Lot #173
John Hancock Autograph Letter Signed

At the close of the Revolution, John Hancock welcomes America's allies with "accommodations suitable to the rank of the officers of the French Army upon their arrival in Boston"
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Estimate: $6000+

Description

At the close of the Revolution, John Hancock welcomes America's allies with "accommodations suitable to the rank of the officers of the French Army upon their arrival in Boston"

Revolutionary War-dated ALS, signed “J. H.,” one page, 8 x 9.75, February 10, 1783. Official handwritten letter to the "Gentlemen of the Senate, & Gentlemen of the House of Representatives," issued by Hancock from the "Council Chamber, Boston," as governor of Massachusetts. In part: "The General Resolves of the General Court authorizing the Gentlemen Selectmen of the Town of Boston, to prepare accommodations suitable to the rank of the officers of the French Army upon their arrival in Boston, have with great [at]tention & punctuality been attended to…[I have] the Satisfaction to inform you that the General of that [A]rmy the Count de Viomenil assured me, that he with the other general & subordinate officers were accommodated in a manner very agreeable, & that he with the other officers were perfectly satisfied." He goes on to request reimbursement of some funds associated with the occasion. In very good to fine condition, with professional repairs to small edge tears and paper loss affecting a few words of the text. Excellent Revolutionary War-era content from Hancock, honoring the French allies that helped to secure victory over Great Britain.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #620 - Ended November 10, 2021





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