SCARCE EARLY FINANCIAL SIGHT-DRAFT SIGNED BY JOHN HANCOCK
HANCOCK, JOHN. (1737-1793). American patriot and statesman, who was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Autograph Endorsement Signed, “John Hancock”, on the verso of a sight-draft drawn for payment to John Hancock. One page, oblong octavo. Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 21, 1766. Minor edge chips, else very fine condition. The draft drawn on Chauncey Townsend Esquire, in London, reads: “Sixty days after Sight of this my third bill of Exchange, First and Second of the same tenor and date not paid. Please to pay to John Hancock Esquire or Order, One hundred and forty pounds fourteen shillings, and six pence sterling value received of him in Pease [sic] and Butter, purchase on Account of your contract…” Hancock endorses the draft on the verso: “Please to pay the contents to Messrs Harris and Barnard on order, Value received—John Hancock.” A fine financial related early American document, signed by Hancock, worthy of display, or inclusion in any collection of financial Americana.