Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts (1722-1803) who emerged as one of the early leaders of the movement against the Stamp Act and other British tax measures of the 1760s. Manuscript DS, one page, 7.75 x 10.75, November 21, 1796. As governor of Massachusetts, Adams affirms "that William Cooper Esqr. is Register of Probate within & for the County of Suffolk in said Commonwealth, duly constituted & sworn, & that to his Acts & Attestations as one the annexed papers, full Faith and Credit are & ought to be given, in and out of Court." Boldly signed in the upper left by Governor Adams, and countersigned by John Avery as secretary. The seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a pink ribbon are affixed to the upper left corner. In fine condition, with trimmed edges and a small hole to the left edge. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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