Lot 2: William Penn DS

RR Auction

RR Auction

2017-07-10 14:46:02

Lot 2

English-born Quaker (1644–1718) who founded the colony that became Pennsylvania. Vellum manuscript DS, signed “Wm. Penn,” one page, 27.25 x 20.5, September 8, 1681. An indenture granting 500 acres of land in Pennsylvania to Francis Smith. Impressively mounted, matted, and framed to an overall size of 37 x 33. In very good condition, with overall rippling, scattered spotting, moderate staining, and areas of vellum loss repaired on the reverse; Penn's signature is bold and virtually unaffected. Francis Smith's 500-acre tract was in Bethel Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The following day, he sold off 150 acres to his son-in-law Robert Eyre, who became an important early settler of Bethel. Smith received other grants from Penn and founded the tow of Kennett Square in 1686.

Estimate: $4500-$5000

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