REMINISCENCES. William Hyslop Sumner.


[Boston]: 1854. First Edition. Hardcover. Consists primarily of anecdotes of John Hancock told by his widow to the author. Accompanied by an autograph letter signed (ALS) from Sumner (1780-1861). The son of Massachusetts Governor Increase Sumner, William Hyslop Sumner (1780-1861) graduated from Harvard in 1799 and practiced law from 1802 to 1818, during which time he served in the Massachusetts State Legislature representing the City of Boston. He left the field in order to concentrate on his military duties, having been appointed adjunct general of the state militia with the office of quatermaster general by Governor John Brooks. Later, Sumner founded the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and wrote the well regarded History of East Boston (1858). 7 p. Octavo. Bound with what appears to be the original plain green paper wrappers in a late 19th century three-quarter brown morocco over marbled paper binding, with gilt titles and decorative endpapers. The period ink signature of George Lewis of Roxbury, Massachusetts appears on the first page of the text, with the signatures of George Lewis and Adelaide W. Heard on a blank leaf inserted at the front. Some general toning and light soiling to the contents. The rear hinge is cracked. A bit of wear along the extremities of the boards; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #71593

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