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Hancock, John (1737-1793)

Auction:
2218
Lot:
226
Sold for:
$2,350$2,000

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Auction:
Sale #2218 - 2218
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 02, 2003 11:00AM

Description:

Hancock, John (1737-1793), Group of three letters concerning John Temple, a suspected spy whose travel habits raised suspicions during the Revolutionary War; comprising a letter from John Hanson to Hancock voicing his and other patriots' suspicions about Temple; the second an autograph letter signed integrally, one page, retained copy of a Hancock letter to Hanson offering to investigate the matter; and an Autograph Letter, scribe unknown, two pages, October 20th, 1783, an official copy of a letter sent to Tristram Salton regarding the situation, docketed and annotated by Hancock, (overall age typical, good).Provenance: The Hancock-Chase Collection, formerly housed at the National Museum of American History.
Estimate $2,500-3,000

Keywords

John Hanson, spy , John Temple, travel habits, National Museum, National Museum of American History, Autograph, Hancock, Hanson