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Hancock, John (1737-1793) [Delay of execution for Edward Johnson for five weeks].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03420 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Document signed Date: 2 July 1789 Pagination: 2 p, 31 x 19 cm

Summary of Content: Signed by Governor of Massachusetts Hancock and countersigned by Secretary of the State John Avery. Johnson was to be hanged for burglary. After requesting further time to prepare for death, he was granted a suspension of his sentence for five additional weeks. Johnson had already received a suspension for two weeks. Paper seal attached.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American StatesmenLawCrimeCriminals and OutlawsDeath PenaltyGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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