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Hancock, John (1737-1793) to the Selectmen of Medway, Massachusetts

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03110 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Printed letter signed Date: 14 September 1768 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Along with Hancock, Joseph Jackson, John Ruddock, John Rowe and Samuel Pemberton signed as the selectmen of Boston. Recounts Parliament's impositions on the Americans via the Intolerable Acts and the alarm caused by the announcement by Sir Francis Bernard, the royal governor of New Jersey, that additional regiments were expected in Massachusetts. Announces a convention to discuss the matters.

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1793.
Rowe, John, 1715-1787.
Pemberton, Samuel, 1723-1799.
Jackson, Joseph, 1734-1796.
Ruddock, John, fl. 1768.
Bernard, Francis, Sir, 1712-1779.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783


Sub Era: Road to Revolution