[REVOLUTIONARY WAR] [HANCOCK, John]. DRAKE, Francis. Tea Leaves. Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the Shipment of Tea to the American Colonies in the Year 1773, by the East India Company.... Boston: A. O. Crane, 1884. 2 volumes, 4o, extra-illustrated WITH NUMEROUS ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS SIGNED BY AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY LEADERS LAID IN, half-calf boards, spine stamped in gilt, in six compartment, t.e.g.
A FINE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET containing original manuscripts relating to prominent participants in the Tea Party and the Revolutionary movement generally, including some prominent British and Tory officials: HANCOCK, John. Autograph document signed ("J. Hancock"), to Ebenezer Hancock, Boston, 9 November 1772. 1p., oblong. A hastily penned order for nails: "To deliver the bearer three hundred of pump nails and nothing more." -- ADAMS, Samuel. Manuscript DS ("S. Adams"), as president of the Massachusetts Senate, 26 May 1785. 1p., 4to. An order informing the Lt. Gov. and the Council of the names of newly elected Senators. -- HUTCHINSON, Thomas. Manuscript document signed, Boston, 21 August 1762. 1p., 4to. A decree in a probate matter. -- NORTH, Frederick Lord, Second Earl of Guildford. Manuscript DS ("North"), 4 March 1772. Authorizing a payment to Duke of Newcastle for reimbursement of expenses. -- PHILLIPPS, William. Partly printed DS, 5 July 1791. 1p., 4to. A receipt. -- BALCH, John. Manuscript DS ("Jon Balch").-- MELVILL, Thomas. Partly printed DS, Boston, 10 October 1796. 1p., oblong. A customs certificate.--BERNARD, Francis. Clipped signature ("Fra. Bernard").
[ARMSTRONG, John (1717-1795)]. Draft autograph letter with secretarial signature, to the Committee of Correspondence for the County of Northumberland, Carlisle, 5 November 1775. 1 page, 4to, split at center crease, later surveyor's notes (most likely Armstrong's) on the verso. KEEPING THE COLONISTS FROM FIGHTING EACH OTHER. Armstrong writes in his capacity as co-chief (with James Wilson) of the Pennsylvania Committee of Correspondence, warning his Northumberland brethren not to take arms against some Connecticut colonists who had settled in Wyoming County in northeast Pennsylvania. "Common humanity," Armstrong writes, forbids such a move, which would "tend to inflame the dispute" and cause "a disunion--it will probably embark some of the other Colonies in the dispute--and shew disrespect to advice of Congress--this dispute render our Enemies more obstinate & make them rejoice..." (2)