ADAMS, SAMUEL. (1722-1803). American statesman and patriot, Signer of the Declaration of Independence ; one of the founding Father’s of the United States. Choice Manuscript Letter Signed, “Sam’l. Adams”, as Governor of Massachusetts, a position he attained upon the death of John Hancock just one month earlier. One page, quarto. No place [Boston]. [November 27, 1793, established from docketing on the verso]. It’s possible this might be the concluding page to a longer letter, noting the lack of a formal greeting, yet it may most likely be just a reply penned to his recipient’s inquiry, Citizen [Jean-Baptiste-Thomas] Dannery, the Consul for the Republic of France, in Boston, with whom he was in communication. Adams writes:
“Perhaps there may be something in the Treaty which has escaped my attention; if there is I hope you will point it out particularly, and propose the facts which you are ready to evince and to which you suppose the Treaty or Convention your rely upon will apply. I am with sincere respect and friendship. Sir Your very humbl Servant Sam’l. Adams.”
This fascinating relic deserves further research. A fine example from one of the Signers who is rather difficult to obtain in anything other than a DS, usually signed as Governor. With a handsome steel engraved portrait.