Lot 288: Illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin (1730–1813) who served as the last colonial Governor of New Jersey. Scarce ink signature, "Wm. Franklin," on an off-white 3.25 x 1.5 slip. Matted with a color print of William and his father Ben during Franklin's kite experiment to an overall size of 10.75 x 14.5. Intersecting folds passing through signature, small separation along fold above signature, and light pencil remnants under signature, otherwise fine condition. Despite his father's role as one of the most prominent patriots during the American Revolution, William remained a steadfast loyalist, a difference that tore the two apart, with William going into exile in Britain.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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