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1788 Benjamin Franklin Signed Land Grant
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $10,800
Pennsylvania land grant, dated July 16, 1788, signed by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, printer, scientist, and writer. The large, one-page document, which is entirely handwritten, was issued by The Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and grants a parcel of land to Michael Heuman, "which is called Devon Shire situate in Manheim Township York County." It has been signed in black ink by "B. Franklin" in his capacity as president of the Pennsylvania Supreme Executive Council. Franklin's signature is boldly scripted along the left border and grades "8/9." The document is also signed at the base by "Chas. Biddle" in his capacity as secretary. The official state seal (faded) ideally remains affixed in the upper left corner, just above Franklin's signature. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most important figures in American history and helped draft the Declaration of Independence, which he later signed. Franklin was appointed President of the Pennsylvania Executive Council in 1785 following his return from Europe, where he helped draft the Treaty of Paris. He passed away in 1790 at the age of 84. At the time of his death he was commonly referred to as the "wisest man in America." The document (15.75 x 13.5 inches) is slightly toned and displays one horizontal and four vertical fold lines. The reverse features two handwritten dockets denoting its official recording in the state's books, as well as two additional wax seals. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $10,800
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