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A LOYALIST PLEADS HIS CASE TO JOHN HANCOCK A.L.S. of loyalist WILLIAM JACKSON, 1p. legal folio, "Boston Gaol" July 6, 1776. Two days following the approval of The Declaration of Independence, Jackson, a prominent Boston merchant and equally prominent Tory, appeals to John Hancock for clemency. Jackson had gained notoriety in the late 1760s when he refused to honor the Non-Importation agreement, for which he became the target of boycotts and protests. After the British evacuated Boston in March 1776, Jackson was among the refugees, but in the confusion, his transport became separated from the fleet and fell prey to American privateers on April 8, 1776. Several days later, in the present letter, Jackson writes to a fellow merchant, John Hancock, in full: "I beg you'll pardon the liberty I have taken to Inclose you a Memorial and two other paper's begging favour of you to lay before the Honble Congress having Experienced your former kind favours and assistance and I doubt not upon your pursuance of them but you'll be thoroughly convince'd that I have been hardly treated being Confin'd in this Gaol ever since 13th April which if so shall Esteem my self happy in your Patronage of them, I have allways [sic] hereto sustain'd the Character of a Just Man both in this Country and in England and I defy any person to say to the contrary, I need not Enlarge to you but refer you to the Inclos'd [no longer present] I beg leave to Apologize to you relative to the postage, if not satisfied by the Honble Congress I shall upon the first Opportunity I have the pleasure of seeing you do the Same...". Apparently, because Jackson served in no official capacity before the Revolution broke out or during the British occupation of Boston, Massachusetts authorities were unable to convict Jackson for any crime and he was soon released. Weak at folds, one cleanly separated, some marginal chips, else very good condition.
Estimate $ 600-800

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