John Hancock's Quill
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John Hancock




Flags wielder as a smuggling suspect


Causes loss of the most valuable possession; temporary inability to write in small script


Writing complaints to the government

Collected by

Warehouse 12 Agents







Date of Collection

February 12, 1856


Origin[edit | edit source]

John Hancock (January 23, 1737–October 8, 1793) was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He was one of the wealthiest men in the American colonies, and often spoke out against the British government, using his wealth to support the colonial cause. In 1768, British officials seized his sloop Liberty and charged him with smuggling. John Adams served as Hancock's lawyer and managed to get the charges dropped. Several historical accounts claim he was a smuggler, but the accuracy of these accounts has often been questioned.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Absorbed Hancock's frustration with the British government when they seized his sloop Liberty and charged him with smuggling. Writing opposition to the user's ruling government causes suspicion of smuggling to fall upon them and will result in the loss of their most precious item at the time. User will become unable to write a small signature for 48 hours after use.

Collection[edit | edit source]

Collected from the United States after a user of the Quill who complained to the Government about the issue of slavery was flagged as a smuggler. This happened several times until the Warehouse finally arrived, collecting the Quill, which had been given to him by a descendant of Hancock as a gift.

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