7 December 2015
HANCOCK, John. Manuscript document signed (“John Hancock”), as Governor, 15 May 1781. Counter-signed by Caleb Davis, as Speaker of the House of Representatived1 page, 4to., docketed on verso.
A CAPTURED LEAD-COVERED CHEESE FOR GENERAL WASHINGTON is the unusual subject of this draft resolution directing that “the Agent for the Commonwealth present His Excellency General Washington with a cheese covered with lead [sic], and one cask Porter, taken in the prize Little Porgey, lately captured by the Ship Mars,” which was captained by Simon Sampson. Washington politely acknowledged the gift on 1 August, telling Caleb Davis: “Will you Sir, be pleased to do me the Favor to convey to the Commonwealth of Massa. Bay and to Capt. Sampson, my sincere and respectable Thanks for this generous and very acceptable Present.” He made no comment about the taste.
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