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Guide to the John Hancock letter 1977.095

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Matthew Gorham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 09, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Title: John Hancock letter
Dates: 1776
Abstract: Handwritten letter from John Hancock to the Constitutional Convention of New York, dated June 17, 1776. In the letter, Hancock advises the Convention that the Continental Congress has received information suggesting that commander-in-chief of British forces, General William Howe, is planning an invasion of New York City, and that preparations should be made to defend the city. Howe ultimately launched his New York campaign in early July of 1776 and forced a retreat of General George Washington and the Continental Army in August following the Battle of Long Island. The letter is signed with Hancock's signature.
Quantity: 0.08 Linear feet in one folder
Text [Box]: A0033
Call Phrase: 1977.095
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hancock, John, 1737-1793
  • Howe, William Howe, 5th Viscount, 1729-1814

Document Type

  • Correspondence

Subject Organizations

  • New York (State). Constitutional Convention (1776).

Subject Topics

  • Long Island, Battle of, New York, N.Y., 1776

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x History |y Revolution, 1775-1783
  • United States |x History |y Revolution, 1775-1783

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); John Hancock letter, 1977.095, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Source and date of acquisition unknown. The letter was formally accessioned in 1977.

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