1773 Insurance Promissory Note may possibly have been signed by John Coffin at the age of 17, but would require further research. We do at least know this is a rare Boston insurance related note of 1773.
John Coffin (1756-1838), Massachusetts Loyalist, had gone to sea as a boy and by the time he was 18 was given command of a ship. In 1775, his ship took part in bringing nearly a whole regiment under General Howe to Boston. He fought gallantly at Bunker Hill for the British. Later, it is said that the Colonials offered $10,000 for his head. In the War of 1812 he raised 700 men.
At his death in 1838, he was the oldest general in the British army! A John Coffin signed this very early “Promise to pay to Nathaniel Barber, or Bearer” 1773 Premium of Insurance note. Likely to insure cargo of a ship. It would be especially exciting to verify whether this is the very same Coffin. Regardless, this is the earliest American Insurance related piece we’ve had.
Rare! Choice Condition!
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
1773 Insurance Promissory Note
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