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Death of John Hancock in his hometown newspaper...
Item # 681123
October 09, 1793
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 9, 1793
* John Hancock death (1st report)
* Declaration of Independence signer
* 1st Massachusetts Governor
* From his hometown (rare)
Curiously, the ftpg. includes "A Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving By His Excellency John Hancock, Governor..." carrying over to pg. 2 where it is signed by him in type: John Hancock.
Contrast this with a page 3 report headed: "Yesterday departed this life, His Excellency JOHN HANCOCK..." with more, set in type that is larger than typical. This is a very early death report of this famous statesman, and likely the first report in a newspaper given this was his home town.
Page 2 has a Paul Revere mention with: "...I do not recollect your having ever mentioned the Bell Foundry at the north part of the town, owned by Col. Revere, passing by it a few days since...where I saw two of the handsomest bells I ever saw cast in America..." with more.
Both pages 2 & 3 have all columns bordered in wide, black mourning rules for the death of John Hancock.
Four pages, slightly irregular at the spine margin due to disbinding, a few discrete archival mends inside, and a small hole to the back leaf not affecting any mentioned reports.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's