Spring Auction 2014
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/27/2014
Manuscript DS, one page, 7 x 12, April 7, 1788. Hancock certifies “that Samuel Barrett Esquire of Boston is a Justice of the Peace.” Boldly signed In the left border by Hancock as governor of Massachusetts and countersigned by John Avery. Matted and framed with a photo of Hancock to an overall size of 23.5 x 18.75. Intersecting folds with slight separations, scattered toning and soiling, a few repaired tears to edges and body (not affecting the signature), otherwise very good condition; Hancock’s signature is an ideal, prominent example. The paper seal affixed above Hancock’s signature remains fully intact with a couple small tears. In this position, Barrett innovated debt collection by developing efficient partly-printed forms used to notify debtors of disputes and pending lawsuits.
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