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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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Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1767 - 1781