Revolutionary War-dated partly-printed DS, one page, 11.75 x 11, July 1, 1781. Hancock appoints James Shaw as “Captain of the Eleventh Company in the Fourth Regiment of Militia in the County of Plymouth whereof Gen’l Nelson Esq’r is Colonel.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by Hancock as governor of Massachusetts. Beautifully double-cloth-matted and framed with a portrait and nameplate to an overall size of 22.5 x 27. In very good condition, with intersecting folds with slight separations, a couple vertical folds passing through single letters of the signature, light scattered creases, toning, and soiling, and trimmed edges. In October 1780, the Continental Congress, in consultation with General Washington, passed resolutions providing for what would be the last reorganization of the Continental Army—the regimental quota for Massachusetts was reduced from 15 to 10, and all officers had to be commissioned anew. This appointment is likely a byproduct of this major realignment. Oversized. The signature on this document is spectacularly bold, easily rating a 9 out of 10. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
RR Auction John Hancock Revolutionary War Dated Partly Printed Document Signed