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Hancock, John (1737-1793) [Appointment of Samuel Nicholson as Commander of Frigate Deane]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.001 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 14 August 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 19 x 32 cm.

Signed by Hancock as President of the Countersigned by Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress.

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