Lot 166: Thomas Penn

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Lot 166: ALS signed "Tho Penn," one page both sides, 7.5 x 9, October 9, 1762. Letter to Edward Penington in Philadelphia, in part: "As I mentioned you to my Nephew Spring't Penn to sell his land in Pensilvania I have desired the Attorney of Capt. Robt Edward Fell, Mr. & Mrs Beson, and Mr. & Mrs. Newcombe to desire your assistance to dispose also of theirs, which they hold joyntly with their Cousin and with him on all the descendants of my eldest Brother Wm Penn who had a manor granted to him, which he sold to Isaac Norris, and also another called Steining or New Garden some smal[l] parts of which remain to be sold, but the most valuable thing they have is a string of Lots, joyning to Wm. Lowthers on Society hills of one hundred and two feet wide, from front to fourth street, both on Delaware and Schuylkil[l], and my Father when he was last in Pensilvania having given some order that the Survey should be carried from one lot to the other, we are willing to grant it to them paying the common quitrent on back lots. Mr. Logan can give you all the information you want of the Manor of Steining the power of Attorney is drawn and executed by one of the partys, but as others are a considerable distance from London it cannot be executed so as to go by this packet, by the next I shall send it to you. You knew before this time that Springett's share of the front lot is claimed by Joseph Wharton, who I hope has not an equitable right, however this may prove…My Nephew has told me he has sent you a power to send pen[n]sbury [Manor], I have desired I may have the house and a piece of land of three quarters of a Mile on the River with the house in the middle to run a mile back, to which he has consented and I desire when you lay out the four thousand acres, which he is to have, in farms that you will lay out this as I have directed for which I shal[l] pay in the manner any other persons do. I desire you will inform me of any thing necessary relating to these affairs." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Penn's own hand. Intersecting folds, some scattered light toning, tape remnant to hinge, and a repair to second integral page, otherwise fine condition. Wishing to establish a gentleman's country estate similar to his home in England, William Penn began work on his great manor house on the banks of the Delaware soon after his arrival in Pennsylvania in 1682. After his death in 1718, it quickly fell into disrepair; after years of effort to renovate the estate, Thomas decided to divide the land into 30 tracks to be sold. An interesting letter regarding one of Pennsylvania's most important families. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466 Wednesday, 9th December 2015 Estimate: $2000-3000
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