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LOT 131 Boston's Most Famous Jewish Citizen in 1788, Patriot

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Hays Moses Boston's Most Famous Jewish Citizen in 1788, Patriot Moses Hays, Lists the Amount of Money and Dates Due Him From Wealthy Shipper, Dr. John Coffin JonesAutograph Document Signed "M.M. Hays" and "MMH," 3p, 7.25" x 12", two conjoined sheets, front & verso. Boston, August 9, 1788. Docketed on fourth page by Hays "Mr. J.C. Jones. Acct / Currt. / August 9, 1788." On laid paper watermarked with a crown and the initials, "GR" (King George). Dr. John Coffin Jones' current account with Hays as of that date listing "Time when Monies are to be paid" by Jones to Hays.In 1769, Moses Michael Hays (1739-1805) and his family moved from New York City to Newport, Rhode Island. In 1775, 76 men in Newport were asked to sign a declaration of loyalty to the American colonies that included the phrase, "upon the true faith of a Christian." Hays publicly objected to the phrase and refused to sign, instead offering a letter affirming his belief that the Revolution was a just cause. When, after much wrangling, the Christian portion of the oath was omitted, Hays signed. In 1776, Hays and his family moved to Boston. He opened a shipping office and was among the first Boston merchants there to underwrite shipbuilding, trade and insurance to Far Eastern markets. In 1784, Hays became a founder and the first depositor of the Massachusetts Bank, "Bank" and "Mass. Bank" in this document. The Bank's charter was signed by John Hancock. After mergers and acquisitions, "Bank" became BankBoston and is today an international private bank, a subsidiary owned by Bank of America.John Coffin Jones (1750–1829) was a wealthy Boston merchant and shipper. He later served as the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1802-1803). His son, John Coffin Jones, Jr. was the first U.S. Consul to the Kingdom of Hawaii (1820-1837). Listed three times is D.S. Greenough, once for purchasing "Whale oyl," with £302 to be paid on October 1, 1788. Lawyer, merchant, and ardent patriot, David S. Greenough (1752-1826) was a member of the Sons of Liberty. Other items listed include "a French & English Dictionary," and "Cash pd Ben Lee to pay off Crew of the Ship Les Trois Amis."This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.WE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

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