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Hancock, John (1737-1793) to Daniel Perkins

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04908 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 October 1760 Pagination: 2 p. + addr. 22 x 17.8 cm

Summary of Content: Hancock writes to Reverend Perkins, his step-father. Hancock has not yet received communication from Perkins, and writes to let his family know that he is well. Hancock discusses the death of King George II and the impending coronation of George III.

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1797

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Children and FamilyGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsDeathHolidays and CelebrationsGovernment and Civics

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