Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Autograph Letter Signed, J Hancock, as president of the Continental Congress, five lines on an oblong octavo sheet, [January 1776]. To Timothy Matlack, a Pennsylvania merchant, militia officer and assistant to Secretary Charles Thomson.
Matlack had written to John Hancock on January 20, 1776, that he did not have in possession the “quantity of ball or lead proportioned to 300 wt. of powder” which Congress directed him to forward to the New Jersey delegates on behalf of Colonel Maxwellís battalion, then preparing to march to Canada.
Below Matlackís letter, John Hancock writes his response: “The Congress desire you would please to purchase a sufficiency of Ball, wch. it was said was to be Sold in this City, & your Bill shall be immediately paid. They look on you as their Commis[sar]y.”
Fearing the loss of Canada would involve the Continentals in an Indian war, Congress scrambled during January 1776 to find men and muskets for the Northern campaign. In the fall of 1775 the Americans had invaded Canada. One force under General Richard Montgomery captured Montreal on November 13. Another under Benedict Arnold made a remarkable march through the Maine wilderness to Quebec, but an attack on the city the last day of that year failed. The Americans maintained a siege of the city but withdrew with the arrival of British reinforcements in the spring. The Americans thus suffered defeat in Canada, but were victorious over the British in the South, led by General George Washington.
Matted in almond and terracotta with a formal engraved portrait of the founding father. In a carved black and gilt frame measuring 17 inches wide by 10 inches high.
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- American Revolution