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Hancock Collection
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Mss 761 1728-1854 H234
Boxes 2-6, 11, and 17

The Hancocks were a family of merchants in Boston, Massachusetts, during the eighteenth century. The collection includes materials about transactions with female merchants as well as letters from Mary Hancock Perkins to her son.

Women, Finance, and Investments > Business Owners (boxes 2-6 and 11)
Letters, receipts, and accounts document transactions with various female merchants. The women sold a range of items, including butter and other dairy products, wine and spirits, and yarn and textiles.

Women at home and Abroad > Letters (box 17)
The collection also contains one folder of letters written to Ebenezer Hancock by his mother while he was a student at Harvard College between 1756 and 1760. She gives advice on his moral character and his studies, as well as discussing more mundane topics, such as spoons and the shirts and stockings she made for him. In a letter written on January 17, 1757, she advised:

Don't you run into any of those extravagancies and Follies that many of the young scholars run into. Study to preserve a good name and Character, that will be a lasting advantage to you, for a good name is better than precious oyntment. Keep carefully in your proper employ during the hours of study. If any riots, vain projects or frolicks are on foot amongst the youngsters, by all means, avoid them. My son if sinners entice thee Consent them not.

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