VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE AND SCARCE EXAMPLE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S FREE FRANK.
Jonathan Williams (1719-1796) was the husband of Grace Harris, daughter of Franklin's half sister Ann. Franklin seems to have relied on him to look after several of his Boston relatives.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL JOHN HANCOCK FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, WITH HIS SIGNED LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR OF RHODE ISLAND COLONY. THE RESOLUTION HANCOCK REFERS TO IS THE COMMISSION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY. A PHENOMENAL HISTORICAL ITEM.
On June 19, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned George Washington as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. He was elected over other candidates, including John Hancock, based on his experience and the hope that a leader from Virginia would help unite the colonies. The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought just a few days before, on June 17. After receiving his commission, Washington left within days to assume command of the troops at Cambridge Mass.
VERY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF JOHN HANCOCK'S FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.
The Second Continental Congress was in Baltimore from December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777, before moving back to Philadelphia, so this must have been sent during that period. New York at this time was represented by a Committee of Safety while its constitution was being drafted.