To all People to whom these presents shall Come
Greeting, Know yee, that I Isaac Powers of Littleton
in ye County of Middlesex in the Province of ye Massachusets
bay in New England Yeoman -- for & in Consideration of Eighty
five pounds Currant mony of New England to me in hand well
& truly paid by John Hancock of Lexington in sd. County Clerk
the receipt whereof At the Executing of these presents I acknow:
ledge unto my full satisfaction & of & from Every part and
parcel thereof do fully absolutely & for Ever Acquitt & discharge
ye sd: John Hancock his heirs Exes. & Admins: by these presents
Have Given Granted, bargained, sold, Aliened, Enfeoffed
& Conveyed, & do by these presents Give Grant, bargain, sell
Aliene, Enfeoff, Convey & Confirm unto him the sd: John
Hancock a Certain Negro boy called Jack. To Have
& To Hold the sd: Negro, from the day of the date of these
presents, dureing the whole Term of his natural life, and to
him the sd: John Hancock his heirs Exes: Admins: and
Assigns, & to his & their sole use benefitt & behooff for Ever.
And I the sd: Isaac Powers do hereby Covenant & Engage
that at ye Executing of these presents I am the sole & proper
owner of ye abovegranted Negro, & have in myself Good right
full power & lawfull Authority to dispose of him, and the
sale of sd: Negro at abovesd: I will for Ever Warrant and
defend from the claims & challenges of all manner of
persons whatsoever, & will do what may be further needfull
for ye Confirmation of the sale of sd: negro Jack to ye said
John Hancock his heirs & assigns. In Wittness whereof I
the sd: Isaac Powers have hereunto putt my hand & seall this
twenty second day of Aprill Anno Domi: one thousand
seven hundred & twenty Eight, In the first year of his
majes: Reign.

Isaac powers

Signed, Sealed, & delivd:
In presence of
N Prentice
John mason jur.

[Endorsement]

Isaac Powers Deed of Sale to
Mr: Hancock

29.9 cm x 18.5 cm

From the Hancock family papers