Friday, December 2, 2022

An Original John Hancock

skipwith_f2This letter was written by John Hancock to Nathanael Greene, Major-General of the Continental Army, on 15 November 1776. The letter acknowledges the receipt of an intelligence report from Greene, and the passing of the intelligence to Virginia and South Carolina. The letter is part of the Skipwith Revolutionary War Collection. For more information on the collection, see its online finding aid. For more digital versions of collection items, see the digital collection.


Editor’s Note: This historic letter from the University Archives’ Skipwith Revolutionary War Collection is the first in a new weekly series of posts on highlighting the University of Mississippi’s Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library.  Since 1975, its primary purpose has been to acquire, conserve, and make accessible rare books, manuscripts, maps, visual and audio materials, and ephemera related to the University of Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, and the Blues.

The Department of Archives and Special Collections invites patron visits during its regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, from Monday through Friday, except during selected University holidays. wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Kathryn Michaelis, Special Collections Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Head of Special Collections Jennifer Ford in the research and compilation of this new reader content  –– Michael Harrelson, editor,

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