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#150 - John Hancock Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $4,000+

Hancock writes to a Lexington pastor, whose home he visited on the night of Paul Revere's ride

ALS signed “Jno. Hancock,” one page, 7.5 x 8.25, no date but circa 1765. Letter to Reverend Jonas Clarke in Lexington, in full: "My Uncle Rec'd yr. letter, is very sorry to hear his mother is so ill, & desires if she grows worse, or wants any thing, you will send Jack down (who is gone up) to let him know it. The Bearer will deliver two oranges & six lemmons. Perhaps my Grandmother may eat an orange." Mounted, matted, and framed with a descriptive caption to an overall size of 17.75 x 22.75. In very good condition, with creasing, intersecting folds, and partially restored areas of paper loss to the left side. Provenance: Robert F. Batchelder, December 1987.

Jonas Clarke had succeeded Hancock's grandfather as the pastor of the Church of Christ in Lexington, Massachusetts, and his wife was Hancock's cousin. Interestingly, ten years later on the evening of April 18, 1775, John Hancock and Samuel Adams were visiting as guests at Clarke's house when Paul Revere arrived with the news of advancing British troops. A highly desirable handwritten Hancock letter, boasting interesting family content.

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