, with John concluding the deal after his uncle's death. The Hancock & Co. endorsement is dated December 31, 1764.

    Condition: Three vertical folds, with toning, a bit darker in some areas. An old catalogue description is affixed on verso.

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