John Hancock Signed Revolutionary War Justice of the Peace Appointment
Revolutionary War Appointment for the assignment of a Justice of the Peace. Document signed, 12" x 18.5". Matted with a sight size of 11.25" x 17". Dated "March 1, 1781", and boldly signed by John Hancock with his classic large flourish "John Hancock" as Governor and co-signed by John Avery as Secretary of State. Matted with a copy of an engraving of Hancock to a completed size of 23.25" x 22". Expected folds with small loss along fold line in the outer margin and not affect text. Lovely bright document with strong vibrant inks and an outstanding Hancock signature.
A remarkable document signed by Hancock, appointing Captain Seth Washburn Esquire, future Senator of Massachusetts and future member of the House of Representative to Justice of the Peace in the state of Massachusetts.
Earlier, in 1754 Seth Washburn was enlisted in the military as a Lieutenant and fought in the French and Indian Wars for England. When political and economic turmoil began to erode the relationships between The Colonies and England, many of the towns and villages began to "get their backs up" and convene town meetings to discuss how best to protect their interests and families. It was agreed that merchants would not import from England and the townspeople would not purchase goods made in England. In 1770, in the town of Leicester, Massachusetts, a company of Minute Men were mustered into service selecting William Henshaw as Captain and Seth Washburn as Lieutenant. Their unit would be under the command of Col. Artemus Ward. Lieutenant Washburn, along with many men from across the soon to be new United States of America, were now at war against the British. By 1775, Seth Washburn had been promoted to the rank of Captain. He was also elected to the first U. S. Senate from Massachusetts, 1783-1787, and to the House of Representatives in 1788.
In the years from 1780 to 1785, Hancock served his first term as governor of Massachusetts. Documents from that first term are much less common than those from his second from 1787-1793.
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