Lot 143: English-born Quaker (1644–1718) and founder of the colony that became the State of Pennsylvania. Vellum manuscript DS, signed "Wm. Penn," one page, 28.25 x 8, September 21, 1681. An indenture in which Penn sells 500 acres of land in Pennsylvania to James Peters, a Bristol soap maker, in part: "Being within the Tract of land…called Pensilvania in America the said five hundred acres to be allotted and sett out." Framed with a descriptive mat to an overall size of 30.5 x 12.5, with a clear backing so that docketing on the reverse is visible. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, moderate scattered soiling (somewhat affecting the signature area), black marks along the bottom edge, and a few small holes. This is a very early land grant by William Penn for his fledgling colony—most known grants do not date earlier than July 1681, and Penn would not depart for America from England until the following year. Oversized.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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