Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Payment receipt penned on Lease agreement between John Singleton Copley and Henry Knox]
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03074 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document signed Date: 8 December 1784 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 32.2. x 19.9 cm.
A receipt written and signed in text by Knox (on page three) for Â£25 paid to Mary Pelham. Also signed by Mary Pelham who confirms receipt of Â£25 for: "one quarters rent advance of the mansion of John Singleton Copley Esq Situated at the North part of the Common." The Lease agreement for Henry Knox to rent Copley's Boston mansion is listed on page one and two. Countersigned by John Allen, probably a lawyer, also bearing his holograph corrective witness statement. Signed again by Mary Pelham above Allen's signature. Body of this lease document is written in an unknown legal hand. Docketed in Knox's hand.
John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) was one of the most prominent American portrait painters of the 18th century. As this indenture indicates, he was residing in London in 1784. Copley's mother Mary (d. 1789) married Peter Pelham in 1748.
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