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COLLECTION Identifier: UAI 50.27.73

John Hancock Collection

[Letter from John Hancock, Harvard College, to Mrs. Mary Hancock, Bridgwater], [1754 May 1] Digital

Scope and Contents Letter written to his sister, Mary Hancock Perkins while Hancock was a senior at Harvard College asking her to write more often. This personal letter by Hancock offers one of the earliest examples of his signature.
[Letter from John Hancock, Harvard College, to Mrs. Mary Hancock, Bridgwater, 1754 May 1] Digital Object
[Letter from John Hancock, Harvard College, to Mrs. Mary Hancock, Bridgwater, 1754 May 1] Digital Object

[Letter from John Hancock, Boston, to Sewall], [1768 May 31] Digital

Scope and Contents Letter requesting Sewall’s intervention in the disciplinary case of Jonathan Williams Austin (Harvard AB 1769). In response to the disciplinary repercussions of the “Great Rebellion of 1768” in which Harvard students engaged in riotous behavior in April of 1768, Austin and two others renounced their relationship with the college. Their subsequent attempts to gain reentry to Harvard were twice denied by the faculty. In June 1768, the claim was taken to the Corporation who allowed them to return....
[Letter from John Hancock, Boston, to Sewall, 1768 May 31] Digital Object
[Letter from John Hancock, Boston, to Sewall, 1768 May 31] Digital Object

Address of the Corporation to Gov. Hancock, [1781 January 1] Digital

Scope and Contents Address of the Harvard Corporation to John Hancock congratulating him on his election as governor of Massachusetts. Hancock was elected in September 1780 and in a speech on October 31 before both houses of the Massachusetts state government he noted, “The public schools, and our university at Cambridge, very early founded by them, have been no small support to the cause of liberty, and given no dishonourable distinction to our country; the advantage they are still capable of affording to the...
Address of the Corporation to Gov. Hancock, [1781 January 1] Digital Object
Address of the Corporation to Gov. Hancock, [1781 January 1] Digital Object

Introduction of the Rev. Mr. Willard as president of the university at Cambridge, [1781 December 19] Digital

Scope and Contents Written in Latin, Hancock delivered his speech at the Reverend Joseph Willard’s public inauguration as president of Harvard. A translation is available in Brandes, Paul D. John Hancock’s Life and Speeches, (Lanham, Md.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.), pp. 259-263.
Introduction of the Rev. Mr. Willard as president of the university at Cambridge, [1781 December 19] Digital Object
Introduction of the Rev. Mr. Willard as president of the university at Cambridge, [1781 December 19] Digital Object

[Letter from John Hancock, Boston, to Joseph Willard, [1783 October 20] Digital

Scope and Contents Draft of a letter from Hancock to President Willard offering to build a fence around the College buildings; signed with Hancock’s initials. Hancock begins the letter with mention of his “illiberal” treatment by “former & present Governors of the College.”
[Letter from John Hancock, Boston, to Joseph Willard, 1783 October 20] Digital Object
[Letter from John Hancock, Boston, to Joseph Willard, 1783 October 20] Digital Object

[Letter from Joseph Willard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to John Hancock], [1784 January 16] Digital

Scope and Contents President Willard’s reply to Hancock accepting Hancock’s offer to build a fence around the College buildings.
[Letter from Joseph Willard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to John Hancock, 1784 January 16] Digital Object
[Letter from Joseph Willard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to John Hancock, 1784 January 16] Digital Object

[Letter from Joseph Willard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to John Hancock], [1785 February 19] Digital

Scope and Contents Letter from President Willard to John Hancock regarding seating precedence at a dinner given in honor of Marquis de Lafayette at Harvard College. Willard gives specific details on proper seating etiquette and offers his condolences over Hancock’s poor health and resignation from the governorship.
[Letter from Joseph Willard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to John Hancock, 1785 February 19] Digital Object
[Letter from Joseph Willard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to John Hancock, 1785 February 19] Digital Object

[Letter from John Hancock, Dorchester, Massachusetts, to James Bowdoin], [1785 July 18] Digital

Scope and Contents Letter from Hancock to the new Governor of Massachusetts, James Bowdoin declining an unspecified invitation, likely to the Harvard Commencement, based on the "Treatment I met at the Overseers Meeting two years past." The letter is attached to a letter of donation to Justin Winsor from R. Winthrop, Jr., dated 1893 January 13.
[Letter from John Hancock, Dorchester, Massachusetts, to James Bowdoin, 1785 July 18] Digital Object
[Letter from John Hancock, Dorchester, Massachusetts, to James Bowdoin, 1785 July 18] Digital Object

[Receipt to Samuel Moody signed by Thomas Hubbard for collections towards the Dummer Fund, Boston], [1766 July 23] Digital

Scope and Contents Accounting of various monies equaling £78 collected by Samuel Moody "towards a Fund for the support of a writing master for Dummer Scholars."
[Receipt to Samuel Moody signed by Thomas Hubbard for collections towards the Dummer Fund, Boston, 1766 July 23] Digital Object
[Receipt to Samuel Moody signed by Thomas Hubbard for collections towards the Dummer Fund, Boston, 1766 July 23] Digital Object

Dummer School acct. as of 1772 January 8, copy mad c. 1777, 1772 January 8 Digital

Scope and Contents Record of debits and credits from 1766 through 1772 related to the Dummer Scholars writing master fund including money to Samuel Reed and George Thimbal, and money collected from Samuel Moody and interest.
Dummer School acct. as of 1772 January 8, copy mad c. 1777, 1772 January 8 Digital Object
Dummer School acct. as of 1772 January 8, copy mad c. 1777, 1772 January 8 Digital Object