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Hancock, John (1737-1793) to Thomas Hancock

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03637 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 January 1761 Pagination: 4 p. 31.9 x 19.6 cm

Summary of Content: Hancock writes to his uncle. He mentions people he has met in London, as well as the death of Admiral Edward Boscawen before they had a chance to meet. He asks to be allowed to stay to see the coronation of George III. Hancock reports a rumor that Governor Ellis of Georgia will be appointed Governor of Nova Scotia. He also defends his expenses in London, particularly for clothing.

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1797

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: American StatesmenGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyChildren and FamilyFinanceClothing and AccessoriesDeathGovernment and CivicsHolidays and CelebrationsMerchants and Trade

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