John Hancock

Desirable officer's commission with John Hancock's bold "Declaration of Independence" signature, just two weeks after the battle of Bunker Hill and appointing George Washington as General and Commander in Chief of the Army of the United Colonies

Partly Printed Document Signed "John Hancock" as President of the Continental Congress, countersigned "Attest Ch Thomson Secy" as Secretary of Congress, 1 page, 13" x 9.75", completed in manuscript, [Philadelphia, July 1, 1779. Mounting remnants at left corners on verso. Almost imperceptible paper flaw in upper right, not affecting its attractiveness. Fine condition.

In part, "The Delegates of the United Colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Counties of New-Castle, Kent, and Sussex on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, and South-Carolina; to Stephen Kimbal Esquire. WE reposing especial trust and confidence in your patriotism, valour, conduct and fidelity, DO by these presents constitute and appoint you to be Captain of a Company in the 14th Regiment, commanded by Colo. Hitchcock in the army of the United Colonies, raised for the defence of American Liberty, and for repelling every hostile invasion thereof … And you are to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time as you shall receive from this or a future Congress of the United Colonies, or Committee of Congress, for that purpose appointed, or Commander in Chief for the time being of the army of the United Colonies…" It was not until July 8, 1775, that the Colony of Georgia "acceded to the general Association, and appointed delegates to attend this Congress." Hence, only 12 colonies are listed at the head of this document.

Stephen Kimbal (1746-1807) served as Captain in Col. Daniel Hitchcock's Rhode Island Militia. He was later promoted to Colonel. In some records, his name is spelled "Kimball." In August 1775, Col. Hitchcock's Regiment was designated "The 14th Regiment of Foot." It served in the Siege of Boston until its disbandment. His regiment was renamed the 11th Continental Regiment during 1776. That year, he led his troops at the Battles of Long Island, Harlem Heights, and White Plains.

Provenance: Charles E. Sigety.

Item: 60336

Price: $14,500.00
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