Nov 17, 2020 - Sale 2551

Sale 2551 - Lot 7

Price Realized: $ 1,300
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
SIGNER HANCOCK, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed, "JH," as Governor of Massachusetts, to the MA General Court ("Gentleman of the Senate & . . . House of Represent:"), promising to sign a bill altering shipping regulations should both houses support it. 1 page, tall 4to, short separation at fold near left edge affecting text repaired with tissue on verso, faint dampstaining at folds near left edge, docketing verso. "Council Cham[ber]," 23 October 1783

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"The Secretary has laid before me a Bill, intitled an Act for Altering & Amending one Clause or part of an Act made & passed the last Sitting of the General Court, intitled An Act for Regulating Pilotage in several Ports in this Common Wealth. It is my Duty to mention to you, Gentlemen, that the Governor & Council in the Establishments of the Fees of the Vinyard Pilots, were greatly influenc'd by the Additional Expences that would Arise to them from each one of them being obliged to keep a Deck'd Boat. This Bill relieves them from that Burden, & I should think the Navigation should meet a proportionable Relief. I shall be ready to Sign the Bill if the Two houses are pleas'd to accord in the Addition."