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William Bant account book

Collection Identifier: Mss:899 1776-1779 B218
Scope and Contents: Account book of business agent and merchant William Bant, of Boston, Massachusetts, recording transactions related to his management of the properties and affairs of John Hancock (1737-1793), dated from 1776 to 1779. Bant includes a note explaining why he charged a five-cent commission in 1779, writing, it is a "small commission for the business done as it includes a recompence for the time trouble and attention that I have given to General Hancock's affairs which were multifarious from Jany....

Hancock family papers

Collection Identifier: Mss:766 1712-1854 H234
Overview: The Hancock family of Boston included wealthy colonial merchant Thomas Hancock (1703-1764) and his nephew John Hancock (1737-1793), president of the Second Continental Congress, governor of Massachusetts, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. This collection, dated 1664-1854, contains business and personal correspondence, financial records, and legal papers of Thomas Hancock, John Hancock, and other relatives and associates, including Ebenezer Hancock (1741-1819; Harvard AB 1760), his...