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John Hancock Letter

A description of his letter at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Title: John Hancock Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1770
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Letter written by the American founding father to a lawyer in New London, Connecticut.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

John Hancock (1737-1793) was a merchant, statesman, and leader during the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress (1775–77, 1785–86) and Governor of Massachusetts (1780–85, 1787–93). He was also famous for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Hancock Letter is dated Boston 15 Feb 1770 and addressed to Richard Laws, Esq. of New London, Connecticut. In the letter, Hancock discusses various financial matters Laws was involved in handling.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Hancock, John, 1737-1793.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Declaration of Independence -- Signers -- Correspondence.


Boston (Mass.) -- History.
New London (Conn.) -- History.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Hancock Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles Rosenthal, 1960.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: LMD
Date: 28 Apr 2010
Revision history:

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