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HANCOCK, JOHN, Signer (Massachusetts). Letter signed ("John Hancock," with usual flourish), as President of Congress, text of the letter and an extract from Congress in the hand of CHARLES THOMPSON, Secretary of Congress, [Philadelphia], 19 JULY 1776. 1 page, folio, 322 x 206mm. (12 1/2 x 8 in.), silked, corners renewed.

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HANCOCK, JOHN, Signer (Massachusetts). Letter signed ("John Hancock," with usual flourish), as President of Congress, text of the letter and an extract from Congress in the hand of CHARLES THOMPSON, Secretary of Congress, [Philadelphia], 19 JULY 1776. 1 page, folio, 322 x 206mm. (12 1/2 x 8 in.), silked, corners renewed.

"IN CONGRESS, JULY 17, 1776"

Two weeks after the Declaration of Independence, Hancock forwards an official extract from the minutes of Congress, headed at top "In Congress July 17, 1776": "Resolved that it be earnestly recommended...to cause all the stock on the sea coast, which...[may] be in danger of falling into the hands of the Enemy to be immediately removed and driven back into the country to a place of safety..." Beneath, Hancock's letter gives additional instructions: "The Congress being informed that there is a large quantity of stock on the sea coast... which are much exposed to the incursions of the Enemy and that many of the proprietors of them actuated by motives of interest are disaffected toward the cause of their Country, would be glad to dispose of them to the Enemy, I am ordered to forward to you the above resolution & earnestly recommend it to you to cause the stock to be removed back to a place of safety..."
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