February 2013
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 2/28/2013

As pristine a one-page, war-date, exhibitable ALS of John Hancock as exists, this beauty's thickly scripted handwriting and signature rate "9-10" and contrast extremely well off the EX/MT page (light peripheral wear, filing folds, and the remnants of a wax seal at the reverse upper-left corner with an adjacent shadowing effect and frontal show-through).

Many Hancock signature examples do not immediately recall his revolutionary scripting on the Declaration of Independence quite like this one does, with its bold prominence, imposing character, proudly confident strokes and ample 1-1/4" x 3-1/4" dimensions. Indeed, all of the broad and dramatic characteristics so sought-after by historical autograph collectors are here in spades.

Addressed to "John Brown, Esq," the letter measures 6-3/4" x 8-3/4", dates to October 5, 1780, and references Castle William—a fort that guarded Boston Harbor off South Boston, and was an active sight for many Revolutionary War conflicts. In full, the text reads, "Dear Sir, the weather proves so exceedingly bad, & the boats so very cold that I am confident the Gentlemen would rather be incommoded by going to the castle this Day, I shall therefore hope for the pleasure of your & the other Gentlemen's company on the Island some more agreeable day next week. I am to request the favor of you & the other Gentlemen of your board to dine with me this Day at my house at half past 1 o'clock - Your compliance & communicating this to your colleagues will much oblige. Your very hum'bl serv't (signed) John Hancock."

As a point of reference, out of 34 Hancock signed pieces that our auction executives have handled since 2000, only one was a letter, the rest being commissions, appointments, bills of lading and other documents. LOA from JSA.

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Magnificent John Hancock 1780 One-Page Handwritten Signed War Date Letter - Among the Finest in Existence!
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Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000
Final Bid(Includes Buyers Premium):
Estimate: $12000 - $18000
Number of Bids: 7
Auction closed on: 3/1/2013