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Hancock elected to preside over Congress...
Item # 632593
December 12, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 1785
* John Hancock elected president
* Congress of the Confederation
Page 3 has a brief but notable item: "The new Congress met to day, and made choice of Mr. Hancock for president. This repeated mark of federal approbation is highly honorary; it is more so, as the choice was unanimous." In fact Hancock never attended due to poor health & a lack of interest in the position. He formally resigned in 1786. There is also a brief item from Charleston concerning a motion to prohibit the importation of slaves, but it was defeated.
The back page has a nice illustrated ad for a "Hat Manufacturer" which shows the classic tricorne (three corner) hat of the colonial period (see hyperlink).
Four pages, 2 small worm holes in the masthead, very nice condition.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's