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John Hancock Letter

A description of his letter at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 28 Apr 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.

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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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




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.

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