One of Boston's Wealthiest Men Acquires Land [Deed of Sale]. [Hancock, Thomas (1703-1764)]. [Blanchard, Joseph (1704-1758)]. To All the People to Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greeting, Know Ye.... May 4, 1789. 15" x 9-3/4" part-printed document, inscribed in neat hand, docketed on verso. Moderate browning and some edgewear, vertical and horizontal fold lines, partial split with a few tiny chips along central horizontal fold. An interesting item. $850. * A partially printed deed for the purchase of a sixty-third part of a new township, in middle Massachusetts, on the "Easterly side of the Connecticut River between Northfield and Fort Dummer called Willard town or Arlington." The buyer was a savvy 33 year old rising star among Boston merchants, Thomas Hancock, who started in the book trade, expanded into importing and exporting, and later who became one of Boston's wealthiest men. When his health failed he passed his business and fortune to his nephew and ward, future Founding Father John Hancock. The date was only one year after the announcement of the cessation of hostilities in the Wabanaki-New England War by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Dummer, after whom the Fort was named (the area included the Western area of fighting). It was sold to him by Joseph Blanchard, Dunstable, [now New Hampshire] who a year earlier was a lieutenant in the New Hampshire Militia in the war. It is also signed and recorded by the great-grandson of Springfield's founder William Pynchon also named William Pynchon. Also signed by Anthony Stoddard recently appointed judge, and a Harvard graduate. An early bill of sale related to many important founding families in Massachusetts.
Book number 68058