Lot 52: [Hancock, John]
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
October 27, 2016
Miami, FL, USA
Description: An interesting 6" x 7.5" receipt dated November 16, 1796 bought of Thomas and John Hancock for the purchase of a Cask and says that they paid in full. Not signed but unusual little receipt related to the Hancock.Thomas Hancock (July 17, 1703 – August 1, 1764) was a merchant in colonial Boston. He got his start in the book trade, and expanded into importing and exporting throughout the British Empire. He was also a smuggler, evading the British Navigation Acts by trading with Holland, which was forbidden. Thanks to lucrative contracts with the British government during King George's War and the Seven Years' War, Hancock became one of Boston's wealthiest men. When his health failed, he passed his business and fortune to his nephew, future Founding Father John Hancock, whom he had raised since John was thirteen.
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