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HANCOCK, John (1737-1793), Signer (Massachusetts). Document signed ("John Hancock"), with paraph, Boston, 12 December 1768. 1 page, 8vo (7 5/8 x 6 1/8in.), docket and computations on verso.
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HANCOCK, John (1737-1793), Signer (Massachusetts). Document signed ("John Hancock"), with paraph, Boston, 12 December 1768. 1 page, 8vo (7 5/8 x 6 1/8in.), docket and computations on verso.

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HANCOCK, John (1737-1793), Signer (Massachusetts). Document signed ("John Hancock"), with paraph, Boston, 12 December 1768. 1 page, 8vo (7 5/8 x 6 1/8in.), docket and computations on verso. A FINE HANCOCK SIGNATURE FROM THE YEAR BRITISH TROOPS CAME TO BOSTON. Hancock signs this receipt for a transaction involving another Revolutionary War hero, Benjamin Lincoln, Jr. (1733-1810). Lincoln purchased £30.5.3 worth of "sundry goods" in May 1768, with an additional charge of £3 7 shillings and 5 pence incurred in December. Hancock had a dramatic year in 1768, and he became the focal point of revolutionary agitation in Boston when the British seized his sloop Liberty on the grounds he was engaged in smuggling. Which he was. But Hancock used the incident to rally Bostonians to his side and threaten any customs officials who tried to seize the ship. These and other disturbances prompted King George to send troops to Boston in October 1768, and their presence lit the revolutionary fuse.
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