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Hancock Directs Gen. Sullivan's Brother, The AG who Formalized Northern Border Per Jay Treaty, To Pa
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Hancock Directs Gen. Sullivan's Brother, The AG who Formalized Northern Border Per Jay Treaty, To Pay Off Loan

1p partially printed, DS, measuring 7.25" x 8.75", Massachusetts, dated February 27, 1790. Signed "John Hancock" as Governor of Massachusetts, and countersigned by John Avery, Secretary. The rare document, addressed James Sullivan Attorney General to pay "The sum of seventy five points in full for one quarters salary to the 12th instant - agreeable to an act of 27th, February 1790. Countersigned by John Avery, Secretary. The verso, showing receipt of payment, reads "June 8th 1791, Received 60 pounds in part" and is signed by James Sullivan. Just below it reads "December 27, 1791, Rec'd fifteen pounds in full" and is again signed by Sullivan as "Jas Sullivan." A small piece of paper, easily removable, obfuscates a dime sized ink mark under Hancock's parish and adds to the striking beauty of the bold signature. Scattered stains, expert repair slightly visible on verso, slight tear on left side of the document.

In 1796 James Sullivan was appointed by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering to be the United States agent to the binational commission established under the terms of the Jay Treaty to formalize the border between Maine and the British (now Canadian) province of New Brunswick. The southern portion of the border had been defined as the Saint Croix River in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War, but there was some question as to which river it actually was because the area was then sparsely peopled and poorly surveyed, and maps of the area contained conflicting references to the named river. Sullivan's responsibility was to gather relevant maps, legal documents, and then to present a case for the United States' claim for what the border should be. Sullivan later became the Governor of Massachusetts in 1807, and served until his death on December 10, 1808.

John Hancock is best remembered for his bold and eye-catching signature on the Declaration of Independence, but he continued to have a prominent role in the American Revolution and the founding of our country after the war. In 1780, Hancock was elected governor of Massachusetts and held the position from 1780-1785, and again from 1787 to his death in 1793.

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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Hancock Directs Gen. Sullivan's Brother, The AG who Formalized Northern Border Per Jay Treaty, To Pa

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0012: Hancock Directs Gen. Sullivan's Brother, The AG who Formalized Northern Border Per Jay Treaty, To Pa

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Hancock Directs Gen. Sullivan's Brother, The AG who Formalized Northern Border Per Jay Treaty, To Pay Off Loan

1p partially printed, DS, measuring 7.25" x 8.75", Massachusetts, dated February 27, 1790. Signed "John Hancock" as Governor of Massachusetts, and countersigned by John Avery, Secretary. The rare document, addressed James Sullivan Attorney General to pay "The sum of seventy five points in full for one quarters salary to the 12th instant - agreeable to an act of 27th, February 1790. Countersigned by John Avery, Secretary. The verso, showing receipt of payment, reads "June 8th 1791, Received 60 pounds in part" and is signed by James Sullivan. Just below it reads "December 27, 1791, Rec'd fifteen pounds in full" and is again signed by Sullivan as "Jas Sullivan." A small piece of paper, easily removable, obfuscates a dime sized ink mark under Hancock's parish and adds to the striking beauty of the bold signature. Scattered stains, expert repair slightly visible on verso, slight tear on left side of the document.

In 1796 James Sullivan was appointed by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering to be the United States agent to the binational commission established under the terms of the Jay Treaty to formalize the border between Maine and the British (now Canadian) province of New Brunswick. The southern portion of the border had been defined as the Saint Croix River in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War, but there was some question as to which river it actually was because the area was then sparsely peopled and poorly surveyed, and maps of the area contained conflicting references to the named river. Sullivan's responsibility was to gather relevant maps, legal documents, and then to present a case for the United States' claim for what the border should be. Sullivan later became the Governor of Massachusetts in 1807, and served until his death on December 10, 1808.

John Hancock is best remembered for his bold and eye-catching signature on the Declaration of Independence, but he continued to have a prominent role in the American Revolution and the founding of our country after the war. In 1780, Hancock was elected governor of Massachusetts and held the position from 1780-1785, and again from 1787 to his death in 1793.

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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