2 page, folio, large embossed paper seal in upper left corner, tears along top horizontal fold. Signed by Hancock on recto. Endorsed and signed by S. Holton and S. Phillips on verso. Not examined out of frame." /> HANCOCK, John. Manuscript document signed ("John Hancock," with flourish), as Governor of Massachusetts, Boston, 1 July 1789. <I>2 page, folio, large embossed paper seal in upper left corner, tears along top horizontal fold</I>. Signed by Hancock on recto. Endorsed and signed by S. Holton and S. Phillips on verso. Not examined out of frame. | Christie's
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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 132

    HANCOCK, John. Manuscript document signed ("John Hancock," with flourish), as Governor of Massachusetts, Boston, 1 July 1789. 2 page, folio, large embossed paper seal in upper left corner, tears along top horizontal fold. Signed by Hancock on recto. Endorsed and signed by S. Holton and S. Phillips on verso. Not examined out of frame.

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    HANCOCK, John. Manuscript document signed ("John Hancock," with flourish), as Governor of Massachusetts, Boston, 1 July 1789. 2 page, folio, large embossed paper seal in upper left corner, tears along top horizontal fold. Signed by Hancock on recto. Endorsed and signed by S. Holton and S. Phillips on verso. Not examined out of frame.

    A FINE EXAMPLE OF HANCOCK'S BOLD, FLORID SIGNATURE, AS HE APPOINTS BAILEY BARTLETT sheriff of Essex County, Massachusetts, just over two months into the life of the new Republic. Governor Hancock was crucial in getting the Massachusetts ratification convention to endorse the charter contrived by the Framers in Philadelphia (Bartlett was also a delegate). It was a near thing, and the prospects of the new union would have been shaky without Massachusetts. Bartlett served as Sheriff of Essex County until 1811, yet he also served as a Congressman for Massachusetts from 1797 to 1801.


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    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARK WOOLLEY, YORK, PENNSYLVANIA