Today’s Find: John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts Signed Document. Military Appointment

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Yes, Kenmore Collectibles buys sports signatures but we also seek out significant signatures from politics, history and the entertainment world.  We just picked up this authentic document signed by John Hancock, American Patriot, President of the Second Continental Congress and the first Governor of Massachusetts. This military commission document is in fine condition. Easy to read, the official seal is partially removed. Measures approximately 14″x20″. $3500.00

By His Excellency John Hancock, Esq. Governour of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

To Sears Atwood Gentleman. Greeting. You being appointed Ensign of a company in the Second Regiment ? Brigade and fifth Division of the militia of this Commonwealth bordering the Counties of Plimouth, Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes County Nantucket

By Virtue of the Power vested in me, I do by these Presents, (reposing special Trust and Confidence in you Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct) Commission you accordingly. You are therefore carefully, and diligently to discharge the Duty of an Ensign in leading, ordering and exercising said company in Arms, both inferior Officers and Soldiers; and to keep them in good Order and Discipline : And they are hereby commanded to obey you, as their Ensign and you are yourself to observe and follow such Orders and Instructions, as you shall from Time to Time receive from me, or your superior Officers.

Given under my Hand, and the Seal of the said Commonwealth, the twenty first Day of September in the Year of our LORD, 1790 and in the fifteenth Year of the Independence of the United States of America

By his Excellency’s Command, John Avery Junior Secretary

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