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Declaration Signer John Hancock Endorsement on Thomas Cushing 1776 Letter

Highly important ALS written by Cushing and endorsed by Hancock just weeks before signing the Declaration of Independence.

The letter reads:

"Dear Sir,

Since my...I have not been favoured with any of yours, as Mr. Sharp...of selling your ship to the person that was about it. If you still incline to dispose of her, I will do all in my power to sell her for you, if you will let me know the lowest price you will take, perhaps as trade is now open I may meet with an opportunity . I hope you are thinking about a cannon for the ship, we shall have two as fine ship as any upon the Continent & think we shall be ready as soon if not sooner than many of the rest. Maj. Greeleaf & Crop's hearth are engaged in the Cause, they are very active & industrious. I find I shall want some more money immediately to keep...going, pray forward some directly. I hope the Marine Committee or Congress can give some orders immediately about the officers...the ships. It is high time it was done, I have many good men that offer themselves for service for some...where can I go to get a small army of cavalry.

Your humble Serv't T. Cushing."

The endorsement "Thomas Cushing 1776" on the verso is in the hand of John Hancock, darkly signed. Quite light, fading, has some restoration.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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Declaration Signer John Hancock Endorsement on Thomas

Estimate $1,000 - $1,200Jan 16, 2020
Starting Bid $375
Westport , CT, USA
Auction Curated By:
John Reznikoff