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Council Chambers, April 26, 1781. Notice to “Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives,” signed JH [John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts.]“Your resolve of this day requesting me to take measure effectually securing “certain persons therein nam’d, points each a certain Stephen Pembleton of Penobscott Sound who last summer murder’d Wm. Joal of Broad Bay,” if it was proper in all other respects, it would be necessary that I should be furnished with the Evidence of his being the murderer before I give any Sanctions to the Resolve, but it seems to be against the 25th Article of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Commonwealth, I cannot therefore [convincingly?] sign the Resolve – JH

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From the Collection:

8 documents (1767-1781), document fragments, and 2 ledgers belonging to members of the Hancock family of Massachusetts. Received from the estate of Mary Grew via USC-Aiken, February 2007, as contents found within a desk belonging to John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence, President of the Second Continental Congress and Governor of Massachusetts (1780-1785).

Ebenezer Hancock (1741- 1819), John Hancock’s younger brother, operated a general goods store in Boston in partnership with Edward Blanchard in the 1760s, was later appointed later Deputy Paymaster General of the Continental Army, and resumed shopkeeping after the war. John Hancock, the wealthiest man in Massachusetts before the Revolution died intestate in 1793, and 1/3 of his estate passed automatically to his brother Ebenezer and included the Hancock House on Beacon Hill in Boston. Presumably this collection of papers was kept in the Hancock desk by family members.


  • 1767 - 1781

Access Restrictions

Collection open for research.


From the Collection: 1 boxes (19 items)


Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

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